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<p>Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are together again and HOLY&nbsp;CRAP&nbsp;THAT DUDE'S&nbsp;EYES&nbsp;ARE&nbsp;GLOWING!</p>

Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are together again and HOLY CRAP THAT DUDE'S EYES ARE GLOWING!

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New teaser poster for Pegg and Frost in 'World's End' finally reveals... something?

This might be the last moment we have questions as the campaign kicks in

Okay, there's Simon Pegg. And next to him, that's Nick Frost. Good. Great. That's exactly what I want. And there's Edgar Wright's name, and a meteor in the sky, and… people… lots of people… with glowing blue eyes.

I now know about 100% more about "The World's End" than I did five minutes ago, and Tuesday, when the trailer for the film arrives online, I suspect we're in for a glut of new information and a much better sense of what we're getting from the film.

Evidently, Edgar screened the trailer the other night for people at the CapeTown Film Festival in Los Angeles, and swore everyone there to secrecy. It's been pretty successful, all things considered, too, because I haven't seen anyone overtly giving anything away. I'm very excited that we're this close to the release. It's a long ride that these three guys have been on from the first time I saw their work to now, and they've all had such great success in that time that it feels like a real treat to see them come back together on their terms to make this film, which feels like a big deal, and round out something that started as such a off-the-radar personal little independent thing.

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<p>Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio never really seem to have any chemistry in 'The Great&nbsp;Gatsby,' Baz Luhrmann's disappointing take on the Fitzgerald classic.</p>

Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio never really seem to have any chemistry in 'The Great Gatsby,' Baz Luhrmann's disappointing take on the Fitzgerald classic.

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Review: Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby' is okay and nothing more

It's exactly the film you think it is, for better and for worse

Baz Luhrmann has made a career out of pushing stylistic boundaries past what seems like good taste or common sense would endure, and when it has paid off, the results are intoxicating. Unfortunately, when it doesn't work, it makes the artifice that much more distancing and it makes the excess feel excessive. Lurhmann is not the first filmmaker to succumb to the siren song of the book's beautiful prose, nor will he be the last, but his attempt highlights much of what makes this a work that best exists in its original form.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's book was written at the time that the novel takes place, and it is fascinating as a snapshot of a particular time in America's development, the roaring '20s at their loudest, raucous and wild and untamed. Jay Gatsby is a very knowing look at a new type of American, the self-made millionaire, compensating for some hole in their personality while amassing a huge fortune, rich but empty. His quest to win the heart of Daisy Buchanan is one of the great Quixotic romantic plays in all of literature, and the language in Fitzgerald's book sells it all. Dizzyingly well-written, emotional and evocative, it is a feast of language, a clear-eyed piece of pop mythology that positively disemboweled the world in which Fitzgerald worked and played. Working with co-writer Craig Pearce, Luhrmann has adapted "Gatsby" in a way that makes sense considering Luhrmann's voice, but it's such a foregone conclusion that it feels to me like it never comes to life. It's as if every bit of creativity dried up the moment the deal was signed. Yes, this is exactly what I would expect a Baz Luhrmann "Gatsby" would look like, but is that enough?

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<p>On &quot;Mad Men,&quot;&nbsp;Don (Jon Hamm)&nbsp;and Roger (John Slattery)&nbsp;wait for an important meeting.</p>

On "Mad Men," Don (Jon Hamm) and Roger (John Slattery) wait for an important meeting.

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Review: 'Mad Men' - 'For Immediate Release'

A series of impulsive decisions shake up the agency in the season's best hour to date

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I'm not working the slide rule...

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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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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' Finale - 'Beacon of Hope'

Which pair took home the million dollar prize
Well, that was an exhausting two hours of "Amazing Race" stupidity. 
In an ideal world, an "Amazing Race" finale will be a lengthy validation of the team that ultimately takes the million dollars or, at the very least, it will be a lengthy descent into madness for teams who have the million within their grasp and squander the opportunity.
That wasn't really the case on Sunday (May 5) night. The team that won "The Amazing Race" probably deserved to win, but the finale gave me more to ponder regarding the strangeness of their victory than regarding the achievement that led to them reaching Phil Keoghan in first.
And, more than anything, Sunday's finale left me scratching my head at the sheer amount of stupidity displayed by the various teams at the end of the exhausting Race.
[More after the break...]
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"Once Upon A Time"

 "Once Upon A Time"

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'Once Upon A Time': Tamara and Greg take control on 'Second Star to the Right'

This episode is all about Neverland, but it may not be the place you recall

Is everyone excited about Bae's new/old adventure? Obviously, major spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the episode, so you may not want to read after the jump just yet. If you like "Once Upon A Time" mythology, I think this episode is one worth seeing for yourself. 

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<p>Diana Rigg as Olenna in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Diana Rigg as Olenna in "Game of Thrones."

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'The Climb'

Jon Snow and Ygritte scale the Wall, Melisandre meets the Brotherhood and Tywin meets Olenna

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as the laws of my fists are about to compel your teeth...

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"Orphan Black"

 "Orphan Black"

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'Orphan Black' recap: Now that's what I call a potluck!

The clones bump into trouble when Vic and Paul crash Alison's party

It's one thing to host the neighborhood potluck party and run low on chips and wine glasses. It's quite another to muck things up by leaving your freshly tortured husband tied up downstairs, then having your clone's ex popping in to demand a cut of the scam he thinks must be going on, then have another clone's ex (who is now the previously mentioned clone's, um, buddy) stop by. I think we can all agree that it's not easy being a clone. Or having a potluck for the neighbors when you are one. It's a shame, really, because you'd think things would be a lot easier having many "yous" on hand, but, as Homer Simpson once learned, there's always a price. 

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Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis

Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Zach Galifianakis and Of Monsters and Men

Is the third time hosting the show the charm for the star of "The Hangover Part III"?
Tonight marks the third time that Zach Galifianakis has hosted “Saturday Night Live,” with each of his prior appearances coming in solid if non-classic installments. Aside from Jason Sudeikis, there are few remaining cast members with whom Galifianakis has extensive sketch experience. That means there’s plenty of opportunities for new combinations onscreen tonight for the bearded member of “The Hangover”’s Wolf Pack. The two constants in his first two outings: a pre-corded sketch involving a dramatic piano theme, plus a bizarre shaving ritual just before the final sketch. He’s already shaved his beard and head on “SNL”: what’s left?
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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

 "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" 

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Watch: 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' crazy train preview

Fighting, screaming, crying and a pet pig are all coming soon

As we hear in the promo for the new season of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" (premiering June 2 at 8:00 p.m.), sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to get better. Although I'm really not sure that this group of loons can get better. Heck, I'm not sure we want them to get better. What's the fun in sanity? 

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<p>Bright ideas from the Academy...well, one, anyway.</p>

Bright ideas from the Academy...well, one, anyway.

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The Academy opens up all 24 categories to the entire voting membership

For the first time ever everyone has a say on everything

There's really only one thing to report out of today's big AMPAS conclave: the entire membership of the Academy will now be able to participate in the final vote for all 24 categories at the Oscars. And that wasn't even part of the business at hand, it was something the Board of Governors had decided upon, so they just went ahead and announced it in tandem.

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<p>Ultimately, it doesn't matter what Warner does with the 'Justice League' film since 'The Lego Movie' will put Superman and Batman onscreen together in spring of 2014.</p>

Ultimately, it doesn't matter what Warner does with the 'Justice League' film since 'The Lego Movie' will put Superman and Batman onscreen together in spring of 2014.

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Chris Miller and Phil Lord want you to enter the 'Lego Movie' contest

You could see your work in the finished film

I am honestly surprised by just how omnipresent LEGO is in the daily play lives of my kids.

When I was young, LEGO was a make-your-own sort of thing. Sure, there were plenty of playsets, but they were still general things like "space" or "construction" or whatever. These days, LEGO is a licensing powerhouse, working with dozens of partners on videogames and toys and even movies.

Chris Miller and Phil Lord only have two credits so far as directors for feature films, but when "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" and "21 Jump Street" are the two films you've made, that's a pretty strong one-two punch. What those two films have in common is the way they took unlikely premises and spun them into very effective and sincere piece of entertainment. These are guys you can trust to take the difficult and figure it out, so maybe they're the perfect fit for Warner's upcoming gamble, "The LEGO Movie."

Right now, they're reaching out to you, the eventual audience for "The Lego Movie," and they're offering you a chance to have an impact on the film you'll eventually see in theaters. They're in the home stretch, and they want to make sure that anyone that might be interested has a chance to enter.

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<p>This was the only CBS-provided &quot;Survivor: Caramoan&quot; picture featuring Andrea and Reynold together.</p>

This was the only CBS-provided "Survivor: Caramoan" picture featuring Andrea and Reynold together.

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Interview: Andrea Boehlke and Reynold Toepfer talk 'Survivor: Caramoan'

This week's evictees discuss playing with targets on their backs
Two people were sent home in separate Tribal Councils on Wednesday (May 1) night's "Survivor."
Really, it's a "Survivor" Miracle that Andrea Boehlke and Reynold Toepfer lasted as long as they did. 
Reynold was targeted as a threat from the first second he met with his Fans tribe and he made the early mistake of aligning with his group's three prettiest members and boasting about it. But boosted by a fortuitous tribal swap and then some challenge domination, he ended up having a good run.
For her part, Andrea was immediately eyed as a dangerous player within the Favorites group, but the first person to target her was Francesca and she went home immediately. Andrea's name was floated on several occasions, including the memorable episode in which she grew wary after a conversation with Eddie and changed voting strategies seconds before Tribal, saving herself. That was a good move. Going home with an Immunity Idol in her pocket? Less good.
In this week's "Survivor" double-interview, Andrea and Reynold talk about their respective eliminations, about the challenge of playing as threats and about the proliferation of Idols this season. 
Reynold also explains his Tribal Council mustache.
Check out the full Q&A after the break.
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