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Listen to Lady Gaga's R&B-inflected new single 'Do What U Want' with R. Kelly

Listen to Lady Gaga's R&B-inflected new single 'Do What U Want' with R. Kelly

Lady Gaga heads into new genre frontiers with sorta-sexy-time jam

Since thongs are having a moment now, we should let you know what's up with Lady Gaga's for "Do What U Want." On the cover to the newly unveiled single, the pop star's derriere, long hair and colorful lingerie are part of her new iteration, a turn at club R&B featuring R. Kelly.

Kicking off with some traditional ad-libbing over what could be the "Drive" soundtrack, Mother Monster tries to combine her signature defiance into a certain pop radio formula. "You can't have my heart," check, "You can't stop my voice / 'cause you don't own my life," OK, "... but do what you want with my body."

It's a schlock shock to hear lines like these, and, "I would fall apart if you break my heart / so just take my body and don't stop the party," not because of its expression of fear or trepidation, but because this is the same artist who brought us the Disco Stick: where is the joy in this sexual summons? Why is it so plain? Where is the half-insane art preambles, since she actually seems a little sad?

And why is she growling?

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<p>Tom Hanks is Walt Disney and Emma Thompson is P.L. Travers in &quot;Saving Mr. Banks.&quot;</p>

Tom Hanks is Walt Disney and Emma Thompson is P.L. Travers in "Saving Mr. Banks."

Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Should 'Gravity' and '12 Years A Slave' be worried about 'Saving Mr. Banks?'

Tom Hanks could be on his way for Oscar no. 3

LONDON - "Saving Mr. Banks" closed the 2013 BFI London Film Festival Sunday night and, as expected, officially entered the 2014 Oscar race. When your movie tells the true story of the sparring relationship between the Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks, no less) and author P.L. Travers (Emma "where have you been this past decade" Thompson) over the making of "Mary Poppins," the Oscar bait signs are pretty obvious. Happily, and you can learn more in Guy Lodge's review, the film is actually pretty entertaining with some honest dramatic moments audiences won't expect. And yet, whether "Banks" will have a real impact on the Best Picture race might be too hard to gauge Stateside.

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<p>Michael Sheen as William Masters in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Michael Sheen as William Masters in "Masters of Sex."

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Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Thank You For Coming'

Bill's mother brings up bad memories of his father, and Virginia's ex-husband rolls into town

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I refuse to pay you for babysitting your own children...

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<p>Sunday's &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Sunday's "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Beards in the Wind'

Fish heads, fish heads. Roly poly fish heads. Fish heads, fish heads. Eat 'em up yum.
First and foremost: Whichever mad genius in the "Amazing Race" production staff made the call to use Barnes and Barnes' "Fish Heads" over the closing credits of Sunday (October 20) night's episode deserves a share of all future Emmys the show happens to win. "Amazing Race" is not prone to using joke credits songs, so hearing "Fish Heads" come out of nowhere at the end of the episode was masterful. 
 
 
You can now spend the next hour watching that on repeat. Young Bill Paxton! Bill Mumy! What more could you possibly want in an evening's entertainment. 
 
Certainly nothing I have to say about Sunday night's "Amazing Race" is more important than "Fish Heads" because... 
 
[More after the break.]
 
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"Once Upon A Time"

 "Once Upon A Time"

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'Once Upon A Time' recap: Can Mr. Gold break 'Nasty Habits'?

Can Neal or Emma save the day?

While I see "Once Upon A Time"'s dark view of Neverland as rich dramatic terrain in which to thrust our main characters, I've been conflicted in how the show has handled the Peter Pan storyline thus far. While this episode delivered at least one gut-wrenching emotional payoff, there were plenty of false steps prior to it to take us out of the moment. Peter Pan may be able to entice a bunch of kids with his skills on the pan flute (nice touch, though), fans of the show may not buy into this storyline so easily.

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<p>Glenn (Steven Yeun)&nbsp;runs into action on &quot;The Waking Dead.&quot;</p>

Glenn (Steven Yeun) runs into action on "The Waking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Infected'

Rick's group deals with zombie attacks both inside and outside the prison walls

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I have other plans involving dirt and cucumbers...

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<p>Claire Danes and Martin Donovan in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Claire Danes and Martin Donovan in "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Homeland' - 'Game On'

Carrie gets out of the hospital, and Dana busts Leo out for a road trip

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I say I'm going to Trader Joe's...

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<p>Margot Bingham as Daughter in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Margot Bingham as Daughter in "Boardwalk Empire."

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'William Wilson'

Narcisse, Rothstein and Hoover all set plans in motion

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I earn a D in civics class in 5th grade...

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<p>Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks in &quot;Saving Mr. Banks.&quot;</p>

Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks in "Saving Mr. Banks."

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Review: Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson spin a different Disney fairytale in 'Saving Mr. Banks'

John Lee Hancock's entertaining film Disneyfies a story of Disneyfication

LONDON - You needn’t have seen the 1964 Disney family staple "Mary Poppins" -- though I shudder to think, almost 50 years after its release, of a childhood completed without it -- to be familiar with the practically perfect English nanny’s all-purpose maxim that "a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down." It was a line conceived not by P.L. Travers, the famously prickly Australian author of the children’s books behind the film, but by Richard and Robert Sherman, the Disney studio’s in-house songwriters.

Intentionally or otherwise, it was a cannily appropriate bit of invention: in a sense, it neatly sums up the Disney ethos of using whimsy and cheer to make life lessons more palatable to young viewers. (Or older ones, for that matter.) Disney, after all, was the man who changed the definition of “fairytale” in the public imagination from Grimm-dark allegory to one of mandatory happy endings. Travers, for her part, liked the medicine.

"Saving Mr. Banks," John Lee Hancock’s bright, entertaining and -- inevitably -- somewhat selective overview of "Poppins'" conflict-laden journey to the screen, is a film that aims for the inverse of that formula: a small dose of acrid personal history is applied to make its sentimental study of creative collaboration yielding personal catharsis that much easier to swallow. That's not necessarily a knock against it. If the tidy emotional geometry of Kelly Marcel's script occasionally feels Disney-esque, that seems only right for a film explicitly about the pervasiveness of Disney’s optimistic storytelling principles in popular culture -- and more implicitly about the way even those heightened principles can mirror the odd human truth. Sometimes life is sentimental, and some will fight it more than others.

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"Doctor Who"

 "Doctor Who"

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Watch: The teaser for 'Doctor Who''s 50th anniversary special

It's sonic screwdrivers and past companions, oh my!

"The Day of the Doctor" isn't until next month, but that doesn't mean it isn't time to get excited about the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special right now. The BBC announced today that the special, which premieres Sat. Nov. 23, will be 75 minutes long and will host a bevy of familiar faces. 

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<p>Chester and Ephraim of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Chester and Ephraim of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Chester & Ephraim talk 'The Amazing Race'

Former NFL teammates discuss keeping their cool on national TV
It's really, really unlikely, but I'm still holding out hope that this Sunday night's "Amazing Race" will begin with Phil Keoghan faking out former NFL teammates Ephraim Salaam and Chester Pitts II and telling them that last week's elimination was actually a joke and it was really a Non-Elimination Leg. 
 
Chester and Ephraim were my favorite team when I met the squads before the season started and they continued to be my favorites during their three "Amazing Race" Legs. They were funny. They were enthusiastic. And when a Chilean travel agent accidentally booked them on a key flight one day after they were supposed to leave, they were just about the only team I can imagine handling that awful situation with grace and determination, rather than with anger and hurled verbal abuse. If you're on the fence about whether or not you're going to miss Ephraim and Chester, check out their exit interview answers about that booking fiasco, which set off a day of travel disasters that left them unable to even begin tasks in Lisbon. Instead, Phil met them at the Lisbon airport and sent them away on-the-spot.
 
Boo. 
 
In their exit interview, Chester and Ephraim discuss that horrible day of travel and also the even worse day-plus bus ride up the coast of Chile. They talk about their general approach to the Race and whether they have plans to return to Lisbon any time soon.
 
Click through for the spirited Q&A...
 
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<p>Miley Cyrus</p>

Miley Cyrus

Music Power Rankings: Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Hall & Oates top the list

Marilyn Manson makes the tally for the first time

1. Miley Cyrus: “Bangerz” slams its way to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, crushing the competition. Even Sinead bought a copy.

2. Justin Bieber: His new movie, “Believe,” will open on Christmas Day. God gave us his only begotten son that day, Bieber gives us his latest film.

3. Morrissey: His autobiography finally comes out and it turns out you’re nobody if he hasn’t had a spat with you. And, for the last time, there will be no Smiths reunion.

4. Hall & Oates: The beloved duo finally lands a nomination for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after years of lobbying from its fans. But will they lose out because a Kiss is on the list?

5. Lady Gaga: She’ll be spending her Thanksgiving with the Muppets in new TV special. That’s so much better than dried-out turkey with feuding relatives.

6. Taylor Swift: The 23-year old is honored for the sixth time by the Nashville Songwriters Assn. International as Songwriter/Artist of the year. They are never, ever breaking up.

7. Marilyn Manson: In what is actually a perfect fit, Manson is joining the cast of “Once Upon A Time.” The show creator said they wanted someone “with the vocal ability to make our skin crawl.” Oh, so he’ll be singing his lines, then...

8. Robert Plant: He went up to Misty Mountain and came down with some previously unreleased Led Zeppelin recordings. Is the new Beyonce album in the same hiding place?

9. A Tribe Called Quest: Following its Nov. 24 Madison Square Garden show with Kanye West, the seminal hip-hop collective will disband for good... at least until they reunite again.

10: Maxine Powell: Powell, who died this week at 98, held the unofficial title of Chief of Charm for Motown, training artists like the Jackson Five and Smokey Robinson how to dress and treat people. Can you imagine what she’d say to the likes of Rihanna and Miley Cyrus?

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