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<p>From &quot;Runaways&quot;</p>

From "Runaways"

Watch the Killers' 'Runaways' spacey music video

New single arrives ahead of 'Battle Born' September release

Do you ever just look at the stars and, like, confess your dreams? Do you see Brandon Flowers there, or is he the manifestation confession?

The Killers have unleashed their music video for single "Runaways," a combo of the abstract and performance video that leave vapor trails of fist-pumping, tear-streaming rock sonically akin to Asia's "Heat of the Moment." The band opts for brilliant pops of color with a lot of black background as frontman Flowers recounts his seemingly doomed romance. It also looks like the performance screen for "Rock Band," without the actual game. Everybody looks good, refreshed.

They should be. It's been four years since the band's last "Day & Age," and with the new album "Battle Born" due on Sept. 18, it will have been almost exactly two years since Flowers dropped his solo debut "Flamingo."

"Runaways" bowed on the Hot 100 this week after its first week of radio and sales, at No. 78.

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Exclusive: 'Keep the Lights On' poster looks you straight in the eyes
Credit: Music Box Films

Exclusive: 'Keep the Lights On' poster looks you straight in the eyes

Sundance drama hitting theaters this September

The last time I wrote about Ira Sachs' "Keep the Lights On" was a little over six months ago at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  I'd spoken to Sachs and one of the film's stars, Zachary Booth, about the impressive gay drama with hopes it got picked up for major distribution.  A lot has happened in half a year.

"Lights" wowed a few weeks later at the Berlin Film Festival winning a "Teddy" honor and has played the festival circuit with stops at Tribeca, Seattle and Karlovy Vary.  It's also screened at gay film festivals such as San Francisco's Frameline and Los Angeles' Outfest where it won the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature Film. Oh, and happily, Music Box Films came on board to give the picture a proper art house release.

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<p>Tom Hanks plays many characters in 'Cloud Atlas,' including this survivor in a far-flung future, and the new mega-trailer for the film gives us our first good look at the movie</p>

Tom Hanks plays many characters in 'Cloud Atlas,' including this survivor in a far-flung future, and the new mega-trailer for the film gives us our first good look at the movie

Credit: Warner Bros.

'Cloud Atlas' unleashes a six-minute long trailer with plenty of Tom Hanks and Halle Berry

If there was any question what the year's most ambitious film is, there's not now

This year, while I was at the Cannes Film Festival, there was one movie that I was in an absolute frenzy to see, even though it wasn't actually playing as part of the festival.  I kept hearing mention of marketplace screenings that were held for international distributors, and I did everything I could to sneak into one of them.

And why wouldn't I be interested?  After all, it's based on a great novel by David Mitchell, it's directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, and it's got a big sprawling cast that includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, and Ben Whishaw.  There are very few big studio movies I'm more interested in or excited about than "Cloud Atlas," so it was crushing to have to leave Cannes admitting defeat, the film still resolutely unseen by me.

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<p>Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams in &quot;To the Wonder.&quot;</p>

Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams in "To the Wonder."

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Venice competition lineup includes Malick, De Palma, Assayas

'The Master' may appear as a late addition

The Venice Film Festival unveiled its lineup this afternoon, and it looks much as we expected it would -- but lest we sound too blasé, who would ever have thought a few years ago that we'd see Terrence Malick debuting two new features in consecutive years? Wonders will never cease, if you'll forgive the lousy pun. "To the Wonder" is obviously the film that most Lido-bound journos are salivating over, but festival director Antonio Barbera revealed that he has one title left to announce -- and the smart money is on it being Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master."

Anderson's film, which hasn't -- yet -- turned up in the Toronto lineup, would represent a major coup for the Italian fest. Venice can't compete with Toronto for sheer star power, not least because it's a much smaller affair, but that selectiveness, plus its longstanding jury awards, comfortably give it the edge in prestige.

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<p>When you're trying to interview a group like this, your best bet is to cue up one question and just let them go.</p>

When you're trying to interview a group like this, your best bet is to cue up one question and just let them go.

Credit: HitFix

Watch Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade discuss 'The Watch'

And watch an interviewer scramble to cover his bases in four brief minutes

Interviewing a group of people is difficult under any circumstances.  Interviewing four very funny, very sharp comedians together is like trying to juggle water.  And when you factor in a time limit of less than five minutes, it's almost an exercise in futility.

Thankfully, I've got some sort of rapport built up with Jonah Hill and with Vince Vaughn from various encounters over the years.  I met Jonah for the first time on the set of "Superbad," and it's been a real pleasure running into him on various sets and at film festivals and at screenings and even on a Comic-Con panel over the last few years.  Vaughn has always struck me as a huge personality, and the first time we formally met was after the taping of the Ain't It Cool pilot for Comedy Central.  Jon Favreau was a guest on the show, and at our after party, Vaughn joined us, and being at a club for a wrap party with Vince Vaughn is exactly how you'd imagine being at a club for a wrap party with Vince Vaughn would be.

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"Big Brother"

"Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Frank's nominations are revealed and more

Two hamsters are on the block, but will the POV save one of them?

My, how things have changed! Willie's gone, Britney's remaining teammates are on the ropes, Janelle's working with Boogie Mike, whom she loathes, and Frank is the king of his domain. Aren't you glad none of these people are in politics? They'd have blown up Switzerland, joined forces with North Korea and declared war on Mexico, just for kicks.

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

"So You Think You Can Dance"

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'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: 2 more dancers head home

Kick-ass performances can't save a pair of stellar dancers

So tonight's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" is going to be tough for me to assess based on having met so many of the dancers a few nights ago at the Fox press tour party. I didn't get to meet everyone (though yes, one of the people I spoke to is in the bottom this week -- FYI, I'll be writing up those interviews soon), but everyone I did meet was pretty adorable. I'd hate to see any of them go, as I still think this season may have the most consistently amazing dancers of the series. But, as we all know, only two can win this, so let's get to the dancing.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 140

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 140

Dan and Alan talk TCA Press Tour, 'Breaking Bad' and more
Happy Whatever-Day-Today-Is, Boys & Girls!
It's time for our third straight mid-week installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
Two weeks ago, we were delayed by the start of Comic-Con. Last week, we were delayed for the Emmy nominations. And this week, we were delayed by the start of the Television Critics Association press tour and the challenging of finding the necessary pocket of recording time.
In this week's gabfast, we discuss the first four days of press tour, we answer a few pieces of Comic-Con-based mail and we offer this week's reviews of "Breaking Bad" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
Today's breakdown:
TCA Press Tour (00:00:00 - 00:40:30)
Comic-Con Listener Mail (00:41:25 - 00:49:40)
"Breaking Bad" (00:49:40 - 01:03:20)
"Buffy the Vampire slayer" (01:03:25 - 01:13:30)
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 140: Press tour, 'Breaking Bad' & 'Buffy'

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 140: Press tour, 'Breaking Bad' & 'Buffy'

Dan and Alan discuss the early doings for the Television Critics Association


Dan and I are at press tour together, which means it's time for an in-person installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. We're punchy enough that it took some prompting for Dan to remember what day it was, but we talked quite a bit about the tour so far, answered your mail and did the usual "Buffy" and "Breaking Bad" pieces.

The line-up: 

TCA Press Tour (00:00:00 - 00:40:30)
Comic-Con Listener Mail (00:41:25 - 00:49:40)
"Breaking Bad" (00:49:40 - 01:03:20)
"Buffy the Vampire slayer" (01:03:25 - 01:13:30)
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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<p>Ben Stiller took a moment at the press day for 'The Watch' to talk about the in-development sequel to his 2001 film, 'Zoolander'</p>

Ben Stiller took a moment at the press day for 'The Watch' to talk about the in-development sequel to his 2001 film, 'Zoolander'

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Ben Stiller talks about the progress on 'Zoolander 2'

It sounds like progress is being made on the long-anticipated sequel

When I sat down with the cast of "The Watch," they were all together as a group, which made it hard to ask people about their individual projects.

Even so, I was curious to see if Ben Stiller is any closer to kicking off production on "Zoolander 2," which he's been aggressively talking about on and off for the last few years.  The first film was a casualty of its post-9/11 release date, only finding an audience gradually once it came home.  That's not uncommon for comedies, especially comedies that are centered around big character choices.  Look at the way the "Austin Powers" films built in popularity, or the way "Macgruber" continues to gain in popularity over time.

"Zoolander" is one of the strangest characters that Stiller ever played, and it will be interesting to see if a second film can take all the things people liked about that first film and expand on them in smart and surprising ways.  He's been working with Justin Theroux on a script for a while now, and we've heard occasional updates from him about the progress.

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"All the Right Moves"

"All the Right Moves"

Credit: Oxygen

Exclusive: Preview 'SYTYCD' alum Travis Wall's new docu-series 'All the Right Moves'

'All the Right Moves' goes behind the scenes of the dance world

Who can resist watching skilled dancers do their thing? Oxygen is hoping the answer to that is no one, as they will be launching a new docu-series dedicated to the art on Tues. July 31 (9 p.m., 8 p.m. central). Here's your first taste of "All the Right Moves," which chronicles Emmy-nominated choreographer (and "So You Think You Can Dance" alum) Travis Wall's efforts to start a dance studio called Shaping Sound with his friends Teddy Forance (a "Dancing with the Stars" dancer), Nick Lazzarino ("SYTYCD" season 1) and Kyle Robinson (featured on "Dancing with the Stars"). I expect great dancing, tears and (given this clip) occasionally embarrassing full-body high fives. Works for me!

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<p>Carly Rae Jepsen at the Teen Choice Awards</p>

Carly Rae Jepsen at the Teen Choice Awards

Credit: AP Photo

Carly Rae Jepsen breaks Lady Gaga's record on the Billboard Hot 100

What watershed moment does she reach?

Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” spends its seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, further sealing its status as the song of the summer.

By remaining in the pole position, “Call” once again locks Maroon 5’s “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa out of the top spot. The tune stays at No. 2 for the sixth week, although it does remain No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart. 

Its continued strength at radio could mean that “Payphone” will finally ring in to the top slot next week, although it may have to fend off a charge from Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake,” which stays at No. 3.

Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” rises one spot to No. 4, swapping places with Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra. Similarly, Flo Rida’s “Whistle” rises 7-6, switching spots with Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been.”  David Guetta’s “Titanium” featuring Sia stays at No. 8, while Usher’s “Scream” rises one spot to No. 9, trading positions with Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss).”

For folks who like to slice the chart pie finely, Jepsen’s seventh week at No. 1 means she has logged more time at No. 1 with a song than any other female solo artist in Interscope Records’ history. This week, “Maybe” surpasses Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” which spent six weeks at No. 1, according to Billboard.


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