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<p>Raise your glass people, Pink's recording new music.</p>

Raise your glass people, Pink's recording new music.

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Pink dyes hair in prep to return to the studio for album No. 6

It's back to work for the new mom

Is Pink headed back into the studio? If her hair color is any indication, she’s suiting up-- or dying up-- in prep for making her sixth studio album.

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<p>Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go undercover in the patently absurd and highly enjoyable '21 Jump Street'</p>

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go undercover in the patently absurd and highly enjoyable '21 Jump Street'

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Review: '21 Jump Street' is arresting comedy vehicle for Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum

A film that shouldn't work at all turns out to be a great spring surprise

There is no need for a "21 Jump Street" movie.

You could say that about much of what Hollywood makes these days, but I remember when the original TV show was on the air, and "21 Jump Street" was, at best, a sort of goofy early attempt by Fox to define itself as a network.  It was most notable for being a launch pad for Johnny Depp, and I would argue that no one has spent the time since it went off the air mourning and praying for a resurrection.

What makes the new feature film version of the show, written by Michael Bacall and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, such a wonderful surprise is that it both overtly acknowledges how frequently awful it is for Hollywood to trade on shameless pre-packaged nostalgia while turning the original into something new with a voice all its own.  The story was co-written by Bacall and Jonah Hill, and it acknowledges the absurdity of its own premise even as it leans full-tilt into that absurdity, making it work.

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<p>You would think young people would eventually learn not to go to remote cabins in the woods for parties, but if they did, then we wouldn't have the wicked fun of 'Cabin In The Woods' to look forward to this spring.</p>

You would think young people would eventually learn not to go to remote cabins in the woods for parties, but if they did, then we wouldn't have the wicked fun of 'Cabin In The Woods' to look forward to this spring.

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SXSW: Want to discuss 'Cabin In The Woods' with Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard?

Full details on the event I'll be moderating next Sunday and where you'll see it

South by Southwest Film Festival is not afraid to put me to work.

And, frankly, there are few festivals I would bend over backwards more aggressively to help.  I have come to really love SXSW over the last five years or so, and I think the work that Janet Pierson and her amazing team of programmers and publicists have done to really focus and emphasize the identity of the fest has paid off handsomely.

This year, you'll probably see my face if you're attending lots of midnight screenings, and as I announced a week or two ago, I'll be moderating a panel on the bizarre new sitcom "Holliston" that will be appearing on FEARNet.  We've held off on the last big announcement until now, though, and honestly, if there's any one thing I'm most excited about doing at the fest this year, this is it.

On Sunday, March 11, I'm going to moderating a live-chat with Joss Whedon and Drew Godard, the big-brained lunatics behind "Cabin In The Woods."  I can't publish my review of this one until it premieres at the fest, but suffice it to say, I am a fan.  I think it's smart and fun and, more than anything, makes a great case for why we all need a little red meat in our cinematic diet.  I am excited for people to get a look at the film, but more than that, I'm thrilled that I'm going to get to serve as the moderator for what I hope should be a freewheeling dialogue between these guys and the audience.

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<p>Mamie Gummer, Julianna Margulies and Anna Camp in &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Mamie Gummer, Julianna Margulies and Anna Camp in "The Good Wife."

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'The Good Wife' - 'After the Fall': Sister, sister

Will's family pays a visit, Eli scrambles and Caitlin proves useful

A quick review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I make a reservation for 4...

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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Recap: 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' - 'From Motherland to Haterville'

Kandi and Kim finally get a chance to discuss the 'black babies' incident

It's yet another brawl-centric episode, so we have to sit through a few less violent plotlines until the fighters can take their corners and make sure they've mastered flipping their hair with the correct degree of hostility. As we learned in South Africa, Kandi's offhand comment about Kim not seeming like someone who'd jump at the chance to hang out in a South African orphanage has somehow been twisted into Kandi thinking Kim is a member of the KKK, so there will be screaming just as soon as Kim gets into weave-yanking distance of her former friend.

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<p>Leslie Bibb in &quot;GCB.&quot;</p>

Leslie Bibb in "GCB."

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'GCB' - 'Pilot': Booby Licious or just plain ugly?

What did everybody think of ABC's new soap opera?

I posted my review of ABC's "GCB" on Friday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of Leslie Bibb, Kristin Chenoweth and company in the new Texas soap opera with the weird, watered-down name? Funny or icky? Comparable to at least the current state of "Desperate Housewives," if not that show's original level? And are you going to watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>Art &amp; JJ of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Art & JJ of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Bust Me Right In the Head with It'

Watermelons, harps and bottles cause trouble for the Racers
We're moving into an awkward portion of this "Amazing Race" season, wherein  I watch a really good Leg, featuring difficult challenges and intriguing strategic decisions, and all I can think is this:
Any "Amazing Race" Leg that doesn't end with the elimination of Rachel & Brendon is going to be a disappointment to me.
Rooting against awful teams and jeering their awfulness is part of the fun of "The Amazing Race" (and any competition reality show), but the level of visceral annoyance caused by the mere presence of Rachel and, to a slightly lesser degree, Brendon is sucking a lot of the pleasure from this season. They aren't a team I love to hate. They're just a team I don't want to have around anymore and I especially don't want to see them, relatively speaking, succeeding. 
The longer they last, the more central Brendon & Rachel are going to be to each week's storyline and that can't possibly be a good thing. Putting these two retreads on the show was a huge mistake and I'm having trouble getting past it. 
But anyway... Ugly "Big Brother" contestants aside... 
Sunday (March 4) night's "Amazing Race" episode was definitely the season's strongest and one of the better episodes in recent installments. People did hard things, made hard choices, staged exciting comebacks, experienced nail-biting suspense and even made determined moral stands. It was a good episode. And yet all I have emblazoned in my mind is Rachel's butt and Rachel hacking and crying her way across the mat. 
More after the break...
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<p>Jeffrey DeMunn as Dale in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Jeffrey DeMunn as Dale in "The Walking Dead."

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'The Walking Dead' - 'Judge, Jury, Executioner': Over hill, over Dale

Dale argues for a man's life, while Carl goes exploring

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I make some new arrows

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<p>Richard Kind in &quot;Luck.&quot;</p>

Richard Kind in "Luck."

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'Luck' - 'Episode 6': A peck of pickled peppers

Joey hits rock bottom, Rosie makes a tactical mistake and Ace's plan moves forward

A review of tonight's "Luck" coming up just as soon as I flag you for bad breath...

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Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan

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Watch: 'SNL' parodies Bravo with 'The Real Housewives of Disney'

Lindsay Lohan and Kristin Wiig give Disney princesses the bad girl treatment

Cinderella as a lush? A gay Prince Charming? A broke Jasmine having sex with... a parrot? "Saturday Night Live" skewered every cliche we've come to know in "The Real Housewives" franchise in its parody sketch, "The Real Housewives of Disney." The verdict? If the "SNL" writers responsible for this sketch ever need work, we think they'd do a bang-up job at Bravo.

Though Wiig made the biggest splash as a drunken and debauched Cinderella (read: Kim Richards from the Beverly Hills part of the franchise), Lohan acquitted herself admirably as a judgmental Rapunzel. She also gets one killer punchline which you have to watch to appreciate (it involves a tiny hat). Kudos to "SNL" for skewering so many of the shows in the franchise, from Atlanta and New York (Belle's impression of talentless Kim Zolciak and/or The Countess attempting to sing), to Beverly Hills (Kelsey Grammer got a dig) to New Jersey (Jasmine going broke brought up shades of Teresa Guidice) and beyond. The parody was so spot-on, in fact, it might make a pretty good show of its own -- if Disney would ever go for it. Watch the entire sketch below.

What did you think of it? 

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<p>The &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;panelists from PaleyFest&nbsp;(plus your moderator hanging in the back row).</p>

The "Community" panelists from PaleyFest (plus your moderator hanging in the back row).

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'Community' comes to PaleyFest confident in renewal chances

Cast and producers also talk Jim Rash's Oscar, and what would happen in a movie

"Community" — which finally returns to its old NBC time slot on Thursday, March 15 at 8 p.m. — became the first show in the history of PaleyFest to be invited three years in a row, and it was easy to see why at Saturday night's panel, which I had the pleasure of moderating. The cast (minus Chevy Chase and Donald Glover), creator Dan Harmon and producers Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan and Russ Krasnoff were smart and funny and overflowing with affection for each other and for the very loud, enthusiastic group of fans who came to the Saban Theatre for the event.

If you couldn't go to LA, or to the simulcast at the New York Paley Center (where I'm told fans came in costume and even built a blanket fort), or watch the live stream from your computers, the panel will be archived on Hulu starting March 15, and I have to assume it'll eventually turn up in the Paley Center's own online archives. Because I was moderating, I couldn't take notes on the event, but I can give you the highlights — including some fairly mild spoilers (in terms of the premises of a few upcoming episodes) — coming up just as soon as I Britta the whole thing...

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<p>Lindsay Lohan on &quot;Saturday Night Live&quot;</p>
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Lindsay Lohan on "Saturday Night Live"

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Lindsay Lohan and Jack White

Did we just witness the start of the LiLo comeback?

I’m not terribly interested in passing judgment either way on Lindsay Lohan in tonight’s “Saturday Night Live” recap. Plenty of ink, both actual and virtual, have been spilled in the name of detailing her every high and low over the past decade. What I’m here to do is judge this particular episode of “SNL,” and her hosting duties on it. There’s no doubt that there will be plenty of jokes made at her expense, either directly or indirectly. So I’ll talk about that as much as it pertains to the sketches. Other than that? It will be the usual complaints about the underuse of Abby Elliot and a general confusion about the musical guest. Oh, it’s Jack White? Sweet. Someone I actually know. It’s been a “get off my damn lawn” year for me, musically speaking, on “SNL”.

Onto the recap!
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