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<p>Jack O'Connell in &quot;Starred Up.&quot;</p>

Jack O'Connell in "Starred Up."

Credit: Film4

Review: Jack O'Connell arrives in bruising British prison drama 'Starred Up'

Rough violence but sleek craft in director David Mackenzie's best film to date

LONDON - Two promises are fulfilled -- one with more time to spare than the other -- in David Mackenzie's "Starred Up," a wholly prison-set nightmare picture that careers wildly between the punchy and the plain punch-drunk, and fascinates equally in either register. For the hitherto raggedly gifted Scots filmmaker Mackenzie, it's the film that most satisfyingly stitches together his twin impulses toward grit and grace, energizing familiar genre terrain with a coarse but literate ear and violently poetic eye. For his 23-year-old leading man, Jack O'Connell, it's a gratifyingly early arrival, a seemingly bespoke vehicle that jolts his wild, woolly talent into something that looks a lot like stardom. "Starred up" is British penal jargon for the contentious promotion of a juvenile offender promoted to adult status; for a film that consolidates this much raw potential, it seems an oddly appropriate title.

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Avril Lavigne's ghostly video for 'Let Me Go' with Chad Kroeger: Watch

Avril Lavigne's ghostly video for 'Let Me Go' with Chad Kroeger: Watch

Either someone died young or has a very good plastic surgeon

Avril Lavigne and husband Chad Kroeger have a love that spans generations, proving that true love never dies even if those involved end the relationship.

In this poignant video for “Let Me Go,” Lavigne, who may or may not be a ghost, sits in her lovely mansion, alone, playing the sad love song. She is young and beautiful. A much-older handyman, raking leaves off of concrete (?) outside the estate, enters, picks up a guitar and, somehow, transforms into the younger, current day Kroeger.

Lavigne, who usually looks like she’d rather be drawn and quartered than be in a music video, looks beautiful here and more comfortable in front of the camera than ever before. The younger Kroeger appoaches her, stands behind her as she plays with his arm on her shoulder, but the two only make fleeting contact, giving more credence to the notion that Lavigne is a ghost. Add in the broken hourglass and there you have it.

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<p>Britney Spears</p>

Britney Spears

Britney Spears reveals title of her new album

Set will be her most 'personal' one yet

Britney Spears has said that her new album is her most personal, and now she’s backing that up by calling the Dec. 3 release by her name, “Britney Jean.”

Spears revealed the title during an interview with British radio station, Capital FM.  “It’s a personal album, and all my family, they always call me Britney Jean,” she said. “It’s like a term of endearment, and I just wanted to share that with my friends.” She wasn't willing to give away too much information, however; when asked if the album would include a duet with Miley Cyrus, she replied, "You'll have to wait and see." As you know, Spears duets with Cyrus on "SMS (Bangerz)" on Cyrus's charttopping album, "Bangerz." 

The album’s first single, “Work Bitch,” peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 (so far), but Spears’ manager Larry Rudolph told MTV News that the rest of the album is not like the dance tune. “There are multiple, multiple layers, things like you’ve never heard from her before,” he said. “She’s written on every song on the album, which is a first for her, and it’s a very personal album for her, and I think people are going to love it.”

December will be a big month for Spears: in addition to the “Britney Jean’s” album release, she starts her two-year Planet Hollywood residency in Las Vegas on Dec. 27.





 

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<p>Clark Gregg of &quot;Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'</p>

Clark Gregg of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

Credit: ABC

Ratings Analysis: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and 'Sleepy Hollow' are Live+7 Premiere Week winners

NBC's 'The Blacklist' and CBS' 'Big Bang Theory' are also winners
TV ratings are not, as a rule, about delayed gratification. Overnight ratings arrive first thing in the morning. Live+Same Day Nationals come mid-afternoon the next day. Live+3 Day DVR numbers come five or six days after premiere.
 
But Live+7 figures? They take a solid three weeks to show up for some reason.
 
Don't ask me. I don't make the rules.
 
If networks made the rules, they'd want Live+7 audience figures to be deeply meaningful, because everybody wants to maximize the perceived audience for their shows. They'd want to include Live+7, but also OnDemand and Hulu and Netflix and iTunes and streaming and everything else. They don't get to and so it's hard to know what value Live+7 figures actually have. Last year, ABC cancelled shows with 60 percent ("666 Park Avenue") and 71 percent ("Private Practice") Live+7 growth among adults 18-49 and replaced those shows with "Betrayal" and "Lucky 7." As a rule, Live+7 ratings are less exciting than you probably want them to be. Successful shows generally get big bumps in viewers and 18-49 ratings, but maybe not high percentage bumps. Low rated shows get high percentage bumps, but that's because they start off low rated to begin with. Low rated shows that don't get high percentage bumps just get cancelled. 
 
I probably won't look at Live+7 ratings very often, but the Live+7 figures just came in for Premiere Week, Monday, September 23 through Sunday. September 29.
 
Let's give a look to the numbers...
 
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Elisabeth Hasselbeck boosts 'Fox & Friends'


Elisabeth Hasselbeck boosts "Fox & Friends"
Numbers are up 22% in total viewers and 16% in the demo.


"Catfish" star dies suddenly at 26

Michael Fortunato, who died Saturday of a pulmonary embolism, appeared in a Season 2 episode of the MTV series.


"Homeland" boss explains Sunday's episode

Will we get answers to Brody? PLUS: Why is "Homeland" so terrible this year?


Is "NCIS: LA" losing a character, too?

"What I heard is that there will be a character leaving at the end of this season, or towards the end of this season," Daniela Ruah tells E! "That's what I've heard. I don't know who it is. It might be me! Who knows?"


Michelle Obama will return to "The Biggest Loser"
The First Lady will promote her new water-drinking initiative in a November episode of the NBC weightloss reality show.


Watch NBC's "Goodbye John Munch" promo

This week's "SVU" officially says farewell to Richard Belzer's character.


Christina Milian's "Dancing" elimination shows flaw in new voting system
Milian was eliminated after scoring the first 10 of the season.


"Breaking Bad"-inspired "Dance Bitch" song has become an underground sensation
The Jesse Pinkman techno track came out after the series finale. PLUS: See a clean-shaven Vince Gilligan from Season 1.


Why is masturbation on TV more taboo than actual sex?
The CW's decision to trim down a "Reign" masturbation scene is befuddling since it's sandwiched between two sex scenes.


Jimmy Fallon kicks off his "Clean Cut Comedy Tour" with mostly rehashed material
The "Late Night" host, performing in St. Louis, was upstaged by the four comedians opening up for him. PLUS: Watch Fallon's visit to St. Louis' NBC affiliate.


Why these 10 TV characters never change their clothes
From Rick Grimes to Dexter Morgan.


Tatiana Maslany on "Parks and Rec": Watch a preview
The "Orphan Black" star makes her debut on Thursday's episode.


Betty White is now starring in an airline safety video
Air New Zealand hired White for a safety video set in a retirement home.


"Downton Abbey" characters are the latest to get "Simpson"-ized

See "The Simpsons" version of Charles Carson.

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Kenan Thompson: Lack of talented black comediennes to blame for 'SNL's' diversity problem


Kenan Thompson: Lack of talented black comediennes to blame for "SNL's" diversity problem
"It's just a tough part of the business," Thompson tells TV Guide. "Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready."


CBS' Monday shakeup stabilizes ratings

Replacing "We Are Men" with a moved-up "2 Broke Girls" improved CBS' Monday numbers, though "Mom" was down 10%.


Donald Glover: "I didn't leave 'Community' to rap"
"I don't wanna rap. I wanted to be on my own," Glover wrote in one of several handwritten messages posted to Instagram Sunday night. "I've been sick this year. I've seen a bunch of people die this year. This is my first time I've felt helpless."


Marvel is quietly putting together a package of 4 shows

The package being offered to cable and such outlets as Netflix and Amazon would comprise of 60 episodes.


A "Smash" musical will become a real show
"Smash" stars Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Mientus are attached to star in a "Hit List" concert at 54 Below in New York.


Ivanka Trump welcomes her 2nd child

The "Celebrity Apprentice" star announced the birth of a baby boy on Monday.

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<p>Megan Boone of &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

Megan Boone of "The Blacklist"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'The Blacklist' levels for NBC Monday, while CBS boosts 'Broke Girls'

'The Voice' is still Monday's top program in all measures
Fast National ratings for Monday, October 14, 2013.
 
With new shows, early drops are the norm, so it's notable that NBC's "The Blacklist" was flat week-to-week and combined with "The Voice" to help the network rule Monday in all measures.
 
CBS saw some positives from shaking up its Monday comedies, with "2 Broke Girls" getting a small bump from "How I Met Your Mother" and both "Mom" and "Hostages" adding a few viewers thanks to a "Big Bang Theory" repeat. Despite those cosmetic changes, though, CBS still finished fourth for the night.
 
Meanwhile, FOX's "Sleepy Hollow" remains close-to-level, while "Hart of Dixie" maintained its premiere week advantage over "Beauty and the Beast" for The CW.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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Ashton Kutcher is still TV's highest-paid actor, followed by Jon Cryer and Ray Romano


Ashton Kutcher is still TV's highest-paid actor, followed by Jon Cryer and Ray Romano

Forbes says Romano is highly paid thanks to "Everybody Loves Raymond" royalties and his new arc on "Parenthood." Neil Patrick Harris and Mark Harmon tied for 4th place.


Watch Elizabeth Berkley' recreate her "Saved by the Bell" freakout on "Dancing"
Last night's theme was "Most Memorable Year of My Life."


Claim: Jenny McCarthy is dragging down "The View"
Are viewers tuning out when she speaks?


Jimmy Fallon will sit down with Stephen Colbert at a New Jersey film festival
"Jimmy Fallon in Conversation with Stephen Colbert" is scheduled for Nov. 24 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.


Paula Deen's "E! True Hollywood Story": "Revisionist propaganda"?
E! may have gone easy on the former Food Network star because her husband and sons agreed to participate.


VH1 to air 6 Super Bowl kickoff concerts

Each of New York's five boroughs will be part of the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz.


Report: Jimmy Kimmel & Jimmy Fallon made a "pinky promise" to play nice

According to RadarOnline, there's even the possibility that the two Jimmys will appear on each other's shows for a cameo once they start going head to head at 11:30.


Caroline Manzo quit "Real Housewives" because it was embarrassing her
"Over the past few years," she explains on her blog, "my outlook on the show has changed from something I couldn't wait to show my future grandchildren to something I hope my future grandchildren never see."

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Tina Fey & Amy Poehler will return to host the next 2 Golden Globes


Tina Fey & Amy Poehler will return to host the next 2 Golden Globes

NBC has signed both comedy stars to host the Globes in 2014 and 2015.

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<p>Matthew McConaughey</p>

Matthew McConaughey

Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Matthew McConaughey recalls his biggest fear going into Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

The danger of losing an intimate experience was very apparent to the actor

Speaking with Matthew McConaughey about his work in Jean-Marc Vallée's "Dallas Buyers Club" last week, it was obvious -- as it was at Sundance when he was promoting "Mud" -- that the actor is savoring every step of his career's newfound upward trajectory. He's taken to the "McConnaissance" like a duck to water, and it's because he's clearly a guy who relishes an experience.

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<p>On &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother,&quot;&nbsp;Robin (Cobie Smulders)&nbsp;plays some poker.</p>

On "How I Met Your Mother," Robin (Cobie Smulders) plays some poker.

Credit: CBS

Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Poker Game'

Barney has to choose between Robin and his family, and Ted and Marshall settle an old argument

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I take a sewing class to work on my Halloween costume...

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Best Supporting Actor 2014: Oscar contenders include George Clooney, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hanks

Best Supporting Actor 2014: Oscar contenders include George Clooney, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hanks

A massive list of hopefuls reveals the widest-ranging acting race of the year

Welcome to the most packed acting category of 2014: Best Supporting Actor. Though that's always the case, isn't it? Well into every season hope consistently springs eternal for potential players across the spectrum, particularly in ensemble pieces of which there tend to be plenty.

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