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Selma Blair out at 'Anger Management'


Selma Blair out at "Anger Management"
After Charlie Sheen threatened to quit if Selma Blair wasn't fired, Lionsgate, the studio behind the FX show, has announced that Blair won't return to the FX series. "We are confirming that Selma Blair will not be returning to 'Anger Management' and we wish her the very best," the studio said in a statement.

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<p>Kelly Rowland's&nbsp;&quot;Talk a Good Game&quot;</p>

Kelly Rowland's "Talk a Good Game"

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Kelly Rowland's 'Talk A Good Game': A track-by-track review

How does the Destiny Child's member's latest hold up?

On “Talk A Good Game,”  Kelly Rowland has a lot more than talking on her mind. The ex-Destiny’s Child member focuses on her R&B side on the new set, her first since 2011’s “Here I Am.”  The songs range from salutes to sex to her admission that she is jealous of her buddy/ Destiny’s Child mate Beyonce in a strikingly confessional tune. Though a few of the songs sound too similar, overall, it’s a striking showcase for Rowland’s voice.

We take you track-by-track through “Talk,” which is out today.

1. “Freak”: Rowland gets her freak on with this hand-clapping, synthetic track celebrating the fact that “everybody’s somebody’s freak.” She wants to be yours. Is someone seriously going to say no?  The song, produced by Nate “Danja” Hills, is as sexy as a robotic track can be.

2. “Kisses Down Low”: The seksi time continues with this ode to oral sex. It’s graphic enough that she’s giving instruction (“a little more to the left”). Produced by Mike Will Make It, the song is bolstered by a very deep-voiced man echoing some of the lyrics.  The sexually explicit will either turn you on or be just too much.

3. “Gone” featuring Wiz Khalifa: 
Built around Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi,” this sassy, break-up song is Rowland’s version of “Irreplaceable.” She gave him her heart, but he let it slip through his fingers and he’s going to be sorry in this mid-tempo, Harmony Samuels-produced track that has attitude to spare. Wiz Khalifa plays the boy who thinks she only wants to break up to make up. It’s a nice counterpoint and his giggle is infectious.

4. “Talk A Good Game” featuring Kevin Cossom:
The title track is a mid-tempo shuffler, produced by T-Minus, lamenting why love has to be so hard. A gun-shy Rowland doesn’t think she can “take another broken promise,” so before she gives her heart away again (remember, she’s getting over the heartbreak from the dude in “Gone”), she needs to know her next boy can be honest.

5. “Down On Love”:  She’s working a theme here as “Gone,” “Talk” and “Down” all deal with men who had disappointed her. The sleek, well-produced tune set to a military beat  show’s off Rowland’s vulnerable vocals as she professes she’s been down on love lately after another 5 a.m. call from her loser boyfriend has left her brokenhearted. The song subtly samples The Whispers’ “Rock Steady.”

6. “Dirty Laudry”: The track that everyone is talking about from “Talk.” In The-Dream-produced slow dirge-like jam, Rowland confesses to her jealousy of Beyonce post- Destiny’s Child, but that’s not the only revelation. She tells of an abusive relationship in a world-weary tone. And it sounds like Beyonce came to the rescue.  “When my sister was on stage killing it like a mother/I was enraged.... Bitter/Sweet, I was up/she was down....Meanwhile this snake putting his hands on me...”  It’s compelling and exhausting to listen to at the same time. There’s nothing else on the album that matches the vulnerable admissions here.

7. “You Changed” 
“Ladies, y’all want to do it again?” Beyonce asks in a sultry tone on this track that reunites Bey, Rowland and Michel’le Williams. The layered, mid-tempo groove is another “I’ve left you behind” tune, telling a guy to scram. It’s Beyonce’s song and the two others merely provide adornment, but’s nice to hear the three of them together again.

8. “I Remember”: This mid-tempo shuffler, propelled by a thumping beat, cries out for a dance remix, by her buddy David Guetta if not someone else.  In the track that showcases her voice to the best effect, she looks back at a relationship gone bad. With its layered vocals and sly, relentless beat, it’s one of the album’s strongest tunes.

9. “Red Wine”:  Another groove-driven track that relies more on atmospheric production and feel than a strong song. Rowland’s vocals float above the ethereal beats.

10. “This Is Love”: A slow-downed gauzy dance track, prefaced by an organ, finds Rowland finally giving in to love again “Don’t wake me/I must be dreaming,” she sings in the stutter beat song.  The album’s most unreservedly romantic tune.

11. “Street Life” featuring Pusha T:  Pharrell-produced tune, reminiscent of “In da Club” and Destiny Child’s “ Jumpin’, Jumpin”,” the track has an urban, swaying feel and an edge provided by Pusha T’s rap about a dope dealer. Sounds unlike anything else on the album.

12. “Stand In Front Of Me”:
Another slow jam about keeping your man satisfied. This one’s sweeter than it is explicit, but Rowland and Pharrell, who produced the track, hit all the right notes.  She could be talking about a proposal when she sings about “getting down on bended knee.”

 

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Liv Tyler lands her first TV gig: HBO's 'The Leftovers'


Liv Tyler lands her first TV gig: HBO's "The Leftovers"

She'll join Justin Theroux on the pilot from Damon Lindelof and Guillermo del Toro.

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"Sex: How It Works"

 "Sex: How It Works"

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Exclusive clip: Woman orgasms for science on 'Sex: How It Works'

Watch as a woman preps to fake it for a team of scientists

National Geographic Channel dives into the science behind arousal, orgasms, partner preference and sexual dysfunctions in "Sex: How It Works," a two-hour special premiering Tuesday, June 18, at 8:00 p.m. ET. In this HitFix exclusive clip, a woman prepares to fake an orgasm as well as experience a real one while her bodily reactions are monitored in an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine. 

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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

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Rihanna passes Justin Bieber for most YouTube views

Who else is in the top 5?

Rihanna has passed Justin Bieber as the most-viewed artist on YouTube. Don’t worry Psy fans, we’re sure he’ll pass both of them with his next video.

In the wee hours of June 18, according to Billboard, Rihanna’s 77 videos on her official channel overtook Justin Bieber’s 79 official clips by a score of 3.784 billion for Rihanna to 3.782 billion for Bieber. Yes, that’s billion. Rounding out the top 5 are Psy (3.1 billion views), Eminem (2.4 billion) and Lady Gaga (2.25 billion).

Billboard chalks Rihanna’s victory up to her larger subscriber base: she has 8.37 million YouTube subscribers, while Bieber has 3.7 million.

Beliebers, don’t despair: Bieber remains the most followed person  on Twitter (person, not just musical artist), with more than 40 million followers.




 

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Report: Charlie Sheen threatens to quit if Selma Blair isn't fired from 'Anger Management'


Report: Charlie Sheen threatens to quit if Selma Blair isn't fired from "Anger Management"
TMZ reports that Sheen made his latest threat Monday on the set. Meanwhile, Blair wasn't at work yesterday.


Stephen Colbert is taking a few days off following his mother's death

"The Colbert Report's" next new show is scheduled for Wednesday, with last night and tonight's show being repeats.


Fox names Nick Offerman its "Axe Cop"
The "Parks and Rec" star will voice the cartoon superhero.


Will HBO's "Hard Knocks" have to omit the most interesting part -- the cutting of players?

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he wants the cutting process to be more "humane," but that conflicts with "Hard Knocks" filming one of the most brutal aspects of life in the NFL.


TLC star Josh Duggar becomes a lobbyist for "anti-gay" Family Research Council

The "19 Kids and Counting" star is moving to Washington, D.C. to run the lobbying arm of the social-conservative Family Research Council. According to GLAAD, that makes the eldest Duggar child an "outright anti-gay activist" as the FRC is known for its strong anti-gay stance.


"Doctor Who's" Jenna-Louise Coleman joins BBC crime drama

She'll join Matthew Rhys on "Death Comes to Pemberley."


NBC to air a "How Murray Saved Christmas" special from a "Simpsons" writer
The special will be based on the Mike Reiss children's book.


Russell Brand schools MSNBC anchors

Watch as the "Morning Joe" hosts make fun of Brand with him sitting there, which prompted his mockery of them.

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The Postal Service's new clip, 'A Tattered Line of String': Watch

The Postal Service's new clip, 'A Tattered Line of String': Watch

Dirty laundry can kill you

Watch out for your own dirty laundry. That seems to be the message in the Postal Service’s new video for “A Tattered Line of String.”

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<p>M.I.A.</p>

M.I.A.

Listen: M.I.A.'s new relentless single, 'Bring the Noize'

Rapper also set for a handful of North American summer dates

M.I.A. is back in action, and how, on “Bring the Noize,” the first single from her forthcoming album, “Matangi.”

With a machine-gun rat-a-tat beat, the relentless, rapid-fire tune takes on one of her favorite topics: banks and other corporate raiders: “It’s not me or you/it’s the f**king banks/Bring the noize when we run up on them.”  The assault continues until the last third when the percussion drops out and she softly sings. It’s a striking tune.

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<p>Kanye West: Belle of the Met Ball</p>

Kanye West: Belle of the Met Ball

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Album Review: Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ impresses and offends

Race-conscious, sexist, wild and urgent: rapper is a deity, not a hero

He’s not trying to be a hero or anti-hero. He’s not even a villain. On “Yeezus,” as much as before, Kanye West has declared himself God, a rapper and artist of his own dominion without the same rules of conduct or moral compass as mortals. West, too, is a petulant child, an aspect of his deific persona that stomps to make itself heard throughout this 10-song album, the shortest of his career. 

“Yeezus” isn’t dotted with singles in the same way that “My Beautiful, Dark Twisted Fantasy” was. It finds a foothold with its usual audience through “Black Skinhead,” a critical observance on race and hypocrisy, all set to a Gary Glitter beat. He lords over a blustery hook about Romans (the Rome kind) and Trojans (the rubber kind) but then warns against “Stop all that coon sh*t / early morning cartoon shit.” Like the term “Black Skinhead,” West treads his own oxymoronic line, comparing himself both to the Antichrist and Jesus Christ, screaming in one breath and chanting “God” in the next.
 
Speaking of caricatures, he puts Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and rapper Chief Keef together on the same track, the attention-grabber “Hold My Liquor,” as Kanye recalls the woman he craves using aching guitars from a Ratatat album and bleary EDM from 1985. It's production sounds as poured-over as its lyrics, and to a blistering, satisfying effect.
 
Fresh from that hungover head-holder, he goes straight into poon, literally, for “I’m In It,” which is meant more as a provocation than a bedroom banger. “Eatin' Asian pussy, all I need was sweet and sour sauce,” he lazes. “Put my fist in her like a civil rights sign,” he shocks. “Neck, ears, hands, legs, eatin' ass… your titties, let 'em out, free at last,” he’s just banging on pans. It’s at this point and several others that you realize West, intrigueingly, keeps inviting you into the room, only to try to force you out, as his pathos crests and topples over detailed and radical production, burring synths, hulking beats, trap artifice with mock-pop melodies.
 
West samples Nina Simone’s hallowed “Strange Fruit” for his own ends for “Blood on the Leaves,” a lyric he alludes to earlier in “New Slaves” and, like many Kanye West grudges, he can’t let go. The gall it takes to borrow that song – which is about a black man lynched from a tree in the South – to humiliate and shame his subject with a “$2,000 bag with no cash in your purse.” And yet its story and his very stature challenges the notion that some musical works are untouchable, especially since it seems that all art, to some degree, can be bought, even for petty purposes for a gorgeous track.
 
He balances his revile for the “fairer” sex with condemnation for the fairer skinned on “New Slaves” “You see it's broke nigga racism / that's that ‘Don't touch anything in the store’ / And this rich nigga racism / that's that ‘Come in, please buy more / What you want, a Bentley? Fur coat? A diamond chain? / All you blacks want all the same things.’” It’s commentary on the “buying” of his race with a set of Maybach keys, a response to a post-racial hypothetical where even the richest of rappers can’t overlook how poor blacks are still targeted by “white” corporations or – worse still –a “white” justice system. There’s where the lyric “blood on the leaves” comes in most handy, wedged between the immature declaration “I’d rather be a d*ck than a swallower” and the modest threat that this black man with mouth-f*ck “your” white wives. Comparing himself to King Kong, riffing on the “black men coming for your white women” trope, and mixing it all in with class warfare and self-entitlement… West doesn’t need Nicki, Jay-Z, Rozay or a gun to be a “Monster” here, or to play with what a "monster" really is.
 
Songs like it are a complex, vengeful, misogynistic affront that’d have no place on “Watch the Throne” nor “My Beautiful Dark, Twisted Fantasy” (even with condescending “Blame Game” skit). With a rebel yell, he rejects the rap-game rejectors on “I Am a God,” where he crowns himself a deity and ironically demands the most petty, un-Godly effects. “I am a God / so hurry up with my damn massage / in a French-ass restaurant / hurry up with my damn croissants,” he rhymes, and he knows that it’s funny (particularly when he notes that God Himself guests on the track).
 
From the chest-thumping bombast of opener “On Sight” to the good girls and bad bitches on honeyed finale “Bound 2,” West creates and thrives in this dark punk fantasy, without flinching. He’s dressing for the job he wants – using muffled acid house, Michael Bay-sized clanks, brooding piano, bleating horns, an eclectic stable of contributors and his tattered bark, he aspires to be a God among men, not just rappers. It’s not chance that “Yeezus” also happens to be his most sexist and/but race-conscious effort yet.  Aspirant and harsh, musically flighty and aggressive, West flourishes in these harsh environs risk-taking and culture-war drama-making, especially as his skills as a rapper improve. “Yeezus” isn’t pleasant, but that doesn’t bar it from being thought-provoking, substantial and very, very good.

 

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<p>John Mayer</p>

John Mayer

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Watch: John Mayer's prancercising video to new song, 'Paper Doll'

Is it about Katy Perry?

It had to happen: sooner or later, someone was going to capitalize on the Prancercise craze. We just didn’t expect it to be John Mayer.

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 The lyric video for his new single, “Paper Doll,” features Prancercise creator and viral video sensation Joanna Rohrback, introducing the video: “By now you know the foremost Prancercise, but what about a prance to romance to,” she somewhat awkwardly asks.*

She then gracefully Prancercises to the song as the lyrics scroll across. The video is filmed primarily in a single shot (we caught only one edit once Rohrback starts doing her thing), so we can get full advantage of Rohrback’s graceful, fluid movements as she prancercises through a suburban neighborhood getting her Prancecise on.  She also, quite honestly, is getting quite the work out in, especially as she imitates the angel wings in the lyrics.

But what about the song? It’s a lovely, stripped down, lilting ballad, the kind of which we’ve been hearing from Mayer ever since “Wonderland.”  This time, he’s not bedding the girl, he’s romancing her and trying to woo her back after after she’s gotten spooked. “You’re like 22 girls in one, and none of them know what they’re running from," he sings.  He throws in lots of colors: black, gold, blue, mint green, moroccan red —as he runs through fashions made specifically for a seasons as a metaphor for her running away. It’s hardly a song of girl empowerment to compare a girl to a “little paper doll,” but not everything has to be an anthem.

The coda is a little too reminiscent of “Mockingbird,” but that may have been intentional.  The bigger question is if the song is about Mayer's off-and-on-again girlfriend, Katy Perry, who told Vogue that she is "still madly in love" with Mayer in a July cover story. (Interestingly, Rolling Stone speculates that the song is about Mayer's ex, Taylor Swift, because of the use of the color red, her current album title  and the number 22, which is her age and also a song title on her current album).


Mayer pairs once again with Don Was, who produced the fine “Born and Raised,” for “Paper Doll,” the first single from Mayer’s forthcoming album, “Paradise Valley.” Here, as is often Was’s trademark, the production is spare, with nothing extraneous added in. Both Mayer's vocal and guitar sound warm in inviting.

Mayer starts his first full tour in three years, following his vocal issues, July 6 in Milwaukee (following a July 4 appearance at 4th of July festival in Philadelphia). For full list of tour dates, go here.

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See pics from the 'Veronica Mars' movie set


See pics from the "Veronica Mars" movie set
Here are Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring, AKA Logan Echolls, last night on their first day filming the movie.


NBC to air a Valerie Harper special
Meredith Vieira and her NBC News team will follow the sitcom legend as she battles incurable brain cancer, but no date for the one-hour documentary has been set.


Police pics released of Evelyn Lozada's bloody forehead caused by Chad Johnson
Johnson pleaded no contest to headbutting his wife, a  VH1 reality star last year, causing a forehead laceration of three inches.


"Today" gives Miss Utah a do-over

This time, she came prepared to answer the question.


Amazon won't follow Netflix's binge-viewing model
All 10 episodes of John Goodman comedy "Alpha House" won't be released at the same time, but Amazon hasn't decided on a release model.


Who does "The Voice" think should win?
Danielle seems like the most marketable, but could another Blake Shelton team win hurt the show?


"Dexter" giving away "Killer Combo" ice cream sandwiches

The treats will be available at all Coolhaus retail outlets and trucks in New York and Los Angeles.


Meet the new "Breaking Amish" stars

Here's a glimpse of the L.A. season.

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<p>James Franco</p>

James Franco

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James Franco goes the crowdfunding route - but it's not all about him

Franco will foster new talent on a planned trilogy based on his own short stories

Upon reading the news that James Franco is the latest name talent to take the crowdfunding route on a new film project, my first reaction was, "Well, of course." My second reaction was, "Wait, is this only the first time he's doing this?" Franco's extracurricular activities beyond acting -- filmmaking, art, writing, what have you -- are so many and varied, and executed with such can-do scrappiness, that the crowdfunding model seems like something he might have invented just to keep them all going.

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