‘Gangster Squad’ reshooting scenes after Colorado massacre

Within hours of the shootings in Aurora, Colo., meetings were being held at Warner Bros. to address changes not only for The Dark Knight Rises’ marketing plan, but for the upcoming film Gangster Squad.

A trailer for the Gangster that played during midnight showings of Dark Knight features a prominent scene where gunmen open fire on the audience in a movie theater. That trailer was yanked immediately; however, it’s not just the trailer that is affected. The studio has reportedly ordered a reshoot to replace the related scenes.

Gangster Squad, which stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Sean Penn, is still due to release September 7 as of now.

Mindy Kaling will appear in 9th season of ‘The Office’

Mindy Kaling confirmed on Monday that she will appear in the 9th season premiere of The Office, with plans to be in another episode later on. Kaling, who served as co-star/writer/producer for the NBC comedy, is focusing on her own series, Fox’s The Mindy Project.

“I’ll definitely be in the first episode next season,” she said during her TCA session for the Fox show. “And probably at least one other one too, which I’m really excited about,” All Office regulars will return next season, with the exception of James Spader and Kaling. B.J. Novak has chosen to take on a lesser role (“recurring”) this season.

Warner Bros. issues statement on ‘Dark Knight Rises’ shooting

Following the shootings in Aurora, Colo., during the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, the studio has responded to the tragedy. A 24-year-old heavily-armed gunman entered a theater showing the new Batman flick and opened fire after tossing a smoke bomb into the room. Early reports show that 12 attendees have died and 38 injured.

Via Warner Bros.:

“Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.”


The studio just canceled Friday’s Dark Knight Rises movie premiere in Paris and all French press interviews for director Christopher Nolan and stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, and Morgan Freeman, who have not commented on the tragedy.

‘Community,’ ‘New Girl,’ ‘The Voice,’ ‘Girls’ & More Get Emmy Love

Some cult favorites got some Emmy love during this year’s nominations; however, some did not.

After landing the top comedy series prize at the Critics’ Choice TV Awards last month, NBC’s underrated comedyseries Community finally is getting some Emmy recognition. While the Best Comedy Series and acting categories remain out of reach, it landed a prestigious Writing for a Comedy Series nomination.

Fox’s New Girl scored a few as well. Star Zooey Deschanel was up early Thursday following the announcement, because she her phone started going off due to her nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Co-star Max Greenfield (Schmidt) scored a Supporting Actor nod.

Deschanel shared her excitement on Twitter with fellow Outstanding Lead Actress nominee, Lena Dunham. The 26-year-old creator and star of the HBO series Girls was also nominated for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.

And a rocky season for American Idol—not to mention the departure of two of its judges—got a little rockier with the singing juggernaut losing its annual Reality Competition nod to newcomer NBC’s The Voice, which nabbed its first nomination.

While many niche programs such as The Walking Dead missed the list this year, the usual suspects of 30 Rock, Mad Men and Modern Family all dominated their respective categories. The latter snatched up four of the six Supporting Actor nominations for all of its adult males.

Mad Men is also positioned to possibly take Best Drama Series for a fifth consecutive year. It tied FX’s American Horror Story with 17 nominations. Big score for the freshman series created by Ryan Murphy, whose Glee was absent from all the major categories this year.

Another high note: Betty White bumped Survivor’s Jeff Probst out of Reality Competition Series Host for her show Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.

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‘Parks and Recreation’ to feature real-life senators; Amy Poehler scores Emmy nod

NBC’s little comedy that could, Parks and Recreation, is getting some big-name cameos for the upcoming season. The Amy Poehler comedy has enlisted Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, for its upcoming fifth season in an episode called “Ms. Knope Goes to Washington.” The trio will play themselves at a D.C. mixer attended by Ben (Adam Scott) and Leslie (Poehler) in the second episode of the season.

In related news, the show garnered three Emmy nominations on Thursday, including one for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Poehler.

Parks and Recreation returns Thursday, Sept. 20 at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.

Update: Check out this pic Sen. McCain tweeted from the set with Poehler.

Rick Ross teams up with Jay-Z & Dr. Dre for “3 Kings”

Three rap kings have come together for a new summer collaboration. Rick Ross, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre have teamed up for “3 Kings,” one of the tracks from Ross’ highly-anticipated fifth album, God Forgives, I Don’t. Stream it now below.

The newest effort from Ross will be released on July 31 via Maybach Music Group/Def Jam/Warner Bros.

God Forgives, I Don’t Tracklist:
01. Pray For Us
02. Pirates
03. 3 Kings (feat. Dr. Dre & Jay-Z)
04. Ashamed
05. Maybach Music IV (feat. Ne-Yo)
06. Sixteen (feat. Andre 3000)
07. Amsterdam
08. Hold Me Back
9. 911
10. So Sophisticated (feat. Meek Mill)
11. Presidential (feat. Elijah Blake)
12. Ice Cold (feat. Omarion)
13. Touch’N You (feat. Usher)
14. Diced Pineapples (feat. Wale & Drake)
15. Ten Jesus Pieces (feat. Stalley)

Ed Sheeran continues Billboard climb, “A Team” enters Hot 100

Call it a British Invasion if you like, but it continues this week as names like Cher Lloyd, Nero and this month’s cover story Ed Sheeran make moves on the new Billboard charts that were revealed Thursday.

Sheeran, whose album, +, debuted at No. 3 in the U.S., continues his climb as his hit single “The A Team” (which has already topped charts worldwide) jumps 4-3 on the Triple A airplay chart. After gaining considerable momentum in that category—which has earned quite the reputation lately for sending “adult album alternative” artists (i.e. Adele, Gotye) to the top of mainstream charts, the song enters the Hot 100 this week at No. 95.

Sheeran kicks off his U.S. tour in August. His cover story can be read below:

Tennis + Wild Belle on tour this fall

Tennis has announced they will be going on tour this fall with fellow indie favorite Wild Belle. The tour kicks of Sept. 26 in Omaha.

Tennis is featured this summer as one of Variance’s FutureSounds:

Adele’s 2011 album ‘21’ on track to pass Pearl Jam’s 1991 release…this year

There’s no arguing, the album is on the decline. While the format may soon end with a whimper, a few albums with broad appeal are going out with quite the bang.

Adele’s album 21 is on track to be next to hit the very rare milestone of 10 million copies sold in the U.S. Usher’s Confessions most recently crossed the threshold in the week ending July 1, eight years after its release, becoming only the 19th album to do so since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.

21, already a record-breaking juggernaut, has sold 9.57 million copies since its U.S. release in February 2011, and according to Billboard “is most likely to join the 10 million club next, probably before the end of the year.” That’s a big deal in the digital era.

Although Linkin Park’s 2000 debut Hybrid Theory (at 9.98 million) and Pearl Jam’s 1991 debut Ten (9.96 million) are closer to the 10 million mark, neither has the sales momentum to stave off Adele’s 21.

Read more about this from USA Today

Matt and Kim set release date for new album ‘Lightning’

Matt and Kim revealed Wednesday the details of their fourth studio album: Lightning will be released on Ocotber 2 via FADER.

The 10-track project is written and produced by the band, and it was recorded at their apartment in Brooklyn. The album artwork can be seen here and the tracklist is included below. Watch the video for the album’s first single, “Let’s Go,” below.

Lightning:
1. Let’s Go
2. Now
3. It’s Alright
4. Not That Bad
5. Overexposed
6. I Said
7. Tonight
8. I Wonder
9. Much Too Late
10. 10 Dollars I Found

Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’ digital release exceeds expectations, debuts at No. 2

It was a week for exceeding expectations.

R&B singer/songwriter Frank Ocean’s winning streak continues as his debut studio effort, Channel Orange, starts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 behind Zac Brown Band (their No. 1 Uncaged also surpassed expectations with 234,000 sold). Ocean’s set, which released exclusively via iTunes on July 10, sold 131,000 in its first week. About 3,000 of that sum were physical CDs. (That’s 128,000 digital albums!)

The iTunes release came a week before its advertised street date of July 17. Since it dropped digitally, physical retailers were instructed by Ocean’s label to start selling the CD version as soon as it arrives in stores.

Ocean’s debut surpasses Usher’s recent first-week with Looking 4 Myself (128,000) and almost matches Chris Brown’s Fortune a week ago (135,000). There’s a big difference though. Ocean’s album had comparably little promotion compared to Brown and Usher and was basically only available at iTunes for its first week, yet it pretty much sold as well as two superstars with multiple hit radio singles and wall-to-wall promotion.

Ocean’s release still isn’t complete. After the digital release on July 10, his physical CD released this week (July 17), and vinyl copies of Orange also get their own date—July 31. It’s not the traditional method, but it appears to be working very well for the talented singer whose album is already being called one of the best of 2012.

Note: Prior to announcing his surprise iTunes-only release, his album was expected to sell about 40,000-50,000 units in its first week.