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<p>LeAnn Rimes' &quot;`Spitfire&quot;</p>

LeAnn Rimes' "`Spitfire"

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Album Review: LeAnn Rimes tells her side of the story on 'Spitfire'

Confessional new set showcases her strong vocals

LeAnn Rimes’ private life has played out very publicly in the tabloids for the past few years and has, unfortunately,  completely overshadowed her considerable musical talents. With “Spitfire,” out today, she attempts to get the focus back on her superior singing chops through, ironically, addressing the very issue with which the press has had a field day.

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Watch: Taylor Swift joins The Rolling Stones on 'As Tears Go By' in Chicago
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Watch: Taylor Swift joins The Rolling Stones on 'As Tears Go By' in Chicago

Is her version Faithfull to the original?

Taylor Swift did her best Marianne Faithfull imitation Monday night in Chicago as she became the latest artist to join the Rolling Stones on stage.

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<p>Wu-Tang Clan at Summer Jam XX</p>

Wu-Tang Clan at Summer Jam XX

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Wu-Tang Clan releases new song 'Family Reunion'

'Fresh lemonade' from Ghostface Killa, Method Man and Masta Killa

In the off-chance you can make your way through Peter Rosenberg's sound effects and ad-libs, Wu-Tang Clan has a brand new song "Family Reunion."

The soul sampling track features members Ghostface Killa, Method Man and Masta Killa, and was delivered into the hands of Hot 97 courtesy of RZA. The crew was present and accounted for at Hot 97's Summer Jam XX just this past weekend.

Wu-Tang also dropped fresh single "Execution in Autumn" last month on limited 7", and in drastically different style. Still, it's a good sign that the hip-hop vets are on track for a sixth full-length "A Better Tomorrow," a little celebration behind the 20th anniversary (!) of "36 Chambers." "A Better Tomorrow" is supposedly due in July.

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'Game of Thrones' star Michelle Fairley joins 'Suits'


"Game of Thrones" star Michelle Fairley joins "Suits"
She'll recur in Season 3 as a British entrepreneur.


Much-anticipated wedding didn't help "Game of Thrones" ratings
"The Rains of Castamere" attracted 5.2 million, which was less than the season high of 5.5 million.


Mitch Hurwitz reacts to "Arrested" reactions, talks Portia de Rossi's appearance

"I wasn't taken aback at all," he says of some of the critics' reactions. As for the Lindsay Bluth appearance jokes, he says, "it was absolutely not meant to be a joke at Portia's expense. It was at Lindsay's expense. She doesn't look different to me." PLUS: Burbank's Bob Hope Airport transformed into "India Airport."


Diablo Cody gets a sidekick for her talk show pilot
Steve Agee, whose pilot with Craig Robinson still may get picked up, will join Cody on her TBS talk show pilot.


"Mistresses" debuts to 4.42 million, "Revolution" up in season finale

Meanwhile, "The Bachelorette" reached a new low with last night's episode.


"Downton Abbey's" Dan Stevens sorry for ruining Christmas for UK fans

"I am sorry about that!" he says of violating a British Christmas day TV tradition.

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<p>Selena Gomez' &quot;Stars Dance&quot;</p>

Selena Gomez' "Stars Dance"

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Selena Gomez premieres 'Slow Down' and details new album 'Stars Dance'

July release will include this very J-Lo dance track from The Cataracs

There's all sorts of dance tracks that demand you hit the floor, live it up, don't stop what-have-you. Selena Gomez is asking you to, kindly, "Slow Down."

The former Disney star is back out the gate with another lively pop tune from her forthcoming album, the details to which she announced last night (June 3). "Stars Dance," her new record, will be released on July 23, the day after her 21st birthday.

"Slow Down" comes as an iTunes pre-sale goodie, which is only sort-of good-ish. The chorus -- I guarantee you -- will become the soundtrack to all banal things you do, including taking out the garbage, showering and cropping photos of Selena Gomez. It's gone under the generic club-thump beat that has dominated all of Jennifer Lopez' recent output, which is to say that it's nothing unique. Gomez actually has some vocal deliveries that are akin to Lopez' too, the big difference is that Lopez' soul now belongs to RedOne whereas Gomez now attends the church of production team The Cataracs, a name that she mentions in the song. Twice.

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Discovery devotes special to dead 'Storm Chasers' stars


Discovery devotes special to  dead "Storm Chasers" stars
"Mile Wide Tornado: Stormchasers Tribute" airing Wednesday at 10 will show highlights of Tim Samaras, Carl Young and Paul Samaras, who all died last Friday.


Watch Lifetime's "Anna Nicole" trailer
It's set to the music of "Fame."


"Modern Family" adds "Up All Night's" creator to its writing staff

Emily Spivey, a former "SNL" writer, departed the NBC comedy earlier this year when it was being tranformed into a multicamera sitcom.


Tori Spelling accused of stealing a reality show idea

Three producers have filed a $60 million lawsuit alleging that "sTORIbook Weddings" on Oxygen was lifted from their idea.


CW releases official trailers for its new shows
See the completed trailers for "Tomorrow People," "Reign," "The 100" and "The Originals."

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<p>The cast of &quot;Sleepy Hollow&quot;</p>

The cast of "Sleepy Hollow"

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DVR Gridlock 2013-14: Monday Nights

How will 'The Blacklist,' 'Mom' and 'Sleepy Hollow' impact your life?
[Over the next six days, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. Check out last year's DVR Gridlock installments.]
 
MONDAY NIGHTS
 
8:00 p.m.
ABC: "Dancing with the Stars"
CBS: "How I Met Your Mother," "We Are Men"
The CW: "Hart of Dixie"
FOX: "Bones"/"Almost Human"
NBC: "The Voice"
 
9:00 p.m.
ABC: "Dancing with the Stars"
CBS: "2 Broke Girls," "Mom"
The CW: "Beauty and the Beast"
NBC: "The Voice"
 
10:00 p.m.
ABC: "Castle"
CBS: "Hostages"
 
 
What's Changed: After Sunday's really dull schedule and limited alterations, Mondays are somewhat overhauled. At least ABC is keeping things simple with "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Bachelor." NBC's got "The Voice," but after using the reality hit to unsuccessfully launch "Smash," "NBC" thought it had a genuine hit with "Revolution" this year, but after a spring of declines, "Revolution" is off to fend for itself on Wednesdays and the James Spader thriller "The Blacklist" is at 10 p.m. CBS is using "How I Met Your Mother" and "2 Broke Girls" to launch a pair of new comedies in "We Are Men" and "Mom," while "Hawaii Five-0" has been shipped off to Fridays in favor of an innovative, by CBS standards, revolving limited drama wheel of "Hostages" and then "Intelligence." Similarly, FOX will shift "Bones" to Fridays post-baseball and will then go with two new dramas in "Almost Human" and "Sleepy Hollow," at least until "The Following" returns at midseason, at which point anything could happen. And, finally, The CW has shifted "Hart of Dixie" back to Mondays, where it will be paired with the totally incompatible "Beauty and the Beast."
 
How the Ratings Race Is Impacted: On the surface, it would be fair to assume that the basics of the ratings race won't change. "Dancing with the Stars" will, barring a big drop, keep ABC in first overall, while "The Voice" will, barring a big drop, keep NBC in first overall. It's unlikely that "Dancing" will fall enough for any shifting to ensue there, though that franchise continues to skew older and older with each passing installment. Probably for one season, "Dancing" might get a bump -- or at least "Dancing" might stabilize -- as ABC rolls results into a lone Monday telecast. As for "The Voice," the perception is that NBC's singing show is on the upswing and FOX's "American Idol" is on the downswing and while that isn't untrue, the audience for "The Voice" loves the spinning chairs and likes every subsequent step progressively less to the point where recent live shows have been basically on par with spring performance installments of "Idol." While that's not a glowing trend, there's no reason to think the spinning chairs will decline any time in the near future, especially with the revolving mentor panel keeping things semi-fresh. Similarly, if it's any good, "The Blacklist" should be able to do what "Revolution" has been doing in recent weeks, which is "good enough." If it's not good, NBC has several midseason dramas ready to fill in there. CBS is the network taking the big risks, which will either lead to big rewards or create several gaping holes. "We Are Men" doesn't seem like an especially smooth companion to the final season of "How I Met Your Mother," but CBS has several midseason comedies -- "Bad Teacher" and "Friends with Better Lives" -- that might be more compatible if it fails. "Mom," on the other hand, looks like a good, broad match for "2 Broke Girls" and, if successful, could boost either the off-brand "Hostages" or the on-brand "Intelligence" as the season progresses. And The CW's Monday was such a disaster last year that almost anything will be an improvement, with "Hart of Dixie" sure to outdraw what "Gossip Girl" and "Carrie Diaries" did last year. The CW's decision to renew "Beauty and the Beast" was already slightly silly, but the choice to put the sure-to-struggle drama on Mondays guarantees what could be a big collapse.
 
My Predicted DVR: It's funny that in the 8 p.m. hour, the show guaranteed to have DVR space is The CW's pleasing-and-low-pressure "Hart of Dixie," which isn't "Gilmore Girls," or even "Bunheads," but it remains an effective-enough version of the old WB formula. I'll probably suffer through the last season of "How I Met Your Mother," while watching the FOX dramas on Hulu (or "Almost Human" proves worthwhile). The 9 p.m. hour has become really soft, suddenly. I continue to actively hate half of "2 Broke Girls" and to only periodically enjoy the other half, but it'll keep its DVR space, while I'll be able to give "Sleepy Hollow" a while to either settle into its lunacy, or to spiral further out of control. I'll keep watching "Castle" at 10 p.m. and I'm sure either "The Blacklist" or "Hostages" will claim my second 10 p.m. DVR slot, though it may take a few weeks of Hulu co-viewing to determine which one I drop. Or maybe "The Blacklist" and "Hostages" will both be awesome and I'll have to figure out a full Hulu/OnDemand rotation. Or maybe they'll both stink and I'll be able to do other things. Hope springs eternal!
 
How have the new schedules impacted your Mondays?
 
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"Mistresses"

 "Mistresses"

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'Mistresses' is soapy, sexy, and predictable summer fun

The sex is a little shocking but the plot lines sure aren't

When "Mistresses" started, I had looked away from my computer screen for about a second. "The Bachelorette" had just wrapped up with that disastrous "rap" video, and I couldn't stand to watch the carnage after a certain point. But when I turned back, I momentarily wondered why my Slingbox was suddenly feeding me soft porn. After all, I sure as hell had no intention of paying extra for it.

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<p>Henry Cavill seems to know they've made something special with Warner's latest Superman film, 'Man Of Steel'</p>

Henry Cavill seems to know they've made something special with Warner's latest Superman film, 'Man Of Steel'

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Henry Cavill describes the pressure of becoming Superman for 'Man Of Steel'

It sounds like it was a very tough 'shed-ule' for the British actor

I'm pretty sure the Screen Actor's Guild passed a bylaw recently that says every working actor must take a role in a superhero movie. Even so, there are certain roles that have to be among the most daunting to approach, and I would imagine there is no more that is more simultaneously terrifying and thrilling to learn you're going to play than Superman.

Even James Bond isn't the same level of pressure. Superman is enough of an icon to scare an actor, but when you consider how iconic and beloved the work of Christopher Reeve was, there's a reason no one's been able to claim the role as their own since then. When I met Cavill for the first time, it was only a few days after he was announced as the star of "Man Of Steel," and I was at WonderCon to moderate a panel with him for the film "Immortals." It was a kick to introduce the new Superman to an audience, and he handled himself with grace at the event, as well as in the interview we did that same day, where we talked about the first time he wore the suit for his audition.

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"The Bachelorette"

 "The Bachelorette"

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'The Bachelorette' fellas shoot a bad rap video before the claws come out

It's all about confessing heartbreak and hospital visits to woo Des

So, tonight we will be treated to the train wreck that is "The Bachelorette" rap video. Other things happen, of course, but because the chorus to the "song" performed in the video has a brainwashing effect on the guys, it sort of sets the tone. You'll see. 

Still, a few guys manage to avoid the group date and thus remain sane. First off, Des chooses to have a solo date with Brooks, who is probably going to be the one who proposes. No one else has such great hair, and that seems to be the important criteria for how anyone couples off on this show (well, some guys have been bald, but still). More than that, you can see that Des and Brooks have great chemistry. Unless he tells her he likes sleeping in warm buckets of his own pee or only eats live Labrador puppies, this is probably his to lose. 

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Review: Queens Of The Stone Age's new album '...Like Clockwork'
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Review: Queens Of The Stone Age's new album '...Like Clockwork'

Josh Homme taps his inner David Bowie

More than ever, Queens Of The Stone Age sound like a glam rock band on their sixth full-length “… Like Clockwork.” That is to say, Josh Homme not only embraces an arching, aching, menacing sound, but also makes a whole theater out of those sonic dynamics, from bedraggled slow dances to ballroom thumpers and purpose-driven lyricism over rock music’s MVPs. 

Players like Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor and QOTSA’s prodigal bassist Nick Oliveri fill in the gaps of Homme’s black fever dreams. “… Like Clockwork” has all the big names of modern rock but without embracing all its latest and worst idiosyncrasies. Here, they avoid over-arranging, over-mastering and throwing synths into the mix for giggles. They keep the swinging drums tight like on the title track and “I Appear Missing,” the vocals working closely with the guitars like a Spoon song on “I Sat By the Ocean.”
 
But Homme makes for an even finer David Bowie on epics like pensive ”The Vampyre of Time and Memory”: “I want God to come / and take me home / cause I'm all alone / in this crowd,” he sings in a disquieted vibrato, before he threatens to spiral out in a fit of sarcasm. “I’m alive / hooray.”  The sinister Little Nemo that is “Kalopsia” amuses itself with the dreamy she-bop-she-bop melody line from “I Only Have Eyes For You” -- a song with a notion that, in itself, is a sort of kalopsia – prior to thrashing out with nonsensical guitar wails in Morse Code.
 
Homme here is pioneering beyond the jolting, muscle-bound rock of 2002’s “Songs for the Deaf” or even QOTSA’s last effort “Era Vulgaris.” It’s more of a construction, an open-shirted nihilistic, unanchored vibe that allows cameos from Elton John on “Fairweather Friends,” for instance, or the rallying cry “I wanna suck… lick… cry… spit” convincingly over a dance-rock boom-cha for “If I Had a Tail.” A lot of work (and not just play) went into these honed carnival rigs, and it ultimately pays off as a set that’s good on repeat. Solid for its singles starting with “My God Is The Sun” and the Jagger-swagger of "Smooth Sailing, "...Like Clockwork" is among the year’s best rock album crop so far.

 

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<p>Brie Larson gives a stellar, shattering performance in 'Short Term 12,' which opens later this year after several festival appearances.</p>

Brie Larson gives a stellar, shattering performance in 'Short Term 12,' which opens later this year after several festival appearances.

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Brie Larson shines in the trailer for the sensational 'Short Term 12'

Who is John Gallagher Jr. and why isn't he in everything?

There is a very special film coming out this year that I'll be telling you more about soon, but today, the first trailer for "Short Term 12" is available.

Some recent conversation (some constructive, some not) about the ratings system of reviews here on the site that I've had reveal that people have very different ideas about what ratings actually mean. If I give a film an "A+," that automatically means it makes my top ten list at the end of the year, right? Because that rating means I think it's perfect, right?

I'm giving "Short Term 12" the same rating I'm giving other films this year that couldn't be more different, but in doing so, I'm not comparing those films. The rating is me saying how well I think they execute the film they're trying to make. I could give a film a B+ and not like it at all. Like is one small part of my overall rating of a movie. Instead, I'm more curious to see how well someone pulls off the things they try to do, both stylistically and in terms of narrative, and me giving something an A+ is me saying that I feel like they made the best version of that movie, like they hit the target dead center.

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