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<p>Lady Antebellum</p>

Lady Antebellum

Watch: Lady Antebellum lights things on fire in 'Wanted You More' video

There's nothing but pain and heartache where we're going

Though the three members of Lady Antebellum are now happily married, they easily dial into those feelings of unrequited love on “Wanted You More.”

The song’s dramatic video is filled with dark shadows, a grey palette, nude headless bodies, tree stumps, and a magical butterfly, but mainly faces full of longing and angst. We’re still not sure about the burning piano. It’s a little bit of the apocalypse in an otherwise moody, but non-climactic clip that seems a little out of place with the color scheme if nothing else.

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<p>A.R. Rahman</p>

A.R. Rahman

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Oscar winner A.R. Rahman on the challenges of scoring 'People Like Us'

'Slumdog Millionaire' composer found himself walking a fine line

Though he’s scored more than 100 movies spanning a multitude of genres, Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman found himself charting new territory when it came to writing the music for Dreamworks’ “People Like Us,”  a drama about a man who discovers he has a sister he never knew about.

“The movie takes me away from what I’ve been doing for 20 years,” says  Rahman, who, though already wildly popular in his native India for decades, finally broke through in the U.S. following the tremendous success of 2008 “Slumdog Millionaire” and the film’s end title song, “Jai Ho,” which was accompanied by a Bollywood dance number.

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<p>Yeah, that definitely looks like a Fantastic Fest crowd.</p>

Yeah, that definitely looks like a Fantastic Fest crowd.

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Fantastic Fest 2012 kicks off their programming with Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'

Plus get your first look at this year's poster

Is it okay if I just pretend Comic-Con is already over and start focusing on Fantastic Fest instead?

With the announcement today that Fantastic Fest 2012 will kick off with their opening night premiere of Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie," I think it's time to officially start getting excited.  I've heard some of the other titles that are confirmed or rumored for this year's line-up, and it's looking like Fantastic Fest is packed this year.  There will be both big and small premieres, and the line-up could end up being one of the strongest since the festival began.

I'm amazed at the way Tim League and his programming team have turned Fantastic Fest into a major part of the film year.  League takes chances, and more often than not, they pay off.  At a time when the home video market is supposedly retracting, getting even smaller, League is just starting to build out a library of his own curated titles with the Drafthouse Films Blu-rays and DVDs.  He started a distribution company when no one else would step up and release "Four Lions," and he's already managed to help one foreign title, "Bullhead," get an Oscar nomination while also helping coordinate the first title that Drafthouse Films has been involved in from start to finish.  During SXSW this year, we figured out that he was also opening four new businesses, and of course, he's also juggling the pressures of new fatherhood.

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<p>Alex Rodriguez, Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer in &quot;Magic Mike.&quot;</p>

Alex Rodriguez, Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer in "Magic Mike."

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Tell us what you thought of 'Magic Mike'

Steven Soderbergh's male-stripper comedy hits theaters today

With Steven Soderbergh evidently in brisk entertainer mode, Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey both coming into career form and a raunchy, lickety-split trailer doused in Rihanna, I walked into "Magic Mike" last night expecting some summery fun. Even I, however, was surprised to be greeted with top-drawer Soderbergh: a grown-up, disarmingly classical riff on Hollywood backstage-musical tropes, sure to remain one of the year's smartest studio films. Tatum, in case "21 Jump Street" hadn't underlined the point, has rare star quality; Alex Pettyfer, who hadn't threatened such promise until now, is a revelation. And could Oscar attention await McConaughey's delightfully skeezy supporting turn, or Reid Carolin's lithe original script? Who knows? If you're planning on catching it this weekend, be sure to share your thoughts below, and your rating above.

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<p>Alice Krige and Garret Dillahunt in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Alice Krige and Garret Dillahunt in "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 6: 'Something Very Expensive' (Veterans edition)

Anger rolls downhill in a violent episode for Wolcott, Cy, Seth and Joanie

We're into week 5 of our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the veteran-friendly version; click here for the newbie-safe one.

A review of episode 6, "Something Very Expensive," coming up just as soon as I think of Leon in a dress...

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<p>Alice Krige and Garret Dillahunt in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Alice Krige and Garret Dillahunt in "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 6: 'Something Very Expensive' (Newbies edition)

Anger rolls downhill in a violent episode for Wolcott, Cy, Seth and Joanie

We're into week 5 of our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the newbie-safe version; click here for the veteran-friendly one.

A review of episode 6, "Something Very Expensive," coming up just as soon as I think of Leon in a dress...

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Watch: 'Ted' star Mila Kunis talks teddy bear roommates and reuniting with Seth MacFarlane

Watch: 'Ted' star Mila Kunis talks teddy bear roommates and reuniting with Seth MacFarlane

Why would the 'Black Swan' star's character tolerate a stuffed interloper?
In the new Seth MacFarlane comedy "Ted," viewers are expected to believe that a 30-something pothead (Mark Wahlberg) would be co-dependent best buddies with a crude and coarse talking teddy bear.
 
That's actually fairly plausible.
 
"Ted" also asks viewers to believe that our hero would be able to sustain a four-year relationship with a gorgeous, smart and successful woman (Mila Kunis), who's even willing to share her bed with the teddy bear in the event of thunderstorms. 
 
That's where my willing suspension of disbelief suffered, but when we sat down at the "Ted" press junket, Kunis attempted to reassure me that there was nothing at all strange about this odd menage a deux-et-demi. 
 
While "Ted" may have a strange premise, with its talking stuffed animal and related hijinks, it's also familiar territory for Kunis. The 28-year-old actress has worked with MacFarlane for years on "Family Guy," while she and Wahlberg have worked together previously in "Date Night" and "Max Payne."
 
In addition to debating the realism of the central relationship, Kunis and I also discussed the challenges of working with Ted and how well MacFarlane adapted to feature direction.
 
You can also check out my interviews with Seth MacFarlane and with Mark Wahlberg
 
"Ted" opens on Friday, June 29.
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<p>Russell Crowe stars in the first film from longtime martial-arts fan the RZA, 'The Man With The Iron Fist'</p>

Russell Crowe stars in the first film from longtime martial-arts fan the RZA, 'The Man With The Iron Fist'

Credit: Universal Pictures

The RZA and Eli Roth unveil the completely insane 'Man With The Iron Fist' trailer

Red-banded kung-fu mayhem looks like preposterous fun

This looks awesome.

I've seen many kung-fu films with the RZA in attendance at the various Quentin Tarantino film festivals, so there's something that feels completely organic and normal about RZA finally making his directorial debut with a movie that looks like a non-stop totally mad mash-up of genres and styles.

I love it when someone gets a chance to indulge their passions like this.  Good or bad, the films that come from this kind of madness are films that are deeply felt, films that someone cares about.  When "Kill Bill Vol. 1" came out, the thing that struck me first about it was just how much joy there was in each and every fight scene.  You could almost hear Tarantino standing behind the camera, cackling after every moment, after every stunt that went right, after every gushing blood geyser.

There's that same sense of giddy abandon in the footage we see in this first red-banded trailer for "The Man With The Iron Fist," and I'm so happy to see Russell Crowe in the middle of this madness.  I like him a lot on film, but I haven't really loved the choices he's made in recent years.  I wish he could have more fun, and that's what this looks like… fun.  Big silly crazy bloody fun.

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<p>Louis C.K. and Gaby Hoffman in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Louis C.K. and Gaby Hoffman in "Louie."

Credit: FX

Season premiere review: 'Louie' - 'Something Is Wrong'

Louie loses a girlfriend and gains a motorcycle

"Louie" is back for a third season. I reviewed the start of the season yesterday, and I have some quick thoughts on the season premiere coming up just as soon as I get reading glasses...

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<p>Jason Gann as &quot;Wilfred.&quot;</p>

Jason Gann as "Wilfred."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Wilfred' - 'Letting Go'

After last week's dream, we get to see what's really happening for Ryan and Wilfred

A quick review of tonight's "Wilfred" coming up just as soon as I give you 150 bucks and a long hug...

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<p>The version of Ant-Man that Marvel used for the animated series 'The Avengers:&nbsp;Earth's Mightiest Heroes' is probably a good indication of what we can expect if the character makes it to the big screen.</p>

The version of Ant-Man that Marvel used for the animated series 'The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes' is probably a good indication of what we can expect if the character makes it to the big screen.

Credit: Disney/Marvel Animation

Edgar Wright shoots a secret test reel for Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

Could we be getting one more member of 'The Avengers' soon?

Last year, I was interviewing Joe Cornish about "Attack The Block," and I asked him about the premise for the "Ant-Man' script he's been writing with Edgar Wright.  Years ago, I'd heard their basic hook into the film, and I asked Cornish if that was still true.

There was a long silence from his end of the phone, and he finally replied, "I'm surprised you know that."  From the rest of our conversation, it was evident that they want to keep that story hook under wraps, and at this point, he and Edgar have so much time and energy invested in the picture that I hope no one spoils it for them.

It is hard to keep a secret, though, especially on something as highly-anticipated as this, and now The Hollywood Reporter says Edgar just wrapped production on a test reel for the film, designed to demonstrate how he'll handle the character and his powers visually.  We wrote today about one of the things Marvel may have planned for their Hall H panel on Saturday the 14th, but if they decided to show some test footage of Ant-Man that day as well, I expect they'd have to pass out a change of pants to everyone in the room.

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<p>Skrillex</p>

Skrillex

Skrillex and M83 contributing new music to 'Spring Breakers' and 'Oblivion'

Prominent electronica artists lending a hand to two very different films

Two prominent dance-electronica musicians -- Skrillex and M83 -- have been tapped to contribute new music to two very different films.

The former, Grammy Award-winning artist will be dropping the bass all over "Spring Breakers," the James Franco-starring film from the director of "Kids," Harmony Korine. In an interview with Pitchfork, "Spring Breakers" music supervisor Randall Poster revealed that he and Korine rang up Skrillex after checking out some good, old-fashioned YouTube clips.

"I had heard of Skrillex, but I wasn't watching it that closely. And Harmony, who I've worked with forever, sent me a link to some Skrillex YouTubes, and I saw one had 54 million hits -- I thought he had somehow figured out a way to manipulate the numbers. And then it dawns on you: There are kids that are never going to buy a record," Poster said in the biggest "duh" ever. "They're just going to play songs on YouTube."

Poster recently helmed the music for Wes Anderson's "Moorise Kingdom" as well.

"Spring Breakers," due in 2013, co-stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Harmony's wife Rachel Korine as the inexplicably hot quartet in the film, as "four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work." The flick is in post-production, and we assume Skrillex won't just be hitting "play" on some of his B-sides.

Meanwhile, the man behind my No. 1 favorite song from 2011, M83, will be scoring the entirety of "Oblivion," the next sci-fi adventure from Joseph Kosinski. The "Tron: Legacy" director told the Playlist he'd been thinking of working with the Anthony Gonzalez-fronted act since even before that reboot.

"I was listening to his music back in 2005 when I first wrote ['Oblivion'], so he was part of this from the very beginning in my mind, kind of creatively. And about two years ago, when I started putting together a shortlist of people I'd love to talk to for this project, I sat down with him and we talked about it," he said. "The story has a small cast of characters, it was designed as kind of a character-driven story, but at the same time it takes place in a vast world. So I need a score that is both emotional, but at the same time can feel big and have a lot of space in it. And his music has that."

"Oblivion's" cast of characters includes Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo. Its synopsis:

Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

It's due into theaters on April 26, 2013.

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