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<p>Anne Heche in &quot;Save Me.&quot;</p>

Anne Heche in "Save Me."

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Review: In NBC's 'Save Me,' Anne Heche talks to God

A Showtime leftover doesn't really fit at NBC

Bob Greenblatt was hired as NBC's latest would-be savior because of the success he had at Showtime, which went from HBO's ignored rival to a buzz and awards magnet under his leadership, which yielded "Dexter," "Nurse Jackie" and other success stories. Other than a brief window back in the fall, his tenure at NBC hasn't been any more successful than the last bunch of entertainment presidents — and in some ways has been worse — but what's interesting is how little connection his programming taste has had between his old job and his new one.

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<p>Ryan&nbsp;Gosling in &quot;Only God Forgives&quot;</p>

Ryan Gosling in "Only God Forgives"

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Cannes Review: 'Only God Forgives' is a sleek, virtually non-narrative blood ballet

Come for the Gosling-Refn reunion, stay for the craft and Kristin Scott Thomas

CANNES - If nothing else -- and like many Cannes folk who entered this morning's screening bleary-eyed, and left it black-eyed, I'm still working out just how much else it is -- "Only God Forgives" may be the single reddest film to grace our screens since "Moulin Rouge!." Just about the only scenes in which blood isn't virtually seeping from the walls in Nicolas Winding Refn's sleek, stunted, undeniably startling revenge thriller are those in which it's quite literally splashing them. 

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Parents TV Council protests urine drinking on Ke$ha's reality show


Parents TV Council protests urine drinking on Ke$ha's reality show

The PTC blasted MTV's "Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life" and its "disgusting, vile content."


"Friends" reunion: Jennifer Aniston visits Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox
Watch the bit they did for "Ellen."


Disney Channel sorry for gluten-intolerance jokes on "Jessie"
The episode "Quitting Cold Koala" with two gluten intolerance scenes has been pulled from the schedule.


"Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham getting her own reality show

A New York-based production company has signed a deal with the MTV star, though it's unclear where her reality show will air.


U.S. Army teams with Ricky Schroder to make reality TV-style commercials
The 30-minute long commercials aim to attract recruits using a reality TV format.


"Oprah's Next Chapter" visits "The Voice"

Oprah was on set Tuesday for filming of her June 2 special on the NBC reality show.


Nigel Lythgoe blames judges' lack of chemistry for this year's "Idol" woes
"Each one of them is terrific on their own—they all bring something to the table—but they just don't gel as a whole," he says. PLUS: Season 8's Allison Iraheta weds.


David Spade donates $200,000 to Red Cross for tornado victims

Says Spade: "When I was four, I moved from Michigan to Arizona and our house got hit by a tornado a week later. Always been scared of them."


Andy Samberg used "The Wire" as inspiration for his Fox cop comedy
In "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," Samberg describes himself as the "comedy McNulty."


Watch the 2nd episode of Jimmy Kimmel's "The Baby Bachelor"
In this episode, little Wesley goes on a group date. PLUS: "Parks and Rec's" Jim O'Heir films another bit for Kimmel, as Toronto's mayor.


Rumer Willis headed to "Pretty Little Liars"
Bruce and Demi's daughter will guest on one episode next season.


"Full House's" Lori Loughlin joins Twitter
Her first tweet was to John Stamos.


Jesse James slices off part of his pinky figure

Warning: Graphic photo!

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<p>The Wolfpack got together for one last bit of raising hell at the press day for 'The Hangover Part III'</p>

The Wolfpack got together for one last bit of raising hell at the press day for 'The Hangover Part III'

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The Wolfpack gets together one last time to talk about working on 'The Hangover Part III'

As the series shifts focus and winds down, we talk to the main trio about returning one last time

When you go to Vegas to talk about "The Hangover Part III," of course part of your trip has to be a sit-down conversation with The Wolfpack.

Already, I am getting hammered with letters and comments from people who seem genuinely angry with me over my review for the film, and one guy suggested that I go easy on films where I interview the talent.

Let me explain once again the way this works. When I sit down with people to discuss their movie, that is their opportunity to tell me what movie they think they've made. When I write the review, that's my opportunity to explain what movie I think they've made. Sometimes those things line up, sometimes they don't, but one does not affect the other.

In this case, I had a couple of days after seeing it to think about my reaction, and while I'm not sure I'd describe the film as "hilarious," I am sure I'd describe it as "fascinating." This was never meant to be a trilogy. When Jon Lucas and Scott Moore sold their script for the first film, I'm sure they weren't already imagining the way the third film would play, and even when the first film came out, I doubt anyone was immediately saying, "Yes, this demands to be a trilogy."

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Video: Best and Worst of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival's first week

Video: Best and Worst of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival's first week

What's good and what's bad directly from the Palais

CANNES - Straight from the Palais, HitFix's Gregory Ellwood and Guy Lodge of In Contention break down a few of the most-talked about films from the first half of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, including "A Separation" director Asghar Farhadi's "The Past," the Coen Bros.' "Inside Llewyn Davis" starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake, and the WIlliam Faulkner adaptation "As I Lay Dying" starring and directed by ubiquitous multi-hyphenate James Franco. Check out all their thoughts on these films and more in the video above.

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<p>Charlie Hunnam gets ready to connect with 'The Drift' in a scene from 'Pacific Rim'</p>

Charlie Hunnam gets ready to connect with 'The Drift' in a scene from 'Pacific Rim'

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Guillermo Del Toro and the 'Pacific Rim' cast explain 'the Drift'

One of the film's biggest ideas is explained more clearly

One of the things I've heard a few people bring up several times when discussing Guillermo Del Toro's new film "Pacific Rim" is the idea that you need to pilots to make the Jaegers work. I've heard people who readily accepted the premise of giant monsters versus giant robots hesitate suddenly when it comes to the notion of a neural link between the pilots in these things.

There's a new featurette online today that explains a bit more about what they're calling "The Drift," which was one of the big ideas present from the very start when Travis Beacham first pitched the project. While it is definitely a big science-fiction idea, the reason it is part of "Pacific Rim" is part logic, and part emotional opportunity.

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<p>David Cross and Portia de Rossi would like to spend one week without someone asking them about the future of 'Arrested Development'. Fat chance!</p>

David Cross and Portia de Rossi would like to spend one week without someone asking them about the future of 'Arrested Development'. Fat chance!

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Portia de Rossi and David Cross get their Funke on again for the return of 'Arrested Development'

Let's see what sort of boners fall out of Tobias's mouth this time

The relationship between Lindsay Bluth Funke and her husband Tobias Funke is one of the strangest parts of "Arrested Development," and rewatching the series again right now, I'm struck once again by how gloriously dysfunctional they are.

I think the world of David Cross. "Mr. Show" is a tremendous showcase for his comedy brain, and I think he's a fascinating actor. His work as Tobias is endlessly interesting to me because of the way he finds reality in the person who is by far the broadest persona on the show. Tobias is such a buffoon at times that it would be easy to just play him as a cartoon, but Cross always plays something under that as well, something uncomfortable and genuine and sad, and it makes the funny stuff even funnier. His never-nude fixation, his inability to understand the parade of boners falling out of his mouth, and his painful desperation to become an actor all combine in a performance that I think offers Cross more meat than anything else he's ever done on film.

Portia de Rossi must be completely free of ego to have signed on to play Lindsay, who may be one of the worst people I've ever seen depicted on television. Horrifyingly self-absorbed, her relationship with her daughter Maeby has a few decent moments in the three seasons of the show, but for the most part, her behavior is basically criminal at all times.

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Watch: Kacey Musgraves talks Daft Punk, 'Merry Go 'Round' and playing dress-up

Watch: Kacey Musgraves talks Daft Punk, 'Merry Go 'Round' and playing dress-up

From the Billboard Music Awards: 'Miguel would make a cool country duet'

LAS VEGAS - Kacey Musgraves nailed her performance of "Merry Go 'Round" at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, but it doesn't mean she wasn't nervous.

The country singer, who is currently opening for Kenny Chesney on his world tour, stopped to talk to HitFix on the red carpet, revealing that she gets a little fright before she steps up to perform on awards shows.

However, the 24-year-old was in good company as singers like Bruno Mars, Prince, Madonna and Miguel also took to the stage to perform or present at the show. "Miguel would make a cool country duet," she surmised.

Musgraves also said that she thought Little Big Town would come back around with their "Pontoon" this summer as a hot-weather jam (along with Daft Punk's "Get Lucky"), and that she actually enjoys the "dress-up" aspect of ceremonies like these. Watch our full interview: Is "Blowin' Smoke" or "Merry Go 'Round" your jam?

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Disabled actors protest Blair Underwood's casting on NBC's 'Ironside'


Disabled actors protest Blair Underwood's casting on NBC's "Ironside"

They're not happy that a non-disabled actor is playing a disabled role. "This would be like being in the '50s and having a white guy do blackface, at this point," said "Sons of Anarchy" actor Kurt Yaeger, who lost his left leg in a BMX accident.


CBS wins the season in the key 18-49 demo for the 1st time in 21 years

The Eye network snapped Fox's eight-year win streak in the demo.


Blake Shelton will sing a "Voice" tribute with wife Miranda Lambert for tornado victims
The Oklahoma residents will perform at the start of tonight's show.


Why Fred Armisen is "SNL's" biggest loss
His weird yet cerebral humor will be sorely missed next season. PLUS: Here are possible "SNL" replacements, including Keegan-Michael Key and Charlyne Yi.


Billy Joel makes a cameo on History channel's "American Restoration"

The singer shows up on next week's episode with his beat-up 1967 BSA Royal Star motorcycle.


Check out Jimmy Fallon's "Game of Thrones" parody portraits

"Game of Desks" premieres Friday night.


"Giirls" gets visit from Jennifer Westfeldt

Jon Hamm's significant other will guest-star in an episode this season.


See Ed Helms' college graduation photo

"The Office" alum looks totally different.


"The Bachelorette" uses 1 word to describe each of her suitors
Desiree Hartsock describes one bachelor as "Seinfeld."


Maybe Simon Cowell is the problem with "The X Factor" judging panel?
The new three females and one male judging panel won't work if Cowell continues to condescend like he's James Bond. PLUS: Cowell delayed by flooding on his first day with the new panel, and here's the 1st look at the new judging panel.


Discovery orders "Blood and Oil"
The reality show debuting next month profiles a family-owned oil company.


TLC resurrecting NBC's canceled "Who Do You Think You Are?"

The Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky-produced celebrity genealogy series returns July 23 with celebrities from Zooey Deschanel to Christina Applegate.


"The Goodwin Games" is dead on arrival
The Fox comedy debuted to 1.75 million viewers.


CMT orders more "Dog and Beth"
Season 1 is getting 11 more episodes for a total of 22.


Nick Jonas will host the Miss USA pageant with Giuliana Rancic

This is Jonas' 1st time and Rancic's 3rd.


"Bates Motel's" Norma: "One of the greatest and weirdest television creations in recent memory"

"Yes, Norma Bates," says Richard Lawson, "specifically Norma Bates as played by Farmiga, is one of the wildest, kookiest, and most delightfully unpredictable characters I've encountered in at least a few years. It's hard to even come up with a comparison. She's utterly unique."


Pauly D flattens his hair
The spiky-haired "Jersey Shore" star has unveiled a new hairstyle.


PBS' "The Ghost Army" documents the fake WWII army created to fool the Germans
The army unit included artists and designers who were tasked with creating the illusion of military strength.

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<p>Will Smith</p>

Will Smith

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Will Smith and Kanye West hit the studio together

Will their collaboration yield Smith's first release in 8 years?

It’s been eight years since movie blockbuster king Will Smith released any new music, but if Kanye West has his way, Smith will be singing a new tune soon.

[More after the jump...]

 While promoting his new thriller, “After Earth,” Smith told HipHollywood.com that West has been encouraging him to return to his musical roots. “I’ve been messing around with Kanye. We were in the studio a couple of times,” Smith said.

That doesn’t mean fans can expect to get jiggy with any new Smith music any time soon. He’s coy about releasing any tunes. “I might get the bug. I’m not going to do it unless I get truly inspired,” he says, “but ‘Ye’s been pushing me a little bit.”

 

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<p>The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at the 2013 edition.&nbsp;</p>

The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at the 2013 edition. 

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Coachella sets 2014 dates

Tickets go on sale on Friday

With Coachella 2013 barely in the rear-view mirror,  the Indio, Calif. festivals organizers have announced the dates for the 2014 event.

Once again spanning two weekends, with the same acts appearing both weekends, Coachella 2014 will take place April 11-13 and April 18-20.

Tickets go on sale Friday. General admission passes per weekend are $349 or you and yours can splurge and go for the Safari Tent, which is $6,500, but covers two people! It includes your tickets, an an air-conditioned tent with up to two queen beds, plus restrooms and showers. For more information, go here.

Who would you like to see play Coachella 2014?

 

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Review: Thirty Seconds To Mars' new album 'Love Lust Faith + Dreams'
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Review: Thirty Seconds To Mars' new album 'Love Lust Faith + Dreams'

Jared Leto takes a turn at shaman-Jesus, again

Thirty Seconds To Mars’ new album “Love Lust Faith + Dreams” starts with the song “Birth” and ends with a music box playing the them to “Swan Lake,” the go-to tune to signal Death. The rock band is counting on its listeners to make this connection and to follow all the other very obvious themes of “Love Lust Faith + Dreams.” 

And, in case you can’t follow, there’s literally an announcement at the top of each concept: “Lust,” “Love” and so on. 
 
That’s the main problem with an album like this, and 30STM on the whole: there is no room for subtlety, not because the band can’t “do” subtle, but that they make a conscious choice not to.
 
Jared Leto yet again lets his outsized personality lead this crop of stadium-emo and brute-disco tunes, as a shaman-Jesus whose truisms are wholly dependent on your belief in Him (Leto). “All we need is faith” he leads over and over again on apocalyptic “End of All Days.” “Love is a dangerous game to play,” he concludes on “The Race.” He rhymes “city of angels” (on the song of the same name) with “comfort of strangers,” and “I don't wanna live a lie that I believe / Time to do or die… Faith is coming, that I know / Time is running, got to go” on the little chestnut of wisdom “Do or Die.”
 
The trio is as ambitious and equally indulgent in high concept music-making with a broader array of stylistic choices than their last “This Is War.” Like the Killers when they turned the corner with dancey “Day & Age,” 30STM adds more thumps, strings and BPMs to the mix. Unfortunately, they fill the space (and space-rock) with a litter of gang vocals on almost every song, indulging in hair metal-levels of “whoa-ohs,” “yeah-ahs” and rounds.
 
“Pyres of Varanasi” seems to be a bit of fantasy “world music” fulfillment than it serves its album, which keeps a pretty fixed (if not unrelenting) pace. It at least it provides room for a breath right before hypnotic “Bright Lights,” the best and most concretely complete song on this album. “I’m leaving, gone yesterday / Brutal, laughing, fighting, f*cking / The price I had to pay,” Leto broods. And then, again, with the “Oh-ohs.”
 
Again, this album works if the listener generously gives themselves over to the spirit of the thing -- all throttle, power, punishment, wantonness and deadpanning; it helps that Leto’s voice is better than ever. But, then again, it’s OK to pass on “Love Lust Faith + Dreams,” even if everybody along the way in the making of the set apparently said "yes," and never said "no."

 

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