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Lionel Richie

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Can Lionel Richie make it two weeks atop the Billboard 200?

Who is primed to steal the Commodore's crown?

Predictions can be wildly uneven, as we saw last week when it looked like Adele’s “21” was a lock to go back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as of the Friday before the chart’s Sunday close.

However, Lionel Richie’s CBS special, which aired Friday night after Hits Daily Double had already run its predictions, propelling “Tuskegee” to the top spot.

So this week, it’s even more of a horserace to see who will snag the No. 1 spot when the chart is released on Wednesday. Right now, “Tuskegee” and “Love is a Four-Letter Word” from Jason Mraz are in a dead heat, with both targeted to sell between 100,000 and 110,000.

Mraz will be joined in the top 10 by two other debuts, Train’s “California 37,” which will likely bow at No. 4 and hip hop artist Future’s debut studio set, “Pluto,” looks strong for No. 7.

Adele’s “21” continues to be in the Top 5, and should easily claim the No. 3 spot with up to 90,000 copies sold.  Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” rounds out the top 5 at No. 5 (although at this point, “Roman Reloaded” and One Direction’s “Up All Night” are too close to call, so she may be at No. 6 and the boy band at No. 5.

Top 10 veterans round out the rest of the top slots:  Gotye, whose “Somebody That I Used To Know” is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, will likely be at No. 8 with “Making Mirrors,” Bonnie Raitt at No. 9 with “Slipstream” and Rascal Flatts at No. 10 with “Changed.”

 

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<p>John Noble in &quot;Fringe.&quot;</p>

John Noble in "Fringe."

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'Letters of Transit'

The team heads to the year 2036
FOX has been pushing tonight’s episode “Letters of Transit” as “yet another mind-blowing nineteenth episode” over the past seven days. I didn’t quite know what the heck they were talking about, until realizing that “Lysergic Acid Diethelamide” and “Brown Betty” also aired in this slot. (Complicating my research: “Brown Betty” was actually the twentieth episode of that season, due to FOX randomly airing an episode intended for Season One in the middle of that year. Ah, the good old days.) While the previous two seasons featured stylistically adventurous episodes in this particular slot, both also fit into the overall story arc of that season. “Letters of Transit” intentionally disorients the viewer from the first second, slowly revealing its context over the course of the house. “Transit” is a pretty sweet episode of “The Twilight Zone.” But was it a good episode of “Fringe”?
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<p>Sorry, Zac Efron, but Oscar is the cutest movie star in any of this weekend's new releases</p>

Sorry, Zac Efron, but Oscar is the cutest movie star in any of this weekend's new releases

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The Weekend Watch: 'Chimpanzee,' 'Marley,' and the French thriller 'Sleepless Night'

It's a weird week of theatrical releases as the summer prepares to kick off

You've got a lot of options for what to watch and how, and we want to help you plan your weekend with a new column where we'll highlight three things you can see in theaters, three things you'll find streaming, and three titles new to home video.  Appropriately enough, we call this The Weekend Watch.

It's the calm before the storm.

Right around the corner now, summer gets started.  There's something happening every weekend from now until September.  This is it.  For me, the summer started about a week ago when I saw "The Avengers," and I'm hoping to be able to write about that soon.  I'm going to be writing up this summer's movies as they start screening, and I'm also planning to write about the Alamo Drafthouse "Summer Of 1982" films all summer long.  Add that to the ongoing "James Bond Declassified" series, and you're going to have quite the reading list here this season.

So what's opening this weekend, when all the studios are just getting ready, revving up, preparing to unleash the things they've got planned for us?  What's streaming?  What should you be finding on Blu-ray or DVD?

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<p>Rich Ross celebrates The Muppets getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last month.</p>

Rich Ross celebrates The Muppets getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last month.

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Rich Ross aftermath: Does John Lasseter go in for the kill at Disney Studios?

Stacey Snider and Mary Parent also rumored for the gig

And as expected, the Rich Ross era is quickly over.

It's always callous in these situations to say "I told you so," but when Bob Iger first announced that Rich Ross would be taking over as Chairman of Walt Disney Studios two and a half years ago there was a collective eyebrow raised across Hollywood.  Ross had turned Disney Channel into a moneymaker for Disney and CEO Bob Iger saw him as "visionary" who could streamline the movie studios offerings while focusing more on cinematic brands that could have life across the entire corporation. It's a synergistic approach that all media companies try to achieve, but rarely succeed at (Fox and the old Viacom being the most successful).  Even with a changing entertainment landscape where more television and movie talent jump between the small and big screen, Ross did not have the background or skills to handle a job of this magnitude. And, the industry experienced this same scenario only a few years ago when Brad Grey put former FOX executive Gail Berman in charge of production at Paramount Pictures. That also lasted just about two years and was pretty much a colossal failure.

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<p>Snoop Dogg being Snoop Dogg</p>

Snoop Dogg being Snoop Dogg

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Listen: Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg pay homage to 420 Day

Asher Roth also weighs in

Happy 420! Could the international day to hail all things pot have any better spokespeople than Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg? The answer is resoundingly no. And just in case they haven’t made their love of the herb clear enough, they return today with “Roll Me Up & Smoke Me When I Die,” from Nelson’s forthcoming album, “Heroes.” Listen to it here.

If the song is new to you— it's a standard in Nelson's live show —the surprise is that this version is a rollicking, country tune that stands on its own merits as a truly enjoyable song, as opposed to some novelty. The musicianship is great, the outlaw country attitude is essential, the picking is delicious, guests Jamey Johnson and Kris Kristofferson add just the right amount of gravel, and, believe it or not, Snoop is totally convincing on a a country track.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Liars</p>

Liars

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Watch Liars' murderous new music video

'No.1 Against the Rush' pairs something very creepy with the sentiment 'I want you'

For all you fans of "Criminal Minds," quick: why would a dry cleaner murder the band Liars?

There are a few answers but mostly questions in the music video for Liars' "No.1 Against the Rush," as a killer finds a few ways to capture the three-piece band. It's not cute, though. It's all disturbed blue hues and everyday circumstances to the weird lyrical sibling "I want you." Tonight's an Ambien night.

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<p>Edward Norton (left) in &quot;Moonrise Kingdom.&quot;</p>

Edward Norton (left) in "Moonrise Kingdom."

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Cannes Check: Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

We kick off our series of Competition previews with the festival opener

I'm not sure I'm ready for it, but yesterday's full lineup announcement brought home the fact that this year's Cannes Film Festival is less than a month away. It scarcely feels like a year ago that the likes of "The Artist," "The Tree of Life" and "Drive" entered our lives, but here we are, ready to welcome next batch of potential crossover hits, treasured obscurities and inevitable disappointments.

With that, welcome to our Cannes Check series, in which I'll individually preview each of the 22 titles in Competition. (Much as I'd love to give similar treatment to Un Certain Regard and other festival strands, I am but one man.) Same as last year, I'll be covering one film a day, in alphabetical order of the director's surname. Tidily enough, that means we're kicking off with the film that itself will be raising the curtain on this year's festival -- Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom."

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<p>Even the publicity photos for this week's &quot;Awake&quot;&nbsp;focus too much on the guest stars at the expense of Jason isaacs.</p>

Even the publicity photos for this week's "Awake" focus too much on the guest stars at the expense of Jason isaacs.

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'Awake' - 'Nightswimming': He made me a mixtape!

The series' first real dud focuses too much on the guest stars

A quick review of last night's "Awake" coming up just as soon as I have a cassette player...

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<p>On &quot;30 Rock,&quot;&nbsp;Liz (Tina Fey)&nbsp;has something to smile about.</p>
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On "30 Rock," Liz (Tina Fey) has something to smile about.


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'30 Rock' - 'Murphy Brown Lied to Us': KouchTown breakdown

Liz and Jack's interests collide in the funniest episode in ages

A review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I make out with Paz de la Huerta at a children's museum...

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<p>Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale in &quot;Veep.&quot;</p>

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale in "Veep."

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Review: Julia Louis-Drefyus in HBO's 'Veep'

'Seinfeld' alum shines in new political satire from 'Thick of It' creator Armando Iannucci
Many jobs are what you make of them. When you become Vice President of the United States, though, the job is what the President lets you make of it. Sometimes, the VP gets invested with tremendous power, as President Bush the younger did with Dick Cheney; other times, the VP is marginalized as quickly as possible, as President Bush the elder did with Dan Quayle.
 
Selina Meyer, the heroine (of sorts) of the new HBO comedy "Veep"  (Sunday at 10 p.m.), desperately wants to be a Cheney, but is instead more of a Quayle.
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Real Housewives of Atlanta

Kim Zolciak on 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta'

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Recap: 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' season four reunion, part 2

Less chaotic second hour tackles Peter, Marlo and Africa

Yikes. After the epic brawls on Part One of the three-part reunion, this follow-up hour felt like a bunch of childish whining, even before Marlo came out to embarrass herself all over again.

But Andy did finally raise the Africa controversy, with sadly predictable results.

This entire episode was upstaged by Sheree's bombshell announcement this week that she won't be returning for season five. After tonight, it seems like that's for the best.

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<p>Jason Schwartzman takes marriage very seriously in an exclusive clip from Wes Anderson's upcoming 'Moonrise Kingdom'</p>

Jason Schwartzman takes marriage very seriously in an exclusive clip from Wes Anderson's upcoming 'Moonrise Kingdom'

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Watch: Exclusive 'Moonrise Kingdom' clip has Jason Schwartzman talking marriage

Wes Anderson's new film looks like fun and familiar territory

Yep.  That sure does look like a Wes Anderson movie.

The entire line-up for Cannes that's been announced so far has me damn near giddy, and as soon as they announced that the opening night film was going to be Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," I made sure to book my travel so I'd be there for the kickoff.

I read about half this script, then stopped.  Not because it was bad, but because of the exact opposite.  I was having so much fun with it that I decided I'd rather just see it play out than read it and ruin it for myself.  The worlds that Wes Anderson creates in his films are so specific and visual and all-encompassing that it's impossible to really "read" one of his films ahead of time.  You have to see how the actors choose to inhabit the characters, and you have to see the details that he packs his frame with, and you have to hear the soundtracks he puts together.

I don't get it when people complain about the heightened reality that Anderson creates in his movies.  It seems to me that if you don't like directors with a strong signature style, you just should skip their films, not complain that they are so specific.  Anderson's absolutely got a signature that you can see as soon as something begins, and ever since "Bottle Rocket," he has been refining that style a little bit more with every movie.

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