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"Harry Potter and the Death Hallows: Part 2," shot by ASC honoree Eduardo Serra.
"Harry Potter and the Death Hallows: Part 2," shot by ASC honoree Eduardo Serra.
Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

'Harry Potter' and 'Jurassic Park' cinematographers honored by ASC

Eduardo Serra, Dean Cundey and Richard Rawlings, Jr. to receive honorary awards

The American Society of Cinematographers has named the three cameramen who will be receiving honorary recognition at next year's ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards on February 1. So, if Emmanuel Lubezki is as safe a bet as most seem to think in the feature film category, you can start composing the winners lineup already. Dean Cundey, Eduardo Serra and Richard Rawlings, Jr. will all be celebrated for their careers' work.

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<p>A moment from Rihanna's latest</p>

A moment from Rihanna's latest

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Watch: Rihanna's compelling new video for 'What Now'

She is mesmerizing in haunting clip

Rihanna is haunted by demons in the artfully shot video for “What Now.”  The two-sided mirror she speaks of in the first verse seems to actually be her own emotional issues. The good side, in white, keeps getting taken over by her dark side.

It’s a compelling video and a testament to Rihanna’s star power that her face and performance are so mesmerizing that she keeps you glued to the screen. There are a few cutaways to animals and insects during the bridge when it appears that some sort of exorcism or emotional breakdown is happening (that and the shaky cam give it away), but this video relies almost solely on Rihanna’s charisma. And that’s saying something. She talks about making the video here.

Plus it shows how easy it is to change the narrative. This could have been a straight-ahead video about a complicated love story, but instead she turns it into something much more complicated and menacing.

The song is a intriguing ballad and deserved to be a single earlier in “Unapologetic’s” life, but her mega-ballad “Stay” probably kept that from happening.

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FXX lands 'The Simpsons' reruns in a $750M deal


FXX lands "The Simpsons" reruns in a $750M deal
"The Simpsons" is finally headed to cable syndication, and video streaming on demand, starting in 2014.


Jason Ritter will be back on "Parenthood"
He'll reprise his role as Lauren Graham's ex in an April episode.


Jeff Probst: "Survivor" will bring back the "Blood vs. Water" format
"We're experimenting now with some casting ideas of how we can do it again and what’s the next version of it," he says. "Do you need returning players, or could you bring fresh couples? So we're looking at all kinds of ideas." PLUS: "Blood vs. Water" is paying off as a twist.


Steven Moffat clarifies "Doctor Who" confusion

Where does John Hurt fit in?


Elmo visits San Quentin
"Sesame Street" sent Elmo for his first-ever prison visit as part of its Little Children, Big Challenges program.


HBO releases its 1st "Looking" trailer
Jonathan Groff is looking for love in the gay-themed, San Francisco-set series.


David Blaine blows the minds of "Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul

Check out a clip from Blaine's magic special, airing Tuesday.


Simon Cowell's UK "X Factor" and "Britain's Got Talent" get a 3-year extension

Both reality competitions will stick around ITV through 2016.


Watch Will Ferrell's "The Spoils of Babylon" trailer
The IFC spoof contains an all-star cast that includes Kristen Wiig, Tobey Magure, Jessica Alba, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen and Val Kilmer.

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<p>Thursday's &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Big Bang' leads CBS while 'Vampire Diaries' tops 'Parks and Recreation' on Thursday

'The X Factor' rises for FOX
Fast National ratings for Thursday, November 14, 2013.
 
Up week-to-week, "The Big Bang Theory" maintained its position as Thursday night's top show in nearly every imaginable demographic and paced CBS' tight win among young viewers and comfortable overall win, even if "Elementary" slipped back behind "Scandal" in the 10 p.m. hour.
 
FOX had a second straight night of week-to-week gains for "The X Factor," though those numbers may be slightly inflated by NFL preemptions in Nashville.
 
At least FOX has inflated numbers to blame on football, though. NBC had another dismal Thursday with a weak return for "Parks and Recreation" and low numbers for "Sean Saves the World" and "The Michael J. Fox Show" and even those ratings may be inflated a hair by NFL coverage in Indianapolis. 
 
The CW will be chuffed about its overnight performances, with "The Vampire Diaries" topping both "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" and "Parks and Rec" in the key demo and "Reign" also getting a small bump.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Monica Potter and Peter Krause in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Monica Potter and Peter Krause in "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parenthood' - 'The Ring'

Adam's past causes trouble for the campaign, while Zeek adjusts to living alone

A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as we sketch at the Uffizi...

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<p>Karl Urban and Michael Ealy in &quot;Almost Human.&quot;</p>

Karl Urban and Michael Ealy in "Almost Human."

Credit: FOX

Review: FOX's 'Almost Human' a formulaic cop show with a robot twist

Come for Michael Ealy, stay for... not much else at this point

Science fiction has a long tradition of robots, computers and other logic-driven beings having more fully-rounded and beloved personalities than the humans around them. Among "Star Trek" fans, Data and Mr. Spock are more revered than their shipmates from Earth. In "2001," the only character with an identifiable personality at all is the HAL 9000. If you pick up one of Isaac Asimov's robot novels, you're sure not reading them for the well-drawn human characters. This isn't a surprise, since those who write and consume sci-fi are drawn to it precisely for the characters and ideas that differentiate those worlds from the one outside our windows.

That tradition continues to an extreme with FOX's new cop show "Almost Human" (it debuts Sunday at 8 before moving to Mondays at 8 the next night) where the humans are forgettable to varying degrees and and the robot is the only reason to watch at all.

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Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in "Before Midnight."
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in "Before Midnight."
Credit: Sony Classics

Roundup: The screenplay Oscar conundrum

Also: Cuaron's 'Great Expectations' regrets, and a Cinemascore F-fest

Mark Harris notes, as many have before him, that the Academy's Best Screenplay categorizations are a bit confusing. Why should films like "Before Midnight" and "Toy Story 3" compete as adaptations when they're not adapted from anything, simply because they use pre-existing characters? And on the original side of things, are factual or biographical screenplays really that comparable to fiction crafted entirely from the writer's imagination? Harris argues that the only solution is to divide the writing Oscars into three categories: Best Original Screenplay, Best Screenplay Based On Factual Material and Best Adaptation. Even then, though, a part-factual, part-fabricated film like "The Butler" could blur the lines. What do you think? [Grantland]

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"Untold Stories of the ER"

 "Untold Stories of the ER"

Credit: Discovery Fit & Health

Exclusive clip: A masturbator who can't stop on 'Untold Stories of the ER'

A first year intern must handle a patient who won't stop touching himself

If you ever think, gosh, I should have gone into the glamorous world of medicine, take heart! It's not all "Grey's Anatomy" and lollipops, people. Being a first year intern certainly wasn't all that glamorous for Dr. Andy Kahn. In an exclusive clip from this week's episode of "Untold Stories of the ER" (Fri. at 10:00 p.m. on Discovery Fit & Health, then repeats Sat. at 9:00 p.m. on TLC), watch as Kahn gets stuck with a case none of his coworkers wanted -- a wild-eyed, compulsive masturbator who won't even take a break when medical professionals want to take his blood pressure.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

Credit: The CW

'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Is it time to say goodbye to Silas?

It's a dopplegangerpalooza!

This week, the Silas/Amara/Tessa triangle finally did in some dopplegangers, and 2,000 years of hatred and spite was taken to its logical, bloody conclusion. I will say I'm a little sad to see this storyline wrap up (if it is, in fact, wrapped up) because I'd grown so fond of Silas. Yes, he was a horrible, horrible villain, but he was also a pretty funny one. Take this week's opening scene; Silas yammers about his horrible life to a couple sitting at a bus stop. Yes, it might have been funnier if he hadn't liquified the internal organs of the boyfriend to make a point, but then, it wouldn't be Silas. 

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Anderson Cooper and GLAAD slam Alec Baldwin over his latest homophobic slur


Anderson Cooper and GLAAD slam Alec Baldwin for his latest homophobic slur
Even GLAAD is coming down hard on the MSNBC host for apparently calling a photographer a "c–ksucking f-g" on Thursday. And Anderson Cooper, via Twitter, also had harsh words for Baldwin: "Wow, Alec Baldwin shows his true colors yet again. How is he going to lie and excuse his anti-gay slurs this time? Just read Alec Baldwin's latest excuses. They are actually so ridiculous they are funny."


Jimmy Kimmel interviews Sarah Silverman for the 1st time since their breakup
Silverman brought a box of Kimmel's old stuff with her, along with a little boy. Watch Part 2.


MSNBC host: We didn't bleep the P-word, unlike Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert
"The Last Word's" Lawrence O'Donnell tweeted that MSNBC "was brave enough not to bleep Mayor Rob Ford."


Watch Will Forte & Letterman do a comedy bit in the 90s, when Forte was a "Late Show" writer
Forte, promoting his new film "Nebraska," wrote for Dave before he joined "SNL," in 1997 and 1998.


Stephen Colbert undergoes a prostate exam with the help of Katie Couric and John Lithgow
The Black Keys also were a part of Colbert's "November Sweeps Prostacular."


"Parks and Rec" believes it chose the best option for Leslie Knope

Last night's "Recall Vote" episode was "the most exciting and interesting thing," says creator Mike Schur. PLUS: Ripped from the headlines stories weren't "Parks and Rec's" best effort, and there was one final van ride for Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones on their last day Thursday.


Comedy Central orders 40 more weeks of "@midnight"

Chris Hardwick's midnight show will return on Jan. 6.


Tommy Chong is coming to "Raising Hope"
He'll play Cloris Leachman's stoner love interest.


Check out new "Community" Season 5 photos
Here are 20 pics from the new season, including several of "Breaking Bad's" Jonathan Banks.

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<p>Angelina Jolie speaks with Syrian refugees in a Jordanian military camp in June.</p>

Angelina Jolie speaks with Syrian refugees in a Jordanian military camp in June.

Credit: AP Photo

Jolie, Martin, Lansbury, Tosi discuss Honorary Oscar recognition ahead of Governors Awards

This year's quartet set to be honored Saturday night

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's an Oscar ceremony with dinner, drinks and no commercial breaks: For the fifth consecutive year, the motion picture academy will present its honorary Academy Awards at a private, untelevised, black-tie dinner.

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<p>Terrence Howard and Robert Downey, Jr. during a photo call for &quot;Iron Man&quot; in Rome in April, 2008.</p>

Terrence Howard and Robert Downey, Jr. during a photo call for "Iron Man" in Rome in April, 2008.

Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini

Terrence Howard now blames 'Iron Man 2' cut on Robert Downey, Jr.

It always comes down to money

Terrence Howard's departure from the "Iron Man" franchise has been the one blemish on Marvel Studios since the company began making its own films in 2007.  Howard played Co. James 'Rhodney' Rhondes, a long time friend of Tony Stark's (Robert Downey, Jr.) in Jon Favreau's franchise making hit. After "Iron Man" grossed over $585 million worldwide, it was assumed that the remaining cast would return for the inevitable sequel where Rhodes was expected to become Iron Man's buddy War Machine.  But it didn't happen.  The studio claimed contractual differences with Howard and cast Don Cheadle to replace him. "Iron Man 2" went on to make even more money than its predecessor and Cheadle easily made the role his own.

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