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<p>A&nbsp;scene from &quot;A&nbsp;Cat in Paris&quot;</p>

A scene from "A Cat in Paris"

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Harden, Huston and Modine tapped for English dub of Oscar-nominated 'A Cat in Paris'

The film opens in limited release June 1

One of the few surprises of last season's Academy Awards nominations announcement was the fact that the animated feature category made room for not one but two of the fringe indie titles doing battle with big guns like Disney and DreamWorks. Both films -- "A Cat in Paris" and "Chico & Rita" -- were distributed by little engine that could GKIDS.

The studio has just announced the voice cast for the English language version of the film, which will release in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego on June 1. The stars include Marcia Gay Harden, Anjelica Huston and Matthew Modine (who will be seen in "The Dark Knight Rises" late this year).

Further dates for the film will be set for Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Atlanta, St. Louis and other major and secondary markets throughout the summer.

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<p>Jennifer Morrison and Lana Parilla in &quot;Once Upon a Time.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Jennifer Morrison and Lana Parilla in "Once Upon a Time." 

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Season finale review: 'Once Upon a Time - 'A Land Without Magic'

What did everybody think of the ABC fantasy drama's first season?

A brief review of — and mainly just lots of spoilers for — the "Once Upon a Time" season finale coming up just as soon as I just go for my gun...

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<p>Mindy Kaling's &quot;The Mindy Project&quot;&nbsp;will be part of FOX's new four-sitcom Tuesday lineup.</p>

Mindy Kaling's "The Mindy Project" will be part of FOX's new four-sitcom Tuesday lineup.

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FOX's 2012-13 schedule: 'Glee' to Thursday and a Tuesday comedy bloc

'X Factor' in the fall and 'American Idol' in spring don't leave a lot of wiggle room

Once upon a time, FOX was the hyper kid with a short attention span of Upfront Week. The network — with its commitments at different times of year to baseball, football, "American Idol," etc. — would swoop in to announce a two-, three- or even four-pronged schedule involving dozens of shows that would constantly jump around to different nights and/or times. Frequently, those plans would be scrapped by the time we got into the season (if not sooner), and some shows would never even air at all.

Now, though, the 25-year-old FOX is embracing a stable, conservative, bordering on dull mindset as it seeks stability in its adult life. With "X Factor" as a plausible fall stand-in for "Idol" — even if it wasn't the indestructible hit that FOX and Simon Cowell had suggested it would be — the network announced a new schedule on Monday morning that was among the more stable we're going to see this week, with only three new shows on in the fall, and minimal changes planned for mid-season.

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<p>Sam Riley in &quot;On the Road&quot;</p>

Sam Riley in "On the Road"

Credit: IFC/Sundance Selects

Cannes Check: Walter Salles's 'On the Road'

Continuing our series of Cannes competition previews

The director: Walter Salles (Brazilian, 56 years old)

The talent: As if the long-awaited adaptation of Jack Kerouac's Beat classic wasn't going to attract enough eyeballs already on the Croisette, it comes packed to the gills with star names: Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst (who, of course, is the festival's reigning Best Actress), Steve Buscemi, "Mad Men" star Elisabeth Moss, Terrence Howard and, most excitingly to the red-carpet hordes, Kristen Stewart, whose prominent role here should hopefully remind "Twilight" sceptics of the form she's displayed in such smaller projects as "Adventureland" and "The Runaways." 

Against all this star-wattage, the film's co-leads, Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund, are comparatively low-profile -- probably a cunning choice for two roles where decades of casting speculation (and any number of megastars attached over the years) has amped up the pressure on whoever plays them. Both men come with points to prove. "TRON: Legacy" was supposed to do more for American hunk Hedlund's brand than it eventually did. Meanwhile, the wiry, offbeat Riley made a startling breakthrough five years ago in "Control," but hasn't consolidated it since -- we'll put his badly misjudged turn in the badly misjudged "Brighton Rock" behind us.

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<p>Beck, voiced by Elijah Wood, appears to be the lead character in Disney XD's new 'TRON:&nbsp;Uprising,' an animated spinoff from the live-action franchise</p>

Beck, voiced by Elijah Wood, appears to be the lead character in Disney XD's new 'TRON: Uprising,' an animated spinoff from the live-action franchise

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Watch the entire pilot for Disney's 'TRON: Uprising' now

For fans, is this a welcome addition or a needless redundancy?

Sorry if you don't live in the US, because this one's region-gated, I believe.

I'm not a big fan of the "TRON" mythology. I tried. I like the original film for what it represents, an adventurous move on the part of Disney, and I like the ambition of the sequel. I like the effort. I like the attempt. I just don't think either film is very good, ultimately. They look cool. They seem to offer up a pretty amazing potential. But so far, dramatically, I'm not feeling it. I don't connect to the goofy earnest nature of the original, and I really don't understand the second one's choices.

Having said that, I think that fandom is all about opening yourself up to something, and the only way to really fully enjoy something is to embrace the story being told or the world. Because I can't really get my head around the reality "TRON" tries to create, I can't go where they want to go story-wise.  There are plenty of you out there who do like it and buy into it and dig what they've set up that I'm curious if you enjoy new versions or expansions of that.

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<p>January Jones in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

January Jones in "Mad Men."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Mad Men' - 'Dark Shadows'

Betty, Don and Roger each chart a selfish course

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I have my lawyer tell your lawyer what time dinner is...

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<p>Jemima Kirke and Lena Dunham in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Jemima Kirke and Lena Dunham in "Girls."

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'Girls' - 'Hard Being Easy': The unsmoteable

Hannah's plan backfires and Marnie tries to win back Charlie

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I have a suing app on my iPhone...

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<p>The &quot;Survivor: One World&quot; Top 5</p>

The "Survivor: One World" Top 5

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Recap: 'Survivor: One World' Finale - The winner is...

Who came out of the first all-female Top 5 and won the million dollars?
Ladies Night. No pre-credit sequence this week. Instead, we get the obligatory clip package that tries to make the case that Christina in some way deserved a place in the Final Five and that she's an "underdog," not a "darned-lucky coaster." Anyway, it's Night 36 at Tikiano. Muscular Mark Twain is gone. Only women remain. Kim wants to reflect on how far they've come since those rough first days. "I got rid of Tarzan," Alicia cackles, still convinced this is all about her, thinking that Kim and Christina will stick with her. They're all "May the best Woman win." The next morning, Kim and Sabrina collect tree-mail. Sabrina wants Alicia out, but Kim makes the argument that the only person who can beat both of them with the Jury is Chelsea. "It depends on what we're honoring," Noble Sabrina says, stunned at Kim's hypothetical betrayal. Sabrina understands that if Chelsea wins Immunity, she's the next most-likable person and therefore the next most-likely to go next. Alicia also is rooting for Chelsea to suck. 
Full recap of Sunday's (May 13) "Survivor: One World" after the break...
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<p>Emilia Clarke and Iain Glen in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Emilia Clarke and Iain Glen in "Game of Thrones."

Credit: Paul Schiraldi/HBO

'Game of Thrones' - 'A Man Without Honor': Horse and hound

Jaime has a plan, Theon hunts for the Stark Boys and Jon Snow gets led astray

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I meet a literate stonemason...

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<p>A scene from Carlos Reygadas's &quot;Post Tenebras Lux.&quot;</p>

A scene from Carlos Reygadas's "Post Tenebras Lux."

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Cannes Check: Carlos Reygadas's 'Post Tenebras Lux'

Continuing our series of Cannes competition previews

The director: Carlos Reygadas (Mexican, 40 years old)

The talent: As usual with writer-director Reygadas, non-professional actors are the order of the day here -- performance doesn't tend to be a driving factor in his filmmaking, and here, human figures appears more assimilated into the mix than ever before. More important to note is that cinematographer Alexis Zabe, who conjured such astonishing imagery in Reygadas's previous film "Silent Light," is back on board here -- as is that film's editor, Natalia Lopez. More so than most auteurs in Competition, however, Reygadas is overwhelmingly the dominant presence in his work.

The pitch: Reygadas's fourth feature is being talked up as his most non-narrative effort yet -- which, considering the fluid structures of his previous works, is saying something. The title is Latin for "light after darkness," which suggests a certain continuity with "Silent Light" -- certainly, to judge from the many luscious stills floating around online, we're in similarly painterly, ethereal atmospheric territory to his last film.

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<p>Matthew Perry is returning to NBC with &quot;Go On,&quot; but not to Thursday nights.</p>

Matthew Perry is returning to NBC with "Go On," but not to Thursday nights.

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NBC's 2012-13 schedule: 'The Voice' and football trump Thursday nostalgia

Peacock focuses on early part of the week rather than home of its '80s & '90s triumphs

For more than 20 years, NBC owned Thursday nights. No matter what else was ailing the Peacock, the network could count on an orderly transfer of power from "The Cosby Show" to "Cheers," from "Seinfeld" to "Friends," from "L.A. Law" to "ER."

Now, Thursdays are just one more problem in an ever-mounting pile of them, with the network consistently coming in fourth on a night it used to dominate, and many weeks finishing in a dead heat with Univision — which may explain why the night is an afterthought in the fall schedule that NBC entertainment president Robert Greenblatt announced on Sunday afternoon.

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<p>Usher and Will Ferrell of &quot;Saturday Night Live&quot;</p>

Usher and Will Ferrell of "Saturday Night Live"

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Will Ferrell and Usher

Which old friends would join the 'SNL' veteran?
We’re here near the end of another season of “Saturday Night Live.” Can you feel the warm breeze, hear the sounds of birds, and fear the prospects of months of reruns? Me too! Tonight’s host is no stranger to the show. Will Ferrell will probably go down as one of the show’s all-time best players, and seeing him back in Studio 8H should make for some fun sketch comedy. While a lot of his characters were famous as part of a pair, he also had plenty of solo characters that will undoubtedly make an appearance tonight. (Also probably making appearances? Some of those old cast mates with whom he created so many memorable moments.) Along for the ride is musical guest Usher. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! OK! (Sorry, he probably won’t perform that tonight.)
My hopes are high for this one. Let’s get to it!
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