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Listen: CulturePop No. 18 - 'Blurred Lines,' James Gandolfini, 'SYTYCD'

We weigh in on fake reality TV, Lady Gaga and Cher's duet and more

Melinda is back in town, and we had so much to talk about! Although we both reminisced over our brief encounters with the late James Gandolfini (R.I.P.), we also disagreed about a lot -- including whether or not "Blurred Lines" is a "rape-y" song and whether or not all of the bachelors looking for true love on "The Bachelorette" are full of crap. Listen in. We had a great time, so we hope you will, too. Here's the rundown:

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'Anger Management' seeking a "sexy," "tough, career driven, neurotic" replacement for Selma Blair


"Anger Management' seeking a "sexy," "tough, career driven, neurotic" replacement for Selma Blair
In a casting notice, the new character is referred to as "the new doctor" who is in her 30s or 40s  -- "And you hate yourself for eventually becoming attracted to Charlie."


Bret Michaels suffers minor injuries after his tour bus hit some deer
"Except for some bumps and bruises I am thankful there were no serious injuries," the "Rock My RV" star tells Celebuzz. "It is unfortunate for the deer, but thankfully due to modern RV technology and a steel firewall we are all okay.  I have every intention to make tonight's show in Biloxi and the tour will continue."


"Arrested Development" releases a Faceblock app
George Michael Bluth's creation "has taken wood percussion by storm," says Netflix.


New Jersey governor orders all flags at half staff for James Gandolfini
"All the people in the state really felt a connection to him, not just his character, but to him," said Gov. Chris Christie.

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Paula Deen

Paula Deen

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Paula Deen gets fired from the Food Network for racial slurs

Watch the fatty food pusher apologize for her use of the N-word

This week was not about good eats for Paula Deen. After a scandal broke over her admitting to her use of the N-word during a discrimination trial, it seems the Food Network has decided not to renew her contract according to TMZ. Her contract was due to expire at the end of the month.

In the trial, Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers stand accused by a former employee of sexual harrassment and a hostile work environment in their restaurant, Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House. In testimony, Deen admitted to having used racial slurs in the restaurant.

When news broke, Deen released a video statement apologizing for her use of the N-word and backed out of a scheduled appearance on the "Today" show.  In the video she said, "I've made plenty of mistakes along the way," but begged for forgiveness. The video was yanked from her official YouTube channel and another version was posted today.

In the second video, Deen addressed her cancellation on 'Today.' "I have to say I was physically not able this morning," Deen said. "The pain has been tremendous."

Watch the video below. What do you think of what Deen said and the Foot Network's decision? 

 

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'Parks and Rec' going to London for the 1-hour season premiere


"Parks and Rec" going to London for the 1-hour season premiere

Co-creator Michael Schur announced the news on Twitter.

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Food Network drops Paula Deen after N-word admission


Food Network drops Paula Deen after N-word admission

"Food Network will not renew Paula Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month," the cable network said today in a statement.

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<p>Nine Inch Nails rehearsing earlier in June</p>

Nine Inch Nails rehearsing earlier in June

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Nine Inch Nails reveals track listing for 'Hesitation Marks'

Guests include Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham

Nine Inch Nails has revealed the track listing for “Hesitation Marks,” out Sept. 3.

In addition to first single, “Came Back Haunted,” the rest of the titles hint at the sense of restless discontent (to put it mildly) the group is known for, including “The Eater of Dreams,” “Disappointed,” “All Time Low,” “Various Methods of Escape,” and “Black Noise.”

Nine Inch Nails head Trent Reznor produced the album with his composing partner Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder. Among the guests are Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, bassist Pino Palladino, and guitarist Adrian Belew, who dropped out of the band, according to Rolling Stone.

The group has a number of dates on its slate before the new album, including Lollapalooza and Outside Lands.

Tracklist 
1) "The Eater of Dreams" 
2) "Copy of A" 
3) "Came Back Haunted" 
4) "Find My Way" 
5) "All Time Low" 
6) "Disappointed" 
7) "Everything" 
8) "Satellite" 
9) "Various Methods of Escape" 
10) "Running" 
11) "I Would for You" 
12) "In Two" 
13) "While I'm Still Here" 
14) "Black Noise"

 

 

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NBC announces season premiere dates


NBC announces season premiere dates

Premiere week will include one hour of "Parks and Recreation" followed by one hour of "The Michael J. Fox Show." But "Grimm" and "Dracula" will be delayed till Oct. 25, in time for Halloween, while "The Biggest Loser" returns Oct. 8.

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Paula Deen apologizes for using the N-word


Paula Deen apologizes for using the N-word in "weird" video
"I beg for your forgiveness," she says in an unusually filmed video where she called her use of the N-word "totally unacceptable." As TMZ points out, there's "an edit after almost every sentence. It's as if some publicist is feeding her lines that she has trouble delivering." UPDATE: Paula Deen releases an unedited 2-minute video.

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Report: James Gandolfini had a 'decadent final meal' that included 8 alcoholic drinks


Report: James Gandolfini had a "decadent final meal" that included 8 alcoholic drinks
A source tells the NY Post: "Gandolfini guzzled four shots of rum, two pina coladas, and two beers at dinner with his son — while he chowed down on two orders of fried king prawns and a “large portion” of foie gras."


Whoopi Goldberg to star in a Lifetime Terry McMillan movie
"A Day Late and a Dollar Short" will reunite Goldberg and Terry McMillan. Goldberg appeared in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" from the book by McMillan.


Chris Matthews didn't disclose that "The Newsroom" pays him while gushing about it on MSNBC

The MSNBC host was revealed this week to be a paid consultant to the Aaron Sorkin show, something he didn't mention during his interview with Jeff Daniels on "Hardball" yesterday.


"Project Runway" adding a past designer, giving Tim Gunn the chance to rescue a designer

Fans will get to choose the "Runway Redemption Contestant," and for the first time Gunn will watch the runway show with the judges.


How did James Wolk find out about Bob Benson's "Mad Men" secret?

Says Wolk: "What started to happen was I noticed there wasn’t continuity in everything he was saying. Once I started to sense that, Matt and I spoke and he let me in on it."


Fox buys a "B-Team" comedy from "New Girl's" Jake Johnson

Johnson and Henry Winkler's son, Max, are teaming up on the project about a group of underdogs who use their intelligence to fight for the powerless.


Claim: Charlie Sheen was attracted to Selma Blair after seeing "Cruel Intentions"

But, according to Radar Online, that attraction turned to hate when he learned that Blair was complaining about him behind his back.


Game 7 of NBA Finals was the 2nd highest-rated NBA game in ABC history
This year's NBA Finals were up 5% over last year.


More Comic-Con shows announced
Warner Bros. TV will be sending "The Big Bang Theory," The Vampire Diaries" and more to San Diego next month.


Matt Smith sends thank you video to "Doctor Who" crew and fans
Written on paper.

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Watch Robyn and Snoop Dogg's bizarre 'U Should Know Better' music video

Watch Robyn and Snoop Dogg's bizarre 'U Should Know Better' music video

Gender-bending air-punch

It only took three years, but Robyn's "U Should Know Better" featuring Snoop Dogg finally has a music video.

The "Body Talk Pt. 2" track sends the viewer into a bizarre weed warehouse, and the bedroom of a male child who strongly resembles Robyn herself. Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg (before he made his conversion to Snoop Lion) is cast into a child's doll. Robyn stars as the world's hippest mom, and gender-bending and air-punching abounds. Y'know, typical.

I've already addressed my full-on Lady Crush on Robyn with the recent release of Lonely Island's "The Wack Album," further solidified by "Go Kindergarten," also below. It is for this reason stacked Timbs, Docs, platform and other manner of shoe will never die, even if I refuse to wear them.

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<p>Emma Watson in &quot;The Bling Ring.&quot;</p>

Emma Watson in "The Bling Ring."

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Tell us what you thought of 'The Bling Ring'

Sofia Coppola's latest goes on wide release today

Since scoring widespread acclaim (and an Oscar) for "Lost in Translation" a decade ago, Sofia Coppola has become a distinctly divisive figure in the auteur ranks: "Marie Antoinette" and "Somewhere" drew as much praise as criticism for their high-style studies of privileged ennui, and "The Bling Ring" has followed much the same pattern since its Cannes debut. I've never felt let down by a Coppola film, and am once more firmly in the pro camp on her latest, an outside-in take on her favored celebrity milieu that may be her chilliest, most formally structured film to date. After opening in New York and LA last week, it goes wide today, and with critical opinion all over the map, I'm curious to read your thoughts. Have your say in the comments, and vote in the poll after the jump.

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<p>Rorschach Test: What do you see?&nbsp;A line of people clamoring to see &quot;World War Z&quot;&nbsp;or a line of people clamoring to get a refund after seeing &quot;World War Z?&quot;</p>

Rorschach Test: What do you see? A line of people clamoring to see "World War Z" or a line of people clamoring to get a refund after seeing "World War Z?"

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Tell us what you thought of 'World War Z'

Paramount's embattled zombie actioner hits theaters today

Marc Forster's embattled production "World War Z," based (though not really) on the book by Max Brooks, finds its way to theaters today. Heavy rewrites and reshoots sent the production budget soaring and Paramount is hoping a whole bunch of "it's not THAT bad" reviews, as well as a Brad Pitt tour, will help get them closer to the black on it. I've been pretty hard on the film on Twitter, but let me start with something positive: Marco Beltrami's score is really awesome.

Now, despite some legitimately jarring moments and one sequence in particular that I thought was fantastic (on an airplane), I thought the film failed, limping its way through dubious set-up on the way to a weak climax. Wrote HitFix's Drew McWeeny, "A movie like 'World War Z' ends up being a passable way to spend a few hours, but forgettable, and to me, that's the greater sin." But why don't you be the judge and tell us what you thought when and if you see it in the comments section below. And as always, feel free to vote in our poll, too.

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