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Nicki Minaj takes her act to Europe for 15-date tour

Check out the guest stars on 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded'

As the April 3 release date for Nicki Minaj’s sophomore set, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” nears, expect lots more Minaj minutiae. Today, comes word of her European tour. The outing kicks off June 8 in Stockholm and swings through Scandinavia, France and Italy, before hitting the U.K. June 24 with two dates at HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London.

In case you missed it, Minaj also released the official tracklisting for the standard and deluxe editions. It looks like she’s in really good company for the sets, which include such guests as Lil Wayne (natch), Cam’ron, Rick Ross, Nas, Drake, Young Jeezy, Chris Brown, Bobby V and Beenie Man.

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<p>Bobcat Goldthwait at the Los Angeles premiere of &quot;World's Greatest Dad&quot; in 2009</p>

Bobcat Goldthwait at the Los Angeles premiere of "World's Greatest Dad" in 2009

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Interview: Bobcat Goldthwait on raising the crazy with 'God Bless America'

The filmmaker talks his latest film at SXSW

AUSTIN, Texas - When you live in a world filled with newscasts reporting terrible acts of inhumanity, reality television shows that celebrate terrible values and actual people who use their value system as a weapon against others who don’t share it, it feels like there’s plenty of motivation for almost any filmmaker to create a film like “God Bless America.” But if you ask writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait, he said the idea was inspired by decidedly more mundane circumstances: “It was a Christmas present to my wife, so the catalyst was me being a cheap husband.”

Goldthwait, of course, has been working for decades in Hollywood creating iconic characterizations and hugely successful comedy routines with a singular, supremely distinct voice. (It helps that he actually used a fake one for so many years.) But as a filmmaker, he said that the ideas for films like his latest come from what he shares in common with others, not how they stand apart. “It kind of was like a love letter to her, because Roxy and Frank’s conversations are the same ones we have at home. And I always say that the key to a good relationship isn't liking the same things, it’s hating the same things, because that will make a very smooth road."

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Garbage

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Listen: Garbage's new single, 'Blood for Poppies'

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Garbage's new single, "Blood for Poppies" is a sonic slab that is instantly redolent of the band from its mid-2000s heyday, and yet at the same time, sounds completely new.

Awash in synthesizers and guitar effects, the song also combines a slight reggae, slacker feel as Shirley Manson wonders "why they are calling on my radio/they know I'm here/just outtasight." The production, helmed by band members --including uber-producer Butch Vig-- is intense, especially during the echo-y breakdown in the middle about "staying alive."

[More after the jump...]

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<p>&nbsp;Big Time Rush</p>
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 Big Time Rush

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Here they come: The next wave of Boy Bands

One Direction, The Wanted and Big Time Rush lead the parade

Are we on the verge of another Boy Band bubble? With The Wanted’s “Glad You Came”  perched at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, teen girls screaming their lungs out over One Direction on “The Today Show,” and Big Time Rush gathering their own “Monkees”-type following from their Nickelodeon series, it sure looks like it.

The timing is right as well. For some reason, there seems to be a new batch of boy bands around the beginning of every decade or so. In the late ‘90s/early ’00, it was the Backstreet Boys and N’Sync. Twenty years ago it was New Kids on The Block and New Edition.

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<p>Charlize Theron and Idris Elba in &quot;Prometheus.&quot;</p>

Charlize Theron and Idris Elba in "Prometheus."

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Your space to geek out over latest trailer for 'Prometheus'

Latest glimpse of Ridley Scott's sci-fi blockbuster has internet abuzz

So, what did you see over the weekend? "21 Jump Street," possibly -- though to judge from recent chatter on Twitter and elsewhere, no new release got people more excited over the past two days than the 150-second trailer for Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," the possible "Alien" prequel with a dream cast headed up by Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender. Multiplex junkies and critics alike have been drooling over the possibilities since the first teasers debuted months ago; each new scrap that gets released seems only to heighten expectations.

Some readers asked why we haven't chimed in with our own take on the latest trailer -- it's certainly not because we aren't psyched for the film, which ranked at #3 in our Most Anticipated of 2012 list. Kris, of course, is on pre-wedding hiatus, though I'm sure he'd have thoughts on it otherwise. I, meanwhile, have no thoughts whatsoever on this or any other "Prometheus" trailer -- not least because I have painstakingly avoided seeing the lot. My no-trailers diet is still in effect for the most part, and I'm far too intrigued by this on-paper proposition to spoil my appetite now. 

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<p>Mark and Bopper yodel in Bavaria</p>
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Mark and Bopper yodel in Bavaria

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Uglier Than a Mud Rail Fence'

Sunday's episode features yodeling, bearding and gnome-tossing
Discussion of The Rule of Chekhov's Gun has become so pervasive that folks are tempted to attach Chekhov's name to any instance of what is basically just foreshadowing.
 
That's not exactly what Chekhov's Gun really is about. I mean, it's close. But that's not exactly it. The Rule isn't exactly that if you put a gun early in your story, it needs to be fired by the end. It's more that you shouldn't put a gun early in your story if it *isn't* going to be fired in the end. The real point is that you shouldn't have anything in your play/movie/novel/recap that's superfluous. Everything needs to have a point and a purpose. If there's going to be a gun, fire it. Otherwise? No gun. It's more about literary economy than about foreshadowing, because there's already a name for foreshadowing and that's... um... foreshadowing.
 
That's my way of explaining that while it might be tempting to jokingly refer to how Sunday's (March 18) "Amazing Race" utilized Chekhov's Random Reference To Navigational Difficulties, that would be just me making an easy joke.
 
So no, this week's episode didn't use Chekhov's Random Reference To Navigational Difficulties. It was just wicked obvious foreshadowing. Fortunately, it was a good enough episode that it wasn't undermined by the simplistic decision to substitute said foreshadowing for convincing editing in the last act.
 
Click through for the full recap...
 
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<p>Rick (Andrew Lincoln)&nbsp;and company reach a crossroads in &quot;The Walking Dead&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and company reach a crossroads in "The Walking Dead" season finale.

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Season finale review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Beside the Dying Fire'

Fire, plague and a mysterious hooded figure all are key as a bumpy season comes to an end

A review of "The Walking Dead" season finale coming up just as soon as I make a bad joke about Asian drivers...

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<p>Nick Nolte as Walter Smith on &quot;Luck.&quot;</p>

Nick Nolte as Walter Smith on "Luck."

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'Luck' - 'Episode 8': Lost Israel

Walter and Ace deal with threats in different ways in the series' pentultimate chapter

A review of tonight's "Luck" coming up just as soon as I choose to believe your email...

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<p>Marcus Mumford and Alex Ebert at eh &quot;Big Easy Express&quot; encore performance</p>

Marcus Mumford and Alex Ebert at eh "Big Easy Express" encore performance

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Mumford & Sons perform three new songs at SXSW outdoor gig

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros need to sharpen up, plus: 'Big Easy Express'

AUSTIN -- Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and members of Old Crow Medicine Show had themselves a Railroad Revival reunion during SXSW, and like many family reunions, they took the opportunity to introduce new additions. The roots-based groups convened on the lawn of the LBJ Library, where their road doc "Big Easy Express" filmed in advance of short sets from the former two full bands, a presentation by MySpace.

Mumfords performed three new songs from their forthcoming sophomore set. "Lovers Eyes" had a little of the "quiet rage" that its lyrics suggested, frontman Marcus Mumford lamenting "Love was kind for a time… we're too young / our heads too strong / to bear the weight of these lover's eyes." It, like a handful of songs from "Sigh No More," gives way to the stomps and the sixths, all four singers busting out into harmony. "Lover of the Light" featured Marcus behind the drums for an overall soft-rocker with a big build, and "Ghosts That We Knew" falls in line with some religious-tinged imagery in the British band's songs, about hard hearts, soft lovers, darkness and light:. "You saw my pain washed out in the rain… saw blood run from my veins."

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<p>A scene from &quot;Cabin in the Woods&quot;</p>

A scene from "Cabin in the Woods"

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SXSW: Wrapping up the 26th annual

This year's fest offered films from good to bad, but almost nothing great

AUSTIN, Texas - After 10 days and seemingly hundreds of films, the 2012 South by Southwest Film Festival closes this weekend. In typical form, I saw almost none of the ones that ended up taking home trophies. Unfortunately, it’s the nature of film festival coverage – you try to be strategic, see things that received good feedback from others, and when possible, stray into auditoriums in your spare time hoping to uncover a gem. But even after six days, I missed the Narrative winner, “Gimme the Loot,” and the Documentary winner, “Beware of Mr. Baker,” as well as the Audience winners for the Narrative (“Eden”) and Documentary (“Bay of All Saints”) categories.

Nevertheless, I saw quite a gauntlet of films programmed to play during the festival, including several that preciously appeared at Sundance, such as Craig Zobel’s transgressive “Compliance” and Joe Berlinger’s “Under African Skies.” But even the wonderful “21 Jump Street” and the thrilling “The Raid: Redemption” were easily among the best films I saw. Both of those appeared essentially as stopovers en route to their theatrical releases, whereas a lot of selections build buzz at festivals like this one, and the fate of many others hung in the balance in a very real way based purely on the response of attendees.

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<p>David (Michael Fassbender)&nbsp;makes a startling discovery in a scene from Ridley Scott's &quot;Prometheus.&quot;</p>

David (Michael Fassbender) makes a startling discovery in a scene from Ridley Scott's "Prometheus."

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Damon Lindelof and Ridley Scott say they took the 'Alien' prequel out of 'Prometheus'

Plus: Michael Fassbender on bringing life to an android

ANAHEIM - You'd think after a 25 minute panel in front of approximately 3,700 WonderCon attendees, a few scattered interviews and a 20 minute press conference Saturday we'd finally know whether Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" was actually a prequel to his 1979 classic "Alien."  It turns out the true answer may just depend on your definition of prequel.

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"Project Runway All Stars"

"Project Runway All Stars" 

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Reality TV Roundup: 'Idol,' 'Teen Mom' make cuts and 'Runway' finale starts slow

It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now

Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...?

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch "Survivor," "The Voice," "Project Runway," "Celebrity Apprentice" or any other competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too.

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