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The revamped 'View' kicks off with the kissing of Barbara Walters’ ring
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The revamped 'View' kicks off with the kissing of Barbara Walters’ ring

The revamped "View” kicks off with the kissing of Barbara Walters’ ring
Walters wore a crown as Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell joined newbies Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez in kissing Walters’ ring.


“SNL” newbie: Pete Davidson: “I don’t even know what race I am"
With the racial makeup of the cast a hot topic, Davidson has said in his standup act that “I’m all miscellaneous in the face,” implying that he’s multiracial — though his race wasn’t brought up in a recent Q&A. Meanwhile, “SNL” has had several famous mixed-race alumni who've been able to play multiple races, including Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph and Rob Schneider.


“A Different World” cast reunite on OWN
Watch a preview of the Oct. 26 episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?,” featuring the cast of “The Cosby Show” spinoff.


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<p>Ariana, look out! He&#39;s behind you!</p>

Ariana, look out! He's behind you!

Watch Ariana Grande and Chris Brown's ridiculous 'Don't Be Gone Too Long' music video

Garner thy ancient hoodie

Ariana Grande and Chris Brown went to a Renaissance Faire and came out clean on the other side with a new music video.

"Don't Be Gone Too Long" is off of Brown's long-delayed "X," out tomorrow. And while I like Grande and Brown's voices together, this song is a particular thudder, like two talented people being stuffed into a single catchy phrase.

Good thing there's MAGIC to be had. Check out the steamy landscape, like "Neverending Story." Or the prima nocta moves, like in "Braveheart." Prince Douchebag (the villain, I mean) looks like Alan Rickman, a la "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." And Grande's a ballerina, like in... "Black Swan." Brown directed it, noting he "wanted to do something different" on Twitter. So there's that, to explain thine ancient white hoodie.

The sung phrase "no one to love me when you're gone" stings a little much when it Brown behind the words, and that damsel-in-distress arm-grab at the end certainly was some interesting choreography. Don't you know that ho's loyal?

Grande only recently released her chart-topping album "My Everything," and will appear on "Saturday Night Live" with Chris Pratt on Sept. 27. Chris Brown, on the other hand, pleaded guilty to a not-Rihanna assault on Sept. 2, stemming from an altercation from last October. His most repeated fact from his recent Billboard cover interview is that he's just human, y'know.

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<p>Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears</p>

Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears

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TV Ratings: Bears-49ers action leads NBC past Miss America on Sunday

'American Dad' and 'Unforgettable' also make ripples

Fast National ratings for Sunday, September 14, 2014.

NBC's Sunday Night Football telecast of a close game between the Bears and 49ers dominated a Sunday that also saw NFL coverage boost CBS, so-so numbers for Miss America and the penultimate FOX week for "American Dad."

Between NBC's live football and roughly a 50-minute NFL overrun for CBS, Sunday numbers are, as always, preliminary and subject to change.

On to those numbers...

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Notes From Toshi Station: A sneak peek reaction to 'Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion'
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Notes From Toshi Station: A sneak peek reaction to 'Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion'

Who is better suited to judge the new show than an actively engaged fan?

To begin with, I'd like to announce that my nine-year-old son Toshi McWeeny has been appointed "Senior Junior 'Star Wars' Correspondent" for HitFix.

After all, he was the one who attended the "Phantom Menace 3D" press day with me and conducted all of the interviews, and one of the things that defined Film Nerd 2.0 was our series of "Star Wars" articles. At this point, Toshi is far more immersed in "Star Wars" than I am on a daily basis. He has books he reads, comics he looks at, and a constant stream of revisits of the different films and TV shows that are already part of the overall franchise. It is something that is an active part of his inner life and his ongoing play with his little brother. It is safe to say that there is not a day that goes by that "Star Wars" is not part of their conversation to some extent, so who better to have be our liaison to that galaxy far far away?

When I was at the Toronto Film Festival, there was a special event thrown by Disney on the Disney lot in Burbank where they screened the premiere for "Star Wars: Rebels," the new animated series that Disney XD is about to start airing. One of the weirdest nights I've had this year was the opening night of this year's Comic-Con, when we had our annual HitFix party and our sponsors for the evening were Lucasfilm for this particular show. It was a bizarre evening simply because it's not often I am one of the people throwing a party where there are Stormtroopers, Imperial Guards, and droids all milling about, and if seven-year-old me had tried to imagine a poolside party full of not only the characters but the people in charge of them, he would have failed utterly to imagine how much fun the reality could be.

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'SNL' adds 20-year-old standup comic Pete Davidson, demotes featured player Mike O’Brien
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'SNL' adds 20-year-old standup comic Pete Davidson, demotes featured player Mike O’Brien

“SNL” adds 20-year-old standup comic Pete Davidson, demotes featured player Mike O’Brien
Mike O’Brien, a longtime "SNL" writer who is being moved back to the writer’s room after a one-year stint as featured player, becomes the fourth of the six cast members hired last fall who  won't return for the Season 40 cast (The two remaining are Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett from the Good Neighbor sketch comedy group). Davidson, a "real New Yorker" who turns 21 in November, will become the only featured player hired this season. He is also the first "SNL" cast member born in the '90s. PLUS: Watch Davidson perform standup on “Jimmy Kimmel Live" earlier this year, and everything you need to know about Davidson, including his stint on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."


VH1 renews “Dating Naked”
A whole new crop of couples will get together for Season 2.

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Sunday - The Jury Members We Miss Most

Six fallen houseguests reenter the house. And we miss them.

The only thing more hilariously lame than the first 55 minutes of last Thursday's "Big Brother" was the way Julie Chen concluded it in the final seconds. Paraphrased: "Did you like last week's mundane episodes of 'Big Brother'? Well, HERE COMES THAT VERY MUNDANITY AGAIN. Next week we're bringing you the same boring challenges, the same boring final five, and for some reason we're adding more episodes. Cheers! It's like I always say: Expect the unexpected. Unless you expected something insufferable. Then go ahead and expect that." 

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Review: Ethan Hawke goes numb at the controls of a deadly drone in 'Good Kill'
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Review: Ethan Hawke goes numb at the controls of a deadly drone in 'Good Kill'

It's sad just how timely this one is

Traveling back from the Toronto Film Festival meant spending a fair amount of time in airports, and in each of those airports, the same revolving barrage of news went by, including discussions of new drone missions over Syria.

It made it very unsettling as I had "Good Kill" still bouncing about inside me, one of the last movies I saw at the fest this year, and as timely a film as I could imagine seeing. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol, the film is a close-up character portrait of Tommy Egan, a former fighter jet pilot who has been relocated to a Las Vegas suburban neighborhood. Every day, he reports to a local base where he and his crew file into a small trailer and then spend their shift watching and occasionally killing people on the other side of the world.

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Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Below the Belt'

Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Below the Belt'

Bill struggles with impotence and accusations from his brother

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I do pelvic exams with a miner's lamp stuck to my forehead...

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<p>Stephen Graham as Al Capone in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Stephen Graham as Al Capone in "Boardwalk Empire."

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'The Good Listener'

Nucky plots his exit strategy, while Capone enjoys celebrity

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I rob Peter to pay Paul...

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Luke Perry is joining 'CSI: Cyber'
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Luke Perry is joining 'CSI: Cyber'

Luke Perry is joining “CSI: Cyber”
The former “Beverly Hills 90210” star will play a former FBI agent-turned-“futurist” who knows about Patricia Arquette’s character’s past.


“Hell on Wheels” shocker, explained
Showrunner John Wirth says of last night’s episode: “I got to say it wasn’t the easiest thing for me to do."


Lea Michele reveals she’ll sing the “Frozen” song on “Glee”
Michele on Friday tweeted out the lyrics to “Let it Go.”


Lauren Conrad weds
“The Hills” star tired the knot Saturday with boyfriend William Tell.

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Liam Neeson on using his 'Taken' clout to get 'Walk Among The Tombstones' made
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Liam Neeson on using his 'Taken' clout to get 'Walk Among The Tombstones' made

We talk about his new twelve-step hero from Lawrence Block's popular book series

"Excalibur" was a formative theatrical experience for me. It was one of the first R-rated films I specifically decided I wanted to see in a theater. I'd seen other R-rated films before that, but always at random and because someone else decided I was going to see it. With "Excalibur," I was crazy to see it, and the film landed on me like a ton of bricks. Surreal, violent, beautiful, explicit, and for a mythology nut, seeing how the film dealt with each of the characters, each of the Arthurian archetypes, I was in love.

One of the guys who made an impression in the film was a young Liam Neeson, and for the rest of the '80s, he racked up a number of performances where, good film or bad, he made an impression. How could he not? No one else looked like him. Slightly over eight feet tall, possessed of an Irish brogue that could be poured like whiskey, he finally started to really move front and center in the second half of the decade. Like anyone trying to build a resume in the '80s, he made a memorable appearance on "Miami Vice," then played major roles in "Suspect," "The Good Mother," the underrated "A Prayer For The Dying," the Dirty Harry film "The Dead Pool," and even the odd Neil Jordan romantic-comedy-wtih-ghosts film "High Spirits."

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Oscar-bound 'Imitation Game' wins Toronto's People's Choice Award
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Oscar-bound 'Imitation Game' wins Toronto's People's Choice Award

The prize has become an Oscar bellwether in recent years

After dominating a lot of the on-the-ground chatter at the Telluride Film Festival and then transitioning to the Toronto fest with a headwind, The Weinstein Company's Alan Turing biopic "The Imitation Game" has won Toronto's coveted People's Choice Award.

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