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<p>Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and&nbsp;Neil Meron with host Ellen&nbsp;DeGeneres</p>

Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron with host Ellen DeGeneres

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86th Oscars to be a celebration of movie heroes

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron unveil a theme for the upcoming show

The Academy has announced that the 86th annual Academy Awards will focus on a celebration of movie heroes. The show will honor big-screen real-life heroes, super heroes, popular heroes and animated heroes, both past and present.

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Zach Galifianakis and Louis CK team for FX pilot

Zach Galifianakis and Louis CK team for FX pilot

Galifianakis will star in the comedy pilot, which he'll co-write with Louis CK. FX won't say what the pilot is about.

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<p>I believe this picture of John Landgraf is from his August 2013 press tour appearance.</p>

I believe this picture of John Landgraf is from his August 2013 press tour appearance.

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FX Executive Session with John Landgraf Press Tour Live-Blog

Expect 'Sons of Anarchy,' FXX, 'The Strain' and W. Kamau Bell questions

FX's John Landgraf is an always-candid TCA press tour presence. 

Normally we're happy to see him and reasonably gentle, leading to a positive tone. Will things be any different on Tuesday (January 14) morning after the somewhat bumpy FXX roll-out, including the abrupt cancellation of W. Kamau Bell's late-night show? 

We'll see. Click through to see what Landgraf has to say...

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Michael Cera returning to TV with John Hawkes in a Charlie Kaufman FX comedy pilot

Michael Cera returning to TV with John Hawkes in a Charlie Kaufman FX comedy pilot
The "Arrested Development" star will join "Deadwood's" John Hawkes in "Being John Malkovich" writer Kaufman's "How And Why," the "story of a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life."

Grammys will have a Beatles reunion

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform together at this year's ceremony.

"Intelligence" suffers a huge drop-off in its timeslot debut

The Josh Holloway drama is down to "Hostages" numbers in its timeslot vs. "The Blacklist."

Netflix orders "Marco Polo" to series
Nine episodes have been picked up of the drama originally developed by Starz.

"Malcolm in the Middle" mom Jane Kaczmarek joins USA comedy

She'll also play a mom on "Playing House."

"Breaking Bad"-like blue meth is being sold in New Mexico
Federal officials say they've spotted meth inspired by Walter White.

Lisa Kudrow's "Web Therapy" earns another season
A 4th season of the Showtime series has been ordered.

DirecTV drops The Weather Channel

Says DirecTV: "Consumers understand there are now a variety of other ways to get weather coverage, free of reality show clutter, and that The Weather Channel does not have an exclusive on weather coverage – the weather belongs to everyone."

"New Girl" fan Prince is a "Nick and Jess shipper!"
"He contacted us last season because he's a huge fan," says exec producer Brett Baer. "He knows everything about the show. He contacted Zooey (Deschanel) and Hannah (Simone) directly and asked to do the show. We couldn't work it out last year. But when the Super Bowl thing was floated, it was perfect timing."

Larry David makes another "Larry David Face" at an NBA game

See the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star on the Jumbotron.

Watch Boyz II Men perform on "HIMYM"
"You Just Got Slapped."

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<p>James Spader of &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

James Spader of "The Blacklist"

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TV Ratings: 'Intelligence' flops on Monday, 'Almost Human' rises and 'Blacklist' holds decently

'Bachelor' and 'Castle' help ABC win Monday overall
Fast National ratings for Monday, January 13, 2014.
So much for those CBS boasts about "Intelligence" as the year's most watched new series premiere.
After drawing a big number in a post-"NCIS" Tuesday preview, "Intelligence" tanked in its Monday premiere, drawing "Hostages" numbers among young viewers and getting spanked by "The Blacklist," which held decently in its first airing away from "The Voice."
Meanwhile, with ABC getting OK "Bachelor" numbers and FOX seeing "Almost Human" rise, there was a four-way tie atop the key demo, with ABC leading overall.
On to the numbers...
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<p>&quot;Iron&nbsp;Man 3&quot;</p>

"Iron Man 3"

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'Captain Phillips,' 'Iron Man 3' and 'Lone Survivor' pick up Cinema Audio Society nominations

'All is Lost' and 'Rush' fail to make the cut

Nominees have been announced for the 50th annual Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards. A sometimes barometer of the Academy's Best Sound Mixing category. But the two awards don't always correspond. In recent years films like "Hanna" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" have managed to get in with the Society but failed to be recognized by the sound branch.

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<p>In the &quot;Archer&quot;&nbsp;season premiere, ISIS headquarters comes under attack.</p>

In the "Archer" season premiere, ISIS headquarters comes under attack.

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Review: FX's 'Archer' reboots & 'Chozen' is introduced

What did everybody think of the new 'Archer' direction and the new comedy that followed it?

Major change was afoot in FX animation last night, with the return of "Archer" on a new night — the first time (at least post-"Shield") that FX has programmed originals on Monday — in an episode that massively upended the show's status quo, and with the debut of "Chozen," teaming up various creative people from "Archer" and "Eastbound & Down." A few thoughts on both coming up just as soon as I can remember the name of Beaker's partner...

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<p>'12 Years A Slave' has elicited some strong reactions since its debut at Toronto, but Armond White may be the first person to be drummed out of an organization over it.</p>

'12 Years A Slave' has elicited some strong reactions since its debut at Toronto, but Armond White may be the first person to be drummed out of an organization over it.

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Contentious critic Armond White expelled from New York critic's group over heckling

Ugly situation raises questions about critics and awards

It would be very easy to say something glib about Armond White's expulsion from the New York Film Critics Circle, but I don't think it's an easy situation, and I don't think it's the sort of thing that should be dismissed with an easy joke.

I didn't make a huge deal out of it when I got the news earlier this year, but since I know you can keep a secret, I'll tell you that I was over-the-moon excited and a little overwhelmed to be admitted to the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. I am a newly minted member, and that means that for the first time ever, I voted on the awards for the organization, something that may strike some of you as odd if you've been reading my work for a while.

After all, I've been writing about movies online since 1996, and in those 17 years, I have been fairly consistent in my opinion about awards shows, and in particular, the Oscars. I have never pretended to be excited about awards or what they "mean." I think there's something really unpleasant about the way a full third of the film year seems to be focused entirely on whether or not someone gets a gold statue to put in their house, instead of the films themselves. I am not going to just randomly change my position now, either. I still feel the same way, with a single exception.

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Tom Mison, Lyndie Greenwood and Nicole Beharie in 'Sleepy Hollow'

The 'Sleepy Hollow' Scooby gang: Ichabod, Jenny and Abbie

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'Sleepy Hollow' recap: Somebody call an exorcist in 'Vessel'

Demonic possession, Washington's Bible and magic lanterns: Welcome back to Sleepy Hollow

It's a small miracle everyone makes it out of this episode of "Sleepy Hollow" alive. As the series races towards next week's finale, the tension is rising and this seemed like as good a week as any for the show to throw a shocking, emotional death our way.

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<p>The guy's last name is Strange... it's like Johnny Depp was born to play that part.</p>

The guy's last name is Strange... it's like Johnny Depp was born to play that part.

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Report: Johnny Depp in early talks to play Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

Someone's got to step in when Robert Downey Jr. wraps things up

Latino Review didn't wait very long before they started getting up Marvel's nose for 2014, did they?

Look, casting Johnny Depp as pretty much anything is a no-brainer these days, especially at Disney. "The Lone Ranger" didn't dent his star power one little bit, and if they do end up casting him as Dr. Strange, that's intriguing.

What is more important, though, is who they hire to direct, and I think that's the truth with all the Marvel movies at this point. I'm excited about "Guardians Of The Galaxy," and sure, part of it is because I find the notion of a gun-toting raccoon with a bad attitude so unbelievably crazy that I can't believe that's actually part of a real movie that will play in real movie theaters. But the reason I have faith that the film will actually be something new, something we haven't seen from Marvel before, is because I've spoken to James Gunn and I've seen how much room they've given him to define the world the way he wants to.

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Final 2014 Oscar nominee predictions

Final 2014 Oscar nominee predictions

What is Team HitFix thinking across the board?

Alright, it's time to just take the dive. Ballots have long been in and nothing as of late can influence the Academy's nominations, so what will be on Thursday, in so many words, will be. What is Team HitFix thinking in the way of final predictions?

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"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor"

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'The Bachelor' recap: This episode goes to the dogs and one girl freaks

Too much champagne makes for a memorable meltdown

So much happens in this episode of "The Bachelor," I say let's just cut to the chase. There's nudity, rubber fire hydrant suits, drunkenness and puppies. Only one of these is cute. You can guess which one, can't you?

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