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<p>Phillip Phillips of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>
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Phillip Phillips of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 8 Results

Who did America reject after '80s Night?

Hello, Eastern Time Zone. I am in you.

It's Passover Season, which must mean that I'm temporarily on the Right Coast, with my family watching hockey in the other room as I attempt to concentrate on which "American Idol" singer the voters decided to send home. 

As I mentioned last night, I sense that we're getting very close to Judges' Save time on "American Idol." I think the number of contestants who could be voted out tonight without being saved by the judges is relatively small. 

Let's find out...

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<p>The interior of the new Alamo Slaughter Lane in Austin, TX, gives you a good idea of the playful way they approach interior design.</p>

The interior of the new Alamo Slaughter Lane in Austin, TX, gives you a good idea of the playful way they approach interior design.

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New York City gets its first Alamo Drafthouse in 2013

The company's expansion continues to another new city

New York's getting an Alamo Drafthouse before Los Angeles?  That's enough incentive for me to start a bloody East Coast/West Coast feud, because I am filled with envy for anyone who gets to go to what used to be the Metro Theater on the Upper West Side.

Little by little, the expansion is underway, and it's exciting.  As long as I've been a fan of the Alamo Drafthouse, I've wanted them in more cities than just Austin.  I am more than happy to go to Austin several times a year to get my Drafthouse fix, but the notion of having one locally, being able to choose that environment for my movie-going… that's heavenly.

Not only did they announce that there will be a NYC Drafthouse today, but they also put up a page where you can apply to work there.  If you're in New York and you're a film nerd looking for work, do this.  I cannot stress this strongly enough.  Work for the Alamo.  They are a great organization, and this is going to be an exciting venue.

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<p>Cover for &quot;Theraflu&quot;</p>

Cover for "Theraflu"

Listen: Kanye West and DJ Khaled serve bad medicine on new track 'Theraflu'

Rapper declares his love for Kim.. Kardashian?

So is it any coincidence that the tabloids are full of photos of Kim Kardashian leaving Kanye West’s house this morning after an apparent sleep-over the day after West and DJ Khaled drop “Theraflu,” a hard-driving track in which West declares his love for Kardashian?  Of course it’s not.

The percolating track opens with one of two references, perhaps, to  Mase’s “Lookin’ At Me,” before dissolving into the namechecking: Anna Wintour, “Project Runway,”  Jay-Z, West’s label, G.O.O.D., Roc Nation, and Wiz Khalifa, who is now engaged to West’s old flame, Amber Rose.

Listen here. It's getting taken down quickly by Universal Music Group at most sites, ChartAttack's link still works, for now...

It’s a regular soap opera episode in “Theraflu,” full of NSFW language and about 15 mentions of the N word. But most of the interest will center on Kardashian as West raps: And the whole industry want to fuck your old chick/Only n**** I got respect for is Wiz/And I’ll admit, I had fell in love with Kim/Around the time she had fell in love with him.”  Is it possible the Kim is a reference to the mother of a few of his children? We doubt it... it’s better press for it to be Kardashian, who, apparently, has the ability to stay single for less than a nanosecond. The theme? You take on West and you will lose at every turn... and need some "Theraflu." 

It’s a big week for West fans, as it looks like we’ll get another track from West on Friday when he drops the track “Mercy,” supposedly the first single from his new album, “G.O.O.D. Friday.”  We got another track from DJ Khaled last week, when “Take It to the Head,” featuring Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and Lil Wayne dropped.

No word on which artist’s album this song will appear, although West tweeted the cover art this morning and it looked like it was from the same artist who did the painting for “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” West, who has been a hesitant and seldom tweeter since his January outburst, has not commented on the song. DJ Khaled has Tweeted constantly today, but primarily about “Take It to the Head.”
 

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<p>Eddie Vedder</p>

Eddie Vedder

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Eddie Vedder postpones solo tour due to nerve damage

Pearl Jam summer dates still on schedule

Eddie Vedder has postponed his 15-city solo tour due to temporary nerve damage in his right arm, according to the Pearl Jam website.

The tour by the Pearl Jam lead singer was slated to kick off only five days from now, on April 10, in Las Vegas. The dates have been rescheduled for November and December.

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<p>Glen Hansard</p>

Glen Hansard

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Glen Hansard sets date for first solo album, 'Rhythm and Repose'

Irish singer/songwriter contributed two songs to 'The Hunger Games' soundtrack

Academy Award winner Glen Hansard will release his first solo album, “Rhythm and Repose,” June 19.

The Irish singer/songwriter’s Anti-Records set will be his first full album of new material since 2009’s “Strict Joy,” with his band The Swell Season, but he’s hardly been silent the past three years. Hansard has two songs on “The Hunger Games” soundtrack, which debuted a No. 1 on the Billboard 200 two weeks ago: He performs “Take The Heartland,” while Maroon 5 featuring Rozzi Crane recorded his tune, “Come Away.”

Additionally, “Once, The Musical,” based on the film “Once,” opened on Broadway last month. Hansard and Marketa Irglova won the Oscar in 2007 for their song “Falling Slowly” from the movie’s soundtrack. They also starred in the film.

For “Rhythm,” Hansard worked with producer Thomas Bartlett (The National, Antony and the Johnsons) and musicians including slide guitarist David Mansfield, best known for his work with Bob Dylan, and members of Bruce Springsteen’s current horn section.

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Watch: Norah Jones does bad things in new video for "Happy Pills"

Watch: Norah Jones does bad things in new video for "Happy Pills"

She has revenge in her pretty little head

Norah Jones isn’t kidding when she says she wants you out of her life in the video for “Happy Pills,” the first single off her May 1 album, “Little Broken Hearts” produced with Danger Mouse.

The Isaiah Seret-directed video starts in the past--the late ‘50s or early ‘60s— and goes forward and back in time as she lives out a revenge fantasy against her cheating beau. She has it out for both the boyfriend and his girlfriend in the Hitchcockian tale, although, the video is a little hard to follow at times as various scenarios play out and time moves ahead.  We're still not sure what she called the cops about.

However, the ending is crystal clear as a cold, blue lake  as an older Jones rides her horse through the woods back to the scene of the crime that she has kept secret for decades...or not.

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<p>Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson are not making a sequel to 'Nacho Libre,' and I don't know how these ridiculous rumors get started.</p>

Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson are not making a sequel to 'Nacho Libre,' and I don't know how these ridiculous rumors get started.

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Watch: Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson share drugs and more in 'Savages' trailer

Could this be a return to form for Oliver Stone?

Yes, please.  And right now.

Don Winslow is the real deal, as great a crime writer as we have working, and his books are a rich vein of material that Hollywood seems to be slowly but surely developing.  "Savages," directed by Oliver Stone, looks to be the highest profile Winslow adaptation to make it to the screen so far, and based on this morning's trailer, I think Winslow's about to get a whooooole lot hotter.

Ben and Chon, played by Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch, are in the drug business, and they make a spectacular living at it.  Ben's the expert, the guy who can grow the very best marijuana, and Chon is the guy who will destroy anyone who messes with Ben.  They get rich fast, and they seem to have the perfect set-up.  They even share their girlfriend, the uber-lovely O (Blake Lively), and it looks like the recipe for a perfect, happy life.

The trouble is that any time you're that successful, you're going to draw attention from people who want some piece of that success.  You might catch the attention of a corrupt federal agent (John Travolta), or you might catch the attention of a Mexican drug cartel headed by a ruthless killer (Salma Heyek), and once you do, those people aren't just going to step back out of your life because that's what you want.

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<p>From &quot;Sixteen Saltines&quot;</p>

From "Sixteen Saltines"

Watch: Jack White is all tied up in alternate-universe 'Sixteen Saltines'

The modern-day children of 'Lord of the Flies' plus: a VERY trippy 12" release

Jack White performs as the sole grown-up in the hypnotically disturbing music video for "Sixteen Saltines," but the real stars are the kids. Doing weird kid stuff, like playing hopscotch with their own severed fingers and Robo-tripping.

Leave it to the mind of the former White Stripes evil genius White to make a "Lord of the Rings" gangland of terrible juvenile behavior, because now I have all sorts of ideas having to do with putting liquor in my coffee maker. Dancers fly whimsically into the sky, pre-teens tattoo each other in the dark, slushies are consumed and spat out as part of a bizarre cheerleader mating ritual. And then the solo man of the hour is left to die in the back seat of a car about to be lit on fire, with a choreographed dance of BMXes to close the show.

The story boards must have been entertaining. I would frame them and sell them.

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<p>Beth Ditto from Gossip in &quot;Perfect World&quot;</p>

Beth Ditto from Gossip in "Perfect World"

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Watch: Gossip rock a 'Perfect World' in a church

Beth Ditto, the holy one

There's always been something so delightfully self-aware disco-camp about Gossip, which makes their fashionable videos all the more joyful to watch. The band's 's newest single "Perfect World" goes into deeper, shark-jumpier territory as the trio dons sepia tones in a church, and I'm OK with that.

Frontwoman Beth Ditto has fun with her vocal runs all over the amp-cranking tune. Her styling goes between nun-chic to goth-chick, vampiric baby bangs and stupid-long wigs. It starts dark, but gets a big splash of dorky color by the end.

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<p>&quot;The Walking Dead&quot;&nbsp;has risen to the final rung of Hulu's Best in Show competition.</p>

"The Walking Dead" has risen to the final rung of Hulu's Best in Show competition.

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Hulu's Best in Show final round: 'Community' vs. 'The Walking Dead'

Can a quirky cult comedy defeat a great big zombie hit?

Okay, it's finals time for Hulu's Best in Show, and it's come down to "Community" vs. "The Walking Dead." Two shows with incredibly rabid fans. Two shows where the showrunners have been very present in the world of social media (though at the moment Dan Harmon's attentions may be otherwise occupied.) One's a cult comedy that's still barely hanging on at its current network, while the other is by far the biggest hit in its channel's history.

Like I said in my Hulu blurb, I pegged "Community" as last year's favorite before "Chuck" took it out, and I pegged it as this year's favorite as well. But Glen Mazzara and "The Walking Dead" fans have been pretty relentless over the last month (in the extremely early going, "TWD" is way ahead in the votes), and neither outcome would surprise me.

So go vote if you want, and we'll be back next week to see if the zombie show could take out the comedy that once did a zombie episode.

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<p>Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Olga Kurylenko in &quot;Magic City.&quot;</p>

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Olga Kurylenko in "Magic City."

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Review: Starz's 'Magic City' looks pretty but sounds clichéd

Late '50s period drama has impressive production design, shaky characters and stories
As a technical achievement, Starz's "Magic City" is terribly impressive. Set in and around a Miami resort hotel in 1959, the drama has the same eye for period detail of "Mad Men," but on a far bigger scale. The sets are huge and lavish, the scenes bustling with extras all decked out in their '50s finest. And the visual splendor extends beyond the sets and costumes. There's a scene in the series' premiere episode(*) where hotel owner Ike Evans visits the home of his gangster business partner Ben Diamond that practically looks like it was filmed in Technicolor. In a later episode, Ike retreats from the debauchery on Ben's party boat in a shot that looks like he's just caught the last boat out of Hell.
 
(*) The "official" premiere is Friday night at 10, but Starz already aired the first episode last week after the Spartacus finale, and the first three episodes are already available online.
 
So, yes, "Magic City" is gorgeous to look at. Creator Mitch Glazer grew up in Miami Beach during this period, where his father was an electrical engineer for a hotel like Ike's Miramar Playa, and he's recreated the era beautifully.
 
As a narrative achievement, though, "Magic City" is a mess, filled with paper-thin characters and clichéd dialogue and storylines. If not for the appealing lead performance by Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Ike, large stretches of the series would be unwatchable, even with all the lovely visuals.
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<p>Madonna, friends and crew from her upcoming tour celebrate MDNA hitting no. 1 on the U.S. album charts today.</p>

Madonna, friends and crew from her upcoming tour celebrate MDNA hitting no. 1 on the U.S. album charts today.

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20 fascinating things we learned about Madonna from her second Tweet chat

Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie check in

Last week, Madonna took to Twitter for the first time to answer fans’ questions. She must have liked it because Wednesday night she was back as a way to thank fans for propelling “MDNA”  to the top of the Billboard charts. The Twit-chat started a little late because she was at rehearsals for her tour, which starts May 29 in Tel Aviv. Turns out she’s just like the rest of us when it comes to resisting the temptations of Easter candy, but unlike the rest of us, she has lots and lots of celebrity friends who turned in for this session. And, though she’s probably teasing, she swears she loves hanging on Twitter with her fans. “I want to live in Twitterverse with you. Let’s be Girls Gone Wild’ together.”

We posted 15 things we learned about Madonna from her last rounds of tweets.
Now we present round two.

*Since Easter is Sunday, we’ll start with her favorite Easter candy: It’s Cadbury Creme Eggs. “Don’t get me started, they are so good,” she tweeted.

1. She is “gagging” to host “Saturday Night Live.” As you recall, she’s been the musical guess before and appeared in skits, including a very memorable episode of “Coffee Talk” with Barbra Streisand, but she got very exciting at the prospect: “FOR SURE,” she replied. “I’m gagging to do it. I’m obsessed with Kristen Wiig and @AndySamberg. I wasnt to do a skit with Kristen and [Madonna’s daughter] Lola.” She better hurry. Rumors are rife that this may be Wiig and Samberg’s last seasons.

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