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Look: Carrie Underwood pulls an Angelina Jolie on her new album cover

Look: Carrie Underwood pulls an Angelina Jolie on her new album cover

She's very well dressed for the apocalypse on 'Blown Away'


We know full well that Carrie Underwood had to have shot the cover of her album, “Blown Away,” well before Angelina Jolie inserted her right leg into our lives at the Academy Awards, but now it’s impossible to look at the cover image, which was released today, and not think about Jolie.

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<p>Timothy Olyphant will be flashing a &quot;Justified&quot;&nbsp;badge for another season.</p>
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Timothy Olyphant will be flashing a "Justified" badge for another season.

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FX renews 'Justified' for season 4

Modern-day Western has 6 episodes left this season, will ride again in 2013

FX has renewed "Justifiedfor a fourth season, to air in early 2013. 

The modern-day Western, starring Timothy Olyphant as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, is in the middle of its third season, with the 8th out or 13 episodes airing tonight at 10. (It's one of my favorites of the season, for what it's worth; I was polishing off the review when the renewal news came in.) 

"'Justified' is one of television’s best series and this season has reinforced that excellence,” FX vice-president of original programming Nick Grad said in a statement. “Graham Yost and his writing team continue to deliver compelling material and richly drawn characters brought to life by the brilliance of Timothy Olyphant and our terrific ensemble cast.  Their work is validated by universal acclaim, awards, and ratings that have grown every year. We look forward to many more seasons to come.”

Yost in turn said, "There are many reasons all of us on 'Justified' are grateful to get a chance to do another season. We get to do more work with amazing actors, writers, producers, directors, musicians, editors and a jaw-droppingly talented crew.  We get to keep doing a show that appeals to a wide demographic: people in Harlan, retired US Marshals, criminals (we honestly did hear that), and, most happily, our guide, our muse, Elmore Leonard.  Best of all, we get to keep doing a show on FX (and while that may sound like craven ass-kissing, when you look at their roster, you can't help but feel grateful to be on that list)." 

Through the first seven episodes, "Justified" season three is averaging 4.3 million viewers, up 8 percent over a year ago.

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<p>Tyler, the Creator in &quot;Loiter Squad&quot;</p>

Tyler, the Creator in "Loiter Squad"

Odd Future's 'Loiter Squad' promo, 'NY (Ned Flander)' vid, Frank Ocean joins Coldplay's tour

Tyler, the Creator dishes out $8,000 for vandalism

Odd Future have two new eye candies this week, neither of which makes much sense, par for the course.

"Loiter Squad," the hip-hop group's live-action "Adult Swim" show due later this month, has a new promo for the character Jasper, which equates to something like a series of animated .gifs. Chop and screw at your leisure.

Then there's "NY (Ned Flander)," featuring Tyler, the Creator and Hodgy Beats and the frequent appearance of Lucas Vercetti, who's featured on the cover of the group's new album "The OF Tape Vol. 2." Repeated is the meme of big girls shaking ass, while Hodgy gyrates in lounge chair and Tyler appears as a fussy, large-headed baby, a digression from his powerful state as a long-haired centaur from "Rella."

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<p>Katy Perry in character on tonight's &quot;Raising Hope.&quot;</p>

Katy Perry in character on tonight's "Raising Hope."

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Katy Perry visits 'Raising Hope,' but is that enough to save it?

First episode in new timeslot gives the pop star a very different look

While "Glee" takes its annual spring break until April 10, FOX is trying something a little different on Tuesdays, with a four comedy line-up featuring "Raising Hope" moving to 8, "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" at 8:30, "New Girl" remaining at 9 and "Breaking In" returning from the dead at 9:30.

Dan and I discussed "Breaking In" on yesterday's podcast (short version: I still appreciate its references to things like "They Live" and "The Breakfast Club" but wish they would be turned into actual jokes), and I'll have a review of a sweet, change-of-pace "New Girl" up at 9:30. At the moment, though, I want to say a few words — and ask a question — about "Raising Hope."

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<p>Alphonso McAuley of &quot;Breaking In&quot;</p>
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Alphonso McAuley of "Breaking In"

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HitFix Interview: Alphonso McAuley talks 'Breaking In'

FOX comedy star discusses Megan Mullally, Mike Tyson and more
We've all heard the up-and-down "Breaking In" chronology:
Not picked up by FOX in its initial spring, but given a late-fall reprieve.
Given an "American Idol" launching pad, but eventually pushed to a different night and a weaker slot for its low-rated finale.
Cancelled by FOX, but again earning a fall reprieve. 
Returning on Tuesday (March 6) night.
It's a lot to keep track of for viewers and press, but it's bound to be even more disorienting if you exist within the "Breaking In" maelstrom, if you're part of the security comedy's cast and ensemble.
In January, with production just beginning on the second season, I sat down with Alphonso McAuley, who plays gadget-and-prank-loving Contra Security nerd Cash, to talk about the "Breaking In" journey.
In our conversation, we discuss Megan Mullally's introduction to the cast, McAuley's interactions with Mike Tyson and whether or not vampires sleep standing up.
Click through to make sense of some of that...
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<p>Katharine McPhee shows a little leg on &quot;Smash.&quot;</p>
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Katharine McPhee shows a little leg on "Smash."

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'Smash' - 'Let's Be Bad': Change of a dress

A good musical number highlights an otherwise irritating episode

A review of last night's "Smash" coming up just as soon as sports are anathema to me...

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"The Bachelor"

"The Bachelor"

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Recap: 'The Bachelor' - 'The Women Tell All'

The girls are civil - until Courtney takes the stage and all hell breaks loose

Tonight's episode is really just ABC's attempt to milk a little more ratings juice out of this season of "The Bachelor," though it does promise a welcome dose of drama. Courtney, aka Widdle Baybee Cowdney, the creepily childlike black widow who has somehow ended up in the final two, will be facing the rest of the women she shoved out of the way in her merciless pursuit of Ben. While these "Women Tell All" episodes can get catty, this is the first one I can think of that might actually end in gunplay. Although this season also featured the most milquetoast and homely bachelor in recent memory (and possibly ever), a lot of women seemed to dig him, and their resentment toward Courtney for being a two-faced monster is palpable. If nothing else, I'm expecting screaming and insults, and we'll see how it goes from there.

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<p>Taylor Kitsch seems happy to be having one of those years that actors dream about, and we discussed that as part of the press day for this weekend's new release, 'John Carter'</p>

Taylor Kitsch seems happy to be having one of those years that actors dream about, and we discussed that as part of the press day for this weekend's new release, 'John Carter'

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Watch: Taylor Kitsch and Dominic West represent good and bad in 'John Carter'

We chat with the hero and the villain of this science-fantasy adventure

"John Carter" comes out this weekend, so you know what that means?  If you answered "Lots of 'John Carter' interviews," then you win, and as your prize, you get… well, lots of "John Carter" interviews, actually.

What better way to kick off our coverage of the film than with John Carter himself?  I went to Carefree, Arizona to not only see the film but to talk to the team who made it, and obviously, part of that day consisted of sitting down with Taylor Kitsch, on whose shoulders much of the film rests.  This is a major year for Kitsch, and if anyone's being given a shot at new movie stardom this year, it's him.  After all, he's the star of this, then he's the star of "Battleship," which will be one of the summer's biggest films in terms of scale if nothing else, and then later in the summer, he's one of the stars of Oliver Stone's adaptation of Don Winslow's "Savages."  That's a pretty big line-up, and I'm curious to see where Kitsch stands at the end of the year.

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<p>Darth Vader attempts to locate a Rebel spy onboard a shuttle during Disneyland's 'Star Tours' ride</p>

Darth Vader attempts to locate a Rebel spy onboard a shuttle during Disneyland's 'Star Tours' ride

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One Thing I Love Today: The new 'Star Tours' is more transporting than expected

Disney did more than just update the ride to make the ride brand-new again

I am not what you would call a Disney nerd.  At least, not compared to the truly hardcore.  However, I think it's safe to say that Disney's various parks have always been part of my life.

I grew up in Florida, and many of my formative memories come from time spent at Walt Disney World.  I remember spending the Bicentennial there, I have crazy stories to tell about my Grad Nite, and I probably went to the park somewhere between 50 and 100 times between the ages of 3 and 20.

When I left Florida, I also left behind the Disney habit.  I know adults who adore Disney and who spend a lot of time and money there each year, and I don't begrudge anyone the pure enjoyment of it.  I admit I had a really snotty attitude about Disneyland when I moved to California, so that made it easy to break the habit.  After all, you could take every square inch of the property in California and put it in the parking lot of Florida's Magic Kingdom.  The scale of the Florida property is amazing, and that's what I was used to.  Over time, I've come to really love Disneyland for the history and for the charm of the place.  It's a very different experience than the Florida version, and I appreciate that.

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<p>Arcade Fire</p>

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire, Metallica, Feist, Black Keys prep Record Store Day releases

Merge and Warner Bros. announce some of their April 21 slate

Around this time of year, music news is dominated by South By Southwest, Coachella and Record Store Day news, all of which help drive the visibility of participating artists. For acts like Arcade Fire, Metallica, the Black Keys and Feist, today is just one of those days, for the RSD retail holiday on April 21. Merge Records and Warner Bros. have announced their current crop of exclusive, deluxe and rare releases.

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<p>Jason Segel sat down with HitFix to talk about why he's not part of the development of the 'Muppets' sequel</p>

Jason Segel sat down with HitFix to talk about why he's not part of the development of the 'Muppets' sequel

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Watch: Jason Segel on why he's not returning for a 'Muppets' sequel

The franchise is in good hands

Last week, the news broke that Jason Segel was not one of the writers hired to develop a sequel to "The Muppets."

True, it was his frequent collaborator Nicholas Stoller who was hired, but just the notion that Segel might not be a driving force on a sequel seemed to upset some people.  I thought it was probably not as big a deal as it was made out to be, and I said so, but I thought it would make sense to talk directly to Segel about it.

So on Saturday, one of the two press days I was at was for "Jeff, Who Lives At Home," the marvelous new comedy from Jay and Mark Duplass, and one of the interviews I had scheduled was Jason Segel.  Why not kick things off by asking him to directly address the situation?

"I did what I set out to do."  That's really all the answer he needs to give, and I think it's important to note just how happy he is with the film and what a miracle the film is at all.  There were many points during development when it easily could have died, and there were most likely points where Segel must have felt worn down by it.  Even after they filmed it, when they were in post and I spoke to him about it on the set of "The Five-Year Engagement," he was cautiously optimistic, thinking that they'd done something he liked but still unsure what was going to happen with people accepting what they'd done.

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Album Review: Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' crashes through

Album Review: Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' crashes through

Hear for yourself on free stream

Think Bruce Springsteen likes how things are going?  Here are a few lines from his new album, “Wrecking Ball,” out March 6.

*“I got a Smith & Wesson 38/I got a hellfire burning and I got me a date”
*“Gambling man rolls the dice/working man pays the price/It’s still fat and easy up on banker’s hill”
*“If I had me a gun, I’d find the bastards and shoot ‘em on sight”
*“Send the robber barons straight to hell”
*“The bottom’s dropping out/Where you once had faith, there’s only doubt”

He’s mad as hell about America, our America, his America, and his anger fills every crevice of “Wrecking Ball,” his 17th studio album. (Stream it live here or listen at the bottom of the page.)

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