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<p>Jessie The Cowgirl (Joan Cusack) teams up with Combat Carl (Carl Weathers) in Pixar's new 'Toy Story Of Terror'</p>

Jessie The Cowgirl (Joan Cusack) teams up with Combat Carl (Carl Weathers) in Pixar's new 'Toy Story Of Terror'

Credit: Pixar/ABC

Review: Pixar's 'Toy Story Of Terror' is a smart and funny addition to the series

It's a short story, but focused and beautifully built

From the opening shot of the wallpaper with the familiar white-clouds-on-blue-sky motif to the exactly-right-genre-parody storytelling in the opening sequence to the way the story builds to a tremendously well-plotted payoff for both story and character, "Toy Story Of Terror" is a "Toy Story" story in every way, and should delight Pixar fans perennially now.

I love that this is now the Bonnie continuity, and I love the detail of watching TV in the car during a rainy drive. Awesome modern detail. Jessie is claustrophobic. That makes perfect sense after what we know from "Toy Story 2," but handled well here. It's easy to forget that she was completely and utterly insane in that film, mentally broken in a very scary way. Joan's work in the special is very, very good, and I always love the moments where things go very subtle.

The way the story unfolds and the way the toys talk about horror convention is fun and simple and makes sure that things don't get too scary for kids. Pricklepants gets to make an impression here since he's the one who knows how things are supposed to work. Timothy Dalton has never met a plate full of ham that he has not gleefully devoured, and I love him for it. He seems to relish the absurdity of playing a character named Pricklepants who speaks in such positively Shakespearean diction.

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"American Horror Story: Coven"

 "American Horror Story: Coven"

Credit: FX

'American Horror Story' recap: Will Zoe find 'Boy Parts'?

Is Fiona tough enough to stop a police investigation?

Dead is never really dead on "American Horror Story," and this witchy season is no exception. While you would think our sweet young things at Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies would be inclined to behave themselves and lay low after the bus-flipping incident last week, that wouldn't be any fun at all, would it? No, while Zoe and Madison are busy finding new ways to get into trouble, Fiona's stashing an immortal in her bedroom and Delia's having snakey baby-making sex with her husband Hank. Really, just about anyone passing by these ladies would have a hard time ignoring the weird thing going on in their orbits, but I guess that's why having the power of compulsion is so darn handy. 

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<p>Brad arrives at Redemption Island on &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Brad arrives at Redemption Island on "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'The Dead Can Still Talk'

What was the blowback from Caleb's big move?
Pre-credit sequence. We're following up on Brad's shocking outster from last week. "Wow, you guys," Caleb says, obviously pleased with himself. "What the heck? Tribal was unreal," Teen Mom says, obviously unclear on the very nature of reality. "If this is Brad's time, it was Brad's time," Vytas rationalizes, obviously unclear on the very nature of time. Teen Mom knows that if they can get Caleb to go with them, they'd have the numbers. "It just festered," Caleb says, explaining that his big move wasn't premeditated. Hayden is stunned and doesn't know if he's now on the outs.
 
Guess Who's Coming to Redemption Island? "Caleb made a good move. Kudos to him," Brad says, crediting Caleb for learning a thing or two from Colton. As we saw last week. Brad arrives at Redemption Island apologizing and raising the white flag. He surrenders aggressively in the middle of the night, waking up John and Candice. "At least I feel a little vindication here," John says, groggily. "Quite frankly, I'm glad I'm not going to get abused and yelled at on Redemption Island," Brad says, but Candice says she still has no love for Brad. "In this game, it's kill or be killed and he's on our island now," Candice says, vowing to knock Brad out for good.
 
The Eyes of Laura M. Meanwhile, the Returnees keep winning and they're doing OK. Actually, Laura  M and Aras are doing better than OK. They're doing some late-night rub-downs. Laura views this intimacy as a sign of trust. Aras, however, doesn't think that Laura's flirtation is earning more of his trust. In fact, he still has Laura, Laura and Kat outside of his alliance. Laura M has posted on Facebook that she thinks this episode was improperly edited to imply something naughty happened, but there she is mentioning her 20 years of marriage. Don't worry, Laura! I don't believe for a second that there's a showmance brewing. Anyway, though, Other Laura, Rupert's Wife, is still feeling like an outsider, which she is, so that's appropriate.

Credits!
 
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<p>Kanye West</p>

Kanye West

Win 2 tickets to a Kanye West concert! Enter our giveaway contest

Yeezy kicks off his 'Yeezus' tour this week: Five runners-up take home a poster

Kanye West kicks off his "Yeezus" tour this week, and HitFix is here to help you and a friend get into the concert.

We're giving away TWO Kanye West show tickets, in a market of the grand prize winner's choosing. Five runners-up will score a Yeezus concert tour poster, featured below.

There are two chances to enter:

1. Retweet the following embedded Tweet and Follow @HitFix

2. For a second, bonus entry, share the embedded Facebook Post and Like HitFix on Facebook

 
Travel and accommodation are not included for the winning ticket. Any venue age restrictions apply. Entrants must live in the U.S., and their Twitter accounts cannot be set on private (otherwise, we can't tell what and if you Tweet). Contest ends Oct. 18, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
 
Kendrick Lamar is on tap to open all dates, though a re-reunited A Tribe Called Quest and Pusha T are on for select shows.

"Yeezus" is West's latest album, which arrived at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 charts and was led by single "Black Skinhead." Check out all of the Kanye West 2013 tour dates below. For more tour info, head to Kanye West's website.

Yeezus tour poster

10/19/13:    Seattle, WA    KeyArena
10/20/13:    Vancouver, B.C.    Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena 
10/22/13:    San Jose, CA    SAP Center
10/23/13:    Oakland, CA    Oracle Arena 
10/25/13:    Las Vegas, NV    MGM Grand Garden Arena 
10/26/13:    Los Angeles, CA        STAPLES Center 
10/28/13:    Los Angeles, CA        STAPLES Center 
11/01/13:    Anaheim, CA    Honda Center
11/03/13:    Denver, CO    Pepsi Center 
11/05/13:    Minneapolis, MN        Target Center 
11/07/13:    Chicago, IL    United Center 
11/08/13:    Columbus, OH    Nationwide Arena 
11/09/13:    Chicago, IL    United Center 
11/10/13:    Detroit, MI    Palace of Auburn Hills
11/12/13:    Toronto, Ont.    Air Canada Centre 
11/13/13:    Toronto, Ont.    Air Canada Centre 
11/14/13:    Montreal, Que.    Bell Centre 
11/16/13:    Philadelphia, PA        Wells Fargo Center 
11/17/13:    Boston, MA    TD Garden 
11/19/13:    Brooklyn, NY    Barclays Center 
11/20/13:    Brooklyn, NY    Barclays Center 
11/21/13:    Washington, DC        Verizon Center 
11/23/13:    New York, NY    Madison Square Garden 
11/24/13:    New York, NY    Madison Square Garden 
11/29/13:    Miami, FL    AmericanAirlines Arena 
11/30/13     Tampa, FL    Tampa Bay Times Forum 
12/01/13:    Atlanta, GA    Philips Arena 
12/05/13:    New Orleans, LA        New Orleans Arena 
12/06/13:    Dallas, TX    American Airlines Center
12/07/13:    Houston, TX    Toyota Center

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"Burton and Taylor"

 "Burton and Taylor"

Credit: BBC America

Review: Lindsay Lohan's 'Liz and Dick' can't compare to 'Burton and Taylor'

Two different versions of the same story yield very different results

Remember "Liz & Dick"? Oh, maybe you don't, and that is entirely forgivable. It was that tepid, sudsy Lifetime movie about the on-again-off-again-on-again-whatever romance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Not even a year later, its only real relevance is twofold. One is its inability to deliver that comeback Lindsay Lohan still so desperately requires, and two is in giving critics like me a convenient comparison point for the BBC America's take on this epic romance, "Burton and Taylor" (airing tonight at 9:00 p.m.). Lifetime set a low bar, but the good news is that "Burton and Taylor" makes it abundantly clear how this story, unwieldy and ridiculous in the wrong hands, should actually be told.

One important element, of course, is the cast. Dominic West, while younger than Burton in the time period portrayed in the movie, ably captures the actor's heartbreak and struggle, while leaving the bombast we associate with Burton for the few scenes that take place on stage. Of course, as it was in real life, Burton was always overshadowed by the show pony that was Taylor, and to some degree that's the case here.

I was initially surprised that Helena Bonham-Carter was cast in the role of Taylor, simply because I associate her with quirky Tim Burton fare and period dramas. Taylor was such a memorable sexpot I wasn't sure I could see Bonham-Carter oozing sex in a negligee. Ironically, it was the one thing I expected Lindsay Lohan to deliver in ""Liz & Dick," but even then she seemed like a kid prancing around in her mom's sexy underwear.

Luckily, that isn't the Taylor we get in this movie anyway. "Burton and Taylor" wisely picks the most poignant part of the story and hones in on a short time frame in order to get it right. While "Liz & Dick" tried for epic sweep and ended up cobbling together cliches and pointless recreations of movie scenes, "Burton and Taylor" assumes we know the characters and their backstory, then digs into the deeper stuff.

The story revolves around Burton and Taylor coming together after five years for a Broadway run of Noel Coward's "Private Lives." It's a bald attempt by Taylor to reconnect, an idea both enticing and repellant to Burton. It's easy to see how Elizabeth Taylor in real life could be a handful; needy, manipulative, loyal, funny and acutely aware of how to make an audience happy. Burton was clearly troubled in his own way, a slave to his addictions and conflicted about fame. At this point in his life, he seems to have made peace with his problems -- he's found a new girlfriend, stopped drinking (more or less) and is focusing on a production of "King Lear" -- but Taylor, just by being Taylor, could easily destroy his fragile sense of balance.

We don't need a lot of flashbacks to see why these two love one another passionately -- and we don't need a lot of blustery dialogue to understand why Burton can't stay. What might be most remarkable about Bonham-Carter's performance and "Burton and Taylor"'s script is how it subtly shows us Taylor's loneliness. Taylor's not sitting in a room alone, watching TV and slinging back cocktails (though yes, there are many cocktails slung in this movie). It's in countless small details that add up to a crushing sense that the former child star whom audiences still adore has an aching hole in her heart, one she desperately hopes Burton can fill. When she angrily asks him, "Where's my Antony?" it speaks to how much she wants to live in the couple's past, white hot (and ultimately toxic) passion, and how Burton is slowly understanding he's grown past it.

It may be kicking Lindsay Lohan while she's down to compare these two movies, but I hope Hollywood (or at least Lifetime) does it, if only to get a clear picture as to what works in a TV biopic and what doesn't. Somehow "Liz & Dick" covered more of this relationship and showed less, threw suds at the audience and delivered less drama, and hit plot points with a hammer when only a gentle tap was needed. Biopics by their very nature are problematic; we know the ending, and we know too much. But somehow "Burton and Taylor" delivered surprises and careful insights, and whether or not any of it was technically true (though I'm sure it was), it didn't matter. At the end of the day, as a story about two people we thought we knew, it worked.

Are you going to watch "Burton and Taylor"?

Follow Liane Bonin Starr on Twitter @HitFixLiane

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<p>&quot;The&nbsp;Sopranos&quot;&nbsp;celebrated Columbus Day in one of that show's bigger missteps.</p>

"The Sopranos" celebrated Columbus Day in one of that show's bigger missteps.

Credit: HBO

When good shows go bad: Terrible episodes of great TV dramas

From 'The Sopranos' on Columbus Day to the 'Friday Night Lights' murder, our favorites aren't immune from missteps
Monday was Columbus Day — or, as CNN's Jake Tapper put it on Twitter, "a day when many Americans soberly reflect on the worst ever episode of 'The Sopranos.'"
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'South Park' unable to meet its deadline for 1st time due to a power outage -- tonight's episode is a rerun


"South Park" unable to meet its deadline for 1st time due to a power outage -- tonight's episode is a rerun
Thanks to their computers being down for hours, Matt and Trey weren't able to complete tonight's episode. So it'll air next week.

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<p>Lorde</p>

Lorde

Credit: VH1

Lorde's 'Royals' remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for triple crown

Miley Cyrus’ 'Wrecking Ball' crashes at No. 2

Lorde’s “Royals” continues its rule atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the third week.

The top 5 remains largely unchanged from last week: Miley Cyrus’ former No. 1, “Wrecking Ball,” swings 3-2, trading places with Katy Perry’s former No. 1, “Roar.

Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” continues at No. 4, while Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, holds at No. 5.

Ylvis’s “The Fox” stays at No. 6 on the strength of streaming and digital downloads and Billboard warns that another novelty song, Allison Gold’s “Chinese Good” could bow on the Billboard chart next week. The song is by the same writer who brought the world Rebecca Black’s “Friday.”

Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake, stays at No. 7, while spending its 11th week atop Billboard’s Rap Songs chart.

Lady Gaga’s “Applause” rises one space to No. 8, pushing Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, down one spot to No. 9. Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais’s “Summertime Sadness” stays at No. 10.

Outside the Top 10, Justin Bieber's "Heartbreaker" soars 77-13, and Eminem's "Survival" bows at No. 17.

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AMC orders an arm wrestling reality show, renews 'Small Town Security'


AMC orders an arm wrestling reality show, renews "Small Town Security"

"King of Arms" will "take a look inside the raw and highly-competitive world of American arm wrestling," AMC announced.


"Lost's" Damon Lindelof deletes his Twitter account, "Sopranos"-style

The outspoken "Lost" co-creator offered this tweet yesterday before deleting his Twitter: "After much thought and deliberation, I've decided t."


It's official: Mia Farrow and Woody Allen's son gets an MSNBC show

Ronan Farrow, a 25-year-old Obama administration vet, will host a weekday show starting in January.

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

Credit: AP Photo

Justin Bieber's 'Believe' opens Christmas Day

Theatrical film chronicles the 'Believe' tour and more

 Justin Bieber has just announced the best possible holiday gift to his fans: “Believe,” his new film about all things Bieber, will open in movie theaters on Christmas Day.

Directed by Jon M. Chu, the Open Road Films focuses on Bieber’s “Believe” worldwide tour and catches the audience up on his life since his last film, 2011’s “Never Say Never,” which grossed nearly $100 million worldwide.

The film features interviews with Bieber, as well as his manager Scooter Braun, Usher, producer Rodney Jerkins, Ludacris, Mike Posner and more.

“Jon Chu and my team have done a wonderful job creating a special moment for Beliebers worldwide and I can’t wait until Christmas day when the movie will be in theaters everywhere,” Bieber said in the press release.

Bieber continues to release a new song every Monday. Following last week “HeartBreaker,” this week he put out “All That Matters."

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Vince Gilligan: Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul to make 'Better Call Saul' cameos


Vince Gilligan: Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul to make "Better Call Saul" cameos
"The sky's the limit with a prequel," says the "Breaking Bad" creator, who adds that he could also see Mike Ehrmantraut becoming an important part of the spinoff, which will be an hour-long drama that will contain 75% comedy.


Katie Couric will need to take a paycut if she wants "Katie" to be back next season
Couric, who makes $10 million a year from her talk show, has been deemed a daytime failure because her talk show has become too expensive too produce.


Buckingham Palace will celebrate "Doctor Who's" 50th anniversary

The Countess of Wessex will hold a party at Buckingham Palace to honor the BBC series next month, five days before its anniversary.


NBC resurrects failed CBS pilot "Babylon Fields"
The 2007 pilot from Michael Cuesta about a town whose residents rise from the dead had achieved cult status since it didn't make the CBS schedule.


ABC will tell the true story of "The Astronaut Wives Club"

"Gossip Girl" co-creator Stephanie Savage will write the '60s-set limited series about the wives of the NASA astronauts.

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<p>Beyonce</p>

Beyonce

Credit: AP Photo

Will Beyonce release a new single in December

She takes on all the single ladies: Miley, Gaga, Katy, Britney

In a season flush with releases from the biggest female pop stars, will Beyonce chime in too?

The New York Daily News reports that Beyonce
will drop a new single on Dec. 3 and that she has already shot the accompanying Terry Richardson-directed video. She enters a field crowded with singles from new albums from Miley Cyrus (out now), Katy Perry (10/22), Lady Gaga (11/11)  and Britney Spears (12/3).

Plus, Beyonce has dropped a number of songs and/or song snippets over the past year and none of them have gained traction, despite being catchy: “Bow Down/I Been On,” “Grown Woman,” and “Standing On The Sun.”

There’s still no word when Beyonce, who has spent much of the year on her successful “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour,” will release her follow-up to 2011’s “4.”

Part of the NY Daily News’ reporting makes no sense-- or a total lack of understanding about how the music world works: It says that Beyonce planned to “put out a big song in early 2013, but kept pushing it back when she realized she wasn’t going to have any real competition on the charts.” Uh, no... that’s not how it works. And, again, she did keep pumping out tunes, almost seeing as if something would stick, in early 2013. Plus, if she’s now putting out a single at a time when, quite frankly, radio charts start to slow down for the holidays, to show that she can still top these other single ladies, that seems a bit of a risk.

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