If there was one Cannes Competition entry you could absolutely set in stone before the announcement last week, it was Ken Loach's "Jimmy's Hall." The 77-year-old king of British social realism has been in Competition 11 times before, making him the most-tapped filmmaker in the festival's history. So there was no way Thierry Fremaux and his team weren't going to make it an even dozen with the film that Loach has stated will be his final narrative feature.
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How did we ever move away from having seers around? They seem to be pretty darn handy, especially if you have people trudging into war (and that trend certainly hasn't gone away). In this exclusive clip, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) has the ultimate reassurance for his son Bjorn about going into battle. The seer said he'll be fine!
Andy Samberg will host “SNL's” season finale, Charlize Theron will host the week before
Samberg will return two seasons after his "SNL" exit to host the May 17 season finale with musical guest St. Vincent. Theron, who last hosted "Saturday Night Live" in 2000, will be joined by The Black Keys on May 10.
NBC to air a Coldplay concert special
Coldplay will follow its “SNL” performance on May 3 with a "Coldplay: Ghost Stories” special on NBC on May 18, one day before their new album drops.
Netflix orders its 1st Spanish-language original series, a soccer comedy
The comedy will revolve around a family heirs’ dispute over a soccer club after the owner’s death.
Stephen Colbert helps Letterman beat Jimmy Fallon, at least in total viewers
Fallon did top “The Late Show” last night in the key 18-49 demo, according to preliminary numbers.
This week’s “The Blacklist” episode was yanked from Chinese websites
For the 2nd time, an episode of the NBC series was pulled for a plotline that portrays the Chinese government in a negative light. Monday’s episode, which was immediately posted on Chinese websites after airing in the U.S., had the Chinese government conducting germ warfare research.
Peggy and Joan aren’t secretaries, yet “Mad Men” used them to celebrate Secretary’s Day
Why not use current secretaries Dawn and Shirley in today’s “Happy Secretary’s Day” tweet?
Why HBO was smart to keep shows like “Game of Thrones” and “True Detective” off Amazon Prime
Those shows, plus new shows like “Silicon Valley,” won’t ever be available under the current terms of the deal. (“Girls” and “Veep,” though, will be included.) The deal also excludes syndicated shows like “Entourage,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Sex and the City.” So the Amazon deal really isn’t a cord-cutters dream, as you will still need an HBO subscription to which current shows. PLUS: This deal is good for everybody — except Netflix.
“Ice Road Truckers” star denies kidnapping and beating up a prostitute
Tim Zickuhr claims he was the victim, and that the alleged prostitute was a friend who ripped him off.
PBS will try to recreate D-Day with digital technology
“D-Day 360” will use forensic laser scanning, 3-D computer modeling and eyewitness accounts will be utilized to “bring the battlefield to life as never before,” says PBS.
HBO comes aboard J.K. Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy” miniseries
HBO is joining the BBC in the TV adaptation of Rowling’s follow-up to “Harry Potter."
"Mystery Science Theater 3000” may have an “online incarnation”
Creator and original host Joel Hodgson tells Wired that an online “MST3K” series would "feature a fresh (and as-yet unannounced) host and cameos from many MST3K alumni."
Gov. Chris Christie says good riddance to Letterman, welcomes Colbert
The New Jersey governor wasn’t happy with Dave’s latest fat joke.
Laura Prepon slams conspiracy theories, says scheduling reduced her Season 2 “Orange is the New Black” role
“Alex fits me like a glove, man,” she says. “The fact remains that I want to do Orange, and it’s a matter of trying to balance different aspects of your career.”
Watch the 1st scene from “Orange is the New Black’s” darker Season 2
The Netflix show’s cast is on this week’s EW cover. "We had a theme for season 2,” says creator Jenji Kohan. "A little darker, a little more fractured. We wanted to explore the groups one at a time. It was getting a little summer-campy, and we wanted to address the realities that this is prison.”
GQ’s Funniest Comedians in America include Louis CK, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Silicon Valley” cast
Kate McKinnon, Amy Schumer, Key & Peele, Nick Kroll, Kevin Hart and John Oliver are also on GQ’s list.
Contestant on upcoming “Bachelorette” season dies after paragliding accident
Eric Hill, who was left in a coma after Sunday’s accident, passed away this morning, his sister revealed on Facebook. Hill was one of Andi Dorfman's suitors on the next season of "The Bachelorette," which premieres next month.
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
NBC's "The Voice" was down week-to-week, but it still combined with steady "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" to help the network win Tuesday in the key demo. Meanwhile, procedural repeats still dominated overall for CBS.
With "NCIS" airing repeats, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." got a solid audience bump, but was actually down from last week's 9 p.m. hour in the key demo.
There were a few other notables on a repeat-filled evening.
FOX's "The Mindy Project," which gets very little good news, actually built on last week's overall audience and maintained its demo number despite a "New Girl" repeat (and a weak new "Glee") as a lead-in.
Meanwhile, The CW's "Supernatural" opened up what I'm assuming is its widest gap over "The Originals." "Supernatural" was actually up 37 percent in total viewers, but I'm told the only preemption was in Syracuse.
On to the numbers...
For cord-cutters who aim to watch the best of television without a cable box (or, in some cases, even a television), HBO has long been the big missing piece of the puzzle. HBO has its own streaming video service, HBO Go, but you can only access it if you already have a cable subscription (or if you have a friend or relative with a subscription who will share their password with you). Cord-cutters ask all the time about the possibility of HBO Go being offered independently, but it would completely undermine HBO's very lucrative business model to do so, and it hasn't happened yet, and likely won't anytime soon.
HBO’s older shows are coming to Amazon Prime
“The Sopranos” and “The Wire” will be available for streaming, but current shows like “Girls” and “Game of Thrones” won’t be available until three years after they air. PLUS: This deal will keep HBO relevant in the post-cable era.
MTV’s VMAs are going back to L.A.
This year’s awards show will be broadcast from The Forum.
Carlton Cuse: I wouldn’t be surprised if ABC rebooted “Lost”
"I think it's likely that at some point, ABC will want to reboot ‘Lost' because it's a valuable franchise,” the former "Lost" boss tells EW. Cuse, though, doesn’t expect to return if there is a reboot.
GQ has Julia Louis-Dreyfus have sex with a clown
Check out the “Veep” star “clowning around."
Rob Lowe to return for Nat Geo’s "The ’90s: The Last Great Decade?”
Lowe will narrate the follow-up to "The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us."
Jimmy Fallon makes John Oliver relive his weepy final “Daily Show"
“Why were you that emotional?” asked Fallon. PLUS: Oliver is disappointed in the quality of “Last Show Tonight” poster graffiti.
Fox delays “Masterchef” premiere so it can pair “Bones” with “24”
Season 5 will kick off on May 26.
The best thing about CBS' "Bad Teacher" sitcom remake (which debuts tomorrow night at 9:30) is that it makes me really want to see its star, Ari Graynor, in something better.
When it comes to "Foxcatcher," Sony Pictures Classics have certainly been playing the long game. Bennett Miller's third film was originally set to premiere on the opening night of AFI Fest in LA on November 6 last year, priming it for a 2013 awards run, before being abruptly pulled from the release schedule -- the reason given that it wasn't ready in time..
Stephen Colbert turned down a Letterman internship in 1986
Colbert tells Dave he couldn’t take the internship because it didn’t pay. Colbert also applied to be a Letterman writer in 1997 with a Top 10 list, but when Dave’s people called back four months later, he had already started work on “Strangers With Candy.” (Letterman would later produce the “Strangers With Candy” movie.)
A “Peeps” TV show?
The classic marshmallow candies have been optioned for a “Lego”-esque movie and a possible TV series.
“Last Comic Standing’s” editors’ strike is over
The editors went on strike to unionize, and now they’re getting a union contract.
See more images from “The Simpsons’” Lego episode
What happens when Lego Homer sees the real Homer in the mirror?