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Justin Timberlake unleashes his Jimmy Fallon impression on 'SNL,' cracking up Fallon

Justin Timberlake unleashes his Jimmy Fallon impression on "SNL," cracking up Fallon

Watch Fallon lose it in a "Family Feud" sketch. PLUS: Madonna and the real Barry Gibb came on "The Barry Gibb Talk Show," Paul McCartney sang a duet with Fallon, the women of "SNL" sing "(Do it On My) Twin Bed," and go backstage with Fallon.

Drake will be "SNL's" 1st host and musical guest of 2014
The rapper will pull double-duty on Jan. 18.

Charlie Sheen slams "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson in Twitter rant
"hey Mallard brained ... Phil Robertso! have offended and hurt so many dear friends of mine..." PLUS: Cracker Barrel pulls some "offensive" "Duck" products, and the Hunt Channel wants to take "Duck Dynasty" from A&E.

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Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake

Will the future host of "The Tonight Show" take over along with his pop star pal, or will they let the current cast shine?
When you get a former member of the show to return as host on “Saturday Night Live,” what often unfolds is a trip down memory lane. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and certainly can be part of what makes the show so great. The fact that “SNL” has thirty-eight past seasons of material to celebrate is something the show need not shy away from, and it’s an aspect of its existence that’s useful to deploy when the situation is right. Things get thornier when the show dips into the past at the expense of its present, which is why tonight’s episode (with host Jimmy Fallon and musical guest Justin Timberlake) could either be a 2013 highlight or the smuggest episode the show has ever produced.
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Johnny Depp, Shia LaBeouf and 8 other stars who can't wait for 2013 to be over

Johnny Depp, Shia LaBeouf and 8 other stars who can't wait for 2013 to be over

2014's gotta be better right?

Think you've had a bad year? Well, you aren't alone. Some of Hollywood's biggest names have experienced 12 months of creative frustration they would prefer to completely forget.  We've picked 10 of the most disheartening, but there is some good news around the corner for these famous faces. A number of these favorites are on track to completely turn things around in 2014. The others? Let's just remember 12 months is a long time in the entertainment bubble and anything can happen.

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<p>Adam McKay and Judd Apatow seemed pleased with the way 'Anchorman 2' came together, but keenly aware of how much effort it took to pull it off.</p>

Adam McKay and Judd Apatow seemed pleased with the way 'Anchorman 2' came together, but keenly aware of how much effort it took to pull it off.

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Adam McKay and Judd Apatow on the pressures of sequels for 'Anchorman 2'

They talk about mixing new and old cast to keep things exciting

Sequels are, despite their omnipresence in Hollywood, actually fairly difficult to get right, and within that broad statement, I would say that horror sequels are even harder to get right, while comedy sequels may be the hardest to pull off with any degree of success.

Why is that? What makes it so hard to go back to the well? After all, if you hire the same people, shouldn't you get the same results? If you hire Adam McKay to direct again and you've got Judd Apatow producing, and you've got the same whole cast in place, shouldn't you get the exact same thing?

That's sort of the challenge. With comedy, I feel like so much of the success of something comes from surprise. A big part of what makes me laugh is when someone has some unexpected way of expressing an idea or reacting to something we all recognize, and one of the reasons I feel like Adam McKay is perfectly built to actually make good comedy sequels is because even when he's playing with familiar characters, his brain is just plain wired different than most people. The way he approaches anything, any line of dialogue, is grounded in the unexpected.

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<p>A scene from &quot;Who's That Knocking At My&nbsp;Door&quot;</p>

A scene from "Who's That Knocking At My Door"

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Thelma Schoonmaker remembers her first Scorsese collaboration: 'Who's That Knocking At My Door'

Plus: How a young Roger Ebert helped spark a hugely influential career

Talking with Thelma Schoonmaker recently, it became quickly apparent that I wasn't even going to scratch the surface of her career's work with Martin Scorsese in a single piece. I couldn't help but play the retrospective game with her, and while I of course didn't address all 19 feature collaborations, I was curious about six films in particular that I think represent a nice cross-section of their work together. Each of them — "Who's That Knocking At My Door," "Raging Bull," "The Last Temptation of Christ," "Goodfellas," "Bringing Out the Dead" and "The Departed" — will get its own space in the next few days.

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<p>Danny Brown, Jon Hopkins and Neko Case</p>

Danny Brown, Jon Hopkins and Neko Case

Top 10 Best Albums of 2013

Listen to songs (in one case, an entire album) from My Bloody Valentine, Disclosure, Nick Cave and more.

Within my top 10, there's only one new artist. Inside my top 30, there's about 10.

Electronic music had a huge year with the return of Daft Punk, but also with new artist Disclosure, Jon Hopkins' career masterpiece "Immunity, and efforts from others like Boards of Canada, Juana Molina, Baths and Fuck Buttons.

You don't see a lot of rock in the top tiers of the Grammy nominations for 2014, and as loathe as I am to say it, I gotta say I feel almost (almost) the same way. I've loved the work that MBV, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, Portugal. The Man, Bill Callahan and left of center acts like Parquet Courts and Fidlar have done. Queens of the Stone Age and Red Fang are the most rock 'n' roll of these. Beyond that, I didn't feel like I heard enough, maybe, or we had brain space only for massive pop acts like Beyonce (loved), Lady Gaga (disliked), Britney Spears (promptly forgot) and Katy Perry (great singles, exhausting album).

I'm seeing a lot of outlets put "Yeezus" in their top spots, and while I agree its an aggressive, intoxicating album, I put it far lower on my list (than, say, my 2010 No. 1, "My Beautiful, Dark Twisted Fantasy) because it's almost challenging me to give extra points for being honest. Jason Isbell takes that prize, with raw and powerful "Southeastern." Nick Cave gets in there with his twisted, sexual sneering. Danny Brown (my 2011 N. 7) got weirder, at No. 4 this year with "Old."

I'm not a Drake girl, though I think that "Nothing Was the Same" was his best-contructed album. So long as we're talking new-era R&B, I could take Blood Orange dancing all night. Good year for the veteran ladies -- for Neko Case, India.Arie, Laura Marling, Tegan & Sara and new spins (for me, at least) out of Sarah Jarosz, Savages, Feathers and more.

Dancing, architecture. Let's listen to music, shall we?

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<p>&quot;I Love Lucy&quot; in Color!</p>

"I Love Lucy" in Color!

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TV Ratings: Colorized 'I Love Lucy' special leads CBS on Friday

'Shark Tank' repeats give ABC a key demo tie
Fast National ratings for Friday, December 20, 2013.
One of the most popular TV shows of all-time proved that it still has some juice in 2013, as CBS' colorized "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" was Friday's top show in the key demographic and combined with "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods" to lead the network to its normal overall Friday rout.
CBS only tied for first among young viewers, as a pair of "Shark Tank" repeats kept ABC in the mix. 
Meanwhile, NBC wasn't far behind with its annual airing of "It's a Wonderful Life."
On to the numbers...
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<p>&quot;The Great Beauty&quot; is Italy's Oscar hopeful this year.</p>

"The Great Beauty" is Italy's Oscar hopeful this year.

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Profiling the foreign Oscar contenders, from 'The Grandmaster' to 'The Great Beauty'

A closer look at the nine films selected by the Academy

The Academy caught me off guard yesterday when it announced the nine finalists for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar -- I'm used to that news landing in January, and hadn't even thought to serve up any shortlist speculation or predictions. Which is just as well, since after a few years of sussing out most of their choices in advance, I'd probably have been far wide of the mark this time round. Already, three of the films I was predicting in the sidebar as eventual nominees -- Chilean crowdpleaser "Gloria," Canadian charmer "Gabrielle" and Saudi Arabian milestone "Wadjda" -- failed to make the cut.

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'SNL' finally releases Jimmy Fallon-Justin Timberlake promos

"SNL" finally releases Jimmy Fallon-Justin Timberlake promos

"Yeah, this is happening!....It's going to be a f*cking blast." PLUS: Fallon brought a Go Pro to "SNL" meeting, Kristen Wiig's "SNL" cameo two weeks ago wasn't planned, Taran Killam says of the Christmas show, "I can 100-percent guarantee that it will be the greatest episode of all time, ever," and play the "SNL" Fallon/Timberlake Drinking Game.

Tax credits lure an ABC sitcom pilot to shoot in Britain
"Galavent" will be the 2nd network show to film in the UK under new TV production tax credits, after Fox's "24: Live Another Day."

Watch the new "Justified" trailer

Here's a preview of Season 5, premiering Jan. 7.

Could "Duck Dynasty" move to another network?

A&E has the option for at least one more season, so moving networks would be tricky. But here are three other ways this controversy could end. PLUS: A&E warned Phil Robertson about speaking out too much, Walmart sells out of "Duck" merchandise, and A&E didn't want to disrespect gay employees by not suspending Robertson.

HBO orders "Claws," a nail salon dramedy from Rashida Jones

"Claws" will follow the "strange, dangerous women" who work at a Florida nail salon.

100 new TV shows, specials, events are launching in early 2014
Get ready for an onslaught of new TV programming over the next eight to 12 weeks.

David Tennant is taking American accent lessons over Skype to prep for Fox's "Broadchurch" remake
"I will be doing an American accent yes," Tennant says of preparing for "Gracepoint." "I will start working on it this afternoon actually and am getting help from a voice coach over Skype from America. That's how they do it."

"Nurse Jackie's" fake car accident prompts 7 people to call 911
The Wednesday incident in Staten Island is the latest TV shoot to freak out residents in and around New York City.

"24: Live Another Day" casts an alum from "The Wire"

Gbenga Akinnagbe will play a CIA field operative on the Fox event series.

Watch Jeanne Tripplehorn sing a Rolling Stone cover with Eddie Vedder -- as Julie Andrews
Earlier this week, the "Criminal Minds" star explained to Jimmy Kimmel how she came up with that rare talent.

Will Arnett is dating a producer he met on "Up All Night"
Us Weekly reports Arnett is following up his romance with Katie Lee with Erin David, who was an executive producer on the canceled NBC comedy.

Andre Braugher is getting a "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" husband from "Parks and Rec"
Marc Evan Jackson, who played "Parks and Recreation's" no-nonsense lawyer Trevor Nelsson, will play Captain Holt's significant other.

"The Vikings" returns Feb. 27
History says Season 2  "brings crises of faith, of power, of relationships."

"Real Housewives of Orange County" adds 2 more

Former Miss Kentucky USA Lizzie Rovsek and Shannon Beador are joining the cast for Season 9.

It's a "Battlestar Galactica" reunion

Michael Trucco tweeted a pic of him and "Killer Women" co-star Tricia Helfer, along with Katee Sackhoff.

What is a TV show "diversify staff writer"?

It's the diversity hire, as Beejoli Shah explains: "Most every writing room has one—an entry level, non-white staff writer, explicitly hired due to their race."

MTV's "Undressed": Read an oral history

The 1999-2002 series' alums include Max Greenfield, Taran Killam, Adam Brody, Chad Michael Murray, Katee Sackhoff, Marc Blucas, J. August Richards, Jason Ritter, Katie Aselton and Brandon Routh.

Adam Goldberg joins Jim Gaffigan's CBS comedy pilot
He'll play Gaffigan's best friend in the autobiographical project.

The Best TV Title Sequences of 2013

From "The Goldbergs" to "The Americans."

"The Good Wife" is bringing back Carrie Preston -- with a bear

The CBS drama plans to top her last entrance, on a treadmill desk.

HBO releases a 2nd "Looking" trailer

Take another look at the upcoming gay-themed comedy.

"Downton Abbey's" Hugh Bonneville is unrecognizable in PBS' "Mr. Stink"
Bonneville plays a vagrant character in a charming holiday fable airing Sunday.

Watch a preview of "Lost Girl" Season 4

The Syfy series returns Jan. 13.

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<p>Beyonce on her Mrs. Carter Tour</p>

Beyonce on her Mrs. Carter Tour

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Beyonce set to spend another week at No. 1

Her self-titled set reigns supreme for a second frame

Beyonce’s self-titled set will spend a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week with sales of up to 280,000 copes.

Holiday sales continue to kick in as seven of the top 10 titles could surpass the 100,000 mark. Garth Brooks’ Wal-Mart only box set, “Blame It All On My Roots,” will hold at No. 2, moving up to 210,000 units.

One Direction’s former No. 1, “Midnight Memories,” is at No. 3 (175,000), followed by a pair of holiday titles: Kelly Clarkson’s “Wrapped in Red” at No. 4 (140,000) and The Robertsons’ “Duck the Halls” at No. 5 (135,000).

Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” is at No 6 (120,000) and Katy Perry’s “Prism” at No. 7 (100,000).

Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” and Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” are tied for No. 8 (75,000), while “Now 48” and Michael Buble’s “Christmas” are too close to call for No. 10 with both pegged to sell around 70,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double.  

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

Tyson of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Interview: Tyson Apostol discusses his 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' win

Tyson explains why he corrected Hayden on 'ruffle'
Two weeks of exit interview insanity -- Nine interviews between "Amazing Race" and "Survivor" -- comes to a conclusion with my chat with "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" winner Tyson Apostol.
You can certainly put Tyson in a category with John Cochran, Jonathan Penner and Malcolm Freberg among the "Survivor" contestants who I always like talking to. He's smart, caustic and, after three times playing the game, he gets "Survivor."
That wasn't always the case. In "Tocatins," he was an amusing quote machine, but he was also upstaged by the scenery chewing Coach. He came out less aggressively in "Heroes vs. Villains" and seemed to be playing a wiser game, right up until he broke with a Tribal Council vote-splitting scheme and effectively eliminated himself.
In "Blood vs. Water," Tyson had to deal with the emotion of watching his girlfriend Rachel get eliminated early, but he soon joined forces with Gervase and then Monica to form a tight alliance that cleared out the competition on the way to the Final 3. In addition to that alliance, Tyson also found and used -- not necessarily with any value -- two Hidden Immunity Idols and, as the season was ending, won the last two Immunity Challenges. He won the final Jury vote by a commanding 7-1 margin.
In this funny and wide-ranging exit interview, Tyson talks about his relief at the lack of Jury anger, the shoulder injury that plagued his early game, his attempts to avoid trash-talking and why he couldn't resist lecturing Hayden on proper terminology. 
It's a good Q&A. Click through for the whole thing.
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<p>Is it just me, or does Johnny Depp just keep getting hotter?</p>

Is it just me, or does Johnny Depp just keep getting hotter?

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Johnny Depp leaves his body behind in trippy first 'Transcendence' trailer

Did Wally Pfister get more than just a cast from his time with Christopher Nolan?

The entire notion of the Singularity is fascinating, and I am doubly intrigued by the fears that the idea seems to instill in people. I think the idea of being able to leave your body behind and live "forever" in a digital form is an amazing notion, but for some reason, whenever Hollywood deals with a major technological jump forward, they almost always do it in a horror film first.

While I'm not sure I'd call "Transcendence" a horror film, it certainly looks like they're playing the notion of digital life as a terrifying prospect. The film is about a famous scientist of some sort, like a Bill Gates or a Steve Jobs, who is working on a process that will allow people to upload their consciousness when he is attacked and killed by someone looking to derail his research. In an effort to save his life, his wife uses his new process on him, and as his body dies, he makes the jump to a purely digital form.

At which point he appears to go crazy and try to take over the world.

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