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Aaron Sorkin says 'I apologize' about 'The Newsroom'

Aaron Sorkin says "I apologize" about "The Newsroom"
“I’m going to let you all stand in for everyone in the world, if you don’t mind. I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with 'The Newsroom' and I apologize and I’d like to start over,” Sorkin said during a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival, admitting there was a "terrible misunderstanding" he had with the media.


Michelle Obama reacts to the “Scandal” season finale
"It was pretty intense,” the first lady tells “ET" at today's White House Easter Egg Hunt. "I just started following ‘Scandal' this year, so now of course I'm hooked.”


Sarah Chalke & Selma Blair team up for Amazon pilot “Really”
They’ll join Jay Chandrasekhar, who’s writing, directing and starring in the comedy pilot about a group of 30-something friends.

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"Dancing with the Stars"

"Dancing with the Stars"

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'Dancing with the Stars' recap: It's party anthem night!

Meryl has tamed Maks once and for all

Party anthems! It's fitting, I guess, that the guest judge is Redfoo of LMFAO. Even though he won't be able to offer any useful critique of the dancing, he will be able to keep energy high at the judges' table. More importantly, he'll probably bother the hell out of Len, and that can never be a bad thing. So, what is he looking for in the performances? Something that will make him "go woo," of course. Aren't we all? 

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Netflix says Maryland 'House of Cards' tax dispute is 'overcome-able'

Netflix says Maryland "House of Cards" tax dispute is “overcome-able”
Netflix is still in talks to keep the two-season drama in Maryland. PLUS: “Veep” will stay in Baltimore for Season 4.


Courteney Cox: I’ve tried and failed to have a “Friends” reunion at my house for 10 years
“It’s not going to happen,” she tells Letterman, who asked Cox the typical "Friends" reunion question.


Former Fox, NBC and WB boss accused of sexual assault in case related to Bryan Singer
Garth Ancier, who put shows from “Buffy” to “The West Wing” on TV, is accused of sexually abusing Michael Egan when he was a minor. Ancier was founding entertainment president of Fox and The WB, before assuming the same job at NBC.


“Devious Maids” returns up from last year
In the young adult demo, the ABC Family series reached nearly 1 million viewers.


“Silicon Valley’s fake startup launches a real website
Introducing PiedPiper.com.


“Obsessive-compulsive” James Spader has to speak with “The Blacklist” producers 7 days a week
"I haven't talked to him today yet," says exec producer Jon Bokencamp tells Rolling Stone, "but last weekend, on his birthday, we were on the phone for two and a half hours, and on Thanksgiving, when I was in Colorado, I was out pacing on the phone for two hours. This stuff keeps him up at night. He can dig his heels in. The conversations can be frustrating.” PLUS: Ryan Eggold says Spader is great to work with — when he gets the opportunity.


Finally, “Mad Men” makes race the prominent theme of an episode
Peggy’s a-hole behavior sequence, says Seth Stevenson, "seems like a pretty solid metaphor for midcentury American racial relations.” PLUS: Sally Draper turns 60 this month, about that episode-ending Zombies song, and Matthew Weiner on how he cast Pete Campbell.


Maisie Williams on “Game of Thrones’” 2nd most shocking scene of the week: “It was awful”
"It was disgusting, and I was dry-heaving throughout the whole day,” she says.


Complaint: TV nudity is annoying!
"Here’s the main reason why TV nudity makes me anxious,” says Simon Doonan. "The characters on any series become, over time, familiar and squishy and cosy. They become my TV friends. Because they are my TV friends I expect them to behave like my real friends.”


Report: One of Andi Dorfman’s “Bachelorette” suitors was critically injured in a paragliding accident
Season 10 bachelor Eric Hall was reportedly hospitalized after crashing on Sunday in Utah.


“Community” mocks NBC
Watch the fake shows created for the Season 5 finale. PLUS: “Community” stars are still pushing for “Six Seasons and a Movie."


“Boondocks” isn’t the same without creator Aaron McGruder
It’s been 3 1/2 years since the last season, but that time off won’t make you forget what’s missing in Season 4. As Phil Dyess-Nugent notes, “based on a small sampling of upcoming episodes, the new season is a copy of McGruder’s baby made from a printer that needs a fresh ink cartridge. The clear, hard lines of McGruder’s vision and sensibility aren’t the only things that are a little faded.


Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen made a “Portlandia” cameo
Allen, owner of the Portland Trailblazers and the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks, appeared in a Kickstarter sketch.


Kate McKinnon: “SNL” plans to do more all-female music videos
“We’ve got a process worked out about writing these songs so I think we’ll try to do more in the future,” she says of sketches like “Twin Bed” one with Jimmy Fallon and “Dongs  All Over the World.” PLUS: Cecily Strong’s apartment gets a makeover.


Chris Messina defends last week’s “Mindy Project” twist
"I know that’s a wimpy cop-out, and something a lot of guys do,” he says, "but I think you’ll see if you watch the remainder of the season that he tries to redeem himself — he’s made an awful mistake and she’s the woman of his dreams.”


The "Love & Hip Hop" sex tape is the most-pirated sex tape of all time
Mimi Faust’s sex tape is even bigger than Kim Kardashian’s.


Aubrey Plaza: I’ve been trying to get pregnant on “Parks and Rec,” too
"I think they’re doing it to spite me, getting Leslie pregnant,” she jokes. PLUS: Chris Pratt can make a French braid.


“Orphan Black’s” Donnie ranks the clones
"The most awesome clone, the winner of the clone-off for episode 201, has gotta be Sarah. She’s killing it. She’s killing it!” says Kristian Bruun.


Why this week’s “Veep” was one of its best-ever episodes
There was a “scarred humanity” in one scene this week.


Pharrell turned 41 with a “SpongeBob”-themed birthday party
Check out the giant “SpongeBob” burger cake.

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<p>Guess who&#39;s got two thumbs and may be working with Danny Boyle again</p>

Guess who's got two thumbs and may be working with Danny Boyle again

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Danny Boyle may direct Leonardo DiCaprio as Steve Jobs

It would be the first time they've worked together since 'The Beach'

Guess who's got two thumbs and may be playing Steve Jobs.

One of the advantages that Danny Boyle will have if he does indeed sign on to direct the Steve Job biopic that Sony is preparing to make is that he can look at "Jobs," the film released last year, and make sure not to repeat any of that movie's creepy tone-deaf mistakes.

It helps, of course, that Aaron Sorkin is writing the film. In the genuinely weird Ashton Kutcher movie, there are no less than two scenes that treat product reveals as major triumphs of the human spirit. If Sorkin was able to expertly chart the way the various relationship dynamics in "The Social Network" shifted and evolved, then I'm confident he'll be able to turn Jobs, Wozniak, and the other strong personalities in the film into equally memorable and authentic characters. Water Isaacson's book walked a tricky line between the typical authorized mythmaking that happens with autobiographies or officially sanctioned biographies and the tell-all end of the business. It's a sympathetic but not saintly portrait of a guy who sounds like he was incredibly complicated as a human being and undeniably brilliant as a businessman.

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Kacey Musgraves and Katy  Perry
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Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves saddle up for CMT's 'Crossroads' taping

Read all about it before the episode premieres in June

LOS ANGELES—For the 50th episode of its genre-swapping performance show, “Crossroads,” CMT turned to two female performers at the top of their game: Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves. (SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading now if you don't know the songs they performed)

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George R.R. Martin defends 'Game of Thrones’' controversial scene, which was altered from the book

George R.R. Martin defends “Game of Thrones’” controversial scene, which was altered from the book
The book, Martin points out, is from Jaime’s point of view. He also notes that the TV series is operating on a different timeline, adding that "the scene was always intended to be disturbing.” PLUS: The director of last night’s episode never read the scene in the book.


John Turturro will take over James Gandolfini’s role on HBO’s “Criminal Justice”
Turturro will take over for Robert De Niro, who took on the role following Gandolfini’s death last year. Gandolfini starred in the pilot of the legal miniseries, playing a defense attorney.


Shonda Rhimes to deliver Dartmouth’s commencement speech
Like Mindy Kaling, the “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” honcho is a graduate of the Ivy League school.

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Jack White
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Jack White careens through new track, 'Lazaretto'

He just increased your vocabulary by one word

Jack White’s songs often sounds like they could come unhinged at any moment and “Lazaretto,” the title track to his new album, out June 10, is no exception.  

“Lazaretto” opens with a funky stomp, as White sings that “every single bone in my brain is electric.” That’s a medical impossibility, but we get what he’s going for. As usual, there’s some woman that’s causing him trouble. “When I say nothing, I say everything,” he sings as he laments being quarantined on “The Isle of Man,” or maybe in this case, it should be lower case man, as he sings about the war between the sexes (or so we think; some of the words are indecipherable).

The song then goes into a fuzzy, lacerating guitar solo as a bridge into the second part, a Who-like, high-energy blast about closing the doors of the prison. That part only lasts for about 30 seconds, before the last portion is a fiddle-based, high-octane fizzy rock instrumental.

In other words, it’s all over the place and, yet, somehow hangs together with duct tape, White’s distinctive vocal, and guitar shredding.  “Lazaretto” is more frenetic and less blues-based than “High Ball Stepper,” an instrumental track from “Lazaretto” released earlier this month.

By the way, the official definition of lazaretto is a quarantine station for travelers by sea.

As we previously reported, White recorded a live, mono version of “Lazaretto” and manufactured and distributed it Saturday (April 19) as part of Record Store Day in an effort to set the record for World’s Fastest Released Record. We’re not sure exactly who held the old record.

The single, "Lazaretto," will be available via iTunes April 22.

Track listing for “Lazaretto”

1. Three Women
2. Lazaretto
3. Temporary Ground
4. Would You Fight For My Love?
5. High Ball Stepper
6. Just One Drink
7. Alone In My Home
8. Entitlement
9. That Black Bat Licorice
10. I Think I Found The Culprit
11. Want And Able

 

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Captains Johnathan Hillstrand and Bill "Wild Bill" Wichrowski

"Deadliest Catch" captains Johnathan Hillstrand and Bill "Wild Bill" Wichrowski

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'Deadliest Catch' captains Wild Bill and Johnathan talk bloodiest season yet

The captains stop by the HitFix studio to talk blood and guts and crab

"Deadliest Catch" kicks off season 10 (yes, 10) on Tues. April 22 at 9:00 p.m. on Discovery, and to kick things off Time Bandit Captain Johnathan Hillstrand and Cape Caution Captain Bill "Wild Bill" Wichrowski stopped by the HitFix studio first thing in the morning (well, 9:00 a.m., so it wasn't all that early for them) to talk about the new season, which they deemed the "bloodiest one yet." 

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'Game of Thrones' matches its season premiere record ratings with Episode 3

“Game of Thrones” matches its season premiere record ratings with Episode 3
The viewership of 6.6 million last night matched the Season 4 premiere two weeks ago, which was HBO’s highest-rated episode since “The Sopranos” finale.


DVR users give “Fargo’s” premiere a massive boost
Viewership jumped 68%, from 2.65 million to 4.46 million, thanks to DVR users.


“Last Comic Standing” editors go on strike 1 month before the show’s return
The editors are seeking a union contract with NBC. No word on how this strike will affect “Last Comic Standing’s” broadcast schedule.


Netflix raising prices $1 to $2 per month for new customers
Current members will keep paying they same price for a “generous” amount of time.


TLC cancels “Women of Homicide”
The docuseries lasted two of its eight episodes. "The show was not resonating with our viewers as we had hoped for, but we are very proud of the series and are sad to see it go,” says a TLC spokesperson.


“Orphan Black” returns big among important young viewers
About 620,000 total viewers watched the first airing of the Season 2 premiere on Saturday.


Ex-“Idol” contestant denies reports she’s dating Ian Somerhalder
"I've been off the market for 2 yrs!” Molly Swenson wrote on Twitter.


Emma Stone pitches herself for “True Detective” Season 2 — with Kristen Wiig
"That would be amazing,” she says. "I would do 'True Detective' with Kristen Wiig in a heartbeat."

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"Chrisley Knows Best"

"Chrisley Knows Best"

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Win cool 'Chrisley Knows Best' stuff

The season finale airs Tuesday on USA

If you've gotten hooked on the USA series "Chrisley Knows Best" (season finale Tues. April 22 at 10:00 p.m.), don't be sad that it's wrapping up -- season two has already been ordered, and more importantly, you can win a T-shirt and stuff. I'll be live-Tweeting the show on Tuesday, so be sure to tune in -- because right after it airs, we'll be picking winners. That's right, winners. Like, five of them. 

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<p>Melanie Laurent</p>

Melanie Laurent

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Mélanie Laurent one of 11 directors selected for Cannes Critics' Week

Andrea Arnold will preside over the jury for the sidebar competition

Critics' Week at the Cannes Film Festival is one of those institutions that generally looks impressive only in retrospect. In advance, it's hard to tell which of the films selected for the sidebar will really land, but look back at the archives, and it's remarkable how many significant films -- from Ken Loach's "Kes" to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu's "Amores Perros" -- have quietly premiered there.

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<p>Zach Woods and Thomas Middleditch in &quot;Silicon Valley,&quot; which HBO renewed today.</p>

Zach Woods and Thomas Middleditch in "Silicon Valley," which HBO renewed today.

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HBO renews 'Silicon Valley' & 'Veep'

Sunday comedies have done well airing after already-renewed 'Game of Thrones'

Two weeks ago, HBO renewed "Game of Thrones" for two additional seasons, in one of the more no-brainer TV decisions of late. Today, the pay cabler renewed the rest of their current Sunday lineup, ensuring that both "Silicon Valley" and "Veep" will continue into 2015.

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