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Martin Freeman on why he normally would have turned down 'Fargo'

Martin Freeman prefers to be a bit of a drifter.

“It’s not like a life choice where I just want to live in a part forever,” the actor says of his preference for close-ended work. “That’s the joy of the job for me: In a little while, I’ll be playing somebody else with a different load of people.”

Between filming The Hobbit and Sherlock, Freeman had two stipulations for the next project he would take on: He didn’t want to do series television, and he didn’t want to travel far from his London home. Then he received the script for the FX drama Fargo, inspired by the 1996 Coen brothers film of the same name. It ticked both boxes. And yet he soon found himself filming for five months in Alberta, Canada, starring in an American TV show.

“When I was sent the script for Fargo, Joe, my American agent, said, ‘I know it’s TV, but this is 10 episodes — it’s finite,’” Freeman recalls. “The reason I’ve never gone for pilot season even as a younger actor, and wouldn’t entertain that sort of thing now, is the idea of signing a piece of paper that binds me for six or seven years. So [Fargo] was already interesting. I read the script and that was enough for me. A very good script that only lasts 10 episodes was like, ‘Great! That’s right up my street.’” READ FULL STORY

Netflix's 'Hemlock Grove' gets second season premiere date

Netflix original series Hemlock Grove will return to the streaming site with a second season Friday, July 11.

The Emmy-nominated supernatural thriller will come back with 10 hour-long episodes starring Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron, and Dougray Scott.

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'Mad Men': Neve Campbell on her plane ride with Don Draper

In season 5 of Mad Men, Gilmore Girls‘s Alexis Bledel played a sad suburban housewife that Pete Campbell couldn’t resist. Last season, Don Draper had an affair with his neighbor’s wife, played by Freaks and Geeks star Linda Cardellini. So it made some sense that last night, during the season premiere of Mad Men, the mysterious beauty who shared a red-eye flight with Don was played by none other than Neve Campbell — also known as the star of Party of Five. If Don Draper doesn’t have a specific type, Matthew Weiner does. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Jack Gleeson talks royal wedding shocker -- EXCLUSIVE

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The king is dead, long live Jack Gleeson! Below, the 21-year-old actor whose Game of Thrones villain horrifically died Sunday night talks exclusively with EW about leaving the show, shooting his death scene, and why is is retiring (!) from acting. Plus, we have an exclusive goodbye video from Gleeson from the set of Thrones.

It’s all part of EW’s Purple Wedding coverage, which also includes an exclusive interview with Thrones author George R.R. Martin on why he killed Joffrey, an in-depth Q&A with showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss discussing the king’s death, our story of what it was like behind-the-scenes during Joffrey’s wedding and, of course, our recap of the best wedding ever.

Now here’s Gleeson, who overcame his aversion to media interviews to chat about his character’s last gasp and what comes next: READ FULL STORY

George R.R. Martin on why Joffrey died THAT way -- EXCLUSIVE

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Spoiler alert: The following interview with Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin discusses a major plot point in Sunday’s second episode of season 4. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' showrunners talk royal wedding twist

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Below Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss take you behind the scenes of Sunday’s royal wedding shocker as they say goodbye to one of the best TV villains ever. Here’s how Jack Gleeson was cast, their thoughts on his performance as King Joffrey, and plenty of discussion about the unique audacity of the latest twist in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy saga.

It’s all part of EW’s Purple Wedding coverage, which also includes an exclusive interview with Thrones author George R.R. Martin on why he killed Joffrey, an exclusive interview with actor Jack Gleeson and, of course, our recap of the best wedding ever (links below). READ FULL STORY

Al Jazeera America breaks ground with immigration doc

Al Jazeera America will mine new territory tonight by airing its first-ever originally commissioned documentary about illegal immigrants. Narrated by Gil Bellows (Ally McBeal), Borderland will follow six Americans who retrace the steps of three dead immigrants who attempted to cross the border from Mexico.

“We read an article about the Pima County morgue in Arizona, and how it was one of the busiest in the U.S.,” Executive Producer Ivan O’Mahoney told EW. “The reason it’s so busy is because of all of the work they perform on migrants who cross from Mexico, and who died in desert. We thought the whole situation was absolutely fascinating, but of course plays out away from public view. What if we brought a group of Americans … people who had strong opinions, and ask them to investigate stories, which might provide a catalyst for an debate about immigrations?”

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Andrew Garfield, Coldplay swinging by 'Saturday Night Live'

Andrew Garfield’s got one busy weekend ahead of him.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star will be hosting Saturday Night Live on May 3, the same weekend his superhero film hits theaters. It’ll mark the actor’s SNL debut.

Musical guests Coldplay will be making their fifth appearance on the show that evening. (Do the writers dare go with any “conscious uncoupling” jokes?) Chris Martin and Co. last played SNL in 2011, when Garfield’s girlfriend and Spidey co-star Emma Stone was host.

Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

Conan O'Brien says Stephen Colbert is the 'right person' for 'Late Show' -- VIDEO

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Don’t feel bad for Conan O’Brien. Again.

The 50-year-old talk show host said he was never a contender to take over CBS’ the Late Show when David Letterman announced his retirement last week. The funnyman, who has hosted his talk show Conan on TBS since 2010, said he believes Stephen Colbert is the “right person” to take over the show from Letterman.

“I wasn’t up for it,” O’Brien said backstage Friday during a break from rehearsing for Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards, which he’s hosting for the first time. “I’m very happy where I am, but I love Stephen. I think Stephen is great. I’m a huge fan of his as a comic and as a human being. I think it’s fantastic. I’m really glad that he got the job. I look forward to seeing his show.” READ FULL STORY

Cat Cora dishes on mentoring 'America's Best Cook,' Southern cuisine

Like any great athlete, Cat Cora is ready for competition with the new Food Network show America’s Best Cook.

Premiering Sunday night, the show, hosted by Ted Allen, is The Voice meets food with four renowned chefs leading individual teams of home cooks divided by their home regions. Cora mentors the South, Michael Symon the North, Alex Guarnaschelli the East, and Tyler Florence the West. “We’re all friends and all known each other for years, so it makes it kind of a fun competitiveness,” Cora tells EW. “But there was definitely a lot of trash talking on the show between us!” What’s unique about this competition and what gets Cora most excited is the opportunity to work with home cooks and not just professionals. When it comes to cooking, it’s all about passion first and technical skills second, Cora contends. “I definitely think someone can be taught to be a great cook and even go on to be a very good chef, and we see that; there are a lot of people with a passion for cooking but not a natural flow or gift.” READ FULL STORY

'True Tori' teaser: Dean McDermott admits he cheated on Tori Spelling -- VIDEO

Tori Spelling does not seem to be holding back any details of her marriage in her new Lifetime docuseries, True Tori.

In a promo for the show, husband Dean McDermott admits that he cheated on her, saying, “I was out of control. Sex was an escape, just like drugs or alcohol.”

Rumors of McDermott’s infidelity hit tabloids in December. In January, the actor, 47, went to rehab for “health and personal issues.”

“I’m really mad,” Spelling, 40, says in the teaser. “I can never give him enough sex. He’s never going to be happy with just me.”

To document the couple’s journey through this difficult period in as close to real-time as possible, True Tori is airing just three weeks after filming began. The six-part series will pick up with McDermott leaving rehab. READ FULL STORY

'Sharknado 2' filmmakers crowdfunding for bonus scene: 'It will involve chainsaws'

If you’re hoping for a Sharknado 2 chainsaw scene to rival the grand finale of the original film, you’re going to have to help pay for it.

The Asylum — the studio behind the gloriously cheesy Syfy hit Sharknado and its upcoming sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One — is asking fans to raise $50,000 via IndieGoGo to film a “bonus scene” that they promise will involve “sharks, chainsaws, and chainsaws being used in the vicinity of sharks.”

Here’s their pitch: “You guys made Sharknado the most culturally relevant film of last year. Now we want you to be able to say that this time, you actually had a hand in making the film. You’re welcome!”

In the campaign video below, producer David Latt tells potential contributors that the scene will only be shot if the studio reaches its $50k goal. Only donors will be privy to what the scene is (until someone inevitably leaks the details online) and receive behind-the-scenes video and diaries from the set. Perks at different pledge levels include “sponsoring” a shark in the film ($45) recording a scream to be used in the film ($120), and receiving a walk-on role plus credits ($5,000). READ FULL STORY

Watch Dave Attell riff on pothead arrests, cheesesteak perils in new Comedy Central special -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Dave Attell is making his R-rated way back to Comedy Central with a new stand-up special — and more. The underrated stand-up vet and former Insomniac host hits the stage(s) in Road Work, a one-hour special that is culled from gigs in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Minneapolis, New Brunswick, N.J., and Chicopee, Mass. Road Work boasts a lo-fi, guerrilla vibe and even features some camerawork by audience members. “This is the new normal. I’m broke,” Attell quips to EW, adding: “I’m a club comic and I just didn’t want to do a special that’s in a big theater. I wanted to do it kind of like I do the comedy itself — on the road, in clubs — and that’s a cool look. It’s refreshing.” And it sounds like Attell will be working in his creatively crude sweet spot. “I’m going to hit all the numbers — porn, drinking jokes, and more porn,” he says. “It is a win-win.” READ FULL STORY

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