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<p>Naomi Watts is Princess Diana in &quot;Diana.&quot;</p>

Naomi Watts is Princess Diana in "Diana."

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Exclusive: Naomi Watts and a 'Lost' doctor take a tour in 'Diana'

The controversial drama hits the US this Friday

Were British critics too sensitive about director Oliver Hirschbiegel's new drama "Diana"?  The film, about a secret love affair between Princess Diana and heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, wasn't necessarily warmly received in the UK, but American audiences will get their chance to weigh in when it opens in limited release on Friday.

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"Downton Abbey"

 "Downton Abbey"

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Watch: 'Downton Abbey' trailer - Mary emerges from darkness

We have to wait until Jan. 5 for more in America, but here's a taste

It's just not fair. The British have been watching "Downton Abbey" for ages now, and we here across the pond have only gotten this stinking trailer to tide us over until Jan. 5 (unless you've been reading spoilers from the U.K., which I really don't recommend). Luckily, this very, very short trailer gives us an idea of intrigue to come. Minor spoilers after the jump.

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Comedy Central renews 'Key & Peele' and 'Drunk History'

Comedy Central renews "Key & Peele" and "Drunk History"
They'll be back for a 4th and 2nd season, respectively.

"The Simpsons" does a couch gag tribute to "The Hobbit"
Watch the opening to Sunday's episode, titled "4 Regrettings and a Funeral."

Ellen DeGeneres to release her 1st music compilation album

"Ellen's Gonna Make You Dance JAMS" will feature her favorite songs.

Jay Leno caught plagiarizing an old anti-Obama joke
From May 14: "Remember the old days when President Obama's biggest embarrassment was Joe Biden?" From last night: "Remember the old days when President Obama's worst embarrassment was Joe Biden?" PLUS: Leno welcoming Sen. Ted Cruz for his 1st late-night interview.

ABC Family is adapting "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle"

The 1992 film starring Rebecca De Mornay is poised for a remake.

Alyssa Milano and Shannen Doherty would be up for a "Charmed" movie
Both expressed interest when asked on Twitter.

ABC sells out Oscar ads at an all-time high
The network was charging between $1.8 million and $1.9 million per 30-second spot.

"Sesame Street" will help Michelle Obama promote fresh fruit and vegetables
Elmo and Rosita joined the First Lady today at the White House of r the "Let's Move!" announcement.

Ed Burns will write, direct, star in a TNT period crime drama
In "Public Morals," Burns will play a 1967 NYPD officer.

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Report: It's "unlikely" that "Scandal" will make Olivia Pope pregnant, too

Report: It's "unlikely" that "Scandal" will make Olivia Pope pregnant, too
"It would slow Olivia and the show down," a source tells E!'s Kristin Dos Santos. She reports that "the most likely scenario is that (Kerry) Washington's pregnancy will be hidden and the production schedule will be slightly altered if needed."

"Glee's" final season may be set in New York City full-time
Producers are considering ditching Lima, Ohio and moving all the action to NYC. PLUS: Alex Newell signs record deal.

"The Daily Show" skewers CNN for dumbing down the news
Watch Jon Stewart's expose of "Is it a good thing or a bad thing?"

Adult Swim orders "Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories"
The dark comedy anthology series will be Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim's 3rd show on Adult Swim.

Check out "The Talk" stars in their Halloween costumes
Julie Chen is Tinkerbell.

Oprah tweets to Jenny McCarthy: I "don't have a shxt list"
"If I did you'd never be on it," Oprah wrote after McCarthy said on "Watch What Happens Live" that she's probably No. 4 on Oprah's Sh*t List after exiting a potential show with Harpo.

TBS' "The Pete Holmes Show" debuts to slightly lower numbers than George Lopez's talk show
Holmes did hold on to most of Conan's viewers in the key demo. PLUS: Holmes shares embarrassing secrets with "Girls" star Allison Williams.

Daniel Dae Kim signs TV producing deal with CBS TV Studios

The "Hawaii Five-O" star is launching his own production company with the makers of his show.

Chris Hardwick's "@midnight" does very well for Comedy Central

The new latenight show kept 90% of Stephen Colbert's important 18-34 audience last week.

"Sesame Street": Why we keep parodying adult shows, like "Homeland"
Exec producer Carol-Lynn Parente says the strategy is to hook the parents, so they'll hook their kids. She also reveals that the only time they had to ask permission to parody a show was for "SVU" so they could use the actual "chung chung" sound.

Ed O'Neill shows off his Sofia Vergara impression
Ellen got the "Modern Family" to do it for charity.

"True Blood's" Ryan Kwanten goes on a "Getaway" tonight on Esquire Channel
For "The Getaway," Kwanten heads to Los Angeles.

See "Revenge" wedding pics

Emily Thorne heads to the alter on Sunday.

27 actors who got their start on "Miami Vice"
From Julia Roberts to Chris Rock.

"Broadchurch" is coming out with a book
The British drama will be adapted into novel next year.

PBS releases a "Downton Abbey" trailer
Here's a glimpse of Season 4.

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<p>Ariana Grande in 'Right There'</p>

Ariana Grande in 'Right There'

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Ariana Grande is Juliet in 'Right There' clip to Patrick Schwarzenegger's Romeo: Watch

Big Sean plays the priest in lavish video

Taylor Swift dated Conor Kennedy in real-life, now Ariana Grande has her go at America’s equivalent of the royal family as she romances Kennedy’s cousin, Patrick Schwarzenegger, in the elaborate video for “Right There.”

The son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver isn’t required to do much more than look dreamily handsome in the clip, which he more than accomplishes.

Grande, whose album “Yours Truly”  debuted at No. 1 earlier this year, plays Juliet, while Schwarzenegger is Romeo at a masquerade ball. Big Sean, who appears on the track, plays the Priest.

With fans fluttering, masks in place, and gorgeous ball gowns to show off, Grande enters the party only to realize, to her delight, that her beau has crashed the ball. They even have a balcony scene just like in the Shakespeare play, although this video ends much happier than the Bard’s original tale.  Plus, I distinctly don’t remember everyone jumping into the pool with synchronized swimmers in Shakespeare’s version.

It’s a romantic, lavish video perfect for the song and perfect for the NIckelodeon star’s young fan base.

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<p>In &quot;The Returned,&quot;&nbsp;a dead girl comes back to life, but her family isn't universally happy about it.</p>

In "The Returned," a dead girl comes back to life, but her family isn't universally happy about it.

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Review: Sundance's 'The Returned' brings the dead back to life

The French import series continues Sundance's impressive move into scripted drama series

I first heard "The Returned" described as "a French zombie series," which is inaccurate. Though people rise from the dead, they are as they appeared and behaved before their initial demise. Though all are ravenously hungry when they reappear, it's for normal food and not brains.

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Ron Burgundy is returning to 'Conan'

Ron Burgundy is returning to "Conan"
Will Ferrell's "Anchorman" character will promote his new book and his new movie on Nov. 21.

Comedy Central renews "Brickleberry"
The animated comedy will be back for a 13-episode 3rd season.

"The X Factor" falls to its lowest-ever ratings thanks to "The Voice"
Both shows went head to head in the 9 pm hour.

Why "SNL" diversity is a question not just of fairness, but also of art
A diverse cast is an asset in a world where black females are a major part of popular culture.

Ashton Kutcher hired as a product engineer
Lenovo has tapped the "Two and a Half Men" star to help design its tablets.

VH1 announces a 4-part hip-hop documentary: "The Tanning of America"
Part of the Rock Doc franchise, "The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop" will air in February.

Meet the stars of TNT's "Private Lives of Nashville Wives"

Nashville is getting its own "Real Housewives"-type show.

Guy Fieri gets in a fight with his hairdresser
Caught on video!

"Royal Pains" star Paulo Costanzo is headed to "Criminal Minds"

He'll guest as a Kansas City police detective.

Ex-"Full House" child star is now a go-go dancer
Blake McIver, who played Michelle's frenemy Derek, has been go-go dancing at gay clubs.

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<p>The members of Five Finger Death Punch</p>

The members of Five Finger Death Punch

Premiere of Five Finger Death Punch's 'Wrecking Ball' webisode: Exclusive

Why was recording the track from 'The Wrong Side of Heaven- Vol 2' so tough?

On Nov. 19, metal monsters Five Finger Death Punch will release the second installment of  “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell.”

As you’ll recall, “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell- Volume 1,” came out in July and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell - Volume 2” continues where “Vol. 1” left off. The band decided to release two sets this year after writing so much strong material for the first album that they knew they wanted their fans to hear all of it instead of having to leave some tunes unreleased because of space.

HitFix is pleased to premiere “Wrecking Ball.” No, it has nothing to do with the Miley Cyrus or Bruce Springsteen songs of the same name... just in case you didn’t know.

In this exclusive webisode about the song, vocalist Ivan Moody explains “I have a tendency to lose it every now and then. I’ve never been shy about it either so that song pretty much encompassed the other Ivan. Meet the monster.”

Drummer Jeremy Spencer adds it was one of the last songs recorded for Vol. 2, and as guitarist Jason Hook notes the band had to complete the song on tour. “that’s a freaking nightmare,” he says. Watch the clip and find out the surprising place he recorded his guitar solo.

You can pre-order 5FDP’s “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell-Volume 2” here.

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"The Originals"

 "The Originals"

Credit: The CW

'The Originals' recap: The shocking truth is unraveled

The story takes some gory turns and Sophie takes center stage

This is coming a bit belatedly (I was traveling last week), but I have to say it. Elijah! Elijah, Elijah, Elijah! So, so glad to see him back. I didn't really think Marcel would keep him tucked away in the attack for very long, but it's always good to see him, sort of like a polite out-of-town guest who buys you dinner and washes the dishes. We also learned that stabbing and re-stabbing an Original too quickly is not effective in activating sleep mode. So, Originals are just like iPads, but more dangerous and much sexier! 

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<p>Malin Akerman as a centaur!</p>

Malin Akerman as a centaur!

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'NCIS,' 'Voice' lead Tuesday while 'Goldbergs,' 'Trophy' don't need 'S.H.I.E.L.D.'

Out-of-slot "X Factor" stumbles for FOX
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 29, 2013.
Tuesday night stayed true to form with "NCIS" leading CBS' normal overall sweep and "The Voice" pacing NBC's normal win among young viewers, but there were a number of wrinkles due to repeats and preemptions.
ABC, for example, got some OK news as "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" proved that they don't need a lead-in, staying stable or even growing despite a repeat of the "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot starting the night. Neither comedy was huge and both benefited from FOX's lack of competing comedy, but as this column so often tells you, flat is always better than down.
Speaking of FOX and speaking of things falling, "The X Factor" offered a jam-packed show with 16 live performances, but airing out of the show's regular Wednesday/Thursday slots, the results were anemic. 
The other network airing originals, pun intended, on Tuesday was The CW and "The Originals" and "Supernatural" were steady.
On to the numbers...
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<p>Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford in &quot;Ender's Game.&quot;</p>

Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford in "Ender's Game."

Credit: Summit Entertainment

Review: Virtual reality gets complicated in smart, solemn 'Ender's Game'

Orson Scott Card adaptation credits its young audience with some intelligence
The pint-size soldiers of Gavin Hood's “Ender's Game,” the long-awaited adaptation of Orson Scott Card's YA sci-fi franchise starter, are dab hands at fighting off alien invaders, unreasonable authoritarianism and each other – though we have yet to see how well equipped they are to handle a real-world human rights boycott. In the last few months, the volume of the marketing for this would-be tentpole has been rivalled by the pop-cultural pushback against its creator: not Hood, of course, but co-producer Card, a sophisticated, audience-attuned storyteller who also happens to be a vocally homophobic loon. Would that Summit could write him out of the production and retitle it “Gavin Hood's Ender's Game” – or, indeed, “Lee Daniels' Ender's Game.” But them's the breaks.

 Why open on this purely circumstantial note? The situation is not of the film's making, after all – Hood's adaptation is even at pains to remove whatever evidence of the author's dubious personal beliefs had seeped onto the page. (Sure, it's just a coincidence that Card settled on the term “Buggers” for the alien race threatening to wipe out humanity.) Meanwhile, a boycott is the last thing “Ender's Game,” a carefully constructed, serious-minded commercial entertainment that treats its young audience with an unusual degree of intelligence, deserves.

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Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen
Credit: AP Photo

Roundup: Steve McQueen heads to HBO

Also: Underdog actresses and the danger of anticipating 'Wolf of Wall Street'

You could hardly ask for a better illustration of the current equality in status between film and television that the fact that the arguable frontrunner for this year's Best Director Oscar is already developing a new project at HBO. Following in the footsteps of Steven Soderbergh and Todd Haynes, among others, "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen is collaborating with writer Matthew Michael Carnahan ("World War Z") and producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (Oscar winners for "The King's Speech," they also worked on McQueen's first two features) on a drama series about a young African-American man entering New York high society. Could the British artist-turned-filmmaker get an Emmy to go with his possible Oscar? [Deadline]

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