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Andrew Garfield and Bobby Moynihan

Andrew Garfield and Bobby Moynihan

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Andrew Garfield and Coldplay

Will Garfield spin a comedic web in his first hosting appearance?

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?

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"Orphan Black"

"Orphan Black"

Credit: BBC America

'Orphan Black' recap: Is Kira's dad ready for Clone Club?

Felix makes a heartbreaking decision, too

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? 

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Frozen
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'Frozen' stays glued to the top spot on next week's chart

Ray LaMontagne, Lindsey Stirling and more enter top 10

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.” 

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<p>Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie</p>

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie to team up with Brad Pitt on her next directorial venture

The power couple prepare their first onscreen collaboration since 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith'

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.

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<p>Ryan Reynolds in &quot;The Captive.&quot;</p>

Ryan Reynolds in "The Captive."

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Cannes Check 2014: Ryan Reynolds in Atom Egoyan's 'The Captive'

Continuing our festival preview with the Oscar-nominated director's kidnap thriller

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."

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<p>&quot;Shark Tank: Swimming With Sharks&quot;</p>

"Shark Tank: Swimming With Sharks"

TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank' goes big on Friday while 'Hannibal' rises, 'Dixie' falls

'Blue Bloods' leads CBS to overall victory

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...

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<p>Jefra was very excited about her guac</p>

Jefra was very excited about her guac

Credit: CBS

Interview: Jefra Bland talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

The Last of the Beauties discusses her 'Survivor' snuffing

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...

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<p>Michael Pitt as Mason Verger in &quot;Hannibal.&quot;</p>

Michael Pitt as Mason Verger in "Hannibal."

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Review: 'Hannibal ' - 'Naka-Choko'

Will becomes more like Hannibal, and Michael Pitt enters as Mason Verger

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I build a pig maze...

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Embattled L.A. Clippers owner is talking to Barbara Walters and Anderson Cooper

Embattled L.A. Clippers owner is talking to Barbara Walters and Anderson Cooper
Donald Sterling has set up interviews with both news stars this evening, according to TMZ. UPDATE: Sterling bailed on the interviews, but Walters did speak with his girlfriend, V. Stiviano.


“Green Acres” is getting the movie and possible Broadway treatment
The classic ‘60s sitcom starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor is being made into a feature film and is being shopped as a potential stage play on Broadway.


What will the White House Correspondents’ Dinner do to Joel McHale’s career?
Will it lead to his own late-night show or more “Community”?


HBO’s “Vice” renewed for a 3rd season
The CEO of Vice revealed the renewal, saying: ""HBO is going to give me sh*t” for announcing it.


“Everybody Loves Raymond” stars reunite
Ray Romano’s CBS sitcom is being inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.


Don Rickles: I can’t go on Jimmy Fallon because I don’t play ping-pong
Watch Rickles joke with Letterman about the late-night wars.


Why are TV’s strongest women living in and around Washington, D.C.?
From Olivia Pope to Selina Meyer to Claire Underwood, "there is apparently nothing sexist or old school about painting women as venal, self-serving and manipulative” in the nation’s capital, says Alessandra Stanley.


Showtime's posting of the unedited “Penny Dreadful” pilot online was unusual
Usually, Showtime posts an edited version of season/series premieres on YouTube. But the show wouldn’t work with edits, so YouTube users have had to confirm they are over age 18 to watch the series premiere.


Lego episode shows that “The Simpsons” still has it, at least sometimes
"Brick Like Me,” says James Poniewozik, "shows that 'The Simpsons' can still be inspired, weird, and sincere, when all the pieces fall into place.” PLUS: How “The Simpsons” predicted the Ukraine crisis in 1998.


“True Blood” adds Will  Yun Lee
The “Hawaii Five-0” veteran will play a Japanese businessman living in Texas who’s out for revenge. PLU: See Season 7 “True Blood” pics, and Anna Paquin joins Twitter.


How to explain Mister Rogers to kids
Are tech-savvy modern kids missing out on Mister Rogers?


Here are 15 women who could replace Craig Ferguson
From Amy Sedaris to Samantha Bee to Aisha Tyler. PLUS: 5 authors relive their fave Ferguson moments.


Marc Maron: I should take over “The Late Late Show” spot
Here’s Maron’s proposed pitch to Les Moonves: "Let's not focus on broad comedy bits and see if we can engage performers and celebrities in intimate and resonant conversation. There wouldn't be a premium on laughs per minute or ridiculous sketches but more on naturally funny moments that can occur in real conversation. And Les would say, 'So wait -- no comedy?’"


Louis CK: “I don’t have a trailer, I just sit in my car”
"I change in my car and I sit in my car,” he says of filming “Louie." "It just seems so absurd to me, living in New York, to have a trailer with a chair and a TV. It’s ridiculous.”


Cristina Yang deserves a better “Grey’s Anatomy” ending
Such a complicated character shouldn’t get an arbitrary fairy-tale ending. PLUS: “Grey’s” stars say goodbye to Cristina Yang.


Maya Rudolph wants her variety show to capture the spirit of “The Muppet Show”
She’s hoping to capture The Muppets’ playful quality on her own variety show.


Here are 5 web series that could become the next “Broad City”
From “Little Horribles” to “Ghost Ghirls.”


Adam West recalls how “Batman” was good for color TV sales, but DC Comics wasn’t initially sold on the show
"At first, DC Comics didn't much like the fact that we were not serious enough for adults,”
West writes in a column about his “Batman” experience. "However, when they saw their book sales dramatically increase, they began to love us, as did the Japanese color TV manufacturers. They became big fans, of course.”


“Vikings” creator talks Season 3
How many changes will the History series see next season?


Watch the official 50 Cent “Power” trailer
The Starz series follows a nightclub owner who’s also a drug dealer.


Presenting the 40 best cult TV comedies
From “Portlandia” to “Upright Citizens Brigade” to “Not Necessarily the News.”

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<p>Andrew Garfield in &quot;We Exist&quot;</p>

Andrew Garfield in "We Exist"

Andrew Garfield dresses up for Arcade Fire's 'We Exist' video: Watch the teaser

The 'Amazing Spider-Man' actor appeared in women's clothes for the band's Coachella performance

A couple of weeks ago, Andrew Garfield showed up to Arcade Fire's Coachella Weekend 2 gig in a dress and a wig.

Now we have some better idea what that was for.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" actor -- whose movie opened in theaters today -- appears in the first teaser for Arcade Fire's video for "We Exist." Flashes of Garfield shearing his hair and gripping his head in front of a mirror weave between footage of him nervously walking down the barricaded path that leads to the main stage at the music festival. In the latter scenes, he's wearing a white dress, with a face full of makeup.

Win Butler has said that the song "We Exist," the next single from Arcade Fire's latest album "Reflektor," is about a son telling his father that he's gay. At Coachella, the band sprung into the song with Butler intro'ing: "The right to marry anyone you want is a human rights issue."

We don't know if Garfield's character is trans, or prefers crossdressing, or if he's even the "son" in the song. But it looks like some strong messaging is on it's way.

Arcade Fire's tour and festival dates are below. Garfield hosts "Saturday Night Live" tomorrow night (May 3).

May 02    Atlanta, GA
May 04    New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival    New Orleans, LA
May 29    Primavera Sound Festival    Barcelona, Spain
May 31    Rock In Rio    Lisbon, Portugal
Jun 03        Paris, France
Jun 04        Paris, France
Jun 06        London, United Kingdom
Jun 07        London, United Kingdom
Jun 09        Landgraaf, Netherlands
Jun 10        Merksem, Belgium
Jun 12        Norwegian Wood Festival    Oslo, Norway
Jun 15        Northside Festival    Aarhus, Denmark
Jun 17        Dresden, Germany
Jun 18        Berlin, Germany
Jun 20        Hurricane Festival     Scheessel, Germany
Jun 20        Southside Festival    Tuttlingen, Germany
Jun 23        Rock In Roma    Rome Rm, Italy
Jun 24        Verona    Verona, Italy
Jun 29        Dublin    Dublin, Ireland
Jul 25        Fuji Rock    Niigata, Japan
Jul 30        Mountain View, CA
Aug 01        Los Angeles, CA
Aug 02        Los Angeles, CA
Aug 05        San Diego, CA
Aug 08        Seattle, WA
Aug 09        Squamish Valley Festival    Squamish, Canada
Aug 11        Edmonton, Canada
Aug 12        Calgary, Canada
Aug 14        Winnipeg, Canada
Aug 17        Washington, DC
Aug 19        Mansfield, MA
Aug 20        Bangor, ME
Aug 22        Brooklyn, NY
Aug 23        Brooklyn, NY
Aug 24        Brooklyn, NY
Aug 26        Chicago, IL
Aug 27        Chicago, IL
Aug 29        Toronto, Canada
Aug 30        Montreal, Canada

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'Grey’s Anatomy' extends 4 longtime cast members

“Grey’s Anatomy” extends 4 longtime cast members
Sara Ramirez, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers and James Pickens Jr. have all signed on for Seasons 11 and 12.


Xbox is exploring a possible "Halo" drama series partnership with Showtime
The Steven Spielberg-produced series could end up airing on both Showtime and Xbox, with enhanced interactivity built into the latter platform.


Nat Geo plans a special tribute to fallen “Alaska State Troopers” stars
Next week’s season premiere will feature a tribute to Trooper Gabriel “Gabe” Rich and Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson. "Trooper Gabriel “Gabe” Rich and Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson. "“We are definitely going to do something in our premiere next Thursday to honor their memory,” said a network spokesperson.


Watch the trailer for Starz’s “Outlander”
The time-traveling drama is from "Battlestar Galactica’s" Ronald D. Moore.


Twitter campaign urges CBS to hire Norm Macdonald to replace Craig Ferguson
Macdonald’s Weekend Update successor Colin Quinn is among those tweeting on behalf of Norm: "@cbs If u hire @normmacdonald I promise to be regular guest! #latelatenormnorm.”

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<p>Sam Heughan and&nbsp;Caitriona Balfe of &quot;Outlander&quot;</p>

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe of "Outlander"

Credit: Starz

Starz's first full 'Outlander' trailer teases timeless romance

Nobody says 'Sassanach,' so what's the point?

After January's Television Critics Association press tour panel for Starz's adaptation of "Outlander," I lamented that we hadn't been given copies of Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling novel for background.

I arrived home a day later and a copy of "Outlander" had arrived at my door, appearing from nowhere as if it had made contact with a mysterious standing stone circle after and even more mysterious pagan ritual.

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