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5 Australian pop-culture imports you should know

Sick of explosion-filled blockbusters and snoozy summer reality TV? Here’s a solution: Try looking to the Southern Hemisphere to fill your entertainment needs. Several EW staffers have fallen under the spell of Australian TV and music, especially Josh Thomas’s charming comedy Please Like Me (which returns to Pivot on Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET).

And it’s not just people who write about this stuff for a living: A friend of mine is obsessed with Dance Academy, a teen drama that’s exactly what it sounds like (and is available for streaming on Netflix). Another swears by Australia’s Next Top Model, which has supposedly produced more successful models than its American counterpart. And then there’s Iggy Azalea, the New South Wales-born rapper whose music has been inescapable for months (even if plenty of writers refuse to admit that “Fancy” is 2014’s Song of the Summer).

Want to jump on the bandwagon, or however they say that expression in Australia? Here are some of the best wonders Down Under has to offer right now: READ FULL STORY

The 'Outlander' stars you're swooning over reveal their first crushes

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Do the stars of the epic new time-travel romance Outlander, Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe, have good chemistry? We gave them an EW Pop Culture Personality Test to find out.

Watch the video and read a transcript below. Outlander officially premieres Saturday, Aug. 9 at 9 p.m. ET on Starz. READ FULL STORY

Christina Hendricks is stuck in the 1960s in Funny or Die clip

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Christina Hendricks mistakes an iPhone for a Pop-Tart in the latest Funny or Die video, and not just because today’s phone cases can be eerily realistic: The sketch finds the Mad Men actress transported from the 1960s into a modern office, complete with computers and cell phones and Febreze.

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Watch Nat Faxon make his 'Married' co-star Judy Greer cry

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Get Judy Greer in the same room as her Married co-star Nat Faxon for an EW Pop Culture Personality Test, and you quickly learn that the actress tears up when she laughs. You also learn that like any good fictional wife, she can predict how her fictional husband will playfully insult her.

Watch the video and read a full transcript below. Married airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.  READ FULL STORY

Watch Hillary Clinton's surprise appearance on 'Colbert'

On The Colbert Report Tuesday, Stephen Colbert revealed that he’s midway through former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s much-talked-about memoir, Hard Choices. He had some complaints. First: “This is book is 656 pages of shameless name dropping.” (Hillary Clinton meets with everyone from Aung San Suu Kyi to Bono.) Secondly: “There is no way on earth one woman can be in so many places at once.”

Guess who showed up next.

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All the actors rumored to star in 'True Detective' season 2

The casting process for True Detective‘s second season has become just about as complicated as Rust and Marty’s search for the Yellow King in season one. And if you add in the 21st-century problem of social media—which the Yellow King was not a big fan of—one could argue that it’s an even more complicated puzzle. For months, there have been rumors surrounding the number of leads—two! three! four!—and from there, rumors surrounding who will play those leads—Josh Brolin! Brad Pitt! Jessica Chastain!

At this point, the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto, has said that the second season will be set in California, but there’s still some debate as to the number of leads. Pizzolatto was hinting toward three; though now, if you add in the addition of a potential antagonist, it looks like there could be four. From there, other questions remain: Will there be a female detective? Who will play her?

Below, we’ve rounded up the many casting rumors that have circulated the internet—and weighed in on how true they seem, how plausible they seem, and how well each rumored star would fit into the landscape of the HBO series. READ FULL STORY

Watch Uzo Aduba teach Conan O'Brien how to make 'crazy eyes'

On Monday night, the cast of Orange Is the New Black went on its first-ever late-night appearance as a group when stars Kate Mulgrew, Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Biggs, Laverne Cox, and Lea DeLaria joined Conan O’Brien to talk about their hit Netflix show.

Perhaps the highlight of their appearance was Aduba revealing the secret to Crazy Eyes’ signature facial expression. But when she tried to talk O’Brien through the process of making his eyes pop like Aduba’s do on the show, he looked less crazy and more creepy and confused.

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Chris Harrison blogs the 'Bachelor in Paradise' premiere

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Welcome to Paradise!

This show was created with one simple purpose: give some of our favorite cast members a second chance at love. Now how could something so simple “feel so right” in many ways and go “oh so wrong” in so many others? These questions will be asked and answered several times over the next two months as the drama unfolds in Tulum, Mexico. Tulum, Mexico, and especially Papaya Playa, were the perfect place to find Paradise. Unbelievable beaches, amazing weather and scenery, and an abundance of history made this the perfect place to help our Bachelors and Bachelorettes find love, and sometimes, their fair share of drama! READ FULL STORY

Bear Grylls on how to survive 'Sharknado,' other movie scenarios

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In his new show, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the outdoors expert teaches celebrities how to survive in the wild. So when Grylls stopped by the EW video studio, we had him teach us a thing or two about survival… in Hollywood.

We gave Grylls some of the toughest survival scenarios presented in movies and asked him for tips on how to deal with each one. From Titanic to Sharknado, he has a pretty good idea of how some characters could’ve made it out of their films alive.

Watch the video and read a full transcript below.

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How does 'The Bachelor Australia' compare to the U.S. 'Bachelor'?

Bachelorette Andi Dorfman has ended her quest to find love. Bachelor Juan Pablo wasn’t exactly the kind of guy America could root for. Therefore, it’s understandable that some viewers are looking beyond American borders to find a Bachelor love story worth watching. And as the age-old saying goes: When in doubt, always go down under.

Just last week, The Bachelor Australia launched its second season—featuring Blake Garvey, a very large, very charming man just starting his rose-filled journey. Almost immediately, the show started trending on Twitter, with folks across the globe latching onto the idea of watching tan, accented individuals fall in lust love. Based on America’s sudden interest in both Garvey and the show, we decided to get our hands on the first episode to see what all the fuss was about. Spoiler: The fuss is about sexy people, sexy accents, and a very intriguing (arguably sexy) white rose, plus a few more twists. Such as:

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