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<p>David Mazouz and Kiefer Sutherland in &quot;Touch.&quot;</p>
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David Mazouz and Kiefer Sutherland in "Touch."


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'Touch' - '1+1=3': Peanuts, popcorn and claptrap

What did everybody think of the return of the FOX drama?

Since FOX is treating tonight's episode of "Touch" as the show's official premiere, we might as well continue my tradition of doing talkback posts for new shows. I posted my review of the new episodes — including tonight's, which I found to be pretty dire — yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those who liked the pilot, did this feel like a step down? For those who didn't see the first episode, could you make heads or tails of this? Was anyone glad to see the giggly Japanese girls recur? Were the "24" fans sated by the Jack Bauer/Mike Novick reunion? And how many people intend to tune in next week?

Have at it.

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<p>Joel McHale has a little something for the ladies (and Dean Pelton)&nbsp;on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Joel McHale has a little something for the ladies (and Dean Pelton) on "Community."

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'Community' - 'Contemporary Impressionists': Jeff SMASH!!!

The study group bands together to help Abed, and Jeff gets overconfident

A review of tonight's "Community" — and some thoughts on last week's surprisingly high ratings — coming up just as soon as you make me feel hatred of Renee Zellweger...

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<p>Colton Dixon of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>
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Colton Dixon of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 10 Results - Down to 9

Haley Reinhart performs and America's decision is announced

Colton Dixon isn't going home tonight. That's why he's featured in the photo accompanying this recap of Thursday's (March 22) "American Idol."

I'd be hesitant to predict who *will* be going home, but America isn't about to vote off the guy who did an ultra-commercial version of Billy Joel's biggest hit on Billy Joel Night. I'm also reasonably sure Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips aren't going home, but it's important to have some photographic variety, doncha know!

Click through for the full recap of Thursday's results show, which will also feature a performance by my "Idol" favorite from last season, Ms. Haley Reinhart. Meow!

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<p>John Legend</p>

John Legend

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John Legend returns to studio for work on first album since 2010's 'Wake Up!'

New set will be out in September, says singer

John Legend is in London working on his new album, his first since 2010's 'Wake Up!," his collection with The Roots. His last solo album of new material was 2008's "Evolver." 

Wednesday the soulful singer tweeted that he was headed to London. “Working on the album. Should be done in the next couple of months and out in Sept.”

He wasted no time getting to work. Thursday afternoon, producer Paul Epworth, best known for his work with Adele, tweeted, “Back in the studio with Mr. @johnlegend making weird and tripped out psychedelic soul music.”

In response to a fan’s question about the album, Legend replied “the vocals on this album will be my best yet.”

While fans wait for new music from Legend, they can enjoy his song, “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” featuring Ludacris,  which is featured in the movie, “Think Like A Man.” The film opens April 20.

 

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<p>Robert Pattinson is front and center for the teaser trailer to 'Cosmopolis'</p>

Robert Pattinson is front and center for the teaser trailer to 'Cosmopolis'

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Watch: Robert Pattinson makes strong impression in trailer for Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

Could this be DeLillo done right? And what will 'Twilight' fans think?

This makes me happy on so many levels.

I may not write about him as frequently as some of my other favorite filmmakers, but David Cronenberg is very near the top of the list of working directors whose work is important to me.  He's got one of the great voices in movies, and I look forward to each new film he makes.  I didn't particularly like "A Dangerous Method," but the rare one-off from him doesn't make me any less fond of the vast majority of his body of work.

When they announced that he was adapting Don DeLillo's "Cosmopolis" into a film, it was exciting because the author's voice is so distinct and strong that watching Cronenberg insert his own perspective into that material seemed like an exciting creative cocktail.  So far, DeLillo's work has pretty heartily resisted film adaptation, but there was a time where I would have said the same about William S. Burroughs and J.G. Ballard, and Cronenberg did pretty well by both of those guys.

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<p>Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt in &quot;Friends with Kids.&quot;</p>

Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt in "Friends with Kids."

Movie Review: Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt and Jon Hamm are all 'Friends with Kids'

The gang from 'Bridesmaids' and Ben Wyatt team up for Westfeldt's strong directorial debut

I don't see movies in the theater much anymore, but ever since I heard about "Friends with Kids" — the directorial debut of "Kissing Jessica Stein" writer/star Jennifer Westfeldt, also starring Adam Scott from "Parks and Recreation" and a good chunk of the "Bridesmaids" cast (Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Chris O'Dowd and some guy named Jon Hamm who apparently has a TV show returning this weekend) — I made a mental note to get a sitter and take my wife to see it. We had some childcare mishaps over the weekend, which felt appropriate to the movie's subject, but finally got to slip out to see it last night, and I really enjoyed it.

The short version, for those who haven't seen it yet — and then, after the jump, some thoughts on specific things in the film for those who have — is that Westfeldt and Scott play best friends who've never been interested in each other romantically, and who start to feel their other friends slipping away and turning into different people when they marry off and have children. Interested in having kids, but terrified of what they see as the toxic effect it has on marriages, they decide to game the system by having a baby together as platonic friends, splitting the childcare responsibilities 50/50 while still having plenty of time to date other people and (more importantly) sleep. It's raunchy at times (though not nearly as much as "Bridesmaids"), dramatic at others, and ultimately a traditional romantic comedy that's just well-executed with a lot of indie moviemaking values. Scott is particularly excellent in it, but everyone's good (Westfeldt even gets a human performance out of Megan Fox in a supporting role as one of Scott's girlfriends), and it was well worth the babysitter for me.

And now onto some specifics about the film (including the ending) so those of us who've seen it can discuss, coming up just as soon as I play the kid card and the Brooklyn card...

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<p>Obie Trice</p>

Obie Trice

Listen: Eminem joins Obie Trice and Statik Selektah on 'Richard'

Summer jam reveals Detroit rappers' new nickname

"Just call me Richard / 'cause I'm a dick." So goes the refrain to "Richard," Obie Trice's new song with Eminem and production from Statik Selektah.

For all the dickishness of the track, it's got a pretty fun, summer-oriented beat that very may well blow up during the hotter days this year. Let's just say it was these Detroit rappers' own way of wishing you "happy start of spring" this week.

"Richard" is off of Trice's "Bottoms Up," due on April 3, a release date that has been often moved around. It could have to do, in part, with the fact that this is Obie Trice's first release on his own Black Market Entertainment imprint, brought to you by the fine folks at Universal. The idea behind BME was to "create quality employment opportunities in the entertainment industry for Metro-Detroiters," an entrepreneurial endeavor that maybe takes a little longer to get up off the ground.

But it's no non-profit, so it's a good thing that "Richard" sounds so fun: this could be a good start.

Obie Trice released a mixtape with DJ Whoo Kid, "Watch the Chrome," earlier this year.

Eminem showed up for another friend this month, crashing in on 50 Cent's performance of "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" in its entirety at SXSW.

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<p>Pitbull</p>

Pitbull

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Pitbull pens 'Back in Time' theme song for 'Men In Black 3'

Tune goes to radio on Monday

Pitbull will travel “Back In Time” for the theme song to “Men In Black 3.”

The adventure comedy, which features a reunited Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, takes Agent J (Smith) back in time to discover secrets that Jones’ Agent K never told him. Josh Brolin plays the young Agent K.

Pitbull wrote the tune, which goes to radio on Monday, March 26, with Marc Kinchen, Adrian Trejo and Urales Vargas. The song features a sample from Mickey & Sylvia’s 1950s hit “Love is Strange.”

“Wanting to keep the music fun, yet modern, we used the slogan of the movie and flipped it back into the song that in order to understand the future, you have to go back in time,” Pitbull said in a statement.

Director Barry Sonnenfeld was turned on to Pitbull by his 19-year old daughter, who is a fan of the Latin rapper.

“Men In Black 3” comes out in 3D on May 25.  Watch the trailer here.

 

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<p>One Direction (Liam Payne center)</p>

One Direction (Liam Payne center)

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Interview: One Direction's Liam Payne talks setting records and ardent fans

What's with the rumored Nickelodeon show? Plus: boy band sets U.S. tour dates

One Direction goes only one way: straight to the top. On Wednesday, the British boy band accomplished what no other act from the U.K. has. Not the Beatles, not Coldplay, not Pink Floyd, not the Spice Girls. This week, the quintet became the first group from the U.K. to debut their first album at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. “Up All Night” knocked Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” out of the top spot, selling 176,000 copies.

The group’s Liam Payne, whose voice is the first you hear on the band’s rising single “What Makes You Beautiful,”  says he can’t get his head around coming in at No. 1. “We never expected anything like this to happen. We thought we might have a record in the U.K., maybe, but never come out to America and have a No. 1 album. It [is] beyond all of our wildest dreams,” says Payne.

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<p>Max (Adam Pally)&nbsp;gets his &quot;Goonies&quot;&nbsp;on in &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Max (Adam Pally) gets his "Goonies" on in "Happy Endings."

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'Happy Endings' - 'You Snooze, You Bruise': Baby, baby, let me sleep on it

Dave goes to the gym, Jane learns to relax, and Alex revives her inner bully

A quick review of last night's "Happy Endings" coming up just as soon as my bottom half is selling fuzzy burritos in the parking lot outside of a Widespread Panic concert...

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<p>Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jared Harris, Vincent Kartheiser, Jon Hamm, Robert Morse and Elisabeth Moss are all back in some form, at some time, for the new season of &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jared Harris, Vincent Kartheiser, Jon Hamm, Robert Morse and Elisabeth Moss are all back in some form, at some time, for the new season of "Mad Men."

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Review: 'Mad Men' returns in fine form for season 5

A lot has happened since last we saw Don and Peggy, but it's still one of TV's best dramas
When AMC sent TV critics a review copy of the two-hour "Mad Men" fifth season premiere (Sunday at 9 p.m.), they attached a note from series creator Matthew Weiner, who is both more paranoid about spoilers, and has a broader definition of what constitutes a spoiler, than any showrunner I've ever encountered. So it wasn't a surprise that the letter included a list of details from the premiere that Weiner asked us to not reveal, like "What year is it?" and "What happened with Don and Megan?" and "Did Joan have the baby?" The list is thorough enough that I think the only premiere details I imagine Weiner would be entirely comfortable with me revealing are that Roger Sterling says several funny things, Pete Campbell pouts over a perceived slight, and Harry Crane acts obnoxious — and only because those things happen in every episode of "Mad Men."
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<p>This is the single most intense dance-off... EVER.</p>

This is the single most intense dance-off... EVER.

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Review: Dance Dance Revolution comedy 'The FP' tries way too hard

Can you just decide to make a cult movie, or do they have to happen on their own?

I will admit that I walked into "The FP" ready to love it.

After all, it's being released by Drafthouse Films, and I'm a big fan in principle.  After all, this is a company that was formed by Tim League to release "Four Lions" when no one else in America had the balls.  And having known Tim for the better part of fifteen years, I know that our taste doesn't always align, but that more often than not, we do enjoy the same sort of weird.

So I found myself depressed when, about a half-hour into "The FP," which Drafthouse Films is currently rolling out in limited release, with more theaters being added this weekend, I realized that not only did I not love it, but I was impatient for it to end.  The film feels to me like a short film stretched way past the breaking point, which makes sense, because it started as a short film.

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