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'Devious Maids' debuts to an unimpressive 2 million


"Devious Maids" debuts to an unimpressive 2 million
That's below the debuts of "The Client List" and "Drop Dead Diva," which had 2.8 million viewers.


Pork company drops Paula Deen

Smithfield Foods had a line of Paula Deen hams as part of The Paula Deen Collection.


Nik Wallenda's Grand Canyon walk draws 13 million
Discovery's two-hour special drew 8.5 million, but 13 million tuned in just for the crossing.


Alec Baldwin interviews Rosie O'Donnell

On Baldwin's "Here's the Thing" podcast, Rosie recalled auditioning for Lorne Michaels -- and getting "Gimme a Break!" instead of "SNL."


Sandra Lee checks out of James Gandolfini's death room in Rome hotel
The Food Network star, the girlfriend of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, checked into Gandolfini's room not long after he died.


"Girls" star Adam Driver is a married man
Lena Dunham was in attendance on Saturday as Driver married longtime girlfriend Joanne Tucker.

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"Four Houses"

 "Four Houses"

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Watch: Design-obsessed homeowners duke it out on 'Four Houses'

Murray the magician turns up his nose at a secret passage

"Four Houses" moves to Monday nights on TLC at 10 PM (ET/PT) beginning June 24. The 10-part series follows four designed-obsessed homeowners as they snoop, tour and score each other’s homes in hopes of having their home ranked number one and winning the $10,000 cash prize.

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Dr. Oz's magazine debuting next year


Dr. Oz's magazine debuting next year
The TV doctor is teaming with Hearst Magazines on the new lifestyle magazine.


Elisabeth Moss talks about the "Mad Men" season finale and her revealing dress
"My boobs looked the best in that one," she says of Peggy's dress.


Garry Marshall to guest on "See Dad Run" in a "Happy Days" reunion

Marshall will reunite with Scott Baio for an episode directed by his son, Scott.


Hulu likely won't look the same under a new owner
If DirecTV or a cable company acquires Hulu, they'll use the video website for their own interests, which wouldn't fit with the current state of Hulu.


"Game of Thrones" gets the Lego treatment
Check out scenes from the HBO series in Legos.


Hollywood remembers Gary David Goldberg

The "Family Ties" creator was "mentor" to Bill Lawrence, whom he created "Spin City" with. "Family Ties" vet Courteney Cox says he "taught me so much" and Charlie Sheen tweeted: "he's the sole reason I have a tv career." PLUS: Read Goldberg's obituary

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<p>Kick-Ass and The Motherf**ker prepare for the biggest fight of their lives in 'Kick-Ass 2,' this summer's craziest superhero film.</p>

Kick-Ass and The Motherf**ker prepare for the biggest fight of their lives in 'Kick-Ass 2,' this summer's craziest superhero film.

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We catch up with Kick-Ass and Hit Girl on the set of 'Kick-Ass 2'

We saw Chris Mintz-Plasse, too, but we can't put his character's name in a headline

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE - I will never stop being excited about visiting Pinewood Studios outside of London. It is one of my favorite places on Earth, and it's always great when they've got several films on the lot at the same time. I walked past Chris Pine, in costume as Jack Ryan and on his way to the set, as I made my way across the lot on the first of two days I spent visiting "Kick-Ass 2."
 
I walked onto Stage F, one of several at the legendary Pinewood Studios currently in use by this film. I'm sure I've been here before, and I even think it was for a Matthew Vaughn film.  I'm pretty sure this was the interior of the inn owned by Michelle Pfeiffer's character in "Stardust." As I enter, there on a set designed to look like the top of a building, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are in the middle of shooting one of the main emotional beats for the climax of the film.

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"What's the point of wearing a mask if you can't do what you want?" Mintz-Plasse says, just before he takes another shot at Taylor-Johnson, whose costume from the first film has been updated with a few pieces that directly recall Big Daddy, the character that Nicolas Cage played in the first film. Incorporating that suit into his own carries an emotional weight this time around, and that's no accident.

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<p>Mariah Carey</p>

Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey and Major League Baseball team up for free Central Park concert

July 13 event will benefit Superstorm Sandy relief efforts

Mariah Carey will appear at a free concert in New York City’s Central Park on July 13.

Major League Baseball is putting on the performance, which will take place on the Great Lawn, and will benefit Superstorm Sandy relief. It takes place three days before the 2-13 MLB All-Star Game at New York’s Citi Field.

Carey will join the New York Philharmonic, who will perform two sets of baseball-themed music, including Randy Newman’s score from “The Natural” and Mark Isham’s score from “42.” Carey will then come out and sing her greatest baseball-themed hits. We kid about the last part: she’ll perform a mix of hits, as well as tunes from her new album, out, “The Art of Letting Go,” which will come out July 23. In conjunction with the concert, MLB will make a $1 million donation to Sandy Relief efforts.

Tickets are free, but each attendee must have a ticket. Free general admission tickets will be available starting June 26 at Allstargame.com/Concert.

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'Downton Abbey' books Paul Giamatti


"Downton Abbey" books Paul Giamatti

He'll play the playboy brother of Elizabeth McGovern's Cora.


Paula Deen will do a "Today" interview Wednesday after backing out on Friday
"She has told us she will be here this time," said Matt Lauer.

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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

 "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" 

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'Real Housewives of New Jersey': If everyone ignored her, would Teresa go?

Even when she's not at the party, Teresa manages to dampen the mood

I always love an episode of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" with lots of Rosie in it. Though she's only "housewife adjacent," she's fiercely loyal, completely honest about her feelings, and possibly insane. She's the attack dog of the series, and while she can be embarrassing (she seemingly does not have an indoor voice), she usually says the things other people are thinking, and says them at very, very high volume. 

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Paula Deen could lose her QVC gig over N-word controversy


Paula Deen could lose her QVC gig over N-word controversy

The shopping network said in a statement: "We are closely monitoring these events and the ongoing litigation. We are reviewing our business relationship with Ms. Deen, and in the meantime, we have no immediate plans to have her appear on QVC." PLUS: Deen thanks Food Network, Deen fans target Food Net, Deen gets Taiwanese animation treatment, Bill Maher sticks up for Deen, and remembering Kristen Wiig as Deen.


Matthew Weiner explains Season 6's final "Mad Men" scene
"We were working toward a moment of honesty," he says, adding: "You're supposed to get choked up." PLUS: Weiner says "I don't know" what happens next season, but it's definitately the last, you'll have to "wait and see" with Megan, Weiner didn't think Bob Benson would be so controversial, and Weiner talks about Peggy's future.


"Mad Men" ends Season 6 brilliantly after much negative scrutiny

"The genius in this episode," says Tim Goodman, "wasn't just that it reset the trajectory of the series – which was necessary – but that it finally exhaled on getting through what will likely be considered a drawn-out set-up season. Now, with only one final season to go, Weiner and his writers can wrap up as they see fit. What worked especially well here was how so many storylines came down, in the hour and five minutes of the episode, to a multitude of characters reaching decisions in their lives that were difficult." PLUS: Jon Hamm has gone for broke this season, the finale was surprisingly hopeful, look back at the Season 6 poster, inside the season finale costumes, and Don's speech was "mortifyingly believable."


James Gandolfini's body arrives back in New Jersey

"The Sopranos" star's funeral is scheduled for Thursday. PLUS: The Clintons helped get Gandolfini's body back home.


Jay Leno to Kim Kardashian in March: There's a "stupid rumor" your baby will be named "North West"
"That is not true," Kardashian responded. "That is not one of the names on our list."


Questlove nearly lost his "Late Night" job over Michelle Bachmann and Tina Fey?
The Jimmy Fallon and Roots leader recounts in his memoir how his "Tina Fey, you are never nice to the Roots" remark nearly cost him his job, only seven months after the Michelle Bachmann incident.


"Soup Nazi" to begin selling his signature soup on food trucks nationwide

Al Yeganeh, who inspired the famous "Seinfeld" episode, is coming out with a fleet of food trucks.


"Game of Thrones" was No. 1 most-pirated show of spring, "Big Bang" No. 2

"How I Met Your Mother," "The Walking Dead" and "Hannibal" came in 4th, 5th and 6th, respectively, according to Torrent Freak.


"Family Ties" creator Gary David Goldberg dies
Goldberg, who also co-created "Spin City" with Bill Lawrence," was 68.


Demi Lovato loses her dad
"The X Factor" judge had been estranged from her dad, Patrick Lovato, who died of a heart attack.


Nik Wallenda's Grand Canyon walk was huge on social media

The live Discovery event generated 700,000 tweets.


"That '70s Show's" Lisa Robin Kelly arrested again
Her arrest over the weekend for DUI was the 4th time she was taken into custody in recent years.


"Gossip Girl's" Kelly Rutherford files for bankruptcy

The actress is more than $2 million in depth, mostly due to child custody fees.


Australian TV begins filming INXS miniseries

"Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS," airing on Seven Network, will tell the band's uncensored story.


NeNe Leakes remarries her ex-husband
The "Real Housewives" star and Greg Leakes tied the knot for the 2nd time Saturday.

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<p>On &quot;Mad Men,&quot;&nbsp;Bob Benson (James Wolk) was introduced as a foil for Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser). </p>

On "Mad Men," Bob Benson (James Wolk) was introduced as a foil for Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser).

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'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner on season 6

What happened with Avon? Why did Don's ads keep omitting the product? And what was challenging about writing 1968?

The penultimate season of "Mad Men" has come to an end — and a hell of an end it was, as I discuss in my review of the finale. I also spoke with series creator Matthew Weiner about Don's choices (and their consequences), the secret origin of Bob Benson, the way history intruded on fiction like never before, and more, all coming up just as soon as I get to that sandwich on my desk before you do...

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<p>Jim Carrey in &quot;Kick-Ass 2&quot;</p>

Jim Carrey in "Kick-Ass 2"

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Citing Sandy Hook shootings, Jim Carrey says he's bowing out of supporting 'Kick-Ass 2'

The actor has been a loud proponent of gun control in recent months

Jim Carrey is backing out of supporting his new film "Kick-Ass 2" due to its depiction of violence, the actor said in a pair of Tweets this afternoon.

"I did 'Kick-Ass [2]' a month before Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence," he wrote. "My apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart."

One would expect, however, for the actor to have a contractual obligation to promote the superhero sequel, in which he stars as Colonel Stars and Stripes, an ex-mafia member turned masked vigilante. This is often worked out prior to shooting, and especially with someone as mercurial as Carrey. Universal did not respond to a request for comment. Last week it was announced the studio would be making "Dumb and Dumber To" with the star after Warner Bros. passed on the project.

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"True Blood"

"True Blood"

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'True Blood' recap: Bill discovers whether Lilith's fair in 'The Sun'

Sookie meets a new boy, but she doesn't kiss him

Well, this week's episode of "True Blood" was another mixed blood bag (maybe A positive and a smattering of O), though the good news is that we learn that some (though not all) of the plot points that seemed truly predictable and ridiculous last week actually aren't so bad. Since it seems there's not a lot of love for traditional recaps, I'm dividing up the bad blood, the good stuff, and the ugly of the week below. 

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<p>Ron Perlman plays the outrageous Hannibal Chau in Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'</p>

Ron Perlman plays the outrageous Hannibal Chau in Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

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Ron Perlman talks about selling black market monster parts on the set of 'Pacific Rim'

Del Toro's favorite actor discusses his role in the summer's weirdest blockbuster

TORONTO - How do you know you're on a Guillermo Del Toro set?

Seeing Ron Perlman dressed in full character as Hannibal Chau, who runs the black market for kaiju parts, is a pretty good hint.

At this point, Perlman and Del Toro seem almost like brothers, guys who know each other so well that there's not a lot of need to explain things back and forth. When Del Toro hires Perlman, he knows exactly what he's getting, and when Del Toro calls, Perlman knows he's going to have something fun to dig into.

When we caught up with Perlman on the set of "Pacific Rim," he was in his trailer, unwinding between set-ups. He had on part of his Chau costume, and he was in a great, relaxed mood. I've worked with Ron in our second "Masters Of Horror" episode, "Pro-Life," and one of the things I learned spending time with him is that he has a no-nonsense attitude about the career he's chosen and he tells great stories.

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