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Chris Pratt calls 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' 'mind-blowing' from the London set

Chris Pratt calls 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' 'mind-blowing' from the London set

This is just the start of our coverage on this one

There are so many things I want to tell you about the time I spent in London on the set of "Guardians Of The Galaxy."

Today, though, we're still embargoed on the vast majority of it, and so we're going to focus on one of the interviews that we conducted as a group. Seems like Chris Pratt's a good place to start in any conversation about this film, since this will be the biggest film role he's ever had, and much of the success of the film hinges on how the audience takes to him as Peter Quill aka Star Lord.

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'The Big Bang Theory' has its best-ever season finale, Cristina’s goodbye doesn’t boost 'Grey’s" Anatomy'

“The Big Bang Theory” has its best-ever season finale, Cristina’s goodbye doesn’t boost “Grey’s" Anatomy"
About 16.3 million tuned in for last night’s “Big Bang,” while Sandra Oh’s final “Grey’s Anatomy” was barely up from last week.

ABC’s “Rising Star” taps Josh Groban as host and Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley as judges
With “American Idol” fading, can ABC’s music competition succeed?

Spike TV’s Guy’s Choice Awards names Matthew McConaughey “Guy of the Year”
Other honorees include Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who will be given the Hot and Funny award.

Sandra Oh on her “Grey’s Anatomy” exit: "I was completely in tears — but not broken”
"It was not a place of being sad,” she says. "It was a place of being tremendously moved. It's not like I broke down and I was crying. I felt so filled with the meaning of this moment that it was very emotional. I do want to try to be specific about the quality of the emotions because many people can be sad — and it is sad — but I was extremely moved.” PLUS: Cristina Yang was at the heart of “Grey’s,” and she actually got a dignified exit.

Former “Idol” champ Scotty McCreery recounts his home invasion robbery with Ryan Seacrest
"I was on the ground,” he said of the May 5 robbery, "and he was holding the gun to our heads. I was staring down the barrel of a pistol.”

Michael Sam’s reality show gets the Taiwanese animation treatment
Is Oprah exploiting the NFL's first openly gay player?

Michael C. Hall: “I feel good about” the “Dexter” finale
Andy Cohen asked Hall last night on “Watch What Happens Live” about fans being “pissed" at the finale. PLUS: Would Hall do a “Dexter” spinoff?

Maya Rudolph talks to Seth Meyers about her rejected “SNL” sketches
Watch her sing the lyrics to the “Taxi” theme song, which of course has no lyrics. PLUS: Meyers recalls his wedding to Stefon on their 1-year anniversary.

Does dying on “The Vampire Diaries” matter?
The final two episodes of the season delved a lot into death.

New book will tackle the most important TV shows in American history
Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall and his former TV critic college from New Jersey’s Star-Ledger, New York magazine TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, are teaming up for the expansive book.

“iZombie” statue for sale
A statue of Rose McIver's Liv Moore standing on a brain will be for sale in November for $100.

Patton Oswalt on a horse interrupts “Jimmy Kimmel Live”
Watch him present Kimmel with a Webby Award for his twerking viral video.

Arsenio Hall asks Shannen Doherty if Jason Priestley’s memoir detailing her diva behavior was true
"It was so long ago, honestly I would have to refer to the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of journals I have of every single day, taking account of everything that happened,” Doherty responded. "But I don't know. I always say that everybody had their own version of the truths and memories are very funny things.”

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<p>The &quot;Big Bang Theory&quot; finale</p>

The "Big Bang Theory" finale

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TV Ratings: Finale high for 'Big Bang Theory,' but 'Grey's Anatomy' rises little on Thursday

'American Idol' rises, while 'Rosemary's Baby' remains a failure

Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 15, 2014.

"The Big Bang Theory" had its most-watched season finale to-date, far above last year's finale which went against an "American Idol" send-off, and led CBS to easy Thursday wins in all measures.

As usual, primetime results were mixed.

On the positive side, "American Idol" continued its pre-finale rise with big week-to-week gains, with "Hell's Kitchen" also getting a bump for FOX.

On the negative side, "Rosemary's Baby" continued to be a major disappointment for NBC, though the second part of the high-profile miniseries was steady from Sunday's dismal second hour.

Then there are the mixed results.

Some observers will rave that "Grey's Anatomy" got a big week-to-week bump for Cristina's departure. This is technically true, but "Grey's Anatomy" was down steeply last week, so this week's gains still put the finale below the numbers from two weeks ago, which isn't such an impressive bump at all.

Similarly, "The Vampire Diaries" finale was up a hair from last week in the key demo, but down significantly from last year's finale and, in fact, "TVD" was down from last week in total viewers.

On to the numbers...

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Buy our book (in 2 years): Sepinwall & Seitz teaming up again

Buy our book (in 2 years): Sepinwall & Seitz teaming up again

Your local critic and his ex-partner from The Star-Ledger are reuniting for a book on the greatest TV shows of all time

Just a quick piece of news that I swear I will not be going on and on about over the next year or two: I am writing another book.

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Review: 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' soars above most Hollywood franchise films
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Review: 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' soars above most Hollywood franchise films

How did they make it look so easy?

CANNES -- Before the screening of "How To Train Your Dragon 2" started, there was a special trailer that was put together just for this event, celebrating 20 years of DreamWorks Animation bringing movies to Cannes to premiere.

What I found most impressive about it is how they managed to make even the films I really enjoyed from their studio look terrible by emphasizing the loud, the coarse, the most obvious of the jokes. It played more like a threat than a celebration, and it makes me wonder… is this what DreamWorks thinks works best with their films? Is this what they want every one of their movies to look like?

If so, the "How To Train Your Dragon" series must drive them crazy.

With this second film in the series, Dean DeBlois (who both wrote and directed the movie) has turned this into the most exciting overall property that DreamWorks has, live-action or animated. The film has an immediate confidence, and they don't spend much time trying to explain the first film. This is a sequel that has its own story to tell and that gets right down to it, and it expands on the ideas from the first film, but in a way that tells a thematically satisfying and complete story. In other words, this is how franchises are supposed to work.

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Review: Atom Egoyan's kidnapping drama 'Captive' is arch and ridiculous
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Review: Atom Egoyan's kidnapping drama 'Captive' is arch and ridiculous

'Prisoners' doesn't have anything to worry about

CANNES -- It's hard to know where to start when analyzing what went wrong with a film as preposterous and phony as Atom Egoyan's "The Captive," a kidnapping drama that kicked off the first Friday of this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Egoyan is a frustrating filmmaker these days. In the early part of his career, his work was distinguished by a chilly, clinical style and a fascination with perspective. "Next Of Kin," "Family Viewing," and "Speaking Parts" all displayed enormous promise, and he hit his stride with films like "Exotica" and "The Sweet Hereafter." Lately, though, his films feel half-baked, increasingly distanced from any recognizable human behavior, and with "Devil's Knot," his dramatic take on the story of the West Memphis Three, it felt to me like he'd gone completely off the rails as a storyteller. I couldn't even figure out what point he thought he was making with the material that had already been so thoroughly (and expertly) mined by documentarians.

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Tell us what you thought of 'Godzilla'

Gareth Edwards' monster madness rages into theaters this weekend

I don't know what else I could possibly say about "Godzilla" at this point. I dig it, and I hope you do, too. The reviews have been interesting, split in some ways, though lots of concessions are made for the other side on both the pro and con sides of the argument. It'll just boil down to what you're hoping to get out of this film and, like me, if you were hoping for something that eschewed the bait of itself and tried to elevate the genre and the summer blockbuster in general, however slightly, then you'll probably be satisfied. If you're looking for something more bubble gum, maybe you'll be let down.

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"That Lovely Girl"
"That Lovely Girl"
Credit: Cannes Film Festival

Review: Israeli incest drama 'That Lovely Girl' plays a solemn game of unhappy families

Keren Yedaya's film is well made and played, but doesn't get under the skin

CANNES - If you only see one incestuous Israeli father-daughter relationship study a year, well, it's pretty much going to have to be "That Lovely Girl." If your annual average is lower than that, chances are you won't be tempted to make an exception for Keren Yedaya's modestly accomplished third feature, which debuted to ashen-faced audiences in Un Certain Regard yesterday.

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"Grey's Anatomy"

"Grey's Anatomy" 

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'Grey's Anatomy' season finale recap: Cristina says goodbye

Shonda Rhimes gives Sandra Oh a fitting send-off

Given that Cristina Yang has been the steely, no-nonsense Type-A balance to Meredith Grey's sappy navel-gazing on "Grey's Anatomy," it seemed only fitting that her last episode on the show would strip away all the maudlin hugging and weepiness (well, not all, but most) in favor of a big explosion. A hospital flooded with critical patients is a good day for Yang (Sandra Oh). 

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Fox moves up the premiere of 'I Wanna Marry Harry' to next Tuesday

Fox moves up the premiere of “I Wanna Marry Harry” to next Tuesday
Originally slated to debut May 27, the reality prank show will premiere after the first part of the “American Idol” finale.

Watch Syfy’s trailers for “Dominion” and “Ascension”
The two dramas air this summer.

“The Vampire Diaries” is bringing back an old cast member
A character who hasn’t been seen in years will be back next season.

Maya Rudolph: I was asked to play Obama on “SNL” — I tried out my impression in front of the real Obama
This was in the fall 2007, before Fred Armisen’s Obama. “Luckily that never happened,” she says, "even though unfortunately we did it at dress (rehearsal) in front of the real Obama, which was truly humiliating and really embarrassing. I don’t look good dressed as a small man. I just looked awful, and I had zero impression.” PLUS: Watch a clip from “The Maya Rudolph Show” featuring “SNL” alums and Kristen Bell.

“Fresh Off the Boat’s” inspiration defends its “derogatory” title
Eddie Huang, the chef whose 2013 memoir of the same name inspired the ABC comedy, says: "There are people in every race who try to speak for everybody and try to legislate what you can think and what you can’t think, with no understanding of what it means to interpret an experience. It’s ‘fresh off the boat.’ That’s a term that Asians call each other and we claim it and it’s worn with pride.” PLUS: What does “Fresh Off the Boat,” or “FOB,” mean?

WWE will stay on USA and Syfy
Vince McMahon has confirmed that there is a new multi-year deal with NBC Universal.

Diverse TV shows are proving to be good for business
Diversity is what advertisers want, and that has never been more apparent this upfront season.

Ranking 24 new shows in order of likely cancelation
Why “Manhattan Love Story” will be first to go, followed by “Bad Judge” then “Selfie."

Which pilots are still alive?
Kevin Hart’s autobiographical sitcom is expected to be shopped, as well as Michael Imperioli’s “Saint Francis” and Rob Lowe’s tennis-themed “The Pro.”

Robin Wright opted not to get a face-lift before playing “House of Cards’” Claire Underwood
She did, however, get "the tiniest sprinkle of Botox twice a year.”

Inside a “Bachelor” casting cattle call
"A ‘Bachelor' casting call is practically an all-you-can-eat buffet of available, attention-seeking women,” writes Caitlin Mangum. "Possession of a pulse is pretty much the only dating criterion for many of those who have historically been on this show. These men had struck a gold mine, settlers in a desolate land of hairspray and cocktail dresses."

Why are there no “pricks” on “Parks and Rec”?
All the male regulars, even Ron Swanson, are modern men who don’t degrade women.

The CW’s biggest affiliate owner is “not pleased” with the network
Tribune CEO Peter Liguori says the CW "should not program to (young) people who don’t watch television.”

CNN tonight ends its live 9 pm telecast
CNN had kept the 9 o’clock timeslot live before Larry King joined the network, since 1980.

How will “Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” influence Marvel movies?
Will there be more from the #ItsAllConnected tagline?

Amnesty International speaks out against “24” and “Homeland”
Both shows “have glorified torture to a generation,” says an Amnesty official.

“Family Ties” ended 25 years ago this week
Here’s remembering the NBC comedy’s most famous guest-stars, from River Phoenix to Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Is Barbara Walters really retiring?
There is a sense that Friday won’t be the last time you’ll see Walters on TV.

“Mad Men” meets “The X-Men”
Watch the mashup "Mad X-Men: Don Draper's Future Past.” PLUS: Ben Feldman and Rich Sommer talk about pilot season process, and Harry Hamlin is holding off on watching the season finale of “Ray Donovan."

Check out the fall TV grid
How every network schedule will stack up against each other this fall.

VH1 announces the cast of “Drumline” sequel
Alexandra Shipp will take over the main drummer role.

Jane Lynch films an “It Got Better” video
As a follow-up to “It Gets Better.”

“Bored to Death’s” Jonathan Ames to tackle Icelandic dramedy “World’s End”
The series will focus on a high school teacher who is committed and leads a revolt at a mental institution.

“The Big Bang Theory” is teaching male millennials how to behave like men
The CBS sitcom has evolved to show a progressive view of women.

“Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson remembers “The Class" on CBS
The canceled 2006 sitcom about a group of alums from an elementary school boasted a cast that included Ferguson, Lizzy Caplan, Jason Ritter, and several more familiar names.

WGN’s “Manhattan” gets a premiere date
The 1940s-set atomic bomb drama debuts July 27.

Good riddance to “Two and a Half Men”
The TV raunch pioneer was just plain unsavory.

“Dexter” gets spoofed with dog poo
The Showtime series has inspired “Dogster."

“The Originals’” Joseph Morgan gets engaged to a former “Vampire Diaries” guest-star
Morgan met Persia White on the set of “The Vampire Diaries.”

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"The Vampire Diaries"

"The Vampire Diaries"

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'Vampire Diaries' recap: Who will survive the new spell in the season finale?

There are old characters and new twists in a complicated episode

Okay, everyone.  Deep breaths. Don't freak out, not yet. This is "The Vampire Diaries," and if we have learned anything from this show it's that dead isn't necessarily forever dead. It might be; I won't sugar coat it. But I won't absolutely believe it until... well, when I hear casting news that suggests a degree of permanence. 

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 3</p>

The "American Idol" Top 3

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 3 Results plus Scotty McCreery performs

Which two singers will compete in next week's finale?

One week from now, Season 13 of "American Idol" will be over. Actually, it will have been over for a day, since "Idol" will be shifting to its usual Tuesday/Wednesday Finale schedule, which allows FOX to slip in the season-closer on the last night of the 2013-2014 Nielsen season. Back when "American Idol" was the Biggest Show In All The Land, that used to be really meaningful.

Now? Meh. But it doesn't hurt.

Tonight's show will feature our Top 3 results, a performance by Scotty McCreery, plus long and tear-filled clip packages about the joys of visiting FOX affiliates in New Hampshire, Michigan and North Carolina.

Settle in and enjoy the hour-long ride...

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