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Review: 'Orange Is the New Black' - '40 Oz. of Furlough/Little Mustachioed S***'

Piper attends her grandmother's funeral, Red remembers her past, and Vee takes control

We're getting close to the end of our run through "Orange Is the New Black" season 2, and I have thoughts on episodes 9 & 10 coming up just as soon as I do a burlesque routine with a Ray Romano puppet that's surprisingly sexy...

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Report: Barbara Walters won’t have much influence over the new 'View'

Report: Barbara Walters won’t have much influence over the new “View”
Walters will still retain the title of creator and executive producer. But with the departure of her longtime producer Bill Geddie, it’ll be ABC who will be calling the shots. According to The Daily Beast, it was ABC execs who decided to bring back Rosie O’Donnell.

Shonda Rhimes: “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 11 will kick off “about 24 hours” after Season 10, “maybe”
“It’s really a Meredith-centric season,” says Rhimes of Meredith still reeling from the loss of Cristina Yang. “She’s lost her ‘person,’ her (half-)sister has shown up, her husband is chafing to go someplace else…”

How Larry Wilmore will transition from “Black-ish” to Comedy Central's “The Minority Report”
Wilmore, executive producer on the ABC sitcom, will work on it as it breaks its first 12 episodes. Then it’s Comedy Central full-time.

“Doctor Who’s” 50th anniversary episode gets a Lego makeover
Every Doctor is represented in this short Lego film.

Laurence Fishburne will juggle “Hannibal” and “Black-ish” by not appearing in every episode of both shows
"I'm not going to do a full season of 'Hannibal' this year, and I'm not going to do a full season of 'Black-ish,' which will keep me free enough for both, to have fun and to contribute as best I can,” says Fishburne. "It's not a problem. It works out just fine."

Harrison’s “Scandal” fate revealed
"It's safe to assume that Harrison has met his end,” Shonda Rhimes says of Columbus Short’s character. PLUS: Scott Foley expecting his 3rd child.

Jon Stewart gives Hillary Clinton a mock career-aptitude test
"This can you help you decide if you even want this job,” said “The Daily Show” host.

Carlton Cuse vs. Damon Lindelof: Which former “Lost” boss is winning?
While Lindelof is out with “The Leftovers,” Cuse has “The Strain” and “Bates Motel.” PLUS: “The Leftovers” mirrors one fan’s religious journey.

ABC’s “Black-ish” will celebrate black more as a culture than as a race
Exec producer Larry Wilmore says: “At heart it’s a family show,”  he says, while creator Kenya Barris explains: “The show is about a black family – not about a family that happens to be black.”

Adam Richman calls Instagram snafu “a wake-up call”
Travel Channel may have pulled “Man Finds Food,” but Richman hopes to make a comeback with his new NBC show “Food Fighters.”

“Game of Thrones” announces (mostly new) Season 5 directors
Four of the five directors, including “Breaking Bad’s” Michael Slovis, are new to the HBO series.

“The Walking Dead” is building a 15-foot wall around an Atlanta neighborhood
Ten homes will be walled off from the rest of the community for filming this fall.

Ben McKenzie narrates new “Gotham” trailer
“This is my city.”

Watch the “Hell on Wheels” Season 4 trailer
The tagline for the season premiere: “Hell ain’t civilized.”

“Tyrant” books Leslie Hope
The “24” alum is already guesting on another FX show, “The Strain.”

GSN orders game show “The Line”
Contestants in various cities will line up to compete for prizes, and to go to the head of the line.

NYPD officers apologize to “OITNB’s” Taylor Schilling for inadvertently scaring her
Turns out the officers were fans when they pulled up and shouted her name.

“24” alum John Boyd joins “Bones”
He’ll play Booth’s protégé.

Lifetime renews “Little Women: LA”
The little person reality show will return for a 2nd season.

“Grimm” adds an “OITNB” alum
Elizabeth Rodriguez will play Special Agent Chavez.

Joe Manganiello teaches Conan O’Brien how to strip
Watch Conan’s “Magic Mike” lesson.

Nick and Vanessa Lachey are expecting their 2nd child
The former VH1 and MTV stars announced they’re having a girl.

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Review: Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz go soft in the not-so-wild farce 'Sex Tape'
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Review: Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz go soft in the not-so-wild farce 'Sex Tape'

When is 'really, really dirty' not enough?

The screenwriting credits for "Sex Tape" imply that Kate Angelo wrote the initial drafts and that Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller came in to bat clean-up once Segel was on the film as an actor. I'm not sure that's exactly how it went down, but it would explain the occasional lurch from tone to tone that is part of what keeps "Sex Tape" from working completely.

As set-ups for farce go, "Sex Tape" has a perfectly functional one. Jay (Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) have been married long enough that they're finding their sex lives have bottomed out completely. It's a very real challenge that parents and other married couples face, especially after you have several children in the house. Jay works in the music industry and Annie writes a popular mommy blog which she may be able to sell to a much larger company. I liked that they didn't try to paint the marriage as terrible at the start of the film. There's still plenty of love and respect between Jay and Annie. We see their history as Annie writes about it, and it's fun. It's a little disconcerting to see Segel and Diaz playing college age, but you roll with it because it's just a short bit of the opening.

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Colbie Caillat

Welcome to the new Girl Power era from Colbie Caillat, Mary Lambert and more

Check out our 'Beautiful' playlist


In a time when a woman allowing herself to be photographed without make-up is often seen as a revolutionary and courageous act, there have been a number of videos/songs in the past week that serve as reminders that females don’t have to paint their faces, look like models, or have it together emotionally every moment to feel good about themselves.

Welcome to a new age of  Girl Power.

In Colbie Caillat’s “Try,” the singer/songwriter sings of her experience of always making sure she looked perfect—nails and hair done, right outfit— so people in the music industry would like her. The song serves as reminder to herself that she doesn’t have to try so hard; that people will respond to her authenticity. In the video, she expands the notion to women of different shapes and sizes, as they follow her lead by taking out their hair extensions (or wig) and removing their make up looking straight into the camera. Caillat sings the last part of the song with her face stripped bare—the ultimate sigh of vulnerability in today’s world.

In Mary Lambert’s “Secrets,” she reveals perceived flaw after flaw that she tries to keep hidden over an irrepressibly jaunty tune— whether it’s that she’s bi-polar, comes from a dysfunctional family, cries all day, is gay, is overweight…she has a catalog full. But her message it that we all have our secrets and keeping them locked away in a place of shame is far more damaging than letting them out.

Both these songs/videos are about women reclaiming their power by letting go of the messages that society pounds into us over and over that we are not good enough as we are and that there is always some unattainable goal —losing 5 more pounds, having longer eyelashes, going a shade blonde — that would make us acceptable to the world. Of course, every time someone meets that goal, the goal line moves.

Ideally, we teach these self-acceptance messages to ourselves and don’t need them to be validated externally, but sometimes they still seem more believable coming from the outside. For that, we got John Legend’s “You & I” video last week. The stirring clip opens with Legend waiting as his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, gets dressed. But then, as he sings that he loves her without all the bells and whistles and all the machinations she puts herself through for an evening out, the video broadens to females of all ages and ethnic groups looking into the camera as if it were a mirror as they examine their faces for flaws, putting their features under impossible-to-pass scrutiny. Pull the camera back and the video reveals women bald from cancer treatments, women who have undergone mastectomies, a lovely girl with Down Syndrome in a colorful dress. It’s a vivid reminder that beauty, despite the strictures that magazines, TV shows, films, and magazines put on it, does not come in a one-size-fits-package.

Finally— and it’s surprising it took so long—newcomers Maddie and Tae have countered all the bro-country songs that reduce women to a nameless (“girl” is not a name) stereotype, who wears tight jeans or a short skirt and cowboy boots and is very happy for the opportunity to ride shotgun in her boyfriend’s car. Main requirements are looking good, not having a first name, and keeping her mouth shut.  

But Maddie and Tae want none of that as they sing, “It ain’t easy being the girl in a country song. How in the world did it go so wrong. Like all we’re good for is looking good for you and your friends on the weekend, nothing more. We used to get a little respect, now we’re lucky if we even get to climb up in your truck, keep our mouths shut, ride along and be the girl in a country song.” Yeah, it might be time to aim a little higher.

The modern day patron saint for female empowerment in song is, of course, Beyonce. None of these songs have the strident feel of “Run The World (Girls)”; the message here is more akin to her song, “Pretty Hurts” and its lines, “We try to fix something but you can’t fix what you can’t see/It’s the soul that needs the surgery.” For the most part, these are reminders to be gentle to ourselves, not manifestos.

Will any of these songs ever change anything? I don’t know. It feels like they are mere drops of water into a pool spilling over with messages that we aren’t good enough as we are and they lose their potency. But maybe it’s simply good enough that they exist in the moment and for the moment. If watching the video for “Secrets” or “Try” makes a girl feel like she’s OK for the four minutes that clip lasts, maybe that’s the most we can hope for in this world that constantly and exhaustingly tells women  that they are not good enough as long as they have wrinkles, as long as they aren’t model thin, as long as they aren’t this or aren’t that. The message is delivered in surround sound and it is everywhere.

If I could, I would pipe the below playlist continuously  into every baby girl’s room so that from the minute she is born these songs counteract the images and messages that make her feel bad about herself. As she got older, any time some one made her feel less than, she could put the playlist on and hear a strong, powerful woman tell her that she is complete, she is everything she needs to be, and that she is enough.

By the time she got to middle school and high school and started dating, no boy, no peer pressure, and no societal norm could force her to be something that she is not just because the these positive message would have already taken hold and they would drown out the ones that tell her she can’t compete unless she conforms to a extremely narrow, impossible, unnecessary ideal.

And now we have several more entries to add to the list.  

"Beautiful" Playlist

“Beautiful,” Christina Aguilera
“I’m Beautiful,” Bette Midler
“Firework,” Katy Perry
“Roar,” Katy Perry
“Unpretty,” TLC
“This One’s for the Girls,” Martina McBride
“Unwritten,” Natasha Bedingfield
“Born This Way,” Lady Gaga”
“Stronger,” Kelly Clarkson
“Girl On Fire,” Alicia Keys
"Run The World (Girls)"


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Exclusive behind-the-scenes clip gives a sense of the scale of shooting Aronofsky's 'Noah'
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Exclusive behind-the-scenes clip gives a sense of the scale of shooting Aronofsky's 'Noah'

Aronofsky's favorite photographer talks about bringing the Bible story to life

One of the most remarkable things about Darren Aronofsky's strange and sincere "Noah" is the size of the physical production.

Sure, he could have done the Ark as a special effect, building bits and pieces and marrying them together with digital technology. Or he could have done the entire thing in the carefully controlled environment of a soundstage, and that would have been easy. But instead, Aronofsky and his crew built a practical environment on location, and then they shot in some truly crazy weather.

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"The Tale of Princess Kaguya"

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Studio Ghibli's 'Tale of Princess Kaguya' joins this year's Oscar race

Chloë Grace Moretz and Lucy Liu announced as part of English voice cast

The Best Animated Feature Film Oscar race is slowly coming together. Big dogs like "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "The LEGO Movie" have already bowed, while Fox ("The Book of Life") and Focus ("The Boxtrolls") have rolled out footage presentations in recent weeks to stay top of mind. One film we've been assuming would have a place in the 2014 line-up is GKIDS' "Tale of Princess Kaguya" from Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli. We were just waiting for a release date announcement — and now we have it.

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Review: 'Amelie' star Audrey Tautou lights up Michel Gondry's sweet and sad 'Mood Indigo'
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Review: 'Amelie' star Audrey Tautou lights up Michel Gondry's sweet and sad 'Mood Indigo'

It's no 'Eternal Sunshine,' but then again, what is?

From the moment it sputters to low-fi life, "Mood Indigo" is unmistakably the work of Michel Gondry, a sweet and sad little song of longing with the most visually inventive approach to emotion in any film this year. It is a strange surreal world that Gondry has created, one with no rules other than if someone in love starts coughing, that's not a good sign for them making it through to the end of the film.

Gondry is a romantic, no doubt about it, and he's also a guy who rejects the idea of living a "normal" life, meaning his lead character is a man-child who drifts through his days, his whole mind focused on whimsy and the ridiculous. The worst thing in the world in this film is the notion of getting trapped into doing a "normal" job. Gondry seems to view that as death. Sure, he's working from a novel by Boris Vian, but Gondry and co-writer Luc Bossi have crafted this as a film that plunges you into an interior landscape from the very start, a movie in which they hand-craft a reality to tell the story of Colin (Romain Duris) and Chloe (Audrey Tautou), lovers who have to grapple with sorrow when she develops a rare ailment.

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'SNL' dumps 2 more: Noël Wells and John Milhiser

“SNL” dumps 2 more: Noël Wells and John Milhiser
With Brooks Wheelan's departure, that means just half of the six featured players hired before last season survived to next season. Wells is famous for her Lena Dunham impression, while Milhiser had the least screen time of all the new cast members. Meanwhile, the future of writer-turned-featured player Mike O’Brien, who’s dating Weekend Update’s Cecily Strong, is up in the air, with the possibility of him returning to the writing staff, according to Deadline. PLUS: Jon Cryer will miss Milhiser, his impersonator.

Nasim Pedrad won't return to "SNL" due to "Mulaney"
Pedrad will still stay connected to Lorne Michaels, who's producing "Mulaney."

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Press tour: Why Karen Gillan can't be Scottish on 'Selfie'

The social media-themed 'Pygmalion' riff allegedly needs an American character at the center

Speaking in her native Scottish accent, Karen Gillan has one of the most charming and endearingly goofy voices in all of show business. So why on earth would "Suburgatory" alum Emily Kapnek — creator of "Selfie," a modern-day twist on "Pygmalion" starring Gillan as social media-obsessed Eliza and John Cho as Henry, the man who will turn her into a genuine lady — ask her to play the role as an American?

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ABC's Fall 2014 Premiere Week includes double-dose of 'Forever'

Shonda Rhimes Thursday and 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' get Premiere Weeks dates

On Tuesday (July 15) morning, ABC announced its premiere dates for Fall 2014, a plan that sees the network rolling most of its shows out in orderly fashion over the first two weeks of the Nielsen-set 2014-2015 season.

The major wrinkles in ABC's launch schedule are, at most, minor.

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Shonda Rhimes has no plans to end 'Grey’s Anatomy,' or to add a new character to 'Scandal'

Shonda Rhimes has no plans to end “Grey’s Anatomy,” or to add a new character to “Scandal”
Asked about ending “Grey’s,” which enters its 11th season next year, Rhimes responded: "Right now, as long as I am still interested in what happens next, I am not thinking about that.” She also said that there are no plans to add a new Gladiator in the wake of Columbus Short’s exit.

Shonda Rhimes didn’t consider a Twitter hashtag when coming up with the “How to Get Away With Murder” title
Should the hashtag be #HowToGetAwayWithMurder or #HTGAWM?

ABC defends its push for diverse shows
“When they come in with real specificity … when they bring you authentic, relatable stories, you really have no other choice than to pick them up,” ABC Entertainment chief Paul Lee says. “When I watch ‘Fresh Off the Boat,’ when I watch ‘Black-ish,’ when I watch ‘Cristela,’ I am one of those families.”

Erin Andrews reacts to her ascension to NFL on Fox’s No. 1 sideline reporter
"I know I have huge, huge shoes to fill,” she says of replacing Pam Oliver, adding: "I can't thank her enough for being a wonderful role model. This is not going to be easy for me."

“Selfie” creator sticks up for using a “provocative” word for her title
“It becomes a descriptive word for us,” says exec producer Emily Kapnek. "It felt natural to keep it as the title of the show.”

Watch “The Wonder Years” stars reunite
Cast members appeared together this morning on “GMA."

“Masters of Sex” returns slightly down, "Ray Donovan" has an impressive return
The Season 2 premiere attracted 825,000 viewers in its first airing Sunday. Meanwhile, "Ray Donovan's" numbers were about steady without the benefit of a "Dexter" lead-in.

ABC “a little disappointed” with “Rising Star’s” ratings
But ABC Entertainment chief Paul Lee adds: “I think they learned on the roll extremely well, and the episodes now are really high quality.”

ABC pressed on why “The Goldbergs” isn’t more Jewish
Responded ABC’s Paul Lee: “I don’t think there’s anybody in the country who watches The Goldbergs who doesn’t think it’s a show about a Jewish family; I think it’s pretty explicit."

ABC regrets not airing spinoff “Wonderland” in “Once Upon a Time’s” timeslot
"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” might have stood a chance had it aired during “Once Upon a Time’s” hiatus, instead of on Thursday nights, said ABC Entertainment chief Paul Lee. PLUS: There are no plans for a “Frozen” spinoff, and ABC is “loving” the new “Agents of SHIELD” scripts.

Joss Whedon follows up his “Buffy” drawing with a “Firefly” napkin drawing
Check out “Firefly: The New Lame Drawing."

"The Hotwives of Orlando” hits Hulu
Will the “Real Housewives” sendup starring Angela Kinsey, Kristen Schaal and Casey Wilson put Hulu on the map?

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Drake emulates JLo with his new album title

When can we expect his latest masterpiece?

Jennifer Lopez had “On The 6,” now Drake has  “Views From The 6.” That will be the title of his fourth studio album and follow up to 2013's "Nothing Was The Same."

The Toronto rapper confirmed the title today. As you may recall, in his new track “0 to 100/The Catch-Up,” which he released in June, he gave us an update on the goings on at OVO headquarters, as he ran down a list of his label’s artists who will have new sets coming out in Spring 2015, including himself.

Drake has a lot of his plate as Billboard notes: He hosts the ESPYS on ESPN tomorrow (16), two OVO artists, Majid Jordan and PartyNextDoor, will release albums July 29.

In August, OVO hosts its fifth festival in Toronto. Among the artists playing the Aug. 3-4 event are Drake and Outkast.  On Aug. 8, Drake goes on tour with Lil Wayne.

No word on what “Views From The 6” means, although speculation has been that it ties in with Toronto’s 416 area code.


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