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Scott Lomu and George Wright of "Jungle Gold"

 Scott Lomu and George Wright of "Jungle Gold"

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Watch: George and Scott of 'Jungle Gold' talk robbery, accusations

The reality stars say we'll never see the whole, horrible truth

George Wright and Scott Lomu of Discovery's "Jungle Gold" (Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET) give the term "gold diggers" a literal spin with this reality show, now in its second season. If you haven't seen the show, it's a doozie. Two guys lose their shirts when the real estate bubble bursts and decide to do the logical thing -- hunt for gold in Ghana! I got a chance to talk with the pair about how the show came about, how they feel about those that accuse them of faking and what their wives really think of what they're doing.

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MTV's VMAs going host-less this year


MTV's VMAs going host-less this year
"For this year's show, we've decided to go in a different direction than the traditional 'host' route — like we have done on multiple occasions throughout the years," said an MTV spokesperson.


Kim Kardashian slams "fake media friend" Katie Couric
Couric recently dissed Kardashian in a magazine interview, prompting Kardashian to post a photo of the gift and nice note Couric gave her after giving birth.


How "Grey's Anatomy's" Cristina Yang changed TV

As Willa Paskin explains, "On another TV show, Yang's combination of qualities—mercenary, scary, and extremely skilled—would have made her the lead character’s enemy, if not a whole litany of other clichés: the type-A Asian, the frigid ballbuster, the unlikeable shrew. Instead, Grey’s respected Cristina’s ambition and wit, laurelled her with humor, swag, and a sex drive, and made her the lead character’s best friend."


Justin Guarini: "I'm nowhere near poverty"

After writing that he's skipping meals, the former "Idol" star clarifies that he's not impoverished.


Hillary Clinton admits she's a "Downton Abbey" fan

Clinton revealed her "Downton" fandom on Twitter.


Stuntwoman gets paid $2,800 to reenact "Family Guy's" "Epic Chicken Fight"
Check out a nearly shot-for-shot reenactment of the classic scene.


"Price is Right" contestant comes on down by crowd-surfing
Watch what the show is calling "he greatest come on down EVER."


What it's like to recap TV shows

It's an unusual job that requires writing between primetime and sunrise.


MTV orders "Jerks With Cameras"

A team of "jerks" will be sent out on this "unhidden" camera prank show from the creator of "Jersey Shore."


"The Following" adds Valerie Cruz

The "Homeland" alum will play Detective Mendez.


Watch "Revolution's" Season 2 promo

The 2nd season debuts Sept. 25.

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<p>Chlo&euml; Grace Moretz in &quot;Kick-Ass 2.&quot;</p>
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Chloë Grace Moretz in "Kick-Ass 2."

 

Credit: Universal Pictures

Tell us what you thought of 'Kick-Ass 2'

Do you have time for one more superhero movie this summer?

As a critic, it's my job to see most major releases that come down the pike -- but everyone's allowed a few passes, and when it became clear to me that I wasn't required to review "Kick-Ass 2" for any outlet, I had no regrets about skipping all screenings. That may be my loss. But the first big-screen outing for self-made superhero Dave Lizewski rubbed me the wrong the way in 2010, and I can't imagine warming to its smugly ironic violence and queasy fetishization of Chloë Grace Moretz's Hit Girl this time round, particularly when reviews, by and large, have been less enthusiastic than those of its predecessor. (HitFix's Drew McWeeny, however, found plenty to enjoy in it.)

Still, I know the franchise has plenty of fans out there, and many may be curious to see what Jim Carrey brings to the equation in the sequel. After a summer where many superhero films have taken flak for being too po-faced, perhaps the timing is right for a jokier effort. Either way, we want to know what you think. Once you've seen the film, come back here to share your thought, and be sure to vote in the poll below. 

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<p>Lake Bell in &quot;In a World...&quot;</p>

Lake Bell in "In a World..."

Interview: Lake Bell talks ‘In a World...’ and her nude New York Magazine cover

Does the writer/director/actress think women need affirmative action in Hollywood?

AUSTIN - Lake Bell’s film “In A World...” – which she directed, wrote and lead acted– is laugh-out-loud funny, with what she calls a “scoop of message” on top. Leading the charge with a comedic ensemble that includes Dmitri Martin, Rob Cordry, Tig Notaro, Ken Marino, Nick Offerman, Stephanie Allynne and more, Bell outlines what is essentially a battle of the sexes.

Bell’s character Carol is a voice actor trying to make a dent in the commercial world doing voiceover gigs; Fred Melamed, who plays her father Sam in “In a World…,” is a master of the craft (both in the film and in real life). As Carol fights her way through auditions, and makes her way to the final round to utter the famed movie trailer phrase “In a world…”, she’s fights against the advisement of her father and other dude characters as the sole woman in a male monopolized industry.

But, y’know, with her voice. Or, rather, her voices.
 
Bell bowed the movie at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and it’s making its way to more markets today (Aug. 16). She’s made the rounds to promote, including some impressive late-night TV stops plus an eye-popping cover of New York Magazine, on which she poses nude. We reference both below in an abridged interview, on “In a World’s” messaging, feminism, femininity, her husband (tattoo artist Scott Campbell), Maxim, nakedness, age and sexism.
 
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<p>Oprah&nbsp;Winfrey and&nbsp;Forest&nbsp;Whitaker in &quot;Lee Daniels' The&nbsp;Butler&quot;</p>

Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker in "Lee Daniels' The Butler"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Tell us what you thought of 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey stir the early Oscar talk this weekend

Well, after a hard fought title dispute and a wave of passes from critics, the wait is over for audiences who might be eager to take in "Lee Daniels' The Butler." I've more or less had my say on this one. Whitaker is good. Winfrey is great. The film itself is a bit soft but lands its share of emotion here and there. The curiosity right now is box office. Will it turn the corner and beat out some of the higher concept competition? Will it start out quietly and build steam with legs? Or will it just be a whispered memory by the time the awards season really kicks into gear? Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised by any of those outcomes. But now it's your turn to speak up. So when and if you see the film this weekend, head on back here with your thoughts and feel free to vote in our poll below. And if there's something else you've seen recently and want to discuss, go right ahead -- open thread.

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Republicans vote to ban CNN and NBC from hosting the presidential primary debates


Republicans vote to ban CNN and NBC from hosting the presidential primary debates
The Republican National Committee is upset by the two networks making separate Hillary Clinton TV specials.


Asian American media watchdog urges Fox to reshoot the "racist" scenes on "Dads"

"Our community can't continue to be the target of racially insensitive jokes," says the head of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans.


"Glee" releases its 1st Season 5 promo

As expected, there is no hint of Cory Monteith's passing.


Time Warner's CBS blackout could last until the NFL season begins

That means three more weeks without CBS programming.


Oprah has a slap-worthy debut on "Watch What Happens Live"

Watch her reenact a powerful scene from her new "Butler" movie.


ESPN wanted to give Seth Meyers a late-night show
In fact, it was Meyers' getting the "Late Night" gig that paved the way for Keith Olbermann to get his own late-night show. ESPN was interested in the "SNL" star after he successfully hosted the 2010 and 2011 ESPYs.


FXX kicks off with a "Parks and Rec" Labor Day marathon
It'll be all "Parks" all day for the Sept. 2 "Treat Yo' Self" marathon.


TV Land orders "Younger" from Darren Starr

The "Sex and the City" creator is making a comedy about a suddenly single 40-something New Jersey mother.


Watch a preview of Regis Philbin's new Fox Sports 1 talk show
"Crowd Goes Wild" will go up against ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption."


John Oliver gets a proper "Daily Show" sendoff
Current and former correspondents said goodbye to Oliver the only way they know how: "Whatever power you thought you had ends in about six minutes," said Samantha Bee. PLUS: Oliver has become a "solid piece of manpower" at Comedy Central's disposal.


"Degrassi" shocker

Why did one cast member exit?


3 ABC Family shows are getting their own clothing line
The Crush by ABC Family collection will feature apparel from the cable network's three highest-rated shows: "The Fosters," "Switched at Birth" and "Twisted."


Watch a 3-minute "Game of Thrones" deleted scene with Tyrion Lannister
This footage was originally released at Comic-Con. PLUS: HBO star Jeff Garlin was very upset by the Red Wedding.

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Oscar Talk: 2013 so far, fall festival preview and a look to the season ahead

Oscar Talk: 2013 so far, fall festival preview and a look to the season ahead

Our first podcast of the season dives deep

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is broadcast in special installments throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

On the docket today…

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<p>Jim Beaver as Ellsworth in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Jim Beaver as Ellsworth in "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 3, episode 11: 'The Catbird Seat'

Hearst makes a direct strike, and Trixie attempts to respond in kind

For the third summer in a row, we're revisiting David Milch's classic revisionist HBO Western "Deadwood," this time discussing the third season.

While I once upon a time posted two separate reviews so people who hadn't watched the whole series would have a safe place to comment, almost no one bothered commenting on the newbie reviews last year, and they've been ditched. If you haven't finished the series, just avoid the comments of this review and you'll be fine.

Thoughts on episode 11, "The Catbird Seat," coming up just as soon as just as soon as I'm used as a weight to be dropped on villains from above...

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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

Credit: CBS

'Big Brother' recap: It's Operation Bring the House Down!

Jessie decides to mix things up and fighting ensues

It's time for an elimination, and unfortunately the whole CBS/Time Warner nonsense has forced Dan to recruit me for Thursday. Before we begin, send good thoughts his way. A day without CBS and its affiliate stations is, in many ways, like a day without sunshine. Or at least an evening without "Big Brother." Or something. 

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<p>Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo on the set of &quot;Foxcatcher.&quot;</p>

Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo on the set of "Foxcatcher."

Credit: Sony Classics

Sony Classics brings 'Foxcatcher' into the Oscar season

Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell star in Bennett Miller's latest

Over the past few months, we've had a lot of queries from readers as to the release plans for Bennett Miller's star-studded, stranger-than-fiction biopic "Foxcatcher." The film has long looked like prime Oscar fodder, but it wasn't clear who would be distributing it, or whether it would be released this year at all. Back in June, Kris pondered its prospects, mentioning the possibility that the film could wind up as part of Sony Pictures Classics' 2013 awards slate.

And so it is. The speculation ended today with Sony Classics' announcement that they will be distributing "Foxcatcher," with a release date set for December 20.

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<p>Jeff Bridges stars as a legendary wizard who takes on a new apprentice in the film 'Seventh Son,' which Legendary may now release through Universal</p>

Jeff Bridges stars as a legendary wizard who takes on a new apprentice in the film 'Seventh Son,' which Legendary may now release through Universal

Credit: Legendary Pictures

Legendary takes 'Seventh Son' with them as they finalize their departure from Warner Bros.

'Godzilla' will still be released by Warner, though

If both Deadline and the Hollywood Reporter are using the word "divorce" in their coverage of what's going on between Legendary and Warner Bros. right now, I guess it's become pretty apparent to everyone now that this is going to get messy.

It's been very strange to watch the last six or seven months unfold. For the last few years, Warner and Legendary have seemed joined at the hip, and if you'd asked me in 2012 about the future of that relationship, I would have guessed that it was rock solid. So many of the biggest event films from the studio in the last five or six years have been co-produced by the two companies that it seemed to me like things would just keep on heading in that direction.

What we're starting to see now is a battle over the credit for those films, and it seems like it is very important for Legendary to establish what role they've played in the making of these films. "Pacific Rim," for example, was the first film that went from pitch to release with Legendary calling the shots across the board. If you like that film or if you hate that film, you ultimately have Legendary to thank. They were the ones who rolled the dice on the vision that Travis Beacham and Guillermo Del Toro presented them, and they backed the film completely.

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<p>&quot;The Act of Killing&quot;</p>

"The Act of Killing"

Credit: Drafthouse Films

Denmark's Oscar choice between 'The Hunt,' 'The Act of Killing' and 'Northwest'

Mads Mikkelsen drama is the safe bet, but the controversial doc would turn heads

As a rule, I don't tend to report on the shortlists of films being considered by individual countries for their Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission -- the process is protracted enough without dwelling on the films (many of them low-profile) that might enter the race. However, when the shortlist presents a choice as intriguing and diverse as the one revealed by Denmark's selection board this year, it's worth making an exception. The Danish Film Institute today announced that the final three films in the running are Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt," Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing" and Michael Noer's "Northwest."

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