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<p>Scott Adsit as Pete Hornberger in &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Scott Adsit as Pete Hornberger in "30 Rock."

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'30 Rock' - 'Nothing Left to Lose': Smell the love

Tracy regains his sense of smell, Jenna pranks the writers and Jack mentors Pete

A quick review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I quote myself talking to Bruce Willis...

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<p>Kerry Washington in &quot;Scandal.&quot;</p>

Kerry Washington in "Scandal."

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'Scandal' - 'Sweet Baby': Gladiators in suits

What did everybody think of the new ABC drama?

Okay, I've already published my review of ABC's "Scandal" and interviewed producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of the new drama? Do you truly understand what it means to be a gladiator in a suit, or do you think the client of the week should've just hired a traditional law firm? Did you enjoy Rhimes' trademark dialogue in a non-medical context? (And did Josh Malina and Liza Weil — both veterans of other rapid-fire banter-loving writers — work well with Rhimes' rhythms?) Are you happy to see Tony Goldwyn acting again, or did the stuff in the White House seem too much? Were you distracted by Henry Ian Cusick's true "wandering accent," or would it have been more distracting if he'd sounded mega-Scottish and called everyone "brutha"? And how about that Kerry Washington

Have at it. Don't think I'm going to do weekly write-ups. I learned my lesson after a while with "Grey's Anatomy" that Rhimes' shows and I get along much better when I'm not reviewing every episode of them.

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<p>Jennifer Lopez gets metallic in the new video for &quot;Dance Again.&quot;&nbsp; Is it another &quot;On the Floor&quot;?</p>

Jennifer Lopez gets metallic in the new video for "Dance Again."  Is it another "On the Floor"?

Watch: Jennifer Lopez writhes her way through video for 'Dance Again'

She and Casper Smart show off some private moves

When Jennifer Lopez and current boyfriend Casper Smart’s inevitable break up comes, he’ll have a lovely souvenir in the form of the video for “Dance Again” featuring Pitbull.

The video for pop dance tune. which premiered Thursday night on “American Idol”  has got a lot of moving parts, literally, so let’s examine a few.

The video opens with Pitbull in a white tux (with a few separate shots of Lopez). His date would appear to Voli, the Vodka brand for which is he is constantly shilling. He and Jennifer Lopez never appear together (although there’s a fake J-Lo dancing around him at one point). He never does much interesting in his appearances, though he looks dapper — Lopez gets all the action, literally.

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<p>Pete Farrelly (left) and his brother and co-director Bobby work together on a scene from their updated version of 'The Three Stooges'</p>

Pete Farrelly (left) and his brother and co-director Bobby work together on a scene from their updated version of 'The Three Stooges'

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Peter Farrelly talks about renewed 'Stooges' and returning to 'Dumb and Dumber'

A short chat with one of the film's directors

"How's Beegee?"

Peter Farrelly caught me at home making lunch for my kids.  I'd been expecting his call, had the recorder set up by the speaker phone, which was charged.  Good to go.  And of course, when he called, I was right in the middle of lunch.  There's something appropriate about the chaos of the conversation we ended up having for the next half-hour, because as long as I've known the Farrellys, they've been at the center of some storm or the other.

This time around, the storm is of their own making.  Specifically, they've stepped out onto holy ground for many film fans, and they've made a Three Stooges movie.  It's not a biography.  It's not a behind-the-scenes story.  It's just a movie starring The Three Stooges.  The characters, not the people.

And since the Three Stooges were really people (a whole lot more than three of them over the years, to be fair), there are film fans who feel that no one else has the right to play them.  That's certainly a fair position to take.  I have no idea what I'll make of the film itself, which I'll see soon.  But in the thirteen years since I first met Peter and Bobby Farrelly, there are a few things they've always been passionate about.  Family.  These are big family guys from Rhode Island, and as set in their family roots as possible.  Big silly comedy.  And a few titles in particular.  "The Heartbreak Kid" and The Three Stooges.

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<p>Sean Bean and Ashley Judd in a &quot;Missing&quot;&nbsp;flashback.</p>

Sean Bean and Ashley Judd in a "Missing" flashback.

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'Missing' - 'Tell Me No Lies': Dead or alive, you're coming with me

Figures from Becca's past return to cause tension in the present

I haven't written about "Missing" since the series debuted. Based on your comments at the time, and on the show's dwindling ratings, I'm guessing most of you haven't been watching it. But I did have one thing I wanted to discuss about tonight's episode, and how it ties back to something from the pilot, coming up just as soon as I have a butler... 

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<p>Donald Glover as Troy in &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Donald Glover as Troy in "Community."

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'Community' - 'Pillows and Blankets': Civil war stories

A Ken Burns parody turns into a poignant Troy and Abed friendship story

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I buy a thumb icon at the app store...

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<p>Phillip Phillips of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>
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Phillip Phillips of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 8 Results

Who did America reject after '80s Night?

Hello, Eastern Time Zone. I am in you.

It's Passover Season, which must mean that I'm temporarily on the Right Coast, with my family watching hockey in the other room as I attempt to concentrate on which "American Idol" singer the voters decided to send home. 

As I mentioned last night, I sense that we're getting very close to Judges' Save time on "American Idol." I think the number of contestants who could be voted out tonight without being saved by the judges is relatively small. 

Let's find out...

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<p>The interior of the new Alamo Slaughter Lane in Austin, TX, gives you a good idea of the playful way they approach interior design.</p>

The interior of the new Alamo Slaughter Lane in Austin, TX, gives you a good idea of the playful way they approach interior design.

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New York City gets its first Alamo Drafthouse in 2013

The company's expansion continues to another new city

New York's getting an Alamo Drafthouse before Los Angeles?  That's enough incentive for me to start a bloody East Coast/West Coast feud, because I am filled with envy for anyone who gets to go to what used to be the Metro Theater on the Upper West Side.

Little by little, the expansion is underway, and it's exciting.  As long as I've been a fan of the Alamo Drafthouse, I've wanted them in more cities than just Austin.  I am more than happy to go to Austin several times a year to get my Drafthouse fix, but the notion of having one locally, being able to choose that environment for my movie-going… that's heavenly.

Not only did they announce that there will be a NYC Drafthouse today, but they also put up a page where you can apply to work there.  If you're in New York and you're a film nerd looking for work, do this.  I cannot stress this strongly enough.  Work for the Alamo.  They are a great organization, and this is going to be an exciting venue.

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<p>Cover for &quot;Theraflu&quot;</p>

Cover for "Theraflu"

Listen: Kanye West and DJ Khaled serve bad medicine on new track 'Theraflu'

Rapper declares his love for Kim.. Kardashian?

So is it any coincidence that the tabloids are full of photos of Kim Kardashian leaving Kanye West’s house this morning after an apparent sleep-over the day after West and DJ Khaled drop “Theraflu,” a hard-driving track in which West declares his love for Kardashian?  Of course it’s not.

The percolating track opens with one of two references, perhaps, to  Mase’s “Lookin’ At Me,” before dissolving into the namechecking: Anna Wintour, “Project Runway,”  Jay-Z, West’s label, G.O.O.D., Roc Nation, and Wiz Khalifa, who is now engaged to West’s old flame, Amber Rose.

Listen here. It's getting taken down quickly by Universal Music Group at most sites, ChartAttack's link still works, for now...

It’s a regular soap opera episode in “Theraflu,” full of NSFW language and about 15 mentions of the N word. But most of the interest will center on Kardashian as West raps: And the whole industry want to fuck your old chick/Only n**** I got respect for is Wiz/And I’ll admit, I had fell in love with Kim/Around the time she had fell in love with him.”  Is it possible the Kim is a reference to the mother of a few of his children? We doubt it... it’s better press for it to be Kardashian, who, apparently, has the ability to stay single for less than a nanosecond. The theme? You take on West and you will lose at every turn... and need some "Theraflu." 

It’s a big week for West fans, as it looks like we’ll get another track from West on Friday when he drops the track “Mercy,” supposedly the first single from his new album, “G.O.O.D. Friday.”  We got another track from DJ Khaled last week, when “Take It to the Head,” featuring Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and Lil Wayne dropped.

No word on which artist’s album this song will appear, although West tweeted the cover art this morning and it looked like it was from the same artist who did the painting for “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” West, who has been a hesitant and seldom tweeter since his January outburst, has not commented on the song. DJ Khaled has Tweeted constantly today, but primarily about “Take It to the Head.”

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<p>Eddie Vedder</p>

Eddie Vedder

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Eddie Vedder postpones solo tour due to nerve damage

Pearl Jam summer dates still on schedule

Eddie Vedder has postponed his 15-city solo tour due to temporary nerve damage in his right arm, according to the Pearl Jam website.

The tour by the Pearl Jam lead singer was slated to kick off only five days from now, on April 10, in Las Vegas. The dates have been rescheduled for November and December.

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<p>Glen Hansard</p>

Glen Hansard

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Glen Hansard sets date for first solo album, 'Rhythm and Repose'

Irish singer/songwriter contributed two songs to 'The Hunger Games' soundtrack

Academy Award winner Glen Hansard will release his first solo album, “Rhythm and Repose,” June 19.

The Irish singer/songwriter’s Anti-Records set will be his first full album of new material since 2009’s “Strict Joy,” with his band The Swell Season, but he’s hardly been silent the past three years. Hansard has two songs on “The Hunger Games” soundtrack, which debuted a No. 1 on the Billboard 200 two weeks ago: He performs “Take The Heartland,” while Maroon 5 featuring Rozzi Crane recorded his tune, “Come Away.”

Additionally, “Once, The Musical,” based on the film “Once,” opened on Broadway last month. Hansard and Marketa Irglova won the Oscar in 2007 for their song “Falling Slowly” from the movie’s soundtrack. They also starred in the film.

For “Rhythm,” Hansard worked with producer Thomas Bartlett (The National, Antony and the Johnsons) and musicians including slide guitarist David Mansfield, best known for his work with Bob Dylan, and members of Bruce Springsteen’s current horn section.

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Watch: Norah Jones does bad things in new video for "Happy Pills"

Watch: Norah Jones does bad things in new video for "Happy Pills"

She has revenge in her pretty little head

Norah Jones isn’t kidding when she says she wants you out of her life in the video for “Happy Pills,” the first single off her May 1 album, “Little Broken Hearts” produced with Danger Mouse.

The Isaiah Seret-directed video starts in the past--the late ‘50s or early ‘60s— and goes forward and back in time as she lives out a revenge fantasy against her cheating beau. She has it out for both the boyfriend and his girlfriend in the Hitchcockian tale, although, the video is a little hard to follow at times as various scenarios play out and time moves ahead.  We're still not sure what she called the cops about.

However, the ending is crystal clear as a cold, blue lake  as an older Jones rides her horse through the woods back to the scene of the crime that she has kept secret for decades...or not.

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