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Blood Orange's throwback video for 'You're Not Good Enough'

Blood Orange's throwback video for 'You're Not Good Enough'

Gia Coppola directs, you dance

Blood Orange's album "Cupid Deluxe" was in my Top 10 of 2013, and "You're Not Good Enough" is one of the reasons it was good enough.

Now there's a music video for this catchily depressing (depressingly catchy?) new-wave-n-b single, directed by "Palo Alto" helmer Gia Coppola. Blood Orange kicked in 30 minutes of music for her film, so it looks like the favor was returned.

Throw on some leggings and get to your crunches: this vid takes me back to "Kids Incorporated" and the finale of "Scrooged" in a scrunchy kind of way. Did you know Blood Orange's Dev Hynes can dance like that? You should.

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<p>Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum talk about &quot;22 Jump Street.&quot;</p>

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum talk about "22 Jump Street."

Does Jonah Hill have any Oscar advice for his '22 Jump Street' co-star Channing Tatum?

How do you make a sequel to a movie that spoofed a TV show that became a movie?

NEW YORK - The cast and crew of "22 Jump Street" have done something quite remarkable. They have taken a successful comedy that spoofed the idea of turning a TV show into a movie and made an even better sequel that spoofs the idea of, well, sequels.  Audiences are already hyped to see "22" based on the trailers and TV spots, but they have no idea just how smart the expected blockbuster really is.  Who says the summer movie season can't have a happy surprise or two?

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Ryan Murphy to be honored as a 'Genius' at Critic’s Choice TV Awards

Ryan Murphy to be honored as a “Genius” at Critic’s Choice TV Awards
The “Glee,” “American Horror Story” and “The Normal Heart” honcho will be honored at the June 19th ceremony. “From poignant reality-based movies to dark and twisted horror to musical theater, Ryan Murphy’s creativity knows no bounds,” says the president of the Broadcast TV Journalists.


Tracy Morgan’s leg was not amputated
Morgan’s spokesperson is trying to counter the “completely fabricated” rumors.


Watch Shonda Rhimes’ Dartmouth commencement speech
"Ditch the dream and be a doer, not a dreamer” was the message Rhimes, Dartmouth Class of 1991, told the class of 2014.


RJ Mitte pays a Father’s Day tribute to TV dad Walter White of “Breaking Bad"
“You never let my girlfriend choke on her own vomit…"


Maksim to guest-judge “Dancing with the Stars India”
He’ll appear on four episodes of the “Dancing” spinoff. Will it prep for a more permanent judging gig?


Watch Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff in the trailer for “Younger” on TV Land
The former “Bunheads” star plays a single mom who tries to pass herself off as age 26 in a comedy from “Sex and the City’s” Darren Star.

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<p>&quot;Boy and the World&quot;</p>

"Boy and the World"

Credit: GKIDS

'Boy and the World' could be set for this year's animated Oscar race

The Brazilian musical spectacle is picking up prizes on the festival circuit

Oscar-watchers should have learned by now that when it comes to the Best Animated Feature race, you underestimate GKIDS at your peril. The independent animation distributor has only been around since 2008, but has already racked up four nominations in the race -- for the foreign titles "The Secret of Kells," "A Cat in Paris," "Chico and Rita" and "Ernest and Celestine." Each time, they've edged out more moneyed (and more widely predicted) US studio contenders, proving that the animation branch is often more persuaded by craft than by commerce. 

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<p>Ralph Fiennes and Wes Anderson on the set of &quot;Grand Budapest Hotel.&quot;</p>

Ralph Fiennes and Wes Anderson on the set of "Grand Budapest Hotel."

Credit: Fox Searchlight

Wes Anderson on how 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' made 'Grand Budapest Hotel' work

How has his creative process changed?

2014 is a little under halfway over, but one film that is still firmly entrenched near the top of my "best of" list is Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel." And three months after its release audiences have shown their own approval at the box office.

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Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull

UPDATED: Jennifer Lopez pulls out of World Cup performance of 'We Are One (Ole Ola)'

Superstar gives no reason for leaving Pitbull and Claudia Leitte in a lurch

UPDATED:( June 11):  A day after FIFA announced Lopez's cancellation, she is back in. According to People magazine, Lopez's reps now say that Lopez will be in Brazil to perform with Pitbull and Leitte.

 

Jennifer Lopez will leave her song mates Pitbull and Claudia Leitte holding the ball —soccer ball, that is— in Brazil this week.

The trio was set to perform the official 2014 World Cup theme, “We Are One (Ole Ola),” together on Thursday (12) in Sao Paulo during the opening ceremonies, previous to Brazil’s first match with Croatia.

News of Lopez’s withdrawal began to spread Sunday and while some outlets blamed it on production issues (which sounds fishy given that Pitbull and Brazilian artist Leitte are still performing), in an official statement to CNN, her rep merely confirms that Lopez “will not be attending this year’s World Cup opening ceremonies,” without giving a reason for the change. Maybe she's too busy promoting her new album, "A.K.A.," which comes out June 17.
 

As far back as January, Pitbull released a statement about how pleased he was to join Lopez and Leitte “at the FIFA World Cup to bring the world together.”

The trio performed the song at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards in May to open the show and the song was almost universally panned for its lack of Brazilian feel and reliance on cliches. Its reception was in sharp contrast to the positive reception Shakira’s 2010 official World Cup track, “Waka Waka” received.

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Comedy Central renews 'Inside Amy Schumer,' Andy Daly’s 'Review' and 'TripTank'

Comedy Central renews “Inside Amy Schumer,” Andy Daly’s “Review” and “TripTank”
Also, Comedy Central has ordered “Another Period,” a 1902-set comedy starring Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome as sisters, and “Idiotsitter."

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<p>Andy Daly in &quot;Review.&quot;</p>

Andy Daly in "Review."

Credit: Comedy Central

Comedy Central renews 'Review' for season 2

Comedy Central also renews 'Inside Amy Schumer' and 'TripTank,' orders two new series

I thought the best part of interviewing Andy Daly in Austin over the weekend would be getting a chance to witness the star of Comedy Central's "Review" channeling his fictional alter ego Forrest MacNeil and eating pancakes, as he did in the year's funniest half-hour of television. But though pancakes were, in fact, consumed (in the interests of accuracy, I should say that Daly ordered the short stack — albeit what turned out to be a Texas-sized short stack — and ate much, but not all, of it), the most exciting part of the interview was the news that Comedy Central was days away from announcing that "Review" (which had ended on a brilliant, but seemingly final, note) would return for a second season.

(In that same announcement, Comedy Central also renewed "Inside Amy Schumer" and the animated series "TripTank," as well as greenlighting two new series: "Another Period," starring Riki Lindhome and Natasha Leggero as rich, vapid sisters circa 1902; and "Idiotsitter," created by and starring Jillian Bell and Charlotte Newhouse as, respectively, a rich woman under house arrest in her daddy's mansion and the woman hired to keep her out of further trouble.)

And now that the renewal is official, here's our entire conversation in Austin, looking back over the brilliance of that first season, and ahead to how the show might work in season 2.

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"Lazaretto" album cover

Review: Jack White's invigorating new album, 'Lazaretto'

He shows off his feral and gentle sides

With his second solo album, “Lazaretto,” out Tuesday (10), Jack White continues on his exploration of American music. For all his talk of condemning others for being musical magpies, he proves to be quite one himself on the set:  Whether he’s recalling Howling Wolf or The Band or even Lynyrd Skynrd, it’s easy to trace the new creation back to its musical forbearers.

Where White’s true talent lies is that he’s able to assimilate so many different styles into his music. “Lazaretto” works also most as two different albums: there are the gentle country-influenced acoustic tracks and the feral, primal, razor-edged electric tunes and he sells both of them with equal conviction. For the most part, both tread the same lyrical band: a sense of isolation that, in some cases, quietly creeps in and other times, announces its arrival with unrestrained howls.

As acclaimed a guitarist as White is, much of the album relies on stellar keyboard work. White sounds more comfortable here than he did on 2012’s “Blunderbuss.” The stylistic shifts may be jarring for some, but fans of White’s should be pretty used to his ability to be a Jack (White) of all trades by now.

Below is a track-by-track review:

“Three Women”: Sounding like a cross between The Band, Dr. John, and Lynyrd Skynyrd on this barrel-house piano blues rocker, White brags about the three women in his life who come visit him every night. Sure, it’s a big confusing keeping everyone happy, but he seems to be juggling just fine. It’s a fine, high energy kick off to the album: GRADE: B+

“Lazaretto”: Frenetic, jerky, fuzzy track that’s all about White’s kinetic electric guitar work and his jagged vocal delivery.  Full of bleeps and effects, and an unexpected fiddle break, the title track is the album’s most lacerating track. GRADE: B

“Temporary Ground”: A beautiful, country-tinged acoustic track that examines a God that would leave here letting us believe we’ve found a safe haven when we’re really only on temporary ground.  “All the creatures have it hard now/Nothing but God is left to know/ Why he left us all here hanging with an illusion of a home,”   White sings as he trades lyrics with Lillie Mae Rische. A gorgeous alt-country tune that brings in acoustic guitars, fiddles, mandolin and pedal steel, while still sounding contemporary (with a nod back to very, very early Elton John).  GRADE: A-

“Would You Fight For My Love”:  “I’m getting better at becoming a ghost,” White declares on this mid-tempo, dense track about getting shattered by love. Lyrically, he’s most vulnerable than we usually hear him. Musically, he’s all over the map here from new wave to operatic background singers to screeching guitars. It’s a very busy tune and instead of his vocals sounding interesting, he just sounds like a David Byrne wanna be. GRADE: B-

“High Ball Stepper”: An woozy, psychedelic instrumental track that lets White show off his guitar chops and serves as a palate cleanser between the first and second halves of “Lazeretto.”  GRADE: B-

“Just One Drink”: Straight-ahead country rocker that would have sounded right at home on a Georgia Satellites album. He loves her, but she doesn’t love him…same old story told in a familiar, but still refreshing way. GRADE: B+

“Alone In My Home”: Genial alt country track with White singing in a straight ahead style that we don’t normally hear. He’s once again broken and he again, as in “Would You Fight For My Love,” references becoming a ghost “so nobody can known me.”  As jaunty as the playful piano may be, the lyrics are about isolating and escaping pain. GRADE: B

“Entitlement”: The alt country roll continues on this track that crosses Wilco with the Jayhawks. Lyrically he takes on those who can “take like Caesar and nobody cares” and how, despite being one of the entitled ones, he can’t quite do the same.  “Stop what you’re doing and get back in line/I hear this from people all the time,” he bemoans. It’s a damned-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t song set to a nice mandolin that comes to a nice resolution. GRADE: B-

“That Black Bat Licorice”: A slinky, creeping track that finds White rhyming names like Columbo and Dumbo (the NYC neighborhood, not the baby elephant) in a trippy/, shape-shifting tune. Weird but it somehow works. GRADE: B-

“I Think I Found The Culprit”: “Birds of a feather may lay together/but the uglier one is always under the gun,” White sings as love and betrayal takes on the form of two birds on a windowsill. GRADE: B

“Want and Able”: White ends the album with a sloping, country parable that sounds very much like a Avett Brothers track: Want is never satisfied and always looking for more, while Able is the freedom to carry out our desires. GRADE: B

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Philip Seymour Hoffman was supposed to be on tonight’s 'Louie'

Philip Seymour Hoffman was supposed to be on tonight’s “Louie”
According to Jeremy Renner, Hoffman was supposed to be part of tonight’s 90-minute episode. Louis CK had already filmed a guest spot on Hoffman’s Showtime pilot “Happyish."


Still-retired Barbara Walters to interview the father of the Santa Barbara mass murderer
Peter Rodger, the “Hunger Games” assistant director, specifically requested that Walters interview him about his son, Elliot, who killed six people two weeks ago.


“Game of Thrones” enlisted an ex-North Carolina basketball player to play a giant
Neil Fingleton stands between 7-6 and 7-8.


“Revenge” makes James Tupper a series regular
Tupper, who plays Emily's dad, had recurred over the past three seasons.


“Royal Pains” announces a slew of guests
Oscar nominee Michael O’Keefe, “Greek's” Spencer Grammer and “Reaper’s” Tyler Labine will be among the guest-stars in Season 6.

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Steven Spielberg wants Bryan Cranston to reprise his LBJ stage role for a TV miniseries

Steven Spielberg wants Bryan Cranston to reprise his LBJ stage role for a TV miniseries
Spielberg, who directed Cranston in “Saving Private Ryan,” is close to obtaining the rights to the Tony-winning play Lyndon B. Johnson play “All the Way,” according to Deadline. That play won Cranston a Tony award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.

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MTV renews 'Faking It' for a 2nd season

MTV renews “Faking It” for a 2nd season
Says MTV: "'Faking It' has proved to be the perfect companion show to 'Awkward.’”

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