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Tell us what you thought of 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

Tell us what you thought of 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

Peter Jackson's Middle Earth saga concludes (for now) this weekend

We haven't done one of these in a while, as the Oscar season has continued to take hold and staggered releases have made it a little difficult to suss out just how available some of these films might be to a wider audience. But obviously "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" has been blasted out globally, and I imagine there are some opinions on it locked and loaded.

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'SNL’s' Kim Jong-Un quickly retreats when a laser gun trained its sights on him
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'SNL’s' Kim Jong-Un quickly retreats when a laser gun trained its sights on him

Kevin Hart will host 'SNL’s' 1st episode of 2015

“SNL’s” Kim Jong-Un quickly retreats when a laser gun trained its sights on him
“I’m not Bobby Moynihan, I’m Seth Rogen,” said Moynihan, who played the North Korean leader. PLUS: Dr. Evil interrupts “SNL’s” cold open, and “SNL” goes after Serial podcast.

Kevin Hart will host “SNL’s” 1st episode of 2015
Hart hosts for the 2nd time on Jan. 17. He last hosted in March 2013.

Here’s a photo of “The Colbert Report’s” official guest list for the finale
A total of 100 “celebrities" were invited for Thursday’s send-off.

Chris Rock revealed to be Jimmy Fallon’s Hashtag the Panda
Watch Rock take over for Ben Stiller.

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<p>Keith Nale of &quot;Survivor: San Juan Del Sur&quot;</p>

Keith Nale of "Survivor: San Juan Del Sur"

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Interview: Keith Nale talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'

Fourth place castaway talks about sticking to the plan and more

Last night, I posted my interview with the "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" fifth place finisher, Baylor Wilson, who admitted that even though she voted for her mother at Final Tribal, she'd vote for Natalie now if she had the chance.

One Jury member who voted for Natalie, but who was a question-mark in my early guesses, was Keith Nale, a 53-year-old firefighter from Louisiana. Keith, who became something of an Immunity machine post-Merge, protecting himself from several possible vote-outs, knew that Natalie had spared him at at least one Tribal, but he also arrived at Final Tribal with some frustration at the remaining Twinie, accusing her of lying to him.

In the end, Keith explains that he just thought Natalie was more deserving than the other two finalists, which is a pretty legitimate reason to cast a vote, I suppose.

A fan favorite for his "Awww shucks" approach to the game, Keith also made one of the more glaring gaffes this season when he outed his secret alliance by telling a badgering Reed "Just stick to the plan" mid-Tribal.

In our exit interview, Keith talks about the "Just stick to the plan" moment, as well as his surprise at becoming such a challenge threat. It sounds like Keith, who wasn't a big "Survivor" fan coming is, has become a fan, but don't worry, he'll never become the sort of strategic threat Jeremy wanted him to be.

Check out the full Q&A below...

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Taran Killam and Amy Adams

Taran Killam and Amy Adams

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Amy Adams and One Direction

The 'Big Eyes' star returns to 'SNL' after a six-year absence

I’ve covered every episode of “Saturday Night Live” for HitFix for the past five seasons, and I can’t think of a more sustained level of quality than what the show has achieved during its Fall run. We’ve had two great episodes (Martin Freeman, Cameron Diaz), one interesting misfire (Chris Rock), and then six other episodes that have all had much more positive qualities than negative ones. The current cast doesn’t have a true alpha star, but that’s worked in its favor, as the ensemble measures favorably against any in the show’s history. This season’s focus on sketches that work regardless of the current pop-culture landscape has yielded segments that provide laughs now and will stand the test of time. It hasn’t been perfect, but “perfection” isn’t the point of “SNL.” The point is to constantly innovate within its established, successful framework, and this half-season has done that and then some. Will Amy Adams help continue that streak? Let’s find out.

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Craig Ferguson uses famous TV twist endings to say goodbye to 'Late Late Show'

Craig Ferguson uses famous TV twist endings to say goodbye to 'Late Late Show'

Watch Darlene Love’s final 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' Letterman performance

Craig Ferguson uses famous TV twist endings to say goodbye to “Late Late Show"
Ferguson went back to his Mr. Wick character from “The Drew Carey Show” as the final episode paid homage to the endings of “Newhart,” “St. Elsewhere” and “The Sopranos.”

Watch Darlene Love’s final "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” Letterman performance
Compare to her 1st Letterman performance from 1986.

What was Ken Jeong doing on the set of “Glee”?
The “Community” star was spotted on set with Chord Overstreet and Harry Shum Jr.

Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard welcome a 2nd daughter
Delta Bell joins older sister Lincoln.

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Review: Depressing new spin on 'Annie' seems completely embarrassed to be a musical
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Review: Depressing new spin on 'Annie' seems completely embarrassed to be a musical

It's almost too much to bear

As Will Gluck's new film version of "Annie" opens, an adorable red-haired moppet stands in front of her class reading a plucky book report. As she finishes, her teacher rolls his eyes and calls on the next student, Annie B. With that very post-modern move, things are handed over to Quvenzhane Wallis, who approaches her first scene the way she approaches literally every single second of the film: big smile in place, bouncing rather than dancing, and sing-talking her way through songs that demand a much better singer.

Harsh, perhaps, but from start to finish, "Annie" feels like a movie made by people who are deeply embarrassed to be working on a musical, and that's a problem. Wallis, who is an appealing young performer, simply doesn't have the chops for what has traditionally been one of the more demanding leads in a musical for a young performer, and Gluck, along with co-writer Aline Brosh McKenna, has built a film around Wallis that is constantly undercutting the songs, the choreography, and the entire idea of musicals. Jamie Foxx seems like he's the most comfortable out of all the cast members with the music, while Rose Byrne seems to have finally found something she's not awesome at, and Bobby Cannavale is either dubbed by another singer or has the single most "that is not what I would have expected" voice I've ever heard. Cameron Diaz growls her way though a couple of things, and between her singing and the way she plays Mrs. Hannigan, this might actually be cumulatively more uncomfortable than "Sex Tape," no easy feat.

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Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki details the 'dance' of filming 'Birdman'

Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki details the 'dance' of filming 'Birdman'

Also: How did they pull off that crazy Times Square sequence?

When producer John Lesher first told me way back in June that "Birdman" was a bit of a "magic trick" designed to look like a single take, my jaw dropped. How had I not heard about this? "We're not really talking about it too much," he said at the time, a few months ahead of the film's Venice film festival debut. Which is fair enough. You don't want the technique to overshadow the experience of the film.

But then again, the technique of "Birdman" is the experience. It's the thematic soul of its very existence. So naturally, I was dying to talk to cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki ("Chivo") once the season got underway. Only problem: he was stuck in Calgary shooting Alejandro González Iñárritu's follow-up, "The Revenant," a production that runs through April. What???

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'Gone Girl' named the year's best film by Nevada Film Critics Society

'Gone Girl' named the year's best film by Nevada Film Critics Society

Love for 'Nightcrawler' as well

The Nevada Film Critics Society has come along and added another film to the critics/precursor Best Picture hat — David Fincher's "Gone Girl" — bringing the number of films that have received top honors so far this year up to eight. "Nightcrawler" helmer Dan Gilroy won Best Director while Jakye Gyllenhaal and Rosamund Pike took top acting honors.

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<p>&quot;A Home For The Holidays&quot;</p>

"A Home For The Holidays"

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TV Ratings: 'Amazing Race' finale rises, but 2-hour 'Dateline' leads NBC Friday

CBS' 'A Home For The Holidays' special tanks

Fast National ratings for Friday, December 19, 2014.

While NBC's "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" was unimpressive, a two-hour installment of "Dateline" did well enough to push the network to Friday night victory in most measures. 

Over on CBS, the season finale for "The Amazing Race" rose against reduced competition, but a dismal performance from the "A Home For The Holidays" special took the network out of the running for any Friday wins. 

And even in a repeat, ABC's "Shark Tank" tied for Friday's best numbers among young viewers.

On to the ratings...

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<p>Baylor Wilson of &quot;Survivor: San Juan del Sur&quot;</p>

Baylor Wilson of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur"

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Interview: Baylor Wilson talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'

The season's 5th place finisher explains whether Missy really deserved her vote

"Survivor: San Juan del Sur" finished its season on Wednesday (December 17) night with a terrific finale that trimmed the field down from the episode-opening Top 5 of Baylor, Missy, Keith, Jaclyn and Natalie down to four and then three and then a very deserving winner.

Over the next five nights, I'll be posting the five exit interviews I did all before 10:15 on Thursday morning, counting down from fifth place.

It happens that the fifth place elimination was one of the season's most shocking, as Natalie bucked with a long-established plan to go to the finals with Baylor and Missy by playing an Immunity Idol for Jaclyn, turning a shocking vote against the totally blindsided Baylor. 

The season's youngest player at 20, Baylor got a bit of a negative rap through the season for being wishy-washy, for being a brat, for being carried along by her mother Missy. But if you look at certain moments in isolation, Baylor was largely responsible for turning the season's first vote against Nadiya. That ended up being huge for several reasons. Then later, Baylor was integral in convincing her mother to flip on Jon, leading to probably the game's most pivotal move. 

In her exit interview, Baylor talked about those big moves and also about Reed's Final Tribal hostility. She discusses the challenges of playing with her mother.

And at Final Tribal, Baylor voted for her mother and said she felt that Missy played the best game. Does she still feel that way?

Click through for the full Q&A...

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<p>The Season 25 &quot;Amazing Race&quot; cast</p>

The Season 25 "Amazing Race" cast

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' Season 25 Finale - The Winners Are...

Four teams head to Los Angeles will a million bucks on the line

There are several things that have to be discussed in this recap of Friday (December 19) night's "Amazing Race" finale, but I want to get this out of the way:

I don't think Brooke was wrong to be pissed off to see The Candy Girls arrive at the Manila airport after the last Leg and I don't think Adam was wrong to say that he was frustrated.

When I talked to Phil Keoghan about the rash of episodes in which teams didn't go home this season -- Four out of 11 episodes -- he said that people were universally excited by the ending of the last Leg, because it was something they had never seen before. 

True. What they hadn't seen before was a team get spared from elimination at the end of what was, for all intents and purposes, a Leg despite finishing last, only to be immediately rewarded with an Equalizer at the airport, heading into what was, for all intents and purposes, a Leg in which they faced no penalty.

So when Brooke complained that everything they'd done in the previous day was for nothing? Well... She's not wrong. It was a pretty good Leg, with some tough challenges. It asked a lot of the teams. And there was nothing that was gained from it. Brooke & Robbie only got to Phil in first one time in the Race and they got nothing for it, neither a prize nor a single second of time advantage. Everything they did in last week's episode amounted to nothing. And everything Amy & Maya did to struggle, coming in last, amounted to nothing. 

I saw a couple people say that Brooke & Robbie were being sore losers, because hadn't they just survived a Non-Elimination Leg themselves? Sure they had. But that was a real Leg, one that earned Jim & Misti a trip to Vietnam and one that caused Brooke & Robbie to face a Speed-Bump penalty. Was the penalty hard? No. But it was a thing they faced. And since both Legs were in Manila, a time difference remained in place from the previous Leg. 

To me, this was a bad structural decision from the "Amazing Race" producers and I don't buy its value or necessity at all. 


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A sense of cerebral silliness filled Craig Ferguson’s 'Late Late Show'
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A sense of cerebral silliness filled Craig Ferguson’s 'Late Late Show'

Coming to TLC: 'My Husband’s Not Gay'

A sense of cerebral silliness filled Craig Ferguson’s “Late Late Show”
"Over its 2,000-plus episodes,  Ferguson’s 'Late Late Show' became the sort of had-to-be-there joke that remained grateful to any newcomers who wanted to be there too,” says Hank Stuever, a one-time Ferguson guest. "Ratings stayed consistent at around a million-and-a-half viewers each night. Loyal fans were particularly devoted (for evidence of this, look no further than the show’s meticulously and lovingly tended Wikipedia page). Even if Ferguson wasn’t your particular cup of tea, it was impossible not to pick up on the show’s sense of cerebral silliness and joy. Starlets and accomplished actresses were often like putty in his hands. His male guests would frequently turn giddy. Writers almost always wound up talking about something besides their new book.” PLUS: Ferguson’s “Late Late” was its own unique beast, no other talk show host had this level of intimacy with his viewers, Ferguson and Stephen Colbert shared a lot in common, Ferguson was one fan’s sober guiding light, watch a montage of Craig's monologues, the best of Kristen Bell, Ferguson’s most-memorable moments, Ferguson had the ability to combine heart with humor, Ferguson was the best interviewer and loved anarchy, and he’ll be remembered for his storytelling, curiosity, physicality and attraction to risk.

New “Amazing Race” twist: Blind date couples
Next season will be composed of all dating couples, five of whom are on blind dates. PLUS: Former New Kid on the Block Jonathan Knight will compete with his boyfriend next season.

Coming to TLC: “My Husband’s Not Gay”
The January special focuses on four Mormon men who are attracted to other guys, even though three of them are married to women.

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