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<p><span itemprop="name" class="itemprop">Kirsten Vangsness and Jeanne Tripplehorn on &quot;Criminal Minds.&quot;<br />
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Kirsten Vangsness and Jeanne Tripplehorn on "Criminal Minds."

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Female 'Criminal Minds' stars may walk over salary inequality with male co-stars

Female "Criminal Minds" stars may walk over salary inequality with male co-stars
A.J. Cook and  Kirsten Vangsness are negotiating together, according to Deadline, and they've been making less than half the salary of their male counterparts. Meanwhile, the negotiating deadline is later today.


How "Downton Abbey" ended up in "Iron Man 3"

"They just approached us," says exec producer Gareth Neame of the unusual cameo.


Will Carrie Underwood replace Faith Hill on NBC's "Sunday Night Football"?

Signs point to the "Idol" champ singing the "SNF" theme song, with NBC expected to make an announcement later today.


"Dr. Phil" sues website for posting a clip online before it aired across country
Deadspin.com posted Dr. Phil's exclusive with Manti Te'o hoaxer Ronaiah Tuiasosopo immediately after it aired on the East Coast, thus interfering with his exclusive, as the lawsuit claims.


Why do women host so few "SNL" episodes?

This season, females hosted 23.8% of "SNLs." Last year, it was 36.4%.


Obama loves ESPN, so interest groups are buying up ads on ESPN to get his attention
But does the strategy of targeting the president actually work?


Has "Game of Thrones" transformed into "The Wire"?

Sunday's "The Climb" episode was the most "Wire"-like yet, thanks to former "Wire" star Aiden Gillen's Littlefinger. PLUS: Mark Zuckerberg delayed Facebook's Instagram deal to watch "Game of Thrones," and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has a "Virtuality" past.


"Scandal": The Bush/Obama TV show we didn't know we needed?

The Shonda Rhimes series is the present day answer to "The West Wing," says Todd VanDerWerff, and President Fitz is a bit George W. Bush, a bit Mitt Romney, and a bit Barack Obama.


Ex-D.C. Mayor Marion Barry likes to live-tweet "Scandal"
The disgraced former mayor used to have "Scandal" inspiration Judy Smith as his crisis manager.


"Late Night" staying in NY; Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight" could expand to 90 minutes
If Seth Meyers does succeed Fallon as "Late Night" host, his talk show could run 30 minutes with a "Daily Show"-esque format. If Meyers doesn't get the job, NBC is said to also be interested in Andy Cohen and Nick Cannon.


USA will label "Modern Family" fans "Mofys"
It's all part of a 14-week marketing plan to promote "Modern Family" reruns as if they weren't repeats.


"Smash" intended to have a connection to "Rent" in last week's episode
"Of course, it's something we intended to do," showrunner Josh Safran said of lat week's episode.


Steve Carell: Will he or won't he appear in "The Office" finale?
He reportedly won't be making a "full-fledged guest appearance." PLUS: Behind the scenes of "The Office" finale, Carell appeared at Scranton's "Office" wrap party.


Aaron Rodgers joins Clay Aiken to judge an "Office" singing competition

The Green Bay Packers QB makes a cameo Thursday as a judge on "America's Next A Capella Sensation."


It's OK if you avoid watching "Mad Men" and "Game of Thrones"
Not everyone has to keep up with the two biggest shows in pop-culture at the moment.


White House honors Matthew Perry
U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske presented Perry with the Champion of Recovery award for his drug court advocacy work.


"Cops" creator happy to find a new home on Spike TV

"Fox is changing its programming strategy," says John Langley. "So I was happy to find a new home with Spike. It matches our demo and it's an aggressive cable network."


Dr. Drew is done with "Celebrity Rehab"

"I'm tired of taking all the heat -- it's just ridiculous," Dr. Drew Pinsky said in a recent radio interview, adding that he won't be part of any future episodes of the VH1 reality show.


"Wilfred" returns June 20 without a companion series
With "Louie" on hiatus, the 3rd-season drama will go it alone this summer.


Fred Armisen's punk "SNL" alter ego Ian Rubbish releases EP
Armisen recently opened for Vampire Weekend as Ian Rubbish. PLUS: Zach Galifianakis plays a '70s cop in cut "SNL" sketch.


Billy Crystal may make a sitcom comeback on cable
Crystal is teaming with "Curb Your Enthusiasm's" Larry Charles and "Burn Notice" creator Matt Nix on a cable comedy project.


"Mad Men's" Chevy ad pitch: How does it compare to the real thing?

Here's a look at the real ads for the Chevy Vega. PLUS: What happened to the real ad agency IPOs?, and finally, "Mad Men" returns to form.


Publishers Clearing House's new ad campaign features classic sitcom stars
Mike Brady from "The Brady Bunch," Gilligan from "Gilligan's Island" and Arnold Jackson from "Diff'rent Strokes" are each included in new sweepstakes ads -- watch here.


"The Newsroom" promo promises a newbie-friendly Season 2
Next season is set during last year's campaign.


Honey Boo Boo's parents didn't actually get married at their wedding

"It was just a commitment ceremony," a source tells E! News. PLUS: Honey Boo Boo returns July 17.


Carson Daly insists there's a difference between him and Ryan Seacrest
Despite both being radio DJs turned bland music show hosts, Daly says he proudly isn't the workaholic that Seacrest is. "I choose to have a family," says Daly. "I don't know how he has a minute in his day. I think Ryan’s great at what he does, but we are innately different people."


Warren Buffett films a "Breaking Bad" spoof

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul participated in a Berkshire Hathaway sketch -- but instead of selling meth, they sold peanut brittle. "Brittle, bitches!" PLUS: How one man created the "Breaking Bad" Lego video game.


George Takei & Jesse Tyler Ferguson release a PSA
"Gays Beware."


"The Mentalist" creator: "Only the truth gets revealed from now on in"
Bruno Heller talks about the Season 5 finale. He says next season will be "much faster paced, more thrilling, more action, more surprises."


Michael C. Hall to produce a Showtime project
The "Dexter" star is planning to adapt "American Dream Machine," a novel set in '70s Hollywood. PLUS: Watch Deb's "Dexter" evolution.


Jon Stewart's dog has 3 legs
Check out "The Daily Show" host taking his dog for a walk.


Nick Cannon: Mariah Carey feared "Idol" would turn into "Love & Hip Hop"

"What's amazing," says Cannon, "is my wife foreseen all of this. She tried to tell the network, 'I don't think this is going to work. I'm afraid.' 'I love the show, but you're kinda taking it in the wrong direction. This is going to turn into one of those reality shows.' She's like, 'I didn't sign up to be on 'Love & Hip Hop.'" PLUS: J.Lo to perform on "Idol" finale, Crystal Bowserox getting divorced, and Adam Lambert to sing on the finale.


ABC to celebrate "The Bachelor's Funniest Moments"

Chris Harrison will host the one-hour special on May 21. PLUS: Ali Fedotowsky is dating the host of "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition."


"Suburgatory's" Jane Levy ends her secret marriage
The 23-year-old actress was married to Jaime Freitas for seven months.


Lana Parrilla gets engaged

The "Once Upon a Time" star was popped the question by her boyfriend in Israel.


Matt Groening's mom dies at 94: She inspired Marge Simpson
Margaret Groening was born a Wiggum and, like Marge, married a Homer.

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<p>Caroline and Jennifer of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Caroline and Jennifer of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Caroline & Jennifer talk 'The Amazing Race'

Fourth place finishers share the story of Caroline's flying squirrel
Roughly two-thirds of my "Amazing Race" exit interview with Caroline Cutbirth and Jennifer Kuhle was a ruse. 
 
Yes, I wanted to discuss the challenges in Belfast that led to their elimination, specifically Jen's Bog Snorkeling struggles and the subsequent directional misadventures.
 
And yes, I wanted to talk about their close alliance with Hockey Brothers Bates & Anthony, who won this season's million dollar prize with frequent assists from the two country singers.
 
But no matter where the conversation with this season's fourth place finishers went, I made sure I was leaving enough time to ask about the very strange story that Jen recounted when the teams were in Bali.
 
"She kept her pet flying squirrel in her bra, and it died of loneliness," Jen said of Caroline. 
 
Now, the truth about Joey the Flying Squirrel can finally be revealed.
 
Click through for Jen & Caroline's full exit interview. And stay tuned over the next three nights for the remainder of this season's "Race" interviews...
 
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Sarah Jessica Parker, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Kristen Stewart

Sarah Jessica Parker, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Kristen Stewart 

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Met Gala Worst Dressed: Kim Kardashian, K-Stew, SJP and more

What was Zooey Deschanel thinking?

I was willing to cut Kim Kardashian a lot of slack while she was pregnant. No matter what anyone says, walking around looking like a misshapen lollipop can make one feel like a pretty miserable fashion don't. But when Kim decided to wear matching gloves with her sofa print dress at the MET Museum Costume Institute Benefit, all bets were off. Luckily, she was just one of the stars who looked truly off at the punk-themed event -- and the rest of them didn't have crazy hormones and another human being living inside them as an excuse. Here's a look at the 10 worst looks on the red carpet. 

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Madonna, Rooney Mara, Miley Cyrus

Madonna, Rooney Mara and Miley Cyrus were just a few of the stars who, in their own special ways, got it right on the red carpet for a punk-themed benefit. Hey, just remember: it wasn't the Oscars. 

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Met Gala Best Dressed: Miley Cyrus, Madonna, Taylor Swift and more

J-Law kept it classy, while Katy Perry went for wacky

I don't know who had the brilliant idea of holding a fundraiser for the MET Museum Costume Institute with a punk theme, but it was either a stroke of brilliance (so many stars dressed so, so badly!) or just bad PR (if there is such a thing). The A-listers who got it right either embraced the theme whole-heartedly or just wore whatever the heck they wanted to wear, which is really more of a punk rock attitude, if you ask me. Here's a look at what some of the best dressed at the benefit wore, including Jennifer Lawrence, Madonna, Miley Cyrus (yes, that isn't a typo) and Gwyneth Paltrow

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<p>&quot;You know how I feel about will.i.am.&quot;</p>

"You know how I feel about will.i.am."

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Review: Soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

Jay-Z, will.i.am, Beyonce, Lana Del Rey: Album is a series of missteps to the Charleston

Were the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” made in a vacuum, it would seem its supervisory was given a loose guideline to tip its hat to the trademarks and to put a subtle spin on the opulence of the “Gatsby” era. Operationally, it sounds like what a 1920s-themed sorority party looks like.

Luhrmann on “Moulin Rouge” and “Romeo + Juliet” proved adept at hand-selecting buzzy bands and theatrical covers to convey the same over-the-topness that his narrative adaptations do. They were hits vehicles. “The Great Gatsby,” on the other hand, is vehicular manslaughter, with several instances of forcing ‘20s music together with hip-hop and dance in ways that demean all genres. And that’s not to say they can’t combine – ask soundtrack contributor Q-Tip of jazz and hip-hop’s storied romance together.
 
The first perpetrator, though: will.i.am, a master of the copy-and-paste pathos of pop music-making, whose scatting over Louis loops and vapid blues-making “Bang Bang” will cause follicles to peel from skin like cheap fringe on a Forever 21 costume dress. His Black Eyed Peas cohort Fergie, whose strong pipes do a fine imitation of torch-bearers from the '20s, is nailed into a cheap coffin of “skeet-boddop-bop” by Goonrock on “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got).” Able-bodied Emeli Sande does her best on Jay-Z and Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love,” the Bryan Ferry Orchestra’s warped and cartoonish anthem that would be better suited to a 30-second commercial than a lurching 3-minute experiment. (Ferry with his Orchestra, unsurprisingly, do a much more linear spin on Roxy Music’s “Love Is the Drug,” as well.)
 
Speaking of the couple that encapsulates lavishishness of a spirited era, Bey and Hov both take turns on the set. Jay-Z’s “100$ Bill” slips on a sequined headband (sampled horns) with the copped stutter of A$AP Rocky, making it an OK-but-not-great addition from the film’s executive producer. The cover of Amy Winehouse’s lovers’-mourning, “Back to Black,” by Beyonce and Andre 3000 feels positively skeletal and dated on impact.
 
The struggle with now-ness is pertinent to one of the soundtrack’s few achievements. See Lana Del Rey, whose strengths as a personality and performer lie precisely with the lyrical DNA of a song like “Young and Beautiful.” She doesn’t state “You WILL still love me…” but asks the question “WILL you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful?” and arrives, trancelike, “I know you will” as she vapidly pines: “Oh that grace, oh that body / Oh that face makes me wanna party / He's my sun, he makes me shine like diamonds.”
 
It’s a song so willfully vacant, it’s practically satire (very, very beautiful satire); tracks like it plus Sia and Florence + The Machine’s turn at melodrama help to mold Luhrmann’s spin on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s subtle dig at the American Dream. But this is not created in a literary vacuum, it's a functioning soundtrack. Like missteps to the Charleston, the elegance of suggestion from its better songs is disrupted by its obnoxious neighbors. Maybe Tom Buchanan can relate.

 

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<p>He gets hiiiiiiiigh with a little help from the Renn.</p>

He gets hiiiiiiiigh with a little help from the Renn.

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Tom Cruise accepts 'Mission Impossible 5,' but will Chris McQuarrie join him?

Or will 'Ice Station Zebra' cause this creative combination to self-destruct?

I have a feeling every day is a big day for Tom Cruise.

Still, announcing a fifth film in any star-driven franchise is an uncommon thing, and especially coming off of what was, both commercially and critically, one of the strongest entries in the entire series. Tom Cruise has managed to reinvent the franchise film after film, and each time, it's been something different and something fresh. That's almost impossible to pull off, so I guess the title is appropriate.

Skydance, the financing partner headed up by David Ellison, has become Paramount's version of Legendary Pictures, and they're attached to co-produce this with Cruise, who is ultimately calling the shots on the series. Word so far has been that Christopher McQuarrie will be writing and directing, especially since his collaboration with Cruise on "Valkyrie" and "Jack Reacher" went so well, and that makes sense. Deadline repeated the rumor in today's reporting about the deal.

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<p>On &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother,&quot;&nbsp;Robin (Cobie Smulders)&nbsp;goes digging.</p>

On "How I Met Your Mother," Robin (Cobie Smulders) goes digging.

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Something Old'

Robin goes in search of a sign about her marriage, and Barney bonds with Robin Sr.

A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as we keep the gorilla suit and the wig...

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<p>Reese Witherspoon at this year's Academy Awards.</p>

Reese Witherspoon at this year's Academy Awards.

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Reese Witherspoon to reunite with director James Mangold for 'Three Little Words'

He directed her to an Oscar in 'Walk the Line,' so can he get her back on form?

Her recent run-ins with the law may be mildly tarnishing her name at the moment, but the question of what's up with Reese Witherspoon has been on my mind for several years now -- and it has nothing to do with any offscreen activities. Rather, the decline of Witherspoon as a vital screen actress -- all while she's held onto her stardom with impressive ease -- has been far more troubling to witness than any standard-issue TMZ fodder.

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Watch Tom Waits perform with the Rolling Stones in L.A.
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Watch Tom Waits perform with the Rolling Stones in L.A.

First among the classic rock band's tour dates features very special guests

As I'm on the self-assigned Tom Waits beat in perpetuity, here is Waits singing "Little Red Rooster" with the Rolling Stones last night (May 5) during the classic rockers' show in L.A.

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<p>Taylor Swift in &quot;Highway Don't Care&quot;</p>

Taylor Swift in "Highway Don't Care"

Taylor Swift co-stars in Tim McGraw's 'Highway Don't Care' music video: Watch

Keith Urban shows up, too, for another Car Crash Music Video

"Highway Don't Care" by Tim McGraw and featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban features all three country stars in its music video, which also brings home the message: don't futz with your cell phone in your car, folks. Otherwise, Vanderbilt Medical is going to have to scrape you up from the highway, and the highway don't care.

This marks yet another addition to the Car Crash Music Video genre: "Highway Don't Care" hops in next to others like Coldplay's "The Scientist," Trey Songz' "Heart Attack," Metallica's "Frantic," Nickelback's "Someday," Katy Perry's "One That Got Away" and Adele's "Chasing Pavements," some with better storytelling and "twists" (an apparent feature of Car Crash Videos) than others.

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<p>Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in &quot;Only Lovers Left Alive.&quot;</p>

Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in "Only Lovers Left Alive."

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Cannes Check 2013: Jim Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

Continuing our cheat sheet for the Cannes Competition

(Welcome to Cannes Check, your annual guide through the 20 films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 15. Taking on a different selection every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Steven Spielberg's jury. We're going through the list by director and in alphabetical order -- next up, Jim Jarmusch's late entry, "Only Lovers Left Alive.")

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<p>Lauryn Hill walks to court in Newark, N.J. today (May 6)</p>

Lauryn Hill walks to court in Newark, N.J. today (May 6)

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Listen to Lauryn Hill's new song 'Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)'

Released in order to avoid jail or penalty from Sony

Man, there is nothing like an artist who reluctantly releases new music.

As previously reported, the Grammy Award-winning MC and singer Hill signed a new record deal with Sony in order to get an advance of cash that helped to get her out of her tax debt to the government. The punishment for tax evasion could have equaled out to jail time. The punishment for failing to deliver goods to her new record label? Who knows, maybe even harsher, like a purposely ill-fated collaboration with Ke$ha?

Regardless, Hill has completed step one of her deal with the major music company by dropping a new song "Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)." Compulsory, as in required by law, or coersion. That's what's giving you that warm feeling in your belly, right next to that bitter pill.

The song appeared on Hill's Tumblr this weekend (nothing says "fanfare" like posting on a weekend), making it her first new release in more than a decade. She noted that the song was "rushed" out the door, though she stands by its message:

Here is a link to a piece that I was ‘required’ to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline. I love being able to reach people directly, but in an ideal scenario, I would not have to rush the release of new music… but the message is still there. In light of Wednesday’s tragic loss (of former label mate Chris Kelly), I am even more pressed to YELL this to a multitude that may not understand the cost of allowing today’s unhealthy paradigms to remain unchecked!

The resulting song is about "unhealthy paradigms." More simply: Hill is pissed about everything, and guns are blazing in every direction, including the hypocrites, the greedy, the ignorant, the oppressors, the patriarchy, the "neurotic toxic society."

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