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<p>Russell Crowe is driven by visions to prepare his family for the end of the world in Darren Aronofsky&#39;s striking and strange &#39;Noah&#39;</p>

Russell Crowe is driven by visions to prepare his family for the end of the world in Darren Aronofsky's striking and strange 'Noah'

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Review: Russell Crowe is the stormy center of Aronofsky's turbulent and terrifying 'Noah'

The year's most ambitious movie is spilling over with big ideas

Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is not just one of the most ambitious films I've seen this year, it's one of the most ambitious films I've ever seen. It's a movie that is spilling over with ideas and images and emotional explorations of the metaphysical. It's a movie in which shamanic culture is part of the same tradition as fallen seraphim and blatant miracles. It tells a story that is so familiar at this point that it has no impact whatsoever and tells it in a way that is constantly pushing and challenging the viewer. Whatever your idea of the story of "Noah" is, Aronofsky, along with his co-writer Ari Handel, has found a distinct and different way into it, and what he's made is going to be worth conversation all year long.

One of the first things that strikes you when reading the Bible is just how much of it is concerned with lineage. Family trees are incredibly important in the Old Testament, and this film kicks off with a very simplified explanation. In the beginning, there was the garden. There was the fruit. Temptation. The snake. Cast out. Adam and Eve have three sons, Cain, Abel, and Seth. Cain and Abel take their act on the road and Seth and his descendants take care of the relationship with the Creator. Noah is shown to be the youngest descendent of Seth at the start of the film, and he sees his father killed by Men, sons of Cain whose industrial cities have choked the planet with waste and evil.

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<p>An entirely unspoilery picture from Sunday&#39;s &quot;The Good Wife&quot;</p>

An entirely unspoilery picture from Sunday's "The Good Wife"

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'The Good Wife' pulls off a shocker on the sly

Sunday's development snuck up on viewers

Sepinwall will probably write more about this in the morning. I'm sure it's his opinion you want to see. And if you care about my opinion, I'm sure we'll have to discuss this on either the podcast or the video show, depending on which we feel is more "spoiler-safe," whatever the heck that means.

However, in our glorious Internet age, HitFix should have a story up for SEO and I'm sure people have things to say about what happened on Sunday (March 23) night's "The Good Wife," so let's get the ball rolling.

It's not that I don't have thoughts. They're after the break. Obviously don't read anymore if you have't watched the episode, fittingly titled "Dramatics, Your Honor."

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'The Good Wife' creators explain the shocker

“The Good Wife” creators explain the shocker
Sunday’s episode was yet another shakeup for “The Good Wife” this season, but with bigger ramifications. PLUS: Why producers opted for violence, this seemed uncharacteristic and yet characteristic of the show, “I knew last year,” says “The Good Wife” star who will be on Letterman Monday.


Should Lena Dunham dump Hannah from “Girls”?
In Season 3, the other characters became more interesting than Hannah Horvath, as Lena Dunham became her own weakest link. PLUS: The Season 3 finale was a corrective on the Season 2 ender, “Girls” always manages to tie everything together, and Season 3 was “Girls’” best season yet.


Claire Holt calls her “The Originals” exit a “temporary absence”
“I want to be very clear that they didn’t run out of material,” she tells Buzzfeed. "I wasn’t pushed out, I wasn’t fed up with Rebekah, I didn’t quit mid-season, there was no drama, there was no rift between cast members; it really came down to the fact that I completed my initial commitment and made a life choice, not a career choice.”


Report: Josh Elliott wants $8M/year to stay on “GMA,” or he may jump to NBC
According to Page 6, ABC is offering Elliott $4 million a year.


Lindsay Sloane will play a character named “Lindsay” on “The Odd Couple”
Matthew Perry will reunite with Sloane, who guested on “Mr. Sunshine.”


Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis are having a baby
The “That ‘70s Show” co-stars are not only engaged but expecting.

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"Naked and Afraid"

"Naked and Afraid"

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'Naked and Afraid' recap: Can Jeff and Eva survive Madagascar?

This odd couple may have been the unluckiest in the history of the show

Every episode of "Naked and Afraid" is tough, but this week's may be the most hellacious I remember seeing that didn't involve a medical intervention. The worst part, though, is that so many of the obstacles Jeff and Eva face are of their own making. Actually, most of them are of Jeff's making, but we'll get into that in a moment.

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<p>On &quot;Girls,&quot; Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Marnie (Allison Williams) applaud Adam&#39;s play.</p>

On "Girls," Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Marnie (Allison Williams) applaud Adam's play.

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Season finale review: 'Girls' - 'Two Plane Rides'

Hannah gets some good news, Shoshana some bad, and Adam's play debuts

A review of the "Girls" season 3 finale coming up just as soon as I can feel the labia forming...

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<p>Sweet Georgia Brown!</p>

Sweet Georgia Brown!

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' - 'Can't Make Fish Bite'

After some flight drama, the teams head to Sri Lanka for fishing and sewing

Sunday (March 23) night's installment of "The Amazing Race" came down to one decision made in the first 15 minutes of the episode. I'm not saying there was a "right" answer or a "wrong" answer in the moment, but the choice was made early and once it was made -- incorrectly, as it turned out -- there was nothing left to the episode and what followed was a 45-minute anti-climax. 

That's too bad, because this was perhaps the first episode of the season that was well-structured in terms of Detours and Roadblocks, featuring difficult tasks that had the chance to shake things up in terms of team placement. 

I write "had the chance to," because they didn't. This week's Top 4 was last week's Top 4. And last week's Top 4 was 3/4ths of the previous week's Top 4. We've had five Legs so far, which means 20 Top 4 finishes. The teams now in the Top 4 have *15* of those finishes. I refuse to go back to previous seasons to see if that's a comparable rate to the norm, but that's a pretty deep entrenchment at the top for this season. Similarly, while everybody likes to talk about major positive or negative swings of fortune on the Race, the back of the pack has also remained close to intact. Mark & Mallory fell from 6th to 10th in the week they were eliminated, but otherwise the teams that have gone home were starting in last or next-to-last.

So Sunday's episode had an exciting start in terms of travel, but once things went south, the only thing giving the episode even an iota of tension was a stereotype-based hypothetical: Would the middle-aged mom turn out to be a master seamstress, leading to one of the most shocking reversals in "Amazing Race" history? Well, we never even found out.

On to the recap after the break...

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: 'Mexi-Loco'

'Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: Are Apollo and Phaedra doomed?

Oh, Apollo. Sure, it's really swell that you managed to come to some kind of a semi-coherent, possibly drunken accord with Kenya. That's peachy keen. The problem is that Phaedra has been telling you for a mighty long time not to talk to Kenya, and you just don't care. She might as well be telling you to eat your vegetables or wash the dishes, because you keep reacting as if she's being a mean old mommy, which is not really a great thing in a marriage. 

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<p>Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Cestecker, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton and Clark Gregg pose for the photogs before the 2014 Paleyfest panel for &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Cestecker, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton and Clark Gregg pose for the photogs before the 2014 Paleyfest panel for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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10 things we learned at the 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Paleyfest panel

Everyone better see 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

HOLLYWOOD - It may have been a PaleyFest for ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," but there was a ton of Captain America swag being worn in the Dolby Theater Sunday afternoon.  That was actually quite appropriate considering how much the events in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," opening April 4, affect "MAoS." The television show has done its best to tie into the larger Marvel cinematic universe with one episode focusing on the repercussion of "Thor: The Dark World" in November, a very impressive guest appearance by Lady Sif (Jamie Alexander) earlier this month and a cameo by none other than Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in October. Things will become even more interesting after what transpires in Marvel's latest big screen effort.

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<p>Michael Cudlitz as Abraham in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Michael Cudlitz as Abraham in "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Us'

Glenn gets closer to Terminus, while Daryl learns the meaning of 'Claimed'

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I want to talk fuel efficiency...

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Character actor James Rebhorn, who played Carrie’s dad on 'Homeland,' dies at 65

Character actor James Rebhorn, who played Carrie’s dad on “Homeland,” dies at 65
Rebhorn also had recurring roles on “Enlightened” and “White Collar” as well as many other TV and movie credits. He also played the lawyer who put Jerry and his pals in jail in the “Seinfeld” finale.


Creationists want to be represented on “Cosmos”
Creationists groups are demanding equal time on the Fox series.


Ricky Gervais is shopping a new TV series starring “The Office’s” David Brent
He wants Brent to be filmed going on tour with his band, Foregone Conclusion.


Jimmy Kimmel grills Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton
Kimmel was the interviewer at the Clinton Global Initiative at Arizona State University, his alma mater. Afterwards, he tried to top Ellen with his own epic Clinton selfie.


Jon Hamm: “Mad Men” cast is in denial as they prepare to shoot the final episodes
The final seven episodes will begin filming later this week, says Hamm at Paleyfest. "We're in some phase of grief,” he says, "and it's probably denial. I think we are collectively starting to realize the end is coming faster than we thought it would. There's nothing we could do to prepare for it, (but) we're going to have as much fun as we've always had making the show until we can't make it anymore."


“Entourage” movie will have at least 20 athlete cameos
Tom Brady and Mariano Rivera aren’t the only guest stars.


“NBC Nightly News” gets NBC history wrong
In a report on the closing of NBC Burbank, NBC mistakenly showed a photo of NBC’s old Hollywood home, at the corner of Sunset and Vine, which was demolished 50 years ago.


“The Walking Dead” beer to contain actual brains
Dock Street Walker will be brewed with smoked goat brains, not human brains.


NBC teases “Rosemary’s Baby”
With a baby crying.


“Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada welcomes a boy
“I have EXCITING NEWS! Thank you God for my blessing!” she tweeted soon after giving birth.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

"The Vampire Diaries"

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18 things we learned from 'The Vampire Diaries' PaleyFest panel

For Ian Somerhalder, it's all in the eyes

I'm fairly sure I would have more to relate from my trip to "The Vampires Diaries" PaleyFest panel if not for the screaming. Oh, yes, screaming. Before the panel began, there was screaming. During a short video tribute to Katherine Pierce (more on that later), there was screaming. When Paul Wesley spoke, there was screaming. When Ian Somerhalder spoke, there was screaming. When anyone spoke, there was screaming. Did I mention the screaming? Needless to say, a lot of dishy details were drowned out by, yes, screaming. 

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<p>Cliff Robinson of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Cliff Robinson of "Survivor: Cagayan"

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Interview: Cliff Robinson talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Former NBA All-Star discusses his 'Survivor' challenges

On the basketball court, Cliff Robinson's statistics were quite robust.

He ranks ninth in NBA history in games played and, with playoff appearances in 17 of his 18 seasons, those were often meaningful games. He was the league's Sixth Man of the Year for the 1992-1993 season, was an All-Defensive Team second teamer twice and an All-Star once. Thanks to his longevity, he ranks in the Top 50 in NBA/ABA history in scoring, ahead of Hall-of-Famers like Chris Mullin, Isiah Thomas and Scottie Pippen.

Sadly, Cliff Robinson won't be remembered for his "Survivor" longevity. This week, Robinson became the fifth player voted out on "Survivor: Cagayan" and the first player booted after the season dissolved its Brains vs. Beauty vs. Brawn twist. 

Cliff could have been voted out even earlier, but a basketball-themed Immunity Challenge thwarted Brawn teammate Sarah's attempts to throw the game. After leading his post-Shuffle tribe to a big Reward win, Cliff was targeted by former tribe mate Trish, who was willing to squander a prohibitive numbers advantage just to get rid of a player she called lazy, shady and claimed hadn't spoken to her in 13 days.

In his exit interview, Cliff strongly disagrees with two of those charges, though he admits he could have talked to Trish more. The former UConn great discusses the surprising toughness of "Survivor" and how he hoped to combat the familiar "He doesn't need the money..." argument.

Click through for the full Q&A...

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