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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

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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

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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

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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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<p>I have no idea what Paramount is worried about.</p>

I have no idea what Paramount is worried about.

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Reports have Aronofsky and Paramount battling over Russell Crowe's 'Noah'

Whose vision will the final film ultimately represent?

Why would you hire Darren Aronofsky to make a Darren Aronofsky film unless you were ready to have the full Darren Aronofsky experience?

During a recent appearance on the podcast "How Did This Get Made?", I talked about how often we see long-time dream projects finally get realized on film only to turn out to be terrible. I'm not saying that will be the case with "Noah," but any studio that signs on to a film like that has to understand this isn't some mere case of work for hire. This is something that a filmmaker has lived with for decades now, and there are things he's going to have to do, test audiences be damned. When you agree to make a film like that, you have to assume it's going to be a wild ride, and when we hear reports of struggles in this situation, it baffles me because it seems like everyone involved should have seen that coming.

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"Doctor Who"

 "Doctor Who"

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Take a first look at John Hurt in 'Doctor Who'

The anniversary special will be chock full of Doctors

While Whovians have been buzzing with excitement about Peter Capaldi being named as the new Doctor, at the end of last season people were just as excited to see esteemed actor John Hurt ("The Elephant Man," "Nineteen Eighty-Four") on deck as, ominously, the last Doctor.

While these new images from the 50th anniversary special are more fun than revealing (though we can Matt Smith and David Tennant are on deck, as is Jemma Redgrave as the new UNIT boss along with Jenna-Louise Coleman, who plays "The Impossible Girl" Clara), they are awfully exciting, aren't they? "The Day of the Doctor" airs Nov. 23 on BBC America. 

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'Girls' gets return date


"Girls" gets return date
Season 3 of "Girls" will debut Jan. 12 with Woody Harrelson-Matthey McConaughey drama "True Detective," while gay-themed "Looking" debuts on Jan. 19.

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<p>Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey in &quot;True Detective.&quot;</p>

Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey in "True Detective."

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HBO announces January premieres for 'Girls,' 'True Detective'

Lena Dunham will be paired with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson on Sundays

HBO has announced a winter Sunday lineup featuring the return of "Girls" sandwiched in between two new series: Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the drama "True Detective" and Jonathan Groff in the new comedy "Looking."

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Kerry Washington hosting 'SNL': Is Lorne Michaels trying to duck the diversity controversy?


Kerry Washington hosting "SNL": Is Lorne Michaels trying to duck the diversity controversy?
It's funny that Washington's hosting would be announce one day after Kenan Thompson's controversial comments on black comediennes. PLUS: Why Washington hosting "SNL" matters.


Ellen made a special appearance on "Bethenny" to deny reports of a feud
"I was just telling my audience how much I love you and how amazing you've been to me," Ellen said in a message via satellite.


"The View" boss insists Jenny McCarthy is not getting fired
"It's ridiculous. There's nothing to it," says executive producer Bill Geddie. Previously, "The View" denied that Elisabeth Hasselbeck was out and that Barbara Walters was retiring.


America Ferrera is poised to return to TV as a nun on CBS
The former "Ugly Betty" star has signed on for "Damascus," in which she'll play a nun/lawyer who crusades for the poor.


AMC is seeking NFL-level ad rates for "The Walking Dead"

The $600,000 per 30-second ad spot is more than NBC makes off of individual "Sunday Night Football" ads.


NY Times columnist asks: Why isn't Obama more like "Scandal's" Olivia Pope?
The president could end the government shutdown, says Maureen Dowd, by following Olivia's lead.


"Game of Thrones" gets the "Bad Lip Reading" treatment
What if the HBO series was recut as a comedy trailer?


Discovery Channel's "Penguins" doc will get up close by disguising cameras as penguins
"Penguins: Waddle All the Way" will use animatronic cameras disguised as penguins to spy on a colony of penguins.


Ranking TV judging show panels

"The Voice" is the best, "X Factor" the worst.


Eric Stonestreet: "Modern Family" fans are disappointed that I'm not flamboyant in real life

Stonestreet says fans expect him to act like a screaming queen.


Rebel Wilson goes on her boss Conan's show dressed as a chicken
"I'm a hot chick," Wilson told Conan, who produces "Super Fun Night."


"SNL's" Ian Rubbish sits down with The Clash
Fred Armisen reprised his British punk rocker character for Funny or Die.


"Sons of Anarchy's" Theo Rossi talks Juice

"Everybody right now knows everything from Juice’s past, so every move he makes is in the spotlight for every member," says the actor.


"Parks and Rec's" Li'l Sebastian surfaces on "Hart of Dixie"

Looks like Pawnee's cherished icon is still alive.


"The Biggest Loser" returns to its lowest-rated debut, "The Originals" rises

The weightloss competition was down 27% from its spring premiere.


Kim Kardashian stands with her "American Dad" character

Check her out with her alien character.


Derek Hough & Nina Dobrev break up
The "Dancing" star and "The Vampire Diaries" star dated for six weeks.

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Steve McQueen on the set of "12 Years a Slave."
Steve McQueen on the set of "12 Years a Slave."
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The Long Shot: Direct influence

There's much to celebrate if this race comes down to McQueen vs. Cuarón
"How are you not the best director if you made the best movie?” I remember this question being asked, with ingenuous bafflement, at an Oscar party earlier this year, as the puzzle of Ben Affleck’s missing Best Director nomination was being hashed out for the umpteenth time in six weeks. It’s one that surfaces repeatedly in similar situations, often by people who haven’t given that much thought to its politics – it’s a funny truth that hardline auteurists and many casual film fans are united in their belief that all films are the exclusive creative property of their directors, and should only be measured and compared as such.
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