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Foo Fighters' HBO series and new album debut this fall

Each episode will salute a city where the band recorded new project

Dave Grohl is taking his “Sound City” concept onto the road. The release of  Foo Fighters’ eighth album, and the band’s 20th anniversary, will be accompanied by an 8-part HBO series that chronicles the creation of the record and salutes the eight studios and cities in which it was created.

The Foos recorded one song each in a well-known studio in Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and New York. In addition to documenting the recording, in which notable local musicians joined in, each episode celebrates that town’s musical history and traces the influence the city had on the local legend sitting in with the band. HBO isn’t saying who the guests are. However, Buddy Guy is quoted in the press release, so we can count him in for Chicago.

Just as Foo Fighters switched it up and recorded 2010’s “Wasted Light” on all analog equipment in Grohl’s garage, they challenged themselves again with the new, still-untitled, album: Grohl did not write the lyrics until the last day in the studio in each city so as to absorb the local experience into the words, according to a statement.

The series will run in the fall in conjunction with the album’s release. No specific date for either has been announced.

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CW boss: We’re no longer 'the 'Gossip Girl' network'

CW boss: We’re no longer “the 'Gossip Girl' network”
CW is betting on having two superhero series, including “The Flash,” will help lure more men.

Watch CW’s new show trailers
Here’s an extended version of “The Flash” trailer, plus “Jane the Virgin.”

See all 11 past and present “The View” co-hosts together in 1 photo
"The View" alums returned today to honor the retiring Barbara Walters.

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Why CW renewed 'Beauty and the Beast' over the more higher-rated 'Tomorrow People'

Why CW renewed “Beauty and the Beast” over the more higher-rated “Tomorrow People”
“Tomorrow People,” says CW chief Mark Pedowitz, “just didn’t have the same level of social engagement or digital that 'Beauty And The Beast’ had.” PLUS: “The Flash” pilot has an “Arrow” crossover, and CW may try another “Supernatural” spinoff.

Letterman tells Barbara Walters he regrets making fun of Monica Lewinsky
Lewinsky, he says, was “just a kid” during her affair with President Clinton. PLUS: Walters and Letterman make a "suicide pact."

“Arrow” promotes John Barrowman
He’ll become a series regular next season.

Tina Fey predicts Ellen DeGeneres will become the 1st female late-night host
Why? “Because she’s already wearing jackets,” she tells Seth Meyers.

“Criminal Minds” was last night’s most-watched show, “Nashville” finale was down 32% from last year
The 9th season-ender for “Criminal Minds” was only down 4% from last season.

Which “Clueless” star is joining Fox News?
Stacey Dash, who made headlines for endorsing Mitt Romney for president, is set to become a Fox News contributor.

“Idol” gets a bump for its 500th episode
“American Idol” saw its ratings rise 24% last night.

“Criminal Minds” boss explains the season finale surprise
Will there be a replacement?

See more “Orange is the New Black” character posters
From “Screw You” to “Squat & Coif."

Check out Steve Buscemi’s AOL “Park Bench” talk show
Episode 1 features an interview with Chris Rock.

Why “Nashville” did a more emotional finale this year
Creator Callie Khouri also tells what lessons she learned from Season 2.

Bob Odenkirk may come out with his 1st comedy album
"Bob Odenkirk – Amateur Hour” promises to contain "all the material he can print out or remember."

Watch George R.R. Martin on “Robot Chicken”
He voices a version of himself in “The Nerds” spoof on the Adult Swim series.

Jimmy Fallon transforms Lance Bass into a singing bass
Check out Big Mouth Lance Bass.

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"Criminal Minds"

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TV Ratings: 'Criminal Minds' finale lifts CBS past FOX's rising 'Idol' on Wednesday

'Arrow,' 'Suburgatory,' 'Chicago PD,' 'Modern Family' are also up

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

The "Criminal Minds" season finale got a big week-to-week bump for CBS, helping the network hold off FOX, with a boosted "American Idol," on Wednesday night.

There were actually lots of shows getting end-of-season -- finale or pre-finale -- bumps on Wednesday night.

ABC's comedies were all up on Wednesday, as was the "Nashville" season finale. "Chicago PD" rose for NBC. And the "Arrow" finale gave The CW a little bump as well.

On to the numbers...

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Brendan Gleeson and Chris O'Dowd in "Calvary."
Brendan Gleeson and Chris O'Dowd in "Calvary."
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Brendan Gleeson faces a test of faith in new trailer for Sundance hit 'Calvary'

John Michael McDonagh's dark religious comedy opens Stateside on August 1

It's too early still for me to get into the blindfolded business of early awards-season projections, but I will share one hunch that I've had since January: that the redoubtable Brendan Gleeson will sneak a dark-horse Best Actor nod for his sensational performance in John Michael McDonagh's "Calvary." The very black ecclesiastical comedy, starring Gleeson as a rural Irish priest faced with an anonymous death threat from one of his parishioners, was a major critical hit at the Sundance Film Festival, and got further glowing reviews when it opened in the UK last month.

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"Mr. Turner."
"Mr. Turner."
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Review: Mike Leigh paints his own portrait in lovely, robust 'Mr. Turner'

Leigh's passion project takes a hard look at the creative and critical processes

CANNES - If any critics were about to ding Mike Leigh for wading into the warm waters of the period prestige picture for his latest, long-contemplated feature, let it be known that the veteran writer-director has come prepared. "What is wrong with being a portrait painter?" asks a slighted practitioner of the form at an ego-crammed artists' gathering midway through "Mr. Turner," Leigh's expansive, exquisitely realized biography of Britain's foremost Romantic painter. The retort from a colleague is airy and sneery and entirely predictable: "What does it do to elevate the art?" he smugs. 

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Season finale review: 'Arrow' - 'Unthinkable'

Oliver and his friends face off against Slade with Starling City in the balance

A quick review of the "Arrow" season finale — and season 2 as a whole — coming up just as soon as you make me a hero...

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New pictures from The CW's 'iZombie' and 'The Flash'

Also, 'Jane the Virgin' and 'The Messenger'

Announced on Thursday (May 15) morning, The CW's 2014-2015 slate includes a quartet of new offerings.

There are two DC Comics properties, one a spinoff-of-sorts ("The Flash") and one an accessible tale of a zombie crime-fighter ("iZombie), an adaptation of a telenovela that The CW is calling a comedy ("Jane the Virgin") and a confusingly described Rapture-themed drama ("The Messengers").

"Jane the Virgin" is set for Mondays at 9 p.m., while "The Flash" will air on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. The CW has set "iZombie" and "The Messengers" for midseason berths along with the returns of "Hart of Dixie" and "Beauty and the Beast."

The CW hasn't overburdened us with pictures, so check out a few fleeting first glimpses at "The Flash," "iZombie," "Jane the Virgin" and "The Messengers"...

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'Rambo V,' 'Santa Claws' and 31 other must-see Cannes Film Market posters

'Rambo V,' 'Santa Claws' and 31 other must-see Cannes Film Market posters

Some of these movies might actually be good

CANNES - While the Cannes Film Festival is known for its celebrity-filled red carpets and the prestigious Palme d'Or, it's also a major film market for distributors around the world. For over 50 years international production companies have hawked completed films or movies they are trying to secure financing for to theater owners from the far corners of the globe. For good reasons and bad, the Cannes Film Market is also notorious for its sometimes hilarious promo posters for films that may never see the light of day in the United States.

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Review: 'Party Girl' paints a bruised and beautiful portrait of a life in upheaval
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Review: 'Party Girl' paints a bruised and beautiful portrait of a life in upheaval

Spare and unsentimental, this one hurts

CANNES -- Life is opportunity.

More than ever before, I believe that. I have to believe that. In just over a week, I turn 44, and I stand at the edge of some major upheavals in my life. It has taken me a longer time to reach this point than I would have liked, but I eventually realized that inertia is no way to live. I would rather confront the pain and the disappointment of sifting through the ashes of a marriage burnt to the ground than continue to simply drift along hoping for some miraculous change for the better. There is nothing more terrifying to me than change, and I feel like that's true for most of us. We accept the way things are and consign dreams of change to being just that… dreams. The courage it takes to affect real change is not something we come by easily, and fear of the unknown can be a powerful motivator to simply let life happen to us, as if we are incapable of control.

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CW unveils its fall schedule: 'Flash' paired with 'Supernatural' on Tuesdays

CW unveils its fall schedule: “Flash” paired with “Supernatural” on Tuesdays
“The Originals” is joining “Jane the Virgin" on Mondays, while "iZombie," “Hart of Dixie," “Beauty and the Beast" and "The Messengers" are being saved for midseason. The rest of the schedule will remain intact. PLUS: CW is moving away from teen-skewing dramas.

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The CW's 2014-15 TV Schedule: 'Flash' takes Tuesdays, 'Originals' goes to Monday

'iZombie' and 'The Messengers' will wait for midseason

With only five nights of programming and two hours of programming per night, The CW's schedule has fewer pieces than any of the others that have been revealed this week, but the network's 2014-2015 lineup, announced on Thursday (May 15) morning, still held a few surprises.

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