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<p>Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o and Steve McQueen arrive at the GQ&nbsp;Awards earlier this week in Los Angeles.</p>

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o and Steve McQueen arrive at the GQ Awards earlier this week in Los Angeles.

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Fox Searchlight celebrates the holidays with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and '12 Years a Slave' stars

And the 'Veep' star goes bug-eyed over Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's latest

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — After a rough start to 2013 ("Stoker," say what?), Fox Searchlight has had a lot to celebrate. The studio's Sundance pickup "The Way, Way Back" was one of the art house hits of the summer earning $21 million, September comedy "Baggage Claim" did an OK $20 million with an $8.5 million budget and Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" became a surprise indie smash with $16 million and is still going strong (with $20 million well within reach). Oh, and of course, there is that little drama "12 Years a Slave" that critics and audiences have been a tad euphoric for.

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<p>While I doubt we'll ever see a Bat-suit on film as radical as the one Alex Ross designed for 'Kingdom Come,' some story elements from the series may end up in the new film</p>

While I doubt we'll ever see a Bat-suit on film as radical as the one Alex Ross designed for 'Kingdom Come,' some story elements from the series may end up in the new film

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Did a movie producer reveal surprising 'Batman vs. Superman' details today?

At this point, we've got a pretty clear picture of what this film's going to be

Each and every week, each and every day, I have to make constant decisions about what I can cover, and it mostly just comes down to time. I wish I could write about every single thing that interests me. I wish I could review every single thing I see. But I have to pick and choose, and so I try to create a balance of smaller things, bigger movies, blockbusters, indies… I want to cover as wide an array of things as possible because that's the only way this blog can ever truly reflect my own tastes and interests.

There's a lot of genre stuff I cover because those were my formative sates, and I love seeing how far we've come in terms of mainstream acceptance of these things and in terms of how we can tell these stories on film. There are certain characters and series that I'll always be interested in, and certainly I'm curious about how they're going to handle things in "Man Of Steel 2" or "Superman Vs. Batman" or whatever the heck they end up calling the sequel to Zack Snyder's superhero blockbuster from this summer.

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<p>Lady Gaga</p>

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga's 'Artpop' will bow at No. 1 on Billboard 200 next week

She narrowly tops Eminem's 'Marshal Mathers LP2'

Lady Gaga’s “Artpop” will top the Billboard 200 next week, but at a much lower sales figure than earlier predicted.

Only three weeks ago, Hits Daily Double’s prognosticators had “Artpop” bowing with first week sales of up to 450,000. Now it looks like the tally will be a respectable, but not barn-burning, 260,000.

Her last studio album, 2011’s “Born This Way,” sold 1.1 million in its first week, but those numbers were greatly inflated after Amazon offered album downloads for 99 cents (Billboard subsequently set a minimum price for an album sale to be counted by Nielsen SoundScan).

The 260,000 tally is still enough to keep Lady Gaga in the top stop, unless Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” surges. The title, which sold more than 750,000 this week to debut at No. 1, will likely sell up to 220,000 next week to slide to No. 2.

In addition to Lady Gaga, other debuts in the Top 10 are “Now That’s What I Call Music 48,” which comes in at No. 3 with sales of up to 105,000, The Beatles’ “On Air Live at the BBC Volume 2” at No. 7 (40,000) and singer/songwriter Jhene Aiko at No. 10 (35,000).

Duck Dynasty clan, The Robertsons, are at No. 4 with their holiday album, “Duck The Halls” (65,000), while Katy Perry’s “Roar” will be at No. 5 (50,000) and Kelly Clarkson’s holiday offering, “Wrapped In Red” at No. 6 (45,000).

Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same,” which has already surpassed the 1 million in sales mark, and Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” are in a dead heat for No. 8, which both projected to sell 30,000-35,000.

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'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff gets a pilot order

"How I Met Your Mother" spinoff gets a pilot order
CBS will now make a pilot for "How I Met Your Dad."

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CBS orders 'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff pilot

CBS orders 'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff pilot

'How I Met Your Dad' will also use MacLaren's Pub
Only a few weeks after rumors broke that CBS was developing a spinoff from the departing "How I Met Your Mother," the network has moved forward and officially ordered a pilot.
Titled "How I Met Your Dad" -- or "HIMYD" -- the spinoff will be written and executive produced by "Up All Night" creator Emily Spivey and executive produced by "How I Met Your Mother" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.
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<p>Channing Tatum is judging you. In the Team Oscar competition, that is.</p>

Channing Tatum is judging you. In the Team Oscar competition, that is.

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Channing Tatum and Ellen DeGeneres lead the search for 'Team Oscar'

Any college students out there want to be on the Oscar telecast?
Want to be on the Oscar telecast? Want the approval and admiration of Channing Tatum? Want to be featured on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show?" Well, we all want at least two of these things. And US college students stand a chance of getting all three via the Academy's "Team Oscar" initiative, which they're running for the second year.
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'The Shield's' Vic Mackey is set for a comeback -- on Funny or Die

"The Shield's" Vic Mackey is set for a comeback -- on Funny or Die
"Guess who's coming to @funnyordie next month?" Michael Chiklis tweeted on Friday, along with an image of himself dressed as his famous "Shield" character.

Gunfire rings out near "House of Lies" set
Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell and T.I. were filming a scene in South Central L.A. when shots rang out. But as Kristen Bell tweeted, they're okay.

"Survivor: China" winner Todd Herzog undergoes an intervention on "Dr. Phil"
On Monday's show, Dr. Phil declares the alcoholic Herzog to be "closer to death" than any guest he's ever had on his show.

"Doctor Who" will stage a live 50th anniversary special afterparty with One Direction
So UK "X Factor" sensations will be part of "The Day of the Doctor" anniversary special. PLUS: See the history of "Doctor Who" depicted on tapestry, and David Tennant & Billie Piper voted the greatest Doctor and companion of all time.

Stephen Colbert gets his fans to raise more money than China for Philippines relief
Colbert last night challenged his fans to raise more than the $100,000 China donated for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, and his fans came through.

Which Lady Gaga will host "SNL"?
Will it be the Awkward Gaga, Hammy Gaga, Deadpan Gaga, Goofy Gaga or Earnest Gaga? PLUS: "SNL" cast members who've played other "SNL" cast members.

Why Jimmy Fallon will beat Jimmy Kimmel: He's much nicer
When the two Jimmys face-off, expect viewers to side with the nicer host.

Dan Rather fears he'll be "airbrushed" out of other historical anniversaries on CBS

Archival footage of Rather in Dallas in 1963 will be used in a "48 Hours" special on the JFK assassination, but Rather is nevertheless worried since he wasn't invited to be part of the 50th anniversary retrospective. PLUS: Rather will serve up JFK memories on AXS-TV and on ESPN.

Carol Burnett gets some "Fresh Air"
Listen to the comedy legend talk about her career on NPR.

Patton Oswalt urges comedians not to go on "Last Comic Standing"
"To Catch a Predator," he says, "is a better career boost" than the NBC reality show.

FX orders "Jen," starring "Chelsea Lately's" Jen Kirkman
Chelsea Handler will produce Kirkman's comedy about a newly divorced 30-something woman.

Drew Carey explains why "The Drew Carey Show" isn't on Netflix
From his Reddit Ask Me Anything: "It's all the music rights and all that stuff. They don't think they will make their money back by releasing the series on Netflix so they just don't."

Why is no one watching "Dracula"?
In our "American Horror Story" age, it should be noted what "Dracula" is doing with the horror genre.

Listen to a preview of "My Favorite Things" from the live "Sound of Music"

NBC has released a clip of Carrie Underwood and Audra McDonald singing.

Meet "Boardwalk Empire's" breakout star of Season 4
Margot Bingham's Daughter Maitland has become this season's hit character.

Melissa McCarthy quit standup due to hecklers

Hecklers shouting "show us your t*ts!"

Oprah catches up with Carrot Top on Sunday
The comic resurfaces on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" PLUS: Oprah meets One Direction.

Elisabeth Moss gives birth to a Homer on "The Simpsons" -- with the help of Homer
Moss previews her cameo on Sunday's episode.

Watch Showtime's Season 4 trailer for "Shameless"
The Gallaghers have issues.

Ana Gasteyer looks back at her career
From "SNL" to "Suburgatory."

"Parenthood" star Miles Heizer has a song out on YouTube

The two-minute tune is called "????."

"American Chopper" found inspiration from "I Love Lucy"
Producer Craig Piligian copied "Lucy's" formula of simple family storylines for each episode.

Inside "Alpha House"
The Amazon show, which is available today for download, has sets that are eerily similar to their real-life U.S. Capital counterparts.

Watch late-night talk show hosts on other late-night talk shows

From Conan on Letterman to Letterman on Jon Stewart.

William Hurt finds out what really went wrong in "The Challenger Disaster"
The two-hour film, based on a true story, airs Saturday on Science Channel and Discovery Channel.

"Almost Human": You've seen it all before
"You've seen every bit of this elsewhere," Matt Zoller Seitz says of the J.J. Abrams buddy cop robot drama. "It's Dystopia 101 with a minor in Ridley Scott Studies. But if you're going to steal, you might as well steal from the best, and do it with feeling, as 'Almost Human' does. The show is derivative but passionate, verging on corny." PLUS: The cast is bland, except for Michael Ealy and Lily Taylor, the action scenes are terrific, Ealy needs to be the focus if "Almost Human" were to succeed, how The Crystal Method got involved, Fox is promoting the show with fake newscasts, and J.J. Abrams answers burning questions.

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MSNBC suspends Alec Baldwin's talk show; Baldwin apologizes for homophobic remarks

MSNBC suspends Alec Baldwin's talk show; Baldwin apologizes for homophobic remarks
"Up Late" will not air tonight and next Friday following Baldwin's latest homophobic remarks. "I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at msnbc – both for my actions and for distracting from their good work," Baldwin said in a statement. "Again, please accept my apology." PLUS: MSNBC was under pressure to do something about Baldwin, and MSNBC shouldn't be surprised by Baldwin's remarks.

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<p>Joel Kinnaman and&nbsp;Mireille Enos of &quot;The Killing&quot;</p>

Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos of "The Killing"

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Unkillable: Netflix resurrected 'The Killing' for Season 4

Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will return for a shortened final season
From the "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?" file: "The Killing" has been resurrected once again.
Netflix announced on Friday (November 15) afternoon that a fourth season of "The Killing" has been ordered as a streaming exclusive.
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'The Killing' uncancled again: Netflix orders 6 final episodes

"The Killing" uncancled again: Netflix orders 6 final episodes

The Season 4 mini-season will wrap up the AMC series, with showrunner Veena Sud aboard. AMC originally canceled "The Killing" in 2012, then brought it back this year, only to cancel it again.

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<p>'Thunderball'-era James Bond may not look impressed, but today's news about the rights that MGM&nbsp;and Danjaq have finally acquired is a huge deal for fans of the long-running film franchise.</p>

'Thunderball'-era James Bond may not look impressed, but today's news about the rights that MGM and Danjaq have finally acquired is a huge deal for fans of the long-running film franchise.

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MGM and Danjaq reportedly close deal to secure all SPECTRE and Blofeld rights for James Bond

Could this be the biggest news in the franchise's history?

A nine-day court case that has lingered for almost exactly 50 years has finally come to a permanent, irrevocable end, and that is very good news indeed for fans of James Bond.

"Thunderball" is probably the most important Bond film ever made, although I doubt it's anyone's favorite. I would love to know what Ian Fleming was thinking when he tried to cheat Kevin McClory in the first place after they spent a few years working with him to try and turn the still relatively new James Bond character into a potential movie franchise. They started in 1958, and they worked up several treatments and screenplays together. They finally settled on "Thunderball," which was called "Longitude 78 West" at that point, and they started work on the film. That's when Fleming figured out that he was low man on the totem pole, financially speaking, and he started trying to kill the deal. He and Ivar Bryce, one of the other producers on the film, made some very shady moves to cut McClory out of the movie, and it killed the movie before they got out of pre-production. At that point, Fleming could have probably gone back to writing original Bond books and been fine, but for some reason, he turned the script they were going to shoot into the novel that was published as "Thunderball," and he published it in 1961 with absolutely no mention of either McClory or Jack Whittingham, the other writer who had been part of the development process.

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Will 'The Walking Dead' spinoff be a prequel?

Will "The Walking Dead" spinoff be a prequel?

There's talk that the prequel will chronicle the early days of the epidemic. PLUS: David Morrissey previews The Governor's return.

"Scandal" shocker: An easy way out?

As Erin Strecker points out, "it was the 'nothing happened' aftermath that was most chilling" part of last night's big scene, adding: "In addition, it was extremely disturbing to watch." PLUS: How Bellamy Young reacted to reading that scene, can Lisa Kudrow save "Scandal"?, this was "Scandal's" first misstep of the season, it was disgusting and disturbing, and making sense of that scene.

Amber Tamblyn gets a "Two and a Half Men" love interest: Aly Michalka

The "Hellcats" and Disney Channel vet will guest on two episodes.

TBS' "Ground Floor" performs poorly

The Bill Lawrence comedy debuted to a lackluster 1.6 million viewers.

Fred Armisen books "Super Fun Night" appearance
The "Portlandia" star will play the head of HR where Rebel Wilson works.

"The Simpsons" deal is a huge boon for FXX, a loss for Hulu and Netflix

The deal with FXX should keep "The Simpsons" off the video on demand market for the rest of the decade.

Watch the trailer for Discovery's "Klondike"

The 1890s gold rush miniseries, premiering in January, stars "Game of Thrones'" Richard Madden and Abbie Cornish.

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