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<p>&quot;Criminal Minds&quot;</p>

"Criminal Minds"

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TV Ratings: 'Criminal Minds' finale lifts CBS past FOX's rising 'Idol' on Wednesday

'Arrow,' 'Suburgatory,' 'Chicago PD,' 'Modern Family' are also up

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

The "Criminal Minds" season finale got a big week-to-week bump for CBS, helping the network hold off FOX, with a boosted "American Idol," on Wednesday night.

There were actually lots of shows getting end-of-season -- finale or pre-finale -- bumps on Wednesday night.

ABC's comedies were all up on Wednesday, as was the "Nashville" season finale. "Chicago PD" rose for NBC. And the "Arrow" finale gave The CW a little bump as well.

On to the numbers...

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Brendan Gleeson and Chris O'Dowd in "Calvary."
Brendan Gleeson and Chris O'Dowd in "Calvary."
Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Brendan Gleeson faces a test of faith in new trailer for Sundance hit 'Calvary'

John Michael McDonagh's dark religious comedy opens Stateside on August 1

It's too early still for me to get into the blindfolded business of early awards-season projections, but I will share one hunch that I've had since January: that the redoubtable Brendan Gleeson will sneak a dark-horse Best Actor nod for his sensational performance in John Michael McDonagh's "Calvary." The very black ecclesiastical comedy, starring Gleeson as a rural Irish priest faced with an anonymous death threat from one of his parishioners, was a major critical hit at the Sundance Film Festival, and got further glowing reviews when it opened in the UK last month.

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"Mr. Turner."
"Mr. Turner."
Credit: Sony Classics

Review: Mike Leigh paints his own portrait in lovely, robust 'Mr. Turner'

Leigh's passion project takes a hard look at the creative and critical processes

CANNES - If any critics were about to ding Mike Leigh for wading into the warm waters of the period prestige picture for his latest, long-contemplated feature, let it be known that the veteran writer-director has come prepared. "What is wrong with being a portrait painter?" asks a slighted practitioner of the form at an ego-crammed artists' gathering midway through "Mr. Turner," Leigh's expansive, exquisitely realized biography of Britain's foremost Romantic painter. The retort from a colleague is airy and sneery and entirely predictable: "What does it do to elevate the art?" he smugs. 

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<p>&quot;Arrow.&quot;</p>

"Arrow."

Credit: CW

Season finale review: 'Arrow' - 'Unthinkable'

Oliver and his friends face off against Slade with Starling City in the balance

A quick review of the "Arrow" season finale — and season 2 as a whole — coming up just as soon as you make me a hero...

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<p>&quot;iZombie&quot;</p>

"iZombie"

Credit: The CW

New pictures from The CW's 'iZombie' and 'The Flash'

Also, 'Jane the Virgin' and 'The Messenger'

Announced on Thursday (May 15) morning, The CW's 2014-2015 slate includes a quartet of new offerings.

There are two DC Comics properties, one a spinoff-of-sorts ("The Flash") and one an accessible tale of a zombie crime-fighter ("iZombie), an adaptation of a telenovela that The CW is calling a comedy ("Jane the Virgin") and a confusingly described Rapture-themed drama ("The Messengers").

"Jane the Virgin" is set for Mondays at 9 p.m., while "The Flash" will air on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. The CW has set "iZombie" and "The Messengers" for midseason berths along with the returns of "Hart of Dixie" and "Beauty and the Beast."

The CW hasn't overburdened us with pictures, so check out a few fleeting first glimpses at "The Flash," "iZombie," "Jane the Virgin" and "The Messengers"...

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'Rambo V,' 'Santa Claws' and 31 other must-see Cannes Film Market posters

'Rambo V,' 'Santa Claws' and 31 other must-see Cannes Film Market posters

Some of these movies might actually be good

CANNES - While the Cannes Film Festival is known for its celebrity-filled red carpets and the prestigious Palme d'Or, it's also a major film market for distributors around the world. For over 50 years international production companies have hawked completed films or movies they are trying to secure financing for to theater owners from the far corners of the globe. For good reasons and bad, the Cannes Film Market is also notorious for its sometimes hilarious promo posters for films that may never see the light of day in the United States.

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Review: 'Party Girl' paints a bruised and beautiful portrait of a life in upheaval
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Review: 'Party Girl' paints a bruised and beautiful portrait of a life in upheaval

Spare and unsentimental, this one hurts

CANNES -- Life is opportunity.

More than ever before, I believe that. I have to believe that. In just over a week, I turn 44, and I stand at the edge of some major upheavals in my life. It has taken me a longer time to reach this point than I would have liked, but I eventually realized that inertia is no way to live. I would rather confront the pain and the disappointment of sifting through the ashes of a marriage burnt to the ground than continue to simply drift along hoping for some miraculous change for the better. There is nothing more terrifying to me than change, and I feel like that's true for most of us. We accept the way things are and consign dreams of change to being just that… dreams. The courage it takes to affect real change is not something we come by easily, and fear of the unknown can be a powerful motivator to simply let life happen to us, as if we are incapable of control.

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CW unveils its fall schedule: 'Flash' paired with 'Supernatural' on Tuesdays

CW unveils its fall schedule: “Flash” paired with “Supernatural” on Tuesdays
“The Originals” is joining “Jane the Virgin" on Mondays, while "iZombie," “Hart of Dixie," “Beauty and the Beast" and "The Messengers" are being saved for midseason. The rest of the schedule will remain intact. PLUS: CW is moving away from teen-skewing dramas.

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<p>&quot;Arrow&quot;</p>

"Arrow"

Credit: The CW

The CW's 2014-15 TV Schedule: 'Flash' takes Tuesdays, 'Originals' goes to Monday

'iZombie' and 'The Messengers' will wait for midseason

With only five nights of programming and two hours of programming per night, The CW's schedule has fewer pieces than any of the others that have been revealed this week, but the network's 2014-2015 lineup, announced on Thursday (May 15) morning, still held a few surprises.

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Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Straw That Broke The Camel's Back'
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Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Straw That Broke The Camel's Back'

The Tony-Woo-Trish-Kass alliance experiences a little tension

Pre-credit sequence. It's Night 33. Tasha's gone. And it's raining again. Spencer is annoyed at Woo and Kass for ditching their Final 3 pact and he doesn't particularly care if Tony hears it. "So it turns out the deal that we  had is a lie," Spencer grumbles. "Why bother with the whole charade?" Spencer asks. "Why does anyone lie in this game? It's part of the game," Kass tells him, explaining to us that she thinks she could beat Tony, who she thinks everybody hates. "As long as they don't stab me in the back, I won't stab them in the back," Tony says of his alliance. Spencer calls his rivals foolish and says his only chance is that the others don't understand the game.

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<p>&quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

"The Americans."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'Operation Chronicle'

Elizabeth tries to get Jared to safety, while Arkady has a chat with Stan

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I don't have a niece or a cousin...

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"Nashville"

"Nashville"

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'Nashville' season finale recap: It's getting super sudsy in here, y'all

It's all kinds of cliffhanger goodness for the primetime soap

Yes, it's been an uneven season for "Nashville," I won't disagree. There have been points in the season in which I felt I was tuning in simply to listen to the music and watch Connie Britton flip her hair. It is really good hair, after all. 

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