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Have 'The Walking Dead' fans become numb to all the atrocities?
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Have 'The Walking Dead' fans become numb to all the atrocities?

'Real World' Season 30 is going with a 'Skeletons' format

Have “The Walking Dead” fans become numb to all the atrocities?
"'The Walking Dead' has always lived in uncharted television territory, and you can’t say that viewers weren’t warned that this season was determined to go even further beyond Thunderdome,” says Jeff Labrecque, adding: "But is it too far? And is 'The Walking Dead' getting a free pass because its explicit depictions of violence are framed within a zombiefied landscape?”


“The Real World" Season 30 is going with a "Skeletons” format
The Chicago-set "Real World: Skeletons" will feature "skeletons" from the housemates’ past, who move in to "drum up secrets and dark memories.”


“Gossip Girl’s” Penn Badgley will romance Mary-Louise Parker on NBC’s “The Slap”
He’ll play her much-younger boyfriend on the NBC miniseries about a   slap gone wrong.


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<p>Robin Lord Taylor in Gotham</p>

Robin Lord Taylor in Gotham

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Review: 'Gotham' - 'Viper'

The city is flooded with a drug that gives crooks super strength — for a while

A quick review of tonight's "Gotham" coming up just as soon as I chug some milk...

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Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding go 'Outside' in new song

Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding go 'Outside' in new song

Abolish this synth

Somebody take that one particular synth away from Calvin Harris.

I love Ellie Goulding, and I actually really rather like two of the new cuts from his forthcoming album "Motion": "Slow Acid" is really exactly what you think it is, and John Newman is a good match on DJ Harris' "Blame."

But at around 0:41 on "Outside," the fifth song to be released from "Motion," Harris is selling cars. And entrance to a Six Flags. Its the generic floor bobber that will be instantly forgotten but can be synched a hundred way to Tuesday and rehashed for a thousand televised sports game bumpers.

Previously, he and Goulding worked on similarly minded "I Need Your Love," with that same video gamer feel, but at least vocal line had something to do. Here's, she's wasting away.

"Motion" is out on Nov. 4.

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'SNL' promotes Leslie Jones to cast member
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'SNL' promotes Leslie Jones to cast member

“SNL” promotes Leslie Jones to cast member
Jones, whom Lorne Michaels hired earlier this year as a writer following his talent search for black female cast members, will become an official cast member with this week’s Jim Carrey episode. The 2nd black female to join the “SNL” cast this calendar year, Jones made headlines in May with her Weekend Update segment on slavery. This season, Jones has appeared in several sketches, including the “39 Cents” sketch with Bill Hader.

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Film Nerd 2.0: How 'Minecraft,' 'My Bodyguard,' and 'Meatballs' help with a changing family
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Film Nerd 2.0: How 'Minecraft,' 'My Bodyguard,' and 'Meatballs' help with a changing family

We look at how movies can help create a dialogue when we need it most

"When are they going to kill a bear?!"

Allen appears to have missed the point of "Meatballs," but we'll get to that presently.

I have been on the road for much of this last eight weeks. A few days here, a few days there, ten days here, ten days there. As a result, there's been a lack of connection between me and my sons. That's been exasperated, of course, by the fact that we no longer share a primary residence, something that is new to all of us.

I know I'm not inventing the wheel here. Any parent who's gone through a divorce has had to figure out how to invent a new space for them to exist with their kids, whatever the situation is. My wife has an advantage, one that I specifically wanted her to have, which is the house that my kids have grown up in. I think they need some sense of continuity right now, and both of us being in new homes would be really difficult. They get to spend the majority of their time, and their school week, at the place that they've known at home for the vast majority of their lives. For Allen, there's never been anything else.

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'Buffy’s' Nicholas Brendon apologizes for arrest, says he’s going to rehab
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'Buffy’s' Nicholas Brendon apologizes for arrest, says he’s going to rehab

Henry Rollins goes from History channel to 'He Never Died' horror-comedy miniseries

“Buffy’s” Nicholas Brendon apologizes for arrest, says he’s going to rehab
Brendon says in a Facebook post his arrest was the result of mixing prescription painkiller with alcohol. "The result was embarrassing and unacceptable,” he explains. "I intend to seek appropriate treatment and therapy for my medical ailments as well as my emotional demons.”


“The Walking Dead” holds up in Week 2 with Peyton Manning as a competition
About 15.143 million watched last night’s episode.


Henry Rollins goes from History channel to “He Never Died” horror-comedy miniseries
The punk rocker, who currently host H2’s “10 Things  You Didn’t Know About,” has singed on to star in a miniseries based on the 2014 film “He Never Died,” which he also stars in.


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Academy reveals eight contenders for 2015 documentary short subject Oscar race

Academy reveals eight contenders for 2015 documentary short subject Oscar race

Nominees will be announced on Jan. 15

The Academy has unveiled the shortlist of eight contenders for this year's Best Documentary Short Subject race. Voters from the organization's Documentary Branch viewed 58 eligible entries and squeezed it all down to this field from which five will be nominated for Oscar.

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Jason Momoa talks how 'Aquaman' will draw on his Polynesian heritage
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Jason Momoa talks how 'Aquaman' will draw on his Polynesian heritage

Plus he confirms his appearance in 'Batman v Superman'

We confirmed that Jason Momoa would be playing Aquaman for you back in June of this year, and it's something that's been in the works for a lot longer than that. Until last week, though, Warner Bros. hadn't officially connected him to the role, and Momoa was still silent on the subject. Now that Warner Bros. has finally revealed their DC Universe game plan, with Momoa right there in the midst of it, the actor is able to discuss how excited he is about the role and his approach to it.

According to a report from this weekend's Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta, Momoa talked about the months of denials he's had to give to reporters asking him about the role. "Listen, I was asked to play it. You know, you audition and stuff like that, but the fact is you've just got to keep it quiet. You know what I mean? I was just trying to respect Warner Bros. and everyone's wishes. I'm really, really happy that I don't have to be quiet anymore, because that's really hard for me."

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<p>Matt Barr of &quot;Sleepy Hollow&quot;</p>

Matt Barr of "Sleepy Hollow"

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Interview: Matt Barr on his still-mysterious 'Sleepy Hollow' rogue

What North Carolina memories does he have from his 'One Tree Hill' stint?

WILMINGTON, NC. I sit down with Matt Barr on the "Sleepy Hollow" set in Wilmington, NC in late August without really knowing much about the actor's character, Noah Hawley. 

I know he's got Han Solo rogue swagger and a holstered firearm, but little else. The reports when Barr was cast described his character as a bounty hunter and then he was later described as an arms dealer, two descriptions with a potentially wide gulf between them. 

Nearly two months later, I've "acted" in a scene with Barr -- possibly appearing in Episode 8, until they decide to cut me out for reasons that I certainly won't begrudge -- and watched two episodes featuring Hawley and I'm still not sure I know all that much more. 

Hawley first popped up in the season's third episode and he returned in the fourth, both times on the trail of the same artifact Crane and Abbie were looking for, which isn't unsuspicious, though we have no reason to distrust him, at least not yet. We're aware he has some backstory with Lyndie Greenwood's Jenny, but that hasn't been dealt with much.

In fact, my going-in-blind interview from the set still provides some background that maybe we haven't spotted this far, which you either will or won't view as spoilers. 

We also discussed the "Harper's Island" and "Hellcats" veteran's return to Wilmington, where he previous terrorized Peyton on "One Tree Hill."

Check out the full Q&A below...

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Tech Support: 'Godzilla,' 'Fury,' 'Interstellar' and more square off for Best Sound Editing

Tech Support: 'Godzilla,' 'Fury,' 'Interstellar' and more square off for Best Sound Editing

Will an animated film finally be nominated here again?

Cling. Clang. Crash. Welcome to the category of Best Sound Editing, which awards the creation and integration of artificial sounds into a movie's soundtrack. This distinguishes this category from Best Sound Mixing, which awards the mixing of the film's overall soundtrack.

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Just look at this video thing FKA twigs did for Google Glass

Just look at this video thing FKA twigs did for Google Glass

Songs featured on stunning 'LP1'

As I've noted before, it's hard to pinpoint exactly the kind of music FKA twigs makes.

And with this new video, I'm in increasing wonder of what FKA twigs even is.

The British songwriter/producer/model/dance/spirit animal directed this new promotional video "#throughglass" for Google Glass, which is soundtracked by her own songs "Video Girls" and "Glass & Patron."

In it, dancers from searched videos appear IRL. This aren't just any music video girls. These are girls who will bring you shame about any and all of your purported "moves" that you "reserve" for the "dance floor." Twigs brings her own. You wake up on the floor.

"Video Girls" is off of "LP1," one of my favorites this year.

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<p>&quot;Clouds of Sils Maria&quot;</p>

"Clouds of Sils Maria"

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'Still Alice,' 'Clouds of Sils Maria,' Roger Deakins and more set for AFI Fest

Michael Keaton and Edward Norton will also be on hand to talk 'Birdman'

AFI Fest has announced that Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman" will screen as a Centerpiece Gala selection as well as eight Special Screenings and programs for the festival's Conversations series, which will include a look at the upcoming release, "Unbroken," with cinematographer Roger Deakins.

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