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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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<p>RZA&nbsp;in &quot;The Man With the Iron Fists&quot;</p>

RZA in "The Man With the Iron Fists"

Interview: RZA talks Wu-Tang reunion, 'lonely' road for 'Man With the Iron Fists'

Soundtrack firsts and Kanye West's contribution

Only a few days away from the soundtrack release to his film “The Man With the Iron Fists,” RZA admits that -- for the most part -- he got what he wanted, even if the film itself took about seven years to come to fruition.

The tracklisting to "Iron Fists" includes contributions from Kanye West, the Black Keys and RZA’s original family, the Wu-Tang Clan with standouts from Ghostface Killah and Method Man. And like just like in his film, RZA’s all over it.
When it came to picking and choosing artists for the soundtrack, “I got who I wanted on there,” he told me in a recent interview. RZA said West made himself available early on, and he asked the Black Keys to conjure something they originally cooked up together during the making of collaborations experiment “Blakroc.” Corinne Bailey Rae is “one of my favorite singers and she got a chance to see [the film] at 70% done. She and her sister said they loved it as women, and when she let me know that women would love it as well, I thought ‘This is great.’”
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<p>Maribel Verdu in &quot;Blancanieves.&quot;</p>

Maribel Verdu in "Blancanieves."

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Review: Spain's lively Oscar entry 'Blancanieves' takes Snow White to the silent era

The classic fairytale gets a flamenco spin in its third go-round this year

LONDON - Whole vats of column ink (or the invisible online equivalent) have been spent by industry observers on the refuge Hollywood has recently sought in the humble fairytale. Whether on Red Riding Hood or the giant-slaying Jack, blockbuster millions are being lavished on reconfiguring a familiar storytelling universe that was once largely the domain of animators.

But if it's been easy to connect this increased taste for pumped-up tradition to financially fragile US studios seeking comfort in the ultimate known quantities, we might now have to amend that copy a bit: “Blancanieves” a lush, lively new Sevillian spin on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” that carries Spain's hopes in this year's Oscar race, takes the trend to the international arthouse. “Snow White,” of course, currently leads the charge in fairytale revisionism, having already yielded two contrasting English-language adaptations this year: Tarsem's larkish, cupcake-colored delight “Mirror Mirror” and Rupert Sanders' older-skewing and considerably dourer Gothic take “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

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<p>&quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;stars Donald Glover and Danny Pudi in a very special edition of &quot;Troy &amp;&nbsp;Abed in the Morning.&quot;</p>

"Community" stars Donald Glover and Danny Pudi in a very special edition of "Troy & Abed in the Morning."

'Community' cast wishes you all a Happy October 19

Season 4 will premiere 'someday,' according to a new video for the fans

October 19 is my birthday, and though I know NBC didn't originally schedule the start of "Community" season 4 for this night because of me, it felt nice to know I could celebrate the day with Troy, Abed and the rest of the study group. But as you know by now, NBC changed their minds and delayed the premiere, to a date and time unknown. (My guess is it either replaces "30 Rock" in early 2013 or replaces "Up All Night" if that show's ratings drop any lower.) 

Because the "Community" cast and crew are aware of the crazy love their fans have for the show, they decided to provide them with some original content for the 19th, regardless, and came up with this very special edition of "Troy & Abed in the Morning," addressing the delayed premiere and the idea that October 19 (also Gillian Jacobs' birthday) isn't so much a date as a state of mind. I like this, not only because it's a funny video, but because it gives me an excuse to declare virtually any day to be my birthday. Thanks, "Community"!

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

Melissa George in "Hunted."

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'Hunted' creator Frank Spotnitz on his new Cinemax drama & 'The X-Files' legacy

And did his experience writing for 'Strike Back' come into play with the new show?

Frank Spotnitz has been the man up front for the first two Cinemax original drama series. He wrote the first four episodes of the Cinemax incarnation of "Strike Back," and is the creator and executive producer of "Hunted," a new thriller starring Melissa George as British private spy Sam Hunter, who is betrayed, left for dead, and returns to work a year later looking for revenge on whoever it was that set her up.  (You can watch an exclusive clip from the premiere at the top of this post.)

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<p>Quinton Aaron and Julia Stone in &quot;Justine&quot;</p>

Quinton Aaron and Julia Stone in "Justine"

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Exclusive: Watch 'The Blind Side's' Quinton Aaron fall in love in Julia Stone's 'Justine'

Film footballer is a total softie in unconventional love scene

"I wanted give the viewer an opportunity to experience something different to the normal images of lovers in video clips."

That's music video director Jessie Hill on her clip for Julia Stone's "Justine." In it, two, lovers flounce around the beaches of California, eating snacks, snipping drinks and kissing on the boardwalk. What makes the view into this love story somewhat unconventional is the contrast between the singer-songwriter and her beloved -- played by "The Blind Side" lead Quinton Aaron.

”I set out to make a video that depicted a heartfelt romance in a distant time...a love story in its purist state," Hill said in a statement to HitFix. "My casting agent suggested Quinton and I immediately contacted him to have a coffee. The contrast of Julia being so tiny and Quinton being a larger character was something I wanted to explore visually."

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Oscar Talk: Ep. 92 -- Gotham nods, 'Flight,' 'Lincoln' and Best Supporting Actress

Oscar Talk: Ep. 92 -- Gotham nods, 'Flight,' 'Lincoln' and Best Supporting Actress

Also: When is Oscar marketing overkill?

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

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<p>Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) with one of his &quot;The Great Escape&quot;&nbsp;women on &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) with one of his "The Great Escape" women on "30 Rock."

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The Morning Round-Up: '30 Rock,' 'The Office' & 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'

Liz tries to prove women are funny, Dwight rents a work bus, and the gang relives some familiar plots

It's Morning Round-Up time, with quick reviews of last night's episodes of "30 Rock," "The Office" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," coming up just as soon as I'm thinking and doing kegels at the same time...

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<p>A detail from the poster for &quot;Ted.&quot;</p>

A detail from the poster for "Ted."

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Roundup: 'Ted' takes top honors in Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards

Also: New York Critics' Circle sets a date, and farewell to 'Emmanuelle'

Chances are Seth MacFarlane's hosting gig will remain the biggest win for "Ted" at February's Oscar ceremony, but the raunchy teddy-bear comedy had its own taste of awards glory at the Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards, which recognize the industry's top achievements in movie marketing, "Ted" won the night's top award, for best overall campaign. Top of the trailer heap, meanwhile, was "Shame," which took gold in the audio-visual category for its striking red-band "Subway" trailer. Other films recognized included "The Dark Knight Rises," "Martha Marcy May Marlene," "Prometheus" (though not for Most Over-Marketed Film of the Year, surprisingly enough) and the upcoming "Man of Steel." [THR

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<p>I don't recognize half of these characters, so I'm guessing not everyone's going to make it to the bigscreen for the impending 'Justice League' movie.</p>

I don't recognize half of these characters, so I'm guessing not everyone's going to make it to the bigscreen for the impending 'Justice League' movie.

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We pick seven filmmakers we'd love to see make a 'Justice League' movie

We include A-listers and up-and-comers, but would these guys want the job?

Let's be honest before we begin:  whoever directs this film is walking into a situation where they are going to be in service of someone else's vision, and that vision is going to consist of dozens of people's visions, all of them combined into whatever that script ends up being.  Before they have a director set, they're going to have a script that they are committed to, that they've paid for quite dearly at this point, and that director is going to have to be willing to make that movie.

There are names that people always like to throw out for everything, names that are preposterous because they just aren't going to do it.  Instead of picking non-starters today like Terry Gilliam (no studio on Earth is pulling the trigger on a $150 million film with Gilliam at the helm), Lana and Andy Wachowski (they're not interested and would much rather focus on their own material), or even Steven Spielberg (not gonna happen), we're going to name ten artists we would like to see given free reign to make the material whatever they want to make it.

Some of these names you might expect based on my reviews and reportage over the years.  Some of them you might not expect at all or even agree with.  But all of these are people whose "Justice League" would get us in a theater opening weekend.  Let's see how many of these names you like, and who I'm overlooking, both of which I'll expect plenty of in the comments section below.

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