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AnnaLynne McCord to be stalked on 'Stalker'
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AnnaLynne McCord to be stalked on 'Stalker'

TV Guide Network is getting a new name: 'Pop'

AnnaLynne McCord to be stalked on “Stalker”
The “90210” alum on the CBS series as a famous TV star who needs help dealing with an obsessed fan who’s threatened her life.

TV Guide Network is getting a new name: “Pop”
TVGN, as TV Guide Network is currently called, is being rebranded next year to “Pop” to celebrate “fandom” in TV and pop-culture. The new cable network will take "a fun, enthusiastic and celebratory approach to fandom, and won't be mean-spirited or snarky,” according to the new network’s president, who adds that keeping the TV Guide name didn’t make sense anymore.

“The Voice” champ is headed to Broadway in the title role of “Pippin”
Josh Kaufman will make his Broadway debut, kicking off a two-month run on Nov. 4.

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12 Years a Slave
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Despite MPAA's 'R' rating, '12 Years a Slave' to become a high school learning tool

A new initiative will send the Best Picture winner to the educational realm

If the National School Boards Association is to be believed, we're in a golden age of education Oscar movies.

Fox Searchlight announced today that a partnership with the NSBA, New Regency and Penguin Books will make copies of the 2014 Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave" and Solomon Northup's autobiographical source material available to America’s public high schools. This follows Participant Media's own educational campaign for "Lincoln," which put DVD copies of Steven Spielberg's historical film and the necessary projection technology in a number of underserved communities.

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Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain will weather 'A Most Violent Year' on New Year's Eve
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Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain will weather 'A Most Violent Year' on New Year's Eve

J.C. Chandor's 'All is Lost' follow-up is primed to crash the party this season

Lots of questions have been surrounding J.C. Chandor's "All is Lost" follow-up "A Most Violent Year" this season, but we've been telling you to chill out, it's coming, etc. The sound mix has been moving along this month and it's being primed for a big winter bow. Now it has a date: Dec. 31. A platform release in January is expected to follow.

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Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr
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Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Emma Watson Among 2014 Britannia Awards Recipients

Mike Leigh and Dame Judi Dench join 'The Avengers' winners.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) has announced that Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson, Mike Leigh and Dame Judi Dench are among the first honorees of this year’s Jaguar Britannia Awards ceremony. Each year, BAFTA Los Angeles honors "individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the U.S., U.K. and beyond."

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<p>The cast of FOX&#39;s &quot;Gotham.&quot;</p>

The cast of FOX's "Gotham."

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Review: FOX's 'Gotham' gives us a Batman show without Batman

An excellent pilot for the prequel series, but can it sustain this dark worldview?

A man who decides the best way to fight crime in his native city is to dress up as a giant bat has to be a severely damaged individual on some level. But think about how damaged the city itself has to be for the man to think that the bat costume is necessary.

FOX's new drama series "Gotham" (it debuts Monday at 8) wants to dramatize the crumbling infrastructure of Gotham City, which would eventually lead to Batman patrolling its streets. And it wants to play with the many wonderful toys available in that corner of the DC Universe, even if Batman himself can't be one of them, since the series begins with a 12-year-old Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) witnessing his parents' murder in a dark downtown alley.

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"The Mysteries of Laura"

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TV Ratings: 'Mysteries of Laura' debut, 'America's Got Talent' finale lead NBC Wednesday

'Red Band Society' draws a young, female, small audience for FOX

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

How can you be a mom *and* draw big ratings? Debra Messing knows!

Despite aggressively negative reviews, "Mysterious of Laura" had a solid debut on Wednesday night, airing following the finale of "America's Got Talent." NBC dominated primetime in all measures.

The "Talent" finale airing in the earlier two-hour block than last year's finale and delivered lower key demo numbers, but a bigger audience.

Although the "Laura" debut posted a decent drop at the half-hour, it still did strong enough numbers for NBC to be optimistic heading into next week's Wednesday 8 p.m. premiere.

On the other side of the equation, FOX can't be overjoyed with the early returns for "Red Band Society." But despite soft figures, "Red Band Society" grew from its "Hell's Kitchen" lead-in overall and didn't drop in the half-hour, staving off panic. Still, "Red Band Society" finished tied with ABC comedy repeats among young viewers, which isn't great.

The night's other semi-notables were on CBS, where "Big Brother" beat "AGT" in the key demo in their head-to-head hour and "Extant" rose week-to-week in its season [series?] finale.

More analysis coming later with Finals, but on to the Fast National numbers...

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Men Women and Children - Ansel Elgrot
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Ansel Elgort is the glue holding new 'Men, Women & Children' trailer together

New spot digs deeper into Jason Reitman's tech-driven ensemble drama.

Similar to the first wave of Telluride reviews for "Labor Day," just a year ago, reactions sprouting out of the Toronto Film Festival for Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" encompassed a full spectrum. Critical opinion from voices on the ground ranged from impressed praise to cries that the film was DOA. A new trailer for "Men ,Women & Children" cuts through the schizophrenic chatter.

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'Ask Drew' tackles Toronto with answers about Anna Kendrick, Black Panther, and Roger Corman
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'Ask Drew' tackles Toronto with answers about Anna Kendrick, Black Panther, and Roger Corman

Plus we premiere a new look and ask for your feedback

We're going to consider today an experiment in "Ask Drew," and the results, much like everything else about this show, depend on you.

We managed to schedule an "Ask Drew" to fall right between the Toronto Film Festival and my vacation, which I'm already enjoying in Austin, Texas, where I'm going to attend the tenth anniversary of Fantastic Fest and eat roughly twice my own weight in brisket.

One of the changes we're making to the show involves my appearance. I am aware that this is shot on video and then shown to actual people, but I am, like many writers, not as focused on the external as the internal. I've heard enough feedback, though, that I've decided to try to class it up just a wee bit. So I'm going to ask you… how do you feel about this week's episode?

The questions, of course, are good as always. You guys asked about diversity in upcoming Marvel movies, the new Anna Kendrick musical (which I am kicking myself for not seeing in Toronto), and we played one of the easiest rounds of Movie God so far. What I love about this show and the interaction we've been able to have so far is that I'm learning a lot about what's important to you, and that can only be a good thing. I think of this all as a dialogue, because if it's just a monologue, me shouting opinions into the void, then what's the point? I write what I write so it will be read and so we can use that as a springboard into a larger conversation, and "Ask Drew" has been a lovely way to help crystallize some of those talking points.

I'll be taping the next episode on Tuesday the 29th, so get your questions about Fantastic Fest or anything else you're interested in ready and send them to, and as always, thanks for playing along.

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'SNL' taps Darrell Hammond as its new announcer, succeeding Don Pardo
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'SNL' taps Darrell Hammond as its new announcer, succeeding Don Pardo

“SNL” taps Darrell Hammond as its new announcer, succeeding Don Pardo
Hammond, who from 1995 to 2009 became the longest-serving cast member in “Saturday Night Live” history, has been named the show's 2nd announcer. Hammond does a dead-on impression of Pardo, and has sometimes filled in for the longtime announcer, who died last month at age 96. In fact, Hammond impersonated Don Pardo hitting on James Van Der Beek in a 1999 "SNL" episode. Lorne Michaels says, though, that Hammond won't be impersonating Pardo: “There were a lot of sweet ideas about carrying on with Don somehow. Because everyone has a Pardo impression. But he had the greatest run and he’s a completely beloved figure. So I thought: Don’t turn this into something else. That period ended.” Meanwhile, Hammond says of returning to "SNL": "When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him. It's been a very improbable life; I didn't expect something like this, but it feels real good."

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<p>Franka Potente and Diane Kruger in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Franka Potente and Diane Kruger in "The Bridge."

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Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Beholder'

Marco goes hunting for Fausto, Eleanor and Sonya meet, and Linder has a close shave

A review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as my beard affords me special powers...

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<p>Debra Messing in &quot;The Mysteries of Laura.&quot;</p>

Debra Messing in "The Mysteries of Laura."

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Series premiere talkback: 'The Mysteries of Laura' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new NBC cop drama?

On Monday, I posted my review of NBC's "The Mysteries of Laura." Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did you find it funny or grating? Do you have any idea yet how Debra Messing can possibly be both a cop and a mom? Were you engaged by the mystery, or too busy wondering why NYPD detectives were so busy investigating a case in Westchester? Do you have an impulse to go shopping at Laura's preferred big box store? And will you watch again? Or would you just rather listen to Linda Holmes' "CopMom MomCop" theme song?

Have at it.

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Series premiere talkback: 'Red Band Society' - 'Pilot'
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Series premiere talkback: 'Red Band Society' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of FOX's new teen hospital drama?

I've already published my review of "Red Band Society." Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Too much "Glee" in a hospital, or not enough? Did you like the narration, or did you want Coma Boy to pipe down? Did any of the characters pop for you? Did your prior feelings for Coldplay enhance or detract from the final sequence? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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