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Listen: Alanis Morissette's first single in four years, 'Guardian'

She wants to be your 'angel on call'

Here’s the good news for Alanis Morissette fans: she has lost none of her earnestness. On her first new single in four years, “Guardian,” she positions herself at the front gate of your heart to protect and shield you.

Other than that, I don’t have a clue as to what the song is about.

The chorus, taken by itself, independent of the verses,  seems tailor-made for the new mom, who vows to watch over her beloved forever. “I’ll be your keeper for life as your guardian...I’ll be your angel on call... the greatest honor of all as your guardian.”

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<p>Matthew McConaughey in &quot;Mud.&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey in "Mud."

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Cannes Check: Jeff Nichols' 'Mud'

Continuing our series of Cannes competition previews

The director: Jeff Nichols (American, 33 years old)

The talent: Matthew McConaughey's career rehabilitation continues apace: not long after popping up in Venice with "Killer Joe," he's hitting the Croisette in two Competition films. Unlike "The Paperboy," "Mud" (in which he plays the title role) is a lead showcase for him, though he's by no means the only star involved. Reese Witherspoon, another name you wouldn't immediately associate with Cannes, is also on board, hopefully triggering her own reversal of fortune.

Also present: Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson (who recently hit peak form in "Martha Marcy May Marlene") and Michael Shannon, who, of course, excelled in both the director's previous features, "Take Shelter" and "Shotgun Stories." Taking a prominent role, too, is teenaged actor Tye Sheridan, who featured as one of the young brothers in last year's Palme d'Or winner, "The Tree of Life."

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<p>Snow Patrol</p>

Snow Patrol

Concert Review: Snow Patrol takes over Hollywood's Palladium

Bright lights, big city, and even bigger songs and ambitions

At one point a a number of years ago, it seemed like Snow Patrol could be the next U2, or,  if not quite that lofty, the next Coldplay. The Irish/Scottish quintet’s songs covered the same anthemic, sweeping themes and were aggressively melodic and commercial.

Plus, led by Gary Lightbody, they were a tremendous live act.  I first saw them in 2003 at a Fader-sponsored party at a club at South by Southwest in Austin. They were awkward, Lightbody acted as if he were totally bombed, and there were only glimpses of anything more than an average talent. Fast forward to exactly a year later, first U.S. album “Final Straw” had come out, sold very well, and they were playing the much bigger outdoor venue Stubbs at SXSW. To this day, I have never seen a band exhibit such improvement over such a short amount of time. Lightbody commanded the audience like a pro. His voice was resonant and clear and the whole band worked like a well-oiled machine far beyond its experience.

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<p>Krysten Ritter and Dreama Walker in &quot;Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23.&quot;</p>

Krysten Ritter and Dreama Walker in "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23."

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The Morning Round-Up: 'Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23' & 'Suburgatory'

The Alicia Silverstone arc is dragging down 'Suburgatory,' while June and Chloe make jam

It's morning round-up time, with quick thoughts on last night's "Suburgatory" and "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23" coming up just as soon as I box weave you a noose...

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<p>Micheal Ealy and Warren Kole in &quot;Common Law.&quot;</p>

Micheal Ealy and Warren Kole in "Common Law."

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Review: USA's 'Common Law' clings too tightly to formula

Police partners go to couples counseling in a tedious new drama
With USA's original dramas, it's all about formula: sticking to USA's own formula while tweaking everyone else's. There are certain elements you know to expect from show to show — attractive duos or trios who banter well with each other, mysteries to be solved (even if they're of the medical variety), pretty locations (their much-discussed "blue skies" approach) — while at the same time expecting them to mess with a format that's familiar from other networks. So "Burn Notice" is a private eye show where the detectives is a former spy, "Royal Pains" is a hospital drama where the doctor makes house calls to the extremely wealthy and "White Collar" is a cop drama where one of the cops is actually a crook. It's not about giving you something new, but about giving you something familiar in slightly fancier packaging than you're used to. And it's worked very, very well for USA over the years.
 
But the USA formula has become so familiar at this point that when you combine it with one of the more formulaic ideas in filmed history — buddy cops who bicker constantly even as they close every case — you get something as flat and tedious as "Common Law" (which debuts tomorrow night at 10).
 
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<p>One day, he will be 94 years old, and my bet is he will still be directing Johnny Depp at that point.</p>

One day, he will be 94 years old, and my bet is he will still be directing Johnny Depp at that point.

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Watch: Tim Burton describes his approach to updating 'Dark Shadows'

Look at him... of course he was a fan of 'Dark Shadows' as a kid

What else is there to say about Tim Burton?

At this point, he's been working the same sort of thematic and visual material for thirty years now.  And how old am I?  Old enough to think of Burton as "relatively recent" in terms of working directors.

It's easy to reduce Burton's work to his stylistic signatures and his incredibly familiar color palette.  When you see a Tim Burton movie, you know you're watching a Tim Burton film.  You may hate the film you're watching, and I've certainly felt that way several times in his career, but you still have to acknowledge that he's found a way to indulge his interests and cast his favorite people and just plain make his stamp, no matter how impersonal or corporate the movie is.

I wonder sometimes what would have happened if he hadn't made "Batman" in 1989.  He was shooting the film through much of my freshman year of college, and I was following the film's progress from a distance.  I was convinced he was going to turn out to be an inspired choice, a choice that would update "Batman" for a whole generation of viewers.

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<p>Art &amp; JJ of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Art & JJ of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Art & J.J. talk 'The Amazing Race'

The second place border agents discuss their Race journey
Art Velez and J.J. Carrell won three Legs on this season of "The Amazing Race," coming in second behind Dave & Rachel's record-breaking eight Leg wins. Fittingly, Art & J.J. also found themselves coming in second for the season.
 
However, when it came to stirring up trouble, nobody could top the two Border Patrol Agents. 
 
They fought with Rachel & Brendon over Team Big Brother's tendency to follow, rather than figuring things out for themselves.
 
They fought with Nary & Jamie, after the federal agents attempted to pass themselves off as teachers.
 
And they fought with Dave & Rachel about a fairly trivial promise involving U-Turns. 
 
In the end, none of those confrontations had any bearing on the Race, which came down to Art's difficulties making it down a hill on a traditional Hawaiian tribal sled, a Roadblock that saw the border agents go through the emotional roller coaster of thinking they were done, realizing they were in first and watching their newly-discovered lead vanish in a matter of seconds.
 
Art & J.J. discussed that roller coaster, their fighting spirit and more in their exit interview earlier this week.
 
Click through for the full conversation...
 
 
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<p>Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are just going to have to embrace the inevitable and make every movie together from now on.&nbsp; Don't fight it, you crazy kids.</p>

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are just going to have to embrace the inevitable and make every movie together from now on.  Don't fight it, you crazy kids.

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First 'Gangster Squad' trailer makes great use of an all-star cast

Could Ruben Fleischer's look at LA corruption actually be... fun?

When you release the first trailer for a film, it says a lot about what that movie's meant to be, and sometimes, it's not really what you expect.

From the moment Warner Bros. started putting together "Gangster Squad," which was still called "Tales From The Gangster Squad" at that point, it seemed like it would fit neatly into a tradition of "LA Confidential" and "Mulholland Falls," movies about the history of the police in Los Angeles using real life as a jumping-off point.

And while today's trailer does indeed seem to confirm that, what I found surprising was the tone of the trailer.  I guess I should have put it together when they hired Ruben Fleischer to direct the film.  So far, he's had a sense of fun to what he does, a down-the-middle popcorn sensibility.  That's not an insult, either, just an observation.  He makes movies for the audience, and it looks like "Gangster Squad" is going to be far more focused on the fun than on the hunt for awards.

Fine by me.

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<p>A scene from Wednesday's &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>

A scene from Wednesday's "Survivor: One World"

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Recap: 'Survivor: One World' - 'It's Human Nature'

Kim plots and everybody talks about Kim for an hour
Pre-credit sequence. Poor Kat. So sad. So absent. Tikiano returns to camp under a full moon. Everybody's still shaking their heads at how blindsided Kat was. Muscular Mark Twain, however, has other things on his mind. "If I were the girls, I would have voted me out before Kat. That would have been the smartest thing they could do," MMT says, hinting that he has a subplot that would allow him to sneak into the Top Three. He begins the plotting by going and asking Kim if she's OK with taking him to the Top Four, suggesting that she should plan on going with Alicia and Christina to the end and that he'll get the jury to vote for her. "The biggest threat is Chelsea," MMT says. "And she's my friend," Kim says. "If I have to send Chelsea home, that'll be my worst night here," she says. Alicia wanders over and Muscular Mark Twain tells her that if she makes the Top Three, he'll hype the Jury up for HER. "I've been doing this in segments," MMT explains. 
 

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<p>Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost may finally make their follow-up to 'Hot Fuzz' and 'Shaun Of The Dead.' And there was much rejoicing.</p>

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost may finally make their follow-up to 'Hot Fuzz' and 'Shaun Of The Dead.' And there was much rejoicing.

Credit: AP Photo/Marion Curtis, Focus Features

New details emerge for Wright, Pegg, Frost reunion movie 'World's End'

The most information we've heard so far makes it sound like a winner

We finally know what Edgar Wright's "The World's End" is about.

It's funny, because even knowing Edgar casually and having spoken with him any number of times since the first mention of what will now be the conclusion of 'the Cornetto trilogy," I've never had any desire to push him for information on the film.

After all, I figure we're not going to get endless collaborations between Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost, so I look at it as a very special thing when they do get together to work.  "Shaun Of The Dead" was this great out-of-left-field lightning bolt moment, "Hot Fuzz" was all anticipation, and so for "The World's End," I've done my best to just sit back and relax and wait to see what it is when the time is finally right.

Evidently, that's today.

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<p>Stunning, smart, and centered, Michelle Pfeiffer's been defining class in Hollywood for almost 30 years now. Doesn't seem possible.</p>

Stunning, smart, and centered, Michelle Pfeiffer's been defining class in Hollywood for almost 30 years now. Doesn't seem possible.

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Watch: Michelle Pfeiffer talks about finding the tone for 'Dark Shadows'

A Hollywood icon talks about reuniting with Tim Burton

The first time I ever saw Michelle Pfeiffer on a film set, it was when she was shooting "Batman Returns."  It's fitting that we'd finally sit down for a formal interview for her first work with Tim Burton since then, as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the head of the Collins family, desperately clinging to whatever faded glory and dignity they once had.

I was running late to the press day thanks to traffic, and I was getting phone calls from Anne, the Warner publicist, letting me know that I was going to be the last person sitting down with Pfeiffer for the day.  When I finally got to the SLS, I jumped out of the car, ran outside, and within 30 seconds of arriving, I was sitting across from Pfeiffer, which is enough to fluster even someone who had time to prepare.

Pfeiffer has managed to stake out her own place in Hollywood for thirty years or so now, and I admire the way she makes choices and the way she's established room for her role as a mother and a wife as well.  It's so easy to get pulled into the idea that you have to keep working, that you have to treat every film as part of a career, but when I got to spend some time on the set of "Stardust," she ended up being remarkably approachable and easy to talk to.  It was clear that she works when she's interested in something, and not just to work.

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Watch: Five questions from Maroon 5's new 'Payphone' video
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Watch: Five questions from Maroon 5's new 'Payphone' video

The heat gets to be too much for Adam Levine

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine finds himself inadvertently on the wrong side of the law in the ambitious, yet headscratching, video for “Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa. The clip debuted on E! News tonight.

The video opens with a scene straight out of “Falling Down”: Levine is bruised, battered, and shirtless, but he, somehow, still has a quarter to use the phone. We jump back in time to earlier in the day to a suited Levine as a bank desk jockey who can’t get the attention of his dreamy co-worker.

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