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Far East Movement and Taylor Swift make strides on the Billboard Hot 100

Willow Smith whips her way on to the chart

The Far* East Movement doesn’t move at all this week as it marks its second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Like a G6.” The tune, featuring Cataracs and the Dev, also returns to No. 1 on the Hot Digital Songs chart.

And Taylor Swift just keeps setting records on the chart. “Mean,” from “Spean Now,” debuts at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it three weeks in a row that Swifty has claimed Hot Shot Debut honors. No one else has ever done that before (it will be interesting to see if we see more superstars deploying her set up of releasing one track a week to iTunes a few weeks before that album’s release).

Other sparkling debuts include Willow Smith who whips her way to N0. 78 with her first single, “Whip My Hair.” Billboard notes that she is the second offspring of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith to hit the Hot 100 this year as Willow’s big brother Jaden peaked at No. 33 this summer with his duet with Justin Bieber on “Never Say Never. “

Look for Katy Perry to bring her third single from “Teenage Dream” to the Hot 100 next week, as “Firework” bows at No. 29 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart.

Finally, while we’re certain that Cee Lo’s “F*** You” may top many critic’s polls for the hot single of the year, climbing to No. 17 was the best the song (and its clean version, “Forget You”) could muster on the Hot 100. 

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<p>Courteney Cox and Ken Jenkins on last night's &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Courteney Cox and Ken Jenkins on last night's "Cougar Town."

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'Cougar Town' - 'You Don't Know How It Feels': Can a guy in a bear suit hug his daughter?

Ken Jenkins stops by for a terrific Halloween episode

A review of last night's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as my car smells like conch...

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<p>Believe it or not, this is a very serious moment for Kayvan Novak, Arsher Ali, Riz Ahmed, and Nigel Lindsay in 'Four Lions,' the blistering new comedy from director Chris Morris</p>

Believe it or not, this is a very serious moment for Kayvan Novak, Arsher Ali, Riz Ahmed, and Nigel Lindsay in 'Four Lions,' the blistering new comedy from director Chris Morris

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Listen: The MCP sits down with Chris Morris to discuss the incendiary 'Four Lions'

Plus special guest Devin Faraci talks about being a badass and plays some Movie God

This week, I took the MCP, also known as the Motion/Captured Podcast, on the road.  I drove over to Devin Faraci's palatial Silverlake estate, purchased with all the piles of money that Tim League drove up to Devin's house in a dump truck when convincing him to jump ship from CHUD so he could start his new site, Badass Digest.

After wandering around the grounds for a few hours trying to find the house, I was greeted by part of his security team in a Jeep.  It only took a half-hour for them to drive me to the place where Devin wanted to record.  I wanted him to be my guest this week because Chris Morris, the director of my favorite film at Sundance this year, is this week's featured interview on the show.  How is Devin related to the film "Four Lions"?  Well, Badass Digest is an offshoot of the Alamo Drafthouse, financially and spiritually, and the brand-new Drafthouse Films is the American distributor for the film.  This is their first film as a distributor, and Devin's involved in pretty much everything over there.  That means he's about to hit the road on a "Four Lions" tour to help spread the word on the movie.

I wanted to talk to him about his new site, his new role with the Drafthouse, and I wanted to play a round of Movie God with him as well.  Devin turned out to be a particularly cruel Old Testament Movie God, with no mercy at all, and it's a pretty great round of the game as a result.

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<p>George Clooney is returning to the director's chair with &quot;The Ides of March.&quot;</p>

George Clooney is returning to the director's chair with "The Ides of March."

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Oscar Bait Alert: George Clooney finds 'The Ides of March' with Ryan Gosling

Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti and Marisa Tomei will also star

George Clooney has landed the financing to return to the director's chair.  Exclusive Media Group and Cross Creek Pictures ("Black Swan") announced today they will finance and co-produce "The Ides of March" which Clooney will direct and star in.

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<p>Jane of 'America's Next Top Model'</p>
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Jane of 'America's Next Top Model'

 

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Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Zac Posen'

The models walk the runway, while a roller skating shoot brings out insecurities

Now that Liz has broken Ann’s winning streak and one of the most gorgeous faces in the competition has been eliminated (oh, Kendal, we hardly knew ye), and the world has officially gone mad -- mad, I say! -- what more could possibly happen to shock us?

[Full recap of Wednesday's (Oct. 27) "America's Next Top Model" after the break...]

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<p>Britt (Michael Raymond-James)&nbsp;got stuck in Mexico in tonight's &quot;Terriers.&quot;</p>

Britt (Michael Raymond-James) got stuck in Mexico in tonight's "Terriers."

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'Terriers' - 'Agua Caliente': Spam, spam, spam, spam...

Britt, Hank and Mark all wind up south of the border thanks to Britt's ex-partner

A review of tonight's "Terriers" coming up just as soon as I show on the anatomically correct doll where the bad bearded man touched me...

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<p>By the time Marlon Brando's Colonel Kurtz shows up in 'Apocalypse Now,' it's already well past surreal, and in Blu-ray high-def, you can almost smell the sweat.</p>

By the time Marlon Brando's Colonel Kurtz shows up in 'Apocalypse Now,' it's already well past surreal, and in Blu-ray high-def, you can almost smell the sweat.

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Contest Winners: 'Apocalypse Now' fans describe their other favorite war films

Oddly, Motion/Captured readers seem to be awesome film nerds

I like the idea of contests, but I'm terrible at administrating them.

See, I would be the first to admit that one of the benefits of being a DVD or Blu-ray reviewer is that you can end up getting some big titles for free, and that's great.  I still end up spending hundreds of dollars a month on titles that aren't sent to me, and when I talk about what was sent to the house, I don't intend to make you guys, the readers, feel bad.  If anything, I wish I had free copies for all of you, because I love to share film.

That's exactly why contests are great.  I get to share free copies with at least a few of you, and it seems fair that if I write a review for my copy, you should write a review for yours.

When I announced a contest that would let five of you win copies of the new "Apocalypse Now" Blu-ray, I had no idea how many of you would enter, or how good most of the entries would be.  You're an articulate, eclectic bunch, and there were a wide range of answers to the question I asked, which was, "What is your favorite war movie besides 'Apocalypse Now'?"

I'm going to run all five of the answers here today, and if you entered and you didn't win, it doesn't mean I didn't like your entry.  There were just so many of them that I had to make a choice and whittle it down.  I'll be running two more contests this evening, so if you didn't win here, please enter the other contests, and keep trying.

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<p>Jane of 'Survivor: Nicaragua'</p>

Jane of 'Survivor: Nicaragua'

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Recap: 'Survivor: Nicaragua' - 'What Goes Around, Comes Around'

Will a bold Immunity Idol move shake up the game? Or backfire hilariously?
Still scratching your head about why Team Brenda decided not to take the chance to vote Marty out when they had the chance last week? Still wondering how Dan remains able to stand? 
 
Click through to see how things played out on Wednesday (Oct. 27) night's "Survivor: Nicaragua"...
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<p>Paula Malcomson on &quot;Caprica,&quot;&nbsp;which Syfy canceled today.</p>

Paula Malcomson on "Caprica," which Syfy canceled today.

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The 'Caprica' cancellation: what went wrong?

Many factors went into the "Battlestar Galactica" prequel's failure.

Two unusual things happened with Syfy's decision to cancel "Caprica," effective immediately: First, we had a cable channel pulling a show off its schedule before its current run of episodes had finished (though the remaining five are supposed to air sometime next year). Second, rather than try to downplay the news - say, by sending out a schedule update press release that briefly mentions at the end that Cheap Filler Program X is replacing the previously-scheduled Canceled Show Y - Syfy put out a press release putting the cancellation upfront, complete with a frustrated quote from executive Mark Stern, who noted, "Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, ‘Caprica’ has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season.”

Neither move is unprecedented, but both are unusual. Their convergence at the same event speaks both to how much Syfy wanted "Caprica" to succeed, and to how badly the show failed. This was a continuation of the channel's prestigious (if not always highly-rated) "Battlestar Galactica" franchise, and the most obvious symbol of the channel's new "science fiction doesn't mean spaceships" ethos, and its ratings were so poor that they couldn't even stick with it for an extra five weeks.

So what went wrong?

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<p>&nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'bookman old style', 'new york', times, serif; font-size: 16px; border-collapse: collapse; ">Nicolas Cage, seen here as Johnny Blaze in 'Ghost Rider,'</span></p>

 Nicolas Cage, seen here as Johnny Blaze in 'Ghost Rider,'

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The Morning Read: Nicolas Cage set to play two roles in 'Ghost Rider 2'

Plus 'Sanctum' gets a trailer and Aronofsky's got a thing for 'Machine Man'

Welcome to The Morning Read.

Man, it's been a long week.  And it's only Wednesday?

I'm not even sure I can pinpoint what's responsible.  Sure, there's been some big news today, like the "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3" confirmation and the "Dark Knight Rises" news, and I've been running around doing things that you'll see soon, like TV interviews for "Tangled" and "Due Date" and "127 Hours," but that's every week.  Maybe now that the sun's coming out in LA, I'll shake it off.  I'd better.  There's a ton of stuff waiting to get written about here on my desk and hitting the screen in the weeks ahead.

If Nicolas Cage really is playing both Johnny Blaze and the demon Zarathos in the upcoming Neveldine/Taylor "Ghost Rider 2," it is going to be a completely lunatic experience.  The directors have been posting cryptic hints in their Twitter feed today, promising a "nic cage classic" from the dual performances.  I'd be willing to believe them.  When Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg told me about what Nic Cage had planned when he was going to be the villain in "The Green Hornet," including playing the entire film with a broad Jamaican accent, I was almost sad that it didn't happen.  There's nothing more interesting than the moments where directors let Cage off the leash and he is free to play.  He remains one of the most inventive, eccentric performers we've got, and it's genuine.  He makes big, wild choices, and that's the reason he's remained worth watching for nearly 30 years now.

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Nicole Kidman in the new poster for John Cameron Mitchell's "Rabbit Hole"

Nicole Kidman in the new poster for John Cameron Mitchell's "Rabbit Hole."

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Exclusive: Nicole Kidman looks forward in new 'Rabbit Hole' poster

Acclaimed new drama a wildcard in the Oscar race

Most movie marketing campaigns have months, sometimes years to come to fruition.  Even coming up with a trailer and a poster can take months on end of creative discussion.  In fact, in an extreme case, I remember seeing hundreds of comps for the final poster for "The Hours" back in the day when I was at Paramount.  You literally have no idea how many months it took for everyone to agree what order to put Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman in against a white background.  But, something must have worked because the film was nominated for best picture and Kidman won her first best actress Oscar (or maybe it was just the movie).  Eight years later, Kidman has delivered her finest performance since in John Cameron Mitchell's "Rabbit Hole."

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<p>Matt Lauria and Michael Jordan of 'Friday Night Lights'</p>

Matt Lauria and Michael Jordan of 'Friday Night Lights'

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TV Review: DirecTV's 'Friday Night Lights' returns for Season 5

The beloved favorite kicks off its final season, if you happen to have DirecTV
"Friday Night Lights" begins its fifth and final season on Wednesday (Oct. 27) night on DirecTV.
 
These last episodes are sure to be emotional, but it's possible that no show in television history has ever more thoroughly prepared its fanbase for saying farewell. 
 
Devoted "Friday Night Lights" fans had already faced the possibility of cancellation after the first, second and third seasons. In fact, last year's finale was the first time that viewers were able to enjoy the end of one season knowing that another season was guaranteed to follow. 
 
In the process of taking audiences on this high school-based journey, "Friday Night Lights" has also regularly graduated characters both within the show and off into the next phase of their lives, outside of the series. With varying degrees of ceremony, we've bid adieu to Smash, Street, Saracen, Lyla and Tyra in the past two seasons alone. 
 
Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton have always been the show's backbone, but a daunting number of vital organs have been shed over the years, though the body has lived on, sometimes every bit as strong as it ever was.
 
There will be no last-second stay of execution for "Friday Night Lights" after the fifth season. And there are more major castmembers ready to depart before the show shuffles off its own mortal coil. So expect plenty of tears as "Friday Night Lights" approaches that final finale.
 
But how is the last season? Well, I've seen the first three episodes. Click through for some thoughts, with minor spoilers...
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