Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, from the most recent Oscar winner in the lineup: Michael Hazanavicius' "The Search."
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Don’t be fooled. At first glance, Lana Del Rey’s video for her slinky, retro new single, “West Coast,” looks like it’s the same video as the audio video that came out three weeks ago.
NBC will keep the Olympics through 2032
The $7.65 billion deal between NBC Universal and the International Olympic Committee covers the next nine games, and includes broadcast, cable, internet and mobile.
9 network shows hit season lows on Tuesday
From “Person of Interest” to “Trophy Wife,” last night wasn’t a good night for the networks.
Read the best jokes from Spike TV’s salute to Don Rickles
Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, Johnny Depp, Amy Poehler, Bob Newhart and David Letterman were among those paying tribute during last night’s taping.
Report: “Today” staffers want an in-house fill-in for Savannah Guthrie — not Katie Couric
Some staffers think asking Katie back is a disservice to current “Today” staffers like Natalie Morales and Tamron Hall.
“Sleepy Hollow” will have far more than 13 episodes next season
Producers are expecting 15-18 episodes for Season 2.
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, May 6, 2014.
CBS' hit drama procedurals swept Tuesday night overall and also led primetime in the key demographic on a night characterized by drops almost across the board.
Among the shows drooping on Tuesday were "NCIS," "Person of Interest," "The Voice," both NBC comedies, both ABC dramas and "The Originals" and "Supernatural" on The CW.
There were a few rays of sunshine. NBC's "Chicago Fire" got a small demo uptick, as did "NCIS: Los Angeles." And FOX got finale bumps for both "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project," which improved on its lead-in in Fast Nationals for the second straight week (though the two shows ended up tied in Finals).
On to the numbers.
“Fargo” boss explains last night’s big revelation
Noah Hawley didn’t think he could do what he did last night until after penning the first episode.
See Jon Hamm’s prom photo with “24” alum Sarah Clarke
Jimmy Kimmel got the parents of Clarke, who’s now on “The Tomorrow People,” to give him a photo of the “Mad Men” star’s prom. As detailed in Vanity Fair yesterday, Hamm had a “showdown” with Paul Rudd over Clarke while they were in high school.
Gayle King expects Oprah to buy the L.A. Clippers
“If I was a betting man, I'd say yes,” she said on “CBS This Morning.”
Sophie Turner has adopted Sansa's “Game of Thrones” dire wolf
"We kind of fell in love with my character's dire wolf, Lady, on set,” she says.
Police arrest suspect in "Idol" Scotty McCreery home invasion robbery
Mikkail Jamal Shaw, 19, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Clay Aiken’s Democratic congressional primary is too close to call
If the “Idol” alum wins, he’ll challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers in November.
Charles Grodin on Louis CK: "I was very taken with his talent”
Grodin tells how he ended up playing “Louie’s” doctor.
Chuck Lorre uses his vanity card to fire back at China for pulling “The Big Bang Theory”
"The overlords of 1.3 billion people are afraid of our sitcom,” writes Lorre. "Exactly what we were going for!”
Report: E! cancels “Hello Ross”
Former Jay Leno sidekick Ross Matthews’ talk show is getting the boot as part of E!’s fallout with Chelsea Handler, according to Radar Online.
Tina Fey has also gotten her hands on Seth Meyers’ credit card
The “Late Night” host’s fake lost credit card bit has expanded to include both Amy Poehler and Fey.
“New Girl” producer: "This show was never built to be about Nick and Jess”
Exec producer Dave Finkel says of the season finale: "From our point of view, this (story) is a marathon. We want these characters to continue to develop and let the dynamics change."
Egyptian TV station claims “The Simpsons” predicted the Syrian Civil War in 2001
The “New Kids on the Blecch” episode features a flag similar to the one carried by the Syrian opposition.
ABC News’ summer hospital docuseries returns with “NY Med” on June 24
It’s from the producers of “Hopkins” and “Boston Med.”
“Teen Mom” dumps Farrah Abraham
After her high-profile antics, Abraham won’t be back if there’s a 5th season.
“Sesame Street” spoofs “The Wizard of Oz”
Cookie Monster stars in “Cookie of Oz.”
Amy Schumer “Goes Deep” with a 106-year-old woman
Watch a touching interview with a woman who’s seen it all.
Ellen has Julia Roberts surprise the Oscar pizza guy
Roberts was the Oscar guy’s favorite movie star when he was growing up in Russia.
“Power Rangers” coming to the big screen
A live-action film is in the works from Lionsgate.
Mindy Kaling talks about her “Mindy Project” finale/mashup
Last night’s finale was a full-on mashup of “You’ve Got Mail” and “Sleepless in Seattle.” PLUS: The perfect ending revealed the show’s fatal flaw, Chris Messina on the finale, and maybe “Mindy” will improve without the “Boyfriend of the Week."
There are unwelcome house guests and then there's Ramona, who takes foul-tempered curmudgeonry to a whole new level. Heather thinks she's inviting her frenemies to her Berkshires getaway for a relaxing weekend of sunning, swimming and possibly sweating (if it's as hot as Ramona says it is, I'm surprised no one in the menopausal set burst into flames). Yeah, Ramona doesn't want to go. No famous people go to the Berkshires! It's going to remind her of where she grew up (for the record, she did not grow up in the same state as the Berkshires, so I guess it's just that the trees are the same). When she discovers that Heather's house doesn't have air conditioning, she's ready to turn the car around and head home. I'm betting Heather wishes she had.
A review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I know why the human eye can see more shades of green than any other color...
Television is such a particular beast when it comes to storytelling, and one of the reasons that I love the modern television landscape is because of just how elastic definitions have become and just how far we've come in terms of how people both observe and break the traditional rules of the form.
When you factor in that "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." is, at heart, a fairly cynical proposition for a show, a sort of ongoing advertisement for already-omnipresent movie events, it seems like it would be silly to expect it to be anything but an uneven and uninteresting affair, and if you'd asked me five or six weeks into the season if it was worth the effort, I would have told you no.
At this point, though, they've done what only a show that knows it has a full run of 22 episodes to play with can do, which is slowly but surely figure out exactly what show it is they're making and, also slowly but surely, get better at actually making it. If the show had been as confident about what it's doing at the start of the season as it is now, people would probably be pretty darn excited about what's happening here in the home stretch. As it is, I'm just happy to see a creative team come together like this, no matter what the show.
A quick review of tonight's "The Mindy Project" season finale coming up just as soon as I find out what your second email address is...
NBC picks up action drama “Odyssey” starring Anna Friel and Peter Facinelli
Treat Williams, “Lost’s” Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and “The Wire’s” Jim True-Frost also star in the “Traffic”-like series about a female soldier, a corporate lawyer and a political activist whose lives collide.
Fox expands “Mulaney” to 16 episodes
The Lorne Michaels-produced comedy starring former “SNL” writer John Mulaney, current “SNL” cast member Nasim Pedrad and comedy veterans Martin Short and Elliott Gould was originally picked up for six episodes.
After taking last week off due to various scheduling issues, the Firewall & Iceberg Show is back, as Dan and I review a pair of horror projects debuting on Sunday night, spend a lot of time previewing the network upfronts — and saying "HIEROGLYPH!" — and revisit the 10th anniversary of the "Friends" finale.
As always, you can send us questions at email@example.com. There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at https://www.youtube.com/show/firewalliceberg.
A quick review of the "New Girl" season finale coming up just as soon as we ban nautical puns...