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<p>&quot;Dia de los Muertos&quot;</p>

"Dia de los Muertos"

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2013 Student Academy Award winners announced

Students recognized from colleges and universities around the world

The 40th annual Student Academy Awards were held tonight in Beverly Hills. It's worth keeping an eye on these because you never know if they can turn around and show up at the Academy Awards, like Luke Matheny's "God of Love" and Timothy Reckart's "Head Over Heels" have in recent years.

The event was hosted by comedian and -- did you know? -- 1978 Student Academy Award-winner Bob Saget. Presenters included "Boys Don't Cry" writer/director Kimberly Peirce, "The Avengers" star Clark Gregg, last year's Oscar-nominated golden girl Quvenzhané Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") and star of the upcoming "Saving Mr. Banks," Jason Schwartzman.

Sixteen students from colleges and universities around the world were honored. Check out a full list of winners below.

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Music Power Rankings: Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Johnny Cash make this week's list

NIne Inch Nails and Miley Cyrus show up too

1. Apple: As Sony Music becomes the last major record company to sign on, look for Apple to launch its iRadio streaming service within the next few weeks. Game changer? iBet.

2. Justin Bieber
He’s conquered earth, so now he looks for planets beyond as he plans to travel into space with Virgin Galactic. Non-Beliebers ask if he can stay there.

3. Johnny Cash: The man in black gets his own forever stamp, as if he needed that to achieve immortality

4. Nine Inch Nails: Trent Reznor-led band releases first single in five years, “Came Back Haunted”... ironically, perhaps, the band’s least haunting song ever.

5. Brian Wilson: Surf’s Up as the Beach Boy returns to Capitol Records for a new solo album.

6. Miley Cyrus: Her new single,  “We Can’t Stop,” starts off strong with sales of up to 200,000 copies in its first week.

7. Mariah Carey: Lambs unite! Carey’s 14th studio album will comes out July 23.

8. Robin Thicke: The soulful R&B singer lands his first top 10 hit with summer smash “Blurred Lines.” It’s amazing what a little nudity can do.

9. Taylor Swift: She spends the night together with the Rolling Stones as she joins the band in Chicago for a version of “As Tears Go By.”

10. Little Mix: The female foursome’s “DNA” bows at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, surpassing the Spice Girls for the best ever debut by a British female act.  #girlpower

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"America's Got Talent"

 "America's Got Talent"

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Reality TV Roundup: 'AGT,' 'Ice Road Truckers' and sex slaves

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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'Walking Dead' and 'Vampire Diaries' bosses don't remember the accused ricin sender

"Walking Dead" and "Vampire Diaries" bosses don't remember the accused ricin sender

Shannon Richardson, AKA Shannon Guess, listed both shows on her IMDb resume, but she may just have been a glorified extra.

"Veronica Mars" movie adds Percy Daggs III
Veronica's best friend, Wallace Fennel, will be part of the film. UPDATE: Chris Lowell will also be in the film.

Christina Ricci signs on to play Lizzie Borden in a Lifetime movie
She'll play the woman who was tried and acquitted in the 1892 ax murders of her father and stepmother.

Perhaps "Daily Show" fans need this break from Jon Stewart

Will three months off rid Stewart of some of his "annoying tics," like his overreliance on goofy accents?

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<p>NBC's &quot;Dracula&quot; starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers</p>

NBC's "Dracula" starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers


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DVR Gridlock 2013-14: Friday Nights

Increasingly busy night adds 'Bones,' 'Dracula' and 'Hawaii Five-0'
[Over the next six days, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. Check out last year's DVR Gridlock installments.]
8:00 p.m.
ABC: "Last Man Standing," "The Neighbors"
CBS: "Undercover Boss"
FOX: "Junior Masterchef," "Bones"
NBC: "Dateline"
9:00 p.m. 
ABC: "Shark Tank"
The CW: "America's Next Top Model"
FOX: "Sleepy Hollow" encores and "Raising Hope," "Enlisted"
NBC: "Grimm"
10:00 p.m. 
ABC: "20/20"
CBS: "Blue Bloods"
NBC: "Dracula"
What's Changed: Credit the networks for trying to do new things on Friday night and for continuing to try to buck the conventional wisdom that Friday airings mean death. "Grimm" will be starting its third season on Fridays. "Last Man Standing" will be in its second Friday season. And that's saying nothing of established successes like "Blue Bloods" on CBS and ABC's "Shark Tank." Friday Night Lives! And this fall, FOX will bring still-fairly-robust success "Bones" to Friday, while CBS is doing the same with the slightly-less-robust "Hawaii Five-0." And then you have a few flashy new shows. NBC will try semi-literary, star-driven drama in the 10 p.m. hour with "Dracula" and then "Crossbones." [Did this work last time NBC tried it with a little show called "Crusoe"? Well, no. But you've forgotten "Crusoe" even existed and I apologize for the reminder.] FOX, meanwhile, is planning an isolated comedy block starting mid-fall, if you assume that "Raising Hope" and "Enlisted" will ever actually air on Fridays. And then there's The CW's "Carrie Diaries," which failed on Mondays, so surely it'll succeed on Friday, right? There's a lot of stuff happening on Friday.
How the Ratings Race Is Impacted: CBS is still likely to dominate Friday overall, but you've gotta credit the network with trying to narrow the gap. "Hawaii Five-0," which only remains on the air due to its international viability, won't come close to equalling the 9-ish million viewers "CSI: NY" was drawing here, though it may keep up with "CSI: NY" in the key demographic. Assuming that "Shark Tank" has another solid summer of repeat sampling, it may be strong enough to help ABC win the night among adults 18-49 all on its own. There are several plausible x-factors. FOX has teased a "Bones" move to Friday several times in the past. Is this just another bluff? If "Sleepy Hollow" fails fast and hard, for example, why wouldn't FOX just keep "Bones" on Monday and shift "Almost Human" to 9 p.m.? Similarly, if "Dads" fails fast and hard, why wouldn't FOX shift established cult favorite "Raising Hope" to a Tuesday 8 p.m. slot it has occupied in the past? And if that happens, what would becoming of that Friday comedy block? I'm not sure both of those failures/shifts are likely, but one of them? I'd almost guarantee it. If "Bones" somehow remains on Fridays, though, it could/should give FOX its best numbers on the night in several years and could make the network competitive in the key demo. Similarly, what if somehow "Dracula" capitalizes on its brand name and maybe star Jonathan Rhys Meyers? Maybe that's enough to combine with the already-respectable "Grimm" to help NBC take the key demo. It'll also be worth watching to see how low numbers for "Carrie Diaries" are and if The CW suddenly finds itself thinking a six-episode final season for "Nikita" isn't quite long enough. It's actually surprising how many strange things could be afoot on Fridays this fall.             
My Predicted DVR: During the spring with "Nikita" and "Happy Endings" and "Vegas" and something I'm forgetting -- I don't want to admit how many episodes of "Cult" I watched -- my DVR was recording steadily on Friday nights. That could continue to be the case this year. I'll stick with "Carrie Diaries" and "Bones" at 8 p.m. and "Raising Hope" (and occasionally "Shark Tank") in the 9 p.m. hour. And I'll definitely give "Dracula" an extended shot in the otherwise-vacant 10 p.m. hour. That's a lot of Friday TV viewing and doesn't include the occasional Starz drama or whatnot.
How have the new schedules impacted your Fridays?


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<p>Queens of the Stone Age</p>

Queens of the Stone Age

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Queens of the Stone Age set to rule next week's Billboard 200

What happens to Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories?'

Rock rules on next week’s Billboard 200 as Queens of the Stone Age, Sleeping with Sirens, and Megadeth all bow in the Top 10.

As expected Queens of the Stone Age’s “...Like Clockwork” will debut at NO. 1 with sales of up to 95,000. Rockers Sleeping With Sirens’s “Feel” will land at No. 2 with 70,000, while Megadeth charges in at No. 6 with sales of up to 32,000 for “Super Collider.” 

This week’s No. 1, Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” will drop to No. 3, mustering another 65,000 in sales.

Darius Rucker’s  “True Believers” and  Blake Shelton’s “Based on A True Story” are tied for No. 4 with each slated to move up to 35,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double. Shelton’s album sees an uptick after hosting last week’s tornado charity concert.

Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” and Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” find themselves in the same situation, with both poised to sell up to 28,000 for the No. 7 slot.

The soundtrack to “The Great Gatsby” continues its top 10 turn and will likely be at No. 9 if it can hold off a charge from George Strait’s “Love Is Everything,” which will be at No. 10.


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Interview: Clinic already knows what its next album sounds like

Ade Blackburn on the 'necessary evil' of selling music to commercials

AUSTIN -- Clinic already knows what their next album is going to sound like.

Ade Blackburn and his Liverpool-bred band have survived eight album releases over 13 years, the most recent "Free Reign" from 2012 getting a makeover as "Free Reign II," a totally different mix. And maybe that's eh key to the four piece together: mixing, remixing, new inspiration. Thusly, the album that arrives after this  guitar-heavy, instrumentally-centered effort may have no guitars at all.
But some things stay the same. The art-punk band has always performed in clinical masks and other costumes, for instance. Rock music of the '60s and early '70s has consistently influenced their records. They don't shy away from a good concept.
Clinic just wrapped a tour of the U.S. last month and are hitting a few fests in Europe throughout the rest of the summer. Blackburn and I caught up at Austin Psych Fest -- during which they were performing -- to talk about the band's past, their future, self-producing and selling music to commercials.
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<p>Aaron Johnson, seen here reprising his role as Kick-Ass for this summer's sequel, may be joining 'The Avengers 2' as the character Quicksilver</p>

Aaron Johnson, seen here reprising his role as Kick-Ass for this summer's sequel, may be joining 'The Avengers 2' as the character Quicksilver

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson may be joining 'The Avengers 2' as Quicksilver

I can't wait to see if there's a point to all this corporate posturing

Sometime in the next few weeks, I'll be running my coverage of my visit to the set of "Kick-Ass 2," where I had a few days to myself to see how director Jeff Wadlow is working with the returning cast, including Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, to make the sequel even more dangerous and deranged than the original. Of course, a big part of that coverage will be my conversation with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who returns to the sequel as Dave/Kick-Ass, the main character.

I was on the set for the original, and then really hadn't seen much of him since, so when I finally ran into him on the sequel, I was amazed by just how much muscle he's packed onto his frame. The difference that a few years make is monumental, and I suspect Johnson is a guy who studios are going to cast in action leads for many years to come. He's a smart actor who can play vulnerable very well, and for his age, he has a remarkable sense of maturity.

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Why 'Game of Thrones' Red Wedding was more traumatic on TV than in the books

Why "Game of Thrones" Red Wedding was more traumatic on TV than in the books

For one thing, Robb Stark wasn't even a major character in the books. For another, the TV show was able to throw viewers off its scent, unlike the books. PLUS: George R.R. Martin gives "spoilers" to Conan, "GoT" criticized for its use of British accents, Martin sits down with Ryan Seacrest, about the Season 3 costumes, "Brienne" gets a call from Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and "Gendry" talks the season finale.

Neil Patrick Harris touts this year's "supersized Tonys"
This year, the show is moving to the much-bigger Radio City Musical Hall, which gives him room for the Rockettes.

"Boy Meets World" cast reunites
Ben Savage, Rider Strong and Danielle Fishel reunited today with other former castmates at the ATX Television Festival in Austin.

Matthew Weiner: I cast James Wolk on "Mad Men" because he's so mysterious

As for Bob Benson, Weiner says, "I'm not going to comment on whether or not he's a government spy." PLUS: "Ted Chaough" feels lucky that his role was expanded, and Bryan Batt things Sal would still be in the closet.

Watch the trailer for NBC's "Siberia"

"Lost" meets "Survivor" on this fake reality show.

"The Following" may jump ahead in time

Kevin Bacon says writers are mulling putting his character "in a different sort of head space."

Tyler Perry is making OWN more attractive to black viewers than BET
Oprah didn't create her channel for African-American viewers, but OWN has emerged as the No. 2 network among black women ages 25 to 54.

Bog Saget returns to his "Full House" home
"In San Fran. Couldn't resist," he tweeted.

"Graceland" has a respectable debut
About 3.3 million tuned in for the USA series' premiere.

Why more TV shows should kill off their characters
Killing off characters makes great business sense, according to Forbes.

Do complex TV shows need to be rewatched?

"Game of Thrones," for instance, is a much better on repeated viewing.

Reality TV hoaxer appeared on 8 different shows as 8 different people

Ken Tarr fooled everybody from Judge Joe Brown to Judge Mathis.

Bravo strands its stars on the beach for new summer promos

Check out a soaking web Padma Lakshmi and James Lipton playing cards with a monkey. PLUS: Brandi Glanville's dog kidnapped.

"Survivor: Caramoan" star creates a comic book based on his experiences

Erik Reichenbach's "Starving, For Attention" is a "completely legal parody."

Dan Stevens has lost 30 pounds since leaving "Downton Abbey"

He shed the weight for a new role. PLUS: Stevens on hysterical Twitter fans, and there will be a shocking storyline in Season 4.

Watch Starz's trailer for "The White Queen"

Could this be the next "Game of Thrones"?

ABC ordering "The Black Box" from Bryan Singer and "The L Word" creator
The series would follow a renowned neuroscientist named Elizabeth Black who secretly suffers from mental illness.

Why "Big Bang Theory" changed Raj's problem with women

The character needed to grow, though he won't be changing that much.

Every fake "Arrested Development" video, compiled
Watch a mashup of the fakest websites.

Paula Deen coming out with her own line of butter
Walmart and Walgreens will sell the special Deen butter in five flavors.

Jimmy Kimmel hangs with his fiancee and Sarah Silverman
Kimmel reunited with Silverman last night at the AFI tribute to Mel Brooks.

Here's the 1st trailer for "Luther" Season 3

BBC America brings back Idris Elba's series for four consecutive nights in September.

George Takei employs a joke-writer for his Facebook page
The "Star Trek" star reportedly pays his joke-writer $10 per joke.

"Falling Skies" is back for an action-packed Season 3

The new season kicks off Sunday seven months after the end of Season 2.

A psychiatrist explains the science of binge-watching
According to psychiatrist Richard Rosenthal, Netflix is "taking advantage of human nature" with its "post play" model. PLUS; Kate Walsh: "I love binging on shows."

"Phineas and Ferb" meets Marvel superheroes
It's Disney synergy at its finest.

WEtv star Tamar Braxton welcomes a boy

The "Tamar & Vince" star gave birth to her 3rd child.

Linda Cardellini gets engaged
The "Freaks and Geeks" and "Mad Men" actress is set to wed her longtime boyfriend and father of her daughter.

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<p>Peter Sarsgaard and Cate Blanchett in &quot;Blue Jasmine.&quot;</p>

Peter Sarsgaard and Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine."

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Cate Blanchett is on edge in enticing trailer for Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine'

Will she be the latest actor to impress the Academy for a Woody collaboration?

Though he remains an all-time favorite, I try to keep my expectations firmly clamped down for any new Woody Allen these days: even supposed return-to-form "Midnight in Paris" didn't quite land right with me, so it's best to let the sporadic pleasures of his latter-day work come as pleasant surprises. Yet I've broken protocol and allowed myself to get increasingly excited about his dramedy "Blue Jasmine," which hits theaters on July 26.

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<p>Brace yourself for a whoooooooole lot of this.</p>

Brace yourself for a whoooooooole lot of this.

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Review: Brad Pitt tries to bring 'World War Z' to life and fails

Another example of the blurring line between games and films in narrative

First, there is no point comparing this to the Max Brooks book of the same name. This is not an adaptation of the book. It's barely related. This is a case of a studio liking a title and building a brand-new high concept around it after they buy the rights. Love it or hate it, this "World War Z" is its own thing.

I am of very split mind on this film. It's fairly well-made, even though Marc Forster still prefers chaos over choreography in his action, making it hard to see what's happening much of the time. Brad Pitt's fine in it, although he's barely playing a character. There is so little time spent defining who Gerry Lane is or why he's the central figure in the narrative that they should have just gone the same way as "This Is The End," letting Pitt play himself. That's the ad campaign anyway. "Brad Pitt versus zombies." And I'll give them this… it's truth in advertising. This is Brad Pitt flying around the world so he can run from zombies in new and exciting places, and nothing more than that.

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<p>Honoree Mel Brooks addresses the audience during the American Film Institute's 41st Lifetime Achievement Award Gala at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, June 6, 2013 in Los Angeles.</p>

Honoree Mel Brooks addresses the audience during the American Film Institute's 41st Lifetime Achievement Award Gala at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, June 6, 2013 in Los Angeles.

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Scorsese, De Niro honor Mel Brooks at AFI Tribute

Morgan Freeman, Amy Poehler and Conan O'Brien also turn out to toast Hollywood legend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman never worked with Mel Brooks, and the Oscar winners came to a ceremony in his honor to let him know they resent it.

Brooks received the American Film Institute's 41st Life Achievement Award Thursday, and Freeman and De Niro were among a galaxy of stars who paid tribute to the man behind "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein" and "The Producers."

De Niro asked whether there was a casting-couch process he could participate in, and Freeman quipped, "I've never even been on the same bus as Mel Brooks." Still, they thanked him for the decades of laughs.

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