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'Bunheads' says farewell in dance form

'Bunheads' says farewell in dance form

Ginny, Sasha and Amy Sherman-Palladino salute fans and bunheads alike
No *you* stop crying and watching the final "Bunheads" dance.
 
Geez.
 
"Bunheads," which won a Television Critics Association Award for Youth Programming, was cancelled by ABC Family last month, but in this final farewell dance, fans get the chance to bid adieu to Sasha and Ginny and Boo, as well as a number of supporting bunheads.
 
The video, which premiered on Buzzfeed, was directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino and choreographed by Marguerite Derricks and is set to Elton Johns "Blues for Baby and Me."
 
Although Sutton Foster was unavailable and Kaitlyn Jenkins couldn't perform due to an injury, the dance features touching send-off moments for Julia Goldani Telles, Bailey Buntain [The Blonde Bunhead] and "So You Think You Can Dance"  veteran and Season 2 guest star Jeanine Mason. [The other featured dancers are Matisse Love, Ra’Jahnae “Rae Rae” Patterson, Colleen Craig, Maine Kawashima, Eli Gruska, Adam Bernstein, Edgar Khachaturov, Kara Hess and Micah Moch.]
 
And stay tuned to the end for a cameo that's both emotional and a wee bit hilarious.
 
Farewell, "Bunheads." Long may you dance...
 
Check out the good-bye above:
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Tina Fey & Amy Poehler have been asked to return as Golden Globes hosts


Tina Fey & Amy Poehler have been asked to return as Golden Globes hosts
Unlike Ricky Gervais, Fey and Poehler hosted as a one-time deal.


Mitch Hurwitz's "Arrested Development" update: "I'm working on the movie right now"
"I can't get into much more detail because I don't want to scare anybody off," he tells Rolling Stone. "I don't want to be presumptuous about it. I don't own the property outright – it's a 20th Century Fox property. But everybody seems really into it and really eager to make a movie."


"Bunheads" films a farewell video for fans
Amy Sherman-Palladino gathered some key cast members to say goodbye in a video shot on Aug. 17.


Letterman asks Patrick Dempsey about his "Grey's Anatomy" future
"I think it depends on renegotiations," says Dempsey. PLUS: Dempsey won't co-own Tully's Coffee.


Lauren Graham brought in "Parenthood" daughter Mae Whitman to read for her CW series
"I didn't want people to think, she's you but she's not you," says Graham. "She is a muse for me, but she has a job and I would never – nor can I – pull her from that job. We’re all here at Parenthood through next year."


Lady Gaga to make her "Watch What Happens Live" debut

It'll be her 1st appearance on Sept. 11.


Anna Faris on "Mom": "We have, like, an anal-sex joke! It's amazing!"
Faris talks about her transition from movies to television.


Watch a video explanation of "Breaking Bad's" ricin journey
Here's a visual of that led to last night's epiphany. PLUS: RJ Mitte turned 21 in Vegas, and "Breaking Bad" fan invites The Cousins to vacation in Hawaii.


"Psych" books Sutton Foster and WWE's Bella Twins

The WWE twins will play "sinister, double-dutching, demonically sexy" sisters.


Discovery is making "I F*cking Love Science" for the web
Will the curse word be retained?


"Duck Dynasty's" Willie Robertson: "I didn't know I had a garden gnome"
Robertson is still amazed by all the "Duck" merchandise his reality show has spawned: "I knew I had a Chia Pet and a bobblehead and an action figure," he says. "I didn't know I had a garden gnome. That's awesome. I guess Pez dispenser is the last weird thing I have to see myself on."


Keith Olbermann returns to TV tonight

"There has been no friction at all," he says of his recent ESPN2 rehearsals. "No one has said to me, 'We let you back in, now sit back and shut up.' Instead they've said, 'We've let you back in, now tell us everything you want and why.'"


"Parks and Rec's" Jim O'Heir goes from Kimmel actor to Kimmel guest
The actor famous for playing Jerry Gergich has recently appeared in sketches playing plus-sized characters.


In defense of Miley Cyrus
Why she isn't a racist for her VMA performance and why she's not headed toward a Britney Spears-style meltdown. PLUS: MTV boss explains Miley's performance, AND "Breaking Bad" reacts to Miley.


"Under the Dome" star says producers envisioned the show lasting 3 seasons

Jolene Purdy says, though, that her character should've been killed off a long time ago.


Watch "Sunday Night Football" auditions with Ken Jeong, "America's Got Talent" judges

The "Today" crew also "auditioned."


The James Franco roast was full of gay jokes

Gay jokes from Seth Rogen, from Andy Samberg and from Sarah Silverman.


"Burn Notice" props are going up for auction

Starting Tuesday, you can bid on your "Burn" favorites.


Meredith Vieira launching a YouTube channel
The LIVES channel will be geared toward women.


"Burning Love's" Ken Marino goes shirtless in the middle of Melrose to campaign for an Emmy
TMZ caught Marino spinning a sign for his fake reality show.


Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg make their debut as a couple

Check out "The View" and "Blue Bloods" stars on the red carpet.


After rejecting "Jersey Shore," New Jersey's Asbury Park welcomes "Jerseylicious"
One of the show's stars says "it's not like we’re party animals."


Watch the 2nd trailer for VH1's TLC biopic
"CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" airs Oct. 21.


Former "X Factor" judge Cheryl Cole gets a massive tattoo of roses covering her butt
The large floral design also covers her lower back.


Alex Trebek joins the TCM cruise

You can go cruising with the "Jeopardy!" host.


It's a "Beverly Hills 90210" reunion
With Joe Montana!

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Joshua Jackson lands on Showtime for 'The Affair'


Joshua Jackson lands on Showtime for "The Affair"
The former "Fringe" star will join Dominic West and Maura Tierney in a pilot in which his wife has an affair, which will be told from several perspectives.

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<p>The Replacements at Riot Fest</p>

The Replacements at Riot Fest

Credit: The Replacements Live Archive Project

The Replacements reunited this weekend: Stream the whole live set

Riot Fest in Toronto was home to the first Mats show in 22 years

The MTV VMAs wasn't the only notable happening on Sunday night: legendary rockers The Replacements got together for the first time in 22 years to perform at Toronto's Riot Fest.

Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson were joined by drummer Josh Freese (nope, not Chris Mars) and guitarist David Minehan as they played a 22-song set over 75 minutes, with a little bit of banter in between.

"Hello. Sorry it took so long, for 25 years,we had a wardrobe debate. Unresolved," Westerberg began as he stood with Stinson.

The Replacements Live Archive Project captured good audio of the whole performance, which you can stream below or download in full here.

Are you the guy/gal who screams the lyrics to "Can't Hardly Wait" or "Swingin' Party?" And did you check that "Everything's Coming Up Roses" cover?

The Placemats will play the Chicago (Sept. 13-15) and Denver (Sept. 21-22) legs of Riot Fest, too. Should they survive these one, maybe there will be more to come?

The three surviving original members Westerberg, Stinson and Mars released a covers EP "Songs for Slim" for ailing former guitarist Slim Dunlap earlier this year.

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Carly Rae Jepsen covering 'Part of Your World' from 'Little Mermaid?' Yes, please

Carly Rae Jepsen covering 'Part of Your World' from 'Little Mermaid?' Yes, please

'Call Me Maybe' singer has whoozits and whatsits galore

Carly Rae Jepsen has released a cover of "Part of Your World" from "Little Mermaid," as part of Disney's relaunch of the 1989 title. Thanks for this, universe.

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10.1 million watched Miley Cyrus twerk on VMAs, up from last year


10.1 million watched Miley Cyrus twerk on VMAs, up from last year
That's up from the 6.1 million that tuned in last year, but down from the 12.4 million who watched in 2011. PLUS: Brooke Shields slams Miley's "disturbing" performance.


Claim: Justin Timberlake nixed plans to include more 'N Sync songs
The other bandmates "were pushing for more," a source tells Us Weekly. "While he was thrilled they could come for him, he didn't want the reunion to be the whole thing." PLUS: How the 'N Sync reunion came together.


Did Disney force ESPN to pull out of the "Frontline" NFL concussions project?
ESPN president John Skipper did meet with Disney CEO Bob Iger before cutting ties, but denies Disney had any say.


Adam Levine and his best friend sell an autobiographical comedy to NBC
This is the 2nd time "The Voice" star and Gene Hong have sold a comedy based on their friendship.


Lynda Carter to guest on "Two and a Half Men"
"Wonder Woman" fan Alan will get to meet his childhood crush.


Judd Apatow to make Amy Schumer a movie star

After starring on "Inside Amy Schumer," the comedienne is working with Apatow on her first feature film.


Restaurant's "Breaking Bad" stipulations included no murders or drug use

Garduño's, a New Mexico Mexican food chain, had to close down one of its locations for one day to accommodate filming for last night's episode.


"Horrible Bosses" writers to make a CBS pilot based on their movie
"Punching Out" will revolve around three guys who hate their job so much they quit to go back to their childhood jobs -- at the mall.


Amazon orders Chris Carter's "The After"
The thriller is "The X Files" creator's first pilot in more than a decade.


CW unveils new show posters
Check out key art for "The Originals," "Reign" and "Tomorrow People."

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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

 "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" 

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of New Jersey': Is everyone making nice before jail?

It's all huggy, lovey time, but did they know what was ahead?

Watching "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" last night, it was almost an out-of-body experience. The feuding housewives held hands! They burned symbolic pieces of paper! They visited mediums and cried! It was as if the tough Italians had been held down and forcibly sprinkled with fairy dust or forced to eat hallucinogenic mushrooms and listen to the Grateful Dead.

There was some grumbling about the New Age-iness of it all, but mostly our grumpy crew had no problem getting in touch with their collective feelings in an attempt to purge the hatred and feel the love. When Teresa Giudice wants to tell everyone how much she loves them, I'm fairly sure that's a sign of the coming apocalypse.

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Watch Robin Thicke's absurd 'Give It 2 U' music video with 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar

Watch Robin Thicke's absurd 'Give It 2 U' music video with 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar

An imaginary conversation with Thicke on the making-of this silliness

"So, Robin, as the art director behind this next music video for 'Give It 2 U,' what did you have in mind?"

"Mostly I'd like to be surrounded by hundreds of beautiful, hard-working, talented college-aged women in various states of dress, while I do next to nothing at all. If we shoot it on a football field, perhaps that will give the impression that I'm athletic and that I'm desirable, because I am quite literally playing the field and committing to nothing but my avoidance of physical activity."

"Do you want it to have a similar feel to 'Blurred Lines?'"

"Yes, if we could intermittently throw the performing troupes' names and other names and stuff in red sans serif font all up on there, it might look like art, or sarcasm."

"Great, so the university dance teams will wear their usual uniforms?"

"Well, some of them. Others will need to wear protective upper body gear, like a football player, which will guarantee maximum discomfort and the threat of literally sweating ones' boobs off. Bring in the Luxury Girls, a name I only know as phone sex workers but might also be some other thing that involves cosplay. Also, make sure there is one fawningly beautiful model who is dressed head to toe in bags and mounds of cotton candy, a guise that no reasonable, mentally healthy male would ever sustain exception for those guys in the Lonely Island. I think that Andy Samberg is so funny... but Justin Timberlake's not in that group, right?"

"No, he's not."

"Phew, seriously, that guy makes me look completely self unaware."

"What would you like 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar to do in your video?"

"I dunno, let 'em riff with no design of choreography and maybe one rehearsal under their belt. Give them some fourrunners and girls of their own. What do you think of 'Ass Float?' Don't answer that, I already know the answer."

"Robin, what is your child Julian up to on the day of shoot?"

"Great question, maybe I should bring him on set, dress and style him in the same way as his dear old man, with slick hair and tailored suits and no signs of maternalism except for his infantile existence and the buttresses of mammaries. That way, we can intimate an almost parody-like cycle of ladies' men begetting ladies' men whilst shattering age boundaries of sexual maturity.

"Also, a sushi piñata."

"What?"

"Nothing."

"What will you wear?"

"I play the role as the referee and have stolen a suit from off of Beetlejuice's body."

"And thus the core of the 'Give It 2 U' video will be that it is very beautiful, very fun but ultimately vapid, with a couple of grossly exaggerated product placements and a hinted use of women of color as fashion accessories... so you and Miley are obviously getting along."

"Yes, couldn't you tell?"

"Now, Robin, the title 'Give It 2 U' seems like a very transparent rip, a page straight from the Prince playbook. Your falsetto sounds great."

"Thank you, that was my every intention."

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'Sons of Anarchy' gets an online aftershow


"Sons of Anarchy" gets an online aftershow
FX has picked up three episodes of "Anarchy Afterword," which will air online with host Chris Franjola and guest Kurt Sutter.


Jay Baruchel sells semi-autobiographical comedy to ABC
The "Undeclared" alum won't star in a comedy about a Hollywood actor who trades his fame to move to Vermont and live near his mom and with his best friends.


CBS is remaking "Love, American Style"

The 1970s comedy anthology series is coming back without the anthology component.


Being outraged at the VMAs: "One of our nation's more embarrassing traditions"
If Miley Cyrus did what she did last night on another show, there wouldn't be that much outrage, says Amanda Marcotte. "It's easy to understand why" there's outrage, she says. "It's August, people are bored, and getting all bent out of shape about nothing is a way to pass the time. But it has to stop! If you look back at some previous VMA scandals, you'll see how dumb they always are in retrospect." PLUS: Parents TV Council blasts VMAs as "unacceptable," and Kelly Clarkson describes VMAs as "#pitchystrippers."


"Breaking Bad's" epiphany, explained

How it was all figured out.


Kate Gosselin sues Jon Gosselin

The former TLC star is accusing her ex-husband of spying on her via wiretapping, hacking her computers and identity theft. The suit is for millions of dollars.


New "Doctor Who" Peter Capaldi likely won't change his Scottish accent
Steven Moffat says he expects Capaldi to retain his accent, like previous Scottish "Who" Sylvester McCoy.


OneRepublic's Ryan Teder joins "The Voice"
He'll advise Adam Levine's team.


Watch Kevin Spacey's speech urging TV execs to change
"If you are watching a film on your television, is it no longer a film because you're not watching it in the theater?" he said at the Edinburgh TV Festival. "If you watch a TV show on your iPad is it no longer a TV show? The device and length are irrelevant."


"American Horror Story" releases its 4th teaser
Titled "Stakes."


See a preview of "The Young & the Restless'" tribute to Jeanne Cooper
Featuring her real-life son, Corbin Bernsen.

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<p>&quot;Soongava: Dance of the Orchids&quot;</p>

"Soongava: Dance of the Orchids"

Credit: Rapsodie Production

Nepal and Greece enter the foreign-language Oscar race

At least one lesbian-themed drama will be in the running

Well, it won't be France's "Blue is the Warmest Color" (for eligibility reasons discussed here), but at least one lesbian-focused drama stands a chance at winning this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. And it's from rather an unexpected country: Nepal. Subarna Thapa's film "Soongava: Dance of the Orchids," a story of a young dancer who defies her wealthy Hindu family's plans for an arranged marriage to move in with her working-class female lover, was announced as the landlocked South Asian state's official submission yesterday.

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<p>Lucy Hale in the studio</p>

Lucy Hale in the studio

Lucy Hale from 'Pretty Little Liars' recording country album

What would Aria say?

Pretty Little Liars’” Lucy Hale has a secret of her own: she’s been working on a country album.

Hale, who plays Aria Montgomery on the hit ABC Family series,  grew up listening to Faith Hill, Martina McBride, and Shania Twain, according to press release. Between filming the series and her other duties, such as recently co-hosting the Teen Choice Awards, Hale has been making the trek to Music City to write and record her debut album with producer Mark Bright. Bright has produced albums for artists like Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery and Rascal Flatts.

The first single will come out early next year with the full album to follow on Disney Music Group Nashville/Bigger Picture Group.

Hale will start the all important step of  kissing babies and shaking hands with country programmers this fall as she hits the road to let them know that country music is, really, truly, her first love.

 

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<p>We'll call this photo &quot;reaching&quot;</p>

We'll call this photo "reaching"

Credit: AP Photo

An Open Letter to Miley Cyrus after the Video Music Awards and her 'publicity art'

Thanks for the 'Baby's First Twerk' instructional video, but time to move on

Dear Miley,

I’m not really sure why you feel the need to keep stabbing any existing memory of  “Hannah Montana” in the heart. We got it a few years ago when you performed “Party in the USA” and used the pole on an ice cream cart as a stripper pole. We got it again—over and over—with the various photo spreads with you showing off body parts, grabbing your crotch— and the videos that are your own version of “Girls Gone Wild.” Move over, Joe Francis. And we got it again last night in your Video Music Award stripper act performance.

You pretty much buried Hannah Montana for good after the last movie in 2010 (I know, it’s hard to believe it hasn’t been way longer than that), and you can stop dedicating every minute to stomping on her grave now.  We got it. You are never, ever getting back together with that boring little school girl. Not when there’s molly to ingest and beer to drink and miles of twerking to go before you sleep.

Your "We Can't Stop" performance at the VMAs last night, as you grinded up against dancers dressed as plushie teddy bears, looked like something out of a misguided “Baby’s First Twerk” home video.  Really, no one wants to see that and it’s a good thing that Robin Thicke had on sunglasses for your performance together on “Blurred Lines” so we couldn’t see his reaction as you stroked his crotch with a foam finger. Somehow, you made the women in the “Blurred Lines” video look classy. Nice job!

A friend of mine has coined a new term for performances like yours. He calls it "publicity art." It's certainly not music and it's not really performance art —there's not that much thought put into it. It's a calculated attempt at grabbing headlines and it works. But only for so long. And the really irritating thing about it is you have to keep upping the ante. No performer can keep that up forever.

Instead of trying to shock us with how shocking you are and expecting us all to clutch our pearls, why not really stun us with something: show us that you can sing. Some of us know you can from songs like "The Climb" and "Wrecking Ball," the song you released yesterday, but a lot of folks need a reminder.  You don’t have to stop dancing or even twerking and stomping around like some awkward dinosaur, but it would be nice if you quit sticking out your tongue more than Gene Simmons. It’s almost like you have a facial tic.

No one expects you to dress up like you’re headed to a church social though you certainly got some great reactions, including Rihanna’s stony-faced, slightly bemused one. Not like she’s one to talk.

We already know you  Can’t Be Tamed. That’s so 2010. Why not show us that you can’t be stopped because you’re simply too talented.

Thanks,
Melinda 

 

 

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