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<p>Joaquin Phoenix in&nbsp;&quot;Her&quot;</p>

Joaquin Phoenix in "Her"

Credit: Warner Bros.

'Her' Q&A: Spike Jonze on why he replaced Samantha Morton with Scarlett Johansson

Also: How did the film influence Arcade Fire's new album 'Reflektor?'

HOLLYWOOD — Unfortunately for Spike Jonze, the pivotal role of "Samantha" in his new sci-fi tinged romantic drama "Her" had to be recast after the film was already in the can. Luckily for Spike Jonze, "Samantha" is actually a computer operating system - i.e. she's never actually seen on-screen.

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CBS will mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles on Ed Sullivan with a 2-hour special

CBS will mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles on Ed Sullivan with a 2-hour special
The Feb. 9 special will air 50 years to the day of the band's famous performance.

James Gandolfini's hometown is naming a street after him
Park Ridge in New Jersey will formally change the name a portion of Park Avenue in a ceremony on Dec. 1.

When will Fox pull the plug on Simon Cowell's "X Factor"?
As The Guardian notes, ratings are now "too atrocious to ignore", having plunged 28% from last year. PLUS: "X Factor" has slight rebound from last week's series low.

"Murphy Brown" premiered 25 years ago today

Candice Bergen is "thrilled" her classic sitcom is finally airing on cable, premiering Dec. 2 on Encore Classic.

"The Mindy Project" books JoAnna Garcia
JoAnna Garcia Swisher will guest as Adam Pally's sister.

How will W. Kamau Bell say farewell tonight?

The "Totally Biased" star plans to talk about his cancelation on tonight's final episode.

Oprah Winfrey Network orders 2 more Wanda Sykes comedy specials

The "Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious" specials will air in January, featuring Jeff Ross, Wayne Brady, Jackee harry, Lance Reddick, Cheryl Hines, Tichina Arnold, Jeff Probst and Tichina Arnold.

Nick Offerman celebrates the midpoint of Movember with "Stachedance"
Watch Offerman's "What a Feeling" tribute to his mustache.

"South Park" takes on "Game of Thrones"

"I've started watching 'Game of Thrones,'" Butters tells Cartman on last night's episode. "Well, it's pretty good, I guess. But have you ever noticed that almost every time they show a guy's wiener, that guy's character is gay?"

Watch TNT's "Mob City" trailer
Frank Darabont's adaptation of the book "L.A. Noir" premiers Dec. 4.

"Doctor Who" teases the 50th anniversary special with a webisode

Watch the prequel to "The Night of the Doctor."

"Dexter" props are up for auction
Proceeds will benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Maksim returning to 'Dancing' as a guest judge

Maksim returning to "Dancing" as a guest judge

Maksim Chmerkovskiy will help judge next week's semi-final round.

Jack Black & Tim Robbins to star in HBO comedy pilot "The Brink"
Robbins will play the U.S. secretary of state and Black will play a foreign service officer in the Jerry Weintraub comedy about a geopolitical crisis.

Alec Baldwin's stalker found guilty
Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin was sentenced to six months for harassing Baldwin.

Key & Peele help out Jon Stewart

The Comedy Central duo, in addition to being last night's guests, helped decide "The Daily Show's" "Racist or Not Racist?" panel.

Ryan Murphy describes Stevie Nicks' "American Horror Story" cameo
In Episode 10, Nicks will appear as "part of Fiona's ruse in that Fiona is trying to get the true Supreme to reveal herself because she needs to stay alive," says Murphy.

Jennifer Hudson gets a Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Hudson become the first "Idol" contestant to get a star on the Walk of Fame.

Here's your 1st look at Lifetime's "Flowers in the Attic"
The TV movie update stars Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn and "Mad Men's" Kiernan Shipka.

New website streams Nickelodeon shows from the '90s and early '00s
Watch live shows now at

"Treme" star files a class action lawsuit against Macy's

Rob Brown is accusing the department store of having a "shopping while black" policy.

"Duck Dynasty" star films a political ad

Watch Willie Robertson promote a GOP businessman who is trying to get elected to Congress.

PBS renews "Tavis Smiley"

The nightly talk show will air two more years.

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<p>Peele &amp; O'Neill!</p>

Peele & O'Neill!

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Criminal Minds' leads CBS Wednesday as 'X Factor' also rises

'Modern Family' is Wednesday's top show in the key demo
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
After getting squashed by ABC's CMA Awards telecast last week, "Criminal Minds" bounced back in a big way with a season high audience, leading CBS to Wednesday wins both overall and among young viewers.
"Criminal Minds" was one of several shows posting rebounds without ABC's special, with FOX's "X Factor" also regaining some of its missing audience and The CW's "Arrow" rising to its second largest audience of the season. "CSI" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" were also up a little.
There was also good news for ABC's "The Middle," which returned up after a week away, as did "Back in the Game." ABC will boast that "Super Fun Night" was also up from its last original airing, but that was after a "Modern Family" repeat, as opposed to last night's new "Modern Family." And even "Nashville" was up a hair from two weeks ago.
On to the numbers...
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Matt Malloy and John Goodman

 Matt Malloy and John Goodman

John Goodman and Matt Malloy talk 'Alpha House'

The stars discuss playing Republican for Gary Trudeau

When people think of Gary Trudeau, they probably think of the politically-themed comic strip "Doonesbury." What they don't think of is a sitcom about Republicans. During a recent press day for Trudeau's new Amazon series "Alpha House" (premieres Nov. 15), I talked to stars John Goodman and Matt Malloy about why they wanted to get involved and what they thought of their oddball characters. 

While people may not associate Amazon with original programming, "Alpha House" and the new series "Betas" hopes to change all that. The shows feature recognizable talent and clearly aim to horn in on the prestige audience Netflix has built. 

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<p>Ben Affleck</p>

Ben Affleck

Credit: AP Photo

Roundup: Why Ben Affleck loves 'Enough Said,' and more peer appreciation

Also: NYFCC names the date, and Alexander Payne's male weepie expertise

The best vaguely Oscar-related feature online today is Variety's "Directors on Directors" gallery, in which notable filmmakers comment on other directors' work that most stood out to them this year. Obviously, it's one big back-patting session, but it's the occasionally surprising combinations that make it interesting. It's not hard to see why Peter Bogdanovich would be so keen on Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," or Michael Mann on "Captain Phillips," but I wouldn't necessarily have expected Ben Affleck to single out Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said." "Her direction is void of spectacle, distraction or maudlin sentiment," he says. "She directs with the humanist, realist sensibility of Renoir." Also cool: Ryan Fleck on Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines," and plenty more. [Variety]

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<p>Key and Peele, seen here as they normally appear when not working, will collaborate with Judd Apatow to actually kill me from laughing in a movie theater.</p>

Key and Peele, seen here as they normally appear when not working, will collaborate with Judd Apatow to actually kill me from laughing in a movie theater.

Credit: Comedy Central

Judd Apatow teams with Key & Peele for 'Untitled Movie I Cannot Wait To See'

Did I mention I can't wait to see this?

Good call, Universal.

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are two of the funniest people on television right now, and their sketch show "Key & Peele" is brutally funny, week after week, bit after bit. Peele seems to be the guy who disappears into his characters, while Key is just plain hilarious, as outrageous and oversized a comic presence as Daffy Duck. As long as these guys are given room to follow their own voice as a team, they represent pretty much unfettered potential.

It was just a matter of time before someone got them to make a movie as a team. So far, I think Keegan-Michael Key has had better opportunities in movies. Whatever you think of the film as a whole, it's pretty hard to deny that he is in amazing form in "Hell Baby," where he plays a character named F'resnell who is basically Bugs Bunny. He's that character who can step in from the edge of the frame, make any joke, do anything, and then skate away with no consequence. It's the sort of role that a comic must love just as an exercise in pure unbridled energy. I liked him a lot when he guested on "The League," too, as a character named Carmenjello. The moment Key starts speaking, in pretty much anything I've seen him in, I'm laughing. He has that sort of energy as a comic performer. He is innately funny, and seems to have an endless appetite for pushing things to strange and hilarious places.

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<p>If he did plan Monday night's event, I'll bet it made Andy Kaufman smile to imagine the chaos he caused.</p>

If he did plan Monday night's event, I'll bet it made Andy Kaufman smile to imagine the chaos he caused.

Credit: ABC/Paramount Home Video

An unexpected appearance by Andy Kaufman's 'daughter' at an event raises new questions

Words like 'alive' and 'dead' get strange when you're talking about Andy

Andy Kaufman is alive.

Ultimately, it is irrelevant if he actually still occupies a body and is actively participating in things, because it is obvious just from reading reactions to Monday night's amazing events at the annual Andy Kaufman Awards that he is still creating conversation and speculation, which seems to have been his lasting legacy.

I've read anything i could find today about the incident, and I'm still not sure what to think. I do know that I wish I'd been in the room, and I am hoping someone got this on tape so that we can actually see it at some point. For now, here's what we know. Every year, there is a talent competition to help foster new comedy voices, and it comes down to a performance/awards show where they pick the winner. This was the ninth annual event, and as part of the ceremony each year, they have a special guest come to speak.

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<p>Katie and Tina of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Katie and Tina of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'My Brother's Keeper'

Two Tribal Councils make for a busy episode
Pre-credit sequence. "Kasama"? Did we know that was the Merge name? Did we care? Nah. Probably not. Anyway, the tribe just blindsided Aras. "That was a great move. As a fan of the show, Aras did not see that coming," Vytas says, putting on a happy face. Vytas hugs everybody. "Vengeance is gonna be mine at some point," Vytas vows to us, while also telling Tyson that he'll get him. "I can't keep my mouth shut," Tina says, instructing Monica and Tyson that they won the battle, but they have five Jury votes that they'll never get. Tyson says that he felt pushed out, but Tina snidely tells him that he was never really in an alliance. At this point, hilariously, everybody goes around and says that they were sure they'd been in an alliance with Aras. "Everybody?"  Tina says, chastened. Tyson snorts at the idea of Tina lecturing him on the way to play the game. "I'm like, 'Tina, if everybody played the game the way you do, I'd win the game 100 percent of the time."
Katie's Choice. The next morning, Tina has reached the acceptance stage, telling Katie that she needs to go off on her own, that she needs to advance herself in the game if she can. They kiss on the cheek and Katie has to figure out what to do next. "I don't really know how to say 'Keep me instead of her,'" says Katie, suddenly rocking thigh-high socks for some reason.

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"Top Chef New Orleans"

 "Top Chef New Orleans"

Credit: Bravo

'Top Chef' recap: A musical chairs challenge just isn't fair

A potluck challenge yields mixed results

Even though this has been a fairly boring season of "Top Chef," we do get a mild surprise at the beginning of this week's episode: Nick is sick! I should say Nicholas has strep, but that doesn't rhyme. In any case, he must recover from strep throat in one day or risk being eliminated from the challenge. I didn't think this was humanly possible, so I'm wondering if part of this episode will feature a wonder drug or a maybe some real New Orleans voodoo, which would really spice things up!

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"American Horror Story: Coven"

 "American Horror Story: Coven"

Credit: FX

'American Horror Story: Coven' recap: The girls conjure a serial killer

Queenie, Zoe and Nan decide to bust out the spirit board

"American Horror Story," you so crazy! I say that with love, by the way. So much happened in this episode, much of it entirely batcrap insane, that it took a while to digest it all. It was like going to a Vegas buffet of all-you-can-eat mucho nutso. Still, that's a minor quibble. I am hoping, though, that you can stop with the extreme low angle shots. I don't need to see so many feet, and it's less spooky than annoying. There are so many other ways for you to trigger nausea. But, again, the loopy cinematography just means you're trying as hard as you can to bring the shock and awe. Don't think I don't appreciate it. 

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<p>Khaya Cohen of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Khaya Cohen of "The X Factor"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - First Elimination and '80s Night Performances

One act will be sent home, followed by Top 12 performances

We're back for what is sure to be a frenzied Wednesday (November 13) night installment of "The X Factor."

Thanks to last Wednesday's voting SNAFU, we ended up watching 26 performances last week, which was a lot. Only Thursday's voting counts, but once can assume that emotionally, all support or lackthereof was cumulative. 

Per FOX, we're expected to open the show with the season's first elimination and then we'll move on to '80s Night performances by the season's Top 12. Does that mean it's really a single elimination episode? 


Click through for all of the live-blogging fun.

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