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<p>Bruce Dern and Will Forte do superlative work as a difficult father/son team in Alexander Payne's new film 'Nebraska'</p>

Bruce Dern and Will Forte do superlative work as a difficult father/son team in Alexander Payne's new film 'Nebraska'

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Review: Will Forte and Bruce Dern do great small-scale work in Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska'

A difficult father-son drama lands a gentle punch

Bob Nelson's got to be floating on air right now. The screenwriter of the new film "Nebraska" has been working in the industry since at least 1996, and this is his first produced feature. Not only did he manage to find a filmmaker who was excited about his work, but that filmmaker turned out to be Alexander Payne, and the film is a smart, subtle, stripped-down gem, a low-fi version of what we're used to seeing Payne do. Even better, Nelson's script may finally earn Bruce Dern a sort of lifetime achievement award, a full season of people seeing the veteran actor's praises thanks to a performance that highlights what it is he's done so well for so long.

Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) is, for lack of a better term, an old cuss. He has never been particularly easy on his sons David (Will Forte) and Ross (Bob Odenkirk), and his wife Kate (June Squibb) has long since curdled. As he's gotten older, Woody has maintained a more and more tenuous grasp on reality, and it seems like he may have finally turned a corner. He has become fixated on a piece of sweepstakes mail that came to his house, convinced that he's won a $1 million prize, and all he has to do is get to their office in Nebraska to pick it up. Each day, he starts out to make the trip on foot, and it's become a real problem for his family and for local law enforcement. He seems to have no regard for the conditions or the weather or how he's going to survive while he's en route.

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Jimmy Smits and Katey Sagal in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Jimmy Smits and Katey Sagal in 'Sons of Anarchy'

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: Tara's last stand in 'Huang Wu'

Jax faces a series of big decisions involving Tara, Galen, Clay and Patterson

By now we know what's working, and what's not working, this season on "Sons of Anarchy," and "Huang Wu" suffers for focusing too much on the wrong half of that equation. After last week's episode so effectively built up urgency and suspense, this week's was the equivalent of letting the air slowly out of a balloon that had been primed to pop.

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"The Originals"

 "The Originals"

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'The Originals': Who will win the war - Marcel or Klaus?

Klaus can't be killed, but Marcel has that pocket witch...

In tonight's new episode of "The Originals' (Tues. at 8:00 p.m. on the CW), we got a few surprises. Klaus bit Elijah with his killer hybrid spit! Tyler's back! Oh, and Marcel didn't steal Hayley last week -- Tyler did. I'm not sure I bought much of Tyler's cameo appearance, as much as I enjoyed seeing him again (even if he did show up on "The Vampire Diaries" just to take a crap on Caroline's heart).

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<p>Malcolm D. Lee</p>

Malcolm D. Lee

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Malcolm D. Lee talks 'the Black Pack' in 'Best Man Holiday'

What has changed in African-American cinema since the director's initial film?

Malcolm D. Lee is fairly comfortable calling his first film "The Best Man" a "classic" African-American-centered film. The 1999 flick was "one of the movies that started it all, so to speak, with African-American movies, African-American as just being American, just being human beings and not always causing mayhem and what-have-you." 

That doesn't mean "The Best Man Holiday," that film's sequel, doesn't have its fair share of what-have-you, which is stoked by its returning cast like Terrence Howard, Melissa De Sousa and Taye Diggs. In the 15 years that it's taken to arrive at the next chapter of the "Best Man" story, Lee said he wanted to arrive at a story that was more "complex, sophisticated and worthy" of the talents from what he calls his Black Pack.

But the holidays will bring out the crazy out of anyone, and Lee said that choosing to work with a Christmas-themed story helped "illustrate" and push along his plot. Family holidays don't hurt a color palate, either, with lush decor and stage-like scenery for brawls, breakups, perils, absurdities, music and celebrations of the couples from the film.

Watch our full interview above on how Lee knew his timing was right for a sequel more than a dozen years on, and how to portray deep topics like faith in a non-cheesy way. Stay tuned for more interviews from the cast.

"The Best Man Holiday" is out on Friday (Nov. 15).


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<p>An impromptu game of baseball breaks out on this week's 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'</p>

An impromptu game of baseball breaks out on this week's 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

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Another solid episode of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' puts Fitz and Ward in harm's way

If they keep this up, the show might actually get good soon

"Trust the system."

Right away, this episode felt different to me. The opening sequence, in which Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the rest of his team rescue an Agent Shaw from an underground base in Siberia in order to retrieve whatever information Shaw has managed to steal, felt to me like an episode of "Alias," and that's high praise if we're talking about spy TV. I like starting shows like this in media res. I'm not sure about those dodgy hover-sled effects, but I like the energy and the ambition of the way this episode kicked off.

Saffron Burrows is introduced this week as Agent Victoria Hand in a major classified base called The Hub. We haven't had many looks so far at the larger infrastructure of S.H.I.E.L.D., and for Skye, this is her first look at it as well. I like how Simmons references the Triskelion in passing, and there are a few other passing nods to the larger world that feel like they would have actually happened instead of just being fanservice. That's hard to pull off, but they're getting better at it. Bonus points for even getting the hair coloring right on Hand. Longtime comic fans are going to be pleased to see that sort of detail included.

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'SNL' releases Lady Gaga promos

"SNL" releases Lady Gaga promos
Watch her run sideways.with Kenan Thompson.

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<p>Andy Samberg and Stacy Keach in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Stacy Keach in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Old School'

Jake tries too hard to impress a hard-boiled reporter from the '70s

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I choke a hippie to death with his own ponytail...

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CW is rebooting 'Tales from the Darkside'

CW is rebooting "Tales from the Darkside"

The '80s George A. Romero's classic series is being updated by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Stephen King's son, the horror writer Joe Hill.

Josh Holloway's "Intelligence" will premiere in January instead of February; "Hostages" ends Jan. 6
The CBS drama will kick off on Jan. 13 instead of its original premiere date of Feb. 24.

Laura Prepon to appear in 4 "Orange is the New Black" episodes next season
She was originally expected to appear in just one episode.

Taiwanese animators stick up for Jimmy Kimmel by bashing the Chinese government
Next Media Animation says: "Commie Chinese puppets demand Jimmy Kimmel's head on a spike?"

George R.R. Martin won't allow anybody else to write books set in "Game of Thrones" world
"Not while I'm alive," he says. "But eventually I will not be alive because Valar Morghulis – all men must men die."

Amanda Peet stopped having her say on "Game of Thrones" scripts
Peet, who is married to "Game of Thrones" co-creator David Benioff, used to read the scripts in advance to offer her suggestions. But not anymore. "I want to be surprise," she tells Vanity Fair. "I just want to be a fan." What's it like living amid a "Game of Thrones" world? "Even last night I was yelling at him because he was freaking looking at dailies in my bed," she says.

Unemployment boosts "SpongeBob's" ratings
About 5.2 million viewers watched "SpongeBob, You're Fired," the Nickelodeon show's best ratings in two years.

Jimmy Fallon won't pretape the first minutes of his "Tonight Show"

In 2009, Conan O'Brien ran across America to kick off his "Tonight Show." But Fallon says, "I don't think it will be a pretaped bit. I probably want to do it live." He adds: "I know the first guest, kind of."

President George W. Bush returns to "The Tonight Show" next week
Bush, who last visited with Jay Leno to promote his book in November 2010, will be Jay's guest on Nov. 19.

Will Jerusalem-shot "Dig" become USA's "Breaking Bad"?
The archaeology thriller, expected to air next fall, is USA's most expensive and ambitious drama. It's from Tim Kring and the man behind "Homeland," Gideon Raff.

Damon Wayans Jr. has breathed new life into "New Girl"

"He really kind of rounds out the energy of the cast," says Zooey Deschanel. "It's amazing. He's hilarious, so it's fun. It's just like having one more really hilarious person on set. We love his personality."

Joan Rivers slams Jennifer Lawrence for slamming "Fashion Police"

Lawrence dissed the E! show for being too mean-spirited.

John McCain co-sponsoring the "FANS Act" to curb sports blackouts

The Furthering Access and Networks for Sports (FANS) Act would eliminate the FCC's sports blackout rule.

Shenae Grimes to reveal her disappointment with the "90210" finale
Grimes has set up a chat with "90210" fans, where, she says, "I want to candidly speak out about my experience with YOU, my loyal fans who are looking for the same closure I didn't find with our finale."

"Sons of Anarchy": TV's most sexist show?
Why does the FX series keep its women boxed into stereotypical roles?

"Vampire Diaries" couple back together in real life?
Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder are reportedly hooking up again.

Jerry Seinfeld & Louis CK discuss The Gettysburg Address

Watch the latest video from Ken Burns.

Michael J. Fox: "Don't piss off Taylor Swift"
Fox talks to Letterman about his Taylor Swift feud, stemming from this year's Golden Globes.

Is speculation the new spoiler?
Sometimes, speculating about a show could ruin plot twists.

Why "The Originals" is better than "The Vampire Diaries"
There are great villains on "The Originals," and it's not bogged down by doppelgängers.

"Homeland" Season 3 has proven to be superior to Season 2
This week's episode shows the writer know where they're going.

Read "The Simpsons'" animation No-No's
How not to draw Lisa Simpson.

Katey Sagal releases her 1st album in 9 years, says she's now more recognized for "Sons of Anarchy"
Sagal says more people look at her these days as Gemma Teller than "Married with Children's" Peg Bundy.

"The Mindy Project" has become so good it's surpassed "New Girl"
Mindy Kaling's comedy is no longer a work in progress. PLUS: Kaling says: "It's not like Danny and Mindy are Jim and Pam."

YouTube star Shane Dawson signs on for NBC's "Losin' It"
Dawson will star in an autobiographical weightloss comedy from the creator of "The Big C."

Yes, "NCIS" is a hit among young viewers
The CBS drama isn't just for old people. PLUS: "NCIS" "newspaper" to cease publication.

Hoda Kotb is staying on "Today"

Kotb has signed a new, multi-year deal with NBC News.

Fox orders "Here's Your Damn Family" from Johnny Galecki
The "Big Bang Theory" star is producing a comedy about a 30-something son whose mom marries a man with three teens.

See "The Addams Family" cast in color
Check out new pics that are totally different from the black and white version.

Andy Dwyer returns to "Parks and Rec"

Watch a preview of Chris Pratt's return from Thursday's episode. PLUS: 6 "Parks" guys pose for a final photo together.

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"Doomsday Preppers"

 "Doomsday Preppers"

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Exclusive clip: 'Doomsday Preppers' dig into Costa Rica

One American transplant flees the country as part of his prep

It turns out that not all preppers are ready to shoot anyone who comes near their stash of canned beans. In "Doomsday Preppers: We Are the Marauders" (Tues. Nov. 12 at 9:00 p.m. on Nat Geo), we meet Kevin. In this exclusive clip, we discover that he actually has an inclusive, community-based plan for when armageddon hits. That's the good news. The bad news is that, unless you're in Costa Rica, you won't be able to hit him up for stuff. 

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<p>One of two CBS-provided &quot;Intelligence&quot; pictures</p>

One of two CBS-provided "Intelligence" pictures

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CBS moves 'Intelligence' premiere to January, sets 'Hostages' finale

Josh Holloway drama will now have to face the Olympics
In "Intelligence," Josh Holloway plays an intelligence operative with enhanced mental powers, but is the "Lost" veteran clever enough to take down the Olympics?
CBS announced on Tuesday (November 12) that "Intelligence" will now premiere on Tuesday, January 7 at 9 p.m. with a special airing after a new episode of "NCIS." The drama will then shift to its previously announced Monday time period on January 13 airing in the 10 p.m. slot that hasn't exactly brought success to "Hostages."
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"Hoarding: Buried Alive"

 "Hoarding: Buried Alive"

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Watch: It's a hoarder blow-up on 'Hoarding: Buried Alive'

One man's PTSD causes his daughter to completely lose it

You likely watch TLC's "Hoarding: Buried Alive" to make yourself feel better about what your garage looks like. But that doesn't mean the show doesn't have real drama. In Wednesday night's episode (Wed., Nov 13 at 10:00 p.m. on TLC), a family comes undone over one man's hoarding problem. Watch this clip and feel the sad. 

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A 'Ghost' TV series is in the works

A "Ghost" TV series is in the works
Paramount plans to adapt its 1990 hit film starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, "Scandal's" Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg into a TV pilot. This comes months after Paramount tried and failed to create a TV adaptation of "Beverly Hills Cop."

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