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<p>&quot;The New Normal&quot;</p>

"The New Normal"

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'The New Normal' and 'Perks of Being a Wallflower' take top GLAAD honors

Bill Clinton presented with first Advocate for Change Award at the 24th annual ceremony

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC's sitcom "The New Normal," FX's thriller "American Horror Story: Asylum" and NBC's daytime drama "Days of Our Lives" took home top TV honors at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards held Saturday night in Los Angeles.

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"Iyanla, Fix My Life"

 "Iyanla, Fix My Life"

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'Iyanla, Fix My Life' dishes up truth to DMX and a former 'Real' housewife

Iyanla Vanzant may not be a doctor, but she still cuts to the core

Recently, Iyanla Vanzant has been given the task of fixing all things broken, from minds to marriages, on her OWN show "Iyanla, Fix My Life." (Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. ET). This is usually the job of a therapist, but as far as I can tell, the closest Vanzant comes to having those particular credentials is being the author of piles of self-help books, the recipient of a masters degree in spiritual psychology, a Yoruba priestess, and an ordained New Thought minister (yes, those are things, I guess). She calls herself a spiritual technician, which means she's about as qualified, at least on paper, to fix your car as she is your mind. 

But none of that matters, as Vanzant has been touched on the shoulder by the mighty one, Oprah Winfrey, and that's as good as a doctorate, at least in TV terms. Still, even She can change her mind, and when it comes to Vanzant, She did. 

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<p>&quot;Oblivion&quot;</p>

"Oblivion"

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Tell us what you thought of 'Oblivion'

Tom Cruise's latest blockbuster hits theaters this weekend

I'm out in LA for a wedding this week so I haven't gotten around to seeing Tom Cruise's latest, "Oblivion," from "TRON Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski. The film is shaping up to be one of the star's biggest box office debuts, which is saying a lot. I've heard a bunch of different reactions and despite the negative takes, I'm still looking forward to settling in and seeing the movie soon.

For now, though, tell us what you thought of it. Is it a great new sci-fi entry? Does Cruise's work touch his best? Or is it, well, not so much? Let us know in the comments section and feel free to vote in our poll below.

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Music Power Rankings: Rush, Taylor Swift and Psy make the list

Pink and Paramore also have reasons to cheer

1. Rush: After years of being eligible, the rock trio finally makes it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in part, due to its loyal fans ongoing lobbying efforts. Is Kiss’s turn next? Plus, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins’ induction speech set the standard for hilarious inductions.

2. Twitter Music: Twitter launches its own music service, claiming “it will change the way people find music.” Yeah, we’ve heard that one before.

3. P!nk: Her single “Just Give Me A Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess leaps to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, giving her her fourth No. 1 single.

4. Blur:
The British band gets the nod to close out Friday night at Coachella on the second week, bumping the Stone Roses to their opening act.

5. Paramore:
The pared-down group earns its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with its fourth album.

6. Daft Punk:
The French dance duo unveils the first single, “Get Lucky,” from its highly anticipated new album “Random Access Memories,” and the even better news is it was worth the wait.

7. Taylor Swift:
In a staggering move, she lands her 41st top 40 song on the Hot 100 with “Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw’s tune, which features her and Keith Urban. That ties her for 10th place among all acts... joining the likes of Elvis Presley, Elton John, the Beatles, and, uh, the “Glee” cast.

8. Record Store Day: Saturday is the annual Record Store Day, but please remember to support your local indie record store the other 364 days of the year too so it doesn’t go the tragic way of Bleecker Bob’s.

9. Psy: In one week, “Gentleman” has racked up more than 168 million page views. 

10. Justin Bieber: He blunders by writing that he hopes that Anne Frank would have been a “belieber,” in his latest series of missteps.  Growing up in public is very tough, baby, baby, baby, oh, baby, baby, baby....

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'Saturday Night Live' power rankings: Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Nasim Pedrad, more

'Saturday Night Live' power rankings: Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Nasim Pedrad, more

We analyze the current cast’s overall importance to the show

We’re heading into the home stretch of the 38th season of “Saturday Night Live”. With only a few episodes left, it’s time to look back at the season as a whole and analyze the cast’s overall importance to the show at this point in time. These Power Rankings have absolutely nothing to do with the comedic skill of anyone currently on the show’s cast. These rankings reflect how “SNL” perceives them in the pecking order, based on overall appearances, number of signature roles, and other intangible qualities that can be assessed by watching each episode. Wonder why certain cast members only seem to appear during the host’s goodbyes? Has it ever seemed like certain not-ready-for-primetime players seem to be at the forefront of each sketch? These Power Rankings might help explain why.

Check out our rankings blow. Do you agree or disagree? Who are you favorite "SNL" players?

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"The Amazing Race"

 "The Amazing Race"

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Reality TV Roundup: The latest on 'American Idol' 'Real Housewives,' more

It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now
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. 
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Watch Public Enemy's Chuck D at the Rock Hall induction: 'We were always uncool'

Watch Public Enemy's Chuck D at the Rock Hall induction: 'We were always uncool'

Plus, he explains exactly what Flavor Flav's role in the band is

Public Enemy’s Chuck D had to wait quite a long time to give his acceptance speech at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Thursday night as he waited for band mate Flavor Flav to wax on for 15 minutes. But when he did, he spoke eloquently about Public Enemy’s lineage and all the various musics the collective draw from.

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<p>Ray McKinnon on the set of his Sundance series &quot;Rectify.&quot;</p>

Ray McKinnon on the set of his Sundance series "Rectify."

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'Rectify' creator Ray McKinnon on his beautiful, contemplative Sundance series

A drama about a Death Row prisoner released into a world he no longer feels a part of
If you’ve been watching cable drama over the last decade, you probably know the face and rich as molasses voice of character actor Ray McKinnon. He was the joyful, doomed Reverend Smith on “Deadwood” and inscrutable federal prosecutor Linc Potter on “Sons of Anarchy,” among other roles.
 
But McKinnon has had a second career through these years as an independent filmmaker. He won an Oscar in 2002 for his short film “The Accountant,” which he shared with his friend and frequent collaborator Walton Goggins, and has written and directed several other films.
 
Starting Monday night at 9 on Sundance Channel, McKinnon gets to combine these two parts of his career with “Recitfy,” a new series that’s part of Sundance’s push to join the scripted drama big leagues with HBO, AMC, et al. The series tells the story of Daniel Holden (Aden Young), a rural Georgia man who spends 19 years on Death Row for the rape and murder of his high school girlfriend before being released through new DNA evidence. The six episodes of the first season (the first two air back-to-back on Monday) each depict consecutive days in Daniel’s new life after his release, as he struggles to adjust to freedom while his sister Amantha (Abigail Spencer) and others try to protect him from the many people in town who still believe he’s guilty.
 
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<p>Robin Wright in &quot;The Congress.&quot;</p>

Robin Wright in "The Congress."

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Ari Folman's 'The Congress' to open Directors' Fortnight at Cannes

Robin Wright-starring sci-fi was a surprise exclusion from the Official Selection

When the Official Selection for this year's Cannes Film Festival was announced on Thursday, the film I was perhaps most surprised to see left out was Ari Folman's "The Congress." The film was ready in time for the festival, advance whisperings were positive, it has red carpet-friendly stars in Robin Wright and Jon Hamm -- and, of course, Folman's last film, the Oscar-nominated "Waltz With Bashir," was a hit in Competition five years ago. What gives?

Well, now we know: "The Congress" has been selected as the opening film for Directors' Fortnight, the independently programmed sidebar that runs parallel to the main festival on the other end of the Croisette.

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<p>Jeff Probst snuffs The Specialist's torch</p>

Jeff Probst snuffs The Specialist's torch

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Interview: Phillip Sheppard talks 'Survivor: Caramoan'

The Specialist talks Malcolm, Brandon, Boston Rob and Stealth R Us
Phillip Sheppard makes a lot of sense.
 
The former federal agent, who dominated much of the screentime in this "Survivor: Caramoan" season with his Stealth R Us alliance-building, his increasingly heightened conflicts with Brandon Hantz and his ongoing devotion to Boston Rob, was voted out on Wednesday (April 17) night's episode in a Tribal Council shocker.
 
Phillip's certitude has never wavered in his two "Survivor" seasons and it isn't a surprise that he sees Malcolm and the Alphas' big Tribal Council move as a validation of his strategic strength, rather than a condemnation of his "militaristic" dictatorship.
 
It also isn't surprising that my question about whether or not he regretted any of his interactions with Brandon led Phillip to basically answer a different question.
 
But a lot of what Phillip had to say in his exit interview makes a fair amount of sense.
 
Click through for the full conversation...
 
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<p>Fall Out Boy</p>

Fall Out Boy

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Fall Out Boy and Kid Cudi duke it out for No. 1 on Billboard 200

Where does Justin Timberlake go next week?

Fall Out Boy gets a big welcome back after five years after releasing its last album as “Save Rock And Roll” will likely debut at the top of the Billboard 200 next week.

The title is in a bit of a dead heat with Kid Cudi’s “Indicud” for No. 1, with both projects looking to sell between 145,000 and 155,000 copies.

Looking good to hold at No. 3 is Justin Timberlake’s former chart topper, “The 20/20 Experience.” A trio of country albums then follow for Nos. 4-6: Blake Shelton’s “Based on A True Story” at No. 4, The Band Perry’s “Pioneer” at No. 5 and Brad Paisley’s “Wheelhouse” at No. 6.

Two more debuts follow with Christian hip-hop artist Andy Mineo’s “Heroes For Sale” at No. 7 and Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Mosquito” at No. 8. However, it’s a tight race for spots 7-10, so either one of the newcomers could end up placing below Paramore’s self-titled set, which, as of Friday, Hits Daily Double predicts will drop to No. 9, and Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not A Human Being,” at No. 10. All four titles are too close to call with a few days left before the chart closes and are now targeted to each sell between 30,000 and 35,000 copies.
 

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Watch: Why Chris Cornell is a believer in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Watch: Why Chris Cornell is a believer in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Plus: Why did he want to high tail it out of the press room?

Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell gave a heartfelt and impassioned speech to induct Heart into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Thursday night in Los Angeles, touching on why Ann & Nancy Wilson mean so much to the Seattle rockers that have come after them, including Cornell.

Indeed, whether it’s Alice in Chains or Soundgarden or Pearl Jam, Heart gets a lot of love from the rockers and, in return, Heart has praised and nurtured many of these bands as they came up through the ranks.

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