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5 essential thoughts about Kanye West's 'All Day'

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Kanye West performed a new song "All Day" during the Brit Awards last week, and today the studio version finally arrived. Some essential* thoughts: 1. Does the voice box melody at the beginning not remind you of everybody's favorite jock jam, Zombie Nation's "Kernkraft 400?" 2. Paul McCartney's contribution -- so far as it can be tracked and confirmed -- is the beach-day whistling over the guitar riff your dormmate from college freshman year played over and over again And I Get It Kyle You Learned C7 Chord Good For You I Have Midterms In The Morning 3. Theophilus London, Paul McCartney and Allan Kingdom got official contributor credits in the song release to iTunes, but check out the full, all-you-can-eat credits bar for the purchased version: Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Tyler Bryant, Kendrick Lamar, Karim Kharbouch, Cydel Young, Victor Mensah, Mike Dean, Che Pope, Noah Goldstein, Allen Ritter, Mario Winans, Charles Njapa, »


- Katie Hasty

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Madonna's 10 Best Videos of the 2000s and 2010s

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Madonna proved she was our lucky star, gyrating virgin, vogueing empress, erotic dominatrix, and even a geisha before the 20th century was over, but what happened once Y2K hit? Did she stop and placate us with retreads of her old personae? Not even close: Madonna has spent the past 15 years reinventing herself with even greater rigor, moving between musical eras and styles with utter ease. To celebrate Madonna's new album and her glorious music videos of the 2000s and 2010s, we're counting up the ten best clips she released in the past 15 years. Don your cowboy boots, American flag, leotard, and bull horns, because Madonna's post-'90s music videos have been a decadent and controversial celebration of femininity and ferocity.  »

- Louis Virtel

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Review: 'Cinderella' conjures some new magic from a classic tale

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Over the past half decade Walt Disney Studios has spent a great deal of time and money to create live action versions of some of their own animated classics.  While these films have performed at the box office, creatively they were often lacking.  The studio may have finally found its own fairy godmother in the form of director Kenneth Branagh and his new adaptation of “Cinderella.” The Oscar nominated filmmaker is best known for shepherding new versions of "Hamlet" and "Henry V" to the big screen.  The former was released almost 20 years ago, but Branagh earned a reputation for bringing a modern sense of realism to Shakespeare's creations even if the stories were still set in the distant past.  This talent made him a smart choice to direct the underrated "Thor" and an even better hire for a movie that could have been just another shell for Disney’s consumer product division. »


- Gregory Ellwood

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290 days until Star Wars: R2-D2 and C-3P0 to star in animated 'Droid Tales'

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Disney Xd has solidified itself as the destination for all your animated Star Wars needs. First with “Star Wars Rebels” and now this new limited-series event featuring everyone’s favorite droids. The Lego Group and Disney announced late last week that they will be teaming up for a brand-new animated special set in a galaxy far, far away. “Lego Star Wars™: Droid Tales” will be a limited-run of five 22-minutes episodes that retells the entirety of the Star Wars movie saga in chronological order from the perspective of R2-D2 and C-3P0.  While information about when the limited series will air is not yet available, an overview was released by The Lego Group: Following their victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, seen at the close of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, C-3Po and R2-D2 have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other »


- Donna Dickens

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Mumford & Sons announced new album: Will their third really be 'Wilder?'

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Mumford & Sons have announced their third full-length album "Wilder Mind," due on May 4. The 12-song set was produced by James Ford, who has helmed sets for Florence & The Machine and new Taylor Swift besties Haim. "Towards the end of the Babel tour, we'd always play new songs during soundchecks, and none of them featured the banjo, or a kick-drum," said singer Marcus Mumford. "And demoing... meant that, when we took a break, we knew it wasn't going to involve acoustic instruments. We didn't say: 'No acoustic instruments.' But I think all of us had this desire to shake it up. The songwriting hasn't changed drastically; it was led more by a desire to not do the same thing again. Plus, we fell back in love with drums! It's as simple as that." The album cover features an empty park bench: Is It A Metaphor?! »


- Katie Hasty

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Outrage Watch: Michelle Rodriguez takes heat over superhero comments

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Welcome to the March 2, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: Michelle Rodriguez is really really sorry, kind of. After calling rumors that she'd been tapped to play the Green Lantern "the dumbest thing I've ever heard," the "Fast & Furious" star followed up by taking aim at fan demand for color-blind casting in superhero movies: "I think it's so stupid... this whole minorities in Hollywood thing, it's so stupid," she told TMZ. "It's like, stop stealing all the white people's superheroes. Make up your own." Uh-oh! Michelle Rodriguez has bashed her own kind and in the worst way @MRodOfficial #Shame #Hispanics How do you dare??? — Mexico Review® (@omckelligan) March 2, 2015 But I can't think of a time where I cared about Michelle Rodriguez's opinion on anything, so I don't think I'll start today. — Y'assssss Al Ghul (@beauty_jackson) February 28, »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Interview: 'Hunting Ground' filmmakers talk campus sexual assault, Jameis Winston and more

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With Michael Moore preferring to incite ire on social media rather than in movie theaters, Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are carving out a niche as contemporary documentary filmmaking's most reliable provocateurs, capable of planting their flag in an issue and generating emotion, debate, ire and, occasionally, tangible change. For the past two films, the issue troubling Dick and Ziering -- He's the director, she's the intrepid producer -- has been institutional cover-up or denial of sexual abuse. "The Invisible War" earned Emmys and an Oscar nomination for its coverage of the sexual assault epidemic in the military.  Their latest documentary, "The Hunting Ground," is taking the issue to the even more sensitive terrain of college campuses, stirring up the hornet's nest on both a general level, but also in specific scandals like the one involving Florida State football star Jameis Winston.  Like "The Invisible War," "The Hunting Ground" premiered »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Supercut shows off the best of Hollywood fighting 'Like a Girl'

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There is just something oddly satisfying about watching women in movies stomp all over those that underestimate them. It’s just cathartic. After all, society frowns on curb-stomping jerks, no matter how badly they deserve it. But on film, even Waif-Fu [Warning: TV Tropes rabbit hole at link] is forgiven if the heroine in question takes enough levels in badass. Supercut aficionado Clara Darko poured over sixty-one films from 2012 and earlier, she created a massive action chick montage. From Ripley and Sarah Connor to Trinity and Leeloo Dallas, these ladies are comfortable putting their enemies on the ground via guns, blades, or plain old hand-to-hand combat. Action Women Movie Montage from ClaraDarko on Vimeo. [Via Av Club] »


- Donna Dickens

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Drew Goddard rumored to be taking helm of Sony's 'Spider-Man' reboot

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Drew Goddard is good news no matter what film you're announcing. I would say that Goddard is one of the most interesting guys to come out of the recent wave of TV-writers-turned-feature-writers. He's also, simply because of the way things have worked out, one of the most untapped resources working today. So it is tremendous (if not terribly surprising) news that Sony is looking to him to write and direct their second major "Spider-Man" reboot. Latino Review broke the news this morning, and it certainly matches what I've been hearing. I had not heard the rumor about them calling this new series "The Spectacular Spider-Man," but I think that's both consistent with Sony's behavior so far and instantly enjoyable for fans. The things I've heard as well include casting an actual teenager in the part and one movie a year, and if they work that quickly, what i hope happens »


- Drew McWeeny

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Happy 65th Birthday, Karen Carpenter: 10 Times She Blew Our Minds

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Just like me, you long to be close to Karen Carpenter, the legendary vocalist who would've turned 65 today. Yes, that's right: It's only now that Karen Carpenter, who died 32 years ago, would've been a senior citizen. It's impossible to over-celebrate this woman's contributions to popular music. With her brother Richard and his brilliant arrangements, Karen Carpenter left a legacy of beautiful, palpably emotional music that felt both vulnerable and steely. Her delicate enunciation was a trademark, but the brutal resonance of her smooth alto was always her most beguiling quality. She's the rare singer who felt more emotional the more she was note-precise. A sterling and timeless talent. Let's revisit ten times she blew our minds.  1. The isolated vocals of "Close to You" will make you shiver.  Yes, Whitney Houston's isolated vocals on "How Will I Know" are also a fabulous treat, but there is something about Karen Carpenter »


- Louis Virtel

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Netflix sets 'Orange Is The New Black' for June, 'Wet Hot American Summer' for July

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Netflix set its late-spring/summer release schedule on Monday (March 2) morning, setting premiere dates for a slew of specials, returning favorites and new shows. The highest profile of the launch dates is the June 12 drop for Season 3 of "Orange Is The New Black," which has emerged as an Emmy favorite and a SAG Awards winner since the second season hit last June. Although Season 3 will be premiering on June 12, "Orange Is The New Black" will, once again, be submitting for Emmy consideration a season behind. Netflix will also have an important decision on its hands with new Emmy regulations superficially defining comedies as half-hour series and hour-longs as dramas.  Netflix will have to specially petition if the streaming service wants "Orange" to be up for the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy for the second straight year. "Orange" will also suffer in the newly redefined Guest Acting categories, since Uzo Aduba won »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Hugh Jackman just couldn't get that mullet to grow fast enough for 'Chappie'

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New York - Since bursting onto the international scene in "X-Men" 15 years ago, Hugh Jackman has almost always played the hero.  It appears 2015 will be the one year where he goes against type.  This summer he'll bring Blackbeard the Pirate to life in Joe Wright's "Pan," but first he makes Dev Patel's life hellish in Neill Blomkamp's "Chappie" which opens on Friday. Set in the near future, "Chappie" is the name of the world's first sentient robot.  Chappie is also the creation of Deon Wilson (Patel), the top robotics scientist at Tetra Vaal, a company contracted to provide non-sentient security bots to the Johannesburg, South Africa police force.  Vincent Moore (Jackman) is a former soldier turned robot designer who has come up with a much more aggressive option called "Moose" (think of a "Robocop" inspired drone with 10 times more firepower). Over the course of the film, Moore's »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Headcanon accepted: Peggy Carter's secret lady admirer

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“Agent Carter” was a really fun show that just happened to deal with both superhuman spy shenanigans And everyday interactions between two working girls trying to survive in a post-war world that wanted women to kindly crawl back into the Suzy Homemaker box. But while Peggy has made friends with actress/waitress Angie Martinelli in-universe, perhaps there is something more happening here. After all, in 1946 a lesbian couldn’t exactly be overt in her attempts to woo the petite, dark, and mysterious woman who walked into her Automat diner. Image Credit: Commander's Princess  In the world of headcanon, one glance is all it takes to turn two acquaintances into soulmates. “Agent Carter” hands us Peggy/Angie on a silver platter. By the end of Season One, they are living together in one of Howard Stark’s many dens of iniquity. With the way Angie acts around Peggy, it isn’t »

- Donna Dickens

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TV Ratings: 'Last Man on Earth' premiere, 'Madam Secretary' return pace Sunday

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Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 1, 2015. Fox got a strong premiere for the new comedy "Last Man on Earth," which delivered Sunday's top numbers among young viewers and helped the network win primetime in that measure. CBS, meanwhile, easily won Sunday overall thanks to the return of "Madam Secretary," despite a weak premiere for "Battle Creek. Falling somewhere in-between the premieres for "The Last Man on Earth" and "Battle Creek" was an Ok launch for ABC's "Secrets & Lies." Both "Last Man on Earth" and "Secrets & Lies" had double-episode premieres and both shows had encouraging splits, retaining their full key demo numbers for their second episodes. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, Fox averaged a 1.8 rating for Sunday night, tops in the key demographic. ABC was second with a 1.6 key demo rating. CBS' 1.2 key demo rating and the 1.0 key demo rating for NBC followed on Sunday. Overall, though, CBS averaged »


- Daniel Fienberg

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'Last Man on Earth' co-star Kristen Schaal comes out as the last woman on Earth

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For the longest time, the biggest question about Fox's "The Last Man on Earth" was how literally we should take the title. Would Will Forte's title character be the last human on earth after a virus wiped out everyone else, or simply the last male of the species? Last night's hour-long premiere gave us our answer in the form of Kristen Schaal as Carol, a fellow survivor who responded to post-apocalyptic life very differently from Forte's Phil. Fox tried to keep Schaal's presence on the show, and the nature of her role, largely under wraps, which meant Schaal had to lie to many of her friends about what she's been working on for the last year. (Also, for what it's worth, I agree with Fienberg about how good "Last Man" is.) Schaal and I spoke on Friday, as she prepared to finally come out of the closet as the apparent last woman on earth. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Series premiere talkback: 'Secrets and Lies'

1 March 2015 8:01 PM, PST

Neither Dan nor I wound up writing a review of ABC's "Secrets and Lies." We did discuss it on this week's second podcast, though, and weren't impressed either by Juliette Lewis' unintentionally comical performance as the cop, or by the gimmick of telling the show from Ryan Phillippe's point of view, even though we won't find out whether he's actually the killer until the end of the series. (Maybe it played better in the Australian original, but here it feels like the kind of surprise-over-substance choice that plagues too many serialized mystery/suspense shows.) For those of you who watched tonight's two-hour premiere, what did you think? Are you intrigued by the mystery? Are you imagining Kate McKinnon's Juliette Lewis impression? And will you watch again? Have at it. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Series premiere talkback: 'Battle Creek'

1 March 2015 8:00 PM, PST

I published my review of CBS' "Battle Creek" on Friday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did the pilot — whose script went largely unchanged from the version Vince Gilligan wrote a dozen years ago — feel like the work of the man who created "Breaking Bad," and/or who wrote some of the best "X-Files" episodes ever? Did you enjoy the rivalry between Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel? Did you want more from all the second and third banana Battle Creek cops? And will you watch again? Have at it. For what it's worth, the voice of the show doesn't change radically in the other episodes, even though David Shore is running things while Gilligan is otherwise occupied with "Better Call Saul," and there's also the sort of improvement you like to see in a new show as the creative team »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Remember': Carry on, Constable

1 March 2015 7:01 PM, PST

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I get involved in the Junior League... Well, that was both promising and somewhat unexpected. Last week, in the middle of praising "The Distance," I also expressed reservations about the group's impending arrival in Alexandria, since the nature of "The Walking Dead" means that no paradise can stay that way for very long. "Remember," the first full episode set inside those big metal walls, seems to confirm much of what Aaron promised about the place, but it also suggests that if the situation goes pear-shaped, it'll be Rick's fault. As Alexandria's leader, former congresswoman Deanna, character actress Tovah Feldshuh gives the place quick credibility, even if Rick and Daryl and Carol(*) all remain paranoid about their new hosts. Watching the group (or, at least, the half that got lines of dialogue this week)  try to adjust to »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Series premiere talkback: 'The Last Man on Earth'

1 March 2015 7:00 PM, PST

Fienberg reviewed Fox's "Last Man On Earth," which I also liked a lot for many of the reasons Dan stated, and particularly the level of visual imagination on display from both Will Forte's script and Miller and Lord's direction and the way so much of it feels like a silent movie. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Does the premise — particularly given the introduction of Kristen Schaal in the second half hour —a feel sustainable? Did you laugh, or did you spend the whole time wondering where all the corpses, stalled cars and other traditional post-apocalyptic signifiers were? And will you watch again? Have at it, and come back here tomorrow for an interview with Schaal, whose involvement with the show has (mostly) been kept under wraps until now. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Ask Me My Name': I'm a substitute for another guy

1 March 2015 6:30 PM, PST

A quick review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as my shirt suggests I've killed my kids... I'd like to spend more time on "Ask Me My Name," if only because it's such a weird episode and our biggest exposure to Mimi-Rose yet, but various areas of the Sepinwall house have been turned into flu quarantine areas, so I have to be brief. If "Girls" were a more conventional sitcom, I might look on an episode like "Ask Me My Name" as a backdoor pilot for a spin-off that would star Gillian Jacobs as the mercurial Mimi-Rose and Zachary Quinto(*) as her once and future lover Ace. As it was, the episode felt like Hannah, Adam and Jessa had temporarily wandered into someone else's show, with its own tone and sense of reality, and while that was disorienting at times, it also did a good job of suggesting »


- Alan Sepinwall

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