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'How I Met Your Dad' characters revealed: Sally is the new Ted


"How I Met Your Dad" characters revealed: Sally is the new Ted
The "How I Met Your Mother" spinoff will revolve around Sally, Juliet, Frank, Future Sally and gay married couple Danny & Todd.

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Damian Lewis' next TV role: Playing King Henry VIII?


Damian Lewis' next TV role: Playing King Henry VIII?

The former "Homeland" star is in talks to join "Wolf Hall," a BBC and "Masterpiece" miniseries.


John Stamos: We might be working on a "Full House" sequel
The "Full House" guys continued their tour last night on "Watch What Happens Live," where Stamos said: "We're sort of working on a twist on a sequel, but we don't know if it’s going to happen yet or not."


"Big Bang" crushes "Idol," "Rake" drops again
Greg Kinnear's Fox comedy fell more than 20% from its already low-rated premiere.


"Boardwalk Empire's" Michael Pitt is joining "Hannibal"

He's set to play Dr. Hannibal Lecter's patient in a "major role."


"Parks and Rec" should've saved last night's great ending for its series finale
That final shot, says James Poniewozik, "was the killer for me ... The whole idea of Parks, I guess, is that a community of people coming together can make a town into something magical." PLUS: Ann Perkins will be sorely missed, and why the show will be better off without Ann and Chris.


Watch the "Bones" Super Bowl promo

David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel help promote "Enlisted" and "New Girl" in their special promo.


See Seth Meyers' in his best non-Weekend Update "SNL" bits
For five seasons before joining Update, Meyers played such memorable characters as John Kerry and Anderson Cooper.


Study: Italians rank No. 2 in TV-watching, after the United States
The average Italian watches television 4 hours and 34 minutes a day.


Tony Hale to guest on "About a Boy"
The "Veep" star will play the father of the "boy."


Mackenzie Crook to star in a metal detector BBC sitcom
"The Office"/"Game of Thrones"/"Almost Human" vet will play a metal detector enthusiast in a six-part BBC comedy.


Alison Brie gives a dramatic reading of Craigslist missed connections
Watch the bit the "Community" star did for Jimmy Kimmel.


Donnie Wahlberg tonight makes his "Blue Bloods" directing debut
"It's no pressure, coming after our two highest-rated episodes since the pilot. No pressure for me at all," he says.


Cats star in a "Downton Abbey" remake
A pet shelter has remade the "Downton" intro with felines.

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<p>Jim Parsons and James Earl Jones of &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Jim Parsons and James Earl Jones of "The Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' thumps 'Idol' to rule Thursday while 'Community' holds

'Rake' takes a big drop for FOX
Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 30, 2014.
 
In their first head-to-head meeting of the season, "The Big Bang Theory" crushed "American Idol" as CBS rolled to primetime wins in all measures.
 
Among several Thursday notables, NBC's "Community" was able to withstand the new "Big Bang" episode, basically duplicating last week's ratings, which weren't exactly great, but sometimes you have to take good-ish news with grains of salt. "Parks and Recreation" was also stable with last week.
 
Meanwhile, "Rake" took a big drop in its second week, proving to be particularly weak in the young demos that have traditionally been the bread and butter for its "American Idol" lead-in.
 
Finally, "The Vampire Diaries" was down a hair for The CW, but "Reign" was flat week-to-week, with counts as good news for that network.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Leonardo DiCaprio in &quot;The Wolf of Wall Street.&quot;</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street."

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Roundup: Why historical accuracy isn't everything

Also: Annies honor anime vetran Otomo, and can Amy Adams upset?

Historian Alex von Tunzelmann considers this year's fact-based Oscar contenders, and argues there's more to effective cinema than mere historical accuracy: "There is extraordinary power in the moving image. Many of us will know that 'Braveheart' (1995) is tosh when we watch it, but years later bits of it may have taken root in our imaginations – and we don't always remember that they emanated from that great steaming heap of lies." She also evaluates seven of this year's Oscar nominees: "12 Years a Slave" passes with flying colors as both history and cinema, but she argues that the factual fidelity of "The Wolf of Wall Street" "undermines its own claim to be satire." [The Guardian]

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<p>Adele Exarchopoulos in &quot;Blue is the Warmest Color.&quot;</p>

Adele Exarchopoulos in "Blue is the Warmest Color."

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'Blue is the Warmest Color,' 'The Past,' 'Stranger by the Lake' land César nods

But hit comedy 'Me, Myself and Mum' leads the nominees

The César Award nominations always provide an interesting perspective of how French cinema is perceived domestically -- which doesn't always match the view from the outside. This year's list, for example, feature multiple nominations for such international festival hits as Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color," Alain Guiraudie's "Stranger by the Lake" and Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" -- all nominated for Best Picture and Director -- but the leading nominee, with 10 bids, was actor-turned-director Guillaume Gallienne's debut feature "Me, Myself and Mum." 

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Michelle Obama: I binge-watched 'Scandal'


Michelle Obama: I binge-watched "Scandal"

The First Lady tells Ryan Seacrest: "I watched all the seasons, I caught up on 'Scandal,' I had never watched it," the first lady said. "I love Kerry Washington, she is amazing, so it makes the show fun."


Could Simon Cowell exit "The X Factor"?
The NY Daily News reports that Cowell's commitment to the UK "X Factor" plus his new child being in NYC may result in Cowell leaving his judging job on the L.A.-based "X Factor" -- if it's brought back.


"Cooter" from "Dukes of Hazzard" slams CMT's "Party Down South"
Former U.S. Rep. Ben Jones sent an open letter to CMT calling the Southern "Jersey Shore" "cultural pornography," adding: "You are insulting the South without a clue of the richness and diversity of our many Southern cultures."


Lawsuit accuses "Dr. Phil" of sending a girl to a "private prison"

A federal lawsuit accuses the talk show of traumatizing their teenage daughter when she sought the TV doctor's help.


Starz's "Black Sails" and Captain Morgan are pointing cannons at each other, via billboards
Check out their dueling billboards on Sunset Boulevard.


"American Horror Story: Coven" was problematic from the start

The "Coven" season had a slew of problems -- from its treatment of women, to race. PLUS: Was voodoo queen Marie Laveau racist?


Watch "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening in a 1969 home movie shot by his dad, Homer
The six-minute film also features Groening's sisters Maggie and Lisa.


Dianne Weist to visit "The Blacklist"
She'll appear in the 15th episode as an anti-death penalty advocate.


New Yorkers mock Fox Sports' Joe Buck
Watch the Super Bowl announcer's Funny or Die video.


Check out the "Entourage" movie table read

Adrian Grenier tweeted an image from Thursday.


Bill Maher plans to use "Real Time" to unseat a member of Congress
"This year, we are going to be entering into the exciting world of outright meddling with the political process," Maher tells the NY Times.


"Reign" star tells fans: Stop boycotting our show!
Adelaide Kane had heard that some fans were boycotting the CW series over a change in story direction.


"E! News" accused of stealing a bit from MTV's "Nikki & Sara Live"
Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer allege that Giuliana Rancic copied their red carpet camera bit of touching celebrities as a game.


Guy Fieri launches his own coffee line
Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Roasts is being described as "Girl Scout cookies turned into testosterone-fueled beverages."


"Franklin & Bash" hires a new, attractive attorney

Actress Toni Trucks is joining the cast for Season 4.


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are starring in a USA PSA
Watch their "I Won't Stand For…" public service announcement.


"Psych's" Timothy Omundson will play a King on an ABC comedy pilot
He's joining the cast of "Galavant."


Dax Shepard writes an anti-paparazzi essay

The "Parenthood" star is calling on celebrity publications to stop publishing pics of celeb kids.


"SNL's" Bobby Moynihan will play a stripper cop on USA
He's guests starring on "Playing House."

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<p>You'll notice that in this shot of Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler from 'They&nbsp;Came Together,' it's almost like New York is a third character.</p>

You'll notice that in this shot of Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler from 'They Came Together,' it's almost like New York is a third character.

Credit: Lionsgate

Review: Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd savage the rom-com genre in 'They Came Together'

The 'Wet Hot American Summer' team demolishes another type of film

PARK CITY - Before the Friday night premiere of "They Came Together" at the Eccles Center in Park City, John Cooper talked about the reaction the programming team had back in 2001 when they saw "Wet Hot American Summer" for the first time.

"We had to ask ourselves if it was okay to show a comedy at Sundance," he said. "So thank you to David Wain and Michael Showalter for showing us that, yes, it is okay to show a comedy at Sundance." That seemed like an unintentional middle finger to Kevin Smith whose "Clerks" had played Sundance prior to 2001, but perhaps Cooper just got his timeline confused a bit. The point was obviously more to praise Wain and Showalter for making movies that have one very pointed goal: to make you laugh. A pet peeve of mine is that moment in almost ever mainstream comedy where the laughs stop and the plot kicks in. There should be a name for that moment, because almost every single time that happens, it kills a good film dead in its tracks. Comedies that manage to make the actual mechanics of the plot part of the comedy and part of the entertainment should be praised and singled out because it is a very difficult skill set to acquire, evidently.

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<p>Nick Cave in &quot;20,000 Days on Earth&quot;</p>

Nick Cave in "20,000 Days on Earth"

Nick Cave on '20,000 Days' doc and what we're to do when he dies

Interview: Songwriter, directors on Blixa Bargeld's emailed exit from the Bad Seeds

After the Nick Cave documentary-feature "20,000 Days on Earth" made its premiere at Sundance earlier this month, the film picked up a pair of honors at the film festival's 2014 awards ceremony, for directing and editing.

It was appropriate, really, for a narrative that tackles both Cave as a contemporary songwriter and as a  subject with a legendary past, a man and his myth: the film needed impeccable direction and shrewd editing.

Directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, friends and former collaborators of Cave's, began filming during the songwriter's sessions for newest album "Push the Sky Away," and yet sought to tell the story of his artistic journey to now. Instead of setting Cave down with journalists and letting talking heads talk, they paired him with a psychoanalyst and historical archivists. They didn't reveal the end of the album-making process, but the sweet banalities and live-recording environments that make a Cave & The Bad Seeds record. And they didn't film separate interviews with former colleagues like Kylie Minogue and Blixa Bargeld a cozy room: they put them in a car with Cave and they talked as he drove.

The latter -- with Bargeld -- was particularly captivating on screen, as the two awkwardly and sincerely talk about how a co-founding member of the Bad Seeds "left the band with a two line email that he sent to me. Then he was just gone." Bargeld had been performing with Cave for 20 years, when he quit the band unexpectedly 10 years ago.

"There was this sudden snatching of this character out of my life on a grand scale," Cave said during our interview in Park City after the film's debut.  "I hadn't even seen him since then... God knows why he agreed to do it... it ended up being a really beautiful thing. When I see Blixa in that car, my heart leaps as well. And I'm reminded what an incredibly powerful presence that this guy was."

Forsyth and Pollard also expounded on other larger-than-life characters in Cave's "bigger story" when it came to Susie Bick, Cave's wife since 1997, but they did it by pulling back. Cave goes into delicious detail about the first time he'd met her, and yet her face is always obscured or her back is turned in the film, just as her appearance on the cover of "Push the Sky Away" features her hands covering her face.

"It felt right to have her in the way that she's reflected and refracted in Nick's songs and particularly this album. It felt right to do that in the film, to not take that step into factual or reality and reduce her to this real person. She lives in the songs, and the presence she has, what she means to Nick, is magical. It's bigger than life, it's more imaginative," Pollard explained. Forsyth continued: "The more present she was in the film, the less that we really discovered about her. In the end, it was almost all taken away."

"20,000 Days on Earth" also became an opportunity for Cave to combine with Warren Ellis for an all-new soundtrack, a score which Pollard insists should "live on in some way." Between the extra footage for the film, the additional music from the "Push" sessions, the Opera House concert and small gig live performances in the movie, and the Ellis/Cave score, fans should hope for, at least, some interesting DVD extras.

"It just sort of slowly emerged to become a bigger thing. I realized this wasn't a film about me, it was something beyond a conventional celebrity documentary," Cave said about how the filmmaking team made his jam-packed fictional 20,000th day on Earth so unorthodox. Celebrity documentaries do so rarely wade into the waters of how artists wish to be remembered, for instance; in a scene where he's surrounded by scrapbooks and photographs and film, Cave cheekily suggests saving some for the "Nick Cave Memorial Museum," just as, in 2009, he joked about that gold statue to be erected in his likeness Australian home town.

So, I'll bite: how does Nick Cave wish to be memorialized after he's gone?

"The idea at the moment is that we make a huge gravestone, an extremely big one, and we fund it on Kickstarter. And if you give me £10,000, consider your name engraved on it."

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Shakira and Rihanna pile on the sexy in 'Can't Remember to Forget' video
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Shakira and Rihanna pile on the sexy in 'Can't Remember to Forget' video

As if you were expecting anything else...

I doubt that either Shakira or Rihanna ever has a moment where she wishes “Could I just let my voice do the heavy lifting here and not have to flash and wiggle body parts to get attention,” because if they did, they wouldn’t have made the video for “Can't Remember to Forget.”

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Can Elena survive Katherine's plan?

Katherine and Nadia may 'spell' the end of Elena

So, that happened. I think we all need a moment to process, don't we? And really, I needed to lay down some text without spoilers before the jump, and I'm just not sure what I can say about this episode that isn't a spoiler. Wait, Caroline's hair looked nice, didn't it? And... I'm out. Let's just discuss the big, bloody elephant in the room already. 

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<p>Jonathan Banks, Nathan Fillion and Alison Brie hanging out between takes on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Jonathan Banks, Nathan Fillion and Alison Brie hanging out between takes on "Community."

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Review: 'Community' - 'Analysis of Cork-Based Networking'

Nathan Fillion and a host of other funny guests don't get enough to do in a busy episode

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I detonate a mollusk...

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<p>Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones together one last time on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones together one last time on "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Ann and Chris'

The series says goodbye to Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe in a touching trip down memory lane

"Parks and Recreation" just said goodbye to Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe, and I have a review of the episode coming up just as soon as I pack you a bag of bras, knives and loose onions...

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