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Report: Meryl Streep will play Maria Callas in an HBO film

Report: Meryl Streep will play Maria Callas in an HBO film
Mike Nichols is set to direct Streep as the opera legend in the film adaptation of Terrence McNally’s play “Master Class,” according to Page Six.

“Girls” books Zachary Quinto
The “Star Trek” star and “24” alum was spotted on set filming yesterday. While his role is unclear, the guest spot is only for one episode.

“Big Brother 16” cast includes Ariana Grande’s older brother
Meet the 16 new housemates, including 31-year-old "YouTube Personality” Frankie Grande.

Movie premieres are moving to NYC thanks to Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show”
Fallon moving “The Tonight Show” has led to the Big Apple becoming the hot spot for promotional opportunities, especially during the summer when Ellen DeGeneres’ show is in the dark in L.A. PLUS: Has Fallon gone overboard this week plugging NBC Universal?, and The Roots does a “Harry Potter” rap.

Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic casts the Bobby Brown role
Actor Arlen Escarpeta will take on the role of Whitney’s husband, while Yolanda Ross will play her lifelong best friend.

Ben & Jerry’s announces 2 “SNL”-themed flavors: “Lazy Sunday” and "Gilly's Catastrophic Crunch”
The Andy Samberg/Chris Parnell rap-inspired flavor consists of the vanilla cake batter ice cream containing chunks of yellow cupcake pieces and a chocolate frosting swirl. The Kristen Wiig-inspired flavor features chocolate and sweet cream ice creams flecked with caramel clusters, fudge-covered almonds and a marshmallow swirl.

Watch Sarah Jessica Parker get coffee with Jerry Seinfeld
The “Sex and the City” alum stars in the Season 4 premiere of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."

“Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman wants her assistant district attorney job back
Turns out Dorfman didn’t resign, but she has asked that the Fulton County D.A. "strongly consider me for re-hire” after she’s done with her “Bachelorette” promotional duties, which should stop by the end of the year.

Cory and Topanga promoted “Girl Meets World” at L.A. Dodgers game, but they left during a no-hitter
In fact, Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage were gone by the 4th inning of Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter.

Which “SVU” character did Taylor Swift name her new kitten after?
“Meet Olivia Benson,”  Swift wrote on Instagram.

Amazon Prime to stream “Wallace & Gromit”
New and old episodes of the British stop-motion animation comedy will be available.

NTSB: Truck driver in Tracy Morgan crash was speeding after driving for 13 hours straight
The Walmart driver was traveling 65 mpg in a 45 mph zone.

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

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TV Ratings: Big 'So You Think You Can Dance' bump lifts FOX on Wednesday

'Motive' rises double-digits for ABC

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

A large, but slightly unexplained, bump for "So You Think You Can Dance" helped FOX dominate Wednesday primetime in young viewers and finish a close second to CBS' procedural repeats overall.

Also getting an unexplained week-to-week boost was ABC's "Motive," the only other original on a repeat-filled night.

If you're curious, "Motive" was up 15 percent overall and 25 percent in the key demo, while "So You Think You Can Dance" rose 31 percent in the key demo and 20 percent overall.

On to the numbers...

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Chelsea Handler lands a Netflix late-night talk show deal

Chelsea Handler lands a Netflix late-night talk show deal
The E! star is signed a deal to star in Netflix’s first talk show, premiering in early 2016. She’ll also star in a Netflix standup special and make several other “docu-comedy” specials.

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<p>Aden Young in Rectify</p>

Aden Young in Rectify

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Review: Sundance's 'Rectify' still slow, steady and brilliant in season 2

Story of a Death Row prisoner's return to the world like nothing else on television

The events of the first season of "Rectify," the Sundance Channel drama about Death Row inmate Daniel Holden's return to freedom after his conviction is overturned, took place over a single week following Daniel's release. It was a short period of time and yet — longer than a "24" season, but much shorter than a "Mad Men" season — as Daniel tells a friend, "Every day felt like a lifetime."

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9 reasons I'm obsessed with 'Penny Dreadful'

9 reasons I'm obsessed with 'Penny Dreadful'

And only two more episodes to go

Yep, I'm obsessed.  And, no, "Orange is the New Black" is not the object of my affection.  Instead, John Logan and Sam Mendes' "Penny Dreadful" has me spinning.

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<p>Well, that can&#39;t be good.</p>

Well, that can't be good.

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New 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' trailer is emotional and terrifying

But if you're already sold, you may not want to see how much this gives away

We often talk about movies that are game-changers, or we talk about the cutting edge of visual effects, but jumps forward are often marked in tiny baby steps.

That does not appear to be the case with "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes."

I just recently re-watched "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," and the way they incorporated performance into the character animation for Caesar was remarkable. Andy Serkis and Weta Digital brought that character to life in a way that didn't just push the envelope… it shredded it. And in the new film, it looks like they've had to do that on a massive scale, bringing dozens of characters to life with that same degree of finesse.

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2014 Emmy Contenders - Lead Actor in a Drama Series

2014 Emmy Contenders - Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Sure, it's McConaughey versus Cranston, but who rounds out the field?

Reminder: For our annual Emmy contenders coverage, Sepinwall does his personal preferences, while I handicap mostly in terms of likelihood of landing nominations. As usual, the first six slides in each gallery are my nomination predictions. The next eight or nine slides are the actors and shows most likely to sneak in, based on precedent, quality or something nebulous. And then at the end of each gallery, I tend to throw in a couple oddballs who have no chance at all of being nominated, but who I think deserve to be a part of the conversation, or might accidentally become part of the conversation, just because.

Our next category:


When it comes to depth, here's how I describe the difference between the Lead Actor and Lead Actress in a Drama fields. There are absolutely more nomination-worthy potential Lead Actor contenders and I could make strong personal cases for at least 20, albeit with different levels of passion. But when I look at the potential nominees, I think there are maybe eight or nine actors with legitimate chances to actually earn nominations. The Lead Actress in a Drama list of candidates is much smaller, but that's the nature of the business. What sets that category apart is how deep -- 11 or 12 or 13 -- the list of conceivable nominees goes. So Lead Actor in a Drama is a great category, but I'm much more intrigued and mystified by what the Lead Actress in a Drama nomination field could look like.

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<p>True Detective</p>

True Detective

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If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2014: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Beyond the Cranston/McConaughey showdown, who belongs in a tough field?

The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots last week. Now that the ballots are out, it's time for our annual two-pronged experiment, in which Dan tries to predict the likeliest nominees in each major category, while I pretend that I'm an actually TV Academy member and pick the six nominees that would make me the happiest.

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FX should turn 'Fargo' into 'Coen Brothers Theater'

FX should turn “Fargo” into “Coen Brothers Theater”
Rather than do another "Fargo" season, Season 2 could be a riff on “No Country for Old men, and Season 3 could be a new version of “Inside Llewyn Davis.” PLUS: Billy Bob Thornton shot 3 different endings, “Fargo” proved to be Allison Tolman’s show, and introducing “Fargo” death trading cards.

“The Bachelorette" fan fave Marquel Martin joins “Bachelor in Paradise”
Can he also become the first black “Bachelor”?

If “Rising Star” does voting live in real time, how will tape-delayed West Coasters participate?
About 80% of the country, including the Mountain Time Zone, will get to vote on “Rising Star” live. If results are too close by the time the show airs on the West Coast, the tape-delayed broadcast will be interrupted with live hits from the studio allowing West Coast viewers to weigh in. Meanwhile, viewers in Hawaii and Alaska won’t have a chance to vote.

Dana Carvey performs standup as Johnny Carson on Letterman
Watch “Carson” tell a Justin Bieber/Rob Ford joke.

“Real Housewives of New Jersey” dad Frank Giudice dies
The father of Joe Giudice suffered a heart attack early today. He was 63.

“Game of Thrones” creators recall casting complaints over Daenerys and Cersei and Jamie Lannister
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss spoke recently at Cannes Lions: "When Lena Headey was cast, people complained she was a brunette, people actually complained when we cast Nikolaj Coster-Waldau because his nose isn’t perfect, and people complained when we cast Emilia Clarke as Daenerys because the character in the book is like 13 and she’s 23 or 24. I started tearing my hair out, and we realized if we were to keep our sanity, we’d have to stop looking at everything.” PLUS: Watch a supercut of every “GoT” grunt.

MTV2 orders “Fatawesome”
The sketch comedy pilot comes from the makers of the viral video “Cat-Friend vs. Dog-Friend.”

Meet “Gotham's” villains
A new promo reveals Fish Mooney, and the future Penguin and Catwoman.

Hulu orders a “Los Cowboys” rodeo reality show
The show will follow a group of wannabe Latino cowboys as they try to qualify for the Mexican National Rodeo Finals in Guadalajara.

FCC received some complaints over ESPN's airing of NFL draft pick Michael Sam's gay kiss
Read all the complaints over Sam’s kiss.

Ashley Benson gets a restraining order against a Warner Bros. security guard
The former security guard had said told him to have a sexual relationship with the “Pretty Little Liars” star.

No joke: “Masters of Sex” nabs Erin Cummings
The former “Mad Men” prostitute will play another prostitute on the Showtime series. PLUS: “It’s Always Sunny’s Artemis Pebdani is also joining “Masters."

Conan O’Brien and Andy Cohen trade late-night stories
Conan says the talk show landscape is "like 'Game of Thrones' now with different realms. There’s an endless number of comedy realms. Maybe I’m the Lannisters, I don’t know."

“SNL’s” Vanessa Bayer recalls battling childhood leukemia, and interning for “Sesame Street” and Conan O’Brien
Bayer today answered questions on Reddit. PLUS: Aidy Bryant talks “(Do It On My) Twin Bed,” 8 of the most fascinating "SNL" cast member bios, and watch the angry outtakes from Mike Ditka’s 1993 “SNL” appearance.

Anna Paquin poses nude with her “True Blood” hubby on the cover of EW
Check out her and Stephen Moyer cuddling in a coffin.

Listen to The Situation tanning salon brawl 911 call
The former “Jersey Shore” star got in a fight with his brother.

Who is Cottonelle’s “Bum” girl?
Cherry Healey has been making videos of uncomfortable subjects for years.

How “Suits” costume designer comes up with the right office wear
"I'm sensitive to the mood of the script,” says Jolie Andreatta, "and the particular case that's being addressed. I feel like I can always be a little more sexy, a little more elaborate, when it’s dealing with corporate takeovers. If it's a more emotional case, I don't want to distract from what's going on.”

MTV: Alaska-set “Slednecks” isn’t “Buckwild” on ice
The two shows may come from the same producers, but MTV compared “Slednecks” to “Jersey Shore” and “Laguna Beach.”

What it’s like to watch the Spanish-language “Breaking Bad”
Episodes of “Metastasis” have been posted on Hulu. But despite the lack of English subtitles, it’s easy to follow along.

When will USA renew “Playing House”?
The female friendship comedy has gotten good ratings and widespread critical acclaim.

“Blossom’s” Jenna von Oy is pregnant
Von Oy, 37, is expecting her 2nd child.

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Alt-J samples Miley Cyrus on new 'Hunger of the Pine': Listen

Yes, you read that right

Mercury Prize-winning British band, alt-J is back with the haunting, atmospheric, electronic ballad “Hunger of the Pine,” which samples, of all people, Miley Cyrus. The song, which debuted on NPR today, makes very judicious spare use of the the line, “I’m a female rebel,” from Cyrus’s tune “4x4.” While the sample may seem an odd choice, Spin reports that the band's drummer, Thom Green, talked about his desire to collaborate with Cyrus in an interview GQ. Maybe there's more than a sample comping.

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Martin Sheen heads to Netflix to play Jane Fonda’s husband

Martin Sheen heads to Netflix to play Jane Fonda’s husband
The former “West Wing” president has joined the Lily Tomlin-Jane Fonda comedy pilot “Grace and Frankie.”

ABC renews “Extreme Weight Loss”
In addition to a 13-episode Season 5, “Extreme Weight Loss” will air three special editions next summer, including one called "Love Can't Weight."

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Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves releases new tune, 'The Trailer Song'

No, that's not her underwear hanging on the line, thank you very much

Kacey Musgraves, who hits the road with Katy Perry on Sunday (22) in Raleigh, N.C., performed a new tune, “The Trailer Song,” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last Friday and now a recorded version of the song is available for purpose on iTunes starting today.

It's the first new music from Musgraves since the release of her Grammy-winning album, "Same Trailer, Different Park." The song, which melodically resembles a slowed-down “Merry Go Round” at times,” is an intentionally old-school, traditional country track about nosy neighbors.

“You ain’t got to act like you’re borrowing eggs just to see if my dishes are washed/What’s it to you if it’s Wednesday afternoon and I’ve traded my ice tea for scotch,” she sung. While her short black shorts were definitely not standard issue country, her hair —teased into a mini-bouffant— recalled early Loretta, Tammy and Dolly.

No word on the song, which she performs in concerts and has played at the Grand Ole Opry,, will be on her follow up to  “Same Trailer.”  Musgraves wrote the song with Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark, with whom she also penned “Follow Your Arrow.”

Musgraves' episode of CMT's "Crossroads" with Perry is airing now. Below is the "Tonight Show" version of the song. Fans can buy a studio version through her website or iTunes.

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