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<p>Rihanna and Chris Martin in &quot;Princess of China&quot;</p>

Rihanna and Chris Martin in "Princess of China"

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Watch: Ninjas and geishas in Coldplay's 'Princess of China' with Rihanna

Chris Martin fights the pop star, and it's love

When you're a rock star, you can probably make demands like, "I want to be a ninja in my next music video, but I don't want to change out of my tennis shoes."

If I were Chris Martin, that's what I'd do too. The Coldplay frontman fights many enemies and even Rihanna, who puts the "ire" in "desire" for the band's "Princess of China" single. The stylish video allows for the pop stars to get their "Crouching Tiger" on, with the Bajan singer having the added benefit of an unbelievable geisha get-up and a gorgeous fainting couch.

The two oscillate between admiring and dueling each other, finishing off their romance with a sad embrace in the end. Speaking of romance, check out Martin getting his "Bad Romance" on circa 3:16, all Yuri Bradac-ing the crap out of that chair. Yes, Chris, her dance is stunning and in slow-motion.

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<p>Jemima Kirke and Allison Williams in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Jemima Kirke and Allison Williams in "Girls."

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'Girls' talk: come chat with me and a bunch of Guardian readers

"Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too" discussion begins today at 2 p.m. Eastern

"Girls" is apparently big enough in the UK that The Guardian hosts weekly chats about each episode the following day, and they've invited me to be one of two guests (along with Nona Willis from GOOD) for this week's chat about "Weirdos Need Boyfriends Too" (which I reviewed here). The chat will be today at 2 p.m. Eastern, and being done with CoveritLive, and if I've done my HTML coding properly (always a big if), you should be able to follow and participate in the chat right here on this blog entry. (And if not, follow the first link back to The Guardian's page.) 

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<p>Liam McIntyre as Spartacus.</p>

Liam McIntyre as Spartacus.

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Starz will end 'Spartacus' with season 3

'Spartacus: War of the Damned' to bring the saga to an early conclusion

 The business model in American television dictates that most shows run for as long as they continue to be profitable. Even a place like HBO isn't immune to that way of thinking, as then-network boss Chris Albrecht kept backing up dump trucks full of money to David Chase's house for more "Sopranos" episodes when even Chase wasn't sure how long he wanted the show to continue.

 
Albrecht now runs Starz, and was among the men responsible for a decision you don't see every day, as everyone involved with the "Spartacus" franchise — the channel's biggest hit by far — has decided to end the series after the upcoming third season, "Spartacus: War of the Damned," which will premiere next January.
 
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<p>Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy in "Game of Thrones." 

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Season finale review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'Valar Morghulis'

Many lies are told, and roads are not taken, as the second season ends

A review of last night's "Game of Thrones" season finale coming up just as soon as I have questions for wise men with skinny arms...

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<p>Jared Harris as Lane Pryce on &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Jared Harris as Lane Pryce on "Mad Men."

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Review: 'Mad Men' - 'Commissions and Fees'

Lane gets bad news, Sally entertains a guest and the agency is rocked

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I wait 20 minutes for an unspecified meeting with my boss...

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<p>Fun. with Janelle Monae at the MTV Movie Awards</p>

Fun. with Janelle Monae at the MTV Movie Awards

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Watch: fun. and Janelle Monae are 'Young' at MTV Movie Awards

How was the opening act?

Ever want to know how the band behind ubiquitous "We Are Young" would fare on popular broadcast television? Pretty well, actually.

fun. took the stage to open the 2012 MTV Movie Awards during the live broadcast on Sunday night, tackling their hit "We Are Young" with the help of Janelle Monae, who features on the song. Donning matching white tuxedos with cropped pants, the band was joined by a mini-choir and the buoyant singer, who reversed her outfit to be mostly-black-clad. All looked postively amped.

Frontman Nate Ruess -- formerly of the Format -- came off almost overly eager, considering his breath control, but proved powerful and on-point with the excitement of the teen-endearing evening. Monae was very visible in the latter half of the song, much more evident than her criminally underutilized vocal part in the actual song.

"We Are Young" was a No. 1 hit on the Hot 100. The band is on tour now, and will remain eternally as such.

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<p>Johnny Depp performs with the Black Keys at the 2012 MTV&nbsp;Movie Awards</p>

Johnny Depp performs with the Black Keys at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards

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Watch: Johnny Depp performs with Black Keys at MTV Movie Awards

MTV's 'Generation Award' winner

Johnny Depp took home a "Generation Award" at tonight's MTV Movie Awards, but perhaps he felt more honored to be taking the stage with the Black Keys.

The Oscar-nominated actor performed on guitar to the Keys' summer jam "Gold on the Ceiling" on a stage in-the-round at the Los Angeles-based, live-broadcast ceremony. Depp was wordless during the song, allowing for singer Dan Auerbach's 50 shades of sexy to resonate against the uptempo jam.

After accepting his award from Aerosmith -- who are desperate to promote their "G.I. Joe" song "Legendary Child" and their new album, and who have very little to do with Johnny Depp -- Depp continued to play through the commercial with the blues-rock group on "Lonely Boy," which is also off their latest "El Camino."

Depp was quiet and appreciative in his speech, thanking legends Aerosmith and "up-and-coming legends the Black Keys." The presenting hosts reminded audiences that Depp dropped out of school at a young age to become a musician; he's been known to perform with other artists from Oasis to Marilyn Manson, and looked to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards as his inspiration for the role of Jack Sparrow in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise films.

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<p>Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises' looks like one classy ride, but we hope it erupts into a 45-minute women-in-prison movie starring Anne Hathaway halfway through. Is that wrong?</p>

Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises' looks like one classy ride, but we hope it erupts into a 45-minute women-in-prison movie starring Anne Hathaway halfway through. Is that wrong?

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Watch: MTV premieres brand new 'Dark Knight Rises' footage during Movie Awards

More Hathaway and more Levitt gives us a better look at their characters

I'm not watching the MTV Movie Awards right now, but thankfully, I've long since realized that Twitter could also be called The Amazing Television Transcription Device, since anything that airs on TV is also live-tweeted moment by moment, line by line.

In this case, MTV made sure they had a big new "Dark Knight Rises" clip going up as part of tonight's presentation, and as soon as it showed up, my Twitter feed lit up with mentions of it.  Makes it very easy to go take a quick look without having to interrupt my screening of "You Only Live Twice" for more than a few minutes.  That makes me very happy, indeed.

The best thing MTV does during these shows is put together an exclusive package that often gives us one of our best looks at a film.  In this case, the footage they showed manages to make Bane seem even creepier than any of the trailer so far, and it also does a nice job of suggesting that Anne Hathaway and Joseph-Gordon Levitt both have significant roles in the film.  If Collider is right and this thing clocks in at 2:45 in theaters, there's going to be room for Nolan to really tie up everything for the characters he's introduced so far like Commissioner Gordon and Lucius Fox, and also tell this new story.

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<p>Lena Dunham and Adam Driver in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Lena Dunham and Adam Driver in "Girls."

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too'

Hannah and Marnie switch roles, and Adam's mood shifts rapidly

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as we skip to the canoe part...

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<p>Charlize Theron. The queen walks the red carpet of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.</p>

Charlize Theron. The queen walks the red carpet of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

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Live blogging the 2012 MTV Movie Awards

'Twilight' vs. 'Hunger Games': Does anyone really win?

Yes again boys and girls it's time for the annual awards show that keeps you begging for laughs: the MTV Movie Awards.  There was once a time when the MMA's were the most entertaining show on TV. Ben Stiller, Mike Myers, Jimmy Fallon, Will Smith and Sarah Silverman made it edgier and funnier than anything the Golden Globes, Emmys or Papa Oscar could even dream of.  Unfortunately, the last few years have been duds. Andy Samberg seemed stifled by little prep time in 2009 (or so he said later), Aziz Ansari probably hosted three years too early in 2010 and Jason Sudekis was just outright terrible last year. Now, we have Russell Brand on tap. A comedian who appears to still be riding his moniker as the ex-Mr. Katy Perry with the MTV audience. This seems to be a step down (?) for Brand who previously hosted the more prestigious (seriously) MTV Video Music Awards in 2008 and 2009. Obviously, when you've got a movie to plug - "Rock of Ages" - it can't hurt, right?

And off we go...

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<p>Arnold Schwarzenegger accepting an award at the first annual&nbsp;MTV&nbsp;Movie Awards in 1992</p>

Arnold Schwarzenegger accepting an award at the first annual MTV Movie Awards in 1992

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A look back at 1992 and the first annual MTV Movie Awards

You know, day-glo, En Vogue, 'Can't we all just get along?,' etc.

So the MTV Movie Awards are tonight. I don't think I've said or typed that phrase in years. I think there was a time when these awards had a slightly transgressive place in the world. But that time came and went, likely faster than I remember.

I'm talking about a time when films like "Menace II Society" and "Se7en" could win awards for Best Movie and still seem to be a vote from the youth. Maybe it's the movies that changed. Maybe things like that stopped appealing to an audience fed a steady diet of "Harry Potter" and "Twilight." But it would be rather difficult to imagine Quentin Tarantino today offering of his "Pulp Fiction" win in 1994, "Pop quiz, hot shot. You go to awards shows all year long. You keep losing to 'Forrest Gump.' What do you do? You go to the MTV Movie Awards." Though props for the "Speed" reference, sir.

But rather than get hung up on such things, I thought I'd use tonight's 21st annual show as an opportunity to go back in time, to June 10, 1992, and a look at the first annual MTV Movie Awards.

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<p>Madonna gets violent during a performance of &quot;Gang Bang&quot;&nbsp;in the opening night of her MDNA&nbsp;Tour Thursday, May 31 in Tel Aviv, Israel.</p>

Madonna gets violent during a performance of "Gang Bang" in the opening night of her MDNA Tour Thursday, May 31 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Music Power Rankings: Madonna, Justin Bieber and Beyonce reign supreme

John Mayer and Bob Dylan also make the top 10

1. Madonna: She kicks off her tour in Tel Aviv on Thursday to generally strong reviews, except for from one particular blonde who has her paws up in protest.

2. John Mayer: Without singing a note to promote it, he lands his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with “Born and Raised.”  We continue to wish him a speedy vocal recovery.

3. Justin Bieber:
He practically brings Oslo to a halt with a free concert and then the next day walks into a glass door and gives himself a concussion. #Attentionhog.

4. Beyonce:
In her first concerts since giving birth to the world’s most wonderful baby ever, Bey brings the house down. Is it too soon for Blue Ivy to start seeing a therapist to deal with mommy issues?

5. Bob Dylan:
President Obama awards America’s finest singer/songwriter the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.  Soy Bomb’s invitation was lost in the mail.

6. Axl Rose:
He wins douche of the week by banning anyone wearing a Slash t-shirt to Guns N’ Roses concerts in Britain. Let it go, man.

7. Hollywood Palladium:
the venerable LA theater, which has been home to concerts by Jay-Z, U2 and many others (and one of The Beat Goes On’s favorite places to see a show) is for sale for up to $80 million. If those walls could talk: both JFK and MLK Jr. delivered speeches there and it was the home the Emmys and Oscars. Here’s hoping the wrecking ball isn’t in its future.

8. Big & Rich:
The country duo lands the highest debut ever on the country singles charts in the modern era with “That’s Why I Pray.” God clearly heard them.

9 Music video dancers: 
One of the first efforts from the combined SAG-AFTRA  leads to coverage for dancers in music videos, who previously have had no union protection. Does booty shaking count as dancing?

10. Usher: Speaking of dancers, the R&B star will use digital dancers for his London concert stop: fans watching online can create avatars and have them dance on stage with him during “Scream.” Does SAG-AFTRA know about this?

What did you think of this week's rankings? Share your thoughts below.
 

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