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'New Girl' brings on Adam Brody


The former "O.C." star will play Jess' ex, Berkley.

CBS is tops in total viewers, but "The Voice" and "Sunday Night Football" powered the Peacock to No. 1 in the all-important 18-49 demo.

Gilligan presented the "Better Call Saul" timetable at a gathering last night to promote the new documentary "No Half Measures."

From "White Collar" to "Modern Family."

"Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart" is packed full of quotes.

Lara Logan and her producer, Max McClellan, are being blamed for the Benghazi screw-up.

He'll be part of the "Hot in Cleveland"/"Kirstie" crossover.

The former "Malcolm in the Middle" star's mini stroke was the 2nd one in a year.

The Fox drama attracted 6.6 million viewers last night.

Nev Schulman's "In Real Life" will explore relationships in the digital age.

The new TLC show, premiering on Monday, will follow Buddy Valastro as he fixes broken pastry shops. This marks Valastro's 4th show.

It was a 2nd boy for the former "O.C." star.

"Once Upon a Time" vet Tom Ellis to star in USA's "Rush"

The former Robin Hood will play an on-call doctor.


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<p>Bruce Dern,&nbsp;June&nbsp;Squibb and Will Forte, all nominees this morning for &quot;Nebraska&quot;</p>

Bruce Dern, June Squibb and Will Forte, all nominees this morning for "Nebraska"

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This year's indie spirit at the cinema well-represented by today's nominations

A wonderful crop of films and artists reflects a fantastic year for movies

So, this year's list of nominees for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced. How did things shake out? Well, Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" led the way with seven nominations, but Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" wasn't far behind with six.

The nominees for Best Feature were "All is Lost," "Frances Ha," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Nebraska" and "12 Years a Slave." My first instinct was to cry foul that Richard Linklater's glorious "Before Midnight" didn't slip in and only managed nods for screenplay and female lead, but as someone put it to me on Twitter, perhaps that just goes to show the quality of work across the independent spectrum this year. There is only so much room.

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Report: MSNBC fires Alec Baldwin


"Up Late With Alec Baldwin" has been canceled in wake of Baldwin's homophobic rant, Page Six reports. The decision to fire Baldwin was made by Comcast. UPDATE: Both sides "mutually" agreed to part ways.
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<p>A scene from &quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;</p>

A scene from "12 Years a Slave"

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'12 Years a Slave' leads the Independent Spirit Awards nominations

Winners will be announced Saturday, March 1

The nominees for the 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced. Check out the full list below.

Winners will be revealed at the annual pre-Oscar Santa Monica ceremony on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

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<p>John&nbsp;Goodman and Oscar Isaac in &quot;Inside Llewyn&nbsp;Davis&quot;</p>

John Goodman and Oscar Isaac in "Inside Llewyn Davis"

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Exclusive: John Goodman opines on the rules of suicide in a clip from 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

The latest from the Coen Bros. hits theaters Dec. 6

Joel and Ethan Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis" has held a steady course since a Cannes bow, and going into the awards season, it looks to be as strong as ever. One person who could be recognized for his work in the film is John Goodman as the actor gets a whole vignette of sorts to himself in the film. And he makes the most of it, as he always does.

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<p>James Spader of &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

James Spader of "The Blacklist"

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TV Ratings: 'Almost Human' dips, 'Mom' rises and 'Blacklist' steady on Monday

'Dancing' leads ABC overall, while 'The Voice' boosts NBC in the demo
Fast National ratings for Monday, November 25, 2013.
As usual, it was "Dancing with the Stars" helping ABC cruise to an overall Monday lead, while the stable "Blacklist" combined with "The Voice" (dropping in the demo, but rising overall) to give NBC the night among young viewers.
In its second week, FOX's "Almost Human" took a notable-but-not-extreme drop -- last week's airing wasn't against "The Voice," after all -- but the more concerning note would be a corresponding drop for "Sleepy Hollow," week-to-week.
And, over on CBS, the Monday comedies were a mixed bag as "How I Met Your Mother" dropped, but "Mike & Molly" and "Mom" were both up.
Finally, "Hart of Dixie" failed to get a Hanukkah-bump, which may just mean that I haven't watched the dreidl-centric episode on my DVR.
[CBS had the Monday Night Football game, but only in San Francisco, where the game would only have preempted the 8 p.m. hour.]
On to the numbers...
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<p>A scene from &quot;Interior. Leather Bar.&quot;</p>

A scene from "Interior. Leather Bar."

Credit: Strand Releasing

James Franco among nominees for Cinema Eye's Heterodox Award

Award honors narrative films that incorporate documentary elements

Well, it's not every award where you'll find James Franco's oddball S&M diversion "Interior. Leather Bar." nominated alongside Mexican auteur Carlos Reygadas' wildly experimental Cannes winner "Post Tenebras Lux." To be more precise, it's not any award but this one. The Cinema Eye Honors for documentary filmmaking -- onre of the biggest precursors on the non-fiction circuit -- announced their slate of nominees a couple of weeks ago, with "The Act of Killing" and "Cutie and the Boxer" leading the pack, but they added five nominees for their Heterodox Award yesterday.

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'Family Guy's' Brian Griffin to make a 'special announcement' next week?


An animated clock has surfaced at, promising a special announcement on Dec. 6 at 10 am PT, 1 pm ET. UPDATE: 20th Century Fox confirms the website is a hoax.

Vince Gilligan: "Breaking Bad's" Jesse Pinkman was likely captured

"My personal feeling is that he got away," he tells GQ. "But the most likely thing, as negative as this sounds, is that they're going to find this kid's fingerprints all over this lab and they're going to find him within a day or a week or a month. And he's still on the hook for the murder of two federal agents." PLUS: A 135-minute documentary titled "No Half Measures" accompanies the "Breaking Bad" Complete Series DVD set.


BBC unveils "Doctor Who" Christmas special details

The Christmas special will be called "The Time Of The Doctor."


"SVU" bringing back The Beast

Pablo Schreiber's' serial killer character returns on Jan. 8.


Kelsey Grammer producing an FX Harriet Tubman underground railroad event series

Grammer is working on "The Code" with "The Color Of Water" author James McBride.

Tracy Morgan says 27 "Thanksgiving-y" things

Watch his holiday tribute for Jimmy Fallon.




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<p>Dido as seen at the BBC Children in Need show</p>

Dido as seen at the BBC Children in Need show

Credit: Jon Furniss/Invision for BBC Children in Need/AP Images

Interview: Dido on her greatest hits and becoming a free agent

Done with her record contract, she looks ahead

Following the release of her best-of collection this week on RCA, Dido is officially out of her record contract and a free agent.

“I’m like an overexcited kid,” the British singer/songwriter tells HitFix. “I have so many ideas. ‘I can do this, I can do that.’ I’m like ‘take a breath’.”

More about what’s next for Dido a little later, but first she spent a few minutes looking back with us over her nearly 15-year career covered on “Greatest Hits,” a compilation of all her singles from her 1999 debut, “ No Angel,” on. Among the selections are “Here With Me,” “Thank You,” “White Flag,” “Life for Rent,” and Eminem’s “Stan,” which samples “Thank You,” and helped catapult Dido to stardom.

She listened to the album from start to finish while mastering the project. “It was this crazy, emotional 15-year diary in an hour,” she says. “When you write a song, you’re so clear about where you were and what you were feeling, even more so than when I see a picture. I have such clear memories.”

As often happens, the songs take different meaning and shapes as life progresses. “Everything to Lose,” originally featured on the 2010 “Sex and the City 2” soundtrack, “is probably more relevant now,” Dido says. “When you do finally really fall in love, having a kid, and having the fear” of losing it all.

Indeed, the birth of her son in 2011 has changed the prism through which she views life. “I’m a more emotional person since having Stanley. I was never the big cry person. Now I’ll be in the cinema and I start crying. I was crying at ‘Philomena’ 10 minutes in. My husband was like, ‘Are you alright?’ So any of these songs that are emotional, I feel it all bigger because of Stanley. It opens up a part of you.”

The collection includes a new track, “NYC.” Though written recently, it is about an era, pre-1999, when everything was still possible for her, including failure. “It’s about a time back at the very beginning when I came to New York City with the words of my brother ringing in my head: ‘This is probably not going to happen for you, but good luck’.”

Even after all her success —she’s sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and garnered an Oscar nod for “If I Rise” from “127 Hours”—the uncertainty remains. And she’s fine with that. “I’m still unsure of where the road ahead goes,” she says. “I’ll always be that person. I feel more comfortable not knowing. I crave those feelings. There’s room for magic to happen.”

While being without a record contract would strike fear in some, for Dido, it strikes a sense of possibility where music dictates every decision. “You can just put music out. For me that’s extremely exciting,” she says. “Sometimes [on a label] I feel like you make things and you have to wait for ages and you just play this big waiting game. Now, you can do this project here and that project there. It’s dictated by what you’re doing creatively.”

She’s coy about what’s next as she has material now that is taking her in two “extremely different ways,” and she hasn’t chosen which path to take yet. “It all becomes about the music and that’s the world I live in.”

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: Is a lesbian affair afoot?

Brandi and Carlton seem to be getting closer

It was bound to happen sooner or later on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." After all, these society matrons couldn't possibly be working so hard at self-maintenance strictly for the amusement of their husbands. It was about time a few of the gals found a romantic spark with someone who could truly appreciate their designer clothes, handbags, and face-freezing Botox. C'mon, guys don't get Hermes! Short of making out with a mirror, the next best thing? Another Housewife, of course! 

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<p>Oprah Winfrey in her &quot;Making a Scene&quot; short.</p>

Oprah Winfrey in her "Making a Scene" short.

Credit: New York Times

Roundup: NYT's short film project, starring Oprah, Cate Blanchett and more

Also: Animal abuse in Hollywood, and a whole lotta Emma Thompson in conversation

By far the coolest thing on the internet was the New York Times' Making a Scene project, in which 11 of the year's most celebrated actors -- ranging from Cate Blanchett to Oprah Winfrey, Adele Exarchopoulos to Robert Redford -- perform in individual short films directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer (and Steven Spielberg's right-hand man) Janusz Kaminski. "Short" is the operative word: advertisement-like in length and style, they're not exactly deep, but they're a lot of fun, whether it's Oprah channelling her inner torch diva or Bradley Cooper doing some rain ballet, all to stray strands of dialogue from the likes of Seth Rogen and Spike Jonze. Have fun. [New York Times]

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<p>&quot;Breaking Bad&quot;</p>

"Breaking Bad"

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'Breaking Bad' team shares regrets, final season love and a documentary

What does Vince Gilligan wish he could change?
There are many takeaways from Stuart Richardson's more-than-feature-length documentary "No Half Measures: Creating the Final Season of Breaking Bad," which is featured in the "Breaking Bad" complete series DVD set. But perhaps the dominant takeaway is that after roughly 135 minutes of exhaustively chronicled behind-the-scenes footage from the last eight episodes of "Breaking Bad," you know exactly how Vince Gilligan hugs.
And Vince Gilligan is a patter. 
As the emotional season progresses in the documentary, one person after another has their final on-set wrap and one person after another gets patted on the back like they're infants and Vince Gilligan is a parent hoping for a satisfying belch.  
That's why the documentary's most glorious moment [for me, anyway] comes half-way through production on "Felina," the series finale, when the hilarious Betsy Brandt -- it's mighty logical that she transitioned from this to a sitcom -- shoots Marie's last scene, gets her hug, pulls back and demands a real hug, sans patting, from Gilligan. 
I kid. Actually, "No Half Measures" is full of great moments. With a running time that is, let's be frank, just a wee bit taxing on the ol' tailbone, "No Half Measures" manages to be simultaneously over-long, but basically indispensable for passionate "Breaking Bad" fans. 
Sony Pictures TV screened the documentary for a packed and passionate theater of radio contest winners on Monday (November 25) night, ahead of the series DVD release and I was glad to see it as both a fan of the show and as a fan of the show who's still probably planning on doing an All "Breaking Bad" podcast later this week. Knock wood.
The screening was followed by a brief Q&A with Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Dean Norris, R.J. Mitte, Bob Odenkirk and Lavell "Huell" Crawford.
Click through for a few more thoughts on the documentary and a couple highlights from the Q&A, including Gilligan's three "Breaking Bad" regrets, Odenkirk's nebulous excitement about "Better Call Saul" and Cranston's salute to fans and Crawford's tribute to Cranston's humility.
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