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"The Voice"

 "The Voice"

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'The Voice' recap: 'The Blind Auditions Premiere'

Blake snaps up talent, but will Adam choose anyone for his team?

"The Voice" is back, and for the first five minutes of this two-hour marathon show we are reminded how awesome it is compared to, say, other singing competition shows. Cough, "American Idol," cough, "X-Factor," cough cough. "The Voice" cares about the artists! It's not superficial! The voice has Shakira! And Usher! And, you know, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine! And Usher launched Justin Bieber! Take that, Randy Jackson!

Before we get to the blind auditions, the judges perform "Come Together" by the Beatles. Adam Levine is on drums and Usher is on bass. There's Shakira being Shakira! You know, she can play guitar, too,

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<p>Billy Burke as Miles Matheson in &quot;Revolution.&quot;</p>

Billy Burke as Miles Matheson in "Revolution."

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Review: 'Revolution' - 'The Stand'

What did everybody think of the NBC drama's return?

I weighed in on the return of "Revolution" in this morning's post, but I have a couple of spoiler-iffic thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I drive here in a Cutlass Ciera...

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: Adrienne spoils Lisa's party

Faye and Adrienne manage to suck the fun out of a romantic vow renewal

It's the big finale of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," and that also means the big finale for Adrienne Maloof. As we know, not only is she not returning next season, she didn't even bother to go to the show reunion. I guess that means that the reunion will be like what most of this season has already been -- lots of people fighting on her behalf, talking behind her back, and generally making her the center of attention even though she isn't there. I can't say I'm sorry to see Adrienne go. I'm just hoping that means everyone can stop yapping about her. 

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<p>Mumford &amp;&nbsp;Sons arrive at the 2013 Grammy Awards</p>

Mumford & Sons arrive at the 2013 Grammy Awards

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Mumford & Sons' summer tour swings through the West and Southwest

No Lollapalooza date listed yet

Mumford & Sons are rumored to be headlining Lollapalooza, which runs Aug. 2-4, but as the Grammy-winning group’s new tour schedule reveals, they definitely won’t be playing the first night of the Chicago festival.

On Aug. 2, they will be headlining Montreal’s Osheaga Festival. However, after that, the band has a three-week break before its North American Gentlemen of the Road Stopover dates begin. The Lollapalooza line-up will be announced in April.

The tour, announced today, also includes stops at  Washington’s Sasquatch Music Festival and Manchester, Tenn.’s Bonnaroo. Opening acts are Michael Kiwanuka and Mystery Jets. The outing, dubbed Summer Stampede 2013, starts at Calgary's

 

Mumford & Sons Upcoming Tour Dates
5/21 - Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome*
5/22 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place*
5/24 - Surrey, BC @ Holland Park*
5/26 - George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
5/27 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena*
5/29 - Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre*
5/30 - Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre*
5/31 - Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre*
6/02 - San Bernardino, CA @ Glen Helen Regional Park*
6/03 - Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre*
6/05 - Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Pavilion*
6/06 - Taos, NM @ Kit Carson Park*
6/08 - Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheater*
6/09 - Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheater*
6/11 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion*
6/12 - The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
6/13 - New Orleans, LA @ Mardi Gras World*
6/15 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
6/17 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre*
6/20 - Telluride, CO @ Telluride Bluegrass Festival
8/02-04 - Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
8/23-24 - Simcoe, ON @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
8/30-31 - Troy, OH @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
9/06-07 - Guthrie, OK @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
9/13-14 - St. Augustine, FL @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
 

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<p>A$AP Rocky</p>

A$AP Rocky

Watch: Skrillex and A$AP Rocky party in the Dominican for 'Wild for the Night'

Drop octave and grab your gun. Or don't.

In what starts as a third world thriller is A$AP Rocky's and Skrillex's "Wild for the Night" music video. Pre-teens holding shotguns and glocks (or maybe they're kittens! they're blurred out, could be anything.) in Santo Domingo flock around their favorite crew.

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<p>Ryan Gosling in &quot;Only God Forgives.&quot;</p>

Ryan Gosling in "Only God Forgives."

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10 films we're most hoping to see at the Cannes Film Festival

From Asghar Farhadi to Nicolas Winding Refn, we're counting on a diverse slate

In the blessed six months between the Venice Film Festival and the Academy Awards ceremony -- the Oscar off-season, if you will -- the Cannes Film Festival is the chief hub of speculation and spitballing in the prestige-film racket. As I type this, the blogosphere is already teeming with lists predicting what films will unspool on Croisette in less than two months' time, from heavyweight Hollywood productions to keenly awaited niche items from international auteurs to far-flung obscurities vying to be the next big festival discovery.

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<p>Lady Antebellum</p>

Lady Antebellum

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Lady Antebellum reveals track listing for new album, 'Golden'

Fourth set inspired by time on the road

Lady Antebellum’s fourth album, “Golden,” was inspired by the trio’s life on the road.
 
Out May 7, the Grammy-winning group’s latest set developed out of experimentation between Lady A and its band as they traveled across the world. “We were just kind of in that live show mindset for this album,” said the band’s Dave Haywood, in a statement. “We had that perspective of being on a tour and having seen what translates in an arena. We have a better idea what kind of songs are so relateable where it shakes everybody like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve totally been there’.”

The band’s Charles Kelley adds that the trio wanted to reinvent themselves a little, as jangly first single “Downtown shows, but not too much. “I get annoyed when people reinvent themselves too much because there’s a reason people fell n love with you in the first place, but I think it’s important not to regurgitate the same stuff over and over again.” 

The band co-produced the set with Paul Worley, who has worked with them on their previous efforts. HitFix heard the title track, the wistful, beautiful “Golden,” when the band taped an episode of CMT’s “Crossroads” with Stevie Nicks.



GOLDEN Track List:

1. Get To Me
2. Goodbye Town
3. Nothin' Like The First Time
4. Downtown
5. Better Off Now (That You're Gone)
6. It Ain't Pretty
7. Can't Stand The Rain
8. Golden
9. Long Teenage Goodbye
10. All For Love
11. Better Man
12. Generation Away



 

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Watch: Rebel Wilson straddles Channing Tatum in latest MTV Movie Awards promo
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Watch: Rebel Wilson straddles Channing Tatum in latest MTV Movie Awards promo

Also: Wilson prepares to 'go off' in dynamite new one-sheet

Even in the midst of a life-or-death situation, Rebel Wilson just can't keep her hands off of Channing Tatum.

The "Pitch Perfect" actress, who was tapped to host this year's MTV Movie Awards following an attention-getting appearance at last year's VMAs, invades triple-nominee Tatum's personal space in the latest promo for the upcoming ceremony, which is set to air on Sunday, April 14.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 174

Dan and Alan talk 'Game of Thrones,' 'Orphan Black' and much more

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Happy Monday and Happy Seder Night, Boys & Girls!
 
It's time for another busy installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
This week, we talk about "Revolution," "Orphan Black" and the new season of "Game of Thrones." We also talk about a random assortment of other stuff. It's a full week!
 
Next week? Much more to talk about!
 
This week's breakdown:
"Revolution" (00:01:10 - 00:13:55)
"Orphan Black" (00:14:00 - 00:23:10)
"Game of Thrones" (00:24:00 - 00:37:45)
"Mr. Selfridge" (00:37:45 - 43:50)
A few words on "Happy Endings" on Friday and Jaypocalypse 2.0 (00:44:00 - 01:01:20)
Listener Mail - Marketing versus Creative (01:01:35 - 01:05:55)
Listener Mail - The future of "Law & Order" (01:06:00 - 01:12:05)
Listener Mail - Showrunners on multiple shows (01:12:10 - 01:18:20)
Listener Mail - Live+3 versus C3 ratings (01:18:25 - 01:20:20)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 174: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Revolution,' 'Orphan Black' & more

Dan and Alan also talk 'Happy Endings,' Jaypocalypse 2.0, 'Mr. Selfridge' and answer your mail

The

It's a mono-coastal installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan is back home for Passover. You tell us if you notice any appreciable difference in sound quality from us being only a few hundred miles apart rather than close to 3000 30000. It's a busy show, with talk about "Game of Thrones," "Revolution," BBC America's "Orphan Black," and a lot more. The lineup:

"Revolution" (00:01:10 - 00:13:55)
"Orphan Black" (00:14:00 - 00:23:10)
"Game of Thrones" (00:24:00 - 00:37:45)
"Mr. Selfridge" (00:37:45 - 43:50)
A few words on "Happy Endings" on Friday and Jaypocalypse 2.0 (00:44:00 - 01:01:20)
Listener Mail - Marketing versus Creative (01:01:35 - 01:05:55)
Listener Mail - The future of "Law & Order" (01:06:00 - 01:12:05)
Listener Mail - Showrunners on multiple shows (01:12:10 - 01:18:20)
Listener Mail - Live+3 versus C3 ratings (01:18:25 - 01:20:20)
 
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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<p>Vanessa Hudgens</p>

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens unleashes 'Spring Breakers'-inspired song '$$$ex'

(That's sex with dollar signs)

Vanessa Hudgens has unzipped a new track called "$$$ex," which was inspired by her newest film "Spring Breakers." That's "sex" spelled with three dollar signs. Harmony Korine's film could essentially be explained in similar terms, though a smiley face would also be acceptable.

Hudgens leads with a cheerleader rap that Sleigh Bells would applaud, reporting the mischief that a guy with a "condom in his wallet" gets up to. The themes of girls becoming women, innocence becoming foul play and beauty getting ugly also show up in this blissfully short track; the jump-rope rhymes urges its subject to "stop being so clever" with the infantilized purr turning into the f-bomb and a sexy screech. "Don't mistake my kindness for weakness," she chants. On it.

Skrillex was the composer on "Spring Breakers" and his inspiration can be heard in a dub-step breakdown. Pop producers Rock Mafia helmed.

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Academy Awards officially not moving to January for 2014 and 2015

Academy Awards officially not moving to January for 2014 and 2015

Next year's show will take place on March 2, 2014

No doubt hoping to end any continuing speculation about the Academy Awards moving to January, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed the key dates for the 2014 season and Oscar isn't coming early.

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