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Marilyn Manson joins 'Once Upon a Time'

Marilyn Manson joins "Once Upon a Time"
The rocker will lend his voice to the character of Shadow. "We've always been enormous fans of Marilyn Manson," says the show's creators. "We wanted to cast someone with the vocal ability to make our skin crawl."

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<p>A scene from &quot;Captain&nbsp;Phillips&quot;</p>

A scene from "Captain Phillips"

Credit: Sony Pictures

Cinematographer Barry Ackroyd taps his doc roots to capture the immediacy of 'Captain Phillips'

The trick was being visually arresting while saying something about the human condition

Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips" is currently entering its second week at the box office having riveted both critics and filmgoers. Much of the praise the film has received has focused on its exceptional realism. Much of that is courtesy of the film's director of photography, Barry Ackroyd, who spoke to HitFix earlier this week about his work bringing the saga to life.

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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' gets a full-season pickup -- and a post-Super Bowl slot

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" gets a full-season pickup -- and a post-Super Bowl slot
The Andy Samberg comedy will join "New Girl" in airing after next year's Super Bowl.

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<p>Andy Samberg and Jo Lo Truglio in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Jo Lo Truglio in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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FOX gives 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' full season order and post-Super Bowl slot

Andy Samberg comedy will join 'New Girl' after NFL championship game

FOX has given "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" a full season order — and slotted it to air with "New Girl" after the Super Bowl in February.

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NBC cancels 'Ironside' and 'Welcome to the Family,' announces 'Community's' return

NBC cancels "Ironside" and "Welcome to the Family," announces "Community's" return
The 5th season of "Community" will launch on Jan. 2 with back-to-back episodes. NBC also announced that "Chicago PD" will debut on Jan. 8. PLUS: NBC orders 4 more "Sean Saves the World" scripts.

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<p>Joel McHale, Alison Brie and &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;will be back on NBC in January.</p>

Joel McHale, Alison Brie and "Community" will be back on NBC in January.

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NBC sets 'Community' return, cancels 'Ironside' and 'Family'

The study group will be back on Thursdays at 8, 'Chicago P.D.' will air Wednesdays

NBC just announced mid-season changes to the biggest trouble spots on its schedule, including the January return of "Community" to Thursdays at 8, the "Chicago Fire" spin-off "Chicago P.D." taking over the Wednesday at 10 timeslot in January, and "Ironside" and "Welcome to the Family" being pulled from the schedule.

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'America's Next Top Model' gets a 21st Cycle

"America's Next Top Model" gets a 21st Cycle
Once again, it'll be boys vs. girls.

Adrian Grenier on "Entourage" movie feud: I want everybody to be paid equally
So who's getting the bigger salary? It's not clear, but Grenier explained on Twitter: "I will sign any deal that gives ALL the boys an opportunity to share in the upside of success EQUALLY."

ABC is updating Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe character with "Castle" creators
ABC is promising a "smart, sexy and stylish update" of the classic detective.

"Private Practice" alum Paul Adelstein joins the "Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce"
He'll co-star with Lisa Edelsein on the Bravo scripted series.

Maria Shriver returns to "Today" for the first time in 15 years
This morning, California's former first lady filled in for Savannah Guthrie.

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<p>Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar of &quot;The Crazy Ones&quot;</p>

Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar of "The Crazy Ones"

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'Mom,' 'Crazy Ones' and 'Millers' get full seasons on CBS

Sorry, 'We Are Men'
CBS has given full season orders to all of the new freshman comedies it hasn't cancelled. 
On Friday (October 18) morning, CBS announced no-brainer back-nine pickups for "The Crazy Ones" and "The Millers," as well as the slightly less obvious back-nine for the Monday offering "Mom."
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'CSI' sets a return for George Eads

"CSI" sets a return for George Eads
The actor, who left the show after Episode 3 following an on-set dispute, will return for Episode 9, which will be "CSI's" 300th episode. Nick Stokes' absence will be addressed on that episode.

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CBS gives full seasons to 'The Crazy Ones,' 'The Millers' and 'Mom'

CBS gives full seasons to "The Crazy Ones," "The Millers" and "Mom"
As CBS points out, they are, respectively, the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 new sitcoms of the fall.

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<p>Lupita Nyong'o in &quot;12 Years a Slave.&quot;</p>

Lupita Nyong'o in "12 Years a Slave."

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Tell us what you thought of '12 Years a Slave'

The much-discussed Oscar favorite opens in limited release today

We're all pretty much on the same page here at HitFix when it comes to Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave." Greg was impressed at its Telluride premiere, and Kris immediately followed suit. Last week, Drew McWeeny added his approval with an "A+"-grade review. With the film still smoldering in my mind from this morning's London Film Festival screening, I wouldn't go quite as far as that, but it's an imposing, impassioned work from a truly vital filmmaker -- like McQueen's first two films, "Hunger" and "Shame," it's a sensually vivid exploration of physical extremities and endurance, here married to more expansive, even universal, story material. Performances are as every bit strong as you've heard they are: not just from the Oscar-buzzed principals, but such striking cameo players as Alfre Woodard and Adepero Oduye.

Anyway, with the film now on limited release -- yes, we realize not all of you have access to it -- it's time to turn the conversation over to you. Muse on the validity of its Oscar-frontrunner status if you wish, but it's also a film that offers up plenty for discussion and debate away from the awards race. Vote in the poll below, and have share your thoughts in the comments.

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Justin Bieber smiles even when his heart is breaking in 'Believe' clip: Watch

Justin Bieber smiles even when his heart is breaking in 'Believe' clip: Watch

New movie arrives Christmas Day

Justin Bieber doesn’t always feel like going on stage, alright people? In this clip from “Believe,” which is Bieber’s gift to the world on Christmas Day (Hey, God gave us Jesus, Bieber delivers his movie), he talks to some very sympathetic friends about how sometimes, it’s hard to gear up to perform in front of thousands of people who have paid their (or their parents’) hard-earned money to see you.

“I can be going through a big argument, ‘I’m about to go on stage right now, we’re young’,” he says, mimicking talking on the phone. “And then I got to go rise up on the toaster and it’s like I’m upset and I don’t want have to smile and put on a happy and be... sometimes you just gotta suck it up and that’s one of the things you have to deal with being in this world, in this industry,” he says. The toaster, by the way, is the springboard that catapults him onto stage. And it would appear that he may be talking about Selena Gomez in the clip.

While it’s tempting to play the world’s smallest violin for Bieber, I have always marveled that artists can be having the worst day and, if they’re professional, they have to suck it up and leave all of that off the stage and come out as if this is the moment they’ve wanted for all day and the only thing that matters.  And Bieber has had to learn that at a younger age than most.

The John Chu-directed “Believe” opens Dec. 25.


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