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Scandal: Mama Pope Lives & Books Return Gig

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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As if Olivia Pope’s life wasn’t tumultuous enough. Her terrorist mother returns to cause more trouble on the Scandal midseason finale, airing November 20.

Khandi Alexander reprises her role as the deliciously evil Maya Pope. She was last seen in the Season 3 finale being held captive by Papa Pope in the hole. Both Fitz and Olivia believed she was dead (again). Details on her return are being kept under wraps, as per usual with the show.

Her return couldn’t have come at a better time if you ask me. I love Scandal, but the show seems to have lost its OMG mojo during Season 4. Perhaps Shonda Rhimes is too busy with How To Get Away With Murder? Whatever the reason, it’s just not the same.

Also, I might be in the minority, but I prefer Olivia (Kerry Washington) with Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) than Fitz (Tony Goldwyn). Anyone else Team Jake?

Excited for Alexander’s return? Who do you think Olivia’s true soulmate is? Sound off below.

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It feels like forever since the last season of Celebrity Apprentice aired. After a year break, the reality guilty pleasure returns on January 4, 2015 on NBC. I hate to admit it, but I’m quite excited even though The Donald gives me major gas.

Included in the bunch are a couple of Real Housewives, a former Cosby kid, musicians, Olympians, reporters, former heartthrobs and reality television’s most polarizing mom. If you don’t recognize many of the faces in the photo above, check out the entire cast below.

check out the entire cast after the jump

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Turns out the rumors of Beyonce releasing a new album were true. Sadly though, it isn’t a new album featuring collaborations with Justin Timberlake and Rihanna. Instead, it’s a reissue of her surprise self-titled 2013 album with some new material.

Beyonce Platinum Edition Box Set will include two CDs and two DVDs, containing two new songs- “7/11” and “Ring Off” and four remixes of previously released songs. One DVD will have live performances from Bey and Jay Z’s joint On The Run Tour, while the other DVD will feature the music videos she originally surprised fans with last year. The box set will hit stores on November 24 just in time for the lucrative holiday season. Check out the full track list below.

check out the complete track list after the jump

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After more than 70 million votes cast by fans this year, the 2015 People’s Choice Awards nominations have been unveiled. Mom stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney announced the nominees earlier today and will also reveal the winners when they host the ceremony airing on CBS on January 7, 2015. The annual event celebrates favorites from the movies, television and music.

Shailene Woodley and Channing Tatum lead the pack in the movie categories. With two hit films under her belt in 2014 (Divergent and The Fault In our Stars) Woodley scores four nods. Meanwhile, Tatum earned his three nominations all from 22 Jump Street.

In TV, Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries lead the pack with the most nominations. The awards show has a couple of fun categories including “Favorite TV Character We Miss Most” and “Favorite TV Icon.”

With regards to music, Sam Smith is tops with four nominations, including “Breakout Artist.” Newbie Meghan Trainor also received some love for her infectious “All About The Bass.” Check out all the nominations below. To make your voice heard, click here for your favorites.

check out the nominations after the jump

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Forget the Dumb And Dumber sequel, these lovable idiots are the ones to check out this Fall in theaters. It’s not surprising the Minions scored their own spin-off. You don’t see any of the main characters from Despicable Me on tees, mugs, lunch boxes etc… These yellow creatures dominate all the film’s products.

Long before they became henchmen to Gru, the Minions served many masters from Genghis Khan to Pharaoh to Napoleon to Dracula. Due to their low IQ, they accidentally destroyed all their previous masters. Without anyone to lead them, they fall into a deep depression. Luckily one of them comes up with a brilliant plan to head to New York City to find a new evil boss to follow.

Minions features the voices of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm and Steve Carell. Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda direct the Despicable Me prequel which hits theaters on July 10, 2015. Check out the first trailer below.

watch the trailer after the jump

15 Songs That Changed Country Music

In: Donovan, Music
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Some of you might be surprised to know I love my country music. Especially hits from yesteryear. Who doesn’t love an old school Dolly Parton number, right?

After Dancing With The Stars, ABC aired a special hosted by Robin Roberts leading up to the network’s telecast of the Country Music Awards. Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs That Changed Country Music spanned decades, highlighting some beloved classics and a couple of relatively modern smashes. Surprisingly, Taylor Swift made the cut, alongside Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks and Martina McBride. You might be surprised to learn which song took the top spot.

During the countdown, several of today’s biggest country acts honored the country music legends who have shaped their careers by covering their hits. Lady Antebellum performed the Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers mega-hit, “Islands in the Stream.” Hunter Hayes performed Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” Kacey Musgraves performed Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and Martina McBride sang the Tammy Wynette classic “Stand By Your Man.” Check them all out below, along with the Top 15 Songs That Changed Country Music.

check out the Top 15 after the jump

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Off the heels of Chris Rock generating the best Saturday Night Live ratings since February, the show reveals Cameron Diaz and Woody Harrelson have been tapped to host in November. Like Rock, both Diaz and Harrelson have hosted previously.

To promote the next installment of The Hunger Games, the former Cheers star heads to Studio 8H on November 15. This will mark his third time on the show. The last time more than two decades ago in 1992. The musical guest for his episode will be Kendrick Lamar.

Cameron notches her fourth time at bat on the November 22 show. She previously hosted in 2005. With her turn as Miss Hannigan in the Annie remake coming in December, I expect a sketch inspired by the musical to part of the show. Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson will team up as the musical guests. Fingers crossed the “Treasure” singer revisits “Sad Mouse.” Mars killed that during his previous visit.

Which episode do you think will garner better ratings and funnier skits? Sound off below.

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If you solely rely on Spotify to get your Taylor Swift fix, you’re out of luck. The 24-year-old singer abruptly removed her entire catalog off the streaming service. No official reason has been given by Swift’s camp as to why, but it’s no secret she’s not a fan of companies like Spotify.

In July she wrote, “music should not be free” and lumps streaming in with piracy as a cause for the decline in paid album sales. “Music is art, and art is important and rare,” she wrote. “Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for.” Will others follow suit now that Swift has made this huge move. Spotify responded by posting a note on their website addressing Taylor’s decision.

“We love Taylor Swift, and our more than 40 million users love her even more – nearly 16 million of them have played her songs in the last 30 days, and she’s on over 19 million playlists.

We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone. We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That’s why we pay nearly 70% of our revenue back to the music community.

PS – Taylor, we were both young when we first saw you, but now there’s more than 40 million of us who want you to stay, stay, stay. It’s a love story, baby, just say, Yes.” – Spotify Blog Post

In addition to the note, the streaming service created a couple of playlists. One playfully stringed songs from other artists to read, “Hey Taylor, We Wanted to Play Your Amazing Love Songs And They’re Not Here Right Now.” How’s that for a little playlist poetry.

check out the tour promo vid and tour dates after the jump

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