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CNN compares newly released POW Bowe Bergdahl to Brody from 'Homeland'

CNN compares newly released POW Bowe Bergdahl to Brody from “Homeland"
Don Lemon asked “Homeland” exec producer Gideon Raff this morning, ""Do you see similarities between Bowe Bergdahl's release and your character Sgt. Nicholas Brody in Homeland?” PLUS: CNN had another “Brody” vs Bergdahl segment.


“Sharknado 2” trailer shows a shark landing on a Citi Bike rider
Here’s a 20-second sneak peek at “Sharknado 2: The Second One.”


“The Walking Dead” has 28 million viewers across all platforms — “Game of Thrones” has 18 million
Despite the HBO series' surging viewership, it's still far behind AMC's biggest hit.


“Life of Pi” and “Million Dollar Arm” star joins “Homeland”
Suraj Sharma will play a Pakistani medical student who crosses paths with Carrie Mathison.


“Survivor” drops Redemption Island
Says Jeff Probst: "We decided, we have this arena being built: What if instead of (Redemption Island), we use it for something else. Something that will make Blood vs. Water a little more… interesting."


Hallmark Channel reunites “Facts of Life” stars Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields
They’ll play wedding planner co-workers in the TV movie "For Better or For Worse,” airing July 19.


Obstetrician: Lifetime’s "Born in the Wild” is a bad idea
The reality show that shows moms giving birth “in the wild” without doctors can lead to complications, says Ron Jaekle, MD, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Fetal Center. Lifetime, meanwhile, is taking precautions, including making sure no first-time mothers are involved on the show.


Mindy Kaling is “outraged” the Super Bowl dropped the “L”
“Am I the only Latin nerd outraged by the Super Bowl dropping Roman numerals?!” she tweeted, adding: “Lupae Filius!!!”


“Man v. Food” Star Adam Richman poses naked after dropping 70 pounds
Check out his before and after pictures from Cosmo UK.


Mayim Bialik: Amy kissing Sheldon was the toughest “Big Bang” scene I filmed last season
“It was a very interesting emotional week,” she says.


CNN has begun following Andy Richter on Twitter
The Conan sidekick was stunned, saying he didn’t know where the plane was. To which CNN responded: "You do you. We'll keep reporting on the plane."


Nickelodeon orders “The Loud House”
The animated series revolves around a house filled with children.

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'Big Brother' is finally going HD with its 16th season

“Big Brother” is finally going HD with its 16th season
The CBS reality show was the only regularly scheduled primetime program to be shown in standard definition.


Matthew McConaughey: I’d be open to doing more “True Detective”
"I liked 'True Detective,' the whole series and the experience of making it, so much that I’d be open to doing another one now,” he tells Deadline. "At the time, I was looking at six months and not beyond that. I don’t know of a feature film I’d sign for where I’m going to say, 'If this works, you’ve got me whenever you want me for the next three years.’"


David Hasselhoff to star in Nat Geo's "Hasselhoff vs. The Berlin Wall”
The documentary airing this fall will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.


Report: TMZ blackmailed Justin Bieber with his racist video for years
Bieber has always been friendly to TMZ and its TV shows, and Defamer may have the answer as to why: TMZ purchased the video four years ago, according to the website, to “extort appearances and call-ins from Bieber ever since.”


Stephen Colbert gives Amazon the finger
Watch Colbert go after Amazon’s shady book-selling tactics. PLUS: Colbert is sad by the report his fans learn more from him than the news.


Jerry Seinfeld not happy with NBC’s “Undateable”
Seinfeld tweeted last night: "Just saw promo for new NBC show #Undateable. That word is so damn familiar! Anyone? #isthispossible? #myownnetwork?"


Harry Hamlin and Rachel Nichols join USA’s “Rush”
They’ll recur on the USA medical drama with Hamlin playing Tom Ellis’ estranged father and Nichols playing his “trophy wife.”


BBC to air a zombie apocalypse game show
"I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse” will trap eight contestants in a “Walking Dead”-like shopping mall.


Larry David opens his mouth for a NHL Finals selfie
Check him out with Fox Sports’ Charissa Thompson.


Watch a guy get a “Wheel of Fortune” puzzle totally wrong
He said, ""Surf Clay Where We Go” instead of "Surf City Here We Come.”


Watch Michael Che’s “Daily Show” debut
And watch Aasif Mandvi crash the recent “SNL” writer’s first appearance with Jon Stewart.


Jimmy Fallon and Tom Cruise throw footballs at pictures of each other’s faces
Introducing “Face Breakers.”

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<p>Jan Bijvoet in &quot;Borgman.&quot;</p>

Jan Bijvoet in "Borgman."

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Check out the first scene of freaky, fascinating Cannes sensation 'Borgman'

The disturbingly funny Dutch thriller opens in limited release on Friday

A little over a year after the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, a number of films that were major talking points at the time have faded from my memory -- not everything flourishes outsides the festival bubble. One sneaky title to which my thoughts keep circling back, however, is Alex van Warmerdam's "Borgman" -- a film that won no awards from the jury, but provided the Competition with a bracing shot of alluring, cult-beckoning eccentricity.

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<p>Justin Williams celebrates his Stanley Cup game-winner</p>

Justin Williams celebrates his Stanley Cup game-winner

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TV Ratings: Stanley Cup Game 1, CBS repeats lead Wednesday

Kings-Rangers game plays well with young viewers, not overall

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

The Stanley Cup opener, an OT thriller between the Kings and Rangers, gave NBC strong enough demo numbers to lead Wednesday among young viewers, but the hockey showdown had much less juice overall where NBC finished fourth for the night. In total viewers, it was CBS on top, with a repeat of "Criminal Minds" standing as Wednesday's most watched show.

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup was down 29 percent from last year's Game 1 between Boston and Chicago, but that's at least partially a function of time zones given that much of this year's opener aired out of primetime in the Los Angeles market.

Among other notables, FOX saw only a small decline for the second week of "So You Think You Can Dance," The CW's "The 100" was steady in the demo (down overall) and ABC's "Motive" got a pretty big week-to-week bump for some reason.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Orange Is the New Black</p>

Orange Is the New Black

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Review: 'Orange Is the New Black' gets even deeper, better in season 2

Netflix women's prison drama takes even better advantage of its great ensemble with these new episodes

"Orange Is the New Black" was my second-favorite television show of 2013 — if you can call a series distributed solely by Netflix" television" — and if the comedy-drama about the inmates at a women's federal prison doesn't wind up quite that high in my 2014 rankings, it'll be through no fault of its own. This has been an absurdly great year for the medium — even deeper than the last one, with incredible new entries like "Fargo" and "True Detective" to go along with long-absent veterans like "Louie," plus the continued excellence of "Mad Men," "Game of Thrones," etc. — and there's going to be a lot of crowding at the top when December arrives and I am legally required to rank things in numerical order based on how they score on Dr. J. Evans Pritchard's scale of poetic greatness.

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14 great science-fiction indie films from 'Under the Skin' to 'The Terminator'

14 great science-fiction indie films from 'Under the Skin' to 'The Terminator'

It's important that films like these are made outside the system

It's an interesting summer for science-fiction, and we're going to see a lot of younger filmmakers wearing their inspirations on their sleeves this year, even as we see guys who are jumping to the next level, taking on massive scale projects for the first time. One of the guys who is working somewhere between the two extremes is Will Eubank, director of "The Signal."

Eubank's previous film was "LOVE," a hand-made science-fiction that he shot on his own property. It's a beautiful, odd, unique movie that would never have happened at a studio. Likewise, "The Signal" is a film that unfolds in its own particular way. It's not like any other science-fiction movie you're going to see this year, and that's to its credit.

While science-fiction is normally the domain of the giant budget, especially since "Star Wars" landed on the mainstream in 1977, some of the most provocative and interesting science-fiction films of all time are independent films that had to happen outside the system. We picked ten that we particularly admire because of the way they work first as great stories, but also because of what they say about using the genre the right way.

Science fiction can tackle any idea, any concern, any type of character study. It is an incredibly rich genre, but it's often used to just tell simple good-bad power fantasies. We wanted to spotlight some films that have dared to do something truly different and that made permanent impact on the genre.

The thing is, we started with a list of at least 40 titles that could have easily been part of this list. It's actually pretty encouraging to look at that many films that have dared to redefine what science-fiction is. I believe we will always have people who dare to dream big on a very small budget, and that we are better for it.

Check out 14 must-see independent Sci-Fi films in the embedded gallery below.  Did we miss a favorite? Let us know in the comments section.

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<p>Lana Del Rey</p>

Lana Del Rey

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Lana Del Rey's new song 'Ultraviolence': Lipstick and corpses

Of the three new songs, which do you like best?

Lana Del Rey has consecrated us with the dirge-like title track from her next album "Ultra Violence" opening with lines like -- among others --  "I was filled with poison / but blessed with beauty and rage," just like we like her.

I'm now going to chew bubble-gum in slow motion, filing my nails over a dead body.

Del Rey's sophomore set "Ultraviolence" is out in less than two weeks, on June 13. It was produced by Dan Auerbach, who recently saw the drop of his band The Black Keys' album "Turn Blue."

Other tracks to be released from "Ultraviolence" so far include "Shades of Cool" and "West Coast," also below. Which song do you like the best so far?

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Review: Shailene Woodley lights up the lovely and unsentimental 'Fault In Our Stars'
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Review: Shailene Woodley lights up the lovely and unsentimental 'Fault In Our Stars'

As YA adaptations go, this one's got a more mature idea about love than most

Love is not convenient.

For all the words that poets have spilled trying to describe love over the years, it seems to me that it is easier to describe by explaining what love is not. Love is rarely on your schedule. It would be amazing if we could simply snap our fingers and have love whenever we want it, but if that were the case, it wouldn't be love. The pain that is a huge part of the experience is one of the reasons it matters. Love is not easy. Love is not casual. Love is not interested in what we want.

"The Fault In Our Stars" is a very simple story about two kids, each struggling with cancer, who find each other at the least convenient time and fall in love. I don't think any part of that sentence is a spoiler. It's just a description. The details are what matters, and the script by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, adapted from the well-loved novel by John Green, is very smart and fairly unsentimental, which works to the material's advantage. When you're talking about a movie that deals with two young people with cancer falling in love, the potential for that to be hugely sappy is overwhelming. I haven't read the book, but the film nimbly avoids most of the things I expected from it, and does so in a lovely, thoughtful way.

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'Ask Drew' tackles 'Star Wars' rumors and guilty pleasures
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'Ask Drew' tackles 'Star Wars' rumors and guilty pleasures

Plus a fiendishly clever 'Movie God' scenario

This week's "Ask Drew" includes a moment I suspected would happen at some point, and now that it has, I'll address it here.

I don't like the answer I gave to one of the questions. I don't think it's a bad answer, but it's not the right answer. On the way home, I thought of a far more appropriate response, and so I feel like I owe it to the person who sent the question in the first place. Basically, he asked me if there are any truly bad films that I love. I sort of dismissed the idea of "guilty pleasures" and then talked a little bit about "Buckaroo Banzai," but I think that's sort of me dodging the question.

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<p>&quot;Beauty and the Beast&quot;</p>

"Beauty and the Beast"

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'Twilight' director Bill Condon will translate Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' to live action (UPDATED)

He'll be drawing from both the 1991 animated film and the 13-year Broadway sensation

UPDATE: A couple of new details here. You might be wondering, since the original report doesn't mention any story details, how exactly this thing is going to play out. Sources tell HitFix that Condon won't only be drawing from the 1991 Disney film. In his pitch to the studio, the director said he would also include most, if not all, of the Menken/Rice songs from the Broadway musical that ran for 13 years from 1994 to 2007. It will be a "straight-forward, live action, large-budget movie musical," we're told.

See below for the earlier story.

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John Oliver to Charlie Rose: We did not crash FCC’s website

John Oliver to Charlie Rose: We did not crash FCC’s website
“We didn’t crash their web site, Charlie — that’s a huge accusation,” the “Last Week Tonight” star tells CBS News. “We merely pointed people to their website and told them why they should be angry about it, and they went in droves.”


Lara Logan returns to “60 Minutes” after 6-month suspension
Logan had been suspended after a false report on Benghazi.


NYC and L.A. mayors make a “Jimmy Kimmel Live” NHL Stanley Cup bet
If the Kings lose, then L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti will sing “New York, New York” on Kimmel. If the Rangers lose, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will sing “I Love L.A.”


Darren Aronofsky adapting “MaddAddam” for HBO
The Oscar-nominated “Black Swan” director is expected to direct a drama series based on the postapocalyptic trilogy.


“Game of Thrones” is finally telling stories about women, not girls
Many of the young characters were aged up for the TV series, and now the females are being given grownup storylines. PLUS: Pedro Pascal says Oberyn is a feminist, and watch The Mountain as The Hulk.


HBO to remember the 70th anniversary of D-Day by re-airing “Band of Brothers”
The 10-part series, which debuted two days before the 9/11 attacks in 2001, will be shown from 9 am to 8 pm on Friday. PLUS: How the networks are covering D-Day’s 70th anniversary.


Mario Lopez’s memoir due this fall
The “Saved by the Bell” alum promises to tell the "most intimate never-before-told stories” in his book, “Just Between Us,” which comes out on Sept. 30.


Louis CK re-wrote the TV rules with his 6-episode “Elevator” story
Was it a feature-length movie or a classic sitcom? “Elevator,” says Darren Franich, "is a striking counterargument, a demonstration of what happens when a very creative creator goes on a very fanciful flight of fancy.” PLUS: Louis CK said while making this season there would be stories that are “gonna piss you off."


Buddy Valastro’s “Bakery Boss” becomes “Buddy’s Bakery Rescue”
TLC is relaunching the “Cake Boss” star’s bakery rescue reality show in July.


Why is NBC so terrible at making promos?
Here are some of the Peacock’s worst-ever promo photos.


Xbox adding HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central apps
In all, 45 apps are being added to Xbox.


“Full House’s” Dave Coulier denies he inspired Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know”
Says Coulier, "I asked Alanis, 'I'm getting calls by the media and they want to know who this guy is.' And she said, 'Well, you know it could be a bunch of people. But you can say whatever you want.'"


Bryan Cranston is set to adapt “The Dangerous Book for Boys" for TV
The “Breaking Bad” star’s comedy project is based on a book collection of tongue-in-cheek stories giving boys advice on how to maintain a spirit of adventure in the digital age.


Anderson Cooper celebrated his 47th birthday at McDonald’s
The CNN host tells Letterman he had a super-sized Big Mac meal for his birthday on Tuesday.


FX is marketing Middle East drama “Tyrant” to Islamophobes and Islamophiles
The cable network is relying on the series’ “exotic beauty” to capture viewers who wouldn’t ordinarily watch a Middle Eastern-set series.


Rihanna is dressing like “Family Guy’s” Peter Griffin
If Peter Griffin wore a dress.


“Major Crimes” wants cameos from Kyra Sedgwick and Billy Burke
Producers are trying to resolve the Phillip Stroh storyline.


NHL logos get “Simpson”-ized
Check out a special “Simpsons” character logo for each NHL team.


Disney Channel orders “Growing Up And Down,” a pilot about parents who transform into teens
Raini Rodriguez and Adam Irigoyen will star in the family comedy pilot.


There’s a scientific reason “The Bachelorette” uses fear to make couples fall in love
As Time magazine points out, “After successfully finishing the dangerous-seeming event, both partners will experience a pleasurable burst of dopamine.”


How ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” can become a mainstream hit — and avoid being a disaster for Asian-Americans
“Firstly,” says Kevin Wong, "be unapologetic in portraying the Asian experience. Don’t self-deprecate about ‘funny' customs and ‘exotic' food. It’s the difference between a joke that alienates and a joke that empathizes. Ethnic jokes are a must, but they should be intelligent and meaningful, lest they devolve into caricature and oversimplification. As for the American experience, one should balance the positive with the negative.”


“Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm recalls playing a bartender dressed as Zorro on “Providence”
That guest role in 2000 led to him becoming a regular on the NBC drama. PLUS: Here’s where “Mad Men” is filming the penultimate episode this week.


UK “Skins” star nabs ABC Family role
Sebastian de Souza will star in addiction pilot “Recovery Road."


AMC adapting Texas oil empire novel “The Son”
Philipp Meyer’s book was a bestseller last year.


“Survivor’s” Jefra Bland weds
Bland, who competed on the recent “Cagayan” season, got married three days after the finale.


TV Land’s “Jennifer Falls”: Great cast, not-so-great script
The sitcom premiering tonight boasts a big-name cast of Jaime Pressly, her “My Name is Earl” co-star Ethan Suplee, Missi Pyle, Jeffrey Tambor and his “Arrested Development” co-star Jessica Walter. Yet “Jennifer Falls” has some of the years’ worst sitcom lines. PLUS: “Jennifer” is TV Land’s first sitcom without a laugh track, and Pressly on “Earl” vs. “Jennifer."

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Mariah Carey

5 things that went wrong with Mariah Carey's 'Me. I Am Mariah...' album release

Set debuts to Carey's lowest non-holiday first week sales ever

Mariah Carey’s first album in five years, “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse,” came out last week and debuted with rather unspectacular sales.

In numbers released today, “Elusive” sold 58,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s Carey’s lowest opening weeks sales ever for a non-holiday album since the 1991 birth of SoundScan.

So what went wrong here?

*The title. Not only is it unwieldy, it’s three titles in one. It’s memorable for being awkward and egotistical and just strange… and that’s even knowing the too precious backstory of the title coming from a drawing she did when she was little. And who has referred to her as “the elusive chanteuse?” That seems self-appointed. Including your name in that album title only works once— on your self-titled debut—and she’d already gotten away with it doing it again on “The Emancipation of Mimi.”

*The project ran out of steam even before it came out: Originally titled “The Art of Letting Go,” the new album was first slated to be released sometime in 2012 or early 2013 following the release of first single, “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” in 2012…. a song that’s not even on the new album, by the way. Then it just kept getting moved back for nearly two years. Add that to it seemed a sure shot for May 6 and then it mysteriously got moved to three weeks later and everyone just seemed confused about the actual release

*No killer single: By the time the album was came out, it was more than a  year since the track that had received significant mainstream radio play, “Beautiful,” featuring Miguel, had gone to radio. People’s memories are short and subsequent singles, while they may have had success at other formats, particularly dance, didn’t gain traction at radio.

*Lack of promotion: If you combine everything Carey did over the past 18 months, from appearing on “American Idol,” to performing on “Good Morning America” and “Today,” and assorted other shows and her primetime special with Matt Lauer last Saturday (yeah, I had no idea about it until after the fact either… ), it may have added up to significant exposure, but the appearances were scattered over so long a period of time, her casual fans can’t be blamed for having no idea that the album had actually dropped on May 27.

*Tone deaf publicity: Carey kept showing up in the press but for the wrong reasons, like her Norma Desmond-like ride on a New York subway last week clad in a formal gown and white gloves. That doesn’t make her seem street or one with the people, it makes her seem confused about where she is and out of touch. If she wants to ride the subway, something I imagine she hasn’t done in decades, as a publicity stunt, that’s fine, but don’t do it in a way that only makes you seem even more unrelateable.

So what happens next? It would be nice if her label found a way to keep working the album because there are some really strong songs on there that could be radio hits, including “Cry” and “Make It Look Good.” (read our review here) The album is better than the opening week sales reflect and here’s hoping that it finds the audience that it deserves.
 

 

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