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Will Smith and Kanye West hit the studio together

Will their collaboration yield Smith's first release in 8 years?

It’s been eight years since movie blockbuster king Will Smith released any new music, but if Kanye West has his way, Smith will be singing a new tune soon.

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 While promoting his new thriller, “After Earth,” Smith told HipHollywood.com that West has been encouraging him to return to his musical roots. “I’ve been messing around with Kanye. We were in the studio a couple of times,” Smith said.

That doesn’t mean fans can expect to get jiggy with any new Smith music any time soon. He’s coy about releasing any tunes. “I might get the bug. I’m not going to do it unless I get truly inspired,” he says, “but ‘Ye’s been pushing me a little bit.”

 

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<p>The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at the 2013 edition.&nbsp;</p>

The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at the 2013 edition. 

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Coachella sets 2014 dates

Tickets go on sale on Friday

With Coachella 2013 barely in the rear-view mirror,  the Indio, Calif. festivals organizers have announced the dates for the 2014 event.

Once again spanning two weekends, with the same acts appearing both weekends, Coachella 2014 will take place April 11-13 and April 18-20.

Tickets go on sale Friday. General admission passes per weekend are $349 or you and yours can splurge and go for the Safari Tent, which is $6,500, but covers two people! It includes your tickets, an an air-conditioned tent with up to two queen beds, plus restrooms and showers. For more information, go here.

Who would you like to see play Coachella 2014?

 

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Review: Thirty Seconds To Mars' new album 'Love Lust Faith + Dreams'
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Review: Thirty Seconds To Mars' new album 'Love Lust Faith + Dreams'

Jared Leto takes a turn at shaman-Jesus, again

Thirty Seconds To Mars’ new album “Love Lust Faith + Dreams” starts with the song “Birth” and ends with a music box playing the them to “Swan Lake,” the go-to tune to signal Death. The rock band is counting on its listeners to make this connection and to follow all the other very obvious themes of “Love Lust Faith + Dreams.” 

And, in case you can’t follow, there’s literally an announcement at the top of each concept: “Lust,” “Love” and so on. 
 
That’s the main problem with an album like this, and 30STM on the whole: there is no room for subtlety, not because the band can’t “do” subtle, but that they make a conscious choice not to.
 
Jared Leto yet again lets his outsized personality lead this crop of stadium-emo and brute-disco tunes, as a shaman-Jesus whose truisms are wholly dependent on your belief in Him (Leto). “All we need is faith” he leads over and over again on apocalyptic “End of All Days.” “Love is a dangerous game to play,” he concludes on “The Race.” He rhymes “city of angels” (on the song of the same name) with “comfort of strangers,” and “I don't wanna live a lie that I believe / Time to do or die… Faith is coming, that I know / Time is running, got to go” on the little chestnut of wisdom “Do or Die.”
 
The trio is as ambitious and equally indulgent in high concept music-making with a broader array of stylistic choices than their last “This Is War.” Like the Killers when they turned the corner with dancey “Day & Age,” 30STM adds more thumps, strings and BPMs to the mix. Unfortunately, they fill the space (and space-rock) with a litter of gang vocals on almost every song, indulging in hair metal-levels of “whoa-ohs,” “yeah-ahs” and rounds.
 
“Pyres of Varanasi” seems to be a bit of fantasy “world music” fulfillment than it serves its album, which keeps a pretty fixed (if not unrelenting) pace. It at least it provides room for a breath right before hypnotic “Bright Lights,” the best and most concretely complete song on this album. “I’m leaving, gone yesterday / Brutal, laughing, fighting, f*cking / The price I had to pay,” Leto broods. And then, again, with the “Oh-ohs.”
 
Again, this album works if the listener generously gives themselves over to the spirit of the thing -- all throttle, power, punishment, wantonness and deadpanning; it helps that Leto’s voice is better than ever. But, then again, it’s OK to pass on “Love Lust Faith + Dreams,” even if everybody along the way in the making of the set apparently said "yes," and never said "no."

 

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<p>Patricia Clarkson in &quot;The East&quot;</p>

Patricia Clarkson in "The East"

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Exclusive: Patricia Clarkson warns Brit Marling about getting soft in a new clip from 'The East'

Zal Batmanglij's latest hits theaters May 31

Zal Batmanglij's "The East" premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in January. Its positioning this summer has me interested in giving it another look amid the surrounding blockbuster noise. The film is about an operative for a private intelligence firm embedded in a corporation-focused anarchist group who sees her priorities tested. It is the follow-up to Batmanglij's debut, "Sound of my Voice."

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"Dog and Beth: On the Hunt"

 "Dog and Beth: On the Hunt"

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'Dog and Beth' gets an order for the back 11 episodes from CMT

The first season of the top rated series will now run 22 episodes
Though A&E determined that "every dog has its day" when it canceled "Dog the Bounty Hunter" after eight seasons, the Dog lives on at CMT.
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"Derek"

 "Derek"

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Ricky Gervais' comedy-drama 'Derek' to air this fall on Netflix

All seven episodes will be available at launch

Ricky Gervais isn't normally associated with semi-cuddly characters, but he takes a turn toward the sort of lovable with "Derek," which makes its Netflix debut Sept. 12 at 12:01 a.m. PT. All seven 30-minute episodes will be available at launch. 

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Listen: Beyonce's 'Grown Woman' in full

Listen: Beyonce's 'Grown Woman' in full

She is woman, hear her roar

After previewing it on a Pepsi commercial several weeks ago, a full version of Beyonce’s “Grown Woman” has leaked (so listen to it fast) and it’s fierce.
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"Catfish: The TV Show"

 "Catfish: The TV Show"

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'Catfish: The TV Show' set to return with a supersized second season

The series will air 16 episodes this summer

Want a second helping of "Catfish"? Apparently MTV has decided people want exactly that, because the network today announced that "Catfish: The TV Show" will return for a supersized 16-episode second season on Tuesday, June 25 at 10:00 p.m. This season everything is apparently elevated: the catfish are more sophisticated, the investigations are deeper, and the stakes are higher. 

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Steven Spielberg to produce a live-action 'Halo' TV series for XBox


Steven Spielberg to produce a live-action "Halo" TV series for XBox

One of the most acclaimed directors will helm "Halo: The Television Series." "I've been playing games for decades," Spielberg said today at a Microsoft event, in a pre-recorded video. "The stories have become more compelling as the technology has improved.


Chevy is trying to take advantage of its "Mad Men" cameo
Chevrolet has been making mock-up ads revolving around the Chevy Vega subplot, hoping the ads will help the company better engage with viewers. PLUS: Harry Hamlin's Jim Cutler: An appreciation, and Elisabeth Moss is blonde again.


Simon Cowell's new "X Factor" judges: A bad idea?

Neither Kelly Rowland nor Paulina Rubio brings a lot of buzz to the Fox reality show.


"Kitchen Nightmares" sends warning to Amy's Baking Company to shut up
Tonight's "public event" is a breach the reality stars' contract, according to a letter sent to the Amy's Baking Company owners.


ESPN laying off hundreds of employees
Did expensive TV rights fees for tennis and college football lead to today's round of layoffs?


Ricky Gervais' "Derek" debuts on Netflix in September

The nursing home dramedy already aired in the UK.

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<p>&quot;Hannibal&quot;&nbsp;star Hugh Dancy as Will Graham.</p>

"Hannibal" star Hugh Dancy as Will Graham.

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HitFix First Look: 'Hannibal' is worried about Will Graham

Will's gift takes an increasing toll; can the bad Dr. Lecter help him?

As I noted last week, the fate of "Hannibal" remains very much up in the air at NBC, which has to factor in 1)The strong quality of the show and the stellar reviews, 2)The very modest (if that) ratings, 3)The reduced cost, since the show is an international co-production, and 4)Where they might put it next season, given that they've already ordered several mid-season shows that don't yet have timeslots.

But the show continues to be great, and this week's episode (airing, as usual, Thursday at 10 Eastern) puts the focus back onto Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, whose gift for thinking like a serial killer (or, rather, like all serial killers) is taking a greater emotional cost with each new case. In this exclusive clip, Will goes to Mads Mikkelsen's Dr. Lecter for guidance after he loses time while visiting another grisly crime scene. Enjoy, and we'll have more to talk about after "Trou Normand" airs on Thursday night.

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'Daily Show' co-creator under fire for joking the Oklahoma tornado targeted conservatives


"Daily Show" co-creator under fire for joking that the Oklahoma tornado targeted conservatives

Lizz Winstead yesterday tweeted (and later deleted) the following: "This tornado is in Oklahoma so clearly it has been ordered to only target conservatives." UPDATE: Winstead has apologized.


"Dancing" and "The Voice" paid respects to Oklahoma tornado victims

Tom Bergeron had a moment of silence, while Carson Daly gave a shout-out to the people in Oklahoma.


Carol Burnett to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

The 80-year-old will be honored with the prize already awarded to Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Bill Cosby and Will Ferrell.


What's next for "Bates Motel"?
Carlton Cuse talks about the season finale and his plans for next year.


Bill Hader's 1st "SNL" featured Seth Meyers as Anderson Cooper
Hader's last "SNL" pitted Seth Meyers vs. Anderson Cooper.


What will HBO's "Game Change" sequel focus on?

"The Republican primary, pre-Iowa Caucus, was pretty amazing," says Danny Strong, who wrote the original "Game Change," though he hasn't settled on what the movie will be about.


"Dancing" has a voting snafu

Viewers couldn't vote at ABC.com for a brief time last night.


"The Bachelor's" Chris Harrison will host the Miss America pageant for the 5th time

He'll be joined by "GMA's" Lara Spencer.


Why is NBC pitting "Siberia" vs. CBS' "Under the Dome"?

Why put a sci-fi series vs. another sci-fi series, especially during the summer?


VH1 launching a morning news show: "The Gossip Table"
"Gossip Table" will debut June 3, taking over for "Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan," which is going on summer break.


NBC News tornado special will replace tonight's "Voice" recap show

Brian Williams will host the special at 8 pm.


"Arrow" will have 2 big bads in Season 2

Producers are using the "Whedonesque model of having a big bad."

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<p>Laura Linney in &quot;The Big C:&nbsp;Hereafter.&quot;</p>

Laura Linney in "The Big C: Hereafter."

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Series finale review: 'The Big C: Hereafter'

Cathy and her family prepare for the end as the Showtime dramedy concludes on a strong note

Showtime's "The Big C" — or, specifically, the concluding miniseries titled "The Big C: Hereafter" — came to an end last night, and I have a few thoughts coming up just as soon as you don't take cash...

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