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See Cheyenne Jackson get dramatic, very wet in 'She Pretty, She Lies' video: EXCLUSIVE

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Cheyenne Jackson must have a busy haberdasher, because the man has been known to wear a lot of different hats: scene-stealing TV actor (30 Rock, Behind the Candelabra), theater thespian (Xanadu, Finian’s Rainbow), and — especially these days — musician.

Jackson’s set to release his debut solo album I’m Blue, Skies tomorrow, and you can watch the video for his single “She Pretty, She Lies,”co-penned by Sia, the singer (“Breathe Me”) and songwriter (Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Christina Aguilera’s “You Lost Me”) exclusively here.

The clip, helmed by Peter Tokay, features a fully clothed CJ getting all wet, getting all drunk, and getting all destructive — and doing it all backwards, no less!

Watch Jackson’s reverse-chronology “She Pretty, She Lies” video below:

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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' episode 4

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It’s always great when I get to walk into the mansion and let the guys know that it’s time to pack their bags and hit the road. It’s also fun to see how excited they are when they learn where we’re headed. Our first stop on this trip around the world with Des is Atlantic City, New Jersey. We stayed at the beautiful new Revel hotel.

Brad got the first date this week and it didn’t exactly go well. You could quickly see that he and Des had no connection. Des is big on chemistry, and unfortunately they had none. When you add to all this the fact that he’s a caring dad, Des really felt compelled to let him go as soon as she knew there wasn’t anything serious between them. The only sad part was how many stairs Des made him climb to get to the top of that lighthouse just so she could dump him. In all seriousness, it was obviously the right thing to do, because at this point there are guys here that she does see a possible future with.

The group date this week was near and dear to my heart. The last time I was in Atlantic City was back in 2004 when I hosted the Miss America pageant for the first time. I’m extremely excited the pageant is coming back to where it all began when it airs on Sept. 15 on ABC — and I’ll be hosting again, now for the fifth time. I loved that the reigning Miss America, Mallory Hagen, was able to join us and help out with our first ever The Bachelorette‘s Mr. America pageant. Mallory has been a great ambassador for Miss America and she shared her personality and wicked sense of humor with everybody. I always enjoy when we get to do public dates, but to actually get to host an event like this for a live audience in an Atlantic City showroom was awesome. We had a packed house and the crowd was great.

As for the actual competition, well, let’s just say there are things that will never be erased from my brain. Chris walking out in high heels with hula-hoops around his arms was just one of many bad images. And don’t even get me started on the bathing suit competition. I have to admit I was a little surprised Kasey won the crown. I thought Zak W. might have won with his song; it played well with the crowd and it seemed to impress Des. At the after-party Ben continued to draw Des in while he manages to push the guys further away. Zak W. pulled the guitar out again, which is sometimes a sketchy move, but it worked and he got the rose.

James got the final one-on-one date this week. No, I’m not going to even get into the shots of him eating strawberries while in the bath. Like most of high school, let’s just pretend it didn’t happen and move on. This was easily one of my favorite dates this season. I was so happy that while in New Jersey we were able to shed some light on the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. I’m even more proud of the fact that we promote an organization like the Red Cross that does so much for victims of devastating events like Sandy or the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. I hope all of you will take a minute and go to www.redcross.org/thebachelorette to find out how you can help rebuild the Jersey Shore and Moore, Oklahoma.

It was very cool that not only did we show the destruction, but we also introduced you to an amazing couple, Jan and Manny. Des and James gave them their date and it was beautiful to see how grateful they were for this night. I went over to the Foundation Room at the House of Blues before the date and our art department was so happy to be setting up for a regular couple that would get such a treat out of a fancy night out. There is so much love between these two, and the book of restored pictures from the Red Cross was just priceless. I was also lucky enough to spend some time with the talented Darius Rucker that night. I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know Darius over the last few years and I can tell you as talented as he is, it doesn’t compare to what a generous, great guy he is. Manny and Jan’s date was such an emotional date, you almost forget about Des and James — but they had an interesting night, too. I’m curious to know what all of you thought about James admitting to Des that he cheated on his college girlfriend. Do you think honesty was really the best policy here? I know Des ended up giving him the rose, but do you think she’ll ever forget what he told her? It will be interesting to see how that affects their relationship in the weeks to come.

The cocktail party and rose ceremony were held in suites at the Revel Hotel. The view from the rose ceremony was stunning as you could see the entire Atlantic City boardwalk. Zack K. was sent home this week and you know what that means? There’s only one Zak now, so Zak W. can officially drop the W and just be good ol’ Zak. As you saw, Atlantic City was just a jumping off point as we now head over to Europe and Munich, Germany. We’ve talked for years about going to Germany and I’m glad we finally did. It’s a beautiful and historic city — but it turns out it’s also a very dramatic place to visit, too. Or maybe these guys just made it that way. Ben will continue to stir things up, but James is really the one who will step into the crosshairs next week with some ill-advised words. These guys are really falling for Des and are very protective of her, and this is going to lead to some explosive confrontations. We’ll see you next week in Munich, and in the meantime you can always reach me via Twitter and Instagram @chrisbharrison.

More Bachelorette on EW:
Bachelorette recap: Jersey Boys

Plus check out Desiree’s blog on people.com

 

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' episode 3

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Lying, cheating, deceitful pig! Anytime that sentence is uttered you know there’s some drama. We will get to the slick used car salesman that is Brian in just a bit, but first let me say I’m glad this season has officially begun. As of this week, the gloves came off and it is on.

The week began with the group dodgeball date. The day started off innocently enough in a small private little gym where the guys got absolutely pummeled with balls from professional dodge ballers. (Who knew there was such a thing?) Let me tell you, I watched the practice portion of this date and those pros could bring it. The guys were so relieved when I came in and told them they’d be battling each other. That is until I happened to mention it would be a very public display. By the time the guys arrived at the open-air mall there was already a huge crowd gathered. I love these public dates where I get to walk around and visit with our fans. Des and I had a great time spending about a half hour walking around the arena talking and taking pictures with everybody before the guys arrived. The guys probably weren’t as excited about the crowd once they saw the very tight uniforms they had to wear.  READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' episode 2

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I hope all of you are about to read this for the right reasons. I also hope that this week none of you decided to take a shot every time you heard that phrase, because if you did, you are not going to have a good Tuesday or probably Wednesday either.

Before I dive into this hip-hop episode I want to answer a couple questions I got from your comments. Somebody asked how the guys spend their days when they’re not with Des on dates. Well, they do what they want around the house — hang out by the pool, work out, sleep or all of the above. Another question was about whether the guys or the girls are cleaner as a group. This is tough because it really depends on the season, but overall it’s surprising to note that the men are cleaner. Maybe it’s not as much of a surprise because the women pack much more stuff, and don’t get me started on the state of the bathroom when the ladies are in the house. There are times when the guys aren’t much better, but ladies you win this battle — or lose it actually. READ FULL STORY

Jake Gyllenhaal joins roster of stars at Tony Awards -- EXCLUSIVE

Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal will be a presenter at this Sunday’s Tony Awards at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, EW has learned.

The 32-year-old star made his Off Broadway debut last fall in the drama If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, earning a Lucille Lortel Award nomination as Outstanding Featured Actor. He joins a swelling list of celebs who will appear at Broadway’s premiere awards show, including Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jesse Eisenberg, Jon Cryer, and Martha Plimpton.

The 67th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on CBS at 8 p.m. on June 9. (Be sure to check out EW’s live blog of the event!) READ FULL STORY

Will and Jaden Smith step into Sirius XM for a Town Hall with EW -- EXCLUSIVE

Filming his new post-apocalyptic film After Earth in Costa Rica last year found Jaden Smith battling both CGI beasties and scaly creatures that were all too real, including crocodiles, snakes, and piranhas. “There were a few moments where questionable parenting tactics were used [during filming],” Jaden’s father (and costar) Will jokingly told EW’s Jess Cagle during a SiriusXM Town Hall filmed in New York City yesterday. “The crocodile — that was the day I was glad your mom wasn’t there.”

Check out a clip from the interview below — and catch the whole thing on EW’s brand-new SiriusXM station, channel 105, today at 3 and 7 p.m. ET.

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Gorillaz creators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett talk about their stage musical version of a Chinese fable -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The duo behind the virtual rock band Gorillaz is busting into three dimensions for a change, and in a very big way. Monkey: Journey to the West, a stage-musical adaptation of a 16th-century Chinese folk tale, features an East-meets-West score by Blur singer Damon Albarn and colorful design work and animation by his Gorillaz collaborator, artist Jamie Hewlett. The production — conceived and directed by renowned opera director Chen Shi-Zheng with elements of traditional Chinese martial arts, acrobatics, and dance — will have its New York premiere this summer, opening the Lincoln Center Festival and playing 27 performances from July 6-28. (Since premiering in Manchester, England, in 2007, the show has made its own epic journey around the West.)

It turns out that Hewlett and Albarn have a long association with the story of a Monkey King who leads a Buddhist monk through an enchanted kingdom. “I grew up on the Japanese television version of Monkey: Journey to the West as a schoolboy,” Hewlett explains. Adds Albarn: “It’s one of those things that you talked about in school the next day.”

In this exclusive video clip (after the jump), the duo discuss their efforts to bring the fable to life on stage. READ FULL STORY

'Matilda' composer Tim Minchin on the Broadway hit's signature song 'When I Grow Up' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

At the top of the second act of the new Broadway hit Matilda the Musical, the pint-size ensemble appears on giant swings to deliver the show’s signature song, “When I Grow Up.” The simple, round-like melody includes such lines as, “When I grow up, I will eat sweets every day on the way to work and I will go to bed late every night.” In an exclusive new video (after the jump), Australian songwriter and outspoken skeptic Tim Minchin explains how he composed the evocative ode to “childish wonderment” — which he notes was the very first tune he wrote for the critically acclaimed adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book that has earned 12 nominations for next month’s Tony Awards, including Best Musical. READ FULL STORY

Listen to the 'Pippin' Broadway revival cast album -- EXCLUSIVE

Okay, so you may have to imagine Patina Miller’s Leading Player swiveling hips and the circus-trained ensemble dangling from ropes and jumping through hoops. But there’s no doubt you can still groove to the new recording of Broadway’s mega-acclaimed revival of Pippin, up for 10 Tony Awards at the June 9 ceremony on CBS.

The album will feature all of the Stephen Schwartz faves like “Magic to Do,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “On the Right Track,” as well as four “Sing Along with the Pippin Orchestra” tracks featuring a 700-person chorus as backup. Below, listen to an early preview of the entire album before Ghostlight Records releases it digitally on June 4 in advance of a disc launch on July 9. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' season premiere

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Oh, how good it feels to be back. If we had to pick a theme for the first night we would have to have to steal a page from Jeopardy! and go with the category “Names That Begin With ‘M’ or ‘B’.” The season started off a little differently with Desiree; it’s important to know where she came from so you can fully appreciate and understand where this journey will take her. I enjoyed the more casual style of starting out by sitting down to talk with Des at her house. It definitely put her at ease and made her more emotionally available and open. I could tell she was genuinely excited to be the Bachelorette and truly ready to find love.

The arrivals are always just a bit awkward but it seems even more so when it’s the Bachelorette and it’s a bunch of guys piling out of the limos. Guys are just completely out of their comfort zone. Some of the highlights from my perspective that night were, of course, Zak who arrived shirtless and asked Des if she would accept his abs. Despite later stripping down and diving in the pool, Zak got a rose. (It’s worth noting that Des had a tough time figuring out where to put it.) READ FULL STORY

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