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<p>Lady Gaga with Oprah</p>

Lady Gaga with Oprah

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Watch: Lady Gaga and Oprah tease Sunday night's two-hour special

What can we possibly learn that we don't already know?

If Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable outlet doesn’t survive, it won’t be because its namesake isn’t doing her share.

After being largely hands off the first none-too-successful year of the channel’s life, Winfrey is doing everything she can to hoist the sales. Last night, she had the first interview with Whitney Houston’s family, following the superstar’s Feb. 11 death.

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<p>Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt co-star in the uneven but funny 'Nature Calls' at SXSW</p>

Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt co-star in the uneven but funny 'Nature Calls' at SXSW

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Review: Patton Oswalt and Johnny Knoxville deliver sporadic laughs in uneven 'Nature Calls'

Todd Rohal's new movie suggests the director likes things shaggy

Todd Rohal had an unnaturally long period of time pass between the production of his first film, "The Guatemalan Handshake," and his second, "The Catechism Cataclysm."  Five years between movies can seem like a lifetime for a filmmaker, so it was nice to see that after "Catechism" played the festival circuit last year, just now arriving on home video, Rohal's already got a new film ready and it premiered here on Saturday afternoon.  He has definitely picked up the pace, and I'm glad he's managed to shake that awful inertia that can be really tough on a filmmaker, so I feel kind of bad when I say that my main criticism for Rohal right now would be "please slow down."

Both of these recent films, "Catechism" and "Nature," are built on strong simple ideas that easily could have been used in a big-budget mainstream comedy.  They're both driven by character-driven comedy and blatant absurdity, and there's definitely a consistent voice from film to film.  I like his sensibilities and there are many things in both of the films that made me laugh.  But both films also strike me as deeply undercooked in some essential way, like we're watching a rough assembly instead of a finished edit.  They are shaggy to the point of sloppy, and I feel like one more pass at each of the scripts might have teased the great ideas into an actual great execution.

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"The Voice"

 "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' - 'The Battle Rounds Pt. 2'

It's another round of dueling singers competing for a shot at performing live

The battle rounds continue, and I can only hope there are some smarter decisions this week than last week. Not that all of the decisions were easy, mind you. I'm still wishing other judges could snap up whoever gets eliminated. Sort of like Go Fish, but with a much better payoff.

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Watch: John Legend and Ludacris promise a lot in clip for 'Tonight (Best You Ever Had)'
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Watch: John Legend and Ludacris promise a lot in clip for 'Tonight (Best You Ever Had)'

Track from 'Think Like A Man' offers one hot night

Being engaged to a model apparently does wonders for your confidence. John Legend vows he’ll be the best you’ve ever had in his new song from “Think Like A Man.”

Opening with what sounds like a sample of Moby’s “Porcelain,”  “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” is one of Legend’s sexiest numbers. He vows he’s going to “kiss that” because he knows you’ve “missed that.”

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<p>Ethan Hawke should probably know better in the appropriately-titled 'Sinister'</p>

Ethan Hawke should probably know better in the appropriately-titled 'Sinister'

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Review: Ethan Hawke takes a horrifying ride in SXSW secret screening of 'Sinister'

Effective and simple horror film delivers on smart scares

I'm starting to get a little confused about which festival I'm attending, because while everything I see in Austin this week says "SXSW," it's got a distinctly "Fantastic Fest" vibe going on.

I have a feeling part of that's just been the choices I made about what to see and when.  I've been at most of the midnights, and so far, my days have been occupied largely with things other than movies, like yesterday's live-chat with Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard or the panel I moderated for "Holliston," a crazy new sitcom for FEARnet starring Joe Lynch and Adam Green.

But it seems significant that "The Cabin In The Woods" was the opening night movie, and it seems right that the Secret Screening turned out to be Scott Derrickson's new film "Sinister," starring Ethan Hawke and not set for release until later this year.  The film has local ties in the form of co-screenwriter C. Robert Cargill who worked at Ain't It Cool with me as "Massawyrm," and it almost felt like a cast and crew screening when the film played at midnight on Saturday, even with technical delays that had the film starting a full hour late.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 119

Dan and Alan talk 'Missing,' 'Community,' 'Justified' and 'Walking Dead'

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
 
Time for your weekly cure for The Mondays... Whiskey!
 
And while you're drinking your whiskey, here's another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast!
 
This week, Sepinwall and I catch up on "Justified" and "The Walking Dead," review ABC's "Missing," chatter about the return of "Community" and even, because we forgot to do so last week, talk about the season finale of "Parenthood."
 
So enjoy your whiskey and hopefully the podcast...
 
Here's the breakdown:
"Community" (00:02:03 - 00:11:25)
"Missing" (00:11:25 - 00:21:40)
"Parenthood" (00:21:40 - 00:37:25)
"Justified" (00:37:25 - 00:47:00
Listener Mail: Last week's "Awake" twist and stuff (00:47:20 - 00:51:25)
Listener Mail: Funny dramas (00:51:30 - 00:56:30)
Listener Mail: Coach on "New Girl" (00:56:30 - 00:59:15)
"Walking Dead" (00:59:50 - 01:11:00)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 119: 'Community,' 'Missing,' 'The Walking Dead' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 119: 'Community,' 'Missing,' 'The Walking Dead' & more

Dan and Alan also check in on "Justified" and the "Parenthood" finale

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It's Monday, which means you get a brand-new, hour-plus edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which we talk a bit about the return of "Community," discuss Ashley Judd's new ABC drama "Missing" and catch up with recent episodes of "The Walking Dead," "Justified" and "Parenthood" (whose finale we would have discussed last week had we been less groggy).

The line-up: 

"Community" (00:02:03 - 00:11:25)
"Missing" (00:11:25 - 00:21:40)
"Parenthood" (00:21:40 - 00:37:25)
"Justified" (00:37:25 - 00:47:00)
Listener Mail: Last week's "Awake" twist and stuff (00:47:20 - 00:51:25)
Listener Mail: Funny dramas (00:51:30 - 00:56:30)
Listener Mail: Coach on "New Girl" (00:56:30 - 00:59:15)
"Walking Dead" (00:59:50 - 01:11:00)
 
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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<p>Adam Lambert</p>

Adam Lambert

Listen: Adam Lambert remixes 'Better Than I Know Myself'

Is it 'Better' than the original?

While fans wait patiently for “Trespassing,”  Adam Lambert’s second post- “Idol” set, they can get down to this electroclash version of first single “Better Than I Know Myself.”

The remix by Grammy-nominated producer/remixerDave Aude is one of several on an EP of “Better” remixes released today via Lambert’s website, AdamOfficial.com. It’s loud and in your face and has some very cool speaker tricks going on. The track is an Idolator exclusive that you can listen to here. We'll embed as soon as an embed code is available.

The original, which is a mid-tempo ballad, failed to ignite at Top 40 radio, peaking at No. 76 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at No. 24 on Adult Pop Songs (which may be one reason the album’s release was delayed-- to retool some songs).

As Glambert fans already know, two songs from his performance at a fashion show earlier this month showed up on line last week.

What do you think of the remix of “Better Than I Know Myself?”

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SXSW: 'Aggression Scale' successfully invokes rage – against its makers

It's as shameless as it is stupid

AUSTIN, Texas - Like the thugs who put the film’s plot into motion, “The Aggression Scale” is as shameless as it is stupid. The story of a family fighting back against a group of gun-toting hoods who come in search of their boss’s money, director Steven C. Miller’s South by Southwest debut is despicable, mean-spirited sleaze that survives only on the pretense that it could be interpreted as exploitation “fun.” Featuring performances by former Jason Voorhees Derek Mears, two “Twin Peaks” alumni and one of Harmony Korine’s “Gummo” collaborators, the film is thoughtless and trashy in all of the wrong ways.

Ray Wise (“Peaks,” “Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie”) plays Mr. Bellavance, a recently freed crime boss who sends his underlings to retrieve $500,000 in “getaway” money that some former employee stole while he was in prison. Led by Lloyd (Dana Ashbrook), the four-man team ruthlessly mows down a series of suspects before arriving at the freshly-bought home of Bill (Boyd Kestner) and his wife Maggie (Lisa Rotondi), newlyweds who are awkwardly trying to cajole his son Owen (Ryan Hartwig) and her daughter Lauren (Fabianne Therese) into calling one another siblings.

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<p>Will Ferrell in &quot;Casa de Mi Padre&quot;</p>

Will Ferrell in "Casa de Mi Padre"

Watch: Will Farrell sings in Spanish in music video for 'Casa de mi Padre'

He and his fellow rancheros know how to keep the coyotes away

Will Farrell, don’t give up your day job. In this Funny or Die clip, Farrell--as his character in “Casa de mi Padre”-- laments that he knows nothing whether it is how birds fly, flowers grow or why men hate each other as he sings "Yo No Se." 

As he sits around the campfire with his fellow rancheros and, conveniently enough, a trumpet, he realizes that the only thing he knows for certain is love.

We know that he’s a better comedian than singer (although his chops aren’t bad....). And his Spanish is pretty good. And that, as one of its founders, he can get a clip on Funny or Die anytime he wants to.

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<p>Bruce Springsteen</p>

Bruce Springsteen

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2012 SXSW headliners: Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Fiona Apple, Jack White

Tenacious D, Nas, 50 Cent, Skrillex and more: When do they play?

The earlier conceptions of the South By Southwest Music Conference had more of a level playing field -- the emphasis was more on connecting breaking bands to industry, and industry to fans. Obviously, that idea has shifted SXSW getting bigger and bigger every year, catering not to just music wayfarers to audiences seeking many of the same trappings of any major music festival.

Hence the headliners -- or "headliners" -- that crop up every year, often directly before the conference takes place.

This year is no exception, with some enormous names gracing stages around Austin, Texas, and even a few more to-be-announced. Bruce Springsteen is keynote speaker, plus he's confirmed that he and his E Street band will be bopping around. Jay-Z is throwing a large-scale concert, but for SXSW Interactive Conference-goers. Jack White will be performing one of his first major public shows as a solo artist, Fiona Apple will be bowing new material and Tenacious D will be re-introducing themselves after a brief hiatus.

Keep checking in to SXSW's site and HitFix throughout the festival: there will undoubtedly be many big, last-minute additions and secret shows galore.

Check out a "headliner" rundown below.

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" 

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Recap: 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' - 'Peaches and Screams'

It's Cynthia's turn to referee when Peter and Mal get into it

After the crazy ass catfights that probably put South Africa on NATO's watch list, the ladies of Atlanta seem mostly content to quietly gossip, complain and then gossip some more in this episode. Well, except for two of the players who didn't go to South Africa, who don't have jet lag but do have plenty of venom toward one another, the toxic jet fuel necessary to keep a battle that simply refuses to be resolved ticking -- Peter vs. Mal. If this were a romantic comedy, we'd learn that Peter and Mal actually really love one another, and Peter would ultimately dump Cynthia for her less attractive, pear-shaped sister. But, this not being a rom com, I think it's safe to say these two really hate one another, and poor Cynthia is just going to have to deal with it. 

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