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<p>All the mysteries of 'Prometheus' will soon be decoded, but for now, Fox seems to be enjoying the tease</p>

All the mysteries of 'Prometheus' will soon be decoded, but for now, Fox seems to be enjoying the tease

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Watch: New 'Prometheus' viral ad and trailers reveal all sorts of new clues

Looks like a prequel to us, no matter what they're calling it.

I'm still in Austin, as the SXSW Film Festival is just ending today, but I know my fellow HitFixers are hard at work at Wondercon in Anaheim.  I had to check in on what's been going on, and there's nothing I'm more curious about than the presentation Fox made today for "Prometheus."

Fox has been playing a very slow burn with their "Prometheus" materials so far, and that's good.  I feel like this is going to be a pretty special film, and I don't want to see everything amazing thing in it before the film is in theaters.  I want it to shock me and surprise me.  I already feel like I know way too much about the film, much more than has been made public so far, and that makes me a little sad.  I wish I was going to walk in a blank slate and see some of these things without anticipating them.

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<p>Abe Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) isn't afraid to get his hands dirty in 'Abraham Lincoln:&nbsp;Vampire Hunter,' and when he fights Erin Wasson, that's probably a good thing.</p>

Abe Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) isn't afraid to get his hands dirty in 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' and when he fights Erin Wasson, that's probably a good thing.

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Watch: New 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' trailer suggests crazy mayhem and grand scale

Timur Bekmambatov's take on the Civil War looks deliriously twisted

I gotta give it up to Fox.  I think they've won me over.

I am genuinely amused by this new trend of crossing one thing that's not horror at all with something else that is totally horror.  Seth Grahame-Smith should get full credit as the godfather of this sudden explosion of stuff, since his "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" was the flashpoint.  He also had a hit with his follow-up book, which was all him instead of cleverly repurposed Jane Austen, and now "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is gearing up for a summer release and revealing a new trailer that fully sets the tone of what you can expect to see.

Timur Bekmambetov is a perfect choice for a project like this.  He indulges in what I call "the cinema of the possible impossible."  His specialty is designing a moment that is absolutely ludicrous and impossible based on all known laws of physics, and then finding a way to make it look absolutely real.  It's the reason his Russian films "Night Watch" and "Day Watch" were so intriguing, so promising regarding this guy's voice.  He made these little low-budget films punctuated with moments of pure "Holy hell, did I just see that?"

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<p>&quot;Snow White and the Huntsman&quot;</p>
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"Snow White and the Huntsman"

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WonderCon Live-Blog: 'Battleship' and 'Snow White and the Huntsman'

Peter Berg board game action and Kristen Stewart fairy tale hit Anaheim

Technology was fairly accommodating for the earlier pane for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and "Prometheus." Hopefully it'll be just as accommodating for "Battleship" and "Snow White and the Huntsman."

Knock wood and click through...

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<p>Charlize Theron and Idris Elba of &quot;Prometheus&quot;</p>
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Charlize Theron and Idris Elba of "Prometheus"

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WonderCon Live-Blog: 'Prometheus' and 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

Ridley Scott's 'Alien' tie-in and a butt-kicking president hit Anaheim

It's going to be a busy afternoon in the main Ballroom at the Anaheim Convention Center, with WonderCon panels for films ranging from "Prometheus" to "The Amazing Spider-Man." 

I'll be live-blogging the panels, technology-willing. It'll be just like you were here, only you probably won't be damp from Southern California rain.

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<p>50 Cent and Eminem at Austin Music Hall</p>

50 Cent and Eminem at Austin Music Hall

Watch: Eminem joins 50 Cent on SXSW 'Get Rich' gig

Fif does debut album in full, with help from Governor, Kidd Kidd, Precious Paris

AUSTIN -- With the intervention of Fuse TV and this Texas capitol's noise code, 50 Cent's performance of "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'" was an exercise in efficiency -- even with the preeminence of special guest Eminem.

The Queens-bred rapper/actor/businessman made a major return to his craft on Friday night, performing his debut album in full for about 4,000 fans at the Shady 2.0 SXSW Showcase at Austin Music Hall. Additionally, the cable music network fired up the engines around 11 p.m. for a live broadcast, which almost certainly helped keep festivities on track for an approximate midnight finale. Thus, Fif and his friends settled on a bullsh*t-free format, banging out the hit-after-hit that commanded that 2003 album.

50 Cent bounded on stage in a Yankees ballcap and a camouflage bullet-proof-vest -- natch -- proceeding a minute of Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York." The tracklist unfurled in its original order, which meant an early arrival of Slim Shady, on third track "Patiently Waiting." Sporting a gray hoodie up over his head and embracing the warm weather with a pair of cargo shorts, Em lurch onto the stage to the sound of shrill excitement. He later returned for "Don't Push Me" (sans Lloyd Banks) and the short-lived encore "Crack a Bottle," which earned him and Fif a Grammy in 2009.

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<p>Channing Tatum in &quot;21 Jump Street.&quot;</p>

Channing Tatum in "21 Jump Street."

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Tell us what you thought of '21 Jump Street'

The comedy looks to top the box office this weekend

 Well, who'd'a thunk it? The 1980s TV reboot that absolutely no one asked for has rather taken critics by surprise -- crass and rough-edged as it is, the sheer unapologetic silliness of Phil Lord and Chris Miller's film has charmed everyone from Ebert to A.O. Scott. I am also in the fan club, having particularly appreciated its generational flip on the teen-movie formula -- and the delightful performance of Channing Tatum. Our HitFix neighbor Drew McWeeny is even more enamored, going so far as to give it an A+ rating. Early box-office numbers suggest audiences are with the critics for once, but what about you? When/if you've seen it, don't forget to give us your take.  

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

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HitFix Interview: Monica Culpepper talks 'Survivor: One World'

Why was the latest 'Survivor' castoff so surprised by Colton's betrayal?

"Survivor: One World" may have changed things up last week by recomposing its formerly gender-aligned tribes, but one thing remained consistent: Another week, another victim of The Reign of Colton.

This week's Colton-approved evictee was Monica Culpepper, wife of former NFL defensive tackle Brad Culpepper.
 
Monica was blindsided after being repeatedly reassured by Colton that first Christina and then Tarzan were his actual targets. Instead, the puppet-master decided that Monica was so strong and well-liked that she had to be booted first.
 
In our exit conversation, Monica discusses why she felt so betrayed by Colton, why she had a bad feeling before taking her tribe-selecting egg and what she wishes she would have done to stave off her elimination.
 
Click through for the full interview...
 
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<p>One Direction</p>
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One Direction

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One Direction could make chart history on next week's Billboard 200

How does Guns N' Roses' greatest hits rise to No. 3?

British boy band One Direction is only going one way next week on the Billboard 200 and that’s straight to the top. The quintet’s “Up All Night,” is poised to sell between 165,000-175,000 copies, which should be enough to top Adele’s “21,” which will likely remain at No. 2 with sales of 150,000-160,000 copies.

Should One Direction bow at No. 1, it will mark the first time a British group’s debut album has come onto the chart in the pole position, according to Billboard. Take that Fab Four.

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"The Rosie Show"

"The Rosie Show"

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OWN pulls the plug on 'The Rosie Show'

Even the almighty Oprah couldn't make this stinker float

No one can say they didn't see this coming. After a truckload of hype, bad reviews and even more disappointing ratings, "The Rosie Show" will be shutting down. The final show will tape on Tues. March 20 and the final episode will air on Fri. March 30 at 7 p.m., which is probably an important detail only for the handful of people still watching it. Weighed down by dull monologues, endless interviews and a less appealing incarnation of O'Donnell herself, the show was a disappointment even by the fledgling network's basic cable expectations.

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<p>Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) gives Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) some last-minute advice before she has to face the challenge of 'The Hunger Games'</p>

Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) gives Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) some last-minute advice before she has to face the challenge of 'The Hunger Games'

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Review: 'The Hunger Games' is thrilling, emotional, deeply-felt blockbuster filmmaking

The popular books make a successful jump to the bigscreen

Gary Ross was, to say the least, an unconventional choice when it came to helming the adaptation of the popular young adult novels "The Hunger Games," written by Suzanne Collins.  Ross has established himself as a particular kind of filmmaker with his work on films like "Dave," "Big," "Pleasantville," and "Seabiscuit."  He's not the guy you think of for world-building science-fiction or big action.  Yet when we look back at these films in the future, one of the smartest choices they could have made was giving this first film to Ross, because he's made something very special, concerned primarily with the human heart of the story instead of the spectacle.

The books by Collins are solid and interesting, and while they didn't inspire the same rabid fandom in me that they appear to have inspired in some, I can understand the excitement.  Ultimately, "The Hunger Games" is a series about personal responsibility and finding one's place in the world, and it is interested in more than just who's going to kiss who.  Each of the books is built differently, which already makes it more interesting than many ongoing series.

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<p>Kid Cudi </p>

Kid Cudi

Catching up on 'The Hunger Games': new tracks from Taylor Swift and Kid Cudi

Only a few more days until the soundtrack comes out

We took our eye off “Hunger Games” ball for a second this week and we missed the two latest tracks from the March 20 soundtrack.

Check out this rhythmic, spare haunting track from Kid Cudi, “The Ruler & The Killer.” It’s Cudi, a drum, a fuzzy guitar and a lot of menace. It’s sinister and dark, as Cudi warns “You don’t talk, you’ll say nothing, okay,” as the song builds and builds.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>(from left) Megalyn Echikunwoke, Greta Gerwig and Analeigh Tipton in &quot;Damsels in Distress.&quot;</p>

(from left) Megalyn Echikunwoke, Greta Gerwig and Analeigh Tipton in "Damsels in Distress."

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Whit Stillman comes out of hiding

His delightful comeback feature 'Damsels in Distress' opens April 6

While I expect to maintain a long and happy friendship with all the films in my Top 10 of 2011, there's one title I'm pretty confident I'll revisit more often than the others. I've already seen Whit Stillman's deliciously off-kilter campus comedy "Damsels in Distress" twice, and still I'm itching for a revisit when it lands in theaters next month. Verbatim quoting of vast chunks of its hilarious, verbally lacy script seems an inevitability; apologies in advance to those who have to be around me.

I'm intrigued to see how the film plays when it finally surfaces outside the festival ghetto. My two viewings of the film, at the Venice and London fests, couldn't have been more atmospherically opposed. At Venice, where it premiered as the closing film (my review), it was warmly greeted at the press screening by a riotously cackling crowd of critics who couldn't have been more game for Stillman's breezy humor after a festival dominated by grim-faced fare.

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