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11 big questions we want answered at this year's Cannes Film Festival

11 big questions we want answered at this year's Cannes Film Festival

Is awards season about to kick-off?

The 67th Festival du Cannes is only a day away and as the last rain shower sweeps through the small French seaside town, the sun is ready to shine on the global film community's annual pow wow.

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Imagine Dragons
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Imagine Dragons pen 'Battle Cry' for 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction': Listen

Hear a snippet of the song

From “Radioactive” to “Demons” to “Battle Cry”: Imagine Dragons, known for its dramatic titles and music, has written a new song, “Battle Cry,” for “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

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TV Ratings: 'Blacklist' finale dips, 'Castle' finale rises, '24' slides on Monday
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TV Ratings: 'Blacklist' finale dips, 'Castle' finale rises, '24' slides on Monday

NBC wins in the demo, ABC wins overall as usual

Fast National ratings for Monday, May 12, 2014.

ABC's "Castle" rose in its latest season finale, nearly catching NBC's dipping "Blacklist" finale overall, but that variation made very little difference, as the two networks had their normal Monday split. ABC won Monday in total viewers, while NBC triumphed in the key demo.

Among other Monday notables, FOX's "24: Live Another Day" was down from last week's premiere, but still solid. And The CW's "Star-Crossed" got a big finale bump, but it's almost certainly boosted by sports preemptions of some sort. 

On to the numbers...

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Review: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' gives the franchise a new lease on life
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Review: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' gives the franchise a new lease on life

Singer's in fine form as he returns to the series he helped create

Over the last month, I've re-watched every entry in the series that Fox has produced since "X-Men" in 2000 as my kids worked their way through the films for the first time. What I found most interesting about the revisit is how my reactions to the films as they were being released and my reactions to them now aren't really the same. Each film was on a specific point in the larger continuity of comic book related movies, and the only way to judge them was how they stacked up to everything else that was being done in the genre at that time. Now, though, looking back at them all is illuminating, especially since it feels like "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" is the end of everything up to this point and the beginning of whatever comes next.

One thing has been very clear since this series began: while they are drawing on comic continuity for suggestions, they have not been bound by any particular rules of adaptation. In fact, they have almost exclusively altered things. I don't think you can point at any particular run of the series and see a direct correlation between what's onscreen and what was on the page. Sure, "X2" and "X-Men: The Last Stand" nodded to the "Dark Phoenix" storyline, but barely. I would find it a little ridiculous to actually call those films an adaptation because of how loosely they line up to the motivations or the characterizations of the books.

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Watch ABC’s new show trailers

Watch ABC’s new show trailers
Check out Anthony Anderson in “Black-ish,” Karen Gillan in “Selfie” and Viola Davis in “How to Get Away with Murder.”

“24” tumbles
The 2nd week of “Live Another Day” was down 24% in the demo. Meanwhile, the season finales of “Castle” and “The Blacklist” did well, while the final episode of “Star-Crossed” was up 33%.

“Castle” creator: "It's not like we're playing a love triangle or anything”
Andrew W. Marlowe explains last night’s season finale.

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ABC unveils its fall schedule: 'Scandal' moves to 9 pm as part of a 3-hour Shonda Rhimes Thursday block

ABC unveils its fall schedule: “Scandal” moves to 9 pm as part of a 3-hour Shonda Rhimes Thursday block
Shonda Rhimes’ "How to Get Away with Murder” will follow “Scandal” while her “Grey’s Anatomy” will precede it on the Thursday lineup. Meanwhile,” “Black-ish” will air after “Modern Family” while “Selfie” will kick off the Tuesday lineup. PLUS: Shonda Rhimes inks new 4-year deal with ABC Studios

Happy 50th birthday, Stephen Colbert!
“The Colbert Report” and future “Late Show” star turns 50 today, so listen to his royalty-free birthday song.

Meet Sarah Baker, the star of last night’s “Louie” “Fat Lady” episode
“The only description that I had (of the role) was that she was a waitress at the Comedy Cellar,” says Baker. "I think it said she was 'friendly, funny and comfortable in her own skin.' But that’s all I knew until I got there.” PLUS: This was one of the most thought-provoking episodes of TV this season, Louis CK gives parenting advice to Jimmy Fallon, and "Louie's" daughter talks about her subway role last night.

Alec Baldwin arrested for a bike-riding crime
The former “30 Rock” star was caught riding the wrong way down a one-way street.

Read an oral history of “The West Wing": Sidney Poitier was originally eyed for president
The cast is looking back exactly 15 years after the NBC drama was picked up to series.

Maya Rudolph joins Twitter
The former “SNL” star is now tweeting days before her “Maya Rudolph Show” debut.

“The Odd Couple” loses 2, including Sarah Baker from last night’s “Louie”
Baker, who had reunited with Matthew Perry after co-starring with him on “Go On,” is exiting the CBS series along with Georgia King.

Watch Will Forte in Fox’s “The Last Man On Earth” trailer
The “SNL” alum stars in the Fox comedy this midseason.

Writer sues claiming he was owed “The Arsenio Hall Show” head writer job
Paul Raff claims he had an agreement with Hall to head up his writing staff. He’s seeking $2 million.

“Dancing” called “contrived" by Olympic champion Charlie Davis
Davis didn’t like being in the Bottom 2 with his Olympic partner Meryl Davis.

See a sneak peek at “The Simpsons”-“Family Guy” crossover episode
A photo was leaked from yesterday’s Fox upfront presentation.

Sherri Shepherd files for divorce after her husband files for separation
“The View” star responded Monday to her husband’s separation filing.

Watch Jimmy Fallon, Neil Young and Jack White make late-night history by pressing a record on stage
Young performed in a Jack White recording booth on “The Tonight Show” stage.

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<p>Karen Gillan and friends in &quot;Selfie.&quot;</p>

Karen Gillan and friends in "Selfie."

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Upfronts 2014: ABC makes big moves on Tuesdays and Thursdays

A Shonda Rhimes triple-feature on Thursday, and 'Agents of SHIELD' to 9 on Tuesday

For the most part, the fall schedules announced by NBC and FOX at the start of upfront week were logical and conservative, leaving major changes for midseason (and in some cases not even announcing midseason plans beyond series pick-ups). As the fourth-place broadcast network — despite having some of the bigger hits on television in "Scandal," "Modern Family" and "Grey's Anatomy" — ABC can't afford to play things so safely. So with 12 new series debuting between fall and mid-season, there are a lot of changes on the schedule.

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<p>Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne of &quot;Black-ish&quot;</p>

Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne of "Black-ish"

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ABC's 2014-15 Schedule: 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' slides back, 'Scandal' moves up, 'Black-ish' gets Wednesday 9:30 slot

Network sets up a Shonda Rhimes Thursday

ABC announced its 2014-2015 schedule on Tuesday (May 13) morning and a lot of things make a surprising amount of sense. 

For example: After noticing that "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." routinely got an audience bump when it wasn't airing opposite "NCIS," ABC has moved the drama to the 9 p.m. hour on Tuesdays for next season.

For a second example: After not putting either of its family-oriented comedies after "Modern Family" this season, the coveted Wednesday 9:30 slot will go to the Anthony Anderson family comedy "Black-ish."

And, finally, after over a decade of difficulties on Thursdays at 8 p.m., ABC has just moved "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" up an hour, put the Viola Davis drama "How to Get Away With Murder" at 10 p.m. and made a Shonda Rhimes Thursday.

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"Wild Tales"
"Wild Tales"
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Cannes Check 2014: Damian Szifron's 'Wild Tales'

Continuing our preview of the festival lineup with a wild card from Argentina

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year'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, perhaps the most unexpected selection of the lot: Damián Szifrón's "Wild Tales."

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<p>Bill Paxton of &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Bill Paxton of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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Interview: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' co-star Bill Paxton on the finale and feeling The Universe

What did the 'Big Love' veteran now about John Garrett and when did he know it?

I wasn't exactly surprised when "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." sprung the big reveal last month that Bill Paxton's John Garrett turned out to be evil.

I mean... He's Bill Paxton. It's not that Bill Paxton is constantly playing evil characters or anything, but if you bring in an actor with Paxton's pedigree -- Four Golden Globe nominations, an Emmy nod and the credibility that comes from "Aliens," "Near Dark," etc -- you're not bringing him in to play the boring straight-arrow authority figure. So it was almost a relief when Garrett turned sneering villain and then it was genuinely interesting when, in last week's episode, the frequently rushed "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." took the time to do a flashback-heavy episode explained both Garrett's Hydra-loving origins and the conditions that might also have turned Brett Dalton's Ward.

When last we saw Garrett, we had discovered his Deathlok-y past -- so many reveals for one character -- and he was being injected with the potentially miraculous GH-325. The serum led to him announcing he'd seen The Universe. 

But what the heck does that mean?

Presumably we're going to find out in this week's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." finale.

Last week, I got on the phone with Paxton and we discussed what it means for an actor to play "seeing The Universe" and the pleasures of getting to play a secret-keeping character and then go full-baddie. 

Wait. Sorry. As with nearly every actor who plays a nefarious character, Paxton doesn't think Garrett is a villain.

Will the season finale back him up? 

Click through for the Q&A and watch the finale on Tuesday night on ABC.

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<p>Louis C.K. and Sarah Baker in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Louis C.K. and Sarah Baker in "Louie."

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Review: 'Louie' - 'So Did the Fat Lady/Elevator Part 1'

A waitress pursues Louie, Jane has a bad dream, and Louie helps a neighbor

A review of tonight's two "Louie" episodes coming up just as soon as we choose between Mexican/Italian or Sushi/Pizza...

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Donald Sterling melts down in Anderson Cooper interview

Donald Sterling melts down in Anderson Cooper interview
The CNN host’s "went worst that you thought it could" interview with the embattled L.A. Clippers owner will be studied in crisis public-relations classes for years to come. PLUS: How Cooper landed the interview.

Judging Fox’s fall trailers: “Gracepoint” may have fall TV’s best new cast
Also, is “Mulaney” desperately trying to be the next “Seinfeld”?

“Sharknado” is headed to theaters with a “Mystery Science Theater 3000” twist
Audiences in 650 theaters this July will get to hear live commentary from “MST3K” vets Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett.

NBC expects original “Heroes” characters to “drop in” on “Heroes Reborn”
"Some familiar faces from the show are bound to drop in,” NBC Entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt said at the NBC Upfronts.

Blair Waldorf’s “Gossip Girl” penthouse is for sale for $30 million
Only the exterior of the penthouse has appeared on the CW series.

Meet “Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman’s suitors
They include a “pantsapreneur” and an opera singer. PLUS: Juan Pablo “Bachelor” alum Cassandra Ferguson gets engaged to her son’s dad.

“Hawaii Five-0’s” Daniel Dae Kim to address University of Hawaii graduates
The former “Lost” star will be among several commencement speakers for this year’s class.

"Game of Thrones’” Reek on his "heartbreaking and heart-wrenching” circumstance
"In terms of physically being Reek, it's quite exhausting,” says actor Alfie Allen.

“Futurama” fans create a Zoidberg costume
Watch the creation of a real-life version of the lobster-esque alien.

Michelle Fairley talks about her “challenging part” on “24: Live Another Day"
The “Game of Thrones” alum says: "She's a passionate woman, and she's driven not only by her belief, but also by revenge. And I did a lot of research about people who are not born into a certain belief, but take it on. The love, passion, commitment, and just sheer bloody-mindedness, when it comes to achieving your goals.”

Chris Colfer says of the negative “Glee” media gossip: “It’s really sad”
"I've seen some of my closest friends on ‘Glee' go through where these horrible things are written about them and none of it is true,” he says, "but some reporter wants to get a hit, they say so-and-so is a raging bitch.”

Kevin Bacon’s brother starring in Oscar Meyer Turkey Bacon ads
Michael Bacon is the other less famous Bacon.

Is Noah Wyle responsible for making “Noah” the most popular baby name in America?
Are there still that many diehard “ER” fans?

Count down the Top 50 sci-fi shows
From “Land of the Lost” to “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century."

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