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<p>Marcia Gay Harden and Emma Stone in &quot;Magic in the Moonlight.&quot;</p>

Marcia Gay Harden and Emma Stone in "Magic in the Moonlight."

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Emma Stone goes rustic in first glimpse of Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Can the film meet the bar set by 'Blue Jasmine?'

I'm keeping my expectations tempered for Woody Allen's 2014 project, "Magic in the Moonlight" -- which officially revealed its title today, along with a couple of first-look images. It's been a while since Allen strung together two successful films in a row, so after the justly acclaimed (and unexpectedly popular) "Blue Jasmine," recent form dictates that his follow-up will be more of a "To Rome With Love."

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<p>I'm not sure if Agent Coulson is a clone or not on 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.', but I'm 100% sure that Jemma Simmons is played by 23-year-old Jennifer Garner.</p>

I'm not sure if Agent Coulson is a clone or not on 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.', but I'm 100% sure that Jemma Simmons is played by 23-year-old Jennifer Garner.

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Review: Is every week going to see Coulson's past come back on 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'?

The fourth episode already starts to cover familiar ground

With the announcement that Marvel has four more dramatic series and a mini-series that it is developing, it is clear that television is the next beachhead for them. They are planning to make a major impact, and so it is fair to look at "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." as a first indication of how they think about TV.

One of the main complaints so far is that it feels like a TV show from the '80s, before the recent push towards a greater sense of realism and character writing, and it's true… no one is going to mistake this for HBO's version of a Marvel Comics show, but it seems like they're trying to build something that fits, in terms of tone, neatly alongside the movies. That can't be easy when you realize how much less money they have in general. So far, it is a conventional TV show with just a bit of sass to it, and if they can turn it into something even better than that, I'll be excited. So far, it doesn't transcend that description at all, but I'm not sure I expected it would.

The fourth episode, called "Eye-Spy," kicks off in Sergel's Square in Stockholm, Sweden, when a group of men in red featureless masks and identical suits calmly march into the square, all carrying briefcases. A young woman wearing headphones seems to get some sort of read off of them when they walk by, and she falls in behind them as they head for the subways. When they all file onto a train, she gets on after them. She's openly watching them by this point, and slowly, they all seem to become aware of her.

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Listen: Katy Perry's 'Prism' song previews
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Listen: Katy Perry's 'Prism' song previews

Hear 90 seconds of each song from the Oct. 22 release

Katy Perry’s “Prism” comes out a week from today, but while you’re waiting to hear her “Roar,” you can listen to 90-snippets of each of the 13 songs above and beyond the handful we’ve already heard: “Roar,” “Dark Horse” and “Walking On Air.”  We've embedded them in for you instead of making you go to ITunes, so it takes a second to load up, but then just press play and enjoy.

 

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<p>Raise your glasses, because Amy and Tina are back for two more years.</p>

Raise your glasses, because Amy and Tina are back for two more years.

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler save awards season and Oscar now has a 2015 job opening

Happy day, happy day

Yes, ladies and gentlemen. Our long national nightmare is over. No, the government is still shut down and Congress is still driving us toward a default, but one of the greatest unanswered questions of the 2014 awards season has been answered: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting the Golden Globes again.

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Bruno Mars' steamy, NSFW 'Gorilla' clip with Freida Pinto as a stripper: Watch
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Bruno Mars' steamy, NSFW 'Gorilla' clip with Freida Pinto as a stripper: Watch

Luis Guzman also make an appearance, keeps his clothes on

I haven’t watched enough episodes of “Nature” to actually know how gorillas make love, but I doubt it involves stripper poles and getting sweaty in the back seat of a car, but that’s how Bruno Mars imagines it in the steamy new clip for “Gorilla.”

The slow groove song from "Unorthodox Jukebox" closes his concerts and it a tour de force. Here, the 2014 Super Bowl headliner takes the action to a strip club, named, appropriately enough, The Jungle, where he is in the backing band for the strippers. He and a hot, hot stripper, played by “Slumdog Millionaire” star Freida Pinto, in a performance that her parents would surely not approve of, have a thing going on. He watches her strip while other men throw money at her, and then they go get it on in the back seat of his car, Gorilla style (I just made that last part up).

It’s a sexy, if somewhat oddly so, song mainly because of the feel and pulse and the Mars-directed video (is there nothing he can’t do?) captures that feeling perfectly, even if the chatty opening set-up with two other strippers and a cameo by Luis Guzman lasts a little too long.

Speaking of the Super Bowl, NFL director of entertainment television and programming Sarah Moll told Billboard that Mars may bring some of his buddies along with him to perform at the half time show on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in E. Rutherford, N.J. “Bruno’s been making some phone calls to some friends,” she said. “We probably will announce another act before the performance.” Given that the temperature will be around 20 degrees, chances are Pinto won’t be joining him, at least not at the character she plays in “Gorilla.”
 

 
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<p>Judy Greer wins for 'Most Gleefully Playful Interview' for 2013 for me, I think.</p>

Judy Greer wins for 'Most Gleefully Playful Interview' for 2013 for me, I think.

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Judy Greer quotes 'Archer' and confesses her fear of teenage girls in 'Carrie'

Watch how happy this interview makes me

When you discuss "movie stars," the real definition has to do with both commercial bankability and overall appeal, and it's a term that can be abused wildly. I also think it's too restrictive, because there are tons of actors who may not be the name that you put on a poster or the name that gets something financed, but audiences who love them love them wildly because, film after film and show after show, they make choices that stand out, or they take ordinary dialogue and spin it in just the right way, or because we just plain like to see what they do.

That's Judy Greer all over. From her breakthrough role as Fern in "Jawbreaker" to memorable smaller appearances in "Three Kings" and "What Planet Are You From" and "What Women Want" to bigger appearances in "13 Going On 30" and "Adaptation" and "The Village," she built a reputation as someone who could take even a thankless role as "the best friend" and turn it into something that stands out. I've been a fan for so long now that it seems crazy to me that even as recently as 2008, in "27 Dresses," she was still considered something of a discovery for many viewers. It was her work in "The Descendants" that seems to have kicked open some bigger doors for her, and I'm always rooting for filmmakers to give her something great to do.

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Wes Anderson and an all star cast check in with new 'Grand Budapest Hotel' poster
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Wes Anderson and an all star cast check in with new 'Grand Budapest Hotel' poster

Ralph Fiennes and Saoirse Ronan lead a line-up packed with the director's regulars

Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is finally taking reservations.

The director's follow-up to "Moonrise Kingdom" boasts perhaps his biggest cast yet in a 1920s-set tale about a concierge (Ralph Fiennes) at a fancy hotel taking a younger employee (Saoirse Ronan) under his wing.

It won't hit screens until sometime next year, but Fox Searchlight has started rolling out the marketing campaign today by unveiling a very Anderson-esque poster.

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'Homeland' holds up vs. 'The Walking Dead'


"Homeland" holds up vs. "The Walking Dead"
The Showtime series was only down slightly head-to-head with the AMC hit, despite recent critical darts.


Lady Gaga & The Muppets team up for an ABC holiday TV special
Details are being kept under wraps, but Gaga has a history with The Muppets, having brought Kermit the Frog as her date to the 2009 VMAs.


"The Bible" movie to hit theaters in February 2014

Mark Burnett's 10-part History channel miniseries has been edited down to a 2 hour and 15 minute feature film.


See the trailer for MTV's "Generation Cryo" documentary series
The six-parter tells the story of a 17-year-old girl who learns she has 15 half-siblings who share the same father/sperm donor.


John Leguizamo gets an HBO special
His one-man show, "Ghetto Klown," will be shown on Nov. 16.


Today is "National Grouch Day"

Sesame Street magazine has decided to turn Oct. 15 into a holiday.


NFL Network tonight celebrates Michael Strahan's life
"A Football Life" follows Strahan's career from New York Giant to "Live!" co-host.

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<p>Jack O'Connell in &quot;Starred Up.&quot;</p>

Jack O'Connell in "Starred Up."

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Review: Jack O'Connell arrives in bruising British prison drama 'Starred Up'

Rough violence but sleek craft in director David Mackenzie's best film to date

LONDON - Two promises are fulfilled -- one with more time to spare than the other -- in David Mackenzie's "Starred Up," a wholly prison-set nightmare picture that careers wildly between the punchy and the plain punch-drunk, and fascinates equally in either register. For the hitherto raggedly gifted Scots filmmaker Mackenzie, it's the film that most satisfyingly stitches together his twin impulses toward grit and grace, energizing familiar genre terrain with a coarse but literate ear and violently poetic eye. For his 23-year-old leading man, Jack O'Connell, it's a gratifyingly early arrival, a seemingly bespoke vehicle that jolts his wild, woolly talent into something that looks a lot like stardom. "Starred up" is British penal jargon for the contentious promotion of a juvenile offender promoted to adult status; for a film that consolidates this much raw potential, it seems an oddly appropriate title.

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Avril Lavigne's ghostly video for 'Let Me Go' with Chad Kroeger: Watch

Avril Lavigne's ghostly video for 'Let Me Go' with Chad Kroeger: Watch

Either someone died young or has a very good plastic surgeon

Avril Lavigne and husband Chad Kroeger have a love that spans generations, proving that true love never dies even if those involved end the relationship.

In this poignant video for “Let Me Go,” Lavigne, who may or may not be a ghost, sits in her lovely mansion, alone, playing the sad love song. She is young and beautiful. A much-older handyman, raking leaves off of concrete (?) outside the estate, enters, picks up a guitar and, somehow, transforms into the younger, current day Kroeger.

Lavigne, who usually looks like she’d rather be drawn and quartered than be in a music video, looks beautiful here and more comfortable in front of the camera than ever before. The younger Kroeger appoaches her, stands behind her as she plays with his arm on her shoulder, but the two only make fleeting contact, giving more credence to the notion that Lavigne is a ghost. Add in the broken hourglass and there you have it.

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<p>Britney Spears</p>

Britney Spears

Britney Spears reveals title of her new album

Set will be her most 'personal' one yet

Britney Spears has said that her new album is her most personal, and now she’s backing that up by calling the Dec. 3 release by her name, “Britney Jean.”

Spears revealed the title during an interview with British radio station, Capital FM.  “It’s a personal album, and all my family, they always call me Britney Jean,” she said. “It’s like a term of endearment, and I just wanted to share that with my friends.” She wasn't willing to give away too much information, however; when asked if the album would include a duet with Miley Cyrus, she replied, "You'll have to wait and see." As you know, Spears duets with Cyrus on "SMS (Bangerz)" on Cyrus's charttopping album, "Bangerz." 

The album’s first single, “Work Bitch,” peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 (so far), but Spears’ manager Larry Rudolph told MTV News that the rest of the album is not like the dance tune. “There are multiple, multiple layers, things like you’ve never heard from her before,” he said. “She’s written on every song on the album, which is a first for her, and it’s a very personal album for her, and I think people are going to love it.”

December will be a big month for Spears: in addition to the “Britney Jean’s” album release, she starts her two-year Planet Hollywood residency in Las Vegas on Dec. 27.





 

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<p>Clark Gregg of &quot;Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'</p>

Clark Gregg of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

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Ratings Analysis: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and 'Sleepy Hollow' are Live+7 Premiere Week winners

NBC's 'The Blacklist' and CBS' 'Big Bang Theory' are also winners
TV ratings are not, as a rule, about delayed gratification. Overnight ratings arrive first thing in the morning. Live+Same Day Nationals come mid-afternoon the next day. Live+3 Day DVR numbers come five or six days after premiere.
 
But Live+7 figures? They take a solid three weeks to show up for some reason.
 
Don't ask me. I don't make the rules.
 
If networks made the rules, they'd want Live+7 audience figures to be deeply meaningful, because everybody wants to maximize the perceived audience for their shows. They'd want to include Live+7, but also OnDemand and Hulu and Netflix and iTunes and streaming and everything else. They don't get to and so it's hard to know what value Live+7 figures actually have. Last year, ABC cancelled shows with 60 percent ("666 Park Avenue") and 71 percent ("Private Practice") Live+7 growth among adults 18-49 and replaced those shows with "Betrayal" and "Lucky 7." As a rule, Live+7 ratings are less exciting than you probably want them to be. Successful shows generally get big bumps in viewers and 18-49 ratings, but maybe not high percentage bumps. Low rated shows get high percentage bumps, but that's because they start off low rated to begin with. Low rated shows that don't get high percentage bumps just get cancelled. 
 
I probably won't look at Live+7 ratings very often, but the Live+7 figures just came in for Premiere Week, Monday, September 23 through Sunday. September 29.
 
Let's give a look to the numbers...
 
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