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More viewers for USA-Portugal match than World Series, NBA Finals deciders

It’s not the nation’s most popular sport (yet), but soccer has made its way past our national pastime in the ratings. The U.S. Men’s National Team landed more viewers in its second game of the World Cup—a 2-2 draw against Portugal that kept the U.S. in contention—than the the final championship games or matches of every other pro sport except football.

According to an analysis at The Wrap, USA-Portugal played to 18.2 million live plus same day total viewers on ESPN, topping the World Series Game 6, which landed 18 million flat. Game 5 of the NBA Finals (the last game) took in 18 million as well, with Game 5 of the Stanley Cup, pulling in 6 million.

Team USA’s match against Belgium on Tuesday was predicted to top the Portugal game’s ratings, but it finished second in viewership. The U.S. team lost 2-1 in overtime and was eliminated.

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Tim Howard is the new U.S. Secretary of Defense, according to Wikipedia

After his miraculous game Tuesday, U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard quickly became a folk hero.

Case in point: Someone edited Wikipedia’s entry on the United States Secretary of Defense to say this: READ FULL STORY

'Hot Felon' Jeremy Meeks does not have a modeling contract (yet)

In a matter of weeks, Jeremy Meeks’ entire life has changed. After Meeks was booked on suspicion of felony weapons charges on Wednesday, June 18, his mug shot was posted to the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page, where it quickly went viral, earning him the nickname “Hot Felon” and making him a trending topic on Twitter.

Felon or not, the nation was swooning over Meek’s sharp cheekbones and baby blue eyes. And despite recently finding out that Meeks is married, many still want to know what Meeks is up to now that he’s out of jail.

However, EW has confirmed that earlier reports of Meeks having a modeling contract are false. Gina Rodriguez of GR Media has signed on to represent Meeks, but according to GR Media, Meeks has not signed with anyone. He is, however, in talks with Jim Jordan from White Cross Management, so fans’ hopes of more head shots—sans orange jumpsuit—remain alive.

Musical version of 'First Wives Club' announced

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Here’s another movie-to-musical adaptation to add to the already-quite-long list.

A musical version of The First Wives Club, which starred Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, and Bette Midler in the film, is headed to Broadway, producers announced Monday. The show will have a pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago beginning in spring 2015, with a Broadway run planned beginning in the 2015-2016 season.

Five-time Emmy nominee Linda Bloodworth Thomason makes her theatrical debut as book writer. The First Wives Club, set to be directed by Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), will feature songs–both new original music and classics–by Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland, who are responsible for such hits as “Stop in the Name of Love” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch).” READ FULL STORY

Video: 'Under the Dome' star Rachelle Lefevre kindly stalked Bradley Whitford

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Under the Dome returns June 30 for a second season, and Julia (Rachelle Lefevre) will have her hands full with a potential love triangle—enter mystery man Sam (new series regular Eddie Cahill)—and a dome that viewers will get to know even better. “As ever-present as the dome was last season, it’s almost more like a character this season,” she says. “It’s more of a sentient being—people feel like they’re connected to it, and it starts to control the atmosphere and the environment.”

We got to know Lefevre better when she stopped by EW to take our Pop Culture Personality Test. Find out which film she regrets seeing with her father, what movie she snuck into with her mother, which book she lied about having read in high school, and how she got her hands on a signed Bradley Whitford photo. READ FULL STORY

'War of the Roses' adaptation coming to Broadway

There’s a war coming to Broadway—but don’t expect to see dueling Yorks and Lancasters.

Instead, this War of the Roses will see Warren Adler adapting his own 1981 novel, a black comedy that follows an affluent couple (yes, their last name is Rose) as they embark on a contentious divorce. The book was adapted into a movie in 1989, starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito, who also directed the film. (It marked the trio’s third time working together, after 1984′s Romancing the Stone and its 1985 sequel The Jewel of the Nile.)

Adler, also the author of Random HeartsThe Sunset GangPrivate Lives, and Funny Boys, has released 33 novels total and is also a playwright with the stage versions of WindmillsLibido, and Dead in the Water under his belt. Tony-winning veterans Jay Gutterman, Cindy Gutterman, Cathy Chernoff, Carl Moellenberg, and Wendy Federman will produce the Broadway version of Roses. Further details about casting, the show’s creative team, its theatrical home, and its opening date have not yet been announced.

Video: Remembering 'Designing Women' star Meshach Taylor with the best of Anthony

Meshach Taylor, who earned an Emmy nomination for playing Anthony Bouvier, the falsely-accused ex-con delivery man-turned-partner at the Atlanta-based Sugarbaker interior design firm on Designing Women, has died at the age of 67.

Reruns of Designing Women currently air on Logo (there’s a marathon today, June 29, through 3 p.m. ET). Below are just a few of our favorite Anthony moments. READ FULL STORY

Video: 'Unforgettable' star Poppy Montgomery remembers her serious Luke Perry crush

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The CBS procedural Unforgettable returns for a third season on June 29, so we invited star Poppy Montgomery down to EW headquarters to answer a few questions. Watch her take the EW Pop Culture Personality Test below—and admire her wit, as well as her hair. READ FULL STORY

Video: Chris D'Elia didn't wash his hand for days after meeting Jim Carrey, and other confessions

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What would it be like to date Undateable star Chris D’Elia? If our EW Pop Culture Personality Test is any indication, it would involve conversations about Jim Carrey, Cops, and the softcore French Emmanuelle films. Watch us quiz him below.  READ FULL STORY

Will Ferrell volunteers to 'bite every German player' on behalf of the U.S. World Cup team

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When the U.S. men’s soccer team squares off against Germany today in the World Cup, Will Ferrell will not be in uniform. Actually, to be more accurate, he might be in uniform, but he will not be playing for Team USA.

To that, you may say, “What in the name of Jozy Altidore’s shredded hamstring are you talking about, you bandwagon-jumping doofus?”

Last night in Recife, Brazil, the site of today’s match, Ferrell was introduced as a late-addition player for the U.S. side. “I’m so honored to be playing tomorrow,” he told an enthusiastic crowd. “I’m not going to lie to you, I’m not in the best shape. … [But] if the game gets close, I will bite the opponent. I will bite every German player if I have to.”

Watch the clip below, which includes a special appearance by Teddy Goalsevelt: READ FULL STORY

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