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Conan & Max Weinberg reunite after nearly 5 years
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Conan & Max Weinberg reunite after nearly 5 years

Neil Patrick Harris: 'In a perfect world, in five years I’m Ed Sullivan'

Conan & Max Weinberg reunite after nearly 5 years
Weinberg, who was Conan O'Brien's bandleader from 1993 until Conan's "Tonight Show" ended in January 2010, made his first appearance on the "Conan" TBS show, helping fill in on drums.


Neil Patrick Harris: “In a perfect world, in five years I’m Ed Sullivan”
Harris talked about his variety show dreams with Charlie Rose: "Once a week I’d get to, like, show everyone amazing performances on Broadway, amazing magicians, this great restaurant that we went to — to  be a bit of a tastemaker. I’d get to be P.T. Barnum.” PLUS: Will Harris save variety — or bury it?


This is how the “Game of Thrones” Iron Throne is supposed to look
Martin has said the show got the Iron Throne wrong: "I said repeatedly the Iron Throne is huge. It towers over the room like a great beast. And it's ugly. It's asymmetric. It's put together by blacksmiths not by craftsmen and experts in furniture manufacturing.” PLUS: George R.R. Martin admits his dragon’s couldn’t beat J.R.R. Tolkien’s Smaug in a fight.


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Belle & Sebastian walk 'The Party Line' with new song
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Belle & Sebastian walk 'The Party Line' with new song

It's the first single from 2015's 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance'

Scottish twee veterans Belle & Sebastian have been looking back on their prolific career lately, having recently initiated a series of reissues of their previous albums.

But the group -- led by "God Help the Girl" architect Stuart Murdoch -- aren't content to just relive their glory days; they have a new album called "Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance" slated for January, and have just released the set's first single, "The Party Line."

By the time the new album hits stores, it will have been nearly five years since B&S' last proper album, "Write About Love," was released. If the new tune is any indication, "Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance" will be living up to its title as a party-ready record.

It's a synth-driven, danceable jam which is part of the band's continuing evolution from the more '60s-influenced melancholia of their early work, when even their most upbeat songs were bittersweet affairs. 

Listen to it here.



And here's the typically dramatic and compelling single artwork:

"Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance" will be released January 20.

Check out their extensive tourdates in Europe, Asia and North America here.

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'The Daily Show’s' Jason Jones and Samantha Bee team for a road trip comedy on TBS
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'The Daily Show’s' Jason Jones and Samantha Bee team for a road trip comedy on TBS

Netflix: No Vee for Season 3 of 'OITNB'

“The Daily Show’s” Jason Jones and Samantha Bee team for a road trip comedy on TBS
Jason Jones will star while his wife Samantha Bee will pen the pilot inspired by their family getaways. Each season would follow a family going on a different trip.


Netflix: No Vee for Season 3 of “OITNB"
“She is not going to be in season 3,” Netflix said of TMZ’s report that Lorraine Toussaint was back on set today. PLUS: TMZ caught Toussaint today outside the "OITNB" studio.


Like Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey & Amy Poehler will call it quits after their 3rd time hosting Golden Globes
The 2015 Golden Globes will be their final time hosting the January awards show.


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Greg Kinnear, Renee Zellweger
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Greg Kinnear and Renee Zellweger to experience revelations in ‘Same Kind of Different’

Djimon Hounsou also set for the latest from ‘Heaven Is for Real’ author Lynn Vincent.

One of the under-discussed success of 2014 (but one that won’t go unnoticed in Hollywood) is "Heaven Is for Real," the adaptation of Lynn Vincent’s New York Times Bestseller. The true story of a kid’s near death experience and the visions of the afterlife he bestowed to his parents grossed over $90 million at the domestic box office, a huge hit for Sony Pictures and a career highlight for star Greg Kinnear. Those numbers must have instilled some faith in the actor: He’ll star alongside Renee Zellweger and Djimon Hounsou in the next Vincent adaptation, “Same Kind of Different As Me.”

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We live-blog all the details of Marvel's special Hollywood event
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We live-blog all the details of Marvel's special Hollywood event

What secrets will they spill and which will they keep?

HOLLYWOOD - The El Capitan Theater is packed with press and fans alike for a special Marvel media event. No one's exactly sure why we've been called here this morning, but there's been plenty of speculation. Will they announce Doctor Strange officially? Will they confirm the title of "Captain America 3"? Are we going to see more footage from "Age Of Ultron"?

Whatever the case, I'm here to live-blog it for you as long as the El Capitan's wifi holds out, and we'll be digging deeper into this morning's announcements as the day progresses.

If you've never been to the El Capitan in Hollywood, it's Disney's flagship theater, ornate, restored to resemble a classic movie palace, complete with live organist. He's been playing since we started arriving at 10:00 this morning, and he's still cooking along now with not just Disney music but all sorts of classic movie themes. He knows how to play the nerd crowd, getting a big reaction for the theme from "Empire," among other highlights.

At 11:05, they're still trying to fill in seats with the fans who are outside and weren't able to get in. Marvel's packed the house, so I hope whatever they're doing today is the sort of thing that will play well with the crowd. It can't just be title treatments and a cast announcement, right? If they're putting this much effort into getting us all into the theater, then hopefully they're going to show us something fun. It would be a kick to see a real "Ant-Man" trailer, for example, or some footage from the movie, which is a little more than halfway through production at this point.

Finally, about ten minutes late, the organist launches into "Hooray For Hollywood," which is the signature closer for him during the regular pre-show entertainment here at the El Cap. The organ sinks into the stage, and it's time to get things going.

Curtains up, which is a production unto itself at this theater, and Kevin Feige takes center-stage. First up is the "Age of Ultron" trailer on the bigscreen. Looks and sounds amazing, of course, and then Feige comes out to discuss the film some more and to introduce Joss Whedon in the crowd, saying this is the wrap-up to Phase Two.

Feige talks about the box-office success of the first ten films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, taking particular pride in the way "Guardians Of The Galaxy" landed. Day 50 of photography on "Ant-Man" is underway today.

"But we didn't bring you here to tell you things that you already know..."

Today is about Phase Three. First up, "Captain America: Serpent Society," on May 6, 2016.

Then we get the title card for "Doctor Strange," which Feige has been talking about as long as he's been at Marvel Studios. The Russos are here, as is Scott Derrickson. Jon Spaihts is at work on the script right now, telling the story of the "arrogant surgeon who is in a car crash that ruins his hands, leading him on a journey that eventually brings him to the Ancient One, allowing him to tap into the supernatural, which involves everything from quantum mechanics to string theory, all of which you can manipulate with your hands and your thoughts."

That's November 4, 2016. Then on May 5, 2017, James Gunn will be back in theaters with the entire cast of "Guardians Of The Galaxy 2." They are moving it up from the July date they originally announced. That leaves open the July 28, 2017 date, and now they've moved another film onto that date. That's right... it's "Thor: Ragnarok." Feige confirmed that Loki will be returning, and that this is a major piece of the puzzle for the Phase Three films. This is going to be important to not just his story, but the rest of the Marvel Universe as well, picking up directly after the events of "Age Of Ultron."

November 3, 2017 is finally going to see the release of "Black Panther," which means Marvel isn't content letting DC go first on anything. Kevin gave a very subtle confirmation that the glimpse we got of Andy Serkis in the "Ultron" trailer is indeed Hugo Klaw.

He's skipping May 4, 2018 at first, going to July 6, 2018, when "Captain Marvel" gets her own movie, and it will be Carol Danvers. He refers to her as one of the most powerful characters in the entire Marvel universe. How to set her up properly, though?

November 2, 2018 is the 20th film Marvel will release, and "The Inhumans" will open the floodgates for new characters, according to Feige. He talked about what a huge opportunity "The Inhumans" presents.

Meanwhile, there is still that May 4, 2018 date, which he calls the culmination of everything that has come before. "Legend tells us one thing, history another. Every now and then, we find something that belongs to both." This is it. This is the moment that all of the legwork they've done so far comes toether, and the trailer they cut, using clips from everything we've seen so far, is a very effective way of summing up how far they've gone to lay this groundwork. The final shot of Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet on his hand, along with the title "Avengers: Infinity War," with part one in May 2018 and part two in May 2019 is indeed the biggest throw-down they could make today.

Finally, there was a full scene from "Age Of Ultron," a different one from what will premiere during "Agents of SHIELD" tonight.

"Earth's mightiest heroes... and they pulled us apart like cotton candy." It's a short, tense conversation between Tony and Steve... and sure enough, the seeds of dissent in that clip lead to the reveal that the "Serpent Society" title  was a fake. The film will indeed be called "Civil War."

Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans came out to introduce Chadwick Boseman, who is officially set to play Black Panther, and he talked about feeling blessed to join the team.

Considering how big the game plan is, he's going to be busy for a long time.

That concludes the presentation part of the morning. There's a Q&A for the press that's going to be starting now, but we'll cover that in a separate piece. We wanted to share the main event with you as it unfolded, and there were plenty of big surprises that were part of the reveal. I am thrilled with the Boseman casting. I think he's a star on the rise, and it's a great get for Marvel.

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Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Wayne combine for new song 'Only'

Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Wayne combine for new song 'Only'

Chris Brown sings, for good measure: Is there any air in this balloon?

I don't know why I find it so hard to believe that this new single "Only" is the first time Drake and Lil Wayne have been on a track together for a Nicki Minaj song. I'm also finding it (slightly less) hard to believe that single isn't all that great.

Devoting about a third of its running time is Nick Minaj asserting she hasn't "f*cked" the Young Money founder and one of its biggest signees; and Drake and Lil Wayne over on their verses going "yeah, uh huh." Of course, the guys need maintain that, given the chance, they'd be the  MC's squeeze, or as Drake delicately puts it, "I never f*cked Nicki cause she got a man / But when that's over then I'm first in line."

I get it. This combo -- which includes a deliberate, meandering hook from Chris Brown -- needs a little loping "hot for Nicki" fanfare, particularly for a track specifically for her "Pinkprint." Wayne's next "Carter" album has been MIA, Drake's apparently just dropping tracks for funsies on the weekend, and Minaj's "Pinkprint" release date just got shoved back by two weeks.

So don't you want something that rocks out the gate? Minaj needs that bluster, a big hit, to light "Pinkprint" on fire, and you just know your single's in trouble when the hottest verse on the track is from Weezy in marble mouth mode. Drake maybe got the giggles on his turn because he knew he could spend half of it talking about that one time he was on that one music video shoot for "Anaconda" (lest ye forget), and tack on an ode to thick girls. Minaj's pun game runneth dry. That slow, ominous beat is even looking around going, "What am I doing here?"

Maybe it was a good way to wink, to show Brown and Drake buried the hatchet (though, 100:1 they weren't in the studio on the same day. Pics or it didn't happen.), or a warning flare shot for Nicki's beau to see. Maybe it's an iteration that Nicki Minaj didn't come to change the game, she's just one of the guys until she's not.

Let's just, please, get a remix and see how we feel in the morning. Also, why is Drake the one in the papal hat? I thought Chris Brown's the one to be like, "Jesus is on my side," wakka wakka.

"Only" is on Nicki Minaj's "The Pinkprint," now due on real and virtual shelves Dec. 15.

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'The Goldbergs' will pay homage to 'Ferris Bueller’s Day Off'
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'The Goldbergs' will pay homage to 'Ferris Bueller’s Day Off'

NBC picks up 'The Mysteries of Laura' for a full season

“The Goldbergs” will pay homage to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off"
“The way John Hughes captured that epic day of fun, it was the obvious choice to send the Goldbergs on a quest to recreate that awesome day off,” says creator Adam F. Goldberg in a statement.


NBC picks up “The Mysteries of Laura” for a full season
The Debra Messing drama has been performing solidly for NBC, despite being attacked by TV critics.


Letterman tells Amy Poehler: I think you’re funnier than Tina Fey
"I think the world of Tina Fey, but it’s clear you're the funnier of the two,” Letterman, a diehard "Parks and Rec" fan, tells Poehler.


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<p>2 Broke Girls</p>

2 Broke Girls

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TV Ratings: NBC, ABC split Monday thanks to 'Voice,' 'Dancing'

'2 Broke Girls' swaps in for 'Big Bang Theory' and lowers CBS' average with it

Fast National ratings for Monday, October 27, 2014.

NBC won Monday night among young adults thanks to "The Voice" and "The Blacklist," ABC among total viewers thanks to "Dancing with the Stars," and CBS took a hit as "2 Broke Girls" replaced "Big Bang Theory" in its Monday lineup.

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<p>Eliza Coupe in Benched, and The McCarthys</p>

Eliza Coupe in Benched, and The McCarthys

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Fall TV reviews: 'Benched' & 'The McCarthys'

A legal sitcom on USA with a 'Happy Endings' alum, and a family comedy on CBS

We finally had our first network cancellation of the fall season last week, when ABC dropped the ax on "Manhattan Love Story." Had the Alphabet waited one more week, we'd have made it through the first season in a while where all the new fall shows got to debut before one was canceled. But that was not to be, and instead we have our final new network fall show (with plenty more on the bench for midseason, or whatever the broadcast nets are willing to call it these days) coming up this week, along with a new cable comedy. Both, oddly, feature Jack McGee in a supporting role (the result of cable and network shows often filming on different schedules), and that — along with the fact that I don't feel strongly about either one at this stage — is enough excuse to put them together in the same post for a few quick thoughts on both CBS' "The McCarthys" and USA's "Benched."

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Rick Baker

This video of monster makeup legend Rick Baker will leave you weeping

As CG dominates the industry, the special effects veteran finds himself downsizing.

Makeup artist Rick Baker, the man behind everything from "An American Werewolf in London" to "Coming to America" to "Maleficent," has worked out of his current studio — a Hogwarts-like prosthetics laboratory that doubles as a museum to past work — for 20 years. He set it up because his last work space was too small. On movies like Tim Burton’s “Planet of the Apes” remake or Ron Howard’s live-action “Grinch,” Baker would command a team of nearly 100 people, toiling away over Whos from Whoville and articulate monkey masks. Today, he’s looking to downsize. CG is a tidal force. If a movie’s going to have 100 apes storming into battle, they’re going to be digital. Baker isn’t out of commission, but he’s aware the days of giant makeup jobs are behind him.

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<p>Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold in The Flash</p>

Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold in The Flash

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'Flash' guest Wentworth Miller on Captain Cold and returning to acting

'Prison Break' alum turns supervillain tonight
VANCOUVER, BC. Actor Wentworth Miller, the Golden Globe nominated star of "Prison Break," hasn't been seen all that much lately. 
 
You have to go back to a 2011 episode of "House" or "Resident Evil: Afterlife" to see Miller's last mainstream credits as an on-screen thespian. 
 
On the other hand, screenwriter Wentworth Miller has been quite busy. "Stoker" played at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and earned some of that year's most respectful reviews. "The Disappointments Room" has attracted a cast led by Kate Beckinsale and is expected to open next fall.
 
Wentworth Miller, actor, will be back on-screen this week when he begins a key guest turn playing Leonard Snart -- bka Captain Cold -- on The CW's "The Flash."
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Downey and Ruffalo spill the secrets of Iron Man and Hulk in 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'
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Downey and Ruffalo spill the secrets of Iron Man and Hulk in 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

Brace yourself for the best Ruffalo quote of all time

One of the first things we saw as we stepped out of our bus on the Shepperton Studios lot outside of London was a golf cart carrying Captain America.

Suffice it to say, spending a day with The Avengers is very strange.

While I've attended set visits for many of the films that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I did not visit the set of "The Avengers." I've met each of the individual members of the team, many of them in costume as these characters, but there's something different about being on a set with all of them at once.

Between now and the May release of "Avengers: Age Of Ultron," the mega-sequel to one of the biggest films of all time, we'll have a number of reports from the set, where I joined a large group of journalists to not only watch a key scene from the film being shot, but also to interview pretty much every major member of the cast.

At this point, Robert Downey Jr. has become a familiar face, and I've had many conversations with him about his work as Tony Stark. The latest began with another reporter asking Downey about his reaction to Joss Whedon's script for the sequel.

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