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Meredith Vieira will sub tonight for Bob Costas -- the 1st woman to ever anchor NBC's primetime Olympics coverage

Meredith Vieira will sub tonight for Bob Costas -- the 1st woman to ever anchor NBC's primetime Olympics coverage
"It's an honor to fill in for him," Vieira said on "Today" this morning. PLUS: Al Roger regrets his "below the line" tweet about NYC's mayor.

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<p>Peter Finch delivering the famous speech from &quot;Network,&quot;&nbsp;a movie that's the subject of Dave Itzkoff's book &quot;Mad As Hell.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Peter Finch delivering the famous speech from "Network," a movie that's the subject of Dave Itzkoff's book "Mad As Hell." 

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Dave Itzkoff talks 'Mad As Hell' and 'Network'

A look back at Paddy Chayefsky's blistering 1976 Oscar winner
When it was released in 1976, Paddy Chayefsky’s “Network” was celebrated as satire by some, dismissed as the bitter rantings of an old crank by others. What no one at the time realized was that one day, it would be neither. It would be prophetic.
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<p>Yeah, yeah, you're both pretty.</p>

Yeah, yeah, you're both pretty.

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Review: 'Endless Love' remake is harmless teen romance that misses the point of the book

Scott Spencer's novel is anything but harmless

Both times Scott Spencer's novel "Endless Love" has been adapted to the bigscreen, there have been fundamental changes made to the source material to such a degree that it's apparent the filmmakers are uneasy with the book.

Understandable. Spencer's novel is not a sweet and simple love story by any means. It is a look back at the temporary madness that comes from that first wild love that people often encounter, and what happens when it's not temporary and it's not as harmless as people make it out to be. Spencer's novel is dark, and it both opens with and builds to a fire that is truly catastrophic and tragic. Shana Feste's film "Endless Love" shares character names and some plot points with the book, but it is telling an entirely different kind of story, one that almost feels like a complete refutation of the points made by the novel.

Feste's film reconfigures David Axelrod, the main character of the novel, into David Elliot, played here by Alex Pettyfer. David is graduating high school, a blue collar kid who seems to have only two ambitions in life: work in his dad's auto repair store and find a girl that he can love. He's pretty sure that girl is Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde), a rich girl who is also graduating, but she spent her entire high school career focused on getting into a great college, and none of her classmates really seem to know her at all.

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Nick Jonas and Kiele Sanchez to star in a DirecTV MMA drama series

Nick Jonas and Kiele Sanchez to star in a DirecTV MMA drama series

"Navy St." will be set at an MMA gym in Venice Beach, with Jonas playing the son of the owner who gets a UFC contract. Sanchez will play his dad's girlfriend.

A Jimmy Fallon "Tonight" test show audience member tells all
Expect jokes about Leno, Letterman and wood. PLUS: Fallon's "Tonight" app is now available on iTunes.

Letterman is countering Fallon's debut with Kevin Spacey, Kimmel has J.Lo

Meanwhile, "Conan" is taking Monday night off, returning Tuesday.

Jimmy Fallon accused of theft for moving "The Tonight Show" out of California
Fallon, says Joe Matthews is now an "enemy of the state." He says "The Tonight Show" offered Californians a national platform, especially through bits like "Jaywalking." He adds: "Neither Conan O’Brien’s nor Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night shows has big-enough audiences to replace the impact of Leno."

"Modern Family" cast, producer and ABC's boss may have to testify in Ariel Winter case

Winter's mom wants 83 witnesses to testify, including the entire "Modern Family" cast and crew.

As Seth Meyers' bandleader, Fred Armisen wrote his "Late Night" theme song

"Can't wait til you hear it," tweeted Meyers' producer. PLUS: Learn all about Meyers' 8G band.

"Once Upon a Time" casts Glinda the Good Witch

She'll be played by Sunny Mabrey.

"Big Bang Theory" producer opens up about last week's big kiss
Here's how the script described it: "Sheldon leans in and puts his lips on hers and after a few moments, it melts into a real kiss, the kind of kiss that mommies and daddies do." PLUS: Here's another old photo of Mayim Bialik & Jennifer Aniston.

Conan producing a TBS pilot starring his warm-up man Jimmy Pardo
Pardo will host "The Weekly Awards," in which the comedian will go to big events and hand out awards.

Sid Caesar: An appreciation
Milton Berle was called Mr. Television, as Robert Lloyd points out. But it was Caeser who "helped shape TV comedy, even as TV, with its new technical demands and advantages, shaped his work." PLUS: In person, Caesar could be so unassuming, and watch Caesar's 5 funniest moments.

The makers of "The LEGO Movie" were also responsible for MTV's "Clone High"
That's why the 2003 MTV animated series still holds up.

"Veronica Mars" fans sell out special fan screenings
More showtimes are being added to accommodate the demand. PLUS: See "Veronica's" EW gallery.

James Van Der Beek is proud to be a "character actor trapped in a leading man’s body"
When an agent told him that, he says it was the "highest compliment of all, because those are the guys I love watching."

"The Bold and the Beautiful" reruns will air on TV Guide Network hours after their CBS airing
The encores start Monday at 6:30 pm ET.

"Dancing's" Cheryl Burke and "Cougar Town's" Josh Hopkins are an item

Us Weekly reports that their relationship is a few weeks old.

Watch the insane new "Real Housewives of New York" opening credits
Watch what has become a self-parody.

It's a "Buffy" reunion on the "The Crazy Ones" set
Michelle Trachtenberg and Seth Green decided to pay a visit to Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Why "Family Guy" is terrible at comedic cutaways
Seth MacFarlane's comedy is famous for its cutaways, but other comedies like "30 Rock" and "Arrested Development" have used the device to greater hilarious effect.

Check out some 1994 "Real World: San Francisco" pics

Judd Winick tweeted some behind-the-scenes photos.

Watch the "Brady Bunch" cast reunite on "The Talk" for Florence Henderson's 80th birthday

Everybody's over 50 now and Bobby is balding.

"Bachelor" contestant comes to Juan Pablo's defense

"He's a class act. I feel bad for the criticism," says Renne Oteri, who's also a single parent.

Nathan Fielder may be done with Dumb Starbucks

Reps for the Comedy Central star said they don't plan to apply for the proper health permits to legally reopen the parody store.

"The Waltons" patriarch Ralph Waite dies at 85

Waite appeared on the CBS drama for nine seasons, and also had roles on "NYPD Blue" and "Roots."

In Season 2, "House of Cards" embraces its ridiculousness
Kevin Spacey's performance as Frank Underwood feels campier and funnier this season, says Willa Paskin, like  he's doing it on purpose. "Upon its return," she adds, "'House of Cards' feels like it has embraced its crazy, tilting toward Scandal instead of premium cable." PLUS: "House of Cards" returns darker than ever, it's still an empty show, "House of Cards" is better off without lofty expectations, is "House of Cards" actually TV?, creator Beau Williamson vows to use up all the great ideas through the season, 9 burning questions that need to be answered, President Walker speaks, and Kate Mara poses for GQ.

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<p>Elisabeth Moss poses at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival where she had two new films debut:&nbsp;&quot;Listen Up Phillip&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;The One I Love.&quot;</p>

Elisabeth Moss poses at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival where she had two new films debut: "Listen Up Phillip" and "The One I Love."

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Exclusive: Elisabeth Moss and Fred Armisen Spirit Awards presenters

Patton Oswalt show a little over two weeks away

The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards are shaping up to be a big afternoon for "12 Years A Slave" which comes into the show with 12 nominations including best feature.  What many in the crowd are looking forward to, however, is Patton Oswalt's inaugural stint as Spirits Awards show host.  The popular comedian and actor has already said he wants to shake the show up by giving away live birds to winners instead of the traditional Spirit Awards statue which has a bird on top.  We're not sure if he's serious or kidding, but we're a little worried about a throng of doves getting stuck in the Spirits Awards tent on Santa Monica's beach. As with any awards show, Patton will not have to carry the program alone.

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Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour 

Exclusive clip: Jane Seymour says her wrinkles nab her more roles

Hollywood's plastic surgery obsession means more work for her

It turns out there's an upside to avoiding Hollywood's obsession with plastic perfection as you age. According to 60-year-old former Bond girl Jane Seymour, not going under the knife has meant she lands more roles than her oddly frozen competition. Oh, and the other upside is not having intense pain or having to cough up tens of thousands of dollars. Wait, there's nothing but upside here! Sorry, Nicole Kidman.

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<p>I'm not sure who this is, but I don't think we saw her on Wednesday's &quot;American Idol.&quot;</p>

I'm not sure who this is, but I don't think we saw her on Wednesday's "American Idol."

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Rounding out the Top 30

The judges make decisions, but leave one choice up to America

In two hours on Wednesday, "American Idol" revealed, by my count, the first 17 members of the Season 13 Top 30. 

So that means that Thursday's (February 13) episode is going to take an accelerated pace as we zoom toward next week's live shows. 

Lots of my early favorites haven't heard judgment yet, so click through and bite your fingernails along with me.

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<p>This candid and hilarious admission is just one of the million reasons to love Alejandro Jodorowsky in 'Jodorowsky's Dune'</p>

This candid and hilarious admission is just one of the million reasons to love Alejandro Jodorowsky in 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

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'Jodorowsky's Dune' gets a particularly trippy trailer for a documentary

This one's well worth searching out this March

When I was first contacted by the creative team behind "Jodorowsky's Dune," they were just inquiring if it was a topic I was interested in. I think it's safe to say that famous films that didn't quite get made is a topic that I find deeply interesting, and this is one of the Great White Whales of unmade movies for a variety of reasons.

Everything about the career of Alejandro Jodorowsky feels to me like it should have been bigger, should have been better, should have made more of an impact on the larger popular culture. "El Topo" and "The Holy Mountain" would have been received in a totally different way if those same exact films had been made 20 years later, and there's a good chance Hollywood would have tried to absorb his remarkable voice in some way. I think he still would have ended up an outsider, simply because that's his nature, but I sometimes feel frustrated at just how niche his greatest works still are.

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HBO picks up 'Ballers' starring Dwayne Johnson

HBO picks up "Ballers" starring Dwayne Johnson
The former wrestler turned movie star is heading to TV, playing a former NFL star. He'll be joined by Rob Corddry, who's co-starring, and Mark Wahlberg, who's producing.

Obama's Twitter account name-drops "House of Cards," begs: "No spoilers, please"

The president's official Twitter person is also excited for the return of the Netflix series. (The president signs "-bo" on tweets he actually writes, but this wasn't one of them.)

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<p>Shailene Woodley talks &quot;Divergent.&quot;</p>

Shailene Woodley talks "Divergent."

What words of wisdom did Kate Winslet give to 'Divergent's' Shailene Woodley?

She won't forget those stunts anytime soon

It's going to be a very big year for Shailene Woodley.  The former "Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "Spectacular Now" star has two highly anticipated movies, both based on popular novels, on the way.  In June, she plays a cancer patient in the adaptation of John Green's tearjerker "The Fault in Our Stars," but in a little over a month she'll have the fate of a city on her shoulders in the dramatic adventure "Divergent."  Last week, before zip lining with co-star Theo James onto Jimmy Kimmel, Woodley sat down to chat about the role that might transform her into a major movie star.

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'SVU' is bringing Alec Baldwin back to NBC

"SVU" is bringing Alec Baldwin back to NBC

Baldwin's 1st acting gig since "30 Rock" will also coincide with Mariska Hargitay's directorial debut. Details of his guest appearance are being kept under wraps.

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2014 Winter Games

 2014 Winter Games

Credit: AP Photo

Winter Games Round-Up: Must-see Olympic events for Thursday, Day 7

You won't want to miss the slopestyle final

So both of Bob Costas' eyes are riddled with pink eye, Johnny Weir is channeling "The Hunger Games" in his wardrobe choices, and Norway is winning the Olympic medal count. What is going on, people? 

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