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Coldplay reveals new song, 'A Sky Full of Stars,' and love for One Direction

Check out second single from 'Ghost Stories'

Coldplay has now revealed five of the nine songs on “Ghost Stories,” and it’s safe to say, based on those tracks, that the album out May 19, is the group’s most atmospheric sonically. Hazy synths inform all of the songs we’ve heard so far and there’s a dream-like quality to all of them, although new single, "Sky Full of Stars," released today,  is definitely the most commercial and dance-y track so far.

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Gaspard Ulliel in "Saint Laurent."
Gaspard Ulliel in "Saint Laurent."
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Cannes Check 2014: Bertrand Bonello's 'Saint Laurent'

Continuing our annual cheat sheet for the Cannes Competition

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 second of four French entries: Bertrand Bonello's "Saint Laurent." 

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Showtime orders 'Snowfall,' a drama on the ‘80s crack cocaine epidemic

Showtime orders “Snowfall,” a drama on the ‘80s crack cocaine epidemic
John Singleton will direct the project, which will be told through the eyes of a young black kid in Compton, a Mexican wrestler and a CIA agent charged with running money to the Contras.

“Nashville” may leave Nashville
Dwindling Tennessee state tax incentives have prompted the ABC drama to explore moving to another state, such as Texas or Georgia, according to The Tennessean newspaper.

Naya Rivera fired from “Glee”?
There are rumors that Rivera is done after feuding on set with Lea Michele.

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"The Originals" - Charles Michael Davis

"The Originals" - Charles Michael Davis

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Interview: Charles Michael Davis talks new 'Originals' challenges for Marcel

He says his character is 'breaking up' with Klaus

As Marcel on "The Originals" (Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. on the CW), Charles Michael Davis is one charming (and dashingly handsome) vampire. Of course, he also seems to have a death wish, in that he's plunging into the battle for New Orleans that already has the werewolves, witches and Original vampires determined to get their slice of the deep-fried pie. I spoke to the former model about his take on the character, whose backstory with Klaus will be examined in tonight's episode as Klaus struggles with memories of his paternal relationship with Marcel -- and nightmares about his vampire hunter father. 

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Happy 60th birthday, Jerry Seinfeld!

Happy 60th birthday, Jerry Seinfeld!
Seinfeld officially enters his 60s today. PLUS: Seinfeld's wife posts a childhood photo of Jerry.

“The Following” finishes the season 4th in its timeslot
The Kevin Bacon drama did, however, have its best ratings in more than a month.

“Girls” is using a Staten Island cultural center to portray the University of Iowa
Hannah will be shown riding her bike across the Snug Harbor Cultural Center’s “campus.”

Elisabeth Moss calls “Mad Men” promos “a lie”
It’s not the final season, she says. “There’s a lot more next year."

Late-night hosts have a field day mocking Donald Sterling
The racist L.A. Clippers owner was at the top of nearly ever late-night show last night.

Why CBS shouldn’t replace Craig Ferguson with another talk show
There’s a whole late-night audience out there who doesn’t like talks shows. So why not do a show devoted to sports, music or politics? PLUS: Ferguson was unlike anything else on TV with his off-the-wall antics and great conversations, celebrities react, and why not replace him with Aisha Tyler or Neil Patrick Harris?

“Orange is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox to host "Trans Teen: The Documentary” for MTV and Logo
The transgender actress will take viewers into the world of trans youth, ages 14 to 24.

“Scandal” dropped by UK TV
Season 3 doesn’t have a British broadcasting home after Channel 4 dropped the ABC series after airing the first two seasons.

DirecTV cancels “The Artie Lange Show”
The former Howard Stern sidekick had been doing his three-hour nightly show since October 2011, but last night Lange announced that it would be his last show.

“Game of Thrones” cat won’t be back this season
Tommen’s Ser Pounce’s first and last appearance was during this week’s episode.

“Skins” could make a comeback, on the web
The British cult teenage drama’s creator said he’s in talks to resurrect the canceled series.

“Dancing’s” Amy Purdy hospitalized before the show
Producers instead used Purdy’s rehearsal footage on last night’s show.

Katie Couric will host 2 shows for Yahoo!
She’ll explain complicated topics on “Now I Get It,” while on “World 3.0″ she’ll interview key people in technology and science, plus entrepreneurs and health care innovators.

Louis CK tweets out his children’s homework
"My kids used to love mat,” he tweeted yesterday. "Now it makes them cry. Thanks standardized testing and common core!"

Emma Stone and Jimmy Fallon battle it out in lip-syncing
Watch her tackle Blues Traveler.

Check out “Turn’s” George Washington
The Founding Father makes his first appearance on Sunday’s episode.

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<p>Kevin Bacon of &quot;The Following&quot;</p>

Kevin Bacon of "The Following"

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TV Ratings: Rising 'Voice,' 'Dancing' lead Monday, while 'Following' finale is up

'Friends with Better Lives' gets a bump for CBS

Fast National ratings for Monday, April 28, 2014. 

Monday night offered more good news than usual.

"Dancing with the Stars" got a big overall bump and helped ABC win Monday in total viewers, while "The Voice" rose, albeit far less, to help NBC keep control of the night among young viewers. 

Among the other shows posting growth on Monday were ABC's "Castle," all of CBS' comedies including "Friends with Better Lives" and the season finale for "The Following," which was up a hair despite a "Bones" repeat as a lead-in.

Of course, not everything can rise and "The Blacklist" was down a hair on Monday, but not in any notable way.

The CW's dramas were down from last Monday's Fast Nationals, but in line with Monday's Finals, which accounted for baseball preemptions.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Will two out of these three people be in &quot;Star Wars Episode VII&quot;?</p>

Will two out of these three people be in "Star Wars Episode VII"?

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The cast of 'Star Wars Episode VII' assembles in London for the first table read

Can an announcement of the cast be far behind?

"The big surprise, I'm told, is that [Harrison] Ford has a gigantic role in the first of the next three films." And if he's going to finally get JJ Abrams to do what he wanted back in 1983, maybe we'll see Ford die as Han Solo, kicking off this next chapter of the "Star Wars" saga and closing the door on the legacy of the series in one fell swoop.

According to a report on Deadline tonight, tomorrow morning is the table read for "Star Wars Episode VII" in London. I'm sure the security on that room will be tighter than at the White House, with Bad Robot snipers posted on the rooftops and actual Stormtroopers outside the room where they do the reading.

There's so long until we see this film that I don't really want to know anything yet. I don't want to know all the twists and turns. I don't want to know all the details about where we'll meet Luke Skywalker or Leia or Han Solo or any of the characters. I want to discover that in the right time. I want to enjoy those moments instead of pre-digesting everything.

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

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'Real Housewives of Orange County': Is Heather stuck up?

Do you really think Tamra and Vicki are scared of Fancypants?

At first it seemed that Shannon was going to be a miserable addition to "The Real Housewives of Orange County" family, but that was before we saw her doing shots with Tamra. For all her holistic claptrap, it turns out she's just a borderline alcoholic in a miserable marriage who makes Vicki and Tamra feel better about themselves. Welcome aboard, Shannon!

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<p>&#39;Tell me the truth... do I look fat in this city?&#39;</p>

'Tell me the truth... do I look fat in this city?'

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Amazing new Asian 'Godzilla' trailer says 'Let them fight!'

Wanna see what a Hakmuto looks like?

We're in the home stretch now for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros to make the case for why this "Godzilla" is going to not only be better than the first American attempt at making a film about the iconic giant monster, but potentially better than any movie since the 1954 original film.

The new trailer they just released for the Asian audience is mighty persuasive.

I was curious to see if they were going to make it all the way to the release of the film without showing any clear images of the Muto, the big weird crazy monsters that are Godzilla's major adversaries in the film. This may not show you everything about them from head to toe, but it offers up the best look yet at the scale of the film.

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<p>J. August Richards and Chloe Bennet of &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

J. August Richards and Chloe Bennet of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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Interview: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' co-star J. August Richards talks Deathlok

How much Mike Peterson is left in Deathlok?

In some ways, the journey of J. August Richards' Mike Peterson has been the journey of the first season of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

In the pilot, Peterson was introduced as an ordinary father who got superpowers through the use of the Centipede Device. He just wanted to be a hero to his son, but instead he became a victim of the technology and he had to be secured by S.H.I.E.L.D. A bit later, he was recaptured and his technology was overhauled to make him the villainous Deathlok.

With each passing appearance, we see less and less Mike Peterson and more and more Deathlok.

Late last week, I got on the phone with Richards to talk about his character's evolution and how much humanity still remains in Deathlok. We talked about the balancing act of keeping just a touch of heroism in a cybernetic bad guy and about the awesome new "Art of Level Seven" art featuring Deathlok looming over Skye and Ward. 

And, finally, the "Angel" veteran talked about that brief moment last summer when his casting was announced and everybody thought he was playing a different figure from Marvel lore.

Richards appears on Tuesday's (April 29) episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." 

Click through for the full Q&A...

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Will these 10 stars break out at the multiplex this summer?

Will these 10 stars break out at the multiplex this summer?

In blockbusters or art house entries, a few careers could kick it into high gear

With the summer movie season right around the corner (the release of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" this Friday pretty much marks the occasion), it's time to look ahead and see which actors' careers are primed for lift-off.

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<p>Colin Hanks of FX&#39;s &quot;Fargo&quot;</p>

Colin Hanks of FX's "Fargo"

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Interviews: Colin Hanks and Joey King talk FX's 'Fargo'

Why is Colin Hanks a better on-screen father than Channing Tatum?

CALGARY - It's mid-March and they're having a heatwave on the set of FX's "Fargo."

According to a nearby thermometer, the temperature is 27 degrees and with the sun already beating down, there's a good chance that things could get above freezing in Minnesota-by-way-of-Alberta. 

This is cause for celebration and nearly everybody is behaving as if summer has arrived. The assistant director is walking around the parking lot set in short-sleeves, even as two members of the crew are shoveling snow for the backdrop to the next scene. In truth, though, things have become so mild on the "Fargo" set that they've run out of actual fresh snow and they're using pristine white stunt-snow delivered via truck.

Although all of the "Fargo" actors have their own nightmare stories about shooting in sub-zero temperatures brought about by the polar vortex, on this morning, the stars are actually having makeup applied to make their cheeks look ruddier and colder. 

Next to a Duluth police cruiser, Colin Hanks and Joey King are both being prepped for their next scene, a long take that finds Gus Grimley's car getting stuck in the snow. On a show that embarked on a dizzying bodycount before the completion of the pilot, it looks like a low-stakes scene, but in Noah Hawley's reimagining of the Coen Brothers' wintertime classic, it's often the little things that cause the most drama, or that cause otherwise stable characters to crack.

In this case, a patch of slippery ice is going to cause frustration for Hanks' Gus, an in-over-his-head cop and father who became a key piece in a small-town crimewave after a late-night encounter with Billy Bob Thornton's Lorne Malvo in the "Fargo" pilot. 

The potential for a snowy stumble is why Hanks and King are in makeup next to the car, but a pair of dopplegangers are standing 10 feet away being made to look equally frigid. Hanks has a stunt-double to make sure that an upcoming pratfall is flawlessly executed, while King has a stunt-double to make sure that somebody other than a 14-year-old actress is behind the wheel of the squad car when it's supposed to be reversing in a snowbank. 

It's not that King isn't at least peripherally capable of putting a car in reverse, but the need for a stunt-woman becomes clear when the "Ramona" star expresses confusion at how to make the dinging stop during dialogue-driven closeness. The answer? Close the car door. Yeah. Better to have a pro behind the wheel.

Several hours later, the stunt has been executed flawlessly. No bones were broken on the various slip-and-falls and no actors were crushed underneath the wheels of the Ford Taurus. In quick succession, I sat down with King and then Hanks to discuss the Grimley family, one of two father-daughter duos -- Allison Tolman and Keith Carradine's Solversons are the other -- that give "Fargo" its heart.

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