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<p>Katy Perry and her feline mascot Kitty Purry prepare for a meet-and-greet with fans in the new music documentary, 'Katy Perry - Part Of Me 3D'</p>

Katy Perry and her feline mascot Kitty Purry prepare for a meet-and-greet with fans in the new music documentary, 'Katy Perry - Part Of Me 3D'

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Review: 'Katy Perry: Part Of Me 3D' packs emotional punch and paints intimate portrait

Further proof that 3D concert footage can be absolutely amazing

I do not write often about music, and I think that's because my feelings about music are even more personal than my feelings about movies.  I love movies in general, and I am happy to discuss good films, bad films, what I love, what I hate, and all of it seems to me to be part of one great big larger conversation about film as art.  With music, I have very little patience for the things I don't like, and I can honestly say there's no way I could face a lifetime of writing about music I don't like and artists whose work means nothing to me.  I will sit through almost any movie and give it a chance, but ten seconds of a song I dislike is enough to get me to change a radio station or turn something off.

The music I love comes to me mainly from friends I trust because I listen to so little radio at this point.  I don't spend any real time listening to mainstream pop because it just doesn't speak to me. It's not for me. I don't begrudge anyone else the things they like, but I have no interest in 90% of it.  I am aware of pop stars because of their omnipresence in the media, but knowing who someone is doesn't mean I have any real idea about what it is they do.  For example, I am aware of Katy Perry because she has had such a high media profile and because she's an attractive woman.  I know she had a brief marriage to Russell Brand.  I know filmmakers seem to like to use her music, and her song "Firework" is used to truly moving effect in this year's "Rust and Bone."  But I can't honestly say I've ever spent any time tracking her work down or listening to it beyond casual exposure.

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<p>The cover of Justin Bieber's &quot;Believe&quot;</p>

The cover of Justin Bieber's "Believe"

Is Justin Bieber's 'Believe' set for 2012's biggest bow on the Billboard 200?

Which album holds the title now?

Justin Bieber’s "Beliebers" will handily propel his new studio album, “Believe” to the top of the Billboard 200 next week, providing the teen sensation with the largest opening numbers of any set this year.

“Believe” will be the first album of 2012 to surpass 400,000 in opening week sales, with projections catapulting the set as high as 425,000, according to Hits Daily Double.  The previous best first week frame this year belonged to Madonna’s “MDNA.”

The top three title will all be new: Kenny Chesney’s “Welcome To The Fishbowl” will likely to the 200,000 mark to come in at No. 2 and Fiona Apple’s “Idler Wheel...,” her first set in seven years, will bow at No. 3 with sales of around 70,000 copies.

The only other debut in the Top 10 will belong to Smashing Pumpkins’ “Oceania,” which looks good for No. 7.

This week’s No. 1, Usher’s “Looking 4 Myself,” tumbles to No. 4, while Adele’s “21,” slips to No. 5, its lowest position since it debuted 16 months ago.

Despite poor box office numbers, the soundtrack to “Rock of Ages” remains a steady seller at No. 6, moving up to 50,000 copies.

One Direction’s “Up All Night” will be at No. 8, while Rush’s “Clockwork Angels” and Alan Jackson’s “Thirty Miles West” look good for No. 9 and 10, but are running neck and neck with two days left before the charts close on Sunday night.

 

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<p>Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page both seem excited about their collaboration with Woody Allen on 'To Rome With Love'</p>

Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page both seem excited about their collaboration with Woody Allen on 'To Rome With Love'

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'To Rome With Love' stars Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page on working for Woody Allen

What happens when an interviewer's interpretation of a film doesn't match the actor's?

Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page together in one interview is a whole lot of smart and attractive to deal with at one time, and it almost didn't happen.

When there are multiple press days happening at the same time, studios frequently coordinate so that they can be in the same location and they can work out schedules, knowing that reporters are juggling several obligations at the same time.  Last week, I had a bit of juggling of my own to do, since I was covering Oliver Stone's new film "Savages," and then I was also set to talk to some of the cast from "To Rome With Love," but in a different location.

The Four Seasons, which is frequently the location of these press days, was positively swamped that afternoon, and in addition to "Savages" and several other press days, they were dealing with a wedding and some other events, and it was positively insane.  When I wrapped up the "Savages" interviews, I ran to get my car so I could drive the six minutes to the second hotel, the Beverly Wilshire, where the "To Rome With Love" team was entrenched.  I was cutting things close, but I figured I could make it.

Then it took the valets 45 minutes to get my car.

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Benjamin Walker in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"
Benjamin Walker in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"
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Tell us what you thought of 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

Timur Bekmambetov's Tim Burton-produced nightmare makes hits theaters today

If you bother with it, that is. Which you really shouldn't. It's terrible. But hey, that's just one guy's take. Anyway, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" graces us with its presence this weekend, Seth Grahame-Smith's second writing credit of the summer. (Both of them leaving something to be desired, to put it delicately.) If you do decide to brave this thing, do tell us what you thought. And offer up a grade above if you so choose.

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<p>&nbsp;Maroon 5</p>

 Maroon 5

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Watch: Maroon 5's Adam Levine steps into the ring in 'One More Night' video

Lead singer works on his boxing skills in new clip

Maroon 5’s video for new single, “One More Night,” will bow Monday at 7:53 p.m. ET on MTV, but in the meantime, you can enjoy a sneak preview.

It looks like lead singer/"The Voice" mentor Adam Levine continues to exercise his acting chops and prep for his upcoming roles in "American Horror Story" and "Can A Song Save Your Life.". After playing a bank robber in the  clip for “Payphone,” he’s a boxer here. Any reason to show off those abs, right Adam? To be fair, the song, which deals with Levine trying to get out of a bad relationship that leaves him feeling horrible, until the next time he crawls back.

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber's good, bad and ugly week: David Letterman, 'Believe' and One Direction

The Biebs and Mark Wahlberg have a basketball movie planned?

It’s been a mixed week for Justin Bieber. To be sure, the scales tipped to the positive, given that his new album “Believe” is guaranteed to come in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart next week (and if his tweets are to be believed, in 34 countries overall), but he got kicked around a little bit on television.

His two-part NBC special, “Justin Bieber: All Around the World,” to put it politely, tanked in the ratings. That’s not all that surprising given that Bieber’s tween audience prefers to get its Bieber fixes online  via his endless Tweets and video updates.

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<p>&nbsp;Band of Horses</p>

 Band of Horses

Listen: New Band of Horses song, 'Dumpster World'

When does the fourth album from Ben Bridwell-lead group comes out?

Band of Horses held a listening party for their new, still untitled album last night in Hollywood, hosted by leader Ben Bridwell. 

Among the tunes they previewed was “Dumpster World,” a slab of rock that starts out gentle, like a lost Crosby, Stills & Nash tune, and finishes nice and rough. Over a lilting, calm melody, the band unleashes roiling, cautionary lyrics:  "Whenever you lie, well, say a prayer for people who die." Oddly, this line comes right after he's proposed.

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<p>A scene from Pixar's &quot;Brave&quot;</p>

A scene from Pixar's "Brave"

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Tell us what you thought of 'Brave'

Pixar's latest hits theaters today

There's a lot of griping out there about "Brave" not being up to snuff and the downfall of Pixar, etc., etc. While I understand bemoaning the sense of sequelitis that is settling in with the company, I have to say, "Brave" doesn't deserve the barbs. It's a lovely story and a beautifully animated effort. I'm a fan, even if it is inarguable that it's not top-tier Pixar. They don't all have to be. We ran down the studio's top 10 films earlier in the week in anticipation of this weekend's release, but now the film makes its way to the public and you get your say. So offer it up in the comments section below if/when you get around to seeing it, and feel free to rank it above after you do so.

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<p>Al Swearengen (Ian McShane)&nbsp;is on the mend on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) is on the mend on "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 5: 'Complications' (Veterans edition)

Al recuperates, Alma gets a surprise, and Merrick stirs up trouble

We're into week 4 of our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the veteran-friendly version; click here for the newbie-safe one.

A review of episode 5, "Complications," coming up just as soon as I give you a sarcastic thumbs up...

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<p>Al Swearengen (Ian McShane)&nbsp;is on the mend on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) is on the mend on "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 5: 'Complications' (Newbies edition)

Al recuperates, Alma gets a surprise, and Merrick stirs up trouble

We're into week 4 of our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the newbie-safe version; click here for the veteran-friendly one.

A review of episode 5, "Complications," coming up just as soon as I give you a sarcastic thumbs up...

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<p>Garret Dillahunt on &quot;Raising Hope.&quot;</p>

Garret Dillahunt on "Raising Hope."

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If I had an Emmy ballot 2012: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

The men of '30 Rock,' 'Raising Hope,' 'Louie' and more

Time for part 5 of our look at the Emmy nominations process for 2012. As always, Fienberg and I are going to approach things in two ways. I'll pretend that I have an Emmy ballot and make my picks for the six actors or shows I would put on my ballot, while Dan will rank the potential nominees from most likely to least. And, as always, we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't consider people who didn't submit themselves, nor can we reassign anyone to a more suitable or easier category.

We've now wrapped up our picks for the supporting actor categories, so it's time to move onto Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Dan's predictions are here, and my preferences are coming right up...

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<p>Quvenzhan&eacute; Wallis talks about her breakout role in &quot;Beasts of the Southern Wild.&quot;</p>

Quvenzhané Wallis talks about her breakout role in "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

Is 'Beasts of the Southern Wild's' Quvenzhané Wallis ready for her close up?

Plus: A conversation with director Benh Zeitlin

LOS ANGELES - To remark that Quvenzhané Wallis is not your everyday 8-year-old is something of an understatement. In a relatively short amount of time she's been cast as the lead in an unconventional independent film, traveled to Park City, Utah where such film dominated Sundance's jury awards and then crossed the Atlantic where the same film became an international favorite at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.  These are the magical and joyous days of the cast and filmmakers behind "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and as another newcomer and Wallis' onscreen father noted in an interview last week, "We're riding a wave."

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