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Credit: Cannes Film Festival

Review: Sad, sensual 'Timbuktu' responds to repression with wit and fury

Abderrahmane Sissako's surprising protest film gets the Competition off to a good start

CANNES - It is the very nature of film festival scheduling to turn up odd juxtapositions, but even by the usual standards, the first two premieres of this year's Cannes Film Festival couldn't have been more gauchely incompatible. As if "Grace of Monaco's" fretting over the political liberties of a gilded tax-haven state weren't silly enough in isolation, its vapidity only intensifies when considered back-to-back with Abderrahmane Sissako's "Timbuktu" -- a breathing, bleeding response to a genuine human rights crisis that doesn't view tragedy as a zone exempt from beauty or humor. You'd probably have guessed that between the two films, "Timbuktu" would be the one containing more human suffering; less obvious was that it'd feature rather more joy too. 

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CW unveils 'Flash' trailer

CW unveils "Flash” trailer
CW viewers got to see Grant Gustin as Barry Allen during tonight’s “Arrow” season finale.

There will be virtually no repeats on CBS Thursdays, thanks to NFL games
"How great is that on the biggest night of television?” said CBS Entertainment boss Nina Tassler. Once the NFL’s CBS Thursday season wraps at the end of October, CBS will have an edge of having mostly fresh episodes to run on Thursdays for the rest of the season. PLUS: Judging the CBS new fall trailers, CBS is actually going back to basics with its pilot pickups, there’s a tiny whiff of panic coming from CBS’ new schedule, and check out pics from Vince Gilligan's "Battle Creek."

Report: CBS was unhappy with 2 “How I Met Your Dad” cast members — not Greta Gerwig
Gerwig was great in her role, says Josef Adalian, but two of the cast members surrounding her weren’t so great. There was also concern that her character wasn’t “likable” enough. There is still hope, though. Adalian reports that many people who read the script found “HIMYD” charming and well-written.

Will the St. Louis Rams be agreeable to the filming of Michael Sam’s OWN reality show?
During last week’s NFL Draft, it was reported that Alabama QB A.J. McCarron fell because of his fiancee Katherine Webb’s reality TV project. As ProFootballtalk points out, "NFL teams generally prefer for their rookies to put all their energy into football, not outside projects,” especially for a player like Sam, a 7th-rounder who will have to battle it out to make a 53-man roster. PLUS: Why Sam’s reality show is a bad idea.

Can Larry Wilmore’s “Minority Report” avoid the fate of “Chocolate News”?
Comedy Central premiered David Alan Grier’s failed version of a black “Daily Show” weeks before Barack Obama was elected president in 2008. How much should Wilmore concentrate on minority issues? PLUS: Wilmore to leave ABC’s “Black-ish” after serving as executive producer.

Listen to Neil Patrick Harris’ revealing interview with Howard Stern
For more than an hour, Harris talked about his and his castmates’ $250,000 an episode “How I Met Your Mother” salary and the negotiations behind it, plus how the Emmys were screwed up last year, and more talk about his discussions with Les Moonves for the Letterman slot.

Samuel L. Jackson revealed the biggest flaw on “Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Jackson as Nick Fury proved to be the leading man he was on the big screen — but he also showed that Clark Gregg’s Coulson is better suited as a sidekick, not a leading character.

“Better Call Saul” will begin filming in June in Albuquerque
It’s official: The “Breaking Bad” spinoff will be filmed in New Mexico.

George Lopez is trying to bring the "¡Ask a Mexican!" newspaper column to TV
Lopez apparently owns the TV rights to Gustavo Arellano’s popular OC Weekly advice column, which has inspired a book, that lets non-Mexicans ask questions to a "Mexican" in Orange County's alternative newspaper.

“Grey’s Anatomy” won’t change for the 8 o’clock family hour
Shonda Rhimes tweeted: "To those who ask: I have no intention of changing content of shows for time slot moves. Next question.”

Why “Glee” can’t afford to lose Naya Rivera
Without Santana Lopez, “Glee” is just a parody of itself, with a cast full of one-dimensional characters.

“The Simpsons” is debasing itself with “Family Guy” crossover
“Family Guy” is a “crap ‘Simpsons,'” says Stuart Heritage. “Watching an episode of Family Guy is like watching an episode of The Simpsons where all the heart and sincerity have been boiled away, leaving a twitching mess of arbitrary cultural references.”

Julie Chen mocks her Joel McHale-Les Moonves tweet
Chen followed up her tweet with her and Les Moonves with a tweet of her, Moonves and Barbara Walters with the caption: "New 12:30 am Late Late Show host?”

Behind the scenes of “NCIS: LA’s” Venice Beach bomb
"We take a lot of creative license in television, but in a situation like this we wanted to be as realistic as possible,” says producer Joseph C. Wilson.

Has Shonda Rhimes become TV’s most powerful woman?
Dominating a Thursday night is no small feat. PLUS: Rhimes’ favorite series finale is the “Angel” finale — “Because it’s weird."

5 trends from the this week’s Upfronts
There will be more diversity, more “How I Met Your Mother”-like shows, and more comic-book inspired shows on the broadcast channels this fall.

Fox’s fake Prince Harry doesn’t feel bad for fooling all those gullible women
"It's a reality TV show,” says Matthew Hicks. "It's a bit of fun. It was all just an absolute barrel of laughs for six weeks.”

China’s childbirth reality show is all the rage
“Come On, Baby” has also received backlash for showing bloody graphic images of children being born.

Showtime orders “Yank,” a comedy about an aspiring ultra-orthodox Jewish standup comic
The comedy will follow a Jewish man from Brooklyn who lives a “double life” as a standup comic.

“Person of Interest” isn’t perfect, but it’s a very enjoyable network drama
“Person of Interest” makes the case that the broadcast model is still viable, says Mike Hale. "In the case of 'Person of Interest,’” he says, "the foundation for success has been a sturdy but not restrictive premise, smart casting and adroit responses to the need to expand and complicate the story and the roster of characters as the seasons pile up."

Martin Freeman’s longtime partner is trying hard to avoid “Fargo” spoilers
Amanda Abbington, who has a son and daughter with Freeman, is avoiding Twitter and watching episodes in real time as they air in Britain.

“Sons of Anarchy’s” Kurt Sutter wondered if he’d lose his job after e-mailing "Go f— yourself” to FX’s president
FX boss John Landgraf responded with a "go f— yourself, too."

Is yacht-owning Louis CK still believable as a poor schlub on “Louie”?
Should Louis CK put up real-life affluence on the small screen?

Alex Trebek expects to leave “Jeopardy!” “on a whim"
"When it happens it will probably happen the same way it happened when I shaved my moustache in 2001: It will happen on a whim,” he says. "I will decide at that moment, 'This is it. Leave me an extra 30 seconds at the end of the program so I can say goodbye.’"

What is original “American Idol” co-host Brian Dunkleman up to these days?
He’s hosting “Family Feud Live” in Atlantic City.

Jimmy Kimmel has other talk shows transcribed so he doesn’t repeat their jokes
Kimmel also tells L.A. Weekly that he doesn’t like pre-planning his interviews or reading prepared questions. "It tends to be boring," he says. "Most interviews, I don't prepare for.”

“Criminal Minds” boss thought the season finale promo was “a little dramatic"
"I was a little surprised they showed Reid awake ... but that doesn't necessarily mean anything,” says exec producer Erica Messer.

“The View’s” Sherri Shepherd may face a custody battle over her unborn child
She and the husband she filed for divorce from are expecting a child via surrogate.

“Modern Family” wedding: ""Things go wrong on a biblical scale”
"It's to the point where Mitch and Cam start to wonder if there are powers greater than all of them in the family that do not want the two to get married,” says exec producer Christopher Lloyd.

Seth Meyers held an extended cast Q&A for “Jennjamin Franklin”
That’s how serious he’s taking “SNL” “Second Chance Theater.”

“True Blood’s” Marshall Allman and his "Killing" wife are expecting their 3rd child
He and actress Jamie Anne Allman already have twin boys.

Paul Scheer & June Diane Raphael welcome a baby boy
“The League” star and his “NTSF:SD:SUV” co-star wife welcomed their first child on April 30.

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<p>Your &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 3</p>

Your "American Idol" Top 3

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 3 Performances

Caleb, Alex and Jena face off and we hear about their visits home

"American Idol" is a journey and even if we haven't always been overjoyed with this season's journey, I feel like we're moving toward the correct destination.

Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson and Alex Preston have been, for me at least, the clear Top 3 for nearly two months. I honestly don't care what happens from here, because while I like Alex, Jena and Caleb, I don't have a passionate singular attachment to any one of them. 

So... May the best singer win!

Click though and follow along for what I assume will be three performances apiece tonight...

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Was Harvey Weinstein right about 'Grace of Monaco' after all?

Was Harvey Weinstein right about 'Grace of Monaco' after all?

First Cannes video installment from Guy Lodge and Gregory Ellwood

CANNES - Speaking to a colleague this evening, we felt it was clear "Grace of Monaco" is on its way to being one of those highly anticipated festival films that critics viciously pounce on when it's not good. Both myself and Guy Lodge are not fans of it, but we can admit it's entertaining in a bad movie way. The general word is so negative you'd think it was "Diana" or "God's Pocket" (it's bad, but it's not unwatchable in a campy way).

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"Madam Secretary"

"Madam Secretary"

Credit: CBS

5 reasons why Tea Leoni looks perfect for 'Madam Secretary' in the new trailer

The 'Flirting with Disaster' star deserves a big role, yesterday

When I first saw the trailer for CBS' new fall show "Madam Secretary," my first thought was, hey, Tea Leoni! I love Tea Leoni! My second thought was, man, have not been seeing much of her in recent years. Sure, she was just in "Tower Heist" in 2011, but no one saw that, and it's been a whole lotta years since "Flirting with Disaster." There have been many projects in between, but not enough of them have been ideal showcases for Leoni's talent, plus movies like "Jurassic Park III" and "Deep Impact" weren't really about the actors, and plenty of other stars dominated hits like "A League of Their Own." Here are five reasons why I'm really hoping this is the hit Leoni has long deserved. 

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Watch CBS’ new show trailers

Watch CBS’ new show trailers
Here are trailers for Halle Berry in “Extant,” Tea Leoni as “Madam Secretary,” plus “Stalker,” “Scorpion,” “NCIS: New Orleans” and “The McCarthys.”

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NFL’s first openly gay player Michael Sam is getting an OWN docuseries

NFL’s first openly gay player Michael Sam is getting an OWN docuseries
“The Untitled Michael Sam Project" will follow Sam as he tries to make the St. Louis Rams, which on Saturday made him the first openly gay player to be drafted.“We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” says Oprah Winfrey. “I am proud of the focus on authentic storytelling in our new documentary series format. The next real-life story we follow in The Untitled Michael Sam Project promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here.”

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At CBS’ Upfronts, Letterman recalled a '2-day, 48-hour phone fight' he had with Les Moonves

At CBS’ Upfronts, Letterman recalled a “2-day, 48-hour phone fight” he had with Les Moonves
It started soon after Moonves joined CBS in 1995, and Letterman says he was convinced that Moonves would be bad news for the network. The two, though, made up, and Moonves has been nothing but supportive of Dave.

Ryan Murphy: “Naya’s coming back next year” to “Glee"
“I don’t think there is a story between Naya and Lea,” he tells “Extra." "I always marvel at the things that become headline news that most of the time are completely fabricated. Naya’s coming back next year, Lea’s coming back next year, anybody ever in that cast has an open invitation to come back and finish the character they so beautifully started.”

“American Idol” tonight hits Episode 500
Here’s an infographic detailing what’s happened in 500 episodes — 11 judges, 156 finalists. PLUS: Harry Connick Jr. confirms he’ll be back next season.

“Jeopardy!” creates a category for a Broadway costume designer
Six-time Tony winner William Ivey Long will get the honor on Friday of having his very own category, the first for a Broadway costume designer.

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Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, Jessalyn Gilsig
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'Vikings' panel: The cast talks chain mail, Travis Fimmel pranks, season 3

'There's no complaining' on the harsh set of 'Vikings'

Given the crowd at the Television Academy last night for History's "Vikings," you'd be hard pressed to guess that the season 2 finale didn't score the numbers of the first (3.4 million, representing a drop of 6 percent from last year). Still, the network is making a solid play for Emmy nods. Given the dark twists of this season, from an unexpected final betrayal to a demanding and brutal character arc for Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a little recognition doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility for this cast, many of whom were in attendance. I'll be posting my one-on-one interviews with them soon, but here's the download on a panel that went from jovial to emotional and, in one case, very personal. 

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<p>Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto will be back for &#39;Star Trek 3,&#39; so it&#39;s got that going for it.</p>

Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto will be back for 'Star Trek 3,' so it's got that going for it.

Credit: Paramount Pictures

We look at Paramount's big gamble on Robert Orci and 'Star Trek 3'

This is going to be a major test for one of the most successful working screenwriters

When Paramount held the first screening for "Star Trek Into Darkness," Robert Orci was one of the people who showed up to introduce the film, and during the Q&A afterwards, it was immediately clear that Orci wanted to be the director of the next film in the series. He treated it as a joke, but it didn't matter. The desire on his part was palpable, and I'm not remotely shocked to see that he's now been confirmed as the director.

So what does this mean? What is an all-Orci "Star Trek" going to look like?

To be honest, I'm not sure anyone can answer that question yet. The series itself is at a very strange place. While very few people seemed to be satisfied with the last film, it did leave things in a great place for a sequel because the crew has finally been sent away from Earth on their "five-year-mission," meaning pretty much anything is on the table for where they can go and what they can do. And Orci inherits a tremendous ensemble cast. I'm willing to admit that the reason I went easy on "Into Darkness" the first time around is because I just plain enjoy watching these people together.

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CBS’ Les Moonves: 'Under the Dome' was 'the highest-rated drama this year'

CBS’ Les Moonves: “Under the Dome” was “the highest-rated drama this year”
“That’s pretty amazing,” Moonves said, that "the highest-rated drama was on in the summer.” Moonves was emphasizing that the midseason is dead and that CBS is committed to programming year round, meaning big shows will air during the summer.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will visit “Duck Dynasty” when it returns in June
Jindal has been one of the Robertsons’ biggest vocal defenders, especially when Phil Robertson was suspended.

Lifetime developing a movie on Cleveland kidnapping victim Michelle Knight
"The Michelle Knight Story” will tell of Knight’s captivity by Ariel Castro from 2002 to 2013.

Neil Patrick Harris: Les Moonves approached me about replacing Letterman
Harris tells Howard Stern that he told Moonves that he thought he’d get bored doing the late-night format — he’d prefer doing a weekly variety show.

Tyra Banks producing a VH1 docuseries on transgender women
Over eight episodes, “TransAmerica” will tell the story of a group of transgender women in Chicago.

Dave Grohl gets his own HBO show
The Foo Fighters frontman will expand on his “Sound City” documentary and tour and record at the world’s most iconic recording studios.

Norm Macdonald “congratulates” Joel McHale for “The Late Late Show"
Does the “SNL” alum know something about Craig Ferguson's replacement?

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Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' set for June 17 release

Have you ordered your Collectors Box edition?

Lana Del Rey has set a June 17 release date for  “Ultraviolence,” as well as released the album's cover art.

In addition to standard and deluxe editions on download, CD, and vinyl, there will also be a Collectors Box edition that will include a deluxe LP Picture disc, a deluxe CD digipak and art prints, which was assume are suitable for framing.  

In addition to first single “West Coast,” the new album contains some intriguing titles, including “F*cked My Way To The Top,” “The Other Woman” and bonus track, “Guns And Roses.”

Del Rey is current on tour in the U.S. Her remaining dates are listed below the track listing.



2014 North American Tour Dates:
5/15 - Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
5/16 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
5/19 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
5/25 - Vancouver, BC @ PNE Amphitheatre
5/27 - Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
5/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall


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