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Charlie Hunnam exits 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' blames hectic TV schedule


Charlie Hunnam exits "Fifty Shades of Grey," blames hectic TV schedule

The "Sons of Anarchy" star won't play Christian Gray, says the studio, because of his "immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey."

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Alec Baldwin's new MSNBC talk show is surprisingly boring


Alec Baldwin's new MSNBC talk show is surprisingly boring
Baldwin launched "Up Late" with the head-scratching decision to devote a full hour to a New York City mayoral candidate that the rest of the country doesn't care about. PLUS: Watch Baldwin's debut.


MTV renews "Teen Wolf," gives it a "Wolf Watch" talk show

Season 4 will be accompanied by an aftershow.


Elizabeth Berkley will reenact her famous "Saved by the Bell" caffeine pill freakout on "Dancing"
Next week she'll be dancing to "I'm So Excited" by the Pointer Sisters.


"MasterChef" finalist commits suicide
Josh Marks' death comes months after a confrontation with Chicago police.


Kelly Clarkson would like to audition for "The Voice"
"I'm always like, 'I just want to see how many chairs will turn around,'" she says.


BJ Novak previews his new book

The former "Office" star is releasing a collection of short stories called "One More Thing."


Lifetime is the latest network to a "Wizard of Oz"-themed project

"Red Brick Road" is described as an edgy, "Game of Thrones"-like take on "Oz."


"Star Trek" to CBS!?

There's a report that "Star Trek" movie co-writer Roberto Orci has discussed bringing the "Trek" franchise with CBS.


Watch "Boardwalk Empire's" Michael Shannon get rejected by The New Yorker
Shannon wanted his poetry and prose published in the prestigious magazine. PLUS: Patricia Arquette on joining "Boardwalk."


"Breaking Bad's" RJ Mitte is now hosting college club parties
Friday night, club goers got to hang out with "Flynn" and do fireball shots.


"The Walking Dead" returns with an emphasis on character development
Season 4 doesn't miss a beat with new showrunner Scott Gimple, says Tim Goodman, who adds: "What feels most promising is that by establishing more of the myriad characters, you just know that once you get to know them and their stories it's going to be a lot harder to lose them. And that's good for the drama." PLUS: The slower pace is a brave move, it seems like we're headed towards "Nowheresville," how Gimple approached Season 4, Robert Kirkman wants every character to have a reason for being there, and this is "Walking Dead's" best premiere yet.

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<p>Donnie Wahlberg of &quot;Blue Bloods&quot;</p>

Donnie Wahlberg of "Blue Bloods"

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TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank' is solid, but 'Blue Bloods' anchors CBS Friday sweep

'MasterChef Junior' wins its hour with young viewers
Fast National ratings for Friday, October 11, 2013.
 
Even with a season low in viewers, "Blue Bloods" helped CBS to its usual dominant performance on Friday night overall and also led the network to eke out a slim victory in the key demo over ABC.
 
A weak night for "20/20," as well as the continued sluggish performance by "The Neighbors" were responsible for ABC slipping from its usual perch atop Friday in the key demo, though ABC and FOX both topped CBS among adults 18-34.
 
There wasn't much else of excitement, though "MasterChef Junior" was up a little in the key demo and won its hour.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Marissa of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Marissa of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" 

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Interview: Marissa Peterson talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

Gervase's niece talks about being an early target
Marissa Peterson never really had a chance in this "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" season. 
 
Well, she had a chance, but the chance got messed up pretty quickly. She responded negatively to future tribal ringleader Brad at the very first grouping of the castaways, putting a target on her back. Then, when the Returning players defeated the Newbies in the first Immunity of the season, Marissa's uncle Gervase, a veteran of the very first American "Survivor" season, made a display of enthusiasm that rubbed Brad the wrong way and made the target even bigger. 
 
Marissa was the first member of her Tadhana tribe voted out and weathered two Redemption Island Duels before going out on this Wednesday's episode.
 
Perhaps if Brad hadn't been so giddy to vote out the strong, feisty Marissa, followed by the strong, feisty Rachel -- keeping the much less strong and much less feisty Katie and Ciera -- Tadhana wouldn't be searching for its first challenge win of the season. We'll never know. 
 
Marissa certainly thinks Tadhana would be doing better if she'd stuck around. She's also the first contestant I've talked to this season with a pragmatic understanding that this is a game and it may have been necessary to writer Gervase's name down at some point. 
 
Click through for the full exit interview, which may make you wish we'd gotten a bit more Marissa...
 
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<p>Miley Cyrus at the record release party for &quot;Bangerz.&quot;</p>

Miley Cyrus at the record release party for "Bangerz."

Credit: AP Photo/Andy Kropa

Miley Cyrus blasts onto next week's Billboard 200 with 'Bangerz'

"Bangerz' is one of seven debuts in the Top 10

Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” makes a loud noise at the top of the charts next week as it looks good to bow at the top of the Billboard 200 with sales of up to 270,000 copies. It will be her first No. 1 album since 2008's "Breakout." "Can't Be Tamed," from 2010, peaked at No. 3.

That's more than double the expected sales of Panic! At the Disco’s "Girls/Girls/Boys, which will start at No. 2 (100,000). The two titles are among the seven debuts on the chart this week. Yep, we’re in fourth quarter madness.

Also bowing in the Top 10 will be Pusha T’s “My Name Is My Name” at No. 4 (75,000), Cassadee Pope’s “Frame By Frame” at No. 7 (45,000), Korn’s “Never Never” at No. 8 (45,000), Alter Bridge’s “Fortress” at No. 9 (35,000) and Mayday Parade’s “Monsters In The Closet”  at No. 10 (30,000), according to Hits Daily Double

Holdovers from this week include Drake, whose “Nothing Was The Same” at No. 3 (85,000), this week’s No. 1, Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2” at No. 5 (75,000) and Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” at No. 6 (65,000).

Which of this week's new releases did you download?

 

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<p>&quot;A Hijacking&quot;</p>

"A Hijacking"

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On 'Captain Phillips,' 'A Hijacking' and the year of movie twins

'Phillips' is a gripping tale of modern pirates, but another 2013 release did it better
LONDON - "Captain Phillips" provided a sober kickoff to the London Film Festival on Wednesday, segueing into an Opening Night party that was, thankfully, anything but. It was, in many respects, the right choice of curtain-raiser: riveting enough to hold a large audience, cinematic enough to fill the huge screen of the Odeon Leicester Square, with the added value of a homegrown director in Paul Greengrass and a red-carpet draw in star Tom Hanks. Also -- and not to put too fine a point on this, but the horrors of 2011 opener "360" haven't yet been forgotten -- it's actually a good film.
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Fox essentially cancels 'Us & Them,' its remake of 'Gavin & Stacey'


Fox essentially cancels "Us & Them," its remake of "Gavin & Stacey"
Fox has opted not to order any more episodes of the Alexis Bledel-Jason Ritter series, besides the seven already produced.


Victoria Justice to star in "Eye Candy" on MTV
She'll star in a cyber thriller based on the R.L. Stine bestseller.


NBC's Thursday ties an all-time low
The Peacock's lineup last night finished in 7th place, behind TBS and Univision.


FX teams with Danny Boyle for a WWII miniseries

Boyle and his "Slumdog Millionaire" team will produce the 10-part "Telemark," focusing on the Norweigan resistance resistance fighters Britain trained to sabotage Hitler's nuclear development program.


Fox orders 6 more "Dads" scripts
Looks like the critically hated comedy won't be going away anytime soon.

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"Preachers of L.A."

"Preachers of L.A."

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Watch: 'Preachers of L.A.' grapples with a sex change

The new Oxygen show tackles tricky subjects

If you haven't seen "Preachers of L.A." (Oxygen, Wed. at 10:00 p.m.), it's a little closer to "The Real Housewives" franchise than you might expect. In the premiere, one preachers deals with the downside of having a kid out of wedlock, another visits Crips gang members in Compton, and a devoted bachelor preacher wonders if he'll ever get married again. 

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"Alaskan Women Looking for Love"

"Alaskan Women Looking for Love"

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Exclusive: Watch 'Alaskan Women Looking for Love' in Miami

Like your ladies rough around the edges? Then this is for you

Like your ladies rugged? Then has TLC got the show for you! This Sunday, Oct. 6 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), "Alaskan Women Looking for Love" makes its big debut. The all-new series features six native Alaskan women tempting fate to find true love in Miami. Five thousand miles away from home, these friends are ready to exchange their rugged boots for high heels and fancy dates in search of their perfect match. Watch an exclusive clip from the show and weigh in on whether you think they'll find guys in Miami. Be nice!

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<p>Moore's all smiles when she's talking about the role, but she is stripped down and intense as the mother of the title character in 'Carrie'</p>

Moore's all smiles when she's talking about the role, but she is stripped down and intense as the mother of the title character in 'Carrie'

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Julianne Moore on how she avoided making the horrifying mother in 'Carrie' a cartoon

A frank conversation about how she approached playing such an iconic role

Julianne Moore has made a career out of playing both enormous strength and agonizing fragility. She has a great range, and the role of Margaret White, mother to the damaged and destructive Carrie White, seems like it might test both extremes in that personality.

At the press day for "Carrie" last weekend, I was more than happy to sit down with Moore to discuss how she approached the role. There are so many challenges that are inherent to the material, and so few ways to get it exactly right. For example, Margaret is a religious fanatic, a hardcore fundamentalist whose own worldview is a big part of the reason Carrie is so ill-equipped to deal with the world at large. She is obviously damaged, and so while her beliefs may look extreme or even insane, you can't just make her a "bad guy." It's not that easy, and especially when the role has been played once before by the great Piper Laurie in a way that is positively iconic.

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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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