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<p>Jared Leto at the Los&nbsp;Angeles premiere of &quot;Dallas Buyers Club&quot;</p>

Jared Leto at the Los Angeles premiere of "Dallas Buyers Club"

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Jared Leto hopes the Focus legacy will live on with new regime after 'Dallas Buyers Club'

One last hurrah on the circuit brings with it a lot of incentive

As awards season trudges forward, the two weeks surrounding AFI Fest have easily been more packed with fetes and soirees than ever before. And on Sunday afternoon, it was Universal and Focus holding events for Oscar hopefuls "Rush" and "Dallas Buyers Club" respectively.

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"Once Upon A Time"

 "Once Upon A Time"  

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'Once Upon A Time' recap: Will Mr. Gold be the one to take down Pan?

Wendy Darling reconnects with an old friend

It looks as if this long, dark tea-time of the soul that has been our stay in Neverland on "Once Upon A Time" might actually be wrapped up sooner rather than later, and I hope that means Emma and the gang can head home to Storybrooke. Really, I don't care where the story heads, as long as it's off this misbegotten island (I'd like to ask Ed Kitsis and Adam Horowitz what's their deal with islands).

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<p>Michael Ealy in &quot;Almost Human.&quot;</p>

Michael Ealy in "Almost Human."

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Series premiere talkback: 'Almost Human'

What did everybody think of the new FOX sci-fi cop drama?

I posted my review of FOX's "Almost Human" on Friday. Now it's your turn. For those who watched the sci-fi cop show tonight, give or take a delay from football, what did you think? Was Michael Ealy an interesting robot for you? Did you find the human characters interesting? Did you like the production design, or did it seem too derivative of "Total Recall," "Minority Report" and others? Were you, like me, surprised that Minka Kelly is not playing a robot? Are you at all intrigued in the mythology about the criminal gang Kennex is going after? And was it interesting enough that you'll watch again tomorrow night? 

Have at it.

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<p>Adam Driver</p>

Adam Driver

Adam Driver says 'there's no truth' to rumor he's Nightwing in 'Batman vs. Superman'

'GIRLS' star is telling the truth or...

We all know how good Adam Driver is as an actor based on his work in the acclaimed HBO TV series "GIRLS" and films such as "Frances Ha," but is he telling the truth about his rumored involvement in the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman"?

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Chiwetel Ejiofor, Steve McQueen and Brad Pitt

2014 Oscar contenders work the room at the 2013 Governors Awards

That was the goal at least

A slew of potential nominees for the 86th Academy Awards attended the annual Governors Awards Saturday night, where voters were on hand to salute honorees Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Piero Tosi and Steve Martin. While a few were actually friends or relatives of the honorees, 99 percent of them were in full campaign mode (or at least that's what the studios and their publicists were hoping for).

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<p>Angelina Jolie,&nbsp;Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin at the 2013 Governors Awards</p>

Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin at the 2013 Governors Awards

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Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin toasted and roasted at 2013 Governors Awards

And Angela Lansbury finally has an Oscar!

HOLLYWOOD — The Academy kicked off awards season in its own way Saturday night with the presentation of this year's Honorary Oscars at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood. Or, as Martin Short considers them, "The highest honor an actor can receive…in mid-November." But more on that in a moment.

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'SNL' skewers "60 Minutes" using Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

"SNL" skewers "60 Minutes" using Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
Which is the only show that would believe a crack-smoking mayor? "60 Minutes," of course.

"How I Met  Your Dad" won't use "How I Met Your Mother" to introduce its characters
The "HIMYM" spinoff also "probably" won't use MacLaren's, says co-creator Carter Bays.

Alec Baldwin warns he may be done at MSNBC
"Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now," Baldwin wrote in a blog post on The Huffington Post, where he explained, once again, that he didn't use the homophobic F-word.

AMC may develop controversial comic book "Preacher" with Seth Rogen
The comic book series about a possessed preacher was once deemed to violent, dark and controversial for HBO.

What if "Breaking Bad" was a "Malcolm in the Middle" dream?
Watch a "Newhart"-style alternate ending. UPDATE: Watch the gag reel for the final episodes.

Dodger Stadium surprises Larry King for his 80th birthday
Though King doesn't turn 80 until Tuesday, his life was celebrated Friday on the Dodger Stadium field.

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They live for the applause, applause, applause...

They live for the applause, applause, applause...

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Lady Gaga

The pop star pulls double duty during her first hosting gig
I’m sure there are some reservations about Lady Gaga hosting “Saturday Night Live” tonight. But I’m not sure I see the problem, at least in theory. Her musical output has produced some of the great highs and lows of modern pop music, and I wouldn’t be the least surprised to see either extreme matched comedically tonight. I’ve enjoyed her sketch appearances in the past (in 2009 and 2011), and her larger-than-life presence will at least add some excitement to tonight’s proceedings. For someone as image-conscious as she is, Lady Gaga has not been afraid to send up herself during her brief appearances on the show in the past. So I’m going into this with an open mind and hoping for the best. Tonight will probably go one of two ways: in one scenario, she’s a team player in an episode that doesn’t really stand out from the rest; in the other, this is Guest Star-A-Polooza, with countless cameos throughout that turn the episode into a circus. (Maybe Timberlake returns the favor for her cameos in 2011, for example?)
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<p>Jesse Custer, the hero of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's &quot;Preacher.&quot;</p>

Jesse Custer, the hero of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's "Preacher."

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Is Seth Rogen bringing 'Preacher' to AMC?

Can the 'This Is The End' duo succeed in adapting the unadaptable comic book classic?

"Preacher," Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's epic comic book mash-up of Westerns, Southern Gothics, black comedy, metaphysics and good old-fashioned horror, has been trapped in Hollywood development hell since the late '90s. Every few years, a new white knight turns up to rescue it: first Kevin Smith (to produce a movie version that might have starred James Marsden in the title role), then Mark Steven Johnson (who wrote an aborted series version at HBO), and more recently Sam Mendes and D.J. Caruso (each briefly attached to an attempt to make a "Preacher" movie). Now, two new saviors have appeared, and they are...

... Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg?

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<p>Emily Deschanel of &quot;Bones&quot;</p>

Emily Deschanel of "Bones"

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TV Ratings: 'Bones,' 'Raising Hope' have weak Friday starts as CBS wins

'Grimm' and 'Blue Bloods' are among Friday's risers
Fast National ratings for Friday, November 15, 2013.
Guess what? CBS' "Undercover Boss," "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods" each dominated their hours overall on Friday and, with a slightly low "Shark Tank" on ABC, CBS also won the crown among young viewers.
The big news was elsewhere, though.
FOX's plan to strengthen Friday by transplanting a pair of established performers failed to pay immediate dividends as both "Bones" and "Raising Hope" premiered to numbers below what they'd normally draw elsewhere in the week. "Bones," in fact, drew 2 million fewer viewers than an original episode did just four days earlier, falling 0.8 in the key demo. While "Bones" did improve on the time period's viewer numbers, it couldn't compete with "MasterChef Junior" in the key demo.
Over on NBC, "Grimm" was up week-to-week and, for the most part, "Dracula" may have stopped dropping.
Finally, the season finale of "America's Next Top Model" had a good night for The CW and "The Carrie Diaries" may have gone up a hair as well.
On to the numbers...
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<p>Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o and Steve McQueen arrive at the GQ&nbsp;Awards earlier this week in Los Angeles.</p>

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o and Steve McQueen arrive at the GQ Awards earlier this week in Los Angeles.

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Fox Searchlight celebrates the holidays with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and '12 Years a Slave' stars

And the 'Veep' star goes bug-eyed over Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's latest

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — After a rough start to 2013 ("Stoker," say what?), Fox Searchlight has had a lot to celebrate. The studio's Sundance pickup "The Way, Way Back" was one of the art house hits of the summer earning $21 million, September comedy "Baggage Claim" did an OK $20 million with an $8.5 million budget and Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" became a surprise indie smash with $16 million and is still going strong (with $20 million well within reach). Oh, and of course, there is that little drama "12 Years a Slave" that critics and audiences have been a tad euphoric for.

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<p>While I doubt we'll ever see a Bat-suit on film as radical as the one Alex Ross designed for 'Kingdom Come,' some story elements from the series may end up in the new film</p>

While I doubt we'll ever see a Bat-suit on film as radical as the one Alex Ross designed for 'Kingdom Come,' some story elements from the series may end up in the new film

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Did a movie producer reveal surprising 'Batman vs. Superman' details today?

At this point, we've got a pretty clear picture of what this film's going to be

Each and every week, each and every day, I have to make constant decisions about what I can cover, and it mostly just comes down to time. I wish I could write about every single thing that interests me. I wish I could review every single thing I see. But I have to pick and choose, and so I try to create a balance of smaller things, bigger movies, blockbusters, indies… I want to cover as wide an array of things as possible because that's the only way this blog can ever truly reflect my own tastes and interests.

There's a lot of genre stuff I cover because those were my formative sates, and I love seeing how far we've come in terms of mainstream acceptance of these things and in terms of how we can tell these stories on film. There are certain characters and series that I'll always be interested in, and certainly I'm curious about how they're going to handle things in "Man Of Steel 2" or "Superman Vs. Batman" or whatever the heck they end up calling the sequel to Zack Snyder's superhero blockbuster from this summer.

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