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<p>Hayley Atwell had the charm turned up to high at the press day for 'Captain America:&nbsp;The First Avenger'</p>

Hayley Atwell had the charm turned up to high at the press day for 'Captain America: The First Avenger'

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Watch: Hayley Atwell brings the charm to 'Captain America: The First Avenger'

We discuss how to be a strong woman in the Marvel Universe

My favorite television series of all time is Patrick McGoohan's original "The Prisoner," which is why I never ended up seeing the new AMC version of the show.  I just couldn't bring myself to watch and subject myself to something that would, at best, suffer by comparison and, at worst, infuriate me beyond reason.

What I think I missed by avoiding the series was an introduction to Hayley Atwell.

I've seen earlier films she was in, but in smaller roles.  It's TV where it appears she's had her biggest parts so far, like "The Prisoner," "The Pillars Of The Earth," and "Any Human Heart."  Haven't seen a one of them, though, so when I sat down for "Captain America: The First Avenger," it was basically my introduction to her, which actually worked for the character she's playing, Peggy Carter.

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<p>M83</p>

M83

Song Of The Day: M83 returns with new album, first single 'Midnight City'

Will you be dancing in this City's streets?

M83's album "Saturdays=Youth" went hand in hand with Cut Copy's "In Ghost Colours" when they came out in 2008, and both were on common rotation that spring and summer for me in New York.

The latter went ahead and already dropped another '80s, pop and house-influenced set earlier this year, so I'm pleased that the former has a follow-up as well. M83 -- also known as French mastermind Anthony Gonzalez -- will release a new album "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming" on Oct. 18. And how: this fifth studio set will be a double-disc, with 22 tracks total.

The first to arrive is the dreampop and shoegaze-influenced "Midnight City," for stream below and download for free on the M83 site.

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<p>Bjork: What can you say?</p>

Bjork: What can you say?

Listen: Bjork gives 'Biophilia' a release date, art, drops 'Cosmogeny'

Going forward, will the accompanying apps be required or simply extra credit?

Bjork's wiliest album adventure yet now has a release date for "proper" release: "Biophilia" will arrive on Sept. 27 via One Little Indian/Nonesuch, with all it's strings, pulleys, gadgets and bells intact.

Of course, I'm referring to one of its most novel concepts, that each of the 10 tracks will have an accompanying audio-visual application. The "Biophilia" application will be available for free download to all-Apple products -- iPod, iPod Touch and the iPad -- but it's within that gratis application, users are enabled to purchase in-app apps (you follow?) for the songs of their choice.

Today, that central app has been released, as has two songs to date: the previously discussed "Crystalline" and, now, "Cosmogeny."

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<p>TV&nbsp;On The Radio's Tunde Adibempe in &quot;Caffeinated Consciousness&quot;</p>

TV On The Radio's Tunde Adibempe in "Caffeinated Consciousness"

Watch: TV On The Radio on a magic carpet ride in 'Caffeinated Consciousness'

Brooklyn rockers announce iTunes remixes

TV On The Radio want to take you on a magic carpet ride.

In their latest music video, the Brooklyn rockers take at least some advantage of a green screen and the Dancing Guy from your local cable access late-night sked and jumble it up with a bunch of their friends, one of whom is a video editor with a free weekend. "Caffeinate Consciousness" is mostly the former and barely the latter; it plays like an inside joke grafted in the early '90s.

But the dude at 0:37 is pretty much my favorite thing ever.

The track's from "Nine Types of Light," out earlier this year. Two of those tracks have gotten a remix breakdown for iTunes, including the aforementioned spazz fest and "Will Do." Mylo and Das Racist have at 'em, check out samples here.

Meanwhile, TVOTR is currently on tour, and are hitting up Virgin Mobile FreeFest and Austin City Limits.

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<p>Lady Gaga</p>

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Katy Perry all on 'Now That's What I Call Music! 39'

Multi-artist hits set album includes Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Blake Shelton and more

The hits just keep on coming... literally. “Now That’s What I Call Music 39” will street on Aug. 9. 

The latest edition of the multi-artist compilations includes such Billboard chart toppers as LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything,” as well as such top 10 hits as  Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory” and Britney Spears’ “Till The World Ends.”

The set also contains two No. 1s from Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart: Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee” and Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem.”

And there’s more! Although details are scant, there are special plans for the “Now!” series as it turns 40, with standard and deluxe CD and digital editions of the collections. Since its stateside launch in 1998, the originally U.K. series has sold more than 80 million copies in the U.S.

NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 39 tracklisting


1. Katy Perry                                                                 Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
2. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock         Party Rock Anthem
3. Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer                 Give Me Everything
4. Lady Gaga                                                                The Edge Of Glory
5. Britney Spears                                                           Till The World Ends
6. Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull                                  On The Floor
7. Lupe Fiasco                                                              The Show Goes On
8. Tinie Tempah featuring Eric Turner                              Written in the Stars
9. The Black Eyed Peas                                                 Just Can’t Get Enough
10. Bruno Mars                                                              The Lazy Song
11. Selena Gomez                                                         Who Says
12. Jessie J featuring B.o.B                                           Price Tag
13. Hot Chelle Rae                                                         Tonight Tonight
14. OneRepublic                                                            Good Life
15. Jason Aldean                                                          Dirt Road Anthem
16. Blake Shelton                                                          Honey Bee
BONUS TRACKS: “NOW What’s Next” New Music Preview
17. Maria K.                                                                  Starbucks Smile
18. Jessica Sutta                                                           Show Me
19. Chiddy Bang                                                           Mind Your Manners
20. DEV featuring The Cataracs                                     Bass Down Low


 

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<p>Ashley Rickards of 'Awkward'</p>
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Ashley Rickards of 'Awkward'

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TV Review: MTV's 'Awkward'

MTV's raunchy new teen comedy is better than 'Teen Wolf'

Perhaps it's just my way of celebrating my last year in the network's core demographic, but I feel like I've been watching more MTV this summer than any time since college.

That isn't really saying all that much.

Mostly, in fact, it just means that against my better judgment, I've continued to watch "Teen Wolf" long past when any reasonable person would have thrown his hands in the air and stepped away.

In early interviews, series creator Jeff Davis promised that there would eventually be plenty of humor. On the assumption that he meant "intentional humor," that's a vow that hasn't come true. "Teen Wolf" remains leaden and mopey and I'm not sure that leading man Tyler Posey has more than one facial expression. Amazingly, we're seven episodes in and the main character hasn't fully wolfed out and, in fact, we've seen only the bare minimum of footage involving fully transformed werewolves (and what we've seen hasn't exactly been a tantalizing advertisement for more). There have been a lot of glowing eyes, growing claws and hormonal glowering. So much glowering. All anybody does on "Teen Wolf" is glower, with the possible exception of female leads Holland Roden and Crystal Reed, who flirt winningly and sometimes cry.

And yet "Teen Wolf" has exhibited a decent ability to deliver a vaguely suspenseful set piece, even if they're mostly generated by an aggressive and overbearing musical score. And nobody's played lacrosse for weeks, though there was some werewolf bowling a couple episodes ago.

It's still a bad show. 

It still shouldn't be called "Teen Wolf."

But the danger of the summer months is that I commit to shows like this and then I find it hard to shake them, even if I'm not enjoying them. 

The result of watching an hour of "Teen Wolf" each week -- other than the laundry I get folded or the Emmy photo galleries I was able to build -- is that I've tragically become able to identify at least one Teen Mom and I've seen the same one or two ads for "Awkward" over and over and over again, enough to get good and predisposed to dislike MTV's new 11 p.m. comedy.

The purpose of this introduction is two-fold: The first was to note that "Teen Wolf" hasn't gotten better and the second was to set the conditions under which I watched two episodes of "Awkward" and found myself pleasantly amused. If you can exactly reproduce those circumstances, you too could find yourself chuckling at this proudly lewd and rude and big-hearted comedy. If not? Your results may vary.

Full review after the break...

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss in the film version of 'Hunger Games' next spring</p>

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss in the film version of 'Hunger Games' next spring

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'Hunger Games' releases an incendiary teaser poster

Turns out mockingjays are surprisingly fire-resistant

There is a danger in playing to the fanbase on something like "The Hunger Games," because ultimately you don't need to convince the fans.  You need to convince people who have never read one of the books, and when you're kicking off a campaign, first impressions can be very important.

Lionsgate premiered the motion poster for "Hunger Games" today, and it's an interesting first image to share with an audience.  Obviously, if you've read the series then you understand the importance of the Mockingjay pin, and you know what it means to Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), the lead character in the series.  But if you haven't, I'm curious what you'd make of the image.

Lionsgate has some time to start to really teach people about the world of Panem and the idea of the annual contest between the 12 Districts that make up the country, each of them forced to hand over two young people as tributes who will fight to the death.  This first film is the easiest to explain because it's all focused on that contest.  Over the course of the next two stories, the story becomes something far larger and more sprawling, and Lionsgate will be able to build onto whatever foundation they lay this time in selling those movies.

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<p>Adele</p>

Adele

Mercury Prize shortlist: Ladies rule including Adele, PJ Harvey, Katy B

Other contenders like Elbow, James Blake in U.K.'s album of the year contest

Just a couple weeks after Canada unveiled its Polaris Music Prize shortlist nominees for album of the year, the U.K. has echoed with its own impressively varied shortlist for the Mercury Prize.

The 12 sets have been chosen from more than 240 entrants from the U.K. and Ireland, according to a release, to highlight "the remarkable possibilities of what can be achieved with music the grand gesture and telling detail, albums that are dramatic, ambitious and artful, emotional and affectionate, funny and profound."

Not to be missed, Adele sits at the alphabetical tippy-top; her sales for "21" have been gangbusters overseas as much as they have here in the U.S. Two former Mercury winners -- recent Immaculate Noise Elbow and PJ Harvey -- are also on the list. Tinie Tempah and James Blake have made at least some headway on these shores.

And, most notably, solo females dominate with one-third of the nominations: that would be Harvey, Adele, dark-rocker-songwriter Anna Calv and pop singer Katy B. The Prize committee has normally done a pretty good job with even nominations toward female-fronted groups and solo artists lately, but this year is especially kind toward the latter.

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<p>Rebecca Black, ohhhhh</p>

Rebecca Black, ohhhhh

Watch: Rebecca Black follows up 'Friday' with 'My Moment'

Does new video prove she's a true talent?

Rebecca Black should have stopped while she was ahead, but human nature being what it is, we knew that wasn't going to happen. “My Moment,” her follow up to on-line phenomenon “Friday” is meant to address her nay-sayers and, we presume, to prove that she is a formidable talent.  Sadly, it succeeds on neither count, but, on the fame meter, where all that matters is keeping your name in the news for another day, Black is a big winner.

To recap, earlier this year, a simple little song about waiting for the pleasures of Friday, hit YouTube. It was performed, though not written, by a then-13-year old named Rebecca Black. The song quickly became a viral sensation as some dubbed it the “worst song” ever recorded. A few months later, the YouTube clip had surpassed 100 million hits. Suits involving Ark Music Factory, whom Black’s parents paid $2000 to help develop their daughter’s talent,  and Black started to fly and the “Friday” clip got pulled over some legal issues.

In the meantime, Black, with tremendous poise and likability, appeared on a number of TV shows and upped her Q rating. Despite criticisms flung her way about her dubious talent, she exhibited grace beyond her years.  Katy Perry incorporated Black in her video for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”

Oh, we know it would be next to impossible to walk away on top like that, especially with a potentially huge fan base, and, of course, Black couldn’t.  Especially because, all you haters, she has something to say to you. You can hate her all you want, but the now 14-year old has worked so hard—all her life, really— for her moment and you can’t take that away from her. She has real talent and she’s going to prove it to you in the “My Moment” video via her autotuned voice, her  band, whom the Partridge Family put to shame, and her awesome dance moves, which make Britney Spears’ recent robotic, stiff motions look like Bob Fosse.

She’s been media schooled within an inch of her life in the video. We can only imagine the instruction:  “Rebecca! Make sure you remember to look upward when you sing the line ‘My head up in the clouds’!” or “A sideways glance is always a good move during a close up to look coy but not overtly sexy!” and “Smile, smile, smile, especially when you’re delivering the ‘F You’ lines to your haters.”  Does this song actually include the line, “I can’t talk to you right now, I’m getting my paper?”  I’m hoping I’m mishearing that one.

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<p>Joe Johnston's all smiles when discussing his new film 'Captain America:&nbsp;The First Avenger'</p>

Joe Johnston's all smiles when discussing his new film 'Captain America: The First Avenger'

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Watch: Joe Johnston talks about bringing 'Captain America' to life

Plus we geek out over the idea of a 'Boba Fett' movie

Even after a disappointment like "The Wolf Man," I find myself excited to sit down with Joe Johnston.  As I said to him when I walked into the room for our interview this weekend, it's hardwired into me at this point because of "Star Wars."  Johnston's design work is so much a part of my overall aesthetic sense of what is good that it's impossible for me to imagine a film world he wasn't part of.

It's particularly exciting to sit down with someone after you see a film you enjoyed, and in the case of "Captain America: The First Avenger," this may be the most purely enjoyable film Johnston's ever made.  I like several of his films, like "The Rocketeer" and "Jurassic Park III," but I don't think he's ever quite put it all together in as satisfying and consistent way, and this is exactly the moment you want to sit down to talk to a filmmaker.

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<p>&quot;Santigold&quot; in the Beastie Boys' music video for &quot;Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win&quot;</p>

"Santigold" in the Beastie Boys' music video for "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win"

Watch: Beastie Boys re-team with Spike Jonze for 'Don’t Play No Game'

Santigold, action figures dominate playful Funny Or Die clip

Beastie Boys as action heroes. Action heroes as action figures. It all makes sense now.

This rapping trio of crime-fighters duck fire from assassins in Spike Jonze-directed "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win," featuring Barbie-dollish Santigold.

The subtitled adventure bowed last night on "Funny Or Die." And expect the B-grade satisaction of seeing actual hands holding the actual action figures. Stick hoist Mike-D mid-air. Model paint practically drips from the faces of action figure zombies.

These badass G.I. Jokers have been in the fingers of Jonze before: the famed director helmed clips for the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" and "Sure Shot" before. Look out for the nods to those music videos on "No Game."

The track is culled from the Beasties' latest "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two"; it's the second or fourth single from the set, depending on how you feel about the album's release ("Too Many Rappers" with Nas and "Lee Majors Come Again" dropped all the way back in 2009).

The famed hip-hoppers have yet to set any tour dates, as Adam "MCA" Yauch continues treatment for cancer.

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<p>Got any questions for the &quot;Wilfred&quot;&nbsp;cast at Comic-Con?</p>

Got any questions for the "Wilfred" cast at Comic-Con?

Credit: FX

Comic-Con 2011 TV preview: Moderating 'Wilfred' and a lot more

Lots to do and see in San Diego later this week

Big doings in the world of TV - and film, and comics, etc., etc. - start up on Thursday, with the 2011 Comic-Con International in sunny San Diego.

I'll be heading out there to join the rest of team HitFix, then staying in California for the TV critics press tour, which begins a couple of days after Comic-Con ends. It's a very long road trip, but one that should be filled with lots of interesting shows, panels, interviews and random incidents.

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