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<p>Nelly Furtado's &quot;Big Hoops&quot;</p>

Nelly Furtado's "Big Hoops"

Listen: Nelly Furtado returns with 'Big Hoops' from new album

Who does she sound like to you?

Nelly Furtado, who’s traversed a number of musical styles over her decade-long career, lands squarely in Rihanna territory with “Big Hoops (Bigger The Better),” the first single from her June 19 album,  “The Spirit Indestructible.”

Produced by  Rodney Jerkins, the tune, co-written by Furtado and Jerkins, has the rat-a-tat swagger of “Rude Boy” as Furtado, in her best street patois, lets us know, “I can go fast, I can go slow, I can go places nobody else goes.” It’s a meaningless little ditty that is all about the military beat and bragging rights (though she throws out a fun shout out to early ‘90s R&B boy band Another Bad Creation). It doesn’t have enough of a hook to work its way up the radio charts (especially since the shift to pure pop), but will likely do very well in the clubs.

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Marilyn Burns in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
Marilyn Burns in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
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'Cabin in the Woods' inspires a look back at the scare that imprinted

You never forget your first

This past weekend, the deconstructed slasher flick “The Cabin in the Woods” opened in theaters. From the mind of Joss Whedon and his co-writer/director Drew Goddard, the film sets up multiple horror archetypes and then soundly and with a great sense of humor and affection for the genre breaks them down. As a woman who was once deeply enamored of the scary story, the release has called to mind what was, for me, the first moment that a chiller set itself deeply and irrevocably into my psyche.

There are horror films that I have found beautiful, poetic and masterfully crafted and still others that have simply opened a previously unknown gate of fear in me. But it is the sequence in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” described below that forever remains the first time a scene delved into my id and burned itself onto my conscious mind.

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<p>Gotye at Coachella</p>

Gotye at Coachella

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Gotye becomes 'Somebody' with a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Australian singer displaces fun.'s 'We Are Young'

It started as a internet viral sensation months ago, and now Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra has found its way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

Propelled by Gotye’s performance on “Saturday Night Live” on April 14 and Darren Criss and guest Matt Bomer’s remake of the song on April 11’s “Glee,” the song rocketed in digital downloads last week, soaring to 542,000 copies. That was enough to send it past the  521,000 tally that Justin Bieber hit just two weeks ago with “Boyfriend.” The highest weekly total still belongs to Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” according to Billboard, at 636,000 in 2009.

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<p>Max Greenfield and Hannah Simone in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Max Greenfield and Hannah Simone in "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Kids': The babysitter and the brassiere

Jess babysits Russell's daughter, with disastrous results

A review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as Drea de Matteo is scheduled to appear...

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<p>Axl Rose performing in London in 2010.</p>

Axl Rose performing in London in 2010.

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He's Back! Axl Rose pens another missive, apologizes to Cleveland and fans

Does he regret standing up the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

Is Axl Rose having second thoughts about not showing up for Guns N' Roses' induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 14?

For the second time in a week, Rose has taken pen to paper to eloquently reveal his thoughts about the matter.  As you recall, last week, he wrote a letter about why he would not attend the ceremonies.On Tuesday night, he posted a letter on Guns N' Roses website apologizing to the city of Cleveland for not showing up. We've printed it in full below, but it sounds like part of him was just plain scared of the reception he'd get (By the way, the former members of GNR who did show up looked like they were having a blast).

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<p>Stupid dream sequences</p>
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Stupid dream sequences

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'Ringer' finale offers a fitting end to a disappointing season

Fans probably didn't get what they wanted, but what else is new?
I've said this to a number of people, so I might as well say it to you, Dear Readers:
I've watched every episode of The CW's "Ringer," but if I'd thought there was the slightest chance that the show could be renewed, I'd have quit watching months ago.
That sounds counter-intuitive and I know it doesn't line up with conventional wisdom about serialized TV from fans who have been burned so frequently that they refuse to tune in to any show without some assurance that it will be moving forward, that questions will be answered and resolution reached.
Nope. I kept watching "Ringer" because I knew The CW would air every episode, but it simultaneously felt like there was little risk of a not-particularly-cheap drama drawing barely over a million viewers would get a second season. I figured that if I could read those signs, the "Ringer" showrunners could read those signs and that, facing the end of the line after 22 episodes, the writers could figure out the story they really wanted to tell, condense it and take viewers to a satisfactory conclusion.
The more fool me.
Tuesday (April 17) night's "Ringer" finale, tamely titled "I'm the Good Twin," played as a brazen and irritating plea for a second season from a show that has done nothing, in terms of either quality or ratings, to earn any kind of reprieve from The CW.
I can imagine the show's fans -- there are a couple dozen of them out there -- getting stirred up to beg for another season, but that's only because the finale accomplished almost none of the things it hypothetically could have accomplished. While it left many things unresolved, I'm not sure that the pending issues for an imaginary season two are all that interesting, but that's all that fans were given.
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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.

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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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