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Zooey Deschanel

 Zooey Deschanel

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'Who Do You Think You Are' reveals line-up including Deschanel, Handler

Watch the promo and see Kelly Clarkson cry
TLC premieres a brand-new season of the reality series "Who Do You Think You Are?" on Tues., July 23 at 9:00 p.m.. The network has ordered eight new hour-long episodes of the Emmy-nominated series NBC kicked to the curb.
Today, the network announced the full line-up of celebrities:
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'Today' began critiquing Paula Deen's exclusive interview as soon as she left

"Today" began critiquing Paula Deen's exclusive interview as soon as she left
The show interviewed PR experts and even ran a headline on its website reading, "Paula Deen’s TODAY apology 'failed' and was 'bizarre,' experts say." PLUS: "GMA" puts "Today" interview headline on top of its page.

"GMA" interviewed its weatherman Sam Champion on Supreme Court's gay marriage rulings

"My heart's pounding — like really thumping in my chest," he told George Stephanopoulos.

Kristen Bell reacted to Supreme Court rulings by proposing to Dax Shepard
His response: "F*ck Yes!!!!!!!!!!!"

TLC to air UK documentary "The Man with the 10-Stone Testicles"
TLC has picked up the documentary about American Wesley Warren Jr, who suffers from "scrotal elephantitis" -- watch the trailer.

Andrew McCarthy books "Unforgettable"
The Brat Pack-er will guest-star next season.

James Gandolfini's sisters visit HBO

Sisters Leta Gandolfini and Johanna Antonacci stopped by HBO's offices in Manhattan yesterday as they prepared for tomorrow's funeral.

It's funny that CNN made "Crossfire" announcement while Jon Stewart was away

It was Stewart, after all, who was responsible for "Crossfire's" demise.

"America's Got Talent" hits a season low

Lack of a "Voice" lead-in took a toll on ratings last night for "AGT."

"The Exes" releases a rap video

Check out David Alan Basche rapping "On My Sitcom."

Amazon signs up more PBS shows
"Downton Abbey" and "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" are part of Amazon's new deal with PBS.

Is Ryan Seacrest dating a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model?

The "Idol" host has reportedly been seeing Dominique Piek.

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Paula Deen breaks down on 'Today': 'I is What I Is'

Paula Deen breaks down on "Today": "I is What I Is"

In her interview with Matt Lauer, Deen pleaded with sponsors not to drop her and insisted she only used the N-word once, even though she testified differently in her trial. PLUS: Deen hires the real Olivia Pope -- Judy Smith, Caesars dumps Deen, and should Food Network dump Deen's sons?

Oprah regains the No. 1 spot in Forbes most powerful celebrities list after 2 years at No. 2

This year's list includes No. 10 Ellen DeGeneres and No. 17 Simon Cowell.

"Veronica Mars" movie adds Ken Marino and Martin Starr
Starr wasn't on the original series, but Vinnie Van Lowe made a video announcing his return.

"Laverne & Shirley" reuniting on Nick's "Sam & Cat"
Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams will guest-star together on the new Nickelodeon sitcom.

"Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous" appears to be canceled

Bo Burnham tweeted that he expects MTV not to order a 2nd season of his comedy.

CNN bringing back "Crossfire" in the fall with Newt Gingrich
He'll be joined by former Obama officials Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones, plus MSNBC's S.E. Cupp.

MTV to air an alternate ending to "The Hills" series finale
It'll be part of MTV's "RetroMTVBrunch," which starts July 8.

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<p>On &quot;Raising Hope,&quot;&nbsp;Garret Dillahunt's Burt got bar mitzvah'ed this year.</p>

On "Raising Hope," Garret Dillahunt's Burt got bar mitzvah'ed this year.

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If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Celebrating the men of '30 Rock,' 'Louie,' 'Raising Hope' and more

Part 8 of our journey through the Emmy ballot brings us to our final acting category, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.

Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate people who didn't submit themselves (like if I wanted to nominate Tony Hale for "Arrested Development" rather than "Veep"), and we have to consider people in the category they submitted themselves for, even if that means supporting actors submitting as leads (Rob Lowe, every year, including this category) or vice versa (Amy Schumer as supporting for a show that's named after her). I also have to feel like I've seen enough of a representative sample to pick someone; Peter Capaldi has been brilliant on "The Thick of It," which is now Emmy-eligible due to its run on Hulu, but I haven't seen any of the Hulu episodes, so I can't consider him.

Dan's exhaustive analysis is here, and embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.

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<p>Benjamin Bratt stepped in for Al Pacino at the last minute, and we discussed the incident at the press day for 'Despicable Me 2'</p>

Benjamin Bratt stepped in for Al Pacino at the last minute, and we discussed the incident at the press day for 'Despicable Me 2'

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Benjamin Bratt speaks frankly about his last-minute addition to 'Despicable Me 2'

We discuss the technical challenges of playing someone else's part

You know who really surprised me recently at a press day? Benjamin Bratt.

He's always been one of those guys who seemed really solid. A dependable, good, meat-and-potatoes guy on camera. I never had that moment watching something that he did where I went "Holy cow, this guy's AMAZING," but how many actors do you ever really say that about? I think the vast majority of actors play parts that don't really provide those "Holy cow" moments, and that's fine.

One of the reasons a lot of actors don't like the term "character actor" is not just because it seems like a nicer way of saying "can't be a movie star," but also because that's what acting is supposed to be… bringing characters to life. It's calling it "wet water." Every actor should be a character actor, including big giant movie stars and day players alike.

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Outstanding Lead Actor Comedy - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

Outstanding Lead Actor Comedy - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

Jon Cryer won here last year. Did you remember that?
As Sepinwall and I discussed on this week's podcast, this just wasn't a thrilling year for new Emmy-friendly comedies. There are a few potential new faces in the Lead Actor Comedy category, but they're either stars of shows that weren't eligible last year (Matt LeBlanc or Jason Bateman, for example) or they're stars of returning shows who went with new categories this year (like Jake Johnson). 
Me, I'm holding out entirely futile hope for Garret Dillahunt, who rocked the Torah and deserves recognition.
Check out my full slate of candidates...
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<p>Ron Livingston, Shanley Caswell, and Hayley McFarland took part in a great Q&amp;A&nbsp;after Monday's special HitFix screening of 'The Conjuring' in LA</p>

Ron Livingston, Shanley Caswell, and Hayley McFarland took part in a great Q&A after Monday's special HitFix screening of 'The Conjuring' in LA

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Watch: Ron Livingston and his movie daughters in a spirited post-'Conjuring' Q&A

A terrified audience discusses the new film with the cast at a special HitFix screening in LA

I love the Vista Theater in Los Angeles.

There aren't many stand-alone single-screen theaters left in this city, and I can't think of any other theater that features the kind of luxurious legroom that is one of the Vista's most winning features. When Greg Ellwood proposed the Vista as the site for our special screening of James Wan's new film "The Conjuring," I was thrilled.

Monday night, we had a full house turn out, and the film played beautifully. There are few things I love more as a film fan than being in the theater when a horror film is really working on every level. I reviewed the film last week, and seeing it again only underlined for me just how controlled and carefully built it is. I think Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are really wonderful in it, and it would have been so easy for filmmakers to make the Warrens look silly or to overplay things and really ladle on the special effects.

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<p>Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx hide in an elevator shaft in the thoroughly ridiculous 'White House Down'</p>

Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx hide in an elevator shaft in the thoroughly ridiculous 'White House Down'

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Review: Emmerich's 'White House Down' coasts on the charisma of Foxx and Tatum

A very familiar film offers mild pleasures thanks to casting

 It's a Roland Emmerich film.

That's pretty much all I'll need to say to most hardcore film nerds for them to know where they'll fall if they see "White House Down," but I'll go a little more in-depth here just to clarify what I mean by that.

As much as any filmmaker working right now, Roland Emmerich is a guy who can be defined by his interests. With the notable exception of "Anonymous," which I thought was overwrought and accidentally hilarious at times, his films all follow a pretty basic model of spectacle, destruction, and big broad character archetypes. He makes junk food, and he does it without apology. What I find fascinating is how much the cinema landscape has changed around him over the years, so while he hasn't changed much at all, everyone else has, and he's gone from looking like a Spielberg fan with ADD to being almost sedate compared to the way most action is shot now. Emmerich's style can be defined largely by the word "more." Whatever's going on in a scene, Emmerich will always ladle on a little more, and then a little more on top of that and then, what the hell, a little more.

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Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum talk 'White House Down,' parenting, Electro and 'Jupiter Ascending'

Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum talk 'White House Down,' parenting, Electro and 'Jupiter Ascending'

Why does Tatum never expect to be presidential?
WASHINGTON, DC - In "White House Down," it's up to Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum to protect the White House from some dastardly bad guys and it isn't spoiling the movie to note that that is, indeed, the actual White House behind them in this interview. 
With "Magic Mike" and "21 Jump Street" and "Django Unchained," Tatum and Foxx were two of the biggest stars of 2012, but they insist that there wasn't any one-upsmanship on the set of their new Roland Emmerich thriller. In fact, the two dads discuss how it's a father-daughter relationship that really gives the movie its core.
In our conversation, Foxx explains the tricks of the trade that make him presidential in "White House Down," while Tatum explains why he doesn't expect to be occupying the Oval Office any time soon.
Finally, Foxx explains why he didn't pay any attention to the recent buzz stemming from the first images of his Electro makeup from the upcoming "Spider-Man" sequel. And while we have yet to see Tatum's makeup -- including apparently prominent ears -- from "Jupiter Ascending," the star explains why taking risks like the new Wachowski Siblings film are important to his career. 
Check out the full conversation above.
"White House Down" opens on Friday, June 28.
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"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance"

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'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: 'Top 20 Perform'

Two couples bomb, Nigel animates and there's even prancersize

So tonight the top 20 dancers will be hoofing it for our amusement and, really, the approval of the judges. As we learned last week, the judges started planting the seeds in our minds early (actually, I think we can agree prematurely) about who should win (Anna is the beast) and who shouldn't. Not cool judges, not cool.

Hopefully tonight will shake things up a bit, as I hate to think that voters will follow direction so easily or that no dancer will defy expectations. Of course, that also means someone who isn't very good (Cyrus) can make it a lot further than logic would suggest thanks to a compelling smile and an engaging backstory. Fingers crossed for great dancing, period.

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<p>Oscar's all-time biggest winners:&nbsp;&quot;Ben-Hur,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;Titanic&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;The Lord of the Rings:&nbsp;The Return of the King&quot;</p>

Oscar's all-time biggest winners: "Ben-Hur," "Titanic" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

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Want to watch 75 of the 85 Best Picture Oscar winners right now?

From 'Wings' to 'Argo,' most of them are at your fingertips

Have you ever wanted to see all 85 Best Picture winners and access them easily and efficiently without buying DVDs or waiting for Netflix mailers to arrive? Well, iTunes can almost get you there. And really, 88% ain't too bad at all.

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<p>Rooney&nbsp;Mara and Casey Affleck in &quot;Ain't Them Bodies Saints&quot;</p>

Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck in "Ain't Them Bodies Saints"

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Has Harvey helped improve 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints?'

David Lowery re-edited Sundance hit with some input from 'Harvey Scissorhands'

One film from the year's festival circuit so far that I'm particularly looking forward to revisiting is David Lowery's "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." That's partly because a first viewing afforded many rich textural pleasures -- from Bradford Young's dusky cinematography to Daniel Hart's inventive, handclap-heavy score -- that deserve to be savored in less pressured surroundings than a Sundance premiere, but also because the film has changed a little, and reportedly for the better.

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