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Flaming Lips drop bonkers 'Ashes in the Air,' push 'Terror' album release date

Flaming Lips drop bonkers 'Ashes in the Air,' push 'Terror' album release date

'The Terror' out in two weeks

Breaking news alert: Flaming Lips include nudity in new music video.

Just kidding, that's what they've always done. "Ashes in the Air" features bits, plus a baby, a meat-grinder and all the corners of your imagination you loathe.

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<p>Jane and Jim Henson surrounded by their earliest creations on the set of 'Sam &amp;&nbsp;Friends'</p>

Jane and Jim Henson surrounded by their earliest creations on the set of 'Sam & Friends'

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We celebrate the life of Jane Henson, the unsung hero of the Muppets

Jim Henson's wife was a huge part of helping to found the beloved characters

Jane Henson may not have been the same sort of household name that her husband, the late Jim Henson, was, but her contributions to the work that Henson did were essential, and without her, who knows if we would have ever enjoyed the genius and the humanity of Henson's various creations?

She met Jim in the early days, when they were both still students, and when he worked on his first major television project, a show called "Sam and Friends," she was one of the Muppet performers, right there alongside her husband. It has been said that she was the one who first proposed the system that allowed them to see monitors as they performed, so they had some sense of how their work was playing.

It wasn't until the late '50s that the two of them began a personal relationship away from work, and they had a total of five children together, including Brian and Lisa, who both followed their parents into the family business. When Jane stopped performing, it was Frank Oz who was hired to take her place, and she's the one who trained him and got him ready to perform. Even once she was not officially a Muppet performer, she would frequently jump in for big scenes where there needed to be a lot of Muppets at the same time.

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<p>Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg seemed pleased to discuss their new film 'This Is The End' at Wondercon last weekend.</p>

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg seemed pleased to discuss their new film 'This Is The End' at Wondercon last weekend.

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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg discuss making the jump to directing with 'This Is The End'

They promise gleeful gore and ball-busting galore

You want to see what I look like when my brain shuts down for no good reason right in the middle of an interview? Well, today's your lucky day.

I've spoken with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg dozens of times over the years, and I always enjoy seeing them and talking about what they're doing. Yet for some reason, as I'm making the introduction in this piece, you'll see me completely blank on Evan's name. It's just a few seconds, but internally, it was a full-system reboot, one of those "what did I just do?!" moments.

Thankfully, Evan and Seth laughed it off and we had a great chat about their first film as co-directors, "This Is The End," which arrives in theaters later this year. On the 16th of this month, I'll be publishing some observations and interviews from my time on the set of the film in Louisiana last year, and we'll have longer interviews with both Craig Robinson and Danny McBride this week that we did at WonderCon. That's the long way of saying, "We've got a lot to share with you."

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<p>Beyonce</p>

Beyonce

Beyonce and Andre 3000 to record 'Back to Black' for 'The Great Gatsby'

Pair will remake the Amy Winehouse tune for Jay-Z-produced soundtrack

The Great Gatsby” is turning into a family affair. Jay-Z, who is producing the soundtrack to the film, has recruited his wife, Beyonce, to record a cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” for the film.

Beyonce will collaborate with Outkast’s Andre 3000 on the remake, according to E! News Daily.  The pair previously worked together on Beyonce tune, “Party.”

The Baz-Luhrmann-directed “The Great Gatsby” stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mullligan. It will open the Cannes Film Festival on May 15.

The soundtrack to “The Great Gatsby” will come out on Interscope. Jay-Z is also scoring the film, as we previously reported.

And because the mogul is clearly not busy enough, Jay-Z has now launched Roc Nation Sports with Creative Artists Agency. Their first client is New York Yankee Robinson Cano.

 

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<p>Jessica Pare of &quot;Mad Men&quot;</p>

Jessica Pare of "Mad Men"

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Interview: 'Mad Men' star Jessica Pare tiptoes around Season 6

Is Megan a good actress? Pare weighs in...
Brace yourself: This will be a week of "Mad Men" interviews on HitFix.
 
Two weeks ago, in one jam-packed afternoon, I sat down with Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones and Jessica Pare to talk about "Mad Men" Season 6, which premieres on AMC on Sunday, April 7.
 
Or perhaps I should say that I sat down with the stars to talk *around* Season 6 of "Mad Men," since it's easier to find out the location and business hours of your local neighborhood fight club than it is to get forward-looking plot or thematic details from any member of the cast or creator Matthew Weiner.
 
I'm starting "Mad Men" Week with my conversation with Jessica Pare, since she's the newest to the cast and the least experienced with the art of Weiner Secret Keeping and, for some reason, this was the interview that included the most obfuscation and discussion of obfuscation. 
 
In the interview, Pare discusses Megan's acting ability, her ability to lost past Don's darkness and Pare's own desire not to pre-learn plotpoints. And we talked a lot about what she couldn't talk about. 
 
Stay tuned for the other interviews in the days to come.
 
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<p>Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga stand united against evil in James Wan's 'The Conjuring,' playing real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.</p>

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga stand united against evil in James Wan's 'The Conjuring,' playing real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.

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A new full-length trailer for 'The Conjuring' lays on the scares

James Wan's new film gets a trailer that explains the premise without ruining the film

I hope this is the last trailer that Warner Bros. cuts for "The Conjuring," and I hope the TV spots don't reveal anything more than this.

James Wan made his name with the first "Saw," and in many ways, he's spent the rest of his career since then trying to establish that he is more than just that one movie. I am quite fond of "Insidious," his haunted house movie from a few years ago, and that film helped him finally shake the idea that "Saw" was all he had to offer. I think once "The Conjuring" hits theaters this summer, he will finally put that behind him completely, and this will be the film that everyone knows now.

One of the highlights of this past weekend for me was spending some time with Lorraine Warren, who appeared on the Warner Bros. panel that I moderated for "The Conjuring," along with James Wan and Andrea and Cindy Perron, two of the girls who lived through the events that inspired this film. Lorraine is definitely old now, and there's a fragility to her that is a little deceptive. When we spoke, I got the sense that she's still all there, still sharp, and that the events we see in this film remain fresh to her.

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<p>&quot;Twelve Years a Slave&quot; will be released in the US on December 27.</p>

"Twelve Years a Slave" will be released in the US on December 27.

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'Twelve Years a Slave' set for a December release, but likely to skip Cannes

We'll have to wait a bit longer than we'd hoped for Steve McQueen's third feature

Last week, I listed Steve McQueen's much-anticipated third feature "Twelve Years a Slave" among the films I was most hoping would appear in the Cannes Film Festival lineup, which will be announced later this month. But it seems we Croisette-bound journos will have to wait until the fall to see the star-studded slavery drama: according to the Hollywood Reporter's Pamela McClintock, the film simply won't be finished in time for the May fest.

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Watch: Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne get sexy-frisky in 'High School' video

Watch: Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne get sexy-frisky in 'High School' video

Is this just a Young Money sex tape in-the-making?

In the music video for "High School," Nicki Minaj plays the lady-friend of a Latino crime boss, and Lil Wayne shows up as a dude who does business with him. The Young Money imprint founder is soon tussling around a bed with the Young Money signee. I assume they're playing Parcheesi, and both are winning.

So naturally Minaj spends the video in bandages masquerading as dresses and strings serving as swimsuits. Dress code for at the palace for men (well, Wayne, as per usual) is jeans-casual. Toward the end, director Benny Boom attempts to integrate a plot; but judging from Twitter, all anybody really wants is a Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne sex tape.

Like in several Weezy music videos, Minaj and Wayne resolve into a "this is just a video shoot" posture, bringing the fantasy of mudflap girl poses and swinging slow-motion dreadlocks to a close. Wayne even brought a couple of other extra girls along for this steamy ride, because he has just that much love to give.

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<p>Barbra Streisand performing at the Oscars in February</p>

Barbra Streisand performing at the Oscars in February

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Bill Clinton, Pierce Brosnan and more set to fete Chaplin Award recipient Barbra Streisand

Event is set for April 22 in New York

The Film Society of Lincoln Center recently announced Barbra Streisand as the recipient of its 40th annual Chaplin Award at the Society's annual gala on April 22. The event launched in 1972 with a tribute to Charlie Chaplin, who returned to the US from exile to accept the honor.

Today the role call of presenters has been revealed, including Pierce Brosnan, Blythe Danner, Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving and Kris Kristofferson. Given that Streisand has had a ground-breaking career in both film and music, there will be a large musical component to the tribute as well. Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth, Wynton Marsalis and Liza Minelli have been tapped for performances.

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<p>HBO&nbsp;has renewed &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;for a fourth season.</p>

HBO has renewed "Game of Thrones" for a fourth season.

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HBO renews 'Game of Thrones' for season 4

Fourth season will conclude the show's adaptation of 'A Storm of Swords'

HBO has officially renewed "Game of Thrones" for season 4.

Everyone working on the hit fantasy drama has been operating under the assumption that there would be a fourth season, as producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have elected to split George R.R. Martin's third "A Song of Ice and Fire" book, "A Storm of Swords," over two seasons, with this being the first. But the contracts for a fourth season weren't finalized until today.

The show returned to series-high ratings on Sunday night.

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

 "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

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'The Real Housewives of Orange County': Is Alexis being bullied?

She's still talking about Costa Rica, but should she just get over it?

On the season premiere of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," a lot has changed since cameras stopped rolling last year. Vicki and Tamra haven't seen one another for seven months, Vicki is about to become a grandmother AND had plastic surgery to look less like Miss Piggy, Slade got an actual job as an annoying radio DJ, Gretchen has to make her morning coffee ALL BY HERSELF, Alexis got a haircut and Heather is planning a clambake. A clambake! 

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Watch: Drake takes a tour of his hometown in '5 AM in Toronto' video

Watch: Drake takes a tour of his hometown in '5 AM in Toronto' video

Go where the tourists don't go

Drake pays homage to his hometown with his new clip for “5AM in Toronto."  As he tweeted this morning about the video:  “Doing it for the city this time around. Well, every time, but this time especially.”

[More after the jump...]

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