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<p>Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos return for &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos return for "The Killing."

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Review: AMC's 'The Killing' returns, slightly improved, for season 2

The plot is still a mess, but at least the characterization is getting better
Late in the two-hour season two premiere of "The Killing" (Sunday night at 8 on AMC), the show's heroine, Seattle cop Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) laments several mistakes she's made and says, "I wish I had known the truth."
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Watch: Toby Kebbell explains how his 'Wrath of the Titans' sidekick is more Chewbacca than Jar-Jar

'RocknRolla' veteran shares why the sequel improves on 'Clash'
NEW YORK, NY - When it comes to running around cinematic deserts in togas, Toby Kebbell's an old pro, coming to "Wrath of the Titans" following roles in "Alexander" and "Prince of Persia."
 
While Kebbell may be a sword-and-sandals veteran, what he brings to "Wrath of the Titans" is new, or at least something that was missing from "Clash of the Titans." As Agenor, half-God son of Poseidon, Kebbell has a wounded pride, but he also provides a comedic energy, a spark that won't surprise fans of Kebbell's turn as Johnny Quid in Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla."
 
I sat down with Kebbell over the weekend to talk about the kind of sidekick he wanted Agenor to be -- he worried the script made him seem too much like Jar-Jar Binks, while star Sam Worthington compared him to Chewbacca. We also discussed the improved 3D in the sequel, why he wasn't a fan of the 1981 "Clash of the Titans" and what it was like brawling with Edgar Ramirez.
 
Unfortunately, our full conversation about his cinematic beard, how it's all natural and how eager he was to shave it when it was done, happened before the cameras started rolling. I'm sure you're disappointed.
 
"Wrath of the Titans" opens on Friday, March 30.
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<p>Jason Isaacs in &quot;Awake.&quot;</p>

Jason Isaacs in "Awake."

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'Awake' - 'Oregon': The grass is always greener

Britten's cross-timeline 'hunches' come back to bite him while chasing a serial killer

A review of tonight's "Awake" coming up just as soon as I learn a hundred dollar lesson...

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<p>The Mars Volta</p>

The Mars Volta

Review: The Mars Volta tighten up on 'Noctourniquet'

Word salad, tangled rhythms and some slow jams for the ladies

Making your way through a new Mars Volta record isn’t that it's always a challenge; there’s just always the promise of density and compositions that take some digestion. With newest “Noctourniquet,” there’s also bigger bevy of memorable refrains than before, with fewer diatribes. The songs are singular and tighter, too. This may piss some fans off.

Omar Rodríguez-López again arranges each track like a choir of power tools, this time with drummer Deantoni Parks (of KUDU) battling melodies with avant, behind- or off-beat flavors or with a metronomic exactness. I mention the importance of this new rhythm member because of the tumult of tracks like standout “Dyslexicon” or bendy “The Malkin Jewel.” Toms tangle up with bass lines, with singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s trill and hooligan-yelps jutting into the machine like brambles, even on the slower tunes.
 
And of those, there are a few in the 13 tracks.
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<p>John Goodman and Danny Pudi in &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

John Goodman and Danny Pudi in "Community."

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'Community' - 'Digital Exploration of Interior Design': The spy who loved Subway

Troy and Abed fight again, while Britta falls in love with a corporation

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I'm flown to Dubai to stay in an underwater hotel...

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<p>Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy in &quot;Untouchable,&quot; now bound for a Colin Firth-led remake.</p>

Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy in "Untouchable," now bound for a Colin Firth-led remake.

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Harvey further forges the French connection

After the success of 'The Artist,' TWC is snapping up Gallic titles

Two nearly simultaneous items of industry news struck me today as closely related halves of the same story, and not just because they both involve The Weinstein Company. The news of the studio snapping up US distribution rights to "Populaire," a French throwback romcom that has been generating international buzz since appearing in the Berlinale market last month, has probably been greeted with too many "It's this year's 'The Artist!'" headlines -- but tied to the news of the Weinsteins going ahead with a remake of French smash dramedy "Untouchable," with Colin Firth and "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig tentatively attached, a linking narrative is hard to resist.

"The Frogs are coming!" is no less premature a rallying cry now than it would have been immediately after the Oscars last month. But while other American studios are still looking to Scandinavia for their crossover fodder -- cue remakes of "Let the Right One In," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Headhunters" -- the Weinsteins clearly have a lot of faith in the French. The last time Gallic property was this hot in Hollywood was 20-odd years ago, when everything from "La Femme Nikita" to "The Return of Martin Guerre" to "My Father the Hero" was ripe for a remake.

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<p>Elise Testone of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>
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Elise Testone of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 9 Results featuring Nicki Minaj and Scotty McCreery

Which 'Idol' singer drew the fewest votes after Wednesday's show?

Get ready, folks. It's Anything Can Happen Night on "American Idol."

After a Wednesday show that featured a whopping five standing ovations (out of only nine solo performances), it's hard to know who's going to be safe.

Let's find out! After the break...

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<p>Lily Collins looks downright animated as Snow White in the odd new family comedy 'Mirror Mirror'</p>

Lily Collins looks downright animated as Snow White in the odd new family comedy 'Mirror Mirror'

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Review: 'Mirror Mirror' lets Julia Roberts play bad and aims just for kids

A big silly comic riff on the classic fairy tale looks good but falls short

The first of this year's Snow White movies arrives in theaters this weekend, and one thing is immediately clear.

These movies are not competing with each other.

Whatever "Mirror Mirror" is, it is not looking to stake its claim as a big fantasy action epic.  You look at the trailer for "Snow White and the Huntsman," and they're looking to compete with films like "Wrath of the Titans" or "Thor."  That is not at all the sort of thing that "Mirror Mirror" has on its mind, and so the first thing you have to do when dealing with these two films is to remove all comparison from the way you regard them.  That's probably a good thing for both films, because if they were trying to play to the same audience, then any reaction you have is just about comparing and contrasting, and that seems like a losing game on both sides.

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<p>Emily Blunt, seen here at the premiere of 'Salmon Fishing In Yemen,' might make a pretty spectacular Nora Charles if a 'Thin Man' remake has to happen</p>

Emily Blunt, seen here at the premiere of 'Salmon Fishing In Yemen,' might make a pretty spectacular Nora Charles if a 'Thin Man' remake has to happen

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Could Emily Blunt, Emma Stone, or Amy Adams be the new Nora Charles for 'Thin Man' remake?

Word is they're about to start reading actors opposite Johnny Depp

How do you kill a 42 year old fat man who is waaaaaaay too emotionally invested in what happens with a remake of "The Thin Man"?

You hire Rob Marshall to direct it.

No matter what we hear about casting on this film, I'm going to be nervous to the point of irritated the entire time it's in production.  I'll do my best to be fair, but the bitter sting of the awful "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" is still way too fresh for me to just assume Marshall will do right by one of my favorite films of all time.

No, scratch that.  The "Thin Man" series is one of my favorite anythings of all time.  It's right up there with things like fire and penicillin and indoor plumbing.  Nick and Nora Charles are my favorite married couple in Hollywood history, and no matter what I think of the individual films in the series, I will take any opportunity to watch William Powell as Nick and Myrna Loy as Nora.

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<p>Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris made their debut as the newly-appointed Bond girls at the 2011 press conference for 'Skyfall'</p>

Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris made their debut as the newly-appointed Bond girls at the 2011 press conference for 'Skyfall'

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Watch: Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris make their Bond girl debuts in 'Skyfall' blog

Meet the lovely ladies keeping Bond busy later this year

There is something undeniable about the announcement of the new Bond girls.

And, yes, I know both Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris are women, not girls, and I've had many nice things to say about Harris and her work in the past.  I use the term Bond girls because that's the term.  Decades may have passed, Bonds have come and gone, and one thing that's never changed has been the Bond girls.  As much a part of the series as the familiar orchestral sting or the gun-barrel circle that opens each picture, the announcement of the new Bond girls is always interesting if for no other reason than they are bound to be drop-dead beautiful.

Sometimes, the roles they play are ridiculous.  Well, to be fair, most of the time, the roles they play are ridiculous.  They are given preposterous names that no human being would ever actually have, and they are asked to just roll with it, play it as real, as the rules of the universe where a James Bond could exist.  When you have a character named Dr. Holly Goodhead, it is the "Dr." that makes me laugh, not the single-entendre smutty joke.  It is the straight-faced absurdity of it that I love.

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<p>Kris Allen's new album cover</p>

Kris Allen's new album cover

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'American Idol's Kris Allen sets release date for 'Thank You Camellia'

He also launches remix contest for 'The Vision of Love'

American Idol” fans rejoice:  As we've previously reported, Season eight runner-up  Adam Lambert will release “Trespassing” on May 15  and now we get word that the season’s winner Kris Allen’s sophomore set, “Thank You Camellia” will come out a week later on May 22.

We already wrote about first single, “The Vision of Love,” which Allen co-wrote. Now it turns out Allen co-wrote every song on the album.  He is wrapping up recording with producers and co-writers, including Neon Trees’ Tim Pagnotta, Chris Brown/Justin Bieber producer Nasri and Adam Messinger, and Kevin Kadish, who has worked with Jason Mraz and Rob Thomas.

Speaking of Mraz, he and Allen are both part of the Live in the Vineyard festival, which takes place April 13 at the Uptown Theater in Napa, Calif.

Allen has also launched a remix contest for “The Vision of Love.” The winner, selected by Allen, will receive $2,000, a pair of Beats by Dre headphones and a signed CD and photo by Allen.

As far as who the Camellia is Allen name checks in the title,  we don’t know if it’s a reference to the beautiful southern flower or someone specific. Or maybe Camellia is the adorable dog on the album cover.

 

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<p>Regina Spektor in &quot;All the Rowboats&quot;</p>

Regina Spektor in "All the Rowboats"

Watch: Regina Spektor is scared in 'All the Rowboats' music video

Head for the sea when the walls close in on you

I like Regina Spektor's new single "All the Rowboats" an awful lot, and now the track from "What We Saw From the Cheap Seats" went and got itself a matching music video.

The singer-songwriter isn't the most convincing pantomime (or lip-syncer), and the animation is a little touch-and-go, but much like that song, it seems to be more about atmosphere than anything else. The serious and ominous track puts Spektor's beautiful mug under a very large bed of hair and sets to work on causing her much discomfort. Sometimes the rocking of a boat is the only comfort.

"My beautiful friends Adria Petty, Peter Sluszka and Ivan Abel co-directed it! It was like getting the band back together- I love their brains and hearts! So many people worked very hard on this and it was really interesting to make. I hope you enjoy!!!!!" she enthused on her Facebook page.

"What We Saw from the Cheap Seats" is out on May 29; another song from it, "Don't Leave Me- (Ne Me Quitte Pas)," bowed last week. You can also find the tracklist via that link. The pre-order for the iTunes digital deluxe version of the album is open today.

Spektor will also release a pair of Russian cover songs on Record Store Day, April 21. 

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