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<p>Scott Stapp talks Creed</p>

Scott Stapp talks Creed

Exclusive: Scott Stapp on new Creed album: 'I have no idea' what happened

Lead singer is baffled as to why his bandmates quit working with him

Remember that new Creed album that the reunited rock band planned to put out last year? It turns out that you’re not the only one that’s curious about what happened. So is Creed’s lead singer, Scott Stapp.
Liane Bonin Starr and I interviewed Stapp on Thursday (24) about his new solo album, “Proof Of Life,” out Nov. 5 for our podcast, CulturePop. When I asked how the album was going, he expressed his befuddlement at how his bandmates had stepped away from it.

A little back story: Creed, which has sold more than 40 million albums, broke up in 2004, in part due to the difficulties the other band members were having with Stapp.  Stapp went on his way and the rest of the band—Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall, and Scott Phillips— created Alter Bridge, with new vocalist Myles Kennedy. In 2009, after Stapp got sober, Creed reformed, and released “Full Circle,” its first album in eight years.

Things seemed to be going fine and the group started working on a follow-up and toured together.
“In 2012, actually ‘11 and ‘12, I was under the impression we were making a new Creed record,” Stapp tells HitFix. “I got together with  Mark — I actually stayed at his home— and we wrote a bunch of songs, eight of which we were pretty excited about that were going to make the record.  We even began to play some of the songs in soundcheck in 2012, which was typical of what we would do in the writing process...So it was just as much a shock to me based upon all the writing I was doing and the preparation I was doing for the new Creed record that that wasn’t being done anymore.”

Instead, much to Stapp’s surprise, Tremonti worked on a solo album, which came out earlier this year, and the rest of the band recorded a new Alter Bridge record, which came out earlier this month.

“I had been there, everything was cool, we were on tour, we were doing this, we were getting ready,” Stapp says. “And if you go back and look at the [social media] posts from everybody, that’s what everyone was saying, so I don’t know what happened in there that pushed them in another direction. I know Mark  decided he wanted to do a solo album which was during the time we were supposed to record the new Creed album, and then after that, he went to do another Alter Bridge record, so you guys will have to interview him and ask him because to this day I still have no idea what created the change in plans.”

Alter Bridge is in Europe right now, according to the band’s publicist, who is trying to get a comment from Tremonti. However, in  2012, Tremonti told Billboard, "We got together with Scott and put together a handful of songs and got the arrangements and melodic ideas in place, and now it's kind of in Scott's lap to finish off he lyrics and track some demos so we can move on to the next batch," Tremonti reports. So far, he says, Creed has "a good mix...It's got one more radio-friendly type song, one rocking tune, one of the more drawn-out, finger-picked, long, five-minute kind of songs -- just a little bit of everything people have heard in the past.” He added that the band had not set any “timetables” for release.

This August, Tremonti told Billboard that when he is songwriting, it is usually pretty obvious to him if a tune is a solo turn or for Alter Bridge or for Creed, so it sounds like he still considers Creed an ongoing concern.

Stapp said after communication went silent, he needed to get back to work— “I’ve got three kids  and I’m saving for college for them”—so he began work on what became “Proof of Life.”

When asked if he had directly asked Tremonti what was going on, Stapp said, “Yeah, we’ve done that and I still don’t understand, really, and at this point nor will I ever and nor do I want to. One thing I’ve learned in recovery is my job for me is to keep my side of the street clean and what I can say in this relationship and in this friendship with these guys is my side of the street is clean. And since we got back together in 2009, my side of the street has been clean and my intentions and anything I’ve ever said has come from a place of meaning it and honesty and sincerity, so all I can do is continue to support those guys and love them through whatever and whatever the future holds I can’t say, but I do know I got to make this record now.”

For our full interview with Stapp, turn to CulturePop

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Scott Stapp

 Scott Stapp

Listen: CulturePop No. 30 - Scott Stapp of Creed

Singer talks about 'Proof of Life,' Katy Perry and make-believe tea parties

Whether or not you loved post-grunge supergroup Creed and the ever-present hit "With Arms Wide Open," you need to listen to lead singer Scott Stapp talk about the song reaching the "burn-out phase." Not many artists are so honest about the process, but that speaks to where Stapp is in his life. After battling addiction and writing a wrenching memoir, "Sinner's Creed," the singer is digging into his dark materials for his new album, "Proof of Life" (available Nov. 5). Melinda and I had a great time talking to Stapp, who talked about the catharsis of writing a memoir, thoughts of quitting music, what his current status is with Creed, and the joys of wearing make-up and playing tea party with his daughter. Clearly, Stapp has come through to the other side, and in the process, we get an album that truly rocks. Here's the rundown. 

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Comcast to offer HBO with an Internet plan

Comcast to offer HBO with an Internet plan
Now cord-cutters can purchase HBO without having to pay for a basic cable plan. UPDATE: Comcast may not be unbundling HBO after all.

How the Garfunkel and Oates duo came up with Howard's "Big Bang" Bernadette song

Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome were approached 1 1/2 months ago. PLUS: Bernadette Song is now on iTunes.

GOP official fired because of "The Daily Show" says he was scapegoated
Don Yelton used the N-word repeatedly in sticking by his comments.

FX and Turner are taking on Netflix in a "battle of the binge" viewing
FX and Turner want to be able to stream every episode of a season until that season ends. But Netflix says if that happens, it will pay less for the rights to stream shows, which would result in producers making a lot less money.

Ex-baseball player films fake ad in tribute to last week's "Parks and Rec"
David Eckstein responded to this shout-out by filming a fake law firm commercial.

Jane Seymour will woo James Caan on "Back in the Game"

She'll play a teacher whose advances Caan rejects.

Celebrity Twitter user Kelly Oxford sells retirement home comedy to Fox
Oxford, whose Twitter fame helped get her get a book deal an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, will try to translate her Internet fame to television.

Pulling "Parks and Rec" and "Welcome to the Family" doesn't help NBC's Thursday' ratings
A rerun of "The Voice" got about the same number of viewers as last week. PLUS: "Scandal" falls to a season low despite Lisa Kudrow.

Bravo renews "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles" for Season 7
The real-estate show hit record ratings with this week's finale.

"CSI" books Kristoffer Polaha
The former CW star will guest as a mechanic.

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Pearl Jam performs an intense 'Sirens' on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'
Credit: NBC

Pearl Jam performs an intense 'Sirens' on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'

Check out Chris Cornell, Avett Bros., and Dierks Bentley as they salute PJ too

Pearl Jam spent the week having its music feted on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” by other artists, including Dierks Bentley, Chris Cornell, the Avett Brothers, and Fleet Foxes Robin Pecknold,, but on Thursday night, it was the Seattle band’s time to take the stage.

Pearl Jam performed a somewhat laid-back, yet intense, version of  “Sirens,” the current single from “Lightning Bolt,” the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. They will perform again tonight.

Below Pearl Jam's performance, also check out Bentley's take on "Alive" (with help from the Roots and PJ's Mike McCready), as well as Cornell/Avett Bros.'s take on "Footsteps" and Pecknold's "Corduroy." 

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Oscar Talk: NYFF, Gotham nominations, awards contenders head for 2014

Oscar Talk: NYFF, Gotham nominations, awards contenders head for 2014

Also: A spirited debate on 'August: Osage County'

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is broadcast in special installments throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

On the docket today…

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<p>Michael Wacha</p>

Michael Wacha

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TV Ratings: World Series Game 2 weakens 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Scandal' on Thursday

'Vampire Diaries' and 'Reign' both drop for The CW
Fast National ratings for Thursday, October 24, 2013.
"Big Bang Theory" was still Thursday's most watched show in most measures, but Game 2 of the World Series took a big bite out of the hit comedy overall and helped FOX cruise to nightly wins.
The competitive game between the Red Sox and Cardinals also took audience from ABC's "Scandal" and from CBS' "The Millers" and "Crazy Ones," but it wasn't all bad news. Both "Two and a Half Men" and "Elementary" were up after last week's dismal performances, while NBC's "Sean Saves the World," "The Michael J. Fox Show" and "Parenthood" all at least stayed flat. And, for the first time, "Sean Saves the World" outdrew "Michael J. Fox," becoming the first NBC comedy in several weeks to top 4 million viewers.
And, predictably, The CW's "Reign" took a drop in its second week, but with "Vampire Diaries" also slipping, it's doubtful The CW will be hugely concerned.
On to the numbers...
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MTV releasing all 12 episodes of new show "Wait Till Next Year" today on its mobile app

MTV releasing all 12 episodes of new show "Wait Till Next Year" today on its mobile app

"It will be fun to see if we can get them to come back and watch on television," an MTV exec says of the experiment to make the full season of the high school football drama available before its TV premiere.

"Arrested Development" coming out with a 42-track soundtrack

Included are the main title theme and an "Oh My" medley.

"12 Years of Slave" writer to take on race on ABC with an "American Crime" drama project
John Ridley's proposed drama series is set amid a racially charged murder case in Central California.

Watch Edward Norton's new "SNL" promos
With musical guest Janelle Monae.

Walton Goggins stunned by "Justified" Season 5 premiere scene
Says Goggins: "Ill say this: I filmed a scene until almost 1 a.m. that has permanently altered the way that I see Boyd Crowder."

Has "Scandal" and "Sleepy Hollow" upended the "Strong Black Women" TV trope?
Olivia Pope and Abbie Mills are allowed to be human, says Nichole Perkins, adding that they "push against the idea of the Strong Black Woman through emotional breakdowns and explicitly expressing their wants and needs. As frustrating as it is to see Olivia cry frequently, it's also important that she be allowed to."

James Taylor flubs the National Anthem at World Series Game 2
Watch him start out with "America The Beautiful."

ABC is remaking an Aussie crime drama that has yet to premiere in Australia
"Secrets & Lies," starring Martin Henderson, will premiere on Australian TV next year.

Here's the 1st look at Ronald D. Moore's Syfy series "Outlander"
See James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser in a kilt.

Lisa Kudrow, in a bathrobe, interrupts Jimmy Kimmel's monologue
Check her out in bathrobe and curlers. PLUS: Kudrow recalls Kathy Griffin's flashing herself in the '80s.

"Breaking Bad" spawns "Breaking Ice"
Watch a figure skating tribute to the AMC series.

Comedy Central gives David Spade a standup special
"David Spade: My Fake Problems" is Spade's first TV special since a 1999 HBO special.

Read the lyrics to Howard's "Big Bang" love song for Bernadette
Howard performed the song in honor of their first date. PLUS: "Bernadette’s Song" was written by Garfunkel and Oates duo Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome.

Fox teases the return of "The Following"

Watch two cryptic promos for Season 2.

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<p>Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki in &quot;The Big Bang Theory.&quot;</p>

Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki in "The Big Bang Theory."

Credit: CBS

Review: 'The Big Bang Theory' - 'The Romance Resonance'

Howard pens a tune for Bernadette, Sheldon's big win is a big mistake and Penny tries to show love for Leonard

A quick review of last night's "The Big Bang Theory" coming up just as soon as I understand why America has struggled to adopt the metric system...

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<p>Erika Christensen and Craig T. Nelson in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Erika Christensen and Craig T. Nelson in "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Let's Be Mad Together'

Max takes a controversial picture, Ryan helps Sarah and Joel gets drunk and eats cake

A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I want the lute to almost drown out the Marvin Gaye sample...

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<p>Richard Armitage in &quot;Strike Back:&nbsp;Origins.&quot;</p>

Richard Armitage in "Strike Back: Origins."

Credit: Cinemax

Review: Cinemax's 'Strike Back: Origins'

A darker, more serious version than what Cinemax has already aired, but is it better?

From the moment I started writing about the Cinemax action drama "Strike Back," which wrapped perhaps its best season so far last week, I've been hearing from fans of the show's first, British-only season. To a man (or woman), they insist that as much as they enjoy the current incarnation — a well-assembled, well-oiled machine of gunfights, car chases, banter and unapologetic sex — they prefer the show that "Strike Back" started as, before Cinemax teamed up with Sky, and original leading man Richard Armitage was replaced by new co-stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton.

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<p>Forest Whitaker at a Chicago screening of &quot;Lee Daniels' The&nbsp;Butler&quot;</p>

Forest Whitaker at a Chicago screening of "Lee Daniels' The Butler"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Forest Whitaker scores an early Oscar season honor

Black tie affair set for Dec. 15

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film has been presented every fall since 2006. The honor frequently goes to a filmmaker or actor in the early awards conversation with a sizable body of work primed for toasting. Previous recipients include Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, John Travolta, as well as Douglas himself at the first annual ceremony. The 2013 edition of the award will go to Forest Whitaker, star of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” at a black-tie Gala dinner in Santa Barbara on Sunday, Dec. 15.

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Greta Gerwig in "Frances Ha."
Greta Gerwig in "Frances Ha."
Credit: IFC Films

Roundup: Greta Gerwig waxes philosophical on awards season

Also: What 'Gravity' and '12 Years a Slave' have in common, and J.Law vs. K.Stew

When yesterday's Gotham Award nominations were announced, many noted with some surprise that the very good, very independent and very Gotham-centric "Frances Ha" was left off the list entirely. One of those was Nathaniel Rogers, who wound up accidentally breaking the news to the film's star and co-writer Greta Gerwig. Unsurprisingly, she's not that bothered -- about this, or awards in general. "I think if you're in the film business long enough they eventually get around to you somehow. Or at least when you die a picture of you goes up onscreen ... I also think filmmakers who I love -- sometimes the movies they get recognized for aren't as good as some of their other movies. 'Oh, we sat on it when it was fascinating in the 80s or something, so now we're going to do it!'" [The Film Experience]

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