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Kris Jenner 

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'Kris' invites fans to compete to be a Kardashian for a day

Winning doesn't mean starring glumly into space or doing a sex tape

To celebrate the July 15th premiere of her new summer talk show, “Kris," Kris Jenner has announced a contest seeking an individual who captures the "spirit, strength, love and entrepreneurial attitude" of the Jenner-Kardashian family. The winner does not, however, need to speak in a dull monotone or have a sex tape. Phew!

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Watch: 5 things to learn about One Direction in new 'This Is Us' trailer

Watch: 5 things to learn about One Direction in new 'This Is Us' trailer

Plus, hear a snippet of new tune, 'Best Song Ever'

It’s as if little elves woke from their slumber, consulted the teen idol manual that hasn’t changed since Elvis or the Beatles, and then worked their little elf magic to craft the perfect movie trailer for One Direction’s  3D movie, “This Is Us”

[More after the jump...]

 Here are five things you will learn about the British-Irish lads from the clip, all of which will absolutely SHOCK you:

*All they ever wanted to do was sing:
“When I was little I knew I wanted to entertainment people,” says Harry. Adds Niall: “I used to get kicked out of class for singing Irish traditional songs.”

*They are totally adorbs:  They skateboard backstage, laugh, resort to funny, goofball Beatles-type antics such as fishing each other out of the sea, and tearing their too tight trousers, all in G-rated fashion. Even though they were a totally pre-fabricated group, they never, ever argue and love each other like brothers.

*They love their fans:  “I know they love me, even though they don’t know me,” says a teenage girl on the beach, quivering with overpowering adolescent love (don’t laugh, we’ve all been there.....)

*They are good boys: See  Zayn’s mom cry as she’s handed the keys TO HER NEW HOUSE because every single teen idol in the history of teen idol-dom has bought his parents a new house. It’s in the handbook. See the other moms resort to kissing cardboard cut-outs of their sons at night since they are always on the road, spreading their love to their fans.

*They crave adventure: “When you come somewhere completely new, it’s really exciting,” says one of them. And it would be almost believable if it weren’t said by one of the band members in a voiceover that sounds so void of life, so exhausted that it verges on comical.  And then poor Niall has to figure out what to do with miso soup.

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Starz formally picks up 'Outlander' from 'Battlestar Galactica's' Ronald D. Moore


Starz formally picks up "Outlander" from "Battlestar Galactica's" Ronald D. Moore

The cable network ordered 16 episodes of the sci-fi series based on the bestselling books.


"Idol" may scrap all-alum judging panel idea
Kelly Clarkson isn't interested, Adam Lambert hasn't been approached and Jennifer Hudson's reported $4-5 million contract is being held up by the producer shakeup.


Broadway to dim the lights for James Gandolfini

"The Sopranos" star appeared in several Broadway productions, including "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "God of Carnage," which earned him a Tony nomination.


OWN increases Tyler Perry's "The Have & The Have Nots" order to 32 episodes
The freshman comedy was originally ordered with 16 episodes.


LeBron James: "24" got me through the NBA playoffs

The NBA Finals MVP binge-watched through several seasons of the Fox series.


Kate Gosselin addresses "racist" photo controversy
She says she was complimenting her family's Asian heritage, not insulting it.


Stephen Colbert introduces a new word: "truthinews"

It describes how the cable networks tell their viewers want to hear.


Here's your first look at the "Big Brother" cast, together

See them in their bathing suits.


Comic-Con will host "The Walking Dead's" 10th anniversary
Robert Kirkman's comic book first appeared in October 2003.


Watch John Hodgman in "Codefellas"

The "Daily Show" star spoofs the NSA in a new web series from Wired.

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<p>Brad Pitt in &quot;The&nbsp;Counselor&quot;</p>

Brad Pitt in "The Counselor"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

First 'Counselor' trailer features Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz

Cormac McCarthy's first original screenplay finds its way to screens in October

Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" has a lot of people curious what with it being the first original screenplay from "No Country for Old Men" and "The Road" author Cormac McCarthy. It's a marriage of two visionaries and it has a stellar cast -- Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem etc. Diaz in particular has a pretty showy (and raunchy) role and could end up in the Best Supporting Actress Oscar conversation at the end of the day.

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<p>Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski in the series finale of &quot;30 Rock&quot;</p>

Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski in the series finale of "30 Rock"

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Emmys Q&A: Beth McCarthy-Miller on directing the two-part '30 Rock' series finale

The five-time nominee has yet to pick up a statue

Beth McCarthy-Miller has been a part of the "30 Rock" family almost since inception. She’s directed some of the show’s finest episodes, including both live ones and “TGS Hates Women,” so it was natural for co-showrunners Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to place her at the helm for their show’s two-part finale. “Hogcock!” and “Last Lunch” aired January 31 one right after the other, requiring McCarthy-Miller to meld two episodes into a cohesive whole and put a button on the series' seven-year run. HitFix spoke with her about this process as Emmy voters are casting ballots -- McCarthy-Miller has been nominated five times for her work on “30 Rock,” but never won.

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'Under the Dome' attracts 13.1 million


"Under the Dome" attracts 13.1 million

The CBS series had the best broadcast TV summer debut since "The Singing Bee" in 2007.


NYC won't let Nik Wallenda walk across the skyline

The stuntman wanted to try walking from the Chrysler Building to the Empire State Building, but NYC police commissioner Ray Kelly isn't keen on the idea.


Paula Deen's sons deny their mom is a racist: This is "character assassination"

"That word," said Bobby Deen, "that horrifying, terrible word that exists and I abhor it coming from any person ... we weren't raised in a home where that word was used." PLUS: Late-night hosts take on Deen.


"Breaking Bad" unveils a new poster

"Remember My Name." PLUS: Bryan Cranston shows off a "Malcolm" tattoo.


Introducing "So You Think You Can Prance"
America's new favorite competitive dance show, courtesy of Funny or Die.


"Mad Men's" Kevin Rahm reacts to the season finale
Will there be a Pete Campbell-Ted Chaough spinoff? PLUS: Don Draper's childhood home found in L.A.


Claim: "Sopranos" stars are upset with Joe Gannascoli for doing interviews about James Gandolfini
Gannascoli, who played gay mobster Vito Spatafore, was reportedly not close to Gandolfini, which upset many of his co-stars.


Jimmy Kimmel is sporting a black eye, thanks to a car door
Kimmel declined to wear makeup, but did show a "reenactment" of him getting bruised on last night's show.


"Homeland's" Damian Lewis is currently bald

Lewis shaved off all his hair not for the Showtime series, but for a new movie he's filming.

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<p>Laura Dern on &quot;Enlightened.&quot;</p>

Laura Dern on "Enlightened."

Credit: HBO

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

The women of 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Enlightened,' 'Bunheads' and more

Part 7 of our journey through the Emmy ballot brings us to Outstanding Lead Actress in a 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 people who didn't submit themselves (like if I wanted to nominate Tony Hale for "Arrested Development" rather than "Veep"), and we have to consider people in the category they submitted themselves for, even if that means supporting actors submitting as leads (Rob Lowe, every year) or vice versa (Amy Schumer as supporting for a show that's named after her). I also have to feel like I've seen enough of a representative sample to pick someone; I'm too far behind on "Veep," for instance, to seriously consider reigning Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Dan's exhaustive analysis is here, and embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.

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Outstanding Lead Actress Comedy - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

Outstanding Lead Actress Comedy - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Lena Dunham should be back
Cheaters! You're all cheaters, Emmy voters! Or at least Emmy voters were cheaters last year, when they conveniently solved the problem of a Lead Actress comedy logjam by nominating a bonus seventh actress. Unless Emmy voters are prepared for another "tie" this year, they're going to be in for a challenge, since all seven nominees return and none of the seven seems conspicuously out of place and headed for elimination. At least there are very few new candidates, not that I'd mind to see Sutton Foster or Laura Dern (not eligible last year) sneak into the field, even if that meant upsetting the apple cart in awkward ways...
 
Check out my full slate of candidates...
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<p>Dean Norris as Big Jim in &quot;Under the Dome.&quot;</p>

Dean Norris as Big Jim in "Under the Dome."

Credit: CBS

Series premiere: 'Under the Dome' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of how CBS adapted the Stephen King novel?

I published my review of CBS' Stephen King adaptation "Under the Dome" on Sunday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody else think of the pilot? Did a svelter Dean Norris work for you in a more prominent role than he usually has as Hank Schrader? Did you like Mike Vogel as the mysterious Barbie? Was Junior creepy or campy? And do you find this town and its inhabitants compelling enough to spend a summer watching? 

I understand Brian K. Vaughan and company have made some significant departures from the book. Nevertheless, let's keep any book discussion as vague as possible, if not ignoring it altogether, rather than let this turn into a "Game of Thrones" situation. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to cover this weekly; I'll have to see what I feel about the next few episodes, but I can try to at least put up brief discussion posts about them.

In the meantime, have at it.

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With 'I'm So Excited!' on the way, Pedro Almodóvar's 10 best films

With 'I'm So Excited!' on the way, Pedro Almodóvar's 10 best films

We count down the Spaniard's top tier work

Pedro Almodóvar's cabin-crew comedy "I'm So Excited!" finally jets into US theaters on Friday, and as I suggested in my review, some of the kooky Spanish auteur's fans may want to brace themselves for a crash landing.

But you may disagree. The critical reception for his latest is cooler than Almodóvar has come to expect, but as many die-hard fans of the director have been tickled as have been dismayed. One thing both camps will agree on, however, is that it couldn't be the work of anyone else: from his recurring themes of fringe sexuality to his Crayola color palette, Almodóvar's films are arguably the most immediately and universally identifiable of anyone's in the current hierarchy of European auteurs -- to the point that even the Academy has embraced him and even Almodóvar himself has taken to parodying his own stylistic tics.

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Interview: Arts & Crafts exec Kieran Roy talks 10 more years of indie rock

Interview: Arts & Crafts exec Kieran Roy talks 10 more years of indie rock

Co-owner of Canadian label sounds off on Feist, Broken Social Scene and Spotify

Earlier this month, the Canadian indie label Arts & Crafts celebrated its 10 years of existence by combining its biggest assets -- its artists -- on stage at the Field Trip Festival in hometown Toronto and on a genre-spanning compilation "X." A reunited Broken Social Scene performing classic "You Forgot It in People" headlined the former, while BSS and its members, Feist, Ra Ra Riot, The Hidden Cameras and other A&C acts collaborated for the latter.

Arts & Crafts has survived these 10 by expanding outward from "You Forgot It in People," starting with BSS and its solo and reformed offshoots, then to new original artists, then into different mediums and revenue sources. It's not just a label, but a management firm, merchandiser, and publisher; A&C has segued through the tumult of digital retail, the resurgence of vinyl and the advent of streaming services like Spotify to find new music audiences. But it doesn't stop at audio: they've partnered with visual artists like photographer Norman Wong and fashion designer Jeremy Laing for unique presentations of their artists' unique brands of indie rock.

"These days there is a much greater acceptance to partner with non-musical media. You are no longer left waiting around to get written up in Rolling Stone or play on the radio. There’s a lot of other ways to get people hearing your art," says Kieran Roy, co-owner of A&C.
 
Below is an abridged interview with Roy. Listen to Arts & Crafts' compilation "X" here.
 
Congrats on 10 years. How are you gonna survive another decade?
 
If we’re going to be around in another 10 years, it’s because we’ve viewed those challenges without fear, but as opportunities. There will always be disruptive technology. Physical sales aren’t what they used to be. But now people are shifting from downloads to digital streaming. Preferences change. We’re a lot more nimble than larger labels, and because of that we’re able to change with a changing market.
 
There’s revenue streams and new ways to get the word out. We’re getting public performance broadcasts, streaming, concert tickets. As long as we’re fully participating in our artists’ careers in ways that make sense, we’ll be OK.
 
Arts & Crafts is so closely associated with Broken Social Scene. Does it worry you to have that reputation, even now since the band has split up?
 
There were about eight to 10 releases that were connected to Broken Social Scene. From Stars and Feist to Apostle Of Hustle to Jason Collett. That era covered the first 2-3 years. But in the last seven to eight, we’ve done a good job of diversifying ourselves. The BSS machine is a smooth machine. They continue to make interesting art projects. Now we’ve got Cold Specks to Trust to Zeus to Timber Timbre, our aesthetic and artist position of our latest release make just as much as BSS did for the first few years.
 
Your compilation “X” pairs one Arts & Crafts act with another, for 10 songs. Do you have a favorite?
 
Oh man, that’s like playing favorites with kids… the Stars and Chilly Gonzales one is a real standout. It captures a mood. If anything, we did notice there was a darker mood through-line to the songs, it was not anything we suggested.
 
Chilly Gonzales is on fire. He’s did that recent stuff with Daft Punk…
 
Seriously, look at Chilly. He’s the king of collaborations. Feist to Daft Punk to Jamie Lidell to Drake…
 
And look at Feist. You guys must be so happy with how “Metals” did. What’s going on with Feist right now? Is she working on a new album soon?
 
We were thrilled with “Metals” because after “The Reminder,” expectations were high. It’s very different for an artist to follow-up with an album that broke them out, and to be well-received by fans and critics. People are looking to hate. But Feist, to have her album recognized by the Polaris Prize, that was really indicative.
 
Right now she’s working on her down time. I dunno. She did work on the song “Homage” on the compilation is will soon pick up work for next record.
 
How about Broken Social Scene and all thoe guys. What’s the story there?
 
Kevin [Drew] is working on solo record and an album with Andy Kim – he’s this legendary Canadian songwriter who wrote “Sugar Sugar.” Him and Kevin became kindred spirits. Brendan [Canning] has one going. Stars and Metric released new records each last year. Everyone’s keeping busy. The reunion was just around festival, though, I don’t think Broken Social Scene has plans to do more.
 
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"The Bachelorette"

"The Bachelorette"

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'The Bachelorette' heads to Germany and Ben battles Michael G.

Bryden has a surprise for Des, and it's not a good one

The bachelors and Des are off to Munich, so… lots of beer, yodeling and sledding! Because "The Bachelorette" has never met a cultural cliche it doesn't like! This will be great fun, I'm sure, but the big nail biter in this episode is the dreaded two-on-one. As in seasons past, the most loathed creepazoid will be sharing the date with Des with a likable guy we doubt she'll pick. 

Even though I'm fairly sure this will play out the way all of these dates play out (the creepazoid gets the rose and we scream at the television), I'm hoping against hope that Des fights back against producer manipulating her to follow the formula and actually kicks the jerk to the curb. And you know which jerk I mean -- Ben. It's not even anything I have against Ben (though I don't care for him a bit). I'd just like to think this show isn't as thoroughly predictable as it seems to be. Still, this episode starts throwing big curveballs before the first hour is over -- so I'll withhold judgment, briefly.

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