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<p>&quot;Newroom&quot; at PaleyFest</p>

"Newroom" at PaleyFest

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20 things we learned from the 'Newsroom' PaleyFest Panel

Or was it actually A Night With Piers Morgan?
The cast of HBO's " The Newsroom" gathered at Beverly Hills' Saban Theater on Sunday (March 3) night to moderate An Evening With Piers Morgan.
 
Over the course of 80 minutes, the stars and producers of HBO's Golden Globe nominated drama coaxed Morgan out of his shy shell and got him to tell stories about his recent interactions with new CNN boss Jeff Zucker, an unfortunate power outage in Atlanta during the Oscars red carpet and, most importantly, his opinions on the sequester. 
 
Morgan was so self-effacing an uncomfortable in the spotlight that periodically he attempted to turn the questions around on his interrogators to get the cast of "Newsroom" to discuss their own opinions on their fictional version of cable news, but those moments were the exceptions, rather than the rule. So embarrassed was Morgan to be in the spotlight and to have all of this attention directed at him, that he periodically recited interview quotes back at the actors on the panel or confused actors with the characters they play on TV or inquired about where Dev Patel gets his cardigans or initiated gambits like, "Olivia [Munn]. Let's talk about sex for a moment."
 
After an hour, when the cast of "Newroom" opened the floor to questions from the audience, a confused audience attempted to revolt and ask questions of the "Newroom" team, but that's just the danger of a democratized event like this.
 
I contemplated doing a 20 things we learned about Piers Morgan from the "Newroom" PaleyFest Panel blog post, but that would actually be far easier than doing 20 things we learned about "Newroom." And I prefer to take on the big challenges. Because I'm a journalist. Like Piers Morgan. 
 
Click through for the 20... And yes. There will be minor spoilers.
 
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<p>Katheryn Winnick and Travis Fimmel in &quot;Vikings.&quot;</p>

Katheryn Winnick and Travis Fimmel in "Vikings."

Credit: History

Series premiere: 'Vikings' - 'Rites of Passage'

What did everybody think of History's first scripted series?

I posted my review of History's "Vikingson Friday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think of History's first scripted drama series? Did you feel transported back in time, or did the recreation of the era seem cheesey? Did you like Travis Fimmel, and/or did you just wonder how Charlie Hunnam had time to do two series at once? How did you feel about Gabriel Byrne as the earl? Are you intrigued by Ragnar's quest to discover and pillage the lands to the west? Do you look forward to the opportunity to hear the name "Floki" said repeatedly for weeks on end? Could you make sense of when subtitles were and weren't used? And will you watch again? 

Have at it. I enjoyed the show, but it's not deep enough to really withstand weekly discussion, especially given the never-ending Sunday drama glut. So barring an unusual episode at mid-season, I likely won't revisit until this first season's done.

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<p>On &quot;Girls,&quot;&nbsp;Hannah (Lena Dunham)&nbsp;goes out with her parents (Becky Ann Baker, Peter Scolari).</p>

On "Girls," Hannah (Lena Dunham) goes out with her parents (Becky Ann Baker, Peter Scolari).

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Girls' - 'It's Back'

Carol Kane, Bob Balaban, Judy Collins, Shiry Appleby and Hannah's parents stop by for a busy episode

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I dress like a magician's assistant...

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<p>Andrew Lincoln as Rick in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Andrew Lincoln as Rick in "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Clear'

Rick meets an old friend while looking for guns and ammo

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon I go back for the cat sculpture...

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<p>Lip (Jeremy Allen White)&nbsp;and Ian (Cameron Monaghan)&nbsp;on &quot;Shameless.&quot;</p>

Lip (Jeremy Allen White) and Ian (Cameron Monaghan) on "Shameless."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Shameless' - 'A Long Way From Home'

Fiona takes Frank to court in a series highlight

A quick review of tonight's "Shameless" coming up just as soon as I cut off a corpse's toe...

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<p>Shemozzle Race!</p>

Shemozzle Race!

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Like James Bond Again'

Shemozzle Race! Shemozzle Race! Shemozzle Race!
This is going to be a Predictable Dan Recap, because if you've read my "Amazing Race" coverage for the past five or six years, you know how I feel about nearly everything in Sunday's (March 3) episode. 
 
Click through, because I'm gonna dispatch with this recap fairly quickly...
 
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<p>Melissa Rosenberg</p>

Melissa Rosenberg

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Interview: Melissa Rosenberg talks 'Red Widow,' 'Big Thunder' and more

'Twilight' scribe explains how her ABC drama is different from 'Breaking Bad'
Melissa Rosenberg's new ABC drama is titled "Red Widow" and it uses "No Time To Mourn" as its tag line.
 
So when we meet Radha Mitchell's Marta Walraven and she's mostly happily married to a scruffy pot-smuggler played by Anson Mount, we kinda have suspicions regarding where things are heading.
 
Based on the Dutch series "Penoza," "Red Widow" is really about a San Francisco wife and mother who finds herself forced into the criminal world occupied by her husband, but also her Russian mobster father. It's a network drama, but it feels a lot like it belongs on cable, which I discussed with Rosenberg last year when she was promoting "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2," the last film in a wildly popular franchise that ABC is name-dropping aggressively in promotions.
 
Concentrating on "Red Widow" in this interview, Rosenberg and I discussed the challenges of doing a show like this with a female protagonist like this on network TV, including some comparisons between this drama and AMC's "Breaking Bad." We also discussed the ethos of Rosenberg's Tall Girl Productions banner and how "Red Widow" and the theme park-based pilot "Big Thunder" fit into that brand.
 
Click through for the full conversation.
 
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<p>I have no idea what award George Clooney is holding here, but chances are he'll have even weirder things to deal with in Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland'</p>

I have no idea what award George Clooney is holding here, but chances are he'll have even weirder things to deal with in Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland'

Credit: AP Photo/dpa, Uli Deck

Exclusive: The secret of Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland' is not what you think

Can misinformation hurt a film with the public as much as genuine spoilers?

Secrecy in Hollywood is a tricky thing.

When you're dealing with a collaborative art form, you have many people involved and at times, you have so many people involved that there is no way to keep them all locked down and on message, and things leak.  I've been the beneficiary of those leaks many times over the years, and I've had filmmakers ask me if there is any way to keep things from getting out.  There are ways to do it, but it can be tricky.

One of the most difficult points in the process to keep protected is casting because there is information that gets sent out to agencies, and in many cases, the entire script is also sent.  I've gotten some of my best scoops from friends at different agencies, and there are certain films that I put on a list to let those friends know that something is a priority. Sometimes you end up with a story because you've been chasing it, and sometimes things just fall into your hands.  It's a very strange process, all things considered.

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<p>&quot;Revolution&quot;</p>

"Revolution"

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20 things we learned from the 'Revolution' PaleyFest Panel

How soon will we learn why the power went out? Very!
After Friday night's spoiler-free PaleyFest panel for "The Walking Dead," Saturday night's (March 2) panel for "Revolution" was practically the opposite.
 
Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams and the cast were fairly forthcoming about what fans can expect both when "Revolution" returns to NBC on March 25 and beyond.
 
That, of course, means that if you want to go in with a completely clean slate, you really don't want to read the information after the break. 
 
So click through for 20 things we learned from the 'Revolution' PaleyFest Panel.
 
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<p>Adele accepts her Oscar</p>

Adele accepts her Oscar

Credit: Chris Pizzello/AP

Adele and Justin Bieber lead this week's Music Power Rankings

Plus, goats and more goats


1. Adele:
She culminates an amazing two-year run with a new man: a shiny, gold, bald fellow named Oscar.

2. Justin Bieber:
He turns 19. Wonder what The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney gave him for his birthday?

3. Shirley Bassey:
James Bond’s true golden girl on Oscar night.

4. Goats, goats, and more goats:
We know it will get old in five minutes, but from Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” to Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer,” was their any song that didn’t sound better this week with the addition of goats bleating? We’re waiting for Goats: the “Ava Maria” version.

5. Stone Temple Pilots:
They fire Scott Weiland as lead singer, who learns about his dismissal from the press. Good think he couldn’t get his hands on a velvet revolver.

6. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: Hip-hop duo releases PSA for “You Can Play” project, which encourages respect among athletes of all sexual orientations.

7. Thirty Seconds To Mars:
The Jared-Leto led band takes its name literally as they launch new single by sending it on a cargo rocket to the International Space Station. Beam me up, boys.

8. Simon Cowell: He and YouTube launch “The You Generation,” a global talent competition for “unconventional” talents, including photography and magicians. Can we make this disappear?

9. The National and Passion Pit: 
The National’s  documentary, “Mistaken for Strangers” is picked to open Tribeca Film Festival, while Passion Pit’s will be part of a documentary made at SXSW.   When did making a documentary become part of the process for every single act? #overkill

 

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Kevin Hart and Jason Sudeikis on "Saturday Night Live"

Kevin Hart and Jason Sudeikis on "Saturday Night Live"

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Kevin Hart and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

The comedy veteran hosts the show for the first time.

After a two-week hiatus following its strongest episode of the season, “Saturday Night Live” is back with host Kevin Hart. I’ve seen Hart in "Undeclared" as well as in supporting roles in several films, but won’t pretend to be anything remotely related to an expert on his stand-up career. So I’m coming into tonight’s episode with a relatively blank slate. Anything is possible when it comes to this installment, so far as I’m concerned. And that’s a good thing, so near as I can tell. Sometimes the hype can be too much (as will undoubtedly be the case when Justin Timberlake hosts next week), and sometimes negative preconceptions can cripple an episode before it even starts (paging Justin Bieber, who lived down to that hype). 

Tonight? I’m ready to roll with whatever the show has ready to offer. Along for the ride is musical guests Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who will obviously be playing deep cuts from their album “The Heist” and in no way will play “Thrift Store” in either slot. Nope. No way, no how. Oh, who are we kidding? They will probably play it twice, and it will be f#$^ing awesome both times. In five years (or, more likely, five weeks), we’ll look back and wonder why we suddenly all lost our minds and agreed to like this song. But for now, let’s just accept the fact that if we see a broken keyboard, we’re probably going to buy that broken keyboard.
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<p>Katheryn Winnick of &quot;Vikings&quot;</p>

Katheryn Winnick of "Vikings"

Credit: History

Interview: Katheryn Winnick discusses her 'Vikings' shield maiden

'Bones' veteran plays a female warrior in History's new drama
Regular TV viewers have definitely seen Katheryn Winnick around.
 
She caused a spiritual quandary for the generally skeptical doctor on "House."
 
She provided a temporary romantic roadblock for the show's central duo on "Bones."
 
She's guested on several versions of "Law & Order" and a couple shows in the "CSI" family. 
 
The 35-year-old Canadian actress could be on the verge of a breakout role in History's "Vikings," in which she plays Lagertha, wife to Travis Fimmel's adventurous Ragnar. But this isn't a pairing in which the man goes off to explore untouched corners of the globe, while the woman stays behind and minds the kids. No, Lagertha is a Viking shield maiden and when the Norsemen ready for battle, she's another ferocious warrior on the frontline. 
 
It's a chance for Winnick to showcase a physicality that the trained bodyguard and karate blackbelt takes quite seriously. In our conversation, she discusses which parts of the role came naturally for her, how much research she put into Viking history and the lure of working with series creator Michael Hirst.
 
Click through for the full conversation...
 
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