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<p>Honoree Mel Brooks addresses the audience during the American Film Institute's 41st Lifetime Achievement Award Gala at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, June 6, 2013 in Los Angeles.</p>

Honoree Mel Brooks addresses the audience during the American Film Institute's 41st Lifetime Achievement Award Gala at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, June 6, 2013 in Los Angeles.

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Scorsese, De Niro honor Mel Brooks at AFI Tribute

Morgan Freeman, Amy Poehler and Conan O'Brien also turn out to toast Hollywood legend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman never worked with Mel Brooks, and the Oscar winners came to a ceremony in his honor to let him know they resent it.

Brooks received the American Film Institute's 41st Life Achievement Award Thursday, and Freeman and De Niro were among a galaxy of stars who paid tribute to the man behind "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein" and "The Producers."

De Niro asked whether there was a casting-couch process he could participate in, and Freeman quipped, "I've never even been on the same bus as Mel Brooks." Still, they thanked him for the decades of laughs.

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Actress who played a 'Walking Dead' zombie arrested in Obama/Bloomberg ricin case


Actress who played a "Walking Dead" zombie arrested in Obama/Bloomberg ricin case

Shannon Richardson, AKA Shannon Guess, was arrested Friday in connection with the mailing of three letters containing ricin to President Obama and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Richardson, who has also appeared on "The Vampire Diaries," originally called the FBI to report that her husband sent out the letters.


Showtime orders a drama about truckers
"Heartland Trucking" will focus on the world of trucking in middle America.


Kristin Cavallari is now Kristin Cutler

The former "Hills" Star posted a photo of her wedding ring.

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<p>They're excited, sure, but should you be?</p>

They're excited, sure, but should you be?

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Review: The title is wishful thinking in Almodóvar's flat, unfunny 'I'm So Excited!'

Spanish auteur hits a career low in this low-energy throwback to his early work

Ah, the "early, funny ones." That seemingly innocent, but bitterly loaded, phrase for the evolved artist's simpler, less conflicted juvenilia was coined by Woody Allen in his 1980 film "Stardust Memories" to playfully antagonize fans with limited patience for his tonal experimentation. He was hardly the first nor the last filmmaker to look down his nose at his own foundational work, even as he backslid towards less risky creative territory in years to follow. Rarer is the established auteur who exhibits an active hankering for his own "early, funny ones," whether or not his audience is demanding the same -- but then, Pedro Almodóvar has never played by anyone's rules but his own.

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Craig Gass

 Craig Gass

Listen: CulturePop No. 16 - Guest host Craig Gass, "AGT," Amanda Bynes

True stories about Christopher Walken, Howard Stern and more

Melinda Newman was on the road this week so she wasn't able to do the podcast, but the good news is that comedian Craig Gass volunteered to fill her shoes. You may already know Craig from "The Howard Stern Show," "The King of Queens" or even as Miranda's donut lover on "Sex and the City." He's an amazing impressionist (I think his Christopher Walken, which you can hear on the podcast, is better than Jay Mohr's) and an equally amazing raconteur. He has a great true story about Walken and a unique perspective you haven't heard on the "America's Got Talent" dust-up, so tune in. The rundown is below, as well as a trailer for his new comedy album, "The Worst Comedy Show Ever." This is one podcast you won't want to miss. 

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<p>You may not know her yet, but it is hard to forget Antje Traue once you've seen her work as Faora in Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel'</p>

You may not know her yet, but it is hard to forget Antje Traue once you've seen her work as Faora in Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel'

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New face Antje Traue talks about stepping up for her big role in 'Man Of Steel'

Every bit as powerful as Superman, she's one of the many strong women in the film

It's safe to say that most filmgoers have no idea who Antje Traue is right now, but in a week, people are going to find themselves scrambling to figure out how to say her first name.

It's "aunt-juh," by the way. You're welcome, gents.

Traue is an East German actress who plays the crucial role of Faora-Ul in "Man of Steel." She is both companion and military right hand to General Zod (Michael Shannon), and when the film kicks into overdrive in its second half and the action gets apocalyptically scaled, Faora is right there in the middle of it, and she is just as scary as Zod. More importantly, she is just one of the many strong women represented in the film. It is easy to accuse the world of comic-book storytelling of handling its portrayal of women badly, but "Man Of Steel" seems particularly good at shaking off the more common problems.

Part of what defines the battles in the film are the very different moral codes that the characters follow. One of the major threads of the film involves the way Pa Kent (Kevin Costner) struggled to define morality and responsibility to his son, and we see the way all of those lessons manifest in the way Superman (Henry Cavill) handles himself as his fight with the Kryptonians progresses.

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Bryan Cranston on Samuel L. Jackson's 'Breaking Bad' monologue: 'Turn about is fair play'


Bryan Cranston on Samuel L. Jackson's "Breaking Bad" monologue: "Turn about is fair play"
"Loved it," the "Breaking Bad" star tweeted. But Cranston said to "stay tuned," apparently for his own reading of a Samuel L. Jackson monologue.


Dan Harmon on "Community" Season 4: "I'm not going to be a jerk about it"
He plans on watching last season for the first time this weekend. "I'm just going to sit by myself, pop some popcorn and watch it," he says, adding: "I know there were some great writers working on that show who bled with me for seasons one, two and three…the worst thing I can do is fart in their direction at all."


Go behind the scenes of "The Walking Dead" Season 4
AMC has an "in production" featurette.


Alec Baldwin may consider cable, recalls talking to NBC about a late-night show
"I had very serious conversations with them and other people about hosting what is essentially the podcast I do for WNYC," says Baldwin. Problem was, there was no place to put it on the schedule.


"The Wire's" David Simon criticizes media coverage of the gov't's data-mining
He writes: "Is it just me or does the entire news media  – as well as all the agitators and self-righteous bloviators on both sides of the aisle — not understand even the rudiments of electronic intercepts and the manner in which law enforcement actually uses such intercepts? It would seem so."


Kristin Cavallari is getting married to Jay Cutler

The couple filled out the paperwork for a marriage license this morning, according to TMZ.


"Game of Thrones" begins filming Season 4 next month

"Principal photography starts in July," says the show's wardrobe supervisor.


Jay Leno makes a Taylor Swift-inspired music video

Check him out in "63."

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<p>Neko Case</p>

Neko Case

Neko Case announces new album, teases 'Firey' new song

It's called 'The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight. The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.'

Neko Case has announced her next new album, the title to which is a mouthful. "The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight. The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You." will be out some time later this year via Anti-, and the songwriter has begun its promotion with a video tease of the new song "Where Did I Leave That Fire."

"HEY, LOOK!!! IT'S FINALLY DONE!!" Case Tweeted last night. That revelation came a day after Minnesota Public Radio spun another new Neko Case song "Man" on-air; that song starts streaming on the regular on June 10.

As for "Where Did I Leave That Fire," Case features in the teaser video with mysterious scenes involving a bathtub, a theater, a house and a field over submarine sounds and lyrics indicating that, at some point, her character left his or her body.

I'm already in love with that snare sound, and I wonder how many incarnations that guitar amp went through to arrive at a sound that gets me ready for a fight.

"The Worse Things Get..." is the follow-up to 2009's "Middle Cyclone," which yielded Case's highest charting debut at No. 3.

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Government's data-mining was anticipated by TV dramas


Government's data-mining was anticipated by TV dramas

From "Chuck" to "Homeland" to "Rubicon" and "Person of Interest," data-mining of phone and internet records isn't anything new.


Coming to OWN: "Wanda Sykes Presents HERLARIOUS"

Sykes will host two comedy specials on Oprah's channel in July.


Lena Dunham addresses "Girls" controversies

"Did what Adam do constitute rape? That’s hard for me to answer," says Dunham, who also talks to the L.A. Times about the Patrick Wilson episode.


Amy Poehler & Nick Kroll make their public debut as a couple
The "Parks and Rec" star and the "Kroll Show" star's romance was revealed last month. PLUS: Watch Poehler in the "Greatest Event in TV History" side by side with "Hart to Hart" opening credits.


Here are pics of Chris Rock and Adam Sandler on the Disney Channel
They are guest-starring on "A.N.T. Farm" and "Jessie," respectively.


Another Duggar baby is born
Josh and Anna Duggar's new son, Marcus Anthony, will be the subject of a special called "19 Kids & Counting: GrandDuggar Makes 3!"

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Lisa Kelly

 Lisa Kelly

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Interview: 'Ice Road Trucker' Lisa Kelly talks insults, challenges and her return

The female trucker admits vicious comments 'sting'

Lisa Kelly is not a woman who likes to stay put. Calling me from the road in Alaska, the "Ice Road Truckers" and "IRT: Deadliest Roads" star apologized for the crappy connection. "I just don't like to stay put," she admitted. "Always like to stay moving; that's me." 

Fans of the show (which returns for season seven Sun. June 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET on the History Channel) might have noticed that Kelly wasn't on deck last season (though she was on board for two seasons of "Deadliest Roads"). As for why she took time off, she insists if wasn't any big deal, really. "I was just taking a break, trying to get grounded again." Not that she was on vacation. During her "time off," she kept on trucking, as usual.
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<p>On &quot;Deadwood,&quot;&nbsp;Al (Ian McShane)&nbsp;is taken advantage of by Captain Turner (Allan Graf)&nbsp;and George Hearst (Gerald McRaney). </p>

On "Deadwood," Al (Ian McShane) is taken advantage of by Captain Turner (Allan Graf) and George Hearst (Gerald McRaney).

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 3, episode 2: 'I Am Not the Fine Man You Take Me For'

The speeches are delivered, Alma undergoes a procedure and Hearst gives Al a hand

For the third summer in a row, we're revisiting David Milch's classic revisionist HBO Western "Deadwood," this time discussing the third season.

While I once upon a time posted two separate reviews so people who hadn't watched the whole series would have a safe place to comment, almost no one bothered commenting on the newbie reviews last year, and they've been ditched. If you haven't finished the series, just avoid the comments of this review and you'll be fine.

Thoughts on episode 2, "I Am Not the Fine Man You Take Me For," coming up just as soon as I give a preliminary signal that I'm gonna show my ass...

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Jon Stewart gives a heartfelt goodbye to 'Daily Show' as John Oliver measures the drapes


Jon Stewart gives a heartfelt goodbye to "Daily Show" as John Oliver measures the drapes
"I'm headed to where stars are born," Stewart said of his three-month movie-making hiatus.


John Krasinski: "We flat-out lied" about Steve Carell's "Office" finale cameo

"I lied to Letterman!" he says. "I have to apologize to him for that at some point. It was just one of those things that we all vowed and had to protect."


"Trading Spaces" alum Paige Davis signs on for an A&E sitcom pilot

She'll play David Koechner's wife in "Whitey."


Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris welcome a baby girl
The "Supernatural" star and former "One Tree Hill" star named their baby Justice Jay "JJ" Ackles.


"Hot Tub Time Machine 2" reunites 2 "Community" stars

Gillian Jacobs will join Chevy Chase on the movie sequel.

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<p>Justin Timberlake in &quot;Runner, Runner.&quot;</p>

Justin Timberlake in "Runner, Runner."

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Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck break a light sweat in 'Runner, Runner' trailer

Starring J.T. as a somewhat mature student

With such credible titles as "The Social Network" and the Coens' recent Cannes sensation "Inside Llewyn Davis" on his CV, Justin Timberlake's acting career has hit a certain plane of respectability, without any one performance making either critics or audiences stand to attention. Now comes "Runner, Runner" -- the first film since Andrew Niccol's botched 2011 sci-fi "In Time" to pitch Timberlake to us as a bona fide leading man.

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