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E! extends Giuliana Rancic for 2 more years

E! extends Giuliana Rancic for 2 more years
Rancic will continue in her role as E! News anchor, plus she’ll continue doing her various other E! shows.


Facebook’s mobile app can now recognize TV shows playing nearby
The app can recognize a TV show within 15 seconds, allowing users to tell their Facebook friends what they’re watching — without spoilers.


“Dancing’s” Len Goodman: “Hopefully” I’ll be back next season
Goodman, whose contract is up, said during the show, "This might be my last season, and if it is, I couldn't wish for a better dance to watch to finish up with.” Backstage, though, Goodman said when a PA told him he wished he’d be back, responded: “Hopefully I will.” PLUS: Maksim has not decided if he’ll return.


Watch the trailer for the Roger Ebert documentary
“Life Itself” premieres on video on demand and in theaters on July 4.


“Mad Men’s” James Wolk responds to the fake “Benson” spinoff
He also talked about juggling this week’s episode while working on “The Crazy Ones.”


Ex-“Idol” finalist has been an “Idol” backup singer all season
Season 8’s Allison Iraheta has been spending all season singing backup for Rickey Minor’s band. "This guy has been paying my rent,” she says. PLUS: Tonight’s finale will feature all judges performing together for the first time.

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"Kodiak"

"Kodiak"

Credit: Discovery

Exclusive clip: 'Kodiak' explores the spiritual side of killing

For this family, taking the life of an animal is not to be taken lightly

Hunting bears and other wildlife in Alaska is a dangerous job -- but in this exclusive clip from "Kodiak" (airing Wed. at 10:00 p.m. on Discovery), the Cusack family gets into another drawback to living on the wild side -- the emotional kickback.

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Bill Hader is coming to HBO

Bill Hader is coming to HBO
The “SNL” alum has signed an exclusive deal to create and star in his own HBO series.

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<p>&quot;Jauja&quot;</p>

"Jauja"

Credit: Cannes Film Festival

Review: Viggo Mortensen is lost in the wilderness of the impenetrable 'Jauja'

Shape-shifting art film will delight Lisandro Alonso's admirers, and few others

CANNES - "Did you see the Lisandro Alonso?!" came the eager text from a friend not in Cannes, mere minutes after I had, indeed, seen Alonso's "Jauja" -- an Argentine western turned existential comedy turned, well, any number of alternate-dimension subgenres. I  envied him his excitement. Alonso has built up a fiercely devoted band of admirers with his opaque brand of slow-cinema puzzle picture, as demonstrated in the likes of "Liverpool" and "Los Muertos"; for those of us who have never gained access to that club, "Jauja" is unlikely to bring us much closer. Intermittently playful, consistently confounding, finally petrified, it's a film of fussy, cultivated austerity; Alonsolytes will debate what it's hiding, while others will suggest "an actual movie" as the answer.

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'I Wanna Marry Harry' bombs

“I Wanna Marry Harry” bombs
Just 2.1 million viewers watched the fake Prince Harry reality show. PLUS: “The Voice” hits a finale low, while “Dancing” was down.


“The Shield’s” Michael Jace and his family were considered “The Huxtables on the block”
Neighbors say they are shocked by the events that took place on Monday night.


“Sharknado 2” will debut worldwide within the same day
Syfy will roll out the “Sharknado” sequel in 86 countries within 24 hours of the U.S. premiere.


Glenn Howerton had “a lot of fun” filming last night’s “Fargo”
Last night’s episode fulfilled a childhood dream.


HBO shows hit Amazon Prime
“The Sopranos,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Blood” are among the offerings now available.


Jon Stewart rails against Philly food
Watch “The Daily Show” host melt down over Ryne Samberg’s claim he got food poisoning from Shake Shack.

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<p>One of these people won &quot;The Voice&quot; last night</p>

One of these people won "The Voice" last night

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Dancing,' 'Voice' finales lead Tuesday while 'Supernatural' tops FOX's 'Harry'

It's a weak start to the Season 13 finale for 'American Idol'

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

The season finales for "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Voice" didn't exactly soar, but they still helped ABC rule Tuesday overall and NBC win the night among young viewers.

"The Voice" and "Dancing" were down 25 percent and 11 percent respectively from last spring's finales .

Actually, the only thing doing bigger-than-normal numbers on Tuesday was The CW's "Supernatural" finale, as FOX's "American Idol" stumbled for its performance finale and the network's "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" proved to be neither the next "Joe Millionaire" nor even the next "The Next Joe Millionaire."

[The CW had a baseball preemption in Chicago, but still should easily top "I Wanna Marry 'Harry.'"]

CBS also struggled with a pair of primetime specials, though "Judge Judy Primetime" was still more successful than "Harry."

Combined with "Riot," "Harry" represents a second consecutive mega-dud of a summer premiere for FOX, which has to be mighty excited about the returns of "So You Think You Can Dance" and "MasterChef."

On to the numbers...

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HBO, Jessica Chastain shoot down 'True Detective' report

HBO, Jessica Chastain shoot down “True Detective” report
Chastain’s reps say she’s not doing the series, while HBO says she was never offered the role.


“Community’s” Gillian Jacobs joins “Girls”
She’ll recur in Season 4, starting with Episode 5, as a character named Mimi-Rose in an episode titled “Mimi-Rose.”


Chris Bukowski: “The Bachelorette” staged my “surprise” appearance
"They made it seem like they didn't know I was coming, but they knew,” he tells TMZ.


Report: Rachel Bilson is pregnant
The “Hart of Dixie” star is expecting her first child with boyfriend Hayden Christensen, according to Us Weekly.


Stephen Colbert grills “Mad Men’s” Matthew Weiner
Is he ending the AMC series because he’s afraid of ‘70s fashion?


Conan O’Brien takes a samurai sword to the gut
Watch his fake stabbing.


Seth Meyers apologizes for his ‘90s hair
And his ‘90s goatee.

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Abdul-Khalim Mamatsuiev and Berenice Bejo in "The Search."
Abdul-Khalim Mamatsuiev and Berenice Bejo in "The Search."
Credit: Cannes Film Festival

Review: Hazanavicius goes serious – and seriously wrong – in 'The Search'

The director of 'The Artist' follows Oscar success with a lumbering war film

CANNES - At the risk of being unkind about a filmmaker who delighted me (and many others) so unequivocally with his last feature, it's probably tempting fate to open any film with the words, "What is this piece of shit?” That's not an entirely fair assessment of “The Search,” Michel Hazanavicius' follow-up to his unlikely, Oscar-garlanded 2011 hit “The Artist,” but it does roughly sum up the jaded bafflement with which it was received by journalists in Cannes this morning. A stiff, lumbering humanitarian drama that works obtusely and tirelessly against its director's spryest skills, it's proof positive that good intentions pave not only the road to hell, but the one to dreary mediocrity as well.

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Who are the real Oscar contenders from Cannes 2014 so far?

Who are the real Oscar contenders from Cannes 2014 so far?

Gregory Ellwood and Guy Lodge discuss 'Foxcatcher' and 'The Homesman'

CANNES - After today's disappointing screening of Michel Hazanavicius' "The Search," there is little doubt it's been a weak year for Oscar at Cannes. There are only two more days left for the Competition titles and no one is expecting Ken Loach's "Jimmy's Hall," Xavier Dolan's "Mommy," Olivier Assayas' "Sils Maria" (well, maybe) or possible Palme d'Or crasher "Leviathan" to become major awards season players.  

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<p>Jeffrey Katzenberg meets the paparazzi at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.</p>

Jeffrey Katzenberg meets the paparazzi at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Credit: AP Photo

Jeffrey Katzenberg on 'Dragon' sequels and how Marvel is DreamWorks' new competition

A very frank competition with the animation pioneer

CANNES - Jeffrey Katzenberg had quite the Cannes. "How To Train Your Dragon 2" played out of competition with a standing ovation from the festival faithful and he found himself awarded Commander of the Order Of Arts And Letters by the French government. It all coincides with the 20th Anniversary of DreamWorks (although DreamWorks' first animated film didn't arrive until 1998) and was some welcome good news for Katzenberg and DWA.

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"The Real Housewives of New York City"

"The Real Housewives of New York City"

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'Real Housewives of New York City': Should Kristen just get over it?

Ramona is cornered, but do you buy her apology?

There are many things I like about Kristen, really there are, but she has to stop giving us That Face. You know the one I'm talking about. Her eyes bug out and her mouth drops open as if she's magically been turned into a large mouth bass or a baby hippopotamus. She simply can't BELIEVE things! She lives in a nearly constant state of shock. No wonder Ramona whipped a glass at her. 

In the Berkshires, there is yoga and farting. That is all we're going to say about that. 

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<p>&quot;Survivor&quot; host Jeff Probst</p>

"Survivor" host Jeff Probst

Credit: CBS

Interview: Jeff Probst discusses the 'Survivor: Cagayan' season

Veteran host discusses Tony, the Tyler Perry Idol and his own evolving job

It's been a few years since I've talked with Jeff Probst either before a "Survivor" season or before a finale and I'd forgotten that I probably needed to request three or four hours as an interview time. Jeff Probst is in his 28th season of hosting "Survivor" and he still loves talking about the game, talking about his favorite players and the constant surprise that each season brings.

You may not agree with his take on things -- I tend to root more for the underdogs, while Probst's love and admiration for certain Alpha Dog contestants is famous/notorious -- but you can't doubt his passion, even if it's for something like this season's all-power Tyler Perry Idol, which has been the source of ample grumbling on my weekly recaps.

Tony, the finder of the Tyler Perry Idol, is a Jeff Probst kinda "Survivor" player, while death-cheating Spencer is the guy I tend to root for, but in this interview, we amply discuss what makes good "Survivor" drama. 

There were lots and lots of things I didn't get to in this interview and I'll try to request a longer block next time we get to talk, but it's still a good 20 minutes of Probst discussing the first All-Star-free "Survivor" season in recent years, his own shifting role as host, Tony's allure as a potential returning player, Amanda Kimmel's near-misses and what his quid pro quo will be from Tyler Perry.

Click through for the full Q&A. And check back for all of my "Survivor: Cagayan" interviews in the week after the finale...

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