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Garrison Keillor may be easing into retirement

Garrison Keillor

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Garrison Keillor

Could this mean retirement to Lake Wobegon? After 41 years as the host and guiding spirit of popular public radio series A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor is talking about handing over the keys.

In an interview with the Berkshire Eagle before an appearance at Tanglewood in Massachusetts, Keillor, 72, said he expected to make a transition out of full-time hosting over the next two years. His replacement has already been named: Chris Thile, singer and mandolin player for Nickel Creek. Thile, 34, first appeared on APHC when he was 15 years old, and he has already guest-hosted several times.

"Chris is my man," Keillor said, "and I'm eager to stay home and read books. But of course, I'll do whatever needs to be done to assure an easy transition -- sing, dance, do 'Guy Noir,' talk about my hometown, whatever is required."

The show, a well-honed mix of music, comedy and storytelling that Keillor created and shaped, airs on 600 stations and has an audience of 4 million listeners. …

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Tampa's Jeff Weldon, an alum of The Amazing Race, joins the cast of Big Brother Takeover

Houseguest Jeff Weldon plays pool in the backyard of the Big Brother house, on BIG BROTHER, Sunday.

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Houseguest Jeff Weldon plays pool in the backyard of the Big Brother house, on BIG BROTHER, Sunday.

Some people try to strike it rich with a big idea or some undeniable talent. 

Jeff Weldon, 27, of Tampa will make do with winning at least one of CBS' game shows. 

One of the newest members of Big Brother's 17th season may look familiar to The Amazing Race fans who saw him compete on that show this spring.

Originally from Hampton in Hernando County, Weldon went on his first trip out of the country for The Amazing Race. He told the Times then that he always wanted to travel and he left his job to join the race.

“It was the right time in my life to do something like this,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to travel but there was never anytime because of school or work. Auditioning for the race was the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Producers paired him with a dancer from Las Vegas, Jackie Ibarra, for the ultimate blind date. The pair didn't win, but had great chemistry and a steamy on screen kiss none of the other blind daters even came close to duplicating. 

Back at home, Weldon told the Times he was "searching for his next career move." We'd say he found it. …

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Jon Stewart's conservative foes may be on 'The Daily Show' finale

Jon Stewart's biggest foes might get the chance drop a few F-bombs on the late night host during The Daily Show finale.

Yes, Stewart is letting the politicians who have been the butt to so many of his jokes turn the table on him.

As excited as we are to see what some conservatives have to say to Stewart, Page Six ruined what could have possibly been the most epic finale episode ever. Page Six reported that Daily Show producers have been reaching out to notable conservatives whom Stewart’s ticked off over the past 16 years, asking them to take part in a pre-recorded segment to give Stewart the send-off he deserves.

Guests who tape a farewell will be given the OK to “basically tell Jon to ‘f–k off,’” a source told Page Six.

According to the report, Donald Trump, Stewart's most recent target, has been asked to record something for the bit.

Although the surprise ending for the show is probably blown, The Daily Show cans till shock us with the amount of famous faces who join in on the Stewart bashing. …

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J.K. Rowling makes a magical announcement

J.K. Rowling collaborated on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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J.K. Rowling collaborated on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Looks like 2016 is shaping up to be a banner year for Harry Potter fans.

On June 26, author J.K. Rowling announced that a play about Harry will open in London next summer. She chose the day for the announcement because it's the 18th anniversary of the British publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first novel about the boy wizard (called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States).

The play, titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, wasn't written by Rowling, but she collaborated with writer Jack Thorne. She called Thorne, director John Tiffany and producer Sonia Friedman a "dream team"; the three previously collaborated on the hit West End stage version of vampire story Let the Right One In.

No casting has been announced yet for Cursed Child; tickets will go on sale in the fall. If it's a success in London, and it seems likely to be, perhaps the production will apparate to Broadway. …

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Comedy Central is streaming more than 2,000 'Daily Show' episodes before Jon Stewart's final show

In case you'd forgotten how long Jon Stewart has been on the 'Daily Show,' check out this photo from 1999 (!!!).

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In case you'd forgotten how long Jon Stewart has been on the 'Daily Show,' check out this photo from 1999 (!!!).

After 16 years, Jon Stewart’s time at The Daily Show is about to end. There, there. Comedy Central is softening the blow by streaming nearly every single episode up until Stewart's final show on Aug. 6. 

But don't bother trying to binge it all.

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Gmail officially adds Undo Send option

On more than one occasion I've done that thing where you send a text message to the person you're talking about. It's painful. Really, really painful.

Gmail obviously sympathized with that struggle because it formally added an "Undo Send" option.

No more awkward work "reply all" threads. No more cringing in your cubicle after sending a personal email to your boss. No more regretting strongly worded emails the second you press send.

Gmail has been playing with the undo setting as a Labs feature for six years now, but formally added the option for web-based Gmail today. The new tool lets you choose a delay time from 5 to 30 seconds. So if you decide you don't want to send that email after 31 seconds, you're out of luck.

Here's how to get it:

  1. Go to the cog icon in the upper righthand corner
  2. Select "Settings"
  3. Check the box for "Enable Undo Send"
  4. Choose between 5, 10, 20 and 30 second for a delay
  5. Hit save

 

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The Bachelorette, Season 11, Episode 7- Living down to expectations

Kaitlyn gave Jared the group date rose and the chance to slow dance to a live performance by The Cranberries in Dublin, Ireland.

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Kaitlyn gave Jared the group date rose and the chance to slow dance to a live performance by The Cranberries in Dublin, Ireland.

You know what's a great way to refute claims that you're a surface-level person who came on The Bachelorette to meet hot guys and hook up?

Sleeping with the guy everyone has been warning you about in his second week on the show.

Kaitlyn Bristowe, you never disappoint. Just when we think this season of The Bachelorette has sunk into the depths of network TV depravity, there you are, smiling with arms full of rocks, ready to take us even lower.

The show picked back up in the middle of Ian's tirade about Kaitlyn being superficial and her motives for bringing back Nick "I kiss and tell" Viall back into the fold. Sure, it was hurt feelings talking. He wanted to be in the final two but it was pretty clear Kaitlyn wasn't feeling his over-seriousness and receding hairline. So, he took it out on the easy target and then tried to convince America he'd be and awesome candidate for The Bachelor on his ride back to the loser quarantine hotel.

"They'd come out of the wood work man. They'd all be like, I want to date that guy because he's so deep," Ian mused. …

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How to throw a fabulous 'Gilmore Girls' party

Extra points if you can look as fabulous as the girls in question while throwing this party.

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Extra points if you can look as fabulous as the girls in question while throwing this party.

It's been 15 years since the Gilmore Girls first graced our lives. Can you believe that?

With reunion news aplenty these days (Lauren Graham is #TeamLogan? GROSS) and the show now on Netflix in all its binge-able glory, the time seems ripe for a Gilmore party. And no, we don't mean the fancy-pants kind that Emily would throw with puffs and drinks called "the Rory."

We mean the kind that involves tons of eating — in the words of our queen Lorelai herself: "It takes years of training to be able to eat the way we do" — and eating ... interesting combinations.

That's where Times correspondent Emily Young comes in, with this great guide to throwing a Gilmore Girls party, with recipes for Homemade Boozy Pastries With Fig Jam and Port Wine Glaze, Cheeeseburger Sliders (just like Luke would make), Iced Coffee Frappe With Cotton Candy (because one can't toast Lorelai without coffee) and so much more.

Click here to read the story and get the recipes.

 

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General Mills cuts fake flavors from cereals

General Mills will be ditching dyes like Red No. 40 and Yellow No. 6 by 2017. That's doesn't mean much.

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General Mills will be ditching dyes like Red No. 40 and Yellow No. 6 by 2017. That's doesn't mean much.

Breakfast food giant General Mills, which packs the shelves with sugary cereals like Trix, Reese's Puffs and Lucky Charms, said Monday it plans to nix the artificial colors and flavors by 2017.

Trix is ditching dyes like Red No. 40 and Yellow No. 6, and the artificial vanilla will be replaced.

As for the nutrition facts? Well, those are pretty much staying the same.

With Greek yogurt and healthy granola bars being what's trending in breakfast, cereal is struggling to stay relevant.

In an article in The Washington Post, food experts said the changes are merely a marketing ploy, "intended to make their cereals appear to be a healthier addition to breakfast bowls."

So don't be fooled by ‘no artificial dyes’ on the label. Really, the cereal's just not vibrantly blue anymore.

"These kid-oriented cereals are still extremely processed, have virtually no nutritional value and are fortified with vitamins because the real nutrients have been stripped in processing," Michele Simon, a public-health attorney and president of Eat Drink Politics, said in the Post's article. …

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New Disney candy shop has treats modeled after animal dung

"All 4 poo brownies from Zuri's in Harambe Market" WDW News Today tweeted on Sunday @WDWNT.

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"All 4 poo brownies from Zuri's in Harambe Market" WDW News Today tweeted on Sunday @WDWNT.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom just opened the new Zuri Sweets Shop this week with African-themed treats like Lion King lollipops and gourmet cocoa sets, but in very un-Disney like edginess the shop also has Match the Species treats, or candies that look way too much like animal dung.

It’s $3.99 a pop for poop made to look like the scat of the elephant, giraffe, tamarin and hippo. There were pictures all over social media this weekend when the shop opened and WDW News Today @WDWNT helpfully tweeted a nice shot of all four poo brownies in one shot
Here’s how candy makers design dung:

Elephant: (top left) They get a lot of hay in their diet so the dung is made with chocolate peanut butter fudge with sweet rolled oats and yellow coconut flakes.
Tamarin: (top right) The droppings of these squirrel-sized wild monkeys are replicated with pretzel pearls coated in chocolate peanut butter fudge with sweet rolled oat flakes.
Hippo:
(bottom left) Turds of chocolate fudge caramel brownie are dotted with peanut butter and rolled oats.
Giraffe: (bottom right) Looking way too much like the real thing, the chocolate fudge and freshly made caramel are piled in round mounds of ca-ca.

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'Orphan Black' season 3 finale recap: We come full circle

Mothers and daughters have strained relationships on "Orphan Black," but Kira and Sarah share a happy moment during the season 3 finale.

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Mothers and daughters have strained relationships on "Orphan Black," but Kira and Sarah share a happy moment during the season 3 finale.

It's been frustrating but satisfying, #CloneClub, and the third season ended on a peaceful note. Some loose ends were tied up, old and new mysteries revealed and Sigur Ros closed out the episode with a beautiful mother-daughter reunion in the snow. The finale was a giant victory for the Ledas, so let's dissect the episode.

"Where am I?:" Rachel wakes up in an unknown location, fresh off some awful dreams of her childhood. She wheels around the room to find a note and a mirror on a table. And she's got a bionic, glow-in-the-dark eye! Can she shoot lasers out of that thing now?

Wacky science: There seem to be a lot of empty warehouses in the TV world. Art brings Sarah, Mrs S and Kendall to one of them, where Scotty is preparing a Dexter room. He also explains to them, and us, the legitimate science behind Kendall's cloning abilities. She's a chimera, a rare genetic anomaly whose DNA makeup includes two separate genomes. Her clones look like Tatiana Maslany (and not Kendall Malone) because they were created from her female set of genomes. …

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Will Saturday's 'A Deadly Adoption' be the best Lifetime movie in history?

Kristen Wiig is really upset, you guys. But she should be proud. Proud to be a part of this movie magic.

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Kristen Wiig is really upset, you guys. But she should be proud. Proud to be a part of this movie magic.

I'm due for a good Lifetime cleanse, and that cleanse is called A Deadly Adoption.

See, I'm an avid viewer of Lifetime original movies, from the salad days of Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? to the illustrious "17" series (Betrayed at, Fugitive at, Dead at, Missing at, Accused at, Guilty at, Full From a Big Dinner at, Suffering Split Ends at, Abusing Self Tanner at...). There's nothing better than being in your 30s and not getting invited anywhere cool, then curling up on your couch with your cat and settling for a night of inappropriate dalliances, L-shaped sheets, runaways with too much eyeliner and desperate calls from pay phones in the night (who uses pay phones?).  …

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Hilary Duff makes a thrilling comeback with new music and mermaid hair

Hilary Duff is no longer, "So Yesterday." She's got a new album out and is starring in "Younger" on TV Land.

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Hilary Duff is no longer, "So Yesterday." She's got a new album out and is starring in "Younger" on TV Land.

Hilary Duff, aka Lizzie McGuire, aka the original Disney teen star, is back, and better than ever. The 27-year-old broke away from Disney awhile ago, and it seems like she's finally settling into a solid TV and music career. But first ...

Lizzie McGuire aired on the Disney Channel from 2001-2004. I was in high school, but Lizzie was in middle school. It didn't matter. Lizzie was my spirit animal: Awkward, insecure and funny. (Except I didn't have her awesome closet, but who did?) But more importantly, Lizzie + Gordo = my relationship goals. It was the first will-they-won't-they relationship that glued me to my TV.

While on the show, the teen queen also was making music. Metamorphosis came out in 2003, with my anthem, So Yesterday. But when Lizzie McGuire ended -- with a great TV movie (SPOILER: Gordo made his move!) -- she turned to movies ... lots of movies that I'll admit I'll still watch today.

There's A Cinderella Story, which taught me that the hottest guy in school (Chad Michael Murrary) has insecurities, too. And we should all go to Princeton.

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Sundance Channel releases trailer for third season of 'Rectify'

Abigail Spencer and Aden Young in "Rectify."

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Abigail Spencer and Aden Young in "Rectify."

If you need something to fill that Mad Men-sized hole in your heart, Rectify is here for you. If you're not watching Rectify, then read this and learn why you're missing out on one of the best shows on television. It recently won recognition at the Peabody Awards (a BFD in media awards).

The Sundance Channel just released the trailer for the third season, which premieres Thursday, July 9 at 10 p.m. And guys, things are ramping up. For a quiet, cerebral drama, this new murder-mystery direction will be fun to watch. Did Daniel do it?

Was that Daniel dancing in his living room? Ex-death row inmates are just like us!

Watch the first two seasons on Netflix. Or catch up with AMC's nighttime marathon.

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Shows you should be watching: Sci-fi nerd edition

The Wachowskis' new Netflix show "Sense8" is an extraordinary exploration of human empathy with a touch of science fiction. But there are other great sci-fi shows out there you should be watching, too.

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The Wachowskis' new Netflix show "Sense8" is an extraordinary exploration of human empathy with a touch of science fiction. But there are other great sci-fi shows out there you should be watching, too.

Our summer glow is not from the sun. It's from our television. It's ungodly hot out there right now, so we're staying inside, binging all the television and movies on our TVs. After binging Netflix's latest new show, Sense8, we got to thinking about other science fiction shows out there. (We're not talking fantasy like Game of Thrones, or supernatural like Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) No longer just the realm of geeks, sci-fi is kind of having a moment these days, with some of the genre's biggest franchises getting reboots, from Star Wars on the big screen to The X-Files on Fox, and networks from Netflix to the CW dabbling in new, exciting ideas. Science fiction isn't just buried on SyFy Channel anymore, folks.
So, if you haven't stepped into the sci-fi world yet, nerds Brittany Volk, Chelsea Tatham and Caitlin O'Conner give their recommendations to help push you down that rabbit hole:

Netflix …

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