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<p>&nbsp;Scotty McCreery</p>

 Scotty McCreery

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Scotty McCreery records exit song for 'American Idol'

'Please Remember Me' will seranade contestants off

American Idol”  Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery will serenade the losers off of this season.

McCreery, who has not known the feeling of getting played off, will record a version of the Tim McGraw hit, “Please Remember Me” (written by Rodney Crowell).

The song will make its debut on this Thursday’s edition of “American Idol.”

There’s, of course, a precedent for past “Idol’s” doing the exit songs: Chris Daughtry’s “It’s Not Over”  was used for season six. Last season, season 7 winner David Cook recorded a version of Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me).”

McCreery will perform the song live on "American Idol" later this season.

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Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg

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Mark Wahlberg to get on board with Teamsters-themed TV show for A&E

The unscripted series will focus on the Teamsters Local 25 in Boston

Mark Wahlberg is getting involved with teamsters. More specifically,  he's joining forces with fellow executive producers Stephen Levinson, Kevin Harrison and Bill Thompson to create an unscripted pilot focused on the Teamsters Local 25 in Boston for A&E. The working title of the show? "Teamsters,"  of course.

Set in the real-life world of films like "The Fighter" and "The Departed," "Teamsters" promises to give viewers a first hand glimpse of the union in the most territorial city in America: Boston. Here, the Teamsters Local 25 battle for the rights of their 11,000 members.

"A&E strives to remain ahead of the curve while delivering first class auspices to our audience,” said Bob DeBitetto, President of A&E and BIO. "We’re so proud to collaborate with this group of producers and offer an authentic point of view from the unique characters this world provides."

"We believe A&E is the perfect venue to create a cutting-edge show that promises to be like nothing else on television," said Levinson.
 

 
 

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<p>Bruce Greenwood as Dr. Emmet Cole on &quot;The River.&quot;</p>

Bruce Greenwood as Dr. Emmet Cole on "The River."

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'The River' - 'Dr. Emmet Cole': Man vs. wild

Bruce Greenwood takes center stage in a very strong hour

A review of last night's "The River" — the strongest installment of the series so far — coming up just as soon as I deflect your schoolgirl crush...

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<p>I can't find a photo that shows all the greatest characters from 'Game Of Thrones' at the same time, so I'll have to settle for one great big slab of Dinklage.</p>

I can't find a photo that shows all the greatest characters from 'Game Of Thrones' at the same time, so I'll have to settle for one great big slab of Dinklage.

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One Thing I Love Today: 'Game Of Thrones' arrives on Blu-ray in spectacular fashion

We catch up with season one of HBO's amazing high fantasy hit

I've read the first book in George R.R. Martin's epic "A Song Of Ice and Fire" series, and I'm a fan of that book.  I have heard a wide range of opinions about the rest of the series, and I've done my best to avoid spoilers, since I have the books here in the house and will read them at some point.  I did not watch the HBO adaptation of the first book when it aired, so I've waited patiently for the Blu-ray release.  I have a preference for powering through a full season of TV when I can, and I can't think of a show better suited for that sort of marathon viewing than this one.

When HBO decides to gamble on a show, they go big, and I respect that.  "Game Of Thrones" is gorgeous, and it looks and sounds tremendous on Blu-ray.  What makes the Blu-ray the ultimate edition, though, is the way they've taken full advantage of the interactive nature of the format to help viewers if they want help keeping track of the show's complex family politics.  I think the show does a great job of explaining it all for you, but I understand that it's a dense bit of text overall, and the extra features here are outstanding.  You can turn on a program guide that will work during the episodes, giving you facts and history and interconnections at moments you might need the prompt.

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"Cougar Town"

"Cougar Town"

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Watch: Courteney Cox and Josh Hopkins really, really want you to watch 'Cougar Town'

The stars promise more wine and more romance ahead

Courteney Cox is worried you aren't watching her show. Since "Cougar Town" was unceremoniously bumped from the schedule, only to make a welcome recent return (the show now airs on Tues. at 8:30 p.m. on ABC), Cox and her co-stars fear that fans of the show don't necessarily know where to find them. The good news? The show is not only back, but according to our own Alan Sepinwall, it's cooking with gas. I spoke with Cox and her co-star Josh Hopkins briefly about the latest episode (which Cox directed), what's coming up for the show (expect the relationship between Cox's character Jules and Hopkins' Grayson to develop further -- and a baby may be on the horizon) and why wine is a great after-breakfast beverage. No, really.

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<p>Venom, as originally drawn by Todd McFarlane, is one of the most visually recognizable Marvel villains, which may be why Sony still insists they're making a standalone film for him.</p>

Venom, as originally drawn by Todd McFarlane, is one of the most visually recognizable Marvel villains, which may be why Sony still insists they're making a standalone film for him.

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Director of 'Chronicle' reported to be in negotiations to make 'Venom' movie

Without Spider-Man, why make a Venom film at all?

I have never understood this idea.

New Line was the first studio to option the rights to "Venom," and it's always confused me deeply to imagine a film in which you only have the Venom character without Spider-Man.  Sony had to eventually buy the rights to the character so they could incorporate him into their "Spider-Man" series, and I would argue that their intense desire to force the fan-favorite character into the third film despite Sam Raimi's misgivings is one of the reasons that film does not work. 

Raimi had no real desire to do anything with Venom, and I understand why.  Venom is the sort of character that serves as a dividing line for comic book fans.  I find that it's basically all about how old you were when they started publishing Venom stories.  I was getting out of comic collecting right around the time the age of Todd McFarlane began, and I didn't really care for where the comic industry was heading at that time.  I don't feel superior to fans who grew up with Venom as a cornerstone of what they loved about Spider-Man, though.  I just don't agree with them.

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<p>Quarles (Neal McDonough)&nbsp;uses a gun other than his familiar Derringer on &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Quarles (Neal McDonough) uses a gun other than his familiar Derringer on "Justified."

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'Justified' - 'Watching the Detectives': Three frames for the price of one

Quarles sends waves of trouble at Raylan in another standout episode

A review of tonight's "Justified" — which FX renewed earlier today — coming up just as soon as I accuse you of being a fake blonde...

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<p>Nick (Jake Johnson)&nbsp;goes to the doctor on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Nick (Jake Johnson) goes to the doctor on "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Injured': Long night's journey into day

A medical crisis for Nick brings the gang together

A review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I Fredo kiss you again...

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Listen: 'American Idol's' Kris Allen has a 'Vision of Love'
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Listen: 'American Idol's' Kris Allen has a 'Vision of Love'

His first new material in more than two years has a universal message

It’s been more than a hot minute since we’ve heard from “American Idol” season eight winner Kris Allen, but he’s back with an uplifting, let’s-all-join-together track, “The Vision of Love.”

Not to be confused with Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love,” Allen is focused on universal love and harmony on his tune. It’s the message of no one wins unless everyone wins.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>The Cul-de-Sac Crew (and Tom)&nbsp;pay tribute to &quot;Braveheart&quot;&nbsp;on &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

The Cul-de-Sac Crew (and Tom) pay tribute to "Braveheart" on "Cougar Town."

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'Cougar Town' - 'Full Moon Fever': Hail to the king, baby

Courteney Cox directs, Andy channels 'Braveheart,' and Sarah Chalke stops by

A review of tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I wine-watch a documentary...

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<p>Jay-Z</p>

Jay-Z

Jay-Z livestreaming concert from Austin during SXSW Interactive

Crowd-sourcing set list, Twitter-syncing: Hov returns to Texas

Jay-Z played South By Southwest last year but, this year, things will be a little bit different.

The hip-hop mogul has been tapped to play a solo concert by American Express -- in conjunction with Twitter and SXSW to launch a new AmEx syncing feature. Hov's show will take place on March 12 at the rap-ripe time of 7 p.m. CST from Austin City Limits Live.

For those playing at home, that's the day before the Music portion of SXSW begins, and one of the last days of the Interactive portion. Tickets are free, however you must 1) be an Interactive badge-holder 2) be an American Express cardholder 3) have a Twitter account that you then sync with your AmEx 4) endure a first-come-first-serve ticket line starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday (March 10) 5) hold your breath while you hop on your left leg for two minutes without losing balance as you hum the National Anthem.

For those that can't make any of that dream come true, AmEx will be live-streaming Jay-Z's concert on their specially launched Jay-Z Sync Show YouTube page, as well as broadcasting it on to a billboard on Austin's main drag, 6th Street.

Jay-Z fans will be able to Tweet their song requests, with the most-requested songs getting play. My suggestion: launching a national campaign for Crowd-Sourcing Awareness, where we all band together in one accord to demand "It's Raining Men." Hallelujah?

Jay-Z took the stage with Kanye West last year during VEVO's first SXSW concert series launch, marking their first live promotional effort in amping up Watch The Throne. VEVO is returning this year, lineup TBA.

The rapper has remained relatively quiet after the birth of his and Beyonce's first baby, Blue Ivy, on Jan. 7, though he did host a suite of historic solo concerts at Carnegie Hall last month. Do you think he'll be bowing new songs?

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<p>Nash Edgerton's new short film 'Bear' will be playing at SXSW this year, but we spoke to him about it at Sundance.</p>

Nash Edgerton's new short film 'Bear' will be playing at SXSW this year, but we spoke to him about it at Sundance.

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SXSW: Director Nash Edgerton talks about 'Bear' and Baz Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby'

One of the most ingenious short filmmakers today shares tricks of the trade

One day, the Edgerton brothers will rule Hollywood with an iron fist, and I for one welcome our new Edgerton overlords.

Joel Edgerton, of course, is working hard in front of the camera these days, and he's managed to finally make the jump to Hollywood leading man.  I am enormously fond of the work he did last year in "Warrior," and while I didn't love everything about "Wish You Were Here" at Sundance, Edgerton is great in it.  There's something about the new breed of Australian leading men that really sets them apart from the gym-trained oh-so-smooth LA brand of guy, something more genuine and rough-hewn.  It's little wonder so many of them are making the jump to action hero these days.

The other Edgerton, though, is the one that needs to have his turn in the spotlight, and I am convinced that day is coming.  His short film "Spider" is one of those that you never forget after you've seen it, and every single time I show it to people, I love watching them as they watch it.  The same is true of his latest film "Bear," and I'm excited that it's screening at SXSW.

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