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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"

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'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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<p>Jason Aldean</p>

Jason Aldean

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Listen: Jason Aldean's new single, 'Take A Little Ride'

Does the country superstar change his sound for the next album?

“My Kinda Party” established Jason Aldean as the next big country superstar. Released in November 2010, the double-platinum set included five hit country tunes and was one of the top-selling albums in all genres in 2011.  More significantly, “Party” also moved Aldean from opening act to arena headliner.

So there’s been a lot of speculation about how Aldean will change his sound, if at all, on his next album. We got a hint today with the release of “Take A Little Ride,” the first single from his upcoming fifth studio album.

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<p>Mumford &amp; Sons</p>

Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons set release date for new album, 'Babel'

Tracklisting seems appropriately haunting

Mumford & Sons’ second album, “Babel,” will come out Sept. 25.  The British folk rock group broke through in 2009 with the wildly successful “Sigh No More,” which spawned such hits as “Little Lion Man” and “The Cave.”

The group began previewing tracks from the new album earlier this year at some radio station events, as well as playing three new tunes at SXSW: “Lovers Eyes,” “Lover of the Light” and “Ghosts That We Knew.”

M&S will precede the album’s release with a short U.S. tour  that will include their own curated multi-artist festivals, dubbed Gentlemen of he Road stopovers.

The transition from touring to recording was a little difficult at first, says the band in a statement. “At first, we peeled ourselves of the road quite reluctantly. WE love playing live, obviously, but it had also become an important part of our creative process. We had been writing and rehearsing in soundchecks and sort of ‘roadtesting’ new songs on our very gracious audiences. But then we fell in love with recording again.”

The group worked with producer Markus Dravs, who also helmed “Sigh No More.”

The track list for "Babel" reveals titles that seem appropriately haunting for the group's melodic, yet sometime melancholy, music: in addition to "Ghosts That We Knew," there are such intriguing titles as "Hopeless Wanderer" and "Whispers In The Dark"  and "Broken Crown." 

"Babel" Tracklisting:

1.       Babel
2.       Whispers In The Dark
3.       I Will Wait
4.       Holland Road
5.       Ghosts That We Knew
6.       Lover Of The Light
7.       Lovers' Eyes
8.       Reminder
9.       Hopeless Wanderer
10.   Broken Crown
11.   Below My Feet
12.   Not With Haste

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<p>Seann William Scott doing what a &quot;Goon&quot;&nbsp;does best.</p>

Seann William Scott doing what a "Goon" does best.

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Movie Review: Seann William Scott is a funny, moving hockey 'Goon'

Minor league hockey comedy packs a surprising punch

Note: I'm taking much of this week off in between Comic-Con and press tour. This is one of a few posts I wrote in advance that should publish this week. If you're wondering why I didn't cover a particular show or story this week, it's because I'm on vacation.

As I've often said in the last couple of years, HitFix has a terrific (and ever-expanding) collection of film writers, and for the most part I leave it to them to cover the cinema. Every now and then, though, a movie is so in my wheelhouse that I feel like I have no choice but to write something about it.

"Goon" happens to be one of those movies. It fed my weakness for underdog sports fiction something fierce, while also being executed well enough that I imagine I would have taken enormous pleasure from it even without the genre bias. (In support of this theory, Drew liked it a lot, and he's not a sucker for these kinds of movies the way I am.)

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<p>Green Day</p>

Green Day

Listen: Green Day unleash tame 'Oh Love' lyric video

Does this power-pop mid-tempo rocker put your heart in a noose?

Green Day are much more power-pop than pop-punk on the first offering -- "Oh Love" -- from their album trilogy. They're much more Cheap Trick and Big Star than they are Sticky Little Fingers and the Buzzcocks on this mid-tempo rocker, which features frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's "heart in a noose."

But to bassist Mike Dirnt, they had Rolling Stones in mind.

""We were just thinking about making a killer power-pop record – dirtier, back to basics," he told Rolling Stone. "We tapped into our version of 'Exile on Main Street.'"

"We wanted to get back to the simplicity of 'Dookie,'" Armstrong said, "... back to our love of Fifties and Sixties music, close-to-the-bone rock 'n' roll. You don't hear a gazillion parts. The majority of this is drums, bass, two guitars and vocals."

He's referring to "¡Uno!" which is due on Sept. 25, ahead of the Nov. 13 drop of "¡Dos!" and Jan. 15 arrival of -- you guessed it -- "¡Tres!" My hope is that the remainder of the first set shakes off the lethargy that "Love" leaves, or fans lose excitement for a second or third

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<p>Rolling Stones</p>

Rolling Stones

Music Power Rankings: Rolling Stones top Katy Perry's bra and Nicki Minaj

Fellow rock veterans Fleetwood Mac also make the list

1. Rolling Stones: This week marked the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones’ first gig. It's only rock and roll, but we still like it.

2. Katy Perry’s Spinning Peppermint Bra: 
Behold the power of the boulder holder. The pop princess’s insurance company has asked that she retire the brassiere for fear her hair will get caught in its, uh, blades. Madonna's cone bra laughs maniacally.

3. “American Idol”: Both Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez turn in their walking papers this week. Will the singing talent show take this as a chance to revive itself or is this the start of the end?

4. Frank Ocean: He drops “Channel Orange” a week early digitally and instantly becomes a contender for “best of 2012” lists. Who needs Target, anyway?

5. Fleetwood Mac: Stevie Nicks becomes the latest member to confirm that the group will tour again soon. Of course, Lindsey Buckingham promised there was a tour coming in 2012. #stillwaiting

6. Vevo: Sony head Doug Morris, who has a leading role in launching Vevo while at Universal Music Group, fires a shot across the bow at Google in the Los Angeles Times, threatening to possibly pair Vevo with other companies after the Vevo/Google deal expires unless Google’s You Tube lowers its fees.

7. Nicki Minaj: “Roman Reloaded” may not have spawned a No. 1 tune yet, but it has set an interesting record of a different sort:  Minaj’s single “Starships” sets the record this week for the most weeks spent in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 for a song that started its chart run in the Top 10 (is that confusing enough)? The tune bowed at No. 9 and has stayed in the Top 10 for 21 consecutive weeks. 

8. Run-DMC: Surviving members of the groundbreaking rap group will reunite for the first time since Jam Master Jay’s death in 2002 at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest in November. Make plans to walk that way now.

9. Beats Electronics: Headphone company started by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine (and which has undoubtedly made them richer than music ever has) buys digital music service MOG.  Still no word on when Dre will ever release “Detox.” Maybe after he’s bought Spotify, Rdio and Slacker.

10. Dennis Flemion: Member of  cult band The Frogs drowns after going for a swim.  Though they never had a hit record or made a dent in the mainstream, they greatly influenced a number of acts who did, including the Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam.

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Todd Lowe on 'True Blood'

Todd Lowe's Terry is at the center of one of the worst storylines on "True Blood"

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'True Blood' recap: 'Hopeless' is exactly how this show feels now

Season five hits the halfway point with too many characters, too little heart

We're halfway through "True Blood" season five, and we get the first episode written by series creator Alan Ball. It's an action-packed hour with a shocking cliffhanger, and yet it's also emblematic of everything wrong with the show right now.

There's so much happening, and almost zero emotional weight to any of it. Storylines have no room to breathe and even when one of the actors has a moment worth appreciating (as Ryan Kwanten, Deborah Ann Woll, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Denis O'Hare and Alfre Woodard all did tonight) there's no time to appreciate it.

I suppose it could be argued that this ADD approach ensures the show is never "boring," but it's so wildly disjointed I can't imagine how anyone feels connected to these characters. Unless you're watching purely to see stuff happen, how is this satisfying?

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<p>It all comes down to this, both literally and figuratively, in Christopher Nolan's final Batman film, 'The Dark Knight Rises'</p>

It all comes down to this, both literally and figuratively, in Christopher Nolan's final Batman film, 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Credit: Warner Bros/Legendary

Review: 'The Dark Knight Rises' closes out Nolan's trilogy with brains and bombast

It's more clear than ever that all three films are one big story

"Are you so desperate to fight criminals that you'd lock yourself in so you can fight them one at a time?" - Ra's Al Ghul

So began "Batman Begins," Christopher Nolan's first Batman film.  At the time, it felt unlike any film ever attempted with these characters, and strikingly different from superhero cinema in general.

This trilogy is exactly that:  three films that work as one, a story told in three movements, and with "The Dark Knight Rises," it seems that Nolan has finished out his time with this icon in the only way he could based on where it began.  I would argue that his so-called "real world" approach has never been particularly realistic, but it has always felt plausible based on the rules that he establishes for his world.  The first film starts with an angry billionaire climbing a mountain so he can join a ninja death cult.  That's not exactly Errol Morris.  But there is a sincerity, a sober direct quality to the way the fantastic is handled, that makes it all feel like it could happen, and that's an enormous gift that should not be discounted.

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