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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.
 
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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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9 signs Lady Gaga has lost her way

9 signs Lady Gaga has lost her way

Has Momma Monster gotten a little off-track? Here's why we think so

Lady Gaga's newest album, "Artpop," comes out Monday. While an album from Momma Monster is always cause for excitement (and it looks like this one will have a strong opening of 450,000 copies or so), there are several signs that look like Lady Gaga has lost her way a bit.

Even before news broke this week of her split with longtime manager Troy Carter, several of us at HitFix felt like her career was a little unsteady, whether it was the feeling that the songs leaking from "Artpop" weren't as compelling as past material or her grab to propel fans to buy multiple copies of "Applause" to juice it up the charts or even just the fact that she doesn't seem to be having much fun anymore, here's a look at a few ways Lady Gaga seems to have lost her path a little. Here's hoping the missteps are only temporary.

 

 

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<p>George Clooney gets photobombed by his producing and writing partner Grant Heslov at the 2013 AFI&nbsp;Film Fest gala for &quot;August:&nbsp;Osage County&quot;&nbsp;Friday night in Hollywood.</p>

George Clooney gets photobombed by his producing and writing partner Grant Heslov at the 2013 AFI Film Fest gala for "August: Osage County" Friday night in Hollywood.

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George Clooney fills in for Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep at AFI gala

Revisiting 'August: Osage County'

HOLLYWOOD — AFI organizers expected some star power on their red carpet when they booked "August: Osage County" for the film festival's prime Friday night gala, but they probably didn't expect it to be from the movie's producer. With Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep officially "unavailable" (the two-time Oscar winner was in London shooting "Into the Woods"), George Clooney was the biggest name at "August's" LA premiere and - like the pro's pro he is - he graciously charmed the press on hand with the soundbites and smiles they so desperately wanted.

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<p>Scott Cooper (left)&nbsp;and Christian Bale on the set of &quot;Out of the&nbsp;Furnace&quot;</p>

Scott Cooper (left) and Christian Bale on the set of "Out of the Furnace"

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The musical soul of Scott Cooper's 'Out of the Furnace'

And why Eddie Vedder's original material was 'too perfect' for the film

LOS ANGELES — In the new drama "Out of the Furnace," premiering tonight at the 2013 AFI Fest in Hollywood, Scott Cooper has finally delivered a follow-up to his 2009 debut "Crazy Heart." That film, which won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Original Song, came about as a vessel through which the Virginia-born director could, in some way, tell the story of singer Waylon Jennings (something he could not do directly due to legalities surrounding the country crooner's life). Indeed, Jennings' Nashville smack-down "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?" made it onto the soundtrack, part of the DNA of a film that aimed to strip away the flashy rhinestones and fancy bolos and tell a straightforward story of a musician's life on the road, no place for the weary kind.

Given how entrenched that film was in its musical identity, it's only natural that one might be curious about the musical pulse of his latest, an account of life and death and the thin line between in the mountains of Pennsylvania Appalachia. And make no mistake, there is a musical soul to "Out of the Furnace," perhaps one even deeper than that of "Crazy Heart."

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