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The Black Keys

Watch: Black Keys feature a 'Lonely Boy' on first single from new album

This 'El Camino' is driven by a lip-syncing superfan

The Black Keys are no strangers to bizarre music videos, and the latest for single "Lonely Boy" is no exception.

This single-shot video features the hot-stepping and lip-sycning of a man who is decidedly not the Black Keys. He, however, exhibits a familiarity of the tune as though he were.

Interestingly, the clip was shot by Jesse Dylan, an acclaimed media executive and the director of films like "Kicking & Screaming." He is also is the son of Bob Dylan. I'm not sure why the big guns were brought in for a video that looks like it was shot on your iPhone.

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<p>Eddie Murphy sings and dances on Letterman, which he says he WON'T be doing at the Oscars.</p>

Eddie Murphy sings and dances on Letterman, which he says he WON'T be doing at the Oscars.

Credit: CBS

David Letterman talks hosting the Oscars with Eddie Murphy

The former host to the 'Tower Heist' star: 'It ain't all it's cracked up to be.'

Eddie Murphy and Brett Ratner have been making the press rounds lately talking up their latest film, "Tower Heist." Which, by the way, well, let me address that real quick.

I quite enjoyed "Tower Heist." It's a diversion, and Murphy isn't in it to the extent that you might think (he doesn't really figure in until the second act rolls around -- more of him would have been great, actually). But the final action sequence is fun and gripping. Michael Pena should be tapped for comic relief in, like, everything. And it's worth noting that there is a zeitgeisty haves/have-nots article waiting to write itself in both the release of this film and "In Time."

But I digress. Naturally, Ratner and Murphy have been fielding a ton of questions regarding the Oscar telecast they will produce and host respectively in February. It's the usual light and fluffy chatter, nothing to really sink your teeth into. Murphy has been quipping all over the place that he'll be "the worst Oscar host in history," that kind of thing. Winks and nudges and "we don't have anything to say so let's give them something because they won't stop asking."

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<p>Marie and Liz of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Marie and Liz of "The Amazing Race"

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HitFix Interview: Liz & Marie talk 'The Amazing Race'

Wonder Twin powers activate for the latest 'Race' exit interview
Often, Non-Elimination Legs can offer a welcome reprieve, allowing teams to race through the inevitably easy Speed Bump penalties, catch up to a straggling rival and remain in the game.
 
That was not the case this week for twins Liz and Marie Canavan. After struggling with wind-blown umbrellas in a Detour only to be spared by host Phil Keoghan and the producers, Liz & Marie struggled through a leg that found them alone for alone for nearly the entire time, often hours behind all of the other teams.
 
In a circumstance that might have led to panic or frustration for more than a few pairings, Liz & Marie had a surprisingly positive leg. The Twins were jubilant when their Speed Bump required them to clean up after Thai elephants. They were optimistic and refused to beg for money when they found themselves in Bangkok without any currency. And they were properly grateful when they caught a few lucky breaks with generous cabbies. Even though they reached the Pit Stop knowing they'd almost certainly been eliminated, they were upbeat when they arrived at the mat.
 
In our exit interview, Liz & Marie discussed keeping the proper attitude, even in the face of defeat, their favorite Race moments and why they don't want people to think they're clones.
 
Click through for the transcript, in which I'm pretty sure I correctly distinguished between Liz and Marie at least 95% of the time...
 
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<p>A&nbsp;scene from &quot;Pina&quot;</p>

A scene from "Pina"

Credit: IFC Films

Wim Wenders brings 'Pina' to three-dimensional life in the trailer for his German Oscar entry

Will the foreign committee spark to modern dance this year?

I saw Wim Wenders's "Pina," an intimately photographed celebration of the work of modern dancer Philippina "Pina" Bausch, at the Telluride Film Festival in September. It has been on the circuit since February and the Berlinale, where 3D came to the art house and Guy was transfixed.

I have enormous respect for the use of 3D in this endeavor, which was chosen as the official German entry in this year's Best Foreign Language Film race, even if modern dance is something I can't quite digest enough to be a true lover of the film. Certainly no one has filmed dance quite like this before, removing the audience from the role of spectator and putting them into the grace and movement of the form with skill and ease. It'll certainly make you forget "Step Up 3D" ever happened, if you haven't already. It was a bold pick by Germany and it could yet find its way into the nominated five in the category.

IFC Films has supplied us with the final trailer for the film, which isn't really that different than what's already out there, save a few bells and whistles and quotes and laurels, etc. Check it out below. The film will open in New York on Dec. 23rd to qualify, and will expand nationwide in January.

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<p>Claire Danes and &quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;will be back for a second season.</p>

Claire Danes and "Homeland" will be back for a second season.

Credit: Showtime

Showtime renews 'Homeland' for season 2

Claire Danes/Damian Lewis drama has been fall's best new show

Showtime's "Homeland" has easily been the best new show of the fall season, comedy or drama. The only concern anybody seems to have with it is whether it can sustain its quality and keep its story - which to this point is a cat-and-mouse game between damaged CIA agent Claire Danes and potential terrorist Damian Lewis - going in an interesting, plausible manner for multiple seasons.

"Homeland" producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa insist they have a long-term plan for the series, and we're going to get a chance to see some of it, now that Showtime has renewed "Homeland" for a second season.

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<p>Michael Fassbender in &quot;Shame&quot;</p>

Michael Fassbender in "Shame"

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Oscarweb Round-up: 'Shame' lands the expected NC-17

Also: Peter Jackson confirmed for a go at 'Tintin' and Alex Baldwin's new podcast

So. We all knew this was coming, right? "Shame," Steve McQueen's raunchy, penetrative (no pun intended), sexually charged, psychologically intense character study staring Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and their naughty bits has received an NC-17 rating. As we've already noted, Fox Searchlight has made the smart choice by getting out ahead of this and embracing it as a badge of honor. Take the MPAA to task if you must. Make the argument that we, as a society, are way too sensitive to images of sex while we are incredibly desensitized to images of violence. The fact of the matter is, the film won't play in a great many theaters as a result of the ruling. But it is no less a masterful piece of cinema from one of the most promising filmmakers of our age. [Box OFfice Mojo]

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<p>Butt-Head and Beavis return to MTV&nbsp;tomorrow night.</p>

Butt-Head and Beavis return to MTV tomorrow night.

Credit: MTV

Review: 'Mike Judge's Beavis & Butt-Head' returns, 14 years later

The boys haven't changed, but the pop culture world has

When "Beavis & Butt-Head" hit it big on MTV in the early '90s, it became the latest televisual thing that was going to bring about the end of Western civilization as we knew it. But we're still here, and if you want to argue that we're worse off as a people than we were back in the day, I can give you a whole bunch of more likely culprits. Hint: several of them air on MTV, and are being mocked by the two guys as the series returns tomorrow night at 10, 14 years after the last season aired, now titled "Mike Judge's Beavis & Butt-Head."

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<p>Puss (Antonio Banderas) and Kitty Softpaws (Selma Hayek)&nbsp;in Chris Miller's &quot;Puss in Boots.&quot;</p>

Puss (Antonio Banderas) and Kitty Softpaws (Selma Hayek) in Chris Miller's "Puss in Boots."

Credit: Dreamworks Animation

Chris Miller directs a cat lover's dream in 'Puss in Boots'

Secrets behind DreamWorks Animation's latest tentpole

I have a confession to make.  I genuinely think "Puss in Boots" is entertaining, funny and a significantly more original movie (even surreal) than what you'd expect for a "Shrek" spin-off.  However, my judgement may be a tad clouded.  As my friends have consistently remarked, I'm a male 'cat lady' in the making with two kittens under my wing (Phoenix and Sookie).  Granted, you can only blame my parents for raising me amongst them.  In fact, there is photographic evidence of our two cats (Charkey and Nutmeg) literally sleeping my crib when I was a newborn "protecting me" and no doubt cementing this lifelong feline bond (note to young parents: this is a big no, no).  But, I digress…

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"Dancing with the Stars"

 "Dancing with the Stars"

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' boots a pair of Broadway babies

Corbin Bleu and Kristin Chenoweth perform

So, who will be going home tonight? The Ewok (Chaz Bono), the bore (Rob Kardashian), the ice queen (Nancy Grace) or someone we'd never expect? I'd hate to guess, as this season has been nothing if not unpredictable. But I am expecting to hear some more fighting words from Maks (or at least not an apology). Maks is not one to back down from a fight. I just hope he doesn't smack Len, because the poor guy might crumble into dust. 

Speaking of Len, he tells us last night was a mix of frights, fights and delights. Cute. He wants to see J.R. and Karina perform their quick step again. I always wonder if this dance is reward or punishment. Sure, it's praise from the judges (they thought it was so nice they want to see it twice!), but I have to think these guys are exhausted and, if they're doing any dancing on a Tuesday, they'd prefer to be working on their next routine. Plus, this performance comes to us after voting has closed, so there's no advantage from that perspective. Still, J.R. and Karina are spot on and charming once again, so from that perspective, it's just plain nice to see. 

Our first couple on the block is J.R. and Karina. I have to say, I'm rooting for J.R. to take the mirror ball. If it's between him and whiney, hypercompetitive Ricki, he's simply more personable, an equally strong dancer, and that war hero thing doesn't hurt, either.  
 
J.R. and Karina… are safe. Good!
 
The other stars huddle with Brooke. Nancy tells Brooke she doesn't feel like a contender. She's just happy to be there. And she had to go straight home last night, because Lucy threw up. That's lovely. 
 
Next, we have a performance from Kristin Chenoweth. Perfectly nice little country song. 
 
Ricki and Derek join Nancy and Tristan on the block. We'll learn their fate... after the break.
 
Ricki and Derek are, of course, safe. Nancy and Tristan are... also safe. Huh. Go figure. I really thought Nancy would have gone home by now -- or at least she'd go home before Chynna. But again, it's an unpredictable season.
 
Oh, goody. A clip segment of the stars talking about the challenges of being on the show set to dramatic music. They all have to step it up. David Arquette is okay with getting shot with cortizone. Nancy just wants to say she did it. Blah, blah, blah. I'm sure all of this is perfectly sincere, but maybe a bunch of stressed out stars isn't what people need to see when unemployment is sky high and "food insecurity" has reached record numbers. Just a thought.
 
Corbin Bleu and our Macy's Stars of Dance do a tribute to Broadway choreographed by Kenny Ortega. Wow, Bleu looks COMPLETELY different without the big hair. On the one hand, he looks more mature. On the other, he looks pretty anonymous. As you might expect, he does a fine job of singing and dancing to Ortega's choreography, which is also as strong as you'd expect. We get the usual suspects, though -- "West Side Story," for example -- except for the segment from "In the Heights," which is a nice surprise. Judging from "DWTS," you'd think Broadway effectively stopped producing anything new around 1980. 
 
Martina McBride performs "I'm Gonna Love You Through It." It's a happy, upbeat cancer song. Just kidding. It's a sad, moving cancer song. They don't shy away from this stuff in country music.
 
Next we have David and Kym facing off against Chaz and Lacey. Oh, my. Chaz does not want to be called an Ewok again. He feels like Bruno is calling him a fat troll every week. Well, he's not wrong to feel insulted, although I have to say -- being called a cute little penguin is not quite as insulting as being called a fat troll. But I guess it doesn't feel very manly, either.
 
The next couple coming back next week is... David and Kym. Chaz and Lacey are in danger. How could they not be? Sorry, but Chaz is really struggling on the dance floor. As much as I hope he gets into shape, I think he needed to be in better shape just to do the show. 
 
Mark, Lacey and some fantastic dancing kids give us a preview of what we can expect from the Halloween episode. Apparently small children will try to strangle the judges. I'll tune in for that!
 
Next, we get to Maks and Hope vs. Rob and Cheryl. And we get to relive Maks' comments. Maks does apologize to Brooke for one thing -- saying "DWTS" is "his" show. All the dancers and stars are important! But no, he isn't taking back anything else he said, even if Carrie Ann looked like she wanted to throttle him for suggesting that Len retire. 
 
The next couple back is Rob and Cheryl. Hope and Maks are... in danger. Why oh why oh WHY is Rob still on this show? It's like watching a ream of paper or a baked potato shuffle around the floor. 
 
Hope and Maks and Chaz and Lacey are our bottom two. Who's going home? I couldn't call it, really. But I suspect Chaz. 
 
The couple leaving right now is... Chaz and Lacey. Well, we won't have this Ewok to push around anymore. He's proud of his journey. He has no regrets. He wanted to show America a different kind of man, because if he'd seen someone like himself while he was growing up, it would have changed his whole life. I just hope his next challenge is something like "Celebrity Fit Club" or maybe a stocky man workout video or just something. It would suck to have gone through all the trouble of becoming a man to drop dead of a very manly heart attack.
 
Did you think it was Chaz's time to go? Are you surprised Rob and Nancy are still in it? Were you surprised by Maks' comments last night?
 
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<p>Jeff Goldblum may be the most valuable player in the human cast, but there's no doubt that the T-rex is the star of 'Jurassic Park,' even all these years later.</p>

Jeff Goldblum may be the most valuable player in the human cast, but there's no doubt that the T-rex is the star of 'Jurassic Park,' even all these years later.

Credit: Universal Pictures

Film Nerd 2.0: We scare the crap out of the kids with 'Jurassic Park' on Blu-ray

How does one of Spielberg's biggest hits stack up for 21st century kids?

As films show up at the house, the boys like to open all the packages, something I've had to decide against thanks to some of the more extreme movies that have been sent to me over the years.  I'll glance inside before deciding if they can open something.

There are times when the boys are excited not because they know anything about a movie, but simply because they recognize that they heard someone talking about  the title.  It's sweet, and I'm sure they take their cues from me.  No matter how hard I try to make sure that what they watch is about laying out choices and letting them make those choices, they get excited if I'm excited at all.  They're just trying to learn about the world that way.  "Hey, mom likes this so I'm going to like this!"  "Dad said this movie's title ten times, and so we want to see it!"  

Marketing is pervasive, and as Toshi's been learning to read, one of the big joys for him is reading the titles of movie posters as we drive around.  Living in LA, there is a constant barrage of roadside imagery selling movies.  And they ask about EVERYTHING we go by.  There are times when they become excited about something for bizarre reasons, and one of my recent favorites was when they became fixated on the release date of "Crazy Stupid Love."

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<p>Clay (Ron Perlman)&nbsp;and Piney (William Lucking)&nbsp;in &quot;Sons of Anarchy.&quot;</p>

Clay (Ron Perlman) and Piney (William Lucking) in "Sons of Anarchy."

Credit: FX

'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Family Recipe': Head hot chili, coppers

The hits on SAMCRO keep coming

A review of tonight's "Sons of Anarchy" coming up just as soon as I blame disgruntled Armenian mechanics...

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"The Rachel Zoe Project"

 "The Rachel Zoe Project"

Credit: Bravo

Rachel Zoe shows actual human emotion on finale of 'The Rachel Zoe Project'

Motherhood is the key to melting the icy fashionista's heart

Sound the alarms! I'm not sure which of the seven signs of the apocalypse this is, but it certainly must be one of them; in the season finale of "The Rachel Zoe Project," Zoe actually bursts into tears -- and not because the latest Chanel collection was totally maj. No, she weeps because she loves her little family of worker bees so darn much. And her kid. Possibly her husband, but we'll get to that in a moment. All we really needed to finish off this sugary sweet episode was the residents of Whoville joining hands and singing around a Christmas tree. But unlike a tale from Dr. Seuss, this was both heartwarming and a little weird. If Rachel Zoe can be melted into a big puddle of goo by post-partum hormones, is no heartless fashionista safe?

Of course, our dogged little stylist/designer isn't wearing mom jeans and scheduling play dates just yet. Zoe and her husband happily float in a bubble of domestic bliss at the beginning of the episode, and there's no doubting that the woman who spent previous episodes acting about as enthusiastic about giving birth as she would be about having a tumor removed has been transformed. She loves her little boy, although I'm not sure she fully understands that the quiet, sleepy little newborn she has is not going to stay quiet or sleepy for long. "I think I have it all figured out," she announces to the camera. "I'm just going to take Skyler with me everywhere." Knowing that Zoe has a very, very deadpan sense of humor, she could be joking. Somehow, I doubt it. I can only imagine this first blush of baby love fading the minute her precious little bundle has a poopy diaper blow-out that spatters baby feces all over a vintage Halston, but we'll just have to wait. 

Still, you have to admire her sudden devotion to motherhood. She takes her baby to the first photo shoot for her collection, which is ultimately run by her second-in-command, Mandana. While Zoe weighs in with comments here and there, her mind is clearly on her baby boo's latest burp. So it's probably a good thing when Mandana sees an opportunity to bring the recently fired Jeremiah back into the fold to design a Rachel Zoe store-in-store experience for Bloomingdales. With Zoe operating at half speed, this team needs all the help it can get. 

Of course, you can take the girl out of the office but you can't completely take the office out of the girl. When it's time to tell little Skyler a bedtime story, Zoe trills about a little prince who "loves to wear beautiful clothes all the time. He loves Ralph Lauren, he loves Missoni, he loves Stella McCartney..." You get the idea. Later, she gushes that her new little guy is "like my live doll" and clearly relishes the opportunity to dress him in head to toe labels until he's old enough to stand up to her. Rodger clearly hopes this is sooner rather than later, and I can't blame him. I'm with Rodger -- his wife seems determined to dress up the kid like a tiny, very wealthy transsexual. Not that there's anything wrong with that. 

But this episode isn't so much about Zoe's transformation, which would probably become gag-induxing in larger doses. It's mostly about how Jeremiah doggedly keeps working for Zoe despite having been canned, whether they need a nursery (last episode) or that store-in-store at Bloomie's. You have to admire his willingness to tuck his tail between his legs, put on a happy face, and do whatever needs to be done, even if that includes figuring out where to put the diaper wipe warmer. When Rodger finally accepts that Jeremiah might actually be useful after Bloomingdale's signs on for eight store-in-stores when Zoe was hoping for two, it's a testament to hard work paying off, and how often does that happen on reality TV?

Speaking of Rodger, his part on the finale seems to have been downgraded from "voice of reason" (his role for most of the season) to "petulant man child." He poutily demands that Zoe make him a sandwich, complaining that she no longer cares what he eats. When she amazingly concedes instead of throwing a toaster at him, he then complains when she yelps at having burned herself. Apparently he thinks buying an enormous diamond for his wife as her reward for carting a baby around for nine months, then pushing it through a smallish opening, gives him carte blanche to be a whiner. For the record, it really doesn't -- especially if he bought that diamond using her money in the first place. Plus, I find it hard to believe that anyone in this family needs to cook an anything, by the way. Don't they have minions for that? 

But all's well that ends well, and this season ends very well as Zoe gushes that the past year has been the best of her life, though the kid is just part of it. She also dressed her biggest Oscars ever! Yes, Rachel Zoe is still Rachel Zoe. As she coos over her baby, whispering, "He's so maj," I have to wonder if this big, goopy lovefest will continue next season -- or if Skyler will fade into the background like Rachel's kid on "Friends." 

 

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