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'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Season 6 Premiere Recap: Teresa and Melissa Try to Move Forward

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It was time for tears, dessert and discussion of adult circumcision on tonight's Real Housewives of New Jersey season six premiere. The episode featured Teresa Giudice struggling with her ongoing legal drama, along with the introduction of three new ladies, one of whom appears to have a longstanding beef with Melissa Gorga. The episode began with a scene filmed in February 2014, with Melissa calling sister-in-law and former foe Teresa to wish her well after news broke that Teresa and husband Joe accepted a plea deal in their federal fraud case. Teresa explained that they hadn't accepted the deal yet, and

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- Ryan Gajewski

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World Cup Final Sets German TV Audience Record

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London – Germany's Sunday night soccer World Cup final win over Argentina in extra time set an all-time ratings record in Germany. Public broadcast network Ard said 34.65 million people tuned in on average, making the game the highest-rated program ever in Germany since audience data has been collected. The game had a share of 86.3 percent of all Germans watching TV at the time, which is also one of the highest figures ever. The data doesn't include fans who watched at public viewing sites, such as in bars or on big screens in outdoor locations

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World Cup Final Is Most Talked About Single Sports Event in Facebook History

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The soccer World Cup final between Germany and Argentina on Sunday is the most talked about single sporting event ever on Facebook. The social network said that 88 million people had more than 280 million interactions related to the game, including status updates, comments and likes. That exceeded the previous record set by Super Bowl Xlvii in 2013, which had attracted 245 million interactions. Photos World Cup: Best, Worst and Weirdest Merchandise Earlier, Twitter had said that the final set a new tweets-per-minute record with 618,725 messages posted when the game ended. The most talked about moment

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- Georg Szalai

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‎Universal Studios Japan to Boost Annual Visitors by Two Million With 'Harry Potter World'

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Tokyo – The $444 million (¥45 billion) Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction that opens July 15 at Universal Studios Japan (Usj) in Osaka is predicted to bring in an extra two million admissions annually to the park. Day passes, express tickets, along with many travel and accommodation packages, are all sold out for the park for the first few days of the new attraction based on the Harry Potter franchise. Photos World Cup Final Highlights: Germany Defeats Argentina in Extra Time J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books were huge sellers in Japanese, while the first movie in the franchise

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- Gavin J. Blair

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China Animation Revenue Rises to $14 Billion in 2013

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China's animation industry generated $14 billion (87 billion yuan) in revenue last year, according to figures released at the 10th China International Cartoon and Game Expo in Shanghai. For the past three years, the industry has expanded by about $1.6 billion yuan per year. Animation exports – a sector that the government is keen to expand -- reached $160 million in 2013, up 22.8 percent year on year. About 220,000 people are working in 4,600 animation companies in China. Photos Cut, Censored, Changed: 10 Hollywood Films Tweaked for International Release Last year, 29 domestic animation films were

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- Clifford Coonan

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World Cup Final Sets Twitter Record

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Sunday's World Cup final set a record on Twitter for the most tweets per minute. Photos World Cup Final Highlights According to the Twitter Data account, a record 618,725 tweets about the match were sent out per minute at the moment Germany defeated Argentina in extra time by a score of 1-0. That broke a record set during Tuesday's match, in which Brazil suffered a humiliating defeat by Germany (580,166 Tpm). Coming in a close second was German team member Mario Gotze's goal scored in extra time (556,499 Tpm), followed by the presentation of the Golden

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- Kimberly Nordyke

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NBC Showrunners Talk 'Dud Scripts,' Emmy Snubs and Cable 'Envy'

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"Comfortable shoes." That's what Grimm's David Greenwalt suggested was the key to surviving as a showrunner in today's increasingly competitive marketplace. He was joined by those who share that opportunity and that burden — The Blacklist's John Eisendrath, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.'s Matt Olmstead and Parenthood and About a Boy's Jason Katims — as part of a Television Critics Association panel titled "Showrunners Confidential" on Sunday. When pressed about the hardest part of the gig, Katims suggested it was the juggling of responsibilities that come with the job of showrunner. At any given time, he is

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- Lacey Rose

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'The Long Shrift': Theater Review

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New York — While doing eight performances a week on Broadway in the stirring revival of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, the indefatigable James Franco has been juggling a rehearsal schedule for his stage directing debut with the Off-Broadway premiere of prolific novelist and playwright Robert Boswell's The Long Shrift. Why? That question is never answered during the anesthetizing 95 minutes of this emotionally bogus wannabe Sam Shepard effort, which basically teaches us that all men have the capacity for violence while all women are prone to lapses of hysterical finger-pointing and manipulation. Franco has recruited actor Scott

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World Cup: Viewers Upset After TV Station Interrupts Game to Cover Tornado Warning

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Some World Cup fans in areas of New York and Pennsylvania were irate at a local TV station Sunday for cutting into the last few minutes of the World Cup final to cover a tornado warning. Photos World Cup Final Highlights Weny-tv, an ABC affiliate that reaches southern upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania, interrupted broadcast of the game at the 114-minute mark, when the match was in extra time and Germany was leading 1-0 over Argentina. (That also ended up as the final score.) Photos U.S. Soccer's Tim Howard and 13 Other Athletes Who Suddenly

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- Kimberly Nordyke

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