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George R.R. Martin defends 'Game of Thrones’' controversial scene, which was altered from the book

George R.R. Martin defends “Game of Thrones’” controversial scene, which was altered from the book
The book, Martin points out, is from Jaime’s point of view. He also notes that the TV series is operating on a different timeline, adding that "the scene was always intended to be disturbing.” PLUS: The director of last night’s episode never read the scene in the book.


John Turturro will take over James Gandolfini’s role on HBO’s “Criminal Justice”
Turturro will take over for Robert De Niro, who took on the role following Gandolfini’s death last year. Gandolfini starred in the pilot of the legal miniseries, playing a defense attorney.


Shonda Rhimes to deliver Dartmouth’s commencement speech
Like Mindy Kaling, the “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” honcho is a graduate of the Ivy League school.

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Jack White
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Jack White careens through new track, 'Lazaretto'

He just increased your vocabulary by one word

Jack White’s songs often sounds like they could come unhinged at any moment and “Lazaretto,” the title track to his new album, out June 10, is no exception.  

“Lazaretto” opens with a funky stomp, as White sings that “every single bone in my brain is electric.” That’s a medical impossibility, but we get what he’s going for. As usual, there’s some woman that’s causing him trouble. “When I say nothing, I say everything,” he sings as he laments being quarantined on “The Isle of Man,” or maybe in this case, it should be lower case man, as he sings about the war between the sexes (or so we think; some of the words are indecipherable).

The song then goes into a fuzzy, lacerating guitar solo as a bridge into the second part, a Who-like, high-energy blast about closing the doors of the prison. That part only lasts for about 30 seconds, before the last portion is a fiddle-based, high-octane fizzy rock instrumental.

In other words, it’s all over the place and, yet, somehow hangs together with duct tape, White’s distinctive vocal, and guitar shredding.  “Lazaretto” is more frenetic and less blues-based than “High Ball Stepper,” an instrumental track from “Lazaretto” released earlier this month.

By the way, the official definition of lazaretto is a quarantine station for travelers by sea.

As we previously reported, White recorded a live, mono version of “Lazaretto” and manufactured and distributed it Saturday (April 19) as part of Record Store Day in an effort to set the record for World’s Fastest Released Record. We’re not sure exactly who held the old record.

The single, "Lazaretto," will be available via iTunes April 22.

Track listing for “Lazaretto”

1. Three Women
2. Lazaretto
3. Temporary Ground
4. Would You Fight For My Love?
5. High Ball Stepper
6. Just One Drink
7. Alone In My Home
8. Entitlement
9. That Black Bat Licorice
10. I Think I Found The Culprit
11. Want And Able

 

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Captains Johnathan Hillstrand and Bill "Wild Bill" Wichrowski

"Deadliest Catch" captains Johnathan Hillstrand and Bill "Wild Bill" Wichrowski

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'Deadliest Catch' captains Wild Bill and Johnathan talk bloodiest season yet

The captains stop by the HitFix studio to talk blood and guts and crab

"Deadliest Catch" kicks off season 10 (yes, 10) on Tues. April 22 at 9:00 p.m. on Discovery, and to kick things off Time Bandit Captain Johnathan Hillstrand and Cape Caution Captain Bill "Wild Bill" Wichrowski stopped by the HitFix studio first thing in the morning (well, 9:00 a.m., so it wasn't all that early for them) to talk about the new season, which they deemed the "bloodiest one yet." 

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'Game of Thrones' matches its season premiere record ratings with Episode 3

“Game of Thrones” matches its season premiere record ratings with Episode 3
The viewership of 6.6 million last night matched the Season 4 premiere two weeks ago, which was HBO’s highest-rated episode since “The Sopranos” finale.


DVR users give “Fargo’s” premiere a massive boost
Viewership jumped 68%, from 2.65 million to 4.46 million, thanks to DVR users.


“Last Comic Standing” editors go on strike 1 month before the show’s return
The editors are seeking a union contract with NBC. No word on how this strike will affect “Last Comic Standing’s” broadcast schedule.


Netflix raising prices $1 to $2 per month for new customers
Current members will keep paying they same price for a “generous” amount of time.


TLC cancels “Women of Homicide”
The docuseries lasted two of its eight episodes. "The show was not resonating with our viewers as we had hoped for, but we are very proud of the series and are sad to see it go,” says a TLC spokesperson.


“Orphan Black” returns big among important young viewers
About 620,000 total viewers watched the first airing of the Season 2 premiere on Saturday.


Ex-“Idol” contestant denies reports she’s dating Ian Somerhalder
"I've been off the market for 2 yrs!” Molly Swenson wrote on Twitter.


Emma Stone pitches herself for “True Detective” Season 2 — with Kristen Wiig
"That would be amazing,” she says. "I would do 'True Detective' with Kristen Wiig in a heartbeat."

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"Chrisley Knows Best"

"Chrisley Knows Best"

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Win cool 'Chrisley Knows Best' stuff

The season finale airs Tuesday on USA

If you've gotten hooked on the USA series "Chrisley Knows Best" (season finale Tues. April 22 at 10:00 p.m.), don't be sad that it's wrapping up -- season two has already been ordered, and more importantly, you can win a T-shirt and stuff. I'll be live-Tweeting the show on Tuesday, so be sure to tune in -- because right after it airs, we'll be picking winners. That's right, winners. Like, five of them. 

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<p>Melanie Laurent</p>

Melanie Laurent

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Mélanie Laurent one of 11 directors selected for Cannes Critics' Week

Andrea Arnold will preside over the jury for the sidebar competition

Critics' Week at the Cannes Film Festival is one of those institutions that generally looks impressive only in retrospect. In advance, it's hard to tell which of the films selected for the sidebar will really land, but look back at the archives, and it's remarkable how many significant films -- from Ken Loach's "Kes" to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu's "Amores Perros" -- have quietly premiered there.

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<p>Zach Woods and Thomas Middleditch in &quot;Silicon Valley,&quot; which HBO renewed today.</p>

Zach Woods and Thomas Middleditch in "Silicon Valley," which HBO renewed today.

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HBO renews 'Silicon Valley' & 'Veep'

Sunday comedies have done well airing after already-renewed 'Game of Thrones'

Two weeks ago, HBO renewed "Game of Thrones" for two additional seasons, in one of the more no-brainer TV decisions of late. Today, the pay cabler renewed the rest of their current Sunday lineup, ensuring that both "Silicon Valley" and "Veep" will continue into 2015.

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HBO renews 'Veep' and 'Silicon Valley'

HBO renews “Veep” and “Silicon Valley”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be back for a 4th season as VP, while “Silicon Valley” will return for its sophomore season.


Oscar bringing back the same producing team for the 3rd straight year
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return next year after bouncing back from Seth MacFarlane with a successful hosting job done by Ellen DeGeneres.


TruTV wooing younger viewers with 6 new shows, including “Hair Jacked” and “How to be a Grown Up”
Contestants will also compete in re-creating pop-culture moments in “Fake-Off.”


“Boy Meets World” bully to appear on “Girl Meets World”
Danny McNulty is reprising his role as Harvey "Harley” Keiner.


“Salem” has a solid debut
WGN America’s first original scripted series attracted 1.5 million viewers.


“Ice Road Truckers” star arrested for allegedly kidnapping a prostitute
Tim Zickuhr has been charged with three felonies over the Vegas incident.


HBO Go’s new ad campaign has teens watching HBO sex scenes with their parents
Watch the seven ads, featuring sex scenes from “Girls,” “True Detective” and “Game of Thrones."


A “Farscape” movie is being written
"We are, in fact, in the script stage of a Farscape feature,” co-creator Rockne S. O’Bannon revealed over the weekend at Wondercon.


“The Voice” creating a “tailgate” pre-show on social media
Carson Daly will then mention highlights when “The Voice” starts tonight.


Kenya Moore mulls “Real Housewives” exit following reunion brawl
“At the end of the day, we know there's a line. If there are no consequences, then where does it end?” she says of the alleged attack on her by Porsha Williams.


Check out “Once Upon a Time’s” royal birth
Ginnifer Goodwin’s Snow White is also welcoming a child on TV.


Tom Petty approves of Jimmy Fallon’s impression of him
"I was amazed by how well they did the Heartbreakers," he says of Fallon's re-creation with Stevie Nicks of “Stop Draggin My Heart Around." "It was brilliant. Very funny."


Richard Gere is reportedly dating “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi
Gere, 64, and the 43-year-old Lakshmi “have been quietly spending time together,” Page Six reports, as Gere finalizes his divorce from Carey Lowell.

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<p>Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg</p>

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg

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Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg to reunite on Cold War thriller

Hanks will play real-life attorney/badass James Donovan

As noted in last week's news about Steve Spielberg saddling up to a new Tony Kushner script, the Oscar-winning director has plenty on his plate, as always. The Film Stage recently dug through all the possibilities and came up with an ordered list of eight projects most likely to come to fruition, including a Cold War project, further details of which have bubbled up today.

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"True Blood"

"True Blood"

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'True Blood' releases trailer for season 7 and shows chaos, panic

The zombie vampire virus seems a whole lot like Katrina

The final (and seventh) season of "True Blood" won't hit HBO until June 22, but the first trailer for the season has been released -- and it may look familiar to those of us who still remember those horrific images of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  It seems that Hep-V virus hits town and leaves chaos in its wake -- and FEMA isn't coming to rescue anyone. This isn't subtext -- more like a hammer driving a point home.

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Katy Perry

Katy Perry calls upcoming 'Birthday' video her 'most insane' yet

Check out some of her wackier past clips while we wait

For her upcoming video for new single, “Birthday,” Katy Perry promises we will see different facets of her never before exposed.

“I wish I could say it’s sexy, but it’s not” she said with a laugh, during the CMT taping for her “Crossroads” episode with Kacey Musgraves (full review of the show coming later today).

Perry has shown off her comedic side and her willingness to go all in in many of her videos before, especially the endearing music clip for 2011’s “Last Friday Night (TGIF),” which featured her as nerdy, but sweet Kathy Beth Terry, complete with braces, glasses and headgear.

 

And she's certainly gotten all weird and space age in the "E.T." clip.

Of the flirty, sexy “Birthday” video, she says, “It’s me at my most insane,” revealing that it features her showing off her best vocal fry. If you don’t know what that means, check out here.  Just know it’s incredibly irritating (think Kim Kardashian's voice), and will no doubt be hilarious in Perry’s hands.

The new "Birthday" will bow later this week. In the meantime, enjoy the sweet lyric video for  “Birthday.”

 

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<p>Craig Zadan (left) and Neil Meron at the Academy&#39;s Governors Awards last year</p>

Craig Zadan (left) and Neil Meron at the Academy's Governors Awards last year

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Oscar telecast producers return for third-straight year

Ratings are on the rise so they'll stick with what they have

With ratings on the rise over the last three years, the Academy is sticking with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as Oscarcast producers.

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