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<p>Michael J. Fox, Julianna Margulies and Christine Baranski in &quot;The Good Wife&quot;&nbsp;season 3 finale.</p>

Michael J. Fox, Julianna Margulies and Christine Baranski in "The Good Wife" season 3 finale.

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'The Good Wife' - 'The Dream Team': Kalinda's secret stash

Michael J. Fox and Martha Plimpton team up in a memorable finale

A review of the "The Good Wife" season finale coming up just as soon as I pick out the right sledgehammer...

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<p>Matteo Garrone on the set of 'Reality.'</p>

Matteo Garrone on the set of 'Reality.'

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Cannes Check: Matteo Garrone's 'Reality'

Continuing our series of Cannes competition previews

The director: Matteo Garrone (Italian, 43 years old)

The talent: You'd have to be pretty au fait with contemporary Italian cinema to recognize most of the cast members here: the biggest name on offer is Claudia Gerini, best known for supporting turns in Italian hits "Don't Move" and "The Other Woman," as well as minor appearances in "The Passion of the Christ" and "Under the Tuscan Sun." The young actor Ciro Petrone, who made an impression four years ago in Garrone's "Gomorrah" (if the image of a gangly youth in his underwear brandishing a gun comes to mind, you're there), reappears here -- as, on the evidence of some other cast members' CVs, does the director's partial affinity for inexperienced actors.  

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Melissa and Joe Gorga on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'

Melissa and Joe Gorga on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'

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Recap: 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' - 'Poker Face'

Melissa's ballad, Ashlee's goodbye and Joe Giudice's black eye

The full ramifications of Teresa's family-bashing cookbook haven't been dealt with yet, but we're not quite at the breaking point.

Everyone is still trying to play nice this week as Jacqueline deals with Ashlee, Melissa hits the recording booth, Kathy finds a X-rated surprise on her teen son's Twitter and... well... Joe Giudice winds up with a black eye.

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<p>No one has a good time at the big &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;gala. </p>

No one has a good time at the big "Mad Men" gala.

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'Mad Men' - 'At the Codfish Ball': The dirty city

Disappointment reigns for Don, Megan, Sally and Peggy

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I spread my legs and fly away...

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<p>Zosia Mamet and Lena Dunham in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Zosia Mamet and Lena Dunham in "Girls."

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'Girls' - 'All Adventurous Women Do': You're the inspiration

Hannah gets her STD results, Jessa gets a job and Marnie meets an artist

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I pass you an STD but enjoy your quirky web presence...

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<p>&nbsp;Vanessa faces her mortality, while Ralph faces Vanessa's cleavage on &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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 Vanessa faces her mortality, while Ralph faces Vanessa's cleavage on "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'I Need Hair To Be Pretty'

Mark & Bopper faces a deficit, but would vanity help them catch up?
All hair vanity and strategic stupidity!
[Yes, that intro started off as a typo and became a pun and I'm sticking to it.]
Without vanity and strategic stupidity, Sunday (April 29) night's episode of "The Amazing Race" would have been possibly the least competitive in "Amazing Race" history. 
And even with vanity and strategic stupidity, the illusion that Sunday's Leg was competitive was generated largely by editing, so it wasn't an especially good episode.
But at least the episode featured lots of blood. I wouldn't necessarily think that'd be enough to redeem yet another dismal Leg for most viewers, but on the off chance that "Amazing Race" is huge in the hematolagnia fetish community... Winner!
Full recap after the break...
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<p>Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy in "Game of Thrones."

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'Game of Thrones' - 'The Ghost of Harrenhal': Three deadly wishes

Plans change rapidly as season 2 reaches its mid-point

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I'm able to kill people with my mind...

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<p>Amrita Acharia of &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;</p>
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Amrita Acharia of "Game of Thrones"

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HitFix Interview: Amrita Acharia talks 'Game of Thrones'

Daenerys' handmaiden Irri talks Dothraki, off-screen romance and more
Amrita Acharia's Twitter profile describes her as a "Ukrainian-Nepalese actress with a dash of Norwegian-ness sprinkled on top," while her IMDB profile boasts of her aptitude with a slew of languages.
Of course, TV audiences know Acharia primarily for a fictional nationality and for her proficiency in a language that never existed.
On HBO's "Game of Thrones," Acharia plays Irri, Dothraki handmaiden to Emilia Clarke's Daenerys Targaryen. Irri has generally been paired with Roxanne McKee's Doreah. While Doreah has been largely entrusted with coaching Dany on carnal arts, Irri has taught Dany about Dothraki culture and the Dothraki language.
In scenes that we weren't privy to, Irri also was apparently carrying on a love affair with a Dothraki bloodrider named Rakharo, which left her mighty unhappy a couple weeks back when Rakharo's horse returned from a scouting mission with his head, but without the rest of his body.
As Acharia's Twitter followers know, she was in Los Angeles last week and I sat down with the young actress to discuss her language skills, her appreciation of the Dothraki mentality and her early dreams of being a vampire.
Click through for the full interview [No real spoilers, unless you're way behind and even then, nothing really.]...

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Tupac Shakur leads Music Power Rankings for the second week

Beyonce, Maroon5 and Carrie Underwood also make the list

1) Tupac Shakur:  His virtual appearance at Coachella leads to a very real boost in sales as his “Greatest Hits” reenters the Billboard 200 for the first time in 12 years. The title landed at No. 129, with a 571% sales gain over last week.  His track “Hail Mary” saw a 1,530% increase to 13,000 downloads.

2) Beyonce: People names her the World’s Most Beautiful Woman. Blue Ivy coos, “I already knew that.”

3) Record Store Day: The fifth annual event, held April 21, helped indie record stores’ sales soar 26% last week. Guess what? Indie stores are open year round.

4) Ryan Seacrest
:  He will be with us forever and always--or at least through 2014:  He signed a $15 million deal to keep him hosting “American Idol” for two more years.

5) Carrie Underwood: The former “American Idol” champ leads all artists with five nominations for the 2012 CMT Music Awards. Her legs receive 10 nods.

6) Michael Rapino:
The Live Nation head made $11.9 million last year. He can afford to pay the service charge on concert tickets, but what about the rest of us...

7) The Beach Boys:
They kick off their 50th anniversary tour in landlocked Tucson. What? Kokomo was booked?

8) Maroon5: The exposure from “The Voice” continues to pay off for lead singer/coach Adam Levine as the group scores its biggest first week debut ever on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Payphone.” They wanted to call home to share the news, but couldn’t find a working payphone.

9) Death Grips:
They brought in the tastemakers with 2010’s “Exmilitary.”  Now the Sacramento-based industrial hip hop outfit (for lack of a better description) gets ready to grab the rest of the world by the throat with its new Epic Records debut, “The Money Store.”

10) Coachella: The alternative music festival in the desert successfully expands to two weekends with a pair of sellouts and raves all around. As  Mae West said, “too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”

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<p>Julie Andrews was a ray of sunshine in her big-screen debut, the timeless Disney classic 'Mary Poppins'</p>

Julie Andrews was a ray of sunshine in her big-screen debut, the timeless Disney classic 'Mary Poppins'

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Film Nerd 2.0: 'Mary Poppins' thrills the kids and destroys Dad

A perfect example of a film that plays different for kids and adults

"Mary Poppins" is not the film I thought it was.

Growing up, I saw the film many times, and I always enjoyed it.  It's hard not to enjoy the film.  A passion project for Walt Disney, it was lavished with every bit of tender loving care he could muster, and director Robert Stevenson did a wonderful job of creating this eccentric, artificial version of London and filling it with strange and memorable characters.  I loved the songs by the Sherman Brothers, and I thought Mary Poppins herself was, as she says, practically perfect in every way.

Seeing this as a kid, I thought it was a film about two kids who are so bad that they can't keep a nanny, until they finally get a magical nanny, and she turns them into good kids.  It's not a film I spent a lot of time watching over the last quarter-century, despite my affection for it, so my misunderstanding of the film became sort of ossified and like many films, my opinions and attitudes about it were shaped at a time when I had a very different perspective on most things than I do now.

In particular, I was not a parent the last time I saw the movie.

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<p>Brad Pitt in &quot;Killing Them Softly.&quot;</p>

Brad Pitt in "Killing Them Softly."

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Cannes Check: Andrew Dominik's 'Killing Them Softly'

Continuing our preview series on the Cannes competition

With apologies for yesterday's non-delivery.

The director: Andrew Dominik (Australian, 44 years old)

The talent: Ever heard of a guy called Brad Pitt? He's going places, I tell you. The star has, of course, worked with Dominik before. In 2007, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" won Pitt the Best Actor prize at Venice and effectively started a new, more studious chapter in his career: two leading Oscar nominations and the career peak of 2011 later, it'll be interesting to see what this reunion brings for him. (As he did on "Jesse James," Pitt also takes a producer credit here.) The supporting cast, meanwhile, could hardly be tastier, blending trustily weathered character actors like Sam Shepard, Richard Jenkins and James Gandolfini, more ragged, unpredictable talents like Ray Liotta, Garret Dillahunt, a bristly relative newcomer in Scoot McNairy ("Monsters") and, most excitingly of all, Dominik's compatriot Ben Mendelsohn, who recently killed in "Animal Kingdom." Not a lot of room for the ladies here, mind.

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<p>Jon Hamm and Tracy Morgan in a scene from the live &quot;30 Rock&quot;&nbsp;episode.</p>

Jon Hamm and Tracy Morgan in a scene from the live "30 Rock" episode.

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'30 Rock' - 'Live From Studio 6H': With a lot of help from our friends

Paul McCartney, Jon Hamm, Amy Poehler, Donald Glover and more stopped by for a much-improved live episode

A quick review of Thursday night's "30 Rock" live show coming up just as soon as I go viral and take medicine for it...

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