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1. Lady Gaga: She’s ranked the top music figure on Forbes’ Celebrity 100, coming in at No. 2 on the overall list behind the great and glorious Oprah Winfrey, and ahead of Beyonce and Madonna.
2. Kanye West: He barely beats J. Cole to the top spot on the Billboard 200, but he does, because, as he’s let us know, he’s God.
3. Mariah Carey: She indefinitely pushes back the release of her much-delayed new album, the ironically titled “The Art Of Letting Go.”
4. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: The duo’s same-sex marriage anthem, “Same Love,” zooms into the top ten on iTunes following the SCOTUS decision to overturn DOMA (see our story here).
5. Justin Bieber: A paparazzo sues Biebs for alleged assault. Next time, Bieber will make sure to have his monkey do the dirty work.
6. Tupac Shakur: A musical inspired by his tunes is potentially headed to the Great White Way: “All Eyez on Broadway.”
7. Neil Diamond: He records a charity song for Boston with proceeds going to the Boston One Fund and Wounded Warriors Project. Good times never felt so good, good, good, good.
8. Will.i.Am: He sues Pharrell over trademark infringement. He’s just jealous that Pharell is the first artist to have the No. 1 and No. 2 song on the Billboard 200 at the same times since the Black Eyed Peas did it.
9. Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland: One of the creators of the modern-soul sound, joins his fellow music pioneer Sam Cooke in the sky.
10. Alan Myers: The Devo drummer is whipping it good in heaven now.
"Glee" promotes 5 to series regulars
Melissa Benoist, Jacob Artist, Becca Tobin and "The Glee Project's" Blake Jenner and Alex Newell will be regulars next season.
Fox is interested in NBC's rejected pilot from Lorne Michaels and "SNL" writer John Mulaney
Fox has ordered a script from Mulaney, and he and Martin Short would be ready to go if Fox is interested. But it's unclear what will happen to other cast members like "SNL's" Nasim Pedrad and Elliot Gould.
"Glee's" Jayma Mays signs on to play Will Arnett's sister
Mays is joining "The Millers."
Craig Robinson's rejected NBC pilot could still survive
The network has extended contract options for the entire cast. The sitcom, from "The Office's" Greg Daniels, has Robinson play a music teacher.
Why does Alec Baldwin always avoid consequences for his repeated bad behavior?
Is there a double standard because of his liberal politics?
Amazon yanks Paula Deen's No. 1 cookbook after its cancelation
The Amazon page for “Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up" has disappeared following Friday's announcement.
When Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" crashes into theaters on July 12, you'll only be getting part of the story. The universe of the film was too big for one movie, you see. It inevitably spilled over the edges and left an excess of material without a home, but with so much to say.
Our journey through the Emmy ballot concludes with our second series category: Outstanding Comedy Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.
Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate shows that weren't submitted (like "Bunheads," or most of the primetime animated comedies), nor can we reassign a show to what seems a more appropriate category (say, nudging "Enlightened" from comedy to drama). I'm also steering clear of shows (even ones I historically like) where I didn't see enough of the eligible season to feel confident in picking it (I'm overdue for summer marathons of several FX sitcoms, for instance, and the rest of this season of "Veep," and I haven't seen any of the Hulu episodes of "The Thick of It").
Dan's exhaustive analysis is here, and embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.
Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch any competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too.
Rapper Wale will have the No. 1 album on next week’s Billboard 200 as “Gifted” will make his first foray to the top, selling up to 150,000 copies. With Kanye West sitting atop the chart this week, that makes it two weeks in a row for rap music at the pinnacle.
I haven't yet had a chance to see "The Heat," but it's one of the summer studio movies I've been looking forward to most this year. Director Paul Feig's "Bridesmaids," if not a home run, made me laugh more than any film of its type in the last couple of years, and I'm a fully paid-up member of the Sandra Bullock fan club. (Why, yes, I do own a "Forces of Nature" DVD. Thanks for asking.) If you haven't been paying attention, this is Bullock's first leading role since winning the Oscar for "The Blind Side" nearly four years ago. Drew McWeeny didn't enjoy the film but gives it a respectable B- rating, while many critics seem to be higher on Bullock's chemistry with Melissa McCarthy than the film itself. Fine by me -- commercial movies headlined by two female stars are rare enough these days that I can accept some compromise. Is this buddy comedy worthy of them? Vote in the poll after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments.
This weekend Roland Emmerich's "White House Down" hits theaters. While it's a minor romp that will either delight you or cause you to roll your eyes out of your head, it reminds of that old staple of the cinema: the movie president.
Cinemax has released the new trailer for their third season(*) of "Strike Back," the lean, mean and totally fun, badass action drama starring Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton and Rhona Mitra.
Think fishing is boring at worst, relaxing at best? Well, you may need to watch this clip from Animal Planet's "Top Hooker" (Sun. at 10:00 p.m.). This show is a full-throttle competition series that pits 10 expert fishermen against one another in a series of never-before-seen fishing challenges. Meditation is not one of them.
Alec Baldwin reaches out to GLAAD, apologizes, says his "queen" remark wasn't homophobic
Baldwin explains to Gothamist, "the idea of me calling this guy a 'queen' and that being something that people thought is homophobic…a queen to me has a different meaning ... I know women that act queeny, I know men that are straight that act queeny, and I know gay men that act queeny." PLUS: GLAAD gives Baldwin a "pass," says TMZ, which calls him a "liar," and Baldwin gets an apology from the Daily Mail.
"Happy Endings" is officially dead
Sony has given up its effort to find a new home for the canceled ABC comedy, but the cast's contracts expire this weekend.
Here's the "Glee" Season 5 cast
Lea Michele tweeted pics from today's photoshoot, which comes in wake of five cast members exiting.
Jay-Z will perform on Letterman's marquee
On July 8, Jay-Z will be Dave's guest then perform on top of the Ed Sullivan Theater Marquee.
Jon Stewart's cameo boosts "The Daily Show" ratings
John Oliver saw his biggest numbers last night since his first night as substitute host.
Kim Zolciak denies smoking while pregnant
The paparazzi pics were manipulated, says the "Real Housewives" star, who's threatening legal action.
Aaron Paul on the "Breaking Bad" finale: "You guys are gonna sh*t your pants!"
Paul recalls devouring the scripts of the final eight episodes. PLUS: Win a chance to hang with Bryan Cranston in an RV.
Paula Deen "Dancing"?
One report has Deen using "Dancing with the Stars" to rehabilitate her image. PLUS: Deen's ex-husband under siege from the media, and Deen lost about $12.5 million in endorsements.
Martha Stewart's comeback includes shorter skirts and playing "Shag, Marry, Kill"
The 71-year-old domestic diva has enlisted Andy Cohen in her attempt to create a softer, saucier image.
"Modern Family's" Jesse Tyler Ferguson nearly changed his wedding plans after Supreme Court ruling
Ferguson said today on "The View": "We planned on getting married in New York 'cause that’s where it was legal; it wasn’t legal in California up until yesterday."
Is binge-watching really the hottest new trend?
Despite lots of media coverage of binge-watching, including this morning on "Today," there are no hard numbers to back up the binge-watching trend.
"Game of Thrones" creators say their ignorance of TV is why their show feels so different
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss didn't come from a traditional television background.
Will "Mad Men's" final season end in 1969?
Or could Matthew Weiner set the series finale in the '70s?
Why there will never be a female Tony Soprano
Because, as Alyssa Rosenberg explains, "there really isn't an equivalent framework available for women, who get penalized rather than rewarded for displaying masculine traits like aggression, physical force, ambition, or selfishness."
What was Justin Long doing on the "Veronica Mars" set?
Check out pics of Long, Kristen Bell and Krysten Ritter.
"Devious Maids" star Ana Ortiz: "My grandmother was a maid"
Ortiz was skeptical of the Lifetime drama at first, but she came to realize that the role was a way of paying tribute to an occupation that immigrants like her grandmother used to work in.
Listen to Jeff Garlin interview Aziz Ansari
The "Parks and Rec" star sat down for the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star's podcast.
Fred Armisen: "Portlandia" was one of the reasons why I left "SNL"
The IFC comedy, he says, "started to pull me away more and more, schedule-wise, and I just felt like it'd be nice to focus on it a little more and go into the fall a bit more with shooting. So it was because of that. And also it was just a feeling."
"Veep": "The most accurately scripted show ever made about American politics"
The HBO comedy, says David Sirota, "shows Washington for what it is: not merely Hollywood for trolls, but a place where painfully average and often untalented drones follow their star-f*cking ambitions only to be caught in a soul-sapping system that devours whatever last remaining shreds of humanity they still possessed."
Gregg Henry joins Lifetime's Lizzie Borden movie
He'll co-star opposite Christina Ricci.
"The Anna Nicole Story" feels newly tragic all over again
The Lifetime movie, airing Saturday, is six years in the making. PLUS: "Anna Nicole" doesn't go below the surface, and "it took an army" to transform Agnes Bruckner into Anna Nicole.
AMC teases "Low Winter Sun"
Here's a 10-second preview of AMC's newest drama.
Remembering Aunt Bee from "The Andy Griffith Show"
Residents of her North Carolina town recall Frances Bavier in her final years.
At 22, was the star of "Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous" too old for MTV?
MTV's younger, teenage audience may not have gotten Bo Burnham's humor.
"Dexter" still has a few twists in final season, but it's clear it's time to go out
Despite "tremendous" performances this season by Michael C. Hall, Charlotte Rampling and Jennifer Carpenter, Kevin Fallon says, "it's clearer than ever that 'Dexter' must end. Dexter’s kills might still be cathartic for him, but because of the precise ritual he follows, the show’s writers and directors have long exhausted any creativity out of the murder scenes. And his various emotional crises—What will become of his son? Are his emotions real or just manufactured?—are all retreads of previous internal struggles." PLUS: Michael C. Hall on the final season, the Season 8 primer, the season premiere is first rate, and producers have known the final scene for 2 years.
Steve Carell make a cameo on "The Colbert Report"
Check him out in "Stephen Colbert's Big Gay Round-Up."
Preview Don Rickles riding in a car with Jerry Seinfeld
This week's "Comedians in Cars" episode featured French comedian Gad Elmaleh.
Phineas and Ferb meet Marvel superheroes
Disney Channel has announced a premiere date for "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel."
"Revolution" casts Jessica Collins
The "Zero Dark Thirty" vet has accepted a major recurring role for next season.
Play a "Doctor Who" drinking game
One that could prove deadly.
Watch Sarah Silverman on "Comedy Bang! Bang!"
The new season's first episode has been posted online.
"Ray Donovan" is a big leap forward for Showtime
The Liev Schreiber could put Showtime on par with HBO. As Richard Lawson notes, "What sounded on paper like a guttural slog through ain't-it-crazy LA seediness is actually something more. Imbued with a chilly melancholy that hints at long, cold Boston winters better left forgotten, the show has an emotional resonance unlike much else on the network." PLUS: "Ray Donovan" is a "Frankenstein's monster" of other, better shows, it's as good as "The Sopranos" and "Breaking Bad," it could be Showtime's game-changer, and the gig Schreiber deserves.