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Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black

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If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2014: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Will this be the year voters finally become aware that Tatiana Maslany exists?

The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots last week. Now that the ballots are out, it's time for our annual two-pronged experiment, in which Dan tries to predict the likeliest nominees in each major category, while I pretend that I'm an actually TV Academy member and pick the six nominees that would make me the happiest.

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Season finale review: 'Fargo' - 'Morton's Fork'

Malvo wreaks havoc, Lester tries to escape, and the story concludes

A review of the "Fargo" finale coming up just as soon as I get my air rifle...

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NBC to counter ABC’s 'Rising Star's" debut with a special 'America’s Got Talent' and Guinness world record stunts

NBC to counter ABC’s “Rising Star's" debut with a special “America’s Got Talent” and Guinness world record stunts
“AGT” will get a special airing on Sunday in an attempt to thwart the ABC singing competition — and “AGT” will include Howie Mandel-hosted interstitials featuring Guinness World Record attempts in fire diving and jumping over moving cars.

“Rizzoli & Isles” boss: Writing out Lee Thompson Young was "very daunting"
The first two episodes of Season 5 pay tribute to the late actor’s character, Det. Barry Frost.

PBS to add a 30-minute version of “Sesame Street”
The shortened “Sesame” aims to capture the short attention span of kids these days.

TV Land taps “Smallville’s” Michael Rosenbaum to play a man pretending to be a gay pastor
On “Impastor,” Rosenbaum will play a lowlife who hides away in a small town by convincing residents that he’s the new gay pastor.

Lena Headey was shocked by reaction to “Game of Thrones” “rape” scene
"I was kind of shocked by the reaction, actually, because the show is full of crimes against humanity,” she says, adding: "She wanted him. She’s saying ‘no' for many reasons. She’s saying ‘no' because of the f*cking pain of her loss—she can’t bear what she’s feeling. She was saying, 'No, no… not here,' but a lot of stuff was about how, right in that moment, she couldn’t bear to feel what she was feeling and wanted him to take some of that away.” PLUS: Headey wore an “I’m Not Sorry” shirt on Monday, Jaime raping Cersei was one of Season 4’s many problems, and Sarah McLachlan meets that dragon scene from the finale.

Donald Trump: “Awkward” Seth Meyers “shouldn’t be doing television”
Trump apparently is still not over being roasted by Meyers at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner.

Howard Stern show contest winner auditions for the shock again on “America’s Got Talent”
Comedian Rachel Butera already has a link to one of the judges, having won $5,000 on Stern’s Staff Impression Contest in 2010. UPDATE: Stern wasn't allowed to vote because of his connection to Butera.

“Mystery Girls” will feature a 3rd “Beverly Hills 90210” cast member
Peach Pit owner Joe E. Tata will reunite with Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth on their ABC Family series.

“NCIS: New Orleans” star: My husband filed for divorce to get a piece of my new salary
Zoe McClellan has been hit with divorce papers, and she claims her husband filed for divorce to get some of her $45,000-an-episode salary via child support payments, according to TMZ. McClellan is also battling her husband to move her son with her to New Orleans.

“Gunslingers” docudrama will feature commentary from Kurt Russell and “Deadwood” creator David Milch
American Heroes Channel’s six-part series will highlight a different figure from the past, from Jesse James to Wyatt Earp to Billy the Kid.

When did “miniseries” become a bad word?
Why are new terms like “event series” and “limited series” bandied about these days?

See more of “Mad Men's" Don Draper from one of his final scenes
Jon Hamm again is not wearing a suit. PLUS: Christina Hendricks pens “A Letter to Men."

Michelle Dockery: I’m not leaving “Downton Abbey”
"I’m here till the end, whenever that may be,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Where would J.Lo’s career be without “American Idol”?
Jennifer Lopez released her 8th studio album today, and she has reality TV to thank for her recent success.

“Fargo” burning finale questions
Tonight’s finale has so much to answer for, including: What happened to all the missing characters, from Stavros Milos to Wrench? PLUS: Rounding up the Easter eggs, and more Easter Eggs.

Here’s the 1st look at “Bachelor in Paradise”
How different is it from “Bachelor Pad”?

Count down the 50 best TV scenes from the last year
From “The Simpsons’” Lego episode to “Louie’s” plus-sized woman rant.

Give “Louie” credit for continuing to avoid being an ordinary sitcom
"I loved a lot of this season,” says James Poniewozik, "and I admired its effort not to be too cool, to risk taking itself too seriously, to take off its shirt and risk being laughed at and not with. I don’t want ‘Louie' to become ordinary–an artsier, looser version of a kind of dramedy that other shows are already doing–and I hope Louis CK doesn’t want that either.” PLUS: Louis CK cares too much about what we think.

Watch the  opening credits to IFC’s “Garfunkel and Oates”
Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci's musical comedy act comes to TV on Aug. 7.

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'Jersey Boys' stars marvel at Clint Eastwood's advice and their chance at big screen stardom

'Jersey Boys' stars marvel at Clint Eastwood's advice and their chance at big screen stardom

Rare opportunity for the stage veterans

NEW YORK - It goes without saying that Broadway actors are rarely able to reprise their roles in the movie versions of stage musicals they've starred in.  For every Anthony Rapp in "Rent," Rita Moreno in "West Side Story" or Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in "The Producers" there are countless other films that didn't even consider actors who played the same role on the stage.  Usually it's just too risky for Hollywood execs to fund a musical without some old fashioned movie starpower on board (it's still considered a risky proposition).   Don't tell that to Clint Eastwood, however.

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Album Review: Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' is this year's most promising debut

He backs up the hype with true talent

Sam Smith has already been declared the next big thing in his native U.K., where he has proved to be a superstar in the making. Will he similarly be able to conquer America with his debut full-length album, “In The Lonely Hour?” In a word, yes.

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Kesha on her 'Rising Star' expertise and on her 'really fun' new album

What she will bring to ABC's new singing reality show

Each of the “experts” — Kesha, Brad Paisley, and Ludacris — brings a different proficiency to their role on “Rising Star,” ABC’s new talent competition, which bows June 22.

Kesha has already decided where she fits in. She will represent “girls that like to have a good time and the gay boys,” she told HitFix on Monday at a “Rising Star” open house. “I think I’m going to bring the people who don’t give a f**k.”

“Rising Star” will rely on the experts, and host/expert Josh Groban, to mentor the contestants, who then perform in front of a wall. As viewers at home vote on whether the contestant should go on to the next level, the wall will either rise —if they get enough votes— or stay down. While the experts will get to vote, the fate of the contestants is in the hands of the at-home viewers and the results will be immediately known. To be able to vote, viewers can download the free “Rising Star” app here.

Kesha will continue to work on her third album over the duration of the 10-week summer series and she’s not concerned that her mentoring duties will affect that process.  “I work on music in my sleep, I worked on it from the minute I wake up until the minute I go to bed, I don’t think it will be hard,” she says.

As far as how that third album will sound, Kesha was playing it pretty close to the vest, but that she’s done everything from cover Bob Dylan to record with The Flaming Lips (in an album that seems to have been shelved at least for the moment, according to the Lips’ Wayne Coyne), it’s safe to say that she could surprise us all. And she’s counting on that.

The new album is “really fun and I love it,”she said. Declaring that the direction is “top secret,” she would allow that stylistically, fans shouldn’t be “too surprised if I come out with something kinda weird.”

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Review: 'Ultraviolence' by Lana Del Rey
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Review: 'Ultraviolence' by Lana Del Rey

You are an ashtray

Lana Del Rey has come a long way from her debut “Born to Die.” New “Ultraviolence” is legions more cohesive, conceptually stronger and packaged better than her scarlet starlets of 2011.

The improvements are still in want. Del Rey is wearing, again, the troubled, beautiful and bored persona for this experiential album, which upfront demands a certain suspension of reality. From psyche-lilting opener “Cruel World” to dead-eyed cover “The Other Woman,” “Ultraviolence” doesn’t so much get exhausted as it exhausts you on this lethargic fantasy. She and producer Auerbach need for you to go there, even as you side-eye the payoff.

Del Rey battles some of the tiresome tropes of fame (“Money Power Glory”) or the bitter backbiting (“Fucked My Way To The Top”) that have nipped at her heels during the last couple of years, during her rise to pop prominence, co-writing every song. But she does it in the most world-weary ways at times, with slurs and sighs and cartoonishishly lethargic composure. Her “Ultraviolence” characters are disillusioned and addicted to other misanthropes, as if she has no agency to fall out of love with the worst of them. (This is fine, by the way, until the self-mockery of “The Other Woman” breaks the will to breathe). The woozy anthems like “Sad Girl” are so pitiable, “Brooklyn Baby” so sarcastic, it makes it almost seems like she has skin in the game.

She has Auerbach making some lush choices to echo this culty purview, particularly with some guitar lines that hover over the mess like Del Rey’s reverb-dripping hum.  Pretending she can’t sing for the sake of “Pretty When You Cry” is helped by an equally janky arrangement; a Wah-wah pedal cries out over the angelic “Shades of Cool” like a maternity ward. Sharp co-writers and –producers like Daniel Heath and Greg Kurstin, snap onto the lyrical and sonic template with eerie accuracy. All the skeletons are out of the closets and arranged and organized so impeccably on the lawn. If only it hit a different note.

In the track-by-track review below, I try to highlight the finite differences.


“Cruel World”: Nearly 7 minutes baby babble with a Black Angels jam. Bibles and guns, women and fun (and heroin), Del Rey says that she’s “so happy now that you’re gone,” but can you believe the protagonist is capable of happiness? That may be exactly the point.

“Ultraviolence”: It’s too bad the best lyrics here – which summarize the story – are borrowed (“He hit me and it felt like a kiss”). This one is a grower, a dirge on the moon. Why ruin it with a spoken word bridge?

“Shades of Cool”: Lana Del Rey is the spinning ballerina in your musical box, the one where you keep all your cocaine. I love the blue mood of the coherent and interesting chorus, which helpfully puts her voice in a key that plays up her talents.

“Brooklyn Baby”: What is more annoying than hipsters? Complaining about hipsters.  

“West Coast”: This actually has a nice clip to it, and it wouldn’t be out of the imagination if Auerbach had Danger Mouse behind the wheel of this Laurel Canyon night ride.

“Sad Girl”: Her voice reporting like a slinky trumpet, Del Rey just went into the other room to slip into something a little more cloying. She’s a sad girl and a bad girl, and 92% OKCupid compatible with the dude from “Video Games.”

“Pretty When You Cry”: Slow down an Eagles song, and combine it with a wounded vocal take that doubles as a skin irritant.

“Money Power Glory”: This would be an utter triumph had Pink or Christina (or, OK, Leonard Cohen) growled through it. This is all Kurstin, who tries to amplify the visceral sadness and only has a deflated vocal performance to work with. I wanted something nasty and daring. It’s a paper crane when it could be an eagle.

“Fucked My Way Up To The Top”: Spoiler alert: this song is extra needy. “Lay me down / in linen and pearls / lay me down tonight / I’m your favorite girl.” She’s making a joke, and I’m looking for the bar.

“Old Money”: This song makes me think of people who watch “Wolf of Wall Street” and fail to see Leonardo DiCaprio’s character as the miserable sh*tpile he is. This is some excellent, heart-filled work, all-deserving of the mist and a grand piano.

“The Other Woman”: I am an ashtray, and the last cigarette’s just been stamped out.

"Ultraviolence" is out today (June 17).

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Bryan Cranston has tentatively titled his memoir 'Say My Name'

Bryan Cranston has tentatively titled his memoir “Say My Name”
It looks like Cranston will use a “Breaking Bad” reference for his memoir title.

The Situation arrested at his tanning salon
Cops were called on the “Jersey Star” after he got into a fight at his Boca Tanning Salon in Middletown, New Jersey.

George R.R. Martin made a cameo on Funny or Die’s “Gay of Thrones”
Watch him play a grandfather reading his son the book of "Gay of Thrones."

For every celebrity guest, Jimmy Kimmel's staff searches for “Mean Tweets”
Kimmel’s co-head writer/wife Molly McNearney explains the “Mean Tweet” process, noting that each celebrity guest reads three to five mean tweets and that they are always cleared through their PR rep or the celebrity themselves in advance.

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More than 11 million watched the USA vs. Ghana World Cup game

More than 11 million watched the USA vs. Ghana World Cup game
It was the most-viewed soccer game in ESPN history.

Cable TV boxes are the 2nd-biggest energy users in many homes
As the L.A. Times reports, "A set-top cable box with a digital recorder can consume as much as 35 watts of power, costing about $8 a month for a typical Southern California consumer. The devices use nearly as much power turned off as  they do when they are turned on."

“Louie” exec producer: It’s fair to say we’ve become more dramatic this season
"There's a lot of humor but they're definitely more dramatic,” says exec producer Blair Breard, "and he probably thought about that a lot before we started shooting—how are they going to react to this? This was probably less comedic than the other seasons. But, if you look at the first three episodes, as I was saying, I think they're much more in line with the first three seasons.”

Nickelodeon renews “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” for 4th season — Seth Green replaces Jason Biggs
Green will become the voice of Leonardo.

Dr. Oz admits the weight loss products he peddles on his show don’t pass “scientific muster”
The TV doctor was grilled today before a U.S. Senate committee. "I get that you do a lot of good on your show,” Sen. Claire McCaskill told him, "but I don't get why you need to say this stuff because you know it's not true."

Brian Williams’ “NBC Nightly News” website promotes his Jimmy Fallon "rapping"
NBC News is going along with “Baby Got Back."

MyNetworkTV slates reruns of “The Walking Dead” and “The Mentalist”
“The Walking Dead” reruns will air back-to-back on Wednesdays, while “The Mentalist” reruns are slated for Thursday.

Christopher Titus to host “Pawnography” on History Channel
The former Fox sitcom star has been tapped for the “Pawn Stars” spinoff game show.

BBC reviving “Danger Mouse”
The first cartoon to break into the U.S. TV market is being rebooted next year in hopes of winning over a new generation of fans.

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Jared Leto at the 2014 Academy Awards.
Jared Leto at the 2014 Academy Awards.
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Jared Leto claims 'Brilliance' by replacing Will Smith (UPDATED)

The Oscar winner will star opposite Noomi Rapace in the high-concept thriller

UPDATE (6/20): Not so fast. According Nikki Finke, Leto has turned down the project after all. Still, nice work in getting offered the gig. Noomi Rapace remains attached; the search for a male lead continues.

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OK Go plays tricks on us in new video, 'The Writing's On The Wall': Watch

Visual effects about in quartet's latest clip

The members of OK Go make good music, but they make really great videos. Ever since their groundbreaking—single-take clip for "Here It Goes Again" --  the 2006 video where they performed the song on treadmills— the quartet has consistently raised the bar for creativity without embracing special effects and explosions.

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Michael K. Williams: 'Boardwalk Empire’s' final season will be set in 1931, amid the Great Depression

Michael K. Williams: “Boardwalk Empire’s” final season will be set in 1931, amid the Great Depression
“The storyline has jumped seven years (into the future), which is why I have the beard now,” Williams tells Den of Geek. “The Depression has set in. The days of the shiny shoes and fancy suits are long gone.”

ABC tested its unusual “Rising Star” voting system during “The Bachelorette”
The Josh Groban-hosted music reality show will try to employ real-time "super awkward" voting system across the U.S.

What it’s like to play a “Game of Thrones” White Walker
Actor Ross Mullan has to put on six hours worth of makeup and prosthetics before each shoot.

Watch the trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s 1900-set Cinemax drama “The Knick”
Clive Owen stars in a drama set at the Knickerbocker Hospital in NYC.

Check out “Homeland” filming Season 5 in South Africa
A South African airport lounge was being used this week to sub for a Pakistani airport lounge.

WGN America’s “Manhattan” poster shows a giant atomic bomb striking a small town
Another poster pays homage to WWII wartime propaganda.

Tony Soprano’s driver sentenced to 5 years probation
Former “Sopranos” actor Louis Gross pleaded guilty in April to trying to use a fake $100 bill at a bar.

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