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<p>Enlisted</p>

Enlisted

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Season finale review: 'Enlisted' - 'Alive Day'

Pete rallies the troops to honor Sgt. Major Cody, but will this be the end?

A quick review of the final FOX episode of "Enlisted" coming up just as soon as I try to save it with the rewind bit...

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<p>Pearl Jam&#39;s Eddie Vedder</p>

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder

Pearl Jam covers 'Let It Go' for one shining moment during 'Daughter'

It's all done now: Video

For a magnificent 40 seconds in time, Pearl Jam covered "Let It Go" from "Frozen."

The rockers slipped in the chorus during an extended jam of "Daughter" as part of their setlist on Friday in Milan, Italy.

You're welcome. And it's over now, we can all go home. "Let It Go" is finished now, as it is said in the scriptures.

[Stereogum]

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Review: 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' is new evolution of weirdest series around
Credit: Paramount Pictures

Review: 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' is new evolution of weirdest series around

And Mark Wahlberg doesn't even sing 'The Touch' one time

Here's the thing… you're going to read a lot of reviews of "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" that will exist primarily to give the critic writing the review a chance to entertain other critics. That drives me crazy. Even when a film is as over the top horrifyingly awful as, say, "Winter's Tale," I'll still try to engage with the material, because that's only fair. I may hate everything about it, but if I'm not willing to treat the film with the same level of scrutiny that I treat everything else, then why bother writing about it?

The "Transformers" series so far is, by far, one of the strangest giant franchises in production. I've reviewed all of the films, and I think they are genuinely worthy of examination, not only in the context of Michael Bay's career, but also within the framework that the films have created for these stories. The first film is probably the easiest one to like. It was a fairly clever concept to hang the entire thing on the story of a boy and his first car, which just happens to turn out to be an intergalactic warrior robot who is part of a war that has found its way to Earth. The film is really, really busy, and the story tries so hard that it gets irritating, but it benefits from a handful of solid comic performances and a sense that there is something awesome about these giant shape-shifting mechanical creatures. The second film…

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E! 'Men of the Strip' reality star dies of possible suicide

E! “Men of the Strip" reality star dies of possible suicide
Nate Estimada, a 24-year-old male stripper known as “The Midnight Cowboy,” may have intentionally driven his car off a cliff last Wednesday.


“Orphan Black” creators explain that big twist
Co-creator Graeme Manson says the twist has been in the works “since near the end of last season and really over the break between Season 1 and Season 2.” PLUS: Which “Orphan Black” star heard the news at the last minute?, Tatiana Maslany on the twist, and why there was too much of Maslany’s brilliance this season.


Lena Dunham: "Joan Rivers is truly the only rivalry I would entertain starting…”
But, Dunham tweeted, "she'd enjoy it too much :( peace and love peace and love.”


“Nathan For You’s” Dumb Starbucks logo fools a Fox affiliate
Oakland’s KTVU, which last year fell victim to Asiana pilot names prank, used the “Dumb Starbucks” logo Friday night in a report about Starbucks’ rising prices.


Katie Couric weds
"So excited to make my debut as Mrs. John Molner!” Couric tweeted.


“Sherlock” could last “for a very long time” thanks to its unique format
Says Steven Moffat: “Had we done the conventional form of a TV series which is to do runs of six or twelve, it would be over by now without doubt, it would be finished. Because (the cast) would never again commit that amount of time that regularly to a TV show, they just wouldn’t, why would they? But given the strange form of Sherlock which is every two-and-a-half years we get together and we make three, means that it can go on for a very long time.”


Watch Mira Sorvino in BBC America’s “Intruders” trailer
The drama also starring "Doctor Who" alum John Simm premieres Aug. 23.


“The Voice” releases its 1st promo with Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams
The new promo is backed by Stefani’s “Holla Back” track.


Matt LeBlanc: Before “Homeland,” Damian Lewis auditioned to star in “Episodes”
Turns out Lewis was up for the Stephen Mangan role.


“Dancing with the Stars” alum Hope Solo arrested for domestic violence
The soccer player allegedly beat her sister, but her attorney she was the victim in the altercation.


“19 Kids and Counting” star Jill Duggar weds, kisses her husband for the 1st time
Duggar and her new husband kissed for the first time after completing their marriage vows.

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10 reasons we used to love watching 'True Blood'

10 reasons we used to love watching 'True Blood'

Michelle Forbes, the promise of Evan Rachel Wood, nudity and more

Do your remember when you couldn't wait to watch "True Blood" every Sunday night? When Alan Ball's follow up to "Six Feet Under" was the campy, over-the-top fantasy melodrama everyone needed so we'd forget we had one more year of George Bush? That seems oh, so long ago, doesn't it?

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<p>Orphan Black</p>

Orphan Black

Credit: BBC America

Season finale review: 'Orphan Black' - 'By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried'

Everyone tries to rescue Sarah and Kira, but are there more clones to discover?

Some thoughts on the "Orphan Black" season finale — but really on season 2 as a whole — coming up just as soon as I get this pencil through that piece of paper...

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20 stars we want to see at Comic-Con 2014: Kevin Hart, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt

20 stars we want to see at Comic-Con 2014: Kevin Hart, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt

Are we dreaming to even suggest Meryl Streep?

Comic-Con 2014 is just around the corner and that means big stars are heading down to San Diego.  Last year the venerable genre event had arguably more famous faces on hand than ever before. Granted, the entire cast of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" flying in helped (three Oscar winners and three other nominees among that group people), but Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Harrison Ford ("Ender's Game"), Jennifer Lawrence and the "Catching Fire" crew, Peter Dinklage and the "Game of Thrones" cast, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Vin Diesel, Andrew Garfield, the "Walking Dead" cast and, oh yeah, Metallica made the four-day fest somewhat historic.

2015 is shaping up as thought it may rival its predecessor.  There is always the chance that Marvel will bring the mighty "Avengers" cast back to energize the Comic-Con for next May's "Age of Ultron," Sony Pictures may have a "Sinister Six" to reveal, a "Lost" reunion could be in the works and Warner Bros. may introduce the "Justice League" to the world.  Plus, there are a ton of other panels that could find some of your favorite stars returning or visiting Comic-Con for the first time.

With all that in mind, check out the embedded gallery for 20 stars we'd be incredibly excited to see gracing the stages at Comic-Con this year.

Are you heading to Comic-Con next month? Is there a movie or TV panel you're most interested in hearing about? Let us know in the comments section.

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<p>I&#39;m almost sure we won&#39;t see this in &#39;Episode VIII,&#39; but it&#39;s still awesome.</p>

I'm almost sure we won't see this in 'Episode VIII,' but it's still awesome.

Credit: 20th Century Fox/Lucasfilm Ltd.

Rian Johnson directing 'Episode VIII' is a sign of the thinking behind the 'Star Wars' series

So who should end up in the chair for 'Episode IX'

The announcement of Rian Johnson as the writer/director of "Star Wars Episode VIII" is exciting for a number of reasons, not least of which is because it indicates something about the way Lucasfilm views the sequel trilogy.

If I were to guess, I would say Marvel isn't going to hire many more writer/directors in the future, even if James Gunn and Joss Whedon both crush it with "Guardians Of The Galaxy" and "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." The fall-out from the "Ant-Man" situation has been fairly brutal, and while I'm curious to see what Peyton Reed and Adam McKay make of the project they're inheriting, the loss of the Edgar Wright version is just plain going to sting.

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<p>Michael Keaton in &quot;Birdman&quot;</p>

Michael Keaton in "Birdman"

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Is 'Birdman' a one-shot 'magic trick' that could win Chivo Lubezki his second Oscar in a row?

The 'Gravity' cinematographer better not have gotten tired of the awards circuit just yet

After landing nomination after nomination without a win, cinematographer Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki finally claimed an Oscar a few months ago for his jaw-dropping work on Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity." But it wasn't just the technical prowess of the accomplishment that landed him that spotlight, conceiving of new technology to tell the story Cuarón wanted to tell and making it all work so well with the visual effects on display. It was also the drawn-out, patient takes, which Lubezki and Cuarón had been playing with ever since "Y Tu Mamá También" over a decade ago. All of that went toward an identifiable style that became the visual trademark of the movie, and the result was a much-deserved Oscar. But if the word on Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" is true, then Lubezki could very well be in line for his second in a row.

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Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith and Linkin Park open big on next week's album chart

What happens with Jennifer Lopez's 'A.K.A.?'


Next week proves to be a big week for debuts in the Billboard 200 top 10 as Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith, and Linkin Park all top the 100,000 mark.

Though Smith’s “In The Lonely Hour” is coming on strong, heading into the weekend, Del Rey’s “Ultraviolence” has a good lead on the British newcomer, as the chanteuse’s second full-length album is on target to sell up to 190,000 copies and bow at No. 1. “Hour”is looking good for 160,000 and No. 2, but with the chart not closing until Sunday night, there could be a weekend surprise.

Linkin Park’s latest, “The Hunting Party,” will slide into six figures, selling as many as 110,000 copies in its opening frame to enter at No. 3.

Also bowing in the top 10: Willie Nelson’s “Band of Brothers” make a high debut for the troubadour, landing at No. 6 (40,000); Jennifer Lopez’s “A.K.A.” at No. 8 (32,000) and Deadmau5’s  “While (1<2)” at No. 10 (30,000).

Lopez’s low sales numbers are the shocker as both “A.K.A.” and Mariah Carey’s latest, “Me. I Am Mariah…the Elusive Chanteuse,” came in with some of the weakest first week numbers of the singers’ careers. Whether they aren’t connecting with their fan base or are trying too hard—and missing— by seeking younger fans, there’s a disconnect going on in both cases.

As far as the returning titles, “Frozen” hangs in there at No. 4 (45,000), Miranda Lambert’s former chart topper, “Platinum” at No. 5 (40,000), Jack White’s “Lazaretto” at No. 7 (32,000), and “Now That’s What I Call Music 50” at No. 9 (30,000).

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Netflix’s Watchowski sci-fi series 'Sense8' adds 'Lost’s' Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah and 12 other cast members

Netflix’s Watchowski sci-fi series “Sense8” adds “Lost’s” Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah and 12 other cast members
The 10-episode series is described as “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted."


Ryan Murphy: “Glee” is going back to its roots in Season 6
“I’m sort of reinvigorated about it,” he says. "It’s getting back to what I was initially interested in with the show, which was arts in school. The last season is really about the importance of arts education in our high schools… I think people will like it.”


Stephen King on writing the “Under the Dome” Season 2 premiere: I was jealous of George R.R. Martin
"I knew that George R.R. Martin had written a few episodes of 'Game of Thrones,' and I was very jealous,” admits King, who adds: "It's a no-lose situation. If it's good, I just say it was based on my work. If it's bad, I just say, 'Well, that wasn't my idea.'"


Mary Steenburgen's “OITNB” role revealed
She’ll play mom to Pornstache.


Where did “True Blood” go wrong?
As the HBO series returns for its final season, Rolling Stone pinpoints how a hit show lost its way in the 2nd half of Season 2? As Scott Neumyer writes, “'True Blood' is barely recognizable from what it was when former showrunner Alan Ball first brought the vampire tale to TV. Bill and Sookie seem about as far from each other as two characters could possibly be.” PLUS: "True Blood” boss promises heads are going to roll this season, how “True Blood” is like high school, and a political history of “True Blood."


Jenny McCarthy’s e-cigarette ad disappears after it was featured in a U.S. Senate hearing
A senator used “The View” star puffing on an e-cig "as an example of Big Tobacco’s return to using sex, celebrity and glamour to get teens to try nicotine,” according to Politico.


“Bob Burgers’” home value: $796,446?
A fan of the Fox animated comedy has created a “Home Valuation Infographic” to come up with that figure.


What are your favorite Gym-watching shows?
Some shows are great for watching while working out, like “SVU” and “NCIS.”


Watch all 169 death from “Game of Thrones” Season 4
According to Digg, there have been 5,348 deaths total on the series. PLUS: How George R.R. Martin ended up on "Gay of Thrones."


Will ABC find success with “Rising Star”?
The Israeli-based singing competition has found success as being an “Idol” alternative.


ESPN’s “SportsCenter” to unveil a “future-proof” expensive new studio on Sunday
The new set, including a 6,200-square-foot primary studio, will be a lot looser, a lot more on-the-fly, and we will have a lot of laughs,” says co-anchor Steve Levy.


Conan O’Brien: "The biggest difference is how much social media has changed the DNA of what I do”
Conan says his strengths of reacting and improvising while shooting remote pieces are well suited to the social media world.


An appreciation of Pamela from “Louie”
"Pamela may be a f*cked-up female character,” says Jillian Mapes, "but everyone on Louie has their neuroses, and she’s certainly no Manic Pixie Dream Girl.”


Here’s what former MTV VJ Jesse Camp looks like now
Camp joined MTV 16 years ago, yet he’s only 34.


Here are “Orange is the New Black” stars on “Law & Order”
Just about every cast member of “OITNB” has done time on “L&O”


“Falling Skies” returns for Season 4 with “Empire Strikes Back” as its model
“There's something compelling about having your heroes separated, cordoned off from each other, and then you find yourself as an audience yearning for their reunion,” says new showrunner David Eick.


Spike TV’s “Frankenfood” creates hybrid monstrosities out of food
Contestants on this reality show premiering Sunday will create dishes such as spaghetti with peanut butter.


BBC America’s “The Musketeers” is beautifully filmed and deceptively modern
The latest BBC adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas classic feels in its opening like a show from the ‘60s or ‘70s.


“Orphan Black” embodies the female gaze better than anything else on TV
The focus is usually on female desire.


Will the “Saved by the Bell” biopic include Neil Patrick Harris' set visits, Screech bedding 2,000 women?
Dustin Diamond’s 2009 “Behind the Bell” memoir, which will be used for the Lifetime “unauthorized” film, makes a lot of wild claims.


Rainn Wilson serves up “Kid President: Declaration of Awesome”
The Hub series, premiering Saturday stars YouTube’s 10-year-old Robby Novak, AKA Kid President.


BBC America’s “Almost Royal” is the latest show to trick Americans with fake British royalty
The fake royals visits on this comedy, which premieres Saturday, includes a meeting of the Tea Party.


On TNT’s “The Last Ship,” Michael Bay’s explosion-filled eye candy is good enough
"Whatever you might think of Michael Bay at least there's a clarity to what he does. Boom. Stuff blows up,” says Tim Goodman. "That's not a terrible strategy for summer television programming.” PLUS: It’s a dystopian thriller for optimists, the one-dimensional characters and action movie cliché dialogue are “The Last Ship’s” drawbacks, Eric Dane says all the money wasn’t blown on the pilot, and Michael Bay says "This was a really cinematic idea, and was right up my alley."

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<p>Corb Lund</p>

Corb Lund

Credit: New West

Exclusive: Corb Lund plus Sun Studio equals 'Hair In My Eyes Like a Highland Steer'

Injecting rockabilly into your weekend

Corb Lund and his band the Hurtin' Albertans had only two days in Sun Studio, but it's obvious from this new release they made good use of the hours.

"Counterfeit Blues" is the result, the country and rockabilly band roaring through songs culled from seven previous albums and more. Playing together with the same guys for more than 10 years probably helped the live-performance recording process.

"Partly because we know the songs inside out and have played them live a thousand times and partly because recording at Sun is a very old fashioned, low-tech process that ends up sounding really great if you can pull it off," Lund said in statement about the studio that housed Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and others you could call Lund's forebears.

The sharp groove of "Hair In My Eyes Like a Highland Steer" (originally out in 2005 on the album by the same name) pokes out to me most, with Lund's yodel and devilishly smart arrangement. You can check out the exclusive premiere of that above.

"Counterfeit Blues" is out as a CD/DVD set (and digital, and on vinyl) in the U.S. on July 1. Sit in wait for a full album stream next week.

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