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<p>Rick (Andrew Lincoln)&nbsp;and company reach a crossroads in &quot;The Walking Dead&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and company reach a crossroads in "The Walking Dead" season finale.

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Season finale review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Beside the Dying Fire'

Fire, plague and a mysterious hooded figure all are key as a bumpy season comes to an end

A review of "The Walking Dead" season finale coming up just as soon as I make a bad joke about Asian drivers...

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<p>Nick Nolte as Walter Smith on &quot;Luck.&quot;</p>

Nick Nolte as Walter Smith on "Luck."

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'Luck' - 'Episode 8': Lost Israel

Walter and Ace deal with threats in different ways in the series' pentultimate chapter

A review of tonight's "Luck" coming up just as soon as I choose to believe your email...

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<p>Marcus Mumford and Alex Ebert at eh &quot;Big Easy Express&quot; encore performance</p>

Marcus Mumford and Alex Ebert at eh "Big Easy Express" encore performance

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Mumford & Sons perform three new songs at SXSW outdoor gig

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros need to sharpen up, plus: 'Big Easy Express'

AUSTIN -- Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and members of Old Crow Medicine Show had themselves a Railroad Revival reunion during SXSW, and like many family reunions, they took the opportunity to introduce new additions. The roots-based groups convened on the lawn of the LBJ Library, where their road doc "Big Easy Express" filmed in advance of short sets from the former two full bands, a presentation by MySpace.

Mumfords performed three new songs from their forthcoming sophomore set. "Lovers Eyes" had a little of the "quiet rage" that its lyrics suggested, frontman Marcus Mumford lamenting "Love was kind for a time… we're too young / our heads too strong / to bear the weight of these lover's eyes." It, like a handful of songs from "Sigh No More," gives way to the stomps and the sixths, all four singers busting out into harmony. "Lover of the Light" featured Marcus behind the drums for an overall soft-rocker with a big build, and "Ghosts That We Knew" falls in line with some religious-tinged imagery in the British band's songs, about hard hearts, soft lovers, darkness and light:. "You saw my pain washed out in the rain… saw blood run from my veins."

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<p>A scene from &quot;Cabin in the Woods&quot;</p>

A scene from "Cabin in the Woods"

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SXSW: Wrapping up the 26th annual

This year's fest offered films from good to bad, but almost nothing great

AUSTIN, Texas - After 10 days and seemingly hundreds of films, the 2012 South by Southwest Film Festival closes this weekend. In typical form, I saw almost none of the ones that ended up taking home trophies. Unfortunately, it’s the nature of film festival coverage – you try to be strategic, see things that received good feedback from others, and when possible, stray into auditoriums in your spare time hoping to uncover a gem. But even after six days, I missed the Narrative winner, “Gimme the Loot,” and the Documentary winner, “Beware of Mr. Baker,” as well as the Audience winners for the Narrative (“Eden”) and Documentary (“Bay of All Saints”) categories.

Nevertheless, I saw quite a gauntlet of films programmed to play during the festival, including several that preciously appeared at Sundance, such as Craig Zobel’s transgressive “Compliance” and Joe Berlinger’s “Under African Skies.” But even the wonderful “21 Jump Street” and the thrilling “The Raid: Redemption” were easily among the best films I saw. Both of those appeared essentially as stopovers en route to their theatrical releases, whereas a lot of selections build buzz at festivals like this one, and the fate of many others hung in the balance in a very real way based purely on the response of attendees.

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<p>David (Michael Fassbender)&nbsp;makes a startling discovery in a scene from Ridley Scott's &quot;Prometheus.&quot;</p>

David (Michael Fassbender) makes a startling discovery in a scene from Ridley Scott's "Prometheus."

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Damon Lindelof and Ridley Scott say they took the 'Alien' prequel out of 'Prometheus'

Plus: Michael Fassbender on bringing life to an android

ANAHEIM - You'd think after a 25 minute panel in front of approximately 3,700 WonderCon attendees, a few scattered interviews and a 20 minute press conference Saturday we'd finally know whether Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" was actually a prequel to his 1979 classic "Alien."  It turns out the true answer may just depend on your definition of prequel.

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"Project Runway All Stars"

"Project Runway All Stars" 

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Reality TV Roundup: 'Idol,' 'Teen Mom' make cuts and 'Runway' finale starts slow

It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now

Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...?

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch "Survivor," "The Voice," "Project Runway," "Celebrity Apprentice" or any other competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too.

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<p>Bruce Springsteen performs at SXSW</p>
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Bruce Springsteen performs at SXSW

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Music Power Rankings: Bruce Springsteen, Britney Spears and Bob Marley

Plus, a little music conference in Texas

1) Bruce Springsteen: “Wrecking Ball” comes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, dethroning Queen Adele; Springsteen delivers a keynote at SXSW that instantly takes on mythical status, and then puts on a show that leaves people breathless.  Forever and always The Boss.

2) One Direction: Need any proof boy bands are back? The Wanted is at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 1D, as the Directioners call them, are slated to make music history next week when “Up All Night” bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making it the first debut album by a British band to EVER come in at No. 1 on the album chart. Take that, Fab Four.

3) Britney Spears: She allegedly turns down $10 million to appear on “The X Factor.”  Looks like Simon Cowell is going to have to hit her, baby, one more time... with an extra $10 million.

4) SXSW: The annual Austin music fest draws more than 2,000 bands and at least 4,000 bloggers claiming to have discovered the next big thing... only to declare the act "over" by the next morning

5) ”Marley”: The long-awaited biopic on Bob Marley, which has passed through many directors’ hands before Kevin Madconald wrangled it, is, as it absolutely must, coming out on 4/20.

6) Flaming Lips: The Oklahoma band’s  musical based on their album “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots” gets an official premiere slot this fall at the La Jolla (Calif.) Playhouse. Up next:  “Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water: The Musical.”

7) Rolling Stones: They’re the only ones cool enough to delay celebrating their 50th anniversary until they are 51.  #Waitingonafriend

8) Wiz Khalifa
: His “Taylor Allderdice” mixtape proves so popular that it crashes the website. Wow, who knew Amber Rose was such a draw?

9) Turntable.fm:
After operating in a legal gray area, the online music service finalizes deals with the four major record companies. Now you can play D.J. and bore all your friends legally. 

10) Billy Corgan: The Smashing Pumpkins’ founder praises the ‘90s for producing better bands and calls today’s artists posers at SXSW. And, by the way, get off his damn lawn!

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<p>&quot;Amazing Spider-Man&quot;</p>
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"Amazing Spider-Man"

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WonderCon Live-Blog: 'Amazing Spider-Man,' 'Looper' and 'Resident Evil: Retribution'

Emma Stone, Milla Jovovich and Joseph Gordon-Levitt hit Anaheim

It's been a busy WonderCon afternoon. 

First I live-blogged "Prometheus" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."

Then I live-blogged "Snow White and The Huntsman" and "Battleship."

And now? The cherry on the top of the day, "Amazing Spider-Man," plus Rian Johnson's "Looper" and, because folks love Milla Jovovich, "Resident Evil: Retribution."

Click through...

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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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