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<p>&quot;Gone Girl&quot;</p>

"Gone Girl"

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Cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth talks 'Gone Girl,' film, digital and a career with Fincher

What did he learn from 'The Game' and 'Zodiac' DP Harris Savides?

Jeff Cronenweth grew up with cinematography in his bones. His father, Jordan Cronenweth, shot such unique achievements as "Altered States" and "Blade Runner" and it was never much of a question that Jeff would follow in his footsteps. Of late, he's forged a solid, on-going partnership with director David Fincher. Their latest collaboration, "Gone Girl," is another bold step for the icy aesthetic they've been cultivating for decades now.

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A “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” TV series is in the works
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A “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” TV series is in the works

'American Horror Story' returns to record ratings with 'Freak Show'

A “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” TV series is in the works
"Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs: The Series” is being developed by DHX Media and Sony Pictures Animation based on the hit film series. According to Entertainment Weekly, the TV version will "chronicle the high school years of eccentric young scientist Flint Lockwood.” But there’s no word on if any of the movie’s stars, including Bill Hader, will reprise their roles for the TV series.


“American Horror Story” returns to record ratings with "Freak Show"
About 6.127 million viewers tuned in to the “Freak Show” premiere, marking the 3rd straight year that “AHS” has returned to bigger ratings.


Lorde calls “South Park” spoofing her “weird and cool”
"i have officially been the subject of 2 south park episodes and that is weird and cool,” the singer tweeted, adding: "i don't actually watch south park but from what i can tell sia was involved and someone's mum said something really nice about me.. score!”


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Scott Foley reteams with Shonda Rhimes on an ABC marriage comedy
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Scott Foley reteams with Shonda Rhimes on an ABC marriage comedy

CBS renews 'Under the Dome' and 'Extant,' cancels 'Reckless'

Scott Foley reteams with Shonda Rhimes on an ABC marriage comedy
Foley will join Rhimes, Betsy Beers and former “Alias” star Greg Grunberg in writing and producing “To Max & Paige,” a sitcom taking place over the course of an entire rehearsal dinner. The project marks Rhimes' first foray into sitcoms.


CBS renews “Under the Dome” and “Extant,” cancels “Reckless”
Of the three summer series, “Under the Dome” averaged 11 million viewers in its 2nd season, “Extant” drew 5.4 and freshman drama “Reckless” had about 4 million.


"Survivor's" John Rocker: I had 2 choices -- either look like a wimp or look like an as*hole
Rocker says he what the cameras didn’t show was him being trash-talked by Nathalie: "So now I've got a choice: Either sit there and look like a big wimp for getting dog-cussed by a woman and just taking it, or fire back and look like an assh--e. So, I chose to look like an assh—e."


CNN calls Piers Morgan "sad" for constantly sniping at Anderson Cooper
CNN points out that Cooper had bigger ratings leading in and leading out of Piers Morgan’s primetime show.

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Tech Support: Visual effects Oscar race features apes, raccoons and 'Interstellar'

Tech Support: Visual effects Oscar race features apes, raccoons and 'Interstellar'

Can Paramount bring 'Noah' back around for some below-the-line love this year?

The Best Visual Effects is often the place where the Academy recognizes what it is frequently accused of avoiding elsewhere: mainstream spectacle. Blockbusters reign in this category, at least at the nomination stage, with fantasy films, franchises and other money-makers always featuring prominently. The branch also has its specific fetishes, at least historically (talking animals immediately jumps to mind), though, in recent years, it has seemingly been all 3D, all the time.

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<p>George Clooney in &quot;Tomorrowland&quot;</p>

George Clooney in "Tomorrowland"

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George Clooney invites you to a 'miraculous place' in first 'Tomorrowland' trailer

The film hits theaters next summer

I haven't been following Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland" too closely and I imagine that's how they want it. The air of mystery has been maintained throughout, but audiences at New York Comic-Con got a peek Thursday afternoon, and now so can you.

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<p>The Affair</p>

The Affair

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Review: Showtime's complicated, engrossing 'The Affair'

Do we want to watch Dominic West cheat on Maura Tierney? For one episode, at least, yes.

"I was a happy man back then," Noah  explains. "Was proud of my family. My first book had just come out. Everything I'd promised myself I would achieve as a young man, I'd done it."

"But?" he's asked.

And Noah replies, "That's the thing: There is no 'but.' When I look back, I can't tell you why it happened."

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ABC to air 'Star Wars Rebels' with special visit from Darth Vader voiced by James Earl Jones
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ABC to air 'Star Wars Rebels' with special visit from Darth Vader voiced by James Earl Jones

Amazon renews 'Transparent' for Season 2

ABC will air “Star Wars Rebels” with a special visit from Darth Vader, as voiced by James Earl Jones
ABC’s special airing Oct. 26 of Disney XD's "Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion” movie will contain a bonus scene featuring Darth Vader. “We wanted to do something special for the ABC broadcast,” says exec producer Dave Filoni. “We’ve added a scene which gives audiences insight into the Inquisitor and includes a cameo by Darth Vader.”


Amazon renews “Transparent” for Season 2
Amazon wouldn’t release viewing figures, but they were apparently enough to warrant renewal.


“South Park” mocked Spin magazine this week for being outraged over last week’s episode
After last week’s episode aired, Spin writer Brennan Carey expressed outrage that Stan’s dad dressed as Lorde (“Has Lorde ever really done anything all that worthy of drawing the cartoon creators' ire?,” he wrote). So in this week’s episode, “South Park” was visited by Spin reporter "Brandon Carlile” who was investigating whether Lorde was in fact a 45-year-old man.


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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Arrow&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Arrow"

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TV Ratings: 'Arrow' returns up, 'Black-ish' rises, 'Stalker' falls on Wednesday

ABC takes the night in the key demo while CBS leads overall

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

Week-to-week gains for the third episode of "Black-ish," a rarity in today's TV landscape, helped ABC eke out a slim key demo victory on Wednesday night. And although it slipped from its premiere, "Stalker" still helped CBS cruise to overall victory.

Although the drop for "Stalker" probably could have been worse -- its "Criminal Minds" lead-in also slipped -- the freshman drama went from tying last year's "CSI" launch in its premiere to follow below the former time period occupant.

Wednesday also saw a drop below The Mulaney Line for FOX's troubled "Red Band Society," as well as tiny dips for all three NBC dramas.

"Survivor: San Juan Del Sur" rose a hair for CBS, while "Modern Family" was up in viewers but down in the key demo.

Over on The CW, "Arrow" got off to a fine start for its third season, up from both last year's premiere and last year's finale, maybe the most interesting piece of the network's Wednesday was the nearly 2.1 million viewers who caught an encore of "The Flash," an encore audience that comfortably topped audience for "The Vampire Diaries" or "The Originals."

Let's get down to the Fast Nationals...

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Patti Smith talks 'Noah' original song 'Mercy Is' and still feeling intimidated

Patti Smith talks 'Noah' original song 'Mercy Is' and still feeling intimidated

The punk rock legend reflects on film, lullabies and Old Testament sadness

Patti Smith loves movies. A few days before we chatted about her Best Original Song contender "Mercy Is" from Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," Smith and her friend Ralph Fiennes took in two screenings at the currently running New York Film Festival: Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner" followed by Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice." The double feature was "quite a juxtaposition," she says with a laugh (Smith enjoyed both films). And it's her taste for movie-going that landed her a job writing the haunting melody that underscores Aronofsky's film. The two first met when they bumped into each other at the Venice Film Festival, catching one another at films and chatting between screenings. Three years later, their off-the-cuff conversation is now an Oscar-eligible single.

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<p>Arrow</p>

Arrow

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Season premiere review: 'Arrow' - 'The Calm'

Oliver has to fight his greatest fear, and its... himself?

A review of last night's "Arrow" season premiere coming up just as soon as all my data is replaced by audio files of porcupine flatulence...

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<p>Transparent</p>

Transparent

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Amazon renews 'Transparent' for season 2

Jeffrey Tambor and friends will be back in 2015

Amazon has ordered a second season of "Transparent," its critically-acclaimed dramedy in which Jeffrey Tambor begins a late-in-life gender transition.

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The Humbling
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Al Pacino is a talentless has-been in first trailer for 'The Humbling'

Can smooching Greta Gerwig save his soul?

The first trailer for Barry Levinson's "The Humbling" teases so much that could — should? — go right. There's Levinson, whose never let his eclectic career hit an easy groove; There's star Al Pacino, a legend everyone's gunning for no matter how many "Righteous Kill"-like duds come along; There's the esteemed Philip Roth providing source material with Buck Henry adapting; And there's Greta Gerwig, one of the strongest young actresses in the business. Throwing Dianne Wiest, Charles Grodin, and Dan Hedaya on top is like a sundae with three cherries.

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