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'Revolution' gets Bret Michaels to play a version of himself

"Revolution" gets Bret Michaels to play a version of himself
During his guest appearance, Michaels is expected to play an acoustic version of Every Rose Has Its Thorn."

FX promoting Guillermo del Toro's "The Strain" without mentioning "The Strain"
Check out the cryptic rat-filled promo that aired during "The Walking Dead's" midseason finale. There's no mention of "The Strain," but The Hollywood Reporter says it is indeed a promo for the upcoming vampire drama.

BBC making a Laurel & Hardy biopic
The 90-minute film will examine the comedy duo's disastrous 1953 tour of the UK, in which Oliver Hardy suffered a heart attack and died shortly after the tour finished.

"Sherlock" will unveil a bonus mini-episode for Christmas
"Many Happy Returns" will be like a prequel to Season 3.

Constance Zimmer joins NBC's "Growing Up Fisher"
The "Entourage" and "Newsroom" alum will also guest on the USA pilot "Complications."

"Dish Nation" renewed

The syndicated celebrity gossip show will be back for a 3rd season.

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Justin Bieber shows his vulnerable side in 'All That Matters' video: Watch

Justin Bieber shows his vulnerable side in 'All That Matters' video: Watch

Then he rubs his crotch

In his video for the slinky, slow jam, “All That Matters,” Bieber and model Cailin Russo go through the motions. By that, we mean she  slinks around in a leather outfit and pearls (because she’s classy, y’all), performing stripper moves and reclining on a motorcycle, while he occasionally makes out with her, but mainly just watches her, in the Colin Tilley-directed clip.

When he’s not doing that, he’s looking like a wounded pup, straight into the camera. It’s a dimly-shot video full of striking cuts, all meant to show how much her love means means to him. And for the ladies, there are also a few shots of a shirtless Bieber rubbing his crotch, if that’s your thing. 


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"Life Below Zero: Long Road Home"

 "Life Below Zero: Long Road Home"

Credit: Nat Geo

Exclusive clip: It's a race against time on 'Life Below Zero'

Alaska's crazy weather grounds planes and sends one man packing

Alaska is not the easiest place in which to live. Actually, it's a pretty damn hard place in which to live, at least if you go by what you see on "LIfe Below Zero: Long Road Home" (Tues. Dec. 3 at 10:00 p.m. ET on Nat Geo). In this exclusive clip, we see why it's really, really important for Sue to get fuel to run her company. As the only emergency airport for 100 miles, fliers are grounded and worse, can't fly in -- and she hasn't gotten a shipment for a week.

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<p>Best Supporting&nbsp;Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence in &quot;American&nbsp;Hustle&quot;</p>

Best Supporting Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence in "American Hustle"

Credit: Sony Pictures

'American Hustle' wins big with New York Film Critics Circle

Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett take top acting honors

David O. Russell's "American Hustle" was crowned the best film of 2013 today by the New York Film Critics Circle, capping off a nearly five-hour vote and marking the first critics awards announcement of the year. The film also received wins for Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) and Best Screenplay.

From NY Mag's Vulture blog, this is worth noting:

"According to our critic David Edelstein, who is one of the NYFCC's members, the final vote for Best Picture resulted in a rare tie-breaker. NYFCC by-laws prevent the actual numbers from being released, but Edelstein said there was a strong American Hustle camp and a strong 12 Years a Slave camp (reflected in McQueen's best director win), and that the vote was remarkably close, with some members expressing 'visible dismay' when the final number was tallied."

Interesting. Also, Lou Lumenick has a breakdown of the balloting which I guess you can use to suss out runners-up and whatnot.

Check out a running commentary of the wins below and offer up your thoughts, whatever they may be, in the comments section below.

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Metallica puts its Orion Music + More Festival on hiatus for 2014

Future of the two-day multi-artist event is in doubt

After two years of running the Orion Music + More Festival, Metallica will take 2014 off from the two-day fest to tour Europe instead.  It is unclear if the festival will return in 2015, according to Billboard.

The metal group started launched the multi-artist/multi-genre festival in 2012 in Atlantic City, N.J. and then held the 2013 edition in Detroit. The fests featured acts from all different formats of music hand picked by the band members, as well as attractions that focused on each of their personalities, including car shows, horror film tents, etc.

Back in September, Metallica lead singer James Hetfield told Billboard that he was pleased with how the second iteration went: “We loved it. I think it went smoother than the previous one.”

Even so, he added that the band and promoter, C3 Presents, weren’t sure if they were ready to commit to further festivals.  "It's the money part, man, at the end of the day... We know that festivals don't make money right away, for sure. It's not that we're out to make money; we're at least out to break even, and it certainly has not broken even yet. It's an expensive barbecue at this point."

With more dates to be added, Metallica has already announced six shows for its Spring/Summer European tour.


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HGTV 'Curb Appeal' star dies after a car crashes into his motorcycle

HGTV "Curb Appeal" star dies after a car crashes into his motorcycle
Bill Beckwith, who co-hosts the HGTV series, was riding his motorcycle last night in San Francisco when a car struck and killed. Beckwith was 38.

All original "Glee" stars were invited for Episode 100

Ryan Murphy tweeted: "ALL The Glee Originals received invites today to be in our 100th episode! More to follow."

Steve Buscemi pays a teary tribute to James Gandolfini
Watch the "Boardwalk Empire" star's salute to his former "Sopranos" co-star from last night's Gotham Film Awards. PLUS: Gandolfini's widow is still "expecting him to come through the door, come home."

Another death to hit "Nashville"
That'll be three deaths in less than a year.

"South Park's" 3-episode "Game of Thrones" trilogy ends this week

Wednesday's episode is titled "T*tties and Dragons." PLUS: "Game of Thrones" stars pose with their action figures.

Jay Leno lost control of the same model Porsche that Paul Walker died in
Leno spun out in 2005 while driving a Porsche Carrera GT at 182 miles per hour.

Watch the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" Season 9 trailer

It includes Kanye's baseball park proposal to Kim.

"The Good Wife" adds British actor Matthew Goode
He'll recur as a prosecutor who befriends Alicia.

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<p>Alex Gibney's &quot;The Armstrong Lie&quot;</p>

Alex Gibney's "The Armstrong Lie"

Credit: Sony Classics

At least Alex Gibney got ONE of his docs to the next phase of Academy voting

Critical faves 'The Act of Killing' and 'Stories We Tell' survive the slaughter

The Academy has narrowed the field of 147 documentary feature contenders to 15, and the key omissions appear to be Alex Gibney's "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks," Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's "After Tiller" and and Errol Morris' "The Unknown Known," among others.

However, Gibney can take heart that his other 2013 project, "The Armstrong Lie," was on the list. And most of the year's critical hits of the form — "The Act of Killing," "Blackfish," "Stories We Tell" — survived the slaughter.

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Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

 Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

Exclusive clip: Snooki has no regrets about her old, trashy life

The 'Jersey Shore' star says she's fit for a good reason

Remember the old Snooki? The drunken, sloppy, dancing-on-tables Snooki? Well, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is thin, fit and sober these days. She's doing things like appearing on "Dancing with the Stars" and taking care of her baby boy. But she's still funny, as we can see in this exclusive clip form "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" (Sun. Dec. 8 at 10:00 p.m. ET on OWN). And she has awesome biceps. So there!

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<p>Chiwetel Ejiofor in &quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;</p>

Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave"

Credit: Fox Searchlight

Exclusive: '12 Years,' 'Rush' and 'Mandela' among 2013 films not eligible for WGA Awards

The annual guild pruning leaves room to maneuver for other hopefuls

John Ridley's adaptation of the trials and tribulations of former slave Solomon Northup, Peter Morgan's account of James Hunt and Niki Lauda's Formula One racing rivalry and Ryan Coogler's testament to the tragically short life of Bay Area father Oscar Grant are just a handful of screenplays that won't be eligible for nominations from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) this year, HitFix has learned.

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Louis CK signs exclusive deal to develop new shows for FX

Louis CK signs exclusive deal to develop new shows for FX
Under the deal, Louis CK will create new shows via his Pig Newton production company.

Showtime's "Inside Comedy" will feature Jimmy Fallon, Bette Midler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Season 3 will also include interviews with Jonah Hill, Zach Galifianakas, Dick Van Dyke, Alan Arkin and Richard Belzer.

"The Blacklist" ends the fall with its highest ratings since the finale
This week's episode was up 12% over last week.

"Inside Amy Schumer" returns in April, "Kroll Show" is back in January
Paul Giamatti and Questlove will be among the guests on Season 2 of Amy Schumer's comedy show, which returns April 1. Nick Kroll, meanwhile, will be back on Jan. 14.

Showtime teases "House of Lies"
Here's a glimpse of Season 3.

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Will CNN remake itself to look like Discovery, History, A&E and Nat Geo?

Will CNN remake itself to look like Discovery, History, A&E and Nat Geo?
CNN boss Jeff Zucker wants to shake up the news network to have "attitude" and to appeal to viewers of those cable networks. "The goal for the next six months, is that we need more shows and less newscasts," he says, noting that the No. 1 show on CNN is Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown."

Netflix is breaking away from the binge-watching model with "Turbo Fast"
The first five episodes of the Dreamworks Animation kids show will be released on Christmas Eve, while the rest of the episodes will be spread out in 2014.

"The Real World: Ex-Plosion": Watch the 1st trailer

Here's a glimpse of the game-changing season. PLUS: Inside the house.

"Sesame Street" visits "Watch What Happens Live"
Andy Cohen today is filming "Watch Yuck Happen Live" with Oscar the Grouch.

Listen to "The Sound of Music Live" soundtrack

The songs from the Dec. 5 musical starring Carrie Underwood are now streaming.

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<p>Megan Boone on Monday's &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

Megan Boone on Monday's "The Blacklist"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Blacklist' fall finale ends strong as NBC wins Monday

Lack of 'Dancing' frees up some Monday viewers
Fast National ratings for Monday, December 2, 2013.
With "Dancing with the Stars" done for this installment, NBC's "The Voice" got a big week-to-week bump, as did "The Blacklist," which ended its 2013 run with its best numbers in months. The result was easy Monday wins in all measures. 
[Note that NBC had the NFL preemption in New Orleans, so there will be some drops in Finals.]
Without ABC's viewer-hogging reality hit, CBS' "Mike & Molly," "2 Broke Girls" and "Mom" all rose slightly overall, though the absence of "Dancing" couldn't keep "Almost Human" from another small drop in its third week. 
Meanwhile, holiday programming kept ABC in second overall and lifted "The CW" very slightly above its normal Monday averages.
On to the numbers...
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