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<p>Angelina Jolie promotes her 2011 directorial debut &quot;In the Land of Blood and Honey.&quot;</p>

Angelina Jolie promotes her 2011 directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey."

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Oscar Bait: Universal sets Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' for Christmas 2014

Young British star Jack O'Connell to headline the Coens-scripted WWII drama

Welcome back to our long-dormant Oscar Bait column, in which we muse on the awards potential of a yet-to-be-produced project.

I'm afraid to say I've still not seen Angelina Jolie's 2011 directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey," which never landed a UK distributor. The Bosnian War romance, shot in both Bosnian/Serbo-Croat and English-language versions, wasn't exactly a success, but it was no embarrassment either: it received some sympathetic reviews, played the Berlin Film Festival and nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. (Okay, I think we all know why, but still.)

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"The Getaway"

 "The Getaway"

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Watch: Joel McHale, Aziz Ansari, Seth Meyers travel for 'The Getaway'

See a clip from Anthony Bourdain's new celebrity travel show

There are a lot of perks to being famous. Free stuff, big money, annoying paparazzi following you around and taunting you... okay, it's not all fun. But super chef/writer/personality Anthony Bourdain has just created yet another win for stars with "The Getaway," the reality TV travel show he's producing for the Esquire Network. Premiering Sept. 25 at 9:00 p.m., the show follows stars like Joel McHale, Aisha Tyler, Aziz Ansari, Eve, and more as they wander around the exotic locale of their choice, drinking in the scenery and living like a local, probably all expenses paid. 

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<p>&quot;Orange Is The New Black&quot; star Taylor Schilling</p>

"Orange Is The New Black" star Taylor Schilling

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Interview: 'Orange Is The New Black' creator Jenji Kohan talks prison, Netflix and Jodie Foster

'Weeds' creator raves about new star Taylor Schilling
As HitFix's Alan Sepinwall says in his review, Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" is one of the pleasant surprises of the summer.
Based on the memoir by Piper Kerman, "Orange" is a very dark comedy about the penal system as seen through the eyes a Brooklynite who checks herself into a federal prison on a year-plus sentence for a drug crime she committed a decade earlier.
Really, there's no reason why "Orange Is The New Black" should be a surprise. With its blend of character-driven humor, sharp sociological critique and occasional unblinking murkiness, "Orange" feels like a missing season of Showtime's "Weeds," the elided episodes focusing on Nancy Botwin's prison term. And that makes total sense since "Orange Is The New Black" was created by "Weeds" mastermind Jenji Kohan.
A couple weeks back, I chatted with Kohan about "Orange Is The New Black" as a companion piece to "Weeds." We discussed her new star Taylor Schilling, the challenges of adapting to an hour-long format and her approach to both the darkness and light of prison. We also talked about Jodie Foster, who directed the season's third episode.
"Orange Is The New Black" premieres in its entirety at midnight tonight on Netflix. The show has already been renewed for a second season, though this conversation too place shortly before that pick-up.
Click through for the full Q&A...
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<p>Justin Timberlake</p>

Justin Timberlake

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Listen: Justin Timberlake's new song, 'Take Back the Night'

Is it the first single from the '20/20 Experience' sequel?

Justin Timberlake continues to tease fans with updates on his musical doings via short black and white clips.

A new 50-second clip popped up on YouTube over the last several hours that features Timberlake getting out of a convertible on his way into a club. He holds up several signs that herald the release dates of two singles, “Suit & Tie January 14th” and “Mirrors February 11th,” as well as the release date for “The 20/20 Experience March 19th.”  He then holds up a sign that reads “Take Back the Night,” but the next card is blurred out to obscure the release date.

[More after the jump...]


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New York will allow Lifetime's naked 'Project Runway' posters

New York will allow Lifetime's naked "Project Runway" posters

NYC is the only city that will put up the nude posters, after they were banned by L.A. PLUS: AOL isn't happy with Heidi Klum's racy Twitter pics.

"Idol" to allow auditioning with guitars for the 1st time
The show explains on its website, "Please note that each audition MUST start with an a capella piece and hopefuls will only be able to use their guitars after the a capella audition at the discretion of the producers." PLUS: Ex-manger sues Scotty McCreery.

"SYTYCD" dancer previously auditioned for Paula Abdul on her CBS dance show

Fik-Shun, who made it through last night, also competed on Abdul's short-lived "Got to Dance" show.

3 CBS dramas are the most valuable TV shows imported to Europe

"NCIS" generates $205 million a year in European revenue, followed by "CSI" and the canceled "CSI: Miami."

Jay-Z's new album gives "Homeland" a shoutout
"Feel like a stranger in my own land / Got me feeling like Brody in 'Homeland'"

Al Gore dismissed from lawsuit over Current TV's sale to Al Jazeera
A media consultant had sued for $5 million, claiming he was owed a piece of the $500 million sale of Current TV.

"Royal Pains" books Jenna Elfman

After joining an NBC sitcom, Elfman will lguest as a party girl on the USA series.

Jimmy Kimmel presents "Shark vs. Jesus"
A parody of "Sharknado."

Watch the opening credits for "Orange is the New Black"
The Netflix series from "Weeds" creator Jenji Kohan arrives Thursday.

"The Waltons" storekeeper dies

Joe Conley, 85, was battling leukemia.

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"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

 "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

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Watch: 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' introduces 'cup-a-fart' for season 2

The season premiere gets stinky

So, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" returns for a second season Wed. July 17 at 9:00  p.m. on TLC, and fans can rest assured that Mama June and the kids are keeping it classy. In this clip, the family introduces us to the concept of "cup-a-fart" and how it might some day be the weapon of choice for professional wrestling. Bag on Honey Boo Boo and her kin all you want, but don't say they're not innovative. Or at least don't say they're not stinky. Let's hope this particular scent isn't included in the episode's scratch-'n'-sniff cards (available in People magazine this week). 

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck bids an emotional farewell to 'The View'

Elisabeth Hasselbeck bids an emotional farewell to "The View"
Hasselbeck called her 10-year view stint the "Barbara Walters School of Broadcasting and Journalism." PLUS: "Fox & Friends" welcomes Elisabeth: "Can you imagine? She is going to get a chance to be on a show where they let her talk."

Charlie Sheen's long-lost "Two and a Half Men" daughter is a lesbian
The new Jenny character will share many traits with Charlie, including his love of women.

Letterman: My 9-year-old son's favorite person on TV is Larry the Cable Guy
Harry Letterman, who turns 10 in November, is "aware" his dad has a TV show, David Letterman tells Adam Sandler. "Oh, look, grandpa."

Paula Abdul fails to boost "SYTYCD's" ratings

The addition of Paula and Erin Andrews didn't change the ratings at all.

Comedy Central's James Franco roast will air on Labor Day
The roast will be followed by Franco's documentary, "Francophrenia."

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<p>Taylor Schilling goes to women's prison in &quot;Orange Is the New Black.&quot;</p>

Taylor Schilling goes to women's prison in "Orange Is the New Black."

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Review: Netflix's 'Orange Is the New Black'

Dramedy from 'Weeds' creator Jenji Kohan doesn't come with the hype of 'House of Cards' or 'Arrested Development'

The female prison dramedy "Orange Is the New Black" is the fourth Netflix original series to debut this year (all 13 episodes of the first season should be available to stream after 12 a.m. Pacific tonight), and battling it out with the horror series "Hemlock Grove" for the lowest profile. "House of Cards" was the splashy, expensive acquisition, bought out from under the noses of HBO and company, starring Kevin Spacey, directed by David Fincher, and arriving with all the polish and fanfare of a premiere cable drama. The new season of "Arrested Development" was the resurrection of a beloved comedy series that was canceled much too soon in the mid-'00s. And yet each was something of a disappointment: "House of Cards" felt formulaic and emotionally empty, while "Arrested Development" struggled to recreate the old magic with the characters mostly separated.

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James Franco: Comedy Central is roasting me

James Franco: Comedy Central is roasting me
Franco announced on Instagram that he's subjecting himself to the Comedy Central Roast. No word on a date and time.

Sean Astin joins FX's "The Strain"
He'll play the head of the Center for Disease Control in the drama from "Lost's" Carlton Cuse and Guillermo del Toro.

Presenting Elisabeth Hasselbeck's greatest "View" hits
From battling "SVU" to arguing with Rosie.

Check out Esquire Network's "The Getaway" with Seth Meyers, Joel McHale, Rashida Jones

The Anthony Bourdain-produced celebrity tour guide show also features Josh Gad, Aisha Tyler, Eve and Ryan Kwanten.

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<p>James Cromwell of &quot;Betrayal&quot;</p>

James Cromwell of "Betrayal"

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Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Betrayal'

Like watching paint dry on the wall of an apartment you could never afford

[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:"Betrayal" (ABC)
Airs:Sundays at 10 p.m.
The Pitch:"It's like a upper-crust soap opera only without any sense of fun. Think 'Dirty Sexy Money' only leaden. Oh and you've never seen longer close-ups of Stuart Townsend's blurred, bare butt than you'll get here. If that's a selling point."
Quick Response: I've said this before and I'll say it again: "Betrayal" probably won't be the first show cancelled this year, but it's the show with the least chance of success. I don't know what made ABC buy this pitch or what made them pick up this pilot. And nothing is going to make people watch. Structure-challenged scribe David Zabel has two new shows at ABC, both of which start with completely gratuitous, value-diminishing in medias res openings. One of those shows is actually pretty decent despite the lazy-ass structure. The other is "Betrayal." I've gotta say: I've watched hundreds of pilots over the years and I've seen probably dozens that were worse than "Betrayal." Heck, there are worse pilots this season. Several. "Betrayal" is full of pretty people. I'd watch Hannah Ware do just about anything, forgiving that she's woefully incapable of doing an American accent. And I'd watch James Cromwell do anything because he's Farmer Hoggett and also because when he goes with the bald-and-goatee look, he's a total badass. And Patty Jenkins knows how to craft a superficially shiny and handsome pilot. So yeah. I've seen worse pilots than "Betrayal" -- Yes, ABC, you're welcome to that as a pull-quote -- but I've probably never watched a pilot that I found less gripping or even vaguely interesting. Yes, 21 minutes of "Work It" felt like going to a tattoo parlor and getting barbed wire inked onto your eyeball, but 42 minutes of "Betrayal" felt like two years of watching very, very expensive paint dry on the wall of an apartment you could never afford to live in. Ware and Stuart Townsend play two people who have trouble connecting with other people who start an affair because they have a sterile connection brought about by their troubles connecting, or just because they're very pretty, not that everybody isn't very pretty. Or maybe they just bond over the difficulties of speaking excruciatingly bad dialogue with bad American accents? I don't know. I'm not as interested in empty infidelity as some people seem to be and I don't doubt that there's a tiny subset of disenchanted housewife that will swoon over all of the yearning glances here. But nobody else will. Because these aren't humans. Any of them. And then, as if the infidelity nonsense isn't soulless enough, there's a murder plot that's only spiced up by "E.T." star Henry Thomas giving a strange performance that is going to have more than a few callous sorts referencing "Tropic Thunder." I won't do that, but it's an odd, odd performance that, if nothing else, Henry Thomas is fully committed to. Is the performance confusingly jarring in the context of this anodyne nightmare of expensive real estate, art galleries and corporate boardrooms? Well, yes. But it's the only part of the entire show that made me pay attention, even if only to write, "Really?" in my notes a few times.
Desire To Watch Again: Zero. I strongly dislike "Revenge," but I keep watching it because even though the scandals of the idle rich are meaningless to me, sometimes it has a sense of camp. This has no camp, no fun and even the in medias res tease at the beginning, which is repeated at the end, isn't nearly enticing enough for me ever to tune in again.


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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"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance"

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'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Paula Abdul is in, a dancer is injured

A Sonya Tayeh routine is too much for one dancer

Hey, America! If you were furious with "So You Think You Can Dance" for stuffing the eliminations into the top of the show, rejoice! As Cat Deeley informs us, the producers have heard your complaints and changed the show accordingly. As of this week, we're back to the old format -- the bottom six are announced at the top of the show, but the cuts aren't made until the end. So, let's move on. Great opening number from Sonya Tayeh and Christopher Scott!

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Report: 'The View' let Elisabeth Hasselbeck find a new job, rather than dump her

Report: "The View" let Elisabeth Hasselbeck find a new job, rather than dump her

Us Weekly, which first reported Hasselbeck's exit in March, reports that Hasselbeck got the "Fox & Friends" job after producers gave her time to seek new employment. A source says producers didn't want to make the show look bad for axing her.

Once a TV fixture, the presidential Oval Office address has all but disappeared
Ronald Reagan interrupted primetime for 29 Oval Office addresses. That's compared to a total of six for George W. Bush and two so far for President Obama -- his last Oval Office address was three years ago.

Meredith Vieira's talk show will have a band, and the set will be inspired by her home
Why try a daytime talk show? "The worse that can happen is it doesn't work," says Vieira. "I'm almost 60 years old and I've been in the business a long time. At this point, I'm willing to take the chance. I have nothing to lose this point. And possibly, it will succeed."

George Lucas: "Star Wars" stood on the shoulders of "Star Trek"

In the new documentary "Trek Nation," Lucas says, "'Star Trek' softened up the entertainment arena so that 'Star Wars' could come along and stand on its shoulders."

Parents TV Council: Female teen characters are sexually exploited on TV
The conservative watchdog found that girls were often the targets of sexually exploitative jokes, moreso than women.

Jenna Elfman officially joins NBC's "Growing Up Fisher"
Elfman replaces Parker Posey, who replaced Elfman after the pilot.

Coming soon: "The Walking Dead" female clothing line

AMC has licensed "Walking Dead"-branded apparel for females.

HBO opening sequences, ranked
Here are 29 opening credits, from worst to best.

Why Jenny McCarthy should not co-host "The View"

Should her "vaccines cause autism" stance be used against her?

Movies are flocking to advertise on "Under the Dome"
It's unusual to see so many movies advertising on CBS on a Monday night. PLUS: "Dome" questions, answered.

PTSD sufferer: I watch "Law & Order" to treat my condition
"Watching episode after episode of 'L&O' helps me maintain an even keel," explains Jennifer Levin. "I have seen every episode of every franchise at least a dozen times (except for the season of 'Criminal Intent' with Jeff Goldblum and Saffron Burrows. No.)"

Watch the trailer for Billie Jean King's "American Masters"

The tennis great's life story will air Sept. 10.

Discovery orders a Ridley Scott miniseries set in Scotland in 1200s

Scottish patriots William Wallace and Robert Bruce will be the focus of the miniseries, which is set amid King Edward I's English invasion of Scotland.

"New Girl": TV's best-edited comedy

Is any other show better at cutting between scenes?

"Girls" guest-star calls Lena Dunham "a monster in the best way"

Melonie Diaz won't, however, divulge details of her role.

Striking "Fashion Police" writers release a "Can We Talk?" video slamming Joan Rivers
The writers have been striking for three months now.

Guy Fieri promoting "Grown Ups 2"

With "Guy Fieri's Grown Ups Chili."

The Onion: Even "True Blood" characters can't wait for each episode to end
"Christ, when is this sh*tty show going to be over?"

Wendy Williams: I thought Kerry Washington would marry a white man

"I thought she had a type," says the daytime host, "and I thought it started out being white."

Jeff Lewis: I was too "overproduced" on "Interior Therapy" Season 1

For Season 2, he says, Bravo "took the leash off."

"Grey's Anatomy's" Jason George joins "Witches of East End"

He'll stick with "Grey's" while recurring on the Lifetime series.

21 "Seinfeld" scripts are up for auction

They include scripts from episodes between 1992 and 1998.

Watch the trailer for "Comedy Bang! Bang!" Season 2
A start-studded/absurd trailer.

Angie Harmon: I'm always the man in "Rizzoli & Isles" fan fiction
"I want to be sexy. I want to be the girl one time, or maybe twice," she tells Conan.

"Married to Jonas" stars are having a baby
Kevin and Danielle are expecting their first child.

Brandi Glanville gets wasted, loses her clothes

Check out pics of the "Real Housewives" star stumbling around the streets of West Hollywood.

"Wild 'N Out" returns
Check out how Nick Cannon revamped the MTV2 show.

"Drunk History" works as a TV show, but it's still ideal for the web

The "funny in spurts" Comedy Central series feels like it's best consumed on the Internet. PLUS: "Drunk" makes the successful jump to TV, and "Drunk" feels like an internet meme forwarded from your dad.

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