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<p>Cher and Lady Gaga at the MTV&nbsp;VMAs in 2010</p>

Cher and Lady Gaga at the MTV VMAs in 2010

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Listen: Lady Gaga and Cher's duet 'The Greatest' leaks

Cher called leaked tune 'the wrong version,' but it sounds right to us

The Greatest Thing,” the duet between Lady Gaga and Cher that Momma Monster has disavowed, surfaced today.

As you recall, in June Cher replied to a fan on Twitter that Lady Gaga “doesn’t like it, or want it to come out. She’s an artist, it’s up to her. I’m disappointed 2.”

Now, in addition to being disappointed, Cher is also pissed. Apparently, the RedOne-produced version that leaked today is the “wrong version,” she tweeted. Her full tweet: “Disappointed (I’ve sat on fkng song 4 over a yr) NOW SOME ASSHOLE LEAKS WRONG VERSION! GaGa’S SINGLE IS GREAT, & THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS).” What a nice little plug for “Applause," which also leaked, forcing Lady Gaga to release it a week early, yesterday.

So the song is a sweet, uplifting slice of self-esteem in which Cher (LG comes in later and in a relatively minor capacity) apologizes that someone her hurt her boo, but declares that this person is The Greatest Thing and she spends the bulk of the song trying to convince the person, even resorting to spelling out G-R-E-A-T.  It’s a slight and treacly sweet, melodic, retro dance track. They sing the chorus together and then Lady Gaga takes the third verse.  “When you feel you aren’t enough/I’ll give you wings and lift you up. I hope you can see that you’re the greatest thing to me,” Cher sings. And while some of the words change, that’s the message that you need to take with you.  (Listen quickly, various versions are being taken down.... )

I know from Cher’s tweet that if a version was going to leak, this wasn’t the one she wanted out there, but this one isn’t bad, it just needs a little more oomph. In fact, with a stronger remix, I could see this being a club smash.

No word on if it makes the cut for Cher’s album (although it sounds in July like it would not), “Closer To The Truth,” which comes out Sept. 24. Maybe the leak changed that decision.

What do you think of “The Greatest?”

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Surviving Beastie Boys help Yoko Ono out on 'Bad' new remix: Listen

Surviving Beastie Boys help Yoko Ono out on 'Bad' new remix: Listen

Check out another Plastic Ono Band song with tUnE-yArDs

Yoko Ono roped in the surviving members of the Beastie Boys for some "additional beats, programming, and other curve balls” on a remix of "Bad Dancer," marking the first time we've heard from them 'Boys since the passing of Adam Yauch.

"Bad Dancer" and another new song "Tabetai," both below, appear on a new album by Plastic Ono Band, "Take Me to the Land of Hell." The latter song features some bottle sounds and vocals from tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus and basically sounds like many phrases from "Pootie Tang." Yoko sings behind the beat on the former in her typically quirky Yoko Ono way, and it definitely has a Beasties Brand on the new beats by Mike D and Ad-Rock.

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Sandra Oh: I'm leaving 'Grey's Anatomy'


Sandra Oh: I'm leaving "Grey's Anatomy"

This will be Oh's last season, she confirmed today to The Hollywood Reporter. "Creatively, I really feel like I gave it my all, and I feel ready to let her go," she says.

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'Duck Dynasty' stars sign on for more seasons after getting a big raise


"Duck Dynasty" stars sign on for more seasons after getting a big raise

The entire clan will receive $200,000 an episode, which is four to five times their previous salary.


Teen who died of cancer turned down an offer to hear how "Breaking Bad" ends
In this week's "Breaking Bad" podcast, Vince Gilligan tells the story of 16-year-old Kevin Cordasco, whom this week's episode was dedicated to. Gilligan offered to tell Cordasco the "Breaking Bad" ending last October, as long as he promised not to tell anybody else. But Cordasco declined, saying he wanted to watch it himself. Cordasco died in the spring, and the writers added something to this season in his honor. PLUS: Aaron Paul answers questions on Reddit, and watch the full "MythBusters" "Breaking Bad" special.


Shark Week 2013 was the biggest ever
Not only did this year's Shark Week surpass all previous Shark Weeks, but the controversial fake documentary "Megalodon" was the most-watched program in Shark Week history.


"Hawaii Five-0" books Nick Jonas
He'll guest as a computer hacker.


"NCIS" creates a character to replace Ziva
A casting call notice has gone out for the female character Bishop.


HBO orders "The Money" pilot from David Milch

The "Deadwood" creator is turning his attention to the wealthy elite, with Brendan Gleeson as his star.

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<p>Elijah Wood is under the gun, literally, as he tries to give a concert in 'Grand Piano,' one of this year's Fantastic Fest titles.</p>

Elijah Wood is under the gun, literally, as he tries to give a concert in 'Grand Piano,' one of this year's Fantastic Fest titles.

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Elijah Wood, Fantastic Fest alumni, and Robin Wright Penn announced for this year's line-up

As usual, at least one of these will make you say "They made a movie about WHAT?"

We ran the announcement of the first wave of programming for Fantastic Fest 2013, and that was already a pretty promising list of movies. Now they've released their second wave of titles, and it's another great batch of filmmakers and titles.

It's impressive how this thing snaps into focus around this point every year, and at this point, there are filmmakers and actors and companies that I consider to be part of the Fantastic Fest family. I would be shocked if they didn't end up being part of the festival. Ben Wheatley, for example, or Elijah Wood, or Alex de la Iglesia, or Sion Sono. These are guys who all have been here before, and who are all turning out interesting work right now, pushing themselves from project to project.

That seems like the real larger narrative of the various festivals I attend every year now, checking in with people who are creating work that is alive and vibrant and interesting and resolutely not part of the disturbingly stagnant mainstream that seems to suck up such a disproportionate percentage of the conversation in the media. I think it keeps me sane, and I look forward to the highs, the lows, the surprises and the disappointments. At least it all feels promising, like there's room for discovery and for things I haven't seen before, and it's bizarre how little of that there is with "big" movies these days.

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"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

 "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

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Watch: Mama June pot shops on 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'

Mama June explores the details of portable toilets

As usual, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" always keeps it classy. In this clip from tomorrow night's episode of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" (9:00 p.m. ET on TLC), Mama June handles the details for her upcoming commitment ceremony, which involves shopping for portable toilet rentals. 

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<p>Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks and Jessica Pimentel in &quot;Orange Is the New Black.&quot;</p>

Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks and Jessica Pimentel in "Orange Is the New Black."

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Review: Netflix's 'Orange Is the New Black' season 1

The women's prison drama was one of the year's best shows — on Netflix or anywhere else

I reviewed Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" last month based on the first six episodes. I've since watched the rest, and as I did before with "House of Cards" and "Arrested Development," I have thoughts on the whole season, with spoilers, coming up just as soon as I do to you what the spring does to cherry trees, but in a prison way...

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'Devious Maids' renewed for Season 2


"Devious Maids" renewed for Season 2
The Lifetime drama is the cable network's fastest-growing series since starting with an okay premiere.

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<p>Harrison Ford talked to us about how his work in '42' presented him with some very specific challenges for his new film 'Paranoia'</p>

Harrison Ford talked to us about how his work in '42' presented him with some very specific challenges for his new film 'Paranoia'

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Harrison Ford explains why he had no choice but to go bald for 'Paranoia'

Plus we talk about crazy 'Blade Runner' rumors back in the day

It may be impossible to overstate the microscope that Harrison Ford was under when he started production on Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner."

After all, he was both Indiana Jones and Han Solo (twice) by the time he started production on the Ridley Scott film that promised to be the first major shake-up of his newly minted movie star image, and an R-rated existential drama disguised as a science-fiction action film was a pretty bold next step for Ford. Much of his career seems to be defined by major successes, but I always find the moments where Ford tried to stretch and got roughed up in the process to be the most interesting moments.

I remember how brutal the reviews were for "Blade Runner" and how the box-office stories went way past reporting and felt more like bloodsport. It was a weird summer overall. The movie that no one had on their radar ahead of time, Spielberg's "E.T.", had turned into a box office juggernaut, and some of the movies with the best pedigrees were going belly up. It was the summer I learned conclusively that my taste does not always align with the mainstream, as I was head over heels for "Conan The Barbarian" and "The Thing" and "Blade Runner." And it was one of the first times I ever remember reading strange stories about production on a film, in this case reports of a bald Harrison Ford.

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<p>Saoirse Ronan</p>

Saoirse Ronan

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Saoirse Ronan and Susanne Bier in line for (another) 'Mary Queen of Scots'

Elizabethan royalty porn is back in style

A couple of weeks ago, Kris and I cast an eye over a number of upcoming prestige films still seeking US distribution as they head into the fall festival season. One of the longer shots for awards consideration on that list was “MARY Queen of Scots” (no, I don’t know what the capitalization is about either), a French-made take on the life of the ill-fated 16th-century royal, in which the eponymous Mary Stuart is played by relative newcomer Camille Rutherford. It’s a role that landed Vanessa Redgrave a Best Actress Oscar nomination for 1971’s rather stodgy “Mary Queen of Scots,” and the Academy’s taste for British royalty hasn’t waned since.

 

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Is Netflix mainly responsible for doubling 'Breaking Bad's' ratings?


Is Netflix mainly responsible for doubling "Breaking Bad's" ratings?
Netflix didn't have this kind of impact last season. Could it be that viewers waited until the final season to catch up? PLUS: "Breaking Bad" fans are upset with iTunes for charging Season 5B as separate from Season 5A.


"Under the Dome" hits a season low amid Time Warner blackout

The CBS series is suffering from not being available to Time Warner customers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, yet CBS won the night anyway.


Watch the trailer for Frank Darabont's "Mob City"
The TNT drama, which was previously known as "L.A. Noir" and "Lost Angels," premieres Dec. 4.


Syfy celebrates "Heroes of Cosplay"
The reality show, premiering tonight, follows nine "costume players" as they travel to various Comic-Cons dressed as their favorite characters.


"Hard Knocks": Go behind the scenes of the HBO's NFL reality show
The NFL Films crew shoots about 300 hours of film for each week's 55-minute episode.


NBC to count down "TV’s Funniest of the Funniest"
The Play Center special will air Sept. 1.


Zooey Deschanel to examine her roots on "Who Do You Think You Are"

She's tonight subject on the TLC series.


Bob Odenkirk will appear in his new sketch show "The Birthday Boys"

The "Breaking Bad" star will be featured in every episode of the IFC show, which he is producing and which debuts Oct. 18.


Syfy to air New Zealand series "The Almighty Johnsons"
The drama (see trailer) revolves around four guys who inherit the power of Norse Gods.


Check out "Downton Abbey" Season 4 in pictures
Here are cast photos, including a group shot.


Greta Van Susteren calls on Fox to hire Jay Leno
The Fox News star thinks NBC is making a big mistake. "I think Fox Broadcast should sign him up and compete against his old network," she wrote on her blog.


"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." taps a British actor

Ian Hart will recur next season in a yet-to-be-revealed role.

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Album Review: Luke Bryan's 'Crash My Party' seldom reaches top speed

Album Review: Luke Bryan's 'Crash My Party' seldom reaches top speed

Country superstar's latest stalls in mid-gear

Luke Bryan has made a career of being country’s polite party boy. He doesn’t have the dangerous edginess of an Eric Church or Jamey Johnson (or even of his good buddy, Jason Aldean), but he surely knows how to show you a good time (as evidenced on his “Spring Break” series of EPs), and possibly get you to shed your clothes while doing so.

On his new album, “Crash My Party,” out today, the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year delivers another round of songs designed to show that he’s still the guy you want by your side, whether it’s to chug your beer or cry in it (and here, he does his fair share of crying). The songs are uniformly commercial and relatively risk free, but for Bryan fans, it will be a nice new chapter in a pleasingly familiar book, if not a particularly high-octane one. With his career riding a high on the back of this ACM award, it would have been nice if he’d taken a few risks, but that doesn’t seem to be what he or his fans want. Look for "Crash My Party" to bow atop the Billboard 200 and the Billboard Country Albums chart next week.

Here’s a track-by-track review:

“That’s My Kind of Night”:
  A straight-up, good time opener. As he does a lot, Bryan throws in all the country tropes: a truck, getting out into the country (he is the one guy that figures his little country cutie likes it “way out where the corn rows grow,” instead of downtown. He’s got a mixtape that includes country and hip-hop: “ A little Conway and a little T-Pain,” he sings. Despite (or perhaps because of) the lowest common denominator cookie cutter lyrics and his somewhat awkward delivery, the song is already soaring up the Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, no doubt due to the driving beat.  Grade: C

“Beer In The Headlights”: Country music provides cute word play in its titles better than anyone, and this song is no exception. This mid-tempo track delivers the same message as “That’s My Kind Of Night” —he’s alone with his girl out in the country, hanging out in or by his truck, and her beer is in the headlights—and yet he delivers it so much more convincingly here. His voice, which can be a little nasally, fits the melody much better. Grade: B

“Crash My Party”: After this "Spring Break" EPs and 2011 album, "Tanlines and Tailgates," it was understandable from the title alone that folks expected this tune, the first single and title track, to be an upbeat kicker. Instead, it’s a mid-tempo invitation to love, a less sensual, sweeter “Come Over.” His love is welcome anytime, anywhere because he knows she’s a better time than anything else he’s got going on. “This is a drop-everything, kind of thing, swing on by, i’ll pour you a drink, the door’s unlocked, I’ll leave on the lights...”  If a women sings it, sadly, it still can sound desperate. Here, it sounds like a beautifully open-ended invitation. Grade: B+

“Roller Coaster”:  Bryan is in the amusement park of love, and his lady is twisting him around like a roller coaster, keeping him on the edge of his seat, and not necessarily in a good way. It’s a potentially dark ride. Grade: B

“We Run This Town”:
Bryan takes a look back at his formative years in this wistful mid-tempo, guitar-driven track. “From crazy kids to dirt road kings/Oh, we didn’t know nothin’, but we knew everything,” he sings of those days when he and his buddies “thought we made the world go ‘round.”  Grade: B

“Drink A Beer”:
  Bryan does vulnerability well, no more so on “Crash This Party” than on “Drink A Beer.”  His friend has died and he has no answers. He sits on the edge of a pier, the one they used to sit on together, and drink a beer. Enhanced by spare production, the acoustic guitar ballad doesn’t try to be a tearjerker, and that’s part of its appeal. It just invites you to live in the moment of finding out bad news and being in shock and needing to just breathe. Grade: A-

“I See You”: Bryan, who co-wrote this spiky, jaunty track, returns to the bar, but in true fashion, is still stuck on the one girl who has dumped him. The bevy of beauties try to lure him onto the floor, but he can’t forget. Grade: B-

“Goodbye Girl”: Another mid-tempo track and another tune about a girl who has the ability to break his heart (though he never seems to crushed by anything). He’s given her the keys to his heart and even though she “scatter(s) in the wind just like a dandelion/reminding me again that you ain't ever mine for long,” he can’t be the one to pull the plug on the DOA romance. Emotionally, Bryan seems willing to take songs only so far and this is another example. Grade: B-

“Play It Again”: Bryan delivers the best sexual euphemism in this mid-tempo tale of meeting girl who he falls for on the spot. “Soon as I sat down, I was fallin’ in love/Tryin’ to pour a little sugar in her Dixie cup.”  I may be reading too much into this sweet tale of falling in love over a song and a dance. One of the best songs on the album. Grade: B+

“Blood Brothers”: The Dixie cups return, but this time he’s drinking “bad booze” out of them in this song, that like “We Run This Town,” looks back at an earlier time. This time the content is slightly edgier (as is the guitar), as Bryan recounts a rough-edged youth “We were young as we were dumb/when we piled in an old pile of junk/It was all-for-one and all for one/Bunch of outlaws without a gun.” Sadly, he can’t really sell the grittiness the song deserves.  Grade: C

“Out Like That”: He’s out with his girl in a truck again and he’s delivered songs like this on every track. His girl is driving him wild and he doesn’t want to hold back. They’re going to dance in the rain as the lights from his headlights capture the beauty of her face. A sure bet for a single and a likely No. 1. Slightly up-tempo rockers like this with this kind of theme are Bryan’s sweet spot. Grade: B+

“Shut It Down”: Another song with nice word play- this time build around how “any hay to make can wait for now” (literally), as this farmer and his wife go make hay while the sun shines figuratively. Who doesn’t love a guy with a farmer’s tan?  Grade: B

“Dirt Road Diary”: The second song on the set co-written by Bryan takes a seemingly autobiographical turn as he relives his youth, riding in a car with his dad and as he got older, reveling in “tan legs and some Dixieland delight.”  He seems to enjoy looking back a little on this album and the triptych of reminiscences serve him reasonably well. Grade: B

 

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