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Beyonce, Adele and Justin Bieber top this week's Music Power Rankings

Some vets make the list as well

1. Beyonce: Bey snags the Super Bowl halftime show. Not on the possible guest list: M.I.A. or her middle finger.

2. Microsoft Music Service: Once more with feeling. Microsoft will launch its own internet music service next week starting with XBox and then spreading to Window 8. Let’s hope it works out better for them than Zune.

3. Justin Bieber:
His video for “Beauty and a Beat,” featuring Nicki Minaj, got 10.6 million views in its first 24 hours on Vevo, setting a new record. Congratulations are due, but as he’ll eventually learn that careers are measured in years, not days... (or, see below, decades)

4. The Rolling Stones:
They make it official and announce four dates in November  to celebrate the 50th: The two London dates sell out in seven minutes. Hey, it’s only rock and roll but we stil like it.

5. Adele:
She’s making other folks rich. Rumor has it her U.K. indie label’s profits soared to $67 million in 2011, primarily on the back of “21.”

6. Taylor Swift:
As the Oct. 22 release of “Red” approaches, the only question is how much more than 1 million  will it sell in its first week?

7. Bruce Springsteen:
  Like Superman, The Boss swoops into to Ohio and Iowa to rally for Obama.  Working On a Dream 2.0.

8. Lady Gaga:
She puts Die Antwoord in their place after they nastily kill her off in a video. Apparently their ire comes from her asking them to open for her. What an insult! They too edgy and hip to open for her, but they’ll sure use her to get publicity. #growup #youstilldonthaveahit

9. Barbra Streisand: It’s a good time to be Babs: She’s on a sold-out tour and with “Release Me,” debuting at No. 7, she is the only act to land more than one album on the Billboard 200 in every decade since the ‘60s. Her closest competition? The Rolling Stones (see No. 4)

10. Jason Aldean:
The country superstar joins the elite ranks of artists who can play stadiums. His stadium tour includes a July date at Fenway Park, making him the first country artist to ever play the Red Sox' home field.


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<p>Toby Jones of &quot;The Girl&quot;</p>

Toby Jones of "The Girl"

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TV Review: HBO's 'The Girl' demonizes Hitchcock

Telefilm makes Hitchcock nasty, but not interesting
Alfred Hitchcock was a larger-than-life figure who trafficked on his image. His famous silhouette was iconic and his visage and rotund form were familiar to smarter-than-thou audiences who eagerly awaited his regular cameos.
And when he died, I'm sure Alfred Hitchcock's spirit -- go with me here -- was able to float around in some other plane of existence confident that he had been both unique and, more importantly, unreproducible. Nature generated just one Alfred Hitchcock and the only man gifted enough at cinematic sleight of hand to create another was... Alfred Hitchcock. 
We live in a glorious age of movie magic. You can put Brad Pitt's face on a baby. You can erase wrinkles and make Jeff Bridges young again. You can create armies of zombies, with their flesh rotting off. And if you bury a reputable actor under enough latex, you can finally recreate Alfred Hitchcock in a way that calls attention to prosthetic craft without insulting the intelligence of the audience.
And with that, the floodgates have opened this fall, with a pair of biopics intending not to tell Hitch's life story, but merely to capture the auteur in one particular moment of his career, directing one of his most famous movies and dealing with one of his most famous blondes. Most remarkably of all, neither of them stars Andy Serkis in a mo-cap suit.
It's fairly easy to sense the objectives for each project, merely by looking at their titles and the profile of their stars. I haven't seen it, but all indications are that "Hitchcock," featuring Anthony Hopkins under pounds of makeup, will be straight-up hagiography. And I have seen it and I can verify that HBO's "The Girl," featuring Toby Jones under pounds of makeup, is straight-up iconoclasm. 
It's great that technical proficiency has allowed us the leeway to make these Hitchcock biopics, but as fictional chaos theory expert Dr. Ian Malcolm would be sure to remind us, just because you *can* do something doesn't mean you *should*. The Season of Hitchcock kicks off on Saturday (October 20) night with "The Girl," a rather superficial portrait of the artist as an icky man that makes its point within 10 minutes and then runs on fumes for an extra 90. 
Because of stars Jones and Sienna Miller, there are reasons to watch "The Girl," but the one-dimensional approach defeats any chance that any serious film fan will revise their opinions on much of anything.
[More after the break...]
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<p>&quot;The Walking Dead&quot;</p>

"The Walking Dead"

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Interview: 'Walking Dead' producers Greg Nicotero and Gale Anne Hurd talk Season 3

Makeup whiz and 'Terminator' producer discuss zombie protocol
Last week, AMC's "The Walking Dead," premiered its third season to rather mind-boggling numbers.
The "Walking Dead" premiere drew 10.9 million viewers, including 7.3 million viewers among adults 18-49, shattering basic cable records. 
Before that launch, I ran my interviews with Glen Mazzara & Robert Kirkman and also with new breakout star Danai Gurira. 
I've still got my chat with David Morrissey saved for a later date, so up next? A lengthy interview with "Walking Dead" producers Gale Anne Hurd and Greg Nicotero. 
My conversation with Kirkman and Mazzara focused, for logical reasons, on Season 3 story points. This interview is more about nuts-and-bolts and logistics, the bigger picture of bringing "The Walking Dead" to TV. 
Nicotero and Hurd discuss this season's new prison set, the show's ongoing ability to push the edge of the gore envelope without network interference, zombie extra protocol and Nicotero's increasingly active directing profile on the show.
Click through for the full conversation. [Be warned that there are some spoilers from the premiere.]
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"The Amazing Race"

 "The Amazing Race"

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Reality TV Roundup: 'Project Runway' and 'Real Housewives' seasons wrap and more

It's been a busy week, so get your news about 'Survivor,' 'The Voice' and more here, now

 Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch any competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too. 
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<p>Dana of &quot;Survivor: Philippines&quot;</p>

Dana of "Survivor: Philippines"

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Interview: Dana Lambert talks 'Survivor: Philippines'

Departed contestant discusses her medical evacuation
In a season dedicated to offering redemption for three of the most famously medically evacuated players in "Survivor" history, it almost would have been an affront to the show's Gods not to offer up at least one new sacrifice.
Unfortunately for Dana Lambert, she ended up being that sacrifice.
The 32-year-old North Carolina cosmetologist saw her "Survivor" journey come to a premature end on Wednesday's (October 17) episode when dehydration got the best of her. "Survivor" host Jeff Probst would be (and was) quick to note that the medic gave Dana a chance to stay in the game another 12 hours, an opportunity she declined, meaning that she removed herself from the competition.
In the first of two exit interviews this week, Dana explains that she had been battling increasing discomfort and, eventually, crippling pain since the beginning of the season. She also discusses many of the other things that viewers didn't get to see from her Kalabaw tribe, including her fire-starting skills and her ties with Jeff Kent. 
Click through for the full interview. And check back tomorrow night for the week's second "Survivor" exit interview.
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<p>Jason Aldean</p>

Jason Aldean

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Jason Aldean's 'Night Train' pulls into No. 1 on the Billboard 200

Where will Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' fall?

Country superstar Jason Aldean will have a big bow next week with his fifth studio album, “Night Train.” The set will top the Billboard 200 with sales of up to 420,000, making it the second-highest debut of the year behind Mumford & Sons’ 600,000 copies for “Babel.” That album, which has spent three weeks at No. 1, drops to No. 2.

“Night Train” will be one of four debut next week: Brandy’s comeback album, “Two Eleven” will likely bow at No. 3 with sales of up to 70,000 (read my interview with Brandy here). Scotty McCreery’s holiday album, “Christmas With Scotty McCreery” is headed for a No .4 start, while Jamey Johnson’s “Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran” comes in at No. 5, according to Hits Daily Double. 

Filling out the rest of the Top 10 are Pink’s “The Truth About Love” is No. 5, moving up to 35,000 copies. Miguel’s “Kaleidoscope Dream”  and Little Big Town’s “Tornado” are in a dead heat for No. 7, which both projected to sell between 21,000 and 24,000.

Adele’s “21” continues its run near the top of the charts, selling up to 22,000, which is enough to land at No. 9. Kiss’s “Monster,” which bowed this week at No. 3, will drop to No. 10.


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<p>Melissa George in &quot;Hunted.&quot;</p>

Melissa George in "Hunted."

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'Hunted' - 'Mort'

What did everybody think of the new Cinemax drama?

Okay, I've already posted my review of Cinemax's "Hunted," as well as an interview with creator Frank Spotnitz. Now it's your turn. For those of you watched tonight — or who saw the premiere a couple of weeks ago on the BBC — what did you think? Did you like Melissa George in full Sydney Bristow mode? Were you happy to see Mr. Eko, Stannis Baratheon, Balon Greyjoy and various other notable British actors together in the same show? Were the interlocking flashbacks too much for you in this episode? Are you interested in the mission Sam goes on? Were you also troubled by Sam leaving the window shade up in front of her secret conspiracy compartment, even if Spotnitz insists (as he did to me in a deleted part of that interview) that no one can see the conspiracy wall from the street?  And will you watch again? 

I won't be doing weekly write-ups, but will come back after the finale airs with some thoughts. For now, have at it. And if you've seen multiple episodes in the UK, please confine your specific comments to the premiere episode.

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<p>The cast of &quot;Private Practice&quot;</p>

The cast of "Private Practice"

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Shonda Rhimes confirms the end of ABC's 'Private Practice'

Kate Walsh drama will end after 13-episode sixth season
Shonda Rhimes confirmed on Friday (October 19) afternoon that "Private Practice" will come to an end after its current 13-episode sixth season.
The end of "Private Practice" isn't exactly a surprise since star Kate Walsh's departure after 13 episodes was already set, but there had been hope from fans that the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff might continue despite drawing underwhelming ratings in its new-ish Tuesday 10 p.m. home.
The show's creator made the formal announcement on Friday via Twitter and her website.
She writes:
"I'm sad to say that Private Practice's run will end after episode 613 this season. There was a lot of discussion and debate but, in the end, the guys at the network and the studio and I all decided that Private Practice was reaching its finish line. Creatively, we are all extremely proud of the show and especially proud of this season -- which you will all soon discover is a creative renaissance. I can't wait for you to see it.

It's heartbreaking to end. Truly. I feel so lucky to write for these characters and tell these stories and I truly feel this show has taught me so much as a writer. And there's a family here, of crew and cast, people who have bonded over these past five and a half seasons. It's rare for a show to go for more than 100 episodes and we are incredibly proud to have been such a show. And we're grateful to all of you for spending time with us for an hour every week for the last 6 years. It's meant the world.

Thank you."
"Private Practice" launched out of a 2007 "Grey's Anatomy" backdoor pilot and aired its first episode in September of that year. The drama, which also starred Paul Adelstein, Taye Diggs, Amy Brenneman and, until this season, Tim Daly, aired its 100th episode earlier this fall.
Depending on ABC's programming rotation, the "Private Practice" finale will likely air in late January or early February.
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<p>Jim Broadbent and Tom Hanks both seem to have embraced the challenge and opportunity of 'Cloud Atlas' with pleasure.</p>

Jim Broadbent and Tom Hanks both seem to have embraced the challenge and opportunity of 'Cloud Atlas' with pleasure.

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A new featurette shows why 'Cloud Atlas' is an actor's dream for Tom Hanks and the cast

The stars of the film discuss the challenge and opportunity it represented

One week until "Cloud Atlas" lands in theaters, and I still have no idea what the general public is going to make of it.

They seem to be getting the word out, and it's certainly a hard film to describe to someone who doesn't know the book and who doesn't automatically get excited when they hear who made the film.  It helps that they have Tom Hanks attached, although I do wonder if he means the same thing to young audiences that he does to the over-30 crowd these days.

One thing that will help make people curious is by talking about the way the recognizable cast vanish into the various characters they play over the course of the film, and that's something the ads seem to be emphasizing.  I thought it was pretty great that Hanks slipped into character on "Good Morning America" and almost immediately dropped an f-bomb.  I'll have some video interviews with the cast going up next week, including one with Hanks, and one of the things I discussed with him is how people expecting a "regular" Tom Hanks film are going to be flabbergasted when they see some of what he does in the film.

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<p>Local Natives</p>

Local Natives

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Listen: Local Natives' 'Breakers' precedes new full-length album

Indie rockers produce part of 'Hummingbird' with The National's Aaron Dessner

Local Natives will soon be at a locality near you. The band has completed a new effort, titled "Hummingbird," out on Jan. 29, and have dropped new song "Breakers" in celebration. It's a little like Fleet Foxes raiding all of Dirty Projectors guitar processors, which is not at all a bad thing.

"Hummingbird" was recorded in Los Angeles, Montreal and Brooklyn. In the case of the latter, the quartet hit up The National's Aaron Dessner to produce, out of his Ditmas Park, Brooklyn studio. And of the former, the band actually outfitted their own new recording space in Silverlake.

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Dmitry Sholokhov on "Project Runway"

 Dmitry Sholokhov on "Project Runway"

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'Project Runway''s Dmitry talks about sacrifices, rent and the reality TV diet

The designer tells HitFix he's no longer homeless

Spoiler alert! On last night's season finale of "Project Runway," Dmitry Sholokhov emerged the winner with a collection that pushed the limits, featured edgy styling (the jury's still out about the silvered hair) and showed that he can, in fact, make some pretty cool things that aren't dresses (read all about it here). I talked to Dmitry briefly about his experiences in reality TV (he previously won an episode of "24 Hour Catwalk), why the designers showed off some pretty wretched stuff the week before the finale, and why Elena isn't really America's favorite designer of the season (as if there was any doubt). As you might expect, he was polite, thoughtful and occasionally blunt, but that's what we liked about him anyway, isn't it?

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<p>David Guetta</p>

David Guetta

Watch: David Guetta spray paints the world in video for 'Metropolis'

He and Nicky Romero throw a political party

David Guetta has a lot to say in the video for his instrumental “Metropolis.” The edgy clip is a dissertation on freedom and censorship, with Guetta spray painting encouraging bromides like “Never Give Up” and “Music Is My Art” and “Freedom.” in the guerilla-style clip, which also features quick cuts of exploding earth planets, speakers, etc. and Guetta with a bandana over his face.

The clip also features Dutch DJ Nicky Romero. Following Guetta’s poppier tracks with vocals from the likes of Usher, Nicki Minaj and Sia, this one is for his hardcore dance fans.


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