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<p>Black Sabbath</p>

Black Sabbath

Bill Ward pulls out of Black Sabbath gigs... again

Reunited band will play three dates, including Lollapalooza

It hasn’t looked good for drummer Bill Ward to play with his Black Sabbath bandmates ever since February when he brought up that he would not participate in the band’s mini-reunion tour unless he received a “signable contract.” He put the final nail in his participation in the reunion coffin with an emotional new missive on his website, posted Wednesday and addressed to “Sabbath Fans and Fellow Musicians.”

“I sincerely regret to inform you that after a final effort to participate in the upcoming Sabbath shows a failure to agree has continued,” Ward writes.

The tour starts this Saturday, May 19  in Birmingham, England and includes gigs at the Download Festival in Donington Park, England, on June 10 and Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug. 3. The band, which includes original members Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, and Tony Iommi, who is well enough to play after being diagnosed with lymphoma, initially announced a new album and tour last  November. The group planned to play Coachella, but had to pull out while Iommi was receiving treatment. Then, in February, Ward brought up needing a contract and it looks like the negotiations proceeded in fits and starts before the clock ran out last week.

Ward further writes that he was offered the opportunity to only play three songs at the Download festival, while another drummer played the rest of the set, and that, communication between him and the rest of the band, is so bad that he only found out about the Birmingham gig through an Internet ad.

Ward’s participation had been in doubt for months after he insisted upon a contract. That had lead to fractious, on-and-off-again negotiations, which his website letter indicates went right up until May 10. The band’s rep asked him to come to the U.K. and play the Birmingham show for free and “see how the first show goes.” He adds that he was willing to play for free, but that the doubt that he would play the Download and Lollapalooza festivals was too upsetting for him to agree.

“I hold no malice or resentment towards the other band members,” writes Ward in the heartfelt letter. “I love them; I'm tolerant of them; I'm frustrated with them, as they may be with me. My fight has never been with them. I'll love them forever. In my opinion, nobody wins this time; the band doesn't win; the fans for an original lineup don't win. Nobody wins, nobody. Even the ones who thought they did. I didn't want to make this decision, but I have to be honest and transparent. This is the statement I didn't want to write; it's the last thing I wanted to do. But, I have written it, and now it can go into the universe."

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<p>Wes&nbsp;Anderson on the set of &quot;Moonrise Kingdom&quot;</p>

Wes Anderson on the set of "Moonrise Kingdom"

Credit: Focus Features

The house Wes Anderson built: A look at the director's singular troupe

His latest, 'Moonrise Kingdom,' bows at Cannes today

Filmmaker Wes Anderson is back this year with his first live action film in five years, "Moonrise Kingdom," premiering today as the opening night film of the Cannes Film Festival. In typical Anderson fashion, it features an ensemble of actors, though many of them are working with him for the first time. Over the years, Anderson has established an impressive stable of acting talent, a dedicated troupe of personnel that can slip right into his singular world with ease. Will first-timers Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Frances McDormand and Harvey Keitel join the crew after "Moonrise Kingdom?" Time will tell, but for now, here's a look at the house that Anderson built. Click through the gallery below for a quick refresher.

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<p>Janet Montgomery in &quot;Made in Jersey.&quot;</p>

Janet Montgomery in "Made in Jersey."

Credit: CBS

CBS' 2012-13 schedule: 'Two and a Half Men' to Thursdays a bold move for conservative network

The most traditional broadcaster sticks to its playbook, which includes one big change a season

NEW YORK — All the other broadcast networks that presented their fall schedules at Upfront Week are in the process of figuring out how to reinvent the business in an age of fragmented viewing. They're talking about shows having shorter runs, doubling up timeslots to avoid repeats, aiming for niches, and other strategies that would have been anathema 10 years ago.

CBS, on the other hand, keeps playing by the old rules — and keeps being incredibly successful at it. It remains the most-watched network on television, and a healthy second place to FOX among the viewers under 50 that advertisers care about, and all while programming an incredibly traditional mix of sitcoms, dramas and the odd reality show.

"I was trying to think of a clever acronym for our strategy," CBS scheduling czar Kelly Kahl joked at the network's annual upfront press breakfast on Wednesday morning.

"It's called 'HITS,'" retorted the network's entertainment president Nina Tassler.

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<p>Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward play Sam and Suzy, the young lovers whose plan to run away together sets off a metaphorical storm in a small island community in 'Moonrise Kingdom,' the new film from Wes Anderson.</p>

Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward play Sam and Suzy, the young lovers whose plan to run away together sets off a metaphorical storm in a small island community in 'Moonrise Kingdom,' the new film from Wes Anderson.

Credit: Focus Features

Review: Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' opens Cannes with heart and style

A warm, heartfelt look at first love and community, 'Moonrise' is Anderson at his best

CANNES - By now, if you are at all familiar with the work of Wes Anderson, you have no doubt come to some opinion about his general aesthetic choices.  He has a very particular sensibility in his work, and it has evolved over time, although his harshest critics might claim it has ossified.  I like his voice, his approach to character, and his compositional sense, and in general, I find Anderson's films to be enjoyable because I know what I'm getting when I sit down to one.  All that changes is the story he's telling, and in the case of "Moonrise Kingdom," I think he's at his very best, energized by the subject matter and blessed with a cast that came ready to play.

"Moonrise" takes place in the days before a historic storm that sweeps through a small island community in 1965, as Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward), two 12-year-olds, run away together, sure that they have no place in their respective families and desperate for a connection that means something.  Their decision ends up sending shockwaves through the community around them, including Suzy's parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand), Sam's scoutmaster (Edward Norton), and the sheriff of the island (Bruce Willis).  Like much of Anderson's work, the film is often very funny, but there is a deep longing that underlines everything we see, and in the end, I was moved by what he's saying here, and by the work of his entire cast.

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<p>Parker Young and Jane Levy of &quot;Suburgatory&quot;</p>

Parker Young and Jane Levy of "Suburgatory"

Credit: ABC

Interview: Parker Young talks 'Suburgatory,' 'Mad Men' and 'The Choice'

TV's Ryan 'The Body' Shay has had a busy spring being handsome on TV
On "Suburgatory," Parker Young plays a character whose nickname is The Body.
On "Mad Men," Young recently guest starred playing a character called Handsome. 
And on an upcoming episode of FOX's summer reality dating show "The Choice," Young gets to be himself, as celebrity kibble for attractive singles.
It's been something of a breakout year for the 23-year-old actor and it'd be hard to miss the common denominator. 
But although Ryan "The Body" Shay superficially appears to be a locker-humping, shirt-removing, IQ-starved jock, his possibly budding romance with Jane Levy's Tessa has been one of the most amusing and surprising developments in the acclaimed first season of "Suburgatory." Young has been able to inhabit a character who's fun to laugh at, but who you find yourself unexpectedly rooting for.
"Suburgatory" has its finale on Wednesday (May 16) and I talked to Parker Young last week shortly after the comedy was renewed by ABC. In our conversation, we talked about Ryan's innocence, his love for his mother (a plot point in the finale) and his love for Tessa. We also touched on "Mad Men" and "The Choice," because he's a busy guy.
Click through for the full conversation.
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<p>Sabrina of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>

Sabrina of "Survivor: One World"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Sabrina Thompson talks 'Survivor: One World'

Second place finisher laments an unbitter Jury
It isn't all that often that you hear a "Survivor" contestant explain to the Jury that their biggest strategic move was not trying their hardest.
That was a key part of the argument laid out by Sabrina Thompson in Sunday's "Survivor: One World" finale, as she attempted to sway the Jury with talk of the advantages of throwing certain challenges.
It wasn't that that was Sabrina's only contribution to the newly competed "Survivor" season. In fact, she spent the opening episodes as one of the season's most prominent players. She found the Immunity Idol that she had to give to Colton that played at least a small role in his medically truncated reign of terror. She also, and most crucially, formed a tight alliance with Kim and Chelsea that lasted all the way to the end. 
In the end, only two Jury members came to Sabrina's side, but you'll hear no bitterness from the 33-year-old teacher, who calls winner Kim one of the game's greatest players.
In her "Survivor" exit interview, Sabrina makes a very smart case not only for occasionally attempting to appear weak, but also for her steady process of weakening. She also notes, probably correctly, that the lack of bitterness from the Jury, which she doesn't portray as a bad thing, was what ultimately swung the vote in Kim's favor.
Click through for Sabrina's full Q&A...
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<p>&nbsp;Jenna Ushkowitz of &quot;Glee&quot;</p>

 Jenna Ushkowitz of "Glee"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'Glee' - 'Props'/ 'Nationals'

Tina bumps her head, and then the show bumps into an inevitable result at Nationals
There’s a shot halfway through the second hour of tonight’s two-episode “Glee” gauntlet in which the camera zooms in tight around Finn Hudson’s face. He and the rest of New Directions have just finished their set at Nationals, ending in a lengthy performance of Meatloaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”. His face is triumphant, but more importantly, his brow is sweaty. For the first time I can remember in the show, performing seemed like actual hard work. It’s an easy thing to forget in “Glee,” a program in which flawless numbers seem to fall out of the sky only to disappear into the ether.
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<p>Jules and the &quot;Cougar Town&quot;&nbsp;crew celebrate Thanksgiving in May.</p>

Jules and the "Cougar Town" crew celebrate Thanksgiving in May.

Credit: ABC

Review: 'Cougar Town' - 'Square One'/'It'll All Work Out'

Jules and Grayson are haunted by relationship ghosts, and the crew celebrates a holiday out of season

A review of tonight's "Cougar Town" episodes coming up just as soon as my booze cruise turns into a cruise cruise...

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<p>Breaking Bad</p>

Breaking Bad

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad' and 'Newsroom' head to Los Angeles Film Fest

'Killer Joe's' William Friedkin will serve as guest director of event

More details have been released about the upcoming L.A. Film Festival, highlighted by the inclusion of some of TV's heaviest hitters.

The June event's Artists in Conversation section will include an intimate "Breaking Bad" Q&A featuring actors Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn, along with with series creator Vince Gilligan on Saturday, June 16.

On June 22, the series premiere episode of HBO's "The Newsroom" will be followed by a Q&A with creator Aaron Sorkin, executive producer Alan Poul and director Greg Mottola. There will also be a series of panels called Women of Wonder – A Celebration of Women in Animation.

William Friedkin, who helmed "The Exorcist" and "The French Connection" will serve as the fest's guest director. His latest film,"Killer Joe," will be screened.

Meanwhile "Dark Shadows" composer Danny Elfman, noted chef Michael Voltaggio and singer Raphael Saadiq will act as Artists in Residence.

Among the films unspooling at the fest this year are Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love" and the acclaimed "Beasts of the Southern Wild." The fest runs June 14 - 24.

More information about the fest can be found here.

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<p>A typically lush frame from &quot;Barry&nbsp;Lyndon&quot;</p>

A typically lush frame from "Barry Lyndon"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

The Academy and 'Moneyball' director Bennett Miller to present Kubrick's 'Barry Lyndon' in NYC

Also: The director's early works set for fall Blu-ray release

It's been a while since I last saw Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon." It's a film that demands attention be paid, and I so rarely find that I can sit down and settle in with it. But it's a masterful piece of work that deserves a couple of looks over the years, to be sure.

The Academy is offering one such look as part of its "Member Selects" series on Monday, May 21 at the Lighthouse International in New York City. "Capote" and "Moneyball" director Bennett Miller will be on hand to introduce the film (as "Member Selects" is a series where Academy members introduce one of their favorite films).

"Barry Lyndon" landed at an interesting time in film history. It was part of a dying breed of film, done with a certain magnificence that was becoming rarer and rarer (and, indeed, is one of a kind for the way Kubrick approached the material). It landed seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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<p>A screengrab of the aliens from the teaser for ABC's &quot;The Neighbors&quot;</p>

A screengrab of the aliens from the teaser for ABC's "The Neighbors"

Weigh in on ABC's 'The Neighbors' teaser

Does it look funny? Or more like a disaster?
ABC has a number of protected time periods, but with "Castle" permanently suckled at the "Dancing with the Stars" teat and Shonda Rhimes smoothly swapping "Scandal" for "Private Practice" post-"Grey's Anatomy," there's really only one true Rolls Royce slot: Wednesdays at 9:30 after "Modern Family."
So when ABC released its schedule on Tuesday (May 15) morning, all eyes immediately shot to Wednesdays to see which comedy had won the sitcom equivalent of the lottery.
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 128

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 128

Dan and Alan talk Upfronts and 'Mad Men'


Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls.
Sepinwall and I are up to our necks in upfronts coverage, but we carved out time to fire up another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
It's everything you wanted to know about NBC, FOX and ABC's new schedules and then 15 minutes of "Mad Men" conversation.
Hopefully we'll be back on Friday to talk about CBS and The CW and then also to delve into a few of the recent finales that have been on our minds, including "Parks and Recreation," "Smash," "How I Met Your Mother" and more.
Here's the very simple breakdown for the podcast:
Upfronts - NBC, FOX and ABC (00:01:00 - 00:49:30)
"Mad Men" (00:49:30 - 01:14:30)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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