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<p>You'll believe a man can... fish?</p>

You'll believe a man can... fish?

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'Man Of Steel' kicks off its campaign with an oddly muted first teaser trailer

You'll believe a very, very tiny man can fly

I'll say this much for the initial teaser trailer for Zack Snyder's upcoming "Man Of Steel"… they made a big choice, and they went with it.  I'm just not sure that choice was the right one in terms of reintroducing this iconic character to mainstream audiences.

One thing this campaign appears to be selling is reverence, and while I certainly appreciate that Zack Snyder is careful to play into the classic notions of what a character looks like and does when he adapts something, I think reverence is exactly what did not work about "Superman Returns."  That movie was so busy tiptoeing around the fondness people have for Richard Donner's original film that it felt like it had no pulse at all.  If this movie's going to work, it's going to have to have a life of its own.

It's also a dangerous first trailer because it is distinctly possible audiences won't know what they're looking at.  The distinctive "S" logo shows up at the end of the trailer, sure, but to tease your giant-budget reboot of the single most important superhero character you own with a trailer that spends most of its time showing a bearded dude working on a fishing boat and a little boy running around the yard of his house seems a little odd.

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<p>Nas</p>

Nas

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Nas raps his way to No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200

What happens to Zac Brown Band and Frank Ocean?

Rapper Nas will handily come in at No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 with the aptly titled “Life Is Good” slated to sell close to 135,000 copies.

The title will easily trump this week’s charttopper, Zac Brown Band’s “Uncaged,” which will drop to No 2 with still robust sales of 80,000.

“Life is Good” is one of three new albums debuting in the Top 10, according to Hits Daily Double. It will be joined by the latest edition of “Kidz Bop Kids,” which will likely bow at No. 3, and the score to “The Dark Knight Rises” at No. 9.

Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange” moves from a digital-only release to  a digital and physical title. It will likely only drop two places to No. 4 with sales of 45,000.

Teen dreams One Direction will be No. 5 (with “Up All Night”), while Justin Bieber keeps “Believe” in the Top 10 at No 6. “Up All Night” surpassed Lionel Richie’s “Tuskegee” last week to become the top-selling album released in 2012.

Adele’s “21” logs its 3 millionth week in the top 10, as “21”  will likely be at No. 7 (although it and Maroon 5’s “Overexposed” are too close to call for the No. 7 and No. 8 spots. Chris Brown’s former No. 1, “Fortune,” hangs in at No. 10.









 

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

Eliminated "So You Think You Can Dance" dancers Daniel Baker and Alexa Anderson

Credit: Fox

'So You Think You Can Dance' ex-contestants weigh in on show's new format

Janae French, Nick Bloxsom-Carter and David Searle talk pros and cons

While fans have mixed feelings about the new one-night format of "So You Think You Can Dance," in which performances are married with eliminations at the end of the show, they're not alone. The dancers on the show also see pros and cons to the revised program -- and they don't list "fewer dumb commercials to sit through" as one of the benefits. Though squishing the show down to just one night a week was a move by Fox intended to save a long-running show that's showing its age in the ratings, the down side is that viewers (who vote on the outcome) spend less time getting to know the top 20 performers. In a conference call with reporters, the first three dancers dumped from the top 20 -- Janae French, Nick Bloxsom-Carter and David Searle (Alexa Anderson, who was also eliminated, did not participate)-- talked about what does and doesn't work for them.

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<p>Misty water-colored Lana</p>

Misty water-colored Lana

Watch: Lana Del Rey's cruel summer in new video 'Summertime Sadness'

There's no cure for her summertime blues

Lana Del Rey’s videos tend to be as ethereal as she is. The latest, “Summertime Sadness,” relies on the same film technique as some of her past efforts. There’s no linear storyline, instead there’s flickering, grainy footage that looks like it’s out of ‘60s home movies  and is cut to create a feeling more than a narrative.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Pink</p>

Pink

Credit: RCA

Pink picks some very special guests for new album, 'The Truth About Love'

She also reveals what type of music she avoids

Pink will have some very special guests on her new album, “The Truth About Love,” out Sept.18.

British singer Lily Allen will appear on the album, as will Pink’s 13-month old daughter Willow, who plays bass and bells on two tunes. Bass? Really?

In an interview with Carson Daly on Los Angeles radio station 97.1, Pink said she wrote about 40 songs for the album, ultimately whittling the number down to 13, her lucky number. Interesting, random Pink factoid: “I had my first kiss on Friday the 13th in a graveyard,” she told Daly.

Pink revealed no details about her song with Allen, but hinted there may be more pairings: “For the last 14 years, everyone has said no [to collaborations]. But this album, everyone said yes! And I think that’s because people think I’ve softened. I think people maybe think I bite!”

She, like many folks, is loving first single “Blow Me (One Last Kiss).” She told Daly she’s loved it from the start and when she hears the break-up song: “I just instantly want to rip my clothes off and dance and drink and just blow off steam.”  Despite that, she says the album does not capitalize on the latest dance trends.





 

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Oscar Talk: Ep. 86 -- 'The Dark Knight Rises' is here, but is it a player? (SPOILERS)

Oscar Talk: Ep. 86 -- 'The Dark Knight Rises' is here, but is it a player? (SPOILERS)

Also: MVPs from the year's first half and looking ahead to fall fests

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

Two years ago we brought the podcast back for a special edition around the release of Christopher Nolan's "Inception," a highly anticipated movie. Well, here we are again, with "The Dark Knight Rises" hitting theaters and fans and fanatics alike eager to get a look. So it seemed a good time to pop our head back up. Let's see what's on the docket...

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Listen: Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre combine for less-than-regal '3 Kings'
Credit: Def Jam

Listen: Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre combine for less-than-regal '3 Kings'

Opportunistic wasted opportunity

A title like "3 Kings" with a combo Rick Ross, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre certainly sounds ambitious. But if this was to be a royal coalition, they should have called in some reinforcements -- or at least for a livelier beat.

Dr. Dre spends his spin on hocking his now-famous headphones instead of delivering of some intrepid new rhymes. Nobody expects "Detox" anymore. But for those rare verses he throws down the pipe, he should rest on laurels that consist more than weed, his headphone company and the Compton memories from a decade before.

Rick Ross takes his turn shilling -- lest we forget -- the Maybach Music name, the name that survives despite the fact that actual Maybach vehicles will be discontinued after 2013, making service a struggle. And speaking of servicing, Ross concedes he may not be a billionaire yet, but proposes, still "come and suck a d*ck for a millionaire," a come-hither as comical as when a similar sentiment was expressed in "The Big Lebowski."

It's kind of refreshing, then, when Jay-Z steps up to bat, not because he knocks his verse out, but he trips and laughs at himself in a real free style, even to check that the tape's still rolling after a boast about getting grills and shopping at TJ Maxx.

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<p>Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown from &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown from "Community."

Watch: 'Community' stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie & Yvette Nicole Brown at Comic-Con, Part 2

How did they become the tightest-knit, silliest cast on television?

Time for part 2 of my Comic-Con chat with "Community" co-stars Joel Mchale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown. Part 1 was the more serious end of things, as the actors talked about the show's continued survival, their feelings about Dan Harmon's exit, their relationship with the fans, etc.

In part 2, things get a bit sillier (albeit not to the furry level of last year's McHale/Brown/Rash extravaganza) as they discussed exactly how they came to be such a tightly-knit group — right before the cameras rolled, Jacobs and Brie were loudly dueting on Flight of the Conchords' "Jenny" "Debra" by Beck — whether the cast or the study group is emotionally closer and (for a surprisingly long period of time) what the heck is up with Chevy Chase's feet.

Enjoy. The new season of "Community" debuts Friday, October 19 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. 

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<p>Alma and Sophia entertain a visitor on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Alma and Sophia entertain a visitor on "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 8: 'Childish Things' (Veterans edition)

Alliances are forged, or rejected, in a female-centric hour

We're continuing our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, 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.

After taking some time off from the project due to Comic-Con, I've got a review of episode 8, "Childish Things," coming up just as soon as I both reject and repudiate the offering...

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<p>Alma and Sophia entertain a visitor on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Alma and Sophia entertain a visitor on "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 8: 'Childish Things' (Newbies edition)

Alliances are forged, or rejected, in a female-centric hour

We're continuing our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, 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.

After taking some time off from the project due to Comic-Con, I've got a review of episode 8, "Childish Things," coming up just as soon as I both reject and repudiate the offering...

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Watch: 'Fringe' star John Noble discusses his Season 5 acting choices

Watch: 'Fringe' star John Noble discusses his Season 5 acting choices

How hard will it be for Noble to top Walter Bishop in future roles?
SAN DIEGO - I've mentioned this before, but if John Noble isn't HitFix's Most Interviewed Man, he's very close.
 
I've done four or five video interviews with the "Fringe" star over the years, plus at least one long interview on the show's Vancouver set, where John Noble and I shared a key scene together in the Season 3 episode " Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?"
 
On the list of contemplative, generous and sage interview subjects, Noble has to rank somewhere near the top. He's always given Walter Bishop and all of his incarnations an astounding amount of thought and anybody who thinks Noble's interest in the dimension-bending realities of "Fringe" is just an act has never tuned in to Science Channel's "Dark Matters." He truly relishes the nuances that "Fringe" has allowed him to explore.
 
Last weekend at San Diego's Comic-Con, I caught up with Noble after the final "Fringe" panel, a standing-room-only affair in front of 6000 passionate fans in Hall H. It's no wonder that the actor was, in his words, "numb" after the emotional experience.
 
In our four-plus minute conversation, Noble discusses the choices he's facing for the 13-episode fifth season, set largely in the future introduced in the "Letters of Transit" episode. He also discusses the particular challenge he's facing looking forward to life after "Fringe."
 
You've already seen my interview with Anna Torv, but hopefully my chats with J.H. Wyman, Joshua Jackson and Lance Reddick will also be posting in the days to come.
 
"Fringe" returns to FOX on Friday, September 28.
 
 
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<p>Christian Bale in &quot;The Dark&nbsp;Knight&nbsp;Rises&quot;</p>

Christian Bale in "The Dark Knight Rises"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Tell us what you thought of 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Christopher Nolan's Batman finale hits theaters today

OMGIT'SHEREOMGOMG! Yes, "The Dark Knight Rises" has arrived. Midnight screenings are happening right now. The box office is bursting at the seams and a trilogy is wrapping itself up. With style? With class? Well, you tell us. And feel free to rate the film above. I'll get to my thoughts in tomorrow's special edition podcast, but I'll be curious to see if anyone finds the film as structurally messy and thematically confused as I do.

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