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"Once Upon A Time"

 "Once Upon A Time"  

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'Once Upon A Time' recap: Can Ariel and Belle save the day?

A certain family Peter Pan knows all too well also makes an appearance

Sigh. It seems that, no matter what our intrepid Henry supporters do in Neverland, Peter Pan is always one step ahead of them, laughing gleefully at how they're playing right into his tiny hands. This is starting to become frustrating, and it also makes me wonder why Pan, if he's so all-knowing and powerful, doesn't just wipe Emma and the gang off the map and stick to the business of manipulating poor Henry. I know, I know. All reasons will be revealed in time. But in the meantime, all of the ingenious plotting and creative reasoning feels futile and depressing. It also might be nice if Pan, with all his powers, could turn on the lights in Neverland. Just a thought.  

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MTV censors Miley Cyrus smoking a joint at the European Music Awards


MTV censors Miley Cyrus smoking a joint at the European Music Awards
This year's ceremony was broadcast from Amsterdam, but Miley's joint-smoking was gone when it was aired in the United States.


Conan O'Brien deletes tweet joking about a Muslim female superhero after backlash
Conan received considerable backlash Friday after tweeting: "Marvel Comics is introducing a new Muslim superhero. She has so many more special powers than her husband's other wives."


"Downton Abbey" renewed
The British series will be back for a 5th season.


Bill Cosby is planning another family sitcom
Cosby has re-teamed with "Cosby Show" producer Ed Werner on a project he says " "would (satisfy) the people who have come to me in public places and said, 'Can't you put something on that I can watch?'" But Cosby emphasizes he's not remaking "The Cosby Show."


Charlie Sheen offers to make amends with Chuck Lorre
Sheen tweeted the offer to the "Two and a Half Men" creator, hoping to make amends in person. But is he serious?


"60 Minutes" apologizes on-air for Benghazi report screw-up
"We are very sorry," Lara Logan said, apologizing for using a source who had proven to be unreliable.


Watch Sacha Baron Cohen prank the Brittania Awards with an "old lady"
During the ceremony, broadcast Sunday on BBC America, Cohen was awarded the "Charlie Chaplin Brittania Award for Excellence in Comedy."


"Doctor Who" unveils its official 50th anniversary trailer

"The Day of The Doctor" airs Nov. 23.


"The Vampire Diaries" throws a 100th-episode party
Check out The CW drama's Episode 100 cake.


PBS will re-air Hugh Jackman in a 1999 performance of "Oklahoma!"

Jackman's performance will be shown on Nov. 15 as part of the "Great Performances" series.

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<p>Dalaran, the city of magic, is one of the settings for the Legendary/Universal adaptation of Blizzard's enormously popular 'Warcraft' series</p>

Dalaran, the city of magic, is one of the settings for the Legendary/Universal adaptation of Blizzard's enormously popular 'Warcraft' series

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Director Duncan Jones reveals first details of 'Warcraft' movie at BlizzCon 2013

If nothing else, this could be the biggest game adaptation of all time

It's not unusual these days for websites that cover comic books to have a fair amount of movie-related material that they generate, but it's less common for gaming sites. I guess we're going to have to get used to that, though, as more and more of the big giant gaming properties start to get adapted and studios try to handle publicity in different ways. I don't mind going to Comic-Con to cover movie news for you guys, but for the next few years, are we also going to have to adapt to going to BlizzCon as well?

Over at Kotaku, one of my favorite gaming blogs, they were covering BlizzCon anyway, and they ended up putting together a pretty great overview of what we might expect from "Warcraft" when Legendary Pictures and Universal release the film in 2015.

Duncan Jones is directing the movie, and I'm eager to see him working on a big canvass. He's a smart director with a strong visual sensibility and an FX-oriented background, and more importantly, he's someone who genuinely loves gaming and that culture and who seems to want to do right by the property he's adapting. At this point, you can't really ask more.

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<p>Scott Wilson as Hershel in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Scott Wilson as Hershel in "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Internment'

Hershel struggles to keep his patients alive, while Rick and Carl tend to the fence

A quick review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I declare we have Spaghetti Tuesdays every Wednesday...

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<p>On &quot;Boardwalk Empire,&quot;&nbsp;Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) shakes hands with Richard (Jack Huston).</p>

On "Boardwalk Empire," Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) shakes hands with Richard (Jack Huston).

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'White Horse Pike'

Narcisse, Chalky and Capone all come under attack as the season's threads start tying together

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I take the new Duesenberg for a test drive...

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<p>On &quot;Homeland,&quot;&nbsp;Saul (Mandy Patinkin)&nbsp;and Dar (F. Murray Abraham)&nbsp;enjoy a drink together.</p>

On "Homeland," Saul (Mandy Patinkin) and Dar (F. Murray Abraham) enjoy a drink together.

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Review: 'Homeland' - 'Gerontion'

Saul explains his plans for Javadi, while Carrie gets new intel about Brody

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I answer a question with a big gaping nothing...

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<p>Alex Gibney at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.</p>

Alex Gibney at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Alex Gibney on 'The Armstrong Lie' and the Assange connection

We talk to the Oscar-winning director about both his hot-button 2013 docs
Documentary filmmakers are, by definition, an adaptable people. Rolling with the unscripted punches of real life kind of goes with the territory – they just have to make sure they have a camera on hand to capture them. But even the most seasoned and perspicacious of documentarians occasionally get caught off guard, and such was the case for Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney while working on the Lance Armstrong project that became – after a series of quite unexpected developments – “The Armstrong Lie.”
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<p>Woody Harrelson and Christian Bale end up on a crash course in Scott Cooper's brutally sad new movie 'Out of The Furnace'</p>

Woody Harrelson and Christian Bale end up on a crash course in Scott Cooper's brutally sad new movie 'Out of The Furnace'

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Review: Christian Bale and Casey Affleck get brutally dark in 'Out Of The Furnace'

The new film from the 'Crazy Heart' director features some great performances

"Out Of The Furnace" opens with an act of casual brutality that is shocking, and it establishes Woody Harrelson as a great white shark, just swimming along, poised for carnage as soon as he smells blood, and there is plenty of blood just waiting to be spilled in this film.

Brad Ingelsby went from insurance sales to working writer when he had a massive spec sale in 2008 for what was then called "The Low Dweller." Ridley Scott was immediately set to direct the film, and Leonardo DiCaprio was the first person attached to star in the film. And while both Scott Free and Appian Way are still listed as production companies on what is now called "Out Of The Furnace," this is something that Relativity Media and Ryan Kavanaugh are personally deeply invested in. Forget the life-changing amount of money they paid to Ingelsby for the spec in the first place, or the bet they're making that Scott Cooper is going to follow up "Crazy Heart" with another awards contender… this is one of those movies that you can tell a company would like to have define what they are and what they'll make.

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<p>The cast of &quot;Downton Abbey&quot;</p>

The cast of "Downton Abbey"

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'Downton Abbey' renewed for Season 5 by PBS, ITV

Season 4 premieres on 'Masterpiece' in January
On Sunday (November 10), Britain's ITV made the unsurprising announcement that it has renewed "Downton Abbey" for a fifth season, which was immediately followed by PBS' equally unsurprising announcement that it will air that fifth season in the United States.
 
Production on the fifth "Downton Abbey" season will begin next year and, barring an unexpected revision of premiere strategy, it will premiere on ITV in 2014 and on PBS in early 2015. Once again, Julian Fellowes will serve as lone "Downton Abbey" scribe, with Gareth Neame executive producing for Carnival.
 
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<p>Christian Bale in &quot;Out of the Furnace&quot;</p>

Christian Bale in "Out of the Furnace"

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'Out of the Furnace': Christian Bale's greatest performance

And obviously, that's saying something

Scott Cooper’s "Out of the Furnace" received its close-up at AFI Fest Saturday night as the mystery around Relativity Media's late-breaking entry finally dissipated. The director’s "Crazy Heart" follow-up brought an array of reactions, and "shell-shocked," as The Wrap’s Steve Pond put it, may be as apt a description as you'll find. The film seemed to linger at the Roosevelt Hotel after-party with more than a few willing to admit they weren’t entirely sure what to make of it immediately after the credits rolled.

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<p>Danny and Tim of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Danny and Tim of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Tim & Danny talk 'The Amazing Race'

Team Oklahoma discusses its difficulties singing and dancing
Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got til it's gone?
 
That's the way I felt this week upon realizing that somehow, without my noticing previously, four straight pairings of male-friends had been consecutively eliminated from "The Amazing Race."
 
Since father/daughter Hoskote & Naina went out first, Phil Keoghan has bid adieu to Rowan & Shane and then to Chester & Ephraim and then to Brandon & Adam, leading to this week's departure for Oklahoma-based besties Tim & Danny. 
 
With Team Oklahoma going home after a Roadblock that saw Tim struggle to accompany the Vienna Boy's Choir on several verses of Schubert's "Die Forelle," "The Amazing Race" is now entirely devoid of male buddies (The Afghanimals are cousins).
 
Sad, right?
 
In their "Amazing Race" journey, the first trip outside of the country for Danny and the first time overseas for Tim, Team Oklahoma won fans for their enthusiastic attitude, their willingness to help other teams and their earnest discussion of how the Race could help their families. In this week's exit interview, Tim & Danny discuss Tim's singing, Danny's dress-wearing and U-Turning the Afghanimals.
 
Click through for the whole interview.
 
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Past 'Saturday Night Live' stars we'd like to see mentor the current cast
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Past 'Saturday Night Live' stars we'd like to see mentor the current cast

What advice can Bill Murray, Amy Poehler and Mike Myers give?

In the middle of the second break of the thirty-ninth season of “Saturday Night Live,” we here at HitFix have some homework for the cast before they return to live TV on November 16th. With the show still struggling to find its identity, we’ve paired up each current cast member with a past one. Why? So those still on the show can watch footage of former Not Ready For Prime Time Players in order to glean inspiration, hone existing skills, and potentially develop new approaches. There’s something to be learned from almost everyone that’s ever performed in Studio 8H (both good and bad), but here are some pairings that we think would improve not only the individuals but also "Saturday Night Live" as a whole.

Check out the story gallery below and share your own thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

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