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<p>Robert Redford and Shia LaBeouf at the Venice Film Festival.</p>

Robert Redford and Shia LaBeouf at the Venice Film Festival.

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Robert Redford and Shia LaBeouf talk 'The Company You Keep' for NYT

The all-star political thriller opens in theaters tomorrow

I confess I haven't thought much about Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep" -- which finally opens in theaters tomorrow -- since reviewing it at the Venice Film Festival seven months ago. Though it takes on the potentially incendiary subject matter of the Weather Underground, the film's political ideas are handled as softly as the lighting on its veteran stars' faces -- but as an old-school Hollywood entertainment with a classy, cannily cast ensemble, it mostly delivers the goods. I'd call it Redford's strongest directorial effort since 1994's Oscar-nominated "Quiz Show," though films like "Lions for Lambs" and "The Conspirator" have admittedly set the bar pretty low.

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<p>&quot;Arrested Development&quot;&nbsp;brothers Will Arnett and Jason Bateman will be back on May 26.</p>

"Arrested Development" brothers Will Arnett and Jason Bateman will be back on May 26.

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'Arrested Development' to return on May 26 on Netflix

The Bluth family's new adventures finally have a premiere date, and a new (15) episode count

I've viewed this entire process of Netflix making a fourth season of "Arrested Development" with some skepticism, taking the default assumption that Mitch Hurwitz and company are simply staging an elaborate prank on Jeffrey Tambor. I won't believe these new episodes are real, I told myself, until I'm sitting in front of my computer watching them.

I now have a date for when this will allegedly be happening: Sunday, May 26.

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'Nashville': The 5 most frustrating things about Gunnar and Scarlett

The cute couple almost works, then doesn't

The pilot for "Nashville" was, hands down, my favorite of the year. The music, the cast, the concept -- all of it seemed poised to be a heady mix of soap,"All About Eve," youthful striving, and middle-aged regret set to a beat. But then, the road became rocky -- and the first characters to falter were Gunnar and Scarlett.

Don't get me wrong. The reason I'm frustrated with these two (and a few others on the show) is that, especially with such strong actors playing these roles, I really want to believe the powers that be can correct course (which I also believe of the show overall). I'm still hooked on "Nashville," but lately I feel as if the show is trying to make me watch "Chicago Fire" instead.

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<p>Tom Hanks, Moonwatcher, and Indiana Jones are just a few of the new friends my kids will be meeting during the First Annual Film Nerd 2.0 Spring Break Film Festival.</p>

Tom Hanks, Moonwatcher, and Indiana Jones are just a few of the new friends my kids will be meeting during the First Annual Film Nerd 2.0 Spring Break Film Festival.

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Want to play along with a Film Nerd 2.0 film festival this weekend?

We've got the titles for you now, and we'll dive in on Friday morning

The boys have been asking me lately when they are going to be able to go to a film festival with me. They have this image in their heads of what a festival is like, and I asked them to describe to me what they thought I was doing when I was gone.

More than anything, what our conversations illustrated clearly is that the boys want to participate more in the things that they believe are important to me, and I want them to feel like they have some sense of what it is that I do. We're reaching the end of their two weeks of spring break, and I realized that we could do something special for them here at the house, and that with just a little bit of effort, it could be the sort of thing that they never forget.

To that end, I've decided that this weekend is the First Annual Film Nerd 2.0 Spring Break Mini Film Festival. I'm making badges for them so they feel like they're at a festival, and I'll make them line up outside the office between movies while I change discs so they won't know what's coming next. I plan to keep the line-up a surprise from them until each film begins. In some cases, these are films they've been asking for, and in some cases, they're films I was planning to share, and in every case, they are films that I think will spark some sort of big reaction.

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<p>John Slattery of &quot;Mad Men&quot;</p>

John Slattery of "Mad Men"

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Interview: 'Mad Men' star John Slattery discusses Roger Sterling's long, strange trip

Slattery also discusses his latest directing experiences
In yesterday's first interview of "Mad Men" week, Jessica Pare taught us about the challenges of promoting a show that you're not allowed to preview at all. Of course, she also talked about Megan's gifts as an actress and about the allure of Dark Don. I still like the interview, even if she wouldn't admit she was in Hawaii.
But not all of the "Mad Men" interviews I did focused on the future or on things the actors couldn't talk about.
A four-time Emmy nominee, John Slattery saw Roger Sterling go through some changes last season, fighting back from the brink of obsolescence with the help of enlightenment gleaned in one of the great LSD trips ever captured on film/video. Where does Season 6 find Roger in his journey? Well, without spoiling specific details, Slattery was able to give some insight into the character's progression.
In addition to acting on "Mad Men," Slattery has also become a key part of the show's directing stable, helming the exceptional "Signal 30" last season, as well as "Blowing Smoke" and "The Rejected." Slattery directed two more episodes this season and we talked about his learning curve behind the camera and the unique challenges of achieving the writer-specific "Mad Men" vision. 
Click through for the full interview, which manages to be thoughtful and interesting without spoiling anything at all...
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<p>The post-Merge &quot;Survivor&quot; flag</p>

The post-Merge "Survivor" flag

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Recap: 'Survivor: Caramoan' - 'Blindside Time'

After the Merge and an eating challenge, folks try to shake things up
Pre-credit sequence. Anybody remember who we voted out last? Oh right. Julia. Bikal returns to camp and they've probably forgotten who they lost as well. Everybody congratulates Michael as The Last Remaining Bikal Fan. "I made sure I got The Gay," Corinne says, proud of her Tribal Council role. For some reason, Phillip decides to call Dawn and Corinne over to "confess" that he threw the challenge. Corinne is... Let's say... "skeptical." "You could have just told us," Corinne tells Phillip, who insists it was an in-game decision. "That's convenient. That's around the same time you blew the challenge," Corinne tells us. "He's so cuckoo-for-Coco-Puffs. There's no question that Phillip has to go," she adds.
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<p>Danny McBride seems to have made it out of the bloodthirsty improvisations that were part of the making of 'This Is The End.'</p>

Danny McBride seems to have made it out of the bloodthirsty improvisations that were part of the making of 'This Is The End.'

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Danny McBride tells us that the gloves came off for 'This Is The End'

Was anything off-limits between the cast when they start riffing off each other?

I'm curious to see what the long-term arc of Danny McBride's career looks like.

Right now, I still feel like Hollywood's trying to figure him out, and vice versa. He's had his shot in a few films, and he's played a lot of supporting parts, and overall, I think we've seen some of what he's capable of, but not anywhere near all of it.

McBride's a better actor than he seems to be given credit for, and I guess part of that is that the comedy persona he's created seems larger than life in some ways, full of swagger, and I think people honestly believe that's who he really is. If he was really just Kenny Powers, and there was no difference between the two of them, I can't imagine anyone wanting to work with him twice. The real McBride strikes me as a smart guy who knows what his own comfort zone is, and he's been able so far to craft comedy material that fits him easily.

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<p>On &quot;The Americans,&quot;&nbsp;Chris (Maximiliano Hernandez)&nbsp;and Stan (Noah Emmerich)&nbsp;enjoy some downtime. </p>

On "The Americans," Chris (Maximiliano Hernandez) and Stan (Noah Emmerich) enjoy some downtime.

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'Safe House'

Phillip and Elizabeth begin a trial separation, and Chris is in the wrong place at the wrong time

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I burn my hand on a potato...

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<p>&quot;How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your LIfe)&quot;</p>

"How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your LIfe)"

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Series premiere review: 'How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)'

What did everybody think of the new ABC comedy?

I'm more than a little under the weather today, but even at full health, I doubt I'd have the enthusiasm to write a full review of ABC's "How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)," which debuted tonight in the post-"Modern Family" timeslot. It's a sitcom featuring a bunch of actors I often like (Sarah Chalke, Brad Garrett, Elizabeth Perkins), given material that's alternately limp and frantic. (Though Chalke's always been frantic; it's just that "Scrubs" knew how to turn that to the show's advantage in a way most of her other gigs have not.) Garrett demonstrated on "Til Death" that he had an ability to wring laughs out of weak material, but that was when he was playing to a studio audience; one of the disadvantages of the single camera sitcom format is that there's no crowd whose energy you can feed off of.

It's airing Wednesdays at 9:30 because ABC hasn't given up on the idea that some show they air there will retain more of the "Modern" audience than "Cougar Town," "Happy Endings," "Don't Trust the Breadbox in Apt. 23" and "Suburgatory" have managed to, and because it was either this or "Family Tools," which is being held all the way until May. But it's unmemorable at best, and in hindsight — given how much it evolved from its lame pilot — I wonder if ABC might have been better off just leaving "The Neighbors" there as originally planned.

For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? You setting a season pass, or waiting for any or all of the cast to find other work? 

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Matthew Beard, Joshua Sasse and Leah Gibson

 Matthew Beard, Joshua Sasse and Leah Gibson 

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Watch: The stars of 'Rogue' talk going gangsta and criminal pizza dough

Matthew Beard, Joshua Sasse and Leah Gibson talk about playing tough

Sitting down with Matthew Beard, Joshua Sasse and Leah Gibson to discuss their new series, "Rogue," what's immediately striking is their accents. Beard and Sasse are Brits and Gibson Canadian. I wondered what it was like on the set with so many actors from so many places (star Thandie Newton all coming together to play a buch of tough Hungarian criminals and the cops who hunt them. 

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 7</p>

The "American Idol" Top 7

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 7: Classic Rock Night

Get ready for a padded show with seven solos and three group/duet performances

Wednesday (April 3) night is Classic Rock Night on "American Idol," apparently. Given that our Top 7 has devolved into a talented, but familiar assortment of weekly ballads, we'll see if the Classic Rock theme means a change of pace or a lot of cheating.

One thing that's for sure is that we can expect a lot of padding and we can also expect whoever gets paired with Lazaro Arbos on their group performance to struggle.

Click through for the full adventure....

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<p>Ryan Gosling in &quot;Only God Forgives&quot;</p>

Ryan Gosling in "Only God Forgives"

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Ryan Gosling wants to fight in the trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Only God Forgives'

Will we see this one at Cannes?

Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives," the follow-up to his 2011 genre thriller "Drive," ranked pretty high up on Guy's recent wishlist of Cannes entries. It wouldn't be outrageous to anticipate a bow there, seeing as "Drive" was so warmly received on the Croisette, translating to a Best Director prize for Refn. Pity, though, that the awards season yielded a mere single Oscar nomination for the film, albeit in the unexpected (though no less deserving) field of sound editing.

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