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Adam Lambert joining "Glee"

Adam Lambert joining "Glee"
Ryan Murphy says the former "American Idol" runner-up will be on the cast this fall, but he wouldn't divulge what character he'll play.

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<p>Elisabeth Hasselbeck</p>

Elisabeth Hasselbeck

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What made Elisabeth Hasselbeck great on 'The View' could hurt her on 'Fox & Friends'

What made Elisabeth Hasselbeck great on "The View" could hurt her on "Fox & Friends"
Hasselbeck was a major draw because she brought tension to the show by disagreeing with her "View" co-hosts, says Richard Lawson. But there won't be that kind of tension on "Fox & Friends." As Lawson puts it, "Her talent, if you can call it that, is being the oppressed one, not part of the dopey morning affirmation to the choir. She's going to lose all her potency, again if you can call it that, when everyone around her agrees with her." PLUS: Hasselbeck was a "vital ingredient" on "The View" over the past decade, and the Winners & Losers from Hasselbeck's exit, including "loser" Barbara Walters.

Paula Deen comic book will proceed, despite N-word controversy

Bluewater Productions, which has published biographical comic books on celebrities like Ellen, will release its Paula comic in October.

Jef Holm: The next "Bachelor"?
"The Bachelorette" winner is reportedly a frontrunner for next season.

Heisenberg's "Breaking Bad"-inspired hats will soon be for sale
The San Francisco hat maker that designed Walter White's original pork-pie hat is producing a limited set of new hats, which will make their debut at Comic-Con. PLUS: "Breaking Bad" finale will screen at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and NYC museum will have a "Breaking Bad" exhibit.

"Face Off" is bringing back 8 former contestants for Season 5
It'll be veterans vs. newbies.

Bravo is developing a drama series based on Charles Dickens' "Bleak House"

"Fortune" from playwright Theresa Rebeck and John Wells harkens back to the old Bravo.

Mark Burnett envisions his "Bible" sequel airing on NBC for many years

"It could run in the same way as 'Game of Thrones,' 12 hours year after year," he says. "I don't think for a minute that 'A.D.' lasts for just a season."

Bill Hader's new post-"SNL" gig: T-Mobile pitchman
Watch Hader's new ads for T-Mobile's "Jump" plan.

"Seinfeld's" inspiration for Kramer has become "Rev. Kramer"
Kenny Kramer is now offering to marry couples now that he's a fully licensed minister.

Meet the designer of Bill Cosby's iconic "Cosby Show" sweaters
Dutch designer Koos van der Akker says his Cosby sweaters didn't become a big deal until after the NBC sitcom ended.

Idris Elba: We're eyeing an origin story for a "Luther" movie
"It’s a long process," he says of making a film based on the BBC series.

Disney has become a TV company
Most Disney profits these days come from ABC and its cable networks.

What happened when a photographer attempted to debunk "Portlandia" stereotypes?
Turns out many of those stereotypes are true, as Kirk Crippens reveals in his "Portraitlandia" exhibit.

"Workaholics" star Adam Devine's advice: "Don't go to college, follow your dreams"
"Unless you're a doctor, then go to college," he says.

Paula Abdul: I stayed away from "STYCD" for so long because I needed "Idol" distance

This week, though, "I just felt it's time," she says. "When I was asked, I was like, 'You know what? It's time."

Rod Stewart would never do "The Voice"

"Over my dead body," he says. "I haven't the time and I’m sure they wouldn’t ask me. I'm not really into television."

"White Collar's" Marsha Thomason welcomes a girl
Thomason gave birth last month to Tallulah Anaïs.

Why is "Game of Thrones" working with big-name bands?

Members of Coldplay, Snow Patrol and the Hold Steady have been collaborating with the HBO series.

Check out the "It's Always Sunny" dressing room
For "Josh" Groban.

A "Professional TV Guest Star" writes his memoir

Fred Stoller's new book is titled, "Maybe We'll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star."

How "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" represents America

The Bravo reality show "perfectly encapsulates our recessionary obsession with and disgust for wealth."

Mae Whitman discovers her "Parenthood" mom's "Gilmore Girls" DVDs

They were found lying on the street.

Chris O'Dowd's "Moone Boy" hits Hulu

The "Family Tree" star co-wrote and stars in the coming of age comedy about a 12-year-old boy in Ireland in the late '80s.

"Orange is the New Black" has a lot of fun with "Women in Prison" tropes

"Creator Jenji Kohan hasn't just given us an intriguingly compromised lead character," says Maureen Ryan, "she's also created an entire world, an alternately sly and sad pressure cooker that offers an enticing range of complicated relationships and unstable power dynamics." PLUS: One of TV's best female-female dynamics, the first four episodes are astounding, and Jenji Kohan talks "Orange."

NBC's "Camp" is mediocre and filled with cliches

The Rachel Griffiths drama pales in comparison to other fictional summer camps, like the one on "Wet Hot American Summer." PLUS: "Camp" is surprisingly smart, and there's lots of blandness.

"The Bridge" marks a milestone in FX drama history
It's not just a serial killer drama, says Matt Zoller Seitz. It's something bigger; it's a statement on How We Live Now. "The Bridge," he says, "is a grubby, oddly mournful tale of the relationship between haves and have-nots of the U.S. and Mexico: a sprawling yet low-key drama about how money, drugs, tourism, prostitution, and deep-seated historical resentments lock nations in a symbiotic relationship in which it's sometimes hard to tell who’s the parasite and who’s the host. Not everything in the series works." PLUS: This excellent drama could've gone wrong so many ways, it turns engrossing fast, its location helps sell the story, and "The Bridge" was modeled on "The Wire."

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<p>Cate Blanchett in &quot;Blue Jasmine&quot;</p>

Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine"

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Cate Blanchett is on fire in Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine'

The best performance in an Allen film in over a decade?

I think it's fair to go ahead and stand out here and say Cate Blanchett gives a tour de force performance in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." It's definitely the best thing she's done since "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" if not "The Aviator" or "Notes on a Scandal." She takes a shallow concept of a character, really, and injects it with so much withered spirit, flighty contempt and horrified dissatisfaction that you can't help but expect her name will be in the conversation for awards at the end of the year.

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Jay-Z apologizes for Samsung issues, talks more babies with Beyonce

Jack White-distributed version of 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' includes bonus track

 For those of us who had trouble with the Samsung promotional download for “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” Jay-Z had a few words of sympathy during an interview on New York’s Power 105 radio station this morning.

"I can't even imagine waiting for Rakim's album at 12 o'clock and I couldn't get it and I downloaded — I did everything right," Jay-Z said.  "On the 24th I downloaded my app, I set it, I watched the clock count down and at 12 'clock I couldn't get it. For me that's not cool."

Jay-Z blames an overloaded infrastructure for the delay fans experienced in trying to download the album. "It's not even a number that you can fathom; it's 20 times the amount we thought was going to happen. So you can't even prepare service for that, it's very difficult."

He knows that as the guinea pig for this form of digital distribution, he could experience glitches that will be ironed out for the next artist. That has to get better," he urged. "The next person now knows how to go into it better, which is cool and that's my job. I took the hit for that." (h/t MTV News).

Of course, all this doesn’t explain why I had so much trouble playing individual songs more than 24 hours after the download launched. I would have to close the app and re-open it to go from one song to the next.

In other Jay-Z news (because there’s always news), he talked about dancing around with Beyonce in their stocking feet to her music to New York radio host Angie Martinez from Hot 97 on Tuesday.

According to MTV News, he also told Martinez that Beyonce has “100,000 amazing song,” but didn’t give any details on when we’d get to hear the 12 or so that would make up an album beyond the three or four that has dripped out this year. As far as a little sibling for Blue Ivy, he says he would love that. “Absolutely, God willing.”

And if downloading the Samsung app for “MCHG” or buying it via iTunes or on CD wasn’t your thing, Jack White’s Third Man Records will release “MGCH” on vinyl “in coming weeks,” according to a press release. The vinyl version will include a bonus track called “Open Letter.”

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Cote de Pablo is saying goodbye to 'NCIS'

Cote de Pablo is saying goodbye to "NCIS"
The actress, whose contract expired after last season, will conclude Ziva David's story at the beginning of Season 11.

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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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