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Kanye West

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Listen: Kanye West and R. Kelly on 'To The World' from 'Cruel Summer'

Full album comes out Sept. 18

G.O.O.D. Music’s compilation, “Cruel Summer,” which drops as the season ends on Sept. 18, features label head Kanye West with a number of top artists including R. Kelly, John Legend, Kid Cudi, Raekwon, 2 Chainz and The-Dream.

Snippets of the full album are on iTunes, but today we get a full version of opening track  “To The World,” performed by West and Kelly. The song is basically a big “F You,” albeit an often clever one,” to you and yours.

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<p>Florence + The Machine on &quot;Jimmy Fallon&quot;</p>

Florence + The Machine on "Jimmy Fallon"

Watch: Florence + The Machine perform a stately 'Spectrum' on 'Jimmy Fallon'

Group continues U.S. tour before heading into a year-long hiatus

Florence Welch, the namesake of Florence + The Machine, is known for her dramatic, over-the-top performances, but for her debut on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” last night, she and the band delivered a breathtakingly spare version of “Spectrum.”

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<p>Missy Elliott's &quot;Triple Threat&quot;</p>

Missy Elliott's "Triple Threat"

Look: Missy Elliott reveals 'Triple Threat' cover art

When can you hear the full song?

Missy Elliott has got sports on her mind. Earlier this week, she released a snippet of “Ninth Inning.”  And now, she’s switched from baseball to basketball. She just revealed the cover to “Triple Threat,” another song on her forthcoming new album.

The cover features someone in a basketball jersey with her name emblazoned across the shoulders and the words, “Triple Threat” where the numbers would be. On the accompanying basketball are the words “feat. Timbaland.” The producer is also on “Ninth Inning.”

We’ll have to wait until Sept. 17 to hear the full songs. That’s when Elliott will host a Ustream listening session to play both songs in their entirety. She will also answer questions from fans about the new album. That sounds like when we’ll hear about a release date and album title.


 

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<p>Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in "Boardwalk Empire."

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Review: Nucky goes full gangster in 'Boardwalk Empire' season 3

Prohbition mob drama still great in individual moments, but hasn't taken the leap
"I'm a philanthropist now," Nucky Thompson insists in the third season premiere of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." (It returns Sunday night at 9.)
 
"You're a gangster, plain and simple," he's told.
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<p>Cover art for the album's first single, &quot;Your Body.&quot;</p>

Cover art for the album's first single, "Your Body."

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Christina Aguilera reveals details about new album, 'Lotus'

See when you can watch a sneak peek of the 'Your Body' video

Christina Aguilera’s new album, “Lotus,”  will come out in November, according to “The Voice” judge, who took to Twitter Wednesday to reveal details.

Among the other nuggets the Grammy-winning singer revealed:

*The album, her first since 2010’s “Bionic,” is called “Lotus” because a lotus "represents an unbreakable flower that survives under the hardest conditions and still thrives.”

*The inspiration for the album was "self-expression and freedom," she tweeted. "The album represents a rebirth for me."

*First single, “Your Body,” which leaked a few weeks ago, will be available for purchase on Friday. The single sleeve for the Max Martin-produced song features Aguilera wrapped in a diaphanous pink sheer dress with her arms overhead and lots of blonde extensions.

*A snippet of the music video for “Your Body” will air on “The Voice” on Monday, Sept. 17.

*Aguilera is currently listening to M83 and Frank Ocean.

Aguilera is in her third season as a coach on “The Voice.” At a press conference last month, “The Voice” producer Mark Burnett acknowledged that she and the other coaches, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Cee Lo Green, may need to rotate out for a season to attend to their careers and touring, especially if the show continues to offer a fall and spring season.

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<p>The &quot;Guys with Kids.&quot;</p>

The "Guys with Kids."

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Series premiere review: 'Guys with Kids' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of NBC's new sitcom?

I won't be writing reviews of every new fall show, but I did at least discuss "Guys with Kidswith Dan on today's podcast. We were not fans. For those of you who watched, what did you think? Were you happy to see Vanessa Huxtable back in an NBC family sitcom? Meadow Soprano doing lighter material? Cliff from "Bring It On" being all grown up? Anthony Anderson trying his hardest to earn the paycheck?

More importantly, do you find the idea of men having to take care of their own children as absolutely hi-larious as the "Guys with Kids" writers so obviously do? And will you watch again? Have at it.

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<p>Trust me... within 30 seconds of this moment in 'To The Wonder,' I guarantee Rachel McAdams is spinning and walking through a field. </p>

Trust me... within 30 seconds of this moment in 'To The Wonder,' I guarantee Rachel McAdams is spinning and walking through a field.

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Review: Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' looks great but says little

The director's second film in two years is starting to look pretty familiar

One thing is increasingly clear:  Terrence Malick is a man on a very specific aesthetic mission.

When I was at Cannes in the summer of 2011, there was no film that was more heavily discussed or anticipated before it screened than "The Tree Of Life."  I felt like I was lucky to be there for the film, and there was a sense that everyone had made it their top priority for the festival.  The discussions afterwards were intense and ongoing all week, and I dare say no other film was covered quite as extensively during that fest.

Here in Toronto this week, though, I've gotten none of that surrounding the debut of "To The Wonder," Malick's new movie, and in the few conversations I've had with other people, it seems like the notion that he's got two more films coming in the next year or so and another major ongoing one in development has made him "just another filmmaker" as opposed to the figurative Sasquatch of Cinema that he was for so long.  I'm thrilled he's suddenly found this new productivity and that he's got a producing team in place who are able to help him realize all of this newfound creative energy, but it does mean that it's less of an event now.  There's a reason the world rarely freaks out at the news that there's a Woody Allen film coming out.  Something that happens every eleven months or so is not particularly noteworthy, no matter what the final film turns out to be.

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<p>Allison and Krystal of &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Allison and Krystal of "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Wednesday - Blind Auditions, Part 3

NBC's hit stares down FOX's 'X Factor' premiere with more auditions
It’s starting to feel a little bit like the film “Groundhog Day,” no? Another evening, another episode of “The Voice”. If any contestant tonight sings “I Got You, Babe,” I will be seriously freaked out. While there have been several strong participants thus far, the show really hasn’t had a breakout performance yet. And given that its two-day head start on “The X Factor” is now over, that might be a problem for the show over the long haul.
 
But with sixty-four total team members to select, we’ve only just begun to see the talent on display this season. And hopefully, we’ve only just begun to see the way the coaches will woo participants to their team. So far, those wooings have been one-note affairs, with each judge essentially sticking to the same script no matter the contestant. A little variety wouldn’t hurt on both sides of the equation.
 
With that in mind, let’s kick off tonight’s running diary. As always, all times are EST. As always, if the prepackaged sob story that accompanies a contestant is too dull, I reserve the right to completely make up a new one. Much like NBC, I’m all about the ratings. What can I say?
 
8:00 p.m. I love that shot of the four judges standing in the bright white light during these introductions. It’s like they are trapped in The Phantom Zone.
 
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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: The battle for the POV and an Olympic-size prize

Two lucky houseguests get to hobnob with gold medalists

So, it's down to the final five, or what I like to call the Quack Pack and Jenn. Not that the Quack Pack is much of an alliance, as everyone except Shane seems to have a final two deal with Dan (and that may have happened and I just missed it), and Dan is eagerly rubbing his hands together in anticipation of stomping on their broken bodies on the way to the finish line. The crazy part is, of course, that every remaining hamster seems likely to smile up at him as he does it. "Gee, Dan, you're really good at cracking ribs! That barely hurt! And not nearly as much as when you stepped on my nose!" 

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<p>Saoirse Ronan is a 216-year-old vampire in Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium'</p>

Saoirse Ronan is a 216-year-old vampire in Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium'

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The brilliant Saoirse Ronan reveals 'Byzantium,' 'The Host' and 'How I Live Now' secrets

This is one busy 18-year-old

TORONTO - Everyone has a word or phrase they probably use too much.  For example, my friends will tell you I'm prone to use the word "literally" in conversation way too often.  Or, when doing interviews, to say "I'm curious" about three or four times to a subject (eke).  She might be embarrassed to read it, but Saoirse Ronan has the distinctly British habit of saying "brilliant' during conversation just as much as I say "literally" (perhaps more actually).  It's partially because she's just coming out of her teenage years, but it also a sign of her impressive enthusiasm regarding her work.

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Woody Harrelson seems very excited about what Francis Lawrence brings to 'The Hunger Games' sequel
Woody Harrelson seems very excited about what Francis Lawrence brings to 'The Hunger Games' sequel
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Watch: Woody Harrelson on how the cast is handling a new director on 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Francis Lawrence is in charge now, and that seems just fine with Haymitch

I feel like I've done something on the magnitude of a thousand interviews in the last week.  I'm sure it's actually only something like ten or twelve, but when you're juggling those with a full festival screenings schedule, it can seem overwhelming.

One thing that makes it worthwhile, though, is when you check in with someone who has always been fun in interviews, and that's a fair description of Woody Harrelson.  Every single time I've chatted with him, it's been fun.  There was one night in a wings restaurant when he showed up unannounced and joined us, and he was as sharp and funny and immediately friendly as you could have hoped, and then at press day after press day, he shows up with the right attitude about these things.  Yes, we're all there doing a job, but no, it doesn't have to be like pulling teeth.  If you talk to him like a real person, he'll do the same, and he's one of my favorite people to bump into on a press day.

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<p>Quantrele Da'an Smith of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Quantrele Da'an Smith of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 2 Premiere

Demi Lovato and Britney Spears make their judging debuts

On one hand, I suppose Wednesday (September 12) night represents the second season premiere of "The X Factor," but you can almost sense FOX hoping that viewers totally ignore last fall's introduction to Melanie Amaro and all of her vanquished foes. Sure, that was "The X Factor," but this is *really* "The X Factor," the way Simon Cowell intended.

So pull up a seat and follow along as we spend the next two hours seeing how Demi Lovato and Britney Spears stack up as judges and how "The X Factor" functions without a host.

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