<p>Maggie Carey</p>

Maggie Carey

Watch: Director Maggie Carey talks 'To Do List,' John Hughes and the female orgasm

'Maggie, are you ever gonna make a movie we want to see?'

SAN DIEGO - "'Maggie, are you ever gonna make a movie we want to see?'"

"The To Do List" director Maggie Carey was talking about her parents, and their reaction to her describing her new film.

"And I said 'Probably not.' They wish I made a Ken Burns style documentary.'"

Carey used the term "earnest" over and over again as we discussed her very funny new film, which stars Aubrey Plaza as overachieving teenaged girl Brandy who is curious about sex. Like all other things in her life, everything's a goal to cross off of a literal list, even the vaunted "first time" of getting lucky.

"[Firsts] are always so awkward as a teenager, and there's an inherent humor about that," Carey said. "That's what's fun about the point of view on the film, is that you don't normally see an overachieving girl like this trying to tackle something that should be more... organic."

And precisely because the POV is female is also what makes "To Do" worth doing. Viewers are used to watching total squares trying to have their first sexual experience, but they're typically male. We've also got the backdrop of John Hughes' coming-of-agers like "16 Candles," which Carey loves. Her 1993-set "frank, honest" film doesn't look, sound or feel like those, because frankly and honestly, blowjobs, handjobs, masturbation, premature ejaculation, anal sex, car sex and the female orgasm are literally the touchstones of Brandy's own "coming of age" (no pun intended).

What age Brandy is arriving at is central to its plot. Her transition from high school to college is about experience, but also about the journey from getting laid to getting properly laid. It's not a perspective Carey sees much in movies today in part because it takes an amount of maturity and a lifting of male-female "double standards" to tell the story.

"[Brandy] is also 18," Carey said, noting that her heroine knows about condoms and birth control. "She's always in control, she's never taken advantage of."

Check out the rest of our interview, on hip-hop, college radio and pop in the era; Andy Samberg's grunge guy and her low, low budget; how sexual "firsts" are like war stories; ironing Grateful Dead t-shirts; her crush on Eddie Vedder; and how Aubrey Plaza's character is about to get awesome.

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<p>TV&nbsp;On The Radio</p>

TV On The Radio

NOT a Kanye cover: TV On The Radio release new song 'Mercy'

Lost and lethal or just dead fast?

TV On The Radio haven't announced a new album, but they have offered up a new song: "Mercy" arrived today. And, no, it's not a Kanye West cover.

The fast track has the band at a snap-hip pace, with the lyrics intimating some forthcoming, soul-challenging forces.

Kyp Malone told HuffPost that it's one of two new songs on the way from the band, the other being a tune called "Million Miles."

“Couldn't be more excited to be getting back into it, all together," band member Kyp Malone tells HuffPost. "The new songs 'Mercy' and 'Million Miles' came to fruition with such ease that it felt like an invitation to get back to this good work.”

This marks the band's first outing under Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label. Their last album was 2011's "Nine Types of Light," which made it to No. 12 on the Billboard 200.

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Watch Justin Timberlake's 'Take Back The Night' music video

Watch Justin Timberlake's 'Take Back The Night' music video

Michael Jackson, Chinatown and stepping back from nudey ladies

Justin Timberlake's "Take Back the Night" music has the singer keeping to his black and whites but also copping a little MJ for your pleasure -- remember his "Black or White" video? How he took to dancing in the streets all over the world? Well, Timberlake only tries world domination in Chinatown -- and only in order to get bizzay -- but some themes are still there...

The white tennies I'm feeling. The black bib shirt I am not feeling. Ugly concert footage intersperses the night footage of romping through the nabe. And there are very few Chinese people living in New York's Chinatown, apparently. I'm learning a lot.

Still, it's good-natured enough, a far cry from his NSFW "Tunnel Vision" booby-ladies-dancing video and a casual evening (positively slumming) after the dressing-up for "Suit & Tie."

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Watch Avicii's fashionable 'Wake Me Up' music video

Watch Avicii's fashionable 'Wake Me Up' music video

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Get out of your po-dunk town, ye young and beautiful

Avicii's "Wake Me Up" music video has some advice for you: If you ever get the feeling you're too young and beautiful for your tiny, inbred, podunk town, then find your way to the closest metro and dance your ass off to Avicii.

The clip was shot as part of a fashion campaign (which rhymes with Lalph Rauren) and features several nonsensically beautiful models. A woman and a child are stared down by the townspeople as they strut through town.

"They don't like us... why?" the child asks the "mother."

Because you are traditionally pretty, immaculately conceived and wearing a belt, and that ish is just mind-blowing.

Conform and get a tattoo and turn up "Wake Me Up," featuring the talented Aloe Blacc.

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<p>Trent Reznor</p>

Trent Reznor

Credit: Rob Sheridan

10 things we learned from Trent Reznor's Times interview on Nine Inch Nails

What did Talking Heads inspire, what will the tour look like and what are his kids' names?

Trent Reznor sounds very Trent Reznor in the latest profile of him and his band Nine Inch Nails. The New York Times features some in-depth talk about the group's festival outing, their tour plans, their recording process for "Hesitation Marks" and some personal details on 48-year-old Reznor's mid-life.

Here are 10 things that stood out to us in the reading of the article, penned by the excellent Jon Pareles. Follow me down the spiral...

1. For the band's 14 festival dates (including Made In America, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands), there will be "a few new songs" from "Hesitation Marks" to be previewed before that album's Sept. 3 drop date.

2. "Hesitation Marks" is described as "electronic," veering toward "pointillistic," revealing "its anxieties and longings more subtly than much of the Nine Inch Nails catalog."

3. This upcoming festival run features a full choreography of lights and videos screens, to be pushed around the stage by NIN's crew. And they plan an "entirely different production" for the group's late 2013/early 2014 arena tour.

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Jim James, Jeff Tweedy, Bob Dylan combine for 'The Weight' live: Watch

Jim James, Jeff Tweedy, Bob Dylan combine for 'The Weight' live: Watch

Let nostalgia wash over you

With My Morning Jacket, Wilco and Bob Dylan touring together -- under the name AmericanaramA Festival, no less -- you didn't think they WOULDN'T cover The Band's "The Weight" together, did you?

Now there's video and audio proof: listen to Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Jim James of MMJ and Dylan all take their turns on putting the load right on themselves. I'm sure Levon Helm is somewhere, nodding, like "Of course."

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Watch: P.T. Anderson's music video for Fiona Apple's 'Hot Knife'

Watch: P.T. Anderson's music video for Fiona Apple's 'Hot Knife'

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Paul Thomas Anderson works with the songwriter again on closer track

Honestly, "Hot Knife" was my least favorite cut from Fiona Apple's last album "The Idler Wheel..." -- though that whole set was my favorite from 2012. But Apple has reunited with director Paul Thomas Anderson for her latest music video, and now I like the song a little bit more than I did.

All the vocal parts and the kettledrum were filmed individually and then laid out like a round, which is essentially all the minimalist track is. Footage of Apple's gorgeous (lip-synced) delivery unwinds in black and white and an area of sepia and color tones. I like how, in her main melody clips, you can't see her hands, for some reason. It's kind of mesmerizing.

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Watch Kelly Rowland's emotional 'Dirty Laundry' music video

Watch Kelly Rowland's emotional 'Dirty Laundry' music video

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Destiny's Child singer labors in a watery metaphor

Hey, if you weren't moved by Kelly Rowland's "Dirty Laundry" as a song by itself, maybe watch the video and give it another try.

The former Destiny's Child singer features in a dark reliving (and darker laundry cycle) of her worser years with an abusive ex. As previously reported, "Dirty Laundry" name-checks her "sister" Beyonce, who was "killin' it" while Rowland suffered the crimes and bouts of self-doubt.

I think its especially beautiful when the water flies slow-motion across the screen, up against shots of tears rolling easily down the singer's cheeks, like NBD. There can be a tendency in emotional, personal music videos to wear negative energy like a garish accessory, but Rowland presents her struggles plainly and beautifully here.

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Interview with 'Metallica' movie director Nimrod Antal and producer Charlotte Huggins
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Interview with 'Metallica' movie director Nimrod Antal and producer Charlotte Huggins

Film features 14 songs, Dane DeHaan's life on the line and 3D

SAN DIEGO - "Metallica: Through the Never" director Nimrod Antal and producer Charlotte Huggins were on hand at San Diego Comic-Con -- where they presented a new trailer for the film -- to attempt to tell us what the hell is going on in their film.

The concert documentary meets feature film as Dane DeHaan stars as a silent roadie for the band, representing the metal band's fans and its crew who are "willing to die for the band," Antal said in his interview with HitFix.

"There's something about the fan energy that's within the movie that exists also at Comic-Con," Huggins explained about how the band inspires a die-hard fandom.

Antal feels that listeners will be whipped into a frenzy over the 14-song set-list, which he calls a "greatest hits" approach. Metallica came into the project -- which shot last August -- with a specific set list in mind and worked with the "Predators" director to formulate a plot and structure around those songs. Songs like "Battery," "The Memory Remains," "Nothing Else Matters," "Master of Puppets" and "Enter Sandman" will be included. And it sounds sort of like a concept album in movie form, or a very long music video with 14 songs in it.

"Tonally and within the film structure -- with the atmosphere of the film -- there were certainly certain songs that played well into our hands. We stayed rel faithful to the band's set-list and tried to form a narrative we could weave into the concert," Antal said. "The band's persona, their energy and certainly the love they have for what they do, those made their way into the film. I'm very proud of it."

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Watch: The real version of Kanye West's 'Black Skinhead' video is finally up

Watch: The real version of Kanye West's 'Black Skinhead' video is finally up

Spoiler: He's zonin'

A couple of weeks ago, an early version of Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" video was temporarily posted to the 'net, from what looked like a staging site of Def Jam.

West was miffed. That version of the video, he Tweeted, was not the final cut.

Today, the real, finished version of "Black Skinhead" went up on West's site, and is now dubbed "Blkkk Skkkn Head." And it looks pretty much the same, but has interactive capabilities.

Movements are a little more fluid from the Sim version of the rapper/producer, and at its large size its more detailed. A collaboration with Nick Knight, It's still a video tech experiment that only sort of works for the dynamic nature of this buzzy, angry tune. However, viewers of "Black Skinhead" can work within Instagram to "edit" the piece, plus a handle allows the user to slow down the track and vid to a creepy effect.

"Black Skinhead" is the track that was finally shipped to radio after West's latest "Yeezus" went up for sale. West up to that point had touted his effort to be one that succeeded on the charts without having a traditional radio single. However, as we previously reported, the "Yeezus" didn't do very well sales-wise after debuting at No. 1 on The Billboard 200.

What do you think of the black and white video?

 

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