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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.

[More after the jump...]

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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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<p>Damian Lewis and Claire Danes in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Damian Lewis and Claire Danes in "Homeland."

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Showtime's 'Homeland' & 'Dexter' to return in September

Terrorists and serial killers best beware, now that the dramas have season premiere dates

Because the most recent season of "Dexterand the first season of "Homelandboth premiered on Showtime in September of 2011, the assumption was that both shows would return around the same time of year in 2012. And that assumption was correct, as Showtime has announced that both series will return on Sunday, September 30, with "Dexter" again at 9 and "Homeland" again at 10.

The announcement's a bit earlier than usual for this sort of thing, but it's also confirming the obvious, so it's not earth-shaking news, either. Everyone knows, for instance, that HBO will air "Boardwalk Empire" again in the fall, but it's not official yet.

I stopped watching "Dexter" a few episodes into last season — then was amused to see how the entire Internet seemed to figure out the "shocking" twist many, many, many episodes before the "Dexter" writers expected anyone to — but I loved "Homeland" season 1 (and was a big fan of the finale, which I know some of you weren't) and am very much looking forward to seeing what happens next.

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<p>Morena Baccarin guest-starred on last night's &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Morena Baccarin guest-starred on last night's "The Good Wife."

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'The Good Wife' - 'Long Way Home': Yes, sir, that's my baby

Guest stars Dylan Baker and Morena Baccarin clash, while Alicia has a real estate problem

A review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as we split the check...

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<p>Think of how much more successful Jennifer Lawrence would be if only she'd been born attractive.</p>

Think of how much more successful Jennifer Lawrence would be if only she'd been born attractive.

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Watch: Jennifer Lawrence talks about Katniss, archery, pressure and 'The Hunger Games'

The star of the spring's most anticipated film talks about tuning out expectations

Jennifer Lawrence is not yet a movie star by the classic definition.  She is not yet enough to guarantee a film an opening weekend.  I suspect all of that is about to change soon, and once the "Hunger Games" films are all in release, she's going to be able to choose the career she wants.  And while she might not be a "movie star" yet, it really is just a matter of time.

Right now, I'm not sure even she is fully able to define what the ideal career would look like.  She seems to me from the times we've spoken to be torn between a desire to vanish into her work and an awareness of the way this industry works and what it takes to build a career.  She is, in my opinion, ready for the public to catch up to how talented she is, and if "The Hunger Games" is the project that introduces her to a larger audience, then that's a good thing.

On the day I did my interviews for the film, I had my six-year-old with me because we had to drive over to the press day directly after his baseball practice.  When we walked into the room where Lawrence was waiting, she said hello to him, and then they launched into a long discussion of Little League and how she used to play and what position he plays, and the whole time, I was laughing about how there are grown men who would give a kidney to just casually shoot the breeze with Lawrence for a few minutes.

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<p>There was lots of laughter at the "Community" PaleyFest panel..</p>

There was lots of laughter at the "Community" PaleyFest panel..

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Watch: The 'Community' PaleyFest panel

Singing! Dancing! Oscars! And Britta!

The Hulu archive of the "Community" PaleyFest panel that I moderated has gone up earlier than expected. If you didn't get to attend in New York or LA, or to watch the Livestream feed, you can see it now, embedded below.

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<p>A scene from &quot;Electrick Children&quot;</p>

A scene from "Electrick Children"

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SXSW: 'Electrick Children' offers a charge that's more promising than profound

Film heralds the arrival of an exciting but unsure voice

AUSTIN, Texas - Following in the footsteps of “Sound of My Voice” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” the indie world’s fascination with cults – or cult-ish behavior – continues at the 2012 South by Southwest film fest with Rebecca Thomas’s “Electrick Children,” a quirky portrait of two Mormon teenagers searching for meaning in suburban Las Vegas.

Inspired by the filmmaker’s own experiences as a Mormon growing up outside Sin City, the film explores faith in delicate, sensitive ways, particularly in the face of secular temptation. But it eventually acquiesces to indie-film clichés instead of digging deeper into its intriguing philosophical quandaries, ultimately creating a portrait of divine providence that’s more promising than profound.

Julia Garner (perhaps ironically, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”) plays Rachel, a devout teenager who gets introduced to the world beyond her insular Mormon community after her father Paul (Billy Zane) records her religious testimony on a tape recorder. Fascinated by the mysterious technology, she sneaks out to listen to it at night, and among the interview recordings she finds a cassette tape with music on it – the first rock & roll she’s ever heard.

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<p>Tom&nbsp;Hanks and Jonah Hill on &quot;Saturday&nbsp;Night Live&quot;</p>

Tom Hanks and Jonah Hill on "Saturday Night Live"

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Jonah Hill and Tom Hanks send up Oscar season on 'Saturday Night Live'

"You lost, man. You don't get no Oscar."

Oh, you thought awards season was over? Well, it is, but there's plenty of room to drag out its last throes on late night, like Jonah Hill did to kick of "Saturday Night Live" last night.

The whole thing just reminded me of something that kind of nagged at me last season, even if I didn't have an issue with it in principle: I still don't get how Hill got as far into the season as he did. I mean, yeah, he grew up in Beverly Hills and has plenty of friends pulling for him in the industry, but I just never thought his performance in "Moneyball" was much more than serviceable (as I note now, the same word I used to describe the work back in September), and familiar.

But I'm not trying to take anything away from the guy. I'm happy for him and it looks like he's poised to hit 2012 running with "21 Jump Street." Still, I don't think he really moved much beyond his comfort zone for that role.

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<p>Rachel and Brendon of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Rachel and Brendon of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Taste Your Salami'

Tempers rise for two teams, while another suffers from illiteracy
You weren't fooled for a second, were you, Regular Readers?
 
After last Sunday delivered season's best "Amazing Race" episode to date, it was completely inevitable that this week's installment would be, to put it kindly, far inferior.
 
Titled "Taste Your Salami," Sunday's (March 11) episode was marred by uninspired challenges, bickering dysfunctional couples, product placement that threatened to crush the episode under its very weight and a team that fell impossibly behind almost immediately due to a stupid mistake and never had a chance to catch up.
 
Oh yeah, and...
 
[More after the break...]
 
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<p>Jon Bernthal as Shane on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Jon Bernthal as Shane on "The Walking Dead."

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'The Walking Dead' - 'Better Angels': What a Shane

Tensions rise and new discovers are made in the season's penultimate hour

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as the couch and I become old friends...

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<p>Michael Gambon in &quot;Luck.&quot;</p>

Michael Gambon in "Luck."

Credit: HBO

'Luck' - 'Episode 7': Ashtrays to ashtrays

Most gambles fail to pay off, and syntax becomes a big problem

A review of tonight's "Luck" coming up just as soon as I watch my barn get put on the Facebook...

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