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<p>Channing Tatum's worth big money around the world now, so does that make him the perfect guy to help sell a gay themed rom-com?</p>

Channing Tatum's worth big money around the world now, so does that make him the perfect guy to help sell a gay themed rom-com?

Credit: AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau

Can Lee Daniels and Paul Feig make big gay rom-coms and superhero films?

Would Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer make it possible?

Rupert Everett had his breakthrough moment, commercially speaking, when he co-starred in "My Best Friend's Wedding" and stole every single scene he was in. It's a familiar story… someone has a big moment in a supporting role in a comedy and suddenly studios start developing material specifically for them to see if they can carry films on their own. Right now, Melissa McCarthy's having her moment like that, thanks to "Bridesmaids," and so far, thanks to the box-office of "Identity Thief" and "The Heat," it seems like it's working.

For Everett, the summer of 1997 was the moment when it all seemed possible, and one of the biggest projects that was developed for him was what Sony and Everett excitedly described as "a gay James Bond movie." He'd been working before that, and anyone who saw "Another Country" or "Dellamorte Dellamore" already knew what he was capable of, but "My Best Friend's Wedding" was a monster hit, and because Everett played a gay character in the film, that became the hook in trying to find him a big movie to do by himself. I'm not sure who worked on it with him, but at one point at least, Everett was writing it for himself.

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<p>This is just one of the many sequences in '12 Years A Slave' that left me worn out from sheer terror.</p>

This is just one of the many sequences in '12 Years A Slave' that left me worn out from sheer terror.

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Review: '12 Years A Slave' offers an emotionally raw and harrowing experience

If this isn't the very definition of horror, then what is?

When people complain that there are no great horror films coming out this October, they are wrong, because "12 Years A Slave" is flat-out terrifying, a beautifully-made, deeply-felt look at what it would feel like to wake up one morning in chains, your old identity simply wiped away, a life of bondage and servitude ahead, reinforced with brutal, nightmarish physical punishment.

Chewitel Ejiofor has been consistently great over the years, but this is one of those once-in-a-lifetime roles that an actor can't ever fully prepare to play. The opportunity presents itself, and it's either sink or swim. You have to throw yourself into it completely just to see what will happen, and Ejiofor shines here, finding every single grace note inherent to the story of Solomon Northup.

Director Steve McQueen has been revving up to this movie his entire career, and the work he does in this film is transcendent. To put it in a blunt sports metaphor, he doesn't just hit the home run, he tore the cover off the ball and set it on fire. There is a depth of emotion here that is harrowing at times, and yet McQueen exhibits such remarkable control, such a clean, focused sense of what story he's telling, that it becomes far more than the angry "CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS HAPPENED?" that it could have been.

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'The Simpsons' hasn't told the actor that his/her character is going to die

"The Simpsons" hasn't told the actor that his/her character is going to die

"They don’t know yet," says exec producer Al Jean, who reveals that the death will happen in the Season 26 premiere. "We'll be putting out a lot of false leads in the coming months to try to trick people into watching the premiere."

Jimmy Fallon will devote 1 week to Pearl Jam
The week of Oct. 21 will have a different musical guest each night performing a Pearl Jam song, kicking off with Chris Cornell singing "Footsteps" with the Avett Brothers.

Ellen to produce an NBC comedy pilot starring Sophia Grace & Rosie
Will the cousins, age 10 and 7, become the next Olson Twins?

Bruce Willis gets awkward with Katy Perry in "SNL" promo
Says Katy Perry: "My hosting tip, No. 1, is show some skin."

CBS will let "Hawaii Five-0" fans design an episode
Viewers can vote online over the next three weeks on six key story points, including The Suspect and The Evidence.

Is the Kris & Bruce Jenner split a publicity stunt?
So far, the separation seems to be well orchestrated, publicity-wise.

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<p>Mahat M. Ali, Tom Hanks and Faysal Ahmed in &quot;Captain Phillips.&quot;</p>

Mahat M. Ali, Tom Hanks and Faysal Ahmed in "Captain Phillips."

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Tell us what you thought of 'Captain Phillips'

Paul Greengrass' tense true-life hostage thriller opens today

We don't have to wait until the holiday season for the Oscar movies to start flowing thick and fast -- while "Gravity" is still hogging the conversation and burning up the box office, a different kind of white-knuckle survival story land in theaters today. I'll be writing more about Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips" later today, but having caught up with it earlier this week at the opening night of the London Film Festival, I was pleased to find the awards talk mostly justified. This is technically immaculate filmmaking, smart and tight and clean as can be: I certainly didn't feel 134 minutes passing. It boasts some of Tom Hanks' finest work, with a career-topping final scene that should clinch one of several Oscar nominations for the film, though I'll be rooting for livewire newcomer Barkhad Abdi to crack a nod too.

We're curious, however, to know what you think: is the hype justified? Is it an Oscar contender? And if you've seen the markedly similar Danish film "A Hijacking" from earlier this year, which one came out on top? Tell us in the comments, and be sure to vote in the poll below.  

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Meg Ryan signs on for an NBC comedy pilot

Meg Ryan signs on for an NBC comedy pilot

The actress, who appeared on an NBC sitcom 31 years ago, is eyeing a return to the TV comedy world, playing a single mom who ends up working for her former intern.

ABC Family renews "The Fosters"

The Jennifer Lopez-produced drama was the No. 1 new cable show in ABC Family's core 12-34 demo.

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Cory Monteith tribute boosts "Glee"; 'Wonderland' disappoints

Cory Monteith tribute boosts "Glee"; "Wonderland" disappoints

This week's "Glee" was up 68% over last week's episode, while "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" debuted to 5.7 million, which is far below last year's launch of "Last Resort."

FX's "Fargo" adds Bob Odenkirk and Glenn Howerton

Details of their roles haven't been revealed.

"Homeland's" Nicholas Brody will release a free audio book on Sunday
Audible has enlisted Damian Lewis to tell what Brody has been up to in a 30-minute audio book. PLUS: Yo-Yo Ma is obsessed with "Homeland."

Ginnifer Goodwin gets engaged to "Once Upon a Time" co-star Josh Dallas

The couple met on the set of their ABC series.

MSNBC doesn't see a conflict of interest in Alec Baldwin's Capital One ads
Why isn't Baldwin, whose MSNBC gig begins tonight, affected by NBC News' ethics policy?

MTV orders singing competition "Copycat" from "The Bachelor" creator
Mike Fleiss -- who created the 2004 "Idol" spoof "The WB's Superstar USA" -- is producing another singing competition. This one will run daily with contestants emulating their favorite singers.

"Glee's" Max Adler and Sandra Bernhard join "Switched at Birth."

Both will recur on the ABC Family series.

Piers Morgan: "The Newsroom" inspired me to take on America's gun lobby
The CNN host cites Will McEvoy's speech in the pilot as inspirational.

Nickelodeon renews "Peter Rabbit"

Beatrix Potter's classic characters will be back for a 26-episode 2nd season.

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<p>Thursday's &quot;Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: Monteith tribute boosts 'Glee,' 'Wonderland' premieres soft and 'Big Bang' leads CBS Thursday

NBC gets low numbers across the board
Fast National ratings for Thursday, October 10, 2013.
It was a very mixed Thursday, as several networks found things to be enthusiastic about and several shows sunk into the danger zone.
CBS was, as always, led by "The Big Bang Theory," which was Thursday's top show in must measures and led the network to overall wins for the night, though "The Millers," "The Crazy Ones" and "Two and a Half Men" all continued to fall, despite that powerful lead-in.
Some of the declines for several shows in the 9 p.m. hour are probably due to a well-above-average audience for FOX's "Glee," which paid tribute to the late Cory Monteith and drew its biggest audience since last September.
The night's lone premiere was ABC's "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," which came in below the fall Thursday 8 p.m. launches for "FlashForward," "Charlie's Angels" and "Last Resort" from recent years. And while it still led the 10 p.m. hour, ABC's "Scandal" was down from last week's premiere.
Meanwhile, NBC's former Must See Thursday was five shows averaging under 4 million viewers and between an 0.8 and 1.2 in the key demo, with rather dire numbers across the board.
Note that The CW's lineup was preempted in the New York market for football and will probably change, perhaps dramatically in the case of the 9 p.m. encore of "The Originals."
On to the numbers...
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<p>Erika Christensen and Sam Jaeger as Julia and Joel on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Erika Christensen and Sam Jaeger as Julia and Joel on "Parenthood."

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Nipple Confusion'

Victor's school struggles spark conflict, Sarah takes Kristina's picture and Jasmine wants a break

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I put Dick Cheney on my pro/con list...

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Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine."
Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine."
Credit: Sony Classics

Roundup: Why a winner-heavy Best Actress race is a bad thing

Also: 'Gravity' backlash, and where 'Blue Jasmine' is competing at the Globes

Mark Harris' latest Oscar column is, as usual, a good read. The first half of it deals with the already much-discussed Oscar prospects of "Gravity," but things get really interesting when he turns to the Best Actress race, which is in danger of becoming only the second acting category ever to consist wholly of past Oscar winners. (The first, of course, was last year's Supporting Actor lineup.) And that, Harris writes, is "deplorable": "I don't know what's most dispiriting, the strong suggestion the Best Actress field lacks a deep bench, the comparative paucity of opportunities for actresses that a non-deep bench implies, or the assumption that Academy voters are disinclined to look beyond people they already know can give a nice speech." Of course, it doesn't have to be this way. Delpy, Gerwig, Exarchopoulos, Garcia: think outside the box, Academy. [Grantland

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GLAAD finds fewer LGBT characters on TV

GLAAD finds fewer LGBT characters on TV
A new report from GLAAD says that the percentage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters has fallen from 4.4% last year to 3.3%. Fox was found to be the most gay-inclusive, while History channel had no LGBT images on screen last year.

"Glee's" Cory Monteith tribute left out one of the show's lasting attributes: cold honesty
"Erasing Finn," says Hank Stuever, "seemed to be the ultimate goal: no clips of Monteith’s character from past episodes, just vague memories and broad strokes. That undermined the episode's strongest scenes, including one in which Finn’s mother, Carole (Romy Rosemont), broke down in tears while packing up her son’s bedroom." PLUS: No one can accuse "Glee" of crass exploitation, and it was a triumph of restraint.

Is "Falcon Crest" getting a reboot, too?

Several stars of the '80s CBS primetime soap say they've been approached about doing a possible reboot.

Jon Stewart gives "The Daily Show" showrunner a heartfelt sendoff
Stewart chronicled Rory Albanese's ascent from production assistant to executive producer. "He was a wiseass, and I really liked him," said Stewart.

Miley Cyrus called out by The Stroke Association
Her "SNL" joke about "having tiny strokes, yo!" during her monologue didn't go over well with The Stroke Association, which says "having a mini-stroke is no laughing matter."

Happy 40th birthday, Mario Lopez!

The "Extra!" star is celebrating his 40th as perhaps the most successful "Saved by the Bell" alum.

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Terri Nunn

Terri Nunn of Berlin

Listen: CulturePop No. 29 - Terri Nunn of Berlin talks Miley Cyrus, 'Animal'

The '80s icon talks about her new album, Lady Gaga, Adele and more

I feel as if we gush over every guest we have on the show, but this time we want to REALLY gush over this week's guest -- the iconic, incredible Terri Nunn of Berlin. She's candid, funny and insightful -- and she has lots of opinions that will make you think. We loved spending time with Terri -- so much so, we went WAY over our usual time limit. We think you'll love her, too. If you want to hear Terr's radio show Unbound, check it out at Find out more about "Animal" on iTunes and at Check out the rundown: 

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<p>Lea Michele and Chris Colfer of &quot;Glee&quot;</p>

Lea Michele and Chris Colfer of "Glee"

Credit: Eddie Chen/FOX

'Glee' honors Cory Monteith with the mostly effective 'Quarterback'

Lea Michele and Naya Rivera were the emotional standouts
After two weeks in a Beatles-induced haze, "Glee" simultaneously paid tribute to the all-too-real Cory Monteith and the fictional Finn Hudson on Thursday (October 10) night with an episode titled "The Quarterback."
It's an episode that fans have been dreading, but also anticipating, since Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room in July at the age of 31.  When somebody so young dies, it's impossible to "get closure," but it was important that "Glee" offer fans the opportunity for shared grief with all of the show's stars.
And... Oy. If it's hard to comprehend how a young fanbase deals with the death of a young star, it's even harder to figure out how a cast like the "Glee" cast deals. While there have been periodic rumors of bickering and disfunction involving one actor or another, few workplaces are entirely harmonic at all times and why should "Glee" be any different? But no matter how estranged or how close anybody in that cast is, most of them share a common experience, wherein they went from virtual unknowns to global sensations in just a few months. It's an experience that only the people within that bubble fully comprehend and, this summer, they lost somebody who was there with them from that first moment. Even if Cory Monteith wasn't humble, kind and grounded, it would be a shock and a nearly unhealable wound, but by all accounts [and in my limited, but pleasant, experiences with him] he was.
Watching "The Quarterback" was witnessing an uncomfortable piece of communal grieving. For obvious reasons, we put a premium on Lea Michele's mourning and we wonder how she was able to do what she did in this episode.  Michele is a pro and she's said all of the right things about this episode, as have all of the stars and writers, but the public face that anybody puts on a situation like this doesn't really tell us anything. I watched and listened to Michele's "Make You Feel My Love" and it hurt, because she wasn't acting. Nobody in "The Quarterback" was acting. We've seen the "Glee" cast act and many of them are very good, but we've seen all of them do heightened emotion before and this looked different. Or maybe I'm just projecting. Maybe we're all just projecting. Maybe the "Glee" cast grieved in their own way in July and for this episode, they were professionals, keeping their emotions in check and committing only to their finest acting on behalf of their fallen comrade. I don't know. You don't know either. None of us know. I watched the episode and in moments I felt it was a cruel thing to do to the cast. And then in moments I felt like it had to be cathartic. But I don't know. And you don't know either. 
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