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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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<p>Elijah Wood and Jason Gann will be back for a new &quot;Wilfred&quot; season in June.</p>

Elijah Wood and Jason Gann will be back for a new "Wilfred" season in June.

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FX announces June premiere dates for 'Louie,' 'Wilfred,' 'Anger Management' & Russell Brand talk show

All four series will air on Thursday nights

FX has a bunch of new comedy inventory coming up this summer, including new seasons of "Louie" and "Wilfred," the debut of Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management" and Russell Brand's new talk show "Strangely Uplifting." Turns out the plan is to have them all air on the same night, starting Thursday, June 28.

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<p>Most of the &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;gang will be on hand for the PaleyFest panel. </p>

Most of the "Community" gang will be on hand for the PaleyFest panel.

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'Community' is coming to PaleyFest - and so am I

We'll discuss the possibility of six seasons, a movie, and a lot more on Saturday night

PaleyFest — the Paley Center for Media's annual celebration of television — kicks off on Friday night with the first of two weeks of panels featuring some of TV's most notable comedies and dramas. (You can see thefull schedule here.) I've always wanted to go to PaleyFest and have never been able to make the logistics work, but this year things are very different. First, Livestream and Hulu will both be streaming a number of the panels live (Livestream's link is already live; not sure where Hulu will house all its streams). Second, I'll actually be in LA this weekend to moderate the "Communitypanel on Saturday night.

As of now, the lineup for the panel includes Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Ken Jeong, Alison Brie and newly-minted Oscar winner/Angelina impersonator Jim Rash, plus Dan Harmon and several other producers. They'll be screening an upcoming episode, which is the one part of the panel that won't be available on the live streams (though East Coasters can attend a streamed event at the New York Paley Center that will feature the episode), followed by a lengthy session featuring questions from me and members of the audience.

Looking forward to it, and I'm glad that NBC already announced a return date, as the vibe would be very different if the show were still completely in limbo come Saturday night. I hope to see some of you there, and anyone who can't make it can watch it live from home that night. I have a good idea of what I want to ask the gang, but anyone who won't be there in person but has something they'd like to know can leave a comment here, and maybe I'll incorporate the best ones into my Q&A. 

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<p>Parents... this is what happens when you're not home... every single time...</p>

Parents... this is what happens when you're not home... every single time...

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Review: Todd Phillips produces the ultimate ode to bad behavior with 'Project X'

Just how out-of-control does the biggest house party of all time get?

I must confess that I am fascinated by the new film "Project X."  It's not a particularly complicated film, in either concept or execution, but maybe that simplicity is what I like about it.  At heart, "Project X" is a John Hughes movie from the '80s, right down to its final shot, but it's wrapped in a level of chaos and decadence that sums up the career of producer Todd Phillips with a gleeful degree of anarchy.

This may be the biggest budget found-footage film I've seen so far, and this and "Chronicle" both suggest that the language of found-footage is finding its way into the mainstream in a very real way, and that there are ways to crank it up.  This is the story of Thomas Kub (Thomas Mann) and his 17th birthday party, as thrown by him, his friend Costa (Oliver Cooper), and their friend JB (Jonathan Daniel Brown).  It is strictly forbidden by Mom (Caitlin Dulany) and Dad (Peter Mackenzie) before they leave town, but Costa browbeats the much more pliant Thomas, convincing him that this is for his own good.  Costa overplans this thing on a scale that is like mounting a full-sized D-Day to take control of a playground.  This party isn't just big.  This party isn't just crazy.  This party is the end of the goddamn world.

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<p>Michael Fassbender in &quot;Shame&quot;</p>

Michael Fassbender in "Shame"

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Turn the page

Saying goodbye to the 2011 season

Another season in the record books. It's been my eleventh. How has it been for you?

Customarily, after a quick Off the Carpet recap, I circle back to considering the film awards season at the end of this day. So here I am with a handful of such considerations.

I still find myself seeing the year as something it really wasn't in the eyes of Academy. I think of "Margaret." I think of "Martha Marcy May Marlene." I think of "Shame." I think of the films that popped for me but not for AMPAS and I think, wow, my year was better than theirs. And that's fine. That's the subjectivity of it all. That's what it's all about.

But I also think about the transition to HitFix, which happened five months and one week ago today and couldn't have been smoother.

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<p>Anjelica Huston and Nick Jonas in &quot;Smash.&quot;</p>

Anjelica Huston and Nick Jonas in "Smash."

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'Smash' - 'The Cost of Art': What not to wear

Can Nick Jonas save "Marilyn: The Musical"? And how does Ivy deal with stardom?

A review of tonight's "Smash" coming up just as soon as my mother sets me up for a date at a steak house...

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"The Voice"

 "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' - 'The Blind Auditions Pt. 5'

The auditions continue as the judges fill up their teams for the battle rounds ahead

Time for the judges to snap up the last contestants! Given that they've been pretty picky along the way, they could be stuck with some pretty random crap in this episode, but as they've mostly filled up their teams, I guess they can suffer a few losers. 

Whitney Myer is a performer from Reno. She's in a band with her dad and uncle. She just wants to make a living at music, which seems reasonable, as you just know she's going to be good. She performs "No One" very, very well. Adam spins. Next. Cee-Lo. Then, Blake. Finally, Christina. A fourpeat! Adam tells her she has the thing. And it's the thing that Mary J Blige has. Cee-Lo thinks she's energetic. Christina tells her that she kept it solid and made the Alicia Keys song her own. Blake tells her he's a fan, whether or not she picks him. Adam can help her win. But Christina is the best! She goes with Adam because he seemed the most genuine. Adam only has one spot left!

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<p>Becki Newton and Neil Patrick Harris in &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Becki Newton and Neil Patrick Harris in "How I Met Your Mother."

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Karma': Pour some sugar on me

Barney makes one move, and Ted, Marshall and Lily make bigger ones

A quick review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as dessert has fireworks in it...

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<p>Backstage at last night's Academy Awards.</p>

Backstage at last night's Academy Awards.

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Round-up: The post-Oscar shuffle

Gathering reactions to last night's Academy Awards

"The Artist" may have been the big winner last night, but for better or worse, Viola Davis's surprise Best Actress loss to Meryl Streep is set to remain the principal talking point of this year's Academy Awards -- and it's one that is already provoking a range of critical and political reactions. Jesse Washington studies conflicted reactions in the black community to Davis's defeat, and finds many dismayed for the actress while still unable to get completely behind the character she plays in "The Help." One response everyone should be able to agree with, however, comes from diversity consultant Monika Brooks: "The problem is not that Davis played a maid. The problem is there's not more black people in really good roles." [Associated Press]

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Oscar Talk: Ep. 84 -- Special Edition! -- 2011 Oscars postmortem, Meryl Streep's upset, Billy Crystal, 'The Artist''s big night

Oscar Talk: Ep. 84 -- Special Edition! -- 2011 Oscars postmortem, Meryl Streep's upset, Billy Crystal, 'The Artist''s big night

Also: What will we be talking about this time next year?

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

As of last night, the season is over. There are no more predictions to make, no more logic to peddle, no more considerations of how voters are responding to this or that. We know how they responded. Now it's time to pick over the rotting carcass of the season. So, with Guy Lodge in tow once more this season, let's see what's on the docket for today...

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<p>Jean&nbsp;Dujardin after last night's Oscar ceremony</p>

Jean Dujardin after last night's Oscar ceremony

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My first time

An overview from a recently devirginized Oscar blogger

My first foray into the realm of the Oscar blogger has yielded varied results. I have a sharper set of skills with which to run the metaphorical pool table, but a deeper sense of bemusement in regards to the AMPAS and the awards circuit.

The Oscars are a horse race. Or rather, the Oscars are a series of races on one grandiose and glitzy track. It represents millions of dollars in PR and marketing expenditures alone, a potential revenue increase for the nominated films, and is easily one the of the entertainment industry’s most significant events.

And yet, it remains its own unique niche. In general terms, there are public relations specialists who handle awards, there are marketing strategists who design and unveil awards campaigns. And then, there are Oscar bloggers, those whose business it is to track, judge, evaluate and predict the outcome of the awards season. But there are still people that have, and do, work in various capacities in this industry who do not have a full handle on how or why the season unfolds as it does.

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<p>James Spader as Robert California on &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

James Spader as Robert California on "The Office."

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Losing California: James Spader to leave 'The Office'

Actor wanted only a one-year tenure, but will he be missed?

Will the last one out the door at Dunder-Mifflin Scranton please turn out the light?

As first reported by Variety's Andrew Wallenstein, James Spader — who was brought in to give the show some star power in the wake of Steve Carell's departure late last season — will not return to the show when it presumably returns for a ninth season. "The Office" showrunner Paul Lieberstein told Wallenstein that Spader had only wanted to do a one-season arc.

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