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The Playboy Club

The NBC show got a publicity bump after a Salt Lake City station said it would not air the '60s-set drama.

Hugh Hefner

The Playboy founder's 25-year-old fiancée called off their wedding just days before the ceremony.

GAMES

Over Easy, With a Side Of Angry

As Angry Birds marks its 250 millionth download, Rovio--the Finnish company behind the hugely addictive game in which birds try to rescue their unhatched young from evil pigs--plans to self-publish a cookbook and mobile app. What will they contain? Egg recipes, naturally.

VERBATIM

'I was in denial ... I wanted to pretend I wasn't as famous as I was.'

EMMA WATSON, to the Times of London, on her decision to drop out of Brown University; the Harry Potter star enrolled in the Ivy League school in September 2009 and departed in March 2011.

REVIEW

THEATER

Turn Off the Snark

When Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark officially opened on Tuesday, after the longest and most troubled preview period in Broadway history, the show seemed almost an anticlimax. In truth, it was never quite the disaster that early reviews suggested. The chief problem was a murky, overly ambitious script, which embellished a generic superhero saga with all sorts of narrative layering and mythological mumbo-jumbo. In a certain limited sense, the salvage job has been successful. Spider-Man is better now, but it's still just a cut above an ordinary Broadway spectacle.

--RICHARD ZOGLIN

MUSIC

Drinks, Dancing and Divorce

Rocker Jack White and model-wife Karen Elson threw a party on June 10 to celebrate their divorce. Yes, it's kind of bizarre, but so is White. (He and first ex-wife Meg White once claimed they were siblings.) White and Elson had been together since 2005, when they were married by a shaman while sitting in a canoe on the banks of the Amazon River. This is White's second big breakup this year: in February he dissolved the White Stripes.

MOVIES

A Tasteless Tyrant

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, master of uncomfortable humor, might be the only man alive who can make a despot look hilarious. The first official picture from 2012's The Dictator, said to be inspired by Saddam Hussein's romance novel Zabibah and the King, shows that Cohen has not abandoned his love for over-the-top getups.

BOOKS

Potty Mouth

After weeks of being passed around online in PDF form, Go the F**k to Sleep, Adam Mansbach's spoof kids' book about a tired and foulmouthed parent's attempt to put Junior to bed, went on sale. And who better to narrate the audiobook version of that story than Pulp Fiction's Samuel L. Jackson? Seriously, kids, go to sleep, or Jackson will lay his vengeance upon thee.

WOODEN WONDER

The world's largest wooden structure now looms over Seville's Plaza de la Encarnación. Sitting on the site of a former parking lot is the Metropol Parasol, a massive honeycomb of a building that contains an archaeological museum, a farmers' market and panoramic rooftop walkways.

BEAUTY

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