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<p>Malcolm woos Thea in last season&#39;s &quot;Arrow&quot; finale</p>

Malcolm woos Thea in last season's "Arrow" finale

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'Arrow' stars John Barrowman and Willa Holland on their dysfunctional father-daughter bond

Wednesday's 'Corto Maltese' episode is a big one

VANCOUVER, BC. For most of the season's first two "Arrow" episodes, a pretty big question lingered: Where the heck are Thea Queen and her newly-revealed pop Malcolm Merlyn?

Viewers got at least a partial answer at the very end of last week's episode when we were whisked off to Corto Maltese -- a land most famous from Vicki Vale's award-winning series of photos -- and discovered that Thea has apparently been undergoing some intense martial arts training courtesy of dad and his minions.

The abrupt departure from Starling City was part of Thea's attempt to redefine herself after a grief-and-danger-filled season, but it remains to be seen who Thea will be when we see her next. It's doubtful that she'll just return to being Oliver Queen's club-operating sister, but is she on the path to be the latest incarnation of the classic Green Arrow sidekick known as Speedy?

Rest-assured that nobody involved wants to give any definitive answers, but on the Vancouver set of "Arrow" last week, stars Willa Holland and John Barrowman teased what we can expect from this week's episode, which focuses heavily on Thea and Malcolm, or at least on Oliver's quest to get Thea back.

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Sia's cover of 'Never Fully Dressed' for 'Annie' is a super-fun and super-trashy

Sia's cover of 'Never Fully Dressed' for 'Annie' is a super-fun and super-trashy

I for one welcome our new Quvenzhané overlord

Sia has contributed a new version of "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" to the forthcoming film redux of "Annie" and, boy, is it bonkers. It's mastered to the max, it's got new, original fillings (just like your teeth!), it's got Sia still working out whatever accent Sia does, and it's trashy as hell. I kind of love it.

If the film is anything like the accompanying music video to this "Never Fully Dressed," then prepare for divine and obnoxious child actors forcing your mouth into a twisted dumb grin for its duration. A patent corporate smarm will act as a thin layer of wax on the "Annie" of old and transition it into a viral video-binging, non-stop comic, New York-worshipping, anti-cynical pill to swallow.

And maybe it's best this way, because I am going to watch this movie so hard. One reason is because "Annie" was one of a couple of Broadway musicals that got top spin in my family growing up. "Empty belly life / rotten smelly life /'s a hard-knock life" was my refrain when I had to do chores, with a swarthy arm-sweeping motion. (We also loved "A Chorus Line." The 7-year-old version me will remain in hypersleep until a version of "Dance 10, Looks 3" is remixed, and sung by Beyonce, to wake me.)

Sia and Greg Kurstin combined to re-arrange and executive produce the old songs and create new ones including "Opportunity," "Who Am I," and "Moonquake Lake" featuring Beck. Sia collaborated with Stargate for "The City's Yours." All some pretty big names, all creative for Overbrook (Will Smith), Roc Nation (Jay Z), RCA and Sony's Madison Gate.

So far it looks like this "Annie" may be saccharine, and it sounds overexposed, and it will make me drink all of the Coke and eat all of the Junior Mints. Still scratching my head at the Cameron Diaz casting, but at least now she knows we're all looking at her. Quvenzhane Wallis wowed everyone with "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and here she looks like an excited Disney princess, just shy a couple years. I'm so excited. Now, when's the Jay Z cameo?

The "Annie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" album will be out on Nov. 17, and the movie -- starring Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Diaz, Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne -- heads to theaters right before Christmas, on Dec. 19.

Here is the tracklist for "Annie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack":

1. Overture - Cast
2. Maybe - Quvenzhané Wallis, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Nicolette Pierini, Eden Duncan-Smith and Amanda Troya
3. It's The Hard-Knock Life - Quvenzhané Wallis, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Nicolette Pierini, Eden Duncan-Smith and Amanda Troya
4. Tomorrow - Quvenzhané Wallis
5. I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here (2014 Film Version) - Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne and Stephanie Kurtzuba
6. You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile (2014 Film Version) - Sia                   
7. Moonquake Lake - Sia and Beck
8. Little Girls (2014 Film Version) - Cameron Diaz
9. The City's Yours - Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis
10. Opportunity - Quvenzhané Wallis
11. Easy Street (2014 Film Version) - Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale
12. Who Am I? - Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Quvenzhané Wallis
13. I Don't Need Anything But You (2014 Film Version) - Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis and Rose Byrne
14. Tomorrow (Reprise) - Cast
15. Opportunity (Sia Version) - Sia [Version does not appear in film]

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NBC’s 'Bewitched' sequel will focus on Samantha’s granddaughter
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NBC’s 'Bewitched' sequel will focus on Samantha’s granddaughter

Chrisina Ricci to reprise her 'Lizzie Borden' role for a 6-episode Lifetime series

NBC’s “Bewitched” sequel will focus on Samantha’s granddaughter
The new series will revolve around single 20-something Daphne, Tabitha’s daughter and Samantha’s granddaughter, who can conjure up everything except for real love.

Christina Ricci to reprise her “Lizzie Borden” role for a 6-episode Lifetime series
The "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax” movie star will return with "Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles,” which will also feature the return of Clea DuVall.

“Supernatural” may try making another backdoor spinoff, but over multiple episodes
Instead of using one hour to introduce the spinoff’s new characters, they may be introduced over the course of several episodes.

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Albert Wolsky on costuming 'Birdman' and working with legends like Bob Fosse

Albert Wolsky on costuming 'Birdman' and working with legends like Bob Fosse

Legendary outfitter was able to bridge his legacies of stage and screen on the film

Somehow I haven't gotten around to talking to legendary costume designer Albert Wolsky in my time, but "Birdman" presented the opportunity and here we are. With seven Oscar nominations and two wins, Wolsky is one of the titans, with a legacy on both stage and screen. Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest, then, was a fascinating project for him in that it bridged the gap between those two disciplines.

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The inside story on 'Birdman's' instantly iconic superhero costume

The inside story on 'Birdman's' instantly iconic superhero costume

What was Guillermo del Toro's connection?

Legendary costume designer Albert Wolsky was tasked with outfitting Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film, "Birdman." But perhaps the film's most stand-out piece of wardrobe ended up landing in a different industry realm: special effects.

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<p>Steve Coogan</p>

Steve Coogan

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Steve Coogan replaces Philip Seymour Hoffman in Showtime's 'Happyish'

'Philomena' Oscar nominee will top line the half-hour comedy pilot

Oscar nominated writer and TV favorite Steve Coogan will be the new lead in Showtime's darkly comedic half-hour "Happyish."

The new pilot for "Happyish" will shoot in New York City this December, with Ken Kwapis directing from a script by Shalom Auslander.

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Steve Coogan replaces Philip Seymour Hoffman on Showtime’s 'Happyish'
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Steve Coogan replaces Philip Seymour Hoffman on Showtime’s 'Happyish'

Morena Baccarin lands on 'Gotham'

Steve Coogan replaces Philip Seymour Hoffman on Showtime’s “Happyish"
When Hoffman died in February, he had already filmed the pilot for “Happyish” and Showtime had just picked up the series, a dark examination of the pursuit of happiness, for 10 episodes. Showtime will now reshoot the pilot with the British actor.

Morena Baccarin lands on “Gotham”
The “Homeland” alum will play the iconic DC Comics role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins.

ABC orders “Shark Tank” spinoff “Beyond the Tank”
The companion series will follow-up on the “Shark Tank” participants.

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Mark Wahlberg - The Gambler
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'The Gambler' trailer rolls the dice on Mark Wahlberg and f-bombs

William Monahan dialogue keeps Rupert Wyatt’s remake snappy

Karel Reisz’s 1974 drama “The Gambler,” an autobiographical drama by James Toback, is a slow burn portrait of addiction. Every little bit literature professor Axel Freed (James Caan) makes on the Blackjack table, he sinks a few steps lower until he drowns in his melancholy reality. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” director Rupert Wyatt’s remake, swinging into the Oscar race at the tail end of the year, has a bit more bounce, channeling the Scorsese crime drama spirit with Mark Wahlberg as its troubled keystone. A totally different movie — and an intriguing departure (with plenty of cussin’ so you know it means business).

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<p>&quot;The Overnighters&quot;</p>

"The Overnighters"

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Exclusive 'Overnighters' clip shows the small-town tensions in the Sundance favorite

Jesse Moss' doc won a Special Jury Prize in Park City

Jesse Moss' "The Overnighters" was one of the breakout documentary hits of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, taking home a Special Jury Prize.

Set in Williston, North Dakota, "The Overnighters" depicts the problems in a small town when oil prospects bring in an avalanche of new jobs and an even larger onslaught of potential workers, many drawn by the opportunity to restart lives stalled by prolonged unemployment or murky pasts.

Caught in the middle between a wary community and the invading horde aspiring to the American Dream is Pastor Jay Reinke, who opens the doors of the Concordia Lutheran Church to this influx of settlers.

If you'll recall my review from Sundance, I had reservations about the last quarter of "The Overnighters," which seemed to overreach for conclusions based on narrative twist-of-sorts. However, for much of its running time, "Overnighters" is provocative in the most literal sense of the word. It forces viewers to ask difficult questions about faith, charity, the burdens of altruism and the shifting economic realities in the Wild West of contemporary America.

In this exclusive clip, we see many of those themes play out as one of Reinke's parishioners expresses concern about Williston's new residents and their impact on the church, leading the pastor to defend those choices.

Drafthouse Films is releasing "The Overnighters," which opens in Los Angeles on October 31. 

Check out the clip above.

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Neil Patrick Harris was 4th choice to host Oscars — after Ellen, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
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Neil Patrick Harris was 4th choice to host Oscars — after Ellen, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

World Series delivers its worst Game 1 overnight ratings ever

Neil Patrick Harris was the 4th choice to host Oscars — after Ellen, Chris Rock and Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Ellen DeGeneres was against hosting for a 3rd time, according to The Hollywood Reporter, while a deal with 2005 host Chris Rock “failed to materialize.” “Veep” star Louis-Dreyfus, meanwhile, said no to hosting.

Bryan Cranston responds to Toys ‘R Us pulling “Breaking Bad” toys: "Nicely played Florida Mom"
"Word on the street is that they were sent to Belize,” he tweeted.

World Series delivers its worst Game 1 overnight ratings ever
Last night’s blowout win was topped by “NCIS,” “NCIS: New Orleans” and “The Voice.” PLUS: “Selfie” sees a slight rise, and “Marry Me” falls about 15-20% in Week 2.

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Force Majeure
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'Force Majeure' director on 'Captain Coward,' 'Worst Man Cry' and more YouTube influences

How the Internet assisted Ruben Östlund in an exploration of relationships and gender

YouTube is a procrastinator’s dream, a narcissist’s platform, an entertainer’s rocket, and a dumping ground for the mesmerizingly mundane. Snowballed together, it’s the perfect screenwriting tool, a breadth of humanity’s successes and failures available to stream. As Ruben Östlund pieced together “Force Majeure,” his new comedy and Sweden’s entry into the Best Foreign Film Oscar race, the writer-director turned to YouTube for doses of reality. If someone captured an event or action or pang of emotion on camera and uploaded to the Internet, then it happened in real life. And it could happen in “Force Majeure.”

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<p>World Series Game One</p>

World Series Game One

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TV Ratings: World Series opener helps FOX split Tuesday as 'Love Story' eyes oblivion

'The Flash' also dips, while 'NCIS: New Orleans' rises for CBS

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

The World Series opener between the Giants and Royals was essentially over after the first inning, but the lopsided Giants win still let FOX claim Tuesday night among young viewers. Baseball took only a small bite out of CBS' dramas, though, as "NCIS: New Orleans" helped the network win overall.

While "NCIS: NOLA" held up well against the World Series, there were a slew of big droppers on Tuesday including "Marry Me," "About a Boy" and even The CW's "The Flash." 

Also slipping on Tuesday was ABC's "Manhattan Love Story," which did only a 0.7 rating in the key demo, which may prove to be the catalyst necessary to get us our first cancellation of the season.

This story will make no judgments on FOX's World Series numbers, because as inaccurate as figures for live events are in general, they become even more inaccurate when dealing with a West Coast participant. So these are time period figures and not, in any way, the ratings for the World Series game itself.

On to the numbers...

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