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<p>Luke Temple</p>

Luke Temple

Song Of The Day: Luke Temple flexes his 'Muscle' on new single

From new album 'Don't Act Like You Don't Care' -- see, we're not

Luke Temple has been on my radar for a long time; and before he was rocking and lulling out with his full band Here We Go Magic, he was already pumping out delightfully well-arranged pop-rock tunes under his own name. 

Temple's back at the solo thing and is prepping the release of a new album, "Don't Act Like You Don't Care." Trouble is, I can't help but to care... when the lead single "More Than a Muscle" is this, well, strong.

Amazingly, the album was made in eight hours with only three microphones and a 4-tracker on hand.

The indie songwriter will drop "Care" on Aug. 30 via excellent Western Vinyl. And if you haven't have enough after "Muscle," give another free track "Ophelia" a whirl.

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<p>The original pulp paperback cover for 'The Deep Blue Good-by,' the first novel in John D. McDonald's Travis McGee series</p>

The original pulp paperback cover for 'The Deep Blue Good-by,' the first novel in John D. McDonald's Travis McGee series

Credit: Fawcett Gold Medal

What is the Travis McGee Book Club, and how can you be involved?

An introduction to a new monthly feature here at Motion/Captured

Welcome to The Travis McGee Book Club.

The first question... why?

Well, I guess I could say this is a countdown of sorts to whoever finally wrestles Travis back up onto the big screen.  Someone will.  It's inevitable now that there's a script and a studio's spent money and there are various producers and talent attached.  Even if it doesn't happen exactly the way they're considering right now (Oliver Stone directing Leonardo Di Caprio was one recent configuration), it's going to happen.  At least once.

But the truth is, I don't have the stomach to contemplate what they're doing to him to turn it into a movie.  And I don't have to.  The books are the thing here.  John D. McDonald's voice… that's the thing.

I can honestly say there's no writer whose work gives me more reading pleasure than McDonald.  And those are big words.  My favorite novel of all time is John Irving's A Prayer For Owen Meany, and the writer who I'd say is the biggest influence on me because of when and how I read him is Stephen King, but in terms of sheer pleasure, a sort of meditative joy that I get lost in with each of his books, it's McDonald, pound for pound.

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<p>Emma Bell, screams in the opening set piece of Final Destination 5</p>

Emma Bell, screams in the opening set piece of Final Destination 5

Set Visit: A bridge too far for 'Final Destination 5'

We visit the 'opening disaster' of the latest in the long running franchise

VANCOUVER, CANADA - It was an appropriately dreary and gray day to contemplate death in Canada. We'd arrived on the set of "Final Destination 5." in late November of last year and it was drizzling and cold. The Vancouver area is unerringly pretty and green, even in mid-winter. A combination of the forest landscape and a clutched cup of coffee for the van ride from the hotel served to only slightly ready my brain for what we were to see next.

We all know what a "Final Destination" film is. The original 1999 film begins with a poor teenaged soul foreseeing and avoiding a catastrophic accident. In the original, Devon Sawa sees his airplane blow up and himself and his friends engulfed in flames. In the second a new kid sees a massive traffic accident involving a logging truck; In the third a roller-coaster goes off the rails; the fourth, a fun day at the races turns all fiery and un-fun.

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<p>Colbie Caillat's &quot;All of You&quot;</p>

Colbie Caillat's "All of You"

Album Review: Colbie Caillat's 'All of You'

Southern California girl's third sun-kissed offering

Over the course of her first two albums, Colbie Caillat established herself as the Southern California ideal personified: sunny, light, relatively uncomplicated, casual and undemanding. Songs like “Bubbly,” “Fallin’ For You,” and “I’m Yours,”  her Grammy-winning duet with Jason Mraz floated away on their own pleasant airiness.

On “All of You,” her third album, out July 12, Caillat retains her pleasing guile, but she’s thrown in a small dose of reality. A naivete has been replaced with a cautious, but still dominant, optimism.

The set draws mainly from her feelings as she moves through her relationship with her bandmate Justin Young, whether its the first sweet blush of love on the ‘70s-tinged, guitar driven, “What If,” in which she admits, “Boy, you make my heart stop,” to the mid-tempo title track, which calls for her beau to understand she is offering unconditional love, or “Before I Let You Go,” which covers those first moments of doubt creep in after an ex pops back into the picture.

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<p>Kanye West and Jay-Z at SXSW</p>

Kanye West and Jay-Z at SXSW

Credit: VEVO

UPDATED Quick hit: Watch Kanye West's and Jay-Z perform 'H.A.M.' from SXSW

Austin show featured Kid Cudi, John Legend, Pusha T, Mos Def, Bon Iver

One of my least favorite memories of South By Southwest this year was being bit by the time vampire that was the line into Kanye West's late-night "surprise" VEVO concert. But one of my favorite memories was the show itself.

West went through the majority of "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," if you'll remember, but he also had a handful of famous friends in his back-pocket for most of the show, the biggest being "Watch the Throne" cohort Jay-Z. VEVO has finally posted portions of that March gig, starting with Ye and Hov on "Watch the Throne" sessions single "H.A.M."

That minimal stage also yielded other guests like Kid Cudi, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, John Legend, Pusha T and Mos Def, along with a marching band.

"H.A.M." dropped at noon today. Other clips will become available later today, I'll toss them in as they come to me.

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<p>Harry Potter finally stands face to face with Lord Voldemort in a pivotal moment in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2'</p>

Harry Potter finally stands face to face with Lord Voldemort in a pivotal moment in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2'

Credit: Warner Bros.

Review: Final 'Harry Potter' film wraps up series with elegant, epic battle to the death

'Deathly Hallows Part 2' is visually striking and emotionally satisfying

Writing about "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" is going to have to be, by design, writing about the passage of time, the accumulation of experience, and the development of an opinion about not only what JK Rowling accomplished on the page, but what the producers of the series pulled off with the films.

I looked back at my published words about the series.  It's not complete, but I reviewed "Chamber Of Secrets," "Prisoner Of Azkaban," "Order Of The Phoenix," "Half-Blood Prince," and the first half of "Deathly Hallows."  There's another piece I found as well that was published the week that Rowling released the final book.  Quint and I had a long conversation about it on IM, and decided to just cut and paste it as an article that was, more than anything, a chance for the Talkbackers to discuss the book.

My feelings about Rowling as a writer evolved over time, as her work evolved, and my feelings about the books and my feelings about the movies were not always the same.  It's strange for me to look back at my predictions about how things would wrap up and see how right I am at times and how wrong I am at others.  As you move from review to review, you can sense that I am more and more impressed as they get closer and closer to pulling it off, and I think David Yates has been a key player in how this series worked.  I like that he directed the last four films.  That's half the series, and I think he's got a lot to be proud of. 

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Interview: 'Breaking Bad' co-star Aaron Paul

Interview: 'Breaking Bad' co-star Aaron Paul

On speeches, Emmys, and season 3's big cliffhanger

The new season of "Breaking Baddebuts Sunday night at 10 on AMC, and it's terrific. I'm going to publish my review tomorrow, but I wanted to kick off four days of "Breaking Bad"-related coverage with the first of the three video interviews I conducted when I was in Albuquerque a few months back, this one with one of the show's two reigning Emmy winners: Aaron Paul.

Aaron and I spoke about how the show's third season was full of big speeches for Jesse Pinkman, the Emmy experience, what was going through his mind as he shot the dramatic final scene of that season, and more. I hope you enjoy it, and I apologize in advance for my shoddy FlipCam cinematography. A show as gorgeous as "Breaking Bad" deserves better camerawork than I was able to provide, but hopefully the conversation's entertaining in spite of that. (Worse comes to worst, just listen while looking at pictures of lolcats.)

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<p>Jason Isaacs of 'Awake'</p>
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Jason Isaacs of 'Awake'

Credit: NBC

Take Me To The Pilots '11: NBC's 'Awake'

Star Jason Isaacs and director David Slade shine in Kyle Killen's twisty drama

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots.]

Show: "Awake" (NBC)
The Pitch:"It's like 'Inception,' only not very much like 'Inception,' but maybe more like a police procedural, but kinda not."
Quick Response: For last night's Take Me To The Pilots, I tore into "I Hate My Teenage Daughter," one of the worst pilots of the year. To wash the taste out of my mouth, I'm cheating and saying a few words about one of my favorites pilots of the year, even though NBC is holding it for midseason. "Awake" may be the best-looking network pilot in several years. From the opening shots, in which we witness the tragic car accident that sets the plot in motion, director David Slade ("Hard Candy," "30 Days of Night") puts his fingerprints all over "Awake." The wallpaper pops in every interior. Raindrops explode off the screen. An emotionally draining session with a shrink is drained of primary colors. It's gorgeous to look at and leading man Jason Isaacs successfully grounds the mind-mending plot about a detective living two parallel lives, one when he's awake and another when he's asleep. Which is which? What is reality and what is dream? Isaacs has a human gravitas and uses his conviction to make every beat of Kyle Killen's verbose script seem worthy of consideration, even if parts of the pilot feel a bit too much like the gleeful meanderings of a Psych major delving too deeply into rudimentary dream theory. Isaacs has some exceptional support, including "Terriers" vet Laura Allen, who was wisely bumped from a supporting role into the female lead. I also liked both Steve Harris and a self-consciously mas-macho Wilmer Valderrama as the main character's partners in the different realities. My question after watching the pilot is the same thing I worried about after reading the script: What is the week-to-week series here and what are the chances audiences will respond to what is a VERY cerebral show, especially when the dream theory stuff resonates much more strongly than the procedural stuff? I can't be bothered with the second part, since I know that *I* responded. Audiences either will or won't respond and this is *my* gut reaction. But the first part, I'm not sure if there's a "Daybreak"/"Journeyman" sort of conspiracy/mythology at the root of the "Why is this strange thing happening to this guy?" mythology or if we're supposed to feel like it's all in his head. "Awake" has the ability to go either way and I can imagine resolutions that could be intriguing and others that could be infuriating. And I can't imagine what Season 5 of "Awake" is. Who knows? Who cares? This is a pilot. And, on its own, it's a good one.
Desire To Watch Again: Oh, I'm there for a second episode. No question. There are one or two pilots that I like roughly as much, but I don't think I watched a network pilot this summer that I liked more. I'm also incredibly interested in seeing what "Awake" looks like without Slade at the helm. Will all of the visual inventiveness go out the window? Or will they take advantage of a limited spring run to hire a different type of director to maintain the pilot aesthetic?

Take Me To The Pilots '11: FOX's 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter'
Take Me To The Pilots '11: The CW's 'The Secret Circle'
Take Me To The Pilots '11: CBS' 'Unforgettable'
Take Me To The Pilots '11: NBC's 'The Playboy Club'
Take Me To The Pilots '11: ABC's 'Charlie's Angels'
Take Me To The Pilots '11: NBC's 'Grimm'
Take Me To The Pilots '11: FOX's 'New Girl'
Take Me To The Pilots '11: The CW's 'Hart of Dixie'
Take Me To The Pilots ' 11: ABC's 'Apartment 23'
Take Me To The Pilots '11: CBS' 'A Gifted Man'
All of last year's Take Me To The Pilots installments.

 

 

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Ben and Ashley on ABC's "The Bachelorette"

Ben and Ashley on ABC's "The Bachelorette"

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'The Bachelorette' dumps a great guy before the rose ceremony

'The Bachelor''s Emily talks about her split from Brad

 

It’s the last date before the hometown visits, and it’s pretty clear Ashley and the guys are just itching to get out of Asia. Possibly because they’re eager to move forward in their romantic commitments, and possibly because they’d like a decent chicken sandwich. You just never know. Anyway, I don’t have a good feeling about this episode because the promos make it pretty clear she makes Ryan cry, and while I hope it’s because she doesn’t compost I suspect it’s for a reason that’s far, far worse. Not that she shouldn’t compost, but you get the idea.
 
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Listen: 'American Idol's' Pia Toscano's first single, 'This Time'
Credit: AP Photo/Steve Griffin, The Salt Lake Tribune

Listen: 'American Idol's' Pia Toscano's first single, 'This Time'

Can she soar above the mundane material?

It’s been way too long since we’ve had a harpsichord in a song and it’s the most refreshing part of Pia Toscano’s first post- “American Idol” single.

On the mid-tempo “This Time,” Toscano, who has signed to Interscope Records, is “mad as hell/ain’t gonna take it no more.” We’re never exactly sure what she’s angry about, but it would seem she’s had a fight with her boyfriend and she’s finally standing up to the creep. It’s meant to be empowering, we’re sure, but the Esther Dean-penned tune is clogged down in so many cliches, we bet the butterfly she mentions can’t achieve lift off. (Yep,she’s going to spread her wings).

Toscano’s early elimination stunned “AI” watchers who loved her pristine delivery. That is in strong evidence here as she sounds strong and potent. She just needs a better vehicle to showcase her vocal prowess.

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<p>Warren Christie in &quot;Alphas.&quot;</p>

Warren Christie in "Alphas."

Credit: Syfy

'Alphas' - 'Pilot': Shoot to kill

What did everybody think of Syfy's new drama?

I published my review of Syfy's "Alphasthis morning. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of the new superhero series? Is David Strathairn alone enough? Did you enjoy the various powers and limitations? The chemistry between the cast? 

As I said on today's podcast, this is a show I'm likely going to have to catch up on via marathon after I'm back from Comic-Con and press tour, but the pilot was promising enough that I'm going to make the effort at some point.

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Danielle Staub and Heidi Montag of "Famous Food"

Danielle Staub and Heidi Montag of "Famous Food"

Credit: VH1

Quick Look: ‘Famous Food’ scrapes the bottom of the D-list

These so-called foodies may turn your stomach

On Sunday night VH1 debuted “Famous Food,” which may be my choice for world’s worst TV show title ever. I keep picturing little club sandwiches dancing around in fabulous Oscar gowns, leaving a trail of mayonnaise and organza behind them. Anyway, watching dancing club sandwiches might be a more satisfying experience than viewing “Famous Food” unless you’re determined to find some redeeming quality in a bunch of D-list celebrities shrieking at each other about Asian fusion cuisine. Maybe you can, oh, figure out a decent drinking game. I suggest you take a slug every time DJ Paul or Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia say “stripper pole” or “whore.” You may need to have your stomach pumped halfway through, but the upside is that you won’t have to watch the whole episode.

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