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<p>The study group tries to save Britta from herself on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

The study group tries to save Britta from herself on "Community."

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'Community' - 'Origins of Vampire Mythology': Shameless

Britta needs Annie's help staying away from an old flame, while Pierce befriends Chang

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I need help reacting to something...

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<p>Hollie Cavanagh of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>
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Hollie Cavanagh of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 7 Results- Ready for a Shocker?

'Idol' producer says he's 'shocked' by the vote. Will viewers agree?

Earlier this afternoon, "American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe tweeted the following: "Okay no BS I am truly shocked by tonight's #AmericanIdol result! #idon'tunderstand!"

Truly shocked, he says? 

Color me a lighter shade of intrigue. Yes, Nigel may just be lying and trying to drum up a little hype for a show that really hasn't had anything resembling a shocking elimination this season. 

But I'm taking him at his word and using a picture of Hollie Cavanagh with this recap. My live-blogs pictures go to people I assume won't be going home, because I don't like to spoil things, and if Nigel isn't lying and tonight's results are shocking, Hollie is the only contestant who can't possibly be going home, right? Because Hollie's elimination would be the LEAST shocking result imaginable. Right?

Let's find out...

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<p>Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Sean Hayes bring Curly, Moe, and Larry back to life in the new comedy 'The Three Stooges'</p>

Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Sean Hayes bring Curly, Moe, and Larry back to life in the new comedy 'The Three Stooges'

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Review: 'The Three Stooges' is a sweet and silly tribute to the original trio

The Farrelly Brothers have heaped a lot of love on the slapstick team

I'm not supposed to say anything nice about this film.

That's the message that has been sent loud and clear ever since the first trailer for the movie arrived online.  Based on the fervent hatred that has been poured onto the film, it seems that all online film writers are old-school Three Stooges aficionados, and the Stooges have evidently moved into that part of pop culture that is so revered, so sacred, that absolutely nothing new can be done with them at the risk of sacrilege.

I would certainly count myself among the Stooge faithful.  My college roommate and I had a Stooges poster hanging in our dorm room.  I've memorized many of their sorts through sheer osmosis over the years.  Whenever I'm lost in some out-of-the-way place, I refer to it as "Goslow" instead of "BFE" or any of the other popular alternatives as a nod to a terrible, terrible joke from one of their films.  I spent countless afternoons growing up watching their films on TV, and when SPHE started putting out collections of their short films, I eagerly purchased every single one.

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<p>Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna are on the lookout for seafaring aliens in Peter Berg's &quot;Battleship.&quot;</p>

Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna are on the lookout for seafaring aliens in Peter Berg's "Battleship."

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Review: ‘Battleship’ sinks as an unintentional homage to Michael Bay’s golden age

Lots of questions but how many actually get answered?

 LONDON – There is a moment about two-thirds of the way through Peter Berg’s new action opus “Battleship” where the young, goofy scientist you’ve seen in plenty other movies remarks to another character “Who talks like that?” It’s meant to be a “isn’t this awesome!” wink from Berg and his screenwriters, but instead is an exclamation point to remind the audience just how retro this brew of bad dialogue and familiar action set pieces really is.

Opening across the globe this week before debuting in the U.S. on May 18, “Battleship” is supposed to be a big screen adaptation of the old Hasbro board game where two players plot to sink each others' battleships. Instead, it stakes its claim as possibly the first unintentional Michael Bay homage flick. It’s as though screenwriters Erich and John Hoeber (“Red”) and Berg (“Friday Night Lights,” “Hancock”) were feeling melancholy for the pre-“Transformers” Bay when clichéd pumped up B-movies such as “Pearl Harbor” and “Armageddon” graced the silver screen. If that description gives you immediate pause, it should.
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<p>Will they recast Clive Owen's character but have him narrate in voice-over?&nbsp; That's one way to handle the challenges of 'A Dame To Kill&nbsp;For'</p>

Will they recast Clive Owen's character but have him narrate in voice-over?  That's one way to handle the challenges of 'A Dame To Kill For'

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Rodriguez and Miller return to 'Sin City' with 'A Dame to Kill For'

Film finally set to begin production in Austin this summer

When Robert Rodriguez appeared at Comic-Con this summer, he made several major announcements, but did so to a room that had largely emptied out at the start of his presentation.  Part of that was the fact that Rodriguez did not reveal ahead of time what projects he might discuss, and the other part was that people simply don't believe half of the announcements he makes at this point.

In particular, I saw profound skepticism from people when I wrote up the panel and mentioned that Rodriguez said he was close to moving forward on a "Sin City" sequel.  In August, we ran the news that William Monahan was going to be doing the final rewrite on the film, and once again, there was widespread skepticism.

Well, looks like that last draft paid off, because "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" is finally gearing up for production, with an announcement today from Rodriguez's new company, Quick Draw Productions, financial partner AR Films, and Dimension, who will distribute.  Even though today's press release says that "details of the film's story have been kept tightly under wraps," we did get some clues from Rodriguez at Comic-Con.

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<p>&nbsp;One Direction</p>

 One Direction

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Why One Direction is brilliant to set 2013 tour dates

Do you know where you'll be summer 2013?

Talk about striking while the iron is hot. One Direction is the leading the charge in the new boy band craze we find ourselves in. Tickets to their shows are selling so fast that they have very smartly, 14 months in advance, announced a summer 2013 tour.

The group opened for fellow boy band Big Time Rush this spring, but very quickly overtook BTR in popularity. First album, “Up All Night” bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 a few weeks ago, the first album by a British band to ever come in in the top spot, and the group’s first headlining U.S. tour, which starts later this Spring, sold out in minutes.

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<p>M. Ward's &quot;A Wasteland Companion&quot;</p>

M. Ward's "A Wasteland Companion"

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Review: M. Ward's 'A Wasteland Companion'

She & Him collaborator back with a packed tin of old friends

The types of songs that M. Ward performs haven’t changed much particularly over these last three solo efforts, but it’s the airs or atmospheres over each that morph. 

The title “A Wasteland Companion” conjures the images of coarse terrain in even lonelier territory, but his companions on here are abundant, bringing their gifts into his blues-structured thumpers, the AM Pop, power pop, chalky folk, Sunday afternoon ballads and spiritual odes, none of which go over the 4-minute mark. The songwriter’s frequent collaborator and Monsters of Folk cohort Mike Mogis is back, as are characters like early supporter Howe Gelb and touring staple Mike Coykendall. Zooey Deschanel – one half of the She & Him equation – provides harmonies on some of the most pop-oriented tunes (natch), her contributions obviously serving fanbases of both her band and those who have come to love Ward after their inception.
While those fatter, cleaner pop songs can be more whimsical, even glamorous (!!), I’m ultimately more interested in the darker environs of Ward’s murkier tunes. This could be summarized, in part, by lyrics from "There's a Key": "I'm conquering the ocean one wave at the time… taking on the deep, deep blue.”
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<p>&nbsp;Adam Lambert</p>

 Adam Lambert

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Listen: Adam Lambert's new single, 'Never Close Our Eyes'

Bruno Mars and Dr. Luke write and produce for the 'American Idol' runner-up

Adam Lambert gets it right on “Never Close Our Eyes,” the second single from “Trespassing.” Listen to it here.

The mid-tempo love song, written and produced by Bruno Mars and Dr. Luke, has a grand, anthemic feel and is much stronger than first single, “Better Than I Know Myself.” The electro-pop feel sounds a little dated (even though we know it’s all the rage right now and it is part of Lambert’s sound), but we’d love to hear a remix that doesn’t have that. Having said that, this version is only a very short leap to some undoubtedly great dance remixes of the song (especially after the bridge). Plus, the cold ending is very compelling.

Thematically, the song takes the same approach as Aerosmith’s massive “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” in that Lambert doesn’t want to waste any time with his loved one by sleeping. That’s time they could be spending together living life.

A different version of this song emerged a few weeks ago. We like this one better, especially the opening that focuses on how strong Lambert’s voice is.

“Trespassing” comes out May 15.

What do you think of “Never Close Our Eyes?”


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<p>Tim Roth at Milan Fashion Week earlier this year.</p>

Tim Roth at Milan Fashion Week earlier this year.

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Tim Roth to head Un Certain Regard jury at Cannes Film Festival

Oscar-nominated actor follows in footsteps of Claire Denis and Emir Kusturica

Most regard the Un Certain Regard strand at the Cannes Film Festival as a kind of B-league to the Competition, populated with smaller films and names that aren't quite ready for primetime. In truth, however, the section's selections of late have established that there's very little to distinguish Un Certain Regard from the Competition on the grounds of quality: with major Competition alumni like Gus van Sant, Jean-Luc Godard and Bruno Dumont having accepted UCR berths in recent years, the increasing sense of the strand is one of mere spillover.

Consider this list of films to have played in Un Certain Regard over the last few years: "Dogtooth," "Blue Valentine," "Martha Marcy May Marlene," "Miss Bala," "Mother," "Wendy and Lucy," "Precious," "A Scanner Darkly," "Elena," "Police, Adjective," "Father of My Children," "Tuesday After Christmas," "Heartbeats," "Oslo, 31 August" and so on. I wouldn't consider any of them second-class works, even if most of them don't come from the kind of brand-name auteurs (Haneke, Almodovar, von Trier) that are granted automatic entry into the Competition whatever the quality of their latest film. But they amount to a formidable bunch to have missed if you monitor Cannes with your eye on the Competition alone.

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<p>Even Troy and Abed can't quite believe &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;won Hulu's Best in Show contest.</p>

Even Troy and Abed can't quite believe "Community" won Hulu's Best in Show contest.

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'Community' wins Hulu's Best in Show 2012

Human Beings edge out zombies in final battle with 'The Walking Dead'

We have a winner in Hulu's Best in Show contest for 2012, and it's... "Community." The Human Beings of Greendale eked out a victory over the zombies of "The Walking Dead" in the final round of the fan contest.

With "Chuck" no longer in contention (or existence), I assumed "Community" would steamroll its way through the whole contest, but credit to Glen Mazzara and the many "Walking Dead" fans who kept on campaigning and voting for their show in this and every previous round. Even with most of the "Community" cast repeatedly tweeting to their fans to vote, it was still a 51-49 margin.

I don't think these results will factor into NBC's renewal decision, as they know by now how crazy passionate the "Community" audience is — and also how small it is. If it comes back, it'll be for other reasons, just as it was a coincidence that "Chuck" got to come back for one final season after winning last year. But I'd still be happy to see that coincidence repeat itself.

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<p>Jane Levy and Parker Young in &quot;Suburgatory.&quot;</p>

Jane Levy and Parker Young in "Suburgatory."

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'Suburgatory' - 'Down Time': Let's go to the mattresses

Lisa and Malik date, Dallas and Dalia cope with depression, and Tessa eats some butter

A review of last night's "Suburgatory" coming up just as soon as I wear a belt made of staples that go into my skin...

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<p>The TCM Prime Time host says he'd personally lean toward &quot;Cover Girl&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Funny&nbsp;Face&quot;&nbsp;for the must-sees of this year's fest.</p>

The TCM Prime Time host says he'd personally lean toward "Cover Girl" and "Funny Face" for the must-sees of this year's fest.

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Interview: Robert Osborne on the 2012 TCM classic film fest and last year's 'disappointing' Oscar season

The Turner Classics host is primed for a third year of classic cinema in Hollywood

Before Turner Classic Movies embarked on a Hollywood-set film festival aimed at presenting classic films on the big screen in 2010, film historian and TCM Prime Time host Robert Osborne tried his hand at a similar program on the east coast. He happily lent his name to the Robert Osborne Classic Film Festival in Athens, Georgia, a partnership with the University of Georgia, for six years before the economy forced the program to be shuttered.

"It told me kind of how audiences would respond to certain things, and how to present them," he says, calling from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, ground zero for this year's third annual TCM fest. "And we started out with enthusiastic audiences and to full houses. So it really showed me that there was an audience out there that would have a great time when word-of-mouth got around. More than anything it kind of convinced me that it was not something that just because people could see these movies for free at home that they wouldn't be really excited about coming from all over the world to see classic films on a big screen in Hollywood."

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