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Rachel Weisz
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Rachel Weisz and Jane Fonda join all-star cast of Paolo Sorrentino's post-Oscar project

Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano will also star in 'Youth'

The last time high-style Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino attempted an English-language film, the results were interesting but muddled: starring Sean Penn as a past-prime goth-rock star crossing America in search of a Nazi war hunter, 2011's unabashedly odd Irish-Italian co-production "This Must Be the Place" had its champions, but was deemed enough of a misfire to send the director back to the safety of home. His follow-up, last year's Fellini-inspired Roman valentine "The Great Beauty" was as Italian as Italian can be, and his most universally acclaimed film to date -- even winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

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ABC extends 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' through January 2017

ABC extends “Jimmy Kimmel Live” through January 2017
The two-season extension comes as Kimmel’s show has seen a 16% boost in total ratings. The new deal ends after Kimmel’s 14th year on air.

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<p>&quot;Friends.&quot;</p>

"Friends."

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The one where 'Friends' ended 10 years ago tonight

Looking back on the legacy of one of TV's most successful sitcoms

Today in We Are All Getting Old And There Is Nothing We Can Do About It: 10 years ago tonight, a little show called "Friends" aired its last episode (titled, in that "Friends" style, "The Last One"). Dan and I are going to talk more about the anniversary on today's Firewall & Iceberg video show, but I wanted to bring up a few points for everybody to kick around in the meantime:

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NBC yanks 'Believe' and 'Crisis' from the final Sunday of May sweeps

NBC yanks “Believe” and “Crisis” from the final Sunday of May sweeps
Both freshman series look to be dead, as the Peacock has decided to replace them with a “Women of SNL” rerun.


Jimmy Kimmel pits Julia Roberts vs. Sally Field in “Celebrity Curse Off”
Watch the two Oscar winners battle it out in their use of profanity.


“Friends” ended 10 years ago today
To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the “Friends” series finale, check out 27 rare photos from the first season, which aired nearly 20 years ago.


“Orange is the New Black” promotes 2
Nick Sandow and Selenis Leyva will become series regulars in Season 3.


It’s official: Seth Meyers will revive rejected “SNL” sketches
“Second Chance Theater” kicks off May 13 on “Late Night” with Will Forte and “Jenjamin Franklin.”

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<p>Adam Goldberg of &quot;Fargo&quot;</p>

Adam Goldberg of "Fargo"

Interview: 'Fargo' co-star Adam Goldberg on ASL challenges and Calgary cold

Also, the "Midnight Cowboy" thing? Not intentional.

In March, I was on the Calgary set of FX's "Fargo" and I got to talk to most of the show's main stars, including Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Keith Carradine, and Colin Hanks and Joey King. I also chatted with producers Noah Hawley and Warren Littlefield and, before the premiere, I interviewed Billy Bob Thornton as well.

The characters on the reimagined take on the Coen Brothers' Oscar winner are compelling and that gives everybody involved plenty to discuss, so I hope to keep checking off members of the eclectic cast plenty to talk about.

Up next? Adam Goldberg, who was introduced in the second episode as a fiery hitman whose name has never been given. Official FX literature says that Goldberg is Mr. Numbers, while Russell Harvard's character is Mr. Wrench. Apparently, we aren't going to learn anything more than that.

Mr. Numbers and Mr. Wrench are intriguing because they're dressed an awful lot like Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight's characters from the classic "Midnight Cowboy" and because all of their dialogue together is delivered in often passionately delivered ASL. Goldberg's character also gets to talk in frequently irritated bursts of speech, but Harvard only communicates in sign language. It's a unique partnership. 

Goldberg is a master of frequently irritated speech in films like "Dazed and Confused" and on the small screen on shows like "Friends" and in the Hawley-created brilliant-but-cancelled ABC drama "The Unusuals." He's carried that over into his work as an indie writer-director, a gig that nearly prevented him from taking the "Fargo" role and reuniting with Hawley.

It's also a master of irritated speech in real life. The guy is NOT a fan of the cold weather in Calgary, it turns out. And he was really worried about his ability to do justice to the ASL dialogue. 

And it turns out that the "Midnight Cowboy" thing? Well, it wasn't a part of his thought process. 

Click through for my chat with Goldberg, which covers that terrain and more. And check out "Fargo" on FX on Tuesday nights.

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

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'Real Housewives of Orange County': Is Lizzie a good addition to the cast?

Vicki thinks Brooks is the bomb, but should she?

You would think David whisking Shannon away for a night of romance at the St. Regis would be intensely romantic. Or, if not romantic, at least not unsettling and kind of creepy. Unfortunately, when Shannon declares she needs to get just a little drunker to stomach the idea of having sex with her husband and searches for an open bottle for a quick swig, it was pretty clearly the latter and not the former. You know what's great foreplay? Asking your wife over dinner when she's getting her boobs "firmed up." I kept waiting for David to shove an envelope of money into her purse and shove her out the door with her shoes in her hand after he was done with her. The worst part? She was so grateful he was finally making time for her! 

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

Louis C.K. in "Louie."

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Season premiere review: 'Louie' - 'Back/Model'

Louie suffers an injury, then spends a long, strange night on the Hamptons

"Louie" finally returned to our television sets tonight. I published my advance review of the new season earlier today, and I have specific thoughts on tonight's two episodes coming up just as soon as I write a letter to AIDS...

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"Dancing with the Stars"

"Dancing with the Stars"

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'Dancing with the Stars': Abby Lee Miller is one tough judge

The 'Dance Moms' star takes an independent stance

Is that Mark Ballas singing? Yes, yes it is. And then he's dancing. He's a man of many talents, that Mark Ballas. He's got a single, because why not? It's called "Get My Name" so quick, go to iTunes! Anyway, Abby Lee Miller of the Lifetime show "Dance Moms" will be joining the judges' panel, which will either be great fun or extremely stressful. She isn't going to be shy about what she thinks, and while I have to believe she'll be easier on celebrities than she is on little kids, there's a good chance she'll tangle with the other judges since they're used to guest judges who say things like, "I don't know anything about what you were doing, but you were so passionate!"

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<p>Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub in &quot;24: Live Another Day.&quot;</p>

Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub in "24: Live Another Day."

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Season premiere review: '24: Live Another Day' - '11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m./12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.'

Jack and Chloe turn up in London as another POTUS is in need of saving

Jack Bauer is back. I published an advance review of the "24: Live Another Day" premiere this morning, and I have some spoiler-y thoughts on these first two episodes coming up just as soon as we sit the whole thing out in Greenland...

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<p>Yeah, I know the feeling, buddy.</p>

Yeah, I know the feeling, buddy.

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First trailer for 'Gotham' series teases early versions of Batman icons

Is this really enough for an entire series?

"I love this city… and I see it going to hell."

I don't get it.

It feels like they really want to make a Batman show, but they can't make a Batman show because the feature film division has dibs. So here we are with another prequel that I can't imagine is going to tell us anything we actually need to know about these characters except that… sigh… they are all connected.

I wasn't actively rolling my eyes until they got to the big finish and started showing Catwoman, The Riddler, Batman, Poison Ivy, and Penguin, and at that point, I just found it irritating. When I was hanging out with a number of genre-loving friends lately, they were talking about how it feels like the geeks have won pop culture and right now we're all taking our victory lap. Looking at "Gotham" or "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," I'm not sure I feel like a winner. I feel like an aggressively targeted demographic, certainly, but I don't want two hour movies that are simply there to sell me more two hour trailers a few years from now, and I don't want a prequel to every single story I like.

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Review: Well-made 'Million Dollar Arm' works more as mythmaking than as a movie
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Review: Well-made 'Million Dollar Arm' works more as mythmaking than as a movie

Jon Hamm, like everyone involved, does exactly what he was paid to do

Simply by existing, "Million Dollar Arm" serves as both mythmaking and infomercial in equal measure. Based on the true story of how Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel became professional American baseball players, the film is more than competent in the way it builds a wish fulfillment fairy tale out of a last-ditch effort to save his business by J.B. Bernstein, a sports agent, and why wouldn't it be? Craig Gillespie directs from a screenplay by Thomas McCarthy. That's a rock-solid pedigree, and Jon Hamm plays Bernstein with his Don Draper turned up loud. It's a feel-good story that raises cultural questions that the film doesn't seem terribly interested in answering, and it feels like an easy triple in the grand Disney tradition.

First, dealing with it simply as a film, it's fairly direct and there is an easy charm to it. The agency that J.B. opened is faltering, and when he misses out on signing an NFL star they've been courting for a year, it looks like they're going to have to close the doors. J.B. has one last big idea, though, after a late-night of watching cricket on cable, and decides to create a reality show/contest that will take place in India. They're going to reach out to cricket players and see if they can find someone who they groom to become a baseball player. It's a big jump to make, since cricket really doesn't have much to do with baseball. Even the mechanics that are similar mean very different things to the two different games. But J.B. hopes that he can make it work and end up with a star that his agency can own, lock, stock, and barrel.

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Watch the 1st trailer for Batman prequel 'Gotham'

Watch the 1st trailer for Batman prequel “Gotham”
See the younger versions of Bruce Wayne, Jim Gordon, The Penguin, The Riddler and Catwoman.


Spike Lee’s 1st movie “She’s Gotta Have It” is set to become a Showtime series
Lee will produce a contemporary adaptation of the 1986 film about three women and her lovers.

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