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Taylor Swift to shut down Hollywood Blvd for her 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' debut
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Taylor Swift to shut down Hollywood Blvd for her 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' debut

'Star Wars Rebels' sets a Disney XD record

Taylor Swift to shut down Hollywood Blvd for her "Jimmy Kimmel Live” debut
She'll perform on the Kimmel show and sit on his couch for the 1st time on Thursday, Oct. 23 (Swift previously appeared in a segment with Guillermo). Over the course of a week, Swift will appear on three ABC shows — “GMA,” “The View” and Kimmel.


“Star Wars Rebels” sets a Disney XD record
The premiere's 1.03 million viewers makes it the most-watched cartoon in Disney XD history.


“The Affair” has a disappointing debut
About 507,000 watched the premiere of the Showtime series, which is way below the 872,000 who watched the launch of “Penny Dreadful” and the 1 million who tuned in for the “Masters of Sex” premiere.


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Chris Rock to host 'SNL' with musical guest Prince on Nov. 1
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Chris Rock to host 'SNL' with musical guest Prince on Nov. 1

CW orders 'Cheerleader Death Squad' from 'Desperate Housewives' creator

Chris Rock to host “SNL” with musical guest Prince on Nov. 1
Rock, who previously hosted in 1996, becomes the 3rd “Saturday Night Live” to host this season.


Ex-NBC exec on “Freaks and Geeks”: "I absolutely hated canceling this particular show”
Garth Ancier, who was NBC’s Entertainment president, gives his take on Seth Rogen confronting him at “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend. "It was clear from the very beginning that 'Freaks and Geeks' had great writing from Judd and Paul Feig, and a tremendous cast,” Ancier wrote on Facebook. "This was an awful decision that has haunted me forever. But the show was consistently NBC's least-viewed. For what it is worth, I have watched all of the episodes over and over again on Netflix, and asked myself what I could have done better to save it."


CW orders “Cheerleader Death Squad” from “Desperate Housewives” creator
Marc Cherry is teaming with “Under the Dome” showrunner Neal Baer on a “Heathers meets Alias” series about a disgraced CIA agent-turned-prep-school teacher who begins training his students in high-level espionage.


Mena Suvari to star in WEtv’s “South of Hell”
Eli Roth is among the producers on the horror series in which Suvari plays a demon-hunter-for-hire.

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Good news: Prince is playing 'Saturday Night Live,' and Chris Rock hosts

Good news: Prince is playing 'Saturday Night Live,' and Chris Rock hosts

9 Reasons Why You Know This Is The Best News.

Prince will perform and Chris Rock will host the new Nov. 1 episode of "Saturday Night Live."

Here are the various reasons why you already know this is good news.

1.This is Prince's first televised appearance in support of his two (2!) new albums, "Plectrumelectrum" and "Art Official Age." Prince doesn't just play for anybody, so you better bet he's got some tricks up his sleeve.

2. Prince played "SNL" in 1981 and 2006. YouTube may not let you revisit it, but it was awesome both times. He is due back.

3. Prince also happens to be one of the best performers to play the Super Bowl Halftime Show ever. You know he can play to a television national audience, on a big or small stage.

4. Chris Rock interviewed Prince back in 1997, you know he brings out a little something special in the Purple One.

5. Chris Rock loves Prince. "SNL" benefits from an appreciation society, that's how you get Prince having fun. (Look to Dave Chappelle, Prince and "Breakfast Can Wait.")

6. Prince and Chris Rock hang out. Chris Rock describes this, in part, in this bit with Jerry Seinfeld for "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" (fast forward to the 8-minute mark). They are up to something.

7. Rock dressed up as Prince in "Grown Ups 2." Prince even tweeted that image today. There's gotta be a revenge plot.

8. Rock has a new movie, "Top Five," due on December, and it's apparently one of his greatest projects to date. If he is peak form, then we are all in for a little treat.

9. This will be Rock's second time hosting "SNL" and dude's been through the Oscars hosting gig now, this should all be easy peas.

As previously reported, Jim Carrey and Iggy Azalea are hosting and music guesting (respectively) on Oct. 25's "SNL."

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Sam Raimi
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Sam Raimi in talks for 'Silver Linings Playbook' novelist's 'Love May Fail'

Matthew Quick's romantic drama will hit shelves in June 2015.

There's the mischievous horrormeister Sam Raimi, the blockbuster wizard Sam Raimi, and the pensive character-observing Sam Raimi. The latter doesn't get enough work — welcome to Hollywood, folks! — but sturdy relationships from the "Spider-Man" director's past may put a high-profile, awards-friendly project at the front of his "to do" queue. Fans of the "A Simple Plan" and "The Gift," rejoice.

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Best Actress 2015: Oscar contenders include Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Rosamund Pike

Best Actress 2015: Oscar contenders include Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Rosamund Pike

Did Julianne Moore crash the party for everyone at Toronto?

It's probably been said too much at this point, but 2014, at least in terms of potential Oscar nominees, has been very thin for lead actresses. Call it a byproduct of an industry that doesn't seem overly concerned with stories featyring strong female characters (despite the notion that they don't make money having been summarily dispelled), or certainly with finding females in key creative positions. It's simply slim pickings this year.

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Wonder Woman's origin for 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' is the boring one
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Wonder Woman's origin for 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' is the boring one

Aaaaaaaannnnnnd.....Yay.

One of the major problems facing DC in adapting their characters to the screen is just how many times they have completely overhauled some of them. Case in point:  there is some controversy this week after producer Charles Roven explained which version of the origin story of Wonder Woman will be featured when the character makes her debut in next year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice."

Basically, they're making her Thor. This is the version of the character who is part of what's called the DC New 52 Universe. She is a demigod, and her father is Zeus. That's pretty much it.

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Amy Poehler details her past use of cocaine, mushrooms and ecstasy
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Amy Poehler details her past use of cocaine, mushrooms and ecstasy

Watch PlayStation’s 'Powers' trailer

Amy Poehler details her past use of cocaine, mushrooms and ecstasy
In her memoir “Yes, Please," Poehler writes about her drug use as a 20-something: “I tried cocaine, which I instantly loved but eventually hated,” she writes, adding: "Cocaine is terrific if you want to hang out with people you don’t know very well and play Ping-Pong all night. It’s bad for almost everything else…The day after cocaine is rough.”


Watch PlayStation’s “Powers” trailer
The 1st episode of PlayStation’s 1st TV series, a superhuman crime drama based on the comic book of the same name, will be made available for free. Subsequent episodes will be released to PlayStation platforms exclusively.


“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” books Nick Cannon for a recurring role
The “America’s Got Talent” host will play Captain Holt’s nephew, starting in December.


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<p>David Ayer on the set of &quot;Fury&quot;</p>

David Ayer on the set of "Fury"

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David Ayer calls 'Fury' the study of a family that happens to live in a tank and kill people

'I'm going to be a film guy for as long as I can.'

David Ayer took a big leap with "Fury." After smaller projects like "Street Kings" and "End of Watch" (as well as the critical dud "Sabotage"), he went right at the bull with a massive World War II drama featuring one of the world's biggest stars. Over budget and bursting at the seems, the resulting film is a fascinating shaggy dog entry in the well-worn genre of war, one with a lot of ideas flying around but a central intention: exploring a family dynamic in the middle of hell itself.

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<p>Jane the Virgin</p>

Jane the Virgin

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TV Ratings: NBC wins Monday, 'Jane the Virgin' debuts well for CW

No big drops, with 'Scorpion' and 'Gotham' stabilizing

Fast National ratings for Monday, October 13, 2014.

Monday night's 49ers-Rams game aired on one CBS affiliate and one CW affiliate, which may skew the final ratings a bit, but in preliminary numbers, the CW's "Jane the Virgin" had a promising debut, "Scorpion" stabilized after last week's big drop, "Big Bang Theory" was the night's most-watched show, and NBC won the night on the strength of "The Voice" and "The Blacklist."

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Taylor Swift has a desperate kind of love in new song 'Out of the Woods
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Taylor Swift has a desperate kind of love in new song 'Out of the Woods

Jack Antonoff co-wrote a synth-pop heart-stealer

"Are we out of the woods yet?" Taylor Swift sings over and over in her new song's chorus. "Are we in the clear yet?"

"Out of the Woods" is available now on iTunes, and is getting stripped every time it appears on YouTube. Still, though, a Swift fan Tumblr is -- so far -- dependably hosting. Listen here.

Co-written by Jack Antonoff (who just released a whole album of similarly minded pop and synth would-be-hits under the name Bleachers), "Out of the Woods" is a desperate kind of lost love single from the "Shake It Off" star.

A lot of (virtual) ink today will be devoted to the song's "last December" love interest, purportedly One Direction's Harry Styles, and partly for a good reason. Swift has always done a spectacular job of weaving relationship specifics in with evergreen heartache, painting songs like an intimate moment with one's favorite pop star AND generic enough to become one's own personal, relatable anthem.

"Remember when you hit the brakes too soon / 20 stitches in a hospital room," she relays about a snowmobile ride with an ex-boyfriend who, as told to Rolling Stone, "wrecked it so badly that she saw her life flash before her eyes. Both of them had to go to the ER, although Swift wasn't hurt. She corrects herself: 'Not as hurt.'"

"Out of the Woods" mixes of nostalgic and sad synths, trading minor keys and transitional chords for a chugging climax fit for any struggling optimist. It riffs off the '80s strains that led the "Drive" soundtrack, and wide open verses for Swift to get wordy-wordy and conversational, things she's good at.

And it's yet another signifier, that her album "1989" will far and away be her most pop album yet, that the "country" feel that dotted her last album "Red" were part of an obligation she's now fulfilled. Antonoff's encouragement here, to wave her on to song structures still more different, really works. This song will be everywhere this season, a certifiable hit.

"1989" is due Oct. 27.

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Lego is developing a reality TV show
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Lego is developing a reality TV show

Report: 'Downton Abbey' is considering ending after Season 6

Lego is developing a reality TV show
Following the success of “The Lego Movie,” Lego is planning to launch a TV show in 2015, possibly revolving around Master Builders, the designers who use Legos to build stuff.


Report: “Downton Abbey” is considering ending after Season 6
Radio Times reports that producers have been talking about an end, which is something creator Julian Fellowes hinted at earlier this year.


WGN America renews “Manhattan” for Season 2
About 1.7 million viewers have been watching each episode of Season 1, which ends Sunday.


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<p>Manhattan</p>

Manhattan

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Not a bomb: WGN's 'Manhattan' renewed for season 2

Historical drama about the Manhattan Project has turned out to have a strong first season

A new TV show's opening credits sequence is often one of the last things completed, and therefore something critics don't always get to see before a show debuts. I don't know that the title sequence for "Manhattan" — which WGN America just renewed for a second season — would have significantly upgraded my initial review of the show, but it does a nice job of suggesting the level of ambition and execution the show would be able to achieve over the course of its first season, which concludes Sunday night at 9.

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