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Perez Hilton is set to star in 'Gay Dads of New York'

Perez Hilton is set to star in "Gay Dads of New York"

Bunim-Murray is producing the reality show about a group of gay dads in New York City. It has yet to find a network home.

Ryan Murphy announces which "Glee" originals will return for Episode 100
So far, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Harry Shum Jr. have signed on for the special episode.

Eddie Izzard inks talent deal with NBC

The British comedian hopes to get his own TV show.

"The Biggest Loser" wants more celebs after Ruben Studdard boosts ratings

Ruben was a "dream contestant," but finding other celebrities has been tough.

HBO may reboot "Real Sex"

The long-running documentary series, which ended in 2008, is coming back as a pilot on Jan. 2 titled "SEX // NOW."

"The Bachelor" reveals details of Juan Pablo's 27 bachelorettes

This season includes bachelorettes whose occupations include "free spirit" and "dog lover."

IFC to show more chapters of R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet"
Chapter 34 and more are coming in 2014.

Conan discovers a secret message in the Kardashian Christmas Card
What is hidden in their elaborate card?

"Team Nigella" graffiti found in London
Check out the massive graffiti in support of Nigella Lawson.

Watch McKayla Maroney on "Bones"

The Olympic gold medal gymnast flips out during her guest appearance.

NFL will have a game kick off next year at 9:30 AM ET, 6:30 AM PT

The Detroit Lions-Atlanta Falcons game from London next season will be shown nationally in what is believed to be the earliest NFL kickoff time.

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<p>Joaquin&nbsp;Phoenix in &quot;Her&quot;</p>

Joaquin Phoenix in "Her"

Credit: Warner Bros.

'Her' named best film of 2013 by National Board of Review

Bruce Dern and Emma Thompson take top acting honors

Make it a second film in as many days that I had pretty much figured out of the Academy's likely grasp that has been given a big boost on the precursor circuit. After the New York Film Critics Circle named David O. Russell's "American Hustle" the year's best film yesterday, the New York-based National Board of Review has chimed in today by naming Spiike Jonze's "Her" the top film of 2013. The group also gave Jonze the Best Director prize.

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Keri Russell burglarized

Keri Russell burglarized

Police arrested two men who allegedly broke into "The Americans" star's townhouse early this morning, taking a laptop, a handbag and a necklace.

"Entourage" movie may be released for Thanksgiving 2014
Mark Wahlberg said this morning on "Live!" that he expects the movie to be out by Thanksgiving.

"The Sound of Music Live" costs nearly $9M, NBC to lose money on 1st airing

But the Peacock is hoping to recoup its costs by repeating the musical annually and via DVD and soundtrack sales.

"Veronica Mars" movie gets a March release date
The movie -- titled "Veronica Mars" -- will hit theaters in limited release on March 14, one year and one day after the Kickstarter campaign was launched.

Report: ABC wouldn't let Barbara Walters pick Edward Snowden as No. 1 most fascinating person of 2013
The NY Daily News reports that ABC overruled Walters, who has Snowden further down on this year's list.

"Sesame Street" casts "The Sopranos" stars as Bert and Ernie

Watch Tony Sirico and Steve Schirripa in "The Bert and Ernie Christmas Special."

Robert Wisdom joins Paul Giamatti on FX's "Hoke"

"The Wire" and "Nashville" vet will co-star in the pilot based on Charles Willeford's novels.

Josh Elliott tears up during "GMA's" farewell to Sam Champion
The two "GMA" stars had a special bromance.

"Agent Gomez" from "Breaking Bad" performs standup on Arsenio Hall

Steven Michael Quezada is a standup comedian in Albuquerque, where he has his own talk show.

MTV2 renews "Charlamagne and Friends"
Also, "Ain't That America With Lil Duval" will return on Jan. 15.

Fox sells out Super Bowl TV advertising
Super Bowl XLVIII ads sold out one month earlier than last year.

Check out the "Shameless" Season 4 poster
Featuring screams and bombs.

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<p>Christian Bale and Amy Adams totally own the screen in 'American Hustle'</p>

Christian Bale and Amy Adams totally own the screen in 'American Hustle'

Credit: Sony Pictures

Review: Amy Adams and Christian Bale play the long con in 'American Hustle'

David O. Russell makes a potent case for him being one of the funniest filmmakers alive

David O. Russell is a very funny man.

That's been easy to forget lately. The last time it feels like he made a full-on comedy was "I Heart Huckabees," and I still remember walking out of the first screening of the film, big smile on my face, only to run smack dab into a cluster of journalists all angrily venting about the film. They didn't just dislike it, they were furious at having seen it. One in particular was red-faced about it, and when I tried to walk by, they tried to rope me into agreeing with them about how terrible it was.

"I really liked it," I said, and it was as if I told them that their mothers never really loved them. They recoiled from me. It only made me love the film more, and it certainly wasn't the first time liking a David O. Russell film made people seem irritated or creeped out. "Spanking The Monkey" did exactly what it set out to do at a time when people hadn't been conditioned by an entire culture of squirm-based comedy, and "Flirting With Disaster" felt like he just found a slightly less overt way to push buttons. "Three Kings" was a near-perfect distillation of his voice in a mainstream package, a movie that managed to be political and wicked funny and tense and moving all at the same time.

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<p>Tuesday's &quot;Chicago Fire&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "Chicago Fire"

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TV Ratings: Rising 'Chicago Fire,' 'NCIS' repeat lead Tuesday, while 'Originals' draws high

'Dads' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' get bumps
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
An "NCIS" repeat was Tuesday's most watched show, as CBS was still able to win the night overall without a single new program, while the drop in competition helped both "The Voice" and "Chicago Fire" rise week-to-week in helping NBC lead among young viewers.
Airing without "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," ABC saw drops for "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife."
Similarly, a "New Girl" repeat led to a drop for "The Mindy Project," but "Dads" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" posted small gains for FOX.
Finally, over on The CW, the competitive race between "The Originals" and "Supernatural" continued with the two dramas tying among young viewers and "Supernatural" holding the slimmest of leads overall. Either way, The CW is pleased since this was the network's most watched Tuesday in five years.
On to the numbers...
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Netflix sets 'House of Cards' return for Valentine's Day

Netflix sets "House of Cards" return for Valentine's Day

All 13 Season 2 episodes will be posted on Feb. 14. Watch the Season 2 teaser.

BBC cancels "Ripper Street"
The Jack the Ripper drama starring Matthew MacFadyen won't return for Season 3.

Nigella Lawson admits using cocaine, but only twice
"The Chew" star testified today that she wasn't a habitual user. "I have never been a drug addict," she said.

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<p>Kevin Spacey in &quot;House of Cards,&quot;&nbsp;which will return in February. </p>

Kevin Spacey in "House of Cards," which will return in February.

Credit: Netflix

Netflix's 'House of Cards' returning in February

Once again, all episodes of the Kevin Spacey political drama will be released at once

Netflix will premiere "House of Cards" season 2 on Valentine's Day — and, once again, will premiere all the episodes at once.

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Phil Collen

 Phil Collen

Credit: Helen Collen

Listen: CulturePop No. 35 - Def Leppard's Phil Collen

How those backstage passes really worked - bad news, groupies (NSFW)

Man, do Melinda and I have all the luck or what? We got yet another amazing guest to sit down with us a few weeks ago (or really, sit down with Melinda, as I was phoning in from Las Vegas). Phil Collen, superstar guitarist for Def Leppard and Manraze (his band with Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols and Simon Laffy of Collens Girl), had a friendly chat with us which was ridiculous, raucous fun. We discussed Manraze's new EP, "I Surrender," Def Leppard's next album, his in-the-works autobiography, his amazing abs, veganism and, yes, those infamous Def Leppard backstage passes. 

Warning: Phil's team just happened to pass along the image below, as it was something we discussed during the podcast. Alas, it may not be suitable for your workplace. You're welcome. Here's the rundown:

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Roundup: 'Frozen' is a hit, but is it selling itself short?

Also: 'Banks' doesn't make bank with Brits, and the Coppola connection in 'Her'
Disney's "Frozen" has been doing rather well for itself this week -- not just commercially, but with critics who have largely welcomed its return to some of the studio's classic formulae. The same degree of goodwill, however, has not been extended to the rather gauche marketing campaign for the film, which strenuously downplays its female leads, fairytale origins and musical elements. In a bang-on piece, Justin Chang understands the commercial strategy behind this, but still thinks it's a mistake: "It’s not unreasonable — especially since truthfulness and transparency are among the movie’s key themes — to wish that it were being presented with less self-loathing and more honesty, as well as more confidence in its considerable artistic virtues." [Variety
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<p>Jon Bernthal in &quot;Mob City.&quot;</p>

Jon Bernthal in "Mob City."

Credit: TNT

Review: TNT's 'Mob City' a pretty but hollow gangster story

Frank Darabont recreates the look but not the substance of '40s crime movies

"Mob City," the new TNT miniseries(*) about cops and crooks in '40s Los Angeles, actually begins a couple of decades earlier and nearly 3000 miles away. We open in New York in 1925, as a gang takes place involving violins, a baby carriage, Tommy guns and dynamite. The victims dance like marionettes as the bullets tear into them, all the action being presented in slow-motion so we don't miss a single detail or spurting of blood.

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<p>Vytas of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Vytas of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Vytas Baskauskas talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

How satisfying was it for him to finish slightly ahead of brother Aras?
Could "Survivor" be heading for an "Aras vs. Vytas" season?
I have no inside information, but the dynamic between Aras, the easy-going former "Survivor" winner, and Vytas, his estranged ex-con, recovering addict brother, was one of the dramatic standouts in "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" and it almost seems like a no-brainer for the show to want one or both of the Baskauskas Brothers back in the future. 
For years, Aras had family "Survivor" bragging rights, but he seemed to indicate that that was only payback for a childhood of bickering a bullying, setting up emotional wounds that were exposed in the oddest of moments, like a Sumo challenge at sea. But when the Merge arrived, the brothers were the tightest of alliances and seemed ready to run the game, except that everybody recognized how close they were and they were voted out consecutively. Aras lost the first post-Merge Redemption Island Duel and became the first member of this season's Jury and even though Vytas followed him to the Jury the following week, a new pecking order had been established.
In this week's "Survivor" exit interview -- pushed a few days due to Thanksgiving -- Vytas discusses beating Aras, his own post-Merge strategic errors, Laura's role in his Duel demise and his itch to play again.
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<p>Colin Farrell couldn't say enough kind things about the girl who played his daughter in 'Saving Mr. Banks'</p>

Colin Farrell couldn't say enough kind things about the girl who played his daughter in 'Saving Mr. Banks'

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Colin Farrell heaps praise on his young co-star in 'Saving Mr. Banks'

A thoughtful chat with the title character from one of the season's biggest films

It makes perfect sense that any of the marketing we've seen for "Saving Mr. Banks" so far has focused almost exclusively on the relationship between Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), and that makes sense. That is what the film deals with for the most part, but there's another relationship in the film that is, in its way, even more important.

Colin Farrell plays Travers Robert Goff, father to Helen Goff, aka Ginty (Annie Rose Buckley), the little girl who eventually grows up and takes the professional pseudonym of P.L. Travers. He is her world, as we see in flashbacks, and Farrell is great in the role. He shows us exactly why he would be so revered by his little girl, the dreamy and inventive personality that makes him so much fun to be with, and he also shows us why Goff was such a disaster in the professional world. His alcoholism is just part of the problem. He is simply not wired for adult life, and the ways he fails are heartbreaking. One of the things that has always defined Farrell is that sense of danger that is always simmering, and the thing that makes him dangerous here is just how much faith his daughter has in him, and just how misplaced it is.

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