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Listen: Beyonce's 'Grown Woman' in full

Listen: Beyonce's 'Grown Woman' in full

She is woman, hear her roar

After previewing it on a Pepsi commercial several weeks ago, a full version of Beyonce’s “Grown Woman” has leaked (so listen to it fast) and it’s fierce.
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"Catfish: The TV Show"

 "Catfish: The TV Show"

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'Catfish: The TV Show' set to return with a supersized second season

The series will air 16 episodes this summer

Want a second helping of "Catfish"? Apparently MTV has decided people want exactly that, because the network today announced that "Catfish: The TV Show" will return for a supersized 16-episode second season on Tuesday, June 25 at 10:00 p.m. This season everything is apparently elevated: the catfish are more sophisticated, the investigations are deeper, and the stakes are higher. 

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Steven Spielberg to produce a live-action 'Halo' TV series for XBox

Steven Spielberg to produce a live-action "Halo" TV series for XBox

One of the most acclaimed directors will helm "Halo: The Television Series." "I've been playing games for decades," Spielberg said today at a Microsoft event, in a pre-recorded video. "The stories have become more compelling as the technology has improved.

Chevy is trying to take advantage of its "Mad Men" cameo
Chevrolet has been making mock-up ads revolving around the Chevy Vega subplot, hoping the ads will help the company better engage with viewers. PLUS: Harry Hamlin's Jim Cutler: An appreciation, and Elisabeth Moss is blonde again.

Simon Cowell's new "X Factor" judges: A bad idea?

Neither Kelly Rowland nor Paulina Rubio brings a lot of buzz to the Fox reality show.

"Kitchen Nightmares" sends warning to Amy's Baking Company to shut up
Tonight's "public event" is a breach the reality stars' contract, according to a letter sent to the Amy's Baking Company owners.

ESPN laying off hundreds of employees
Did expensive TV rights fees for tennis and college football lead to today's round of layoffs?

Ricky Gervais' "Derek" debuts on Netflix in September

The nursing home dramedy already aired in the UK.

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<p>&quot;Hannibal&quot;&nbsp;star Hugh Dancy as Will Graham.</p>

"Hannibal" star Hugh Dancy as Will Graham.

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HitFix First Look: 'Hannibal' is worried about Will Graham

Will's gift takes an increasing toll; can the bad Dr. Lecter help him?

As I noted last week, the fate of "Hannibal" remains very much up in the air at NBC, which has to factor in 1)The strong quality of the show and the stellar reviews, 2)The very modest (if that) ratings, 3)The reduced cost, since the show is an international co-production, and 4)Where they might put it next season, given that they've already ordered several mid-season shows that don't yet have timeslots.

But the show continues to be great, and this week's episode (airing, as usual, Thursday at 10 Eastern) puts the focus back onto Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, whose gift for thinking like a serial killer (or, rather, like all serial killers) is taking a greater emotional cost with each new case. In this exclusive clip, Will goes to Mads Mikkelsen's Dr. Lecter for guidance after he loses time while visiting another grisly crime scene. Enjoy, and we'll have more to talk about after "Trou Normand" airs on Thursday night.

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'Daily Show' co-creator under fire for joking the Oklahoma tornado targeted conservatives

"Daily Show" co-creator under fire for joking that the Oklahoma tornado targeted conservatives

Lizz Winstead yesterday tweeted (and later deleted) the following: "This tornado is in Oklahoma so clearly it has been ordered to only target conservatives." UPDATE: Winstead has apologized.

"Dancing" and "The Voice" paid respects to Oklahoma tornado victims

Tom Bergeron had a moment of silence, while Carson Daly gave a shout-out to the people in Oklahoma.

Carol Burnett to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

The 80-year-old will be honored with the prize already awarded to Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Bill Cosby and Will Ferrell.

What's next for "Bates Motel"?
Carlton Cuse talks about the season finale and his plans for next year.

Bill Hader's 1st "SNL" featured Seth Meyers as Anderson Cooper
Hader's last "SNL" pitted Seth Meyers vs. Anderson Cooper.

What will HBO's "Game Change" sequel focus on?

"The Republican primary, pre-Iowa Caucus, was pretty amazing," says Danny Strong, who wrote the original "Game Change," though he hasn't settled on what the movie will be about.

"Dancing" has a voting snafu

Viewers couldn't vote at for a brief time last night.

"The Bachelor's" Chris Harrison will host the Miss America pageant for the 5th time

He'll be joined by "GMA's" Lara Spencer.

Why is NBC pitting "Siberia" vs. CBS' "Under the Dome"?

Why put a sci-fi series vs. another sci-fi series, especially during the summer?

VH1 launching a morning news show: "The Gossip Table"
"Gossip Table" will debut June 3, taking over for "Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan," which is going on summer break.

NBC News tornado special will replace tonight's "Voice" recap show

Brian Williams will host the special at 8 pm.

"Arrow" will have 2 big bads in Season 2

Producers are using the "Whedonesque model of having a big bad."

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<p>Laura Linney in &quot;The Big C:&nbsp;Hereafter.&quot;</p>

Laura Linney in "The Big C: Hereafter."

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Series finale review: 'The Big C: Hereafter'

Cathy and her family prepare for the end as the Showtime dramedy concludes on a strong note

Showtime's "The Big C" — or, specifically, the concluding miniseries titled "The Big C: Hereafter" — came to an end last night, and I have a few thoughts coming up just as soon as you don't take cash...

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<p>Justin Timberlake talks about &quot;Inside Llewyn Davis&quot;&nbsp;and juggling a music and movie career.</p>

Justin Timberlake talks about "Inside Llewyn Davis" and juggling a music and movie career.

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Justin Timberlake jokes he 'peed in his pants' when asked to be in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

J.T. on a 'mission to be continually inspired'

CANNES - It goes without saying that Justin Timberlake's come a long way.  I remember chatting with him and a very young Anton Yelchin at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival about Nick Cassavetes' underrated "Alpha Dog." Timberlake was prepping "FutureSex/LoveSounds" at the time and this was a pre-"Sexy Back" world, but Timberlake's enthusiasm for his Sundance debut was evident. It wasn't clear whether Timberlake enjoyed the art form of acting or whether he saw this as another outlet for his own work, but you could see even then this wasn't going to be a one time thing.

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<p>Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in &quot;Behind the Candelabra.&quot;</p>

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in "Behind the Candelabra."

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Cannes Review: Brilliant 'Behind the Candelabra' deserves biggest screen possible

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon excel in Soderbergh's witty Liberace biopic

CANNES - A late, not-entirely-incidental scene in “Behind the Candelabra” finds Swarovski-encrusted pianist Liberace holding forth on the 1981 Academy Awards. The showbiz legend is due to make his long-desired debut appearance as performer and presenter, and you may or may not be surprised to learn that he’s backing “On Golden Pond,” that maudlin, Vaseline-lit ode to comfortable expiration, to take the gold. “I’m so glad Jane Fonda’s dropped all those awful causes and made a nice film with her father,” he coos primly. “Our job is to entertain the world and sell lots of drinks and souvenirs.” 

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<p>Alan (Zach Galifianakis), Stu (Ed Helms) and Phil (Bradley&nbsp;Cooper) are forced to work with Chow (Ken&nbsp;Jeong)&nbsp;if they ever want their friend Doug (Justin Bartha)&nbsp;back in one piece.</p>

Alan (Zach Galifianakis), Stu (Ed Helms) and Phil (Bradley Cooper) are forced to work with Chow (Ken Jeong) if they ever want their friend Doug (Justin Bartha) back in one piece.

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Review: 'The Hangover Part III' breaks new ground as it says good-bye

The final film in the trilogy changes the way we look at the series

When this movie begins in the middle of an over-the-top prison riot in Bangkok that leads to a crazy "Shawshank Redemption" joke, it's the first sign that "The Hangover Part III" is not just business as usual.

The first film, written by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore, featured a very clever hook, and when Craig Mazin, Scot Armstrong & Todd Phillips wrote the script for the second movie, they mirrored the structure of the first film closely. When I spoke with Phillips recently, it was obvious that he loved the reaction of people who were bothered by that, and at first, he and Mazin evidently flirted with the idea of making the third film yet another riff on the same structure. Thankfully, they tried something different this time, and while it may not recapture the exact same giddy thrill as the first film, this film manages to clarify what the overall story of the trilogy is in a way that I found satisfying and quite fitting.

The film opens with Alan (Zach Galafianakis) at his manic worst, driving along a freeway towing a trailer that holds a full-sized giraffe. His joyous song of "I love my life!" had me laughing right up to the moment he does something terrible, leading to a "Final Destination"-like incident that leads to a scene with his father Sid (Jeffrey Tambor) dropping dead in a moment that's played for both laughs and real sorrow, which seems to be something that interests Phillips this time around.

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<p>Poor Emma.</p>

Poor Emma.

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A&E's 'Bates Motel' finale closes Season 1 - Are you psycho for it yet?

Something seems to be wrong with Norman Bates
Oh, "Bates Motel."
You came so close to me being really excited with how strongly you concluded your first season on Monday (May 20) night.
Yes, I've had reservations about "Bates Motel" from the very beginning. 
After four episodes, I was convinced I didn't like the show very much at all. I was fatigued by the human trafficking and the vast pot farms and the not-quite-"Twin Peaks" "This Is A Town With SECRETS" clumsiness and the "If this isn't leading up to 'Psycho' why are you ripping off 'Psycho'?" iconoclasm. 
But as the weeks progressed, I found myself more easily able to concentrate on the elements that were working effectively and either the show started de-emphasizing the things I wasn't liking, or maybe I just started de-emphasizing them in my mind. 
The finale, titled "Midnight," was full of things to recommend it, so I was feeling generous. 
And then, "Bates Motel" built what I was completely certain was going to be the season's last shot. I smiled and typed, "Excellent," as things faded to black.
And then the show had to go and spoil my happiness by tacking on a stupid bonus that left me concentrating on how frequently the storytellers have struggled to get out of their own way this season, gilding the lily of a great character study with superfluous details and filler plotlines. 
So close!
More thoughts on the "Bates Motel" finale after the break. Spoilers, obviously.
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<p>James Franco in &quot;As I Lay Dying.&quot;</p>

James Franco in "As I Lay Dying."

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Cannes Review: James Franco's 'As I Lay Dying' is a hopeless task, if not a hopeless film

The actor-director gets all the best close-ups in his Faulkner adaptation

CANNES - Adding the title of "film critic" to his well-strung bow of professional achievements, actor-writer-director-artist-musician-academic-activist-probable-ceramicist James Franco recently spoke up for this year's Cannes opener, Baz Luhrmann's flash-and-sizzle adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," against the predictable armada of critics dismissing it. "These people make their living doing readings and critiques of texts in order to generate theories of varying levels of competency," he wrote for VICE magazine. "Luhrmann’s film is his reading and adaptation of a text – his critique, if you will."

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It's official: Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio join 'The X Factor'

It's official: Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio join "The X Factor"

Simon Cowell said in a statement: "It's taken more than a decade but I'm delighted to finally be on a panel with three girls (I think!)."

"Sing Your Face Off" taps John Barrowman as host, Darrell Hammond and Debbie Gibson as judges

The ABC singing competition will feature contestants like Jon Lovitz, Sebastian Bach and Lisa Rinna.

"Alias" alum Mía  Maestro join FX's "The Strain"

She'll play a brilliant biochemist in the drama series from Carlton Cuse.

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