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<p>Stephen Graham as Al Capone in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Stephen Graham as Al Capone in "Boardwalk Empire."

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'The Good Listener'

Nucky plots his exit strategy, while Capone enjoys celebrity

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I rob Peter to pay Paul...

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Luke Perry is joining 'CSI: Cyber'
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Luke Perry is joining 'CSI: Cyber'

Luke Perry is joining “CSI: Cyber”
The former “Beverly Hills 90210” star will play a former FBI agent-turned-“futurist” who knows about Patricia Arquette’s character’s past.

“Hell on Wheels” shocker, explained
Showrunner John Wirth says of last night’s episode: “I got to say it wasn’t the easiest thing for me to do."

Lea Michele reveals she’ll sing the “Frozen” song on “Glee”
Michele on Friday tweeted out the lyrics to “Let it Go.”

Lauren Conrad weds
“The Hills” star tired the knot Saturday with boyfriend William Tell.

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Liam Neeson on using his 'Taken' clout to get 'Walk Among The Tombstones' made
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Liam Neeson on using his 'Taken' clout to get 'Walk Among The Tombstones' made

We talk about his new twelve-step hero from Lawrence Block's popular book series

"Excalibur" was a formative theatrical experience for me. It was one of the first R-rated films I specifically decided I wanted to see in a theater. I'd seen other R-rated films before that, but always at random and because someone else decided I was going to see it. With "Excalibur," I was crazy to see it, and the film landed on me like a ton of bricks. Surreal, violent, beautiful, explicit, and for a mythology nut, seeing how the film dealt with each of the characters, each of the Arthurian archetypes, I was in love.

One of the guys who made an impression in the film was a young Liam Neeson, and for the rest of the '80s, he racked up a number of performances where, good film or bad, he made an impression. How could he not? No one else looked like him. Slightly over eight feet tall, possessed of an Irish brogue that could be poured like whiskey, he finally started to really move front and center in the second half of the decade. Like anyone trying to build a resume in the '80s, he made a memorable appearance on "Miami Vice," then played major roles in "Suspect," "The Good Mother," the underrated "A Prayer For The Dying," the Dirty Harry film "The Dead Pool," and even the odd Neil Jordan romantic-comedy-wtih-ghosts film "High Spirits."

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Oscar-bound 'Imitation Game' wins Toronto's People's Choice Award
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Oscar-bound 'Imitation Game' wins Toronto's People's Choice Award

The prize has become an Oscar bellwether in recent years

After dominating a lot of the on-the-ground chatter at the Telluride Film Festival and then transitioning to the Toronto fest with a headwind, The Weinstein Company's Alan Turing biopic "The Imitation Game" has won Toronto's coveted People's Choice Award.

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<p>Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald in &quot;Doctor Who.&quot;</p>

Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald in "Doctor Who."

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Review: 'Doctor Who' - 'Listen'

The Doctor and Clara investigate a classic nightmare in a powerfully simple episode

We're a month into Peter Capaldi's reign on "Doctor Who." Donna Dickens has been doing a fine job covering the show for us weekly — here's her take on "Listen" — but the latest episode was both excellent and a good opportunity for me to check in on the state of the Doctor, Clara and everything else TARDIS-related, coming up just as soon as I admire the way I look from behind...

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<p>&quot;American Crime&quot;</p>

"American Crime"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: ABC's 'American Crime'

John Ridley's new drama sure thinks it's Important, but is it?

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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Recap: 'Outlander' - To the surprise of no one, 'The Garrison Commander' is a jerk

With only three episodes to go, will Claire ever see Frank again?

At the end of last week’s episode, Claire left us with a brick wall cliffhanger. Would she out Dougal for his terrible wibbly-wobbly definition of “guest” or would she lie to the British platoon to avoid a shootout? Either way, this seems like a no-win scenario. Sort of a six of one, half dozen of a the other when it comes to an undercurrent of sexual violence. 

Regardless of her choice, tonight we meet “The Garrison Commander.”


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Recap: 'Doctor Who' - 'Listen'
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Recap: 'Doctor Who' - 'Listen' to the sound of the entire fandom gasp simultaneously

Perhaps the most unexpectedly lore heavy episode in a long time.

Last week saw Twelve and Clara in a stand-alone episode. “The Robot of Sherwood” had some great dialogue and character insights wrapped in a candy coating of absurdity. I don’t know about you guys, but I was along for the ride right up until the last ten minutes. A leap of faith via suspension of disbelief is acceptable…even expected…but the “golden arrow” might be the new “jumping the shark.” Can this week’s episode “Listen”, written by showrunner Steven Moffat, right the ship? 


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Benjamin McKenzie suffered a 'Gotham' head injury on his 36th birthday
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Benjamin McKenzie suffered a 'Gotham' head injury on his 36th birthday

Benjamin McKenzie suffered a “Gotham” head injury on his birthday
"Happy Birthday to me,” the actor wrote on Instagram. "Fight sequence gone awry. Don't ram your head into concrete pillars kids. #gotham.” McKenzie is expected to be back at work on Monday.

“Orange is the New Black” writer left her husband for an actress on the show
Lauren Morelli, who joined the Netflix series as a writer soon after her marriage, realized through the writing process that she’s a lesbian. And now she’s dating Samira Wiley, AKA Poussey.

“Barney Miller” co-creator dies
Theodore J. Flicker wrote the pilot "The Life and Times of Captain Barney Miller,” which ABC aired in 1974. The pilot paved the way for the hit series, which ran from 1975 to 1982.

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Cecily Strong reacts to leaving 'SNL’s' Weekend Update desk
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Cecily Strong reacts to leaving 'SNL’s' Weekend Update desk

Plus: More TV stories from around the web

Cecily Strong reacts to leaving “SNL’s” Weekend Update desk
"I don't see this as me leaving update,” she wrote on Instagram,
"just as me being on update in a looser, goofier way that is a lot more fun for me and in a way I think I'm better at. Unless you are just a person who enjoys being angry or sad. Then I guess play on, playa. Also, I danced.” PLUS: Why a woman is needed on “Update."

“Utopia” plummets yet again
The 3rd airing of the year-long “reality experiment" slipped to 2 million viewers.

Watch Conan, Weird Al and more sing at “The Simpsons” at the Hollywood Bowl
Conan O’Brien performed "The Monorail Song."

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Best and Worst of the Toronto Film Festival: 'Nightcrawler,' 'The Judge,' Julianne Moore

Best and Worst of the Toronto Film Festival: 'Nightcrawler,' 'The Judge,' Julianne Moore

How many movies did Adam Driver appear in again this year?

Another edition of the Toronto International Film Festival is effectively over and the powers that be have a lot to ponder before the planning for 2015 begins. Yes, there were famous faces such as Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, Jennifer Aniston and Channing Tatum strutting their stuff on the venues' red carpets. Yes, the festival got extremely lucky with five buzzworthy world premieres ("Still Alice," "The Theory of Everything," "Nightcrawler," "Top Five" and, no joke, "Tusk"). Yes, they made some unexpected awards season noise with Julianne Moore and, in some people's eyes, Jennifer Aniston. And yes, they had a lot of fun with Bill Murray Day. But…

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<p>Two new pioneers head for &quot;Utopia&quot;</p>

Two new pioneers head for "Utopia"

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'Utopia' ratings update: Friday premiere falls, Sunday gets a DVR bump

FOX execs have promised patience, but how long will that last?

We're still two Fridays away from the full return of regular programming and therefore the full return of regular Friday night ratings reports. However, with FOX's "Utopia" having a premiere for a time period it is scheduled to occupy for six weeks -- with an emphasis on "scheduled to occupy," because it's hard to predict how long it will actually be there -- it seemed worthwhile to look at the numbers, especially since FOX has also released Live+3 DVR figures for Sunday's launch.

Let's check out those numbers.

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