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<p>Miley Cyrus</p>

Miley Cyrus

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Lorde, Eminem, Miley Cyrus dominate the Hot 100

Lady Gaga's 'Applause' and Katy Perry's 'Roar' also make some, er, noise

Lorde’s “Royals” spends its seventh week atop the Billboard Hot 100, making it the hit of the fall.  The big question is if Eminem will knock the crown off the song next week.

Eminem’s duet with Rihanna, “The Monster,” climbs 3-2 and is his highest rank on the Billboard Hot 100 since his 2010 duet with Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie,” which spent 8 weeks at No. 1.

Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” switches places with “The Monster,” falling 2-3, while Katy Perry’s former chart topper, “Roar,” holds at No. 4 and Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” stays at No. 5. (Perry’s new single, “Unconditionally,” rises 25-21).

Rounding out the  Top 10, Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, inches 7-6 (after peaking at No. 4), and OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” soars 9-7, according to Billboard.

Lady Gaga’s latest, the gorgeous ballad “Dope,” enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 8, powered by her performance of the song at the YouTube Music Awards and MTV’s EMAs. It is Lady Gaga’s 13th Hot 100 top 10. She also occupies No. 10 with “Artpop’s” first single, “Applause.”

At No. 9 is Imagine Dragons’ “Demons,” which slips 8-9.

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<p>FXX&nbsp;has canceled &quot;Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.&quot;</p>

FXX has canceled "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell."

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FXX cancels 'Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell' talk show

With 'Biased' canceled and 'Chozen' staying on FX, what exactly is the new channel about?

FXX, the new FX spin-off channel, has its first cancellation: "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," as first reported by Defamer and confirmed by HitFix. There will be original episodes tonight and tomorrow, and the series will end with one final "Mixtape" edition on Sunday night.

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<p>Imagine Dragons in &quot;On Top of the World&quot;</p>

Imagine Dragons in "On Top of the World"

Imagine Dragons' fun new video for 'Top of the World': Cue the conspiracy theories

It's all about the kid in the tin-foil hat

Imagine Dragons has certainly had a great year as its mainstream breakthrough continued with tunes like  “Radioactive,” “It’s Time,”  and “Demons.”

For the jaunty “Top of the World,” the group takes a decidedly lighthearted approach. They take the idea of “Top of the World” literally, as the video reacts the 1969 moon landing, as seen through the eyes of hippies, tin-foil-wearing space-loving children, the astronauts, and even Richard Nixon.

The Matt Eastin and Corey Fox-directed video is one of those clips that you notice new things every time you watch, including the spoof of the Beatles’ Abbey Road crossing and the notion that the moon landing was a staged event and didn’t really happen. Let your conspiracy theories begin now.

There are no fighting puppets as in the “Radioactive” clip, but there is a hyper monkey.

However, for pure heart, Imagine Dragons’ video for “Demons,” which features them with a hardcore teenage fan, Tyler Robinson,  who died of cancer remains their most moving and is a testament to the bond between and act and its fans.

Imagine Dragons is on an international tour in support of "Night Visions," and will return stateside for a new U.S. outing starting in February.


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"Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice'

 'Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice'

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Exclusive clip: 'Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice' goes deep

Finding gold isn't easy - and it's even tougher under water

You know, searching for gold isn't easy. Doing it in icy water? Even harder. But that's exactly what the brave (and crazy) souls on "Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice" (Fridays at 10:00 p.m. on the Discovery Channel) are up to. 

In an exclusive clip from this week's show, The Clark captain Zeke Tenhoff heads under the ice with a member of his diving crew to check out a new piece of equipment that is capable of sucking up more gold.  However, with more equipment comes more danger and the chance to get stuck under the ice. 

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FXX cancels 'Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell'

FXX cancels "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell"
The Chris Rock-produced talk show's audience has been vanishing ever since he moved to FXX. The final show airs Thursday.

Aisha Tyler will appear on Ryan Murphy's "Open"
She'll guest on the HBO human sexuality drama pilot.

E! announces the 1st-ever Kardashian Christmas special
The 90-minute "Keeping Up With the Kardashians: A Very Merry Christmas" airs on Dec. 1.

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'Orange is the New Black' will compete as a drama at Emmys and Golden Globes, pitting it against 'House of Cards'

"Orange is the New Black" will compete as a drama at Emmys and Golden Globes, pitting it against "House of Cards"

Netflix wouldn't say why it made the switch. It was assumed "Orange is the New Black" would compete as a comedy so it wouldn't go head-to-head with "House of Cards." PLUS: Laura Prepon goes brunette for her "Orange" return.

Eddie Murphy reuniting with Arsenio
Murphy will stop by his "Coming to America" pal's new talk show on Nov. 19.

Mariah Carey says "I hated" working on "American Idol," especially with "Satan"

"Honestly, I hated it," she said today in a radio interview, adding, in a likely diss of Nick Minaj: "It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan."

Discovery Channel orders "Dude, You're Screwed!"
The survival reality show will "kidnap" and plop down five survival experts in a harsh environment. Discovery originally titled the show "Catch and Release."

Syfy developing "Beowulf"
The Old English heroic epic poem is becoming a TV series.

E! airing a 90-minute Britney Spears documentary
Airing three days before Christmas, "I Am Britney Jean" promises to give "an intimate look" at "one of the most overexposed yet under-revealed stars of today."

"The Real World" no more: Exes twist will damage the MTV reality institution
Witout its tried-and-true formula, it's just not "The Real World" anymore.

"Game of Thrones" DVD will go inside the Red Wedding

Watch a preview of the Season 3 DVD.

Watch a "Space Jam" spoof of ESPN's "30 for 30"
"The Space Jam Game" featuring Michael Jordan.

Nickelodeon orders a "Go Viral" children's game show from Ryan Seacrest
Kids will compete in elimination challenges that use viral videos.


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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 210

Dan and Alan discuss 'Raising Hope,' 'Almost Human,' 'Ground Floor' and more


Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls. 
It's a bit late in the week, but it's still time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
We've had a couple slow weeks for premieres, but this week we've got a couple new shows -- "Ground Floor" and "Almost Human" -- an HBO filmed play -- "Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth" -- and the return of FOX's "Raising Hope." We also answered a little mail.
Today's breakdown:
"Ground Floor" 00:02:10 - 00:17:05
"Raising Hope" 00:17:10 - 00:30:40
"Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth" (00:30:40 - 00:42:45)
"Almost Human" (00:42:45 - 00:55:55)
Listener Mail - International audience (00:56:15 - 01:01:00)
Listener Mail - Singling out "SNL" for race problems (01:01:05 - 01:10:55)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.


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Firewall & Iceberg, episode 210

Dan and Alan also review HBO's Mike Tyson special and the new season of 'Raising Hope'


Time for a mid-week installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I review a new comedy, a new drama, a returning comedy and a filmed performance of a one-man stage show, all while opening the mailbag. And, once again, please vote for us in the Podcast Awards.

Warning: Dan uses a word you can't say on broadcast television (but can say on "Ground Floor") in the final listener mail segment.

The rundown:

"Ground Floor" 00:02:10 - 00:17:05
"Raising Hope" 00:17:10 - 00:30:40
"Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth" (00:30:40 - 00:42:45)
"Almost Human" (00:42:45 - 00:55:55)
Listener Mail - International audience (00:56:15 - 01:01:00)
Listener Mail - Singling out "SNL" for race problems (01:01:05 - 01:10:55)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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<p>B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman in &quot;Saving Mr. Banks.&quot;</p>

B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman in "Saving Mr. Banks."

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The Long Shot: Acting important and playing nice

Balancing likeability with laudability in the Oscar race
"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." If I were being accurate, I could attribute this quote to John Cassis. Since I'm being honest, I'll admit that I've always attributed it to a poster on the wall of Mrs. Rindner's first-grade classroom, where it was accompanied by an adorable image of a ginger kitten looking as morally conflicted as a file-photo ginger kitten can look. (Not very, then.) I read it many times, puzzling over its relative validity. Aged five, I think I admired the sentiment more than I believed it; aged 30, that's still the case, though I do think of those words often during the Oscar season.
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Tim Gunn

 Tim Gunn

'Project Runway' mentor Tim Gunn gets his own Lifetime show

Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos join him

Finally! Tim Gunn has landed his own fashion competition series on Lifetime. "Under the Gunn" premieres Jan. 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET, and really, not a moment too soon.  America’s favorite mentor will pass the torch to "Project Runway" alumni Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos. The trio has shown their prowess on the runway as contestants, but now must prove they have the vision and business savvy to mentor and manage a fashion empire with 15 new up-and-coming designers under their watch.   

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<p>A&nbsp;scene from &quot;Captain Phillips&quot;</p>

A scene from "Captain Phillips"

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Composer Henry Jackman on 'musical constraint' and minimalism in 'Captain Phillips'

How Paul Greengrass' journalistic sense of skepticism informed the score

For the past month, "Captain Phillips" has riveted filmgoers and critics with its uber-realistic take on piracy and hostage-taking. One might expect a film with such a harrowing story and epic scope would have a similarly dramatic score. But the work of composer Henry Jackman, though extremely complementary to what was seen on screen, ended up being far from the theme-heavy bombastic music that is frequently on display in such epics.

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Maya Rudolph reunites with Lorne Michaels for an NBC variety pilot

Maya Rudolph reunites with Lorne Michaels for an NBC variety pilot
The former "SNL" star will film a primetime variety pilot that will air after the Winter Olympics as a special. If it's a success, it'll be picked up to series.

Jeff Probst will be naked on "Two and a Half Men"
Check out the "Survivor" host's cameo -- in the buff.

"Under the Gunn": Tim Gunn gets his own Lifetime fashion competition series
The Lifetime competition will also feature "Project Runway" alums Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos.

Another "Friends" reunion: Matthew Perry to join Courteney Cox on "Cougar Town"
Last season, Cox made a cameo on Perry's NBC sitcom "Go On."

Key & Peele team with Judd Apatow for a movie deal
"I love these guys," says Apatow, "because they are riotously, make you sick because you can't stop laughing, funny,"

How to conquer "The Price is Right" with game theory
"You don't even need to know the prices."

CNN to air a documentary on founder Ted Turner
"Ted Turner: The Maverick Man," hosted by Wolf Blitzer, airs on Sunday.

"Twilight"/"Dexter" writer Melissa Rosenberg to pen Netflix's "Jessica Jones"

Rosenberg initially worked on developing a show about the Marvel character three years ago.

Maria Sharapova joins NBC's Winter Olympics coverage

The tennis champion actually spent some of her early childhood in Sochi.

Matt Lauer & Ellen DeGeneres pretend to be Hoda & Kathie Lee
Watch them reenact the 4th hour of "Today." PLUS: Lauer had to wear a "testicle vice" when he dressed as Pam Anderson for Halloween.

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