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UPDATED: Foo Fighters tease 'Sonic Highways' HBO series and album: Watch

Dave Grohl narrates new clip

Calling the Foo Fighters’ new album and companion HBO series, “a musical map of America,  Davd Grohl explains the concept behind the band’s decision to record each song in a different studio across the country in a new trailer for “Sonic Highways.”

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<p>Scoot McNairy of &quot;Halt and Catch Fire&quot;</p>

Scoot McNairy of "Halt and Catch Fire"

Credit: AMC

Interview: Scoot McNairy on 'Halt and Catch Fire'

'Monsters' star also says we haven't seen Gareth Edwards' true capabilities yet

Scoot McNairy had a resume of TV guest spots and indie movie roles when he appeared as one of the two leads in the minimalist creature feature "Monsters." The low-budget film didn't exactly set the global box office on fire, but it served as a calling card for its director, Gareth Edwards.

It also positioned McNairy for a run of character actor ubiquity with memorable roles -- if you happened to see the films -- in "Killing Them Softly," "Promised Land" and "Touchy Feely." He has also become a Best Picture lucky charm with important parts in "Argo" and "12 Years a Slave."

McNairy transitions to TV leading man status in Sunday (June 1) night's premiere of AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire."

In the '80s-set computer drama, McNairy plays Gordon Clark, formerly promising computer wizard who has put many of his ambitions on hold to try to live a more stable life with his wife (fellow "Argo" veteran Kerry Bishe) and kids. Frustrated and disappointed at the direction his career has taken, Gordon gets recruited by newly arrived hotshot Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace) for an ethically problematic project that might be his second and last chance.

You've perhaps already seen my chat with Lee Pace about Joe's motivations and his skills.

Now, here's my conversation with McNairy about what drives Gordon, about reuniting with Bishe, about his own technical acumen and about the impact of "Monsters" on his career.

Check out the full Q&A...

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"Orphan Black"
Credit: BBC America

'Orphan Black' recap: Sarah and Mrs. S make a big game move

It's time to shake Rachel to the core, but at what price?

We all knew the discovery of Swan Man would have devastating consequences, though (as usual with "Orphan Black") I couldn't begin to predict what might come to pass. The construction of this episode never felt cavalier, though -- even in one, beautifully random moment that delivered one hell of a shock. 

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Emily Blunt says 'Into the Woods' looks 'absolutely beautiful'

Emily Blunt says 'Into the Woods' looks 'absolutely beautiful'

'Edge of Tomorrow' weighs in on her own singing prowess

LONDON - My dad took me to see "Into the Woods" during its original run in 1988. 

It was my first Broadway show and Stephen Sondheim's twisted take on classic fairy tales has been amongst my favorite musicals ever since. It's full of beautiful, complicated music and I notice new lyrical nuances every time I listened to the soundtrack.

So I wasn't just blowing smoke when I told Emily Blunt that I'm looking forward to Rob Marshall's big screen adaptation, which will premiere this Christmas.

I was talking with Blunt at a London hotel last week about her upcoming action film "Edge of Tomorrow" -- I agree with my colleague Drew McWeeny's enthusiastic review -- and I made sure to slip in an "Into the Woods" query at the end.

"I think we have been very, very loyal to the original musical," Blunt told me. She's playing The Baker's Wife, a role which won Joanna Gleason a Tony and Imelda Staunton an Olivier for the New York and London premieres.

In the snippet above, Blunt talks about Marshall's dark vision for The Woods and the musical chops for a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine and James Corden.

It's clear that she's excited about the movie and I love the little grace note at the end with Blunt geeking out about her interactions with Sondheim.

Stay tuned next week for my full "Edge of Tomorrow" interview, in which Blunt talks about doing action in a weighty suit, killing Tom Cruise (not a spoiler) and her interest in sci-fi-tinged films about fate.

"Edge of Tomorrow" opens on June 6.

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UPDATE: 'Anchorman's' Adam McKay confirms he won't direct 'Ant-Man'

UPDATE: 'Anchorman's' Adam McKay confirms he won't direct 'Ant-Man'

Will Ferrell's longtime partner won't replace Edgar Wright

UPDATE: After we broke the story on Saturday that McKay would in fact not be replacing Edgar Wright as the director of "Ant-Man," the "Anchorman" helmer confirmed our story by tweeting that, although he had indeed met with Marvel about taking on the job, his plate is already too full to commit:

ORIGINAL STORY: With cast and crew already in Atlanta, Marvel Studios is no doubt anxious to try and salvage its big screen version of "Ant-Man."  The shocking departure of Edgar Wright from the project a little over a week ago over the notorious "creative differences" leaving the Disney division scrambling to find another notable helmer to replace him.  Contrary to reports, it will not be Adam McKay.

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Angelina Jolie in "Maleficent"

Angelina Jolie in "Maleficent"

Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Tell us what you thought of 'Maleficent'

Angelina Jolie stars in Disney's big summer fantasy

I haven't seen Disney's "Maleficent" yet so I have no opinion. To go by critics — 50% at Rotten Tomatoes in both the larger compendium and in the "cream of the crop" as well, plus a 56 Metacritic score — it's a divisive affair. In some corners there are even those preferring it to be graded on a curve because it features a female in the lead, while others have bored down to how the story it tells about that female gets at the heart of what's problematic about it being a children's film. Again, I have no take on it, but it's interesting to see the opinions fly from the sidelines.

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'Maleficent' co-star Sam Riley and director Robert Stromberg discuss their Disney hit

'Maleficent' co-star Sam Riley and director Robert Stromberg discuss their Disney hit

What did Riley get from studying birds? And what wouldn't Disney let Stromberg change?

After taking in over $24 million in its Friday (May 30) opening, "Maleficent" is well on its way to being an early summer success for Disney.

Two weeks ago, I sat down with several of the key "Maleficent" players to discuss their revisionist take on "Sleeping Beauty."

Perhaps you may have already check out my chats with Shalto Copley and Elle Fanning.

Here are my last two interviews.

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<p>&quot;The Amazing Race&quot; Season 25</p>

"The Amazing Race" Season 25

Credit: CBS

'Amazing Race' Season 25 cast features 'Survivor' veterans, surfer Bethany Hamilton

'Soul Surfer' author and the other 22 Racers departed on Saturday morning

Bucking years of delayed gratification and withholding, CBS and "The Amazing Race" announced the show's Season 25 cast on Saturday (May 31) morning, just hours after the contestants left the starting line in New York City.

In recent years, it has become an annual tradition for "Amazing Race" enthusiasts to be able to cobble together the identities of between 85 and 100 percent of the teams based on purloined cell phone pictures snapped from airports and outside challenges around the globe, images that were then matched with cryptic tweets and obscure Facebook status updates to the point of near-certainty. Despite those reports, though, CBS reliably waited until weeks before premiere for a full, formal casting announcement. 

The reason for the Season 25 deviation is simple: Rather than picking a starting line in a remote location or at a controllable venue like a stadium, the 11 participating teams left Times Square earlier this morning from the civilian-packed Times Square and there isn't much point in keeping up the pretense of secrecy when you begin the Race in front of thousands of picture-snapping tourists. 

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Interview: Dave & Connor discuss their 'Amazing Race: All-Stars' win
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Interview: Dave & Connor discuss their 'Amazing Race: All-Stars' win

Father-son team celebrates their dominant season and milestone wins.

Whether you love them or wish they'd stop talking about Dave's age, his Achilles and the evils of Brendon & Rachel, you can't deny that Dave & Connor were deserving winners for this "Amazing Race: All-Stars" season.

After having to self-eliminate from their first season after Dave's injury, the father-son team won a whopping six Legs -- they'll be taking tropical vacations together for years to come -- and never really faced any serious jeopardy. Did they do anything impressive in that Final Leg to win? Not really. But they got to Phil Keoghan first and that's all that matters.

In the process, they became the first parent-child team to win "The Amazing Race" and Dave, as he mentioned so frequently, became the oldest individual winner. 

In their exit interview, which finally concludes my spring reality exit interviews, Dave & Connor discuss their comfortable "Amazing Race" triumph, Dave talks about his age and they explain why Brendon & Rachel ticked them off so much.

Click through for the fill Q&A...

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<p>This &quot;Constantine&quot; pilot picture remains very pretty.</p>

This "Constantine" pilot picture remains very pretty.

Credit: NBC

DVR Gridlock 2014-15: Friday Nights

'The Amazing Race' and 'Constantine' will try to shake things up

[As is my recent tradition, over the next six days, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. It also assumes that you/I only have a dual tuner DVR (plus occasional access to a Slingbox on ET. Check out last year's DVR Gridlock installments and the DVR Gridlock segments for 2012.]

FRIDAY NIGHTS

8:00 p.m.
ABC: "Last Man Standing," "Cristela"
CBS: "The Amazing Race"
The CW: "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"
FOX: "MasterChef Junior"
NBC: "Dateline"


9:00 p.m. 
ABC: "Shark Tank"
CBS: "Hawaii Five-0"
The CW: "America's Next Top Model"
FOX: "Utopia"
NBC: "Grimm"


10:00 p.m. 
ABC: "20/20"
CBS: "Blue Bloods"
NBC: "Constantine"

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LeVar Burton is now hoping to reach $5M with his 'Reading Rainbow' Kickstarter

LeVar Burton is now hoping to reach $5M with his “Reading Rainbow” Kickstarter
"Here’s the thing,” he tells EW. "We sat around last night and figured out that if we got to 5 million dollars — yesterday, at about this time, we got to 2.5 million dollars — if we could go twice as high and get to 5 million, that gets us, by anyone’s definition, universal access. Because that means Android, done. Mobile, done. So 5 million gets us all on those platforms, and it gives us the opportunity to give the school product to 7,500 classrooms. Free of charge.”


Is Bryan Cranston ruining “Breaking Bad” by teasing a Walter White comeback?
Cranston is ruining a “perfectly good ending” by starting a “wildfire among fans,” says Ben Travers, who speculates that Cranston may have been trying to build Emmy buzz for the final season — though "Cranston doesn't seem like the type of guy to go trolling for awards.”


NFL is being urged to drop the “L” from “Super Bowl L”
The 50th Super Bowl in 2016 is using the Roman numeral "L," and the San Francisco host committee would rather call it "Super Bowl 50." PLUS: NBC is asking a record-breaking $4.5 million for a 30-second Super Bowl spot.


Is “Game of Thrones” important TV?
"The answer is yes,” says Jack Hamilton, "and precisely for its unreality, its joyful hostility toward anything like allegory, commentary, or social relevance. Much like 'Star Wars' and Hogwarts and other great Neverlands, 'Game of Thrones' doesn’t hold a mirror to anything. It is aggressively false, a work of far-fetched imagination so intricate and finely realized it becomes compelling on its own terms, disorienting and dazzling us in the ways that only the best storytelling can.” PLUS: Pedro Pascal previews the fight: "He's 6-foot-9; I'm 5-foot-11,” who are the “GoT’s” counterparts on “The Wire”?, watch a video of “GoT” stars before they were famous, inside the real King’s Landing in Croatia, Sophie Turner didn’t like her Season 2 performance, Maisie Williams gives Vine tips, and why “GoT” needs more mature sex scenes.


Larry Wilmore’s “The Minority Report” will use nightly panels to help find new talent for Comedy Central
The general concept is Larry will be the anchor of the show and the first act will likely be Larry's take on the news of the day or cultural hot topics of the moment,” says Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless. “Then [there will be] a panel. The panel will be the second act, we'll likely have a guest interacting with the panel in the third act.”


Ridley Scott’s “Galyntine” adds Peter Fonda
He’ll play a survivor on the technology-less sci-fi fantasy pilot set in a postapocalyptic future.


Infographic shows that “Doctor Who” has become sexist under Steven Moffat
University students studied every episode of the new “Who” to see if they passed the Bechdel test — Do 2 female characters, with names, talk to each other about something other than men? Under Moffat, only 57% of the “Doctor Who” episodes past the test, compared to 89% under Russell T. Davies.


Will overspeculation hurt “True Detective’s” 2nd season?
Fans speculating on Twitter for big-name actors may be disappointed by a lesser-known casting.


Chelsea Handler is said to want Khloe Kardashian to replace her on E!, or one of her female regulars
"She wants to see a woman remain in late night,” a source close to the “Chelsea Lately” star tell NY Daily News.


Rob Schneider wants his self-made “Real Rob” sitcom to be the “comedy ‘House of Cards’"
Schneider is doing standup to pay for the sitcom, an offshoot of the "¡Rob!” sitcom that CBS canceled two years ago.


Emmys shouldn’t pit sketch shows vs. late-night shows, says “Comedy Bang! Bang!” star
“The steamrolling behemoths from late night” have too often dominated the variety series category, says Scott Aukerman, leaving little room for shows like “Portlandia,” “Key and Peele,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Kroll Show,” as well as his show. His solution: split the categories.


“Mad Men’s” Matthew Weiner: “Now I have all the anxiety of, is this the right ending?”
Days after the midseason finale, Weiner talks about finally completing the final episode over Memorial Day Weekend, plus he goes into detail of Robert Morse’s musical number and Stanley Kubrick’s influence on him. PLUS: How Don Draper will die, DVR viewers boost midseason finale, the most random old TV stars to appear on “Mad Men,” Jay and Lou talked Shakespeare, and was there an O.J. Simpson reference?


Nathaniel Buzolic returning to “The Originals”
He’ll reprise his role as Kol Mikaelson in a Season 2 flashback.


Tom Bergeron reunites with his FX “Breakfast Time” co-stars
It’s the 20th anniversary of the FX morning show that ran from 1994 to 1996.


The canceled “Enlisted” is being shopped to other networks as it returns to the Fox lineup
The final four episodes of the canceled military comedy begin airing on Sunday. "These are the best four episodes we did,” says creator Kevin Biegel, adding: "If we can get even a slightly decent rating we can show a new home that this show has a real fan base.”


“The Wire’s” Sonja Sohn joins “The Originals”
She’ll play a witch on the CW series.


Bill Hader is back Sunday with more of “TCM Essentials Jr.”
The “SNL” alum will things off with “Bringing Up Baby."


History channel orders a Knights Templar miniseries
The four-hour project will tell the origins of the mystic medieval Christian order.


BJ Novak unveils his new children’s book
“The Book With No Pictures” has absolutely no pictures.


Harry Hamlin: I ended up on TV because I played gay on the big screen
The “Mad Men” star says his 1981 film “Making Love” effectively ended his movie career.


CBS tried out 22 potential “Late Late Show” hosts in 2004 — they should do that again!
Everybody from Rosie Perez to Jason Alexander to David Duchovny hosted for two to three nights at a time, before CBS settled on Craig Ferguson as Craig Kilborn’s replacement.


Jon Lovitz compares “SNL” and “Sing Your Face Off”
Unlike the ABC reality show, Lovitz said he and his castmates felt like every week was an audition on “SNL.”


HBO boss gave up on “Lost” after 1 season, but sought Damon Lindelof for “The Leftovers” anyway
"'Lost’ had a big and loyal and robust and smart, passionate audience until the very end,” says Michael Lombardo, HBO’s chief of programming. “I mean, how many serialized shows do that? Most shows peter out, they end with a whimper.”


Ellen DeGeneres urges her UK fans to vote for her fave act on “Britain’s Got Talent”
She’s become obsessed with the rapping children’s duo of Bars and Melody.


“The Wendy Williams Show” will air for the 2nd summer in a row
New episodes will be produced in June and July.


Have TV’s antiheroes become too dark?
There may be an “empathy conflict” with the antiheroes on shows like “The Following” and “Hannibal."


“My Granny The Escort” airs on British TV
The Channel 4 documentary tells “a frank and intimate portrait of three mature British women who sell sex.”


Tumblr blog tells you which episodes to skip when binging on past shows
For instance, you can easily skip 70 of the 156 “West Wing” episodes.


Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate hideaway recreated on “Alpha House”
The hideway was rebuilt on a soundstage in Queens, using an old interview for reference.


Check out images from “The Book of Negroes”
The BET miniseries Aunjanue Ellis, Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lyriq Bent.


Here’s ranking every season of “Friends,” “Seinfeld,” “Lost,” “The Sopranos” and more
Here’s the “Correct Ranking of Seasons” also for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “ER,” “Gilmore Girls,” “The Wire” and “The West Wing.”


American comic Rob Delaney lands a UK sitcom role
He’ll co-star with “Pulling’s” Sharon Horgan on “Catastrophe,” playing an American who falls in love with an Irish woman.


The 25 Most Powerful TV shows of the past 25 years
From “Melrose Place” to “Glee” to “SpongeBob SquarePants.”


Chance the Rapper covers the “Arthur” theme song
Watch his performance at the Sasquatch! Music Festival.


Lacey Chabert stars in “The Color of Rain” on Hallmark Channel
The “Party of Five” alum loses a husband to cancer in this tear-jerker of a movie, airing Saturday.


“Derek” is back: Ricky Gervais’ charming and honest endeavor
Season 2 is up on Netflix today.


Edward Snowden should watch “Person of Interest” and “The Good Wife”
They have themes he may like after rejecting Season 2 of “The Wire.”


Blogger creates “Simpsons”-inspired food recipes
Make yourself some Homer’s D’Oh-nuts, or The Flaming Homer.


DIY’s “Renovation Realities”: It’s fun to watch people fail
The long-running home renovation reality show is notable because there’s nothing to reveal, except excuses.


“Chuck’s” Sarah Lancaster joins Kelly McGillis in "Love Finds You In Sugarcreek”
The UP TV movie, airing Sunday, also stars Tom Everett Scott.


“Survivor: Panama” champ Aras Baskauskas becomes a dad
He welcomed a son on Thursday.


John Malkovich is knowingly slumming it on NBC’s “Crossbones”
It is Malkovich’s acting ability that holds the Blackbeard drama up. As Willa Paskin notes, “presumably, John Malkovich could headline a series on HBO. So when you see him in NBC’s ‘Crossbones,' which premieres Friday night, strutting around wearing tropical-weight drop-crotch pantaloons in an allegedly 19th-century cabana that looks like a Club Med—except for the flayed corpse where the coffee table should be—know that he must have really, really wanted to play a pirate.” PLUS: Malkovich explains why he’s not wearing a beard, “Crossbones” is too lifeless to capitalize on Malkovich’s talents, Malkovich is perfectly suited for this role, the cast is mostly British and good, and “CSI” was the only TV job Malkovich would consider before “Crossbones” came along.


AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” tries to reverse-engineer “Mad Men,” and appears to succeed
“The pilot moves with a kind of confidence that’s hard to fake,” says By Todd VanDerWerff. "It has a destination in mind, and while it can take its time getting there, every single scene has a purpose and point on its way toward that destination. This is entertaining TV, and it’s made more entertaining by the sense that all involved are going to make this ride as comfortable as possible. Yet the pilot keeps bumping up against those 'Mad Men' comparisons, which extend beyond the period setting or high-pressure business environment.” PLUS: It has a triumphant pilot — but pilots lie and AMC wouldn’t release other episodes to critics, “Halt” shows real spark with a terrific cast, “Halt” is hard to follow and hard to care about, the fresh premise results in a show that is formulaic with stock characters, "Halt” is worth watching thanks to Lee Pace, and Lee Pace talks returning to TV after “Pushing Daisies."

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Mariah Carey

Will Coldplay lock Mariah Carey out of the top spot on next week's album chart?

'The Elusive Chanteuse' is off to a slow start

 

A strong debut is proving elusive for Mariah Carey’s new album, “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse.”

As of Friday, it looked like “Chanteuse” will sell no more than 60,000 copies in its first week, making it the superstar’s lowest non-holiday studio album opening week in the Nielsen SoundScan era. The chart closes at midnight on Sunday. By comparison, here last studio album, 2009’s “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,” sold 168,000 in its first week.

If there’s any good news for Carey, it’s that, despite its lackluster sales, “Chanteuse” will likely debut at No. 3, the same rank as “Memoirs,” according to Billboard.

Otherwise, Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” and Brantley Gilbert’s “Just As I Am” sell enough copies to hold at No. 1 (85,000) and No. 2 (65,000).

In addition to Carey—who if she surges could bow at No. 2— other debuts in the Top 10 are Austin Mahone’s EP, “The Secret” at No. 5 (47,000) and Crowder’s “Neon Steeple” at No. 10. Crowder is David Crowder, former lead singer for Christian rock band The David Crowder Band.

As far as the rest of the Top 10, “Frozen” will be at No. 4 (55,000), “Now 50” at No. 6 (35,000), Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” at No. 7 (35,000), The Black Keys’ “Turn Blue” at No. 8 (32,000), and Izzy Azalea’s “The New Classic” (17,000), according to Hits Daily Double.

Possibly shaking the lower tier of the Top 10 could be new albums from Cher Lloyd, “Sorry I’m Late,” and Royksopp and Robyn, “Do It Again.”

 

 

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