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<p>That's the same look I had on my face the first time I rode Disney's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride attraction.</p>

That's the same look I had on my face the first time I rode Disney's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride attraction.

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Disney develops new film based on 'Mr Toad's Wild Ride'

Anyone want to lay bets on whether the film ends in Hell or not?

On Allen's fourth birthday in March, we took him to Disneyland.  This was his third trip, and we're still adding new rides each time we go, figuring out what he and Toshi like the most,  and there are rides we still haven't been on.  This past time was their first experience with Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, and it was a big hit with them.

They don't know the film "Wind In The Willows" at all, though, and I've noticed that as a big part of the Disneyland experience for kids.  They don't actually know many of the films that inspired the various attractions, but they enjoy the rides anyway.  As my friend who joined us at the park pointed out, it's surprising they haven't taken Mr. Toad's Wild Ride out or changed it, since the ride quite literally ends with you going to Hell.

When Disney says that they're planning to develop a film based on the ride, though, I must admit I'm a little confused.  Does that mean they're going to do a new adaptation of "Wind In The Willows" using these same character designs?  Or are they going to throw out the story completely, take these characters, and build something totally different?  That's kind of a weird idea, considering the ride was adapted from a film that was adapted from a book.  It's like Disney is playing a pop culture game of telephone, and getting further from the original idea each time out.

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Justin Bieber on this evening's episode of "The Voice".
Justin Bieber on this evening's episode of "The Voice".
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Watch: Justin Bieber announces release date for 'Believe' on 'The Voice'

Plus, gives the 4,356 sneak peak of 'Boyfriend'

OK, this is getting ridiculous. Justin Bieber showed up on “The Voice” tonight to show “the world premiere from a clip of my video, ‘Boyfriend’.”

For those who are counting, this is the fourth teaser from the video and we still don’t know when the full music video is premiering. That will be an announcement for another day. Drip, drip, drip.

[More after the jump...]

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The Voice Team Christina

Opera Mann (with Ashley de la Rosa and Lindsey Pavao) reacts to big news for Team Christina

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Recap: 'The Voice' results - Team Christina and Team Blake quarterfinals

Who made it to the semi-finals? And who was sent packing?

Carson welcomes us to the really big shew: The Wanted are going to perform with Team Blake, Justin Bieber will world premiere his new video and both Blake and Christina have to boot one more quarter-finalist.

After last night's shocking Instant Elimination of Team Christina's Jesse Campbell, and Team Blake's less shocking (but also less deserved) Instant Elimination of Jordis Unga, what will happen tonight?

Can opera man Chris Mann viva la vida in the competition? Will teenaged toddler without a tiara RaeLynn stomp her way to safety? We'll know soon enough...

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Recap: 'Glee' - 'Saturday Night Glee-ver'

Unlike previous theme episodes, this one actually packs a punch
There have been a lot of words, many written by yours truly, about pushing past the constraints of regular weekly criticism and attack television from a different angle. It’s not that the format itself is somehow evil, but man, it can be limiting sometimes. So every once in a while it’s interesting to try and push past the norm and try something different. And since tonight’s “Glee” was all about overcoming internal fears and facing a brave new world order, what better time to try and stretch things out a bit? Way back when, I used to write up “Terra Nova” reviews from the perspective of one of the dinosaurs in the show. And while the idea of a singing dinosaur coming in and writing “LUNCH” on Will’s white board sounds appealing, let’s do a little FAQ about this episode, and the show as whole.
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<p>The Chance family worries about losing custody of Hope in the &quot;Raising Hope&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

The Chance family worries about losing custody of Hope in the "Raising Hope" season finale.

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Season finale review: 'Raising Hope'

The Chances have their day in court

A quick review of the "Raising Hope" season finale coming up just as soon as I get to meet Ed Begley Jr. ...

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<p>Michael Fassbender's David 8 could be one of the breakout characters of this summer's 'Prometheus'</p>

Michael Fassbender's David 8 could be one of the breakout characters of this summer's 'Prometheus'

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Fassbender's David 8 android introduced in new 'Prometheus' viral ad

20th Century Fox continues to try new ways to sell 'Alien' not-a-prequel

Did you have a chance to read Guy Lodge's thoughts on spoilerphobia today?

I have a friend who pretty much knows everything about "Prometheus."  He didn't actually work on it, but he was in a position to sort of see everything.  As a result, he's been dying to tell me everything for months now.  If the film comes up, I can see the actual physical effort it takes for him to not tell me every single detail that he knows, and even with him being as well-behaved as humanly possible, I've probably heard more than I should have.

Even so, I don't feel like the film is ruined for me.  When you go see a Ridley Scott film, I'd argue that the most important thing is the visual delivery of the ideas.  He has a painter's eye, and until you actually see a Ridley Scott film, I don't believe it can be "spoiled," per se.

Fox has been very, very careful about how they've sold this film, and there are a few things they've guarded, even while hiding them in plain sight.  I think they're having real fun in terms of what words they use when discussing the film, whether it's Damon Lindelof or Ridley Scott or the cast, and they've said more than people think they've said. 

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<p>On &quot;Cougar Town,&quot;&nbsp;Laurie (Busy Philipps)&nbsp;and Grayson (Josh Hopkins)&nbsp;argue over the value of her cakes.</p>

On "Cougar Town," Laurie (Busy Philipps) and Grayson (Josh Hopkins) argue over the value of her cakes.

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'Cougar Town' - 'Ways to Be Wicked': Base of cakes

Ellie's mother comes to town, while Grayson encourages Laurie's dream

A quick review of tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as my house is haunted by a ghost dentist...

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<p>Lena Dunham walks the red carpet at the premiere of HBO's &quot;Girls&quot;.</p>

Lena Dunham walks the red carpet at the premiere of HBO's "Girls".

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‘Girls’ just want to change the needle on a tired media record

Stop telling us we’re fat

I am increasingly disheartened and disturbed by what appears to be an unstoppable uptick in open misogyny. I’ve touched on this previously in a piece on Women and Oscar, but the subtle and not so subtle flames of gender bias are currently increasing rather than abating.

The female sex seems to be taking two steps back in Congress, in the workplace (where, for many, equal pay is still a longed-for dream rather than a well-established reality) and of course, in the media, where appearance is both target and weapon of choice. We are circling the same drain ad nauseum and ad infinitum in this arena where even women endowed with close to physical perfection are repeatedly subjected to our scathing societal eye.

Just this past week the release of "Titanic 3D" has reignited criticism of Kate Winslet's perfectly natural and gorgeous body in that film. Though many have been supportive, the Twitterverse, as ever, was at the ready with scathing remarks. Perhaps in an effort to preemptively defend against the onslaught she faced at 22 when she made the film, the actress castigated herself upon viewing the 3D version. "The second it came up I literally went, 'Make it stop, make it stop, turn it off. I'm blocking it off,'" the actress said to ABC News."Do I really sound like that? Did I really look like that?'"

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<p>Fitz &amp; The Tantrums</p>

Fitz & The Tantrums

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Interview: Fitz & the Tantrums on Coachella crowds and crying on stage

'I don't want to suffer from the sophomore slump'

After years and years of what Michael Fitzpatrick calls “failing,” Fitz & the Tantrums are finally having good years. In fact, 2012 is already shaping up to be their best. 

As of today, the soul-rock band is officially part of the 2012 Outside Lands music festival lineup in August. This week, the six-piece is in between weekends playing at Coachella, the kickoff to their spring tour. That stint segues directly into stints opening for Dave Matthews Band and recent Immaculate Noise interviewees the Flaming Lips and performing at major festivals like Bonnaroo and newly minted The Great Googamooga in Brooklyn. Palladia is airing concert film “Fitz and the Tantrums: Live at the Metro” starting this Saturday (April 21). All this, and the band will be releasing their second effort for indie Dangerbird later this year.
Fitzpatrick and his cohorts – co-vocalist Noelle Scaggs, saxophonist/flutist James King, bassist Joseph Karnes, drummer John Wicks and keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna – have exhibited an astonishing devotion to the road and to the social mechanics that normally destroy bands half their size. There’s just a rare commitment and collection of talent that has resonated with fans, beyond just their outta-nowhere hit “Moneygrabber” from their debut “Pickin’ Up the Pieces.”
Below is an abridged interview I had with Fitzpatrick at the end of this winter. For aspiring bands, it’s almost a check-list or outline of what it is to slog, and to succeed in slogging.
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<p>Nary and Jamie of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Nary and Jamie of "The Amazing Race"

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HitFix Interview: Jamie & Nary talk 'The Amazing Race'

The federal agents talk tent-building and teacher-playing
There are two very different approaches to touting your credentials as a federal agent on a reality TV show.
There's The Phillip Sheppard Method: The "Survivor" contestant announced his credentials as a former federal agent so early and so often and with such outspoken enthusiasm that his fellow contestants either doubted his background or doubted his sanity. He made it to the end of the season in part because Boston Rob knew he couldn't possibly win and carried him along.
Then there's The Jamie & Nary Method: The "Amazing Race" team decided they were going to tell their competition that they actually worked as teachers, rather than as federal agents. This strange plan sprung a leak when another team, border agents, began to suspect them of being in law enforcement. This led to fighting and variably passive aggressive hostilities, but not much else.
Jamie Graetz & Nary Ebeid were able to weather their difficulties with Art & JJ, but the federal agents were unable to overcome a multi-hour deficit and a Speed-Bump on last Sunday's (April 15) Leg of "The Amazing Race."
It was still a solid run for Jamie & Nary, who made it through more than half of the Race without internal bickering and definitely came out of FederalAgentGate looking saner than Art & JJ.
In their exit interview, Jamie and Nary discuss the strategy behind their professional obfuscation as well as the difficulties of the tent-building challenge that ultimately proved to be their undoing.
Click through for the full interview...
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<p>Are the Oscar nods ready for prime time?</p>

Are the Oscar nods ready for prime time?

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As the NFL schedule is announced, should the Oscars take note?

Maybe it's time for the Academy to reveal nominees in prime time

After revealing which teams would play each other in the 2012 football season a few months back, the NFL has just announced the official schedule with dates via a prime time special on the NFL Network. (I plan to be in DC for the Falcons in October, thank you.)

It got me thinking. Why debut this kind of thing at 7pm ET and miss the day's news cycle entirely? The answer, of course, is ratings, monetizing the information and its dissemination. And suddenly it occurred to me: Should the Academy take a similar tack in revealing its annual list of Oscar nominees?

This isn't a new idea. The concept of transforming the nominations announcement into a prime time special has been whispered about for years. Recently, the LA Times' Patrick Goldstein offered up his thoughts on the idea back before this year's Oscarcast and David Poland voiced his approval. Goldstein even mentioned sports in his piece to further his point.

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Maxwell is probably not coming to a town near you on 3-city tour

R&B superstar will play entire albums each night

Maxwell will hit the road, in a very limited way,  for the first time in two years this summer when stops in three cities to perform his four albums in their entirety.

Taking a page from acts like Steely Dan and Bruce Springsteen, the R&B superstar will devote the evening’s performance to “Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite” and “Embrya” or the combo of “Now” and “Blacksummers’night.”

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