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<p>In the &quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;finale, Nick (Jake Johnson)&nbsp;loses himself in the desert  while Winston (Lamorne Morris) &nbsp;and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) watch.</p>

In the "New Girl" finale, Nick (Jake Johnson) loses himself in the desert while Winston (Lamorne Morris)  and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) watch.

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Season finale review: 'New Girl' - 'See Ya'

Nick moves out, but somehow winds up in the desert

A review of the "New Girl" season finale coming up just as soon as I have a subscription to Cricket and a lot of PDFs...

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<p>&quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;creator Liz Meriwether with her star, Zooey Deschanel.</p>

"New Girl" creator Liz Meriwether with her star, Zooey Deschanel.

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Interview: 'New Girl' creator Liz Meriwether post-mortems season 1

The comedy went past adorkable to just plain good

"New Girl" wrapped up its first season tonight with an episode about the gang trying to talk Nick out of moving in with his ex-girlfriend. (I reviewed it here.) It was, on the whole, a strong first season for the comedy, particularly starting around the point where Dermot Mulroney showed up. I interviewed the show's creator, Liz Meriwether, about the learning curve that any first-year show goes through, what she learned about each of her characters, how she adjusted to losing Damon Wayans Jr's Coach after the pilot, and more. That's all coming up just as soon as I declare squatter's rights...

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<p>Digging the necktie, Eva. Don't ever change.</p>

Digging the necktie, Eva. Don't ever change.

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Watch: Eva Green on shooting her 'Dark Shadows' sex scene with Johnny Depp

One of the most striking women in film today does not disappoint in an interview

Shortly after our interview ended, Eva Green returned to her home planet, happy and ridiculously hot.

I love people like Eva Green.  I love actors who not only maintain a personal sense of style but who genuinely seem like they are tuned in to a private radio station, listening to music only they can hear.  I love them because we often see that individual personality come out in their work in ways that no one could predict.  They give performances that are alive in unexpected ways, and the films they are in are much richer for it.

Eva Green made a pretty serious impact on male moviegoers as soon as Bertolucci introduced her in "The Dreamers," and there is no doubt… she's a stunning woman.  As she's gotten older, though, what's become increasingly clear is that she is not really equipped to be part of the machine.  She's been in some big films, sure, but I don't get the sense that she has handed herself over, heart and soul, desperate to be a movie star.

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<p>Keane</p>

Keane

Interview: Keane is 'lucky' in a 'Strangeland'

Watch: Horror-themed 'Disconnected' and single 'Silenced by the Night'

Keane’s recent music video for new track “Disconnected” is a love-letter to horror films, a quick-and-dirty narrative that may compel the viewer to turn all the lights on.

The track itself? Nice and lovely.
 
“Well, the song is a bit about being disconnected from somebody,” said Keane drummer and co-founder Richard Hughes with a laugh. “We’re not feeling all that bad.”
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<p>Here's hoping Chloe Moretz is back to play Hit Girl again, since she was one of the most entertaining things in the first 'Kick-Ass'</p>

Here's hoping Chloe Moretz is back to play Hit Girl again, since she was one of the most entertaining things in the first 'Kick-Ass'

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'Kick-Ass 2' may have a home at Universal and a new director

Matthew Vaughn will supervise, and hopefully the full cast will return

I'm really surprised that Matthew Vaughn's willing to let someone else play with his toys.

After all, "Kick-Ass" wasn't just some studio gig he got hired for that was going to happen with or without his involvement.  He chose to make the film outside the studio system because he knew it wasn't going to be easy to convince people to let him do certain things like cast a real 12 year old to play Hit Girl or keep the extreme attitude of the thing.

As Mark Millar's been publishing "Kick-Ass 2" over the last year or so, the question has been raised many times about whether or not there would be a movie sequel.  Every time I ran into a member of the cast of the original, they seemed absolutely ready to jump back in and return to these characters.  Chris Mintz-Plasse in particular seemed hungry to play the villain this time, and he seemed excited by where the character had gone on the comics.

Now, according to reports, Universal may well step in as the home for "Kick-Ass 2," and while Matthew Vaughn's MARV Films remains in control of the material, Vaughn and his screenwriting partner Jane Goldman are not going to be hands-on in quite the same way this time.

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Jimmy Fallon's new album stars Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews and more
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Jimmy Fallon's new album stars Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews and more

'Blow Your Pants Off' features late night show's musical parodies

It was only a matter of time: Jimmy Fallon will release a new album full of the parodies he and such guests as Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews, and Bruce Springsteen have made famous on NBC's “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

Out June 12, “Blow Your Pants Off” features no stand-up routines, just Fallon's own impressions on such tunes as “Tebowie” and “Bob Dylan Sings ‘Charles in Charge’,” as well as viral hits like his and Timberlake’s “History of Rap,” and “Balls In Your Mouth” featuring Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, according to Rolling Stone.

Fallon’s only previous album was 2002’s “The Bathroom Wall.”

What do you think? The fun of the videos is seeing them as much as hearing them as both Fallon and his musical guests struggle to keep from cracking up. Somehow, just hearing the song doesn’t sound like that great a deal, but it's no different than The Lonely Island releasing albums of their musical skits.

So when’s the DVD coming?

The complete listing is below. We guess they couldn't get clearance for President Obama's version of "Slow Jam the News." 

The album art for Jimmy Fallon's 'Blow Your Pants Off'

Track listing for "Blow Your Pants Off"

"Neil Young Sings 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'"
"History of Rap" (feat. Justin Timberlake)
"Tebowie"
"Scrambled Eggs" (feat. Paul McCartney)
"The Doors Sing 'Reading Rainbow'"
"Balls In Your Mouth" (feat. Eddie Vedder)
"My Upstairs Neighbors Are Having Sex (And Listening to the Black Eyed Peas)"
"Bob Dylan Sings 'Charles in Charge'"
"Walk of Shame" (feat. Dave Matthews)
"Slow Jam the News" (feat. Brian Williams)
"New French Girlfriend"
"Cougar Huntin’" (feat. Big & Rich)
"You Spit When You Talk"
"Friday" (feat. Stephen Colbert)
"Neil Young Sings 'Whip My Hair'" (feat. Bruce Springsteen)

 


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<p>Check out the size of that brain. That's why 'The Avengers' feels like a magic trick.</p>

Check out the size of that brain. That's why 'The Avengers' feels like a magic trick.

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Watch: Joss Whedon talks about humor, Hawkeye, and the Hulk

The director of 'The Avengers' reveals the motivations behind his choices on the film

Until this year's SXSW film festival, I'd never spoken to Joss Whedon.

It didn't really strike me as odd until after the fact.  I mean, I've been writing about this guy's work for the entire time I've been online, and we have many overlapping friends.  Even if I hadn't had the opportunity for a formal interview, it seemed like we should have at least run into each other at some point.  Even my Twitter icon sort of perfectly sums it up, a photo of the two of us standing about eight feet apart that I never even realized happened.

The SXSW chat went really well, I thought, and then I saw "The Avengers" and just flipped for what he pulled off.  Sitting down with him again at the press day for the film, it was hard to know where to start the conversation because there's so much that's worth talking about when someone's having a creative moment like the one Whedon's having right now, not to mention the body of work he's already accumulated.

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A scene from Fritz Lang's "Metropolis"
A scene from Fritz Lang's "Metropolis"
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The 10 greatest films of all time (well, mine, anyway)

Okay, I'll join the fun

There's a lot of talk about lists lately. Just the other day we chewed on Roger Ebert's inclusion of Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" in his personal top 10 films of all time as part of the 2012 Sight & Sound critics and filmmakers poll (which Guy is agonizing over currently as he was asked to participate this time around -- Friday's the deadline).

Meanwhile, HitFix's own Drew McWeeny offered up his personal list of 20 last night as a lead-in to a feature Film School Rejects managing editor Scott Beggs (aka Cole Abaius) has been working through for a few days now. I was also asked to participate in that poll, which was largely net-based in focus and therefore younger in demographic. So I might as well offer up some extended thoughts, too.

I've been doing this in one form or another for 12 years, going back to college and, really, my teens. I'm 30 now. And one question I've been asked frequently over that span of time is, "Hey, what are your top 10 films of all time?"

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<p>Adam Lambert</p>

Adam Lambert

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What does Adam Lambert think of Kris Allen's single 'The Vision of Love?'

Two 'American Idols' release new albums one week apart

After long breaks between their individual major label debuts, “American Idol” season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert and winner Kris Allen will square off once again: in the record stores at least.

Lambert’s second RCA album, “Trespassing,” comes out next Tuesday on May 15, while Allen’s RCA set “Thank You Camellia” hits streets a week later on May 22.

When he saw that the two were releasing sets back to back, Lambert says, “I was like ‘Wow! OK. Here we go!,” he told Hitfix with a good-natured, bemused tone.

Though the pair couldn’t be more different musically or stylistically, they have maintained a mutual respect and admiration society for each other since appearing on the show, so it comes as no surprise that Lambert has very positive things to say about Allen’s current single, the positive “The Vision of Love”: “I’m so excited for him. I heard his new single and I think it’s beautiful and I think his voice sounds great on it,” Lambert says. “It’s a great melody. I know he helped write it. He’s a really talented guy so I’m excited to hear how the rest of the album turns out.”

We’ll post our full interview with Lambert  this Friday and watch for our interview with Allen to run next week. In the meantime, here’s a teaser from our sit down with Allen that we ran a few weeks ago

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Listen: O.A.R. and B.o.B collaborative Olympics theme 'Champions'

Listen: O.A.R. and B.o.B collaborative Olympics theme 'Champions'

A match made in a laboratory

I know what you're thinking. B.o.B. O.A.R. Together at last. And for an Olympic theme song, to boot.

The corporate sponsored-song "Champions" has an accompanying video interspersing sports clips with the two artists in the studio and their entourage nodding in the control room.

O.A.R. is already known for their songs-with-a-message. It's just that so few of those end with a saxophone line, a la Clarence Clemons. Otherwise, this song seems to have been crafted in a lab, so be inspired at least by the science of entertainment. My favorite part is where Bobby Ray puts his fists up in the air like a boxer and ad-libs "yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah."

We've already won.

 

 

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<p>From the Magnetic Fields' &quot;Quick!&quot;</p>

From the Magnetic Fields' "Quick!"

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Watch: The Magnetic Fields' darling 'Quick!' music video

What do trash can people eat?

The Magnetic Fields is a great band for the painfully shy. For all you trash can people out there: "Quick!" is for you.

Check out the music video for the new single from the band's latest "Love at the Bottom of the Sea," out earlier this year.

Does the clip make you wide-eyed?

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<p>A scene from Cristian Mungiu's &quot;Beyond the Hills.&quot;</p>

A scene from Cristian Mungiu's "Beyond the Hills."

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Cannes Check: Cristian Mungiu's 'Beyond the Hills'

Continuing our series of Cannes competition previews

The director: Cristian Mungiu (Romanian, 44 years old)

The talent: A number of first-time actresses pepper the cast list of Mungiu's latest, including his two leads, Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur. Keen followers of the Romanian New Wave may recognize (if not necessarily be able to name) the odd face in support, including a number of bit players from "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days." The biggest name here, relatively speaking? Luminita Gheorghiu, who won an LA Critics' award a few years back for "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu." 

Mungiu wrote and produced the film himself. It's interesting, however, to see Belgian brothers (and two-time Palme d'Or winners) Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne on the list of co-producers, just in case its Croisette cred needed any beefing up. "4 Months" cinematographer Oleg Mutu is also, invaluably, back on board -- as mentioned yesterday, this is one of two Competition entries this year shot by him. That film's production designer Mihaela Poenaru returns, joined by Calin Papura, who did some striking work on Francis Ford Coppola's "Youth Without Youth." Editor Mircea Olteanu (who also doubles as sound editor) makes his feature debut here.

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