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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Will Aaryn turn on her alliance?

Everything's riding on a tough veto competition

While Aaryn may be HoH this week, let's face it: the house belongs to McCranda. Actually, let's be honest. The house belongs to Amanda, who apparently has all the hamsters under her sway like the Evil Queen on "Once Upon A Time." If this were a fairy tale, of course, Amanda would end up bursting into flames or having her heart ripped out. Alas, it isn't going to happen. But that would be killer ratings, CBS, so don't rule it out!

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<p>It's hard to argue with Quentin Tarantino when he calls 'Taxi Driver' one of the greatest films of all time.</p>

It's hard to argue with Quentin Tarantino when he calls 'Taxi Driver' one of the greatest films of all time.

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Quentin Tarantino's new list of the 12 greatest movies raises some questions

Aren't lists supposed to be definitive and permanent?

One of the things that seems to be part of being a lifelong film nerd is the making of lists. Obviously, I publish a list each year of what I consider the best films I've seen during the preceding 12 months, but I've also published lists that have to do with specific genres or that deal with something like my favorite films in a decade or even of all time.

In an interview I did with Edgar Wright yesterday, he talked about how as a kid he kept lists of all sorts of things. Films he wanted to see, films he'd seen already. I did the same thing, and I've known many film geeks over the years who have had their own lists at the ready. Quentin Tarantino was a hardcore film fan before anyone knew his name as a filmmaker, and one of the things that was clear going to see his various film festivals in Austin or Los Angeles over the years is that he is a omnivorous film consumer. He'll watch anything, hoping for a gem or a discovery, and he's shown me many movies that I never would have otherwise seen, some of which have become favorites of mine now as well.

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<p>Selena Gomez's &quot;Come and Get It&quot;</p>

Selena Gomez's "Come and Get It"

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Countdown to MTV's Video Music Awards: Best Pop Video

It's a close race between Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez

As MTV’s 2013 Video Music Awards approach, we’ll countdown to the Aug. 25 ceremony, which airs live at 9 p.m. ET from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the nominations with six each, closely followed by Bruno Mars, Pink, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and Thirty Seconds To Mars.

Among the artists performing on the show are Lady Gaga, who will open the awards; Timberlake (with a rumored ‘N Sync reunion), Mars, and Cyrus.

We’ll look at a different category each day leading up to Aug. 25.

Best Pop Video

Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"
Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
Fun., "Carry On"
Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop"
Selena Gomez, "Come and Get It"

This is a race between Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” and Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop,” and given that it’s a fan-voted award, Cyrus’s fans will probably be the more active voters.  “Mirrors” is the most artistic of the group, Cyrus’s is the weirdest.  Fun.’s “Carry On” does a great job of setting the inspirational mood of the song and blends performance and story, but the band’s voters probably won’t come out en masse. Bruno Mars captures just the right energy for the retro “Locked Out Of Heaven.” Selena Gomez is the dark horse here- her fan base could coalesce to push “Come and Get It” to the top spot. It’s a beautifully shot clip with lush fields and lots of fashion changes.

Who Should Win: Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Who Will Win: Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”

Past Predictions

Best Female Video
Best Male Video



 

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"Pregnant Behind Bars"

 "Pregnant Behind Bars"

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Watch: 'Pregnant Behind Bars' proves pregnancy can suck more

Pregnant women are housed with addicts and the mentally ill

You know what sucks? Pregnancy. You know what sucks more? Being pregnant AND in prison. Just seven miles outside of downtown Chicago sits one of the country’s largest detention facilities; Cook County Jail is home to nearly 10,000 inmates awaiting trial, a growing segment of which is expectant mothers. In this all-new two-part series, Discovery Fit & Health explores how much it sucks to be "Pregnant Behind Bars." The show premieres Thurs. Aug. 22 at 10:00 p.m.  Below, a clip!

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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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