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<p>Tom Hanks in &quot;Saving Mr. Banks.&quot;</p>

Tom Hanks in "Saving Mr. Banks."

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Roundup: Saving -- but not sanitizing -- Mr. Banks

Also: The boring hotness of 'Blue is the Warmest Color,' and Stone on Ebert
Advance word on Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks" -- one of the season's few remaining big reveals -- is increasingly positive ahead of its world premiere this Sunday in London: I've spoken to some fairly hard-to-please critics who were charmed by the true-life Hollywood tale. That might be because it's slightly less softball filmmaking than it appears to be from the outside. Speaking to the NYT's Brooks Barnes, director John Lee Hancock and others discuss their determination to present Walt Disney as he really was: “I was a bit afraid because we wanted to be honest about Walt ... I imagined the moment when Disney would say, ‘Sorry, we like him better as a god than a human.’ To their credit, they were smart enough and brave enough to realize that a human Walt was not only a better character, but was easier to love.” [New York Times
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ABC orders more scripts for 'Trophy Wife' and 'The Goldbergs'

ABC orders more scripts for "Trophy Wife" and "The Goldbergs"
Each Tuesday comedy has received a three-script order, which could pave the way for more episodes.

Conan O'Brien and Jack White are considering buying a minor league baseball team
Both have reportedly met with Dodgers management about buying a minor league team. PLUS: Preview Conan's interview with Mel Brooks for "Serious Jibber-Jabber."

"Real Housewives of New Jersey" announces 3 new cast members
Twins Nicole and Teresa Napolitano and their friend Amber Marchese are joining Season 6.

Jimmy Fallon: We're doing "Late Night" now as if it was "The Tonight Show"
"We're doing our show as if we were doing 'The Tonight Show,'" Fallon said Wednesday during an interview in Orlando. "It's news to everyone else. We have been doing 'The Tonight Show.'"

"The Neighbors" celebrating "Challoweenukah"

The ABC comedy is combining Halloween and Chanukah.

Game shows hosted by "Original Kings of Comedy" comedians are doing very well

Cedric the Entertainer is up 20% in the key demo with "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," while Steve Harvey is up 15% with "Family Feud."

Kerry Washington will be just the 9th black woman to host "SNL"

Seven of the nine black women who have hosted "Saturday Night Live" hosted in the past decade. PLUS: Could Kenan Thompson be right?, and here are more funny black women, and even more.

Discovery Channel's L.A. office features a painting of Honey Boo Boo
There are also cardboard cutouts of Mama June and her famous daughter.

Chris Pratt is back on the "Parks and Rec" set
Pratt was busy the past few months filming "Guardians of the Galaxy" in London. PLUS: See "Parks and Rec's" 100-episode cake.

Why "Lost's" Damon Lindelof and Twitter were a bad combination

With an intense fanbase of "Lost" fans, it was hard for somebody like Lindelof to move on on a medium like Twitter.

NBC interested in an animated comedy voiced by Ed Helms
Helms is teaming with an "Office" producer on "Mystery Island."

Should little kids wear "Breaking Bad"-themed Halloween costumes?
One mom is appalled by two kids in Walter White and Jesse Pinkman costumes, complete with "blue meth" lollipops.

"SVU" sends Munch out in style
Richard Belzer's character got a special sendoff.

Shawn Ryan and Justin Lin team up for a 1957-set Hawaii drama pilot for Fox
The project would focus on the shadiness in Hawaii as it prepares to become the 50th state.

The Clash were already big Ian Rubbish fans

How did Fred Armisen land an interview with The Clash? Not only were they fans of his Ian Rubbish character, but Mick Jones actually watches "Portlandia."

Marc Summers: Nickelodeon is "going in the dumper"
Listen to the former "Double Dare" host lash out at his former cable network.

BBC planning 2,500 hours of programming for the 100th anniversary of World War I
The programming will be presented from 2014 to 2018.

"Heroes of Cosplay" getting extra episodes
Syfy has ordered six more episodes of its breakout reality show.

"Modern Family's" Sarah Hyland looks totally different in "Bonnie and Clyde"
Hyland is playing Clyde's sister-in-law in the Lifetime film.

Jerry Seinfeld's wife confirms that Whitney Cummings threw glassware at her head

Howard Stern brought Cummings to a Seinfeld party, where she rubbed her "privates" on the couch.

Former "Homeland" star Diego Klattenhoff doesn't get the hate for Dana Brody
Klattenhoff, who played Mike on "Homeland" and who now stars on "The Blacklist," calls the anti-Dana phenomenon a "weird thing." PLUS: Damian Lewis won't let his kids watch "Homeland."

"Welcome to the Family" books Yvette Nicole Brown
The "Community" star will guest as a next-door neighbor.

"Grey's Anatomy's" Jesse Williams hangs with Elmo

Watch his visit to "Sesame Street."

Amy Poehler on "SNL's" Cecily Strong: "She's crushing it" on Weekend Update
"She's going to be great," says the former Weekend Update anchor. "She's so great already and she's just starting."

"Shameless" character actor Ed Lauter dies
Lauter, 74, appeared on a number of TV shows, from "ER" to "Grey's Anatomy."

"Switched at Birth" adds "Ugly Betty's" Alec Mapa

He'll play a new friend for Lea Thompson.

"Kevin Arnold" meets "Buffy"
Fred Savage is directing an episode of "The Crazy Ones."

"New Girl's" Nick & Jess relationship: Why it's not working
Nick and Jess together are "alarmingly sexless."

Danny McBride makes a commercial for "cat wine"
"Good yum Drinky!"

Tim Allen's "Home Improvement" son directed him on "Last Man Standing"
Jonathan Taylor Thomas is sitting behind the camera for this week's episode.

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<p>I was a little surprised by the 17-minute explicit lovemaking scene that follows this moment in the film, but honestly, it feels like they've been building up to it their whole careers.</p>

I was a little surprised by the 17-minute explicit lovemaking scene that follows this moment in the film, but honestly, it feels like they've been building up to it their whole careers.

Credit: Summit Entertainment

Review: Schwarzenegger and Stallone team up for so-so 'Escape Plan'

Someone lit a fire under Arnold, though

Midway through "Escape Plan," the agreeably cheesy new thriller that stars both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, I found myself cackling as I imagined Arnold sitting in his agent's office, asking them to find him a project where he could do a whooooooooole lot of acting.

"I know you've found me a few starring roles since I made my comeback, and I did that 'Expendables' gig, but what I really want is a role where I get to do a lot of voices and improv comedy and I'm a mastermind who is constantly playing characters. Like I said. Lots and lots of acting."

I'm not sure I'd necessarily call all of that acting good, but it sure is fun to watch Arnold throw this much effort at anything. I'm not sure I believed he still had it in him, but he looks like he's having a blast here as Rottmayer, a convict who is locked away in The Tomb, the highest of high security prisons. He doesn't show up until about a third of the way into the film, but once he does, he can barely stop smiling.

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<p>Kimberly Peirce seemed excited to be able to talk about her new adaptation of Stephen King's 'Carrie'</p>

Kimberly Peirce seemed excited to be able to talk about her new adaptation of Stephen King's 'Carrie'

Credit: HitFix

Kimberly Peirce on why Moretz and Moore were perfect for 'Carrie'

The 'Boys Don't Cry' filmmaker talks about working with her latest lead

It almost seems too easy a choice to hire Kimberly Peirce to make a new version of Stephen King's "Carrie." After all, her film "Boys Don't Cry" is an excellent look at how an outsider desperately tries to fit into a high school world, and the film positively vibrates with genuine pain.

Her second film "Stop Loss" is less successful overall but it still has a palpable sense of what it feels like to not quite fit. The unease in her work makes her a preposterously on-the-nose choice for "Carrie," and I don't mean that as any sort of insult. It's just one of those things where as soon as you hear the choice, it's an automatic "duh."

Sitting down to talk to her, I didn't want to talk about it as a horror film. I know this is the story that launched King's career as the master of modern written horror, but "Carrie" has always struck me as a tragedy, and it seems like Peirce saw this as a very human story, driven by very human problems.

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<p>Jessie The Cowgirl (Joan Cusack) teams up with Combat Carl (Carl Weathers) in Pixar's new 'Toy Story Of Terror'</p>

Jessie The Cowgirl (Joan Cusack) teams up with Combat Carl (Carl Weathers) in Pixar's new 'Toy Story Of Terror'

Credit: Pixar/ABC

Review: Pixar's 'Toy Story Of Terror' is a smart and funny addition to the series

It's a short story, but focused and beautifully built

From the opening shot of the wallpaper with the familiar white-clouds-on-blue-sky motif to the exactly-right-genre-parody storytelling in the opening sequence to the way the story builds to a tremendously well-plotted payoff for both story and character, "Toy Story Of Terror" is a "Toy Story" story in every way, and should delight Pixar fans perennially now.

I love that this is now the Bonnie continuity, and I love the detail of watching TV in the car during a rainy drive. Awesome modern detail. Jessie is claustrophobic. That makes perfect sense after what we know from "Toy Story 2," but handled well here. It's easy to forget that she was completely and utterly insane in that film, mentally broken in a very scary way. Joan's work in the special is very, very good, and I always love the moments where things go very subtle.

The way the story unfolds and the way the toys talk about horror convention is fun and simple and makes sure that things don't get too scary for kids. Pricklepants gets to make an impression here since he's the one who knows how things are supposed to work. Timothy Dalton has never met a plate full of ham that he has not gleefully devoured, and I love him for it. He seems to relish the absurdity of playing a character named Pricklepants who speaks in such positively Shakespearean diction.

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"American Horror Story: Coven"

 "American Horror Story: Coven"

Credit: FX

'American Horror Story' recap: Will Zoe find 'Boy Parts'?

Is Fiona tough enough to stop a police investigation?

Dead is never really dead on "American Horror Story," and this witchy season is no exception. While you would think our sweet young things at Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies would be inclined to behave themselves and lay low after the bus-flipping incident last week, that wouldn't be any fun at all, would it? No, while Zoe and Madison are busy finding new ways to get into trouble, Fiona's stashing an immortal in her bedroom and Delia's having snakey baby-making sex with her husband Hank. Really, just about anyone passing by these ladies would have a hard time ignoring the weird thing going on in their orbits, but I guess that's why having the power of compulsion is so darn handy. 

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<p>Brad arrives at Redemption Island on &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Brad arrives at Redemption Island on "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'The Dead Can Still Talk'

What was the blowback from Caleb's big move?
Pre-credit sequence. We're following up on Brad's shocking outster from last week. "Wow, you guys," Caleb says, obviously pleased with himself. "What the heck? Tribal was unreal," Teen Mom says, obviously unclear on the very nature of reality. "If this is Brad's time, it was Brad's time," Vytas rationalizes, obviously unclear on the very nature of time. Teen Mom knows that if they can get Caleb to go with them, they'd have the numbers. "It just festered," Caleb says, explaining that his big move wasn't premeditated. Hayden is stunned and doesn't know if he's now on the outs.
Guess Who's Coming to Redemption Island? "Caleb made a good move. Kudos to him," Brad says, crediting Caleb for learning a thing or two from Colton. As we saw last week. Brad arrives at Redemption Island apologizing and raising the white flag. He surrenders aggressively in the middle of the night, waking up John and Candice. "At least I feel a little vindication here," John says, groggily. "Quite frankly, I'm glad I'm not going to get abused and yelled at on Redemption Island," Brad says, but Candice says she still has no love for Brad. "In this game, it's kill or be killed and he's on our island now," Candice says, vowing to knock Brad out for good.
The Eyes of Laura M. Meanwhile, the Returnees keep winning and they're doing OK. Actually, Laura  M and Aras are doing better than OK. They're doing some late-night rub-downs. Laura views this intimacy as a sign of trust. Aras, however, doesn't think that Laura's flirtation is earning more of his trust. In fact, he still has Laura, Laura and Kat outside of his alliance. Laura M has posted on Facebook that she thinks this episode was improperly edited to imply something naughty happened, but there she is mentioning her 20 years of marriage. Don't worry, Laura! I don't believe for a second that there's a showmance brewing. Anyway, though, Other Laura, Rupert's Wife, is still feeling like an outsider, which she is, so that's appropriate.

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<p>Kanye West</p>

Kanye West

Win 2 tickets to a Kanye West concert! Enter our giveaway contest

Yeezy kicks off his 'Yeezus' tour this week: Five runners-up take home a poster

Kanye West kicks off his "Yeezus" tour this week, and HitFix is here to help you and a friend get into the concert.

We're giving away TWO Kanye West show tickets, in a market of the grand prize winner's choosing. Five runners-up will score a Yeezus concert tour poster, featured below.

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Travel and accommodation are not included for the winning ticket. Any venue age restrictions apply. Entrants must live in the U.S., and their Twitter accounts cannot be set on private (otherwise, we can't tell what and if you Tweet). Contest ends Oct. 18, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Kendrick Lamar is on tap to open all dates, though a re-reunited A Tribe Called Quest and Pusha T are on for select shows.

"Yeezus" is West's latest album, which arrived at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 charts and was led by single "Black Skinhead." Check out all of the Kanye West 2013 tour dates below. For more tour info, head to Kanye West's website.

Yeezus tour poster

10/19/13:    Seattle, WA    KeyArena
10/20/13:    Vancouver, B.C.    Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena 
10/22/13:    San Jose, CA    SAP Center
10/23/13:    Oakland, CA    Oracle Arena 
10/25/13:    Las Vegas, NV    MGM Grand Garden Arena 
10/26/13:    Los Angeles, CA        STAPLES Center 
10/28/13:    Los Angeles, CA        STAPLES Center 
11/01/13:    Anaheim, CA    Honda Center
11/03/13:    Denver, CO    Pepsi Center 
11/05/13:    Minneapolis, MN        Target Center 
11/07/13:    Chicago, IL    United Center 
11/08/13:    Columbus, OH    Nationwide Arena 
11/09/13:    Chicago, IL    United Center 
11/10/13:    Detroit, MI    Palace of Auburn Hills
11/12/13:    Toronto, Ont.    Air Canada Centre 
11/13/13:    Toronto, Ont.    Air Canada Centre 
11/14/13:    Montreal, Que.    Bell Centre 
11/16/13:    Philadelphia, PA        Wells Fargo Center 
11/17/13:    Boston, MA    TD Garden 
11/19/13:    Brooklyn, NY    Barclays Center 
11/20/13:    Brooklyn, NY    Barclays Center 
11/21/13:    Washington, DC        Verizon Center 
11/23/13:    New York, NY    Madison Square Garden 
11/24/13:    New York, NY    Madison Square Garden 
11/29/13:    Miami, FL    AmericanAirlines Arena 
11/30/13     Tampa, FL    Tampa Bay Times Forum 
12/01/13:    Atlanta, GA    Philips Arena 
12/05/13:    New Orleans, LA        New Orleans Arena 
12/06/13:    Dallas, TX    American Airlines Center
12/07/13:    Houston, TX    Toyota Center

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"Burton and Taylor"

 "Burton and Taylor"

Credit: BBC America

Review: Lindsay Lohan's 'Liz and Dick' can't compare to 'Burton and Taylor'

Two different versions of the same story yield very different results

Remember "Liz & Dick"? Oh, maybe you don't, and that is entirely forgivable. It was that tepid, sudsy Lifetime movie about the on-again-off-again-on-again-whatever romance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Not even a year later, its only real relevance is twofold. One is its inability to deliver that comeback Lindsay Lohan still so desperately requires, and two is in giving critics like me a convenient comparison point for the BBC America's take on this epic romance, "Burton and Taylor" (airing tonight at 9:00 p.m.). Lifetime set a low bar, but the good news is that "Burton and Taylor" makes it abundantly clear how this story, unwieldy and ridiculous in the wrong hands, should actually be told.

One important element, of course, is the cast. Dominic West, while younger than Burton in the time period portrayed in the movie, ably captures the actor's heartbreak and struggle, while leaving the bombast we associate with Burton for the few scenes that take place on stage. Of course, as it was in real life, Burton was always overshadowed by the show pony that was Taylor, and to some degree that's the case here.

I was initially surprised that Helena Bonham-Carter was cast in the role of Taylor, simply because I associate her with quirky Tim Burton fare and period dramas. Taylor was such a memorable sexpot I wasn't sure I could see Bonham-Carter oozing sex in a negligee. Ironically, it was the one thing I expected Lindsay Lohan to deliver in ""Liz & Dick," but even then she seemed like a kid prancing around in her mom's sexy underwear.

Luckily, that isn't the Taylor we get in this movie anyway. "Burton and Taylor" wisely picks the most poignant part of the story and hones in on a short time frame in order to get it right. While "Liz & Dick" tried for epic sweep and ended up cobbling together cliches and pointless recreations of movie scenes, "Burton and Taylor" assumes we know the characters and their backstory, then digs into the deeper stuff.

The story revolves around Burton and Taylor coming together after five years for a Broadway run of Noel Coward's "Private Lives." It's a bald attempt by Taylor to reconnect, an idea both enticing and repellant to Burton. It's easy to see how Elizabeth Taylor in real life could be a handful; needy, manipulative, loyal, funny and acutely aware of how to make an audience happy. Burton was clearly troubled in his own way, a slave to his addictions and conflicted about fame. At this point in his life, he seems to have made peace with his problems -- he's found a new girlfriend, stopped drinking (more or less) and is focusing on a production of "King Lear" -- but Taylor, just by being Taylor, could easily destroy his fragile sense of balance.

We don't need a lot of flashbacks to see why these two love one another passionately -- and we don't need a lot of blustery dialogue to understand why Burton can't stay. What might be most remarkable about Bonham-Carter's performance and "Burton and Taylor"'s script is how it subtly shows us Taylor's loneliness. Taylor's not sitting in a room alone, watching TV and slinging back cocktails (though yes, there are many cocktails slung in this movie). It's in countless small details that add up to a crushing sense that the former child star whom audiences still adore has an aching hole in her heart, one she desperately hopes Burton can fill. When she angrily asks him, "Where's my Antony?" it speaks to how much she wants to live in the couple's past, white hot (and ultimately toxic) passion, and how Burton is slowly understanding he's grown past it.

It may be kicking Lindsay Lohan while she's down to compare these two movies, but I hope Hollywood (or at least Lifetime) does it, if only to get a clear picture as to what works in a TV biopic and what doesn't. Somehow "Liz & Dick" covered more of this relationship and showed less, threw suds at the audience and delivered less drama, and hit plot points with a hammer when only a gentle tap was needed. Biopics by their very nature are problematic; we know the ending, and we know too much. But somehow "Burton and Taylor" delivered surprises and careful insights, and whether or not any of it was technically true (though I'm sure it was), it didn't matter. At the end of the day, as a story about two people we thought we knew, it worked.

Are you going to watch "Burton and Taylor"?

Follow Liane Bonin Starr on Twitter @HitFixLiane

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<p>&quot;The&nbsp;Sopranos&quot;&nbsp;celebrated Columbus Day in one of that show's bigger missteps.</p>

"The Sopranos" celebrated Columbus Day in one of that show's bigger missteps.

Credit: HBO

When good shows go bad: Terrible episodes of great TV dramas

From 'The Sopranos' on Columbus Day to the 'Friday Night Lights' murder, our favorites aren't immune from missteps
Monday was Columbus Day — or, as CNN's Jake Tapper put it on Twitter, "a day when many Americans soberly reflect on the worst ever episode of 'The Sopranos.'"
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'South Park' unable to meet its deadline for 1st time due to a power outage -- tonight's episode is a rerun

"South Park" unable to meet its deadline for 1st time due to a power outage -- tonight's episode is a rerun
Thanks to their computers being down for hours, Matt and Trey weren't able to complete tonight's episode. So it'll air next week.

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Credit: VH1

Lorde's 'Royals' remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for triple crown

Miley Cyrus’ 'Wrecking Ball' crashes at No. 2

Lorde’s “Royals” continues its rule atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the third week.

The top 5 remains largely unchanged from last week: Miley Cyrus’ former No. 1, “Wrecking Ball,” swings 3-2, trading places with Katy Perry’s former No. 1, “Roar.

Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” continues at No. 4, while Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, holds at No. 5.

Ylvis’s “The Fox” stays at No. 6 on the strength of streaming and digital downloads and Billboard warns that another novelty song, Allison Gold’s “Chinese Good” could bow on the Billboard chart next week. The song is by the same writer who brought the world Rebecca Black’s “Friday.”

Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake, stays at No. 7, while spending its 11th week atop Billboard’s Rap Songs chart.

Lady Gaga’s “Applause” rises one space to No. 8, pushing Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, down one spot to No. 9. Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais’s “Summertime Sadness” stays at No. 10.

Outside the Top 10, Justin Bieber's "Heartbreaker" soars 77-13, and Eminem's "Survival" bows at No. 17.

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