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Would 'Sons of Anarchy' lose fans if it got Emmy noms? Kurt Sutter thinks so

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Sons of Anarchy fans expecting to read another colorful rant from creator Kurt Sutter about the FX drama’s lack of Emmy nominations may have been disappointed today. Not because the show actually did earn a nod (though Sutter, Bob Thiele Jr., and Noah Gundersen are nominated in the Original Music and Lyrics category for penning the song “Day is Gone,” which was used over the emotional montage at the end of the season-six finale). But because the guest column Sutter penned for NikkiFinke.com on how it feels to be snubbed in the major categories, again, only uses the C-word once. And that’s in reference to his prior reputation for losing loudly: “I’m halfway through my second paragraph and I haven’t called anyone at AMC a money-whoring, talentless c–t yet. So, that’s progress, right?” he writes. READ FULL STORY

Katniss, Elsa, Khaleesi predicted to be among 2014's most popular baby names

In a year with several successful franchises starring women, it’s no surprise that girls’ names are getting a pop-culture boost.

Nameberry.com has released its mid-year prediction of the most popular baby names of 2014. Imogen and Asher took the top spots, but the big news is the arrival of Khaleesi (of Game of Thrones at number 18) and Elsa (of Frozen at number 88) in the top 100 projections for most popular. They join Katniss (of The Hunger Games), which occupies an impressive spot as the predicted 14th most popular girls’ name, and Hazel, which got a Fault in Our Stars boost to land at number 13.

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Video: Halle Berry and Jimmy Fallon literally roll together on 'Tonight'

Halle Berry’s next project, Extant, is full of mysteries, so it only serves to reason that she’s going on talk shows and doing mysterious things.

Or at least that’s the only way we can think to make sense of this clip from The Tonight Show Tuesday night, which features Berry and Jimmy Fallon doing some sort of joint hamster-ball somersault to the sound of crashing cymbals. In case you were wondering, we counted two and a half revolutions.

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'Hunger Games,' 'Game of Thrones' among mtvU's Fandom of the Year nominees

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Forget the World Cup’s USA-Portugal-Ghana-Germany nightmare. A competition category that pits fans of Game of Thrones, Doctor WhoSherlock, Breaking Bad, and Teen Wolf against each other is a real “Group of Death”—and that’s just the TV Dramas.

After announcing the nominees for its Fandom awards last month (including everything from best ship to best new fandom), mtvU has upped the ante today to announce the contenders for the big prize: Fandom of the Year.

Culled from four categories (Movies, TV Dramas, TV Comedies, and Animation), the 32 nominees will duke it out through online voting on the network’s website. The winner will be announced during the “MTV Fan Fest” at Petco Park in San Diego on July 24 during Comic-Con. MTV and mtvU will also air a 60-minute “mtvU Fandom Awards Special” on July 27.

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First listen: Audra McDonald channels Billie Holiday in Broadway's 'Lady Day'

It’s the performance everyone’s been talking about: Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald set a Tony record with her latest star turn, playing troubled blues singer Billie Holiday in the final months of her life in the Broadway play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.

Set in a seedy bar in the late ’50s, McDonald plays the jazz legend in one of her final performances. It’s a fully transportative experience for the audience, whose reactions help create the illusion carried by McDonald’s performance. To reflect that experience, Lady Day’s new original Broadway cast album was recorded live during performances of the show in late May.

The two-disc set offers an immersive translation of the show, a feat not reflected in several of this season’s recent cast albums. Lady Day’s cast recording (by PS Classics) will be available digitally and in stores on July 15, but Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive first listen to four of the tracks from the show, offering recognizable Holiday songs and a sample of the stories McDonald shares during the performance.

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Watch 'Neil Young' cover Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' on 'Jimmy Fallon'

It’s “Déjà vu” all over again.

In a segment on Monday’s episode of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon appeared in the guise of rock legend Neil Young to put an acoustic spin on “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea. Fallon crooned, and even threw in a little harmonica, but the performance kicked into a whole other gear with the arrival of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash, who worked up the famous four part harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (with Fallon making this a CSN”Y” reunion).

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'Penny Dreadful' to make Comic-Con debut

EW has learned exclusively that Penny Dreadful will make its San Diego Comic-Con debut on the first of the convention.

Moderated by Archer‘s Aisha Tyler, the panel will held on Thursday, July 24th from 6 to 7 p.m. in Ballroom 20 and will feature series stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, and Harry Treadaway, as well as the series’ creator, writer, and executive producer, John Logan.

In addition to the star-studded panel, Showtime will also host signings, and it will offer exclusive merchandise to fans including character figurines, deluxe deck of tarot cards inspired by the ones in the series, and special-edition books. Showtime has teamed with Titan Books to produce deluxe hardcover editions of the classic novels that inspired the series. The Penny Dreadful Collection will include Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Penny Dreadful concluded its first season last week and has been renewed for a 10-episode second season.

'Cats' to get a rap-friendly makeover

With an entire musical based on the work of Tupac Shakur running on Broadway, it’s clear that the theatrical world has finally embraced hip-hop—and the trend is starting to spread outside of New York. A new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats opening in December on London’s West End plans to add a new twist to the 33-year-old musical: “curious cat” Rum Tum Tugger will now be rapping his parts.

Tugger has always been the musical’s edgiest character—Webber admits that Mick Jagger was an influence on his development—so giving him a hip-hop makeover makes some sense. According to the composer, Cats‘s source material—T.S. Eliot’s poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats—actually inspired the change: “I’ve come to the conclusion,” Webber told the AP, “that … maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap.” That may come as a surprise to the Last Poets, Blowfly, or any of the dozens of other artists and musicians who’ve previously been credited with the form’s conception.

Webber and the show’s producers haven’t let out any more information about Rum Tum Tugger’s reboot—but we do have an exclusive peek at his new, hip-hop-friendly look: READ FULL STORY

Marvel reveals the future of Captain America's Steve Rogers (Updated)

(Spoiler alert: This post contains details from Captain America #21.)

On Monday, Marvel plans to announce who the new Captain America will be following the tragic events in Captain America #21. Over the weekend, Marvel posted the above photo to its official Tumblr with the caption,”Who will be Marvel comics’ NEW #CaptainAmerica? Learn more this Monday on Marvel.com! #4thOfJuly.”

The question on every non-comic reader’s mind is probably: What happened to Steve Rogers, the current Captain America? During a battle with the villain the Iron Nail, Steve Rogers had the Super-Soldier serum sucked from his body, leaving him powerless and causing him to rapidly age into an old man. In an interview with Comic Book Resources, writer Rick Remender confirmed that Steve Rogers will no longer be in the field as Captain America. READ FULL STORY

Video: The Lucas Brothers share their Firsts & Worsts

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It’s a good time to get to know the Lucas Brothers, Keith and Kenny—who appear in 22 Jump Street and on Variety‘s list of 10 Comics to Watch. Especially when they’re sharing the story of their first (and worst) comedy gig. Learn more about the identical brothers in the video below: READ FULL STORY

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