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

Colton Cumbie of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Interview: Colton Cumbie discusses quitting 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

So, has Colton really changed? Was this season a victory?
Colton Cumbie won few fans in his run on "Survivor: One World," which included bold strokes of strategy, but many more accusations [founded] of racism and bullying. 
 
When Colton returned for this season's "Survivor: Blood vs. Water," he was joined by his fiance Caleb and he professed to have a desire to change the way people looked at him. For one night, it seemed to be working, as Colton told his fellow castaways about his struggles growing up gay in the South and appeared to be winning sympathy.
 
It lasted for one episode. By the second week of the season, Colton was attempting to plot and scheme on a tribe of returning contestants who had no desire to get into that part of the game any sooner than necessary. If Colton temporarily removed the target from his back on the first night, it returned very quickly.
 
On Wednesday's episode, Colton lasted only five minutes. Before a Redemption Island Duel, he started crying and announced his decision to leave. "Survivor" host Jeff Probst then determined that Colton couldn't depart without being called a quitter multiple times and being told that some people shouldn't play "Survivor," they should just watch on TV. It was an unsparing assault from Probst and response on my episode recap has been mixed between people thinking the host was needlessly combative and people who felt that it was no more than Colton deserved. 
 
In our second "Survivor" exit interview after an abrupt game exit -- Probst accused Colton of also quitting in his earlier season when he left the game  for appendicitis that turned out merely to be an infection -- Colton discusses why, in the long run, this season was still a small victory and tries framing his exit as an attempt to take pressure off of Caleb. He discusses his frustration with his tribe and talks about his "Survivor" future.
 
Check out the full Q&A and draw your own conclusions.
 
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"Scandal"

"Scandal"

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'Scandal' season premiere recap: Olivia is the target in 'It's Handled'

Is it time for Fitzlivia to confess the truth?

War makes strange bedfellows, doesn't it? As much as the drama on "Scandal" seems to swirl around Fitz and Olivia doing it in dark corners of the White House, the truth is this show is really as much about duking it out as an old special on the History network. In the season premiere, we see unexpected alliances and declarations of intent; battle lines are drawn and shots are sent arcing over the bow. The secret of Fitzlivia is out, and it's going to take a whole lot of force to stuff it back in the box. Oh, our poor gladiators. Their white hats definitely got dirtier this week.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

"The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: 'I Know What You Did Last Summer'

Elena and Caroline are off to college, but they won't be carefree for long

"The Vampire Diaries" is back, and for just a moment it's possible to pretend that the season opener might ease into the action. Caroline and Elena are skipping off to college just like regular girls who drink beer instead of blood, talking about laundry days and where to put the panini press, while devoted Damon has promised to keep the flame alive long distance while babysitting Jeremy. This makes me miss old, bad boy Damon just a little bit, as he seems to be one step away from wearing an apron and making French toast, but he's still his snarky self, so I'll let it pass. These first few moments are as charming as they are jarring, as we know "The Vampire Diaries" never lets our vampires relax for long. 

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<p>The cast of &quot;Welcome to the Family.&quot;</p>

The cast of "Welcome to the Family."

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Series premiere talkback: 'Welcome to the Family' & 'Sean Saves the World'

What did everybody think of the new NBC sitcoms?

I briefly reviewed both "Welcome to the Family" and "Sean Saves the World" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For anyone who tuned into either one, what did you think? With "Welcome to the Family," did you find yourself enjoying one family more than the other? Did you want to see Mike O'Malley and Ricardo Chavira duke it out in the boxing ring? Are you invested in the teen lovebirds at all? With "Sean Saves the World," did you enjoy all the slapstick? Linda Lavin and Sean Hayes both performing at top volume? Tom Lennon (and I highly recommend reading our interview, if only for the section on "the mustache discount") having a 'stache and doing weird things? Megan Hilty not singing? And will you watch either one again?

Have at it.

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<p>Demi Lovato of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Demi Lovato of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - The Four-Chair Challenge Round #2

Which Girls held onto Demi Lovato's Four Chairs on Thursday?

In case you've forgotten, Wednesday night's "X Factor" featured the debut of the Four-Chair Challenge and saw Kelly Rowland narrow her team of Geriatrics down to Jeff Gutt, James Kenney, Rachel Potter and Lillie McCloud.

Then Demi Lovato listened to the first four Girls and assigned chairs to Bree Randall, Khaya Cohen, Jamie Pineda and Ashly Williams. However, with six Girls still to perform, I'm assuming that Bree and Jamie are almost certain to be displaced.

Click through and follow along for my recap of Thursday (October 3) night's "The X Factor"...

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<p>Terry Richardson's <a href="http://terrysdiary.com/">latest</a> Miley Cyrus outtake</p>

Terry Richardson's latest Miley Cyrus outtake

Credit: Terry Richardson

Sinead O'Connor threatens Miley with lawsuit: 'You are such an anti-female tool'

Cyrus mocks O'Connor's initial letter, infuriating Irish singer

Miley Ray Cyrus has a message for Sinead O’Connor: butt out. But it's clear that O'Connor is doing nothing of the sort.

If you're not up on the action, yesterday, O’Connor wrote an impassioned open letter to Cyrus, applauding her talent, and advising her to stop letting herself be “prostituted” by other people who were eager to exploit a young girl. She had been through the whole thing and had fought against having her sexuality be used a marketing tool. She perhaps felt she had a right to voice her opinion because the director’s cut of Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” is basically a remake of O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” video: both focus solely on the singer’s face as she performs the song in one shot.

It’s actually a lovely letter, and even if Cyrus doesn’t agree, it’s hard to argue that O’Connor’s heart wasn’t in the right place.

Instead of thanking O’Connor and sending her on her way, Cyrus decided to mock her and remind folks that O’Connor hardly has a past free of rebellious acts.

Early this morning, she tweeted “Before Amanda Bynes... there was...  “ and posted a rundown of O’Connor’s tweets when she was having a mental breakdown in January 2012  and publicly asked  if “can any psychiatrist see me today [and] get me back on meds [and] help me without having to go to the hospital?” and “I’m really un-well... and in danger.”  O'Connor subsequently canceled her 2012 tour to support her new album  because of her bi-polar disease. 

But she wasn’t done.  Cyrus then posted, without comment, a photo of Cyrus tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul ll on “Saturday Night Live” in 1992. That was a career killer for O’Connor and she was banned for life from “SNL” for her actions. (Deathandtaxes points out that Cyrus's screen grabs quoting O'Connor's 2012 meltdown are from someone else using O'Connor's which is possible, since O'Connor quit Twitter last year, But the words are verbatim from O'Connor's tweets in 2012 as her breakdown was happening.)

 

Why didn't Cyrus just quote the title of O'Connor's 2012 album back to her in response: "How About I Be Me (And You Be You)." 

Inbetween cutting down O'Connor, Cyrus has been retweeting provocative photos of her taken by Terry Richardson featuring her in a very revealing leotard and smoking up a storm.

Of course, O'Connor couldn't let Cyrus's reply go unanswered and O'Connor has now ripped Cyrus a new one for mocking people with mental illnesses... rightfully so. She also calls Cyrus "such an anti-female tool of the anti-female music industry."  O'Connor demands Cyrus take down the tweets or that she will "hear from my lawyers." 

O'Connor's page is crashing because so many folks are trying to access her response to Cyrus's response. Here it is in full: 

Miley… Really? Who the fuck is advising you? Because taking me on is even more fuckin’ stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism. You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent. In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help.

I mean really really… who advises you? have you any idea how stupid and dangerous it is to mock people for suffering illness? You will yourself one day suffer such illness, that is without doubt. The
course you have set yourself upon can only end in that, trust me. I am staggered that any 20 yr old woman of the 21st century could behave in such a dangerous and irresponsible manner as to not only
send the signal to young women that its ok to act like prostitutes but also to the signal that those who have suffered or do suffer mental health problems are to be mocked and have their opinions invalidated.

Have you no sense of danger at all? or responsibility? Remove your tweets immediately or you will hear from my lawyers. I am certain you will be hearing from all manner of mental health advocacy groups also. It is not acceptable to mock any person for having suffered.

It is most unbecoming of you to respond in such a fashion to someone who expressed care for you. And worse that you are such an anti-female tool of the anti-female music industry. I hope that you will apologise to Amanda Bynes and to any person who has been wounded by your mockery of those who have suffered. And I hope that you will wake up and understand that you in fact are a danger to women.

Furthermore you posted a photo of me tearing the pope’s photo .. as if to imply insanity.. by doing so all you have achieved is to expose your staggering ignorance. I suggest you read The Philadelphia Report, The Boston Report, all the reports which will illuminate for you why that action of mine remains sane and valid. By mocking it you mock every child who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of priests and had it covered by the Vatican. You could really do with educating yourself, that is if you’re not too busy getting your tits out to read.

UPDATE: Cyrus responded a few minutes ago, clearly trying to cool down the flames. She tweeted, "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting and performing on SNL this week...so if youd like to meet up and talk lemme now in your next letter. ; )"   Note the irony that Cyrus is on "SNL"  this week, which, as we noted above, is off limits to O'Connor.

 

Not to be left out, now Amanda Palmer (the former Dresden Dolls member who raised $1 million on Kickstarter to fund her solo album) decided she needed to weigh in, so she's written an open letter to O'Connor to respond to her open letter to Cyrus.

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<p>Will Arnett and Margo Martindale get down and boogie in &quot;The Millers.&quot;</p>

Will Arnett and Margo Martindale get down and boogie in "The Millers."

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Series premiere talkback: 'The Millers'

What did everybody think of the new CBS sitcom?

I briefly reviewed "The Millers" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Are you sad to have Margo Martindale farting here rather than returning to "The Americans," or do you agree with her that fart jokes are just funny? Did you enjoy the big dance number? Beau Bridges' technological difficulties? JB Smoove's bemusement at the behavior of white people? Will Arnett in his second vaguely human network TV role in a row? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>Chris Pine's been targeted for stardom by Paramount, and 'Jack Ryan:&nbsp;Shadow Recruit' is going to be a test of his ability to shoulder an entire franchise himself.</p>

Chris Pine's been targeted for stardom by Paramount, and 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' is going to be a test of his ability to shoulder an entire franchise himself.

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'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' trailer answers some questions, raises others

This definitely isn't a mild-mannered analyst this time around

So you take a pinch of Jason Bourne, you add the brash physical side of the Abrams Captain Kirk, and you set it against Kenneth Branagh directing himself as the bad guy so there is no one there to stop him from going over the top, and the result is Paramount's last best hope at rebooting the Jack Ryan franchise.

My favorite thing about this trailer is Kevin Costner front and center as the guy who brings Jack Ryan into the world of international espionage, and it seems like the biggest difference between the script I read and the final version of the film. It's a smart move, too, because Costner carries an authority that you need for this kind of movie. I really like Chris Pine, but I still think it's a gamble to basically hang every functioning Paramount franchise on the same actor. Just because I like the way he plays Captain Kirk, that doesn't automatically mean he's right for everything else.

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NBC orders a Rob Lowe comedy pilot


NBC orders a Rob Lowe comedy pilot
The "Parks and Rec" star is staying at the Peacock with "The Pro," where he'll play a former tennis champion now working at a country club.


Stevie Nick has written "Game of Thrones"-inspired poetry for each of the characters

The Fleetwood Mac credits the HBO series with re-sparking her creativity after her mom died.


Check out the track list for "Glee's" tribute to Cory Monteith

The cast will honor Finn with "Seasons of Love" from "Rent" and "No Surrender" from Bruce Springsteen, as well as other songs.


Chris Carter's Amazon pilot "The After" adds Jamie Kennedy and Adrian Pasdar
"Leverage's" Aldis Hodge is also joining the thriller from "The X Files" creator.


Nathan Fillion to guest on "Community"
He'll guest as the head custodian at Greendale.


Watch the Guillermo del Toro-directed "Simpsons" horror-movie themed opening
For "Treehouse of Horror XXIV."


"Trophy Wife" books Dennis Haysbert
The former "24" president will help chaperone a school field trip in Episode 9.


Jason Priestley to visit "Hot in Cleveland"

He'll play a movie star whom Valerie Bertinelli had a high school crush on.


See Walter Blanco in action

Here's the trailer for The Spanish "Breaking Bad."

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<p>Amy Poehler and Kristen Bell in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler and Kristen Bell in "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Pawnee-Eagleton Tip off Classic'

Kristen Bell represents the people of Eagleton in a too-familiar episode

A quick review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I have a picture of Patrick Ewing on a rollercoaster...

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<p>Sandra Bullock in &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock in "Gravity"

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Six Sandra Bullock performances that are better than you remember

Lest you forget, the 'Gravity' star has had it all along

By now, you've surely heard -- or seen for yourself -- that Sandra Bullock is excellent in "Gravity." Critics who never much cared for the star in her signature romantic comedies, or her Oscar-winning dramatic turn in "The Blind Side," are now hailing her work as an imperiled astronaut adrift in space as a revelatory breakthrough. "Who knew?" they ask.

Well, hold up a minute. Some of us knew, and not just the Academy members who checked off her name in the 2009 Best Actress race. "Gravity" may be a better, more ambitious film than the vast majority of Sandra Bullock's output, but that doesn't mean it magically transformed her overnight into a gifted actress. She's always been this good, it's just that you've sometimes had to look past the films to see it. Even then, not always; for every shoddy B-movie of which she's been the saving grace, there's another exemplary genre piece in which she has equally excelled. Nobody was calling her immaculately timed comic turn in this summer's delightful action-comedy "The Heat" a revelation, for example, but I'd argue that it's every bit as strong a showcase for her abilities as "Gravity."

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<p>Reese Witherspoon may play a very different kind of princess for Disney in 'Happily Ever After'</p>

Reese Witherspoon may play a very different kind of princess for Disney in 'Happily Ever After'

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Reese Witherspoon is set to live 'Happily Ever After' in post-modern fairy tale for Disney

What's the creator of 'Don't Trust The B----' going to do with princesses?

On Monday, when I wrote about Disney's decision to develop a film called "Cruella," I talked about how they seem to be making a new push to turn all of their fairy-tale animated films into live-action movies. "Maleficent" and "Cinderella" both seem to be fairly straight takes on the characters and the fairy-tale worlds where they take place.

One of their biggest recent live-action releases was "Enchanted," a post-modern take on the world of their fairy tale stories, and one could argue that "Tangled" also played with the tropes of those films in some very knowing ways. It's interesting that Disney is willing to make movies where they play it straight and movies where they intentionally subvert the genre as well.

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