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<p>Tatiana Maslany as Alison on &quot;Orphan Black.&quot;</p>

Tatiana Maslany as Alison on "Orphan Black."

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Season finale review: 'Orphan Black' - 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful'

A thrilling end to an out-of-nowhere great first season

Last night, "Orphan Black" wrapped up what turned out to be a terrific first season on BBC America. Liane Bonin Starr has been covering the series for us for a while (here's her take on the finale), but I caught up just in time for some thoughts of my own (on the finale and the season), coming up just as soon as I throw your felt Christmas angel in the garbage disposal...

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Oklahoma tornado kills 2 Discovery Channel "Storm Chasers"


Oklahoma tornado kills 2 Discovery Channel "Storm Chasers"
Discovery Channel stars Tim Samaras and Carl Young, along with Samaras' son Paul, reportedly died while chasing Friday night's tornado. Tim's brother, Jim Samaras, wrote on Facebook: "They all unfortunately passed away but doing what they LOVED."


"All in the Family's" Jean Stapleton remembered by Norman Lear, Rob Reiner

Said Lear in a statement: "No one gave more profound 'How to be a Human Being' lessons than Jean Stapleton. Goodbye Edith, darling."


"Idol" alums Diana Degarmo and Ace Young get married
The Season 3 and Season 5 stars tied the knot Saturday in Hollywood. (See the photo)


USA decides against saving "Happy Endings"
The comedy's low ABC ratings was a big factor as USA execs were not willing to make a large investment in marketing and promotion.


Gay man who sued the voice of Elmo was allegedly attacked in NYC

Five men were taken into custody for allegedly assaulting Kevin Kiadii, who made headlines in April when he filed a federal lawsuit against Kevin Clash.


Lake Bell weds tattoo artist she met on "How to Make It in America"
Her new husband, Scott Campbell, played himself on the HBO series.

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<p>Jesse&nbsp;Eisenberg in &quot;Now You&nbsp;See Me&quot;</p>

Jesse Eisenberg in "Now You See Me"

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Tell us what you thought of 'Now You See Me"

Louis Leterrier's hocus pocus caper flick is now in theaters

One of the two films besting Will Smith and son at the box office this weekend, surprisingly, is Louis Leterrier's "Now You See Me," the magic caper movie that has drawn pretty poor reviews along with those dollars and cents. "This might be the most disposable film of the summer, and as long as you're not looking for anything deeper, it's fine," HitFix's Drew McWeeny wrote. "But the closer you look, the less there is, and ultimately, there's nothing real about it." But what did YOU think of the film? That's what we're looking for here, so rifle off those takes in the comments section (if you have them) and feel free to vote in our poll below.

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10 Best Sketches of 'Saturday Night Live' Season 38
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10 Best Sketches of 'Saturday Night Live' Season 38

Ex-porn stars, Bill Hader's farewell, Christoph Waltz as Djesus, and more
Last week, HitFix broke down the worst ten moments of the thirty-eighth season of “Saturday Night Live.” This week, we’re ending on a high note by looking at the absolute best of the past year. While this wasn’t a strong season on the whole, there were still plenty of amazing moments strewn throughout. Some of what follows are 
individual sketches. Some are overall trends. All represent “SNL” operating at its peak.


Check out our picks for the ten best here:

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<p>Nicki Minaj at the Billboard Music Awards</p>

Nicki Minaj at the Billboard Music Awards

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Music Power Rankings: Daft Punk, Kanye 'Yeezus' West and Nicki Minaj

Who else makes this week's list?

1. Daft Punk: The French duo debuts on the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with a staggering 339,000 copies sold, the second-largest sales week of the year. Mon Dieu! Between Daft Punk and Phoenix, the French are overtaking the charts!

2. Nicki Minaj:
She announces her resignation from “American Idol” via Twitter, and states she intends to “focus on rap” for her third studio album. Ummm, what has she been focusing on for the first two?

3. Mariah Carey: Like Minaj, she also quits “American Idol,” presumably NOT to make a rap album.

4. Keith Urban: He does not quit “American Idol”... yet.

5. Kanye West: The cover of his new album, "Yeezus," supposedly has him posing on a cross. It's good to see that impending fatherhood has cured his martyr complex.

6. Adam Levine: He jokes  “I hate this country!,” after two of his contestants are voted off “The Voice.”  And actually has to usher a formal apology. Get a sense of humor, people.

7. 2 Chainz: He just keeps getting bigger as “We Own It” climbs the charts. The song is featured in the movie “Fast & Furious,” but the film title could just as easily be describing his career. 

8. Little Mix: Looks like the British female teen queens will be a little popular in the States too as their debut soars to No. 2 on the iTunes album chart. They were formed for “The X Factor” just like... get ready... One Direction.

9. Hanson: The band of brothers celebrates its 21st birthday (!!!) by bowing MmmHops beer.  Proceeds will go to  Oklahoma tornado relief efforts. And in an MMMBop you know...

10. Velvet Underground: More than 45 years later, the VU and the Andy Warhol Foundation of settled their dispute over Warhol’s cover art for 1967’s “The Velvet Underground & Nico. Sometimes a banana is just a banana...


 

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"Orphan Black"

 "Orphan Black"

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'Orphan Black' season finale recap: 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful'

Things get bloody, ugly and dark for all of the clones

Watching the season finale of "Orphan Black," I couldn't stop thinking about intellectual property law. Really. So often we hear about how the law lags behind technology, how governments and WIPO busily holds meetings and issue reports while those who wish to do so take advantage of every loophole, staying one step ahead of those who can't quite imagine what's already happening. "Orphan Black" takes the issue to one (mostly) logical conclusion, but you can bet this mess won't be resolved in any fictional courts next season.

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Matt Smith is leaving 'Doctor Who'


Matt Smith is leaving "Doctor Who"
After four years, Smith will exit "Doctor Who" at the end of the year, after the Christmas special. Smith released a statement, saying: "It's been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with 'the ginger, the nose and the impossible one'. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls."
 

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'All in the Family's' Jean Stapleton is dead at 90


"All in the Family's" Jean Stapleton is dead at 90
The actress famous for playing the iconic role of Edith Bunker died of natural causes.


It's official: Dan Harmon is back at "Community"
"Yes yes yes! I'm back I'm back I'm back. You can thank @joelmchale," tweeted Harmon, who is finalizing a deal to return along with his top deputy, Chris McKenna.
 

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<p>Tick-tock.</p>

Tick-tock.

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With 'After Earth' bombing at the box office, that old question: Is the clock running out on movie stars?

Big Willie Style stomped by magicians, fast cars as the concept of stardom evolves

A while back, as 2009 drew to a close, I wrote a piece outlining what were, in my view, the movie-related moments of the year. In the end, I idly suggested that the era of the movie star had seen its end. "When the top 10 domestic grossers of the year are finally sussed…there won’t be a Will Smith or a Tom Cruise on the list," I wrote at the time. "There won’t be a Jim Carrey or a Julia Roberts, a Tom Hanks, a Johnny Depp or a Brad Pitt. The list will be dominated by sequels and franchises, yes, but none of them with the added benefit of star power to drive the box office."

Today, with the news that M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth" starring Will Smith is effectively bombing at the box office, this idea seems worth discussing again. Two years after I wrote that piece, for the first time ever (and somewhat under-reported, though understandable given the overall trend toward this end), every single film in the top 10 domestic box office was either a sequel or based on an intellectual property with a built-in fan base. The answer was clear: People don't go to the movies to see their favorite actors anymore. They go to see their favorite brands.

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"Naked & Afraid"

 "Naked & Afraid"

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Reality TV Roundup: 'Sex,' 'Naked & Afraid,' 'Idol,' 'Bachelorette' and more

It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now

Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...

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<p>&quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;creator Dan Harmon at a 2012 Paleyfest panel with Alison Brie, one of his last public appearances as part of the show.</p>

"Community" creator Dan Harmon at a 2012 Paleyfest panel with Alison Brie, one of his last public appearances as part of the show.

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Can Dan Harmon's return save 'Community'?

Now that Sony is on the verge of rehiring the show's creator, what comes next?

Dan Harmon to the rescue?

A year ago, Sony declined to renew Harmon's contract as "Community" showrunner, for reasons the studio never clarified(*) — though even Harmon himself later acknowledged that he wasn't that easy to deal with, and maybe wasn't worth the bother on such a marginally-rated show. But after a season where "Community" newcomers Moses Port and David Guarascio tried — and often struggled — to continue the show in Harmon's image, the man himself is on the verge of returning. Harmon tweeted that he's coming back, and I'm hearing that the deal isn't officially closed (Sony had no comment), but that signatures are a formality at this point.

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<p>Daft Punk</p>

Daft Punk

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Daft Punk will top the Billboard 200 for second week

Who are the chart's three newcomers?

Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” will spend a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week, as it fends off three newcomers.

The French duo’s set drops considerably from the 335,000 this week to sell between 90,000-100,000 copies, but that’s still enough to give it a handy lead over Alice in Chains’ “The Devil Put Dinosaurs” here, which will sell up to 65,000 copies for No. 2 and John Fogerty’s “Wrote A Song For Everyone” and Little Mix’s “DNA,” both of which are on target to sell between 45,000-50,000 for No. 3 and No. 4, according to Hits Daily Double.

The rest of the Top 10 are veterans as Darius Rucker’s “True Believers” and the soundtrack to “The Great Gatsby” are in a dead heat for No. 5 with sales of 40,000-45,000 each.

Vampire Weekend’s “Modest Vampires of the City” and Imagine Dragons’ “Night Vision” find themselves in a similar situation with the titles tied going into the weekend for No. 7 with between 30,000-35,000 units each.

Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” logs another week in the Top 10, most likely at No. 9, while Blake Shelton’s “Based On A True Story...” leaps back from No. 16 to No. 10.

A number of this week’s debuts tumble out of the Top 10, including The National’s “Trouble Will Find Me,” French Montana’s “Excuse My French,” and Thirty Seconds to Mars’ “Love Lust Faith + Dreams.”


 

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