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<p>Look at that smile.</p>

Look at that smile.

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Russell Crowe talks about the physical toll of 'Man Of Steel' for an aging action star

Find out how he prepared for the part

The last time I spoke to Russell Crowe was during the press day for the Ridley Scott version of "Robin Hood," and it was a very good conversation even though I have very little good to say about the movie itself.

It's amazing how our first impressions of someone linger. No matter what Crowe does in his career, no matter how big he gets, and no matter how many A-list directors he works with, when I hear his name or I see him, the first thing that always flashes through my mind is his work in "Romper Stomper." That movie, and his performance in it, were seared into my mind on first viewing, and I remember watching one sequence in it something like ten times in a week when it came out on laserdisc. It's one of those introductory performances that suggests a whole world of possibilities within an actor. Crowe played both rage and tenderness with such conviction, and I hoped he would find a larger place in the industry as a result.

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TLC presenting 'Honey Boo Boo' in smell-o-vision

TLC presenting "Honey Boo Boo" in smell-o-vision

As part of a "Watch & Sniff" promotion for the season premiere, TLC is giving away 10 million scratch and sniff cards replicating the aromas from the show.

"Burn Notice" reaches 100 episodes
USA calls the spy drama "instrumental," particularly in helping launch shows like "Royal Pains" and "Suits."

"Smash" reunion: Megan Hilty joins Sean Hayes' comedy

She'll play Hayes' BFF and co-worker on "Sean Saves the World."

"Scandal" and "24" are among the shows that predicted the NSA spying scandal
On "Scandal," the top-secret NSA program was called "Thorngate."

How to fix "Revolution"
Step 1: Turn the lights back off.

Check out Bart Simpson as The Game
On an upcoming "Simpsons" episode, Bart daydreams about being the rapper.

Conan star to bring his "Irish White guy" voice to W. Kamau Bell's talk show
Brian McCann, who worked with Conan O'Brien for 17 years, has joined "Totally Biased" as a writer/producer.

Seth Meyers is spending his summer riding New York's new Citi Bikes
The "SNL" star rides without a helmet.

"Game of Thrones" in infographics

See charts and graphs of Season 3.

Meet the MTV exec who created "Teen Mom" and "16 & Pregnant"

Lauren Dolgen denies she's glamorizing teen pregnancy, and thinks all the tabloid headlines are actually a good thing because they create a discussion.

MTV renews "Girl Code"
The "Guy Code" spinoff will be back for a 2nd season.

More from the "Friday Night Lights" reunion

Kyle Chandler accidentally called Scott Porter "Jason."

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Jason Alexander and Michael Richards are having a 'Seinfeld' reunion on TV Land

Jason Alexander and Michael Richards are having a "Seinfeld" reunion on TV Land

Alexander will guest on Kirstie Alley's new sitcom "Kirstie," playing her character's agent. Richards plays her driver.

HBO renews "Vice"
A 2nd, 12-episode season will air in 2014.

"Chicago Fire" spinoff "Chicago PD" drops Melissa Sagemiller
Sagemiller is exiting the series, while actress Jesse Lee Soffer is joining the series in a different role.

Watch the trailer for NBC's "Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls"
The reality show will pit 10 two-person teams in the wilds of New Zealand.

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"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

 "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

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Return of 'Honey Boo Boo' will be a 'watch and sniff' event

Ten million sniffable cards featuring six scents will be distributed

Remember scratch 'n' sniff cards? Well, I can't think of a better (or worse) show than "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" to turn to them as a promotional item, can you? Believe it or not, neither can TLC. The season premiere of the show (which airs on TLC Wed. July 17 at 9 p.m.) will be a Watch ‘n Sniff event that will treat viewers’ senses to "the diverse and fragrant smells found in rural McIntyre, GA." Yeah, that's happening. 

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'The Walking Dead' coming out with a credit card

"The Walking Dead" coming out with a credit card
Robert Kirkman's Image Comics imprint is releasing three different prepaid Visa debit card featuring Rick Grimes.

James Carville campaigns for "Portlandia"
"Put an Emmy on it," the election guru says in an Emmy campaign ad.

Did a restaurant chain create its own Ron Swanson?

O'Charley's new pitchman has a mustache and goes by the name "Brock Roland."

Watch Sarah Silverman go on a drive and get coffee with Jerry Seinfeld
It's the Season 2 premiere of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." PLUS: Some conversations lasted 2 to 3 hours.

Amy Poehler to receive the Best Comedy Person Award
Just For Laughs is honoring Poehler, her significant other Nick Kroll, as well as Mitch Hurwitz.

Donald Trump tries watching "Modern Family," calls it "boring"
The Donald has been engaged in a Twitter feud with "Modern Family" writer Danny Zuker.

Josh Groban signs on for "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
The singer will play himself in an episode titled, "The Gang Saves the Day."

Why doesn't John Oliver's "Daily Show" try being more weird?
"The Daily Show" doesn't need fixing, says James Poniewozik, but "It's summer—why not make it a little weirder?"

George Takei's Facebook joke-writer apologizes

Rick Polito says: "I’ve had no direct contact with George. I've sent him some memes, as have other comedian types and I was happy for the exposure."

Play the "Arrested Development" fighting video game
Introducing "Bluth Fighter."

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<p>A moment from Kylie's newest video</p>

A moment from Kylie's newest video

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Watch: Kylie Minogue twists and turns in sexy clip for 'Skirt'

It may be just a fancy lyric video, but it's hot

Kylie Minogue’s new video for her new tune, “Skirt,” will either flip yours up or induce a seizure. The clip, which debuted on, is a series of extremely quick cuts of Minogue, writhing around on all fours in a skimpy black dress and very high black heels, intercut with lyrics from the tune.

[More after the jump...]


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<p>Garth Brooks is set to perform at Toby Keith's benefit.</p>

Garth Brooks is set to perform at Toby Keith's benefit.

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Garth Brooks set to play Toby Keith's Oklahoma Twister Relief show

Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood also on July 6 stadium bill

Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Ronnie Dunn and Trisha Yearwood are among the artists will will appear at Toby Keith’s Twister Relief Concert, slated for July 6.

Keith, who is from Moore, Oklahoma, the site of last month’s devastating tornado, visited the town the day after the tornado and declared his intent to help it rebuild. Dunn and Brooks are also from Oklahoma and quickly vowed to help with relief efforts.

Tickets for the concert, to be held at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, go on sale June 21 and are $25, all inclusive.

More performers will be announced. Proceeds go to The United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.

Keith’s benefit follows an NBC-televised relief concert hosted and organized by fellow Okie Blake Shelton, which raised $6 million for storm victims.

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<p>&quot;Parenthood&quot;&nbsp;co-star Monica Potter should be an Emmy frontrunner.</p>

"Parenthood" co-star Monica Potter should be an Emmy frontrunner.

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

The women of 'Parenthood,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Breaking Bad' and 'Rectify'

Part 2 of our journey through the Emmy ballot brings us to Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. As always, Fienberg 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 Maisie Williams 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). I'm also obviously limiting myself to shows where I watched enough this season to feel comfortable picking names. (I fell way behind on "Grey's Anatomy," for instance, which is a show that usually produces several contenders for this category.) 

Dan's exhaustive analysis is embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.

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Steven Spielberg: 'Lincoln' was 'this close' to becoming an HBO movie

Steven Spielberg: "Lincoln" was "this close" to becoming an HBO movie

George Lucas was discussing with Spielberg how cable TV is "much more adventurous" than film nowadays at a USC event when Spielberg noted that he struggled to get "Lincoln" in theaters. "I think eventually the 'Lincolns' will go away and they're going to be on television," Lucas said. "As mine almost was," Spielberg interjected. "This close -- ask HBO -- this close."

"Family Guy" mocks "Girls" in Emmy ad

With Peter as Lena Dunham.

"Veronica Mars" movie brings on Tina Majorino

Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie will be back.

Garry Shandling calls Jimmy Fallon's "Larry Sanders" tribute "beyond perfect"
"I jumped out of bed, and dove thru TV trying 2 hit stage mark on time. Ow!" he tweeted.

Gov. Chris Christie slow-jams the news with Jimmy Fallon
The New Jersey governor explained his decision to hold a special election weeks before the regular election. PLUS: Tebowie returns.

Danny McBride pees all over the "Real World: Portland" house

Check out his stunt for "This is the End."

"Pretty Little Liars" returns to nearly 3 million viewers
ABC Family says the Season 4 premiere was the most-tweeted TV episode of the season.

BBC America orders sci-fi documentary "My God, It's Full of Stars"
The docuseries will explore a different genre theme each week.

"SNL" alum Jenny Slate joins FX pilot

Meanwhile, "CSI" alum Lauren Lee Smith has joined FX's "The Strain."

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<p>The Replacements</p>

The Replacements

The Replacements to reunite for first shows in 22 years at Riot Fest

Will the three dates lead to a bigger tour?

The Replacements will reunite to play their first shows in 22 years as the seminal Minneapolis rock band will take the stage at Riot Fest 2013 in Toronto, Denver and Chicago.

The band last performed together July 4, 1991 at Chicago’s Grant Park at Taste of Chicago. That gig, to put it mildly, ended badly as guitarist Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson basically dissolved the group on stage. 

Westerberg and Stinson came together again  last fall to pay tribute to former guitarist Slim Dunlap after he suffered a stroke earlier in 2012: the pair recorded an EP of song covers to benefit Dunlap and to help pay his expenses. That detente apparently lead to the three gigs.

The first show will be Aug. 25 at the Toronto edition of Riot Fest. Other acts on the bill include Iggy & The Stooges, Best Coast, Pierce the Veil, Rocket From the Crypt, and Mayday Parade.

The Replacements will next play at Riot Fest in Chicago, which takes place Sept. 13-15. Also on the three-day bill are Fall Out Boy, Blink-182, Violent Femmes, Motorhead, Blondie, Public Enemy and Motorhead, among others.

The third date will be in Denver for Riot Fest Sideshow, which takes place Sept. 21-22. In addition to The Replacements, the line-up includes Blink-182, Iggy & The Stooges, Rancid, Public Enemy, Brand New, and Awolnation.

Speculation that the Replacements would play Riot Fest began to smolder recently, especially after Riot Fest advertised a Chicago line-up that included a series of question marks, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Then, it seemed to be all but confirmed earlier today when the following tweet appeared on the @Riot Fest Twitter account: “Holy [expletive. We’re getting the band back together.”  The tweet disappeared, but the official announcement came soon enough.

Who exactly will be in the band besides Westerberg and Stinson has yet to be confirmed. Riot Fest’s publicist told me that management will reveal the rest of the line-up soon, which is certainly intriguing.

To commemorate the announcement, the Replacements even launched a website, at least a placeholder for one. The site lists the three Riot Fest 2013 cities and “full site coming soon.” Baby steps...

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"I'm Having Their Baby"

 "I'm Having Their Baby"

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'I'm Having Their Baby' is great if you like crying babies and crying, period

Sharanda and Tory make tough decisions, but someone's always hurt

Oxygen's "I'm Having Their Baby" (Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET) is inherently dramatic, but it's also inherently depressing. I'm not sure who the audience for this show really is, except maybe people who simply like to cry or whose other option for the evening is sticking pins in their eyeballs. It's really that depressing.

That being said, of the reality TV shows out there this one is actually pretty real. There's no need for any pushy producer to step in and goose the dramatic tension, because the decision to give up a child mere hours after it's squeezed out of one's body is never predictable and, of course, never easy. 

In the second season premiere, we meet pregnant women Tory and Sharanda. We also meet a few adoptive parents, but we'll get to this in a moment. Even if we didn't see who's waiting in the wings with onesies and college savings funds, the struggle these women have between the hormonal impulse to love and  nurture their own flesh and blood versus the nagging suspicion life might be better for both mother and child if they let someone else do it is heavy duty enough.

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<p>I&nbsp;hope Tom Hanks looks exactly like this in whatever he and Tom Tykwer make together next.</p>

I hope Tom Hanks looks exactly like this in whatever he and Tom Tykwer make together next.

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Tom Hanks and Tom Tykwer reteam to bring Eggers 'Hologram' to the big screen

A partial 'Cloud Atlas' reunion is enough to make me smile

I'm glad to see that Tom Hanks is up for another artistic go-round with Tom Tykwer, who was, of course, one of the co-directors of "Cloud Atlas," last year's hugely ambitious movie in which Hanks played several roles that were all manifestations of one soul as it rippled across time.

I pay so little attention to box-office that I can't honestly tell you if "Cloud Atlas" was a modest hit, a total failure, or an international success story. I hope it did well enough to pay back the people who made it, at least, because I really admire that anyone was willing to pay for something that experimental. At the very least, Hanks must have enjoyed the experience, though, because now it looks like he's going to team up with Tykwer again, this time to adapt a Dave Eggers novel called "A Hologram For The King."

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