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<p>Lady Gaga in &quot;Applause&quot;</p>

Lady Gaga in "Applause"

New 'Applause' video: Watch me pull a Lady Gaga out of my hat

She'll do anything to earn your applause

Lady Gaga continues her one-woman performance art with the very theatrical video for “Applause,” which she premiered on “Good Morning America” today.

Shot primarily in black and white by Dutch photographers Inez & Vinoodh, “Applause” shows there is nothing Lady Gaga won’t do to get your attention, whether it’s catching a knife between her teeth, turning into a swan, popping out of a magician’s hat, dancing maniacally, or writhing around in a clam shell bikini. Because, damn it, she wants your “Applause,” but she is willing to work for it. 

There are art/film references aplenty from pop artist Jeff Koons, whom she mentions in the lyrics, to Fellini to even Janet Jackson’s Rolling Stone cover with someone else shielding her breasts.

[More after the jump...]


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<p>Lake Bell in her feature directorial debut, &quot;In A&nbsp;World...&quot;</p>

Lake Bell in her feature directorial debut, "In A World..."

'In A World...' and my summer at the movies

Looking back on a mix of successful blockbusters and artful indies

On Saturday, I saw my sixth and almost certainly final movie of the summer: "In A World...," the indie comedy written by, directed by, and starring Lake Bell, about an aspiring voice actress trying to break into the male-dominated world of movie trailer narration. It is, as that description would suggest, a small movie, but also a smart, funny, and at times very poignant one. It also fits into a rich tradition of actors whom the business doesn't quite know what to do with — Bell tends to be cast as the strange woman the hero abandons for his true love interest — deciding that the best way to show what they can do is to write a showcase for themselves. Sylvester Stallone did it with "Rocky," Jon Favreau with "Swingers" (which was also showcasing his buddy Vince), Matt Damon and Ben Affleck with "Good Will Hunting," and here Bell has written the best part anyone's ever given her. There are the usual glitches of any first-time feature director, but Bell  demonstrates — and pardon the terrible pun, given the subject matter, but it's the best word that applies here — a real voice as both writer and director. It's a movie that's about something, in addition to having a lot of good jokes, a sweet romance, etc.

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Teresa Giudice prosecutors ask Bravo for unaired 'Real Housewives' footage

Teresa Giudice prosecutors ask Bravo for unaired "Real Housewives" footage

"For every hour that airs, there are more than 20 hours of unedited footage," a source tells the NY Daily News. "They shoot for three months and end up using only the footage that fits into the story line they want to focus on."

Happy 50th birthday, John Stamos!
The "Full House" star celebrates the Big 5-0 today, and last week he kicked off his birthday celebration at Outside Lands with his BFF, Bob Saget.

"Breaking Bad's" Betsy Brandt: "This is why I wanted to do a comedy!"

Intense episodes like last night's is why Brandt is now starring on "The Michael J. Fox Show." "With drama like this, after a while it's just not healthy," says Brandt, who has not seen the episode in which The Cousins shoot her TV husband. Brandt also talks about last night's interaction with Anna Gunn and the color purple. PLUS: Women drove this week's episode, "Breaking Bad's" final season seems "The Shield"-like, is Skyler running a long-con?, this episode neatly shook out the alliances, the opening was very Spielbergian, and "Talking Bad's" guests next week are Samuel L. Jackson and Bob Odenkirk.

D.L. Hughley: I'm doing an FX show about a radio show

Hughley, who in real life signed a deal last week to host his own radio show, will apparently bring his radio persona to the small screen.

Benedict Cumberbatch tells "Sherlock" paparazzi to "Go photograph Egypt"

The actor, wearing a hooded coat and sunglasses on set, held up a sign saying, "Go photograph Egypt and show the world something important."

Brian Williams writes about his knee replacement surgery

The NBC News anchor says his knee problems stem from playing high school football.

BitTorrent gets into the TV pilot business

Users of the torrent site will be able to decide whether or not a pilot is made.

"True Blood" ends the season with something rarely seen on TV

Watch the major spoiler from last night's episode. PLUS: Will "True Blood" go back to its roots?

"Homeland": Go behind the scenes of Season 3
Damian Lewis and Claire Danes talk about what's coming up.

Was Oprah's Lindsay Lohan interview actually revealing?
Oprah and Lindsay spent last night's interview live-tweeting each other positive thoughts.

Larry David golfs with Obama

The president ended his Martha's Vineyard vacation by golfing with the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star, but no pictures have been released.

"Girls" releases a Season 3 teaser full of behind-the-scenes photos

With some Instagrammed bikini shots.

Olivia Munn dislocates her shoulder in swing accident

"The Newsroom" star had her swing breaking captured on video.

Watch the "Once Upon a Time" Season 3 promo

The 3rd season kicks off Sept. 29. PLUS: ABC teases the first 30 seconds of "Revenge" Season 3.

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"True Blood"

 "True Blood"

Credit: HBO

'True Blood' season finale recap: Will Sookie and Warlow wed?

The war between vamps and humans takes a new direction

Can you believe it's been a whole season of "True Blood"? I certainly can, as plot points and storylines have zinged past our heads like vases during a lovers' quarrel in a 1940s B movie. Though that's meant some shoddy character development and (especially in this episode) some false turns in the service of wrapping up a storyline, the good news is that this season finale sets us up for what could be a dark future, but one possibly more satisfying than this one.

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<p>Thomas Sadoski, John Gallagher Jr. and Olivia Munn in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Thomas Sadoski, John Gallagher Jr. and Olivia Munn in "The Newsroom."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'The Newsroom' - 'One Step Too Many'

The 'News Night' staff enjoys a night out before Jerry makes a big edit

A quick review of tonight's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I talk to someone who says he's seen eight reindeer...

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<p>Anna Gunn as Skyler White in &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Anna Gunn as Skyler White in "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Breaking Bad' - 'Buried'

Skyler has many questions to answer and Walt and Lydia each visit the desert

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I channel Scrooge McDuck...

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<p>Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski)&nbsp;helps out Dexter (Michael C. Hall).</p>

Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski) helps out Dexter (Michael C. Hall).

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Dexter' - 'Are We There Yet?'

Dexter and Hannah try to help out Zach, while Dr. Vogel has a new plan

A quick review of tonight's "Dexter" coming up just as soon as we sage the place and hang a crystal in the corner...

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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

Credit: CBS

'Big Brother': Is Aaryn or Amanda really in control of the house?

Will this week be the time for a Big Move?

I am already sick of hearing the announcer saying 3 a.m. That's all. 

Anyway, most of this episode is dedicated to Amanda acting smug, Amanda whining to McCrae, and Amanda gloating over how well she's running the house. I'm not sure why everyone is so happy to let one half of a showmance dictate every move on the show, given that the other players might have a shot at making a final two deal with anyone else, but I guess Amanda's bullying persona has somehow clicked with the rest of the players. I'm wondering if she's worn down the hamsters with her throaty smoker's voice yelling or if they're so tired of her they just want to give up. I will say McCrae has the glassy-eyed stare of a man who's seen too much.

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<p>Kelly Rowland, Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams reuniting as Destiny's Child during Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, LA on Feb. 3, 2013.</p>

Kelly Rowland, Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams reuniting as Destiny's Child during Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, LA on Feb. 3, 2013.

Credit: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

What If Destiny's Child hadn't broken up?

Where would Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams be now?

This week HitFix is revisiting some of the key turning points in recent entertainment history and considering what would have happened if history had turned a bit differently. What if...?

In the early and mid- 2000s, the Destiny’s Child line-up of Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams ruled the pop charts with the trio’s bootylicious pop/R&B mix, selling more than 60 million albums worldwide before disbanding in 2005.

What if Destiny’s Child hadn’t broken up?

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<p>&quot;Welcome to the Family&quot;</p>

"Welcome to the Family"

Credit: NBC

Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Welcome to the Family'

It's the Most Progressive TV Comedy of 1970!

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

Show:"Welcome to the Family" (NBC)
Airs: Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.
The Pitch: "She's a blonde ditz! He's a Latino intellectual! How will their families POSSIBLY get along? Welcome to the most progressive network sitcom of 1970!"
Quick Response: Somewhere between the release of "Guess Whose Coming To Dinner?" in 1967 and the premiere of "All in the Family" in 1971, you could have programmed a show identical to "Welcome to the Family" and been celebrated for your paradigm-shifting view of race relations and blended families in America. Your humor would have been so darned edgy that half of the critics in America probably would have hated you and you'd definitely have been discussed by President Nixon as a subversive countercultural force. Of course, it's not 1970 and you're going to have to be pretty sheltered to look at "Welcome to the Family" as especially progressive or edgy. Probably that's OK, though, because I don't sense that creator Mike Sikowitz has "All in the Family" aspirations and where there actually might have been room for interesting cultural exploration, he's satisfied with warm and fuzzy blandness. And in that warm and fuzzy blandness, you can't be offended by "Welcome to the Family," either for the social statements it makes -- "When did this become about me having issues with Latinos? I have an issue with THAT Latino," a character says, making the show's clear proclamation of ideological indifference -- or for the social statements it chooses not to make. The characters are all blurry and non-specific, tip-toing right to the edge of caricature and then scurrying away without becoming especially defined. That shifts the responsibility for characterization away from the writers and onto stars Mike O'Malley, Mary McCormack, Ricardo Chavira and Justina Machado, who by sheer force of ingrained personality manage to make "Welcome to the Family" more amiable than it has any right to be. That's an elevation from "not at all" to "very slightly," but it's a start. O'Malley and McCormack have an entirely relaxed and natural chemistry that steers a few soft punchlines into laughs. Chavira and Machado have the side of the narrative that strays in the direction of stereotype, so you can see them working hard to make a little bit more of what they've been given, which sometimes veers into loudness. The Romeo & Juliet-style -- minute the tragedy, we assume -- leads are Joseph Haro and Ella Rae Peck and... let's just say they're not the focus of the pilot, so there's little opportunity for any real rapport to develop. "Welcome to the Family" is definitely slightly better than "Sean Saves the World" in the generic-and-voiceless filling of the network's Thursday Comedy Sandwich between the terrific "Parks and Rec" and the intriguing "Michael J. Fox Show."
Desire To Watch Again: Whatever desire I have to watch this one again comes mostly from my sense that Mike O'Malley is a smart, talented and funny guy who deserves a certain amount of support and my generalized respect for some of the remainder of the cast. I just don't see much upside here, because I don't see much aspiration. Even "Sean Saves the World" has more upside, albeit an upside that will only be realized if it becomes "Thomas Lennon & Echo Kellum Save the World." Because "Welcome to the Family" was painless and because it has a great lead-in, I'll give it one or two more episodes.


Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Millers'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'The Goldbergs' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Ironside'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'We Are Men' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Almost Human' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Back in the Game' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Sean Saves the World' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'Reign' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Crazy Ones' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Enlisted' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Betrayal' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Blacklist' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'The Tomorrow People' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Hostages' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Trophy Wife' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Michael J. Fox Show' 
All of my 2012 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2011 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2010 Take Me To The Pilots Entries


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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

Credit: Jordan Strauss/AP

Music Power Rankings: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Luke Bryan rule this week

Morrissey and Charlie Brown also make the list

1. Katy Perry: She comes “roaring” back with hot first new single from “Prism,” as the single wins the battle between Perry and Lady Gaga’s “Applause” and is on track to sell close to 500,000 copies in its first week.

2. Luke Bryan:
Country superstar’s new album, “Crash My Party,” released Tuesday, will crash onto the Billboard 200 with sales of more than 500,000 copies in its first week. And he’s done it by staying country as country can be.

3. George Strait: Billboard names him the recipient of its Legends of Live award as the cowboy rides away on his last tour, taking the record for the most No. 1 tunes by any artist in any genre with him. It’s good to be king.

4.Lady Gaga: Katy Perry may win the first week single sales battle (“Roar’s” 450,000 to “Applause’s” 225,000), but Momma Monster managed to snare her share of this week’s headlines, including condemning the leak of her uplifting, sweet duet with Cher, “The Greatest.” C’mon LG, let Cher include it on her album!

5. This Charming Charlie: Smiths fans are dying over the great new Tumblr that combines Peanuts cartoons with Morrissey lyrics. Charlie Brown and the whole gang get into the act in one of the greatest combos since peanut butter and chocolate.

6.Pete Townshend:
The Who frontman diffuses an assault from One Direction fans by saying he likes the band and he doesn’t mind at all if “Best Song Ever” rips off “Baba O’Riley. (a comparison we noted ourselves)   Can a duet be far behind?

7. Eminem: Slim Shady drops his first new music in two years with “Survival,” a biting, propulsive track from “Call Of Duty: Ghosts.” Shady’s back and he’s taking names.

8. Robin Thicke:
In a rather strange lawsuit, the “Blurred Lines” singer/co-writer has filed a suit asking a judge to rule that the song does not steal from Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” and Parliament’s “Sexy Ways,” before either party (or estate) has filed a suit claiming the song is rip-off.  Talk about a preemptive strike...

9. Michelle Obama:
Is a gold record next for the First Lady? She makes a cameo appearance in “Everybody,” a hip-hop song about eating healthily and taking care of our bodies. We just want to know if she does the Dougie in the video.

10. Kelly Clarkson: T
he singer is banned from taking a ring once worn by Jane Austen out of England, but she sweetly agrees to sell it back to the Jane Austen museum if it can raise enough money to pay her what she paid for the ring. As the engaged star prepares to walk down the aisle, we think she already has a ring on it so she can spare Austen's bling.

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Report: Jennifer Lopez's 'American Idol' return a done deal

Report: Jennifer Lopez's "American Idol" return a done deal

One day after her boyfriend Casper Smart spilled the beans, Us Weekly is reporting that a deal is done for J.Lo to return to her judging role after one season off.

Thomas Gibson: Catfished?

The "Criminal Minds" star allegedly had a two-year online relationship with a woman using somebody else's pornographic photos.

Montel Williams eyeing a talk show comeback

According to TMZ, Williams is expected to make an announcement next month. Williams' "Montel Williams Show" was canceled in 2008 after 17 years.

Watch the launch of Fox Sports 1
And see the final moments of the Speed Channel very early this morning.

Gia Allemand passed "The Bachelor's" extensive vetting

Allemand also had access to an on-set therapist during taping four years ago.

"Orange is the New Black's" Laura Prepon predicted her prison future on "That '70s Show"
"I could get arrested," said Donna Pinciotti in one episode. "I could go to a girl prison."

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