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Remember the fighting we saw at the end of last week? How everyone hated Dallas John for bagging on Kuniko? Yeah, that wasn't all of it. Of course the show saved a little bit of crazy to kick things off this week, and just to confirm, everyone really, really hate Dallas John. And he's pissed about it! As far as he's concerned, "Josh was a redneck and CJ was playing me." Um, what does that have to do for calling Kuniko just short of an idiot? But wait! Dallas John has one sole defender -- Stefan. I think Stefan's just relieved someone else is the villain this season.
If that Mayan Calendar really does predict The End, Trent Reznor's band How To Destroy Angels is ready for whatever. You can tell they see it coming, because singer Mariqueen Maandig looks to the ocean when she sings "ocean."
The band -- rounded out by Atticus Ross and Rob Sheridan -- goes predictably dour for Califone rip "Ice Age," the clip directed by "Lawless" helmer John Hillcoat. There's some beautiful long shots of Maandig and a palate to die for. I like the doves. "An Omen" indeed.
The band's EP "An Omen" is already out and they've promised a full-length for 2013.
Is anyone else having nightmares after watching this show? Anyone? Well, if you are so unlucky as to have the opening credits playing in a nightmarish loop in your head, take heart. Tonight's episode is relatively low on gore (it's hard to top those Shelley episodes), so that should be some small comfort. As luck has it, the angel of death (who pops up almost immediately and is played with understated grace by Frances Conroy) has a strangely calming influence on this episode. Yes, she tends to appear when people are contemplating suicide or are hurtling toward high speed car accidents, but in her modest black suit and kick-ass black wings, she makes the Big Sleep seem no more troubling than closing your eyes and leaning in for a kiss. Of course, when you're stuck at Briarcliff, the angel of death probably isn't all that scary at all.
There’s no there there, but that doesn’t mean everyone won’t be talking about the new video by Will.I.Am and Britney Spears for “Scream & Shout.”
The futuristic, minimalistic clip is a cheap-looking affair that displays no chemistry between the two (they only appear together in what looks like a photoshopped scene). This is less of a collaboration than some not-so-clever cut-and-paste job.
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Rihanna is the queen of the charts as she becomes only the second artist this year to simultaneously rank No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard 200.
“Diamonds” sparkles for a second week as the leader on the singles chart, while “Unapologetic” bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week.
Not surprisingly, Adele is the only artist to achieve that feat in 2012 in February, when “21” led the album chart and “Set Fire To the Rain” was No. 1 on the Hot 100, according to Billboard.
Rihanna fends off a challenge from Ke$ha, whose “Die Young” climbs 3-2. Ke$ha’s track trades places with Maroon 5’s former No. 1 smash, “One More Night, “ which drops to No. 3.
Bruno Mars snags another Top5 hit as “Locked Out Of Heaven,” the first single from “Unorthodox Jukebox,” rises 7-4. Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” which was locked out of the No. 1 spot by Maroon 5, rises 7-5.
Rounding out the bottom half of the Top 10, fun.s’ “Some Nights” slides 5-6, while the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” creeps up a spot to No. 7. No new songs enter the top 10, but “American Idol” champ Phillip Phillips’s “Home” makes a welcome return as the song bounces 12-8 on the strength of the release of his debut album, “The World From The Side of the Moon.” The song had previously peaked at No. 9.
Flo Rida’s “I Cry” inches 10-9, while Ne-Yo’s “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself” falls 6-10.
Hey, guys, I don't want to speak out of turn, but I have a sneaking suspicion that James Gunn, who is writing and directing "Guardians Of The Galaxy" for Marvel, likes really, really dirty jokes.
I can't prove it, but it's just one of those feelings I get. Maybe it's because I've seen his Troma movies. Or because I've watched his "PG Porn" shorts or because I saw "Super," his deranged little riff on the superhero film, or because he is pretty much a non-stop blast of filthy and funny on Twitter. If you've seen "Slither," then I think you've got the basic idea, which is that there is no line James Gunn is unafraid to cross for no other reason that It amuses him.
The first thing I heard today about "Guardians" was that they're about to start screen-testing guys for the lead, and it's a cool short list of guys who could all bring something different to the part. I like Joel Edgerton a lot, but don't know Jack Huston at all. I haven't watched "Boardwalk Empire" yet, and if he's in something else I've seen, I don't recognize the name. Jim Sturgess was really good in "Cloud Atlas," and I'll have my full review of Eddie Redmayne in "Les Miserables" soon. The name that mosts interests me on this list is Lee Pace, who was really good in "Twilght: Breaking Dawn, Part 2." Yes, I know I just put the phrase "really good" in the same sentence as the title of that film, but Pace shows up and it's like he's just stepped in from another much more fun version of the franchise. He could be a great unexpected choice for Peter Quill, who is half-human, half-alien, and the leader of the Guardians.
There's something to be said for not handing out lifetime achievement awards on an annual basis: when someone gets one, it's because a voting body genuinely thinks an artist's career merits the effort that goes such a tribute, and not just because they have a space to fill and that person's number has come up.
The Directors' Guild of America has been particularly stingy with their own top honor of late: the last recipient was Norman Jewison in 2010, and that came four years after the previous presentation, to Clint Eastwood. This year, the DGA has decided it's in a generous mood again, and the beneficiary is a worthy one: 80-year-old Czech-born master Milos Forman.
I was out of the continent last week and, thus, missed both Wednesday and Thursday installments of "The X Factor."
Somehow, the roar of buzz failed to inform me that Beatrice Miller and Arin Ray were sent home until now. I'm not shocked. Beatrice was incredibly talented, but her insecurities were worsening as the glare of the spotlight grew brighter. This show wasn't helpful to her. I think we'll see her again in a few years, but it's not an insult to say some people shouldn't be forced to become stars at 13. And as for Arin, he was only an OK version of an archetype that doesn't do all that well on FOX singing competition shows.
So it goes.
We've got performances from the Top 8 coming up tonight. I have no clue how the time will be filled beyond that. Lots of Khloe Kardashian-Odom reading cue-cards?
Let's find out!
Looks like Warner Bros. decided it's time to start telling the general public that "Pacific Rim" is on the way, and not a moment too soon.
I'm as sold as sold gets when it comes to this giant summer movie directed by Guillermo Del Toro. If you want backstory, go check out my write-up from this summer's Comic-Con presentation for the film. I'm looking forward to sharing my impressions from a set visit I did as well, but for now, it's time for Warner to kick off what looks like a dense set of viral marketing materials that are all landing today in different places.
I think Wired has a pretty great one, and if you want to know what makes Del Toro's approach to this material special, I think a close-up examination of a blueprint for one of the film's Jaegers is a good place to start. I love that all of the Jaegers have names, that they're not just generic robots. These things have character, each one driven by a team of neurally-linked pilots who are put through hell during the combat we'll see in the film. The film imagines how the world might respond if giant monsters started to pour forth out of some hole in the middle of the ocean, and the response the film suggests is the Jaegers, giant robots that each country contributes to a sort of general world defense organization called the Pan Pacific Defense Corps.
NEW YORK -- Focus Features is rallying the discussion around its late-season arrival "Promised Land" with a press day on Monday and an intimate luncheon this afternoon at Aquavit on 59th. Stars/screenwriters Matt Damon and John Krasinski were on hand, as well as director Gus Van Sant.