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Exclusive clip: Jane Seymour says her wrinkles nab her more roles

Hollywood's plastic surgery obsession means more work for her

It turns out there's an upside to avoiding Hollywood's obsession with plastic perfection as you age. According to 60-year-old former Bond girl Jane Seymour, not going under the knife has meant she lands more roles than her oddly frozen competition. Oh, and the other upside is not having intense pain or having to cough up tens of thousands of dollars. Wait, there's nothing but upside here! Sorry, Nicole Kidman.

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<p>I'm not sure who this is, but I don't think we saw her on Wednesday's &quot;American Idol.&quot;</p>

I'm not sure who this is, but I don't think we saw her on Wednesday's "American Idol."

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Rounding out the Top 30

The judges make decisions, but leave one choice up to America

In two hours on Wednesday, "American Idol" revealed, by my count, the first 17 members of the Season 13 Top 30. 

So that means that Thursday's (February 13) episode is going to take an accelerated pace as we zoom toward next week's live shows. 

Lots of my early favorites haven't heard judgment yet, so click through and bite your fingernails along with me.

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<p>This candid and hilarious admission is just one of the million reasons to love Alejandro Jodorowsky in 'Jodorowsky's Dune'</p>

This candid and hilarious admission is just one of the million reasons to love Alejandro Jodorowsky in 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

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'Jodorowsky's Dune' gets a particularly trippy trailer for a documentary

This one's well worth searching out this March

When I was first contacted by the creative team behind "Jodorowsky's Dune," they were just inquiring if it was a topic I was interested in. I think it's safe to say that famous films that didn't quite get made is a topic that I find deeply interesting, and this is one of the Great White Whales of unmade movies for a variety of reasons.

Everything about the career of Alejandro Jodorowsky feels to me like it should have been bigger, should have been better, should have made more of an impact on the larger popular culture. "El Topo" and "The Holy Mountain" would have been received in a totally different way if those same exact films had been made 20 years later, and there's a good chance Hollywood would have tried to absorb his remarkable voice in some way. I think he still would have ended up an outsider, simply because that's his nature, but I sometimes feel frustrated at just how niche his greatest works still are.

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HBO picks up 'Ballers' starring Dwayne Johnson


HBO picks up "Ballers" starring Dwayne Johnson
The former wrestler turned movie star is heading to TV, playing a former NFL star. He'll be joined by Rob Corddry, who's co-starring, and Mark Wahlberg, who's producing.


Obama's Twitter account name-drops "House of Cards," begs: "No spoilers, please"

The president's official Twitter person is also excited for the return of the Netflix series. (The president signs "-bo" on tweets he actually writes, but this wasn't one of them.)

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<p>Shailene Woodley talks &quot;Divergent.&quot;</p>

Shailene Woodley talks "Divergent."

What words of wisdom did Kate Winslet give to 'Divergent's' Shailene Woodley?

She won't forget those stunts anytime soon

It's going to be a very big year for Shailene Woodley.  The former "Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "Spectacular Now" star has two highly anticipated movies, both based on popular novels, on the way.  In June, she plays a cancer patient in the adaptation of John Green's tearjerker "The Fault in Our Stars," but in a little over a month she'll have the fate of a city on her shoulders in the dramatic adventure "Divergent."  Last week, before zip lining with co-star Theo James onto Jimmy Kimmel, Woodley sat down to chat about the role that might transform her into a major movie star.

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'SVU' is bringing Alec Baldwin back to NBC


"SVU" is bringing Alec Baldwin back to NBC

Baldwin's 1st acting gig since "30 Rock" will also coincide with Mariska Hargitay's directorial debut. Details of his guest appearance are being kept under wraps.

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2014 Winter Games

 2014 Winter Games

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Winter Games Round-Up: Must-see Olympic events for Thursday, Day 7

You won't want to miss the slopestyle final

So both of Bob Costas' eyes are riddled with pink eye, Johnny Weir is channeling "The Hunger Games" in his wardrobe choices, and Norway is winning the Olympic medal count. What is going on, people? 

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<p>In terms of impact to his character, Ahsoka may be the most important relationship of Anakin Skywalker's life.</p>

In terms of impact to his character, Ahsoka may be the most important relationship of Anakin Skywalker's life.

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Netflix strikes a great deal for all of 'Star Wars: Clone Wars' including new sixth season

Will we finally learn where Ahsoka Tano is?

When I pick my kids up from school today, we are going to celebrate. After all, we are big fans of the "Clone Wars" animated series that has been airing for the last five years. Beautifully produced, the show managed to introduce a fairly large new cast of supporting characters who seemed like welcome additions to the world of "Star Wars," and it pulled off the near-impossible job of making decent use of Jar Jar, and it set up a central tension that was for me and for my sons, more suspenseful than anything in the prequels because we do not know the answer to one very big question:

Where is Ahsoka Tano?

From the very first episode of the show, Ahsoka was assigned to Anakin as his apprentice, and the two of of them genuinely grew as characters and as Jedi over the course of the series. I thought they gave Anakin a more genuine and upsetting arc towards the Dark Side over the course of this show than they did in the feature films. I think these stories really are necessary text if you're going to fully embrace the story they're telling. There is more real "Star Wars" in the five seasons of the show that has already aired than people seem to realize.

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"Living Dolls"

 "Living Dolls"

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CulturePop No. 37 - Maureen Judge, director of 'Living Dolls'

We talk Oscars (and Woody Allen), too

Another week, another awesome guest. This time around, Melinda and I got a chance to talk to Maureen Judge, the director of "Living Dolls." To say it's a documentary about doll collectors is too limiting. We meet a man who collects sex dolls a la "Lars and the Real Girl," a woman who is driving her family into bankruptcy with her compulsive collecting, a gay man who idolizes Barbie, and an artist who "mutilates" old Barbies in the name of art. These aren't people you'd likely meet in a room together. We talked to Judge about how she found these quirky characters, what she learned -- and we got a few of her Oscar picks, too.

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'Big Bang's' Jim Parsons to make his 'SNL' debut


"Big Bang's" Jim Parsons to make his "SNL" debut

Parsons will be joined by musical guest Beck when "Saturday Night Live" returns from its Winter Olympics hiatus on March 1.

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Report: E! poised to renew 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' with an even richer deal


Report: E! poised to renew "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" with an even richer deal
According to TMZ, a new deal could be worth more than the last three-season deal, which was worth $40 million.


Romany Malco will play Kevin Hart's alter ego on an ABC comedy pilot

The "Weeds" alum has been cast in a comedy loosely based on the comedian's life.


"The Good Wife" books John Leguizamo

He'll succeed Peter Florrick as the new State's Attorney.

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<p>Shani Davis</p>

Shani Davis

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TV Ratings: Olympics coverage skates past 'American Idol' on Wednesday

'Idol' is down week-to-week and NBC is down day-to-day
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
 
[Ratings were delayed this morning, forcing you to wait four full hours to learn what you could have already guessed. Sorry.]
 
For the second straight day, NBC's primetime Winter Olympics coverage was built around the quest for a gold medal three-peat that fell short. But just as audiences tuned in to NBC to see Shaun White's disappointment, speedskater Shani Davis' loss (and other coverage from Sochi) still drew big numbers.
 
As we move deeper into the Olympics, the other networks are offering less and less competition -- "American Idol" was the only other original and took a week-to-week dip -- which made it even easy for NBC to coast, even if Wednesday's Olympics ratings were on the low side.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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