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<p>Rihanna and Anne Hathaway</p>

Rihanna and Anne Hathaway

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Anne Hathaway and Rihanna

Two 'SNL' favorites deliver a mixed bag, with more good than bad.
Anne Hathaway and musical guest Rihanna are our captains for tonight’s “Saturday Night Live”. Both have history with this show: this will be Hathaway’s third time hosting, and Rihana has appeared several times as both musical guest and sidekick for Adam Samberg’s “Shy Ronnie”. Without Samberg (or Digital Shorts, at least in their former incarnation), it seems that the likelihood of seeing Rihanna with a Tommy gun again seems unlikely. Oh well. What I do hope for? Hathaway in a “Les Jeunes de Paris” sketch. That’s not asking for much, is it?
 
Let’s break things down on a sketch by sketch basis. As always, I’ll grade each segment as a stand-alone piece. As always, you’ll express shock that comedy is a subjective experience yielding different viewpoints. The formula is set. The recipe is locked. Let’s do this.
 
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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Music Power Rankings: Taylor Swift, Madonna and Carly Rae Jepson top the list

Why is Jermaine Jackson on there?

1. Taylor Swift: “Red” has sold 1.5 million in two weeks, quickly catapulting the title to the top-selling album released in 2012. Swift takes on a whole new meaning.

2. The Civil Wars: After four years together and only one full-length album, the co-ed pair abruptly pull out of their European tour and announce a hiatus.  Where’s Abraham Lincoln when you need him?

3. Madonna:
This week she celebrates the 30th anniversary of her debut on the Billboard charts....she might just make it afterall.
 
4. Kendrick Lamar:
His album debuts at No. 2. As if that’s not enough, you know you’re hot when Lady Gaga leaks the version of “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” that didn’t make said album.

5. Christina Aguilera:
She recreates “Your Body” with only a phone, pencils and other office supplies. on “Jimmy Fallon.” Staples’s stock goes up 10%.

6. Grease:
  the ‘70s musical gets new love from both “Glee,” which kicks off a two-week story arc this week and, Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and Danny (John Travolta). Will it be enough to catapult the soundtrack back onto the Billboard 200?

7. Diane Warren: The songwriting master options her 2,000-tune catalog for use for a Broadway musical.  Can we call it “Because You Loved Me, I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing?”

8. Carly Rae Jepsen:
You know you’ve arrived when a Ukranian singer accuses you for stealing “Call Me Maybe.” Sue me maybe?

9. Miley Cyrus:
She’s working with Pharrell Williams on her new album, which sounds like it will combine country and hip-hop. That really is Dirty South.

10. Jermaine Jackson:
No, it’s not really a power move, but it’s so bizarre that we wanted to bring it to your attention: This week, Jackson petitioned a court to change his name to Jermaine Jacksun for “artistic reasons.” Does his son, the fantastically named Jermajesty, approve?

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<p>Admiral Ackbar might not be one of our picks to get his own movie, but I'll bet he'd be lovely with some drawn butter and a squirt of lemon.</p>

Admiral Ackbar might not be one of our picks to get his own movie, but I'll bet he'd be lovely with some drawn butter and a squirt of lemon.

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We pick ten 'Star Wars' characters we'd love to see get their own movies

From Boba Fett to Yoda, we imagine various futures for the franchise

Remember… "Star Wars: Episode VII" won't be in theaters for three years.  Now look at how much energy has been spent writing about it all over the Internet in the two weeks since the Disney/Lucasfilm deal was announced.

That's gonna be one looooooong three years.

In some ways, the wait for the real "new face" of "Star Wars" is going to take even longer.  It's only after this next trilogy of films, after they've squeezed that last bit of juice out of the story of the Skywalkers, that they'll be able to start doing anything they want.  They will continue to produce "The Clone Wars" animated show and they may start making the "Star Wars: Underworld" series, or whatever it will finally be called, but they probably won't start exploring the weirder corners of the Universe until later.

If you're talking about making movies with younger versions of characters, like a pre-"A New Hope" Han Solo, then you're also probably talking about recasting the characters.  That's inevitable at this point, and I am positive that in my lifetime, I'll see new actors playing Solo, Luke Skywalker, and every other familiar face from the saga.

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<p>Daniel&nbsp;Craig in &quot;Skyfall&quot;</p>

Daniel Craig in "Skyfall"

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Tech Support: How an 0-34 trio of Oscar nominees helped make 'Skyfall' a sensation

Sound mixer Greg P. Russell, DP Roger Deakins and composer Thomas Newman are all eyeing their first win at the Oscars

When you stack up the Oscar records of cinematographer Roger Deakins, composer Thomas Newman and sound mixer Greg P. Russell, an amazing stat hits you in the face: 0-34. Three guys have gone to the Oscars 34 times and not once have they walked away with a trophy. And this year, each of them feature on one of the biggest critical and commercial hits of the year: Sam Mendes' "Skyfall."

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<p>Alicia Vikander at the New York premiere of &quot;Anna Karenina.&quot;</p>

Alicia Vikander at the New York premiere of "Anna Karenina."

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Discover the next big thing: Alicia Vikander of 'A Royal Affair' and 'Anna Karenina'

The 24-year-old actress should soon be a regular in Hollywood

BEVERLY HILLS - The most surprising thing upon first meeting Alicia Vikander is her accent. As we sit down in a hotel conference room to specifically discuss her new film "A Royal Affair," she sounds American.  Well, maybe American with a hint of international upbringing.  Considering Vikander's Swedish background it was obviously unexpected, but then again, Vikander continues to surprise.

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<p>Peter Cambor, Derek Miller, Brian Austin Green and Harold Perrineau in &quot;Wedding Band.&quot;</p>

Peter Cambor, Derek Miller, Brian Austin Green and Harold Perrineau in "Wedding Band."

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Review: TBS' 'Wedding Band' rocks, but only occasionally laughs

Brian Austin Green fronts a likable but bumpy new comedy series
Of the many things TBS’ new one-hour comedy series “Wedding Band” (tonight at 10 p.m.) has on its plate, it gets the most important one right: the wedding band itself.
 
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Dave Kobler gets in touch with his inner Katniss

Dave Kobler gets in touch with his inner Katniss

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Hunting, fishing and panicking with the 'Doomsday Preppers'

A trip to West Virginia was full of surprises, canned goods and one bunker

We're all going to die.

Okay, hopefully not anytime too soon. But if you ask the stars of "Doomsday Preppers" (new season premieres Tues. Nov. 13 at 9:00 p.m. on NatGeo), there's a fair chance it's not only going to happen sooner than we expect, but most of us are either going to starve to death, die of thirst, get hacked up by crazed marauders or turned into oven baked hams when we can't hide from the nuclear blast. And by "we," doomsday preppers really mean everyone but themselves.

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"The X Factor"

 "The X Factor"

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Reality TV Roundup: A 'Survivor' talks ball and 'Housewives' gets fresh nuts

It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now
Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...
 
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch any competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too. 
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<p>Jeff Kent of &quot;Survivor: Philippines&quot;</p>

Jeff Kent of "Survivor: Philippines"

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Interview: Jeff Kent talks 'Survivor: Philippines' and the Hall of Fame

All-Star second baseman talks Jonathan Penner and the Steroid Era
Jeff Kent's legacy is already pretty well established.
 
The National League MVP in 2000 and a five-time All-Star, Kent retired in 2008 with 377 career home runs and 1518 RBIs. You could make the argument that he's one of the greatest offensive second basemen in baseball history, an argument that's sure to come up when he makes his first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot next winter.
 
Jeff Kent is unlikely to make the "Survivor" Hall of Fame, but by finishing 10th for the "Survivor: Philippines" season and making the Jury, he didn't shame himself either.
 
In fact, for several episodes, Jeff Kent was the most active and important player in "Survivor: Philippines," temporarily anchoring a briefly successful alliance, but then turning on that alliance in a seemingly single-minded attempt to get Jonathan Penner voted out of the game. And then one week after that vote failed to go his way, Jeff Kent was blindsided and sent packing. 
 
In this week's "Survivor" exit interview, Jeff Kent discusses his regrets about the past couple episodes and tries to clarify how Jonathan Penner fit into his strategy. And, because it's not like I get to talk to Jeff Kent frequently, I also made sure to ask him about the decisions facing Hall of Fame voters in upcoming years as some of the pivotal players in the so-called Steroid Era (including his old teammate Barry Bonds) hit the ballot.
 
Click through for the full interview...
 
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<p>Taylor Swift performing this week in London</p>

Taylor Swift performing this week in London

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Taylor Swift's 'Red' and Ne-Yo's 'R.E.D.' battle it out on next week's Billboard 200

Aerosmith and Third Day also crack the Top 10

Taylor Swift will make it three weeks at No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 with sales of up to 225,000 for "Red."

That means it will outsell the No. 2 title, “Now That’s What I Call Music 44,” by more than 2-to-1, with that compilation set to top out at 100,000, according to Hits Daily Double.

“Now 44” is joined by three other debuts: “Music From Another Dimension” from Aerosmith, the band’s first album of new material in more than a decade, comes in at No. 3 with sales of 70,000. Ne-Yo’s’s “R.E.D.” sneaks into the top 5 at 60,000 (making two different albums titled "Red" in the top 5). Third Day’s “Miracle” cracks the top 10 with 30,000 units sold.

Filling in the rest of Top 10, Rod Stewart’s holiday album, “Merry Christmas Baby,”  is No. 4, while Jason Aldean’s former No. 1, “Night Train,” is No. 6. Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” falls two spots to No. 7, while Meek Mill’s “Dreams And Nightmares” and Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” are in a dead heat for No. 8 with both projected to sell between 35,000 and 40,000.



 

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<p>It should be interesting to see who they bring back for 'Episode VII'</p>

It should be interesting to see who they bring back for 'Episode VII'

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Lucasfilm confirms Michael Arndt as 'Star Wars' writer and new details on directors emerge

Lucasfilm seems awfully chatty this time around

Well, that was quick.

My guess at this point is that we'll hear the name of the director making "Episode VII" before the end of November.  If Lucasfilm and Disney were willing to announce the hiring of Michael Arndt today, then it's obviously been in the works for a while, and they are most likely further along in the process than anyone guessed.

Star Wars.com posted another video today with George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy, and they evidently plan to post a new video every week.  I think it's interesting to see how different their approach to talking to the audience is this time around than it was when they were gearing up for the prequel trilogy.

Since we now know that Michael Arndt is writing "Episode VII" and that he's already written treatments for the trilogy, the big question is who will direct, and Kathleen Kennedy talks at length about what attributes they're going to be looking for in a director.  It should be no surprise that "enthusiasm for the series" is the most important thing.  Kennedy is correct, of course, that there is a whole generation of filmmakers working today who were drawn to film in the first place by "Star Wars," and I don't think they'll have any trouble finding people who are interested in playing in this universe.

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<p>John Noble of &quot;Fringe&quot;</p>

John Noble of "Fringe"

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There '

The show's season-long scavenger hunt slows things down to a crawl at an inopportune time
There’s a tendency to overanalyze episodes of television shows as they approach their announced end dates. This is a relatively recent phenomenon, and it’s one that’s coincided with the rise of online analysis of shows on a weekly basis. Even when a show like “M*A*S*H” ended, there simply weren’t the forums available for widespread, multidirectional analysis, no matter how many fans watched that finale. So on one level, it’s unfair to judge tonight’s episode of “Fringe” based on the fact that only seven more will ever air. On the other hand, “Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There” would be a middling episode of “Fringe” at best were it not placed at this time in the show’s run. As is? It’s a borderline travesty.
 
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