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Mindy Kaling makes her Vogue debut, says: 'I don’t want to be skinny'

Mindy Kaling makes her Vogue debut, says: “I don’t want to be skinny”
"There’s a whole list of things I would probably change about myself,” she tells the fashion magazine. "For example, I’m always trying to lose fifteen pounds. But I never need to be skinny. I don’t want to be skinny. I’m constantly in a state of self-improvement.”


Michelle Borth out at “Hawaii Five-0”
Borth, who’s been on the CBS drama since Season 1, won’t return as Catherine ‘Cat’ Rollins for Season 5.


Jimmy Carter’s 1st text message was about his Stephen Colbert appearance
The former president texted his grandson, who’s running for Governor of Georgia, asking if he saw his “Colbert Report” appearance on Tuesday.


How realistic is “How I Met Your Mother”?
How do Americans actually meet their spouses? The Wall Street Journal investigates...


LeBron James’ Starz basketball comedy “Survivor’s Remorse" rounds out its cast
Jessie T. Usher will play basketball phenom Cam Calloway, while Tichina Arnold will play his mom.


Another “Michael J. Fox Show” star books a pilot
Ana Nogueira is joining CBS’ “Good Session.”


“Graceland” adds “CSI:NY’s” Carmine Giovinazzo
He’ll head of the LAPD’s Gang Task Force next season.


“The Walking Dead’s” Carl has a 29-year-old female stunt double
Check out a photo of 14-year-old Chandler Riggs with the woman who plays his stunt double.


Lara Spencer sticks with “GMA”
ABC News has locked down Spencer amid contract talks with Josh Elliott, w ho’s being wooed by NBC Sports. “You know you're in the right job when getting up at 4 a.m. is a joy,” says Spencer of her new long-term deal.


Lena Dunham directs her boyfriend’s new band’s music video
Check out Jack Antonoff’s “I Wanna Get Better” from his band Bleachers. PLUS: What if Hannah Horvath hung out with a “Golden Girl”?

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Joe Elliott

Joe Elliott

CulturePop No. 42 - 'Def Leppard' lead singer Joe Elliott, Pt. 1

Listen in for his imitation of Gene Simmons

Hanging out over coffee with Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott at the legendary rock 'n' roll hotel Sunset Marquis was already a great start to our morning -- what made it even better was Elliott himself. Laid-back, charming and happy to riff on any subject we lobbed at him, he talked candidly about rocking out after fifty, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Def Leppard's upcoming tour with KISS, and plenty more.

Given how much we loved talking to his band mate Phil Collen, how can we decide which member of the band was a better guest? We can't and yeah, no reason to do it. They're both awesome -- and Elliott had so much to say, we couldn't bring ourselves to cut him off for some arbitrary time limit. Thus, you get part one and part two of our chat with him (part two will be next week). You're welcome. Here's the rundown:

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CBS held a ''Good Wife’ wake' in the Ed Sullivan Theater on Wednesday

CBS held a “'Good Wife’ wake” in the Ed Sullivan Theater on Wednesday
Josh Charles and Julianna Margulies, plus the show’s creators were reunited, perhaps one last time, for a panel moderated by Charlie Rose, who asked: "what the hell happened to Will and why?"


“Alice in Arabia” writer: An online “mob” formed to take down my misunderstood project
Brooke Eikmeier says she was "accused of being a tone-deaf racist hack” when, in reality, her project was about "a mixed-race Arab girl” and "a loving, but conflicted, Muslim family.” "A mob formed, made up its mind, then rushed to destroy a valuable opportunity for furthering the cause of women worldwide,” she says. "ABC Family pulled the plug on the show on March 21, just four days after the pilot was picked up.”


“Modern Family” beats “Idol” in total viewers for the 1st time
For the 3rd week in a row, “American Idol” lost to fellow veteran reality show “Survivor."


Dan Harmon says it would be weird if “Community” didn’t get a 6th season
"We know there's going to be a sixth season or else you'll probably show up with pitchforks and torches,” adds Joel McHale at last night’s Paleyfest. PLUS: Watch “Community’s” G.I. Joe PSA.


Simon Cowell would like to see an “American Idol” reunion
"One day Paula Randy Me and Ryan will reunite,” he tweeted last night. "I know it will happen. It was a special time.”


Bravo will let its reality TV fans vote to “select a scene”
Viewers can pick which scene they want to watch from “Real Housewives” or other Bravo reality shows.


“Mad Men” lands on the cover of Time magazine
Time goes behind the scenes of the final season and talks to Matthew Weiner about the entire series run.

Bill Cosby does a tightrope walk with Jimmy Fallon on his back
Fallon also got to do his Cosby impression to Cosby on last night’s “Tonight Show."


“Arrow” gets a boost from The Huntress’ return
Last night’s ratings were up 12% over last week. PLUS: Last night’s episode, explained.


Check out historical “HIMYM” pics
Walk down memory lane, starting with pics from the pilot. PLUS: Lindsay Lohan & Billy Eichner destroy a car in honor of “HIMYM."


George R.R. Martin posts proof he’s writing the next “Game of Thrones” book
An excerpt from "The Winds Of Winter” was posted on the author’s blog.

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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Modern Family&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Modern Family"

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: Wilting 'Idol' leads FOX Wednesday, 'The 100' dips, 'Modern Family' rises

'Survivor' clobbers 'Idol' in the 8 p.m. hour

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

The "Survivor" margin-of-victory over "American Idol" is growing with each week, but with CBS' procedurals in repeats, FOX still won Wednesday night in all key measures.

It was ABC that capitalized on the absence of new "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" episodes, as "Modern Family," "Mixology" and "Nashville" were all up from their last originals. 

In contrast, The CW's "The 100" dropped from last week's premiere, falling behind "Arrow," but still far exceeding the network's time period averages.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pe&ntilde;a and Jon Bernthal in David Ayers&#39; &quot;Fury.&quot;</p>

Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal in David Ayers' "Fury."

Credit: Sony Pictures

Brad Pitt's 'Fury' and '22 Jump Street' win Sony Pictures CinemaCon preview

Plus: 30 minutes of 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

LAS VEGAS - Sony Pictures took center stage Wednesday afternoon at the 2014 CinemaCon as the Culver City based studio previewed the rest of its 2014 slate.  Unlike earlier studio presentations, Sony discussed each released briefly before playing one long feature with previews of all their new films.  There were two pictures that stood out above all the rest: Chris Miller and Phil Lord's "22 Jump Street" and David Ayers' World War II thriller "Fury."

"22 Jump Street" is, of course, the sequel to the hit comedy "21 Jump Street" and Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are back as mismatched undercover partners Schmidt and Jenko respectively.  The film's early trailers have teased that Lord and Miller (who are coming off "The Lego Movie") haven't lost a step, but the footage Sony played today?  No joke, "22" has a chance to be better than the original. You probably already know that Schmidt and Jenko are now heading to college, but the subsequent "Spring Break" aspect of the investigation has barely been touched upon. The jokes appear more self aware than in "21" and Tatum has taken his comedic abilities to another planet. Along with Universal's "Neighbors," movie fans should be excited the they have two guaranteed great comedies coming to theaters over the next few months.

The other picture that made waves was "Fury." An original story by Ayers set during the last days of World War II, the movie finds Brad Pitt playing Wardaddy, the commander of a five-man tank crew who have already been to hell and back again. Make no mistake, Pitt is not playing another version of Lt. Aldo Raine from "Inglorious Basterds." The scenes shown depict Wardaddy as a feared, but loved commander whose entire life is in his tank.  Logan Lerman plays Norman, a newbie to the Army who is immediately out of place among a group of veterans portrayed by Pitt, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal and, yes, Shia Labeouf. In fact, all the actors look at peak form (even Labeouf), but Pitt? From what was shown, this looks very, very special. Ayers has also crafted a grittier and more realistic European Theater than depicted in "Saving Private Ryan" or HBO's "Band of Brothers." Up and coming cinematographer Roman Vasyanov has been impressive previously collaborating with Ayers on "End of Watch" and his look was the best part of "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," but "Fury" is going to become into his calling card. It's simply gorgeous work. The trailer should hit theaters sometime this summer and expect "Fury" to quickly land on any many awards season contender lists.

Before getting to the rest of the reel, it should be noted that Sony ended the presentation with three different sequences that constituted 30 minutes of Marc Webb's "Amazing Spider-Man 2." So much of the movie has been seen already (or feels like it's been seen) that it's hard to comment about new footage. Did the action look good? Sure. Do Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone still have great chemistry? You bet.  Does Jamie Foxx pull off the Electro transformation?  It sure looks like it. At this point, however, it's time to just see how it all fits in the final movie. In a little over five weeks "ASM2" will be in theaters and everyone can judge for themselves.

Here's a quick rundown of the rest of the titles Sony previewed.

"The Equalizer"
Director: Antonine Fuqua
Release Date: Sept. 26
Lowdown: Denzel Washington is a man on a mission in Fuqua's thriller which seems to have little in common with the 1980's TV series of the same name. In the one scene shown, Washington's character takes down four (?) Russian thugs in 19 seconds. It's filmed very similarly to the sequences in "Sherlock Holmes" where Holmes predicts each move he's going to make in a fight before its even begun. It was also very, very violent, but showed potential.

"The Interview"
Director: Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen
Release Date: Oct. 10
Lowdown: James Franco is David Skylark, the host of a popular interview show known as "Skylark Tonight" and Rogen plays his top producer. Much to their surprise, they find out that North Korean dictator for life Kim Jung-Un is a huge fan of Skylark's and wants to be interviewed by him. Then the CIA (Lizzy Caplan) comes calling asking them to "take him out" (a very funny bit). The best part of the preview though was an early "Skylark Tonight" interview scene where Rob Lowe (playing himself) admits to the world he's been bald for decades (I will spoil no more).  The Franco and Rogen in Korea scenes were more stylish and intentionally bizarre than laugh out loud funny.  Goldberg and Rogen have a great look to the picture (something they previously showed in "This Is The End"), but it feels like a very dark comedy (and we're hoping in the best way possible).

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<p>Fear, Sadness, Joy, Disgust and Anger from Pixar&#39;s &quot;Inside Out.&quot;</p>

Fear, Sadness, Joy, Disgust and Anger from Pixar's "Inside Out."

Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Disney shows new footage from Pixar's 'Inside Out' and 'Cinderella'

Plus: Is 'Big Hero 6' no longer a Marvel movie?

LAS VEGAS - Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn presented the upcoming slate of new movies for Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, Pixar, DreamWorks Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios to the nation's theater owners on Wednesday morning and what was purposely not discussed was just as interesting as what was previewed.

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<p>Tony of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Tony of "Survivor: Cagayan"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'We Found Our Zombies'

A pre-credits shocker turns the game upside down

Pre-credit sequence. Farewell, Uncle Cliffy. Solana returns to camp and Trish has a speech to make, but Lindsey isn't interested in hearing. "You guys just screwed up majorly," she tells nobody in particular, admitting that she doesn't have any alliances anymore. "I will respect you, because this is a team moving forward, but I don't like you," Trish smirks. Of course, Trish just threw away a big numbers advantage in order to break up what she's calling a two-person alliance of Lindsey and Cliff. "You disgust me. Everything about you is annoying. Your laugh. Your teeth. Your face," Lindsey tells Trish, calling her "the most horrific person" she's met. Trish doesn't care. "I can leave here and never think of you again," Lindsey insists, calling Trish a bully. Lindsey doesn't want to play with Trish anymore, so she goes off wandering. Nobody knows where Lindsey is, other than the cameraman and everybody's favorite interloper, Jeff Probst. "I can't have somebody antagonizing me right now," Lindsey says, worrying she might go nuts. Lindsey also lists being cold, wet and hungry as factors and she knows that she's going to regret quitting, but she sounds like she's done. Probst tells Lindsey that nobody has ever quit because of something they might do. Lindsey is determined to exit and Probst wants to strategize on how she should leave. The possibility of explaining herself to the tribe is raised, but Lindsey prefers to "do a little curtsey" on the beach, leaving it up to Probst to explain Lindsey's absence Suddenly Trish is feigning concern. "I do feel bad, because I kinda came down on her," Trish says with no sincerity. Tony doesn't bother feeling pretend-bad. "It was a beautiful thing, two for the price of one," Tony says. LJ compares it to a zit. Woo claims enthusiasm at a fresh start, but he knows he could go next. Well. That was weird.

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<p>Richard Thomas and Noah Emmerich in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Richard Thomas and Noah Emmerich in "The Americans."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'The Deal'

The Soviets try to arrange a trade, while Elizabeth goes to calm down Martha

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I'm the Kenny Rogers of Haifa...

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John Cusack to appear on the CBS Wall Street drama pilot he’s producing

John Cusack to appear on the CBS Wall Street drama pilot he’s producing
Cusack, who will play a Wall Street trader, is part of a trend of big names guesting on the TV shows their producing. Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Hart are also doing it with their respective pilots.


“Psych”: An appreciation
The USA series, which exits tonight, was very important in proving that basic cable could offer quality dramas. Sure, “Monk” and “The Shield” came before. But “Psych,” debuting in July 2006, was part of "a subsequent generation of series to prove that it could do so regularly and that an audience would be there to watch,” says Neil Genzlinger, who adds: “‘Psych' was a bridge show that helped get us to the basic cable of today, though, paradoxically, today’s landscape might be less forgiving."


“Scandal’s” Columbus Short arrested for felony battery
Short turned himself in and posted $50,000 bail after he was taken into custody over last weekend’s bar brawl.


“Today” is using Jimmy Fallon’s big ratings in its summer concert battle with "GMA"
The ability to not leave 30 Rock is being used as leverage by NBC in this year's summer concert wars.


“Grey’s Anatomy” to tackle the “Bubble Boy” story
The last half of the season will be devoted to the story of the Bubble Boy.


George Lopez: My 11 pm TBS talk show got better ratings than “Conan"
Lopez revisited Conan’s move to TBS this morning on "The Howard Stern Show," saying he really had no choice but to take the demotion to 12 pm as Conan O’Brien was considered a “folk hero” to Turner execs. “Even right now. Even with the $70 million that they spent on Conan, my numbers are better than his,” says Lopez.


“Franklin & Bash” books “Dexter’s” James Remar
He’ll guest as a strip club owner.


“Hot in Cleveland” and “The Soul Man” stars tonight will appear in live commercials
The “Hot in Cleveland” stars will promote Toyota, while Niecy Nash will help sell Bush Brothers beans.


Why “Billy on the Street” is surprisingly sweet
Billy Eichner is like a caricature of a New Yorker on his Fuse show.


"Girls" mention surprised the head of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop
“This is probably the only time I'll ever experience such a surreal pop culture reflection of my actual life,” says Samantha Chang. "It's hilarious — or, it would be, if I had the time to stop and laugh.” PLUS: What will the Iowa Writers’ Workshop be like for a “Girls” character?, and here are “Girls’” 5 unresolved storylines.


Peter Dinklage tells Letterman of his embarrassing “Game of Thrones” fight scene
He didn’t see himself as a hero after slicing off an elderly amputee’s fake leg. PLUS: 13 embarrassing early acting roles of “GoT” stars.


When will “Gilmore Girls” fans stop pestering Lauren Graham about doing a movie?
Graham is constantly asked the same question and she always politely gives the same vague answer, as she did on Reddit this week. PLUS: Graham’s paperback of her debut novel contains a conversation with her and her “Parenthood” daughter Mae Whitman.


“The Simpsons’” Lego minifigures unveiled
Check out Lego versions of Krusty, Ralph Wiggum and more.


“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” are at the center of the reality TV universe
See how the E! show is connected to every other reality show.


“Idol’s” MK Nobilette: I appreciated that producers let me be openly gay
"They didn't have to put it in there,” she says of her audition comments. "That was their choice, which I appreciated."


See Carol’s “Walking Dead” season finale poster
“Who will survive?”


“Arrested Development’s” Michael Bluth and Kermit the Frog are kindred souls
They are both the straight man and the calm one in their respective series, says Torie Bosch, who adds: "In fact, most Muppet tales could be summed up as the story of a puppet-family who lost everything, and the one frog who tried to keep them all together.”


How to explain “HIMYM” to somebody who’s never watched an episode
Yes, the CBS comedy takes place in 2030.


Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and “Review” are poised to become comedy classics
Both freshman comedies hold their own with any sitcom on broadcast TV, or FX or HBO. PLUS: “Broad City” has become TV’s best sitcom.


Bethenny Frankel on her talk show: "I felt edited and diluted, a little bit controlled”
"I'm not really great when I'm shackled,” she tells Andy Cohen. "As you know, you have to kind of unleash the beast.”


Grant Show becomes a dad at 52
The “Melrose Place” alum and “Devious Maids” star welcomed a daughter on Tuesday.

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<p>James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy in &quot;The Drop&quot;</p>

James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy in "The Drop"

Credit: Fox Searchlight

First look at James Gandolfini's final big screen appearance in 'The Drop'

Michaël Roskam's 'Bullhead' follow-up hits theaters in September

Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" was routinely referred to as the late James Gandolfini's final film last year, but luckily we do actually have one more big screen appearance from the actor in Michaël Roskam's "The Drop," which hits theaters in September. A few images from the film dropped today over at USA Today with thoughts from Roskam and others on the director's "Bullhead" follow-up.

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<p>Mila Kunis is much more than she initially appears to be in the wild new film &#39;Jupiter Ascending&#39; from The Wachowskis, creators of &#39;The Matrix&#39;</p>

Mila Kunis is much more than she initially appears to be in the wild new film 'Jupiter Ascending' from The Wachowskis, creators of 'The Matrix'

Credit: Warner Bros

New 'Jupiter Ascending' trailer drops Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis into one weird wild world

How are people not excited about this yet?

It baffles me how modern film nerds can get crazy excited for the nineteenth new version of something they've seen before, but when we're just a few months out from a new original science-fiction action film from the filmmakers behind "The Matrix," there's a general attitude of "eh".

Maybe the Wachowskis are simply working on a different calendar than anyone else. I have no doubt that "Speed Racer" will, in the long run, eventually be acknowledged as a bona-fide family classic, and when more filmmakers start doing work that is influenced by the tremendous, confident visual language of that film, it will get its full due as a genuinely adventurous piece of mainstream cinema. Same is true of "Cloud Atlas." Time will be very kind to that film and its ambitions, and I think there are audiences who would have been profoundly impacted by it that still haven't seen it, that may not even know it exists.

If there's one thing that Warner Bros is going to do for "Jupiter Ascending," they will make sure that you know it exists. This is a big film for them, and this new trailer seems to be a much better glimpse at the scale of the movie and the truly crazy new world that the Wachowskis have created.

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 9</p>

The "American Idol" Top 9

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 10 Performances - (I'm With The) Band Night

The remaining contestants sing with Rickey Minor and the band

Tonight's them is (I'm With The) Band. I have no clue what that means.

FOX not-so-helpfully explains that the singers "will act as the lead singer for Rickey Minor and his band, performing their favorite songs." How is that different from what happens every week? Or does it just mean that Minor won't actively attempt to sabotage the performers like he's been doing all season long?

Sigh. Click through and follow along with the fun.

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