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<p>Rick Ross</p>

Rick Ross

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Rick Ross sets new release date for 'Mastermind'

New single featuring Jay Z hits Monday

Rick Ross’s new album, “Mastermind,” will come out March 4. Fans will get a taste of the album when new single, “The Devil is a Lie,” featuring Jay-Z, comes out Jan. 21.

Should the set, the rapper’s sixth, bow at No. 1, as it is likely to do, it will be his fifth to debut at No. 1, following 2012’s “God Forgives, I Don’t,” 2010‘s “Teflon Don,” 2009’s “Deeper Than Rap,” and 2006’s “Port Of Miami.”

The Maybach Music Group head is playing material from “Mastermind,” which was originally slated to come out in December, on his current headlining tour.

Diddy’s Revolt TV first broke the news of the release in a short, Hype Williams-directed clip.

An emphasis track, "No Games," featuring Future, came out last fall.

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<p>'Hey, Kevin, did you read the script for this?' 'Yeah.' 'Did it make any sense to you?' 'Nope. Just shut up and shoot something.'</p>

'Hey, Kevin, did you read the script for this?' 'Yeah.' 'Did it make any sense to you?' 'Nope. Just shut up and shoot something.'

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Review: 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' runs Tom Clancy's spy franchise into the ground

The good news is we won't have to sit through a sequel

Perhaps the greatest mystery that remains by the end of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" is why anyone thought this movie needed to be made.

I get it in the general business sense. After all, Tom Clancy has been a major part of Paramount's story over the last 30 years, starting with "The Hunt For Red October," and they've managed to recast him enough times that they probably felt confident that, as with James Bond, the character is big enough that he can withstand whatever reboots the company decides are necessary.

But from a story sense, Clancy's work feels like it is very much of a certain era, an era that has passed, and simply moving Jack Ryan to a new time frame doesn't seem like it makes much sense thematically or narratively. It's not like he, as a character, has developed a skill set that makes him stand apart from other characters in any significant way. There's nothing about Jack Ryan, at least as he's been imagined on film so far, that lends any urgency to this reboot.

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<p>Bruce Springsteen</p>

Bruce Springsteen

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Who knew? Bruce Springsteen is a Kanye West fan and five other fun Boss facts

New NPR interview dives deep into his music preferences

Bruce Springsteen hasn’t done a lot to promote his new album, “High Hopes,” which came out earlier this week, but in an illuminating interview with NPR’s Ann Powers, which came out Wednesday, he revealed quite a lot. 

Here are six fun facts gleaned from the interview, which can be listened to and read here.

*Bruce is a Kanye West fan. A big one:  “Kanye West is incredible, you know. I mean, the record-making facility, you know, there's a lot of hours in those records...I saw him on television, he did the song called “Blood On The Leaves” on “Later...With Jools Holland”— it was fantastic... I'm not necessarily driving [to] it in my car, you know. I probably fall back on the stuff that I listened to as a kid or something if I'm driving around. But I do listen. I listen to a lot because there's a lot of information in it and it's just fascinating record-making.

*His daughter turned him on to contemporary country music: My daughter got into a lot of new country music and she would kind of play it on the way to school on occasion and I got into a lot of some of the new guys. I like some of the Toby Keith records, Kenny Chesney...When [Keith]  gets the song, when he's at his A game, it's really good... I'm still back with George Jones  and Conway Twitty and Lefty Frizzell. That's sort of my go-to, but there's a lot of good young country guys out there. [Editor’s note: Keith and Chesney are hardly “young country guys... each have been at it for more than 20 years.]

*It still comes down to the age-old conflict between fathers and sons: “I believe everything that I've written about kind of comes from the psychology of my childhood in the sense that I lived in an interesting house, you know, and I've said this many times. I lived in a house where somebody was very fulfilled by their work and a house where somebody was very lost in the workplace and struggled very hard to keep their head above water. And it was a house that, you know, it was the finance company that kept us floating month to month just barely, you know...So I saw that happen and it was a bit of, you know, sons and fathers. It's the old thing. Somebody asked T Bone Burnett once what was rock 'n' roll: "Daddy," you know, somebody crying, "Daddy!" The whole sons and fathers thing — it'll never stop. I suppose it's somewhat boring at this point in time but the bottom line is it just is. Funny, when I went to work, you know I've said in the past, what did I do? I put on my father's clothes, really. I didn't put on my clothes. You know, when I began to craft a larger image than the one I started with in the early '70s, I very much crafted it.

He likes hearing his influence on younger bands: I know Brian Fallon from The Gaslight Anthem, he was a fan but he does something, he just manifests something that's completely his. I've played with his band onstage a few times and I love doing it. It's just wonderful. We played in Asbury Park at Convention Hall one night and we did “American Slang” and it was just great. You hear little bits of [your music in other songs] but then they take it to another place. They take it to a place where you wouldn't have taken it, you know. And that's what you hope for...You know, Against Me!, I just heard a song they did, "Black Me Out," it's a fantastic song, you know. And so, any time where you feel you may have dropped a seed or two that someone picked up in any way is, it's just a pleasure.

He dug Eric Church’s massive hit, “Springsteen”: My kids thought it was hilarious. "Dad! There's like a song, like your name is in it!" And it was a good song, too, so it was nice. And I wrote him a letter, I said we all got a kick out of it, you know. It was a lovely song. It was fun.

Expect lots more music: I would like to put something out every year at this point. There's no reason [not to]. The first contract I signed, I was supposed to put an album out every six months. Those were the days...I think I'd like to get an archival series going in some way. I'd like to make things more available through the Internet.

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Report: ABC wants NFL's Thursday night games -- what would happen to 'Scandal'?

Report: ABC wants NFL's Thursday night games -- what would happen to "Scandal"?
The NFL is shopping six to eight Thursday Night Football games, and ABC is planning to make a bid, according to Sports Business Daily. ABC hasn't aired the NFL since the 2006 Super Bowl, and the Thursday package would shake up that night's primetime lineup, including hit shows "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy."

A&E remaking "Highway to Heaven"
The cable network is teaming with Mark Wahlberg on an "edgier reboot" of the Michael Landon series from the late '80s.

Jimmy Kimmel is taking his show to Austin for SXSW

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" will return to Texas for the week of March 10.

NBC orders "Salvation," a Texas megachurch drama pilot
The series will follow a large family set against the backdrop of a Texas megachurch.

"Partridge Family" band manager Dave Madden dies
Madden, 82, played Reuben Kincaid, the Partridge's aggravated band manager.

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<p>Don Henley and Glenn Frey perform with The Eagles at the Forum</p>

Don Henley and Glenn Frey perform with The Eagles at the Forum

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The Forum tries to bring back the art of listening

We were at opening night for The Eagles at the Los Angeles venue

Can an arena live by music alone? That’s what The Forum will try to do here in Los Angeles.

The venue, given a $100 million facelift by new owner Madison Square Garden, re-opened last night with a show by The Eagles, their first of six concerts by the veteran group over the next  10 days. (The Eagles are managed by Irving Azoff who helped spearhead the refurbishment).

Prior to MSG’s 2012 purchase, the one-time home to the Kings and the Lakers was a broken-down edifice, a round concrete slab that was a fun place to see rock and roll, but good sound quality was definitely an afterthought.

Now, the new owners are pledging that the venue will be used for music-oriented performances  (that includes some family shows) and no sporting events.  A venue devoted solely to music is certainly not unique. Clubs and theaters feature only music. It’s not even special to have a large-scale venue dedicated only to music —that’s what outdoor amphitheaters do every year, but only for a four-month season. The question mark is can an arena with 17,500 or so seats do music, and only music, year-round and survive?

If any venue can, it will be The Forum. It can scale down to 8,000, which makes it the perfect place to pick up some of the slack from the closed Universal Amphitheater. But more importantly, if it succeeds, could other cities pick up the gauntlet for large venues that are built to hear music, not to hear a hockey puck reverberate?

As I left the pristine, beautiful venue (the ceiling even lights up like a starry night every now and then), I thought how we concert-goers have to put up with crappy sound at mixed-use facilities if we want to see an arena show because the arena was built with its anchor tenant--usually a sports team-- in mind.

While not every large venue can be music only, they can all do what The Forum did last night. The Forum is trying to bring the art of listening back. Before the show, an announcer asked patrons to turn off their cell phones and not to film during the show so as not to disturb those around them. Maybe because the  audience was older, it, by and large, worked. And it was glorious not to have to watch the show through someone’s arms holding up their iPhone or be distracted by people spending the whole evening staring at their phone screen updating on Facebook and Twitter.

The Eagles were the perfect choice for the opening run not only for their Southern California roots —an element played up to great effect last night— but also for their pristine, technical proficiency. With Glenn Frey and Don Henley’s vocals way up in the mix, instead of somewhere in the mud, I could hear every lyric clearly as well as the band's glorious harmonies. Plus, since they played both acoustic and electric numbers in their 3-hour plus set, it was easy to hear how good it will sound for both singer/songwriters and full-on rock bands.

So here’s to the Forum. I’ll be there again on Monday for Justin Timberlake. Other upcoming shows at The Forum include Sting/Paul Simon, Imagine Dragons and Kings Of Leon.

Getting to actually hear the music clearly at an arena show in a venue built to hear music. What a concept. It’s one I could get used to...

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<p>Robert Redford in &quot;All Is Lost&quot;</p>

Robert Redford in "All Is Lost"

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Sundance: Robert Redford reacts to Oscars passing on 'All Is Lost'

'We suffered from little to no distribution... they didn't want to spend the money. They were afraid.'

PARK CITY - J.C. Chandor’s “All Is Lost” earned exactly one Academy Award nomination this morning, and actor and filmmaker Robert Redford powered through his reaction right at the top of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

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2014 Academy Award nominees: Winners and losers

2014 Academy Award nominees: Winners and losers

Who's glad and who's mad?

The Oscar nominations brought with them joy for some, despair for others. Perhaps indifference for a few (like Robert Redford, taking it in stride up in Park City at this very moment). As ever, there are winners and losers to be assessed from the morning's announcement, and Team HitFix has tee'd them up for you in the gallery story below. Click through to see who's glad and who's mad.

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The Professor from 'Gilligan's Island' is dead at 89

The Professor from "Gilligan's Island" is dead at 89
Russell Johnson, who played Professor Roy Hinkley, has died of natural causes. Now there are only two remaining members of the "Gilligan's Island" cast still alive, Dawn Wells and Tina Louise.

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<p>Oscar Isaac in &quot;Inside Llewyn Davis&quot;</p>

Oscar Isaac in "Inside Llewyn Davis"

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The Academy's shame: 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

A masterpiece walked away with two measly nominations today

It's their party. That's what I always say. Though "and I'll cry if I want to" often follows, and today, I have to say, I'm crying over "Inside Llewyn Davis."

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'Orange is the New Black' star in a coma after car accident

"Orange is the New Black" star in a coma after car accident
Michelle Hurst, who plays Miss Claudette on the Netflix series, was put in a medically induced come after she was involved in a terrible car accident before the holidays.

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<p>Philip Seymour Hoffman of &quot;Happyish&quot;</p>

Philip Seymour Hoffman of "Happyish"

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Showtime sets 'Penny Dreadful' premiere, orders 'Happyish,' 'The Affair'

Premieres set for 'Nurse Jackie' and 'Californication' as well
All of this information was already conveyed in my live-blog of David Nevins' Showtime executive session this morning, but I know that some people like getting their news in a more "newsy" form.
On Thursday (January 16), Showtime announced spring premiere dates for "Nurse Jackie," "Californication," "Years of Living Dangerously" and "Penny Dreadful." The network also announced a pair of pickups for later in the year (or next year).
The big premiere night is Sunday, April 13. 
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"Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor"

 "Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor"

Credit: TLC

Exclusive clip: Granny gets hammered at the 'Trailer Park'

The shots might be too tasty for one nosy neighbor

Guess what? With age doesn't always come wisdom. In this exclusive clip from the season premiere of "Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor" (airing Thurs. Jan. 16 at 10:00 p.m. on TLC -- right after "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"), party prep for a 4th of July shindig is temporarily derailed by a neighbor who thinks the gelatin shots taste great -- and, despite warnings to go easy on them, gets hammered. 

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