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Netflix sets 'House of Cards' return for Valentine's Day

Netflix sets "House of Cards" return for Valentine's Day

All 13 Season 2 episodes will be posted on Feb. 14. Watch the Season 2 teaser.

BBC cancels "Ripper Street"
The Jack the Ripper drama starring Matthew MacFadyen won't return for Season 3.

Nigella Lawson admits using cocaine, but only twice
"The Chew" star testified today that she wasn't a habitual user. "I have never been a drug addict," she said.

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<p>Kevin Spacey in &quot;House of Cards,&quot;&nbsp;which will return in February. </p>

Kevin Spacey in "House of Cards," which will return in February.

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Netflix's 'House of Cards' returning in February

Once again, all episodes of the Kevin Spacey political drama will be released at once

Netflix will premiere "House of Cards" season 2 on Valentine's Day — and, once again, will premiere all the episodes at once.

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Phil Collen

 Phil Collen

Credit: Helen Collen

Listen: CulturePop No. 35 - Def Leppard's Phil Collen

How those backstage passes really worked - bad news, groupies (NSFW)

Man, do Melinda and I have all the luck or what? We got yet another amazing guest to sit down with us a few weeks ago (or really, sit down with Melinda, as I was phoning in from Las Vegas). Phil Collen, superstar guitarist for Def Leppard and Manraze (his band with Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols and Simon Laffy of Collens Girl), had a friendly chat with us which was ridiculous, raucous fun. We discussed Manraze's new EP, "I Surrender," Def Leppard's next album, his in-the-works autobiography, his amazing abs, veganism and, yes, those infamous Def Leppard backstage passes. 

Warning: Phil's team just happened to pass along the image below, as it was something we discussed during the podcast. Alas, it may not be suitable for your workplace. You're welcome. Here's the rundown:

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Roundup: 'Frozen' is a hit, but is it selling itself short?

Also: 'Banks' doesn't make bank with Brits, and the Coppola connection in 'Her'
Disney's "Frozen" has been doing rather well for itself this week -- not just commercially, but with critics who have largely welcomed its return to some of the studio's classic formulae. The same degree of goodwill, however, has not been extended to the rather gauche marketing campaign for the film, which strenuously downplays its female leads, fairytale origins and musical elements. In a bang-on piece, Justin Chang understands the commercial strategy behind this, but still thinks it's a mistake: "It’s not unreasonable — especially since truthfulness and transparency are among the movie’s key themes — to wish that it were being presented with less self-loathing and more honesty, as well as more confidence in its considerable artistic virtues." [Variety
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<p>Jon Bernthal in &quot;Mob City.&quot;</p>

Jon Bernthal in "Mob City."

Credit: TNT

Review: TNT's 'Mob City' a pretty but hollow gangster story

Frank Darabont recreates the look but not the substance of '40s crime movies

"Mob City," the new TNT miniseries(*) about cops and crooks in '40s Los Angeles, actually begins a couple of decades earlier and nearly 3000 miles away. We open in New York in 1925, as a gang takes place involving violins, a baby carriage, Tommy guns and dynamite. The victims dance like marionettes as the bullets tear into them, all the action being presented in slow-motion so we don't miss a single detail or spurting of blood.

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<p>Vytas of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Vytas of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Interview: Vytas Baskauskas talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

How satisfying was it for him to finish slightly ahead of brother Aras?
Could "Survivor" be heading for an "Aras vs. Vytas" season?
I have no inside information, but the dynamic between Aras, the easy-going former "Survivor" winner, and Vytas, his estranged ex-con, recovering addict brother, was one of the dramatic standouts in "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" and it almost seems like a no-brainer for the show to want one or both of the Baskauskas Brothers back in the future. 
For years, Aras had family "Survivor" bragging rights, but he seemed to indicate that that was only payback for a childhood of bickering a bullying, setting up emotional wounds that were exposed in the oddest of moments, like a Sumo challenge at sea. But when the Merge arrived, the brothers were the tightest of alliances and seemed ready to run the game, except that everybody recognized how close they were and they were voted out consecutively. Aras lost the first post-Merge Redemption Island Duel and became the first member of this season's Jury and even though Vytas followed him to the Jury the following week, a new pecking order had been established.
In this week's "Survivor" exit interview -- pushed a few days due to Thanksgiving -- Vytas discusses beating Aras, his own post-Merge strategic errors, Laura's role in his Duel demise and his itch to play again.
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<p>Colin Farrell couldn't say enough kind things about the girl who played his daughter in 'Saving Mr. Banks'</p>

Colin Farrell couldn't say enough kind things about the girl who played his daughter in 'Saving Mr. Banks'

Credit: HitFix

Colin Farrell heaps praise on his young co-star in 'Saving Mr. Banks'

A thoughtful chat with the title character from one of the season's biggest films

It makes perfect sense that any of the marketing we've seen for "Saving Mr. Banks" so far has focused almost exclusively on the relationship between Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), and that makes sense. That is what the film deals with for the most part, but there's another relationship in the film that is, in its way, even more important.

Colin Farrell plays Travers Robert Goff, father to Helen Goff, aka Ginty (Annie Rose Buckley), the little girl who eventually grows up and takes the professional pseudonym of P.L. Travers. He is her world, as we see in flashbacks, and Farrell is great in the role. He shows us exactly why he would be so revered by his little girl, the dreamy and inventive personality that makes him so much fun to be with, and he also shows us why Goff was such a disaster in the professional world. His alcoholism is just part of the problem. He is simply not wired for adult life, and the ways he fails are heartbreaking. One of the things that has always defined Farrell is that sense of danger that is always simmering, and the thing that makes him dangerous here is just how much faith his daughter has in him, and just how misplaced it is.

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Maggie Siff in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Yeah, Tara, that's how we feel about 'Sons of Anarchy' this season too.

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: Tara's big decision in 'You Are My Sunshine'

Jax smooths over the Irish troubles but his personal life won't be so easy

As sprawling and convoluted and ludicrously overlong as this season of "Sons of Anarchy" has been, it basically boils down to two major storylines: Jax's attempt to extract SAMCRO from the business of gun running and longstanding connections with the IRA and Tara's attempt to extract her boys from the dangerous world Jax is trying to make safer.

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<p>Joaquin Phoenix gives one of his warmest, most vulnerable performances in 'Her,' and that's saying something.</p>

Joaquin Phoenix gives one of his warmest, most vulnerable performances in 'Her,' and that's saying something.

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The new trailer for Spike Jonze's 'Her' perfectly captures this odd and lovely film

Truth in advertising is a wonderful thing

One of my few complaints about "Frozen," the latest animated musical from Disney, is that they played a pretty aggressive game of bait-and-switch with audiences with the film's marketing. Sure, it paid off in a record-breaking weekend for the company, and in the world of the movie business, that makes them right and me wrong, but I still feel like the campaign they ran was a disservice to both the movie and the audience.

Ultimately, sell the movie you made. When I see a trailer that I find really appealing or intriguing or provocative and then I see the movie, and it's nothing like that trailer, it is unfair of me to be upset because it's not the trailer, and yet it's almost impossible not to have that reaction. From a pragmatic business angle, I understand that a trailer is just a piece of marketing, and its only real purpose is to get someone to pay money to see something. But from the point of view of being a film fan, I consider a great trailer to be a promise, a taste of a meal that someone is going to serve, and when someone tells me they're serving sushi, I don't want to eat a hamburger.

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Report: 'Dancing with the Stars' wants an all-Oscar winners season, featuring Renee Zellwegger

Report: "Dancing with the Stars" wants an all-Oscar winners season, featuring Renee Zellwegger
A source tells Radar Online that Zellwegger would be the "lynchpin" of a season made up of Oscar winners. PLUS: Why it took so long for Mark Ballas to quit smoking.

Paul Rudd goes crazy for One Direction in "SNL" promos
"Saturday Night Live" has released a whopping 3-1/2 minutes of Rudd promos.

Another "Breaking Bad" alum joins Fox's "Broadchurch" remake
Kevin Rankin, who played the Nazi with the mustache on "Breaking Bad," will reunite with Anna Gunn on "Gracepoint."

History channel to tackle Jesus' "Lost Years"
"Hostel's" Eli Roth will produce a drama series examining Jesus Christ's undocumented years.

"Downton Abbey's" Christmas special will be set in Buckingham Palace
The two-hour event will feature a royal scandal.

"Jeopardy!" settles the GIF pronunciation debate
The Soft "G" was part of an answer on tonight's show.

Former MTV VJ Kennedy joins Fox Business Channel
Lisa Kennedy Montgomery will host a primetime roundtable discussion show called "The Independents."

Albuquerque's Minor League Baseball team celebrates "Breaking Bad"

The Albuquerque Isotopes are selling two shirts in tribute to Walter White.

Watch Paul Walker's early TV roles: From "Charles in Charge" to "Highway to Heaven"
Walker often played a teen heartthrob when he was a teenager.

"Castle" bringing back James Brolin
He'll reprise his role as Rick's dad.

"Men at Work" gets cameos out of Ryan Phillippe, David Krumholtz, Emmanuelle Chriqui
Phillippe will play himself on the TBS comedy.

"The Wire's" David Simon pens a tribute to Michael B. Jordan
GQ asked Simon to write a piece in honor of Jordan's breakout performance in "Fruitvale Station."

"Saved by the Bell's" Screech regrets making a sex tape and badmouthing his former castmates
Dustin Diamond tells Oprah Winfrey Network: "Looking back, now, in my thirties, I realize that was really dumb."

Key & Peele do Michael Jordan vs. Muhammad Ali
It's the latest Epic Rap Battle of History.

"Curb Appeal" star who was died in motorcycle accident encountered another accident in October
On Oct. 21, Bill Beckwith posted on Facebook that he assisted in helping the victims of a head-on collision and that it was "a solid reminder that our lives can change at an instant, and to be grateful for what I have right now."

"Arrow" releases a training video warning of the dangers of ninjas
"Ninjas are a real and serious threat."

Baltimore criminal who claims he inspired "The Wire" indicted on 21 federal drug and gun charges
Nathan "Bodie" Barksdale was taken into custody last week.

Did "The Originals" model itself on "Angel"?

"The Vampire Diaries" spinoff has a lot in common with the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" spinoff.

Tim Tebow sparks a TV bidding war

The former QB is said to have interest from SEC Network, CBS Sports and Fox Sports.

Gillian Anderson poses with an eel wrapped around her naked body
"The X-Files" alum is trying to promote Fishlove, a campaign to highlight the collapsing fish stocks.

Charlie Brown: Bigger than Jesus?
Read an appreciation of "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

Watch "SportsCenter's" Ron Burgundy interview Peyton Manning
The "Anchorman" star will guest co-host Thursday's 6 pm edition of the ESPN news show.

Christian Slater weds for the 2nd time

The "Mind Games" star married girlfriend Brittany Lopez on Monday.

"Facts of Life's" Kim Fields welcomes her 2nd child
Fields, 44, gave birth to her 2nd son on Tuesday.

Malin Akerman's estranged husband files for divorce
The "Trophy Wife" star has been married for six years. PLUS: Akerman says the Christmas episode will "blow your mind."

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<p>Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in their last collaboration, &quot;Manhattan Murder Mystery.&quot;</p>

Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in their last collaboration, "Manhattan Murder Mystery."

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Diane Keaton to be Woody Allen's Golden Globes proxy

The director's former partner in crime will accept his Cecil B. DeMille Award

Eyebrows were raised back in September, when Woody Allen was announced as the 2014 recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement at the Golden Globes. Not, of course, that it was a controversial selection in itself: you could argue for the award being a tad redundant, given that Allen hasn't exactly been under-recognized in his career, but hardly undeserved.

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<p>Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Christmas'

Peralta guards Holt's body after the captain is issued a death threat

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I take an elfie selfie...

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