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Video: The Beastie Boys visit Steve Buscemi on AOL's Park Bench

Steve Buscemi, Mayor Bill de Blasio

Very few episodes of Steve Buscemi's AOL talk show Park Bench actually take place on a bench. Or in a park. But the actor-host still gets his guests to talk as candidly as if they were simply hanging outside with a friend. "I'm no Dick Cavett, but I did manage to squeak by," Buscemi says of hosting the show, which unveils its final seven episodes simultaneously on Thursday, July 10. Among the guests: Method Man, the Beastie Boys, Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams, artist Julian Schnabel, and Buscemi's Boardwalk Empire co-stars Michael Kenneth Williams and Bobby Cannavale.

"Method Man likes corny jokes, so he's my kind of guy," Buscemi says. "The Beastie Boys are very funny, and are also very good at sports. And Jessica Williams does a mean pigeon impersonation." For a sample, check out this exclusive outtake with the Beasties.

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Twenty Years on The Young and the Restless: Joshua Morrow's Five Favorite Moments

Joshua Morrow

Not possible! It's been 20 years since Joshua Morrow joined CBS's The Young and the Restless as Nicholas Newman, the suddenly sprouted, wondrously hunky son of the nefarious Victor and his drama queen Nikki. "Man, this anniversary really makes me feel old but also very grateful," Morrow says. "This is the best job in the world and, second to my children, my proudest accomplishment. I hope to do it as long as CBS and Sony and the fans will have me. It's the ride of a lifetime." TV Guide Magazine sat down for a gab session with Morrow to go over his picks for the five most memorable, perfectly Nick-tastic scenes ever. Make sure to check out the clips!

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Exclusive: Giancarlo Esposito Returning to Once Upon a Time

Giancarlo Esposito, Jennifer Morrison

Mirror, mirror on the wall, guess who's returning to Once Upon a Time this fall.

Giancarlo Esposito is set to reprise his role as Sidney Glass, otherwise known as the Magic Mirror, in the Season 4 premiere, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

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George Clooney Blasts Daily Mail for Publishing "Dangerous" Lies About Fiancée's Mother

George Clooney

George Clooney has ripped the Daily Mail a new one in an op-ed in USA Today. After the British publication claimed the actor's future mother-in-law, Baria, vehemently opposed his marriage to Amal Alamuddin on religious grounds, Clooney slammed the tabloid for "inciting violence."

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Emmy Watch: Are Award Campaigns Getting Out of Hand?

Parks and Recreation

Back in 1992, Richard Licata, now executive vice president of communications for NBC, was at HBO, and he was looking for a way to make the premium cable channel an Emmy contender. "Not all of the voters at that time in Los Angeles had HBO," he recalls. "We decided to get aggressive about our programming in a broadcast universe. The landscape was wide open."

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Exclusive Gotham Teaser: Go Inside the New Fox Drama's "World of Craziness"

Gotham

If you're wondering whether Fox's Batman prequel drama series Gotham will be campy like the Adam West TV series or dark and gritty like the Christopher Nolan films, the answer might just be both.

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Stand Up to Cancer Special Returns in September on 30 Channels

Stand Up to Cancer, a bi-annual special that has raised more than $260 million for cancer research, will return on Friday, Sept. 5, at 8/7c via ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and 26 other channels simultaneously.

The special features performances from music, film and TV stars. Gwyneth Paltrow and Joel Gallen (America: A Tribute to Heroes) will return as executive producers. The goal: To build public support for new cancer research and promising new treatments.

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Zooey Deschanel Slams Pressure Placed on Women to Have Kids

Zooey Deschanel for InStyle Magazine

Don't ask Zooey Deschanel when she's going to pop out a few adorkable babies of her own. Becoming a mom is the last thing on the New Girl star's mind.

"Like every woman is dying to give birth! I don't think so. Nobody asks guys that," Deschanel told InStyle. read more

Kirsten Dunst Defends Controversial Comments on Gender Roles

Kirsten Dunst

Despite her controversial comments regarding the importance of gender roles in relationships, Kirsten Dunst insists she's a feminist.

The actress has recently come under fire for telling Harper's Bazaar, "I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued. We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking—it's a valuable thing my mom created."

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Review: Extant and New NBC Summer Comedies

Greg Poehler

In space, no one can see you conceive. That appears to be the weird but intriguing premise of CBS's high-profile summer fantasy drama Extant, a show put into play after last year's successful summer run of the network's increasingly absurd Under the Dome. While Wednesday's pilot episode (9/8c) of Extant (all that was available for review) lacks the sort of unforgettable "wow" moment provided by the severed cow in Dome's opener, the new series also seems less likely to lapse irrevocably into silly hysteria.

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