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<p>Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder of &quot;The Vampire Diaries&quot;</p>
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Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder of "The Vampire Diaries"

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HitFix Interview: Julie Plec talks 'Vampire Diaries'

Love triangles, finale scope and classroom attendance talk from the series co-creator
I've been a big supporter of The CW's "Vampire Diaries" for a while now.
"Vampire Diaries" made my end-of-the-year Top 10 lists for both 2010 and 2011.
I've referred to "The Vampire Diaries" as the best drama on network TV and I've meant it. 
Somehow, though, I've never done a real 1-on-1 interview with either Julie Plec or Kevin Williamson, the show's co-creators. And it's not like I haven't had questions that needed answering.
Consider that situation rectified here.
The story of high schooler Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) and the two vampire brothers (Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder) who love her started off twisty and has just become twistier in a third season that has introduced vampire-werewolf hybrids, expanded deeper into the world of witchcraft and introduced an expanding mythology that spans centuries and spans the globe.
Although "The Vampire Diaries" delivers the sort of jaw-dropping shocks that most shows save for finales and sweeps periods on a weekly basis, this season's finale is expected to be particularly epic, or at least that's what the stars have been telling folks. 
I got on the phone with Julie Plec on Thursday to talk about this May's finale, resolving love triangles and whether or not anybody has been attending classes this year. 
We also discussed Plec's Monday (April 16) appearance at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, where she will be chatting about the show's distinctive cinematography.
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Look who springs back to the top of the Billboard 200 next week

Plus, a slew of newer artists make strong showings

Look who is likely to pop back up to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week after five weeks out of the top spot: it’s Adele and “21.” The title should reign supreme once again next week with sales of up to 95,000, according to Hits Daily Double.

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<p>&nbsp;Jay of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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 Jay of "Survivor: One World"

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HitFix Interview: Jay Byars talks 'Survivor: One World'

The latest bootee discusses his million dollar chicken wings
If you're keeping score at home, "Survivor: One World" may have done away with its Men vs Women twist long ago, but this is the fifth time in six weeks that a man has gone home. 
Colton Cumbie orchestrated the elimination of Bill and Matt (and Monica, the only woman sent home in the last six weeks) and then Colton's body orchestrated his elimination. Since then, and since the abrupt Merge, a female alliance headed by Kim and Chelsea has sent Jonas and Mike packing.
This week's booted contestant was Jay Byars, who wasn't the secondary target of the Salani alliance, but went packing when Troy played an Immunity Idol. Jay had a chance at his own Idol, but stepped down at the Immunity challenge in exchange for chicken wings. 
As you might guess, Jay regrets that decision now.
In our exit interview, Jay discusses failed alliances, tasty dipping sauces and his partnership with Colton.
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Watch: Van Halen's new video for 'She's The Woman'

Eddie Van Halen's fingers still go really fast

Van Halen is taking you on the road with them in the new video for “She’s The Woman.” The clip, like the Springsteen clip we wrote up earlier today, is basically live, but takes footage culled from several shows instead of just one and switches randomly from black and white to color.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>John Noble of &quot;Fringe&quot;</p>
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John Noble of "Fringe"

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'The Consultant'

The show ramps up to its season/series endgame, but it's the small moments that really shine.
As we approach the end of this season of “Fringe”, it’s time for the show to start showing its hand about what it’s been up to all season. What seemed at first like a temporary detour has instead been a season-long journey inside this alternate reality. “The Consultant” aimed to shed light on what’s been happening all season, but the Jones plot has always felt tacked onto the mystery of Peter’s disappearance than directly related to it. Now, that’s not necessarily a knock on the show: I would rather have things come together organically (and often messily) than be beholden to an overly rigidly structure from the outset. Still, even if I don’t care much about another threat of the two universes collapsing upon each other, the smaller moments in tonight’s episode often worked like gangbusters.
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<p>Kirsten Dunst stars in 'Melancholia,' a dreamy meditation on depression from director Lars Von Trier, new to Netflix Instant this week.</p>

Kirsten Dunst stars in 'Melancholia,' a dreamy meditation on depression from director Lars Von Trier, new to Netflix Instant this week.

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The Weekend Watch: 'Cabin,' 'Melancholia,' and 'Streetcar' on Blu-ray

Our weekly round-up of what you might want to see at home or in theaters

You've got a lot of options for what to watch and how, and we want to help you plan your weekend with a new column where we'll highlight three things you can see in theaters, three things you'll find streaming, and three titles new to home video.  Appropriately enough, we call this The Weekend Watch.


Talk about a logjam.  It almost seems unfair that after finally working out the bankruptcy issues that MGM faced and making it to theaters without the threatened 3D post-conversion, "Cabin In The Woods" now has to face at least nine other releases, some limited, some everywhere.  And that doesn't even take into account the 800 or so screens that are getting "The Raid: Redemption" this weekend for the first time.  We ran a review for "The Three Stooges" here, and Geoff Berkshire, who just joined us on Team HitFix, reviewed "Lockout" as well.  But here are three films worth some conversation this weekend:

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<p>&quot;Django&nbsp;Uncained&quot; opens nationwide on Christmas Day.</p>

"Django Uncained" opens nationwide on Christmas Day.

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Official synopsis for Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' revealed

Want to know what to expect from the maverick's latest?

I am not particularly excited about Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," but I haven't been particularly excited about one of his films in a while. Sorry if that's sacrilege for you but I've been happy enough being pleasantly surprised by this or that and just don't have it in me to get all goose-bumpy over the prospect of a new QT joint.

That said, my fingers are crossed for this one because, as you all know, I have an affinity for the genre in which Tarantino is working here and I very much want this to succeed so we can have more explorations of it. I'm really intrigued that Leonardo DiCaprio took on the project, and of course I'll be very interested to see what Christoph Waltz has for us after a few dubious post-"Inglorious Basterds" tries. Jamie Foxx, well, I'm not as taken by that and wish Will Smith had seen the light and taken the role, since it's what his career sorely needs at this juncture.

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<p>Bruce Springsteen at Madison Square Garden</p>

Bruce Springsteen at Madison Square Garden

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Bruce Springsteen sets summer US stadium dates

Check out what you're missing with live 'Death To My Hometown' video

If this Spring’s first leg of Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” tour isn’t  stopping in your hometown, the Boss released eight new cities he and the E Street Band will visit the fall following a summer European jaunt.

Centered primarily on the East Coast (with the obvious exception of Chicago), the tour will start a stadium run in Boston at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 18 and finish with a three-night stand at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sept. 19-22. It will be Springsteen’s first time playing the new Jets/Giants home and as “Wrecking Ball” fans know, the song was written about the old stadium being torn down in 2009.

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<p>&quot;The&nbsp;Cabin in the Woods&quot;</p>

"The Cabin in the Woods"

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Tell us what you thought of 'The Cabin in the Woods'

The film opens today

I have not seen Drew Goddard's "The Cabin in the Woods," but as I understand it from the ZOMG! online contingent, there are spoilers to be wary of, so I guess I won't be digging into this thread much until I finally see it, hopefully this weekend (making for a healthy dose of Joss Whedon this week, whose "The Avengers" I saw last night -- it was awesome). But as the film is hitting theaters nationwide today, it's time to get your thoughts and provide a space for whatever these ZOMG! spoilers might be. So when/if you get around to the flick, head on back here with your take.

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<p>Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman and Sean Connery in &quot;The Avengers.&quot;</p>

Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman and Sean Connery in "The Avengers."

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Hey, remember the other Avengers?

With Joss Whedon's superhero ensemble looming, we look back on its doomed cinematic namesake

This may not come as the biggest shock to you, but I'm not what you might call a comic book geek. I don't say that with any sense of smugness or superiority -- Lord knows I belong to any number of other uncool subclasses of geekery -- but it's a universe I never subscribed to as a boy, and with which I can therefore never completely connect.

Even if I've grown to appreciate the occasional artistry in the books (and, of course, the many films they have borne), I must confess I've still never read one cover to cover. This, as you might expect, leaves me largely clueless when it comes to separating the worlds of Marvel and DC characters. Where news of certain comic properties intersecting leaves many fans (it's both reductive and discriminatory to say "fanboys") foaming at the mouth, I merely shrug my shoulders. The sense of adaptation is lost on me entirely.

Which goes some way toward explaining why, when news of Joss Whedon filming "The Avengers" hit the internet a couple of years back to a positive Mexican wave of movie-blog excitement, I was one of the few left scratching my head and thinking, "Steed and Peel? They're trying that again?"

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<p>Pulp's Jarvis Cocker</p>

Pulp's Jarvis Cocker

10 things I loved about Pulp's Radio City Music Hall concert

Jarvis Cocker warms up America 14 years on, before Coachella

For the first time in 14 years, Pulp took the stage on American soil, at Radio City Music Hall in New York this week. In the years that have processed since that band's dissolution, frontman Jarvis Cocker hasn't dared to shy away from his libidinous propensity to dance with himself and sing his romances like they'd only happened yesterday. The band was predictably tight, a hot shower of Cocker's cold ones.

I made it to Pulp's show Wednesday (April 11), the first concert scheduled before they announced a second, additional show on April 10 ("You must be the hardcore."). These are the warm-ups to this weekend's headlining spot at Coachella.

It's the sole time I've seen the group, making it easy to, well, remember the first time. Here are 10 things I loved:

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<p>Britten (Jason Isaacs)&nbsp;interviews a victim's sister in &quot;Awake.&quot;</p>

Britten (Jason Isaacs) interviews a victim's sister in "Awake."

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'Awake' - 'Ricky's Tacos': Red world, green card

Britten prepares to move, while the show returns to the conspiracy theory

A review of last night's "Awake" coming up just as soon as I melt a dead body out of concrete...

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