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<p>&quot;The Girlfriend Experience&quot;</p>

"The Girlfriend Experience"

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Starz orders 'The Girlfriend Experience' television series

Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz will write and direct

Is "The Girlfriend Experience" about to become the new "Fargo"?

Starz announced on Monday (June 23) that it has ordered a somewhat fascinating -- in concept, if TBD in terms of execution -- 13-part anthology series based on Steven Soderbergh's 2009 indie.

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Lana Del Rey

Frances Bean Cobain to Lana Del Rey: Stop 'romanticizing' early death

Kurt Cobain's daughter passionately takes on the 'Ultraviolence' singer

Lana Del Rey ignited a firestorm a few weeks ago when she told a reporter for U.K. newspaper The Guardian that she wished she were dead already.

In the article, the singer, whose new album, “Ultraviolence,” will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, brings up Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse and admits that she thinks their early deaths help make them more glamorous.

Now, Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, has jumped into the fray to remind Del Rey that when people like her dad die young there’s really nothing glamorous about it.

In a series of tweets posted Sunday night, Cobain, 21, said (we’re stringing them all together here and using her spelling and shorthand): “@Lana Del Rey the death of young musicians isn’t something to romanticize…I’ll never know my father because he died young and it becomes a desirable feat because ppl like u think it’s “cool”…Well, it’s fu**king not. Embrace life because u only get one life. The ppl u mentioned wasted their life. Don’t be 1 of those ppl.”

Cobain then responded to a Twitter poster who wanted her to lay off Del Rey, who, herself, took to Twitter last Thursday (in tweets since deleted) to say the reporter’s questions “about death and persona were calculated…I regret trusting The Guardian.” The reporter has posted the audio of the interview on SoundCloud so people can hear it for themselves.

Cobain didn’t back down, however, and in a measured, mature way, answered “I told her to not waste her life. How is that attacking. I literally said embrace this life because u only get 1.” Cobain then tweeted to Del Rey, “ur too talented to waste it away.”

Those tweets have all been taken down. The only one that remains is one from Cobain saying, "I'm not attacking anyone. I have no animosity towards Lana. I was just trying to put things in perspective from personal experience."

Del Rey, who has not publicly responded to Cobain’s tweets, has the right to say whatever she wants, but should realize that she has many young fans who take her dead-eyed persona and her words very seriously.

Should Del Rey decide that dying young really is glamorous, imagine her dismay at knowing she’s too old to join the 27 Club… that’s how old Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse all were when they died.

Del Rey turned 28 on Saturday (21).

Was Cobain right to take on Del Rey?

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<p>Michael Keaton and Kim Basinger in &quot;Batman&quot;</p>

Michael Keaton and Kim Basinger in "Batman"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

25 years of Tim Burton's 'Batman' and why I owe it a lot

Some things aren't just nostalgia

There is a reason I'm a Batman fan. It's not because I'm a life-long comic book reader. That came later. And it's not because I grew up watching reruns of the old ABC television series. Though I certainly did. It's because Tim Burton's "Batman," released in theaters 25 years ago today, was the first movie that really owned my anticipatory faculties as a child. It was the first film that lit my movie-going fire, a designation saved for "Star Wars," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "E.T." a generation prior and perhaps "Jurassic Park" and Harrison Ford's actioners a generation later.

In the simplest of terms, I wouldn't be a film obsessive if it weren't for "Batman." I owe it that much.

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ABC’s 'Rising Star' debuts to disappointing ratings, topped by 'America’s Got Talent'

ABC’s “Rising Star” debuts to disappointing ratings, topped by “America’s Got Talent”
A special Sunday airing of NBC’s “AGT” did what it was intended to do in hurting “Rising Star’s” launch. PLUS: Was Kesha’s dress too short for TV?


Gordon Ramsay: I’m pulling the plug on “Kitchen Nightmares”
"As filming comes to a close on the latest series of 'Kitchen Nightmares' I've decided to stop making the show,” Ramsay wrote on his website of the reality show that lasted 12 seasons in the UK and seven seasons in the U.S.


Conan O’Brien pays $8,000 in back taxes to avoid the auctioning off of his Rhode Island house
A Conan spokesperson says the talk show host had no idea he was delinquent in his tax bill.


“True Blood” star on the season premiere death: "I think somebody had to go”
"To have a main character right off the bat go, that’s gonna bring everybody into the show.”


Nathan Fielder has been hiding the same pornographic image in all his Instagram pictures
See how the “Nathan For You” star has skirted Instagram’s anti-nudity rules.


“Alias” alum Carl Lumbly joins “The Returned”
He’ll play Pastor Leon Wright in the A&E remake of the French zombie drama.


Showtime orders “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” a musical comedy pilot
Rachel Bloom stars as a New Yorker who suddenly moves to L.A. suburb West Covina.


“Project Runway” unveils Season 13 contestants, guest judges
Elisabeth Moss, Shay Mitchell, Dita Von Teese and Christian Siriano will among this year’s guest judges.

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TV Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' blunts 'Rising Star' premiere on Sunday
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TV Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' blunts 'Rising Star' premiere on Sunday

'Enlisted' goes out with series lows for FOX

Fast National ratings for Sunday, June 22, 2014.

A special Sunday night airing of "America's Got Talent" did its job for NBC, carrying the network to Sunday wins in most measures and helping curb enthusiasm for ABC's heavily promoted "Rising Star" premiere.

The live nature, at least for much of the country, of the "Rising Star" premiere makes it very difficult to gauge the singing competition's actual audience on Sunday and ABC has already said that time zone adjusted figures will be available this morning. As soon as those numbers are available, this story will be updated. It seems likely both that actual numbers will be a bit higher, but also that the "Rising Star" premiere ratings will fall short of "huge."

[UPDATE: After ABC announced reporters to hold off on grand pronouncements on the success or failure of "Rising Star" until the network got adjusted Fast Nationals, the ratings are in and... "Rising Star" had the exact same numbers post-adjustment, basically. The two-hour block averaged 5.1 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49.]

Other than the "America's Got Talent"/"Rising Star" showdown (and an underwhelming Sunday premiere for "Wipeout"), Sunday's only notable was the [network] series finale for "Enlisted," which sunk below a million viewers and did a series low in the key demo.

On to the numbers...

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Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat
Credit: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Oscar-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat to head Venice Film Festival jury

Below-the-line talent finally gets some respect

Well, this is a refreshing choice. At major festivals, the position of jury president is usually the preserve of directors and actors. At Cannes, for example, you have to go all the way back to 1983 to find a president -- novelist William Styron -- who doesn't tick either of those boxes. And while exceptions have been made for writers, it's very rare for below-the-line artists to take the top position. Production designer Dante Ferretti did the honors at the 2005 Venice Film Festival, and it's the Italians who are once more taking that route: composer Alexandre Desplat will preside over the Competition jury at Venice this year.

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1st streaming Daytime Emmys had profanity, no-shows and long-winded acceptance speeches

1st streaming Daytime Emmys had profanity, no-shows and long-winded acceptance speeches
Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Harvey and “The Young and the Restless” were among the night’s top winners on the first-ever streaming Daytime Emmys ceremony. With no TV format, everybody just let loose — even booing when co-winners Dr. Oz and Katie Couric didn’t show up. “It’s not being televised — just f*cking get pissed and have a good time,” Sharon Osbourne said at one point. PLUS: The entire thing was a top-to-bottom train wreck, and this is the best thing to happen to the Daytime Emmys in years.


Daytime Emmy pre-show marred by rape, black, lesbian jokes
Since there was no TV network airing the Daytime Emmys, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences hired millennials who were big on social media to cover the red carpet, rather than experienced reporters.


Aaron Paul on guesting on “Better Call Saul”: "To be honest, it's not gonna happen"
"There's rumors floating around that I'm going to be doing it, but that's simply not the case,” he tells The Huffington Post. "I mean, I'm trying to let it be on the record." PLUS: Paul calls this "Mike Ehrmantraut" pic "the greatest photo of all time."


ABC’s “Rising Star”: What a reality TV train wreck
Everything from host Josh Groban to the live voting gimmick to the judges and the singing competition just didn’t seem right on “Rising Star’s” two-hour debut.


“True Blood’s” Chris Bauer on his drug and alcohol past: "It was a slow-motion catastrophe”
"I wasn't just out of control, I was 100 percent off my path,” says the actor, who’s been sober for seven years.


Oprah to catch up with the “winner” of “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?”
Next week’s “Where Are They Now?” will feature an interview with Darva Conger, who won the one-off Feb. 2000 Fox reality special, which got huge ratings.


Les Moonves: Chelsea Handler’s material will fit better on Netflix than it would have on CBS
“I think it’s a great move on her part. I think it’s a great move on their part,” says the CBS boss.


John Oliver slams Dr. Oz, gets a George R.R. Martin cameo
Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” rant against the TV doctor also featured a cameo by the “Game of Thrones” author.


“SNL’s” Kenan Thompson becomes a dad
Georgia Marie Thompson was born on Friday.


“Veep’s” Reid Scott weds
Scott married his longtime girlfriend on Saturday.

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<p>Jada Pinkett Smith of &quot;Gotham&quot;</p>

Jada Pinkett Smith of "Gotham"

Credit: FOX

Interview: 'Gotham' director Danny Cannon on Batman without Batman and more

Which '70s films inspired the visual style of the FOX pilot?

Earlier this month -- I've been bogged down with Emmy galleries for 10 days -- FOX hosted what the network called a "Tastemakers" screening of the new drama pilot "Gotham." Basically, that means "reporters and some talent" got to see the "Gotham" pilot at events in New York and LA.

I've already tweeted this and I'll go into more depth when I start my Take Me To The Pilots series next week, but I like the "Gotham" pilot. I have no clue what the show looks like by the eighth or ninth episode and I fear the five or six seasons of delayed gratification, but I think it's a well-made pilot and most of the stars -- particularly Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue and, in a minor surprise, Jada Pinkett Smith -- are quite solid.

A lot of the credit has to go to pilot director Danny Cannon, who worked with series creator Bruno Heller from the earliest stages and gives "Gotham" a look that blends realism with a comic book aesthetic, without being so dangerously ambitious that subsequent episodes are sure to let us down.

After the screening, I had a long conversation with "CSI" and "Judge Dredd" veteran Cannon about creating the look of "Gotham," replicating that look on a weekly basis and the staging of certain iconic franchise moments. We also talked about the inevitable frustration of a Batman series without Batman and the famous Batman villain he's looking forward to bringing to the show.

[The only spoiler in this interview discusses the opening scene of the pilot, which is the formative event Young Bruce Wayne's life. If you've seen ANY "Batman" story, you know what scene I'm talking about. If somehow you haven't... Well, it only spoils the first five minutes of the pilot.]

Keep going for the full Q&A... "Gotham" will air Mondays at 8 p.m. this fall on FOX...

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<p>Tara!</p>

Tara!

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Recap: 'True Blood' Premiere - 'Jesus Gonna Be Here'

If You’re the Kind to Sit Up in Your Room, Watching Show About Some Glum Buffoons

Welcome to the seventh and final season of "True Blood"! When a great, long-running show comes to the end of its run, it feels like the end of an era, and this is a great show. Or at least it was. It peaked around the time Russell Edgington pulled the news anchor’s spine out on live TV, then sat down to address the camera. and proceeded to show Howard Beale how it’s done. And the last couple of seasons were real off-road torture tests, raising troubling questions about the motives and abilities of almost everyone involved, starting with Rutger Hauer’s agent. 

Ultimately, the big question faithful viewers were left asking was, as Richard Pryor once so eloquently put it, “How long will this bullsh*** go on?” Now we know: whether the show rallies and pulls out of its tailspin or continues to spiral toward the Earth like a piece of flaming space flotsam, it will go on for another six weeks. And then that’s it—none of that “first half of season seven, to be continued next year” nonsense that’s so popular with your high-profile cable shows nowadays. So much of life, like so much of late "True Blood," is about being grateful for small favors.

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<p>Reese Witherspoon in &quot;The Good Lie.&quot;</p>

Reese Witherspoon in "The Good Lie."

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Reese Witherspoon fights the good fight in first trailer for 'The Good Lie'

The Ron Howard-produced true-life drama is heading for the fall festival circuit

It's been a rough couple of years to be a fan of Reese Witherspoon: when the actress picked up her Oscar eight years ago for "Walk the Line," the universe appeared to have better things in store for her than, say, "This Means War." Even when her films have worked out -- the critically-endorsed Americana of "Mud" or the ripe Camembert pleasures of "Water for Elephants" -- they haven't showcased her especially well. So it's nice to see Witherspoon getting busy again with a range of upscale projects this year.

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<p>Enlisted</p>

Enlisted

Credit: FOX

Season finale review: 'Enlisted' - 'Alive Day'

Pete rallies the troops to honor Sgt. Major Cody, but will this be the end?

A quick review of the final FOX episode of "Enlisted" coming up just as soon as I try to save it with the rewind bit...

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<p>Pearl Jam&#39;s Eddie Vedder</p>

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder

Pearl Jam covers 'Let It Go' for one shining moment during 'Daughter'

It's all done now: Video

For a magnificent 40 seconds in time, Pearl Jam covered "Let It Go" from "Frozen."

The rockers slipped in the chorus during an extended jam of "Daughter" as part of their setlist on Friday in Milan, Italy.

You're welcome. And it's over now, we can all go home. "Let It Go" is finished now, as it is said in the scriptures.

[Stereogum]

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