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<p>Do not mess with Rollo as &quot;Vikings&quot; returns for season 2.</p>

Do not mess with Rollo as "Vikings" returns for season 2.

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Review: 'Vikings' storms back for season 2

The adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok and friends remain more entertaining than they need to be

This is, you may have noticed, a very busy week for TV premieres, as the business unpaused itself in a big way the second the Olympics were over. February is now the new September, unless maybe January is the new September, which would make February the new January, and this is all so very confusing when all you want to know is when "Hannibal" is going to be back (that'd be tomorrow night at 10, and I'll have a review of the new season going up this afternoon).

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'The Dating Game' host Jim Lange dies at 81

"The Dating Game" host Jim Lange dies at 81
Lange, who hosted "The Dating Game" from 1965 to 1980, played host to celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Jackson and Steve Martin.

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<p>Sandra Bullock in &quot;Gravity.&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock in "Gravity."

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Roundup: How this year's Oscar nominees reveal the gender gap

Also: Netflix's latest Oscar acquisition, and voters reveal their ballots

We're used to the familiar (yet valid) complaints about the shortage of female roles in contemporary film, but Kevin B. Lee has found a different way to measure the Hollywood gender gap -- and finds it perfectly demonstrated by this year's Oscar nominees: "One disquieting finding from my research is that this year’s lead actors average 85 minutes on screen, but lead actresses average only 57 minutes. (When you add in supporting categories, all competing actors averaged 59 minutes, while all competing actresses averaged 42 minutes.) Last year’s results were even more imbalanced: nominated male stars averaged 100 minutes on screen to the lead actresses’ 49 minutes." Sandra Bullock's 87% of screentime in "Gravity," meanwhile, is quite the exception. [New York Times]

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"Scandal"

"Scandal"

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10 questions we want answered when 'Scandal' returns

It's been a long midseason break and we need info, now

It's been a long wait for new episodes of "Scandal," and we won't be getting a lot of new ones (just eight!) when the show returns Thurs. Feb. 26 at 10:00 p.m. thanks to Kerry Washington's pregnancy. Still, we trust creator Shonda Rhimes to answer all of our burning questions before battering us with a whole batch of new ones before the season signs off. 

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<p>Dream would rather not be reminded of William Farmer&#39;s draft of Neil Gaiman&#39;s &#39;Sandman&#39;</p>

Dream would rather not be reminded of William Farmer's draft of Neil Gaiman's 'Sandman'

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Warner Bros has found their writer for the big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 'Sandman'

Could the 53rd time be the charm to actually get this thing made?

I'll bet Neil Gaiman was a fan of "The Fades."

I would bet an equal amount that Jack Thorne is a big fan of "Sandman."

Well, Warner Bros just got all "You got my chocolate in my peanut butter!" when they hired Jack Thorne to write the screenplay for the in-development feature film version of one of the greatest comic stories ever told.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is attached to star in the film, and he's producing the movie with David Goyer. According to Deadline, Goyer's pitch for the film is what Thorne will be working from as he tries to crack a project that any number of writers have failed at for over 15 years now.

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<p>Elijah Wood plays a pianist who is threatened during the most important concert of his life in &#39;Grand Piano&#39;</p>

Elijah Wood plays a pianist who is threatened during the most important concert of his life in 'Grand Piano'

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Review: Elijah Wood plays rough in the fiendishly fun thriller 'Grand Piano'

Now this is how you do a ticking clock thriller right

If you saw Eugenio Mira's earlier film "Agnosia," then you may have already noticed his fondness for Brian De Palma. Anyone making thrillers who holds De Palma as part of the pantheon is already on my short list of people I like, but when you see how well Mira pulls it all together for "Grand Piano," it's obvious that he's graduated to a different level with this film.

I think it's very fair to compare this to "Non-Stop," which I reviewed earlier today, since both of them are thrillers that take place over a compressed period of time in a fairly restrictive setting with a ticking clock. For both filmmakers, the exercise is the same. Can you keep the film somewhat plausible while ratcheting up the tension and convincing us that things could unfold like this? In the case of "Grand Piano," the answer is a resounding yes, and I was delighted by just how playful and fun this is.

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<p>This is not the Brains tribe.</p>

This is not the Brains tribe.

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Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' Premiere - 'Hot Girl With a Grudge'

Would Brains, Beauty or Brawn be the first tribe to meltdown?

Pre-credit sequence. The division of tribes has been made by the quality the players most rely upon in life, whatever that means. The Brains Tribe has an average IQ of 130 which is, honestly, not all that impressive. I mean, they're smart, but they're not GEENA DAVIS smart. Spencer tied for first in the World Open Chess Championship and says he's both diabolical and a genius. If you say so! David is the President of the Marlins, which means that if there's a challenge that requires salary dumping, he's going to be hard to top. Kass is a lawyer who boasts about being undefeated, which is the kind of thing John Grisham characters boast about, that and smart older secretaries who have forgotten more law than most of us will ever know. On to the Beauty Tribe, whose beauty can't be measured numerically. But Morgan was an NFL cheerleader and she's sure she can get what she wants from guys. Jeremiah has a thick accent. Jefra was second place in Miss Kentucky three years in a row, which suggests at least three people who should be on "Survivor" instead. The Brawn Tribe includes Cliff Robinson, who is one of the 50 leading scorers in NBA history. Also in Brawn are Tony and Sarah, both police officers, though only Sarah says she likes punching people in the face. Brainy Tasha declares herself "super-smart," which is something no super-smart person would ever say. And Alexis is pretty, but she's also a student. Why do I feel like she isn't pretty enough to be classified only for her beauty or smart enough to be classified only for her Brains? 

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<p>Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings in "The Americans."

Credit: FX

Season premiere review: 'The Americans' - 'Comrades'

Elizabeth returns to action as season 2 opens in explosive fashion

"The Americans" is back for a second season. I reviewed the start of season 2 yesterday, and I have thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I change the world with a hug...

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Documentary Feature - '20 Feet from Stardom' lightens up a dark bunch

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Documentary Feature - '20 Feet from Stardom' lightens up a dark bunch

With everyone voting, popularity will reign more than ever

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Documentary Short - Survivors of different stripes dominate the race

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Documentary Short - Survivors of different stripes dominate the race

As usual, this is one of the hardest categories to call

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

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Rihanna's next album will be companion piece to animated film, 'Home'

She gets in bed with DreamWorks Animation for next project

Is Rihanna making a play for an Oscar? Rihanna is trading in her R-rated anthems for family fare. Her next album will be a companion piece to DreamWorks Animation’s cartoon, “Home.”

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy is returning to 'Dancing with the Stars'

Maksim Chmerkovskiy is returning to “Dancing with the Stars”
After two seasons off, Maksim will be back on the dance floor just in time to reunite with new co-host Erin Andrews, according to TMZ website TooFab.


“Smallville’s” Michael Rosenbaum will play a ‘60s astronaut on NBC’s “Mission Control”
He’ll co-star on the “Anchorman”-esque workplace comedy from Will Ferrell revolving around the 1960s space race.

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