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<p>Michaela Page of &quot;The Voice&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Michaela Page of "The Voice" 

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Recap: 'The Voice' Tuesday - The Battles Continue, Part 4

Another night, more Battles from NBC's hit
We’re here at the end of the Battle Rounds, which has yielded as many great moments as headscratching ones for “The Voice”. The introduction of the steal has increased the drama of this phase of the game, but hasn’t solved its inherently odd structure. Building up a solid team only to systematically dismantle it via one-on-one sing-offs really can’t be the best way to narrow the field down to more manageable size. But holding out hope for its removal from the show before the next cycle is probably asking too much.
But let’s focus on the present, rather than the past. Only four slots remain. Adam Levine’s team has been filled, but there are spots left for Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, and CeeLo Green. Plus, Aguilera has the one remaining steal left, and something tells me she’ll use it tonight. Let’s get down to business.
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<p>&quot;Dancing with the Stars&quot;</p>

"Dancing with the Stars"

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'Dancing with the Stars' recap: It's 'Gangnam Style' on the dance floor

The final four couples perform their guilty pleasure dances

So, this is really Monday part 2 -- four couples will perform and we get the Team "Gangnam Style" dance, too. And it's only an hour! I could get used to this, couldn't you? 

For some reason, Kelly looks mad as the camera pans over the crowd. Or maybe that's not anger, but worry. She was at the bottom of the leader board this week. Or maybe Val made a crack about her age, or the love isn't there when cameras aren't rolling. 

In other news, I'm still looking forward to Team "Gangnam Style"'s performance. I know someday I will get sick of that song, but it hasn't happened yet. 

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<p>James Cameron is signing more than autographs this month.</p>

James Cameron is signing more than autographs this month.

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James Cameron signs on to direct 'The Informationist' after 'Avatar' sequels

The book's in stores now, but it'll be years before he can make the movie

I am, quite frankly, surprised by this announcement.

It's a pleasant surprise.  I'm more than happy for James Cameron to make whatever he wants, and adding another film to his development slate can only be a good thing.  But a little while ago, he basically announced that he was done developing new properties and claimed that he was in the "Avatar" business exclusively.

My guess is now that he's deep into the nuts and bolts part of actually writing those sequels and preparing for the sure-to-be-crushing experience of doing part two and part three as one giant production, he's realizing that maybe he doesn't want to spend the entire rest of his life just doing stories about Pandora.  While I agree with him that he's created this fictional planet where he can pretty much tell any story and metaphorically tackle any topic, I also look forward to seeing him try something different because I think he remains exciting and intriguing no matter what the subject matter.

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<p>Tom Hanks and Halle Berry seemed to still be processing 'Cloud Atlas' and their experience on it when we sat down to speak</p>

Tom Hanks and Halle Berry seemed to still be processing 'Cloud Atlas' and their experience on it when we sat down to speak

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Watch: Tom Hanks and Halle Berry on race, love, and made-up language in 'Cloud Atlas'

We talk to the two stars of the year's most ambitious film about their work

It seems like the conversation about race in "Cloud Atlas" is heating up in this last week pre-release, and I imagine once people see the film, that conversation will continue.  I think there are a number of potent, interesting ideas to grapple with once you've seen the movie, but unsurprisingly, some people have stopped at "Hey, those people are wearing make-up to look like a different race" and that's all that they see when they look at the movie.

Last night, I got into a fairly spirited back and forth with Walter Chaw, a smart and passionate writer, in which he was adamant about calling the film "yellowface."  While he's technically correct that there are indeed white actors playing Asian roles in the film, what I kept trying to engage him on was the notion that the film has so many other racial ideas in the mix and so much more identity remixing going on that reducing the film to "yellowface" as if that's the driving idea behind the make-up seems inflammatory to me.  After all, in this same film, we've got Doona Bae as a young girl in the American south during the 1800s and Halle Berry playing a white German Jew, complete with a nude scene, and we've got men playing women and women playing men and Keith David playing Korean and on and on. 

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift's 'Red' on target to sell more than 1 million in opening week

She will be first female to score two albums with million-selling weeks

Taylor Swift’s “Red” is on target to sell at least 1 million in its first week of release.  She reached the half-way mark yesterday, on “Red’s” first day of release, according to Billboard.

Aiding in getting her to the 500,000 tally was a record opening day at Target, which is exclusively selling a deluxe edition of “Red” with three extra songs. The mass merchant sold more than 160,000 copies. 

In addition to moving physical CDs, Swift is also leading sales on iTunes Music Store, where Billboard cites Swift sold 250,000 album downloads  on Monday.  In addition to having the top-selling album on the music site,  Swift has 10 songs in the top 20 of iTunes Top Songs tally.

Should “Red” surpass the million mark, it will be Swift’s second consecutive title, following 2010’s “Speak Now,” to do so and will make Swift the only woman to achieve the feat since the debut of SoundScan in 1991.

The last album to sell more than one million copies in its opening week was Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” However, that included an Amazon MP3 99-cent sale.

Swift's label, Big Machine, has also taken some moves that give "Red" the best possible chance to surpass the million mark: The album is not available on any streaming services, including Spotify or Rdio. Plus, iTunes is the only digital retailer selling the album, which means neither Amazon nor Best Buy could sell downloads as loss leaders (following Lady Gaga's move, Billboard will not count albums sold for less than $3.49 in their first few weeks of release).

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Watch: Enrique Iglesias finds what he's looking for in  'Finally Found You' video

Watch: Enrique Iglesias finds what he's looking for in 'Finally Found You' video

Hide and Seek leads to a different kind of game

The tale of a lifelong love plays out in Enrique Iglesias’s video for “Finally Found You.”

The story starts as a young Enrique plays hide and seek with his young female friend... so he can “finally find” her. Get it? Of course, you do.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Daniel Craig and his very subtly placed Omega watch in &quot;Skyfall.&quot;</p>

Daniel Craig and his very subtly placed Omega watch in "Skyfall."

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Roundup: The selling of 'Skyfall'

Also: GKIDS starts the campaign, and are pundits overestimating 'Lincoln?'

On the one hand, it's totally unseemly and self-serving to put one's own article at the top of the daily roundup. On the other hand -- well, there is no other hand, but I'm doing it anyway. With "Skyfall" hitting UK screens on Friday, I donned my Guardian columnist hat to look into at the film's layered, long-haul promotional campaign, which combines stripped-down marketing materials -- posters focusing chiefly on the 007 brand, scarcely mentioning the A-list names involved -- with a relentless assault of brand placements and tie-ins, ranging from Heineken to Tom Ford to the Queen. (You tell me she isn't a brand.) The approach has box office pundits expecting the biggest-ever global gross for a Bond effort -- will it pay off with audiences? [The Guardian]  

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<p>Krysten Ritter in the title role from &quot;Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23.&quot;</p>

Krysten Ritter in the title role from "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23."

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Review: ABC's 'Don't Trust the B' returns for season 2

Interesting pieces, but the odd couple sitcom still hasn't progressed

Comedies often take longer to find themselves than dramas. You can look at “Parks and Recreation,” “New Girl,” or ABC’s “Happy Endings,” which begins its third season tonight at 9, as just three recent examples of sitcoms that didn’t fully understand their strengths and weaknesses until late in their first seasons or early in their second, and are now three of the funniest shows around.

So even though I wasn’t wild about the first season of ABC’s “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt. 23,” which returns tonight at 9:30 after “Happy Endings,” there was enough interesting raw material there that I had hope for a similar leap forward in season 2. Instead, it’s the same uneven show, full of ideas that seem funny in concept but only occasionally get there in execution.
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<p>Pepper Potts seems less than confident about the future of Iron Man in what should be a very exciting 'Iron Man 3'</p>

Pepper Potts seems less than confident about the future of Iron Man in what should be a very exciting 'Iron Man 3'

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First trailer for 'Iron Man 3' knocks Tony Stark down and introduces the Mandarin

Marvel promises to make Stark work for it in the latest sequel in the series

"Heroes… there is no such thing."

Grammatically, that's a bit of a nightmare, but the sentiment seems clear.  Ben Kingsley's Mandarin makes his debut for the non-Comic Con crowd in the first trailer for "Iron Man 3," and as much as it looks like an Iron Man movie and a Marvel movie, it also truly looks like a Shane Black movie.

And that is a very good thing, indeed.

One of the things you have to do in an ongoing series about a superhero, especially one who positively lives and breathes ego the way Tony Stark does, is find new and organic ways to knock him down and take away that confidence.  Watching my wife's face tonight when I showed her the trailer, it's obvious that her investment in Pepper Potts and Tony as a couple is so strong that seeing the two of them thrown when his house explodes had her automatically upset and involved. 

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Daniel Craig promises 'Skyfall' is 'a classic Bond movie'

Daniel Craig promises 'Skyfall' is 'a classic Bond movie'

What aspect of 007 has made the stunts more fun for Craig?
NEW YORK, NY - When Daniel Craig took over James Bond's 00-designation and his Walther PPK, it represented a rebirth for the franchise, one that some viewers were initially cautious about.
"'Casino [Royale]' was about sort of beginning again, sort of wiping the slate clean. I felt very strongly that we had to kind of push out all of the old to try and get something new, which kind of some people didn't like so much," Craig recalled when I spoke with him last week in New York City. "And I thought that was the only way, as did the producers. And we have." 
That Martin Campbell-directed film ended up being one of the most successful and well-received James Bond films in a franchise history that recently celebrated its 50th birthday. With the newest Bond installment, "Skyfall," Craig and director Sam Mendes were able to continue to build on the "Casino Royale" blank slate, while also looking back.
"And now that we've come to this point, It's possible to hopefully make a classic Bond movie," Craig says. "And I think Sam's done an incredibly good job at that. And we've got all the elements of all Bond movies, but something very modern as well. There's emotion, there's violence, there's action. There's all the things you need in a Bond movie, beautiful girls. It's all there."
Was it always the intent to do a circumspect classic Bond for the 50th anniversary?
"That wasn't self-conscious in any way," Craig says. "Sam, as he talked with everybody, [art director] Dennis Gassner and [cinematographer] Roger Deakins included, wanted to set out to make a movie that had great style. And those early Bonds were very much about that. They were very much about a style, and a look and a feel. So we were kind of nodding to it, were kind of respectfully nodding to it, and hopefully just bringing some of the kind of the gags in, but, again, not trying not to make them self-conscious, just to make them part of the plot."
In "Skyfall," Bond has his most formidable adversary in years in Javier Bardem Silva. He's matched with a pair of pleasing and capable Bond Girls, played by Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe. And from Shanghai to Istanbul to London, he's traveling the world as only master-cinematographer Deakins could depict. And perhaps the only thing as exciting as the film itself is the indication doesn't sound like he's ready to leave Bond behind.
"I think hopefully there's lots more to discover about him, and to play around with," he notes. "I never made it a secret, I've always sort of gone back to the Flemings and sort of looked at those, and sort of tried to mine those for ideas. And it's kind of plenty to do there." 
At the "Skyfall" junket, I also spoke with Bardem, Marlohe & Harris and Dame Judi Dench, so stay tuned for those interviews in the weeks to come.
For now, check out the full Craig conversation above.
"Skyfall" opens in the UK and around much of the world this Friday (October 26) and on November 9 in the United States.
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 155: 'Happy Endings,' 'Don't Trust the B,' 'Mockingbird Lane' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 155: 'Happy Endings,' 'Don't Trust the B,' 'Mockingbird Lane' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'Homeland,' reality TV and answer your mail


After some recent scheduling weirdness, it's back to Monday for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I talk about ABC's returning comedies, NBC's busted pilot theater, reality TV, "Homeland," and more.

The line-up: 

"Happy Endings" (00:01:45 - 00:12:00)
"Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" (00:12:00 - 00:24:25)
"Mockingbird Lane" (00:24:30 - 00:39:15)
Dan's Reality Roundup (00:39:20 - 00:52:30)
Listener Mail - Token Diversity (00:52: 48 - 00:59:20)
Listener Mail - Girls vs. Boys (00:59:25 - 01:04:20)
"Homeland" (01:05:00 - 01:20:45)
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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"Dancing with the Stars"

 "Dancing with the Stars"

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'Dancing with the Stars' recap: It's a shortened show but there's still drama

One celeb gets rushed to the hospital while another stumbles

Tonight’s episode is just one hour long, so that means “Dancing with the Stars” couldn’t possibly shove all the dancing we need to see into just one episode. So, we see half of the dances and just one of the group freestyles. Team A dances to "Call Me Maybe" tonight, team B to "Gangnam Style" tomorrow night. So, as Tom and Brooke repeatedly tell us, we need to vote both nights. And watch both nights. Because ratings are slipping, yo. 

As an aside, I want to mention that I love the way Tom says "Gangnam Style," sort of as if he's swallowed a bug. 

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