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'The Middle' Recap: Thanksgiving For Losers

November 20th, 2014 10:40am EST
The Middle - Thanksgiving VI
This may have been the most depressing episode of the “The Middle” ever. That is no small feat for a show that has made no effort to hide the Heck family’s penny-pinching reality and daily stresses. Usually each episode will end on an at least relatively positive note to leaven that reality. “Thanksgiving VI” was not depressing because it forewent that positive ending. It was there, but it felt more momentary than ever before. The root causes of the doldrums were still taking their toll.

The good news is that despite how thorough all the Hecks’ problems are, they probably are not part...
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'Law & Order SVU': Ray Rice Themed Episode: No More

November 20th, 2014 10:26am EST
'Law & Order SVU' Recap: Ray Rice Themed Episode: No More
Has everyone recovered from last week’s “Chicago Crossover” episodes? I hope so because it’s back to “SVU’s” regularly scheduled headline-swiping episodes.

In “SVU’s” 9th episode “Spousal Privilege,” the detectives tackle (no pun intended) a pro-footballer that may be abusing his girlfriend. The whole episode is pretty vague in terms of how often the abuse occurs, mainly because the baby mama Paula (Meagan Good) refuses to admit it’s happening, until she doesn’t have a choice.

An online image-infused bulletin board, you know the one that posted the celebs leaked nude pics, posted security...
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'Arrow': 10 Heart-Wrenching Moments From 'Draw Back Your Bow'

November 20th, 2014 10:06am EST
Arrow
Do we have an overarching storyline for this season of "Arrow" yet? Season one was Robert Queen's little black book and the Dark Archer, while season two was Slade Wilson's revenge. Season three seems like it'll hinge on Sara's murder in the same way, except that story seems to have faltered recently.

Roy's innocent (well, innocent of Sara's murder, anyway), and the case has gone cold. We're closing in on the season's halfway point- things should hopefully pick up soon, and we'll see just what "Arrow" has planned for the long haul.

But for now, a villain-of-the-week story like "Draw Back...
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'American Horror Story: Freak Show': Rundown On 'Test Of Strength'

November 20th, 2014 9:06am EST
'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Episode 7 Recap: Rundown On
“Test of Strength” was a more emotional episode than we’re used to from American Horror Story. The show is always all about the scares and the gross out scenes, but rarely do they attempt to uncover the characters’ more emotional side. That is the power of this episode. There’s still plenty of disgusting imagery and shockers, but there’s also character development.

Characters Worth Remembering

Morris the Artist may never return, but it’s certainly possible. After what he did to Penny, tattooing her face beyond all recognition at her father’s behest, it’d be a shame if he didn’t get some g...
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Taylor Swift Is Totally Unstoppable On Billboard 200

November 20th, 2014 8:40am EST
Taylor Swift Is Unstoppable On Billboard 200: This Week In Music
Face it folks, Taylor Swift is a juggernaut – the gift that keeps on giving generously to the music industry after a dismal sales year. Taylor Swift may not be the ‘second coming,’ but she’s definitely something. 1989 spends its third week atop the Billboard 200 Albums chart, selling a respectable 312,000 copies. If you’re keeping score, that means that Swift’s 1989 sits at two million copies sold in just three weeks.

Foo Fighters couldn’t beat Ms. Swift and didn’t even come that close. Foo Fighters sold soundly, moving 190,000 copies of Sonic Highways, good for a #2 bow. Pink Floyd...
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Angelina Jolie Has Never Been Comfortable As An Actress

November 20th, 2014 8:22am EST
Angelina Jolie Plans On Acting Retirement
Angelina Jolie is serious about focusing on directing films rather than acting. Earlier this year she told fans she was considering retirement in order to be behind the camera.

In the new issue of Du Jour magazine the confessed she never felt truly "comfortable" acting and when asked if she would give it up completely, she answered, "Absolutely."

"I've never loved being in front of the camera. I didn't ever think I could direct, but I hope I'm able to have a career at it because I'm much happier," she explained.

Jolie made her directing debut with 2011 film "In The Land of Blood and Hone...
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Happy Birthday!

November 20th, 2014 7:00am EST
Celebrity Birthdays - November 20, 2014
Happy Birthday to:

Comedian Joel McHale (1971)

Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill (1986)

Rapper Future (1985)

Actress Gina Hiraizumi (1980)

Actress Nadine Velazquez (1978)

Singer Josh Turner (1977)

Singer Dierks Bentley (1975)

Actress/model Angelica Bridges (1973)

Actor Ned Vaughn (1964)

Actress Cathy Moriarty (1960)

Actress Sean Young (1959)

Actress Bo Derek (1956)

Actress Jan Maxwell (1956)

Eagle Joe Walsh (1947)

Comedian Dick Smothers (1939)

Game show host Richard Dawson (1932; d. 2012)
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Is Google's New Music Service The Real Reason Taylor Swift Ditched Spotify?

November 19th, 2014 10:17pm EST
British Folk Singer Billy Bragg: 'Taylor Swift Sold Her Soul To
UPDATE: Bragg has apologized to Swift, saying the information he received about the singer being the new face of Google's Music Key streaming music service from "credible sources" was wrong and he stands corrected.

"I want to apologise to Taylor Swift for accusing her of selling her soul to Google," he wrote in another Facebook post. "I have learned that her music will not now be available on the new YouTube Music Key service, which launched this week.

"This is despite a number of credible sources stating in the last seven days that it would be. My criticism was based on the fact that Swi...
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They're Better Than You

November 19th, 2014 9:45pm EST
Willow and Jaden Smith
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith's kids Jaden and Willow both have new music on the way, and they recently gave a bizarre interview in The New York Times' T Magazine in which they pretentiously blasted kids at "normal schools."

Writer Su Wu quickly sets the tone of the interview by asking what they are currently reading.

"Quantum Physics. Osho," said Willow, 14, (Osho referring to the late Indian mystic). "'The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life' (Drunvalo Melchizedek) and ancient texts; things that can't be pre-dated," added Jaden, 16, of his own reading list.

Because of their famous...
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How Chris Hemsworth Got To Be The 'Sexiest Man Alive'

November 19th, 2014 7:44pm EST
Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth was named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine.

The Australian actor, best known to many as "Thor," appears on the cover of the issue, which hits newsstands Friday.

Hemsworth was revealed during "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Tuesday night after the talk show host had his audience play 20 Questions with him via satellite. The actor appeared from his home Down Under and his voice and face were disguised.

"This is based on an IQ test and not just physical appearance," the "Thor" star joked with Kimmel after the reveal.

Asked if there's anyone he'd like to thank, Hemsworth answ...
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