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<p>In the &quot;Archer&quot;&nbsp;season premiere, ISIS headquarters comes under attack.</p>

In the "Archer" season premiere, ISIS headquarters comes under attack.

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Review: FX's 'Archer' reboots & 'Chozen' is introduced

What did everybody think of the new 'Archer' direction and the new comedy that followed it?

Major change was afoot in FX animation last night, with the return of "Archer" on a new night — the first time (at least post-"Shield") that FX has programmed originals on Monday — in an episode that massively upended the show's status quo, and with the debut of "Chozen," teaming up various creative people from "Archer" and "Eastbound & Down." A few thoughts on both coming up just as soon as I can remember the name of Beaker's partner...

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<p>'12 Years A Slave' has elicited some strong reactions since its debut at Toronto, but Armond White may be the first person to be drummed out of an organization over it.</p>

'12 Years A Slave' has elicited some strong reactions since its debut at Toronto, but Armond White may be the first person to be drummed out of an organization over it.

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Contentious critic Armond White expelled from New York critic's group over heckling

Ugly situation raises questions about critics and awards

It would be very easy to say something glib about Armond White's expulsion from the New York Film Critics Circle, but I don't think it's an easy situation, and I don't think it's the sort of thing that should be dismissed with an easy joke.

I didn't make a huge deal out of it when I got the news earlier this year, but since I know you can keep a secret, I'll tell you that I was over-the-moon excited and a little overwhelmed to be admitted to the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. I am a newly minted member, and that means that for the first time ever, I voted on the awards for the organization, something that may strike some of you as odd if you've been reading my work for a while.

After all, I've been writing about movies online since 1996, and in those 17 years, I have been fairly consistent in my opinion about awards shows, and in particular, the Oscars. I have never pretended to be excited about awards or what they "mean." I think there's something really unpleasant about the way a full third of the film year seems to be focused entirely on whether or not someone gets a gold statue to put in their house, instead of the films themselves. I am not going to just randomly change my position now, either. I still feel the same way, with a single exception.

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Tom Mison, Lyndie Greenwood and Nicole Beharie in 'Sleepy Hollow'

The 'Sleepy Hollow' Scooby gang: Ichabod, Jenny and Abbie

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'Sleepy Hollow' recap: Somebody call an exorcist in 'Vessel'

Demonic possession, Washington's Bible and magic lanterns: Welcome back to Sleepy Hollow

It's a small miracle everyone makes it out of this episode of "Sleepy Hollow" alive. As the series races towards next week's finale, the tension is rising and this seemed like as good a week as any for the show to throw a shocking, emotional death our way.

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<p>The guy's last name is Strange... it's like Johnny Depp was born to play that part.</p>

The guy's last name is Strange... it's like Johnny Depp was born to play that part.

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Report: Johnny Depp in early talks to play Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

Someone's got to step in when Robert Downey Jr. wraps things up

Latino Review didn't wait very long before they started getting up Marvel's nose for 2014, did they?

Look, casting Johnny Depp as pretty much anything is a no-brainer these days, especially at Disney. "The Lone Ranger" didn't dent his star power one little bit, and if they do end up casting him as Dr. Strange, that's intriguing.

What is more important, though, is who they hire to direct, and I think that's the truth with all the Marvel movies at this point. I'm excited about "Guardians Of The Galaxy," and sure, part of it is because I find the notion of a gun-toting raccoon with a bad attitude so unbelievably crazy that I can't believe that's actually part of a real movie that will play in real movie theaters. But the reason I have faith that the film will actually be something new, something we haven't seen from Marvel before, is because I've spoken to James Gunn and I've seen how much room they've given him to define the world the way he wants to.

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Final 2014 Oscar nominee predictions

Final 2014 Oscar nominee predictions

What is Team HitFix thinking across the board?

Alright, it's time to just take the dive. Ballots have long been in and nothing as of late can influence the Academy's nominations, so what will be on Thursday, in so many words, will be. What is Team HitFix thinking in the way of final predictions?

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"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor"

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'The Bachelor' recap: This episode goes to the dogs and one girl freaks

Too much champagne makes for a memorable meltdown

So much happens in this episode of "The Bachelor," I say let's just cut to the chase. There's nudity, rubber fire hydrant suits, drunkenness and puppies. Only one of these is cute. You can guess which one, can't you?

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<p>The &quot;Rake&quot; TCA panel</p>

The "Rake" TCA panel

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Press Tour: Peter Tolan's diary dominates 'Rake' panel

Also, the thought process on the title and new premiere episode
If there were a Hall of Fame for Television Critics Association press tour panelists, writer-producer Peter Tolan would surely be inducted as part of the inaugural class. 
It was back in July of 2011 that Tolan livened up an already-terrific "Rescue Me" farewell panel by dropping his pants.
It was a threat that hovered over Monday (January 13) morning's TCA panel for Tolan's new FOX legal dramedy "Rake." In one lull as microphones were shifting around the room, Tolan announced, "All right. The pants are coming down if the questions don’t come. It's No Underwear Monday!"
Tolan didn't actually need to worry. The room was fairly lively and the "The Job" veteran had a big part of that. 
Asked about the difference between being on a network and being on cable, Tolan came prepared. Very prepared.
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<p>Jonah Hill is nothing like his character in 'Wolf Of Wall Street,' and thank god for that.</p>

Jonah Hill is nothing like his character in 'Wolf Of Wall Street,' and thank god for that.

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Jonah Hill talks about working with his hero Martin Scorsese on 'Wolf Of Wall Street'

And he can't stop smiling about it

The first time I met Jonah Hill was on a neighborhood street just off Zelzah near CSUN in the San Fernando Valley. It was a nighttime shoot for the film "Superbad," and I went to watch a scene involving Jonah, Michael Cera, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who was the complete unknown the scenario. I knew Jonah's work from "Accepted" and "40-Year-Old Virgin," and I was a big "Arrested Development" fan already, but when I was first told that those three were the leads, I had no idea what to expect.

One of the pleasures of writing about film over a long stretch of time is watching the way people come into focus, the way your first impressions of them evolve as they evolve, the way their work changes. It's one of the things I think critics can do that is valuable, being able to lay out a context in which to view someone's work. I'm just as interested in the way Jonah Hill's persona has developed from film to film and the friction between his work in "This Is The End" and "Wolf Of Wall Street" in the same year as I am in any of the individual jokes or moments he's played onscreen. I think he made the jump to being taken seriously that many comics have attempted over the years, and in many cases, they've fumbled that moment. Bill Murray may be well-regarded now for films like "Lost In Translation" or "Moonrise Kingdom," but that took time. When he made "The Razor's Edge," audiences just weren't interested. Belushi wanted to make that jump, but he never quite got there. Jim Carrey has wrestled with his own identity onscreen, and while I think he's done amazing dramatic work, he's worth more box-office in an overt comedy. Even among the guys who he's worked with, Hill seems to be having an easier time in bigger films. I love "Take This Waltz," but I think right now, Seth Rogen is still seen primarily as a comic presence first.

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<p>Jason Segel in &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Jason Segel in "How I Met Your Mother."

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Talkback: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Slapsgiving 3'

What did everybody think of the latest slap bet episode?

The final season of "How I Met Your Mother" means we're supposed to get closure on a bunch of long-running stories and gags, but because Marshall got a slap bet extension a season or two ago, "Slapsgiving 3" did not feature the final slap ever. (I remain hopeful the last one will take place far in the future, when both are elderly gentlemen.) 

But as for Official Slap #4, what did everybody think? Did you enjoy the "Kill Bill"/kung fu movie homage, or find it hokey? Did you like the idea of having most of the episode take place in a mid-slap flashback? Enjoy seeing the cast as slap mentors? Did you applaud the very special musical guests from the tag? 

Have at it, folks.

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'True Detective' delivers HBO's best premiere since 2010, 'Girls' hits a series high

"True Detective" delivers HBO's best premiere since 2010, "Girls" hits a series high
The Woody Harrelson-Matthew McConaughey drama attracted 2.3 million viewers, the best since "Boardwalk Empire."

Seth MacFarlane on the reaction to Brian's "Family Guy" death: "It surprised all of us"

So why do it? "It did what it was designed to do — it reminded people this is still a show where anything that can happen despite the fact it’s been on for awhile," said MacFarlane, who added that he's not going to kill Brian again.

Larry David was also part of today's Jerry Seinfeld-Jason Alexander get-together
Cameras captured David exiting Tom's Restaurant this afternoon.

German TV planning an Anne Frank miniseries

The two-part series will air next year, timed to the 70th anniversary of Anne Frank's death.

Watch a preview of Jay Leno in a 1949 car with Jerry Seinfeld

From this week's episode of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."

Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Seth MacFarlane discuss making "Cosmos" for Fox
The remake of the Carl Sagan series was better for Fox because with cable channels like Nat Geo and Discovery, you're "in a way, you're sort of preaching to the converted," says MacFarlane.

"The Following" creator promises a less-violent Season 2

"I don't see the show as nearly (violent), now that we're shooting episode 11," says Kevin Williamson. "It's just from the storytelling of this year and the story we're choosing to tell kind of has different shapes and changes, and where it's at. I find it less violent than last year." PLUS: "Following" stars are having trouble sleeping.

"Chozen" creator: "I'm in now way trolling for outrage"
"I'm definitely not looking to be controversial," Grant Dekernion says of his FX animated series that includes a gay white rapper and prison rape. PLUS: How Bobby Moynihan became "Chozen," and "Chozen" would be better off without the prison rape jokes.

MSNBC's Tamron Hall is set to join "Today"

Hall is expected to be added as a co-host for the 3rd hour.

Give credit to "Archer" for rebooting itself
The spy drama will tackle the drug trade with "Archer Vice." PLUS: The style of "Archer."

Was "Downton Abbey's" shocking scene really that shocking?
What happened shouldn't be all that surprising within the context of the series.

"Helix's" debut not impressive

About 1.8 million watched the Syfy thriller's premiere on Friday.

NBC orders DC Comics adaptation "Constantine," plus "Mysteries of Laura"
"Constantine," from David S. Goyer, is an adaptation of the "Hellblazer" graphic novels.

Disney Channel renews "Liv and Maddie"

The twins comedy will be back for a 2nd season.

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"RuPaul's Drag Race"

 "RuPaul's Drag Race"

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'RuPaul's Drag Race': New guest judges include Adam Lambert, NPH, Khloe

Season 6 also set to include Linda Blair, Leah Remini and more

Don't let anyone say "RuPaul's Drag Race" lacks star power. The series, which is returning for its sixth season Mon. Feb. 24 at 9:00 p.m., will  not only feature a new fleet of impressive drag queens and the inimitable RuPaul, but will squeeze some new celebrities onto the judges' panel as well. 

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<p>I&nbsp;don't know who this is, but 20th Century Fox would be very happy if Brad Pitt decided to play him.</p>

I don't know who this is, but 20th Century Fox would be very happy if Brad Pitt decided to play him.

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Simon Kinberg and Fox deal themselves in for 'Magic: The Gathering' movies

This one's definitely got a fanbase, but what's the movie?

Simon Kinberg has asked me not to reveal his greatest secret, but at this point, I feel it is my duty so that young writers who look at how many things he's juggling at one time understand how he's able to pull it off.

Clones. Dozens of them.

That's the only way it could possibly work at this point. Think of everything he's got his name on right now. He's one of the producers of "Star Wars: Rebels," the next major piece of "Star Wars" canon to be introduced on Disney XD this year, and he's involved in the new "Star Wars" films as well. He's part of "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" and its follow-up, "X-Men: Apocalypse." He's producing a remake of "Murder On The Orient Express" with Ridley Scott and Mark Gordon. He's in charge of getting "Fantastic Four" back up and running, and he's also working on Neill Blomkamp's next film "Chappie."

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