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<p>The SHIELD&nbsp;Helicarrier is only one of the sights that appears in the Japanese 'Avengers' trailer but not the American one.</p>

The SHIELD Helicarrier is only one of the sights that appears in the Japanese 'Avengers' trailer but not the American one.

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From the Japanese 'Avengers' ad to Hasselhoff in 'Piranha 3DD' - catching up on the latest trailers

We take a look at everything we missed during SXSW, including 'Dark Shadows'

One of the interesting side effects of being at a film festival, especially one that lasts longer than a week, is that you become unstuck in time.  You stay so busy that the outside world sort of recedes completely.  I came up for air a few times during SXSW, but for the most part, it was the rest of Team HitFix that was dealing with breaking news and posting new trailers.  I missed quite a few of them, and when I realized that, I thought I'd go back and catch up.

I know I talked to people at SXSW about that Japanese "Avengers" trailer, and it's certainly worth some conversation.  It's interesting that the Japanese trailer just plain reveals the alien invasion aspect of the film that the American campaign has so carefully hidden.  There's a lot more material here, including an appearance by Pepper Potts that surprised me.  Until now, I wasn't 100% sure she was even in the film.

There's more of an emphasis on both Hawkeye and The Black Widow here, and we finally see Cobie Smulders, who I hear is one of the surprise highlights of the film.  All in all, this is a great sneak peek at the film, and now that I've seen it, I don't want to see anything else until I see it all put together.

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<p>Fun. performs at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, R.I. earlier this month.</p>

Fun. performs at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, R.I. earlier this month.

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Does fun. enjoy their third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100?

Who scores the only new entry in the top 10?

“We Are Young” is aging well as the song by fun. featuring Janelle Monae spends its third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

For much of the rest of the chart, the song remains the same: Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” stays at No. 2, while The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” hops up one space to No. 3, flipping places with Adele’s “Set Fire To the Rain,” which falls to No. 4. Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra stays at No. 5 but keeps its bullet.

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 10</p>
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The "American Idol" Top 10

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 10 Performance - Billy Joel Night

P. Diddy mentors the Top 10 as they tackle the music of The Piano Man

Welcome to Wednesday (March 21) night's "American Idol."

If scuttlebutt is to be believed -- and I always believe scuttlebutt -- Wednesday's theme is The Music of Billy Joel. And if additional scuttlebutt is to be believed, mentoring the Top 10 will be Sean Combs, because if anybody is trained to help aspiring singers with the work of Billy Joel, it's P. Diddy. 

Click through to find out how a man who can't sing steered our "Idol" hopefuls in the fine art of singing...

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<p>Katy Perry in &quot;Part of Me&quot;</p>

Katy Perry in "Part of Me"

Watch: Katy Perry joins the Marines in 'Part of Me' music video

Do you buy it? Does it matter?

They say a woman who changes her hair is about to change her life. Katy Perry hacks off most of her natural locks in the new music video for "Part of Me," so her shift in life? Joining the Marines.

The Ben Moore-directed clip was shot, in part, over three days at Marine Corps base Camp Pendleton in San Diego, where Perry was put through a series of combat training exercises, shooting guns, lifting logs and lip-syncing beneath a gigantic American flag, throwing in some literal "bombs" and "blows."

The clip opens up with Perry listening to a fictional celebrity interview on the radio that obviously reflects on her disintegrated relationship with now-ex-husband Russell Brand; we learn that her character in the video was inspired to join the armed services after the crash-and-burn ending of a relationship with a boyfriend. Perry told MTV that she wanted a video that was an "affirmation of strength" after a relationship that took it out of her. "I wanted go the strongest route I possibly could."

That route began with her chopping off all her hair (a la "G.I. Jane"), embracing her hoodied androgyny ("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo") wrapping her infamous boobs with gauze (a la... "Shakespeare in Love" [???]) and crying into a sink before handing over her clothes and preparing to mouth "Yes drill sergeant" for as many times as it took. The inspiration was a bumper sticker: "All women are created equal, then some become Marines."

In this case, enlisting was a source of self-esteem, encourages a sense of community among other women. Marines are tough, their part of America's pride. But part of the video's oddness was Perry's degenderizing -- and the co-option of a military institution.

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<p>The Flaming Lips with fwends</p>

The Flaming Lips with fwends

Record Store Day update: Flaming Lips with Coldplay, Sub Pop, White Stripes

Listen to Beach House's non-RSD single

Music lovers and vinyl collectors, update your shopping list: The Flaming Lips have announced further details on their Record Store Day collaboration set, plus below are some outlines on other April 21 exclusive drops, like those from Sub Pop, Arctic Monkeys, Sex Pistols and more.

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<p>Julian Fellowes claims his take on the Titanic story boasts more historical credibility than James Cameron's.</p>

Julian Fellowes claims his take on the Titanic story boasts more historical credibility than James Cameron's.

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Julian Fellowes aims to right perceived wrongs of James Cameron's 'Titanic'

'Downton Abbey' creator claims his take will "set the record straight"

For some reason, amid the building media hype about the release, I feel oddly disinclined to see "Titanic 3D" -- neither because I fear, as Roger Ebert bemoaned, the defacement of some kind of masterpiece, nor because I so dislike the film as to make an active point of not revisiting it.

That said, I somehow haven't revisited it since December 1997, though it certainly hasn't slipped from memory. What I remember fondly of it (and there's much to go under that column) I remember vividly enough not to crave a reminder. I also remember much that was lunky and crass and tin-eared, none of it likely to be remedied by an extra dimension. The film's charms are, in my mind, irrevocably tied to conditions of who and where I was when I first saw it, aged 14, smack in the middle of the demographic that rather infectiously lost their collective minds for it that summer. (Yes, I was in the southern hemisphere then.) Historical epic it may be, but it's a teenage time-capsule piece for me, and coating it in the ubiquitous 21st-century veneer of state-of-the-art 3D seems somehow anachronistic. I'm not claiming it's rational, but it's why I'm personally resisting.

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<p>Kerri and Stacy of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Kerri and Stacy of "The Amazing Race"

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HitFix Interview: Kerri & Stacy talk 'The Amazing Race'

Latest bootees talk poor navigation, changing tires and fear of dolphins
Stacy Bowers and Kerri Paul weathered four Legs of "The Amazing Race," including two Legs that hinged on Stacy conquering her fear of heights to jump from planes or rappel down buildings. 
What did the Mississippi Cousins in on Sunday's (March 18) "Amazing Race" episode was that old standard: Bad directions. The Cousins had completed a Roadblock ahead of struggling Jamie & Nary, but faulty navigation left them in last place just minutes later.
In our exit interview, Kerri discusses her confessed navigational difficulties, Stacy talks about her fear of heights, Kerri tries to explain why she's afraid of dolphins and the cousins explain how pre-Race training paid off in a moment we didn't see on TV. 
Click through for the full interview:
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<p>fun.'s Nate Ruess</p>

fun.'s Nate Ruess

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Watch: fun. covers Lady Antebellum's 'We Own the Night'

The cute-o-meter is now broken

I promise this will be quick: Today's cute-o-meter was broken, by an acoustic cover of Lady Antebellum's "We Own the Night" by fun., for SiriusXM.

I've always been a fan of Nate Ruess' voice, especially on his old band The Format's record "Dog Problem." He treads that perfectly harmonize-able line between tenor and alto, a solid foundation for a memorable pop song that everyone can sing.

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<p>David Mazouz and Kiefer Sutherland in &quot;Touch.&quot;</p>

David Mazouz and Kiefer Sutherland in "Touch."

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Review: Return of Kiefer Sutherland's 'Touch' suggests a pattern of cheesiness

Things that worked in the January pilot go horribly awry in the first regular episode
When FOX aired the pilot of "Touch" back in January — months ahead of the official season premiere tomorrow night at 9 — I wrote that the episode succeeded at making a lot of tricky ideas work together, but that I feared future episodes might not work as well. The concept — a mute, insular boy has the ability to see patterns in the chaos of everyday life that his father can use to help strangers — seemed too elaborate a Rube Goldberg device to run smoothly every week, particularly since the man at the controls was Tim Kring, who got off to a good start on "Heroes" before losing his grip quickly. The "Touch" pilot worked even as there were all kinds of danger signs about why it shouldn't have, and I worried that it would be hard to get the pieces to align perfectly in future installments.
I've now seen both the episode premiering tomorrow and the one airing next week. Tomorrow's episode confirms all of my fears about the show — if anything, it's even worse than I thought things could get — while next week's maybe rises to mediocrity, and without any of the emotional impact that made me forgive a whole lot of contrivances in the pilot.
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Candlebox are back with a new song 'Believe In It,' son

Positivity reigns, son!

The rise and reunion of all hard rock bands made popular from the 1990s is a nearly complete endeavor, with Candlebox already on board and preparing another effort As outlined below, though, let's remember that the group wasn't gone all that long.

Cuddly-soft titled "Love Stories & Other Musings" is due on April 3, tipping off with single "Believe In It." It features the overdriven mastering that so many commercial rock songs these days have grown accustomed to, plus the work-hard-love-hard positivity of Kevin Martin.

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<p>Cooper (Michael Cudlitz)&nbsp;and Tang (Lucy Liu)&nbsp;in a shoot-out in the &quot;Southland&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) and Tang (Lucy Liu) in a shoot-out in the "Southland" season finale.

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Season finale review: 'Southland' - 'Thursday'

Cooper and Tang have a parting of the ways, while Lydia and Ben each make big decisions

A review of the "Southland" fourth season finale coming up just as soon as I sing a little Nicki Minaj for you...

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<p>New &quot;Doctor Who&quot;&nbsp;companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.</p>

New "Doctor Who" companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.

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'Doctor Who' casts Jenna-Louise Coleman as new companion

Actress to succeed Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill when the Ponds leave the TARDIS

"Doctor Who" fans already knew that this season — the show's 50th anniversary season — would be the last one to feature Karen Gillan as the Doctor's trusted companion Amy Pond (and also Arthur Darvill as Amy's husband Rory). And now we know who will be tasked with replacing her: 25-year-old actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, who's previously been on UK shows like "Emmerdale."

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