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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

 "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

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'Real Housewives of Orange County': Does Tamra's past excuse her rage?

The frequently furious housewife confesses she just needs a hug

In last night's episode of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," we got to spend some quality time with Tamra and her mom and a reported audience of a thousand people that really looked to be about 50. Tamra was giving an inspirational keynote speech at a women's expo in Los Angeles, which turned out to be more about Tamra barfing out the crappy details of her life than inspiring anyone, unless the inspiration was "You, too, can someday be a reality TV star with a wine club! And a gym which has yet to open! And maybe good hair!" 

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<p>Scarlett Johansson at the 2012 Democratic National Convention</p>

Scarlett Johansson at the 2012 Democratic National Convention

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Chastain, Johansson, Seyfried and Witherspoon chase the role of Hillary 'Rodham'

Who do you think should get the part?

One has to imagine that the role of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the developing biopic "Rodham" is a bit of a coveted one for the industry's top actresses. The project is already fascinating from the outside, stemming from a 2012 Black List script penned by Korean screenwriter Young Il Kim spear-headed by "The Twilight Saga" producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen with indie filmmaker James Pondsoldt on board to direct. When the casting news finally does hit, it will be just one more level of intrigue.

Two years ago at the Kennedy Center Honors, the late Nora Ephron quipped of Meryl Streep's versatility (amid the flurry of the actress's Oscar-winning work as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady") that it was only a matter of time before she would play the former Secretary of State and First Lady. Although "Rodham" happens to be set during the height of the Watergate scandal in 1974 when the 27-year-old politician became the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to impeach Richard Nixon. The 63-year-old Streep would better compute for a modern-day yarn, but a quartet of Hollywood's younger stars are keen on the role, The Sunday Times revealed this weekend.

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Watch: Kelly Clarkson shows her true colors in 'People Like Us' video

Watch: Kelly Clarkson shows her true colors in 'People Like Us' video

She's got a secret that's bound to come out

Look! A Kelly Clarkson video for “People Like Us”  broke out in the middle of Nokia and BMW commercials! Seriously, I know that product placement in music videos is nothing new, but when it is as blatant as it is in this clip or in the new Jennifer Lopez video, it takes me right out of any story that the video is trying to tell.

And in this case, Clarkson is trying to tell a story, though I’m not really sure what it is. In a device straight out of “The Wizard of Oz” or “Pleasantville,” the clip takes place in both black & white and color. At the start, she is a scientist, presumably studying “People Like Us,” people who live in color, like those of us described in the song as “We are all misfits living in a world on fire.” 

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"Naked & Afraid"

 "Naked & Afraid"

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Discovery reveals even more with bare pairs on 'Naked & Afraid'

A man and woman are left naked and alone to survive on an island
Following up on the bare-ass nudity of "Naked Castaway," Discovery is taking bare survival to the next level -- pairs of naked people! While it really should be called "Adam & Eve," the series is titled "Naked & Afraid." So, this is like a dating show, but with fear, tiny biting creatures and nothing to eat. So romantic!
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'Behind the Candelabra' gives HBO its best original movie ratings since 2004

"Behind the Candelabra" gives HBO its best original movie ratings since 2004

About 2.4 million viewers watched the Michael Douglas-Matt Damon film.

"Melissa & Joey" gets extra Season 3 episodes, plus a Season 4 renewal
ABC Family's renewal puts a total of 20 episodes for each season.

Did "Mad Men" creator make up Ted Chaough's "crazy" last name?
Chat + Cough?

Last season's "Community" showrunners have exited: Is that why Dan Harmon was asked back?
Exec producers David Guarascio and Moses Port have reportedly opted to move on, while Harmon may return with one of his top writers.

Oprah declares "Kelly and Michael" the "reigning" queen and king of daytime
The former queen of daytime talk made a surprise appearance this morning on "Live!"

How "Arrested Development" Season 4 explains the housing crisis

Like previous seasons, the Netflix season has a political bent.

Katie Couric recalls having a crush on Matt Lauer
"I actually had a little crush on Matt when he was the local anchor at WNBC," she tells Howard Stern, "because I thought he was so funny and so quick."

LuAnn de Lesseps: I'm close to rejoining "Real Housewives"

"If I don’t do it, I’ll miss it," she says of ending her contract standoff.

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Rob Lowe at the White House

 Rob Lowe at the White House

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Rob Lowe is cast to play JFK in NatGeo's 'Killing Kennedy'

Ginnifer Goodwin and Michelle Trachtenberg set to co-star

Although I've been hoping for a TV movie revolving around Rob Lowe's "Behind the Candelabra" character Dr. Startz (wouldn't you watch that?), it seems "The West Wing" star has signed on for something that could be entertaining in its own right. National Geographic Channel today announced that the Emmy-winner has been cast in the iconic role of President John F. Kennedy in the upcoming two-hour original "Killing Kennedy." Ginnifer Goodwin will join Lowe in the White House as FLOTUS Jacqueline Kennedy, while Michelle Trachtenberg will take on her first Russian-speaking role as Marina Oswald. If you don't know who Marina Oswald is, please go to the back of the class. 

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Rob Lowe to play JFK, Ginnifer Goodwin signs on for Jackie role in 'Killing Kennedy'

Rob Lowe to play JFK, Ginnifer Goodwin signs on for Jackie role in "Killing Kennedy"

Both TV stars have signed on for the Nat Geo movie, based on the Bill O'Reilly book. PLUS: Michelle Trachtenberg will play Lee Harvey Oswald's Russian-born wife.

"The Bachelorette" has its worst-ever debut
Desiree Hartsock's season premiere was down 27% from last year.

Oops! "Smash" spells Anjelica Huston's name wrong
The series finale changed the "j" to a "g."

Why "Arrested Development" Season 4 is "a bust"
If you're disappointed by the Netflix season, here's all the changes from the Fox series that made for a show that felt different. PLUS: What happened to Portia de Rossi's face?, "Workaholics" star Adam Devine talks about his cameo, and Smithsonian tells the history of the Frozen Banana Stand.

Watch Joss Whedon tell college grads they're going to die
The Wesleyan alum returned to his alma mater to tell graduates: "What I’d like to say to all of you is that you are all going to die."

It's official: NFL Draft moving to the middle of May sweeps

Instead of late April, next year's draft will be held two weeks later than this year's, from May 8-10, where it will compete with network sweeps programming, including season finales.

"Arrested Development" was the ultimate DVR show, but few had DVRs in 2003
To get into the jokes, you needed the ability to go back and rewatch either by DVR or DVD. Which begs the question: Would "Arrested" have thrived the DVR age?

How "Inside the Actor's Studio" snagged Dave Chappelle for its 250th episode
James Lipton has become "very close" to Chappelle, especially after the comedian interviewed him for the 200th episode.

Tiffany "New York" Pollard planning a reality TV comeback
The former "Flavor of Love" and "I Love New York" star says she's shopping a reality pilot.

Morgan Spurlock's CNN series debuts June 23
The filmmaker's documentary series will delve into a particular aspect of American life.

A Sheldon Cooper mask is for sale

How scary is this "Big Bang"-inspired mask?

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Arrested Development

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'Arrested Development' on Netflix: Hilarious, boring, bloated, masterful

"Arrested Development" on Netflix: Hilarious, boring, bloated, masterful
Season 4 looks like "Arrested Development" but it's an entirely different series, says Todd VanDerWerff, "something more like Mitch Hurwitz and the cast of that earlier show got together to make a bunch of loosely intersecting short films about the characters from the earlier project, each with its own tone and point-of-view. It's an occasionally hilarious, sometimes boring, always bloated boondoggle of a project, and it’s the sort of thing that's at once staggering in its ambition and hard to approach with anything like real affection. It is, in places, masterful. It is also, in other places, at once weirdly pleased with itself and too ready to hold the audience’s hand where that hand needn't be held." PLUS: There's flashes of brilliance amid a lot of flab, "Arrested" is at worst doing a shaky imitation of itself, 5 of the 15 episodes deserved an "A" but many were uneven, Season 4 exceeds expectations, it took 7 episodes to get good, it was designed to be watched over and over, and why Season 4 is a total failure.

Dan Harmon mulling a return to "Community"

Harmon confirmed over the weekend that he had been asked to return, and he's reportedly exploring returning in some capacity.

Mariska Hargitay will be back for "SVU" Season 15

The actress shared the news on Twitter, though NBC has yet to confirm.

Barbara Eden, 78, wears her "I Dream of Jeannie" costume on stage with Bill Clinton
Both took part in the Life Ball in Vienna.

Melissa Leo joining M. Night Shyamalan's "Wayward Pines"
She'll play a nurse on the Fox event series.

"Revenge" star wasn't happy to be killed off

But according to Nick Wechsler, he took it "like a champ. I think on some level he was preparing himself for it because he knew he wasn't being used that much."

"The Office" stars weren't told Steve Carell would make a finale cameo

"It was a total surprise! I freaked out!" says Angela Kinsey.

Rob Lowe on his " Candelabra" character: "He looks almost like a transgendered Bee Gee"

Lowe spent 1 hour and 45 minutes a day transforming into his plastic surgeon character for the Liberace biopic.

Lena Dunham angers conservatives with Memorial Day tweet

"Happy Memorial Day! I've already peed in two different Starbucks bathrooms!" she tweeted Monday. PLUS: Dunham sings with "Fun.," and Dunham & Taylor Swift are becoming BFFs.

Blake Shelton's NBC tornado telethon adds Usher and Darius Rucker

They'll join Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan on the May 29 concert.

"Modern Family's" Ariel Winter goes blonde

The 15-year-old debuted her new look on Sunday.

"Smash" wanted to do a Hollywood movie musical for Season 3
The showrunner was on Episode 15 when he realized cancelation was going to happen. PLUS: "Smash" goes out with 2.4 million viewers.

"Breaking Bad's" Aaron Paul weds

The 33-year-old got married in Malibu on Sunday to Lauren Parsekian.

Matthew Rhys tapped to play Mr. Darcy on BBC
"The Americans" star has signed on for the three-part "Death Comes To Pemberley."

Coming soon: Paula Deen, the museum
Albany, Georgia is getting an official museum devoted to the Food Network star.

Comedy Central renews "Inside Amy Schumer" for Season 2
Schumer herself announced the news on Twitter.

Brooke Burns to host a GSN game show
She'll star on "The Chase," a British-inspired game show.

New "True Blood" trailer features politics and nudity
Lots of politics.

"Fresh Prince" stars reunite on British TV

Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Alfonso Ribeiro came together on "The Graham Norton Show."

Johnny Caron's "Tonight Show" drummer dies
Ed Shaughnessy was part of Carson's "Tonight" band from 1963 until Carson's retirement in 1992.

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Best and Worst of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

Best and Worst of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

10 films that caught our attention - for better or worse

CANNES - The 66th Cannes Film Festival has ended. The prizes have been handed out. Films have been acquired for global distribution and the last bottle of champagne is empty.  This year's festival had something for almost every cinephile except for the glaring lack of documentaries (always an issue on the Croisette it seems) and less Hollywood star power. While there were many polarizing films, there were few disasters.  That being said, it's easy to compile a necessary best and worst of this year's selections.

Check out Guy Lodge and Gregory Ellwood's picks in the embedded story gallery. Then let us know which movie you're most excited about seeing in theaters down the road.

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"The Bachelorette"

 "The Bachelorette"

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'The Bachelorette' meets a truly weird assortment of guys

While some fellas shine, others seem drunk, insane, creepy and desperate

Before we begin, I have to say this season of "The Bachelorette" may have some of the weirdest and creepiest contenders yet. I'm shocked everyone (in theory) passed a background check before joining the show, and I'm hoping wherever they stay doesn't have sharp objects. I'm also wondering if Desiree was chosen to be "The Bachelorette" in part because she's too nice to run screaming for the hills as the nut jobs pile up. But yes, even Des, it seems, has a limit, and gives one spectacularly skeevy guy the boot BEFORE the rose ceremony. Hey, I was just impressed that she stopped herself at one. 

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<p>Festival de Cannes 2013</p>

Festival de Cannes 2013

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Cannes 2013 review roundup

Blurbing the good, the bad and the ugly of the 66th annual

The 66th annual Cannes Film Festival is officially over as the winners and losers make their way home from the south of France. Will we be talking about these films during the Oscar season? Time will tell. But for now, a quick cheat sheet of our take on the festivities.

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<p>Best Actress winner Berenice Bejo at the Cannes Film Festival.</p>

Best Actress winner Berenice Bejo at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Diverse, defiant choices from Spielberg's jury put a bow on a satisfying Cannes fest

'Blue is the Warmest Color' a thrilling Palme winner, but there's more good news

I wonder if Nanni Moretti is feeling just a tiny bit envious of Steven Spielberg right now. A year ago, the Italian filmmaker -- then wrapping up his stint at the president of the Cannes Film Festival -- politely grumbled that the awards hadn't gone entirely as he and his jurors would have liked. So enraptured were they by their universally well-received Palme d'Or choice, Michael Haneke's "Amour," that they wanted to throw it an extra award or two, particularly for its remarkable veteran leads Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant.

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