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1. Taylor Swift: “Red” has sold 1.5 million in two weeks, quickly catapulting the title to the top-selling album released in 2012. Swift takes on a whole new meaning.
2. The Civil Wars: After four years together and only one full-length album, the co-ed pair abruptly pull out of their European tour and announce a hiatus. Where’s Abraham Lincoln when you need him?
3. Madonna: This week she celebrates the 30th anniversary of her debut on the Billboard charts....she might just make it afterall.
4. Kendrick Lamar: His album debuts at No. 2. As if that’s not enough, you know you’re hot when Lady Gaga leaks the version of “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” that didn’t make said album.
5. Christina Aguilera: She recreates “Your Body” with only a phone, pencils and other office supplies. on “Jimmy Fallon.” Staples’s stock goes up 10%.
6. Grease: the ‘70s musical gets new love from both “Glee,” which kicks off a two-week story arc this week and, Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and Danny (John Travolta). Will it be enough to catapult the soundtrack back onto the Billboard 200?
7. Diane Warren: The songwriting master options her 2,000-tune catalog for use for a Broadway musical. Can we call it “Because You Loved Me, I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing?”
8. Carly Rae Jepsen: You know you’ve arrived when a Ukranian singer accuses you for stealing “Call Me Maybe.” Sue me maybe?
9. Miley Cyrus: She’s working with Pharrell Williams on her new album, which sounds like it will combine country and hip-hop. That really is Dirty South.
10. Jermaine Jackson: No, it’s not really a power move, but it’s so bizarre that we wanted to bring it to your attention: This week, Jackson petitioned a court to change his name to Jermaine Jacksun for “artistic reasons.” Does his son, the fantastically named Jermajesty, approve?
Remember… "Star Wars: Episode VII" won't be in theaters for three years. Now look at how much energy has been spent writing about it all over the Internet in the two weeks since the Disney/Lucasfilm deal was announced.
That's gonna be one looooooong three years.
In some ways, the wait for the real "new face" of "Star Wars" is going to take even longer. It's only after this next trilogy of films, after they've squeezed that last bit of juice out of the story of the Skywalkers, that they'll be able to start doing anything they want. They will continue to produce "The Clone Wars" animated show and they may start making the "Star Wars: Underworld" series, or whatever it will finally be called, but they probably won't start exploring the weirder corners of the Universe until later.
If you're talking about making movies with younger versions of characters, like a pre-"A New Hope" Han Solo, then you're also probably talking about recasting the characters. That's inevitable at this point, and I am positive that in my lifetime, I'll see new actors playing Solo, Luke Skywalker, and every other familiar face from the saga.
When you stack up the Oscar records of cinematographer Roger Deakins, composer Thomas Newman and sound mixer Greg P. Russell, an amazing stat hits you in the face: 0-34. Three guys have gone to the Oscars 34 times and not once have they walked away with a trophy. And this year, each of them feature on one of the biggest critical and commercial hits of the year: Sam Mendes' "Skyfall."
BEVERLY HILLS - The most surprising thing upon first meeting Alicia Vikander is her accent. As we sit down in a hotel conference room to specifically discuss her new film "A Royal Affair," she sounds American. Well, maybe American with a hint of international upbringing. Considering Vikander's Swedish background it was obviously unexpected, but then again, Vikander continues to surprise.
We're all going to die.
Okay, hopefully not anytime too soon. But if you ask the stars of "Doomsday Preppers" (new season premieres Tues. Nov. 13 at 9:00 p.m. on NatGeo), there's a fair chance it's not only going to happen sooner than we expect, but most of us are either going to starve to death, die of thirst, get hacked up by crazed marauders or turned into oven baked hams when we can't hide from the nuclear blast. And by "we," doomsday preppers really mean everyone but themselves.
Taylor Swift will make it three weeks at No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 with sales of up to 225,000 for "Red."
That means it will outsell the No. 2 title, “Now That’s What I Call Music 44,” by more than 2-to-1, with that compilation set to top out at 100,000, according to Hits Daily Double.
“Now 44” is joined by three other debuts: “Music From Another Dimension” from Aerosmith, the band’s first album of new material in more than a decade, comes in at No. 3 with sales of 70,000. Ne-Yo’s’s “R.E.D.” sneaks into the top 5 at 60,000 (making two different albums titled "Red" in the top 5). Third Day’s “Miracle” cracks the top 10 with 30,000 units sold.
Filling in the rest of Top 10, Rod Stewart’s holiday album, “Merry Christmas Baby,” is No. 4, while Jason Aldean’s former No. 1, “Night Train,” is No. 6. Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” falls two spots to No. 7, while Meek Mill’s “Dreams And Nightmares” and Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” are in a dead heat for No. 8 with both projected to sell between 35,000 and 40,000.
Well, that was quick.
My guess at this point is that we'll hear the name of the director making "Episode VII" before the end of November. If Lucasfilm and Disney were willing to announce the hiring of Michael Arndt today, then it's obviously been in the works for a while, and they are most likely further along in the process than anyone guessed.
Star Wars.com posted another video today with George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy, and they evidently plan to post a new video every week. I think it's interesting to see how different their approach to talking to the audience is this time around than it was when they were gearing up for the prequel trilogy.
Since we now know that Michael Arndt is writing "Episode VII" and that he's already written treatments for the trilogy, the big question is who will direct, and Kathleen Kennedy talks at length about what attributes they're going to be looking for in a director. It should be no surprise that "enthusiasm for the series" is the most important thing. Kennedy is correct, of course, that there is a whole generation of filmmakers working today who were drawn to film in the first place by "Star Wars," and I don't think they'll have any trouble finding people who are interested in playing in this universe.