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<p>Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Watson and &quot;Sherlock.&quot;</p>

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Watson and "Sherlock."

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Review: 'Sherlock' season 2 debuts on PBS

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are back and in fine form
It's not easy being Sherlock Holmes, whether back in Victorian England or the 21st century world that's the setting of "Sherlock," the British series which returns to PBS for a second season this Sunday night at 9.
 
But it's even harder to be his friend.
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<p>From &quot;The Avengers&quot;</p>

From "The Avengers"

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Watch: Soundgarden's music video for 'The Avengers' song 'Live to Rise'

Could the track earn the band an Academy Award nomination?

"Academy Award nominated rock group Soundgarden." Is it possible?

The resurrected rock troupe has released the music video for "Live to Rise," their somewhat boring contribution to "The Avengers" soundtrack. The clip features the usual bevy of scenes from the film and Chris Cornell's nice, clean curly locks.

I was able to check out the blockbuster film earlier this week, and the song is the first to play over the end credits, a position that can qualify the band for an Oscar for best original song -- so long as the track is  "original and specifically written for a motion picture. There must be a clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition (not necessarily visually presented) of both lyrics and melody."

In an interview with the L.A. Times, frontman Cornell made it clear that this collaboration with the filmmakers was a specific "tie-in," and that it should be regarded as a thing very separate from what a Soundgarden album will sound like.

So maybe the band is already planning their Oscars ceremony "look." I suggest black, or a leather red-white-and-blue superhero suit.

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<p>On &quot;Suburgatory,&quot;&nbsp;Alicia Silverstone gets a foot massage from Alan Tudyk.</p>

On "Suburgatory," Alicia Silverstone gets a foot massage from Alan Tudyk.

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The Morning Round-Up: 'Suburgatory' & 'Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23'

Alicia Silverstone stays in Chatswin, while James Van Der Beek and Kevin Sorbo crash a wedding

It's morning round-up time, with quick reviews of last night's "Suburgatory" and "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23" coming up just as soon as my new uniform includes a chiffon wristlet...

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Watch: 'The Avengers' Clark Gregg and Cobie Smulders talk Whedon magic

Watch: 'The Avengers' Clark Gregg and Cobie Smulders talk Whedon magic

Says Gregg; 'I don't know how he did it'

"I was shocked," said Clark Gregg, who reprises the role of Phil Coulson for the fourth time in "The Avengers", of first reading Joss Whedon's script. "As someone who's been in these movies, who loves these movies, who loved the comics, who knows these heroes, and who loves good writing, I didn't know how anyone was gonna do it."

Critics are shocked too - against all odds, the hugely-anticipated superhero film that could've gone wrong in a million different ways now stands at a whopping 94% "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes, with Drew McWeeny (who chatted with Gregg and co-star Cobie Smulders during the film's recent press junket) giving the film an "A" in his own review. So what's the secret to Whedon's success?

"It's a magic trick," said Gregg. "The fact that it's so human, and so funny, and then so damn exciting...I don't know how he did it, so I'm kind of a little freaked out by him right now."

You can watch Drew's full interview with Gregg and Smulders (who appears in the franchise for the first time as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill) above!

"The Avengers" hits theaters on May 4.

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<p>A scene from Wednesday's &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>

A scene from Wednesday's "Survivor: One World"

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Recap: 'Survivor: One World' - 'It's Gonna Be Chaos'

A visit from loved ones shakes things up with the Women
Pre-credit sequence. Nobody can believe that Troyzan's finally gone, though he's left Kat struggling to make sense of his parting words, "Do it." Kim is physically relieved by Troyzan's departure. There's also the question of how Christina ended up with that extra vote against her, leading to Alicia's not-so-surprising realization that Christina really isn't all that smart. Alicia has, in fact, decided that Sabrina is a bigger threat than Christina and she's changed her priorities. "Little do they know that I'm at the top, controlling everything. I'm the most powerful player in this game," Alicia has decided. My instinct would be to laugh and point, but weird things keep happening this season. Maybe she's right?

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Hunter McCracken (left) and Brad Pitt in "The Tree of Life"
Hunter McCracken (left) and Brad Pitt in "The Tree of Life"
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Terrence Malick's 'Tree of Life' cracks Roger Ebert's top 10 movies of all time

The veteran critic drops his list for Sight & Sound's latest poll

The Sight & Sound poll of filmmakers and critics picking the greatest films of all time is 10 years old. Many in the cinephile community are anxious to see the results of the latest questionaire, which will be revealed some time in August (I think). A few critics have revealed their own lists but that's just a drop in the bucket of what we'll get when the big collective is revealed.

Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert is one such critic. And I was a little surprised to see that Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," which was a formidable force on the awards circuit last year, managed to find itself among previous mainstays of the his list, which include "Aguirre, the Wrath of God," "Apocalypse Now," "Citizen Kane" and "2001: A Space Odyssey" (four films that could register on my own list, which is why I've always liked Ebert's choices quite a bit).

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<p>Starburns (Dino Stamatopoulos)&nbsp;heads to the finish line in this &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;video.</p>

Starburns (Dino Stamatopoulos) heads to the finish line in this "Community" video.

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HitFix First Look: 'Community' says goodbye to Star-Burns

Check out Abed's tribute video to Greendale's most tonsorially-interesting student

Last week's "Community" parody of "Law & Order" captured not only the most obvious tropes of the classic NBC drama — the split between cops and lawyers, the banter between the detectives, the key witness who drops out at the last minute, etc. — but smaller things that were just as recognizable to any hardcore "Law & Order" fan.

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<p>This season's &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 5</p>

This season's "American Idol" Top 5

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 5 Performances - British Pop and '60s Night

Jessica, Joshua, Hollie, Phillip and Skylar tackle two themes

It's a double theme night on "American Idol."

Apparently Wednesday will find the season's Top 5 singing British pop songs and Songs from the '60s.

And yes, I'm also disappointed that the theme is British Pop and not Brit Pop, because I wanted to hear some Pulp, Blur and Oasis tonight. Instead, we get two themes that might as well be the same theme. 

Let's see how it goes...

Click through...

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<p>Kanye West</p>

Kanye West

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Listen: Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music remixes Chief Keef's 'I Don't Like'

Original song's producer don't like it

Kanye West, Pusha T, Big Sean and Jadakiss all showed up for a G.O.O.D. Music's remix of Chicago rapper Chief Keef's "I Don't Like," but not everybody likes it.

The 16-year-old's track has additional verses and a new melody line over the beat, which the song's original producer Young Chop takes issue with.

"I’m mad as f*ck, for the simple fact that they did not ask me to change up sh*t in my beat. How the f*ck did they add another melody over the instrumental?" he told radio host DJ Moon Dog this week. "These motherf*ckers is playing me and I don’t give two f*cks, I will sue the shit out of Kanye West… I made a f*cking sound, so you supposed to stay with my f*cking sound. The beat is fucking hard by itself. That shit don’t sound the same, it don’t got the same feel."

So he'd agree with Yeezy's line, ""They steal your whole sound, that's a soundbite"?

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<p>Gotye</p>

Gotye

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Goyte's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' stays No. 1 on Hot 100

Carly Rae Jepsen scores her first Top 5 hit

Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra logs its third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as it gains in radio play and sells more than 400,000 digital downloads for the week ending April 29.

In doing so, the tune becomes the first to tally three weeks of digital sales surpassing 400,000, according to Billboard.

“We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Monae stays at No. 2, while Maroon 5’s “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa holds at No. 3.

Teen-oriented acts round out the top 5: The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” climbs up one spot to No. 4, while Carly Rae Jepsen scores her first top 5 hit with “Call Me Maybe.” Both acts are affiliated with Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun, who seems to have the golden touch right now...as Bieber’s “Boyfriend” also stays in the Top 10, although it slips down three spots to No. 7.

Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” featuring Sia stays at No. 6, Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” rises one to No. 8; One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful trades places with Minaj to fall to No. 9. Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” stays at No. 10.

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<p>The remarkable Quvenzhan&eacute; Wallis as Hushpuppy in Benh Zeitlin's &quot;Beast of the Southern Wild.&quot;</p>

The remarkable Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy in Benh Zeitlin's "Beast of the Southern Wild."

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'Beasts of the Southern Wild' teases its cinematic wonder in new preview

Critic's favorite coming to theaters this June

Alright art house moviegoers, breathe easy. You've made it through those annual few months between the Academy Awards and the summer season which is traditionally the dumping ground of bad indies.  With summer just around the corner you're about to enjoy a major uptick in quality flicks thanks to the usually reliable Sundance Film Festival product machine.

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<p>Alanis Morissette</p>

Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette sets release date for new album, 'Havoc And Bright Lights'

When will her first album in four years come out?

Alanis Morissette will release her first album in four years, “Havoc And Bright Lights” on Aug. 28. First single, “Guardian,” goes to radio on May 11 and will be on sale at iTunes on May 15.

It’s been a while since Morissette’s radio heyday and she’s married and had a baby since her last set, 2008’s “Flavors of Entanglement,” so it will be interesting to hear what’s on her mind. That album peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200.

Morissette worked with Guy Sigsworth on the set, who has also produced such artists as Madonna and Britney Spears.

"This record, as always, is a snapshot of what I currently obsess about, care about, and what strikes me at 4 in the morning in my most introspective moments," Morissette said in a statement. "It is my emotional, psychological, social and philosophical commentary through song.I can't wait to share it with this fun and funny planet, and to tour, and can't wait to have the lively, engaging and challenging conversations that these songs may invite.”"

The album will come out on Collective Sounds, a label helmed by her management company that is distributed by SONY RED. It is her first album since she parted with Maverick/Warner Bros.

Morissette’s 1995 debut, “Jagged Little Pill,” remains one of the top selling debuts in the SoundScan era.

“HAVOC” TRACK LISTING:
1) Guardian?
2) Woman Down
3) 'Til You
4) Celebrity?
5) Empathy?
6) Lens?
7) Spiral?
8) Numb?
9) Havoc?
10) Win and Win?
11) Receive?
12) Edge of Evolution

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