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"Property Wars"

"Property Wars"

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Watch: The battle for cheap homes at auction on 'Property Wars'

It's a fight to snap up cheap real estate on the Discovery show

Well, for all those who bought into "Property Wars," why not up the ante with bigger buys? That's the focus of "Property Wars" (airing tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET on Discovery), as Scott Menaged, Doug Hopkins and the other grabby guys stand around outside foreclosed properties and yell bids over the phone. Hey, reality TV can't all be glamorous!

There is a big surprise at the auction in Phoenix during this episode, as a new team from Los Angeles is in town to stake their claim. New buyer Christina heads to the first house of the day where she is challenged by John’s veteran knowledge. Next the buyers move to Fountain Hills, where Doug and Ed battle it out. At the last house, Christina and Scott square off, as he hopes to prove that it takes more than pretty looks to succeed in Phoenix.

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Russell Brand's 'Brand X' canceled, but FX is giving him a 'Curb'-like pilot


Russell Brand's "Brand X" canceled, but FX is giving him a "Curb"-like pilot

The comedian will film a pilot for FX playing himself, like Larry David on "Curb Your Enthusiasm." FX boss John Landgraf said he ended "Brand X" because W. Kamau Bell was ready to take his show daily.

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Watch: Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran's mini-mes in 'Everything Has Changed' video

Watch: Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran's mini-mes in 'Everything Has Changed' video

Make sure you stay for the end of ultra-adorable new clip

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran have just possibly made the cutest video ever with “Everything Has Changed,” a song they co-wrote for her current album, “Red.”

[More after the jump...]

 The clip focuses on little Taylor and Ed, as they go through their first or second grade day. The brightly-red haired younger Sheeran is sipping from his thermos and reading the morning comics as the younger , ring-tailed Swift joins him on the school bus. Throughout the day, they are with their classmates, but are lost in their own little world: doing yoga when the rest of their chums are playing soccers or sitting quietly on the jungle gym while their pals rambunctiously run circles around them.

They are happy just being in each other’s company, even when doing separate activities.  It’s a little odd when he’s reading “The Notebook” to her, and when she’s giving him a tattoo, but the clip is a total joy to watch as their mini-mes have what seems like the perfect day.

We don’t want to ruin anything, but make sure you watch this one until the very end for a surprise we didn’t see coming.

Sheeran is opening for Swift on her current tour.

Can we get a collective “Awwwwwww.....”

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<p>Brian Wilson</p>

Brian Wilson

Beach Boy Brian Wilson returns to Capitol Records as a solo artist

Jeff Beck among the guests on new album

After a number of solo albums for other labels, Brian Wilson has returned to Capitol Records, the Beach Boys’ home during the band’s ‘60s hey day, as a solo artist.

Wilson is currently recorded his self-produced 11th solo album at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Studios. Wilson had thought about making another Beach Boys’ album following the group’s 50th anniversary reunion tour last year and their extremely well received studio album, “That’s Why God Made The Radio,” (which also came out on Capitol). However, any such plans imploded after his former bandmate Mike Love decided not to extend the tour with fellow Beach Boy members Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks, and, instead, to go back to the non-Wilson version of the Beach Boys.  Last year was the first time Wilson had consistently toured with the Beach Boys in 20 years.

Both Jardine and Marks will be on Wilson’s new album, as well a number of guests, including Jeff Beck.  The studio band will also include Don Was, Jim Keltner, Vinnie Colaiuta and Tal Wilkenfeld, as well as members of the Wondermints, Wilson’s long-time touring band.

I interviewed Wilson last year about the the “Radio” album and tour and he expressed glee at the joy he found in playing with the reunited band. “My high point was when we did harmonies together,” he said of their studio time together. On the road, he talked about how he enjoyed being on stage with the band and how strong they still sounded.

In a statement, he said the record would lean towards rock and roll, fueled by the energy he got from last year’s album and tour.  “I was really moved by the fans’ excitement about The Beach Boys’ album and tour last year,” he said. “It charged me up and my head was full of music. I just couldn’t wait to get back into the studio to let it out.”

No word on a release date yet.

In the meantime, Wilson has a handful of dates coming up that will include Jardine and Marks.

July 20 – Atlantic City, NY                              The Grand @ The Golden Nugget
July 21 – Pittsburgh, PA                                 Stage AE—Outdoor Stage
July 23 – Interlochen, MI                                Kresge Auditorium
July 25 – Kettering, OH                                  Fraze Pavilion
July 26 – Highland Park, IL                            Ravinia Festival
July 27 – Apple Valley MINN                         Weesner Family Amphitheatre
Oct 20 – Los Angeles                                     Greek Theatre
 


 

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HBO cancels 'Eastbound & Down': Next season will be the last


HBO cancels "Eastbound & Down": Next season will be the last

Season 4 premieres Sept. 29.


"Boardwalk Empire" returns Sept. 8

HBO also announced premiere dates for Larry David's "Clear History" and Stephen Merchant's "Hello Ladies."


"Mad Men's" Jessica Paré addresses Sharon Tate conspiracy theories
Says Paré: "There was a reference photo in the costume shop that was that shot with Sharon Tate. That's right where I saw it."


"Teen Mom's" Farrah Abraham sentenced to 6 months probation
She'll also be fined $500 for a DUI.


"Pretty Little Liars" star Tammin Sursok is pregnant

"Don't worry! Still shooting," she tweeted in announcing the news.


Comedy Central's "Drunk History" enlists Kristen Wiig, Bob Odenkirk, Dave Grohl

Winona Ryder, Luke and Owen Wilson, Jack McBrayer and many others will also guest-star.


Jimmy Fallon makes Brian Williams rap Snoop Dogg

"Gangster Rapper."

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<p>&quot;Boardwalk Empire&quot;&nbsp;will be back in September.</p>

"Boardwalk Empire" will be back in September.

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HBO announces 'Boardwalk Empire' & 'Eastbound & Down' premiere dates

Pay cabler also announces premieres for Larry David film 'Clear History' and Stephen Merchant comedy 'Hello Ladies'

HBO has announced premiere dates for the new season of "Boardwalk Empire," the final season of "Eastbound & Down," the debut season of the comedy "Hello Ladies" and the new HBO film "Clear History."

The 12-episode fourth season of "Boardwalk Empire" will premiere Sunday, September 8 at 9 p.m. Jeffrey Wright and Ron Livingston are among the new castmembers for the Prohibition-era mob drama.

"Hello Ladies," starring and co-created by Stephen Merchant (Ricky Gervais' creative partner on "The Office," "Extras" and "Life's Too Short"), debuts an 8-episode season Sunday, September 29 at 10 p.m. Merchant plays a gawky Englishman looking for love in Los Angeles. Merchant is writing with "Office" alums Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky.

"Eastbound & Down" returns for its 8-episode final season — though, keep in mind, the previous season was also often referred to as the last one — on September 29 at 10:30 p.m.

"Clear History" also has a star doubling as co-writer. Larry David (working on the script with Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer) plays a former marketing executive seeking revenge on his former boss. Directed by Greg Mottola, the film co-stars Jon Hamm, Bill Hader, Phillip Baker Hall, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes, Amy Ryan and J.B. Smoove. It debuts Saturday, August 10 at 9 p.m.

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'Inside: Secret America' tackles bath salts, sex slaves and guns
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'Inside: Secret America' tackles bath salts, sex slaves and guns

Two reporters go undercover to explore dangerous worlds

If you weren't paranoid about what your neighbors were up to already, "Inside: Secret America" promises to do the trick. National Geographic Channel teams with investigative journalists Mariana van Zeller and Darren Foster to take viewers along as they infiltrate the nation’s most controversial subcultures. "Inside: Secret America" premieres Wednesday, July 10, at 10:00 PM ET. 

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Watch Letterman join Jerry Seinfeld on 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'


Watch Letterman join Jerry Seinfeld on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"
The Season 2 trailer also features Don Rickles, Chris Rock, Seth Meyers, French comic actor Gad Elmaleh and Sarah Silverman. PLUS: See Seinfeld in his tiny car.


Man slashes his wrists outside the "Today" show

NBC didn't broadcast the man, but the incident happened as Matt Lauer was speaking nearby.


Netflix's "Orange is the New Black": Watch the trailer

"Weeds" creator Jenji Kohan is behind the series based on a true story about a women who goes to prison, starring Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mulgrew and Taryn Manning.


Sundance Channel orders "Dream School" from Jamie Oliver and 50 Cent
The reality show features teachers who are professionals from the top of their fields.


"Game of Thrones" meets "The Princess Bride"
See the latest "Thrones" remix.


Muppets team to create a puppet game show for BBC
The Jim Henson Company is working on "That Puppet Game Show."


PBS releases a new Mister Rogers remixed autotuned video

Check out "Sing Together."

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<p>Ricky Gervais hosting last year's Golden Globe Awards.</p>

Ricky Gervais hosting last year's Golden Globe Awards.

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Ricky Gervais softens his stance on hosting the Oscars (not that he's been asked)

The UK comedian tells Gold Derby he'd accept the gig -- but only without strings

With Seth MacFarlane having ruled himself out of proceedings, the annual pass-the-parcel game for one of the most thankless gigs in showbiz -- hosting the Academy Awards -- continues apace. Nobody's taken on the burden for two years running since Billy Crystal in 1998, while in the past decade, seven people have been (thus far) one-night-only hires. Finding a resident host would probably save AMPAS a lot of bother every year, but so far, nobody seems willing and/or able to be the 21st-century Bob Hope. 

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<p>Adam Scott and Amy Poehler imitating Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers in &quot;Hart to Hart.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Adam Scott and Amy Poehler imitating Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers in "Hart to Hart." 

Credit: Adult Swim

Adam Scott on 'The Greatest Event in Television History' sequel

Can he and his 'Parks and Recreation' co-star top the 'Simon & Simon' video with Jon Hamm?

Back in the fall, Adam Scott gave the world "The Greatest Event in Television History" — which turned out to be an Adult Swim special where he and Jon Hamm recreated the opening credits to '80s detective show "Simon & Simon." (The entire special is on YouTube, but you have to pay a small fee to see it now; it's on AdultSwim.com for free. UPDATE: And now the complete sequel special is embedded below.) It was a complete goof — inspired in part by a classic "Late Night with David Letterman" bit I've embedded below, in part by Scott and Hamm's mutual love of classic opening credits sequences — and successful enough that Adult Swim commissioned a sequel. Tonight at midnight on Adult Swim, brace yourselves for Scott, his "Parks and Recreation" co-star Amy Poehler, and Poehler's former "SNL" castmate Horatio Sanz in a shot-for-shot remake of the season 4 credits to "Hart to Hart."

I spoke with Scott yesterday — he was in New Orleans, on the set of, as he described it, "this really cool, kind of an Oscar-type movie for next year called 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2'" — about the origins of the first "Greatest Event," the challenges of bringing the '80s back to life, and what he misses about those lengthy main title sequences, which now mainly exist on cable.

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Conan plays 'Game of Thrones' Red Wedding reaction videos for George R.R. Martin


Conan plays "Game of Thrones" Red Wedding reaction videos for George R.R. Martin

Martin told Conan how he would speak to actors who had no idea they were going to die.


Samuel L. Jackson reads a Walter White "Breaking Bad" monologue
Jackson read the lines after raising $155,000 for an Alzheimer's charity. PLUS: RJ Mitte spotted on the TMZ Tour.


"Sex and the City" premiered 15 years ago today

Author Candace Bushnell reflected on her creation in an E! appearance. PLUS: 15 lessons on aging gracefully from "Sex and the City."


ABC Family won't make a "Bunheads" decision until it sees how its summer shows fare
"Bunheads" was one of a select number of shows to win in the California tax credit lottery, but ABC Family says that won't impact their decision.


"Criminal Minds" stars launch a Kickstarter
Joe Mantegna and Kirsten Vangsness are trying to get their fans to fund a film noir comedy called "Kill Me, Deadly."


Labor dispute prompts "All My Children" and "One Life To Live" to go on hiatus early

Soap producer Prospect Park's battle with IATSE  Local 52 may lead to both shows leaving Connecticut.


"The Office" reunion: John Krasinski watches Jenna Fischer's play
Krasinski and wife Emily Blunt took in a performance of Neil LaBute's new Off-Broadway play, "Reasons to Be Happy," starring Fischer.

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<p>Peter Berg (left)&nbsp;and Emile Hirsch on the set of &quot;Lone Survivor&quot;</p>

Peter Berg (left) and Emile Hirsch on the set of "Lone Survivor"

Credit: Universal Pictures

Universal slates Peter Berg/Mark Wahlberg Afghanistan war drama 'Lone Survivor' for Oscar play

The studio also has Ron Howard's 'Rush' this season

We'll be getting into refreshing our Oscar contenders and predictions and whatnot in a few weeks, we promise. It's nice to just leave it alone while, you know, we remain in the dark on what most of the season has to offer. But moves are being made here and there as studios start looking into the fall for prestige rollouts, and Universal has just made a bold move.

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