August 25th, 2014

Iggy Azalea to launch footwear collection with Steve Madden!

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Iggy Azalea is not just the breakout music star of the summer — she’s also making big inroads into the fashion world.

Page Six has exclusively learned that the Australian “Fancy” rapper, who performed her single “Black Widow” with Rita Ora at the VMAs, has formed a footwear collaboration with shoe magnate Steve Madden.

In a match made in shoe heaven, Iggy — famed for her bold and sexy style — and Madden will unveil their collection in February 2015.
http://pagesix.com/2014/08/24/iggy-azalea-to-launch-footwear-collection-with-steve-madden/

Robin Williams donated his bike to charity auction before death

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Several weeks before his death, Robin Williams donated a handmade Pegoretti bicycle to the Drever Family Foundation’s annual Hotbed benefit in Tiburon, Calif., which took place this past weekend.

We’re told the comedian was a close friend of Jan and Maxwell Drever and their family and was planning to attend the gala before his suicide two weeks ago.

The bike went for $20,000 at the gala’s live auction Saturday night to raise funds for the Bay Area education charity 10,000 Degrees.
http://pagesix.com/2014/08/25/robin-williams-donated-his-bike-to-charity-auction-before-death/

Ed Sheeran: I Recorded Two Songs with David Guetta!

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Before Ed Sheeran took the MTV Video Music Awards stage to accept his first-ever VMA for Best Male Video for "Sing," the U.K. singer-songwriter dished to Billboard on his most recent collaboration. Sheeran was recently in the studio with none other than David Guetta, the French producer/DJ behind smash hits like "Titanium" and "Sexy Bitch."

"Two days ago, I wrote and recorded two songs with David Guetta, for some other people to sing," Sheeran told Billboard's Keith Caulfield on the VMAs red carpet. "I'm going in tomorrow to do some stuff for myself."

Sheeran has had a stellar year releasing and performing his sophomore album, x, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 albums chart in June. "Sing," produced by Pharrell Williams, was a Top 20 hit for the singer-songwriter, who is touring North America behind his second album but says he is finding some downtime to write new material.

"This is the only time I can write -- when you're promoting, there's no time at all," says Sheeran, who recently released an EP for his new single "Don't" that includes a remix with Rick Ross.
http://www.billboard.com/articles/events/vma/6229228/ed-sheeran-david-guetta-mtv-vmas
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Proof that People Actually Won Awards at the Worst VMAs Ever



Everyone was a winner at the 2014 VMAs.

Well, actually, not really. Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award winner Beyonce was the biggest winner of the night with three Moonmen, while Miley, Ariana and 5SOS also won big.

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I like that it says Miley, Ariana, and 5SOS "won big" when they each won one award just like basically everyone else.

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More pre-Emmy parties

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Actor William H. Macy attends Showtime 2014 Emmy Eve Soiree at Sunset Tower on August 24, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.

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The Simpsons’ Marathon More Than Triples Primetime Audience for FXX



FXX scored solid ratings in primetime Thursday with its “The Simpsons” marathon, more than tripling the network’s usual audience and contributing to the nascent channel’s most-watched day ever.

According to Nielsen estimates, the six half-hours of “The Simpsons” averaged a 0.49 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.01 million viewers overall. The demo score was good enough for a fifth-place primetime finish for FXX — ahead of parent network FX as well as cable biggies including TNT and USA.

FXX also ranked No. 1 in basic cable primetime Thursday in men 18-34.

Last week in primetime, FXX averaged a 0.13 rating in adults 18-49 (165,000 in that age group) and 304,000 viewers overall. Also by way of comparison, the most recent original of the net’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” averaged a 0.35 rating in the demo and 535,000 total viewers.

On a total-day basis, Thursday crushed FXX records, soaring 618% above its prior average in adults 18-49 (402,000 vs. 56,000) and 524% higher in total viewers (624,000 vs. 100,000).

All 552 “Simpsons” episodes will be airing in chronological order on FXX, which started the marathon earlier Thursday with the pilot episode from December 1989.

In primetime on Thursday, the top-rated “Simpsons” aired at 8:30 p.m., “Itchy & Scratchy & Marge,” averaging a 0.59 rating in 18-49 and 1.23 million total viewers. The early primetime peak is likely the result of increased cable comedy competition in the 9 o’clock hour, including “The Big Bang Theory” on TBS and current “Simpsons” Fox skedmate “Family Guy,” airing on Adult Swim.

During the 10 o’clock hour, “The Simpsons” averaged a 0.42 rating in adults 18-49 and 872,000 total viewers — beating out FX’s firstrun-comedy combo of “Married” (0.39 in 18-49, 678,000) and “You’re the Worst” (0.31, 555,000).


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Really just an excuse to talk about the marathon--how much did you watch this weekend ONTD? Has your favorite episode aired yet? Is FXX using the incorrect aspect ratio cutting out your favorite gags?
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Ariana Grande and Big Sean Hold Hands And Go Public With Some Kind Of Relationship

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New relationship alert! Ariana Grande and Big Sean went public as a couple at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 24 — getting caught on camera holding hands backstage at the awards show.

The MTV dressing room hallway cam caught the loved-up pair walking hand-in-hand down a narrow corridor just moments after the 21-year-old singer finished her performance of "Bang Bang." The footage was aired in a super-speedy clip just before a commercial break.

It's the first time the pair have shown any PDA in public, although rumors of a relationship have been swirling for the past month, fueled by their professional collaboration on Grande's new single "Best Mistake," as Us Weekly previously reported.

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Beyonce's VMAs Performance with her vocals isolated

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When we put up the isolated vocal track from Taylor Swift's MTV Video Music Awards performance last night, skeptics protested that "you could do that with any performer and it would sound just as bad." In response, here's Beyoncé's full 16-minute, show-ending mini-set, using just the unaltered audio from her microphone track.

We've again overlaid a spectrum analysis for a visual representation of her skill (and, for better or worse, her vibrato), which is evident even amid all the dancing and strutting and whatnot.

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Justin Hartley Was Almost Not ‘Y&R’s’ New Adam Newman?



As they celebrated their first anniversary as hosts of “Soap Box with Lilly & Martha” on Thursday, August 21, former daytime soap stars Lilly Melgar (“General Hospital”) and Martha Madison (“Days of our Lives”) had soap journalist Michael Maloney, talent manager Michael Bruno and online soap reporter Michael Fairman on as guests as they discussed the week’s biggest soap opera news. No story was bigger this past week than the news of Justin Hartley (“Passions,” “Revenge,” “Mistresses”) returning to daytime television to portray a recast Adam Newman on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” According to Bruno, however, there was a chance that the role could have gone to Hartley’s former “Smallville” co-star Tom Welling, “Sex and the City’s” Jason Lewis or “Queer as Folk’s’” Gale Harold.


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The Emmys' Robin Williams Tribute Better Be Better Than That Terrible VMAs Effort

There's been a ton of criticism for MTV's tribute to the comedian

In amongst Ariana, Nicki and Jessie's Bang-tastic opening performance and a load of Moon Men, last night's MTV VMAs managed to make a mockery of Robin Williams, with a hastily put together 23 second tribute, that many slammed as "offensive".

There was no indication that the VMAs, a music event, would even be honouring the late actor. Instead the organisers launched into an unannounced montage which lasted less than 30 seconds.

Set to Coldplay, the montage of photos ended as abruptly as it started, cutting to a style file about Iggy Azalea’s hairdo. The audience inside The Forum seemed as shocked as everyone watching at home by the shoe-horned in tribute, with the lack of applause speaking volumes. Take a look below...


Fans at home were fuming with MTV, with many branding it "offensive" while others said it would have been more respectful if there was no tribute at all.

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OFFICIAL! Eminem announces new DOUBLE CD!!

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Shady XV, a two-CD compilation featuring an album of Eminem's greatest hits and an album of new material from Eminem, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, D-12 and Yelawolf, will be released Nov. 28. The album will also feature collaborations with guest artists. The new Eminem single, “Guts Over Fear” featuring Sia, is being released Aug. 25. The single is featured in trailers for Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer, which hits theaters Sept. 26. “Guts Over Fear” is also the film's closing credits song which is produced by Emile Haynie, producer of Eminem’s Grammy-winning Recovery.

Eminem dropped hints about the album over the weekend, wearing a T-shirt with the words "Shady XV" at his homecoming show at Detroit's Comerica Park and using the #SHADYXV hashtag on Twitter over the weekend.

The new album is the 15th release in the 15-year history of Shady Records, which Eminem founded with his manager Paul Rosenberg. New albums from Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse are expected soon.
http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6229233/eminem-announces-shady-xv-compilation-with-new-track-guts-over-fear

Prince Set to Release First Solo Album in Four Years

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Prince is back.The musician announced Monday morning that he will release his first solo album in four years, entitled Artificial Age, out Sept. 30.

The news was delivered via 3rd Eye Girl, who also noted that the funk 'n' roll band will release a full-length album, Plectrum Electrum, on Sept. 30 as well. Both albums are currently available for presale online.The all-female ensemble -- American drummer Hannah Ford, Canadian guitarist Donna Grantis and Danish bassist Ida Nielsen -- made the announcement when they stopped by Good Morning America (below_ on Monday, also previewing Prince's new song "Clouds."

While Prince has not released a full-length album since 2010, the singer did record a duet with Zooey Deschanel in March and premiered the track on the post-Super Bowl episode of New Girl. He has been touring with 3rd Eye Girl in Europe.
http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/6229256/prince-new-solo-album-artificial-age-3rd-eye-girl-plectrum-electrum
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Brian Patrick Wade Joins Marvel's Agents of SHIELD As Absorbing Man

Marvel Entertainment has revealed that "Teen Wolf" actor Brian Patrick Wade has joined the cast of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." as Carl "Crusher" Creel, AKA Absorbing Man! As his name implies, Creel's powers allow him to take on the properties of any surface or object he touches, making him super strong as well as nearly indestructible. You can check out the first official image of Wade in the role below.

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‘The Leftovers’ Season 1 Finale Synopsis Released; What Will Happen In ‘The Prodigal Son Returns'?



It feels like just yesterday we witnessed 2 percent of the world’s population mysteriously vanish from earth during the series premiere of the HBO drama, “The Leftovers.” Now, seven weeks later, fans are preparing themselves for another heavy-hitting disappearance – the show’s Season 1 finale.

The thrilling first installment of Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta’s drama will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 10 p.m. ET with episode 10, “The Prodigal Son Returns.” And according to the synopsis for the Season 1 finale, viewers are in for one heck of a nail-biting episode.

The summary for episode 10 reveals “an unexpected ally will help Kevin (Justin Theroux) get out of a jam near the town of Cairo.” Unfamiliar with the area of Cairo? Well, never worry – because fans will get their fair share of information on the town when episode 8, titled “Cairo,” airs (aired) on Sunday, Aug. 17. Pay close attention for clues!

The Season 1 finale synopsis continues to explain that while Kevin is swindling himself out of another chaotic situation, an elaborate “Memorial Day initiative by the Guilty Remnant will plunge Mapleton” into mayhem. With Kevin out of town, who will stop the Mapleton residents from pummeling members of the Guilty Remnant to death?

It was also revealed that Holy Wayne himself will make a Season 1 finale appearance when he grants one last final wish. Does that mean viewers should anticipate a Wayne-less Season 2? It was recently revealed that “The Leftovers” was officially renewed for a second season, which means it’s quite plausible for the Season 1 finale to leave us with some major cliffhangers.(This IS Lindelof we're talking about here...)

I haven't watched last night's episode yet because I was in the VMAs live viewing post so I'll be staying out of the comments here until later tonight, BUT what questions do you guys have that you'd like answered in the finale, ONTD? What mysteries are you ok w/ going unsolved/possibly resolved in Season 2?

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'The Quest' is the best reality show you haven't been watching.




Everealm, the fictional setting of ABC's new fantasy-meets-reality TV experiment The Quest, is a land under siege. But a prophecy predicts the kingdom will find salvation in one True Hero, to be picked from a lot of 12 strangers from another land.

The actual identity of said hero is to be determined — and it's also the whole point of the show.


"We took a typical challenge-challenge-elimination reality show format and plopped it down in the middle of a movie," executive producer Rob Eric tells Mashable. "We said, 'How do we merge these two?'"

The answer was: with a lot of imagination.

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The Quest premieres on ABC Thursdays at 8/7c.

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This show is so much fun. It's like LARPing, but with a Disney budget. The production quality is great-- it takes place in an honest to god castle, and the prosthetics are movie grade. With as many LOTR/Hobbit/Fantasy fans as there are in this place, I'm really surprised that there isn't any chatter about this here.

You can catch up on the first four episodes on Hulu - http://www.hulu.com/the-quest
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Lifetime orders "The Omen" sequel "Damien" to series

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Lifetime’s The Omen-inspired horror series is a go: The cable network has given a straight-to-series order to Damien, a modern-day drama based on Twentieth Century Fox’s The Omen horror franchise.

The Lifetime revamp is written and executive produced by former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara. The series will follow the adult life of Damien Thorn, “the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.”

“Glen Mazzara has re-imagined him as a dark, romantic, anti-hero and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original,” said Rob Sharenow, exec vp and general manager of Lifetime.

Lifetime has ordered six initial episodes of Damien and expects to debut the series next year.

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Anna Silk announces Lost Girl will end after season five





Anna Silk has announced via a teary-eyed video on Twitter that Lost Girl, the Canadian Showcase original series imported to Syfy, will end after the upcoming 16-episode fifth season. Producers learned of the show’s fate early enough in the season to craft a satisfying conclusion for fans. “Honestly, I thought we might get one more, but I knew that this could be the last season,” Silk tells EW. “It’s time, in a way. In terms of the story, I think we could have done another. But I’m happy that we’re saying goodbye in a particularly strong season, and I’m pleased that we’re gonna go out with a bang.”

What excites her most about season five? “There’s just something very clear-headed about my character this year. She’s been through so much on this show. My god,” Silk says of succubus Bo. “It’s almost like she went through so much that she’s just pushed it all to the side. Even though she’s still dealing with a lot of the supernatural things that happen in her world, she’s operating at the height of her intelligence, and I love that.”

After the shocking death of Hale (K.C. Collins) in season four’s 11th hour, and Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) sacrificing herself in the season finale, the beginning of season 5 is Bo on a mission to get Kenzi back. “Nothing is gonna stop her,” Silk says. “I like that kind of drive in a character and that kind of energy in an episode—boom, boom, boom.”

Silk’s wish list for season five was simple: “I hope that Bo realizes her full power, what that is. But she grew up thinking she was human, so that’s a part of her, and I want her to keep that,” Silk says. She was also hoping producers relent and grant her the action sequence she’s long requested. “They’re probably never gonna do it, but I would love to do an homage to Catherine Zeta-Jones in Entrapment under all the lasers. I want to do that,” she says. “It would be sexy and cool.”

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Copy of Action Comics #1 sells for record-breaking $3.2 million.

Auction for the first comics appearance of Superman breaks previous record set by Nic Cage's copy for $2.1 million.
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An original Superman comic, sold for 10 cents at a West Virginia newsstand in 1938, was purchased at auction Sunday night for $3.2 million, making it the most expensive comic book ever sold.


The copy of Action Comics No. 1, which features a caped Superman lifting an automobile, was sold on EBay by Darren Adams of Pristine Comics in Federal Way, Wash. The previous record for a comic book was $2.1 million, for another Action Comics No. 1, sold by the actor Nicolas Cage in 2011.


Superman was the brainchild of Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, both North American-born sons of European Jewish immigrants. Their creation is widely credited as the beginning of the superhero genre. The comic book had a print run of 200,000 copies, but only 100 or so survive today, and most of those have had some restoration work done to them.


“This book is like a museum piece,” Adams told the Washington Post. “It’s a freak-of-nature work.” The colors are especially vivid on both the covers, and interior pages, which show a baby Superman (in diapers) lifting furniture over his head, and Superman as a young man wearing a business suit and leaping over a skyscraper.


Adams describes the comic book’s provenance in a YouTube video. Purchased off a newsstand by a man from West Virginia in 1938, the comic book was stored in a cedar chest “at high altitude” for four decades. When the man died, a collector purchased it from his estate.


A couple of owners and more than 30 years later, Adams purchased it. He first saw the copy in a bank vault. “It wasn’t just a copy of Action Comics No. 1. It was the copy," he said. "I was floored. The emotion was overwhelming.” Adams paid seven figures for it.


On the CGC comic book grading scale, it rates a 9.0, the highest rated of any of the three dozen known, unrestored copies in existence.


Adams and EBay are donating 1% of the sale price to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for spinal-cord injury and paralysis research.

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Kardashians apparently texting during the VMA Ferguson tribute

People Are Mad That It Looked Like The Kardashians Were Texting During The Ferguson Tribute At The VMAs

During a tribute to the conflicts in Ferguson, Mo., MTV’s audience cam cut to the Kardashians.


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BuzzFeed has reached out to MTV to confirm that the footage of the Kardashians texting happened during the moment of silence and wasn’t on a delay and shown by mistake.

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Doctor Who criticized for featuring first on-screen lesbian kiss



The latest episode of the sci-fi series, titled Deep Breath, aired last night on BBC One to over 7 million people, in addition to special screenings in over 400 cinemas.

In the episode, Silurian lizard-woman Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) was forced to lock lips with her human wife Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) – the first time they have done so on screen. The pair have recurred on the show since 2011 and have long been portrayed as lovers. The episode featured clockwork droids who sense life forms by their breath, with Jenny attempting to hold her breath to avoid them. When she struggled to breathe, however, Madame Vastra helped her survive by sharing her own oxygen.

Although the episode has received a generally positive reaction from fans, some have attacked the “unnecessary” kiss and they show’s “blatant gay agenda”.

One reviewer wrote: “Found those characters that liked to display their preferences to be inappropriate for a children’s program, but the BBC seem to want to become a porn channel and are slowly edging into it. I think they wish to come out of the closet, well I have no objection to that if they become a private adult channel, but not on our licence fee.”

Another wrote: “I thought it was gratuitous and not particularly welcome in a family show aimed at kids. It just seems [executive producer Steven Moffat] is on some weird, lizard-lesbian perv trip.”

Last night’s episode also touched on the unconventional nature of the relationship of the pair – who live in Victorian London – with Jenny acknowledging the need to pose as Vastra’s “maid” to keep their relationship a secret.

Doctor Who has featured several prominent LGB characters, such as John Barrowman’s omnisexual Captain Jack Harkness, since its revival in 2005.

Deep Breath marked the debut of Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, taking over from Matt Smith, who regenerated during last year’s Christmas special, and made a surprise cameo in last night’s episode.

Doctor Who is set to continue next Saturday, August 30, on BBC One.

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Miley to Ryan Secreast on the VMAs: The Only Person I Told Was Juicy J

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Miley Cyrus won the biggest award of the night at the MTV Video Music Awards — Video of the Year for “Wrecking Ball” — and she used that worldwide platform for good.

Instead of walking to the stage to accept her Moon Man, she sent her good friend Jesse from My Friend’s Place in Los Angeles in her place to tell everyone his story and shed some light on the issue of homeless and runaway youth in America, “who are starving, lost, and scared for their lives right now."

Miley, who watched his speech with tears in her eyes from her seat, called in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Monday morning to talk more about what inspired her to make the bold move … and how she spent the rest of her night post-VMAs.

“First of all, I have to thank all my fans because they put put me on to the highest platform I could have been on and given me and Jesse the biggest voice we could have,” she explains. “The reason it was so important at the VMAs is because it’s for young people. Jesse is my same age and that’s what this show is for. I think people need to see this … at least, I know I did after last year … to remember what matters.”

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What Beef? Here’s Nicki Minaj And Iggy Azalea Showing Love Backstage At The VMAs

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The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards was the year’s most exciting night in music television, but while you were tuned in watching Beyoncé win her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and Taylor Swift shake it off, there were plenty moments backstage that you didn’t see.

First off, it was all love between Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea, despite all the rumors of a female rap beef. “You did great,” Iggy told Nicki as she passed her just as MTV News began to conduct our interview with the “Anaconda” spitter.

“Thank you baby,” Ms. Minaj responded with a warm and welcoming smile.

We were posted backstage for a large part of the day and watched Jay Z as he arrived with Blue Ivy in his arms. Daddy and daughter made a bee-line straight to Beyoncé as she got ready for her performance.

Ariana Grande‘s dressing room was right down the hall from Bey’s and a great spot to just be a fly on the way, because right after Ms. Grande won for Best Pop Video we spotted her and Big Sean walking down the hall holding hands. New couple alert?

Speaking of new couples, what’s up with Katy Perry and Riff Raff, we don’t actually believe that the “This is How Do” collaborators are dating, but they were hanging backstage even when the television cameras weren’t there to capture them.

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Lizzy Caplan Denies Dating James Marsden

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Though the duo has been spotted out spending time together, Lizzy Caplan is setting the record straight about her relationship with Bachelorette costar James Marsden.

"He's just one of my best friends," the actress told PEOPLE at Showtime's Emmy Eve Soiree on Sunday. "He's one of my dearest friends."
But even if the pals were romantically linked, the Mean Girls star is quick to point out that she'd keep it a secret."I wouldn't tell you anyway!" she said of Marsden, who split from his wife of 11 years in 2011.

While it's unclear whether Caplan, 32, has a date lined up for this year's Emmy Awards, the first-time nominee plans to have a good time before the show. "I have a lot of friends coming to hang out. There will be food. And they will be drinking. I will probably get slightly annoyed and looking for a moment of quiet and solitude, which I will not get," she joked. "And in the car ride there, I will be very happy that all the people showed up to hang with me. It's awesome. The fact my friends want to come hang is really nice."
http://www.people.com/article/lizzy-caplan-denies-dating-james-marsden
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The Liberation of Lizzy Caplan



How after dozens of false starts, the star of 'Masters of Sex' finally got on top



A bone scraper and a sausage piper surround Lizzy Caplan, and yet she is nowhere near the set of her show, Masters of Sex. She is wearing jeans and open-toe sandals. This may have been a mistake, since she is walking into a refrigerator filled with dead pigs on hooks. It's a tight fit into the meat locker of Lindy & Grundys, a posh Los Angeles butcher shop, and one of her human shoulders brushes against a pork shoulder. Caplan lets out a small yelp.

"This is horrifying," she says with a grin. "I don't eat a lot of pig because the outside is the same color as the meat. You need that disconnect you get with beef."

Caplan is here for a sausage-making class, and, a little later, she is introduced to the Dickeron, a swordlike knife-sharpening contraption. Her hair, in a Fifties bob for her Emmy-nominated role of sexologist Virginia Johnson, starts, well, bobbing up and down.

"Pretty soon, I'm going to be making my own sausage," says Caplan. She pauses, popping the giant greenish-gray eyes that have dominated multiple TV shows and movies that no one watched. "Once I get my own dick machine."

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'True Blood' ends with season high viewership

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Fans might not have been thrilled with that ending, but they sure did watch: HBO’s True Blood finished its run with the vampire drama’s biggest audience of the season. All told, 4.5 million viewers tuned in for Sunday’s final episode across its two plays, which is on par with last year’s sixth season finale. Moreover, social buzz for True Blood surged to 99,000 tweets.

The True Blood boost helped HBO’s freshman Rapture thriller The Leftovers rise to a season high, averaging 2.1 million viewers across two airings. One question on this show is what will happen now that it no longer has this big True Blood lead in? On Friday, Cinemax’s period medical drama The Knick set a nightly record with 754,000 viewers.

For their respective seasons, including all forms of viewing, True Blood has averaged 9.4 million viewers; The Leftovers 7.3 million and The Knick 2.7 million.
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Cody Simpson: too high for this
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Cody Simpson Won't Be Texting 143 to Alantic Records Anymore!


Cody Simpson perpetually has a smile on his face, but he's been hiding some major feelings about the people involved in his music career! Cody announced on Twitter today that he was "finally free" and working on his "first true solo album."




Although he has since deleted the tweet, it definitely sounds like he was frustrated with his record label, Atlantic Records, for trying to turn him into just another pop star.


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A Critical Evaluation of Ariana Grande's Acting



Is the former Nickelodeon star a true double-threat? We take a closer look at the pop singer's onscreen abilities.

Though the core of Ariana Grande's audience was built from the tweens who became fans watching her acting work on Nickelodeon, as a pop star, the 21-year-old caters to an older crowd. Her first single "The Way" was a throwback to peak Mariah Carey, built around a sample made famous by Big Punisher's 1998 hit "Still Not a Player," while "Right There" interpolated Lil Kim's "Crush on You," released in 1997, when Ariana was just four. Even newer stuff like "Bang Bang" and "Problem" has a jazzy maturity that feels miles removed from the slick EDM-pop that fellow ex-kid TV stars like Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato are currently trading in.

Consequently, Ariana is much more likely to appeal to 20-and-30-somethings than your average Nickelodeon-bred pop star, but unless they already have kids themselves, a lot of those older fans were likely introduced to her through her music, and were thoroughly unfamiliar with her TV work. At some point, us older fans new to the Ariana bandwagon have to get a little curious: What was she like on TV? Was she any good? Were her shows any good?

For those of you still that unfamiliar with her pre-music days, a little background on Ariana's acting career: she started out as a Broadway actress, playing the supporting role of cheerleader Charlotte in the kiddie musical 13. A couple years later, she moved to TV when she landed what would be her signature role: Cat Valentine, classmate and friend of protagonist Tori Vega (Victoria Justice) on the Nickelodeon show Victorious. That show lasted three seasons (technically four, since the last was subsequently split in two) before being canceled, at which point the Cat character was given a joint spin-off with Jeanette McCurdy's Sam Puckett character from fellow Nick hit iCarly, creatively titled Sam & Cat.

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Uzo Aduba song available for download

Emmy award-winning Uzo Aduba ("Crazy Eyes" in Orange is the New Black) is starring in an indie musical called Pearly Gates, and the production company has released an mp3 of her solo song available for download (free) from the movie. The woman has pipes!!

Pearly Gates is a movie based on a stage show from a first-time director and also stars Scott Grimes, Larry Miller, Illeana Douglas, Lainie Kazan, and Vincent Spano.

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'Doctor Who' has biggest U.S. premiere ever

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The Doctor’s latest incarnation delivered the sci-fi cult-fav’s biggest U.S. premiere audience yet.

BBC America’s Doctor Who returned to 2.6 million viewers when including its first two replays—a record-setting opener for the series. The debut airing of season eight’s “Deep Breath” featured star Peter Capaldi’s first full episode as the Doctor. During its 8 to 10 p.m. premiere Saturday night, Doctor Who was the most-watched show on cable and dominated Twitter for the day among TV shows. The numbers are despite the episode leaking online weeks in advance.

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Give her another take! Check out The Comeback's first teaser



I'm so excited for this, I finally bought the box set this year and I can't stop rewatching the first season tbh. It also makes me a bit sad that is coming back for only six episodes, but it's better than nothing I guess. :(
ps: sorry mods if I submitted this two times, my internet died after I submitted the first time and I wasn't sure if it got through.

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X Factor Australia - Week 3


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Lord this year is such a god damn mess. Reigan was good, Sydnee was qt, XOX was good at the start but as always they oversang and the lack of harmony loooord. Marlisa needs to connect with the audience. Adrien needs some singing lessons coz dat shit was wack.
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Ariana Grande Expands on 'My Everything': Track-By-Track Review



Ariana Grande's debut album Yours Truly was released almost exactly a year ago, and over the past 12 months, the former Nickelodeon star has transformed from pop artist you ought to know to an undeniable superstar, with three singles in the Top 10 of the current Hot 100 chart, a slot opening the MTV Video Music Awards, red-hot dating rumors and millions of followers watching her every move. Grande is expanding as both a brand and a musician: as her profile has gotten bigger, she has pulled more sounds into her repertoire while keeping her biggest weapon, a remarkable vocal range, as a steady foundation. As a full-length, Yours Truly succeeded due to its consistency, with R&B producer Harmony Samuels concocting a buttery sound for Grande to embrace and keeping the subject matter uniformly kid-friendly. My Everything acknowledges that winning formula and disregards it, instead opting to turn Grande into a dance artist, a pop artist, a soul artist and an artist capable to singing the line "Picture me and you making/Making sweet love/Baby, give it to me" with no hesitation.Collapse )

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ONTD Original: the best covers from Tori Amos' tour



Tori Amos finished her North American tour last night, and while the Australian tour lies ahead, here's a look at the best covers from the "Lizard Lounge" segment of her concerts so far, in which she played two cover songs each show, most of them new to her. Fan recordings, but most are pretty good quality. I've selected ten of the best.

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What are your favorite covers, ONTD?

Eau de Gaga - Photoshoot by Steven Klein




It is with great pleasure and much excitement that Haus Laboratories officially announces Lady Gaga's latest fragrance, EAU DE GAGA.

This sparkling, clean & pure ‘Eau’ expresses an ambivalent sensuality, free of gender, age & time. Get ready to experience the true essence of Gaga.

EAU DE GAGA, the dangerously daring new fragrance from Lady Gaga and her fragrance powerhouse, Haus Laboratories, represents the future of a scent that appeals to both men and women, where nothing is off limits.

EAU DE GAGA, is built around a beautiful heart of white violet, an intoxicating flower which fuses male and female attractions. To counterbalance this opulent woody-floral intensity, the scent opens with an invigorating burst of sparkling lime that exudes dynamic vibrancy. It evolves into a sensual trail based on leather, adding a primal quality to the scent.

EAU DE GAGA, the fragrance for the adventurous woman and the man who loves her.

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ONTD, how many bottles of EAU DE GAGA will you get on release day?
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The God of Thunder Joins the Upcoming 'Vacation' Sequel/Reboot



Chris Hemsworth ("Thor" movies, upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Charlie Day ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," upcoming "Horrible Bosses 2") are joining New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.' "Vacation" reboot, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Ed Helms will play Rusty Griswold in the comedy, while Christina Applegate will appear as his wife. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are set to make cameos. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein wrote the script and are making their directorial debut.

The new version of the vacation adventures of the quirky dad and his family will follow Rusty, who now has his own family misadventures on the road.

Hemsworth will reportedly play the husband of Rusty’s sister, Audrey (a role that has not been cast), while Day is expected to cameo as a river rafting guide.

Chris Bender, David Dobkin, Jeff Kleeman are producing. Filming is scheduled to start in September.

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Thor in a straight-up comedic role? I'm there.
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Martin Scorsese Developing Shutter Island TV Series



Martin Scorsese is no stranger to the small screen, and particularly not to HBO where he was part of the team behind Boardwalk Empire and has a new, untitled music drama in the works with Mick Jagger. He’ll be overseeing the transition of one of his films from the big screen to the small next, making a deal to turn 2010's Shutter Island into a potential series for the US cable channel.

Paramount TV boss Amy Powell hatched the idea for a show, and pitched it to Scorsese’s team. He liked it enough to recruit Dennis Lehane, who wrote the original novel and will script the pilot episode for Scorsese to direct.

Currently titled Ashecliffe, the story will be set in the psychiatric hospital in the years before the events of the movie. The focus will be on Ashecliffe’s dark, corrupt past and the misdeeds of the people who built and developed the treatments seen in the movie. So while we can’t expect Leonardo DiCaprio or most of the film’s cast to pop up, it’s certainly fertile ground for drama and conflict. And having Scorsese to help launch it doesn’t hurt.

The director, who last brought us The Wolf Of Wall Street, is working on the pilot for the rock ‘n’ roll TV project and putting the pieces together for his next film, Silence, which will star Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Adam Driver and Ken Watanabe.

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Angela Bassett Talks Whitney Houston Biopic on Emmys Red Carpet: 'Controversy Can Be Good'

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Angela Bassett thinks her work on the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic is going smoothly.

On the red carpet of the 2014 Emmys during NBC's pre-show, Bassett was asked about the controversy surrounding the Lifetime movie. "It felt like it was flowing from the beginning. Except me with the learning curve, you know. Coming from one side of the camera to the other," she explained.

"Controversy can be good. It can pique your interest," she added. Bassett is directing the made-for-TV film, which stars America's Next Top Model star Yaya Da Costa.
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Nicki Minaj - BS No Time to Zip ... Wardrobe Malfunction STAGED

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Nicki Minaj CLAIMS her dress was unzipped during her performance at the VMAs because she didn't have enough time to get ready ... but that's BS -- she pulled the same stunt during rehearsals.

Eyewitnesses who watched Nicki's rehearsal Sunday morning tell TMZ ... she walked on stage wearing the same dress -- unzipped. One eyewitness says it caught her eye because she initially thought Nicki had come out in a robe.

We're told Nicki was wrapping her arms around the dress in a "weird" sort of way ... trying to manipulate it to see how much would be exposed.

And we're told ... the VMAs created a make-shift dressing room right off stage -- draped with black sheets -- so she would have enough time to change.

Whatever, it worked ... everyone's talking about it.

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Watch out: Rosie O'Donnell and Kelly Ripa will be sharing the same building


One source says the building may not be big enough for both of them; the pair haven't spoken since Rosie said it was homophobic for Kelly to scold Clay Aiken for putting his hand on her mouth

On Monday the staff of “The View” return to work to a new studio and office space, a building that will now hold both Rosie O’Donnell and her nemesis Kelly Ripa.

“The building is the entire city block but I am not sure it is big enough to hold both Rosie and Ripa,” laughed an ABC source. “They have not spoken since 2006 when Rosie called her homophobic; this is going to get ugly.”

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Mariahna Grande VMA Performance + an article about 'Nothing's going to stop [ha]'



When Ariana Grande heard the final version of Bang Bang, her diva showdown with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, she remembers falling to the floor and blurting, "Holy Lord, thank you for this moment!"

Grande, 21, has enjoyed a lot of big moments leading up to Monday's release of second album My Everything, fueled by four songs that already have sold 4 million downloads and racked up 200 million streams.

With Break Free at No. 4, Problem at No. 7 and Bang at No. 10 this week, the singer/actress joins Adele as the only female lead artists to lock up three slots simultaneously in the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart.



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Have you fallen in love with 'Please Like Me' yet? + Episode 3 Recap


New PSA from NAMI and the cast of "Please Like Me" reading stories from You Are Not Alone

Can you remember the last time you fell for a TV show? I'm not talking about a series that offers a decent escape from reality; I'm biding my time with plenty of those this summer. No, I'm referring to that rare gem that presents a world so delightful you feel a little sad when the credits roll.

For me, the experience came a couple of weeks ago when I started watching Please Like Me. Written by and starring 27-year-old Josh Thomas, the Australian dramedy is sincere, a little silly and has no American counterpart.

Please Like Me begins with poor Josh being dumped by his girlfriend, partly because, as she informs him, he's gay. Minutes later, Josh indeed makes out with a boy for the first time. And while other characters mention this development, it's not turned into a huge deal, because there are just so many more interesting things going on.


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This Year's Feel-Good Emmys Story: The Return of Miss Claudette From 'Orange Is the New Black'



Orange Is the New Black hasn't captured any Emmys yet tonight, but the Netflix prison comedy is already the night's big winner, just based on who showed up on the red carpet.

Michelle Hurst, the actress who played stern Litchfield inmate Miss Claudette in Season 1, was seriously injured in a car accident and awoke from a medically induced coma in January. Co-stars Natasha Lyonne and Danielle Brooks took to social media to help raise nearly $25,000 for her medical care. Hurst's recovery meant she couldn't be a part of the show's second season, which debuted in June.

But she made a triumphant return to the spotlight tonight, joining her OITNB castmates Madeline Brewer (Tricia Miller) and Yael Stone (Morello) on the Emmys red carpet. (The first season of OITNB is up for five Emmys tonight, including Outstanding Comedy Series.) Hurst did walk with a cane, but she looked fantastic in a stately black and maroon floor-length dress.

Last we saw Miss Claudette, she was getting transferred to a maximum-security prison after choking out a guard, so we can't be sure that she was a part of the show's Season 2 plans anyway. (She did get a mention last season, though, when Piper battled with Big Boo over Miss Claudette's prized blanket.)

But we already know that Lori Petty is returning for Orange's third season, and her character is in a different prison, too. Could we possibly see Miss Claudette back behind bars at Litchfield in Season 3? Either way, we're just happy to see her back and smiling on the red carpet tonight.

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I hope they can bring her back!