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<p>Meryl Streep ventures 'Into the Woods' as the Witch who wishes to  reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored.</p>

Meryl Streep ventures 'Into the Woods' as the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored.

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First 'Into The Woods' image reveals Meryl Streep as The Witch

Production is underway in London for a December 2014 release

Right now, construction is underway at Shepperton Studios outside London for the film adaptation of "Into The Woods," the long-running musical hit by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, and with the film due in theaters for the holiday season in 2014, they're already starting the promotional push.

Meryl Streep is set to play The Witch in the film, one of the central roles in the piece, and Disney sent over the first photo of her in costume today. If you're not familiar with the musical, The Witch lives next door to The Baker (James Corden) and his Wife (Emily Blunt), who are desperate to have a child. The Witch has cursed them, though, so they will never have a child unless they help her find the ingredients that she requires for a spell that will restore her former beauty. She sends them on a quest to find "the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold."

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<p>Olivia Wilde's been having a very good year on film, and seemed excited to discuss her work in Ron Howard's new film 'Rush'</p>

Olivia Wilde's been having a very good year on film, and seemed excited to discuss her work in Ron Howard's new film 'Rush'

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Olivia Wilde on why her character is attracted to danger in 'Rush'

Plus she discusses the difficulty of researching her role

One of the things that defines the men of "Rush" is the way they relate to the women in their lives.

Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) is reluctant to open his life to Marlene (Alexandra Maria Lara), but once he does, it's obvious that she is important to him, and she changes the way he thinks about life and death for the first time. James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), on the other hand, may love the idea of being married to Suzy Miller (Olivia Wilde), a famous model who looks great on his arm, but he isn't wired to put anyone else's wants or needs before his own.

When I sat down with Wilde in Toronto to talk about the film, she was excited to discuss how she researched Miller, who wasn't really much of a public figure. It was a different time, and people were actually able to have private lives even if they worked in a field like modeling. It made it hard for her to track down much material about Miller, but she was able to at least tap into the way it would feel to be married to someone who risked their life every time they went out the door.

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"Grey's Anatomy"

 "Grey's Anatomy"

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'Grey's Anatomy' recap: The storm leaves tragedy in its wake

The fatality in the season premiere may not be the one you expect

The storm that hit Grey Sloan Memorial (sorry, but it will always be Seattle Grace to me) at the end of last season was a doozy, and of course we had a nail-biter of a cliffhanger. Dr. Webber decided to go into the basement to check on the status of the generator and ended up getting electrocuted. This officially makes working for this hospital only slightly less dangerous than working on an Alaskan crab boat. 

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Tina Fey addresses her Emmy wardrobe malfunction in chat with Jimmy Fallon

Tina Fey addresses her Emmy wardrobe malfunction in chat with Jimmy Fallon
"I don't think it's that bad," she said as she showed a new photo from Sunday night. PLUS: Watch Fey's new "SNL" promos with Arcade Fire.

Larry King is back on TV, as Keith Olbermann's ESPN2 fill-in

King will sit in on "Olbermann" next Tuesday through Thursday as Olbermann covers Major League Baseball.

Why Walter White can't put his money in a Swiss bank account, or the Cayman Islands

Even "offshore" banks will demand to know who you earned your money -- and they're not going to take drug money.

10 things "Breaking Bad" got wrong
Pure meth isn't blue, hydrofluoric acid would not eat through a bathtub and Gus' Chliean accent was terrible. PLUS: Vince Gilligan reveals his next project on "Conan," AMC selling finale ads for $250,000 for 30 seconds, how Landry became Todd, Aaron Paul raises $1.8M for his wife's charity, "Lydia Rodarte-Quayle" explains her surname, cast members reveal which props they stole, and what if "Breaking Bad" had choose your own adventure books?

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." coming out with official merchandise
T-shirts, posters and other items will soon be available.

Amber Tamblyn is making her "Men" debut on "Joan of Arcadia's" 10th anniversary
The new "Two and a Half Men" star didn't know her CBS drama premiered 10 years ago tonight. PLUS: Tamblyn is still getting the hang of sitcoms.

In defense of Gordon Ramsay

Why the nasty TV chef is not the devil.

Charisma Carpenter headed to "Blue Bloods"

The "Buffy" alum will play Donnie Wahlberg's ex-fling.

Ex-"Idol" Bo Bice is trying to raise money on Kickstarter
The runner-up to Carrie Underwood is trying to raise $35,000 to fund a CD and art book.

Titus Welliver signs on for an Amazon pilot

The "Lost" alum will play an LAPD homicide detective in "Bosch."

"Kendra" had a minor stroke
Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett's stroke came after her car accident earlier this year.

"GMA" wins the TV season for the 1st time in 20 years

"Good Morning America" was up 9% over last season.

Fox teases "The Following"

Season 2 begins in January.

"Parenthood": What to expect in Season 5
Jason Katims talks about the new time slot and what will happen to the Bravermans.

"Elementary" keeps getting Sherlock Holmes right
Tonight's premiere sets of a strong 2nd season. PLUS: "Elementary" boss on Season 2.

Jessica Capshaw feels safe in her 5th season on "Grey's Anatomy"
"This is actually my fifth series regular year and there's a very nice feeling about it," she says. "It feels safe. I feel taken care of. I know that between the writers and Shonda (Rhimes), nothing is off limits to talk about and the stories will go down and things change."

How "Big Bang Theory" evolved
The CBS sitcom wasn't originally critically acclaimed. PLUS: What to expect this season, meet "Big Bang's" science advisor, and Chuck Lorre reveals his "Big Bang" Emmy speech.

"The Walking Dead" webisodes return Oct. 1

There will be three new installments this year.

Michelle Obama gave the "Downton Abbey" cast a private tour of the White House
The first lady is a big fan of the PBS series.

Remembering "Simpsons" message board
The "Simpsons" newsgroup was very influential with its detailed reviews, recaps and other minutiae.

How to speak Dothraki
Here's a tutorial on the "Game of Thrones" language.

"The Crazy Ones" was only made for Robin Williams fans
If you're not a fan of his comedy, don't watch. PLUS: "Crazy Ones" feels too safe, Williams talks about his return to TV after 30 years, and where did Sarah Michelle Gellar's career go wrong?

"The Michael J. Fox Show's" promising pilot is followed by 2 episodes of disappointment
The pilot focuses on Fox going back to work after years off due to his Parkinson's. But in Episode 2, Fox's show becomes "a mundane, dated-feeling family comedy that feels like it's missing its laugh track," says James Poniewozik. PLUS: "Fox" is old-fashioned but not very original, the show feels like a long PSA, and the pilot works because it's great to see Fox on TV again.

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<p>Max Burkholder and Ray Romano in the &quot;Parenthood&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Max Burkholder and Ray Romano in the "Parenthood" season premiere.

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Season premiere review: 'Parenthood' - 'It Has To Be Now'

Jasmine's baby is born, and many exciting new opportunities open up for the Bravermans

A review of tonight's "Parenthood" season premiere coming up just as soon as you're in my radius...

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<p>Ana Nogueira, Michael J. Fox and Wendell Pierce in &quot;The Michael J. Fox Show.&quot;</p>

Ana Nogueira, Michael J. Fox and Wendell Pierce in "The Michael J. Fox Show."

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Series premiere talkback: 'The Michael J. Fox Show' & 'The Crazy Ones'

What did everybody think of Fox and Robin Williams' new sitcoms?

I've already published my review of "The Michael J. Fox Show" and "The Crazy Ones." Now it's your turn. For those who tuned into either show tonight, what did you think? 

With "Michael J. Fox," did all the Parkinson's jokes feel necessary, or too self-conscious after a point? Did you prefer the scenes with Mike's family (and, if so, which parts) or at work with Wendell Pierce? In the second episode, was it distracting or funny to have Tracy Pollan playing Mike's hot neighbor? And do you think that, after all his medical problems and his time in semi-retirement, Fox has still got what it takes to carry a show?

With "The Crazy Ones," do you still find these particular Robin Williams voices funny, or will you be glad if you never hear his Brando again? Were you impressed by James Wolk as a funnier Bob Benson? Did you like Sarah Michelle Gellar, or are you sad by her character's wet blanket-hood? Would you rather this was a show about Kelly Clarkson? 

And in both cases, will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>&quot;The X Factor&quot; judge Kelly Rowland</p>

"The X Factor" judge Kelly Rowland

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - The Final 40 is revealed

Simon, Demi, Paulina and Kelly learn which teams they'll be mentoring

It's the last night of "X Factor" auditions. Huzzah! Soon we'll stop with our arbitrary leaps between Long Island, Los Angles, Denver, Charleston and... um... wherever else we've been.

Soon, we'll start The Four Chairs, whatever that is.

But first? The remaining auditions and the assignment of teams. Who will be this year's L.A. Reid and whine and pout and cry?

Click through for the full live-blog...

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Kanye West goes on an epic anti-Jimmy Kimmel Twitter rant

Kanye West goes on an epic anti-Jimmy Kimmel Twitter rant
Kanye is very upset over this skit from earlier this week, recreating his interview with the BBC with kids. Kimmel insists it's not a prank, and plans to address the rant on tonight's show.

Watch "The Simpsons'" opening inspired by "Homeland"
The "Homerland" episode features Kristen Wiig as an FBI agent.

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<p>In the &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;premiere, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;finds herself in London.</p>

In the "Parks and Recreation" premiere, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) finds herself in London.

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Season premiere review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'London'

Peter Serafinowicz and Henry Winkler guest star in one of the best 'Parks' episodes ever

A review of the "Parks and Recreation" season 6 premiere coming up just as soon as I build a scarecrow replica of you...

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Anne Rice

 Anne Rice

'The Blacklist''s Joe Carnahan set for CBS' take on Anne Rice's 'Angel Time'

Don't expect a family friendly take on angels

"Touched by an Angel" with a dark twist? Not exactly. The Anne Rice novel "Angel Time" has been snapped up by CBS as the basis for a new series with Joe Carnahan ("The A-Team," "The Blacklist" and Sarah Timberman ("Masters of Sex") signed on as executive producers. Carnahan will direct the pilot if it's ordered, while Liz Garcia and Joshua Harto ("Memphis Beat") wrote the script. Given the talent and the book involved, this isn't likely to be family-friendly viewing, even though Rice wrote the book during her ten-year return to the Catholic belief system of her youth (she renounced her faith again in 2010). 

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Pearl Jam's short film on 'Lightning Bolt' with Judd Apatow, Carrie Brownstein

Pearl Jam's short film on 'Lightning Bolt' with Judd Apatow, Carrie Brownstein

Seattle group talks with their famous friends about creating the new album

Get a glimpse of what went into creating Pearl Jam’s new album, “Lightning Bolt,” in this 9-minute short promo piece directed by famed photographer Danny Clinch.

The five band members—Eddie Vedder, Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready and Jeff Ament—field questions from Clinch, director Judd Apatow, “Portlandia” star/musician Carrie Brownstein, surfer Mark Richards and paralyzed NFL safety Steve Gleason.

“If you’re paying attention to what’s going on on the planet, I feel like I can find something to be angry about pretty quick,” Vedder says, addressing the album’s sometimes confrontational tone (as exemplified in first single, “Mind Your Manners.” “Everyone’s kind of playing out of their minds on this record,” he says.

Ament talks about writing “Sirens,” current single (and, in my mind, one of the most beautiful songs ever written by Pearl Jam) and the reaction to hearing Vedder’s stirring lyrics. “He’s got a lot of words right now,” Gossard says.

Not surprisingly, avid surfer Vedder compares writing a song to surfing. “The wave is actually the sound, the words are the board. Surfing is pretty easy once you’re on the wave and so is songwriting, but you can spend a lot of days out there paddling around and not getting anything.”
In addition to “Mind Your Manners” and “Sirens,” fans can also hear snippets of four other songs from the album: “Lightning Bolt,” “Future Days” and “Getaway.” 

“Lightning Bolt,” the band's first album since 2009's "Backspacer,"  comes out Oct. 15.

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Was this new trailer for 'Frozen' really Disney's best option?

You'd never guess the quality behind the movie

Oh, no. You're scaring me Walt Disney Marketing. This trailer for 'Frozen' has problems galore. Let's hold off on why by first taking a quick movie marketing lesson about how this might have come to pass.

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