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What to watch and listen to this week: 'Dirty Dancing' remake on ABC, Every Little Thing podcast

Colt Prattes and Abigail Breslin do the iconic lift scene in the remake of Dirty Dancing on ABC.

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Colt Prattes and Abigail Breslin do the iconic lift scene in the remake of Dirty Dancing on ABC.

MONDAY

SEASON PREMIERE: The Bachelorette, 9 p.m., ABC: The thirteenth season begins with Texas attorney Rachel Lindsay getting advice from friends who appeared with her on last season of The Bachelor before meeting 31 suitors.

SEASON FINALE: Jane the Virgin, 9 p.m., CW: Rogelio and Xo are excited for their big day, but Rogelio gets some shocking news. Later, Jane learns about a mysterious letter MIchael wrote.

Princess Diana: Her Life - Her Death - Her Truth, 8 p.m., ABC: A journey through the night that Princess Diana died and the four independent investigations that followed.

TUESDAY

SEASON PREMIERE: Casual, midnight, Hulu: The third season picks up right after the events of the second and sees the trio deal with the aftermath of Charles' death, as well as Valerie's choice to move her and Laura out of Alex's house.

Downward Dog, 8 p.m., ABC: After a special premiere last week, Downward Dog now airs in its regular timeslot. The series is based on a web series and follows the daily life of Nan (Allison Tolman), as narrated by her increasingly lonely and philosophical dog, Martin.

SEASON FINALE: Dancing with the Stars, 8:30 p.m., ABC: The winner is announced in the 24th season finale. …

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Review: ABC's 'Dirty Dancing' remake should be left in a corner

Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes perform the iconic lift in the Dirty Dancing remake on ABC.

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Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes perform the iconic lift in the Dirty Dancing remake on ABC.

It seems as if nothing is sacred anymore.

ABC's remake of the 1987 romantic drama Dirty Dancing is, well...not good. If it were a Taco Bell sauce packet or a chicken wing flavor, it would be mild.

Nobody wants to watch a movie called Mild Dancing.

Full disclosure: I'm biased toward the original starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. I was not yet born when it premiered (sorry, everyone) but it's one of my mother's favorite movies. She has superb taste in both movies and music.

So when I heard ABC was premiering a Dirty Dancing remake as a TV movie, I physically cringed. Was anyone asking for this?

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Like the original, the remake revolves around Frances "Baby" Houseman (Scream Queen's Abigail Breslin), an 18-year-old woman who spends the summer of 1963 at an upscale resort with her family. She's the younger of two daughters with a doctor for a dad (Bruce Greenwood), a mom (Debra Messing) wanting more from her husband and a sister (Sarah Hyland) more interested in makeup and marriage than a career. …

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Universal Studios theme park is taking people inside 'The Shining' (w/video)

A scene from the film version of "The Shining."

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A scene from the film version of "The Shining."

It's only May, but Universal Studios is already teasing a big reveal for this year's Halloween Horror Nights: a haunted attraction based on Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece The Shining.

Universal's theme parks in California and Orlando plan to channel the "unspeakable terror" of the 1980 film based on Stephen King's novel with "terrifying new mazes" that will "bring every gruesome moment and paranormal haunting that fans have seen in the film to life," a news release said.

The attraction will bring guests through the Overlook Hotel and have them trying to "escape the wrath of Jack Torrance as he violently succumbs to the hotel's paranormal forces."

Here's the teaser video released with the announcement:

This will be the 27th year of Halloween Horror Nights, the annual after-hours event featuring a variety of haunted houses and "scare zones" throughout the park. Universal is also bringing back a haunted attraction based on the FX series American Horror Story for a second year.

Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando will run Sept. 15  through Nov. 4.

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Travel: A real-life trip through the hotel that inspired 'The Shining' …

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In Case You Missed It: Elephant hunter crushed by elephant; Tom Hanks and The Rock's huge announcement; watch Cher turn back time at Billboard awards

Tom Hanks and Dwayne Johnson on "Saturday Night Live."

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Tom Hanks and Dwayne Johnson on "Saturday Night Live."

Weekends are great for unwinding, and maybe even unplugging for a little while. Here's what trended that you might have missed if you weren't on social media the last couple days.

ELEPHANT HUNTER CRUSHED BY ELEPHANT

A big game hunter in South Africa died Friday after an elephant fell on him, according to the Telegraph:

"Theunis Botha, 51, was leading a hunt with clients when the group accidentally walked into the middle of a breeding herd of elephants at the Good Luck Farm near Hwange National Park late on Friday afternoon, Zimparks spokesman Mr Simukai Nyasha said."

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Botha fired at the animals, but was caught by surprise by a female elephant that stormed at him from the side and lifted him with its trunk. Another hunter fired a fatal shot at that elephant, which collapsed on top of Botha, killing him. 

According to the report, Botha was "a highly regarded houndsman who led leopard and lion hunting safaris with his pack of dogs."

 

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On SNL, The Rock and Tom Hanks joked about a 2020 White House bid. Some want to believe (w/video)

ctor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Tom Hanks on the season finale of "Saturday Night Live."

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ctor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Tom Hanks on the season finale of "Saturday Night Live."

In the cold open for the season finale of Saturday Night Live, the "Trump administration" bid farewell, as Alec Baldwin and other cast members sang a mournful "Hallelujah" around the piano.

After that, another duo stepped in to fill the political void. Sort of.

Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who was hosting the show for a fifth time, made a dramatic announcement in his opening monologue: He was putting the persistent rumors - some fueled by his own statements - to rest "once and for all."

"Starting tonight, I am running for the president of the United States!" Johnson thundered, to applause.

He had even chosen a running mate, he joked.

Tom Hanks stepped onto the stage and feigned embarrassment as the audience cheered his surprise appearance.

"Dwayne, Dwayne, Dwayne, I could not possibly . . . turn this down!" Hanks said. "I'll do it!"

With subtle digs at Trump, the two discussed why they would be "unstoppable" candidates. Johnson mused that he would have never considered running for president in the past because he didn't think he was qualified.

"But now I'm actually worried that I'm too qualified," he said. …

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What to watch this weekend: New 'Twin Peaks,' 'The Keepers' on Netflix

Kyle MacLachlan in Showtime's Twin Peaks.

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Kyle MacLachlan in Showtime's Twin Peaks.

Before and after: Twin Peaks, Fire Walk With Me

The time has finally come for a return trip to Twin Peaks. More than 25 years ago, the world was first introduced to the enigmatic residents of Twin Peaks after the murder of popular homecoming queen Laura Palmer. The series gained a cult following with its hypnotic first season and obtained a new generation of fans with its availability on Netflix and Hulu. The revival premieres on Showtime this weekend, but creator David Lynch is tight-lipped about what the new season is actually about, wanting to keep the revival as mysterious as the sleepy town itself. The only clear thing we know is that much of the original cast is returning - including Kyle MacLachlan as Agent Dale Cooper - but not necessarily as their original characters. We also know it's set roughly 25 years after the events of the original. If you're a fan of the original surreal drama or if dreamy paranormal fiction is your thing, tune in. 9 p.m. Sunday on Showtime. …

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When a former president photobombs you during a live shot

Former President George W. Bush photobombed a Fox reporter at a Wednesday night Rangers game.

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Former President George W. Bush photobombed a Fox reporter at a Wednesday night Rangers game.

Former President George W. Bush is showing that life outside of the White House is pretty great. 

The former president logged a barely two-second photobomb - or was it a videobomb? - as he made his way to his seat at a Phillies-Rangers game in Arlington on Wednesday night.

Fox Sports Southwest's Emily Jones was covering the game at Globe Life Park when No. 43, who is now 70-years-old, seemed to give her a quick little "hey" as he passed behind her, barely stopping. 

While Jones didn't get the chance to talk to Bush, the funny moment provided some entertainment for everyone else. 

Of course, the internet ate up the "Dubya" moment.

 

 

 

 

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From Zac Efron cast as Ted Bundy to the Miss USA pageant, here's the best pop culture had to offer this week

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Zac Efron cast as Ted Bundy

Efron, the buff and beautiful star of the upcoming Baywatch, has been cast in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a psycho thriller about notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.

Efron's casting was unexpected, given his IMDB record of mostly "bro" comedies and musicals, but not all that surprising given the fact Bundy was reported to have a very charming, manipulative personality.

Even Bundy's own lawyer, John Henry Browne, who represented Bundy in the '70s and '80s, is on board for the Efron casting. According to TMZ, Browne said Efron's background as a heartthrob will give him an "edge tapping into Bundy's persona."

Not convinced Efron is suited for more serious roles? Let me remind you that Matthew McConaughey was in Failure to Launch, The Wedding Planner AND How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

This is Efron's McConaughey moment.

The film will be from the perspective of Bundy's longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepter, and directed by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger.

Here's what's up in the 'Bachelor' universe

Bachelor star Ben Higgins and his season winner, Lauren Bushnell, called off their engagement on Monday. …

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Survivor recap: Can ex-Buc Brad Culpepper make it to the end zone?

Survivor host Jeff Probst awards Brad Culpepper with the Immunity Necklace on the thirteenth episode of Survivor: Game Changers, ensuring that the Tampa lawyer will be in the finale May 24 among the season's final six

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Survivor host Jeff Probst awards Brad Culpepper with the Immunity Necklace on the thirteenth episode of Survivor: Game Changers, ensuring that the Tampa lawyer will be in the finale May 24 among the season's final six

Watching  ex-Buccaneer Brad Culpepper at the end of  Wednesday night's penultimate episode of Survivor: Game Changers all I can hear in my head is ESPN's Chris Berman. "Culpepper's got the immunity ... He's headed to the finale!... And the final 6! ... He ... could ... go ... all...  the.... way!"

But really, could he? Will people who have starved and scraped and fought for more than a month on a desert island award $1 million to a prominent lawyer and ex-NFL star?

It's been a much different season so far for the Tampa lawyer who was famously flipped off and cursed out ("Eff-you Brad Culpepper!") the last time he played Survivor: Blood vs. Water in 2013 with his wife, Monica. He was portrayed as the ruler of a dude-ocracy that pushed the little ladies aside.

Culpepper has insisted that was never true and fans have come around this season.

But first, let’s look at how he again escaped two Tribal Councils in this double elimination episode with little more than a glancing blow and whiffed tackles. …

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Will guys wear the RompHim romper for men? How about the business suit onesie, the Suitsy?

The RompHim, which apparently can be paired with a fur coat if you can pull it off.

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The RompHim, which apparently can be paired with a fur coat if you can pull it off.

The Internet has spoken, and it apparently wants fashionable, one-piece things for men to wear. Or it doesn't. Who can tell?

The RompHim, a "romper for men," will be a reality thanks to crowdfunding, but, like so many things online, its hard to distinguish if the public, or even the garments' creators, actually want these things or are just having a laugh (reality probably falls somewhere in between). 

The RompHim soared past its Kickstarter goal of $10,000 this week, passing $100,000 by this morning through a tongue-in-cheek campaign featuring the commercial above. It immediately inspired hate-takes ranging from Esquire.com's  "The Bro Romper Exists and I Don't Want to Live on This Planet Anymore" to Out magazine's "College Bros Join the Party Late With Viral RompHimand so many, many more that were just versions of, "hey, look at this."

Memes aplenty followed, and even the ones celebrating(?) the RompHim had that certain meme-ey tone that makes you wonder if people are really into this thing on some level. 

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Others took the opportunity to point out the way the traditional romper wearers of this world, women, get treated. …

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Watch trailer for Lifetime's Michael Jackson biopic 'Searching for Neverland'

Lifetime has released the first trailer for its Michael Jackson biopic "Searching for Neverland."

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Lifetime has released the first trailer for its Michael Jackson biopic "Searching for Neverland."

Lifetime has released the first trailer for its Michael Jackson movie "Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland," a biopic that covers the last two tumultuous years of Jackson's life from the perspective of his bodyguards. 

The biopic stars Navi, the self-proclaimed "world's greatest" Jackson impersonator who worked for the King of Pop as a body double.

The production chronicles the last years of Jackson's life that shows him trying to balance fame with being a father to his three children.

'Searching for Neverland' is based on the 2014 book by Jackson's former bodyguards Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard, who are played by Chad L. Coleman and Sam Adegoke in the movie. 

Whitfield and Beard's book delves into their time working for Jackson, and focuses on their experiences protecting his family from the backlash of his sexual molestation trial up to the time of his death. 

The film is set to premiere on Lifetime on Monday, May 27 at 8 p.m.

Check out the trailer below:

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Zac Efron playing serial killer Ted Bundy in new film

Zach Efron, left, will portray notorious killer Ted Bundy in an upcoming movie.

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Zach Efron, left, will portray notorious killer Ted Bundy in an upcoming movie.

Zac Efron is set to take on what could be the darkest role of his career, especially for a guy known for comic fare like the Neighbors movies and the upcoming Baywatch.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Efron is set to star as notorious serial killer Ted Bundy in a movie titled Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

The story reportedly centers on Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy's longtime girlfriend who famously denied his guilt until eventually turning him in to the police. Oscar-nominated director Joe Burlinger is set to direct.

Bundy's grizzly murders, repeated escapes from law enforcment and decision to act as his own attorney have been documented in several movies.  Mark Harmon played Bundy in the 1986 TV movie The Deliberate Stranger, and Michael Reilly Burk played bundy in the 2002 film Ted Bundy.

Bundy was executed in Florida in 1989. Before he died, authorities said, he confessed to 30 killings across the country.

Last month, long-forgotten photos of Bundy were discovered in an antique safe at a newspaper in Colorado. 

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What to watch and listen to this week: Rabbits podcast, 'Downward Dog' on ABC

Ned as Martin the dog and Allison Tolman as Nan in Downward Dog.

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Ned as Martin the dog and Allison Tolman as Nan in Downward Dog.

Rabbits

About 30 seconds into listening to Rabbits, I was hooked.

The new podcast from the Public Radio Alliance upends the traditional serial radio docudrama style with a story that sounds almost too real.

PRA producer Carly Parker is the voice of Rabbits, which chronicles her search for her missing friend, Yumiko.

Carly suspects Yumiko had been playing a mysterious alternate reality game (ARG) called Rabbits before she disappeared.

Now six episodes in, the series evolved from Carly solely searching for her friend to her diving deep into the mysteries surrounding this game and its possible keys to better understanding our universe. It turns out, Rabbits is much more than a high-stakes game. Carly finds out that Rabbits has almost ancient origins, and some people have gone insane or even died trying to uncover its truths.

As the description says, Rabbits truly is TV for your ears. It sports some serious Stranger Things and Dimension 404 vibes and waxes nostalgic while exploring a very futuristic way of playing video games. Carly even talks about Polybius, an arcade game with a creepy urban legend attached to it, the subject of an episode in Hulu's Dimension 404 series. …

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In Case You Missed It: Paul McCartney becomes a pirate in new Pirates of the Caribbean; NY Yankees retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 jersey; Scientist from District of Columbia wins Miss USA 2017

Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough (L) reacts as she is crowned Miss USA 2017 by Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber during the Miss USA pageant on Sunday night.

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Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough (L) reacts as she is crowned Miss USA 2017 by Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber during the Miss USA pageant on Sunday night.

Weekends are great for unwinding, and maybe even unplugging for a little while. Here's what trended that you might have missed if you weren't on social media the last couple days.

Paul McCartney becomes a pirate in new Pirates of the Caribbean movie 

Paul McCartney may be coming to Tampa to perform at Amalie Arena on July 10, but first he is going to be a pirate.

Yep, McCartney is trading in his yellow submarine for a pirate ship.

On Sunday, the ex-beatle posted a photo on Instagram, a poster for the new "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," that shows the musician in full pirate garb with dreadlocks and what looks to be playing cards in his hand. 

His announcement only came with the hashtag #PiratesLife. There is little detail as to what, and how in-depth, his role will be, though E! has reported McCartney will portray a jail guard.

"Dead Men Tell No Tales" hits theaters Friday, May 26. 

 

New York Yankees retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 jersey

In between a double-header against the Houston Astros on Sunday, the New York Yankees officially made the Captain immortal. …

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On 'SNL,' Melissa McCarthy's Sean Spicer emerges from the bushes (w/video)

Melissa McCarth returned to play Sean Spicer on "Saturday Night Live."

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Melissa McCarth returned to play Sean Spicer on "Saturday Night Live."

After such a busy news week, and with the White House press operation especially in the spotlight, there was plenty of anticipation ahead of Melissa McCarthy hosting "Saturday Night Live."

The buildup grew when cellphone video and photos emerged Friday showing McCarthy dressed as her breakout character this season, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, rolling around a busy Manhattan street on a mobile podium.

It turns out that scene was the lead-up to a shocking conclusion for her Spicer sketch Saturday, and one that involved "SNL's" other main political impersonator: Alec Baldwin.

First, we're in the White House press briefing room where principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, played by Aidy Bryant plays, says Spicer's out on Navy reserve duty. A reporter points to a window and says, "I'm pretty sure I can see him hiding in those bushes."

McCarthy's Spicer, with a scared look on his face, is crouching in shrubbery - a reference to a Washington Post story about the fallout after FBI Director James B. Comey's firing. (That story was later updated to note that Spicer was "among bushes," not "in the bushes.") …

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