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Review: Tom Cruise is at his best in the wild and witty science-fiction 'Edge Of Tomorrow'
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Review: Tom Cruise is at his best in the wild and witty science-fiction 'Edge Of Tomorrow'

Love him or hate him, you'll want to see Cruise in this one

There are easy comparisons you can make between "Edge Of Tomorrow" and a whole slew of inspirations, from "Starship Troopers" and "Groundhog Day" to Wile E. Coyote and "The Matrix." The reason the film works is because it throws everything into the blender and comes up with something new, something that has a great lively sense of wit and humor to it, and it takes the time to fully explore its wild premise fully.

"Edge Of Tomorrow" is an original science-fiction film (or as original as based-on-a-novel-and-a-manga can be considered) that delivers an experience that feels like it is well-realized, cleverly constructed, and not just a kick-off to a larger franchise, which means it's a harder sell to an audience, even with Tom Cruise starring in it. Hiroshi Sakurazaka's original "All You Need Is Kill" is different from the film in a number of significant ways, but the film does a great job of taking the central conceit and spinning it into something that manages to play as both summer spectacle and as a canny commentary on video game tropes.

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"A Million Ways to Die in the West"
"A Million Ways to Die in the West"
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Tell us what you thought of 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'

Seth MacFarlane's comic western has opened to mixed reviews

Seth MacFarlane has always been a divisive comic talent: he makes no attempt to hide his obnoxiousness, much less apologize for it, and that bald, brash style either gets up viewers' noses or into their funnybones. (Or, in some cases, both simultaneously.) I've run, well, lukewarm and cold with him over the years: I was never on "Family Guy's" wavelength, while "Ted," for all its misanthropic shortcomings, made me laugh despite myself.

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Luke Bryan

Oops! Luke Bryan takes a big tumble off the stage while performing in Charlotte: Watch

It wasn't his kind of night

Luke Bryan lived up to the adage “the show must go on” last night after he fell off the stage at Charlotte’s PNC Music Pavillion.

Bryan was covering Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Can’t Hold Us” when he got a little too close to the edge of the stage and tumbled right over into the photographer’s pit.  

After a few scary seconds, he was helped back on stage and as he sat on the edge, he laughed through the pain, joking “the last time I was in North Carolina, I busted my ass.”

He later tweeted that he was okay, but needed stitches.

YouTube has been scrubbed of the video, but, naturally, TMZ still has the footage.

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"Leviathan."

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Review: Andrei Zvyagintsev's Cannes winner 'Leviathan' is a mighty beast

The standout of this year's Competition is a scabrous political satire

As a film critic, one is usually moved to immediate expression when a great film comes down the pike -- its ideas spur one's own, the words tumble forth in not-always-orderly fashion, the urge to share an experience sometimes outpacing the ability to parse it. Yet sometimes baldly extraordinary films thwart our initial attempts to write about them, and such has been the case with me and Andrei Zvyagintsev's "Leviathan" -- a classically robust, not inordinately complicated melodrama that nonetheless seems to be about something different every time I sit down to tackle it.

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Tyra Banks returning to daytime TV with a new lifestyle show

Tyra Banks returning to daytime TV with a new lifestyle show
Four years after the end of "The Tyra Banks Show,” Tyra Banks is preparing for a daytime comeback with a show featuring lifestyle experts with Disney-ABC.


Kris Kristofferson will play President Andrew Jackson on History channel’s “Texas Rising” miniseries
The eight-hour miniseries is from the producers of "Hatfields & McCoys.”

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Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow and Carrie Underwood
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EXCLUSIVE: Stevie Nicks on singing with Carrie Underwood at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Why the Fleetwood Mac singer is glad Underwood didn't come along sooner

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, airing on HBO  Saturday (31) night, features some of the Rock Hall’s stronger performances in recent years.
Among the highlights are the remaining members of inductee Nirvana performing with Joan Jett, St. Vincent, and Lorde, as well as Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, and Carrie Underwood beautifully saluting inductee Linda Ronstadt in song.

In this exclusive clip, Nicks talks about how the ladies’ performance of “When Will I Be Loved” came about — it was a lot looser than you’d think— and has some very high praise for Underwood. Let’s just say she’s glad Underwood wasn’t around during Fleetwood Mac’s formative years.

In addition to Nirvana and Ronstadt, this year’s class included Daryl Hall & John Oates, Peter Gabriel, The E Street Band, Cat Stevens and Kiss as performer inductees, and Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham as non-performer inductees.

Though footage of the Nirvana appearance has circulated on YouTube, you can see some of Joan Jett’s performance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with much better detail below, as well as Hall & Oates' jaunty  “You Make My Dreams Come True.”

Following May 31’s original airing, HBO will show the induction ceremony, which took place April 10 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, throughout June on both HBO and HBO2.

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Starz will premiere crime drama 'Power' on Twitter

Starz will premiere crime drama “Power” on Twitter
The 50 Cent-produced series, which debuts June 7, will drop in a tweet at midnight Saturday. PLUS: Was 50 Cent’s botched MLB pitch a publicity stunt to promote “Power”?


Michael Strahan surprises President Obama with a question about the VA scandal
Strahan, the son of a retired Army major, got in at least one serious question during today’s “Live” from the White House.


“Undateable” star Chris D’Elia denounces “#YesAllWomen” Twitter hashtag
“I think that it's terrible that a lot of these people (are) tweeting about this, using this hashtag,” he says, courting controversy by saying that the hashtag was “rude” to the victims of the UC Santa Barbara shooting.


Report: Outgoing Fox boss Kevin Reilly wanted to renew “Almost Human” and “Enlisted”
Reilly’s exit as head of Fox Entertainment shouldn’t come as a surprise his boss, the head of Fox, vetoed his decision to renew those two struggling first-year shows. PLUS: Reilly tried to fix broadcast TV, and was fired.


Amy Poehler: "Because I play a Parks and Recreation employee on my NBC show, people assume that that is my actual job”
Poehler spoke last night at Grant’s Tomb in opening remarks at the New York Restoration Project’s spring picnic.


Montreal Canadiens lose a bet with Jimmy Fallon
Fallon will now get to choose 10 different outfits for the Canadiens mascot.


Norm Macdonald delivers an “inspiring” commencement speech
Watch the video he made for Funny or Die.

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Exclusive: New 'Transformers' spot reveals new dino-bots and an epic scale

Exclusive: New 'Transformers' spot reveals new dino-bots and an epic scale

How much bigger can Michael Bay make these films?

On Memorial Day, I took both my kids to see "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," and one of the trailers we saw was the newest "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" trailer, and it is safe to say they lost their damn fool minds. Over the last six weeks, they've finally worked their way through the first three movies, and if you are curious who Michael Bay's ideal audience is, I think Toshi's reaction to the trailer says it all.

As the trailer ended with that insane shot of Optimus Prime hopping off of the dinosaur and wading into a whole crowd of Decepticons with his sword, Toshi and Allen both cheered, and, loudly, Toshi looked at his little brother and said, "Every one of those movies is made by Michael Bay, and that's why THEY ARE SO AWESOME."

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OWN will devote 5 hours Sunday to honoring Maya Angelou

OWN will devote 5 hours Sunday to honoring Maya Angelou
Sunday’s offerings include rerun of “Super Soul Sunday” with Angelou” as well as “Oprah’s Master Class” with the noted author.


HBO on “Game of Thrones’” lack of Emmy recognition: Blame high production values and fantasy setting
Says HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo: “What frustrates me about the show is people really love and connect with the characters — but somehow, (the voters) don’t put two and two together that there are great actors embodying those roles." PLUS: "Walder Frey" takes a "Wedding Planning for Dummies" photo.


”Undateable” has the highest-rated summer comedy debut in 5 years
About 3.9 million watched the Bill Lawrence comedy.


CBS reviving “Fashion Rocks” and “Movies Rock” specials
The two-hour specials, airing respectively in September and December, are part of TV’s new event television trend. The specials haven't aired in at least six years.


“Reading Rainbow” Kickstarter is nearing $3M
LeVar Burton is closing in on triple his goal.


Syfy picks up “Bitten” for a 2nd season
The sci-fi drama was already renewed by Canadian TV.


“The Simpsons” unveils a new character, via video game
Meet Chester Dupree, an unemployed slacker in "The Simpsons Tapped Out.”


Dr. Phil testifies before Congress
He told the House Ways and Means Committee that foster children should be treated by psychotherapists instead of psychotropic drugs.


Check out Andy Richter’s prom king photo
The “Conan” star used to be known as “Andy Swanson” (using his stepfather’s last name).


“The Walking Dead” gets an ‘80s remake
Watch an ‘80s version of the opening theme.


“Glee’s” Jenna Uskowitz and “The Vampire Diaries’” Michael Trevino break up
The couple dated for three years.

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"Undateable"

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TV Ratings: Good premiere for 'Undateable,' steady 'Gang Related' numbers on Thursday

'Last Comic Standing' and 'The Big Bang Theory' also lead tight night

Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 29, 2014.

Buoyed by the aggressive promotional efforts by the show's stars and creative team, "Undateable" got off to a decent start for NBC, helping the network join a three-way tie for Thursday among young viewers. Overall, of course, there was very little competition as a CBS repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" was the night's most watched program by a wide margin.

NBC is boasting that "Undateable" had its best summer comedy premiere numbers since 2004 and the immortal "Come to Papa."

The "Undateable" premiere far outdistanced most of NBC's Thursday comedy performances in-season, built slightly on its "Hollywood Game Night" lead-in in the key demo and was steady between two double-pumped episodes. That's good news for Bill Lawrence and company. Of course, "Last Comic Standing" was NBC's top program for the night.

Similarly, "Hell's Kitchen" got FOX's best results and was the reason FOX also tied for Thursday's key demo lead, but the network has to be at least somewhat relieved to see "Gang Related" steady in its second airing, rather than plummeting like the second week of "I Wanna Marry 'Harry.'" 

The relatively good news for Thursday's summer scripted shows did not, however, extend to ABC's "Black Box."

On to the numbers...

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Lee Pace of "Halt and Catch Fire"

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Interview: Lee Pace on 'Halt and Catch Fire' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

'Pushing Daisies' vet is excited for his TV return, his Marvel debut

Lee Pace doesn't do many projects that generate ambivalence. 

After making his small screen bones in the Bryan Fuller-created "Wonderfalls" and "Pushing Daisies" and having his earliest big screen exposure in Tarsem Singh's polarizingly unique "The Fall," Pace has been on an absurd franchise streak of late. 

He checked "Twilight" off the list as Garrett in the second part of "Breaking Dawn." 

His Thranduil has had an increasingly large presence through the last two "Hobbit" films.

And this summer, Pace will enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ronan the Accuser in "Guardians of the Galaxy."

It's unclear how many Lee Paces exist, because amidst these major franchise films, Pace also found the time for his return to regular series television. 

On the new AMC drama "Halt and Catch Fire," Pace plays Joe MacMillan, a former IBM wunderkind who recruits Scoot McNairy's Gordon Clark to work with him on an ethically murky project in the midst of the early-80s personal computing boom. 

MacMillan is part con man, part visionary and, watching the pilot for "Halt and Catch Fire," which has already been posted to Tumblr and will premiere on AMC this Sunday, it's unclear if Joe is on a journey toward becoming the hero of the piece, or perhaps a basic cable-style anti-hero.

Pace is excited about his new TV character, but as we talked last week, he was also very, very excited about "Guardians of the Galaxy," especially since the first extended trailer -- featuring at least two fleeting glimpses of his character -- had just debuted. 

So we talked mostly about "Halt and Catch Fire," but Pace also shared what he's looking forward to seeing from his Marvel debut.

Check out the full Q&A [And stay tuned for my interviews with McNairy, Kerry Bishe and showrunner Jonathan Lisco]...

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20 movies coming out this year that aren't on your radar yet

20 movies coming out this year that aren't on your radar yet

'Birdman,' 'A Most Violent Year,' 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' and more

Sure, "Interstellar" is sitting at the top of the November calendar as bright as the North star, but did you know "Birdman," "A Most Violent Year," "Theory of Everything" or "Dracula: Untold" were on the way?  Did you know "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" will take you back to the future this Christmas?  I'd guess not.

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