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<p>Dierks Bentley</p>

Dierks Bentley

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Dierks Bentley looks inward for his next album, 'Riser'

Singer records some of seventh set on the road

Riser,” Dierks Bentley’s seventh album, out this fall, will focus on a number of personal topics, including his father’s death last spring.

“Riser” takes its title from a song called “I’m A Riser,” about recommitment. “Life in general has a way of knocking you down,” Bentley said in a statement. “It’s different reasons for different folks – could be personal reasons, could be family reasons, your job, drugs, alcohol. That song really applies to anybody that’s lived. There have always been those moments when we have to get back up and get on our feet.  They are defining moments…breakthrough moments.”

The album, produced by “Tip It On Back” co-writer Ross Copperman, was recorded in a variety of locales, including Bentley’s tour bus and Copperman’s house.  “It was important to get out of the studio and sing in different places, and to do it with other people in the room,” Bentley said. “That way, you have an audience and you get a sense of what’s working, what’s not working, when it’s feeling good, not feeling good. It brings a little more emotion and energy out of your voice.”

Bentley’s last album, “Home,” debuted at No. 1 on the country chart. He is on tour with Miranda Lambert through October.  He is opening a bar, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, in his native Arizona on July 4.
 




 

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<p>Yeah Yeah Yeahs</p>

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs and My Bloody Valentine headline FYF Fest 2013

Deerhunter and Beach House also on bill for Los Angeles event

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Bloody Valentine, TV on the Radio, and MGMT are among the acts that will headline the 10th FYF Fest, held Aug. 24-25 at Los Angeles State Historic Park. It will be MBV’s first U.S. show since 2009.

Other artists on the bill include Deerhunter, Beach House, Solange, Yo La Tengo, Devendra Banhart, The Breeders, Death Grips, Roky Erickson, Foxygen, Holy Ghost! and The Melvins.

Weekend passes, which go on sale on Thursday, start at $99. Day passes are $65.

The full lineup for FYF Fest 2013 is:

!!! (Chik Chik Chik)
Antwon
Baroness
Beach House
BICEP
Charles Bradley
Chelsea Wolfe
Classixx
Dan Deacon
Death Grips
Deerhunter
Delorean
Devendra Banhart
Eleanor Friedberger
Fear of Men
FLAG (Keith, Chuck, Dez, Billy & Stephen playing the songs of Black Flag)
Flume
Foxygen
Guards
Holy Ghost!
Horse Meat Disco
How to Dress Well
Jonathan Richman
Joyce Manor
Kurt Vile & the Violators
Les Savy Fav
Mac Demarco
METZ
MGMT
Mikal Cronin
My Bloody Valentine
Nosaj Thing
Omar Souleyman
Pional
Poolside
Roky Erickson
Shlohmo
Solange
Strfcker
The Breeders (Performing Last Splash)
The Melvins
The Orwells
The Underachievers
Thee Oh Sees
Title Fight
Toro y Moi
Touche Amore
TV on the Radio
Ty Segall
Washed Out
Waxahatchee
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yo La Tengo

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<p>Robin Wright is front and center as 'Robin Wright' in the new film 'The Congress'</p>

Robin Wright is front and center as 'Robin Wright' in the new film 'The Congress'

Credit: Independent Films

Must Watch: First trailer for 'The Congress' is a mind-bending techno dream for Robin Wright

New animation/live-action hybrid from 'Waltz With Bashir' director looks crazy

I thought "Waltz With Bashir" was a gorgeous film. I didn't think it always hit the same heights dramatically that it did visually, but it was an intriguing way to give a fresh look to what is essentially a talking heads documentary.

Since then, I've been curious to see how filmmaker Ari Folman would follow up that picture. He decided to start with a Stanislaw Lem science-fiction novel, then adapt it loosely and use it to explore the notion of whether or not our essence is something that can be captured by a computer, much less recreated.

For years now, I've heard people in Los Angeles talking about the idea of scanning movie stars into computers, head to toe, as a way of allowing them to freeze themselves at a particular moment in time, using their digital model to appear in films while their physical form continues to age. We're not at that point yet, but it's something that people have been actively considering for a while, and the conversation raises any number of points about technology, ethics, performance, and what it is we respond to when we watch someone.

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Watch Fox's new show trailers


Watch Fox's new show trailers
Fox has released lengthy promos for "Us & Them," Seth MacFarlane's "Dads," Andy Samberg's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," Greg Kinnear's "Rake,"  J.J. Abrams' "Almost Human," plus "Enlisted" and "Sleepy Hollow."
 

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<p>James Franco in &quot;As I&nbsp;Lay&nbsp;Dying&quot;</p>

James Franco in "As I Lay Dying"

Credit: Millennium Films

James Franco tackles William Faulkner in the trailer for Cannes-bound 'As I Lay Dying'

The film will hit the Croisette next week

One of the most fascinating projects in James Franco's compelling and vast arsenal as of late is an adaptation of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying." The film is set for the Un Certain Regard section of the upcoming Cannes Film Festival and is the first big screen adaptation of the novel, widely considered one of the greatest ever written.

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<p>James Gandolfini</p>

James Gandolfini

Credit: HBO

James Gandolfini returning to HBO: He'll star in limited series 'Criminal Justice'


James Gandolfini returning to HBO: He'll star in limited series "Criminal Justice"
HBO originally passed on the seven-part series when it was pitched to be more open-ended. "The Sopranos" star will play an "ambulance-chasing New York City attorney" who's in over his head. The project is based on a BBC series. PLUS: Gandolfini says no "Sopranos" movie -- unless David Chase goes broke.
 

"Breaking Bad's" Spanish-language remake for Univision is a go
"Metástasis" will star Diego Trujillo in the Bryan Cranston role and Roberto Urbina in the Aaron Paul role.


Jay Leno & Jimmy Fallon sing another duet, this time from "Les Miserables"
In a pre-taped bit at the NBC Upfronts, Leno and Fallon sang "One Day More," except their version was called "Eight Months More."


Expect nearly every NBC News star to cameo on "The Michael J. Fox Show"
Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie already can be seen in the promo NBC released this morning.


Barbara Walters' retirement gets the Taiwanese animation treatment
"Bye, Bye Baba Wawa!"


"Bionic Woman's" Michelle Ryan joins "Covert Affairs"
Starting with the season premiere, she'll play an agent with a shadowy past.


Who should replace Seth Meyers on Weekend Update?

What about John Mulaney, the "SNL" writer who's NBC pilot was rejected?


"Survivor: Caramoan" champ: How I won "blows my mind"
Says John Cochran: "No votes cast against me and then every vote at the end — that’s crazy." PLUS: Cochran’s timing was impeccable.


Oxygen orders "Pastors of LA"
The reality show will follow six "mega-pastors" in Southern California.


Howard Stern grills Jimmy Kimmel and his fiancee
"The first time you made love to Jimmy, was it awkward?" the shock jock asked Molly McNearny, who's also co-head-writer of "Jimmy Kimmel Live."


Watch "Hannibal's" bizarre Korean promo
With the main character's head photoshopped on a Korean pop star.


Check out pics from Fox's "Sleepy Hollow"
Plus see photos from Greg Kinnear's "Rake" and Andy Samberg's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."


24 things we know about "How I Met Your Mother"
We keep on seeing the same yellow umbrella.


Who is "Mad Men's" Bob Benson?
Is James Wolk's character a government agent, a spy from another ad agency or a red herring? PLUS: Last night was the 2nd satisfying episode in a row!, "Mad Men" has a Don Draper problem, Draper hit a new low in being mean, creepy and unlikeable, this season Pete's been on fire, the storyline revolving around Don and Sylvia was dull, and did Don become Christian Grey?

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"Welcome to the Family"

 "Welcome to the Family"

Credit: NBC

The first trailer for 'Welcome to the Family' promises babies, hijinks

A dad's plans are derailed by his high school grad daughter

In the first trailer for "Welcome to the Family," we get a lot of information. Whether or not it's funny, well, you be the judge. 

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"Sean Saves the World"

 "Sean Saves the World"

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Watch: Sean Hayes returns for NBC's 'Sean Saves the World'

"Will & Grace" star Sean Hayes plays a gay divorced dad

"Will & Grace" star Sean Hayes has a new sitcom, this time playing a gay divorced dad with a pushy mom (Linda Lavin) and a typical teenage girl (Sam Isler). Instead of the usual mom-trying-to-juggle storyline, it's Sean who struggles to find work-home balance in this first trailer for the show.

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<p>We may not have shared cocktails, but I&nbsp;had a great time interviewing Jessica Walter for 'Arrested Development' anyway.</p>

We may not have shared cocktails, but I had a great time interviewing Jessica Walter for 'Arrested Development' anyway.

Credit: HitFix

Jessica Walter calls her roles on 'Archer' and 'Arrested Development' a 'gift'

How can someone this nice play the two most insane mothers on TV?

Jessica Walter is all sorts of awesome.

First, she is part of one of my favorite animated shows, and not just of recent vintage, either. I think "Archer" belongs in the pantheon of animated comedy. That show is funny on so many simultaneous levels that it makes me dizzy. I love it as a spy comedy, as a comedy about a stunted manchild and his relationship with his mother, and as a non-stop barrage of some of the dirtiest things that have ever made me laugh.

Second, she's the mother of the Bluth family, and that alone would secure her place in the all-time hall of fame. Her work as Lucille was a major part of what made the show special. Watching her manipulate her children and grapple with the ethical vacuum that is her husband and somehow never spill a drop of any of her martinis… well, that's talent.

Beyond that, I wonder how many younger fans of her work in those shows are familiar with the role that first made her an icon to me, Clint Eastwood's "Play Misty For Me." She is outstanding in that film as a woman who is completely obsessed with a radio disc jockey played by Eastwood. It was his first film as a director, and it's still one of the best roles he's ever given an actress in his work.

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Barbara Walters

 Barbara Walters

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Watch: Barbara Walters' announces her retirement - and why it matters

Watch her announcement and weigh in

It's the end of an era. Though we'd all heard the rumors weeks ago, Barbara Walters has officially announced she's retiring next year (and savvily saved that information until toda to steal the thunder during TV upfronts). "I'm perfectly healthy, this is my decision, I've been thinking about it for a long time," she said on "The View," before admitting, "There will special occasions and I will come back... I'm not dead yet."

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<p>Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham</p>

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham

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Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham: 'Stevie Nicks and I have played these characters for so long'

What is holding up a new album and the latest on Christine McVie

Fleetwood Mac is having tremendous success on its current sold-out tour. The band is playing its classic hits with verve and enthusiasm, plus, since the recent release of 4-song EP,  "Extended Play,"  the quartet has new material to sink its teeth into.  Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham spoke to HitFix about the current state of Fleetwood Mac, the delight he takes in his still dynamic connection to Stevie Nicks, the latest on a full album from the band, and if Christine McVie will join her former band mates when they play London in the fall.

Hitfix: I saw the band two weekends ago at Jazz Fest in New Orleans and it seemed like you were on fire. The band was playing in daylight without any of the bells and whistles of an indoor arena show and no one missed them at all. 

Buckingham: There’s a lesson there. We’ve all come to feel that we need to rely on the constructions of quite elaborate set design and the backdrop that changes from song to song and, really, this band, because we are a band of musicians and a great singer, we could go up there and with a couple of spotlights prevail probably just as well. It should be about the music first and, of course, with us, it is.

“Extended Play,” a four-song EP with your first new music in 10 years, came out on April 30 and landed in iTunes top 10.  How gratifying was it that people were so eager to hear new music?

 I haven’t paid too much attention to how things are going with it because, really, Mick [Fleetwood] and John [McVie]  and I got together last year and we cut a bunch of tracks and then Stevie came to the table later. Even early on,  Mick and John and I felt that the songs that we were doing were some of the best stuff we’d done in quite a while.

I am also happy with what it represents with the subject matter. The dialogues to Stevie that are, miraculously, still going on back and forth between Stevie and myself after all these years, I find that to be quite touching and somewhat surprising— something that neither one of us would have predicted years and years ago that we’d still somehow be driving each other’s motivation from a distance, and so I’m very happy with the way the EP turned out and it’s great to be doing some new things on stage.

You wrote one of the new songs, “Sad Angel,” for Stevie. What was her reaction when she first heard it?

I was not there, but I believe she latched onto it immediately. [When] that song was written, I was trying to reach out to her a little bit... she had a very good experience making her solo album [2011’s “In Your Dreams”] and it took her awhile to kind of sort of ease into the mentality of being in Fleetwood Mac again this time... That was a song to help lure her in a little bit, not that there was an agenda to do that, but it just seemed appropriate to what was going on at the time... “Hello Sad Angel, have you come to fight the war” and “Here we are, we fall to earth together/the crowd calling out for more.” It’s really sort of sweet that all of this is still taking place.

With piano ballad “It Takes Time,” you’re pleading for patience to someone who wants to heal you. What's that about? 

I guess the reflection is that I’m actually looking at some of the actions that I’ve taken over the years and maybe judging them more objectively and maybe getting to a point in one’s life where you can look back and say, “Hmmm, maybe I could have done that differently”  and acknowledging that much of the motivation that has driven certain creative actions and certain decisions has come from that dialogue that  seems to have unfolded in slow motion over a period of many years. We are still somehow on a road of evolvement.

Is that one about Stevie?

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"Ironside"

 "Ironside"

Credit: NBC

See the first trailer from NBC's gritty take on 'Ironside' with Blair Underwood

The Raymond Burr classic gets a modern remake

In the ongoing quest to reinvent the police procedural, NBC has revamped the 1967-75 hit "Ironside." The original starred Raymond Burr as a San Francisco cop paralyzed by a sniper's bullet and confined to a wheelchair, thus forced to solve crimes using his wits. This time around, the action moves to New York City and Blair Underwood takes the chair.

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