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<p>Phil Keoghan greets Bates &amp; Anthony on &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Phil Keoghan greets Bates & Anthony on "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Bates & Anthony talk 'The Amazing Race'

This season's winners joke a lot about intellectual deficiencies
Don't expect any enlightenment from my exit interview with "Amazing Race" winners Bates & Anthony Battaglia.
 
The hockey-playing brothers, who won five Legs during this season's Race, were easily the most physically dominant team on the course and they were able to overcome a few mental blunders, including Anthony's ongoing struggles identifying chartreuse jelly at a Detour in Belfast. They also won fans with their goofy, self-deprecating humor.
 
If you like that kind of thing, there's a lot of that goofiness in this interview, which led me to suggest that the guys possibly may have had a late night celebrating their victory before doing early interviews. 
 
Click through for banter, and only a tiny bit of substance, in the final exit interview of this "Amazing Race" season...
 
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<p>Masterchef</p>

Masterchef

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Fox picks up 'Junior Masterchef,' Gordon Ramsay's 5th show for the network


Fox picks up "Junior Masterchef," Gordon Ramsay's 5th show for the network
Kid chefs between the ages of eight and 13 will compete before judges, including Ramsay.


Syfy renews "Defiance"
A 13-episode 2nd season will air next year.


TBS orders "The Cee Lo Life"

Cameras will follow Cee Lo Green as he lives a busy life.


AMC releases the first "The Walking Dead" Season 4 photo
Production on the 4th season began this week.


"Community" might be saved by a slight bump in its season finale ratings

There is talk of a shorter final season. PLUS: What a letdown!, and why NBC will probably renew "Community."


NBC picks up Blair Underwood in "Ironside" and "Scrubs" creator's "Undateable"
"Ironside," a remake of the 1970s series, puts Underwood in a wheelchair. Bill Lawrence's "Undateable" stars Chris D'Elia, who became available yesterday with "Whitney's" cancelation.


"90210's" Shenae Grimes weds
Grimes, 23, tied the knot with musician Josh Beech today in England.

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<p>Meryl&nbsp;Streep and Julia Roberts in &quot;August:&nbsp;Osage County&quot;</p>

Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in "August: Osage County"

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'August: Osage County' trailer puts Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts front and center

Will it be a dual Best Actress showcase or will someone get the supporting scoot?

I saw "August: Osage County" on Broadway back in 2008, I think it was, and like most who saw Tracy Letts' dissection of an Oklahoma family, I was moved and caught under the spell of a playwright at the top of his craft. A film adaptation was inevitable, and a stellar cast was, too. That's what we're getting later this year in the form of John Wells' take on the material, a film that will no doubt be a fixture in the awards season with the Oscar-savvy Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood golden boy George Clooney leading the charge.

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<p>Kerry Washington</p>

Kerry Washington

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'Scandal' has its best-ever ratings


"Scandal" has its best-ever ratings

This week's ratings were up 23%, beating everything on network TV last night except for "The Big Bang Theory."


Arya is the fastest-rising baby name for girls

The U.S. Social Security Administration says the "Game of Thrones" name jumped from 711 in 2011 to 413 in 2012.


Adult Swim announces 6 new shows, including "Mike Tyson Mysteries"
Also added: "Community" creator Dan Harmon's "Rick and Morty."


"The Young and the Restless" to pay tribute to Jeanne Cooper

Cast members and Cooper's friends and family will share memories of the iconic soap star on a special edition of the soap on May 28.


Will Heather Morris be back on "Glee" next season?
Due to her pregnancy, she may be a series regular in Season 5.


Zooey Deschanel without the bangs

Does she look unrecognizable?


Ricky Gervais bringing "The Office's" David Brent to YouTube

David Brent will offer monthly guitar lessons.


Jimmy Kimmel presents more celebrities reading mean tweets
The 4th edition includes Kelly Ripa, Andy Samberg and Elisabeth Moss.

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Léa Seydoux in "Blue is the Warmest Color."
Léa Seydoux in "Blue is the Warmest Color."
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Cannes Check 2013: Abdellatif Kechiche's 'Blue is the Warmest Color'

Continuing our cheat sheet for the Cannes Competition

(Welcome to Cannes Check, your annual guide through the 20 films in Competition at next 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, Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color.")

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<p>Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine had a contest at the press day for 'Star Trek Into Darkness' to see who could look more like the 'Mad' magazine drawing of themselves. The winner? Everyone.</p>

Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine had a contest at the press day for 'Star Trek Into Darkness' to see who could look more like the 'Mad' magazine drawing of themselves. The winner? Everyone.

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Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine will definitely do 'one more' after 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

The actors talk about owning the iconic roles now

I'm really sorry I couldn't get away to be the one in London interviewing the cast and crew of "Star Trek Into Darkness" for HitFix, but if we had to send someone else, I'm glad we sent Guy Lodge.

I got to spend some time with Guy earlier this year at Sundance, and one of the many reasons I'm proud to be a part of Team HitFix is because we've got Guy writing film reviews for us. Guy is a very smart, very English critic, and having his voice in the mix with mine and with Greg's and with Kris Tapley's is part of what makes our site what it is. Guy will be handling a lot of our Cannes reviews this year (I won't be making the trip, unfortunately) and Greg Ellwood will also be there.

Guy sat down with, among others, the one-two punch of the day, Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine. I look at these guys and it seems to me like someone grew them in a lab, specifically to be the stars of "Star Trek."

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<p>Joel McHale and Alison Brie in the &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Joel McHale and Alison Brie in the "Community" season finale.

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Season finale review: 'Community' - 'Advanced Introduction to Finality'

Jeff prepares to graduate, and visitors from the Darkest Timeline try to stop him

A review of tonight's "Community" season finale coming up just as soon as I give you proof of inseam...

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Were you shocked by 'The Walking Dead'?

Silas is on the warpath, but he may not be the biggest threat

This was starting to feel like one of those episodes where everyone runs around in search of someone else, then stops to spit out exposition, the runs around some more. Really, that would have been preferable, just because no one tends to DIE in those episodes (if you haven't seen the episode, for God sakes don't keep reading, seriously. Spoiler, spoiler, SPOILER alert!). No, Bonnie brings down the veil and all hell breaks loose, but not the hell we were expecting, and I think I may need to go lie down. This was just a lot to absorb, people.

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<p>Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski as Pam and Jim on &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski as Pam and Jim on "The Office."

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Review: 'The Office' - 'A.A.R.M.'

Jim settles in as Dwight's number two, and Angela's baby causes distractions

A review of tonight's "The Office" coming up just as soon as I throw the summoning bag at you...

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<p>Sandra Bullock's going to be tested severely in 'Gravity'</p>

Sandra Bullock's going to be tested severely in 'Gravity'

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Sandra Bullock struggles with panic in amazing teaser trailer for 'Gravity'

Plus we get a glimpse of some zero-g Clooney as well

That is how you cut a teaser trailer.

I would be perfectly happy if I didn't see another frame of footage from Alfonso Cuaron's upcoming film "Gravity" until it opened in October. Until today, we've managed to go without seeing any moving images, and I already knew I was desperate to see the film.

Now, though, after that trailer? Holy cow. "Gravity" tells the story of two astronauts, played by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, who are in the middle of a space walk when their craft is hit by debris and Bullock becomes separated from the ship.

There is no more humbling concept to me than being adrift in space, alone and without any protection beyond the space suit you're wearing. If you want to feel very small, just looking up into space will do that, but to actually be lost in it, not sure if you're ever going to see another person again… I would imagine there's no easy way to express the horror that would set in.

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Shonda Rhimes profiled: The ABC hitmaker describes herself as a Tracy Flick-type


Shonda Rhimes profiled: The ABC hitmaker describes herself as a Tracy Flick-type

Rhimes, the subject of a NY Times Magazine profile, says she's earned a lot of political capital that ABC no longer sends her notes about "Scandal." "I had done 'Grey's,' I had done ‘Private Practice.’ What were they going to do, fire me? I wasn’t worried about what anybody else thought. This one was for me."


Which ABC pilots didn't make the cut?

Kelly Preston's "Keep Calm And Karey On," John Leguizamo's "King John" and Melissa George's "Gothica" are not going forward. PLUS: Will ABC's "S.H.I.E.L.D." have a Hulk connection?


Coming to Ovation: Jon Hamm & Daniel Radcliffe

Their four-part miniseries will air on the arts channel.


Mitt Romney to visit Jay Leno next week

The former GOP presidential candidate is making his first late-night appearance since the election. In fact, his only late-night appearance during last year's campaign was on "The Tonight Show."


"The Office" is going out on a high note

Even Andy Bernard has been redeemed.


Amy Poehler & Nick Kroll: A couple?

After being spotted on a date last month, the two funny people are now dating, according to Us Weekly.


Hilarie Burton taking a lot of heat for her "Grey's" guest stint
People who haven't spoken to her in a while are "upset that I'm disrupting things," she says.


"Real Housewives of NY" stars are banding together to get a raise
They're vowing not to continue until they get huge raises.


Aaron Paul: "Breaking Bad" has yet to air my favorite "bitch"

"Aw, man, there is one coming up in the final set of episodes that is just perfect," he says. "You haven't seen it yet, but you'll know exactly what I'm talking about when you do. It's amazing." PLUS: Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks are watching "Breaking Bad."


Ian Somerhalder tweets cryptic quote after after split with Nina Dobrev

"A thought for today: 'People change and forget to tell each other,'" Somerhalder tweeted. Was he alluding to his "Vampire Diaries" co-star? PLUS: "Vampire" season finale poster unveiled.


Ex-Agents sue Donald Faison over his "Scrubs" money

The United Talent Agency claims Faison stopped paying his 10% fee in Season 9.


"HIMYM" teases "the mother of all secrets"

Watch the promo for Monday's season finale.


Amy Sherman-Palladino reacts to her "Bunheads" limbo
She calls it "a little heartbreaking."


"Dawn" from "Mad Men" tells of her reaction to getting a meaty episode
"Whoa, this is a lot of paper!," says Teyonah Parris, who suddenly finds herself playing one of Don Draper's longest-serving secretaries. PLUS: Meet secretary Meredith.


Nat Geo announces a new slogan as shifts towards shows like "Wicked Tuna"

The new slogan is: "The places we take you ... aren't just on the map."


Jon Cryer looks back at his acting career

From working with Charlie Sheen in the '90s to working with Sheen in the '00s.


Charisma Carpenter would like to be in the "Veronica Mars" movie

But it looks like there won't be Kendall Casablancas in the "Veronica" film.


Meredith Baxter: On "Glee," you don't have to make a statement

She says of her guest role of being in a lesbian relationship with Patty Duke: "I'm on Glee, I don't have to make a social statement. It's done."


"Homeland" is seeking extras who look South American or Latin American
Also wanted: "Washington Power Types" and "CIA Types/Government Types."


Check out Matt Groening's "Simpsons" family tree
How does his real family stack up to his fake family?


Natalie Dormer takes a break to get under Sherlock's skin on "Elementary"

Dormer's three-episode arc kicks off tonight.


Susan Lucci: "We're trying" to work out a deal with "All My Children"
Lucci says she hopes to appear on the online version of "AMC."


See a preview of Fox's "Survivor" meets "The Office"

On "Does Someone Have to Go?," the employees decide who gets fired.


"New Girl" producers dig into Season 2, episode by episode

Why did they receive a notice from Fox Broadcasting Standards and Practices?


Why are children so obsessed with Elmo?
Is it his "mother-ese"? Or his bright red color?

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<p>James McAvoy was fairly clean-cut for 'X-Men:&nbsp;First Class,' but that may not be true for his return to the role next year</p>

James McAvoy was fairly clean-cut for 'X-Men: First Class,' but that may not be true for his return to the role next year

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James McAvoy is looking shaggy on the set of 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

Xavier is pretty much the opposite of bald this time

One of the keenest pleasures of "X-Men: First Class" was seeing how Matthew Vaughn treated the styles of the '60s while also making a heightened-reality X-Men movie. I thought they walked the line very carefully, and the costume design work by the great Sammy Sheldon was immaculate and often very cheeky.

Bryan Singer has been tweeting all sorts of things from the set of "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" so far, and they're still just gearing up. I'm glad to see they didn't just jump right to shaving James McAvoy's head and that, if anything, Xavier's looking a little shaggier this time.

I'm curious to see how this one works. I still don't know if it's more of a sequel to "First Class" with cameos from the other timeline, or if it's a return to the Singerverse with cameos from the "First Class" team. Either way, it's such an interesting collision of actors that it's going to be thrilling to see it play out.

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