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Kyle Mooney busts a move in the 'Saturday Night Live' digital short 'Dancing'

24 November 2013 1:10 AM, PST

New cast member Kyle Mooney has been proving himself to be a breakout star on this season of "SNL," especially in the realm of digital shorts. And the latest, where he plays an 80s dancer with a set of very low key moves, is no exception. Additionally, Beck Bennett, another newbie, plays a good straight man to Kyle's goofball. Just wait: these two kids are going to be stars. Follow Riot on Twitter »

- Liana Maeby

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Box Office: J-La fuels 'Catching Fire' to massive $161 million opening

23 November 2013 11:00 PM, PST

It didn't come close to the all-time opening weekend set by "The Avengers" (as some had predicted, but Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" still set a November record earning $161.1 million over its first three days. "Catching Fire" surpassed the previous Nov. record holder, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," which found $142.8 million in 2009.  It's now also the fourth biggest debut of all time surpassing "The Dark Knight Rises" ($160.8 million) and a bit behind "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2."  With little competition until "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" opens on Dec. 13, "Catching Fire" has an »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Interview: Nicky & Kim talk 'The Amazing Race'

23 November 2013 9:30 PM, PST

It took a lot to get Nicky Getz and Kim DeJesus out of "The Amazing Race."   They finished last in two Legs, but it happened that those Legs were a "Keep on racing..." Leg and a Non-Elimination Leg. Then, in this past Sunday's Leg, it took a burnt-out clutch on an early task, a U-Turn and a Speed Bump to finally push them so far behind the rest of the pack that they couldn't catch up.    Still, when Nicky & Kim reached Phil Keoghan, they were all smiles, echoing their upbeat approach to nearly everything this season, or everything »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Josh Hutcherson and Haim

23 November 2013 8:02 PM, PST

Look, Josh Hutcherson seems like a nice enough guy. And I understand he’s one-third of the love triangle in what is currently the biggest non-Marvel, non-“Star Wars” franchise around. So when I say I don’t know why he’s hosting, I want you to understand that I understand the business side, just not the creative side. If you want to pimp out “The Hunger Games”, there are probably a dozen other people in that film franchise that would generate more excitement as host than Hutcherson. Again: he’s a good actor, when the material is right. (Check out “The Kids Are Alright” if »

- Ryan McGee

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'Doctor Who' review: 'The Day of the Doctor'

23 November 2013 2:45 PM, PST

The expectations for the 50th anniversary special episode of "Doctor Who" were, of course, outsized. After so many years (and so many doctors), we expected a sense of history, time travel, and, of course, adventure packed into a commercial-free hour and twenty minutes. We needed some details explained (though not everything -- "Spoilers!") and some new mysteries planted for the coming season. We needed a lot -- and, for the most part, we got it. While this wasn't the episode for "Doctor Who" newbies to jump in on, fans of the show were rewarded with allusions to the past -- lots »

- Liane Bonin Starr

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This Week in Superhero Movies: Jgl as Sandman? A title for 'Man of Steel 2'?

23 November 2013 2:41 PM, PST

In this action-packed issue of This Week in Superhero Movies, Batman and Superman face their biggest challenge yet: Choosing a title for the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. Plus, more of "The Wolverine," more Spidey villain news, and the casting decision that never was. Read on. "Superman vs. Batman" ...Or "Batman vs. Superman"? Or "Man of Steel: Black of Knight," "Man of Steel: Darkness Falls," "Man of Steel: Knight Falls," or "Man of Steel: The Blackest Hour"? Will any of these actually be the title of the "Man of Steel" sequel?  "Sandman" Neil Gaiman's landmark Vertigo series may finally be heading to »

- Dave Lewis

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Wolverine, Hawkeye and other live-action heroes who need a mask

23 November 2013 1:55 PM, PST

(Cbr) Masks are a staple of the superhero tradition on the printed page, but their inclusion on the big screen has been noticeably less guaranteed. That was bound to happen just as soon as big name actors started filling out the spandex, with film studios anxious to make sure movie going audiences are aware of the superstar playing the superhero. This has led to many superheroes going mask and helmet-less on their movie posters -– most notably Iron Man’s impractical appearance on the "Marvel’s The Avengers" poster -– if they even wear masks at all. With the reveal that the titular »

- Brett White, Comic Book Resources

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'Witches of East End' scares up second season at Lifetime

23 November 2013 11:51 AM, PST

"Witches of East End" will continue bewitching viewers, as the Lifetime drama has been picked up for a second season.  The show -- which stars Julia Ormond, Mädchen Amick, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Rachel Boston as a coven of witches -- received a 13 episode order and will return sometime in 2014. Based on Melissa de la Cruz’s novel, "Witches of East End" also stars Jason George and Virginia Madsen.   "Witches of East End" is currently averaging 3.0 million Total Viewers, 1.7 million Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 viewers, and 1.3 million Women 18-49 and Women 25-54 viewers on a Live+7 basis through »

- Dave Lewis

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Katie Couric's next move appears to be show for Yahoo

23 November 2013 10:57 AM, PST

New York (AP) — Katie Couric's next move appears to be online.   An ABC News executive who requested anonymity because talks aren't complete said Friday that the veteran news anchor has an opportunity at Yahoo that is too good to pass up.   Couric has been working at ABC News, but published reports have said that Yahoo is seeking her to host an interview show to be aired on the company's website.   A spokesman for Couric declined comment on Friday.   Couric is in her second season on an ABC daytime talk show, which is not expected to be »

- David Bauder (AP Staff)

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Box office: 'Catching Fire' burns up competition with $70.5 million Friday

23 November 2013 10:07 AM, PST

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"  is proving the old adage "To the victor go the spoils" at the box office this weekend. The sequel chased down a huge $70.5 million on Friday -- one of the biggest opening-day grosses of all time. The film, which features Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, is on course to surpass the $152.5 million earned by the 2012 original in its opening weekend. "Catching Fire" will also have no problem securing the top November opening of all time, inevitably crushing "The Twilight Saga: New Moon's" $142.8 million debut.  The film, which also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and »

- Dave Lewis

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TV Ratings: 'Bones' rises, 'Nikita' struggles and 'Blue Bloods' leads CBS Friday

23 November 2013 8:47 AM, PST

Fast National ratings for Friday, November 22, 2013.   With "Blue Bloods" nearing its season high in all measures, CBS dominated Friday night overall, though with "Undercover Boss" airing a clip show of busted bosses in the 8 p.m. hour, ABC was able to tie for the nightly lead among young viewers.   The night offered encouraging numbers for Fox, which saw "Bones" get a decent bump in its second Friday, helping to give a boost "Raising Hope" above last week's premiere numbers as well.   The results weren't as encouraging for the return of "Nikita" for its final six episodes »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Eminem's 'The Marshal Mathers LP 2' rises to the top of the charts again next week

23 November 2013 8:35 AM, PST

Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” will return to the top spot on the Billboard 200 next week, after dropping to No. 2 this week to make room for Lady Gaga’s “Artpop.” “MMLP2” will sell up to 125,000, making it the only album next week projected to eclipse  six figures. Four albums debut in a busy week as Five Finger Death Punch’s “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 2” bows at No 2 (75,000-80,000). Newbies “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack and the newest set from Daughtry, “Baptized,”  are duking it out for the No. »

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10 Stories You Might Have Missed: What will the 'Batman vs. Superman' film be called?

22 November 2013 10:54 PM, PST

In this week's installment of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: What will the 'Batman vs. Superman' film actually be called? Also: Edgar Wright says fans will be "surprised" by Marvel's "Ant-Man," Terry Gilliam continues to chase "Don Quixote," William Shatner and Blake Shelton will spend "Christmas" with Kelly Clarkson, Wgn is bringing The 10 Commandments to TV, Ryan Murphy plots the next season of "American Horror Story," MTV will help Miley Cyrus celebrate her 21st birthday, and more. Catch up here: »

- HitFix Staff

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Interview:Johnny Capps & Howard Overman talk 'Atlantis,' American 'Misfits'

22 November 2013 10:35 PM, PST

This is a somewhat strange interview.   At the end of July at the Television Critics Association press tour, I sat down with Howard Overman and Johnny Capps to discuss their new BBC America drama Atlantis. At the time, the show was still early in production and all I'd seen was a three-minute clip reel.   The drama, a blending of traditional Greek mythology, history, time travel and fantasy archetypes starring Jack Donnelly, Mark Addy and Jemima Rooper, premiered in September on The UK's BBC One and in October on Canada's Space, but it doesn't launch until this Saturday (November 23) »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Interview: Aras Baskauskas talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

22 November 2013 9:00 PM, PST

Roughly 95 percent of my "Survivor" exit interviews are about unfulfilled castaway dreams and thwarted million dollar ambitions, but once upon a time in a land called Panama, Aras Baskauskas outpointed Danielle Dilorenzo and won the million dollar "Survivor" prize.   While returning players on "Survivor" are as common as in-episode cutaways to snakes, there's still some novelty to return appearances by former winners. Sandra Diaz-Twine remains the only two-time winner, but for maybe five moments on "Survivor: Blood vs. Water," Aras looked like he might have a chance to join her.    Reunited with his estranged brother Vytas after the »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Decaying ‘Walking Dead’ ads in Berlin target female viewers

22 November 2013 8:00 PM, PST

(Cbr) To help promote the fourth season of "The Walking Dead," Fox Germany opted for an approach that’s a bit tongue-in-cheek — or, rather, finger in cheek. Electronic billboards in select Berlin subway stations advertise what appears to be a makeup remover called “Good Night Cleansing Program,” and show a model demonstrating the product. But as pedestrians walk by, the image changes to reveal a zombie (below), accompanied by information about when and where to watch the hit comic-book adaptation. The ad was created by German agency Saint Elmo’s, which was inspired by the realization that horror genre is as popular »

- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources

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‘Watchmen’ writer Gears up for ‘Gran Turismo’ adaptation

22 November 2013 6:45 PM, PST

(Cbr) "Need For Speed" might have pulled ahead of the pack of movies based on racing games, but it’s not the only one on the track. Sony, which is developing "Gran Turismo," has made a move on a screenwriter: According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s "Watchmen" and "Battling Boy" scribe Alex Tse. Sony announced the project back in July, but no story or casting details have been announced just yet. The Playstation racing franchise has earned somewhere between $60 million and $70 million, with more expected when "Gran Turismo 6" hits stores on Dec. 6. »

- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources

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How a universe full of superheroes totally ruined my life

22 November 2013 6:00 PM, PST

This is not a typical piece you'd read here at Motion/Captured, but when it was smuggled out of a mental health facility in the UK and then sent to me, I thought it was important to share. I wasn't sure what I was reading at first, but once I understood, it seemed urgent that I help this man get his story out to the world. Besides... I always wondered how this worked. - Drew McWeeny You have to listen to me. You have to help me. They say I'm crazy. It's not just inaccurate; it's rude. I'm not crazy. Or if I am crazy, I'm »

- Drew McWeeny

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J.R.R. Tolkien biopic in the works at Fox Searchlight

22 November 2013 5:45 PM, PST

(Cbr) The life and times of Bilbo Baggins and his nephew Frodo are well chronicled on film already — but how about their creator, J.R.R. Tolkien? The author will be the subject of a new movie from Fox Searchlight and Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will “chronicle the key moments in Tolkien’s life that shaped him” and inspired him to write "The Hobbit" and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Those likely include Tolkien’s stints in World War I on the front lines and in World War II as a code-breaker, as well as his »

- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources

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Tell us what you thought of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

22 November 2013 5:44 PM, PST

I haven't yet caught "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," but some films I look forward to seeing away from the press circuit in a multiplex environment, and this is one of them. I rather like Suzanne Collins' smart, straight-ahead literary franchise, and thought Gary Ross made a decent stab at realizing its story world last year, while leaving plenty to work on in terms of rhythm and visual flair. The critical consensus is that director Francis Lawrence (whose last film, "Water for Elephants," was actually kind of lovely) has made the necessary improvements, while Jennifer Lawrence, returning to the franchise as an Oscar winner, remains a »

- Guy Lodge

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