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Hitfix goes into the studio with Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda for 'Living Things'

Hitfix goes into the studio with Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda for 'Living Things'

Come with us for a spin around the new album

While making its new album, “Living Things,” Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda says, “it almost felt like a drug trip.”

Shinoda played six new songs from the set, out June 26,  for Hitfix and a handful of other bloggers in a North Hollywood studio a few days ago. He further prefaced the listening session by adding, “We realized we’d run away from the things we started with.” But instead of returning to the sound of its first album, 2000’s “Hybrid Theory,”  Linkin Park, along with producer Rick Rubin (who co-produced with Shinoda), sought to bring out the best of the band’s rock and rap  mix  and pour in new sounds to create something else.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Hani Furstenberg and Gael Garcia Bernal in &quot;The Loneliest Planet.&quot;</p>

Hani Furstenberg and Gael Garcia Bernal in "The Loneliest Planet."

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A postcard from the IndieLisboa Film Festival

'The Loneliest Planet' and '17 Girls' impress
LISBON - There’s a reason, I think, why many of the world’s great film festivals take place in locations that wouldn’t rate an extended visit on their own merits. Cannes? Residual beachy glamour aside, a dingy little scab on a coastline with far better spots to offer. Toronto? Pleasant enough, but as unsexy as its festival’s all-business reputation. Venice is lovely, sure; the Lido – the wilted, quarantined resort island that actually hosts the festival – not so much. Most festival organizers, after all, want you in the cinema or at the adjacent parties, not independently tourist-traipsing around world heritage sites. If they could lure journalists to the New Jersey Turnpike, there’d probably be a festival there.
 
Which is why the IndieLisboa International Film Festival, which I’ve been exploring at a gentle pace since Monday (though it kicked off last week), poses the mother of all first-world problems to its guests: how do you make the most of what the festival has to offer when Lisbon, one of Europe’s most unassumingly gorgeous cities, is on your doorstep? The directors have cunningly tried to separate the two by situating the festival HQ in a dauntingly cavernous bank in the quieter, more plainly frosted northern reaches of the city, but the delights of the Portuguese capital, with its two-tone cobbled streets, nattily tiled terraces and overspill of custard-scented patisseries knit together by wonky vintage trams, are still mere minutes away.
 
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<p>Zeus</p>

Zeus

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Exclusive: Watch Zeus' live video version of 'Hello, Tender Love'

Rockers unfurl the blues for this morning-starter

Zeus have their own studio, III Eagle, and like any good showmen, the Canadian group like to show off their toys.

The quartet have recorded a "Live from III Eagle" version of every song from their newest album "Busting Visions," and today HitFix gets to unveil "Hello, Tender Love" from those sessions.

The rock act has been garnering comparisons to T Rex and The Who, but here they wring out a swaying bluesy ode like a heart-hurt Link Wray or contemporaries the Black Keys. Three-quarters of the band can sing, and sing they do, though here Mike O'Brien (who looks suspiciously like Gary Oldman) counters his own lead guitar with this striking melody.

"Busting Visions" was out at the end of March. You can sample it here.

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<p>Tom Hardy in &quot;Lawless.&quot;</p>

Tom Hardy in "Lawless."

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Cannes Check: John Hillcoat's 'Lawless'

Continuing our preview series on the Cannes competition

The director: John Hillcoat (Australian, 50 years old)

The talent: You want names? You got 'em. Hillcoat's latest brings together a handful of the industry's brightest young things, including Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Mia Wasikowska and newly minted Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain. Burnishing the lineup a bit are older hands like Guy Pearce (who worked with Hillcoat on "The Proposition") and Gary Oldman, also fresh off his first tip of the hat from the Academy. Meanwhile, between Pearce and Wasikowska, plus fellow Aussies Noah Taylor and Jason Clarke in support, Hollywood immigrant Hillcoat remains committed to keeping his home flag flying. 

Also making a very Australian affair of this all-American bootlegging tale is the fact that the screenplay is by rock icon Nick Cave -- his first since penning Hillcoat's 2005 breakout feature "The Proposition." Naturally, as has been the case with all Hillcoat's work, Cave (alongside regular collaborator Warren Ellis) is also responsible for the original score.

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<p>Channing Tatum relives his glory days in &quot;Magic Mike.&quot;&nbsp;The Steven Soderbergh film will have its world premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival.</p>

Channing Tatum relives his glory days in "Magic Mike." The Steven Soderbergh film will have its world premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival.

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'Magic Mike' and 'People Like Us' will debut at 2012 LA Film Festival

Lots of Sundance alums will make their LA debut downtown

Los Angelenos are in for a treat.  Film Independent announced the line up for the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival and it's once again a mix of studio and pseudo-indie world premieres as well as buzzed about titles from Sundance and SXSW.  This inherently has made the LA Film Fest an awards season catch up for both industry media and development players.  And it doesn't hurt it comes right on the heels of Cannes to give some perspective for the awards season game in the months to come.

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<p>Seeing Tom Hiddleston smile is a little unsettling after you've seen his diabolical performance as Loki in 'The Avengers'</p>

Seeing Tom Hiddleston smile is a little unsettling after you've seen his diabolical performance as Loki in 'The Avengers'

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Watch: Tom Hiddleston talks about doing battle with 'The Avengers'

Loki digs deep into the psychology of his character in this summer's megamovie

It was during a set visit for the movie "Thor" that I met Tom Hiddleston for the first time.

He was in full costume as Loki at the time, and he was happy to be talking to reporters about his part in the film as Thor's brother and the instigator of much trouble.  As with any Marvel visit, we were being carefully supervised the entire time by the film's producers, who were working hard to make sure no real secrets were revealed to us.

There was a mishap earlier in the day with video playback that meant we accidentally saw the first 1/3 of the film played back in high speed as a collection of footage, animatics, and artwork, and so I think people were even more on edge than normal.  As we interviewed Hiddleston, Feige had to take a few steps away to take a phone call, and so we pressed our advantage as a group.

"Is it true you're going to also be the bad guy in 'The Avengers'?"

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<p>Mark and Bopper of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Mark and Bopper of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Mark & Bopper talk 'The Amazing Race'

Team Kentucky talks about their reception back home and more
In an "Amazing Race" season that has sometimes struggled to find teams worth rooting for, self-described Kentucky boys Mark Jackson and William "Bopper" Minton never had any trouble endearing themselves to viewers.
 
Mark & Bopper were so immediately relatable and sympathetic and their enthusiasm for the experience of "The Amazing Race" was so contagious that at one point during the season, Art & JJ offered a chunk of a first place reward to Bopper, to assist his daughter. "The Amazing Race" isn't a show in which teams routinely give away their prizes, so that's not a gesture to take lightly.
 
That was the first time Mark & Bopper finished last, but it turned out to be a Non-Elimination Leg and they recovered in the next Leg to continue their journey.
 
A few episodes later, difficulties mastering choreography for a Bollywood dance number, coupled by health issues for both Mark & Bopper, led to their second time in last. Fortunately for them, it was a second Non-Elimination Leg. 
 
It was like "The Amazing Race" couldn't stand to see them go.
 
Of course, when Mark & Bopper finished last for the third time on this past Sunday's episode, there was nothing to be done and Team Kentucky was sent back to Clay County, hoping they'd done right by their community.
 
In our exit interview, Mark & Bopper talked about how they've been received back home, how they maintained their spirits on the Race and about that offer from Art & JJ. [As viewers of the show know, they're pretty passionate guys, especially Mark, and there were a bunch of questions I didn't get to ask... ]
 
Click through for the full interview...
 
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<p>The cover art for one of the editions of Jo Nesbo's crime thriller features the title of the book hidden in the bottom ball of a snowman. &nbsp;GET&nbsp;IT?!</p>

The cover art for one of the editions of Jo Nesbo's crime thriller features the title of the book hidden in the bottom ball of a snowman.  GET IT?!

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Source Material: 'The Snowman' could be cold-blooded crime thriller from Scorsese

How does the seventh book in the Harry Hole series look as a potential Hollywood thriller?

With the way Hollywood churns through material these days, we thought it was worth taking a look at the various sources they're pulling from and discussing what they might make from these books, games, TV shows, or whatever else they use.  For today's column, we look at Jo Nesbo's 'The Snowman,' a crime novel set to be adapted by Martin Scorsese.

PREMISE

The seventh installment in the Harry Hole series, "The Snowman" is a Norwegian crime thriller about a serial killer and the cop who is determined to stop him.  And, yes, it really is that simple.

Harry Hole is a deeply flawed man, an alcoholic who barely manages to keep his appetites under control, but his brilliance is what continually saves him from being fired.  One of the few Norwegian officers to ever go to America for training by the FBI, he is also one of the only Norwegian officers to ever assist in the capture of a serial killer.

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Chris Mann and Lindsey Pavao on 'The Voice'

One of these two isn't in the finals (and it's not the right one): Chris Mann and Lindsey Pavao on 'The Voice'

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Recap: 'The Voice' semifinal results

Which four singers made it through to the finals?

When "The Voice" lets people go, they let people go fast.

Back in the battle rounds it was hard work just to keep track of who was who. But now that the field is down to eight, we've got a clear picture of who deserves to win (*cough*Jamar*cough*).

Tonight is about whittling down the eight semifinalists to four finalists -- one to represent each coach. So let's get to it...

First, a few words from the coaches about saying goodbye to one of their final two hopefuls:

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<p>&quot;Glee&quot; had a storyline involving domestic abuse tonight. FOX had no pictures from that storyline.</p>

"Glee" had a storyline involving domestic abuse tonight. FOX had no pictures from that storyline.

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Recap: 'Glee' - 'Choke'

The show attempts to address an important topic, but ends up doing it a major disservice

How much reality can “Glee” actually handle?

It’s a legitimate question, and one the show has never really gotten a handle on. Remember way back when Terri was faking her pregnancy, and it was really freaking terrible and stupid and soapy, but then Will found out, and then sh$t got REALLY REAL for about thirty seconds? Those were thirty seconds of menace, with violence dripping in the air, and Matthew Morrison and Jessalyn Gilsig sold the living hell out of that half-minute. But it was a half-minute rolled up inside the greater context of “Glee,” which made that scene more problematic as a part of a whole. Ryan Murphy seems to not care about the whole so long as things work in the moment, but television isn’t a series of independent moments strung together sequentially. It works as the sum of its parts, and for three seasons, the various parts of “Glee” have been at war with each other.

Such a conflict is problematic but normally nothing to get actually truly mad about. The frustration that comes from a show which pinballs between characters, motives, motifs, and moods is fuel for Twitter snark and animated GIFs. We can laugh off Will desperately wanting his students to be at his wedding while Quinn simultaneously wonders if she can ever walk again as Teen Jesus sports an erection while helping her with physical therapy. Those things don’t really have a place in the same episode, season, or even universe, but the uneasily coexist all the same on a weekly basis on “Glee”. Still, the show creates pockets of unexpectedly powerful or funny moments on a semi-regular basis, with only the weakest episodes devoid of either. Honestly, the worst crime an episode of “Glee” can commit is being boring.

Or so I thought.

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<p>Justin Long and Zooey Deschanel on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Justin Long and Zooey Deschanel on "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Backslide': Nick, of time

Justin Long returns as Jess and Nick both get tangled up in exes

A review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I'm a grown man who dresses like an unsponsored professional skateboarder...

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<p>Josh Hopkins and Dan Byrd on &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Josh Hopkins and Dan Byrd on "Cougar Town."

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'Cougar Town' 'Southern Accents': All in the family

Jules resents Grayson's baby mama, Laurie raises Bobby's consciousness and Andy seeks office

A review of tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I can prove forethought in a pig murder...

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