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"Winter Sleep"
"Winter Sleep"
Credit: Cannes Film Festival

Review: Nuri Bilge Ceylan drifts off in talky, trying 'Winter Sleep'

The Palme d'Or favorite is a bloated disappointment from the Turkish auteur

CANNES - I'll say this much (and plenty of people today are saying far more) for Nuri Bilge Ceylan: it takes a brazen kind of confidence to build a 196-minute film from wall-to-wall conversation on such matters as intellectualism, altruism and class politics on the Turkish steppes, and then to go ahead and title it "Winter Sleep." Like "The Milk of Sorrow" or "An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker," it's the kind of wilfully austere art-house moniker that dyed-in-the-wool populists might invent in a fit of dismissive satire.

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OWN’s Michael Sam reality show is on hold

OWN’s Michael Sam reality show is on hold
The Oprah Winfrey Network and reps for the NFL’s first openly gay player’s docuseries plans have been postponed after discussions with the St. Louis Rams. "After today's meeting with the Rams, we felt it is best to postpone the project," said Sam's agent, Cameron Weiss. "This will allow for Michael to have total focus on football, and will ensure no distractions to his teammates. Everybody involved remains committed to project and understands its historical importance as well as its positive message."


“Nashville” agrees to stay in Nashville after getting an $8M incentive package
The ABC drama had flirted with moving to Texas or Georgia, but its $8 million in incentives will be much lower than the $13.25 million it got for Season 2.


Steven Spielberg’s “Halo” TV series to debut in fall 2015
Microsoft announced that the “Halo” scripted series will come out around the same time as new video game “Halo 5: Guardians.”

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<p>By far, this is still my favorite Duran Duran album cover. Boy, the &#39;80s were fun.</p>

By far, this is still my favorite Duran Duran album cover. Boy, the '80s were fun.

Credit: Gabriel Polsky Productions

Review: 'Red Army' offers up a smart and funny documentary about Cold War hockey

Yeah, I wouldn't have picked this one as a laugh-fest, either

CANNES -- When I was a kid, the Soviet Union was the source of many long nights worth of nuclear nightmares, the Communist empire that we were warned would be coming for us one day. They were The Enemy, and we were indoctrinated with an infantile form of geopolitics, Us Vs Them. The Cold War was a constant presence, drilled into us from the moment we were old enough to understand the basics of "There are bad guys, and they want to kill you." Even today, when I talk to people my age who never shook that programming off, I am amazed how well they drilled that message into us, and how pervasively ugly it was.

As much as there were financial and political issues in play, the ideological war of Communism Vs Democracy was the biggest thing they tried to teach us. Never mind that they weren't technically communists and we're not technically a democracy. It made for a compelling narrative, and it seemed to motivate any number of advances for both nations. One particular triumph on the Soviet side involved their hockey program, and the film "Red Army" tells the story of how that happened.

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Jack White

Jack White rocks out on great new track, 'Just One Drink'

New 'Lazaretto' tune recalls early Rolling Stones

Jack White’s “Just One Drink” is a barreling, country-tinged rock and roller.

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Showtime developing 'Dope,' a drama about the business of doping pro athletes

Showtime developing “Dope,” a drama about the business of doping pro athletes
The fictional series will consult with two journalists who have covered doping in Major League Baseball.


“Glee’s” Lea Michele tells Letterman reports of fighting on set are “completely made up”
“It’s really unbelievable the amount of things that could be completely made up,” she says.


“The Vampire Diaries” boss explains the season finale
Says exec producer Julie Plec: "That whole idea of finding peace, versus getting sucked into oblivion, was deliberately structured this year to be left open to interpretation. We don’t like to say things like ‘heaven' and ‘hell’ on our show, but anybody can define what they saw the way they want to define it.”

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What we learned from the 2014 TV Upfronts

What we learned from the 2014 TV Upfronts

Get ready to say goodbye to many shows you love next season

Welcome to the end of Upfront Week, boys and girls. Over the past five days, we've gotten new schedules from (in chronological order) NBC, FOX, ABC, CBS and the CW. Many new shows have been ordered. Many other shows have been canceled — a bunch of which were first introduced to us a year ago at this time. Dan and I haven't had time to look at any of the pilots yet, and we'd rather not make too many snap judgments off of trailers, but there are already some lessons we can take from the decisions that were made, the shows that were ordered — and, in some cases, the shows that weren't — and more from upfront week.

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<p>Joel and Ethan Coen</p>

Joel and Ethan Coen

Credit: AP Photo

The Coen brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' follow-up will be 'Hail Caesar'

What tone will this one take?

It's not particularly a new idea that the Coen brothers' next will be a project titled "Hail Caesar," as Deadline is claiming "exclusively." But we haven't written about it around these parts yet, so let's do that…

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FX and FXX set summer premiere dates: 'The Bridge' returns July 9

FX and FXX set summer premiere dates: “The Bridge” returns July 9
“The Strain” from Carlton Cuse and Guillermo del Toro debuts July 13, “Tyrant” kicks off June 24, Judy Greer and Nat Faxon in “Married” and “Worst” premiere on July 17, and “Wilfred” is back for its final season on June 25.


“Bob’s Burgers” is getting a comic book
"Bob’s Burgers: The Comic Book” will be put together by the writers and artists from the Fox series.


“The Vampire Diaries” is bringing back Enzo
Michael Malarkey will be a series regular in Season 6.

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Mariah Carey

Mariah debuts sassy new tune, 'You Don't Know What To Do' with Wale on 'Today'

Track is the best from Me. I Am Mariah' by far

Mariah Carey debuted a new song, “You Don’t Know What To Do,” featuring Wale, today on “Today.”

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<p>Corey Stoll of FX&#39;s &quot;The Strain&quot;</p>

Corey Stoll of FX's "The Strain"

Credit: FX

FX sets summer premieres for 'The Strain,' 'Tyrant,' 'The Bridge' and more

'Wilfred,' 'Married' and 'You're the Worst' also get summer premieres

Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse's vampire drama "The Strain" finally has a concrete summer premiere date, as do the dramas "Tyrant" and "The Bridge." 

FX also set premieres for the new comedies "Married" and "You're the Worst," while FXX has scheduled the final season for "Wilfred." 

It's going to be a busy summer between both networks, though mostly for FX, which will be branching new dramas and comedies across a whopping four nights, including a foray into the high stakes drama terrain of Sunday nights.

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<p>Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and James Gray at the NY premiere of &quot;The Immigrant.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and James Gray at the NY premiere of "The Immigrant." 

Credit: AP Photo/Evan Agostini

James Gray on Cotillard, critics, and why 'The Immigrant' is his best film

A year after its Cannes debut, Gray's exquisite period drama opens today

It's hard to believe that it's a whole year since James Gray's "The Immigrant" was unveiled at Cannes to response that ranged from the rhapsodic to the sneering. A hot topic for the duration of the festival, it then dropped alarmingly off the radar, as its release was ever further postponed by The Weinstein Company. And as one of those who rhapsodised harder than most last year -- the film placed in my top five of 2013 -- I'm relieved to say that it finally reaches US theaters today.

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<p>Anne Hathaway in &quot;Interstellar&quot;</p>

Anne Hathaway in "Interstellar"

Credit: Paramount Pictures

New 'Interstellar' trailer raises the hype and teases the mysteries of the cosmos

Here's hoping this delivers on a very promising premise

Back when the first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" dropped, I asked if we'd be talking about the film come Oscar season. With a November release date and arguably the industry's top blockbuster/prestige filmmaker at the helm, it was a warranted question. Now with the second trailer we dive a little further into what this story is, how it will be told, and the excitement hops up another notch.

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