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<p>Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt in &quot;Friends with Kids.&quot;</p>

Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt in "Friends with Kids."

Movie Review: Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt and Jon Hamm are all 'Friends with Kids'

The gang from 'Bridesmaids' and Ben Wyatt team up for Westfeldt's strong directorial debut

I don't see movies in the theater much anymore, but ever since I heard about "Friends with Kids" — the directorial debut of "Kissing Jessica Stein" writer/star Jennifer Westfeldt, also starring Adam Scott from "Parks and Recreation" and a good chunk of the "Bridesmaids" cast (Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Chris O'Dowd and some guy named Jon Hamm who apparently has a TV show returning this weekend) — I made a mental note to get a sitter and take my wife to see it. We had some childcare mishaps over the weekend, which felt appropriate to the movie's subject, but finally got to slip out to see it last night, and I really enjoyed it.

The short version, for those who haven't seen it yet — and then, after the jump, some thoughts on specific things in the film for those who have — is that Westfeldt and Scott play best friends who've never been interested in each other romantically, and who start to feel their other friends slipping away and turning into different people when they marry off and have children. Interested in having kids, but terrified of what they see as the toxic effect it has on marriages, they decide to game the system by having a baby together as platonic friends, splitting the childcare responsibilities 50/50 while still having plenty of time to date other people and (more importantly) sleep. It's raunchy at times (though not nearly as much as "Bridesmaids"), dramatic at others, and ultimately a traditional romantic comedy that's just well-executed with a lot of indie moviemaking values. Scott is particularly excellent in it, but everyone's good (Westfeldt even gets a human performance out of Megan Fox in a supporting role as one of Scott's girlfriends), and it was well worth the babysitter for me.

And now onto some specifics about the film (including the ending) so those of us who've seen it can discuss, coming up just as soon as I play the kid card and the Brooklyn card...

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<p>Obie Trice</p>

Obie Trice

Listen: Eminem joins Obie Trice and Statik Selektah on 'Richard'

Summer jam reveals Detroit rappers' new nickname

"Just call me Richard / 'cause I'm a dick." So goes the refrain to "Richard," Obie Trice's new song with Eminem and production from Statik Selektah.

For all the dickishness of the track, it's got a pretty fun, summer-oriented beat that very may well blow up during the hotter days this year. Let's just say it was these Detroit rappers' own way of wishing you "happy start of spring" this week.

"Richard" is off of Trice's "Bottoms Up," due on April 3, a release date that has been often moved around. It could have to do, in part, with the fact that this is Obie Trice's first release on his own Black Market Entertainment imprint, brought to you by the fine folks at Universal. The idea behind BME was to "create quality employment opportunities in the entertainment industry for Metro-Detroiters," an entrepreneurial endeavor that maybe takes a little longer to get up off the ground.

But it's no non-profit, so it's a good thing that "Richard" sounds so fun: this could be a good start.

Obie Trice released a mixtape with DJ Whoo Kid, "Watch the Chrome," earlier this year.

Eminem showed up for another friend this month, crashing in on 50 Cent's performance of "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" in its entirety at SXSW.

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Pitbull pens 'Back in Time' theme song for 'Men In Black 3'

Tune goes to radio on Monday

Pitbull will travel “Back In Time” for the theme song to “Men In Black 3.”

The adventure comedy, which features a reunited Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, takes Agent J (Smith) back in time to discover secrets that Jones’ Agent K never told him. Josh Brolin plays the young Agent K.

Pitbull wrote the tune, which goes to radio on Monday, March 26, with Marc Kinchen, Adrian Trejo and Urales Vargas. The song features a sample from Mickey & Sylvia’s 1950s hit “Love is Strange.”

“Wanting to keep the music fun, yet modern, we used the slogan of the movie and flipped it back into the song that in order to understand the future, you have to go back in time,” Pitbull said in a statement.

Director Barry Sonnenfeld was turned on to Pitbull by his 19-year old daughter, who is a fan of the Latin rapper.

“Men In Black 3” comes out in 3D on May 25.  Watch the trailer here.


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<p>One Direction (Liam Payne center)</p>

One Direction (Liam Payne center)

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Interview: One Direction's Liam Payne talks setting records and ardent fans

What's with the rumored Nickelodeon show? Plus: boy band sets U.S. tour dates

One Direction goes only one way: straight to the top. On Wednesday, the British boy band accomplished what no other act from the U.K. has. Not the Beatles, not Coldplay, not Pink Floyd, not the Spice Girls. This week, the quintet became the first group from the U.K. to debut their first album at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. “Up All Night” knocked Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” out of the top spot, selling 176,000 copies.

The group’s Liam Payne, whose voice is the first you hear on the band’s rising single “What Makes You Beautiful,”  says he can’t get his head around coming in at No. 1. “We never expected anything like this to happen. We thought we might have a record in the U.K., maybe, but never come out to America and have a No. 1 album. It [is] beyond all of our wildest dreams,” says Payne.

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<p>Max (Adam Pally)&nbsp;gets his &quot;Goonies&quot;&nbsp;on in &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Max (Adam Pally) gets his "Goonies" on in "Happy Endings."

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'Happy Endings' - 'You Snooze, You Bruise': Baby, baby, let me sleep on it

Dave goes to the gym, Jane learns to relax, and Alex revives her inner bully

A quick review of last night's "Happy Endings" coming up just as soon as my bottom half is selling fuzzy burritos in the parking lot outside of a Widespread Panic concert...

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<p>Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jared Harris, Vincent Kartheiser, Jon Hamm, Robert Morse and Elisabeth Moss are all back in some form, at some time, for the new season of &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jared Harris, Vincent Kartheiser, Jon Hamm, Robert Morse and Elisabeth Moss are all back in some form, at some time, for the new season of "Mad Men."

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Review: 'Mad Men' returns in fine form for season 5

A lot has happened since last we saw Don and Peggy, but it's still one of TV's best dramas
When AMC sent TV critics a review copy of the two-hour "Mad Men" fifth season premiere (Sunday at 9 p.m.), they attached a note from series creator Matthew Weiner, who is both more paranoid about spoilers, and has a broader definition of what constitutes a spoiler, than any showrunner I've ever encountered. So it wasn't a surprise that the letter included a list of details from the premiere that Weiner asked us to not reveal, like "What year is it?" and "What happened with Don and Megan?" and "Did Joan have the baby?" The list is thorough enough that I think the only premiere details I imagine Weiner would be entirely comfortable with me revealing are that Roger Sterling says several funny things, Pete Campbell pouts over a perceived slight, and Harry Crane acts obnoxious — and only because those things happen in every episode of "Mad Men."
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<p>This is the single most intense dance-off... EVER.</p>

This is the single most intense dance-off... EVER.

Credit: Drafthouse Films

Review: Dance Dance Revolution comedy 'The FP' tries way too hard

Can you just decide to make a cult movie, or do they have to happen on their own?

I will admit that I walked into "The FP" ready to love it.

After all, it's being released by Drafthouse Films, and I'm a big fan in principle.  After all, this is a company that was formed by Tim League to release "Four Lions" when no one else in America had the balls.  And having known Tim for the better part of fifteen years, I know that our taste doesn't always align, but that more often than not, we do enjoy the same sort of weird.

So I found myself depressed when, about a half-hour into "The FP," which Drafthouse Films is currently rolling out in limited release, with more theaters being added this weekend, I realized that not only did I not love it, but I was impatient for it to end.  The film feels to me like a short film stretched way past the breaking point, which makes sense, because it started as a short film.

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

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Recap: 'Survivor: One World' - 'Thanks for the Souvenir'

The Fickle Finger of Fate gives the 'Survivor' season a good poking
Pre-credit sequence. We're back and Manono camp. Alicia finds a Tribal Council blindside nearly as funny as losing at a challenge. Christina's confused. Colton's an ass. "Good luck. You might could make an alliance with a hermit crab at this moment," Colton cackles, not caring if Christina knows that she's next. In fact, in addition to his normal conniving, Colton is also engaging in some psychological warfare, hoping the break Christina's spirits. "Honestly, Christina, you've been the human cockroach," Colton taunts her, telling her that if she makes it to the Merge, she'll be the first one going after the Merge. "Maybe I am an idiot and that's what it is," Christina says. And then things get worse. They won't even make room for Christina in the shelter (nor in Leif's tiny sleep-box). Alicia threatens to whack Christina if she tries pushing her way in. Christina's new goal: To get everybody to see that Colton's a jerk and that Alicia is playing without integrity. "All gloves are off and I'm ready to fight and I'm ready to fight hard," she says. And good luck with that!
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<p>Tim Curry's make-up as Darkness in 'Legend' is one of the most iconic images in all of fantasy cinema</p>

Tim Curry's make-up as Darkness in 'Legend' is one of the most iconic images in all of fantasy cinema

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One Thing I Love Today: Reggie Watts does an original score for Ridley Scott's 'Legend'

One of today's most eclectic performers delivers a remarkable performance

I am fascinated by Reggie Watts.  I don't even know if I'd describe him as a comedian, because his live shows are such an original mix of music and humor and attitude, and there's no one else I can point to who does what he does.

One of my favorite moments in the LCD Soundsystem documentary "Shut Up And Play The Hits," which I absolutely recommend to you, is when Reggie Watts shows up during that final Madison Square Garden performance to collaborate on a song.  It's just amazing to see how Watts can build this wall of sound that drops into what James Murphy and the band do so well, and it makes the case for Watts as far more than "just" a comedian.

Ridley Scott's "Legend" is an absolutely gorgeous movie, but as a film, it's wildly uneven and occasionally stone-cold silly.  I still remember the afternoon I saw it the first time, and my friend and I who saw it together ended up yelling at each other because of how differently we processed it.  He really bought into the world of the film and thought it was a great accomplishment regardless of the script, while I couldn't really get past some of the things that I think hobble the film.

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<p>David Walton, Amanda Peet and Margo Harshman in &quot;Bent.&quot;</p>

David Walton, Amanda Peet and Margo Harshman in "Bent."

Credit: NBC

'Bent' - 'Pilot'/'Smitten': Kitchen confidential

What did everybody think of NBC's new romantic comedy?

I posted my review of NBC's "Bent" yesterday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody who watched think? Did you stay for both episodes? Did you like the chemistry between David Walton and Amanda Peet? Did you enjoy the crew? (I, personally, would listen to J.B. Smoove say "smitten" for quite a while.) Were you distracted to see Landry in scenes with a very different guy named Riggins? And does the weird scheduling — and what it suggests about NBC's faith in the show — make you more or less likely to watch future episodes? 

Have at it. I enjoyed the show enough that I'll have posts (length TBD) the next two weeks for the remaining episodes.

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<p>The SHIELD&nbsp;Helicarrier is only one of the sights that appears in the Japanese 'Avengers' trailer but not the American one.</p>

The SHIELD Helicarrier is only one of the sights that appears in the Japanese 'Avengers' trailer but not the American one.

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From the Japanese 'Avengers' ad to Hasselhoff in 'Piranha 3DD' - catching up on the latest trailers

We take a look at everything we missed during SXSW, including 'Dark Shadows'

One of the interesting side effects of being at a film festival, especially one that lasts longer than a week, is that you become unstuck in time.  You stay so busy that the outside world sort of recedes completely.  I came up for air a few times during SXSW, but for the most part, it was the rest of Team HitFix that was dealing with breaking news and posting new trailers.  I missed quite a few of them, and when I realized that, I thought I'd go back and catch up.

I know I talked to people at SXSW about that Japanese "Avengers" trailer, and it's certainly worth some conversation.  It's interesting that the Japanese trailer just plain reveals the alien invasion aspect of the film that the American campaign has so carefully hidden.  There's a lot more material here, including an appearance by Pepper Potts that surprised me.  Until now, I wasn't 100% sure she was even in the film.

There's more of an emphasis on both Hawkeye and The Black Widow here, and we finally see Cobie Smulders, who I hear is one of the surprise highlights of the film.  All in all, this is a great sneak peek at the film, and now that I've seen it, I don't want to see anything else until I see it all put together.

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<p>Fun. performs at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, R.I. earlier this month.</p>

Fun. performs at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, R.I. earlier this month.

Credit: AP Photo/Stew Milne

Does fun. enjoy their third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100?

Who scores the only new entry in the top 10?

“We Are Young” is aging well as the song by fun. featuring Janelle Monae spends its third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

For much of the rest of the chart, the song remains the same: Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” stays at No. 2, while The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” hops up one space to No. 3, flipping places with Adele’s “Set Fire To the Rain,” which falls to No. 4. Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra stays at No. 5 but keeps its bullet.

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