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Michael Mann all smiles at last year's Venice International Film Festival in support of daughter Ami Canaan Mann's "Texas Killing Fields"
Michael Mann all smiles at last year's Venice International Film Festival in support of daughter Ami Canaan Mann's "Texas Killing Fields"
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Michael Mann to chair 69th Venice festival jury

Festivities kick off on August 29

Michael Mann hasn't been in the director's seat since 2009's "Public Enemies," save for his involvement in HBO's short-lived series "Luck." He's a guy with a stack of potential projects lined up, but it seems he'll take a little bit of a break from the fray to head up the jury of the 69th annual Venice Film Festival later this year.

Newly installed artistic director Alberto Barbera made the recommendation to the fest's board of governors, chaired by Paolo Baratta, and they jumped at the opportunity. It will be the first time Mann has ever chaired a jury, interestingly enough. What of this year's eventual line-up will spark for the man behind such modern classics as "The Last of the Mohicans," "Heat" and "The Insider?" Better yet, what can we expect to see at the fest?

Earlier this week Barbera dropped a few clues as to what we might see at the Lido this year. In remarks to Italian journalists, as reported by Eric Lyman at The Hollywood Reporter, Barbera mentioned Brian De Palma ("Passion"), Terrence Malick ("To the Wonder") and Paul Thomas Anderson ("The Master") as possibilities, as well as Italian talents Silvio Soldini ("The Commander and the Stork"), Marco Bellocchio ("Dormant Beauty") and Gabriele Salvatores ("Siberian Education").

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<p>In the &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;season 2 premiere, Bullock (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;is tended to by his wife Martha (Anna Gunn).</p>

In the "Deadwood" season 2 premiere, Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) is tended to by his wife Martha (Anna Gunn).

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 1 & 2: 'A Lie Agreed Upon' (Newbies edition)

Seth and Al come to blows, and trouble arrives on the morning stagecoach

Well here we are again, folks, going back to "Deadwood" to revisit season 2 of David Milch's epic revisionist Western. Just as we did last summer (and as I did for the three seasons of "The Wire" I reviewed after the fact), 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.

Though future reviews will be done one episode at a time, we're opening up with a combined review of the season's first two hours, "A Lie Agreed Upon" parts 1 & 2, coming up just as soon as I would settle for a vigorous hand-holding...

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<p>In the &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;season 2 premiere, Bullock (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;is tended to by his wife Martha (Anna Gunn).</p>
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In the "Deadwood" season 2 premiere, Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) is tended to by his wife Martha (Anna Gunn).


Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 1 & 2: 'A Lie Agreed Upon' (Veterans edition)

Seth and Al come to blows, and trouble arrives on the morning stagecoach

Well here we are again, folks, going back to "Deadwood" to revisit season 2 of David Milch's epic revisionist Western. Just as we did last summer (and as I did for the three seasons of "The Wire" I reviewed after the fact), 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.

Though future reviews will be done one episode at a time, we're opening up with a combined review of the season's first two hours, "A Lie Agreed Upon" parts 1 & 2, coming up just as soon as I would settle for a vigorous hand-holding...

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<p>Beck's &quot;I Just Started...&quot; cover, as part of the Blue Series</p>

Beck's "I Just Started..." cover, as part of the Blue Series

Credit: Third Man Records

Listen to three new Beck songs, with Jack White and Childish Gambino

'I Just Started Hating Some People Today,' 'Blue Randy' and 'Silk Pillow' arrive

Funny Beck, blue Beck, rapping Beck. Fans got all three this week as the trailblazing singer-songwriter released a new single through Third Man Records with Jack White, and collaborated with Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) on a one-off posted to the rapper's website.

As previously reported, Beck Hansen dropped by White's Third Man Nashville studio at the tail-end of a album recording mission, with White producing and guesting what would be "I Just Started Hating Some People Today" with B-Side saddy "Blue Randy."

As was discussed in my interview with Third Man cohort Reggie Watts, the label loves to mix comedy with music, but that's been a part of Beck's history for years. He weaves his snark and deadpan with a country guitar performance and loping, cool melodies on this A-Side, grinding it to an halt with White screaming and a casual woman's voice showing you the door. Who he hates -- and if he really hates -- may not be the message, but it's a theme and that would fit perfectly well on White's solo effort "Blunderbuss."

The singer-songwriter goes into his typical bonkers wordplay mode on "Silk Pillow," rapping with Gambino in a bro-down of dorks dorking out. Beyond those obvious motifs, the co-production is what holds this attention-deficit ditty together. A fun outing for the boys, but not sure how long it will last for the community.

Stream "Silk Pillow" here. Enjoy Big Ghost's liner notes and that amusing "cover."

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Watch: Chris Brown soars high in 'Till I Die' clip: Next stop: 420th Floor
Credit: RCA

Watch: Chris Brown soars high in 'Till I Die' clip: Next stop: 420th Floor

Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean come along for the fun

Chris Brown, who seems to be releasing a new video a day now, lobbed another one over the fence yesterday with “Till I Die,” and he brought along friends  Wiz Khalifa (seriously, does that dude just hop from one person’s record to the next?) and Big Sean.

Brown certainly likes to take on different personas, and for this one he trades in the smooth lover in “Sweet Love” for an old school rapper complete with gold grill, lots of bling, and an elevator that goes to the 420th floor, where Khalifa and Big Sean are waiting. Once they get outside, they hop into a car commandeered by rapper patron saint Snoop Dogg filled with classy-looking dames. Yeah, we are kidding about that last line, especially since Big Sean talks about seeking women who are “smoking my d**k” and are “ass up, nose down.”  Line forms to the left, ladies!!

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<p>Joel Kinnaman and Greta Gerwig in &quot;Lola Versus.&quot;</p>

Joel Kinnaman and Greta Gerwig in "Lola Versus."

Credit: Fox Searchlight

Exclusive: Greta Gerwig dresses up in new 'Lola Versus' clip

is this Gerwig's real breakout year?

Things are slowly coming around for Greta Gerwig.  Ever since the indie actress first got the industry's attention in mumblecore indies such as "Baghead" and "Hannah Takes the Stairs," her growing fanbase has been waiting for the rest of the world to catch up to her unique charms.

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<p>Madonna performs in Tel Aviv, Israel.</p>

Madonna performs in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Credit: AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

Watch: Madonna keeps 'Express Yourself/Born This Way' in opening night

Will Lady Gaga get royalties?

Madonna wasn’t kidding. After footage of Madge rehearsing a mash-up of “Express Yourself” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” leaked earlier this week  (and was quickly taken down), Madonna kept the medley in tonight’s opening night of the “MDNA” tour in Tel Aviv.

She also kept in the slam at Lady Gaga: the refrain from "Hard Candy" track  “She’s Not Me.”  Madonna’s a cagey one, she’ll always get to wink at the camera and say she just thought the "She's not me" excerpt fit perfectly in that spot, but we’ll always know what she was getting at, and you can’t help but love her for it. There is only one Madonna.

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<p>Alan Horn, seen here with Hilary Swank at the 'PS&nbsp;I&nbsp;Love You' premiere, has great relationships with talent that should serve him well in his new job at the Walt Disney Studios.</p>

Alan Horn, seen here with Hilary Swank at the 'PS I Love You' premiere, has great relationships with talent that should serve him well in his new job at the Walt Disney Studios.

Credit: AP Photo/Dan Steinberg

What does Alan Horn's hiring mean for the Walt Disney Studios?

We look at Horn's history and how it could change things for Disney

You don't have to be a decent person to run a successful movie studio.

In fact, in many cases, it seems like a lack of decency has led to some of the most successful runs at various studios over the years.  On those rare occasions when someone manages to be a genuinely great person who inspires real loyalty from everyone they work with while also turning out a continual string of major hits, that person is duly celebrated.  Alan Horn, by all accounts, is one of those rare people, and his tenure at Warner Bros. was not only one of the most successful eras the studio ever had, but also seemed to be distinguished by long-term relationships with artists who only had praise to offer when discussing Horn and his management style.

Today, Bob Iger, the chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, issued an official announcement that Horn would be joining the company as Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios.  This puts him in charge of production, distribution, and marketing for anything made or released by Disney, Pixar, and Marvel, and he'll also be working marketing and distribution on any DreamWorks films that will be released by Touchstone.

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<p>Andre Braugher of &quot;Last Resort&quot;</p>

Andre Braugher of "Last Resort"

Credit: ABC

DVR Gridlock 2012-13: Thursday Nights

The biggest money night of the TV week just gets more competitive
[This week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned.]
 
THURSDAY NIGHTS
 
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<p>Wes Anderson took time during a rain-soaked day at Cannes to talk to us about 'Moonrise Kingdom'</p>

Wes Anderson took time during a rain-soaked day at Cannes to talk to us about 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Credit: HitFix

Watch: Wes Anderson talks about building his 'Moonrise Kingdom'

What did Roman Coppola bring to the party?

You'd think that as long as I've been doing this, I would have interviewed Wes Anderson by now.

You'd think, but you'd be wrong.  Even though he's released most of his movies while I've been covering film, and I've been an ardent fan since "Bottle Rocket," which I still think is one of his most disarming films, it's never worked out for the two of us to sit down to talk about his work.

That's why when I was offered a chance to finally talk to him during the Cannes Film Festival about his new film, "Moonrise Kingdom," I jumped at the chance.  I'll have several other interviews for you in the next few days, but we wanted to kick things off with Anderson himself.

Before we started rolling, his publicist mentioned that I used to be with Ain't It Cool, and Anderson asked me what my spy name was.  I confessed that I was Moriarty, and he smiled.  "I thought so."

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<p>Grace Potter</p>

Grace Potter

Watch: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals meet beasties in 'Never Go Back' video

Beautiful shot clip conjures up 'Where The Wild Things Are'

“The Hunger Games” meets “Where The Wild Things Are”  meets “Home Alone” in Grace Potter & The Nocturnals' new clip for “Never Go Back.”

The beautifully shot clip, directed by Isaac Rentz,  features a child who, like Charlie Brown, seemingly has no parental supervision, alone in a mansion. She’s invaded by a mob of human beasties who eat her food, frolic in the house and cause general mayhem. Like a little Katniss, she fights back with a bow and arrow, accidentally torching her mansion. But in the process, she sets herself free to join the beasties, who become her protectors and buddies and they’re free to roam like the feral kids in “Mad Max.”

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<p>From &quot;Man on Fire&quot;</p>

From "Man on Fire"

Watch: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros' delightful 'Man on Fire' video

'Martha Marcy May Marlene' actor Brady Corbet directs

I'm still putting the words together on how I feel about Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' new album "Here," but my feelings about the new video for single "Man on Fire" is simple: what a delight.

The clip, helmed by actor Brady Corbet, hits mostly schoolyards and gyms at high schools in New York with the purpose of capturing jubilant movements from cheerleaders, tumblers, step team, gymnasts, double-dutch champions and other shakers who are moving to, literally, their own beat. Proud mamas and sisters and coaches, the ilk, look on. It eventually leads to an abandoned lot where the New York City Ballet executes their choreography to the song, and let me tell you, there is nothing cuter than honest-to-god ballerinas busting out in Chuck Taylors.

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