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<p>On &quot;Modern Family,&quot;&nbsp;Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson)&nbsp;has his day in court.</p>

On "Modern Family," Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) has his day in court.

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Season finale review: 'Modern Family' - 'Goodnight, Gracie'

The Dunphys and Pritchetts head to Florida for the funeral of Phil's mom

A review of the "Modern Family" season finale coming up just as soon as I spend a summer at the nation's smallest B'nai Brith chapter...

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'NCIS' vs. 'Sunday Night Football': Which was the season's No. 1 program?


"NCIS" vs. "Sunday Night Football": Which was the season's No. 1 program?
CBS and NBC, using their own criteria, are squabbling over which show deserves the top spot.


Nick Carter and his fiancée are getting a reality show
The former Backstreet Boys star is shopping a half-hour show about his life.


J.J. Abrams will put a Conan easter egg into the next "Star Trek"
Abrams promises to add "jub-jub" in the next "Trek" film.


Rob Lowe relives his "West Wing" past at the White House
"Sam Seaborn" took the podium yesterday, to the delight of White House reporters.


Eva Longoria graduates with a master's degree

For the past three years, the former "Desperate Housewives" star has been working on her Chicano Studies degree at Cal State Northridge.


"Homeland" is back at work
Here's an on-set photo from Morgan Saylor.


"S.W.A.T." star Steve Forrest dies
Forrest, 87, played Lt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson on the '70s ABC action series.

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<p>Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat seem genuinely happy to be awkward around each other once again in the new season of 'Arrested Development'</p>

Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat seem genuinely happy to be awkward around each other once again in the new season of 'Arrested Development'

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Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat talk about returning to the roles of loving cousins for 'Arrested Development'

Our conversation was an afternoon delight

When I first heard about "Arrested Development," the synopsis I read included a description of the relationship between George Michael Bluth (Michael Cera) and Maeby Funke (Alia Shawkat), and my first thought was that it sounded incredibly tasteless and silly.

Now, of course, I'd say the opposite. I think the way the relationship between the two of them has been handled over the course of the show speaks to the way Mitchell Hurwitz and his amazing writing staff handle even the most difficult material. George Michael and Maeby are better people than any of the adults in their families. Maeby is a giant con artist, but is it any wonder? She would rather create one fantasy world after another than deal with the reality of Lindsay and Tobias, who can barely function as individuals, much less as a couple.

When I met Michael Cera for the first time, "Arrested Development" was already in his past, and while many of the cast members have been hounded by questions about the possibility of a return of the show, Cera has always somewhat avoided the issue, building a body of work for himself that stands separate from the show. When you're a young actor and you're known for one thing, I can see why you would want to show that you're able to play a range of things and you aren't just that one role. I thought the most interesting thing about his return to the series was the idea that he was part of the writer's room this time, giving him say in the fate of the Bluths.

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"Nashville"

 "Nashville"

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'Nashville' recap: 'I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive' is a rough wrap

In the season ender, Deacon and Rayna face a nightmare
I was kind of wondering how "Nashville" could follow up on last week's murder-suicide. Maybe an act of domestic terrorism or a "Once Upon A Time" crossover in which an evil queen transforms the country capital into a magical land or a squirrel or something. Between revealing Maddie's real daddy and all the death, it felt as if last week was the real season finale. Unless, you know, the squirrel thing happened. 
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<p>Jordana Brewster holds the family together in 'Furious Six'</p>

Jordana Brewster holds the family together in 'Furious Six'

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Jordana Brewster talks about holding the family together in 'Furious Six'

One of the emotional lynchpins of the series discusses the newest film

I enjoyed the latest chapter in the "Fast and the Furious" series quite a bit, and part of what's finally won me over wholeheartedly is just how earnestly they handle all of the family stuff in the film.

Jordana Brewster plays Mia, the sister of Dominic Toretto, who is now married to Brian O'Conner, and it's because of her that the two guys, enemies in the first film, are now brothers in crime. She isn't involved in every major action sequence in the film, but she does play a crucial role, and towards the end of the movie, she gets a chance to get back into the thick of things.

Brewster looks like a 21st century Ali McGraw, and she is the necessary link between the characters. The clip you see at the start of this interview is an important moment in the movie, and it speaks to the way Justin Lin and Chris Morgan have approached these characters. Mia may have asked Brian to give up the life of crime, but she also knows that they are all stronger as a team.

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'Girls' porn parody will be less weird than the original


"Girls" porn parody will be less weird than the original

Hustler has wrapped filming on "This Ain’t Girls XXX."


Why "Idol" bringing back old contestants is a great idea
The show needs to move away from celebrity judges, but ex-"Idol" stars could make a difference.


Bill Hader was an editor on "Iron Chef America" when Megan Mullally discovered him
The former "SNL" star talked to Howard Stern this morning about his big break. He was working behind the scenes on TV while doing improv on the side with Nick Offerman's brother, Matt, when Mullaly discovered him and brought him to the attention of Lorne Michaels.


BBC America reveals its summer schedule
"Luther" returns for a four-day run from September 3-6. PLUS: Watch the trailer for "In the Flesh."


Lifetime's Anna Nicole Smith movie gets a premiere date
The film starring Agnes Bruckner as Anna Nicole debuts June 29.


Queen's Brian May calls "The Voice" the "dullest, dumbest, most depressing" show

"In my opinion, 'The Voice' is absolutely the dullest, dumbest, most depressing programme on TV," he wrote on his website. "It's also the ultimate insult to music and to performers."


Dana Delany recalls "China Beach" amid the release of the 25th-anniversary box set
"It changed everything for me," she says of the Vietnam-set show. "It changed the way I looked at my career because it was the first time as an actress that I saw my responsibility as an actor. Certainly changed the roles that I picked."


Watch the "Workaholics" stars rap on "Conan"
The Wizards performed "Straight Outta Mordor."


Paz De La Huerta looks dramatically different since leaving "Boardwalk Empire"
The actress/model was photographed yesterday looking bloated and blotchy.


In defense of Hayden Panettiere's "Nashville" character

Why Juliette Barnes is the ABC drama's best character. PLUS: "Scarlett drives me bonkers."


JoAnna Garcia welcomes a daughter

The former "Privileged" star welcomed a girl with Nick Swisher.

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"Rock My RV with Bret Michaels"

 "Rock My RV with Bret Michaels"

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Bret Michaels talks camping, rust and 'Rock My RV with Bret Michaels'

The Poison singer gushes over the open road and family bonding

Do you remember when Bret Michaels was simply the badass singer of Poison? How about when he was a little older, and perhaps not as much bad as overwhelmed by crazy chicks on the VH1 series "Rock of Love"? Or how about when he showed he's actually a badass business man by winning "Celebrity Apprentice"? Well, now Michaels is 50 and, though he's still got a rock 'n' roll heart, he isn't afraid to revel in suburban passions we normally associate with grumpy middle-aged dads on sitcoms who say things like, "One more word and I'm turning this thing around!" 

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<p>Justin Bartha and Heather Graham must be feeling good about the conclusion of the 'Hangover' trilogy</p>

Justin Bartha and Heather Graham must be feeling good about the conclusion of the 'Hangover' trilogy

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Justin Bartha and Heather Graham talk about their fates in 'The Hangover Part III'

Two of the supporting characters from the trilogy weigh in on saying goodbye

Not every interview is easy.

In general, I try to treat interviews as real conversations. It's all an illusion, of course. Most real conversations are not arranged weeks earlier by a team of publicists and don't take place in a brightly lit area surrounded by strangers and cameras that you have to pretend aren't actually there, and they don't take place one after another until people begin to blur together.

At a press event, though, that's exactly what happens, and so it becomes hard to make it feel natural. When you are dealing with cast members like Justin Bartha and Heather Graham for a film like "The Hangover Part III," it's exponentially harder. That's not a reflection on either of them, though. It's more a matter of the roles they play in this particular film.

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CBS picks up 'Bad Teacher' for midseason


CBS picks up "Bad Teacher" for midseason

Ari Graynor will play the Cameron Diaz role in the remake of the 2011 film.


"Real Housewives" spins off Tamra Barney's wedding

"The Real Housewives of Orange County" star is asking her fans to come up with a name for her new spinoff.


"Kitchen Nightmares" star may be deported over his criminal past

Amy's Baking Company's Samy Bouzaglo reportedly did not disclose his past to immigration officials.


"Homeland" announces 8 guest stars
Jessica Brody's mom and Carrie Mathison's CIA-appointed attorney will be joining the show this season.


Andy Roddick hired to co-host "Fox Sports Live"

The former tennis pro will help Fox Sports 1 challenge ESPN's "SportsCenter."

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<p>Metallica</p>

Metallica

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Metallica preps songs for next album

Quartet hopes to put out new set 'in the next year'

Metallica has enough songs for its follow-up to 2008’s “Death Magnetic,” but fans may have a bit of a wait before they get the next studio album from the metal gods.

“We’ve getting there,” bassist Robert Trujillo told Billboard, “and we’ll have something great, hopefully, in the next year.”

“We got out into the room and jammed and we’ve come up with enough material for a record, for sure,” confirmed lead singer James Hetfield. “We just haven’t had enough time to really focus on it and dial in and start whittling it into these masterpieces, hopefully.”

Standing between the band and the studio is its second Orion Music + More festival, which takes place June 8-9 at Detroit’s Belle Isle. The quartet also has its previously announced 3-D film, “Metallica Through the Never,”  in the works.  The band’s Lars Ulrich is at the Cannes Film Festival seeking international buyers; the movie bows in the States on Sept. 27.


 

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<p>Noah Emmerich in FX's critically acclaimed series &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Noah Emmerich in FX's critically acclaimed series "The Americans."

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An epic interview with Noah Emmerich on 'The Americans,' 'Jane's Got A Gun' and 'Blood Ties'

Working on already infamous 'Gun' is 'so much fun'

CANNES - This is not Noah Emmerich's first trip to the Croisette. The character actor who has appeared in films such as "Little Children," "Super 8" and who now stars as FBI agent Stan Beeman in FX's hit series "The Americans" journeyed to Cannes for the premiere of Doug Liman's "Fair Game" three years ago.  Now, he's back to support the ensemble of "Blood Ties" where he plays a NYPD police captain caught in the middle of two feuding brothers (Clive Owen, Billy Crudup) in Guillaume Canet's English-language remake of the 2008 French film "Rivals."  It's a nice break for Emmerich whose in the middle of shooting the troubled and controversial Western "Jane's Got A Gun." 

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<p>Daft Punk</p>

Daft Punk

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hold at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 with 'Can't Hold Us'

Daft Punk scores its first Top 10 hit

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Can’t Hold Us”  holds up at No. 1 for the third consecutive week on the Billboard Hot 100; the song registers its fifth week atop Billboard’s Hot E&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rap Songs chart.

Just as the rap duo hang on to the top spot, the first five slots on the Billboard Hot 100 stay the exact same as last week: Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess is No. 2, Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” is No. 3; Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” is No. 4 and Rihanna’s “Stay,” featuring Mikky Ekko, is No. 5.

There’s more activity in the bottom of the top 10 with Daft Punk lands its first Top 10 hit close to 20 years after the duo began, according to Billboard.  “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell Williams, moves 15-10. Shockingly, its 2001 hit “One More Time,” peaked at No. 61. Look for Daft Punk to land the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week with “Random Access Memories.”

Daft Punk has the only new entry in the Top 10:  at No. 6 is Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” which drives up from No. 10; Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It” falls 6-7, Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” is No. 8 and Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” featuring Charli XCX, is No. 9.

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