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<p>Anne Hathaway in &quot;Interstellar&quot;</p>

Anne Hathaway in "Interstellar"

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New 'Interstellar' trailer raises the hype and teases the mysteries of the cosmos

Here's hoping this delivers on a very promising premise

Back when the first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" dropped, I asked if we'd be talking about the film come Oscar season. With a November release date and arguably the industry's top blockbuster/prestige filmmaker at the helm, it was a warranted question. Now with the second trailer we dive a little further into what this story is, how it will be told, and the excitement hops up another notch.

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It’s official: Michael Weatherly is returning to 'NCIS'

It’s official: Michael Weatherly is returning to “NCIS”
As part of his new two-year deal, Weatherly will be able to produce projects for CBS.

AMC orders Billy Corgan’s wrestling show, prop makers’ reality show, plus Chris Hardwick's “All-Star Celebrity Bowling”
The Smashing Pumpkins frontman will take viewers behind the scenes of a Chicago-based wrestling league, while Chris Hardwick’s web show “All-Star Celebrity Bowling” is coming to TV with the cast of “Mad Men” battling Hardwick’s Nerdist crew.

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'Barbara Walters' interviews Barbara Walters

"Barbara Walters" interviews Barbara Walters
“SNL” alum Cheri Oteri revived her Walters impression, perhaps Barbara’s favorite, for Walters’ final day on “The View.” PLUS: Watch highlights from Walters' final show.

Report: NFL knew about Michael Sam’s OWN reality show before the draft, but didn’t tell its teams
Would knowing about the Sam’s reality TV plans affected his draft status? UPDATE: NFL calls this story "completely wrong."

Jimmy Fallon hosting a drum battle between Will Ferrell and his Red Hot Chili Peppers doppelganger
RHCP drummer Chad Smith, who’s often mistaken for Ferrell, will battle it out against the former “SNL” star next Thursday.

“Jeopardy!” has Alex Trebek rap ‘90s hip-hop songs
Watch as Trebek tackles "The 1990s Rap Song” category. PLUS: Meyers getting a lot of material from his new marriage.

Seth Meyers is beating Craig Ferguson, but not “Nightline”
The ABC news program has the advantage of only running half an hour. PLUS: Meyers mining his new marriage for material.

“The Big Bang Theory” has a poignant season finale
The CBS sitcom manages to be funny while being sweet. PLUS: A strong close to a strong season.

Kendra Wilkinson welcomes her 2nd child
It’s a girl for the “Kendra on Top” star and her husband Hank Baskett.

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Andrew Garfield in Arcade Fire's 'We Exist' video

Andrew Garfield stars in Arcade Fire's moving 'We Exist' video: Watch

Spider-Man plays a sweet transvestite looking for acceptance

Arcade Fire’s video for “We Exist” is a moving, if sometimes heavy handed, look at our universal desire to be loved for who we are.

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"Long Island Medium"

"Long Island Medium"

Credit: TLC

Exclusive clip: The 'Long Island Medium' gives a surprise Big Easy reading

The feisty psychic heads to New Orleans in the season finale

It must be a little unsettling to have some random stranger walk up to you and start talking about the ghosts floating around your head, but when that random stranger is Theresa Caputo, it's all good. The season finale of "Long Island Medium" is coming up (Sun. May 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET on TLC), and in it Caputo takes her show on the road, prowling around New Orleans to assault people with news of the dead. Really, she's like a semi-ghoulish fairy godmother, isn't she? In this exclusive clip, she tags some woman on the street to tell her about her father who died from lung cancer. It's better than Mardi Gras!

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Chris Pratt calls 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' 'mind-blowing' from the London set

Chris Pratt calls 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' 'mind-blowing' from the London set

This is just the start of our coverage on this one

There are so many things I want to tell you about the time I spent in London on the set of "Guardians Of The Galaxy."

Today, though, we're still embargoed on the vast majority of it, and so we're going to focus on one of the interviews that we conducted as a group. Seems like Chris Pratt's a good place to start in any conversation about this film, since this will be the biggest film role he's ever had, and much of the success of the film hinges on how the audience takes to him as Peter Quill aka Star Lord.

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'The Big Bang Theory' has its best-ever season finale, Cristina’s goodbye doesn’t boost 'Grey’s" Anatomy'

“The Big Bang Theory” has its best-ever season finale, Cristina’s goodbye doesn’t boost “Grey’s" Anatomy"
About 16.3 million tuned in for last night’s “Big Bang,” while Sandra Oh’s final “Grey’s Anatomy” was barely up from last week.

ABC’s “Rising Star” taps Josh Groban as host and Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley as judges
With “American Idol” fading, can ABC’s music competition succeed?

Spike TV’s Guy’s Choice Awards names Matthew McConaughey “Guy of the Year”
Other honorees include Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who will be given the Hot and Funny award.

Sandra Oh on her “Grey’s Anatomy” exit: "I was completely in tears — but not broken”
"It was not a place of being sad,” she says. "It was a place of being tremendously moved. It's not like I broke down and I was crying. I felt so filled with the meaning of this moment that it was very emotional. I do want to try to be specific about the quality of the emotions because many people can be sad — and it is sad — but I was extremely moved.” PLUS: Cristina Yang was at the heart of “Grey’s,” and she actually got a dignified exit.

Former “Idol” champ Scotty McCreery recounts his home invasion robbery with Ryan Seacrest
"I was on the ground,” he said of the May 5 robbery, "and he was holding the gun to our heads. I was staring down the barrel of a pistol.”

Michael Sam’s reality show gets the Taiwanese animation treatment
Is Oprah exploiting the NFL's first openly gay player?

Michael C. Hall: “I feel good about” the “Dexter” finale
Andy Cohen asked Hall last night on “Watch What Happens Live” about fans being “pissed" at the finale. PLUS: Would Hall do a “Dexter” spinoff?

Maya Rudolph talks to Seth Meyers about her rejected “SNL” sketches
Watch her sing the lyrics to the “Taxi” theme song, which of course has no lyrics. PLUS: Meyers recalls his wedding to Stefon on their 1-year anniversary.

Does dying on “The Vampire Diaries” matter?
The final two episodes of the season delved a lot into death.

New book will tackle the most important TV shows in American history
Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall and his former TV critic college from New Jersey’s Star-Ledger, New York magazine TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, are teaming up for the expansive book.

“iZombie” statue for sale
A statue of Rose McIver's Liv Moore standing on a brain will be for sale in November for $100.

Patton Oswalt on a horse interrupts “Jimmy Kimmel Live”
Watch him present Kimmel with a Webby Award for his twerking viral video.

Arsenio Hall asks Shannen Doherty if Jason Priestley’s memoir detailing her diva behavior was true
"It was so long ago, honestly I would have to refer to the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of journals I have of every single day, taking account of everything that happened,” Doherty responded. "But I don't know. I always say that everybody had their own version of the truths and memories are very funny things.”

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<p>The &quot;Big Bang Theory&quot; finale</p>

The "Big Bang Theory" finale

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: Finale high for 'Big Bang Theory,' but 'Grey's Anatomy' rises little on Thursday

'American Idol' rises, while 'Rosemary's Baby' remains a failure

Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 15, 2014.

"The Big Bang Theory" had its most-watched season finale to-date, far above last year's finale which went against an "American Idol" send-off, and led CBS to easy Thursday wins in all measures.

As usual, primetime results were mixed.

On the positive side, "American Idol" continued its pre-finale rise with big week-to-week gains, with "Hell's Kitchen" also getting a bump for FOX.

On the negative side, "Rosemary's Baby" continued to be a major disappointment for NBC, though the second part of the high-profile miniseries was steady from Sunday's dismal second hour.

Then there are the mixed results.

Some observers will rave that "Grey's Anatomy" got a big week-to-week bump for Cristina's departure. This is technically true, but "Grey's Anatomy" was down steeply last week, so this week's gains still put the finale below the numbers from two weeks ago, which isn't such an impressive bump at all.

Similarly, "The Vampire Diaries" finale was up a hair from last week in the key demo, but down significantly from last year's finale and, in fact, "TVD" was down from last week in total viewers.

On to the numbers...

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Buy our book (in 2 years): Sepinwall & Seitz teaming up again

Buy our book (in 2 years): Sepinwall & Seitz teaming up again

Your local critic and his ex-partner from The Star-Ledger are reuniting for a book on the greatest TV shows of all time

Just a quick piece of news that I swear I will not be going on and on about over the next year or two: I am writing another book.

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Review: 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' soars above most Hollywood franchise films
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Review: 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' soars above most Hollywood franchise films

How did they make it look so easy?

CANNES -- Before the screening of "How To Train Your Dragon 2" started, there was a special trailer that was put together just for this event, celebrating 20 years of DreamWorks Animation bringing movies to Cannes to premiere.

What I found most impressive about it is how they managed to make even the films I really enjoyed from their studio look terrible by emphasizing the loud, the coarse, the most obvious of the jokes. It played more like a threat than a celebration, and it makes me wonder… is this what DreamWorks thinks works best with their films? Is this what they want every one of their movies to look like?

If so, the "How To Train Your Dragon" series must drive them crazy.

With this second film in the series, Dean DeBlois (who both wrote and directed the movie) has turned this into the most exciting overall property that DreamWorks has, live-action or animated. The film has an immediate confidence, and they don't spend much time trying to explain the first film. This is a sequel that has its own story to tell and that gets right down to it, and it expands on the ideas from the first film, but in a way that tells a thematically satisfying and complete story. In other words, this is how franchises are supposed to work.

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Review: Atom Egoyan's kidnapping drama 'Captive' is arch and ridiculous
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Review: Atom Egoyan's kidnapping drama 'Captive' is arch and ridiculous

'Prisoners' doesn't have anything to worry about

CANNES -- It's hard to know where to start when analyzing what went wrong with a film as preposterous and phony as Atom Egoyan's "The Captive," a kidnapping drama that kicked off the first Friday of this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Egoyan is a frustrating filmmaker these days. In the early part of his career, his work was distinguished by a chilly, clinical style and a fascination with perspective. "Next Of Kin," "Family Viewing," and "Speaking Parts" all displayed enormous promise, and he hit his stride with films like "Exotica" and "The Sweet Hereafter." Lately, though, his films feel half-baked, increasingly distanced from any recognizable human behavior, and with "Devil's Knot," his dramatic take on the story of the West Memphis Three, it felt to me like he'd gone completely off the rails as a storyteller. I couldn't even figure out what point he thought he was making with the material that had already been so thoroughly (and expertly) mined by documentarians.

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Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Tell us what you thought of 'Godzilla'

Gareth Edwards' monster madness rages into theaters this weekend

I don't know what else I could possibly say about "Godzilla" at this point. I dig it, and I hope you do, too. The reviews have been interesting, split in some ways, though lots of concessions are made for the other side on both the pro and con sides of the argument. It'll just boil down to what you're hoping to get out of this film and, like me, if you were hoping for something that eschewed the bait of itself and tried to elevate the genre and the summer blockbuster in general, however slightly, then you'll probably be satisfied. If you're looking for something more bubble gum, maybe you'll be let down.

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