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Of course Miley Cyrus got naked for her new music video 'Wrecking Ball'

Of course Miley Cyrus got naked for her new music video 'Wrecking Ball'

Emotional single bares her soul or something

Let me start by saying I actually very much like "Wrecking Ball" as a Miley Cyrus single. It's got that "I Knew You Were Trouble" vibe while also allowing a pristine vocal comp to make the former Disney star sound like an honest-to-God grownup. It hints the tabloid trubs from her engagement to Liam Hemsworth, exposing 100 million times more emotions than her dark comedy/summer hit "We Can't Stop."

There are some problems with this video. Allow me to explain.

1. In the Crying While Singing genre, you do not start with the crying. This quickly reminded me of Duncan Sheik's 1990s chart-topping single "Barely Breathing," what with the kissing away of saline tears. These may very well be genuine eye leakage, but it's faking your way to emotional orgasm as a video piece.

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2. Sexual intimacy with filthy, dirty, destructive objects... I see what you did there. Metaphors! But it's around the first time Cyrus' naked nethers make contact with a literal wrecking ball that remind me of girls who ride the New York subway in skirts and no undies in summer: basic human sexuality takes a turn for the yeccch. While the sight of anybody naked would unfurl many's flags, this just makes me squirm like a bare back on a mound of rubble. Oh wait.

Miley Cyrus licks a sledgehammer for Wrecking Ball

Peter Gabriel, have you anything to say for the example you've set? This is stupid.

3. This video was likely shot before Cyrus' scattershot MTV VMAs performance, which only continued the crescendo cries of "Hannah Montana All Growed Up." Personally, I didn't have a problem with the racy nature of that televised performance, but I did with her use of black women as her personal line of cred(it).

Here, she is subsisting purely on the carnal, erasing whatever good feelings I had for the song by displacing genuine emotional value with a ball-and-chain stripper pole, an image so desperately mixed, she probably had to go method to justify the inanity.

Dotting the soft porn with emotional lip-syncing does not make up for this, nor does it surprise me, the most shocking element being the volume at which I said "DUH" in learning that Terry Richardson directed this pile.

4. Cyrus' handlers are well aware of Billboard's recent rule additions to the Hot 100 now include YouTube views. Yes, Psy and Baauer benefited from this. So did Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," as did Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors," both of which feature naked women.

Don't pretend there aren't at a zillion people on the planet who are Googling the query "Miley Cyrus naked," and guess what will pop up as the top entry? (I mean aside from this blog post. You knew what this was.) See you at the top of the charts?

"Wrecking Ball" is off of Miley Cyrus' "Bangerz," due on Oct. 4.

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<p>James Hetfield is going to outlive us all, isn't he?</p>

James Hetfield is going to outlive us all, isn't he?

Credit: Picturehouse

Review: Metallica's 'Through The Never' pushes 3D IMAX past the breaking point

Even non-fans may find themselves banging their heads

TORONTO - On the heels of "Avatar," Hollywood went slightly crazy for 3D, and between weak post-production conversions and unnecessary use of the process, they have already started to kill any interest the audience has in it, which is a shame. Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" makes a strong case for the dramatic potential of the format, and now Nimrod Antal's "Metallica Through The Never" reinforces just how visceral an experience it can be when used correctly.

This morning's screening of the film at the Toronto Film Festival was held in the IMAX theater at the Scotiabank complex, and I can honestly say it was one of the most technically impressive screenings I've seen in IMAX anywhere. The soundtrack alone is such an intense experience, such an assault, that I started laughing trying to imagine the horrified crowd sitting in a tender, quiet Iranian drama next door. I've said before that the sound systems in IMAX theaters are as important as the size of the screen, and it sounded like this film gave that system a workout it's never had before.

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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" 

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of New Jersey': Is Melissa really ready to forgive?

It's another week of New Age bonding, but will it stick?

So, another week of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," another week of awkward New Age bonding. This week, we get tightrope walking and Zennis, which appears to be a desperate attempt to spin whacking a ball at another person a way into a path to spiritual connection. Unfortunately, when Melissa and Teresa play Zennis, it's more like an attempt to connect ball with skull, or, when a brain injury is outside of their skill set, to win at any cost. Teresa, it turns out, is a sore loser, but we knew that. 

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Katherine Heigl's TV comeback is set for NBC


Katherine Heigl's TV comeback is set for NBC
The Peacock has picked up the former "Grey's Anatomy" star's CIA drama project.


Esquire Network will take over Style Network, not G4
NBC Universal picked Style because it's in more homes and has too much in common with sibling cable networks E! and Bravo.


"Breaking Bad's" Complete DVD Box set is shaped like a barrel

The set comes with 55 hours of bonus material, plus a Los Pollos Hermanos apron.


"Breaking Bad" director talks about filming last night's final scene
"It was all pretty time-consuming to shoot," says Michelle MacLaren, who is currently directing more "Game of Thrones" episodes. PLUS: Listen to more with MacLaren.


Jenny McCarthy debuted on "The View" this morning, with her boyfriend as her 1st guest
Donnie Wahlberg came out and greeted his girlfriend with flowers.


Watch the trailer for PBS' "American Masters" documentary on Jimi Hendrix
"Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin'" is timed with the rock legend's 70th birthday.


"Sons of Anarchy" merchandise has arrived

Spencer's sells clothing, accessories and decor inspired by the FX series.

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Cher signs on to become a "Voice" mentor


Cher signs on to become a "Voice" mentor
The iconic singer will help mentor Blake Shelton's team. She'll be joined by fellow mentors Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder and Miguel.

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Watch: Lady Gaga channels 'Wizard of Oz' on 'Good Morning America'

Watch: Lady Gaga channels 'Wizard of Oz' on 'Good Morning America'

Even Toto is along for the ride

Lady Gaga channeled Dorothy from “Wizard Of Oz” on “Good Morning America” today, as she unveiled a new rendition of “Applause” that opened with a sedate Dorothy singing “Over the Rainbow” (complete with Toto) before an adoring Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow.

With their urging, she launched into “Applause,” morphing into Glinda the Good Witch as they traveled down the Yellow Brick Road, complete with poppy fields. She then transformed into the evil witch (or seemingly attempted to after ripping a green wig off of a witch (we wonder if there was a slight wardrobe malfunction there).  She then disappeared behind a curtain before coming back as Dorothy complete with a huge gingham bow.

“Applause” is the first single from “ARTPOP,” which comes out Nov. 11.

We liked it much better than the VMA performance. What do you think?

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Tina Fey to kick off the 'SNL' season, followed by Miley Cyrus and Bruce Willis


Tina Fey to kick off the "SNL" season, followed by Miley Cyrus and Bruce Willis for the 1st time in 24 years
Tina Fey will host the season premiere -- her 4th time hosting -- on Sept. 28 with musical guest Arcade Fire, while Miley Cyrus will perform double duty as host and musical guest the following week. Willis only hosted "SNL" one previous time, in 1989.

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Eminem 'was just messing with everyone' during bizarre appearance on ESPN


Eminem "was just messing with everyone" during bizarre appearance on ESPN
"We had no idea he would do that," says ESPN producer Bill Bonnell, "but if you see the music video, it's him looking into the camera and doing a throwback to the '80s. You clearly saw after the video was over, he became Marshall Mathers again. He was goofing around."


The best-ever "Breaking Bad" episode?
Last night's was the finest episode of the entire series, says Andrew Romano. "The smartest. The most intense. And ultimately, the most devastating," he says. PLUS: Writers debated how to end last night's episode, what is the significance of Saul's shirt?, this was a lesson in be careful what you wish for, was the ending predictable?, Bryan Cranston has become hot in Hollywood thanks to "Breaking Bad," "THIS SHOW IS GETTING TOO DAMNED TENSE!," this episode made viewers feel physically sick, there will be credibility issues if what looked like is happening doesn't happen, behind the scenes of the final moments, director Michelle MacLaren is the John Cage of this malevolent silence, and this episode had one of the most deeply satisfying moments in TV history.


Wentworth Miller attempted suicide "more than once" as he tried to deal with being gay
"The first time I tried to kill myself I was 15," he says.


See Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson in their HBO trailer

"True Detective" debuts in January.


Daenerys' "Game of Thrones" dragons were made using geese and tennis balls
Here's a look behind the scenes of the HBO series' visual effects.


Elton John will perform at the Emmys in tribute to Liberace
The performance will accompany Michael Douglas and Matt Damon when they present an award at the Sept. 22 ceremony.


Bruno Mars not Jersey enough for the Super Bowl?
Some think the Hawaiian singer wasn't the right choice for the New Jersey Super Bowl halftime show.


Howard Stern sidekick Robin Quivers reveals she's recovered from battle with cancer
Quivers has been doing the Stern show from her home since May 2012 as she's battled uterine cancer.


Watch Carrie Underwood's "Sunday Night Football" theme

NBC rolled out the theme before Underwood's ex-boyfriend Tony Romo played the Giants.


A bespectacled Simon Cowell describes to Ellen learning the baby news
Cowell also admits it's a "juicy story."


"Downton Abbey" accused of setting the table wrong
The owner of the castle where the PBS show films says: "“Glasses are back to front and things are set wrong. It's the little details."


Study claims "Law & Order" impacts juries
A new academic paper suggests that the "good guy" portrayal of authorities influences the way jurors think.


"Swamp People" stars surrender to police
R.J. Molinere and Jay Paul Molinere allegedly beat a man with a bottle a month ago.


Fox mashes up "Mindy" with "New Girl" and "Bones"
Check out "The Mindy Project's" promos for the new season.


"The Vampire Diaries'" Matt Davis joins "CSI"

He'll recur next season.


Syfy to air "Naked Vegas"

The docuseries profiles the art of body painting, profiling a group called The Skin Team.


"TMZ Live" goes national
Harvey Levin's web spinoff talk show, which has been shown in limited TV markets, is expected to air nationwide starting today.


"Parks and Rec's" Jim O'Heir plays Justin Bieber for Jimmy Kimmel
Justin Bieber in 2051. PLUS: O'Heir talks to Kimmel about his radio past.


"American Horror Story" adds "Magic City's" Danny Huston
He'll play Jessica Lange's boyfriend.


Josh Charles weds
"The Good Wife" star married longtime girlfriend Sophie Flack on Friday.


Watch the trailer for BBC America's "Atlantis"
The Greek myths drama debuts this fall.

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<p>Taylor Swift as seen at the VMAs</p>

Taylor Swift as seen at the VMAs

Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez headed into the studio together: Reports

Pair hit it off after performing at Staples Center together

When Jennifer Lopez joined Taylor Swift on stage during Swift’s four-show sold-out run at Los Angeles’ Staples Center last month, that may have been the opening salvo in a new partnership.

Us Weekly first reported that the pair are working on a new song for Lopez’s next album, and E News! has since confirmed it. Swift certainly embraced all genres of music on her current album, “Red,” so we could certainly see JLo and TSwift coming up with a great club thumper. Or maybe they should just remake Donna Summer/Barbra Streisand’s “Enough Is Enough.” However, giving the rumor a little less credence is the fact that neither Swift's nor Lopez's representatives have commented on the rumor.

The returning "American Idol" judge and Swift started their own mutual appreciation society after the Staples show, during which they performed “Jenny From The Block” together. Both tweeted how much they loved working together.

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<p>Owen Wilson and Zach Galifiankis in Matthew Weiner's &quot;You Are Here.&quot;</p>

Owen Wilson and Zach Galifiankis in Matthew Weiner's "You Are Here."

Review: Matthew Weiner has a mad miss with 'You Are Here'

It's a comedy, it's a dramedy, it's a mental health movie and more

TORONTO - Matthew Weiner has proven himself to be an incredible writer and director on the small screen. He's earned critical acclaim and numerous awards for his landmark series "Mad Men." On Saturday afternoon, Weiner unveiled his screenwriting and feature directorial debut at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival with the dramedy "You Are Here." It was not his finest two hours.

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<p>Sarah&nbsp;Paulson and Lupita N'yongo in &quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;</p>

Sarah Paulson and Lupita N'yongo in "12 Years a Slave"

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Off the Carpet: Reindeer games

A watershed moment for the increasingly noisy awards beat?

Boy was there a wealth of topics to write about this week. I could have dug in on an extremely crowded Best Actor race that already features 12 or 13 performances that have actually been seen (with a handful that could be real threats still to come). I could have done a typical roundup of awards prospects for films that dropped in Toronto over the weekend. I could have commented on the amount of quality we've already seen and how, so far, it's looking like 2013 could be one of the great film years.

But then I saw this Vulture piece, and something I had been fending off as mere inside baseball bitching suddenly stuck in my craw. So let's get this business out of the way at the top so we can enjoy the season.

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<p>Nine Inch Nails' &quot;Hesitation Marks&quot;</p>

Nine Inch Nails' "Hesitation Marks"

Credit: Columbia

Album Review: Nine Inch Nails, 'Hesitation Marks'

Trent Reznor rounds up some killer singles and disappointing gray matter

Nine Inch Nails have had plenty of time and space to regroup. New "Hesitation Marks" is the industrial rockers' first in five years, and first since taking time off from touring in as many moons. It's a fresh lineup and, in the time in-between, Trent Reznor has won and Oscar, launched How To Destroy Angels with his wife and longtime collaborator Atticus Ross and, apparently, made amends with a major labels in time to launch a proper campaign to push a significant and solid radio single.

The result from that pause is a mellower Reznor with big standalone songs, rare rays of sunshine and a run of quixotically forgettable tracks toward “Hesitation Marks’” end.
 
“Hesitation Marks,” NIN’s eighth full-length, eagerly rushes in with the Reznor we’ve known and loved, minus all the yelling. Perfectly dystopic “Copy of A” and single “Came Back Haunted” are quite the pair, kicking off this 14-track set after murmuring intro “The Eater of Dreams.” Reznor intimately croons on piano-dripping “Find My Way” and red-lit “All Time Low,” his chilling voice allowing in a few “baby” fillers along the way.
 
But talk about “Disappointed,” which is the title to a meandering glitch-dirge segueing into a sequence of songs that will try the patience of the average Nine Inch Nails fan. The glittering pop-punk sounds of “Everything” completely disorients the dark-dweller with all that light; “Satellite” has all the soul of a car commercial, with follow-up “Various Methods of Escape” providing no obvious means of escaping this HTDA outtake until three-quarters in.
 
“Running” and closer “While I’m Still Here”/”Black Noise” at least provide some inspired beats, invoking the good ol’ days of trip-hop without gagging on sickly sweet melodies, as on the aforementioned. It’s not that Reznor can’t carry these oddballs; his voice is as strong as ever but is, again, without as much untethered aggression to match all the white noise and his typically fatalistic lyrics. The set could use a good trim or some stronger tent-poles in its latter half. There’s a little too much control.

 

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