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Will Kanye West's 'Yeezus' make it two week's atop the Billboard 200?
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Will Kanye West's 'Yeezus' make it two week's atop the Billboard 200?

Not if Wale has his way

Rapper Wale will have the No. 1 album on next week’s Billboard 200 as “Gifted” will make his first foray to the top, selling up to 150,000 copies. With Kanye West sitting atop the chart this week, that makes it two weeks in a row for rap music at the pinnacle.

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<p>Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in &quot;The Heat.&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in "The Heat."

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Tell us what you thought of 'The Heat'

The Sandra Bullock-Melissa McCarthy buddy comedy opens today

I  haven't yet had a chance to see "The Heat," but it's one of the summer studio movies I've been looking forward to most this year. Director Paul Feig's "Bridesmaids," if not a home run, made me laugh more than any film of its type in the last couple of years, and I'm a fully paid-up member of the Sandra Bullock fan club. (Why, yes, I do own a "Forces of Nature" DVD. Thanks for asking.) If you haven't been paying attention, this is Bullock's first leading role since winning the Oscar for "The Blind Side" nearly four years ago. Drew McWeeny didn't enjoy the film but gives it a respectable B- rating, while many critics seem to be higher on Bullock's chemistry with Melissa McCarthy than the film itself. Fine by me -- commercial movies headlined by two female stars are rare enough these days that I can accept some compromise. Is this buddy comedy worthy of them? Vote in the poll after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments.

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The top 10 movie presidents of all time

The top 10 movie presidents of all time

With 'White House Down' in theaters we look at the best of POTUS on screen

This weekend Roland Emmerich's "White House Down" hits theaters. While it's a minor romp that will either delight you or cause you to roll your eyes out of your head, it reminds of that old staple of the cinema: the movie president.

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<p>Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton in &quot;Strike Back.&quot;</p>

Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton in "Strike Back."

Credit: Cinemax

'Strike Back' season 3 trailer

Scott and Stonebridge head to Colombia in our first glimpse of Cinemax action drama's new season

Cinemax has released the new trailer for their third season(*) of "Strike Back," the lean, mean and totally fun, badass action drama starring Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton and Rhona Mitra.

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"Top Hooker"

 "Top Hooker"

Credit: Animal Planet

Exclusive: 'Top Hooker' proves fishing isn't so relaxing

The Animal Planet show turns a solitary pursuit into a tough competition

Think fishing is boring at worst, relaxing at best? Well, you may need to watch this clip from Animal Planet's "Top Hooker" (Sun. at 10:00 p.m.). This show is a full-throttle competition series that pits 10 expert fishermen against one another in a series of never-before-seen fishing challenges. Meditation is not one of them. 

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Alec Baldwin reaches out to GLAAD, apologizes, says his 'queen' remark wasn't homophobic


Alec Baldwin reaches out to GLAAD, apologizes, says his "queen" remark wasn't homophobic

Baldwin explains to Gothamist, "the idea of me calling this guy a 'queen' and that being something that people thought is homophobic…a queen to me has a different meaning ...  I know women that act queeny, I know men that are straight that act queeny, and I know gay men that act queeny." PLUS: GLAAD gives Baldwin a "pass," says TMZ, which calls him a "liar," and Baldwin gets an apology from the Daily Mail.


"Happy Endings" is officially dead

Sony has given up its effort to find a new home for the canceled ABC comedy, but the cast's contracts expire this weekend.


Here's the "Glee" Season 5 cast

Lea Michele tweeted pics from today's photoshoot, which comes in wake of five cast members exiting.


Jay-Z will perform on Letterman's marquee

On July 8, Jay-Z will be Dave's guest then perform on top of the Ed Sullivan Theater Marquee.


Jon Stewart's cameo boosts "The Daily Show" ratings
John Oliver saw his biggest numbers last night since his first night as substitute host.


Kim Zolciak denies smoking while pregnant
The paparazzi pics were manipulated, says the "Real Housewives" star, who's threatening legal action.


Aaron Paul on the "Breaking Bad" finale: "You guys are gonna sh*t your pants!"

Paul recalls devouring the scripts of the final eight episodes. PLUS: Win a chance to hang with Bryan Cranston in an RV.


Paula Deen "Dancing"?

One report has Deen using "Dancing with the Stars" to rehabilitate her image. PLUS: Deen's ex-husband under siege from the media, and Deen lost about $12.5 million in endorsements.


Martha Stewart's comeback includes shorter skirts and playing "Shag, Marry, Kill"
The 71-year-old domestic diva has enlisted Andy Cohen in her attempt to create a softer, saucier image.


"Modern Family's" Jesse Tyler Ferguson nearly changed his wedding plans after Supreme Court ruling
Ferguson said today on "The View": "We planned on getting married in New York 'cause that’s where it was legal; it wasn’t legal in California up until yesterday."


Is binge-watching really the hottest new trend?
Despite lots of media coverage of binge-watching, including this morning on "Today," there are no hard numbers to back up the binge-watching trend.


"Game of Thrones" creators say their ignorance of TV is why their show feels so different

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss didn't come from a traditional television background.


Will "Mad Men's" final season end in 1969?

Or could Matthew Weiner set the series finale in the '70s?


Why there will never be a female Tony Soprano

Because, as Alyssa Rosenberg explains, "there really isn't an equivalent framework available for women, who get penalized rather than rewarded for displaying masculine traits like aggression, physical force, ambition, or selfishness."


What was Justin Long doing on the "Veronica Mars" set?

Check out pics of Long, Kristen Bell and Krysten Ritter.


"Devious Maids" star Ana Ortiz: "My grandmother was a maid"

Ortiz was skeptical of the Lifetime drama at first, but she came to realize that the role was a way of paying tribute to an occupation that immigrants like her grandmother used to work in.


Listen to Jeff Garlin interview Aziz Ansari
The "Parks and Rec" star sat down for the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star's podcast.


Fred Armisen: "Portlandia" was one of the reasons why I left "SNL"
The IFC comedy, he says, "started to pull me away more and more, schedule-wise, and I just felt like it'd be nice to focus on it a little more and go into the fall a bit more with shooting. So it was because of that. And also it was just a feeling."


"Veep": "The most accurately scripted show ever made about American politics"
The HBO comedy, says David Sirota, "shows Washington for what it is: not merely Hollywood for trolls, but a place where painfully average and often untalented drones follow their star-f*cking ambitions only to be caught in a soul-sapping system that devours whatever last remaining shreds of humanity they still possessed."


Gregg Henry joins Lifetime's Lizzie Borden movie

He'll co-star opposite Christina Ricci.


"The Anna Nicole Story" feels newly tragic all over again

The Lifetime movie, airing Saturday, is six years in the making. PLUS: "Anna Nicole" doesn't go below the surface, and "it took an army" to transform Agnes Bruckner into Anna Nicole.


AMC teases "Low Winter Sun"

Here's a 10-second preview of AMC's newest drama.


Remembering Aunt Bee from "The Andy Griffith Show"
Residents of her North Carolina town recall Frances Bavier in her final years.


At 22, was the star of "Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous" too old for MTV?
MTV's younger, teenage audience may not have gotten Bo Burnham's humor.


"Dexter" still has a few twists in final season, but it's clear it's time to go out
Despite "tremendous" performances this season by Michael C. Hall, Charlotte Rampling and Jennifer Carpenter, Kevin Fallon says, "it's clearer than ever that 'Dexter' must end. Dexter’s kills might still be cathartic for him, but because of the precise ritual he follows, the show’s writers and directors have long exhausted any creativity out of the murder scenes. And his various emotional crises—What will become of his son? Are his emotions real or just manufactured?—are all retreads of previous internal struggles." PLUS: Michael C. Hall on the final season, the Season 8 primer, the season premiere is first rate, and producers have known the final scene for 2 years.


Steve Carell make a cameo on "The Colbert Report"

Check him out in "Stephen Colbert's Big Gay Round-Up."


Preview Don Rickles riding in a car with Jerry Seinfeld

This week's "Comedians in Cars" episode featured French comedian Gad Elmaleh.


Phineas and Ferb meet Marvel superheroes

Disney Channel has announced a premiere date for "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel."


"Revolution" casts Jessica Collins
The "Zero Dark Thirty" vet has accepted a major recurring role for next season.


Play a "Doctor Who" drinking game

One that could prove deadly.


Watch Sarah Silverman on "Comedy Bang! Bang!"
The new season's first episode has been posted online.


Happy retirement, Yau-Man Chan!

The 60-year-old former "Survivor" contestant is retiring from UC Berkeley after nearly three decades.


"Ray Donovan" is a big leap forward for Showtime
The Liev Schreiber could put Showtime on par with HBO. As Richard Lawson notes, "What sounded on paper like a guttural slog through ain't-it-crazy LA seediness is actually something more. Imbued with a chilly melancholy that hints at long, cold Boston winters better left forgotten, the show has an emotional resonance unlike much else on the network." PLUS: "Ray Donovan" is a "Frankenstein's monster" of other, better shows, it's as good as "The Sopranos" and "Breaking Bad," it could be Showtime's game-changer, and the gig Schreiber deserves.

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

 Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

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Listen: CulturePop No. 19 - Macklemore, Mariah, 'Star Wars,' Paula Deen

We weigh in on Yeezus and "Star Wars VII," too

It's been a big week, and lots of things have happened -- so it's no surprise that Melinda and I didn't agree on everything. Well, the big things. But not everything. Here's the rundown of the stuff we liked (and didn't) and the latest in music, TV, pop culture and movies. Listen in!

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"Skywire: Nik Talks the Walk"

 "Skywire: Nik Talks the Walk"

Credit: Discovery

Watch: Here's the promo for Nik Wallenda's talking the walk

Having crossed the Grand Canyon, Wallenda prepares to talk about it

Can't get enough of Nik Wallenda? Neither can Discovery, which is featuring a special called "Skywire: Nik Talks the Walk" on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. In the special, Wallenda will be walking viewers through every step of his tightrope crossing of the Grand Canyon. 

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<p>Kanye West: Your own personal Yeezus</p>

Kanye West: Your own personal Yeezus

Listen to a mash-up of Kanye's 'Black Skinhead' and Depeche Mode's 'Personal Jesus'

Your angriest dance

Mash-ups aren't over. Not yet.

As I noted in my review of "Yeezus," Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" is the rap/producer's one (1) allotted Gary Glitter song. It also reminded Dan Chamberlain of a another very popular song, and thus, that song plus Depeche Mode's intensely popular "Personal Jesus" combined DNA for "Personal Yeezus." Or, rather, it was immaculately conceived.

Chamberlain is a comedy and mash-up producer, and you can hear the potent Jesus-Yeezus mix here.

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Publisher drops Paula Deen, won't publish her No. 1-on-Amazon cookbook


Publisher drops Paula Deen, won't publish her No. 1-on-Amazon cookbook
Ballantine Books announced it won't publish "Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up," which soared to No. 1 amid Deen's N-word controversy even though it's release date was in October.


Anderson Cooper: Why isn't Alec Baldwin getting flak for his homophobic tweets?
"Why does #AlecBaldwin get a pass when he uses gay slurs?" Cooper tweeted, in response to calling a British reporter a "a toxic little queen" on Twitter. "If a conservative talked of beating up a 'queen' they would be vilified," Cooper added.


Melissa George joins "The Good Wife"
She'll play Governor Florrick's in-house ethics counsel. PLUS: Kalinda gets a new love interest.

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Outstanding Comedy Series - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

Outstanding Comedy Series - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

What will replace 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' in the field?
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" is gone! And that would be really great if you happened to be a new show in the running for the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy, except that there aren't any new shows that are even semi-viable contenders, unless you include "Arrested Development" as a new show, which you probably shouldn't. 
 
I predicted two changes in this category, but it could just as easily only be the one.
 
Check out my full slate of candidates...
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<p>Pixar Animation&nbsp;Studio in Emeryville,&nbsp;Calif.</p>

Pixar Animation Studio in Emeryville, Calif.

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Pixar strikes a compromise between original concepts and sequels

The animation studio plans to aim for one original film every year

I've certainly voiced my share of regret with regard to Pixar sequels. I'm honestly not against them in principal (some might argue the "Toy Story" films got better with each subsequent installment), but I do understand frustration from those who'd like to see the animation studio steer away from the brand expansion market and back to original concepts.

That said, it's odd to me that "Monsters University" seems to be such a last straw for so many. I couldn't stand "Cars 2," and yes, I'm pretty perturbed at the notion of my favorite Pixar film receiving the sequel treatment while a film that seems to be aching for it -- "The Incredibles" -- remains singular. But I was charmed by the new "Monsters," which landed to one of the biggest openings in the studio's history last weekend. It's not the poster child here, in my opinion.

Nevertheless, it seems Pixar has heard the moaning and taken it to heart. In an interview with Pixar president Ed Catmull, Buzzfeed reveals that the studio is planning to scale back on sequels and aim for one original film each year.

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