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Everybody will be back on 'American Idol' next season

Everybody will be back on “American Idol” next season
Ryan Seacrest wil be back for Season 14, along with judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. This is the first time since Season 11 that all the judges are returning.

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Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban set 'American Idol' Season 14 return
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Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban set 'American Idol' Season 14 return

Ryan Seacrest will also be back for next spring's tightened run

Confirming what we pretty much already knew, FOX announced on Monday afternoon that Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. will return as "American Idol" judges for next spring's 14th installment.

The network also cleared up the general lack of suspense surrounding Ryan Seacrest and his return. Short version? Yes. Ryan Seacrest will maintain his place as "American Idol" Designated Continuity. 

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USA-Portugal soccer sets record, 'Last Ship' draws big on Sunday
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USA-Portugal soccer sets record, 'Last Ship' draws big on Sunday

ESPN and Univision both get big audiences for key tie

The premiere of TNT's "The Last Ship" outdrew ABC's "Rising Star" launch on Sunday (June 22) night, but all other programming was overshadowed by the record-setting numbers for USA-Portugal soccer.

Yes, America. We love battleships and soccer simultaneously now.

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Review: 'Snowpiercer' is a bold and brilliant science-fiction vision
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Review: 'Snowpiercer' is a bold and brilliant science-fiction vision

A great cast knocks it out of the park in this one-of-a-kind thriller

One of the things that has been fascinating during the last 15 years of writing about films has been watching the way various genres or movements or international scenes have had their moment. One of the most exciting of those was the emergence of the new Korean cinema, and there were so many good movies and so many exciting filmmakers working all at once that it felt like something very special.

I have a particular fondness for the work of Bong Joon-ho, and I think he's managed to avoid being pigeonholed because of the way he's never really repeated himself as a filmmaker. My first exposure to his work was at the Fantasia Film Festival, where I saw "Barking Dogs Never Bite." Right away, I was drawn in by his kinetic sense and by the very human weaknesses of his characters. "Memories Of Murder," his next film, positively destroyed me. It's as rich and rewarding a crime movie as Fincher's "Zodiac," and it's also built on a foundation of frustration. When he made a monster movie with "The Host," what made it special was the way he also took the opportunity to comment on the dissolution of the modern Korean family. His last film, "Mother," defies any easy genre characterization, and it features maybe the strongest performance in any of his films so far.

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Kristen Bell is pregnant with her 2nd child

Kristen Bell is pregnant with her 2nd child
The “House of Lies” star is expecting Baby No. 2 with Dax Shepard.

Shark Week expands by 2 episodes
This year’s Shark Week will contain 13 episodes, up from last year's 11.

“Dallas” books Melinda Clarke as one of Bobby Ewing’s girlfriends from the original series
“The O.C.” alum will guest as Tracey McKay, who was played by Beth Toussaint during Seasons 12 and 13 of the original “Dallas.”

Disney XD orders “Pickle & Peanut” starring Jon Heder
The animated buddy comedy stars Heder as an emotional pickle and Johnny Pemberton as a freewheeling peanut.

Has Brian Williams jumped the shark?
The NBC News anchor-turned-rapped-turned-Don Rickles roaster seems to be more interested in comedy than news these days.

"The Legend of Korra” returns Friday
Watch a clip of the first episode of Season 3.

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Mark Wahlberg discusses how important 'Transformers' is to his kids
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Mark Wahlberg discusses how important 'Transformers' is to his kids

Plus we learn how 'Ted' got him ready for the giant robots

Hong Kong in the summer time is a whole different magnitude of hot and humid than I think I've ever experienced before. While I'm sorry we didn't end up doing the interviews for "Transformer: Age Of Extinction" outside where you could have seen more of the city, I get it. It was punishing weather, and I'm sure if you're Mark Wahlberg, you don't want to to spend six hours sitting in that while people ask you about working with giant robots.

I am an unabashed fan of Wahlberg, both as an on-screen presence and as a person. I think he's had a fascinating personal evolution over the last twenty years, and I love the way filmmakers have evolved their own thinking about how to cast him and what roles he fits. One of the best things that happened to him was when people realized that his earnestness can be wildly hilarious in the right context.

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Prince's 'Batman' and 13 other top soundtracks by one artist

Prince's 'Batman' and 13 other top soundtracks by one artist

"The Graduate," "Magnolia," and "Harold & Maude" also make the list

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the release of “Batman,” a movie that is much beloved by much of the Hitfix staff, not only for Tim Burton’s dystopian vision of Gotham, but for Prince’s outrageously dynamic soundtrack and Danny Elfman's ominous score.  Five years after Prince’s magnum opus, “Purple Rain”—and two years after the less-said-about-it-better “Under the Cherry Moon”—Prince’s songs for “Batman” became as synonymous with  the movie as Michael Keaton’s doleful Batman and Jack Nicholson’s over-the-top Joker.  Using Prince, who recorded for Warner Bros., provided nice synergy between the film studio and the record label.

Of course, by 1989, quite a few movies had featured soundtracks composed by one act:  Simon & Garfunkel and “The Graduate,” Curtis Mayfield and “Superfly,” and Bob Dylan and “Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid,” to name a few. Not only was Prince's soundtrack a perfect fit for the movie,  it was a commercial success, spending six weeks atop the Billboard 200 and selling more than 3 million copies in the U.S. alone.

Below are our top picks for best soundtracks by one artists.  A few caveats: While in some cases, the artist also wrote some of the score, we did not include score-only contributions; we also allowed for a little leeway if one or two songs by another artist was included in the soundtrack, as long as the overwhelming majority was by one artist (that’s why “Saturday Night Live” isn’t among our selections). We also didn’t include vehicles about the acts where they provided the score (like The Beatles’ “Hard Day’s Night”).

Check out our other "Batman" coverage:

25 Years Later: What Happened to the "Batman" cast and crew
Kris Tapley's homage to "Batman"
Our Favorite lines from "Batman" we can't stop quoting
From Batman to Joker: Which Actor Played These "Batman" Roles Best?

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Ed Sheeran

Album Review: Ed Sheeran's 'X' adds up to strong, confessional set

British singer/songwriter gets assist from Pharrell Williams and Rick Rubin

Ed Sheeran is a ginger Byron for the Millennial generation: he documents his alcohol-soaked misadventures in love with a dark vulnerability that seems to grasp that they are often doomed before they start. And yet, Sheeran goes back to dead-end road again and again looking for a different result, filled with optimism.

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Barbara Walters to return to 'The View' — 6 weeks after her retirement

Barbara Walters to return to “The View” — 6 weeks after her retirement
Walters will appear on Friday’s episode, taping Wednesday, as a guest to promote her “20/20" interview with the father of Santa Barbara killer Elliot Rodger.

TBS will celebrate “Seinfeld’s” 25th anniversary all next week
“Seinfeld” debuted on July 5, 1989. And to celebrate, TBS is airing 25 of “Seinfeld’s” most famous episodes all next week.

“Grey’s Anatomy” promotes Caterina Scorsone
The “Private Practice” alum will become a series regular next season.

USA vs. Portugal was the most-watched U.S. soccer match ever
The 18.22 million who watched yesterday’s tie game surpassed the 1999 Women’s World Cup final, which had 17.97 million viewers.

“The Last Ship” has cable’s most-watched premiere of 2014
About 5.3 million watched TNT’s Michael Bay drama.

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AMC renews 'Turn'

AMC renews “Turn”
The Revolutionary War drama, which averaged 2 million viewers in its first season, will be back for a 10-episode 2nd season.

Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic will delve into her controversial relationship with R. Kelly
The late R&B singer allegedly married R. Kelly, her mentor, when she was 15 and he was 27.

The Johnny Carson musical is beginning rehearsals
Henry Bushkin, the former lawyer for “The Tonight Show” host who wrote a Carson tell-all last year, will be hosting rehearsals at his summer home.

Martin Freeman: I didn’t audition for “Fargo” — "They didn’t even ask to hear the accent”
"It could have all gone very, very bad,” says the British actor. "Yeah, I was surprised that they didn’t want to hear that. ’Cause I could have had a cloth ear.”

Christina Hendricks speaks on ending the “'Mad Men' Era" at a White House summit
The actress was a speaker at today’s White House Summit on Working Families.

“Game of Thrones’” Maisie Williams: I hope we see The Hound again
Williams recalls long shooting days with Rory McCann, where they’d speak an “egg language” to each other. PLUS: One fan has become a master of “GoT” impressions.

NFL may add a HelmetCam
A small camera tucked in the padding of a helmet could be the future of the NFL on TV.

TCM to pay tribute to Ruby Dee
Saturday’s tribute will feature two of her films — "The Edge of the City” and “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Is the “Orphan Black” twist a smart move?
Can the new characters be as strong as the old ones?

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Review: FX's 'Tyrant'

A messy creative origin leads to a messy show

The story behind the making of FX's new drama "Tyrant" is ultimately much more interesting than "Tyrant" itself. A lot of people came and went from this project, a lot of people fought for its future, and a lot of obvious stumbling blocks were ignored because there was a real passion to get it made. But the finished product doesn't suggest something nearly worth all the fussing and fighting.

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Stephen Sondheim

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Stephen Sondheim calls his 'Into the Woods' comments 'misreporting'

Accuses The New Yorker of 'false impressions' in his initial commentary

One can only figure that Disney was none-too-pleased with Stephen Sondheim's comments regarding the upcoming film adaptation of "Into the Woods." Last week, he seemed to offer a disparaging tone in noting that significant changes to the story's content had been made (though he did note that if he had been in Disney's shoes, he would have made the same conservative calls). Today, through his lawyer, Sondheim has issued a statement to Playbill to clarify.

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