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Forget Spielberg or Soderbergh: McConaughey calls Nolan the 'best leader' he's seen

Forget Spielberg or Soderbergh: McConaughey calls Nolan the 'best leader' he's seen

'Interstellar' helmer makes things happen by 'pure will'

For an actor who didn't get the respect he deserved until almost 20 years into his now legendary career, Matthew McConaughey has certainly been lucky enough to work with some amazing filmmakers. Last year's Best Actor Oscar winner has honed his craft under the eyes of Steven Spielberg ("Amistad"), Steven Soderbergh ("Magic Mike"), Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Ron Howard ("Edtv"), John Sayles ("Lone Star"), Robert Zemeckis ("Contact"), William Friedkin ("Killer Joe") and his longtime friend Richard Linklater, who gave him his big break in "Dazed and Confused." Surprisingly, McConaughey more or less tells HitFix they all come up short compared to his helmer for the expected blockbuster "Interstellar," Christopher Nolan.

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''71,' 'Pride,' 'The Imitation Game' Nab British Indie Film Award Nominations

Nick Cave doc '20,000 Days on Earth' is another favorite.

The British Independent Film Awards announced its nominees this Monday morning and it was good news for films that may not have the muscle to break into the Academy Awards contest. The Irish political thriller “’71” and “Pride,” the story of gay activism and mineworker strikes that fits snuggly the time-honored British sociopolitical dramedy genre, earned the most nominations. In honors that will likely replicate themselves stateside, “Imitation Game” also earned a Best British Independent Film nod, with stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley finding love in the Best Actor and Actress categories, respectively.

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Jay Leno returning to 'The Tonight Show' as a guest
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Jay Leno returning to 'The Tonight Show' as a guest

Louis CK’s Twitter account suddenly disappears

Jay Leno returning to “The Tonight Show” as a guest
Friday won’t be Leno’s first appearance on Fallon’s “Tonight Show” — he appeared in "House of Cue Cards” in August — but it’ll mark his 1st time sitting on Fallon’s couch. Leno will be promoting his Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which will air on PBS on Nov. 23.


Louis CK’s Twitter account suddenly disappears
The account @louisck is gone one month after the comedian ranted against ISIS.


Nick Offerman stars in a fake Home Depot ad for John Oliver
Watch "Last Week Tonight” skewer human-size robotic "shopping assistants.”


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<p>&quot;A Most Violent Year&quot;</p>

"A Most Violent Year"

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J.C. Chandor can thank Jessica Chastain for landing Oscar Isaac in 'A Most Violent Year'

The film premieres at the opening night of AFI Fest Nov. 7

Hopping on the phone with a filmmaker to discuss a trailer for a film I haven't seen. Yeah, that's a little weird. And maybe J.C. Chandor knows that, but he's eager to launch "A Most Violent Year" onto the world. That will happen Thursday night at the opening night of this year's AFI Fest at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

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<p>Sunday&#39;s Ravens-Steelers game</p>

Sunday's Ravens-Steelers game

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TV Ratings: Ravens-Steelers, CBS NFL lead Sunday as 'Once' rises, 'Mulaney' falls

CBS rules overall, while NBC takes the key demo

Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 2, 2014.

A full hour of Broncos-Patriots overrun helped CBS win Sunday night overall, while NBC's coverage of the Ravens and Steelers ruled primetime among young viewers.

Take all these numbers with a grain of salt due to the complicates of live football.

In preliminaries, it appears that ABC's "Once Upon a Time," "Resurrection" and "Revenge" all bounced back after last Sunday's World Series-depressed numbers.

The same cannot be said for FOX's "Mulaney," which delivered anemic ratings after yet another in the fall's oddly undiscussed rash of "Family Guy" repeats.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Happy Valley</p>

Happy Valley

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Review: Netflix's 'Happy Valley' a swift, brutal crime story

BBC cop drama tells story well in a short amount of time

I have watched a lot of great television this year, yet few scenes in 2014 had the kind of physical effect on me like the closing minutes of the fourth episode of "Happy Valley," the BBC crime drama that Netflix added to its library back in August.  As the scene went along, I stopped recording my usual notes and just stared at the television. I had to remind myself to take a breath a few times. I'm pretty sure I left my thumbprint permanently impressed to the underside of my desk from gripping it too hard at one point. It's a cliffhanger ending, and the Netflix interface meant that resolution was only a simple click away, yet I had to put the show on hold for a few hours just to get that moment out of my system. At that moment, I was in no condition to jump straight to the next episode and potentially see that things had gone poorly for the characters in danger. No way.

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Christopher Nolan
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How Christopher Nolan perfected (micromanaged?) the 'Interstellar' theatrical rollout

One multiplex gets the 'Dark Knight' director’s full-service treatment

Christopher Nolan lives a life removed. He wears the same outfit nearly every day (a narrow-lapeled jacket, blue dress shirt, black trousers, and shoes), spends most of his day consuming tea, and doesn’t use e-mail. Correspondences are printed out, read through, and handed back to someone who can respond with his answers. So while his “Inception” costar Leonardo DiCaprio tours the Caribbean on a yacht full of models, Nolan uses fame and fortune to stay as far out of the picture as possible.

Or, as far out of the real life picture.

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Nik Wallenda’s blindfoldead tightrope walk a success: Next, a headstand on a wire
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Nik Wallenda’s blindfoldead tightrope walk a success: Next, a headstand on a wire

With a controversial monologue, Chris Rock gave “SNL” a pulse

Nik Wallenda’s blindfolded Chicago tightrope walk a success — next, he’ll do a headstand on a wire
Discovery Channel’s “Skyscraper Live” walk mostly uneventful, despite Wallenda wearing a blindfold for the first time. But Wallenda hopes to add doing a headstand to his next feat. As Brian Lowry points out, the actual walk consumed about seven minutes of screentime, so hosts Willie Geist and Natalie Morales had the thankless task of filling time for 95 minutes.


With a controversial monologue, Chris Rock gave “SNL” a pulse
"It’s been so long since transgressive comedy was welcome on ‘SNL' that (Saturday’s) opening monologue was shocking,” says Jeremy Gerard, "for which we should be deeply grateful. Rock stormed not bravely but gleefully, which is a lot better, into forbidden territory. The locked room behind the sign that says DON’T GO THERE, and which therefore is irresistible, a siren call to a certain species of comedian we really couldn’t live without.”


John Oliver marks 1 million YouTube subscribers
“I think of YouTube subscribers the way I think of pogs,” said the “Last Week Tonight” host. "I recently acquired quite a lot of them, and I’m not exactly sure what they do."


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<p>The Affair</p>

The Affair

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Review: 'The Affair' - 'Episode 4'

The show ditches its multiple POV device for a week, and suffers without it

Thoughts on tonight's "The Affair" — and the early part of the season so far — coming up just as soon as I'm not much of a cuddler...

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<p>The Walking Dead</p>

The Walking Dead

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Slabtown'

Beth wakes up in a hospital filled with scary survivors

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I offer you a suck on my lollipop...

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'The Mole'

Holt and Peralta pull an all-nighter, Terry and Diaz go undercover, and Boyle and Gina are found out

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I make some promises involving lollipops(*) I do not intend to keep...

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HitFix Mix: Erasure talk 'Violet Flame' and why some EDM is just plain terrible
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HitFix Mix: Erasure talk 'Violet Flame' and why some EDM is just plain terrible

Dance music duo on tour now: Watch our interview

How do you keep things fresh when you've been a synth-pop and dance duo, together for almost 30 years, with 16 albums under your belt?

Erasure have done their damnedest, and recently released their album "The Violent Flame." Led by the bangin' new single "Elevation," Vince Clark and Andy Bell's set is still vibrant and luscious, with the beat-maker exercising restraint at times and the singer still belting them out.

I recently sat down with the Brits while they've been on tour in support of the effort -- a year after their Christmas album, 28 years since they released their first album, 26 since their first No. 1 album in the U.K., and a whole lotta hits in between. Bell talked about "responsibility" in his art, and both chipped in on why EDM (electronic dance music) today can really be the pits.

Watch a clip above and a longer abridged interview below, and give a spin to the three songs the pair recommended for you to listen to.

Vince Clark recommended: Nora En Pure, "Come With Me"

Andy Bell recommended: Kate Bush, "Wow" and This Mortal Coil, "Songs of the Siren"

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