Midnight movies can be a mixed bag at the Cannes Film Festival -- some are curios that go on to become genuine cult items, some simply sneak back to the place from whence they came and are never heard from again. The star factor alone of "The Salvation," selected for this year's festival, suggests it won't entirely disappear on us, but it does look to be a somewhat unusual hybrid: a 19th-century Old West revenge yarn with a distinct European slant, not least in the casting of Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green and, uh, Eric Cantona.
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Back in March, Comedy Central stunned me in a very good way with "Review" (aka "Review with Forrest MacNeil"), starring Andy Daly as a milquetoast "reviewer of life" who will try any experience his audience requests, from drug addiction to becoming a racist. It was both a superb showcase for the incredibly game Daly, but dark and brilliant and hilarious in the ways in which each stunt and episode built on what had come before, so that it became clear this was about a man whose job was destroying his life. The fourth episode, which opens with Forrest being asked to eat 15 pancakes in one sitting, remains the single funniest half hour on television so far this year, and I remain skeptical that anything anywhere will be able to beat it. (It's embedded below.)
The finale aired last night, and I have a few thoughts on it, the first season as a whole, and what if anything the future might bring for poor Forrest, coming up just as soon as I invent a time-locked muzzle to keep overweight people from snacking...
Now that Craig Ferguson is the latest host to be leaving late night, having announced his plans to "consciously uncouple" from his CBS show, a lot of names are already being bandied about to replace him. Oddly enough, not many of them are women -- a phenomenon we most recently saw when David Letterman announced his retirement last month.
Yes, I know, the Travelers are breathing down our doppelgangers' necks like racewalking hipsters with boundary issues, Enzo is messing with everyone far more than a ghost really should be allowed to mess, and Tyler is in big, big trouble. But hey, Delena!
This afternoon, I did a strange thing. I retweeted Ryan Seacrest.
But how could I not?
Something happens tonight on Idol that I've never seen happen in all the years... #IdolTwist— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) May 1, 2014
I mean... Isn't your interest piqued? Mine sure is.
The problem: What could he possibly be referring to that he could already know about? He could know that tonight's result is shocking, but he couldn't know how anybody might react. So could he just be referring to, I dunno, a particularly brazen Ford commercial? Or somebody random dueling with Keith Urban?
Yup. After Ryan Seacrest's tweet, Thursday's (May 1) "American Idol" results show is sure to be disappointing.
Way to raise expectations, Ryan!
Full live-blog after the break...
Louis CK tells Letterman: “The fact that you’re leaving really sucks balls”
Letterman then noted that Louis CK just made history: “Louis, no one on this program, either over at NBC or here, has ever used the expression ‘sucks balls,'" said Dave.
“Glee’s” Naya Rivera dropped by her record label
Columbia Records has dumped the “Glee” star amid reports that she has been let go from the Fox drama. UPDATE: Rivera's rep denies she was dropped by her record label.
“The Big Bang Theory” shocker, explained
For tonight’s episode, producers had to give a "quick primer" on "Star Wars."
Study: Most “HIMYM” viewers had a positive reaction to the series finale
Data analysis of Twitter users found that the negative reaction to the finale was overblown.
Jon Hamm has trouble with the "weird names" on “Game of Thrones,” says he’s watching “Mad Men” alone on DVR
Hamm tells Bill Simmons he sometimes struggles to keep up with his HBO timeslot competitor because of all the “weird names.” Hamm also says he gets to watch the "Mad Men" episodes when everybody else does. But since his longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt is in New York, he’s watching this season alone. Hamm also says “it makes sense” that “Mad Men’s” viewership has dwindled down to its “hardcore” fans, saying it’s like the reverse of what happened to “Breaking Bad.”
Netflix’s lack of viewership data throws a wrench into negotiations
How do cast members negotiate for a raise if they don’t know how many people are actually watching?
“Vikings” creator likens “Game of Thrones” to "soft porn”
"'Game of Thrones' is a very, very different show,” says Michael Hirst. "It is a fantasy show, and it has a lot of things which are very appealing to an audience. It is soft porn, and it has a lot of gratuitous stuff in it, but it’s still very well-written and I don’t — you know, I don’t watch it because I don’t ever want to be accused of being influenced by it.”
Why not pick Anna Kendrick to replace Anna Kendrick?
CBS could really shake up late-night with somebody as multi-talented as Kendrick.
“House of Cards” is a good show to binge on while folding laundry, but don’t give it your full attention
Because the Netflix series reveals its flaws when you approach it as a critical viewer. PLUS: Watch a preview of “House of Cards” on “The Writers’ Room."
MTV launching a PSA to address race, gender, LGBT issues
Check out the new “Look Different” campaign.
David Spade credits “Just Shoot Me” for much of his success
"If I didn't have 'Just Shoot Me,' I wouldn't have had a lot of stuff,” Spade writes in a Reddit AMA. "I would have never gotten a cover of Rolling Stone, I never would have gotten the house I had, and I got to work with fun people and do a show that I was proud of.” PLUS: Spade questions Stephen Colbert’s move to CBS, and Jimmy Fallon gets Spade to talk about his first appearance with Johnny Carson.
Edward James Olmos criticizes Jennifer Lopez for not dedicating herself to her culture
“She’s done a lot of things but she hasn’t dedicated herself to her culture, and that’s very important to me,” says Olmos, who worked with J.Lo on the 1997 Selena movie.
“Downton Abbey” star to record an album of poetry devoted to World War I
Jim Carter and his wife are working on "Centenary: Words & Music Of The Great War.”
“Chrisley Knows Best” star wanted for allegedly attacking his baby mama
Police say Kyle Chrisley assaulted his baby mama and threatened her sister with a knife.
VH1 will live-stream 24 bands competing in a 25-hour battle of the bands competition
“Make a Band Famous” will give the last band standing a recording contract.
Tia Mowry files lawsuit involving her $108,000 Twitter deal
The “Instant Mom” star claims her agent took most of the money she was set to receive for tweeting sponsored tweets.
TV writers tell how “Hill Street Blues” influenced them
"'Hill Street Blues' was the first TV show that I perceived as being 'good' in terms of quality, not just entertainment,” says “Bones” creator Hart Hanson.
Donald Sterling yells at George Costanza
Check out this “Seinfeld” mashup created by Adult Swim.
“SNL’s” Stefon is seemingly inspiring writers of NYC nightlife
Recent reviews have been “curiously Stefon-y."
It’s “The Mindy Project” drinking game
Take a sip if someone mentions a rom-com.
Andy Daly: Every “Review” assignment Forrest MacNeil gets is full of hope
"There’s always reason to think that something might finally break his way,” he says.
Check out AMC’s ‘80s-themed “Halt and Catch Fire” poster
“The Battle for CTRL Begins."
The Oregonian critiques “Portlandia”
The Portland-based newspaper didn’t love the “gutter-punk” sketch, but did approve the “Celery” episode.
This summer, we're going to be taking a look at the summer movie season from a number of different angles. Kristopher Tapley put up a great piece yesterday about his favorite summer movie summer, back in 1989, and you can expect three more of those. We also just posted a gallery of people we think have a chance at being breakout stars by the time September rolls around.
But each month, we're also going to be taking a look at people who are at a crossroads, people who are having defining moments, people who are either on the wane or on the rise, and we're going to spotlight them. We're going to look at the stakes for them this summer, and how this could change things for them.
TV Land renews “Hot in Cleveland”
“Cleveland” will return with a 24-episode 6th season.
“Scandal’s” president will be among the attendees at the White House Correspondents Dinner
Among the guests at this year’s dinner: Tony Goldwyn, Connie Britton, Dean Norris, Mae Whitman, AnnaSophia Robb, Michael Shannon and Jeffrey Tambor.
Brian Williams’ wish of rapping “Rollout” comes true
PorterHouse Media, not Jimmy Fallon’s people, created the NBC Newsman’s latest rapping video.
Check out a "WWE Raw" script
WWE wrestling matches are scripted like a TV show.
“Little People, Big World” star gets engaged
Zach Roloff, 23, may get a TLC special out of his engagement.
The season finale of "Vikings" is a rough, bloody endeavor that's not for the faint of heart. But then, if you're watching this show, you're not likely to fall into that category anyway. Even so, Ragnar's legion fans will have a hard time not squirming out of their seats or screaming at their television sets. It is, in a word, intense.
Weather Channel to host a “GMA” reunion on Friday
Josh Elliott and Sam Champion will appear together fort the first time since their “Good Morning America” days.
HBO taps Queen Latifah to play iconic blues singer Bessie Smith
She’ll star in and exec produce a biopic on the “Empress of the Blues.”
David Chase would be interested in a "Sopranos” prequel, still flirts with the idea of doing a movie
“A lot of people have talked to me about it, and frankly I still flirt with the idea sometimes,” Chase said when asked about a "Sopranos" movie last night at a Museum of the Moving Image panel in NYC. "But if I had a really great way to do it, I would do maybe a prequel. Somebody gave me a book about Newark in the 1920s about gangsters in Newark. That kind of interests me but not enough that I would have done it.”
Golf Digest puts Jimmy Fallon on its cover to attract younger readers
“Golf is my meditation,” says “The Tonight Show” host, who doesn’t consider himself a golfer. See Fallon's photo shoot.
“Bates Motel” talk show is coming back for the Season 2 finale
"Bates Motel: After Hours” last aired after the season premiere.
Watch the trailer for USA’s “Satisfaction”
“The Glades” alum Matt Passmore stars in a “modern love story."
Watch Andi Dorfman as “The Bachelorette”
Here’s the first look at Dorfman’s season, premiering May 19.
“One Tree Hill” vet Tyler Hilton joins “Extant”
He’ll play the chief coder on the CBS drama from Steven Spielberg.
Here’s how much time it takes to binge-watch your favorite shows
Nielsen has released a chart, titled: “Just How Long is a TV Marathon?"
"Enlisted," one of this TV season's best new comedies — and easily its most star-crossed — has been in limbo for more than a month. The last new episode of the military sitcom aired in late March, and though FOX promised that the remaining four episodes would air at some point, possibly in a more favorable timeslot, it's not anywhere on the schedule for May — meaning that they'll air after FOX has already made its decision about what shows to renew and cancel.
Adult Swim renews “Children’s Hospital”
Rob Corddry’s comedy will be back for a 6th season.
Jason Priestley’s memoir details Shannen Doherty’s diva antics, and recalls roommate Brad Pitt
Priestley recalls his “Beverly Hills 90210” sister complaining that Fox sent her to the airport in a town car, not a limo.
Isaiah Washington was a “nervous wreck” his first day back at “Grey’s Anatomy”
Even Sandra Oh noticed that Washington was nervous. "He’s a prepared, energized actor and he was ready to play,” she says. “I will say, though, he was nervous.”
Craig Ferguson’s successor won’t be decided soon
Unlike the Stephen Colbert decision, CBS will take its time as names like Aisha Tyler, Michael Ian Black and Joel McHale are being floated for “The Late Late” spot.
Former NBA Commissioner David Stern makes an unusual Letterman appearance
Watch him not comment on L.A. Clippers owner David Sterling.
Chris Rock: "JB Smoove should have a late night show”
“He’s the funniest,” Rock says of the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star and “SNL” alum.
Watch Shannen Doherty in her Animal Planet movie “Attack of the Killer Lampreys”
"Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys” stars Doherty and Christopher Lloyd.
NBC pitting Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” vs. Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” for Emmys
The Peacock is doing what it did in 2010, when it submitted both Conan O’Brien’s and Leno’s “Tonight Shows” for Emmy consideration.
See the trailer for Steven Bochco’s “Murder in the First”
The TNT drama features Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson as homicide detectives who are investigating two unrelated murders that turn out to be related.
“Wheel of Fortune” fan with Tourette's and Asperger's Syndrome got to compete last night
Trent Girone, who began watching “Wheel” at age 2 didn’t win. But his appearance was “A smashing success."
Kristen Chenoweth to play Maleficent in Disney Channel’s “Descendents”
She’ll play the classic "Sleeping Beauty” villain in the film directed by Kenny Ortega.
“SNL’s" Debbie Downer turns 10
Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of “Mean Girls.” And today is the 10th anniversary of 17-year-old Lindsay Lohan hosting “SNL” for the 1st time — and breaking character in the Debbie Downer sketch.
“Breaking Bad” alum David Costabile joins “The Unit’s” Regina Taylor on USA’s “Dig”
They’ll co-star with Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche in the archaeology conspiracy event series.
Watch the Season 2 trailer for Ricky Gervais’ “Derek”
“Derek” returns on Netflix on May 30.