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Budget cuts force 'Suburgatory' to axe Rex Lee and Alan Tudyk

Budget cuts force "Suburgatory" to axe Rex Lee and Alan Tudyk

As part of its last-minute renewal, "Suburgatory's" license fee was cut, which means the cast has to be reduced.

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<p>Ethan&nbsp;Hawke and Julie Delpy in &quot;Before Midnight&quot;</p>

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in "Before Midnight"

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Win a 'Before Midnight' poster signed by Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy

One lucky reader is going to make me really jealous

Heads up, fans of Richard Linklater's "Before" trilogy. This is right up your alley. And boy is it awesome.

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Ashley Madekwe OK with her 'Revenge' exit, hopes to go out in a 'blaze of glory'

Ashley Madekwe OK with her "Revenge" exit, hopes to go out in a "blaze of glory"

"My preference is that Ashley Davenport dies in a blaze of glory," she tweeted. "Preferable whilst wearing Valentino couture....Or Chanel. I'm not fussy."

"Arrested Development" wanted an Ellen DeGeneres cameo
Portia de Rossi says her wife was asked to be part of the Netflix season, but it didn't work out. "I would want her to play herself," she says.

Check out Lifetime's Anna Nicole Smith
Agnes Bruckner stars in the original movie "Anna Nicole," airing June 29.

See the "Falling Skies" naked Season 3 poster
"Battle Them or Become Them."

"Mad Men's" final Season 6 episode titles revealed

This Sunday's episode is called "A Tale of Two Cities." PLUS: Which games do "Mad Men" stars play on set?, and the kookiest theories.

Why "Game of Thrones" is better as a TV show
The HBO series, at times, exceeds the books.

Claim: Sarah Michelle Gellar is so awful on "The Crazy Ones" it could kill her career

Even Kelly Clarkson, who cameos in the pilot, proves to be a better comedic actress than Gellar, according to Lisa de Moraes, who says Gellar is "brittle and awful in this." She adds: "'The Crazy Ones' could be her career killer...."

Don't give Amy's Baking Company a reality show!
Why the "Kitchen Nightmares" stars shouldn't be rewarded for their bad behavior.

Erin Andrews was an emotional wreck at L.A. Kings games
The Fox Sports star is dating the Kings' Jarret Stoll.

Watch "SNL's" Kate McKinnon on her new web series
She's starring in "I Expect You to Die" from Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video.

Ex-"House of Payne" star joining "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Two-time Miss Puerto Rico will reportedly be part of next season's cast.

Justine Bateman has been blogging about her life as a 47-year-old UCLA freshman

The former "Family Ties" star is taking courses in computer science.

"Workaholics" star Adam DeVine offers tips on "shaving your junk"
"If you've never shaved your junk before, you need to block off two hours of your time, because it's going to get serious," he says. "There's going to be some heavy lifting down there, but don't be afraid."

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<p>Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington</p>

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington

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Stone Temple Pilots and Chester Bennington plan more music

Reconfigured group headed 'back in the studio'

Scott Weiland’s head may explode. Chester Bennington and Stone Temple Pilots plan to “hammer out some more music.”

The Linkin Park frontman told Rolling Stone,  “Next week we’re going back in the studio.” Bennington first fronted STP a few weeks ago at KROQ’s Weenie Roast. They played again Thursday night at the MAP/MusicCares Fund Benefit.

The reconfigured group already released its first single, “Out Of Time,” and most songs will likely follow in the same way.  “Everything we’re doing is on our own, so we’re just taking it one track at a time,” says Bennington, who remains in Linkin Park as well. “We would love to sit down and hammer out a record, but the reality is we’re gonna make music, we’re gonna make a lot of it, and we’re gonna be in a position to release a single at a time, go out and really give people music the way they want to get it.”  STP has not signed with a label.

STP filed suit last week against former lead singer Scott Weiland, demanding that he stop using the name Stone Temple Pilots and even stop singing STP songs. Weiland has not countersued yet, but threatened legal action in his on-line response.


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<p>&quot;After Earth&quot;</p>

"After Earth"

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Tell us what you thought of 'After Earth'

Will Smith and son Jaden (oh, and M. Night) get jiggy with it this weekend

I'm pretty slow on the uptake this summer with a ton of movies I still need to see, and one of them is M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth." What's that, you say? You didn't know this was an M. Night joint? You'd be forgiven for missing that nugget, since advertising for the film has curiously kept his name low key if not outright out of the picture (it's nowhere to be found above the title on the poster and the trailers certainly didn't play it up). As for why, I'll leave that to you to decide.

The film, like clockwork, is taking a critical beating. But it has a few forgivers, like our own Drew McWeeny, noting that it was "lovely to see something that is sincere, thematically focused, and that ultimately works in a way I didn't expect." Then again, maybe it's just a Scientology indoctrination film. I'll see for myself eventually, but it would appear Shyamalan is a filmmaker with a lot of ground to cover if he's going to be back where he was a decade ago. For now, though, if you've seen the film (which stars Will Smith and son Jaden) or if you get around to it this weekend, head on back here with your thoughts and feel free to vote in the poll below.

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Judy Greer signs on for an FX comedy pilot

Judy Greer signs on for an FX comedy pilot

The "Archer" and "Arrested Development" star is set to play Nat Faxon's wife as they deal with their marriage struggles in the bedroom.

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<p>Heath&nbsp;Ledger in &quot;The&nbsp;Dark&nbsp;Knight&quot;</p>

Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight"

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A look inside Oscar winner Heath Ledger's Joker diary from 'The Dark Knight'

Precious hints at the actor's process on an iconic performance

I still remember the moment I found out Heath Ledger was dead. I was driving up the 10 freeway in Los Angeles on the way home and a Variety colleague called. "Did you hear about Heath Ledger?" "No." I'm thinking maybe there's some awesome news about the then upcoming film "The Dark Knight." "Dude, he died."

Crushing. We were robbed of an incredible talent that day. But one of the other things we we robbed of was the chance to really dissect and investigate Ledger's choices for his soon-to-be Oscar-winning role as the Joker in "The Dark Knight," as well as the opportunity to always go back and reflect with the actor as he, and we, spun away from its epic impact over the years. The mystery left as a result is singular and fascinating, serving only to elevate the performance in some ways, but I always felt a pang of sadness that we could never dig into the work with the artist.

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"Sex: How It Works"

 "Sex: How It Works"

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'Sex: How It Works' to explore dysfunction, arousal and more

The two-hour NatGeo special is set to air in June

National Geographic Channel leaves the snickering behind (though we probably won't) and dives into the science behind arousal, orgasms, partner preference and sexual dysfunctions with "Sex: How It Works," a two-hour special premiering Tues. June 18 at 8:00 p.m. The show weaves together real-life case studies, the latest technology and cutting-edge computer graphics to explore the topic. 

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<p>It's almost impossible to fully convey all the ways in which 'This Is The End' works, so why not just enjoy some terrified silly faces?</p>

It's almost impossible to fully convey all the ways in which 'This Is The End' works, so why not just enjoy some terrified silly faces?

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Review: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's 'This Is The End' digs deep for smart laughs

Far more than just an inside joke, this is one heartfelt comedy apocalypse

There are few things more important to me than my friendships. In general, I consider myself a friendly person, and there are many people that I deal with who I would say I've got a pleasant but casual relationship with, and a few special people who I consider genuine pick-up-the-phone-anytime friends. They are hard-won, and even if I don't get a chance to see all of them as often as I'd like, they are important to me.

One of the reasons I take those relationships so seriously is because I know how rare they are, and I know how uncommon new ones can be. The worst feeling for me is when things shift, when one friendship starts to crowd out another. It's happened in my life, and it's never something calculated or intentional. It's just evolution, the way things happen, and it can hurt when it happens. "Frances Ha," the latest film by Noah Baumbach, mines that material in a very smart way, and with a very different voice, so does "This Is The End."

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have a storytelling voice that I like enormously. Both "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express" are movies I enjoy top to bottom, and watching them navigate the offers and opportunities that have come to them, and even the projects that I think are less successful are choices that make perfect sense, and I think their approach is always recognizably theirs. That is not easy to do working inside the system, and it feels to me like they've been working their way up to "This Is The End," a summation of everything they've done so far.

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John Oliver on guest-hosting 'The Daily Show': 'The ratings are going to go down'

John Oliver on guest-hosting "The Daily Show": "The ratings are going to go down"
"Ice is cold, and the ratings of this show are going to go down in the summer," he says. "Add to that the fact that I’m here, so you’ll have your regular summer decline and that will become a more elemental nosedive."

Jeff Probst, e-mailing from the "Survivor" set, recalls his date with Katie Couric
"What I remember most about the date is how nervous I was and how little I offered to the conversation," says Probst, who never asked for a 2nd date because he didn't have her number. PLUS: Yes, "Survivor" will have family members next season, Probst confirms.

California woman becomes the 2nd "Wheel of Fortune" player to ever win $1M
How did Autumn Erhard pull it off?

"Does Someone Have To Go?" drops in 2nd week, "Mike & Molly" finale dips
The workplace reality show fell 23% from its disappointing debut. PLUS: Nepotism wins on "Does Someone Have to Go?"

Jacoby Jones hopes to avoid the "Dancing with the Stars" curse on NFL players

As ESPN points out, "the four active NFL players to participate on DWTS before Jones -- Jason Taylor, Chad Johnson, Hines Ward and Donald Driver -- failed to play a full season in the year they competed on the show and all were either on different teams or retired by the following season."

"GMA" wins its first May sweeps since 1994

"Good Morning America" had averaged 5.704 million total viewers to "Today's"  4.783 million.

See images from the final "Skins" season, including "Game of Thrones" star Hannah Murray

Murray will reprise her Cassie role in one of three "Skins" films to mark the end of the teen series.

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<p>On &quot;Deadwood,&quot;&nbsp;Trixie (Paula Malcomson)&nbsp;and Al (Ian McShane)&nbsp;have a difference of opinion.</p>

On "Deadwood," Trixie (Paula Malcomson) and Al (Ian McShane) have a difference of opinion.

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 3, episode 1: 'Tell Your God to Ready for Blood'

Hearst stages a gambit at the Gem, Seth vents frustration on E.B., and Alma feels faint

For the third summer in a row, we're revisiting David Milch's classic revisionist HBO Western "Deadwood," this time discussing the third season.

While I once upon a time posted two separate reviews so people who hadn't watched the whole series would have a safe place to comment, almost no one bothered commenting on the newbie reviews last year, and they've been ditched. If you haven't finished the series, just avoid the comments of this review and you'll be fine.

Thoughts on the season premiere, "Tell Your God to Ready for Blood," coming up just as soon as I tend bar and let people punch me in the face...

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Larry King: Russia Today did not hire me

Larry King: Russia Today did not hire me
The headlines are wrong, says the former CNN star. "RT has not hired me. They have licensed my shows," King explains on Facebook. He also says that the Russian government will have no oversight on his content.

"Revenge" won't bring back Ashley Madekwe
Her Ashley Davenport character had exhausted all her storylines.

Watch Snoop Lion on "One Life to Live"
Snoop made a cameo as himself.

Cheryl Burke: I hope to stay on "Dancing with the Stars"

Burke responded to a report that she was "unlikely to return," saying: "I can only speak for myself, and as long as 'Dancing With the Stars' wants to have me, I'll be there."

"The Voice's" Judith Hill on her shocking elimination
"Yeah, it kind of took me by surprise," she says.

Blake Shelton's NBC tornado relief concert raises more than $6M
Proceeds from "Healing in the Heartland" are going to the United Way of Central Oklahoma.

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