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Pluto.TV: Is this the new world of online video?

It started with Elmo. A little over a year ago, web entrepreneur Ilya Pozin was working on his computer with his two-year-old daughter perched in his lap. To keep her entertained, he was searching for online Sesame Street videos. He’d put one on, but after each one ended, his daughter would yell out, “More Elmo, Daddy!” —  and Pozin would have to go on the hunt for another video. “I’m sitting there thinking, ‘Why am I having to DJ for her every three minutes?’” Pozin says, laughing. “I should be able to just throw on a channel for my daughter that plays videos she loves constantly.”

So he and co-founders Nick Grouf and Tom Ryan built a new web platform, Pluto.TV, to do just that. The platform, which launched today, March 31, essentially sifts through the millions of online videos available on Youtube and elsewhere, finds the best ones, and then put them into channels, and shows on those channels, that run 24/7. It’s like a cable menu for online video. So, for instance, if you’re really, really into cute cat videos (and let’s face it, who isn’t), you can click on Pluto’s Cats channel, and watch a curated list of the best of those  —  everything from shows on “Big Cats” to “Kitten Zone” — all.day.long., for free. You can also DVR stuff and invite friends via Facebook to watch videos with you (and chat about them) live.

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'The Voice' announces Chris Martin joining show via Snapchat

Contestants on The Voice are getting double the coaching this season as Coldplay’s Chris Martin joins the show to help Shakira, Usher, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine coach their teams.

News of Martin’s involvement was first announced yesterday through Snapchat. At around 8 p.m. Tuesday night, The Voice’s Twitter sent out a post instructing followers to add “nbcthevoice” to their Snapchat contacts.

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'Pretty Little Liars' music: Singer-songwriter Chris Arena gives an inside look

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For singer-songwriter Chris Arena, everything changed the night that he heard Alexi Murdoch’s “Orange Sky” on The O.C. In that moment, he decided to walk away from a life filled with touring and paying bars to perform so that he could get a chance to really be heard. Realizing what great television music moments could be, he decided to focus on cinematic music.

“[The O.C.] broke so many good acts,” Arena said. “It almost set the tone for, I feel like, the Grey’s Anatomys and the Dawson’s Creeks; those shows really paved the way for this whole movement of new artists focusing on cinematic music. I just picked a point and focused.”

More specifically, he picked ABC Family’s hit show Pretty Little Liars. “My brother [and] his girlfriend – they’re a little younger than I am – he and his girlfriend and all her friends, they’re obsessed with the show. They would talk about it and geek out on it. I just thought that was a good target. I wasn’t really familiar with the show that much, and I started watching it, and I kind of secretly developed a really strong liking for the show, and I thought it was interesting. It worked out really nicely because they needed a lot of music that dealt with heartbreak and singer-songwriter acoustics. It was a nice match.”

So with that idea in mind, Arena started writing. “I started to write songs based on some of the scenes I’d been watching, and to put it in a polite way, I kind of harassed this one editor at Pretty Little Liars and sent him maybe 10 or 15 fully produced songs,” Arena said. “The first eight or nine didn’t get a response, and then he finally picked up on one, and he said, ‘We’re gonna try it out.’ And they used a 17-second clip of a song called “Babyfish.” They had a lot of people that got on board with the music, and they invited me to the editing bay, and one thing led to another. It worked out pretty well, actually. It was a very organic, natural process in that sense.”

Now, Arena has had six songs featured on Pretty Little Liars, as well as another on the now-canceled spinoff Ravenswood. So how does the process work? Well for starters, Arena is given months to brainstorm, write, and produce his music. For example, he was brought to the studio back in August to watch the Caleb and Hanna breakup scene, which would later air in the show’s Jan. 7 winter premiere. READ FULL STORY

VH1 orders 'Walk of Shame' reality show

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That embarrassing “walk of shame” can now be seen by everyone. VH1 has greenlit the unscripted series Walk of Shame Shuttle, which follows a young entrepreneur and her popular service for college students who overindulged the previous night. It will premiere in summer 2014.

The series order was part of the cable net’s announcement of its new slate of originals, which also included its next scripted endeavor Hindsight, a drama about a woman who is transported back to her life in the ’90s to try and make things right, premiering in early 2015.

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'Idol' exit interview: First eliminated contestant of the season speaks

Well, the first cut is the deepest.

That’s probably what Kristen O’Connor is telling herself this morning after being the first contestant eliminated on the 13th season of American Idol. The young beauty sang a Kelly Clarkson song on Wednesday night, but her time on the Idol stage won’t get the same happy ending.

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Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo book ABC comedy

Here’s a reunion that you may want to see: Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo of Vacation fame have a booked a single-camera comedy pilot for ABC.

There’s no writer, but the pilot is based on an idea by producer Aaron Kaplan (The Neighbors) about a pair of 60-something grandparents who are forced to raise their grandchildren. Since its in the early stages, the project is being considered for the 2015-16 season.

This will give Chase a chance to jump back into primetime after his memorable run on Community. D’Angelo’s last major role on TV was as agent Barbara Miller on Entourage.

'The Sing-Off' judges go a cappella behind the scenes -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Oh, so that’s what they do during breaks on The Sing-Off set! Apparently, in between a cappella music, there’s…more a cappella music!

The Sing-Off premiered its fourth season Monday night to a 26 percent bump in ratings since its last premiere more than two years ago. That increase could be due to many things: a lead-in from ratings powerhouse, The Voice; the presence of a new judge on the panel, Jewel; or perhaps it’s because this might just be the happiest competition show on television.

Nowhere is that earnestness more evident than in the exclusive clip below. Judges Ben Folds, Jewel, and Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman, join with host Nick Lachey to practice what they preach in between filming, giving an “impromptu” a cappella performance of Blue Swede’s version of “Hooked on a Feeling.” Fingers crossed they’ll re-create the video for David Hasselhoff’s version next.
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'The Sound of Music': Stephen Moyer talks playing Capt. Von Trapp and tonight's live premiere

We’re only hours away from the highly anticipated premiere of NBC’s live adaptation of The Sound of Music. EW was on set for rehearsals a few weeks ago and got a chance to chat with True Blood star Stephen Moyer, who is playing the stern Captain Von Trapp. Moyer talked about working with Carrie Underwood and the perils of doing live television.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did this come to you?
STEPHEN MOYER: Interestingly, I got the offer before. It came through at the end of the first week of rehearsals, so weird. I had just finished True Blood literally the week before. I was waiting on quite an interesting gig, and my agent rang me up and he said, “Hey, are you available for a minute for a chat?” I thought it was going to be something else completely and it was The Sound of Music Live! Not quite what I was expecting.
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'The Sound of Music': Carrie Underwood on tonight's live show and hate tweets from Julie Andrews fans

The hills are finally alive tonight with the premiere of NBC’s much-anticipated adaptation of The Sound of Music Live! EW was on set a few weeks ago to watch rehearsals for this live version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1959 Broadway musical, which stars Carrie Underwood as Maria and Stephen Moyer as Capt. Von Trapp. The production will be broadcast live from a warehouse in Long Island that houses Music‘s seven working sets, including the Von Trapp house and the abbey. There will be no second takes, no audience except for the ones watching at home. In between scenes, leading lady Underwood talked to us about tackling such an iconic character and the challenges of her biggest acting role to date.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was it like getting the call for this? Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron tell me you were their first choice.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Well, I mean, first I remembered hearing [about it], ’cause they announced they were going to do this before they had any idea where or how or who. I remember reading that press release and thinking, “Wow, like that’s ambitious like wow, how?” I had questions even before I knew they were interested in me. And then we got a phone call so I sat down with Neil and Craig and it all started coming together.
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'House of Cards' returns in February

Netflix announced today that the second season of House of Cards will bow Friday, Feb. 14. All 13-episodes of the season that stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright will be available for viewers to watch instantly on Netflix.

The political series is from director David Fincher and screenwriters Beau Willimon and Eric Roth. This is what Netflix says is in store for the second season: Francis (Spacey) and Claire (Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. President Walker’s (Michel Gill) billionaire confidante Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney) demands that Francis reciprocate political favors or face retribution. And Claire must confront the increasing glare of the spotlight as it eats away at her and Francis’s once private existence. The Underwood’s must overcome these dangers — past and present — to avoid losing everything, regardless of collateral damage they leave in their wake.

Netflix does not receive streaming data on its original fare. The service reports that it has over 40 million members in more than 40 countries, who apparently enjoy more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series.

Stevie Nicks to guest on 'American Horror Story: Coven'

Perfect casting alert!

Ryan Murphy revealed on Twitter Tuesday morning that American Horror Story: Coven will soon welcome another big-name guest star: witchy woman Stevie Nicks.

The news should come as no surprise to Murphy superfans; he’s made no secret of his longtime love for the singer-songwriter, whose work with Fleetwood Mac inspired a Glee tribute episode in 2011. “When I was growing up, I was always obsessed with those Stevie Nicks songs like ‘Rhiannon’ and ‘Gypsy,’” the AHS creator told EW last month. “And I remember reading an article where Courtney Love called Stevie Nicks the ‘white witch’ and Grace Slick the ‘dark witch.’ And I have a good relationship with Stevie because of Glee. She is one of the few artists that have come to hang out. She had been writing Lea [Michele] and I regularly since the Cory [Monteith] situation, because she really loved Cory [who passed away in July]. So she’s just a wonderful, wonderful person.”

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Nico Vega reinvents 'Bang Bang' for 'Bonnie & Clyde' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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If Bonnie & Clyde had to have a theme song, chances are “Bang Bang” would be an apt title to sum up the doomed duo, who are being revived once more for A&E’s miniseries event this winter.

The four-hour, two-part series (set to air Dec. 8 and 9 on A&E, Lifetime and History) stars Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger as the notorious pair of Depression-era outlaws. In anticipation of the movie event, A&E has just released this video of rockers Nico Vega re-interpreting the classic Nancy Sinatra melancholia “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down),” which was itself a cover of a hit for Cher.

Though the song has been used in film multiple times since Sinatra’s 1966 recording (notably in the opening credits of Kill Bill), Nico Vega’s uniquely rock-tinged cover (available on iTunes) is certifiably haunting. Check out the exclusive video below to get a look behind the scenes as Nico Vega lays down the track, interspersed with some premiere clips of Bonnie and Clyde. It’s bloody fantastic!
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'Rich At Night' special to celebrate the holidays Nashville style -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Country music star John Rich is bringing the holidays home to Nashville for the new TV Guide Network special Rich At Night. Airing on Nov. 25 at 8p.m. ET and playing throughout the Thanksgiving week, the 90-minute show will feature live performances, celebrity interviews, surprise guests, and lots of audience interaction.

Rich, half of the country duo Big & Rich, is no stranger to television; he won The Celebrity Apprentice in 2011 and has served as a judge on Nashville Star. Filmed on location in Rich’s Nashville home, known as “Mount Richmore,” and co-hosted by Sophie Monk, the special will include appearances by Wynonna Judd, Kix Brooks, Gretchen Wilson, John Ratzenberger, Wayne Brady, Gilbert Gottfried and more.

Below, check out an exclusive clip of Judd belting out “What it Takes” from the special.

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