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Coldplay and Brantley Gilbert add up to big album numbers on next week's chart

Sales heat up as big titles drop

As the thermometer heats up, so does the album chart as the top two debuts will both sell more than 200,000 copies.

Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” will likely sell between 370,000 and 390,000 copies, the most of any album this year, to bow at No. 1.

In almost any other week, Brantley Gilbert’s “Just As I Am” would have bowed at No. 1 by selling around 200,000 copies, but will have to settle for No. 2 (although it will debut at No. 1 on Billboard Country Albums).

Two other debuts will start in the Top 10: Phillip Phillips’ “Behind The Light” and the soundtrack to “The Fault In Our Stars” at No 7 (40,000) and No. 8 (24,000).

The rest of the Top 10 features recurrents. Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” drops from No. 2 to No. 3 (85,000) and the “Frozen” soundtrack stays at No. 4 (65,000). “Now 50” will be at No. 5 (55,000) and this week’s No. 1, The Black Keys’ “Turn Blue” drops to No. 6 (50,000). Rascal Flatts’ “Rewind” falls to No. 9 (24), while Iggy Azalea’s climbs back up into the Top 10, rising 14-10 (22,000), according to Hits Daily Double.

The Roots’ “And Then You Shoot Your Cousin” barely misses the Top 10, likely coming in at No. 12.

 

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Best and Worst of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Best and Worst of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Plus: Booing good movies, filmmakers who want it too much, Jessica Chastain

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival was a festival of few highs and few disastrous lows.  Which, to be quite honest, isn't a bad thing.  Instead, the festival projected a steady diet of good or mediocre movies from the global film community. In fact, at times the press corps and critics seemed to be dying to find a movie to boo at (more on that from Guy Lodge later).

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<p>&quot;Madam Secretary&quot;</p>

"Madam Secretary"

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DVR Gridlock 2014-15: Sunday Nights

How will 'Madam Secretary' and FOX's live-action comedies change things?

[As is my recent tradition, over the next six days, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. It also assumes that you/I only have a dual tuner DVR (plus occasional access to a Slingbox on ET. Check out last year's DVR Gridlock installments and the DVR Gridlock segments for 2012.]

SUNDAY NIGHTS

7:00 p.m.
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos"
CBS: "60 Minutes"
FOX: "The OT," "Bob's Burgers"
NBC: NFL Pre-Game

8:00 p.m. 
ABC: "Once Upon a Time"
CBS: "Madam Secretary"
FOX: "The Simpsons," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
NBC: Sunday Night Football

9 p.m.
ABC: "Resurrection"
CBS: "The Good Wife"
FOX: "Family Guy," "Mulaney"
NBC: Sunday Night Football

10 p.m.
ABC: "Revenge"
CBS: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"/"CSI: Cyber"
NBC: Sunday Night Football


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<p>Kass of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Kass of "Survivor: Cagayan"

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Interview: Kass McQuillen talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

How would Man-Kass have done? And what about Woman-Tony?

If you read my interview with "Survivor: Cagayan" 4th Place finisher Spencer Bledsoe, you saw one approach to the "Survivor" experience. Spencer was circumspect, critical of his strategy and admitted that he would have voted for Tony, the season's winner, over himself.

Today's exit interview, with 3rd Place finisher Kassandra "Kass" McQuillen, takes a different approach. Kass thinks she played the same game as Tony only with a different gender, she thinks Spencer and the other losing castaways were arrogant and she thinks that the "Survivor" finale live vote suggesting Woo would have easily beaten her was "revisionist." 

Kass thinks there's a double-standard when it comes to female "Survivor" players, particularly for moms, and she's confident that a male version of Kass would have won the season. 

And I'm not saying that she's wrong. In fact, on much of it, she's probably right.

In our sometimes contentious exit interview, Kass discusses the performance of Man-Kass, takes exception to the use of the word "goat" and isn't especially pleased with the nickname "Chaos Kass" either. I got a bit bogged down in trying to point out things about her social game and I apologize for what was a much-too-long digression about her decision to flip off the departing Trish in front of the whole Jury.

Click through for the full Q&A...

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20 best sketches of the 2013-2014 'Saturday Night Live' Season
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20 best sketches of the 2013-2014 'Saturday Night Live' Season

From 'Boy Dance Party' to 'Black Jeopardy!,' did you favorite sketch make the list?

While experiencing a rocky and often incoherent season, "Saturday Night Live" nonetheless produced many great sketches. Not every episode worked, but most contained at least one sketch that still lingers in the minds of its audience.

Funny, original, and often even moving, here are the twenty best segments the show had to offer in its thirty-ninth season.

Agree or disagree? Share your comments below.

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'Orphan Black' recap: Is finding Swan Man the key to everything?

'Orphan Black' recap: Is finding Swan Man the key to everything?

Sarah gets closer to understanding Project Leda, but the mystery deepens

One of the elements I love about "Orphan Black" is the dry, dark humor that bubbles to the surface in almost every episode, but is most present when Helena and Alison are around. This was one of those weeks, and I have to think everyone who once loathed Helena has come around by now. Who would have guessed that underneath the crazy (and there's a lot of crazy) there could be a Muppet-haired softy who just wants love?

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"Doctor Who"

"Doctor Who"

Credit: BBC America

'Doctor Who' season 8 teaser shows Peter Capaldi in the TARDIS

The new season will air in August

The new teaser (tweeted by the BBC yesterday; see below) for Peter Capaldi's debut as the latest incarnation of the Time Lord with the mostest in "Doctor Who" shows us a few things. One, new episodes will debut in August (both in the U.S. and the U.K.). Two, Capaldi looks fab as the good Doctor, even in silhouette. 

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<p>Quentin Tarantino, Palme d&#39;Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Uma Thurman at the Cannes Film Festival awards ceremony.</p>

Quentin Tarantino, Palme d'Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Uma Thurman at the Cannes Film Festival awards ceremony.

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'Winter Sleep' wins Palme d'Or at Cannes, Julianne Moore and Timothy Spall take acting prizes

'Foxcatcher' gets its Oscar campaign rolling with a Best Director win

CANNES — Sometimes, the pre-festival buzz has it right. Nuri Bilge Ceylan's 196-minute conversational epic "Winter Sleep" entered the 2014 Cannes Film Festival as the sight-unseen frontrunner for the Palme d'Or, thanks to its heftiness of form and the Turkish auteur's perceived overdue status — any director with two Grand Prix wins and a Best Director prize behind him is bound to win the Palme at some point.

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<p>Friday&#39;s &quot;Hannibal&quot; finale</p>

Friday's "Hannibal" finale

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TV Ratings: 'Hannibal' finale adds a few viewers on a tight Friday

'What Would You Do?' premiere, 'Blue Bloods' among Friday leaders

Fast National ratings for Friday, May 23, 2014.

The first Friday of the summer featured a tie among young viewers and nearly a three-way tie overall. The few notables included a tiny overall bump for the "Hannibal" finale, an OK premiere for ABC's "What Would You Do?" and "Blue Bloods" attracting the night's biggest audience

On the negative side, whatever small audience The CW miniseries "Labyrinth" had in its first part dwindled in its second and FOX's encores continued to barely even get a sampling on Fridays.

NOTE: It was a slow Friday and all Fridays will likely to continue to be slow until September. As a result, I won't be doing Friday Fast Nationals through the summer, which has been by general policy over the years. If anything notable airs on a Friday, I can always check in. Normally I would have stopped after last Friday, but I wanted to make sure I finished out the "Hannibal" season.

On to the numbers...

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Wyatt Nash, "Petals on the Wind"

Wyatt Nash, "Petals on the Wind"

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Wyatt Nash talks about playing an incestuous brother on 'Petals on the Wind'

The 'Flowers in the Attic' sequel jumps forward a decade

If you think that Christopher seems awfully grown up in the "Petals on the Wind," the sequel to  the recent adaptation of V.C. Andrews' "Flowers in the Attic," you're not wrong. To cut the unwieldy book down to size, "Petals" (which premieres Mon. May 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET)  tosses out the highly creepy storyline in which Cathy has an affair with the much older Dr. Paul and leaps forward ten years. The role of Christopher, which was played by Mason Dye in "Flowers," now features relative newcomer Wyatt Nash. I spoke to Nash briefly this week and found that he not only has those Dollanganger looks everyone gushes about in the books and movies, but he's taking this acting thing seriously -- not every thespian would have the commitment to find a meaningful and sympathetic take on a storyline that makes most people go ew. 

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<p>Anne Dorval and Antoine-Olivier Pilon in &quot;Mommy.&quot;</p>

Anne Dorval and Antoine-Olivier Pilon in "Mommy."

Credit: Cannes Film Festival

Predicting the Cannes awards: What will win, and what should

Ceylan, Dolan or Zvyagintsev for the Palme? And can Marion Cotillard prevail?

CANNES - The sun is out, the  films have screened, the rosé has almost run dry, and every conversation on the Croisette seems to begin with, "So, what's winning the Palme d'Or?" And the answer that almost inevitably follows is, "Oh, I don't know." Opinion varies this year as to whether it's been a very high-level Competition or a respectably disappointing one -- but either way, the upshot is that it's the most seemingly competitive one in several years, with a handful of well-received films on the awards shuffle-board.

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<p>Spencer of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Spencer of "Survivor: Cagayan"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Spencer Bledsoe talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

'Survivor' superfan is frank about his failings and what surprised him about the game

[Prelude: This was a nutty, chaotic week and I really wasn't able to get on top of my seven "Amazing Race: All-Stars" and "Survivor: Cagayan" exit interviews. Apologies for the slowness, but it means a little extra content over the holiday weekend and whatnot. Starting tonight, I'll post my four "Survivor: Cagayan" exit interviews, one per day (give or take) starting with the season's fourth place finisher. Then I'll get to the three "Amazing Race: All-Stars" exit interviews, by which time you'll hopefully have forgotten how awful the finale was. Again, though, sorry for the delay.]

My first two "Survivor: Cagayan" finale exit interviews could hardly be more different.

Up first is Spencer Bledsoe, who made a disadvantageous alliance at the beginning with Garrett, an alliance that nearly led to his snuffing from the notoriously weak Brains tribe. Spencer came close to being in a power position after the Merge, but Kass' abrupt flip-flop had him scurrying for several weeks. Only a string of Immunity wins, aggressive scrambling and Tony's paranoia kept him from going home, but a tight Immunity loss to Kass at Final 4 ended his run.

In some cases finishing fourth is a disappointment, but given Spencer's early position, such a long run was so impressive that he earned a vocal apology and a sealed letter of apology from "Survivor" host Jeff Probst, who underestimated him initially.

Reflecting on his experience, super-fan Spencer is humble, introspective and self-deprecating, which runs counter to the Spencer we met at the start of the season. He's quick to point out his strategic flaws and fast to credit the season's winner, Tony, who he says he would have voted for over himself, had he somehow been both on the Jury and in the Final 2. 

The next exit interview, posting tomorrow, is with Kass. Her hindsight perspective is a bit different.

Click through for my Q&A with Spencer, who candidly handicaps his Jury prospects had he made the Final 2 and explains the speech he made in Tony's favor at Final Tribal... 

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