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<p>Taylor Swift can't believe her Music Power Rankings position</p>
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Taylor Swift can't believe her Music Power Rankings position

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Music Power Rankings: Taylor Swift sells out, Lil Wayne surges

Plus, RIP Jerry Leiber, Nick Ashford and Frank Dileo

1) Steve Jobs: “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come. I hereby resign as CEO of Apple.”

2) Lil Wayne:
“She Will,” the second single from “Tha Carter IV,” bows at No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Weezy’s best opening frame ever.  Estimates for first week sales of “IV,” which drops at midnight on Aug. 29, are running in the staggering 800,000 range. He may be small, but he’s mighty.

3) Taylor Swift
The country pop princess starts her four sold-out shows at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. How many 21-year olds can put that on their resume?

4) Amy Winehouse:
Her “Back To Black” has now become the top-selling album in the U.K. of the 21st Century. We know we’re only 11 years in, but still...  Total British sales of the set now tally 3.26 million, which moves it past the 3.25 million reached by James Blunt’s “Back To Bedlam.” Coming soon, my new Flintstones’ tribute album, “Back To Bedrock.”

5) Game:
The rapper is poised to knock Jay-Z and Kanye West off their throne as The “R.E.D. Album,” his first set since 2008’s “LAX,” will likely enter the Billboard 200 at No. 1. “LAX” prompted the first ever recount on the Billboard 200, with its No. 1 debut revoked after it turned out the Slipknot’s “All Hope Is Gone” had sold a tad more.

6) Jerry Leiber: Paul Shaffer said it best: “Lieber and Stoller? There would be no rock and rock without them.”  R.I.P.

7) Nick Ashford: If he’d only co-written “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” we’d owe him a debt of thanks, but he and wife/songwriting partner Valerie Simpson also gave us “I’m Every Woman,” “Solid As A Rock” and so many more. R.I.P.

8) Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine:
The pair could ultimately pocket $200 million each for the sale of their Beats headphones. We’re happy for them because, you know, both of them really need the money. 

9) Frank Dileo: Michael Jackson’s manager during the era that earned him The King of Pop moniker dies at 63. He was Colonel Parker to Jackson’s Elvis and seldom seen without a cigar.

10)  BlackBerry: Parent company Research in Motion unveils its BBM Music service on Thursday, the day after Jobs resigned. Good timing, dudes. Read more about the cloud-based service here. http://www.berryreview.com/2011/08/25/interview-with-bbm-music-senior-project-manager-nick-patsiopoulos/
 

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<p>Esther (Alexa Havins)&nbsp;and Rex (Mekhi Phifer)&nbsp;brief a superior (John DeLancie)&nbsp;on &quot;Torchwood:&nbsp;Miracle Day.&quot;</p>

Esther (Alexa Havins) and Rex (Mekhi Phifer) brief a superior (John DeLancie) on "Torchwood: Miracle Day."

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'Torchwood: Miracle Day' - 'End of the Road': Category 0?

Lots of exposition as the miracle plot resumes

After "Torchwood: Miracle Day" took a notable quality uptick last week with its Captain Jack in the '20s short story, the miracle storyline resumed tonight, and I was mostly reminded of how little I care about either the cause of or solution to this problem.

I'll be on vacation next week and haven't seen that episode yet, so we'll be back to talk about the finale in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I'm mainly curious if there are people who are still enjoying "Miracle Day" - and, if so, why. Not judging, just wondering, given that the comments have slowed to a trickle and are almost uniformly negative.

On the plus side... Q!

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<p>Yeah, she shoots out of the screen, so what?</p>

Yeah, she shoots out of the screen, so what?

BOO! Anton Yelchin and crew discuss 3D on the set of 'Fright Night'

A year ago... everyone liked 3D

In it's hundred year history, cinematic language has been developed and expressed within the confines of a 2D square or a rectangle. You could argue that computer animated films were the gateway for filmmakers to start thinking of their material in three dimensional space, because that is the toolset of 3D modeling programs. They place objects inside a space and then decide how to shoot it.

This thinking is now able to jump to movies as filmmakers are able to play with depth and blocking, much like a theater director and create scenes in three dimensional space. In an odd way cinema is coming full circle from it's inception when a movie was no more than a stage play filmed from the front from start to finish.

It's been close to a year since I had the opportunity to visit the set of the remake of "Fright Night" when it was shooting in the Hard Rock Hotel in New Mexico. At the time, the fact that they were shooting in 3D was somewhat of a rarity for a medium-to-small budget horror film and there hadn't been enough 3D movies out there for people to start lining up in the various camps pro and con.

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<p>Leona Lewis in &quot;Colide&quot;</p>

Leona Lewis in "Colide"

Watch: Leona Lewis 'Collides' with some ocean and sand

And not much else

I like Leona Lewis, at least I want to like Leona Lewis. I loved "Bleeding Love" and "Happy," the ilk, I was even tempted to be won over by that cheesy "Avatar" tune.

She's a good singer given boring material that fell under some legal issues for "Collide," her newest. The video isn't helping her much.

In it, she revels in the sun with friends, there's some leaping into waves and she urges her lover to "crash into me." Not very revealing.

Though what is revealed is what was probably part of the copyright lawsuit settlement: "Collide" is now dubbed performed by Leona Lewis and Avicii. Well, that was exciting.

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<p>I&nbsp;can only assume that the cinematographer of 'The Caller' truly hated Rachelle Lafevre.&nbsp; Nothing else makes sense.</p>

I can only assume that the cinematographer of 'The Caller' truly hated Rachelle Lafevre.  Nothing else makes sense.

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Review: Can Rachelle Lefevre and Stephen Moyer survive 'The Caller'?

One of the year's worst films is this witless 'thriller' with no thrills

Leave it to August to bring the truly witless films out of hiding.  I feel like this month is the equivalent of a landfill where distributors try to bury the evidence of their worst crimes, hoping no one will notice.  Well, I sat through every single minute of "The Caller," and I hope to prevent any of you from suffering through the same misfortune, so this is one corpse I'm going to dig up and dissect.

Rachelle Lefevre and Stephen Moyer in the same film is a bit of an SEO dream come true thanks to the rabid fan bases for both "Twilight" and "True Blood," but I'm fairly sure fans of both series will feel let down by this ridiculous, poorly-made, flat-out ugly little attempt at a horror film, full of preposterous twists that build to an ending that is positively tone-deaf.  Director Matthew Parkhill seems perfectly suited for a career in any industry except filmmaking, and there's not a single beat of this film that I would describe as "competent" or "well-executed."  That's almost impressive.  You've got to be a special kind of terrible filmmaker to turn in something this leaden and artificial.  Sure, there's plenty of blame to share with screenwriter Sergio Casci, whose previous work includes nothing you've ever heard of, but it is in the execution that this film fails completely.

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<p>Zoe Saldana prepares to kill another of the people who hurt her family in 'Colombiana,' a new action film in theaters today</p>

Zoe Saldana prepares to kill another of the people who hurt her family in 'Colombiana,' a new action film in theaters today

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Review: 'Colombiana' gives Zoe Saldana room to play but fumbles its finish

A stronger script could have made this something special

Although I rarely go nuts for the individual movies, taken as a whole, I am a fan of the Luc Besson factory of action filmmaking.  That's what you have to call it at this point, too.  It's a factory.  They crank these things out without pause, and there is a certain degree of slick that they all aspire to that I find to be one of my favorite flavors of modern action.  It's all very Euro and trashy but with a high degree of gloss, and every now and then they throw in a movie star you don't expect like Liam Neeson in "Taken."

In particular, I'm fascinated by the way Besson is drawn to this one particular female archetype over and over, the broken little girl who grows up with vengeance in her heart, and his latest film, "Colombiana," is a solid example of that.  The film is undercooked as a script, but Zoe Saldana commits to it with such ferocity that she makes it feel like everything matters, even when the script doesn't lay out a case for what that is.  The hilariously-named Olivier Megaton may be the director here, but Besson's fingerprints are all over the movie, and I think it's safe to call him the auteur behind this chaos.

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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

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Watch: Rihanna says 'Cheers' to the freakin' weekend in new video

Jay-Z and Avril Lavigne make little cameos in the party track

Road videos. Everybody's got one. Rihanna now has her own, and like others', it's a testament to her true personality, or at least the one she's trying to uphold.

"Cheers (Drink to That)" is a bubbly, high-energy, big-movement visual for a kicked-back pop pick from the Bajan singer's latest "Loud." All the usual tour highlights make the cut: taking shots, taking photos, feet descending from a black SUV, people jumping into pools with all their clothes on. It's California the world over. It almost makes you think that Ri-Ri has always lived this charmed life.

But it also may have you checking for Ticketmaster. While early reports of slow ticket sales plagued the pop star's touring plans, this is as tasty a treat to tease people into seats for a set. It's not redefining a genre, but the single will do well and these well-crafted visuals will help give it legs as long as Rihanna's.

Oh what's that you said? Rihanna's done touring the U.S. and has extensive dates overseas only? Guess they're the ones who get to clink glasses the most.

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<p>&quot;The Cut&quot;&nbsp;author George Pelecanos.</p>

"The Cut" author George Pelecanos.

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Interview: 'The Cut' author George Pelecanos

How does 'The Wire' writer compare his literary and TV work?

Over the course of my many reviews of "The Wire" and "Treme," I've frequently discussed the contributions of George Pelecanos, whom David Simon usually (but not always) asks to handle the most brutal deaths of the most beloved characters. (Pelecanos and I discussed this in an interview towards the end of my "Wire" season 3 reviews, and then again after he played Angel of Death in "Treme" season 2.)  But I've only ever discussed his other, more prolific career as a crime novelist in passing. With next week's publication of "The Cut," the first book in a planned new series about private investigator Spero Lucas, I decided it was time to turn the spotlight largely onto that part of his career.

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<p>Zoe Saldana is flush with success these days and kicking ass for Luc Besson in the new film 'Colombiana'</p>

Zoe Saldana is flush with success these days and kicking ass for Luc Besson in the new film 'Colombiana'

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Watch: 'Colombiana' star Zoe Saldana talks action iconography and 'Avatar 2'

We talk about working with Cameron and Besson and what's next

Zoe Saldana, like Andy Serkis, stands on the cutting edge of what is considered "performance" right now, and, also like Andy Serkis, she is one of the people I would point to when I make the argument that performance capture is not a special effect, but an extension of the actor in a way previously impossible.

I sat down with her once before, at the press day for "The Losers," and that was a fun interview.  This time, I walked into the room with a couple of guests, one of whom is a big, big fan of her work.  It was one of the mornings I spend with the boys each week while mom's out working, and so they accompanied me to the Four Seasons so we could record this chat.  I'd just seen "Colombiana" the day before, and the only person scheduled to be interviewed here in LA was Saldana.  Toshi, who had a minor religious experience when he saw "Star Trek" in the theater, was insanely excited at the idea of meeting Uhura, but when I told him that she also played Naytiri in "Avatar," he couldn't wrap his head around it.  He was four when the film played theaters, and he was overwhelmed by it.  To him, the Na'vi were real, and Naytiri was simply a beautiful strange blue alien woman.  And now that he's met her face-to-face, blushing from head to toe the entire time he talked to her, he hasn't stopped talking about it in the 36 hours since.  I think it's safe to say she just made a lifelong fan of the boy.

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"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway"

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Recap: One designer runs away from 'Project Runway' and another returns

Michael Kors declares the designers' fighting is a series worst

Remember when we used to have the model-themed spin-off of "Project Runway"? And how we spent agonizing minutes watching the designers pick which model they wanted for their very own each week? Aren't you glad that's become a distant memory? Nothing against the models, but it was just one of many time sucks on a show filled with them. Now, if Lifetime could just find a way to get money from L'Oreal and Garnier Fructis without  having to drag us into the hair and make-up room each week, we'd be golden. Anyway, let's get to the show, which promises to have lots of fighting, as it's a team challenge PLUS Bert's still in the competition. Let the games begin!

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<p>Louis C.K. went to Afghanistan on tonight's &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>
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Louis C.K. went to Afghanistan on tonight's "Louie."


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'Louie' - 'Duckling': Go, go, USO

Louie heads to Afghanistan to cheer up the troops

A quick review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I put on some sunscreen...

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<p>Beyonce&nbsp;</p>
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Beyonce 

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Watch: Beyonce gets sexy in video for '1 + 1'

Jay-Z is a lucky man

Beyonce is smoking hot, so much so, that at one point in the new video for “1 + 1” she’s actually smoking, literally. The clip for the tune from current album, “4,” is a visual, sensual feast that makes the most of Beyonce’s radiant beauty.

While there are a few body shots of Bey in animal print and garters, the majority of the focus is on her face, and what a face it is. Computer graphics project rain running down her face, interspersed with close-ups of her succulent lips.Without ever crossing into crassness, she goes through the throes of passion so we’re left with no doubt that she’s a very happy woman. Jay -Z is a lucky man.

[More after the jump...]

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