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<p>Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones are both leaving &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones are both leaving "Parks and Recreation."

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Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones leaving 'Parks and Recreation' at mid-season

It's literally true that the NBC comedy is losing two of its main castmembers

Rashida Jones was one of the very first members of the "Parks and Recreation" cast. Rob Lowe was one of the last two regulars added to the cast at the end of the second season. And now both will be leaving together midway through the new season.

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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Will Aaryn make a big move or play it safe?

America picks a very unexpected third nominee

So, Aaryn's reign of terror as HoH has been surprisingly mild, given that Helen is pulling her strings like an amateur puppeteer. The veto competition and the announcement of America's MVP, of course, could throw off all of Helen's not-so-careful planning, so it's still worthwhile to tune in on a Wednesday. It's not just a lame veto competition after all!

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'Parks and Rec' boss: Why Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones are leaving

"Parks and Rec" boss: Why Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones are leaving
Co-creator Mike Schur explains, in a statement: "We've been working on their (Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins') storyline (on and off) for four seasons now, and heading into this year, with the two of them contemplating parenthood, it felt like a natural time to move them into the next phase."

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NBC eyeing a new show for Rob Lowe

NBC eyeing a new show for Rob Lowe
With Lowe exiting "Parks and Rec" halfway through the season, NBC is putting the finishing touches on a development deal for him.

Study: Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" saved only 2 of 21 restaurants in first 2 seasons
That's a 9.5% success rate.

Oprah hires "Punky Brewster"

Soleil Moon Frye will host Season 3 of "Home Made Simple."

"Grey's Anatomy's" season premiere title revealed
What does "Seal Our Fate" mean?

Isabella Rossellini is headed to "The Blacklist"
She'll play an activist who's targeted for assassination.

"SNL" is in fine shape -- if you compare this year's male exodus from past "crises"
In fact, if you look closely, Lorne Michaels has been slowly rebuilding the cast over the past four seasons -- only three remain from the 2008-2009 season.

"Modern Family" star Ariel Winter won't be returned to her mom
A judge has declined to send the 15-year-old back to her mother.

Stop the spoilerphobia!
Why the paranoia over TV spoilers has gotten out of hand.

Mindy Kaling sticking with a "Mindy Project" wig

"I have loved having the short hair," Kaling says of her fake shorter hairdo. "But my writing staff largely hates it." PLUS: Which guest-stars are returning?

"The Americans" actress sued by her ex-agent

 Alison Wright, AKA Martha, allegedly owes $1.5 million for dumping her former agency.

Hulu: We're not a network, nor are we a studio
"We're a distributor at heart," Hulu's acting CEO told critics today.

Inside a "Game of Thrones" trivia contest

What's it like being around other fanatics? PLUS: "Game of Thrones" star dating a "Doctor Who" star.

"Blue Bloods" books Marc Blucas
The "Necessary Roughness" will guest as a movie star.

Oliver Hudson joins "Nashville"
Kate's brother will play Rayna's new love interest.

Travel Channel finds the "Best Daym Takeout"
Internet sensation Daymon Patterson's new TV show premieres tonight.

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<p>Lady Gaga</p>

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga reveals more 'ARTPOP' details

Music video for first single, 'Applause,' will come out when?

As the release date for Lady Gaga’s “ARTPOP” approaches, bits of information are coming forward, some from Momma Monster herself, including news that the video for first single, “Applause,” will be released the same day at the song itself on  Aug. 19.

In a relative tweeting frenzy early Wednesday, Lady Gaga, who had been pretty dormant on Twitter, started by tweeting apparent lyrics to the tune: "give me that thing that I love put your hands up make 'em touch A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E."

Lady Gaga shot the video for “Applause” last week in Los Angeles, according to Billboard, with director’s Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Lady Gaga revealed the single’s artwork, also shot by the pair,  over the weekend.

As we previously reported, “Applause” is “very fun,” Lady Gaga told Women’s Wear Daily. Adding the song is “full of happiness, because what I’m saying in the song essentially is that I love for applause. I live for the way you cheer and scream for me.”

D.J. Shadow, who co-produced and co-wrote first single, “Applause,” told Rolling Stone that listeners will be toe-tap worthy, although he coyly says he can tap his feet to a ballad.

Lady Gaga also reiterated this morning that the free “ARTPOP” app will be available on GooglePlay and ITunes.In addition to being available through the app and regular download, the album will also be released as a CD. “The app is, in essence, an interactive jewel case,” she tweeted, adding that fans will be able to socialize with each other through the app starting Nov. 11, the day of the album’s release. Fans can download and app as a placeholder starting Aug. 19 from iTunes and Amazon.

As we previously reported, Lady Gaga will perform “Applause” at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Aug. 25.



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<p>Explosions in the Sky with David Wingo</p>

Explosions in the Sky with David Wingo

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Explosions In The Sky and David Wingo composing score for Al Pacino-starring 'Manglehorn'

Musicians gather together for another David Gordon Green flick -- after that Nine Inch Nails tour

AUSTIN - The soundtrack for director David Gordon Green's "Prince Avalanche" will be dropping only next week, but the film's score composers David Wingo and Explosions In The Sky are already eying another project together -- this one starring Al Pacino.

With a script by Paul Logan from a story by Logan and Green, "Manglehorn," will begin shooting this fall with Pacino as its title character, A.J. Manglehorn, "an eccentric man who tries to come to terms with a past crime that cost him the love of his life." In an interview with HitFix, Wingo and Explosions drummer Chris Hrasky said they'd reunite for recording and composing starting in late 2013.

"We'll spend the end of the year diving into that," Hrasky said.

That doesn't mean that Explosions In The Sky and film composer Wingo (who also releases albums under the name Ola Podrida) won't be brainstorming before then. Wingo will be playing some guitar, bass and samplers with Explosions while they go on tour this fall; at first they'll be headlining in August, but then they'll be hitting arenas as one of the opening bands on Nine Inch Nails' much-anticipated comeback tour in support of "Hesitation Marks."

Wingo and "The Sitter" co-composer Jeff McIlwain have completed their score for David Gordon Green's next film "Joe" (starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan); that Texas-based movie will be out soon on the festival circuit. Wingo said that Green's work on a "Suspiria" remake is "still on hold."

"Prince Avalanche" with Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch goes wide to theaters on Aug. 9, while its soundtrack hits shelves on Aug. 6 via Temporary Residence. You can hear the "Prince Avalanche" soundtrack in its entirety here.

Hrasky said that Explosions In The Sky will concentrate on a follow-up album to their 2011 set "Take Care, Take Care, Take Care" in 2014.

Stay tuned for a complete interview with Wingo and Hrasky, about Nine Inch Nails, instrumental music, "Prince Avalanche," Ola Podrida and rebirth.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 194

Dan and Alan talk TCA Press Tour, 'Clear History' and 'My So-Called Life'


Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls!
It's a double-dose of Firewall & Iceberg this week!
On Monday, we did a videocast, discussing the first couple days of TCA Press Tour.
And today? It's a full-on Firewall & Iceberg podcast, complete with lengthy chatter about the past few press tour days, as well as the slightly delayed Summer Pilot Rewatch of "My So-Called Life." 
Because next week's podcast (posting at a time TBD) is potentially jam-packed, we also moved our review of Larry David's HBO telefilm "Clear History" up to today.
Oh and our next Summer Pilot Rewatch? We're sticking in the coming-of-age vein, but we're transitioning to comedy with "The Wonder Years."
Here's today's breakdown:
TCA Press Tour (00:02:00 - 00:45:30)
"Clear History" (00:45:30 - 54:30)
Summer Pilot Rewatch: "My So-Called Life" (00:54:30 - 01:11:30)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.



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<p>Taylor&nbsp;Kitsch, Mark Wahlberg and Ben&nbsp;Foster in &quot;Lone Survivor&quot;</p>

Taylor Kitsch, Mark Wahlberg and Ben Foster in "Lone Survivor"

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Mark Wahlberg and friends go to Afghanistan in the trailer for Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor'

Universal recently set the film up with an Oscar qualifying run

Back in June it was announced that Universal would be slating Peter Berg's Afghanistan drama "Lone Survivor" for an Oscar qualifying run. With only Ron Howard's "Rush" to work with otherwise (a film I hear is a knock-out), the studio needed the extra firepower.

The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch. A trailer has been released through Moviefone which gives it a commercial sheen. Who knows whether it will have the muscle to play the circuit, but Berg could sure use a palette cleanser after last year's "Battleship."

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Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones will be exiting 'Parks and Rec'

Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones will be exiting "Parks and Rec"

Both actors will leave together, with this season's 13th episode. No word yet on why they are leaving. PLUS: Lucy Lawless will be back for the season premiere.

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<p>One Direction</p>

One Direction

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One Direction bursts onto Billboard Hot 100 with 'Best Song Ever'

Does the quintet topple Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines?'

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for an eighth week, but the big news is that One Direction soars onto the chart at No. 2, with “Best Song Ever.”

Propelled largely by online video play (One Direction's tune set Vevo’s 1-day viewing record at 10.8 million), “Best Song Ever” becomes the boy band’s best chart rank as well: the quintet previously peaked at No. 3 with “Young,” while its breakthrough song, “What Makes You Beautiful,” reached No. 4.

One Direction’s debut pushes Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” down one to No. 3, which starts a cascading effect: Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” slides 3-4, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” slips 4-5 and Bruno Mars’ “Treasure”  descends 5-6.

Rounding out the Top 10, Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake,  rises 8-7, Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” moves up 9-8, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s former No. 1,“Can’t Hold Us,” falls three spots 6-9, while Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” featuring Nelly, also drops three places to No. 10. That’s the bad news, but the good news is the song remains at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs for a record-setting 22 weeks.

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

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Is 'Roar' Katy Perry's first single from 'Prism?'

Which long-time Perry collaborators penned new track?

Is Katy Perry’s first single from “Prism” named “Roar?”  That seems to the speculative guess when all the clues are tallied.  Or at least Idolator thinks so.

Perry’s “Prism” comes out Oct. 22, according to a big, old gold-plated truck that made the rounds in Los Angeles on Monday, but news about the project has been guarded like Fort Knox.

There have been a few discreet hints: Dr. Luke coyly tweeted “and the new song stars with an “R”...” last week and when pressed if he was referring to the new Perry song, even more coyly answered “maybe ; -).”

Longtime Perry cohort/buddy/songwriter Bonnie McKee confirmed to Idolator that she wrote the first single (along with, allegedly, Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Perry). “Prism” will be Perry’s first album since 2010’s “Teenage Dream.”

And no, Perry’s beau will not be on the new album. Though she hinted at that possibility when asked by “Extra” during the “The Smurfs 2” premiere, by talking about their “collaborating,” when asked point blank if Mayer is on the record by E!, Perry replied, “He is not, actually.”

It’s been a big week for Perry: in addition to announcing her new album’s title and release date and “The Smurfs 2” opening this Friday, word came that Perry  has surpassed Lady Gaga as the most-followed person on Twitter, second only to Justin Bieber.


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AMPAS approves new branch for casting directors

That brings the organization up to 17 branches

The Academy's Board of Governors has announced the creation of a new branch for casting directors, who began to be invited to Academy membership more than 30 years ago, many of them admitted as Members-at-Large. The decision was approved at the regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, July 30, which saw Cheryl Boone Isaacs nominated president of the Academy.

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