The Venice Film Festival may be celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, but there's a separate, smaller milestone contained within it: the tenth birthday of the independent Venice Days sidebar. Founded in 2004 by an association of Italian filmmakers to showcase offbeat independent work outside the main festival selection, Venice Days is effectively the festival's equivalent of the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes, and while it doesn't get as much publicity, a number of significant films have premiered there over the past decade.
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Kings of Leon’s new single, “Supersoaker” unleashes with a torrent of ringing acoustic guitars (sounding a little like Mumford & Sons) before drums come crashing in, followed by Caleb Followill’s impassioned vocal. He wants to see you, in case you didn't figure that out. It doesn't have much of a hook, but it's got great energy.
The song is the opening salvo from “Mechanical Bull,” the band’s sixth album, out Sept. 24.
The band, who have been performing the song on the road, will play “Supersoaker” on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on July 22.
A couple of weeks ago, the news landed that this year's vastly acclaimed Palme d'Or winner, Abdellatif Kechiche's romantic drama "Blue is the Warmest Color," is ineligible to be the French entry in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The simple reason: its domestic release date falls nine days after the submission deadline, making it eligible for consideration in the category next year, but not this time round.
Jerry O'Connell joins "Veronica Mars" movie as "Sheriff Lamb"
Not Don Lamb, but Dan Lamb.
Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” clearly stakes its claim on the spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the sixth week. The song ties Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, for the most weeks in the pole position in 2013.
Thicke isn’t the only one celebrating: Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake’s “Holy Grail” bows at No. 8, the only new track in the Top 10. The song comes from Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail, which nabs the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week, according to Billboard.
“Lines” keeps Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” at No. 2 for the fifth consecutive week, while Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” stays at No. 3 and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” holds at No. 4.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” featuring Ray Dalton swaps places with Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” featuring Nelly, rising one spot to No. 5, while FGL slide to No. 6.
Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” increases in value as it move 8-7. Timberlake’s Mirrors” is No. 9 and Anna Kendrick’s “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s ‘While I’m Gone’) remains at No. 10.
One album cover won’t cut it for Nine Inch Nails. The Trent Reznor-led band has released four album covers for its forthcoming album, “Hesitation Marks.”
Out Sept. 3, the album will be released with a digital cover (artwork titled “Turn And Burn”), standard CD cover (“Time and Again”), deluxe CD cover (“Cargo In The Blood”), and a vinyl cover (“Other Murmurs”).
I did not get this from looking at the various covers, but, apparently, “the mixed media works hover between anthropology and forensics, suggestive of transformation and regeneration,” according to a press release. They just look pretty and intriguing to me.
In its first week available to non-Samsung customers, Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” sold 527,000 copies, enough to snag it the top spot on the Billboard 200 for the week and bragging rights to the second-biggest sales week for a debuting album.
The only title to beat “MCHG” comes from Jay-Z’s duet partner and touring mate, Justin Timberlake, whose “The 20/20 Experience” moved 968,000 units in its Spring bow. “MCHG” is Jay-Z’s 13th No. 1 album, extending his record for solo act with the most chart toppers.
“MCHG’s” launch at No. 1 marks the fourth consecutive week that a different rap album has topped the chart, a first in the Billboard 200’s history.
Two other albums start their Billboard 200 life this week: Ciara’s “Basic Instinct” comes in at No. 2, with 58,000 copies, while Skylar Grey’s set, “Don’t Look Down,” bows at No. 8 with 24,000 units sold, according to Billboard.
J Cole’s “Born Sinner” drops 1-3, while Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions’ and Florida Georgia Line’s “Here’s To The Good Times” hold at 4 and 5 respectively.
Kanye West’s former No. 1, “Yeezus,” falls 3-6, Wale’s “The Gifted” drops 2-7, Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” slides 7-9 and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” slips 8-10.
Keith Olbermann: I'm not banned from talking politics on my new ESPN2 show
Contrary to a previous report, there's no contractual clause banning political discussion. But Olbermann can only address politics when it's related to sports. Says ESPN boss John Skipper: "Trayvon Martin is an excellent example; we expect Keith to have some point of view there. It only has to be responsible."
Cory Monteith did not die from a deadly strain of heroin
A police department not far from Vancouver released a statement saying it had noticed a number of ODs related to heroin containing fentanyl. But no fentanyl was found in Monteith's body. PLUS: Monteith was cremated on Tuesday, without his father present.
"Rookie Blue" renewed
The Canadian cop drama will be back for Season 5.
Why Dan Harmon was fired from "Community": Details of his erratic behavior revealed
He would disappear, he had an oddball leadership style, he would fall asleep during the day, he was an alcoholic and his writers resented him. "I wanted to kill myself constantly constantly," says Harmon. "It's not an exaggeration to say that every single day, I was the reason why everyone above me and everyone below me had a problem.
David Beckham to be featured in a new UK kids' show
He'll motivate kids via Sky Sports "Game Changers."
"The Millers" ads Nelson Franklin as a series regular
The "Veep" and "New Girl" vet will play Jayma Mays' husband.
"The Office's" Rainn Wilson writing a book about his life -- not a "memoir"
"Despite what my publisher might say, I wouldn't call my book a memoir," the actor said in a statement. "If I were in my 80s, had cured a disease and survived a war, I would be entitled to write a memoir. No. The guy who is best known for playing a paper salesman with a bad haircut, tweeting fart jokes and starting a quirky spirituality Web site does not merit a 'memoir.'"
"The Meredith Vieira Show" sold to NBC stations
Vieira will likely take over "The Jeff Probst Show's" 2 pm timeslot.
"Bob's Burgers" becoming a comic book
The Fox animated series will unveil its comic book at Comic-Con.
Snooki is almost unrecognizably skinny
The "Jersey Shore" star says: "I work out in the gym seven days a week. I go with my trainer five days a week, I have a treadmill downstairs or I do crunches."
Regis Philbin tries out Google Glass
Says Reege: "It's not working!"
"Hostages" gags Toni Collette & Dylan McDermott
Check out the poster for the new CBS series.
Keith Olbermann's ESPN2 talk show will be called "Olbermann"
ESPN officially announced Olbermann's return after a 16-year absence. Originating from ABC's Times Square Studio, "Olbermann" will mostly air at 11 pm Monday through Friday, debuting Aug. 26 with a mix of commentary, panel discussions, interviews and highlights. Olbermann says he's glad to be bake and "I'm not going to waste" this opportunity.
"Whose Line is it Anyway?" has a big debut for CW
The 2.9 million was the CW's 2nd-best launch in the past two years.
Besides drugs, Cory Monteith struggled with his "Glee" fame
People magazine quotes a Monteith friend saying, "Fame was hard for him. It was something he knew he deserved but somehow he never quite knew how to handle." PLUS: "Glee" sat down Monteith and had an "open conversation" about his addiction.
Jon Hamm waited tables for nearly a decade, even when he was on "Providence"
The "Mad Men" star talked about his early struggles with ESPN's Bill Simmons, recalling that he was "unhirable" because he looked too old for the teen shows that were hot in the late '90s. Hamm worked at a restaurant called Ciudad on his days off from "Providence," which he appeared on in 2000 and 2001. Hamm also talks about binge-watching "The Wire," "Friday Night Lights" and "Deadwood." PLUS: ESPYs host Hamm talks tonight's show.
Woody Allen: I'd love to do a movie starring Louis CK
The "Louie" star has a small role in Allen's new film "Blue Jasmine." "I'd love to do a movie with him and me, a comedy," Allen tells the NY Times. "I'm looking for some idea that would work, for the two of us to do."
"Game of Thrones" adds Mark Gatiss of "Sherlock" and "Doctor Who" fame
The British actor/writer/producer has written several episodes of "Who" and he co-created "Sherlock." PLUS: Giant dragon skull on beach used to promote "Game of Thrones."
BET resurrects "Comic View"
Former host Sommore will be back when the BET staple begins taping next month after a five-year hiatus.
"Harry Potter" actor Toby Jones joins M. Night Shyamalan's "Wayward Pines"
He'll play a mysterious and charismatic psychiatrist who treats Matt Dillon's Secret Service agent.
Here's a pic of "The Wire's" Larry Gilliard Jr. on "The Walking Dead"
He's playing former Army medic Bob Stookey.
Stephen Colbert caught sabotaging "The Daily Show"
It was Colbert who caused Monday's blackout.
"Breaking Bad" creator on the final episodes: "They satisfy me, and that's saying a lot"
Vince Gilligan tells GQ that "the bulk of our viewers" will be satisfied by the ending. PLUS: See Bryan Cranston's "Malcolm in the Middle" reunion at his Walk of Fame star ceremony. Watch "Breaking Bad" summed up in 9 minutes.
Chuck Woolery's new gig: Promoting catheters
Watch the former "Love Connection" host in an ad for Medical Direct Club‘s Virtually Pain Free Catheters.
Bravo to premiere "The New Atlanta" in September: "Atlanta is mecca," says Bravo exec
"There is so much personality to that city and the people really reflect that," says Shari Levine, vp of current production for Bravo. PLUS: "I Dream of NeNe" gets premiere date.
Bruce Willis wears a wig for Jimmy Fallon's "Perm Week"
"Is this your real hair?"
Are those tattoos on Rachel Bilson's neck?
The "Hart of Dixie" star is currently sporting colorful stars on her neck.