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"Buying Naked"

"Buying Naked"

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It's a hairy situation selling to nudists on 'Buying Naked'

One realtor doesn't know where to look - until she can't avoid it

So many jokes, so little clothing. TLC is launching a new show, "Buying Naked" (premieres Sat. June 28 at 10:00 p.m.) which follows realty Jackie Youngblood as she tries to get nude butts in homes. It turns out that catering to clothing-optional clients isn't as weird of a niche as you might think -- where Youngblood works, Pasco County, Fla., is known as the Nudist Capital of the World. And you thought it was cool to live near the World's Biggest Pecan or whatever. 

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Sharlto Copley says Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie' will be 'massively unique'

Sharlto Copley says Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie' will be 'massively unique'

How much of the 'Maleficent' star will be in his robot character?

Sharlto Copley is a quirky and flawed King Stefan in Disney's upcoming "Maleficent" and when I sat down with him this week, he was very excited to talk about his character-actor approach to that role. 

He was also quite pleased to tease his latest collaboration with "District 9" and "Elysium" helmer Neill Blomkamp on the very peculiar-sounding (and deceptively titled) new sci-fi film "Chappie."

In "Chappie," currently set for a March 2015 release, Copley plays the title character, who gets kidnapped and raised by a pair of criminals. The catch is that Chappie is a robot with artificial intelligence.

Copley is primarily a voice in "Chappie," which he says will be "massively unique," but he also explains how the animators worked with him to create his character.

Check out that chunk of the interview above.

And stay tuned for next week when I'll post my full interviews with Copley, Elle Fanning and other key "Maleficent" figures (no, not Angelina Jolie, alas).

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Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber to appear on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

The pop icon will introduce a new competition element - dance crews

Is all that solo dancing on "So You Think You Can Dance" (premiering Wed. May 28 at 8:00 p.m. on FOX) making you feel a little lonely? Good news. This season, pop icon Justin Bieber and his choreographer Nick DeMoura will be introducing dance crews from across the country to give them a chance to battle for a spot in the season finale.

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BBC teases the Peter Capaldi's 'Doctor Who' — landing in August

BBC teases the Peter Capaldi's “Doctor Who” — landing in August
Here’s a 15-second glimpse of the newly regenerated Doctor.

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Kristen Stewart finally makes it to Cannes for 'Clouds of Sils Maria' premiere

Kristen Stewart finally makes it to Cannes for 'Clouds of Sils Maria' premiere

Plus: A 'Pulp Fiction' reunion on the red carpet

CANNES - She missed the photo call. She missed the press conference. Nothing, however, could keep Kristen Stewart from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival premiere of "Clouds of Sils Maria."

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Justin Bieber will appear on 'SYTYCD' this season

Justin Bieber will appear on “SYTYCD” this season
Starting next week, when "So You Think You Can Dance" returns, Bieber will appear in a new segment introducing two top dance crews with choreographer Nick DeMoura.

 

TBS cancels the Conan O’Brien-produced “The Pete Holmes Show”
The talk show that premiered after “Conan” on Oct. 28 starring comedian Pete Holmes is finished after just two seasons.

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Will Smith shopping a Miami-set New Year’s Eve TV special

Will Smith shopping a Miami-set New Year’s Eve TV special
The proposed countdown special could feature Smith performing, and an appearance by David Beckham.


“Supernatural” promotes Mark Sheppard
He’ll become a series regular next season.


Analyzing the “SNL” newbies: Which had the most and least impact?
Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett, both from the Good Neighbor sketch comedy group, were clearly the breakout stars of the new bunch. They might be, respectively, the new Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis. PLUS: Breaking down each “SNL” cast member’s contribution to Season 39.


“Last Comic Standing” has a solid return, “Gang Related” disappoints
Meanwhile, a “Big Bang Theory” rerun was the highest-rated show on the first night after the end of the TV season.


Watch Howard Stern and Howie Mandel dancing on “America’s Got Talent”
Watch the two “AGT” judges take dance lessons on the new season.

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<p>Quentin Tarantino at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Friday.</p>

Quentin Tarantino at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Friday.

Is Quentin Tarantino planning a four-chapter version of 'Django Unchained' for TV?

Holding court at Cannes in honor of 'Pulp Fiction'

CANNES - Quentin Tarantino held court at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival today with a press conference that was supposed to reflect on the 20th anniversary of "Pulp Fiction" winning the Palme d'Or in 1994. Instead, he mostly discussed his opinions on everything from digital projection (which he considers the "death of cinema"), finding himself watching "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" on Showtime, that the Palme d'Or means more to him than his Oscars (ouch) and what his next picture may or may not be. The most intriguing bit of news, however, was when he waxed over revisiting his Academy Award winning blockbuster "Django Unchained."

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Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in "Clouds of Sils Maria."
Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in "Clouds of Sils Maria."
Credit: IFC Films

Review: Kristen Stewart is best in show in airy 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

Juliette Binoche looks into the mirror in a playful life-versus-art drama

CANNES - In a festival that has been unusually generous to actresses -- permitted to carry any number of high-profile entries, from Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman" to the Dardennes' "Two Days, One Night" to Xavier Dolan's "Mommy" -- it seems fitting that the final Competition film screened to press should be an explicit examination of their craft. The graceful ghosts of "All About Eve" and Cassavetes' "Opening Night" haunt Olivier Assayas' arch-but-airy "Clouds of Sils Maria" -- a melancholic comedy seemingly only fine degrees of fictional separation from taking the title "Being Juliette Binoche."

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Quentin Tarantino planning a 'Django Unchained' miniseries, featuring 90 minutes of unused footage

Quentin Tarantino planning a “Django Unchained” miniseries, featuring 90 minutes of unused footage
Tarantino said at the Cannes Film Festival he plans to turn those 90 minutes into four one-hour episodes. "It wouldn't be an endurance test,” he says. "It would be a mini-series and people love those. You show people a four-hour movie and they roll their eyes. Show people a four-part mini-series and they'll sit and watch it all in one sitting."


President Obama will introduce History channel's “The World Wars” on Memorial Day
The six-hour, three-night event kicks off on Monday, including interviews with Colin Powell and Sen. John McCain.


Meet “The Bachelorette's” Julliard-educated composer
Brad Segal, who’s worked on "The Bachelor" franchise for more than a decade, is responsible for creating “sad music,” “tense music” and “goofy guy” music.


“Dr. Drew” co-host sues Johnny Manziel, claiming sexual harassment
HLN’s Samantha Schacher claims the Cleveland Browns QB repeatedly sent nude selfies to her. UPDATE: Samantha Schacher denies filing lawsuit, says she's the victim of a hoax.


Watch nudists on TLC’s “Buying Naked”
The nudity realty show debuts on June 28.

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<p>&quot;Last Comic Standing&quot; host JB Smoove</p>

"Last Comic Standing" host JB Smoove

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TV Ratings: 'Last Comic' return leads NBC Thursday, 'Gang Related' generates little heat

The CW gets OK numbers for 'Labyrinth'

Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 22, 2014.

On the first day of TV's Summer of 2014, a "Big Bang Theory" repeat helped CBS rule Thursday overall, but NBC won among young viewers with a solid return for "Last Comic Standing."

Without originals as lead-ins, ABC's "Black Box" and CBS' "Bad Teacher" both fizzled and even with a solid "Hell's Kitchen" as a lead-in, FOX's new drama "Gang Related" failed to stir up any heat. 

Thursday also saw an OK debut for The CW's "Labyrinth," as the four-hour miniseries launched to basically "Reign"-esque ratings.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;The Normal Heart.&quot;</p>

"The Normal Heart."

Credit: HBO

Review: In HBO's 'The Normal Heart,' Ryan Murphy gets in the way

Great performances by Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matthew Bomer and others clouded by 'Glee' creator's direction

What makes Ryan Murphy such a frustrating storyteller is that he has very obvious and impressive strengths, which he then seems to go out of his way to obscure with his very obvious weaknesses. He has great passion for socially relevant drama, for instance, but his point tends to get lost in the ADHD style that eventually plagued "Glee," "Nip/Tuck" and everything else he's done in television. ("American Horror Story," his biggest current hit, at least started out with ADHD, so there was no letdown later when things unraveled.) He works well with actors as both a writer and director, giving them meaty material and pulling excellent performances out of them, but then makes various other choices that distract from those performances.

That "The Normal Heart" — an adaptation of Larry Kramer's 1985 play about the early days of the AIDS crisis — has finally been turned into a film that will air on HBO on Sunday at 9, after decades of sitting in development hell, is a testament to Murphy, who bought the rights with his own money and assembled a cast fronted by Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts. The film wouldn't exist without his belief in it. And yet I wish almost anyone else had directed it.

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