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'SNL's' Jay Pharoah got to do his Obama impression in front of the president


"SNL's" Jay Pharoah got to do his Obama impression in front of the president

"The president was surprised, then started laughing," according to Page Six, describing Pharoah entertaining the president at a Harvey Weinstein fundraiser Monday night.


Keith Urban: "I would come back" to "Idol" next season

The country singer has yet to learn about his judging fate, but he says he loved the experience and would welcome a chance to return next year.


Jimmy Kimmel insists his mean celebrity tweets are real
"They are all tweets," says Kimmel. "There are some who've indicated otherwise. That is not the case."


"Treme's" David Simon and Anthony Bourdain are feuding with Bravo's Andy Cohen

Both Bourdain and Cohen were arguing on Twitter over "Top Chef's" tax incentives to film in New Orleans, when, according to Simon, Cohen "goes out of his way to sh*t on the HBO production of 'Treme.'"


House Republicans use "Arrested Development" to mock Obama
Watch their parody, "Arrested Economic Development."


"Hannibal" might survive if NBC opts not to renew
At least one cable network and Amazon have expressed interest in saving the Bryan Fuller show should it be canceled, according to Deadline.


"Veronica Mars" movie begins filming on June 17
Rob Thomas tweeted that filming will begin in L.A.


"Mad Men's" Matthew Weiner talks to Jeff Garlin about losing on "Jeopardy!"
Listen to their nearly two-hour chat in which they talk about watching "Revenge" and Weiner's past jealousy of Conan O'Brien.


"Dancing's" Zendaya inks book deal

The title: "Between U and Me: How To Rock Your Tween Years With Style And Confidence."


USA to run short "Talk Stoop" clips during the day
In "Talk Stoop With Cat Greenleaf," celebs will be interviewed on the stoop of a Brooklyn brownstone apartment.


A bearded Nick Offerman sings the "Rainbow Song"

Watch his Jay Leno performance in honor of Megan Mullally.

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<p>Zoe Saldana is human for the moment before gearing up for two back-to-back gigs as aliens, but for now, she's all about 'Star Trek Into Darkness'</p>

Zoe Saldana is human for the moment before gearing up for two back-to-back gigs as aliens, but for now, she's all about 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

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Zoe Saldana talks about all the ways 'the boys' made her laugh on 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Hollywood's busiest alien spends a little more time with Starfleet

I am mesmerized by Zoe Saldana's "hot schoolmarm" thing that's going on in this interview. I'm not sure what she's wearing or what she's doing with her hair, but I definitely hear a Van Halen song when I look at her.

Saldana is currently Hollywood's busiest alien. She's about to start work on "Guardians Of The Galaxy," introducing her into the Marvel Universe, and James Cameron is supposedly still hard at work on the scripts for "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3," which he hopes to shoot back to back starting sometime next year.

I'd love to know if she's already training to be able to pull off what sounds like some ground-breaking underwater motion-capture, because that's got to be a whole different level of physical challenge. And I'm curious if they'll be going the make-up route for "Guardians," or if that will be a largely digital performance, too.

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<p>&quot;Survivor: Caramoan&quot; winner John Cochran</p>

"Survivor: Caramoan" winner John Cochran

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Interview: John Cochran discusses his 'Survivor: Caramoan' win

This season's shutout winner discusses his path to victory
Say what you will about whether or not returning players have an unfair advantage within the game of "Survivor," I can say with certainty that returning players make the best "Survivor" exit interviews.
 
If you think back on past seasons, folks like Coach and Russell Swan and Jonathan Penner have been responsible for my favorite post-elimination conversations, while highlights this season have come from veterans like Corinne Kaplan, Malcolm Freberg (a great interview when he was a newbie as well) and the always excitable Phillip Sheppard. 
 
The last of this season's exit interviews is, of course, with the season's well-deserving winner, John Cochran. Over 39 days, Cochran laid low when he had to, orchestrated big moves when he had to and, in a shocker, won challenges when he had to. And, perhaps of equal importance, Cochran worked his strategy without alienating anybody, which was his downfall in his first season and which was the downfall of fellow Top 3 finishers Dawn and Sherri.
 
And, not surprisingly, this one is a good interview as well, as Cochran discusses his feelings about the acrimonious Final Tribal Council, his now-famous Harvard Law essay on the "Survivor" Jury System, his "bipolar" approach to the game and, as a student of "Survivor" the ranking of his win within the "Survivor" pantheon.
 
Click through for the full interview. And I left in the first part because, darnit, it made me happy...
 
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<p>A scene from &quot;Heli.&quot;</p>

A scene from "Heli."

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Cannes Review: Emptily accomplished 'Heli' starts Cannes competition on a bleak note

Sleek shock value but little substance in another take on the Mexican drug war

CANNES - Telenovela has never seemed more inviting than it does in a brief scene midway through "Heli," which plants our gormless title character in front of an unseen television set blaring the busy hubbub of Spanish soap opera, its shrill dramatics amplifying the violent silence that courses through Mexican director Amat Escalante's third feature. This kind of deadpan reference to more conservative forms of Latin culture is a note often played in new Mexican cinema, ascribing authenticity to a film's worldview by way of absurd contrast -- though reality is as flattened in "Heli" as it is heightened in telenovela.

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance"

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'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: The show heads to 'Audition City #2'

Detroit is the destination, and the talent is (mostly) hot

Detroit! Otherwise known as "Audition City #2," as stated in the episode title. Was that considered too big of a reveal? Did Fox think people would tune in, then see "Detroit" in the title and switch channels? I guess that will remain a mystery, but the good new is that TWitch is in the house! With Nigel and Mary. The producers had better not wear out poor Mary. She had cancer. Be nice, for crying out loud. But I guess the "nice" part of Detroit was giving Mary some time with the male exotic dancers. Good thing she didn't have heart problems. 

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<p>Reese Witherspoon at the New&nbsp;York premiere of &quot;Mud&quot; in&nbsp;April</p>

Reese Witherspoon at the New York premiere of "Mud" in April

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Reese Witherspoon jumps aboard Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'

She'll join 'Walk the Line' co-star Joaquin Phoenix in the film

It's been a rocky couple of weeks for Reese Witherspoon. Everything looked nice and peachy as the wonderful "Mud" starring the actress was set for release. Then on April 19, she was arrested in Atlanta following a dispute with a police officer. Soon enough the infamous "do you know who I am" video made its way out and everyone naturally took their shots.

Well, while it may have been a rocky couple of months, nothing turns it around like booking a gig on a Paul Thomas Anderson movie. And according to Deadline, Witherspoon has done just that, landing a role in the director's upcoming "Inherent Vice," adapted from the Thomas Pynchon novel set in 60s/70s Los Angeles.

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<p>Leonardo DiCaprio in &quot;The Great Gatsby.&quot;</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Great Gatsby."

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Beautiful but not damned: why 'Gatsby' was the right film to open Cannes 2013

It's not a world premiere, but Luhrmann's latest lends the Croisette some glitter

CANNES - The first press screening of the Cannes Film Festival is traditionally, in not-particularly-French parlance, a bit of a bunfight: always in the Salle Debussy, the smaller of the festival's two showcase screens, it tends to fill up fast with fevered, not-yet-red-eyed journalists scrambling for the last available seats with a workable sightline, while outside, the snaking queue of lowly yellow and blue badgeholders nervously hopes there'll be any seat at all for them. (Lest you think I'm sneering, I'm one of them: for me, at Cannes, blue clearly is the warmest color.) 

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<p>Candice is bigger than Kree.</p>

Candice is bigger than Kree.

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Recap: 'American Idol' Finale Performances - Candice versus Kree

'Idol' begins to wind down a tough season with an hour of singing

"American Idol" is not a show known for restraint so let us, as we do every year, give thanks that FOX is not attempt to wring two hours out of the finale's performance night. Yes, tomorrow night's finale will be two-plus hours of excruciating largess, but on Wednesday (May 15), we should be treated to an hour of performances from two reasonably good singers. That should be pleasant, right?

OK, then!

Bring on Candice Glover and Kree Harrison!

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<p>Kelly Rowland from the cover of her album &quot;Talk a Good Game&quot;</p>

Kelly Rowland from the cover of her album "Talk a Good Game"

Listen to Kelly Rowland's intensely personal 'Dirty Laundry'

Singer reveals abusive relationship and 'bittersweet' feelings toward Beyonce

Kelly Rowland is releasing a new solo effort, and "Dirty Laundry" is airing a lot of source material. The former Destiny's Child singer makes two revelations in this new track: one is her feelings on the success of Beyonce as she, comparitively, lived "in her shadow." The other is that she was physically abused by an ex-lover.

To the former, she sings, backed by a melancholy piano: "While my sister was on stage, killin’ it like a motherf*cker / I was enraged, feeling it like a motherfucker / Bird in a cage, you would never know what I was dealing with / Went out separate ways, but I was happy she was killin' it... Bittersweet, she was up, I was down."

Beyonce makes another flashback cameo, as Rowland was surviving post-"Survivor," as a survivor of abuse.

"Started to call them people on him / I was battered / He hittin the window like it was me, until it shattered / He pulled me out, he said, “Don’t nobody love you but me / Not your mama, not your daddy and especially not Bey,” she continues. The ending of this particular verse hurts my heart. "He turned me against my sister / I missed ya."

Hell if I and many other critics haven't lobbed jokes about how Kelly or Michelle would never make it bigger than Beyonce. Rowland -- who's always had a sharp voice and knows how to tell a story -- hasn't had the chance for a superstar trek since Destiny's Child days. Her song here, though, isn't about to turn that negativity into more negativity, but into something positive by cleaning up her own feelings on the matter.

Saying that she was conflicted and angry during a time of DC post-breakup blues is actually very self-award and gutsy. But disclosure that she'd gone through a dark and misguided period through abuse is no easy feat either, even on a simple confession produced by The-Dream. R&B singers' bread and butter is emotional climaxes of relationships, from the chase, the bedding, the wedding or the breakup (and of course all tensions in-between). While many scorned lovers' songs make enemies of their exes or insinuate their own indiscretions, there are extreme few that outline actual terror of physical, emotional or sexual abuse in the legal sense. Rowland's dirty laundry here isn't only that she was abused in secret, but that those abuses led to her hurting others. It's a meta-narrative on an R&B trope and the record-making industry, and a sensationally true story, which makes it totally fascinating as a piece of art.

And entertainment. Rowland's voice her is top-notch, don't you think?

Rowland's album "Talk a Good Game" is due on June 18.

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"The Millers"

 "The Millers"

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Watch Will Arnett in CBS' first trailer for 'The Millers'

The new fall comedy tackles intergenerational divorce

Divorce can be funny! At least, that's the angle "The Millers" takes. Will Arnett plays Nathan Miller, a recently divorced new reporter who finds his parents' marital problems are now his to solve. 

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"We Are Men"

 "We Are Men"

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See Kal Penn, Jerry O'Connell in first trailer for CBS' 'We Are Men'

Four guys, one short-term apartment complex, and bonding

You know what's like a dorm for old guys? A short-term apartment complex full of recently divorced men! Isn't that fun. "We Are Men" is about four newly-single guys who live in the same complex and find camaraderie as they look for love. And pick up chicks in bars. It's heartwarming! And not sad or depressing at all. Unless there are some scenes like that.  

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"Intelligence"

"Intelligence"

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Watch 'Lost' star Josh Holloway in this first trailer from 'Intelligence'

Holloway plays a super-powered high tech intelligence operative

Have you ever wished you had a super duper microchip in your head that gave you access to, like, all information ever? You'd never lose your keys! Josh Holloway ("Lost") plays a guy who has that microchip, but he has to do spy stuff. Darn it. We know he's a very serious smart guy, because Holloway cut off that long, luxurious blond hair he had on "Lost." 

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