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<p>Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori on "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Killer Within'

The prison group is divided, while Andrea gets to know the Governor

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as we take a bunch of women to play at Augusta...

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<p>Michael Shannon as Nelson Van Alden on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Michael Shannon as Nelson Van Alden on "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'The Pony'

Nucky, Van Alden and Gillian have had about all they can stand

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I run naked through the pages of the United States criminal code...

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'Twilight' star Robert Pattinson looks back on 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' and at his future

'Twilight' star Robert Pattinson looks back on 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' and at his future

Did he enjoy playing a more even-keel Edward Cullen?
On Saturday (November 3), I posted my video interview with "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" star Kristen Stewart, who discussed animalistic Vampire Bella, as well as her bond with co-star Mackenzie Foy. 
 
For Sunday, it's on to Robert Pattinson, who appears for the fifth and final time as Edward Cullen. After four films of worrying about Bella's mortality and her future, this is a more easy-going Edward in the fifth movie. Yes, he's still got some pretty dramatic concerns in the form of the arrival of the fearsome Volturri, but he also gets to be a content husband and a playful father, a transition Pattinson talks about her. 
 
I tried to phrase the obligatory "nostalgia" question in a slightly different way from the way other reporters might have been doing. I'm not sure if I succeeded and, with a very brief interview window, I probably dwelled on it a bit too much. Apologies!
 
And, finally, Pattinson discusses the future and the projects he's done between "Twilight" movies and the films he hopes to do going forward.
 
Check out the full interview above, don't forget to watch the Kristen Stewart interview and look back the week of November 16 for five more interviews with folks like director Bill Condon, hilarious co-star Michael Sheen and, of course, Taylor Lautner. 
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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

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Music Power Rankings: Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Britney Spears top the list

Blake Shelton and Eminem also make the cut

1. Taylor Swift: “Red” sells 1.2 million in its first week. It's the strongest opening frame since Eminem’s “The Eminem Show” 10 years ago. Can a duet between the two be far behind?

2. Blake Shelton: His win for CMA male vocalist of the year? A sure thing. His win for CMA Entertainer of the Year? A total shock—to him just as much as to anyone else. He is “The Voice.”

3. Bruce Springsteen:
He proves himself a true son of New Jersey as he headlines a benefit for Hurricane Sandy along with Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel and that Englishman in New York, Sting.

4. Britney Spears:
She makes it through the first live episode of “The X Factor.” Of course, all she had to do was not drool or face plant. And Sam Lufti's lawsuit against Spears and her parents is thrown out.

5. Kid Rock:
He finally joins the new millennium and offers his new album, “Rebel Soul,” on iTunes. Welcome to 2004.

6. Rihanna: She will promote her seventh album in seven years by playing seven shows in seven days in seven countries. She’s no doubt traveling on a 777.

7. Eminem:
His Eminence hints that a new album will be forthcoming in 2013... via the side of a baseball cap. Hey, it will probably turn out better for him than or the Tigers.

8. Tim McGraw
Finally unshackled from Curb Records, he announces the title of his first album for Big Machine, the not-so-cryptically titled “Two Lanes of Freedom.”

9.Alt-J: British quartet who’s starting to find favor on these shores grabs the the U.K.’s prestigious Mercury Prize for its debut album, “An Awesome Wave.”

10.Chris Brown: He dresses as an Arab terrorist for Halloween. Oh Chris...every time we think you may have turned the corner, you do something unbelievably stupid. When “Suburgatory” makes you a punch line twice within first two minutes, you are not yet forgiven.




 

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<p>Louis C.K.</p>

Louis C.K.

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Louis C.K. and Fun.

Would comedy's reigning king be able to wring laughs on 'SNL'?
I’ll be honest: I’m equally excited and terrified by the prospect of Louis C.K. hosting “Saturday Night Live” tonight. On one hand, “Louie” is one of the best, if not the flat-out best, series on television right now. But how much of that can possibly translate into the “SNL” format? Maybe if tonight’s episode is a 90-minute take on “Sad Mouse”, the short from the Bruno Mars episode, maybe “SNL” will achieve the tonality, visual flair, and emotion of a typical episode of “Louie”. Still, it’s best to treat both shows as separate beasts and see how Louis C.K. the actor/comedian, not Louis C.K. the auteur, does as host. Along for the ride is musical fun., a band designed to make my word processing Spelling And Grammar auto-correct commit suicide.
 
Onto the recap! As always, I’ll be grading each sketch as they air. As always, you’ll express disbelief that these grades somehow vary from your own. It’s how we roll around these parts.
 
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<p>&quot;Paperman&quot;</p>

"Paperman"

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Disney's 'Paperman': an early favorite for the Best Animated Short Oscar?

The romantic ditty plays before 'Wreck-It Ralph'

The truth is something on the fringe is likely to win the Best Animated Short Oscar this year. "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" over "La Luna," "The Lost Thing" over "Day & Night," "Logorama" over "A Matter of Loaf and Death," "The Danish Poet" over "The Little Matchgirl" -- it happens. A lot.

That having been said, Disney's "Paperman," a delicate little love story that's greeting viewers of "Wreck-It Ralph" this weekend, is generating plenty of love and goodwill. It's a blend of hand-drawn 2D animation and 3D CG artwork. "The characters are modeled in CG and rendered in high contrast to create the modeling and shading, then merged with hand-drawn linework using a proprietary software program called Meander to create the final result," Jim MacQuarrie explains in a Wired piece, which also features an interview with the film's producer, Kristina Reed. "It looks like traditional 'classic' animation but with a sense of solidity and volume that’s more common to CG films." So maybe there's enough technical meat on its bones to grab the branch's collective brain in addition to its heart.

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<p>&quot;The&nbsp;Imposter&quot;</p>

"The Imposter"

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'The Imposter' and 'Sugar Man' lead with Cinema Eye Honors nominations

Other nominees include '5 Broken Cameras' and 'Detropia'

Following the International Documentary Association's breaking of the champagne on the hull of this year's documentary race, the Cinema Eye Honors have announced their list of nominees. "The Imposter" and "Searching for Sugar Man" led the way with five nominations each. Both are considered formidable competitors in this year's Oscar race for Best Documentary Feature. Check out the full list below.

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<p>Louis C.K. at the Emmy Awards in&nbsp;September</p>

Louis C.K. at the Emmy Awards in September

Credit: AP Photo/John Shearer

Louis C.K.'s love letter to New York and 'Saturday Night Live'

The comedian prepares to host tonight's show with thoughts on the week's turmoil

I've been so tied up in my own little world this week, toiling away, working on this and that, closed up in the apartment for the most part (typical when you're at your busiest in this line of work -- and this has probably been the busiest week of the season for me), mainly aware of the horrors of Sandy via the news like most of you. Which is a trip. Out here, uptown, we're fine. We're lucky. Just a number of blocks this way or that, many people aren't.

So I feel like I really need to take stock of that. Lots of friends, whether they be in New Jersey, upstate, Long Island, wherever, are still stuck in a bad spot. I haven't had a chance to go downtown and take in the full effect of what's gone on down there, and I should. I will. My heart sank a little when I saw the cover of this week's New York Magazine. Then it was lifted again when I read the mag's editors' letter and all the resilience it reflected. And as resilient as New York is, it's a city in need of a laugh right now, to say the least.

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'Twilight' star Kristen Stewart discusses beating up Taylor Lautner in 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2'

'Twilight' star Kristen Stewart discusses beating up Taylor Lautner in 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2'

K-Stew also talks Vampire Bella and working with Mackenzie Foy
On Friday (November 2) afternoon in Beverly Hills, I sat down with seven of the stars of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," as well as director Bill Condon, to discuss the final installment of the blockbuster vampire franchise.
 
The interviews will be posted over the next two weeks leading up to the November 16 premiere, kicking off with Kristen Stewart, whose Bella has finally become the series' newest bloodsucker.
 
In the conversation, Stewart discusses her joy at getting to whale on co-star Taylor Lautner, the development of the initially animalistic Vampire Bella and her relationship with young Mackenzie Foy, one of the new cast's new additions playing Renesmee.
 
As an actress who got started in the business at a very early age, I found Stewart's response to Foy particularly interesting. 
 
Check back tomorrow for my interview with Robert Pattinson and then chats with Lautner, Condon, Michael Sheen, Nikki Reed & Elizabeth Reaser and Jackson Rathbone & Kellan Lutz. 
 
And check out the full interview above.
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<p>Mads Mikkelson in &quot;The&nbsp;Hunt&quot;</p>

Mads Mikkelson in "The Hunt"

Credit: Magnolia Pictures

'Amour' leads the field of 2012 European Film Award nominees

Last year's 'Shame' and 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' also pop up

The nominations for the 25th annual European Film Awards have been announced, and Michael Haneke's "Amour" led the way with six nominations.

This could be the start of an awards roll-out for "Amour" that few are expecting (many still refrain from seriously considering it in the Best Picture race at the Oscars). Well, I suppose that streak would more accurately have begun with the Palme d'Or win in Cannes, but nevertheless, with a December release still to come and critics groups sure to spring for it, it's about to come on strong, I'm betting.

Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt" and Steve McQueen's "Shame" weren't far behind with five nods and Tomas Alfredson's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" also had a strong presence with four nods. The European Film category was filled out with foreign film hopefuls "Barbara" (two nods), "Caesar Must Die" (which won top honors in Berlin back in February) and "The Intouchables."

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Jorge Garcia

 Jorge Garcia

Credit: ABC

Interview: Jorge Garcia talks about his new 'Once Upon A Time' role

The 'Lost' star is playing a 'growling' giant

Though most people know Jorge Garcia from his role as the mostly lovable lottery winner Hurley on "Lost" (and others might recall him from "Becker" or "Alcatraz,"), the actor is taking a turn for the  mean on "Once Upon A Time" (Sun. 8:00 p.m. on ABC). As the giant who lives at the top of the beanstalk, he'll be facing off against Emma and Captain Hook, who hope to steal a magical compass from him that will transport them to Storybrooke. I talked to Garcia about the role, why he was glad to see Dr. Frankenstein and what he likes about having a full-time job. 

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<p>Taylor Swift at the CMA Awards</p>

Taylor Swift at the CMA Awards

Credit: Chris Pizzello/AP

Will Taylor Swift's 'Red' enjoy another week atop the Billboard 200?

What happens with Meek Mill's debut album?

Taylor Swift keeps her room at the top of the charts next week as “Red” is poised to sell up to 340,000 copies on the Billboard 200.

It’s unclear how much Hurricane Sandy hurt album sales, but Hits Daily Double postulates that Meek Mill, who has a strong Northeast fanbase, likely  ends up with lower sales than he would have had there been blue skies and no power outages.  Even so, he’s still a lock for No. 2 as “Dreams & Nightmares” will sell up to 180,000 units.

In addition to rapper Mill, four other artists bow in the Top 10. Rod Stewart’s first holiday album, “Merry Christmas, Baby,” lands at No. 3. Toby Keith’s “Hope On the Rocks” likely starts at No. 6. Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s “Psychedelic Pill” comes in at No. 8 with sales of up to 35,000, and Trans Siberian Orchestra’s latest Christmas opus, the “Dreams of Fireflies (On A Christmas Night)” EP at No. 9.

Filling in the rest of the top 10 are this week’s No. 2 set, Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” at No. 4. Jason Aldean’s “Night Train” at No. 5, Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” at No. 7 and Pink’s “The Truth About Love” at No. 10.

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