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<p>Monica Potter as Kristina in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Monica Potter as Kristina in "Parenthood."

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'In Dreams Begin Responsibilities'

Kristina's ridiculous mayoral campaign continues, and Sarah has more concerns about Ryan

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I can hear the egotistical douchebagginess in your voice...

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"Project Runway"

"Project Runway"

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Interview: Meet the latest winner of 'Project Runway'

This season's winner made history - and didn't realize it

That was a nail biter of a "Project Runway" finale, wasn't it? Alas, it wasn't one I was able to recap as I'm here in Dallas for a press event, but I cleared my scheduled to talk with the newly minted winner. Given that this season had lots of meltdowns, a returning contestant, and some pretty surprising eliminations (Helen and Kate, anyone?), there was much to discuss.

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"Bar Hunters"

"Bar Hunters"

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Exclusive clip: Watch 'Bar Hunters' get down and dirty in Tempe

Wannabe tavern owners hunt for the perfect venue

Are real estate shows about searching for a dream home too staid and domestic for you? Then maybe you want to sidle on up to "Bar Hunters" (premieres Mon. Oct. 21 at 10:00 p.m.), Discovery Channel's new show about the challenge of finding the perfect place for customers to get blackout drunk and puke in dark corners. Patio seating and stain-repelling furniture a must!

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<p>Scarlett Johansson</p>

Scarlett Johansson

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Roundup: ScarJo on her 'abstract' awards chances for 'Her'

Also: Pulling off 'All is Lost,' and banging the drum for Judi Dench

Scarlett Johansson says she feels "disconnected" from the awards talk for "Her," which started at last week's NYFF premiere and seems to be gaining in volume. That's appropriate enough, given that she's a disembodied presence in the film -- with critics heaping praise upon her vocal performance as a seductive operating system, a conversation is starting over whether she can be the first actor to get nominated without appearing on screen. Johansson, however, is bemused by it all: "I feel very disconnected from the awards process. I don’t even know how it works. And I’m an Academy member! It seems like a political thing. It just seems like such an abstract thing. Probably as abstract as trying to fit my performance into any particular category ... If people want to translate it into an awards conversation, it’s fine. More exciting for me is that the performance works, because it was such a big challenge.” [LA Times]

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<p>Robert Redford's rarely given performances as rich and committed as the work he does in 'All Is Lost'</p>

Robert Redford's rarely given performances as rich and committed as the work he does in 'All Is Lost'

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Review: J.C. Chandor's 'All Is Lost' catches wind with a great Redford performance

Another 'one person alone in danger' film takes its own approach

How many of you have been shipwrecked?

My father missed his era. He was born to be a cowboy. He would have had a tremendous life riding the range, working the land for a living, his rifle and his six-gun doing the talking when need be. I think he would have been happy. Like many people, he has experimented with hobbies and passions over the years, and when I was young and my family lived in Florida, there was a time when boating was given some time and attention.

It did not end well.

I can't say for sure how many boats my dad sank. It's somewhere between two and fifty. What I know for sure is that when one of your formative memories as a child is being rescued by the Coast Guard after you spent the night on an island because your boat sank, it teaches you a healthy respect for the idea that the ocean, when it wants to, will kick your ass.

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Olivia and Jake reunite in tonight's 'Scandal'

Olivia and Jake reunite in tonight's 'Scandal'

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'Scandal' recap - Olivia tries to defuse a situation in 'Mrs. Smith Goes To Washington'

A strong but imperfect hour shows some cracks in the show's seams

 Hey everyone, this is Ryan McGee filling in for Liane tonight. She’s off doing some deep investigative work about Operation Remington, and I’m holding down the fort in her absence…

 
I’ve of two minds about tonight’s episode of “Scandal,” and the beauty of reviewing the installment instantly in the aftermath of it airing is that I can work out how to balance those two views in real time while I type. “Mrs. Smith Goes To Washington” was in many ways vintage “Scandal”: breathless pacing, plenty of twists and turns, and had progression on the latest serialized arc. On top of that, it featured at least two scenes that can go into the show’s all-time pantheon. So what’s preventing this episode from being an unfettered classic?
 
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TNT renews 'Franklin & Bash'


TNT renews "Franklin & Bash"

The summer series will be back for a 4th season.


Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard finally get married
The longtime couple had a no-frills ceremony at the Beverly Hills County Clerk Office.


An appendectomy halts production on CBS' "Intelligence"

Meghan Ory's surgery last week forced production to stop this week after attempts were made to film around her.


Margo Martindale will be back on "The Americans"
"She'll be back for at least one episode," says producer Joel Fields.


Judge Judy sues to remove her show from YouTube
One YouTube user is accused of posting a 2006 episode.


Tim DeKay: "You'll see the biggest changes" in "White Collar" Season 5

"There is a change in Peter," he says.


Kendra Wilkinson is pregnant with her 2nd child
It's expected that her WEtv reality show "Kendra On Top" will document her decision to get pregnant again.


Watch a black woman gets ready for "SNL"
Comedienne  Nyima Funk filmed this video in response to Kenan Thompson.


"Reign" boss explains the decision to the female teen masturbation scene
CW was always on board with the scene, says showrunner Laurie McCarthy. But, she adds, "with the CW's concern, we all came to a creative decision that allowed us to keep the bulk of the scene, but to make it more suggestive. It felt like the right way to do it."


"Brothers & Sisters" alum Luke MacFarlane lands on "The Night Shift"
He'll guest star on the NBC midseason series as a soldier.


See "Duck Dynasty" stars without beards
Here is a never before seen clean-shaven family photo.

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<p>&quot;Ilo Ilo&quot;</p>

"Ilo Ilo"

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Review: Singapore's Oscar hopeful 'Ilo Ilo' a hushed, melancholy family portrait

Winner of the Camera d'Or at Cannes is suitably promising

LONDON - It’s not hard to see why Anthony Chen won the Camera d’Or for best debut feature at Cannes this year, beating such higher-profile candidates as “Fruitvale Station.” Assured, humane delicacy is always an attractive quality to festival juries wary of more swaggering talent, and it’s one his warmly melancholy domestic drama “Ilo Ilo” (unsurprisingly selected as Singapore's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar) has in spades. Light on story and heavy on curdled sentiment, this study of a communication-challenged middle-class Singaporean family weathering the country’s 1997 financial crisis – and numerous finer household fractures besides – has immodest formal reach behind its softly-softly approach.

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<p>&quot;Orphan Black&quot;&nbsp;star Tatiana Maslany stopped by &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;to be served by Aziz Ansari.</p>

"Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany stopped by "Parks and Recreation" to be served by Aziz Ansari.

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Gin It Up!'

Donna's Twitter account causes a scandal, and Tom falls for 'Orphan Black' star Tatiana Maslany

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I put a question mark on Stop signs...

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<p>I&nbsp;really feel like this whole goth thing has gotten out of control.</p>

I really feel like this whole goth thing has gotten out of control.

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Review: Kim Peirce's new 'Carrie' only captures some of the story's enduring power

The story itself retains its power, but does the new version stand alone?

Brian De Palma wasn't just hired to direct the film version of Stephen King's monstrously successful first novel "Carrie"; he collided with it, and the result basically manhandled audiences, creating iconic imagery, loaded with indelible performances. "Carrie" is not a subtle film, but it is a fairly undeniable film. It is a fever dream, overheated and overwrought and impossible to shake. De Palma's film means it. There is nothing halfway about it, and it practically burns the edges of the screen. It runs hot from the moment it starts.

When they made a weak sequel to the film in the '90s and when they remade the movie for television, those were easy to tune out. I think the world of Angela Bettis, and she seems like near-perfect casting for the role of Carrie White, but I didn't even bother to see that film. I have no opinion of it beyond "I'm not sure why you'd bother."

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<p>Conan O'Brien and Langhorne Slim</p>

Conan O'Brien and Langhorne Slim

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Video: Conan O'Brien crashed a Langhorne Slim show and sang some Elvis

Late-night comedian showed the country-rock band some love with two songs

LOS ANGELES - Fans of Langhorne Slim & The Law may have seen some pretty wild shows from the singer-songwriter, but few can compare to Conan O'Brien crashing the party.

The late-night comedian hosted Slim and his merry men on his show "Conan" last year, and further showed his love and appreciation of the band at the Troubadour last night (Oct. 16) by taking the stage and performing on two songs.

O'Brien and Langhorne Slim first covered Elvis Presley's Sun Records rendition of classic "Blue Moon of Kentucky," the former warning, "Yeah, the comedian's gonna sing…"

The whole country-rock crew came out for Slim's own "Found My Heart" from the 2012 album "The Way We Move."

"Now we're gonna play a track that I've listened to 10,000 times," O'Brien said, then continuing on to bang out the tune on acoustic guitar. The two hugged after the mid-set interruption.

Watch the two songs from the Troubadour show last night in the video below, plus check out the band's performance on "Conan" last year, during which O'Brien also played "Found My Heart." O'Brien recorded "Blue Moon of Kentucky" at a June 2010 session at Jack White's Third Man Records HQ in Nashville, and that's below, too.

Langhorne Slim & The Law are on tour through the end of the month. Slim has spent time on a number of indie labels, but found his most recent home with Ramseur (The Avett Brothers) last year for "The Way We Move," his latest.

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Syfy announces a 'Stonados' movie, plus a film about sea vampires


Syfy announces a "Stonados" movie, plus a film about sea vampires

"Stonados" is like "Sharkado" except it revolves around the hurling of deadly boulders during a freak weather storm, while sea vampire film "Beast of the Bering Sea" will star "Jerry Maguire" kid Jonathan Lipnicki.


Miss Universe Pageant finds replacements for Andy Cohen & Giuliana Rancic
Mel B and MSNBC's Thomas Roberts will co-host this year's pageant after Cohen declined due to Russia's anti-gay laws.


Donald Glover: I was just venting when I posted a series of Instagram messages
"I'm glad people saw it," the "Community" star tells People. "I feel like I got some stuff out there," he says. "I got it off my chest. It felt like I had been holding on to something."


"American Horror Story" down after its record-setting premiere

"Coven's" 2nd episode slipped 17% from last week.


Fox orders "Hieroglyph," a sexy ancient Egypt fantasy drama
The 13-episode series "follows a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah, navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers."


"Game of Thrones" casts UK actor Struan Rodger
He'll play a major character in Bran's storyline.


"Glee" to do "A Katy or a Gaga" episode

The Nov. 7 episode will include Lady Gaga's "Applause" and Katy Perry's "Roar."

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