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<p>Brendon and Rachel of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Brendon and Rachel of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Let Them Drink Their Haterade'

Speed-Bumps, Double U-Turns and 'bamboons'... Oh my!
When "The Amazing Race" wins its inevitable Emmys and people rant about the lazy and predictable choice that voters have made, I usually rush to the show's defense.
 
My argument is always that even if I sometimes prefer seasons of "Top Chef" or "Survivor" or "American Idol," the production scope of "Amazing Race" is on a totally different scale and that the show's technical excellence, particularly when it comes to editing, should never be underestimated.
 
I say that as a way to be nice and complimentary before getting to this:
 
Sunday (April 15) night's episode of "The Amazing Race" was an egregiously poorly edited episode of television. It was 40+ minutes of poor pacing and character choices, lousy continuity and confusing narrative progression. Tension was generated in perplexing ways and then defused. Finally, because of equally poor Race architecture, the editors had to practically give up, as the Leg was determined by a couple uninteresting tasks that were wedged into the last four minutes of the episode.
 
Blech.
 
More after the break, but I really don't know how much effort I feel like putting into this...
 
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<p>Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in "Game of Thrones." 

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'Game of Thrones' - 'What Is Dead May Never Die': The queen mustn't know

Tyrion executes a plan, Theon makes a choice, and Arya gets into deeper trouble

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I cut off your beard...

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<p>&quot;A&nbsp;Night to Remember&quot;</p>

"A Night to Remember"

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TCM Fest: 'A Night to Remember' marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy

Turner Classics celebrates its 18th birthday on a solemn note

About the time a full crowd of TCM Classic Film Festival-goers began filling one of the smaller theaters at Mann's Chinese multiplex this evening, the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic (9:20pm ET, April 14, 1912) came and went. The occasion: a screening of a newly restored version of Roy Ward Baker's "A Night to Remember," the 1958 British production dramatizing (though nevertheless capturing in minute detail) the harrowing, historic event.

It's been a bit of a slow slog for me with the fest this year and I've already missed a few of the things I wanted to catch because of various reasons, but I really wanted to be there for this. I had never actually seen the film and it seemed a good way to, I don't know, take stock of the anniversary. And I have to say, it's a fantastic film. I was kind of blown away by it and its impressive miniature effects, its swift but touching handling of the human drama, and I was also very intrigued that James Cameron's "Titanic" follows it so closely.

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<p>Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin on &quot;Castle&quot;</p>
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Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin on "Castle"

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HitFix Interview: Adam Baldwin talks reuniting with Nathan Fillion on 'Castle'

This Monday's episode is a 'Firefly' reunion for Mal and Jayne
Nearly a decade has passed since Adam Baldwin played the hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne on FOX's criminally short-lived "Firefly."
 
Since that time, Baldwin hasn't exactly been absent from the small screen. He was a regular on "The Inside" and "Day Break." He did guest appearances on shows including "Angel" and "Stargate SG-1." There was also that little five-season run as John Casey on "Chuck," one of the few shows capable of giving "Firefly" a run when it comes to pure cult dedication. 
 
But for all of those credits in the intervening years, there's still something instantly and specifically pleasing about seeing ABC press stills of Baldwin sharing the frame with Nathan Fillion on this Monday's (April 16) "Castle." 
 
In Monday's episode, titled "Headhunters," Baldwin plays a gritty detective named Ethan Slaughter. There aren't many actors who can get away with playing a character named Detective Slaughter, but with Baldwin, it seems only fitting. 
 
I chatted with Baldwin last week about reuniting with Fillion. I don't think you're going to be able to mistake the respect that exists between these two. 
 
Click through for the full interview...
 
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<p>Josh Brolin</p>

Josh Brolin

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Josh Brolin and Gotye

'Men in Black III' star toplines a strong 'SNL' installment

The last time Josh Brolin hosted “Saturday Night Live” was October 18, 2008. Sarah Palin was still a candidate for Vice President. That night’s musical act, Adele, was still a barely known commodity. Suffice it to say, a lot has happened in the interim. If memory serves, Brolin acquitted himself well as a host, falling firmly between the genius of Jon Hamm and the “whatever the hell that was” of Michael Phelps. While Brolin’s career hasn’t exactly flourished in those interim years, he’s poised for a potential comeback with this summer’s sequel “Men In Black III.” Will that mean a potential parody with Jay Pharaoh? If that gives Pharaoh something to do other that appear wordlessly in the final sketch of the night, I’m all for it. Joining the festivities tonight is Gotye, who will probably play “Somebody That I Used To Know” in both of his allotted slots tonight. And honestly, who would object?

As always, I’ll be grading each sketch live as they happen. Why mess with a working the formula? “SNL” sure doesn’t. Oh wait. That’s a potentially bad example.
 
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<p>Axl Rose</p>
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Axl Rose

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Music Power Rankings: Britney Spears reappears, Madonna falls

Justin Bieber and One Direction also make the list

1) One Direction: The British boy band is so hot that they are taking the unprecedented step of putting their 2013 concert tickets on sale more than a year in advance.

2) Britney Spears: She reportedly accepts a $15 million deal to be a judge on Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor.” Looks like we have a new Material Girl.

3) Madonna: Speaking of, Madge, who topped last week's list,  falls hard as sales for “MDNA” drop 88% in its first week, the highest decline ever. The good news is that years from now, people will only remember that the album came in at No. 1, not the cliff dive. #SuperBowldoesnotcoverallpromotionalneeds

4) Axl Rose: In perhaps the politest letter he’s ever written, the Guns N’ Roses singer asks to not be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And to please take him off the call list forever and ever.

5) Green Day: Pop punk band will release three albums in 2012.  Haven’t they heard that we live in a singles world now?

6) Coachella: The desert festival kicked off Friday night in its expanded version spread out over two weeks. Come rain or come shine.

7) Spotify: As the streaming service continues to gain traction in the U.S., co-founder Daniel Ek says 2012 revenue will exceed $889 million. That’s almost four times the 2011 revenue. We’ll see if it can move into the black as it lost $59 million last year. Maybe Instagram’s founders will buy the company. We’ve heard they came into some cash.

8) “American Idol”: Its luster may be fading slightly, but it’s not done yet: or at least not by a long shot over at iTunes where “American Idol Top 7 Season 11” hit No. 1 on Friday.

9) Justin Bieber: First single “Boyfriend” set record this week, now the Bieb breaks news that he and Taylor Swift have collaborated on a song for his forthcoming album, “Believe.” Just don’t date her, Justin, or you’ll be on her next album and it won’t be a duet.

10) Courtney Love:
Eager to keep her name in the news, Love hits a new low as she accuses Dave Grohl of hitting on her teenage daughter, Frances Cobain.  Someone is off her meds and we suspect, sadly, this will not be the last time Frances has to apologize for her mama.

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<p>Bob Marley performing in front of a crowd of 40,000 in Paris. </p>

Bob Marley performing in front of a crowd of 40,000 in Paris.

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Bob Marley doc to stream live on Facebook in conjunction with the theatrical release

This will be the first distribution launch of its kind for a US film

On April 20 director Kevin Macdonald’s "Marley," a documentary about the legendary musician Bob Marley, will be the first U.S. release ever to be made available for streaming on Facebook on the same day as its theatrical release. Facebook’s users will be able to instantly watch the film streaming from the Bob Marley Facebook page.

In addition to the innovative distribution launch, a portion of the proceeds from the film’s Facebook sales will benefit the charity organization Save the Children. "We are proud to have the ‘Marley’ documentary support Save the Children,” said executive producer Ziggy Marley via press release. “Helping underprivileged children is something that our father would do every day, so it is very appropriate for ‘Marley’ the film to be partnering with a charity whose main focus is helping children. Bob would be very happy."

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<p>Terry Kinney and Adam Goldberg in &quot;NYC&nbsp;22.&quot;</p>

Terry Kinney and Adam Goldberg in "NYC 22."

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Review: CBS' 'NYC 22' a disappointingly generic cop drama

Adam Goldberg and Leelee Sobieski play rookie cops in series created by Richard Price
CBS' "NYC 22" (Sunday at 10 p.m.) is one of the last new series to debut on the broadcast networks this season. Looking back on some of the swill we were served earlier in the season — "Work It," "The Playboy Club," "I Hate My Teenage Daughter," etc. — it's far, far from the worst member of the freshman class. But it's among the most disappointing.
 
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<p>Alfredo Castro (far left) in Pablo Larrain's &quot;Post Mortem.&quot;</p>

Alfredo Castro (far left) in Pablo Larrain's "Post Mortem."

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Cinejabber: The foreign alternatives

Open thread. The floor is yours.

Welcome back to Cinejabber, your weekly open space to kick around whatever film-related thoughts you have on your mind. Who knows, some of them may even concern films that have nothing to do with Joss Whedon.

What, if anything, are you planning on seeing this weekend? Beyond "The Cabin in the Woods" -- on which I seem to be in the minority, finding it reasonably clever but not particularly revelatory -- the options aren't all that tempting. I haven't seen the Farrellys' take on "The Three Stooges," but in spite of better-than-expected reviews, can't muster up much enthusiasm for the idea. Over on my side of the Atlantic, meanwhile, the crowds are packing into "Battleship," which, as my Variety review explained, is pretty much exactly what you think it is -- for better and worse.

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<p>Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder of &quot;The Vampire Diaries&quot;</p>
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Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder of "The Vampire Diaries"

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HitFix Interview: Julie Plec talks 'Vampire Diaries'

Love triangles, finale scope and classroom attendance talk from the series co-creator
I've been a big supporter of The CW's "Vampire Diaries" for a while now.
 
"Vampire Diaries" made my end-of-the-year Top 10 lists for both 2010 and 2011.
 
I've referred to "The Vampire Diaries" as the best drama on network TV and I've meant it. 
 
Somehow, though, I've never done a real 1-on-1 interview with either Julie Plec or Kevin Williamson, the show's co-creators. And it's not like I haven't had questions that needed answering.
 
Consider that situation rectified here.
 
The story of high schooler Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) and the two vampire brothers (Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder) who love her started off twisty and has just become twistier in a third season that has introduced vampire-werewolf hybrids, expanded deeper into the world of witchcraft and introduced an expanding mythology that spans centuries and spans the globe.
 
Although "The Vampire Diaries" delivers the sort of jaw-dropping shocks that most shows save for finales and sweeps periods on a weekly basis, this season's finale is expected to be particularly epic, or at least that's what the stars have been telling folks. 
 
I got on the phone with Julie Plec on Thursday to talk about this May's finale, resolving love triangles and whether or not anybody has been attending classes this year. 
 
We also discussed Plec's Monday (April 16) appearance at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, where she will be chatting about the show's distinctive cinematography.
 
Click through for the full conversation.
 

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<p>Adele</p>
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Adele

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Look who springs back to the top of the Billboard 200 next week

Plus, a slew of newer artists make strong showings

Look who is likely to pop back up to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week after five weeks out of the top spot: it’s Adele and “21.” The title should reign supreme once again next week with sales of up to 95,000, according to Hits Daily Double.

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<p>&nbsp;Jay of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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 Jay of "Survivor: One World"

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HitFix Interview: Jay Byars talks 'Survivor: One World'

The latest bootee discusses his million dollar chicken wings
If you're keeping score at home, "Survivor: One World" may have done away with its Men vs Women twist long ago, but this is the fifth time in six weeks that a man has gone home. 
 
Colton Cumbie orchestrated the elimination of Bill and Matt (and Monica, the only woman sent home in the last six weeks) and then Colton's body orchestrated his elimination. Since then, and since the abrupt Merge, a female alliance headed by Kim and Chelsea has sent Jonas and Mike packing.
 
This week's booted contestant was Jay Byars, who wasn't the secondary target of the Salani alliance, but went packing when Troy played an Immunity Idol. Jay had a chance at his own Idol, but stepped down at the Immunity challenge in exchange for chicken wings. 
 
As you might guess, Jay regrets that decision now.
 
In our exit interview, Jay discusses failed alliances, tasty dipping sauces and his partnership with Colton.
 
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