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<p>Fans will finally learn what happens after the Skywalker's family saga ends when 'Star Wars:&nbsp;Episode VII' is released on December 18, 2015.</p>

Fans will finally learn what happens after the Skywalker's family saga ends when 'Star Wars: Episode VII' is released on December 18, 2015.

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'Star Wars Episode VII' finally announces firm release date for December 2015

Is fandom ready for a 'Star Wars' Christmas?

What does a December release mean for a "Star Wars" film?

In practical terms, nothing. The film is the film. There won't be any difference in the film just because they're releasing it on a different date. But in terms of sentiment, it's a huge deal for "Star Wars" fandom, and more than anything, this would seem to announce clearly that this is not all going to be out doing everything the same way it's always been done.

Recently, there was word of a behind-the-scenes struggle between Robert Iger and Kathleen Kennedy over the release date of "Star Wars: Episode VII," with the producer pushing for a possible 2016 release. A December date in 2015 seems to be the best possible compromise, giving director JJ Abrams and his entire creative team more room to get the script ready and put the right amount of polish on the universe.

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<p>&quot;Requiem for Romance&quot;</p>

"Requiem for Romance"

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Academy's animated shorts list includes Mickey Mouse, ninja lovers and... George Takei?

Does Disney have this in a cake walk or is that just the benefit of marketing?

The Academy has announced this year's short list of Best Animated Short contenders, and as always, it's a varied crop of tone, form and style.

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Shonda Rhimes knows how and when 'Scandal' will end

Shonda Rhimes knows how and when "Scandal" will end
"I feel like there is a finite amount of 'Scandal' to be told," she says. "So I know what the end of Scandal will be, and I feel really good about that. And I can see where the end point is. And I don't think I'm going to change that. ... I know how long I think it will be. But we'll see." PLUS: Why men should watch "Scandal."

Jimmy Kimmel edits out a boy genius rejecting his gift of a Sony tablet -- he's already getting an iPad
Kimmel likely didn't want to upset his sponsor. On the broadcast version, Arden Hayes said thanks, but no thanks, to the Sony Xperia Z tablet, saying he was getting an iPad instead. But the rejection has been removed from Kimmel's YouTube version of the segment.

Molly Shannon reunites with her "Superstar" director for a Fox mother-daughter comedy

The "SNL" alum will play a mom who clashes with her pregnant daughter.

Ellen DeGeneres pays tribute to Jay Leno: "You're amazing. You're a good guy"
On last night's "Tonight Show," Ellen said it was Leno that got her booked on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show."

John Oliver will host the International Emmys

"The Daily Show" star will helm the Nov. 25 ceremony from New York.

Don Johnson joins Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn" TV remake
Johnson will play Sheriff Earl McGraw, while D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz are joining the cast in the roles previously played by George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino.

NBC will air a "Hollywood Game Night" Holiday special
The Dec. 2 special will feature Rachel Bilson, Andy Roddick, Ray Romano, Gavin DeGraw and more stars.

"Duck Dynasty" stars twerk on CMAs
Watch "Blurred Lines" get the "Duck" treatment. PLUS: Check out LSU's "Duck Dynasty" helmet.

"Let's Make a Deal" will give power to Twitter users
Two episodes will let Twitter users decide key elements like cash prizes.

NBC to air a "Dateline" special out of its $100,000 skydiver footage
The collision special will air on Friday.

"American Idol" reveals the 1st look at the new judging panel

Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. appear to work well together.

Will Leonardo DiCaprio do the "Entourage" movie?
Producers are said to want DiCaprio -- a lifelong pal of Kevin Connelly's -- aboard for the film.

"The X Factor" hits another series low
The CMA Awards likely hurt Simon Cowell's ratings.

"Arrested Development" tonight gets the "Actor's Studio" treatment
The cast sits down with James Lipton at 7 pm on Bravo.

Zendaya to star on Disney Channel's "Super Awesome Katy"
The "Dancing with the Stars" alum will play a teenage spy.

"Gossip Girl's" Kelly Rutherford heads to "Bones"

She'll guest on the Fox series.

What is Craig Kilborn up to? He's guest-hosting "The Artie Lange Show" on DirecTV
The former "Late Late Show" last night filled in for Lange on his DirecTV talk show.

Jon Stewart calls Jay Z a corporate sellout

On "The Daily Show," Stewart mocked Jay Z's continued relationship with Barney's after the store was accused of racial profiling.

Fox's "Wayward Pines" adds Justin Kirk and Hope Davis

Both will appear in multi-episode arcs on the M. Night Shyamalan limited series.

"Parks and Rec's" Jim O'Heir reprises his role as Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Check out O'Heir's latest Jimmy Kimmel appearance.

"The Price is Right" contestant loses her wig
It's the "biggest wig out" in the game show's history.

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<p>Andrew Dominik (left)&nbsp;and Brad Pitt on the set of &quot;The Assassination of Jesse&nbsp;James by the Coward Robert Ford&quot;</p>

Andrew Dominik (left) and Brad Pitt on the set of "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

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Exclusive: 'Jesse James' director remembers embattled production as revival screening looms

'It made me feel like you’ve got to put everything into a movie.'

The production of the Warner Bros. western "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" is a unique entry in the annals of cinema history. The studio had been courting Andrew Dominik for some time, eager to work with the director of 2000's "Chopper," and he had a gem of a project for them to consider: a film about the outlaw Jesse James, based on a dense novel he found at a second-hand bookstore in Melbourne, Australia, with Brad Pitt in the iconic role.

Surely the studio saw dollar signs. Brad Pitt as Jesse James? It must have felt a few steps removed from a Batman movie. Batman in the wild west. But what Dominik had in mind wasn't a Batman movie. It was a deeply ponderous, Malickian thing that would speak to themes of celebrity and a dying age. This would not be Jesse James in his prime. This would be, as the title lays bare, the end of a legend, and all the artistry such an unconventional take on that legend would suggest.

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<p>Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the New York special screening of &quot;Enough Said&quot; in September.</p>

Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the New York special screening of "Enough Said" in September.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus 'exceptionally proud' of reaction to 'Enough Said'

It's a bigger hit than you think

A little surprise happened at the art house over the past few months. Fox Searchlight's late addition to the September release schedule, "Enough Said," has become one of the biggest indie releases of the year.

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<p>Wednesday's &quot;The X Factor&quot; never happened.</p>

Wednesday's "The X Factor" never happened.

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'X Factor' exes out Wednesday's show after voting error

All 13 Finalists will sing again on Thursday's hour
Remember those two hours you spent watching and I spent recapping FOX's "The X Factor" on Wednesday (November 6) night?
[Waving my hand in front of your face, Jedi-style.] It never happened.
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<p>Blake Shelton celebrates a CMA Awards win</p>

Blake Shelton celebrates a CMA Awards win

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TV Ratings: CMA Awards dominates for ABC Wednesday, while 'Arrow,''Tomorrow People' gap widens

'Survivor' rises, while 'Criminal Minds' and 'CSI' fall
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, November 6, 2013.
ABC got big numbers for its coverage of the CMA Awards, dominating Wednesday primetime in all measures. 
The CMA Awards show was up by 21 percent over last year's telecast in viewers and 24 percent in the key demographic. The growth was particularly big among young males, with ABC touting a nine-year high among men 18-34.
The country music telecast had a mixed impact on its Wednesday competition.  While "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" actually up week-to-week, "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" will likely approach series lows. NBC's "Revolution" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" hovered around season averages.
The CW was a big bump for "Arrow," both overall and among young viewers, but "Tomorrow People" was flat in the demo and declined overall as a big gap has suddenly grown between the two shows.
And after blaming last Tuesday's lackluster performance on an out-of-time-period airing, FOX got another weak performance from "The X Factor," which probably won't be aided by a voting screw-up that rendered all votes moot.
On to the numbers...
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'The X Factor' throws out all voting results due to a 'graphics error'

"The X Factor" throws out all voting results due to a "graphics error"
Incorrect numbers were shown Wednesday, and as a result the contestants will have to re-perform their songs tonight.

Petition will force the White House to address Jimmy Kimmel's "Kill everyone in China" segment
More than 100,000 people have signed a White House petition asking the Obama administration to comment on the Kimmel segment in which a little boy says "Kill Everyone in China." The White House has to address all petitions that gathers 100,000 signatures in 30 days.

Watch Matt Lauer & Al Roker have prostate exams live on "Today"

Each procedure took about 35 seconds.

Is ABC developing a male "Golden Girls"?
Three guys in their 60s may get their own sitcom.

Netflix orders 4 Marvel live-action series, including "Daredevil"
Netflix will also show "Jessica Jones," "Iron Fist" and "Luke Cage."

Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley make fun of Obamacare at the CMA Awards
Last night's spoof proved to be a hit. PLUS: CMAs has its best ratings in four years.

Boyfriend accused of beating an "Amish Mafia" star captured
Police arrested Imir R. Williams, who allegedly brutally beat up Esther Schmucker.

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<p>Expect both Luke Cage and Iron Fist to have more modern outfits in their upcoming Netflix series, even if Cage rocks the upside-down tiara like no one else.</p>

Expect both Luke Cage and Iron Fist to have more modern outfits in their upcoming Netflix series, even if Cage rocks the upside-down tiara like no one else.

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Marvel, Netflix to team up on Daredevil, Defenders and other new series

Four different series involving street-level heroes will begin debuting in 2015

Back when Disney first announced that Joss Whedon would be developing a TV series based on a Marvel Comics property, I speculated about which characters might work best for Whedon's sensibility, and for the realities of a television budget. Among the favorites: bitter superhero-turned-detective Jessica Jones, heroes for hire Luke Cage and Iron Fist, and off-beat non-team team The Defenders.

Whedon ultimately would get involved in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," which hasn't found itself creatively so far, but today Marvel and Netflix announced an ambitious partnership to produce four new series and one miniseries, involving all the characters mentioned above, plus Daredevil, whose rights reverted to Marvel earlier this year when Fox failed to get another movie into production in time.

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<p>Naomi Watts looking suitably worried in &quot;Adore.&quot;</p>

Naomi Watts looking suitably worried in "Adore."

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Roundup: A nightmare year for Naomi Watts

Also: The cult of 'The Counselor,' and a plea for non-suffering black characters

You've got to feel a bit for Naomi Watts. Her 2013 started so promisingly, with a second Oscar nomination for "The Impossible." She'd waited pretty long, and fought pretty hard, for it -- cue a second wind for her career, right? Wrong. Well, not yet, at any rate. Only days after the nomination announcement, Watts' silly romantic drama "Adore" (yes, the one where she and Robin Wright shag each other's sons) was laughed out of Sundance. And that wasn't the worst of it: once talked up as a possibility for Oscar nod #3, "Diana" has been humiliated by critics and ignored by audiences. And there was "Movie 43"... Nathaniel Rogers considers her briefly triumphant nightmare year, and wonders what she can do to put it behind her. [The Film Experience]

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<p>No, that's not Scarlett Johansson with &quot;Gravity&quot; director Alfonso Cuarón. It's Sandra Bullock. </p>

No, that's not Scarlett Johansson with "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón. It's Sandra Bullock.

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'Gravity's' Alfonso Cuarón almost cast Scarlett Johansson in 'A Little Princess'

Another awards season orbit in LA

Alfonso Cuarón returned to Los Angeles this week as "Gravity" completes another awards season orbit. The critically acclaimed phenomenon is battling "12 Years a Slave" for this year's frontrunner status (not that either of them want it) and Warner Bros. took some time Tuesday night to celebrate the $428 million-plus global box office hit.

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<p>Zac Brown at the CMAs</p>

Zac Brown at the CMAs

Dave Grohl jams with Zac Brown Band on freewheeling 'Day for the Dead' on CMAs: Watch

Is this what their Grohl-produced album will sound like?

In case you’re wondering what Zac Brown Band’s new music, produced by Dave Grohl, will sound like, we got the first listen Wednesday night when the Foo Fighter joined ZBB to perform “Day For The Dead” at the CMA Awards.

The jam rock song has, appropriately enough, slight Grateful Dead-like guitar line, but with Grohl behind the drums, it quickly took on a hard rock vibe. It’s a chugging ramble of the song, especially at the 3-minute mark, when it goes into a round before slamming back into full-on rock mode, complete with fiddles.

In an edited version, the song could fit in at radio. No word yet on it if is a potential single.

Hitfix broke the news last week about Grohl producing Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band weren't the only ones rocking out at the Country music awards ceremony: Eric Church introduced a new song, "The Outsiders," tonight that ha a wicked guitar solo straight out of a metal song in the middle.

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