It's been a big week, and lots of things have happened -- so it's no surprise that Melinda and I didn't agree on everything. Well, the big things. But not everything. Here's the rundown of the stuff we liked (and didn't) and the latest in music, TV, pop culture and movies. Listen in!
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Can't get enough of Nik Wallenda? Neither can Discovery, which is featuring a special called "Skywire: Nik Talks the Walk" on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. In the special, Wallenda will be walking viewers through every step of his tightrope crossing of the Grand Canyon.
Mash-ups aren't over. Not yet.
As I noted in my review of "Yeezus," Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" is the rap/producer's one (1) allotted Gary Glitter song. It also reminded Dan Chamberlain of a another very popular song, and thus, that song plus Depeche Mode's intensely popular "Personal Jesus" combined DNA for "Personal Yeezus." Or, rather, it was immaculately conceived.
Chamberlain is a comedy and mash-up producer, and you can hear the potent Jesus-Yeezus mix here.
Publisher drops Paula Deen, won't publish her No. 1-on-Amazon cookbook
Ballantine Books announced it won't publish "Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up," which soared to No. 1 amid Deen's N-word controversy even though it's release date was in October.
Anderson Cooper: Why isn't Alec Baldwin getting flak for his homophobic tweets?
"Why does #AlecBaldwin get a pass when he uses gay slurs?" Cooper tweeted, in response to calling a British reporter a "a toxic little queen" on Twitter. "If a conservative talked of beating up a 'queen' they would be vilified," Cooper added.
I've certainly voiced my share of regret with regard to Pixar sequels. I'm honestly not against them in principal (some might argue the "Toy Story" films got better with each subsequent installment), but I do understand frustration from those who'd like to see the animation studio steer away from the brand expansion market and back to original concepts.
That said, it's odd to me that "Monsters University" seems to be such a last straw for so many. I couldn't stand "Cars 2," and yes, I'm pretty perturbed at the notion of my favorite Pixar film receiving the sequel treatment while a film that seems to be aching for it -- "The Incredibles" -- remains singular. But I was charmed by the new "Monsters," which landed to one of the biggest openings in the studio's history last weekend. It's not the poster child here, in my opinion.
Nevertheless, it seems Pixar has heard the moaning and taken it to heart. In an interview with Pixar president Ed Catmull, Buzzfeed reveals that the studio is planning to scale back on sequels and aim for one original film each year.
5 "Glee" stars won't return next season as series regulars
Heather Morris, who is pregnant, Amber Riley, Harry Shum, Jr. and Mark Salling and Dianna Agron won't be series regulars next season, but they may return for guest appearances.
Jimmy Carter: I gave advice to Paula Deen
The former president says: "I advised her to let the dust settle and to make apologies. And she has some very beneficial human programs in Savannah, Georgia, where she lives...I advised her to get some of those people who she's helping every day to speak out and show that she has changed in her relationship with African-American people, with minorities in the last number of years." PLUS: JC Penney drops Deen.
Roseanne Barr's NBC sitcom is close to getting a Charlie Sheen-type 10/90 order
NBC will be the first network to try the 10/90 model, in which 10 episodes are ordered. And if a certain ratings threshold is met, 90 more episodes are ordered, as was the case with Sheen's "Anger Management."
Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" -- a supposed sexual odyssey with a starry cast including Shia LaBeouf, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Uma Thurman, among others -- is currently enjoying such a feverish level of anticipation that it could announce a new typeface for its credits and the internet would collectively freak out for a minute. So it's inevitable that the first, minute-long clip to be revealed from the film has been eagerly seized upon by the web -- and even more inevitable that von Trier has punked us with a wholly chaste clip that, alluring as it is, doesn't reveal much of anything (or any of its famous faces). Come on, you didn't think Lars was going to let the cat out of the bag just yet, did you?
One of the pleasures I’ve allowed myself at this year’s Edinburgh fest is more time than usual to graze the handpicked short film programme – annually a point of pride for the festival, though inevitably swamped in the attention stakes by even the most negligible features in the lineup. That’s understandable: it’s hard to cover films that your readers have no certain way of accessing, and even with advances in online exhibition, distribution of shorts remains a niche affair. Taking aside from the annual release of those fortunate shorts rather randomly singled out by the Oscars, civilian cinemagoers are unlikely to see any at all.
Shark Week adds a late-night talk show: "Shark After Dark"
This year's Shark Week programming has been announced, including "Air Jaws," "I Escaped Jaws," "Spawn of Jaws," "Sharks Behaving Badly" and ""Sharkpocalypse."
Nik Wallenda will offer commentary when Discovery re-airs his Grand Canyon walk
"Nik Talks The Walk" will be shown on Sunday.
James Gandolfini's funeral program for sale on eBay for as much as $1000
"The Gandolfini ghouls are out," says the NY Daily News.
New Yorker's Bert & Ernie cover first surfaced 1 year ago
Artist Jack Hunter's image was first submitted to a Tumblr blog. PLUS: Why the cover is infantilizing and offensive, Bert & Ernie cover gets a "Seinfeld" parody, and why is the cover being taken so seriously?
"Duck Dynasty" adding a beardless brother
Alan Robertson, Phil Robertson's eldest son, is joining the show for Season 4 after quitting his day job as a PR manager.
"Game of Thrones" casts Prince Oberyn Martell
Chilean actor Pedro Pascal will take on the major Season 4 role.
"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" is getting extra episodes
The ABC limited series will expand beyond the 13 episodes ordered.
Netflix launches "Max," a virtual assistant who will recommend TV shows to watch
Netflix says Max is "rumored to be the child of Siri and Hall 9000."
Watch Larry David's full-length HBO "Clear History" trailer
Featuring Larry with a beard and without a beard.
Chicken-eating Dax Shepard rejects PETA's "Sexiest Vegetarian" title
The "Parenthood" star, who was named "Sexiest Vegetarian" with Kristen Bell, said he tried veganism for a year, but stopped six months ago.
"Shark Tank" adds the New York Giants' Academy Award-winning co-owner
Steve Tisch will serve as a "guest shark."
Daniel Radcliffe returns to "The Simpsons," this time to voice a dog
Radcliffe's first cameo on the show was in 2010, as the vampire son of Dracula.
Kim Zolciak caught smoking while pregnant
The "Real Housewives" star was also captured smoking during her last pregnancy.
"Lost's" Rebecca Mader to guest on "Warehouse 13"
She'll appear in one of the Syfy show's final episodes.
History Channel seeking Hitler lookalikes
Also wanted: Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt lookalikes for a new miniseries.
Read the Emmy episode submissions from 10 comedies
From "Louie" to "Girls." PLUS: 10 drama submissions.
"The Taste" cuts 1 judge
Chef Brian Malarkey won't be back for Season 2.
Gilbert Gottfried tackles "Breaking Bad"
Check him out reading a Walter White monologue.
Watch Rob Lowe as Arsenio on "SNL"
"Family Ties" and "Spin City" cast members pay tribute to Gary David Goldberg
Michael Gross, Connie Britton, Alan Ruck and more pay tribute to Goldberg, who died last week.
Sometimes a banana is just a banana and sometimes a lyric video is just a lyric video. Such is the case with Britney Spears’ lyric video for “Ooh La La,” her song for “Smurfs 2.”
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The Academy has announced its annual list of invitees to its esteemed membership, including 276 names from actors Jason Bateman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jennifer Lopez and Milla Jovovich to directors Steve McQueen, Todd Phillips and last year's wunderkind Benh Zeitlin.