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USA renews 'Royal Pains' for 2 more seasons
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USA renews 'Royal Pains' for 2 more seasons

'NCIS' gets Jeri Ryan to play Gibbs’ 4th ex-wife

USA renews “Royal Pains” for 2 more seasons
The members of the HankMed medical concierge team will be back for Seasons7 and 8.


“NCIS” gets Jeri Ryan to play Gibbs’ 4th ex-wife
"After 12 seasons there was still one ex-wife to cast opposite Gibbs and we found her in the beautiful and talented Jeri Ryan,” says showrunner Gary Glasberg. "We're all very excited to have Jeri join us for a storyline that's chock full of surprises."


Adam Brody is headed to DirecTV to star in a Neil LaBute show
The former “O.C.” star has joined Neil LaBute’s "Billy & Billie,” joining Lisa Joyce playing stepsiblings who fall in love.


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David O Russell
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David O. Russell’s lost film 'Nailed' revived as 'Politics in Love,' recut for UK release

The grisly satire will surface in 2015.

"Nailed" haunts writer-director David O. Russell. A health care satire starring Jessica Biel suffering from a near-fatal nail gun shot to the head, the film went into production before "The Fighter" and imploded before making it through post-production. Russell moved on, for the clear better, but onlookers anxious for a taste of the writer’s sardonic humor kept wondering if the film would ever surface. Whether he was talking about "The Fighter," "Silver Linings Playbook" or "American Hustle," nearly ever interview steered towards "Nailed" out of due diligence. When our own Drew McWeeny spoke to Russell in 2011, he summed up the experience he was happy to distance himself from: "['Nailed'] was supposed to be a fresh page and comeback and it turned out to be disappointment, another notch on my belt in this business."

Fans would never see "Nailed." Or fans were resigned to never seeing "Nailed"… until now. 

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Zack Snyder's unusual plan for the 'Batman v Superman' score pits composer v composer
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Zack Snyder's unusual plan for the 'Batman v Superman' score pits composer v composer

An interesting decision plays directly into the movie's themes

Okay, I have to give it up for this one. What a great idea.

While I understand that "Man Of Steel" isn't everyone's favorite, I am a huge fan of the film, and one of the things I love about it is the score by Hans Zimmer. There are places in that film where I think Zimmer does some of the best work of his career, big and inspired and beautiful and sweeping and intense and emotional.

It isn't a huge surprise to hear that Zimmer will be working on the score for "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" as well. I would expect him to continue from the themes that he created for "Man Of Steel," and I assume he and Zack Snyder had a good relationship on that film. It would be enough of an announcement for me to think it was awesome if they just said Zimmer was working on the score. But it's more than that, something entirely appropriate to the nature of the film itself, and it sounds like a perfect idea.

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;MasterChef Junior&quot; premiere</p>

Tuesday's "MasterChef Junior" premiere

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TV Ratings: Big 'MasterChef Junior' premiere lets FOX split Election Night Tuesday

'New Girl' and 'The Mindy Project' hit post-premiere highs for FOX

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

FOX's "MasterChef" appears to have helped lift FOX to a Tuesday win among young viewers, while CBS' "NCIS" and "NCIS: New Orleans" repeats led overall. 

However, with live Election Night coverage impacting programming differently in almost every market, it'd be presumptuous to make any big calls based on the ratings equivalent of exit polling. 

Just as it'd be presumptuous to claim that "MasterChef Junior" is a saving grace for FOX's struggling Tuesday -- the cooking show hit series highs and boosted the network's comedies to post-premiere highs -- it would only be of limited use to note the huge drop for "Marry Me" and "About a Boy" out of a weakened "The Voice" lead-in, though the percentage decline can't make NBC happy. 

And, finally on the list of things we can't be sure about, ABC's two episodes of "Selfie" did soft numbers, as did the "Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp To Pop!" special.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Lisa Kudrow in The Comeback</p>

Lisa Kudrow in The Comeback

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Review: HBO's 'The Comeback' is as mortifying as ever 9 years later

Get ready to cringe a LOT as the Lisa Kudrow showbiz satire returns

There are TV shows I race through because I can't wait to see what happens next, and TV shows I pause frequently, either because I want to savor the experience or because I would really rather be doing anything else. And then there is "The Comeback," whose episodes take me twice as long to watch as anything else, good or bad, because I have to stop the action every few minutes just so I can clear my head, take a walk in nature, call my wife and do other feel-good activities in the hopes that when I press play, the latest mortification facing Lisa Kudrow's Valerie Cherish will have magically gone away.

The mortification never goes away. Ever.

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Big Eyes
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First 'Big Eyes' screening goes head-to-head with AFI Fest closing night

Where will voters turn out during a packed awards season?

The around-the-corner 2014 AFI Festival is a cavalcade of awards contenders… with limited space. The films AFI selects are among the best of the best. But not everything fits. Not everything wants to fit. Example: As if to divert attention with its own, non-festival fanfare, The Weinstein Company’s "Big Eyes" will premiere at Los Angeles County Museum of Art "Film Independent" screening on on Thursday, Nov. 13 — the final night of AFI Fest. 

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Jon Stewart apologizes for being 'flip' by telling CNN he didn’t vote
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Jon Stewart apologizes for being 'flip' by telling CNN he didn’t vote

Clay Aiken’s Congressional bid to become an Esquire network docuseries

Jon Stewart apologizes for being “flip” by telling CNN he didn’t vote
“The Daily Show” host told Christiane Amanpour he didn’t vote. But on his show, Stewart clarified: “To set the record straight, I did vote today,” adding "I was being flip, and it kind of took off. And you know what, I want to apologize because I shouldn’t have been flip about that."


Clay Aiken’s Congressional bid to become an Esquire network docuseries
Cameras followed the former “American Idol” runner-up for a four-hour docuseries that will air next year.


Neil Patrick Harris: “My variety show will absolutely be crafted by union writers”
Responding to concerns that his NBC variety show may be affected by striking writers, Harris tweeted: "I’ve been assured by ITV that it will be a WGA show. Period.”


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<p>&quot;Interstellar&quot;</p>

"Interstellar"

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Tell us what you thought of 'Interstellar'

Christopher Nolan's space epic is here

Well this one is ready to burst. "Interstellar" is here — on film, anyway. Those eager to check it out in 35mm, 70mm or 70mm IMAX can do so now, with all formats blazing on Friday. We have chewed on it plenty around here. We've talked to Matthew McConaughey (with more to come). We've heard from Christopher Nolan. HitFix's Drew McWeeny was positive. After a second look, so was I, both of us with reservations. That seems to be the pattern with most responses.

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<p>Kim Coates of &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;</p>

Kim Coates of "Sons of Anarchy"

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Recap: 'Sons of Anarchy' - 'What a Piece of Work Is Man'

The club feels blowback from Jax’s killing frenzy as Marks makes his mark

Still reeling over Tuesday night’s “Sons of Anarchy?” Well grease up those prison weapons, wipe those drugs off your boobs and let’s avoid solitary confinement by getting through this together, shall we?

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Clay Aiken loses bid for Congress
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Clay Aiken loses bid for Congress

Clay Aiken loses bid for Congress
The “American Idol” runner-up came in 2nd once again, losing to incumbent U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, who received more than 56% of the vote.

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<p>New Girl</p>

New Girl

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Evening TV Round-Up: 'Selfie,' 'New Girl' & 'The Mindy Project'

Henry and Eliza get closer, Jess tries to hide drugs, and Mindy's lateness angers Danny

It's been a while since I've done a comedy round-up post, but I happened to see tonight's episodes of "Selfie," "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" in advance, and this seems a good opportunity for a quick check-in on each, coming up just as soon as I put you on a waterslide between two obese people...

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Kendrick Lamar marches to his own beat in colorful 'i' music video

Kendrick Lamar marches to his own beat in colorful 'i' music video

Rapper is the best car buddy

Kendrick Lamar's "i" music video could've just been the rapper holding a single  balloon and crying, and I'd still be like, "K."

Because this song has grown on me. The single certainly was an unexpectedly upbeat jam from the "Good Kid," with the lilting sampled guitars and Compton MC preaching self-love to all the kids that "went to war last night." While his upbringing was rough, Lamar talks about finding peace, even in depression.

Thus, in his video, Lamar moves freely. He goes where he wants, dances how he wants, wears what he wants, his crew follows his lead through colorful streets and with interesting characters, one of which takes him on a car ride and he hangs out the backseat window like a dog on a joyride. There's a nostalgic '70s flare throughout, punctuated by the "one nation, under a groove" in the beginning. 

It's cool, and Lamar's cool in it. No wonder the NBA adopted it as its official anthem this season.

The song "i" will supposedly be on Lamar's next album, as-yet-untitled and with no release date, though he's warned that Dr. Dre and Pharrell have helped out on it so far. Lamar will be the musical guest on the Nov. 15 episode of "Saturday Night Live" (with host Woody Harrelson), so maybe we'll know more by then?

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