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Chuck Todd's ‘Meet the Press’ Climbs Up to Second Place in Ratings

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In TV news, you play to win. But NBC News executives are smiling for reaching second place Thursday as “Meet the Press” snapped out of its ratings funk. See photos: Fall TV Preview: 85 New and Returning Shows (Photos) Chuck Todd's show finished second in total viewers and in the coveted 25-54 demo, trailing only CBS's “Face the Nation” in viewers and ABC's “This Week” in the demo on Sunday, Oct. 19th. This was the first week “Meet” — with Todd as moderator — has finished above third place in both measurements aside from his debut on Sept. 7, when he won in total. »


- Jordan Chariton

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‘Force Majeure’ Review: Sweden's Oscar Entry Offers a Family Ski Trip Rocked by Emotional Avalanche

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Force Majeure” kicks off with a doozy of what playwrights would call an “instigating incident” and then traces the repercussions through not just a vacationing Swedish family but also the people close to them. Sweden's official entry to the Academy Awards puts its characters, and the audience, through an emotional wringer, but it's also quite funny in a bleak, deadpan kind of way. See Photos: The Scene at the Toronto Film Festival: Parties, Panels and People (Photos) If you thought “Gone Girl” was the last word in date night movies that inspire awkward conversations, “Force Majeure” ups the game. When we first meet the. »


- Alonso Duralde

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Electric Entertainment Will Co-Finance Anthony Hopkins’ ‘Go With Me’

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Electric Entertainment will co-finance and has taken all worldwide rights to “Go With Me” starring Anthony Hopkins, the company announced Thursday. “Go With Me” tells the story of Lillian, a young woman newly returned to her hometown who becomes the subject of harassment by a man named Blackway, an ex-cop turned violent crimelord who operates with impunity in this small community on the edge of the wilderness. Forsaken by the local townspeople and advised by the sheriff to leave town, Lillian decides instead to take a stand against her sociopathic stalker, and enlists the help of an ex-logger Lester (Hopkins) and. »


- Linda Ge

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Marc Cherry Developing ‘Phantom of the Opera’ Drama for ABC

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Marc Cherry is getting into more drama with ABC — this time with a musical twist. The “Desperate Housewives” creator is developing a modern-day retelling of “Phantom of the Opera” for the network. See photos: Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine Go ‘Into the Woods’ in First Look at Rob Marshall's Musical (Photos) The new take on the classic Gaston Leroux novel will be set in contemporary times amid the sexy and cut-throat world of the music business. The project is described as having musical elements, along the lines of ABC's “Nashville.” Also read: ‘Devious MaidsMarc Cherry: ABC Passing on »


- Tim Kenneally

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Alison Eastwood Casts ‘Hemlock Grove,’ ‘Ray Donovan’ Stars in Love Story ‘Battlecreek’ (Exclusive)

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Bill Skarsgard (“Hemlock Grove”), Claire van der Boom (“Ruth & Alex”) and Paula Malcomson (“Ray Donovan”) are set to star in Alison Eastwood's sophomore feature “Battlecreek,” TheWrap has learned. Connie Hoy is producing under her Maindiner Entertainment banner along with Eastwood, who has recruited her father Clint Eastwood‘s longtime editor Gary Roach for the indie project. Red River Studios is financing the film, which will be executive produced by Red River's Michael G. Wallace. Production starts later this month in Mississippi. Also read: ‘Hemlock Grove’ Season 2 Cast Talks Character Evolution, Changing Dynamics (Video) Written by Anthea Anka, the daughter of Paul Anka, »


- Jeff Sneider

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Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Returning to Sunday Morning TV

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It's been almost a year since New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has appeared on a network Sunday show. He's been a little busy being on the receiving end of incoming fire over the infamous George Washington Bridge scandal. Watch Video: Chris Christie and Jimmy Fallon Present ‘The Evolution of Dad Dancing'  His hiatus will end this Sunday as the Governor is booked to be a guest on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace. Christie last appeared on a show in November 2013. Also read:  Peter Griffin Plays Chris Christie in ‘Family Guy’ Emmy Campaign Ad (Photo) Wallace and Christie will discuss his capacity to chair the. »


- Jordan Chariton

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Aaron Sorkin Confirms Christian Bale as Steve Jobs: ‘He Didn't Have to Audition’

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Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic being penned by Aaron Sorkin for Sony Pictures. As TheWrap was first to report, Bale has long been a favorite for the role but Sorkin confirmed his involvement this week in an interview with Bloomberg TV. See photos: Ben Affleck Is Batman: 16 Actors Who Played the Dark Knight Before Him (Photos) “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale,” Sorkin said. “He didn't have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.” Leonardo Dicaprio was previously in talks to play the Apple founder with. »


- Ryan O'Connell

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Jerry Seinfeld Gets Devastating News from Boss Michael Richards in ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ Preview (Video)

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Jerry Seinfeld returns Nov. 6 with Season 5 of his Crackle web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” and in a new promo released Thursday, things get a bit tense with the president of the online comedy network. In the video clip, Seinfeld takes taxis, helicopters, planes, and cars to get to Crackle headquarters in L.A., in order to make a meeting with the network's fictional president, Dick Corcoran, played by none other than his former “Seinfeld” co-star, Michael Richards. See video: Jerry Seinfeld Talks Donuts in ‘Comedians in Cars’ Spinoff (Video) Things get tense between the two during a conversation about the. »


- Jeremy Blacklow

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‘White Bird in a Blizzard’ Review: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green Drama Loses Its Way

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It's easy to admire an ambitious letdown like “White Bird in a Blizzard,” but much harder to be moved by it. A melodrama about numbness and detachment, writer-director Gregg Araki's (“Mysterious Skin”) adaptation of Laura Kasischke's novel is a paradox on paper and an anesthetized dud on screen. The film's missteps feel all the more unfortunate given the theoretical potency of its heady, rarely explored themes: female adolescent sexuality as pleasure and power, the latency of familial abuse and violence, the blinding effects of youthful self-absorption, and the way epiphanies can bloom like weeds, gradually choking everything else around them. »


- Inkoo Kang

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Taylor Swift Shares Strange Sea Urchin Fear to Ellen: ‘They're Like a Grenade’ (Video)

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Taylor Swift‘s new album, “1989,” comes out next week and the pop princess is reminding the world of her endearing cuteness in a candid chat with Ellen DeGeneres. In an interview airing on Monday, Oct. 27, Swift stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to talk about a range of irreverent and yet adorable topics, including her own deepest fears and what she learned about Adam Levine while serving as a contestant advisor on NBC's “The Voice.” The cat-loving singer and the talk show host also launched the premiere episode of their new spoof TV show “Kitty Corner.” See photos: ‘American Idol’ & ‘Voice’ Winners: Who's. »


- Jeremy Blacklow

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Bill Simmons Gets ‘Grantlandish': I'm Creating Show That Is Different From Every Other Show on Espn’

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Bill Simmons is not just back on the air at Espn — but back in a high-profile way, with a new show,  ”The Grantland Basketball Hour,” which premieres on Thursday at 7 p.m. Et. See photos: 12 of the Most Dramatic Moments in Sport Movies in Honor of World Series (Photos) “We wanted to create a show for NBA junkies that felt different from every other show on Espn, while also feeling decidedly ‘Grantlandish’ in every way,” said Simmons. ”Also, I'm excited that I just created the word ‘Grantlandish.'” Also read: Bill Simmons Reveals First Guest for Debut of Espn's ‘Grantland Basketball Hour’ As TheWrap previously. »


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Courtney Love Joins Fox's ‘Empire’ as Recurring Guest

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Hole frontwoman Courtney Love has signed on to join Fox's “Empire” as a recurring guest star. Love will play hard rocker Elle Dallas, who is part of the fictitious Empire Entertainment's stable of artists. The real singer and guitarist's acting career hit a high note when she was nominated for a Golden Globe for 1996's “The People vs. Larry Flynt.” Love was most recently on “Sons of Anarchy.” See video: The Battle for ‘Gotham’ Reaches Full Boil in Latest Fox Trailer Other guest stars on the upcoming series include Naomi Campbell, Cuba Gooding, Jr. (“Jerry Maguire”), Gabourey Sidibe (“American Horror Story »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Late Late Show’ Will Rotate Guest Hosts Between Craig Ferguson Exit and James Corden Debut

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The Late Late Show” will be getting a lot of special visitors between December and March. The CBS late-night show will feature rotating guest hosts between Dec. 19, when long-time host Craig Ferguson exits, and March 9, 2015, when his replacement, James Corden, takes the spot, an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap on Thursday. See photos: ‘Big BrotherSeason 16 Cast Revealed (Photos) Further details, including which guest hosts will fill in, were not immediately available. Corden, who co-created and starred in the UK television series “Gavin and Stacey” and won a Tony award for the Broadway production “One Man Two »


- Tim Kenneally

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Spirit Awards Get Live Broadcast for 30th Anniversary

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The Film Independent Spirit Awards will be broadcast live next February, a significant change for a show that has traditionally been shown in a delayed, edited version several hours after it takes place. Film Independent, the nonprofit organization that stages the Spirit Awards, announced on Thursday that IFC will broadcast the 30th annual awards live on Feb. 21, 2015 at 2 p.m. Pt/5 p.m. Et. See photos: Independent Spirit Awards 2014: The Nominees (Photos) Joel Gallen will executive produce the show, which will take place at the Spirit Awards’ usual location, a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. Normally, the awards take place in. »


- Steve Pond

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Oscar-Producing Duo Signs Three-Year Development Deal With Shubert

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Broadway's Shubert Organization has signed a three-year development deal with the producers of the 2015 Oscars, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. The duo will be tasked with making original plays, musicals and even revivals. Zadan and Meron are veteran television producers, having successfully produced the Academy Awards telecasts in 2013 and 2015, but they've gone on record saying their heart lies with the stage. See photos: 26 Best & Worst Moments of Oscars 2014 “We started our careers learning from the legendary Joseph Papp,” Zadan and Meron said in a statement obtained by TheWrap. “Since then, we've searched for a home that is »


- Travis Reilly

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Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, ‘Gone Girl’ Lead Logo's New Now Next Award Nominations

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Nominations are out for Logo's 2014 New Now Next Awards honoring “music trendsetters, film visionaries and television groundbreakers,” with Sam Smith and Iggy Azalea leading the way in music, “Gone Girl” and “Dear White People” in film and “How To Get Away With Murder” and “Transparent” in TV. Now in its seventh year, the New Now Next Awards makes a big move this year from its previous date and home of April in L.A., to December in Miami, coinciding with the weekend of the city's popular Art Basel festival, the world's premier international art show for modern and contemporary art. »


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Diane Sawyer's Mother, Jean, Dead at 94

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Diane Sawyer's mother, Jean Sawyer Hayes, died Wednesday at the age of 94, insiders familiar with the situation told TheWrap. See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 (Photos) In a note to staff obtained by TheWrap, ABC News President James Goldston broke the news to staff and lauded Sawyer Hayes. Goldston wrote: “For decades she taught elementary school, and to this day hundreds of students remember her vitality, curiosity and belief in them. Even after retiring, Jean had deep ties in her community and was adored by her large family, her students and their families. Also read: Diane Sawyer Says Goodbye to ABC's. »


- Jordan Chariton

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Teresa Giudice Headed to Real-Life ‘Orange is the New Black’ Prison Camp

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Don't try and flip a table in the mess hall of your soon-to-be new home, Teresa Giudice. It might get you thrown in the Shu. See photos: 10 of Bravo's Biggest Hits and Misses “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star will serve her 15-month sentence at the Danbury, Conn. prison camp, the minimum-security facility that Netflix's hit series “Orange is the New Black” is based on. The comedy was created for the streaming site by Jenji Kohan, who adapted the series from Piper Kerman's memoir, “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison.” Also read: »


- Ryan O'Connell

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Netflix Sets Premiere Date for New Original Series ‘Bloodline’ From ‘Damages’ Team (Video)

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Netflix will launch a new original series in March 2015, the streaming leader announced Thursday. See photos: TheGrill's Speakers Exclusive Portraits (Photos) Set in the Florida keys, “Bloodline” will depict a family of four adult siblings battling demons from the past after a black sheep brother returns home. Also read: Netflix Picks Up Bill Burr, Laura Dern and Justin Long Animated Comedy Series ‘F Is for Family’ Created and executive produced by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler, the 13-episode season stars: Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”), Ben Mendelsohn (“The Dark Knight Rises”), Linda Cardellini (“Mad Men”), Sam Shepard (“The Right Stuff”), Sissy. »


- Jordan Chariton

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TLC ‘Reassessing Future’ of ‘Honey Boo Boo’ After Star's Relationship With Convicted Child Molester Surfaces

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TLC may not continue with hit series “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” after news of  June “Mama June” Shannon's relationship with a man who was convicted of molesting a young relative of the star surfaced on Thursday. A show representative released the following statement to press: “TLC is not currently in production on ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.’ We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series.” See photos: TLC's ‘Little People, Big World’ Star Jeremy Roloff's Wedding Filmed on Saturday The network had previously planned a fifth season return for the »


- Jethro Nededog

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