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<p>Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>
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Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane in "Deadwood."


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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 11: 'The Whores Can Come'

The camp comes together to say goodbye to William Bullock

We're almost to the end of our summer rewatch of David Milch's epic HBO Western "Deadwood." As mentioned last week, I've dropped the duplicate reviews for veterans and newbies, since the newbies didn't seem to be commenting, and can avoid being spoiled by simply not reading the comments.

A review of episode 11, "The Whores Can Come," coming up just as soon as I buy myself a bum's rush...

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If not Jimmy Fallon then who should host the 85th Academy Awards?

If not Jimmy Fallon then who should host the 85th Academy Awards?

15 potential candidates or duos to consider

Every year, without fail, we hit this cycle in pre-awards seasons discussion.  it's a bit early to really dive into the possible contenders (even though most studios know what they have and what they don't) and the Academy is usually doing its best to lock down a producer.  So, when news leaked last week that Jimmy Fallon was in negotiations to host the Academy Awards it appeared the Academy was trying to lock down the highly-turned down job earlier rather than later.  This was also the idea last year when Brett Ratner convinced Eddie Murphy to host the Oscars on Sept. 6.  Both hires lasted an amazing two months as Brian Grazer and Don Misher soon found themselves picking up the pieces late in the game. Thankfully, Billy Crystal - who had embarrassingly campaigned to return earlier that spring - returned for one last go around.

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"Project Runway"

"Project Runway"

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'Project Runway' recap: Another designer quits the show? What?

Why is season 10 going haywire?

Okay, buckle up, "PR" fans -- this is apparently the episode that gets all hella lotta crazy, as Heidi Klum promised while promoting the season. Apparently Andrea's nighttime exodus is only the beginning of the melting down this season. I'm not sure if means we're in for lots of drama or just more stealth exiting from the show, which isn't dramatic so much as it's annoying. When you have clothes in your closet that are older than the designers calling you "immature," maybe that's a sign you blew it big time. Talking to you, Andrea.

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<p>Louis C.K. and Marc Maron in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Louis C.K. and Marc Maron in "Louie."

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Review: 'Louie' - 'Ikea/Piano Lesson'

Louie wants closure with Marc Maron, and to avoid it with an ex

A review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I think it's laundry detergent...

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<p>Danielle of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

Danielle of "Big Brother"

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - Who did Danielle send packing?

Would Danielle's HoH reign claim a favorite or a former Coach?

I'm still confused at what Danielle did on Wednesday (August 8) night's "Big Brother." It was either brilliant or stupid. Well, it wasn't brilliant, I don't suppose. But it needn't necessarily have been stupid. But if we're being honest, what are the chances that anything Danielle does in this game isn't at least somewhat scatterbrained?

So Danielle and The Quack Pack made nice with Mike Boogie, at least somewhat, and seemingly targeted Janelle for eviction this week, though 21st Century William Katt Frank remains a candidate for eviction of Mike Boogie slips up and behaves suspiciously around the core alliance, which seems somehow unlikely given that once you're willing to believe a word Mike Boogie says, you've pretty much committed to being his dupe. 

Seriously. Who trusts Mike Boogie? About anything? At any time?

Click through to see if Mike Boogie gets his way, or if his bromance with Frank is put on ice...

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<p>Kanye and Jay-Z</p>

Kanye and Jay-Z

Here's that 11-minute Kanye and Jay-Z 'documentary' on Watch the Throne

Beyonce in jeans and Russell Crowe

Robert Lopuski "got the call" from Kanye West and Jay-Z to shoot behind-the-scenes footage of the pair as they recorded "Watch the Throne" over 2010 and 2011. The result is an 11-minute "documentary" of the "making-of."

"I had to drop everything to fly out to Sydney. I didn’t have any equipment with me. So I asked Kanye’s team if it was cool to put in a rental order– like, could you guys get some stuff down there for me? I wrote up a list: I need a camera, a mic, a stand, the simple abc’s, and they said don’t worry, we got it," Lopuski told Paradigm. "A few days later, I show up and none of it is there. So I went on a crazy four-hour tear around Sydney, finding whatever pieces of equipment I could get my hands on."

Yeah. And it kinda shows. The result is very low-lit, and it's got bad sound, and very little is revealed about the actual "creative process" of the "Throne." There's a good scene of Jay-Z running over his rhymes for "Why I Love You," and I'll never fight a scene of Beyonce in jeans walking slowly around a lawn looking out the sea. But otherwise, it's a pretty restricted "look" at two of hip-hops biggest names ever.

I would say to the handlers that there were certain things that I needed to do: turn on lights, get slightly better access, possibly stage a better setup photographically.
 
They said ‘no, we can’t do that.’ Could I sit down? Could I put lavs on them? I know you guys are recording the album, but could I record their conversations? ‘No, you can’t do that.’ Can I set mics up in the room to record the room? ‘No.’ Do you think while I’m here, I can do sit-down interviews with them…maybe get something that I can at least use audio wise? ‘No. They don’t feel like doing interviews,’" Lopuski said. "The job was challenging professionally because you’re thrust immediately into the inner circle yet not allowed to capture the inner workings properly."

Watching it is challenging too. Russell Crowe makes a cameo and drinks the Kings' wine, because he's mentioned in Kanye's lyrics.

Lopuski knows this crew in part because he worked on visual effects for "Cadillac Records," in which Beyonce starred.

 

 

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<p>Jordin Sparks</p>

Jordin Sparks

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Jordin Sparks talks third album and acting beyond 'Sparkle'

When will the follow-up to 'Battlefield' arrive?

Jordin Sparks, whose feature film debut comes Aug. 17 with “Sparkle,” is already looking ahead to her next album.

The singer, who won “American Idol” season six when she was only 17 in 2007, has seven songs already collected for the project. She tells Billboard that she is also writing for the album. “It’s going to be different from what my fans have heard before,” she says of the project. “I’m going for more of the R&B side now.”
Among the producers she has worked with are Harmony Samuels, Da Internz, and Pop Wansel & Oak.  On her wish list is Harvey Mason Jr., with whom she worked on the “Sparkle” soundtrack.

Sparks' last album, “Battlefield,” came out in 2009, but she admits that fans may have to wait a little longer for the follow-up. She is now shooting a new film, “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” in New York. The film also stars fellow "AI" alum Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie; Alicia Keys is an executive producer.

I interviewed Sparks along with her “Sparkle” co-stars last week and we will be posting that video closer to the movie’s release. During our chat, Sparks talked about her lasting memories of working with Whitney Houston, who would have turned 49 today.

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"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

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What did you think of 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'?

Did you think it was a sign of the coming apocalypse or not?

Last night we were treated to a double-episode debut of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" on TLC. And, as expected, plenty of people panned the show before it even aired, railing against it as a sign of the coming apocalypse or a new low bar set in television. But now that at least some of you have seen the show, what did you think?

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<p>Zach Galifianakis, Jason&nbsp;Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, and Will Ferrell are all completely and utterly out of their minds in 'The Campaign'</p>

Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, and Will Ferrell are all completely and utterly out of their minds in 'The Campaign'

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Review: 'The Campaign' features familiar character work with plenty of laughs

Joke for joke, few comedies this year have landed this many punches

When we look back at the career of Will Ferrell eventually, it will be important to discuss the work he does with Adam McKay as a distinct chapter of his filmography.

Sure, Jay Roach directed "The Campaign," and it's certainly got his fingerprints all over it, but there is also something new at play here that we haven't seen from Roach before, and there's no mistaking the gleeful insanity that's at play in the way things escalate within scenes and over the course of the movie.  That is one of the signatures of the films that Ferrell and McKay make together, this examination of the way total idiots will dig in on a situation and make things worse and worse simply by force of personality.  "Anchorman," "Talladega Nights," "The Other Guys," "Step Brothers"… even the short film "The Landlord"… all play off the comedy inherent to the escalation between two equally ludicrous parties.  

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<p>Metallica</p>

Metallica

Metallica, Flaming Lips, Santana pay tribute to Deep Purple

Musicians revisit 'Machine Head'

Metallica, The Flaming Lips, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Steve Vai and Iron Maiden are among the artists  who will pay tribute to Deep Purple founding member Jon Lord on a covers album of the seminal rock group’s “Machine Head.”

Lord died last month of a pulmonary embolism. “Re-Machined: A Tribute to Machine Head” will also feature Carlos Santana, Chickenfoot, Guns N ‘Roses’ Matt Sorum and Duff MacKagan, and Steve Vai, according to NME.  No word yet on when the album will be released.

Tracklisting for "Re-Machined"

Carlos Santana – 'Smoke On The Water'?
Chickenfoot – 'Highway Star'?
Glenn Hughes, Chad Smith and Luis Maldonado –'Maybe I'm A Leo'?
Black Label Society – 'Pictures Of Home'?
Kings of Chaos (Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Arlan Schierbaum) – 'Never Before'
The Flaming Lips – 'Smoke On The Water'?Jimmy Barnes, Joe Bonamassa –
'Lazy'?Iron Maiden - 'Space Truckin''
Metallica – 'When A Blind Man Cries'?
Glenn Hughes, Steve Vai, Chad Smith, Lachlan Doley – 'Highway Star'

 

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<p>Denzel Washington in Robert Zemeckis' &quot;Flight.&quot;</p>

Denzel Washington in Robert Zemeckis' "Flight."

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Denzel Washington's next will take 'Flight' at 2012 New York Film Festival

Zemeckis' first live action flick in 12 years will close the festival

Paramount Pictures is celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year.  It's a remarkable achievement for any company, but unfortunately the legendary studio hasn't had a lot to celebrate.  After coming off arguably the most financially successful year in the studio's history, 2012 may turn out to be one of the worst.  Their biggest "hits" to date have been a re-release of "Titanic" in 3D and Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator" (the later barely getting into the black).  The company distributed DreamWorks Animation's hit "Madgascar 3" and got a financial percentage of the mammoth "Avengers" grosses thanks to a deal with Walt Disney Studios, but to say it's been quiet on the Melrose lot is something of an understatement (we won't even go into the big delays for "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and "World War Z"). That's all about to change, however.

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<p>deadmau5's cover to &quot;&gt; album title goes here &lt;&quot;</p>

deadmau5's cover to "> album title goes here <"

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Deadmau5 announces new album with cheeky new title: Will it be his best seller?

September set arrives in electronic dance music's big year... and a mouthy one for the DJ

deadmau5 has had no problem making headlines this year. On top of leading sold-out fests and headlining tours all year, he's made public beef with Madonna over her "molly" reference, trolled Skrillex at the Grammys and posted a very controversial web article essentially titled "We All Hit Play." The latter was his insight and experience of what it is to "play" a live show, and how mixing for an audience has been reduced to a minimum, that the art of "spinning" doesn't exist for marquee acts like him in the contexts outside of the club.

And of course, there's still the novelty of that mouse head, which deadmau5 dons as he's behind the decks.

What 2012 is amounting to is deadmau5's most publicity-heavy year, so as he prepares to release his new album in short order, all eyes may be on that sales tally to see if hype and heckling amount to "any press is good press." It doesn't hurt that this year has been hyped as the biggest year yet for EDM, as artists like Skrillex and David Guetta enter more fully into the national conversation about pop music.

It starts with the album's title: "> album title goes here <" will be out on Sept. 25 via Ultra. And who knows if the label fought him on the cheeky name. Perhaps, considering the "singles" nature of so many electronica albums, he really couldn't have been bothered to come up with one.

Regardless the tracklist has is own creative bout with capitals, and with deliciously tempting tracklist titles like "Fn Pig" and "Failbait," plus and out-and-out co-credit with producer Wolfgang Gartner on "Channel 42." deadmau5 has already released the official song "Professional Griefers" featuring My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way; other guests include Imogen Heap, Chris James and Cypress Hill.

The music video to "Professional Griefers" will be out this month. Many rough mixes and instrumentals to the songs below are previewed on deadmau5's Soundcloud page.

deadmau5's last "studio" set -- "4x4=12" -- made it to No. 47 on the Billboard 200 and to No. 2 on Electronic Albums.

Here is the tracklist to "> album title goes here <":

Superliminal
deadmau5 & Wolfgang Gartner - Channel 42
The Veldt (featuring Chris James)
Fn Pig
Professional Griefers (featuring Gerard Way)
maths
There might be coffee
Take care of the proper paperwork
Closer
October
Sleepless
Failbait (featuring Cypress Hill)
Telemiscommunications (featuring Imogen Heap)
 

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