For the first time ever, CulturePop welcomes a guest! Steve Silverman, the director of the web series "The Inn" and "Pretty" was so much fun he'll be lucky if we don't try to drag him back every week. We think you'll be really interested in Steve's projects as well as his opinions on all things pop culture as well. Plus, he's funny, and you know we like funny.
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We already know there’s nothing that Prince can’t play, but even so, his funky instrumental take on Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow” still put a new part in our hair.
His cover, which features some a nice guitar shoot out between him and Donna Grantis, dropped on drfunkenberry.com earlier today and the website says the Purple One plans to unveil it at his show Saturday night at The Myth in Minneapolis.
But that’s not the only goodie from Prince today. We also get a video for "FixUrLifeUp," his new jam that he played at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night. The clip, a cross between a lyric video and a performance shoot, captures Prince and his all-girl band, 3rd Eye Girl, in all their glory.
Blake Shelton's NBC tornado relief concert will air on Wednesday
"Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert" will air live from Oklahoma City.
Watch a preview of Jimmy Fallon's "Game of Thrones" parody
Looks like "Game of Desks" was filmed partially on the roof of 30 Rock. UPDATE: Watch the full "Game of Desks."
"Scandal's" Kerry Washington appears on stage with the real First Lady
Michelle Obama didn't mention Olivia Pope's affair with the fake president, but she did call Washington a "a big-time star right now. Big time. I mean, there is no bigger star right now than Kerry. It’s just true. It’s a fact."
Fox losing its reality TV mastermind
Mike Darnell, who is responsible for everything from "American Idol" to "Does Someone Have to Go?" to "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?, is exiting after 18 years at Fox.
CW schedules unaired "Cult" episodes
The six remaining episodes will air in two-hour blocks, starting June 28.
Why "Game of Thrones" is TV's best show about politics
"One reason GoT is so bracingly different from other pop-culture fantasy stories," says James Poniewozik, "is how it combines the fantastical with the realistic—in this case, realistic attention to the way power is gained, maintained, and exercised." PLUS: Gwendoline Christie talks Brienne.
Mark Burnett: "The Voice's" kindness is the reason it beat "Idol" this season
"It's a kinder show" with coaches who are "very, very current," says the reality TV honcho.
How a former "Big Bang Theory" hater became a "Big Bang Theory" lover
Until a year and a half ago, Rob Hoerburger says he was guilty of "critical elitism."
"Duck Dynasty" merchandise coming to stores, in time for Father's Day
Greeting cards and cigars are among the "Duck" merchandise for sale.
Why Hustler's "Girls" porn film is an attack, not a parody
"Girls" already parodies and subverts the pornographic fantasy of context-free sex, says Amanda Marcotte.
Does "Mad Men" have a problem with its women?
This season, says Melissa Maerz, "the female characters fall a little too neatly into the mother/whore spectrum — and sometimes it’s hard to tell if that’s just the way Don sees them, or if that’s the vision of the show itself." PLUS: Elisabeth Moss addresses Jon Hamm's junk.
Check out '80s Amy Poehler in "Hart to Hart" remake
And here's the '80s Adam Scott from "The Greatest Event in Television History."
In praise of TV sex
Sex on TV is more complex than the sex you see in film.
Steven Soderbergh not retiring -- he's moving to TV
After his HBO Liberace movie, the acclaimed film director has several TV projects in the works.
Howard Stern demanded that Katie Couric wear a dress when she interviewed him
But Katie, whose one-hour interview with the shock jock airs Tuesday, refused to change from her pants.
Shonda Rhimes offers summer viewing suggestions for her "Gladiators"
She says to try "State of Play" (the UK miniseries, not the movie), plus "The West Wing."
The most impressive thing about "Behind the Candelabra" is that it's not campy
The Steven Soderbergh film about Liberace presents him and his lover as people, not stereotypes, says Willa Paskin. "The movie is not a sitcom," she says, "but even when the subjects are anal sex, plastic surgery or drugs it is intentionally domestic and grounded. Many more scenes than you would expect are calm, almost dull." PLUS: It's a frank and funny movie, "Candelabra" holds Liberace at arm's length with tongs, and how real is the story?
Mitch Hurwitz wanted to defy expectations with the Netflix "Arrested Development" episodes
That led to the idea of making the new season more character-based, rather than plot-based. "It really was a lot of effort to first figure out—I mean, it was fun effort—where these people would be, and then to try to find a way in which the stories could somehow relate to one another and have an effect on one another," he says. "The theme that kind of emerged is that this family has this invisible pull on each other, and they have a karma. There’s a cause and effect in the universe with this family. This is truly a comic conceit that I certainly didn’t invent, the idea that they’re their own worst enemies, that all of their misfortune is their own fault." PLUS: What if the new "Arrested" isn't good?, the most bizarre "Arrested" merchandise, will you binge or not binge?, why Buster is the best "Arrested" character, watch a chicken dance supercut, watch 4 clips from the new season, and read interviews with David Cross, Jessica Walter, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Tony Hale, Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat, Portia de Rossi and Jason Bateman.
Daft Punk are no strangers to homage, and their newest album "Random Access Memories" is an all-out history lesson -- and not just in genre. Of course, there's heapings of disco along with their house music, soul with their '70s soft rock and party-starting anthems along with the saddies. But the duo Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo go out of their way to introduce the influencers of their own brand of heart-beating beats, as well as collaborate with the new school of producers and music-makers that carry the banner. With that perspective, this album isn't just a spin of a globe or as "random" as the title insinuates.
Though, on first listen, it seems that way.
Mariah Carey handled herself like a pro this morning, even if she threw Donatella Versace under the bus, when her gorgeous, sparkling gown “popped” while she was on “Good Morning America.”
While Carey was speaking with Lara Spencer after her performance of "Always Be My Baby" as part of GMA’s Summer Concert Series, Carey’s dress, which was definitely a little bright for the early hour, “popped,” or as far as we could tell, a strap broke and the zipper started to split, threatening to free Carey’s “girls.” "What should we call this? The Central Park Saga?," she joked. "I love you Donatella, but it popped darling."
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For many of our readers, I know today has been circled on the calendar for a long while. Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight" brings a third look into the lives of Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke). It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it was very well received and was soon after picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. It featured prominently in our summer movie preview feature here at HitFix and I, of course, am over the moon for the film. I can't wait to give it another look. For now, though, let's hear what you thought of it. Rifle off your thoughts in the comments section and as always, feel free to vote in our poll below.
Report: Jennifer Hudson signs "Idol" deal -- Kelly Clarkson on verge of signing
E! reports that Clarkson, despite denying interest in the job, is close to signing on for Season 13. Meanwhile, Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken are being considered for the 3rd and final judging spot.
Lena Dunham explains her disdain for the "Girls" porn parody
Dunham listed three reasons on Twitter, including: "Because a big reason I engage in (simulated) onscreen sex is to counteract a skewed idea of that act created by the proliferation of porn."
Real-life "Breaking Bad": Cancer-stricken teacher arrested for trafficking meth
Stephen Doran, 57, allegedly received a package of methamphetamine at the middle school he works.
"Save Me" and "Does Someone Have to Go?" debut to low ratings
Meanwhile, "Hannibal" last night hit a season low.
Here are your Memorial Day Weekend marathons
From "Criminal Minds" to "Royal Pains."
Mariah Carey says "oh sh*t" and has a wardrobe malfunction on "GMA"
The "Idol" judge's dress popped open in the back.
Stephen King doesn't watch "Mad Men," but he does check out "Revenge"
"The best show of the year is 'The Americans,'" King tells Parade magazine. "I don't watch Mad Men. I think it’s basically soap opera, and if I want soap opera, I watch 'Revenge.' That show is crazy, but they have great clothes."
AMC doesn't see "Walking Dead" ever ending
"We hope that zombies live forever, and we’ve just begun to find out what the post-apocalyptic world is like," says AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan.
Ed O'Neill's "Modern Family" newspaper is the same one that he read on "Married with Children"
He's been reading the same newspaper for 20 years.
"Today" reunites the "Jersey Shore" cast
The entire gang came together in Seaside Heights to celebrate the boardwalk's progress after Hurricane Sandy.
CANNES - James Gray has always made period films – it’s just that they haven’t always been set in the past. Since arriving on the scene as a precocious 25-year-old with his Venice-laurelled 1994 debut “Little Odessa,” the New Yorker has unobtrusively fostered a reputation as one of the American cinema’s last true classicists, his writing and visual storytelling alike distinguished by an unfashionable emotional sincerity and matte polish – virtues that the French have embraced far more openly over the years than Gray’s compatriots.
I wouldn't say that Rick Linklater and I are friends, because that implies more familiarity than there actually is, but I would say that after spending over a decade going to film events in Austin, we're friendly. There's that moment of recognition when we run into each other, and that certainly made for a nice shortcut when I showed up at the Four Seasons on Tuesday to talk to him about his latest film, "Before Midnight."
The film opens today in limited release in NY, LA, and Austin, and then goes wider on June 14th. It is absolutely one of the best films you're going to see this year, and I think it enriches an already wonderful series by adding the perspective that only comes with time.
Time seems to be something that interests Linklater, and the impact it has on narrative in his work is something that seems to me to be worth closer inspection. The nine years between each of the films in the "Before" series have to pass, because the films only work if there is real life experience that each of the performers can bring to the table when they get back together to start writing each film. The kids we see in "Before Sunrise" have very little in common with the adults who star in "Before Midnight," but because there's that film in the middle between the two, it's possible for us as an audience to see how they've gotten from one point to the other.
In the time before "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City" and all that followed, HBO's prestige came from its movies and miniseries. In the '80s and '90s, when those formats were still wildly popular for the broadcast networks, HBO managed to distinguish itself with great dramas about social issues (the AIDS epidemic epic "And the Band Played On"), ruthless satire (the Wall Street comedy "Barbarians at the Gate") or even straight-up comedies (the minor league film "Long Gone," which some hardcore baseball fans prefer to "Bull Durham").
There are a few standard workplace nightmares that will make the average person bolt upright in bed, sweating profusely and hoping desperately it was, yes, all a dream. Walking into the office buck naked is one. Being given a fifth grade math test instead of a job interiew and realizing you've forgotten how to do long division. Now we have a new one: finding out your office has been selected to appear on "Does Someone Have to Go?"