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<p>Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in &quot;Saving Mr Banks.&quot;</p>

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in "Saving Mr Banks."

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Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in first official still from 'Saving Mr Banks'

Stars enact some frosty body language between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers

You may have noticed a healthy showing for "Saving Mr. Banks" in Kris' updated sidebar predictions, and he's hardly out in the wilderness there. Sight-unseen buzz is strong for John Lee Hancock's first directorial effort since 2009 Best Picture nominee "The Blind Side," largely on the strength of good word (and a Black List mention) for Kelly Marcel's first feature script, which chronicles the brittle relationship between P.L. Travers, the Australian author of "Mary Poppins," and Walt Disney himself, as they sparred over his blockbuster adaptation of her children's novel.

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Dustin Hoffman

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Dustin Hoffman nearly cries explaining the epiphany that made 'Tootsie' so meaningful to him

Archival interview reveals misogyny's impact on the film's development

Everyone has their reasons for making movies. Those reasons are different on a case-by-case basis and run the spectrum from superficial to profound, but you kind of live for this level of insight into a project and dedication to a deep, complex idea that really needs a medium like the cinema to fully explore it.

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<p>Robin Thicke</p>

Robin Thicke

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Does 'Blurred Lines' continue Robin Thicke's domination on the Billboard Hot 100?

Anna Kendrick's 'Cups' enters the top 10 after how many weeks on the chart?

“Blurred Lines” stays at  No. 1 for a fifth week on the Billboard Hot 100, as Robin Thicke’s summer hit featuring T.I. and Pharrell also hits No. 1 on the magazine’s Radio Songs and On-Demand Songs chart. It also remains No. 1 on the Digital Songs Chart for a trifecta of No. 1s on the three charts that determine the Billboard Hot 100.

“Lines” keeps Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” the other song of the summer, at No. 2 for the fourth week.  While “Lucky” will get locked out of the Billboard Hot 100 top spot, it remains in the pole position on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Songs chart. And, as you may have heard, the act has linked with Trojan for a Get Lucky condom line. True story.

Similarly, Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop”  holds at No. 3 and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” remains at No. 4.

Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise”  featuring Nelly swaps places with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” as the country hit move 6-5 and the hip-hop duo’s track slides 5-6.

It’s static for positions 7-9, with Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” at No. 7, Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” at No. 8, and Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It” at No. 9.

The sole new entry in the Top 10 belongs, incredibly, to Anna Kendrick’s “Cups,” from “Pitch Perfect.” The song is in its 28th week on the chart and its success comes more than a year after the movie was in theaters. The DVD release and a re-recorded version of the song with more instrumentation has spurred the success of the tune. Additionally, Billboard cites the movie’s debut on HBO starting June 22 as another factor in the song’s continued rise.

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'New Girl' is close to welcoming back Damon Wayans Jr.

"New Girl" is close to welcoming back Damon Wayans Jr.
He's set to reprise his Coach role in a major Season 3 arc.

Lisa Edelstein joins "Castle"

She'll play a federal investigator in Season 6.

Jeffrey Tambor to judge "The Good Wife"
The "Arrested Development" star will make a guest appearance in the season premiere.

TNT won't go forward with Geena Davis' bounty hunter project

The cable network's execs apparently didn't like the pilot's tone.

"Arrow" adds Summer Glau
She'll play the character of Rochev in Season 2.

Chi McBride to lead a "Hawaii Five-0" swat team

The former "Boston Public" star will make a cameo this season.

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<p>Angelina Jolie promotes her 2011 directorial debut &quot;In the Land of Blood and Honey.&quot;</p>

Angelina Jolie promotes her 2011 directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey."

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Oscar Bait: Universal sets Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' for Christmas 2014

Young British star Jack O'Connell to headline the Coens-scripted WWII drama

Welcome back to our long-dormant Oscar Bait column, in which we muse on the awards potential of a yet-to-be-produced project.

I'm afraid to say I've still not seen Angelina Jolie's 2011 directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey," which never landed a UK distributor. The Bosnian War romance, shot in both Bosnian/Serbo-Croat and English-language versions, wasn't exactly a success, but it was no embarrassment either: it received some sympathetic reviews, played the Berlin Film Festival and nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. (Okay, I think we all know why, but still.)

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"The Getaway"

 "The Getaway"

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Watch: Joel McHale, Aziz Ansari, Seth Meyers travel for 'The Getaway'

See a clip from Anthony Bourdain's new celebrity travel show

There are a lot of perks to being famous. Free stuff, big money, annoying paparazzi following you around and taunting you... okay, it's not all fun. But super chef/writer/personality Anthony Bourdain has just created yet another win for stars with "The Getaway," the reality TV travel show he's producing for the Esquire Network. Premiering Sept. 25 at 9:00 p.m., the show follows stars like Joel McHale, Aisha Tyler, Aziz Ansari, Eve, and more as they wander around the exotic locale of their choice, drinking in the scenery and living like a local, probably all expenses paid. 

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<p>&quot;Orange Is The New Black&quot; star Taylor Schilling</p>

"Orange Is The New Black" star Taylor Schilling

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Interview: 'Orange Is The New Black' creator Jenji Kohan talks prison, Netflix and Jodie Foster

'Weeds' creator raves about new star Taylor Schilling
As HitFix's Alan Sepinwall says in his review, Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" is one of the pleasant surprises of the summer.
Based on the memoir by Piper Kerman, "Orange" is a very dark comedy about the penal system as seen through the eyes a Brooklynite who checks herself into a federal prison on a year-plus sentence for a drug crime she committed a decade earlier.
Really, there's no reason why "Orange Is The New Black" should be a surprise. With its blend of character-driven humor, sharp sociological critique and occasional unblinking murkiness, "Orange" feels like a missing season of Showtime's "Weeds," the elided episodes focusing on Nancy Botwin's prison term. And that makes total sense since "Orange Is The New Black" was created by "Weeds" mastermind Jenji Kohan.
A couple weeks back, I chatted with Kohan about "Orange Is The New Black" as a companion piece to "Weeds." We discussed her new star Taylor Schilling, the challenges of adapting to an hour-long format and her approach to both the darkness and light of prison. We also talked about Jodie Foster, who directed the season's third episode.
"Orange Is The New Black" premieres in its entirety at midnight tonight on Netflix. The show has already been renewed for a second season, though this conversation too place shortly before that pick-up.
Click through for the full Q&A...
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<p>Justin Timberlake</p>

Justin Timberlake

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Listen: Justin Timberlake's new song, 'Take Back the Night'

Is it the first single from the '20/20 Experience' sequel?

Justin Timberlake continues to tease fans with updates on his musical doings via short black and white clips.

A new 50-second clip popped up on YouTube over the last several hours that features Timberlake getting out of a convertible on his way into a club. He holds up several signs that herald the release dates of two singles, “Suit & Tie January 14th” and “Mirrors February 11th,” as well as the release date for “The 20/20 Experience March 19th.”  He then holds up a sign that reads “Take Back the Night,” but the next card is blurred out to obscure the release date.

[More after the jump...]


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New York will allow Lifetime's naked 'Project Runway' posters

New York will allow Lifetime's naked "Project Runway" posters

NYC is the only city that will put up the nude posters, after they were banned by L.A. PLUS: AOL isn't happy with Heidi Klum's racy Twitter pics.

"Idol" to allow auditioning with guitars for the 1st time
The show explains on its website, "Please note that each audition MUST start with an a capella piece and hopefuls will only be able to use their guitars after the a capella audition at the discretion of the producers." PLUS: Ex-manger sues Scotty McCreery.

"SYTYCD" dancer previously auditioned for Paula Abdul on her CBS dance show

Fik-Shun, who made it through last night, also competed on Abdul's short-lived "Got to Dance" show.

3 CBS dramas are the most valuable TV shows imported to Europe

"NCIS" generates $205 million a year in European revenue, followed by "CSI" and the canceled "CSI: Miami."

Jay-Z's new album gives "Homeland" a shoutout
"Feel like a stranger in my own land / Got me feeling like Brody in 'Homeland'"

Al Gore dismissed from lawsuit over Current TV's sale to Al Jazeera
A media consultant had sued for $5 million, claiming he was owed a piece of the $500 million sale of Current TV.

"Royal Pains" books Jenna Elfman

After joining an NBC sitcom, Elfman will lguest as a party girl on the USA series.

Jimmy Kimmel presents "Shark vs. Jesus"
A parody of "Sharknado."

Watch the opening credits for "Orange is the New Black"
The Netflix series from "Weeds" creator Jenji Kohan arrives Thursday.

"The Waltons" storekeeper dies

Joe Conley, 85, was battling leukemia.

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"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

 "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

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Watch: 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' introduces 'cup-a-fart' for season 2

The season premiere gets stinky

So, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" returns for a second season Wed. July 17 at 9:00  p.m. on TLC, and fans can rest assured that Mama June and the kids are keeping it classy. In this clip, the family introduces us to the concept of "cup-a-fart" and how it might some day be the weapon of choice for professional wrestling. Bag on Honey Boo Boo and her kin all you want, but don't say they're not innovative. Or at least don't say they're not stinky. Let's hope this particular scent isn't included in the episode's scratch-'n'-sniff cards (available in People magazine this week). 

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck bids an emotional farewell to 'The View'

Elisabeth Hasselbeck bids an emotional farewell to "The View"
Hasselbeck called her 10-year view stint the "Barbara Walters School of Broadcasting and Journalism." PLUS: "Fox & Friends" welcomes Elisabeth: "Can you imagine? She is going to get a chance to be on a show where they let her talk."

Charlie Sheen's long-lost "Two and a Half Men" daughter is a lesbian
The new Jenny character will share many traits with Charlie, including his love of women.

Letterman: My 9-year-old son's favorite person on TV is Larry the Cable Guy
Harry Letterman, who turns 10 in November, is "aware" his dad has a TV show, David Letterman tells Adam Sandler. "Oh, look, grandpa."

Paula Abdul fails to boost "SYTYCD's" ratings

The addition of Paula and Erin Andrews didn't change the ratings at all.

Comedy Central's James Franco roast will air on Labor Day
The roast will be followed by Franco's documentary, "Francophrenia."

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<p>Taylor Schilling goes to women's prison in &quot;Orange Is the New Black.&quot;</p>

Taylor Schilling goes to women's prison in "Orange Is the New Black."

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Review: Netflix's 'Orange Is the New Black'

Dramedy from 'Weeds' creator Jenji Kohan doesn't come with the hype of 'House of Cards' or 'Arrested Development'

The female prison dramedy "Orange Is the New Black" is the fourth Netflix original series to debut this year (all 13 episodes of the first season should be available to stream after 12 a.m. Pacific tonight), and battling it out with the horror series "Hemlock Grove" for the lowest profile. "House of Cards" was the splashy, expensive acquisition, bought out from under the noses of HBO and company, starring Kevin Spacey, directed by David Fincher, and arriving with all the polish and fanfare of a premiere cable drama. The new season of "Arrested Development" was the resurrection of a beloved comedy series that was canceled much too soon in the mid-'00s. And yet each was something of a disappointment: "House of Cards" felt formulaic and emotionally empty, while "Arrested Development" struggled to recreate the old magic with the characters mostly separated.

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