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<p>J.D. Salinger was a high-profile media figure before he disappeared and became a recluse, and the new documentary 'Salinger' digs into the details of his remarkable story.</p>

J.D. Salinger was a high-profile media figure before he disappeared and became a recluse, and the new documentary 'Salinger' digs into the details of his remarkable story.

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Shane Salerno's new documentary 'Salinger' revealed in compelling first trailer

This is one part of a major media push this year to examine one of literature's most mysterious lives

Documentaries make up a healthy percentage of my film diet every year, and the best of them feed my jones in a way that fiction simply can't.

Like with any type of filmmaking, there are great documentaries, good documentaries, and plenty of terrible ones. They are not, by definition, automatically better than some other type of storytelling, but there are things that a great documentary can do that you can't get anywhere else, and obviously I think the subject matter you pick for your doc is a major part of that. When someone like Alex Gibney makes a doc like "The Magic Bus," part of what is frustrating about that film is just how heavily covered every single element of that story already is, and when I see a trailer for "Salinger," what makes it most immediately compelling is how little of that story has been told.

Like many people, I went through a period of being totally smitten with "Catcher In The Rye," and that led me to his other work, and for a time, I was head-over-heels for his voice, his ability to evoke a time and place, and for the way he looks deeply into his flawed but oh-so-human characters. As with any artist who has produced just a small body of work, there also came a point where I felt like I'd gotten as much out of his work as I was going to, and I moved on to other writers and other work.

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<p>Alicia Keys</p>

Alicia Keys

Watch: Alicia Keys transforms into a Vegas performer in 'Tears Always Win' video

R&B singer hits the Las Vegas strip

Alicia Keys' "Tears Always Win" is one of the more catchier, timeless tunes off of her latest "Girl on Fire." The singer, for the most part, goes with a Las Vegas get-up that's equally timeless by the time the new music video for "Tears" is over.

Check out the singer as she makes her way down the famed Nevada strip, pining and mourning the loss of love between sparkles and big piano chords.

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<p>Kanye West</p>

Kanye West

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This Week in Kanye West: 'Yeezus,' 'I Am a God' a cappella and Rick Rubin

No radio single in sight, but West isn't sleeping on promotions: 500,000 in sight

Kanye West has not released an official studio single for his album "Yeezus." There is no pre-order for the June 18 release, and apparently no cover art (so far). He performed "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves" on "Saturday Night Live," played both of those plus new "On Site" in addition to another song that's already been heard in pieces, "I Am a God," at the Governor's Ball over last weekend.

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See Ginnifer Goodwin as Jacqueline Kennedy


See Ginnifer Goodwin as Jacqueline Kennedy
The "Once Upon a Time" star plays Jackie opposite Rob Lowe's JFK in Nat Geo's "Killing Kennedy."


"Sons of Anarchy" getting the comic book treatment
SAMCRO's comic book version will come out in September.


Wes Bentley joins Ryan Murphy's "Open" HBO pilot

The "American Beauty" vet will star in a drama pilot focusing on human sexuality.


Cinemax taps Stellan Skarsgård for "The Quarry"
The Swedish actor will co-star in the '70s-set Vietnam-era pilot.

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<p>Eddie Redmayne</p>

Eddie Redmayne

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Eddie Redmayne chases gold in Stephen Hawking biopic

Oscar winner James Marsh will direct 'Theory of Everything'

If you thought Tom Hardy being mooted to play Elton John was the week's unlikeliest Brit-related biopic story, think again. (Incidentally, the Elton John project, "Rocketman," found a US distributor today in FilmDistrict.) Eddie Redmayne is in line to play Stephen Hawking in "Theory of Everything," a biopic of the famed, ALS-afflicted theoretical physicist currently being developed by UK company Working Title.

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<p>Veteran animator Eric Goldberg was on hand for the big reveal of 'Get A Horse!', the latest animated short from Walt Disney Animation Studios.</p>

Veteran animator Eric Goldberg was on hand for the big reveal of 'Get A Horse!', the latest animated short from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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Disney animation shocks and delights Annecy crowd with innovative new Mickey Mouse cartoon

When will you get a chance to 'Get A Horse'?

It sounds like Disney pulled a fast one Tuesday at the Annecy Animation Festival in France.

I've never been, but it's one of those specialty festivals that I wish I could add to my schedule. I was raised believing that animation is just as valid a form of filmmaking as any other, and while I don't think we take full advantage of what animation can be, I do think it's worth just as much serious regard as any other type of film.

There have been rumblings about the latest animated short from Walt Disney Animation Studios for a while now. Just recently, our own Kris Tapley was talking about how he wasn't sure what to make of "Get A Horse!" based on the initial descriptions from the studio. They were absolutely playing that up in the countdown to the big festival reveal, and on Tuesday, any questions anyone had were answered in what seems to have been a highly entertaining manner.

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Emmys: 10 'modern-day Susan Luccis' who have yet to win

Emmys: 10 'modern-day Susan Luccis' who have yet to win

Actors, actresses, hosts, writers and more hope to make it to the stage this year

Susan Lucci couldn’t catch a break. For 18 nonconsecutive years between 1978 and 1998, she was up for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the Daytime Emmys for her work on "All My Children" and lost. That’s a hell of a track record, accent on “hell.” Her losing streak ended with a win in 1999 (though losses in 2001 and 2002 twisted the knife), but her many, many strikeouts transformed her into the go-to talking point for anyone who hasn’t won a Primetime Emmy.

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<p>Look at that smile.</p>

Look at that smile.

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Russell Crowe talks about the physical toll of 'Man Of Steel' for an aging action star

Find out how he prepared for the part

The last time I spoke to Russell Crowe was during the press day for the Ridley Scott version of "Robin Hood," and it was a very good conversation even though I have very little good to say about the movie itself.

It's amazing how our first impressions of someone linger. No matter what Crowe does in his career, no matter how big he gets, and no matter how many A-list directors he works with, when I hear his name or I see him, the first thing that always flashes through my mind is his work in "Romper Stomper." That movie, and his performance in it, were seared into my mind on first viewing, and I remember watching one sequence in it something like ten times in a week when it came out on laserdisc. It's one of those introductory performances that suggests a whole world of possibilities within an actor. Crowe played both rage and tenderness with such conviction, and I hoped he would find a larger place in the industry as a result.

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TLC presenting 'Honey Boo Boo' in smell-o-vision


TLC presenting "Honey Boo Boo" in smell-o-vision

As part of a "Watch & Sniff" promotion for the season premiere, TLC is giving away 10 million scratch and sniff cards replicating the aromas from the show.


"Burn Notice" reaches 100 episodes
USA calls the spy drama "instrumental," particularly in helping launch shows like "Royal Pains" and "Suits."


"Smash" reunion: Megan Hilty joins Sean Hayes' comedy

She'll play Hayes' BFF and co-worker on "Sean Saves the World."


"Scandal" and "24" are among the shows that predicted the NSA spying scandal
On "Scandal," the top-secret NSA program was called "Thorngate."


How to fix "Revolution"
Step 1: Turn the lights back off.


Check out Bart Simpson as The Game
On an upcoming "Simpsons" episode, Bart daydreams about being the rapper.


Conan star to bring his "Irish White guy" voice to W. Kamau Bell's talk show
Brian McCann, who worked with Conan O'Brien for 17 years, has joined "Totally Biased" as a writer/producer.


Seth Meyers is spending his summer riding New York's new Citi Bikes
The "SNL" star rides without a helmet.


"Game of Thrones" in infographics

See charts and graphs of Season 3.


Meet the MTV exec who created "Teen Mom" and "16 & Pregnant"

Lauren Dolgen denies she's glamorizing teen pregnancy, and thinks all the tabloid headlines are actually a good thing because they create a discussion.


MTV renews "Girl Code"
The "Guy Code" spinoff will be back for a 2nd season.


More from the "Friday Night Lights" reunion

Kyle Chandler accidentally called Scott Porter "Jason."

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Jason Alexander and Michael Richards are having a 'Seinfeld' reunion on TV Land


Jason Alexander and Michael Richards are having a "Seinfeld" reunion on TV Land

Alexander will guest on Kirstie Alley's new sitcom "Kirstie," playing her character's agent. Richards plays her driver.


HBO renews "Vice"
A 2nd, 12-episode season will air in 2014.


"Chicago Fire" spinoff "Chicago PD" drops Melissa Sagemiller
Sagemiller is exiting the series, while actress Jesse Lee Soffer is joining the series in a different role.


Watch the trailer for NBC's "Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls"
The reality show will pit 10 two-person teams in the wilds of New Zealand.

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"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

 "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

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Return of 'Honey Boo Boo' will be a 'watch and sniff' event

Ten million sniffable cards featuring six scents will be distributed

Remember scratch 'n' sniff cards? Well, I can't think of a better (or worse) show than "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" to turn to them as a promotional item, can you? Believe it or not, neither can TLC. The season premiere of the show (which airs on TLC Wed. July 17 at 9 p.m.) will be a Watch ‘n Sniff event that will treat viewers’ senses to "the diverse and fragrant smells found in rural McIntyre, GA." Yeah, that's happening. 

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'The Walking Dead' coming out with a credit card


"The Walking Dead" coming out with a credit card
Robert Kirkman's Image Comics imprint is releasing three different prepaid Visa debit card featuring Rick Grimes.


James Carville campaigns for "Portlandia"
"Put an Emmy on it," the election guru says in an Emmy campaign ad.


Did a restaurant chain create its own Ron Swanson?

O'Charley's new pitchman has a mustache and goes by the name "Brock Roland."


Watch Sarah Silverman go on a drive and get coffee with Jerry Seinfeld
It's the Season 2 premiere of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." PLUS: Some conversations lasted 2 to 3 hours.


Amy Poehler to receive the Best Comedy Person Award
Just For Laughs is honoring Poehler, her significant other Nick Kroll, as well as Mitch Hurwitz.


Donald Trump tries watching "Modern Family," calls it "boring"
The Donald has been engaged in a Twitter feud with "Modern Family" writer Danny Zuker.


Josh Groban signs on for "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
The singer will play himself in an episode titled, "The Gang Saves the Day."


Why doesn't John Oliver's "Daily Show" try being more weird?
"The Daily Show" doesn't need fixing, says James Poniewozik, but "It's summer—why not make it a little weirder?"


George Takei's Facebook joke-writer apologizes

Rick Polito says: "I’ve had no direct contact with George. I've sent him some memes, as have other comedian types and I was happy for the exposure."


Play the "Arrested Development" fighting video game
Introducing "Bluth Fighter."

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