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Mariah Carey gets the Nicki Minaj phone call: A very special 'American Idol' dramatization

Rumor has it that new American Idol judge Mariah Carey became infuriated and hung up the phone when producers called to tell her they were in talks with Nicki Minaj to join the season 12 judging panel. Considering a TMZ report is practically fiction, I thought I’d embellish this juicy, totally plausible storyline in the saga of No One Knows WTF Is Going On With Idol (And Do They Care?). It’s one of the summer’s most lukewarm reads!

Thanks to the video for Mimi and Nicki’s classic 2010 collaboration “Up Out My Face,” here’s how I picture this all going down…. READ FULL STORY

Dierks Bentley's 'Country & Cold Cans' EP: Hear 'Back Porch' here -- EXCLUSIVE

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This summer, country singer Dierks Bentley had his 10th No. 1 hit with the footstomper “5-1-5-0,” which has helped keep the crowds rockin’ on his Country & Cold Cans Tour. Inspired by their, let’s call it enthusiasm, and the desire to give college students new music for their end-of-summer parties and fall football tailgates, he paid for studio time himself to record some new tunes. The result is his Country & Cold Cans EP, which includes four new songs — the title track, “Grab a Beer,” “Back Porch,” and “Summer on Fire” — and the radio edit of his similarly suds-soaked current single, “Tip it on Back,” from his album Home. “I think the fans will dig the sound. It’s a little grittier, a little different,” Bentley says. “There’s some hand clips, some beatin’ on things. It’s just fun for me to get a chance to do something different every now and then.”

Listen to our exclusive stream of “Back Porch” below. (Think of it as Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” for people who don’t live near a lake). Then, we asked Bentley to name five of his craziest summer memories. Lucky for us, he documented most of them — including an awesome band vs. crew Braveheart reenactment — in his web series, DBTV. Country & Cold Cans will be released Aug. 21 on iTunes. READ FULL STORY

Olympics recap, Day 12: Misty sandy-colored memories of the way we won

That sand looks super spongey, right? Like long jump gold medalist Brittney Reese is landing in a big cake? It’s tea time, fellow armchair Olympians. Let’s dig deep and dive right in.

Day 12 brought a gold-medal U.S. vs. U.S. beach volleyball match, a charmed third time for sprinter Allyson Felix, and my sneaking suspicion that I would willingly watch random track and field events in prime time any night. These athletes, man. They’re getting to me. I don’t know if I can go back to regular old humans again. Couldn’t NBC just keep showing more Olympics instead of America’s Got Talent? They could still call it that! READ FULL STORY

Synchronized swimming fashion: Gold for Spain!

While we await the sequin overload of the team synchronized swimming competition on Thursday and Friday, we’ve got the duet medals to look forward to on Tuesday (watch at 4 p.m. ET on MSNBC). Russia’s Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina have led since they sported suits with Michael Jackson on them for their technical routine on Sunday. You have to watch their MJ-inspired deck dance below from a competition earlier this year. Amazing. I, however, am rooting for Spain’s Ona Carbonell Ballestero and Andrea Fuentes Fache (pictured above). They sit in third after today’s free routine but are undeniably first in fashion in my eyes. READ FULL STORY

Olympic Studs of the Day: Independent Olympic Athletes

Olympic Stud of the Day, our daily celebration of an athlete’s winning performance and/or personality, is back. Usually, we choose an enthusiastic flagbearer for the Day 1 honor. But then, the Independent Olympic Athletes made their entrance during the Opening Ceremony’s fast-paced Parade of Nations and we remembered why we sit through a 4.5 hour telecast — for surprises like their dance routine stealing the show from Queen Elizabeth and James Bond (Daniel Craig), who pretend-parachuted into the stadium from a helicopter.

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Kristen Stewart's apology to Robert Pattinson: An EW-xistential crisis

If you haven’t been on the Internet today, you might not know that Kristen Stewart cheated on her boyfriend/co-star Robert Pattinson with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders (who is 19 years older than Stewart, and married with two kids). Stewart promptly apologized for her transgression, issuing a statement to People: “I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I’ve caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.” (UPDATE: Sanders also issued an apology to People.)

The only way we at EW.com could deal with such devastating news is to talk about it. So read a (heavily edited) version of our chat after our heads exploded from all the craziness.

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'Magic Mike' audition tape from Jason Biggs -- VIDEO

Jason Biggs’ “unreleased Magic Mike audition tape” has surfaced on YouTube. Watch the NSFW video below. Apparently he read for Matthew McConaughey’s role (not really) and performed two of Dallas’ most memorable scenes — the opening “no, no, no, no, no” monologue and the dance tutorial. If you just want to see him strip to Ginuwine’s “Pony,” jump to 2:53. Spoiler: There is a thong involved.  READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry: What is your damage?

Welcome to ‘What Is Your Damage,’ Annie Barrett’s summer shop of all the melodrama and self-absorption she misses from springtime reality TV. Every Tuesday and Friday, she’ll rant about a current offense to her humanity, then assess readers’ damages via video replies. Don’t be shy about admitting what annoys or intrigues you. We’re all in this pop cult together!

What is your damage, Katy Perry? You’re making me feel like a hard old bitch.

Until yesterday my impression of you had been somewhat vague, a smattering of visuals and a strong if nonsensical set of aural hooks. If I heard your name, I’d think of rainbow sherbet , hot dogs that are really people, Snoop Dogg rolling a pair of sugarcube dice, and gummy bears come to life. Basically a child’s, or stoner’s, paradise. (If you did a “Downtempo Snaxxx Remix” of each hit single, by the way, you could easily corner another segment of the population.) I’m pretty sure I could pick your voice out of a police lineup, for crimes against candy. And without even trying, I somehow know all of your singles. Are there drugs in those? I hear them once and by the second go-round I’m BELTING them like some wall-licking beast.
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Your 'Magic Mike' moviegoing experience: EW Exit Poll

What was your Magic Mike experience like? I went opening night in midtown Manhattan and knew I had a good crowd when cheers broke out as Ryan Gosling made his first appearance in the Gangster Squad trailer and there was applause when Channing Tatum made his entrance in Magic Mike walking from his bed to his bathroom nude. It was only an 8:40 p.m. showing, but we’d clearly all hit a happy hour beforehand and there was audible appreciation shown throughout the movie — both for the comedy (Big Dickie Richie’s penis pump, Dallas teaching The Kid to dance) and the moves (people clapped for Tatum’s solos).

I also saw the film Saturday night in Chelsea with a different group of friends. I had high expectations for the audience when we walked into theater 4 and found a DJ. Two male “models” were on hand to dance with patrons and award prizes (like the Magic Mike T-shirt my colleague Sandra Gonzalez received). The pre-show’s emcee seemed to think this crowd was a little tame — “Did you guys actually come here sober?” — and it was. We still got an audible response for Tatum’s entrance and laughter at all the right moments, but there was no spontaneous applause. (There was, however, a theater worker handing out tiny boxes of Crunchy Nut cereal as we left, which I’d like to think was a marketing plan by Kellogg’s and not just a coincidence.)

What was your experience like? Tell us below. Then take our EW Exit Poll. READ FULL STORY

Channing Tatum leads flash(dance) mob on 'Today' -- VIDEO

Okay, technically, he didn’t take off his shirt — he just opened it to reveal a Magic Mike tank — but the flash mob Channing Tatum led on Today this morning was still a great way to start our Wednesday. At the beginning of the clip, Joe Manganiello provides some nice body roll action as a distraction — and ends up sandwiching Ann Curry with Al Roker. Yes. That happened.  READ FULL STORY

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