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<p>Dolph Lundgren was in such a good mood at the press day for 'The Expendables 2' that he didn't even threaten to break me.</p>

Dolph Lundgren was in such a good mood at the press day for 'The Expendables 2' that he didn't even threaten to break me.

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Watch: Dolph Lundgren on folding real life into 'The Expendables 2'

He's fighting on the same side as Rocky this time, and enjoying every minute of it.

Dolph Lundgren has always looked more like a Stan Winston creation than an actual flesh-and-blood human being.

For one thing, he's ridiculously tall.  I'm 6'2", and I'm used to being one of the taller people in any given situation.  When I met Lundgren at the recent press day for "The Expendables 2," though, I was startled to realize he stands somewhere around eight-and-a-half feet tall.

Seeing him in "Rocky IV" when it was first released, I was amazed at how much he looked like a special effect, production designed rather than cast.  He remains the most visually iconic of all of Rocky's foes in the six films, and he's never really had a role that better utilized his particular talents onscreen.

He's a hard guy to cast in anything besides crazy action films, though, because he doesn't exactly radiate human warmth and kindness, and he's not a guy you give a three page monologue to as a performer.  You have to cast him right, and you have to have a role that utilizes the skills he does have instead of pushing him to do things that are outside his range.

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<p>Feist</p>

Feist

Watch: Feist goes quiet for 'Anti-Pioneer' video

Here's the melancholy start to your weekend that you wanted

It's too hot anyway, right? Cool down with this silky, chilly start to your weekend: Feist's "Anti-Hero" music video.

The Canadian songwriter is cloaked in shadows and gripping the lines on wallpaper for her "sappy songs about what went wrong."

The simple black and white clip was helmed by Martin de Thurah, whose work previously with Leslie Feist exposed an acumen for the melacholy. "The Bad in Each Other" broke my heart in 12 different ways. In "Anti-Hero," they together kind of show off what a broken heart does when its listlessly broken.

Of this new clip, de Thurah told Nowness “I had thought about making something very simple, complex and emotional with Leslie alone. I found the song very intimate, and wanted the video to reflect that.”

"Anti-Hero" is from Feist's newest "Metals."

Feist: Anti-Pioneer on Nowness.com.

 

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<p>Muse's Matt Bellamy</p>

Muse's Matt Bellamy

Listen: Muse integrate dubstep into new song 'Unsustainable'

Entropy

Muse is getting messy. Their Olympic theme song "Survival" was a repurposed Queen imitation, forced into a puffy, bloated lyrical mold about personal glory.

"What can you do?" Muse frontman Matt Bellamy told NPR when they asked him about the widespread criticism of the song. "I can't imagine what we could have done right for the Olympics."

Well, maybe not the Olympics, but Muse could've done right by their fans by finding a solid song to follow it up. Instead, we get "Unsustainable," which was their nod at EDM, a la deadmau5 and Skrillex.

The first third of the track is choral and symphonic cinema, a blip of a revelation they may have developed during the new "Dark Knight" movie. Then there's a melody-less dubstep diversion, before Hans Zimmer and wom-wommm-wommm-brrrrr combine together like children singing in a round.

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<p>Karen O.</p>

Karen O.

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Karen O composes tune for Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'

See who else is on the soundtrack

Karen O has penned the end-title tune for Tim Burton’s forthcoming animated feature, “Frankenweenie.”

It seems like a perfect marriage between the quirky Yeah Yeah Yeah’s lead singer and the twisted film maker.
"Tim [Burton] wanted an unconventional unconditional love song. My music inspiration came out of the same era of B movie fright film references sprinkled throughout the film,” O told Rolling Stone. “I went in the direction of exotica and calypso stylistically because it's quirky, good vibes music of that era and when you throw in a theramin solo it's a marriage made in heaven.  I remember ‘Beetlejuice’ introducing me to the genius of Harry Belafonte's calypso record so I wanted to give a nod to that too.  We ended up with a love song for the end of the film to the film!”

The movie’s soundtrack, dubbed "Frankenweenie Unleashed," also features originals from Neon Trees, Passion Pit, Kimbra, Grace Potter featuring the Flaming Lips, Grouplove and more. Both the soundtrack and Danny Elfman’s original score will come out Sept. 25.

She previously composed the score (with Carter Burwell) for Spike Jonze’ “Where The Wild Things Are,” as well as co-wrote (with Nick Zinner)  “All Is Love” for the film. O received both a Grammy and Golden Globe nomination for the track.

“Frankenweenie Unleashed” comes out Oct. 5.

"Frankenweenie Unleashed" tracklisting:

“Strange Love” – Karen O
“Electric Heart (Stay Forever)” – Neon Trees
“Polartropic (You Don’t Understand Me)” – Mark Foster
“Almost There” – Passion Pit
“Pet Sematary” – Plain White T’s
“With My Hands – Kimbra?
“Everybody’s Got a Secret” – AWOLNATION
“Immortal” – Kerli?“My Mechanical Friend” – Grace Potter featuring The Flaming Lips
“Lost Cause” – Imagine Dragons
“Underground” – Grouplove
“Building a Monster” – Skylar Grey
“Witchcraft” – Robert Smith
“Praise Be New Holland” – Winona Ryder



 

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See 'No Doubt's' album cover for 'Push And Shove'

See 'No Doubt's' album cover for 'Push And Shove'

Watch how El Mac creates the cover in behind-the-scenes footage

When it came time to figuring out the cover art for “Push And Shove,” its first album in more than 10 years, No Doubt clearly wanted to make a statement. So the SoCal quartet turned to street artist El Mac.

As the cover reveals, El Mac decided to capture each member separately, and, in Andy Warhol style (though his final product is very different), he photographed Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont, and Adrian Young individually and then painted head shots of each based on the photographs.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Russell Crowe in the title role of Darren Aronofsky's new epic &quot;Noah.&quot;</p>

Russell Crowe in the title role of Darren Aronofsky's new epic "Noah."

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First Look: Russell Crowe in Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

New epic flooding theaters in March 2014

Paramount Pictures released the first official image from Darren Aronofsky's new adaptation of the biblical epic "Noah" today and, well, Russell Crowe looks weathered and concerned.  And yet, wouldn't you if God was sending a massive flood to cleanse the world of all its sinners?

Aronofsky's first film since the best picture nominated "Black Swan," "Noah" also stars Sir Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah and Jennifer Connelly Naameh.

"Noah" is set for release in March, 2014.

First official photo or image of Russell Crowe as Noah in Darren Aaronofsky's NOAH

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<p>Whitney Houston</p>

Whitney Houston

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New Whitney Houston greatest hits in the works

Collection will cover through the end of the late superstar's recording career

Look for a new Whitney Houston retrospective this fall.

The best-of package will be the first since 2000’s “Whitney: The Greatest Hits.” That set has soared in sales since the Grammy-winning singer’s death on Feb. 11, selling nearly 850,000 copies following her passing, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Total sales are 2.6 million units.

The new set will focus primarily on the radio version of singles, according to the Los Angeles Times, as opposed to dance remixes featured on the two-CD “The Greatest Hits.” The compilation is also expected to include songs from her last studio album, 2009’s “I Look To You.”

No word on whether the new collection will also include material from “Sparkle.” The movie musical, Houston’s last film, features the singer performing both “Celebrate,” a duet with Jordin Sparks, and her stirring rendition of “His Eye is On the Sparrow.” The soundtrack came out on RCA, Houston’s label. As we previously reported, Sparks is working on her third album.

What songs would you like to see on Houston's new greatest hits set? 

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<p>Al Pacino in &quot;Dog Day Afternoon,&quot; one of Spike Lee's 15 favorite films.</p>

Al Pacino in "Dog Day Afternoon," one of Spike Lee's 15 favorite films.

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Spike Lee joins the listing game

As his latest joint hits theaters, he reveals his Top 15 films on iTunes.

After lying low in TV-land for a few years following the damp squib that was "Miracle at St. Anna," Spike Lee seems to be all over the place this month. His latest feature "Red Hook Summer" -- a loose follow-up to "Do the Right Thing," which Kris partially saw in Sundance, and rather liked -- opens Stateside today to mixed, if not unsympathetic, reviews.

In a few weeks, he'll be unveiling his new documentary about Michael Jackson, "Bad 25," at the Venice Film Festival -- where he'll also be receiving a career achievement award. Finally, his long-mooted remake of Park Chan-wook's "Oldboy" is moving forward, with shooting set to begin in New Orleans this autumn, and Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley attached to star.

On another note, he's also jumped on the list-making bandwagon we've all been on since Sight & Sound's poll results last week, revealing his own Top 15 Films Of All Time -- not via Sight & Sound (he didn't participate in the 2002 poll, and doesn't appear to be involved with this year's either), but through an iTunes playlist of sorts. What a time it is to be alive, folks.

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<p>Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>
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Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane in "Deadwood."


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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 11: 'The Whores Can Come'

The camp comes together to say goodbye to William Bullock

We're almost to the end of our summer rewatch of David Milch's epic HBO Western "Deadwood." As mentioned last week, I've dropped the duplicate reviews for veterans and newbies, since the newbies didn't seem to be commenting, and can avoid being spoiled by simply not reading the comments.

A review of episode 11, "The Whores Can Come," coming up just as soon as I buy myself a bum's rush...

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If not Jimmy Fallon then who should host the 85th Academy Awards?

If not Jimmy Fallon then who should host the 85th Academy Awards?

15 potential candidates or duos to consider

Every year, without fail, we hit this cycle in pre-awards seasons discussion.  it's a bit early to really dive into the possible contenders (even though most studios know what they have and what they don't) and the Academy is usually doing its best to lock down a producer.  So, when news leaked last week that Jimmy Fallon was in negotiations to host the Academy Awards it appeared the Academy was trying to lock down the highly-turned down job earlier rather than later.  This was also the idea last year when Brett Ratner convinced Eddie Murphy to host the Oscars on Sept. 6.  Both hires lasted an amazing two months as Brian Grazer and Don Misher soon found themselves picking up the pieces late in the game. Thankfully, Billy Crystal - who had embarrassingly campaigned to return earlier that spring - returned for one last go around.

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"Project Runway"

"Project Runway"

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'Project Runway' recap: Another designer quits the show? What?

Why is season 10 going haywire?

Okay, buckle up, "PR" fans -- this is apparently the episode that gets all hella lotta crazy, as Heidi Klum promised while promoting the season. Apparently Andrea's nighttime exodus is only the beginning of the melting down this season. I'm not sure if means we're in for lots of drama or just more stealth exiting from the show, which isn't dramatic so much as it's annoying. When you have clothes in your closet that are older than the designers calling you "immature," maybe that's a sign you blew it big time. Talking to you, Andrea.

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<p>Louis C.K. and Marc Maron in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Louis C.K. and Marc Maron in "Louie."

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Review: 'Louie' - 'Ikea/Piano Lesson'

Louie wants closure with Marc Maron, and to avoid it with an ex

A review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I think it's laundry detergent...

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