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Report: HBO has offered Rachel McAdams the female lead in 'True Detective' Season 2 — Taylor Kitsch is also expected aboard
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Report: HBO has offered Rachel McAdams the female lead in 'True Detective' Season 2 — Taylor Kitsch is also expected aboard

'Utopia' shake-up: Castmates can soon vote each other out and pick new members

Report: HBO has offered Rachel McAdams the female lead in “True Detective” Season 2 — Taylor Kitsch is also expected aboard
Variety reports that McAdams has been the frontrunner for weeks, beating out such actresses as Jessica Biel and Malin Ackerman. Variety also reports that "Taylor Kitsch is also expected to land the role of the fourth lead."

“Utopia” shake-up: Castmates can soon vote each other out and pick new members
It’s big change for the Fox reality show, which was to have the same people live together for a year.

Kim Kardashian tackled at Paris Fashion Week by a notorious Ukrainian prankster
Vitalii Sediuk, who has antagonized Leo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Will Smith on the red carpet, is taking credit for today’s stunt.

Both late-night Jimmys are doing well
While "Jimmy Kimmel Live” had its most-watched third quarter, “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” continued to dominate. PLUS: Kimmel to host a tribute to Matthew McConaughey.

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Syfy renews 'Dominion' and 'Defiance'
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Syfy renews 'Dominion' and 'Defiance'

Syfy renews “Dominion” and “Defiance”
The post-apocalyptic angel-war drama and the alien-colonized Earth drama will be back for a respective 2nd and 3rd season. Both summer thrillers have received the same Thursday viewership, 2.7 million viewers.

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'Black-ish' opens strong
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'Black-ish' opens strong

Kenan Thompson on the report of him leaving 'SNL': 'You don't have to worry about stuff like that'

“Black-ish” opens strong
The first major network black family sitcom in years held on to nearly all of “Modern Family’s” audience, coming in 2nd place for the night with 10.8 million viewers. meanwhile, “Survivor” returned up from last year.

Kenan Thompson on the report of him leaving “SNL”: "You don't have to worry about stuff like that”
"We need to worry about the premiere Saturday,” Thompson said on this morning’s “Today” show. "It's the 40th anniversary! That's what we need to focus on."

“South Park's" skewered the Washington Redskins and the entire NFL
Last night’s episode took shots at the Redskins name, Roger Goodell, all the NFL owners, especially Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones. "South Park" even benched RGIII from the promo and put in his backup, Kirk Cousins.

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Asa Butterfield
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Tim Burton Wants Asa Butterfield for 'Big Eyes' Follow-up, 'Miss Peregrine'

He'd play the lead peculiar child in 'Home for Peculiar Children’

Apparently they didn't have the make-up to turn Johnny Depp into a 16-year-old boarding school student, so "Hugo" and "Ender's Game" star Asa Butterfield is Tim Burton's top choice for the lead in the upcoming "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children."

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<p>Viola Davis in &quot;How to Get Away with Murder.&quot;</p>

Viola Davis in "How to Get Away with Murder."

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Review: ABC's 'How to Get Away with Murder' needs more Viola Davis

A legal procedural grafted onto a conspiracy thriller, but only the first part works

There are two shows at war with each other inside "How to Get Away with Murder," which joins an all-Shonda Rhimes night of programming (though this one is only produced by Rhimes; Pete Nowalk created it) on ABC tonight at 10. One is a formulaic legal procedure in which yet another brilliant, inscrutable master of the profession with questionable social skills mentors a group of impressionable young students, each week closing a new case and imparting a new lesson. The other is a complicated serialized mystery with a fractured timeline designed to keep the audience on its toes as to who did what, and why, and whether we should be pulling for any of them to live up to the show's title.

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William Monahan
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William Monahan adapting The New Yorker's teen snitch expose 'The Throwaways'

Writer won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for 2006's 'The Departed'

In an age where mature dramas are an endangered species, William Monahan remains a defender of the movies-for-adults business. The "Departed" and "Body of Lies" writer won't even let his uncredited work on "Oblivion" sneak into his IMDb credits. That's diligence.

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Big Brother 16 finale

Recap: 'Big Brother' Finale: What We Learned From Every HG

Recap: 'Big Brother' Finale: What We Learned From Every HG

I don't know how to break this to you, but all you need to know about "Big Brother 16" is the following: Cody won the final HOH, could've guaranteed himself $500,000 by evicting Derrick over Victoria, and yet he didn't; that's because Derrick is too powerful a player with too much intuition and too much command, and he wrangled Cody into feeling obligated (I guess?) to give him $500,000. 

That is unthinkably sensational gameplay. It doesn't feel real. Week after week, we've watched Derrick move more pawns into place (or at least one pawn named Victoria) and choreograph a flawless victory for himself. It even feels like the look on Cody's face has been "silver-medal good sport" for about a month. I figured all along that Cody was this season's Shane from BB14, a studly gamer with a good alliance and no Machiavellian masterstroke, but he turned into this season's GinaMarie, a proud runner-up who couldn't even muster the nerve to argue for a victory.

So congrats to Derrick for creating the straightest possible line to $500,000 and never coming close to veering from that plan. He's the best winner in the show's history, and he never once felt obligated to be the most interesting player. He's the real deal. 

To make the ending of this season feel more satisfying and less like the anticlimactic end to a season that wound up arcing right into Derrick's pocket, let's remind ourselves what we learned from every individual houseguest.


If your personality is defined by recycling, you will be trashed like so much non-biodegradable styrofoam. 

If you are a woman with the nerve to start an alliance against the prevailing alliance, you will be ostracized by a terrible man. He will also soon be ostracized.


If you look like you're constantly wearing the cheapest available H&M gear, no one is that sad if you leave the game.

DJs are barely people.


It's only a good idea to be paranoid if you're also smart. 

You might not be a great game player if Brittany can save herself just by muttering, "I'm a mother" at you.


If there's a prevailing alliance in the house and you're not in it, stop seeming smart immediately. That's why Victoria is here on Day 97 and Brittany isn't.

You can't pretend calling other people "fake" is a relevant criticism when you're playing "Big Brother. I think this show is called "Fake People Bein' Fake Lol" in Korea.


If you're being stalked in the "Big Brother" house, remember: Yikes, that's scary. 

I'm just sorry about that whole situation, Amber. You go, Amber.

Also, you look like a silhouette of young Whitney Houston in the "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" video. Soar, dear.


Ring, ring. Who's there? My entire reason for watching this season, that's who. 

Jesus heals all! Except the marks left on your neck from a chintzy bow-tie. He doesn't play that.

Why am I handing out life lessons when Jocasta gave us the best and most inspirational quote of the season with, "I've been with men! I've been with women! My past is my past!" 


It's hard to trust a player who ends most of his sentences with, "And I also need a kiss from Nicole."


Oh, Zach. I trusted you until you called Frankie the "smartest, funniest" person you know. Then I didn't trust this world.

"Fruit Loop Dingus" isn't funny. But when said with enough gusto, it can be... loudly unfunny.

Zach is the one player this season whose problems would be over if he was given a juice box or a nap.


If there's one thing I know about Donny, the mild-mannered, lovely, quaint man who always told us the whole truth, it's that he's secretly ex-military.

I still think Donny is in a secret alliance with a caterpillar and an apple. They'll have that forever.



It's hard to trust a player who is ending this game with kisses from Hayden.


Mack on the women when you're a cocky, unrepentant dude? Get called a legend. Mack on a man when you're a friendly lady? Get slut-shamed on national TV.

If you're not the dominating member of your alliance and you're a woman, get called a floater. If you're not the dominating member of your alliance and you're a man, get called $50,000 winner Cody Califiore.



If Rupert Murdoch would sound ridiculous calling himself a mogul, maybe you sound ridiculous calling yourself a mogul.

Opening your eyes really wide is not the same thing as having a personality.

I give it two years before he's on the new season of "RuPaul's Drag Race." And may the best Victoria drag queen win!


Don't vote out your best alliance member just because he's a troll doll in Bugle Boy shorts.

If you have a Final 4 deal, that's not the same thing as a Final 2 deal, is it?


Here is all I remember of this person:



He didn't win the pageant. But he definitely won the swimwear portion.

This kid. This kid.


Your entire personality is undercover if you're smarter than everybody. 

There is such a thing as "Big Brother" perfection. Even Zingbot is bowing down. 

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<p>Demian Bichir in The Bridge</p>

Demian Bichir in The Bridge

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Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Quetzalcoatl'

Fausto plots an escape, Sonya hunts Eleanor, and Linder seeks revenge

A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as a horse steps on my foot in summer camp...

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<p>John Rocker</p>

John Rocker

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Recap: 'Survivor: San Juan Del Sur' Premiere - 'Suck It Up and Survive'

'Survivor: Anybody Other Than John Rocker' premieres with a 90 minute episode

Arrivals. Welcome to the start of "Survivor: Seriously Anybody Other Than John Rocker" or, as CBS seems to want to call it, "Survivor: San Juan Del Sur," or "Survivor: Blood vs Water - Newbies Edition." As usual, Jeff Probst arrives via helicopter, scaring the nine pairs of loved ones down on the beaches. Once again, each pair is in isolation, where they've been given flint and told to prepare and enjoy a night together. Jaclyn is Ms Michigan, while Jon played football at Michigan State, but they don't want to be viewed as threatening. And speaking of "threatening," Veteran media-blamer (and current member of the media) John Rocker blames the media for labeling him a bigot, while Julie doesn't want to be judged for her boobs. [Oh yeah! We've got monkeys!] Missy and Baylor are the first to experience my new favorite simian characters. Missy is frequently divorced and Baylor stands behind her, especially when it comes to avoiding monkeys. Brothers Drew and Alec have a rivalry, with Alec wanting to beat his big bro. Farmer Dale and daughter Kelly have had an up-and-down relationship, but they're hoping to get close again. Josh and Reed are already making fire and catching crabs, which may stem from Reed's first Valentine's Day gift of flint. Married Val and Jeremy are competitive about their emergency professions and the game. And as for Nadiya and Natalie? They're praying. It appears Natalie had bleached the end of her hair so that I can recognizer her. And then there are amusingly bickering Louisiana firefighters Keith and Wes, who are having trouble with getting fire going. 

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Series premiere talkback: 'Black-ish' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of ABC's new Anthony Anderson comedy?

Yesterday, I published my review of ABC's "Black-ish." Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Was Anthony Anderson's panic about his family's blackness (or lack thereof) funny, or quickly annoying? Were you bothered that Anderson and Laurence Fishburne are so close in age? How did you feel about the balance between Dre's work and home lives? Did the stuff with the kids feel too cartoonish? Did you laugh? And will you watch again?

Have at it. I expect to be checking in on this one periodically, just to see if it can maintain the promise I saw in the pilot while also getting funnier.

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<p>Lana Del Rey</p>

Lana Del Rey

Who's gonna save the music industry: PornHub or Urban Outfitters?

No really: Porn site launches label, outfitter vinyl sales soar

Sure, 2014 may be on track to be the worst year in SoundScan's history for music sales, but there might be some bright spots in some very unsuspecting corners: PornHub and Urban Outfitters.

Today, the pornography site announced that it was starting its own label, in a report from Billboard. And yesterday, the clothing and home goods retailer claimed to be "the world's number one vinyl seller," according to Buzzfeed.

(Pictured: Lana Del Rey, whose most recent record "UltraViolence" can be bought now via Urban Outfitters as an "exclusive edition" on blue and lavender vinyl with special album art.)

As for the former, PornHub Records has launched, and coincides with a Song Search Contest to find a "PornHub Anthem." The winner won't necessarily be signed to the label, but is guaranteed to be have chosen from a panel (chock full of who we assume will be very distinguished guests) and the winning music video to be seen by at least 500,000 viewers, with $5,000 to be pocketed.

Keep in mind, PornHub averages about 40 million pageviews a day. How's that day job of yours. Good.

PornHub has hosted premieres of music video content like electronic producer FaltyDL's "Some Jazz Sh*t" video, Coolio's aptly named "Take It To The Hub" and Xiu Xiu's "Black D*ck."

"We're looking for acts that aren't necessarily porn-focused," said PornHub vice president Corey Price of their label model. "We're an ad-based network looking for content that appeals to our demographic. Mature lyrics for an adult audience; no boy bands or teen-pop, for instance."

As for Urban Outfitters' demo, there takes a little wordsmithing to make their case, but according to business reporter Sapne Maheshwari, this is what chief administrating officer Calvin Hollinger said during a meeting with analysts yesterday: "Music is very, very important to the Urban customer… in fact, we are the world’s number one vinyl seller.”

Instead of UO owning its own inventory, it offers wares through about 100 vendors who are already in the marketplace instead. So it's really connecting those businesses to the buyers. 

As for either really saving the music industry? Not really happening. Vinyl records sales are still a drop in the hat compared to digital and CD albums (like, the difference of a hundred million) and PornHub's music appeal will really all depend on how they release and promote their, um, output.

But, hey, this is what they mean when they say music is a "lifestyle."

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Key & Peele: We were too busy on our show to film an Obamacare sketch with President Obama
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Key & Peele: We were too busy on our show to film an Obamacare sketch with President Obama

Julie Chen on if we’ll get another 'Big Brother: All-Stars': 'I don’t think so'

Key & Peele: We were too busy on our show to film an Obamacare sketch with President Obama
“We had to turn him down,” says Jordan Peele. “We were making the season.” Adds Keegan-Michael Key: “We literally couldn’t fit it in to our schedules...So we actually had to relieve the president of his duties."

Chris from “Everybody Hates Chris” joins “The Walking Dead”
Tyler James Williams, who’s almost 22 and who most recently starred on “Go On," will play a character named Noah. No other details have been revealed.

Julie Chen on if we’ll get another “Big Brother: All-Stars”: “I don’t think so”
"I mean, look at the ratings for this past season — higher than last year, all new people,” she tells EW. "Look, we love the Will Kirbys, the Mike Boogies, and the Janelles, and they will always have a special spot in our hearts. And maybe they’ll make an appearance in some sort of stunt, but I think the beauty of this game is showing true fans who have never played it, who have played it just from their armchair at home, have a stab at it and realize, wow, I had no idea what I was in for. You keep the game more pure that way.” PLUS: Why “Big Brother 16” was the best season in years.

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