Mermaids are all the rage in Hollywood 

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  • Revelers pose at the 2013 Mermaid Parade at Coney Island on June 22, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

The Onion’s AV Club may be on to something, because the site is basically declaring that “mermaids” are the new “sharks,” which of course recently dethroned “vampires” in the cultural zeitgeist.

The show “Once Upon a Time” has added a mermaid, and an entire show on NBC will revolve around one. That show is about “a beached mermaid in search of adventure who winds up working in a bar/attraction in Miami with an eclectic group of people as lost as she is.” Yes, but is she an anti-hero? Does she cook meth or serially murder baddies to satisfy her sociopathic desires?

We saw this coming after the “live mermaids” show at Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs began to get press in The New York Times. Bring it on.

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Lee Thompson Young of Disney’s “The Famous Jett Jackson” was found dead Monday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 28.

Elmore Leonard, the legendary author and man behind “3:10 to Yuma,” “Get Shorty” and “Justified,” has died at the age of 87.

The ashes of singer Richie Havens have been scattered over the site that hosted 1969’s Woodstock festival.

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kim Zolciak is having twins.

The Weinstein Co. has struck a deal with Netflix to show first-run films, starting next year.


Actor R.J. Mitte (“Breaking Bad”) is 21.

Actress Hayden Panettiere (“Nashville”) is 24.

Reality TV star Brody Jenner is 30.

Singer Kelis is 34.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin is 40.

Actress Carrie Anne Moss (“The Matrix”) is 46.

Actress Kim Cattrall (“Sex and the City”) is 57.

Actress Loretta Devine (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 64.

Actor Clarence Williams III (“The Butler”) is 74.

Country singer Kenny Rogers is 75.

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