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John Noble of "Fringe"

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'The Consultant'

The show ramps up to its season/series endgame, but it's the small moments that really shine.
As we approach the end of this season of “Fringe”, it’s time for the show to start showing its hand about what it’s been up to all season. What seemed at first like a temporary detour has instead been a season-long journey inside this alternate reality. “The Consultant” aimed to shed light on what’s been happening all season, but the Jones plot has always felt tacked onto the mystery of Peter’s disappearance than directly related to it. Now, that’s not necessarily a knock on the show: I would rather have things come together organically (and often messily) than be beholden to an overly rigidly structure from the outset. Still, even if I don’t care much about another threat of the two universes collapsing upon each other, the smaller moments in tonight’s episode often worked like gangbusters.
 
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<p>Kirsten Dunst stars in 'Melancholia,' a dreamy meditation on depression from director Lars Von Trier, new to Netflix Instant this week.</p>

Kirsten Dunst stars in 'Melancholia,' a dreamy meditation on depression from director Lars Von Trier, new to Netflix Instant this week.

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The Weekend Watch: 'Cabin,' 'Melancholia,' and 'Streetcar' on Blu-ray

Our weekly round-up of what you might want to see at home or in theaters

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.

IN THEATERS NOW

Talk about a logjam.  It almost seems unfair that after finally working out the bankruptcy issues that MGM faced and making it to theaters without the threatened 3D post-conversion, "Cabin In The Woods" now has to face at least nine other releases, some limited, some everywhere.  And that doesn't even take into account the 800 or so screens that are getting "The Raid: Redemption" this weekend for the first time.  We ran a review for "The Three Stooges" here, and Geoff Berkshire, who just joined us on Team HitFix, reviewed "Lockout" as well.  But here are three films worth some conversation this weekend:

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<p>&quot;Django&nbsp;Uncained&quot; opens nationwide on Christmas Day.</p>

"Django Uncained" opens nationwide on Christmas Day.

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Official synopsis for Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' revealed

Want to know what to expect from the maverick's latest?

I am not particularly excited about Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," but I haven't been particularly excited about one of his films in a while. Sorry if that's sacrilege for you but I've been happy enough being pleasantly surprised by this or that and just don't have it in me to get all goose-bumpy over the prospect of a new QT joint.

That said, my fingers are crossed for this one because, as you all know, I have an affinity for the genre in which Tarantino is working here and I very much want this to succeed so we can have more explorations of it. I'm really intrigued that Leonardo DiCaprio took on the project, and of course I'll be very interested to see what Christoph Waltz has for us after a few dubious post-"Inglorious Basterds" tries. Jamie Foxx, well, I'm not as taken by that and wish Will Smith had seen the light and taken the role, since it's what his career sorely needs at this juncture.

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<p>Bruce Springsteen at Madison Square Garden</p>

Bruce Springsteen at Madison Square Garden

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Bruce Springsteen sets summer US stadium dates

Check out what you're missing with live 'Death To My Hometown' video

If this Spring’s first leg of Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” tour isn’t  stopping in your hometown, the Boss released eight new cities he and the E Street Band will visit the fall following a summer European jaunt.

Centered primarily on the East Coast (with the obvious exception of Chicago), the tour will start a stadium run in Boston at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 18 and finish with a three-night stand at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sept. 19-22. It will be Springsteen’s first time playing the new Jets/Giants home and as “Wrecking Ball” fans know, the song was written about the old stadium being torn down in 2009.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>&quot;The&nbsp;Cabin in the Woods&quot;</p>

"The Cabin in the Woods"

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Tell us what you thought of 'The Cabin in the Woods'

The film opens today

I have not seen Drew Goddard's "The Cabin in the Woods," but as I understand it from the ZOMG! online contingent, there are spoilers to be wary of, so I guess I won't be digging into this thread much until I finally see it, hopefully this weekend (making for a healthy dose of Joss Whedon this week, whose "The Avengers" I saw last night -- it was awesome). But as the film is hitting theaters nationwide today, it's time to get your thoughts and provide a space for whatever these ZOMG! spoilers might be. So when/if you get around to the flick, head on back here with your take.

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<p>Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman and Sean Connery in &quot;The Avengers.&quot;</p>

Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman and Sean Connery in "The Avengers."

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Hey, remember the other Avengers?

With Joss Whedon's superhero ensemble looming, we look back on its doomed cinematic namesake

This may not come as the biggest shock to you, but I'm not what you might call a comic book geek. I don't say that with any sense of smugness or superiority -- Lord knows I belong to any number of other uncool subclasses of geekery -- but it's a universe I never subscribed to as a boy, and with which I can therefore never completely connect.

Even if I've grown to appreciate the occasional artistry in the books (and, of course, the many films they have borne), I must confess I've still never read one cover to cover. This, as you might expect, leaves me largely clueless when it comes to separating the worlds of Marvel and DC characters. Where news of certain comic properties intersecting leaves many fans (it's both reductive and discriminatory to say "fanboys") foaming at the mouth, I merely shrug my shoulders. The sense of adaptation is lost on me entirely.

Which goes some way toward explaining why, when news of Joss Whedon filming "The Avengers" hit the internet a couple of years back to a positive Mexican wave of movie-blog excitement, I was one of the few left scratching my head and thinking, "Steed and Peel? They're trying that again?"

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<p>Pulp's Jarvis Cocker</p>

Pulp's Jarvis Cocker

10 things I loved about Pulp's Radio City Music Hall concert

Jarvis Cocker warms up America 14 years on, before Coachella

For the first time in 14 years, Pulp took the stage on American soil, at Radio City Music Hall in New York this week. In the years that have processed since that band's dissolution, frontman Jarvis Cocker hasn't dared to shy away from his libidinous propensity to dance with himself and sing his romances like they'd only happened yesterday. The band was predictably tight, a hot shower of Cocker's cold ones.

I made it to Pulp's show Wednesday (April 11), the first concert scheduled before they announced a second, additional show on April 10 ("You must be the hardcore."). These are the warm-ups to this weekend's headlining spot at Coachella.

It's the sole time I've seen the group, making it easy to, well, remember the first time. Here are 10 things I loved:

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<p>Britten (Jason Isaacs)&nbsp;interviews a victim's sister in &quot;Awake.&quot;</p>

Britten (Jason Isaacs) interviews a victim's sister in "Awake."

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'Awake' - 'Ricky's Tacos': Red world, green card

Britten prepares to move, while the show returns to the conspiracy theory

A review of last night's "Awake" coming up just as soon as I melt a dead body out of concrete...

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<p>Will Arnett and Christina Applegate in the &quot;Up All Night&quot; season finale.</p>

Will Arnett and Christina Applegate in the "Up All Night" season finale.

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The Morning Round-Up: '30 Rock' & 'Up All Night'

Jack's mother comes to town, while Chris wants to re-propose to Reagan

It's morning round-up time, with brief reviews of last night's "30 Rock" and the "Up All Night" season finale, coming up just as soon as I put on my galoshes and go eat some fruit, like a Frenchman...

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<p>You know why they look that happy?&nbsp;Because they know what all of you are about to see when 'The Avengers' opens worldwide</p>

You know why they look that happy? Because they know what all of you are about to see when 'The Avengers' opens worldwide

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Confirmed: New scene for 'Avengers' shot in LA after premiere

Joss Whedon takes a perfect opportunity for a victory lap

Marvel's much-hyped and long-awaited "The Avengers" had its premiere in Hollywood on Wednesday night in front of an audience of industry professionals and junket press, and word of mouth on Twitter immediately afterwards was largely positive, encouraging to say the least.

I'll be sitting down with the cast and with Joss Whedon this weekend, and we'll have those interviews for you here at HitFix and on our Hulu channel as well very soon.  There's plenty to talk about, especially after what happened at today's press conference for the film.

Our newest correspondent, Geoff Berkshire, was at the press conference today, and he posted a piece about it that is a good read, although it may give away some of the film's pleasures if you read it.  I saw the film tonight, and the good news is that even if you've seen all the trailers and commercials, you reeeeeeally haven't seen anything yet.

One reason for that is because they're not done filming yet.

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Watch: Kris Allen talks about inspiration behind 'The Vision of Love'

'American Idol' says song is a 'call not to be scared'

Kris Allen’s new single “The Vision of Love” and accompanying video seems to have arrived at just the right time. As bullying remains all too prevalent in schools, the song and music clip encourage us to be our best selves and  take those small extra steps to help those in need.

“We tried to make sure we created these characters...that people can relate to,” he says about co-writing “The Vision of Love.” “I wanted people to feel like they knew those people. It’s a call for us to not be scared... to not be afraid to offer up ourselves to help people.”

“The Vision of Love” is from “Thank You Camellia,” the “American Idol” winner’s second full-length set.  Allen co-wrote every song on the album, and collaborated with such writeres and producers as Nasri & Adam Messinger, Tim Pagnotta and Boots Ottestad.

The album’s title is a nod of appreciation to Camellia St. in Los Angeles and the house on that street where Allen and his band stayed as they worked on the new project.  He explained the album title’s meaning last week, but in our longer interview with Allen, which will run closer to the album’s May 22 release date, he reveals some of the crazy guesses fans had on Camellia’s identity.

 

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Liza Minnelli in "Cabaret"
Liza Minnelli in "Cabaret"
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Bob Fosse’s ‘Cabaret’ remains culturally and aesthetically significant 40 years later

The film opens the third annual TCM Classic Film Festival tonight

The TCM Classic Film Festival kicks off tonight with a screening of a restored version of the film that won director Bob Fosse an Academy Award: “Cabaret.” The musical was adapted from the Broadway stage production, which was itself based on John Van Druten's play "I Am a Camera" (a drama inspired by Christopher Isherwood’s book “The Berlin Stories").

As previously discussed in a piece on the strange dance that "The Godfather" engaged in with Oscar, “Cabaret” holds the record for most Academy Awards won by a film which did not win the Best Picture award. Francis Ford Coppola's spin on mafia and the American dream ultimately took the Best Picture prize for the 1972 season, but “Cabaret” won eight of the 10 awards for which it was nominated, including Best Director, Best Actress (Liza Minnelli) and Best Supporting Actor (Joel Grey).

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