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<p>DGA winner for &quot;The&nbsp;Artist,&quot; Michel Hazanavicius (left), with Tom&nbsp;Hooper at the 2012 DGA&nbsp;Awards in&nbsp;January.</p>

DGA winner for "The Artist," Michel Hazanavicius (left), with Tom Hooper at the 2012 DGA Awards in January.

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DGA rescinds long-standing 'no screeners' policy

The guild will allow 'for your consideration' DVDs to be sent to its membership

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has announced today that it will be reversing a long-standing policy outlawing the issuance of "for your consideration" screeners to its membership. The change will go into effect this awards season.

Said DGA president Taylor Hackford via press release, "There's nothing better than watching a movie on the big screen, exactly as the director intended. But it's not always possible for our members to get to the theater to see every film in awards contention."

The guild's former policy was in place because it believed films sent out on DVD "could have an advantage over films that are not able to be sent out due to limited marketing budgets or other financial constraints of studios and distributors." Noble, but out-dated. And given the down-the-middle voting habits of the membership as of late, it doesn't seem to have done much for the little guys anyway.

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<p>Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell wage a war of words in 'The Campaign' this summer</p>

Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell wage a war of words in 'The Campaign' this summer

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'The Campaign' kicks off for Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis on Facebook

Our first look at the Jay Roach political comedy makes big promises

It looks like campaign season has begun.

Or rather, it looks like "The Campaign" season has begun, with Warner Bros. using Facebook today to kick off the marketing for the new Jay Roach political comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.

Roach's last film was the HBO drama "Game Change," and part of his goal with that film was to stick very close to reality since he was depicting events from a real election that was held up to enormous media scrutiny.  If he got the details wrong, we'd know immediately because of how the images from that primary season were burnt into our collective consciousness.

With "The Campaign," it looks like Roach decided to kick loose and go the other direction, cranking up the absurdity of our political machine, and hiring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis seems like a good step in that direction.  Instead of releasing a conventional trailer, this morning sees three new videos online.  The first is on the main Facebook page for the film and features Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) and Cam Brady (Ferrell) together.  Then each of them also has their own Facebook page where they have posted attack videos aimed at each other.

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<p>Passion Pit</p>

Passion Pit

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Listen: Passion Pit 'Walk' with first single from new album 'Gossamer'

An immigrant song?

Passion Pit's return is marked with their own "immigrant song."

The energetic first single "Take a Walk" from new album "Gossamer" is memorable in its jangly, repetitive chorus, but it's more marked after repeat listens for its lyrics. Michael Angelakos reports in on the recession in America, singing from the perspective of a foreigner who has moved to the U.S., tried to make a living for himself, and then a wife, and then a whole family. It addresses what happens when bad investments tank his pensions. It's actually pretty sad.

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Melissa Gorga on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'

Melissa Gorga on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'

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Recap: 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' - 'Third Eye Blind'

Teresa and Melissa take it to the parking lot

This week is all about getting Teresa and Melissa to their respective breaking points. Meanwhile Caroline continues to torture Lauren about her weight, and Joe Giudice makes a mild verbal swipe at Rich to make up for the black eye he got last week.

But the only thing that mattered was Teresa vs. Melissa, so let's stick with that...

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<p>Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell in "Mad Men." 

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'Mad Men' - 'Lady Lazarus': Tomorrow never knows

Don and Pete discover that the women in their lives have all the power

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I make eye contact with hobos...

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<p>Brendon and Rachel of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Brendon and Rachel of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' Finale - 'It's a Great Place To Become Millionaires'

The remaining teams head to Japan and then Hawaii to wrap up the season
Shortly before Sunday (May 6) night's "The Amazing Race" began, I tweeted, "Is anybody actually *rooting* for a team in tonight's "Amazing Race" finale? Yeah. Didn't think so."
Over the next three-plus hours, I got many, many responses. Most people asked if rooting against teams counted on some level. No. No it did not. A couple folks suggested they were rooting for Mark & Bopper to somehow re-enter the game and win. That also does not count. A few tweeps proposed that they were rooting for single players on teams, with Vanessa earning votes for hotness and Rachel (of Rachel & Dave) earning mentions. One person and only one person said that he liked all of this season's teams and would be happy for any winner, but didn't mention a single specific team her was rooting for. 
I'm not going to say that my brief Twitter survey was a snapshot of the entirety of the "Amazing Race" viewership, but in an industry that makes million dollar decisions based on the imperfect non-paragon of representative statistical sampling that is the Nielsen system, I'm OK with feeling that I got a sense of a broad problem with "The Amazing Race 20": Sometimes this is the best-cast show on TV. That was not the case this season. 
"The Amazing Race" dedicated two hours on Sunday night to crowning a champion who most viewers probably didn't like very much. That, plus the obligatory crummy "Race" architecture, took much of the fun out of Sunday's finale.
But at least Sunday's finale wrapped up with the most deserving available team coming out victorious. I'd rather root for a team that's both likable *and* deserving, but by the end of the finale, I was rooting rather loudly to get at least one of the two, but for a brief window, it seemed reasonable that we might somehow end up with a team that was both unappealing and unworthy.
So... YAY?
More after the break...
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<p>On &quot;Girls,&quot;&nbsp;Hannah (Lena Dunham)&nbsp;gets a new job.</p>

On "Girls," Hannah (Lena Dunham) gets a new job.

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'Girls' - 'Hannah's Diary': There's the rub!

Ugly truths come out for Hannah and Marnie

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I surprise you with a coffee table made out of street garbage...

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<p>Sansa (Sophie Turner)&nbsp;and Joffrey (Jack Gleeson)&nbsp;have a rough day on &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) have a rough day on "Game of Thrones."

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'Game of Thrones' - 'The Old Gods and the New': I'll take the high road

The Stark children all learn tough lessons

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I make an investment based on wishes and dreams...

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<p>Brent Sexton of &quot;The Killing&quot;</p>

Brent Sexton of "The Killing"

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Interview: Brent Sexton talks 'The Killing'

'Life,' 'Deadwood' veteran promises building Season 2 momentum
We're still a couple months from discovering if Stan Larsen was in any way responsible for the death of Rosie Larsen.
For now, Stan is just one of a slew of viable suspects on "The Killing" and nowhere near the top of the list at this point, but we keep learning new disturbing facts about the moving company owner and grieving father. 
There's his past as a mob enforcer. That's pretty dark, especially when it has led to violence against other suspects in the case. Then there's Stan's increasing estrangement with wife Mitch (Michelle Forbes) and his increased closeness with Mitch's sister. Oh and then there's the pesky recent discovery things may not be so clear with Rosie's paternity. 
I got on the phone with Brent Sexton last week to discuss the changes in Stan Larsen in Season 2 of "The Killing." The "Life" and "Deadwood" veteran also discusses the season's upcoming momentum and how close he came to solving the show's central mystery.
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<p>Adam Yauch in 2009</p>

Adam Yauch in 2009

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Music Power Rankings: Adam Yauch, Jack White and Michael Jackson

Dave Grohl and Justin Bieber also make the list

1. Adam Yauch: RIP MCA.

2. Amanda Palmer:
The former Dresden Doll raises more than $400,000 on Kickstarter for her next album. That’s kick ass.  

3. Jack White:  One is not the loneliest number: White scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as a solo artist: a feat he never reached as half of the White Stripes.

4. Michael Jackson:
Pepsi deal will result in his image in on more than 1 billion Pepsi cans in the, perhaps oddly, titled “Live for Now” campaign.

5. Skylar Laine:
Another favorite leaves “American Idol” earlier than expected. She’ll be back on a record label near you soon.

6. Dave Grohl:
Add director to the Foo Fighter’s resume: He’s behind a new documentary on Sound City, the Los Angeles’ studio where, among others, Nirvana’s “Nevermind” was recorded.

7. The Grammys: A New York judge dismissed a suit filed by a Latin jazz musician who alleged that the cutting out 31 categories hurt artists’ earning power.

8. Carly Rae Jepsen
: Justin Bieber’s buddy scores her first top 5 hit with “Call Me Maybe.” As the tattoo on the hot dude in the video (viewed 47 million times) states, “The sky’s the limit.”

9. Justin Bieber:
Sure, his video for “Boyfriend” finally debuted, but it’s his “Most Viral Video Ever”  for Ryan Seacrest that deserves the attention: Puppies plus sneezing babies = total win.

10. Casper Smart: Jennifer Lopez’s boyfriend lands the job of choreographing her new tour. Nice perk of dating the boss.

What do you think of this week's Music Power Rankings?  Share your thoughts below.

Follow Melinda Newman on twitter @HitFixMelinda.

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<p>Rihanna and Eli Manning of &quot;SNL&quot;</p>

Rihanna and Eli Manning of "SNL"

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Eli Manning and Rihanna

Eli's got more Super Bowl rings, but could he top Peyton on 'SNL'?
Athletes and “Saturday Night Live.” They don’t go together exactly like oil and water, but they don’t exactly mix, either. And while Eli Manning has proven himself on the field (as much as it pains this Patriots fan to acknowledge that), there’s no proof he has the ability to even perform competently in a pre-recorded piece, nevermind live onstage. But who knows? Maybe tonight will be as improbable the Helmet Catch that has haunted my dreams for the past five years. More likely? Rihanna will look amazing and perform the third act of the “Shy Ronnie” trilogy. That will be something. But will it be enough? Only one way to find out!
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<p>&quot;The Avengers&quot;&nbsp;director Joss Whedon on set with actors Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans.</p>

"The Avengers" director Joss Whedon on set with actors Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans.

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Movie Review: Joss Whedon gets 'The Avengers' right

Characters, action and humor all in perfect alignment in Marvel's biggest movie yet

Like any right-thinking nerd with no childcare or other scheduling conflicts, I made sure to see "The Avengers" during the opening weekend. Our movie team has covered the film pretty exhaustively, but as both a longtime Avengers fan (who uses this poster as part of his son's bedtime ritual) and a longtime Joss Whedon fan, I couldn't resist jumping into the fray. I have a spoiler-filled review (as with many of my TV reviews, designed to be read only after you've seen the film) coming up just as soon as I show you my vintage trading cards...

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