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<p>Shia LaBeouf talks about growing up Witwicky at the Moscow press day for 'Transformers:&nbsp;Dark&nbsp;Of&nbsp;The Moon'</p>

Shia LaBeouf talks about growing up Witwicky at the Moscow press day for 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon'

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Watch: Shia LaBeouf graduates to adulthood in 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon'

Star talks about growing up with Michael Bay

The only time I've interviewed Shia LaBeouf, it was during the publicity push for the second season of "Project: Greenlight," and he was still a dewy-eyed Disney kid, freshly scrubbed and more forthcoming than he should have been.  I instantly liked him, and I've rooted for him as he's carved out a place for himself in pop culture over the last half-decade or so.

Sitting down with him in Moscow for "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon," I was struck by what a different person he is in almost every way now.  I still see the same innate comic timing, that same ability to open up and project, but I also see someone who has lived a lot of very hard adult life in the time between our sit-downs.  LaBeouf has played a lot of young man leading roles, and we've seen him play a lot of milestones onscreen and off.  This movie feels like the close of a chapter in his cinematic development, and I'm very curious to see where he goes from here.

We discussed the way he's grown up with Michael Bay right there, yelling at him and blowing up the background, and we also talked about his new co-star, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and what she brought to the dynamic that's been building for three movies now.

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<p>Nicki Minaj in David Guetta's new video</p>

Nicki Minaj in David Guetta's new video

Watch: David Guetta's video for 'Where Them Girls At' with Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida

Watch girls in bikinis make fools of themselves

Beware of seemingly innocent bubbles floating in the New York sky. They may appear harmless, but touch one or come too close to its orbit and the next thing you know, you’ll be spasticly dancing out of control...perhaps in your skimpy  bikini.

That’s the take away from David Guetta’s video for his global smash “Where Them Girls At” featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj. And, oh yeah, Minaj continues on her trajectory to prove she really is just a monster-eyelashed robot. And the video has a major product placement pact with Renault that practically stops the clip dead.

High atop a building rooftop in New York City, French DJ Guetta is hard at work cranking out beats, while his assistants pour a  mix into funnels that blow bubbles far and wide. Guetta has the best job ever in all of his videos. Looking like he just rolled out of bed and grabbed whatever clothes were on the floor, he throws on his shades, manipulates a few turntables and done.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Cedric the Entertainer takes some guff from the charming Taraji P. Henson during our interview for 'Larry Crowne'</p>

Cedric the Entertainer takes some guff from the charming Taraji P. Henson during our interview for 'Larry Crowne'

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Watch: Cedric the Entertainer and Taraji P. Henson laugh it up for 'Larry Crowne'

Supporting players gone wild in our unhinged interview

Even before I walked into the room to interview Cedric The Entertainer and Taraji P. Henson together, I could tell it was going to be a wild one.  You could hear laughter all the way down the hall from where they were, and every interviewer who walked out seemed greatly entertained.

Even as I was settling in and they were retouching both of the actors with a bit of make-up, they were constantly taking shots back and forth at each other, and you could sense just how in tune they were.

Personally, I have ridiculous amounts of affection for Henson, who has been a welcome presence in film since I first noticed her in "Hustle & Flow."  There's a warmth to the work she does onscreen that I find really appealing, and in person, she was just as charming.

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HitFix Interview: Pitbull on life on 'Planet Pit'

Rapper talks collaborations and future plans

It’s good to be Pitbull. The Cuban-American rapper is sipping white wine in a all white hotel suite in Los Angeles, flanked by a few members of his posse, as he runs through a string of interviews to promote his new album, “Planet Pit.”

The set, which debuts in the Top 10 on this week’s Billboard 200, is the party project of the summer—chock full of club bangers featuring Pit and his friends, Ne-Yo, Marc Anthony, Kelly Rowland, Chris Brown, Enrique Iglesias and T-Pain.

The massive success of first single, “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, has come quickly on the heels of Pitbull’s raspy raps appearing on a number of the past year’s hottest tunes:  Iglesias’s “I Like It,” Usher’s “DJ’s Got Us Fallin’ In Love” and Jennifer Lopez’s comeback single, “On the Floor.”

Although not dressed in one of his trademark fancy suits, Pitbull, nevertheless, cuts a dashing figure, full of easy charm and swagger, as he talks about the making of the new album and life on Planet Pit in the embedded video in this post.

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<p>Katie Holmes should probably turn around and look at that mural behind her if she wants some hints for surviving 'Don't Be Afraid Of The&nbsp;Dark'</p>

Katie Holmes should probably turn around and look at that mural behind her if she wants some hints for surviving 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'

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Review: 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' thrills and chills to close LA Film Fest

Producer/writer Guillermo Del Toro serves up effective remake of '70s gem

There are so many movies that I saw when I was young that I have not seen since that I almost wonder if it's fair to say that I've seen them.  I remember what I remember about them, but I also saw them at an age where my memory can't be completely trusted.  I have my versions of those films bouncing around somewhere inside me, and I've learned over the years that if I particularly treasure something I saw when very young, it might not be a good idea to revisit it.  There's a disappointment that kicks in when you realize a film just isn't what you remembered.  It's happened to me many times, and the genre where it seems to be most true is horror.

What scared an eight-year-old me is not the same as what scares a forty-one-year-old me.  I'm scared now by the idea of something happening to my children or my marriage or my health, of something going catastrophically wrong, of lingering pain.  I'm scared of the basic things that keep many people up at night.  I'm not scared of monsters or mysterious beasties.  I remember that feeling, though, when I was young and afraid of things under my bed or in my closet, things with sharp teeth and rough hands.  And there were movies I saw at that age with monsters I could barely look at, monsters that grew in my post-movie imagination, only half-seen when on-screen.

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<p>Mehcad Brooks and Callie Thorne in &quot;Necessary Roughness.&quot;</p>

Mehcad Brooks and Callie Thorne in "Necessary Roughness."

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Review: USA's 'Necessary Roughness' a shallow shrink story

Callie Thorne tries to analyze the problems of the local pro football team

When the Lakers won the NBA championship last year, famously unstable forward Ron Artest (or The Artist Soon To Be Known As Metta World Peace) made headlines when, in a post-game interview, he thanked his psychiatrist, who "really helped me relax a lot." It was a moment at once strange and touching - certainly, anyone who had tracked Artest's career would have thought therapy could do him some good - and also one that seemed certain to inspire a few movies or TV shows.

USA's new drama "Necessary Roughness" (which premieres tomorrow night at 10) isn't technically based on Artest's story - it's inspired by the work of Dr. Donna Dannenfelser, a therapist who has worked with the New York Jets - but it suggests that the formula of jock + shrink isn't as easy as it might have looked.

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<p>Drake at the 2011 BET Awards</p>

Drake at the 2011 BET Awards

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Watch: Drake drop official video for 'Marvin's Room'

Is this the hip-hop version of 'Need You Now?'

What is it with tough guys these days? Yesterday Eminem succumbed to his jealousy and shot himself over a girl in the "Space Bound" video, and today Drake -- ever-suffering from his short-lived fame -- drinks himself stupid and drunk-dials a taken lady he lusts after.

I haven't tried to hide my wariness of Drake, and I still contend dude's acclaim is unearned thus far. I think that this new video and track "Marvin's Room" is another example, why we should just give pretty Young Money a pass, particularly on lyrics.

But the cheap clip is, appropriately, dark, and is "heavy" as the singer and MC contends with the weight of love, lust and power balance between man and woman. How? Drunk dialing. It's the great leveler of playing fields. Lady Antebellum's inebriated yearnings from "Need You Now" earned them awards and fan loyalty, but scratched an itch that so many singles suffer. This emo crap may just fly.


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Album Review: 'American Idol' champ David Cook's 'This Loud Morning'

Album Review: 'American Idol' champ David Cook's 'This Loud Morning'

Does he make a beautiful noise?

What happens when you take an extremely gifted, Grammy-winning producer and top songwriters and pair them with an “American Idol” winner? You get an album that somehow ends up feeling like the synthesis of all their efforts, but with no defining personality at all.

On “This Loud Morning,” the second album from season seven “AI” winner David Cook (out today), he has clearly tried to dig deep. He’s tackling major themes here about faith, love, loss and  navigating one’s way through this world, but they have the depth of a rain puddle.

Matt Serletic, best known for his work with Matchbox Twenty, Collective Soul and Santana, hits all the right musical marks here, which is what he’s hired to do.  Cook’s co-writers, David Hodges, Ryan Tedder, Kevin Griffin, and Marti Frederiksen, have more hits between them than would seem humanly possible. So why does this album not resonate?  Even a profession of faith, such as on “We Believe,” fails to ignite, despite a spirited delivery by Cook.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Ryan Adams</p>

Ryan Adams

Song(s) Of The Day: Ryan Adams drops new song, Alice In Chains cover

Checking on the ex-Lost Highway-man

Last we checked in on Ryan Adams, he was prepping a Cardinals double-album "III/IV," which was ultimately released late last year through his own PaxAm label and he was still hocking his sci-fi metal collection "Orion."

The singer-songwriter has been in tour in Europe most recently, and has released some new music that's kind of a bit of the former and some of the latter. Adams did his own take on heavy rockers Alice In Chains' "Nutshell" and made it real laid-back-like. He also dropped bawler "Empty Room," which is also streaming below in its minor-keyed glory.

Nothing bombastic here to see, but he is still obviously productive and backed by an ensemble as willing to take up as easy a tempo as he. The songs are on an exclusive 7" he's been selling on the road internationally.

No word when and if Adams will be touring the U.S. this year, or what his next recording project will be.


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<p>One of the few iconic images from &quot;Green Lantern.&quot; Unfortunately, the movie didn't have enough of them on Earth.</p>

One of the few iconic images from "Green Lantern." Unfortunately, the movie didn't have enough of them on Earth.

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'Green Lantern's' future: Salvaging a franchise

With WB still considering a sequel some suggestions

In most industry circles the huge second weekend drop as well as critical and audience reaction to "Green Lantern" would seem to be clear signs the Emerald Crusader won't return for a second go around.  However, sources confirm to HitFix that a sequel is still in the works.  That's pretty amazing considering the weak global box office so far and a domestic cume expected to top out at approximately $135 million.  Especially when you're carrying a reported $200 million plus price tag and that's not even counting marketing costs.  And sure, licensing helps ease the burden, but it can't cover everything. As a toy and licensing property, "Green Lantern" isn't in the billion dollar league of "Cars."

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"RuPaul's Drag U"
Logo's "RuPaul's Drag U."
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TV Smackdown: 'RuPaul's Drag U' and 'Toddlers & Tiaras'

They're more (and less) similar than you'd think

Okay, these shows don’t have a lot of overlap, right? Well, on one show tiny children are dressed in too much make-up, fake tans and ridiculous outfits to look like drag queens and win a contest, and on the other frumpy women dress themselves in too much make-up, fake tans and ridiculous outfits to look like drag queens and win a contest. Sounds pretty similar to me. Really, the number of actual drag queens on TV are starting to be outnumbered by female drag queen wannabes, if that makes any sense. Anyway, here’s a look at two non-cross dressing shows (what should we call this, anyway? Vertical dressing?) that are all about the glitz.

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<p>Michael Bay was all smiles the day after his new film, 'Transformers:&nbsp;Dark Of The Moon,' had its world premiere in Moscow.</p>

Michael Bay was all smiles the day after his new film, 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon,' had its world premiere in Moscow.

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Interview: Michael Bay on adapting to 3D for 'Transformers 3'

We talk action with one of the biggest directors in the genre

Michael Bay and I have a long and strange history together.

I've been a hard critic of his work over the years, but there are films of his I like, and films I don't.  I think we've gradually reached a place where he knows that I walk into each of his movies open to the experience, and that in the end, I want to enjoy what I watch.  I do not dismiss or dislike movies lightly.  And, along those same lines, I do not just hand out knee-jerk praise. 

As you'll see at the start of this interview, we both appreciate the other one's position on this, and I find it a pleasure to sit down with Bay even when I'm not a fan of his current film.  When I did enjoy the film as much as I enjoyed "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon," it just makes the conversation work even more.  I saw Bay earlier this year at a preview event for "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" that was thrown specifically to show us some of the action and some of the early finished 3D shots, and he seemed genuinely curious about people's reaction to the first stuff we saw.  The same was true in Moscow.  He was excited to get the feedback and start talking about it.

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