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<p>Kori Rae and Dan&nbsp;Scanlon headed up the creative team on 'Monsters University,' the Pixar prequel opening in theaters this Friday</p>

Kori Rae and Dan Scanlon headed up the creative team on 'Monsters University,' the Pixar prequel opening in theaters this Friday

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The director and producer of 'Monsters University' on crafting a college comedy with a point

We discuss the film's worthwhile message with its creators

I didn't walk into the room planning to bellow "NERDS!" at producer Kori Rae and director Dan Scanlon, but it seemed like a very organic thing to do when discussing their new film "Monsters University."

I went to see the film for a second time this weekend so I could take Toshi and Allen, who have been raised as active members of the Church Of Pixar. As long as they have been alive, the iconography of the various films and characters created by the company have been part of their lives, and last weekend, when we re-painted the playroom, Pixar ended up playing a pretty major part in the decoration of that room thanks to some wall decals that they wanted to use.

I think I liked the film a little more a second time through, and I think one of the most interesting things about it is the way they're not afraid to play up the negative elements of both Mike and Sully's personalities. These are younger versions of the two, and they make some big mistakes in the way they behave and in the way they solve their problems in the movie.

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<p>Jonah's teeth. That's all I can see in the trailer. Jonah's teeth.</p>

Jonah's teeth. That's all I can see in the trailer. Jonah's teeth.

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Kanye's 'Black Skinhead' sets tone for new Scorsese and DiCaprio 'Wolf' trailer

The album's not even out and it's already everywhere

Well, that didn't take long.

Kanye West's "Yeezus" won't be in stores officially until June 18th, but the new "Wolf Of Wall Street" trailer is cut to the driving pulse of "Black Skinhead," one of the album's tracks, and it is a positively riveting first glimpse at what looks like the "GoodFellas" of the financial world.

It fascinates me that when we finally close the book on Martin Scorsese's career, hopefully another few decades and at least a dozen films from now, there's going to be a major chapter that will be defined by his work with Leonardo DiCaprio. At this point, it may be a more significant chapter than the period that was defined by his work with Robert DeNiro, and it blows my mind to consider that.

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<p>Kevin Rahm as Ted Chaough on &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Kevin Rahm as Ted Chaough on "Mad Men."

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Review: 'Mad Men' - 'The Quality of Mercy'

Secrets come to light, escapes are plotted, and a client meeting turns into a sneak attack

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I find a hooker who'll take traveler's checks...

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"True Blood"

 "True Blood"

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'True Blood' season premiere recap: 'Who Are You, Really?'

Bill is back with surprising powers, but is he really Bill?

"True Blood" returns for its sixth season tonight, and as much as that's a cause for celebration there are still plenty of reasons to feel, at the very least, ill at ease. As everyone knows, creator Alan Ball has left the show (though he assures us it's in more than capable hands with replacement showrunner Mark Hudis). Cue ominous music here.

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<p>It may have been a little scary in that basement, but it was worth it to get the word out about our exciting early screening of 'The Conjuring'</p>

It may have been a little scary in that basement, but it was worth it to get the word out about our exciting early screening of 'The Conjuring'

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Want to know how you can attend an early screening of 'The Conjuring' in LA?

In the mood to be scared? We've got just the ticket at the Vista

One of the panels I moderated at WonderCon this year was for James Wan's new film "The Conjuring." It was a treat to have Lorraine Warren, one of the real-life inspirations for the film, and we spoke with her a bit after the panel. I got to meet several of the daughters of the family depicted in the film, and by the end of the day, I'd been able to have fascinating conversations with all of them.

Before I moderated the panel, they showed me the film so I could see what I'd be talking about. That's not always the case, but they seemed very confident that they had something special, and while I'm still not reviewing the film (we'll do that closer to release), I can tell you that I agree. I think Wan's getting better from film to film right now, and it's exciting to watch what he's doing. He has a knack for a particular type of haunted-house experience, and this is a particularly character-driven version of this type of film.

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'Curb Your Enthusiasm's' Jeff Garlin arrested

"Curb Your Enthusiasm's" Jeff Garlin arrested

Garlin, the star of ABC's upcoming sitcom "The Goldbergs," was taken to jail Saturday after allegedly smashing car windows during an argument in North Hollywood. Garlin was arrested for felony vandalism.

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<p>Kanye West</p>

Kanye West

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Kanye West, The Replacements and Cyndi Lauper lead Music Power Rankings

The Beatles and Robin Thicke also make the list

1. The Replacements: Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson will play their first shows together in 22 years this summer. Pleased to meet me, indeed.

2. Kanye West: The week before the release of “Yeezus,” he makes news in a New York Times profile as he compares himself to Steve Jobs. Look for the iWest coming to a store near you.

3. Cyndi Lauper: She becomes (incredibly) the first female composer to win a Tony for best musical, “Kinky Boots.” Girls just want to have fun.

4. The Beatles: Apple Corps, the Fab Four’s business arm, inks a deal with Universal’s Bravado for merchandising. It turns out love isn’t all you need. You also need a snug Baby Tee.

5. Apple: Apple bows its long-anticipated iTunes Radio internet radio service. Too little too late or is the timing just right?

6. Fleetwood Mac: They become the first act to ink a deal directly with Clear Channel for performance royalties from airplay on their “Extended Play” EP.  Predict a landslide of acts to follow.

7. Queens of the Stone Age: The rockers totally rule the charts as new album “... Like Clockwork,” not only becomes the group’s first No. 1 on the Billboard 200, but receives universally strong reviews.

8. Robin Thicke: He scores the first No. 1 Hot 100 hit of his 10-year career with “Blurred Lines.” We’re sure the topless models in the video had nothing to do with the song’s success.

9. Pandora: BMI and ASCAP go gunning for the streaming music service in both the media and the courts demanding that it pay songwriters a fair and equitable royalty rate after Pandora craftily buys a small terrestrial radio station in an effort to lower its payments.

10. Bonnaroo: The Manchester, Tenn. festival holds another successful run, despite losing headliners Mumford & Sons (due to Ted Dwane’s scary blood clot) and Earl Sweatshirt to pneumonia. Jack Johnson steps in for M&S and DIIV for Sweatshirt.


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Black Sabbath will land its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week

Debuts dominate next week's chart

Black Sabbath will land at its first No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 with the lucky “13.” The title will be the only project to surpass 100,00 in sales, as the Ozzy Osbourne-fronted album is expected to sell up to 125,000 copies.

The other debuts in the Top 10 couldn’t be more different from the metal gods: Big Time Rush’s “24/Seven” will bow at No 3, Hans Zimmer’s “Man of Steel” soundtrack at No. 4 (when’s the last time we saw a composer in the top 10?), Goo Goo Dolls’ “Magnetic” at No. 6 and Lonely Island’s "The Wack Album" at No. 10, according to Hits Daily Double. 

Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” continues to sell well to be at No. 2, with sales of up to 50,000. Darius Rucker’s former No. 1 country album, “True Believers” holds steady at No. 5, while this week’s No. 1, Queens of the Stone Age’s “Like Clockwork” drops to 7.

Country act Florida Georgia Line continues to “cruise” in the top 10, as “Here’s To The Good Times” looks good for No. 8 and Blake Shelton’s “Based on a True Story...” will be at No. 9.

Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” will likely fall out of the top 10 for the first time since its debut more than two months ago.


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"The Bachelorette"

 "The Bachelorette"

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Reality TV Roundup: 'Voice,' 'SYTYCD,' 'Bachelorette,' and a baby Kardashian

It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now

 Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch any competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too. 

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'Veronica Mars' movie adds Ryan Hansen

"Veronica Mars" movie adds Ryan Hansen
Hansen confirmed his involvement in a specially made YouTube video.

HBO's "Hard Knocks" to revisit the Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals last appeared on "Hard Knocks" in 2009, with Chad Johnson as that season's star.

Happy 40th birthday, Neil Patrick Harris!

The "Doogie Howser" teen icon is now in his 40s.

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<p>You are not going to make me cry, Brie Larson. Nope. Not going to happen........... well, okay, it's going to totally happen.</p>

You are not going to make me cry, Brie Larson. Nope. Not going to happen........... well, okay, it's going to totally happen.

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Review: Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr shine in emotionally powerful 'Short Term 12'

It's so good it almost looks easy, which it is not

"Short Term 12" has played at SXSW, the Seattle Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Film Festival so far this year, and you'll get a chance to see it soon thanks to Cinedigm, who picked it up for distribution. I think they've got a very special movie on their hands, and the performances that are the beating heart of the film are revelatory, real announcements regarding actors I hope to see much more from in years to come.

Brie Larson has done very good work in several films so far, and in general, I'm impressed by the way she disappears into the films. She never seems to be the same person twice. I seriously haven't recognized her in about three films until I saw her name in the credits. But until "Short Term 12," I didn't really have any indication of how amazing she is. And she is. Amazing. I am fascinated by actors who have the ability to just lay themselves emotionally bare, raw and electric and wide open to get hurt again and again, and Larson's work here is all about pain and the way her character Grace protects it. The way she carries it around taking power from it but always struggling to keep it pushed down. She focuses on others so she never has to think about herself. She's good at reaching out to people and helping them. She just can't get out of her own way in real life. Grace is good for everyone but Grace.

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<p>Steven Spielberg, seen here at this year's Cannes Film&nbsp;Festival, is nervous about where the industry is heading right now.</p>

Steven Spielberg, seen here at this year's Cannes Film Festival, is nervous about where the industry is heading right now.

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Just because Steven Spielberg says the sky is falling, is the industry really in trouble?

Could the 'implosion' he talks about actually be a good thing?

I think it's safe to say that the film business is in a period of transition.

I think it's dangerous to pretend that anyone knows how that period of transition is going to resolve itself.

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas made headlines this week when they spoke at USC as part of the grand opening of the new Interactive Media Building, which is part of USC's School of Cinematic Arts. I think the reason the quotes ended up getting the sort of traction they did in the press is because there's something irresistible about hearing two of the men responsible for the age of the modern blockbuster talk about how blockbusters are ruining Hollywood. There have been a wide range of reactions to the quotes online, but by far, the leading sentiment seems to be a sort of gloating over the idea that these guys are finally realizing what they've done to the industry.

It's an easy claim to make, but it's a hard one to actually back up. By now, it's almost just accepted as a given that "Star Wars" and "Jaws" created the system that exists today, but there's a world of difference between the films that launched Lucas and Spielberg to the top of the business and the films that show up in our theaters week after week right now, and trying to claim that these guys were the ones who lowered the bar does a disservice to the films they made and to the conversation that's worth having about the way decisions are made at the studio level today.

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