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<p>The &quot;Cougar Town&quot;&nbsp;gang keep their helmets on.</p>
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The "Cougar Town" gang keep their helmets on.


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'Cougar Town' - 'Lover's Touch': Crash test dummy

Helmets and hard balls are the order of the day

A review of tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I call my body "The Truth" unironically...

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<p>The lovely young ladies from 'Project X' are somehow, even after five weeks of the most deranged party you can imagine, smiling.</p>

The lovely young ladies from 'Project X' are somehow, even after five weeks of the most deranged party you can imagine, smiling.

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Watch: The young stars of 'Project X' talk about surviving a five-week party

A glimpse inside the mayhem of this unusual production

The three friends who kick off the avalanche of bad behavior in "Project X" are played by J.D. Brown, Oliver Copper, and Thomas Mann, and the three of them together sat down to talk to us about the wild ride that was the production of the film.

In addition, I sat down with the lovely young ladies who represent the angel and devil on the shoulders of Thomas, the main character in the film.  Kirby Bliss Blanton plays Kirby, the girl who has been friends with Thomas for years.  He thinks of her as "one of the guys," which is a convenient way of keeping his shameless crush on her at bay.  And Alexis Knapp plays Alexis, the rich bitch bad girl who decides that she's going to give Thomas the best birthday present a teenage boy can ask for.

As you can see, they're playing with pretty familiar teen movie archetypes here, and in our conversations, it feels like all the young actors are aware of what they're playing, and aware of the tradition that these roles fall into.

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<p>Phillip Phillips of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>
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Phillip Phillips of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Semifinals - The Top 13 Men Perform

Who bombed? Who soared? Who got the extra slot?

Let's get down to performing! 

I've been doing live-blogs all through the seemingly endless audition and Hollywood phases of the season. I've never tried live-blogging a performance episode. So I'll give it a try tonight and it'll either work or it won't. Probably that means that I'll be updating the blog after each performance. So semi-live-blogging? 

Anyway... Let's see how this goes! Follow along and chime in with your own opinions on each performance...

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<p>Zac Efron is the main character in 'The Lorax,' adapted from the beloved book by Dr. Seuss, and he is even named after the author's real-life name, Ted Geisel</p>

Zac Efron is the main character in 'The Lorax,' adapted from the beloved book by Dr. Seuss, and he is even named after the author's real-life name, Ted Geisel

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Watch: Rob Riggle and Zac Efron give voice to good and bad guys in 'The Lorax'

Two very different stars discuss bringing their animated characters to life

Zac Efron and Rob Riggle are an odd couple, and in "The Lorax," they go head to head in a  battle for the environment of Thneedville.

I'm sure most teenage girls, faced with the choice between Efron and Riggle, would find themselves hard-pressed to make the call.  I mean, sure, Efron's so pretty he makes 20-year-old Rob Lowe look like the Elephant Man, but what teenage girl doesn't dream of a hilariously sarcastic slab of 42-year-old Kentucky ham?

I kid because I think Riggle is awesome, and a near-total cartoon character in person.  What I find most interesting about his role in "The Lorax" is how completely opposite his character in the film is from him physically.  They couldn't have designed a more different character for him to play if they'd tried.  Riggle fills a room with his booming voice and his carved-from-beef physicality.  He's a big guy.  His character in "The Lorax," however, is about as tiny as can be, with a weird creepy haircut and a classic case of little-man syndrome.

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Listen: Norah Jones wants you out of her head and heart on 'Happy Pills'

Listen: Norah Jones wants you out of her head and heart on 'Happy Pills'

First single from Danger Mouse-produced 'Little Broken Hearts' bounces along

Norah Jones wants you to just leave her alone. On her new tune, “Happy Pills,” she’s anything but when her ex comes around.

The mid-tempo tune has a bounce to it, even though lyrically it’s a fairly sad state of affairs.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Sufjan Stevens</p>

Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens teams with Anticon label mates Serengeti and Son Lux

Trio will release 'Beak & Claw' EP as s/s/s

Enigmatic indie rock icon Sufjan Stevens has a history of doing the unexpected, whether it's planning (somewhat jokingly) to release an album dedicated to each of the fifty states (he's done two so far), recording multiple Christmas tunes, or composing a multimedia extravaganza celebrating the history of New York's BQE. Now the Detroit native is teaming with experimentalist Son Lux and rapper Serengeti (both on the revered underground hip hop label Anticon) for the new group s/s/s.

They'll release their debut EP, "Beak & Claw" on March 20.

The four-song release will include guest appearances by My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden on "If This Is Real" and Anticon fixture Doseone (Subtle, cLOUDDEAD, Themselves) on the likely hilarious "Octomom."

Stevens, mostly known for the hushed, folk-inflected orchestral pop found on "Illinois" and "Seven Swans," has always had an ear for the experimental, and his last full-length, "The Age of Adz," delved deep into dark, electronic territory.

Stevens and Serengeti previously teamed on a Buck 65 remix of Steven's "You Are the Blood" (which was a cover of a Castanets tune).

Here's the track listing for the "Beak & Claw" EP:

1. Museum Day
2. Beyond Any Doubt
3. If This Is Real
4. Octomom

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<p>Thom Yorke performing with Radiohead at Glastonbury 2011</p>

Thom Yorke performing with Radiohead at Glastonbury 2011

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Watch: Radiohead performs two new songs live as U.S. tour kicks off

What do the critics have to say about the opening show? What was the setlist?

Didn't nab a ticket to Radiohead's U.S. tour? Here's what you might be missing. The British rock act started their American sojourn last night (Feb. 27) and bowed two brand new songs, on top of playing "OK Computer" B-Side "Meeting in the Aisle."

Thom Yorke introduced "Identikit" and "Cut a Hole/Skirting on the Surface," two fresh tracks; the first features two vocal counter-melodies, with Yorke's opposite struggling with the pitch. But it's mesmerizing nonetheless. The latter is a little more aaaaaaahhhhhhhhmbbbbeeeeeient, as the frontman meanders through some long vowels to a slow, dirge-like rhythm section. It's also led by a synth line, feeling much less organic.

Then there's "Meeting in the Aisle," which was recorded much closer to the stage. Thus, we get to see a Yorke-y silly dance.

The band played two encores, ended with "Karma Police" and performed from different time-spans in their catalog, though they stuck with a lot of current and recent work, with seven of the eight tracks from latest "The King of Limbs" plus recent outtake/singles "The Daily Mail" and "Staircase."

Below are some pull-quotes from reviews of the kick-off show, held at Miami's American Airlines Arena.

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<p>Noomi Rapace is going to help unravel the mysteries of 'Prometheus' when it opens in June, but today, Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof might have dropped a clue of their own at the TED conference.</p>

Noomi Rapace is going to help unravel the mysteries of 'Prometheus' when it opens in June, but today, Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof might have dropped a clue of their own at the TED conference.

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Guy Pearce gives a TED talk on artificial humans in clever 'Prometheus' publicity stunt

Sir Peter Weyland bears a striking resemblance to the actor, don't you think?

If you're going to market your movie to me, have fun with it.

That's really all I ask.  I think the key to great movie marketing is that you have to figure out what movie you've made, and then crack the way to present that film to the public.  Don't lie about what movie you've made.  Don't hide the movie you've made.  Don't shroud the thing in mystery so completely that no one knows what the movie is.  And for god's sake, don't ruin it as you try to sell it to me.

So far, I think Fox has done a fairly masterful job with the actual materials they've released from "Prometheus."  Their one sheets are interesting.  The trailer that evokes the original 1979 "Alien" trailer without ever explicitly saying "Alien" anywhere on it is effective.  They're trying.

And today, there's a very cool new puzzle piece that they've dropped in the form of a fake TED talk.  Luke Scott directed the piece, which was conceived and designed by Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof.  You'd barely know that from the actual TED page, though, which plays it all very straight-faced.

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"The Bachelor"

"The Bachelor"

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Recap: 'The Bachelor' has his overnight dates with the final three

The remaining ladies get their fantasy suite invites

Ben is off to "magical" Switzerland, which I hope means he's going to turn Courtney into a frog while he's there, but probably not. But Ben is too busy feeling all sorts of emotions. He's felt happy and sad and vulnerable and... well, other stuff, but I'm so bored by this guy that I started sorting my sock drawer and stopped paying attention. Really, the only thing making Ben even passably interesting as the latest bachelor is his bizarre fixation on the baby-talking mean girl Courtney. Although i can't really say I care that much if he decides to run off into the sunset with this nightmare, I hate to see all these women who seem otherwise sane get kicked aside for Widdle Coohdney and her endless lower lip sucking, skirt twirling and weirdly immature behavior (that is, when she isn't trying to get Ben to rip off his clothing -- she really has just two speeds). I'm sure that's for the best, but still.  

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<p>Jean Dujardin and Uggie the Dog in one of the year's most awarded films, &quot;The Artist&quot;</p>

Jean Dujardin and Uggie the Dog in one of the year's most awarded films, "The Artist"

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The 2011-2012 Film Awards Circuit

Charting the winners and losers of this year's Oscar season

And so, the Oscar madness has come to a close. Before moseying on into the new territory of 2012, one more time, here is The Circuit, your one-stop shop for all of the announcements from the 2011-2012 film awards season.

From AFI to the Washington D.C. Film Critics Association and everything in between, this list represents the most comprehensive cross-section of the year you're bound to find, all of it providing tea leaves and intrigue, building right up to the film industry's big moment: Oscar night.

Enjoy reliving the memories. And before you know it, we'll be putting together another one for the new season.

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<p>John Mayer in April 2011</p>

John Mayer in April 2011

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Listen: Is John Mayer singing about Taylor Swift on new single, 'Shadow Days?'

Or is it Jennifer Aniston or Jessica Simpson?

“Well I ain’t no troublemaker and I never meant her harm, but it doesn’t mean I didn’t make it hard to carry on.”

Hmmm. That line comes about a minute in to John Mayer’s new single, “Shadow Days.” Is he talking about Taylor Swift, who supposedly wrote the excoriating “Dear John” from “Speak Now” about him after he broke her heart? He could be talking about Jessica Simpson or Jennifer Aniston. Really, there’s not a shortage of potentials here.

(Listen to the track here)

Regardless, the track, the first single from Mayer’s forthcoming fifth album, “Born and Raised,”  out May 22, is full of contrition. It’s an apology to the world at large, almost, as he sings, “I’m a good man with a good heart, had a tough time, got a rough start, but I finally learned to let it go.” Mayer starts a tour on April 9.

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<p>Vampire Weekend</p>

Vampire Weekend

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Pitchfork announces festival lineup: Feist, Vampire Weekend, Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Hot Chip, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, AraabMuzik, plus more to be announced

The Pitchfork Music Festival is back for a seventh year, and one of its headliners may be signalling new music on the way. Feist, Vampire Weekend and Godspeed You! Black Emperor are among the biggest names in this initial lineup announcement, in addition to Hot Chip, AraabMuzik, A$AP Rocky, The Field, Liturgy, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Tim Hecker and Willis Earl Beal.

The Chicago-bound event runs July 13-15, with single-day and weekend tickets going up on March 9 at noon CST. Organizers' "goal has always been to create an affordable atmosphere with music at its focus," so ticket prices will not increase over last year's sum, with single-day going for $45 a piece and weekend at $110.

Pitchfork also says that 30 more acts are TBA, so we may not even be looking at the biggest names yet.

But confirming Vampire Weekend is at least somewhat informative: the band only scheduled five concerts in 2011, and the only U.S. stop, the Music To Know festival, was canceled. This new date may signal that the group has more U.S. touring action planned, if not offering ample opportunity for Ezra Koenig & Co. to bow some new material.

Also, interestingly, Lamar and A$AP Rocky are Drake's Club Paradise tour openers -- will they be bring any, uh, friends along?

Last year, I pointed out some of the Pitchfork batting averages of the artists that were performing at the fest, a parallel of what their rating on the site was prior to the lineup announcement. For this year:

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