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Remember how scary "Contagion" was, and how you didn't eat pork for a few months after you saw it (if you ever ate the stuff at all)? Yeah, well, here's another movie to make you neurotic. National Geographic Channel and Kelton released today results from a new survey gauging the nation’s preparedness for impending disasters. Guess what? We're not prepared! And to really drive that point home, Nat Geo has made "American Blackout" (Sun. Oct. 27 at 9:00 p.m.), a truly terrifying two-hour movie that walks us through what might actually happen if the lights went out. In this HitFix exclusive clip, get a glimpse of just how quickly civilization starts melting down. Then get better locks for your doors and windows.
Lady Gaga would like to make one thing perfectly clear, she doesn’t think a lot of you. On “Swine,” she sings “I know, I know you want me/you’re just a pig inside a human body... squealer, squealer, squealer, you’re so disgusting.”
The track, which leaked today, is the highest energy tune we’ve heard so far from Lady Gaga in advance of “ArtPop’s” Nov. 11 release. More importantly, it does what Lady Gaga does so well: it combines her quirkiness with a shape-shifting, catchy melody. It is a hardcore EDM track, buttressed by an insistent fuzzy beat, but it’s also Irresistibly poppy. It comes on the heels of "Do What U Want," her R&B/pop duet with R. Kelly, which was officially released late Sunday night. "Swine" is getting taken down left and right, but you can hear it here for the time being.
Opening with vocal hiccups before swelling into a strong vocal performance by Gaga, the track is a full-on dance track, especially the middle breakdown that is so Lady Gaga you can already see her choreographed dance in your head for that part.
It might not be radio’s cup of tea although she’s managed to get things on radio that don’t sound like anything else before and this may be another one (though this would take a fair amount of editing for time and to highlight the poppier edge). It’s no “Bad Romance,” but it’s one of the more aggressive, bold tracks we’re heard from her recently.
While the version below, most likely taken from Gaga's performance of the track at the ITunes Festival in London, sounds fairly different, we don't know what that final "ArtPop" version sounds like.
Kings of Leon, whose new album, “Mechanical Bull,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, will kick off a tour in support of the album Feb. 5, 2014 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Gary Clark Jr. will open the shows.
Hopefully the tour will go better than the group's last outing in 2011: the North American leg ended after lead singer Caleb Followill left the stage, telling the audience he had to go "vomit" and "drink a beer," in that order. The band canceled the rest of its U.S. tour that year, but completed some international dates.
As HitFix's recent interview with Jared Followill revealed, the band seems to be in a much better place now.
Tickets go on sale Nov. 1 for the outing.
Kings of Leon tour dates:
February 5 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
February 7 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
February 9 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center (on sale Nov 2)
February 11 Auburn, MI The Palace At Auburn Hills
February 14 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
February 15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena (on sale Nov 2)
February 18 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center (on sale Nov 2)
February 19 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
February 21 Washington DC Verizon Center
February 23 London, ON Budweiser Gardens (on sale Nov 2)
February 24 Montreal, QC Bell Centre (on sale Nov 2)
February 26 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre (on sale Nov 2)
February 28 Boston, MA TD Garden
March 5 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
March 6 Minneapolis, MN Target Center (on sale Nov 2)
March 8 Chicago, IL United Center (on sale Nov 2)
Honestly, this may be the least surprising story we'll run all month.
I have no doubt Michael Arndt's work will be the spine of "Star Wars Episode VII" when we finally see the film, but from day one, it sounds like there's been a larger brain trust involved, a group of writers who have all had some sort of active hand in the process. At this point, Arndt's been on the film for a while, and they've got to be getting close to putting everything in front of the camera. I would be shocked, frankly, if JJ Abrams didn't do at least one pass at the script just so he's comfortable that the final version is something that represents his voice.
Of course, there's a larger master to serve here, and that's where Lawrence Kasdan comes in. Abrams has spoken in print about trying to recapture the intangible essence of "Star Wars," and if there's anybody whose name is not "George Lucas" who is qualified to decide what is or isn't "Star Wars," it's Kasdan. His voice helped define "The Empire Strikes Back" in a fairly significant way, and having him in the mix has been the thing that has had me most excited about these new films so far.
Well, that was fast. Late on Tuesday, the news dropped that Sony was pulling George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" from the release calendar. Yesterday, Kris, Greg and I speculated as to when the film would (or should) open in 2014. Today, we got our answer -- and, as Clooney hinted when the news initially broke, the all-star WWII story will indeed be a February release. Deadline revealed that the film has been set for February 7, 2014, booting Sony's "Robocop" remake to February 12 instead.
"Arrested Development" coming to "Inside the Actor's Studio"
James Lipton, who has had a recurring role on "Arrested" as Warden Stefan Gentles, will sit down with the cast on Nov. 7.
TNT gives another reality show to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
The aspirational reality show "Wake Up Call" will see Johnson helping out people who are struggling in their lives. Johnson previously starred on TNT's "The Hero."
NBC wants to reboot "Murder, She Wrote," with Octavia Spencer
Spencer would take on the Angela Lansbury role in a contemporary reimagining of the CBS series, which ran from 1984 to 1996.
"This isn't freedom. It's fear."
"Thor: The Dark World" is just around the corner, and I've heard there is a pretty big tag on the film that connects to another Marvel property. I'm going to assume that if you see "Thor: The Dark World" in the theater, one of the things you'll see before the film will be the new "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" trailer. That's the genius of Marvel. They're going to be teasing other movies to you at the start and the end of the film, and even more remarkably, people will be looking forward to it.
While it seems like there's not more than a day or two that goes by without some mention of some Marvel project, there are a few times a year where they sort of go into overdrive, and that's what we're about to head into for "Thor." Our own Greg Ellwood just went to London to talk to the cast of the film, and I'll be seeing it soon for review. Today, things kick off with the online premiere of the trailer for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," and while I've seen footage for the film at both the San Diego Comic-Con and Disney's D23 Expo, this is the first real look that they're giving the general public.
Influential "Scandal" blogger exposed as an ABC employee
Courtney Pajor, a director of special sales for ABC, is being accused of starting the @scandal411 Twitter account, where she's amassed 26,000 followers with her opinions. ABC says it is investigating the matter.
The USA series will return for a 4th season.
"Homeland's" Morena Baccerin welcomes a son
Baccerin was pregnant while filming this season of "Homeland."
Johnny Weir won't speak out against Russia's anti-gay laws when he joins NBC's Olympics coverage
"I risk jail time just going there, but the Olympics are not the place to make a political statement," says the former Olympic figure skater, who will be part of NBC's Winter Olympics coverage in Sochi.
"CSI's" 300th episode attracts 10.4M, "Super Fun Night" sees its first rise in ratings
Fox's Game 1 of the World Series failed to make a dent on CBS crime dramas.
"SNL" alum Jerry Minor has an explanation for the show's diversity problem
"You have a white dude from Canada pushing 70, how much is he going to be in tune with what a person like me or yourself wants to do?" says Minor, a black comedian who was part of the cast in 2000 and 2001.
Sean Hayes blames NBC's lack of viewers for his sitcom struggles, but he's wrong
Hayes says in an interview with The TV Page, "NBC programs great shows, it just doesn't have the eyeballs CBS does." But NBC is No. 1 this fall in the key 18-49 demo and No. 2 in total viewers, a few million behind CBS.
ABC Family has its best Tuesday ever
"Pretty Little Liars" and "Ravenswood" combined for big ratings.
Matt Smith & David Tennant hatched a plan to do more "Doctor Who" together
It's not going to happen, though, but Steven Moffat says, "They got on like a couple of old women. They just say in the corner and gossiped the entire time."
Here's your 1st look at "Big Bang's" Bill Nye vs. Bob Newhart episode
The scientist and the comedian faceoff in the Nov. 7 episode.
Report: Mary McCormack kicked out her hubby for kissing Katharine McPhee
The photo that surfaced this week is the latest in a string of bad news for McCormack, whose NBC sitcom "Welcome to the Family" was canceled last week.
Naya Rivera pitching herself for a "Glee" spinoff
Santana, she says, "can do anything."
Anna Faris made out with her TV mom
Faris talked to Conan about kissing "Mom" co-star Allison Janney.
"Oz" alum Kirk Acevedo joins "Blue Bloods"
He'll play Marisa Ramirez's criminal brother.
Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" music video turns 15
Britney was just 16 when she shot that controversial music video.
"It's Always Sunny" meets "Game of Thrones" episode had an uncharacteristically highbrow vibe
Last night's episode was written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators of the HBO drama.
Nick Offerman promotes Movember by celebrating mustache history
Watch the Greatest Moments in Mustache History.
"TMZ Live" renewed through 2017
The "TMZ" spinoff airs through most of the country.
"Bachelorette" stars are coming out with a book of poetry
Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried are releasing, "Diamonds and Hearts: A Poetic Memoir."
"Duck Dynasty" releases a "Battle of the Beards" video game
The new game is out today on iOS. PLUS: Teen arrested in Uncle Si replica scarecrow theft.
A quick review of last night's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" coming up just as soon as Mahoney is my favorite "Police Academy" character...