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<p>Ava DuVernay at the AFI Fest world premiere of &quot;Selma&quot;</p>

Ava DuVernay at the AFI Fest world premiere of "Selma"

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Ava DuVernay talks 'Selma' and the last-minute mad dash to an AFI Fest premiere

Plus: Her personal connection to the story's mid-Alabama setting

BEVERLY HILLS — Last week saw the world premiere of Ava DuVernay's "Selma" at AFI Fest after it had been advertised as a 30-minute footage presentation. But there was a lot more to the story behind the scenes. The plan had long been for Paramount to drop the full film as a surprise to the crowd that turned out for the presentation, assuming DuVernay could get the edit where she wanted it to be in the days leading up. Then, the festival dropped a shocker on both festival attendees and those involved with the "Selma" event: Clint Eastwood would take advantage of the Veteran's Day holiday to premiere his "American Sniper" as a secret screening right after Team "Selma" cleared the Egyptian Theatre. The pressure was on.

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Will NBC proceed with its new Bill Cosby family comedy?
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Will NBC proceed with its new Bill Cosby family comedy?

New 'Peter Pan Live!' promo shows Allison Williams singing

Will NBC proceed with its new Bill Cosby family comedy?
The Peacock last July announced plans to bring Cosby back to primetime in summer or fall of 2015 as the patriarch of a new family sitcom. As Deadline reports, "That plan may have been derailed by the resurfaced rape accusations against the veteran comedian.” PLUS: Comedian Hannibal Buress is responsible for the Bill Cosby rape story going viral, another woman is accusing Cosby of rape, and Whoopi Goldberg is skeptical of the Cosby rape accuser.

Parents TV Council blasts FX for showing graphic “Sons of Anarchy” sex scene
The conservative watchdog called the opening 2 1/2 minutes of last week’s episode "the most sexually explicit content the (organization) has ever documented on basic cable,” adding that such content should be reserved for pay cable like HBO or Showtime.

New “Peter Pan Live!” promo shows Allison Williams singing
Watch Williams sing “I Won’t Grow Up,” plus preview scenes from the upcoming musical.

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Peter Capaldi will be back as “Doctor Who” next season, but what about Jenna Coleman?
Steven Moffat confirms Capaldi will return for Season 9, but adds that Coleman hasn’t been confirmed to be back as the Time Lord’s companion.

Jon Stewart visits CNN again, says: “CNN is very similar to the doll Chucky”
Visiting with Fareed Zakaria on Sunday, “The Daily Show” host joked, "Sometimes it’s good Chucky, but you really got to watch out for bad Chucky.”

Timbaland, Aaliyah fans blast Lifetime’s “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B”
The rapper and producer, who worked extensively with Aaliyah, put up a series of posts on Instagram expressing outrage at the film. “This is why people should never remake movies,” he wrote. "Bulls–t happens. Now you have to deal with the consequences.” PLUS: Alexandra Shipp was bullied on Twitter over Aaliyah role.

U2 postpones this week’s “Tonight Show” residency following Bono’s cycling injury
"It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time - we're one man down," the band wrote on their website. "Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it. We're sure he'll make a full recovery soon, so we'll be back! Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding."

Future “Late Late Show” host James Corden to visit Letterman for the 1st time
Craig Ferguson’s successor will appear on Friday’s “Late Show."

Part-time comedian who once opened for Screen scores 4 touchdowns on “Sunday Night Football”
New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray has quite the resume.

“Bob’s Burger” gets much bigger ratings in “Mulaney’s” timeslot
Viewership was up 65% over last week’s “Mulaney” episode.

Happy 70th birthday, Lorne Michaels!
The “SNL,” “Tonight Show” and “Late Night” honcho will no doubt raise more questions about his future now that he’s in his 70s.

Happy 70th birthday, Danny DeVito!
Here’s celebrating DeVito’s best roles, other than “Taxi's" Louie De Palma and Frank Reynolds from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

Comedian Hannibal Buress is responsible for the Bill Cosby rape story going viral
Buress had been doing his Cosby-rape routine for six months, but it was not until a video of his performance when viral a month ago that Cosby’s past started grabbing mainstream media attention. PLUS: Another woman accuses Cosby of rape.

Why did John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” work out so well?
NY Times media columnist David Carr, who was skeptical of Oliver’s show when it began, visits with Oliver to find out what went right, and concludes: "What he and his co-creators came up with was counterintuitive to the prevailing conventions of television, not to mention journalism.” PLUS: Read the FCC’s internal e-mails about Oliver’s net neutrality segment.

“Breaking Bad” meets “Frozen”
Watch Walter White sing “Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab?”

Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island pals pose with their utility box portrait in front of their high school
The trio returned to Berkeley High to film footage for a project on how they came together.

New Kids on the Block will help transform TV Guide Network into Pop
The new Pop network debuts on Jan. 14, the same day that "Rock This Boat: New Kids On The Block” launches.

Hollywood Film Award bomb in 1st TV airing
CBS tied with the CW by airing the 18-year-old awards show on TV for the first time.

“Orange is the New Black’s” Diane Guerrero: My parents were deported when I was 14
Guerrero, who also appears on “Jane the Virgin,” wrote an op-ed for the LA Times revealing her own past with immigration.

What it’s like to be the star of “Too Many Cooks”
Katie Adkins, who had no idea she’d play such a prominent role in the Adult Swim video, says: "I got on Reddit to look at it and I was like, 'Holy crap!', because my picture was the thumbnail. Then my Facebook blew up and my Reddit blew up.”

“Downton Abbey” declined to put men in tights for historical accuracy
Alastair Bruce, the show’s stickler of a historical advisor, says staff would sometimes wear stockings and breeches in the “Downton” days. But he failed to get producers to go along with him.

Check out images from the “Game of Thrones” video game
These leaked screenshots are allegedly from Telltale Games’ “Game of Thrones” video game.

“Homeland” delivers its best episode in years
Sunday's episode was a showcase for Mandy Patinkin, who was also profiled last night on “60 Minutes.” PLUS: An intelligence expert finds fault with the episode.

Showtime teases the return of “Episodes”
Matt LeBlanc “happens” in Season 4.

Here are 8 rejected pilots from the late “Knight Rider”/“Battlestar”/“Magnum P.I.” creator Glen A. Larson
They include “Prisoners in Paradise,” “The Wonderful World of Sin” and “Rooster.”

Sean Bean to star in the British miniseries "The Frankenstein Chronicles”
He’ll play an inspector in the horror miniseries from ITV.

Check out Larry David’s Broadway play ad
The ad is very “Larry David."

“Parenthood’s Erika Christensen gets engaged
She’s set to wed cyclist boyfriend Cole Maness.

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<p>Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain at the AFI Fest world premiere of &quot;A Most Violent Year&quot;</p>

Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain at the AFI Fest world premiere of "A Most Violent Year"

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Off the Carpet: Where we stand after AFI Fest and self-proclaimed 'official' launches

Five contenders have come out to play with a couple more around the corner

A lot has happened to further set the stage for this year's Oscar race in the last week and a half. AFI Fest ultimately landed four major world premieres — "A Most Violent Year," "The Gambler," "Selma" and "American Sniper." Film Independent at LACMA added "Big Eyes" to the equation. "Unbroken" premiered in Sydney just hours ago as a show of appreciation (the film was largely shot in Australia) while screening to some press stateside (the big coming out will be Thanksgiving weekend). And the awards shows themselves have already started, namely the Governors Awards and the summarily dismissed Hollywood Film Awards. I suppose it's time to see where we stand…

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<p>State of Affairs</p>

State of Affairs

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Review: Katherine Heigl returns to TV in 'State of Affairs'

The 'Grey's Anatomy' alum is a CIA analyst who briefs the president in 'Homeland'-esque drama

Imitation is the sincerest form of television, and anytime a new show becomes a hit, you can guarantee that another network — usually several networks — will be racing to copy it. With "State of Affairs" — either the last new fall network show, or the first mid-season replacement, depending on your point of view — the question isn't whether it's imitating another show, but which one.

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'Foxcatcher's' Steve Carell named Santa Barbara fest's Outstanding Performer of the Year
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'Foxcatcher's' Steve Carell named Santa Barbara fest's Outstanding Performer of the Year

Recent recipients include Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis and James Franco

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today that Steve Carell is the recipient of this year's Outstanding Performer of the Year Award for his work in Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher." The news comes right on the heels of the film's Thursday night AFI Fest premiere and theatrical release this weekend.

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<p>Erin Richards</p>

Erin Richards

'Gotham' star Erin Richards won't spoil Barbara's secrets

'Gotham' star will discuss Barbara's complexities and her fancy apartment

"Gotham" star Erin Richards stopped by the HitFix offices last week, which was a pleasant surprise because she has spent so much of her fall cooped up in Barbara Kean and James Gordon's rather palatial apartment. And even when she got out of the apartment two weeks ago, it was to get abducted in the middle of a clash between two of Gotham's warring mob elements.

Actually, no. Not "abducted." Richards correctly takes exception to my wording.

"It was a bit more of a feminist move," she protests. "She wasn't just a little pawn moving around. She went, 'I'm gonna go fight for my man' and she went and fought for him."

And Richards also insists she hasn't been claustrophobic spending most of her time in that apartment set this season.

"It's a really nice apartment and she spent a lot of money on that apartment and we should see it as much as possible," she laughs.

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Review: 'The Affair' - 'Episode 6'
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Review: 'The Affair' - 'Episode 6'

With summer coming to an end, will Noah and Alison's affair end with it?

A quick review of tonight's "The Affair" coming up just as soon as I compare my wife to a horse...

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<p>The Walking Dead</p>

The Walking Dead

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Consumed'

Daryl and Carol seek shelter while looking for Beth

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I offer to take the top bunk...

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Lockdown'

Jake takes command, but makes the same mistakes as always

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I solicit drugs using perfect grammar...

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Chadwick Boseman is keeping how they kept 'Black Panther' news quiet a secret

Chadwick Boseman is keeping how they kept 'Black Panther' news quiet a secret

'Get on Up' star might be looking at his first Golden Globe nod

Chadwick Boseman is looking at me with a huge grin on his face.

On the one hand, the "Get on Up" star is no doubt in a great mood after being celebrated by well-wishers for his performance as the legendary James Brown in last summer's well-received biopic. The late love is thanks to Universal Pictures, who has organized a Sunday brunch at SoHo House West Hollywood to help remind voters about Boseman's critically acclaimed portrayal. Director Tate Taylor ("The Help"), producer Brian Grazer and co-star Craig Robinson are all on hand, but Boseman is the center of the attention.  

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Bill Cosby 'does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment'
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Bill Cosby 'does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment'

'SNL' ratings continue rebounding with host Woody Harrelson

Bill Cosby “does not does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment,” his attorney says
Bill Cosby’s lawyer, John P. Schmitt, released a statement on Cosby’s website, saying: “Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced."

“SNL” ratings continue rebounding with host Woody Harrelson
After a dismal start followed by a season high with Chris Rock, “SNL’s” ratings slipped last night, but were still solid as viewers are starting to warm to the new cast. PLUS: “SNL” shows why the Internet shouldn’t write TV shows, “SNL” pokes fun at NYC’s new pot policy in epic filmed short, and “SNL” had a “True Detective” “reunion,” and happy 21st birthday, Pete Davidson!

It’s a “Dawson’s Creek” reunion!
James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson posed for a photo together on Saturday.

Kim Kardashian to visit India’s “Big Brother”
Like Pamela Anderson before her, Kardashian is set to meet with the housemates on “Bigg Boss.”

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<p>Josh Canfield of &quot;Survivor: San Juan Del Sur&quot;</p>

Josh Canfield of "Survivor: San Juan Del Sur"

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Interview: Josh Canfield talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'

This week's bootee discusses working with Jaclyn, targeting Baylor

"Survivor: San Juan Del Sur" may have its share of savvy strategic players, physical threats and lucky Idol-finders, but the entire season may ultimately not be shaped by any one strong player or powerful couple, but rather by Julie McGee's untimely decision to quit.

Julie, girlfriend to former baseball player John Rocker, departed "Survivor" in the episode that aired last week and her exit preempted a vote that was predetermined to go against Boston firefighter Jeremy. The vote against Jeremy was going to be the centerpiece of Broadway veteran Josh Canfield's charge for the million dollars, swiftly taking out the head of the rival alliance after the Merge. 

Instead, Julie's self-elimination meant a skipped Tribal Council and it meant that Keith's Immunity victory went for naught. In the next Immunity Challenge, a memory task came down to Josh and Jeremy, with Jeremy winning, preempting his own departure and shifting voting momentum against Josh.

Josh's only hope was perpetual swing vote Jon & Jaclyn, but Jaclyn's feelings were hurt after she felt ignored by the boors in her alliance and she pushed boyfriend Jon toward Jeremy's alliance.

Farewell, Josh.

In his exit interview, Josh maintains that he was attentive to Jaclyn and that Miss Michigan made a mistake in abandoning her alliance due to perceived slighting. He also takes issue with my suggestion that Jon & Jaclyn have achieved a level of joint clout rarely seen before on "Survivor." He also explains why he decided to target Baylor rather than Missy once Jeremy was no longer an option.

Check out the full Q&A below...

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