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Review: Seth MacFarlane's 'Million Ways To Die In The West' is too many different films at once
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Review: Seth MacFarlane's 'Million Ways To Die In The West' is too many different films at once

But Charlize Theron gives it everything she's got and almost pulls it off

First, before we go any further, let's take "Blazing Saddles" out of this conversation, okay? It's not even worth bringing it in. "Blazing Saddles" is one of the finest comedies ever made. "A Million Ways To Die In The West" belongs in the same conversation as movies like "The Villain" or "Rustler's Rhapsody," a conversation about innocuous and uneven Western comedies. That's a fair conversation. That's a weight class where you can make comparisons and contrasts and there's some sort of common ground. But "Blazing Saddles"? Don't be silly.

"Ted" was a surprise to many people who bet against the idea of Seth MacFarlane making the jump to a successful big-screen movie. I think he set himself a much more difficult task this time out, but it seems like it was inevitable. After all, he is one of the primary performers on "Family Guy" and he's the voice of "Ted" and why wouldn't he eventually star in one of his films? After all, he's the co-writer, co-producer, and director of the movie. This is as much his voice as a film can be, so starring in it is the next logical step, right?

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Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling

'True Tori': Was the whole series fake or more real than intended?

In a world of scripted reality TV, is this real or more of the same?

In "True Tori," Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott allegedly tried to do something different -- a reality television show about their marriage that stripped away the celebrity veneer and explored the gritty aftermath of McDermott's adulterous affair while filming the first season of "Chopped Canada" in Toronto. I use the word "allegedly" because, depending on who you talk to or what you read, it's either exactly what it seems or it's as scripted as a very special episode of "The Big Bang Theory."

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<p>Key &amp; Peele on &quot;Fargo.&quot;</p>

Key & Peele on "Fargo."

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Review: 'Fargo' - 'Who Shaves the Barber?'

Lester's trap is sprung, Malvo seeks revenge, and Key & Peele join the FBI

A review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as that's the wrong part of the sentence to be focusing on...

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"The Real Housewives of New York City"

"The Real Housewives of New York City"

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'Real Housewives of New York City': It's a doggy funeral for Sonja

George could use some house training, too

It should be noted that the over-the-top doggie funeral at the end of this week's episode of "The Real Housewives of New York City" was probably the sanest moment in the whole show. At least no one was flinging booze or pulling hair or talking about oral sex. Yes, it was that kind of episode. Needless to say, George was involved.

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CBS yanks canceled comedies 'Bad Teacher' and 'Friends With Better Lives'

CBS yanks canceled comedies “Bad Teacher” and “Friends With Better Lives”
There are no plans to air the remaining episodes of both midseason shows.

E! passes on “Songbird” starring Bethany Joy Lenz and Rumer Willis
The music-themed drama from Craig Zadan and Neil Meron was loosely inspired by Diane Warren, with Lenz playing a singer-songwriter.

Don Johnson: I’ve written a college football TV script set in the ‘80s
"It’s called ‘Score' and it’s set in the ’80s,” says Johnson, "and it’s about the rise of big-time college football. I play this outrageous fucking coach who breaks all the rules and recruits basically criminals and everybody else and shoots the finger (extends middle finger in my direction) to the NCAA.

“Veep’s” Reid Scott set to lobby on Capitol Hill
He’ll speak with lawmakers on Thursday to convince the White House to reconsider using seismic air guns when exploring for oil and gas deposits in the Atlantic Ocean.

“Doctor Who” won’t get a female doctor for “political” reasons
A female Doctor will happen, says Steven Moffat, when the perfect female actress pops up in the showrunner’s head. You don’t mess with casting, says Moffat, "you don't cast for any other reason than for passion and for aesthetics. It's not a political decision, it's an aesthetic decision and will always be.”

For $350, you can binge-watch “Orange is the New Black” in a posh hotel
The Hotel Rouge in Washington, D.C. is offering a special room with a 50-inch TV that could be rented as you and your friends binge-watch the new season. For $500, they’ll add catering.

“Parks and Rec” is hoping Bill Murray “crashes the set” next season
Exec producer Michael Schur is trying to find inspiration in Murray crashing a bachelor party.

Rebellious teens are getting a reality show
The producers of “Real housewives” are seeking boys and girls ages 13 to 18 for “My Teen Life,” which follows teens who make their own rules and “party like a rock star.”

Robert De Niro made his documentary about his gay father not intending it to be for HBO
“I felt I had to,” he tells Out magazine. "I felt obligated. It was my responsibility to make a documentary about him. It was not intended to be on HBO. It was just something I wanted to do.”

WEtv creates a fake 'Society for the Prevention of Celebrity Divorce” ad campaign
The guerilla campaign throughout L.A. was aimed at promoting "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars."

 Robert Morse initially wasn’t keen on "Mad Men's" song-and-dance number
"I was concerned, because I didn't want it to be Bobby Morse from 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ or any of the other musicals I did on stage,” he says, adding: "I was afraid that it would just look like something else entirely; I didn't want it to take you out of the show, you know? But then Matt (Weiner) said, 'No, no…it's going to serve to emphasize the episode's message.’”

Louisiana Tech students, faculty protest the university honoring Phil Robertson
The “Duck Dynasty” star was honored with the Tower Medallion, presented by the school’s alumni at commencement.

“The Flash’s” dad revealed
John Wesley Shipp has been tapped to play Henry, Barry Allen’s father.

“Game of Thrones’” Pedro Pascal says he’s responsible for Oberyn’s accent
He also reveals in a Reddit AMA that "Sansa Stark” is the funniest person on set and that his first scene he filmed was in Tyrion’s cell.

Melora Hardin joins Amazon’s “Transparent”
“The Office” alum will join Gaby Hoffman and Jeffrey Tambor about the family dynamics of three adult siblings.

Jim Nabors says goodbye to the Indy 500
The former “Gomer Pyle” star ended his tradition of singing "Back Home Again In Indiana” this year, prompting sadness from some Indianapolis 500 fans.

BBC was once concerned that David Tennant and Benedict Cumberbatch weren’t sexy enough
That was “Sherlock” and “Doctor Who” boss Steven Moffat’s recollection: "They said of casting David Tennant as Casanova, 'Damn, you should have cast someone sexier'. With Benedict Cumberbatch, we were told the same thing. 'You promised us a sexy Sherlock, not him.'"

Why name Wil Wheaton’s new Syfy show "The Wil Wheaton Project”?
“We couldn't come up with another name,” Wheaton says of his “The Soup” for nerds. "We had been calling it 'The Untitled Wil Wheaton Project' because we couldn't come up with a name. All the names we kept coming up with were stupid. They were too on-the-nose or too precious or too cute.”

Is reality TV dying?
The number of scripted broadcast shows is up 20% next season over last season.

“Jeopardy!’s” Arthur Chu was rejected by TBS’ “King of the Nerds”
Chu writes about being a nerd in the aftermath of the Elliot Rodger killings and the “#YesAllWomen’ hashtag.

Kerr Smith joins “The Fosters”
The “Dawson’s Creek” alum will play Callie’s biological dad.

Howard Stern: Embracing oddballs will keep “America’s Got Talent” from falling in ratings
“You do get the loveable kook who could break through,” he says as the 9th season launches.

Esquire Network hopes to grab guys with “Movies to Live By”
Each week starting June 5 with “All the President’s Men,” a movie will be shown that "men need to know to get through life."

Report: Lance Bass is being used to convince Lisa Vanderpump not to quit “Real Housewives”
The former 'N Sync star is Andy Cohen’s “secret weapon” in his attempt to get Vanderpump to return to the Bravo reality show.

NBC’s “The Night Shift” seems to working off a checklist of medical show cliches
TV’s newest medical drama, says Brian Lowry, "feels aimed at those who might have found 'Chicago Fire' too intellectually demanding. NBC is introducing the show amid a barrage of scripted summer fare, and stranger things have worked (especially with the more lenient requirements of the postseason), but for all the creative pulse that’s on display here, the network could just as easily have rerun a discarded series from the 1990s and labeled it 'New to You.’” PLUS: It’s bland and cliched, and it’s just like light beach reading.

Watch the trailer for A&E’s country rapper reality show “Big Smo”
Meet the king of “hick-hop."

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DVR Gridlock 2014-15: Tuesday Nights

What will the 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' move, 'Flash' premiere and 'NCIS' continuation mean?

[As is my recent tradition, over the next six days, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. It also assumes that you/I only have a dual tuner DVR (plus occasional access to a Slingbox on ET. Check out last year's DVR Gridlock installments and the DVR Gridlock segments for 2012.]


8:00 p.m. 
ABC: "Selfie," "Manhattan Love Story"
The CW: "The Flash"
FOX: "Utopia"
NBC: "The Voice"

9:00 p.m.
ABC: "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
CBS: "NCIS: New Orleans"
The CW: "Supernatural"
FOX: "New Girl," "The Mindy Project"
NBC: "Marry Me," "About a Boy"

10:00 p.m. 
ABC: "Forever"
CBS: "Person of Interest"
NBC: "Chicago Fire"

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'Boardwalk Empire’s' Charlie Cox will play 'Daredevil' on Netflix

“Boardwalk Empire’s” Charlie Cox will play "Daredevil” on Netflix
Cox will play Matt Murdock, the blind lawyer-turned-crime-fighter in the drama from Marvel.

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<p>Aiden&#39;s phone is his primary weapon in &#39;Watch Dogs&#39;</p>

Aiden's phone is his primary weapon in 'Watch Dogs'

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Launch day impressions of the XBox One version of Ubisoft's highly-anticipated 'Watch Dogs'

We're nowhere near ready to review this one yet, but it's an interesting start

It's safe to say that there are few entertainment events that I am more eager for this year than the release of the new Ubisoft game, "Watch Dogs." The first time they showed a video from this, I was fascinated. And now that I've had a chance to play it for about ten hours all told, I'm still excited to really get into it. I feel like I've grazed the mere surface of the game at this point, and even though there's a million things happening for me in June, "Watch Dogs" is going to be a big part of that month as well. At this point? Inevitable.

The first observation I'll make is that the game has a pervasive sadness in the opening stretches that I didn't fully expect. When I saw that first gameplay video two years ago, what got me was the idea of hacking the city around me to use as part of the gameplay. I've enjoyed watching the city itself come into focus as they've released more and more materials, and the conversations about how they might be incorporating multiplayer were also exciting. But I've gone out of my way not to learn much of anything about the story because I hate having that element of a game ruined for me before I can experience it for myself.

My review of the game won't run for at least a week, because I don't think I could give any sort of genuine response until I've had a chance to live with it a bit and see what gets its hooks into me and what doesn't. All I can offer today is my impression of that beginning and the actual game play and how quickly I started to feel comfortable with it.

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Quentin Tarantino reportedly sets November start date for his 'Hateful Eight' western
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Quentin Tarantino reportedly sets November start date for his 'Hateful Eight' western

If he's going to use the cast he did at the live reading, we're in for a treat

If you didn't read our coverage of the special live read event for Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" screenplay, check it out.

It was fairly clear during that event that Tarantino still has every intention of making the movie, and that the reading was a way of him not only testing some of the biggest moments in front of a crowd but also a way of taking control of the conversation about the script. After all, the first time most people heard of it was when the script got leaked and there was a rush from various sites to summarize it and offer up plot details.

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"Deadliest Catch"
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Exclusive clip: The lights go out on 'Deadliest Catch'

Things get scary when the Northwestern gets into trouble

There's dark, and then there's middle-of-the-ocean dark. That's what the crab fisherman working on the Northwestern in tonight's episode of "Deadliest Catch" (Tues. May 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET on Discovery) must face in this exclusive clip.

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“The Normal Heart” is HBO's 5th most-watched film

“The Normal Heart” is HBO's 5th most-watched film
About 1.4 million watched the Ryan Murphy adaptation of Larry Kramer’s HIV-AIDs crisis play.

HBO developing ‘60s NYC gay rights drama “Open City” from Adam Shankman
“Open City” will examine the unlikely alliance between the Mafia and New York City’s gay community in the ‘60s.

“True Blood” unveils its final season poster
It’s “True to the End.”

“Petals On The Wind” scores 3.4 million for Lifetime
The V.C. Andrews sequel was down sharply from “Flowers in the Attic,” which brought in 6.1 million viewers.

“Sleepy Hollow” hires a new sheriff, from “House of Cards”
Sakina Jaffrey will take on the role of "smart, forceful, highly trained and commanding” new sheriff. PLUS: “One Tree Hill” vet Matt Barr tapped to play a bounty hunter.

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Nicki Minaj

Watch: Nicki Minaj's 'Pills N Potions' lyric video

First of two lyric videos highlights the pills more than the potions

Nicki Minaj has released the first of two lyric videos for her strong new single, “Pills N Potions.”

The lyrics pop up over stills of liquor bottles, cigarette smoke, pills, and other shots of club exteriors, apartment interiors, the New York skyline, and cocktail glasses.  No telling if these shots hint at the story line of the full video coming or if these images stand alone.

The song, which we reviewed here, is the first single from Minaj’s third full-length album, “The Pink Print,” which is coming later this year.


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