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Review: Selena Gomez's 'Stars Dance' twirls around endlessly

Review: Selena Gomez's 'Stars Dance' twirls around endlessly

Pop queen takes several spins around the dance floor on solo set

On Selena Gomez’s new album, “Stars Dance,” the goal, to quote Marty from “Spinal Tap,” is to have a good time all the time.

There’s nothing wrong at all with crafting an album of primarily upbeat tunes that celebrate nothing more than being young and in love (or out, as the case is here on a few tunes) and all that entails. But  there is a problem when the whole album, her first solo set after three albums with her former group The Scene, is an exercise in cookie-cutter EDM beats and generic lyrics that tell us nothing about Gomez.

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<p>Benedict Cumberbatch in &quot;The Fifth Estate&quot;</p>

Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Fifth Estate"

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'The Fifth Estate,' '12 Years a Slave,' 'August: Osage County' and more set for 2013 Toronto Film Festival

Bill Condon's WikiLeaks drama will be the opening night gala

It was revealed today that Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate," starring Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks found Julian Assange, will be the opening night film of this year's Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off on Sept. 5. The closing night film will be Daniel Schecter's "Life of Crime" with John Hawkes, Mos Def and Jennifer Aniston.

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<p>Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan, Martin&nbsp;Campbell, and Simon Pegg all star in Edgar Wright's emotionally raw and very funny 'The World's End'</p>

Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan, Martin Campbell, and Simon Pegg all star in Edgar Wright's emotionally raw and very funny 'The World's End'

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Review: Pegg and Frost score big laughs and raw emotions in Wright's 'World's End'

An interesting examination of a generation's addiction to nostalgia

Has it really been nine years since "Shaun Of The Dead"?

In some ways, it feels like that just happened, but when I consider how much ground Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have covered in those nine years, it's sort of amazing. After all, when "Shaun" went into production, they were best known for a small cult English television show, and they were working completely independently, off the radar. That film's release was a gamble for Focus/Rogue, at least in part because of just how very English the humor is, and it paid off for them. "Hot Fuzz" in 2007 was equally local in its sensibility, and it also showed that Pegg and Frost weren't interested in just playing the same characters in different situations.

One of the hardest things about the position that Wright finds himself in now is the simple difference between surprising people with a small movie and then delivering on a decade's worth of expectations, and I suspect that no matter what, "The World's End" will frustrate some viewers. It's not a movie designed to simply punch the pleasure button and comfort fans by repeating what they've done before. In fact, it may be a direct refutation of that idea, by design, and in some ways, it feels like it's going to be a bitter pill for some people to swallow.

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"The Bachelorette"

"The Bachelorette"

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'The Bachelorette':'The Men Tell All' but will Des go home alone?

Ben and James get smacked down, and Zak W. sings

So much happens in "The Men Tell All" episode of "The Bachelorette," though much of that is filler. Here's Des talking to other Bachelorettes about what she thinks might happen on the show! Here's Des and J.P. from last season visiting random groups of fans who are supposed to be surprised but probably aren't, as they needed to let an ABC film crew into their residence to get the reaction shot! Here are many, many montages of things you saw in past episodes! Here's a blooper reel! It's not really "The Men Tell All" as much as it is "The Men Tell Some Between Commercial Breaks and Other Stuff." 

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Kris Humphries to visit 'The Mindy Project'


Kris Humphries to visit "The Mindy Project"
Kim Kardashian's ex-husband will play himself in an upcoming episode.


ABC News is devoting a 1-hour special to the Royal Baby on Tuesday

"The Royal Baby: Heir to the Throne" is the name of Tuesday's "20/20." Meanwhile, CBS has no Royal Baby plans.


"New Girl's" Jake Johnson releases a statement on TV dad Dennis Farina

"I feel very honored to have had the chance to meet, talk the Chicago Bears, and act with Dennis Farina," he said in the statement.


Syfy is giving "The Wizard of Oz" an apocalyptic twist

The director of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is helming a miniseries in which a warrior from the present is sent to the future, where he meets up with three other warriors, Heartless, Brainless and Coward.


Netflix expanding into standup comedy specials, original documentaries
"Netflix has become a big destination for fans of these much loved and often under-distributed genres," says the company.


"The Office's" David Denman is joining "Parenthood"

Will he come between Joel and Julia?


Amy Poehler, Oprah, Kal Penn to help promote Obamacare
Also, the president has enlisted the help of Funny or Die to spread the word and the new healthcare coverage.


It hasn't been decided if Nate Silver will appear on "Olbermann" and Oscar coverage

If the famed statistician is added to Oscar coverage, it should be noted he's terrible at making Oscar predictions.


"HIMYM" books Roger Bart

He'll work at the hotel where Barney and Robin tie the knot.


See John Oliver before "The Daily Show"

Back in 2005, he was a panelist on the UK's "Mock the Week."


What the Royal Baby can learn from "Game of Thrones"

Here are 10 lessons for Will & Kate's first child.


Roseanne Barr & Tom Arnold get in a Twitter fight

It was just like old times the past few days.


Check out the top of Jesse Tyler Ferguson's wedding cake
"Top of the world. Top of the cake!"

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<p>Ryan Gosling gets his hands plenty dirty in Nicolas Winding Refn's meandering 'Only God Forgives'</p>

Ryan Gosling gets his hands plenty dirty in Nicolas Winding Refn's meandering 'Only God Forgives'

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Review: Refn's 'Only God Forgives' strands a bored Ryan Gosling in a beautiful bloody mess

Refn may be partially colorblind, but he obviously likes red

Why do I have the feeling that "Drive" is going to turn out to be the rare semi-commercial hiccup in the larger filmography of Nicolas Winding Refn?

Refn's identity as a filmmaker has been coming into gradual focus for the past seventeen years, but when you read pretty much anything written about his new film, "Only God Forgives," it seems to exist only in contrast to "Drive" and nothing else in Refn's entire career. The truth is that from "Pusher" on, Refn is a guy who is driven by some very particular and identifiable fetishes, a guy who has alway seemed to have a strong aesthetic voice but a marked disinterest in narrative. He paints with violence, and he does not seem particularly interested in over-explanation or in traditional ideas of character. "Drive" struck a nerve with many audiences, people who may not have seen any of the "Pusher" films or "Bleeder" or "Valhalla Rising" or "Bronson," people who have no sense of the almost relentless nature of the brutality of those films. "Only God Forgives" fits neatly into a list of the things he's made. "Drive" is the anomaly, not the standard by which to judge the rest of his work.

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Watch Kelly Rowland's emotional 'Dirty Laundry' music video

Watch Kelly Rowland's emotional 'Dirty Laundry' music video

Destiny's Child singer labors in a watery metaphor

Hey, if you weren't moved by Kelly Rowland's "Dirty Laundry" as a song by itself, maybe watch the video and give it another try.

The former Destiny's Child singer features in a dark reliving (and darker laundry cycle) of her worser years with an abusive ex. As previously reported, "Dirty Laundry" name-checks her "sister" Beyonce, who was "killin' it" while Rowland suffered the crimes and bouts of self-doubt.

I think its especially beautiful when the water flies slow-motion across the screen, up against shots of tears rolling easily down the singer's cheeks, like NBD. There can be a tendency in emotional, personal music videos to wear negative energy like a garish accessory, but Rowland presents her struggles plainly and beautifully here.

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Naveen Andrews

Naveen Andrews

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Watch: Naveen Andrews talks 'Wonderland' at Comic-Con

The 'Lost' star prepares to take on an iconic bad guy

I wasn't expecting any surprises from the "Once Upon A Time in Wonderland" panel at Comic-Con 2013, but lo and behold, there were plenty. In addition to learning that Alice in Wonderland (Sophie Lowe) would be a kick ass, pirate-fighting heroine, we also learned that the show, in addition to featuring a stand-alone storyline each season, would also be a mash-up of the genie in the bottle story with the Lewis Carroll classic. With Peter Gadiot playing the lovable genie Cyrus, there was a need for a villain. as creators Ed Kitsis and Adam Horowitz explained, Jafar seemed like the best candidate, but who to play him?

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Interview with 'Metallica' movie director Nimrod Antal and producer Charlotte Huggins
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Interview with 'Metallica' movie director Nimrod Antal and producer Charlotte Huggins

Film features 14 songs, Dane DeHaan's life on the line and 3D

SAN DIEGO - "Metallica: Through the Never" director Nimrod Antal and producer Charlotte Huggins were on hand at San Diego Comic-Con -- where they presented a new trailer for the film -- to attempt to tell us what the hell is going on in their film.

The concert documentary meets feature film as Dane DeHaan stars as a silent roadie for the band, representing the metal band's fans and its crew who are "willing to die for the band," Antal said in his interview with HitFix.

"There's something about the fan energy that's within the movie that exists also at Comic-Con," Huggins explained about how the band inspires a die-hard fandom.

Antal feels that listeners will be whipped into a frenzy over the 14-song set-list, which he calls a "greatest hits" approach. Metallica came into the project -- which shot last August -- with a specific set list in mind and worked with the "Predators" director to formulate a plot and structure around those songs. Songs like "Battery," "The Memory Remains," "Nothing Else Matters," "Master of Puppets" and "Enter Sandman" will be included. And it sounds sort of like a concept album in movie form, or a very long music video with 14 songs in it.

"Tonally and within the film structure -- with the atmosphere of the film -- there were certainly certain songs that played well into our hands. We stayed rel faithful to the band's set-list and tried to form a narrative we could weave into the concert," Antal said. "The band's persona, their energy and certainly the love they have for what they do, those made their way into the film. I'm very proud of it."

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Royal Baby bumps 'Siberia' from tonight's NBC schedule


Royal Baby bumps "Siberia" from tonight's NBC schedule

NBC will instead show a "Dateline" special tonight at 10 pm, titled "A Little Prince."

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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

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'Real Housewives of New Jersey': Is there hope for Teresa and Joe?

After the slugfest, a detente is reached - but for how long?

Didn't you enjoy the brawl between the two Joes this week? I can't condone violence, but I can laugh hysterically at the black stuff mystery. This dirty whodunnit was eventually solved when Joe Gorga admitted he SPRAY PAINTS HIS HAIR. Poor Melissa was fingered for the smudges when Teresa and Joe Giudice decided it was her stripperiffic make-up smearing all over the place. Of course, even when all evidence points elsewhere, they'd blame Melissa.

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'It's Always Sunny' debuts on FXX Sept. 4, along with 'The League' and 'Totally Biased'


"It's Always Sunny" debuts on FXX Sept. 4, along with "The League" and "Totally Biased"

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" will kick off its 9th season on the FX spinoff, followed by "The League" and "Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell."


"Anger Management" won't welcome O.J. Simpson
Reps for the FX show and Lionsgate were quick to dismiss a NY Post report that Simpson is eyeing a cameo with Charlie Sheen. An FX exec adds: "It will never happen."


"Bunheads" is on the verge of cancelation
ABC Family is expected to cancel the Amy Sherman-Palladino soon. "It's definitely on life support — at best," says her husband and consulting producer, Daniel Palladino. UPDATE: Cancelation is official.

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