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LeVar Burton is now hoping to reach $5M with his 'Reading Rainbow' Kickstarter

LeVar Burton is now hoping to reach $5M with his “Reading Rainbow” Kickstarter
"Here’s the thing,” he tells EW. "We sat around last night and figured out that if we got to 5 million dollars — yesterday, at about this time, we got to 2.5 million dollars — if we could go twice as high and get to 5 million, that gets us, by anyone’s definition, universal access. Because that means Android, done. Mobile, done. So 5 million gets us all on those platforms, and it gives us the opportunity to give the school product to 7,500 classrooms. Free of charge.”


Is Bryan Cranston ruining “Breaking Bad” by teasing a Walter White comeback?
Cranston is ruining a “perfectly good ending” by starting a “wildfire among fans,” says Ben Travers, who speculates that Cranston may have been trying to build Emmy buzz for the final season — though "Cranston doesn't seem like the type of guy to go trolling for awards.”


NFL is being urged to drop the “L” from “Super Bowl L”
The 50th Super Bowl in 2016 is using the Roman numeral "L," and the San Francisco host committee would rather call it "Super Bowl 50." PLUS: NBC is asking a record-breaking $4.5 million for a 30-second Super Bowl spot.


Is “Game of Thrones” important TV?
"The answer is yes,” says Jack Hamilton, "and precisely for its unreality, its joyful hostility toward anything like allegory, commentary, or social relevance. Much like 'Star Wars' and Hogwarts and other great Neverlands, 'Game of Thrones' doesn’t hold a mirror to anything. It is aggressively false, a work of far-fetched imagination so intricate and finely realized it becomes compelling on its own terms, disorienting and dazzling us in the ways that only the best storytelling can.” PLUS: Pedro Pascal previews the fight: "He's 6-foot-9; I'm 5-foot-11,” who are the “GoT’s” counterparts on “The Wire”?, watch a video of “GoT” stars before they were famous, inside the real King’s Landing in Croatia, Sophie Turner didn’t like her Season 2 performance, Maisie Williams gives Vine tips, and why “GoT” needs more mature sex scenes.


Larry Wilmore’s “The Minority Report” will use nightly panels to help find new talent for Comedy Central
The general concept is Larry will be the anchor of the show and the first act will likely be Larry's take on the news of the day or cultural hot topics of the moment,” says Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless. “Then [there will be] a panel. The panel will be the second act, we'll likely have a guest interacting with the panel in the third act.”


Ridley Scott’s “Galyntine” adds Peter Fonda
He’ll play a survivor on the technology-less sci-fi fantasy pilot set in a postapocalyptic future.


Infographic shows that “Doctor Who” has become sexist under Steven Moffat
University students studied every episode of the new “Who” to see if they passed the Bechdel test — Do 2 female characters, with names, talk to each other about something other than men? Under Moffat, only 57% of the “Doctor Who” episodes past the test, compared to 89% under Russell T. Davies.


Will overspeculation hurt “True Detective’s” 2nd season?
Fans speculating on Twitter for big-name actors may be disappointed by a lesser-known casting.


Chelsea Handler is said to want Khloe Kardashian to replace her on E!, or one of her female regulars
"She wants to see a woman remain in late night,” a source close to the “Chelsea Lately” star tell NY Daily News.


Rob Schneider wants his self-made “Real Rob” sitcom to be the “comedy ‘House of Cards’"
Schneider is doing standup to pay for the sitcom, an offshoot of the "¡Rob!” sitcom that CBS canceled two years ago.


Emmys shouldn’t pit sketch shows vs. late-night shows, says “Comedy Bang! Bang!” star
“The steamrolling behemoths from late night” have too often dominated the variety series category, says Scott Aukerman, leaving little room for shows like “Portlandia,” “Key and Peele,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Kroll Show,” as well as his show. His solution: split the categories.


“Mad Men’s” Matthew Weiner: “Now I have all the anxiety of, is this the right ending?”
Days after the midseason finale, Weiner talks about finally completing the final episode over Memorial Day Weekend, plus he goes into detail of Robert Morse’s musical number and Stanley Kubrick’s influence on him. PLUS: How Don Draper will die, DVR viewers boost midseason finale, the most random old TV stars to appear on “Mad Men,” Jay and Lou talked Shakespeare, and was there an O.J. Simpson reference?


Nathaniel Buzolic returning to “The Originals”
He’ll reprise his role as Kol Mikaelson in a Season 2 flashback.


Tom Bergeron reunites with his FX “Breakfast Time” co-stars
It’s the 20th anniversary of the FX morning show that ran from 1994 to 1996.


The canceled “Enlisted” is being shopped to other networks as it returns to the Fox lineup
The final four episodes of the canceled military comedy begin airing on Sunday. "These are the best four episodes we did,” says creator Kevin Biegel, adding: "If we can get even a slightly decent rating we can show a new home that this show has a real fan base.”


“The Wire’s” Sonja Sohn joins “The Originals”
She’ll play a witch on the CW series.


Bill Hader is back Sunday with more of “TCM Essentials Jr.”
The “SNL” alum will things off with “Bringing Up Baby."


History channel orders a Knights Templar miniseries
The four-hour project will tell the origins of the mystic medieval Christian order.


BJ Novak unveils his new children’s book
“The Book With No Pictures” has absolutely no pictures.


Harry Hamlin: I ended up on TV because I played gay on the big screen
The “Mad Men” star says his 1981 film “Making Love” effectively ended his movie career.


CBS tried out 22 potential “Late Late Show” hosts in 2004 — they should do that again!
Everybody from Rosie Perez to Jason Alexander to David Duchovny hosted for two to three nights at a time, before CBS settled on Craig Ferguson as Craig Kilborn’s replacement.


Jon Lovitz compares “SNL” and “Sing Your Face Off”
Unlike the ABC reality show, Lovitz said he and his castmates felt like every week was an audition on “SNL.”


HBO boss gave up on “Lost” after 1 season, but sought Damon Lindelof for “The Leftovers” anyway
"'Lost’ had a big and loyal and robust and smart, passionate audience until the very end,” says Michael Lombardo, HBO’s chief of programming. “I mean, how many serialized shows do that? Most shows peter out, they end with a whimper.”


Ellen DeGeneres urges her UK fans to vote for her fave act on “Britain’s Got Talent”
She’s become obsessed with the rapping children’s duo of Bars and Melody.


“The Wendy Williams Show” will air for the 2nd summer in a row
New episodes will be produced in June and July.


Have TV’s antiheroes become too dark?
There may be an “empathy conflict” with the antiheroes on shows like “The Following” and “Hannibal."


“My Granny The Escort” airs on British TV
The Channel 4 documentary tells “a frank and intimate portrait of three mature British women who sell sex.”


Tumblr blog tells you which episodes to skip when binging on past shows
For instance, you can easily skip 70 of the 156 “West Wing” episodes.


Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate hideaway recreated on “Alpha House”
The hideway was rebuilt on a soundstage in Queens, using an old interview for reference.


Check out images from “The Book of Negroes”
The BET miniseries Aunjanue Ellis, Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lyriq Bent.


Here’s ranking every season of “Friends,” “Seinfeld,” “Lost,” “The Sopranos” and more
Here’s the “Correct Ranking of Seasons” also for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “ER,” “Gilmore Girls,” “The Wire” and “The West Wing.”


American comic Rob Delaney lands a UK sitcom role
He’ll co-star with “Pulling’s” Sharon Horgan on “Catastrophe,” playing an American who falls in love with an Irish woman.


The 25 Most Powerful TV shows of the past 25 years
From “Melrose Place” to “Glee” to “SpongeBob SquarePants.”


Chance the Rapper covers the “Arthur” theme song
Watch his performance at the Sasquatch! Music Festival.


Lacey Chabert stars in “The Color of Rain” on Hallmark Channel
The “Party of Five” alum loses a husband to cancer in this tear-jerker of a movie, airing Saturday.


“Derek” is back: Ricky Gervais’ charming and honest endeavor
Season 2 is up on Netflix today.


Edward Snowden should watch “Person of Interest” and “The Good Wife”
They have themes he may like after rejecting Season 2 of “The Wire.”


Blogger creates “Simpsons”-inspired food recipes
Make yourself some Homer’s D’Oh-nuts, or The Flaming Homer.


DIY’s “Renovation Realities”: It’s fun to watch people fail
The long-running home renovation reality show is notable because there’s nothing to reveal, except excuses.


“Chuck’s” Sarah Lancaster joins Kelly McGillis in "Love Finds You In Sugarcreek”
The UP TV movie, airing Sunday, also stars Tom Everett Scott.


“Survivor: Panama” champ Aras Baskauskas becomes a dad
He welcomed a son on Thursday.


John Malkovich is knowingly slumming it on NBC’s “Crossbones”
It is Malkovich’s acting ability that holds the Blackbeard drama up. As Willa Paskin notes, “presumably, John Malkovich could headline a series on HBO. So when you see him in NBC’s ‘Crossbones,' which premieres Friday night, strutting around wearing tropical-weight drop-crotch pantaloons in an allegedly 19th-century cabana that looks like a Club Med—except for the flayed corpse where the coffee table should be—know that he must have really, really wanted to play a pirate.” PLUS: Malkovich explains why he’s not wearing a beard, “Crossbones” is too lifeless to capitalize on Malkovich’s talents, Malkovich is perfectly suited for this role, the cast is mostly British and good, and “CSI” was the only TV job Malkovich would consider before “Crossbones” came along.


AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” tries to reverse-engineer “Mad Men,” and appears to succeed
“The pilot moves with a kind of confidence that’s hard to fake,” says By Todd VanDerWerff. "It has a destination in mind, and while it can take its time getting there, every single scene has a purpose and point on its way toward that destination. This is entertaining TV, and it’s made more entertaining by the sense that all involved are going to make this ride as comfortable as possible. Yet the pilot keeps bumping up against those 'Mad Men' comparisons, which extend beyond the period setting or high-pressure business environment.” PLUS: It has a triumphant pilot — but pilots lie and AMC wouldn’t release other episodes to critics, “Halt” shows real spark with a terrific cast, “Halt” is hard to follow and hard to care about, the fresh premise results in a show that is formulaic with stock characters, "Halt” is worth watching thanks to Lee Pace, and Lee Pace talks returning to TV after “Pushing Daisies."

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Mariah Carey

Will Coldplay lock Mariah Carey out of the top spot on next week's album chart?

'The Elusive Chanteuse' is off to a slow start

 

A strong debut is proving elusive for Mariah Carey’s new album, “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse.”

As of Friday, it looked like “Chanteuse” will sell no more than 60,000 copies in its first week, making it the superstar’s lowest non-holiday studio album opening week in the Nielsen SoundScan era. The chart closes at midnight on Sunday. By comparison, here last studio album, 2009’s “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,” sold 168,000 in its first week.

If there’s any good news for Carey, it’s that, despite its lackluster sales, “Chanteuse” will likely debut at No. 3, the same rank as “Memoirs,” according to Billboard.

Otherwise, Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” and Brantley Gilbert’s “Just As I Am” sell enough copies to hold at No. 1 (85,000) and No. 2 (65,000).

In addition to Carey—who if she surges could bow at No. 2— other debuts in the Top 10 are Austin Mahone’s EP, “The Secret” at No. 5 (47,000) and Crowder’s “Neon Steeple” at No. 10. Crowder is David Crowder, former lead singer for Christian rock band The David Crowder Band.

As far as the rest of the Top 10, “Frozen” will be at No. 4 (55,000), “Now 50” at No. 6 (35,000), Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” at No. 7 (35,000), The Black Keys’ “Turn Blue” at No. 8 (32,000), and Izzy Azalea’s “The New Classic” (17,000), according to Hits Daily Double.

Possibly shaking the lower tier of the Top 10 could be new albums from Cher Lloyd, “Sorry I’m Late,” and Royksopp and Robyn, “Do It Again.”

 

 

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"Sex Sent Me to the ER"

"Sex Sent Me to the ER"

Credit: TLC

Sex on a backhoe goes very wrong on 'Sex Sent Me to the ER'

One couple's frisky encounter ends in agony

I'm beginning to think one of the main requirements of being an ER doc on the late night shift is an ability to stifle laughter. In this clip from this week's "Sex Sent Me to the ER" (Sat. at 9:00 p.m. on TLC), a middle-aged couple decides to get their groove on behind the wheel of a backhoe. Apparently, for all the rules about operating heavy machinery, no one has specifically ruled out having sex on the equipment -- possibly because doing so is so obviously stupid and dangerous. But I guess that's what makes it fun. Or something.

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A list of possible replacement directors for 'Ant-Man' could be a turning point for Marvel
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A list of possible replacement directors for 'Ant-Man' could be a turning point for Marvel

Is this the beginning of a new perception problem for the mega-studio?

If The Hollywood Reporter's list of prospective "Ant-Man" directors is accurate, it is my considered opinion that "Ant-Man" represents a genuine problem for the studio.

I like Adam McKay quite a bit. I enjoy the way that big weird thing he calls a brain works, and I like the way he is unafraid to smuggle really serious ideas into the silliest possible movies. While he definitely snuck in a bit of buddy cop action while making "The Other Guys" and his new film "Get Hard" also plays with that, I'm not sure action is what I'd think of when I think of him. Ruben Fleischer's "Zombieland" was huge fun, but he botched "Gangster Squad" pretty much across the board. I am even more confused by the idea of Rawson Thurber being on the list. I know "We're The Millers" made a startling amount of money considering it's terrible, but does that really mean he's the guy you offer a Marvel movie to?

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'The Arsenio Hall Show' canceled after 1 season, despite its renewal for Season 2

“The Arsenio Hall Show” canceled after 1 season, despite its renewal for Season 2
CBS Television Distribution, which renewed Arsenio in February, had to change its mind after three station groups decided to move Arsenio to a later timeslot. PLUS: Watch Jay Leno surprise Arsenio with renewal announcement in February.


Chris Kattan revives “SNL’s” Mango
Fashion designer Alexander Wang talked Kattan into bringing back his saucy stripper for his new fashion film.


“Evolving” CNN touts the success of “The Sixties”
CNN president Jeff Zucker reacted to “The Sixties” beating its competition by writing to his staff: ""I wanted to take a moment to tell you how proud I am to work at CNN today. Because today we have seen the true scope of what CNN is and can be.”


USA’s “Dig” adds Richard E. Grant
He’ll play an archaeologist on the USA event series.


911 dispatcher on Maya Angelou death call suspended for making “unacceptable” comments about Oprah
During the seven-minute phone call, the dispatcher can be heard saying, "Oprah has fallen out of grace."


Claim: Matt Lauer and Brian Williams are feuding
Page Six says the “NBC Nightly News” anchor is upset by all the attention “Today” is getting by NBC News’ new boss.


“The Tonight Show” had its best May sweeps since the pre-Conan Jay Leno days in 2009
Jimmy Fallon’s ratings continued to soar. But Jimmy Kimmel’s May sweeps ratings weren’t so bad, either.


“Reign” promotes Jonathan Keltz
Greer’s love interest will be a series regular next season.

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Um, Josh, you've got something on your face. No, the other side.

Credit: Warner Bros

Josh Brolin has been set to play Thanos as Marvel starts the push towards 'Avengers 3'

Now who's going to play Death?

Thanos is coming.

We've known that since the end of "The Avengers," and it's a very exciting prospect. When he showed up for that one shot at the end of that film, it was meant to be a giant tease, and Marvel didn't bother casting the role in the same way they would if he were an actual character in a film. The guy in the suit, Damien Potier, was never expected to be the long-term choice for the role. They put that off for the future, knowing there would come a time where they would finally put Thanos front and center.

That time is getting closer now. This summer's "Guardians Of The Galaxy" takes place in the end of the universe where Thanos is a threat, and his children are a major part of the movie. According to today's report, Josh Brolin has now signed on to voice Thanos, which makes me wonder if they're going to be doing him as a fully CG creation, or if they shot someone else in a suit and make-up while trying to find the right actor to give him his voice. If it is a suit and a make-up, then at some point, one presumes Brolin is going to have to wear it. I remember interviewing him on the set of "Jonah Hex," and he was not especially in love with the process that gave him a disturbingly real hole in his cheek each day, but Thanos would be a whole different kind of make-up for him to wear.

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Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea twirl through official 'Problem' video: Watch

Big Sean joins in too

If you’ve seen Ariana Grande and Izzy Azalea perform “Problem” on any raft of TV specials lately, the song’s official video, released today, won’t contain many surprises, but it’s still entertaining.

The performance video continues the black-and-white pinwheel theme and Grande’s somewhat awkward dancing and throws in enough other elements to keep it interesting.

Grande plays coquettishly to the camera a few too many times, but otherwise the clip moves quickly. As the squonking opening horn line intro plays, we see the first of a dancer/contortionist flinging across stage, Grande, Azalea, and then, very shortly, an uncredited Big Sean whispering “One less problem with out ya.”

It’s a fun kaleidoscope of quickly changing scenes between more shirtless male dancers, some scooters, psychedelic backgrounds and Azalea’s scene-stealing performance.

Given that “Problem” is now the unofficial song of the summer, we can look forward to the fun unofficial video remakes coming, as we got two years ago with “Call Me Maybe” and last year with “Blurred Lines.”

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Review: Tom Cruise is at his best in the wild and witty science-fiction 'Edge Of Tomorrow'
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Review: Tom Cruise is at his best in the wild and witty science-fiction 'Edge Of Tomorrow'

Love him or hate him, you'll want to see Cruise in this one

There are easy comparisons you can make between "Edge Of Tomorrow" and a whole slew of inspirations, from "Starship Troopers" and "Groundhog Day" to Wile E. Coyote and "The Matrix." The reason the film works is because it throws everything into the blender and comes up with something new, something that has a great lively sense of wit and humor to it, and it takes the time to fully explore its wild premise fully.

"Edge Of Tomorrow" is an original science-fiction film (or as original as based-on-a-novel-and-a-manga can be considered) that delivers an experience that feels like it is well-realized, cleverly constructed, and not just a kick-off to a larger franchise, which means it's a harder sell to an audience, even with Tom Cruise starring in it. Hiroshi Sakurazaka's original "All You Need Is Kill" is different from the film in a number of significant ways, but the film does a great job of taking the central conceit and spinning it into something that manages to play as both summer spectacle and as a canny commentary on video game tropes.

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"A Million Ways to Die in the West"
"A Million Ways to Die in the West"
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Tell us what you thought of 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'

Seth MacFarlane's comic western has opened to mixed reviews

Seth MacFarlane has always been a divisive comic talent: he makes no attempt to hide his obnoxiousness, much less apologize for it, and that bald, brash style either gets up viewers' noses or into their funnybones. (Or, in some cases, both simultaneously.) I've run, well, lukewarm and cold with him over the years: I was never on "Family Guy's" wavelength, while "Ted," for all its misanthropic shortcomings, made me laugh despite myself.

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Luke Bryan

Oops! Luke Bryan takes a big tumble off the stage while performing in Charlotte: Watch

It wasn't his kind of night

Luke Bryan lived up to the adage “the show must go on” last night after he fell off the stage at Charlotte’s PNC Music Pavillion.

Bryan was covering Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Can’t Hold Us” when he got a little too close to the edge of the stage and tumbled right over into the photographer’s pit.  

After a few scary seconds, he was helped back on stage and as he sat on the edge, he laughed through the pain, joking “the last time I was in North Carolina, I busted my ass.”

He later tweeted that he was okay, but needed stitches.

YouTube has been scrubbed of the video, but, naturally, TMZ still has the footage.

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"Leviathan."

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Review: Andrei Zvyagintsev's Cannes winner 'Leviathan' is a mighty beast

The standout of this year's Competition is a scabrous political satire

As a film critic, one is usually moved to immediate expression when a great film comes down the pike -- its ideas spur one's own, the words tumble forth in not-always-orderly fashion, the urge to share an experience sometimes outpacing the ability to parse it. Yet sometimes baldly extraordinary films thwart our initial attempts to write about them, and such has been the case with me and Andrei Zvyagintsev's "Leviathan" -- a classically robust, not inordinately complicated melodrama that nonetheless seems to be about something different every time I sit down to tackle it.

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Tyra Banks returning to daytime TV with a new lifestyle show

Tyra Banks returning to daytime TV with a new lifestyle show
Four years after the end of "The Tyra Banks Show,” Tyra Banks is preparing for a daytime comeback with a show featuring lifestyle experts with Disney-ABC.


Kris Kristofferson will play President Andrew Jackson on History channel’s “Texas Rising” miniseries
The eight-hour miniseries is from the producers of "Hatfields & McCoys.”

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