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"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor"

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Recap: 'The Bachelor' heads to Panama City and gets a two-on-one

One girl is in love with an ex - and Ben isn't amused

Things are getting serious on "The Bachelor." But they couldn't be too serious, because Courtney is still here, sucking on her overbite, ripping off her clothes and generally not being the kind of classy dame Ben claims to consider marriage material. But then again, I'm not sure Ben's using his head at all (at least not the one on his shoulders) as he seems to devolve into a stuttering 13-year-old dork whenever Courtney comes around. Actually, Ben seems pretty dorky in a general sense, but given that all these women are willing to overlook that glaring character flaw, it does make good television. And I'm sure at least one of them will get a cask of questionably good booze if she plays her cards right. 

Anyway, they're off to Panama City, Panama! Oh, look, a little map with an animated plane graphic so we can see where they've been! Courtney sucks on her overbite and thinks about skinny dipping again! Yay!

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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Recap: 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' - 'Reunion Pt. 2'

The girls get nasty about curse words, sluttiness and suicide

It's part two of our reunion show, and things are finally getting REALLY nasty, as Brandi's joined the gang and, well, if anyone's going to get into some verbal fisticuffs, it's going to be the chick that slit Eddie Cibrian's tires and texted that Kyle was a C-U-Next Tuesday to a friend of hers (and accidentally sent said text to Kyle herself). But more on that in a moment. But seriously, I wish I'd realized how much fun Brandi is a lot earlier in the season! 

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<p>On &quot;Smash,&quot;&nbsp;Karen (Katharine McPhee)&nbsp;performs an after-hours audition for Derek (Jack Davenport).</p>

On "Smash," Karen (Katharine McPhee) performs an after-hours audition for Derek (Jack Davenport).

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'Smash' - 'Pilot': Let me be your star

What did everybody think of NBC's new musical drama?

I posted my review of NBC's "Smash" on Friday, and a number of you weighed in on the show, having already watched it online. But I imagine some of you didn't get to see it until tonight's official premiere, and I'm curious what you guys thought of it. Did you like the songs, whether original or covers? (And once the songs shift into fantasy mode, would you prefer they stayed that way until the end, rather than toggling back and forth?) Do you have a favorite between Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty? Did you find the "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" number sexy or disturbing? (Several women I know who watched it initially thought something very bad was going to happen to Karen in that apartment.) And, most importantly, do you intend to keep watching? 

Though I didn't love the show, I find it interesting enough that I'm going to attempt some kind of weekly coverage. Some reviews may be longer than others, but there will at least be a venue for discussion of each episode. (No idea if NBC will be sending more out in advance past the first four; if not, don't expect posts until Tuesday morning sometime.) 

In the meantime, have at it.

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<p>Andrew Garfield's stepping into the suit for Sony's 'The Amazing Spider-Man,' due to arrive in theaters in July.</p>

Andrew Garfield's stepping into the suit for Sony's 'The Amazing Spider-Man,' due to arrive in theaters in July.

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Sony rolls out special sneak peek at 'The Amazing Spider-Man' in 13 cities

Special guests and a sizzle reel offer the most detailed look at the film so far

If Sony had any doubt about the public curiosity about their upcoming "The Amazing Spider-Man," my guess is that the the massive lines outside the AMC Century City theater where the Los Angeles portion of today's big multi-media sneak peek event took place must have gone a long way toward putting them at ease.

They had events happening at the same time today in Rio, London, New York, and Los Angeles, with different people representing the film at each event.  Here in LA, director Marc Webb showed up to introduce the presentation and to kick things off.  In Rio, Emma Stone was joined by producers Avi Arad and Matt Holcum.  In London, Rhys Ifans was on hand, and in New York, Andrew Garfield showed up to once again prove himself the most breathless advocate the new film could ever hope to have.

At heart, today was a big media event to premiere a new trailer, and I'm glad I knew that going in.  I was prepared to drive an hour in early morning LA traffic to watch ten or twelve new minutes of footage, and all told, I probably got a little less than that.  You'll see the new trailer later tonight as part of a big online premiere, but there was also an extended sizzle reel that featured a fair degree of unfinished effects work.  The guys seated behind me were convinced they were going to see the whole movie this morning, and I wonder how many of the hundreds of fans who I saw queued up outside the venue thought the same thing.  It's a film that comes with a fair degree of hype and expectation, and for many people, the question has been the same since it was first announced:  why, exactly, are we already getting a reboot of this franchise?

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<p>Miss Piggy has been tapped to host BAFTA's red carpet show on Sunday.</p>

Miss Piggy has been tapped to host BAFTA's red carpet show on Sunday.

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BAFTA boards the Muppet train

Miss Piggy to host official red carpet show for British ceremony

Hey, remember when Eddie Murphy stepped down as Oscar host and some clever folks suggested hiring The Muppets for the gig? And remember how pretty much everyone with a beating heart loved that idea? And remember how #MuppetOscars trended on Twitter for a while? Remember how it inevitably didn't happen? And remember how we didn't mind too much, because we'd at least get a great Muppets performance on one of the Best Original Song nominees? And remember how the fun-free music branch quashed that idea by nominating the one song from "The Muppets" not performed by The Muppets? Remember? Oh, what a time.

Well, our fuzzy friends may have been short-changed by the Academy, but Miss Piggy, at the very least,  is getting due recompense across the pond from BAFTA: the porcine prima donna has been hired to host the official red carpet coverage for the British Academy's ceremony on Sunday evening, interviewing the nominees and assorted celebrities as they arrive and presumably showing off her fashion expertise.

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<p>Milla Jovovich </p>

Milla Jovovich

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Milla Jovovich to host Academy's Sci-Tech Awards

'Resident Evil' star to light up Oscar's technical night

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 'Resident Evil' star Milla Jovovich will light up Oscar's technical night when she hosts the Scientific and Technical Awards on Sat., Feb. 11. The event will take place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and Jovovich will present 10 awards to 30 individual winners that evening.

Portions of the Sci-Tech Awards will be included in the broadcast of the 84th Academy Awards on Feb. 26 on ABC.

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"Suburgatory"

 "Suburgatory"

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HitFix Interview: Jeremy Sisto talks about life in 'Suburgatory' and Alicia Silverstone

The 'Clueless' stars will be reunited on ABC series

It's hard to believe that Jeremy Sisto, who might be better known for playing Jesus, Julius Caesar, Billy Chenowith on "Six Feet Under" or Detective Cyrus Lupo on "Law & Order," is now going for laughs as the dad of a teenager on ABC's "Suburgatory." (Wed. at 8:30 p.m.)I spoke to Sisto briefly about the latest episode of the show (which will bring the pilot's plot full circle), George's new romance (with guest star Alicia Silverstone) and why he had such a tough time convincing people he's funny until now. 

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<p>The four &quot;Voice&quot; mentors</p>
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The four "Voice" mentors

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Recap: 'The Voice' - Blind Auditions, Part 2 - Live-Blog

The mentors perform and the judges spin their chairs for more contestants

Just under 38 million viewers tuned in for "The Voice" last night. How many will return for Night 2? Who knows!

Let's get down to the Blind Audition business... After the break...

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Counting Crows have a new album, and they'll be streaming it in full for free

Counting Crows have a new album, and they'll be streaming it in full for free

Band is experimenting with social media in their post-Geffen days

Yeah, what did happen to the Counting Crows?

I was thinking about that as I saw the movie "Gypsy Davy" at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The documentary film, in a tangent, reveals the origins of "a black-haired / flamenco dancer" and the father who plays guitar in the '90s hit "Mr. Jones." There's footage of the band's floppy-dreaded frontman Adam Duritz singing the song live and a reminder that Duritz and his bandmates had lives and other bands before Counting Crows. And they've seen some strange years after its inception.

The rock act parted ways from Geffen in 2009, and I honestly thought that may be the end of that. They'd released the immensely personal and very dark double-disc "Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings" in 2008, with some interviews revealing some of heavy baggage. There were some good reasons why it took the band six years to release an album of new material after 2002's "Hard Candy," including Duritz' struggle with a dissociative disorder. It's a mental illness spurred on by pressure, which the band undoubtedly had after its string of hits starting in 1993 and throughout the '90s into the 2000s.

Being an immensely popular rock band from the 1990s doesn't always bode well in this jaded post-Internet age. Ask Bush, or the Wallflowers or Creed.

All this while, the Counting Crows have been touring consistently, and Duritz and the crew have been pretty lively on Twitter, with well over a million followers, and vibrant in other online community hotspots. It's this relationship that may have spurred an experiment from the band for the release of their next studio effort.

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<p>Brie Larson makes a strong impression in 'Rampart,' the first of several movies she stars in for 2012.</p>

Brie Larson makes a strong impression in 'Rampart,' the first of several movies she stars in for 2012.

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Watch: Brie Larson, Robin Wright-Penn and Anne Heche discuss 'Rampart'

The ladies in Woody Harrelson's life talk about the wild ride

I'll have a review of "Rampart" for you this week, but in addition, we've got a few interviews to support the film that I want to share as well.

I like that the movie surprised me.  I thought I had it figured out walking in, and on some level, it is what you think you'd get from a movie about police corruption from the writer/director of "The Messenger" and in collaboration with author James Ellroy.  But thanks to a crafty lead performance by Woody Harrelson and a focus that includes a good deal about the women in the life of Officer David Brown (Harrelson), the film is richer than I expected.

Normally, I wouldn't want to just lump all the women from a film together in one interview, but in this case, it felt thematically appropriate since so much of the film deals with how Brown deals with these very strong women and how they put up with him and influence him.  Robin Wright Penn, Anne Heche, and Brie Larson made for a nice intimidating line-up on the morning we sat down to discuss their work, and we ended up having a series of very warm and interesting chats.

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Album Review: Dierks Bentley proves there's no place like 'Home'

Album Review: Dierks Bentley proves there's no place like 'Home'

Unless it's the local bar

Dierks Bentley’s last album, the Grammy-nominated, bluegrass-flavored “Up On the Ridge,” showcased a previously hidden depth and it seems to have given the country singer an extra boost of confidence that he carries into “Home,” his sixth studio album for Capitol Records.

The set, out Feb. 7, has already spawned two hits: the chart topping “Am I The Only One,” and the thoughtful patriotic title track, which was informed by the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and others in Bentley’s home state of Arizona.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Tilda Swinton in &quot;We Need to Talk About Kevin.&quot;</p>

Tilda Swinton in "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

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'We Need to Talk About Kevin' tops Evening Standard Award winners

Michael Fassbender and Olivia Colman take acting honors

Unfortunately, after attending the Evening Standard Film Awards ceremony last year, I wasn't able to repeat this year -- a disappointment for me, since it's probably the chattiest and most unbuttoned stop on the UK precursor awards circuit.

I have happy memories of last year's event at London's tucked-away Cinema Museum, where Peter Mullan's sobering (and largely unawarded) youth drama "Neds" won top honors and I had a nice talk with director Asif Kapadia, who had a baby strapped to his stomach and was rather excited about a little film he had just premiered in Sundance called "Senna." One year later, he turns out to be a winner at tonight's event -- funny how these things work out.

The Evening Standard Awards, limited to British talent and determined by a jury of top London print critics including The Times's Kate Muir, The Telegraph's Tim Robey and, of course, The Standard's Derek Malcolm, pride themselves on their independent-mindedness -- last year, in addition to Mullan's unexpected triumph, they were also the only ceremony to reward Kristin Scott Thomas for the French drama "Leaving." This year, they still sit thoroughly left of BAFTA in their British film tastes, but have had their thunder slightly stolen by last month's London Critics' Circle Awards, which coincidentally pre-empted many of the Standard jury's choices (which are made in December, though kept secret until the ceremony).

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