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Recap: 'Survivor: San Juan Del Sur' - 'Make Some Magic Happen'

Baylor cries a lot and Dale attempts a big bluff

[Apologies for the late "Survivor" recap. I've done timely recaps from several far-flung parts of the world in the past, even with strange time zones in play. This week's complication was a near-complete lack of Internet access. But here's my recap anyway... Just for the completists!]

Pre-credit sequence. When we left things, Coyopa had just voted out Kelley for reasons only understood, and maybe not even then, by Mr. & Miss America Jon & Jaclyn. "Tribal was about as bad as it gets," says Dale, voice cracking, as he colorfully refers to complete strangers slaughtering his daughter. I like the rhyme, even if the sentiment confuses me. "It was the roughest thing I've ever watched my daughter go through," Dale says, vowing not to quit until he can't talk anymore. The next morning, Dale is still insecure, suspecting he's next, vowing to do something drastic. That thing is showing Jon his fake Idol, hoping it will give the rival alliance a couple sleepless nights. Dale is appropriately scared.

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What will happen to NBC's 'Space Race' reality show following Virgin Galactic Crash?
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What will happen to NBC's 'Space Race' reality show following Virgin Galactic Crash?

CBS orders 'Limitless,' a TV drama sequel to the 2011 Bradley Cooper film

What will happen to NBC's “Space Race” reality show following Virgin Galactic Crash?
NBC says it’s “gathering information on the situation” following the crash today of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo spacecraft, which was to be the center of a reality competition from Richard Branson and Mark Burnett. Exactly one year ago, NBC announced the competition that would have regular people compete to go on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. NBC also announced plans to have “Today” cover the first flight of SpaceShipTwo with a three-hour live broadcast.

CBS orders 'Limitless,' a TV drama sequel to the 2011 Bradley Cooper film
The drama will pick up where the thriller left off.

“Big Bang Theory” boss didn't expect the studio audience to keep last night's big cameo a secret
"We knew that as far as the promos go," says showrunner Steve Molaro, "they were going to keep a lid on it but we figured we couldn't control these 200 people in the (taping) audience, it's probably going to get out somehow. But people managed to keep a lid on it long enough that it was a genuine surprise for a lot of people. I'm glad it worked out that way. The response seems to be overwhelmingly positive.”

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It sucks to be the good girl: Songs from Taylor Swift, Drake, One Direction and more

It sucks to be the good girl: Songs from Taylor Swift, Drake, One Direction and more

Examining lyrics from Carrie Underwood, 5SOS, Beyonce on what makes a 'good girl'

The "good girl" is a construct. There is no such thing as a good girl. If you've ever talked to a human female person-thing, you may take notice: none are binary animals, either good or bad. Girls are every shade, and to continue sorting women as "good" or "bad" is reductive to her experience and being.  

That hasn't kept the good girl from being defined, reconfigured and held as a nurtured stereotype in our most popular media, frequently in pop music. In folk, blues, jazz, country, dance, rock, ballads and hip-hop, the good girl is rarely explored for her multitudes, but instead for her definitive (and sometimes contradictory) two-dimensional attributes, most commonly associated to her sexuality and her relationship to male or paternal authority (Daddy, Santa, God, etc).

This continues to this day, even recently on Taylor Swift's new album 1989. Drake, One Direction, Beyonce, Kanye West, Carrie Underwood, Madonna, 5 Seconds of Summer have built new songs just in the last five years lamenting/blaming/extolling/pursuing/playing the part of the "good girl."

And what you can still conclude? For the most part, it sucks to be the good girl. It's a losing fight to be the good girl.

Tammy Wynette's good girl doesn't make her man happy, so she threatens to "go bad" to fit his desires: the good girl alters her very being to appease her man. Meanwhile, Kitty Wells' "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" places the blame of corrupted good girls on unfaithful husbands: "Too many times married men think they're still single / That has caused many a good girl to go wrong." ("If too many women 'go wild,' it could be a sign that society as a whole has come unmoored," wrote Ann Powers on the topic last year.)

Good girls are associative with reward, even monetary, tarnishing "pure" motive. In Fleetwood Mac's "Talk With You," his girl will get her money if she does what she's told. Hank Cochrane's "Sally Was A Good Old Girl" (covered by Waylon Jennings here) was "always willing and she did her best to please" when she was young, sold neckties (heh) to make a living ("up and down the street") and then married a millionaire." In "Underneath Your Clothes," Shakira wants fulfillment of "all the things I deserve / For being such a good girl."

Good girls are infantilized, naive or even enslaved to men. Some choice cuts from the glam-rock and hair-metal eras: Kiss' "Good Girl Gone Bad" has "a ace of a woman, hands of a child"; the Scorpions' "Kicks After Six" says "She's a slave to the suit and tie... She wants to be free" to "spread her wings" (wings, sure, right); Motley Crue call her jailbait, "A preacher's daughter with a devil tattoo... an underage angel with a dented halo... Headin' to the city with her starry-eyed dreams."

Good girls are holy material, or best when tamed: Tom Petty concludes that a good girl loves her mama, horses, Jesus, America, Elvis and her boyfriend, too. Good girls go to heaven  (according to Meatloaf... or Mae West... or Brooks & Dunn). Getting married made the "Queen of the Highway" a good girl, says the Doors.

Aw, too bad good girls like to sin, says blink-182 ("Snake Charmer"), and if you want to be good, you'll need a bad boy (Backstreet Boys).

So what you're saying is a "good girl" has to fit a mold, or she's a bad girl; and that mold is ill-defined, oppressive and makes her an object.

The Go-Go's realized that. And bless Jane Wiedlin, who wrote 1994's "Good Girl," a cynic's reaction to her Catholic upbringing of constantly trying to gain approval, and wanting to "get over it." "Good girl!" is something you should say to a dog, not to a person. "...No offense to dogs intended," she wrote.

In "Dicknail," Courtney Love in Hole recounted a "good girl's" sexual assault using well-worn  tropes in her narration, pleading that in her role-play "I did what you want," as Daddy/Santa Claus dismiss her: "She was asking for it." (That's why lines like the one in "Blurred Lines" -- "I know you want it" -- cause such a stir).

Morcheeba's "Good Girl Down" is an undefeatable, heroic good girl, painted as a woman who others are constantly trying to trip or kill. Jadakiss painted a much more flattering and complete picture of a good girl in his song, ironically titled "Nasty Girl" -- despite making diametric "sides" of his girl versus chickenheads (aka hoodrats, aka bad girls).

Below, I break down and analyze the lyrics of some of the most recent songs about "good girls": on what a good girl is, what she isn't, and why you should just forget about good girls, girl.

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Channing Tatum's set for solo spin-off 'Gambit' movie, and now they've got a writer
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Channing Tatum's set for solo spin-off 'Gambit' movie, and now they've got a writer

Will we see him first in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'?

These days, it seems hard for me to believe that there was a point where I did not like the work of Channing Tatum.

For several of his early movies, I felt like he was a good looking guy with no chops at all, and it didn't seem to me like he was ever going to loosen up. He had some buzz around him when he was in "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints," and he was certainly busy as the next few years unfolded, starring in films like "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra," "Dear John," "The Eagle," and "Step Up 2: The Streets," but it wasn't until 2011 that I started to come around to what he was doing. "The Dilemma" is a fairly awful film, but Tatum shows up late in the movie and suddenly things start to come to life. Also that spring, "Haywire" came out, and I thought Tatum was great in his few scenes, taking a beating from Gina Carano like a champ. Then in 2012, the back-to-back punch of "21 Jump Street" and "Magic Mike" made it clear that we had all under-estimated this guy.

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Paramount to tease 'Selma' at AFI Fest

30-minute footage presentation set for Nov. 11

One of the shoes left to drop this season is Ava DuVernay's "Selma," but it looks like there will be an earlier peek at the film than originally anticipated. AFI Fest has announced a "first look" at 30 minutes of exclusive footage from the Martin Luther King Jr. film on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

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'ABCs of Death' director Vincenzo Natali picks his favorite movie death of all time
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'ABCs of Death' director Vincenzo Natali picks his favorite movie death of all time

I think his pick might be the same as a lot of other people's pick. It's that good.

Vincenzo Natali is one of those guys who made a genre classic with his first feature, something that can be both a curse and a blessing to a filmmaker. Think of how many directors come out of the gate with something that defines them, only to end up trapped by it later in their careers. Natali certainly didn't disappear after "Cube," but he did deal with the sort of independent financing nightmares and development paralysis that has sidelined so many talented guys. I am a big fan of "Splice," a movie he made more recently, and I also think his segment in "The ABCs Of Death 2" is a lot of fun.

To help spotlight that anthology film, we asked Vincenzo to share with us his favorite movie death of all time. I think it's a great way to get to know a filmmaker. If you really want a bead on who they are, don't talk to them about their own movies. Talk to them about the movies that they love. When you do that, you learn so much about their sensibilities.

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Starz’s canceled 'Magic City' is becoming a movie with Bruce Willis and Bill Murray
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Starz’s canceled 'Magic City' is becoming a movie with Bruce Willis and Bill Murray

Aidy Bryant: 'SNL’s' breakout star?

Starz’s canceled “Magic City” is becoming a movie with Bruce Willis and Bill Murray
The 1950s Miami-set drama, which ran for two seasons from 2012 to 2013, is set to hit the big screen with stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danny Huston, Olga Kurylenko and Kelly Lynch, plus Murray and Willis. The film will be written and directed by its creator, Mitch Glazer. Here’s the pitch, according to Deadline: "Miami 1962. Gangsters, hoteliers, spies and socialites win, lose and die beneath the palms. JFK and a mob boss share a mistress in a Collins Avenue penthouse. The CIA secretly arms Cuban freedom fighters and hires the mafia to kill Castro.”

“TMZ’s” Harvey Levin dresses as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for Halloween
The TMZ boss almost cost the NFL commissioner his job thanks to the Ray Rice scandal.

Aidy Bryant: “SNL’s” breakout star?
As Kevin Fallon put it, Bryant has stealthily become your favorite “SNL” star: "In her two-and-a-half years in Studio 8H Bryant has stealthily and unassumingly become one of the show’s most valuable cast members, parlaying her knack for playing the quiet, precocious prim Everywoman (Joann, 'trying her best,' is one example) who sometimes has an unexpected randy, wild side into a series of breakout sketches."

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'Today' recreates 'SNL' for Halloween
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'Today' recreates 'SNL' for Halloween

'The Vampire Diaries' flashing back to 2009

“Today” recreates “SNL” for Halloween
Not only did “Today” do their own version of the opening credits, but its stars dressed up as “Wayne’s World,” Spartan Cheerleaders, It’s Pat and Blues Brothers. Also, Kenan Thompson made a cameo as Al Roker.

“The McCarthys” has a lackluster debut
The freshman comedy appears to have delivered CBS’ worst ratings in the 18-49 demo.

“The Vampire Diaries” flashing back to 2009
Elena, Caroline and Bonnie are going back to high school for the midseason finale. PLUS: About last night’s final scene.

Mama June’s oldest daughter breaks down in talking about her mom’s child molester boyfriend
"She let him get around Alana and Lauryn (Pumpkin) knowing that she is going to get the kids taken away, why? Why let him?,” said Anna Cardwell. PLUS: Sugar Bear and Uncle Poodle are upset they're not getting any more “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” money.

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Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'Scandal,' soft 'McCarthys' and 'Elementary' premieres pace Thursday

'A to Z' hangs on the precipice after another weak night

Fast National ratings for Thursday, October 30, 2014.

"Scandal" led ABC to a Thursday night victory among young viewers, while CBS held on to the overall title despite soft premieres for "The McCarthys" and "Elementary."

Even "The Big Bang Theory" was lackluster in its return to Thursday, though the boosted lead-in gave "Mom" a relatively high number.

Perhaps viewers were lured away by night-before-Halloween revelries, or maybe by the off-network Thursday Night Football action, but numbers were generally depressed throughout. 

The ugliest numbers were on NBC where "Bad Judge" slipped below The Mulaney Line to a 0.9 key demo rating and "A to Z" fell to a low enough key demo number that it may be time to keep an eye out for cancellation.

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Too Big to Fail'

Adam, Crosby and Amber grapple with money troubles, while Dylan bonds with Kristina

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as the Sorting Hat assigns me to Gryffindor...

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Stephen Colbert: I'm saying goodbye to 'The Colbert Report' on Dec. 18
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Stephen Colbert: I'm saying goodbye to 'The Colbert Report' on Dec. 18

Which big-name actor made a surprising cameo on last night's 'Big Bang Theory'?

Stephen Colbert: I'm saying goodbye to “The Colbert Report" on Dec. 18
Colbert used the promotion of the paperback version of “America Again” to announce he’s leaving one week before Christmas.

Which big-name actor made a surprising cameo on last night's “Big Bang Theory”?
The CBS comedy cast an Oscar winner whose mom turned him on to the show.

Chelsea Handler accuses Instagram of sexism for removing her topless photo
Handler was ticked off that this topless photo of her was removed for violating Instagram’s “Community Guidelines.” "If a man posts a photo of his nipples, it's ok, but not a woman? Are we in 1825?” she wrote.

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Still Alice - Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore
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Tangible evidence why ‘Still Alice’ stars Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart are Oscar contenders

Watch the first clip from the Alezheimer’s drama

“What is it like? What does it actually feel like?”

”It” being early-onset Alzheimer’s, the condition plaguing Julianne Moore’s character in the upcoming “Still Alice.” Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s drama is astounding because it stomachs quiet tragedy in the most naturalistic, delicate way possible. There are moral conflicts, internal struggles, objective explanations, and truths that rip apart characters like a spray of bullets. Or in the case of Kristen Stewart’s character Lydia, playing opposite Moore’s mother character, there are questions. Alzheimer’s is an existential disease. “Still Alice” plays right into that.

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