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<p>Melanie Laurent</p>

Melanie Laurent

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Mélanie Laurent one of 11 directors selected for Cannes Critics' Week

Andrea Arnold will preside over the jury for the sidebar competition

Critics' Week at the Cannes Film Festival is one of those institutions that generally looks impressive only in retrospect. In advance, it's hard to tell which of the films selected for the sidebar will really land, but look back at the archives, and it's remarkable how many significant films -- from Ken Loach's "Kes" to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu's "Amores Perros" -- have quietly premiered there.

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<p>Zach Woods and Thomas Middleditch in &quot;Silicon Valley,&quot; which HBO renewed today.</p>

Zach Woods and Thomas Middleditch in "Silicon Valley," which HBO renewed today.

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HBO renews 'Silicon Valley' & 'Veep'

Sunday comedies have done well airing after already-renewed 'Game of Thrones'

Two weeks ago, HBO renewed "Game of Thrones" for two additional seasons, in one of the more no-brainer TV decisions of late. Today, the pay cabler renewed the rest of their current Sunday lineup, ensuring that both "Silicon Valley" and "Veep" will continue into 2015.

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HBO renews 'Veep' and 'Silicon Valley'

HBO renews “Veep” and “Silicon Valley”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be back for a 4th season as VP, while “Silicon Valley” will return for its sophomore season.

Oscar bringing back the same producing team for the 3rd straight year
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return next year after bouncing back from Seth MacFarlane with a successful hosting job done by Ellen DeGeneres.

TruTV wooing younger viewers with 6 new shows, including “Hair Jacked” and “How to be a Grown Up”
Contestants will also compete in re-creating pop-culture moments in “Fake-Off.”

“Boy Meets World” bully to appear on “Girl Meets World”
Danny McNulty is reprising his role as Harvey "Harley” Keiner.

“Salem” has a solid debut
WGN America’s first original scripted series attracted 1.5 million viewers.

“Ice Road Truckers” star arrested for allegedly kidnapping a prostitute
Tim Zickuhr has been charged with three felonies over the Vegas incident.

HBO Go’s new ad campaign has teens watching HBO sex scenes with their parents
Watch the seven ads, featuring sex scenes from “Girls,” “True Detective” and “Game of Thrones."

A “Farscape” movie is being written
"We are, in fact, in the script stage of a Farscape feature,” co-creator Rockne S. O’Bannon revealed over the weekend at Wondercon.

“The Voice” creating a “tailgate” pre-show on social media
Carson Daly will then mention highlights when “The Voice” starts tonight.

Kenya Moore mulls “Real Housewives” exit following reunion brawl
“At the end of the day, we know there's a line. If there are no consequences, then where does it end?” she says of the alleged attack on her by Porsha Williams.

Check out “Once Upon a Time’s” royal birth
Ginnifer Goodwin’s Snow White is also welcoming a child on TV.

Tom Petty approves of Jimmy Fallon’s impression of him
"I was amazed by how well they did the Heartbreakers," he says of Fallon's re-creation with Stevie Nicks of “Stop Draggin My Heart Around." "It was brilliant. Very funny."

Richard Gere is reportedly dating “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi
Gere, 64, and the 43-year-old Lakshmi “have been quietly spending time together,” Page Six reports, as Gere finalizes his divorce from Carey Lowell.

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<p>Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg</p>

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg

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Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg to reunite on Cold War thriller

Hanks will play real-life attorney/badass James Donovan

As noted in last week's news about Steve Spielberg saddling up to a new Tony Kushner script, the Oscar-winning director has plenty on his plate, as always. The Film Stage recently dug through all the possibilities and came up with an ordered list of eight projects most likely to come to fruition, including a Cold War project, further details of which have bubbled up today.

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"True Blood"

"True Blood"

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'True Blood' releases trailer for season 7 and shows chaos, panic

The zombie vampire virus seems a whole lot like Katrina

The final (and seventh) season of "True Blood" won't hit HBO until June 22, but the first trailer for the season has been released -- and it may look familiar to those of us who still remember those horrific images of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  It seems that Hep-V virus hits town and leaves chaos in its wake -- and FEMA isn't coming to rescue anyone. This isn't subtext -- more like a hammer driving a point home.

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Katy Perry

Katy Perry calls upcoming 'Birthday' video her 'most insane' yet

Check out some of her wackier past clips while we wait

For her upcoming video for new single, “Birthday,” Katy Perry promises we will see different facets of her never before exposed.

“I wish I could say it’s sexy, but it’s not” she said with a laugh, during the CMT taping for her “Crossroads” episode with Kacey Musgraves (full review of the show coming later today).

Perry has shown off her comedic side and her willingness to go all in in many of her videos before, especially the endearing music clip for 2011’s “Last Friday Night (TGIF),” which featured her as nerdy, but sweet Kathy Beth Terry, complete with braces, glasses and headgear.


And she's certainly gotten all weird and space age in the "E.T." clip.

Of the flirty, sexy “Birthday” video, she says, “It’s me at my most insane,” revealing that it features her showing off her best vocal fry. If you don’t know what that means, check out here.  Just know it’s incredibly irritating (think Kim Kardashian's voice), and will no doubt be hilarious in Perry’s hands.

The new "Birthday" will bow later this week. In the meantime, enjoy the sweet lyric video for  “Birthday.”


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<p>Craig Zadan (left) and Neil Meron at the Academy&#39;s Governors Awards last year</p>

Craig Zadan (left) and Neil Meron at the Academy's Governors Awards last year

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Oscar telecast producers return for third-straight year

Ratings are on the rise so they'll stick with what they have

With ratings on the rise over the last three years, the Academy is sticking with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as Oscarcast producers.

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Disney Channel’s 'Jessie' gets Michelle Obama to make yet another TV cameo

Disney Channel’s “Jessie” gets Michelle Obama to make yet another TV cameo
The first lady will appear on the tween sitcom next month.

BET taps Keke Palmer to host a daily talk show, from producer Judge Mathis
When she hosts "The Keke Palmer Project,” Palmer, age 20, will become the youngest talk show host.

“Game of Thrones” director thinks last night's big scene wasn't all that controversial
Alex Graves, who directed last night's episode, says the scene “becomes consensual” toward the end. Which is nonsense, says Amanda Marcotte, who adds: "If Graves intended to depict consensual sex in the end, he completely failed.” PLUS: This isn’t the way it happened in the book, “GoT” is obsessed with rape, that was a rape cliché, and Michael Huisman on “GoT” peeing.

John Oliver won’t drop the “fake British accent” for HBO
Oliver chatted with “Today’s” Matt Lauer about his new late-night show and Stephen Colbert’s move to CBS.

“Dawn” from “Mad Men” calls last night’s episode “emotionally draining”
"All those ups and downs. But it was so much fun to do, though!” says Teyonah Parris. PLUS: "Mad Men" had one of its most brilliant exchanges last night, did you recognize a "JAG" star?, why Peggy needs a wife, can Sally save Don?, there was another Sharon Tate hint, and "Mad Men" gave a shout-out to January Jones,

Emma Stone recalls her VH1 reality TV past
In 2004, Stone competed on "The New Partridge Family."

“Cosmos” gets an Easter ratings boost
The Fox series has been doing well on Sunday nights.

Disney Channel launching the Radio Disney Music Awards
The latest awards show will be shown on Sunday.

New York City will celebrate “Barbara Walters Day”
Mayor Bill de Blasio made the proclamation for Walters’ final day on “The View” on May 16.

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Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg and Peter Sarsgaard in "Night Moves."
Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg and Peter Sarsgaard in "Night Moves."
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Dakota Fanning and Jesse Eisenberg are on edge in exclusive 'Night Moves' clip

Kelly Reichardt's tense eco-thriller hits theaters on May 30

As I've written before, Kelly Reichardt's "Night Moves" is a film that creeps up on you even after you've seen it -- even as a devoted Reichardt fan, after seeing it in September, I wasn't sure I'd still be thinking about it the next spring, but here we are. It's tough to sell this kind of slow-burner with a single clip, but this one -- debuting exclusively on HitFix -- gives a pretty precise indication of the indie thriller's brittle, nervous tone, with every exchange between the characters from a certain point building the fractious tension. 

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<p>America shunned poor Katharine McPhee in &quot;In My Dreams&quot;</p>

America shunned poor Katharine McPhee in "In My Dreams"

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TV Ratings: 'Amazing Race,' 'Good Wife' lead Sunday while 'Believe' and 'Cosmos' rise

ABC's 'In My Dreams' is another Hallmark Hall of Fame dud

Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 20, 2014.

On a sluggish Easter Sunday, "The Amazing Race" helped CBS claim victory among young viewers, while "Good Wife" led the network to its usual overall victory.

Even though it was down week-to-week, ABC's "Once Upon a Time" was actually Sunday's top show in the key demographic, but Hallmark continued not to be a successful brand for ABC, as "In My Dreams" was the network's latest Hall of Fame flop.

"In My Dreams" took the place of spring success "Resurrection" and the lack of 9 p.m. hour competition helped both FOX's "Cosmos" and NBC's "Believe" post week-to-week gains.

Note that this was the rare Sunday without any sports overrun for CBS, which gives the rare opportunity to look at the semi-actual numbers for the network's Sunday shows.

On to the numbers...

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'The Goldbergs' to pay tribute to the Ultimate Warrior

“The Goldbergs” to pay tribute to the Ultimate Warrior
The creator of the ABC sitcom is a huge fan of the WWE wrestler, who died recently.

Did “Game of Thrones” just have its most disturbing scene?
“It is f*cked up,” says Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. “It doesn’t get any darker than that, does it?” PLUS: The actors laughed while filming that scene, "GoT" has become TV's most cynical show, it's not going to be easy to come back from that one, it’s a gasp-inducing moment -- but the gasp is largely empty, and Aidan Gillen talks Littlefinger.

“Today” will begin simulcasting on SiriusXM
All four hours of the NBC morning show can be heard on the satellite radio channel, starting in June. This isn’t the first time a network morning show will get a satellite simulcast. “GMA” had one with XM before its merger with Sirius.

Lindsay Lohan reveals she had a miscarriage while filming her reality show
Lindsay made the revelation during a chat with a producer during her two-hour finale.

Stephen Colbert had dinner recently with CBS boss Les Moonves and Julie Chen
Colbert and his wife Evelyn celebrated the “Late Show” announcement on Friday night, according to Page Six.

HBO teases the final season of “True Blood”
“There’s no one left,” says Sookie.

Watch a preview of “Falling Skies” Season 4
The TNT series returns in June.

Kate Middleton wore an outfit straight out of last week’s "Mindy Project"
Mindy Kaling noticed the Duchess of Cambridge's weekend outift, and wrote on Instagram: "UHH, Miss Duchess Whoever, I WORE this dress last week! What's next? Kate in my donut print pajama bottoms I mean c’mon."

British glamour model says she’s planning an abortion to get on “Big Brother”
Josie Cunningham, 23, is worried producers will reject her four-months pregnant body.

“Louie” offers another Season 4 teaser
This one is about dying. UPDATE: Watch another one.

“The Vampire Diaries’” Ian Somerhalder is reportedly dating a former “Idol” contestant
Somerhalder is reportedly seeing Molly Swenson, who was featured in Season 10.

Check out Shirley MacLaine on “Glee”
The Oscar legend is playing a New York socialite as part of a multi-episode arc.

Former “Bachelor” star Melissa Rycroft welcomes a son
It’s the 2nd child for Rycroft, who has a 3-year-old daughter.

Tila Tequila is pregnant
The former MTV “Shot at Love” star is 10 weeks along, she revealed on Facebook.

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<p>Kiernan Shipka as Sally in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Kiernan Shipka as Sally in "Mad Men."

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Review: 'Mad Men' - 'A Day's Work'

Valentine's Day 1969 brings with it many moves, and not much love

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I'm interrogated by the Hooterville telephone operator...

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