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<p>Jennifer Connelly was as lovely and as intense as ever when we sat down to discuss her new film &#39;Noah&#39;</p>

Jennifer Connelly was as lovely and as intense as ever when we sat down to discuss her new film 'Noah'

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Jennifer Connelly talks about working in the remarkable world of 'Noah'

Plus we discuss the film's dense moral landscape

Here's how you know Darren Aronofsky is a lunatic.

In his new film, "Noah," Jennifer Connelly survives the end of the world and has to listen as thousands of people die outside, and then still has to face the possibility of more death and horror even after that, and she still gets off lighter than she did in her last collaboration with the director.

Connelly's career has been distinguished by her affinity for dark subject matter, and she's not one to run from trauma on film. It makes it strange as someone who enjoys her work. It's hard to "enjoy" watching her suffer in film after film, even if she does it quite well.

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<p>The &quot;How I Met Your Mother&quot; gang in their younger, better years.</p>

The "How I Met Your Mother" gang in their younger, better years.

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'Slap Bet,' 'Ten Sessions' & more: The 10 best 'How I Met Your Mother' episodes ever

Before the finale airs Monday, revisit some great moments from the show's early glory days

"How I Met Your Mother" comes to an end on Monday night with a one-hour episode that will finally show us the eponymous meeting between Ted Mosby and his future wife, that will resolve the question of whether she's still alive in 2030 when he's telling his kids the story of that meeting, and no doubt tell us more of what's to come for Marshall, Lily, Robin and Barney.

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University of Iowa rejects a request from 'Girls' to film on campus

University of Iowa rejects a request from “Girls" to film on campus
Hannah Horvath has just been accepted to the university’s Iowa Writers’ Workshop, but the HBO comedy will have to find somewhere else to film. Says a campus spokesperson: "While we are pleased that the Iowa Writers’ Workshop is receiving national attention and that our graduate is doing well in her career, our general practice is to not allow filming, due to potential disruption to campus."

“Psych” goes out with 1.9 million viewers
That’s a far cry from former companion series “Monk,” which exited with 9.43 million viewers.

John Tesh is returning to TV with a (cheap) daily syndicated talk show
The former “Entertainment Tonight” co-host will target is spending a tiny fraction of what traditional talk shows spend on "Intelligence for Your Life,” which will be geared toward Christian viewers.

Latinas are trying to get “SNL’s” attention with “#StillNoLatinas” campaign
There has never been a Latina cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” an issue made more glaring by Cecily Strong’s portrayal of a mail-order girlfriend from Venezuela on the Lena Dunham episode.

“The Wire’s” Andre Royo joins Ron Perlman's Amazon pilot
The former “Bubbles” will play a mayor who’s Perlman’s best friend on “Hand of God.”

See Lindsay Lohan in a “2 Broke Girls” wedding dress
She’ll appear on the April 14 episode.

What if “Gotham” put a mustache on Ben McKenzie’s face?
He’d look a lot more like the familiar James Gordon.

“The Office’s” Brian Baumgartner headed to “The Bridge”
He’ll play Matthew Lillard’s AA sponsor on the FX series.

“American Idol” is actually entertaining this season — too bad few are watching
The new producers did a stellar job of getting rid of “Idol’s” annoyances.

Tom Brokaw: Ed Helms does the best impression of me
The former “Office” star has done his Brokaw impression several times for Letterman.

Touring “SNL” alums bill themselves as "The Veterans of Saturday Night Live”
Rob Schneider, Jon Lovitz and Tim Meadows have been performing standup together under the “The Veterans of SNL” billing. Sometimes, other “SNL” vets like Kevin Nealon and Chris Kattan join them.

Nazanin Boniadi on working on “Scandal” vs. “Homeland”
"The 'Scandal pace” is the biggest difference, she says. "There's a sense of urgency that goes along with the show; it's really fast. On ‘Homeland,' there's more of a chance to let things linger. The camera holds on actors a little bit more so that the pacing is a tad bit slower. That's what I was used to. On ‘Scandal,' everything is very fast. It was something to get used to.”

John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” poster unveiled
“Just like the nightly news. Only weeklier."

NBC Universal is shutting down the website whose forums once angered Aaron Sorkin.

History channel once profiled “Shrimp Boy,” the gangster at the center of an FBI San Francisco political corruption investigation
Raymond "Shrimp Boy” Chow, who was profiled for History’s “Gangland” series, was arrested yesterday for allegedly helping a California state senator traffic illegal weapons.

Jason Ritter returns to shake up “Parenthood”
Exec producer Jason Katims says of his reunion with Lauren Graham’s character: "It's moving for me to literally see them together on-screen again.”

MTV2 uses “Game of Thrones” to promote “Guy Code”
Watch the “Thrones”-esque promo for Season 4.

“Surviving Jack” is surprisingly good
That the Fox comedy is funny is surprising considering it comes from the same people who brought us “$#*! My Dad Says.” "The series works,” says Tim Goodman, "not only because Meloni is such a surprise in the lead, able to be dismissively blunt yet also caring, but also because Halpern and co-writer and co-creator Patrick Schumacker ($#*! My Dad Says) seem to have learned a lot since their last show, which was complete $#*!.” PLUS: Christopher Meloni is perfect for this sitcom, Meloni makes "Jack" better than it should be, and Meloni is playing an actual person instead of a cartoon.

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<p>Ben Affleck in David Fincher&#39;s &quot;Gone Girl.&quot;</p>

Ben Affleck in David Fincher's "Gone Girl."

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First footage of 'Secret Service' and David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' highlight Fox's CinemaCon

Plus: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' looks very intense

LAS VEGAS - 20th Century Fox's presentation of the studio's upcoming slate to the nation's theater owners kicked off with a live performance of the song "Rio Rio" from "Rio 2," but it was the movies themselves that had the most impact.

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<p>Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in &quot;Foxcatcher.&quot;</p>

Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in "Foxcatcher."

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Channing Tatum and Steve Carell look set to hit the Cannes red carpet with 'Foxcatcher'

Bennett Miller's delayed prestige drama will likely premiere in Competition

The Cannes Film Festival is turning into quite the refuge for postponed Oscar bait. After "The Great Gatsby" skipped the 2012 awards season to open last year's fest instead (and wound up with a pair of Oscars to boot), the Weinsteins' seemingly troubled "Grace of Monaco" is following the same path. Now, on a more prestigious note, a source tells In Contention that Bennett Miller's much-anticipated drama "Foxcatcher" -- one of the films Variety recently bandied about as a potential Cannes bow -- will have its world premiere on the Croisette in May, though no one at Sony Classics would confirm at this time.

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"Check It Out"

"Check It Out"

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John C. Reilly recalls basement cats on 'Check It Out'

How do you think this compares to 'Between Two Ferns'?

Who says Zach Galifianakis has cornered the market on awkward talk shows with "Between Two Ferns"? John C. Reilly lets his character, Dr. Steve Brule, take a seat to interview a doctor "who looks at kids' brains" on "Check It Out" (airing on Adult Swim on Fri. March 28 at 12:30 a.m.). In the clip below, Brule reveals a little bit about his childhood. Unfortunately, it involves cages. However, this might explain a lot. 

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'Duck Dynasty’s' season finale down 28% from last season

“Duck Dynasty’s” season finale down 28% from last season
About 6 million tuned in last night, which was also down from the 8.5 million who watched the season premiere and 8.4 million who tuned in for last October’s season finale.

Amazon is set to stream its original shows for free, with ads
A new service would likely feature original and licensed programming and music videos.

Joan Rivers will sit on "The Tonight Show" couch tonight for the 1st time in 28 years
Tonight, Rivers, who made a brief cameo on Fallon’s “Tonight Show” launch, formally ends her streak of not sitting down on “Tonight” after Johnny Carson banned her three decades ago.

“SNL” unveils more Louis CK promos
“I’m done. See you later, dorks.”

Ashton Kutcher photoshops bearded Angus T. Jones in a “Two and a Half Men” promo pic
What would the current “Half Man” look like on the show?

Syfy sets “Defiance” return date
Season 2 kicks off on June 19.

“HIMYM’s” The Mother recalls sending in an “SNL” audition tape
Cristin Milioti sent in her audition — featuring a Bristol Palin impression -- after guesting on “30 Rock."

“Nightline’s” Cynthia McFadden jumps to NBC News; Juju Chang will replace her
McFadden helped re-launch “Nightline” in 2005. Chang, who was once Anderson Cooper's partner on ABC News' "World News Now," has been contributing to "Nightline."

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<p>Christian Bale in &quot;Exodus Gods and Kings&quot;</p>

Christian Bale in "Exodus Gods and Kings"

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Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' with Christian Bale gets a title change

Call it 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

As one Biblical epic sets sail (so to speak) in theaters this weekend, news out of Las Vegas' CinemaCon is that another has undergone a title change.

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<p>This is what happened when I reminded Josh Holloway that, technically speaking, we are the same gender.</p>

This is what happened when I reminded Josh Holloway that, technically speaking, we are the same gender.

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'Sabotage' star Josh Holloway would really like to live through an entire movie

America's Sean Bean opens up about his worst on-screen habit

The same day I sat down to talk to Josh Holloway about his new film "Sabotage" was the day that the PaleyFest 10th reunion panel for "Lost" was held, so it's safe to say Holloway was in a pretty great mood when we spoke.

Here's what I don't get about Hollywood. "Lost" arrives on television and becomes a massive cultural hit, and one of the most charismatic cast members of that show looks and swaggers like an authentic movie star from day one. And here we are, ten years after the premiere of that show, and Holloway still hasn't had that one great movie role that could have pushed him over the top. Why is that? How is he not at the top of the list every time you're casting an action film? How is he not already in London getting ready to steal "Star Wars" out from under the rest of the cast? In what world is this guy not huge?

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2014 hit singles that need to go away already

2014 hit singles that need to go away already

No more #Selfie, we're not all that 'Loyal'

We're only a quarter of a way into 2014 and the lists have already started. For me, it's a hit list of sort, with some "hits" shy a letter.

Some tracks like Pitbull's "Timber" and Chris Brown's "Loyal" were release late into 2013 and reaching critical mass just now. Others like The Chainsmokers' "#Selfie" bounded in from out of nowhere while the world spied for new formulas from acts like Jennifer Lopez or lingering singles-in-wait from Justin Timberlake or Bruno Mars

Below is a chronicle of songs that just need to get lost already, from Brantley Gilbert to -- get your gasp out now -- the "Frozen" song.

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<p>Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies have to survive a day of the most intense storms possible in the new found-footage thriller &#39;Into The Storm&#39;</p>

Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies have to survive a day of the most intense storms possible in the new found-footage thriller 'Into The Storm'

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Found-footage thriller 'Into The Storm' features crazy large-scale tornado action

We've come a long way since 'Twister'

Because every generation deserves their own "Twister."

Somewhere today, Jan De Bont is sitting in front of YouTube, pressing "play" over and over again and saying to himself, "Look at what they did." I remember talking to producer Todd Garner not long before he left to go start work on this film, and he was giddy about what they were planning to do. Looking at this first trailer, it's obvious that they have spent their time and money planning massive set pieces in which tornadoes are pushed to a place that nature's never subjected us to, and if you're a fan of chaos and destruction, "Into The Storm" is the summer movie for you.

It makes perfect sense to hire Steven Quale as director. After all, directing a "Final Destination" movie is basically an exercise in juggling mayhem. The film is a found-footage movie, and while I'm tired of that device in general, it makes a certain sense here.

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<p>Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore in a scene from Bryan Singer&#39;s &quot;X-Men: Days of Future Past.&quot;</p>

Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore in a scene from Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

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First 10 minutes of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' features lots of death

Or does it?

LAS VEGAS - 20th Century Fox brought some showmanship to CinemaCon today as the company's presentation to the nation's theater owners kicked off with a musical performance by Ester Dean and B.o.B of the song "Rio Rio" from "Rio 2." And hey, who doesn't want to see Vegas showgirls doing the samba at 10 AM in the morning?  That's a major wake up call.

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