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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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<p>Jude Law and Keira Knightley both received European Film Award nominations for &quot;Anna Karenina.&quot;</p>

Jude Law and Keira Knightley both received European Film Award nominations for "Anna Karenina."

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'Blue is the Warmest Color' stars snubbed in EFA nods, as Knightley and Watts score

Belgium's Oscar entry 'The Broken Circle Breakdown' leads the field

Well, in the heated war of words between the director and stars of "Blue is the Warmest Color," the European Film Awards have (albeit probably not intentionally) taken a side. In this afternoon's nominations announcement, Abdellatif Kechiche came away with two nods for Best Film and Best Director, but Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux were both left out of the Best Actress category -- a shock for a film that's so performance-driven. (Still, it's something of a surprise to see the film nominated at all, given that it wasn't on the initial longlist of eligible titles announced in September.)

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<p>Alexander and Dara of &quot;MasterChef Junior&quot;</p>

Alexander and Dara of "MasterChef Junior"

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TV Ratings: 'Dracula' drops, 'MasterChef Junior' finale rises and CBS leads Friday

'Shark Tank' helps ABC split Friday with young viewers
Fast National ratings for Friday, November 8, 2013.
A big week-to-week bump for "Undercover Boss" helped CBS move up to a tie among young viewers on Friday night, while "Blue Bloods" helped the network to its normal overall domination.
The key demo tie was, of course, with ABC, which got yet another big performance from "Shark Tank," which remained Friday's top show among young viewers.
While it's possible that sports-based preemptions are lurking under the surface, several shows were up on Friday, including "The Neighbors" and the finale for FOX's "MasterChef." 
The news wasn't as good for NBC, which saw "Grimm" go down among young viewers and "Dracula" take another big drop. 
Also falling was "The Carrie Diaries" overall, though not in the key demo, though "America's Next Top Model" rose overall.
On to the numbers...
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<p>John of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

John of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Interview: John Cody talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

John talks Idol regrets, Brad conversations and time on Redemption with Candice
John Cody had a strange run on "Survivor: Blood vs. Water."
For several days, he was in a position of strength, at the center of a seemingly powerful all-male alliance and holding the only available clues to a Hidden Immunity Idol, courtesy of wife Candice's success at Redemption Island. But John didn't find the Idol and his alliance turned on him, spurred on by Brad Culpepper's insecurity about the game-status of his own wife.
That meant that John and Candice had a quality two days together on Redemption before she went home, followed fittingly by Brad. John, in fact, made it all the way up to the last Duel before a castaway would return to the game from Redemption, only to face a task that seemed to give an advantage to female competitors. Attempting to cling to a pole with only small space for footing, John ditched his shoes to get a more literal toehold, but still went out first.
In his exit interview, John talks about his time on Redemption, including his conversations with nemesis Brad, his mistakes with the Immunity Idol clue, the frustration with that final Duel and his new understanding of what drew Candice to "Survivor" thrice..
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Eminem dominates next week's Billboard 200 album chart

Will 'The Marshall Mathers LP2' score 2013's highest opening week?

Eminem’s new album, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” will come in at No. 1 next week, handily outselling its nearest competitor 10 to 1.

The rapper’s seventh album to bow at No. 1 will sell up to 750,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double. Coming in second will be Celine Dion’s “Loved Me Back To Life,” moving 80,000 units. Eminem's tally will give him the second biggest opening week of 2013, behind Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," which sold 958,000.

Also bowing in the Top 10 is Avril Lavigne’s self-titled set at No. 6 (45,000).

Katy Perry’s former No. 1, “Prism,”  is tied for No. 3, with sales of up to 65,000, with the Robertsons’ “Duck The Halls.” The Robertsons are better known as the family behind “Duck Dynasty.” Another holiday title, Kelly Clarkson’s “Wrapped In Red” lands at No. 5.

Lorde’s “Pure Heroine,” Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same,” and this week’s chart topper, Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” are too close to call for the No. 7 spot, with each targeted to sell between 30,000-35,000.

Rounding out the top 10 will be Miley Cyrus’s “Bangerz” (28,000-32,000).

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Seth MacFarlane's 'Bordertown' cartoon coming to Fox

Seth MacFarlane's "Bordertown" cartoon coming to Fox
Set in Texas near the border with Mexico, "Bordertown" will revolve around a white border patrol agent and the Mexican immigrant familiy next door. Fox has given the series a 13-episode order for the 2014-15 season.

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<p>Adam Driver at the 2013&nbsp;Toronto International Film Festival.</p>

Adam Driver at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

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'Girls' star Adam Driver reported to be in contention to play Nightwing in 'Batman Vs. Superman'

How many heroes are they packing into this film anyway?

In just a few minutes of screentime, Adam Driver positively crushes it playing a small role in "Inside Llewyn Davis," and I can't wait to see the film again in no small part because I want to see that sequence again. Driver's been a busy man lately, and I suspect that it's just a matter of time until most audiences have seen him in at least one thing.

"Girls" may be a big hit in terms of coverage, but it has been written about far more than it has actually been watched. More than anything, I'm guessing "Girls" has helped put him on the radar of other filmmakers, and now we're going to start seeing much more of him. He's one of the stars of "This Is Where I Leave You," the ensemble comedy by Shawn Levy adapting Jonathan Tropper's novel, and he was in both "The F Word" and "Tracks" at this year's Toronto Film Festival. He was also seen recently in both "Lincoln" and "Frances Ha," all of which indicates that both major commercial filmmakers and respected indie voices are paying attention to Driver's work.

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