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Ratings: ‘The Voice’ Hits Low, But Still Tops Night for NBC

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Despite hitting a series low on Tuesday night, “The Voice” was the top-rated show on Tuesday night, driving NBC to a win in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic on Tuesday night thanks largely to “The Voice” and “About a Boy,” which were the night's top-rated programs, according to preliminary numbers. NBC was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/5 share and second in total viewers with 7.3 million. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. was the night's top-rated show, despite dropping 10 percent  from last week to a 2.7/9 — a series low excluding specials. “The Voice” drew 11 million total viewers. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Chris Christie Won't Miss David Letterman's ‘Fat Jokes,’ Can't Wait for Stephen Colbert's ‘Late Show’

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is really going to miss David Letterman when Stephen Colbert takes over “The Late Show” in 2015. Not! See video: Stephen Colbert Talks Letterman Takeover on the ‘Late Show’ Christie used the classic fake out technique to burn Letterman on Twitter on Wednesday, and endorsed Colbert's upcoming reign over the CBS late-night show in the process. Oh @letterman, I'm really gonna miss your fat jokes. Wait, no I'm not. #ColbertNation pic.twitter.com/oRZIhMg7ig - Governor Christie (@GovChristie) April 23, 2014 See video: Stephen Colbert Reads First Top 10 List on ‘The Late Show’ Colbert, who appeared on »


- Greg Gilman

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J.K. Rowling's ‘The Casual Vacancy’ Miniseries Coming to HBO

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HBO and the BBC will co-produce a miniseries adaptation of J.K. Rowling's bestselling novel “The Casual Vacancy” that will air on both networks. The production, which will air in three one-hour installments, will begin production this summer in South West England, HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo announced Wednesday. The BBC announced plans for an adaptation in 2012, the same year the novel, Rowling's first post-”Harry Potter” book, was released. Also read: J.K. Rowling Releases New ‘Harry Potter’ Story Online The miniseries is being produced by Bronte Film and Television, the independent production company run by Rowling and Neil Blair, »


- Tim Molloy

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Jimmy Kimmel Puts Hollywood Tourists to the Test on Earth Day (Video)

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What happens when hundreds of people walk past a piece of trash littering the street on Earth Day? As Jimmy Kimmel discovered on Tuesday, not a whole lot. See video: Jimmy Kimmel Disguises Drake to Smack Talk Drake With Strangers The ABC late-night host tested tourists’ commitment to environmentalism on Mother Nature's favorite holiday by dropping a giant styrofoam cup outside of a garbage can, and then monitoring the scene in order to catch concerned citizens doing the right thing. Anybody want to take a guess as to how many people Kimmel caught caring for Earth? Or how long it took for anybody to notice. »


- Greg Gilman

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Justin Bieber Apologizes for Visiting Tokyo Shrine Honoring War Criminals

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Japanese war criminals would not have been Beliebers, Justin Bieber urges. On a tour of Tokyo, the troubled pop star visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine. The memorial honors wartime dead, including criminals who committed atrocities during World War II. Also read: Justin Bieber Naked Jail Video to be Released Censored, Judge Rules Bieber Instagrammed a photo of his visit and captioned it, “Thank you for your blessings.” It received over 600,000 likes but spurred international outrage. Many of Bieber's Chinese and South Korean fans cried foul and called upon the star to recant his well-wishes for the shrine. Bieber took down the photo. »


- James Crugnale

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USA Summer Premieres: ‘Suits,’ ‘Graceland,’ ‘Royal Pains’ and ‘Covert Affairs’ Return (Video)

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USA Network has unveiled the premiere dates for four returning series and two new ones. In June, viewers can look forward to the return of “Suits,” “Graceland,” “Royal Pains” and “Covert Affairs. Then on July 17, USA will debut two new drama series: “Rush” and “Satisfaction.” Also read: ‘Family Ties’ Alum Michael Gross Joins USA's ‘Suits’ “Rush” comes from Fox 21 and “Warm Bodies” writer-director Jonathan Levine. It stars Tom Ellis, who played Robin Hood on ABC's “Once Upon a Time,” as Dr. Williams Rush, a physician and “medical fixer” who caters to L.A.'s rich and famous. A hard-partying guy himself, »


- Jethro Nededog

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Avril Lavigne's ‘Hello Kitty’ Music Video Called ‘Racist,’ ‘Sh-tty’ and ‘An Embarrassment’ (Video)

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Avril Lavinge's “Hello Kitty” music video has sparked major backlash online for its dead-behind-the-eyes portrayal of the singer's Japanese backup dancers and general stereotypical depiction of kawaii culture. Also, people hate the song, which doesn't help matters. GQ called the music video “digital cruelty” and made a game over how long its staff could hang in there and watch. Spoiler alert: most didn't make it very long. See video: MTV's 2014 VMAs to Air Live From Los Angeles Forum Billboard called it “an embarrassment in any language,” while SourceFed added: ”Thanks for the racist appropriation of Japanese kawaii culture and not to mention the shitty. »

- Tony Maglio

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Jon Stewart on Hillary Clinton's Grandma-gate: Nope, No Sexism Here (Video)

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Jon Stewart detects a double standard in questions about asking how Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy might affect her mother's presidential campaign. News of the pregnancy was immediately greeted with questions about how it might affect Hillary Clinton's presidential prospects — and more questions about whether such questions were sexist. Also read: Jon Stewart Was Obama's Toughest Interview in 2012, White House Press Secretary Says (Video) “No, no, silly billy, it's not sexist,” Stewart said on Tuesday's “Daily Show.” “Even though it's a question that has never, ever been posed to a male candidate ever. For God's sakes, Mitt Romney has like a litter of. »


- Tim Molloy

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Austrian Filmmaker Michael Glawogger Dies While Shooting in Africa

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Michael Glawogger, an Austrian filmmaker, has died at the age of 54. The director, who made both documentaries and narrative films, was shooting footage in Africa for an upcoming film when he died, Film and Music Austria reported on its website. “We are both as an industry and as a person deeply shocked and speechless,” filmmaker Danny Krausz wrote in a statement. See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 Glawogger was making a documentary about a year of traveling around the world, which he was also writing about in the form of diary entries for Der Standard newspaper in Austria. Glawogger was best known for his advocacy. »


- Jordan Zakarin

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Stephen Colbert Reads First Top 10 List on ‘The Late Show’ (Video)

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Stephen Colbert did more than just discuss his future plans for “The Late Show” with current host David Letterman on Tuesday, he read his very own Top 10 list that he dug up from the past. The list, “Top 10 Cocktails for Santa,” was part of a packet Colbert had submitted to the show in 1997 to be considered as a writer. By the time Letterman's team reached out, however, Colbert was working on his Comedy Central series, “Strangers with Candy.” See video: 7 of David Letterman's Most Popular ‘Top Ten’ Lists on YouTube “He doesn't have the job  yet,” Letterman joked when. »


- Greg Gilman

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Summer's Movie Comedy Blitz Begins With ‘The Other Woman’ – But Is it Too Much of Good Thing?

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Except for Johnny Depp, there wasn't much to laugh about at the box office last weekend — or the one before that, or the one before that, either. That's because other than animated fare and Wes Anderson's quirky “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” a comedy movie hasn't connected at the box office since “Ride Along,” and that came out in January. A few have tried, but “Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club” misfired, Justin Bateman's “Bad Words” underwhelmed in its wide release and last weekend, Marlon Wayans’ “A Haunted House 2” failed to match the original film's opening. But things are about. »


- Todd Cunningham

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‘The Other Woman’ Review: Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz's Performances Overshadowed by Schizo Script (Video)

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There are any number of ways you could tell a story about a cheated-upon wife who teams up with her husband's two mistresses to bring the lying bastard down: you could shoot for wit and sophistication, or explore female bonding in a patriarchal world, or have lots of goofy girl-power montages set to obvious pop songs, or treat the villainous cad like Wile E. Coyote in a series of grotesque and scatological slapstick bits. Or, if you're director Nick Cassavetes making “The Other Woman,” you could do all of those things in rapid succession, resulting in a romantic comedy whose. »


- Alonso Duralde

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Stephen Colbert Gets to Know San Fernando District, and Its Porn (Video)

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Stephen Colbert's new CBS gig doesn't mean he's backing away from race-based humor on “The Colbert Report.” On the same night he appeared with David Letterman, the man he's destined to replace at “The Late Show,” Colbert's own “Colbert Report” took a hilarious excursion to California's 29th Congressional district. The host sat down with Democratic congressman Tony Cárdenas, who represents the district, which includes parts of the San Fernando Valley. Also read: Stephen Colbert Talks Letterman Takeover on the ‘Late Show’ (Video) Because the district has lots of porn companies, Colbert's first question was about whether he could safely buy a couch. »


- Tim Molloy

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MTV's 2014 VMAs to Air Live From Los Angeles Forum (Video)

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MTV's 2014 Video Music Awards will air live on Aug. 24 from the recently reinvented Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The Forum, which first raised its curtains in 1967, reopened in January following a complete remodel. Since then it has hosted the Eagles, Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons, Paul Simon with Sting, and Kings of Leon. As the host for the NBA Champion “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers and music legends such as The Rolling Stones, The Jackson 5, Bob Dylan, Madonna, and Prince, among others, the venue boasts a rich history across industries. Also read: Ice Cube Backpedals Over Paul Walker MTV Movie Award ‘Sympathy »


- Tony Maglio

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Amazon Becomes Exclusive Online Home of Select HBO Shows

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Amazon and HBO announced a content licensing agreement that will make Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for select HBO programming. Starting May 21, Amazon Prime members will have unlimited streaming access to “The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Wire,” “Big Love,” “Deadwood,” “Eastbound & Down,” “Family Tree,” “Enlightened,” “Treme,” early seasons of “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Blood,” and the miniseries “Band of Brothers,” “John Adams,” and more. Seasons of “Girls,” “The Newsroom” and “Veep” will also become available throughout the multiyear deal. In addition, HBO Go will soon become available on Fire TV, Amazon's streaming TV device. Also read:. »


- Tim Molloy

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How Companies Like BroadbandTV Have Helped Hollywood Turn Piracy Into Millions

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Hollywood's fight against piracy has entered a new phase, one in which movie studios and TV producers are trying to make money off of what they once deemed stolen content. YouTube videos are the prime example. Hollywood was outraged when videos of their movies and TV shows began popping up on the video site, and Viacom went so far as to sue YouTube — a suit they settled in March. Google now offers content identification software to help entertainment companies locate videos infringing upon copyrights so that they can either take them down or monetize them. Yet in recent years, a. »

- Lucas Shaw

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Lupita Nyong'o Named People Magazine's ‘Most Beautiful’

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The awards keep on coming for Lupita Nyong'o. The 31-year-old “12 Years a Slave” star went on an awards season tear that culminated in the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, and now she's been named People magazine's Most Beautiful, topping a list that also includes Keri Russell, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Mindy Kaling. Also read: 5 Ways Lupita Nyong'o Stole the Oscars “It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” Nyong'o told the magazine about the honor. “And especially, I was happy for all the girls who would see me on and feel a little more seen.” The actress struck gold with her first-ever film role, »


- Jordan Zakarin

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Former ‘Daily Show’ Head Writer's Religious Comedy Book Headed to Broadway

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God is headed to Broadway. Former “Daily Show” head writer and exec producer David Javerbaum's critically acclaimed satire, “The Last Testament: A Memoir by God,” will be adapted for the Broadway stage for a play produced Tony nominee  Jeffrey Finn (“The Realistic Joneses”), with a run scheduled to start in 2015. Also read: ‘The Realistic Joneses’ Theater Review: Michael C. Hall Confronts Eternity and Owls on Broadway Javerbaum, who won 11 Emmys while with Jon Stewart's program, is also the man behind the popular Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod, which has over 1.2 million followers. Similarly, the book's gag is that Javerbaum is simply the long-suffering. »


- Jordan Zakarin

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Bravo's ‘Southern Charm’ Finale Earns Season's Highest Ratings (Video)

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Bravo's “Southern Charm” ended its run on Monday with a big reveal and the show's highest ratings. The season finale was viewed by 1.2 million total viewers, an increase of 12 percent over the previous week's episode. Of those viewers,  680,000 fall in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, an eight percent increase over the last episode. See video: ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta's’ Porsha Williams Ejected From Reunion After Attacking Kenya Moore “Southern Charm,” which followed the romantic entanglements of well-to-do gents and the women that surrounded them, has not yet been renewed for a second season. Spoiler Alert! Do not read on if you don't want. »


- Jethro Nededog

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‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ Theater Review: Neil Patrick Harris Crosses Over to the Glam Side

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Hedwig, lead singer of the Angry Inch, is forever telling people how he gets down on his knees to give thanks. “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” opened Tuesday on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre, and its creators, John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, should get down on their four knees to thank star Neil Patrick Harris and director Michael Mayer. In 1998, when this musical had its world premiere Off Broadway, the story of an East German boy who undergoes a botched operation to become a woman, had a frisson of derring-do naughtiness. The grunginess of a small theater in »


- Robert Hofler

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