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<p>Christina Hendricks</p>

Christina Hendricks

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Christina Hendricks joins Showtime's 'Roadies' pilot

Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots also lead the Cameron Crowe pilot

The final season of "Mad Men" won't air until spring/summer of 2015, but even after it's gone Christina Hendricks may not be away from the small screen for long.

Showtime announced on Monday (December 15) that Hendricks has signed on for one of the leads in "Roadies," the network's new hour-long comedy pilot from writer-director Cameron Crowe.

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'The Newsroom' ends with a weird yet entertaining finale
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'The Newsroom' ends with a weird yet entertaining finale

Christina Hendricks goes from 'Mad Men' to 'Roadies' on Showtime

“The Newsroom” ends with a weird yet entertaining finale
"It was pretentious, it was patronizing,” says Kevin Fallon. "It was elitist and smug. And it was fun to watch. Some critics accuse (Aaron) Sorkin of those things, as if it’s not a self-aware decision to write characters that way, or make those statements. They say the show is those things as if they are insults. But watch The Newsroom through a lens where it is expected to be pretentious and patronizing, and knows that it is, and it not just fulfills its mission, it’s highly entertaining.” PLUS: Did Aaron Sorkin forget how to write a TV show?, it was downright pleasant showcasing a stellar cast, Sorkin has used the same title — “What Kind of Day Has It Been?” — on 4 different shows, and the finale was a great end to a show that never was.


Christina Hendricks goes from “Mad Men” to “Roadies” on Showtime
She’ll join Luke Wilson as the band’s production manager in the comedy pilot from Cameron Crowe.


Brian Williams signs a “long-term deal” with NBC
The “NBC Nightly News” anchor will stay at his job for “at least” five years, earning $10 million a year.


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<p>DeMarco Murray</p>

DeMarco Murray

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TV Ratings: Cowboys-Eagles dominates Sunday, Barbara Walters fails to fascinate

'Once Upon a Time' midseason finale is weak

Fast National ratings for Sunday, December 14, 2014.

Sunday Night Football showdown between the Cowboys and Eagles dominated primetime in all measures as NBC cruised to primetime victory.

The Dallas-Philly game delivered NBC's best Sunday Night Football overnights since the Week 1 game between the Colts and Broncos.

Over on ABC, the "Once Upon a Time" midseason finale delivered weak numbers and Barbara Walters' annual "Most Fascinating" special attracted very little interest, finishing down from last year's special, which aired on a Wednesday.

CBS got decent numbers for the return of "Undercover Boss," but since the network had a variety of primetime delays in different football markets, it's hard to gauge the exact ratings.

On to the numbers...

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Online film critics name 'Grand Budapest Hotel' the year's best

Online film critics name 'Grand Budapest Hotel' the year's best

Keaton, Pike, Norton and Arquette round out acting winners

The Online Film Critics Society has crowned Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" the year's best film. Richard Linklater took best director honors for "Boyhood," while Michael Keaton, Rosamund Pike, Edward Norton and Patricia Arquette filled out the acting categories.

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Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones to receive Santa Barbara's Cinema Vanguard Award

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones to receive Santa Barbara's Cinema Vanguard Award

'In recognition of artists who have forged their own path'

The Santa Barbara Film Festival's Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of actors who have forged their own path, taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. It's makes for as subjective a reading as anything, I suppose, but this year's honorees are a fair enough choice: "The Theory of Everything" stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

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Knight of Cups

Terrence Malick’s mysterious 'Knight of Cups' to debut at Berlin Film Festival

See the first competition films from this year’s Berlinale

The first paparazzi photos from Terrence Malick’s "Knight of Cups" surfaced in October 2012. Featuring Christian Bale and Natalie Portman playing in the ocean, it looked as poetic and narrative-less as anyone could hope from the "Badlands" and "Tree of Life" director. Since the shoot, Malick shot a second film (set around the Austin music scene... we think) and fought a few legal battles over his "Tree of Life" IMAX companion film "Voyage of Time." So we’ll forgive him that it’s taken this long for "Knight of Cups" to actually make its way on to the theater circuit and towards an actual release date.

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<p>&quot;The Comeback&quot; - &quot;Valerie Cooks in the Desert&quot;</p>

"The Comeback" - "Valerie Cooks in the Desert"

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Recap: 'The Comeback' - 'Valerie Cooks in the Desert'

Reshoots push Valerie over the edge and "The Comeback" into sadness

"Valerie Cooks in the Desert" was an episode of "The Comeback" where even a fart joke was sad. A conversation between an HBO executive and Valerie interrupted by noises from Mickey in the bathroom was low-level humor at best, but quickly revealed itself to be something more: a consequence of Mickey's cancer.

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Reese Witherspoon squeezes into Dallas critics' 'Birdman' lovefest

'Boyhood' earns an award for being 'cutting-edge'

Monday morning, the Dallas-Fort Worth film critics declared themselves major "Birdman" fans. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s backstage spectacle took the top spot on the DFW critics association’s 2014 best pictures list, as well as collecting awards for Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Director. In a nice surprise, DFWCA honored Reese Witherspoon with Best Actress, a prize she’s been continuously in the mix for with other group awards, but has rarely picked up.

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Critics' Choice Movie Awards nominations crystallize the Oscar season so far

Critics' Choice Movie Awards nominations crystallize the Oscar season so far

Is this what the Academy's choices will more or less look like?

The Broadcast Film Critics Association's (BFCA*) annual announcement of nominees is particularly informative for one key reason: it's a broad assessment of the year from a vast voting body. The only two such events prior to the end of the year tend to be this and the Screen Actors Guild's nominations announcement, each setting the early stage in terms of what seems to be appealing across a wide spectrum. Other guilds then add to that equation in January.

So where did the BFCA's chips end up this season?

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<p>Ruth Wilson in The Affair</p>

Ruth Wilson in The Affair

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Review: 'The Affair' - 'Episode 9'

Alison revisits her son's death, while Noah and Helen learn their daughter's secret

A review of tonight's "The Affair" coming up just as soon as I'm Facebook friends with my daughter...

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<p>Homeland</p>

Homeland

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Review: 'Homeland' - 'Krieg Nicht Lieb'

Quinn goes rogue, and Carrie gets bad news from home
A quick review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as we initiate the failure protocol...
 
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<p>The Newsroom</p>

The Newsroom

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Series finale review: 'The Newsroom' - 'What Kind of Day Has It Been'

Aaron Sorkin's latest ends with a funeral, some work and... blues guitar?

A few thoughts on "The Newsroom" series finale coming up just as soon as I'm a newsman on the side...

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