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Taylor Swift is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in new song 'Welcome to New York'

Taylor Swift is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in new song 'Welcome to New York'

Taylor Swift is the first person on the planet to have ever lived in New York

Taylor Swift is a 24-year-old woman who recently relocated her whole life to New York City.

"Welcome to New York" sounds and feels just like what a 24-year-old girl would have to say about the gritty city after having ripped up her roots from wherever she hails from.

And just like you would with any young 20-something who is telling about the "ever-changing" city of New York after she's lived there for, like, a minute: you can just tune it out. "Out of the Woods" and "Shake It Off" are just so, so much stronger than this.

Stream "Welcome to New York" right here.

Keep your ears open for it during any televised fashion or music event -- or for a wide-eyed teen romantic comedy that will get two-stars on IMDB -- based in the greater New York metro area.

"Welcome to New York" is on Swift's next album "1989," out on Oct. 27.

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'John Carter' could head back to Mars now that Disney has lost the film rights
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'John Carter' could head back to Mars now that Disney has lost the film rights

Andrew Stanton's movie is about to become a cautionary tale for new filmmakers

My guess is that it will not take as long for us to see a second "John Carter" movie as it did for the first one to get made.

It still seems sort of amazing that it took almost 100 years for John Carter to jump from the pages of the stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs to the big-screen, especially considering how many other properties took direct inspiration, sometimes to the point of theft, from the writing of Burroughs. While "John Carter" does not completely work, and it definitely suffers from having to follow many of its antecedents into the pop culture arena, it at least managed to capture some of the spirit of the source material.

Andrew Stanton's film may prove invaluable to whoever steps up next to try to turn the property into a viable big-screen franchise. They'll be able to learn from the casting, from the marketing, from the creative choices that worked and the ones that didn't. And make no mistake… someone will try. Even as a flop, the film raised the awareness level of the underlying material, and as I've said a few times now, I think pulp is starting to make a creep into the mainstream.

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;The Flash&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "The Flash"

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'Flash' star Danielle Panabaker teases Caitlin flashback, Killer Frost and 'Arrow' crossover

Tonight's episode features Robbie Amell in a soon-to-be-important role

VANCOUVER, BC. The first few "Flash" episodes have been, for good reason, so Barry/Flash centric that we haven't had much time to get to know the S.T.A.R. Labs team supporting the nascent superhero.

That changes in Tuesday (October 21) night's episode, "Things You Can't Outrun."

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<p>&quot;The Flash&quot;</p>

"The Flash"

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The CW orders full seasons for 'The Flash,' 'Jane the Virgin'

As expected, both freshman successes will stick around

Hot on the heels of premieres that have set recent network highs and dramatically boosted time period averages, both "The Flash" and "Jane the Virgin" have been picked up for full seasons by The CW.

Try not to look surprised.

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CW gives full-season orders to 'The Flash' and 'Jane the Virgin'
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CW gives full-season orders to 'The Flash' and 'Jane the Virgin'

FX cancels 'The Bridge' after 2 seasons

CW gives full-season orders to “The Flash” and “Jane the Virgin"
CW president Mark Pedowitz said in a statement: “We have had a fantastic start to our season this year, with 'The Flash' launching as our most-watched series premiere ever, and 'Jane the Virgin’ recognized as the best new show this season by critics across the country.”


FX cancels “The Bridge” after 2 seasons
The border drama starring Diane Kruger-Demian Bichir ended its run earlier this month with a disappointing 1 million viewers.

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<p>The Bridge</p>

The Bridge

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FX cancels 'The Bridge'

Border crime drama improved greatly in second season, but ratings weren't there

FX has canceled "The Bridge."

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Christian Slater to play 'Mr. Robot' on USA
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Christian Slater to play 'Mr. Robot' on USA

TLC orders a divine intervention show hosted by Roma Downey

Christian Slater to play “Mr. Robot” on USA
Slater has signed on for a USA pilot in which he’ll play a mysterious anarchist known as Mr. Robot who recruits Rami Malek into an underground hacker group.


TLC orders a divine intervention show hosted by Roma Downey
The untitled six-episode series, which Downey is producing with husband Mark Burnett, will “explore the stories of people who claim that they’ve experienced modern-day miracles, incredible twists of fate, and phenomena that logic and science cannot explain.”


Next week’s “Big Bang Theory” is being filmed tonight
When “The Big Bang Theory” returns to Thursdays next week, it’ll be nine days since the episode was filmed. "I think that’s our tightest possible 'turnaround,’” says exec producer Bill Prady.


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Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence
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Meryl Streep will sound dreadful alongside Hugh Grant in operatic 'Florence'

The director 'Philomena' takes on an unusual biopic.

Florence Foster Jenkins was the William Hung of the early 1900s. An objectively awful opera singer convinced of her own melodious quality, Jenkins concertized across New York City at her wealthy family’s expense. People couldn’t look away. Staging elaborate shows in opulent costumes, Jenkins sang Vivaldi and Strauss for audiences keeling over from disbelief. Her earnest brand of cacophony became so revered, she was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in 1944, at the age of 76.

Sound like the makings for a biopic? Well, get ready for Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins.

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Best Supporting Actor Oscar 2015: Contenders include J.K. Simmons, Edward Norton and Miyavi

Best Supporting Actor Oscar 2015: Contenders include J.K. Simmons, Edward Norton and Miyavi

Will a Japanese pop star steal a lot of the talk this year?

The Best Supporting Actor race is always a bit mercurial in the early stages but this year it seems positively volatile. The "unknown" factor is always pronounced when you can't draw a lot of conclusions based on role, etc., but in general this year, it seems like this race could go a number of different ways. Naturally, that's exciting.

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Barbara Walters is coming out of retirement for 'The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014'
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Barbara Walters is coming out of retirement for 'The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014'

Why hasn’t any new fall show been canceled yet?

Barbara Walters is coming out of retirement for "The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014”
Walters said she was done with the franchise after the 2013 edition. But ABC announced this morning that "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014” will return Sunday, Dec. 14 at 9 pm.


Why hasn’t any new fall show been canceled yet?
It’s unusual to have zero cancelations one month into the season. But this is an unusual season, and EW reports that one of the factors in the lack of cancelations is the lack of confidence in the midseason replacement shows. PLUS: It’s hard to figure out what a hit is nowadays.


Pop network orders its 1st scripted series: “Schitt’s Creek” with Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara
The current TV Guide Network will transform into Pop, with a comedy about a rich family that loses it all in a Ponzi scheme and ends up living in a motel.


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Noah
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Humane Society honors Darren Aronofsky for use of CG animals in ‘Noah’

Organization thrilled that no animals were harmed in the making of his Biblical epic.

Remember when animal wranglers involved with “The Hobbit” movies revealed that Peter Jackson’s production resulted in the death of 27 animals? That did not sit well with the zoological protection organizations! If the Humane Society ran its own version of The Razzies, 2012’s “Unexpected Journey” would have picked up the award. Lucky for Team Hobbit, it doesn’t. In fact, after several recent cases of animal mistreatment (the death of three horses on the set of HBO’s “Lucky” comes to mind) the Humane Society turn the other cheek in 2014 and praise the people of Hollywood who are getting it right. The Wrap reports that Darren Aronofsky will be the first recipient of the the organization’s Filmmaker Award, for the “compassionate decision” to use CG animals in his March tentpole “Noah.”

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<p>Katharine McPhee of &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Katharine McPhee of "Scorpion"

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TV Ratings: 'Scorpion' survives 'The Millers,' 'Sleepy Hollow' rises and ABC, NBC split

'Jane the Virgin' is up in early numbers

Fast National ratings for Monday, October 20, 2014.

"The Voice" and "Blacklist" both dropped on Monday night, but still led NBC to victory among young viewers, while "Dancing with the Stars" carried ABC to overall victory. 

In addition to NBC's drops, Monday also saw a less-than-impressive season premiere for CBS' "The Millers," plus another dip for FOX's "Gotham."

But there was plenty of good news on Monday as well. "Sleepy Hollow," for example, rose week-to-week for FOX. And although it was dealing with a weaker lead-in thanks to "The Millers," CBS' "Scorpion" was encouragingly flat week-to-week in the key demo, though it dipped a little in viewers.

The morning's best news, though, probably came on The CW, where "Jane the Virgin" rose in its second week, seemingly capitalizing on last week's well-received premiere. Of course, The CW had an NFL preemption in Houston, so stay tuned.

ABC had the Pittsburgh football preemption, if you're scoring at home.

On to the numbers...

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