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Adam and Bethany of "The Amazing Race"

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'Amazing Race' Season 25 cast pictures revealed

The cast was already announced when they left NYC in May

Another day, another CBS reality show cast announcement, as "The Amazing Race" has revealed the 11 teams competing in the upcoming season.

Thursday's (August 28) cast announcement was rather different from CBS' Wednesday unveiling of the latest "Survivor" cast, which includes controversy-inflaming former Major Leaguer John Rocker and former "Amazing Race" veterans Nadiya and Natalie Anderson.

CBS actually announced the 11 "Amazing Race" teams back at the end of May, when a very public starting line in the heart of Times Square required some measure of early transparency lest social media spoil all the secrets ahead of time.

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<p>Hayao Miyazaki</p>

Hayao Miyazaki

Academy taps Carrière, Miyazaki, O'Hara and Belafonte for Honorary Oscars

Awards will be handed out at the Governors Awards in November

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced recipients of the 2014 Honorary Oscars, to be presented at the annual Governors Awards ceremony in November. Writer and actor Jean-Claude Carrière ("The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie," "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"), Japanese animation titan Hayao Miyazaki ("My Neighbor Totoro," "Spirited Away") and actress Maureen O'Hara ("The Parent Trap," "The Quiet Man") will receive Honorary Awards, while, singer/songwriter, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte will receive the organization's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

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'Big Hero 6' may turn out to be one of the year's biggest unexpected hits
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'Big Hero 6' may turn out to be one of the year's biggest unexpected hits

Prepare for the onslaught of Baymax, parents

Early Wednesday morning, John Lasseter stood in front of a small group of journalists in a theater in the animation building on the Disney lot to introduce a presentation about November's new animated release, "Big Hero 6," and it felt to me, after over a decade of attending events where Lasseter has spoken, like a bit of a victory lap.

And why not? Since "Bolt," Disney Feature Animation has been slowly but surely rebuilding what was a tarnished brand into something that is every bit as strong as the strongest moments from the "Mermaid" through "Lion King" era. "Frozen" was a global smash hit, and more than that, it managed that elusive cultural penetration where it goes beyond being successful and simply becomes omnipresent. "Frozen" was everywhere. Everyone knew what it was. Considering how dark things were for the studio before it was re-organized from within, it's amazing to see the energy that everyone has there now.

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<p>Halle Berry from &quot;Extant&quot;</p>

Halle Berry from "Extant"

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TV Ratings: 'Dance,' 'Extant' rise while 'Talent' and 'Big Brother' lead Wednesday

CBS tops the key demo, while NBC wins overall

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

"Big Brother" helped CBS win Wednesday night among young viewers, while "America's Got Talent" helped NBC win overall. Same as it ever was.

There were minor positive fluctuations with a slew of Wednesday originals, with "Extant," "So You Think You Can Dance" and the season finale for "Motive" all rising slightly. "Big Brother," "America's Got Talent" and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" were flat.

None of those variations were especially notable.

On to the numbers...

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Amazon’s 5 new pilots are now available for streaming
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Amazon’s 5 new pilots are now available for streaming

Amazon’s 5 new pilots are now available for streaming
“Really” starring Sarah Chalke and Jay Chandrasekhar join Ron Perlman in "Hand of God,” Whit Stillman’s “The Cosmopolitans,” “Hysteria” and “Red Oak."


“Duck Dynasty’s” Sadie Robertson is set to go “Dancing”
Phil Robertson’s granddaughter, a YouTube star, is expected to be part of the new “Dancing with the Stars” cast.


Netflix’s “Marco Polo” gets a Dec. 12 premiere date
Check out photos from the drama about the famed explorer. PLUS: Netflix announces “Marseille,” its first French drama.

Jennifer Aniston talks about trying Jimmy Kimmel’s wife’s breast milk
Aniston has become close with Kimmel and his wife in real life through his friendship with Justin Theroux, which is probably why she agreed to last night’s “Friends” bit.


See a glimpse of “The Simpsons” on “Family Guy”
Here’s Homer taking some of Peter’s donuts.


Patrick Dempsey is creating a racing drama for Sundance, inks deal with ABC Studios
The “Grey’s Anatomy” star will develop shows for ABC Studios.


Debbie Matenopoulos wants back on “The View”
The original 20-something “View” star says: "I’m older, stronger, wiser and smarter and would love to come back to 'The View.'”


“American Horror Story’s” latest “Freak Show” teaser features a human in a bird cage
Who is keeping that human in the cage?


“Star Trek: The Next Generation” cast took a selfie
Their reunion also included Captain Kirk.

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Report: Joan Rivers hospitalized after she stopped breathing during surgery

Report: Joan Rivers hospitalized after she stopped breathing during surgery
According to TMZ, the 81-year-old comedian was rushed to the hospital after she stopped breathing during throat surgery.

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'Birdman,' 'Wild,' 'Imitation Game' and an 'Apocalypse Now' treat set for 41st Telluride

'Birdman,' 'Wild,' 'Imitation Game' and an 'Apocalypse Now' treat set for 41st Telluride

'Homesman' star Hilary Swank to receive special tribute

TELLURIDE — With all the reindeer games going on in the fall festival world, a lot of the drama and mystery surrounding Telluride's perennially on-the-lowdown program began to seep out like a steadily deflating balloon this year. Toronto, Venice and New York notations of "World Premiere," "Canada Premiere," "New York Premiere" or "International Premiere" and the like made it all rather obvious which films were heading to the San Juans for the 41st edition of the tiny mining village's cinephile gathering, and which were not. But the fact is, if you're in it just for the surprises — or certainly, for the awards-baiting heavies — you're never going to be fully satisfied by the Telluride experience. That having been said, this year's program might just be the most exciting one in my six years of attending.

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Top 10 lines from 'Ghostbusters' on National 'Ghostbusters' Day

Top 10 lines from 'Ghostbusters' on National 'Ghostbusters' Day

Happy holiday

Ivan Reitman's "Ghostbusters" celebrated its 30th anniversary back in June, but with a new 4K theatrical re-release on the way from Sony, today has been dubbed "National 'Ghostbusters' Day." Well, of course we should do something special.

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Donny on "Big Brother 16"

Recap: 'Big Brother' Wednesday - Snarking With Andy Herren

We invite Andy Herren, winner of BB15, to offer commentary about the remaining houseguests. Is Donny toast?

No use throwing an old-fashioned Zach tantrum on this very languid Thursday morning. Let's face the facts like cool, serene Derrick: The Wednesday edition of "Big Brother" was criminally dull this week, and that's -- Stuart Smalley voice engaged! -- OK. The rigged POV challenge resulted in an expected victory for the Detonators against Donny, Christine found herself floundering in her un-fascinating second life on the show, and Victoria commanded almost 80 seconds of screentime by inviting new teeth into her mouth. Yes, that's right: Victoria's teeth are more exciting houseguests than Victoria. 

To help us analyze the remaining players in the game, we invited our pal Andy Herren -- the winner of "Big Brother 15" -- to drop some commentary about the houseguests. We'll handle this in an orderly, completely asinine fashion. 

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Cody: Hot Guy Playing a Cold War 

Andy Herren: Okay, so Cody has been getting a lot of hate from fans for being a “floater” and a “p*ssy.” I do not understand either sentiment. A floater is typically seen as someone who has no loyalty; a houseguest who grovels at the feet of whoever is in power. Cody has had a solid alliance with Derrick for WEEKS, and he is letting Derrick do most of the dirty work. I call that SMART. As for the “pussy” viewpoint, Cody is genuinely well liked by everyone at this point. Why on Earth would he make a “power move” and piss someone off? If he puts up someone from his alliance, people will think he can’t be trusted. By putting up Donny and Nicole, he has covered his bases and done the collective bidding of the house, which is the exact right move for his game this week. Also, he draws smiley faces in his zeros, and for that he will forever have a spot in my heart.  

HitFix: I echo Andy's support, but I will say I'm waiting for Cody to do anything worthy of a first-place finish on "Big Brother." So far he's managed to call everyone in the house either "This kid" or "This guy," which is not the sign of a brilliant Svengali. I admire the alliance he's built, but I still feel he's more likely to get nominated and booted than Derrick or Frankie.  

 

Nicole: The (Don't)-Comeback Kid 

HitFix: Nicole is in the unenviable position of being a houseguest who should've been eliminated, was eliminated, has come back into the game thanks to a truly awful competition that amounted to beginners' air hockey, and now must contend with people who are successfully competing. Even as she knows Donny is likely toast this week, she must win the next HOH -- and not just because she wants to stay in the game. If she doesn't win that HOH, her second chance in the house will feel like even more of a waste. We don't need more "waste" in a season that has forced Team America, Frankie Grande's "fans," and the ever-boring reign of Derrick on us. Nicole is easy to like and impossible to root for.

Andy Herren: Dammit, she’s adorable. No, scratch that: She’s aDORKable. Ugh. Scratch THAT. I don’t use words like adorkable because I’m not a monster. I really hope she can gain some traction in the house, because I think she’s smart in comparison to everyone else. This isn’t a huge compliment, as she is playing against people like Caleb and Victoria, who I worry may kill themselves by running into a sharp counter edge any day now.  

 

Donny: The Brilliant Ignoramus

Andy Herren: Donny’s ability to not understand that everyone hates him is probably why everyone hates him. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Donny, but his social game is atrocious.  He goes to bed early, he can’t gain any traction with people because he is unable to properly articulate himself without coming across as terrifying, and he consistently says the wrong things to the wrong people. I worry that he is going to leave this week, which breaks my heart, but it is also totally understandable.

HitFix: I guess Donny is sweet and sincere. I guess? Sort of. You know what he really is? A nightmare. I picture waking up in the "Big Brother" house to find Donny inches from my face and whispering, "Want to hear a secret that a parakeet told me?" And I really don't. Donny is the kind of character who comes off really well on "Big Brother": a hapless outsider who is very nice and even a bit keen when it comes to sticking it out as a fringe player. What he lacks in social skills and un-creepy cooing he makes up for with moments of intuition. I really wanted to him to properly align with some power players, but it seems like he's toast. He's been fun, but who can argue with his dismissal?

 

 

Victoria: Wisdom is Literally Falling Out of Her Mouth.

HitFix: Allow me to respond as Carrie Bradshaw to Victoria's performance this week: "When I realized that Victoria's wisdom teeth drama was more interesting than anything else she's done in the house, I had to wonder: Is a toothless victory ultimately worth it?" When Vicki's face looked a little puffy and I assumed it was because she was thinking too hard, that's when I knew she was a true "Big Brother" superstar. Question: How won't she get second place in this competition? She's headed for the sunny vistas of Ginamarieville, y'all. Ain't no one stopping her. Congratulations?

Andy Herren: She’s so useless that, even with a crippling wisdom teeth injury, everyone still wants her around.  It’s the point in Big Brother where the remaining players should have been praying that her injury would take her out of the game, but they all want to drag her to the final two, so instead they were praying for a speedy recovery.  I’m going to say it right now:  Victoria is playing the best second place game in the history of Big Brother.  Also, I’m still not over her IMPECCIBLE delivery in her goodbye message to Zach last week.  Go, Vicky, go!

 

Caleb: A Beauty in Beast Mode 

Andy Herren: He is easily the dumbest person in the house, and he is also the most boastful.  This results in a phenomenally monstrous combination of Caleb spouting nonsense, yet feeling incredibly confident about this nonsense.  At some point tonight, his adorably clueless face exclaimed, “We can’t trust Donny!  He’s thinking even when he’s not thinking!”  Please never change, Caleb.

HitFix: I wish every episode featured Caleb trying to explain how he knows another player is smart. Let me paraphrase his Donny analysis: "Donny! He's sooo smart. Sooo. His eyes -- they move. Watch his eyes. Sometimes he'll be talking, and his eyes will move. Over here. Down there. To the right. His eyes, y'all. I'm serious. His eyes don't sit still. Not at all. Look at my eyes. See how they look like sad Valium peepers of an old Furby? Donny's aren't like that. They act all jumpy. That's about all I got. Miss you, Amber."

 

Christine: Still the Reigning Underdog?

Andy Herren: Everyone seems to hate Christine, and I get it. She isn’t particularly engaging, she consistently plots against the players everyone loves, and she is ready to backstab at the drop of a hat. All of these are reasons why I still think she is a valid contender to win Big Brother 16. By not being at the forefront of anything, she remains in the shadows of bigger targets. By plotting against the players America loves, she solidifies her spot as a loyal member of The Detonators. By having a penchant for backstabbing, she shows that she has the cunning ambition to emerge victorious at the end of the season. Christine has been my pick to win from before the season even began, and I’m hoping she proves me right.

HitFix: Say what you will about her pettiness or cravenness or whatever, but Christine seems like one of the last few players left who could stage a coup and turn the game around. With Zach out of the house, what the hell else can we root for? 

 

Derrick: The Silent Strategist

He is controlling everything, and it is simultaneously maddening and thrilling. Maddening is the fact that his game play is making the season quite boring to watch.  The underdogs have remained underdogs, as Derrick and his cronies have steamrolled through the house for months. Thrilling is the way in which Derrick is able to enact his strategy to a precise degree. He has performed some sort of undercover cop voodoo magic trick on everyone, and they are all under his spell, willing to do his bidding at the drop of a (cut up pink) hat. 

HitFix: How weird is it that everyone in the house seems aware of Derrick's utter supremacy? No one's too alarmed about it either. It's very "Martha Marcy May Marlene" or "The Master" and Derrick is just John Hawkes/Philip Seymour Hoffman-ing it up while everyone else is playing an Elizabeth Olsen/Amy Adams game. Or whatever. (I never saw "The Master.") If Derrick could just be a little more hostile with his machinations, I'd really be on his team. But it's hard to applaud gameplay when it feels like his competition is merely falling in line. 

 

Frankie: One Less Problem Without Frankie

HitFix: It's week 97 and Frankie still looks like an adult member of the Burger King Kids Club. Do I think he's a fine game player? Yeah, basically. I'm not sold on his endgame, but he's been shrewd enough to know when he needs attention and when attention should be diverted. The problem is that he's someone who mistakes opening his eyes wide for having a personality. Some weeks that doesn't bother me, but this week it did. When will this guy's number be up? Soon? Hoping for soon, guys. That's the kind of "Break Free" he deserves. 

Andy Herren: No. Just no. I can’t anymore.  

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Review: Dark Israeli comedy 'The Farewell Party' finds humor in assisted dying

Review: Dark Israeli comedy 'The Farewell Party' finds humor in assisted dying

A touching, well-judged look at a difficult subject

VENICE - When high schoolers Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash) successfully fix up a couple of single teachers in Amy Heckerling's seminal teen hit "Clueless", the pampered girls coo "Old people can be so sweet!" as the targets of their matchmaking begin to enjoy a tentative romance. The joke is on the naive teens; we're laughing at their blithely patronizing attitude towards their elders. Would that all films were as smart as Heckerling's Jane Austen revamp.

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Jimmy Kimmel recreates 'Friends' with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow
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Jimmy Kimmel recreates 'Friends' with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow

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Jimmy Kimmel recreates “Friends” with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow
Kimmel “spent” $80,000 building an exact replice of the Rachel and Monica’s apartment so that his “Friends” fan fiction dreams could come true.


Shonda Rhimes to make her acting debut on “The Mindy Project”
The “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” honcho will play herself on one of her favorite shows.


Karen Gillan takes the Ice Bucket Challenge
The former “Doctor Who” star got drenched by her “Selfie” co-star John Cho.

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'As Above's' Ben Feldman and Perdita Weeks ain't afraid of nothing down 'Below'

'As Above's' Ben Feldman and Perdita Weeks ain't afraid of nothing down 'Below'

Returning to the legendary scene of the crime

PARIS - Coming up with a new twist for a horror film without going down some very disgusting roads hasn't been that easy in the 21st Century.  It's one reason franchises like "Saw," "Paranormal Activity" and "The Purge" have hit such a cord with viewers and spawned a ton of sequels.  One film that's trying to add a new twist to the supernatural thriller (with more than a touch of horror thrown in) is the Dowdle brothers' "As Above/So Below" which arrives in theaters on Friday.

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