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Watch this awful Nicki Minaj music video

'Starships' is the visual essence of unknowing

As I said in my review of Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," the star's output has suffered from her and her label's attempt to throw just about anything at the wall in hopes something sticks. In her music video for hopeless radio bait "Starships," they use the same method, only this time with Dayglo paint and bikinis.

Minaj is seen emerging from the water, a beam from a "starship" of manufactured Girldom, the centerpiece of every cheap beach rave and Vicky's Secret cliche you can think of. Certainly, Minaj looks beautiful, bound inside of strappy and stringy two pieces and body glitter on the beaches of Hawaii. But she doesn't look comfortable. Signalling that Minaj's dance moves are still unready for primetime, she's a bumbling, posturing siren in a sea of hippie-trippies and professional hoofers (in bowler hats, to boot).

For everything wrong with this video and this type of video, just fast forward to the final scenes, where the party jumps around and Minaj has to literally hold onto her bouncing bountiful breasts: is it to mirror very similar actions that everyday party-going girls have to endure or a true reflection of the waste and half-baked madness Barbz must endure? Either way: it requires endruance to get through this mess.

Cash Money has got to quit trying to make Minaj into Rihanna With Raps. She's got too much savage personality to fit into a sweetheart mold, too much talent as a rapper to squander and not enough know-how to navigate this kind of generic pop pageantry. It's like watching "Toddlers & Tiaras" -- she's not ready, which makes "Starships" well-meaning but completely off-course.

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<p>No, seriously... that's Thor.&nbsp; YOU&nbsp;HAVE&nbsp;THOR&nbsp;IN&nbsp;YOUR&nbsp;MOVIE, PEOPLE.&nbsp; Own it, celebrate it, but above all else, release it.&nbsp; THOR! RIGHT&nbsp;THERE!</p>

No, seriously... that's Thor.  YOU HAVE THOR IN YOUR MOVIE, PEOPLE.  Own it, celebrate it, but above all else, release it.  THOR! RIGHT THERE!

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'Cabin In The Woods' heads straight to DVD in Australia and NZ

'Cherynobl Diaries' also gets the bum's rush with the news

Hello, Village Roadshow.

This evening, I was working on a review for a film and occasionally looking over at the Twitter feed on another screen, and I saw Garth Franklin send a single Tweet.  "Roadshow have confirmed - both "Cabin In The Woods" and Chernobyl Diaries" will go direct to DVD in Australia. Dates to be announced."

Could I ask you to reconsider that decision?

You've got time.  You haven't announced any dates yet, so you haven't tied yourself to anything that you'd then have to retract.  You are in a position right now to simply reverse course and make a whole lot of potential customers very very happy.

"But we've gone over the numbers and we've discussed it and we're pretty sure this is the right decision."  I'm sure you have any number of very smart professional people working for your company who have spent real time and energy putting together the plan that Garth was referring to tonight.  I'm sure there is sound reasoning behind the decision.

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<p>Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Chris Pratt, and Alison Brie all star in the new comedy 'The Five-Year Engagement'</p>

Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Chris Pratt, and Alison Brie all star in the new comedy 'The Five-Year Engagement'

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Review: Segel and Blunt make 'Five Year Engagement' both funny and painful

Nicholas Stoller's latest is messy but alive and filled with charming moments

Nicholas Stoller's films are frequently lumped in under the broader umbrella of "Judd Apatow movies," but I think that's not fair.  Yes, Apatow helped usher in a certain style of studio comedy that is now a major part of the landscape, but he doesn't write and direct every movie that he produces.  Stoller's movies, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall, "Get Him To The Greek," and this week's new release "The Five-Year Engagement," have their own identity, their own unruly voice, and I think he's doing a nice job of honing that identity from film to film.

Working with Jason Segel, it seems to me that Stoller is fascinated by just how far he can push a character or characters before they break.  In "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," Segel played wounded very well, and the gradual way he mended his heart was charted with honesty even though it was also packed with laughs.  "Greek" was all about testing the character played by Jonah Hill and seeing just how much he was willing to put up with from someone he idolized.  Now, with this film, Stoller and Segel are once again writing about something real, wrapping up some painful truth in some big comedy set piece moments, and if the film has a major flaw, it is inherent to the premise itself.

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<p>Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd in "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Debate': Pain don't hurt

Amy Poehler writes, directs and stars in a Leslie Knope tour de force

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I love it when you're needlessly disgusting...

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<p>Nicole Kidman in &quot;The Paperboy.&quot;</p>

Nicole Kidman in "The Paperboy."

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Cannes Check: Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

Continuing our series of Cannes competition previews

The director: Lee Daniels (American, 52 years old)

The talent: Thought Robert Pattinson was the unlikeliest name you'd see leading a Competition title at Cannes? Try Zac Efron out for size. The "High School Musical" teen idol takes on his first fully adult dramatic lead in this thriller, with several more experienced star names to back him up: Matthew McConaughey (in the first of his two Competition film appearances this year), Nick Nolte, John Cusack, Scott Glenn and, generating the most pre-premiere chatter about her performance, Nicole Kidman.

Meanwhile, sandpaper-voiced soul singer Macy Gray narrates. If you enjoyed her performance in Daniels' debut feature "Shadowboxer" and often find yourself wondering how she'd have fared in Mo'Nique's role in "Precious" -- in other words, if you're me -- this is very good news indeed.

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<p>Sissy Spacek at the Country Music Awards in 2010.</p>

Sissy Spacek at the Country Music Awards in 2010.

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Sissy Spacek and William Friedkin to be feted by Seattle fest

Meanwhile, Friedkin is also set to screen 'Killer Joe'

The Seattle International Film Festival has announced that it will recognize Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek and director William Friedkin as 2012 tribute honorees. Sissy Spacek will receive the festival’s award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting on June 7 and William Friedkin will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award on June 9.

“Sissy Spacek and William Friedkin have captivated audiences repeatedly throughout their careers with critically acclaimed works that boast multigenerational appeal,” said SIFF Artistic Director Carl Spence via press release.

Spacek has a particularly special place in my heart. Her first firm step onto the world stage was in “Badlands,” the debut film of one of my favorite director’s, Terrence Malick. But it was her Academy Award-winning turn as country singer Loretta Lynn in “Coal Miner’s Daughter” that really left an indelible mark.

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot;&nbsp;Abed (Danny Pudi)&nbsp;and Troy (Donald Glover)&nbsp;get their &quot;Law &amp;&nbsp;Order&quot;&nbsp;on.</p>

On "Community," Abed (Danny Pudi) and Troy (Donald Glover) get their "Law & Order" on.

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'Community' - 'Basic Lupine Urology': Law & Order: Special Biology Unit

The Greendale gang pay homage to an NBC classic

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I honor the pinky swear of a degenerate...

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<p>Todd Phillips has some experience with road trips go wrong, and it should be exciting to see what he does with the script by Jay and Mark Duplass.</p>

Todd Phillips has some experience with road trips go wrong, and it should be exciting to see what he does with the script by Jay and Mark Duplass.

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Todd Phillips hires Duplass Brothers to drive his adaptation of 'Mule'

What will the King Of Mean and the Turks of Quirk do together?

Here's a combination that I never would have expected.

The Duplass Brothers are on fire right now, working incredibly hard and putting out something like 85 movies a year.  Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration, and at least part of that effect comes from seeing Mark Duplass show up in other people's movies like "Your Sister's Sister" or "Darling Companion" or on his TV series "The League."  Their movie "The Do-Deca Pentathalon" is getting a Fox Searchlight release later this year and their other new film, "Jeff Who Lives At Home" is still in some theaters now.

And as Todd Phillips prepares to start production on the final film in "The Hangover" series, he's also enjoying the recent success of "Project X."  Once he wraps up his mega-successful franchise, he's going to be looking for his next movie.  And it looks like that's going to be a film that brings him together with the Duplass Brothers, an unlikely marriage if I've ever seen one.

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<p>Skylar Laine of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>
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Skylar Laine of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 6 Results - Down to 5, plus Katy Perry

Stefano Langone also drops by to remind people he's alive

Much excitement in FOX-dom already this afternoon with the announcement that "Fringe" has been renewed for a fifth and final season.

But now it's time to take a deep breath and move on to "American Idol," which will feature another elimination, as well as performances by Katy Perry and Stefano Langone.

Whee! Click through for all the excitement.

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Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding

Kroy Biermann and Kim Zolciak in 'Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding'

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Review: 'Real Housewives' spinoff 'Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding'

Atlanta's Kim Zolciak steps into the spotlight for a dream wedding

It's been a big year of moving beyond the mothership for the ladies of "Real Housewives of Atlanta." NeNe Leakes landed recurring roles on "Glee" and NBC's comedy pilot (and likely pickup) "The New Normal," Kandi Burruss' making-a-music-star special "The Kandi Factory" has been picked up as a full blown series for Bravo and Kim Zolciak is fronting the first official "Atlanta" spinoff: "Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding."

Chronicling the dramatic events leading up to Zolciak's nuptials last November, "Don't Be Tardy" plays like a slimmed down "Real Housewives" arc and should appeal to "Atlanta" fans as naturally as Bravo's "Bethenny Ever After" capitalized on "Real Housewives of New York" breakout Bethenny Frankel.

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<p>Brandy's &quot;Put It Down&quot; featuring Chris Brown</p>

Brandy's "Put It Down" featuring Chris Brown

Listen: Brandy combines with Chris Brown for 'Put It Down'

Does the R&B icon need him?

The latest R&B/hip-hop star has added liner to Chris Brown's pockets, as Brandy releases her second single from "Two Eleven": "Put It Down."

I love the beat, I love how Brandy is bringing her brand of alto, low-loving vocals back into this salty-sweet pop formula. It lumbers but it bangs.

Breezy, on the other hand, brings as much personality to the mix as an ATM. I've made no qualms with my general distaste of Brown, mostly because I find him to be an abhorrent human being and his creative contributions, lately, as uneven. For every brilliant "Turn Up the Music" there's a pitiless "How I Feel."

I don't think Brandy needs Brown here -- not his name, not his vocals. He gets the co-write, sure, but his guest verse brings nothing to the table, particularly rhyming "Brandy" with "candy" and another stereotypical phone-in about girls and their purses.

The track's sparse as is. Consider in the future getting rid of the dead weight (or deadbeat).

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<p>Alison Brie has tremendous fun in the new comedy 'The Five-Year Engagement'</p>

Alison Brie has tremendous fun in the new comedy 'The Five-Year Engagement'

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Watch: 'Community' star Alison Brie puts on an accent for '5 Year Engagement'

We talk with the busy actress about her new film and how she prepared for it

It must be a lovely time to be Alison Brie.

No matter what happens with "Community," the show definitely has an audience that loves it and is passionate about it, myself included.  And "Mad Men" returned this year after an unusually long hiatus and appears to have quickly reestablished its place at the center of pop culture.  Now, with "The Five Year Engagement," she's also on thousands of movie screens this weekend.

Lucky us.

She co-stars here as Suzie, sister to Violet (Emily Blunt), one of the leads of the film.  One of the ways Stoller and Jason Segel, the film's star and co-writer, illustrate the frustration of the prolonged engagement in the film is by etching in the details of a separate relationship where things move at a totally different pace.  Suzie ends up with Alex (Chris Pratt), and we see them start a family and start to evolve into real adults, and while they don't have a ton of screen time, they do a good job of showing some real growth as time passes.

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