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Listen: Rush takes off on new single, 'Headlong Flight'

New album, tour coming as well for venerated rock trio

Rock titans Rush return with “Clockwork Angels,” the band's first studio album in five years, on June 12.

First single, “Headlong Flight” landed at rock radio today (19). The full song, embedded below,  is more than 7 minutes long. As the title suggests, the protagonist longs to take flight. Neil Peart’s drumming sounds as amazing as always:  it anchors the shifting tempos and moods, as Alex Lifeson’s guitar work soars above it all.  Geddy Lee’s vocals are strong, but they don’t stand out as his most potent, especially since they are fairly down in the mix (until near the end). It’s an opus that floats along without a hint of a chorus, but is compelling as different elements come into play. Plus, given there’s a mechanical voiceover that comes in around 4:15, it seems as if there’s a narrative here that will become clearer as we hear more of the album.

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<p>Vampire Weekend</p>

Vampire Weekend

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Listen: Interpol and Vampire Weekend members releasing solo albums

System of a Down and Das Racist too, plus: One of the Ramones resurrected

Sometimes you gotta go it alone. That's what members of Interpol, Vampire Weekend, System of a Down and Das Racist are saying this week. And wouldn't you know it? Joey Ramone, were he alive, would agree. Or at least, that's what BMG would have you believe.

The record label will be releasing the Ramones frontman's long-gestating second posthumous solo album "...Ya Know?" on May 22, with its 15 tracks featuring collaborations from " Joan Jett, Little Steven Van Zandt, former Ramones drummer Richie Ramone, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Dennis Diken of the Smithereens, Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye and members of the Ramones' punk-era contemporaries The Dictators."

"Joey Ramone was one of the key figures in a musical revolution whose impact is still being felt today. We are honored that Joey's brother Mickey and his estate have entrusted this album to BMG," BMG exec Jason Hradil. "The album represents the very best of the recordings Ramone left behind and assembled by his brother Mickey Leigh, manager Dave Frey and trusted producer Ed Stasium."

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<p>Anything&nbsp;I write about this photo is going to get me in trouble with my wife.&nbsp; Suffice it to say, I&nbsp;await 'Sin City:&nbsp;A Dame To Kill For' eagerly.</p>

Anything I write about this photo is going to get me in trouble with my wife.  Suffice it to say, I await 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' eagerly.

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Robert Rodriguez confirms Rourke and Rosario returning for 'Sin City 2'

Good thing, since we can't imagine Marv without the Mick

I guess some of this feels inevitable, but if a decade-plus of covering this industry has taught me anything, it is that common sense rarely rules the day.  Just because Robert Rodriguez is finally making a sequel to "Sin City," we shouldn't just assume that he's going to have the same cast back… should we?

When Rodriguez spoke with MTV News this week, he said that Mickey Rourke has agreed to return as Marv, the role that helped kickstart his successful comeback.  That's good news, because if anyone on this planet looks like they stepped out of a comic book, it's Mickey Freakin' Rourke.  And it sounds like Rosario Dawson is also coming back to play Gail, one of the most visually striking characters the already-visually-striking Dawson has ever played.

In 2007, there were rumors that Angelina Jolie was set to star in the film, but it sounds like Rodriguez threw some cold water on those rumors.  The process never really got that far, and right now, Jolie's not involved at all.

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<p>Carrie Underwood</p>

Carrie Underwood

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Listen: Six things we learned from Carrie Underwood's 'Blown Away' sampler

Hear snippets of the May 1 album now

Carrie Underwood’s new album, “Blown Away,” doesn’t come out for almost two more weeks, but a 7-minute sampler of snippets from  the “American Idol” winner’s fourth studio album has surfaced on and they're very revealing. Click on the link to hear.

We’ll review the album when we get to hear the whole thing in full, but here are five things we can glean from the sampling. Mark Bright produced the set.

1) She’s dealing with a few demons from her past. In the dramatic title cut, she sings “There’s not enough rain in Oklahoma to wash the sins out of that house.”  Like Martina McBride, she does drama well.

2) Underwood only grows more and more confident in her vocal abilities. After “Idol,” she didn’t quite seem to know how to harness her talents, but she’s only gotten stronger and stronger with each album in terms of knowing when to belt, when to hold back, and feeling sure about her choices.

3) She’s wasn't done with the cheating songs after "Before He Cheats."  On “Two Black Cadillacs,”  her man has been caught fooling around and there’s going to be hell to pay.

4) Though first single, “Good Girl” is a raucous affair, it sounds like the album is a strong mix of ballads and uptempo tunes, plus she straddles the line between pop and country (listen to how many fiddles and banjos are in this sampler alone). Sounds like there’s a lot of depth on “Blown Away.”

5) Even though Underwood has said that the time isn’t right for her and hubby, hockey player Mike Fisher,  to  have kids yet, she’s ready to sing about it. “Forever Changed” includes a verse about “blooming” from within when pregnant.

6) She wants to make us cry again. We've barely dried our tears from "Temporary Home," but even the little bit of "Good In Goodbye" was enough to make us sniffle a little.

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<p>&quot;Oh thank GOD, I'm so hungry...&quot;</p>
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"Oh thank GOD, I'm so hungry..."

Watch: R. Kelly suggests how to re-populate the world in 'Share My Love'

I know it's hard to believe, but...

I know conceptually, the music video for R. Kelly's "Share My Love" will be difficult to comprehend, but bear with me.

Girls with big boobs and small waists are romanced by Kelly in his mansion and then join the R&B singer at a party that is also mostly populated by girls with big boobs and small waists and they all dance for and with him. There is a brand name liquor product placement. Kells looks satisfied with all his achievements, he makes love to the soft edges of the '70s, the end.

Hell, at least I liked the song.

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<p>Jane Levy and Carly Chaikin in &quot;Suburgatory.&quot;</p>

Jane Levy and Carly Chaikin in "Suburgatory."

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'Suburgatory' - 'Entering Eden': Still clueless after all these years

Alicia Silverstone and Jeremy Sisto reunite, but a missing dog case highlights the episode

A review of last night's "Suburgatory" coming up just as soon as I have joystick-based security...

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<p>Seriously... it's like the Cannes Festival wants to reward us with traffic this morning.&nbsp; Pattinson and Stewart in the same festival?&nbsp; It's like Christmas.</p>

Seriously... it's like the Cannes Festival wants to reward us with traffic this morning.  Pattinson and Stewart in the same festival?  It's like Christmas.

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3D, Kidman, Cotillard and more in closer look at the first wave of titles for Cannes Fest

It's time to start getting excited... but about what, exactly?

The press conference to announce the first batch of titles that will play this year's Cannes Film Festival began around 2:30 AM PST, but the line-up more than made up for the half-hour delay from the promised start time.

Thierry Fremaux, director of the festival, took the stage to announce the first 50 or so titles, and it's an exciting event on paper.  The potential here is almost intoxicating, even without some of the much-speculated-about titles.  I'm going to be at the festival for the second time this year, and I have a feeling I'm going to do much better this year in terms of how much I see and how I prioritize the films I'm going to attend.

For example, I am fairly sure I'll be seeing the 1984 film "Once Upon A Time In America," and I'm dying to see if the 269-minute cut of the film finally resolves the issues that keep it from being one of my favorite Sergio Leone films.  And I'm going to see the restoration of Roman Polanski's "Tess," just as sure as I'm going to see the Laurent Bouzereau documentary "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir."

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

Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy in "Lawless."

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Cannes lineup heavy on U.S. fare as Twi-hards prepare to mob fest

Cronenberg, Salles, Daniels, Hillcoat, Dominik and Nichols all in Competition

What do Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Zac Efron and Shia LaBeouf all have in common? Speak up, I can't hear you above all that high-pitched screaming. If what you're trying to say is that they're all set to walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival next month as their new films premiere in Competition, then you'd be right. Cue every Cannes-bound journalist throwing a set of earplugs into their luggage.

Of course, it's not as if those august Cannes selectors have acquiesced to the Twilight generation. All of them are appearing in the kind of grown-up, semi-arthouse fare that is par for the course at Cannes: Pattinson in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," Stewart in Walter Salles's "On the Road," Efron in Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy," LaBeouf in John Hillcoat's "Lawless" (formerly "The Wettest County in the World").

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'Sound of My Voice's' Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij admit they know the truth about Maggie

'Sound of My Voice's' Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij admit they know the truth about Maggie

Is the cult leader from the future or not?

Besides the buzz around "Bully," the art house scene has been pretty quiet since the long string of Oscar players died out at the beginning of March. That will all change next Friday when Zal Batmanglij's "Sound of My Voice" finally hits theaters.

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<p>Robert Pattinson in David Cronenberg's &quot;Cosmopolis&quot;</p>

Robert Pattinson in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis"

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Robert Pattinson leaves 'Twilight' for Cronenberg in the first 'Cosmopolis' trailer

The film is confirmed as an official Cannes selection

Some time tomorrow the line-up of films for the 65th annual Cannes International Film Festival will be unveiled. Guy will have plenty to say on that as he'll be covering things from the Croisette yet again, but while speculation about this or that has kept the guessing game lively, we know a few things.

Earlier today it was revealed that a nearly four-and-a-half hour cut of Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America" will debut at the fest. And ahead of the official announcement, the first trailer for David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" follow-up "Cosmopolis," adapted from the Don DeLillo novel, reveals that it is an official selection for this year's program.

I was personally no fan of Cronenberg's last film, which hit the fall festival circuit. At all. But with this trailer it looks like he's back in the pocket I like. I mean, it's about a rich dude (Robert Pattinson) taking his limo across town to get a haircut.

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<p>Jeff Probst played auctioneer on Wednesday's &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>
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Jeff Probst played auctioneer on Wednesday's "Survivor"

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Recap: 'Survivor: One World' - 'I'm No Dummy'

It's Eight versus Troyzan, but will that be enough?
Pre-credit sequence. Jay is gone and Troyzan returns to Tikiano camp aware that he's almost certainly next in line. "It is what it is. Nothing personal," Sabrina tells Troyzan. "Take it as a compliment," Christina tells him. Troyzan tries stirring up aggravation around the fire and ends up in a shouting match with Alicia. "I don't see why he's upset with me. I didn't vote for him," Alicia says truthfully, albeit with a caveat. "I'm totally pissed off," Troyzan says, vowing that when he gets pissed off, he gets fired up and he vows to win every Immunity from now on. "This is just Troyzan versus everybody else," he announces. 
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<p>Mark Ruffalo puts on his best Brando to get a laugh out of co-star Scarlett Johansson during an interview about their new film 'The Avengers'</p>

Mark Ruffalo puts on his best Brando to get a laugh out of co-star Scarlett Johansson during an interview about their new film 'The Avengers'

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Watch: 'Avengers' stars Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson share a laugh

The Hulk and the Black Widow go head to head to discuss their new film

In 1994, I had my first play produced as part of a one-act theater festival here in Los Angeles at the Met Theater.  The festival was cast by Risa Bramon Garcia, who was one of the biggest casting agents in the business at the time, and one of the other plays that was produced as part of the festival was "Betrayal By Everyone," by Kenneth Lonergan.  That was eventually expanded into "This Is Our Youth," and the play put both Lonergan and Mark Ruffalo on the map.

During the festival, I made time to see the play that Ruffalo was in several times, and he earned a nickname among the people working on the fest:  Baby Brando.  There was a crazy intensity to his work that had people talking about him, and it didn't surprise me at all to see him continue to work with Lonergan in the years that followed.

When we sat down to talk about his work in "The Avengers" the other day, he was paired with the lovely Scarlett Johansson, and when I brought up the Act One festival, he was excited to talk about that time.  The nickname, though, was news to him, and Johansson took visible pleasure in being able to use that as ammunition in the teasing that seems to be a constant between the cast members of this film.  He did a Brando impression for her even as she started busting his chops about his work in the "thea-tah," and by the time we rolled tape, they were both laughing and kidding around.

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