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<p>Malin Akerman as a centaur!</p>

Malin Akerman as a centaur!

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TV Ratings: 'NCIS,' 'Voice' lead Tuesday while 'Goldbergs,' 'Trophy' don't need 'S.H.I.E.L.D.'

Out-of-slot "X Factor" stumbles for FOX
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 29, 2013.
Tuesday night stayed true to form with "NCIS" leading CBS' normal overall sweep and "The Voice" pacing NBC's normal win among young viewers, but there were a number of wrinkles due to repeats and preemptions.
ABC, for example, got some OK news as "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" proved that they don't need a lead-in, staying stable or even growing despite a repeat of the "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot starting the night. Neither comedy was huge and both benefited from FOX's lack of competing comedy, but as this column so often tells you, flat is always better than down.
Speaking of FOX and speaking of things falling, "The X Factor" offered a jam-packed show with 16 live performances, but airing out of the show's regular Wednesday/Thursday slots, the results were anemic. 
The other network airing originals, pun intended, on Tuesday was The CW and "The Originals" and "Supernatural" were steady.
On to the numbers...
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<p>Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford in &quot;Ender's Game.&quot;</p>

Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford in "Ender's Game."

Credit: Summit Entertainment

Review: Virtual reality gets complicated in smart, solemn 'Ender's Game'

Orson Scott Card adaptation credits its young audience with some intelligence
The pint-size soldiers of Gavin Hood's “Ender's Game,” the long-awaited adaptation of Orson Scott Card's YA sci-fi franchise starter, are dab hands at fighting off alien invaders, unreasonable authoritarianism and each other – though we have yet to see how well equipped they are to handle a real-world human rights boycott. In the last few months, the volume of the marketing for this would-be tentpole has been rivalled by the pop-cultural pushback against its creator: not Hood, of course, but co-producer Card, a sophisticated, audience-attuned storyteller who also happens to be a vocally homophobic loon. Would that Summit could write him out of the production and retitle it “Gavin Hood's Ender's Game” – or, indeed, “Lee Daniels' Ender's Game.” But them's the breaks.

 Why open on this purely circumstantial note? The situation is not of the film's making, after all – Hood's adaptation is even at pains to remove whatever evidence of the author's dubious personal beliefs had seeped onto the page. (Sure, it's just a coincidence that Card settled on the term “Buggers” for the alien race threatening to wipe out humanity.) Meanwhile, a boycott is the last thing “Ender's Game,” a carefully constructed, serious-minded commercial entertainment that treats its young audience with an unusual degree of intelligence, deserves.

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Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen
Credit: AP Photo

Roundup: Steve McQueen heads to HBO

Also: Underdog actresses and the danger of anticipating 'Wolf of Wall Street'

You could hardly ask for a better illustration of the current equality in status between film and television that the fact that the arguable frontrunner for this year's Best Director Oscar is already developing a new project at HBO. Following in the footsteps of Steven Soderbergh and Todd Haynes, among others, "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen is collaborating with writer Matthew Michael Carnahan ("World War Z") and producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (Oscar winners for "The King's Speech," they also worked on McQueen's first two features) on a drama series about a young African-American man entering New York high society. Could the British artist-turned-filmmaker get an Emmy to go with his possible Oscar? [Deadline]

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Kerry Washington is pregnant

Kerry Washington is pregnant
As Washington prepares to host "SNL" this week, Us Weekly is reporting that the "Scandal" star has been pregnant for four months. Will Washington's pregnancy impact Olivia Pope?

Jimmy Kimmel presents Dogs painted as "Sesame Street" and "The Simpsons"
For Halloween, Kimmel had on a creative groomer and her creations. PLUS: Conan reveals the "Cat-Piloted Decoy Chewbacca."

"Flight of the Conchords'" Bret McKenzie is developing a NASA-themed animated comedy for Fox
The cartoon will revolve around the employees at an almost-obsolete NASA space center in Boulder, Colorado.

"Sons of Anarchy's" graphic scenes, explained
The show's special effects supervisor, Chris Nelson, discusses last night's shocking moments.

Gymnast Nastia Liukin joins NBC's Winter Olympics team
The U.S. gold medalist was actually born in Moscow.

Kristin Cavallari is pregnant with her 2nd child
The former "Hills" star and Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler are expecting again.

How much does each TV show charge for a 30-second ad spot?
"Beauty and the Beast" charges $21,817, while "The Big Bang Theory" fetches $316,912.

NBC to air the "People Magazine Awards"
Dick Clark Productions will air the two-hour special late next year honoring the cultural forces of the year.

Josh Charles films an "Inside Amy Schumer" guest spot
He's apparently playing a fast food worker.

What if the "Glee" cast looked like Muppets?
Ryan Murphy shows off his "Glee" puppets.

Kitten Bowl: Behind the scenes
Here's your first glimpse of Hallmark Channel's answer to the Puppy Bowl.

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<p>Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson seem entertained by the prospect of time traveling turkeys as we discuss their new film 'Free Birds'</p>

Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson seem entertained by the prospect of time traveling turkeys as we discuss their new film 'Free Birds'

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Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson on time travel and turkeys for animated 'Free Birds'

The laid-back stars seem pleased with their new family comedy

By far, the most laid-back interview room I've walked into this year was Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson teamed up to talk about their new animated family comedy, "Free Birds."

Wilson plays Reggie, who is an oddball in the turkey world as the film opens. He lives on a turkey farm, and he is well aware of what the endgame is regarding their existence. He knows that they are served as food, and he knows that Thanksgiving is the great enemy. When he is picked to become the Presidentially Pardoned Turkey one year, he goes home with the President and his little girl and settles in for a life of comfort, learning to love delivery pizza and television.

That's when Jake (Harrelson) shows up, a big strong dumb turkey who has a plan and a crazy story to tell. His crazy story turns out to be right, though, and he and Reggie steal a time machine with one explicit purpose: go back in history and stop the Pilgrims from making turkey the centerpiece of the original Thanksgiving.

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Kerry Washington gets 'Scandal'-ous in 'SNL' promos

Kerry Washington gets "Scandal"-ous in "SNL" promos

Watch her refuse Taran Killam's advances.

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Rey Gallegos and Charlie Hunnam in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Fiasco (Rey Gallegos) and Jax (Charlie Hunnam) exchange pleasantries

Credit: FX

'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Los Fantasmas' revisits the past

Sins of the past catch up with several characters as we head toward the season's third act

We're into the second half of the season now and "Los Fantasmas" feels like an episode designed to put a lot of pieces into position for bigger plays to come. The school shooting returns in a major way, Gemma begins formulating her next steps in light of Tara's betrayal, Nero makes a big decision with unexpected consequences and Jax bares his soul to Tara in a would-be heart-wrenching moment that's arguably too little and unquestionably too late.

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<p>Jonas Brothers in 2007</p>

Jonas Brothers in 2007

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The Jonas Brothers call it quits: 10 Sibling Bands that lasted longer

The Kinks, Oasis and Kings of Leon make the JoBros look tame

The Jonas Brothers may be the latest sibling act to implode, but they certainly aren't the first. Throughout rock's history, brother acts have been feuding and fighting, while they make beautiful music together.

Of course, not all brothers are bound to end up estranged, destined to sit at opposite ends of the table come holidays staring at each other in stony silence. For every Ray & Dave Davies of the Kinks, there's a loving counterpart, like the three Hanson brothers, Isaac, Taylor and Zac, who are going on 20 years without a public spat.

Here's a look at some brother acts, their biggest sibling rivalries and who still has some brotherly love.

Read about how and why the Jonas Brothers announced their split today here.

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Awards Campaign is now 4 Quadrant

Awards Campaign is now 4 Quadrant

Change is good

It's time to open stretch our arms a little.

When HitFix brought In Contention into the family two years ago it was a sign that Awards Campaign, a blog I've been writing since the inception of the site almost five years ago, would soon take a back seat.  Kris Tapley has turned In Contention into a top tier brand in regards to awards and prestige film coverage. My voice as a, cough, Oscar pundit was much better served posting in In Contention alongside Kris and the one and only Guy Lodge than separately in Awards Campaign.  Where did that leave little old AC? Well, some things aren't meant to last.

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<p>Leonardo Di Caprio is home alone in 'The Wolf Of Wall Street,' but it's a $32 million home built off the ill-gotten gains from innocent investors.</p>

Leonardo Di Caprio is home alone in 'The Wolf Of Wall Street,' but it's a $32 million home built off the ill-gotten gains from innocent investors.

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DiCaprio and Jonah Hill play 'Wolf Of Wall Street' as black-comedy in new trailer

Could this be the savage satire we deserve about the financial crash?

The only way to approach the recent and ongoing excesses of Wall Street is through the filter of jet black comedy. Anything else would simply hurt too much at this point.

Thankfully, the new trailer for Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street," which is now set for Christmas Day as our own Kris Tapley noted earlier this afternoon, suggests that Scorsese and screenwriter Terence Winter have taken the non-fiction book by Jordan Belfort, the loathsome stockbroker scumbag who is played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film, and transformed it into something that feels like a "Dr. Strangelove" by way of "Goodfellas," a wicked spin on a bunch of characters who don't care who they have to eat to get fat.

Jonah Hill is emphasized much more in this new trailer than in the original "Black Skinhead" trailer from July, and it looks like a hell of a performance. I am mesmerized by every single shot of his teeth.

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Best Director 2014: Cuarón, McQueen and Jonze vie for Oscar

Best Director 2014: Cuarón, McQueen and Jonze vie for Oscar

Surveying the field of helmers from debut filmmakers to weathered vets

This year's Best Director race got thinned out a bit recently as such heavy hitters as Bennett Miller and George Clooney took their leave of the 2013 film awards season. But there's still a healthy crop of hopefuls, from debut filmmakers to veteran craftsmen. How will the final line-up shake down?

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'Arrested Development' creator, 'Tim and Eric' will guest on 'Community'

"Arrested Development" creator, "Tim and Eric" will guest on "Community"
Mitch Hurwitz will play Preston Koogler, Greendale’s ultimate party animal. PLUS: Joel McHale says "Community" scripts this season "are some of the best we've ever done."

Letterman wishes he was from Pawnee, Rob Lowe jokes that Amy Poehler is "a prick"

Letterman, a "Parks and Rec" fan and Indiana native, talked to Lowe about his leaving Pawnee -- and possibly coming back. Also, Lowe says, jokingly: "Amy Poehler is a prick." PLUS: Jim O'Heir promotes candy corn.

New England Patriot star Rob Gronkowski is pitching a cartoon: "The Gronks"
"The Gronks" would feature the tight end and his four brothers.

Amy Poehler & Louis CK are directing together
Check them out on the set of Comedy Central's "Broad City."

Peek inside "Mad Men" star Vincent Kartheiser's tiny Hollywood home

Kartheiser's home is about 580 square feet.

TNT's "Legends" casts Morris Chestnut
He'll join Sean Bean on the spy drama premiering next year.

Check out Adam Lambert on "Glee"
Here are pics from "The End of Twerking."

"Orange is the New Black" star "wasn't offended" by Julianne Hough's blackface, but....
But Laverne Cox says it's "really sad" that "she would wear blackface and not understand the historical implications of that."

Josh Charles reacts to "The Good Wife" shakeup
"I don't think he's going to go cry in his pillow," he jokes.

See Rachel Maddow, "Simpson"-ized
The MSNBC host guest stars on this week's episode. PLUS: Edna Krabappel will be around for another year, and Nancy Cartwright pays tribute to Marcia Wallace.

Metta World Peace guests on "Key & Peele"
Watch him deliver the "Metta World News" for Halloween.

New book tells of "The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets"
Turns out several of "The Simpsons" writers have a passion for math.

What's wrong with "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."?
Bland stories, forgettable characters -- there's not much to get excited about after five episodes. PLUS: "S.H.I.E.L.D." is the season's biggest disappointment.

Alec Baldwin sits down with "2001: A Space Odyssey" stars

Watch a preview of this week's "Up Late with Alec Baldwin."

An "Entourage" movie had been talked about for years
Back in 2009, Mark Wahlberg said he was serious about bringing his HBO show to the big screen.

See more beard-less "Duck Dynasty" photos

Here are yearbook, prom and military pics of the A&E stars.

Hank Azaria visits "Sesame Street"
He's looking for imposters with Elmo.

Hugh Laurie is tweeting
"Seriously," says Jimmy Fallon -- Laurie's Twitter handle is @Jlumbrozo.

Michael Weatherly welcomes a baby boy
It's the 2nd child for the "NCIS" star and his wife.

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