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<p>Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner make a strong couple in the charming adult comedy &#39;Draft Day&#39;</p>

Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner make a strong couple in the charming adult comedy 'Draft Day'

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Review: Kevin Costner's winning performance anchors the smart and charming 'Draft Day'

It's nice to be treated like a grown-up by a Hollywood comedy

Ivan Reitman's early comedies leaned heavily on the idea of the scruffy underdogs who managed to retain their personal quirks within systems designed to break them down. Whether it was the rowdy campers and counselors of "Meatballs" or the shabby soldiers of "Stripes" or the Ghostbusters, Reitman's movies seemed to celebrate these characters and the entire idea of rebellion.

After those films, though, he became an A-list director whose movies seemed to lean on high concepts that were much less interesting. "Legal Eagles" and "Twins" were both dispiriting efforts that leaned heavily on movie star charisma in place of actual scripts and characters. In general, any film Reitman made with Arnold Schwarzenegger felt like a total refutation of the things that Reitman did well.

The one bright spot in his post-"Ghostbusters" filmography was "Dave," which started as a sharp and funny script, and if "Draft Day" feels like any of his prior films, it's "Dave." It's nice to see a comedy that is about adults simply doing their jobs, without any ridiculous high-concept grafted onto things. The NFL draft is a huge business event now, and for sports fans, it is the moment each year when all things are possible. The script by Scott Rothman & Rajiv Joseph does a wonderful job of laying out not only the stakes but the process in a way that even someone who has never paid attention to football can understand, and Reitman seems to take great pleasure in simply standing back and letting his cast play the material.

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"America's Got Talent"

"America's Got Talent"

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'America's Got Talent' to feature golden buzzer, boot camp

Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel will return

To plug "America's Got Talent," NBC presented a clip reel of upcoming footage from the new season (debuting May 27) for journalists to view during the network's summer press day. While there were plenty of acts that hit familiar marks -- acrobats, a cute kid, a talentless crooner -- one that stood out was a guy who chews up an actual license plate. Still, returning host Howie Mandel (who will be joined again by Howard Stern, Mel B and Heidi Klum) assured the audience that an act that does something shocking doesn't necessarily have a guaranteed trip to the finish.

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NYC mayor asks CBS’ Les Moonves to keep the post-Letterman 'Late Show' in New York

NYC mayor asks CBS’ Les Moonves to keep the post-Letterman "Late Show” in New York
Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters, “I had a very good conversation yesterday with the man who will actually make that decision, Les Moonves, and I emphasized that New York has been an extraordinary home for the 'Late Show' and that we think it’ll be a great home for the Late Show going forward. And I’m hopeful that that’s what will come to pass."


Weather Channel returns to DirecTV after agreeing to cut back on weekday reality shows
The satellite provider had yanked The Weather Channel complaining that it ran too many reality shows. In response, The Weather Channel agreed to reduce its weekday reality TV programming by half.


Watch a preview of the new “Last Comic Standing” with Roseanne, JB Smoove, Keenen Ivory Wayans
"It’s not real to me unless I see you with a microphone,” Wayans said at today’s NBC Universal press conference.

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Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr

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'Last Comic Standing' won't be 'amateur-istic' when it returns

Judges Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans promise key changes

After four years off the air, "Last Comic Standing" is returning with a star co-executive producer (Wanda Sykes), new judges, an intriguing prize and a new selection process. But when new judge Keenen Ivory Wayans answered the question, he went for the joke. "Instead of ten drunks in the audience, you get the three of us," he said with a smile.

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<p>Get used to fighting left-handed, Jaime; HBO has renewed &quot;Game of Thrones&quot; for two more seasons.</p>

Get used to fighting left-handed, Jaime; HBO has renewed "Game of Thrones" for two more seasons.

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HBO renews 'Game of Thrones' for season 5 & 6

Fantasy epic's season 4 premiere was HBO's highest-rated show since 'The Sopranos' finale

Yesterday, HBO announced that the "Game of Thrones" season 4 premiere was the pay cable channel's highest-rated show since "The Sopranos" series finale. Today, in the least shocking news ever, HBO announced that "Game of Thrones" had been renewed for two additional seasons, which will take the show at least through a season six.

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HBO renews 'Game of Thrones' for Seasons 5 and 6

HBO renews "Game of Thrones" for Seasons 5 and 6
The HBO series "is a phenomenon like no other,” says HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo. “David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling.”


Can “Justified” right itself?
Season 5, which ends tonight, has been a disappointment, especially with so few episodes left in the series. PLUS: Damon Herriman was glad to see Dewey Crowe on for most of the season.


Maryland fails to pass a “House of Cards” tax credits bill at the last minute
The Maryland House of Delegates was on the verge of passing an increase in the Netflix drama’s tax credits to $18.5 million, when three delegates wanted to add a condition that would’ve required the show to pay back the money should it leave the state.


“Sharknado 2” is basically an extension of “Sharknado”
“We never stopped making the first movie,” director Anthony C. Ferrante said today at NBC Universal’s press day. “This thing never stopped…If it stayed in Los Angeles it would have been boring." PLUS: "This is the most important film ever made about climate change," says "Sharknado 2's" Judah Friedlander.


“New Girl” planning to reset the show and go back to basics, with a lighter tone
“I think this year we got a little heavy, we got a little into that emotional arc, and I think this show completely exists without all that heaviness,” says creator Liz Meriwether, who adds that she wants to return to the fun of the pilot.


“Mad Men” might be channeling “Midnight Cowboy” in its final season
Stan Rizzo is wearing Jon Voight’s outfit in promo shots. And Stan shares the same last name as Dustin Hoffman’s Ratso Rizzo. PLUS: Seth Meyers unveils his Don Draper impression.


Stephen Colbert doesn’t need his “Stephen Colbert” character to be an excellent “Late Show” host
Colbert has proven to have a great TV presence with his real persona, as shown in many TV interviews.


“Family Guy” joins Instagram
Check out Peter Griffin’s vacation pic.


Johnny Depp kisses Jimmy Kimmel again
This was their 2nd kiss in a year. Says Depp: "I feel bad about it, but I also feel like between you and I, it's kind of an 'anything goes' kind of thing. You know what I mean?” PLUS: Kimmel spoofs “Game of Thrones” with KFC ad.

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"Sharknado"

"Sharknado"

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Stars, director say 'Sharknado 2' 'kicks El Nino's ass' in Manhattan

'This is the most important film ever made about climate change'

Although the ratings for "Sharknado"'s premiere on Syfy last year were lackluster despite the title burning up the Twitterverse (1.4 million viewers, well below 2010's "Sharktopus"' 2.5 million), that social media buzz eventually paid off -- the third time the movie aired it brought in a record-breaking audience of two million. Of course, that opened the door for a sequel. "Sharknado 2: The Second One" is set to air Thurs. July 31 at 9:00 p.m., and NBC brought out talent from the project to speak to journalists at the network's summer press day. Not surprisingly the mood was jovial. 

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Bravo announces 15 new shows, including 'Manzo’d with Children' and 'Game of Crowns'

Bravo announces 15 new shows, including “Manzo’d with Children” and “Game of Crowns”
The “Real Housewives” spinoff and the pageant wives reality show will join new programs with titles like “Euros of Hollywood,” “100 Dates,” “Top Chef Duels,” “Extreme Guide to Parenting,” “Going Going Gone” and “Gen XYZ.” That’s in addition to the scripted “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” and “Odd Mom Out." PLUS: Bravo renews “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “Don’t Be Tardy,” orders “Kandi’s Wedding”


“Game of Thrones” Season 4 premiere is closing in on the piracy record
More than 1 million people illegally downloaded Sunday’s episode within 12 hours of its debut. PLUS: “Game of Thrones” has featured at least 6 current or former porn stars, and just 500,000 UK viewers watched the U.S. “Game of Thrones" simulcast at 2 a.m.


Mindy Kaling: “I would be dead if I lived the life of my character”
Kaling, now wearing bangs, tells Chelsea Handler her “Mindy Project” character has "Lindsay Lohan's love life but she's like a doctor....it's kind of fun because I don't live that life."


Oxygen’s new shows include “Fix My Choir” and “Street Art Throwdown”
Oxygen is also adding “Sisterhood of Hip Hop” and “Nail’d It” to its lineup.


Fox improv series “Riot” nabs Steve Carell, Cheryl Hines, Jason Alexander
Mayim Bialik, David Arquette, D.L. Hughley and Chris Kattan are also set to guest-star.


Christina Hendricks wanted to be on “Game on Thrones,” though she has yet to watch the HBO drama
It was just something to say on the red carpet, she tells Conan.


Simon Cowell regrets having an extramarital affair
"It just happened,” he says. "You have to deal with it and man up to it.”


Ali Fedotowsky: 2 people have been stabbed and killed in my apartment complex this past week
The E! News star and former “Bachelorette” is planning to move after the 2nd stabbing incident occurred last night.


Kate Mara is set to star in a Lifetime movie about kidnapper Ariel Castro
She’s about to sign on to play one of the victims who was held by Castro for years in a house in Cleveland.


Billy Eichner pimps out Paul Rudd for $1
Have sex with Rudd for $1 on the next “Billy on the Street.”


CW picks up “The Backpackers”
Dillon Casey and Noah Reid will play two Americans backpacking across Europe in this summer series.


“Parenthood’s” Crosby pops up tonight on “About a Boy”
Dax Shepard is returning the favor after David Walton showed up on “Parenthood.”


“SVU” books Samantha Mathis
She’ll guest on a May episode.


Netflix’s “Marco Polo” casts its title role
Lorenzo Richelmy will play the famed explorer.


Read an oral history of “Deadwood”
Ian McShane, Kim Dickens and more former “Deadwood” stars reminisce for the 10th anniversary of the HBO series.


“Doctor Who” adds a new, “storming villain"
Steven Moffat says with Ben Miller’s addition, "we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa."


Matthew McConaughey still wears his “True Detective” pants
The actor spoke to People recently and revealed he was wearing Rust Cohle’s gray Dickies.

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<p>UConn celebrates its National Championship</p>

UConn celebrates its National Championship

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TV Ratings: UConn-Kentucky NCAA Championship leads CBS past 'Dancing,' 'Voice' on Monday

'Bones' still rises against tough Monday competition

Fast National ratings for Monday, April 7, 2014.

The University of Connecticut never trailed for a second in Monday night's NCAA Championship Game, but despite the lack of drama, the conclusion of March Madness gave CBS easy ratings wins, easing past both "The Voice" on NBC and ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

Despite all of that competition, there was still room for FOX's "Bones" to improve week-to-week and for "The Following" to add a few viewers. And boosted by "The Voice," NBC's "American Dream Builders" doubled its dismal Sunday performances.

In fact, the basketball game had almost no impact on ratings for "Dancing" or "The Voice" either, reminding us once again at how separate the passionate sports audience often is from the regular primetime audience.

Keeping in mind, of course, that this represents time period data and will surely change, at least for CBS, on to the numbers...

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"From Dusk til Dawn"

"From Dusk til Dawn"

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Exclusive: A sneak peek of the Titty Twister on the 'From Dusk Till Dawn' series

Fans of the movie will get a shiver from the TV show

Fans of the 1996 movie "From Dusk Till Dawn" will recall the awful twist that occurs when our main characters wander into a very scary bar. If you're watching the TV take on the film (airing Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. on the El Rey Network), you might get a sense of deja vu. Below you'll see a first look image of the Titty Twister Bar, where a lot more than drinking will be going on in this week's episode. 

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Keith Urban performs with Petty Officer Destiny Coates
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Review: ACM's All Star Salute to the Troops, featuring Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, and more

Members of the military provided some of the evening's best musical moments

LAS VEGAS—No genre embraces the American way of life with such unbridled patriotic fervor as country music, so paying tribute to the U.S. military seemed like a natural fit.

But “ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops” took what could have been a flag-waving, jingoistic exercise and turned it into a meaningful, often moving salute by not only honoring men and women in all branches of the armed services, but by including them as performers. And some of them threatened to steal the show from the professionals.

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Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn in "Land Ho!."
Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn in "Land Ho!."
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Sony Classics set Sundance hit 'Land Ho!' for July 11

A refreshing summer slot for Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens' road comedy

Perhaps the film I was most disappointed to miss at January's Sundance Film Festival was "Land Ho!," an Iceland-set road comedy from directors Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens. I've been a Katz fan for some time: his third feature, the Portland semi-noir "Cold Weather," landed in my 2010 Top 10. (I also interviewed him at that year's London Film Festival.)

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