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<p>Beyonce and Miguel</p>

Beyonce and Miguel

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Beyonce hits the studio with Miguel

Dreams come true, folks

Hey, it's not just that Miguel has put out what is possibly one of the best R&B albums this year. But his hard work (and those VOCALS, oh the vocals) have caught more than just my and 64,999 other album buyers' attentions.

Miguel Tweeted and Instagrammed a photo of himself standing next to a smiling Beyonce yesterday. The two appear to be in the studio -- and considering Miguel has penned for acts like Usher before and earned Grammy nominations for his performances, dude's got the chops to work with one of the most popular female singers today.

The songwriter/producer has apparently been writing for a whole crop of Virgos this month, according to his Tweet (Beyonce's b-day was on Sept. 4): 

Beyonce is on tap to perform during the Super Bowl Halftime Show in February, and you can bet your bottom dollar that she'll be promoting something new at that time. If Ryan Tedder is to be believed, Bey's got two "projects" in the works. Now that she dropped from Clint Eastwood's "A Star Is Born" reboot, some time has been freed up for other projects, including a documentary about her own life. Diane Warren is also proclaimed to be writing tunes for the superstar.

Miguel released "Kaleidoscope Dream" in late September.

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<p>Maroon 5</p>

Maroon 5

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Maroon 5's 'One More Night' makes it seven weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100

Rihanna sets another milestone this week

Maroon 5 gets a Halloween treat as “One More Night” logs its seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. That means the trick is on Psy, whose “Gangnam Style” is locked at No. 2 for six weeks.

It’s looking tough for “Style” to ascend to the top spot as “Night” continues to gain in airplay, while “Style” is starting to lose it. However, “Style” has digital sales and streaming on its side: it outranks “Night” in both.

Also holding its place is fun.’s “Some Nights” which hangs out at No. 3. Ke$ha’s “Die Young lifts one spot to No. 4 and Rihanna’s “Diamonds” shimmies and shines up three places to No. 5.

“Diamonds” is Rihanna’s 16th Top 5 hit. Only four women, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, and Whitney Houston, have logged more Top 5 hits than she, according to Billboard.

Rounding out the Top 10, Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” featuring Big Sean stays at No. 6. Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” no longer remains locked out of the Top 10, as it leaps 15-7. Alex Clare’s “Too Close” falls one notch to No. 8, while Ne-Yo’s “Let Me Love You” holds at No. 9.  Chris Brown’s “Dont Wake Me Up” rises 11-10 to known Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” out of the Top 10.
 

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<p>A scene from&nbsp;&quot;Moonrise&nbsp;Kingdom&quot;</p>

A scene from "Moonrise Kingdom"

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Tech Support Interview: Adam Stockhausen on hand-making the world of 'Moonrise Kingdom'

The production designer of Wes Anderson's latest details the experience

After serving as production designer Mark Friedberg's art director on 2007's "The Darjeeling Limited," Adam Stockhausen went on to design a number of commercials for director Wes Anderson over the last five years. In that time, the relationship strengthened and Anderson eventually tapped him to design his latest feature, "Moonrise Kingdom," and all the New England quirks and Boy Scout flourishes that would come with it.

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<p>Skylar Grey and Eminem</p>

Skylar Grey and Eminem

Skylar Grey recruits Eminem to exec produce long-delayed album

Plus, Eminem has some album news of his own

We’ll believe it when we see it, but Skylar Grey’s long-delayed debut album, now titled “Don’t Look Down,” has a new Spring 2013 release date, and Eminem has signed on as executive producer.

Eminem will be featured on the new single, “C’mon Let Me Ride,” which comes out Dec. 11. Alex Da Kid produced the track and both he and Eminem mixed it.  In a press release, Grey calls the song “fun and sarcastic.”

As you may recall, Grey’s album was supposed to come out in 2011. At that time, it was called “Invisible,” and Interscope even released the title track. Sounds like much of that work has been scrapped since Interscope refers to “C’mon Let Me Ride” as “the first single” from the album. We also don’t know what’s happening with a track she recorded in 2011 with Marilyn Manson called “Can’t Haunt Me.”

Grey, as you know, has already been nominated for five Grammys, mostly for co-writing Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna. She also co-wrote and appeared on Dr. Dre’s “I Need a Doctor.” She currently appears on two Slaughterhouse tracks and on her own tune,  “Building a Monster,” from the “Frankenweenie” soundtrack.

In the press release, Grey explains the delay: “Putting out a debut album is a bit scary—I want it to be just right, so I took some extra time to finish it. Eminem’s increased involvement has been such a blessing; I’m getting guidance from an artist I really admire and trust. Having written many new songs, the album has become a completely different animal, hence the title change.”

Not that an artist isn’t entitled to change her mind, but when Grey spoke with Hitfix’s Katie Hasty in an interview that ran in September 2011, she was reluctant to record with Em because “I didn’t want to do what people expected.” Looks like that changed. 

In other Eminem news, earlier this week he somewhat cryptically may have announced that he’ll have a new album out as well in 2013.

A new Eminem baseball cap came out Monday, available through his website, and it has dates for each of the years that he has released a solo album. For example, there’s a 1996 for “Infinite” and 2010 for “Recovery.” Now there’s a 2013.  The cap is styled like a Detroit Tigers’ cap, and we know that’s Eminem’s hometown team, so either he’s trying to tell us something or hoping that the Tigers can seal the deal next year after losing the World Series to the San Francisco Giants in four straight.


 

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<p>The &quot;Star Wars&quot; franchise lives to fight another day.</p>

The "Star Wars" franchise lives to fight another day.

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Roundup: Disney and Lucasfilm get hitched

Also: Celebrating 2012's risk-takers, and the greatest horror films ever

While I was sleeping last night, Twitter apparently melted down over the announcement that Disney has bought up Lucasfilm, an acquisition about which movie geeks and business brains alike have very strong feelings. I don't, but when I absorbed the news that a new "Star Wars" film will be coming down the pike in 2015 -- sans George Lucas, but still -- I was forced to conclude that this hasn't been much of a week for good news. Anyway, Drew McWeeny is both more informed and more invested than I, and offers his view of the situation, while Drew, Kris and Greg serve up a list of 10 things to look out for in the wake of the deal, from the theme park-ification of Skywalker Ranch to "Star Wars" for preschoolers. What joy. [Motion Captured]

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<p>It's been a good year for Joseph Gordon-Levitt.</p>

It's been a good year for Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt's smash year: 'Dark Knight Rises,' 'Looper' and now 'Lincoln'

Is he 2012's Ryan Gosling?

BEVERLY HILLS - Is last year's Ryan Gosling this year's Joseph Gordon-Levitt?  The "Inception" star has been on a tear in 2012 with four films hitting theaters within five months.  Gordon-Levitt became the new hope for Batman in "The Dark Knight Rises"; a bicycle messenger in the surprisingly well reviewed "Premium Rush"; a younger Bruce Willis in the hit Sci-Fi thriller "Looper"; and now he has a key supporting role in Steven Spielberg's new potential Oscar player "Lincoln."

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Katey Sagal, Charlie Hunnam and Maggie Siff in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Katey Sagal, Charlie Hunnam and Maggie Siff in 'Sons of Anarchy'

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Ablation' better be the start of something new

Jax's proposition for Gemma could make or break the season

Jax vs. Clay. Tara vs. Gemma. Gemma vs. Clay. Jax vs. Gemma.

The repetitive nature of the conflicts on "Sons of Anarchy," and the way they always seem to resolve themselves through time or plot contrivances, have led to a frustrating state of inertia. It feels like the more these characters argue, the less there actually is at stake. Nothing ever really changes.

But what if something actually does change? Maybe, after last season's cop out finale, Clay actually could die. Or SAMCRO could splinter. Or Jax could, finally, leave. We know that "Sons" has at least two seasons left in Kurt Sutter's master plan, but we don't know what those seasons will look like. And right now, halfway through Season 5, it's a tantalizing prospect to imagine.

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<p>Carson Daly of &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Carson Daly of "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Tuesday - The Knockouts, Part 2

NBC packs in another two hours of high-pressure Knockouts

Last night’s Knockout Rounds represented a TKO for “The Voice”. This new phase of competition emphasized performance over backstories, yielding ten total head-to-head battles over the course of a two-hour installment. That’s a lot of performances for a show that dragged out the auditions and Battle Rounds right up to the point of human endurance. Tonight, we do it all over again, this time carving Team Christina and Team Blake in half before heading into the live episodes next week. Adam Levine and CeeLo Green already have their teams, so they can sit back and make bland critiques tonight without the responsibility of anyone’s future directly in their hands.

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<p>&quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;stars Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel get their Halloween on.</p>

"New Girl" stars Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel get their Halloween on.

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The Evening Round-Up: 'Ben and Kate,' 'New Girl' & 'Happy Endings'

It's a happy, and funny, Halloween, for all three sitcoms

[The following reviews were written before Hurricane Sandy cruelly confiscated Alan's power for a yet-to-be-determined, but still-ongoing duration.]

It's evening round-up time, with quick review of tonight's episodes of "Ben and Kate," "New Girl" and "Happy Endings," coming up just as soon as I have a mustache glued on top of my mustache...

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<p>Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and their &quot;daughter&quot; in &quot;The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2&quot;</p>

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and their "daughter" in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"

Watch: Green Day's video for 'The Forgotten' from 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2'

Footage from the last Twilight Saga film wraps about band scenes

Craving a little “Breaking Dawn —Part 2?” Green Day can help you with that. Today, the band released its video for “The Forgotten," which is featured on the soundtrack for the last film in "The Twilight Saga."

[More after the jump...]

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"Dancing with the Stars"

 "Dancing with the Stars"

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'Dancing with the Stars' recap: Taylor Swift sings and a couple gets cut

You won't believe who's going home this week

Taylor Swift is going to sing! And another couple is going home. But Taylor Swift is going to sing! Of course, she hasn't really been under wraps this week or anything. I feel like I can turn on ABC almost any time of day, and she's right there, promoting her new album, "Red." She must be exhausted. But hey, you can never get too much Taylor Swift, right? Oh, and we're also getting some Jason Mraz, so it's a red letter day. Or "Red" letter. Your choice.

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<p>This really is just the tip of the iceberg.</p>

This really is just the tip of the iceberg.

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What to watch for now that Disney owns Lucasfilm

Anything's possible in a world where this deal actually came together

Disney now owns the Muppets, Marvel, and Lucasfilm.  In breaking news, they are currently in negotiation with my parents to buy the rest of my childhood for an undisclosed six-figure sum.

And we don't get the first new "Star Wars" film until 2015, eh?  Guess I'm going to have to start exercising and eating right after all.

First, I think it's a safe bet that all of your poring over your "Star Wars" expanded universe novels to figure out if he's doing the Thrawn movies or the New Jedi Order series can relax.  They won't be adapting books.  They mentioned today that Lucas has written treatments for three new films, and there is no way he's going to let those films say "based on a story by Timothy Zahn".  Those stories exist, fans are able to enjoy them now, and simply translating them to the screen is a losing proposition on all sides.  The general public has no investment in those books, and for filmmakers who become involved with the series moving forward, there's no up side to simply adapting someone else's "Star Wars" story when there is almost limitless room to invent new stories that take place in that universe and even in that continuity.

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