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'Once Upon a Time' casts 'Frozen's' Anna and Kristoff

“Once Upon a Time” casts "Frozen's" Anna and Kristoff
Elizabeth Lail will play Queen Elsa’s younger sister, while Scott Michael Foster will play her beau.

David Duchovny to release his 1st book and his 1st album
"I just fell backwards into the whole thing,” Duchovny says of creating his first album after several years learning to play the guitar. The “Californication” star is also working on his first book, titled “Holy Cow” — "It's a kids' book and an adult book,” he tells Rolling Stone.

Watch 31 “Orange is the New Black” cast members on “Law & Order”
Here’s a supercut of the 31 “OINTB” stars and their “L&O” past.

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Amazon orders thriller 'Hysteria' starring Mena Suvari

Amazon orders thriller “Hysteria” starring Mena Suvari
Suvari will play a neurologist who investigates a high school girls’ competitive dance team who are stricken by an illness that may be linked to social media.

Nat Geo shares with “Today” its new Monica Lewinsky interview for “The 90s: The Last Great Decade”
Lewinsky talks about going from “a virgin, to humiliation” to “the most humiliated woman in the world.”

After his show is pulled, Adam Richman apologizes for a 2nd time
The Travel Channel star apologized soon after calling one of his Instagram followers the C-word. Now he’s apologizing via “Good Morning America” in the wake of his new show “Man Finds Food” being put on hold.

“Under the Dome” returns to lower ratings, yet dominates Monday night
About 9.4 million watched the Season 2 premiere. PLUS: “Under the Dome” star speaks about last night’s episode.

“Community”: Sometimes it’s best to let things die
Not every show with a dedicated following should be revived on the Internet. PLUS: Dan Harmon should really shake things up on Yahoo, and why Yahoo Screen is a terrible fit.

Judge Judy tackles a Grindr case, even though she’s never heard of it
She quickly figured out the use of the gay dating app.

“Doctor Who” to feature the return of the Cybermen
Check out a photo from recent filming, posted by the BBC.

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<p>Dean Norris of &quot;Under the Dome&quot;</p>

Dean Norris of "Under the Dome"

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TV Ratings: 'Under the Dome' returns low, while 'MasterChef' helps FOX split Monday

Stephen King adaptation is still the top scripted show of the summer

Fast National ratings for Monday, June 30, 2014.

The second season premiere of "Under the Dome" came in way below last summer's premiere and last fall's finale, but the Stephen King-scripted episode still ranked as Monday night's top show in all measures.

While "Under the Dome" helped CBS lead Monday night overall, a strong episode for "MasterChef" let FOX score a narrow win in the key demo.

Among other notables, "American Ninja Warrior" was down week-to-week and, despite the "Under the Dome" competition, ABC's "Mistresses" rose a tiny bit.

On to the numbers...

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<p>24: Live Another Day</p>

24: Live Another Day

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Review: '24: Live Another Day' - '8:00 PM - 9:00 PM'

Kate gets infuriating news, Chloe tries to escape and a familiar face returns

A review of last night's "24: Live Another Day" coming up just as soon as this is me being courteous...

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Review: Melissa McCarthy's dream project 'Tammy' is a disappointing misfire
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Review: Melissa McCarthy's dream project 'Tammy' is a disappointing misfire

With husband Ben Falcone, she's made a brutally unfocused comedy

For many comedy performers, the ultimate sign of success is being able to create a comedy film that is tailored to their sensibilities, that shows off their strengths as a performer, and that they feel some sense of authorship over, and Melissa McCarthy has more than earned that right. It's not about "Bridesmaids" or "Identity Thief" or any individual performance she's given so far, and it's not about "Mike and Molly" or the fanbase she's built there. It's about a certain degree of inarguability that a performer reaches, and that's where McCarthy is right now.

Along with her husband Ben Falcone, she wrote "Tammy," a road-trip movie that Falcone directed, and if this is the reward she gets for all the hard work that got her to this point, then I'm glad they both got to have the experience. I just wish they'd made a good movie in the process.

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That’s a wrap: FOX mummifies ‘Hieroglyph'

Tut, tut, tut. Egyptian-set midseason drama has been entombed.


Ordered direct-to-series last October and still scheduled for midseason as of May, the ancient Egyptian adventure-drama "Hieroglyph" will not be moving forward, FOX sources confirm to HitFix.

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Fox pulls the plug on Ancient Egypt drama 'Hieroglyph'

Fox pulls the plug on Ancient Egypt drama “Hieroglyph”
The historical-fantasy drama that was given a straight-to-series order for midseason will never air due to creative problems.

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10 best albums of 2014 – so far

10 best albums of 2014 – so far

Sam Smith, Beck, YG and more

As we close out the first half of 2014, here's a look back at the albums that have taken up residence in our iTunes so far. While we call them the best, to be honest, "our favorites" would be more appropriate. From the melancholy of Beck's mesmerizing "Morning Phase," to the stories Rosanne Cash shares on "The River & The Thread" and YG's often bracing, chilling tales of inner city life on "My Krazy Life,"  these are some of the best that 2014 has to offer.

Creating such lists is always a subjective exercise, but it's also a reminder of how much music there is to enjoy and embrace. As I made my list, I perused several other lists published today and came across several sets that I haven't had the chance to listen to, but will definitely get to by the time it comes to making the Best of 2014 lists in December. These are in no particular order.

What are your favorite albums of 2014 so far?

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Sony TV exec on 'Community': 'There's no way we're not making the movie now!'

Sony TV exec on “Community”: "There's no way we're not making the movie now!"
Zack Van Amburg, who’s in charge of Sony Pictures Television’s programming and production, recalls the negotiations with Hulu and says the Yahoo deal came out of the blue -- a deal that should pave the way for the ultimate goal of six seasons and a movie. "I'd be lying if I told you that we have not had some very early and preliminary conversations that are very exciting about what a potential movie could be and who might direct it,” he says. "It's early but it's completely in our thought process.” PLUS: Joel McHale got some “Fresh Air” today.

With host Chris Rock, BET Awards were slightly up from last year
About 7.9 million tuned in this year compared to 7.8 million last year, when Samuel L. Jackson hosted.

FX promoting “The Strain” by sending beating hearts to the media
It’s the latest gross-out stunt to promote Guillermo del Toro’s new series.

“True Blood's" gay sex dream was pandering
"Why not just give the fans what they want?” says Joe Reid. "The problem, of course, is that it's monstrously, almost hilariously pandering to its audience of gay men and the women who like the idea of gay men…This isn't a storyline. These aren't real people. There isn't even any expectation that Jason's dreams will ultimately lead him down the road to any kind of sexual awakening. It's just a tossed-off bone (no pun intended) to its audience, in lieu of anything real.” PLUS: Looking back at “True Blood’s” gay legacy, a “True Blood” fashion guide, and Kristin Bauer van Straten on Pam’s Eric issues.

Can “Halt and Catch Fire” be saved by its rich viewers?
Ratings haven’t been great, but the AMC series does boast an advantage in its upscale viewership.

Chris D’Elia to play Jaime Pressly’s baby daddy
He’ll appear on several episodes of “Undateable."

Forbes’ most-powerful celebrities list: Oprah #4, Ellen #5, Jimmy Fallon #45
Ryan Seacrest is #31, Jennifer Lopez #33, Sofia Vergara #54, Gordon Ramsay #58, Jon Stewart #60, Zooey Deschanel #96, Lena Dunham #97 and Kaley Cuoco #99.

On “Californication" set, Heather Graham reminisced with David Duchovny about working on “Twin Peaks”
"I had met him a long time ago, so it’s fun to see people you meet and then, through the years, seeing them again,” she says.

New Orleans’ NBC affiliate refused to air the 4th hour of “Today," featuring a rival anchor
Friday’s fourth hour featured Hoda Kotb co-hosting with the an anchor from New Orleans’ CBS affiliate. That hour was replaced in New Orleans by an episode of “The Queen Latifah Show.”

Where did “The Leftovers” go wrong?
Viewers apparently aren’t interested in being bummed out by a TV show. PLUS: The book vs. the TV series, “Leftovers” star Chris Zylka was once homeless, Amy Brenneman on being silent, and watch the pilot on Yahoo!

How “Seinfeld” paved the way for “The Sopranos”
“Seinfeld,” which turns 25 on Saturday, allowed its lead characters to be portrayed in a negative light, setting the stage for Tony Soprano and TV’s future antiheroes. PLUS: Ranking the Top 50 recurring “Seinfeld” characters.

“House of Cards” creator was advised not to start the series off with a dog-strangling scene
Including that scene turned out to be a triumph of creativity over data and better judgment.

Neil Patrick Harris kissed former “HIMYM” co-star Josh Radnor during “Hedwig” performance
“He came out in the audience during ‘Sugar Daddy’ and planted a big kiss on my forehead, which humiliated me and also made me very happy,” Radnor recalls. PLUS: Check out Neil Patrick Harris on “Blossom."

Watch Jay Leno crack jokes as a Disney XD crystal ball
Leno lent his voice to the Snow White-themed “The 7D,” which premieres on July 7.

“Game of Thrones’” Hodor gets an app
Guess which one word the app says?

Complaint: “Orange is the New Black” isn’t focusing enough on the men
“The show barely, and inadequately, represents” males, says Noah Berlatsky. PLUS: Why this argument is ridiculous.

50 Cent’s next TV show will be on Comedy Central
The rapper announced on Instagram to announce his next TV show will be on Comedy Central.

Kelsey Grammer returns to Twitter to solve its “grammar problem”
Grammer tweeted today: "It has come to my attention that the fine people of @Twitter have an egregious grammar problem. I’m here to help. #KelseyGrammerGrammar”

Ellie Kemper accidentally calls her NBC comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Sh*t”
“I just said ‘sh*t,’ and I haven’t had anything to drink, only coffee,” says the star of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

The Weather Channel sending “Fat Guys in the Woods”
Each episode will feature three “fat guys” who learn survival skills in the snowy Appalachian wilderness.

“Hart of Dixie” adds Ian Anthony Dale
The “Murder in the First” star and “Hawaii Five-0” vet will play “a walking Superman” over several episodes.

“Storage Wars” star Dan Dotson out of the hospital
The auctioneer suffered a double brain aneurysm that didn’t cause any permanent damage.

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<p>&#39;I... Am... Groot!&#39; &#39;Hulk... kill... Groot!&#39;</p>

'I... Am... Groot!' 'Hulk... kill... Groot!'

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What Mark Ruffalo's not telling you when he talks about Marvel's 'Planet Hulk' plans

If it's not a stand-alone film, then where will we see the Hulk next?

Now that Mark Ruffalo's giving lots more interviews about his role in "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" and he's talking about the possibility of another solo Hulk movie, there are certain questions that are being repeated and rehashed in a  million different ways and places, and watching from the sidelines without comment is becoming impossible for me.

As a result, I may have to delve into spoilers a bit here. I also need to be careful because I visited the London set of "Avengers: Age Of Ultron," and anything I saw or learned during that trip is heavily embargoed. So I'll tread lightly, but in order to fully address the rumors that are bouncing around, I'll need to discuss one major event from the final act of "Avengers: Age Of Ultron."

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<p>&quot;The Strain&quot;</p>

"The Strain"

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FX teases 'The Strain' by sending beating hearts to reporters

Latest awesome gross-out tactic follows eyeball/bloodworm billboards

FX doesn't want anybody confused by the adult nature and graphic content of the new vampire drama "The Strain," based on the book series by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan.

Already, the cable network has faced some pushback from squeamish drivers over LA billboards featuring the series' nefarious blood worms impinging on the eyes of an unknown victim. 

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American remake of cult-classic shocker 'Audition' in the works for director Richard Gray
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American remake of cult-classic shocker 'Audition' in the works for director Richard Gray

This one's going to be tricky to get it right

This was inevitable.

The premise of "Audition" is irresistible as a horror movie set-up. It's not only clever, it also does a tremendous job of commenting on just how casual the misogyny is in many horror films, from concept to execution to the marketing. "Audition," at least in the original Miike film, is about setting those scales right, delivering some magnificent horror to those who have earned it.

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