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Hulu won't rescue 'Community'

Hulu won't rescue “Community”
Hulu, seen as the only viable option for resurrecting the canceled NBC comedy, has abandoned talks for a 6th season, according to TV Line. But Sony Pictures Television hasn’t given up looking for a new home for “Community."

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Queen Elizabeth II visits 'Game of Thrones’' Iron Throne

Queen Elizabeth II visits “Game of Thrones’” Iron Throne
The Queen was greeted by several cast members during her visit to the Belfast, Northern Ireland set of the HBO series, including Lena Headey, Kit Harrington and Sophie Turner. The Queen did not, however, sit on the throne.

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Why 'Rising Star’s' live voting gimmick is flawed

Why “Rising Star’s” live voting gimmick is flawed
The interactive element doesn’t really give viewers a sense of connection to the show. PLUS: “Rising Star,” explained.

Lorraine Toussaint: I had a non-nudity rider in my “OITNB” contract, but I changed my mind
Toussaint talks about ultimately deciding to disrobe and show off her 50-something figure: "Well, this is what age does to you, and my darn sense of truthfulness and commitment to a character. I looked at that thing every which way to see, how can I camouflage it? How can I not show my tits? How can I not do this naked?” PLUS: 27 things revealed at “OITNB” press day.

Michelle Obama: My daughters watch E!
In promoting the National Summer Learning Day Fair in an E! interview, the First Lady said: "It's important. You guys have a viewership that needs to hear about this stuff. I know my kids like to watch you guys. "They're listening to you!"

Lisa Vanderpump returning to “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”
There had been speculation she wouldn’t be back for Season 5.

“24: Live Another Day” has been sensational with its focus on the “drone menace”
"The drone menace that drives this season's destruction machine turns out to be a far more provocative, morally complex delivery system than one might have expected of a show with this rightward rah-rah reputation,” says James Wolcott.

Ross Matthews will likely stay at E!, but “Hello Ross!” is likely done
Matthews’ Chelsea Handler-produced talk show looks like it’s going to end after two seasons, according to The Wrap. But because Russ just signed a two-year talent deal with E!, he’ll likely continue his other duties on the red carpet and on E! News.

Sitcoms promote a cynical view of love, university researchers find
University of Michigan researchers found that shows like “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Big Bang Theory” are more likely to have fans who don’t believe in the mushier aspects of love and romance.

“Game of Thrones” has boosted Northern Ireland’s economy
About 75% of the HBO series is filmed in Northern Ireland, which is why Queen Elizabeth II is visiting the set this week.

Meet the voices of the “Peanuts” specials
Here are interviews with the voice actors and actresses who’ve played the various Sally’s and Lucy’s in “Peanuts” specials.

TNT creates a pop-up “The Last Ship” art gallery
“Survival is an Art: The ‘Last Ship’ Experience” was a one-day event in NYC.

“Sherlock” competing as a TV movie is one of the many Emmy ballot oddities
Another oddity: Damian Lewis competing as a “Homeland” lead after appearing in a few episodes in Season 3.

CeeLo Green now starring on “The Good Life” on TBS
Cameras follow as CeeLo reunites with the Goodie Mob.

Borscht Belt veteran comic Freddie Roman joins Amazon’s Jewish country club comedy pilot
He’ll co-star with Paul Reiser, Jennifer Grey and Richard Kind in “Red Oaks."

Watch Howard Stern’s 60th birthday bash, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and featuring a slew of celebrities
David Letterman, Lena Dunham, Jimmy Fallon, David Spade, Seth Meyers, and Lorne Michaels were among those who paid tribute to the shock jock in January.

HBO’s “The Case Against 8” tells the story of how California’s gay marriage ban was overturned
Tonight’s documentary was a hit at Sundance.

Steve Rossi of “Ed Sullivan Show” staple Allen & Rossi dies
Rossi, 82, was also a regular on Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show” and “The Merv Griffin Show.”

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<p>Robin Thicke in &quot;Get Her Back&quot;</p>

Robin Thicke in "Get Her Back"

Yes, Robin Thicke's music videos have always been bad: 'Get Her Back' and more

R&B singer's play to win back wife Paula Patton may recall many of his other offenses

Robin Thicke released his new music video for "Get Her Back" today, which has everybody abuzz with a similar sentiment: um, what a creep.

The singer is shirtless, with waves of ghostly lady-figures haunting his narration. "I never should have raised my voice or made you feel so small / I never should have asked you to do anything at all," he sings at his now-estranged wife Paula Patton, for whom he's made this song, this video and his entire album -- I kid you not -- "Paula." His face is bleeding and texts fly across the screen.

"I made an album for you."

"I don't care."

"This is just the beginning..."

Girl, change your number.

While the brazen attempt to "get her back"  is bold at the very least, there are a few issues that come up in this A/V adventure that have been repeated in Thicke's YouTube playlist. The R&B star has been offending the senses in a myriad of ways in the past decade, and sometimes in the same ways.

Let's dive in, starting with this one:

I have confuse. Did they get into a physical fight? Is it an allegorical fight that's wearing domestic violence as its trade in barbs? Whatever the implication, the crooner is crying and shirtless but otherwise motionless, as bare women's arms swipe across his unclothed chest, an invitation to the notion, "I can see how Thicke sexiness would be a problem in this monogamous relationship, 'mrite?" then high-five your neighbor.

If these texts are real, then he's airing some of his own seriously dirty laundry and -- what's the word? -- embarrassing her yet again with them. If they're not real, then you're courting drama, mama. At least Shia LaBeauf took on visitors when he said #ImSorry.

"Blurred Lines": Might as well open this old wound now. Thicke and his merry band of gray-zoned boners beam as mostly-naked ladies put on a little show for them. The good girls' infantilism mingles easily with sexual positions, which director Diane Martel described as "it’s very, very funny and subtly ridiculing... It also forces the men to feel playful and not at all like predators." Lol, satire, and as Thicke put it to GQ, "What a pleasure it is to degrade women."

There's intention, and then there's perception.

"Do It 2 U": Thicke must get tired easily because here he is, cooling his heels, as hundreds of women spin around him. Using black women's bodies as sexualized props and accessories is no new feat, but step squads, cheerleading teams and other dance troupes of a certain persuasion are used to literally celebrate Robin Thicke and his featured artists.

"Feel Good": I like to think that Robin Thicke wears his bowtie untied because Robin Thicke doesn't know how to tie a bowtie and has hired a hoard of pantsless zombie lady-dancers wearing bowties to tie it for him.

"All Tied Up": After laying in a bed in a manner in which no woman ever lays in a bed even as she's come-hithering, notice how Thicke then gets the bed while she gets the floor. "Stroke my ego," indeed. Also, this video was made for $5 and a brassier from Anthropologie.

Amount of energy exerted by Thicke, other than what it must have taken him to lift his arms so his assistant could take his tank top off: zero. And a see-through lace swimsuit cover-up does not a pair of pants make.

"Pretty Lil' Heart": THE MAN LITERALLY HAS TO STAGGER AND THEN LAY DOWN ON THE GROUND. He is EXHAUSTED. Still, though, for ladies, this remains a pants-free zone. At least the monkey gets a shirt.

"Lost Without You": Ah, 2006, the first video Patton did with Thicke. This, the man who compliments his lady love by saying she's "the perfect weight." A man who sings while his wife tries to find a pair of pants, fails, then takes a shower.

"Love After War": Finally to what you could call the prequel to "Get Her Back." "Don't you love it when we fight?" he coos back when things were still fun in 2011, when the love affair with Beats was going strong and her clothes were long gone. "The beginning..." it warns at the end. "I never should have asked you to do anything at all..." echoing.

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Everybody will be back on 'American Idol' next season

Everybody will be back on “American Idol” next season
Ryan Seacrest wil be back for Season 14, along with judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. This is the first time since Season 11 that all the judges are returning.

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Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban set 'American Idol' Season 14 return
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Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban set 'American Idol' Season 14 return

Ryan Seacrest will also be back for next spring's tightened run

Confirming what we pretty much already knew, FOX announced on Monday afternoon that Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. will return as "American Idol" judges for next spring's 14th installment.

The network also cleared up the general lack of suspense surrounding Ryan Seacrest and his return. Short version? Yes. Ryan Seacrest will maintain his place as "American Idol" Designated Continuity. 

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USA-Portugal soccer sets record, 'Last Ship' draws big on Sunday
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USA-Portugal soccer sets record, 'Last Ship' draws big on Sunday

ESPN and Univision both get big audiences for key tie

The premiere of TNT's "The Last Ship" outdrew ABC's "Rising Star" launch on Sunday (June 22) night, but all other programming was overshadowed by the record-setting numbers for USA-Portugal soccer.

Yes, America. We love battleships and soccer simultaneously now.

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Review: 'Snowpiercer' is a bold and brilliant science-fiction vision
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Review: 'Snowpiercer' is a bold and brilliant science-fiction vision

A great cast knocks it out of the park in this one-of-a-kind thriller

One of the things that has been fascinating during the last 15 years of writing about films has been watching the way various genres or movements or international scenes have had their moment. One of the most exciting of those was the emergence of the new Korean cinema, and there were so many good movies and so many exciting filmmakers working all at once that it felt like something very special.

I have a particular fondness for the work of Bong Joon-ho, and I think he's managed to avoid being pigeonholed because of the way he's never really repeated himself as a filmmaker. My first exposure to his work was at the Fantasia Film Festival, where I saw "Barking Dogs Never Bite." Right away, I was drawn in by his kinetic sense and by the very human weaknesses of his characters. "Memories Of Murder," his next film, positively destroyed me. It's as rich and rewarding a crime movie as Fincher's "Zodiac," and it's also built on a foundation of frustration. When he made a monster movie with "The Host," what made it special was the way he also took the opportunity to comment on the dissolution of the modern Korean family. His last film, "Mother," defies any easy genre characterization, and it features maybe the strongest performance in any of his films so far.

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Kristen Bell is pregnant with her 2nd child

Kristen Bell is pregnant with her 2nd child
The “House of Lies” star is expecting Baby No. 2 with Dax Shepard.

Shark Week expands by 2 episodes
This year’s Shark Week will contain 13 episodes, up from last year's 11.

“Dallas” books Melinda Clarke as one of Bobby Ewing’s girlfriends from the original series
“The O.C.” alum will guest as Tracey McKay, who was played by Beth Toussaint during Seasons 12 and 13 of the original “Dallas.”

Disney XD orders “Pickle & Peanut” starring Jon Heder
The animated buddy comedy stars Heder as an emotional pickle and Johnny Pemberton as a freewheeling peanut.

Has Brian Williams jumped the shark?
The NBC News anchor-turned-rapped-turned-Don Rickles roaster seems to be more interested in comedy than news these days.

"The Legend of Korra” returns Friday
Watch a clip of the first episode of Season 3.

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Mark Wahlberg discusses how important 'Transformers' is to his kids
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Mark Wahlberg discusses how important 'Transformers' is to his kids

Plus we learn how 'Ted' got him ready for the giant robots

Hong Kong in the summer time is a whole different magnitude of hot and humid than I think I've ever experienced before. While I'm sorry we didn't end up doing the interviews for "Transformer: Age Of Extinction" outside where you could have seen more of the city, I get it. It was punishing weather, and I'm sure if you're Mark Wahlberg, you don't want to to spend six hours sitting in that while people ask you about working with giant robots.

I am an unabashed fan of Wahlberg, both as an on-screen presence and as a person. I think he's had a fascinating personal evolution over the last twenty years, and I love the way filmmakers have evolved their own thinking about how to cast him and what roles he fits. One of the best things that happened to him was when people realized that his earnestness can be wildly hilarious in the right context.

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Prince's 'Batman' and 13 other top soundtracks by one artist

Prince's 'Batman' and 13 other top soundtracks by one artist

"The Graduate," "Magnolia," and "Harold & Maude" also make the list

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the release of “Batman,” a movie that is much beloved by much of the Hitfix staff, not only for Tim Burton’s dystopian vision of Gotham, but for Prince’s outrageously dynamic soundtrack and Danny Elfman's ominous score.  Five years after Prince’s magnum opus, “Purple Rain”—and two years after the less-said-about-it-better “Under the Cherry Moon”—Prince’s songs for “Batman” became as synonymous with  the movie as Michael Keaton’s doleful Batman and Jack Nicholson’s over-the-top Joker.  Using Prince, who recorded for Warner Bros., provided nice synergy between the film studio and the record label.

Of course, by 1989, quite a few movies had featured soundtracks composed by one act:  Simon & Garfunkel and “The Graduate,” Curtis Mayfield and “Superfly,” and Bob Dylan and “Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid,” to name a few. Not only was Prince's soundtrack a perfect fit for the movie,  it was a commercial success, spending six weeks atop the Billboard 200 and selling more than 3 million copies in the U.S. alone.

Below are our top picks for best soundtracks by one artists.  A few caveats: While in some cases, the artist also wrote some of the score, we did not include score-only contributions; we also allowed for a little leeway if one or two songs by another artist was included in the soundtrack, as long as the overwhelming majority was by one artist (that’s why “Saturday Night Live” isn’t among our selections). We also didn’t include vehicles about the acts where they provided the score (like The Beatles’ “Hard Day’s Night”).

Check out our other "Batman" coverage:

25 Years Later: What Happened to the "Batman" cast and crew
Kris Tapley's homage to "Batman"
Our Favorite lines from "Batman" we can't stop quoting
From Batman to Joker: Which Actor Played These "Batman" Roles Best?

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Ed Sheeran

Album Review: Ed Sheeran's 'X' adds up to strong, confessional set

British singer/songwriter gets assist from Pharrell Williams and Rick Rubin

Ed Sheeran is a ginger Byron for the Millennial generation: he documents his alcohol-soaked misadventures in love with a dark vulnerability that seems to grasp that they are often doomed before they start. And yet, Sheeran goes back to dead-end road again and again looking for a different result, filled with optimism.

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