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<p>Goo Goo Dolls - 'Magnetic'</p>

Goo Goo Dolls - 'Magnetic'

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Review: Goo Goo Dolls' 'Magnetic'

Will the trio's hit streak continue?

The Goo Goo Dolls’ lead singer and songwriter Johnny Rzeznik has always been a hopeless romantic with a bit of a Byronic twist.

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<p>Cheer up, Big Willie.</p>

Cheer up, Big Willie.

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International box office for 'After Earth' proves there's life after America

Shyamalan's latest tops the charts in UK and multiple other territories

When "After Earth" crashed and burned at the US box office last week -- the latest in a long line of commercial misfires for director M Night Shyamalan, though a comparatively rare one for star Will Smith -- many column inches were spent dissecting, explaining and, in some cases, frankly revelling in its failure. After it dropped a calamitous 61% in its second weekend Stateside, tumbling to seventh place and inching to a total gross of just $46 million, casual box office surveyors eagerly prepared to read the film's last rites.

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<p>You know what 'Star Wars Episode VII' is about? Not this.</p>

You know what 'Star Wars Episode VII' is about? Not this.

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Buzzkill - Why today's big 'Star Wars Episode VII' rumors are complete nonsense

Fans should be excited, but not over fabrications like this

When JJ Abrams was planning "Cloverfield" with Matt Reeves and Drew Goddard, they had the bold idea to shoot a top secret teaser trailer for the film before they even started production on the film. The plan was to release it in front of "Transformers" without anyone knowing what it was. Unfortunately, I broke the story as they were shooting the trailer, and I wrote about the overall plan before they could get the trailer into theaters.

When Abrams was gearing up on the first "Star Trek," I ran a story about how the new film looked to be using time travel as a way to reboot the series in a brand-new timeline, and that it looked like Old Spock would be the one bridge between the two versions. This was early enough in the process that Abrams ended up calling me to ask me to please be careful about how much more I would reveal.

It was a fair call to make. As Abrams has explained recently lately, one of the reasons he has become so heavily invested in locking down the details of what he's working on is because of the experience he had on the version of "Superman" that he wrote for director McG. And who was the one who broke that story? Yep. Me.

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"My Teen Is Pregnant & So Am I"

 "My Teen Is Pregnant & So Am I"

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Watch: 'My Teen Is Pregnant & So Am I' promises more awkwardness

One mom talks about the family tradition she didn't want to pass along

Some moms pass along their recipes for Meatloaf Surprise, others pass along the joy of teen pregnancy. In this clip from "My Teen Is Pregnant & So Am I," (season premiere tonight at 10:00 p.m. on TLC), we get to tag along on an uncomfortable visit to the gynecologist as 33-year-old Nicole takes her 17-year-old daughter Mariah to be poked and prodded while staring at her balefully. Can't wait to watch the fun baby shower these two will surely be having!

Here's more on Mariah and Nicole as well as the other moms and daughters featured in this season of "My Teen Is Pregnant & So Am I."

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'Duck Dynasty' stars are coming out with a Christmas album


"Duck Dynasty" stars are coming out with a Christmas album

"Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas" drops on Oct. 29.


Jerry Seinfeld & Andy Cohen team for "I Call Shotgun!"

The Thursday AOL event will be used to promote Seinfeld's new season of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."


"Game of Thrones" gets mashed up with "D*ck in a Box"

Inspired by recent events.


Simon Cowell egg-pelter writes essay explaining her actions
"I would like to thank Cowell for not pressing charges," writes Natalie Holt. "As an act of goodwill, I would also be happy to offer to pay his dry cleaning bill or buy him a new shirt, maybe with a few more buttons at the top."


"Vikings" adds 2
"Law & Order's" Linus Roache and "The Hunger Games'" Alexander Ludwig will become series regulars in Season 2.


NBC still has high hopes for John Stamos' sitcom pilot

"I Am Victor" is getting revamped for a possible midseason slot.


Canadian talk show host "Stromboulopoulos" has weak debut on CNN
George Stroumboulopoulos gave CNN its 2nd-worst Sunday ratings in the 10 pm timeslot this year.


DirecTV renews "Rogue"
The Thandie Newton suspense drama will be back for a 2nd season.


WEtv renews "Joan & Melissa" and "Tamar & Vince"

They'll be back for a 4th and 2nd season, respectively.

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

 "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

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'Real Housewives of Orange County': Should Tamra choose Vicki or Gretchen?

Tamra finds herself torn between two friends

You can't say "The Real Housewives of Orange County" don't know how to party. Okay, you can say they don't know how to party particularly well, and you can point out that one of them drunkenly pees on the bed while wide awake and fully dressed, but hey, they can certainly stay up until 2 a.m., suck down vodka and wiggle listlessly to dance music. They must be so proud.

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<p>Neko Case as &quot;Man&quot;</p>

Neko Case as "Man"

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Listen to Neko Case's new song 'Man' feat. M. Ward

See the singer in drag, in character or 'simply' sarcastic?

It's not beyond Neko Case to write her songs in the voice of a variety of characters, and a male's narrative hasn't been one she's shied from. In "Man" featuring M. Ward -- the first full song to arrive from the songwriter's new album -- there's something explicit in the way in which she writes about gender identity as central to its message.

In the song stream below, you'll actually see Case dressed as a man with a mustache and button-up, leading the reins of a horse in one hand and holding a lit lighter in another. It's a classic, if antiquated, take on a "man."

"I'm a man, that's what you raised me to be / I'm not your identity crisis, this was planned," she sings. "If I'm dipsh*t drunk on pink perfume* then I am the man in the f*cking moon, because you didn't know what a man was until I showed you."

Lined with Ward's heavy, fun ballsy riffs and a big tempo, Case's song is about grand gestures, exaggerated swagger and turning what a "man" is into a singular notion. "That's the kind of animal I am / it's that simple."

And that's why I think "Man" is another shining example of Case's wit: the things she's doing with her definition of a "man" are precisely what writers insist on doing with the definition of "woman." It takes normativity to the extreme, lines like "the woman's heart is the watermark by which I measure," a truism with which many men would disagree, but yet it persists. "I'm the man's man, always been," sings the woman with harpsichord delicately plunking in the background.

While I don't know if it was an influencer on Case, "Man" reminds me of the song "I'm a Woman," which was written by famous (male) team Leiber & Stoller. It was made famous by Peggy Lee, then covered by, say, Bette Midler, and (even more interestingly) Raquel Welch and Miss Piggy. It backed a perfume commercial in the '70s. It defines the woman by her ability to fill a man with good eats, to be a child-bearer and care-taker, to iron and clean and pay the bills. Or "get back to business," in Beyonce parlance, a multifaceted yet still limiting image on the definition of "woman."

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Previewing the 2013 Emmy Nomination previews
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Previewing the 2013 Emmy Nomination previews

Our summer series starts with Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Ballots for the 2013 Emmy Awards officially went up on Monday (June 10) evening and, as always, we'll be previewing the major categories between now and the ballot deadline on June 28.
 
As always, Sepinwall will be writing up his dream ballot with his six ideal nominees.
 
And, as always, I'll be gallery-izing the leading nomination contenders. In each gallery, the first six slides represent my actual predictions for nominations. The next 5-or-so slides represent the top contenders should any of my six should falter or be proven needlessly optimistic. The rest of the slides are me looking at the Emmy chances for people who are increasing longshots but check certain plausible Emmy boxes: They're from new shows, they're former nominees, they're high profile show additions or they're great actors who had great seasons but probably won't build Emmy momentum. The first half of the galleries are pseudo-scientific (or at least predictive). The second halves are just trying to be informative or contemplative.
 
And this first gallery -- Supporting Actor in a Drama -- may be the biggest. Promise. I started writing entries without the official ballot and so I forgot lots of people and then had to add to what was already a really full category and it suddenly became huge. I'm gonna aim for 20-to-25 as opposed to 25+ for future galleries.
 
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<p>The Civil Wars</p>

The Civil Wars

Review: The Civil Wars' new haunting single 'The One That Got Away'

Be careful what you wish for

The Civil Wars are no more as an ongoing concern, but the co-ed, Grammy-winning duo has left us a lovely parting gift in one last album, a self-titled sophomore set recorded before they split up last November over "irreconcilable differences of ambition.". The album comes out Aug. 6 via Sensibility Music/Columbia Records.

The first single, “The One That Got Away,” released today, is a haunting regretful, cautionary tale.

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<p>Michael Cudlitz from &quot;Southland&quot;&nbsp;deserves an Emmy nomination.</p>

Michael Cudlitz from "Southland" deserves an Emmy nomination.

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If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

A category so stacked you could make 2 or 3 ballots worth of great performances

The Emmy ballot was released yesterday, which means it's that time of year for Fienberg and I to spend the next week or so moving through a bunch of major categories and analyzing them in two different ways. As always, Dan 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 Charles Dance from "Game of Thrones"), 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).

We're starting off with the candidates for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Dan's exhaustive analysis is embedded below, and my picks are coming right up.

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<p>Ben Affleck with one of the two BAFTAs he won at this year's ceremony.</p>

Ben Affleck with one of the two BAFTAs he won at this year's ceremony.

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BAFTA sets nominations date, allows an extra week for phase two of voting

Nominees will be revealed on January 8, winners on February 16

When AMPAS last year set the unprecedentedly early date of January 10 for the unveiling of their nominations, several other precursors -- those that feel duty-bound to precede the Oscars, come what may -- duly felt the crunch. None more so than the BAFTAs, which have been fashioning themselves as the Oscars' principal shadow event since 2000, and thus found themselves announcing their nominations a mere day before the Academy. It was a slightly chaotic bit of scheduling, and not one we're in a hurry to repeat.

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Jimmy Fallon adds 'Starring' to 'Tonight Show' title, names writer Amy Ozols boss


Jimmy Fallon adds "Starring" to "Tonight Show" title, names writer Amy Ozols boss

Fallon's "Tonight Show" will be called "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." Johnny Carson was the last to use "Starring," while Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien used "with" in the title. Meanwhile, "Late Night" writer Amy Ozols will serve as executive producer of the new "Tonight Show."


"The Book Of Negroes" miniseries coming to BET

The slave story is based on the book by Lawrence Hill.


"The Talk" to devote a special episode to the Emmys
All winners will be invited, not just CBS winners.


"Brothers & Sisters" alum Sarah Jane Morris lands on "Occult"

She'll play Josh Lucas' wife on the A&E series.


Matthew Weiner approves of "'80s Don Draper"

The "Mad Men"-inspired Twitter account is "hilarious," says Weiner, who admits to laughing at any parody of his show.

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