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<p>Corb Lund</p>

Corb Lund

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Exclusive: Corb Lund plus Sun Studio equals 'Hair In My Eyes Like a Highland Steer'

Injecting rockabilly into your weekend

Corb Lund and his band the Hurtin' Albertans had only two days in Sun Studio, but it's obvious from this new release they made good use of the hours.

"Counterfeit Blues" is the result, the country and rockabilly band roaring through songs culled from seven previous albums and more. Playing together with the same guys for more than 10 years probably helped the live-performance recording process.

"Partly because we know the songs inside out and have played them live a thousand times and partly because recording at Sun is a very old fashioned, low-tech process that ends up sounding really great if you can pull it off," Lund said in statement about the studio that housed Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and others you could call Lund's forebears.

The sharp groove of "Hair In My Eyes Like a Highland Steer" (originally out in 2005 on the album by the same name) pokes out to me most, with Lund's yodel and devilishly smart arrangement. You can check out the exclusive premiere of that above.

"Counterfeit Blues" is out as a CD/DVD set (and digital, and on vinyl) in the U.S. on July 1. Sit in wait for a full album stream next week.

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Top 10 films directed by Clint Eastwood

Top 10 films directed by Clint Eastwood

'Jersey Boys' may not be his finest two hours, but which film was?

Okay, so the reviews are in, and it turns out I'm not alone in thinking that Clint Eastwood's "Jersey Boys" -- the 84-year-old actor-director-producer's 33rd effort behind the camera -- is a bit of a dud. Worse still, it's not the only recent misfire for the four-time Oscar winner frequently referred by critics as the last true classicist in American cinema. "J. Edgar," "Hereafter," "Invictus" and "Changeling" all met with varying degrees of opposition, though his defenders stand firm. "Has any working director had more wobbly movies defended by auteurist critics than Clint Eastwood?" tweeted Mark Harris recently.

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'Boardwalk Empire' and Broadway stars bring us into Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys'

'Boardwalk Empire' and Broadway stars bring us into Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys'

Plus: What new scenes were added?

NEW YORK - John Lloyd Young won a Tony Award for bringing Frankie Valli to Broadway in the hit musical "Jersey Boys," but he knew trying to land a role in Clint movie adaptation wouldn't be easy. That being said, he didn't flinch when he was asked to audition.

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<p>&quot;Wish I Was Here&quot;</p>

"Wish I Was Here"

The Shins' give new song 'So Now What' to Zach Braff's new film 'Wish I Was Here'

Bon Iver, Coldplay and Cat Power contribute fresh tunes to the soundtrack

The Shins have a great tune "So Says I," but now it's time for a hazy "So Now What."

The indie rockers -- who have been curbed more recently as James Mercer has pursued other musics with Danger Mouse in their project Broken Bells -- contributed the new tune to Zach Braff's "Wish I Were Here" film, which went the crowd-funding route last year.

As you'll remember, Natalie Portman famously put headphones on Braff's head to the tune of The Shins "New Slang" in the former "Scrubs" star's directorial debut "Garden State" (2004). "It'll change your life, I swear," her character Sam says. Well, it certainly did change the band life of The Shins. So the circle of life continues.

"Wish I Was Here" also has new songs from the likes of Bon Iver, Coldplay and Cat Power, plus previously released songs from The Head and the Heart and Hozier. The set goes up for sale on July 15; the movie, co-starring Kate Hudson, is in select theaters on July 18 and wide on July 25. It made its premiere at Sundance earlier this year, and raised more than $3 million via Kickstarter from about 46,000 contributors.

Complete tracklist below the new song. What do you think of it?

1. The Shins – So Now What
2. Gary Jules – Broke Window
3. Radical Face – The Mute
4. Hozier – Cherry Wine (Live)
5. Bon Iver – Holocene
6. Badly Drawn Boy – The Shining
7. Jump, Little Children – Mexico
8. Cat Power & Coldplay – Wish I Was Here
9. Allie Moss – Wait It Out
10. Paul Simon – The Obvious Child
11. Japanese Wallpaper – Breathe In (feat. Wafia)
12. Bon Iver – Heavenly Father
13. Aaron Embry – Raven’s Song
14. The Weepies – Mend
15. The Head and the Heart – No One To Let You Down

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Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley on 'Rising Star,' 'Planes' sequel and how to keep your band very happy

Come for the drama of 'Rising Star' and stay for the singing

Brad Paisley has been courted for TV talent competitions before, but “Rising Star” was one he couldn’t resist. “I just can’t believe the concept. It’s an idea whose time has come,” he says. “People are used to instant gratification, they’re used to short attention span theater…Being able to influence the outcome of a show like this while someone’s still singing their song will be unbelievable.”

He will be joined by fellow “experts,” Kesha and Ludacris on the show, as well as host Josh Groban. On “Rising Star,” viewers vote to allow a contestant to proceed to the next round as the singer is performing. Paisley, Kesha, and Ludacris will mentor the singers and will also control 7% of the vote.

Paisley will juggle the 10-week summer series, which debuts on ABC on Sunday (22), with his tour, writing songs for Pixar’s “Planes” sequel, “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” and wrapping up his new album, “Moonshine in the Trunk,” out Aug. 26.

“Planes: Fire & Rescue”  marks the third Pixar movie for which Paisley has provided songs.  “When [Pixar head] John [Lasseter] showed me the movie, he said, ‘this is a chance for you to pay tribute to your dad, your brother-in-law and the people in your family.’  I come from a family of firefighters. It was one of the easier most heartfelt song easiest songs I’ve had to write in years,” Paisley says. He also recorded another tune that plays during a scene at a country bar.

Speaking of bars, one played prominently in the recording of “Moonshine,” an album which Paisley says, appropriately enough, “is soaked in alcohol. I built a bar in the studio, an actual working Irish pub-like saloon, that’s got four taps and every sort of whiskey and scotch on the shelf. And if you build it they will cut, your band will come down and cut songs for you. We just made it a big party.”

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Judge tosses final lawsuit against Elmo puppeteer

Judge tosses final lawsuit against Elmo puppeteer
A federal judge ruled that Sheldon Stephens, 25, had waited too long to file suit against Kevin Clash.


Allison Tolman was “a little bit bummed” by the “Fargo” finale -- she only recently got cable
Tolman, however, says she came to realize that her ego is bigger than her character Molly’s ego, “and that Molly wouldn’t care in the least.” Tolman added that she only got cable "a second and a half ago," and is trying to catch up on all the shows she's missed. She has yet to watch "The Sopranos."


“Game of Thrones’” Renly Baratheon to play Charles Manson on NBC
Actor Gethin Anthony will take on the Manson role in “Aquarius,” joining David Duchovny, “Friday Night Lights” alum Grey Damon and “Bunheads” alum Emma Dumont.


Jerry Seinfeld: Why I sang a “Comedians in Cars” theme song
Seinfeld tweeted: "The reason for the theme song was: The episode felt so 60's sitcom with the wagon, the suburbs, the comedy Mom and Dad.. #missthemesongs”


Jason O’Mara to play George Washington
The “Terra Nova” and “Life on Mars” alum has singed on to History channel’s “Sons of Liberty” Revolutionary War miniseries.

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2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Will an 'Orange' star prevent Julia Louis-Dreyfus' three-peat?

Reminder: For our annual Emmy contenders coverage, Sepinwall does his personal preferences, while I handicap mostly in terms of likelihood of landing nominations. As usual, the first six slides in each gallery are my nomination predictions. The next eight or nine slides are the actors and shows most likely to sneak in, based on precedent, quality or something nebulous. And then at the end of each gallery, I tend to throw in a couple oddballs who have no chance at all of being nominated, but who I think deserve to be a part of the conversation, or might accidentally become part of the conversation, just because.

Our next category:

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

The four returning nominees in this category are locks and, unlike some of the Lead Actor in a Comedy locks, they're not just default favorites. And, unlike the Lead Actor in a Comedy field, there are a few very likely contenders to add nominations this year, starting with "Orange Is The New Black" star Taylor Schilling, who will be close to a lock unless Netflix drops the ball in some way. From there, voters could go with one of several new faces, category transplants and briefly displaced former winners. This is a fun category and unlike Lead Actor in a Comedy, it's not an embarrassing "Well, we've gotta nominate somebody" fun.

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<p>Taylor Schilling in &quot;Orange Is the New Black&quot;</p>

Taylor Schilling in "Orange Is the New Black"

Credit: Netflix

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2014: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

How to make picks when half the 'comedies' are dramatic?

The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots last week. Now that the ballots are out, it's time for our annual two-pronged experiment, in which Dan tries to predict the likeliest nominees in each major category, while I pretend that I'm an actually TV Academy member and pick the six nominees that would make me the happiest.

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<p>Andy Richter... and Ashanti!</p>

Andy Richter... and Ashanti!

Exclusive: Andy Richter joins Ashanti and more on new comedy track 'Escape from New York'

One of many funny songs from benefit album featuring Patton Oswalt, Neko Case, Reggie Watts

We already established that Neko Case and Kelly Hogan's comedy song "These Aren't the Droids" is the best thing ever. Now get ready for the next best thing ever, from the same compilation album.

The unlikely combo of Andy Richter with Ashanti, Baron Vaughn, Alonzo Bodden and Loaded Lux erupts all over "Escape from New York," from benefit album "2776." It's not monsters, earthquakes, terrorists or climate that will get the U.S.'s largest city down: this skyscraper-sized hip-hop track has news for you.

"Escape from New York," "These Aren't the Droids" and more appears on satire comedy and music album "2776," with sales going toward Onekid Oneworld, in "their efforts to promote education in Kenya and El Salvador."

Pre-sale for the album -- which goes up on July 4 -- is already running on CD Baby.

Ed Helms, Aimee Mann, Andrew W.K., Aubrey Plaza, Patton Oswalt, Ira Glass, Kids In The Hall, Margaret Cho, Reggie Watts, Will Forte, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Mike Mills, Bobcat Goldthwait, Sally Timms,  k.d.lang, Will Arnett, Alex Trebek, Samantha Bee, Cobie Smulders and others also contributed.

Listen to ALL available preview tracks below, including another favorite from Eugene Mirman ("Satan's got Kentucky...").

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Sam Smith

Sam Smith totally owns Whitney Houston's 'How Will I Know': Listen

It's a new classic to go with the original classic

Sam Smith, whose “In The Lonely Hour,” came out this Tuesday, has been on the promotion circuit this week. In addition to playing his own songs during a stop at Sirius XM, he covered Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know.” And when we say “covered,” we mean “owned.”

He took her early, peppy hit and turned it into a heartbreaking ballad of uncertainty, longing, and with just the right amount of ache. Accompanied only by a keyboard, his restrained version upends the original. So now we have Houston's incomparable, exuberant original to make us smile and dance and Smith's rendition to make our bottom lip tremble a little. If you want a little more delicious synchronicity, both Houston and Smith were 22 when they recorded their versions of the song.

This is how you do a cover, folks…

 

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Rosario Dawson joins Netflix’s 'Daredevil'

Rosario Dawson joins Netflix’s “Daredevil”
Her exact role hasn’t been revealed, but Netflix says she’ll play a “dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city.”


“Breaking Bad” director is taking over the “Star Wars” franchise
Rian Johnson, who directed three memorable “Breaking Bad” episodes — “Fly,” “Fifty-One” and “Ozymandias” — will replace J.J. Abrams as writer and director of "Star Wars" Episodes VIII and IX.

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<p>Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo</p>

Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo

Credit: AP Photo

Oprah Winfrey-produced 'Selma' moves to Christmas just in time for the Oscar game

Paramount has another player for the upcoming circuit

I had been sitting back wondering whether Ava DuVernay's "Selma" would be ready in time for this year's upcoming awards season. Paramount already has a couple of things to play with, from Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" to Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar." Well, add another, as DuVernay's film has just been slated for a Christmas Day limited release.

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