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The 10 Best Parent/Child Acting Combos

24 November 2012 6:05 AM, PST

Today is Colin Hanks’ 35th birthday. You might know him from his roles on TV or in films such as Orange County and King Kong. Most likely, though, you know him as Academy Award winner Tom Hanks’ son, and Colin is certainly not the only child to take up the same trade as their actor parent or parents. Some like-minded children of actors have careers that outshine that of their parent, some can never seem to step out of their parent’s shadow and others are able rise to their parent’s level of stardom without surpassing it. Below is our list »

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Catching Up with Everest's Russell Pollard

22 November 2012 6:00 AM, PST

Going into the recording of their third full-length album, La-based rockers Everest found themselves in an interesting place—out of a major label contract with Warner Brothers, and into a deal with indie stronghold Ato. The transition was one that frontman Russell Pollard says gave the band increased freedom in the studio, a spontaneity you can hear on the loose, live-feeling Ownerless, which the band released on June 26. Everest teamed up with Rob Schnapf (AA Bondy, Tokyo Police Club) and Richard Swift (Damien Jurado, The Mynabirds) for the album, recording the tracks in a smoky clubhouse next door to a »

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Rise of the Guardians

21 November 2012 12:46 PM, PST

DreamWorks Animation has been churning out product for almost 15 years now, and its catalog thus far has been pretty hit-or-miss. For every Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon there’s a Bee Movie and a Monsters vs. Aliens. Their latest is Rise of the Guardians, and despite some formulaic trappings of the genre, it’s thankfully more of a win in their column. »

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The Simpsons to Produce Judd Apatow-Penned Episode

21 November 2012 10:00 AM, PST

Beginning to make the media rounds for his upcoming film This Is 40, Judd Apatow stopped by Conan O’Brien’s new web series Serious Jibber-Jabber for an in-depth interview. But his upcoming film isn’t the only thing on Apatow’s mind as of late. According to Apatow, next year The Simpsons plan to produce an episode based on a spec script of his writing. »

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Live from Newport Folk: Robert Ellis

21 November 2012 9:45 AM, PST

For the second year in a row, Paste teamed up with our friends at Sennheiser for intimate recording sessions at Newport Folk Festival. The latest installment of the series from the Paste Ruins features Houston singer-songwriter Robert Ellis. His sound, which takes a fresh approach to acoustic guitars and classic banjo music, has garnered attention since he self-released The Great Re Arranger in 2009. Ellis joined us to perform “Comin’ Home” from his 2011 release Photographs. You can catch this charming rendition in the player below. »

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Slayer Takes On The Holidays With Their Own Tacky Sweater

21 November 2012 9:35 AM, PST

With the holiday season right around the corner, everyone’s favorite article of clothing will slowly begin to emerge from it’s hiding spot. Yes, slowly but surely, people will be donning those traditional holiday sweaters and plaguing the sidewalks as they do their holiday shopping. Now, the metal band Slayer has decided to update this holiday tradition with their own version of the holiday sweater. »

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Mindy Project Cast Gets Major Shakeup

21 November 2012 9:30 AM, PST

Freshman Fox series The Mindy Project is facing some major changes. Anna Camp’s Gwen has been demoted from series regular to recurring and Amanda Setton’s Shauna has been cut completely. TVLine reports that the in-demand and underutilized Camp asked to be taken off contract which will allow her to pursue other acting opportunities, while Setton’s exit comes from a creative standpoint. Camp will continue to appear in the series, just less so. The Mindy Project airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. Est on Fox. »

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Watch Tegan and Sara on Letterman

21 November 2012 8:30 AM, PST

In anticipation of Tegan and Sara’s upcoming seventh studio album, Heartthrob, set for release at the end of January, the twins stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman to perform the first single, “Closer.” Earlier this week they revealed the cover art and tracklist for the new album and made it available for digital preorder on iTunes. News of the physical preorder is forthcoming. The band is currently on tour with The Killers, with a few headlining dates sprinkled throughout. Check out the performance of “Closer” below as well as album information and tour dates. »

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The Rolling Stones Release Video for "Doom and Gloom"

21 November 2012 7:40 AM, PST

It’s safe to say The Rolling Stones are busy. The band is in rehearsals for their upcoming 50th anniversary shows and they’ve just released a massive greatest hits collection called Grrr!. Mick Jagger and company somehow found time to shoot the video for their new track, “Doom and Gloom,” and even managed to enlist some famous help, the star of the original Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films and more recently Prometheus, Noomi Rapace. Directed by Jonas Akerlund, “Doom and Gloom” shows Rapace fighting zombies, taking a baseball bat to a TV, hitchhiking topless (making it a little Nsfw) »

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Arrested Development Walk-On Contest Winners Announced

20 November 2012 11:30 AM, PST

Last month, fans had the opportunity to submit original content in the hopes of winning a walk-on role on the resurrected Arrested Development. The submissions have been viewed, the votes have been tallied and the winners have now been announced. Check out the six winners’ submissions below. These lucky fans will get to appear on the upcoming fourth season of the show when it begins in the spring exclusively on Netflix. »

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Peter Jackson Responds to Allegations of Unsafe Conditions for Animals in The Hobbit

20 November 2012 10:30 AM, PST

For months, fan’s have been patiently awaiting for the release of the highly anticipated The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but with it’s New Zealand premiere only a few days away a dark cloud has risen over Peter Jackson and his production team. Allegations have surfaced that claim the location that housed animals for the production was an unsafe environment and lead to the deaths of as many as 27 animals. »

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J.R.R. Tolkien Estate Sues Warner Bros. for Copyright Infringement

20 November 2012 9:30 AM, PST

The J.R.R. Tolkien estate filed an $80 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. for copyright infringement yesterday. The complaint is over the Lord of the Rings trilogy, specifically online slot machines and other digital merchandising, which weren’t factored in when the original deal was signed in 1969. “The original contracting parties thus contemplated a limited grant of the right to sell consumer products of the type regularly merchandised at the time (such as figurines, tableware, stationery items, clothing and the like)," the 26-page complaint reads. “They did not include any grant of exploitations such as electronic or digital rights, rights in »

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Video Premiere: Moon Taxi - "Let's Go Back"

20 November 2012 9:00 AM, PST

Tennessee five-piece Moon Taxi has a sound that caught Paste’s attention for their dreamy blend of minimalist rock. Winning over crowds at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza with their live energy, Moon Taxi has also been praised for merging indie rock and jam-band sounds on their most recent release Cabaret. In keeping with their sound, Moon Taxi has released a series of self-produced and decidedly low-fi music videos featuring standout tracks “Mercury” and “Cabaret.” In the final installment of these music videos, you can check out the exclusive video premiere for “Let’s Go Back” below. »

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Gza, Columbia Professor Bringing Hip-Hop to the Classroom

20 November 2012 8:30 AM, PST

As education continues to evolve, it has become a requirement for teachers to constantly be searching for new ways to engage their students in the many subjects that fill up a curriculum. For that reason, it seemed like a match made in heaven when Columbia University professor Dr. Christopher Edmin, a lifelong hip-hop fan, and legendary rapper Gza of the Wu-Tang Clan met this past summer as guests on a radio show in New York City. »

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The Dust Bowl

19 November 2012 7:17 PM, PST

It’s probably not unfair to make the claim that most people who choose to watch a Ken Burns documentary know exactly what to expect going in: Uniquely American subject, “How’d they find that?” archival footage, talking heads both academic and first-person witness, masterful photography and editing, all in service to a solid (if uncontroversial) thesis. The Dust Bowl, Burns’ unsurprisingly exceptional 22nd feature, doesn’t stray from his well-established model. But, really, why the hell should it? »

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Kurt Cobain's Top 50 Albums

19 November 2012 1:00 PM, PST

As one of the most influential bands with an equally influential album in the early ‘90s, it’s no surprise that Nirvana is as relevant as ever in the present day. With a new Kurt Cobain doc on the way and a brand new eBook that features unreleased pictures of Cobain, now’s a great time to reflect on Nirvana’s history. We’re taking a look at the Nirvana frontman’s list of top 50 albums, which was published in the songwriter’s collection of journals in 2002. Which inclusions surprise you? »

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Watch SNL's Unaired Guy Fieri Sketch

19 November 2012 1:00 PM, PST

Much to the dismay of Guy Fieri, the New York Times’ negative review of his new restaurant in Times Square went viral last week. The scathing review was full of sarcasm and rhetorical questions, which left many wondering how exactly Fieri would react. Naturally, this being headline news, Saturday Night Live couldn’t resist from poking fun at the review and Fieri. »

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Dawn McCarthy, Bonnie "Prince" Billy Announce New Album, What the Brothers Sang

19 November 2012 12:00 PM, PST

Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie “Prince” Billy are no strangers to collaboration, and now they’ve announced the completion of a brand new album inspired by The Everly Brothers. The collection of songs are retooled for today’s listeners while still remaining faithful to the brothers’ vision. “Their harmonies are in the tradition, but they are their own, not cutting-on-the-dotted-line of Everlys magic,” the press release reads. Recorded and mixed by David Ferguson, What the Brothers Sang features a cast of accomplished musicians whose credits grace hundreds of records. It will be released Feb. 9, 2013. Check out Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie “Prince” »

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Watch Foals Perform "Inhaler" on Later... with Jools Holland

19 November 2012 11:00 AM, PST

English rock band Foals stopped by Later… with Jools Holland on Friday to perform the first single, “Inhaler,” off their upcoming third full-length album, Holy Fire, set for release in February. According to NME the album will be produced by Flood and Alan Moulder (Smashing Pumpkins, Pj Harvey). Check out the performance below. The band is currently on tour overseas. Click here for a complete list of dates. »

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Song Premiere: Kate Earl - "Little Black Submarines" (The Black Keys Cover)

19 November 2012 10:00 AM, PST

Alaskan singer-songwriter Kate Earl released Stronger today via Downtown Records, and the album seems to communicate her newfound independence as an artist. Stronger was recorded in a six-day session with collaborator Brett Dennen at The Village Recorders in Los Angeles, Calif. Earl emerged from the studio with a variety of options to lead the way on her newest effort. From standout single “One Woman Army” to the softer, soulful “Wicked Love,” Earl has taken on a more dynamic quality at this stage in her career. Listen to Earl cover The Black Keys song “Little Black Submarines” in the player below, »

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