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<p>Jeff Wadlow works with Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Aaron Johnson on the set of 'Kick-Ass 2'</p>

Jeff Wadlow works with Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Aaron Johnson on the set of 'Kick-Ass 2'

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Aaron Johnson talks about pumping up and digging deep for 'Kick-Ass 2'

He opens up about working with Jim Carrey in the film as well

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE - My kids love that the movie "Kick-Ass" exists.

They're not allowed to see the film, and that won't change for many, many years, but they know it exists, and they positively adore saying the title of the film because it's one of the few times they won't get in trouble for using the word "ass." They find ways to work it into every conversation they can, and they can barely restrain themselves from smiling every single time.

They were thrilled when I got the word I'd be going to visit the set. They got to ask me endless questions about it before I left and even more once I got back, and one of the main ones they loved to ask was, 'When you went to watch them make 'Kick-Ass,' did you get to talk to 'Kick-Ass'?" Twice in one sentence? Heaven.

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<p>Ron Perlman and Charlie Day share a very strange moment in Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'</p>

Ron Perlman and Charlie Day share a very strange moment in Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

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Charlie Day talks about his struggle to save the world in Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

Plus find out who Ron Perlman's biggest fan really is

TORONTO - There is something very, very wrong with Charlie Day's eye.

His left eye appears to be filled with blood after every capillary in it burst, and it makes it hard to sit across from him on the set of "Pacific Rim," amidst the smashed and ruined remains of a street in downtown Hong Kong. From where we sit, we can see a hole in the street that was created by a rampaging kaiju that was searching for Dr. Newt Geiszler. Why? Well, it might have something to do with that eye.

"Every time we do something, I go back and look it in the monitors. It's very cinematic in nature and you add that to his imagination… I mean, technically he's a really, really good director.  So then you take his love for his creations and the amazing art departments and all that, and it usually makes for something that's visually just stunning."

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<p>Sigur Ros, &quot;Kveikur&quot;</p>

Sigur Ros, "Kveikur"

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Review: Sigur Ros' new album 'Kveikur'

Tighter melodies, three-piece power

 

Sigur Ros’ new album “Kveikur,” track-wise, is the Icelandic band’s second-shortest set. It’s also among their most focused, a turn from the surreal restraint of last “Valtari” and their first in 15 years without arranger/keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson.
 
That personnel reduction has the post-rock trio shifting into what you could call and offensive rather than defensive sound. Guitars are more pointed and the tempos are ballsier, like on moody and melodic first track “Brenninstein,” which shares its clanking call-to-arms with aggressive rhythmic objects with follow-up “Hrafntinna.” The vocals on “Stormur” sound like a wild animal call, breaking up its chugging pop structures. The title track is ground up in infernal, dark grinding sounds like an earthquake, its finale like stringed instruments being obliterated into fluttering feedback experiments. “Rafstraumur” has a glassy coolness in its echoes and clean drum sound, as the whole set finishes off with the atmostpheric dust of instrumental “Var.”
 
These aren’t alien sounds from Sigur Ros. “Kveikur” still carries an earthy, gorgeously organic weight to it, as (translated) song titles like "Iceberg," "Storm" and "Kindle" insinuate. As a result, “Kveikur” is much more focused on energizing central melodies, Jonsi Birgisson continuing to use his high voice as a lead instrument. If it’s not a largely important album for the longstanding band, “Kveikur” is at least an indication that, should they remain a mere three-piece in the future, they’ll be just fine.

 

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<p>&quot;The Avengers&quot; walked away with four prizes, including Best Science Fiction Film.</p>

"The Avengers" walked away with four prizes, including Best Science Fiction Film.

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'The Avengers,' 'Cabin in the Woods,' 'Life of Pi' and 'Skyfall' win at the 2013 Saturn Awards

Joss Whedon walked away with Best Director

The 39th annual Saturn Awards were presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films tonight in Burbank, Calif. Top prizes for film went to "The Avengers," "Life of Pi," "The Cabin in the Woods" and "Skyfall," while "Revolution," "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead" triumphed in the television categories.

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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: The hamsters meet, bond, backstab

Twists are revealed and one contestant is the sister of a former winner

Julie Chen and her shoulders welcome us to a drama-packed season of "Big Brother," which she says will be the biggest ever. Biggest people? Biggest house? Biggest jerks? Who knows! Oh, wait, we get to have a major impact on the game, so that might be the big part. So… this is like "Glass House"? Kidding! Don't sue me, CBS! 

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<p>Emilie Dequenne in &quot;Our Children.&quot;</p>

Emilie Dequenne in "Our Children."

Credit: Distrib Films

Devastating Belgian drama 'Our Children' gets a US trailer

Joachim Lafosse's 2012 Cannes sensation finally lands on August 2

Since seeing it almost exactly a year ago, I've devoted a lot of column inches to Belgian director Joachim Lafosse's magnificent domestic drama "Our Children." A jolting worst-case study, inspired by actual events, of a young mother driven to the brink by a combination of postpartum depression and an excess of male authority figures, it wound up at #7 on my list of 2012's best films and continues to eat away at me.

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Jay-Z collaborates with Frank Ocean on 'Oceans'; is a free concert in the works?
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Jay-Z collaborates with Frank Ocean on 'Oceans'; is a free concert in the works?

Jay-Z releases lyrics to another tune on 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

It would only make perfect sense that Jay-Z and Frank Ocean would unite for a song called “Oceans.” What did you expect them to call it? Z?

[More after the jump...]

 

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<p>A behind-the-scenes glimpse of &quot;The Great Gatsby&quot;</p>

A behind-the-scenes glimpse of "The Great Gatsby"

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Tech Support: Lana Del Rey lulls you into this 'Great Gatsby' visual effects featurette

Before-and-after video makes a strong case for the film in the category

This year's Best Visual Effects category is sure to be stacked. We've already seen great stuff in "Iron Man 3," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Oz the Great and Powerful" and "Man of Steel." The work in "Pacific Rim" is, as you might expect, jaw-dropping. We still have "Elysium," "Gravity" and a new "Hobbit" installment to come, and who knows how films like "Rush" and "All is Lost" might figure into the otherwise blockbuster-heavy (as usual) line-up?

All of that is to say that Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" is going to have a difficult time insinuating itself into the conversation. I know this film didn't land very well with a great many but I'll still stick up for it, and even though the effects go perhaps a bit too far for my taste here and there, for the most part, they are the extension of a discernible vision. That's more than you can say of a great many contenders that find themselves duking it out in this race year after year.

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<p>Lady Gaga</p>

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga comes in No. 2 on Forbes Celebrity 100 power list

Who is the one celebrity more powerful than Momma Monster?

Lady Gaga is the highest ranking musician on Forbes’ 2013 Celebrity 100 power list, released today.

In fact, Momma Monster comes in at No. 2, only behind the great and powerful Oprah Winfrey, who tops the list.  Lady Gaga is one of six musicians in the top 10 alone.

The performer earned $80 million over the last year, despite having to cut short her “Born This Way Ball” tour because of her hip injury.  The tally also takes into account other measures of influence, including social media, to calculate a celebrity’s money and fame quotient.

Other musicians on the overall list include Beyonce at No. 4, Madonna (5), Taylor Swift (6), Bon Jovi (7), Justin Bieber (9), Jennifer Lopez (12), Rihanna (13), Coldplay (14), Katy Perry (18), Jay-Z (32), Toby Keith (43), Carrie Underwood (46), Kenny Chesney (47), Kanye West (59), Dr. Dre (63), and David Guetta (74).

Toby Keith is on the cover of the Forbes issue and in an entertaining profile about his many businesses, it comes to light that he owns 10% of Big Machine  Label Group, the record company Taylor Swift records for, which means that every time Swift sells records, it’s money in Keith’s pocket.

To see the whole list, click here.


 

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'Modern Family' considering a Cam & Mitchell wedding following gay marriage ruling


"Modern Family" considering a Cam & Mitchell wedding following gay marriage ruling

"It's a real possibility," co-creator Christopher Lloyd said in wake of today's Supreme Court ruling. "It's certainly something we are contemplating on the show in ways we wouldn't have in prior seasons."


Fox announces fall premiere dates

Many premieres will be outside of premiere week, staggered from September to November.


Food Network's Ted Allen gets engaged after DOMA ruling

"Proud to announce on this historic day that my partner of 20 years, Barry Rice, and I are engaged to be married," the "Chopped" star tweeted.

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"Wedding Island"

 "Wedding Island"

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TLC commits to dreamy Caribbean nuptials on 'Wedding Island'

The show follows a 'wedding planner extraordinaire'

Think it's easy to be a wedding planner? Not hardly, and it's tougher when you're in the middle of nowhere and everyone other than the lucky couple operates on "Island Time." TLC makes destination wedding dreams come true in "Wedding Island," a new series following wedding planner Sandy Malone and her team of experts as they navigate the logistical challenges of coordinating nuptials on Vieques Island, a tiny rock in the Caribbean. The show premieres with a full episode sneak peek on Wednesday, July 17 at 10:00 PM ET with the second episode airing the following evening in its regularly scheduled timeslot of Thursdays at 10:00 PM ET.

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David Chase last talked to James Gandolfini 1 month ago, last saw him around Easter


David Chase last talked to James Gandolfini 1 month ago, last saw him around Easter
"We had a very complicated relationship," "The Sopranos" creator says in an extensive interview about Gandolfini.


"Elementary" casts Rhys Ifans as Sherlock's brother
The Welsh actor will recur as Mycroft.


Report: Courteney Cox dating "Cougar Town" co-star Brian Van Holt

Us Weekly reports that Van Holt, who once dated Howard Stern's wife, has been seeing Courteney Cox for six months.


MTV confirms "Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous" has been canceled
The freshman comedy from Internet star Bo Burnham ends this week.


Listen to Howard Stern's 90-minute chat with Jerry Seinfeld

The shock jock, who had a strained relationship Seinfeld in the 90s after singing "Seinfeld's Girl is 17 with Double Ds," had Seinfeld in his studio today for the first time.


"Happy Endings'" fate will be confirmed this week

No other network seems to be interested as the cast's contracts run out later this week.


Natalie Zea gets engaged

"The Following" star is getting married to boyfriend of 10 years Travis Schuldt, whom she met on "Passions."


"Devious Maids" star Paula Garces is pregnant

Garces, 38, and the mom to a 21-year-old girl, is expecting her 2nd child.


USA mocks itself with "Beach Law" in response to The Onion

The Onion recently made fun of USA's slate.


FX developing a limited "Last of the Mohicans" series

Chris Crowe, the co-writer of the 1992 Daniel Day-Lewis film, is on board for the TV adaptation.
 

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