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<p>Forest Whitaker in &quot;Lee Daniels' The&nbsp;Butler&quot;</p>

Forest Whitaker in "Lee Daniels' The Butler"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

'Lee Daniels' The Butler' takes less crowded original screenplay path under 'inspired by' classification

The WGA agrees, but will the Academy? Remember 'Syriana?'

You may have heard about Wil Haygood's 2008 Washington Post article "A Butler Well Served by This Election," which told the story of Eugene Allen, an African American butler who served 30 years of presidents in the White House, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. His story, and that article, became the inspiration for the film "Lee Daniels' The Butler," and in some ways, it could be argued as an adapted screenplay.

However, surely sensing that there was leeway, and no doubt taking note of how typically competitive the Best Adapted Screenplay race is this year, The Weinstein Company has kept the rhetoric on "inspired by." Ergo, the distributor will be angling for Best Original Screenplay consideration on the awards circuit. I called the WGA's credits department this afternoon, and indeed, the guild classifies the script original as well.

Given the liberties taken with Allen's story, this isn't really a surprise. We've been running on an adapted assumption around here but there we are. But I'm nevertheless reminded of a somewhat similar situation back in 2005 regarding the screenplay for Stephen Gaghan's "Syriana." I remember it well because I broke the story.

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<p>Your &quot;X Factor&quot; Season 3 judges</p>

Your "X Factor" Season 3 judges

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 Premiere

Did Simon pick well with Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio?

Just when I thought I was out, FOX made it much too easy for me to pull myself back in.

If you'll recall, I hated the second season of "The X Factor." It was, in fact, my Worst Show of 2013, a perfect storm of disinterested (L.A. Reid) and discombobulated (Britney Spears) judges, of inept (Khloe Kardashian) and smarmy (Mario Lopez) hosts and of frustratingly predictable voting that marginalized what was, at times, a really talented crop of singers.

So I was prepared to quit on "The X Factor." Or, at the very least, I was prepared to hold off on my recapping until I'd had a chance to watch a couple episodes and see if new judges Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland were capable of bringing the magic the show has clearly lacked in the past.

That was going to mean eschewing a recap Wednesday (September 11) night's premiere.

But then FOX made two big decisions: The first was to premiere "X Factor" with only a one-hour episode. I can put up with an hour of recapping. The second decision was to put the full premiere up for press, meaning that not did it only require one hour of live-blogging, but it really only required 44 minutes, sans commercials. 

Score.

Hence the live-blog you see before you. And also, hence the confusing time format, which relates to the 44 minutes of episode time and not to the time of the premiere, either ET or otherwise. I'll be sure to put contestant names in bold, so you can find your way around that way.

In order for y'all to get more recaps from me this season, one of three things will have to happen: 1) The third incarnation of "The X Factor" would have to be awesome. 2) Traffic on this darned recap would have to be awesome. 3) There has to be an insane outpouring of reader interest.

With that out of the way... Here's what went down on Wednesday's "X Factor" premiere:

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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

Credit: CBS

'Big Brother' recap: Can McCrae save himself?

It's an early elimination tonight, but who will go home?

It's a special eviction episode of "Big Brother"! And "Big Brother" winner Ian is back! It's chaos, people! Quick, run into the streets and knock over a liquor store! BURN SOMETHING! It's crazy! Oh, wait. Sorry, there have just been so many "special" episodes of "Big Brother" I'm starting to feel a little faint from the non-stop adrenaline pump. 

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<p>&quot;Mother, I Love You&quot;</p>

"Mother, I Love You"

Credit: Film Studio Tanka

Latvia's 'Mother, I Love You' the latest child-focused entry in foreign Oscar race

Coming-of-age tale won awards at the Berlin and Los Angeles fests

From "Forbidden Games" to "Cinema Paradiso," "Kolya" to "In a Better World," the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race has long been friendly to films driven by child protagonists -- the more winsome the kid, the better. Last year saw a harder-edged variation on the formula succeed, as Canada's child-soldier drama "War Witch" scored a nod. This year, however, voters are already spoilt for choice when its comes to determining this year's semi-annual child's-eye slot; I've already lost count of the number of times I've typed "coming of age" during this year's submission process.

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Saul Goodman creator aims to subvert the audience's expectations


Saul Goodman creator aims to subvert the audience's expectations
Peter Gould, who created the Saul character and is co-creating the "Better Call Saul" "Breaking Bad" spinoff with Vince Gilligan, says: "When people think of a Saul Goodman spin-off, they tend to think in terms of a laugh-a-minute comedy, and we’re going for something that has a very very unique tone."


"Sons of Anarchy's" season premiere could be FX's highest-rated telecast in its history
Early numbers show that it was the No. 1 show across all networks, and was the highest-rated episode yet.


"24" is poised to have a Jack Bauer-Audrey Raines reunion
Kim Raver is in talks to join "Live Another Day."


John Oliver returning to "Community"
Professor Ian Duncan will be back for a multi-episode arc.


Laura Prepon is set for 1 "Orange is the New Black" episode next season
As of now, she's scheduled to film one episode. But she hasn't filmed her episode yet, even though filming on Season 2 began in July.


Discovery's "The Presidents’ Gatekeepers" tells the stories of White House chiefs of staff

All 20 of the surviving chiefs of staff have been gathered for this unique two-part documentary.

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<p>David Bowie</p>

David Bowie

David Bowie, Disclosure, Laura Marling make Mercury Prize shortlist

Nope, no Mumford & Sons: Stream the 12 nominees

David Bowie, Laura Marling, Discolsure, James Blake, Arctic Monkeys and seven other artists have been named to Britain's 2013 Mercury Prize shortlist.

Y'know who's not on there? Mumford & Sons. Now that we've taken a moment to recognize that, lets focus on the contenders, which leans overwhelmingly, again, toward rock and some toward electronica.

Bowie may be top dog here, with his extraordinary comeback "The Next Day," and because it's Bowie and, jeez guys, he's only been nominated one other time. Veterans Arctic Monkeys and Foals put out fine efforts, too, but can't compare to the Thin White Duke.

Newcomer Jake Bugg, Marling and Laura Mvula are certainly safer, folk and singer-songwriterly choices, though Marling has arguable dropped the album of her career with "Once I Was an Eagle," after already having made her way onto the shortlist with two other efforts in her minute time on this blessed earth. (Villagers are the dark, dirty little interlopers that could fit with the folk-rockers too.)

Blake's "Overgrown" may not be his best effort, but it's among these other dance/electronic groups that he'd be most recognizable. That, Hopkins' techno nightmare "Immunity" and Rudimental's lesser-known "Home" can't compare to Disclosure's exceptional "Settle," an album so emotionally sprawling and technically proficient, I hope the judges live and breathe it for this contest.

But 2013 didn't yield a big amount of diversity on this list. Mvula, Marling and all-women rockers Savages rep for the ladies. Mvula is the only lead who is a person of color; and besides her, Disclosure's samplings and Blake's sullen-soul/R&B, there's little music of color, with traditional R&B, jazz and rap shut out in this final tally. That doesn't mean the Merucury Prize hasn't been inventive in its choices in previous years, it's just particularly monochrome this year. Perhaps the Hopkins lobotomy will jog everyone's mind for next year.

The nominees were drawn from 220 albums submitted for the album of the year battle, and £20,000 will be awarded to the winner, announced on Oct. 30.

Here are the nominees and their albums:

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<p>Graham Skipper watches dailies from Vanessa Leigh's big scene in the film and has the same reaction everyone else did last night in the theater.</p>

Graham Skipper watches dailies from Vanessa Leigh's big scene in the film and has the same reaction everyone else did last night in the theater.

Credit: Channel 83 Productions

Review: 'Almost Human' brings alien probes to the Ryerson for Midnight Madness

A perfect homage to '80s DIY-horror rocks the late night crowd

TORONTO - Joe Begos is a time traveler.

Oh, sure, he'll deny it, and he'll try to claim that "Almost Human" is a new film that he made with creative partner Josh Ethier and an enthusiastic cast including Graham Skipper and Vanessa Leigh, and he'll say that he shot it on a Red 4K camera and that his DI artist helped create a 16mm look for the thing, and he'll say it's a loving tribute to the DIY indie slasher films of the '80s, but I know the truth. This film was made in 1987 and then somehow Begos fell into a wormhole, got transported to the present day with his finished movie, and now he's passing it off with this elaborate cover story. I mean… which is more likely? My version, or the notion that this talented bunch of loonies pulled off this straight-faced an homage down to the smallest detail?

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<p>Jay Baruchel at the &quot;This Is The End &quot;&nbsp;premiere in June.</p>

Jay Baruchel at the "This Is The End " premiere in June.

Credit: AP Photo/Chris PIzzello

Jay Baruchel on 'Goon' sequel, when Batman met Commissioner Gordon on 'Robocop' and more

Plus: Does he really dislike Los Angeles?

TORONTO - Let's just call it as it is: Jay Baruchel is a freakin' cool dude. The self-described movie nerd took the train into Toronto Tuesday to help promote "The Art of the Steal," a new heist comedy that premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. And, thankfully, the 31-year-old Montreal resident is still as blunt and friendly as ever when talking to the press.

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

Katy Perry's 'Roar' dominates Billboard Hot 100, Lorde and Avicii score big

Drake's lucky No. 13

Katy Perry’s “Roar” remains king of the chart jungle for a second week, as the track also tops many of the charts that determine Hot 100 position: streaming songs, on-demand songs and digital songs, while the song rises 6-2 on radio songs.

The upward mobility gives “Roar” a commanding lead of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, which remains at No. 2 for the second week, following its 12-week run at No. 1. (“Blurred Lines” beats “Roar” on one front: it is still receiving more radio airplay).

Several tunes reach new highs on the Top 10: New Zealand teenager Lorde scores her first Top 5 hit as multi-format smash, “Royals,” moves 8-3. Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake,” rises 5-4 to reach a new summit, while Avicii lands his first top 5 as well, as “Wake Me Up” moves 7-5.

There’s also upward movement in the lower half of the Top 10 as Lana Del Rey and Cedric Gervais’ “Summertime Sadness” leaps 10-6, also a new peak. Del Rey’s gain is Lady Gaga’s loss as “Applause” drops one to No. 7. Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, marches 12-8, marking the rapper's 13th Top 10 hit  Capitol Cities’ “Safe and Sound” moves back into the Top 10, inching 11-9, and Eminem’s “Berzerk” drops 3-10. While airplay for the track continues to increase, Eminem's tune falls based on a 48% drop in digital sales, according to Billboard.

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AMC greenlights 'Breaking Bad' spinoff 'Better Call Saul'


AMC greenlights "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul"
The Bob Odenkirk-starring prequel has been greenlit after lengthy negotiations. AMC and Sony released a statement saying "plans call for Saul to be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer." PLUS: Other networks were interested when AMC almost didn't take it.

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<p>Better call Saul?&nbsp;AMC&nbsp;and Sony moved one step closer to making a &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;spin-off starring Bob Odenkirk.</p>

Better call Saul? AMC and Sony moved one step closer to making a "Breaking Bad" spin-off starring Bob Odenkirk.

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad' spin-off 'Better Call Saul' closer to reality

Series would take place before Saul Goodman ever met Walter White

The "Better Call Saul" spin-off from "Breaking Bad" has just moved one step closer to reality, as AMC has signed a licensing agreement with Sony (the studio that produces and owns "Breaking Bad") for the spin-off — which will be "a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White's lawyer."

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'The Simpsons' brings back Amy Poehler


"The Simpsons" brings back Amy Poehler
She'll reprise her role as Bart's future wife.


"Today" showed the 9/11 Moment of Silence ceremony this morning, unlike last year
During last year's Moment of Silence ceremony, "Today" aired an interview with Kris Jenner.


"Huell" from "Breaking Bad": "I've got a cult following, too – that's craziness"

Standup comic Lavell Crawford says of his growing fame on the AMC series: " Me and my wife and son went to California Pizza Kitchen in San Diego to get something to eat, and it was like everybody in the damn kitchen wanted a picture with me. A lot of brothers watch the show now, too, which is exciting because they didn't used to watch it."


Arsenio Hall's audience drops 30% for Night 2

Yet Hall beat other late-night shows in the important 18-49 demo, while tying Jay Leno in the 25-54 demo.


How "SNL" found its 5 new cast members
"SNL's" talent scouts began searching for new cast members in the spring. One impressed with her impression of a Vine video, while another did a dead-on Jon Cryer.


Ryan Seacrest's" "Million Second Quiz" not getting a big audience

Night 2 dipped from Monday's premiere, with 5.8 million tuning in.


Stephen Colbert devotes an entire "Colbert Report" to his book club
Last night's edition revolved around J.D. Salinger.


"The Voice" finalist Jamar Rogers hospitalized
The HIV-positive Season 2 contestant has a lung infection.


"Mad Men's" Kiernan Shipka plays a 13-year-old psychologist
Watch her counsel child stars for Funny or Die.


A NYC "Real World" house is for sale for $22 million
The West Village "apartmansion" used in the 2001 "Real World" edition was originally built in 1847.


Carly Pope joins "Tomorrow People"
The "Popular" alum will recur next season.


"The Killing" is one of a handful of twice-canceled shows
Others include "Southland," "7th Heaven" and "Futurama."


"Bunheads" star joins "The Affair"
Julia Goldani Telles will play Dominic West and Maura Tierney's oldest child on the Showtime pilot.


"Game of Thrones" inspires an 8-bit fan game
It's better than the real thing. PLUS: Look at what "King Joffrey" is holding up.


Ron Moore finds his "Outlander" leading actress
Irish actress Caitriona Balfe will take on the role of Claire Randall.

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