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Mumford & Sons slate mini-music festival Stopovers with acts like Gogol Bordello

'Traveling Victorian circus' features four stops with St. Vincent Dawes, Two Gallants and more

Mumford & Sons' North American tour last year proved to be rather unorthodox, so the British songwriters will continue to askew the traditional performance schedule with their Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers this summer.

The group has announced four one-day, mini-music festivals for August, with different lineups featured at each. The Mumfords will headline every night in Portland, Maine; Bristol, Va.; Dixon, Ill; and Monterey, Calif., and will be sharing the stage with "friends" like Gogol Bordello, St. Vincent, Dawes, the Maccabees, Justin Townes Earle and Two Gallants.

"The Gentlemen of the Road Stopover is based loosely upon our favorite festivals like Colorado's Telluride Bluegrass and Scotland's Loopallu Festivals. We want to stop off in towns where bands don't usually tour, and celebrate the local people, food and music," said Mumford & Sons in a statement. "We're keen to promote the town's local businesses, and we'll be using the local bars and venues for after-show parties, whilst working closely with the local people to get everyone involved in making these shows spectacular.

"There will be a host of our friends playing too, and the vibe falls somewhere between 'traveling Victorian circus' and 'Victorian traveling circus.'"

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<p>&quot;Louie,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;The Newsroom&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Bunheads&quot;&nbsp;are three of the summer shows I'm looking forward to most.</p>

"Louie," "The Newsroom" and "Bunheads" are three of the summer shows I'm looking forward to most.

10 summer TV shows I'm looking forward to most

Aaron Sorkin, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Louis CK highlight an interesting lineup

The summer TV season technically began last Thursday, with the premieres of "So You Think You Can Dance" on FOX, "Duets" and "Rookie Blue" on ABC and "Men at Work" on TBS, among other things. There are going to be dozens and dozens of shows premiering on broadcast and cable between now and Labor Day, but the quantity won't always be matched by quality. I'm not running to set my DVR to record FOX's dating show/"Voice" rip-off "The Choice," nor the new season of "Franklin & Bash," nor a lot of other new and returning summer offerings.

But this summer will also bring with it the return of two of the very best shows on all of television, new series from two of my favorite TV writers of the last decade, and a revival of one of the biggest hits of my childhood, among other things.

I'll be watching far more than these 10 shows, but these are the ones whose premieres I'm most looking forward to seeing, for one reason or another.

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<p>Charlize Theron in &quot;Snow White and the Huntsman&quot;</p>

Charlize Theron in "Snow White and the Huntsman"

Credit: Universal Pictures

The Lists: Top 10 film wardrobes designed by Colleen Atwood

With 'Dark Shadows' in theaters and 'Snow White and the Huntsman' on the way, we survey the costumer's best threads

"As a designer, you have to solve a lot of problems. Even though people are wearing clothes that are supposed to look beautiful, they'll have to do all kinds of things." So says leading Hollywood costume designer Colleen Atwood, and she knows whereof she speaks: among the many things her overachieving clothes have done over the years, they've won her three Academy Awards, three BAFTAs and an unmatched six Costume Designers' Guild Awards. Whatever the problem facing a designer may be, she appears to have solved it. And we get to see her in action in two of this summer's releases: Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" and Rupert Sanders's "Snow White and the Huntsman," for which Kris interviewed her a couple of weeks ago

Even at their most lavishly decorative -- the busily printed, crinoline-molded Red Queen ensembles in "Alice in Wonderland," for example, or the copious ruffles and bows of "Little Women" -- Atwood's costumes are almost always active, moving, doing.

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<p>CBS' &quot;Partners&quot;</p>

CBS' "Partners"

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DVR Gridlock 2012-13: Monday Nights

Without 'House' or 'Two and Half Men' how will your Mondays change?
[This week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned.]
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<p>Adam Lambert</p>

Adam Lambert

Credit: Matt Sayles/AP

Music Power Rankings: Adam Lambert holds off Britney Spears and Lady Gaga

'American Idol's' Phillip Phillips and Justin Timberlake make this week's tally

1. Adam Lambert: The “American Idol” scores his first No. 1 album, and also becomes the first openly gay male to achieve the feat. Who thought it would be easier to land at No. 1 than to get married legally in most states?

2. Britney Spears: She briefly walks off the set during the first taping. That’s what $15 million gets you, Simon Cowell, and it’s exactly what you wanted. He’s already gotten more than $15 million worth of free publicity due to Britney before the show even airs. Nicely played, sir.

3. Phillip Phillips:
A new “American Idol” is crowned. The good news is his first single, “Home” goes straight to No. 1 on iTunes. The bad news is his coronation is in front of “Idol’s” lowest-rated finale ever.

4. Lady Gaga:
Momma Monster will not back down. After protests lead officials in Jakarta to cancel her show, her manager says she will not alter her show to appease religious groups. Maybe she should rename the tour “Born Again This Way.”

5. Lionel Richie:
His little album that could, “Tuskegee,” continue to defy the odds and sell and sell its way right into the No. 2 spot for the top sellers of 2012. The No. 1 seller so far, of course, is Adele’s “21.”

6. Eminem:
Slim Shady is headed back into the studio to start work on his eighth studio album, we think. He tells New York’s Hot 97: “I’m kinda getting into my next record a little bit.”  We bet it drops by the end of the year.

7. Justin Timberlake:
We may never get a new studio album, but he signs on to score his first movie, “The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea.” Doesn't is just cry out for a “SexyBack” remix?

8. Robin Gibb:
Another amazing music voice is silenced. In 2012 alone: Whitney, Donna, Adam, Robin, Levon, Davy... can we make it stop, please?

9. Donna Summer: Speaking of sad deaths, as usual, following her passing, the disco queen sees a huge spike in sales: up 3,277%.

10. Bobby Womack:
The soul legend is declared cancer free. In a month where cancer seems to be winning by claiming Adam Yauch, Donna Summer and Robin Gibb, it’s nice to see at least one victory in the right column. Plus, his first album in 13 years comes out June 12. More good news.


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<p>Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in "Game of Thrones."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'Blackwater'

The show finally gives us an epic battle, and an intimate hour

A review of Sunday night's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I'm entirely sure you're entirely sure what I'm suggesting...

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<p>Kevin Costner of &quot;Hatfields &amp; McCoys&quot;</p>

Kevin Costner of "Hatfields & McCoys"

Credit: History

TV Review: History's 'Hatfields & McCoys'

Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton star in an old-fashioned miniseries
The theory at work in History's three-night, six-hour (including commercials) "Hatfields & McCoys" miniseries is a simple one: Roughly 130-ish years after its bloody roots, most (many? [some?]) Americas are aware that the Hatfield and McCoy families had a long-running feud, but they know nothing at all about the nature and the depths of said feud. 
What results is a lengthy litany of grievances and miscommunications that led to a series of deaths and placed the two clans and their names forever in our cultural lexicon. 
Produced by Leslie Greif, directed by Kevin Reynolds and written by Ted Mann, "Hatfields & McCoys" is an epic endeavor that manages to be exactly the wrong length for its intentions, which are simultaneously expansive, but limited.
As a point-by-point anatomy of a tragedy, "Hatfields & McCoys" barely makes it past its first night before the repeating cycles of violence become monotonous, a regrettable series of actions perpetrated with vengeful sameness by scruffy hill-dwellers who blend into a bearded mass in no time.  Wave after wave of "Then, just when things could have died down, this person stubbornly made things worse and additional chaos ensued" events crash down and at least for a while, all sense of dramatic escalation is lost. [Things go appealingly bonkers on the third night, but nearly all of the second night is half-baked romance and other filler.]
With its current duration, though, "Hatfields & McCoys" comes across as way more superficial than it should. The question of why, in 2012, this story requires six hours of primetime real estate is never fully answered. It's a laundry list of unhappy occurence unbound by a grander sense of purpose. If I'm sitting through that much programming, I either need to be consistently entertained throughout or I need to be left with some sort of compelling takeaway. "Hatfields & McCoys" falters in the former and strikes out on the latter.
While technically solid, studded with good performances and, as I mentioned, satisfyingly fun in its last segment, "Hatfields & McCoys" is too repetitive and too hollow to fully justify itself. It's "Game of Hillbilly Thrones" only with much lower stakes, which is odd what with it being real and all.
The miniseries has been smartly programmed for the end of Memorial Day weekend when scripted competition is sparse. In that context, I can give it a slim recommendation if the subject matter intrigues you. If you set your expectations low, it's an OK diversion, but who sets their standards low when six hours are at stake? [Other than professional TV critics, I mean...]
More after the break...
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<p>Elisabeth Moss in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Elisabeth Moss in "Mad Men."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Mad Men' - 'The Other Woman'

Don pitches Jaguar, and Peggy and Joan both receive offers that may be too hard to refuse

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I need a chocolate shake...

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<p>Bane (Tom Hardy)&nbsp;takes on Batman (Christian Bale) in the snowy, summer streets of Pittsburgh in &quot;The Dark Knight Rises.&quot;</p>

Bane (Tom Hardy) takes on Batman (Christian Bale) in the snowy, summer streets of Pittsburgh in "The Dark Knight Rises."

Credit: Warner Bros.

'The Dark Knight Rises' Set Visit: Hines Ward, Bane, Batman and exploding football fields

Plus: Producer Emma Thomas on how Twitter has changed production

PITTSBURGH - The last thing you'd expect to see in a Christopher Nolan movie is a football game. Certainly, not an NFL American football game.  Visiting the set of "The Dark Knight Rises" last August delivered exactly that, however. The Pittsburgh Steelers' Heinz Field was subtly transformed into the home stadium for the Gotham Rogues as the faux franchise took on the rival Rapid City Monuments.  If you're curious about the final score, I couldn't tell you.  The villainous Bane (Tom Hardy) appeared, literally destroyed the football field and made a big speech letting everyone know his plans.

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<p>Tom Hardy as Bane in Christopher Nolan's &quot;The Dark Knight Rises.&quot;</p>

Tom Hardy as Bane in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises."

Credit: Warner Bros.

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ star Tom Hardy doesn’t want to compete with Heath Ledger

'Star Trek: Nemesis' helped him realize the responsibility of the role

PITTSBURGH - It's never easy playing a villain on the big screen.  You have to avoid cliche's and over-the-top camp, but be memorable enough to raise the stakes for the film's hero. And, nine times out of 10 you end up getting killed at the end. Now, imagine how difficult Tom Hardy's shoes, er, mask is. In Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," he's only following a legendary performance by the dearly departed Heath Ledger.

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<p>Anne Hathaway is Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's &quot;The Dark Knight Rises.&quot;</p>

Anne Hathaway is Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises."

Credit: Warner Bros.

Anne Hathaway: This is Christopher Nolan’s Catwoman in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Roundhouse kicks in high heels ain't easy

PITTSBURGH – Let's be honest, the past 18 months publicly haven't been the best of times for Anne Hathaway.  A year ago, the acclaimed actress was coming off co-hosting arguably the worst Academy Awards show of all time and had the “no, it really doesn’t work” drama “One Day” had been sent to the art house dumping ground of mid-August. And while those tough events might have been stewing around in the back of her mind, in actuality Hathaway was leaving out a dream; portraying the iconic character of Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.”  Of course, whether she thought that once in a lifetime opportunity would take place in the relatively unglamorous confines of Pittsburgh is still unclear, but when she sat down to talk about her experience on set she was beaming with pride.

It’s early August 2011 and Nolan’s “Dark Knight Rises” production has settled in Western Pennsylvania for a few weeks shooting exteriors in the Steel City. On this day, a major stunt is about to go off – literally – in Heniz Field during a game between the Gotham Rogues and the Rapid City Monuments. Hathaway plays Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) in the picture, but she’s not required on set today.  In fact, she’s stopped by to chat with visiting press about her dream role before quickly flying to New York to take part in some press for “One Day.”

Contextually, Hathaway’s Catwoman had just been revealed to the world in a still image released by Warner Bros. a few days before. The studio and the filmmakers had been concerned that the first image of the character would be captured by the public during a major set piece downtown and it would feature Hathaway’s stunt double and not the Oscar-nominated actress. It was a very smart move.

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<p>Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan's &quot;The Dark Knight Rises.&quot;</p>

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises."

Credit: Warner Bros.

Q&A: ‘Dark Knight Rises’ star Christian Bale admits he’ll miss wearing Batman’s rubber suit

If it was up to him you'd have a 'very bizarre Batman' movie

PITTSBURGH – The last time I saw Christian Bale with black smudge under his eyes was on the Chicago set of “The Dark Knight” in the summer of 2007.  The black makeup is used to make the actor’s eyes pop through Batman’s headgear and he sheepishly wore sunglasses during our entire interview likely out of embarrassment over it.  Four years later a more confident and relaxed Bale stopped by to chat on the set of the highly anticipated sequel, “The Dark Knight Rises,” and sunglasses were nowhere to be found.

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