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<p>Jake Gyllenhaal and, uh, Jake Gyllenhaal in &quot;Enemy.&quot;</p>

Jake Gyllenhaal and, uh, Jake Gyllenhaal in "Enemy."

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Review: Jake Gyllenhaal doubles down in sly, unsettling 'Enemy'

Denis Villeneuve shows his freaky side in his 'Prisoners' follow-up

The film industry lives to surprise us, but if I were to compile a list right now of Directors Least Likely To Direct A Romantic Comedy In The Near Or Distant Future, I'd feel comfortable placing Québécois atmosphere merchant Denis Villeneuve in the top five. For better or worse, Villeneuve's cinema thrives on a kind of precision-cut, cultivatedly fetid dourness. At its worst, it produces damp, philosophically aspirational melodrama like the abhorrent, Oscar-nominated "Incendies"; last year's gorgeous, luxuriantly trashy thriller "Prisoners" suggested he's better suited to material that knows its own daftness, even if Villeneuve himself doesn't.

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'Louie' returns May 5 with 2 episodes airing weekly

“Louie” returns May 5 with 2 episodes airing weekly
After a 19-month hiatus, Louis CK’s comedy's Season 4 comedy will return with 14 episodes (including one bonus episode) airing over the course of seven weeks. Starting Monday, May 5, fresh episodes will be shown at 10:00 and 10:30 pm.


FCC received Super Bowl complaints about Red Hot Chili Peppers' nipples
Some viewers also objected to Bruno Mars singing "your sex takes me to paradise" during the halftime show.


Showtime orders “Billions” from a NY Times writer
The premium cable network’s first drama pilot of the year comes from NY Times business columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, the author of the Wall Street disaster book “Too Big Too Fail” who also co-anchor’s CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “Billions” will tell of corruption among hedge fund billionaires and a district attorney.

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

Louis C.K. in "Louie."

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FX sets 'Louie' season 4 premiere for May

After a long hiatus, Louis C.K.'s series back in time to qualify for the Emmys

"Louie" is coming back in early May — and in enough time to qualify the show for the next round of Emmy awards.

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Lady Gaga at SXSW
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Is Lady Gaga's Doritos-sponsored SXSW show a step too far?

Will she comes out in a costume made of Dorito bags?

Ever since Lady Gaga announced that she would be playing a South by Southwest gig at outdoor amphitheater Stubbs, sponsored by Doritos, I’ve had a bad taste in my mouth.  

Doritos usually leave a yummy, albeit slightly burning, corrosive taste in my mouth, but this time it feels like I’m being force fed a whole bag.

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<p>This is, by far, the most romantic scene in any Hobbit movie.</p>

This is, by far, the most romantic scene in any Hobbit movie.

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Review: Aaron Paul is spinning his wheels in the ridiculous 'Need For Speed'

This thing is barely a movie

"Need For Speed" is several different movies at once, and most of them are very stupid.

There is a rumor that George Gatins wrote the script for this film, but I find that hard to believe after sitting through the film. Sure, there are some people and there are some things that happen to them, but the only real reason the studio gave director Scott Waugh cameras was so he could film some admittedly amazing car stunt sequences.

Waugh earns his action credibility honestly. He comes from a family of stunt performers, and he's been doing stunts in film since the early '90s himself. When he says that he wanted to make an ode to the great stunt driving movies like "Bullitt" or "The Blues Brothers" or "Smokey and the Bandit," I take him at his word. There are some very well-shot and well-staged car scenes in the film, and if all you want is to see car mayhem that was shot for real without CG, then go see "Need For Speed." You'll feel like you got your money's worth.

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"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

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It's Halloween for 'Honey Boo Boo' with a Kardashian twist

One reality TV family deserves (and dresses as) another

If you're not a fan of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" (Thurs. at 9:00 p.m. ET on TLC) and loathe the Kardashians, tonight's episode of the show might not be right for you. It's Halloween, and the gang is all dressed up as a family you might recognize -- even if none of the neighbors do. 

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'Lost' alum Jorge Garcia going back to the island as a 'Hawaii Five-0' series regular

“Lost” alum Jorge Garcia going back to the island as a “Hawaii Five-0” series regular
Garcia, who’s guested twice on the CBS drama, will stay reunited with fellow “Lost” alum Daniel Dae Kim.


Oklahoma TV station cut evolution from “Cosmos,” claims it was an accident
Neil deGrasse Tyson briefly mentioned evolution on Sunday’s broadcast, but that brief mention was interrupted by a promo for Oklahoma City’s Fox affiliate’s newscast. The station addressed the interruption on Twitter, saying: "This was an operator error & we regret the error."


Brandy to appear on “The Soul Man’s" live episode
She’ll play Cedric the Entertainer’s backup dancer on the TV Land comedy.


George Lopez says he’s done with alcohol after passing out at a casino
"Since then I have not had a drop of alcohol," he tells Ellen. "That was a nice going-away party for that guy, and then I'm the new George now sitting here in front of you...You know, just because Mexicans invented tequila doesn't mean we can handle it.”


The Roloffs explain their separation in a “Little People, Big World" clip
"You can call it a separation if you want or a trial separation, but it's more of just giving each other some space,” says Matt Roloff, who blames part of the separation on his wife's hoarding.


“My Boys” alum Kyle Howard returning to TBS in “Your Family or  Mine”
He’ll play one-half of a married couple with "'Til Death’s" Kat Foster.

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"Orphan Black"

"Orphan Black"

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'Orphan Black': New cast photo released and season 2 clues abound

Familiar faces are joined by new ones

The second season of "Orphan Black" (premiering on BBC America, Sat. April 19 at 9:00 p.m.) is just around the corner, and the network is taunting us with a photo and, yes, episode synopses. Spoiler alert -- I've included the synopses at the bottom of the page, and if you don't want to know anything about the new faces joining the show, be careful not to stare too long at the attached picture or read the descriptions. I've tried to post WARNING everywhere I can, but, again, use caution. Just in case you've forgotten anything from season one, though, there's a helpful synopsis below. You will be more than ready for season two!

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<p>&quot;The Good Wife&quot; will return!</p>

"The Good Wife" will return!

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'Good Wife,' 'Two and a Half Men' and 'Mom' lead 18 CBS renewals

Guess what? 'NCIS' and 'NCIS: Los Angeles' will both be back

One day after picking up "The Big Bang Theory" for THREE additional years, CBS decided that the Chuck Lorre comedy and the previously renewed "Survivor" needed some company, so the network announced a whopping 18 series renewals for the 2014-2015 season. 

CBS now has at least 17 hours of primetime programming already in place for next season. The 18 renewals announced on Thursday (March 13) include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality shows and two news programs.

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CBS renews 18 shows, including Season 12 of 'Two and a Half Men'

CBS renews 18 shows, including Season 12 of “Two and a Half Men”
Comedies “Mom,” “The Millers,” “2 Broke Girls” and “Mike & Molly” will be back next year, as well as the previously announced “Big Bang Theory.” Dramas renewed include “NCIS,” “NCIS:LA,” “CSI,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Person of Interest,” “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary, “The Good Wife” and “Criminal Minds.” CBS also ordered another season of “The Amazing Race,” “Undercover Boss” and “60 Minutes." PLUS: "The Mentalist," "The Crazy Ones" and "Intelligence" missing in early pickup announcement.

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John Cho to co-star in ABC’s 'Selfie'

John Cho to co-star in ABC’s “Selfie”
The “Harold & Kumar” and “Star Trek” star will join “Doctor Who’s” Karen Gillan in the comedy pilot inspired by “My Fair Lady."


Nickelodeon is launching the Kids' Choice Sports Awards, hosted by Michael Strahan
The inaugural July 17 awards show will also be produced by the "Live" star.


Ex-“Bachelorette” criticizes Chris Harrison’s handling of “Bachelor” Juan Pablo
Jillian Harris wrote on her blog yesterday, "I was disappointed in him,” referring to “The Bachelor” host, adding: "I felt awkward the whole time he interviewed Juan Pablo and didn't understand the strong and relentless emphasis on getting Juan to say that he was in love!” PLUS: Melissa Rycroft thanks Juan Pablo for being more controversial than Jason Mesnick, and John Mayer weighs in on Juan Pablo.


Another “Mad Men” airplane photo released
Check out Peggy, Harry, Michael, Stan and Ken boarding a plane.


Peter Dinklage: Tyrion “sort of reaches a breaking point” in “Game of Thrones” Season 4
"He comes to a point where it's difficult to have a sense of humor about his circumstances, and he really just wants the truth to be heard,” he tells Vanity Fair. "He reaches the point where he's very tired of all the lies. He become as non-characteristic of a Lannister as you can get.”


Rooster McConaughey, Matthew’s older brother, shows Jimmy Kimmel his “low hanging fruit”
Rooster, who’s 15 years older than Matthew McConaughey (and whose real name is "Michael"), paid an impromptu visit last night to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in Austin.


Nick orders “Henry Danger,” "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn” and "Bella and the Bullfrogs”
Crime-fighting comedy “Henry Danger” is from Nickelodeon king Dan Schneider.


Mindy Kaling to address Harvard Law School graduates
“The Mindy Project” star was selected as one of this year’s Class Day speakers.


Watch Benedict Cumberbatch photobomb U2 at the Oscars
Here’s video footage of the famous photo.


Movie trailer voiceover king Hal Douglas dies — he was also prolific on TV
Douglas, 89, also was the promotional voice of The WB, History Channel and A&E.

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<p>You can&#39;t really talk about &#39;Veronica Mars&#39; without also talking about the large ensemble cast that supported her over the run of the show.</p>

You can't really talk about 'Veronica Mars' without also talking about the large ensemble cast that supported her over the run of the show.

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What you should know about the 'Veronica Mars' series so you can enjoy the movie

Catching up with this one should be fun for newcomers

There are several things you should know about "Veronica Mars."

First, you should know that it's great.

While I think the full run of the show, seasons one through three, is uneven at times,  particularly towards the end, the high points are so high, and the basic heart and soul of the show is so durable, that I am completely puzzled as to why it was ever anything less than a ratings gargantuan.

Second, you should know that the new film leans heavily on the relationships of the characters in the series, and at least in script form, it never felt like it was slowed down or over-explained for newcomers. It's very much a next chapter of "Veronica Mars," and that should have fans very excited.

The film's arriving in theaters tomorrow, and unfortunately, Netflix Instant doesn't currently have the show in its library. You can find it at iTunes and Amazon Prime, though, so we wanted to offer you a primer to pick up with the show and to help narrow things down for you so you can take a crash course.

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