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AMC cancels 'The Killing,' again

AMC cancels "The Killing," again
After reviving the mystery drama for a 3rd season after canceling it, AMC has opted not to order a 4th season.

"SYTYCD" renewed for Season 11

Nigel Lythgoe announced the news on tonight's show.

Despite renewal, "Last Call with Carson Daly's" future is up in the air
Staffers have been told to stay home as the Peacock mulls what to do with the 11-year-old talk show, which was renewed in April. Options may include canceling it, giving it a new host or having Carson Daly continue on in a new format.

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<p>AMC has canceled &quot;The Killing&quot; for a second time.</p>

AMC has canceled "The Killing" for a second time.

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AMC cancels 'The Killing' again

Show improved after reprieve for season 3, but not enough to truly mourn

AMC has canceled "The Killing" — again.

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<p>Daniel&nbsp;Radcliffe and Zoe&nbsp;Kazan in &quot;The&nbsp;F Word&quot;</p>

Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in "The F Word"

Credit: CBS Films

Toronto: CBS Films picks up 'The F Word' with Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan

A romantic comedy for a new generation finds a home

I remember a little script on the Black List called "The F Word." Shows how much I've been paying attention that I didn't know it was being made, let alone ready to show in Toronto. So it was, so it is and so it's been acquired, by CBS Films.

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<p>Ryan Gosling in &quot;Only God Forgives.&quot;</p>

Ryan Gosling in "Only God Forgives."

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'Only God Forgives,' 'The Impossible' among 46 films in running for European Film Awards

Once more, 'Blue is the Warmest Color' must wait until next year

Last year, I had the great pleasure of attending the European Film Awards -- the continent's answer to the Oscars -- in Malta. As predicted by pretty much everyone, Michael Haneke's "Amour" cleaned up that night -- much as it did almost every Best Foreign Language Film prize on the awards circuit across the pond. This year, it seems a much more competitive field, as indicated by the longlist of 46 films for this year's EFAs.

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'Homeland' visits the CIA

"Homeland" visits the CIA
Cast members were invited on a private tour of the Central Intelligence Agency on Monday, where they met with CIA Director John Brennan. "We had a lot of questions and they had a lot of questions," says Morena Baccarin. PLUS: Brody's "Homeland" house sells for $394,000, and Claire Danes is BFFs with CBS News' Bob Schieffer.

Simon Cowell: Britney Spears "couldn't talk" on "The X Factor"
"She was fine, but I think she found it very uncomfortable," he tells Ellen.

Jay Leno called Sharon Osbourne after she revealed their fling
"As soon as the show was finished he called me," Osbourne said on today's "Talk." "He said, ‘Isn't it amazing that…we were both single and we both found our love of our lives and we both got the longest marriages in Hollywood?'"

"HIMYM" shows off more of The Mother
Watch a glimpse of Cristin Milioti in her new role. PLUS: What to expect on the season premiere.

Harvard doctor calls "Breaking Bad" TV's best medical drama
Harvard Medical School's Haider Javed Warraich says: "While most medical shows—much like the health system at large—focus on acute presentations, hospitalizations, and procedures, 'Breaking Bad' follows its patients far beyond the walls of the hospital." PLUS: Why Jesse Pinkman must die,

Justin Bieber's sidekicks may get an MTV reality show
Bieber will likely appear on a reality show starring Lil Twist.

Arsenio Hall's comeback was actually a little sad
If Arsenio is going to keeping on looking backwards, then his show won't attract newer viewers.

"Couple's Therapy" star gets divorced
Psychotherapist Jenn Berman has ended her marriage of 12 years.

Bethenny Frankel's talk show has a disappointing nationwide debut
"Bethenny's" premiere was in line with "Jeff Probst" and "Ricki Lake," two shows that are no longer around.

"Mr. Show" guys hit Reddit

Read Bob Odenkirk, David Cross and Brian Posehn's answers in an Ask Us Anything chat.

Check out "Doctor Who's" 50th anniversary poster
Featuring Matt Smith and David Tennant.

"Scandal's" Dan Bucatinsky teams with Shonda Rhimes on a new show
They'll collaborate on an ABC show based on his parenting book.

Are Southern reality shows over?

Fox News reports that Hollywood is looking for the next big thing after the Southern reality show market got too saturated.

Mark Gatiss' "Game of Thrones" role revealed
The "Sherlock" actor will take on the role of Tycho Nestoris. PLUS: Check out a "Game of Thrones" fantasy draft.

E! orders "Society X With Laura Ling"
Lisa Ling's sister will explore the world of modern unconventional drugs, such as bath salts.

Lucy Hale and her "Revolution" boyfriend break up
The "Pretty Little Liars" star had been dating Graham Rogers since early this summer.

"Sons of Anarchy" is "100% sad this year"
"This is the second to last season," says Kim Coates, "it's all guns-a-blazin', no pun intended. Get ready, because there's no pulled punches. It is flat-out, 100 percent sad this year." PLUS: "Sons" is as bleak and grim as ever in Season 6.

HBO teases "Treme"
Watch a preview of Season 4.

See Tyra Banks in whiteface
The "Top Model" star posed as her fellow supermodels, including Kate Upton.

"American Masters: Billie Jean King" will leave you with a big smile on your face
Airing tonight, the tennis legend reveals in her documentary to have "a true gift for gab and personal inquiry."

Mario Lopez welcomes his 2nd child

"It's a boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please welcome Dominic Lopez to the world," Lopez tweeted on Monday.

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<p>Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman in &quot;Prisoners&quot;</p>

Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman in "Prisoners"

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Set visit: 'Prisoners' actors Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal spar

Terrence Howard, Viola Davis and Maria Bello speak on unspeakable abduction drama

When Terrence Howard walked up, he was already crying.

This particular day of shooting for “Prisoners” was set in a hospital in Atlanta. Real and pretend cops walked past real and pretend doctors and nurses up and down its hallways, a tight space for Howard, Viola Davis, Hugh Jackman and Maria Bello to exorcise the most heightened of emotions.
Howard with Davis and Jackman with Bello play working class parents two families, each with daughters who have been kidnapped. Each actor, in real life, is a parent. It shows, said Howard, who has spent the latest scene in yet another state of what he calls “messy moments.”
“I hope I don’t get in trouble saying, but it feels like ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ in a sense because you have this whole couple with this horror,” he said. “It's like this anxiety on steroids.”
Watch the trailer for the film – which made its debut at TIFF this week – and you can understand how this “horror” is rooted in reality. One minute, there are two little girls and the next moment, they’re missing. The biggest lead comes from a suspect (Paul Dano) who one could typically qualify as looking like a pervert. Search teams scan the woods, the statistics of missing persons reports becomes grounded in actual faces and names in the Dover and Birch families.
For the scenes shot at the hospital in Atlanta, Howard, Davis, Jackman and Bello look like the walking dead. In the plot at that moment, there had been some developments in the short days that have followed the kidnappings. Far from the glamor that each actors’ more recent roles have allowed, their makeup is in shades of purple, their lines deepened, their real tears falling between frizzy and unwashed locks and unkempt facial hair.
“Normally you want to look your best, and every day is them making you look your worst,” Howard laughed after he wiped his eyes again. “And you feel like that 'cause everybody that looks like you, they have the same makeup. And it's like ‘Man, we are f*cked up.’”
Director Denis Villeneuves, who helmed Oscar-nominated “Incendies,” pushed each of his characters in the film react to the abduction in different ways, similar and contrasting ends to the reactive equation of “What if it were your kid?”.
Jackman’s character Keller, who is “religious,” has a survivalist streak, and “believes in being ready, ready for anything. One of the first scenes in the movie where he has that chat with his son, where he says ‘Basically don't rely on anybody in life,’” Jackman said, looking like a sack of potatoes in a hospital waiting room chair. Like the other actors, the story hurts him as it hit close to home. “I’m a parent. It's even difficult to even vaguely go there.”
“Trauma is the main characteristic [in ‘Prisoners’], if you could imagine losing your own child. But we all deal with it in such different ways,” Bello said “My character [Grace] deals with it with putting her head under the covers and taking a lot of medication and not being able to really to get out of bed hoping her daughter's just going to show up.”
“…But the thought that they're suffering and waiting and crying and hoping on you, that's the thing that doesn't allow you to rest,” Howard said separately.
“I gravitate towards it because I felt like it had something very interesting to say about the human psychology of vigilantism,” Davis hinted. “We all have smokescreens that we kind of put to on ourselves to give us the stamp of good or bad or evil or good. And then when we're questioned and we have to step up to the plate of morality, then you don't know what's gonna come out of you.”
The unpredictable elements to the very real human drama of missing children are the authorities working the case. And in this case, it’s Jake Gyllenhaal as Detective Loki, who looks upon all parties suspiciously, acting as the “audience’s eyes,” as he explained it.
“I do skepticism relatively well. We're in the perfect environment for it right now,” he smiled, fresh from a scene where he further questioned the Dover and Birch parents (and a newly hospitalized key to the puzzle). “When everyone is a mystery of some sort, you get to be the audience's eyes. Therefore, it'll be a more interesting film to watch 'cause you see in a way the case unfolds through Loki’s eyes… in that way I think there's a relative amount of paranoia and skepticism that every audience member kind of walks into when they're being [told] a story, when they're being entertained that I weirdly revel in.”
Gyllenhaal was described as being upbeat between scenes, and a good, stoic sparring partner for the other actors. He could be seen laughing and smiling between scenes as Jackman’s Keller skulks in his muted colors in a livid nightmare.
“It's been a dream really to have this cast. And Jake, who's so silly in between, and then he gets so serious because all of us are suspects,” Howard said. In missing persons reports, “parents are the first suspects. So Jake, not-shooting-Jake is the funniest thing. And then he turns into this cop, and he doesn’t give you anything.”
Loki plays his part as an objective policeman; Keller’s moral compass disorients into a sleep deprived psychopathy. Both did their research and homework into these circumstances. Both have to lead their characters down into appropriately dark roads.
Seven days after children go missing, the statistics of finding them are “pretty horrific. And it's clear to all the players in our film, y’know. So every day that goes by, every minute that goes by, statistically things are just getting more and more dire and more and more desperate,” Jackman said.
So why go through with a script like this, a story that effects the actors in such a visceral way?
“It's an incredibly rich and beautiful drama character piece. You really experience this episode through the eyes and feelings and the emotions of these characters. There's something much more important than story, than acting, than anything really,” Bello said. “We tend to constantly talk about our children, and that's a priority for us.”


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<p>Daniel Radcliffe at the Toronto International Film Festival press conference for &quot;The F Word.&quot;&nbsp; Two other films of his, &quot;Kill Your Darlings&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Horns,&quot;&nbsp;are being screened at the festival this year.</p>

Daniel Radcliffe at the Toronto International Film Festival press conference for "The F Word."  Two other films of his, "Kill Your Darlings" and "Horns," are being screened at the festival this year.

Credit: AP Photo/Evan Agostini

Daniel Radcliffe admits it would 'break' him to never act again

Plus: How did Amanda Bynes come up in conversation?

TORONTO - Things are going well for Daniel Radcliffe.

It isn't easy transitioning from playing one of the most iconic figures in recent literary and cinematic history for over half your life to seemingly less magical roles. Or, perhaps that should be edited to note the transition is about an industry and not the actor himself. Because, as you'll learn, even Radcliffe has had to fight for roles in independent films you'd assume would kill to have someone with his notoriety on board. 2013, however, has seen the fruits of his labors. In January, he received strong reviews for his portrayal of Allen Ginsberg in the period drama "Kill Your Darlings." Sony Classics acquired the picture and it screened at the Venice Film Festival last week. It plays the Toronto International Film Festival this evening.

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Michelle Monaghan joins Ryan Murphy HBO sexuality drama 'Open'

Michelle Monaghan joins Ryan Murphy HBO sexuality drama "Open"
Monaghan, who will also be on HBO's "True Detective," will co-star in Murphy's pilot about human sexuality.

CBS will repeat last night's "Under the Dome" after it fell to a season low
Last night's episode will be shown on Saturday.

Roger Ebert statue in the works
Ebert's hometown, Champaign in Illinois, is raising $125,000 to build a life-size statue of the film critic.

CW to air Canadian sperm donor comedy "Seed"
It'll be the first comedy on CW in a long time.

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Showtime making a basketball drama with Phil Jackson and L.A. Lakers execs

Showtime making a basketball drama with Phil Jackson and L.A. Lakers execs

"White Men Can't Jump" and "Bull Durham" director Ron Shelton will lead the project, which goes behind the scenes of a professional team. He'll be joined by former Lakers coach Jackson, executive Jeanie Buss, Kurt Rambis and his wife Linda, a Lakers executive.

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Jimmy Kimmel's twerking prank fooled Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Kimmel's twerking prank fooled Jimmy Fallon
Fallon, Kimmel's future late-night rival, played the twerking girl on fire clip on Friday's show. PLUS: Kimmel shot the video in 3 takes after he challenged his writers to come up with a viral idea.

"NCIS" boss pens letter to fans expressing shock over Cote de Pablo's exit
"That was quite a summer," writes exec producer Gary Glassberg. "I had planned on picnics, barbecues and weekend staycations. I did not plan on the departure of Ziva David.

"The X Files" premiered 20 years ago today
Despite airing on Friday nights, Agents Scully and Mulder became a hit. It was the longest-running sci-fi series to air on American network TV. PLUS: An appreciation of "The X Files, Where are "X Files" stars now?, "X Files" paved the way for "Breaking Bad" and "Buffy," here are the 20 best guest stars, 65 tidbits about "The X Files" mythology, and the 9 best episodes.

Diehard Arsenio Hall fan Paul Scheer reviews last night's premiere
"The League" star writers: "We went for 60 minutes with nary a 'WUFF! WUFF!' And that’s not cool with me. That's like going to a Robin Thicke concert and not hearing 'Blurred Lines.' But I'll let Arsenio slide because, aside from that, he did everything you wanted. He did the hits. He didn't re-invent himself, he just dusted himself off and went back to work."

Demi Lovato, 21, writing her memoir
"The X Factor" star has signed a multi-book deal.

Watch the 1st "American Horror Story" teaser featuring the new cast
Jessica Lange, Angela Basset and Kathy Bates, together.

TLC renews "Who Do You Think You Are?"
The Lisa Kudrow-produced show that NBC canceled after three seasons will see a 2nd season on TLC. PLUS: "Big Bang's" Jim Parsons is featured in tonight's season finale.

NBC posts "Ironside" pilot online
You can also watch the first episode of "Welcome to the Family" right now.

Kanye West makes a surprise appearance on Jimmy Fallon
West used his first "Late Night" appearance to diss Kim Kardashian's ex Ray J.

Ron Moore's "Outlander" adds a "Game of Thrones" alum

Duncan Lacroix is joining the Syfy drama series.

Watch the trailer for HBO's "Hello Ladies"
Ricky Gervais' tall sidekick Stephen Merchant stars in this HBO comedy.

Sundance Channel to air French zombie series "The Returned" for Halloween
Watch the trailer for "The Returned," which has already aired in Britain.

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"American Horror Story"

 "American Horror Story"

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Watch: The stars come out in this 'American Horror Story: Coven' teaser

In this teaser, see some of the stars in witchy garb

Yet again, "American Horror Story" is rolling out evocative, creepy teasers to get us excited about the latest season ("Coven" premieres Wednesday, October 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET on FX). This time around, we get to see a few of the stars -- including grande dames Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett. I could tell you the rest, but I wouldn't want to spoil it. 

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<p>Matthew McConaughey in &quot;Dallas Buyers Club&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club"

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Matthew McConaughey bursts into crowded Best Actor field with career-best 'Dallas Buyers Club' portrayal

How does anyone on the outside even begin to crack this field?

I honestly can't wait to talk to Matthew McConaughey again this year. We sat down at Sundance to discuss Jeff Nichols' "Mud" in some detail, but I'm ready to really dig in on what has driven the actor to such a profound turnaround in his career. It's been covered in fits and starts and superficial flourishes by the media, but I'm ready to get serious. It's fascinating to me.

We've been keyed into the "McConaissance," as it were, for quite some time. Over a year ago we were pondering 2012 as a watershed year for the actor, noting the kinds of talent he was working with: Nichols on "Mud" (which premiered at Cannes in 2012), William Friedkin on "Killer Joe," Steve Soderbergh on "Magic Mike," Lee Daniels on "The Paperboy," Richard Linklater on "Bernie," etc. When you're trying to turn your career around, the first thing you do is sign up to work with a different breed of filmmaker.

This year, "Mud" has finally arrived and become one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year. McConaughey has landed the lead role in Christopher Nolan's next big blockbuster, "Interstellar." Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" is still to come, the trailer for HBO's "True Detective" promises an intriguing transition to television for the actor and, oh, that Oscar buzz we were expecting to accompany his performance in Jean-Marc Vallée's "Dallas Buyers Club?" It's here.

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