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<p>Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in &quot;Foxcatcher.&quot;</p>

Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in "Foxcatcher."

Credit: Sony Classics

Channing Tatum and Steve Carell look set to hit the Cannes red carpet with 'Foxcatcher'

Bennett Miller's delayed prestige drama will likely premiere in Competition

The Cannes Film Festival is turning into quite the refuge for postponed Oscar bait. After "The Great Gatsby" skipped the 2012 awards season to open last year's fest instead (and wound up with a pair of Oscars to boot), the Weinsteins' seemingly troubled "Grace of Monaco" is following the same path. Now, on a more prestigious note, a source tells In Contention that Bennett Miller's much-anticipated drama "Foxcatcher" -- one of the films Variety recently bandied about as a potential Cannes bow -- will have its world premiere on the Croisette in May, though no one at Sony Classics would confirm at this time.

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"Check It Out"

"Check It Out"

Credit: Adult Swim

John C. Reilly recalls basement cats on 'Check It Out'

How do you think this compares to 'Between Two Ferns'?

Who says Zach Galifianakis has cornered the market on awkward talk shows with "Between Two Ferns"? John C. Reilly lets his character, Dr. Steve Brule, take a seat to interview a doctor "who looks at kids' brains" on "Check It Out" (airing on Adult Swim on Fri. March 28 at 12:30 a.m.). In the clip below, Brule reveals a little bit about his childhood. Unfortunately, it involves cages. However, this might explain a lot. 

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'Duck Dynasty’s' season finale down 28% from last season

“Duck Dynasty’s” season finale down 28% from last season
About 6 million tuned in last night, which was also down from the 8.5 million who watched the season premiere and 8.4 million who tuned in for last October’s season finale.


Amazon is set to stream its original shows for free, with ads
A new service would likely feature original and licensed programming and music videos.


Joan Rivers will sit on "The Tonight Show" couch tonight for the 1st time in 28 years
Tonight, Rivers, who made a brief cameo on Fallon’s “Tonight Show” launch, formally ends her streak of not sitting down on “Tonight” after Johnny Carson banned her three decades ago.


“SNL” unveils more Louis CK promos
“I’m done. See you later, dorks.”


Ashton Kutcher photoshops bearded Angus T. Jones in a “Two and a Half Men” promo pic
What would the current “Half Man” look like on the show?


Syfy sets “Defiance” return date
Season 2 kicks off on June 19.


“HIMYM’s” The Mother recalls sending in an “SNL” audition tape
Cristin Milioti sent in her audition — featuring a Bristol Palin impression -- after guesting on “30 Rock."


“Nightline’s” Cynthia McFadden jumps to NBC News; Juju Chang will replace her
McFadden helped re-launch “Nightline” in 2005. Chang, who was once Anderson Cooper's partner on ABC News' "World News Now," has been contributing to "Nightline."

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<p>Christian Bale in &quot;Exodus Gods and Kings&quot;</p>

Christian Bale in "Exodus Gods and Kings"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' with Christian Bale gets a title change

Call it 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

As one Biblical epic sets sail (so to speak) in theaters this weekend, news out of Las Vegas' CinemaCon is that another has undergone a title change.

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<p>This is what happened when I reminded Josh Holloway that, technically speaking, we are the same gender.</p>

This is what happened when I reminded Josh Holloway that, technically speaking, we are the same gender.

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'Sabotage' star Josh Holloway would really like to live through an entire movie

America's Sean Bean opens up about his worst on-screen habit

The same day I sat down to talk to Josh Holloway about his new film "Sabotage" was the day that the PaleyFest 10th reunion panel for "Lost" was held, so it's safe to say Holloway was in a pretty great mood when we spoke.

Here's what I don't get about Hollywood. "Lost" arrives on television and becomes a massive cultural hit, and one of the most charismatic cast members of that show looks and swaggers like an authentic movie star from day one. And here we are, ten years after the premiere of that show, and Holloway still hasn't had that one great movie role that could have pushed him over the top. Why is that? How is he not at the top of the list every time you're casting an action film? How is he not already in London getting ready to steal "Star Wars" out from under the rest of the cast? In what world is this guy not huge?

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2014 hit singles that need to go away already

2014 hit singles that need to go away already

No more #Selfie, we're not all that 'Loyal'

We're only a quarter of a way into 2014 and the lists have already started. For me, it's a hit list of sort, with some "hits" shy a letter.

Some tracks like Pitbull's "Timber" and Chris Brown's "Loyal" were release late into 2013 and reaching critical mass just now. Others like The Chainsmokers' "#Selfie" bounded in from out of nowhere while the world spied for new formulas from acts like Jennifer Lopez or lingering singles-in-wait from Justin Timberlake or Bruno Mars

Below is a chronicle of songs that just need to get lost already, from Brantley Gilbert to -- get your gasp out now -- the "Frozen" song.

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<p>Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies have to survive a day of the most intense storms possible in the new found-footage thriller &#39;Into The Storm&#39;</p>

Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies have to survive a day of the most intense storms possible in the new found-footage thriller 'Into The Storm'

Credit: New Line Cinema

Found-footage thriller 'Into The Storm' features crazy large-scale tornado action

We've come a long way since 'Twister'

Because every generation deserves their own "Twister."

Somewhere today, Jan De Bont is sitting in front of YouTube, pressing "play" over and over again and saying to himself, "Look at what they did." I remember talking to producer Todd Garner not long before he left to go start work on this film, and he was giddy about what they were planning to do. Looking at this first trailer, it's obvious that they have spent their time and money planning massive set pieces in which tornadoes are pushed to a place that nature's never subjected us to, and if you're a fan of chaos and destruction, "Into The Storm" is the summer movie for you.

It makes perfect sense to hire Steven Quale as director. After all, directing a "Final Destination" movie is basically an exercise in juggling mayhem. The film is a found-footage movie, and while I'm tired of that device in general, it makes a certain sense here.

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<p>Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore in a scene from Bryan Singer&#39;s &quot;X-Men: Days of Future Past.&quot;</p>

Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore in a scene from Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

Credit: 20th Century Fox

First 10 minutes of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' features lots of death

Or does it?

LAS VEGAS - 20th Century Fox brought some showmanship to CinemaCon today as the company's presentation to the nation's theater owners kicked off with a musical performance by Ester Dean and B.o.B of the song "Rio Rio" from "Rio 2." And hey, who doesn't want to see Vegas showgirls doing the samba at 10 AM in the morning?  That's a major wake up call.

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Mindy Kaling makes her Vogue debut, says: 'I don’t want to be skinny'

Mindy Kaling makes her Vogue debut, says: “I don’t want to be skinny”
"There’s a whole list of things I would probably change about myself,” she tells the fashion magazine. "For example, I’m always trying to lose fifteen pounds. But I never need to be skinny. I don’t want to be skinny. I’m constantly in a state of self-improvement.”


Michelle Borth out at “Hawaii Five-0”
Borth, who’s been on the CBS drama since Season 1, won’t return as Catherine ‘Cat’ Rollins for Season 5.


Jimmy Carter’s 1st text message was about his Stephen Colbert appearance
The former president texted his grandson, who’s running for Governor of Georgia, asking if he saw his “Colbert Report” appearance on Tuesday.


How realistic is “How I Met Your Mother”?
How do Americans actually meet their spouses? The Wall Street Journal investigates...


LeBron James’ Starz basketball comedy “Survivor’s Remorse" rounds out its cast
Jessie T. Usher will play basketball phenom Cam Calloway, while Tichina Arnold will play his mom.


Another “Michael J. Fox Show” star books a pilot
Ana Nogueira is joining CBS’ “Good Session.”


“Graceland” adds “CSI:NY’s” Carmine Giovinazzo
He’ll head of the LAPD’s Gang Task Force next season.


“The Walking Dead’s” Carl has a 29-year-old female stunt double
Check out a photo of 14-year-old Chandler Riggs with the woman who plays his stunt double.


Lara Spencer sticks with “GMA”
ABC News has locked down Spencer amid contract talks with Josh Elliott, w ho’s being wooed by NBC Sports. “You know you're in the right job when getting up at 4 a.m. is a joy,” says Spencer of her new long-term deal.


Lena Dunham directs her boyfriend’s new band’s music video
Check out Jack Antonoff’s “I Wanna Get Better” from his band Bleachers. PLUS: What if Hannah Horvath hung out with a “Golden Girl”?

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Joe Elliott

Joe Elliott

CulturePop No. 42 - 'Def Leppard' lead singer Joe Elliott, Pt. 1

Listen in for his imitation of Gene Simmons

Hanging out over coffee with Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott at the legendary rock 'n' roll hotel Sunset Marquis was already a great start to our morning -- what made it even better was Elliott himself. Laid-back, charming and happy to riff on any subject we lobbed at him, he talked candidly about rocking out after fifty, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Def Leppard's upcoming tour with KISS, and plenty more.

Given how much we loved talking to his band mate Phil Collen, how can we decide which member of the band was a better guest? We can't and yeah, no reason to do it. They're both awesome -- and Elliott had so much to say, we couldn't bring ourselves to cut him off for some arbitrary time limit. Thus, you get part one and part two of our chat with him (part two will be next week). You're welcome. Here's the rundown:

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CBS held a ''Good Wife’ wake' in the Ed Sullivan Theater on Wednesday

CBS held a “'Good Wife’ wake” in the Ed Sullivan Theater on Wednesday
Josh Charles and Julianna Margulies, plus the show’s creators were reunited, perhaps one last time, for a panel moderated by Charlie Rose, who asked: "what the hell happened to Will and why?"


“Alice in Arabia” writer: An online “mob” formed to take down my misunderstood project
Brooke Eikmeier says she was "accused of being a tone-deaf racist hack” when, in reality, her project was about "a mixed-race Arab girl” and "a loving, but conflicted, Muslim family.” "A mob formed, made up its mind, then rushed to destroy a valuable opportunity for furthering the cause of women worldwide,” she says. "ABC Family pulled the plug on the show on March 21, just four days after the pilot was picked up.”


“Modern Family” beats “Idol” in total viewers for the 1st time
For the 3rd week in a row, “American Idol” lost to fellow veteran reality show “Survivor."


Dan Harmon says it would be weird if “Community” didn’t get a 6th season
"We know there's going to be a sixth season or else you'll probably show up with pitchforks and torches,” adds Joel McHale at last night’s Paleyfest. PLUS: Watch “Community’s” G.I. Joe PSA.


Simon Cowell would like to see an “American Idol” reunion
"One day Paula Randy Me and Ryan will reunite,” he tweeted last night. "I know it will happen. It was a special time.”


Bravo will let its reality TV fans vote to “select a scene”
Viewers can pick which scene they want to watch from “Real Housewives” or other Bravo reality shows.


“Mad Men” lands on the cover of Time magazine
Time goes behind the scenes of the final season and talks to Matthew Weiner about the entire series run.

Bill Cosby does a tightrope walk with Jimmy Fallon on his back
Fallon also got to do his Cosby impression to Cosby on last night’s “Tonight Show."


“Arrow” gets a boost from The Huntress’ return
Last night’s ratings were up 12% over last week. PLUS: Last night’s episode, explained.


Check out historical “HIMYM” pics
Walk down memory lane, starting with pics from the pilot. PLUS: Lindsay Lohan & Billy Eichner destroy a car in honor of “HIMYM."


George R.R. Martin posts proof he’s writing the next “Game of Thrones” book
An excerpt from "The Winds Of Winter” was posted on the author’s blog.

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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Modern Family&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Modern Family"

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: Wilting 'Idol' leads FOX Wednesday, 'The 100' dips, 'Modern Family' rises

'Survivor' clobbers 'Idol' in the 8 p.m. hour

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

The "Survivor" margin-of-victory over "American Idol" is growing with each week, but with CBS' procedurals in repeats, FOX still won Wednesday night in all key measures.

It was ABC that capitalized on the absence of new "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" episodes, as "Modern Family," "Mixology" and "Nashville" were all up from their last originals. 

In contrast, The CW's "The 100" dropped from last week's premiere, falling behind "Arrow," but still far exceeding the network's time period averages.

On to the numbers...

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