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Google Doodle 8-bit game celebrates 'Doctor Who's' 50th birthday

Google Doodle 8-bit game celebrates "Doctor Who's" 50th birthday
The Google Doodle, which goes live on Friday, allows you to play the Doctor through all 11 incarnations.

"How I Met Your Mother" celebrates Episode 200

Bob Saget joined the "HIMYM" cast to celebrate the 200th episode today with delicious cake. PLUS: The cast and crew got an "HIMYM" coloring book.

How "Mad Men," "Quantum Leap" and "The X Files" covered the JFK assassination
In one "Quantum Leap" episode, Dr. Sam Beckett leapt into the body of Lee Harvey Oswald.

"SNL" booked 12-1/2 white males for December
Amid "Saturday Night Live's" diversity controversy, every host and musical guest in December will be a white male -- everybody except One Direction's Zayn Malik, who is half-Pakistani.

"The Voice" has become a hit-maker, moreso than "American Idol"

Established acts like Robin Thicke have found "The Voice" to be the best promotional platform out there.

Ellen DeGeneres removes smoking from "Mad Men"

In honor of a day without smoking.

Jay Leno bandleader Rickey Minor is returning to "American Idol" as music director
Minor will be back next season after two years on "The Tonight Show." He replaces Ray Chew, who replaced him.

WGN America orders a Ten Commandments event series
The Weinstein Company-backed project hopes to have an A-list director direct each of the 10 episodes.

Why can't "The X Factor's" international success translate to United States?
Simon Cowell's reality show, which is in 45 countries, is a hit everywhere but here.

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has a "fairly solid two-year plan"
But Jed Whedon cautions that nothing is set in stone.

Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon are getting big ratings as they near their transition
In fact, Leno this season is 51% up over Letterman in the 18-49 demo.

Watch a preview of "Bonnie & Clyde"

The A&E/Lifetime miniseries stars Emile Hirsch, Holliday Grainger, Sarah Hyland, William Hurt and Holly Hunter.

"Chuck" co-creator is working on a haunted house drama for Syfy

Chris Fedak's "The Woods" centers on a woman who returns to the haunted mansion where her sister disappeared from when they were kids.

Follow Vince Gilligan behind the scenes on "Breaking Bad"

Here's a featurette from the DVD set. PLUS: "Breaking Bad" soundtrack will be released in vinyl, and Bill Burr found Ted Beneke's check.

GOP congressman accused of being an "Alec Baldwin Republican"
Baldwin's name has become a slur in an Idaho congressional race.

"Eastbound & Down's" final moments, explained
"It was always part of the screenplay," says co-creator Jody Hill. "That's how we were going to frame the whole season and tie it up."

Robin Williams vs. Michael J. Fox
Which big-name star with a new sitcom chews up too much scenery?

Charisma Carpenter posts a pic of "Buffy's" 1st trip to Comic-Con

Where was Sarah Michelle Gellar?

Preview Mariah Carey's "American Dads" cameo
The diva plays a girl with a Southern twang.

Sarah Silverman answers questions on Reddit
Silverman recalls the time she tattooed a fan's leg. "I just tattooed a guy's leg with an actual needle. I put WWSD (what would Sarah do)."

Coming to TV: "Lifeforce"?
Colin Wilson's 1976 novel "The Space Vampires," which became the film "Lifeforce" in 1985, is set for a TV remake.

New film "The Robertsons" details "Duck Dynasty stars' struggles with alcoholism, suicidal thoughts
The film, made for a Christian group, goes into Phil's infidelity and Reed's suicidal thoughts. PLUS: New "Duck" book: "Everything's Better With a Beard."

"Survivor's" Aras is becoming a dad
Aras Baskauskas says his fiance is 12 weeks pregnant.

Curtis Stone is creating recipes based on "Arrested Development" and "House of Cards"
The "Top Chef Masters" host also came up with a drink inspired by "Orange is the New Black."

PBS visits "Nashville 2.0"
The Friday documentary looks into the "Rise of Americana."

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<p>Watch out for &quot;Bad Grandpa&quot;&nbsp;in this race. No, seriously...</p>

Watch out for "Bad Grandpa" in this race. No, seriously...

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Tech Support: Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar race features 'Rush,' 'The Butler' and... 'Bad Grandpa?'

Nothing's a sure thing in this year's stacked race

Welcome to the second year of Best "Makeup and Hairstyling." Last year’s long overdue official addition of hairstylists to the title of this category did not officially change anything; hairstylists had always been rewarded. But it was nice to see the recognition in the name.

Did that affect who was nominated? In this extremely unique category (with only three nominees), probably not, but one never knows as "Les Misérables" trumped "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "Hitchcock" for the win. This branch loves aging, monster makeup, period makeup and transforming famous actors into famous persons and there's plenty of all of that on display this season.

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<p>One Direction</p>

One Direction

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - Double Elimination and One Direction performs

Which acts didn't survive British Invasion night?

It's time for another Double Elimination "X Factor"!

And this week? One Direction performs. 

Follow along from home...

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Fox moving 'Glee' to Tuesdays, 'Mindy Project' going on hiatus

Fox moving "Glee" to Tuesdays, "Mindy Project" going on hiatus
Greg Kinnear's" "Rake" will take over "Glee's" Thursday timeslot in the spring. On Tuesdays, "Glee" will be followed by "New Girl" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." When the Andy Samberg comedy finishes its season, "The Mindy Project" will return on April 1. E! reports that Fox is still behind the Mindy Kaling sitcom. PLUS: "The Following" will get an NFC Championship game boost on Jan. 27.

Miley Cyrus will take over MTV on Saturday, her 21st birthday
MTV will devote much of Saturday to Miley, starting with "21 Candles: Miley’s MTV Moments."

Aaron Paul and "Big Love" girlfriend Amanda Seyfried will reunite on the big screen
The former "Breaking Bad" star has joined the new film "Fathers and Daughters."

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Zeke Tenhoff, "Bering Sea Gold"

 Zeke Tenhoff, "Bering Sea Gold"

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Listen: CulturePop No. 33 - 'Bering Sea Gold' star Zeke Tenhoff

We talk Alaska, dating, Emily and his upcoming 'diarrhea' moment

On "Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice" (Fri. at 10:00 p.m. on the Discovery Channel), Zeke Tenhoff is often too busy dealing with life or death issues to chat much. Even when his ex-girlfriend Emily Riedel wants to complain about her bad day, he usually has to tell her he's trying to fix something or stop the dredge from falling apart so she needs to zip it for a while. Guess what? Zeke's a lot of fun when he's not dealing with important issues that may make or break his ability to make a living or, you know, survive.

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<p>Chris Pratt and Vince Vaughn co-star in 'Delivery Man,' an uneven mix of family drama and broad comedy.</p>

Chris Pratt and Vince Vaughn co-star in 'Delivery Man,' an uneven mix of family drama and broad comedy.

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Review: Uneven 'Delivery Man' represents a crossroads for star Vince Vaughn

When you can't play the character you're known for anymore, what's next?

Vince Vaughn is at a crossroads, and beyond whatever value it has as a piece of entertainment, "Delivery Man" is a fascinating snapshot of a star in flux, struggling to maintain a comic persona that he's outgrown. It's a perfect collision of actor and material, but maybe not for the most apparent reason.

David Wozniak is a train crash of a person and, in fine Hollywood fashion, he's somehow managed to remain a complete train crash well into his 40s. That's mainly because he works for his father as part of the family business, a butcher's shop, and they seem willing to cut him a fair amount of slack.

At some point, you age out of playing these roles or the films start to feel somewhat pathetic, and I think Vince Vaughn has just reached that particular moment. If David is a 30 year old character, this is a turning point. If he's a 40 year old character, this is a last chance. Desperation changes as characters age, and so the stakes in "Delivery Man" are fairly high for David. He's got a regular girlfriend who he's ended up disappointing and hurting so many times that things are imploding as the film opens, and Emma (Cobie Smulders) is ready to move on. Or she is until she learns that she's pregnant, suddenly making things between her and David more urgent. He's either got to snap into focus as a person, or she has to move on and build a safe life for her child.

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"Breaking the Faith"

 "Breaking the Faith"

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Exclusive clip: Nine try to exit a polygamous cult on 'Breaking the Faith'

Despite being convicted of sexual assault, the leader is still in control

"Breaking the Faith" (premiering Sun. Nov. 24 at 10:00 p.m. on TLC) isn't just about a group of young people trying to start new lives -- it's about how (and if) they do that after escaping the controversial Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a cult run by convicted felon Warren Jeffs. Jeffs is serving a life sentence for child sexual assault (he's said to have 78 wives, 24 of whom were underage when he married them), but he's reportedly still the president of the organization. In this exclusive clip, watch what happens one day before "extraction," which aptly describes what it takes to get people out of this cult. 

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'Game of Thrones' actor David Bradley joins FX's 'The Strain'

"Game of Thrones" actor David Bradley joins FX's "The Strain"
The "Harry Potter" actor who's also famous for playing Walder Frey on "Game of Thrones" will replace John Hurt on the Guillermo del Toro series. He'll play Professor Abraham Setrakian, a Holocaust survivor who runs a pawn shop.

"Boston's Finest" cop commits suicide

Boston Police officer Pat Rogers appeared in Seasons 1 and 2 of the TNT reality show from producer Donnie Wahlberg. Rogers died hours before TNT's premiere event on Tuesday, which was canceled.

Ron Perlman: "I was ready for this"
The "Sons of Anarchy" star talks about this week's episode.

"The Simpsons" characters transform into musical instruments

Watch nexdt week's 1930s "MusicVille" couch gag, an homage to the Disney cartoon "Music Land."

Japanese TV to seek a Guinness World Record by airing 234 "NCIS" episodes back to back

The Fox Japan channel's 10-day marathon, promoting Season 11, aims to capture the record for the longest uninterrupted transmission of a TV series.

"The Talk" will make a cameo on "Beauty and the Beast"
An episode will open with Vincent on the CBS daytime talk show.

Russia is getting the History channel;

Russian viewers will soon be able to watch shows like "Ice Road Truckers" and "Pawn Stars."

"Two and a Half Men" books Odette Annable

She'll romance Ashton Kutcher on the Jan. 2 episode.

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<p>Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz both return for 'The Hunger Games:&nbsp;Catching Fire,' and they were eager to talk about the way things escalate in the new film for both their characters.</p>

Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz both return for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' and they were eager to talk about the way things escalate in the new film for both their characters.

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New tributes and old friends discuss the trials of making 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

The cast just keeps getting bigger and better

One of the things that was important for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was the casting of the new supporting players, and in particular, the tributes would would be returning to battle in the Quarter Quell.

Sam Claflin has been in several fairly big movies over the last few years, including a starring role in "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." That was a thankless role, and it didn't help that the film was such a nightmare of tonal misfires. It was certainly no showcase for a younger actor trying to make an initial impression on an audience. Jena Malone, on the other hand, has been a hard-working actor for years now, and despite still being fairly young, there is a sort of battle-hardened quality to her in real life. Malone strikes me as someone who has seen a lot and who has fought to define how she wants to work in this industry, refusing to let anyone else define her. I've interviewed her before, and on the "Sucker Punch" set, we got to speak at length about her career and her goals as a performer.

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Demi Lovato turns back the clock in video for 'Neon Lights'
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Demi Lovato turns back the clock in video for 'Neon Lights'

Day-glo colors don't save the day...or night

Demi Lovato’s new video for “Neon Lights” plays out like a Samsung commercial that flashes back to the ‘80s. Between the neon bracelets and neon lipstick all enhanced by black light, all that’s missing to complete the set is a Swatch.

There’s not much to the clip: The “X Factor” judge dancing in the club in her ‘80s wear straight ouf of Ltd Express,  poses of her in the water apropos of nothing, and beautiful bodies in provocative poses. Add in the Samsung product placement and it’s a wrap.

The song, from her current album, "Demi," is a bit of a cross between Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and Katy Perry’s “Fireworks” and Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite,  and feels inferior to all three.

Lovato is talented and capable of really nice music, but this does nothing to prove that. It is, however, an excellent set up for her "Neon Lights" tour, which kicks off in February. The outing also features Cher Lloyd, and "X Factor" alums Little Mix and Fifth Harmony.

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Bravo is delving into Facebook chatter to boost 'Real Housewives' rerun ratings

Bravo is delving into Facebook chatter to boost "Real Housewives" rerun ratings
A new Facebook feature lets companies scan private posts of Facebook users for keywords that Bravo can use to promote repeats in other social media.

"Hawaii Five-0" promotes Chi McBride
he'll become a series regular after debuting in this season's premiere.

"Crazy Eyes" comments on Julianne Hough's blackface for the 1st time
"Orange Is the New Black" star Uzo Aduba says: "I think maybe it was an unfortunate event, but she apologized and I feel like we can all move on."

"South Park" remakes the "Game of Thrones" theme
Watch "A Chorus of Weiners."

"Revolution's" fall finale ties its lowest ratings
The good news: "Revolution's" ratings aren't too bad.

MTV cancels "Nikki & Sara Live"

Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer say MTV isn't picking up their talk show for a 3rd season.

TV Guide Network to air "The Bold & the Beautiful" reruns

Reruns will air the day after original broadcast.

Lifetime announces pageant coach reality show "Kim of Queens"

Pageant expert Kim Gravel will transform "diamonds in the rough" into confident young women, starting in January.

"Banshee" Season 2 trailer, poster unveiled
The Cinemax series returns Jan. 10.

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Watch Arcade Fire's sweet new video for 'Afterlife'

Watch Arcade Fire's sweet new video for 'Afterlife'

No, you don't have to wear formal attire or a costume to view it

Arcade Fire’s new video for “Afterlife” couldn’t be more different than the clip for “Reflektor’s” title track.

Instead of showcasing the band in oversized masks and white suits,  the Emily Kai Bock-directed video plays out like an indie film about the life of a Hispanic family trying to get through life day-to-day.

The clip, which does not feature the band,  starts with a long Spanish-spoken intro with a man, presumably a single dad, having dinner for his two sons after a day spent selling flowers by the roadside—a very familiar sight in Los Angeles, by the way.

They then all have their dreams, seemingly all about the same women: the father’s love of his life, who is the mother of his two children. She’s absent from their lives now for unexplained reasons, but weighs heavily in their thoughts.  It’s sweet and poignant and beautifully shot, especially the black and white portions from the father’s dream. But the nightmare of the little boy being put in the washer almost sent me over the edge.

Better yet about the video: you don’t have to dress in a costume or formal wear to watch it. As you heard, Arcade Fire’s request that fans wear “formal attire or costume” to their arena shows was met with a bit of a backlash from fans who thought paying for a ticket should be all required for their entry.

Yesterday, Arcade Fire took to its Facebook page to tell everyone to calm down a little bit; they were just trying to liven up the festivities:

“To everyone really upset about us asking people to dress up at our shows… please relax. It's super not mandatory. It just makes for a more fun carnival when we are all in it together. So far these have been the best shows we have ever played.
See you soon.

Arcade Fire”


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