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<p>James Van Der Beek and Krysten Ritter</p>
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James Van Der Beek and Krysten Ritter

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Press Tour: James Van Der Beek reflects on playing James Van Der Beek in ABC's 'Apartment 23'

'Dawson's Creek' star has found a way to laugh at himself
Although he'll always be best known as Dawson Leery (or maybe as Mox from "Varsity Blues"), James Van Der Beek has never shied from showing other sides of his personality, whether he was going dark for "Criminal Minds" or "The Rules of Engagement" or engaging in shades of self-parody for "Standing Still" or a series of FunnyorDie videos.
 
On ABC's cumbersomely censored "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23," Van Der Beek takes his winking screen persona to a logical extreme playing none other than James Van Der Beek, platonic best friend of Krysten Ritter's Chloe, the "b----" of the title.
 
At Tuesday's (January 10) Television Critics Association press tour panel for the April comedy,  the show's producers explained that they didn't really have a second choice for the role -- or a second choice for Chloe's celebrity pal -- if things hadn't worked out with Van Der Beek.
 
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<p>Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre</p>

Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre

10 considerations on the 2012 Coachella lineup: Pulp, Dr. Dre, Black Keys

What day is the strongest? Shouldn't that read Black SABBATH?

As my cohort Melinda Newman reported last night, the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival lineup has been announced, with several notable reunion and rare appearances. Additionally, this is the first year the event runs over two weekend, April 13-15 and April 20-22, with identical billing.

Below are 10 things that came to mind:

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<p>Leslie Hope and Joe Anderson in &quot;The River.&quot;</p>

Leslie Hope and Joe Anderson in "The River."

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Press tour: ABC's 'The River' sets out on an interesting but uncertain course

Can horror series from 'Paranormal Activity' creator work long-term?
PASADENA - The critics at press tour unsurprisingly spend a lot of time talking to each other about what they thought of this show and that show, and one of the most consistent pair of opinions I've heard expressed at this tour is as follows: 1)ABC's "The River" (it debuts on Feb. 7) is one of the best pilots of the season (fall or spring), and 2)No one's entirely sure that it will work as a series - that, like NBC's "Awake," it might work better as a movie.
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<p>Yes, that's a picture of The Mars Volta... and principals of At The Drive-In, too</p>

Yes, that's a picture of The Mars Volta... and principals of At The Drive-In, too

At The Drive-In officially reforms, added Coachella lineup announcement

Any new album? On top of another new Mars Volta album?

As if the teenaged me wasn't excited enough for that Promise Ring reunion, now the teenaged me is back-flipping (hey, I was young) for the confirmed reunion of At The Drive-In, who have also promised a new set.

"ATTENTION! To whom it may concern: AT THE DRIVE-IN will be breaking their 11 year silence. THIS STATION IS .... NOW... OPERATIONAL," the rock band wrote on their seldom-used Twitter yesterday (Jan. 9), only hours ahead of the lineup announcement for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. At The Drive-In -- along with Sweden's Refused -- were among the biggest surprise additions, considering the reformation.

UPDATE: Apologies for my egregious mistakes on today's post. The band is no longer with Fearless records, and its band page has been updated to this website. They have touted their forthcoming stint with the video, below. The station is now... operational.

Bixler-Zavala's and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez' other active band, The Mars Volta, intend to release new material this year, too, perhaps as soon as March. But you don't see them on the marquee for Coachella....

Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez are shared by Mars Volta and At The Drive-In, so obviously recording and touring priorities are in need of sorting-out. However, it's a question of if and what new material will be released from ATDI. Mars Volta's last album was "Octahedron" (2009) and I'm curious if there will be any similarities. Coachella is a good crowning jewel in a touring schedule: if ADTI is to premiere new material their new material is likely to be previewed during that time.

I'm impatient. Now that I know I can have it, I want it now. Last I saw Mars Volta in 2009, Bixler-Zavala's voice still astounds. I'm ready to have 2000's "Relationship of Command" blasted in my face in 2012, and if that last mark informs the new, then I'm happy to have that blasted, too.

At The Drive-In Website Intro from MONDIAL on Vimeo.

 

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<p>It was the moments like this that led Toshi to conclusively state to his mother at the end of the movie, 'I figured it out, and the Muppets are really real, not like fake real.'&nbsp; Indeed.</p>

It was the moments like this that led Toshi to conclusively state to his mother at the end of the movie, 'I figured it out, and the Muppets are really real, not like fake real.'  Indeed.

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Film Nerd 2.0: We wrap up 2011 with 'The Muppet Movie' and pick the slate for 2012

One look back and one look ahead as we kick off a new year

Welcome back to Film Nerd 2.0.

As we move forward with this column, one thing is important to remember.  In the end, these are my kids.  Not a social experiment.  Not a reflection of me.  Not an accessory for the column.  But actual kids who only get one actual shot at childhood, and whose emotional lives are my responsibility.  I consider the sharing of movies to be one of the primary things that we share as social creatures, and that's not a small thing.  Movies travel across culture and geography and time to communicate essential truths and absurdities and experience and invention and hopes and fears.  They are invaluable, and as media becomes more and more portable and flexible in the daily lives of people, including my kids as they get older, why not be careful about the road map you provide these people?

Many of my DVDs have been removed from their cases and placed in 300-disc books, and one of Toshi's favorite things to do is page through those books and look at the various images and titles and ask questions about them.  I try to answer his questions honestly but there are a lot of films he asks about that I can't even summarize to him without it raising questions I can't answer yet.  He is aware that I write about the movies we watch together, and after the reaction to his Muppets interview at the school he attends, I think he understands that it is not something everyone does, and that it's special.

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<p>David Cronenberg (left)&nbsp;and Viggo Mortensen were both honored for their work on &quot;A&nbsp;Dangerous Method.&quot;</p>

David Cronenberg (left) and Viggo Mortensen were both honored for their work on "A Dangerous Method."

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'The Artist,' Malick come out on top with Vancouver film critics

'A Dangerous Method' a favorite in 'Canadian Film' awards

After leading with four nominations from the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist" has won Best Picture and Best Screenplay from the group. Meanwhile, David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" got some love in Canadian spotlight categories. Check out the full list of winners below.

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Watch: 5 things we learned from Van Halen's new video 'Tattoo'

Watch: 5 things we learned from Van Halen's new video 'Tattoo'

Do Eddie Van Halen and Diamond Dave still have it?

Van Halen is officially back. We now have an album release date of Feb 7 for "A Different Kind Of Truth,"  a confirmed tour and our first video for new single, “Tattoo.”  Shot in an empty club (until the end at least),  the clip for “Tattoo” succeeds if the point is to show that David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen and Alex Van Halen (and Eddie's son, Wolfgang, on bass)  are still all upright, but if the purpose was to get this fan excited to buy tickets, mission not accomplished.

A few other thoughts:

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Viola Davis won&nbsp;Best Actress for her performance in &quot;The Help.&quot;</p>
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Viola Davis won Best Actress for her performance in "The Help."


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Alliance of Women Film Journalists go with 'The Artist,' Hazanavicius

Michael Fassbender and Viola Davis win top acting honors

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has revealed its list of winners in 30 (!) categories after announcing a slate of nominees recently. The big winner in the traditional categories was "The Artist," which won Best PIcture and Best Director. Check out the full list of winners below.

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<p>Radiohead live in 2008</p>

Radiohead live in 2008

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Radiohead adds dates around Coachella headlining stint

The West Coast gets a trio of new 'Limbs'

Piggybacking off of their newly announced headlining stint at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts festival, Radiohead have announced three additional dates on their North American tour.

Coachella expanded to two weekends, with identical performers, with the British band plating on April 14 and 21. They also added three other West Coast stops, in Seattle; Santa Barbara, Calif.; and San Jose, Calif. The group has also confirmed that all previously announced tour dates have sold out.

Seattle and San Jose tickets are up on Jan. 14 while Santa Barbara's onsale is Jan. 21. See the band's website for all details.

Radiohead are touring behind last year's "The King of Limbs," its various remixes and two additional, recently released songs.

Below are Radiohead's North American tour dates, with new dates in bold:

02/27/12 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena (SOLD OUT)
02/29/12 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times (SOLD OUT)
03/01/12 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Areba (SOLD OUT)
03/03/12 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center (SOLD OUT)
03/05/12 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center (SOLD OUT)
03/07/12 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center (SOLD OUT)
03/09/12 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center (SOLD OUT)
03/11/12 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center (SOLD OUT)
03/13/12 - Broomfield, CO - 1stBank Center (SOLD OUT)
03/15/12 - Glendale, AZ - Jobing.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
04/09/12 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
04/11/12 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavillion
04/12/12 - Santa Barbera, CA - Santa Barbera Bowl
04/14/12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music Festival
04/21/12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music Festival

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<p>ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee</p>
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ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee

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Press Tour '12 Live-Blog: ABC Executive Session with Paul Lee

Expect 'Work It,' 'Cougar Town' and 'Desperate Housewives' chatter

Will ABC have anything controversial or exciting to talk about at Tuesday (January 10) morning's Television Critics Association press tour panel?

Only one way to find out...

Click through for the full live-blog...

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<p>Anna Paquin in&nbsp;&quot;Margaret&quot;</p>

Anna Paquin in "Margaret"

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Round-up: Lonergan speaks... in the presence of his lawyer

Also: Jennifer Lawrence to announce Oscar noms, and dissecting the DGA picks

Okay, so you've probably got the message by now that we love "Margaret" around these here parts. So any word from the film's embattled writer-director Kenneth Lonergan is something we're going to seize upon, even if it's a fairly brief Q&A with Variety's Christy Grosz, recorded in the presence of his lawyer. Sadly, the film's continuing legal problems mean he can't cut loose on his desired edit (or indeed the one that we've seen), but he offers some nice insights on the writing process and what the eponymous Gerard Manley Hopkins poem means to him. Finally, he describes the #TeamMargaret phenomenon as "astonishing and wonderful." Right back atcha, sir. [Variety]  

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<p>&quot;Cougar Town&quot;&nbsp;co-creator Kevin Biegel, who had a cameo in last season's finale as Seinfeld Guy.</p>

"Cougar Town" co-creator Kevin Biegel, who had a cameo in last season's finale as Seinfeld Guy.

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Interview: 'Cougar Town' co-creator Kevin Biegel on fans, screenings and that terrible title

Producers have to engage with fans in this day and age, he argues
As I mentioned in this morning's other story, the cast and writers of "Cougar Town" crashed the press tour last night, hosting an unofficial event at the hotel bar where the liquor flowed and everyone talked freely about their expectations for a show that still has no timeslot or premiere date, and about their current plan of hosting episode screenings in cities around the country.
 
The longest conversation I had was with the show's co-creator, Kevin Biegel, a one-time writer for Ain't It Cool who knows a thing or 12 about how fandom works and had some very clear, unabashed thoughts on how creative types on this day and age should best deal with their fans.
 
Warning: Biegel was not only very blunt at times, but profane - particularly when we got to the subject of the show's admittedly horrible title, which won't be changing - so read on at the risk of your own sensibilities.
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