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<p>The cover of Miguel's &quot;Kaleidoscope Dream&quot;</p>

The cover of Miguel's "Kaleidoscope Dream"

Mumford & Sons fend of Muse and Miguel for second week atop Billboard 200

Five new sets likely to bow in Top 10

The Ms have it as a trio of acts, Mumford & Sons, Muse, and Miguel, will snag the top three spots on the Billboard 200 next week.

Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” will drop precipitously in sales from its lofty year-best opening frame of 600,000 this week, but at 165,000 will still handily nab the top spot again.

Muse’s “The 2nd Law” will be the only other title to top the 100,000 mark at up to 120,000 for the No. 2 spot. “Law” is one of five likely new albums to bow in the Top 10, according to Hits Daily Double.

R&B singer Miguel’s “Kaleidoscope Dream” will come in at No. 3 with sales of up to 65,000.

Diana Krall’s “Glad Rag Doll” looks good for a No. 5 debut, though “Doll” and Three Days Grace’s “Transit Of Venus” are in a dead heat for the spot with projected sales of between 45,000 and 50,000 copies for each title.

Former “America’s Got Talent” contestant and classical crossover sensation Jackie Evancho looks good for No. 7 with “Songs From The Silver Screen.” British “X Factor”  contestant Cher Lloyd will make her U.S. debut at No. 8 with “Sticks & Stones.”

Other non-debuts besides “Babel” in the Top 10 are Pink’s “The Truth About Love,” at No. 4,  Little Big Town’s “Tornado” at No. 9 and G.O.O.D. Music’s compilation, “Cruel Summer” at No. 10.

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Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams

 Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams

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Watch: Vanessa Williams and Terry O'Quinn talk being evil on '666 Park Avenue'

The stars promise a tragic backstory will be explored soon

 

As the sleek, mysterious and most definitely sinister Gavin and Olivia Doran on "666 Park Avenue," Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams are so bad they're good. Calmly playing tenants Henry and Jane (Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor) like pawns in their own personal chess game, the Dorans turn manipulation into an art form. The pair took a break from filming at the show's Brooklyn soundstage to talk about the joys of playing bad, what they have planned for Henry and a tragic storyline coming up soon. 

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<p>James Bond wrassles with Jaws, one of the most familiar bad guys of the series, in 'The Spy Who Loved Me'</p>

James Bond wrassles with Jaws, one of the most familiar bad guys of the series, in 'The Spy Who Loved Me'

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Film Nerd 2.0 and James Bond Declassified collide for 'The Spy Who Loved Me'

Two columns, one film, and a very special milestone for father and sons

A quick note before we get started.

This one's going to be a little different for the simple reason that two of my semi-regular columns are going to collide in this one article, something that I don't think has ever happened before.  It just so happens that this year, I'm counting down to the release of "Skyfall" on November 9th with a look back at the James Bond movies, and as a result, I found myself talking about the films with my sons, who are of course the subject of Film Nerd 2.0, my ongoing series about the way we share media with our kids.

I was seven years old when I saw my first Bond film.  It was in the theater, and it was one of the first times I remember my father taking me to see a movie by himself. By that point, I was aware of the character thanks to his omnipresence on the ABC Sunday Night Movie as well as the books that my dad always had around the house.  I knew it was something he liked, but I didn't really know anything else about it, and when he decided to take me to see "The Spy Who Loved Me" in the theater, I considered it a very special moment.  I remember tactile details about that day.  I remember the "Sinbad and the Eye Of The Tiger" poster they had in the lobby.  I remember going to lunch and having hamburgers before the movie.  More than anything, though, I remember that it was just us.  Just the guys.  No mom or little sister allowed.  And I think that bond was the first part of what made me a Bond fan, the idea that I was connected somehow to the world of men because of this thing he was sharing with me.

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<p>Friday's &quot;Fringe&quot;</p>

Friday's "Fringe"

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'In Absentia'

The show finds its future stride by slowing things down
A funny thing happened on the way to the “Fringe” forum: the show turned in one of its strongest episodes in recent memory.
 
Last week, I worried about the way the show was exchanging its internal focus for an external one. “Fight The Future” just doesn’t have quite the same personal ring as “Fight For Loved Ones”, which was the show’s previous standard MO. But if last week’s premiere saw our heroes lost in the shuffle of a new world order and an avalanche of exposition, “In Absentia” brought things down to a far more human-scaled affair. When “Fringe” gets small, the rewards are often big.
 
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<p>Adele</p>

Adele

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So, how's that Adele 'Skyfall' theme doing?

Will its release day hurt its opening week rank? Can it make No. 1?

Adele's James Bond theme "Skyfall" finally made its debut after months of speculation that the British singer was confirmed for the spot -- along with hopes that she'd do anything at all this year.

The 24-year-old spent many weeks this year at the Nos. 1-3 slots on The Billboard 200 album sales chart with her album "21," but activity from her camp has been put on hold due to an extensive recovery period after throat surgery, scant appearances around her multiple Grammy wins and then the announcement that she was pregnant with her first child. She and her fiancee have been hush-hush about the baby's due date, but even after she gives birth, she's planning on an extensive holiday.

This is all to say: fans of Adele know that "Skyfall" is likely to be the only thing new from the singer for some time. And like many agree, this is the best James Bond anthem in years. It is also harmless, which all together helps prime the single to be extremely successful.

Clear Channel stations, in one of their new maneuvers to amp-up breaking singles, are playing "Skyfall" every hour on the hour at supporting radio formats (pop, adult pop and adult contemporary). It's stayed put at No. 1 on iTunes, fueled in part by its pre-sale gate-lift on Monday. According to Billboard, digital sales altogether are projected at a around 200,000 by the end of Sunday night. For the record, this week's No. 1 and No. 2 tracks (Maroon 5's "One More Night" and PSY's "Gangnam Style," respectively) had 294,000 and 181,000 in digital sales. So you have some idea where that puts Adele in regard to those points.

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"The Amazing Race"

 "The Amazing Race"

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Reality TV Roundup: The latest on 'Amazing Race''s hot dancers, 'Voice,' 'Survivor' and more

It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now
Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...
 
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch any competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too. 
 
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<p>Richard Linklater (left)&nbsp;and Jack&nbsp;Black at the New York premiere of &quot;Bernie&quot; in April</p>

Richard Linklater (left) and Jack Black at the New York premiere of "Bernie" in April

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Interview: Jack Black and Richard Linklater on getting to know 'Bernie'

The star and director breathe a little more life into their early-year indie

NEW YORK -- Almost a decade ago, Richard Linklater and Jack Black first crossed professional paths. Black had been a fan of the sometimes-studio-usually-indie director going back another decade, all the way to Linklater's debut, "Slacker," but never really thought of him when he and buddy/screenwriter Mike White were developing "School of Rock." Producer Scott Rudin offered the outside-the-box suggestion of Linklater and the rest was history.

Earlier this year, Linklater and Black clocked in their second collaboration, the dark comedy/true story "Bernie," which just recently made its way to DVD and Blu-ray. Ostensibly, they're out on the circuit now to promote the home video release, but with it comes a fair amount of rejuvenated awards buzz. The film was critically acclaimed when it hit theaters in April and many called Black's performance as a small town Texas mortician who murdered an elderly woman (in a story where that premise doesn't begin to scratch the surface) his best to date. And now, after an intimate soirée down town the night before, they're sitting with me having lunch, more than happy to breathe more life into it.

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Check out Christina Aguilera's 'Lotus' album cover

Check out Christina Aguilera's 'Lotus' album cover

'The Voice' judge springs forth naked

Christina Aguilera is taking the name of her new album, “Lotus,” literally. As the just-released cover image shows, Aguilera springs forth naked, covered only by lots of hair extensions and subtle lighting, from a pink lotus flower. 

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The lotus flower has lots of symbolic meanings, including emerging from a dark period into the light or strength, since the flower’s underwater stalk is so strong. Aguilera referenced the strength in a previous statement about the album title:  The lotus represents “an unbreakable flower that survives under the hardest conditions and still thrives”....Like our little lotus flower, Christina.

Fashion photographer Enrique Badulescu shot the cover and the accompanying album artwork.

"Lotus" comes out Nov. 13.

What do you think of the album cover? 

 

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<p>George Clooney and Stacey Keibler walk the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of &quot;Argo.&quot;</p>

George Clooney and Stacey Keibler walk the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of "Argo."

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Clooney and Affleck bring 'Argo' to Hollywood

Oscar player brings its wares back home

BEVERLY HILLS - After triumphant screenings at Telluride and Toronto, Warner Bros. held the official Los Angeles premiere for Ben Affleck's "Argo" at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater Thursday night and it had to be characterized as a rousing success.  

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<p>Daniel Craig doesn't let anything ruffle him, even as he tears the back end off of a train in the first clip from the new James Bond film &quot;Skyfall'</p>

Daniel Craig doesn't let anything ruffle him, even as he tears the back end off of a train in the first clip from the new James Bond film "Skyfall'

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The first 'Skyfall' clip shows off James Bond versus a train

Daniel Craig seems to be closer to the classic Bond than ever before

I can think of no better way to kick off Global James Bond Day than with the first official clip from "Skyfall."

The buzz on this film is building now, and it makes sense.  We are, after all, only a month out from the release.  I've talked to at least one person who saw a rough cut of the film, and their reaction to it was unbridled enthusiasm.  It sounds like Sam Mendes didn't just make a good Bond film, but actually nailed the idea that this has to serve as a celebration of the 50 years that Bond has been a presence in the world of international cinema.  That's a huge legacy to try to encapsulate in a single film, but the word I'm hearing is that he did it, and that fans of the series are going to be positively flattened by the movie.

I find it amazing that there are still people who seem unhappy about Daniel Craig playing James Bond.  He's about as perfect for the role as anyone I could imagine, and I think the choices he makes in the role are exciting.  It's important to me that on some level Bond has to be scary.  That's the biggest problem I have with Roger Moore as I rematch the movies right now.  I just don't think he's intimidating at all, and one of the things that defines James Bond is his license to kill.  Craig's Bond has proven himself capable of killing pretty much anyone he gets his hands on, and there's something kind of glorious about what a cultured ape he is.

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Jennifer Morrison

 Jennifer Morrison

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Watch: Jennifer Morrison talks about 'darker side' of 'Once Upon A Time'

The star says the show will explore a 'post-apocalyptic fairy tale land'

Last season on "Once Upon A Time," we learned that the dreaded curse of the evil queen/Regina (Lana Parrilla) had finally been broken. So, of course we eagerly awaited last week's premiere, when Regina would get her comeuppance, right? Not exactly. Regina slips off the hook, and a wraith drags Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Snow White/Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) into post-curse fairytale land -- where Mulan (Jamie Chung) is none too pleased to see either of them. I spoke to Morrison about what's next for unlucky Emma, the "final battle" ahead, and why she won't be getting into a corset anytime soon.

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<p>Mumford and Sons</p>

Mumford and Sons

Mumford & Sons tie the Beatles for most songs on Billboard Hot 100 concurrently

Six songs from 'Babel' land on the chart

It’s a good week to be in Mumford & Sons. In addition to scoring the year’s best-selling opening sales week with “Babel,” the group has landed another coup: Six songs from “Babel” are on the current Billboard Hot 100 chart, making  M&S the first band to land a sextet of songs on the chart simultaneously since the Beatles 48 years ago.

The band's Ben Lovett has jokingly referred to M&S as "a poor man's version of the Beatles," after portraying a Beatles cover band on "Saturday Night Live." Now they’re linked in a way he could have never imagined.

In addition to first single “I Will Wait,” which is No. 57, also in the Hot 100 are “Babel,” (No. 60), "Lover's Eyes" (No. 85), "Whispers in the Dark" (No. 86), "Holland Road" (No. 92) and "Ghosts That We Knew" (No. 94), according to Billboard.

The Beatles achieved the feat with songs from  “A Hard Day’s Night” the week of Sept. 19, 1974.  However, Mumford & Sons has quite a long way to to go surpass the Beatles record, set in April 1964, when the group has a staggering 14 songs concurrently on the Hot 100.


 

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