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Bonnaroo 2012 adds Santigold, fun., and several other acts

Artists join Radiohead, Phish, Red Hot Chili Peppers and others

Santigold, fun., Temper Trap, Danzig and Puscifer have been added to the 2012 Bonnaroo line-up.

The acts join such previously announced acts as Radiohead, Phish, Red Hot Chili Peppers,  The Avett Brothers, The Shins, Foster the People and The Beach Boys.

Danzig will be joined by other acts, including Sam Hain, to perform the music of The Misfits.

Bonnaroo runs June 7-10 in Manchester, TN.

 

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<p>Hulu</p>

Hulu

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SXSW: Morgan Spurlock, Richard Linklater and Timothy Levitch join with Hulu for 'the new Golden Age of TV'

A South By panel addresses the brave new world of serial content online

AUSTIN, Texas - Monday afternoon in the Austin Convention Center’s 18abc meeting room, Hulu content Senior Vice President Andy Forssell moderated a panel entitled “Changing the Channel: The New Golden Age of TV.” Enlisting filmmakers Richard Linklater (“Dazed and Confused”) and Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) and actor Timothy “Speed” Levitch (“The Cruise”) for a discussion about the migration of television content to online outlets such as Hulu, Forssell engaged them in a chat about the medium’s present, and future, before opening up the floor to questions from an eager, attentive audience.

Describing his job duties, Forssell explained, “My team and I get to figure out what kind of content people love, and how do we give it to them.” He then screened a sizzle reel of content that’s available for viewing on Hulu, including TV mainstays like “The Simpsons,” movies such as “Swingers” and Spurlock’s documentary series “A Day in the Life,” which is set to broadcast episodes from its second season within the next several weeks. Although Forssell acknowledged that Levitch is only sometimes a known quantity among audiences, he asked him, Spurlock and Linklater to join him on stage, where each of them discussed their individual projects and revealed what excited them about their upcoming partnerships with Hulu.

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Watch: Sexy and sweet Carrie Underwood versions in 'Good Girl' video

Watch: Sexy and sweet Carrie Underwood versions in 'Good Girl' video

Either way, they both wear impossibly high heels

Hey Girl, Carrie Underwood has some advice for you in her “Good Girl” video. The clip is really an extended fashion show for Underwood who plays both the titular “Good Girl” and the steamy bad girl doling out words of wisdom. In other words, if you like your Underwood on the sultry, sexy side, she’s got you covered. If you like your Underwood covered up, even sporting glasses, like the naughty librarian, she can deliver on that for you too.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Lynn Collins and Taylor Kitsch in a scene from &quot;John Carter.&quot;</p>

Lynn Collins and Taylor Kitsch in a scene from "John Carter."

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Has ‘John Carter’ been a victim of the curse of the red planet?

With disappointing box office returns, a look at the resistance to films about Mars

If there were a film titled “The Curse of the Red Planet” that took place on Mars -- or had Martians as central figures -- recent endeavors indicate that it would be a financial disaster. Or at the very least, it would have little chance of success. Disney became so convinced of the power the word “Mars” had to repel ticket sales (though in part due to fear of alienating a female audience) that they did a mid-campaign 180 and switched the title “John Carter of Mars” to the equally problematic “John Carter” (which left many people wondering, “Should I know who that is?”)

Indeed, film pundits have (primarily sight unseen) been predicting grand scale disaster for “John Carter” for months now. In truth, the title had a disappointing opening weekend, coming in just behind Universal’s family film “The Lorax” with a $30.6 total. Though, as Gregory Ellwood points out in today’s box office report, “John Carter” earned $70 million internationally in addition to its domestic gross, a figure that may give the financiers at Disney some measure of hope that the $250 million film will not pick up where 2011’s disastrous “Mars Needs Moms” left off (In the red. Yep).

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<p>Ashley Judd emotes a lot in &quot;Missing.&quot;</p>

Ashley Judd emotes a lot in "Missing."

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Review: Ashley Judd is a mother looking for her son in ABC's 'Missing'

New action drama is "Taken" tweaked for ABC's upscale female demo
It's been more than a year since FOX debuted "The Chicago Code," which was the most recent show in an unfortunate but amusing tradition of shows promoted relentlessly with the same shouted line in every promo. Before Jennifer Beals was asked, incredulously, "You think you can change how things get done IN CHICAGO?!?!," Ron Silver tried to warn his daughter in "Skin" that "His father is THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY!," while the first "House" promos had House complaining to Cuddy, "You're risking A PATIENT'S LIFE!" Many of these shows have been good, but it's just too easy to remember the one loud quote that the promo department drilled into our brains.
 
There weren't any fall shows with ad campaigns that were so quotable, so I'm glad that ABC is finally picking up the mantle with "Missing," the new action drama (debuting Thursday night at 8 p.m.) that's summed up in every commercial by Ashley Judd barking out the line, "I am not CIA! I am A MOTHER! LOOKING FOR HER SON!"
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<p>Megan Hilty as Ivy in &quot;Smash.&quot;</p>

Megan Hilty as Ivy in "Smash."

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'Smash' - 'Chemistry': Roid rage

Ivy turns to performance enhancers, Karen plays a bar mitzvah and Michael pursues Julia

A review of last night's "Smash" coming up just as soon as bismuth is my favorite element...

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<p>Glenn Close in &quot;Albert Nobbs.&quot;</p>

Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs."

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Movieline takes on the Razzies with the Soily Awards

Nominees for 2011's worst range from Michael Bay to Glenn Close

I've complained before about the Razzie Awards, a goofy institution that long ago had the fun sapped out of it by its voters' narrowness of focus and constant recycling of the same targets. This year's awards, curiously shifted to April Fools' Day, are a case in point: how many times do we need to keep beating up on the "Twilight" franchise when there are more egregious (not to mention original) offenders out there? As if to illustrate how devoid of inspiration the Razzies have become, they nominated the same five films for Worst Picture, Director, Screenplay and Ensemble. Spread the love loathing a little, people.

Evidently, I'm not the only one to feel this way. The folks at Movieline have decided to beat the Razzies at their own game with the inaugural Soily Awards, a self-described "attempt to reconcile the year's highest-profile Hollywood misfires with their truly uninspired brethren." 20 critics and journalists were polled, including yours truly, and while the resulting nominations aren't quite as cutting as they could be, they at least make for more amusing reading than the Razzie list.

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<p>That's a whooooooole lot of charisma in just one room at the recent press day for 'The Hunger Games'</p>

That's a whooooooole lot of charisma in just one room at the recent press day for 'The Hunger Games'

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Watch: A 'Hunger Games' Free-for-all with Harrelson, Banks and Kravitz

A spirited conversation with some of the major supporting players from the film

It's a rule of on-camera interviews that you don't really want to sit down with more than two people at the same time.  Groups of three can be hard, even when all three people are ready and willing, because of the logistics of it.  You're talking about four to six minutes with four people in a conversation.  That's a sprint, no matter what, and it worries me walking into a room.

I feel like I've interviewed Elizabeth Banks many times now, and she's one of the most unassuming, easygoing people you can sit down with.  I get the sense she understands how fundamentally silly this process can be, and she always appears to be having fun with it.  I talked to her about "Hunger Games" when we met for "Man On The Ledge," and when I sat down with Woody Harrelson for "Rampart," I couldn't resist a little bit of talk about Haymitch, his character in this film.

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"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor"

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Recap: 'The Bachelor' picks his gal in a 'controversial' finale

Ben makes his final decision

If the supermarket tabloids are any indication, I've gotten a pretty strong hint about who Ben picks, but hey, you never know with these reality shows. In any case, I'm not overly sure I care too much. Ben has been a uniquely dull bachelor, and I have to think that whoever gets the proposal at the end of the show will wake up the next day, shake her head and say, oh my Lord, I just got engaged to the Geico caveman as voiced by Kermit the Frog. 

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<p>Lady Gaga with Oprah</p>

Lady Gaga with Oprah

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Watch: Lady Gaga and Oprah tease Sunday night's two-hour special

What can we possibly learn that we don't already know?

If Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable outlet doesn’t survive, it won’t be because its namesake isn’t doing her share.

After being largely hands off the first none-too-successful year of the channel’s life, Winfrey is doing everything she can to hoist the sales. Last night, she had the first interview with Whitney Houston’s family, following the superstar’s Feb. 11 death.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt co-star in the uneven but funny 'Nature Calls' at SXSW</p>

Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt co-star in the uneven but funny 'Nature Calls' at SXSW

Credit: Big Beach Films

Review: Patton Oswalt and Johnny Knoxville deliver sporadic laughs in uneven 'Nature Calls'

Todd Rohal's new movie suggests the director likes things shaggy

Todd Rohal had an unnaturally long period of time pass between the production of his first film, "The Guatemalan Handshake," and his second, "The Catechism Cataclysm."  Five years between movies can seem like a lifetime for a filmmaker, so it was nice to see that after "Catechism" played the festival circuit last year, just now arriving on home video, Rohal's already got a new film ready and it premiered here on Saturday afternoon.  He has definitely picked up the pace, and I'm glad he's managed to shake that awful inertia that can be really tough on a filmmaker, so I feel kind of bad when I say that my main criticism for Rohal right now would be "please slow down."

Both of these recent films, "Catechism" and "Nature," are built on strong simple ideas that easily could have been used in a big-budget mainstream comedy.  They're both driven by character-driven comedy and blatant absurdity, and there's definitely a consistent voice from film to film.  I like his sensibilities and there are many things in both of the films that made me laugh.  But both films also strike me as deeply undercooked in some essential way, like we're watching a rough assembly instead of a finished edit.  They are shaggy to the point of sloppy, and I feel like one more pass at each of the scripts might have teased the great ideas into an actual great execution.

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"The Voice"

 "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' - 'The Battle Rounds Pt. 2'

It's another round of dueling singers competing for a shot at performing live

The battle rounds continue, and I can only hope there are some smarter decisions this week than last week. Not that all of the decisions were easy, mind you. I'm still wishing other judges could snap up whoever gets eliminated. Sort of like Go Fish, but with a much better payoff.

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