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'A to Z' and 'Bad Judge' will end after 13 episodes on NBC

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"A to Zed" is dead, baby. "A to Zed" is dead. That would be funnier if you happen to be a Canadian "Pulp Fiction" fan. NBC confirmed on Friday (October 31) afternoon that both "A to Z" and "Bad Judge" will complete their 13-episode runs, but won't go further than that.  Depending on how you look at it, that either makes "A to Z" and "Bad Judge" the season's second and third cancellations, following last week's Friday News Dump cancellation of ABC's "Manhattan Love Story," or the second 13-and-done confirmation/truncation, following Fox's "Mulaney." It's hard to be surprised by either cancellation, though the "A to Z" decision was extra-obvious. Despite positive reviews, the comedy's most recent episode drew only 2.49 million viewers and a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49. Despite horrendous reviews and creative tumult, "Bad Judge" has consistently performed better, though its Thursday airing drew only 3.9 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams lose first round of 'Blurred Lines' legal battle

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Things are looking even worse for "Blurred Lines" co-conspirators Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. The plaintiffs lost the first round of their preemptive litigious strike against Marvin Gaye's estate over the 2013 hit's similarities to Gaye's 1977 classic "Got to Give It Up." In August 2013, the duo filed a lawsuit after Gaye's estate publicly accused Thicke and Williams of copying the "feel" and "sound" of "Give It Up" for "Blurred Lines." Unsurprisingly, Gaye's estate filed a countersuit, outright accusing the duo of stealing music and claiming Thicke had a "Marvin Gaye fixation." Yesterday, as reported by The Huffington Post, U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt sided with the Gaye Estate, rejecting Thicke and Williams' motion for summary judgement and going forward with the Gaye family's claim, set for trial early next year. Kronstadt opined that the "defendants have made a sufficient showing that elements of 'Blurred Lines' may be substantially similar to protected, »


- Dave Lewis

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Recap: 'Survivor: San Juan Del Sur' - 'Make Some Magic Happen'

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[Apologies for the late "Survivor" recap. I've done timely recaps from several far-flung parts of the world in the past, even with strange time zones in play. This week's complication was a near-complete lack of Internet access. But here's my recap anyway... Just for the completists!] Pre-credit sequence. When we left things, Coyopa had just voted out Kelley for reasons only understood, and maybe not even then, by Mr. & Miss America Jon & Jaclyn. "Tribal was about as bad as it gets," says Dale, voice cracking, as he colorfully refers to complete strangers slaughtering his daughter. I like the rhyme, even if the sentiment confuses me. "It was the roughest thing I've ever watched my daughter go through," Dale says, vowing not to quit until he can't talk anymore. The next morning, Dale is still insecure, suspecting he's next, vowing to do something drastic. That thing is showing Jon his fake Idol, hoping it will »


- Daniel Fienberg

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What will happen to NBC's 'Space Race' reality show following Virgin Galactic Crash?

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What will happen to NBC's “Space Race” reality show following Virgin Galactic Crash? NBC says it’s “gathering information on the situation” following the crash today of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo spacecraft, which was to be the center of a reality competition from Richard Branson and Mark Burnett. Exactly one year ago, NBC announced the competition that would have regular people compete to go on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. NBC also announced plans to have “Today” cover the first flight of SpaceShipTwo with a three-hour live broadcast. CBS orders 'Limitless,' a TV drama sequel to the 2011 Bradley Cooper film The drama will pick up where the thriller left off. “Big Bang Theory” boss didn't expect the studio audience to keep last night's big cameo a secret "We knew that as far as the promos go," says showrunner Steve Molaro, "they were going to keep a lid on it »


- Norman Weiss

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It sucks to be the good girl: Songs from Taylor Swift, Drake, One Direction and more

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The "good girl" is a construct. There is no such thing as a good girl. If you've ever talked to a human female person-thing, you may take notice: none are binary animals, either good or bad. Girls are every shade, and to continue sorting women as "good" or "bad" is reductive to her experience and being.   That hasn't kept the good girl from being defined, reconfigured and held as a nurtured stereotype in our most popular media, frequently in pop music. In folk, blues, jazz, country, dance, rock, ballads and hip-hop, the good girl is rarely explored for her multitudes, but instead for her definitive (and sometimes contradictory) two-dimensional attributes, most commonly associated to her sexuality and her relationship to male or paternal authority (Daddy, Santa, God, etc). This continues to this day, even recently on Taylor Swift's new album 1989. Drake, One Direction, Beyonce, Kanye West, Carrie Underwood, Madonna, »


- Katie Hasty

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Channing Tatum's set for solo spin-off 'Gambit' movie, and now they've got a writer

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These days, it seems hard for me to believe that there was a point where I did not like the work of Channing Tatum. For several of his early movies, I felt like he was a good looking guy with no chops at all, and it didn't seem to me like he was ever going to loosen up. He had some buzz around him when he was in "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints," and he was certainly busy as the next few years unfolded, starring in films like "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra," "Dear John," "The Eagle," and "Step Up 2: The Streets," but it wasn't until 2011 that I started to come around to what he was doing. "The Dilemma" is a fairly awful film, but Tatum shows up late in the movie and suddenly things start to come to life. Also that spring, "Haywire" came out, and »


- Drew McWeeny

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Paramount to tease 'Selma' at AFI Fest

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One of the shoes left to drop this season is Ava DuVernay's "Selma," but it looks like there will be an earlier peek at the film than originally anticipated. AFI Fest has announced a "first look" at 30 minutes of exclusive footage from the Martin Luther King Jr. film on Tuesday, Nov. 11. While not a greatest hits "biopic" by the strictest definition, "Selma" tells the story of the epic march from Selma to Montgomery that culminated with President Lyndon B. Johnson (played by Tom Wilkinson in the film) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. David Oyelowo stars as King with Carmen Ejogo as his Wife, Coretta Scott King. Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey, among others, also star. Previously a footage presentation was held in New York during the Urbanworld Film Festival in September. So I guess the AFI Fest event is more of a "second look" than a "first look, »


- Kristopher Tapley

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13 Perfect Reactions to Halloween by Wednesday Addams

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I'm sick of every list of classic movie heroes featuring folks like Atticus Finch, Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Forrest Gump. The real cinematic hero of all time is Wednesday Addams, the black-braided superhero of "The Addams Family" and "Addams Family Values" who owned everyone with deadpan one-liners and legendary apathy. It's Halloween, which means it's time to summon Wednesday's wisdom as we get through this wretched holiday. Here are 13 perfect Wednesday reactions to 13 unavoidable Halloween predicaments.  »


- Louis Virtel

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Report: 'Wonder Woman' will be set in the '20s and kick off a trilogy

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Is "Wonder Woman" going back in time? Gal Gadot is signed on to play the DC Comics superheroine for Warner Bros. for a long time, and rumors are indicating that her first solo adventure will take place in the past. According to a Bleeding Cool report, the 2017's film's first half will take place on Paradise Island with the female warriors Amazons fighting for control of the hidden isle. When a mysterious male suddenly arrives for the first time, one of the Amazons (guess who) returns with him to his own male-dominated world -- the United States in the 1920s.  A sequel would move the action forward to WWII (will she cross paths with Marvel's Captain America?), while the threequel would take place in modern times.  Of course, if this is all true, it would mean that 2017's "Wonder Woman" will actually be a prequel to 2016's "Batman Vs Superman: »


- Dave Lewis

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'ABCs of Death' director Vincenzo Natali picks his favorite movie death of all time

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Vincenzo Natali is one of those guys who made a genre classic with his first feature, something that can be both a curse and a blessing to a filmmaker. Think of how many directors come out of the gate with something that defines them, only to end up trapped by it later in their careers. Natali certainly didn't disappear after "Cube," but he did deal with the sort of independent financing nightmares and development paralysis that has sidelined so many talented guys. I am a big fan of "Splice," a movie he made more recently, and I also think his segment in "The ABCs Of Death 2" is a lot of fun. To help spotlight that anthology film, we asked Vincenzo to share with us his favorite movie death of all time. I think it's a great way to get to know a filmmaker. If you really want a bead on who they are, »


- Drew McWeeny

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Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple on the 'Old Testament justice' of 'Horns'

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What would you do if you had the power to hear someone's else's deepest, darkest secrets?  What would you do if you could bend others to your will? "Horns," the new movie by director Alexandre Aja, finds Daniel Radcliffe playing Ig, a man with just those abilities.  The movie opens with Ig going through life as a suspect in the murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple).  As a reaction to everyone's accusations and some too-long nights drinking, Ig wakes up one morning having grown devil horns and finds himself with the ability to not only know the thoughts of others, but also to bend others to his will. As enticing as that initially may sound, it proves to not be a uniformly positive experience.  Ig cannot turn his abilities on and off, and often finds out things he does not want to know. After working on the movie and »


- Josh Lasser

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Starz’s canceled 'Magic City' is becoming a movie with Bruce Willis and Bill Murray

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Starz’s canceled “Magic City” is becoming a movie with Bruce Willis and Bill Murray The 1950s Miami-set drama, which ran for two seasons from 2012 to 2013, is set to hit the big screen with stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danny HustonOlga Kurylenko and Kelly Lynch, plus Murray and Willis. The film will be written and directed by its creator, Mitch Glazer. Here’s the pitch, according to Deadline: "Miami 1962. Gangsters, hoteliers, spies and socialites win, lose and die beneath the palms. JFK and a mob boss share a mistress in a Collins Avenue penthouse. The CIA secretly arms Cuban freedom fighters and hires the mafia to kill Castro.” “TMZ’s” Harvey Levin dresses as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for Halloween The TMZ boss almost cost the NFL commissioner his job thanks to the Ray Rice scandal. Aidy Bryant: “SNL’s” breakout star? As Kevin Fallon put it, Bryant has »


- Norman Weiss

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Foo Fighters draft Zac Brown for ode to Nashville 'Congregation'

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As you probably already know, the Foo Fighters' upcoming album "Sonic Highways," the band recorded each song in a different U.S. city, as documented in the HBO series of the same name. So far, we've heard Chicago's “Something From Nothing” (featuring Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen) and D.C.'s “The Feast and the Famine” (backed by members of Bad Brains), and now it's Nashville's turn. In Music City, Dave Grohl and the gang teamed with native son Zac Brown for the relatively mellow rocker "Congregation." Slick and arena-ready, the rootsy rocker mixes classic Southern Rock chooglin' with Foo-style vocal melodies, and layers upon layers upon layers of guitars, both clean and dirty.  Listen to it here: The Nashville-centric episode of "Sonic Highways" also features appearances from Dolly Parton and Carrie Underwood, and airs tonight on HBO. Maybe Nashville resident Jack White will pop up too.  "Sonic Highways »


- Dave Lewis

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'Today' recreates 'SNL' for Halloween

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“Today” recreates “SNL” for Halloween Not only did “Today” do their own version of the opening credits, but its stars dressed up as “Wayne’s World,” Spartan Cheerleaders, It’s Pat and Blues Brothers. Also, Kenan Thompson made a cameo as Al Roker. “The McCarthys” has a lackluster debut The freshman comedy appears to have delivered CBS’ worst ratings in the 18-49 demo. “The Vampire Diaries” flashing back to 2009 Elena, Caroline and Bonnie are going back to high school for the midseason finale. Plus: About last night’s final scene. Mama June’s oldest daughter breaks down in talking about her mom’s child molester boyfriend "She let him get around Alana and Lauryn (Pumpkin) knowing that she is going to get the kids taken away, why? Why let him?,” said Anna Cardwell. Plus: Sugar Bear and Uncle Poodle are upset they're not getting any more “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” money. »


- Norman Weiss

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TV Ratings: 'Scandal,' soft 'McCarthys' and 'Elementary' premieres pace Thursday

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Fast National ratings for Thursday, October 30, 2014. "Scandal" led ABC to a Thursday night victory among young viewers, while CBS held on to the overall title despite soft premieres for "The McCarthys" and "Elementary." Even "The Big Bang Theory" was lackluster in its return to Thursday, though the boosted lead-in gave "Mom" a relatively high number. Perhaps viewers were lured away by night-before-Halloween revelries, or maybe by the off-network Thursday Night Football action, but numbers were generally depressed throughout.  The ugliest numbers were on NBC where "Bad Judge" slipped below The Mulaney Line to a 0.9 key demo rating and "A to Z" fell to a low enough key demo number that it may be time to keep an eye out for cancellation. On to all of Thursday's ratings... Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 2.5 rating for Thursday night, edging out CBS' 2.4 rating in the key demographic. NBC and Fox were tied »


- Daniel Fienberg

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10 facts from Rowling's new 'Harry Potter' story confirm Dolores Umbridge is the worst

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Happy Halloween! To celebrate this spooktacular holiday, J.K. Rowling has released a new “Harry Potter” horror story. At least, that must be what this is right? Why else would she put out new information on Dolores Umbridge — second only to Voldemort in True Evil™ and arguably scarier for her innocent-old-lady exterior — on All Hallow’s Eve? If you have a Pottermore account, head on over here to read Umbridge’s biography in full. If you don’t have a (free) login, or you’ve just got things to do today, below are ten things to know about the Wizarding World’s most heinous cat lady. 1. Dolores Umbridge was born on August 26. I assume it was a blood moon that night or the tides ran backwards or some other sign that pure evil had entered the world. 2. She has an 8 inch long birch and dragonstring wand. She’s the only known birch wand owner, »


- Donna Dickens

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Too Big to Fail'

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A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as the Sorting Hat assigns me to Gryffindor... There's a really good exchange tucked away late "Too Big to Fail," right after Ruby — chastened by Amber's words about her own rough childhood — apologizes to Hank and Sarah for being so rotten of late. Hank is baffled by what just happened and wonders how long it will last. "Not very long," Sarah says, speaking from a deep well of experience with a troubled teenage daughter. Without that line, the episode leaves the impression that Amber has magically fixed Ruby within the space of a few minutes. With it, we're reminded that life is messy, and that — like the rollercoaster Steve Martin imagines in the "Parenthood" movie — there will be many ups and downs along the way. Ruby and Hank's relationship is at a real low at one point in the episode, »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Tangible evidence why ‘Still Alice’ stars Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart are Oscar contenders

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“What is it like? What does it actually feel like?” ”It” being early-onset Alzheimer’s, the condition plaguing Julianne Moore’s character in the upcoming “Still Alice.” Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s drama is astounding because it stomachs quiet tragedy in the most naturalistic, delicate way possible. There are moral conflicts, internal struggles, objective explanations, and truths that rip apart characters like a spray of bullets. Or in the case of Kristen Stewart’s character Lydia, playing opposite Moore’s mother character, there are questions. Alzheimer’s is an existential disease. “Still Alice” plays right into that. In a new clip from the film, Stewart and Moore unpack the ailment that’s slowly dissolving her mental state. Any complaints to Stewart’s relaxed mode are challenged in scenes like this, where normality is key. Audiences lauded Moore’s work in reactions from the Toronto International Film Festival and this »


- Matt Patches

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'The World Has Turned and Left Me Here'

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“The moral of the story is, don’t fall in love with your brother’s girl.” Damn it Kai. Of course you had to go and do … that. Let’s get our witchy woo together and sink our teeth right into Thursday night’s “The Vampire Diaries,” shall well? Any fan of the show probably pieced together that “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here” was going to be the episode that finally reunited broke at least one of our characters free from the purgatory they’ve been living in. Watching Damon whistle and skip through the forest with Bonnie was probably one of the cuter moments of all time, as he talked about seeing his girl and not being able to wait to just skip the “dinner and movie” part. Little does he know that he’s coming back to a gal that sort of really hates him now, »


- Amber Dowling

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'Avengers,' Emma Watson and Eddie Redmayne hit the 2014 Britannia Awards

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The beginning of the show-and-tell portion of awards season has often been marked by many with the Hollywood Film Awards (sigh) or, more recently, the Academy's Governors Awards. This year that designation actually falls on BAFTA's Britannia Awards. The latest incarnation of the show took over the Beverly Hilton Hotel Thursday night with some of the world's biggest stars taking part. And, surprise, a number of those famous faces are fighting for the Oscar spotlight. Emma Watson received the British Artist of the Year honor; Mark Ruffalo was lauded with the Humanitarian Award; Dame Judi Dench made a rare non-Oscars visit to Los Angeles to accept the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment; Mike Leigh was honored with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Direction; Julia Louis-Dreyfuss earned the Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy; and Robert Downey Jr. found himself with the night's highest honor, »


- Gregory Ellwood

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