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<p>Domhnall Gleeson and Bill Nighy take their time-traveling father/son act on the road during Richard Curtis's powerfully and beautiful 'About Time'</p>

Domhnall Gleeson and Bill Nighy take their time-traveling father/son act on the road during Richard Curtis's powerfully and beautiful 'About Time'

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Review: Richard Curtis delivers smart and personal time travel fable in 'About Time'

It's not what his fans might expect, but it's better as a result

Richard Curtis has made a career for himself by writing about love. Seems like a fairly simple topic at first glance, and one could argue that he created an entire subgenre of what could be broadly described as "the Working Title rom-com." His voice has been a major part of the comedy landscape for much longer than fans of just his films realize, and to some extent, you can divide his career into everything before "Four Weddings And A Funeral" and everything afterwards.

With his new film, "About Time," he seems to be wrapping things up, and it's a little disconcerting to see how final it feels. Many of the ideas he's tackled in his work over the years are present in "About Time," and it feels like he's grappling with his own legacy in the film. He's also doing it without the sort of star power that has driven some of his biggest successes, and I suspect the movie will surprise many audiences, and not always in the right way. Last night, as I was leaving my screening, a couple was walking through the Arclight behind me and the woman was complaining non-stop that this isn't some broad comedy about Rachel McAdams trying on hats and getting herself a man. She seemed almost offended that the film grapples with notions of family and mortality and the way we use time and how we prioritize the people and the events in our lives. It was a much heavier meal than she expected, and it obviously upset her.

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CBS wants to spin off 'How I Met Your Mother' with 'How I Met Your Father'

CBS wants to spin off "How I Met Your Mother" with "How I Met Your Father"
The spinoff would feature a female spin on the "HIMYM" theme, with a whole new group of friends and a female version of Ted who's looking for her future husband. The spinoff may also re-use MacLaren’s Pub with the new friends appearing later in "HIMYM's" final season..

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Dark Willow, Caprica 6, Catwoman

 Dark Willow, Caprica 6, Catwoman

The 11 Scariest Lady Villains: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Sopranos,' more

Are these the witchiest women in television history?

"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" is set to bring back the bitchiness (season premiere Mon. Nov. 4 at 8:00 p.m.), and this season fresh meat is being added to the mix: new Housewives Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud are joining the cast. But no matter how many seasons of the show these lovely ladies have watched, no matter how well they've prepared for this new adventure, they may rightfully feel they've been run over by a truck (filming began this summer). Thankfully, we're here to help.

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<p>Naomi Watts is Princess Diana in &quot;Diana.&quot;</p>

Naomi Watts is Princess Diana in "Diana."

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Exclusive: Naomi Watts and a 'Lost' doctor take a tour in 'Diana'

The controversial drama hits the US this Friday

Were British critics too sensitive about director Oliver Hirschbiegel's new drama "Diana"?  The film, about a secret love affair between Princess Diana and heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, wasn't necessarily warmly received in the UK, but American audiences will get their chance to weigh in when it opens in limited release on Friday.

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"Downton Abbey"

 "Downton Abbey"

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Watch: 'Downton Abbey' trailer - Mary emerges from darkness

We have to wait until Jan. 5 for more in America, but here's a taste

It's just not fair. The British have been watching "Downton Abbey" for ages now, and we here across the pond have only gotten this stinking trailer to tide us over until Jan. 5 (unless you've been reading spoilers from the U.K., which I really don't recommend). Luckily, this very, very short trailer gives us an idea of intrigue to come. Minor spoilers after the jump.

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Comedy Central renews 'Key & Peele' and 'Drunk History'

Comedy Central renews "Key & Peele" and "Drunk History"
They'll be back for a 4th and 2nd season, respectively.

"The Simpsons" does a couch gag tribute to "The Hobbit"
Watch the opening to Sunday's episode, titled "4 Regrettings and a Funeral."

Ellen DeGeneres to release her 1st music compilation album

"Ellen's Gonna Make You Dance JAMS" will feature her favorite songs.

Jay Leno caught plagiarizing an old anti-Obama joke
From May 14: "Remember the old days when President Obama's biggest embarrassment was Joe Biden?" From last night: "Remember the old days when President Obama's worst embarrassment was Joe Biden?" PLUS: Leno welcoming Sen. Ted Cruz for his 1st late-night interview.

ABC Family is adapting "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle"

The 1992 film starring Rebecca De Mornay is poised for a remake.

Alyssa Milano and Shannen Doherty would be up for a "Charmed" movie
Both expressed interest when asked on Twitter.

ABC sells out Oscar ads at an all-time high
The network was charging between $1.8 million and $1.9 million per 30-second spot.

"Sesame Street" will help Michelle Obama promote fresh fruit and vegetables
Elmo and Rosita joined the First Lady today at the White House of r the "Let's Move!" announcement.

Ed Burns will write, direct, star in a TNT period crime drama
In "Public Morals," Burns will play a 1967 NYPD officer.

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Report: It's "unlikely" that "Scandal" will make Olivia Pope pregnant, too

Report: It's "unlikely" that "Scandal" will make Olivia Pope pregnant, too
"It would slow Olivia and the show down," a source tells E!'s Kristin Dos Santos. She reports that "the most likely scenario is that (Kerry) Washington's pregnancy will be hidden and the production schedule will be slightly altered if needed."

"Glee's" final season may be set in New York City full-time
Producers are considering ditching Lima, Ohio and moving all the action to NYC. PLUS: Alex Newell signs record deal.

"The Daily Show" skewers CNN for dumbing down the news
Watch Jon Stewart's expose of "Is it a good thing or a bad thing?"

Adult Swim orders "Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories"
The dark comedy anthology series will be Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim's 3rd show on Adult Swim.

Check out "The Talk" stars in their Halloween costumes
Julie Chen is Tinkerbell.

Oprah tweets to Jenny McCarthy: I "don't have a shxt list"
"If I did you'd never be on it," Oprah wrote after McCarthy said on "Watch What Happens Live" that she's probably No. 4 on Oprah's Sh*t List after exiting a potential show with Harpo.

TBS' "The Pete Holmes Show" debuts to slightly lower numbers than George Lopez's talk show
Holmes did hold on to most of Conan's viewers in the key demo. PLUS: Holmes shares embarrassing secrets with "Girls" star Allison Williams.

Daniel Dae Kim signs TV producing deal with CBS TV Studios

The "Hawaii Five-O" star is launching his own production company with the makers of his show.

Chris Hardwick's "@midnight" does very well for Comedy Central

The new latenight show kept 90% of Stephen Colbert's important 18-34 audience last week.

"Sesame Street": Why we keep parodying adult shows, like "Homeland"
Exec producer Carol-Lynn Parente says the strategy is to hook the parents, so they'll hook their kids. She also reveals that the only time they had to ask permission to parody a show was for "SVU" so they could use the actual "chung chung" sound.

Ed O'Neill shows off his Sofia Vergara impression
Ellen got the "Modern Family" to do it for charity.

"True Blood's" Ryan Kwanten goes on a "Getaway" tonight on Esquire Channel
For "The Getaway," Kwanten heads to Los Angeles.

See "Revenge" wedding pics

Emily Thorne heads to the alter on Sunday.

27 actors who got their start on "Miami Vice"
From Julia Roberts to Chris Rock.

"Broadchurch" is coming out with a book
The British drama will be adapted into novel next year.

PBS releases a "Downton Abbey" trailer
Here's a glimpse of Season 4.

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<p>Ariana Grande in 'Right There'</p>

Ariana Grande in 'Right There'

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Ariana Grande is Juliet in 'Right There' clip to Patrick Schwarzenegger's Romeo: Watch

Big Sean plays the priest in lavish video

Taylor Swift dated Conor Kennedy in real-life, now Ariana Grande has her go at America’s equivalent of the royal family as she romances Kennedy’s cousin, Patrick Schwarzenegger, in the elaborate video for “Right There.”

The son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver isn’t required to do much more than look dreamily handsome in the clip, which he more than accomplishes.

Grande, whose album “Yours Truly”  debuted at No. 1 earlier this year, plays Juliet, while Schwarzenegger is Romeo at a masquerade ball. Big Sean, who appears on the track, plays the Priest.

With fans fluttering, masks in place, and gorgeous ball gowns to show off, Grande enters the party only to realize, to her delight, that her beau has crashed the ball. They even have a balcony scene just like in the Shakespeare play, although this video ends much happier than the Bard’s original tale.  Plus, I distinctly don’t remember everyone jumping into the pool with synchronized swimmers in Shakespeare’s version.

It’s a romantic, lavish video perfect for the song and perfect for the NIckelodeon star’s young fan base.

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<p>In &quot;The Returned,&quot;&nbsp;a dead girl comes back to life, but her family isn't universally happy about it.</p>

In "The Returned," a dead girl comes back to life, but her family isn't universally happy about it.

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Review: Sundance's 'The Returned' brings the dead back to life

The French import series continues Sundance's impressive move into scripted drama series

I first heard "The Returned" described as "a French zombie series," which is inaccurate. Though people rise from the dead, they are as they appeared and behaved before their initial demise. Though all are ravenously hungry when they reappear, it's for normal food and not brains.

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Ron Burgundy is returning to 'Conan'

Ron Burgundy is returning to "Conan"
Will Ferrell's "Anchorman" character will promote his new book and his new movie on Nov. 21.

Comedy Central renews "Brickleberry"
The animated comedy will be back for a 13-episode 3rd season.

"The X Factor" falls to its lowest-ever ratings thanks to "The Voice"
Both shows went head to head in the 9 pm hour.

Why "SNL" diversity is a question not just of fairness, but also of art
A diverse cast is an asset in a world where black females are a major part of popular culture.

Ashton Kutcher hired as a product engineer
Lenovo has tapped the "Two and a Half Men" star to help design its tablets.

VH1 announces a 4-part hip-hop documentary: "The Tanning of America"
Part of the Rock Doc franchise, "The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop" will air in February.

Meet the stars of TNT's "Private Lives of Nashville Wives"

Nashville is getting its own "Real Housewives"-type show.

Guy Fieri gets in a fight with his hairdresser
Caught on video!

"Royal Pains" star Paulo Costanzo is headed to "Criminal Minds"

He'll guest as a Kansas City police detective.

Ex-"Full House" child star is now a go-go dancer
Blake McIver, who played Michelle's frenemy Derek, has been go-go dancing at gay clubs.

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<p>The members of Five Finger Death Punch</p>

The members of Five Finger Death Punch

Premiere of Five Finger Death Punch's 'Wrecking Ball' webisode: Exclusive

Why was recording the track from 'The Wrong Side of Heaven- Vol 2' so tough?

On Nov. 19, metal monsters Five Finger Death Punch will release the second installment of  “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell.”

As you’ll recall, “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell- Volume 1,” came out in July and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell - Volume 2” continues where “Vol. 1” left off. The band decided to release two sets this year after writing so much strong material for the first album that they knew they wanted their fans to hear all of it instead of having to leave some tunes unreleased because of space.

HitFix is pleased to premiere “Wrecking Ball.” No, it has nothing to do with the Miley Cyrus or Bruce Springsteen songs of the same name... just in case you didn’t know.

In this exclusive webisode about the song, vocalist Ivan Moody explains “I have a tendency to lose it every now and then. I’ve never been shy about it either so that song pretty much encompassed the other Ivan. Meet the monster.”

Drummer Jeremy Spencer adds it was one of the last songs recorded for Vol. 2, and as guitarist Jason Hook notes the band had to complete the song on tour. “that’s a freaking nightmare,” he says. Watch the clip and find out the surprising place he recorded his guitar solo.

You can pre-order 5FDP’s “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell-Volume 2” here.

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"The Originals"

 "The Originals"

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'The Originals' recap: The shocking truth is unraveled

The story takes some gory turns and Sophie takes center stage

This is coming a bit belatedly (I was traveling last week), but I have to say it. Elijah! Elijah, Elijah, Elijah! So, so glad to see him back. I didn't really think Marcel would keep him tucked away in the attack for very long, but it's always good to see him, sort of like a polite out-of-town guest who buys you dinner and washes the dishes. We also learned that stabbing and re-stabbing an Original too quickly is not effective in activating sleep mode. So, Originals are just like iPads, but more dangerous and much sexier! 

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