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Embattled L.A. Clippers owner is talking to Barbara Walters and Anderson Cooper

Embattled L.A. Clippers owner is talking to Barbara Walters and Anderson Cooper
Donald Sterling has set up interviews with both news stars this evening, according to TMZ. UPDATE: Sterling bailed on the interviews, but Walters did speak with his girlfriend, V. Stiviano.

“Green Acres” is getting the movie and possible Broadway treatment
The classic ‘60s sitcom starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor is being made into a feature film and is being shopped as a potential stage play on Broadway.

What will the White House Correspondents’ Dinner do to Joel McHale’s career?
Will it lead to his own late-night show or more “Community”?

HBO’s “Vice” renewed for a 3rd season
The CEO of Vice revealed the renewal, saying: ""HBO is going to give me sh*t” for announcing it.

“Everybody Loves Raymond” stars reunite
Ray Romano’s CBS sitcom is being inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Don Rickles: I can’t go on Jimmy Fallon because I don’t play ping-pong
Watch Rickles joke with Letterman about the late-night wars.

Why are TV’s strongest women living in and around Washington, D.C.?
From Olivia Pope to Selina Meyer to Claire Underwood, "there is apparently nothing sexist or old school about painting women as venal, self-serving and manipulative” in the nation’s capital, says Alessandra Stanley.

Showtime's posting of the unedited “Penny Dreadful” pilot online was unusual
Usually, Showtime posts an edited version of season/series premieres on YouTube. But the show wouldn’t work with edits, so YouTube users have had to confirm they are over age 18 to watch the series premiere.

Lego episode shows that “The Simpsons” still has it, at least sometimes
"Brick Like Me,” says James Poniewozik, "shows that 'The Simpsons' can still be inspired, weird, and sincere, when all the pieces fall into place.” PLUS: How “The Simpsons” predicted the Ukraine crisis in 1998.

“True Blood” adds Will  Yun Lee
The “Hawaii Five-0” veteran will play a Japanese businessman living in Texas who’s out for revenge. PLU: See Season 7 “True Blood” pics, and Anna Paquin joins Twitter.

How to explain Mister Rogers to kids
Are tech-savvy modern kids missing out on Mister Rogers?

Here are 15 women who could replace Craig Ferguson
From Amy Sedaris to Samantha Bee to Aisha Tyler. PLUS: 5 authors relive their fave Ferguson moments.

Marc Maron: I should take over “The Late Late Show” spot
Here’s Maron’s proposed pitch to Les Moonves: "Let's not focus on broad comedy bits and see if we can engage performers and celebrities in intimate and resonant conversation. There wouldn't be a premium on laughs per minute or ridiculous sketches but more on naturally funny moments that can occur in real conversation. And Les would say, 'So wait -- no comedy?’"

Louis CK: “I don’t have a trailer, I just sit in my car”
"I change in my car and I sit in my car,” he says of filming “Louie." "It just seems so absurd to me, living in New York, to have a trailer with a chair and a TV. It’s ridiculous.”

Cristina Yang deserves a better “Grey’s Anatomy” ending
Such a complicated character shouldn’t get an arbitrary fairy-tale ending. PLUS: “Grey’s” stars say goodbye to Cristina Yang.

Maya Rudolph wants her variety show to capture the spirit of “The Muppet Show”
She’s hoping to capture The Muppets’ playful quality on her own variety show.

Here are 5 web series that could become the next “Broad City”
From “Little Horribles” to “Ghost Ghirls.”

Adam West recalls how “Batman” was good for color TV sales, but DC Comics wasn’t initially sold on the show
"At first, DC Comics didn't much like the fact that we were not serious enough for adults,”
West writes in a column about his “Batman” experience. "However, when they saw their book sales dramatically increase, they began to love us, as did the Japanese color TV manufacturers. They became big fans, of course.”

“Vikings” creator talks Season 3
How many changes will the History series see next season?

Watch the official 50 Cent “Power” trailer
The Starz series follows a nightclub owner who’s also a drug dealer.

Presenting the 40 best cult TV comedies
From “Portlandia” to “Upright Citizens Brigade” to “Not Necessarily the News.”

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<p>Andrew Garfield in &quot;We Exist&quot;</p>

Andrew Garfield in "We Exist"

Andrew Garfield dresses up for Arcade Fire's 'We Exist' video: Watch the teaser

The 'Amazing Spider-Man' actor appeared in women's clothes for the band's Coachella performance

A couple of weeks ago, Andrew Garfield showed up to Arcade Fire's Coachella Weekend 2 gig in a dress and a wig.

Now we have some better idea what that was for.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" actor -- whose movie opened in theaters today -- appears in the first teaser for Arcade Fire's video for "We Exist." Flashes of Garfield shearing his hair and gripping his head in front of a mirror weave between footage of him nervously walking down the barricaded path that leads to the main stage at the music festival. In the latter scenes, he's wearing a white dress, with a face full of makeup.

Win Butler has said that the song "We Exist," the next single from Arcade Fire's latest album "Reflektor," is about a son telling his father that he's gay. At Coachella, the band sprung into the song with Butler intro'ing: "The right to marry anyone you want is a human rights issue."

We don't know if Garfield's character is trans, or prefers crossdressing, or if he's even the "son" in the song. But it looks like some strong messaging is on it's way.

Arcade Fire's tour and festival dates are below. Garfield hosts "Saturday Night Live" tomorrow night (May 3).

May 02    Atlanta, GA
May 04    New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival    New Orleans, LA
May 29    Primavera Sound Festival    Barcelona, Spain
May 31    Rock In Rio    Lisbon, Portugal
Jun 03        Paris, France
Jun 04        Paris, France
Jun 06        London, United Kingdom
Jun 07        London, United Kingdom
Jun 09        Landgraaf, Netherlands
Jun 10        Merksem, Belgium
Jun 12        Norwegian Wood Festival    Oslo, Norway
Jun 15        Northside Festival    Aarhus, Denmark
Jun 17        Dresden, Germany
Jun 18        Berlin, Germany
Jun 20        Hurricane Festival     Scheessel, Germany
Jun 20        Southside Festival    Tuttlingen, Germany
Jun 23        Rock In Roma    Rome Rm, Italy
Jun 24        Verona    Verona, Italy
Jun 29        Dublin    Dublin, Ireland
Jul 25        Fuji Rock    Niigata, Japan
Jul 30        Mountain View, CA
Aug 01        Los Angeles, CA
Aug 02        Los Angeles, CA
Aug 05        San Diego, CA
Aug 08        Seattle, WA
Aug 09        Squamish Valley Festival    Squamish, Canada
Aug 11        Edmonton, Canada
Aug 12        Calgary, Canada
Aug 14        Winnipeg, Canada
Aug 17        Washington, DC
Aug 19        Mansfield, MA
Aug 20        Bangor, ME
Aug 22        Brooklyn, NY
Aug 23        Brooklyn, NY
Aug 24        Brooklyn, NY
Aug 26        Chicago, IL
Aug 27        Chicago, IL
Aug 29        Toronto, Canada
Aug 30        Montreal, Canada

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'Grey’s Anatomy' extends 4 longtime cast members

“Grey’s Anatomy” extends 4 longtime cast members
Sara Ramirez, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers and James Pickens Jr. have all signed on for Seasons 11 and 12.

Xbox is exploring a possible "Halo" drama series partnership with Showtime
The Steven Spielberg-produced series could end up airing on both Showtime and Xbox, with enhanced interactivity built into the latter platform.

Nat Geo plans a special tribute to fallen “Alaska State Troopers” stars
Next week’s season premiere will feature a tribute to Trooper Gabriel “Gabe” Rich and Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson. "Trooper Gabriel “Gabe” Rich and Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson. "“We are definitely going to do something in our premiere next Thursday to honor their memory,” said a network spokesperson.

Watch the trailer for Starz’s “Outlander”
The time-traveling drama is from "Battlestar Galactica’s" Ronald D. Moore.

Twitter campaign urges CBS to hire Norm Macdonald to replace Craig Ferguson
Macdonald’s Weekend Update successor Colin Quinn is among those tweeting on behalf of Norm: "@cbs If u hire @normmacdonald I promise to be regular guest! #latelatenormnorm.”

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<p>Sam Heughan and&nbsp;Caitriona Balfe of &quot;Outlander&quot;</p>

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe of "Outlander"

Credit: Starz

Starz's first full 'Outlander' trailer teases timeless romance

Nobody says 'Sassanach,' so what's the point?

After January's Television Critics Association press tour panel for Starz's adaptation of "Outlander," I lamented that we hadn't been given copies of Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling novel for background.

I arrived home a day later and a copy of "Outlander" had arrived at my door, appearing from nowhere as if it had made contact with a mysterious standing stone circle after and even more mysterious pagan ritual.

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<p>A scene from &quot;The Amazing Spider-Man 2&quot;</p>

A scene from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"

Credit: Sony Pictures

Tell us what you thought of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Marc Webb's websliging sequel swings into theaters today

Marc Webb's "Amazing Spider-Man 2" kicks off the summer movie season today, and I have to say I'm in league with the majority of critics on this one. It's an over-stuffed, seemingly visionless piece of cotton candy that defeats itself every step of the way.

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<p>Benedict Cumberbatch in &quot;The Imitation Game&quot;</p>

Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Weinstein sets Oscar season release dates for three awards hopefuls

How will his slate shape up this year?

The Weinstein Company has a pretty tight slate of prestige titles this year, a number of them likely set for the upcoming Oscar circuit. And indeed, today we're getting word that three of them are all lined up for prime awards season real estate on the release calendar, setting the stage for another slew of months in the trenches for Harvey and his team.

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Kerry Washington welcomes a daughter

Kerry Washington welcomes a daughter
The “Scandal” star and her husband, former NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, gave birth to Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha on April 21, just four days after the season finale.

Lifetime orders “Child Genius”
The reality show, based on a British series, will go behind the scenes of a national intelligence competition featuring the smartest kids in America.

George R.R. Martin: How do you define a spoiler?
"If something happens on the show before it happens in the book, I suppose one could call that a spoiler,” the “Game of Thrones” honcho wrote on his blog. "If something happens on the show, but happens very differently in the books, is that still a spoiler? If something happens on the show, but never happens in books, what precisely was spoiled?"

Every “Louie” episode, ranked
Season 2’s “Niece” was the worst. Which was the best?

“Drop Dead Diva” bringing back Ben Feldman
The “Mad Men” star will make a cameo in the final season.

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<p>Joaquin Phoenix</p>

Joaquin Phoenix

Credit: AP Photo

Joaquin Phoenix set for Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' follow-up

As usual, details are scarce, but the potential is intriguing

As usual, Woody Allen shows no signs of slowing down. He's prolific as ever and with "Magic in the Moonlight" right around the corner this summer, he's already lining up his next. And today brings news of the first casting decision: Joaquin Phoenix.

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<p>Who? GET IT?!</p>

Who? GET IT?!

Credit: BBC

'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith signs on for pivotal role in 'Terminator: Genesis'

When they say he's connected to John Connor, they're not kidding around

It's interesting when you can tell from a press release that the studio is being very careful about what they say.

"[Matt] Smith will play a new character with a strong connection to John Connor," is how they phrased it in the announcement today, "alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, and Byung Hun Lee."

To be fair, they're being very careful about everything involving this film and the cast. They've revealed some basic information. We know that Emilia Clarke is Sarah Connor. We know that Jason Clarke is John Connor. We know that Jai Courtney is Kyle Reese. And we know that Dayo Okeniyi is playing Danny Dyson, the son of Miles Dyson, the man credited with creating Skynet in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day".

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"Sex Sent Me to the ER"

"Sex Sent Me to the ER"

Credit: TLC

'Sex Sent Me to the ER': Watch shower sex go horribly wrong

A couple ends up in the emergency room, each with injuries

I'm sure one young couple we meet in this week's episode of  "Sex Sent Me to the ER" (Sat. May 3 at 9:00 p.m. on TLC) had seen some television show or movie that shower sex seem easy. I suspect they did not take into consideration the idea that shower sex on television and in film usually takes place in these big, palatial showers that are larger than some living rooms. Trying it in a small box the way these two do is sort of like filling a coffin with water, standing it upright, and adding water hazards like soap dishes to the mix. So, duh, it doesn't end well in this clip from the show.

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2 'Alaska State Troopers' stars were killed in the line of duty

2 "Alaska State Troopers” stars were killed in the line of duty
Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson and Trooper Gabriel Rich, who were featured on the Nat Geo reality show, were shot and killed Thursday after being called out to a remote village to provide backup for a standoff. UPDATE: Nat Geo pulls repeats of episodes featuring the two troopers.

Matthew Weiner feels like 14 episodes isn’t enough for the final “Mad Men” season
The structure of this season forced Weiner to come up with two season premieres and two season finales, which "allowed for less digression” into other characters, he tells Fresh Air. “This just made us really concentrate on the main characters,” he says, adding of the episode count: “It actually didn’t seem like enough episodes for what we had to do.” PLUS: Jared Harris returning to “Mad Men” — as a director.

“The Good Wife” would love to spin off Carrie Preston’s character, but…
"We've discussed it internally,” co-creator Robert King tells E!. "It always comes down to where you can put your energy. Our worry is that—we're not the kind of showrunners, unfortunately, who can take our eyes off this and do two things at once. I wish we could because there's no one more fun to work with and better comedian than Carrie Preston. There's such a cool show there."

“Game of Thrones” director was “blown away” by this week’s episode
Michelle MacLaren, who directed this week’s and next week’s episode, says with a laugh: "I had thought they ate the babies – isn't that horrible?” PLUS: Feast on The Khaleesi Burger.

Arsenio Hall launches a crowdfunding campaign to buy the L.A. Clippers
Introducing “#ArsenioClipStarter.”

“Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson says sorry for using the N-word during taping of his show
Clarkson says he’s "begging for forgiveness” after unaired footage shoed him saying the N-word while reciting the children's nursery rhyme "eeny, meeny, miny, moe."

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Antoine Olivier-Pilon in "Mommy."
Antoine Olivier-Pilon in "Mommy."
Credit: Metafilms

Cannes Check 2014: Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy'

Continuing our Cannes preview with the youngest director in 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, from the youngest director in the lineup: Xavier Dolan's "Mommy."

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