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<p>&nbsp;Maroon 5</p>

 Maroon 5

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Watch: Maroon 5's Adam Levine steps into the ring in 'One More Night' video

Lead singer works on his boxing skills in new clip

Maroon 5’s video for new single, “One More Night,” will bow Monday at 7:53 p.m. ET on MTV, but in the meantime, you can enjoy a sneak preview.

It looks like lead singer/"The Voice" mentor Adam Levine continues to exercise his acting chops and prep for his upcoming roles in "American Horror Story" and "Can A Song Save Your Life.". After playing a bank robber in the  clip for “Payphone,” he’s a boxer here. Any reason to show off those abs, right Adam? To be fair, the song, which deals with Levine trying to get out of a bad relationship that leaves him feeling horrible, until the next time he crawls back.

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber's good, bad and ugly week: David Letterman, 'Believe' and One Direction

The Biebs and Mark Wahlberg have a basketball movie planned?

It’s been a mixed week for Justin Bieber. To be sure, the scales tipped to the positive, given that his new album “Believe” is guaranteed to come in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart next week (and if his tweets are to be believed, in 34 countries overall), but he got kicked around a little bit on television.

His two-part NBC special, “Justin Bieber: All Around the World,” to put it politely, tanked in the ratings. That’s not all that surprising given that Bieber’s tween audience prefers to get its Bieber fixes online  via his endless Tweets and video updates.

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<p>&nbsp;Band of Horses</p>

 Band of Horses

Listen: New Band of Horses song, 'Dumpster World'

When does the fourth album from Ben Bridwell-lead group comes out?

Band of Horses held a listening party for their new, still untitled album last night in Hollywood, hosted by leader Ben Bridwell. 

Among the tunes they previewed was “Dumpster World,” a slab of rock that starts out gentle, like a lost Crosby, Stills & Nash tune, and finishes nice and rough. Over a lilting, calm melody, the band unleashes roiling, cautionary lyrics:  "Whenever you lie, well, say a prayer for people who die." Oddly, this line comes right after he's proposed.

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<p>A scene from Pixar's &quot;Brave&quot;</p>

A scene from Pixar's "Brave"

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Tell us what you thought of 'Brave'

Pixar's latest hits theaters today

There's a lot of griping out there about "Brave" not being up to snuff and the downfall of Pixar, etc., etc. While I understand bemoaning the sense of sequelitis that is settling in with the company, I have to say, "Brave" doesn't deserve the barbs. It's a lovely story and a beautifully animated effort. I'm a fan, even if it is inarguable that it's not top-tier Pixar. They don't all have to be. We ran down the studio's top 10 films earlier in the week in anticipation of this weekend's release, but now the film makes its way to the public and you get your say. So offer it up in the comments section below if/when you get around to seeing it, and feel free to rank it above after you do so.

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<p>Al Swearengen (Ian McShane)&nbsp;is on the mend on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) is on the mend on "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 5: 'Complications' (Veterans edition)

Al recuperates, Alma gets a surprise, and Merrick stirs up trouble

We're into week 4 of 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.

A review of episode 5, "Complications," coming up just as soon as I give you a sarcastic thumbs up...

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<p>Al Swearengen (Ian McShane)&nbsp;is on the mend on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) is on the mend on "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 5: 'Complications' (Newbies edition)

Al recuperates, Alma gets a surprise, and Merrick stirs up trouble

We're into week 4 of 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.

A review of episode 5, "Complications," coming up just as soon as I give you a sarcastic thumbs up...

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<p>Garret Dillahunt on &quot;Raising Hope.&quot;</p>

Garret Dillahunt on "Raising Hope."

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If I had an Emmy ballot 2012: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

The men of '30 Rock,' 'Raising Hope,' 'Louie' and more

Time for part 5 of our look at the Emmy nominations process for 2012. As always, Fienberg and I are going to approach things in two ways. I'll pretend that I have an Emmy ballot and make my picks for the six actors or shows I would put on my ballot, while Dan will rank the potential nominees from most likely to least. And, as always, we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't consider people who didn't submit themselves, nor can we reassign anyone to a more suitable or easier category.

We've now wrapped up our picks for the supporting actor categories, so it's time to move onto Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Dan's predictions are here, and my preferences are coming right up...

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<p>Quvenzhan&eacute; Wallis talks about her breakout role in &quot;Beasts of the Southern Wild.&quot;</p>

Quvenzhané Wallis talks about her breakout role in "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

Is 'Beasts of the Southern Wild's' Quvenzhané Wallis ready for her close up?

Plus: A conversation with director Benh Zeitlin

LOS ANGELES - To remark that Quvenzhané Wallis is not your everyday 8-year-old is something of an understatement. In a relatively short amount of time she's been cast as the lead in an unconventional independent film, traveled to Park City, Utah where such film dominated Sundance's jury awards and then crossed the Atlantic where the same film became an international favorite at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.  These are the magical and joyous days of the cast and filmmakers behind "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and as another newcomer and Wallis' onscreen father noted in an interview last week, "We're riding a wave."

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Watch: John Lasseter talks 'Brave,' Steve Jobs and Marvel prospects

Watch: John Lasseter talks 'Brave,' Steve Jobs and Marvel prospects

Pixar chief talks about the studio's storyteller-driven focus
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - At the dinner that opened the recent press junket for "Brave" in Edinburgh, John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studio, made a huge sartorial sacrifice on behalf of his companies' newest venture. 
 
Lasseter stood up and greeted a room of press and luminaries from the film without the Hawaii shirts that have been his trademark for years. Befitting the bagpipers that led us into the hall, the haggis on the menu and, of course, "Brave" itself, Lasseter was fully decked out in a kilt. 
 
Less than 12 hours later, sitting at the Balmoral Hotel, Lasseter was back in his Hawaiian finery for interviews. After all, he's been chatting with reporters in Hawaiian shirts through 12 Pixar films and by any imaginable standard, the Hawaiian shirts and Pixar have done pretty well together. 
 
As has been mentioned previously, "Brave" is the 13th Pixar feature and the first toplined by a female character. In our conversation, Lasseter discusses that milestone, talks about the tribute to the late Steve Jobs that comes at the top of the closing credits and talks in a quick circle around my question about a Pixar/Marvel team-up.
 
By now, you've had the chance to watch my interviews with the charming Kelly Macdonald and the spirited Kevin McKidd. plus my interesting and energetic chat with director Mark Andrews and producer Katherine Sarafian. I'm thinking my humiliating archery video will go up on Saturday.
 
"Brave" opens on Friday, June 22.

 

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<p>A scene from &quot;The Imposter.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

A scene from "The Imposter." 

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Edinburgh Film Festival: 'The Imposter,' 'Home for the Weekend'

One of the world's oldest film festivals kicked off its 65th edition yesterday

EDINBURGH - Once touted as the UK’s answer to Sundance, particularly when positioned against the more glamorous autumnal offerings of the newly shortened London Film Festival, the Edinburgh Film Festival has quietly gone into reboot mode in its 65th year. Actually, that irritatingly fashionable verb may be better replaced with “rebuild”: after the commercial and PR debacle of last year’s edition, whereby last-minute switches in management and a particularly granola programme had some prophesying the death of the world’s oldest continually-running film festival, newly appointed director Chris Fujiwara was handed awfully little with which to work.

Wisely, he’s decided not to bite off more than he can chew. This year’s Edinburgh lineup is unapologetically small in scale—even compared to recent years, when the festival could still filch the odd Cannes title, the selections here feel modest—but there are pleasing flashes of daring and eccentricity in the programming that at least suggest some renewed curatorial conviction: a Gregory LaCava retrospective, for example, wouldn’t have happened last year.

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<p>Elijah Wood and Robin Williams in &quot;Wilfred.&quot;</p>

Elijah Wood and Robin Williams in "Wilfred."

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Season premiere review: 'Wilfred' - 'Progress'

Robin Williams tries to help Ryan deal with his issues

FX decided to bring "Wilfred" back a week in advance of the rest of its Thursday premieres, and I have a review of tonight's episode coming up just as soon as someone gets this Tic-Tac from under my wheel...

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 'American Idol's' Casey Abrams on hanging with Scotty McCreery and his best buddy

'American Idol's' Casey Abrams on hanging with Scotty McCreery and his best buddy

What's behind his chemistry with Haley Reinhart?

When Casey Abrams appeared on “American Idol” in season 10, he was unlike any other contestant the show had seen: Bushy-bearded and thumping on his upright bass, he cast an immediately memorable figure.

In the year since, he’s been hard at work on his post- “Idol” debut. "Casey Abrams," out June 26, is a sunny mix of pop and jazz that feels perfect for a summer day from first single, “Simple Life,” to album closer, “Hit The Road Jack,” a remake of the Ray Charles standard with his “Idol”-mate Haley Reinhart.

Abrams calls from a sweltering New York, while on a promotional tour for the album. Despite the temperature, the 21-year old jokes that he may go out into the city streets and open his guitar case and see what he can earn. “I’ve never actually tried busking before,” he says. But first, he answers our questions about Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery, crafting a pop song, and his best buddy, Rocky.

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