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'Game of Thrones’' viewership has grown to a record 19 milllion viewers

“Game of Thrones’” viewership has grown to a record 19 milllion viewers
That’s accounting for DVR usage, repeat airings and streaming. PLUS: Check out the “GoT” subway map.


Aly Michalka joins “iZombie”
She’ll play Rose McIver’s best friend, a role played by somebody else in the pilot.


HBO’s “Westworld” adds Jeffrey Wright, Shannon Woodward and “Lost’s” Rodrigo Santaro
The sci-fi drama based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 futuristic theme park film from J.J. Abrams and Jerry Weintraub has hired six new actors.


“House of Cards” to interrupt Washington, D.C. traffic with fake motorcades
The Netflix series will spend all day Satruday “shooting ‘drive-bys’, b-roll, and a mock-motorcade scene” for Season 3.


Why “True Detective's” creator did not plagiarize
“Nic Pizzolatto was not taking a test. He was writing a fictional TV show,” says Dave Haglund, who adds: "He created a character who thinks much like (author Thomas) Ligotti thinks, and he had that character express ideas similar to the ones that Ligotti expounded upon in a work of philosophy—albeit an unusual one…” PLUS: Talk of “True Detective’s” “women’s problem” enrages Pizzolatto.


John Oliver found “an eclectic bunch” of writers by shaking up the hiring process
Oliver and his “Last Week Tonight” showrunner used two rounds of blind selection that resulted in a diverse range of applicants you would normally not get for a late-night writing job, including a former speechwriter for the Environmental Protection Agency.


Read all the e-mails Bill Nye sent to the White House
Including a science poem.


Santa Fe, New Mexico is spending up to $100K to woo “The Bachelor” — but won’t say if its offer was accepted
City officials are keeping mum so as not to reveal any possible spoilers.


Bob Barker recreated his famous “Happy Gilmore” fight scene for “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Watch the 90-year-old former “Price is Right” host punch out a guy.


“Orange is the New Black” creator wrote a superhero pilot for Busta Rhymes
That’s one of the revelations from this 3,000-word profile on Jenji Kohan, who spent years before breaking out with “Weeds” working on shows from “Gilmore Girls” to “Tracey Takes On” while writing pilot scripts that went nowhere.


Samantha Bee and Jessica Williams chat about their experience on “The Daily Show”
What’s it like working with Jon Stewart? How do they stay comfortable doing field pieces?


Why Elisabeth Moss should reject “True Detective”
She already did similar work recently on Jane Campion’s "Top of the Lake.”


Here are the 40 most Atlanta things about HBO's “Hard Knocks’” Falcons season premiere
They include No. 13: "The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s (and DE Kroy Biermann’s wife) Kim Zolciak Biermann, watching herself on TV.”


Ovation orders “Raidars of the Lost Art”
The new show will use re-enactments and archival footage to document famous pieces of art that have gone missing.


Adrienne Maloof: I’m coming back to “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
Maloof hopes to “mend things” with several cameo appearances.


“Weird Al” once played “Wheel of Fortune” with Little Richard and James Brown
Plus, Lee Greenwood.


“Person of Interest” casts a new captain for Fusco
"Lie to Me” alum Monique Curnen will play Captain Felicia Moreno.


DirecTV picks up BBC’s “Uncle”
The BBC3 family comedy revolving around an out-of-work musician debuts on DirecTV’s Audience Network on Oct. 14.


Why can’t Ricky Gervais leave “The Office’s” David Brent alone?
Bringing back his famous character feels like sullying a great show.


“Sleepy Hollow” transformed downtown Wilmington, North Carolina into a war zone
Crews spent all day today filming war scenes in the heart of the city.


“12 Monkeys” rounds out its cast
Four actors have joined the Syfy series.


Breckin Meyer: Mark-Paul Gosselaar and I talk “endlessly” about “Screech’s” tell-all on the “Franklin & Bash” set
“That guy is such a d*ck,” says Meyer in a joint interview with Gosselaar. PLUS: Gosselaar always dyed his hair blonde for "Saved by the Bell."


“OITNB” warden Alysia Reiner is filming “Hawaii Five-0”
She’s guesting as an FBI agent.


Adam Pally has become Hollywood’s “Go-To 'Bro'”
The 32-year-old married dad who stars on “The Mindy Project” admits: "I’m pretty bro-y.”


“Doctor Who” is planning more web-exclusive content
"I think we now have to accept that online stuff isn’t a spin-off anymore,” says Steven Moffat.


Rachel McAdams learns of her “Downton Abbey” ancestry on TLC
"Who Do You Think You Are?” reveals one of her ancestors was an English footman.


“Skin Wars” debuts with host Rebecca Romijn
The GSN game show gathers together the world’s best body painters.


“Big Brother” spawns “BB Comics”
Check out the “Big Brother” housemates in comic book form.


Epix looks back at the career of director Robert Altman
“Altman” tonight takes a linear approach to the life of the director of “Nashville,” “M*A*S*H” and “Gosford Park.”

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James Van Der Beek joins the cast of 'CSI: Cyber'

James Van Der Beek joins the cast of “CSI: Cyber”
The former “Dawson’s Creek” star is returning to CBS just months after the cancelation of “Friends with Better Lives” to become a series regular on the  new “CSI” spinoff. Van Der Beek will play an FBI agent who’s an expert in battlefield forensics.


“The View's" new boss is from “The Rachel Maddow Show”
Longtime “View” producer Bill Geddie is set to be replaced by Bill Wolff, who currently runs Maddow’s MSNBC show.


“Married at First Sight” renewed
The FYI series has been granted a 2nd season of 11 episodes.

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Will Arnett says shooting 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' was like a different language
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Will Arnett says shooting 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' was like a different language

If nothing else, he's mastered running up.

Will Arnett is the odd man out in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

On the TV show that remains, for many fans, the definitive version of the characters so far, Vernon Fenwick is an adversary, a foil both for April O'Neil and for the Turtles themselves. In this new film incarnation, Fenwick is the cameraman who works most often with April O'Neil (Megan Fox), and he knows that she wants out of puff-piece features. He also knows how the game works, though, and he doesn't really seem to believe she's going to get her break. He's the cynical voice of reality.

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Tony winner Christian Borle is set to play Smee and Mr. Darling on 'Peter Pan Live!'

Tony winner Christian Borle is set to play Smee and Mr. Darling on “Peter Pan Live!”
This would be the 2nd NBC musical for Borle, who appeared in “The Sound of Music Live” last year. He also starred on “Smash."


“Sons of Anarchy” unveils a dark final season trailer
“We’re all in, brother…"


Billy Gardell to host "Monopoly Millionaires’ Club”
The “Mike & Molly” star will serve as host of a companion show to the new multi-state lottery game.


Fred Armisen forms Dead Men Walking, a supergroup with members of Guns N’ Roses and Stray Cats
Duff McKagan, Slim Jim Phantom will join The Living End's Chris Cheney and the Damned's Captain Sensible, plus The Alarms’ Mike Peters for a special performance at L.A.’s The Troubadour.


“Mad Men’s” Vincent Kartheiser secretly married “Gilmore Girl” Alexis Bledel 2 months ago
Kartheiser, 35, and Bledel, 32, who met on the set of “Mad Men,” tied the knot in California back in June.

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Magic!

Magic's 'Rude' makes it four weeks at the top, fending off Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'

Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande announce their presence with 'Bang Bang'

 

Magic’s “Rude” continues to cast a spell over the Billboard Hot 100 as the breakthrough song by the Canadian quartet spends its fourth week at No. 1.

With all due respect to Magic, the real news this week is that “Bang Bang,” from Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, zooms onto the chart at No. 6. Minaj is the hardest working woman in show business right now. She also has the “Flawless” remix with Beyonce (which could enter next week) and her own single, “Anaconda.”

It’s Ladies Week on the chart as the other new entry into the Top 10 is Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” which skyrockets 28-8.

Filling in the rest of the Top 10, Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” rises 3-2 and has a decent chance at dislodging “Rude,” next week, according to Billboard.  The tune trades places with former chart topper “Fancy,” by Iggy Azalea, featuring  Charli XCX.

Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz stay at No. 4 with “Am I Wrong,” and Ariana Grande’s “Problems,” featuring Azalea hangs out at No. 5 (meaning she’s got the No. 5 and 6 spots this week).

Maroon 5’s “Maps” notches downward, 6-7, while Sia hangs from her “Chandelier” for one more week at No. 9 and “Latch” by Disclosure, featuring Sam Smith,  falls 7-10.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger announces wrap on latest sequel 'Terminator: Genisys'
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Arnold Schwarzenegger announces wrap on latest sequel 'Terminator: Genisys'

It's going to drive me crazy every time I have to type that for the next year

More than most people, I understand the burning desire to get one more great "Terminator" film out of the weirdest, most haphazardly-run mega-franchise in modern film.

After all, the 1984 original remains one of the greatest indie action films ever made. Beautifully plotted and incredibly well-built, "The Terminator" is one of those movies where everyone involved was in tune and they turned out something special as a result. And 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" is one of the great action sequels, escalating the scale of the mayhem while offering some very smart twists on both character and plot.

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Mariah Carey

6 producers who should work with Mariah Carey now that Jermaine Dupri is out

What would it sound like if Rick Rubin produced Mariah Carey?

There’s more chaos in Mariah Carey Land as she and her manager Jermaine Dupri have parted  ways and veteran label executive Kevin Liles is now handling Team Mariah.

As you’ll recall, Dupri was only on board as her official manager since last fall, but he and Carey have a very long history as musical collaborators, going back to 1995’s “Daydream.” He served as executive producer on Carey’s latest set, “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse," and co-produced five tracks on the album.

As you know, that album continues to circle the drain. It’s worst than if she’d never released an album because she now has this huge commercial failure around her neck. “Mariah” sold 58,000 in its first week of release in May, which was by far her poorest showing in her 25-year career.  It’s a shame because the album, as overstuffed and scattered as it was, had some strong cuts that got thrown out there, but didn't really get their due, like "You Don't Know What To Do," featuring Wale or "Make It Look Good."

But I would never, ever count Carey out. She has too much talent and too much determination. She can rise again. The question is who is the right partner to help her do so.

It’s unclear from today’s news if Dupri will continue working with Carey musically, despite his noting that it’s a possibility in his statement to Billboard about the management shift. It read, in part, “I put my all into every project. But when I’m not allowed to do what I do, then it’s time for me to move on. Mariah and I enjoy working together and will continue to make great music together in the future.” I'm not so sure the first part of that sentence doesn't overrule the second part. Regardless, they may need a break.

So if we take Dupri out of the picture, here are six potential producers for Carey’s next album and what they would bring to the table.

Pharrell: They’ve worked together before, including on 2005’s mega-successful “The Emancipation of Mimi,” when he co-wrote “Say Somethin’,” featuring Snoop Dogg, and co-produced the tune with Chad Hugo, his Neptunes partner-in-crime. Along with his newfound superstar status, Pharrell has become the most mainstream of producers: he makes songs that appeal to tweens and soccer moms and everyone inbetween. Carey’s known for her ballads and they could throw a few on here, but what if they just went for a sunny, upbeat, fun album that showed off her pipes, but also made it all seem effortless?

Don Was: Hey, if he’s good enough for the Rolling Stones, he’s good enough for Mariah, but we imagine him giving Carey the Bonnie Raitt treatment. His work with Raitt on 1989’s “Nick Of Time” catapulted her into stardom after she’d been dropped by Warner Bros. The album went on to sweep the Grammys. Was probably couldn’t get Carey back on the charts, but he could probably nab her some great taste-maker press and some Grammy noms if they made a record with stripped-down production and really confessional, heartfelt lyrics that reflected where she is in her mid-40s.

Dr. Luke: This is the most obvious choice if she wants to try to get back on Top 40 radio, but I don’t think it’s really a good fit. At this point, it would feel like a desperation play by Carey and she’s too good for that.

Dann Huff: Carey has a ragged determination to prove that she’s still street on every album and it’s hard to do that when you’re looking down from the penthouse. She also likes to pair with current hip hop or R&B acts to keep her credibility in those genres. What if she let all that go and just made a contemporary pop album that aimed for AC. Look at what Huff has done with acts like Faith Hill and Keith Urban…or even his work on Whitney Houston’s debut. He’s found a way to highlight their pop sensibilities without sacrificing their personalities. Carey would have to be willing to let go of her R&B side.

Walter Afanasieff: Yep. Take it back to the beginning. Afanasieff was there at the start and the songs the two created from “Vision Of Love” to “Love Takes Time,”  “Dreamlover” and “One Sweet Day,” remain among the best in her catalog. Afanaseiff also co-produced her most notable covers, including “Endless Love,” I’ll Be There,” and “Open Arms.” What if they put together a tasty album of covers? To be sure, the reality of this one is very slim since Carey's ex, Tommy Mottola, got Afanasieff in the divorce, but it's a thought.

Rick Rubin: This would probably be a clash of the titans and we’d never hear what they worked on before it all went down in flames, but Carey may need someone who totally takes the reins, does not let her co-produce and she just sings (and if she wants to, writes). Rubin would be completely in charge of the sound of the record. If we had our druthers, he even choose all the songs.  

Who did I leave out? Who would you like to see produce Carey?

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Azealia Banks revs up in her new 'Heavy Metal and Reflective' music video

Azealia Banks revs up in her new 'Heavy Metal and Reflective' music video

Gee, I wonder if it's a metaphor

Azealia Banks arrives in the desert bound and hooded at the beginning of her "Heavy Metal and Reflective" music video. But like a lilting butterfly -- unfettered by the scorching heat and the wild band of motocross bikers -- she escapes her ties to rule the crew.

You'd think that's a metaphor or something.

The rapper became loosed from her contract with Interscope last month, leaving way for her to finally maybe perhaps release a full-length record, which never came to pass for her "Broke with Expensive Taste" LP when she was with the major.

"Heavy Metal..." is the first taste of what she's been up to since then. I like what I'm hearing.

Her low drone bounces off of steep low ends and a similarly "cheeky" clap to Big Sean's "A$$"; the violent neons and flaming reds of her riding gear in the video is echoed in the bright and mean production overall.

I was also caught unawares that there was such a thing as a thong motocross bodysuit in the world. I did, however, know that it's difficult to make anybody look cool in double-plated riding goggles.

Check out the video below: does Banks have a fighting chance now that she has no label home? Want to hear more?

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Simon Cowell returning to American TV — British 'X Factor' to be shown on cable

Simon Cowell returning to American TV — British “X Factor” to be shown on cable
Mark Cuban’s AXS TV will show the 11th season of the hit competition series, which also stars fired Fox “X Factor” judge Cheryl Cole and “America’s Got Talent’s” Mel B.


Female YouTube comedian could replace Chelsea Handler on E!
The cable network has ordered a talk show pilot starring Grace Helbig, who has more than 1.8 million subscribers to her it’sGrace YouTube channel.


“Big Bang” cast returns to work
Kaley Cuoco this morning posted a photo from outside Warner Bros. Stage 25. "Happy happy! We're baaaaaaack!!!!!!!” she wrote.


Petition calls for “Weird Al” Yankovic to be next year’s Super Bowl halftime performer
Change.org user “Ed Ball” admits he was drunk when he submitted the petition, which has more than 5,000 signatures. He explains: “The theatrics alone would be hilarious and a welcoming change, and draw  a wider audience of fans that typically would not tune into the championship game or half-time show.”


Watch the 1st promo for "The Meredith Vieira Show”
“It doesn’t get better” is the theme of Vieira’s first promo.


Super Bowl champion, 3-time Olympic gold medalist among the new “Biggest Loser” contestants
Damien Woody, who won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, will be competing this season, as will former softball Olympian Lori Harrigan-Mack.


St. Vincent to take over Seth Meyers’ “Late Night” band for 2 nights next week
She’ll fill in for Fred Armisen, who’s been gone all summer shooting “Portlandia."


Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood to host the CMA Awards for the 7th straight year
“Carrie and Brad are unmatched as a hosting team,” says the CEO of the Country Music Awards.

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"Calvary"

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Brendan Gleeson recalls his 'High Noon' moment in the dark and bold 'Calvary'

Plus: What can we expect from Ron Howard's 'Heart of the Sea?'

John Michael McDonagh's "Calvary" is a gorgeously photographed, exquisitely acted, richly written tale of the underbelly of faith. At the end of a lackluster summer that seemed full of more malnourished product than normal, it's wonderful to sink your teeth into something like this that has so much to say and does so in so efficient a manner.

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Stevie Nicks

Listen to Stevie Nicks' confessional new tune, 'The Dealer'

She doesn't play it close to the vest on love song

Stevie Nicks knows when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em. In “The Dealer,” the first single from her new album “24 Karat Gold — Songs From The Vault,” Nicks fires a warning shot to her current lover as she details her wanton past:  “If I’d really known you then/You’d had to watch out.”

In the mid-tempo track, she compares her love life to a card game where she is fully in charge: “I was the mistress of my fate, I was the card shark,” as she looks back with wisdom she didn’t have at the time.

“24 Karat Gold,” out Oct. 7, contains previously unreleased songs written by Nicks between 1969 and 1995. “The Dealer” was written around 1979, according to Rolling Stone, initially for Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” album.

Each song is a love story,” Nicks said in a statement.  “They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories—the 24-karat gold rings in the blue box.”

She and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham were over by the time she wrote "The Dealer,"  so any guesses to whom she’s talking in the song?

 

 

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"The Theory of Everything"

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Eddie Redmayne delivers a brief history of Stephen Hawking in 'Theory of Everything' trailer

Focus Features' big awards play will premiere at TIFF in September

It seems rather surprising that a biopic tackling the life of famed physicist Stephen Hawking is just now making its way to the big screen, but courtesy of director James Marsh ("Man on Wire," "Red Riding") and actor Eddie Redmayne ("My Week with Marilyn," "Les Misérables"), it's finally doing just that. And ahead of a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month, Focus Features has launched the first trailer for the film.

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