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<p>Patricia Arquette guested on Wednesday&#39;s &quot;CSI&quot;</p>

Patricia Arquette guested on Wednesday's "CSI"

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TV Ratings: 'CSI' backdoor pilot anchors CBS Wednesday wins, 'Idol' goes low

'Modern Family' and 'Nashville' take big drops for ABC

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Even with "Chicago PD" topping CBS' backdoor "CSI" pilot among young viewers, CBS was still able to ride "Survivor" and "Criminal Minds" victory both overall and in the key demographic on Wednesday night.

[NBC had an NBA preemption in Portland, which will probably make the 10 p.m. race closer.]

With CBS' full lineup returning for originals (and perhaps with NHL and NBA playoff competition on cable), there were big drops for ABC's "Modern Family"  (a whopping 0.6 key demo rating from last week's Fast Nationals), "Suburgatory" and "Nashville," as well as FOX's "American Idol" and NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

Over on The CW, "Arrow" was up a hair, while "The 100" continued to hold onto its lead-in well, making its case for renewal.

On to the numbers...

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Mariah Carey
Credit: Def Jam

Why Mariah Carey's 'Me. I Am Mariah' album cover makes me sad

'The Elusive Chanteuse' returns May 27

Mariah Carey wants you to know a few things about her new album, now titled “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse,” but the first take away is that she looks smoking hot in a bathing suit.  Before we think about the music, before we think about the voice, she wants us to think about how after two babies, she can still rock that body. And that makes me sad.

I am a Carey fan, both of her music and of her as a person. I’ve interviewed and met her a number of times over the past 20 years and I’ve found her delightfully real, whipsmart, and funny, which is not how she always comes across in one staged, airbrushed photo after another.  So when I heard the album title and then saw the album cover, my heart sunk a little.

Mariah Carey album cover

Yes, she looks beautiful, but it makes me sad that one of the best vocalists ever can’t rely on her prestigious talent to make us interested in listening to her. I know part of it is the times we are in and the outrageous demands we make on women to look like super models, no matter what their profession, but part of it also comes from Carey.

Maybe she feels a little spooked, and for good reason. She is a pop music artist and pop music is a notoriously tough on women over 30. Carey is 44 (or 45, there seems to be some dispute as to whether she was born in 1969 or 1970).  Plus, this album, originally title “The Art of Letting Go,” has had a series of stops and starts over the past two years. Some singles, such as “#Beautiful,” with Miguel, have done well, while others have not fared as well. (Carey is No. 1 on Billboard’s  Dance Club Songs chart right now with “You’re Mine (Eternal).”

In a video highlight the album cover, Carey delivers in voice over why she chose the album title. It comes from her “first and only self portrait. I drew it when I was three and a half,” she says, calling it a “personal treasure.”. The adorable drawing, which is on the back of the album cover, shows a cute little girl with eyelashes for days. The words, probably penned by an adult, “Me. I am Mariah,” are also on the drawing. (If she did write that at age 3, she had amazing penmanship).

“Please don’t judge me for such a simplistic title,” she continues. “C’mon, I was only three and a half! It was a creative visualization of how I saw myself with the purity of a child’s heart before it was ever broken…because this album is a reflection of some of the peaks and valley that have made me whom I am today, I decided to share it with those of you who actually care and have been with been through it all.”

As far as “The Elusive Chanteuse,”  Carey says, “Along the way there have been a couple of nicknames…lately they’ve been calling me ‘the elusive chanteuse’.” Anyone know who ‘they’ are?

The album comes out May 27 (it had most recently been slated for May 6) and will come in standard and deluxe editions.

Are you excited for “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse?” (The album's tracklisting is below the video).

"Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse" tracklisting:
1. Cry.
2. Faded
3. Dedicated (feat. Nas)
4. #Beautiful (feat. Miguel)
5. Thirsty
6. Make It Look Good
7. You’re Mine (Eternal)
8. You Don’t Know What To Do (feat. Wale)
9. Supernatural (With Special Guest Stars “Dembabies” a.k.a. Ms. Monroe & Mr. Moroccan Scott Cannon a.k.a. Roc ‘N Roe)
10. Meteorite
11. Camouflage
12. Money ($ * / …) (feat. Fabolous)
13. One More Try
14. Heavenly (No Ways Tired/Can’t Give Up Now)
15. It’s a Wrap (feat. Mary J. Blige) [Deluxe edition]
16. Betcha Gon’ Know (feat. R. Kelly) [Deluxe edition]
17. The Art of Letting Go [Deluxe edition]
18. Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse

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'The Young and the Restless,' 'Ellen,' 'TMZ' earn Daytime Emmy nominations

“The Young and the Restless,” "Ellen," “TMZ” earn Daytime Emmy nominations
CBS led all networks with 61 nominations, including 26 for “Y&R," while Ellen DeGeneres got nine nods. “TMZ” will compete with “Extra” and “E! News” for best entertainment program, and Barbara Walters’ final season of “The View” nabbed three nominations.

Jay Leno gets his own street at Universal Studios
"Jay Leno Lane" was unveiled on Wednesday.

Chris Harrison: Remaining “Bachelorette” contestants were told of Eric Hill’s death
"We never would have kept it from them,” Harrison says, confirming that Hill didn’t make it far on the show. "He was a good friend of theirs. Absolutely, they know."

“The Simpsons” unveils full Lego trailer
“Something is different about ‘The Simpsons’ today,” Marge says in the nearly two-minute trailer.

Jimmy Kimmel visits a black barbershop to discuss the Donald Sterling controversy
Kimmel also learns about the term "side chick."

Jimmy Fallon and Cameron Diaz photobomb 30 Rock tourists
It’s the latest edition of “The Tonight Show Celebrity Photobomb."

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Marion Cotillard in "Two Days, One Night."
Marion Cotillard in "Two Days, One Night."
Credit: Sundance Selects

Cannes Check 2014: Marion Cotillard in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's 'Two Days, One Night'

Continuing our Cannes preview with the latest from two-time Palme d'Or champs

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's "Two Days, One Night." 

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<p>Tasha and Spencer of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Tasha and Spencer of "Survivor: Cagayan"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Chaos Is My Friend'

The 'Survivor' Auction brings ribs, popcorn and a big advantage

Pre-credit sequence. Let's see... It was Jeremiah who went home last? Sure. Sounds right. The Final 7 returns home. Jefra is exhausted, but she's feeling good about the decision she made to stay with Tony and that alliance. Kass is feeling smug about Spencer's Idol, which she claims she knew he had. [She did, indeed, voice those suspicions last week.] She's also feeling smug about knowing Spencer wouldn't give the Idol up, saying that a college-aged human male is "the most selfish beast on the planet." "I used my Idol and I used it wrong," Spencer laments. "Tonight we lost the battle, we have not lost the war," he insists of his dwindling alliance with Tasha. The next morning, Tree-Mail arrives and it includes billets of money. "Survivor" Auction! Trish is hungry and looking forward to eating. "FOOOOOD!" she howls. Tony, of course, knows that the auction will also include an Immunity Challenge advantage and he's determined to get it. "This is our life right now," Spencer says of the auction. He's not referring to bidding for peanut butter.

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David Geffen confirms Oprah is interested in buying the L.A. Clippers

David Geffen confirms Oprah is interested in buying the L.A. Clippers
"Larry Ellison, Oprah and me…yes we are partnering in hopes of buying the Clippers,” he said in an e-mail to the Wall Street Journal.

“Better Call Saul” adds Michael McKean
McKean will join fellow “SNL” alum Bob Odenkirk playing a lawyer named “Dr. Thurber."

Fox making an event series out of the Boston Marathon bombing
“Commander in Chief” creator Rod Lurie is writing the series based on the book “Long Mile Home,” by two Boston Globe reporters.

Terry Crews is set to replace Cedric the Entertainer on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”
The "Brooklyn Nine-Nine” reached an agreement, according to Deadline, after Cedric announced he was exiting after one season.

CBS’ Les Moonves calls Stephen Colbert "much more moderate than people think he is”
"You know what? Ironically, Stephen Colbert is much more moderate than people think he is,” Moonves says of accusations Colbert would be to liberal. "He's a great social commentator, and that's sort of what we want. That's sort of what David Letterman has been."

“Little House on the Prairie” cast reunites on the 40th anniversary
Melissa Gilbert was joined by seven other cast members on “Today."

Yes, Kiefer Sutherland daughter is on “Veep”
Actress Sarah Sutherland plays Selina Meyers’ daughter.

“Scandal” finds a new UK home
SkyLiving HD will carry the ABC series after it was dumped by Channel 4’s More 4.

Check out Jerry Seinfeld’s 60th birthday cake
It did or did not have sugar.

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<p>Keri Russell gets her &#39;80s glam on in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Keri Russell gets her '80s glam on in "The Americans."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'Yousaf'

Philip and Elizabeth get a new assignment, Larrick returns to America, and Paige wants to go to camp

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I take a briefcase with me on vacation...

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Elliott Smith

Watch the trailer for Elliott Smith doc, 'Heaven Adores You'

Kickstarter-funded film bows in San Francisco next week.

When Elliott Smith’s song, “Miss Misery,” from “Good Will Hunting,” received a Best Original Song Oscar nomination in 1998, the acclaim catapulted the Portland, Ore., musician into the mainstream.

The world learned about  a shy singer-songwriter with the unique, sweet delivery and beautiful song sense. And then, in 2003, he was gone from self-inflicted stab wounds.

The story of Smith’s musical life is told in “Heaven Adores You,” a documentary, which debuts at the San Francisco International Film Festival next week.

A trailer for the Kickstarter-funded film, directed by Nikolas Rossi, debuted today and it’s appropriately ethereal and somewhat indecipherable.

The clip opens with Smith’s voice talking about how he doesn’t want people to try to pigeonhole him: “I like music, you know. That’s the thing. It’s very uncomplicated.”

“Heaven Adores You” marks the first time Smith’s estate has allowed his music to be allowed in such a project, and the doc includes interviews with his sister, several of his bandmates, and collaborators, sun as Jon Brion and Slim Moon, according to Pitchfork.

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The Futuristics

The Futuristics on working with fun.'s Jack Antonoff, Flo Rida, Chris Brown

How did they come up with that name?

Alex Schwartz and Joe Khajadourian, better known as the production team The Futuristics, have had great success working with such artists as Flo Rida, The Game, and Chris Brown, but as they hinted to us at the ASCAP Pop Awards last week, they’ve got even bigger things coming.

Schwartz played coy when he talked about a song they have written with fun.’s Jack Antonoff. “The song that we did, we don’t want to say whose song it is, there’s a chance it will be coming out very soon,” Schwartz said. We managed to get a few more details out of him: “It’s a male song and it’s about running away, youth and rebelling.” He then added that the reason he was playing it cool was that they were still deciding which artist of those “circling around” the song would get it.

With all their success, the Futuristics have a major gap in their resume in terms of working with women. “We have been doing some sessions with Jo Jo and writing some songs,” they say.

New projects include DJ Felli Fel’s “Have Some Fun,” featuring CeeLo, Pitbull & Juicy J; Lupe Fiasco’s “Believer,” and a new Austin Mahone single with “Pitbull.”

As far as their name goes, as they explain in the video, it’s a combination of an homage to ‘70s R&B group the Stylistics and one of their favorite movies, “Back to the Future.”  Pretty clever!


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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 5</p>

The "American Idol" Top 5

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 5 Performances - America's Request

Plus, Jason Mraz serves as mentor for the Finalists

Several questions before Wednesday (April 30) night's "American Idol":

1) Why is the announced theme "America's Request" and not "America's Choice"? Is America going to make a suggestion followed by, "Pretty please?" and then Caleb Johnson's gonna be all, "Nuh-uh, America"?

2) FOX only said that the singers would be doing *a* song requested by America. What else will fill the time on Wednesday?

3) How excited do you think Alex Preston will be to have Jason Mraz as his mentor this week?

On to the full recap, after the break...

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Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande's 'Problem' with Iggy Azalea is bound for chart success

The alluring black-and-white lyric clip heats up the screen

Ariana Grande, who scored a top 10 hit last year with “The Way,” featuring Mac Miller,  has found another very valuable duet partner. “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea, is off to such a fast start, it could launch in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 next week. Sources tell Billboard it could sell up to 300,000 downloads in its opening frame.

Grande bowed the song at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday (26), without Azalea, but with some of the visuals from the pair’s black & white lyric video, which debuted today.

The song features Grande singing about how she’ll have one less problem when she lets her boyfriend go, features a squonky horn line, redolent of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop,” and a sassy rap by Azalea.

"I thought we would make the perfect girl-power duo for 'Problem', so I'm very grateful that she did it with me,” Grande told Rolling Stone. “I love meeting people I admire and discovering that they're really chill human beings and nothing's gone to their head." Azalea celebrates her first top 10 hit this week as "Fancy" rises into the Billboard Hot 100.

“Problem,” which plays off of Jay Z’s “99 Problems,” is the first single from Grande’s forthcoming second studio album. Her first album, “Yours Truly,” bowed at No. 1 last September.

Vevo is having trouble with the video right now, so as soon as we can, we'll embed it, but in the meantime, enjoy it here.



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Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska in "Maps to the Stars."
Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska in "Maps to the Stars."
Credit: eOne Entertainment

Cannes Check 2014: Robert Pattinson in David Cronenberg's 'Maps to the Stars'

Continuing our preview of the Cannes Competition

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up: David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars."

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