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"The Vampire Diaries"

"The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Will 'True Lies' ruin Damon and Elena?

Silas isn't the only one who isn't telling the truth

It isn't easy being a vampire, or at least not a vampire in Mystic Falls. There's always someone chasing you, occasionally the townspeople turn on you (if only because they're under some Silas mind control, but still), your friends have a tendency to die, you have to take introductory college classes, that sort of thing. This week, we also deal with the fact that not everyone is telling everyone else the truth. Worse, not everyone is telling themselves the truth. It's enough to make you want to curl up in your coffin and weep.

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BBC will make 9 lost "Doctor Who" episodes available for download


BBC will make 9 lost "Doctor Who" episodes available for download

Discovered in a Nigerian TV studio, the Patrick Troughton haven't been seen since the early '60s.


Chris Elliott to play Betty White's "Hot in Cleveland" boyfriend

He'll play the "laid-back Luke" in Season 5.


Justin Long returning to NBC with his own comedy project

The former "Ed" star is expected to star in "The Younger Man," a comedy he's writing with his brother.


Shonda Rhimes: I've applied my "Grey's Anatomy" lessons on "Scandal"

"I learned on 'Grey's' that you don't want anybody on your show that doesn't want to be there," she says. "I wanted 'Scandal' to be a place where everyone that you're working with was a lovely, giving person who was as excited about this as we all were. There's no competition, no jealousy and no drama; it's just a family, and that's what Grey's is now." PLUS: "Grey's" cast reflects on 200 episodes, 11 memorable moments, cast share their audition stories, and Ellen Pompeo posts a thank you note on Twitter.


"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." still has a lot of work today

It may have earned a full season, but the ABC drama's ratings have dropped week to week. Here are tips for improving the show.


Claim: Many young people have never watched "The Sopranos" because it's not on Netflix
A college professor writes that many of her students are unfamiliar with HBO's Golden Age of Television because they're too busy watching the many TV options offered by Netflix.


Carol Leifer joins "Devious Maids" as an executive producer
The comedienne is one of several producer additions for Season 2.


Google has tweaked its search results for TV shows
Add "TV shows" to a search of a TV show and you'll get specialized info on that program.


How long can "Scandal" keep up its craziness?

As Mike Hale notes, some of the exchanges are starting to sound the same, adding: "Its becoming hard to avoid the realization that one of the show's most important plots involves two smart women fighting over a needy, sly, middle-aged baby." PLUS: Kerry Washington is surprised Olivia Pope isn't a drug addict in jail, Joe Morton on his relationship with Olivia, and everything you wanted to know about Olivia's style.


CBS orders a Matt Damon-Ben Affleck comedy pilot, starring Tom Papa
Damon and Affleck are producing "More Time With Family."


Why does live-tweeting of scripted shows result in terrible tweets?
It's hard coming up with something interesting to say when you're immersed in a show.


A bear from Miley Cyrus' VMA performance tells all on Reddit
The bear claims Robin Thicke knew what was about to happen -- he even suggested some moves.


"Real World's" Sean Duffy: How did he become the "Shutdown Congressman"?
The Wisconsin representative seemed like a totally different person 16 years ago on MTV.


How formulaic are "Modern Family" jokes?
Here's a breakdown of the jokes from the 100th episode. PLUS: "Modern Family" has become a "smile machine."


Shows with 1-word titles are all the rage
"Dads," "Mom," "Betrayal," "Scandal" ...


Oprah will auction off stuff from her house
Her Montecito mansion is undergoing a renovation.


"Mom" is funny yet sad
It's unusual to have a network comedy based on addiction and recovery.


Mary Lou Retton signs on for a "Celebrity Champions" gymnastics reality show
Celebs will compete in bars, floor, rings and vault.


Watch the trailer for Hulu's sports mascot reality show

"Behind the Mask" premieres Oct. 23.


"Bright Young Things" book series is coming to ABC
The book series set in 1929 Manhattan will be adapted by producer John Wells.


Car designers are getting their own reality show
The company behind "Project Runway" is casting for "Revved Up."


David Milch's "The Money" adds Ray Liotta and Mamie Gummer
Liotta will play a Wall Street tycoon on the HBO pilot.


Fox's Tuesday: TV's best night of comedy

"New Girl," "The Mindy Project" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" help form the "smartest, funniest, and all-around best night of comedy on television."


"Parks and Rec's" Counciiman Jamm -- more understandable thanks to the gov't shutdown?
Why Jon Glaser's character doesn't seem so far-fetched. PLUS: 24 things learned from the "Parks and Rec" set.


Abandoned hospital hosts an "American Horror Story" sleepover
Linda Vista Community Hospital held a special event to promote the "Asylum" DVD release.


Will "Glee's" Cory Monteith tribute romanticize addiction?

How sanitized will tonight's Finn tribute episode be? PLUS: Fox launches a "RememberingCory" website, and Monteith's estranged father speaks out.


How the "Breaking Bad" finale is explained in Marty Robbins' "El Paso"
"Felina" seems to echo the plot. PLUS: Britney Spears retweets Bryan Cranston's concern about her finale complaint.


There are 13 kinds of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" episodes
Fifteen of the 100 episodes have been devoted to the gang doing something gross with food. PLUS: An appreciation of "It's Always Sunny."


NYC's "Saved by the Bell" musical is a lot like "Rocky Horror Picture Show"
Fans have attended "Bayside! The Musical!" dressed as their favorite characters. PLUS: Watch the "Bayside!" trailer.


It's been 15 years since "Felicity" premiered
Scott Foley explains why the college drama still resonates today.


Ex-"Dancing" stars Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo are expecting a baby boy
It'll be the first child for the couple, who married in 2007.


"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" is more brand extension than spinoff

But unlike the original, "Wonderland" skips straight to bewilderment.

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<p>Simon Cowell of &quot;X Factor&quot;</p>

Simon Cowell of "X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - The Four-Chair Challenge Round #4

Simon listens to his last four Groups and makes tough choices.

When we left "The X Factor" on Wednesday night, Simon Cowell had listened to four of his Groups and given chairs to all four.

Six groups remain, including a slew of early favorites and the last two FrankenGroups, so which big Switches does Simon have in store?

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"Once Upon A Time in Wonderland"

"Once Upon A Time in Wonderland"

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'Once Upon A Time in Wonderland' recap: 'Down the Rabbit Hole'

Alice is off to Wonderland, but it's not what you remember

After watching "Once Upon A Time in Wonderland" (which we should just call "Wonderland" from now on, even if it reminds a few of you of that murdery 2003 Val Kilmer movie), I had an idea. if you've been reluctant to jump into "Once Upon A Time" because there are too many characters, or because you've missed the first season, or if you just don't like whatever character has emerged as a focus this week (though it could easily change next week), this might be just the show for you. Even though it's a spinoff of "Once Upon A Time," think of it as the gateway drug. Drink me!

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<p>David Bowie</p>

David Bowie

James Murphy remixed David Bowie's 'Love Is Lost': You're welcome

He lives for chopped applause

Chopping and screwing a track of applause is nothing new -- and James Murphy re-titles his remix to David Bowie's "Lost Is Lost" as such. The former LCD Soundsystem frontman tips his hat to composer Steve Reich and his "Clapping Music" in this dark dance redux.

The result of the "Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy For The DFA" is something spirited and menacing, with a wry smile as you put your hands together. Bowie's lamentations reside in caverns of reverb next to rhythmic sythesizers, the clapping ultimately dying out after a dramatic chorus and then 5 more minutes of music.

Murphy and Bowie spent some time in the lab together as they both worked on Arcade Fire's "Reflektor," at least; knowing Bowie's affinity for the band, he may show up on more than just one song on the double-album. Murphy signed on to produce much of the Montreal band's new album. Now when is Regine going to sing on a Murphy song, with Bowie directing and acting in the video, hrm?

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<p>Sam Elliott as Eagleton Ron on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Sam Elliott as Eagleton Ron on "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Doppelgangers'

Sam Elliott, Billy Eichner and June Diane Raphael guest star as Eagleton parks department staffers

A quick review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as we burn widows for learning arithmetic...

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<p>Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett in &quot;The Monuments Men.&quot;</p>

Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett in "The Monuments Men."

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New trailer for Clooney's 'Monuments Men' underlines the 'art is important' message

Probably a good way to sell one of the season's last unseen Oscar players

George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" will be among the last of the season's potential Oscar candidates to reveal itself -- skipping the festival circuit, the film will open in the US on the prime holiday-season date of December 18. And while we have little else to go on right now, the project certainly doesn't lack for kerb appeal: a high-gloss Second World War adventure with an all-star cast including Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban.

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Jimmy Kimmel: You could hear a pin drop during my Kanye West interview


Jimmy Kimmel: You could hear a pin drop during my Kanye West interview

Says Kimmel: "One thing I learned on the radio is the value of shutting up and listening. He had a lot to say and he seemed very passionate and I felt like I was absorbed by it, and I thought the audience was too." PLUS: Gloria Allred blasts Kanye over his Kimmel remarks.


Is "House of Cards" ending after Season 2?
A producer suggested that Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright want to go back to the movies after the 2nd season is done filming.


Brie Larson returning to "Community," Robert Patrick and Ben Folds to guest-star

They'll appear in the same episode with Paget Brewster.


CW orders more scripts for "Reign," Tomorrow People" and "The Originals"
Three original scripts for each freshman show have been ordered.


Robin Thicke portrays himself as the victim in Miley Cyrus VMA twerking controversy
In an interview with Oprah, Thicke says, "People ask me, 'Do you twerk?' I go, 'I'm the twerkee. I'm twerked upon."


ABC orders more "Shark Tank"
Two more episodes will bring this season's total to 24.

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<p>Lorde</p>

Lorde

No, Lorde's 'Royals' is not racist. Can we dial back the lyric parsing?

Must every song and action be picked apart for signs of offense?

It all started, as these things often do, with a blog post. A few days ago, Veronica Beyetti Flores on the Feministing website, alleged that Lorde’s “Royals,” the No. 1 song in the U.S. is racist.

It took a few days, but by last night, her accusations had blown up with news sites like CNN and Time weighing in on the made-up controversy.

Flores’ interpretation of the song is that Lorde, by mentioning elements sometimes associated with rappers—and her rejection of them— is being deeply racist. She cites the lines “But every song’s like gold teeth, Grey Goose, trippin’ in the bathroom/Blood stains, ball gowns, trashing the  hotel room/ We don't care, we're driving Cadillacs in our dreams/But everybody’s like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your time piece/Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash/We don’t care, we aren’t caught up in your love affair.”

“While I love a good critique of wealth accumulation and inequity, this song is not one; in fact, it is deeply racist,” writes Flores. “Because we all know who she’s thinking when we’re talking gold teeth, Cristal and Maybachs. So why shit on black folks? Why shit on rappers? Why aren’t we critiquing wealth by taking hits at golf or polo or Central Park East? Why not take to task the bankers and old-money folks who actually have a hand in perpetuating and increasing wealth inequality? I’m gonna take a guess: racism.”

What? I don’t doubt that Flores truly somehow sees the song that way, but I don’t really understand the giant leap she’s making. The song is a rejection of material things, not of blacks or anyone who wants these things. It’s written from the standpoint (or at least my interpretation of it) of a teenager who realizes she is being sold to at every moment and has decided not to buy into the conspicuous consumption.  As she sings: “And we’ll never be royals/It don’t run in our blood/That kind of luxe just ain’t for us.”

And yes, while we may hear more rappers bringing up Maybachs or Cristal than a country artist, the fact is that rap songs are the pop music of the day. Kanye West had it absolutely right when he said that rap stars are the rock stars now so these symbols are touchstones of wealth for anyone who is listening to pop music, whether they are White, Black, Hispanic, Asian or any other ethnicity.

Lorde has not responded to Flores' colum, but, as the CNN piece points out,  earlier told NPR, "I was just sort of reeling off some of the things which are commonly mentioned in hip-hop and the Top 40. I've always loved hip-hop, but as a fan of hip-hop, I've always had to kind of suspend disbelief because, obviously, I don't have a Bentley. There's a distance between that and the life I have with my friends." How does that make her racist? It just makes her like the 98% who can't afford a Maybach.

Have we gone so overboard that we are now parsing every lyric of every song and every movement of every artist?  In just the past few months, the critique of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” developed after a blogger wrote that she found the song “rapey.” The song had been out for a few months before that and no one seemed to have much of a problem with it. And while that one probably had a little more validity than these others, next came a blogger accusing Miley Cyrus of being racist because when she twerked on the VMAs she was appropriating black culture and because all of her dancers were black.

We’re getting into dangerous territory here. There is so much true racism that still exists in the world that we should be fighting against instead of looking for signs of it that aren’t there. Has Cyrus shown any kind of pattern of racism? None that I can see. Is there anything else on Lorde’s album that could be interpreted as racist? Not that I heard-- but then I didn’t hear racism in “Royals.”  We can probably find something offensive in every song if we want to and if we are so desperate for page views, but sometimes, it’s just not there. And every time we spend the energy trumping up a controversy, it takes our eyes off the real offenders.

Do you find Lorde's "Royals" racist?

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<p>Chloe Moretz cleans up well, but she was more than willing to get dirty and damaged to play the lead character in 'Carrie'</p>

Chloe Moretz cleans up well, but she was more than willing to get dirty and damaged to play the lead character in 'Carrie'

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Chloe Moretz on why she has more in common with 'Carrie' than you'd guess

She may not be the most obvious choice, but she feels an affinity for the character

Since the moment they announced that Chloe Moretz was set to star in Kimberly Peirce's "Carrie," I've been wondering about the casting. Moretz is a very talented and intuitive young actor, and I certainly don't think you cast people only to play themselves in films. But I do believe you cast to someone's strengths, and Moretz is so self-confident, so at home in her own skin, that she seems like strange casting for a character who is the very definition of bully-bait.

There's a protracted series of scenes in "Kick-Ass 2" where Mindy, aka Hit-Girl, has to contend with mean girls, a threat her father never taught her to handle. The way she finally handles them seems entirely within character, and she refuses to allow herself to be pushed by someone she sees as weaker than her. That seems like what we've come to expect from Moretz and the characters she plays.

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<p>Sandra Bullock in a tense scene from &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock in a tense scene from "Gravity"

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Composer Steven Price on scoring the soundscape of 'Gravity' and the power of Atmos

How breaking down various aural elements enhanced the immersive quality of the film

In a film such as Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity," which takes place in orbit and embraces the reality that "in space, no one can hear you scream" -- or anything else, for that matter --  music was always going to have an expanded role in the experience. The director was very determined from the outset that, like so many other elements in the film, the score would need to serve the immersive ends he was aiming toward. It was always going to be sort of moving around the audience in the theater, making you feel as though you were part of the action taking place on screen.

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<p>Daniel Radcliffe during a press conference for &quot;The F Word&quot; at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.</p>

Daniel Radcliffe during a press conference for "The F Word" at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Credit: AP Photo/Evan Agonisti

Is Daniel Radcliffe having the time of his life? You bet he is

'Kill Your Darlings' star has had a busy two years

Let's be frank.  Daniel Radcliffe made enough money starring in eight "Harry Potter" films to never have to work a day in his life gain.  And, even at 25, that's an intriguing proposition.  Instead, like his co-star Emma Watson, Radcliffe has been working his butt off.

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