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<p>Tom Hanks in &quot;Captain Phillips.&quot;</p>

Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips."

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Tom Hanks battles modern-day pirates in tense new trailer for 'Captain Phillips'

Can this true story return Hanks (and Paul Greengrass) to the awards season?

In our recent list of 10 under-the-radar films to watch out for this summer, I listed the small Danish thriller "A Hijacking" as a title especially worthy of your attention. A sparse, nerve-shredding account of a Danish cargo ship held hostage by ruthless Somali pirates, it's a must-see on its own terms -- but also worth checking out as a primer (and yardstick) for this fall's pumped-up Hollywood take on a notably similar story: Paul Greengrass's "Captain Phillips." Now the first trailer has arrived, and it's a good one.

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"My Crazy Obsession"

 "My Crazy Obsession"

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Watch: A woman stash of 3,000 creepy troll dolls on 'My Crazy Obsession'

The season finale focuses on toys 'so ugly they're cute'

It seems that there are people in the world with more storage space and more free time than the rest of us, and these are the people of "My Crazy Obsession" (season finale airs tonight on TLC at 10:00 p.m.). In this episode, we meet Michelle, who loves troll dolls and spends up to three hours a day hunting for them online, playing with them, and sticking them in odd parts of her house. No, I'm not making that up. 

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<p>Neil Patrick Harris</p>

Neil Patrick Harris

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Neil Patrick Harris is poised to host the Tonys for the 4th time


Neil Patrick Harris is poised to host the Tonys for the 4th time

The NY Daily News reports that the "How I Met Your Mother" star has already begun prepping. Harris previously hosted the Tonys in 2009, 2011 and 2012.


Jeanne Cooper from "The Young and the Restless" is dead at 84
The iconic soap star's death this morning was confirmed by her son, Corbin Bernsen.


17-year-old girl invents way to prevent Twitter from spoiling TV shows
Jennie Lamere's Twivo won the grand prize at a Boston hackathon. It allows Twitter users to censor their feeds from mentioning certain shows and their characters.


How accurate was "Game of Thrones'" ice wall ascent?
An ice climber fact-checks this week's episode.


Seth MacFarlane will appear in "The Simpsons" season finale

Check him out hitting on Marge.


TNT picks up "Legends" starring Sean Bean

The drama from "Homeland" producer Howard Gordon has Bean playing a deep-cover operative.


Watch the trailer for "Copper" Season 2
The BBC America series returns June 23.

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<p>Zhao Tao in &quot;A Touch of Sin.&quot;</p>

Zhao Tao in "A Touch of Sin."

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Cannes Check 2013: Jia Zhangke's 'A Touch of Sin'

Continuing our cheat sheet for the Cannes Competition

(Welcome to Cannes Check, your annual guide through the 20 films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 15. Taking on a different selection every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Steven Spielberg's jury. We're going through the list by director and in alphabetical order -- next up, Jia Zhang Ke's "A Touch of Sin.")

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Miss America 2013 Mallory Hytes Hagan is crowned.
Miss America 2013 Mallory Hytes Hagan is crowned.
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Miss America pageant won't use the 'Miss America' song this year


Miss America pageant won't use the "Miss America" song this year

The "There she is, Miss America" song will be missing due to a legal dispute with the wife of songwriter Bernie Wayne.


CNN orders "Chicagoland," a Robert Redford-produced docuseries
The eight-part series will explore the Windy City.


"Arrested Development's" Banana Stand begins world tour
Netflix is promoting the new season with a banana stand. First stop: London, followed by cities in the United States.


Jimmy Kimmel gives Charles Ramsey a fake History channel trailer
"A star has been born," Kimmel says of the Cleveland hero.


Colin Ferguson joins "Haven"
The former "Eureka" star will be part of Season 4 of the Syfy series.


"Splash" ends season with a whimper
Last night's season finale was the lowest-rated show on a major network.


Adam Levine inks development deal with NBC

"The Voice" star is expanding his relationship with the Peacock

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Watch: Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard star in David Bowie's 'Next Day' video

Watch: Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard star in David Bowie's 'Next Day' video

NSFW video is predictably sacrilege... or is it holy?

"Thank you Gary. Thank you Mary. Thank you everybody," says David Bowie, playing Jesus. He's also giving gratitude to his co-stars in the new music video to his song "The Next Day," from his fresh album of the same name: Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard star as a corrupt priest and a prostitute in the short film, which strangely clocks in a little shorter than the song's 3:27 run-time.

Still, it's enough tape for some self-flagellation, stigmata, the beating of a homeless man, a depraved Catholic cardinal dishing out money, Mother Mary and madonna/whores, kissing of rings and cutting of rugs by Cotillard and Oldman, the latter of whom should win Lifetime Achievement For Hair in one fell swoop.

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<p>Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader in &quot;The Mindy Project.&quot;</p>

Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader in "The Mindy Project."

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Review: 'The Mindy Project' - 'Frat Party'

Casey has big news, Mindy hangs out with college kids, and Bill Hader returns

A review of last night's "The Mindy Project" coming up just as soon as I live in a furnished apartment right across the street from the Holocaust Museum...

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<p>Terrence Howard and Oprah Winfrey in a scene from Lee Daniels &quot;The Butler.&quot;</p>

Terrence Howard and Oprah Winfrey in a scene from Lee Daniels "The Butler."

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'The Butler's' new preview is heavy on Oprah Winfrey and strange President casting

Where's Mimi?

The first trailer for Lee Daniels' "The Butler" arrived Tuesday and it's a little all over the place while trying to make one thing clear: this movie has lots of familiar faces.

The biopic centers on Eugene Allen, a real butler who served in the White House for over 34 years until he retired during President Reagan's second term.  Allen worked under seven presidents and witnessed some of the darkest days in Presidential history up close and personal.  The film was independently financed, but picked up for domestic distribution by the Weinstein Company and because of its pedigree has to be considered a conversation starter for the upcoming awards season. Why might you ask? Well, "The Butler" has an all-star cast of former Oscar winners and nominees including Forest Whitaker as Allen, Oprah Winfrey as his wife Gloria, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Robin Williams and Vanessa Redgrave. The ensemble also includes Alan Rickman, Live Schreiber, John Cusack, Alex Pettyfer, James Marsden, Jesse Williams and Mariah Carey. The script is by Emmy-winner Danny Strong ("Game Change") and is Daniel's follow up to the controversial "Paperboy."  Yep, that's first class Oscar bait people.

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<p>Jimmy Fallon</p>

Jimmy Fallon

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NBC scraps plans to build Jimmy Fallon a $25M new 'Tonight Show' studio


NBC scraps plans to build Jimmy Fallon a $25M new "Tonight Show" studio

Instead, Fallon's current studio will be renovated at a cost of $5 million that will expand its capacity from 189 seats to 240. NBC previously planned to build a 400-seat megastudio for Fallon. PLUS: Fallon & John Krasinski battle in a lip sync-off.


Watch Kristen Wiig's "SNL" promos
One year after her departure, and she's dancing with Fred Armisen.


Stephen Colbert's sister defeated in South Carolina Congressional race

Elizabeth Colbert Busch lost by nine points to former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford.


Allison Williams: Christopher Abbott's exit had a "huge effect" on "Girls"
She says Abbott's "unfortunate" departure had a "huge effect" on "Marnie specifically."


PBS orders Latino period drama "Alta California" set in the 1800s
"Alta California" would tell the story of an arranged union of two families --  one Mexican-Californian and the other European-American.


"The Borgias" may wrap up with a 2-hour movie
Season 3 could be the last season for the Showtime series.


Chuck Lorre's "Mom" is expected to get a CBS pickup

The comedy starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney would be Lorre's 4th on CBS.


Survey: Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown are more trusted than Supreme Court
A Reader’s Digest" survey of the "100 Most Trusted People in America" found that the two TV judges were far more trusted than U.S. Supreme Court justices.


"The Office" finale is fetching as much as $400K per 30-second ad
The tacked-on extra 15 minutes will allow NBC to sell a few more minutes of advertising.


"The Americans" bosses delve into Season 1, storyline by storyline
From the spy storyline to the Jennings marriage.


BET cancels "Don't Sleep!" starring T.J. Holmes

Holmes left his CNN anchor job to host the show that was supposed to be like a "Daily Show" for the black community.


See "The Killing's" Season 3 trailer

A brand new case begins June 2.


Rachael Leigh Cook is pregnant

Cook, who's expecting her first child with "Vampire Diaries" star Daniel Gillies, has been hiding her baby bump on the "Perception" set.

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<p>Simon Pegg is the ringleader of a potentially catastrophic pub crawl in Edgar Wright's new comedy 'The World's End'</p>

Simon Pegg is the ringleader of a potentially catastrophic pub crawl in Edgar Wright's new comedy 'The World's End'

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Teaser trailer for 'The World's End' promises Wright, Pegg and Frost in fine form

The end of the Cornetto Trilogy should be a blast

My manager was the one who first turned me on to "Spaced." This was in the days way before there was a "Shaun of the Dead," and while music rights kept anyone from picking the show up for US distribution, Edgar Wright was being discussed by agents and producers and development execs all over town. My manager passed off some tapes to me, and my friends and I watched pretty much every single episode in a weekend, then again over the following week.

He put me in touch with Edgar, and we chatted back and forth in the ensuing years. When he was starting work on "Shaun," he reached out to me to put something about extras casting up on Ain't It Cool, and as a result, several of our Talkbackers ended up playing zombies in the film. When Edgar first finished the film, he brought it to the US and I flew to Austin so he could show it to us at one of the Alamo theaters after everyone went home for the night. There was no US release date yet, and most of the people who came to the theater at Harry's invitation that night had no idea who Edgar was.

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<p>Mona and Beth of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Mona and Beth of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Mona & Beth talk 'The Amazing Race'

Derby Moms discuss their third place finish
All "Amazing Race" season long, other teams targeted Hockey Brothers Bates & Anthony as being the strongest pair. 
 
That ended up being appropriate caution, since Bates & Anthony won the million dollar prize on Sunday's (May 5) finale. 
 
However, when the episode began and Bates and Anthony were assessing their Top 4 competition, the team that they said worried them most was the under-the-radar union of Roller Derby Moms Beth Bandimere and Mona Egender.
 
It wasn't that Beth and Mona were especially dominating. They didn't win a single Leg, but they battled back from a fair amount of adversity, overcoming a Speed Bump and a U-Turn in the season's penultimate episode. Of course, that adversity was often self-inflicted, like a misdirection in Washington that contributed to their third place finish.
 
In their exit interview, Mona and Beth talk about bringing trouble upon themselves, their relationship with the teams outside of their alliance and  roller derby alter egos. 
 
Click through for the full conversation. 
 
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<p>One of the most iconic images in all of fantasy film was just one of the many amazing things created by Ray Harryhausen during his long and amazing career</p>

One of the most iconic images in all of fantasy film was just one of the many amazing things created by Ray Harryhausen during his long and amazing career

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Stop-motion animation legend Ray Harryhausen remembered

One of the greatest film artists ever is gone at the age of 92

When I was working at Dave's Video, back in 1991, I got to know people from a wide array of crafts in the film industry, and I loved meeting the wizards behind some of the most magical moments in movie history.

Jim Danforth and his wife Karen were two of our regular customers, and you seriously couldn't ask for nicer people. Jim began his work in the industry working for Art Clokey, who created "Gumby," and when Ray Harryhausen worked on "Clash of the Titans," Danforth worked with him.

One particular afternoon, Jim and Karen came into the store, and they had an older English gentleman with them. They walked around the store browsing for a while, and at one point, I helped their friend find a couple of discs. After a while, they came up to the counter, and he set down the stack of movies he'd picked out. He handed over his credit card, and I glanced at the name.

"Ray Harryhausen."

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