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She's here! Stevie Nicks arrives at 'American Horror Story: Coven'

The Fleetwood Mac diva is on the set and looking fine

We all knew that we absolutely needed Stevie Nicks to show up on "American Horror Story: Coven" (Wed. at 10:00 p.m. ET on FX) once we saw Lily Rabe's Misty Day character. Guess what? Show creator Ryan Murphy agreed, and now Stevie is on the set. Better yet, Murphy tweeted a picture, so we have proof positive that Nicks not only accepted the offer, she's there in her best witchy garb, ready to twirl and croak and curse and do whatever the role demands. How much do we love Stevie? Let us count the ways -- though quietly, and to ourselves. It's the only respectful way.

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<p>Ike Barinholtz of &quot;The Mindy Project&quot;</p>

Ike Barinholtz of "The Mindy Project"

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'The Mindy Project' star Ike Barinholtz talks acting, writing and impersonating Chris Messina

What makes Morgan Tookers tick?
Every night, Twitter creates its own ecosystem of TV co-viewing, a constant feedback loop in which critics, fans, haters and the people associated with different shows can be in constant communication. 
Last Tuesday night at Microsoft offices in Venice (the California variety, not the one I'd want to spend my Tuesdays in), the loop came to life as the cast and producers of "The Mindy Project" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" got together and ate, drank and tweeted through the West Coast airing of the FOX comedies with an assortment of journalists and network types.
During the pause between two shows -- also known as "New Girl," which wasn't represented at the event -- I sat down with "Mindy Project" co-star Ike Barinholtz to talk about the comedy's transition through an inconsistent and fitfully funny first season into one of the more reliable laugh-generators in FOX's Tuesday lineup. 
Barinholtz, also a writer and executive story editor on "The Mindy Project," discusses what makes Morgan Tookers tick, his pleasure at getting to play straight-man sometimes this season, the cast's ubiquitous Chris Messina impressions and more.
Click through for the full Q&A...
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Mayor Rob Ford's reality show canceled after 1 episode

Mayor Rob Ford's reality show canceled after 1 episode

Canadian TV's "Ford Nation" premiered on Monday night.

"Necessary Roughness" canceled by USA

The USA series starring Callie Thorne as a psychologist won't be renewed for a 4th season.

"Eastbound & Down" ends with a season high
The series finale was watched by 899,000 viewers.

Kelly Clarkson is pregnant

The "Idol" champ is expecting her first baby with new husband Brandon Blackstock.

Fred Dryer joins "Crisis"

The "Hunter" alum will recur as a veteran CIA agent.

Elizabeth Vargas exits rehab
"I am so much better and taking it one day at a time. :)" she tweeted on Tuesday.

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<p>Vince Vaughn tries something different in 'Delivery Man,' and we talked about why he made that choice.</p>

Vince Vaughn tries something different in 'Delivery Man,' and we talked about why he made that choice.

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Vince Vaughn says 'Delivery Man' connects for both adults and young audiences

We talk about striking a very different note in this one

What would motivate any filmmaker to make a film that ends up being a success and then immediately turn around to make that same exact movie again with a different cast?

It's always seemed like a very strange move to me, and I had the same questions about Ken Scott remaking his 2011 film "Starbuck" as the upcoming Vince Vaughn movie "Delivery Man." It also seemed like an odd decision to cast Vaughn in the role, as the slacker charisma of Patrick Huard is almost completely different than the manic giant that Vaughn normally plays. I was curious to talk to Vaughn about what he liked in the material and why he signed on.

Vaughn's been one of those guys I've known and chatted with the entire time I've been writing about movies online. "Swingers" broke out at the very start of my time writing online, and it's been fascinating watching Vaughn work to define himself over time. It has not always been an easy process for him, and he has a reputation as a guy who pushes himself and his collaborators very hard behind the scenes. It seems almost unreal that "Delivery Man" would have come together as quickly and evidently painlessly as it did.

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Don't leave Britney Spears alone in your bedroom: 'Perfume' lyric video

Don't leave Britney Spears alone in your bedroom: 'Perfume' lyric video

Stalking, or looking out for what's yours?

Don’t leave Britney Spears alone in your bedroom. That’s the takeaway from the lyric video from her new ballad, “Perfume.”

The clip features time-lapse Los Angeles traffic footage (see, we do have a skyline!), as the words to the song pop up on screen. “I’ll never tell, tell on myself, but I hope she smells my perfume,” Spears sings as she (or at least her hands) trawl through her lover’s things. She leaves her lip print on a book of matches, goes through his drawers, leaves love notes where they can easily be found, and even spritzes a sheet of paper with her perfume and hides it in her bow-tie-wearing beau’s shirt jacket. To her credit, the cologne she sprays doesn’t even look like it’s one of her signature scents. It’s rare these days for an artist to bypass a product placement, but it looks like Spears did...

There’s a fine line between stalker and just looking out for what’s yours and Spears comes a little close to stalking here, given that her boyfriend is nowhere in sight, but we’ll wait to see how the full video unfurls to decide whether he needs to take out a restraining order.

"Perfume" is the second single from "Britney Jean," Spears' eighth studio album out Dec. 3. Another track, the William Orbit-produced  "Alien," leaked yesterday. Like "Perfume," it features Spears signing rather than her breathy talking vocals as as  on "Work Bitch." She's questioning life beyond earth in the new tune.  Hear "Alien" here.

In the meantime, MTV is offering you a chance to attend Spears' new Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino as part of a new contest. Fans can enter between now and Dec. 1 at

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<p>They're all smiles here, but things get serious this time around for Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson in 'The Hunger&nbsp;Games:&nbsp;Catching Fire'</p>

They're all smiles here, but things get serious this time around for Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

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Harrelson and Hemsworth on fanning the flames of revolution in 'Catching Fire'

We discuss just how much support these supporting characters offer

Thanks to the way the release schedule came together this fall, I have interviewed Woody Harrelson thirty-seven times since September. Thank god it's Woody Harrelson, one of the easiest guys to chat with in this business, because when this happens with a star and with the strange ways things end up getting timed, it's easy to run out of things to talk about, and that doesn't seem to be the case with him.

When I went to the press day that Lionsgate held for 'Catching Fire,' the sequel to 'The Hunger Games,' Harrelson was paired with Liam Hemsworth, who returns as Gale, the young man who grew up with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as her best friend. Both of them play supporting roles in the film and, more than that, both of them are playing characters who have hidden agendas in the film, which means that they've got to play two totally different levels to what's happening from scene to scene.

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<p>Bruce Springsteen, &quot;High Hopes&quot;</p>

Bruce Springsteen, "High Hopes"

How quickly will a new Springsteen album follow Nov. 25's 'High Hopes' release?

We have 'High Hopes' for an early 2014 arrival.

Bruce Springsteen will release a new single, “High Hopes,” next Monday. The bigger question is how quickly will a new studio album, his 18th, follow?

Yesterday, the internet ran wild with rumors that Springsteen would put out “High Hopes” today, but last night his website,, squelched that by putting up a single cover and news that the tune will come out next Monday, Nov. 25.

Now speculation is that a new Springsteen album, his first since 2012’s “Wrecking Ball,” could come out as early as January, according to Billboard.

Fans know that Springsteen has been in the studio, including while he was on the road in Australia, where it seems that “High Hopes” was recorded.  “We’ve never had a recording session during a tour in our lives,” he told Rolling Stone. “We did a couple of things that I wanted to put down. So that was very exciting.”

Springsteen included a version of the tune in the 1996 documentary, “Blood Brothers,” but next Tuesday’s rendition was recorded this summer with Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello. The guitarist was filling in for Steven Van Zandt, who was filming “Lillehammer.” 

Since 2002’s “The Rising,” Springsteen has released six studio albums and he told Rolling Stone that he’s feeling prolific. “I have a lot of material. I still feel like I’m in the middle of the well.”

Springsteen is on a little break from touring right now, and presumably in the studio. After coming off the road in late September, he said, “A week or two later, after stopping [touring], I’m in the studio working, making a demo.”

 In January, Springsteen and the E Street Band will play South Africa for the first time, which makes it a little doubtful that we’ll see the new album before those Jan. 26-Feb. 1 shows, but it’s good to know it’s coming. His last two sets were both released in the first quarter. Given that he is playing in South Africa the night of the Grammy Awards (Jan. 26), he won't have that platform to kick off the new set like he did "Wrecking Ball," or the Super Bowl half-time, which he used to promote 2009's "Working On a Dream," which came out a few days before the game.

Below is a loose-limbed version of the song performed by Springsteen and the band in Australia earlier this year.Under that is the Havalinas' original version. Unlike Springsteen's take of Jimmy Cliff's "Trapped," he stays pretty faithful to the original here.

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<p>Jane Levy of &quot;Suburgatory&quot;</p>

Jane Levy of "Suburgatory"

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ABC pushes 'Revenge' to 10, sets midseason launches for 'Suburgatory,' ''Mixology' and more

When will 'Mind Games' and 'The Bachelor' premiere?
Coming off a difficult fall, ABC is shaking things up at midseason.
On Tuesday (November 19), ABC announced its full midseason schedule, which includes a time period shift for "Revenge," the return of "Suburgatory" to a familiar home, season premieres for "The Bachelor" and "The Taste," plus series launches for "Killer Women," "Mind Games," "Mixology," "Resurrection" and "The Assets."
Let's look at things chronologically, shall we?
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'Family Guy' stars get a huge raise

"Family Guy" stars get a huge raise

Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis and Mike Henry will each get a raise of up to $175,000 to $225,000 an episode for at least two seasons. The raise doesn't apply to Seth MacFarlane, who has his own separate deal.

Dwayne Wade's life may become a Fox comedy

Three The Hard Way" will be inspired by the NBA superstar's book, "A Father First."

Nurses' complaints prompt MTV to move "Scrubbing In" to midnight -- with editing

American Nurses Association and other nursing groups had complained that the reality show was too focused on hooking up and not the reality of the nursing profession. So episodes will be changed to show more clinical scenes.

FX orders Guillermo del Toro's vampire drama "The Strain"
The drama thriller will premiere in July 2014 with a 13-episode order, and the involvement of "Lost's" Carlton Cuse.

E! to air a "Heidi & Spencer" special
"After Shock: Heidi & Spencer" will look back at Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt's reality journey, featuring new interviews. It airs Dec. 9.

NeNe Leakes OK after doctors discover blood clots in her lung

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" had gone tot he hospital recently complaining of having a shortness of breath.

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<p>Mickey Mouse is literally busting out of the screen in the new short film 'Get A Horse'</p>

Mickey Mouse is literally busting out of the screen in the new short film 'Get A Horse'

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As he celebrates his 85th birthday, does Mickey Mouse still matter?

As he heads back to theaters next week, it's a question worth asking

As I mentioned in my review of Disney's newest animated feature film, "Frozen," there is also a short that's going to be playing in front of the movie, and as much as I would recommend the feature, I would also urge anyone who's an animation fan in a broad general sense to check it out for the short, "Get A Horse."

Directed by Lauren MacMullan, the short connects the present to the past in a fascinating way, and it is absolutely essential to see it in 3D if you want to see what the filmmakers had in mind. As I watched the short, I found myself laughing a fair amount, which wasn't wildly surprising at the time. It was only afterwards that it struck me: that might be the first time in my entire life that I have laughed out loud because of something that Mickey Mouse did.

Animation is one of my favorite things about the existence of movies. I cannot overstress how much I love the entire idea of animation, and from childhood on, I have watched anything and everything I could. I spent many of my childhood years in Florida, close enough to Walt Disney World that we went as often as eight or nine times a year. It's easy to see how large a shadow Disney animation has cast over the entire art form, and there is no denying that Mickey Mouse is an icon, instantly recognizable around the world.

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<p>Patton Oswalt</p>

Patton Oswalt

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Yay, Patton Oswalt is hosting the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards

Annual telecast will air Saturday March 1 on IFC

While the awards season is often full of intense competition and tear-jerking films, Patton Oswalt promises to bring some funny this time around.

The comedian will serve as host for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

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Does Frank Darabont still watch 'The Walking Dead'? 'Are you f*cking kidding me? No...

Does Frank Darabont still watch "The Walking Dead"? "Are you f*cking kidding me? No..."

Darabont tells Rolling Stone of his abrupt exit: "...I had to take some time off after that to really reassess everything, to really get over the emotional devastation of having some truly malevolent people tear asunder a brilliant family that had gathered to create this hit for them. It was a very, very deep and loving family, the cast and the crew, and to have that torn apart was – when somebody throws a hand-grenade into that situation, it's tremendously emotionally trying. So would I want to watch another episode of The Walking Dead after that? Are you f*cking kidding me? No, you put that traumatic disappointment behind you and move on with your life."

ABC unveils midseason schedule: "Revenge" moves, "Mixology" goes after "Modern Family"
"Revenge" will air at 10 pm on Sundays when it returns on March 9. Its 9 pm timeslot will be replaced by "Resurrection." UPDATE: ABC cancels "Betrayal."

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford reacts to the "SNL" spoof of him
"It's crazy, man."

BBC America and YouTube will show "The Doctor Who 50th Live Pre-Show" special

The special will air 20 minutes before the 50th anniversary special airs on Saturday.

CNN will actually try out 2 shows at 11 pm

Don Lemon will host "The 11th Hour" for three week when Erin Burnett goes on maternity leave, while Brooke Baldwin will host "CNN Today" from 11:30 to midnight. Also, Lemon and Jake Tapper will fill in on Burnett's primetime show.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Last Tycoon" to be adapted for HBO

The writer of "Captain Phillips," Billy Ray, is set to write and direct the project based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's final unfinished novel.

Sarah Silverman releases a new music video

Check out "Diva."

Introducing "NCIS" analyst Ellie Bishop

Here's a preview of Emily Wickersham in her new role.

Could Sherri Shepherd leave "The View," too?
RadarOnline claims Shepherd fears she's going to be cut when Barbara Walters leaves.

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