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We have just one small problem with John Legend's video for 'You & I (Nobody In The World)'

It's a lovely sentiment, but I don't know if I believe the messenger

 

Following “All of Me,” John Legend continues his “most-sensitive-man-in-the-world” campaign with the video for new single, “You & I (Nobody In The World).”

The song follows the same trajectory as “All of Me,” in which he declares his love for a women—she is perfect just as she is in his eyes even as she continues to fuss with her make up and clothing.

The video features shots of women, girls, and toddlers of all shapes and sizes, races and ages  looking straight into the camera as if it it were a mirror, adjusting their hair, scrutinizing their faces and bodies, and displaying the general amount of fine-tuning  and judging women constantly do to themselves in an effort to meet some ridiculously high standard of beauty.  Some of the most moving images include an older woman removing her wig to show a bald head, as well as a woman taking off her shirt following a double mastectomy, and cancer survivor/comedian Tig Notaro. Transgender actress Laverne Cox, who was nominated for an Emmy yesterday in the guest actress comedy category, also appears.

On the face of it, the video is truly lovely and a message that women can't hear enough because there are so many messages that tell us every day that we are not good enough just as we are and I like the song (what woman wouldn't want to hear that from her partner?) Perhaps I’m being too cynical, but the video’s message might be a little more impactful if the woman Legend is telling “you don’t even have to try” didn’t just happen to be one of the most beautiful women in the world, his wife, Chrissy Teigen, who appears with Legend in the beginning and end of the video. There’s exactly one woman in this video who apparently truly meets his standard and it is his super model wife.  But, hey, super models get to have their insecure moments as well and maybe it's wrong to doubt the video's sincerity simply because Legend married to someone gorgeous.  My non-cynical side would like to believe that women's romantic partners the world over feel this way about their girlfriends/wives, even if they won't ever be on the cover of the swimsuit edition of "Sports Illustrated." Or maybe they're just trying to get them out of the door a little faster. As Legend sings, "You were fine in my eyes a half hour ago."

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Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn in "Land Ho!."
Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn in "Land Ho!."
Credit: Sony Classics

Talking road trips and buddy movies with the stars and directors of 'Land Ho!'

Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens' charming Sundance comedy opens today

It's a good weekend for catching up on Sundance highlights, big and small. Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is, of course, the film on everybody's lips at the moment — and deservedly so — but that's no reason to ignore a more modest independent tale of growing up and growing out, albeit at a slightly different age. Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens' droll, laid-back comedy "Land Ho!" is the first collaboration between the two writer-directors, each one with a handful of delicately formed micro-indies behind them, and it is itself a story of an unexpected partnership: the plot centers on two drifting retirees, formerly in-laws, whose friendship is tested and deepened over the course of a spontaneous road trip through Iceland.

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Fox halts production on its naked dating show pilot

Fox halts production on its naked dating show pilot
Unlike VH1’s “Dating Naked,” Fox’s naked dating reality show would’ve had its contestants going on dates in the buff in front of a studio audience.

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<p>&quot;Dawn of the Planet of the Apes&quot;</p>

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Tell us what you thought of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

One of the summer's most anticipated sequels hits theaters today

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is getting killer reviews and I couldn't be happier for Matt Reeves and company. Though I think some of them might be a little too effusive ("Godzilla" remains, for me, the movie of the summer), this is a fantastic showcase. And naturally, the technical prowess on display is phenomenal; pity it seems something else is destined to come along and snatch the Best Visual Effects Oscar from this team every time ("Hugo" in 2011, "Interstellar" this year?).

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Report: Colin Farrell is 'deep in negotiations' to join 'True Detective'

Report: Colin Farrell is “deep in negotiations” to join “True Detective”
It looks likely that Farrell will be part of the Season 2 cast, according to Deadline. PLUS: Taylor Kitsch is also reportedly in consideration for Season 2.

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MTV renews 'Catfish,' sends 'Shannara' to series
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MTV renews 'Catfish,' sends 'Shannara' to series

Plus, premiere dates for 'Awkward,' 'Happyland' and more

MTV kicked off its Television Critics Association press tour day on Friday (July 11) with a big series pickup, a big renewal and a slew of premiere dates.

The renewal is, if my Twitter feed is any indication, an important one: "Catfish: The TV Show" has been picked up for a fourth season. The adaptation of the hit Sundance documentary, "Catfish: The TV Show" is Wednesday's top original cable series among viewers 12-34. 

Shouldn't the ongoing existence of "Catfish" make it harder and harder for the obfuscations necessary for the ongoing existence of "Catfish"? I would thing so. But I would apparently be wrong.

MTV also gave a series order to "Shannara," based on the Terry Brooks fantasy series.

"Smallville" veterans Al Gough and Miles Millar are serving as writers and executive producers on the 10-episode first season, with Jonathan Liebesman ("Wrath of the Titans") directing the first two episodes. 

If this matters to you: The first "Shannara" season will actually be based on the second book in the series, "The Elfstones of Shannara."

MTV also announced premiere dates for "Are You The One?" (September 29), "Awkward" (September 23), "Faking It" (September 23) and "Happyland" (September 30)

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Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Kiss part of Live Nation/Yahoo free concert streaming service

Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Kiss part of Live Nation/Yahoo free concert streaming service

Dave Matthews Band kicks off daily concert for 365 days on July 15

Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews Band, Ray LaMontagne, John Legend, Wiz Khalifa, Kiss, and OneRepublic are among the acts whose concerts you can watch for free as part of Yahoo and Live Nation’s new partnership that will feature one live concert a day for 365 days.

The partnership, originally announced in April, released the first month’s line-up today. The series kicks off July 15 with Dave Matthews Band from its sold out show at  Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.

Live Nation has plenty of shows to choose from: the world’s largest promoter presents 23,000 concerts each year, said CEO Michael Rapino, in a statement. Kellogg has signed on as the sponsor of the series.

Concerts will air on yahoo.com/live. Here’s the line-up for the first month:


July 15 Dave Matthews Band
July 16 The Fray
July 17 The Neighbourhood
July 18 Michael Franti &Spearhead
July 19 KISS
July 20 Chevelle
July 21 Common
July 22 Everclear
July 23 Jurassic 5
July 24 311
July 25 Wiz Khalifa
July 26 Ray LaMontagne
July 27 Three Days Grace
July 28 Jess McCartney
July 29 Gogol Bordello
July 30 Panic @ the Disco
Aug 01 Toad the Wet Sprocket
Aug 02 Rixton
Aug 03 Daughtry
Aug 04 Sick Puppies
Aug 05 Gavin DeGraw
Aug 07 MKTO
Aug 08 The Kooks
Aug 09 David Gray
Aug 10 OneRepublic
Aug 11 Lila Downs
Aug 13 Emblem3

(We don’t know if the Emblem3 date should be Aug. 12 or if Yahoo still needs to fill in Aug. 12)

 

 

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MTV renews 'Catfish'

MTV renews “Catfish”
The reality hit will be back for a 4th season.


"The Good Wife" is bringing Josh Charles back, as a director
Charles says he’s expected to direct his 4th episode of the CBS drama.


MTV greenlights fantasy series “Shannara”
The “high fantasy” show is based on Terry Books’ series of novels.


Watch VH1’s “Dating Naked” trailer
There’s a lot of blurring, except for the bottoms.

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<p>&quot;Welcome to Sweden&quot;</p>

"Welcome to Sweden"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Big Brother' leads CBS Thursday, while 'Sweden,' 'Engels' have OK launches

'Hell's Kitchen' and 'Gang Related' have FOX in second in the demo

Fast National ratings for Thursday, July 10, 2014.

The season's second "Big Brother" eviction delivered Thursday's best key demo numbers and combined with a "Big Bang Theory" repeat to help CBS lead primetime in most measures.

Also on Thursday, NBC's "Welcome to Sweden" premiered got off to a decent start, with the launch of "Working the Engels" dipping a bit. Both comedies came in below the May premiere for "Undateable," but "Sweden" was above recent "Undateable" numbers and "Working the Engels" was comparable.

Among other notables, ABC's "NY Med" and "Rookie Blue" were consistent and helped the network finish second overall, while "Hell's Kitchen" helped FOX take second in the key demographic.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Masters of Sex</p>

Masters of Sex

Credit: Showtime

Review: Showtime's 'Masters of Sex' better than ever in season 2

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan continue to shine

Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson spend much of the second season premiere of the Showtime drama "Masters of Sex" (Sunday at 10) trying to redefine the nature and parameters of their relationship after the events of the show's marvelous first season. Are they now a couple? Is this just an affair? Is it still simply one small component of their groundbreaking study on human sexuality?

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck continues her war with Rosie on Instagram

Elisabeth Hasselbeck continues her war with Rosie on Instagram
Read the Fox News star’s hand-written response to Rosie O’Donnell.


"HIMYM" co-creator: We're done with “How I Met Your Dad”
Carter Bays says a report of redeveloping the pilot for next year is untrue. "I don't know why I keep reading articles about this, but since nobody bothers asking us: We are really, truly not working on HIMYD anymore,” he tweeted, adding: "HIMYD was fun to work on, terrific cast, terrific writer, but it's over now and we have other stuff we want to do ... .Maybe in the future it could be something, but I think we need to try something new before we go back to it." Adds co-creator Craig Thomas: "Sadly, that project will not move forward."


Why the Emmy nominations process is “completely insane”
The entire process has become a “dungeon of traps” to ensure that the best shows don’t get through.


CNN’s S.E. Cupp could join “The View"
Cupp could end up becoming the conservative panelist on the ABC talk show.


Brian Williams makes a sex joke about screwing on “NBC Nightly News"
"How long until someone on television points out that during the shutdown the folks in Washington are apparently doing at home what Washington has been accused of doing to the American people?”


“Welcome to Sweden” debuts to 3.5 million
The Amy Poehler’s brother comedy had a soft debut, despite NBC calling it the 2nd highest-rated summer comedy launch in five years (after "Undateable").


A Ted Williams miniseries is in the works
The baseball legend’s life will be adapted from the book "The Kid: The Immortal Life Of Ted Williams.”


“Glee” star Becca Tobin's boyfriend found dead in a hotel room
Police are seeking to interview Tobin after her boyfriend was found face down in a hotel room in Philadelphia, reports TMZ.


“Homeland” Season 4 details, revealed
Carrie will be mentally stable next season, producers promise — at least when it comes to managing her mental illness.


Jimmy Fallon reflected on his 6 Emmy noms during his “Tonight Show” monologue
Fallon devoted 2 1/2 minutes to joking about being nominated.


Dana Carvey sings “Choppin’ Broccoli” with an orchestra on Fallon
Watch Carvey redo his classic “SNL” sketch.


Jerry Seinfeld is now a model
Seinfeld is making his modeling debut for Rag & Bone's Spring/Summer 2015 Collection.


Fred Armisen is doing bits for Seth Meyers from “Portlandia”
Watch the first installment of Armisen’s “FredEx” segment.


Joel McHale: My “True Detective” spoof Emmy nomination shows the power of Matthew McConaughey
"It just shows you how successful McConaughey has been the last couple years — even when you parody him, you get nominated,” says the first-time Emmy nominee. "He’s nominated, and the parody of him is nominated, so I’m sure they’ll be having us present together."


Claim: “Downton Abbey” stars told to lose weight and stop snacking on set
"Between takes and reshoots some actors were munching through a loaf’s worth of sarnies,” a source tells The Sun.


With an Emmy nomination, Jodie Foster is becoming known for her TV-directing skills
Foster earned her 2nd overall Emmy nomination yesterday for directing “Orange is the New Black.”


FX delivering exclusive “The Strain” content to Xbox users
The content includes a fan Q&A with Guillermo del Toro and behind-the-scenes videos.


James Gandolfini’s son attends a charity event with his dad’s “Sopranos” co-star
Check out Michael Gandolfini, 14, with Tony Sirico.


Janice Dickinson apologizes to Tyra Banks
“The one regret I've had is badmouthing Miss Tyra Banks when I was not speaking with a sober mindset,” Dickinson says of her former “America’s Next Top Model” co-star.


“American Idol” tour loses one of its singers
Seventh-place finisher Dexter Roberts has been too ill to participate.

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<p>The Strain</p>

The Strain

Credit: FX

Review: Guillermo del Toro's FX vampire thriller 'The Strain'

CDC doctors try to contain an outbreak of undead origins

Guillermo del Toro is the kind of filmmaker who leaves me wanting more — just not always in the best way. Whether he's adapting someone else's work with the "Hellboy" films, or inventing his own stories with something like "Pan's Labyrinth," del Toro leaves no hallucinatory stone unturned, no burst of inspiration unexplored. I've often walked out of his movies impressed by the depth and breadth of the creativity on display, yet frustrated at how little time there was to thoroughly explore it all. I wouldn't want to take away the big budgets and fancy effects work that he can apply to something like "Pacific Rim," but I've been itching for a while to see what del Toro might do with an ongoing television series, where he could drill down deep and expand each concept to its fullest, rather than rushing to fit them all into two hours.

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