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<p>Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Ryan Seacrest of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Ryan Seacrest of "American Idol"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 11 Finale - The winner is...

Would Phillip Phillips or Jessica Sanchez be our new Idol?

When it comes to predicting "American Idol" winners early, I have a mixed track record. 

I underestimated both Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze dramatically, but I also knew after last season's Top 24 performances that Scotty McCreery was going to be unbeatable. 

This season, back in January, I fought with clunky Park City wireless to recap the "Idol" premiere the night before the start of the Sundance Film Festival. You can check out my recap here and you can scan all the way to the bottom to see my reaction to Phillip Phillips. I didn't make any similarly hyperbolic statements in any subsequent audition recaps, so I had a hunch. But I also didn't want to believe that "Idol" would prove to be that excruciatingly predictable, so when it came time to lock in my winner for HitFix's "Idol" Fantasy Game, I settled on Jessica Sanchez the week the game began.

No matter who wins on tonight's (May 23) "American Idol" Season 11 finale, it won't be an underdog. Don't fool yourself into thinking otherwise. Phil-Phil has the familiar "Idol"-winning profile. Jessica has the familiar diva vocals. Either result will make total sense.

But naturally, it's gonna take us 127 minutes (according to FOX) to get there. 

Click through for the full, exhaustive live-blog. And join the conversation as we approach our results.

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The song remains the same on Billboard Hot 100 as Gotye lands sixth week at No. 1

The song remains the same on Billboard Hot 100 as Gotye lands sixth week at No. 1

Static chart sees little to no movement from last week

Somebody That I Used To Know” continues its residency at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as the Gotye tune, featuring Kimbra, logs its sixth week in the top spot.

The tune holds off a charge from Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”  which rises two spots to No. 2, leapfrogging over Maroon 5’s “Payphone,” featuring Wiz Khalifa (2-3) and Fun.’s “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae (3-4).

It’s a week of small moves on the chart. There are no new entries in the Top 10 and no title moves more than two spots one way or the other. Rounding out the top 5, Nicki Minaj’s “Starships”  rises 6-5.

The bottom half of the top 10 proves even more static. Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” featuring Sia flip flops with “Starships” to lands at No 6, then the song remains the same for the next four slots as last week: One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”  is No. 7, The Want’s “Glad You Came” is No. 8, Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” is No. 9 and Train’s “Drive By” is No. 10.?
 

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<p>Quvenzhan&eacute; Wallis in &quot;Beasts of the Southern Wild.&quot;</p>

Quvenzhané Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

Credit: Fox Searchlight

Exclusive: New photos from Sundance and Cannes charmer 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

Breakout Quvenzhané Wallis ventures out of the bathtub

When I reviewed Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild" during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival I referred to the drama as a "cinematic wonder." And I wasn't the only fan.  The film quickly won over Park City audiences and took home the coveted dramatic competition grand jury prize. After Fox Searchlight snatched it up during the fest, cinephiles the world over have been eager to journey to Hushpuppy's home,  "the Tub." Fast forward five months later and it's no surprise then, that critics on the other side of the Atlantic have been heaping praise upon "Wild" after it screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival this past weekend. Luckily, American moviegoers won't have to wait much longer to catch "Wild" in their local theaters as its national roll out begins on June 27. 

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<p>Michael Cassidy, Danny Masterson and James Lesure in &quot;Men at Work.&quot;</p>

Michael Cassidy, Danny Masterson and James Lesure in "Men at Work."

Credit: TBS

Review: Bros will be bros in TBS' forgettable 'Men at Work'

Danny Masterson and friends don't do much of interest in Breckin Meyer-created sitcom

The 2011-12 network TV season officially ends tonight at 11, right after the closing credits for "Revenge" and "Law & Order: SVU" have rolled. So for the next few months, the television business goes all "Freaky Friday," as the broadcast networks trot out their secondary programming — reality shows, imports and other low-cost series — while cable breaks out some of its biggest guns.

Tomorrow, for instance, brings the return of "So You Think You Can Dance" to FOX, and the debut of yet another singing competition show, "Duets," on ABC, as well as the third season premiere of ABC's cheap Canadian import cop show "Rookie Blue." Meanwhile, the next couple of months will see the return of HBO's "True Blood" (June 10), USA's "Burn Notice" (June 14), AMC's "Breaking Bad" (July 15) and the final season of TNT's "The Closer" (July 9), along with a whole batch of new shows like TNT's "Dallas" sequel (June 13), Aaron Sorkin's new HBO drama "The Newsroom" (June 24) and Charlie Sheen's sitcom comeback with FX's "Anger Management" (June 28).

That's a lot for any TV junkie to keep track of, even in the "slow" summer months. Unfortunately, the off-season gets off to a forgettable start with its first new cable offering: the TBS sitcom "Men at Work," which debuts tomorrow night at 10.

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<p>Beck</p>

Beck

Beck releases two tunes via Jack White's Third Man Records on May 28

When is that new album coming?

Beck will release “I Just Started Hating Some People Today” backed with “Blue Randy” on May 28 via Jack White’s Third Man Records Blue Series.

The long-absent singer recorded the tracks last year in Nashville while working on his new album. The pair of songs “spontaneously came together...on Beck’s final day in Nashville,” according to a press release. Still no word on a release date for the new album.

The tunes, available on iTunes and thirdmanrecords.com digitally, will also be available on vinyl, including a limited run of 100 Tri-Color 7-inches exclusively sold at Randy Records in Salt Lake City on June 2. Another 50 will randomly be inserted in mail orders for the single placed through Third Man.  

In addition to producing the two songs, White plays drums on the tunes as well.

While it’s been four years since Beck’s last full album, 2008’s “Modern Guilt,” he’s been teasing fans with one-off dates and scattered song. He recently contributed a cover of the song “Corrina, Corrina” to a compilation for maternal-health advocacy organization  Every Mother Counts, as well as contributed a song, “Looking for a Sign,” to the movie, “Jeff, Who Lives At Home.”

Beck will play the Aug. 10-12 Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park this summer, along with fellow headliners Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Metallica, Jack White, Foo Fighters, and Stevie Wonder.

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<p>Henry Ian Cusick in one of my favorite &quot;Lost&quot;&nbsp;scenes ever.</p>

Henry Ian Cusick in one of my favorite "Lost" scenes ever.

Credit: ABC

We have to go back! Great 'Lost' scenes, 2 years later

Celebrate the finale's anniversary with Jack, Sawyer, Hurley and friends

The "Lost" finale aired two years ago tonight. Having already reviewed the finale the night it aired, a month later, and then on the one-year anniversary, I don't have a lot to add on the subject. My opinion remains largely the same — as I said in that anniversary column, some distance from the finale, and seeing what the network TV world was like without "Lost," has made me even more inclined to forgive the show its weaknesses and focus on its strengths — and the sense I get is that everyone else is equally entrenched, whether they liked the finale or found it an insult and a betrayal of the six years they spent watching the show.

So rather than analyze some more, I thought I'd do something simpler, and hopefully more fun, and pick out a collection of some of my favorite scenes from six seasons of "Lost" for you to enjoy if you're feeling similarly nostalgic today. These aren't all of the best scenes ever, or any kind of representative sample; it's just a handful of moments that instantly came to mind when I was recalling how much fun I had watching the adventures of Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Locke, Hurley and friends over the years. I'm sure you all have your favorites, and if you want to discuss them (or link to them) in the comments, by all means, go for it.

Clips coming up just as soon as I threaten to beat you with my Jesus stick...

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<p>Justin Timberlake</p>

Justin Timberlake

Credit: AP Photo

Justin Timberlake set to score new film, 'The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea'

Movie stars Jessica Biel, Chloe Moretz and Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Justin Timberlake has added composer to many hats. Even though it’s been six years since his last album and he’s long grown tired of answering the question about when/if he’ll record again, he is returning to music to score the soundtrack to “The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea.”  He will also act as music supervisor.

The film, which is slated to begin shooting in the fall, stars his fiancee, Jessica Biel; as well as Chloe Moretz and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Bill Purple will direct, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The movie chronicles Morgan’s character after he loses his wife, played by Biel, as he helps a young girl (Moretz) build a raft to sail across the Atlantic Ocean.

No word on whether Timberlake will appear in the film. He has a number of upcoming film projects, including Clint Eastwood’s “Trouble With the Curve.” 

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber sets tour dates for 'Believe' arena tour; Carly Rae Jepsen opening

Teen star believes sales will be so strong, he's booked multiple dates in some cities

Three months after the release of June 19’s “Believe,” Justin Bieber will hit the roads with a headlining arena tour.  The first leg will open Sept. 29 at the Jobing.com Arena (Ok, that’s a case of naming rights gone really wrong) in Glendale, Ariz. before winding down in Miami at the American Airlines Arena on Jan. 26. 2013.

Bieber is pulling a Madonna (or a Prince, depending upon your reference point) as fans will be able to pre-order “Believe” with purchase of concert tickets. An American Express pre-sale starts tomorrow. General on-sales start June 2. (Beliebers already know about the fan club presale that is going on right now!)

The tour, presented by AEG Live, features Carly Rae Jepsen as the opener.

Sep 29             Glendale, AZ               Jobing.com Arena                 
Sep 30             Las Vegas, NV            MGM Grand                          
 
Oct 2               Los Angeles, CA         STAPLES Center                  
Oct 3               Los Angeles, CA         STAPLES Center                  
Oct 5               Fresno, CA                  Save Mart Center                  
Oct 6               Oakland, CA               The Oracle Arena                  
Oct 8               Portland, OR               Rose Garden                         
Oct 9               Tacoma, WA               Tacoma Dome                       
Oct 12             Calgary, AB                Scotiabank Saddledome       
Oct 15             Edmonton, AB            Rexall Place                           
Oct 16             Saskatoon, SK            Credit Union Centre               
Oct 18             Winnipeg, MB             MTS Centre                           
Oct 20             Minneapolis, MN         Target Center                         
Oct 21             Milwaukee WI             BMO Harris Bradley Center  
Oct 23             Rosemont, IL              Allstate Arena                        
Oct 24             Rosemont, IL              Allstate Arena             
Oct 26             Kansas City, MO        Sprint Center                          
Oct 27             St. Louis, MO              Scottrade Center                   
Oct 29             Dallas, TX                   American Airlines Center       
Oct 30             Houston, TX                Toyota Center                        

Nov 1              Memphis, TN              FedExForum                          
Nov 2              Louisville, KY              KFC Yum! Center                  
Nov 4              Philadelphia, PA          Wells Fargo Center                
Nov 5              Washington DC           Verizon Center                       
Nov 9              East Rutherford, NJ    IZOD Center                          
Nov 10                        Boston, MA                 TD GARDEN                         
Nov 12                        Brooklyn, NY              Barclays Center                     
Nov 20                        Pittsburgh, PA             CONSOL Energy Center      
Nov 21                        Auburn Hills, MI          The Palace of Auburn Hills    
Nov 23                        Kanata, ON                 Scotiabank Place                   
Nov 26                        Montreal, QC              Bell Centre                             
Nov 28                        New York, NY             Madison Square Garden       
 
Dec 1              Toronto, ON                Rogers Centre                       

Jan 5               Salt Lake City, UT      EnergySolutions Arena          
Jan 7               Denver, CO                Pepsi Center                          
Jan 9               Tulsa, OK                    BOK Center                           
Jan 10             N. Little Rock, AR       Verizon Arena                        
Jan 12             San Antonio, TX          AT&T Center                          
Jan 15             New Orleans, LA        New Orleans Arena               
Jan 16             Birmingham, AL          BJCC Arena                          
Jan 18             Nashville, TN              Bridgestone Arena                 
Jan 19             Greensboro, NC         Greensboro Coliseum 
Jan 22             Charlotte, NC              Time Warner Cable Arena    
Jan 23             Atlanta, GA                 Philips Arena                                   
Jan 25             Orlando, FL                 Amway Center                      
Jan 26             Miami, FL                    American Airlines Arena        ?
 

 

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<p>Kristen Stewart lets her guard down and delivers one of her best performances so far in the Walter Salles adaptation of 'On The Road'</p>

Kristen Stewart lets her guard down and delivers one of her best performances so far in the Walter Salles adaptation of 'On The Road'

Credit: IFC Films/American Zoetrope

Review: 'On The Road' makes great use of Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, and Sam Riley

Long-rumored Kerouac adaptation mostly gets it right

CANNES - Many filmmakers have attempted to adapt Jack Kerouac's seminal novel "On The Road" over the years, but Walter Salles is the guy who finally wrestled it up onto the screen.  It is a largely successful attempt to bring the book to life, and it follows the same sort of episodic rhythm that Salles utilized so well in "The Motorcycle Diaries."  While I would not call it a towering accomplishment, it is far more successful than I would have expected knowing the source material.

It would be interesting to take all of the films that exist that deal with the Beat Generation and the various characters who defined the era and look at how these people have been interpreted though various artistic filters.  After all, "On The Road" was Kerouac's biography, but through a very thin filter of fiction.  He renamed people, turning himself into Sal Paradise, the novel's narrator, while he turned the charming and charismatic Neal Cassady into the iconic Dean Moriarty.  Cronenberg's adaptation of "Naked Lunch" used a similar device, taking the unfilmable William Burroughs novel and turning it into a film that is as much about the writing of the book as the book itself.  We've seen films like "Howl" and "The Sheltering Sky" tackle the era and the figures who wrote those remarkable works, and there are, of course, plenty of documentaries that also tackle the era, giving these people a chance to make a case for their own place in cultural history.  The result is that we've got a pretty dense tapestry of material to choose from now if we want to try to understand what it was like to both create these works and to live in an era where they were fresh and causing major cultural shifts.

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<p>Some knowing eyes from &quot;The Great Gatsby.&quot;</p>

Some knowing eyes from "The Great Gatsby."

Credit: Warner Bros.

Baz Luhrmann delivers an opulent preview for 'The Great Gatsby'

Gallery: The most luxuriously opulent images from trailer

It's rare that an end of the year awards contender debuts its first full trailer in May, but Warner Bros. appears to have something special in mind with "The Great Gatsby."

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<p>Amber Riley and Lea Michele of &quot;Glee&quot;</p>

Amber Riley and Lea Michele of "Glee"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'Glee' Finale - 'Goodbye'

A surprising (and surprisingly strong) end to an uneven season suggests interesting possibilities next season
Having an ensemble can be an asset for a television program. Ostensibly, the more onscreen talent you have, the more diverse a set of stories you can tell. On “Glee,” perhaps less would have been more as a general rule. The show hasn’t narrowed its scope of storytelling over the years, but rather expanded it to the point where everything has become diffuse. It’s hard to focus on any one particular aspect of the show when it keeps shining flashlights into the corner of your peripheral vision. “Goodbye” was probably one of the best episodes of this uneven third season because it turned “Glee” into what it’s always truly been: the story of Rachel Berry. One can argue the relative merits of that focus. But having that focus tonight really did make a difference.
 
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<p>Chris Price's &quot;Homesick&quot;</p>

Chris Price's "Homesick"

Credit: PTB Music

Song Of The Day: Chris Price's 'That's Your Boyfriend'

So what have you done with your iPhone lately?

Chris Price's iPhone is essential -- not essential in the "I'd be lost if I broke my iPhone" sort of way, but the songwriter's latest creative output was wholly reliant on it.

L.A.-based Price recorded his entire solo debut "Homesick" on his phone, using the app Little Code Shop's 4Track Audio Recorder. Additionally, Price's friend Kyle Safieh shot a video for each of the album's 12 tracks on iPhone as well, with single "That's Your Boyfriend" chronicling the pop-rock singer and his string section's infiltration of the Greek Theatre by jumping some fences along the way.

Indeed, it's little wonder that the single "That's Your Boyfriend" is today's (May 22) iTunes Single of the Week: it shows off the capabilities of the device and the wide range of technique used in a mere four tracks.

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