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Kings of Leon have now introduced two songs from their new album "Mechanical Bull." "Supersoaker" was the first single, swooning over sentimental girls. This new track "Wait for Me," has the band slowing their gait to mid-tempo.
For the latter, it kicks off like a slower version of "Twilight Zone" -- no, not the theme song to the show, but the Golden Earring mega-hit from 1982. While we're jumping decades, it pounces all over late-'90s mainstream rockers, with lyrics earnestly, timelessly generic. This is a harmless, safe passage toward radio, but doesn't pop like "Use Somebody" or "Crawl" did previously. Then again, I thought "Radioactive" should have blown up bigger than it did, so it depends on what temperature rock dials are feeling now at the end of this summer.
Al Roker overslept for the 1st time, and missed "Wake Up with Al"
But Roker was able to make it on time for "Today."
"Doctor Who" writer: At least 1 black actor has turned down the Doctor role
Neil Gaiman wouldn't, however, divulge which black actor was offered the part.
Shark Week boss defends airing "Megalodon" documentary
"It's one of the most debated shark discussions of all time, can Megalodon exist today? It’s Ultimate Shark Week fantasy," says exec producer Michael Sorensen.
Oprah comments on the Paula Deen N-word controversy
"In the very first days I tried to reach her and then I decided to stay out of it as I saw it blowing up," she tells "ET." "In time she will be fine. For me, it all just felt kind of sad."
Lindsay Lohan did okay filling in on "Chelsea Lately"
Watch highlights of Lohan mocking her peers, including Kristen Stewart.
Bravo orders a "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce" drama from Marti Noxon
The former "Buffy" producer wrote the pilot based on the "Girlfriends’ Guide…" series of books.
POZNAN, Poland: Composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, who won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2005 for Marc Forster’s “Finding Neverland,” has put his writing on hold for the last few years to get his latest production off the ground. But now, he’s ready to return to his first love.
Kaczmarek, who also scored such films as “Unfaithful,” “The Visitor,” and “Washington Square,” started the Transatlantyk Festival, a music and film event here, in 2011. The Polish native attended college in Poznan and now splits his time between Poznan and Los Angeles.
“I took a sabbatical from writing,” he says. “Creating and funding the festival was such a big job, I removed myself from writing for three years. I did two movies and one concert work just to keep the flow, but it was a necessary decision to really seriously create this structure that works.”
In its third year, the Aug. 2-9 festival, which draws more than 41,000 people to its series of classes, screenings, scoring competitions and events, will honor Yoko Ono on Aug. 7 with its Glocal (a combo of global and local) Hero Award. Accompanied by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, the 80-year old icon will also perform a selection of her works.
For Kaczmarek, Ono’s work and life beautifully represent the spirit of the festival, which draws attendees from all over Central Europe, and budding composers from around the globe. “We are a festival of film and music, but we define ourselves as a festival of ideas —social, political and culturally. We wanted her for many reasons, she’s also an activist in the peace movement,” he says. He also knows the benefit to having such a name grace his budding conference: “To have an award accepted by a legend certainly has to send a message that, ‘yes, we do something important here.’”
Just as Sundance Film Festival started with the film institute before launching the full festival, Kaczmarek began by launching a film and music institute five years ago in Poznan. “There’s nothing better than hungry people you can feed,” he says. “We’re a big city with a great tradition of academics, great museums, music academy, culinary artists...this is the first capital of Poland from the 10th century, but on the level of film music, this was never an important place on the map.”
With Sundance continuing as the model, Transatlantyk now has a working relationship with the famous Utah festival. “We present a selection of movies chosen by Sundance for us called Sundance at Transatlantyk,” Kaczmarek says. Additionally, Sundance’s music director Peter Golub has attended the Poznan festival every year.
The festival prides itself on its slightly quirky innovation and creativity. The opening gala on Aug. 2 was preceded by a drumming circle to protest GMOs and the disappearance of bees. There is a green carpet instead of a red one to highlight a concern for the environment. In addition to the slate of films accepted into competition, there is a series dedicated to culinary films, and after the film, attendees can have a meal prepared by a chef that ties in with the movie’s theme. There is also a flight of films about bikes.
The festival, which takes over much of the 650,000-person town, makes the most of the large outdoor spaces no more so than for Cinema In Bed, a nightly series of films in a town square viewed on your own queen-sized bed, with your own projector and screen. There are 60 beds and the movie starts at the same time for everyone, but if you want privacy, you can lower the curtains on your bed. “It was my idea, like drive-ins, but beds are much quieter than cars and much more comfortable that cars. If you have a girlfriend, it’s much nicer to kiss her in our bed than in your car,” Kaczmarek jokes.
With Transatlantyk finding its feet, Kaczmarek is very eager to get back to writing music. “It’s what I’m here for,” he says. “It’s how I communicate with the world.” Immediately after the festival, he is meeting with Austrian director, Feo Aladeg (director of “When We Leave,” winner of the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival) about her new film about Afghanistan, shot in Afghanistan. “I’m curious as to why she wants me,” he says. “I’m always looking for a challenging project. I love the idea of a new culture and using muscles I didn’t expect I had.”
Like many composers, Kaczmarek is happy to toggle back and forth between film and television. What matters for him is quality. “Television is so good these days, especially American television,” say Kaczmarek, who scored the 2007 “War & Peace” mini-series. “It’s become really brilliant in a way and intellectually stronger, quite often, than the world of features.”
His score for 2009’s “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” and his subsequent live performances of the music in Japan about a Japanese dog who went to the train station every day to greet his master for nine years following the owner’s death has helped make him a star there “They needed a Polish composer for the movie to capture the years of suffering,” he jokes.
He also teases that he’s very popular with “Arab princesses” who loved the movie “Unfaithful” because it was about such a forbidden topic for them.
But he turns very serious when he talks about receiving a letter from a fan in Tehran, who wrote Kaczmarek to tell him that his music kept him from committing suicide. “People play my music a lot when they lose someone, especially [the score to] ‘Washington Square’,” he says. “People play it over and over. I’m very touched.”
Such feedback spurs him to get back to writing. “I want another letter,” he says.
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ABC names the first minority "Bachelor"
Juan Pablo Galavis, a 32-year-old former soccer player, will become the franchise's first non-white "Bachelor." The show faced more than a decade of scrutiny for only featuring white "Bachelors." PLUS: "The Bachelorette" Desiree picks "The Baby Bachelor."
"Sons of Anarchy" meets "Sesame Street"
Check out "Sons of Poetry."
Jimmy Fallon & Seth Meyers try to figure out their late-night poses
Meyers visited "Late Night" on Monday and realized The Roots aren't staying behind. PLUS: Meyers & Fallon play Egg Russian Roulette.
E! to air a Vanessa Hudgens-Ashley Tisdale reality special
"Vanessa & Ashley: Inner Circle" follows the BFFs as they go about their real lives.
Nielsen: Twitter chatter can boost ratings
A Nielsen study found that Twitter messages caused a "significant increase" in ratings 29% of the time.
It does not remotely surprise me that Sean Anders and John Morris are the writers of "Dumb and Dumber To," because I sense a strong admiration for the work of the Farrelly Brothers in the scripts of theirs that I've read. I think the best thing they've had produced so far was also directed by Anders, and that's "Sex Drive," a movie that I expected absolutely nothing from when it was first announced. That movie had a simple hook, and it made the most of its enthusiastic cast, including Clark Duke and James Marsden, who both absolutely killed it in the film.
"We're The Millers," unfortunately, feels to me like an outline for a film instead of an actual film. I can see what the hook is, I can see how all of the various characters should interact, and I can see where the punchlines belong, but as an actual film, I found it very nearly inert. A few painfully obvious laughs do not a successful comedy make, and I'm baffled how you can throw this many relatively funny people at an idea this blatantly down-the-middle and end up with something like this, where it just can't land a punch.
Why Peter Capaldi is the ideal "Doctor Who" pick
It's a ballsy move, one that gives "Who" credibility, especially with such a versatile actor. PLUS: Why it's disappointing another male got the job, read 15-year-old Capaldi's "Who" letter, it's a profane "Who", listen to Capaldi & Craig Ferguson's punk band, here's a guide to Capaldi for Americans, and will Capaldi lose teenage American girls who jumped on the Matt Smith bandwagon?
Jaime Pressly lands a TV Land sitcom
"Jennifer Falls" has Pressly moving with her daughter back in with her mom and working as a waitress in her hometown.
"The Office" audition tapes: Watch Seth Rogen, John Cho, Adam Scott, Bob Odenkirk from 10 years ago
Also, see Eric Stonestreet and Kathryn Hahn audition in fall 2003.
Oprah doesn't want to be asked about Paula Deen
"Oh my god! I don't have anything to do with Paula Deen," she laughed to "Extra." "She is not the first white lady to use the ‘n’ word! Good lord!"
Aaron Sorkin: We couldn't re-do "West Wing" pilot today; Chris Christie has the most dramatic potential
Asked if he could make a contemporary version of "The West Wing," Sorkin says, "I think the wish-fulfillment of leaders—in either party—that wanted to get things done would probably be just as welcome today. The real difference is that we know more about the White House than we did just 10 or 15 years ago. The opening sequence of the pilot depended entirely on the audience not being familiar with the acronym "POTUS". We couldn't do that opening today." PLUS: "The Newsroom's" Africa plot was stupid and offensive.
No more "Revenge" love quadrangle
With a new showrunner, "Revenge" is going to be simpler in Season 3, with the quadrangle reduced to a love triangle. PLUS: Emily VanCamp: "Revenge" is going back to its roots.
"Breaking Bad" hype: Enough already!
Has there been too much coverage of Sunday's season premiere? PLUS: Steve Jobs meets "Breaking Bad," and Jimmy Fallon wears a Walter White mask while interviewing Bryan Cranston.
"The O.C." creator got nervous when MTV announced "Laguna Beach"
Josh Schwartz, reflecting on the 10th anniversary, says of his reaction when the MTV reality show debuted, "'Oh crap, this is the real version.' It's very hard to do the fake version when the real version is out there." PLUS: More with Schwartz, how "The O.C. glamorized teen drinking, the 21 most important musical moments, bands made popular from "The O.C.," the 10 best things "The O.C." gave us, what "The O.C." taught us about high school romance, the cast Then & Now, another Then & Now, 17 things you probably didn't know, like that Shailene Woodley was dumped as Kaitlin Cooper.
"New Girl's" Lamorne Morris on Coach's return: "I think it'll be great"
"I think we’re gonna dive into some of Coach’s backstory, maybe, to see why he left the loft, to see why we know each other," he says. PLUS: Zooey Deschanel talks Season 3.
Hyundai launches "The Walking Dead Chop Shop" App
Transform vehicles into zombie-killing survival machines.
Netflix will show Starz's "Marco Polo"
The nine-episode series will go to Netflix after airing on Starz.
Watch the 1st episode of "Hey Girl," MTV's sketch show for girls
MTV premiered "Hey Girl" on Sunday with four episodes and little promotion.
"Duck Dynasty" stars hit the Christian lecture circuit
The Robertsons have rubbed shoulders with everybody from Rick Warren to Tim Tebow in preaching the gospel.
Watch Mike Rowe's voiceover technique
The "Dirty Jobs" star uses a scratch track.
Tatiana Maslany uses different music playlists to slip into each "Orphan Black" character
"Music is huge," she says. "I have different playlists for each that I feel is the rhythm of that character, whether that’s how they walk or would dance, or the internal chaos going on inside them, or the melody of their voice."
Ryan Murphy offers more "American Horror Story" details
He says of "Coven": "It's much more buoyant and comedic and crafty than last season, which was much darker by design because it was about heavy social stuff." PLUS: See pics from the set.
"SpongeBob" going on a nationwide Toyota tour
A special "SpongeBob" SUV is being used to promote happy driving -- and the Highlander.
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 195: Press tour, 'Breaking Bad,' 'Broadchurch,' 'Low Winter Sun' & more
Today's my last full day in California for press tour, which means the last in-person Firewall & Iceberg Podcast for quite some time, as Dan and I broke down the rest of the happenings among the TCA, reviewed BBC America's "Broadchurch," briefly discussed (with no spoilers) the "Breaking Bad" premiere and reviewed AMC's "Low Winter Sun." Then, even though "The Wonder Years" was next in our pilot queue, we couldn't resist celebrating the 10-year anniversary of "The O.C." with a discussion of that show's fabulous pilot. (We'll still do "The Wonder Years," but next week.) The rundown:
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So, after last week's episode of "The Bachelorette," it seemed that this season of the show was pretty much a gory mess of disappointment and dead roses. Brooks, one of my favorites to win the whole kit and kaboodle (glad I didn't put money on it!) dumped Des like a load of moldy laundry. It was the kind of teary, agonizing break-up that made me want to buy Des a copy of "He's Just Not That Into You" and a pint of Ben & Jerry's. If you didn't see it, it was bad with a capital B, and, while plenty of people have been dumped in exactly the same way, most of them didn't have camera crews around to record every single, hideous moment. At least we learned Des' false eyelashes are really, really well secured. I see sponsorship possibilities!