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<p>Andrew Stanton is entirely too camera-ready to have spent his life as a science-fiction and animation nerd.&nbsp; This makes me suspicious.</p>

Andrew Stanton is entirely too camera-ready to have spent his life as a science-fiction and animation nerd.  This makes me suspicious.

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Watch: Andrew Stanton talks about bringing 'John Carter' to life

What does 'Lawrence Of Arabia' have to do with Mars?

My last interview this week for Disney's "John Carter" is with the man charged to finally bring this 100-year-old character to life on the big screen, Andrew Stanton.

First, let me just say that anyone whose favorite film is "Lawrence Of Arabia" is okay by me, and especially when you can see that so clearly in the film they've made.  I'm not sure I ever would have made the connection between that film and the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs.  It feels natural when you see how Stanton does it, though, and that was just one of the things we discussed when we sat down at the Boulders resort in Carefree, Arizona, to talk about his movie.

Stanton is a great spokesman for his film, and I feel like the Pixar team that's been part of the company from the start is the contemporary equivalent of the group of filmmakers in the '70s who helped create the blockbuster in the first place.  There was that explosion of creativity that came from guys like Lucas and Spielberg and De Palma and Scorsese and that entire peer group, and watching how their work evolved over the decades since that first amazing wave of films has been impressive.  The Pixar team is now starting to move into live-action, and seeing how they maintain their voice, I'm starting to believe there's nothing these guys can't do.

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<p>Laura Allen in &quot;Awake.&quot;</p>

Laura Allen in "Awake."

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'Awake' - 'The Little Guy': Conspiracy theories

The second episode keeps the family stories interesting, but stumbles elsewhere

A quick review of tonight's "Awake" coming up just as soon as I give you a bag of sugar and a spoon...

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"Project Runway All Stars"

 "Project Runway All Stars"

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Recap: 'Project Runway All Stars' - 'Let's Get Down to Business'

The final four face a business-oriented challenge - and one just doodles

Final four! As we learn from Angela Coathanger, this week's client is New York designer Nanette Lepore. She's based in the New York fashion district, which is dying a horrible death because it's so damn expensive to make clothing in the U.S. I think this is a much bigger and more complex issue than can be tackled by "Project Runway All Stars," but kudos to the show for trying to bring it up, I guess. Next week we will commit two minutes to the national debt and another minute to how Congress really works. Ah yes, "Project Runway" is "Schoolhouse Rock" for the 21s century.

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<p>Paul Williams, Barbra, and a pair of Oscars?&nbsp; That's the '70s all over, isn't it?</p>

Paul Williams, Barbra, and a pair of Oscars?  That's the '70s all over, isn't it?

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Watch: 'Paul Williams Still Alive' trailer makes its debut on the eve of SXSW

A look back at one of the industry's best songwriters is poignant, powerful

Paul Williams is a survivor.

The notion that the greatest challenge he's overcome in his lifetime is himself is just one of the things that makes Steve Kessler's documentary "Paul Williams Still Alive" such a pleasure and a revelation.  I've been familiar with the work of Paul Williams my whole life, and in many cases, I wasn't even aware when I was first introduced to his work that it was his. 

When the Muppets sang "Movin' Right Along" or "The Rainbow Connection" in "The Muppet Movie," or when Jodie Foster sang "My Name Is Tallulah" in "Bugsy Malone," I didn't know who wrote those songs.  I just knew that they were burned into my brain right away.  When I heard Karen Carpenter sing "Rainy Days and Mondays" or "We've Only Just Begun" on the radio, I didn't even think of the songwriter.  I just heard the story she was telling and the heartbreak that she wore like a badge.

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<p>Elizabeth Olsen at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards.</p>

Elizabeth Olsen at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards.

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'Silent House' and 'Martha Marcy' star Elizabeth Olsen on the next phase of her career

With a new film opening this weekend, one of last year’s breakouts looks ahead

Elizabeth Olsen emerged with one of last season’s most notable performances in the psychological meditation on identity, community and occultism: “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” She had a strong presence in the critics’ circuit and many felt she ought to have been granted an Oscar nod. An aspect of the intrigue surrounding Olsen’s debut is, of course, her familial connection to the industry.

Her older sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who began their careers before they even had the power of speech, have long been famous, essentially, for being famous. The twins have been associated with the dramatic spectrum of celebrity for years. Unthinkable wealth (they are said to have net worth of upwards of $120 million dollars and preside over a billion-dollar fashion empire) is countered with a near constant onslaught by a press corps in search of the details of their private lives.

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<p>Sean Hayes and Amy Poehler in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Sean Hayes and Amy Poehler in "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Lucky': Hot tub drive machine

Sean Hayes interviews Leslie in the last episode before spring break

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" — which was written by Nick Offerman — coming up just as soon as I go buy myself a Walkman...

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<p>&quot;Chuck&quot; won last year's Best in Show tournament at Hulu.</p>

"Chuck" won last year's Best in Show tournament at Hulu.

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Hulu's Best in Show returns for 2012

Which series will inherit the crown from "Chuck" this year?

March Madness for college basketball is almost here, and the science of bracketology is filtering its way into all sorts of corners of the pop culture universe. Grantland is running a 32-person bracket to determine the greatest "Wire" character ever (though both "Wire" fan Mike Schur and The Bunk himself have raised objections to the way it's gone). Vulture is asking experts to help determine the greatest TV drama of the last 25 years (today it was "The X-Files" vs. "The West Wing").

For the third year in a row, Hulu is running its Best in Show competition, in which TV fans get to vote on a bracket of 32 current series. And for the second year in a row, I'm serving as the special guest judge, but in a different capacity from last year.

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<p>Alison Brie as Annie on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Alison Brie as Annie on "Community."

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Why I miss 'Community': Because Annie was Hector the Well-Endowed

The final entry in our series before the show returns to NBC next week

We are exactly one week away from the return of "Community" to NBC's primetime lineup, as the show starts all over again in its old Thursday at 8 timeslot on March 15. (Earlier that day, Hulu should be posting the archived stream of the "Community" PaleyFest panel I moderated, though I've already seen excerpts floating around on YouTube.) But since the show remains not on the air this week, it's time for one final installment in my weekly series on why I've missed the show during its absence.

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<p>Jessica Sanchez of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Jessica Sanchez of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Results - Down to the Top 12

How did the judging twist impact Thursday's results

There wasn't much doubt which "Idol" contestant would be my Iron-Clad Lock To Not Be Eliminated This Week pick for this recap's image. Jessica Sanchez isn't going anywhere and probably not for a long, long, long time. If "Idol" could get an ethnically intriguing teenage girl to end the show's White Guys With Guitars winning streak, there would be great behind-the-scenes joy.

But we're a long way from worrying about this season's winner. In fact, we're a solid hour from meeting the season's first loser, so click through for the full recap...

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<p>SXSW&nbsp;Film&nbsp;Award plaques waiting to go to lucky filmmakers and their work</p>

SXSW Film Award plaques waiting to go to lucky filmmakers and their work

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SXSW: Opening salvo from the 26th annual

Fans and pros in the worlds of film, music and interactive descend on Texas

(Todd Gilchrist will be covering SXSW this year for In Contention. His dispatches will include reviews and interviews from the ground in Austin. We're happy to have him on board and look forward to his discoveries.)

AUSTIN, Texas - Because of the furor – and quite frankly, the films – at festivals like Cannes and Toronto, it’s easy to overlook South by Southwest as a destination for moviegoers, much less professionals and industry insiders eager to see what’s hot and what isn’t.

But SXSW has in recent years grown to epic proportions, thanks in no small part to its convergence of attendees from not just the film world, but music and technology as well, and that’s why it’s effectively the biggest festival stop in between Sundance in January and Cannes in May. Biggest doesn’t always necessarily mean best, mind you, but as with seemingly everything in Texas, where the festival is held, “more is more,” even when it just comes to where and in what context those movies are shown.

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Garbage selects first single from 'Not Your Kind of People'

Garbage selects first single from 'Not Your Kind of People'

What do Garbage and Garth Brooks have in common?

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“Blood for Poppies” will be the first single from Garbage’s “Not Your Kind Of People,” our May 15.

We'll have to wait until March 18 to hear the song, but the video has already been shot in Los Angeles by director/photographer Matt Irwin. We wonder if it sounds like “I Hate Love,” another album track that the band circulated last month.

[More after the jump...]

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Isaac Mizrahi

Isaac Mizrahi

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Isaac Mizrahi talks about the final 4 designers of 'Project Runway All Stars'

The judge reveals who's grown the most - and who is most like himself

Isaac Mizrahi has had countless ups and downs as a designer, but that roller coaster ride may be just what makes him such an empathetic judge (and in many ways a counter to the merciless but funny Michael Kors) on "Project Runway All Stars." In a conference call with reporters, Mizrahi tackled topics ranging from his love for Teletubbies, why not watching the show has been good for him and his favorite moment on the show.

Which designer do you think has grown the most over the course of the season? 

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