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Pink makes it 3 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100

Icona Pop finally makes it into the Top 10

Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason” makes it three weeks at No. 1. The tune, featuring fun.’s Nate Ruess, does the seemingly impossible by remaining in the top spot while not leading any of the three components that make up the chart: radio play, streaming songs, and digital sales.

That means that “Just Give Me A Reason” will probably be knocked off the  top next week by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Can’t Hold Us,” which holds at No. 2 in the closest race between No. 1 and No. 2 in six months, according to Billboard.

Rihanna’s “Stay,” featuring Mikky Ekko, climbs 6-3, pushing Macklemore & Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” down to No. 4.  Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” rises 7-5.

The bottom half of the Top 10, Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” drops 4-6, Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie,” featuring Jay-Z, rises 8-7, Pitbull’s “Feel This Moment,” featuring Christina Aguilera climbs 9-8. Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” featuring Charli XCX, which has been around for months now, finally makes it to the Top 10 as it climbs 13-9. Just as “I Love It” makes it into the elite Top 10, Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” returns to top the top 10, rising 12-10.

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<p>Wolverine pretty much is a swordfight all by himself, so the Silver Samurai is almost redundant here.</p>

Wolverine pretty much is a swordfight all by himself, so the Silver Samurai is almost redundant here.

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Singer tweets Jackman sneak for 'X-Men' as 'Wolverine' CinemaCon trailer leaks

Two different looks ahead at Fox's busiest mutant in action

At this point, I'll bet even Hugh Jackman is wondering just how much Wolverine is too much Wolverine.

Right now, they aren't even done with "The Wolverine," the Japan-set stand-alone film by James Mangold that's coming out in July, and Hugh Jackman is already doing wardrobe tests for the about-to-start-shooting "X-Men: Days Of Future Past."

Bryan Singer, returning to the world of "X-Men" for the first time since he left Fox in turmoil so he could go direct "Superman Returns," seems to be enjoying every single part of the pre-production process, and he's being fairly open with imagery via his Twitter account. I ran a photo last week that he sent out from Storm's wardrobe test, showing off Halle Berry's new look, and yesterday, he had a little fun with the way fandom is freaking out over every little thing he releases by putting out the first image of Wolverine from "DOFP."

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<p>Julia Louis-Dreyfus in &quot;Veep.&quot;</p>

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Veep."

Credit: HBO

HBO renews 'Veep' for season 3

Julia Louis-Dreyfus political comedy in midst of second season right now

HBO has renewed "Veep" for a third season. The political comedy, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and created by Armando Iannucci, is three episodes into its second season, airing Sundays at 10 after "Game of Thrones."

I never got a chance to do an advance review of "Veep" season 2, though Fienberg and I discussed it at length on the podcast. I had liked but not loved the first season, and even though Iannucci made several obvious and welcome tweaks for season 2 — making Selina more relevant to the presidential administration, bringing in ace guest stars like Gary Cole and Kevin Dunn — I actually found myself laughing less frequently at the new episodes than the old ones. (And Cole has, so far, been a total bust, which didn't seem possible when I heard he'd be appearing this year.) But I'm glad it's continuing, if only because I enjoy hearing these fine actors wrap their tongues around Iannucci's clever, creatively profane dialogue.

I know some other critics feel this season's been stronger than the first, so I'm curious what all of you who are watching think. Is "Veep" better, worse, or the same as it was last year? 

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<p>&quot;The Way&nbsp;Way&nbsp;Back&quot; will close out the fest.</p>

"The Way Way Back" will close out the fest.

Credit: Fox Searchlight

LA film fest announces 2013 line-up: 'Fruitvale Station,' 'Only God Forgives,' 'Way, Way Back'

Sundance holdovers from 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' to 'Crystal Fairy' will screen

Film Independent has revealed the line-up for this year's Los Angeles Film Festival, cherry-picking this and that from Sundance and Cannes with a few other things thrown in here and there.

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Gary Carr

 Gary Carr

'Downton Abbey' casts the show's first black character

The actor will play jazz singer Jack Ross

Back in March we first had word that "Downton Abbey" was looking for an actor to play the show's first black character, a "charming and charismatic" jazz singer named Jack Ross. Now comes word from Deadline.com about who got the role. 

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<p>Ke$ha</p>

Ke$ha

Catching up with 'Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life'

She finally gets laid, while we get bored out of our skull

I missed the first episode of MTV's  “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” last week but if the second episode, which aired Tuesday night is any indication, I missed nothing.

As we catch up with Ke$ha in this six-episode “documentary” culled from footage shot by her brother Lagan Sebert over a two-year period,  it’s June 2011. This immediately begs the question, “Why on earth would we care about seeing footage that’s two years old?”

She’s headed to play at Glastonbury and she’s lost her voice, but even more trouble looms as one of her two tour buses breaks down en route to the British festival. The “essential” personnel from bus 2 hop on Ke$ha’s bus, while others, like her mother, are apparently left by the roadside to fend for themselves. Oh, the inhumanity!

But it gets worse! The Glastonbury field is so muddy, there’s no way to load in all her production, so Ke$ha has to scale back her show. Her peppy guitarist Max tries to get her to cheer up and it’s a good thing that Ke$ha is resting her voice and not speaking, because otherwise she’d probably fire him on the spot.

“My voice is everything,” she declares, as we go into a montage of her on stage at Glastonbury (interestingly, we never see more than a few seconds of her actually performing), and yet she seemingly relies on every trick in the book on stage to distract people from her vocals.

The crowds love her,  but she’s bummed because she hasn’t made out with any hot guys yet, so she resorts to watching “penis movies.”  She’s lamenting her months-long dry spell, as she declares she wants “a beard.” Hmmm, that clearly means something different in Ke$ha’s world than what it means to the rest of us.

And so it goes for 30 minutes, with lots of commercials thrown in every four or five minutes because  MTV knows it’s hard to watch more than a few minutes of this drivel at a time. Lagan may have had 24-hour access to his sister, but he doesn’t seem to know what to actually do with that and how to create any kind of story arc out of the footage.

Ten minutes in, I’m wondering what Ke$ha had to promise to MTV to get the cable outlet to air this. This feels like someone’s very boring, bad home movies. She’s touring Europe and there’s not even any pretty scenery to distract us. There’s no way this series will help her sell records and there’s certainly no way it’s going to get good ratings for MTV.

“In 2009 The New York Times names Beirut the top place to visit,” her manager tells Ke$ha, as they sit on Ke$ha’s bed in the Lebanese capital. It’s almost impossible to calculate the cultural divide between Ke$ha and the New York Times.  There seems to be a great deal of security for Ke$ha who worries that she’s driving down the same road where the Lebanese president was assassinated a few years ago. It’s this fake sense of drama—trust me she’s in no real danger—that makes the show even more asinine. Not to mention the fact that she goes from worrying about getting kidnapped back to moaning about not having a boyfriend in about 30 seconds flat.

Her European tour over,  she returns triumphant to Los Angeles. Next thing we know she’s at “Conan” complaining to fellow guest Pauly Shore (doesn’t that tell you everything you need to know) that she can’t get laid and that her mom, who is along for the ride for no discernible reason other than to irritate her daughter, is a horrible wingman. Shore looks like he’s torn between suggesting that he help Ke$ha through her rough patch and knowing he’s going to get shot down if he even hints at that. (Conan O'Brien wisely isn't seen on camera at all)

In a move that can’t end well, Ke$ha picks up one of her crew members and hangs out with him and eventually gets laid...and no one seems to think it’s weird and that this guy couldn’t say no since she’s his boss. She nicknames him “Baby Spoon” for reasons that I can’t quite figure out because she’s explaining it while riding in a car to someone we don’t see and the sound is so bad. Plus, by now I don’t care if she calls him “Grown Up Spork.”

The show is  frenetic and horribly edited and, worst of all, boring. It’s not even that Ke$ha is unlikeable, because she isn't, she's just nothing; an endlessly yammering voice. I wish that she were unlikeable; that would make for more interesting television. She’s just there and the camera never stops long enough to focus on any of her thoughts for more than a nano-second. Oh! Ke$ha has lost her voice! Oh! Ke$ha’s bus breaks down. Oh! Ke$ha wants to get laid! Oh! Ke$ha picks up a boy in her crew! Oh! Get me out of here.

Ke$ha’s second full-length album, “Warrior,” hasn’t come near the success of first album “Animal,” and maybe the series was seen as a way to goose sales, but all this will do is get people to change the channel.  I’ve dropped in on “Ke$ha” and I won’t be back. If you decide to watch the rest of the series, you’re on your own.

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<p>Steven Soderbergh.</p>

Steven Soderbergh.

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Soderbergh on the state of the industry, and why 'cinema is shrinking'

Oscar-winning director gave a keynote address at the San Francisco Film Fest

I'm hardly alone in this, but I continue to resist the notion that Steven Soderbergh's professed retirement from feature filmmaking is permanent -- not least because he's been on such vigorous creative form lately. "Magic Mike," of course, cracked my Top 10 of 2012 list, while his lithely nasty Hitchcockian thriller "Side Effects" is on course to be one of my favorite mainstream genre entertainments of this year -- it would be an enormous pity for him to bow out just as he seems to have perfected the rarely performed trick of the counter-intuitive audience movie.

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<p>Adelaide Clemens and Aden Young in &quot;Rectify.&quot;</p>

Adelaide Clemens and Aden Young in "Rectify."

Credit: Sundance

Sundance renews 'Rectify' for season 2

Slow-burning drama about former Death Row inmate has been one of 2013's best new series

Sundance Channel has renewed "Rectify," its great new drama about a Death Row inmate (Aden Young) unexpectedly released into a world he never expected to see again, for a second season, with 10 new episodes set to debut sometime in 2014.

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<p>Sharlto Copley gets to play a bad guy in 'Elysium,' and he's already onboard to make 'Chappie' with director Neill Blomkamp this fall.</p>

Sharlto Copley gets to play a bad guy in 'Elysium,' and he's already onboard to make 'Chappie' with director Neill Blomkamp this fall.

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Sharlto Copley and Die Antwoord sign up to star in Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie'

The story of a 'ridiculous robot' starts shooting in the fall

I love watching a long-term artistic collaboration come into focus. When Neill Blomkamp released "District 9," one thing that was obvious was that Blomkamp and his star Sharlto Copley had a great chemistry, and that they were both equally important to the way that film worked.

A few weeks ago, when I went to the special event for "Elysium," both Copley and Blomkamp were present and they were talking about how they adjusted their method of collaboration for this new film. What was evident was the kinship they feel and the connection they have. They have that thing you need in a constant collaborator, that ability to not only know what the other guy is thinking but to throw things at him that he might not expect. There is a trust that is inherent to the way they communicate, and as a result, I hope they continue making films together for as long as they're both interested.

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<p>Joey &amp; Meghan of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Joey & Meghan of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Joey & Meghan talk 'The Amazing Race'

Team YouTube discusses being disliked by the competition
YouTube stars Joey Graceffa and Meghan Camarena seemed to be having a lot of fun on "The Amazing Race," so it's a little bit sad to hear the newly eliminated duo discussing their disappointment that the other teams seemed to dislike them on the Race.
 
It wasn't all of the other teams, of course. Joey & Meghan made an early alliance with John & Jessica and Roller Derby Moms Mona & Beth, targeting Hockey Brothers Bates & Anthony, the team they felt [correctly, so far] was the biggest threat. That, of course, left them feeling targeted by Bates & Anthony, but also by the other teams aligned with the friendly pro athletes.
 
"[I]t really just seemed like people on the Race didn't like us, genuinely, just really didn't want us there and it made us kinda feel a little crappy," Meghan says now. 'It kinda reminded me of high school when I used to get picked on, so I was just like, "What is this feeling? I am grown up. This shouldn't be happening.'"
 
Awww.
 
Team YouTube discusses that Race dynamic, as well as their other highlights and lowlights in this week's "Amazing Race" exit interview.
 
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<p>Gwyneth Paltrow seemed energized by what they had her do in Shane Black's 'Iron Man 3'</p>

Gwyneth Paltrow seemed energized by what they had her do in Shane Black's 'Iron Man 3'

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Gwyneth Paltrow talks about putting Pepper in harm's way for 'Iron Man 3'

Plus she talks about Shane Black and his contributions to the series

One of the ways I feel like I'm disconnected from the way a lot of people digest pop culture is the way I tune out celebrity gossip almost completely. When I hear someone say that they "hate" a celebrity, I wonder what gets them to that point. There are no celebrities who matter enough in my world for me to hate any of them, and certainly not because of the way they live.

Case in point: when I think of Gwyneth Paltrow, I think of her onscreen work. I think of the first time I saw her in the largely unseen gem "Flesh and Bone," where she was captivating and carnal and impressive. Over the years, I've liked much of her work, and she's made her fair share of films that did nothing for me. Through it all, it never occurred to me to hate her.

Is it because she's married to a rock star and because she runs a lifestyle blog? Because I've never visited it, and I'm not even sure what it's called, and I certainly don't think there's any chance anyone's going to force me to read it any time soon. And who cares who she's married to? I think the reason many people love gossip is because it gives them something to compare their own life to, and when they see someone living better than them, it gives them a specific target for their anger.

Is it because she was just picked as "The Most Beautiful Woman Alive" by People magazine? Because that's another thing that seems very silly to be upset by. It's not like she demanded that they run the headline, like when M. Night Shyamalan insisted they call him "The New Hitchcock" in a story. I doubt she campaigned for it at all. She's got a big new high-profile film coming out, so it makes sense that they'd pick her.

When we sat down, all I knew was that I wanted to talk about the way her role in "Iron Man 3" has evolved. I think I accidentally offended her a bit when I asked her how it was to step into the energy between Robert Downey Jr. and Shane Black, because she made a point of explaining that Shane was the newcomer, and that he was the one joining their family. That's totally true, of course. She's been part of the Marvel Universe since "Iron Man," and now that her contract is up, it's time to reflect on the experiences she's had so far and decide if she's going to stay involved moving forward. The things they have her do in this film definitely shook up the sense of sameness that can set in after playing a part four or five times, and she sounded like it was a good experience.

Will we see more of Pepper and Tony? I'd bet on it. Right now, these people have a real sense of ownership over the characters they've established on film, and I think money is only one small part of the decisions they'll be making about the future.

And if you seriously feel like you need to say terrible personal things about Paltrow, do it elsewhere. I would rather have a conversation about her work than about any weird baggage you've picked up because you spend too much time reading about her personal life. Everyone I've ever known who worked with her has great things to say about how she is on a set and what she brings to the table in a collaboration, and those are the things that matter here.

"Iron Man 3" will blow the back wall out of your local theater starting Friday.

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"Inside Amy Schumer"

 "Inside Amy Schumer"

Credit: Comedy Central

Review: Does 'Inside Amy Schumer' deliver the goods?

The stand-up star delivers a mash-up of stand-up and sketch comedy

The latest trend in comedy has been focused on women behaving (or talking about behaving) badly. They pooped in the sink in "Bridesmaids" (don't tell me that's a spoiler at this point), they have awkward sex on "Girls," they curse and get drunk and high and screw around. Somethings the cursing and drinking and screwing around is supposed to pass as fascinating insight into the female psyche. Sometimes it's supposed to be funny. But piggishness in either men or women isn't inherently funny.

While pundits argue about whether lowbrow distaff humor delivers a bad message to young women (who are probably too busy plopping drunk photos of themselves on Instagram for future would-be employers to find) or shows that women are breaking into previously unattainable arenas by acting like dirty old men, the argument at the heart of it all is very simple: are they funny?

Thank God Amy Schumer is funny. Really funny.

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