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Song Of The Day: Poliça’s 'Dark Star' lights up the night

Something so good so far

One of SXSW's toasts of the town (and there were many toasts, and many got toasted) was Poliça, whose decadent use of cedilla may have you placing them from Brazil or some other exotic locale. At least their brand of chilly, vibrant electronica is decadent: the Minneapolis based crew just got another big chance to hit big, by signing to Mom + Pop and getting their album "Give You the Ghost" a hardy re-release this week.

The Channy Leaneagh-fronted group has also just released the music video for "Dark Star," another shining (heh) example of quality usage of auto-tune.

Now, don't go pokin' around for a plot here: the visuals are simply there to amp up the blues of Leaneagh's chosen hue. It's an easy listen, and delightfully easy to remember. In fact, several artists liked it enough to give "Dark Star" a remix for an EP, also out this week.

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<p>Green Day</p>

Green Day

Green Day added to MTV's Video Music Awards roster

Watch the premiere of the band's new video tonight on MTV

While you’re waiting for Green Day’s video for “Oh Love” to premiere tonight on MTV, go ahead and mark your calendar for Sept. 6 when the punk pop trio will appear on MTV’s Video Music Awards. It will make the fifth time the group has played on the show, second only to Madonna's seven appearances.

The group has also cut a promo for the show with VMA host Kevin Hart, who plans to rename the band Black Day. It follows Hart’s previous promo with Kayne West and Kim Kardashian.

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<p>One Direction</p>

One Direction

Listen: One Direction covers Oasis' 'Wonderwall'

Will someone come and save them... or us?

So maybe One Direction thinks Beady Eye did a lousy job on “Wonderwall”  during the Olympic closing ceremonies in London too. Why else would they release their own version of Oasis’s modern classic?

(If you missed it, Beady Eye, which is basically Oasis minus Noel Gallagher, delivered one of the most torpid versions of the song ever on Sunday).

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<p>Flo Rida</p>

Flo Rida

Does Flo Rida's 'Whistle' blow away Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' on the Billboard Hot 100?

Taylor Swift zooms on the chart as well

Flo Rida blows his whistle all the way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 as “Whistle” dethrones Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” after nine weeks at the pinnacle.

“Maybe,” which spent more time at No. 1 than any other song this year, falls to No. 3.

“Whistle” is Flo Rida’s third No. 1, following “Low,” which spent 10 weeks at No. 1 in 2008, and “Right Round,” which logged six weeks at No. 1 in 2009. So if they are any indication, “Whistle” could settle in for a long run.

Ellie Goulding’s “Lights,” which rises to No. 1 on the Airplay chart, holds at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The middle of the top 10 remains the same as last week: Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” is No. 4, Maroon 5’s “Payphone” is No. 5 and Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra is No. 6.

David Guetta’s “Titanium” featuring Sia rises one spot to No. 7, making way for the lone new entry into the top 10: fun.’s “Some Nights,” which rises three places to No. 8. Following its former No. 1, “We Are Young,” “Some Nights” is fun.’s second Top 10 entry, making the group the first rock act to have it first two singles reach the Top 10 since Daughtry in 2007, according to Billboard.

Rounding out the Top 10, Phillip Phillips’ “Home” stays at No. 9 and Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” falls from No. 7 to No. 10.

Outside of the Top 10, l Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” bows at No. 72 after only a few hours of eligibility on Monday. Look for it to soar into the top 10 next week. Also, “I Will Wait,” the first single from Mumford & Sons’ new album leaps onto the chart at no. 23, making it the British folk-rock group’s highest charting single. It surpasses “ The Cave,” which topped out at No. 27 last year.

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Credit: National Geographic

Exclusive: Watch a clip of a balloon fetishist in latex love from 'Taboo'

This NatGeo show explores the weirdest of the weird

Know what a looner is? It's not a kind of eclipse; it's what some people call balloon fetishists. In this clip from "Taboo: Strange Passions" (premiering Sun. Aug. 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET), viewers will be invited to step inside the world of a balloon lover as well as several other people who've made quirky lifestyle choices. This clip is suitable for work, if you're wondering -- our balloon fetishists admits romantic feelings for his inflatable love interests, but it never gets too freaky. Well, if you can get past the fact the guy loves balloons. Really, really loves them. Watch an exclusive clip below.

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<p>Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken are just two of the 'Seven Psychopaths' in the film that arrives in theaters this October</p>

Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken are just two of the 'Seven Psychopaths' in the film that arrives in theaters this October

Credit: CBS Films

Exclusive: Tom Waits is the one with the bunny on '7 Psychopaths' poster premiere

Martin McDonagh's new film looks like a wicked funny ride

I can't believe I leave for Toronto on September 5th.

That's just around the corner.  And if Toronto is just around the corner, the end of the year is just after that.  Which means it's almost 2013.  Which means… okay, I'm going to give myself a headache.  Let's just focus on Toronto.  Let's focus on the Midnight Madness line-up, which looks amazing this year.  Let's focus on "Seven Psychopaths."

After all, it's a new film by Martin McDonagh, whose "In Bruges" was such a delight.  He's a great playwright, exciting and brash and wicked funny, and this is the story of a down-at-the-heels LA screenwriter played by Colin Farrell who ends up involved in a bizarre heist of sorts when his best friend kidnaps the dog of a deranged gangster.  Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell are Farrell's friends in the film, and Woody Harrelson is the dangerous dog owner who is determined to get his Shih Tzu back.

The film also features Abbie Cornish and Olga Kurylenko, and that cannot be a bad thing.  Zeljko Ivanek appears to have a fairly big role in the film as well, and he's one of those "that guy!" actors who always does interesting work.

Oh… and did I mention Tom Waits is in it? He's the guy with the bunny.

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<p>Kelsey Grammer as Mayor Tom Kane in &quot;Boss.&quot;</p>

Kelsey Grammer as Mayor Tom Kane in "Boss."

Credit: Starz

Review: Kelsey Grammer and 'Boss' return to Starz for season 2

Grammer's fantastic, but the show remains easier to admire than like

As Starz's "Boss" enters its second season Friday night at 10, the political drama remains a show I find much easier to admire than to enjoy.

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Joel Edgerton finds magic in 'Odd Life' before keeping secrets in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Joel Edgerton finds magic in 'Odd Life' before keeping secrets in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

What can he tell us about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden thriller?

My interview with Joel Edgerton was mostly about his new Disney family flick "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," but When the cameras weren't rolling it was clear that there was one movie the "Warrior"-star really excited about and that's "Wish You Were Here." The 2012 Sundance Film Festival thriller is finally hitting theaters in the U.S. this January and the home-based production is close to the Aussie's heart.  So much so, he brought it up twice during the five minutes or so we had to chat. And considering the indie has a tough road ahead of itself on the art house circuit, you can't blame him for making sure we in the media don't forget about it. Mission accomplished Mr. Edgerton.

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<p>'I just want to talk to you about your nitpicks of the film. My friends are just here because they're curious. Seriously... a friendly chat. Come on...'</p>

'I just want to talk to you about your nitpicks of the film. My friends are just here because they're curious. Seriously... a friendly chat. Come on...'

Credit: Warner Bros/Legendary

A second look at 'The Dark Knight Rises' attempts to dismantle Chris Nolan's magic trick

It may not be everyone's Batman, but was it ever meant to be?

Every single time I've sat down to finish this article, I am struck anew by just how complicated any conversation about "The Dark Knight Rises" has become for reasons that have nothing to do with the movie itself.

And once I sat down to finish it, it quickly turned into an unwieldy and completely disorganized collection of thoughts that I couldn't quite get my arms around.

I originally planned to publish this the week after the film opened, but it has stymied me for the last two weeks because of what happened in that theater in Aurora, Colorado.  I don't believe the film had anything to do with the actions of that deranged piece of garbage, but I think the media has worked overtime to make sure they connect the two with a near non-stop assault.  I just saw that a BBC3 documentary is being rushed through production called "The Batman Shootings," a disgusting title, and sure to be a classless piece of sensational garbage.

One publication I've seen made the editorial decision to only refer to what happened as "The 'Dark Knight Rises' shooting" in every single headline they've run, as many as four or five a day so far, and it turns my stomach every single time.  It feels gross for anyone to take this film that represents the conclusion of six years worth of storytelling involving one of the biggest characters in pop culture and permanently saddle it with what that lunatic did.  And if it seems like I'm going out of my way not to say his name, it's because I refuse to play into his agenda in any way.  He wanted to tie himself to something huge and unavoidable, just like someone deciding to shoot John Lennon, and if you give him the gift of celebrity, doesn't that mean it worked?

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<p>If today's reports are to be believed, we can look forward to a whole lot more of this in the sequel to 'Snow White and the Huntsman'</p>

If today's reports are to be believed, we can look forward to a whole lot more of this in the sequel to 'Snow White and the Huntsman'

Credit: Universal Pictures

A full day of 'Snow White' speculation reveals the tabloid appetites of Hollywood press

Facts are fun but in short supply as people pile on to a speculative story

You can't be fired from a job that doesn't exist.

Today has been a long day of hysterical headlines and wild overreaction to what basically amounts to a non-story, a re-confirmed detail that has been combined with one new piece of information, slathered in rumor, and then served up in a mixture that is designed to outrage and drive page views, but which seems to me to point out one of the fundamental flaws of entertainment "news" as a whole.

David Koepp was hired to write a sequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman."  That's true.  David Koepp is now moving on, presumably to some other high-profile job, as Universal tries to decide what, if anything, they're going to do with the script.

Let's imagine we lived in a world where "Snow White and the Huntsman" was a giant megahit and people were genuinely asking for a sequel.  Let's imagine that in that version of the film, Kristen Stewart felt like an organic piece of the overall world and not a momentarily hot actress shoehorned into a franchise role that ill fits her.  Let's imagine that there's a scandal involving her and the filmmaker and the studio decided to fire her as a way of scolding her for her sexual indiscretion while they reward the filmmaker with another job.  That would be a situation worth reporting on, and it would be a fairly damning course of action by Universal Studios.

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"The Glee Project"

"The Glee Project"

Credit: Oxygen

'The Glee Project' recap: 'Glee-ality'

It's the big finale - which one of the final three will make the cut?

It's the big finale, and our final three will be competing for a chance at getting a character arc of seven episodes on "Glee." Considering that "The Glee Project" has been a lot  more entertaining than "Glee" lately, I'm not sure if this is the big reward it used to be, but everyone seems excited about it nonetheless.

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<p>Tommy Lee Jones as Gen. Douglas MacArthur in Peter Webber's &quot;Emperor.&quot;</p>

Tommy Lee Jones as Gen. Douglas MacArthur in Peter Webber's "Emperor."

New films from Nick Cassavetes, Ed Burns and Peter Webber join Toronto Film Festival 2012 lineup

'The Master,' 'The Paperboy' and 'On the Road' will also screen

The Toronto International Film Festival announced more special galas and its contemporary world cinema slate today expanding the film's impressive cinematic roster.

As expected, a number of pictures debuting at the Venice Film Festival will have their second screenings at Toronto including Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," Brian De Palma's "Passion," Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" and Spike Lee's "Bad 25."  A number of movies that debuted at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival will also be shown including Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" and Walter Salles' "On the Road." Additionally, Sundance selections "Middle of Nowhere" and "Smashed" will join the previously announced Fox Searchlight pickup "The Sessions" in continuing their long journeys from Park City to theaters with a stopover in Toronto.

More intriguing are the world premieres the festival added to the schedule. These include Paul Andrew Williams' "Song for Marion" (which In Contention's Guy Lodge chimes in on here), Peter Webber's "Emperor" which features Tommy Lee Jones as Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Nick Cassavetes' "Yellow" which features an impressive ensemble including Sienna Miller, Gena Rowlands, Ray Liotta, David Morse, Lucy Punch, Riley Keoug and the little seen Melanie Griffith.

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