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'American Idol' winner Caleb Johnson's debut album set for August release

Does a shorter release window work better?

Fans of “American Idol” season 13 winner Caleb Johnson won’t have long to wait for the newly crowned king’s debut album.

Johnson’s self-titled album will come out Aug. 12. Anyone remember a winner’s set coming out that quickly before? Not only that, the release date was announced mere hours after Johnson was throned last night.

Given that “Idol” no longer has the shiny new car smell it once had, 19 Recordings/Interscope Records, which is putting out the release, must want to strike while Johnson’s victory is still fresh in people’s minds. No word on when Interscope will release runner-up Jena Irene’s album.

Judge Harry Connick asked Johnson last week what kind of album he’d like to make and he replied, unsurprisingly, a rock album of originals. He’s off to a good start with his “Idol” finale song, “As Long As You Love Me,” written by The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins and produced by Howard Benson.

Of course, we’ll see if that release date actually happens. Last season’s winner, Candice Glover, was initially slated to release her album even faster, in July 2013, but it didn’t surface until February 2014, and despite her having a great, soulful voice, the album hasn’t achieved much success, and, in fact, sold the least amount in its opening frame of any debut album released by an "Idol" winner.

Season 11 winner, Phillip Phillips, released his debut six months after his victory and the November album went platinum, in addition to single “Home” reaching quadruple-platinum certification. Phillips just released his second album last week.

Scotty McCreery, who won Season 10, also put out his debut album the fall after his win. Released in October 2011, “Clear As Day,” also went platinum. McCreery's fellow contestant, Pia Toscano, was shockingly eliminated early on in the competition and quickly signed to Interscope who couldn't capitalize on the immediate heat that surrounded the singer. After a single failed to catch fire, Toscano was dropped from Interscope last year.

Of course, before Johnson's album comes out, he'll take part in the obligatory American Idol Live tour, which starts June 24 in Binghampton, N.Y. and features this season's finalists.

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Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett to direct Lifetime movie 'Whitney Houston'

The story will focus on the late singer's relationship with Bobby Brown

If there's anyone who knows how to convey roller coaster (and occasionally drug-addled) romance, it's Angela Bassett. Having plumbed the depths of Tina Turner's tumultuous relationship with Ike in "What's Love Got to Do With It," Bassett is now stepping behind the camera to helm a movie about another seriously messed-up relationship -- the one between the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. Fittingly, Lifetime, the network known for digging into the nitty gritty of relationship angst, is set to air "Whitney Houston" in 2015.

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"Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys"

"Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys"

Credit: Animal Planet

You won't use the bathroom after watching Christopher Lloyd in 'Blood Lake'

From the creators of 'Sharknado,' we have butt-sucking lampreys
If you've ever had an irrational fear that something could attack you from the toilet bowl, this clip is not for you. But If you think this sounds incredibly funny in a trashy, campy, B-movie kind of way, you're in luck! "Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys" (debuts Sun. May 25 at 9:00 p.m. on Animal Planet) comes to us from the twisted minds that brought us "Sharknado." What better way to celebrate the network's third annual Monster Week than bloodthirsty lampreys? 
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Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran's puppet twin is living the life in 'Sing' video: Watch

Strippers, limos, confetti vomit and more

Ed Sheeran and his puppet doppelgänger are living quite the life in Sheeran’s video for “Sing.”

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<p>Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in &quot;Clouds of Sils Maria&quot;</p>

Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in "Clouds of Sils Maria"

Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in the first trailer for 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

The film plays Cannes this week

The Palme d'Or race is heated as ever in Cannes with a handful of contenders still to peel out. One of those set for a bow is Olivier Assayas' "Clouds of Sils Maria" with Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz.

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'Mental athletes' to star in a Memory Test TV show

“Mental athletes” to star in a Memory Test TV show
Dick Clark Productions is developing what it calls "the greatest test of memory in the world.”

NBC will air an Edward Snowden primetime special next week
Brian Williams is in Moscow conducting the former NSA contractor’s first American TV interview, which will air May 28 at 10 pm.

“The Shield’s” Michael Jace formally charged with murder
Jace is expected to be arraigned this afternoon for the shooting death of his wife — and could face 50 years to life in prison if convicted.

WEtv orders an exorcist horror series with Eli Roth attached
“South of Hell” revolves around a “stunning, 30-year-old demon-hunter-for-higher” in Savannah, Georgia. Roth is on board to direct the pilot and serve as executive producer.

A new Phil Robertson anti-gay sermon surfaces weeks before “Duck Dynasty” returns for Season 6
During a recent Easter sermon, Robertson said, “The news media didn’t even know it was a verse!… They thought I was just mouthing off. ‘Is homosexual behavior a sin?’ the (GQ interview) guy asked me. I said, ‘Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Don’t be deceived.’"

L.A. Times reporter: “The Bachelorette” banned me for being “too negative”
The newspaper has stopped its coverage of the ABC reality show after it banned reporter Amy Kaufman from covering the show’s conference calls and events. PLUS: Watch Amy Schumer take on “The Bachelorette,” and Andi Dorfman thinks there are zero gay guys this season.

Catholic school principal apologizes for allowing Ellen DeGeneres’ photo on school dance invitations
"Perhaps I was distracted by the Oscar,” but Ellen is a “poor role model” who "lives her life outside the teachings of the Catholic Church,” the principal, Nancy Matteo, wrote in a letter to parents. She requested that they return the invitations so she could destroy them.

Meryl Davis addresses her “chemistry” with Maksim on “Dancing"
"I think the friendship we have and the relationship we built through the course of the show definitely helped us establish it on the dance floor as well,” she says.

Jessica Chastain: That false “True Detective” rumor was “an awkward thing”
“It’s an awkward thing because when all that attention happens it takes away from whoever plays the role,” said Chastain, who describes herself as a “big fan” of the series.

“Orange is the New Black” is coming out with a cookbook
Learn how to make Prison Pad Thai.

Disney Channel unveils a new logo
See the cable channel’s “less boxy” new look.

TBS orders more of Howie Mandel’s “Deal With It”
The hidden-camera show will return with 10 more episodes.

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Kanye West

UPDATED: Kanye West, Kings of Leon headline Budweiser Made in America fest in Philly

Los Angeles gets Kendrick Lamar, Rise Against, Weezer and Capital Cities

Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Pharrell Williams, and Tiesto will headline Budweiser Made in America festival at Philadelphia’s Ben Franklin Parkway, Aug. 30-31.

The festival, curated by Jay Z, will also feature The National, Steve Aoki, J. Cole, Girl Talk, Spoon, Chromeo, City and Colour, Grimes, AWOLNATION, R3HAB, Gareth Emery, De La Soul, Baauer, Tommy Trash, Mayer Hawthorne, Kongos, 3LAU, The Neighborhood, Danny Brown, YG, Holy Ghost, Penguin Prison, Destructo, Bleachers, DJ Cassidy, Cherub, Will Sparks, Young & Sick, Vacationer, Cut Snake, Kaneholler.

For the first time, Made In America will be held in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles event, also held Aug. 30-31, will feature Kendrick Lamar, Rise Against, Weezer, and Sublime with Rome as headliners. Among the others on the bill are Capital Cities, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, Mute Math, Rita Ora, Nipsey Hussle, Dr. Dog, Hit-Boy and several more.


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<p>&quot;X-Men: Days of Future Past&quot;</p>

"X-Men: Days of Future Past"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

John Ottman on the balancing act of editing and scoring 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

Also: What did they originally want to call 'X-Men: Apocalypse?'

Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" opens tomorrow. I really liked it. I remain a pretty huge fan of "X2" and think it has a lot of balance lacking in many superhero movies, and this one is very much in the spirit of those early entries. It feels more like a sequel to them than anything, using elements from "X-Men: First Class" to carry the story. And in editor/composer John Ottman, it gets some added continuity with those films as he hasn't been involved with the franchise in over a decade.

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'Idol' edges out 'Survivor'

“Idol” edges out “Survivor”
The first season finale battle of the two enduring reality shows ended with “American Idol” scoring 10.1 million viewers to “Survivor’s” 9.5 million. “Modern Family” topped the night with 10.2 million viewers. PLUS: Watch Ryan Seacrest sing on the “Idol” finale.

Watch a preview of Jerry Seinfeld's “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” Season 4
Seinfeld is back June 19 with Aziz Ansari, Jon Stewart, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Klein and George Wallace.

Check out Tina Fey and Amy Poehler roasting Don Rickles
Plus, more clips from Spike TV’s All-Star salute to the legendary comedian.

“Silicon Valley’s” T.J. Miller may have been spotted near a D.C. murder scene
Miller, or somebody who looks just like him, was photographed watching the aftermath of a 7-year-old girl's shooting death on Tuesday night.

Dr. Phil gets boost from V. Stiviano
The Donald Sterling controversy figure helped Dr. Phil’s rating jump 73% on Wednesday.

Syfy acquires “Spartacus” reruns
All 39 episodes of the Starz series will begin airing on Syfy, starting June 26.

“Joe Millionaire” winner weighs in on “I Wanna Marry Harry”
Zora Andrich (now Sabrina) writes: "Just when I thought they've covered every reality show idea ... Fox is at it again! I suppose it has been a decade, so in all fairness, a good deceptive reality show was due." PLUS: 1st eliminated contestant had no idea what Prince Harry looked like.

HBO’s Bessie Smith biopic adds Mo’Nique and Khandi Alexander
They’ll co-star opposite Queen Latifah in the biopic on the iconic blues singer.

Watch the trailer for “Rectify” Season 2
The Sundance series returns on June 19.

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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot; winner Caleb Johnson</p>

"American Idol" winner Caleb Johnson

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'American Idol' goes out strong as FOX wins season-closing Wednesday

'Modern Family' finale wins the key demo and 'Survivor' is also steady

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

A rough season for "American Idol" ended on a high note for FOX as the finale for the singing competition drew the show's biggest audience in months and, for the first time in many weeks, beat "Survivor," as the network closed the 2013-14 season with Wednesday wins in all measures.

Sure, it was the lowest-rating "American Idol" finale ever, but it still must have relieved FOX to see that "Idol" was capable of ticking back over 10 million viewers and above a 2.5 in the key demo. It was also, percentage-wise, a much larger finale bump than any of the spring's other competition shows.

[Note, of course, that "Idol" ran six-ish minutes into the 10 p.m. hour, so these won't be the averages for the full "Idol" block, but since the results were read pretty promptly at 10, there's unlikely to be a big change. Of course, "Idol" and "Survivor" were neck-and-neck in the key demo, so it's entirely possible that "Survivor" might inch back ahead in Finals. Or not!]

There were other notables on Wednesday with "Modern Family" also getting a big bump for its wedding-centric finale, though the "Mixology"finale and "Motive" premiere were less impressive. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" finale got a small finale, though the "Chicago PD" closer was pretty flat. And, without "Arrow" as a lead-in, The CW's "The 100" was down in all measures.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Guy Pearce, David Michod and Robert Pattinson at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for &quot;The Rover.&quot;</p>

Guy Pearce, David Michod and Robert Pattinson at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for "The Rover."

Credit: AP Photo/Thibault Camus

David Michôd didn't know what Robert Pattinson was capable of until 'The Rover'

From the Australian outback to a New York ballet

CANNES - The circus around the Cannes Film Festival is different than any other film festival in the world. It may be less Hollywood than Toronto and less audience-friendly than Sundance, but Cannes truly draws talent of all kinds from every corner of the globe. Only here could you be interviewing rising Australian filmmaking star David Michôd on a hotel rooftop deck while Kylie Minogue belts "Can't Get You Out of My Head" for a live French TV program across the street.

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Antoine Olivier Pilon in "Mommy."
Antoine Olivier Pilon in "Mommy."
Credit: Cannes Film Festival

Review: Flashes of brilliance overcome Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy' issues

The 25-year-old prodigy's fifth feature is a messy, moving mother-son drama

CANNES - Let's hear it for Xavier Dolan: not many auteurs have built up such a body of work by the age of 25 that the first and least arguable adjective that can be applied to his latest is "characteristic." The Québécois multi-hyphenate does not appear on screen in "Mommy," a restless interior epic of unconditional love between mother and son, but his presence in it could hardly be stronger or more idiosyncratic. Dolan's passions, neuroses and eccentricities fill every frame of "Mommy" -- even the frames themselves have his name written all over them, given the director's unorthodox decision to shoot 90% of the film in a distinctive, disorienting 1:1 ratio. "I'm still big, it's the pictures that got small," protested Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard"; think of Dolan's aesthetic here as a uniquely literal interpretation of that boast.

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