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<p>Kanye and Jay-Z</p>

Kanye and Jay-Z

Here's that 11-minute Kanye and Jay-Z 'documentary' on Watch the Throne

Beyonce in jeans and Russell Crowe

Robert Lopuski "got the call" from Kanye West and Jay-Z to shoot behind-the-scenes footage of the pair as they recorded "Watch the Throne" over 2010 and 2011. The result is an 11-minute "documentary" of the "making-of."

"I had to drop everything to fly out to Sydney. I didn’t have any equipment with me. So I asked Kanye’s team if it was cool to put in a rental order– like, could you guys get some stuff down there for me? I wrote up a list: I need a camera, a mic, a stand, the simple abc’s, and they said don’t worry, we got it," Lopuski told Paradigm. "A few days later, I show up and none of it is there. So I went on a crazy four-hour tear around Sydney, finding whatever pieces of equipment I could get my hands on."

Yeah. And it kinda shows. The result is very low-lit, and it's got bad sound, and very little is revealed about the actual "creative process" of the "Throne." There's a good scene of Jay-Z running over his rhymes for "Why I Love You," and I'll never fight a scene of Beyonce in jeans walking slowly around a lawn looking out the sea. But otherwise, it's a pretty restricted "look" at two of hip-hops biggest names ever.

I would say to the handlers that there were certain things that I needed to do: turn on lights, get slightly better access, possibly stage a better setup photographically.
 
They said ‘no, we can’t do that.’ Could I sit down? Could I put lavs on them? I know you guys are recording the album, but could I record their conversations? ‘No, you can’t do that.’ Can I set mics up in the room to record the room? ‘No.’ Do you think while I’m here, I can do sit-down interviews with them…maybe get something that I can at least use audio wise? ‘No. They don’t feel like doing interviews,’" Lopuski said. "The job was challenging professionally because you’re thrust immediately into the inner circle yet not allowed to capture the inner workings properly."

Watching it is challenging too. Russell Crowe makes a cameo and drinks the Kings' wine, because he's mentioned in Kanye's lyrics.

Lopuski knows this crew in part because he worked on visual effects for "Cadillac Records," in which Beyonce starred.

 

 

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<p>Jordin Sparks</p>

Jordin Sparks

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Jordin Sparks talks third album and acting beyond 'Sparkle'

When will the follow-up to 'Battlefield' arrive?

Jordin Sparks, whose feature film debut comes Aug. 17 with “Sparkle,” is already looking ahead to her next album.

The singer, who won “American Idol” season six when she was only 17 in 2007, has seven songs already collected for the project. She tells Billboard that she is also writing for the album. “It’s going to be different from what my fans have heard before,” she says of the project. “I’m going for more of the R&B side now.”
Among the producers she has worked with are Harmony Samuels, Da Internz, and Pop Wansel & Oak.  On her wish list is Harvey Mason Jr., with whom she worked on the “Sparkle” soundtrack.

Sparks' last album, “Battlefield,” came out in 2009, but she admits that fans may have to wait a little longer for the follow-up. She is now shooting a new film, “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” in New York. The film also stars fellow "AI" alum Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie; Alicia Keys is an executive producer.

I interviewed Sparks along with her “Sparkle” co-stars last week and we will be posting that video closer to the movie’s release. During our chat, Sparks talked about her lasting memories of working with Whitney Houston, who would have turned 49 today.

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"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

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What did you think of 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'?

Did you think it was a sign of the coming apocalypse or not?

Last night we were treated to a double-episode debut of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" on TLC. And, as expected, plenty of people panned the show before it even aired, railing against it as a sign of the coming apocalypse or a new low bar set in television. But now that at least some of you have seen the show, what did you think?

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<p>Zach Galifianakis, Jason&nbsp;Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, and Will Ferrell are all completely and utterly out of their minds in 'The Campaign'</p>

Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, and Will Ferrell are all completely and utterly out of their minds in 'The Campaign'

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Review: 'The Campaign' features familiar character work with plenty of laughs

Joke for joke, few comedies this year have landed this many punches

When we look back at the career of Will Ferrell eventually, it will be important to discuss the work he does with Adam McKay as a distinct chapter of his filmography.

Sure, Jay Roach directed "The Campaign," and it's certainly got his fingerprints all over it, but there is also something new at play here that we haven't seen from Roach before, and there's no mistaking the gleeful insanity that's at play in the way things escalate within scenes and over the course of the movie.  That is one of the signatures of the films that Ferrell and McKay make together, this examination of the way total idiots will dig in on a situation and make things worse and worse simply by force of personality.  "Anchorman," "Talladega Nights," "The Other Guys," "Step Brothers"… even the short film "The Landlord"… all play off the comedy inherent to the escalation between two equally ludicrous parties.  

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<p>Metallica</p>

Metallica

Metallica, Flaming Lips, Santana pay tribute to Deep Purple

Musicians revisit 'Machine Head'

Metallica, The Flaming Lips, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Steve Vai and Iron Maiden are among the artists  who will pay tribute to Deep Purple founding member Jon Lord on a covers album of the seminal rock group’s “Machine Head.”

Lord died last month of a pulmonary embolism. “Re-Machined: A Tribute to Machine Head” will also feature Carlos Santana, Chickenfoot, Guns N ‘Roses’ Matt Sorum and Duff MacKagan, and Steve Vai, according to NME.  No word yet on when the album will be released.

Tracklisting for "Re-Machined"

Carlos Santana – 'Smoke On The Water'?
Chickenfoot – 'Highway Star'?
Glenn Hughes, Chad Smith and Luis Maldonado –'Maybe I'm A Leo'?
Black Label Society – 'Pictures Of Home'?
Kings of Chaos (Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Arlan Schierbaum) – 'Never Before'
The Flaming Lips – 'Smoke On The Water'?Jimmy Barnes, Joe Bonamassa –
'Lazy'?Iron Maiden - 'Space Truckin''
Metallica – 'When A Blind Man Cries'?
Glenn Hughes, Steve Vai, Chad Smith, Lachlan Doley – 'Highway Star'

 

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<p>Denzel Washington in Robert Zemeckis' &quot;Flight.&quot;</p>

Denzel Washington in Robert Zemeckis' "Flight."

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Denzel Washington's next will take 'Flight' at 2012 New York Film Festival

Zemeckis' first live action flick in 12 years will close the festival

Paramount Pictures is celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year.  It's a remarkable achievement for any company, but unfortunately the legendary studio hasn't had a lot to celebrate.  After coming off arguably the most financially successful year in the studio's history, 2012 may turn out to be one of the worst.  Their biggest "hits" to date have been a re-release of "Titanic" in 3D and Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator" (the later barely getting into the black).  The company distributed DreamWorks Animation's hit "Madgascar 3" and got a financial percentage of the mammoth "Avengers" grosses thanks to a deal with Walt Disney Studios, but to say it's been quiet on the Melrose lot is something of an understatement (we won't even go into the big delays for "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and "World War Z"). That's all about to change, however.

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<p>deadmau5's cover to &quot;&gt; album title goes here &lt;&quot;</p>

deadmau5's cover to "> album title goes here <"

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Deadmau5 announces new album with cheeky new title: Will it be his best seller?

September set arrives in electronic dance music's big year... and a mouthy one for the DJ

deadmau5 has had no problem making headlines this year. On top of leading sold-out fests and headlining tours all year, he's made public beef with Madonna over her "molly" reference, trolled Skrillex at the Grammys and posted a very controversial web article essentially titled "We All Hit Play." The latter was his insight and experience of what it is to "play" a live show, and how mixing for an audience has been reduced to a minimum, that the art of "spinning" doesn't exist for marquee acts like him in the contexts outside of the club.

And of course, there's still the novelty of that mouse head, which deadmau5 dons as he's behind the decks.

What 2012 is amounting to is deadmau5's most publicity-heavy year, so as he prepares to release his new album in short order, all eyes may be on that sales tally to see if hype and heckling amount to "any press is good press." It doesn't hurt that this year has been hyped as the biggest year yet for EDM, as artists like Skrillex and David Guetta enter more fully into the national conversation about pop music.

It starts with the album's title: "> album title goes here <" will be out on Sept. 25 via Ultra. And who knows if the label fought him on the cheeky name. Perhaps, considering the "singles" nature of so many electronica albums, he really couldn't have been bothered to come up with one.

Regardless the tracklist has is own creative bout with capitals, and with deliciously tempting tracklist titles like "Fn Pig" and "Failbait," plus and out-and-out co-credit with producer Wolfgang Gartner on "Channel 42." deadmau5 has already released the official song "Professional Griefers" featuring My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way; other guests include Imogen Heap, Chris James and Cypress Hill.

The music video to "Professional Griefers" will be out this month. Many rough mixes and instrumentals to the songs below are previewed on deadmau5's Soundcloud page.

deadmau5's last "studio" set -- "4x4=12" -- made it to No. 47 on the Billboard 200 and to No. 2 on Electronic Albums.

Here is the tracklist to "> album title goes here <":

Superliminal
deadmau5 & Wolfgang Gartner - Channel 42
The Veldt (featuring Chris James)
Fn Pig
Professional Griefers (featuring Gerard Way)
maths
There might be coffee
Take care of the proper paperwork
Closer
October
Sleepless
Failbait (featuring Cypress Hill)
Telemiscommunications (featuring Imogen Heap)
 

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Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte

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Watch: Ryan Lochte, Simon Pegg and Sir Patrick Stewart yuk it up

Olympic swimmer follows his 'Peeing in the Pool' skit with star power

Ryan Lochte won us over (or just grossed us out) with his "Peeing in Pools" Funny or Die segment, and he's now followed it up with a performance opposite "Star Trek: The Next Generation" star Sir Patrick Stewart and Simon Pegg of 2009's "Star Trek" reboot. Stewart plays a Dickens-esque ticket scalper and, well, hilarity sort of ensues. While Lochte surely scored gold with his "Peeing in Pools" segment, this one isn't so crystal clear.

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"RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race"

"RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race"

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Rachel Hunter, Elvira will guest judge 'RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race'

Stars ranging from Beth Ditto to Janice Dickinson are set to appear

Logo has announced 'RuPaul's Drag Race' will be getting a make-over, returning as "RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race" on Mon. Oct 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Not only will the premiere be "Rupersized" (featuring 10 bonus minutes), fan favorites from the original series (Pandora Boxx, Tammie Brown, Nina Flowers, Jujubee, Mimi Imfurst, Manila Luzon, Alexis Mateo, Chad Michaels, Raven, Latrice Royale, Shannel and Yara Sofia Vie) will be competing for a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame and a shot at the grand prize of $100,000.

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<p>&quot;Beautiful Creatures&quot; opens on February 13, 2013.</p>

"Beautiful Creatures" opens on February 13, 2013.

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Set Visit Preview: 'Beautiful Creatures' brings the world of Casters to life

Richard LaGravenese is directing the February 2013 release
NEW ORLEANS - Being up all night in The Big Easy isn't unusual, but this May, I skipped revelry on Bourbon Street and, like many a teenager, I stayed up until 3 a.m. finishing "Beautiful Creatures," the first book in Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Caster Chronicles series.
 
The novel -- you can find it in the Young Adult Occult Romance section of your local chain bookstore -- was hard to put down and I've subsequently finished the sequel "Beautiful Darkness" (I'll get to "Beautiful Chaos" at some point), but I was really doing my homework. The following day, I joined two other journalists in crossing the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway to Covington, Louisiana to visit the set of Warner Brothers' feature adaptation of the book, set to hit theaters on February 13, 2013.
 
Garcia and Stohl's Gatlin, South Carolina may be fictional, but on that steamy May day, Covington was doing a terrific job of playing the archetypal Southern town, with humidity and Spanish moss dripping from every surface. 
 
For the uninitiated, "Beautiful Creatures" is the story of fairly ordinary high school student Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), who falls in love with the exotic Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) and discovers that Gatlin is actually a hotbed for supernatural activity, including witches and other... well... beautiful creatures. 
 
While the young ensemble of "Beautiful Creatures," which also features Zoey Deutch (playing Emily Asher) and Thomas Mann (as Ethan's comic relief buddy Link), may be dominated fresh-faced relative unknowns, what should draw viewers beyond fans of the wildly popular genre is a supporting cast that features Oscar winners Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons, Oscar nominee Viola Davis and Emmy winner Margo Martindale. 
 
Those are some heavy hitters and they were drawn, no doubt, by the presence of Oscar nominated writer-director Richard LaGravenese.
 
"I know people are going to compare it to 'Hunger Games' or 'Twilight' or whatever, but those are just big franchises with heightened and/or supernatural themes," says "Shameless" star Emmy Rossum, who plays the bewitching Ridley. "So we definitely fit in that realm, but I think even moreso than the book -- I mean the book was definitely different than those in that the core of it being a love story between star-crossed lovers, very Romeo and Juliet: one's a witch, one's not, and they can't be together, that whole thing. That's totally a universal theme --  But to me, when you've got somebody Richard, who's such an amazing writer to adapt the book, because it's really an adaptation, it's not verbatim the book. A lot of things are changed. Some plot points are changed, some things are explained further than they were in the book or changed, and the world is completely visually created by [cinematographer Philippe Rousselot] and Richard in a very -- going with what we did with Ridley -- a very haute couture, kind of fantastical, magical place, some of which references when you read the script directly from paintings that Richard loves. He's going to visually recreate the world in that way. So I think, visually, we're going to be very different from those films."
 
Rossum, it should be noted, is a big fan of the books and although her Ridley looks very little like Garcia and Stohl's description of the character, trust me when I say that nobody will be disappointed by her interpretation.
 
And Thompson offers reassurance that one needn't be fluent in the world of casters and incubi to enjoy what the "Fisher King" and "Bridges of Madison County" scribe is doing here.
 
"I haven't read the books yet, I will," Thompson says. "But I love the script, I thought the script was funny and witty and very much a kind of intelligently-told very fun story. And the part was one of the most interesting I've been asked to play in a long time."
 
In our day on the "Beautiful Creatures" set, we saw the filming of two scenes and chatted with Deutch, Mann, Ehrenreich and the marvelously gracious Thompson, who swapped in an out of her Southern accent during the interview, and the equally gracious Rossum, who delivered cups of melon water during lunch when we were initially skeptical at the beverage's magical properties. 
 
Stay tuned for those conversations, plus on-set production details -- Spectacular craft service fried chicken and more! -- as we get a little closer to the February 13 premiere.
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<p>Matthew Perry meets his new support group in &quot;Go On.&quot;</p>

Matthew Perry meets his new support group in "Go On."

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Review: 'Go On' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new NBC sitcom?

I posted my review of NBC's "Go Onthis morning. Now it's your turn. What did everybody else think of Matthew Perry's latest comeback vehicle? Better or worse than "Mr. Sunshine" (Yay)? Did you also see the similarities to the "Community" pilot — and, if so, did that bother you in any way? Do you think the show has the ability to make grief into the subject for a sitcom? Did you laugh at anything outside of March Sadness? And will you be watching again when the next episode airs on September 11? 

Have at it.

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"Big Brother"

"Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Danielle is in control, but can she oust Frank?

It's time to fight for the POV, but will it change the game?

Well, Frank is on the block yet again. There's no way he can survive another week, can he? It seems the majority of the house wants Frank out, Danielle is firm in her convictions and as Danielle tearily assures Wil, he is far too beloved to be at risk for going home. But if we know anything about "Big Brother," it's that the Chenbot has to tell us each week there's a shocking twist or a shocking surprise or something shocking so that we'll tune in -- and this week was actually, well, a little shocking. Color me shocked.

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