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One of the reasons Spike Jonze remains so interesting as a filmmaker is because each individual piece of art he creates seems to exist in its own world, and only when you set it all next to each other and consider the full range of what he creates do you get a full picture of just how emotionally rich and complicated his body of work really is. I'm almost glad I hadn't seen all of "Her" yet when we spoke at this year's Toronto Film Festival, because I think I might have been too emotional to fully articulate my reaction at that point.
Jonze can certainly indulge his goofball side with very silly things, but he has also made movies that contain devastating endings, broken-hearted masterworks that clobber the audience with a bracingly direct quality. I would argue that "Being John Malkovich" could be on a short list of the very saddest endings of all time. I remember being horrified by it the first time I saw it and wondering why more people weren't just battered by the suggestion of Cusack's fate, of the hell his daily life would be living silently trapped behind someone else's eyes. "Adaptation" was one of the most complicated and difficult emotional reactions I've ever had to a movie, and it took me a long time to work my way up a second viewing. And then "Where The Wild Things Are"… well, we've said enough about that.
The thirty-ninth season of “Saturday Night Live” has seen a lot of changes in its cast from the past few seasons, but really not much change in terms of overall quality. You take the good, you take the bad, you take the Drunk Uncle, and there you have the facts of “SNL” in this decade. It doesn’t matter if you throw up a seemingly slam-dunk host like Tina Fey or a potential wild-card like Miley Cyrus: the core elements of the show are what they are, meaning that there’s little in the way that’s going to change until the new writing staff figures out how to work with the new cast in ways that honor the show’s history while forging its future.
Charlie Hunnam exits "Fifty Shades of Grey," blames hectic TV schedule
The "Sons of Anarchy" star won't play Christian Gray, says the studio, because of his "immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey."
Alec Baldwin's new MSNBC talk show is surprisingly boring
Baldwin launched "Up Late" with the head-scratching decision to devote a full hour to a New York City mayoral candidate that the rest of the country doesn't care about. PLUS: Watch Baldwin's debut.
MTV renews "Teen Wolf," gives it a "Wolf Watch" talk show
Season 4 will be accompanied by an aftershow.
Elizabeth Berkley will reenact her famous "Saved by the Bell" caffeine pill freakout on "Dancing"
Next week she'll be dancing to "I'm So Excited" by the Pointer Sisters.
"MasterChef" finalist commits suicide
Josh Marks' death comes months after a confrontation with Chicago police.
Kelly Clarkson would like to audition for "The Voice"
"I'm always like, 'I just want to see how many chairs will turn around,'" she says.
BJ Novak previews his new book
The former "Office" star is releasing a collection of short stories called "One More Thing."
Lifetime is the latest network to a "Wizard of Oz"-themed project
"Red Brick Road" is described as an edgy, "Game of Thrones"-like take on "Oz."
"Star Trek" to CBS!?
There's a report that "Star Trek" movie co-writer Roberto Orci has discussed bringing the "Trek" franchise with CBS.
Watch "Boardwalk Empire's" Michael Shannon get rejected by The New Yorker
Shannon wanted his poetry and prose published in the prestigious magazine. PLUS: Patricia Arquette on joining "Boardwalk."
"Breaking Bad's" RJ Mitte is now hosting college club parties
Friday night, club goers got to hang out with "Flynn" and do fireball shots.
"The Walking Dead" returns with an emphasis on character development
Season 4 doesn't miss a beat with new showrunner Scott Gimple, says Tim Goodman, who adds: "What feels most promising is that by establishing more of the myriad characters, you just know that once you get to know them and their stories it's going to be a lot harder to lose them. And that's good for the drama." PLUS: The slower pace is a brave move, it seems like we're headed towards "Nowheresville," how Gimple approached Season 4, Robert Kirkman wants every character to have a reason for being there, and this is "Walking Dead's" best premiere yet.
Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” makes a loud noise at the top of the charts next week as it looks good to bow at the top of the Billboard 200 with sales of up to 270,000 copies. It will be her first No. 1 album since 2008's "Breakout." "Can't Be Tamed," from 2010, peaked at No. 3.
That's more than double the expected sales of Panic! At the Disco’s "Girls/Girls/Boys, which will start at No. 2 (100,000). The two titles are among the seven debuts on the chart this week. Yep, we’re in fourth quarter madness.
Also bowing in the Top 10 will be Pusha T’s “My Name Is My Name” at No. 4 (75,000), Cassadee Pope’s “Frame By Frame” at No. 7 (45,000), Korn’s “Never Never” at No. 8 (45,000), Alter Bridge’s “Fortress” at No. 9 (35,000) and Mayday Parade’s “Monsters In The Closet” at No. 10 (30,000), according to Hits Daily Double
Holdovers from this week include Drake, whose “Nothing Was The Same” at No. 3 (85,000), this week’s No. 1, Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2” at No. 5 (75,000) and Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” at No. 6 (65,000).
Which of this week's new releases did you download?
Fox essentially cancels "Us & Them," its remake of "Gavin & Stacey"
Fox has opted not to order any more episodes of the Alexis Bledel-Jason Ritter series, besides the seven already produced.
Victoria Justice to star in "Eye Candy" on MTV
She'll star in a cyber thriller based on the R.L. Stine bestseller.
NBC's Thursday ties an all-time low
The Peacock's lineup last night finished in 7th place, behind TBS and Univision.
FX teams with Danny Boyle for a WWII miniseries
Boyle and his "Slumdog Millionaire" team will produce the 10-part "Telemark," focusing on the Norweigan resistance resistance fighters Britain trained to sabotage Hitler's nuclear development program.
Fox orders 6 more "Dads" scripts
Looks like the critically hated comedy won't be going away anytime soon.
If you haven't seen "Preachers of L.A." (Oxygen, Wed. at 10:00 p.m.), it's a little closer to "The Real Housewives" franchise than you might expect. In the premiere, one preachers deals with the downside of having a kid out of wedlock, another visits Crips gang members in Compton, and a devoted bachelor preacher wonders if he'll ever get married again.
Like your ladies rugged? Then has TLC got the show for you! This Sunday, Oct. 6 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), "Alaskan Women Looking for Love" makes its big debut. The all-new series features six native Alaskan women tempting fate to find true love in Miami. Five thousand miles away from home, these friends are ready to exchange their rugged boots for high heels and fancy dates in search of their perfect match. Watch an exclusive clip from the show and weigh in on whether you think they'll find guys in Miami. Be nice!