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Choreographing Empire’s Sprawling Gospel Number -- Vulture

vulture.com — Embedded in over-the-top story lines and mic-drops are its sincere musical performances. Originally, the season's final two hours were shot as two separate episodes, 11 and 12. The first hour (Episode 11, "Die But Once") focuses on the themes of death, resurrection, belief, and betrayal.

Loneliness -- Vulture

vulture.com — Saturday night at the Human Rights Campaign's Los Angeles gala, Shonda Rhimes gave a thoughtful speech about writing, Shondaland, and the importance of creating diverse representations. She said that her writing basically boils down to one thing: loneliness.

The Empire Cast on the the Bib -- Vulture

vulture.com — Fox screened the first half of Empir e's two-hour season finale for Television Academy members Thursday night in Los Angeles, followed by a Q&A with creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, producer Brian Grazer, showrunner Ilene Chaiken, and the cast: Terrence Howard (Lucious), Taraji P.

Amanda Peet on Togetherness, Game of Thrones -- Vulture

vulture.com — HBO's Togetherness ends its first season tonight, wrapping up eight episodes of sexual, marital, and career tension. But don't expect neat resolution: The dramedy, created by mumblecore kings Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, and Steve Zissis, hinges on the idea that intelligence, attractiveness, and ambition might not be enough to elevate the torture of daily existence.

Vulture’s Behind-the-Scenes Oscar-Party Timeline

vulture.com — Every year, Vulture sends out a team of L.A. reporters to monitor the scene at every glitzy Oscars pre-party, after-party, and party-party. Herewith, an epic timeline of the week leading up to and following Hollywood's biggest awards show.

How the 'Hunger Games' Got Their Guns

hollywoodreporter.com — The Hunger Games rebellion was almost squashed - not by the Capitol's forces, but by international gun laws. In Mockingjay - Part 1, Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen sports a fiery bow and arrow, but everyone else in the dystopian Panem needs to rely on conventional weapons.

Bill Cosby Accuser Details Her Alleged Sex Abuse, Reveals Her Parents Were Duped

hollywoodreporter.com — Yet another woman has come forward to detail Bill Cosby's alleged sexual abuse when she was an underage aspiring actress. "I get so excited when I see what I feel are my sisters coming forward," Jena T., who did not want to be identified by her full name, tells People magazine.

Ex-Model Says Bill Cosby Forced Her to Touch His Genitals

hollywoodreporter.com — Another former model has come forward to say Bill Cosby forced sexual contact with her when she was a young model, reports the New York Daily News . In a now-familiar narrative, Brooklyn resident Jewel Allison says her agent, Sue Charney,introducedher to Cosby in the late 1980s during the height of his popularity with The Cosby Show .

'Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe Takes On Liberal Attack on Republicans

hollywoodreporter.com — If you go after Mike Rowe on his Facebook page in the hope of getting a response: be careful what you wish for. The former Dirty Jobs host took to task - ever so politely - a liberal commenter who slammed Republicans assuming Rowe was one, on his public Facebook page.

'Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe Takes On Liberal Attack on Republicans

movies.yahoo.com — If you go after Mike Rowe on his Facebook page in the hope of getting a response: be careful what you wish for. The former Dirty Jobs host took to task - ever so politely - a liberal commenter who slammed Republicans assuming Rowe was one, on his public Facebook page.
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Mar 27, 2015

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Mar 25, 2015

@m_nussbaum Calm someone and hysterically and fret loudly about "what if they find the body?" Make eye contact and smile.

Mar 25, 2015

RT @richarddeitsch: Fox Sports formally named Kate Abdo as the studio host of its Women’s World Cup day coverage.

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