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<p>Avril Lavigne</p>

Avril Lavigne

Listen: Avril Lavigne's new song, 'Here's To Never Growing Up'

Singer releases 14 seconds of new track for crowd-sourced video

Wonder what Avril Lavigne’s been up to? The “Sk8ter Boi” girl is making new music. She teased fans with a 14-second snippet on Wednesday night of her new song, “Here’s To Never Growing Up.”

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<p>Thirty Seconds To Mars</p>

Thirty Seconds To Mars

Thirty Seconds To Mars tease 'Up In The Air' music video after releasing single

Jared Leto directed the forthcoming clip

Why hasn't anybody ever thought of a mechanical bull upholstered like a very cute couch? That's what the viewer may be asking themselves after checking out the teaser below to Thirty Seconds To Mars' "Up in the Air" music video.

There's also the clean, cropped array of other beautiful images like a door and a lion, but what the teaser trailer to the short film doesn't have is frontman Jared Leto's lyrics to the single, which was released on Monday.

"I wrap my hands around your neck so tight with love," he sings, which makes me think that the track may be a companion to "Hurricane," or at least its video, which featured a lot of sexual fetishism, bondage and other images of S&M. Erotic asphyxiation isn't entirely out of the rock band's wheelhouse, and while "Up in the Air" has some of the sexual taboo to it, that doesn't mean that's all the song is about.

"It does play on two different levels; there's an obvious sexual connotation to the line. ... But it's also about power, it's about control, and the song is about that," Leto told MTV this week.

"A thousand i tempted fate... a thousand times I have said 'today'" he growls, giving it a carpe diem vibe on second listen.

But let's see how that video turns out. Directed by Leto, under his chosen pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins, he has a knack for the fantastical, but something tells me that not everyone who hears 30STM will see beyond the sexy shock.

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"Mistresses"

 "Mistresses"

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ABC sets summer line-up with 'Bachelorette,' 'Whodunnit' and 'Motive'

Two new series wil be joining "Celebrity Wife Swap" and "Rookie Blue"

ABC announced its summer line-up, and good news! It won't be non-stop "Celebrity Wife Swap"! Well, not entirely. Two new series are joining the schedule: the procedural “Motive,” which will have a special debut following the finale of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” on Tuesday, May 21, before moving to its regular time period on Thursday, May 23 at 9:00 p.m.; and “Whodunnit?,” a new mystery reality competition show from Anthony E. Zuiker, the creator of the “CSI” franchise, which will premiere Sunday, June 23 at 9:00 p.m.  

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<p>Chris O'Dowd at last year's Cannes Film Festival.</p>

Chris O'Dowd at last year's Cannes Film Festival.

Credit: AP Photo/Joel Ryan

Chris O'Dowd on 'The Sapphires,' making it in America and why he's no Ken doll

From 'Bridesmaids' to 'Girls,' the Irish comedian's star is in rapid ascendancy

I can think of no more perfect visual metaphor for Chris O'Dowd's booming career these days than his own appearance at last year's Cannes Film Festival: walking the red carpet for the midnight premiere of Australian musical comedy “The Sapphires,” the 6'3'' Irish comedian looked every inch the Hollywood star in a sleekly tailored tux, his unruly mop even combed tidily into place, conforming to the code of an A-list world in which, only a few years ago, he would have been a distinct outsider. Well, almost conforming. Keen-eyed sartorialists would have spotted a flash of yellow just above his polished dress shoes: a dashing pair of bumblebee-striped socks.

O'Dowd's funky choice of hosiery seems indicative of a career in which his unlikely ascent to the top has come very much on his own terms. From modest beginnings in Irish television to his breakout role in popular UK sitcom “The I.T. Crowd” to his star-making big-screen turn as Kristen Wiig's love interest in “Bridesmaids” and beyond, the personable, handsome-but-not-Hollywood-handsome actor has attained crossover success with compromising his image, his persona or even his endearing Irish brogue.

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Justin Timberlake

 Justin Timberlake

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Listen: CulturePop Podcast No. 6 - Justin Timberlake, Michelle Shocked, 'Splash'

We weigh in on Kacey Musgrove's new album and 'Dancing with the Stars'

Welcome to our sixth podcast! While we (like everybody else) did talk about Michelle Shocked's alleged onstage rant, unfortunately we recorded the podcast a few hours before she released a written statement explaining her actions. However, that wasn't all we covered this week. Here's the rundown:

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<p>Even when Jimmy Fallon does a fun bit like sing with Selena Gomez, isn't it easier to just watch online the next morning?</p>

Even when Jimmy Fallon does a fun bit like sing with Selena Gomez, isn't it easier to just watch online the next morning?

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(End of) the late shift: Will replacing Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon amount to anything?

Does the traditional late-night talk show format have relevance today, regardless of who's hosting?

If those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, then it's pretty clear that the current struggling administration at NBC has no more interest in history than the many failed ones it succeeded.

Yup, it's time for another round of late-night mayhem, thanks to reports in The New York Times and, before it, Hollywood Reporter, saying that NBC is barreling forward with a late-night succession plan that will have Jimmy Fallon replace Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show" sometime in 2014, whether during the Winter Olympics in February or in the fall of that year.

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<p>Ryan Gosling will give you all the punches.</p>

Ryan Gosling will give you all the punches.

Credit: Nicolas Winding Refn

Director of 'Drive' reveals new Gosling images from 'Only God Forgives' via Twitter

Refn's new one looks stylish and violent already

I'm really curious to see how Twitter evolves in the future. It's gone from what I considered a ridiculous idea the first time I heard about it to a very powerful form of social media where information is shared in new ways and at lightning speed. I think people are trying to figure out how to game Twitter in some cases, and in other cases I see people simply being people, using it in a very pure and sincere way, and there's no rules that dictate how it has to be at this point.

I know that there is actual language in contracts these days that mandates that certain people have to maintain a social media presence, and there are agencies that exist to provide people who can manage that presence for you. In some cases, when you read the Twitter feed of a public figure, you're getting something that's been vetted, something that is written by committee and used to release certain publicity materials at certain times.

Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling working together is automatically interesting after their collaboration on "Drvie." I think it's safe to say that they now demand a certain level of curiosity just by virtue of what they each bring to the table. Gosling's taste is great nine times out of ten, and that tenth time, I can almost always understand what attracted him to the project. He picks his scripts and his directors with care, and I think it speaks well of him that filmmakers seem to like to work with him more than once if possible.

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<p>Between takes on the set of 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' Chris Pine likes to entertain the cast and crew with his impression of Cesar Romero as The Joker</p>

Between takes on the set of 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' Chris Pine likes to entertain the cast and crew with his impression of Cesar Romero as The Joker

Credit: Paramount Pictures

One more international trailer for 'Star Trek Into Darkness' manages to still keep secrets

Can Paramount make it to release without spoilers being leaked?

It's amazing to me that we've got a new "Star Trek" movie hitting theaters in May and we still know very little about it. Amazing and, I must say, highly enjoyable.

At this point, I've decided that even in my review, I'm not going to spell out the details of who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing in the film. At this point, if Paramount and Bad Robot have successfully kept the true nature of "John Harrison" a secret, then more power to them. I think it's an interesting coincidence that they're using Robert April so prominently in the "Countdown To Darkness" comic series that IDW is publishing, since I was the one person to point the finger at April as the possible identity of Cumberbatch in the film, but I suspect even that is part of the misdirect.

What I do know for sure is that this is a seriously confident marketing push so far. This new international trailer has some great imagery, and I like that we're still not seeing a polished and practiced crew onboard the Enterprise. I don't mind seeing this new configuration of the classic characters go through some difficult learning experiences on their way to becoming the iconic characters of the original series. I hope they hold off on assigning them on their five-year mission until they've been well and truly tested as a team. After all, you'd send your best and brightest out there to make first contact with a wild and untamed universe, wouldn't you? And right now, these characters are still learning how to be a united crew.

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<p>Fans vs. Favorites no more</p>

Fans vs. Favorites no more

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Recap: 'Survivor: Caramoan' - 'Operation Thunder Dome'

A shift changes the course of the game, but Phillip is still annoying
Pre-credit sequence. The Favorites return and it's daytime and they're united in their relief at having jettisoned Brandon. However, there's some question of whether Brandon's departure might have buoyed the Fans. "I don't see how anybody could respect one ounce of what he did," Phillip maintains. Andrea and Phillip still worry that he did damage to their images. "Correct me if I'm wrong. I don't think I ever had any cross words with him," Phillip maintains. Nobody corrects him, nor does anybody agree. Corinne hopes Brandon never gets to play again, because he's a quitter and a crazy person. As she puts it, he's "up there with Mel Gibson and any other crazy person." "It's comforting to know that Brandon was successfully able to fly out of the cuckoo's nest and now we're just left with Phillip," Cochran says. Phillip is ready to return to action and Corinne is his next target.
 
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<p>Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong at SXSW</p>

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong at SXSW

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Green Day, 'Cuatro,' 'Broadway Idiot': Interviews on growing up and out of the past

What 'post-rehab' means for the veteran pop-rock-punk band

AUSTIN – At one point in “¡Cuatro!” – one of two Green Day films to premiere at South By Southwest -- Billie Joe Armstrong and his band are complaining about fans that request their oldest songs at their surprise, small gigs. These tiny 2012 concerts were arranged to workshop Green Day’s new tunes live, and with the abundance of material written for the recent “¡Uno!,” “¡Dos!” and “¡Tré!” trilogy albums, they wanted to play the new stuff and not the old.

The rock band referred to older tunes like “Basket Case” as “sacred cows.” “I think cows should be eaten,” Armstrong said in the film.
 
Fast-forward to Green Day’s high-profile SXSW show at the ACL theater in Austin, on a busy Friday night, and only eight songs of the 25 on the setlist were new tracks. There they were, jamming through "Dookie" tunes and crowd-pleasing medleys (yes, plural) of well-trod covers like “Highway to Hell” with “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Shout” with “Hey Jude” and “Stand By Me.” On the latter, they were cornballing, shilling, a seemingly cheap move if it didn’t seem like they were having so much fun, and didn’t sound so damn good.
 
Delicious, delicious cows.
 
That’s one of many reasons that makes a film like “¡Cuatro!” so unique: it's a snapshot into the band’s creative process at a given time, when old and covers material has less (or no) bearing on their output to come. When they played “Longview” on the stage at ACL, perhaps those feelings of resentment had dissolved and they again love to play the hits again. Maybe they turned anything negative about "Burnout" and its ilk into positive energy, displacing it onto their audience or industry-heavy attendees. Or some things are just bound to change when you play to an audience of 120 versus 2,000 versus 50,000.
 
Last year, Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan had some strong words about playing his old hits: “If that audience is there only to see the past, get me off the stage… We have to break a spell with our audience, to get out of the idea that the band from 2008-on was going to be an oldies act,” he told me. “Smashing Pumpkins will never, ever, ever be an oldies act, and if that means the end of the business or whatever, tough sh*t for me.”
 
It’s not “tough sh*t” for Green Day, and revitalizing their old material comes easy. For example, they helped reanimate material from “American Idiot” into a stage musical of the same name. In Doug Hamilton’s film “Broadway Idiot” (also at SXSW) Armstrong’s amazement in hearing “American Idiot” songs in this way transformed him from an idle participant member to a performing cast member. You could see something new click from inside of him, and he ultimately played 50 dates on Broadway as St. Jimmy.
 
“Audiences are going to be on Billie’s shoulder as he goes through that process,” Hamilton told me on the red carpet to “Broadway Idiot.” He said that, a day after it was revealed that Armstrong was going to dip into stage musicals again: the singer will be writing new music for the Yale Repertory Theater’s “These Paper Bullets,” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing, ” for a March 2014 premiere.
 
What audiences won’t see from Armstrong’s shoulder is his public meltdown from the stage of iHeartRadio in 2012, which propelled him to check-in to rehab for prescription drug and alcohol abuse.
 
“¡Cuatro!” was completed and locked long before that descent and there’s no inkling of his detrimental addiction, no foreshadowing of the rehab to come. Instead, there’s a snapshot of the band’s drug-use as a lifestyle, with hazy footage of pills being popped and dancing in trashed hotel rooms. Armstrong recalls the first time he and bandmate Mike Dirnt dropped acid; Tré Cool jokes about listening to a new track on shrooms.
 
Again, the health of a band like Green Day is by no means a permanent. “¡Cuatro!” was truly a record of record-making, a place and time and age of the band during the creative process.
 
“They just wanted to do something fun, spontaneous, true to what was going on… Capture that moment in time,” said director Tim Wheeler during the Q&A after the screening. For the references to drug use, “They really stand by this moment in their career in documenting that. I don’t think it shows it in a bad way.”
 
Despite their awesome live show and these adaptable, wild new albums ,“this” moment will be referred to as “post-rehab Green Day,” for better and for worse. As Armstrong said in “Cuatro,” Green Day wants his audience to “grow with you and grow up with you.” Old hits and waning addiction may be in the past, but it’s still consequently a part of who this band is today. With so much great showmanship and joy as seen on stage and in “Cuatro” and "Broadway Idiot," I hope Green Day growing up is for the best.

 

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<p>Nina (Annet Mahendru) and Stan (Noah Emmerich)&nbsp;in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Nina (Annet Mahendru) and Stan (Noah Emmerich) in "The Americans."

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'Mutually Assured Destruction'

Phillip and Elizabeth have to stop a KGB assassin after the Center changes its mind

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as my thing is Ecclesiastical...

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Baauer's 'Harlem Shake' keeps a shaky hold atop the Billboard Hot 100
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Baauer's 'Harlem Shake' keeps a shaky hold atop the Billboard Hot 100

Pink lands her 14th top 10 with 'Just Give Me A Reason'

“Harlem Shake” shakily holds on to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week, despite another week of declining YouTube streaming.

Baauer’s viral sensation also sees digital downloads slide, but sees on-demand audio streaming rise, according to Billboard.


“Shake’s” success keeps former No. 1, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s  “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz at No. 2 again, while Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” stays at No. 3.

Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay Z climbs 5-4, flipping places with Rihanna’s “Stay” featuring Mikky Ekko.

Also swapping spots are Drake’s “Started From The Bottom,” which rises 7-6, trading with Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” which moves 6-7.

Rounding out the top 10, will.i.am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout” holds at No. 8, Pink lands her 14th top 10 as “Just Give Me A Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess from fun.,  soars 18-9, and Lil Wayne’s “Love Me” featuring Drake slips 9-10.

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