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<p>Rachel and Brendon jump around with Masai warriors on &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Rachel and Brendon jump around with Masai warriors on "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'I Didn't Make Her Cry'

Tempers boil over and teams head to Africa to jump around
I'm visiting my family in New Hampshire for the start of Passover, but that doesn't mean I'm abdicating my recapping responsibilities while I'm away. 
Normally, since my parents and I watch very different reality TV offerings (they prefer series in which people purchase or renovate homes), I slink off to another room to watch my stories, accompanied only by the family German Shepherd, if she's feeling lonely.
On Sunday (April 8) night, though, I forced my parents to watch "The Amazing Race." As sheer serendipity would have it, Sunday's Leg found the teams getting off to Tanzania, while my parents just returned from two weeks in Tanzania.
That's what I call kismet.
[Full recap, with spoilers, after the break...]
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<p>Patrick Malahide as Balon Greyjoy in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Patrick Malahide as Balon Greyjoy in "Game of Thrones."

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'Game of Thrones' - 'The Night Lands': Make love, not war

Theon goes home, Tyrion makes a move and Arya makes a friend

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I've got armor on...

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Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On

'Still Holding On': Wendy Wilson, Carnie Wilson, Chynna Phillips

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Review: 'Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On' charts a musical comeback

Carnie Wilson's struggle with weight dominates reality series premiere

Celebrities use reality TV to their advantage in a variety of ways. The women of Wilson Phillips have chosen the advertainment route with their TV Guide Network reality show "Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On."

With a tagline promising "Three parts harmony, one part drama," the innocuous eight-episode half-hour "docu-series" tracks the singing group's latest attempt at a comeback with built-in drama courtesy of personal conflicts and Carnie Wilson's ongoing battle with her weight. It's not a bad deal: give cameras a peak into your personal life in exchange for promoting professional endeavors. And TV Guide Network gets recognizable faces to help establish their still evolving brand.

"Still Holding On" isn't groundbreaking, but it's not going to embarrass anyone involved (unless Carnie's battles with "bad gas" count as shameful). In reality TV, that's a win-win.

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<p>Mike Wallace was one of the original correspondents for CBS's &quot;60 Minutes,&quot; which debuted in 1968.</p>

Mike Wallace was one of the original correspondents for CBS's "60 Minutes," which debuted in 1968.

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Mike Wallace's great moment of pause was immortalized forever in 'The Insider'

How will he be remembered? Christopher Plummer and Eric Roth on the icon.

The news has landed that legendary "60 Minutes" newsman Mike Wallace has passed away at the age of 93. It was reported by "CBS Sunday Morning" earlier today.

Wallace was of course a titan of his industry, a familiar face on the weekly CBS news show as warm and welcome on the television every Sunday as the nightly showcases of Peter Jennings, Dan Rather and Ted Koppel in their times. The highlights of his career are milestones of the news world: the Ayatollah Khomeini, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Iran-Contra and, of course, Big Tobacco.

Which yields an unavoidable question, one Wallace the character posed in Michael Mann's 1999 film "The Insider": "I'm not talking celebrity, vanity, CBS. I'm talking about when you're nearer the end of your life than the beginning. Now, what do you think you think about then? The future? In the future I'm going to do this? Become that? What future? No. What you think is, 'How will I be regarded in the end? After I'm gone.'"

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<p>Sofia Vergara and One Direction on &quot;Saturday Night Live&quot;</p>
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Sofia Vergara and One Direction on "Saturday Night Live"

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Sofia Vergara and One Direction

Could 'SNL' make use of the 'Modern Family' star's particular gifts?
Welcome back, “Saturday Night Live” fans. When last we met, the show had put forth a subpar effort involving Jonah Hill. If “SNL” couldn’t produce a funny program with Hill as the lead, then it was probably time to take a good, long break. And lo and behold, here we are nearly a month later with the first new show since that debacle. Sofia Vergara makes her debut hosting appearance tonight, and I’m sure not once will her ample…talents be the focus of most of the sketches. Nope. No way. Just like there’s no way “The Manuel Ortiz Show” won’t make an appearance tonight, either. What WILL make an appearance? Musical guest One Direction, Myles McNutt’s favorite band, and the reason I imagine 80% of you will be reading this recap in the first place.
Let’s see if the time off did the show any good. As always, I’ll be grading each sketch in real time. Let’s see how many fun ways my word-processing program can auto-correct “Vergara.” This should be fun. Onto the recap!
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Music Power Rankings: Madonna tops Justin Bieber

Miranda Lambert, One Direction and Bob Dylan make the list

1) Madonna: She lands her eighth No. 1 album with “MDNA.” FNTSTC.

2) Justin Bieber:
Believers take “Boyfriend” to a No. 2 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 as the song breaks the record for first week airplay on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart. His fans are finally tall enough to reach the radio dial.

3) Lionel Richie: “Tuskegee” lands the ex-Commodore his highest debut on the Billboard 200 in 26 years. That’s one and a half Justin Bieber lifetimes.

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<p>A scene from &quot;It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.&quot;</p>

A scene from "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown."

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Cinejabber: Happy Easter, everyone

Open thread. The floor is yours.

Apologies for going quiet on you like that -- my March flu has returned with reinforcements, and I've been too groggy to get much of anything done. The Easter weekend couldn't be more sympathetically timed.

Anyway, welcome back to Cinejabber, your weekend space to bandy about any random movie-related thoughts you may have on your mind.

Any of you planning to go to the movies over the holiday, or are you nesting at home with chocolate eggs and DVDs? With "Titanic 3D" casting its shadow over the multiplexes, the week's new wide releases don't look too tempting -- though if you live in New York or LA, I urge you to hurry off to "Damsels in Distress," which beguiled me in Venice, wound up on my 2011 Top 10, and stands comfortably as my favorite comedy of the last couple of years. 

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<p>Lena Dunham on the set of HBO's &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Lena Dunham on the set of HBO's "Girls."

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Interview: 'Girls' producers Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner

The 'Tiny Furniture' director talks about her comedy of sexual misadventure in Brooklyn
When I first sat down to watch HBO's new comedy series "Girls," I didn't know what to expect. I hadn't at that point seen the movie "Tiny Furniture," which, like "Girls," was written by, directed by and starring Lena Dunham. The actors were mostly unknowns, and though Judd Apatow was attached as a producer, I assumed with his feature career he wasn't going to be nearly as hands-on as he was with "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared" a decade ago.
But the series — in which Dunham plays Hannah Horvath, a wannabe writer struggling with work, sex, friendship and money in Brooklyn — wowed me from the start. I'll have a review closer to the premiere (next Sunday at 10:30), but by the time I was done with the first three episodes I knew I wanted to talk to Dunham, and with her showrunning partner Jenni Konner, whose career started as a writer on "Undeclared."
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<p>And the winner for 'Best Newly Minted Movie Star Who Is So In-Demand That It Takes Two Studios To Schedule Her These Days' is...</p>

And the winner for 'Best Newly Minted Movie Star Who Is So In-Demand That It Takes Two Studios To Schedule Her These Days' is...

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Jennifer Lawrence gets start dates for 'Hunger Games' and 'X-Men' sequels

Two studios go to-to-toe and then... co-operate?

If I were a betting man, I'd bet that Gary Ross does end up making the second film in the "Hunger Games" series.

Whoever ends up directing the film, it's going to have to shoot this fall, and that means the heat is on for Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Slumdog Millionaire," to get the script in shape.  If Ross does return, he and Suzanne Collins are going to take a crack at it again as well, and that's going to take a little time.  They've got to be working at a gallop right now.

And now that the schedule is set for "Catching Fire," Fox is able to claim a January start date for a sequel to "X-Men: First Class," once again directed by Mathew Vaughn.  And just like that, Jennifer Lawrence is sort of officially a movie star.

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

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HitFix Interview: Michael Jefferson talks 'Survivor: One World'

The latest castoff discusses the strategic choices around his blindside
Michael Jefferson was blindsided because Troy Robertson got played.
As "Survivor" exit causality goes, this is a simple one to break down.
On Wednesday's (April 4) episode, Kim played Iago to Troy's Othello and whispered in his ear that Mike was out to get him and it would be better to vote Mike out now before his scheming had the chance to yield fruit.
It was just that simple. The newly insecure Troy turned on his former alliance-mate and because he never bothered to do any primary source fact-checking on Kim's claim, he joined the plot to vote Mike out. 
Mike, it turns out, didn't especially like Troy, but he also wasn't anxious to deplete the number of remaining "Survivor" men. Oh well. 
[Note: Because of timing issues this week, I had to conduct this email via email. I'm very glad that even that was able to work out, because I'm a completist. However, there are places here where in an actual interview, I'd have asked follow-up questions, which didn't get to happen here. You probably wouldn't have noticed.]
Click through for the full interview...
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<p>&nbsp;Nicki Minaj</p>
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 Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj's 'Roman Reloaded' shoots straight for the top of the Billboard 200

How far does Madonna's 'MDNA' fall on next week's album chart?

The rotation at the top of the Billboard 200 continues as Nicki Minaj prepares to assume the top spot next week with “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.” That will make six different titles at No. 1 in the past six weeks.

Minaj’s sophomore set looks good for sales of up to 235,000, which will lead it to handily come in above Adele’s “21,” which will bounce back up to No. 2 with sales of up to 165,000, according to Hits Daily Double. Three other titles look good to bow in the top 10: Rascal Flatts’ “Changed” will move up to 120,000 copies for No. 3, while gospel artist Marvin Sapp’s “I Win” will likely come in at No. 7 with up to 50,000 sold.

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<p>Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet are back in theaters in 'Titanic,' and this time, it's in 3D</p>

Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet are back in theaters in 'Titanic,' and this time, it's in 3D

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The Weekend Watch: 'Titanic' sets sail again and 'Zoo' comes home

A new column helps you cut through the clutter and make the most of your weekend

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.


There are certainly new movies to see this weekend.  I'm not sure I'd really recommend "American Reunion," but I have a feeling you know already if it's something you'd enjoy or not.  It is, in every way, an "American Pie" film.  I did not make it to an early screening of Whit Stillman's "Damsels In Distress," but I'll be catching up with it ASAP.  I've also got "We Have A Pope" here in the house, and I'll be seeing that this weekend at some point.  Morgan Spurlock's "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope," a documentary about geek culture and what draws people to San Diego in record numbers every year now, also opens in limited release, and it's worth seeing.  For my money, though, these are the three films in theaters this weekend most worth your attention:

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