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Inside John Malkovich's Eerie, Plato-Quoting New Album

Inside John Malkovich's Eerie, Plato-Quoting New Album
Two years ago, composer Eric Alexandrakis wrote an ambient piece of music titled "Cryogenia π [Requiem For Humanity]" that was "very freeform and free-flowing and had this time-warp, evolving vibe to it." He visualized an actor reciting Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave" — a text suggested by his philosophy professor mother — over his music and knew there was only one person whose dulcet, yet eerie voice could complement the piece: John Malkovich.

"He has this very poetic, intellectual, mysterious, academic vibe to him — this blend of classical and edge that you just don't see,
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Hear John Malkovich's Creepy New Song With Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon

Hear John Malkovich's Creepy New Song With Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon
In the early Eighties, years before he would perfect brooding menace in Hollywood, John Malkovich was a rising theater star that would perform in front of New York's musical and cultural elite. "When you're a kid from Chicago and you go do a play in New York and David Bowie or Mick Jagger or Jacqueline Onassis show up, the only question you can really kind of think of is, 'Why?'" Malkovich tells Rolling Stone. One frequent attendee of the actor's plays at the time was Yoko Ono.

Three decades later,
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Hear John Malkovich's Terrifying Ric Ocasek Collab

Hear John Malkovich's Terrifying Ric Ocasek Collab
John Malkovich: actor, director, portal vessel, sonic explorer. The performer has teamed with an eclectic group of musicians – including Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, the Cars' Ric Ocasek, Omd, Young the Giant, Dweezil Zappa and the Dandy Warhols – to create Like a Puppet Show, a Record Store Day Black Friday vinyl exclusive. The album finds Malkovich reciting classical musician Eric Alexandrakis' version of Plato's Allegory of the Cave over original material composed and produced by Alexandrakis, paired with bizarre photos of Malkovich taken by Sandro.

The 11-track Like
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Watch: Stephen Colbert Immortalized With Star-Studded Finale

Watch: Stephen Colbert Immortalized With Star-Studded Finale
Stephen Colbert said goodbye to the “Colbert Report” on Thursday night, but fear not — he’s been immortalized.

Colbert, who’s headed to CBS to take over David Letterman’s “Late Show,” announced that he defeated death, before being joined by his famous friends for his final number.

“I was going to say goodbye, but now that I’ll live forever, who knows,” he said, before breaking out into song.

Jon Stewart first took the stage for “We’ll Meet Again” with Randy Newman at the piano. Tom Brokaw, James Franco, Andy Cohen, Barry Manilow, Jeff Daniels, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Bob Costas, Arianna Huffington, George Lucas, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and even Big Bird and Cookie Monster sang along, among others, bidding adieu to Colbert. (A full list is posted below the video.)

Colbert will take a seat on the “Late Show,” sometime in 2015 after Letterman’s final May 20 episode.
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See Stephen Colbert's Epic, Star-Studded Farewell Sing-Along

See Stephen Colbert's Epic, Star-Studded Farewell Sing-Along
When it was announced that Grimmy the Grim Reaper would be Stephen Colbert's final guest on The Colbert Report, fans speculated whether the future Late Show host was killing off his satirical character. Instead, Colbert's Colbert became immortal, and he closed out his nine-year Comedy Central run with a performance for the ages.

The host ended his Report with an all-star performance of Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again," featuring "We Are the World"-style appearances by an incredible cast of singers, actors, politicians and pundits. First out to
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James Franco, Bryan Cranston Help Us Bid Adieu To Stephen Colbert and ‘The Colbert Report’

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-Courtney Enlow

“Folks, if this is your first time tuning into The Colbert Report, I have some terrible news for you.” With a mighty leap over the word “grippest,” Stephen Colbert began his final episode of The Colbert Report.

For the first half, it was actually a very normal episode, with talk of Syria, a shout-out to the Prescott Group, and a special “The Word” devoted to Colbert’s impact on television. Oh, and he also killed Death. Shooting Grimmy the Grim Reaper, he was rendered immortal. Your standard stuff. I’m pretty sure that’s how Jack Parr went off the air.

But it wasn’t all the fantastically self-important bombast we’ve loved since 2005. For starters, the auction Colbert held for his desk and fireplace earned over $313,000 for the Yellow Ribbon Fund. And, he thanked his audience, his “Nation,” for everything he’s done over the past nine years.
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An Oral History of Weezer Promising Their New Album Will Be Better

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An Oral History of Weezer Promising Their New Album Will Be Better
Weezer's new album Everything Will Be Alright in the End, out yesterday, is a course correction for the band after a series of recent missteps. How do we know this? Because since 2001's Weezer (The Green Album), basically every Weezer album has been pitched as a course correction for the band after a series of recent missteps. (There's one exception, and the identity of that album may surprise you!) Take a look: All quotes, except where noted, by Rivers Cuomo.The album: Weezer (The Green Album) (2001) The previous missteps: Disappearing into self-indulgence on 1996's Pinkerton, then disappearing entirely for five years. The correction: Returning to the sound of The Blue Album, with the help of producer Ric Ocasek. "[Pinkerton] is just a sick album, sick in a diseased sort of way ... This [new] record is purely musical." —Rolling Stone "[Pinkerton] is a hideous record. It was such a hugely painful mistake
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Weezer breaks out extra guitars for new song 'Cleopatra'

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Weezer breaks out extra guitars for new song 'Cleopatra'
Weezer seem pretty stoked for fans to hear their upcoming "Everything Will Be Alright in the End" -- their first album in four years, and the first produced by Ric Ocasek since 2000's Green Album.  The new album's first single traded the group's recent forays into bland Top 40 territory for more streamlined '90s-style rock and took fans "Back to the Shack". Now they're back again with a metallic ode to a cold, controlling woman known as "Cleopatra." Is it the real Cleopatra? Or just some kind of metaphor? Either way, it's a fierce blast of melodic hard rock anchored by some formidable fretwork. "Cleopatra" begins with acoustic strumming, a harmonica and a subdued vocal performance from frontman Rivers Cuomo before exploding pop-metal territory, complete with a searing solo featuring doubled electric guitars (courtesy of either Cuomo or Brian Bell, or both) à la Boston or Thin Lizzy (or "Buddy Holly"). Take a listen here.
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Weezer tries to capture that '90s feeling on new single 'Back to the Shack'

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Weezer tries to capture that '90s feeling on new single 'Back to the Shack'
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has never been able to shake off the ghost of nostalgia, and it's never been more apparent than on the band's new "Back to the Shack" -- their first new song in four years. With production from Ric Ocasek (who controlled the boards on Weezer's 1994 debut and 2000 comeback album, both self-titled), the upcoming "Everything Will Be Alright In The End" is being pitched as an attempt to recapture the band's early sound which seemed to start slipping away from them sometime around the turn of the millennium.  With the refrain "Rockin' out like it's '94," the confessional, self-conciously retro-sounding "Back to the Shack" is about exactly what it sounds like it would be about: Looking backwards and getting (somewhat) back to basics.  There's a through-line here from the Blue Album's "In the Garage" -- which reminisced about Cuomo's childhood as an outcast who found comfort in
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Weezer reveal release date, title, 'Blue'-ness of 'Alright' new album

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Did you ever watch an episode of, say, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and there's a young kid in the family and the designer asks "What do you like?" and kid's like "I like baseball and blah blah blah," and then all of a sudden when the reveal happens, the kid's room is Entirely covered in baseball wallpaper and decals and baseballs and paraphernalia and you think, man, they are just gonna outgrow that if you shove it down their throats. We were like that kid -- "I liked the Blue album and 'Pinkerton!'" -- when it comes to Weezer and it was iterated enough that Weezer heard. The Blue album came out in 1994, "Pinkerton" in 1996. The band -- after a number of hit singles, a number of maligned albums, some bonkers pop experiments and funny, fun live shows -- heard the cry "I like those albums" and reissued "Pinkerton
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Weezer teases 2 more new songs - so when's the album coming?

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Weezer teases 2 more new songs - so when's the album coming?
Weezer is teasing us again. The pop-rockers have released a pair of new song snippets from their prospective ninth studio album, an eventuality they previously hinted at back in March with a fuzzy 20-second YouTube video that showed them hard at work in the studio for the first time since they hit the boards for their "Lost"-referencing 2010 album "Hurley." This time around there are at least titles to go along with the audio, in two separate B&W clips entitled "Ain't Got Nobody" (a poppy, hand-clappy number that is classic earwormy Weezer goodness) and "The Waste Land" (a fuzzed-out rocker). So when is the supposed LP  - reportedly being produced by Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, who also teamed with the band on their self-titled "Blue" and "Green" albums - coming out, exactly? Yeah, they aren't telling yet. But hey, nothing like endlessly obsessing over murky YouTube videos! Check out the clips below,
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Weezer announces its return to the studio with new teaser video

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Weezer announces its return to the studio with new teaser video
Weezer has teased that a new album may soon be on the way. On March 19, the band posted a 20-second clip to its official YouTube page that shows the guys back in the studio. Watch it below. The grainy footage is accompanied by two new songs — though they’re so distorted, it’s tough to tell what we’re hearing — but the band’s =w= logo and close-up of frontman Rivers Cuomo confirms that it’s indeed them. The video dramatically closes with a black screen and the message: "in the studio now." The band has not released an album since 2010's "Hurley." Aside from its annual Weezer Cruise, the band has been relatively quiet. According to Alternative Press, Cuomo recently revealed at a fan event in Los Angeles that the band had started working on its ninth album with producer Ric Ocasek, who led the charge on 1994's “Blue Album” and 2001's “Green Album.
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“The Carrie Diaries” 2.01 The Boy From New York City

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Previously, on The Carrie Diairies

When we last saw Carrie Bradshaw, she was reeling from the revelation that best friend Maggie had kissed her boyfriend Sebastian. Meanwhile, small town boy Walt was dealing with the fact that his friends know he’s gay, but with encouragement from older Manhattan Gay Bennett, he learns to accept himself.

Carrie and Walt decide to wallow together by moving to NYC for the summer, staying in the fabulous loft of Carrie’s mentor Larissa.

That’s where Season Two picks up, and for the purposes of this recap, each week we’re going to focus on Walt’s Big Gay Manhattan Adventure (and other crucial plot points)

Carrie and Walt are enjoying their Summer Of PG13 Debauchery, but Walt is in contact with the supporting cast back in the sticks, and informs her that Donna Ladonna is still faboo (and quashed the rumors of
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Wow! Paulina Porizkova Flaunts Bikini Bod at 48!

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It's been nearly 30 years since Paulina Porizkova graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and judging by these recent photos, she still could be featured in the popular publication!The 48-year-old tweeted a pic of herself stretching out in the pool with the caption, "Doing the siren for my hubby in the Raleigh pool."Her hubby is Ric Ocasek, the frontman of the rock band The Cars. They have two kids -- but you couldn't tell that from her taut tummy.Paulina is only one of four models to have back-to-back S.I. covers (1984-1985). Christie Brinkley (1979-1981), Elle Macpherson (1986-1988), and most recently Kate Upton (2011-2012) are the others.Click on the "Launch Gallery" above to see more supermodels then and now! Read more
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Models and Musicians -- 10 Matches Made in Heaven!

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Opposites definitely attract! In the wake of musician Michael Buble and model Luisana Lopilato's baby news, we've decided to take a look at other successful rocker-model marriages.Most relationships in Hollywood don't seem to last, but there's something to be said about strange pairings making it for the long haul -- that is, musicians and their model muses. Buble's not the only artist celebrating a milestone this year -- David Bowie and his supermodel wife Iman will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary in April. Forget "sex, drugs and rock 'n roll," maybe the best way to tame a musician is a model! Check out our list of 10 successful rocker-model relationships below! 1. David Bowie and supermodel Iman have been married since 1992. 2.  Jamie Hince of The Kills wed Kate Moss in 2011. 3. Caleb Followill of The Kings of Leon tied the knot with Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge in 2011. 4. Keith Richards and
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Cheryl Tiegs and Paulina Porizkova come clean for 'About Face: Supermodels Then and Now'

One of the year's most attractive documentaries is at hand.

"About Face: Supermodels Then and Now" makes its HBO debut Monday, July 30, after showings at this year's Sundance and L.A. Film Festivals. Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Paulina Porizkova, Carol Alt, Beverly Johnson, Isabella Rossellini, Kim Alexis, Christy Turlington Burns, Lisa Taylor, Marisa Berenson and Jerry Hall are among the models who give filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders ("The Black List") their thoughts on their industry past, present and future.

"I don't dwell on my career a lot," Tiegs tells Zap2it about re-examining her past for the project. "I am usually thinking forward, and certainly thinking of today. The nicest thing about doing the documentary was to catch up and see some old friends I hadn't seen for a long time.

"When I was modeling," Tiegs says, "I reached the point -- and most girls who rise to the top
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After 'DWTS' and 'Top Model,' Paulina Porizkova only up for 'Celebrity Apprentice'

Paulina Porizkova has had her fill of reality TV ... for now, anyway.

The globally famous model, a former contestant on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" and a past judge on The CW's "America's Next Top Model," is working on her own documentary while about to be seen in another: "About Face: The Supermodels, Then and Now," which HBO debuts Monday, July 30. That industry has its share of competition, and Porizkova is content with the amount she's experienced.

"I keep getting asked to do 'The Celebrity Apprentice,'" she tells Zap2it, "which I think is about right for me. Other than that, not so much, but I'm not particularly interested. 'Dancing With the Stars' was something I was interested in because of dance. I just thought it was wonderful to watch.

"It's not like I want to be part of some 'Big Brother' scheme because I need to be on TV,
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AfterElton Briefs: Madonna Targeted, The Sexiest Male Musicians Of All Time, and Which ABC Shows Are Getting Renewals?

Here is last week's caption pic winner. This week's caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...

"Young man, your new tribal name will be "Dresses In The Dark"

Thanks to Strepsi for this week's winning caption!

Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on Ae). Steven Strait (above) is 26, Catherine Keener is 53, Ricard Greico is 47, Keri Russell is 36, Nena is 52, Jim Parsons is 39, Alyson Hannigan is 38, Bonnie Bedelia is 64, Lee Pace is 33, Sarah Jessica Parker is 47, Ae's own Eagledancer is "Somewhere between 40 and Death," and four music stars celebrate birthdays this weekend, so I hope you enjoy lists! First up is Ric Ocasek, who is 63. What are your top five Ric solo/The Cars songs? Here are mine: 5."Let's Go." 4. "Magic", 3. "Emotion in Motion" 2. "Moving In Stereo,
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Ranked: Every Guided By Voices Album from Worst to Best

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AudioPlayer.setup("http://www.nerve.com/files/players/audio/player.swf", { width: 350 }); Ranked: Every Guided By Voices Album from Worst to Best The venerable indie band returns, and we assess their massive catalog. by Joseph Martin With a reunited "classic" line-up (hello, Tobin Sprout!) and a new record, Guided By Voices has become the latest indie paragon to revive and hit the reunion-tour circuit. Their first record since 2004, Let's Go Eat The Factory, dropped this month on Fire Records and another, Class Clown Spots a UFO, is on deck for May. But what might seem like overkill for a less inspired band is just standard operating procedure for Gbv. From their lo-fi beginnings to their later work as Ric Ocasek-produced popsmiths, the band's always nursed an almost per annum album habit. So let's take a look back at their extensive — and influential — [...]
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Radiohead deliver a few surprises on The Colbert Report

Band display social consciousness with a touch of humour on hour-long special of Us show

"If you were real fans, you'd be watching this on vinyl … Prepare yourself, Radiohead – you're about to meet Televisionface!"

With that introduction, Stephen Colbert's hour-long special of The Colbert Report featuring Radiohead ("presented by Dr Pepper, except for Radiohead who present themselves because they're nobody's corporate tool") began very much in the vein as it went on for the next hour, oscillating between genuine geeky fandom from Colbert the man, balanced against the comedy obligations of Colbert the conservative pundit persona.

Despite the Bill O'Reilly-esque character that he plays, Colbert has often used the Comedy Central show to indulge his very un O'Reilly-esque love of music and certain musicians. The Cars' Ric Ocasek has become a near-regular guest and, more recently, he did several shows with Jack White. But only Radiohead got a full hour,
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