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Michael Douglas in "Behind the Candelabra."
Michael Douglas in "Behind the Candelabra."
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Cannes Check 2013: Steven Soderbergh's 'Behind the Candelabra'

Continuing our cheat sheet for the Cannes Competition

(Welcome to Cannes Check, your annual guide through the 20 films in Competition at this month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off today. 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, Steven Soderbergh with "Behind the Candelabra.")

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CBS' fall schedule unveiled: Thursday comedy block expands to 2 hours


CBS' fall schedule unveiled: Thursday comedy block expands to 2 hours

"Person of Interest" is moving to Tuesday and "Hawaii Five-0" is joining Friday's lineup. "The Big Bang Theory" will kick off a two-hour Thursday comedy block that will end with "Two and a Half Men," with "The Millers" and "The Crazy Ones" sandwiched in between. Meanwhile, on Mondays, Chuck Lorre's "Mom" will follow "2 Broke Girls" and "We Are Men" will be paired with "How I Met Your Mother."

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10 most anticipated films debuting at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

10 most anticipated films debuting at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

Get ready for Gosling, Damon, Timberlake, Cotillard, Swinton and more

The annual migration to the South of France has begun. As you read this a global film audience is converging for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and this year's red carpet extravaganza features a number of highly anticipated titles for film lovers on both sides of the Atlantic. All eyes will be on new flicks from Joel and Ethan Coen, Roman Polanski, Sofia Coppola, James Gray, Steven Soderbergh, Alexander Payne, James Franco (that boy just can't take a vacation) and Nicholas Winding Refen among others.

Both Guy Lodge and Gregory Ellwood will be covering the event HiFix and In Contention from opening night film "The Great Gatsby" (a good $50 million of few of you might have caught it last weekend) to Jérôme Salle's closer "Zulu" (a film that far less of you will likely see).  As a kick off to our coverage, check out Lodge and Ellwood's most anticipated films in the story gallery embedded in this post. Then, vote on which movie you're most interested in hearing about in the poll below.

To get the latest word from Cannes follow Guy Lodge and Gregory Ellwood on twitter at @GuyLodge and @HitFixGregory.
 

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<p>Flying is just par for the course at this point in the series as Vin Diesel returns for 'Furious Six'</p>

Flying is just par for the course at this point in the series as Vin Diesel returns for 'Furious Six'

Credit: Universal Pictures

Review: 'Furious Six' delivers the biggest action yet in this unstoppable series

Can this series really survive the loss of Justin Lin?

If you don't like surprises being ruined for you, definitely don't go read the cast listing for this film on the IMDb.

At this point, I suspect you know where you stand on this series. I find myself wildly impressed by what Justin Lin and screenwriter Chris Morgan have pulled off, reinventing a series that had limped to a stall before they signed on. Even more impressive, they did it by embracing the three radically different films that came before and they found a way to roll them all into an ongoing soap opera mythology, and with each new film, they seem to refine the formula even more.

In the last film, they introduced Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs, an international lawman who was chasing Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his extended criminal family, and they basically came up with an excuse to turn the films into gigantic stunt-laden caper movies that turn into this sort of sustained rolling wave of automotive mayhem all over the world. At this point, the ensemble includes Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker), his wife Mia (Jordana Brewster) who is also Dom's sister, Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky), Gisele (Gal Gadot), Han "Seoul-Oh" (Sung Kang), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), and the newest member of Hobbs' team, Riley (Gina Carano). In this film, they're all assembled to go head to head with Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), a shadowy ex-military figure who has been running various jobs all over the world. Hobbs uses a photo taken during one of Shaw's jobs to bait the hook, since it reveals that one member of Shaw's team appears to be Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), Dom's former girlfriend who was supposedly killed back in film number four, "Fast and Furious."

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Watch Ben Affleck's 'SNL' promos, with Bill Hader


Watch Ben Affleck's "SNL" promos, with Bill Hader

These are among the final batch of promos for the season.


"New Girl" creator previews Season 3, reflects on Season 2
Liz Meriwether talks about the Nick and Jess season finale. PLUS: How Nick & Jess helped enhance Season 2, and Zooey Deschanel looks back at this season.


Melissa Joan Hart pulls the plug on her Kickstarter after raising $51,000 out of $2 million
The ABC Family star tried to get her fans to fund her movie project "Darci's Walk of Shame."


Harry Hamlin recalls the very secretive "Mad Men" process
Matthew Weiner approached his agent about working for two details, but wouldn't give any details, not even a script. PLUS: Hamlin would've been fired if he shared his role with wife Lisa Rinna.


"Once Upon a Time" promotes Michael Raymond-James
He'll become a series regular in Season 3. PLUS: "Once" and "Wonderland" will crossover.


Fox posts "The Goodwin Games" pilot early online
The Fox comedy will officially air on May 20.


The "NCIS" season finale, explained

Executive producer Gary Glasberg answers burning questions about what just happened.


Here are the 5 most "Whedony" things about Joss Whedon's "S.H.I.E.L.D." trailer

Scrappy nerds? Check. Ass-kicking female? Check.


"The Office" cast members say goodbye

Watch cast members' emotional farewell video. PLUS: Watch the Dunder Mifflin ad that will run during the finale.


Craig Ferguson selling his L.A. house
The home that "The Late Late Show" host bought in 1997 for $569,000 is for sale for $1.74 million.

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<p>Workers put the finishing touches on a banner in front of the Cannes Festival Palace on Monday, May 14.</p>

Workers put the finishing touches on a banner in front of the Cannes Festival Palace on Monday, May 14.

Credit: AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau

Confessions of a Cannes Virgin

Look who finally made it to the Croisette

Don't hate me cause I'm going to Cannes. This is work people. Seriously, hard, hard work.

In the south of France.

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<p>Mathieu Amalric in &quot;Venus in Fur.&quot;</p>

Mathieu Amalric in "Venus in Fur."

Credit: R.P. Productions

Cannes Check 2013: Roman Polanski's 'Venus in Fur'

Continuing our cheat sheet for the Cannes Competition

(Welcome to Cannes Check, your annual guide through the 20 films in Competition at this 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, Roman Polanski with "Venus in Fur.")

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<p>Dawn and Sherri of &quot;Survivor: Caramoan&quot;</p>

Dawn and Sherri of "Survivor: Caramoan"

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Interview: Dawn Meehan and Sherri Biethman talk 'Survivor: Caramoan'

The losing finalists discuss their lack of Jury respect
In my recap of the "Survivor: Caramoan" finale, I pretended that Dawn Meehan had finished second, beating Sherri Biethman.
 
That wasn't really true, of course. Dawn and Sherri received the same number of votes, which was "zero" as John Cochran rolled to a commanding victory.
 
The result was easy to predict after one of the most lopsided Final Tribal Councils in the show's history. Dawn was forced to defend being both strategically tough, but also emotional. Sherri was forced to defend her mere presence in the Top 3. And Cochran was asked what animal his game most resembled. It was rather strange.
 
I've said this all along: In my own opinion, Dawn deciding to split off from best-bud Corinne and expose that burgeoning sub-alliance was the biggest single move in the game. You may disagree. I also think that Sherri's ability to wrangle Shamar for exactly long enough to pick off Allie and Hope destabilized the Fans alliance with the greatest potential strength and reshaped everything that followed. You may disagree. 
 
In Dawn & Sherri's joint exit interview, they discuss why it was so hard for them to convince the Jury of their value and how long it took them to become Zen about not winning. We also talked more about the impact of gender and age in the "Survivor" endgame and I think some of the perspectives, particularly Dawn's answers, are quite interesting.
 
Click through for the full conversation...
 
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"Betrayal"

"Betrayal"

Credit: ABC

See James Cromwell and Stuart Townsend in the first trailer for 'Betrayal'

The ABC drama adds twists and turns to infidelity
At first, this trailer for "Betrayal" looks like a bad Lifetime movie. It isn't until close to the end when the schmaltzy affair between photographer Sara (Hannah Ware) and attorney Jack (Stuart Townsend) takes an unexpected twist.
 
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"Mixology"

 "Mixology"

Credit: ABC

See the first trailer from ABC's 'Mixology' from 'The Hangover''s writers

The first season is set to take place in one night in a single location
This sounds claustrophobic, and the trailer is perhaps too barf-centric, but the writers of "The Hangover" might deliver on this idea: One bar. One night. Ten single people. And that's it for the entire season for this midseason ABC show. Oh, and Ryan Seacrest is an executive producer. 
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"Resurrection"

 "Resurrection"

Credit: ABC

Watch the first trailer from ABC's mysterious 'Resurrection'

Dead people come back to life after decades

The drama "Resurrection" won't be coming to ABC until midseason, probably after another one-hour has expired, but this show suggests people (if not shows) can come back to life. Think "Ghost Whisperer," but with undead dead people. But not zombies. Just watch the clip. 

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<p>Right after this photo, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg announced their intention to remake every Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedy together.</p>

Right after this photo, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg announced their intention to remake every Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedy together.

Credit: HitFix

Karl Urban and Simon Pegg talk about bringing some light to 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Plus how devoted do you have to be to be called a 'Trekkkie'?

Karl Urban and Simon Pegg are both valuable parts of the chemistry that drives the new "Star Trek" series.

Pegg was someone I already knew I liked enormously before "Star Trek" arrived, and it's interesting to see how JJ Abrams has turned Pegg into comic relief in two different franchises. The Scotty from these movies is a very different person than the Scotty we saw Doohan play for all those years. I have trouble imagining Doohan sprinting around a hangar trying to figure out how to open a door or getting sucked through a water pipe system. Pegg, though, is down for pretty much anything they throw at him, and he works his ass off to entertain in the new film.

Urban, on the other hand, is a guy who hadn't really come into focus for me until "Star Trek." I didn't dislike him or his work, but he didn't make the strongest impression as an actor, and I had trouble figuring out if he had much of a personality. Whoever first thought to have him read for Bones deserves a bonus, though, because he is perfect in the role. So far, I'd argue he's the greatest underutilized asset that the series has, and if they continue with more movies, I pray they give Urban more to do. He deserves it.

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