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<p>The Americans</p>

The Americans

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'The Americans' cast & producers talk wigs, romance, combat & more

Full video of the recent TV Academy panel for the FX spy drama

Last week, I came to Los Angeles to moderate a panel featuring "The Americans" producers, stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, and composer Nate Barr before an audience at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It wasn't live-streamed, but FX recorded the whole thing, and now we're happy to present you the video of a lively (and at times silly) chat about the wigs, the intensity, the sex and all the other excellent things about the drama's great second season.

Please note: I regretted the Ukraine joke the second it escaped my lips. I apologize to you, and to all the people of Crimea.

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Beastie Boys awarded $1.7 million in Monster Energy copyright case

Monster Energy admitted infringement from the start of trial

A New York jury has awarded the Beastie Boys $1.7 million in the rap trio’s copyright violation lawsuit against Monster Energy drink.

At issue was a mix by DJ Z-Trip used by Monster Energy that included five Beastie Boys songs, including “Sabotage” and “Pass the Mic.”  DJ Z-Trip gave the drink manufacturer permission to use the mix for a recap of a snowboarding competition it sponsored, but Monster Energy did not have the Beastie Boys’ permission.

From the start of the New York Federal Court trial, Monster Energy admitted it was at fault, so the trial was to determine damages. Monster Energy wanted to pay $125,000, the two remaining Beastie Boys, Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond, wanted $2 million— $1 million for the copyright infringement and $1 million for Monster Energy implying that the Beastie Boys’ endorsed the usage.

Both Horovitz and Diamond testified at the trial. Among the facts revealed was that the pair will not ever record together as the Beastie Boys again, following Adam Yauch’s death.

The Beastie Boys aren't messing around when they say they do not want their music used to endorse products. In March, the act settled with GoldieBlox over the toy company's parody of the group's 1987 song, "Girls."  The settlement included an apology on the company's website to the band and an undisclosed donation to Beastie Boy-selected charities that supported science, technology, engineering and math education for girls.

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Stephen Colbert gets emotional recalling his uncle’s role on D-Day

Stephen Colbert gets emotional recalling his uncle’s role on D-Day
Colbert’s uncle, 1st Lt. Andrew Edward Tuck III, was a paratrooper who landed in Normandy 70 years ago today. Colbert’s uncle was later killed in Europe. PLUS: Listen to Benedict Cumberbatch read the D-Day news broadcast.


OWN to simulcast Maya Angelou’s memorial service
Michelle Obama will be among the speakers at the Wake Forest memorial on Saturday morning.


Why the Daytime Emmys couldn’t find a TV home
More than 20 million people would watch the Daytime Emmys in the early 90s, but viewership has declined as soaps have disappeared.


Comedy Central orders "The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail"
“Silicon Valley” star Kumail Nanjani and Jonah Ray will host the standup showcase, premiering July 23, which will feature Weird Al Yankovic, Amy Schumer and Nick Offerman, among others.


A “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” mansion is for sale for $27.5 million
Yolanda Foster and her husband are listing their 11,622-sq.-ft. home, overlooking a bluff in Malibu.


Nun wins Italy’s “The Voice”
Sister Cristina became a viral sensation with her “Livin’ On a Prayer” performance on "The Voice Of Italy."


Former “ER” star Maria Bello writing a memoir about coming out
The book, "Miracles and Madness,” is due out next year.

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<p>Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley in &quot;The Fault in Our Stars.&quot;</p>

Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley in "The Fault in Our Stars."

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Tell us what you thought of 'The Fault in Our Stars'

The Shailene Woodley-starring cancer drama is set to be a massive teen hit

Only a couple of months ago, I had never heard of John Green or "The Fault in Our Stars" -- as clear a sign as any that I'm no longer a spring chicken, since for a certain demographic and generation, the film adaptation of the young-adult bestseller is the biggest event of the summer. I remain mostly in the dark, since the film has yet to be screened for UK press, but I've gathered from responses so far that Josh Boone's film, a romance between two teens who meet at a cancer support group, looks poised to be a "Love Story"-type sensation for contemporary teens -- though evidently older folks have been weeping their way through it too. (Perhaps someday it'll earn a spot in our list of the all-time greatest tearjerkers.)

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<p>&quot;How to Train Your Dragon 2&quot;</p>

"How to Train Your Dragon 2"

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'How to Train Your Dragon 2' deserves to be in the Best Picture Oscar discussion

Not only that, but this should be the DreamWorks ideal

Earlier this week I wrote about the whole of DreamWorks Animation, which came after I — no joke — revisited all 28 features released by the studio so far and attended a screening of the studio's latest, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" (hitting theaters next week). That hotly anticipated sequel, which bowed at the Cannes Film Festival last month, comfortably took the top spot, with the 2010 original firmly at #2. Because these, to me, are the crowning achievements of DreamWorks so far.

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Tom Cruise in "Edge of Tomorrow."
Tom Cruise in "Edge of Tomorrow."
Credit: Warner Bros.

Tell us what you thought of 'Edge of Tomorrow'

Tom Cruise's latest has exceeded critical expectations - what about yours?

I don't know why I expected Doug Liman's "Edge of Tomorrow" to be a misfire -- maybe the change of title (it was originally, more intriguingly, named "All You Need is Kill") suggested a lack of studio confidence, maybe the marketing materials looked a bit drab, or maybe the memory of Liman's last big-budget actioner (the terrible "Jumper") cast a dark shadow over the project. Whatever the case, this nifty time-loop sci-fi adventure appears to have exceeded critical expectations.

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'Game of Thrones’' Pedro Pascal coming to Netflix

“Game of Thrones’” Pedro Pascal coming to Netflix
He’ll star in “Narcos," playing a DEA agent who pursues cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar.

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Jimmy Kimmel beats Jimmy Fallon in total and demo viewers for the 1st time, thanks to the NBA Finals

Jimmy Kimmel beats Jimmy Fallon in total and demo viewers for the 1st time, thanks to the NBA Finals
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” aired last night at 12:22 am on the Eastern and Midwest time zones. PLUS: Kimmel puts 50 Cent in “Malefiftycent."


J.K. Rowling’s “Casual Vacancy” casts Michael Gambon and Keeley Hawes
The BBC and HBO miniseries adaptation of Rowling’s novel will also include Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie and Abigail Lawrie.


Hugh Jackman bounces up and down in Tonys promo
Jackman says he has a secret that’ll be revealed on Sunday’s show.


Hayley Atwell: Dominic Cooper will appear on “Agent Carter”
Atwell says she can’t wait to prank him on the set of the NBC series, but it’s unclear if he’ll just be a guest-star.


Barbara Walters will come out of  retirement to appear on “The Tonight Show”
Walters is Jimmy Fallon’s guest on Wednesday.


“Orange is the New Black” meets Flappy Bird
Netflix has launched “Feisty Chicken” as part of the Season 2 launch.


Seth Meyers reminds Jonah Hill he’s one of the few non-cast members with a recurring character
Hill recalls how he created his 6-year-old character thanks to Meyers and his “Superbad” co-star Bill Hader.


Jerry Seinfeld likes Pete Holmes’ “New Material Seinfeld”
The TBS puppet "does kind of remind me of me a little bit. Cute. Not mean like Seinfeld on #Louie,” tweets Seinfeld.

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<p>LeBron James</p>

LeBron James

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TV Ratings: NBA Finals Game 1 ratings cause 'Undateable' to cramp up on Thursday

'Gang Related' and 'Last Comic Standing' are also down against Spurs-Heat

Fast National ratings for Thursday, June 5, 2014.

The air-conditioning-free Game 1 of the NBA Finals caused problems for both LeBron James and ABC's competition on Thursday night as the Heat-Spurs showdown dominated primetime in all measures.

The Miami/San Antonio opener was in line with last year's Game 1 ratings, which makes sense since that was also a Heat-Spurs Finals.

Fittingly, only "Hell's Kitchen," which only had to face ABC's pre-game, avoided drops on Thursday as "Undateable," "Gang Related" and "Last Comic Standing" all dipped.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;Orange Is the New Black.&quot;</p>

"Orange Is the New Black."

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Season premiere review: 'Orange Is the New Black' - 'Thirsty Bird/Looks Blue, Tastes Red'

Piper gets the spotlight in season 2's first hour, and then the ensemble takes over

Netflix released the new season of "Orange Is the New Black" last night, and I offered some early thoughts on the season yesterday. My plan is to review the season two episodes at a time, at a pace that may be weekly or may be more irregular than that, just to see how things go given the collision of the Netflix distribution model with the weekly discussion model. Thoughts on the first two episodes coming up just as soon as my mom tells me my birth story...

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Are Shailene Woodley and Kristen Stewart really 2015 Oscar players?

Are Shailene Woodley and Kristen Stewart really 2015 Oscar players?

Popular actresses making noise in June

"The Fault in Our Stars" arrives in theaters tomorrow having already transformed itself from summer sleeper to expected blockbuster. The reviews have been very positive with a number of critics even admitting they were bawling at the end. That being said, when it really comes down to it, most reviewers will admit Josh Boone's direction leaves a lot to be desired. Still, the movie works. Why?  The reasons are two fold.

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TV Land will celebrate 'The Brady Bunch’s' Alice with a 12-hour marathon

TV Land will celebrate “The Brady Bunch’s” Alice with a 12-hour marathon
Saturday’s marathon in honor of Ann B. Davis airs from 6 am to 6 pm.


Jeremy Sisto joins “The Returned”
The “Suburgatory” alum will co-star opposite Kevin Alejandro, playing a psychologist who helps people struggling with grief when zombies start appearing.


Why do we watch “Game of Thrones” reaction videos?
Is there some catharsis in seeing somebody experiencing a shocking scene for the first time?


“Orange is the New Black” is beating “House of Cards” in online buzz
Social media mentions for the new season of the Netflix series are far exceeding Kevin Spacey’s political drama. But “Cards” is still tops on Wikipedia.


Why are women in prison all the rage on TV?
It’s not just “Orange is the New Black.” Women have been put in prison recently on “Justified,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “Shameless.” The other showrunners say the Netflix hit didn't influence them. They just wanted to have storylines with female antiheroes.


Jimmy Fallon’s success hasn’t really hurt Letterman or Jimmy Kimmel
In fact, Fallon’s “Tonight Show” has brought in new younger viewers to late-night. PLUS: Here is KROQ “Sports Guy” Kimmel in the 90s.


“Dancing’s” Amy Purdy to serve as a guest model on “The Price is Right”
The Paralympic athlete reunites with fellow “Dancing” star Drew Carey next week.


A Hamptons landlord is getting a lot of flak for renting a storefront to the Kardashians
“Kourtney & Khloé Take the Hamptons” began filming on Tuesday, and landlord Irma Herzog has been bombarded by angry comments from neighbors and people online.


“House of Cards” is holding an open casting call for actors with a “DC political look”
The casting notice for Saturday is for everybody, but you have to be “dressed to showcase your DC political look."


“Modern Family” became selective in casting big-name guest-stars because it didn’t want to become “Will & Grace”
“Early days in the series, we had a lot of names on, and there was kind of a backlash, like, oh, is this turning into ‘Will and Grace?’“ says casting director Jeff Greenberg. “The show didn’t need to rely on guest stars, and we really want to choose the right person for the part.”


“SNL’s” Jay Pharaoh: "Hopefully I'll get a chance to show people an even more in-depth picture of Jay Pharoah”
Pharoah points out that in his 4th season, he kind of got away from doing impressions to doing more characters. "There are characters that haven't got on that have killed,” he says, adding: I feel like people are starting to see it, and that's good because I'm not just a person who does voices or impressions. This season has been great as far as people saying, 'You're coming into your own.’"


Jessica Pare speculates on Megan’s “Mad Men” fate
How much will she appear in the final episodes?


“Girls” set photos reveal spoilers
Who’s that with Gillian Jacobs?


On “Louie’s” attempted rape scene: “Boy, is it a risk”
"If you don’t follow up on what happened, you can trivialize it,” says James Poniewozik. "If you do follow up, yes, it can be bold and socially valuable to show that audience that, look: guys who do this sort of thing don’t walk around with labels on their forehead.”


“Bob’s Burgers” meets Beyonce
Check out a mashup with Beyonce's "Partition" video.


Watch Amy Poehler as an intense soccer coach
It’s her latest Old Navy ad.


ABC moving “Black Box” to 8 pm
“Black Box” will return June 19 to air its remaining episodes.


TV’s comedy showrunners trade war stories
They also talk about niche shows, keeping their casts happy and ejaculation shots.


How TV evolved in working around pregnant actresses
Producers have come up with all sorts of ways to conceal a real-life pregnancy, from computer graphics to using body doubles.


Ian Somerhalder named a United Nations goodwill ambassador for its Environment Program
“The Vampire Diaries” star has been committed to environmental causes.


“The Wil Wheaton Project” is hurting itself by not nerding it up
Instead Wheaton’s Syfy version of “The Soup” has tried to capture a broader audience.


“Silicon Valley’s” Kumail Nanjiani launches an “X-Files” podcast
Each episode of “The X-Files Files” will tackle a different episode of the sci-fi classic.


Tyler Perry’s OWN drama “If Loving You Is Wrong” rounds sets its cast
The series follows a group of husbands and wives living on the same street.


What it’s really like to win the TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battle that inspired “Silicon Valley”
Craig Walker, CEO of UberConference, says last week’s episode was pretty dead-on: "I get guys who are just like each of those guys. I don’t think we have any like full-blown Satanists, but we do have loud agnostics.”


Watch TV’s greatest catchphrases, compiled
The “Today” stars also revealed their fave catchphrases.


In Season 2, “Orange is the New Black" becomes a smart drama that respects itself
"The second season of 'Orange Is the New Black,’” says Heather Havrilesky, "is much less like a manic, comedic prison-themed episode of 'The L-Word’ and much more of a smart drama that respects itself enough to lean into its heavier moments without always retreating to the safety of one-liners. In its second season, the comedy of “OITNB” feels more like the comedy of “The Sopranos”; it’s not meant to undercut the darkness so much as sharpen the contrast and turn up the dial on the show’s overall emotional impact.” PLUS: Season 2’s first 6 episodes outshine Season 1’s first 6 episodes, Season 2 is even more powerful than Season 1, Season 2 feels scattershot with less urgency, “Orange” might be better off without Piper, how the “OITNB” composers came up with a cavernous sound, Season 2 is more sprawling — like a feast, the real treasure are the flashback scenes, “OITNB” is pretty tame compared to “Caged Heat,” the actual “OITNB” prison is an inhumane dump, go behind the scenes of the “OITNB” set, food is the real star of the Netflix series, a psychiatrist analyzes all the characters, and how the cast approaches playing cons.

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