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'The Biggest Loser' hires 2 new trainers

“The Biggest Loser” hires 2 new trainers
Lifetime “DieTribe” star Jessie Pavelka is joining the cast, along with former “American Gladiators” star Jennifer Widerstrom.

 

Disney Channel "Lab Rats" star Billy Unger arrested for DUI
Unger, 18, blew a .08 and was arrested for having alcohol in his system since he’s under 21.


“Kissing Congressman," once endorsed by "Duck Dynasty," will run against Phil Robertson’s nephew
Rep. Vance McAllister was endorsed by the A&E reality stars during last year’s special election. But since then, McAllister has been caught kissing a woman who is not his wife. So the “Duck Dynasty” clan is backing Robertson’s nephew.


“SNL” teams with Saks Fifth Avenue
The clothing company "will sell exclusive merchandise inspired by notable 'Saturday Night Live' characters from seven New York designers” as part of its annual Key To The Cure campaign, according to a press release.


“OITNB” author Piper Kerman speaks about prison reform at the White House
Kerman was followed by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who said his wife binge-watched both seasons.


“Game of Thrones’” “The Mountain” would like to kill The Mountain
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson talks to Sports Illustrated about his epic "GoT" fight scene, and the interest in him joining the NFL.


Unlike the movie, NBC won’t allow its “Constantine” to smoke
“On network, it’s the one thing, you can’t smoke on network,” pilot director Neil Marshall tells Collider. “That’s one of his character traits. We’re working around that. We’re trying to get aspects of it in there as much as possible. We’ll see.”


Showtime will marathon “Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan” this weekend
“Masters” Season 1 will be shown Friday through Saturday, while the 1st season of “Ray” will air on Sunday.


Matt Lauer got creepy with Pippa Middleton
In his “Today” exclusive, he kept trying to discuss her butt by asking about her “very flattering dress” that she wore to her sister’s wedding.


“The Walking Dead’s” Laurie Holden joins potential “Major Crimes” spinoff
She’ll play the 2nd in command of the LAPD’s Special Operations Bureau tactical unit.


Watch “Scandal’s” Tony Goldwyn as polygamist leader Warren Jeffs
Goldwyn played Jeffs in "Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs.” PLUS: Look back at Goldwyn’s TV past.


Check out the trailer for George Takei’s “To Be Takei” documentary
The “Star Trek” star recalls his life in the documentary that will be shown on demand in August.


“Penny Dreadful’s” Season 1 finale was disappointing, in contrast to the season as a whole
The first season ended last night on a subdued note. PLUS: “Penny” lived "up – or down – to the spirit of the lurid publications that provided the series its name."


Tori Spelling & Jennie Garth reenact a “Beverly Hills 90210” scene
Andy Cohen got them to revive Donna and Kelly last night on "Watch What Happens Live.”

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Summer Movies Winners and Losers: Seth Rogen, Angelina Jolie, Seth MacFarlane

Summer Movies Winners and Losers: Seth Rogen, Angelina Jolie, Seth MacFarlane

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly so far

We've hit the halfway mark of the summer movie season and overall Hollywood doesn't have much to complain about. Well, except one studio in particular, but more on that later.

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<p>Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in &quot;The Skeleton Twins.&quot;</p>

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in "The Skeleton Twins."

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Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader laugh out their issues in 'The Skeleton Twins' trailer

Craig Johnson's dramedy was a hit with the Sundance crowd

I haven't yet seen Craig Johnson's sibling-centered dramedy "The Skeleton Twins," but have heard mostly warm and fuzzy reports since its January premiere at Sundance -- where it won the screenwriting award for Johnson and co-writer Mark Heyman. This newly released trailer suggests why it went down so well, playing up to Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader's "Saturday Night Live"-trained comic pizzazz, while indicating some not-so-subtle heart-tugging. Greg Ellwood was a fan at the festival, describing it as Wiig's best work and citing Hader's "first chance to show his real dramatic range." The film opens on September 19, presumably after a fall festival berth or two. Check out the trailer at the top and see what you think.

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<p>Channing Tatum in &quot;Foxcatcher.&quot;</p>

Channing Tatum in "Foxcatcher."

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Channing Tatum wrestles the spotlight from co-stars in 'Foxcatcher' poster

Steve Carell hogged the buzz at Cannes, but the poster's a different story

Here's how you know your career's in a good place. You star in a hit film at Cannes and get strong reviews for your work, though it's your co-lead -- himself a headline name -- who garners the most lavish praise and awards buzz. Yet when the film's first official poster comes out, it's still all about you. Ladies and gentlemen, that's how hot Channing Tatum is right now. The "22 Jump Street" star is the sole presence on the somber, classy new one-sheet for "Foxcatcher" -- and while Steve Carell's name appears above his, it's Tatum who is highlighted in the selected critic's quote.

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Ariana Grande's new album 'My Everything' includes contribution from 1D's Harry Styles

Ariana Grande's new album 'My Everything' includes contribution from 1D's Harry Styles

Zedd, Big Sean, The Weeknd, A$AP Ferg also on sophomore collection


As “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea continues to ride high on the chart, Ariana Grande will release her second full-length album, "My Everything," Aug. 25.

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FX orders Denis Leary’s 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll'

FX orders Denis Leary’s "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll”
Leary will play a middle-aged rocker trying to reunite with his ‘90s bands. Leary’s co-stars include John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix and Bobby Kelly.

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<p>&quot;Sex&amp;Drugs&amp;Rock&amp;Roll&quot;</p>

"Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll"

Credit: FX

FX orders Denis Leary's 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' to series

John Corbett stars in the rock-n-roll-themed comedy

FX is continuing its aggressive recent push into comedy with a series order for Denis Leary's typographically controversial "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll."

The "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" -- no spaces, silly FX -- order is for 10 episodes, with the series set to premiere in 2015.

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<p>Adam Levine in &quot;Begin Again&quot;</p>

Adam Levine in "Begin Again"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Maroon 5's Adam Levine performs original song hopeful 'Lost Stars' from 'Begin Again'

The 'Voice' judge stopped by Howard Stern last week to promote John Carney's latest

This morning we kicked off our coverage of the upcoming Oscar season, more or less, with our annual list of contenders in each category and some misguided early predictions. One category we don't get around to until later in the season is Best Original Song as we meticulously add to our on-going list of potential nominees. But I can already tell one is going to blow the rest out of the water this season.

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Report: ABC plans to bring back Rosie O’Donnell to 'The View

Report: ABC plans to bring back Rosie O’Donnell to “The View”
“The network executives really wanted Rosie back,” an insider tells Fox News, which was first to report last week that Jenny McCarthy was getting the ax. “They’re confident she has what it takes to add some controversy and drive the ratings up. It is a smart fit.”


Zendaya: Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic just wasn’t "all the way there”
“Basically, I just felt that because I love her, and because I respect her so much as an artist, I don’t want to do anything that’s half or anything that’s less for her,” the Disney Channel star said on the BET Awards red carpet.


“Rising Star” falls, “Reckless” premieres weak
The ABC singing competition tumbled 10%, while just 4.1 million watched CBS’ new Southern soap.


Inside “True Blood’s” steamy gay sex scene
“It was not a normal situation for either of us,” says Ryan Kwanten. “But it was actually really fun.” PLUS: That scene was “incredibly surprising and hot."


Was David Duchovny happy with his “Californication” ending?
"I always want my characters to die,” he says.


Martin Freeman: “Sherlock” will likely be back for a Christmas 2015 special
Filming in early 2015 “looks pretty likely,” he says.


See “The Killing’s” final season poster
“Sometimes you cross a line that you can’t uncross, and that’s what’s happened to Sarah at the end of Season 3,” creator Veena Sud says of the final six episodes.


“The Real World” will begin shooting Season 30 in Chicago in August
The city has given Bunim/Murray permission to film at this location.


Chris Brown not interested in doing a reality show on BET
It’s not something the troubled singer is interested in.


“Doctor Who’s” new trailer gets a fan makeover
Not everybody was satisfied with the original trailer.


“Big Brother’s” intro gest a makeover, and it sure is cheesy
The theme song, however, remains the same. PLUS: Check out Hayden’s parody video.


“Game of Thrones’” Stark sisters partied together at Glastonbury
Check out Maisie Williams as a raver.


See Lisa Kudrow filming “The Comeback”
Valerie Cherish is getting carried around.


Watch the latest “Boardwalk Empire” final season teaser
“All empires must fall,” it warns.

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<p>CBS&#39; &quot;Reckless&quot;</p>

CBS' "Reckless"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Reckless' struggles, 'Rising Star' dips, and 'Big Brother' leads Sunday

CBS rules overall and splits the key demo with ABC

Fast National ratings for Sunday, June 29, 2014.

The second week of ABC's "Rising Star" dipped from its premiere, though ABC still tied for the Sunday lead among young viewers thanks to a weak launch for CBS' "Reckless."

Despite a solid lead-in from the time period premiere of "Big Brother," "Reckless" formed a crater in the middle of CBS' Sunday lineup, forcing "Unforgettable" to bounce back in the 10 p.m. hour, helping CBS win the night overall.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Russell Crowe in &quot;Noah&quot;</p>

Russell Crowe in "Noah"

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Off the Carpet: It's half-time in the 2014-2015 Oscar race

From Wes Anderson to Darren Aronofsky, whose work has stood out so far?

We've officially reached the half-way mark of 2014. This time a year ago the only Oscar players on the table were Sundance debut "Before Midnight" and Cannes debuts "Nebraska" and "Inside Llewyn Davis," give or take a "Croods," "Great Gatsby," "Lone Ranger" or an "Iron Man 3" that would pick up support outside of the major categories. So what does the year have to show for itself so far this time around?

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<p>Penny Dreadful</p>

Penny Dreadful

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Season finale review: 'Penny Dreadful' - 'Grand Guignol'

Sir Malcolm's group clashes with the vampires, and Frankenstein finds a bride for Caliban

"Penny Dreadful" concluded its first season last night. Our own Greg Ellwood reviewed the finale, and I have some thoughts on that episode and season 1 as a whole coming up just as soon as I return to the land of ice chips and cherry phosphates...

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