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Box Office Report: 'Skyfall' Sets James Bond Franchise Record

11 November 2012 11:40 AM, PST

Winner Of The Week: Bond, James Bond. Skyfall lived up to its hype, setting a record for the 50-year-old franchise with a debut estimated at $87.8 million. Strong reviews and positive word-of-mouth joined half a century of fan goodwill to generate the biggest opening ever for an 007 movie (even adjusting for inflation). For what it's worth, it's also the biggest-ever November opening for a movie that doesn't have "Twilight" or "Harry Potter" in the title. Skyfall also earned a similar amount (an estimated $89 million) in all the overseas territories where it »


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'Toy Story' Writer Lands Next 'Star Wars' Screenplay

11 November 2012 9:40 AM, PST

Screenwriter Michael Arndt, whose credits include Toy Story 3 and a co-write on the next Hunger Games installment, will write the script for the next Star Wars movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Arndt also wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine.

Arndt is said to be a major fan of the Star Wars saga. The new film, due in 2015, is expected to feature at least some of the familiar characters from past films in the franchise, with speculation about appearances by original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and possibly Harrison Ford. »


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'SNL' Parodies 'Homeland,' Mitt Romney's Post-Election Blues

11 November 2012 5:30 AM, PST

All season long, Saturday Night Live has tiptoed around the giant elephant in the room: that Andy Samberg (and his Lonely Island cohorts Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone) not only departed after last season's finale, but also unofficially took SNL Digital Shorts with them. The Lonely Island will forever be known most for the short videos made in their specific voice, like "Laser Cats," "Dick in a Box," "I'm On a Boat" and their 2009 musical collaboration with Rihanna, "Shy Ronnie."

Samberg and company transformed SNL with a brand new format »


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'The Voice' Top 12 Party and Perform at the House of Blues

10 November 2012 8:50 AM, PST

"We’re now 12 out of 45,000 people, so over this whole trip we’ve really become a family," Nicholas David, from The Voice's Team Cee Lo, told Rolling Stone as he stood by the bar at the House of Blues on Thursday night. Seeing the odds in those terms, the rigorous road that the 12 finalists for the title of "The Voice" in Season Three have traveled becomes clear. So they certainly deserved the night of celebration they got this week when, after making it to the next round of live shows, »


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'X Factor' Welcomes One Direction, Ousts Jason Brock

9 November 2012 7:40 AM, PST

"I did it for the gays. And Japan." Those were the goofy departing words of "Mr. Entertainment" Jason Brock, the first X Factor contestant to be eliminated based on viewer votes. No real shocker there, considering he shouldn't even have made it into the live rounds to begin with. Neither was the fact that "unlikable" CeCe Frey rounded out the bottom two. No, the true surprise of the night was that, for the very first time on any singing competition, the order in which viewer votes ranked the acts was »


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'The Voice' Narrows Finalists to 12, Maroon 5 Rock 'Daylight'

9 November 2012 7:35 AM, PST

The live playoff eliminations! So many teenagers choking back tears – it was kind of brutal! Since there were no big surprises about whom America chose and, apart from Maroon 5 playing "Daylight," there were just a couple of 10-deep group revues for live performances, including a tandem-team reworking of Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger," a song that feels like someone has performed it on every single episode this season. Regardless, it was a good way to pump up the positivity before finding who, as Carson Daly puts it, has been "saved by America, »


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Cover Story Excerpt: Daniel Craig, the Man Behind James Bond

9 November 2012 4:00 AM, PST

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Contributing Editor Erik Hedegaard downs a few beers with Daniel Craig and gets the man who plays James Bond to open up. An excerpt from our latest cover story, "Daniel Craig Blows His Cover":

Here comes Daniel Craig now, slipping into the murky environs of a murky Manhattan hotel, shades on, looking quite sportif in white pants and the thinnest of white V-neck T-shirts, short-sleeved, ­muscle-filled, easing into the further shadows of the room, taking a seat, ordering a beer, saying a »


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Frank Ocean Songs to be Featured on Monday's 'Gossip Girl'

8 November 2012 2:45 PM, PST

Many of the tracks on Frank Ocean's breakthrough album Channel Orange take a critical eye to the lives of young, wealthy and reckless Los Angelenos, so it makes sense that Gossip Girl would look to him to soundtrack the fictional exploits of New York City's most debauched kids. Now, five songs from Channel Orange are set to appear in the next episode of the show, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The episode, titled "Monstrous Ball," will air on Monday; it marks both the first time that Gossip Girl has »


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The Police's Andy Summers on Turning His Memoir Into a Documentary

8 November 2012 10:00 AM, PST

When Police guitarist Andy Summers first thought about turning his memoir into a movie, he faced a dilemma familiar to anyone adapting a screenplay: deciding what to leave out and what to include.

"You can't get it all in; it's impossible," Summers tells Rolling Stone. "There was an attempt to do that early on, and it was just getting heavy-handed."

After years of winnowing, the resulting movie, Can't Stand Losing You, premieres on Friday as part of the Docnyc documentary festival in New York, where Summers will host a Q »


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Travers: 'Skyfall' Is a Top Five Bond Movie

8 November 2012 9:50 AM, PST

Skyfall already scored big in landing Adele for its theme song, but does the newest James Bond flick properly execute its mission? Peter Travers digs into the 24th entry in the series (or 23rd, depending on your opinion of Never Say Never Again). Though he's a big fan of Sean Connery and Goldfinger, Travers has high praise for current star Daniel Craig. "Daniel Craig is the second best James Bond of all time," says Travers, even if he calls Quantum of Solace the "worst James Bond movie of all time. »


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'Nashville' Recap: Intervention

8 November 2012 8:00 AM, PST

While election season is over here in the real world, things are just starting to heat up on Nashville. Teddy's mayoral campaign goes from bad to worse when the dashing candidate gets full-on Romneyed by Coleman in the first debate, but let's talks about the real issues. It's high time somebody starts the Free Scarlett campaign. Can't you just see a stencil-style Shepard Fairey-designed graphic of the dumbly devoted, golden-haired, wide-eyed poet-turned-songstress meme-ing its way across social media? It's gonna take a movement of that magnitude to get the »


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Britney Spears Brings Back Diamond White in 'X Factor' Surprise

8 November 2012 6:35 AM, PST

Welcome back, Diamond White. You're the next American Idol! Oops, wait, wrong show. Our bad. But maybe you have the X Factor? It's possible. Being offered a chance at redemption worked for last season's winner Melanie Amaro.

Yes, 13-year-old Diamond has returned to Britney Spears' Teens team after the judges realized they screwed up by tossing so many good contestants last episode. But while we're happy they attempted to right the wrongs, they didn't get it quite right. They really should have brought back David Correy, or at least »


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'The Voice' Hopeful Trevin Hunte Blows Away Competition

8 November 2012 6:20 AM, PST

Last night was predictable for The Voice playoffs. Unlike Monday's round, Team Cee Lo and Team Xtina's final fives sang like it was a competition, with the producers, as usual, putting Trevin Hunte on last to bat it out of the park. Once he's taken the stage, everything after would seem like a letdown, so it's really just the polite thing to do. Hunte got in some big note balladry with "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You," which Cee Lo picked, and Hunte turned into molten sap. »


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Joe Biden Lands Cameo on 'Parks and Recreation'

8 November 2012 5:30 AM, PST

Leslie Knope is finally meeting the man of her dreams. Well, half the man. No, not Ben Wyatt – Vice President Joe Biden, who will guest star in the November 15th episode of NBC's Parks and Recreation, Entertainment Weekly reports. Knope – a city councilwoman in fictional Pawnee, Indiana, played by Amy Poehler – once described her perfect man as needing "to have the brains of George Clooney and the body of Joe Biden." 

In the show, Leslie's fiancé Ben (Adam Scott) arranges a meeting at the White House with Biden as a surprise engagement present. »


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Cat Power Digs Deep on 'Conan'

8 November 2012 5:00 AM, PST

Cat Power capped a wrenching week with a bright spot, performing "Cherokee" last night on Conan. Propelled by a sturdy beat, swaths of piano and ethereal backing vocals, Chan Marshall dug deep into the tune from her latest album, Sun. Her appearance on the show came after she announced earlier this week that she was canceling a European tour for health and financial reasons. »


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'American Horror Story: Asylum' Recap: Your Story Is Indecent

7 November 2012 8:05 PM, PST

Call me a prude, but my monocle must have fallen off my face and into a steaming pile of synthetic intestines six or seven times last night. I haven't the constitution to handle skin-removing aliens, misogynist serial killers, woodland flesh beasts and Anne Frank on the same show! Oh yes, Anne Frank is on American Horror Story: Asylum now, or at least a deeply disturbed woman who claims to be Anne Frank, has a concentration camp tattoo and is actually played by Franka Potente this time. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of Ryan Murphy! »


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Inside the Music of 'Nashville'

7 November 2012 12:10 PM, PST

Over the past four weeks, primetime viewers have watched a tangled, soapy web of "love, power, money, family and music" unfold on ABC's country music drama Nashville. With every episode, those viewers have essentially had an album of new, original music revealed to them one, two, three tracks at a time. Though the show's ratings have been uneven, the songs are making quite a commercial mark. At press time, six Nashville tracks grace the iTunes country songs chart.

Behind the scenes, the soundtrack of a fictional Music City is curated »


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Britney Spears 'Definitely' Returning to 'X Factor'

7 November 2012 5:55 AM, PST

Britney Spears is "definitely" returning to The X Factor next season, the singer told interviewers at a red carpet event for the show. After talking about her empathy for the constants – "They're like my little children," Spears said – and how much fun she has as a judge on the singing competition, the singer was asked if she would be back next season. "Yes, I definitely will," Spears replied.

She and Demi Lovato joined creator Simon Cowell and music mogul L.A. Reid at the judges' table this year. Reid told Billboard »


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Coldplay Drummer to Appear on 'Game of Thrones'

6 November 2012 12:05 PM, PST

Coldplay drummer Will Champion will appear on the upcoming season of Game of Thrones playing – wait for it – a drummer, Entertainment Weekly reports.

No other word on what Champion's role will entail, though he won't be the only musician to appear on the much-anticipated third season of the HBO series. Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody was cast last summer for a cameo role, though no other information regarding his turn has been released either. 

Game of Thrones returns on March 31, 2013, though you can relive the last epic season with our run down of the show's Final Standings after two seasons.

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New 'Star Wars' Will Be 'Biggest Event Movie Ever,' Says 'Lost' Co-Creator

6 November 2012 10:50 AM, PST

Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof remembers exactly where he was when he heard that Disney had bought LucasFilm. "I was in a production meeting next to Brad Bird for a movie we're working on together," he says. "A bunch of guys at the table started passing notes to each other. Suddenly I'm like the teacher at the front of the class. I was like, 'Is there something you'd care to share with the rest of the class?' I grabbed a napkin, and someone had written on it, 'Disney bought Lucas Film!'"

The meeting continued, but about three minutes later, even bigger news hit. »

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