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<p>Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins on the set of &quot;Prisoners&quot;</p>

Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins on the set of "Prisoners"

Credit: Warner Bros.

11-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins talks 'Prisoners' and the upcoming 'Unbroken'

The cinematographer is somehow still in search of his first Academy Award

Two weeks ago cinematographer Roger Deakins picked up his eleventh Oscar nomination to date, and as many who trade in these circles are well aware, he's still on the lookout for his first win. "Prisoners" won't likely be the film to get him there as "Gravity" is gobbling up most of the attention in that field this season, but the consistent recognition (including a twelfth American Society of Cinematographers nomination) is unique and continues to mark Deakins as one of the greats.

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Jennifer Lopez proves you can go home again in new video for 'Same Girl'

Jennifer Lopez proves you can go home again in new video for 'Same Girl'

Jenny from the block delights the Bronx

She could probably buy the Bronx by now, or at least distribute enough cologne and clothes from her perfume and dress lines to make it really smell and look good, but Jennifer Lopez is determined to make us believe that she is the “Same Girl” as she always was.

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Jay Leno's entire 'Tonight Show' staff will be laid off

Jay Leno's entire "Tonight Show" staff will be laid off

All 164 of Leno's "Tonight" employees will get pink slips in the weeks after Jay wraps up his show next week, but they are encouraged to apply for other NBC Universal jobs.

"The Simpsons": We predicted a Denver-Seattle Super Bowl in 2005

A 2005 episode showed the Broncos beating the Seahawks, 19-14.

"Breaking Bad" memorabilia is still big in Albuquerque, but some worry it's glorifying meth use
The maker of fake blue meth candy, for instance, is starting to see a backlash from people affected by meth use.

"Seinfeld" reunion could be revealed by the time the Super Bowl is over

It may not be a Super Bowl commercial. But Jerry Seinfeld said the results of his shoot with "George Costanza" would be shown "very soon." And the NY Times says, "we may know by the time the Super Bowl ends on Sunday night."

Spoiler: Peter Capaldi's "Doctor Who" may get a surprising cameo

Capaldi was overheard on set hinting at something big.

"Downton Abbey" costume exhibit is coming to America

A NYC museum will display 40 outfits from the PBS series.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: I was the final "Jeopardy!" question last night

"Answer: Who is me?"

Watch a preview of Howard Stern with Jerry Seinfeld on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"
"You're like a hip Wicked Witch of the West," Seinfeld tells the King of All Media."

Seth Meyers gives a tour of his "SNL" office

Meyers' office includes an old Nintendo system and a framed photo of model Martha Stewart.

Conan tries to unload his "Conan" memorabilia at a pawn shop
How much is a mini Masturbating Bear worth?

CBS' "Extant" adds Grace Gummer

"The Newsroom" vet will help build robot prototypes on the CBS summer thriller starring Halle Berry.

The Muppets are appearing in a Super Bowl ad for Toyota
They're headed to New Jersey to help Kermit live-tweet the Super Bowl. PLUS: Kermit & Miss Piggy recreate Erin Andrews' Richard Sherman interview.

Lucy Hale is visiting another ABC Family series

The "Pretty Little Liars" star will guest on "Baby Daddy."

Larry King takes shots at Piers Morgan, jokes that CNN should add "SpongeBob"
"It's too much about him," King says of "Piers Morgan Tonight." "I always tried to leave myself out of interviews. It’s not the kind of show that I enjoy. When you turn on a show, the guest should be talking 90 percent of the time."

"Rosemary's Baby" casts 2 more

Here are the actresses playing the neighbor Margaux Castevet and Rosemary's girlfriend.

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<p>A scene from &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

A scene from "Gravity"

Credit: Warner Bros.

'Gravity' sound team could make noise at the Oscars

Are Skip Lievsay, Glenn Freemantle and Steven Price lined up for gold?

Like a number of films from 2013, many of them nominated in one or both of the Academy's sound categories — "All is Lost," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Lone Survivor" — what the audience hears is crucial to the overall experience of the film. And that was never more the case this year than with Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity." But when your goal is authenticity in orbit, how do you come at the problem laid out by the tagline for Ridley Scott's 1979 horror film "Alien": "In space, no one can hear you scream," or do anything, really.

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Tim Gunn

 Tim Gunn

Credit: Lifetime Television

'Project Runway' mentor Tim Gunn shares Super Bowl fashion tips

Mittens are a no-no, people

Don't know what to wear at your Super Bowl soiree this Sunday? Oh, you don't care? Well, not everyone is showing up in a stained team jersey and ratty blue jeans, my friend, and "Under the Gunn" and "Project Runway" mega  mentor knows that. Thankfully, he has some advice. No dickeys, people! No, no, no! 

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Jason Alexander: 'Seinfeld' reunion may not be a 'reunion'

Jason Alexander: "Seinfeld" reunion may not be a "reunion"
Alexander weighed in on the reunion this morning via Twitter: "not sure if when all is said and done, you will all think of it as a "reunion" but we hope you enjoy. I'm sure you'll let us know. :)"

NBC orders 2 more "Chicago P.D." episodes
The "Chicago Fire" spinoff's 1st season total now stands at 15 episodes.

Sam Champion's new Weather Channel show will be called "AMHQ"
It's short for "America's Morning Headquarters."

Behind the scenes of "House of Cards" Season 2, with director Jodie Foster
The NY Times Magazine has a big profile of the 2nd season, including a side-by-side comparison of Frank Underwood vs. Jed Bartlet.

Kaley Cuoco was excited to see her new name on "The Big Bang Theory"
In the opening credits, now she's Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting.

"Sharknado" to be shown in movie theaters in France

The Syfy film will have a big screen premiere on Feb. 8.

See the poster for ABC's "Resurrection"

The sci-fi series debuts March 9.

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One Direction finds cougars with sweet rides in 'Midnight Memories' video

One Direction finds cougars with sweet rides in 'Midnight Memories' video

The lads' latest clip is all kinds of fun

I’m convinced that one reason for One Direction’s continued success is that they don’t take themselves too seriously. They are, of course, not the Beatles— though they inspire the same type of crazed devotion from they young fans — but they have tapped into the fun spirit that the early Beatles adopted for “A Hard Day’s Night.”

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<p>Miley Cyrus talking to Jay Leno</p>

Miley Cyrus talking to Jay Leno

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Miley Cyrus' advice to Justin Bieber on 'The Tonight Show': 'Stay Home'

From one pop star to another

Miley Cyrus had some advice for Justin Bieber on how to stay out of trouble when she appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Thursday night.  Justin, are you listening? 

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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."

Credit: Paramount Pictures

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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