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<p>Lukas Haas plays witness to a rock star's breakdown in 'The Perfect Age of Rock'n'Roll'</p>

Lukas Haas plays witness to a rock star's breakdown in 'The Perfect Age of Rock'n'Roll'

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Watch: Lukas Haas on the curse of 27 in exclusive clip from 'The Perfect Age Of Rock'n'Roll'

Unfortunate timing underscores the sadness behind a rock'n'roll superstition

When I was approached about publishing an exclusive clip from the new film "The Perfect Age Of Rock'n'Roll" here on the blog, I was interested because of the cast.  But then the events of the last week, as we were looking for a place to schedule the clip, made it a little bit more interesting and, frankly, difficult, and we had some conversations about how to handle it before we agreed to premiering it this morning.

I suspect you'll understand why once you read the following synopsis for the film:

According to rock ‘n’ roll lore, age 27 is a fateful milestone.  From Robert Johnson, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison to Kurt Cobain, all stars we lost at this very age.

World famous rock star Spyder (Kevin Zegers – Transamerica, Frozen) has achieved fame and fortune with a smash hit debut album. This blinding success however, is built on the Faustian pact that capitalized on the genius of his long lost childhood best friend and band mate, Eric Genson (Jason Ritter – NBC’s The Event, Good Dick). Now Spyder retreats to his small hometown after his sophomore effort flops. Reconnecting with Eric after a seven year estrangement, the two recall their youthful ambitions and reexamine the choices they’ve made. Accompanied by the band’s ambitious, fiery manager (Taryn Manning – ABC’s Hawaii 5-0, Hustle & Flow, 8 Mile), the legendary music impresario August West (Peter Fonda – Easy Rider, 3:10 to Yuma) and a raucous crew of musicians, they set off on a cathartic journey along historic Route 66 that brings them closer to each other, their history and their destiny. Fueled by a stellar rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack that includes songs by Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Iggy & The Stooges, Alice in Chains, Muddy Waters, The Violent Femmes, Howlin’ Wolf, Jane’s Addiction, and many more, The Perfect Age of Rock ‘N’ Roll fully captures the energy, rebellion, and thrills of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.

Last week, Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27, and as soon as that number got reported, I braced myself for it to trend on Twitter. And it did, as did Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain.  It is a sad and unfortunate coincidence, but as with any artistic field, there are superstitions and folklore that build up, and for this film to make that a jumping-off point is one of those strange synchronicities of timing that happens occasionally.

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<p>Daniel Craig, avoiding a stampede</p>

Daniel Craig, avoiding a stampede

Watch: Daniel Craig talks dirt and horses for 'Cowboys and Aliens'

The 'James Bond' actor threw himself into the process of shooting a western

Daniel Craig was gracious enough to sit down with me in a field in Montana a few weeks back to talk westerns, sci-fi and the latest combo of the two, "Cowboys and Aliens."

The man is no stranger to physically demanding roles. His James Bond has been by far the most bare knuckled, down and dirty, body slamming Bond we've seen on screen. He's built like a pit bull, and has a steely gaze that can stop a truck, and/or blue eyes that melt your heart.

This made him perfect to play Jake Lonergan, the  cowboy who wakes up in the middle of the desert with no memory and a piece of mysterious alien technology strapped to his arm in "Cowboys and Aliens."

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<p>Even Detective Linden looks a little dismayed at how &quot;The Killing&quot;&nbsp;season finale played out.</p>

Even Detective Linden looks a little dismayed at how "The Killing" season finale played out.

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Press tour: AMC executive on 'The Killing' controversy & more

Were people just angry about 'The Killing' finale? Or well before it?

Since the debut of "Mad Men,"(*) AMC's appearances at press tour have been unequivocal lovefests. Even when the channel has put on a show that hasn't quite worked creatively ("The Prisoner" remake) or failed commercially ("Rubicon"), there's been a sense that at least AMC was trying, and the twin debuts of "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" earned them a lot of rope.

(*) Production on season 5 begins on August 8, and Jon Hamm is directing the season premiere. We still don't have a more specific premiere date beyond early 2012.

Thursday morning at the summer 2011 tour, however, featured not one but two thorny subjects to discuss, and the first really obvious tension between the critics and AMC in this era.

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<p>&quot;Fringe&quot;&nbsp;star Joshua Jackson at Comic-Con.</p>

"Fringe" star Joshua Jackson at Comic-Con.

Watch: 'Fringe' star Joshua Jackson at Comic-Con

How does he feel about his character ceasing to exist?

Now that all my "Chuck" video interviews from Comic-Con have been edited and posted, it's time to move on to the batch I did with the cast of "Fringe." As with the "Chuck" interviews, these are all quick hits(*) - and in some cases especially tricky, since no one in the cast can obviously say much about how the show will work now that Peter has been erased from existence.

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<p>Alma (Molly Parker)&nbsp;ponders a move on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Alma (Molly Parker) ponders a move on "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, episode 8: 'Suffer the Little Children' (Veterans edition)

The women's concerns come to the forefront

After a week off, it's time to resume our trip back through the first season of David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood," and we're continuing to do it with two separate but largely identical posts: one for people who watched the whole series and want to be able to discuss it from beginning to end, and one for people who are just starting out and don't want to be spoiled with discussion that goes past the current episode. This is the former; click here for the newbie-safe version.

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<p>Alma (Molly Parker)&nbsp;ponders a move on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Alma (Molly Parker) ponders a move on "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, episode 8: 'Suffer the Little Children' (Newbies edition)

The women's concerns come to the forefront

After a week off, it's time to resume our trip back through the first season of David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood," and we're continuing to do it with two separate but largely identical posts: one for people who watched the whole series and want to be able to discuss it from beginning to end, and one for people who are just starting out and don't want to be spoiled with discussion that goes past the current episode. This is the latter; click here for the veteran-friendly version.

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<p>Ryan Gosling and buddy Steve Carell at the world premiere of &quot;Stupid, Crazy, Love&quot; in New York last week.</p>

Ryan Gosling and buddy Steve Carell at the world premiere of "Stupid, Crazy, Love" in New York last week.

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Is 2011 the year of Ryan Gosling?

A fun conversation with the 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' and 'Drive' star

2011 may just be the year of Ryan Gosling.  Sure, the Oscar nominee has had his share of the spotlight before with acclaimed roles in "Half Nelson," "Lars and the Real Girl," "The Notebook," "Stay" and last year's moving turn in "Blue Valentine," but its his three films arriving over the next four months which may solidify his fame.  Of course, Gosling has hardly been setting himself up for a career as Hollywood's next leading man.

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<p>Rob Mariano of 'Around the World in 80 Ways'</p>
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Rob Mariano of 'Around the World in 80 Ways'

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Press Tour: After going 'Around the World,' Rob Mariano doesn't need another 'Race'

Boston Rob discusses his new History Channel show with critics
BEVERLY HILLS - Back in May, Rob Mariano -- "Boston Rob" to his friends and, well, just about everybody -- won "Survivor." This is a pretty big achievement no matter who you are, since the show has only had 21 winners over 22 seasons, but for Boston Rob it was particularly significant. Mariano's win came on his fourth stab at the CBS hit and seemingly capped off one of the most prolific and diverse multi-program runs in reality TV history.
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<p>Melanie of 'So You Think You Can Dance'</p>
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Melanie of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

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Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' - Lady Gaga judges the Top 8

Which dancers and All-Stars would shine for their star judge?

Tonight, the dancers are doing what I thought they were supposed to do last week – dance one routine with an All-Star, and then another paired up with fellow finalist. This exciting (to me) news is quickly dispensed with, however, so the show can get to what it deems the most important element of the night: Guest judges Rob Marshall and Lady Gaga. I must admit, that’s a lot of star power to blow on one episode. Gaga looks relatively normal, you know, if tonight’s episode turns out to have a Sgt. Pepper theme.

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<p>Lady Gaga</p>

Lady Gaga

Watch: Demurely dressed Lady Gaga performs 'You and I' for Carson Daly

She throws in a little 'Edge of Glory' as well

Lady Gaga. Can’t. Stop. Working. Watch the below clip as she plays in the offices at Carson Daly’s Amp Radio Show for a radio broadcast.  The employees get to hang out in clearly the most intimate concert she’s given in a few years.

She starts with a little bit of “The Edge of Glory” before going into a stripped-down version of “You And I” with just her and a piano. That’s the way we first heard it when she debuted it last summer.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Beyonce</p>

Beyonce

Beyonce calls for fans to cast her 'Best Thing I Never Had' video remake

Ladies, put back on your bridal veil: Cheap video made cheaper?

The No. 1 complaint I read about Beyonce's music video for "Best Thing I Never Had" -- my own voice included -- was that the release and result of the clip felt rushed, a half-baked idea to get Beyonce partly naked and in tip-top position to look beautiful beyond any substance.

Now, the singer seems to be taking a tack that makes the bare minimum concept even thriftier, though it may have fans clamoring to further wear emotions on their sleeves.

"Beyoncé is making an alternate fan video for her hit single 'Best Thing I Never Had,' and she wants home videos and photos from her fans joyous wedding day, or from a prom they’d rather forget," reads a release. "Fans can upload their wedding or prom video to YouTube and their wedding or prom photos to Flickr, and tag them with the following tag: #BeyonceBestThing."

In a partnership with Celebuzz and BeyonceOnline, a crowd-sourced fan video will ultimately surface after submissions have been culled and fawned-over by Team Bey.

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<p>Laura Marling</p>

Laura Marling

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Song Of The Day: Laura Marling debuts 'Sophia' from new album

British songwriter sets limited U.S. dates in support of 'A Creature I Don't Know'

Laura Marling wasn't just my favorite folk artist last year, she was my favorite album artist overall.

And she has a new album, "A Creature I Don't Know," coming out on Sept. 13. It was produced by a very respectable and repeated offender Ethan Johns!

The first song from that effort, "Sophia," has dropped.

"Where I've been lately is no concern of yours / Who's been touching my skin... tired-eyed am I today," she deliciously drips in that Joni/Jackson Brown drawl of hers, before the indie-pop bops in and blasts away the heat with a slow-blinking cool.

The British songwriter is touring in the U.S. again, in support, starting Sept. 17 through Sept. 28. See you at Webster, New Yorkers.

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