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<p>Green Day's &quot;Let Yourself Go&quot;</p>

Green Day's "Let Yourself Go"

Listen: Green Day releases 'Let Yourself Go'; Billie Joe Armstrong out of hospital

'It's hard to sing while you're puking.'

Only a couple of days since frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was hospitalized, Green Day are apparently ready to take the stage during MTV VMAs tonight, and have released another new "¡Uno!" track in the meantime.

"Let Yourself Go" was previewed during the punk-pop band's recent surprise stop at Austin's tiny Red 7, and released as a live performance back at the beginning of August. Now there's the official studio version release, ahead of the Sept. 25 drop of the first in the Green Day trilogy (you can still guess what the other two are named). It's back to the melodic, snotty sound of early Green Day, with some spit shine and a few f-bombs.

Fans may just hear it -- or, more likely, less curse-worthy single "Oh Love" -- at the Video Music Awards. Mike Dirnt told MTV just what was plaguing Armstrong over last weekend that caused him to hit the hospital: the flu.

"Billie came down with heavy, heavy dehydration; it was like severe dehydration, influenza, and it was just a really, really bad situation," Dirnt said. "Let's put it this way, if you're in your hotel room and you're vomiting profusely, it's not fun. So what are you gonna do? It's hard to sing while you're puking."

 

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"The X Factor"

 "The X Factor"

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'X Factor' judges Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato talk about hosts and NBC's sneaky move

Cowell calls 'The Voice' scheduling 'mean-spirited'

With the second season of "The X Factor" set to premiere over two nights (Wed. Sept. 12, 8:00 p.m. and Thurs. Sept. 13, 8:00 p.m.), fans may find themselves conflicted. Over on NBC, "The Voice" will be airing its third day of blind auditions on Wednesday -- and Simon Cowell isn't happy about it. "They don't want people to see this first episode," he said in a conference call with journalists and fellow judge Demi Lovato. "It's mean-spirited, and I hope and pray it backfires on them. I am pissed off about it." Cowell and Lovato promised that those who do choose "The X Factor" over the competition will be in for some fun thanks to a "quite mean" Britney Spears, lots of bickering and a backstage pass to the audition process. Cowell, of course, had some strong opinions about, well, just about everything. 

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<p>Anna Gunn and Bryan Cranston in a scene from the &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;mid-season finale.</p>

Anna Gunn and Bryan Cranston in a scene from the "Breaking Bad" mid-season finale.

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'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan on poetry books, time jumps and the end for Walter White

How much do Gilligan and his writers know about the series finale? And was Mike too sloppy?

There have been times when Vince Gilligan has known from the start of a "Breaking Bad" season exactly how it was going to end (the plane crash of season 2), and other times where he and his fellow writers have had to improvise (they realized midway through season 3 that the Cousins were too dangerous to plausibly hang around forever, and as a result killed them off and made Gus into the new big bad).

As Gilligan and his writing staff have begun work  on the final 8 episodes of the AMC drama, they're taking an approach that's a little from Column A and a little from Column B, where they have an idea of what's going to be happen but are open to changing that idea if something better comes along.

I spoke with Gilligan about planning the ending of the series, and also about several of the key developments of the first half of this final season, up through the final images of Sunday's mid-season finale.

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<p>Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis play opposite ends of the same life in 'Looper'</p>

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis play opposite ends of the same life in 'Looper'

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Review: Joseph Gordon-Levitt kills in the human and heady 'Looper'

One of the year's best films mixes big ideas and big emotion to stunning effect

One of the oldest time travel "what if" questions deals with the very idea of changing the future through one single action.  "If you could go back in time and kill Adolf Hitler as a child, would you?"  After all, with that one action, you would erase so much pain and horror that it seems like a more-than-fair trade, right?

But what if instead of immediately leaping to the idea of murdering a child, no matter who that child is or is going to become, you took a less easy route?  What if you went back in time and raised Hitler Jewish instead?  What if instead of killing him, you connected him to a faith and a tradition and you changed his entire set of values and beliefs?  It's not a single action, and it doesn't sound easy, but it does raise a far more pointed question about the hypothetical situation.  Can you erase an evil by committing an evil?  Can you do good by doing bad?

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<p>Doona Bae in &quot;Cloud Atlas&quot;</p>

Doona Bae in "Cloud Atlas"

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New 'Cloud Atlas' trailer drops in advance of Toronto bow

How do you whittle all of that down to two-and-a-half minutes?

Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer are all set to blow Toronto audiences' minds with the premiere of "Cloud Atlas" in a few short days. Everything I've heard about the ambitious ensemble project ends up pointing to "it's not for everyone," but each new nugget certainly makes me think it'll be for me.

A few weeks ago Warner Bros. tossed out a six-minute initial trailer for the film, an "extended first look," which did a great job of pre-immersing the audience in the world of the narrative (which is taken from David Mitchell's novel of the same name). And now, with the film getting ready for its close-up in Canada, things have been whittled down for an official trailer.

I'd have to think cutting trailers for this film is almost as difficult as seeing the whole production through. How do you find a throughline and steer away from confusing audiences while being inclusive enough to represent the entirety of the ensemble and the various settings they inhabit over the course of the film? Madness.

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<p>Shia LaBeouf in &quot;The Company You Keep.&quot;</p>

Shia LaBeouf in "The Company You Keep."

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Review: Redford's 'The Company You Keep' hangs with the right crowd

Few surprises in enjoyably old-fashioned thriller, save for the cast itself

VENICE -- For one of the more sedate festivals on the circuit, there’s been a curious running theme of restless youth at Venice this year that can hardly be accidental. In Competition, Harmony Korine’s manic, fluorescent “Spring Breakers” – which I reviewed for Variety – observed (it’d be a stretch to say critiqued) the directionless nihilism of today’s college-going generation. Its opposite number, Olivier Assayas’s “Something in the Air” (reviewed here), mused on the ambitious social ideals of kids 40 years ago – but steered clear of suggesting that their activism was any more effective than 21st-century irony.

Indirectly triangulating with Korine and Assayas, only out of competition, is “The Company You Keep,” Robert Redford’s absorbing, undemanding and agreeably old-fashioned political thriller about where Vietnam-era radicals go when the flowers really are all gone. It’s more romantically liberal than both the aforementioned films, painting its 1970s rebels as more nobly consistent and influential than Assayas’s floaty political dilettantes and suggesting, in the doggedly principled form of Shia LaBeouf’s lone-wolf reporter and Brit Marling’s whip-smart law student, that there are youngsters more willing to continue their cause than Korine’s junked-up party posse. 

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<p>Jeffrey Katzenberg</p>

Jeffrey Katzenberg

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Honorary Oscars go to Katzenberg, Needham, Pennebaker and Stevens

Doris Day and Angela Lansbury, among others, passed over once again

The release was later than anticipated but a decision was finally made by the Academy's Board of Governors on this year's Honorary Oscar recipients. And names long considered due for the recognition, actresses Doris Day and Angela Lansbury among them, will have to wait a little longer.

The organization has announced that stunt man Hal Needham, documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker and multi-hyphenate George Stevens Jr. will receive recognition at this year's Governors Awards ceremony. DreamWorks co-founder and philanthropist Jeffrey Katzenberg has been tapped to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Frank thinks he can trust Dan - but can he?

The veto competition could change everything

So, I'm guessing Dan's Machiavellian plan to race willy-nilly into the "Big Brother" winner's circle while all the other housemates thank him for taking the money and kicking them to the curb remains solidly in effect. The only hamster who could potentially throw a wrench into Dan's evil genius master plan is Frank, who's never met a veto competition he doesn't like. I'm hoping Frank can win tonight's game, if only to wipe that smug little grin off Dan's face. 

We pick up where we left off last week -- with Frank and Jenn on the block. Frank thinks Ian has to grow up, as he's taking this revenge thing altogether too personally. Jenn is going to fight to stay in the house, which is remarkable considering that she only started playing a week or so ago. Dan can't believe everyone is so stupid! They totally don't see that he's RUNNING the place! And all of them! Dan needs a waxes mustache to twirl. 

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance"

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'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: The final four are chosen

It's all down to America's votes, and Christina Applegate returns to judge

We're down to the top six -- which means that after tonight, we'll have our final four. But what's significant about tonight is that the judges can no longer save any dancers, rendering their commentary pretty much useless, especially as it relates to who is going home that night. They can be sad and chagrined all they want, but it doesn't matter how good someone is anymore. At this point, I've pretty much accepted that Cyrus will probably be one of the two winners, which is completely understandable (he's nice and smiley and works really, really hard) but also disappointing (everyone else works really hard, too, and they've taken some dance lessons). But the good news is that, no matter what, we'll see lots of performances tonight. Whether they're good or not, well, you can be the judge. Literally. 

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<p>Be afraid, Chris... be very afraid.</p>

Be afraid, Chris... be very afraid.

Credit: Jeff Wadlow/Universal Pictures

'Kick-Ass 2' director Jeff Wadlow teases the start of production on Twitter

A half-glimpse of Mother Russia is just one of the highlights so far

That look on Chris Mintz-Plasse's face pretty much says it all.

It is slightly miraculous that there is a "Kick-Ass" sequel.  I really like the first film, but while it did decent business, I wasn't convinced it did enough business for them to move forward with a follow-up.  Even when Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. published the sequel as a comic, it didn't seem like any sort of guarantee.

Over the last few months, the film's been coming into focus as they've started casting and as the returning cast has started talking about getting back to the characters they played in the first film.  I've interviewed Chris as well as Aaron Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz this summer, and they all said they were looking forward to a return to the world of the movie, but I also got a sense of caution from them, as if they were aware just how tenuous the whole idea was.

About a month ago, I finally read Jeff Wadlow's script for the film, and as far as I'm concerned, this thing can't get to theaters fast enough.  If you didn't like the first one, I'm not sure the sequel will change your mind, but if you did, they're turning everything up this time.  And if the new cast they're adding is any indication, it's going to be a much crazier movie.

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<p>&quot;E.T.:&nbsp;The&nbsp;Extra-Terrestrial&quot;</p>

"E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial"

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Academy to celebrate 30th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's 'E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial'

...and not 'Gandhi'

When I sat down last season to cook up a list of Steven Spielberg's best work as a director, I had some hard thinking to do. I had always held "Jaws" in higher esteem than the rest of his filmography for a variety of reasons, but as I dug in on all of his movies one more time, I found myself leaning to "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" for the first time, and it kind of shocked me.

"While they are both masterpieces, I settled on the willful masterpiece for the top spot and the accidental one [in second]," I wrote at the time. "'Jaws' was a runaway train that somehow, miraculously, became the sterling piece of cinema it is today...but 'E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial' is a perfect film, plain and simple. Every single thing is in its right place, and this, the turning point of Spielberg's career -- igniting his desire to start a family, swinging his thematic pendulum in another direction -- marks the end of his early era."

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<p>Flo Rida</p>

Flo Rida

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Flo Rida's 'Whistle' blows Taylor Swift out of the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100

Who score the lone new entry into the Top 10?

Flo Rida’s “Whistle” blows its way back into the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 this week, displacing Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which falls to No. 2.

“Whistle” topped the Billboard Hot 100 three weeks ago before “Never” surged to No. 1. Don’t feel too sorry for Swift: in just three weeks, “Never” has sold more than 1 million downloads, and the song continues to build in airplay, according to Billboard.

Maroon 5’s “One More Night,” the follow-up to “Payphone” continues its ascent, as it rises 4-3; it switches places with Ellie Goulding’s “Lights,” which drops to No. 4. Fun.’s “Some Nights” remains at No. 5

Neon Trees’ “Everybody Talks” leaps 11-6 to earn the only new entry into the Top 10 this week. Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” stays at No. 7. Carly Rae Jepsen continues to lodge two songs in the Top 10:  “Good Time,” her duet with Owl City, rises 9-8, while “Call Me Maybe, which spent nine weeks at No. 1, falls 6-10. Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” inches up one spot to No. 9.

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