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'House of Cards' will stay in Maryland after the state reached a tax credit deal

“House of Cards” will stay in Maryland after the state reached a tax credit deal
The Netflix series will get $11.5 million in tax credits, which is less than what producers wanted but far more than the $4 million legislators were willing to give the show.


Michelle Obama didn’t rehearse her “Parks and Rec” scene, which had to be done in 25 minutes
The First Lady "just walked on the set and had all her lines memorized and never faltered once. It makes sense,” says co-creator Michael Schur. "All she does is travel around the country and give speeches in front of large crowds of people. We had about 25 minutes with her total, and it was very smooth and easy.” PLUS: Schur wasn’t worried about “HIMYM” finale — or Leslie’s bangs, NBC was vaguely told about the big cameo, and the finale was a bold, feminist leap forward.


“Game of Thrones” writer: Sunday’s episode was "the most difficult episode I've written”
Bryan Cogman wouldn’t go into details, of course, but he has scripted some of the show’s most memorable scenes. PLUS: “Hodor” answers questions Hodor-style.


Gillian Jacobs gets “Community” fans to put mustard on their face to save the show
Today she tweeted: "Tweet @nbc a picture of yourself with mustard on your face. They'll have to give us #sixseasonsandamovie then, right?” PLUS: Check our more “Six Seasons and a Movie” posters.


Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen can’t tell themselves apart when watching “Full House”
The twins visited Ellen today to talk about their experience filming the sitcom.


Check out “The Strain’s” eye-popping poster
Featuring a worm coming out of a woman’s eye.


Seth Meyers’ success is baffling: Why is he so successful?
"Can you actually remember any joke that Seth Meyers has made”? asks Elisabeth Donnelly. She adds: “What’s Seth Meyers going to bring to the table? I couldn’t even tell you, that’s how distinctive a personality he is as a host-type guy. His success — he’s ‘influential,' according to TIME — is sort of baffling, clearly kind of Lorne Michaels’ fault, and it’s too bad. There’s a lot of great, wild comic minds out there that could bring energy, wit, and surprises to something like Late Show or the Emmys, but instead, a boring choice like Seth Meyers persists in his winning mediocrity."


Listen to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ son’s band
Henry Hall, 21, son of the “Veep” star and “SNL” alum Brad Hall, is the lead singer of Grand Cousin.


Meet the guys who made up a fake case just to get on “Judge Judy”
The case involved smashed TVs and a dead cat.


Ellen DeGeneres denies being a house-flipper: “I love real estate"
Ellen has been described as a “property hound” for buying so many properties. But, says Ellen, "I’ve never bought to sell. I always say: ‘This is it. I’m never moving.’ People laugh at me now."


“Veep” fans insult “Jonah” by calling him “Jonad”
“Jonad is the most common one that I get,” says Timothy Simons. "I think because it’s the quickest and it’s also only slightly insulting to call another human.” PLUS: Simons talks Jonah on MSNBC, and Kevin Dunn finds “Veep” swearing to be liberating.


“The Newsroom” vet to play Gus Grissom on “The Astronaut Wives Club”
Joel Johnstone will play the 2nd American to fly into space, who was later killed in 1967 during a pre-launch test for Apollo 1.


Why “Orphan Black” should kill off Sarah
Her death could invigorate the series, making it a show where anything could happen. PLUS: It’s okay that “Orphan Black” is getting more political.


Joan Rivers’ “Fashion Police” reportedly pays peanuts
The striking writers on the E! show were makng one-sixth of the Writers Guild minimum.


“Mrs. Doubtfire” was the most-played movie on basic cable last year
“She’s All That” came in at No. 2, “Juno” No. 3, "Austin Powers in Goldmember” No. 4 and “Ice Age” was No. 5.


“Black Box” proves TV has a problem with its portrayal of mental illness
Mental illness shouldn’t be portrayed as some kind of superpower.


University of Michigan student assumes her “Grimm” role tonight
Jacqueline Toboni, 22, was “discovered” thanks to a visit to the university by the show’s co-creator, whose daughter is a student there.


“Bad Teacher”: How other movie-to-TV show adaptations have fared
From “Clueless” to “Ferris Bueller.”


“Wheel of Fortune” celebrates 6,000 episodes
Next week, the game show will celebrate by giving away $6,000 prizes.


Spring and Chrysler will be prominently featured on “24: Live Another Day”
Chrysler is taking over as “24’s” car sponsor from Ford and Hyundai. PLUS: Producer responds to the "When does Jack Bauer go to the bathroom?"


“No, no, no,” John Oliver says when asked if he regrets leaving Comedy Central before Colbert's promotion
“Because,” he says. "I think this is a chance to do something completely different. HBO on Sunday night is a tantalizing thing to try and do something with. I like the idea of trying to change my metabolism, which is so built around a daily production, which I loved and I think there is part of me that is gonna miss the kind of daily grind. But I’m really looking forward to working out how to use the extra time to do some things with higher production. You know, tackle stories that are incredibly difficult to do on a daily turnaround.” PLUS: HBO open to expanding “Last Week Tonight” to other nights.


OWN’s “Running From Crazy” examines the history of mental illness in Mariel Hemingway’s family
Hemingway’s grandfather, Ernest Hemingway, and her sister both committed suicide, which will be the focus of the documentary airing Sunday.


Ian Somerhalder responds to the latest “Vampire Diaries” shocker
Damon is “definitely not very happy” when he finds out the truth.


See the character posters for “Petals in the Wind”
Featuring a “Twisted Sister” and the “Holy Hag."

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<p>Ellar Coltrane in &quot;Boyhood&quot;</p>

Ellar Coltrane in "Boyhood"

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'Boyhood' trailer promises a journey 12 years in the making

Richard Linklater's critically acclaimed film hits theaters July 11

As you know, Richard Linklater has been crafting "Boyhood" for 12 years. He and Ethan Hawke started filming this thing the year before they made "Before Sunset." It has been, in so many words, a long time coming.

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"Sex Sent Me to the ER"

"Sex Sent Me to the ER"

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'Sex Sent Me to the ER': It's a post-rubdown knock-out for one unlucky couple

Getting frisky where it's slippery is never a good idea

If there's ever any question that many people consider television exposure more important than personal privacy or, oh, public humiliation, we have "Sex Sent Me to the ER" (Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. ET on TLC). In a clip from this week's episode, one woman has a genuinely weird reaction to her man's head injury.

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"Scandal"

"Scandal"

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Columbus Short is set to leave 'Scandal'

Things don't look so great for Harrison, do they?

You know how everyone carps about how Harrison (Columbus Short) never seems to get much of a storyline on "Scandal"? How he's the forgotten Gladiator? Alas, just as Harrison is being pulled into the action (his dalliance with the recently deceased Adnan was both hot and harrowing this past season), he's being yanked out of it. Today Short released a statement through his publicist confirming he'll be leaving the show.

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<p>Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Upton struggle with the witless &#39;The Other Woman&#39;</p>

Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Upton struggle with the witless 'The Other Woman'

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Review: Leslie Mann struggles valiantly but can't save the rotten 'The Other Woman'

I never thought I'd feel bad for Kate Upton

While I can't say "The Other Woman" is a good movie, I can say that it features at least one thing that is genuinely worth seeing.

The film that I kept thinking of as I watched this one was the Colin Higgins mega-hit "9 To 5," with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton teaming up to kick the living crap out of their chauvinist boss Dabney Coleman. While I'm not sure I'd feel like that film held up if I saw it now, it tapped a very potent sense of simmering outrage. It was a well-timed shot across the bow in the cultural conversation on changing roles for women in the workplace.

"The Other Woman," on the other hand, is a largely ridiculous look at crappy rich white people who seem to have nothing to worry about besides what they do with their naughty bits. This is the feature debut of screenwriter Melissa Stack, and it strikes me as so resolutely phony from beginning to end that I'm not sure who the target audience is supposed to be. It doesn't help that Nick Cassavetes seems to have a real problem with maintaining a tone over the full running time. This thing swings from broad gross-out comedy to something that seems to be struggling to be a reflection of real life, and it never establishes a baseline reality. It is a strange misfire that is only saved from being a complete disaster by the efforts of the film's two leads.

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Columbus Short out at "Scandal"

Columbus Short out at "Scandal"
After a string of recent negative headlines, Short won't be returning to the ABC series for Season 4, the actor announced in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. The future of his character, Harrison, was left in doubt on last week's Season 3 finale. Short said in his statement: "At this time I must confirm my exit from a show I’ve called home for 3 years," Short said in the state with what is the most talented ensemble on television today. I would like to first thank Shonda Rhimes for the opportunity to work with such an amazing cast. Thank you GLADIATORS, who have supported me throughout my entire career and of course to ABC and Shondaland for allowing me to play such a pivotal role in the Scandal series. I have enjoyed every single minute of it." UPDATE: ABC decided to ax Short, reports TMZ, and his option wasn't picked up.

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Tiesto

Tiesto returns with new album, 'A Town Called Paradise,' in June

Watch the video for new track, 'Wasted,' now

Superstar DJ Tiesto returns with his fifth album, “A Town Called Paradise,” on June 16 and he’s bringing some friends with him.

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Mariah Carey

5 Things You Need to Know about Mariah Carey's new album

Why Jermaine Dupri should play professional poker

We’ll give him this much: Mariah Carey’s co-manager and producer Jermaine Dupri has a good poker face. When we interviewed Dupri on Wednesday at the ASCAP Awards, he said Carey’s album was still coming out in May (any maybe it is, given the timing of today's Billboard cover story on Carey) and he got a little feisty with us about the singles released so far not doing particularly well. Apparently, he just wanted to save his cannon fire for the Billboard story, which comes out in full on Monday. He did tell us that she will tour behind the new album, so there's that...

Today, billboard.com teased several items from Monday’s story. Here are five things we learned:

*The album's release will be a surprise. There’s a reason we haven’t heard anything more about the previously announced May 6 release date or an album title: that’s because Carey now plans to drop the album, the track listing, cover art, and title all at once to a digital provider…kind of like what Beyonce did with “Beyonce” or what Skrillex did. Except that in some ways it’s not like that at all since Carey’s now revealed that’s what she plans to do. So the only surprise is what date the album will drop, as opposed to being shocked that there’s new material at all. The album will come out on CD a week following the digital release.

*The album title has a very personal meaning: The album title, whatever it may be under God’s green earth, is named for “a personal possession of mine that’s part of an entity that I’ve had almost all my life,” Carey told Billboard.  Hmmm.  I’m guessing it’s called “Dancer” or something like that from a musical jewelry box Carey had with a little twirling ballerina in it.  Plug in your suggestion in the comments below.

*She’s cut how many songs? In the Billboard piece, she says that a friend made her a playlist with “1,000 of my songs on it.” What? Come again? Carey has put out 13 studio album, so that’s around 130 tracks. Add in her guest appearances on other people’s songs, all the remixes, and assorted other things and we still can’t figure out how she got to 1000. Can you?

*It takes a village to make a Mariah album: In addition to Dupri and her long-time collaborator Rodney Jerkins, the album which shall not be named also includes contributions from Hit-Boy and Mike Will Made It, and feature such guests as Wale, Nas, and Trey Songz. Plus, she teases that there’s another special guest “I’m not allowed to reveal.” It’s her record… she may not WANT to reveal it, but it’s not that she’s not “allowed to.” Regardless, we don’t reckon it’s Nicki Minaj, although that would be awesome!

*Going back to the well: Unbelievably, given how much she hated her time on “American Idol” with her arch nemesis Minaj, Carey says she won’t rule out returning to reality TV, but this time she’s be in control. She told Billboard she has TV talent competition up her sleeve and she will serve as executive producer. “I’m so very excited that’s finally coming to fruition.”

 

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Watch Isaiah Washington’s 'Grey’s Anatomy' reunion with Sandra Oh

Watch Isaiah Washington’s “Grey’s Anatomy” reunion with Sandra Oh
Here’s a glimpse of Burke surprising Cristina on next week’s episode.


Danica McKellar breaks her rib during “Dancing” practice
The former “Wonder Years” star tweeted: "Trying my best to pull thru and could use your prayers!! #wanttokeepdancing."


HBO delays “The Leftovers” by 2 weeks
The Damon Lindelof drama will debut June 29 instead of June 15.


“Franklin & Bash” nabs Cloris Leachman and Barry Bostwick
They’ll guest-star in separate episodes in Season 4.


“Salem” also got a big DVR boost
Viewership rose 41% for the WGN America series, when accounting for viewers who watched “Salem” later on.


What “Parks and Rec” can learn from other shows that did what it did
“Parks” is not the first show to try what it tried.


Former Fox, NBC, WB boss Garth Ancier calls allegations against him a "get-rich-quick scheme”
Ancier took to Twitter this morning to defend himself against allegations he sexually abused an underage boy.


Newest “Louie” promo features Louis CK falling for a woman coming out of the pool
The FX series returns in two weeks.

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<p>Justin Theroux of &quot;The Leftovers&quot;</p>

Justin Theroux of "The Leftovers"

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HBO bumps 'The Leftovers' by two weeks

Tom Perrotta adaptation is still coming in June

HBO has delayed the premiere of the summer drama "The Leftovers" by two weeks.

That's about all there is to this story. Sorry.

After announcing three weeks ago that "The Leftovers" would launch on Sunday, June 15 at 10 p.m., HBO said today that the premiere has now been shifted to June 29. 

Per HBO, a slight shift in the production schedule led to the slight premiere shift, but this still keeps "The Leftovers" in line with the June window revealed back in January, so it's all good. The only real impact here is that "The Leftovers" will no longer premiere after the "Game of Thrones" season finale, which would have given it a nice bump.

"True Blood" will still launch its seventh and final season on June 22.

"The Leftovers" is based on Tom Perrotta's novel, which focuses on the aftermath of a Rapture-type event that may or may not have been the actual Rapture. 

Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Charlie Carver, Max Carver, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Emily Meade, Annie Q, Margaret Qualley, Amanda Warren and Chris Zylka lead the ensemble cast playing people who were "left behind" and have to deal with their changed lives.

Perrotta wrote the pilot for "The Leftovers" with Damon Lindelof, who serves as series showrunner.

HBO is premiering the first full trailer for "The Leftovers" this Sunday (April 27) before a new "Game of Thrones."

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Fox will follow the early years of Jesus Christ with 'Nazareth'

Fox will follow the early years of Jesus Christ with “Nazareth”
The event series was inspired by History channel’s “Bible” success.


Jay Leno is lending his voice to Disney XD
Leno will join Whoopi Goldberg on “The 7D,” lending his voice to the contemporary take on Snow White's Seven Dwarves as the Crystal Ball.


Here’s Lego John Oliver
"I've always wanted to be a choking hazard,” says the “Last Week Tonight” host.


Mario Lopez denies Maria Menounos is leaving “Extra”
Lopez got flustered on “Watch What Happens Live” when asked if there was tension between him and his co-host Menounos. He also denied reports she’s leaving the entertainment show.


Mockumentary reveals Andy Samberg's post-Golden Globe ego trip on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” set
“Andy has stopped talking to most of the cast and the crew,” Stephanie Beatriz says in the three-minute mockumentary “Life After the Win.”


“Mom’s” Mimi Kennedy gets a promotion
She’ll become a series regular.


3 cable companies add Netflix as a channel
RCN, Grande Communications, and Atlantic Broadband will offer access to Netflix via their set-top boxes, but only for Netflix subscribers.


Erin Andrews takes a selfie with Larry David
Check her out with Fox Sports’ Charissa Thompson.


“Breaking Bad” alums reunite to promote a children’s book
See Skinny Pete, Marco Salamanca appear together to promote a book by David Ury, whose head was crushed by an ATM on the AMC series.

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Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani

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CulturePop No. 45 - Joe Satriani on Mick Jagger, Metallica, and House of Cards

The real-life rock god reveals there's only one time he doesn't practice

It's not often you get to talk to an actual rock god, but Melinda and I got that chance this week when we sat down with Joe Satriani, who has been called one of the best rock guitarists ever -- and Mick Jagger might agree. In addition to being a part of the multi-platinum supergroup Chickenfoot, Satriani has toured with Jagger, scored 15 Grammy nominations, taught a fleet of other famous guitar players (including Kirk Hammett of Metalica and Larry LaLonde of Primus) and had a massive influence on the industry with his lines of guitars and amplifiers. He's now an author, too. His memoir, "Strange Beautiful Music" is out now -- as is a 15-CD set of his collected works. Yeah, he's a busy guy. 

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