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<p>Maroon 5's Adam Levine and Wiz Khalifa</p>
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Maroon 5's Adam Levine and Wiz Khalifa


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Listen: Maroon 5's new song 'Payphone' featuring Wiz Khalifa

Would you turn your chair around for it?

Mommy, what’s a pay phone? On new single, "Payphone," Maroon5 takes us back to the past, when things were good between lead singer Adam Levine and his girl, and he’d spend all of his money on a pay phone calling her and he still believed in “fairy tales.”

Bolstered by a rat-a-tat drum beat, “Payphone” is a straight-ahead pop ditty, that, like everything else these days, seems to take a page from Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” for its shiny, military-like precise beat that still manages to sound convincingly warm. As I've been writing about ad nauseum lately, we've entered a new pure pop period, and this song fits in perfectly. It's melodic and catchy, and but not overly aggressive.

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<p>I think it's safe to say that when you're talking about 1982, few images loom quite as large in pop culture as this one from 'Fast Times At Ridgemont High'</p>

I think it's safe to say that when you're talking about 1982, few images loom quite as large in pop culture as this one from 'Fast Times At Ridgemont High'

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Alamo's 'Summer of '82' adds 11 titles and sets ticket sale dates

Are you ready to pay tribute to the greatest genre summer ever?

Alamo Drafthouse's "Summer Of '82" was already set to be a great programming series, so of course, they went and made it better.

Today, they're announcing an expanded line-up that covers more than just the summer's programming, turning this entire summer into a tribute to 1982's stellar line-up of film releases across every genre.  I'm excited that I'll be there for the kick-off of the series, since HitFix is presenting "Conan The Barbarian."  Now I just need to figure out how I'm going to justify moving to Austin for four months.

In addition to adding more films to the schedule, the Alamo has also announced how ticketing is going to work and they've created a special badge that covers the original eight films they programmed.

I've decided that we'll be reviewing the films they're showing in this series, because I've never reviewed a number of them.  These are films I consider formative to my own sensibilities, and I would love to write real reviews of them.  It's going to make for a fun way to break up what should be a wildly hectic summer.

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<p>Carloto Cotta and Ana Moreira in &quot;Tabu.&quot;</p>

Carloto Cotta and Ana Moreira in "Tabu."

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First subtitled trailer for Berlinale festival hit 'Tabu'

Adopt Films will release the Portuguese film Stateside in late December

About a month ago, I posted  an early, subtitle-free trailer for Miguel Gomes's "Tabu," a woozy, wistful black-and-white Portuguese romance that I flipped for in Berlin, and which still stands as my favorite new film of 2012 so far.

Chances are some of you admired the glorious imagery and music of the two-minute taster without a clue as to what it was actually about; happily, a subtitled trailer has now been assembled, and Australian distributor Palace Films has kindly let us have the first crack at it. (They'll be backing the film's next international appearance, at the Sydney Film Festival in June.) Adopt Films, meanwhile, has the U.S. right, and has announced a limited release in late December; expect Toronto and perhaps New York fest dates in the fall.

Anyway, take a look after the jump and see if it makes any more sense to you now -- though I'd venture that at least half the film's storytelling lies in its more sensory aspects.

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<p>Johnny Depp in &quot;My Valentine&quot;</p>

Johnny Depp in "My Valentine"

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Watch: Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp star in Paul McCartney's 'My Valentine'

The famed Beatle directs this black and white clip himself, while Depp plays guitar

Who else but a Beatle could recruit two of Hollywood's biggest actors to sign-language one of their songs for a music video?

Paul McCartney tapped Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman to sign the lyrics to his sweet original song "My Valentine" for music videos that he directed himself. He comped the two performances together into one, all in black and white.

Each performance was fairly understated, with Depp boasting an unusually flat expression and his own interpretation of some of the signs. He also plays the McCartney-penned vinyl-stringed solo; being a guitarist in his own right, Depp slides right in. Portman looks deliciously sad.

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<p>Daniel Craig on the set of Sam Mendes &quot;Skyfall.&quot;</p>

Daniel Craig on the set of Sam Mendes "Skyfall."

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Daniel Craig says Javier Bardem is forcing him to 'raise his game' in 'Skyfall'

Plus: 007 raves about Roger Deakins' work so far

LONDON –  Can you believe it’s been almost four years since the last James Bond movie hit theaters? Marc Forster's "Quantum of Solace" was released way back in Nov. of 2008, but the delay of Daniel Craig's third installment as 007 had many Bond fans puzzled.  Especially after "Quantum" pulled in a sweet $586 million worldwide. The reason for the long break was the unexpected financial issues that plagued distributor MGM beginning in 2010.  Eventually, the studio emerged with new ownership last year and production on "Skyfall," the 23rd Bond film, finally began in Nov. of 2011.  Last week, the stars of the latest 007 adventure spoke to journalists from around the globe at Pinewood Studios outside of London.  And of course, that means Bond himself, Craig was on hand to try and reveal as little as possible about the film.

"Skyfall" is being directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes ("American Beauty") and features the return of Judi Dench as Bond's boss, M; Javier Bardem as the new villain Silva; Ralph Fiennes as new Mi6 agent Gareth Mallory; Ben Winshaw as Q; Albert Finney in a role that's still unclear; and Naomi Harris and Bérénice Marlohe as new Bond girls Eve and Sévérine, respectively. The story is expected to put M in severe danger and the title refers to a Scottish location, "Skyfall Lodge," which has a explosive role in the picture.

For Craig, who has kept busy with roles in films such as "Cowboys & Aliens" and David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," the delay in getting "Skyfall" up and running   provided unexpected benefits.

"When the MGM thing [happened], I mean, it really was a silver lining situation where for the first time in my experience we kind of had a lot of time to work on the script and I just was constantly in e-mail communication with Sam talking about [different] scenes."

Longtime 007 producer Barbara Broccoli, also on hand, chimes in, "It helped you.  It’s driving us crazy."

"In a way, I had to quietly just get on with it," Craig says. "I mean, we weren’t publicly allowed to sort of really say that we were doing anything, but we were kind of secretly meeting and sort of.  But we just came on with the job.  We were just sort of discussing it and discussing.  Sam kind of came in to the mix.  The script was getting into shape and it wasn’t sort of full bore until everything was given the green light.  We didn’t give up.  We actually just got on with the job and were very optimistic that it would happen ‘cause we kind of knew it would."

"Well, we were also hoping that we’d have a film on the anniversary year because the fans were certainly looking forward to it," Broccoli says. "And it seemed like it would have been very disappointing if we didn’t have one in this year.  So, it was very frustrating."

And yes movie fans, if you wonder why Hollywood lifers tell you to ignore publicist denials, now you know.  "Skyfall" was secretly being worked on and Mendes was always expected to direct (something EON and MGM denied for months). 

Having visited Craig on the Chilean and Austrian sets of "Solace," it's obvious our man Bond is much more enthusiastic about "Skyfall" than its shaggy scripted predecessor. Moreover, it's the talent both in front of and behind the camera that Mendes has brought on board and the filmmaker's passion for the franchise which gives Craig hope Bond 23 will be something special.

"Sam’s a huge Bond fan," Craig reveals. "I mean, when I sat down with him one of the first things we did is just went off. I re-read the books. He re-read the books.  We watched the movies. We talked about the Roger Moore movies, the Connery movies, the whole [series] and there’s a sort of tone that’s in all of those movies that you can’t try and recreate.  If you do that then it’s [dated] and neither Sam nor I want to make an older movie.  Roger Deakins is [shooting] this movie which is like just insane.  His stamp on this movie has set a new benchmark."

Visiting the massive 007 soundstage during our Pinewood visit, Deakins' gorgeous lighting was apparent on a massive London Underground station set.  The legendary cinematographer for films such as "True Grit," "No Country For Old Men" and "The Shawshank Redemption," among others, is making sure this is the most beautiful Bond adventure yet.

It wouldn't be a 007 film without a Bond girl or two and Craig is impressed with his new co-stars this time around.  He notes, "Both Bérénice and Naomie?  They’re playing two very different characters, but I have a really good interaction with both of them.  And they’re very beautiful and it’s just that they’ve got very, very strong storylines and they kind of…"

Craig stop for a moment, catching himself and then continues, "It’s like throwing great characters that make the story interesting [into the mix] and I just don’t want to give anything away."

He might not want to, but we can tell you that Eve (Harris) is an Mi6 field agent and Sévérine (Marlohe) is connected to 007's adversary Sylvia (and not in a good way).

Oscar winner and critical favorite Bardem has also brought a new energy to the franchise.  And Craig thinks their scenes have upped his own performances this time around.

"[When} you play football you play with the best people then your game improves and I kind of feel that with working with Javier," Craig says. "He’s one of the best in the business and I’ve had to raise my game to work with him and that’s just to kind of to be on set.  He’s funny, he’s committed, he’s doing just wonderful things with his part and knows what he’s doing.  I mean, he knows he’s making a Bond movie and what’s required of him.  We have one of the most interesting Bond villains I think we’ve had in a long, long time."

Mendes' background is in stage and screen dramas such as the aforementioned "Beauty," "Revolutionary Road" and "Road to Perdition," where he first worked with Craig. Some 007 fans might be concerned whether Mednes can deliver the sort of iconic action pieces required for "Skyfall." Or, possibly more worrisome, that the filmmaker will spend a bit too much time having Bond "discover his feelings."  Craig says you needn't worry.

"It’s not that wildly different.  I haven’t changed his character.  He’s not in drag," Craig jokes. "He’s not doing anything that’s going to be surprising anybody completely, but we’ve got these great characters and he’s interacting with them and there’s a huge great story.  That’s the basic bare bones of it and where it fits into my kind of microscope.  But I’m very proud of what we have at the moment."

"Skyfall" opens nationwide on Nov. 9.

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<p>Chris Noth in &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Chris Noth in "The Good Wife."

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'The Good Wife' - 'Pants on Fire': Stroke of genius

Matthew Perry returns and Alicia and Jackie battle for Peter's heart

A quick review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I give you a friendship bracelet...

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Real Housewives of Atlanta

Reunited and it feels not so good: Nene Leakes and Cynthia Bailey

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Recap: 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' season four reunion, part 1

It's a war of words over sex toys, child support and Nene's 'Trump checks'

Last week was the season finale. Now it's time for everyone to reunite in a storm of catfights and craziness. And boy, do they deliver. The first hour of this reunion packs more drama than the entire season leading up to it.

Andy Cohen has summoned the ladies to the Biltmore Hotel, the site of the very first Atlanta Housewives reunion (a time that only Kim, Sheree and Nene would actually remember). Kim sports her Farrah wig, Sheree isn't in She By Sheree but vows the line will make a comeback, Phaedra is dressed in her funeral best, Nene's feeling very "'Glee'-ful" and even if the reunion alters her mood she "will remain rich," and Kandi didn't bring a sex toy. But if the couch starts vibrating, Nene promises to "get off."

So somebody run and grab Nene a few batteries before we break down the biggest smackdowns in the first of an epic three-part reunion.

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<p>On &quot;Mad Men,&quot;&nbsp;Pete (Vincent Kartheiser)&nbsp;gets up his dukes.</p>

On "Mad Men," Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) gets up his dukes.

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'Mad Men' - 'Signal 30': Down goes Campbell! Down goes Campbell!

Fisticuffs break out at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I build a bridge between two planets...

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

Jemima Kirke, Lena Dunham and Allison Williams in "Girls."

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'Girls' - 'Pilot': A voice of a generation?

In which we meet Hannah Horvath and friends

The first episode of "Girls" just debuted. I offered a review of the start of the season as a whole on Thursday, and I have some specific thoughts on the pilot coming up just as soon as we play the quiet game...

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<p><span class="st">Harold House Moore and Leelee Sobieski in &quot;NYC&nbsp;22.&quot;<br />
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Harold House Moore and Leelee Sobieski in "NYC 22."

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'NYC 22' - 'Pilot': Rookie blues

What did everybody think of the new CBS cop drama?

I posted my review of CBS' "NYC 22" yesterday morning. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of the new cop drama? Did it have a distinctly New York and/or Richard Price flavor to you? Did you like the colorful backstories or do you wish the characters had been introduced more slowly? Happy to have Adam Goldberg and Terry Kinney together again for a New York cop show, or did you miss "The Unusuals" (assuming you remember it)? At the moment, is Leelee Sobieski living up to her rep as either The Next Helen Hunt or The Next Meryl Streep? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>Brendon and Rachel of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Brendon and Rachel of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Let Them Drink Their Haterade'

Speed-Bumps, Double U-Turns and 'bamboons'... Oh my!
When "The Amazing Race" wins its inevitable Emmys and people rant about the lazy and predictable choice that voters have made, I usually rush to the show's defense.
 
My argument is always that even if I sometimes prefer seasons of "Top Chef" or "Survivor" or "American Idol," the production scope of "Amazing Race" is on a totally different scale and that the show's technical excellence, particularly when it comes to editing, should never be underestimated.
 
I say that as a way to be nice and complimentary before getting to this:
 
Sunday (April 15) night's episode of "The Amazing Race" was an egregiously poorly edited episode of television. It was 40+ minutes of poor pacing and character choices, lousy continuity and confusing narrative progression. Tension was generated in perplexing ways and then defused. Finally, because of equally poor Race architecture, the editors had to practically give up, as the Leg was determined by a couple uninteresting tasks that were wedged into the last four minutes of the episode.
 
Blech.
 
More after the break, but I really don't know how much effort I feel like putting into this...
 
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<p>Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in "Game of Thrones." 

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'Game of Thrones' - 'What Is Dead May Never Die': The queen mustn't know

Tyrion executes a plan, Theon makes a choice, and Arya gets into deeper trouble

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I cut off your beard...

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