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<p>Childish Gambino</p>

Childish Gambino

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Childish Gambino sets release of new album, 'Because The Internet'

Listen to track, 'Yaphet Kotto'

Donald Glover’s rap alter ego, Childish Gambino, will release his new album, “Because The Internet,” this winter.

The video preview for track, “Yaphet Kotto,” features Gambino floating face down in a pool, aka  William Holden in the opening of “Sunset Boulevard,” as we hear him rapping about the criticisms he’s received  (“worst rapper to ever spit on an open mic”), while the "Community" star is busy bring in the dough and the ladies.  It also name drops other artists including Obie Trice, Wiz Khalifa and Erykah Badu.

At the end of the 90-second clip appear the words “Because The Internet” and “Winter Break.” 

Below is the 90-second video, as well as the full audio of “Yaphet Kotto.”  No idea why the song is named after the actor, who is best known for starring on "Homicide: Life On The Street." 

The album is Gambino’s first since 2011’s “Camp.” Glover is also working on his new series for FX, "Atlanta." 

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<p>Jessica Lange of &quot;American Horror Story: Coven&quot;</p>

Jessica Lange of "American Horror Story: Coven"

Credit: FX

TV Review: FX's 'American Horror Story: Coven' offers a familiar brew

At this point, if you enjoy the 'AHS' craziness, you'll enjoy this too
A couple years ago, either in a fit of nutritional pique or as an impulse buy at Target, I purchased a Magic Bullet, or perhaps its generic hand-blending equivalent. 
For a solid month, I was obsessed with smoothies, with the idea that by tossing a banana, some ice cubes and a little bit of juice in the blender, I could create a sweet, semi-healthy paste that could also be a delivery mechanism for other fruits and vegetables. A handful of carrots vanished into the paste, barely changing the flavor but making the goo orange and higher in Vitamin A or something. A couple leaves of spinach delivered iron and a lurid green tone. An apple or a pear? The consistency might change and maybe the wellness benefits, but the flavor stayed the same. I marveled at all of the different things I could do with my Magic Bullet, the number of things I could blend up, and have the end result be interchangeable. 
Like most impulse buys, the pleasure of the Magic Bullet wore off. I wasn't enjoying my smoothies all that much and dispensing with chewing eventually ceased to be a sufficient advantage over just taking a carrot or an apple out of the fridge and devouring that. The interchangeable smoothies maintained amusement, but more as culinary experiments that nourishing meals. I haven't used that Magic Bullet for a long time.
That, fans of clunky, extended and imperfect analogies, brings me to the third season of "American Horror Story," premiering on FX on Wednesday (October 9) night. Sorry. The third "miniseries" of "American Horror Story."
In the past, I've made the argument that FX was taking advantage of Emmy loopholes in calling "American Horror Story" a miniseries because in addition to maintaining the same basic creative team and the same core cast, I suspect that everybody involved with the show is working with a standard series contract. But that's just semantic quibbling.
People protest, "But 'American Horror Story' has a totally different narrative and characters each season" and that also makes me chortle. 
Watching the premiere of "American Horror Story: Coven," I was stuck by two key things: First, I strongly dislike "American Horror Story" as a week-by-week narrative, but I find it utterly fascinating as a cumulative work now in its third season. And second, it hardly matters what stories or genres Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk want to work through in any given season, because once everything has gone through their narrative Magic Bullet, it all looks and feels exactly the same, so of course the show isn't three [and counting] separate miniseries projects under the same banner, it's just a slightly varying recipe for American Horror Smoothies.
With "American Horror Story," after three seasons the audience has become self-selected. If you dig the freakiness that Murphy and Falchuk are laying down, "Coven" will probably hit you with similar success, while if you find "American Horror Story" unpleasant to watch or merely masturbatory, you shouldn't be fooled into thinking you're going to like "Coven" just because the cast has now reached an almost absurd level of awesomeness. And if you're like me and you manage to find exactly enough that's engrossing to compensate for the monotony of what's just gross, that will probably continue as well. 
To paraphrase former Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green, "American Horror Story" is what you thought it was and what hasn't changed is a good deal less important than what has changed.
More after the break...
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Introducing HitFix Oscar Picks!

Introducing HitFix Oscar Picks!

Go on the record with your own predictions this year

We've been teasing a new feature here at In Contention for a few months now and I'm happy that we can finally lift the veil on HitFix Oscar Picks!

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<p>Lorde performing in Los Angeles</p>

Lorde performing in Los Angeles

Credit: Paul Hebert/Invision/AP

Lorde's 'Royals' remains atop the Billboard Hot 100

Static Top 10 features no new debuts

Lorde’s reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 continues as “Royals”  spends its second week at No. 1.

The New Zealander teenager also receives good news on the album front, as her debut, “Pure Heroine,” bows at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

“Royals” leads digital single sales at 309,000 downloads, moving the song past the 2 million mark.

Katy Perry’s former No. 1, “Roar,” stays at No. 2, leading the chart in airplay.  Perry, whose new album, “Prism,” arrives Oct. 22, is also on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Walking on Air,” which debuts at No. 34.  Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” also a former No. 1, remains at No. 3, according to Billboard.

Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” jumps one spot to No. 4, trading places with Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, which drops to No. 5.

And yes, Ylvis’s “The Fox” continues to scoop up the chart, rising 8-6, largely on the strength of streaming and downloads, as airplay has yet to reach a significant level. 

Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake, slips 6-7, pushing Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” down one to No. 8.

Lady Gaga’s “Applause” hangs on in the Top 10 at No. 9, as it continues to gain airplay, while Lana Del Rey and Cedric Gervais’s “Summertime Sadness” remains at No. 10.

For Britney Spears’ chart watchers: “Work B**ch” jumps 41-13, following its debut two weeks ago at No. 12. The rise can be attributed largely to streaming and excitement from the video’s release last week.

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Jeffrey Katzenberg offered $75M for 3 more 'Breaking Bad' episodes

Jeffrey Katzenberg offered $75M for 3 more "Breaking Bad" episodes
One stipulation: They had to be online-only to create "the greatest pay-per-view (event) in scripted television ever." PLUS: Bryan Cranston tweets Britney Spears over her not liking the finale.

"The Daily Show" losing its showrunner
This will be Rory Albanese's last week as he's leaving to pursue a Hollywood career.

Anthony Anderson to star in ABC comedy pilot "Black-ish"
Laurence Fishburne is producing and may appear on the comedy about an upper-middle class black man struggling to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity.

AnnaLynne McCord joins "Dallas"
The "90210" alum will play Christopher's girlfriend.

"F--- Me, Ray Bradbury" YouTube star sells comedy to Showtime
Rachel Bloom, who became a viral sensation in 2010 with her ode to Bradbury, has sold "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" to the pay cable network.

Lauren Ambrose heading to Lifetime for a Nicolas Sparks drama

The "Six Feet Under" alum is joining "Deliverance Creek," playing a mother at the end of the Civil War.

"That '70s Show" cast reunites

Check out the photo Danny Masterson posted on Instagram.

Hayden Panettiere: I'm engaged to Wladimir Klitschko

The "Nashville" star showed off her engagement ring this morning on "Live!"

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Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in "Philomena."
Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in "Philomena."
Credit: The Weinstein Company

The Long Shot: Two shades of Britain

Two of this year's Oscar hopefuls show the UK industry at a crossroads

Two British (or part-British) films came out on top at the Toronto Film Festival this year -- and they haven't much more in common than what's already in this sentence. Unless you've just returned from an extended meditation retreat in the Hindu Kush, you're probably aware that Steve McQueen's biographical slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" emerged most triumphant all from the fall fests, bearing bushels of critical praise, the much-coveted TIFF Audience Award and a position as Oscar frontrunner that only "Gravity" has seen fit to challenge so far. We have yet to see how it fares in the real world, but it's an impressive run for a film that, by consensus, takes a brutal, unyielding approach to an eternally tough historical subject.

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<p>Clark Gregg on Tuesday's &quot;Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Clark Gregg on Tuesday's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' dips, 'Supernatural' soars and NBC, CBS split Tuesday

'The Voice' recap episode, 'NCIS' are Tuesday's top shows
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 8, 2013.
NBC's pre-Battles clip show for "The Voice" performed well below the competition's normal numbers, but despite that decline, the network still topped Wednesday among young viewers, as CBS' procedurals dominated overall, even with a big drop for "NCIS."
Although "The Voice" and "NCIS" lost over 4 million viewers and a 1.7 key demo between them in the 8 p.m. hour, there was minimal capitalizing from the rival networks. 
ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." posted a less steep drop than last week -- down by a 0.3 key demo and 700,000+ viewers -- but was still off in its third frame, which led to "Goldbergs" also posting a second week of declines. Interesting, "Trophy Wife" was steady week-to-week among young viewers and posted a very small audience gain. With huge DVR bumps for each of its first two weeks, "S.H.I.E.L.D." is still doing fine and this probably counts as leveling at this point.
FOX's comedies also didn't capitalize much, with "New Girl" rising somewhat" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" also adding a whopping 0.1 in the key demo.
Certainly some of that extra audience went to The CW's "The Originals" and "Supernatural," which did solid numbers in their premieres. It was, in fact, the best "Supernatural" premiere since 2010, not bad for a drama in its ninth season.
On to the numbers...
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Report: Ellen is trying to distance herself from Bethenny Frankel's struggling talk show

Report: Ellen is trying to distance herself from Bethenny Frankel's struggling talk show
Ellen DeGeneres wants her name removed from Bethenny's talk show, which she executive produces, according to the NY Daily News.

Watch Bruce Willis' "SNL" promos

This is the first time Cecily Strong has been allowed to do promos.

Did Jon Stewart show an uncensored penis on "The Daily Show"?
Was "Full Frontal Clooney" actually full frontal?

"The Walking Dead" will air worldwide 1 day after U.S. premiere
This will help international viewers avoid spoilers.

"Community's" Dan Harmon responds on Reddit to claim that Season 4 sucked due to Season 3
Harmon compares Season 3 to Jeffrey Dahmer.

Miley Cyrus sings "We Can't Stop" with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots
Check out their A Capella performance.

Why Katie Couric is facing cancelation: She has "disdain" for her female audience

That's what an ex-employee says, noting that Couric would rather do harder-edged interviews like she did on "Today" and CBS News than do softer features that appeal to women who are home during the day. "She has a complete and utter disdain for the audience she needs to appeal to," says the ex-employee.

A&E's new slogan: "Be Original"
The "Duck Dynasty" and "Bates Motel" network plans to launch its new "much lighter, more fun" look in December.

Will Ronan Farrow become MSNBC's Anderson Cooper?
That's the plan for the son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, according to Page Six.

Is "Avalanche Sharks" the next "Sharknado"?
Watch the trailer for the newest Syfy shark film.

TLC orders more "Hoarding: Buried Alive"
Season 5 will have double its usual episode order.

Mafia put out a hit on Johnny Carson

Carson's lawyer's new book reveals that the mob put out a hit on "The Tonight Show" host in 1970 after he tried to pick up a mobster's "goomar" in an NYC bar.

Here's your 1st look at Lisa Kudrow on "Scandal"
Shonda Rhimes says of the casting: "It's amazing that Lisa said yes. She's a nuanced, intelligent actress, and Kerry Washington ended every working day saying, 'Oh, my God, Lisa's incredible!'"

Cinemax is trying to move away from its "Skinemax" reputation
There is still plenty of nudity on Cinemax, but the pay cable network wants to be known for producing high-quality TV series.

Discovery & BBC split up
After collaborating on specials like "Frozen Planet" and "Life," the two networks are ending their relationship as Discovery pursues more character-driven reality shows.

"Ironside" books Robert Forster and Lou Diamond Phillips

They'll guest-star in the same episode, with Forster playing Pablo Schreiber's father.

"The Vampire Diaries" casts an old friend from Damon's past
Michael Malarkey is joining the CW series.

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<p>On &quot;New Girl,&quot;&nbsp;Jess (Zooey Deschanel) tries to Smurf out to help Nick.</p>

On "New Girl," Jess (Zooey Deschanel) tries to Smurf out to help Nick.

Credit: FOX

Review: 'New Girl' - 'The Captain'

Schmidt's sexual sabotage of Jess and Nick leads to the season's funniest episode

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I'm comfortable with racial slurs...

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<p>Barkhad Abdi in &quot;Captain Phillips.&quot;</p>

Barkhad Abdi in "Captain Phillips."

Credit: Sony Pictures

Roundup: Let the whisper campaigns begin

Also: Bullock rules Hollywood, and 'Croods' wins the animated screener race
Every Oscar season it happens: a strong Oscar contender (or several) has to battle the negative publicity that comes from charges of factual inaccuracy. "Argo" survived it last year. Ditto "A Beautiful Mind" a few years back. And like clockwork, the knives have started to come out for some of this year's frontrunners: biographical dramas "Captain Phillips" and "12 Years a Slave," and even the fictional "Gravity." Steve Pond looks into the shadowy world of whisper campaigns:  "They’re designed to be untraceable, and to offer plausible deniability. Why wouldn’t CNN have pulled out a three-year-old interview that ties into a big movie opening in a few days?" Will all three films ride it out? Probably. [The Wrap]
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Dr. Phil will help mediate the Jimmy Kimmel vs. Kanye West feud

Dr. Phil will help mediate the Jimmy Kimmel vs. Kanye West feud
Kimmel announced that Dr. Phil will be part of Wednesday's special "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Why Nielsen's Twitter TV Ratings are a total scam
Negative tweets about "Scandal" will be counted in the ABC drama's favor. plus there has been no proven correlation between tweets and viewership.

Oliver Stone calls the "Breaking Bad" finale "ridiculous"
"I happen to not watch the series very much, but I happened to tune in and I saw the most ridiculous 15 minutes of a movie – it would be laughed off the screen," he said, referring to the shooting scene. PLUS: "Breaking Bad" writer calls Stone a "Super Douche" who is trying to sell his new book by slamming the show.

Jeri Ryan joins Syfy's "Helix"
The "Star Trek: Voyager" alum will play the owner of Arctic Biosystems, where the Ron Moore series takes place.

NBC is having its best fall season in a decade

Has the Peacock finally shaken off "the curse of Jeff Zucker"?

Fox orders Steve Carell's "Slide Show" celebrity competition
Competitors will take part in song and dance and sketch challenges.

"Sons of Anarchy" director: How I filmed that shocking scene

"It was difficult," says director Gwyneth Horder-Payton of Tuesday's episode.

"Breaking Bad": The Opera?

A New York-based symphony has announced plans to create an opera based on the episode "Ozymandias." PLUS: Walter White & Jesse Pinkman reenact the American Gothic painting.

Rupert Grint's CBS pilot "Super Clyde" has been posted on
The "Harry Potter" star plays a shy comic book fanatic in the comedy from Greg Garcia.

"Orange is the New Black" stars reenact a "Scandal" scene

Check out the scene made between takes of the Netflix series.

Letterman wants Seth Meyers to change "Late Night's" name to "The Tomorrow Show"
That's what Dave's NBC show was supposed to be called. PLUS: Meyers wants Amy Poehler to be his 1st guest.

Happy 70th birthday, Chevy Chase!
The "SNL" and "Community" alum is now in his 70s.

"The Goldbergs" brings on "Ed" and an "Eastbound & Down" alum
Tom Cavanagh and Jennifer Irwin will play the Goldbergs' prim and proper neighbors.

"Glee" insiders insist there is no feud with Dianna Agron
Her absence from the Cory Monteith tribute episode, they say, is due to scheduling conflicts.

Check out some "Big Bang" retro art

An art gallery is hosting an exhibit called "The Physics of Friendship: A Tribute to The Big Bang Theory." PLUS: "Big Bang" stars before they were famous.

Here's new couple Nina Dobrev & Derek Hough
The "Vampire Diaries"-"Dancing" couple stepped out together recently for the first time.

Jennifer Aniston pays tribute to sitcom directing legend James Burrows
"Will & Grace" stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack also came out to salute Burrows, along with Danny DeVito, Bob Newhart and Chuck Lorre.

What if "Parks and Rec" was an old-school Nintendo video game?

See Pawnee in 8-bits. PLUS: "America, You Got Jammed" mashes up "Parks and Rec" with the government shutdown.

PBS' "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis" is damning TV
The "Frontline" documentary, which grabbed headlines when ESPN removed itself from the project, explains the NFL's treatment of concussions to the average viewer.

"Pretty Little Liars" star welcomes a baby girl
Tammin Sursok gave birth on Tuesday.

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<p>Ellen Page discussed the possibility of playing Kitty Pryde for a video game version of 'X-Men:&nbsp;Days Of Future Past' with us today at a press day for 'Beyond:&nbsp;Two Souls'</p>

Ellen Page discussed the possibility of playing Kitty Pryde for a video game version of 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' with us today at a press day for 'Beyond: Two Souls'

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Will Ellen Page play Kitty Pryde for a game version of 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'?

As we discuss her work in 'Beyond: Two Souls,' the question came up

Earlier today, Ellen Page sat down with a small group of reporters to discuss her work in the new game from Quantic Dreams Studios, "Beyond: Two Souls." I just got my copy of the game today and played a grand total of about twelve minutes while I was waiting to talk to her, but I can tell you already that anyone who played the game "Heavy Rain" will recognize many of that game's design ideas in this game, and there is no doubt when you look at it in motion that the lead character is meant to be Ellen Page.

We discussed the game, and I'll run that material for you tomorrow. First, though, I wanted to bring you a short bit from the end of our conversation. Right now, there's such a huge back-and-forth energy between Hollywood and the gaming community that I wanted to know if after this experience she would be willing to play her "X-Men" character for a game adaptation.

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