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"Inside the American Mob"

"Inside the American Mob"

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Real mobsters tell all on 'Inside the American Mob'

Learn the three things that would get a mobster killed

Mobsters, both real and fictional, have long captured the attention of the American psyche. But rarely do mafiosi step out of the shadows to tell their own stories of violence, greed, omerta and La Cosa Nostra. Now, National Geographic Channel goes behind the scenes of the hidden empire of crime, money and violence for "Inside the American Mob," premiering Sun. July 28 at 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. ET.

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<p>Pharrell may be popping up everywhere this summer, but he seems pretty calm and cool about it all</p>

Pharrell may be popping up everywhere this summer, but he seems pretty calm and cool about it all

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Pharrell talks about his summer of Daft Punk, 'Man of Steel' and 'Despicable Me 2'

Talk about trying a little bit of everything

Someone's having a very big summer.

Pharrell's music was a big part of the charm of the first "Despicable Me," and it gave the film a sound that wasn't just a knock-off of every other animated movie out there. That's hard to do sometimes, and there was something so lovely and sunny about his "Despicable Me" songs that perfectly complimented the film.

I'm sure it was an easy decision to have him back for the second film, but honestly, timing must have been a nightmare. In addition to this movie, he also contributed to the Hans Zimmer score for "Man Of Steel," and of course, he's all over the latest record by Daft Punk, including the vocal track for the ridiculously catchy "Get Lucky."

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<p>&quot;Blue is the Warmest Color&quot; will not be eligible for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.</p>

"Blue is the Warmest Color" will not be eligible for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

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With 'Blue is the Warmest Color' out of the running, a look ahead to the foreign Oscar race

France's Palme d'Or champ won't be competing this year, but what will?

Fairly soon, the first formal contenders will start trickling into the race for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, as individual national committees make their official selections and submit them to the Academy for consideration. It's a trickle that will swiftly turn into a flood as the submission deadline of October 1 nears. Last year, 71 countries entered the race -- an all-time record that could well be beaten this year. But in a race that's all but impossible to handicap at this stage -- dependent as it is on the whims and politics of different countries, rather than the Academy itself -- what are the films we're expecting to see in the mix?

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"Dance Kids ATL"

 "Dance Kids ATL"

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Watch: 'Dance Kids ATL' brings kiddy hip hop to TLC

How do you think these kids compare to the ones on 'Dance Moms'?
If you like "Dance Moms" but don't like Abby Miller, this might be the show for you. At the heart of the hip hop scene in Atlanta is one dance studio that transforms raw talent into career driven superstars, where countless kids train at an early age to become the best dancers in the world. TLC takes viewers inside this destination, Dance 411, in the new one hour special "Dance Kids ATL" airing Wed. July 24th at 10:00 p.m.
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'The Walking Dead' unveils Season 4 poster

"The Walking Dead" unveils Season 4 poster
This "epic" poster will be unveiled at Comic-Con later this month.

Connie Britton teams with Planned Parenthood on a "What Would Tami Taylor Do?" T-shirt
The former "Friday Night Lights" star is lending her support to the T-shirt to raise money to fight a Texas measure that would restrict abortion across the state.

Kaley Cuoco dating "Superman"?
"The Big Bang Theory" star and Henry Cavill are an item, Us Weekly reports.

Lena Dunham: "Girls" provides me with free underwear every day
"Our costume dept has realized that if they want me in underwear they have to provide them," she tweeted. PLUS: Dunham admits she nearly bought a $24,000 couch.

ABC renews "Extreme Weight Loss"
The dieting reality show will be back for Season 4.

TLC's "Dance Moms" to spawn "Dance Kids"?

TLC will air the special "Dance Kids ATL" about young Atlanta dance students that could end up becoming a regular show.

NBC is developing a new sketch comedy show

The Peacock has begun a preliminary search for young talent for an "SNL"-like series that the network hopes will produce talent it could use on future shows.

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<p>Oscar Isaac in &quot;Inside Llewyn&nbsp;Davis&quot;</p>

Oscar Isaac in "Inside Llewyn Davis"

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New 'Inside Llewyn Davis' trailer tunes up awards season

Will the Coen brothers' latest find its way to a Best Picture nomination?

Will the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" be a big awards player at the end of the year? CBS Films is sure positioning it for that but forget all of that, forget the Grand Prix win at Cannes, etc. I just really, really want to see this movie. A Coen film just feels like an oasis in every dreary film year, so while "The Lone Ranger" may be stinking up the multiplexes next weekend, remember, we have stuff like this coming around the corner.

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NBC nabs 'The Bible' sequel from Mark Burnett

NBC nabs "The Bible" sequel from Mark Burnett

"This will be attention-getting in every way," NBC Entertainment boss Robert Greenblatt says of "A.D.: Beyond the Bible," which will follow-up the ratings smash of History channel's "The Bible."

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<p>Ryan Coogler's &quot;Fruitvale Station&quot; played Sundance and Cannes and The Weinstein Company thinks it will be a Best Picture player. Will it be?</p>

Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale Station" played Sundance and Cannes and The Weinstein Company thinks it will be a Best Picture player. Will it be?

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Off the Carpet: Half-time

With six months in the books, how does 2013 shape up for awards so far?

It seems like just yesterday Ben Affleck was on stage at the Dolby Theatre accepting his Best Picture Oscar for "Argo" and one of the more dramatic awards seasons was drawing to a close. Since then we've had a refreshing handful of months away from the fray, but today, we're going to ruin all of that, just for a moment.

Last week Greg, Guy and I offered up our "for your consideration" Oscar picks from the year's first half that we'd like to see remembered come year's end. With that as a launching off point, and with today marking the actual mid-way point of 2013, let's really dig in. How has the year shaped up for awards hopefuls so far?

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Ex-'Idol' winner Ruben Studdard joins 'The Biggest Loser'

Ex-"Idol" winner Ruben Studdard joins "The Biggest Loser"
Ten years after his "American Idol" victory, "Velvet Teddy Bear" is returning to reality TV to compete in "The Biggest Loser's" 15th season.

Judge throws out 3 child molestation lawsuits filed against Elmo voice Kevin Clash

A judge decided today that the three accusers had filed their lawsuit after the statute of limitations had run out.

"Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham enters rehab
Abraham, who has entered a Florida rehab facility, says: "At this time in my life, I need to stay focused on the positive to get through all of the negative that a DUI has caused in my life."

Jayma Mays isn't done with "Glee"
Even though she's joined CBS sitcom "The Millers," Mays is expected to appear in a few "Glee" episodes next season.

Racism, homophobia, misogyny featured on this year's "Big Brother"
Is this season worse than previous seasons?

Jenna Elfman officially replaces Parker Pose on NBC's "Growing Up Fisher"

She'll play the wife of J.K. Simmons, who plays a blind dad.

Kyra Sedgwick chops off the end of 1 of her fingers
Kevin Bacon posted a photo of his wife in the hospital.

Watch the trailer for "Fleming," the miniseries about James Bond's creator starring Dominic Cooper
Cooper plays Ian Fleming in the BBC and Sky Atlantic miniseries.

Netflix picks up "New Girl" reruns
Season 1 episodes are available for streaming starting today.

Police seeking a "Simpsons" vandal
Somebody in the Chicago suburb of Naperville has been spray painting "Simpsons" graffiti all over town.

Every month, HBO will put a new "Sopranos" season on HBO On Demand

Season 1 is available starting today, Season 2  in August, Season 3 in September -- all in the wake of James Gandolfini's death.

Nat Geo to air "The Secret Life Of Predators"
The four-part event will be part of National Geographic's "Night of Exploration."

Watch the "Dexter" Season 8 premiere on YouTube
Showtime has posted an edited version online for free.

Ex-MTV DJ Damien Fahey weds

The former "TRL" star married MTV stylist Grasie Mercedes on Friday.

Brooke Hogan gets engaged to a Dallas Cowboy
The "Hogan Knows Best" star is marrying Cowboys center Phil Costa.

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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

 "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" 

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'Real Housewives of New Jersey': Can Rosie fix Melissa and Teresa?

Kathy and Rich seem to be in trouble, but is it serious?

Yay, it's another episode about Teresa and Melissa not getting along! This is fresh and new, isn't it? Although it seems clear to me these two are never, ever going to be friends, much less friendly, that isn't stopping other people within in "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" universe from checking in, screaming encouragement at high volume, and finally tossing up their hands in disgust. I'm not sure if this is a noble effort or just a stupid one. Of course, it gives everyone something to do, so in that sense Teresa and Melissa are creating a cottage industry on the show. It's trickle down drama for everyone who might need it.

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<p>Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer manage to make it out of 'The Lone Ranger' with their dignity intact... barely.</p>

Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer manage to make it out of 'The Lone Ranger' with their dignity intact... barely.

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Review: Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski fail to bring 'The Lone Ranger' back to life

One of the summer's worst films is a misfire on every level


I've written at length about why I admire Gore Verbinski as a filmmaker, and I maintain that there are very few guys working in the blockbuster world who have his skill set when it comes to establishing and maintaining a sense of geography during an action scene. He's also great at laying out gags and paying them off, and I think he has constructed some truly marvelous moments over the years. While I agree that both of his "Pirates" sequels are overstuffed, the things that they are overstuffed with are so much fun that I don't care. All you need to do is look at the horrifying mess that is the fourth film to see how much Verbinski's touch matters with that material.

His last film, "Rango," revealed a true love for the Western genre, and a willingness to tweak that genre while also paying homage to it. I think "Rango" is a marvelous little movie, strange and surreal at times and visually witty from end to end. It served as a promising glimpse at what Verbinski might be up to with "The Lone Ranger," particularly with Johnny Depp attached to play Tonto.

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"True Blood"

 "True Blood"

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'True Blood' recap: 'You're No Good'

Bill learns he isn't as all-powerful as he thinks

To me, the mark of a good episode of "True Blood" (or really, any television show) is when you moan in frustration at the end of the episode instead of somewhere in the middle. With the former, you're disappointed that the episode is coming to an end, you're eager to find out what happens next (and none too happy about waiting a week to find out), and you've gotten so caught up in what's happening you haven't checked your watch. The latter hasn't  happened, at least for me, in the first two episodes we've seen thus far this season. There have been too many scenes that seemed forced, too much exposition, too many moments that didn't ring true. While this episode wasn't without its flaws, it felt as if the show just might be getting back on track.

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