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<p>Aris Servetalis in &quot;Alps.&quot;</p>

Aris Servetalis in "Alps."

Credit: Kino Lorber

'Alps' does the (limited) Stateside rounds

Catch Yorgos Lanthimos's 'Dogtooth' follow-up if you can

This is a total cop-out of an admission, but the best film I saw in my recent trip to the Karlovy Vary Film Festival was one I'd seen before. (Okay, including what I caught in the Jean-Pierre Melville retrospective, I should amend that to the best few films. But let us not split hairs.) The week hadn't wanted for worthwhile discoveries, but things swam into perspective when, in the last few hours before I had to leave for the airport, I impulsively ducked into a screening of Yorgos Lanthimos's "Alps." Coming out of it a second time, everything else I'd seen that week looked a shade smaller, a little more finite, by comparison.

Regular readers might remember I fell hard for Lanthimos's playful, existentially preoccupied follow-up to "Dogtooth" at Venice nearly a year ago: it was my favorite film of the festival, and wound up in my Top 5 of 2011. But it plays even better on a second go-round.

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<p>This image of Captain America and The Falcon just screams dark and gritty, doesn't it?</p>

This image of Captain America and The Falcon just screams dark and gritty, doesn't it?

Credit: Marvel Comics

Anthony Mackie will take wing as The Falcon in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

What does this mean for the sequel?

A little later, I'll have my thoughts on the "Marvel: Phase Two" panel from Comic-Con, which certainly indicated an organized approach to what they've got planned for the next few years, but it seems like they've already got more news than they announced on Saturday, and it suggests another interesting expansion for the potential roster they're looking at for "The Avengers 2."

Anthony Mackie has been showing up on fanboy wishlists for pretty much everything since "The Hurt Locker" was released, and when we ran a piece about a month ago about the possibility of a Black Panther film, Mackie seemed to be clear favorite for many of you.  He's done nice work in a number of films, but so far hasn't really found that role that pushes him over the top and establishes him as a bankable star.

That could change now that it's being reported he is in final negotiations with Marvel Studios to join the cast of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" as one of the most significant supporting characters in Captain America's ongoing comic history, The Falcon. 

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"The Real Housewives of New York City"

 "The Real Housewives of New York City"

Credit: Bravo

'The Real Housewives of New York City' recap: 'Good Trip, Bad Fall'

Carole's sick of LuAnn, but the real fight is between Ramona and Heather

The "Real Housewives of New York City" sans Ramona and Aviva are still frolicking in London this week. But as we know, you can take the girl out of Noo Yawk but it's considerably harder to take the Noo Yawk out of the girl, so the first thing we see is Sonja sticking her face in a bidet. Admittedly, it's filled with ice and Sonja swears this is the easiest way to reduce the swelling in her face as the sink is too shallow, but all I can think is that next week we will be seeing Sonja tooling around New York with enormous, blistering sores all over her head. 

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'The Bachelorette' recap: The guys speak out
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'The Bachelorette' recap: The guys speak out

It's time for Kalon and Ryan's day of reckoning

 It's time for one of those "the rejects speak" episodes of "The Bachelorette," which is usually just an excuse to get people yelling at one another. But given how low this season was on friction, I'm not expecting fireworks. Okay, maybe someone will take a punch at Kalon, but I'm sure he's used to it. What I'm really not expecting is much animosity toward Emily. Emily may be one of the most universally adored heartbreakers in the history of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," and it doesn't hurt that she can swear like a sailor (judging from how much she's bleeped) and isn't afraid to get her mama bear on when it comes to her kid. I do think Ricki, though she never meets the guys face-to-face, has been an effective tool in keeping them focused on exactly how much is at stake. And, in the case of Kalon, she has been a helpful tool in exposing him as a self-absorbed ass. But more on Kalon in a moment. Let's get to the episode!

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Watch: No Doubt's new video for 'Settle Down'

Watch: No Doubt's new video for 'Settle Down'

Was it worth the wait?

It’s been a decade since a new No Doubt album and fans got their first real look and listen at what to expect from “Push and Shove” today with the release of the first single and video “Settle Down.”

Directed by Sophie Mueller, who has helmed a number of No Doubt clips previously, was behind the lens for the music video, which features the four members as truck drivers heading to a reunion. That follows the lyrical them of Gwen Stefani carrying on a conversation over a CB radio.

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<p>Pink's &quot;The Truth About Love&quot;</p>

Pink's "The Truth About Love"

Look: Pink reveals the cover art for 'The Truth About Love' album

And she reveals a lot of leg too

For as forward as Pink’s music can be, she’s often liked a little retro look when it comes to artwork associated with her projects. For the video for “Raise Your Glass” she evoked WW2 cultural icon Rosie the Riveter.

This time, she’s a little more revealing. In the cover art for “The Truth About Love,” a trim Pink adopts a panties straight out of “Mad Men” with garters clipped to thigh highs. She’s also sporting a cropped jacket and blood red, silletto-heeled pumps.  No sign that she ever carried a kid for nine months. The font is straight out of a ‘50s horror movie. Sure, the tats and black fingernail polish bring the look screaming in to the 2010s, but there’s still something delightfully retro about it.

“Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” the first single from  “The Truth About Love,” is off to a rousing start at radio and was the No. 1 most added song at Pop and Hot Adult Contemporary radio last week, according to her label.
 

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<p>Christopher Nolan at the New&nbsp;York premiere of &quot;The&nbsp;Dark&nbsp;Knight Rises&quot;</p>

Christopher Nolan at the New York premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises"

Credit: AP

'Dark Knight Rises' cast and crew speak of 'bittersweet' goodbye at New York premiere

The family Christopher Nolan built bids farewell

Manhattan played host to the world premiere of Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" today on a hot day in the city (which also served as one of the key locations of the shoot). The Associated Press offered a live stream of the red (make that black) carpet arrivals, which, in addition to principals from the cast and crew of the film, included other such celebrities as Ron Howard and Dennis Haysbert.

"I'm very proud of what we've accomplished with the three movies," star Christian Bale said. "I'm very honored to have played this character and to have recreated it in our own fashion. And I'm very fascinated to see what consequent Batman incarnations will look like."

In many ways, Bale said he was amazed to be there for the premiere of a third and final film. Everyone involved with the production always said they should just assume one movie at a time and "not be arrogant enough" to assume they would have the opportunity to make sequels.

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<p>Big Sean in &quot;My Homies Still&quot;</p>

Big Sean in "My Homies Still"

Watch: Lil Wayne and Big Sean take over the neighborhood in 'My Homies Still' video

Elephants, pandas and dogs, oh my!

Lil Wayne and Big Sean have moved into a neighborhood straight out of topsy-turvy world for Weezy’s video for “My Homies Still”: A pink elephant, literally, roams the streets, disembodied mannequins take over otherwise well-groomed lawns, and men’s heads get transplanted onto dog’s bodies and vice versa. Did we mention the dancing panda and boa-clad skeletons?

As images of smoking skull heads and folks making out with mannequins weave in and out with Lil Wayne skateboarding and he and Big Sean dancing on the ceiling, the clip is one of Lil Wayne’s trippiest. And that’s before we’ve even gotten to the banquet where Big Sean and Lil Wayne are on the menu.

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<p>Jack White in &quot;Freedom at 21&quot;</p>

Jack White in "Freedom at 21"

Watch: Jack White and a hot cop don't stop in 'Freedom at 21' video

Prison: Not so bad

Leave it to director Hype Williams to suspend color along with reality and disbelief in an action-packed clip for Jack White. "Freedom at 21" is the celebration and dissent of women who do whatever the hell they please, and in this case, it's a hot cop who shirks her regular duties in order to turn. you. on.

White, as is his nature, is looking gaunt and borderline batsh*t in the video, the track culled from his eccentric solo debut "Blunderbuss." It's further evidence of the mystery that you never see the Third Man main man and Johnny Depp in the same room.

And, much like his "Sixteen Saltines" clip, this one leaves viewers on the edge of their seat, without resolve. White seemingly craves a violent death involving his car.

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<p>Madonna</p>

Madonna

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Watch: The full video for Madonna's 'Turn Up The Radio'

There's always room in her car for one more

Madonna’s “Turn Up The Radio” video opens with great promise: a shot of her legs in back high heels walking down a hall, but as anyone who saw the teaser released Friday, she’s not headed for “Justify My Love” type hi-jinks. Not this time. Instead, Madge is ready for some PG-rated fresh air.

She leaves her hotel an climbs into a Cadillac convertible, aggrieved by the paparazzi who are in her face. As her driver pulls away, a despondent Madonna is cheered by the site of some street performers displaying contortionist moves even the limber Material Girl could only dream of.  She grabs one and he joins her soon-to-grow posse of young, gorgeous men who are soon crowding her car, much to the driver’s dismay.

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"Strange Sex"

 "Strange Sex"

Credit: TLC

Review: How strange is 'Strange Sex'? Well...

The TLC show generates more questions than answers

Watching the third season premiere of TLC's "Strange Sex" (Sundays, 10 p.m. ET), I had a lot of questions -- none of them about sex. Who are these people? Where did TLC find them? Why are they talking about this stuff on national television? Is this willingness to share part of the fetish, too? Do they have jobs to go to? If so, do they have to go to them the day after this airs? Damn, I wonder what that's like!

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<p>The Tumbler in &quot;Batman Begins&quot;</p>

The Tumbler in "Batman Begins"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

'The Batmobile' documentary to air on The CW

Take look back at the Dark Knight's wheels over the years tonight

One of the highlights of my extremely (mercifully) short trip to Comic-Con this year was a big showcase of all the Batmobiles, from the 1966 TV series edition through the Tumbler of Christopher Nolan's latest Batman franchise. I've always wanted to see one of the Anton Furst-designed rigs from the Tim Burton films up close and suddenly, I got my chance. It didn't disappoint.

The Batmobile has always generated awe. It's a signature element of the Dark Knight's arsenal, unique in the world of superheroes. And each iteration on screen has been pretty friggin' cool in its own way.

So with that in mind, the CW will be airing a short documentary tonight creatively called "The Batmobile" that covers the history of Batman's ride. Interviews with Nolan, Burton, Joel Schumacher, Adam West, Dennis O'Neil and Michael Uslan are included.

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