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<p>Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig on the set of &quot;Skyfall.&quot;</p>

Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig on the set of "Skyfall."

Credit: Sony Pictures

Mendes will return to the Bond franchise, vow producers

Oscar-winning director ruled himself out of the next one, but 'left the door open'

The will-he-won't-he dance between Sam Mendes and the James Bond franchise continues. After the Oscar-winning director steered "Skyfall" to the best critical and commercial returns of the series' 50-year history, it was obvious that the producers would want him to remain on board for the next entry. At one point, it seemed that could be the case: in November, screenwriter Robert Wade hinted that Mendes had devised a plot for the next film with co-writer John Logan, while at last month's BAFTA Awards, sound mixer Scott Milan suggested the director "might" return. 

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<p>Queens of the Stone Age</p>

Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of The Stone Age headed out on tour to support June release

'...Like Clockwork' will be group's first for Matador Records

As we previously reported, Queens of the Stone Age’s first album in six years, “...Like Clockwork,” will come out in June. We still don’t have an exact date, but the label will be Matador, best known for releasing albums by acts like Belle & Sebastian, Yo La Tengo and Interpol over the years.

In addition to playing at Lollapalooza Brazil this weekend, the band will go on an “extensive world tour,” according to a press release. It will make the first time the band hit the stage since its limited dates in 2011 around the re-release of QOTSA’s 1998 debut.

So who exactly is in the band now? It’s Josh Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen, Dean Fertita, and MIchael Shuman.  Handling drumming  duties on the album were Dave Grohl, Joey Castillo and Jon Theodore. Among the guests on “...Like Clockwork” are Elton John, Trent Reznor, Jake Shears, Mark Lanegan. Josh Homme and the band produced the set, which was recorded by Mark Rankin at Pink Duck Studios in Burbank, Calif.  “...Like Clockwork” is the band’s first album since 2007’s “Era Vulgaris.”

Exact release date and tour dates are coming soon. So is June.
 

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<p>Life gets really weird sometimes when you're growing up Film Nerd 2.0-style.</p>

Life gets really weird sometimes when you're growing up Film Nerd 2.0-style.

Credit: HitFix

Watch: Film Nerd 2.0 comes face to face with Dwayne Johnson in an action-figure showdown

A sweet moment involving the artist formerly known as The Rock and my five-year-old

When I think back on how I processed things as a kid, I can't imagine what would have changed for me if I had the sort of opportunities that my kids have. I dreamed of having the sorts of encounters that they have all the time now, and I am thrilled every time I can allow them to do something that is unique or special.

For example, last week a box of toys from "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" showed up at the house, and the boys went crazy with them. In particular, Allen was smitten with a large-size action figure of Dwayne Johnson, and when he took it to pre-school as his share toy for the day, the other kids in his class went nuts for it. Several of the kids were aware of Dwayne as The Rock, and when Allen brought the figure home, he had stopped calling him Roadblock and started just calling him The Rock.

I never know who will or won't be a big deal to the boys. On Friday, Allen went with me to the press day for "42," the new film about Jackie Robinson, and I had an interview with Harrison Ford scheduled. Allen seemed totally unimpressed by Ford in general, even though he's a huge Han Solo fan. I wasn't sure at first that he even understood who he met. Ford does, after all, look fairly different now as he settles into the Spencer Tracy phase of his career. Allen told me afterwards in the car that it was amazing, and he got more excited when he told his brother who he met, but in the room? Cool as cool gets about it all.

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<p>Lily Cole in Sacrilege</p>

Lily Cole in Sacrilege

Watch this amazing, dramatic new Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'Sacrilege' music video

Possession, betrayal and marriage, plus the band schedules a tour

I'm kind of in love with this new music video for Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Sacrilege." So much that, if I can't have it, I'll destroy it and feel justified in doing so.

That part of the fantastical plot that follows the central character, played by model Lily Cole, whose "look" of innocence and mischief plays into the ultimate fantasies of the men (and one woman) around her. The clip plays backwards, telling the story of just how a young girl like her and a young man get bound, shot and left burning to die in the middle of a field.

There's a literal take on this story -- that she actually does fall into bed with all these men (and one woman) -- but I think what directors of Megaforce are trying to convey is how lustful fantasies lead one to feel ownership over women, a possession of them and the feelings of betrayal when they can't be had. Each scenario plays out specific to each's delusion, with costumes and action and even position. (Guess who they had in missionary! It's sacrilege!) As the characters watch what the ydesire burn, there's a flicker of justification, as if it were her (and the man's) fault.

The twist to this beautiful woman's inability to be "had" lies at the end of this short film, or rather its beginning. Appropriate for the day, no?

It's pretty hot, and not just because of the flames. Well played, sirs.

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'Game of Thrones' co-star Oona Chaplin explains how Talisa is good and bad for Robb Stark

'Game of Thrones' co-star Oona Chaplin explains how Talisa is good and bad for Robb Stark

And why it's OK that her character is different from in the books
Normally when heroes on TV shows find love, that's a good thing, but fans of HBO's "Game of Thrones" are smart enough to be wary of King Robb's new nuptials.
 
Yes, we should be pleased that the King in the North seems to have chosen a worthy partner in Oona Chaplin's Talisa, but as Robb's mom has been prone to observing, the hastily composed marriage may mess with the Starks' necessary alliance with House Frey.
 
On the "Game of Thrones" premiere red carpet in Los Angeles, I caught up with Oona Chaplin, who discusses the pros and cons of Talisa's relationship with Robb. Chaplin -- Yes, she's Charlie's granddaughter -- also talks about playing a character who isn't at all like her equivalent in George R.R. Martin's novels. 
 
Check out the interview above. And you should also check out my red carpet interviews with Martin, Rose Leslie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. And stay tuned for a few more interviews in the days to come. [You'll notice Natalie Tena in the background here. She'll probably be the next interview that I post.]
 
"Game of Thrones" returns to HBO on Sunday, March 31.
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Vampire Weekend push new album release back a week

Vampire Weekend push new album release back a week

Listen to 'Diane Young' and 'Step' in the meantime

Fans of Vampire Weekend are going to have to wait a little bit longer for "Modern Vampires of the City." The XL set has been moved from May 7 to May 14.

The band, in the meantime, has two new songs to peruse. I like "Step" a bit better -- it's mouthy, vigilantly uppity, and a fun little outing into the world. "Diane Young," however, maybe bring in some new listeners who may only think of the NYC-based band as a bop-rock country club. Everyone can join.

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<p>Harmony&nbsp;Korine at SXSW&nbsp;earlier this month</p>

Harmony Korine at SXSW earlier this month

Credit: AP Photo

About that time David Letterman kicked 'Spring Breakers' director Harmony Korine off his show

Plus, Korine's increasingly bizarre appearances on the show over the years

With "Spring Breakers" in wide release this week, I imagine more of you have found a chance to see it. If so, be sure to let us know what you thought.

Meanwhile, James Franco seems like the hardest working man in show business these days, hitting the publicity circuit for both this film and "Oz the Great and Powerful." One of those stops came last night on David Letterman, during which Franco recalled the "legend" of Harmony Korine getting kicked off the show once upon a time.

"The legend is that he pushed Meryl Streep backstage," Franco said, coaxing Letterman to recall the altercation, which he did.

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<p>Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor... and Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor... and Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor... in &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor... and Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor... and Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor... in "How I Met Your Mother."

Credit: CBS

Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Time Travelers'

An iffy episode surprisingly builds to an emotional high point

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I DVR the news...

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' reunion: Who's lying - Lisa or Kyle?

The bickering heats up when the women accuse one another of being fake

Oh, this is going to be fun! It's the first part of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" reunion, and at first everyone is largely well-behaved and almost civil to one another. It takes these gals a while to warm up, it's true. But by the end of the episode, there's yelling and screaming and accusations, just as we expect. Of course, then the question is, which woman is lying? Really, take your pick. 

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<p>This is the single worst 'Where's Waldo?' puzzle of all time.</p>

This is the single worst 'Where's Waldo?' puzzle of all time.

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Why does a sneak peek at 'The Wolverine' contain a massive spoiler?

New marketing materials for this summer's sequel frustrate on many levels

This should go without saying after the intentionally vague headline, but there will be some big spoilers in this article for "The Wolverine." Read accordingly.

Here's one of those moments when a decision is made by someone on a film and I'm so baffled by it that I'm not even sure what to write or how to handle the headline.

James Mangold is the director of this summer's "The Wolverine," and that's one of those choices that has kept me interested since he was announced. Darren Aronofsky was first on the film, but when Mangold took over in development, it seemed like a cool and unconventional choice, which can pay off in cool ways sometimes. The entire time Mangold has been in production, he's been pretty vocal about the sort of thing he's trying to make, and they've done a great job of keeping images from the film locked down. As a result, all we've had were a few on-set photographs, a couple of portrait images, and that's it. Descriptions, and nothing more.

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<p>Kevin Bacon becomes the new pitchman for Budweiser Invisible Lager.</p>

Kevin Bacon becomes the new pitchman for Budweiser Invisible Lager.

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'The Following' - 'Guilt'

Joe keeps looking for Claire, while Emma and Jacob reunite
Oh, "The Following." Why are you so dark and whiny?
 
After last week's review, it's hard to find more to critique about "The Following" when the show seems hell-bent on delivering more of the same. But I did find "Guilt" interesting for two different reasons: One, it's rather predictable, which gives us some insight into what the writers of "The Following" are hoping to achieve, and two, it aggressively enters the dream-like state that had been hinted at in the first few weeks, giving Jacob some intense hallucinations.
 
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"The Voice"

 "The Voice"

Credit: NBC

'The Voice' recap: 'The Blind Auditions Premiere'

Blake snaps up talent, but will Adam choose anyone for his team?

"The Voice" is back, and for the first five minutes of this two-hour marathon show we are reminded how awesome it is compared to, say, other singing competition shows. Cough, "American Idol," cough, "X-Factor," cough cough. "The Voice" cares about the artists! It's not superficial! The voice has Shakira! And Usher! And, you know, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine! And Usher launched Justin Bieber! Take that, Randy Jackson!

Before we get to the blind auditions, the judges perform "Come Together" by the Beatles. Adam Levine is on drums and Usher is on bass. There's Shakira being Shakira! You know, she can play guitar, too,

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