Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year'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, one of the starrier entries in the lineup: Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman."
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Still wondering about that portal that opened up on last week's episode of "Once Upon A Time"? Join the club. Co-creators Adam Horowitz and Ed Kitsis aren't telling, but one thing's for sure -- that spooky green vapor that came swirling out of the Wicked Witch when Rumple stabbed her isn't going to earn her a spot in the season finale (Sun. May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET). I spoke to Horowitz and Kitsis briefly about how this season finale will be different, why they're happy with what transpired in Neverland (even if you're not) and why the two-hour end of the season will feel more like a movie than you might expect.
CBS picks up “How I Met Your Dad”
The “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff has been officially greenlighted for next season. UPDATE: CBS is denying it picked up any pilots, though multiple reports say "HIMYD" is a go.
“The Simpsons” boss reacts to claim that a 2001 episode helped spawn the Syrian Civil War
"Yes, we had the amazing foresight to predict conflict in the Middle East,” exec producer Al Jean says sarcastically.
Letterman: I bombed at Spike TV’s Don Rickles tribute
“It was just humiliating,” David Letterman says before apologizing.
“New Girl” and “Mindy Project” are rushing through romance too quickly
It’s the opposite of “How I Met Your Mother’s” problem — both Fox series, says Kate Hakala, "have jettisoned seasons of bad dates and career follies and replaced them with a swift resolution of the main character's unresolved sexual tensions — that secret spice of the sitcom — all too quickly."
Piers Morgan calls Larry King a “constant poisonous twerp”
Reacting to King’s latest interview (with Howard Stern) criticizing his CNN replacement, Morgan tweeted: "Hey Larry ... you don't need to KEEP bitching about me. It's over. Relax."
How “True Tori” puts its show on the air so quickly
While shows like “Lindsay” take six months from filming to air, Tori Spelling’s reality show is rushed in 10 days to three weeks.
Does “The Mindy Project’s” deal with Microsoft hurt the show?
Shouldn’t at least one character have an iPhone?
Does Norm Macdonald have a realistic shot at hosting “The Late Late Show”?
His being the polar opposite of Seth Meyers might give him a leg up.
“Surviving Jack” co-creator: “My Television show Was Cancelled. F*ck”
Justin Halperin, who also created the canceled “Sh*t My Dad Says,” writes on his Tumblr: “Although I feel sh*tty about the end result, I am one of the lucky motherf*ckers that was allowed to make a TV show. Six years ago I was living with my parents. My possessions were as follows: an air mattress and 30% of a 1999 Ford Ranger. That’s it. So although I won’t get a chance to make anymore episodes of this show, it’s basically a downright f*cking miracle that I was able to make any.”
"Comedy Bang! Bang!” returns for a 3rd season that will include its series finale — in Episode 5
Says Scott Aukerman: “The season starts to get really super weird because we air our series finale — not season finale, but series — as the fifth episode out of the 20 that we’re doing this year. We say, 'Hey, so… we’ve already taped it years and years down the line, but here’s our series finale!' So we’ll air it, and we’ll show how the show wraps up years down the line.” PLUS: How to catch up on “Comedy Bang! Bang!"
Watch Charlize Theron’s “SNL” promos with The Black Keys
“Hey Charlize. Hey Black Keys.”
Relive Cristina Yang’s greatest “Grey’s Anatomy” moments
Here are 30 of Sandra Oh’s best scenes. PLUS: Ranking ShondaLand’s 20 most romantic speeches.
See the “Game of Thrones” theme played on wine glasses
YouTube user Dan Newbie a water jug and pans to recreate the theme song.
If Jon Stewart is evangelical, John Oliver is professorial
Oliver is doing something different with “Last Week Tonight,” says Ian Crouch. Unlike “The Daily Show,” where Stewart has “become the leader of an audience of acolytes, (Oliver) seems to be out to subtly correct his audience’s prejudices and blind spots.”
Spike TV spinning off “Tattoo Nightmares”
The cable network has ordered "Tattoo Nightmares Miami.”
See a glimpse of “Masters of Sex” Season 2
Exec producer Michelle Ashford says of the 2nd season: "Whereas most shows stay the same, it’s one of those where it will look really different every year."
“Maron” returns for a Season 2 as laid back as Season 1
Unlike Louis CK and “Louie,” Marc Maron isn’t aiming get heavy or deep. PLUS: There’s something about the podcast scenes that are more spontaneous and genuine, and Maron says he had more confidence going into Season 2.
“Better Call Saul” casts 3 more
Actors Patrick Fabian and Rhea Seehorn are expected to play lawyers on the AMC “Breaking Bad” spinoff, while Michael Mando is set to play a Spanish-speaking career criminal.
Report: Fox likely to keep its “Idol” judging panel intact
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. are expected to return next season, according to TV Guide.
NYC creates a “Seinfeld” subway train
The inside of the No. 7 subway line will look like Monk’s Cafe as part of the Mets-Yankees subway series.
Pinterest getting a TV show
FYI Network, the former Bio channel, is launching “We’re Moving In,” a home design show that will use the social network platform.
Meet Andi Dorfman’s “Bachelorette” bachelors: See the late Eric Hill on the show
Here’s a photograph of Hill out on a group date with Dorfman.
Sean Penn has been many things in his four-decade film career, but "action hero" has never really been one of them. That looks set to change as the two-time Oscar winner has taken the Liam Neeson route of middle-aged kickassery by starring in "The Gunman," an action thriller from "Taken" director Pierre Morel.
Forget going out to eat at some fancy schmancy restaurant, Michael Jackson wants to stay home in bed with you. It’s a bit of a creepy notion in hindsight, but it probably wasn’t in 1987, when Jackson originally recorded “Loving You.”
Jackson laid down the mid-tempo ballad, which is featured on “Xscape,” an album of previously unreleased Jackson songs finished by various producers, for “Bad,” but then didn’t include it on the multi-platinum set, according to Billboard. Timbaland and J-Roc took the tracks and added a funky beat, according to Idolator.
If “Loving You” is instantly recognizable as Jackson, “Blue Gangsta,” a track that bowed on MTV today, is a little more out there. With gritty vocals, full of hiccups and other Jackson trademarks, the singer originally recorded the vocals in 1999 with producer Dr. Freeze. Timbaland adds embellishments such as synths and horns to give it its futuristic feel, according to Rolling Stone. We’re sure it would have had quite the fascinating music video. Listen to "Blue Gangsta" here.
What do you think? Both tracks are more interesting than compelling and don’t compare to “Love Never Felt So Good,” Jackson’s track with Justin Timberlake that came out last week and debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Xscape” comes out May 13.
It's a pretty glorious day for DC Comics' TV team.
Just one hour after The CW officially announced series orders for "The Flash" and "iZombie," NBC chimed in by ordering "Constantine" to series.
Oh and NBC also sent the drama "The Mysteries of Laura" and the comedy "A to Z" to series, but since they have nothing to do with comic books, we're somehow less interested.
NBC picks up “Mysteries of Laura” starring Debra Messing, plus DC Comics' “Constantine”
Messing will play a female homicide detective with twins, while David S. Goyer’s “Constantine” is DC Comics’ 4th TV series pickup after “Gotham,” “The Flash” and “iZombie.” PLUS: NBC orders Rashida Jones-produced online dating comedy "A to Z" starring "HIMYM's" Cristin Milioti and "Mad Men's" Ben Feldman.
CBS will air a woman’s voice pleading for her life minutes before she’s murdered, despite mother’s objections
“48 Hours” this weekend will focus on the 2012 murder of Weight Watchers executive Danielle Thomas by her live-in boyfriend who inadvertently recorded her screams and pleas for life on his phone.
“True Blood” husband-and-wife team Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer to produce projects for HBO
The couple’s production company has signed a two-year, first-look deal with the pay cable network.
Zendaya returning to Disney Channel to star in "K.C. Undercover”
The former “Dancing” star will play an undercover spy in training.
Fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg getting an E! reality show
"The DVF Project” will have contestants compete to become the DVF Global Brand Ambassador.
Grouplove, whose hits include “Tongue Tied” and “Ways to Go,” is back with “Let Me In,” a song written for “The Fault In Our Stars.” The tune features both Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi trading off on vocals, which fits the movie’s story line since each voice represents the two protagonists, Hazel and Augustus.
CW picks up “iZombie,” “The Flash,” “Jane the Virgin” and “The Messengers”
“iZombie” comes from “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas and revolves around a med student, “The Flash” is a spinoff from “Arrow,” “Jane the Virgin” is based on the Venezuelan telenovela and “The Messengers” is a another post-apocalyptic drama.
CW cancels “Carrie Diaries,” “Tomorrow People,” “Star-Crossed,” renews “The 100,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Hart of Dixie”
All three canceled series ended their seasons with very low numbers.
Add The CW to the list of networks doing early housekeeping before next week's Upfronts.
On Thursday (May 8) morning, one week before it will announce its full schedule to advertisers, The CW four new series pickups for next season, renewed three established series and, in the process, confirmed that three bubble shows will not be returning next year.
Let's take things step-by-step:
“Good Morning America” will kick off its summer concert season May 23 with Lady Antebellum.
The series, which takes place every Friday in New York City’s Central Park, ends with Brad Paisley on Aug. 29 (Paisley announced today that his new album will come out Aug. 26).