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<p>Kristen Bell returns to one of her best roles in the new movie &#39;Veronica Mars,&#39; and the result will be worth the wait for fans.</p>

Kristen Bell returns to one of her best roles in the new movie 'Veronica Mars,' and the result will be worth the wait for fans.

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Review: 'Veronica Mars' will delight old fans and may even win new ones

The big-screen revival of the show feels like no time has passed

AUSTIN - It was smack dab in the middle of last year's SXSW festival that "Veronica Mars" made news with their massively successful Kickstarter campaign, so it seems only right that they would bring the film to premiere at the festival this year. As someone who enjoyed the show enormously while it was on the air, I am relieved to report that the film felt to me like it successfully recaptured the spirit of the show's first season. My only question at this point is how it will work for audiences who didn't see the show, which, based on the ratings, would seem to be pretty much everyone.

In the series, Veronica was a typical 15-year-old girl living in Neptune, California, a small community with a pronounced class struggle going on, until her best friend Lilly Kane (Amanda Seyfried) was murdered. Veronica's father Keith (Enrico Colantoni) was Neptune's sheriff, and when he became convinced that Lilly's billionaire father was the murderer, it ended up ruining his reputation. Someone else was arrested and convicted, and Keith ended up opening a private investigator's office. Veronica's mother left, and Veronica ended up channeling all of her private pain into working for her father and, on the side, working to solve Lilly's murder. The entire first season of the series dealt with that one story arc, and week to week, Veronica also got involved in cases that centered on her high school peers. It was a winning formula, with a very sharp verbal sense of humor and a willingness to tackle some ugly, difficult topics in the process like date rape, steroid abuse, alcoholism, and the death of the middle class.

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President Obama will introduce 'Cosmos'

President Obama will introduce “Cosmos”
The president recorded a special introduction for Sunday’s premiere on Fox and Nat Geo.


“Supernatural” spinoff gets a new name: “Supernatural: Bloodlines”
The CW pilot has also cast its female lead, actress Melissa Roxburgh.


“Community's" Dan Harmon: "True Detective" finale can't possibly disappoint
“If the finale tanks, I’ll be leaving the country,” Nic Pizzolatto told Dan Harmon, according to Vanity Fair, in a Twitter conversation that was apparently deleted. But Harmon says it isn't possible for the finale to disappoint: "There's no way for the finale to do me wrong because what’s for sale with that show isn’t the pay-off, it’s smelling the roses along the way.”


“Celebrity Apprentice” eyeing David Hasselhoff, Ian Ziering, Kate Gosselin
The long-delayed season is expected to begin filming next month.


Robert Patrick signs up for CBS’ “Suspicion”
He’ll play a federal agent in a drama about a group of super-geniuses. PLUS: Malik Yoba joins Fox’s “Empire,” and Harriet Harris joins NBC’s “Lifesaver."


Jimmy Fallon tries on Keri Russell’s “Felicity” wig from “The Americans”
"Who did I look like in that wig? Weird Robert Plant? Weird Leif Garrett?” asked Fallon. PLUS: Fallon plays “Truth or Truth” with Stephen Colbert.


A Johnny Carson sex tape!?
TMZ reports somebody is shopping a sex tape starring “The Tonight Show” icon recorded in the ‘70s, after failing to get Carson’s estate to buy the rights to the tape.


Watch the “24: Live Another Day” promo with all-new footage
“The Clock Starts Tickin This May.”

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<p>Jason Bateman and Rohan Chand co-star in the blisteringly funny &#39;Bad Words&#39;</p>

Jason Bateman and Rohan Chand co-star in the blisteringly funny 'Bad Words'

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Review: Jason Bateman gets a lot of mileage out of mean in the very funny 'Bad Words'

Chalk this up as another successful actor-turned director

AUSTIN - Jason Bateman has spent most of his life in front of the camera, and like many actors, he finally reached a point where he wanted to make a film of his own. Working from a wicked script by Andrew Dodge, he's made a film that gives him one of the best starring roles he's ever had, and it feels like even though this was written by someone else, it perfectly suits the comic sensibilities he's displayed as long as he's been working.

When Bateman was young, he had a knack for playing awful people who still somehow managed to be charming. Even though he was only on 21 episodes of "Silver Spoons," that was enough for me to identify him as someone worth watching. He and I are roughly the same age, and I liked that he had such a serene confidence about being a splendid asshole onscreen. Like Michael J. Fox, Bateman had a sense of natural comic timing that was equal to or better than any of his adult co-stars. It seemed like TV was where he worked most often, and as he got older, his attempts to cross over to film were largely unsuccessful.

Well, we're a long way from "Teen Wolf Too."

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<p>Rick Ross</p>

Rick Ross

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Rick Ross's 'Mastermind' set to rule the charts next week

Where does Pharrell Williams' 'G I R L' come in?

ScHoolboy Q will hand off the top spot on the Billboard 200 next week to fellow rapper Rick Ross, who will handily claim the top spot with sales of up to 160,000 for “Mastermind.” ScHoolboy’s “Oxymoron” slides to No. 5.

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<p>Friday&#39;s &quot;Enlisted&quot;</p>

Friday's "Enlisted"

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TV Ratings: 'Hannibal' drops, 'Enlisted' rises and ABC and CBS split Friday

'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' are Friday's leaders

Fast National ratings for Friday, March 7, 2014.

Once again, Friday night returns were predictable: "Shark Tank" topped the key demo and led ABC to victory among young viewers, while "Blue Bloods" dominated overall and capped off CBS' primetime sweep in that measure.

There were some minor variations below the leaders, though.

Boosted by a strong installment of "Dateline," NBC's "Grimm" was up week-to-week overall and in the key demo, but "Hannibal" was down sharply. 

FOX's "Enlisted" rose a hair in young viewers, but the military comedy couldn't boost "Raising Hope," which fell.

On to the numbers...

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<p>John Leguizamo and Jon Favreau teach Emjay Anthony the tricks of the trade as chefs who open a food truck in &#39;Chef,&#39; this year&#39;s opening night movie at SXSW.</p>

John Leguizamo and Jon Favreau teach Emjay Anthony the tricks of the trade as chefs who open a food truck in 'Chef,' this year's opening night movie at SXSW.

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Review: Jon Favreau serves up laughs and tears with his new film 'Chef'

Favs returns to his indie roots with his best film in years

AUSTIN - The Jon Favreau who wrote and directed "Chef" is the same Jon Favreau who helped create "Swingers" and "Made," the same guy who brought a distinctly independent voice to "Iron Man," the same guy who gave "Elf" such an unexpectedly big heart, and the same guy who seemed almost completely submerged in the giant studio product of "Cowboys and Aliens." I have no doubt you'll see plenty of people attempting to turn "Chef" into Favreau's autobiographical reaction to his own career, and while I think there are some valid and interesting parallels, I also think it would be both cheap and easy to assume that this is simply some knee-jerk cry of "But I'm really an ARRRRRRRTIST!"

"Chef" is a deceptively simple film. Favreau stars as Carl Casper, a chef who works for an upscale Los Angeles restaurant. Anointed a decade earlier as a promising young chef by a restaurant critic (Oliver Platt) in Miami, Carl has settled into a routine, cooking the same food every day, serving a menu he doesn't really believe in, and little by little, it's killing him. His job has already cost him his wife Inez (Sophia Vergera) and his son Percy (Emjay Anthony), and it feels like Carl barely exiss away from the kitchen. When the same critic who first helped make his reputation reviews the restaurant and delivers what feels like a very personal and pointed savaging, Carl melts down, and he finds himself out of work.

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<p>Emmy Rossum of &quot;Shameless&quot;</p>

Emmy Rossum of "Shameless"

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Interview: 'Shameless' star Emmy Rossum discusses Fiona's downward spiral

What leads to the quote 'I'm an actor, so I love to be degraded'?

[This interview contains spoilers for the current fourth season of "Shameless." Don't read if you're not caught up!]

Were there any justice or standards in awards voting, Emmy Rossum would already have a trio of Emmy nominations for her raw and fierce performance as Fiona Gallagher on Showtime's "Shameless."

She does not.

Fortunately, Emmy and Golden Globe voters should know that it's not too late and that Rossum has been doing some of her best work to date in the fourth season of "Shameless."

Although occasionally prone to questionable decisions, Fiona was always the glue that held the Gallaghers together, the responsible parental figure making sure lunches were made and utilities were paid. Sure she had questionable taste in men and she liked to get a little wild, but as the fourth season began, Fiona had her family on the verge of leaving the poverty line behind. She had upward mobility at a white collar job, a responsible boyfriend and a positive outlook.

Ooops.

Since that positive beginning, Fiona has been in a spiral that has included sleeping with her boyfriend's drug-abusing brother and, in a moment of unprecedented weakness, leaving a bag of cocaine out where wee Liam found it and overdosed. Jail and a plea bargain followed and when we left Fiona two weeks ago, she was realizing that even if she'd avoided prison, her life would never be the same.

Production on the "Shameless" season ended two weeks ago and I caught up with Rossum fresh off a brief vacation, where she tweeted that at least one fan accosted her on the beach to tell her she should be locked up for what she did to Liam.

Ouch.

And guess what? Rossum teases that Fiona has yet to hit bottom.

In the interview, Rossum talks about getting her mind around Fiona's descent this season and how she was able to convince herself that it all made sense for the character. She also discusses the maturation of young co-stars like Ethan Cutkosky and Emma Kenney and tells an unfortunate story about filming amidst the polar vortex this winter in Chicago.

Click through for the full Q&A. It's a good one.

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<p>Brice of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Brice of "Survivor: Cagayan"

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Interview: Brice Johnston talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Why was the 'beautifulest' Beauty such a threat?

The Beautiful People had to devour one of their own on Wednesday (March 5) night's "Survivor: Cagayan."

The Beauty Tribe held a big lead in Wednesday's Immunity Challenge, but squandered it and were forced to go to Tribal Council for the first time. 

As votes were tallied -- twice, since there was a three-way tie the first time -- the power was all in the hands of Jeremiah. In a six-person tribe, he had the choice between sticking with an alliance of four and booting Brice, or aligning with Brice and Morgan to eliminate Alexis.

In the end, Jeremiah chose numbers and social worker Brice Johnston was eliminated, taking his purple pants with him. 

The way Brice figures it, the other Beauty castaways felt threatened by him, specifically by his social game and by his effort in challenges and at camp. He left the game telling cameras that he didn't even remember the names of his tribemates.

In his exit interviews, Brice talks about his inner and outer beauty, explains why Jeremiah made the wrong decision and proves that he does, indeed, remember some Beauty names.

Click through for the full Q&A...

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<p>Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter, taking his slipcover suit out for a spin.</p>

Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter, taking his slipcover suit out for a spin.

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Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Sakizuke'

Hannibal and Will each pursue the color pallet killer

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as it sounds like I'm unemployed...

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<p>True Detective</p>

True Detective

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'True Detective': The first cop show to truly embrace the digital age

“True Detective”: The first cop show to truly embrace the digital age
DVRs and screen-capturing technology allow us to scrutinize shows, and “True Detective” has exploited that fact to full effect. Its creators, says James S. Murphy, "have made the first true cop show of the digital age, or rather, the first cop show to reckon with and exploit the effects of digitization. 'True Detective' has provided us with so many clues that the creators are daring us to think any aspect of the show is irrelevant. Is it merely a coincidence that the show’s initial crime takes place in 1995, the very year that the DVD was invented, and that Cohle and Martin missed their target then? PLUS: Here are some disappointing endings, here are more insane theories, here are 15 burning questions that need to be answered, here are 7 ways it will end, is “True Detective” anti-Christian?, why the crime doesn’t need solving, here’s perhaps the craziest theory, and what if The Yellow King is "Game of Thrones’” King Joffrey?



With a whopping 17 cast members, “SNL" has become bloated this season
The 17-member cast — including 8 who joined this season — is the largest since “SNL’s” disastrous 1994-95 season, as Mike Ryan points out. That cast, too, had 17 cast members, and the following season Lorne Michaels reduced the cast to 11, including newbie Will Ferrell. The result of having 17 cast members, says Ryan, is that this "particular cast has no real group personality. It's almost impossible to get to know these guys because we see them so sporadically.”


Amy Sedaris joins Jane Krakowski on Fox’s “Dead Boss”
Sedaris will play Krakowski’s co-worker in the British comedy remake.


CW’s uncensored “Reign” sex scenes: Full-body shots, louder moaning
All in all, the “Reign” episode posted online wasn’t that much different from the one that aired on CW.


Cartoon Network is creating a “micro-network” — an app that sends “15-second content bites”
Cartoon Network Anything, coming later this year, will feature games, videos and trivia specifically created for mobile devices.


Lena Dunham went on a “real sick double date” with President Obama and the First Lady
The “Girls” star’s boyfriend, Jack Antonoff of Fun, posted a photo of him and Dunham and a casually dressed First Couple. PLUS: Dunham thought “SNL’s” “Girls” spoof was “one of the best things ever."


Why “Portlandia” is actually a show about Los Angeles
Some of the sketches resonate more among Angelinos than Portlanders.


Seth Meyers: I’m sleeping more with “Late Night” than I did on “SNL”
"I feel like I'm sleeping more with this job than I did at ‘SNL,’” he says. "Because at ‘SNL' you just stay up all night writing, and you stay up all night rehearsing. This has that nice thing of you finish the show and you kinda have nothing to do until the next morning, so that's been good."


Report: “Bachelor” producers can’t wait for Juan Pablo’s season to end
"Everyone on the show is just so over him and cannot wait for this season to be over,” a source tells E!, adding that his anti-gay comments ruined all the hard work put in to Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici’s wedding.


Ke$ha drops the "$" from her name
After leaving rehab, the MTV star will now be known as “Kesha.”


Is “Cheers” still funny in 2014?
Or is the NBC comedy a product of its time?


Robin Wright: “House of Cards” was inspired by my real-life anti-sex violence activism
“Well to tell you the truth, that was kind of my idea, and Beau Willimon, the show runner’s, because I had been involved with this campaign for so many years,” she says of Claire Underwood also becoming an activist this season.


Why Adam Driver is the breakout star of “Girls”
As Leah Pickett argues, "audiences and critics are much more likely to reward male actors for playing strange or unlikeable men, while actors playing unlikeable women are either vilified by the viewing public or brushed aside as too ditzy, bitchy, slutty, or incompetent."

“Community” isn’t really funny this season, but it’s become a terrific drama
Perhaps the shorter season is to blame, says David Sims, Dan Harmon, he says, "is seemingly shedding the lighter, less daring episodes that would pad the earlier seasons. There’s not so much of the gang just hanging around the table and quibbling with school issues, or tripping over some nutty Chang behavior."


Is the rumor true that Peter Capaldi is only aboard for 1 “Doctor Who” series?
There’s talk that Capaldi was selected for one season so that Steven Moffat could send the new “Doctor” in a more “radical” direction.


Spencer Pratt is officially a college graduate
The former “Hills” star posted a photo of his USC diploma yesterday on Instagram.


Why women are drawn to “Looking”
The gay-themed HBO drama,” says Inkoo Kang, appeals to women "who want to see reflected on screen their aspiration of living in a world almost wiped clean of sexism.” PLUS: Scott Bakula talks about his “Looking” role.


Here are the best TV opening credits of all time
From “Cheers” to “Fresh Prince.”


Benedict Cumberbatch talks about becoming an “accidental superstar”
In a lengthy NY Times profile, Cumberbatch calls Sherlock “an absolute bastard.”


Jonathan Banks: I’ll set the dark tone on “Better Call Saul”
The former “Breaking Bad” star says of the “Breaking Bad” spinoff, "essentially, there’s no way around Saul, he’s going to be a lighter tone. And the darker tone will be Mike."


The “Game of Thrones” hip-hop mixtape is actually good
It’s a “rap word-bank fantasy” featuring repeated use of words like “Khaleesi” and “dragon” and “Red Wedding."


Carpenter Adam Carolla helps wronged homeowners on “Catch a Contractor”
The Spike TV series debuting Sunday reunites Carolla with the job he did two decades ago when he met Jimmy Kimmel.


Happy 50th birthday, Wanda Sykes!
"Birthday celebration is in full effect!” the comedienne tweets of her 50th birthday, which is today. "I'm taking over the rest of 2014. Embracing 50! If you don't want the truth, then don't ask me."


VH1’s “The Surreal Life" spawned so many spinoffs
Here’s a family tree, from “I Love New York” to “Celebrity Rehab.”


“The Good Wife” finally returns Sunday
Here’s a refresher on where the CBS drama left off before its hiatus. PLUS: Tony winner Michael Cerveris joining the cast.


Band on Letterman creates a mind-blowing performance
Check out Baltimore’s Future Islands, with its lead singer’s unique onstage presence.


“Once Upon a Time” returns looking like whodunnit mystery
“It’s kind of creepy, but a good creepy — a little like a horror film,” says Ginnifer Goodwin.


“Revenge” is back with a big confrontation
Preview Sunday’s big confrontation between Emily and Veronica. PLUS: Emily VanCamp talks about her off-screen romance with Josh Bowman.


Presenting TV’s best coffee mugs
From “True Detective” to the “Friends” Central Perk mug.


“Glee’s” Harry Shum Jr. gets engaged
Actually, Shum popped the question in October, but his reps confirmed the news today.


Analyzing “Mad Men’s” trippy poster
Is Don Draper going to die?


Ranking “Scandal’s” least-destructive couples
Mellie & Andrew are No. 1.


Another star of the ‘60s “Honeymooners” revival dies
Sheila MacRae, who played Alice, passed away yesterday, three months after the death of Jane Kean, who played Trixie.


ABC’s “Resurrection” looks ridiculous
"Basically, ‘Resurrection' is like 'Touched by the Angel' meets 'The X-Files.' Just in case that sounds like your bag,” says Kevin Fallon. "It’s our fascination with, our desperation for, and perhaps even our fear of resurrection that makes ABC’s new supernatural drama such a genius idea,” he says. "The network wisely named the show ‘Resurrection,' too—instantly, we’re hooked. If only the network had breathed more life into it.” PLUS: Sundance’s “The Returned” ruins “Resurrection,” and it’s a solid show for a network audience.


Seth MacFarlane’s "Cosmos” is in superior and inferior to the Carl Sagan original
“There's a rushed, breathless quality to this finished product. Basic ideas are laid out, but they're almost too basic,” says Verne Gay, pointing to the fact that it’s on commercial TV. Still, it’s hard to ignore that the special effects are much superior than the original thanks to the many leaps in special effects technology. PLUS: It’s a refreshing change of pace to normal unscripted TV, organized religion is irrelevant in this series, host Neil deGrasse Tyson calls this a “surreal project,” and MacFarlane explains the new trippy spaceship.

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<p>Dave Annable</p>

Dave Annable

Pilot Casting: '666 Park Avenue' veterans land 'iZombie,' 'Red Band Society' leads

Dave Annable and Robert Buckley get in on the pilot game

It's time to squish together a couple pieces of casting news into one Friday (March 7) afternoon post, as Dave Annable and Robert Buckley have both landed potential series regular roles on network pilots.

Since both Annable and Buckley were last seen as regulars on ABC's short-lived "666 Park Avenue," it's almost like the fates wanted them to be mashed into the same story.

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Fox renews 'New Girl,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'The Mindy Project' and 'The Following'

Fox renews “New Girl,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Mindy Project” and “The Following”
"These shows are some of the best and acclaimed series on television, with influential, culture-driving stars, and some of the best, most creative talent behind the camera,” Fox said of the early renewals. "All four are core assets within our 2014-2015 portfolio of content, and we're really happy to bring them back to our Fox fans for another season."


CW’s “iZombie” nabs “One Tree Hill’s” Robert Buckley
He’ll star in the DC Comics-based drama from “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas. PLUS: Paul F. Tompkins joins Molly Shannon's ABC comedy, “Jane the Virgin” adds Mexican singer Jaime Camil, and "House of Cards'" Joanna Going joins DirecTV's "Navy St."

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