Republican Senator Jeff Flake and Democrat Senator Martin Heinrich are teaming up with Discovery to show America that political parties should be intentional about working effectively with each other. Their approach: a reality TV show in which the two congressmen are stranded on a remote island together for one week. Variety has all the details about Rival Survivalhere.

This coming weekend brings a close to the Toronto International Film Festival. While one New York Times critic is making Oscar-related projections from the festival screenings, another hot topic is Reese Witherspoon’s role as the producer of her most recent films, Wild and The Good Lie. Read about how Witherspoon took control of her career here.

Speaking of actors taking on new roles: Katie Holmes is undertaking her first directorial project in the movie production of the Annie Weatherwax novel All We Had. Also, Tommy Lee Jones will direct and star in the movie adaption of The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout. Actors Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, and John Lithgow will accompany his debut as a director.

Meanwhile, Variety reported Big Hero 6 as the number one trending movie online according to their Digital Audience Ratings (DAR). The film features the first Marvel character to appear in a Disney production. The DAR suggests that Big Hero 6 (scheduled to release on November 7) could be as popular as Frozen.

If you’ve enjoyed the recent trend in TV series sequels for shows like Boy Meets World and Full House, then you might be excited to hear that Sony is pondering a spinoff for Married . . . With Children. The A.V. Club gives the full details here.

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