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<p>Lisa Kudrow in The Comeback</p>

Lisa Kudrow in The Comeback

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Review: HBO's 'The Comeback' is as mortifying as ever 9 years later

Get ready to cringe a LOT as the Lisa Kudrow showbiz satire returns

There are TV shows I race through because I can't wait to see what happens next, and TV shows I pause frequently, either because I want to savor the experience or because I would really rather be doing anything else. And then there is "The Comeback," whose episodes take me twice as long to watch as anything else, good or bad, because I have to stop the action every few minutes just so I can clear my head, take a walk in nature, call my wife and do other feel-good activities in the hopes that when I press play, the latest mortification facing Lisa Kudrow's Valerie Cherish will have magically gone away.

The mortification never goes away. Ever.

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Big Eyes
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First 'Big Eyes' screening goes head-to-head with AFI Fest closing night

Where will voters turn out during a packed awards season?

The around-the-corner 2014 AFI Festival is a cavalcade of awards contenders… with limited space. The films AFI selects are among the best of the best. But not everything fits. Not everything wants to fit. Example: As if to divert attention with its own, non-festival fanfare, The Weinstein Company’s "Big Eyes" will premiere at Los Angeles County Museum of Art "Film Independent" screening on on Thursday, Nov. 13 — the final night of AFI Fest. 

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Jon Stewart apologizes for being 'flip' by telling CNN he didn’t vote
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Jon Stewart apologizes for being 'flip' by telling CNN he didn’t vote

Clay Aiken’s Congressional bid to become an Esquire network docuseries

Jon Stewart apologizes for being “flip” by telling CNN he didn’t vote
“The Daily Show” host told Christiane Amanpour he didn’t vote. But on his show, Stewart clarified: “To set the record straight, I did vote today,” adding "I was being flip, and it kind of took off. And you know what, I want to apologize because I shouldn’t have been flip about that."


Clay Aiken’s Congressional bid to become an Esquire network docuseries
Cameras followed the former “American Idol” runner-up for a four-hour docuseries that will air next year.


Neil Patrick Harris: “My variety show will absolutely be crafted by union writers”
Responding to concerns that his NBC variety show may be affected by striking writers, Harris tweeted: "I’ve been assured by ITV that it will be a WGA show. Period.”


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<p>&quot;Interstellar&quot;</p>

"Interstellar"

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Tell us what you thought of 'Interstellar'

Christopher Nolan's space epic is here

Well this one is ready to burst. "Interstellar" is here — on film, anyway. Those eager to check it out in 35mm, 70mm or 70mm IMAX can do so now, with all formats blazing on Friday. We have chewed on it plenty around here. We've talked to Matthew McConaughey (with more to come). We've heard from Christopher Nolan. HitFix's Drew McWeeny was positive. After a second look, so was I, both of us with reservations. That seems to be the pattern with most responses.

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<p>Kim Coates of &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;</p>

Kim Coates of "Sons of Anarchy"

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Recap: 'Sons of Anarchy' - 'What a Piece of Work Is Man'

The club feels blowback from Jax’s killing frenzy as Marks makes his mark

Still reeling over Tuesday night’s “Sons of Anarchy?” Well grease up those prison weapons, wipe those drugs off your boobs and let’s avoid solitary confinement by getting through this together, shall we?

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Clay Aiken loses bid for Congress
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Clay Aiken loses bid for Congress

Clay Aiken loses bid for Congress
The “American Idol” runner-up came in 2nd once again, losing to incumbent U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, who received more than 56% of the vote.

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<p>New Girl</p>

New Girl

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Evening TV Round-Up: 'Selfie,' 'New Girl' & 'The Mindy Project'

Henry and Eliza get closer, Jess tries to hide drugs, and Mindy's lateness angers Danny

It's been a while since I've done a comedy round-up post, but I happened to see tonight's episodes of "Selfie," "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" in advance, and this seems a good opportunity for a quick check-in on each, coming up just as soon as I put you on a waterslide between two obese people...

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Kendrick Lamar marches to his own beat in colorful 'i' music video

Kendrick Lamar marches to his own beat in colorful 'i' music video

Rapper is the best car buddy

Kendrick Lamar's "i" music video could've just been the rapper holding a single  balloon and crying, and I'd still be like, "K."

Because this song has grown on me. The single certainly was an unexpectedly upbeat jam from the "Good Kid," with the lilting sampled guitars and Compton MC preaching self-love to all the kids that "went to war last night." While his upbringing was rough, Lamar talks about finding peace, even in depression.

Thus, in his video, Lamar moves freely. He goes where he wants, dances how he wants, wears what he wants, his crew follows his lead through colorful streets and with interesting characters, one of which takes him on a car ride and he hangs out the backseat window like a dog on a joyride. There's a nostalgic '70s flare throughout, punctuated by the "one nation, under a groove" in the beginning. 

It's cool, and Lamar's cool in it. No wonder the NBA adopted it as its official anthem this season.

The song "i" will supposedly be on Lamar's next album, as-yet-untitled and with no release date, though he's warned that Dr. Dre and Pharrell have helped out on it so far. Lamar will be the musical guest on the Nov. 15 episode of "Saturday Night Live" (with host Woody Harrelson), so maybe we'll know more by then?

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Best rumor yet? Michael Fassbender in 'early talks' to play Steve Jobs for Danny Boyle
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Best rumor yet? Michael Fassbender in 'early talks' to play Steve Jobs for Danny Boyle

Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio previously met for the part

Another day, another Steve Jobs casting rumor.

As Deadline first reported and the LA Times has confirmed, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" thesp Michael Fassbender is in "early talks" to star as the Apple co-founder in Sony's upcoming biopic, which previously flirted with both Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale for the role (it was reported just yesterday that Bale had turned down the part).

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Marcia Gay Harden is coming to 'How to Get Away with Murder'
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Marcia Gay Harden is coming to 'How to Get Away with Murder'

'New Girl' unveils a new opening credits

Marcia Gay Harden joins “How to Get Away with Murder”
She’ll recur after the midseason finale, but details of her role are being kept under wraps. PLUS: How much body makeup does Viola Davis use for her sex scenes?


“New Girl” unveils a new opening credits
Liz Meriwether tweeted that the new opening now includes Damon Wayans Jr. and Hannah Simone. "Don't get mad at me. I don't know how to do good main titles. I barely shower,” she wrote.


Report: Rosie is keeping a “tight grip” on “The View” guest list
According to the NY Daily News, Rosie "has been attempting to slash guests from the schedule and infuriating staffers with her unpredictable moods.” PLUS: “The View” reportedly kicked out a staffer on Monday after she sued ABC.


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'Chappie' trailer introduces a feeling robot from the director of 'District 9'
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'Chappie' trailer introduces a feeling robot from the director of 'District 9'

Sharlto Copley tries something new in a performance capture role

Neill Blomkamp made a big noise with his first narrative feature, and one of the things that made "District 9" so electrifying was that it seemed to come out of nowhere. It was a surprise, and it was a fresh take on science-fiction during a period when it felt like there wasn't much being done in the genre.

The hard part about coming out of nowhere and surprising everyone is that you can only do it once. His second film, "Elysium," had the crushing weight of expectation on it, and Blomkamp stumbled in the execution. It's certainly an ambitious film, and he's just as technically adept as he was in "District 9," but he wasn't really able to pull all of the narrative threads together. One of the common elements between the two films was Sharlto Copley, the hero of one film and the villain of the other.

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Neil Patrick Harris’ variety show threatened by striking writers
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Neil Patrick Harris’ variety show threatened by striking writers

Lifetime cancels 'Witches of East End'

Neil Patrick Harris’ variety show threatened by striking writers
The WGA East is threatening to strike Harris’ variety show because it’s being produced by ITV Studios America, which, as Deadline reports, "hasn’t signed a contract with the guild and has been locked in a bitter labor dispute with the union over reality shows it produces in the U.S."


Lifetime cancels “Witches of East End”
The supernatural drama has gotten the axe after two seasons.


Watch “SNL's” screw-up from last week’s episode
Leslie Jones suffered a “most painful episode of stage fright” in a “The Couple” sketch featuring Chris Rock that was quickly replaced by the dress rehearsal version for the West Coast and online audiences. PLUS: Did “SNL” make a mistake hiring Jones?


EX-Fox and NBC boss put in charge of TBS and TNT
Kevin Reilly, who has been responsible for everything from “Glee” to “Nip/Tuck” to “Gotham,” “The Office,” “The Shield" and “30 Rock,” will use his long track record of finding hits to help both cable networks, which have had trouble with scripted fare.

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