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LeakyCon to debut 'A Very Potter 3D' with Darren Criss

While we’re still pretty psyched at the opportunity to do morning yoga led by Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), the Harry Potter fan convention LeakyCon now boasts an even bigger event: The debut of A Very Potter 3D: A Very Potter Senior YearTeam StarKid will present a one-time only staged reading of the third installment in the Very Potter Musical franchise that made Glee‘s Darren Criss, who’ll be in Chicago on August 11 to participate, famous. Check out the full LeakyCon schedule here. And revisit A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel in their entirety on YouTube. Below, a refresher of where we left off… READ FULL STORY

Olympics coverage to feature 'Facebook Talk Meter,' so don't blow your status updates

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Today, the NBC Olympics division and Facebook will announce a deal that brings the conversations we’ll all be having (or at least “liking”) on Facebook when the Olympics start on July 27 to our TVs. According to The New York Times, a small staff of Facebook employees will be on hand in London to do some “data-crunching” and inform NBC what its users are talking about (ergo, “The Facebook Talk Meter”). NBC will then turn those hot topics into TV segments. I hope Bob Costas enjoys discussing swimmers’ abs!

The deal also involves NBC providing exclusive content for its NBC Olympics Facebook page and plugging a daily Facebook poll in primetime. Since NBCOlympics.com will stream every event live and have a ton of highlight videos, perhaps the most useful part of the collaboration will be the capability to let your Facebook friends know what you’re watching, so no one misses anything, like gymnast Gabby Douglas doing the Dougie as her “happy dance.” Watch it again below.  READ FULL STORY

HBO's 'John Adams': Why you should watch this Fourth of July

When was the last time you really thought about the Founding Fathers? During the Independence Day holiday,  it seems we watch war movies such as Saving Private Ryan or Pearl Harbor—films about more recent events in our nation’s history.

But this Fourth of July, treat yourself to the 2008 seven-part (You could watch it all in one day!) HBO miniseries John Adams, based on the book John Adams by noted historian David McCullough and starring Paul Giamatti as John Adams and Laura Linney as his wife Abigail. Did we mention the Tom Hooper-directed epic is also the most-Emmy-winning miniseries ever with 13?

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Fourth of July TV marathons: Catch TNT's 'Dallas' from the beginning!

Holiday TV marathons have become almost as great a tradition as Fourth of July fireworks. Wednesday’s best bet: TNT’s Dallas marathon. If you haven’t yet caught the reboot — as gloriously unruly as Larry Hagman’s eyebrows — you can watch the first four episodes (starting at 5 p.m. ET) leading into a new one at 9 p.m. ET. It’s already been picked up for a second season, so it’s safe to get invested.

Also at the top of our list: Two tributes to the late Andy Griffith. TV Land marathons The Andy Griffith Show from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, while the Hallmark Movie Channel, not to be outdone, airs Matlock from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. ET the following morning.

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What 'When Harry Met Sally...' was really about, according to Nora Ephron

In 1990, the year after When Harry Met Sally… hit theaters, Nora Ephron’s script was released as a paperback book with an 11-page introduction written by Ephron detailing how the film came about. The beauty of the Internet: You can read that intro when you “search inside this book” on Amazon. She details how director Rob Reiner told her he wanted to do a movie about two people who become friends and decide not to have sex because it would ruin the friendship, and, of course, it inevitably does. She describes in great detail the things Reiner and his producing partner Andrew Scheinman shared with her as they spent days discussing men (the way they wanted to go home as soon as sex was over, the excuses they would make up to leave). She explains how she realized Reiner — who was divorced at the time and reveling in his depression as much as Harry ultimately would — was the character she should write about. Because Harry had that “dark side,” Sally had to be light — more like Ephron (who, yes, just liked food the way she liked it).  READ FULL STORY

U.S. Olympic trials: Gymnasts take Abbey Road to London -- EXCLUSIVE PIC

While the U.S. Olympic swimming trials continue tonight in prime time with another Lochte-Phelps showdown in the 200m freestyle final (NBC, 8 p.m. ET), the gymnastics competition kicks off tomorrow. Below, we’ve got an exclusive image of hopefuls John Orozco, Gabrielle Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, and two-time Olympic medalist Jonathan Horton on their (Abbey) Road to London. READ FULL STORY

Jenny McCarthy singles out right breast in 'Playboy'

What better way to celebrate one’s upcoming 40th birthday than to pose for Playboy? I would have gone with a cake and a box or three of wine. I’m living my life all wrong.

Supposedly this wax figurine to your right is Love in the Wild host Jenny McCarthy. Let’s check out her entire airbrushed naked body below and see if it’s a match!

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U.S. Olympic trials TV schedule: It's time to care!

The opening ceremony of the Olympics isn’t until July 27, but if you want to start scouting Team USA (and potential Olympic Studs of the Day, wave to Ryan Lochte), may we suggest tuning in for the U.S. Olympic trials. NBC kicks its coverage into high gear Saturday with diving and track and field. Then, starting on Monday, NBC airs eight straight nights of swimming finals in primetime. Below is the NBC Sports Group schedule for the weekend and beyond.  READ FULL STORY

Ryan Gosling's gonna make you sweat -- VIDEO

No, not in bed, not this time. I’m sorry. Also, that’s gross. Look at him; he’s like 10.

Treat yo self to this 1991 footage of the Drive star —  back when he was an actual gosling — singing “When a Man Loves a Woman” (the Michael Bolton reprise!) and completely upstaging his older sister in a dance routine to C&C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” in a Mormon talent show.

My overwhelming thought: “Macaulay Culkin WISHES.”  READ FULL STORY

Teen Choice Awards: Second round of nominees announced

Stop what you’re doing and call your niece — the second wave of Teen Choice Award nominations rolled out today, and it’s exactly what you were expecting.

The first round was a Hunger Games, Twilight and Justin Bieber bonanza. With the new categories, it’s more of the same.

The nominations bring good news for Kristen Stewart. Current EW cover star The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 and Snow White and the Huntsman lead the second wave of nominations with seven each.

While the big movie categories were already announced, we’ve now learned that Choice Movie: Romance will force teens to decide between The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 and The Vow. READ FULL STORY

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