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"Flowers in the Attic"

"Flowers in the Attic"

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Lifetime signs on for more incest drama with 'Petals on the Wind'

Even more adaptations of the V.C. Andrews book series are coming

On the heels of the "Flowers in the Attic," Lifetime will premiere its sequel "Petals on the Wind" on Memorial Day (Mon., May 26, at 9:00 p.m. ET). Because what better way to celebrate a national holiday than with a movie about incest, drug use and dancing?

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<p>Cory Michael Smith</p>

Cory Michael Smith

Future Riddler cast in FOX's 'Gotham'

Young Broadway vet lands Edward Nygma role in DC Comics' drama

Riddle me this: Why is a raven like a writing desk?

While you're thinking on that one, riddle me this: Who will play Edward Nygma in FOX's "Gotham" pilot?

While The Hatter's riddle has no one answer, the answer to the second one is at your finger-tips if you just follow something that's black and white and read all over, namely this blog. 

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Fox's 'Gotham' casts The Riddler

Fox's "Gotham" casts The Riddler
Newcomer Cory Michael Smith will play Edward Nygma, the future Riddler, on the Batman prequel series.

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<p>I love that Kevin Costner looks like he&#39;s ready to go shoot a Western at a moment&#39;s notice.</p>

I love that Kevin Costner looks like he's ready to go shoot a Western at a moment's notice.

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Kevin Costner on authenticity in 'Draft Day' and picks Westerns for Film Nerd 2.0

Seriously, could we have a better guest programmer?

When I was preparing yesterday morning for the "Draft Day" press day, it hit me that in the seventeen years I've been doing this, I've never interviewed Kevin Costner before. I am a big fan of his work in front of the camera and behind it as well, and in particular, I think his affinity for Westerns is pretty great.

A four-minute interview is hardly the way to get to know someone, and I'm not sure Costner's the kind of guy who would ever want to sit down for an in-depth chat about his full filmography. I'd love to do that, but that wasn't what was on the table for Sunday. Instead, we talked a little bit about the authenticity of "Draft Day," the new Ivan Reitman film where Costner plays the general manager of the Cleveland Browns.

Before we started rolling, though, I explained the Film Nerd 2.0 column to him, and I asked if he'd be willing to suggest some Westerns for the boys at the end of the interview, and he told me he'd be happy to since I gave him some advance warning. So far, they've seen a grand total of three Westerns. I wrote about the experience they had with "The Cowboys" and "Rio Bravo" when my dad showed them to them on vacation. The other one they've seen was, appropriately enough, "Silverado," which we watched together after they saw "Raiders Of The Lost Ark." I figured Lawrence Kasdan made a good bridge for them, and Toshi in particular thought "Silverado" was awesome.

When we got to that moment, I thought Costner's answers were tremendous, and I give him all the props in the world for suggesting that "Dances With Wolves" is a pretty good Western. I tend to agree, and I certainly have that one set aside for a special event. It got me thinking, though, that I may try something different for this year's Film Nerd 2.0 Spring Break Film Festival and ask different filmmakers to offer up suggestions for the various themed evenings. We'll definitely be doing "How The West Was Won" this time around, and I want to thank Costner for playing along. He was every bit the thoughtful and down-to-earth guy you'd hope looking at the roles he's played for the last 30 years, and it was a real pleasure to finally chat with him, even if it was brief.

"Draft Day" is in theaters August 11, 2014.

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"Amish Mafia"

"Amish Mafia"

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Exclusive: Was 'Amish Mafia' star Esther the victim of sexual assault?

Esther reveals she was tortured by an unnamed man

In this exclusive clip from this week's episode of "Amish Mafia" (Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. on Discovery), Esther Schmucker makes a horrifying revelation. Warning: this clip may be difficult to watch.

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Fox dumping 'Rake's' final 2 episodes on Saturday

Fox dumping "Rake's" final 2 episodes on Saturday
The low-rated Greg Kinnear drama will get a quiet sendoff this weekend.


Josh Radnor responds to "HIMYM" backlash and says a "really important scene" was cut
"I thought it was a really important scene," he says of a scene involving Ted and Robin. As for the backlash, he says, "I thought the title of the show was always a bit of a fake-out. It was more of a hook to hang the thing on. Really it was more about these are the crazy adventures and these are the lessons I had to learn before I met your mother."


Netflix adds "Sizzling Bacon" and "Rotisserie Chicken" to its lineup
Jon Hamm created the 20-minute video of bacon cooking for April Fool's Day. "Rotisserie Chicken," meanwhile, runs 70 minutes in reverse.


Demian Bichir's brother will join him on "The Bridge"
Bruno Bichir will play a wealthy Mexican business leader who becomes connected to his brother's character.


DirecTV orders its 1st original comedy series
“Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight" will focus on a variety of L.A. relationships after 12 a.m.


"Game of Thrones" gets the "Honest Trailer" treatment
Watch the hilarious NSFW Screen Junkies take on the HBO series.


"60 Minutes" blames an "audio error" for adding sound to a quiet Tesla electric car
The error made the Tesla sound as loud as a motorcycle.


Netflix orders Pablo Escobar drama "Narcos"
The 10-episode series will offer a  a serialized take on Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel.


"Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham becomes an erotic novelist
She has signed on to write a trilogy of books, starting with "Celebrity Sex Tape: In the Making."


Watch the trailer for the Aaron McGruder-less "Boondocks"
The Adult Swim series returns for its final season on April 21.

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<p>&quot;Snowpiercer&quot;</p>

"Snowpiercer"

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Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer' to open 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival

The premiere is set for June 11

The last time we were talking about Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" was about eight months ago when word surfaced that Harvey Weinstein was looking to cut 20 minutes out of the film ahead of its North American release. It had already played quite well in South Korea and picked up a fair share of raves across Asia and at this and that foreign film festival.

The film will be released Stateside on June 27, but word comes today that it will see its official US premiere two weeks earlier as the opening night presentation at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Wednesday, June 11.

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Kongos
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5 Things You Should Know about Kongos' 'Come With Me Now'

Are Kongos the next Lorde?

We know you’ve heard it: Kongos’ “Come With Me Now” is zooming up the chart: it’s No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart and is the latest hit to come out of nowhere. The infectious stomp, anchored by an accordion and a deep, opening growl of a voice, sounds like nothing else on the radio right now. It’s part novelty, part metal, part dreamscape, reminiscent of Paul SImon’s “Boy in the Bubble,” and yet it’s its own thing.

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Canceled 'Wonderland' star is headed to 'Once Upon a Time'

Canceled "Wonderland" star is headed to "Once Upon a Time"
Michael Socha, The Knave of Hearts, will become a series regular next season if "Once" is renewed.


Does "HIMYM" finale ruin the entire series?
No way, says  Todd VanDerWerff, who adds: "Any TV show worth its salt understands that the age of endless Internet chatter about TV series overvalues endings in the grand scheme of things. The pleasure — particularly in a sitcom — is all in the journey....Though the finale can’t invalidate the pleasures of the show’s run—particularly its first four years and substantial portions of seasons five through seven—it does create the impression that the series’ creators were telling a vastly different story from the one they seemed to be, and it provides the ending for a story that much of the audience wasn’t aware it was even supposed to be watching. Does it ruin the show? No. But it’ll make it play more strangely in syndicated reruns." PLUS: Fans vented their anger on Twitter, how to cope with a disappointing finale, Cobie Smulders posts her view of the final scene, what do the kids look like now?, the ending was perfect if you stopped watching the show, Lily and Marshall were TV's best couple, TV finales will inevitably disappoint, and this finale shouldn't affect "How I Met Your Dad."


Discovery Channel order the "Hunger Games"-esque "Survival Live"
Eight contestants will compete for six weeks in the wilderness, and viewers will be able to watch them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Discovery promises "viewers will play a large role in each survivalist’s success or failure."


"#CancelColbert" campaign creator admits she doesn't want Colbert canceled
“I like the show,” said Twitter activist Suey Park, in an interview with the New Yorker, which adds: "Instead, she said, she saw the hashtag as a way to critique white liberals who use forms of racial humor to mock more blatant forms of racism." PLUS: Twitter co-founder helps Colbert destroy @colbertreport.


"The Blacklist's" problem: The show is dead without Red
The NBC drama has failed to develop any of the other characters.


Introducing the "Girl Meets World" cast
Check out the official cast portrait.


UK viewers may get to watch "Mad Men's" season premiere simulcast in the middle of the night
The "Game of Thrones" premiere is airing at 2 am in Britain, and "Mad Men" might do the same for its UK viewers.


Kevin Hart's ABC comedy pilot gets shaken up
Romany Malco's girlfriend on the pilot, Amber Stevens, is being replaced by "Army Wives" vet Ryan Michelle Bathe.


A&E orders a reality show following the winners of the Doritos Super Bowl ad contest
"The Herbert Brothers" will follow the five brothers who helped launch the No. 1 Super Bowl commercial.


"Game of Thrones" inspires a "Musical"
Watch Jon Snow, Daenerys, Sansa Stark and Cersei Lannister sing! PLUS: Peter Dinklage says an "enormous guy" confiscates cell phones on "Game of Thrones" set.


Jimmy Fallon is live-streaming the Ford dealers competing to sell him an F-150
The hands on the care stunt has been going on aboard an aircraft carrier for more than half a day.

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<p>Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy in <em>slightly </em>better days on &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy in slightly better days on "Game of Thrones."

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'Game of Thrones' star Alfie Allen on Theon's torture

What was it like spending most of season 3 strapped down and abused?

Alfie Allen has had a whiplash-inducing experience on “Game of Thrones.” As Theon Greyjoy, boy hostage of the Stark family, he was a relatively minor player in the first season. Then in the second, he had one of the most prominent, clear and interesting character arcs, as Theon betrayed the Starks to get back in the good graces of his cruel father, only to overreach (and murder innocent children) in his attempts to impress dear papa. And he spent virtually all of the third season strapped to a large X-shaped cross, suffering physical and psychological torture at the hands of the sadistic Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon), who ultimately mutilated Theon and redubbed him Reek.

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'How I Met Your Mother' exits with its highest-rated episode

"How I Met Your Mother" exits with its highest-rated episode
About 12.9 million tuned in, a 51% jump from last week's episode. "Friends with Better Lives" followed with about 8 million viewers. PLUS: "HIMYM" creators stand by the finale, on Twitter.


Rosie O'Donnell will be presented with an honorary Tony Award
Rosie will receive the 2014 Isabelle Stevenson Award for her commitment to arts education for New York City’s public school children.


"Friday Night Tykes" is coming back for a 2nd season
Esquire Network appreciated the "national debate" the controversial reality show sparked.


BBC America picks up Season 2 of "The Musketeers" before its American debut
BBC is already airing the Alexandre Dumas series starring "Skins" alum Luke Pasqualino and Peter Capaldi, among others.


Amazon to stream "24: Live Another Day"
Amazon already has the rights to all the "24" episodes, which recently expired on Netflix.


CBS to adapt Aisha Tyler's book
"The Talk" star's "Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation" will get the TV treatment.

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<p>Old Man Ted in the &quot;How I Met Your Mother&quot; finale</p>

Old Man Ted in the "How I Met Your Mother" finale

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother' finale hits highs, but 'Blacklist' helps NBC win Monday

'Dancing' outdraws the 'HIMYM' finale overall and puts ABC in second

Fast National ratings for Monday, March 31, 2014.

The series finale of "How I Met Your Mother" delivered big numbers for CBS Monday, helping the network dominate the start of primetime and beating "The Voice." However, low numbers for the [series?] finale of "Intelligence" helped NBC eke out a Monday win among young viewers and also win overall, edging "Dancing"-fueled ABC.

The "How I Met Your Mother" finale drew the biggest overall audience (12.94 million) in the show's history, as well as its best 18-49 rating (5.3), its best 18-34 rating (5.8) and a tie for its best 25-54 rating (5.4).

Even with the big "HIMYM" audience, FOX's "Bones" posted a small week-to-week gain, while The CW's "Star-Crossed" and particularly "The Tomorrow People" were up.

On to the numbers...

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