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<p>Nicki MInaj's crazy eyes in &quot;Va Va Voom&quot;</p>

Nicki MInaj's crazy eyes in "Va Va Voom"

Watch: Nicki MInaj's 'Va Va Voom' video is a fairytale with no sound magic

Next single from 'Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up' takes from the sugar bowl

As evident on the original release of "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," Nicki Minaj can't help but to oscillate between trash-talking raps and pure, saccharine pop music for her singles, her sides and, apparently, her personalities. For the upcoming "Re-Up" of "Roman," the bonus tracks have been taking turns batting, starting with heady and bratty "The Boys" featuring Cassie, and now with this new cavity "Va Va Voom."

Of course, Minaj can't help but to play the villain sometime in this fairytale-driven narrative, but for the most part is the Queens-bred artist mugging in a variety of false lashes, with her penchant bright colors swimming all around her. I literally laughed out loud when when a dastardly Robin Hood darkens her doorway as she bakes sweets in a cottage (not making this up) and as she idles alongside a unicorn in a creek (still not making this up).

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<p>Cute much?</p>

Cute much?

Credit: Walt Disney Feature Animation

Review: 'Wreck-It Ralph' is a winning new animated delight from Disney

Gamers young and old should find themselves pumping quarters into this one

What is a Disney movie these days?

I know what an animated Disney film was, brand-wise, when I was a kid.  And when Disney reinvented themselves in the post-"Black Cauldron" world as a musical fairy tale factory, that was also a brand that was easy to identify.

But today, Walt Disney Feature Animation has perhaps the most tenuous grasp on identity that I've ever seen from them.  Part of that has to do with all the competition that exists today from Blue Sky Studios and Sony Animation and DreamWorks Animation… basically a bunch of companies that have gotten very good at making movies that play to the audience that was at one point the sole domain of Disney.  Then, of course, there's the in-house issue of Pixar Animation, a powerhouse team of storytellers who have arguably out-Disney'd Disney for the past fifteen years.  It's hard to be the top dog when you no longer are the first pick for animators looking for work, and these days, filmmakers who want to work in animation are probably looking to Pixar the signpost for what it is they want to do.

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<p>Nicholas David of &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Nicholas David of "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Monday - The Knockouts, Part 1

Our East Coast recapper braves Sandy to bring you this report
Welcome to our coverage of the two-night Knockout Round event for “The Voice”. I describe it as an “event” rather than “a quick and dirty way for the show to shrink the still enormous number of contestants left on the show” because I’m a nice guy. As this is the first iteration of this phase in the history of the show, we’ll have to feel things out as we go tonight and tomorrow. From what it seemed in last week’s preview, each coach will pick two singers from his or her respective teams to face off in head-to-head competition. Each contestant will choose a song to perform individually, and the coach will pick a winner.
We have twenty of these knockouts to get through over four hours, which means either a series of no-frills, lean-and-mean contests or a combination of lengthy rounds coupled with quick montages. Either way, there are a lot of decisions for Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, and CeeLo Green to make over the next two nights. I’ll try to make this recap as clean as possible, covering each pairing as a whole rather than maintaining a minute-by-minute running diary. I’m sure those will return once we get to the live shows starting next week, but even if this experiment fails, it’ll all be over in 24 hours anyways. Tonight, “The Voice” is focusing on Team Adam and Team CeeLo.
(I’ll note up front that I’m covering this from Boston, where Hurricane Sandy is currently pounding down. There might be times in which local coverage trumps the show itself. I’ll do my best.)
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"Dancing with the Stars"

 "Dancing with the Stars"

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'Dancing with the Stars' recap: It's country night! Mostly!

The celebs and pros must put a ballroom twist on country songs
It’s country night on “Dancing with the Stars,” which seems like some pretty brilliant cross promotion (if you’re watching “Nashville” and the CMA Awards this week, BOTH ON ABC, you’ll love “DWTS”!), but I'm not sure if it's the best thing for the show. Yes, country music encompasses many things, but I'm not sure if it's a perfect fit for, say, the cha cha. This isn't a judgment against one or the other, mind you, but they are different animals. Still, Taylor Swift is going to be on the show this week, so let’s focus!
The show does not begin with Taylor Swift (she'll be on tomorrow night), but Little Big Town, Big & Rich and Cowboy Troy will all appear tonight. And there will be dancing. What’s with half of the celebs wearing country gear, others looking like they fell out of “Gone with the Wind” and others wearing formal wear and traditional evening gear? I know, country is many things, but this looks a little schizo.
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<p>Hugh Jackman sported a familiar haircut today during the online chat about next summer's 'The Wolverine'</p>

Hugh Jackman sported a familiar haircut today during the online chat about next summer's 'The Wolverine'

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Five things we learned from today's 'Wolverine' online chat with Hugh Jackman

Sounds like they're pushing the character to a dark place, which could be great news

Film companies continue to push for new ways to reach out to audiences as they figure out when it's okay to start hyping a film.  Summer 2013 movies are already starting to stake their claims and premiere imagery and set visit glimpses and posters.  20th Century Fox has a pretty big stake in "The Wolverine" working, and one of the first big moments for them came last week when Empire magazine revealed some of what James Mangold told them for their upcoming story.  We wrote about that piece, which included a new image of Wolverine with his bone claws extended, last week, and it seemed like one more promising detail in what is shaping up as a very promising entry in the long-running "X-Men" franchise.

Today, James Mangold and Hugh Jackman spoke directly to fans around the world who tuned in for a live online chat that YouTube streamed from Sydney.  It sounds like more and more journalists are arriving in Sydney today for further press events in the days ahead, and according to Mangold and Jackman, they're only a few weeks away from wrapping the film.  I'm guessing there's got to be a trailer soon at this rate.  They've described the film, and now it's time to let people know what it's going to look like in motion, what that world is that they're talking about.  When Mangold references both "The Bicentennial Man" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales" as thematic touchstones, it's probably safe to assume this isn't just going to be another standard-issue superhero movie.

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<p>Tessa Ia in &quot;After Lucia.&quot;</p>

Tessa Ia in "After Lucia."

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Foreign Oscar watch: 'After Lucia' and 'Kauwboy'

Mexico and The Netherlands offer two contrasting portraits of youth in turmoil

While official Academy screenings are already under way for the long roll-call of foreign-language Oscar submissions, I've slowly been wading my own way through the pile. Having now seen in the region of 25 contenders, around two-thirds of the list remains – I'll never get to them all, but I'm still feeling more well-briefed than usual. Meanwhile, the more I see, the more impressed I am by the standard of this year's competition; the threat of “The Intouchables” notwithstanding, Academy voters will really have to go out of their way to make a dud choice. 

Today's double-shot of contenders for discussion haven't been been paired for any reason beyond the fact that I saw them back-to-back at the London Film Festival last weekend. Certainly, at first glance, Mexico's serenely threatening high-school drama “After Lucia” and The Netherlands' gentle slip of a family film “Kauwboy” don't have much more than that in common. On closer inspection, however, some clear dramatic and thematic links belie the gaping tonal and formal differences between them.

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<p>Kelly Clarkson's &quot;Don't Rush&quot;</p>

Kelly Clarkson's "Don't Rush"

Listen: Kelly Clarkson's new song 'Don't Rush' with Vince Gill

There's time to take it slow on dated tune from 'Greatest Hits-Chapter One'

Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill take a trip back to the early ‘80s with “Don’t Rush,” a duet featured on the “American Idol” champ’s “Greatest Hits- Chapter One” set coming Nov. 19.

With its soft rock, adult contemporary production and Gill’s tasteful guitar lines, the song sounds like it could be on the charts right beside Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s “Islands in the Stream” or Air Supply’s “All Out Of Love.”  There’s even a pause before the key change at the end. It's as different as "Don't You Wanna Stay," her duet with Jason Aldean, could be.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>The Band Perry's &quot;Better Dig Two&quot;</p>

The Band Perry's "Better Dig Two"

Listen: The Band Perry return with haunting 'Better Dig Two'

Rick Rubin-produced track takes marriage very seriously

It’s ‘til death do us part” and beyond for The Band Perry on new single, “Better Dig Two.”

The sibling trio, who struck both pop and country pay dirt last year with “If I Die Young,” released the first single from their sophomore set today, even though the album won’t come out until next Spring.

Produced by Rick Rubin, the track is a dark ballad about a woman, who took a vow to never divorce her husband, so if he goes before her, the gravedigger better “dig two” because she’s following soon after. Listen to it here. We'll embed it as soon as Rolling Stone's exclusive runs out.

“Let the stone say, ‘Here lies a girl whose only crutch was loving a man a little too much’,” Kimberly Perry sings in one of her most-understated, yet best vocals. She never blatantly threatens to kill him, but it’s clear that if his ring should start to slip off, there’s going to be trouble, especially if she sees him "with someone else."  As she hauntingly sings at the end, “I told you on the day we wed, I was going to love you ‘til I was dead.”

The song’s spare production, bolstered by a meaty banjo intro, serves it well and makes it even more spooky, just in time for Halloween. The tune builds in intensity (and instrumentation) as Perry's vocal grows more and more impassioned. It feels like something out of a western. It's a shame it's too late for Kevin Costner's "Hatfield & McCoys." 

The trio, who just wrapped up a tour with Brad Paisley, will debut the song on the CMA Music Awards this Thursday on ABC.

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<p>Lady Gaga</p>

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga says Calvin Harris is lying about turning down working with her

Gaga is set to record full album of jazz tunes with Tony Bennett

Man, they both need to let it go. Lady Gaga and Calvin Harris are in a He said/She said Twitter fight after Harris told morning show  "BBC Breakfast" that he passed on working with her... in 2008.

Well, as you can imagine, this did not go over too well with Momma Monster. The Scottish DJ says the request came from her label and it was before she was very big. And he passed because he didn’t like the songs, which were none of "the big songs," and was too busy.

Earlier today, Lady Gaga took to Twitter, where she makes all her pronouncements these days, to call Harris a liar, and to accuse him of dropping her name to help promote his own project, “18 Months,” which comes out tomorrow (if you ask us, between working with Rihanna, Florence Welch, Ellie Goulding and Ne-Yo, he doesn’t really need her help to get the word out).

“Never even emailed you @calvinharris I guess it’s hard to believe I write + produce my music. cuz I’m a woman I don’t know about EDM right?,” she tweeted. We’re not really sure why she brings gender into this and, also, some of her co-producers, like RedOne, might be a little surprised to hear she doesn’t need them.

Anyway, Harris didn’t back down and responded, via tweet, according to entertainmentwise, that her label had emailed him about working with her. He then mentioned that he's a fan and he apologized if he offended her. His tweet has since been taken down.

They may not be working together any time soon, but Lady Gaga is working with Tony Bennett again. After the two fell in love with each other while recording “The Lady Is A Tramp” for his 2011 “Duets” album, they now plan to make an entire jazz album together, according to Billboard.

Bennett says that Lady Gaga’s father, Daddy Gaga (actually, his real name is Joseph Germanotta) contacted him recently to suggest doing a complete album of jazz tunes, though he’s mum on revealing any of the titles. They will work together with arranger/orchestrator Marion Evans.

“It’s going to really reaffirm that [Gaga’s] one of the best jazz singers that anyone’s ever heard,” Bennett says.

No word on when the two plan to go into the studio: Bennett’s new album, “Viva Duets,” bowed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 recently, and Gaga is finishing “ARTPOP,” which will come out in 2013.

UPDATE: Rest easy, all is now well between Lady Gaga and Calvin Harris. Following his semi-apology yesterday, she followed suit and tweeted: "@Calvin Harris thanks for the apology & explaining. My apologies too. Congratulations on your album. Wish you well. Cheers."  And then she went to her label and yelled at whomever had asked him to work with her...

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"All on the Line with Joe Zee"

 "All on the Line with Joe Zee"

Credit: Sundance Channel

Learn some life lessons from 'All On the Line''s Joe Zee

Los Angeles gets a thumbs up, but jet lag a thumbs down

 Most people will likely be distracted by the Eastern seaboard being washed away this evening, but for those not watching the Weather Channel (and who still have power), the good news is that the TV schedule just keeps rolling along. Tonight "All on the Line with Joe Zee" (Sundance Channel, Mon. Oct. 29 10:00 p.m.) will wrap up another season, this time with Zee guiding designer Nicole Richie to QVC greatness. It seems struggling designers couldn't have a better mentor than Zee, whose other job is Creative Director for Elle magazine. Here are a few tips on enjoying life (or, if you're a designer, for improving your business) that I gleaned from an interview with Zee during a recent trip to Los Angeles. You're welcome.

Zee, who has been known to take red-eyes from London to L.A., admits he tends to "catch up on television" instead of sleep in the air. But no matter. "I just pretend not to be jet lagged. Otherwise, I'd never get anything done."
While some fashionistas like to declare a season as being all about arms or sweaters or whatever, Zee is not that kind of fashionista. "I've done this for so long, that instead of expecting things, show me whatever, then when it's all over I'll distill it in my brain. But I'd rather go to every single designer and be pleasantly surprised, not expect anything, and have no expectations. That's so much more fun for me than saying, oh, this season's going to be about '50s."
Having focused on Los Angeles designers for half the season, Zee thinks the change in location for the show reflects a change in focus for the fashion world in general. "Rodarte and Band of Outsider singlehandedly changed the perception of L.A., at least with New Yorkers," he says. "People thought of L.A. being American Apparel and the denim brands. But I think having those different types of designers helped to dispel this notion." 
In addition to his belief that L.A. has better restaurants, he also thinks it's a pretty nifty place in general. "I'm excited that half of the season is in Los Angeles, because I love, love this town. I love it here... I feel like in L.A., no matter how hard you work, you still feel like you're having a life. In New York, it's just bam bam bam bam bam. I would look at my watch and I'd be coming home at 11:30 at night. Here I can get up early, go to the gym. It's kind of great. I love that everyone here eats early. It's a much calmer way of life. Civilized.
And he's not talking about Lane Bryant, either. "I don't know if designers would say they're resistant to it, but it's very hard to find out there… everyone in plus size is hungering, hungering for fashion… and yes, they will spend. They want someone to pay attention to them and they want fashion, and I think that's okay. I'm not sure if designers think it's uncool. I think it's more they don't know how to tackle that space. They don't know how to grade it up, and it's a very difficult thing. With Nicole Richie, what was most fascinating about doing a collection for QVC is that everything had to be able to grade up from extra small to 3X. If it didn't grade up, it didn't exist. So it was fascinating."
Obviously, some designers (think Michael Kors) know how to I say this all the time. My boyfriend is a professor of design at Parsons and we talk about this all the time. I think there's a romanticized idea of what fashion is, and a lot of students approach this as I'm a great designer, I have a great idea for a dress, and you can have the best idea for a dress, but if you don't know how to sell it, it won't matter. You need someone to understand how to market it, you need a business voice as present as a creative voice. 
And if not Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and the rest. Not as a time suck, but to grow a business. "Every major brand is on social media. There's a lot of white noise, but if you can do it right there, you can get it out there. But social media is actually free, so start! Just throwing a bunch of stuff out there isn't going to do it, but what are you saying, what are you putting out there that's good for me? 
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<p>Carrie Underwood</p>

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood's 'Blown Away' tour extends into 2013

Is she coming to your hometown?

The first leg of Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” tour doesn’t end for another two weeks, but she has already announced a 2013 leg.

Today, Underwood unleashed another 40 dates on her website, starting Feb. 13 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hunter Hayes will continue as opener. Tickets go on sale Nov. 2; $1 from each ticket sold will go to the Red Cross on the next leg, as it has on the first leg.

Underwood is  on break from touring this week to prepare for hosting the CMA Awards, which will air on ABC on Nov. 1.

The new 2013 tour dates are below:

2-13    Colorado Springs, CO --    Colorado Springs World Arena
2-14    Broomfield, CO    --    1STBANK Center
2-17    Boise, ID     --    Taco Bell Arena
2-19    Billings, MT    --    MetraPark
2-21    Spokane, WA    --    Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
2-22    Yakima, WA    --    Yakima Sundome
2-25    Oakland, CA    --    Oracle Arena
2-26    Stockton, CA    --    Stockton Arena
3-2    Las Vegas, NV    --    Mandalay Bay Events Center
3-3    Ontario, CA    --    Citizens Business Bank Arena
3-5    Fresno, CA    --    Save Mart Center
3-8    Rio Rancho, NM    --    Santa Ana Star Center
3-21    Richmond, VA    --    Richmond Coliseum
3-23    Roanoke, VA    --    Roanoke Civic Center
3-25    Hershey, PA    --    Giant Center
3-26    Buffalo, NY    --    First Niagara Center
3-28    Hamilton, ON    --    Copps Coliseum
3-30    Kingston, ON    --    K-Rock Centre
4-2    St. John, NB    --    Harbour Station
4-9    Portland, ME    --    Cumberland County Civic Center
4-11    Youngstown, OH--    Covelli Centre
4-13    Lansing, MI    --    Breslin Student Events Center
4-14    Ft. Wayne, IN    --    Allen County Memorial Coliseum
4-16    Greenville, SC    --    BiLo Center
4-17    Columbia, SC    --    Colonial Life Arena
4-19    Augusta, GA    --    James Brown Arena
4-20    Jacksonville, FL    --    Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
4-23    Houston, TX    --    Toyota Center
4-25    San Antonio, TX    --    Freeman Coliseum
4-27    Cedar Park, TX    --    Cedar Park Center
4-29    Lafayette, LA    --    Cajundome
5-2    Bloomington, IL    --    U.S. Cellular Coliseum
5-3    Milwaukee, WI    --    BMO Harris Bradley Center
5-5    Toledo, OH    --    Huntington Center
5-8    Charleston, WV    --    Charleston Civic Center
5-10    Rockford, IL    --    BMO Harris Bank Center
5-12    Omaha, NE    --    CenturyLink Center
5-13    Sioux City, IA    --    Tyson Events Center
5-15    Winnipeg, MB    --    MTS Centre
5-18    Edmonton, AB    --    Rexall Place


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<p>Amazingly, this is not a special effect.</p>

Amazingly, this is not a special effect.

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Cary Elwes looks back at 'The Princess Bride' at 25

We also discuss 'From Earth To The Moon,' 'Saw,' and his charity work

I recently learned that I was the only person living in my house, out of six of us, who had seen "The Princess Bride."

I found this revelation to be completely inconceivable.

The only reason it came up was because I was sent the 25th anniversary edition of the film on Blu-ray to prepare for a conversation with Cary Elwes.  It's not like I needed the reminder of the film, since it's been one of those movies I've seen dozens of times since release, and each time, I am struck anew by just what a miracle it is.  It doesn't really feel like any other movie, and while I've spoken to both screenwriter William Goldman (who adapted it from his tremendous novel) and director Rob Reiner about it in the past, I'll take any opportunity to chat about it with people who worked on it.

When I spoke to Elwes, it was by phone, and he was in an airport sitting under what sounded like the loudest speaker in human history, with a long garbled announcement blaring every three or four minutes.  He seemed chagrined by the situation, but absolutely unflappable in how pleased he was to be talking about "The Princess Bride."  The sheer hideousness of the situation only made Elwes seem more likable.

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