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Wonder Woman's origin for 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' is the boring one
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Wonder Woman's origin for 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' is the boring one

Aaaaaaaannnnnnd.....Yay.

One of the major problems facing DC in adapting their characters to the screen is just how many times they have completely overhauled some of them. Case in point:  there is some controversy this week after producer Charles Roven explained which version of the origin story of Wonder Woman will be featured when the character makes her debut in next year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice."

Basically, they're making her Thor. This is the version of the character who is part of what's called the DC New 52 Universe. She is a demigod, and her father is Zeus. That's pretty much it.

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Amy Poehler details her past use of cocaine, mushrooms and ecstasy
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Amy Poehler details her past use of cocaine, mushrooms and ecstasy

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Amy Poehler details her past use of cocaine, mushrooms and ecstasy
In her memoir “Yes, Please," Poehler writes about her drug use as a 20-something: “I tried cocaine, which I instantly loved but eventually hated,” she writes, adding: "Cocaine is terrific if you want to hang out with people you don’t know very well and play Ping-Pong all night. It’s bad for almost everything else…The day after cocaine is rough.”


Watch PlayStation’s “Powers” trailer
The 1st episode of PlayStation’s 1st TV series, a superhuman crime drama based on the comic book of the same name, will be made available for free. Subsequent episodes will be released to PlayStation platforms exclusively.


“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” books Nick Cannon for a recurring role
The “America’s Got Talent” host will play Captain Holt’s nephew, starting in December.


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<p>David Ayer on the set of &quot;Fury&quot;</p>

David Ayer on the set of "Fury"

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David Ayer calls 'Fury' the study of a family that happens to live in a tank and kill people

'I'm going to be a film guy for as long as I can.'

David Ayer took a big leap with "Fury." After smaller projects like "Street Kings" and "End of Watch" (as well as the critical dud "Sabotage"), he went right at the bull with a massive World War II drama featuring one of the world's biggest stars. Over budget and bursting at the seems, the resulting film is a fascinating shaggy dog entry in the well-worn genre of war, one with a lot of ideas flying around but a central intention: exploring a family dynamic in the middle of hell itself.

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<p>Jane the Virgin</p>

Jane the Virgin

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TV Ratings: NBC wins Monday, 'Jane the Virgin' debuts well for CW

No big drops, with 'Scorpion' and 'Gotham' stabilizing

Fast National ratings for Monday, October 13, 2014.

Monday night's 49ers-Rams game aired on one CBS affiliate and one CW affiliate, which may skew the final ratings a bit, but in preliminary numbers, the CW's "Jane the Virgin" had a promising debut, "Scorpion" stabilized after last week's big drop, "Big Bang Theory" was the night's most-watched show, and NBC won the night on the strength of "The Voice" and "The Blacklist."

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Taylor Swift has a desperate kind of love in new song 'Out of the Woods
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Taylor Swift has a desperate kind of love in new song 'Out of the Woods

Jack Antonoff co-wrote a synth-pop heart-stealer

"Are we out of the woods yet?" Taylor Swift sings over and over in her new song's chorus. "Are we in the clear yet?"

"Out of the Woods" is available now on iTunes, and is getting stripped every time it appears on YouTube. Still, though, you can listen to it all over Tumblr, here for example.

Co-written by Jack Antonoff (who just released a whole album of similarly minded pop and synth would-be-hits under the name Bleachers), "Out of the Woods" is a desperate kind of lost love single from the "Shake It Off" star.

A lot of (virtual) ink today will be devoted to the song's "last December" love interest, purportedly One Direction's Harry Styles, and partly for a good reason. Swift has always done a spectacular job of weaving relationship specifics in with evergreen heartache, painting songs like an intimate moment with one's favorite pop star AND generic enough to become one's own personal, relatable anthem.

"Remember when you hit the brakes too soon / 20 stitches in a hospital room," she relays about a snowmobile ride with an ex-boyfriend who, as told to Rolling Stone, "wrecked it so badly that she saw her life flash before her eyes. Both of them had to go to the ER, although Swift wasn't hurt. She corrects herself: 'Not as hurt.'"

"Out of the Woods" mixes of nostalgic and sad synths, trading minor keys and transitional chords for a chugging climax fit for any struggling optimist. It riffs off the '80s strains that led the "Drive" soundtrack, and wide open verses for Swift to get wordy-wordy and conversational, things she's good at.

And it's yet another signifier, that her album "1989" will far and away be her most pop album yet, that the "country" feel that dotted her last album "Red" were part of an obligation she's now fulfilled. Antonoff's encouragement here, to wave her on to song structures still more different, really works. This song will be everywhere this season, a certifiable hit.

"1989" is due Oct. 27.

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Lego is developing a reality TV show
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Lego is developing a reality TV show

Report: 'Downton Abbey' is considering ending after Season 6

Lego is developing a reality TV show
Following the success of “The Lego Movie,” Lego is planning to launch a TV show in 2015, possibly revolving around Master Builders, the designers who use Legos to build stuff.


Report: “Downton Abbey” is considering ending after Season 6
Radio Times reports that producers have been talking about an end, which is something creator Julian Fellowes hinted at earlier this year.


WGN America renews “Manhattan” for Season 2
About 1.7 million viewers have been watching each episode of Season 1, which ends Sunday.


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<p>Manhattan</p>

Manhattan

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Not a bomb: WGN's 'Manhattan' renewed for season 2

Historical drama about the Manhattan Project has turned out to have a strong first season

A new TV show's opening credits sequence is often one of the last things completed, and therefore something critics don't always get to see before a show debuts. I don't know that the title sequence for "Manhattan" — which WGN America just renewed for a second season — would have significantly upgraded my initial review of the show, but it does a nice job of suggesting the level of ambition and execution the show would be able to achieve over the course of its first season, which concludes Sunday night at 9.

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<p>Marry Me</p>

Marry Me

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'Marry Me' repeats the bad 'Happy Endings' history; now can it repeat the good?

Another off-putting premise pilot that will hopefully lead to a funny series

(Note: For reasons that will seem obvious by the time you're done, this isn't exactly a review, and any grade I might apply would be a simple Incomplete. Will revisit down the road.)

Once upon a time, David Caspe created a sitcom that co-starred Casey Wilson, and that opened with a high-concept, marriage-related premise pilot featuring all the characters behaving in such a grating manner that I took an instant dislike to it. That show was "Happy Endings," and it grew on me in time, eventually becoming one of TV's funniest sitcoms (if an often uneven one) before ABC gave up on it after a few seasons.

Caspe has done it again, with another sitcom that co-stars Casey Wilson, and that opens with a high-concept, marriage-related premise pilot featuring all the characters behaving in such a grating manner that I really didn't like "Marry Me" at all.

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Robert Downey Jr. to 'Captain America 3' fuels 'Civil War' storyline rumors
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Robert Downey Jr. to 'Captain America 3' fuels 'Civil War' storyline rumors

Marvel Cinematic Universe just keeps geting bigger

Never play poker with Kevin Feige.

That man could be standing in front of the actual Captain America answering hard questions and never give up anything. I just saw him, and he never let on even slightly that they were close to dropping news of this magnitude. While the Russos have been dropping some clues about how important "Captain America 3" would end up being to the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe, they really didn't prepare people for the news that broke tonight.

Robert Downey Jr., who so carefully clarified last week that he is not going to be making "Iron Man 4," was studiously avoiding the real news that was brewing the entire time, and now Variety has the story that Downey is going to join "Captain America 3," which will most likely be officially subtitled, "Civil War."

And if that's exciting to you, that's because you have some idea of just how serious the ramifications are for all of the Marvel characters that we've met so far.

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Sleepy Hollow - Go Where I Send Thee
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Recap: 'Sleepy Hollow' - 'Go Where I Send Thee' hints at a wider mythology for the show

Nothing good can ever come from bone flutes.

After Reyes effectively put an end to all occult shenanigans last week, Jenny and Crane are out of the police sidekick game, and Captain Irving is wrestling with the truth bomb that his lawyer is the Horseman of War.

On the plus side, Abbie made a new friend in Hawley, aka Southern Gentleman Aquaman.

What adventures await our plucky heroes this week? Will Katrina finally remember witches are good at things like WITCHCRAFT and ground her wayward son? Probably not, but one can hope.

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<p>Gotham</p>

Gotham

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Review: 'Gotham' - 'Arkham'

A hitman works both sides of a mob war

A review of tonight's "Gotham" coming up just as soon as I swear that I voted for you...

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Bill Murray plans to sing Christmas carols in his own holiday TV special
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Bill Murray plans to sing Christmas carols in his own holiday TV special

'Monster-in-Law' is set to become a Fox sitcom

Bill Murray plans to sing Christmas carols in his own holiday TV special
The project, which is still in the developmental stages, would involve Sofia Coppola, who directed Murray in "Lost in Translation." “It’s not going to be live,” Murray tells Variety. “We’re going to do it like a little movie. It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose.”


“Monster-in-Law” is set to become a Fox sitcom
the 2005 film starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda is being remade for TV.


You’ll have to re-watch “Breaking Bad” to appreciate “Better Call Saul”
That’s according to the president of Sony Pictures Television: "I won't spill the beans too much, but it is going to force you to go back and check out things that happened in Breaking Bad to make sure you were clear about what you saw back then.”


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