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Taylor Swift's new Diet Coke ad: Watch

Taylor Swift's new Diet Coke ad: Watch

You're never too old to feel 22

Beyonce has Pepsi, Taylor Swift has Diet Coke. Swift’s new commercial for Diet Coke premieres tonight on “American Idol.”

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<p>Kelly Clarkson</p>

Kelly Clarkson

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Kelly Clarkson decks the halls with new Christmas album

What's that about a 'From Justin to Kelly' sequel?

Kelly Clarkson will be rocking around the Christmas tree this holiday season.

Clarkson told CMT Radio Live with Cody Allan that she is cutting the Christmas set.  “I’ve been dying to make a Christmas record for more than a decade and I’m finally making one,” she says. She adds it will probably be her favorite record that she makes because she loves Christmas. No word on a release date yet.

In addition to producer Greg Kurstin, Clarkson will work with Brooks & Dunn’s Ronnie Dunn on the seasonal record, according to Idolator.  The album follows her current greatest hits set.

Clarkson also revealed that she didn’t want to do the “From Justin to Kelly” movie, but was “legally obligated....I think Jimmy Fallon and I should do” a sequel. Oh, from your lips to God’s ears...

Clarkson will hit the road with Maroon 5 on the Honda Civic Tour, which starts Aug. 1 at St. Louis’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

If you need your daily dose of Clarkson, she will appear on tonight's "American Idol," the show where, as you know, it all began for the Season One winner in 2002.

And, in case you were wondering, she also plans to have yellow roses at her wedding. “I’ll be drunk at the end,” she also added.



 

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<p>Jamie Foxx at the 2006 MTV&nbsp;Movie&nbsp;Awards</p>

Jamie Foxx at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards

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Jamie Foxx to receive the MTV Generation Award at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards

From 'In Living Color' to 'Any Given Sunday,' 'Ray' to 'Django Unchained'

Back when the MTV Movie Awards first started, they had a Lifetime Achievement prize. But it was sort of a joke. The winners were Jason Voorhees from the "Friday the 13th" franchise, The Three Stooges, "Shaft" star Richard Roundtree, Jackie Chan (those last two being the most "legitimate" winners, I suppose), Godzilla, Chewbacca from the "Star Wars" franchise and Ron Howard's brother, Clint (who appears in all of Howard's films). In 1999 they discontinued it, thank God.

In 2005, it was brought back around with an undercurrent of sincerity and dubbed the "MTV Generation Award." The inaugural recipient was Tom Cruise and the winners since have been Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Sandra Bullock (tied in nicely with her Oscar march in 2010), Reese Witherspoon and Johnny Depp. This year, the award goes to actor Jamie Foxx, nominated for his performance in "Django Unchained" and an honor nicely positioned as a boost to his upcoming summer blockbuster "White House Down."

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<p>Jeff Nichols (left)&nbsp;and Matthew McConaughey on the set of &quot;Mud&quot;</p>

Jeff Nichols (left) and Matthew McConaughey on the set of "Mud"

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Jeff Nichols on puppy love and writing 'Mud' for Matthew McConaughey over a decade ago

The film's roots stretch back farther than you might expect

"It's been a long wait," writer/director Jeff Nichols says about his upcoming film "Mud," and indeed it has, on so many levels.

The film first screened at the Cannes Film Festival nearly a year ago, where it was picked up by Roadside Attractions for domestic release. But rather than risk it being lost in the fray by trickling screenings throughout the fall festival circuit, the indie distributor held on to it. The film, which stars Matthew McConaughey (in the thick of a career renaissance), was brought back into the light at the Sundance Film Festival in January as Roadside primed it for a late-April release.

Its roots, however, stretch back so much farther, to Nichols' days as a film school student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It was a girl breaking up with him in high school that got him thinking on the film's themes of romance. "It's one of the lamest reasons that you sit and write a movie," he admits, "but that level of heartbreak from your first love, even if it is puppy love, is pretty intense. Just because you're young I think people dismiss those emotions and those feelings, but I think that might be unfair. Look at Romeo and Juliet. They were in their teens."

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<p>Jay-Z and Beyonce in Cuba.</p>

Jay-Z and Beyonce in Cuba.

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Jay-Z strikes back at Cuba trip critics with new song 'Open Letter': Listen

Rapper also addresses recent brouhaha over the Brooklyn Nets

Sounds like vacation is over for Jay-Z.

The rapper recently took a much-publicized trip to Cuba with his wife Beyonce, but it didn't take long for him to churn out a new track -- with a surprising subject matter. 

Several Florida republicans (including Senator Marco Rubio) weren't too happy about music's No. 1 power couple breaking the U.S.A.'s longstanding tourism restriction of the Caribbean island, but Jay-Z isn't about to let their words keep him (and Bey) down. 

In just a matter of days, Jay recorded and released what can only be called a diss track entitled "Open Letter."

Short, stripped down and to the point, there's no mistaking to whom this "Letter" is addressed. And, to paraphrase an earlier Jay-Z track, he don't need no hook for this sh*t.

"They wanna give me jail time and a fine/Fine/let me commit a real crime," Jay-Z threat-raps, no doubt responding directly to Rubio and co.'s letter-wrting and Twitter campaigns decrying the duo's Cuban vacation. 

Later, "I'm in Cuba/I love Cubans" is followed by the sound of Jigga taking a puff on a cigar, "Scarface"-style. 

In the song, Jay-Z claims he got "White House clearance" from his pal the president. He raps, "Obama said, 'Chill you're goinna get me impeached'/You don't need this shit anyway/Chill with me on the beach."

Earlier this week, the U.S. Treasury Department stated that the couple's trip was indeed legit, having been previously authorized as an "educational and cultural exchange."

However, just hours after the song was released today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney addressed the issue, saying that, while Jay-Z indeed followed proper protocol, he didn’t communicate directly with President Obama. Carney added, hilariously, "I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury. Because Treasury gives licenses for travel and the White House has nothing to do with it."

Hova also addresses the recent kerfuffle about the NBA team he co-owns, the Brooklyn Nets, saying "I would've moved the Nets to Brooklyn for free/Except I made millions off you f*cking dweebs/I still own the building/I'm still keeping my seats/You buy that bullshit/you'd better keep your receipts."

It's been a while since "dweeb" has been used with such venom, but somehow Jay-Z makes it work. 

Listen to "Open Letter" here:




What do you think of "Open Letter"? And Jay-Z and Beyonce's trip to Cuba?
 

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Exclusive: Sarah Brightman duets with Israel Kamakawiwo'ole on 'Hawaii '78'

Exclusive: Sarah Brightman duets with Israel Kamakawiwo'ole on 'Hawaii '78'

Late, great folk singer joins a famed soprano on space-bound song from 'Dreamchaser'

Sarah Brightman has an unusual and beautiful duet partner on the latest song to arrive from her new album. "Hawaii '78" features the late and great Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, who originally released "Hawai'i '78" for his 1993 album "Facing Future." That album also featured his most famous track, his cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," and coincidentally "Hawai'i '78" was another expression of hope and prayer.

Here, Brightman is joining in that vision with this interpretation, "Hawaii '78." A bonus track available only on Target's limited edition CD of "Dreamchaser," this version sends the roots-laden song space-bound, with the famed soprano's voice padded with harmony, synths and strings.

Listen to the exclusive premiere of "Hawaii '78" below, and then give a go at the original.

Brightman's interstellar sound here is part of the larger aesthetic on "Dreamchaser," which expresses the Broadway star's ultimate goal of traveling into space. And she may yet: last year, it was announced that Brightman is "anticipated to be the first musician to travel to the International Space Station." You can learn more about the voyage in the vid below.

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<p>In an ideal world with limitless time, I'd have the time to check back in on &quot;Elementary&quot;&nbsp;and lots of other shows. I&nbsp;do not work in an ideal world.</p>

In an ideal world with limitless time, I'd have the time to check back in on "Elementary" and lots of other shows. I do not work in an ideal world.

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How much good TV is too much?

As more outlets present original programming, it becomes harder for a TV critic to keep up with it all

This used to be a pretty simple job when I first became a TV critic. There were the Big Four networks, plus the WB and UPN (and when I started in the summer of '96, they were barely worthy of notice) and the occasional HBO or PBS production that demanded a write-up. It was easy to stay current with all the new shows, and all the returning ones — to feel, even if you weren't watching every episode of every show (because that wasn't possible even in the Clinton years), like you could see the whole picture of TV, even if some parts were more in focus than others.

Then HBO got more serious about original scripted programming, and the rest of cable followed, and suddenly there were new dramas and sitcoms popping up all over the place, even as the original broadcast networks were shifting more towards reality TV. There was more to watch, and more to write about, but it was exciting to see what the medium was capable of becoming (a.ka. the subject of my book).

Every now and then, someone would ask me if I felt there was too much good TV on TV, and I would always respond that more good TV is simply more good TV. What could possibly be the downside of that?

Well, this TV season is the first time I've began to feel like there may, in fact, be too much good TV.

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<p>On &quot;Southland,&quot;&nbsp;Lucero (Anthony Ruvivar)&nbsp;and Cooper (Michael Cudlitz)&nbsp;got taken hostage.</p>

On "Southland," Lucero (Anthony Ruvivar) and Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) got taken hostage.

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Review: 'Southland' - 'Chaos'

Cooper and Lucero are taken hostage in another amazing Michael Cudlitz showcase

A review of last night's "Southland" coming up just as soon as I need a haircut...

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"Nashville"

 "Nashville"

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'Nashville': Did Juliette make a mistake by stealing Dante for herself?

The tortured mother-daughter duo hits a new speed bump

It seems like everything is getting back on track in "Nashville." Well, Lamar had a massive heart attack, but if you don't like Lamar very much, maybe that's just part of the week's good news.

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<p>Lucas Black and Chadwick Boseman star as Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson in '42'</p>

Lucas Black and Chadwick Boseman star as Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson in '42'

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Review: Jackie Robinson biopic '42' cut from familiar and cheesy Hollywood formula

Brian Helgeland indulges some myth-making with an assist from Harrison Ford

We have become a baseball family.

When you have kids, you end up building a fair amount of your schedule around the various interests that they pursue, and baseball has become a major part of Toshi's life each year. He's a natural, and we've tried other sports before settling on baseball. The football parents were a nightmare, the basketball league was a mess, and tae kwon do mainly just made Toshi cry. But the little league that we found in our area is outstanding, well-organized, well-managed, and the kids and the parents that we've met as a result of being part of baseball have been an amazing addition to our lives.

One of the things that I find most enjoyable about the league is the inclusiveness. There are girls on their team, and every ethnic and cultural background seems very well-represented, and the kids don't seem to notice because that's simply how their world looks. That's what they were born into, that's normal to them, and the reason it's remarkable to me is because I know that's not what it looked like when I was younger. I was a kid of the '70s, and I thought of my childhood as a particularly permissive time. By the point I was aware of things, there was a rough hewn push towards equality. It may not have been perfectly executed, and if you look at a film like the original "Bad News Bears," much of the cultural attitude at that moment was defined by the frictions that still existed and the desire to move past them.

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<p>Andrea of &quot;Survivor: Caramoan&quot;</p>

Andrea of "Survivor: Caramoan"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Caramoan' - 'Cut Off the Head of the Snake'

An episode of heavy strategizing culminates in a wacky Tribal Council
Pre-credit sequence. When last we left our castaways, Corinne had just been unceremoniously blindsided. Now what? Monkey! Monkeys everywhere! It's like they've been waiting for Corinne to leave. Did Corinne eat monkeys? That would explain so much! "I look at last night as a victory," says Reynold, basically figuring even if his alliance fell flat, any time somebody other than him goes home, it's a win. Eddie and Reynold are beginning to recognize that they're female kryptonite, noting that any time a girl aligns with them, she goes home. Uh-oh. Stop cutting to Adorable Andrea. I don't like what you're implying, editors. "I am iron-clad with my guys, with Eddie and Malcolm," says Reynold, who decides that the time has come to flirt with Andrea. "I still have the only Idol that nobody else knows about," observes Malcolm. "They thought they cut off the head of the snake. They thought they killed the rebel leader, I guess. They don't know they missed yet," Malcolm says. I hope that's not foreshadowing. But I'm sure that between Andrea getting next to Poison Reynold and Malcolm's cockiness, something is sure to be foreshadowed.
 
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2013 MTV Movie Awards predictions: 'The Avengers,' Channing Tatum and more

2013 MTV Movie Awards predictions: 'The Avengers,' Channing Tatum and more

'Django Unchained' and 'Ted' led the nominees but other films look likely to prevail

Yep, we're still talking about the MTV Movie Awards this week. Speaking of which, if you missed our look at some fun facts about the annual ceremony, go give 'em a look!

This year the big nominees are "The Avengers," "The Dark Knight Rises," "Django Unchained," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Ted," which, on the whole, is an obvious step up from recent years. Will "The Avengers" walk out of there a winner on Sunday? Or will nominations leaders "Django Unchained" and "Ted" have something to say about that?

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