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<p>Gary Ross should be feeling good about his adaptation of the hit series 'The Hunger Games'</p>

Gary Ross should be feeling good about his adaptation of the hit series 'The Hunger Games'

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Watch: Gary Ross talks about his low-fi sober-minded adaptation of 'The Hunger Games'

How did he approach bringing the hit book series to life?

It's strange to think that, including "The Hunger Games," Gary Ross has only directed three films.

Those three films cover a lot of ground, too.  "Pleasantville" is very different than "Seabiscuit," and neither one of them would prepare you for what he's done with "The Hunger Games."  I'm going to guess he was not the first person on the list that Lionsgate put together when they bought the book and started talking about turning it into a film.  I'm not sure what I've been expecting.  I read the books last year, and since then, I've watched all the casting announcements and we've run the photos and the trailers, and honestly, none of it really told me what to expect from the film.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - '1912'

It's a flashback episode as Damon and Stefan search for a serial killer

While we've been waiting a few weeks for a new episode of "The Vampire Diaries," tonight's episode is one centered upon a slow story build and, at the end, a few unexpected developments, which is probably about as much as we can handle after a CW-induced dry spell. More importantly, we're treated to flashbacks to 1912, which means retro hair, a flip-flop in Salvatore characteristics (Damon, so sensitive!) and just a little more backstory to keep things interesting. And while some of the seemingly urgent plotlines of recent episodes are back burnered (Rebekah seems to be the only one nervous about that white oak tree), it hardly matters when there's a serial killer loose in Mystic Falls.

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<p>Mark and Jay Duplass are justifiably proud of their new film, 'Jeff Who Lives At Home'</p>

Mark and Jay Duplass are justifiably proud of their new film, 'Jeff Who Lives At Home'

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Watch: Jay and Mark Duplass on 'Jeff Who Lives At Home' and working with Susan Sarandon

Comedy filmmakers seem to be getting better with each new film

At this point, I'm starting to suspect there are more than two Duplass brothers.

It's really the only way to explain their almost absurd level of productivity recently.  Since "Cyrus" played Sundance, it seems that there is always something coming out with either Mark Duplass starring or written by them or directed by them, and it's been a good run for the two of them.

I quite liked "The Puffy Chair," their early film, but when they made the jump to working with casts that are better-known, they also seemed to hone their craft in a way that is surprisingly at home in the mainstream.  Their new film, "Jeff, Who Lives At Home," is my favorite thing they've done, and so of course when asked if I wanted to sit down with them to talk about the movie, the answer was a very easy "yes."

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<p>Jason Isaacs in &quot;Awake.&quot;</p>

Jason Isaacs in "Awake."

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'Awake' - 'Guilty': I am a cop! Looking for my son!

Can answers in the red world save a life in the green world?

A quick review of tonight's "Awake" coming up just as soon as I take a few sleeping pills...

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"Project Runway All Stars"

 "Project Runway All Stars"

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Recap: 'Project Runway All Stars' - 'Finale'

It's down to Mondo, Michael and Austin, but will Mondo's bad mood cost him?

The finale begins! Although it's a little disappointing that not a single woman made it to the end and at least one designer seems determined to make "sexy" outfits that only look good on skinny 15-year-old boys and professional models, I'm still interested to see what this episode holds. I'm hoping that someone can slip Mondo some antidepressants or maybe a bottle of vodka, because if his bad mood doesn't lift soon it's going to be awfully hard to root for him. Funny or not, for the last few episodes he's really been a pain in the ass.  

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<p>Johnny Depp in &quot;Dark&nbsp;Shadows&quot;</p>

Johnny Depp in "Dark Shadows"

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Trailer for Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows' promises funnier vampires than 'True Blood' and 'Twilight'

Is this gonna be kinda awesome?

I was just talking about Tim Burton. The singular filmmaker's work has been on a bit of a "meh" slope in recent years, and "Dark Shadows" was really starting to look like just another obvious piece of material for him to play around with before moving on to the next. But judging by the recently released trailer, the film might just have its share of inspired moments.

I never saw the 1960s television series being re-booted and sent up here, so I have not loyalties or expectations, even. But it seems to me a good time for a film like this amid these vampire-obsessed pop culture days, or at least one without the names Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer on it.

Johnny Depp has the starring role as blood-sucker Barnabas Collins. Joining him will be Michelle Pfeiffer (in her first collaboration with Burton since "Batman Returns"), Eva Green, Chloë Grace Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter (of course), Jackie Earle Haley and Christopher Lee, among others.

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<p>Ashley Judd is ready to kick a little ass in &quot;Missing.&quot;</p>

Ashley Judd is ready to kick a little ass in "Missing."

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'Missing' - 'Pilot': Give me back my son!

What did everybody think of ABC's new Ashley Judd action drama?

I published my review of ABC's "Missing" on Tuesday. Now it's your turn. For those who chose the Ashley Judd spy drama over "Idol," "Community," March Madness, etc., what did you think? Did you appreciate all the attempts to remind us of her maternal side (including the gag where she tells the girl at the club to put out the cigarette), or was it all a bit much? Did you like the location filming? Enjoy the action? Glad to have Judd working again, or did you not miss her during her relative downtime? Thoughts on Sean Bean's latest method of dying? And will you watch again? 

Have at it.

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<p>Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown)&nbsp;and Andre (Malcolm-Jamal Warner)&nbsp;share a moment on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Andre (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) share a moment on "Community."

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'Community' - 'Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts': The new normal

Shirley has decisions to make, and Troy and Abed try to de-whimsify

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I convince you that turtlenecks are made of turtle's necks...

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<p>Joshua Ledet of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>
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Joshua Ledet of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 11 Results - Live-Blog

After Jermaine's surprised DQ, who else will head home?

On Wednesday night, "American Idol" said a vaguely-shocking farewell to Jermaine Jones. Who would be homeward bound on Thursday (March 15) night's show? 

Click through for the full live-blog...

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<p>Tenacious D</p>

Tenacious D

SXSW Music Day 2, Thursday: Bruce Springsteen, Tenacious D, Kendrick Lamar

Check out music recs, from Grimes to the Punch Brothers to Dev to A.Dd+

Take a shower, you already smell bad: SXSW Music programming heads into its second day, Thursday, March 15.

Below I've outlined some more artists to watch, Some shows will overlap, some are a haul, but... you paid extra for the SXSW Teleport, didn't you? Check out shows from Bruce Springsteen, Tenacious D, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, the Punch Brothers, Dev, Alberta Cross, Yellow Ostrich and more.

Thank you again to Unofficial SXSW, for having a nearly-perfect accuracy and navigable scheduling interface.

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<p>Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in &quot;21 Jump Street.&quot;</p>

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in "21 Jump Street."

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Review: '21 Jump Street' is a sly, silly celebration of immaturity

Channing Tatum an unexpected delight in irreverent TV show reboot

"Fuck 'Glee,'" Channing Tatum's hulking undercover cop mutters early on in "21 Jump Street," having disguised himself as a teenager for a high-school drugs bust, only to discover that his letterman-jacketed jockishness no longer carries the social cachet it did in his youth. It's a throwaway line that nonetheless unlocks several suspended levels of socio-cultural awareness in Phil Lord and Chris Miller's enthusiastically goofy spin on the long-buried youth TV series of the same name -- a blithe barrage of wildly variable gags that would no more admit to such awareness than have Tatum and his partner in bromance, Jonah Hill, kiss on screen.

"Glee" would, of course, and therein lies the point. Perhaps the most conceptually playful and self-sustaining entry in the recent mini-genre of 1980s TV reboots, "21 Jump Street" employs its dodgy cultural lineage less as nostalgia kick than as conversation starter: amusing (and genuinely flummoxing) Johnny Depp cameo aside, the film is only incidentally interested in its source material, and far more preoccupied with the tension between between past and present adolescent generations.

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"Wicked Tuna"

 "Wicked Tuna"

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Exclusive: Watch a preview of hardcore fishing on 'Wicked Tuna'

Fishermen risk everything to land tuna worth up to $15,000 each
Think fishing is just for slowpokes and geezers? Not when the fish being sought are bluefin tuna. In this exclusive preview of NatGeo's new 10-party series "Wicked Tuna" (premiering Sun. April 1 at 10 p.m.), we get a look at fishermen in Gloucester, Mass. pursuing fish which can be worth up to $15,000 each. For them, the rules of engagement are simple: catch a fish and feed your family; lose a fish and go home broke.  
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