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Get animated: Watch Paramore's new 'Anklebiters' video

Get animated: Watch Paramore's new 'Anklebiters' video

Colorful song gets a colorful clip

When I reviewed Paramore's new self-titled album, I referred to their pop-punk beginnings as their bread and butter. The colorful new music video for their rock 'n' roll song "Anklebiters," I'd say, is their peanut butter and jelly.

The animated clip has fun with the track's high-energy pace, with dancing fingers and 2-D contraptions, in full color. It bounds along with Hayley Williams' ever-bettering vocals. Bouncy!

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Walmart is the latest to drop Paula Deen

Walmart is the latest to drop Paula Deen

The company said in a statement: "We are ending our relationship with Paula Deen Enterprises and we will not place new orders beyond those already committed."

OWN to air reruns of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live"
The first 40 episodes will air this summer as part of a special 10-week run.

"Awkward" creator suddenly quits
Lauren Iungerich is departing as showrunner after Season 3 for "work and professional reasons."

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"Crown Chasers"

"Crown Chasers"

Credit: TLC

Watch: A middle-aged pageant queen melts down on 'Crown Chasers'

Jocelyn has a Stuart Smalley moment with the mirror

Do you remember "Saturday Night Live"'s Stuart Smalley character (played and invented by Al Franken)? He was the guy who would sit in front of the mirror and try to assure himself he was good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people liked him. It turns out real people actually do this, and sometimes not even with a therapist there to force them. In this clip from TLC's "Crown Chasers" (premiering Wed. July 10 at 10:00 p.m.), Jocelyn talks to her mirror, works on her enunciation, complains about menopause, and bursts into tears. Is it crazy? Oh, yeah. 

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<p>Robin Thicke</p>

Robin Thicke

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Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' makes it 3 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100

Bruno Mars also has reason to celebrate

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, stays in the top spot for the third consecutive week. The track, featuring Pharrell and T.I., continues to gain airplay and sales. This week, the tune sold 424,000 copies, giving it the highest weekly tally for a song in 2013.

“Blurred Lines’” competitor for song of the summer, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” stays at No. 2, while the tune, which also features Pharrell, celebrates its sixth week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” climbs 4-3, entering the top 3 for its first time in its 43rd week on the chart. Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” featuring Nelly moves 6-4 in its 38th week on the Billboard Hot 100 (Both songs started at other formats and then crossed over).

Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” zooms into the Top 10, soaring 27-5, making her seventh Top 10 hit and her first since “Party In The U.S.A.”  rose to No. 2 in 2009.

In the bottom half of the top 10, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” drops 3-6 and Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” falls 5-7.

Bruno Mars joins Cyrus as the other new entry to the top 10 as “Treasure,” his 11th Top 10,  jumps 11-8. Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It” slips 8-9, while Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess, goes 7-10.

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Prince remixes Janelle Monae's 'Q.U.E.E.N.': Get down

Dipping bass and twerking in the mirror

Janelle Monae spirit animal Prince already had heavy influence on her new single "Q.U.E.E.N." featuring Erykah Badu. Prince has since got his hands on the funky track and gave it a remix of his own.

I'm getting a late '80s rump-shaker, bass-looping, neon colors vibe from this "reprogramming." More snaps, more tambourine, take out the melody and hone in on the hard "Humpty Dance" hits. The Purple One has a way...

Prince appears on Monae's next album, "The Electric Lady," due out later this year. Miguel will be on there, too, in case your day wasn't going well enough.

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"Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda"

 "Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda"

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Nik Wallenda to talk the walk about 'Skywire'

The tightrope walker to discuss crossing the Grand Canyon step by step

Did you watch every moment of Nik Wallenda's tightrope crossing of the Grand Canyon on Discovery? Given the blow-out ratings (13 million viewers watched the walk, according to the Discovery Channel), it's no surprise the network isn't done with Nik Wallenda yet.

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<p>A chilling scene from &quot;The&nbsp;Conjuring&quot;</p>

A chilling scene from "The Conjuring"

Credit: Warner Bros.

On 'The Conjuring,' 'The Exorcist' and horror finding its way to the Oscars

James Wan's latest is a lesson in control, restraint and confidence

It was 40 years ago this December that William Friedkin's "The Exorcist" terrified audiences and found itself in the rare position of being a critically admired prestige horror film. It landed 10 Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Ellen Burstyn), Best Supporting Actor (Jason Miller) and Best Supporting Actress (Linda Blair). William Peter Blatty even walked away with the trophy for the adaptation of his own novel.

Why am I mentioning this now? Because four decades later, James Wan's "The Conjuring" is easily the best film of its kind since Friedkin's masterful thriller. In a genre that has increasingly given way to the cheapest levels, where films like "The Devil Inside" are rattled off like products on an assembly line, here is a film with a real respect of the craft and, most importantly, a level of restraint. Restraint and a sense of build is what made the most chilling elements of "The Exorcist" land like holy water burns on demon flesh, and it's equally what makes Wan's more direct terrors connect in "The Conjuring."

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<p>Liev Schreiber is &quot;Ray Donovan.&quot;</p>

Liev Schreiber is "Ray Donovan."

Credit: Showtime

Review: Showtime's 'Ray Donovan' a fixer story with flaws

Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight and company star in an assembly gritty drama

The late David Mills wrote for some of the best dramas of the last 20 years, including "The Wire," "Treme," "NYPD Blue," "Homicide" and "ER." But before that he was a journalist and a critic, and he always had a tendency to look at his new industry from the viewpoint of his old one, and to have an unyielding standard for shows that aspired to play in the same ballpark as the ones he'd been lucky enough to work for.

When I was a younger critic, I would often grow enamored of some new show because of its creative pedigree, or an impressive cast, until Mills would cut through all of that and ask me, "Why does this show exist? What does it have to say about its premise that's interesting and distinctive? Why am I watching for anything besides the names and a few good performances?"

I have a feeling Mills would not think too kindly of "Ray Donovan," the new Showtime drama that's debuting Sunday night at 10.

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"All My Children"

 "All My Children"

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'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' to air latest episodes on OWN

The first 40 episodes of The OnLine Network's reboot to air on TV

If you've been trying to watch the new episodes of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" on a tiny computer screen, take heart. OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is hosting a summer fling for soap fans as the network has acquired the first 40 episodes of The OnLine Network’s reprisal of the two daytime soaps for an exclusive 10-week limited engagement.  

Half-hour episodes of each show will air Monday through Thursday beginning Mon. July 15 with “All My Children” at 1:00 p.m. ET and “One Life to Live” at 3:00 p.m. ET on OWN.  

"These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN.  “Many of our viewers across numerous platforms have expressed their passion for the soaps so we are especially excited to air this limited engagement on OWN.” 
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Zooey Deschanel

 Zooey Deschanel

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'Who Do You Think You Are' reveals line-up including Deschanel, Handler

Watch the promo and see Kelly Clarkson cry
TLC premieres a brand-new season of the reality series "Who Do You Think You Are?" on Tues., July 23 at 9:00 p.m.. The network has ordered eight new hour-long episodes of the Emmy-nominated series NBC kicked to the curb.
Today, the network announced the full line-up of celebrities:
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'Today' began critiquing Paula Deen's exclusive interview as soon as she left

"Today" began critiquing Paula Deen's exclusive interview as soon as she left
The show interviewed PR experts and even ran a headline on its website reading, "Paula Deen’s TODAY apology 'failed' and was 'bizarre,' experts say." PLUS: "GMA" puts "Today" interview headline on top of its page.

"GMA" interviewed its weatherman Sam Champion on Supreme Court's gay marriage rulings

"My heart's pounding — like really thumping in my chest," he told George Stephanopoulos.

Kristen Bell reacted to Supreme Court rulings by proposing to Dax Shepard
His response: "F*ck Yes!!!!!!!!!!!"

TLC to air UK documentary "The Man with the 10-Stone Testicles"
TLC has picked up the documentary about American Wesley Warren Jr, who suffers from "scrotal elephantitis" -- watch the trailer.

Andrew McCarthy books "Unforgettable"
The Brat Pack-er will guest-star next season.

James Gandolfini's sisters visit HBO

Sisters Leta Gandolfini and Johanna Antonacci stopped by HBO's offices in Manhattan yesterday as they prepared for tomorrow's funeral.

It's funny that CNN made "Crossfire" announcement while Jon Stewart was away

It was Stewart, after all, who was responsible for "Crossfire's" demise.

"America's Got Talent" hits a season low

Lack of a "Voice" lead-in took a toll on ratings last night for "AGT."

"The Exes" releases a rap video

Check out David Alan Basche rapping "On My Sitcom."

Amazon signs up more PBS shows
"Downton Abbey" and "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" are part of Amazon's new deal with PBS.

Is Ryan Seacrest dating a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model?

The "Idol" host has reportedly been seeing Dominique Piek.

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Paula Deen breaks down on 'Today': 'I is What I Is'

Paula Deen breaks down on "Today": "I is What I Is"

In her interview with Matt Lauer, Deen pleaded with sponsors not to drop her and insisted she only used the N-word once, even though she testified differently in her trial. PLUS: Deen hires the real Olivia Pope -- Judy Smith, Caesars dumps Deen, and should Food Network dump Deen's sons?

Oprah regains the No. 1 spot in Forbes most powerful celebrities list after 2 years at No. 2

This year's list includes No. 10 Ellen DeGeneres and No. 17 Simon Cowell.

"Veronica Mars" movie adds Ken Marino and Martin Starr
Starr wasn't on the original series, but Vinnie Van Lowe made a video announcing his return.

"Laverne & Shirley" reuniting on Nick's "Sam & Cat"
Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams will guest-star together on the new Nickelodeon sitcom.

"Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous" appears to be canceled

Bo Burnham tweeted that he expects MTV not to order a 2nd season of his comedy.

CNN bringing back "Crossfire" in the fall with Newt Gingrich
He'll be joined by former Obama officials Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones, plus MSNBC's S.E. Cupp.

MTV to air an alternate ending to "The Hills" series finale
It'll be part of MTV's "RetroMTVBrunch," which starts July 8.

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