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<p>Leonardo DiCaprio at the 86th annual Academy Awards in March</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio at the 86th annual Academy Awards in March

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Leonardo DiCaprio picks his next project and it sounds awesome

The star has a fascinating list of projects on his plate at the moment

While everyone was busy talking about Leonardo DiCaprio's white guy rhythm at Coachella (and honestly, I wish I could pull off that punch move), it looks like his "Wolf of Wall Street" follow-up was clicking into place. And boy is it a good one.

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CBS: We’re not talking with Chelsea Handler about the 12:35 show

CBS: We’re not talking with Chelsea Handler about the 12:35 show
What was that “business meeting” with CBS about, then. A spokesperson clarifies, telling Vulture: “Her meeting with CBS yesterday was a general meeting with our syndication (division.)”


Check out the Lego "Simpsons," which has been 2 years in the making
"We've literally been at this thing for two years — twice the time it takes to do one of our regular episodes — and that's way too long for comedy people to live with the same jokes," says Matt Selman, the executive producer in charge of the episode. "It's been an epic process. First, we had to convince Jim Brooks and our showrunner, Al Jean, that a LEGO episode was a great idea and not just an excuse for our staff of nerds who grew up in the '70s to crack LEGO jokes. There needed to be a real emotional story there.” PLUS: See the Lego Marge.


Watch the emotional Paul Walker tribute MTV cut from its Movie Awards
Instead, MTV chose to run a less-emotional tribute.


Brad Paisley to join his wife on “Two and a Half Men”
The country star will join Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who’s playing Alan’s love interest. This is their 2nd appearance on a sitcom. They were also together on “According to Jim,” which starred “Men’s” Courtney Thorne-Smith.


How “RuPal’s Drag Race” dumped the “She-Mail”
Last night’s episode, after much controversy, was the first without the “She-Mail” feature.


Check out the trailer for “Salem”
WGN America has released the full trailer for its Salem witch trials series.

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<p>A detail from the poster for this year&#39;s Cannes Film Festival.</p>

A detail from the poster for this year's Cannes Film Festival.

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Cannes Film Festival adds a dash of Italian glamour to its 2014 poster

The late Marcello Mastroianni is this year's mascot for the French fest

Back in 2010, the Cannes Film Festival picked Juliette Binoche to grace its official festival poster -- only for the choice to stir some cynical grumblings when the French star went on to win Best Actress from Tim Burton's jury. The strength of her performance in "Certified Copy" was enough for most to file the occurrence as a happy coincidence rather than anything more calculated -- still, the festival has played it safe ever since, opting for vintage movie-star images that couldn't conceivably cause any disagreement.

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<p>Jenny Slate in &quot;Obvious Child.&quot;</p>

Jenny Slate in "Obvious Child."

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Jenny Slate is the 'Obvious Child' in first trailer for a delightful summer comedy

The ex-'SNL' star's first headlining feature was a Sundance highlight

One of the most pleasant surprises of this year's Sundance Film Festival, for me, was Gillian Robespierre's warmly authentic debut feature "Obvious Child" -- a film that gives former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jenny Slate her first film lead, and lets her run with it to utterly disarming effect. As a romantic comedy that touches on more complicated human issues than the average example of the genre, it was a perfect acquisition for A24 Films, the young distribution company that is building a neat line in coolly offbeat indies, many of them female-driven.

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The Beatles
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Revisiting The Beatles'classic film, 'A Hard Day's Night,' at 50

Does the movie retain its freshness and vitality half a century later?

LOS ANGELES—I have a confession to make. Until Saturday night, I had never seen The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night.”  What? I know! I felt like this was a major black hole in my cultural education, especially as someone who makes her living writing about music.

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Chelsea Handler posts a photo of her reading papers from CBS

Chelsea Handler posts a photo of her reading papers with the CBS logo
What does it mean? "Business meeting," she wrote on the Instagram photo.


“Game of Thrones” sets a new piracy record with Episode 2
About 193,418 were sharing this week’s episode at the same time, with Australia responsible for the most illegal downloading.


Tracy Morgan is worried about Alec Baldwin
"He was concerned about the structure of my life, and now I’m concerned about the structure of his life,” he tells the NY Times. "He’s getting fired from TV shows. He had about six fights since we left “30 Rock,” you know. I’m worried about him. I mellowed out, my daughter mellowed me out, and I don’t get mad at anyone.”


Bill O’Reilly weighs in on Stephen Colbert’s promotion: Conservatives will be turned off
The Fox News host said last night he found it “hard to fathom that 40% of Americans who describe themselves as conservatives will watch Colbert.”


Ryan Murphy: “Glee’s” final season is "not New York-centric at all”
Murphy talked this morning about his plans for the final season. "The final season is its own story in its own location,” he says. "The final season is not New York-centric at all. It really is a lovely, fitting season that dwells on the original people on the show and what happens to them and how they give back.” PLUS: Next season will jump forward in time.


“2 Broke Girls” does well taking over “How I Met Your Mother’s” Monday timeslot
On the other hand, "Friends With Better Lives” fell on its 2nd airing.


The real Alex from “Orange is the New Black" speaks: "We did not have sex in prison"
Catherine Cleary Wolters, 51, who inspired the character Alex Vause says of “OITNB” author Piper Kerman: “We did not have sex in prison. Not even a little bit.” Kerman's response: "It should come as no surprise that we may have different points of view about the time we spent together."


Ice Cube walks back his Paul Walker’s MTV Movie Award complaint
He wrote on Twitter: "Re: The MTV Awards. I wasn't really mad we didn't win. So I would never diss the actors who won. Not even Paul Walker. Seriously people!"


Amy Schumer uses Josh Charles to spoof Aaron Sorkin and “The Newsroom"
Watch a sketch from tonight’s “Inside Amy Schumer” called “The Food Room,” mocking “The Newsroom,” starring the former Sorkin “Sports Night” star.


Lindsay Lohan proves she can still act on “2 Broke Girls”
Well, at least she proved to be serviceable as an actress on last night’s shoe.


“The Bachelorette” Andi's 1st promo crosses out Juan Pablo's name
“Juan” is replaced by “one.” — “She’s looking for the right one."


Titus Welliver weds
The “Lost” alum and “Bosch” star tied the knot over the weekend with Jose Stemkens, a fashion consultant.


“True Detective” meets “Family Circus”
A new Tumblr, "Time Is A Flat Circus,” takes quotes from the HBO series and puts them with panels from the famed comic strip.

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<p>Sometimes stinks on Monday&#39;s &quot;Friends with Better Lives&quot;</p>

Sometimes stinks on Monday's "Friends with Better Lives"

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TV Ratings: 'Dancing,' 'Voice' lead Monday, while viewers pass over CBS' 'Friends'

'Bones' dips a little on first Passover night

Fast National ratings for Monday, April 14, 2014.

Why was this Monday different from all other Mondays?

Actually, it wasn't. 

"Dancing with the Stars" kept ABC in its regular position as Monday's most watched network, while "The Voice" helped NBC maintain its supremacy among young viewers, as The Seder Effect [Not a real thing] had no particular impact on primetime ratings.

The first night of Passover saw "Dancing with the Stars" rise slightly and "The Voice" remain relatively flat, which was more a product of last week's NCAA Tournament Final competition than anything else. If you like, though, you can try to interpret the week-to-week drop for "Bones" as related to the Pesach observance. [Note: This probably is not the case.]

Monday's big notable was the premiere of CBS' slightly shuffled comedy lineup, which was predictably less impressive without "How I Met Your Mother," though "Friends With Better Lives" certainly wasn't an out-of-the-box failure, even though it was CBS' lowest-rated and least-watched comedy.

Meanwhile, over on The CW, "Star-Crossed" continued its recent erratic performance, falling behind "The Tomorrow People" for the night and, perhaps, in the race for a pity renewal.

On to the numbers...

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'GMA' officially welcomes Michael Strahan

“GMA” officially welcomes Michael Strahan
The “Live!” star got the red carpet treatment during this morning’s introduction as a contributor to “Good Morning America."


What if George R.R. Martin wrote “Mad Men”?
Check out a special comic starring “Lord Draper” and “The Impish Peggy."


Ice Cube: “Shame on you MTV” for picking Paul Walker
"We was robbed,” says the “Ride Along” star of the best onscreen duo category, claiming that Walker and Vin Diesel got the “sympathy” vote.


Attorney General Eric Holder sought advice from “The Daily Show’s” Lewis Black
Holder saw Black perform over the weekend, as he recalls: “He came backstage, which was nice, cause he said he enjoyed the show. And then he said that maybe when he was in front of Congress he could do his Lewis Black imitation and then did a good imitation of me.”


“Mad Men’s” season premiere had even more Manson murder connections
Megan dressing like Sharon Tate, the Folgers can, and Megan auditioning for a role on a TV show from the co-writer of “Valley of the Dolls,” which starred Sharon Tate. PLUS: See the actual L.A. sites used for filming Sunday’s premiere, how to get Don Draper’s side part, “Mad Men’s” music supervisor also works on “Scandal,” Jon Hamm gets emotional with Murray from “Sesame Street,” about the fashion of the season premiere, and “Mad Men” used a slowly draining large Scotch glass to promote the final season.


Rosie calls Lindsay Lohan’s OWN reality show a “tragedy”
A “tragedy,” she tweeted, “on every level — I hope one day she gets sober for real and watches these episodes - n sees what we all do.”


A “Game of Thrones” cruise is in the works
Crystal Cruises has put together a half-day tour that will visit key filming locations in Northern Ireland.


3 actors have been recast on “Game of Thrones” this season
There’s a new Daario, a new Mountain, but nobody’s talking about the new Prince Tommen. PLUS: King Joffrey was the Justin Bieber of his time, interactive Westeros map created using Google, movie and TV characters react to this week’s episode, and watch George R.R. Martin as a wedding planner.


Texas A&M houses much of George R.R. Martin’s writings
The author has sent just about everything he’s written to the university’s library archives.


“Jeopardy!” contestant was wearing the “Final Jeopardy!” answer — she got it wrong, anyway
Sandie Baker had peace symbol earrings, and that was the correct response.


MTV debuts “Faking It” on its app ahead of its TV debut
It’s the first time that a scripted MTV series has been released early.


Conan unveils his “American Hustle” hair
Watch Conan O’Brien’s comb-over.


“Dexter’s” Jennifer Carpenter developing “Death Class” TV drama
Based on the Erika Hayasaki book “The Death Class: A True Story About Life,” the proposed series revolves around a nurse/professor who teaches a class in preparing for death.


“Royal Pains”: Watch the 1st promo for Season 6
The USA series returns in June.


Watch the trailer for Tori Spelling’s “True Tori”
The Lifetime “docu-series” is the former “Beverly Hills 90210” star’s latest reality show.


“The Following” star saw her fate coming “a mile away”
Monday’s episode was reminiscent of the Season 1 finale.

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<p>Martin Freeman is the hapless salesman at the center of FX&#39;s &quot;Fargo&quot; limited series.</p>

Martin Freeman is the hapless salesman at the center of FX's "Fargo" limited series.

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Review: FX's 'Fargo' reinvents the Coen brothers movie

Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Allison Tolman star in a new story in the same universe

"I don't watch movies," declares Lorne Malvo, the slippery, malevolent figure at the center of FX's new "Fargo" series. (The first of 10 episodes debuts tonight at 10; I've seen the first four.) The line rings true to what we have learned about Malvo, a professional hitman and amateur troublemaker who takes pleasure in encouraging people's worst impulses to see what will happen. But it also functions as a sly acknowledgment of the large shadow "Fargo" the movie casts over "Fargo" the TV show.

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

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'Real Housewives of Orange County': What do you think of Shannon?

The new addition to the cast is a complete bore thus far

Well, it wasn't much of a kick-off to season nine of "The Real Housewives of Orange County." Lydia, Gretchen and Alexis have all hit the bricks, leaving us with an uncomfortable trio of Tamra, Vicki and Heather. Usually we don't find the ladies jetting off for an adventure until much later in the season, but with only three returning Housewives in the mix, I'm sure some bonding seemed like a good thing. Unfortunately, what we learned is that Tamra and Vicki may be lunatics, but they're a similar brand of crazy. Heather is just too smart for the show and hasn't figured it out yet.

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<p>Ryan Gosling, Kristen Stewart and Channing Tatum all at one Cannes? Dare to dream.</p>

Ryan Gosling, Kristen Stewart and Channing Tatum all at one Cannes? Dare to dream.

13 films we most hope to see at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

From 'Miss Julie' to 'Inherent Vice,' the films we want to see in Thursday's lineup

In the same way that the day of the Oscar nominations is a bit like Christmas morning for a certain sect of film lovers, so it is with the announcement of the Cannes Film Festival lineup -- which takes place on Thursday in Paris. Across the internet, you can find any number of comprehensive prediction pieces, as internationally inclined cinephiles attempt to guess (and second-guess) what Thierry Fremaux and his his team will select for this year's fest -- and, almost as crucially, in what section they'll elect to place it.

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<p>Billy Bob Thornton of &quot;Fargo&quot;</p>

Billy Bob Thornton of "Fargo"

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Interview: 'Fargo' star Billy Bob Thornton discusses going dark for FX

Has the 'Slingblade' Oscar winner considered writing and directing for TV?

On the Calgary set of FX's "Fargo" last month, most of the cast was there either shooting or dropping by on an off-day to chat with a group reporters. Billy Bob Thornton couldn't make it, but sent his regrets and expressed the desire to talk to all of the assembled scribes pre-premiere. That's the sort of thing you hear a lot in-the-moment, but doesn't normally come to pass. Things slip through the cracks and nobody's really to blame. People get busy.

Billy Bob Thornton followed through. 

After a series of crossed wires and adjusted schedules, the Oscar-winning "Slingblade" scribe checked in last Sunday morning, delayed only because he got caught-up watching early baseball, which immediately gives us something in common.

"You can imagine what I think about your team," Thornton drawls. He's famously a Cardinals fan. I'm not-especially-famously a Red Sox fan.

"You guys just creamed us twice," Thornton admits, referring to a pair of Boston World Series wins. "But I respect the Red Sox organization. Really good organization."

Thornton could talk baseball all day. The game he's been watching doesn't even feature the Cardinals. It's a low-scoring early-season game between the Tigers and Orioles and even though Thornton knows former Tigers skipper Jim Leyland, that's his only rooting interest. He just enjoys the game.

Thornton also just likes FX's "Fargo." His enthusiasm was evident at the Television Critics Association press tour in January and three months later his love affair with the small screen continues. Thornton has been very frank about the current state of the film industry, especially when it comes to the understated, personal projects he's attracted to as a writer and director. The "Fargo" experience, his first prolonged TV work since "Hearts Afire" back-in-the-day, has opened his eyes to the potential of both cable work and the currently trendy "limited series" model. 

He also has one of his juiciest parts in years playing Lorne Malvo, a mysterious and sadistic stranger whose arrival in Bemidji, Minnesota sets in motion a 10-episode whirlwind of murder and chaos that are thematically and tonally inspired by the Coen Brothers' "Fargo," if only sometimes linked to the movie. Malvo is equal parts terrifying and hilarious and Thornton is having a ball playing that balance.

Once we stopped talking baseball, Thornton told me about playing Malvo as a force-of-nature, the pleasures of working in TV and whether he's now inspired to target the medium for future projects.

Click through for the full Q&A in advance of Tuesday's (April 2) "Fargo" premiere...

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