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<p>Showtime has renewed &quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;for a fourth season.</p>

Showtime has renewed "Homeland" for a fourth season.

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Showtime renews 'Homeland' & 'Masters of Sex'

Both Sunday dramas will return next year, but do both deserve to?

Showtime has renewed both of its current Sunday dramas, "Homeland" and "Masters of Sex."

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Showtime renews 'Homeland' and 'Masters of Sex'


Showtime renews "Homeland" and "Masters of Sex"
Both shows will return in 2014 for a respective 4th and 2nd season.
 

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<p>Stephen Lang seemed to relish his role in 'Avatar,' so it should be exciting to see what happens when he returns for all three of the upcoming sequels.</p>

Stephen Lang seemed to relish his role in 'Avatar,' so it should be exciting to see what happens when he returns for all three of the upcoming sequels.

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Stephen Lang's Quaritch will return for all three of Cameron's 'Avatar' sequels

What does this say about the stakes on Pandora?

One of the things that seems to be coming into focus about the three sequels James Cameron is currently preparing to shoot for "Avatar" is that death does not seem to be a permanent condition on Pandora.

For at least a year now, Sigourney Weaver has been talking about how she plans to return for the films as well, hinting that once you are part of Pandora, you are not conventionally "dead," and there's plenty of groundwork for that in the first movie. One of the major ideas that Cameron emphasized in the first film is that all energy is only borrowed, and one day you have to give it back. All of Pandora is one giant network, storing memories and energy, and all of the Na'vi who have ever lived before are stored in that network, accessible by their descendants.

Today, word broke that Stephen Lang will be returning for a major role in all three of the sequels. Deadline quotes Cameron saying, "I'm not going to say exactly how we're bringing him back, but it's a science-fiction story, after all. His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga."

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<p>Lady Gaga</p>

Lady Gaga

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Listen to a snippet of Lady Gaga's quirky 'ArtPop'

The two belong together, according to Momma Monster

There’s more Art than Pop on the title track to Lady Gaga’s “ArtPop.”

After releasing the catchy, if somewhat  generic pop/R&B track, “Do What U Want,” featuring R. Kelly earlier this week, she returns with this esoteric 90-second snippet of “ArtPop.” It has real possibilities as a dance track if some smart remixers get their hands on it, but it’s too quirky for much else.

As she sings, “We could, we could, we could belong together. ArtPop, ArtPop,” she seems determined to convince us on this project that Art and Pop aren’t mutually exclusive. I’m not sure who she’s trying to persuade...

“ArtPop” comes out Nov. 11. Are you excited to hear the full album?

 

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Report: Amy Poehler & Tina Fey will each make up to $4M each time they host the Golden Globes


Report: Amy Poehler & Tina Fey will each make up to $4M each time they host the Golden Globes

"Tina and Amy decided to ask for the craziest package ever given to awards hosts," a source tells RadarOnline, adding: "They are each being paid more than any Oscar host in history with the exception of Billy Crystal."


Janeane Garofalo joins Bravo's "The Girlfriends Guide to Divorce"
She'll play Lisa Edelstein's friend in the Marti Noxon dramedy about a woman hiding her separation from her husband.


Kevin Connolly on "Entourage" movie: "There's nobody holding out"
Connolly was confronted about the "Entourage" holdout on Jimmy Fallon. PLUS: "Entourage" creator Doug Ellin was told by the real Ari the movie is happening, and Rex Lee joins an ABC Family pilot.


Watch Lisa Kudrow's "Scandal" debut
The former "Friends" star makes her debut this week as a Democratic congresswoman.


Pauly D reveals he has a love child

"I'm proud I'm a father," says the former "Jersey Shore" star after a paternity test confirmed he's the father.


Mitch Hurwitz wants Ricky Gervais on "Arrested Development," reveals alternate casting ideas
Hurwitz last night said some of the original names thrown around for "Arrested Development" more than a decade ago included Robert De Niro, Josh Radnor and Aida Turturro. PLUS: Hurwitz wants an "Arrested" movie and a Season 5.


"Mom" and "Hostages" ratings improve for the 1st time

The Anna Faris comedy saw a boost thanks to a Monday airing of "The Big Bang Theory."


Cemetery removes an Iraq war veteran's "SpongeBob" tombstone
The family of Kimberly Walker, 28, put up a 7-foot tombstone in the likeness of her favorite cartoon. But cemetery officials found the tombstone inappropriate.


How "Scandal" beat "Homeland" at its own game
As Alyssa Rosenberg points out, "'Scandal' is full of rogues, and clear about the damage they do to each other and the country, and makes us enjoy it anyway. 'Homeland,' by contrast, keeps subverting its institutional critiques to personal relationships."


"Dancing" does "Game of Thrones"
Watch Corbin Bleu as Dothraki Khal Drogo. PLUS: "Clueless" star campaigning for a "Dancing" spot.


Melissa McCarthy sticks up for Elle
"What I found so bizarre is I picked the coat," she says of her controversial cover.


"Lost's" Cynthia Watros lands on MTV
She'll star in the drama "Finding Carter."


Married Katherine McPhee caught kissing her "Smash" director

McPhee, who has been married since 2008, was captured kissing Michael Morris, who is married to Mary McCormack.


"The Blacklist" added a record-breaking 6.5 million viewers from DVR users
That breaks the 5.7 million-viewing record from "The Big Bang Theory" premiere.

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<p>Nathan Fillion of &quot;Castle&quot;</p>

Nathan Fillion of "Castle"

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TV Ratings: Dipping 'Voice' leads NBC Monday, but 'Castle' tops 'Blacklist' in viewers

'Mom' rises, but was that courtesy of football preemptions?
Fast National ratings for Monday, October 21, 2013.
 
After several weeks of increasingly close competition, ABC's "Castle" moved ahead of NBC's "The Blacklist" in total viewers, but the freshman hit still dominated the long-running procedural among young viewers. While NBC's overall victory on Monday was slim, the network remained comfortably ahead in the key demo.
 
With "The Voice" falling slightly as it moved out of its popular opening rounds, several other networks got to celebrate positive returns.
 
"Bones" got only a small bump for its heavily promoted wedding episode, but  CBS' "Mom" and a repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" posted solid gains, while "2 Broke Girls" was up a little despite a tiny drop for lead-in "How I Met Your Mother."
 
Some of CBS' increases are likely attributable to "Sleepy Hollow" taking the week off, but also to NFL preemption in Minneapolis, while "Hart of Dixie" and "Beauty and the Beast" are both hugely inflated by NFL preemptions in New York City.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Kanye West at the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards</p>

Kanye West at the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards

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Yep, it took Kanye West to make the Hollywood Film Awards semi-relevant

The awards were presented last night and many a celebrity came out for the show

It's really hard to hide the disdain this pundit has for the Hollywood Film Awards. There may be no less authentic awards ceremony during awards season. Honestly, it's pretty much pointless and just an exercise for potential nominees to practice their speeches and red carpet talking points. Damn you Kanye West for giving the event any sort of relevancy.

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'Dancing' tosses out last week's votes after showing the wrong numbers on screen


"Dancing" tosses out last week's votes after showing the wrong numbers on screen
The glitch resulted in no one being eliminated this week.


Sarah Silverman posts her failed 2012 NBC pilot on YouTube
Silverman was given permission by the studio to post "Susan 313" on her YouTube channel. The comedy pilot stars Tig Notaro, Harris Wittels and June Diane Raphael, with a guest appearance by Jeff Goldblum.


Alec Baldwin & Jimmy Fallon create their own '80s cop show
Check out "Point Pleasant Police Department."


Kim Kardashian & Kanye West get engaged at San Francisco Giants stadium

Kanye hired a 50-piece orchestra to play Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" and Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo and West's 'Knock You Down."


Ex-"Bachelorette" Melissa Rycroft is pregnant again
Rycroft announced she's expecting her second child.

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<p>Previous Nicholls Fellowship winner &quot;Short Term 12.&quot;</p>

Previous Nicholls Fellowship winner "Short Term 12."

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Roundup: Academy picks the screenwriters of the future

Also: Why Joaquin Phoenix fascinates, and revisiting the 2001 Best Actress race

The winners of the Academy's annual Nicholls Fellowship in Screenwriting rarely get too much attention, gien that these new writers and their scripts are completely unknown quantities. Still, it's worth keeping these names in mind, since every now and then, a Nicholls winner makes it to the screen with some success. One of 2010's choices, for example, was Destin Daniel Cretton's much-beloved indie "Short Term 12"; 1992 winner Susannah Grant went on to write the Oscar-nominated script for "Erin Brockovich." Perhaps similar things await the writers of this year's five winners: "Legion," "Joe Banks," "Jersey City Story," "Queen of Hearts" and "Sugar in My Veins."  [AMPAS]

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<p>This is my new planned mode of transportation to pretty much everywhere. I didn't have kids for nothing.</p>

This is my new planned mode of transportation to pretty much everywhere. I didn't have kids for nothing.

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New red-band trailer for 'Bad Grandpa' gives away some of the best stuff

At this point, don't you know already if you're seeing the film?

If you have not see Paramount's upcoming "Bad Grandpa," and you're interested it in seeing it, then might I recommend that you not watch the new red-band trailer for the film?

Here's my thinking: part of the thrill of seeing the film, as with every film in the "Jackass" series, comes from the surprise of how the gags unfold. Some of the set-ups are obvious, but what really makes the film work is seeing how the jokes play out and seeing how they play variations on the gag.

Running this sort of red-band R-rated trailer gives you a good idea of just how far the film is willing to go for a joke. The vending machine joke that opens the trailer is far more visually upsetting than this lets on, and there's a sequence they show a bit of that comes later in the film that is absolutely insane.

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Fox delays 'Almost Human' premiere to give it an NFL boost


Fox delays "Almost Human" premiere to give it an NFL boost
The J.J. Abrams robot cop drama, originally slated to premiere on Nov. 4, will debut as part of a two-night event, starting Sunday Nov. 17 after Fox's NFL game. That means "Bones" will stay in its Monday timeslot the next few weeks.


"Everybody Loves Raymond" creator teams with Henry Winkler for an ABC sitcom pilot
The project will be a family affair, with Winkler's son producing and his wife playing his on-screen wife.


Don't call what "Homeland" did a twist: "It's cheating. It's hackery"
"You can't use the camera to both deceive and to lie outright to the viewer," says Tim Goodman of this week's episode. PLUS: Dick Cheney feared a real-life "Homeland" scenario in 2007.


"Orange is the New Black" will soon become Netflix's most-watched original series
The prison series is expected to surpass "House of Cards" by the end of the year. PLUS: Netflix will double spending on original series next year.


"Revenge" appears to be back on track

Season 3 is correcting the wrongs of Season 2.


"The Middle's" Neil Flynn will reunite with former "Scrubs" boss Bill Lawrence

Flynn will guest on Lawrence's new Fox comedy, "Surviving Jack."


"Girl Meets World" may reveal what happened to Mr. Turner from "Boy Meets World"
The motorcycle-riding homeroom teacher was last heard from when he got into an accident.


Canadian authorities drug bust nets 40 pounds of blue meth
Just like the blue meth on "Breaking Bad."


"SNL's" Vanessa Bayer was a "Late Night" intern for Conan O'Brien
Bayer talks about returning to 30 Rock, auditioning for "SNL" and creating her Miley Cyrus character.


Padma Lakshmi gains 15 pounds every "Top Chef" cycle

She also tells Fitness magazine she goes up two dress sizes from the reality show.


"The Blacklist's" potential problem: Finding enough compelling bad guys
Are there enough bad guys as interesting as James Spader's character?


"The Good Wife" is getting shaken up

Next week's episode changes everything.


Nickelodeon renews "Haunted Hathaways" and "See Dad Run"

They'll be back for a 2nd and 3rd season, respectively.


Aziz Ansari: Broadway bound?
The "Parks and Rec" star is hoping to bring his new material to Broadway.


VH1's "CrazySexyCool" is more of a checklist of TLC's accomplishments

The biopic will convince you, though, what a great group TLC was.

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<p>Katy Perry and Lady Gaga</p>

Katy Perry and Lady Gaga

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Music showdown: The hit singles of Lady Gaga vs. Katy Perry

Best wedding themes, best retro power-pop, best first top 40 hits...

Lady Gaga and Katy Perry have more in common than you might think. 

Both solo female pop stars scored their first Top 40 hits in April of 2008. Since then, they’ve each issued three albums with Perry’s “Prism” out tomorrow and Gaga’s “ARTPOP” on the way, scoring multiple No. 1 and top 10 hits in their wake. They’ve been dominant forces in the Grammys pop races year after year, each with distinctive fashions and style-driven dances, from meat dresses to lollipop bras, from candy-colored wigs to claws (or paws, as it were).
 
Perry, who is about to turn 29, has found success in combining her big pipes with power-pop anthems and beach-bound summer songs. At 27, Lady Gaga has found her audience using overt sexuality and left-of-center, artistic performances with big, dark dance-pop sounds.
 
There’s no need to pit any one artist against each other with malice. Some musicians court beef, and others are just trying to do their own thing. For two women who have publicly shown each other support in their forthcoming endeavors, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry certainly don't see the need for fans to "choose" only one current pop icon. Though, it’s in our nature to see who comes out on top of the charts, who takes home the most or the biggest awards, who among the stars radiates the most. And Perry and Gaga – intended or not – have been competitors in the marketplace for about five years now, as thriving touring artists, recording artists, performers, personalities, activists and hit-makers.
 
With each preparing their new albums and with, still, long careers ahead of them, we’ve decided to take a fun look at the loose themes running through Katy Perry and Lady Gaga’s singles. As a lover of pop music, I think there’s obviously room for them both (haters, I ban thee). Meanwhile, vote for your favorite song in each category below: which crucial Lady and Katy songs make your final favorites tally?

Once you're done with that, go have fun with another recent HitFix feature: the movies of Arnold Schwarzenegger vs. Sylvester Stallone!

Read our review of Katy Perry's "Prism" here.

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