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<p>Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Taran Killam, and Jeremy&nbsp;Renner all made fun of 'The Avengers' this weekend on 'Saturday Night Live'</p>

Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Taran Killam, and Jeremy Renner all made fun of 'The Avengers' this weekend on 'Saturday Night Live'

Watch what happens when Hawkeye runs out of arrows on SNL's 'Avengers' parody

Jeremy Renner sends up his own blockbuster role for NBC

I'm in London right now, so I had to hunt down a YouTube version of the "Avengers" sketch that Jeremy Renner did last night on "Saturday Night Live."  I was curious to see how Renner did with live comedy, something that is totally outside his comfort zone so far, and I also wanted to see what they did to make fun of the film.

The sketch is very silly and very short, and more than anything, I'd love to see the reaction at Marvel Studios when they saw it.  It's one thing when it's the SNL cast making fun of your film, but to have one of your actual franchise stars playing the same part in the sketch, that hits kind of close to home.  And on top of it, Taran Killam played Captain America in the sketch, and in real life, he is of course married to Cobie Smulders, who played Maria Hill in the film.

I think the best things in the sketch are Jason Sudeikis as Iron Man saying "You've been quipped!" and Renner's exasperated "Yes, and I killed 11 of them. You're welcome."

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Jeremy Renner and Kenan Thompson.

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Jeremy Renner and Maroon 5

A mixed episode features some high points but some season lows as well.

Well, we’re probably in for one of two things tonight with Jeremy Renner hosting “Saturday Night Live”. Either we’re in for a nice surprise (fingers crossed) or a Daniel Craig-like disaster. I still say that Craig as a choice for a host was a sound one. It was only the execution that hurt the episode. Renner is known for a similar onscreen intensity as Craig, and his comedic parameters are unknown at this point. If the show steers into the curve of his intense charisma, then maybe we’ll see something fun tonight. But if we see any construction workers, start heading for the hills. Along for the ride will be musical guest Maroon 5, which is the band Adam Levine fronts when not flirting with Blake Shelton on “The Voice”.

As always, I’ll be grading each sketch as they air, with no retrospective analysis coloring my opinions. As always, you will see certain grades and attempt to shoot me with an arrow while looking in the opposite direction. Let’s get to it.
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<p>Keira Knightley in &quot;Anna Karenina&quot;</p>

Keira Knightley in "Anna Karenina"

Credit: Focus Features

Tell us what you thought of 'Anna Karenina'

Joe Wright's Leo Tolstoy adaptation rolls out this weekend

Also opening in limited release this weekend is Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina." I was personally quite taken with the film, which is boldly realized and a cinematic flourish that hopefully doesn't get forgotten as the awards season forges on. Guy was a bit less impressed when the film opened in the UK a few months back, but found it "adventurous" all the same. But let's hear what you have to say. Offer up your thoughts in the comments section below when/if you catch the film over the next few weeks. And as always, feel free to rate it above.

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<p>Bradley&nbsp;Cooper in &quot;Silver Linings Playbook&quot;</p>

Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Tell us what you thought of 'Silver Linings Playbook'

David O. Russell's rom-com Oscar play hits theaters this weekend

After dazzling in Toronto (where it won the audience award) and picking up steam at this fest and that, David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" finally hits theaters this weekend in limited release. It will continue to platform throughout the holiday and more and more of you will see it, I'm sure, so I'd love to gauge your reactions. I haven't written much at all because I just don't have much to say. It doesn't inspire me like it does others. I found it to be slightly above the average of its genre, though Bradley Cooper's performance is a pleasant surprise. But let's hear what you think. Feel free to rate the film above as well.

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<p>Artis of &quot;Survivor: Philippines&quot;</p>

Artis of "Survivor: Philippines"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Artis Silvester talks 'Survivor: Philippines'

What was Artis' problem with Skupin and his deal with Pete and Abi?
"You're asking people to give you a million dollars and as human beings, nobody in their right mind wants to give an a***hole a million dollars, unless he's up there with other a**holes," says Artis Silvester, summarizing one of the basic truths of "Survivor."
Those are wise and fitting words for the 53-year-old, who became the most recent player voted out on "Survivor: Philippines."
Artis didn't get an especially complimentary edit on "Survivor," receiving very little screentime and spending much of that time mocking, maligning or fighting with returning player Mike Skupin.
However, Artis came away as practically saintly compared to his alliance-members Pete and Abi.
In his exit interview, Artis makes it clear that while he was aligned with Pete, the more problematic Abi was merely an unfortunate byproduct. He also discusses his issues with Skupin and he insists that he knew who Jeff Kent was, even if that never was featured on TV.
Click through for the full Q&A.
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The "Fringe" teams looks for another clue.
Credit: FOX

'Fringe' Recap - 'Five-Twenty-Ten'

The show makes things personal, even while Peter's personality starts to disappear.
One thing I’ve never gotten about the spoiler culture surrounding television is why it’s so important to know what’s going to happen before episodes air. “Spoiler culture” is a vague term, one that incorporates different things for different people. Short of simply unplugging from all forms of media, it’s extremely difficult to stay truly unaware. For instance, “Fringe” and FOX hyped up the return of Nina Sharpe tonight, removing any and all surprise that would have ensued for people just turning on tonight’s episode “Five-Twenty-Ten” without any knowledge of such casting news. The “why” was kept under wraps, and there’s the not-small matter of journeys being more important than destinations when it comes to television. But still: why strain to look ahead when there’s a great view right outside your window?
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<p>Alex Gibney, director of 'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.'

Alex Gibney, director of 'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.'

Credit: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Interview: Alex Gibney on exposing the Catholic Church and giving voice to the deaf in 'Mea Maxima Culpa'

The Oscar-winner also weighs on on the Academy's new documentary rules

From misplaced questions to accidental transcription errors, interview fumbles are obviously to be avoided under any circumstances, but you particularly want to be on your game when the subject is one of America's preeminent documentarians – someone whose own profession is built on a level of journalistic expertise. So you can imagine my mortification when my iPhone recently took it upon itself to wipe its own memory clean – deleting, among other things, all aural evidence of my face-to-face conversation with Alex Gibney at last month's London Film Festival. 

The prolific filmmaker, an Oscar-winner in 2007 for his devastating legalized-torture study “Taxi to the Dark Side,” was in town for the European premiere of his superb new film “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,” which would win him the festival's Best Documentary award the very next day. The film, which hits US theaters today, is not the first to examine the horrific history of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, but it is arguably the most penetrating, methodically tracing a dense network of crime and cover-up all the way from Milwaukee to the Vatican itself. It could well earn Gibney a deserved third Oscar nod. 

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Watch R.E.M.'s 'Blue' video directed by James Franco and featuring Lindsay Lohan

Watch R.E.M.'s 'Blue' video directed by James Franco and featuring Lindsay Lohan

Terry Richardson, you rascal

If today felt slightly more funeralesque than any usual Friday, it might be because of the new music video from the now-deceased R.E.M. About a year and a couple of months after the legendary rock troupe called it quits, they've unleashed a clip for "Blue," off of final "Collapse Into Now," directed by human hallucinogen James Franco and troubled star Lindsay Lohan.

Zip up your pants and get ready for a litany of cross-fades, a bleating mass of L.A. landscapes and characters, all over top the spoken-word, sad-sung mixture of Michael Stipe and Co.'s Lou Reedian nightmare. Franco can't help but insert himself into some shots, and Lohan's image fades inas she's being photographed by Terry Richardson (whose pervy, contemporary stylings have erupted this week for Lady Gaga's "Cake" promo-erection).

So Lohan's in a frame within a frame, as she struggles with fame. I see what you did there, Franco, but I'm still wary of that "Great and Powerful Oz" trailer.

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<p>I like how Robocop has adopted the whole Michael Jackson one-glove thing for this version of the film.</p>

I like how Robocop has adopted the whole Michael Jackson one-glove thing for this version of the film.

Credit: MGM/IMC Licensing

Licensing promo reel gives us our best look yet at the 'Robocop' remake

So would you buy that for a dollar?

Jose Padilla is an enormously talented filmmaker.  Let's just get that out of the way up front.  I want to believe that he's going to take "Robocop" and make something special of it.  I want to believe that he's going to successfully navigate the Hollywood system and make something that is worth his time.

Earlier this year, I unintentionally stirred up a fair amount of noise when I commented on the script for the remake while I was reading it.  I was on Twitter one night and having a hard time believing what I was reading, and I may have been unkind about the project.  But as even the licensing reel that showed up online today notes, the original still regularly shows up on lists of the best of the genre, and for good reason.  The alchemy that went into that film has proven impossible to reproduce with any of the sequels or the TV shows, and it seems to me that they're making some big weird choices in trying to get "Robocop" right.

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Listen: Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne combine again for 'High School'

Listen: Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne combine again for 'High School'

Watch the rap-pop star's 'American Idol' promo and her fragrance commercial

Nicki MInaj and Lil Wayne don't use the term "High School" like Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa did for their grass-loving film, but instead use it as a touchstone for maturity. No, this ain't like high school, Minaj declares on her new track "High School," right before laying out a detailed narrative in her rap verse then launching into sexy-time talk. She's still finding that nice balance of pop and rap, of flirtation and provocation, and her words reflect that.

Lil Wayne's turn on "High School," on the other hand, doesn't show much progression. Did you know Lil Wayne likes oral sex? Oh, then spoiler alert.

I finally got around to watching "Nicki Minaj: My Truth," the star's E! feature, last night. In "Part 2," Tunechi shows to the studio for his verse on this track, and apparently takes eight hours to dole this one out. The show is a good reminder of just how many handlers entertainers need (or feel like they need) but also just how the "creative" process works when there's only a day of available time. What I'm trying to say is, Wayne could do better than this, but this is what we got, perhapsbecause he only had one day to do it.

Minaj has promised more rap that her pop persona on the deluxe reissue of "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up." "High School" is just one of the five new songs, and between that, excellent "The Boys," there's some improvement. She's busily promoting the Nov. 19 arrival of "The Re-Up" re-release, plus her forthcoming season of "American Idol" as a new host and launching her first fragrance. I'll give you three guesses as to what her perfume is named, but you'll only need on.

Promotions for each below.

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<p>Lily Collins either needs to wash her hand or she's part of a long tradition of magical super-beings in 'The Mortal Instruments,' and I'm not sure which.</p>

Lily Collins either needs to wash her hand or she's part of a long tradition of magical super-beings in 'The Mortal Instruments,' and I'm not sure which.

Credit: Screen Gems

Young adult sensation 'The Mortal Instruments' gets a trailer

Can Lily Collins and Harald Zwart make this the new 'Twilight'?

I have not read "The Mortal Instruments," mainly because there are only so many hours in the day and there are now roughly 100,000 different Young Adult series that deal with romance and the supernatural, and I have to sleep and eat occasionally.

Screen Gems is gambling on this as a new franchise that can put them into the same sort of business that Summit has so beautifully managed over the last few years with the "Twilight" franchise and which every studio in town has been chasing as hard as possible.  Lionsgate managed to pull it off with "The Hunger Games," but there are plenty of examples of where it's gone wrong, the cinema landscape littered with the corpses of "City Of Ember," "The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising," "Eragon," and more.  At first glance, I'm not sure what sets "The Mortal Instruments" apart.  It looks like a riff on "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," with Lily Collins starring as Clary Fray, a girl who learns that she is not a mortal, but is instead a powerful being born to hunt and kill demons on Earth.

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<p>Melissa Rosenberg</p>

Melissa Rosenberg

Interview: 'Twilight' scribe Melissa Rosenberg talks 'Breaking Dawn' and ABC's 'Red Widow'

How does the screenwriter expect viewers to respond to a key new scene?
It's been a busy couple weeks of "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" content on this blog. 
I've posted video interviews with stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner and Elizabeth Reaser & Nikki Reed and Kellan Lutz & Jackson Rathbone and Michael Sheen, as well as director Bill Condon.
Closing the week, on the day of the film's premiere, my last interview is with Melissa Rosenberg, the franchise's lone screenwriter dating back to "Twilight" in 2008. 
Hardly an unknown when she landed the "Twilight" gig, Rosenberg's credits including "Birds of Prey" and "The O.C." on the small screen, as well as a little dance film called "Step Up." Still, Rosenberg has achieved a new level of prominence for transferring Bella and Edward and Jacob from Stephenie's Meyer's books to blockbuster effect.
And with that new level of prominence has come a new level of scrutiny, as Rosenberg has felt the love of "Twilight" fans when she perfectly captured Meyer's key moments and the outrage when she changed punctuation or a hair style. With "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," she's ready for both reactions, especially for a key late scene that may surprise even devoted readers.
That prominence has also led to more big-ticket writing gigs, including ABC's midseason drama "Red Widow," starring Radha Mitchell.
In this interview, Rosenberg discusses her connection to the "Twilight" franchise after scripting five films, as well as her expectations for audience reactions to The Scene We Can't Discuss in Detail. 
We also talked a bit about "Red Widow," which will bring a very cable sensibility to wherever ABC decides to slate it this spring. 
Click through for the full Q&A.
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