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Ariana Grande performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) CARR138

Review: Ariana Grande's 'My Everything' likable but beige

Ariana Grande is polite in lieu of provocative, a reigning pop princess with scant interest in pushing buttons a la the Mileys and Nickis around her. In the panache department, the hottest thing in Top 40 these days is benign at best, beige all the way. Even her Nickelodeon persona, the bubble-headed Cat on sitcom  …

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  1. Review: Ariana Grande's 'My Everything' likable but beige

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    Ariana Grande is polite in lieu of provocative, a reigning pop princess with scant interest in pushing buttons a la the Mileys and Nickis around her.

    Ariana Grande performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) CARR138
  2. FEATS OF OUR STARS: Billy Crystal to honor Robin Williams at Emmys

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    At last year's Emmy Awards, Robin Williams honored his mentor Jonathan Winters during the award show's "In Memoriam" segment.

    Oscar host Billy Crystal, center, and presenter Robin Williams, right, joke around after a writers' meeting for the 76th annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
  3. FXX 'Simpsons' marathon: The 10 episodes I'm taping

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    For years, I've had a season pass to syndicated reruns of The Simpsons programmed into my DVR. My thinking: If there's nothing else good on TV, hey, at least I'll have five or so Simpsons at my disposal.

    THE SIMPSONS: Phil Hartman and Leonard Nimoy in the "Marge Vs. The Monorail" episode of THE SIMPSONS on FOX.  THE SIMPSONS a and ©1993TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  4. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' shakes up pop world (w/video)

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    Taylor Swift, she of the saucer-eyed surprise face and cutthroat business acumen, rah-rahed back into our lives Tuesday with Shake It Off, a single from her upcoming "first documented official pop album."

    Taylor Swift arrives at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 10.
  5. 'The Giver' has little left to give overdone teen dystopia genre

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    The film version of The Giver is briskly directed in bright, confident strokes, scripted to emphasize its thought-provoking qualities and acted by players "all in" on the future they're portraying.

    This image released by The Weinstein Company shows Jeff Bridges, left, and Brenton Thwaites in a scene from "The Giver." (AP Photo/ The Weinstein Company) NYET307
  6. Review: 'What If' rom-com revamp fails, despite Daniel Radcliffe

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    What If (PG-13) (102 min.) — The advance buzz about Michael Dowse's romantic comedy is that it would subvert the genre, which couldn't be further from the truth. It simply reassigns the cliches to trendier personalities, retaining the vacant minds. It is a tired rom-com in boutique clothing. Girls …

    Sparks fly between Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) and Chantry (Zoe Kazan) in "What If." (MCT) 1155799
  7. Grand Brony Gala grows in its second year in Tampa

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    They're galloping back into your hearts this weekend.

    Apple Blossom (Michelle Creber) and Spike (Cathy Weseluck) in an episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
  8. Review: Woody Allen 'Magic' fizzles

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    Magic in the Moonlight (PG-13) (97 min.) — Woody Allen's 44th movie over slightly more years continues his later work's erraticism, with its initial charms gradually blunted by arcane ramblings on faith and romance. It feels like a rush job, needing another draft or two for cohesion's sake, or for Allen to decide …

    Magician Stanley (Colin Firth) falls in love with medium Sophie (Emma Stone) while trying to debunk her.
  9. At Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, or Comic-Con, Chris Hardwick stays close to home

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    Chris Hardwick, who is super-into lots of different things, had to focus. He is on the lineup for Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival on Friday in Tampa, slinging jokes with Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Marc Maron and more. They're his friends, he said. It will be like "comedy camp." But this event takes …

    SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 25:  Comedian Chris Hardwick attends the Samsung Galaxy VIP Lounge at Comic-Con International 2014 at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 25, 2014 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Samsung)
  10. On 'Big Brother,' women are born losers

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    Misogyny on Big Brother isn't really anything new. For starters, the longtime CBS reality show doesn't attract the most reputable contestants. Second, if you stick 16 people in a house and cut them off from the outside world as they scheme and vote each other out one by one so the last person standing wins …

    Houseguests Amber & Caleb on BIG BROTHER Sunday, July 6 (8:00 -- 9:00 PM, ET/PT)  on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved