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Report: 'The View' let Elisabeth Hasselbeck find a new job, rather than dump her

Report: "The View" let Elisabeth Hasselbeck find a new job, rather than dump her

Us Weekly, which first reported Hasselbeck's exit in March, reports that Hasselbeck got the "Fox & Friends" job after producers gave her time to seek new employment. A source says producers didn't want to make the show look bad for axing her.

Once a TV fixture, the presidential Oval Office address has all but disappeared
Ronald Reagan interrupted primetime for 29 Oval Office addresses. That's compared to a total of six for George W. Bush and two so far for President Obama -- his last Oval Office address was three years ago.

Meredith Vieira's talk show will have a band, and the set will be inspired by her home
Why try a daytime talk show? "The worse that can happen is it doesn't work," says Vieira. "I'm almost 60 years old and I've been in the business a long time. At this point, I'm willing to take the chance. I have nothing to lose this point. And possibly, it will succeed."

George Lucas: "Star Wars" stood on the shoulders of "Star Trek"

In the new documentary "Trek Nation," Lucas says, "'Star Trek' softened up the entertainment arena so that 'Star Wars' could come along and stand on its shoulders."

Parents TV Council: Female teen characters are sexually exploited on TV
The conservative watchdog found that girls were often the targets of sexually exploitative jokes, moreso than women.

Jenna Elfman officially joins NBC's "Growing Up Fisher"
Elfman replaces Parker Posey, who replaced Elfman after the pilot.

Coming soon: "The Walking Dead" female clothing line

AMC has licensed "Walking Dead"-branded apparel for females.

HBO opening sequences, ranked
Here are 29 opening credits, from worst to best.

Why Jenny McCarthy should not co-host "The View"

Should her "vaccines cause autism" stance be used against her?

Movies are flocking to advertise on "Under the Dome"
It's unusual to see so many movies advertising on CBS on a Monday night. PLUS: "Dome" questions, answered.

PTSD sufferer: I watch "Law & Order" to treat my condition
"Watching episode after episode of 'L&O' helps me maintain an even keel," explains Jennifer Levin. "I have seen every episode of every franchise at least a dozen times (except for the season of 'Criminal Intent' with Jeff Goldblum and Saffron Burrows. No.)"

Watch the trailer for Billie Jean King's "American Masters"

The tennis great's life story will air Sept. 10.

Discovery orders a Ridley Scott miniseries set in Scotland in 1200s

Scottish patriots William Wallace and Robert Bruce will be the focus of the miniseries, which is set amid King Edward I's English invasion of Scotland.

"New Girl": TV's best-edited comedy

Is any other show better at cutting between scenes?

"Girls" guest-star calls Lena Dunham "a monster in the best way"

Melonie Diaz won't, however, divulge details of her role.

Striking "Fashion Police" writers release a "Can We Talk?" video slamming Joan Rivers
The writers have been striking for three months now.

Guy Fieri promoting "Grown Ups 2"

With "Guy Fieri's Grown Ups Chili."

The Onion: Even "True Blood" characters can't wait for each episode to end
"Christ, when is this sh*tty show going to be over?"

Wendy Williams: I thought Kerry Washington would marry a white man

"I thought she had a type," says the daytime host, "and I thought it started out being white."

Jeff Lewis: I was too "overproduced" on "Interior Therapy" Season 1

For Season 2, he says, Bravo "took the leash off."

"Grey's Anatomy's" Jason George joins "Witches of East End"

He'll stick with "Grey's" while recurring on the Lifetime series.

21 "Seinfeld" scripts are up for auction

They include scripts from episodes between 1992 and 1998.

Watch the trailer for "Comedy Bang! Bang!" Season 2
A start-studded/absurd trailer.

Angie Harmon: I'm always the man in "Rizzoli & Isles" fan fiction
"I want to be sexy. I want to be the girl one time, or maybe twice," she tells Conan.

"Married to Jonas" stars are having a baby
Kevin and Danielle are expecting their first child.

Brandi Glanville gets wasted, loses her clothes

Check out pics of the "Real Housewives" star stumbling around the streets of West Hollywood.

"Wild 'N Out" returns
Check out how Nick Cannon revamped the MTV2 show.

"Drunk History" works as a TV show, but it's still ideal for the web

The "funny in spurts" Comedy Central series feels like it's best consumed on the Internet. PLUS: "Drunk" makes the successful jump to TV, and "Drunk" feels like an internet meme forwarded from your dad.

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<p>Luminita Gheorghiu in &quot;Child's Pose.&quot;</p>

Luminita Gheorghiu in "Child's Pose."

Credit: Parada Film

Karlovy Vary Film Festival: 'Child's Pose,' 'Concussion,' 'Miele'

Catching up with highlights from Berlin, Sundance and Cannes

The 48th Karlovy Vary Film Festival closed over the weekend with a handful of juried awards for its premieres. I'm afraid I didn't see the winner of the festival's crowning Crystal Globe prize, Hungarian director Janos Szasz's WWII drama "The Notebook." I can, however, endorse the shared Best Actress award for the strong female ensemble of Lance Edmunds's painterly but ponderous US indie "Bluebird": Amy Morton, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade and Margo Martindale. Less so: a Special Jury Prize for British director Ben Wheatley's vastly disappointing "A Field in England." I caught up with the film in the UK on its unconventional multi-platform release (cinemas, DVD, VOD and terrestrial TV, all on the same day) last Friday, and will discuss it further at a later point.

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck leaving 'The View' for 'Fox and Friends'

Elisabeth Hasselbeck leaving "The View" for "Fox and Friends"
Fox News boss Roger Ailes confirmed that he's hired the controversial "View" star, who will begin her stint on Fox News in mid-September. Wednesday is Hasselbeck's final day on "The View."

George R.R. Martin: HBO got the Iron Throne on "Game of Thrones" wrong
Check out what the real throne should look like. PLUS: Amy Poehler casts "GoT" with their "Parks and Rec" counterparts.

Obama appoints ex-"Alias" writer to a State Department post

Crystal Nix-Hines, who was a major Obama fundraiser, was a producer and executive story editor on the J.J. Abrams series.

John Barrowman pushes for a female "Doctor Who"
"If it doesn't work, she can always regenerate back to a man – I've been there, I've seen them do it," says the former "Who" star.

"Happy Endings" creator talks USA and what would've happened in Season 4
"It was as close as it could come without happening," says David Caspe.

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<p>Seriously... someone book these guys on a comedy tour, because they are awesome together.</p>

Seriously... someone book these guys on a comedy tour, because they are awesome together.

Credit: HitFix

Charlie Day and Ron Perlman dig deep into the details of 'Pacific Rim'

Can we get twenty more films starring these two together?

I saved this one for last.

After all, you don't often witness chemisty as immediate and as just plain weird as whatever's going on between Charlie Day and Ron Perlman. In "Pacific Rim," Charlie Day stars as a scientist who has devoted his life to the study of the kaiju, the giant monsters that have been pouring out of a hole at the bottom of the ocean. I love Day's work in the film, and I think they made some sensational choices in terms of his look. I love that he's got tattoo sleeves that are all kaiju that have fallen in battle. His character is trying to contribute something to the war efforts that is totally different from what the Jaeger pilots do, but just as valuable.

It's because of his efforts that he comes into contact with Hannibal Chau, played by Ron Perlman, who is such a brother to the film's director at this point that Perlman could probably get away with changing his last name to Del Toro. Chau runs the black market for kaiju organs and anything else they can salvage when these giant monsters fall. Even thought Day is playing a kaiju expert working for the military, he still have no choice but to reach out to Chau. There is something he needs that only Chau can provide, and from the moment they meet, there is this great tense mood of near-violence between them.

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Fox orders 'The League of Extraordinary Gentleman' pilot

Fox orders "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman" pilot
The comic book that became a 2003 film is poised to become the next superhero TV series.

"The Wire's" Jamie Hector is headed to Cinemax

The actor famous for playing Marlo Stanfield will play a disillusioned Vietnam vet in "Quarry."

Check out Seth Meyers' "The Awesomes"

Meyers voices Professor Doctor Awesome in his new animated series that also features "SNL" colleagues Bill Hader, Taran Killam and Kenan Thompson.

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<p>There's so much cool in this room that air conditioning was redundant.</p>

There's so much cool in this room that air conditioning was redundant.

Credit: HitFix

Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba discuss the human side of 'Pacific Rim'

It's not all just monsters and mayhem

One of the things that surprised me after I took my sons to see "Pacific Rim" is how certain details landed for them.

For example, there's a moment in the film where Charlie Hunnam's character, Raleigh, is trying to make a point to Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), and he grabs his arm. Elba turns around, surprised that anyone would consider grabbing his arm a good idea, and says something to Hunnam. The line he says has become a permanent part of Allen's vocabulary, and it was an immediate thing. He cackled in the theater, and I've heard him quote the line about twenty times now in different situations.

When I asked him why the line entertained him so much, he told me, "Because, daddy, he's awesome."

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<p>Ciara's &quot;Ciara&quot;</p>

Ciara's "Ciara"

Credit: Epic

Review: Ciara's new album 'Ciara'

Is 'I'm Out' and 'Body Party' the best the singer can offer?

Watch Ciara’s videos, and you get some sort of sense who the singer is. Though she’s been making albums since 2004, the newly minted Epic artist has started becoming her own for diggable and stylish clips. She’s a ferociously adept dancer; her fashion and facial expressions say so much more than her words do. And on her self-titled effort, Ciara has a lot of words that don’t mean very much.

It was smartly indicative that “Ciara” kicks this off with biting and fun “I’m Out”: Nicki Minaj is in top form, the production and arrangement will set all your stuff on fire and dance around it and the core kiss-off is darkly celebratory. But Ciara doesn’t have first verse. She’s basically doing two versions of a hook, one of which sounds like the updated version of “Luck Be a Lady.” There’s a lot of flash-bang and you exit having only a hint of what the rest of the album is on, and what she’s about.
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HBO to air a documentary on gay marriage fight

HBO to air a documentary on gay marriage fight

Two filmmakers had behind-the-scenes access to the legal time fighting against California's Prop. 8.

Another job for Ryan Seacrest: NBC game show host

Seacrest is poised to host and produce "Million Second Quiz," a game show format that will air on 12 nights in September.

Wayne Brady returning to "HIMYM"

He'll recur in the final season as  Barney's brother.

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"Airplane Repo"

 "Airplane Repo"

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Watch: Swiping a plane gets dangerous on 'Airplane Repo'

Getting possession isn't always the hardest part

Being a repo professional is stressful, but being an airplane repo professional has to be far worse. Once a plane has been taken into possession, getting it back on the ground in one piece is by no means a given. Add to that the usual problems faced by repo pros (gun-toting owners and cops) and this is not a job for the weak. Watch these two clips from "Airplane Repo" (debuting Thurs. July 11 at 10:00 p.m.). In the first, one unlucky repo guy discovers the plane he's just climbed into is possibly more trouble than it's worth. In the second, repo pros talk about the troubles they've faced -- and arrests are by no means the worst.

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<p>Does the apocalypse of &quot;This is the End&quot; deserve some serious consideration?</p>

Does the apocalypse of "This is the End" deserve some serious consideration?

Credit: Sony Pictures

Taking stock of the Best Visual Effects race during the summer blockbuster season

How will films like 'Pacific Rim,' 'Iron Man 3' and 'The Great Gatsby' fare?

We're right in the middle of the blockbuster movie season. Some think it's been a lackluster summer slate. I haven't had major expectations for much of anything so I guess I'm okay with merely being satisfied so far, but with Guillermo del Toro's massive-scale "Pacific Rim" hitting theaters this coming weekend, it seems now would be a nice opportunity to look at the race for Best Visual Effects.

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<p>George Clooney at the BAFTA Awards earlier this year.</p>

George Clooney at the BAFTA Awards earlier this year.

Credit: AP Photo

George Clooney to receive BAFTA LA's Stanley Kubrick Award

The honor will be presented at the Britannia Awards ceremony on November 9

Between "Gravity" and his directorial effort "The Monuments Men," George Clooney -- who, lest we forget, shared the Best Picture Oscar for "Argo" a few months back -- has what may be another busy awards season lying ahead of him. Even if his on-paper prospects don't pan out, however, he'll be accepting at least one award before the year is out, as BAFTA's Los Angeles division has named him the recipient of their Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

 "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of Orange County': Did Tamra betray Gretchen?

Lauri spreads a rumor about Vicki's sex life and everyone joins the fight

It isn't often that I watch "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and think, hmm, that's a conundrum. Most of the time, it's pretty clear what the right decision would be for these women as they just do the exact opposite. Heard an ugly rumor? Blast it from the rooftops! Wish you hadn't invited someone to your party? Uninvite them or embarrass them publicly! Having an argument? Throw wine at the other person! Your kid doesn't want you to date the jerk you've been seeing? Do it anyway and whine about how much you sacrifice! Part of the fun, when and if there is fun, is watching these women run higgleldy-piggledy into the car wreck.

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