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<p>Cristin Milioti</p>

Cristin Milioti

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If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2014: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

You could fill the category with 'Orange Is the New Black' actresses, but you don't have to

The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots on Monday. 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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Nico & Vinz

6 things you need to know about new hitmakers Magic! and Nico & Vinz

How did their hits, 'Rude,' and 'Am I Wrong' come out of nowhere?

Iggy Azalea isn’t the only newcomer crashing into the Top10. Seemingly out of nowhere two brand new acts, Magic! and Nico & Vinz have landed in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut U.S. singles and are causing even a bigger stir on Shazam USA Top 100 Tags Chart, where they are No. 1 and 2, and on iTunes Singles chart, which they have also topped.

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<p>Tony Parker in Game 4 of the NBA Finals</p>

Tony Parker in Game 4 of the NBA Finals

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TV Ratings: NBA Finals Game 4 cruises past CBS repeats, 'Hell's Kitchen' on Thursday

'Big Bang Theory' repeat puts CBS in second overall

Fast National ratings for Thursday, June 12, 2014.

The San Antonio Spurs have taken a commanding 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, but after another night of ratings domination, ABC will probably be rooting for the Miami Heat for a couple nights.

The fourth game of the NBA Finals between the Heat and Spurs dominated Thursday in all measures, with repeats putting CBS in second overall and "Hell's Kitchen" carrying FOX to second among young viewers.

Most of the Thursday originals were pretty flat. "Hollywood Game Night" and "Undateable" both added a few viewers for NBC, but slipped a hair in the key demo, while "Last Comic Standing" also slipped. "Hell's Kitchen"and "Gang Related," in contrast, both stayed steady in the key demo for FOX, but lost a couple viewers overall. Really, though, none of the fluctuation was meaningful.

On to the numbers...

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Mary Steenburgen joins 'Orange is the New Black'

Mary Steenburgen joins “Orange is the New Black”
Steenburgen tweeted the news: "Very excited to go to my first wardrobe fitting of OITNB! Will I be in orange or black?:)” PLUS: Pablo Schreiber isn’t recognized as Pornstache.

NBC paid Chelsea Clinton $600,000 a year — now she’s on a month-to-month salary
NBC News decided to switch the former first daughter’s contract as "special correspondent" to a monthly agreement so that she can quit if her mom runs for president.

Hulu to show Emma Roberts’ rejected Fox pilot “Delirium”
Check out the trailer for the series based on the young adult novel, which Fox rejected last year. Hulu will show “Delirium’s” pilot for 30 days starting next Friday.

A Mercedes-Benz crashed into CNN Center in Atlanta
The lobby’s glass was shattered early this morning, and the driver was arrested.

Reporter in Calgary has no idea he’s interviewing Bob Odenkirk about “Fargo”
Odenkirk was asked by man-on-the-street reporter Gil Tucker about what they were filming on a Calgary street.

14 reality stars who owe their fame to the O.J. Simpson trial
Kris Jenner was close friends with Nicole Simpson, and her daughter Kim Kardashian was of course the daughter of O.J.’s confidante Robert Kardashian.

Check out “Game of Thrones” in your office
Lorne Michaels’ Above Average has created an "Office" version of the HBO series.

Aaron Paul freaks out Xbox owners by controlling their consoles
The “Breaking Bad” star says “Xbox On” in an ad, which is turning on some Xboxes.

Jimmy Kimmel makes Ice Cube say nice things with an angry tone
You are very good at seeming angry,” Kimmel tells the “22 Jump Street” star. "I don't know if you are angry in general."

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Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, and his white pants kick off the World Cup

Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, and his white pants kick off the World Cup

J-Lo puts in her five minutes to perform 'We Are One'

A swath of colorful dancers, drummers and Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte kicked off Fifa's  World Cup in Brazil yesterday with their weak  anthem “We Are One.”

They lip-synced for five minutes and then it was over. And let’s take a minute to note that Pitbull gets to show up in a yellow soccer shirt and white pants rolled up in an outfit it probably took 60 seconds to throw on (and he’s being made fun of today in the Twitterverse), while both Lopez and Leitte are in skimpy leotards, full hair and make up and heels, as if they’ve been relegated to back up dancers (especially when Leitte resorts to tweaking to get her fellow Brazilians to act as if they care).  The world has never seemed quite as unfair as seeing the three of them standing together.

So after Lopez practically caused an internationally incident by saying she wasn’t coming to the opening and then reversing her decision, she showed up, did her part with professionalism and was probably back on her way to the U.S. before Brazil scored its first goal in its win over Croatia.


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<p>Uzo Aduba in &quot;Orange Is the New Black&quot;</p>

Uzo Aduba in "Orange Is the New Black"

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Review: 'Orange Is the New Black' - 'Hugs Can Be Deceiving/A Whole Other Hole'

Suzanne and Morello get the flashback treatment in stories that surprisingly parallel each other

We're continuing our periodic look at "Orange Is the New Black" season 2 with thoughts on episodes 3 and 4 coming up just as soon as I know you're talking about the white Michelle Williams...

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<p>&quot;How to Train Your Dragon 2&quot;</p>

"How to Train Your Dragon 2"

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Tell us what you thought of 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

DreamWorks Animation's latest charges into theaters this weekend

I've gushed about DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" plenty at this point, I think. For me, it fits comfortably on top of the studio's long list of output over the past 20 years or so, and not only does it deserve to spear-head this year's Best Animated Feature Oscar race, it deserves to be in the Best Picture discussion, too. Whether that happens or not, though, I simply adore it's scope and wonder, and I hope you do, too.

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Matt Lauer signs on for more 'Today'

Matt Lauer signs on for more “Today”
NBC wouldn’t disclose the details of Lauer’s new deal, but it’s for more than two years.

Gov. Chris Christie joins Jimmy Fallon in “The Evolution of Dad Dancing”
Fallon and Christie put aside their differences over BridgeGate, with Fallon awkwardly apologizing to Christie for telling jokes about his bridge scandal.

“Duck Dynasty’s” ratings fall further in Season 6 return
Wednesday’s premiere was down 45% from January’s Season 5 premiere.

“Orange is the New Black” promotes Dascha Polanco
She’ll become a series regular in Season 3.

Hodor visits “Family Feud”
Jimmy Kimmel wanted to see what happens when the “Game of Thrones” characters tries to answer survey questions. PLUS: Kit Harrington lies to “Game of Thrones” fans to throw them off.

“American Idol” will hold auditions at a fairground for the 1st time
All eligible visitors to the San Diego State Fair can audition this weekend.

Chris Rock scares Seth Meyers by crashing his “Late Night” monologue
"You're funny, man."

J.Lo denies dating Maksim
"No I'm not. #rumors #nottrue” she responded to a report she was dating "Dancing with the Stars" pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

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Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce bring harrowing thriller 'The Rover' to Los Angeles

Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce bring harrowing thriller 'The Rover' to Los Angeles

And was that Zac Efron in the house?

LOS ANGELES - After premiering in Cannes and screening in Sydney, David Michod's critically acclaimed thriller "The Rover" finally made it to U.S. shores Thursday night.  A24 Films hosted a classy premiere in Westwood where fan favorite Robert Pattinson spent enough time on the red carpet to make the fans and the paparazzi happy.

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Shonda Rhimes will host President Obama for a fundraiser at her home

Shonda Rhimes will host President Obama for a fundraiser at her home
President Obama will be part of a $32,400-per-person reception and dinner at the “Scandal” creator’s house next month. The president had previously appointed Rimes to the Kennedy Center's board of trustees.

O.J. Simpson murder case turns 20: How it influenced TV
Besides the reality TV aspect, the O.J. Simpson arrest and trial inspired “Seinfeld’s” Jackie Chiles and Jay Leno’s “Dancing Itos.”

“SNL’s” Lorne Michaels: “It was a hard season,” and there definitely will be changes
"We’re still in the middle of rebuilding,” Michaels says, also pointing out that his work load was rough this year in having to launch Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show,” Seth Meyer’s “Late Night” while adding eight new cast members. On “SNL,” he says, "we put a lot of pressure, a lot of new people."

Ben & Jerry’s to create 2 more “SNL” flavors, possibly more
To celebrate “Saturday Night Live’s” 40th anniversary, Ben & Jerry’s will announce two new flavors based on iconic sketches — but they won’t have anything to do with “Coneheads,” “More Cowbell” or “Chippendales.” Ben & Jerry’s already created a Schweddy Balls flavor.

Mike Judge: “Silicon Valley” will deal with Peter Gregory’s fate in a comedic way
"We're trying to figure out season two,” he says, adding that he’s consulted Christopher Evan Welch’s family with several suggestions, and they laughed at each one. "I think we have to deal with it in a comedic way, there's no way around it,” he says.

A female ex-con finds everything wrong with “Orange is the New Black”
"This kitchen is f*cking Fantasy Island!” she says of watching the Netflix series "There are a lot of things that drive me crazy about the show, but the kitchen is killing me.” PLUS: The many books on “OITNB,” see the “Crazy Pies” food truck, and see Norma as a ‘70s rocker and ‘80s pop star.

“The Walking Dead” already has Season 12 planned out
“We know where season 11 and 12… we have benchmarks and milestones for those seasons if we’re lucky enough to get there,” says producer David Alpert.

Paul Reiser lands an Amazon role
He’ll be part of the pilot for the 1985-set “Red Oaks” Jewish country club comedy from Steven Soderbergh.

Tim Gunn: I’d like “Project Runway” to have a season of all plus-sized models
“I would like to do a season of Project Runway where every model is larger than a size 12,” he says in a Hollywood Reporter roundtable.

Facebook combed through 6 years of posts about “True Blood”
And the data it collected will be used as part of HBO’s “True Blood” full season marathon, which will feature a marathon a night starting June 16.

Meet the guy who’s never watched “Game of Thrones”
College Humor sends up somebody we all know. PLUS: NBA gets “GoT” treatment, 7 amazing facts about “GoT,” 10 shows that paved the way for “GoT” and George R.R. Martin has been sneaking in famous names in his books for years.

Dan Harmon is “pessimistic” the entire “Community” gang could be brought back together
First off, Harmon says he won’t do the show without writing partner Chris McKenna.

Letterman scolds Regis Philbin for hitchhiking in NYC
Reege could’ve been killed!

It’s true: Viewers are fleeing broadcast TV
Here’s how much network TV was hurt by fleeing viewers, as shown in a chart. PLUS: “Glee” lost 45% of its viewership this season.

Will Dave Chappelle ever return to TV?
Chappelle is making the media rounds this week (Letterman on Tuesday, Fallon on Friday), which begs the question: Could he return to Comedy Central?

“Fargo” composer uses the Prague Philharmonic: I was told to write something that sounded “cold and lonesome and stark”
“Eastern European orchestras have a very distinctive sound,” explains composer Jeff Russo, who also co-founded the rock band Tonic. “I listened to a lot of different orchestras before choosing Prague. And I really felt like the emotional feeling I got from listening to the orchestra was what I wanted to convey in the score.”

Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman discuss each other’s “Fargo” roles
"I didn't notice until I started watching the show that Lester and Malvo share many of the same qualities,” says Thornton. Freeman adds: "It’d be boring just to play evil. There's something very likable about Malvo, which makes him 10 times more dangerous."

Chris Pratt’s evolution: From troubled “Everwood” teen to “The O.C.” to “Parks and Rec”
Let’s not forget what Pratt, in his mid-20s, looked like as a teenager on “Everwood."

Fox developing "Answer Me 1999,” a musical time-jump series based on a Korean drama
The "Step Up 3D” writers are behind the project that follows a group of friends as high school students in 1999 and in their present day working life.

“The View” responds to Jimmy Kimmel’s diss
Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy had requested that Kimmel send them something in response to a gift from Jimmy Fallon.

Seth Rogen recalls going to high school with “Nathan For You's” Nathan Fielder
They were part of the same student improv-comedy troupe. “He had this deadpan, dry delivery; he was very precise,” Rogen says of the Comedy Central star. “He wouldn’t say anything, then he’d come in at the end with a line that killed — a joke that changed the whole scene or escalated it.”

“The Cosby Show’s” The Huxtables are America’s favorite TV family
How do they compare to the average U.S. family?

“The Americans’” Noah Emmerich compares TV vs. movie acting
"In television, you have no idea where you are really going,” he explains.

“Faking It” creator: "I am telling the story that I’ve been wanting to tell, which is a girl discovery of her own sexual identity”
“And,” says Carter Covington, "I feel like that’s not a one season story.”

“Halt and Catch Fire” characters each have their own Spotify playlist
Each list is representative of character studies done by a writers’ assistant on the AMC series.

Watch TV’s comedy actors and actresses each talk shop for an hour
Here are the actors and the actresses from The Hollywood Reporter’s Emmy roundtable.

“Hannibal” vs. “Fargo”
Which drama’s greatness is more improbable?

Ben McKenzie got “Gotham” thanks to CBS rejecting his lawyer pilot last year
McKenzie made “The Advocates” pilot last year with Mandy Moore and creator Bruno Heller, and Heller had McKenzie in mind when he wrote the “Gotham” script.

Dennis Miller looks back at his Weekend Update-hosting past
Among his fave moments was the time Tom Hanks and Dana Carvey joined him in forming the three Dennis Millers.

Here are 18 TV roles the cast of “Friends” had before they were friends
From “Misfits of Science” to “Ferris Bueller” to “Red Shoe Diaries.”

Check out El Rey Network’s extended “Matador” trailer
Tony Bravo plays a DEA agent who investigates a soccer team on the series, premiering July 15.

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<p>Hank Williams and Tom Hiddleston</p>

Hank Williams and Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston to play Hank Williams in biopic: Here are some videos of the actor singing

Hey good lookin': 'Thor' actor to perform as country icon, voice and all

Tom Hiddleston is on tap to play one of the greatest American music icons, Hank Williams.

Named for one of Williams' best known songs, "I Saw the Light" will see the British actor trying on a deep South accent and tackling tunes from the Williams songbook.

The British actor has risen to fame in recent years for his delicious turn as Loki in the "Thor" films, for dancing on command, and co-starring as a storied and tortured musician in one of 2014's best films "Only Lovers Left Alive."

Williams, on the other hand, rose to fame in his teens and died at 29 of complications due to his raging alcoholism and drug abuse, leave behind a rep of at least three dozen country, blues and gospel originals and renditions one could easily qualify as stone-cold classics. The singer/songwriter's fabled death alone could fill volumes (or at least a 90-minute film and a spin-off).

Looks like "Only Lovers Left Alive" may have been a good training ground after all.

"I Saw the Light" will be directed by Marc Abraham ("Flash of Genius") from his screenplay  based on Colin Escott’s non-fiction title "Hank Williams: The Biography."  Bret Ratner's RatPac Entertainment and Aaron L. Gilbert's Bron Studios lead, with other producer credits going to G. Marq Roswell and Abraham. James Packer is executive producing.

And don't be daunted with the possibility of an estate catalog-block, a la Jimi Hendrix and "All Is By My Side": the rights for tunes like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Hey Good Lookin’” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart” have already been cleared.

Which leads us to Hiddleston, who'll be singin' them. But who knew Loki could sing? OK, to be fair, we did. Below are just a mere smattering of times Tom Hiddleston has sang on camera.

The Hank Williams story has been approached before, like in 1964's so-so "Your Cheatin' Heart," and 2012's "The Last Ride." With big names like RatPac and Hiddleston batting, hopefully "I Saw the Light" will be more of a holler.

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Report: Cameron Crowe teaming with J.J. Abrams for Showtime's 'Roadies'

Report: Cameron Crowe teaming with J.J. Abrams for Showtime's “Roadies”
The “Say Anything” director and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” writer is set to tackle television with an ensemble comedy set during a U.S. rock tour.

Korean Deli where “Seinfeld” was conceived is shutting down
Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld were walking the aisles of Lee’s Deli when they hit upon the idea for a show about nothing.

Rep: Tracy Morgan "continues to show signs of improvement”
Morgan’s rep released a statement this afternoon, saying: "While Tracy remains in critical, but stable, condition, he continues to show signs of improvement," the statement read. "His medical team remains optimistic that his recovery is progressing.” PLUS: Morgan’s ex-wife joins in asking TMZ to remove accident video.

St. Louis Cardinals will celebrate “Jon Hamm Night” by handing out a bobblehead of the “Mad Men” star
Fans can get the bobblehead on Aug. 18.

Fox to begin airing the American Country Countdown Awards
The live concert, broadcasting from Nashville in December, comes out of the long-running radio show “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks.”

“Girls” star Andrew Rannells to replace Neal Patrick Harris on "Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Harris will exit the Broadway role in August.

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