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Billy Bob Thornton talks 'Fargo,' 'Entourage,' and why he'll never direct again

Billy Bob Thornton has played some devilish characters, but never one as frightening and fascinating as Fargo‘s Lorne Malvo. Malvo is a mysterious grim reaper of sorts who lives by a strict code of malevolence — one that has a way of rubbing off on the innocent souls around him. In the premiere of FX’s new series, which airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET, a chance encounter with pathetic pushover Lester Nygaard (Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman) leads to some very bad things in the small town of Bemidji, Minn. READ FULL STORY

Henson's greatest hits: Brian Henson on designing creatures in 'Dinosaurs,' 'Farscape,' 'Fraggle Rock' and more

For years, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop has given life to the iconic puppets and creatures in your favorite children’s shows (Sesame Street), sci-fi movies (Labyrinth), and other endlessly-rewound projects (basically, anything with the Muppets).

As Chairman of the Henson Company, Brian Henson (son of Jim and Jane Henson) has worked on his share of famous creatures — and as the head judge on Syfy’s new reality series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (Tuesdays at 10 pm), Henson is hoping that fans will relish a weekly peek behind the curtain of one of Hollywood’s most fascinating processes.

If Creature Shop Challenge has you busting out old VHS tapes and thinking of Henson memories past, know that you’re not alone. EW asked the puppet master to share some personal stories from behind the scenes of his greatest TV and film hits at the Creature Shop.

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'Orphan Black': Tatiana Maslany on what she can do even better in season 2

When Tatiana Maslany reported to duty for season 1 of Orphan Black, she didn’t know if anyone would even take notice. After all, it was a new show from Canada airing on a channel (BBC America) that had only recently jumped into the original programming game. She could only guess what the reaction would be as she filmed that first season. That was certainly not the case when the cast and crew reunited for filming on season 2 (which premieres April 19). Rapturous reviews and a devoted #CloneClub let them know that there was indeed an audience following their every move. So how did that change the vibe on set for the second go-round of episodes? We asked Maslany that and more when we sat down on the Felix’s loft set during a break in filming. READ FULL STORY

'The Originals': Danielle Campbell on a witchy celebration, and the moment 'all hell breaks loose' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The Originals is finally back from hiatus! So if you’ve been missing Elijah’s suits, Klaus’ schemes, or Marcel’s scarves, fear not! We are headed back to New Orleans tonight to catch up with our favorite vampires, werewolves, witches, humans, and that one pesky (but lovable) hybrid. More specifically, we’re headed back for the Feast of Blessings, a celebration of the town’s witches.

We caught up with Danielle Campbell to talk about the feast, what comes next for Davina, and just how crazy this season’s finale is going to be: READ FULL STORY

MTV's 'Faking It' pilot debuts early

Can’t wait one second longer to watch MTV’s newest scripted series?

You’re in luck: The network is premiering the pilot for Faking It beginning today. For 48 hours, the episode will be available exclusively on the MTV App ahead of its April 22 premiere.

Faking It is a romantic comedy about two best friends. After numerous failed attempts to become popular, the girls are mistakenly outed as lesbians, which launches them to instant celebrity status. (#Teens.) Loving their newfound high school popularity, Karma (Katie Stevens) and Amy (Rita Volk) decide to keep up their romantic ruse.

Faking It is executive produced by Carter Covington  (10 Things I Hate About You, Greek, Hart of Dixie). The series was created by Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov.

Check out the trailer here: READ FULL STORY

Michael Strahan officially joins 'Good Morning America' -- VIDEO

Former New York Giant and current Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host Michael Strahan is officially joining the Good Morning America team after a months-long negotiation with ABC News.

Strahan stopped by the Good Morning America set Tuesday morning for the announcement — and to receive both an alarm clock from George Stephanopoulos and a giant coffee cup from Lara Spencer, which should help out with his new extra-early wakeup time. He will join the show a few days a week while still maintaining his Live! co-hosting duties.

Watch the announcement below: READ FULL STORY

Criterion Collection extends Hulu streaming deal

The Criterion Collection and Hulu have extended their deal to keep the video platform as the exclusive streaming home of Criterion’s vast library of art house films.

Terms of the deal, revealed exclusively to The Associated Press, weren’t disclosed, but both Hulu and Criterion said it will run for several years.

Since 2011, Criterion Collection films have streamed exclusively on Hulu Plus, Hulu’s monthly subscription streaming service. In a fractured streaming landscape, the partnership has been a rarity, making Hulu Plus the digital home to more than 800 movies in Criterion’s singular collection.

“It was important to us that Criterion actually have a home and have a strong central locus to which our audience could gather and know they were finding the breadth of the library,” said Peter Becker, president of the Criterion Collection.

For many movie buffs, the Criterion Collection is synonymous with the greatest classics of world cinema, from L’Avventura to Seven Samurai. Criterion is known for its lavish DVD and Blu-ray packages, many of which feature restorations of older films.

The Criterion-Hulu partnership is for many movie lovers the chief draw of the $7.99-a-month Hulu Plus. The service has more than 5 million members, according to Hulu. Hulu Plus is otherwise mostly driven by television content, featuring in-season shows from NBC, ABC and Fox. The audience for Criterion titles on Hulu Plus increased by more than 25 percent from 2012 to 2013, Hulu said.

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'The Following' stars open up about the latest shocking death; plus, an EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

This story contains details about Monday’s episode of The Following. Proceed with caution!

While we certainly didn’t see Lily Gray’s demise in the cards, Connie Nielsen says she saw her character’s death coming “a mile away.” From her perspective, Lily’s days were always numbered. But sad as Nielsen is to be among the casualties this season, she tells EW, “I think [she died] exactly how she came in — she came in really just outrageous and strong and unafraid.” “I feel like she went exactly the way she would have wanted to go.”

But how did she go? That’s yet another twisted chapter to this story. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' stars react to [spoiler's] death -- EXCLUSIVE

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Though Westeros is surely a happier place without King Joffrey, the cast of HBO’s Game of Thrones is mourning the loss of actor Jack Gleeson. Below, a few of the 21-year-old actor’s closest castmates reveal how they feel about his departure from the series and also give hints about their character’s reaction to his violent death. READ FULL STORY

'Rosemary's Baby' trailer: Zoe Saldana is the 'chosen' one -- VIDEO

In the first trailer for the Rosemary’s Baby miniseries, Zoe Saldana’s Rosemary Woodhouse couldn’t be happier to become a mom — until she’s not so sure just what is growing inside her.

The four-hour miniseries — airing in two installments on Sunday, May 11, and Thursday, May 15, at 9 p.m. on NBC — is based on Ira Levin’s 1967 novel, which also spawned (sorry) an Oscar-winning Roman Polanski film in 1968. Alongside Saldana, the new incarnation stars Patrick J. Adams (Suits) as her husband who makes a literal deal with the devil.

Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

DC Comics' 'Scalped' being adapted into crime noir drama by WGN America

WGN America has put into development a television adaption of the Native American reservation-set crime comic Scalped.  READ FULL STORY

Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff to star in TV Land comedy from Darren Star

Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff will be joining forces this fall in a TV Land comedy from Sex and The City creator Darren Star. READ FULL STORY

Vince Gilligan on the 'Breaking Bad' finale, the abandoned 'Wild Bunch' bloodbath ending, and the all-time best finale

All Bad things must come to an end, read the tagline for the final season of Breaking Bad. And when the revered drug drama came barreling to a finish last September, creator Vince Gilligan, his writers, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and the rest of the cast sent off Walt in a machine-gun blaze of tragic glory — and it was good. And that’s no easy task. For EW’s “The Art of Saying Goodbye” story, which ran in the April 11 issue, we interviewed the masterminds behind 10 iconic series, who discussed the formidable challenges of concocting the perfect farewell episode. Here, in a bonus Q&A, Gilligan — who wrote and directed the send-off, titled “Felina” — dishes on the process of crafting the last installment of the critically adored drug drama, provocative ideas for the endings that were abandoned, how the spin-off Better Call Saul factored into the plans, and his all-time favorite TV finale. READ FULL STORY

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