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Fox sets a 'Simpsons' tribute to Marcia Wallace for Sunday


Fox sets a "Simpsons" tribute to Marcia Wallace for Sunday

Fox will replace an "American Dad" repeat with a Season 3 episode that revolved around Edna Krabappel.


Starz teams with Owen Wilson on an '80s FBI drama set in the porn industry
Wilson will produce "WonderWorld," revolving around the FBI's infiltration of the mob-controlled porn industry during the Reagan administration.


George Romero: I turned down "The Walking Dead" because it's a "soap opera"
The "zombie auteur" said in a recent interview, "They asked me to do a couple of episodes of 'The Walking Dead' but I didn’t want to be a part of it. Basically it's just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism and I find that missing in what’s happening now."


"South Park" takes on the Obamacare website problems
Was last night's episode sympathetic to Kathleen Sebilius, the secretary of health and human services?


"Cougar Town" unveils its Season 5 promo, announces premiere date
The TBS comedy is back on Jan. 7.

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NBC orders a Tina Fey comedy starring 'The Office's' Ellie Kemper


NBC orders a Tina Fey comedy starring "The Office's" Ellie Kemper
The Peacock has given a direct-to-series 13-episode order to a comedy in which Kemper plays a woman who "escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City." The sitcom is from Fey and her "30 Rock" producing partner Robert Carlock.

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Exclusive: Paz de la Huerta's 'Nurse 3D' gets a sexy crazy new poster and a 2014 release date

I hope the movie is just as wild as the campaign

It feels like the campaign for "Nurse 3D" has been simmering for a while now, and Lionsgate has finally picked a date for the film. You'll be able to see the movie in select theaters and On Demand on February 7, 2014, and to mark the occasion, Lionsgate sent over a brand new poster for the film.

That's exciting because the posters so far have been fun. There was a limited release one-sheet for this film last year that was just straight-up explicit, a close-up of what I assume was Paz de la Huerta's boob. I assume that because Paz de la  Huerta seems to be perpetually naked in pretty much everything, and that would seem to be one of the reasons to hire her for a movie.

Today we've got the newest poster for "Nurse 3D" as an exclusive debut for you, and once again, what this communicates is "Paz de la Huerta," "sexy," and "wild ride," which seems like a winning game plan overall for the studio.

I sincerely love it when studios steer into the lurid when they're selling something like this, and I'll be curious to see if the film is even half as fun as the campaign they've run so far. The film stars de la Huerta along with Corbin Bleu and Katrina Bowden, and here's the synopsis:

By day Abby Russell is a dedicated nurse, someone you wouldn’t hesitate to trust your life with. But by night, her real work begins…using her smoldering sexuality she lures cheating men to their brutal deaths and exposes them for who they really are. When a younger nurse starts to suspect Abby's actions and compromises her master plan, Abby must find a way to outsmart her long enough to bring the cheater you’d least expect to justice.


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<p>Dave Grohl, earlier this year</p>

Dave Grohl, earlier this year

Credit: AP Photo/Chris PIzzello

Exclusive: Dave Grohl producing Zac Brown Band, according to sources

Foo Fighter will appear with ZBB on CMA Awards next week

Dave Grohl is producing new music for  Zac Brown Band multiple sources have confirmed to Hitfix.

That’s a dream come true for Brown.  Earlier this year, Brown told The Country Vibe that “I want to work with Dave Grohl. Dave Grohl is one of our musical heroes as a band and he said that he would be interested in doing that too.”

It turns out the Foo Fighters frontman was true to his word and will be working with the country act on its follow up to 2012’s “Uncaged,” which won best country album at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

While the country/folk band and the former Nirvana drummer may seem like a strange musical match, they actually should work very well together. Fans who have seen ZBB live know their strength as players and they bring a rock edge to many of their tracks, while Grohl has worked with artists of all stripes from Norah Jones to Paul McCartney, so he’s shown there’s pretty much nothing he can’t do.

It will be a while before we get the new album, but not long before we see the two acts together: as previously announced, Grohl will perform with ZBB on Nov. 6’s Country Music Assn. Awards on ABC.  No word on if we will hear a new song that evening—and a CMA rep could not tell us what they were performing— but maybe we'll get more news about their studio collaboration then.

Both acts declined to comment.
 

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Please don't make 'How I Met Your Father'!


Please don't make "How I Met Your Father"!

The "HIMYM" spinoff idea sounds unimaginative, says James Poniewozik. "When I say that HIMYF is a terrible idea, I say it out of love, not hate," he adds. "I wouldn't bother writing at all about the idea of spinning off a sitcom I didn’t care about. A spinoff is misguided not because of what’s bad about HIMYM but because of what is, or was, distinctively, lovably good about it."


"SpongeBob" fired
The harsh economic climate will hit Bikini Bottom in an upcoming episode titled, "SpongeBob, You're Fired!"


London restaurant is celebrating "Breaking Bad" with the Heisenburger
Lucky Chip in East London has a full "Breaking Bad" menu that includes a Jesse Pinkman burger, Los Pollos Hermanos-inspired chicken and Onion Frings. Each Heisenburger comes with free "blue meth" candy.


CW developing a drama based on "The Avenger" pulp magazine
"The Avenger" follows a young woman who lost her parents but learns she has a superpower that allows her to change her face. The pulp series dates back to 1939.


PBS will air "Vicious," a UK sitcom about a gay couple starring Ian McKellan
McKellen and Derek Jacobi play a constantly bickering couple who've lived in the same flat for nearly half a century.


Time Warner Cable lost 306,000 subscribers from its dispute with CBS
That represents about 10% of the customers affected by the blackout.


"Totally Biased's" viewership has disappeared on FXX
W. Kamau Bell is barely registering viewers on his talk show, except for the night his talk show runs after "It's Always Sunny" and "The League."


Carrie Fisher joins FXX comedy "Legit"

She'll play a comedy development executive.


World Series ends with 18 million viewers
Thanks to the Boston Red Sox victory, Fox posted the best night in the key 18-49 demo of any network since January.


Carol Burnett visits "Hawaii Five-0" as Aunt Deb

Check her out with Steve McGarrett from the Thanksgiving episode.


Yale's Skull & Bones is getting the ABC drama treatment
The secret society that counts George W. Bush and John Kerry as members is being developed into a drama based on the book "The Secrets Of The Tomb: Skull And Bones, The Ivy League And The Hidden Paths Of Power."


Amazon announces its 1st-ever drama pilots, including Chris Carter's "The After"
"The After" will join LAPD homicide detective drama "Bosch" on Amazon's slate of pilots that will be available for viewer feedback.


Elmo wore a tie for his visit to the White House

"Sesame Street's" Rosita, meanwhile, wore pearls during their presentation with Michelle Obama to promote healthy eating. PLUS: Aziz Ansari hangs with Grover.


Matt Lauer dresses as "Baywatch's" Pam Anderson for Halloween
Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie were "Laverne & Shirley," while Al Roker dressed as Mr. T this morning. PLUS: Ellen dresses as Nicki Minaj for Halloween.

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<p>Everyone's an ump as Johnny Gomes crosses the plate</p>

Everyone's an ump as Johnny Gomes crosses the plate

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TV Ratings: FOX dominates Wednesday as the Red Sox win the World Series

'Arrow,' 'Criminal Minds' and 'Nashville' all dip
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, October 30, 2013.
 
The Boston Red Sox closed out their third World Series title in nine years with a 6-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night, with the clinching game delivering FOX's best numbers of this postseason and helping the network dominate primetime in all measures.
 
The World Series did decent ratings for FOX -- this was the most watched game since Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, even if it came in three million below that game -- but it continued to have only a slight impact on the competition.  While a couple shows, including "Criminal Minds," "Arrow" and "Nashville," were down, an equal number of shows weren't bothered, including "The Middle," "Revolution" and "Tomorrow People."
 
The night's biggest week-to-week decline, a solid 0.4 in the key demo rating, came from ABC's "Super Fun Night," but that was less a product of going against baseball and more a product of not having its "Modern Family" lead-in for the first time. Similarly, the drop for the "CSI" mothership was more attributable to last week's slightly boosted 300th episode than anything else.
 
On to the numbers…
 
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<p>Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson at this year's BAFTA&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson at this year's BAFTA Awards.

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Roundup: Bond producers honored by PGA

Also: McConaughey in THR's actors' roundtable, and David Simon on '12 Years'

James Bond franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson already got a nod of respect from the Producers' Guild of America last year, when "Skyfall" was one of the 10 films nominated for their top award. At the next PGA ceremony, on January 26, the duo will actually get to take something home: they've been named the winners of the PGA's David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures, a prize previously presented to such named as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Billy Wilder and Roger Corman. In their statement, PGA chairs Michael DeLuca and Lori McCreary commended them for "[bringing] thrilling exploits and cinematic masterpieces to audiences worldwide." [PGA]

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<p>Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, and Morgan Freeman discussed the  differences between shooting in Las Vegas and New Yor on the streets  when we discussed their new film 'Last Vegas'</p>

Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, and Morgan Freeman discussed the differences between shooting in Las Vegas and New Yor on the streets when we discussed their new film 'Last Vegas'

Credit: HitFix

The stars of 'Last Vegas' on avoiding temptation while shooting in Sin City

Plus a discussion of whether Vegas or New York is harder to shoot in

Have you ever had any variation on the stress dream where you're going to do something that you're not prepared for in any way? Like you show up for a test, and not only do you realize that you're not ready for the test, but you've never been in the classroom before, it's in a language you don't speak, and you're naked?

Well, now imagine you're sitting across from Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Michael Douglas when it happens.

That was my Saturday morning in Las Vegas recently. Thanks to a profound miscommunication, there was no screening of the film for me when I got to Vegas. I saw "Bad Grandpa," which was also doing interviews in town at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino across the street from Aria, where the "Last Vegas" interviews were taking place, but not "Last Vegas," so it became clear that I'd have to do the interviews without knowing what we were discussing.

In the entire time I've been here at HitFix, I've never walked into an interview unprepared. There was nothing I could do about it. I had not seen the film, and so there was no way for me to ask specific questions to the cast or the crew. All I could do was try to have a little fun and not embarrass myself.

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<p>Mark&nbsp;Wahlberg in &quot;Lone Survivor&quot;</p>

Mark Wahlberg in "Lone Survivor"

Credit: Universal Pictures

Real life 'Lone Survivor' and Mark Wahlberg discuss the cost and depiction of war

Marcus Luttrell's story makes for a riveting account but is it an Oscar player?

In June of 2005, during a firefight with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan that would claim the lives of three of his fellow Navy SEALs, Petty Officer First Class Marcus Luttrell broke his back. He broke his pelvis. He tore out his shoulder, bit his tongue in half and crushed his hand. He sustained facial bone damage, he was shot "through and through" his quads and his calves, his body was riddled with shrapnel from his ankles to his eyes…and he lived to tell the tale.

That tale was captured on the page in his 2007 memoir "Lone Survivor" and it has now been captured on the big screen by director Peter Berg with Mark Wahlberg in the starring role as Luttrell. A riveting depiction of the mission, called Operation Red Wings, the film eschews traditional structure and launches its players into the heart of darkness quickly before tearing through a 33-minute recreation of the firefight itself that recalls such nail-biting sequences as those captured by Steven Spielberg in "Saving Private Ryan" or Ridley Scott in "Black Hawk Down."

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<p>&quot;Axe Cop&quot;</p>

"Axe Cop"

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Interview: Nick Offerman talks 'Axe Cop,' the future of 'Parks and Recreation' and more

How do Offman's axe skills compare to those of Ron Swanson and Axe Cop?
Hollywood is full of busy people, but Nick Offerman has a sacred place in the upper tier of entertainment industry workaholics.
 
Earlier this month, the "Parks and Recreation" star released his memoir, titled "Paddle Your Own Canoe." He continues to tour the country with the comedy show "American Ham." In the past year, his motion picture releases have included "Paradise," "We're the Millers," "In a World" and "The Kings of Summer." Next spring, he's heading Off Broadway to reteam with wife Megan Mullally on "Annapurna," a play they did earlier this year in Los Angeles. He continues to run the Offerman Woodshop, described appropriately as "a small collective of woodworkers and makers based out of Nick Offerman’s kick-ass wood shop in East Los Angeles."
 
And in his free time, Offerman fights crime and wields a mean axe as the lead voice and executive producer for "Axe Cop." Based on the web comic by brothers Ethan and Malachai Nicole, 29 and 5 when the series began, "Axe Cop" was one of the first entries in Animation Domination HD programming block, which premiered in July. If Nick Offerman is a slightly elevated human being and Ron Swanson is a slightly elevated Nick Offerman, Axe Cop is a slightly elevated Ron Swanson, a perfect union of animated character and vocal talent that nearly went uncredited in the summer amidst a minor kerfuffle with NBC.
 
Offerman and "Axe Cop" return to ADHD this Saturday (November 2) -- or, if you're impatient, you can watch the episode now by downloading the Animation Domination High-Def ap -- so I got on the phone with the veteran character actor, storyteller and axeman to talk about... everything on his plate. We discussed "Axe Cop" and Malachai's particular view of heroism and crime-fighting. We talked about recently shooting the 100th episode of "Parks and Recreation," their feeling about that show's future and his return to directing this winter. We discussed whether or not he still has time for carpentry. 
 
And Nick Offerman, to his credit, humored my admittedly dumb question comparing his own axe skills to those of his alter egos. 
 
Click through for the full chat.
 
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"Top Chef New Orleans"

 "Top Chef New Orleans"

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'Top Chef' recap: 'Lea Michele's Halloween Bash'

It's worm salad and arancini eyeballs, but some food is really a fright

Oh, "Top Chef." I wish you wouldn't worry so much. I'm not breaking up with you. But when you try so hard to be new and fresh, it makes me aware that our relationship has gotten a little stale. It's true; I don't always see the reality TV competition show I fell in love with. I do appreciate all the effort, I do. But I hate to see you exhausting yourself (and the poor chefs on the show) for so little reward. Can't you just be yourself? And if you suddenly discover there's some side of you you haven't been able to explore, I'll support that. I will. But please, put down the tin foil before one of us gets hurt.

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Berenice Bejo and Tahar Rahim in "The Past."
Berenice Bejo and Tahar Rahim in "The Past."
Credit: Sony Classics

The Long Shot: No country for gold men

How long can Oscar pretend the foreign-language race is a cinematic Olympics?

Here's a fact of which not all awards-watchers are entirely aware: Michael Haneke hasn't won an Oscar. Neither has Francois Truffaut, nor Luis Bunuel. Pedro Almodovar has one for writing, but that's it. Ang Lee has two for directing, but nothing for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” And Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini and Akira Kurosawa each won honorary Oscars, but no competitive ones between them.

At this point, some of you might be crying foul. You expressly remember Haneke accepting his Oscar only a few months ago. You've definitely seen Almodovar give two acceptance speeches. And you know your Oscar history: Fellini has four of the damn things. What gives?

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