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Sarah Jessica Parker, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Kristen Stewart

Sarah Jessica Parker, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Kristen Stewart 

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Met Gala Worst Dressed: Kim Kardashian, K-Stew, SJP and more

What was Zooey Deschanel thinking?

I was willing to cut Kim Kardashian a lot of slack while she was pregnant. No matter what anyone says, walking around looking like a misshapen lollipop can make one feel like a pretty miserable fashion don't. But when Kim decided to wear matching gloves with her sofa print dress at the MET Museum Costume Institute Benefit, all bets were off. Luckily, she was just one of the stars who looked truly off at the punk-themed event -- and the rest of them didn't have crazy hormones and another human being living inside them as an excuse. Here's a look at the 10 worst looks on the red carpet. 

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Madonna, Rooney Mara, Miley Cyrus

Madonna, Rooney Mara and Miley Cyrus were just a few of the stars who, in their own special ways, got it right on the red carpet for a punk-themed benefit. Hey, just remember: it wasn't the Oscars. 

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Met Gala Best Dressed: Miley Cyrus, Madonna, Taylor Swift and more

J-Law kept it classy, while Katy Perry went for wacky

I don't know who had the brilliant idea of holding a fundraiser for the MET Museum Costume Institute with a punk theme, but it was either a stroke of brilliance (so many stars dressed so, so badly!) or just bad PR (if there is such a thing). The A-listers who got it right either embraced the theme whole-heartedly or just wore whatever the heck they wanted to wear, which is really more of a punk rock attitude, if you ask me. Here's a look at what some of the best dressed at the benefit wore, including Jennifer Lawrence, Madonna, Miley Cyrus (yes, that isn't a typo) and Gwyneth Paltrow

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<p>&quot;You know how I feel about;</p>

"You know how I feel about"

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Review: Soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

Jay-Z,, Beyonce, Lana Del Rey: Album is a series of missteps to the Charleston

Were the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” made in a vacuum, it would seem its supervisory was given a loose guideline to tip its hat to the trademarks and to put a subtle spin on the opulence of the “Gatsby” era. Operationally, it sounds like what a 1920s-themed sorority party looks like.

Luhrmann on “Moulin Rouge” and “Romeo + Juliet” proved adept at hand-selecting buzzy bands and theatrical covers to convey the same over-the-topness that his narrative adaptations do. They were hits vehicles. “The Great Gatsby,” on the other hand, is vehicular manslaughter, with several instances of forcing ‘20s music together with hip-hop and dance in ways that demean all genres. And that’s not to say they can’t combine – ask soundtrack contributor Q-Tip of jazz and hip-hop’s storied romance together.
The first perpetrator, though:, a master of the copy-and-paste pathos of pop music-making, whose scatting over Louis loops and vapid blues-making “Bang Bang” will cause follicles to peel from skin like cheap fringe on a Forever 21 costume dress. His Black Eyed Peas cohort Fergie, whose strong pipes do a fine imitation of torch-bearers from the '20s, is nailed into a cheap coffin of “skeet-boddop-bop” by Goonrock on “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got).” Able-bodied Emeli Sande does her best on Jay-Z and Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love,” the Bryan Ferry Orchestra’s warped and cartoonish anthem that would be better suited to a 30-second commercial than a lurching 3-minute experiment. (Ferry with his Orchestra, unsurprisingly, do a much more linear spin on Roxy Music’s “Love Is the Drug,” as well.)
Speaking of the couple that encapsulates lavishishness of a spirited era, Bey and Hov both take turns on the set. Jay-Z’s “100$ Bill” slips on a sequined headband (sampled horns) with the copped stutter of A$AP Rocky, making it an OK-but-not-great addition from the film’s executive producer. The cover of Amy Winehouse’s lovers’-mourning, “Back to Black,” by Beyonce and Andre 3000 feels positively skeletal and dated on impact.
The struggle with now-ness is pertinent to one of the soundtrack’s few achievements. See Lana Del Rey, whose strengths as a personality and performer lie precisely with the lyrical DNA of a song like “Young and Beautiful.” She doesn’t state “You WILL still love me…” but asks the question “WILL you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful?” and arrives, trancelike, “I know you will” as she vapidly pines: “Oh that grace, oh that body / Oh that face makes me wanna party / He's my sun, he makes me shine like diamonds.”
It’s a song so willfully vacant, it’s practically satire (very, very beautiful satire); tracks like it plus Sia and Florence + The Machine’s turn at melodrama help to mold Luhrmann’s spin on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s subtle dig at the American Dream. But this is not created in a literary vacuum, it's a functioning soundtrack. Like missteps to the Charleston, the elegance of suggestion from its better songs is disrupted by its obnoxious neighbors. Maybe Tom Buchanan can relate.


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<p>He gets hiiiiiiiigh with a little help from the Renn.</p>

He gets hiiiiiiiigh with a little help from the Renn.

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Tom Cruise accepts 'Mission Impossible 5,' but will Chris McQuarrie join him?

Or will 'Ice Station Zebra' cause this creative combination to self-destruct?

I have a feeling every day is a big day for Tom Cruise.

Still, announcing a fifth film in any star-driven franchise is an uncommon thing, and especially coming off of what was, both commercially and critically, one of the strongest entries in the entire series. Tom Cruise has managed to reinvent the franchise film after film, and each time, it's been something different and something fresh. That's almost impossible to pull off, so I guess the title is appropriate.

Skydance, the financing partner headed up by David Ellison, has become Paramount's version of Legendary Pictures, and they're attached to co-produce this with Cruise, who is ultimately calling the shots on the series. Word so far has been that Christopher McQuarrie will be writing and directing, especially since his collaboration with Cruise on "Valkyrie" and "Jack Reacher" went so well, and that makes sense. Deadline repeated the rumor in today's reporting about the deal.

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<p>On &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother,&quot;&nbsp;Robin (Cobie Smulders)&nbsp;goes digging.</p>

On "How I Met Your Mother," Robin (Cobie Smulders) goes digging.

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Something Old'

Robin goes in search of a sign about her marriage, and Barney bonds with Robin Sr.

A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as we keep the gorilla suit and the wig...

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<p>Reese Witherspoon at this year's Academy Awards.</p>

Reese Witherspoon at this year's Academy Awards.

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Reese Witherspoon to reunite with director James Mangold for 'Three Little Words'

He directed her to an Oscar in 'Walk the Line,' so can he get her back on form?

Her recent run-ins with the law may be mildly tarnishing her name at the moment, but the question of what's up with Reese Witherspoon has been on my mind for several years now -- and it has nothing to do with any offscreen activities. Rather, the decline of Witherspoon as a vital screen actress -- all while she's held onto her stardom with impressive ease -- has been far more troubling to witness than any standard-issue TMZ fodder.

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Watch Tom Waits perform with the Rolling Stones in L.A.
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Watch Tom Waits perform with the Rolling Stones in L.A.

First among the classic rock band's tour dates features very special guests

As I'm on the self-assigned Tom Waits beat in perpetuity, here is Waits singing "Little Red Rooster" with the Rolling Stones last night (May 5) during the classic rockers' show in L.A.

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<p>Taylor Swift in &quot;Highway Don't Care&quot;</p>

Taylor Swift in "Highway Don't Care"

Taylor Swift co-stars in Tim McGraw's 'Highway Don't Care' music video: Watch

Keith Urban shows up, too, for another Car Crash Music Video

"Highway Don't Care" by Tim McGraw and featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban features all three country stars in its music video, which also brings home the message: don't futz with your cell phone in your car, folks. Otherwise, Vanderbilt Medical is going to have to scrape you up from the highway, and the highway don't care.

This marks yet another addition to the Car Crash Music Video genre: "Highway Don't Care" hops in next to others like Coldplay's "The Scientist," Trey Songz' "Heart Attack," Metallica's "Frantic," Nickelback's "Someday," Katy Perry's "One That Got Away" and Adele's "Chasing Pavements," some with better storytelling and "twists" (an apparent feature of Car Crash Videos) than others.

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<p>Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in &quot;Only Lovers Left Alive.&quot;</p>

Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in "Only Lovers Left Alive."

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Cannes Check 2013: Jim Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

Continuing our cheat sheet for the Cannes Competition

(Welcome to Cannes Check, your annual guide through the 20 films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 15. Taking on a different selection every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Steven Spielberg's jury. We're going through the list by director and in alphabetical order -- next up, Jim Jarmusch's late entry, "Only Lovers Left Alive.")

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<p>Lauryn Hill walks to court in Newark, N.J. today (May 6)</p>

Lauryn Hill walks to court in Newark, N.J. today (May 6)

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Listen to Lauryn Hill's new song 'Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)'

Released in order to avoid jail or penalty from Sony

Man, there is nothing like an artist who reluctantly releases new music.

As previously reported, the Grammy Award-winning MC and singer Hill signed a new record deal with Sony in order to get an advance of cash that helped to get her out of her tax debt to the government. The punishment for tax evasion could have equaled out to jail time. The punishment for failing to deliver goods to her new record label? Who knows, maybe even harsher, like a purposely ill-fated collaboration with Ke$ha?

Regardless, Hill has completed step one of her deal with the major music company by dropping a new song "Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)." Compulsory, as in required by law, or coersion. That's what's giving you that warm feeling in your belly, right next to that bitter pill.

The song appeared on Hill's Tumblr this weekend (nothing says "fanfare" like posting on a weekend), making it her first new release in more than a decade. She noted that the song was "rushed" out the door, though she stands by its message:

Here is a link to a piece that I was ‘required’ to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline. I love being able to reach people directly, but in an ideal scenario, I would not have to rush the release of new music… but the message is still there. In light of Wednesday’s tragic loss (of former label mate Chris Kelly), I am even more pressed to YELL this to a multitude that may not understand the cost of allowing today’s unhealthy paradigms to remain unchecked!

The resulting song is about "unhealthy paradigms." More simply: Hill is pissed about everything, and guns are blazing in every direction, including the hypocrites, the greedy, the ignorant, the oppressors, the patriarchy, the "neurotic toxic society."

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"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

 "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

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Redneckognize! 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' is coming baaaaack

The TLC show is set to return on July 17

The 7 year-old everyone loves to hate (or love, or a little of both) is back with all new episodes of TLC’s series "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" on Wed. July 17 at 9:00 p.m. Averaging 2.3 million viewers last fall, the controversial show returns with the latest from the proudly farting, burping and mud diving family. 

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<p>Jason Gann as &quot;Wilfred.&quot;</p>

Jason Gann as "Wilfred."

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FX's 'Wilfred' to return in June, alone

With no 'Louie' til 2014, man-meets-dog comedy will fly solo on Thursday nights

For the last two summers, "Wilfred" has been one half of a fascinating, dark comedy pairing on Thursday nights on FX, leading in to "Louie." But with Louis CK deciding to keep his series off the air for all of 2013, "Wilfred" will have to go it alone this summer.

FX announced today that "Wilfred" will return for its third season on Thursday, June 20 at 10. For the first two weeks of the season, we'll get back-to-back original episodes at 10 and 10:30, followed by a week off for the Fourth of July, followed by the show shifting to a once a week schedule Thursdays at 10.

When I spoke with FX executives in January, they suggested they might have a new comedy ready in time to pair with "Wilfred," but FX says it's not likely at this point that anything new will be airing at 10:30 later in the summer. (It may be that the launching of the comedy-centric FXX spin-off channel made this a lower priority than it was at the start of the year.)

The new season will bring back the full cast, plus recurring guests Chris Klein, Mary Steenburgen and Dwight Yoakam, along with some new guest stars like Gina Gershon, Angela Kinsey and Lance Reddick. This will be the show's first season without David Zuckerman as showrunner, as he took a step back to let writer/producers Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne take the job.

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