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Janelle Monae lets her hair down in new video for 'Dance Apocalyptic'

Janelle Monae lets her hair down in new video for 'Dance Apocalyptic'

She's partying like it's 2099 in the stylish clip

Janelle Monae lets her hair down, literally, in the video for “Dance Apocalyptic,” the new track from her Sept. 10 release, “The Electric Lady.” 

She sheds her usual top-knot/up-do because if you can’t let loose when the end of the world is coming, well, when can you? With her tresses down and dressed in a white outfit that’s much funkier and less formal than her normal black and white get-up, she boogies her way through the impending end days with her all female band, as she cavorts to the jumpin', jivin' tune. Think she's not powerful? Think again. As the emcee warns us, she's so powerful, she knocked a man out with her eyelashes.

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Listen: Beck's new song 'I Won't Be Long'

Listen: Beck's new song 'I Won't Be Long'

It's a spacey, melodic jam for July

Beck’s promises “I Won’t Be Long” on his spacey, melodic new single, released today. The track, which has a funky, electronic break down, follows “Defriended," which Beck released in early June.

“Long” focuses more on atmospherics and feel rather than lyrical depth. Most of the lyrics are “I won’t be long,” repeated over and over, and then “Oh so silently we go,” over a steady drum beat and a fuzzy guitar.

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 Though more approachable and inviting than “Defriended"( i.e.: it doesn't sound like it was recorded underwater),  “Long” definitely sounds like it could have been recorded in the same session as both share an affinity for electronics. Similarly to "Defriended," “I Won’t Be Long” is also a stand-alone single that won’t be on an album, but is available as a limited edition 12” vinyl that also features a 14:49 extended mix.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t a new album coming from Beck, who last released a full album in 2008 with “Modern Guilt.”  As we previously reported, Beck is working on two acoustic albums, the first of which will be out this fall.

 

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Alec Baldwin vows to never go on Twitter again


Alec Baldwin vows to never go on Twitter again

"Never," says Baldwin, who points out that James Gandolfini didn't have Twitter. "Jimmy Gandolfini was so beloved as a person, and he was so admired as an actor, and he didn't give a f*ck about social media. I really learned a lesson at the funeral. I said to myself, This is all a waste of time. Meaning it's fun sometimes, but less and less, and less. It's just another chink in your armor for people to come and kill you."


Jewel joins "The Sing-Off"

She'll replace Sara Bareilles on the judges' panel next season.


Classic NBC shows to get comic book treatment, including "Saved by the Bell" and "Punky Brewster"
"Miami Vice," "Airwolf" and "Knight Rider" will also each be getting a digital comic book.


Fox to preview its late-night "Animation Domination" block in primetime
"Axe Cop" and "High School USA!" will replace an "American Dad" repeat on July 21.


Showtime orders "Knock, Knock Tig Notaro" documentary

The comedian and breast cancer survivor will travel the country, getting her fans to perform.

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<p>Two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver.</p>

Two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver.

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Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden join Emma Stone and Colin Firth in Woody Allen's latest

The Woodster's 2014 project is already shooting in the South of France

As Benjamin Franklin once said, "The only things certain in life are death, taxes and a new Woody Allen movie every single year." I paraphrase, but only for the sake of greater accuracy: now 77 years old, the quintessential New York writer-director shows no sign of relaxing his work rate. And why would he? His output is hit-and-miss, but only two years ago, "Midnight in Paris" proved that he can still hit pretty squarely, scoring the highest box office returns of his career and a fourth Oscar to boot.

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Watch: Phoenix's new video for 'Trying To Be Cool'

Watch: Phoenix's new video for 'Trying To Be Cool'

See Thomas Mars ruin a kid's day

As the thermometer heats up, Phoenix is just “Trying To Be Cool” in its new video for the second single from “Bankrupt.”

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Report: Katie Couric upset with her talk show's gossipy new direction


Report: Katie Couric upset with her talk show's gossipy new direction

In response to "Katie's" ratings decline, Season 2 will be more "gossip-centric" and "dumbed down," according to the NY Daily News.


Gabrielle Union: Losing "Scandal" to Kerry Washington wasn't such a bad thing

"I said to myself, 'Oh my God, these roles are out there,'" says Union, who tonight begins starring in BET's "Being Mary Jane." "It showed me that you don't have to settle. Luckily, the success of her and the show bred more work. Just from the audition process, I knew that I couldn't go backward."


Bill Hader is the new "Mr. Peanut," replacing Robert Downey Jr.
The former "SNL" star will voice the Planters character in commercials.


Ex-MTV VJ Kennedy: Michael Jordan tried to win my virginity in a dice game

Kennedy, who was known on L.A. radio as "The Virgin Kennedy," writes in her memoir that Jordan told her, "If I win, you come back to my hotel room with me tonight."


NBC taking "Community" and "Hannibal" to Comic-Con, but not "Dracula"
"Revolution," "Grimm" and "The Blacklist" will also be in attendance.


Randy Jackson's next gig: Producing for Smokey Robinson
The former "Idol" judge will helm Robinson's duets album.


"Once Upon a Time" reveals its season premiere title
"The Heart of the Truest Believer."


Michael Palin signs on for a WWI drama for BBC

The former "Monty Python" star has joined "The Wipers Times," about soldiers who put out a satirical newspaper during the Great War.


NYC's Lincoln Center to host a free "Breaking Bad" marathon
Every episode will be shown over five nights starting later this month, followed by a cast Q&A.


Bill Cosby hosting a "Cosby Show" sweater tournament
The 64-sweater tournament has been broken into four "regions": Argyles, Cardigans, Cashmeres and Pullovers.

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The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders

 The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders

'Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team' set for fall on CMT

The show returns for its eighth season

"Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team" return for its eighth season Fri. Sept. 6 at 9:00 p.m. on CMT. The network’s longest running non-music series will feature eight one-hour episodes.  

Making dreams come true (or not) are longtime DCC director Kelli McGonagill Finglass and choreographer Judy Trammell. Once again, the hit series follows the girls as they must survive the auditions, training camp, the powerhouse technical coaching of former DCC Kitty Carter, and the demanding expectations of fitness trainerJay Johnson. 

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

 "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

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'Real Housewives of Orange County': Did Vicki deserve what she got?

Brooks hooked up with a porn star, but should Vicki have seen it coming?

While ostensibly the focus of this week's episode is supposed to be on Tamra trying on wedding dresses, that's far too sweet an activity to fuel the tears, screaming and bad behavior the show needs. Thus, Lauri tags along on the trip to the bridal store. Yeah, she hasn't had much to do with Tamra in a few years, but who cares? Heck, even though we are reminded more than once that wedding dress shopping should be an activity for close friends of the bride, "RHoOC" would throw a street bum into the mix if that stirred things up -- and Lauri is more than happy to assist.

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'Under the Dome' drops 15% in Week 2, but still looks good


"Under the Dome" drops 15% in Week 2, but still looks good
The CBS miniseries beat NBC's "reality" entry "Siberia."


Showtime sets premiere date for "Venus and Serena"
The controversial documentary that the United States Tennis Association will be shown on Aug. 23.


Late-night comedians talked more about Obama's climate plan than Sunday news shows
Shows like "Meet the Press" and "This Week" spent zero seconds, while Letterman, Leno and "The Daily Show" each devoted at least one minute to the president's speech last week.


Here's the "Glee" cast list for Season 5
Who will be series regulars next season?


Johnny Depp kisses Jimmy Kimmel, again and again
Depp couldn't help himself after Kimmel said he had a "beautiful face." PLUS: Kimmel is very close to L.A.'s new mayor.


Tracy Morgan welcomes a daughter
Morgan and fiancee Megan Wollover welcomed Maven Sonae Morgan early this morning.


"Happy Endings'" Eliza Coupe hit with divorce papers

Her acting coach husband has filed for divorce just as her sitcom is officially dead.


"Veronica Mars" movie will take a break from filming to attend Comic-Con

"As soon as we're done, we'll turn around and come back to L.A. for our final day of production," says the film's associate producer.


David Spade gets "Catfished"
Watch his Funny or Die video.


"Gossip Girl" alum joins "Revolution"

Patrick Heusinger will play a "handsome rogue" in a recurring role this fall.

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<p>Wait, that's not Alicia Keys.</p>

Wait, that's not Alicia Keys.

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Sweden's Way Out West lineup runs the gamut from Soderbergh to Alicia Keys

The hybrid music-and-movie fest runs from August 8 to 10

All-star music festivals are a dime a dozen every summer -- as, for that matter, are film festivals, at any time of year. Festivals that mix the two, however, are still relatively thin on the ground. The US, famously, has South by Southwest in the spring, and for the last three years, the Swedes have taken a leaf from their playbook (right down to the hat-tipping name) with the Way Out West fest, which takes place this year in Gothenberg on the weekend of August 8 to 10.

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"The Bachelorette"

 "The Bachelorette"

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'The Bachelorette': Five things we learned in Barcelona

Des must decide whether James stays or goes

A lot of things happened in this week's episode of "The Bachelorette," the least jarring of which might have been Kasey's use of the non-word "counteraccusate." Most of the drama was a continuation of the nastiness that broke out following last week's revelation that James may be a scumbag, but that hardly meant that the episode was predictable. It also didn't mean the bachelors or Des made a lot of sense most of the time. I've heard less circular arguments in high school student congress debates. I will attempt to boil down the pertinent information in a handy list of what we've learned in Barcelona, as I'm pretty sure no one wants to feel their head explode reading a detailed play by play of how James rationalized his skeevy behavior. 

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<p>In &quot;Under the Dome,&quot; Deputy Linda (Natalie Martinez)&nbsp;tries to fight a fire without help of the fire department.</p>

In "Under the Dome," Deputy Linda (Natalie Martinez) tries to fight a fire without help of the fire department.

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Review: 'Under the Dome' - 'The Fire'

The big summer hit has an underwhelming second episode

A review of tonight's "Under the Dome" coming up just as soon as I spray paint myself a door...

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