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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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Chris Brown
Chris Brown
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Listen: Chris Brown wants to make 'Sweet Love' to you

He promises lots of grinding and whatnot on new single

Chris Brown’s “Fortune,” out May 8, has already spawned one hit, “Turn Up the Music,” now he’s looking for the next with “Sweet Love,”  a very busy track about getting very busy.

The track, which premiered on Funkmaster Flex’s show (hence the tag at the beginning), opens with Brown whispering as a waterfall of synths tumbles over his croon “let’s get naked,” and then oh-so-romantically sing about “grinding inside and out of you/so c’mon baby girl, let’s just take our clothes off” and later “you start screaming when I go downtown.”  Subtlety has never been his strong suit, has it?

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Megan Hilty</p>

Megan Hilty

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'Smash's' Megan Hilty signs with Sony's Masterworks

Broadway star currently working on demos

We don’t know yet if Megan Hilty’s “Smash” alter ego Ivy Lynn will get to play Marilyn Monroe on the show, but the real-life Broadway star has won a recording contract.

Hilty, who has starred on Broadway in such shows as “Wicked” and “9 to 5,” has signed with Sony’s Masterworks label through Columbia Records, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As with “Glee,” Columbia has a deal to release any songs from “Smash,” as well as first rights to the various singers on the show.  Her co-star, “American Idol” album Katherine McPhee, signed with Masterworks last June. The label is also home to Kristen Chenoweth.

No word on when her Masterworks debut will appear, but she is already working on demos.


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<p>On &quot;Happy Endings,&quot;&nbsp;Alex (Elisha Cuthbert)&nbsp;has to make a quick switch from butch to femme.</p>

On "Happy Endings," Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) has to make a quick switch from butch to femme.

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'Happy Endings' - 'Big White Lies': Come and knock on our door

Does a stupid sitcom trope become funny if you're aware that it's stupid?

A review of last night's "Happy Endings" coming up just as soon as I'm a young, handsome Ron Popeil...

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<p>Can Sofia Vergara and &quot;Modern Family&quot;&nbsp;shoot down &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;in Hulu's Best in Show?</p>

Can Sofia Vergara and "Modern Family" shoot down "Community" in Hulu's Best in Show?

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Hulu's Best in Show moves into round 4

It's 'Community' vs. 'Modern Family' and 'Sons of Anarchy' vs. 'The Walking Dead'

When I left the office last night, the next round of Hulu's Best in Show competition was shaping up to have an obvious narrative: popular hits vs. critically-adored cult favorites. In one bracket, we would have "Community," which had the only easy victory of round 3 over "New Girl," vs. "Modern Family," which had beaten out "Archer" by the slimmest of margins. In the other bracket, we would have "Sons of Anarchy," which held on for a tight win over "Game of Thrones," versus "Breaking Bad," which had eked out a see-saw battle with "The Walking Dead." I made my picks, emailed my blurbs to Hulu, and went home to my family.

But the third round wasn't technically over yet, and "The Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara — a Twitter newcomer who's quickly learned how to leverage social media from his old "Shield" colleague Kurt Sutter — kept stumping for votes, and by the time dinner was finished, "Walking Dead" had slipped ahead again, and stayed there until the voting closed.

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<p>In &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;season 2, King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson)&nbsp;faces many challengers to his crown.</p>

In "Game of Thrones" season 2, King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) faces many challengers to his crown.

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Review: HBO's 'Game of Thrones' is bigger and better in season 2

More characters! More locations! More kings! More awesomeness!
Sometimes with storytelling, less is more, and more is less. Sometimes, when you have too much going on — too many characters, too many storylines, too many big moments — nothing gets the proper attention or makes the intended impact. Sometimes — particularly in the world of television, where there are limits in terms of both time and money — you're better off focusing on a smaller group of things you can do well.
Sometimes, though, if you have talented enough people — and, even better, if they're working off of great source material —  then more can, in fact, be more. "Justified" has demonstrated that repeatedly this season as it's thrown a virtual army of colorful bad guys at Raylan Givens. And on Sunday night at 9, HBO's "Game of Thrones" makes its triumphant return with a second season that features more of everything: more characters, more locations, more brutality.
And, as the follow-up to an incredibly strong debut season, it's even more fun.
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Watch: Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson explain why 'Wrath of the Titans' tops 'Clash'

'Wrath' stars rave about 3D and the father-son story
NEW YORK, NY - Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson know a thing or two about sequels, having both been part of franchises from the ground-floor and also joined franchises mid-stream. Last Saturday, I sat down with the two stars to discuss what makes a satisfying sequel and why "Wrath of the Titans" improves upon "Clash of the Titans."
In "Wrath," which opens on Friday (March 30), Worthington reprises his role as half-man/half-God Perseus, while Neeson returns as King of the Gods, Zeus. While the first movie was all about Perseus discovering his strength and Zeus hovering on Olympus with his hair billowing, "Wrath" gets down-and-dirty with an off-his-game Perseus having to leave his son to help his father prevent *his* father -- the monstrous Kronos -- from escaping his netherworld prison. 
In our conversation, Worthington and Neeson talk about the draw of the multi-generational father-son story at the core of "Wrath" and why they were drawn to playing weakness.
But don't worry that "Wrath of the Titans" is some sort of thoughtful, existential drama. The stars also discuss why this time around, the 3D kicks butt. 
Check out the interview...
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