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<p>Radiohead at 2011 Glastonbury</p>

Radiohead at 2011 Glastonbury

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Radiohead to tour in 2012; Thom Yorke releasing Atoms For Peace album

Jonny Greenwood plots album with Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki

Radiohead is continuing to show renewed interest in actually promoting "King of Limbs" -- or simply their own legacy -- with plans to tour in 2012.

Frontman Thom Yorke was guest DJing on BBC's Radio 1 this week and revealed to host Gille Peterson that the British band will be on the road "on and off during the year" next year, though not specifying if they'd be returning to America after the quick spate of dates at the end of this month.

Were the 2012 tour to be in support of their latest album from February, Radiohead are a bit behind the ball; however, it seems more than just "KoL" and forthcoming remix album "KOL 12345657" are slated for promotion.

Yorke also said during the program that he's continuing to pursue efforts with his side project Atoms of Peace, which features Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and longtime Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich. The band did a handful of dates last year, which “sparked something off, it was really exciting … It had really good energy.” Thus, he's currently "finishing" an AFP album with Godrich, drop date to be determined.

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<p>Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera from &quot;Moves Like Jagger&quot;</p>

Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera from "Moves Like Jagger"

Do Maroon 5, Xtina and 'Jagger' dance to 3 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100?

Who sets the record for oldest living artist to zoom -- OK, walk -- onto the charts ?

“Moves Like Jagger” stays perfectly still this week as the Maroon 5 tune featuring Christina Aguilera remains at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the third week in a row.

“Jagger” isn’t the only static song: the top four on the chart remain the same as last week: Adele’s “Someone Like You” is No. 2, Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” is No. 3 and LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” is No. 4.

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Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh and Rachael Taylor are the three new "Charlie's Angels."
Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh and Rachael Taylor are the three new "Charlie's Angels."
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Review: ABC's 'Charlie's Angels' too dull to be sexy

Remake with Minka Kelly and company takes itself far too seriously

No one ever confused the original "Charlie's Angels" with great television. It was what it was - what Jerry Krupnick, my predecessor on The Star-Ledger's TV beat, liked to call "supertrash," a formula show that was entertaining despite its lack of ambition - and never apologized for it. It was an excuse for three terrifically attractive women to run around in tight outfits in service of perfunctory detective stories, and it was a huge hit.

It was also very much of its time (it was considered shocking, for instance, that the Angels were so often clearly bra-less), and modern remakes have had to figure out a new approach to the material. The first "Charlie's Angels" film, directed by McG and produced by star Drew Barrymore, was a cheeky, self-aware action comedy; it was greeted with reviews that were almost surprised by how good it was.

The new ABC series version - also produced by Barrymore, but mainly run by "Smallville" alums Alfred Gough and Miles Millar - on the other hand, has gone the opposite route, deciding that the key to unlocking "Charlie's Angels" in 2011 is to take the concept, and the Angels, very, very, deathly seriously.

And it's a much bigger mess than '70s critics ever accused the original of being.

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<p>A scene from Wener Herzog's &quot;Into the Abyss:&nbsp;A&nbsp;Tale of Death, a Tale of Life&quot;</p>

A scene from Wener Herzog's "Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life"

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Pondering America's insistence on capital punishment as the debate rages in theaters

Films like 'Paradise Lost 3' and 'Into the Abyss' spotlight the issue this year

I find myself thinking about Werner Herzog's death row documentary "Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life" a lot lately. You'll recall it was my favorite film out of this year's Telluride Film Festival, and striking, it was, for the uncharacteristic Herzog it brought with it. Here was a film ultimately about the beauty of life, and for a man who has made a career of dark depictions that have at times approached near-nihilism, it was a bit unexpected for that.

"Whatever your position on capital punishment, the film is necessary, plain and simple," I wrote from the fest. "[The film is] crucial viewing for anyone who thinks he or she has an opinion on the matter. It simply isn’t right to have that opinion safely, from a distance. The stakes are too high."

I was reminded of the film once again when I stumbled across Christopher Hitchens's recent dissection of America's insistence on clinging to the death penalty over at Lapham's Quarterly. It's a subject the author and journalist has touched upon frequently in his time, particularly around the hanging of Saddam Hussein in December of 2006.

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<p>Rihanna: a yellow diamond in the light</p>

Rihanna: a yellow diamond in the light

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Listen to Rihanna's new single 'We Found Love,' plus new album details

Take that, Lady Gaga

Rihanna has "found love in a hopeless place," and that place is squarely in the middle of a busy, arena-sized dance floor. The Bajan singer dropped her new single "We Found Love" (featuring Calvin Harris) at 9 a.m. EST this morning (Sept. 22), simultaneously detailing her next, as-yet-untitled album. And throwing a trump card at Lady Gaga.

"We Found Love" was "unlocked" once Ri-Ri's Facebook fans reached 45 million, which is a few hundred thousand more than Mother Monster's 43.7 million. Thus, Rihanna becomes the most popular solo female artist on Facebook (for the moment). Ain't nothing wrong with a little friendly competition.

The great unveiling sent this song straight to all the usual outlets, and, in all likelihood, straight to the top of my heart. Er, charts. Ugh, did I just say that?

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<p>Gloria (Sofia Vergara)&nbsp;goes for a ride in the &quot;Modern Family&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Gloria (Sofia Vergara) goes for a ride in the "Modern Family" season premiere.

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'Modern Family' - 'Dude Ranch'/'When Good Kids Go Bad': Let's hear it for the boy

The Emmy-winning comedy heads to Wyoming for the first half of its season 3 premiere

A quick review of the "Modern Family" season-opening double-feature coming up just as soon as I practice my pancake-eating...

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<p>Will Arnett and Christina Applegate in &quot;Up All Night.&quot;</p>
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Will Arnett and Christina Applegate in "Up All Night."

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'Up All Night' - 'Cool Neighbors': Isn't it ironic?

Reagan and Chris go too far trying to impress the neighbors

A quick review of last night's "Up All Night" coming up just as soon as I make my Facebook pictures look good...

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<p>Ryan Gosling cracks up as Conan O'Brien models a black version of the signature Scorpion jacket from &quot;Drive.&quot;</p>

Ryan Gosling cracks up as Conan O'Brien models a black version of the signature Scorpion jacket from "Drive."

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Conan O'Brien dons Ryan Gosling's scorpion jacket from 'Drive'

The signature piece just keeps getting attention

Maggie Lange over at Thompson on Hollywood alerts us to some late night shenanigans worth passing along today. It seems Ryan Gosling stopped by "Conan" Tuesday night to talk up his latest film, "Drive," and he came bearing gifts -- namely, a signature scorpion jacket similar to the one he wears in the film.

At this rate, with so much attention being placed on that one element of the wardrobe, I'm wondering if a Costume Designers Guild nod for contemporary design be might be in the cards later in the season. "I always wanted to make a character that people would go out for on Halloween," Gosling tells O'Brien in the following clip. "So I'm really crossing my fingers on this one."

Could the "Drive" jacket become the new black for all the cool kids who sported "Vote for Pedro" shirts and Borat garb for Halloween over the last few years? Just make sure you complete the get-up by sporting some sweet driving gloves and don't be afraid to toss a little fake blood on the white satin.

Click on through to see the whole interview. It was actually a great segment. Gosling was very charming, recounting the oft-told horror story of his first meeting with director Nicolas Winding Refn (fit with REO Speedwagon soundtrack) and a humorous theory on what goes on at Disneyland when the park shuts down at night. And I love that he calls the Refn's film "a violent John Hughes movie."

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<p>Maria Bello in &quot;Prime Suspect.&quot;</p>

Maria Bello in "Prime Suspect."

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Review: NBC's 'Prime Suspect'

Maria Bello's no Helen Mirren, but there's potential here

The pilot episode of NBC's "Prime Suspect" (it debuts tonight at 10) spends almost as much time showing its heroine, NYPD detective Jane Timoney (Maria Bello) battling rampant sexism from her colleagues than it does on her work investigating murders. The jump ahead of her in the queue to catch the next case, try to stick her with the gruntiest of gruntwork, accuse her of having slept her way to the top and mock her to her face at least as much as they do behind her back.

Ordinarily, a pilot episode is a template for what the ongoing series will look like, but the "Prime Suspect" producers have said they're going to seriously cool it on the sexism starting in the second episode.

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<p>Lars Von Trier directs his cast, including Keifer Sutherland, Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsg&aring;rd on the set of &quot;Melancholia.&quot;</p>

Lars Von Trier directs his cast, including Keifer Sutherland, Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsgård on the set of "Melancholia."

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Oscarweb Round-up: Taking artists at their work

Also: Steve Martin offers Eddie Murphy some Oscar hosting advice and Russia's foreign film submission stirs controversy

I'm finally going to catch Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia" this afternoon, and I can't wait. I've been a huge fan of the director's recent work, particularly "Dogville" and "Antichrist," the former coming in rather high on my personal list of the 10 best films of the last decade. But I've been bracing myself for an old story to rear its ugly head again, namely Von Trier's controversial Nazi comments made at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Von Trier is partly to blame for their resurgence, as he recently retracted the apology he gave after the fest declared him persona non grata, but lost in all of this obsession on provocative statements made during a press conference is the work itself, and linked in today's round-up is Manohla Dargis's voice of reason on the matter. Who knows how far "Melancholia" -- which is receiving some of the most favorable reviews Von Trier has seen in his career -- might have gone had the controversy not overshadowed the work? But at least the Cannes jury saw fit to take its own council and give the film an award (for Kirsten Dunst's performance), and at least there are people like Dargis arguing strongly in favor of considering the art rather than the artist.

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<p>Megan Fox at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival world premiere of &quot;Passion Play.&quot;&nbsp; Fox's 2011 Toronto film, &quot;Friends with Kids,&quot; should get a much more significant release next year.</p>

Megan Fox at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival world premiere of "Passion Play."  Fox's 2011 Toronto film, "Friends with Kids," should get a much more significant release next year.

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Megan Fox is having the time of her life in new comedies 'Friends with Kids' and 'This is Forty'

Former 'Transformers' star has three laughers in the can

TORONTO - The first thing Megan Fox asks me before we begin our interview is, "How are you? How is your kitty?"

That might have made me an unbiased Fox fan for life.  It was an earlier conversation with her publicist that let Fox know about my four-month old rascal (Phoenix for those keeping track at home) who I'd be seeing in three days after deciding to depart the 2011 Toronto Film Festival a day early.  Fox wasn't trying to win points with a member or the press, however, she's a huge animal lover. Currently, she has three dogs, a cat and two birds that she's caring for.  But, her current housing arrangement is a far cry from her previous home.

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<p>Rooney Mara's performance finally pokes through in the new trailer, putting her right in the thick of this year's Best Actress conversation.</p>

Rooney Mara's performance finally pokes through in the new trailer, putting her right in the thick of this year's Best Actress conversation.

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Sony drops new, extended trailer for David Fincher's 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

Rooney Mara looks to give an awards-caliber performance

Last week, Sony Pictures shrewdly amped up the pre-release conversation around David Fincher's re-adaptation of Steig Larsson's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by revealing a six-minute extended trailer in front of a press screening of Rod Lurie's "Straw Dogs." Fincher was there. Trent Reznor was there. Everyone felt stoked to be treated with the footage. And, on cue, everyone wrote about it.

Well, tonight, the studio dropped what I imagine is a whittled-down version of that assemblage, though it still clocks in at nearly four minutes long, laying out the basic establishing beats of the relationship between Daniel Craig's Mikael Blomkvist character and Lisbeth Salander, played by Rooney Mara. And I have to be honest. I kind of nodded off watching it. The teaser trailer that hit back during the summer, with Reznor and Karen O's cover of "Immigrant Song?" I was totally on board for that. Here they're slowing things down and building a different identity for the film and, well, if this is representative of what got everyone jazzed last week, I'm just not feeling that level of excitement. But then, Mr. Fincher isn't sitting two rows in front of me.

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