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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

Credit: History

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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<p>&quot;The Crazy Ones&quot;</p>

"The Crazy Ones"

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DVR Gridlock 2013-14: Thursday Nights

Robin Williams, Michael J. Fox and Mary Queen of Scots spice up the night
[Over the next six days, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. Check out last year's DVR Gridlock installments.]
 
THURSDAY NIGHTS
 
8:00 p.m. 
CBS: "The Big Bang Theory," "The Millers"
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries"
FOX: "The X Factor" (and then "Idol")
NBC: "Parks and Recreation," "Welcome to the Family"
 
 
9:00 p.m. 
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy"
CBS: "The Crazy Ones," "Two and a Half Men"
The CW: "Reign"
FOX: "Glee," with "Rake" in the spring
NBC: "Sean Saves the World," "The Michael J. Fox Show"
 
 
10:00 p.m.
ABC: "Scandal"
CBS: "Elementary"
NBC: "Parenthood"
 
 
What's Changed: TV's most valuable night remains the night most likely to traumatize your hypothetical DVR. Unless you have a four-tuner DVR. In that case, if *any* night taxes your DVR, you probably watch too much TV. And yes, that's ME saying that. FOX is the only network keeping things the same on Thursdays, at least in the fall, with "X Factor" results that nobody watches leading into "Glee." "American Idol" results will return in the spring, leading into "Rake," at least for a while. ABC is 2/3rds stable with the resilient "Grey's Anatomy" leading into last season's surprise breakout "Scandal." The CW has given the post-"Vampire Diaries" slot to "Reign," which doesn't make much sense, but hey, they have to try something and you definitely can't say that they've ever failed with this kind of show before. While CBS is returning "The Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men" and "Elementary," the network is banking heavily on Robin Williams in "The Crazy Ones" and, to a lesser degree, Will Arnett in "The Millers." And, finally, NBC doesn't have a single show returning to the same slot as it was in last year, with "Parks and Rec" taking a different Thursday home, "Parenthood" coming over from Tuesdays and then a trio of variably high-profile new comedies, including the returns of past NBC favorites Sean Hayes and Michael J. Fox. So yeah. That's a lot of changes.
 
How the Ratings Race Is Impacted: CBS is taking the biggest risk. No question about that. This is a night that CBS wins and there's no reason to think that "Big Bang Theory" isn't going to continue to dominate its time period and rank as TV's most watched comedy. However, CBS has taken a night with no big weaknesses and created the potential for a gaping hole in the middle. If "The Millers" fails, will that impact "Crazy Ones"? And if CBS' big bet on Robin Williams fails, will that weaken "Two and a Half Men"? And given that "Two and a Half Men" is very likely to provide a weaker lead-in than "Person of Interest" did, what impact will that have on "Elementary"? Don't get me wrong. I know why CBS is doing this. The network needs to recharge its comedy lineup with "How I Met Your Mother" departing and "Two and a Half Men" on borrowed time. Setting up a new Thursday block gives CBS more seeding opportunities and it also let the network put an established hit in its only struggling Tuesday hour. You can try stuff like this if you're the No. 1 network. And if you're NBC... You keep throwing things against the wall, but with what hope of stickage? Unlike a lot of observers, I like the idea of putting "Michael J. Fox" at 9:30 because if it works, it gives a boost to "Parenthood," while "Parenthood" seems fairly likely to do better than most of what NBC has fiddled with in this slot for years. I don't see much upside to "Sean Saves the World," though, while as much as I love "Parks and Rec," I don't see it as being a fruitful lead-in for "Welcome to the Family." But if NBC can build the back half of the night, that's big. ABC's decision to air "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" in the long-crippled 8 p.m. hour seems faulty. In that slot, the show gets zero benefit from its "Once Upon a Time" roots and goes against some of the toughest competition in TV. Programming "Wonderland" here shows a lot of faith on ABC's part, but why? The network hasn't even seen a full pilot. Dunno. I'm also baffled by the "Reign" thing. It doesn't seem to make much sense. Of course, I haven't watched "Reign." And as for "Rake," if FOX still believes "Idol" can function as an effective launch pad, this was a necessity, because FOX has no remaining dramas capable of serving as a viable lead-in, unless you count "Bones," which FOX apparently doesn't with the shift to Fridays.
 
My Predicted DVR: Yeah, Thursdays are impossible and it becomes an issue of relative convenience in off-network viewership. For example, because it's a breeze to watch NBC shows on Hulu, my 8 p.m. DVR will be "Vampire Diaries" and the CBS comedies, with "Wonderland" also getting a few weeks of Hulu viewing to prove itself. So that's impossible. But the 9 p.m. hour? No clue. Maybe "The Crazy Ones," "The Michael J. Fox Show" and "Grey's Anatomy"? Unless I somehow love "Reign"? And in the 10 p.m. hour, I'll be recording "Scandal" and "Elementary" and watching "Parenthood" on Hulu, probably. I guess.
 
How have the new schedules impacted your Thursdays?
 

 

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

Credit: Frank Mincelotta/AP

Taylor Swift starts work on new album

What was it like playing with the Rolling Stones?

Though “Red” has yet to run its course, Taylor Swift is already thinking about her fifth studio album.

“It’s starting, the anxiety is starting, and when the anxiety starts, the writing happens right afterwards usually,” she said backstage Thursday night at CMA Music Fest in Nashville shortly before she took the stage at LP Field.

“I like to write for two years before I finish an album,” she continued. “Whatever I write the first year is going to get thrown away because I’m going to sound [like what I’ve done before.]”

As she rounds the second year of writing, “it ends up sounding like the next subject,” she says. “I feel like staying the same is the easy way to go, but it’s not where I want to go musically.” Though one would think a call to write with Swift would be one most songwriters would be happy to get, Swift added, “it’s harder to call up people you don’t know and write with them for the first time.”

Swift, who released a video for her duet with Ed Sheeran, “Everything Has Changed” Thursday, called the clip “one of my favorite videos that I’ve ever been a part of because the  kids were so good.”  The sweet clip features mini-me,  7-year old versions of Swift and Sheeran.

Not surprisingly, the singer was still on a high from her performance with the Rolling Stones Monday night in Chicago. “It was everything you think it would be but better,” she said. “They handwrite notes thanking you for being there. You get pictures with them.” As far as her and Mick Jagger’s onstage waltz, Swift said that came from their working through “As Tears Go By.” “The musical director and Mick and I were rehearsing the song with a piano and we started dancing a waltz with overly exaggerated ballet moves. We forgot the words and we incorporated a twirl into the performance in homage to our hilarious rehearsal.”






 

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<p>The xx</p>

The xx

Watch: New music video for The xx's 'Fiction'

Fireworks, booties, fast cars... just kidding

The new music video for The xx's "Fiction" boasts loads of neon, glistening booties and breasts, fast cars, DJ booths and hands in the air.

Just kidding, it's an xx song with Oliver Sims in the lead. Thusly, it's dark, in black and white and features the singer walking in solitude through his melancholy.

Production crew Young Replicant directed this clip; they were also behind the xx's "Chained" video.

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<p>Greta Gerwig is a guest on today's podcast to discuss her new film 'Frances Ha'</p>

Greta Gerwig is a guest on today's podcast to discuss her new film 'Frances Ha'

Credit: IFC Films

The latest MCP features Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach, and legendary producer Walter Mirisch

Even technical issues can't ruin how good a line-up that is

I am disappointed.

I really enjoyed the recording I did with Scott Swan for the new podcast. It has been, as it seems to be between all of them, a little while since we last recorded, and I had a lot of fun this time. Felt good. I also have some great other things lined up as part of the podcast, three full interviews that I think all are worth your time.

So when I went to put it all together, I was shocked to hear something wrong with the audio. There's a strange sound, and I have no idea what caused it or where it happened in the process. I have tried everything I could to clean it up, following advice from audio nerd friends, but everything I tried seemed to make it worse.

In the end, I decided to cut it together and put it out even though it has the issue. There's too much about it that worked for me to just shelve it, and it took me a week to get through all of my efforts at fixing it. As a result, this was supposed to run last Thursday, just before the opening of "After Earth," and we do spend some time talking about what felt like a pile-on waiting to happen. If you followed the film's release over at Rotten Tomatoes, you know that's exactly what happened. Look at the quotes on that page: it's a contest to see who can shred Shyamalan and the Smith family the hardest. It's rough. We talked here about the way some directors end up getting their turn in the barrel and the way audiences and critics walk into films.

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