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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.]
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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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<p>Neil Young in his &quot;Americana&quot; silent film</p>

Neil Young in his "Americana" silent film

Watch: Neil Young and Crazy Horse's 'Americana' album, silent film streaming

Band crafts 40-minute silent film with Shepard Fairey's help

Neil Young and Crazy Horse's reunion album "Americana" is streaming in full, though the band is also offering 40-minutes of silence.

Rather, the rockers have released a 40-minute silent film that was crafted partly out of found footage to accompany each of "Americana's" 11 tracks. The opening scene features Young playing a writer who visits an art gallery -- which features works from designer Shepard Fairey -- "in hopes of finding illustrations for his new book about great American songs," according to NPR, which debuted the vid.

Young obviously finds what he's looking for, and thus starts "Americana," which is the Crazy-Horseian interpretation on classic songs like "Oh Susanna," "God Save the Queen" and "This Land Is Your Land." The remainder of the film is found footage from the silent film era, including works from director D.W. Griffith. Young -- under the name Bernard Shakey -- directed and cut the film.

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<p>Edie Falco and the rest of the &quot;Nurse Jackie&quot;&nbsp;gang will be back for a fifth season, with former &quot;Dexter&quot;&nbsp;showrunner Clyde Phillips as the new boss.</p>

Edie Falco and the rest of the "Nurse Jackie" gang will be back for a fifth season, with former "Dexter" showrunner Clyde Phillips as the new boss.

Credit: Showtime

Showtime renews 'Nurse Jackie' for season 5, hires ex-'Dexter' showrunner

Clyde Phillips will be in charge of Emmy-winning dramedy

Showtime has renewed "Nurse Jackie" for a fifth season, and has hired former "Dexter" showrunner Clyde Phillips to take over as the new boss.

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<p>Katee Sackhoff and Robert Taylor in &quot;Longmire.&quot;</p>

Katee Sackhoff and Robert Taylor in "Longmire."

Credit: A&E

Review: Mystery goes to Wyoming in A&E's 'Longmire'

Laconic lawman series features interesting performances from Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff and Lou Diamond Phillips

CBS recently decided that its latest Jesse Stone movie with Tom Selleck would be the series' last, because even though the films still pull in a healthy viewership total, the viewers are virtually all over 50, and therefore unfortunately viewed as worthless by the advertisers who pay the freight at CBS.

The math is a little different when you get to cable, though. History Channel has been crowing, with justification, about the huge ratings for its "Hatfields & McCoys" miniseries, which debuted with close to 14 million viewers, but far more modest numbers among adults 18-49.

I doubt that A&E will get ratings comparable to either the Jesse Stone films or "Hatfields" for its new mystery series "Longmire" (Sunday at 10 p.m.), but it doesn't need to in order to be a successful companion piece to "The Glades." And Jesse Stone fans may find a lot that feels familiar, and appealing, in the new series.

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