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'Prison Break's' Wentworth Miler: I'm gay


"Prison Break's" Wentworth Miler: I'm gay
The 41-year-old Miller revealed his sexuality in declining an invitation to visit a Russian film festival over the country's new anti-gay laws.


Jane Lynch: "Glee's" Cory Monteith tribute is the "most beautiful thing"
That's Lynch's take after reading the script. Before reading the script, Lynch told E that filming the episode is "gonna be awful."


Syfy developing a costume designer reality show
"Camera Ready" will have 10 "visionary costume designers" competing to create technologically interesting costumes for TV, movies and music videos.


OWN doubles "Love Thy Neighbor's" season order to 52 episodes
"The Haves And The Have Nots" has also been expanded to 36 episodes.


Melissa George is pregnant

The alum of "Alias," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Hunted" who will appear next season on "The Good Wife" announced she is expecting her first child.

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<p>&quot;Orphan Black&quot;&nbsp;star Tatiana Maslany will be on &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;this season.</p>

"Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany will be on "Parks and Recreation" this season.

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'Orphan Black' star Tatiana Maslany to guest on 'Parks and Recreation'

'Parks' co-creator 'extraordinarily gaga bonkers psyched' to have the versatile actress

"Parks and Recreation" is about to be attacked by a clone: "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany will be guest-starring in two episodes in the upcoming sixth season.

Maslany, who went from obscure Canadian actress to sensation playing multiple roles on the BBC America sci-fi series, will be playing a love interest for Aziz Ansari's Tom Haverford, whom "Parks" co-creator Mike Schur describes as "generally out of his league."

Schur added that he is "extraordinarily gaga bonkers psyched" about the casting, and said he was "tempted to have her play eleven individual characters, but it's probably best for reality to keep it at just the one."

Maslany will be one of many high-profile guests in the new "Parks" season (which debuts September 26 at 8, with an hour-long episode filmed on location in London), including Kristen Bell, Sam Elliott, Heidi Klum, Henry Winkler and more of Lucy Lawless. The series will also be saying goodbye to Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe midway through the season.

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<p>Marion Cotillard</p>

Marion Cotillard

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'Macbeth' gets a new Lady, as Marion Cotillard replaces Natalie Portman

Michael Fassbender still in place to play the tormented Scot

It's the role that, according to theatrical cliché, every actress dreams of playing at least once in her life: Lady Macbeth. The conniving, persuasive, power-hungry -- and, finally, guilt-plagued -- wife of the stage's favorite tyrannical Scot has been played by everyone from Judi Dench to Simone Signoret to Vivien Leigh. But Natalie Portman -- for now, at least -- will not be joining that esteemed club, as Justin Kurzel's upcoming new screen version of "Macbeth" has swapped one Oscar-winner for another. Marion Cotillard will now be crying "Out, damned spot!" opposite Michael Fassbender's Mac. And, as far as I'm concerned, one of 2014's most exciting projects just got a little more so. 

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'Parks and Rec' gets Tatiana Maslany to romance Aziz Ansari


"Parks and Rec" gets Tatiana Maslany to romance Aziz Ansari
The "Orphan Black" star will appear in two episodes as a romantic interest for Tom Haverford.


"SVU" is doing a Trayvon Martin episode, with Cybill Shepherd in "George Zimmerman" role

Shepherd will play a vigilante charged in the shooting death of a black teen, with Jeffrey Tambor playing her lawyer.


Kim Kardashian's baby will be revealed on Kris Jenner's talk show

An "exclusive" photo will be shown on Friday's episode.


"The A-Team's" Omari Hardwick cast in lead of 50 Cent's "Power" drama

He'll play a NYC nightclub owner who lives a double life as a drug kingpin.


CW teaming with Debbie Allen for a new "Fame"-like drama

Unlike the TV series that aired in the '80s, this one will be set in Los Angeles.

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Joan Rivers

 Joan Rivers

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What if Joan Rivers hadn't been fired from her FOX talk show?

Would the late show landscape be very different than what it is today?
This week HitFix is revisiting some of the key turning points in recent entertainment history and considering what would have happened if history had turned a bit differently. What if...?
 
In October 1986, comedian Joan Rivers debuted her own late night talk show on FOX. It was a move based on Rivers' work as the permanent guest host for Johnny Carson on NBC's "The Tonight Show," which was strong enough for most people to think Rivers might be a logical choice to take over when Carson retired. But that idea fell apart after a confidential memo for NBC executives was leaked listing ten possible replacements for Carson -- and Rivers was nowhere on the list. When Carson decided to sign on for a three year contract and Rivers was only given a one-year extension on her deal, she had no problem hopping networks (and taking a bigger payday) from FOX. Unfortunately, her screw-you to NBC also made Carson feel blindsided. After the move, he never spoke to Rivers again. Ultimately, it was all for naught. Rivers was fired in May of 1987.
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What if the Dixie Chicks hadn't insulted George Bush from a London stage?
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What if the Dixie Chicks hadn't insulted George Bush from a London stage?

Would they still be burning up the country charts?

This week HitFix is revisiting some of the key turning points in recent entertainment history and considering what would have happened if history had turned a bit differently. What if...?

In 2003, The Dixie Chicks were on top of the country world, garnering airplay and selling out venues around the world for their tight, strong melodies, lead by Natalie Maines’ strikingly strong, compelling vocals. They were a new breed of country star: completely contemporary and modern. They appreciated the past, but had no desire to revisit it.

Then, while on tour in London in March 2003, as the U.S. was preparing to invade Iraq, under President George W. Bush’s command,  Maines looked out at the audience and said, “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”

Quicker than you can say “weapons of mass destruction,” country radio retaliated, dropping the Chicks’ music and angry Americans burned their albums.

Two days later, Maines followed up by saying that she felt that President Bush was ignoring the opinion of many Americans. Four days after the initial comment, she issued a half-hearted apology, saying, “As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful.” She went on to say that she wanted to see every viable option explored before the U.S. went to war, but the apology was too little too late.

What if Natalie Maines had never dissed President Bush  from the London stage?

Three things that might not have happened:


1. Country music wouldn’t be drowning in tired, hackneyed tropes about pick-up trucks, girls in short skirts and cowboy boots, and tractors. The Dixie Chicks brought a certain sophistication to country music. Their music was awash in country instrumentation—fiddles, mandolins, banjos —but their lyrical approach was fresh and innovative, adding a spunky  twist to  topics such as domestic abuse (“Goodbye Earl”) escaping a bad marriage (“Sin Wagon”), or just the need to break away from home (“Wide Open Spaces”).

2. The Dixie Chicks wouldn’t have appeared nude on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. As part of their publicity campaign to explain their political position, Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Robison posed nude for the cover of the magazine with words such as “Traitor,” “Hero,” “Brave” and “Free Speech” on their bodies.

3. The Dixie Chicks wouldn’t have swept the 2007 Grammys. Yes, the trio’s “Taking The Long Way” was a strong effort, but the five trophies, including album of the year, and record of the year for “Not Ready To Make Nice,” were as much a statement of solidarity by the music community as it was an acknowledgement of creative achievement.

Three things we predict might have happened:


1. They would have continued to make great records. In many ways, it felt like the Chicks were just hitting their stride and finding their voice. Instead, after the 2006 “Taking the Long Way” album and “Shut Up and Sing” documentary, they retreated to lick their wounds and have only occasionally played gigs.

2. Both Maines and her band mates, siblings Maguire and Robison would have also had solo careers run parallel to the Chicks. We probably still would have gotten the two excellent Courtyard Hounds sets, as well as Maines’ rock album, “Mother.”

3. Country music would have embraced more outspoken female artists. To an extent that has happened with Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves, but way too many country females still tend to play it safe, content to not stir the pot.

Did history work out for the best?

No. In terms of their commercial career, the Dixie Chicks plunged off a cliff. As “Shut Up & Sing,”  the documentary about their fall,  chronicles, they received death threats and the public has been very slow to forgive her words, even though other artists have made far more incendiary comments. While they seem to be touring more —the trio just announced a slate of Canadian dates for late summer and early fall— they are a voice that is severely missed.

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<p>Katy Perry at the 'Smurfs 2' premiere.</p>

Katy Perry at the 'Smurfs 2' premiere.

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Does Katy Perry 'Roar' into the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 over 'Blurred Lines?'

Where does Lady Gaga's 'Applause' land?

Katy Perry’s “Roar” may be loud, but it’s not quite ferocious enough to topple Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, which stays atop the Billboard Hot 100 for an 11th week.

Perry’s “Roar” still make an impressive leap, jumping 85-2 in its second week on the charts. That’s the largest leap for a song since Drake’s “Make Me Proud,” featuring Nicki Minaj, soared 97-9 in November 2011. While “Roar” is getting plenty of airplay, the digital sales are what propelling the tune: “Roar” sold 557,000 this week, a career high for Perry, according to Billboard.

“Roar” pushes Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” down 2-3, which inches Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” down one spot, 3-4.

Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake, holds at No. 5. Perry’s fellow pop diva, Lady Gaga, also zooms into the top 10, bowing at No. 6 with “Applause.” It moves to No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” destined to be locked out of the top spot, continues to fall, slipping 4-7. Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” move 7-8, Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” 6-9 and Capital Cities’ “Safe and Sound” 9-10.

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"Too Young to Marry"

 "Too Young to Marry"

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Watch: Two high strung teens in love may really be 'Too Young to Marry'

Their moms may be even crazier

Are these teens in love 'Too Young to Marry'? I think the answer is probably "yes, duh," but for a more involved and thoughtful examination, you can watch Oxygen’s new mini-series, "Too Young To Marry," (Sept. 11 at 10:00 p.m.). Think "Teen Mom" without the babies. So, all the crazy and only some of the guilt, I guess. 

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Kevin Spacey: Bill Clinton told me he binged on 'House of Cards' in 3 days


Kevin Spacey: Bill Clinton told me he binged on "House of Cards" in 3 days
"I love that show. It's so good," the actor quotes the former president as saying, in an interview with Charlie Rose.


Judge rules that "Snooki & JWoww" can film in a small New Jersey town
A neighbor tried to file an injunction against the MTV reality show.


Did Diddy decline "Idol" judge job due to ex J.Lo?
Sean "Diddy" Combs was up for the 3rd judge's spot until Jennifer Lopez was set to return, something which Diddy's rep denies.


Google may be interested in NFL's Sunday Ticket
Could NFL’s Sunday Ticket package end up on YouTube?


Ricky Gervais hopes to bring "The Office's" David Brent to the big screen
Brent tells The Hollywood Reporter he hopes his "Learn Guitar with David Brent" series becomes a film about Brent trying to make it in the movie industry. He also talks about his regular double dates with Jerry Seinfeld.


Eliza Coupe goes from "Happy Endings" to "The Millers"
She's joining the CBS comedy as Will Arnett's ex-wife.


David Cassidy arrested for drunk driving
"The Partridge Family" star was taken into custody early this morning in upstate New York.


Fox buys a comedy described as a male "Laverne & Shirley"
The two lead characters of "Paroled" will also be on parole.


Israel's "Real Housewives" adds the franchise's first-ever male cast member
Openly gay hairstylist Philip Vazana has become the franchise's first househusband.


Oxygen orders a nail-design reality competition show

"Nailed It!" will pit the nation's "fiercest" nail designers against each other for the prize of ultimate nail artist.


"Bar Rescue" star will tackle struggling restaurants

Spike TV's "Hungry Investors" will feature Jon Taffer as he works with experts to help restaurants down on their luck.


Robert Osborne, 81, is happy with his new reduced TCM schedule
"I think I feel better than I have in a long time," he says of his reduced schedule, which means less time in airports flying between New York City and Turner Classic Movies headquarters in Atlanta.


Neil Patrick Harris channels Buster Keaton

Watch his new video for Funny or Die.


Sarah Palin praises Ashton Kutcher for "speaking truth to power" in Teen Choice Awards speech
Kutcher's speech in which he describes the hard work that created his opportunity for success has received a lot of attention from conservatives.


DisneyXD renews "Kickin' It"
The channel's highest-rated series will be back for Season 4.

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<p>&quot;The Book Thief&quot;</p>

"The Book Thief"

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Fox's potential awards sleeper 'The Book Thief' gets a trailer

Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush and young Sophie Nélisse star in the WWII drama

It may be taking the stealth approach in this year's awards season, but Kris has already flagged up "The Book Thief" as one to keep an eye on as the Oscar race takes shape. Fox 2000 quietly scheduled the prestige drama for a November 15 release -- prime real estate in the awards game, as we all know -- and the film ticks any number of baity boxes: based on a 2006 international bestseller by Markus Zusak, the film centers on Liesel, a nine-year-old girl in Nazi Germany, studying her relationship both with her foster parents and the Jewish fist-fighter her family shelters in their household.

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Sylvester Stallone in talks for a 'Rambo' TV series


Sylvester Stallone in talks for a "Rambo" TV series
Stallone is in negotiations to participate on a "creative level," but there's also the possibility he could reprise his iconic role.


"Dr. Phil" responds to the deleted tweet about sleeping with a drunk girl

"This Tweet was intended to evoke discussion leading into a very serious show topic," said a show spokesperson. "It was not intended to be taken lightly."


"Rizzoli & Isles" pays a brief tribute to Lee Thompson Young
"In Loving Memory" ran at the end of last night's episode.


E! spins off "The Soup" with "The Soup Investigates"
Joel McHale's spinoff debuts Oct. 2, promising to expose "pop culture mysteries, celebrity rumors and shocking questions."


Aziz Ansari and Andy Samberg join the James Franco roast

Samberg will join fellow "SNL" alum Bill Hader on the dais.


James Franco to host an arts show on Ovation
"James Franco Presents" is a one-hour, weekly series, debuting in November, Franco announced in an Instagram message.


"Survivor" bringing back Season's 1 Gervase, Season 2's Tina and Rupert Boneham
They are among numerous twists from the "Blood vs. Water" season.


Lance Bass addresses 'N Sync reunion report
On his Sirius XM, Bass played coy about a reunion.

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<p>How would TV&nbsp;history be different if HBO&nbsp;had passed on &quot;The Sopranos&quot;&nbsp;for a drama from &quot;My So-Called Life&quot;&nbsp;creator Winnie Holzman?</p>

How would TV history be different if HBO had passed on "The Sopranos" for a drama from "My So-Called Life" creator Winnie Holzman?

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What if HBO picked up Winnie Holzman's show instead of 'The Sopranos'?

Would we have spent the last 15 years in a female-centric cable renaissance?

This week HitFix is revisiting some of the key turning points in recent entertainment history and considering what would have happened if history had turned a bit differently. What if...?

In the late '90s, HBO executives had to decide what original drama series would be selected to follow the prison series "Oz." According to HBO executive Carolyn Strauss, the choice came down to two ideas: David Chase's New Jersey mob drama "The Sopranos," and a drama about a female business executive from "My So-Called Life" creator Winnie Holzman. HBO picked "The Sopranos," which became an enormous commercial and critical hit, transformed the way we watched and talked about television, and inspired a wave of classic dramas set in a criminal world and/or about middle-aged male anti-heroes.

What if HBO had chosen Winnie Holzman's idea instead of "The Sopranos"? 

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