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Rosie O’Donnell helps 'The View' deliver its best season premiere ratings in 8 years
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Rosie O’Donnell helps 'The View' deliver its best season premiere ratings in 8 years

Rosie O’Donnell helps “The View” deliver its best season premiere ratings in 8 years
Monday’s show was the 2nd-largest season premiere in show history, and its best since Rosie first joined “The View” in 2006.


NFL reportedly asked Rihanna to pay to play Super Bowl halftime — does the offer still stand after her F-word tweet?
According to TMZ, Rihanna was ticked off at the NFL and CBS to learn she was associated with CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” — and scapegoated when they pulled her song. (CBS acutally paid to license Jay-Z’s song featuring Rihanna). Now that she has a beef with CBS and the NFL, is there any chance of her paying to play Super Bowl halftime?


Study: Fewer women are working in primetime TV
As Deadline notes, a study found that "women comprised 27% of all people working as creators, directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and directors of photography – a decrease of 3.5% from the previous season."


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A creepy Meryl Streep invites you 'Into the Woods' in new poster

A creepy Meryl Streep invites you 'Into the Woods' in new poster

Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp also star in Sondheim adaptation

Disney's upcoming musical "Into the Woods" boasts an all-star cast, but Oscar-magnet Meryl Streep takes center stage in a new poster for the film, inviting viewers to take a trip into those dark, spooky, wonderful woods.

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Fury Tiger 1 Tank

Meet the only 'Fury' star bigger than Brad Pitt: the Tiger I tank

Learn more about the 1943 war machine director David Ayer recruited for his villain vehicle.

Writer-director David Ayer is all about in-your-face verisimilitude. For 2005's "Harsh Times," he relayed his South Central childhood directly to screen. With 2012's "End of Watch," he flocked to those same streets for a found footage exercise. And despite it's World War II setting, Ayer's ambition for raw intensity should keep his latest film, "Fury," squarely in the real. Not every director would pull strings to get an actual 1943 tank out on his recreated battlefield.

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Daniel Radcliffe, Brie Larson, Ben Kingsley
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Brie Larson and Ben Kingsley up the pedigree of Daniel Radcliffe-led 'Brooklyn Bridge'

A drama surrounding New York City's suspension landmark sets off awards alarms.

Daniel Radcliffe will win an Oscar, eventually. He's driven, he's eclectic, he's riding Leonardo DiCaprio-esque blockbuster momentum that he's happy to cash in for provocative material, and, most importantly, he's good. And getting better. Holding his own against Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and Ralph Fiennes for a decade certainly helped.

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Oscar-nominee Virginia Madsen is mad as hell when it comes to 'Network,' film, and culture

The 'Sideways' star digs through Academy Film Archive to unearth a personal favorite.

Actress Virginia Madsen worries that we aren't doing "Network" justice. "It's one of those great films that isn't seen enough, isn't talked about enough," she admits in the latest installment of "Let's Go to the Movies," the Academy's wish fulfillment video series. When invited to pluck a print from the Academy archive to take in on the big screen, Madsen went straight for Sidney Lumet's 1976 TV news satire, a remnant of a bygone era when movies were political, dangerous, and as prickly as their film grain.

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Exclusive: A sneak peek behind the Bayhem in a clip from the 'Transformers' Blu-ray
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Exclusive: A sneak peek behind the Bayhem in a clip from the 'Transformers' Blu-ray

In one minute, you will see more explosions than a Boston fireworks display

When I ran my most recent Film Nerd 2.0, several of you e-mailed me to point out what seemed to be a glaring contradiction in things I'd published here.

"Why were you complaining about your kids watching the 'Transformers' movies? Don't you like those movies?"

It is safe to call my relationship to the movies complicated. I am not sure I would say I enjoy the third and the fourth films, but I am endlessly fascinated by them. The scale on which Michael Bay is working is so preposterous that it's easy to get numbed by it when you're watching the actual movies. As "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" prepares to hit home video, we've got a clip from some of the behind-the-scenes extras that serves as a reminder of just how much actual physical labor goes into creating those outsized images.

People tend to dismiss these movies based on all of the digital effects included in each one (among other reasons), but more of what is happening onscreen is practical than I sometimes remember. I am particularly impressed in this short one-minute clip by just how many cars they manage to drop from the sky. I'd like to think that's one guy's specialty, and right now, he is somewhere napping until Michael Bay needs him to launch a bus through the air again.

No matter what rating the movie actually carries, Bay's films all have an R-rated sheen to them. He can't help it. It's simply the prism through which he views things. Just the fact that it perpetually looks like everyone on his set is moments away from dying for real is enough to push them over the top.

By now, I suspect you know whether or not you're buying "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" on Blu-ray or DVD. Either way, starting your day with stuff blowing up is always a good choice. And because it's Bay, rest assured, the home-video release is a beast. Gigantic. Epic. This is a one-minute clip. There are over three hours of special features on the disc, which arrives in stores on September 30th.

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10 Burning Questions for Returning Fall TV Shows - 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' to 'Sleepy Hollow'

10 Burning Questions for Returning Fall TV Shows - 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' to 'Sleepy Hollow'

Can 'New Girl' bounce back? Will a non-pregnant Kerry Washington change 'Scandal'?

Much of the attention each fall is paid to new shows. Which new programs will break out from the pack and become hits? Which dud will suffer the ignominy of being the fall's first cancellation? Which shows will grow to become assets in the TV landscape and which shows wasted all of their good ideas in the first couple episodes?

But let's not forget the dozens of shows that are returning to networks and cable before the end of 2014, because there are some entice questions to be asked.

Could a show like "New Girl" or "Homeland" pass through last season's creative rough patches to become favorites again?

Could a show like "The Good Wife" squander last season's momentum after too many big twists last year?

Will early-season time period trickery hurt "The Big Bang Theory"? Will nine months off the air hurt "Sleepy Hollow"?

What's in store for the few shows already heading toward their series finales?

Sepinwall and I field many of the Big Questions for Returning Shows in this gallery.

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<p>Gillian Jacobs</p>

Gillian Jacobs

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Gillian Jacobs and Judd Apatow will make 'Love' on Netflix starting in 2016

Don't worry, 'Community' fans, this doesn't Britta up Season 6

It's official: Confirming reports that have been floating around since the summer, Netflix announced on Tuesday (September 16) that it has given a two-season commitment to the new comedy "Love," which comes from Judd Apatow, among other producers.

[Yes, there's an old joke involving Marilyn Monroe's "Let's Make Love" that I want to make here, but I can't remember exactly how the joke went.]

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<p>Monday&#39;s &quot;Dancing with the Stars&quot;</p>

Monday's "Dancing with the Stars"

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TV Ratings: 'Dancing' premiere, 'MasterChef' finale lead Monday

CBS' 'Under the Dome' rises week-to-week

Fast National ratings for Monday, September 15, 2014.

The 19th season premiere for ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" came in well below last September's return, but still dominated Monday night overall. ABC's "Castle" repeat in the 10 p.m. hour allowed FOX to move up for a primetime tie thanks to the season finale for "MasterChef."

"Dancing" was down by 23 percent from last fall's premiere, but a much acceptable eight percent from the most recently spring return. ABC wants to emphasize that this was the most watched series telecast since May. And of course it was.

CBS was second overall for the night thanks to a rising installment of "Under the Dome," while the "USA vs. the World" special episode of "American Ninja Warrior" carried NBC to third among young viewers.

On to the numbers...

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Rihanna to CBS: 'F*ck you'
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Rihanna to CBS: 'F*ck you'

Rihanna to CBS: "F*ck you”
"CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F--- you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this," Rihanna tweeted. "The audacity …” CBS pulled Rihanna and Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” from last week’s “Thursday Night Football” opener, and apparently wanted to use it this Thursday. No word if CBS will not use it after Rihanna’s tweet. PLUS: CBS and NFL punished Rihanna for being a domestic violence victim. UPDATE: CBS cuts ties with Rihanna after her tweet and will use theme music created internally for future "Thursday Night Football" broadcasts.


Craig Ferguson will visit 12:30 rival Seth Meyers tonight
With Ferguson on his way out, “The Late Late Show” host will stop by “Late Night.”


After "Community," Gillian Jacobs will star in Judd Apatow’s Netflix “Love” comedy
Jacobs and “Super Fun Night’s” Paul Rust will star "an unflinching, hilarious and excruciatingly honest take on modern relationships” that has already been picked up for two seasons.


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<p>Red Band Society</p>

Red Band Society

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Review: FOX's 'Red Band Society'

Can the new drama transcend some of its more 'Glee'-ish tics?

Among the main characters of FOX's new drama "Red Band Society" (Wednesday at 9 p.m.), two suffer from cancer, one needs a heart transplant, and one is in a prolonged coma.

All of them are 16 years old or younger.

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Barbra Streisand’s late-night return: She got to sit in Jimmy Fallon’s chair and show off her left profile
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Barbra Streisand’s late-night return: She got to sit in Jimmy Fallon’s chair and show off her left profile

Barbra Streisand’s late-night return: She got to sit in Jimmy Fallon’s chair and show off her left profile
Perhaps Streisand avoided late-night TV for 50 years because she couldn’t show her left profile, according to Roger Friedman: "I think I know the reason Barbra Streisand didn’t do late night TV for 50 years. The hosts wouldn’t let her sit with her left profile. Jimmy Fallon did. He let Barbra sit in his chair for the whole Tonight show tonight. She got her way, and her preferred profile. This is a big deal for Barbra, trust me.” PLUS: Watch Streisand and Fallon as Elvis sing a medley of duets.


Adam Lambert to fill in for Keith Urban as an “Idol” judge
The Season 8 runner-up will serve as guest-judge for the New York auditions as Urban and his wife Nicole Kidman deal with the death of her father.


“Dancing with the Stars” reunited Cheech & Chong
There were lots of pot references during Tommy Chong’s “Dancing” performance. PLUS: Ranking the contestants — and the awkwardness.


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