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Did 'True Tori' fabricate tweets?

Did “True Tori” fabricate tweets?
The tweets used on last night’s reunion episode appear to be fishy.

Lifetime orders “Threads,” “Smile," “Girlfriend Intervention” and “Ugly Models”
Christian Siriano will host teen fashion competition “Threads,” while Lifetime has also ordered “Worst Stylist Ever” and “Kosher Soul.”

Comedian Michael Che makes his “Daily Show” correspondent debut tonight
Che, who recently left a year-long “SNL” writing gig, has had a rapid rise in the comedy world. He made his TV debut less than two years ago on the IFC faux-game show “Bunk."

“Game of Thrones’” Mountain vs. Red Viper fight gets “fixed”
Watch an alternate take on Sunday’s fight.

“Gossip Girl” maid “Dorota” joins “Girls”
The casting will reunite Zuzanna Szadkowski with her real-life BFF Andrew Rannells.

"Kandi's Wedding” tops all other “Real Housewives” spinoffs
Kandi Burruss’ new spinoff attracted 2.4 million viewers.

CW unveils Season 4 “Teen Wolf” trailer
Check out the new villains.

Watch Howard Stern salsa dance with Howie Mandel on “America’s Got Talent”
Which one took the lead?

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Washed Out's 'Weightless' music video: Come for the makeout, stay for the story
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Washed Out's 'Weightless' music video: Come for the makeout, stay for the story

Rebuffed romance and window sheers: Washed Out on tour now

The latest music video for Washed Out is all window sheers and cross breezes. It is, in essence, why I wish to be in near-constant proximity to Washed Out, to queue up a makeout at a moment's notice.

This long-form clip, directed by David Altobelli, also has a really beautiful, heart-rending story, about youth, first touch and "unrequited love." Check out the disappearing scars, the times of slow-motion's employ. And do you remember rollerblades? God, do I remember rollerblades, and waking dreamers who were in them.

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History channel's “Sons of Liberty” casts Dean Norris as Benjamin Franklin, 'E.T.’s' Henry Thomas as John Adams

History channel's “Sons of Liberty” casts Dean Norris as Benjamin Franklin, “E.T.’s” Henry Thomas as John Adams
Michael Raymond-James will play Paul Revere and Ryan Eggold will also have a role on History channel’s Revolutionary War miniseries.

NFL opts for “Super Bowl 50" over "Super Bowl L"
For one year only, the NFL is ditching its tradition of using Roman numerals in naming its Super Bowls. The San Francisco host committee objected to the name "Super Bowl L." Super Bowl 50 airs on Feb. 7, 2016 at the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium in the Silicon Valley.

Can Arsenio make another comeback?
Arsenio Hall’s manager claims that there’s been interest in him relaunching his talk show, but no cable network would admit being interested.

Netflix gives “Orange is the New Black” an “Arrested Development” opening
Watch the two shows mashed up.

“Top Chef Duels” will get visits by Pink, Shailene Woodley, Rob Zombie
The stars of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Grey’s Anatomy” will also make cameos on Bravo’s new “Top Chef” spinoff, which premieres Aug. 6.

“The Night Shift” keeps 94% of its debut audience
The hospital drama last week had NBC’s best summer debut in five years.

“Law & Order: UK” benched
The ITV series is being rested, but it’s unclear if it’ll come back after eight seasons.

Comedy Central adapting web series “BriTANick”
The web series stars Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney as "fictional best friends."

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Jack White

Jack White unleashes big bag of weird in new 'Lazaretto' music video: Watch

Black-and-white clip has something for everyone

Well, that’s one way to get a visual effect. At about 2:16 in his new black-and-white clip for “Lazaretto,” Jack White spits on the camera lens and the next portion of the trippy video is shot through the filter of his own body fluid.  And that’s not even the strangest thing in the clip.

There’s a big bag of disconnected weirdness going on in the video, whether it’s a flying baseball that shatters the glass that floats through much of the clip or the bullet holes that appear in a pane of glass between White and the camera. Then there’s the raging bull, spinning race car, exploding guitar, the lipsticked man tattooed with a huge image of Jack White on his chest, and the transsexual dancer writhing around at the end. Really, take your pick; here’s probably something there for you. The only unifier is that everything is in motion: even White's shadow dances on its own.

A lazaretto is a quarantine station for sea travelers and the goods they traveled with. So it’s possible, though this is probably overt hiking it, that the over-the-top images connect with some kind of deer drew, that any quarantined for  a long period of time could have. But it’s more likely that White and directors Jonas & Francois just decided to come up with this kaleidoscope of images to give the video the same frenetic feel as the fuzzy, distorted song.  
“Lazaretto,” White’s second solo album, comes out June 10 and is strewing on iTunes in full now. White appears on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on June 9.


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Hillary Clinton: Bill and I 'totally binge-watched' Season 1 of 'House of Cards'

Hillary Clinton: Bill and I “totally binge-watched” Season 1 of “House of Cards”
Part of the Netflix show’s appeal, she explained to People, was "a little bit of the, 'Oh, my gosh, I can't believe we can just sit here and do this' and 'We're only going to watch one episode, oh, let's watch another. Okay, well, we have time, we're not going anywhere, let's watch a third.' I know that sounds kind of devoid of content.” But, she adds, "It wasn't like I was just lying around trying to catch up on 20 years of lost sleep."

If Chicago kids read 2.4 million books, “The Tonight Show” will visit the Windy City
Mayor Rahm Emanuel made another bet with Jimmy Fallon.

LeVar Burton reboots the “Reading Rainbow” theme with Funny or Die
Watch him realize the true power of books.

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Season 5 will feature Rachel McAdams, Lauren Graham, Kelsey Grammer
The TLC series, which returns July 23, will also have Valerie Bertinelli, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Cynthia Nixon searching for their family roots.

“The Good Wife” promoting Matthew Goode
He’ll be a series regular next season.

Marionettes star in DirecTV’s new ad campaign
Are these puppet ads creepy?

Tiffani Thiessen sends L.A. Clipper Chris Paul an autographed “Saved by the Bell” photo
Paul wrote on Facebook: "This is easily one of the best Bday gifts I've ever received in my 29yrs on this Earth!!! ?#‎KellyKapowski ?#‎My1stLove ?#‎WeWereTogether?#‎SheJustDidntKnowIt."

Amanda Peet, wife of “Game of Thrones’” co-creator, auditions for parts around the house
“What I do is, I go around my house just sort of auditioning for parts on Game of Thrones,” jokes Peet, who’s married to co-creator David Benioff. PLUS: Watch The Mountain dead-lift nearly 1,000 pounds.

50 Cent is going to have Aziz Ansari’s “ass whoop”
The “Parks and Rec” star claimed that 50 Cent didn’t know what a grapefruit is. To which the rapper responded on Reddit: "my grandma used to get me grapefruit juice as a kid. he’s a comedian. Ima have his ass whoop if he keeps saying that lol.”

Kourtney Kardashian is reportedly pregnant with her 3rd child
She and Scott Disick are expecting baby No. 3, according to Us Weekly.

Watch tonight's “WKRP in Cincinnati” reunion
The Paley Center is live-streaming tonight’s reunion, featuring Howard Hesseman, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid and other cast members.

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<p>&quot;Penny Dreadful&quot;</p>

"Penny Dreadful"

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Showtime renews 'Penny Dreadful' for an expanded second season

Victorian horror mash-up has played particularly well online and OnDemand

Well, I guess I'm spending my afternoon catching up on the past two episodes of "Penny Dreadful." 

Showtime announced on Wednesday (June 3) morning that the Victorian horror mash-up "Penny Dreadful" has been renewed for a second season.

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<p>&quot;The Night Shift&quot;</p>

"The Night Shift"

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TV Ratings: 'Night Shift' holds up well after 'AGT' as NBC rules Tuesday

The CW's 'Famous in Twelve' makes only a small ripple

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Both "America's Got Talent" and "The Night Shift" held up fairly well in their second weeks -- single-digit drops -- and combined to help NBC dominated Tuesday night in all measures. 

On the positive side of other notables, ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap" finale was up from last week's episode, but "Extreme Weight Loss" was down to balance it out.

The CW's "Famous in Twelve" got off to a less-than-impressive start, but that weak performance is somewhat comparatively mitigated by the continued dwindling of the audience for FOX's "Riot" and "I Wanna Marry 'Harry.'"

And CBS procedural repeats continue to outdraw nearly everything else. 

On to the numbers...

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'Penny Dreadful' renewed for a longer Season 2

“Penny Dreadful” renewed for a longer Season 2
The Showtime drama’s 2nd season will consist of 10 episodes, an increase from Season 1’s eight episodes.

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<p>Stephen Root in &quot;NewsRadio.&quot;</p>

Stephen Root in "NewsRadio."

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Summer sitcom rewind: 'NewsRadio' - 'The Public Domain/Super Karate Monkey Death Car'

Our summer series begins with an under-appreciated NBC comedy from the '90s

As I announced last week, instead of picking one classic drama season to revisit over the summer, I'm trying an experiment, highlighting different classic sitcom episodes from the past. First up for this summer sitcom rewind: "The Public Domain" and "Super Karate Monkey Death Car," a pair of "NewsRadio" episodes from early in the show's fourth season, coming up just as soon as I have fancy plans, and pants to match...

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'Fargo' boss explains that shocking twist

“Fargo” boss explains that shocking twist
"I knew from the beginning that the biggest challenges I had was giving Molly’s character her fair shake,” exec producer Noah Hawley says of Allison Tolman’s character "And the way I did that was to trick people.” PLUS: If ordered, a 2nd season would be like a new movie, how Allison Tolman found out, Kate Walsh promises a “pretty great finish” for her character, the twist gives more weight to the story and its events, and this isn’t something that’s supposed to happen in episode eight of a TV show.

Jonah Hill gets emotional on “The Tonight Show” apologizing for his homophobic slur
“Use me as an example of what not to do,” he told Jimmy Fallon.

Meet the “Bachelor in Paradise” contestants
The successor to “Bachelor Pad” will include three contestants from Andi’s current “Bachelorette” season.

Check out Peter Dinklage’s yearbook photo
Is that a mullet on the “Game of Thrones” star?

Dennis Miller visits Seth Meyers in a meeting of Weekend Update alums
Miller was the Weekend Update anchor Meyers grew up with.

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From 'Antz' to 'How to Train Your Dragon 2': ranking all of DreamWorks Animation
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From 'Antz' to 'How to Train Your Dragon 2': ranking all of DreamWorks Animation

Where does your favorite figure in?

DreamWorks Animation is celebrating a big year in 2014. While the studio's first theatrical release would not come until 1998, it was October 12, 1994 that saw the birth of Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg's vision of a new movie studio, including, of course, Katzenberg's animation division. That makes it 20 years of DreamWorks, and with the release of "How to Train Your Dragon 2" next week (on the heels of a Cannes debut last month), the studio is toasting two decades with one of the most elite installments of its entire portfolio.

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Review: 'Fargo' - 'The Heap'

Molly tries to convince Bill again, Lester gains confidence, and Malvo meets Wrench

A review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I buy a timeshare in a boat...

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