Even Andy Cohen seemed exhausted by the screaming in the final installment of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" reunion, and I can't blame him a bit. This third episode just felt like one long, worn-out argument. I'm guessing this must be what it's like to break up with a psychotherapy grad student or a card-carrying narcissist. No wonder Andy stuck his fingers in his ears.
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Today is "Star Wars Day." You know, "May the fourth," because it sounds like "May the force (be with you)." GET IT???
There has been plenty of "Star Wars" discussion this week as the people threatening to give us a seventh film in this storied franchise dropped a few casting details on the world. People like Oscar Isaac and Max von Sydow and Adam Driver will be joining old timers Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher for "Star Wars: Episode VII - Whatever Nifty Subtitle They Give It," and we'll probably be hearing about it constantly as the film forges on through production and post-production.
George R.R. Martin defends the repeated use of rape on “Game of Thrones” and in his books
"An artist has an obligation to tell the truth,” he says. "My novels are epic fantasy, but they are inspired by and grounded in history. Rape and sexual violence have been a part of every war ever fought, from the ancient Sumerians to our present day. To omit them from a narrative centered on war and power would have been fundamentally false and dishonest, and would have undermined one of the themes of the books: that the true horrors of human history derive not from orcs and Dark Lords, but from ourselves. We are the monsters. (And the heroes too). Each of us has within himself the capacity for great good, and great evil.” PLUS: American Chemical Society investigates King Joffrey’s poisoning.
“SNL” sends up the Donald Sterling scandal
Watch the opening sketch featuring "Adam Silver,” "Donald Sterling” and "Dennis Rodman."
Chris Pratt predicted he’d be in “Jurassic World" years ago in a Season 2 “Parks and Rec” DVD extra
In the Season 2 DVD clip, Pratt pretends Steven Spielberg texted to ask him to join “Jurassic Park 4.” "F******G CRAZY!!!! WHAAAATTT!!??” Pratt responded on Twitter, when made aware of that video. He adds: "What's so crazy is I filmed that 5 years ago!!! I don't even remember doing it! Plus I had juuuust read the secret! (Last part not true)"
Joel McHale makes up with Gov. Chris Christie after roasting him at the White House Correspondents Dinner
McHale’s most blistering attack came against the New Jersey governor.
Nate Berkus weds
The "American Dreams Builder” host married Jeremiah Brent, former assistant to Rachel Zoe, in a ceremony Saturday in NYC.
“The FBI” and “77 Sunset Strip” star Efrem Zimbalist Jr. dies
Zimbalist, 95, was a staple of ‘60s and ‘70s TV.
President Obama cracks “Orange is the New Black” and “Game of Thrones” jokes at White House Correspondents’ Dinner
The president was shown sitting on an Iron Throne, and his joke that Speaker John Boehner was getting more grief from Republicans than him — "That means orange really is the new black” — got the biggest laugh of the night. PLUS: Watch History channel’s video on the White House Correspondents’ Association.
Vice President Biden picks up fellow "Veep" Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a yellow Corvette
Watch their video made for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Watch Joel McHale roast the president White House Correspondents’ Dinner
McHale targeted everybody, including NBC and the stars "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."
We’re here in the final stretch of the “Saturday Night Live” season, with just three consecutive episodes separating us and wild speculation about the fortieth season of the program. I have a few thoughts on what to look for over these three weeks, but the promos this week suggest “SNL” might have an extremely fun and game host in Garfield. He has cameo’d in the past when real-life girlfriend Emma Stone has hosted (look for her to return the favor tonight), but this is his first chance to show the comedic touches he brings to Peter Parker in a sketch-comedy setting. Along for the ride is musical guest Coldplay, who ironically last appeared on “SNL” when Stone hosted. Maybe Spider-Man will fight them as two-thirds of The Sinister Six. Not an EXTREMELY sinister six, I’d grant you. But hey, what do I know?
I realize that the surplus of questionable characters (I can't say villains, as the jury is still out on at least a few of them) paired with the relentless pace of "Orphan Black"'s second season thus far has some fans feeling shellshocked. It's been a lot to digest, I'll admit. Still, I hope everyone is keeping their Clone Club membership. I can't make any guarantees, but I feel confident that what seems convoluted to some of us now will unravel satisfyingly as the season progresses. And hey, there's reason to celebrate, isn't there? While this episode still leaves us with more questions than answers, one of those answers is the identity of Kira's dad. That's something, right?
“Frozen” will remain entrenched at the top of the Billboard 200 for another week, as a none of the chart’s newcomers can topple the soundtrack from its pole position.
Not that there aren’t a number of acts trying to grab the top spot. Four title bow in the Top 10 next week: crossover violinist Lindsey Stirling’s “Shatter Me” will debut at No. 2, selling between 50,000-55,000, roughly half of “Frozen’s” predicted 90,000-100,000. Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne’s new album, the Dan Auerbach-produced “Supernova” will be at No. 3 with 45,000 sold. Christian group Passion’s live set, “Take It All,” will come in at No. 4 (32,000) and duo Timeflies’ latest, “After Hours,” will start at No. 7 (20,000).
Rounding out the Top 10 are returnees Iggy Azalea’s “The New Classic” at No. 5 (22,000), Pharrell Williams’ “G I R L” at No. 6, Future’s “Honest” at No. 8, Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” at No. 9 and Shakira’s self-titled set at No. 10.
Week after next will bring another slew of new entries, including Lily Allen’s “Sheezus,” Hunter Hayes’ “Storyline,” Sarah McLachlan’s “Shine On,” and Santana’s “Corazon.”
When Angelina Jolie made her directorial debut in 2011 with the Bosnian War romance "In the Land of Blood and Honey," reviews were middling to respectable, though the film was still dismissed by many critics as a sort of noble vanity project. (The Golden Globe voters didn't help it much by handing it a shamelessly celebrity-courting Best Foreign Language Film nod.) But Jolie -- as in pretty much all her ventures -- is proving herself to be pretty serious about her directing career.
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month'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, the third Canadian director in the lineup: Atom Egoyan's "The Captive."
Fast National ratings for Friday, May 2, 2014.
Posting a big 22 percent week-to-week gain among young viewers, "Shark Tank" led ABC to an easy Friday win among young viewers, while "Blue Bloods" was up over last week and led CBS to an overall rout.
In short: Business as usual.
There was some Friday variation, though. NBC's "Hannibal" was up for the third straight week, though once again basketball preemptions in the Portland market mean that these numbers are inflated.
On the negative side, "Hart of Dixie" was low for The CW, as was "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" FOX's "Kitchen Nightmares" was also on the low side.
On to the numbers...
And then the Beauty Tribe was gone.
Had the Beauty Tribe been functional, perhaps they could have made a go of things after the Merge. They made the Merge with four players, same as the Brawn tribe, one more than the Brain tribe. And when Sarah was blindsided post-Merge, Beauty had a plurality and theoretically could have bonded with anybody to take power.
With no particular unity, though, the Beauty tribe failed to mount any sort of strategy. First, Morgan went out without a whimper. Then L.J. was blindsided. Then Jeremiah knew he was doomed.
Finally, on this week's "Survivor: Cagayan," Jefra Band became the last Beauty castaway sent packing, blindsided by Tony, who feared that a gender-based alliance might be the only thing that could halt his paranoid scurry to the million.
Jefra, who previously expected elimination and then was spared after Kass flipped, faced her torch-snuffing with a smile.
In her exit interview, the two-time Miss Kentucky runner-up discusses her tribe's early demise and what it says about "beauty" as a "Survivor" attribute. She explains her end-game strategy and why she stuck with Tony, rather than trying to blindside him. And she remembers the flood of emotions on the night Kass' flip spared her.
Click through for the full Q&A...
A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I build a pig maze...