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DirecTV-Viacom feud makes children cry (or at least that 'No More Dora' Nickelodeon commercial did)


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DirecTV subscribers currently without their 17 Viacom-owned cable networks and you'll see some passionate ones. Some folks (like Big Bang Theory EP Bill Prady) would like the financial dispute swiftly resolved so they can watch The Daily Show and The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, while others simply want their MTV or BET (or CMT or VH1). But it's the parents of Nickelodeon fans who caught our attention. Chancie Parmley, 30, is a mother of three -- 3-year-old Lexi, 5-year-old John, and 8-year-old Kiley -- in Virginia Beach, VA. Last night, she and her family were watching Nickelodeon when they saw a commercial informing them that their favorite shows were soon to be "NO MORE" and giving them DirecTV's number to call. Watch it below.* "My 3-year-old was in tears saying, 'I'll never get to watch Dora again, Mommy. Why are they doing that? Why are they not letting me watch Dora? I love Dora,'" Parmley tells EW. "My 5-year-old was like, 'I'll never get to see SpongeBob?!' How do you explain that to a 3- and a 5-year-old? If you want to say, 'Call DirecTV and discuss it with them,' fine. But you don't use cartoon characters to scare kids to manipulate their parents. That's below the belt.... It's kinda like saying, 'Santa Claus has died, and you're never gonna get anymore Christmas presents.' To a kid, 'I'll never get to see my favorite show again' is a big deal. To them, cartoon characters are real. I've talked to friends who've said the exact same thing. [Their kids]

felt like SpongeBob was dying.” (A rep for Nickelodeon did not return EW’s request for comment.) READ FULL STORY

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

What is your damage, creepy boat scene from 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'?

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, creepy boat scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?

Now that it’s officially summer, I thought this would be the perfect time to examine how my obsession with a boat ride from hell has chartered my own slow but sure descent into madness.

This s— gets dark. Read on at your own risk.

What is your damage, Cat Deeley? Wrong 'Choice'!

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’s your damage, Cat? Why are you slumming it as the host of The Choice, Fox’s dating-game answer to NBC’s The Voice? Well, not really answer. The Choice is like a phlegmy gurgle that The Voice quietly stifles for the sake of politeness. It is possibly the worst show I have ever seen. And apparently I have no choice but to watch it since you are the host! READ FULL STORY

Madonna's Roman ass-flash: What does it all mean?

After revealing her right nipple at an Istanbul concert last weekend, Madonna continued her No Fearing My 53-Year-Old Human Nature world tour by flashing her ass — this time, at a concert in Rome.

Eh. Fishnets over sheer stockings OVER an ass? She’s practically overdressed. I’m sorry but this “flash” is as fake as House Hunters. READ FULL STORY

'Hell's Kitchen' and 'MasterChef' premieres: Gordon Ramsay presents f--ing Monday nights on Fox

Why would anyone eat at Hell’s Kitchen? Nobody ever gets their food. Is there a decoy staff that actually cooks things backstage or does the well-dressed (or if you want my real opinion: slutty and annoying) “audience” just head home hungry? I must look into this.

Chef Gordon Ramsay (“YES, CHEF”) has swooped back in to completely dominate summer Mondays with the season premieres of Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef. One show will make you pat yourself on the back for not swearing in the last 30 seconds, and the other will make you cry. Marvel as Ramsay switches gears from “This f—ing pigeon [is so raw it] could fly” and “You treated those scallops like a homeless rat” on Hell’s Kitchen to STANDING UP AND HUGGING the first featured “home cook” on MasterChef: a 19-year-old college freshman named Michael who’d just come out to his dad before trying out for the show. Plus, a blind woman made it through. Seriously? I’ll borrow some of Ramsay’s words from HK and attempt to apply them to MC with a positive spin: “Shut it down and f—ing clean up.” This was awesome! READ FULL STORY

'Awake' finale react: What just happened?

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen the season/series finale of NBC’s Awake, stop reading now. If you have, share your theories on the ending and any burning questions you have in the comments section. We’re chatting with creator Kyle Killen Friday afternoon and will see what we can get him to answer. UPDATE: Here’s our interview with Killen where he addresses fans’ theories and where the series was headed. READ FULL STORY

Season Finale Awards: Your nominations wanted!

May Sweeps has ended, and you know what means: It’s time for EW.com’s third annual Season Finale Awards. You’ve spent the last few weeks dating your DVR(s), and we have the payoff: Think back on this spring’s season-enders and help us celebrate the good and call out the bad. Copy and paste the list of this year’s 20 categories below into a comment and write in your nominations. Come back Friday when the official nominations are announced and the polls open!

And the categories are… READ FULL STORY

What's your favorite tear-inducing, mom-related movie moment?


When cruel movie overlords want to cue the audience waterworks, they go for the Mom Button. You know, a touching moment, a grave illness, words of advice, and, in the most extreme cases, a death. And that stuff sticks with you.

Now, I’m not saying that around Mother’s Day (today!), I think of dying mothers. That’s not the case. But this is the day when you’re most susceptible to pressing of the Mom Button. Warning: If you want to cry, continue reading. If you want to cry with us and make others cry, too, share your pick for best mom-related tear-jerker moment from a movie.

My pick:
I frequently feel more for cartoons and animals than I do for people. (As April from Parks and Rec would say, “They should be rewarded for not being people. I hate people.”) So watching the clip of Littlefoot’s last conversation with his mother in The Land Before Time on YouTube still reduces me to tears. The real ugly crying comes around here though:

Mommy dino: I’ll be with you — even if you can’t see me.
Littlefoot: What do you mean if I can’t see you? I can always see you.

Michelle Profis:
I’m glad you didn’t ask for TV because then I’d be writing a list of every Gilmore Girls episode ever. For movies, though, I cannot think of a scene that punched me in the stomach more than Sally Fields in Steel Magnolias. Whether you’re a mother or not, I think it’s impossible to watch Fields unravel without getting choked up.

Hillary Busis:
Stepmom in its entirety. (Maybe not the part about snowblowing.) I once saw this movie reduce an entire bus of bitchy 14-year-girls into quivering puddles of tears. Full disclosure: I was one of those girls.

Stephan Lee:
One True Thing is the saddest movie ever. Meryl Streep is this really loving, sweet, seemingly simple woman who’s dying of cancer, and Renee Zellwegger plays her sophisticated but frigid daughter. Renee has to leave New York City to take care of her mom, and there’s this moment near the end of the movie where Meryl gives Renee a final word of advice before she dies, and it’s so tragic. There’s also a Christmas tree lighting where Meryl grabs Renee’s hand… I don’t know if this movie is actually good or just really, really emotionally manipulative.

And in Joy Luck Club, June always thought her mom was disappointed in her, until a dinner scene toward the end when her mom tells her: “You have best-quality heart. You have style no one can teach. Must be born this way. I see you.” Anyone, male or female, who’s ever had an Asian parent started crying at that moment.

Darren Franich:
In 50/50, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character spends most of the movie almost underreacting to his cancer diagnosis. He seems, by turns, really brave and almost embarrassed about it — no big deal, I can get over it, etc. That only really starts to crack near the end of the movie, when he goes in for an incredibly risky operation. During the movie, it’s been established that he has kind of a difficult relationship with his mom, played by Anjelica Huston — although “kind of difficult” in this sense just means he doesn’t call enough and has grown distant, which pretty much sums up most twentysomething dudes’ relationships with their mom. Anyway, she’s there with him in the hospital, right before he goes in for surgery. He starts freaking out when the doctor administers the anesthesia — like, seriously bugging out. His mom tells him, “Sweetie, you’re gonna be just fine,” and they hug. OH MY GOD I JUST WATCHED IT AGAIN AND I’M CRYING RIGHT NOW.

Erin Strecker:
Nothing brings me to tears faster than any given five-minute interval of Stepmom. Even happy parts like with Susan Sarandon and Co. dancing to “Ain’t No Mountain High” make me sniffle.

PopWatch Confessional: The entertainment that introduced you to heartbreak

The thing about the fairy tales we’re told and the Disney movies we watch as children is that while they may start off with a tragedy, there’s always a happy ending. Over the weekend, the 1991 movie The Man in the Moon was on cable, and I was reminded how much it scarred me as a teen. If you don’t remember it, Reese Witherspoon stars as a 14-year-old who replaces her crush on Elvis with a crush on the teen farmer next door, Court (Jason London). Just as he finally accepts their age difference, he meets her older sister and falls for her. Then, distracted by postcoital bliss, he falls off a tractor while reaching for his hat on a tree limb AND DIES. Clearly, I had not seen the trailer for the movie, which gives that away. I was devastated. It hurt my soul…each and every time my sister and I watched it on HBO because we, too, had a crush on Jason London.  READ FULL STORY

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