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11 best moments in Usher's sexy 'She Came To Give It To You' video

From the sexy to the stunning to the downright strange

Usher performed his current single, “She Came To Give It To You,” featuring Nicki Minaj, on MTV’s Video Music Awards Sunday night and now we have the official video. It’s a high-energy, sexy performance clip that takes place in a steamy, hidden club and it’s filled with superior, sultry dance moves and fantastic lighting. Try to sit still while you watch.

Here are 11 moments to look for:

1:07: Usher charm will melt your computer screen. Yeah, baby
1:36: What the hell? Did this just turn into a horror movie?
1:55: Best abs ever or camera trickery or both
2:58: First Nicki Minaj sighting
3:02: Quick shot of Pharrell Williams, who produced and co-wrote the song
3:05: First shot of Minaj from the front
3:18: What body part is that?
4:14: Usher looks even hotter when he sweats
4:23: What?
4:32: Oddest Swifter rhyme ever in a song
4:47: It’s all in the camera angle…like so many things in life

Usher also unveiled a new song, "Believe Me," earlier this week. It's a sultry, slow jam that features Ush singing in his delicious falsetto. It's more dramatic than "She Came To Give It To You."  The song is embedded below the video.

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Kate Bush

Review Round-Up: Kate Bush's triumphant stage return after 35 years

One show down, 22 to go. Will a US run be next?

It’s been 35 years since British songstress/icon/muse Kate Bush has performed live so her Aug. 26 return was highly anticipated and, according to some reviews, the show surpassed the almost impossibly high expectations fans and critics had placed on it.

Bush, who draws a Stevie Nicks-like devotion among her followers,  sold out 22 shows at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 15 minutes when the “Before The Dawn” shows were announced several months ago. The notoriously performance shy Bush had last played the venue for three shows in 1979.The show sounds like an artistic spectacle with all her theatrical elements still in the forefront. Bush divided the concert into three parts: the first segment was a range of songs from her catalog, the second portion was The Ninth Wave- the back half of 1985’s “Hounds Of Love” album- while the third act was the second half of 2005’s “Aerial.” In other words, if you were looking for a hits-packed show —or anything from her 1978 U.S. breakthrough, “The Kick Inside,”  you were out of luck.

David Bowie, Madonna, Lily Allen, and Bjork were among the artists reported to be in the audience for opening night.

Here is a sampling of what the critics said. Maybe the glowing reviews and audience reception will lead her to a similar U.S. run.

New York Times: “Before the Dawn” is light and film and movement and theater, but also a rock show, dense, cathartic and physical. The audience, still as stones during the music, stood to cheer whenever tiny between-song intervals allowed. After the full-band final encore, “Cloudbusting,” it would not leave until the tech crew arrived to dismantle the stage. “Thank you so much for such a wonderful, warm and positive response,” Ms. Bush said, with remarkable composure. She’s going to do this 21 more times?

The Independent: Accompanied by music ranging from polyphonic choral harmonies to folksy minstrels,  [the show is] quite stunning, undoubtedly the most ambitious, and genuinely moving, piece of theatrical pop ever seen on a British stage. Which is just what everyone here tonight was hoping for.

Billboard: Thirty-five years after making her last live performance, Kate Bush finally delivered what many of her fans thought they would never get to see: a triumphant, hit-filled and characteristically theatrical return to the stage….Onstage, Bush appeared to be enjoying herself hugely, displaying none of the nerves or apprehension you would expect of someone who hadn’t performed live in over three decades…The show ended with a majestic, muscular run through “Cloudbursting” and, in turn, the final standing ovation of the evening. Nearly ten minutes after Bush and her band had departed the stage, the audience was still on its feet in noisy appreciation.

The Guardian: For huge sections of the performance, Bush's movements look heavily choreographed: she moves with a lithe grace, clearly still drawing on the mime training she underwent as a teenager forty years on. Her voice too is in remarkable condition: she's note-perfect throughout. Backed by a band of musicians capable of navigating the endless twists and turns of her songwriting – from funk to folk to pastoral prog rock - the performances of Running Up That Hill and King of the Mountain sound almost identical to their recorded versions - but letting rip during a version of Top of the City, she sounds flatly incredible…For someone who's spent the vast majority of her career shunning the stage, she's a hugely engaging live performer, confident enough to shun the hits that made her famous in the first place: she plays nothing from her first four albums.

The Telegraph: Bush boldly strode out in front of her band and backing singers in bare feet and an extravagantly tassled jacket that made her look like a cross between Loretta Lynn and Sandie Shaw. There was something touchingly gauche and bashful about her as she awkwardly twirled around the stage. Yet while her stage craft might have been creaky, her voice was an undiminished roar, surprisingly rich and powerful after such a long break…Throughout, the pace was resolutely mid-tempo,the narratives sometimes obscure and the skits often hammy - in one artists ' scene from the Aerial segment, literally as exciting as watching paint dry...But nonetheless there was something thrilling about seeing the often bonkers but still delightful imagination of Bush run free after all this time, apparently untouched by the frenetic pace of the digital world.

BBC: Bush may not be the energetic 20-year-old who last performed on the same stage in 1979, but the 56-year-old singer has retained the power to entrance her audience. Among the cheers, some were moved to tears at this most unpredictable of comebacks. After the three-hour show, thousands spilled out into a damp London night knowing they had witnessed something unique. It's likely that many will wake next morning feeling they have been not only to a gig, but squeezed in a trip to the cinema and the theatre as well.

Bush asked that fans not take photos or video, but, of course, someone did (and we're kind of glad).

 

 

 

 

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<p>The Sopranos final scene</p>

The Sopranos final scene

Credit: HBO

David Chase finally answers the 'Is Tony Soprano dead?' question (or not)

Will Chase's clipped, cryptic response finally put the matter to rest?

"The Sopranos" creator David Chase has finally — out of frustration more than anything else — answered the "Is Tony dead?" question.

Well, sort of. UPDATE: And even much less definitively than it seemed at first. See below.

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It’s official: Iowa farmer Chris Soules is the new 'Bachelor'

It’s official: Iowa farmer Chris Soules is the new “Bachelor”
The 32-year-old “Bachelorette” alum says: "I believe in the process. I believe in what I went through on the previous show and that's why I'm doing it. I wouldn't do it if I didn't feel like that was a potential.”

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Chelsea Handler's star-studded E! finale: Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, Buzz Aldrin help her say farewell

Chelsea Handler's star-studded E! finale: Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, Buzz Aldrin help her say farewell
“Chelsea Lately” ended its E! stint with a “We Are the World”-style song, featuring all the following celebrities: Miley Cyrus, Naya Rivera, Fergie, Gwen Stefani, Tim Gunn, Avril Lavigne, Gerard Butler, Alanis Morissette, Vanessa Hudgens, Justin Theroux, Allison Janney, Selena Gomez, Kate Beckinsale, Natasha Lyonne, Kelly Osbourne, LeAnn Rimes, Dave Grohl, Leah Remini, Kathy Griffin, Chloe Moretz, Dane Cook, Marlee Matlin, Kevin Nealon, Sammy Hagar, Johnny Knoxville, Tim Allen, Melissa McCarthy, Josh Groban and even Buzz Aldrin. PLUS: Mary McCormack, Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock staged an intervention, Ellen DeGeneres had a “shower fight” with Chelsea, Gwen Stefani “mispronounced” “Chelsea Hammer’s” name, and watch Handler’s final goodbye.


“Survivor’s” new season boasts former MLB pitcher John Rocker, “Amazing Race” All-Stars and a “Spider-Man” on Broadway actor
Controversial former Major League Baseball relief pitcher John Rocker will be competing with his girlfriend on "Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water," while “Amazing Race: All-Star” twin sisters Nadiya and Natalie Anderson will be competing on a CBS reality show for the third time.


Jon Stewart takes the "Ferguson Challenge"
"Can I do the ice bucket one now?"


Keith Olbermann’s ESPN2 show is moving to 5 PM ET
The move will allow him to host “key editions” of “SportsCenter.”


Julia Louis-Dreyfus revisits Elaine's “Seinfeld” kiss with Tim Whatley
"I find this somewhat mind blowing,” she says, posting a comparison of that kiss to her kiss with Bryan Cranston at the Emmys.

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"Birdman"

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Review: Alejandro G. Iñárritu's 'Birdman' opens Venice with a sure-fire Oscar bet

Michael Keaton is superb in meta showbiz drama

VENICE - Truth or dare? This is a game played by two characters in magnificently acidic metatextual comedy "Birdman." It's also the film as a three-word question. Truth or dare? Real stage actor or star? You can have your artistic integrity, or you can have a hit. You can go Method, or you can really fly. You can be Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), or you can be Birdman (Riggan Thomson). Initially, "Birdman" poses as a trenchant critique of the seemingly endless parade of men in capes that is the summer blockbuster season (Michael Fassbender and Robert Downey Jr. are name-checked as fine actors currently otherwise occupied), but it's actually rather more nuanced than that.

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<p>&quot;The President Wore Pearls&quot;</p>

"The President Wore Pearls"

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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 7 - HitFix Picks

A religious conversation, Artie Ziff's return, a musical episode... AND A HOTPLATE

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]

Day 7 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon goes from "Simpsons Tall Tales" (the end of Season 12) through to "The President Wore Pearls" (the beginning of Season 15).

I must admit: The "Simpsons" fans on Team HitFix are beginning to drop like flies. Josh Lasser's fandom carried through the Tomacco episode, but no further. David Lewis wrote a blurb here for "Simpsons Tall Tales," the episode he says ended his active support of the show. 

Fortunately, Sepinwall and I had a pair of favorites apiece and Katie Hasty also had a preferred episode, so we've got some recommendations for you, plus a couple episodes you can avoid. 

[And while I only wrote up two episodes I love, there are at least 10 more that I'll be happy to rewatch if I'm around and another 10 more that I'd enjoy having on in the background. Possibly more. This may be the worst period for "The Simpsons" thus far, but I'll always maintain that middling-to-poor "Simpsons" is still more rewatchable than nearly anything else on TV.]

Check out our recommendations for Day 7 and chime in with your own favorites...

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How to fix the Emmys: Create an Emmy Hall of Fame

How to fix the Emmys: Create an Emmy Hall of Fame
How about one win and an actor, actress or TV show is elevated to the Hall of Fame and out of the running for future awards? PLUS: Why not divide shows into “new” and “continuing”?, and 2015 could be a shake-up year without “Breaking Bad” and with Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm departing.


TV’s inferiority complex: Quit obsessing over movie stars!
The Emmy obsession Monday night with names like Matthew McConaughey and Julia Roberts just goes to show that — despite this being the Golden Age of Television — TV hasn’t shed its second-class-citizen status. PLUS: TV is anxious these days as it deals with a lot of new issues, the Emmys "seemed bent on taking the piss out of TV” all night.


8 reasons why Emmy voters rejected “True Detective”
Was the HBO series and Matthew McConaughey too much of a sure bet?


Could “Full House” survive in today’s cynical TV landscape?
“Full House” was already a throwback sitcom when it premiered in 1987. So it would be even more out of place if it were to be revived.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus corrects Vice President Biden, who apparently doesn’t watch “Veep”
The vice president tweeted congrats to Louis-Dreyfus, "A fellow Veep with a great sense of humor, and a good friend.”


Why “Chelsea Lately” will be missed
Chelsea Handler officially signs off tonight with a live one-hour E! broadcast.


Homer Simpson tries the Ice Bucket Challenge
Watch “The Simpsons” star get splashed thanks to Bart. PLUS: Kate Middleton gets “Simpson”-ized, and here is the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Ice Bucket Challenge.


Watch Phil Hartman’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony
The “SNL” and "NewsRadio" star was celebrated today by fellow cast members Jon Lovitz and Kevin Nealon.


Why can’t Jon Hamm win an Emmy?
Is the “Mad Men” star too handsome? Or is it Bryan Cranston’s fault?


Who should host next year’s Emmys on Fox? Andy Samberg?
Jane Lynch and Ryan Seacrest were Fox’s two previous Emmy hosts. What about Fox’s Samberg or FX’s Louis CK? Or how about Bryan Cranston and Julia Louis-Dreyfus?


Ex-NFL running back Rashard Mendenhall: I’m now a TV writer for an HBO show
Mendenhall, who retired at age 26 from the NFL in March, says: "I'm on the writing team of a new show that will air on HBO next summer.”


It was Billy Eichner’s “ballsy” idea to pitch an Emmys edition of “Billy on the Street”
"The idea actually started with me,” says Eichner. "It was kind of a ballsy email I sent. When I heard he was doing the Emmys, I actually emailed his showrunner Mike Shoemaker, who was working on the Emmys with Seth. And I almost didn’t send the email because it was a bit forward—it was a bit presumptuous of me to think this might be a good idea.” PLUS: The satirical genius of Eichner’s Emmy shtick.


“Bachelor”/“Bachelor in Paradise” teacher is back to work after her 3rd leave of absence was rejected
The school board didn’t know Elise Mosca was doing reality TV when the 3rd-grade teacher requested two unpaid leaves of absence.


Fred Armisen and Natasha Lyonne are reportedly a couple
The “Portlandia” star was spotted with the “Orange is the New Black” star at a post-Emmy celebration.


Markie Post joins “Chicago P.D.”
The “Night Court” alum will play Erin Lindsay’s mom in a multi-episode arc.


Jodie Foster might direct the "Hannibal” TV series
Last night, "The Silence of the Lambs" star bumped into TV’s “Hannibal” crew.


NFL on Fox creates a Telenovela promo starring Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
Watch Buck attempt to speak Spanish.


“Parenthood” promo apparently confirms a pregnancy
Amber appears to be pregnant in the final season.


Ex-NBA star Rick Fox will play himself on “The McCarthys”
The former L.A. Laker has previously apperaed on “Single Ladies,” “One Tree Hill” and other shows.


Matt Lauer is upset with Howard Stern’s Ice Bucket Challenge
“It’s aggravating to me,” says the "Today" host, who challenged his shock jock friend in July, only to see him actually attempt it when challenged by Jennifer Aniston.


“Once Upon a Time” bringing back Kristin Bauer van Straten
The “True Blood” alum will reprise her role as Maleficent in the 2nd half of the season.


“The Walking Dead” boss' addresses Daryl's sexuality speculation, says a gay male character will be introduced
Showrunner Scott M. Gimple says Daryl’s sexuality isn’t addressed this season, but a gay male character will indeed be joining the cast.


Netflix has already renewed "BoJack Horseman”
The Will Arnett animated comedy debuted last Friday.


“Sons of Guns” star arrested again on child rape charges
Will Hayden is accused of molesting his daughter.


Meet the “True Blood” series finale mystery man
Actor/stunt performer was chosen because he was “the man with the best arms from our stunt crew.”


“Finding Carter’s” Kathryn Prescott joins “The Dovekeepers”
She’ll play a teenaged tomboy in the CBS miniseries set in ancient Israel.


See more “Sons of Anarchy” final season pics
Jax is an inmate with tape on his hands.


Please kill the MTV VMAs
What’s the point of MTV handing out awards for videos when it’s not associated with music acts?


Jess’ lands a “New Girl” beau with a tiny penis
Alan Ritchson will guest as a good-looking guy Jess meets at a bar.


“Mr. Belding” won’t watch Lifetime’s “Saved by the Bell” movie
It’s all BS, says Dennis Haskins.


Showtime shows off a new teaser for “The Affair”
Apparently the affair will involve the authorities.


Lucy Punch to star in an FX comedy project
The former “Ben and Kate” star will play a Brit who marries a death row inmate to stay in America.


Google will let you visit famous TV sets using Google Maps
The website has put together Google Street Views for “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones” and other Emmy-nominated shows.


Johnny Galecki is single again
“The Big Bang Theory” star split from his “Pan-Am” girlfriend Kelli Garner.

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Why Superman and Batman may lose the war to Marvel before they even begin
Credit: Warner Bros.

Why Superman and Batman may lose the war to Marvel before they even begin

It's all going to come down to people falling in love with these icons

"No jokes."

Last week was about the fifth time I've heard that there is a mandate at Warner Bros. regarding any of the DC superhero films in development, and it's very simple and direct and to the point.

"No jokes."

It would seem like a crazy rule to set for an entire series of films. How can you know what the tone is for every story you'll be telling in a series before you've even started telling it? The thing is, DC has taken a few stabs at establishing this larger universe on film, and they've gotten smacked down for everything that hasn't had Batman in it. "Man Of Steel" made money, and I'm certainly not the only person to like the film. I may be one of its more ardent defenders, but I'm not alone. I think you'd have a far harder time finding someone to defend "Green Lantern," the studio's other big attempt at launching one of the core Justice League characters with a film franchise of his own.

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Nicole Scherzinger

Listen to Nicole Scherzinger's latest tune, 'On The Rocks'

Will the ex-Pussycat Doll finally achieve solo success in the U.S.?

Though her solo career has yielded no major success in the U.S. yet, former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger keeps knocking at the door waiting for her solo breakthrough. Her latest attempt, “On The Rocks,” is a mid-to-uptempo number about a break-up served “on the rocks.” The production is slightly dated, which may hamper its chances at radio in the U.S. However, in the U.K., the former "X Factor" judge is coming off a No. 6 hit with “Your Love” earlier this summer. No word on when her Epic Records release will come out in the state.

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Review: Low-key drama in the English fenland propels debut feature 'The Goob'

Review: Low-key drama in the English fenland propels debut feature 'The Goob'

Sean Harris reliably unsettling in Venice Days entry

VENICE - NBC's "The Office" rang frequent laughs from Dwight Schrute's beet farm, with glimpses of backwards Cousin Mose and his feral antics proving particularly fertile ground for comedy ("And as of this morning, we are completely wireless here at Schrute Farms, but as soon as I find out where Mose hid all the wires, we'll get all that power back on.") This kind of vaguely unsettling boys-on-the-farm vibe is played straight in "The Goob", a character piece that has atmosphere to spare, and whose minimal plot is helped along by the happily original setting; this might be the first film shot in Norfolk to premiere at Venice.

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Uncanceled Showdown final pits 'Jericho' vs. 'Almost Human'

Uncanceled Showdown final pits 'Jericho' vs. 'Almost Human'

Can android fans somehow hold off the peanut lovers?

Well, this is not necessarily the final match-up we were expecting when the Uncanceled Showdown brackets were set up, but the competition has come down to two shows: "Almost Human," which held off a late charge from "Freaks and Geeks" to win the One-Season Wonder field, versus "Jericho," which crushed all comers, including the once-mighty "Firefly" and its browncoat fans.

That is, of course, part of the fun of a thought experiment like this. "Firefly" seemed an obvious finalist, but it turns out that the same fans who convinced CBS to uncancel "Jericho" in the first place were able to stomp everyone in their path. "Almost Human," meanwhile, was one of a large group of shows we were considering for the lower seeds on that side of the bracket (look for "Rubicon," "Better Off Ted," "Karen Sisco" and more in Uncanceled Showdown 2: The Uncancelling, sometime in 2015!); it could just as easily have been, say, "The Chicago Code" in that 10 seed, and then who knows how that bracket might have turned out? Still, when in doubt on any internet-based pop culture poll, it's safest to bet on the sci-fi show, even over something as beloved as "Freaks and Geeks."

So go vote for your favorite if you have one left (or vote against the one whose victory would annoy you most). You have until Thursday, August 28 at noon Pacific to cast a vote; the winner will be announced that day.

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