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<p>Nicholas St. North (Alec Baldwin) uses abominable snowmen instead of elves, a warrior Santa in this year's 'Rise Of The Guardians'</p>

Nicholas St. North (Alec Baldwin) uses abominable snowmen instead of elves, a warrior Santa in this year's 'Rise Of The Guardians'

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'Rise Of The Guardians' trailer promises lush fantasy family fun with warrior Santa

Hugh Jackman as the Easter Bunny? Guillermo Del Toro? What is this movie?

A few months back, James Rocchi and I spent the afternoon at Dreamworks in Glendale, talking to William Joyce, Peter Ramsey, and Christina Steinberg about their new film, "Rise Of The Guardians."

I walked away from that event thinking there was a good chance Dreamworks had developed a real winner here, and now the first trailer is available, and it certainly is pretty.

One interesting thing to note… the main character in the film isn't actually one of the Guardians.  It's Jack Frost, who wakes up a la Jason Bourne at the start of the film, imbued with the magical powers of winter but not sure who he was or where he came from.  His journey is the movie.  The film starts with him underneath the surface of a frozen pond, waking up, stepping out, claiming the staff that gives him his powers, and heading off in search of an identity.

It's during that journey that he encounters Nicholas St. North, aka Santa Claus (voiced by Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and the Sandman, who doesn't speak at all in the film.  Jack Frost is played by Chris Pine.  And yet, he's not in this trailer.  There are actually shots in the trailer that have Jack Frost in them in the film, and in this trailer?  They don't.

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<p>Bon Iver's Justin Vernon</p>

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon

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Listen: Bon Iver collaborates with Flaming Lips on 'Ashes in the Air'

Record Store Day release doesn't care what you think of it

The problem with posting the lyrics to a new song is that there may be a heavier reading into said song than intended or necessary. But when it comes to the Flaming Lips, they might not care one way or another. The experiment is much more necessary to the adventure.

That could be said of "Ashes in the Air," their collaboration with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon for their Record Store Day collaborative effort "The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends." Even if the sheet of lyrics hadn't revealed its exacting phrases, the words "f*cked up" and "robot dogs" would surely jump out at you anyway. Laser sounds and synths swirl around this little dirge, a death salute suitable to Vernon's usual style.

See ya in six minutes, if you last.

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<p>Joey &quot;Fitness&quot; and Danny of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Joey "Fitness" and Danny of "The Amazing Race"

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HitFix Interview: Danny & Joey 'Fitness' talk 'The Amazing Race'

Fast-Forward mistakes, 'Jersey Shore' stereotypes and more with the latest bootees
Fortune allegedly favors the brave, but that's not always true on "The Amazing Race."
Joey "Fitness" Lasalla and Danny Horal to the "brave" path on Sunday (March 25) night's "Amazing Race," hoping to cap their recent rise up the standings with a Fast-Forward and, presumably, a first place finish for a Leg taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The friends, positioned as this season's "Jersey Shore"-styled team, went head-to-head with couple Rachel & Dave on a bale-stacking challenge. The Fast-Forward couldn't have been closer, but Rachel & Dave finished their hay-pile seconds before Danny and Joey "Fitness" could finish. 
As a result, Rachel & Dave won a pair of cars.
And, as a result, Danny & Joey "Fitness" earned a deficit they were unable to overcome, as they finished the Leg in last and were sent packing, a sad fate for team that had gone a long way towards erasing their earliest, stereotype-heavy introduction on the show. 
In this week's "Amazing Race" exit interview, Danny & Joey "Fitness" talk about their decision to go for the Fast-Forward, their eagerness to break the "Jersey Shore" conventions and why they were able to just have fun on the show.
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Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez
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Listen: Jennifer Lopez new single with Pitbull, 'Dance Again'

'American Idol' to premiere the video next week

Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull have certainly proven to be a winning combination before with “On the Floor,”  and now the two have reunited for “Dance Again,” J Lo’s new single that will be out either March 30, if you believe Lopez, or April 2, if you believe her label chief L.A. Reid.  (Do you think they disagreed this way before one was on “American Idol” and the other was on “X Factor?”)

Either way, everyone seems to agree that the video will premiere on “American Idol” on April 5.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Would any &quot;Smash&quot;&nbsp;fan be sad if Julia's son Leo (Emory Cohen)&nbsp;never, ever appeared again?</p>

Would any "Smash" fan be sad if Julia's son Leo (Emory Cohen) never, ever appeared again?

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What's wrong with these kids today?

Why do adult dramas like 'Smash' and 'Terra Nova' have such terrible teen characters?

I stepped back from regular reviews of "Smash" after last week's episode, but in watching Monday's, I couldn't help marveling at how most of the hour felt like Theresa Rebeck wrote it on a dare to prominently include every one of the most hated characters and stories the show has developed in its short, uneven life. Particularly amusing, but not in the way intentioned, was that we actually took several minutes to revisit the legal troubles of Julia's son Leo, who's not only incredibly irritating but has nothing to do with the show within the show. At least when we spend time with the horrible Ellis, it's within the context of making "Marilyn: the Musical," or whatever it's going to be called; why exactly are we spending time with Leo, who's part of a plague of Annoying Teenage Boys who have descended on television in the last few years?

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<p>Let's hear it for Sam Worthington in 'Wrath of the Titans,' everyone.&nbsp; No, seriously, let's give him a big hand.</p>

Let's hear it for Sam Worthington in 'Wrath of the Titans,' everyone.  No, seriously, let's give him a big hand.

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Review: 'Wrath Of The Titans' represents a big step forward from the first film

If it's big monster action you want, the film certainly delivers that

As giant monster movies go, "Wrath of the Titans" is definitely one of them.

I have written about both version of "Clash Of The Titans," both the original Harryhausen film and the recent remake.  And now, Jonathan Liebesman has directed the sequel, which sort of veers off and does its own thing.  In that way, it falls right in line with the tradition of the Harryhausen sequel.  The Sinbad movies are all sort of generally connected and share a vague sense of continuity and reality, and when I think of the movies he worked on, not all of which were written and directed by the same people, I think of the monster fights.  The creatures.  The beasties.  The fabulous, fabulous beasties.

And about ten minutes into "Wrath of the Titans," a fabulous beastie shows up and goes on a rampage, and Sam Worthington fights it, and he sort of gets his ass handed to him.  Reeeeeeeeeal hard.  And I kind of loved it.

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<p>The &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;cast matches up relatively well with the &quot;Gilligan's Island&quot;&nbsp;characters.</p>

The "Community" cast matches up relatively well with the "Gilligan's Island" characters.

With Gilligan... Troy and Abed too... Ron Swanson... and Peggy Olson!

Could you recast 'Gilligan's Island' with the ensembles of current series?

Twitter can be a lot of fun. Twitter can be an enormous waste of time. Sometimes, it can be both.

Last night, while struggling with a review that I hope to be done with later today, I went on Twitter to try to clear my mind, and inevitably got distracted instead. It all began innocently enough. Tim Goodman was noting the rise of redheaded women on television, with the return of Christina Hendricks as Joan on "Mad Men," Mireille Enos on "The Killing" and the addition of Carice Van Houten as Melisandre in "Game of Thrones" season 2. After joking around about some kind of job swap — and noting that Christina Hendricks being on "Game of Thrones" would possibly shut down the internet, forever — I brought up the idea of doing a reboot of "Gilligan's Island" centered around Ginger Grant, since Bryan Fuller is already trying to do a darker spin on "The Munsters" for next season. The next thing you knew, Tim, Matt Seitz and I were starting to cast the thing, and at that point I decided to open it up to the Twitter-verse at large.

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<p>Pasha Lychnikoff, J.B.&nbsp;Smoove, David Walton and Jesse Plemons of &quot;Bent.&quot;</p>

Pasha Lychnikoff, J.B. Smoove, David Walton and Jesse Plemons of "Bent."

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HitFix First Look: A 'Bent' crime scene investigation?

Get a sneak preview of tonight's episodes of the under-rated romantic comedy

Last week, I published my review of NBC's "Bent," in which I said that I quite enjoyed the chemistry and banter between David Walton and Amanda Peet (and between Walton and the various contractors in his crew), but also that I was worried that NBC's scheduling — six episodes in three weeks, with half of them airing opposite "Modern Family" (even if they were "Modern Family" repeats) — was setting the show up for failure. Based on your reactions to the first two episodes, I was not alone on the first point. Unfortunately, the ratings for those episodes also proved my fears right.

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<p>Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean in the first official still from &quot;Les Miserables.&quot;</p>

Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean in the first official still from "Les Miserables."

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Hugh Jackman gets serious in first official still from 'Les Misérables'

Tom Hooper's film of the blockbuster musical hits screens in December

A reader asked yesterday why we haven't yet updated the sidebar with Oscar predictions for the 2012 season. In truth, neither Kris nor I think it's a particularly healthy practice, and with Kris about to set off on his honeymoon, I like to think that the question of who will win Best Supporting Actress in 11 months' time is the furthest thing from his mind. My mind, meanwhile, has a less ironclad excuse, but refuses to go there all the same.

For those that are daring to put their necks on the block with such projections, however, I imagine that one title is very much in their thoughts. "Les Misérables" is the umpteenth screen version of Victor Hugo's beloved doorstop of French literature, but the first of the blockbuster 1985 stage musical that ranks as the third longest-running show in Broadway history. Alongside the no-introduction-needed source material, the cast (Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway et al) is starry, the director (Tom Hooper) recently if unpopularly Oscared, the release date (December 14) in the prime of awards season. Ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching -- for those who regard Oscar punditry as a kind of mathematical process, this adds up to a frontrunner.

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<p>Zachary Knighton and Damon Wayans Jr. from &quot;Happy Endings&quot;</p>
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Zachary Knighton and Damon Wayans Jr. from "Happy Endings"

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HitFix Interview: Damon Wayans Jr. and Zachary Knighton talk 'Happy Endings'

ABC comedy stars talk about improv, improvement and Season 3 hopes
It feels early, but "Happy Endings' is chugging along towards its second season finale on April 4.
I recently sat down with Zachary Knighton & Damon Wayans Jr. and then with Eliza Coupe & Casey Wilson to talk about the ABC comedy's transition from an up-and-down first season that included a late premiere and out-of-sequence airings into what is often the fastest paced, quickest witted comedy in a network block that also includes a little show called "Modern Family."
The two interviews have some common themes, including the increased consistency of the second season, that prodigious punchline pace and, of course, hopes for the third "Happy Endings" season.
I'll be posting Wayans/Knighton today and Coupe/Wilson before the finale next week. 
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<p>Nick Searcy and Timothy Olyphant in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Nick Searcy and Timothy Olyphant in "Justified."

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'Justified' - 'Measures': Feel the pulse

New partnerships are forged and plans are made, while everyone looks for Quarles

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I apologize for not giving you a full accounting of every second of my life before I heartlessly accept the gift of your feminine virtue...

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<p>Jake Johnson and Martin Starr on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Jake Johnson and Martin Starr on "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Fancyman, Part 2': I get older, they stay the same age!

Dermot Mulroney sticks around, and Martin Starr advises Nick

A review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I dress up as your Aunt Frida at a seder...

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