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'Gotham' adds Kyle Massey

“Gotham” adds Kyle Massey
The Disney Channel star and “Dancing with the Stars” alum will play a homeless kid who lives on the streets of Gotham.


Comic-Con 2014: Here’s the complete TV schedule
This year’s Comic-Con kicks off on July 23 with pilot screenings of “The Flash,” “Constantine” and “iZombie.”


“California” author has received a huge "Colbert Report" boost
Edan Lepucki’s debut novel was expected to sell 12,000 copies. But thanks to two mentions by Colbert in his anti-Amazon rants, "California" has become the most preordered debut titles in Hachette history.


Jason Alexander tweets "Serenity Now!" in honor of “Seinfeld’s” 25th anniversary
Though the official anniversary is Saturday, Alexander tweeted this morning: "Happy 25th and thanks for years of laughs, love and support from frank and Estelle's baby boy. Serenity Now!”


Shakira to perform at the World Cup Closing ceremonies
She’ll be joined by Wyclef Jean, Alexandre Pires, Santana and Ivete Sangalo at the July 13 event, performing her World Cup tune, “La la la (Brazil 2014)."


“Big Brother” falls, yet tops the night
Thursday’s episode was down 22% from last week.


Can a new reality TV trade association promote safer working conditions?
Nonfiction Producers Association aims to promote the to promote “best practices” within the nonfiction television industry.


Joan Rivers: “The View” should never have dumped Elisabeth Hasselbeck
"I liked it when they had Elisabeth on, because Elisabeth represented a whole other group,” she says. "I thought it was great the way it was, leave it alone."


“Sons of Anarchy’s” Charlie Hunnam stars in a new Calvin Klein ad
Check out a clean-shaven Hunnam romancing supermodel Doutzen Kroes.


“Arrow” taps Peter Stormare to play Count Vertigo
He’ll play the first villain the team encounters in Season 3.


Jerry Seinfeld had a car shipped by truck from Pennsylvania for “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”
When the car was returned, owner Scott Drab found a handwritten thank you note. The car, a 1967 Jaguar Mark II, was used for today’s episode featuring comedian Robert Klein.


Homer Simpson’s 1991 “The Homer” car was ahead of its time
Turns out some of Homer’s ideas have sort of come to fruition.


The plasma TV takes another step towards extinction
Samsung has joined Panasonic in dropping the manufacturing of plasma displays.


Neighbor sues Pat Sajak
The “Wheel of Fortune” host’s sprinkler system has allegedly caused more than $100,000 in damages.

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<p>&quot;Taxi Brooklyn&quot;</p>

"Taxi Brooklyn"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: Dipping 'Dance,' steady 'Taxi Brooklyn' lead Wednesday split

'Big Brother' is down in its second week, but still solid

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

Although "So You Think You Can Dance" dipped week-to-week and didn't win either of its hours, FOX still tied for first on Wednesday among young viewers. Meanwhile, NBC's "Taxi Brooklyn" was steady in its second week and combined with an "America's Got Talent" encore to help the network dominate overall.

There weren't many other notables, though CBS' "Big Brother" dropped in its second Wednesday airing, but still delivered the night's best key demo number.

On to the numbers...

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'Once Upon a Time' casts 'Frozen's' Queen Elsa

“Once Upon a Time” casts "Frozen's" Queen Elsa
“Fringe” veteran Georgina Haig will take on the role of the Disney snow queen.

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Seinfeld

'Seinfeld' at 25: How the show about nothing became a huge hit

Revisiting the NBC comedy's improbable journey from busted pilot to juggernaut

Earlier this week, a former NBC sitcom made headlines by improbably returning from the dead, thanks to a website most people didn't even know was in the streaming video business. But the story of how "Community" will live again on Yahoo isn't nearly as far-fetched as the tale of another NBC Thursday sitcom, which few of the executives at the network understood, which was considered too weird and self-referential to ever succeed, and which — unlike "Community," the little cult engine that could — actually turned into the most popular show on television.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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CW cancels TMZ reality show 'Famous in 12'

CW cancels TMZ reality show “Famous in 12”
The TV series designed to help a family become famous in 12 weeks with the help of TMZ and its “TMZ” TV show has been canceled after just one month.


Jimmy Kimmel recreates the “Thelma & Louise” selfie with Susan Sarandon
Kimmel played the Thelma role, as they used an iPhone to take their selfie.

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Angelina Jolie reacts to passing of 'Unbroken' inspiration Louis Zamperini at age 97
Credit: Universal Pictures

Angelina Jolie reacts to passing of 'Unbroken' inspiration Louis Zamperini at age 97

The film based on his life story will hit theaters this Christmas

Louis Zamperini is a hero, no question about it. From Olympian to POW, his story is one for the ages, one laid out on the page beautifully by author Laura Hillenbrand in the book "Unbroken" and adapted by filmmaker Angelina Jolie in a film that will be released later this year. But just six months shy of seeing that life story writ large on the big screen for movie fans the world over to learn about his struggle, Zamperini has passed away, having lived a long and full 97 years.

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Joey on "Big Brother 16"

Recap: Big Brother Wednesday - A Hairy Power of Veto

Frankie is vulnerable for eviction after the first Battle of the Block. Will our wide-eyed little diva bro be in trouble?

Last episode we learned important things: Devin is dumb and loud about it. Brittany is both a fine swinger and swigger (yay, wine!). Paola is just horrible at games, and maybe thinking too. And now, because his eviction nominees won the challenge, former co-HOH Frankie is vulnerable to a possible eviction. Frankie is also vulnerable to a deep shampooing by me, because that streak of purple highlighter in his coif is still killing me. Let's get with the recappin'. 

8:03: Caleb reminds us that he's "the country boy" -- If there's another reality show with contestants who are more than proud to identify as boring archetypes, I don't know it -- and is still HOH this week because his nominees, Donny and Paola, lost their match against Christine and Victoria. Donny realizes his fate looks grim and notes that it's "pretty darn scary." Donny is pretty darn folksy, isn't he? Even when he's talking about how "the young people in the house" are nice to him, he remains quaint as hell as tears fall from his face. Too bad emotions are the true enemy of the "Big Brother" house. You're failing me, Donny!

8:08: Devin is giddy as hell that Donny is still up for elimination, as he has invented some bizarre paranoid theory/fantasy about how diabolical Donny is. "I think he's a great actor!" Devin says confidently as Donny weeps an incredible geyser of real tears. Yeah, Devin. Donny must be method or something. 

8:11: In a terrible development, Nicole (not my favorite) and Christine (my favorite) believe in ghosts. Nicole, who has a wide-eyed Babs Bunny face like Aaryn from last year, is shrieking about a ghost in her darkened bedroom -- which is interesting considering this is not a real house. It's actually the set of a TV show that is recreated every single year. I feel like ghosts would show up on the monitors, you know? But I'm afraid of what this news will do to Nicole, who is screaming and basically hurling gallons of Ectoplasm at the floor. She believes, y'all. 

8:14: Donny goes to bed and Caleb proudly announces that he believes Donny is an ex-military member, since we're in full conspiracy territory with this guy. Devin agrees because Devin is in the mood to believe anything. Frankie, suddenly, is the voice of reason. "Devin believes Donny is a super-soldier," he tells us, before mocking his theories. "Is he Justin Bieber in a beard? Is he Lady Gaga's new character?" Rarely do voices of reason look like troll dolls with bejeweled navels. "Expect the unexpected," I murmur in my best sinister Chenbot drone.

8:15: Sorry, "Extant" is a horrible title.

8:18: Donny, in bed across the room from Devin, finds himself saying things like, "Uh, no, I'm not in the military. Sometimes I just wear camouflage. I'm pretty sweet! Are you OK? Are you crying, Devin?" Not exactly that, but close. Devin confesses to us that he feels bad if he has somehow maligned Donny, and then I remember that Devin is a gigantic, military-looking dude who could clearly dominate Donny no matter what. What is going on here. 

8:20: Caleb, the remaining HOH, assigns the first Have Nots of the season. He is wearing tiny pink shorts, and as a credited TV critic with a shrewd, incisive sense of quality programming, I will tell you I LIKEZ DEM SHORTZ. He picks Hayden, Joey, Brittany, and Cody, and it turns out the new Have Not room is no place for pink shorts: It is a frozen, icy room teeming with glacier-like furniture. Even the Have Not food is frozen in popsicle form. I would love it if Madonna's "Frozen" were constantly playing, but "Big Brother" is not as cool as my dreams.

8:24: Joey tries to make her all-girl alliance happen, and gorgeous Leona Lewis doppelganger Amber smirks a bit knowing she has something of an alliance with the gents. I'm worried for Joey. Her efforts seem to be alienating her. I like this girl! She recycled once. 

8:26: Well, turns out I'm exactly right: Caleb learns about Joey's efforts and immediately pegs her as a threat. She needs to dye her blue hair pink this instant and hide in Frankie's doll pompadour because she just became the only real "target" in the house. 

8:29: Weirdly, Joey tells Devin of her failed attempt to form an all-girl alliance. She assumes that guilelessness is a good idea. Devin immediately tells us that she's "the worst player in 'Big Brother' history" because she gave up on her own master plan and dared to be honest about it. OK, I'll grant that she might've made a mistake, but Devin shouldn't be so cocky. He sounds like every ninth-place nothing who ever sat with Julie Chen to lament how he overthought the game. He may as well wear a Nick Uhas t-shirt and try romancing GinaMarie for relevance.

8:32: For the veto competition, Caleb, Paola, and Donny find themselves up against Zach, Cody, and Victoria. Save her, that's a lot of "Bomb Squad" going on. Also, this marks the first time I've heard the words "Zach and Cody" pieced together this season. Let's hope a "Suite Life" alliance is in the very near future.

8:34: Ohhhhh, this veto competition. It's called "Miami Lice," and everybody is clothed in pastel-colored suits and jumping into a gigantic bathtub to retrieve letters from -- oh yes -- fake hair. Lice! Miami! Miami Lice. "I need to win this," Donny tells us. "Or I may be going home. Maybe they think I'm smarter than I let on. [Long pause.] I'm not." Later he admits that he's purposely going slowly so that he can "keep his thoughts." Apparently Donny has a medical condition where thoughts spill from his brain when he moves too quickly. The More You Know.

8:38: The object is to collect enough letters from the hairy muck that you can spell a long word. The longest word wins the veto competition. Zach, unsurprisingly, has the best strategy: Because you're only allowed to retrieve the letters one at a time, he stashes a bunch in an easy-to-access, but secret part of the pool so that he always has a place to grab one.

8:40: Time runs out and Zach clocks in with a seven-letter word, "WARNING." Please cherish this morsel of pseudoo-literacy because Oh. My. God: Caleb, Cody, and Victoria reveal their answers and they all turn out to be misspelled or under-spelled long words. And they didn't think to reorder their letters into a smaller acceptable word either. Just wonderful. And bigger Oh My God -- Paola came up with "CALTORU." Yes, CALTORU. "I was trying to spell 'calculators!'" she explained. You sure were, honey. 

8:45: Donny reveals his answer after a dramatic break and it's "SPLITTERS." He wins! Hooray! What the hell is a splitter? Oh well! Hooray! All that non-military training has really come in handy. 

8:48: Joey realizes -- somberly -- that she's only houseguest who sticks out as a possible replacement nominee. Caleb tells her that she, indeed, got caught trying to plot against him. He pretends to be placated by her honesty. Honesty is the least reassuring thing in "Big Brother." We'll have to see how much she really saved herself. Cue "Big Brother" voiceover: "IS JOEY COMPOST OR WILL CALEB FIND A WAY TO RECYCLE HER?"

8:55: Donny saves himself (in his kindly prospector coo). Caleb doesn't flinch and throws Joey on the block. Ugh. Of course. "I don't know what's going on in that blue head of yours," he says of Joey in the diary room. I actually laugh out loud. This is the true tragedy of the episode. 

So, who's going home? Paola (who is worthless and should go home as payback for the similar-ish GinaMarie making it all the way to final two last year) or Joey? Seems like the latter to me. 

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Tom Cruise in "Collateral"

Credit: DreamWorks Studios

On the digital legacy of Michael Mann's 'Collateral' nearly 10 years later

How long did it take the Academy's cinematography branch to catch up?

If you're interested in an anniversary conversation that really has some bearing on today's film industry, I highly recommend American Cinematographer's recent chat with "Collateral" DP Dion Beebe. It's been nearly a decade (if you can believe it) since Beebe and Paul Cameron carved out a serious place for digital with that film, earning an American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) nomination in the process. It got me thinking about the history of the industry's acceptance of digital as reflected in the nominations handed out by both the ASC and Academy's cinematography branch over the last 10 years.

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'Enlisted' fans to Yahoo: Why not a 'Community'/'Enlisted' double feature?

“Enlisted” fans to Yahoo: Why not a “Community”/“Enlisted” double feature?
“Enlisted” fans are campaigning to get the Fox military sitcom rescued by Yahoo in the wake of Monday’s “Community” pickup.

 

Carol Kane headed to “Gotham"
She’ll play the mother of Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin.


“Full House” stars reunited today for Dave Coulier’s wedding
The 54-year-old Coulier’s new wife, Melissa Bring, was about 4 years old when “Full House” premiered.


Disney princesses get a “Orange is the New Black” makeover
Graphic designer Maya Bayley also did an “OITNB” makeover for Prince Eric from “The Little Mermaid."


Did the New York Post help get “Seinfeld” canceled?
Jerry Seinfeld was reportedly upset by the Post’s plans in 1997 to run the results of an informal poll on whether the sitcom should be canceled. The poll ran 50-50. PLUS: Watch a 1-hour “Seinfeld” documentary on how it all began.


Monica Lewinsky sat down with Nat Geo because she thought it was a very respectful brand
Lewinsky also felt comfortable filming her "The ‘90s: The Last Great Decade?” interview because she was working with a British production team.


WGN America will promote “Manhattan” on the 4th of July with a “Manhattan Project” special
“The Manhattan Project: Beyond the Bomb” will delve into the 1940s Los Alamos, New Mexico world the atomic bomb drama is set in hopes of making the show interesting to viewers who might be turned off.


The Weather Channel boasts that it preempts regular programming for storm coverage
As Dennis Mersereau points out, "The Weather Channel took 20 seconds out of every other commercial break  yesterday to brag that they'd preempted programming to talk about the weather, because we live in a world where The Weather Channel has to use  advertising time to tell its viewers that it's going to talk about the weather.”


CBS’ “Extant” was discovered last year thanks to a scriptwriting contest
Creator Mickey Fisher’s script’s journey to Steven Spielberg happened via the TrackingB TV Pilot Contest, where his script was a finalist.


Why adding a male to “The View” is a terrible idea
You can get the male opinion everywhere else, and adding a man to a woman’s show will only make the show all about gender politics.


Is a “Reading Rainbow” app a good idea?
The problem is there are already many reading apps out there, and they are all tough to evaluate.


Watch the “Blossom” cast, reunited
Here’s a preview of the cast reunion, 20 years later.


“Bachelorette” No. 1 Trista Sutter is jealous that current “Bachelorettes” get to travel the world
"They get to go on much better trips!” she says. "I went to Seattle and Cabo and Sedona. And now (they’re) going to Marseilles and Paris and Venice...They travel the world."


“Mulaney's" John Mulaney is getting married, but producer Lorne Michaels won't be in attendance
Former “SNL” writer and Fox sitcom star John Mulaney is getting married this weekend, with his co-stars expected to attend.


Edie Falco had mixed feelings about “Nurse Jackie’s” drug storyline
“Originally,” she says, "the drugs were not a part of her story, and I had all kinds of mixed feelings about it. But I thought if it was gonna be about her drug addiction, then it’s gotta be portrayed in a way that feels real to me. I wanted to depict my experience of addiction. Not my own, per se, but certainly my experience with addictions in the lives of people I know and love.”


College student paying $3,250 to hang with Robin Wright on the “House of Cards” set
Andi Benson, 23, won the set visit via a charity auction.


“Arrow” gets a Hong Kong handler
Karl Yune will join the CW series as Oliver’s handler.


Adult Swim is giving away a “China, IL” shower curtain
It’s drawn by creator Brad Neely.


Andy Cohen recalls the time Obama announced Osama bin Laden’s death just before “Watch What Happens Live”
It’s the one show he wishes could be erased existence.


Larenz Tate fights crime in BET’s “Gun Hill”
Tonight’s BET original movie is a bit problematic.


“Breaking Bad’s” RJ Mitte honored by the Starlight Children’s Foundation
He’ll receive the inaugural Inspiration Award.


Yes, “Bet On Your Baby” is a real show
The ABC game show is like “The Newlywed Game,” but with babies.


Anna Faris looks just like her real mom
The “Mom” star posted a childhood photo of her being held by her mother.


Coming to Comic-Con: “Big Bang Theory," “Supernatural,” “Mike Tyson Mysteries,” “Arrow,” “The Vampire Diaries”
The WBTV's contingent also includes “The Originals” and “The 100,” as well as “iZombie.”

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Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea sets record for a female rapper on the pop charts with 'Fancy'

Who else is making Hot 100 moves?

Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, has set the record for the longest tenure at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by a female rapper.

Her breakthrough hit spend its sixth week at No. 1, passing Lil Kim’s 5 weeks at the top as part of the collective that remade “Lady Marmalade” in 2001 for “Moulin Rouge.” Given her comments at the BET Awards on Sunday night, we’re sure Nicki Minaj is gnashing her teeth over the news.

Magic’s “Rude” moves 3-2, which means Azalea’s other major hit, her feature on “Problems” by Ariana Grande, will likely be locked out of the top spot after spending five weeks at No. 2. Billboard predicts that “Rude” will likely topple “Fancy” from the top spot.

Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” moves to No. 4, while Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” stays at No. 5. (“Latch,” hIs song with Dispatch climbs to No. 11).

As for the bottom half of the Top 10, the song remains the same: Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle,” featuring Snoop Dogg at No. 6, John Legend’s “All of Me” at No. 7, Calvin Harris’ “Summer” at No. 8, DJ Snake and Lil John’s “Turn Down For What” at No. 9 and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” at No. 10.

 

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Scott Derrickson has already found a perfect Doctor Strange, but is Marvel ready?
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Scott Derrickson has already found a perfect Doctor Strange, but is Marvel ready?

It's time to introduce a little more color to the Marvel movie universe

Short version: let's see Marvel add some different shades to the Marvel movie universe.

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'Reading Rainbow' Kickstarter ends with $6.4 million and a record 105,846 donors

“Reading Rainbow” Kickstarter ends with $6.4 million and a record 105,846 donors
The $6.4 million includes $1 million from Seth MacFarlane.


Sara Rue joins TV Land’s “Impaster”
The “Less than Perfect” alum will play the assistant to Michael Rosenbaum’s fake gay pastor in a new small town.


1960s “Batman” stars Adam West and Burt Ward will reunite at Comic-Con
West, 85, and the 68-year-old Ward -- along with “Catwoman” Julie Newmar -- will promote the Blu-ray and DVD release of their entire “Batman” series.

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