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<p>Damon Herriman as Dewey Crowe on &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Damon Herriman as Dewey Crowe on "Justified."

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'Justified' - 'Thick As Mud': End times for Dewey Crowe?

The series' biggest punching bag gets the spotlight in a terrific episode

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I knock over a fluff-and-fold...

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<p>Jeff Goldblum, Lea Michele and Brian Stokes Mitchell of &quot;Glee&quot;</p>
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Jeff Goldblum, Lea Michele and Brian Stokes Mitchell of "Glee"

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Recap: 'Glee' - 'Heart'

An episode that aims for past greatness but only wades through its current muddiness
Look, that wasn’t horrible. Sure, FOX isn’t going to use that sentence as a pull quote anytime soon in its advertising. But “Heart” worked in intermittent spurts, cutting through the narrative clutter and usual silliness to produce some solid musical moments. As an episode of television, it was as bad as the show has been all season. But there were a few things that weren’t intolerable. (Again: not a good pull quote.)
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<p>A.J. (Shaun Parkes)&nbsp;on &quot;The River.&quot;</p>

A.J. (Shaun Parkes) on "The River."

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'The River' - 'Los Ciegos': Eye of the camera

The Magus crew begins to go blind thanks to a native ritual

A few quick thoughts on tonight's "The River" coming up just as soon as I find a nice eco-hotel...

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<p>Courteney Cox and Josh Hopkins in a scene from the &quot;Cougar Town&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Courteney Cox and Josh Hopkins in a scene from the "Cougar Town" season premiere.

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'Cougar Town' - 'Ain't Love Strange': A perfectly predictable proposal?

Jules wants to be surprising, Ellie is afraid of her son, and Travis makes a move

"Cougar Town" is back for its third season. I offered a reminder yesterday that the show has nothing to do with its stupid title any more, and I have a review of the season premiere coming up just as soon as I throw my Too Creepy flag...

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<p>Chris Brown</p>
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Chris Brown

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Chris Brown tells the world to kiss off, he's got a Grammy now

Rapper has a special Valentine's Day message for his haters

Chris Brown is, apparently, feeling a little sensitive. 

After a number of people—journalists, bloggers, fellow celebrities—expressed dismay that Brown, who assaulted Rihanna on the eve of the Grammys three years ago,  performed not once, but twice, at the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday,  he couldn’t hold back and he had a little outburst (sound familiar)?

Today, as a Valentine’s Day bon mot, he tweeted, “Hate All U Want Becuz I Got A Grammy Now! That’s the ultimate F*** OFF!."  As you can imagine, that tweet quickly disappeared, although Mashable has the screen shot of it. Then came a kinder, gentler Brown: “I’m back so watch my back as I walk away from all this negativity #teambreezy grammy.” At least he didn't throw a chair like he did while on "Good Morning America" a few years ago.

Brown not only performed twice— he danced to “Turn Up the Music/Beautiful People,” and then sang “I Can Only Imagine,” his duet with David Guetta—He then went on to win the Grammy for best R&B album for “F.A.M.E.,” and gave a short, gracious acceptance speech.

Read the Academy's explanation to bringing Brown back to the Grammys.

If Brown is feeling sorry for himself, we’re sure he can find comfort in the arms of plenty of girls, who, apparently, don’t mind if their man comes with a history of violence.

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<p>Fiona Apple</p>

Fiona Apple

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Fiona Apple confirms SXSW festival gig: What can we expect?

New Apple album on the way in 2012, so is this a way to introduce it?

Fiona Apple hasn't done many high-profile gigs in the last five years, but the Los Angeles-based songwriter is stepping out this spring at South By Southwest. The 34-year-old has been confirmed for Pitchfork's SXSW showcase at the Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas on March 15.

The space holds around 400 people, reserved only for badgeholders during the music conference -- that's not a lot of people to witness what may be Apple's first new songs since 2005's "Extraordinary Machine."

Epic's LA Reed Tweeted earlier this year that fans could expect her next album in a "few weeks," causing a spokesperson to reel that claim in. “It’ll absolutely be this year,” said the spokeswoman. "But timing wise, I don’t know exactly when.”

Every year breeds talk that it will be the year Apple releases new music, but even Apple herself mentioned that an album was finished -- and has been finished for more than a year. During a rare appearance at Largo in L.A. with frequent collaborator Jon Brion, Apple declined singing any of her new songs. "I can't remember [how to play] any of my new songs because they've been done for a f*cking year."

Apple has sung jazz and traditional tunes live in years after she was finished touring off of "Machines," and contributed some help to new recordings like the Buddy Holly cover "Everyday" for 2011's "Rave On Buddy Holly" tribute comp and "Hey Big Dog" on Margaret Cho's 2010 comedy album "Cho Independent."

SXSW may be Apple's larger-scale introduction to her new music.

Are you ready to have her back?

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<p>Jack White and Ruby Amanfu in &quot;Love Interruption&quot;</p>

Jack White and Ruby Amanfu in "Love Interruption"

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Watch: Jack White has a 'Love Interruption' with blue-hued music video

Former White Stripes frontman set solo dates in conjunction with 'Blunderbuss'

Nothing says Valentine's Day like the line "I want love / to murder my own mother."

Jack White has released the accompanying music video to his single "Love Interruption," and you can be assured by his baller status because he surrounds himself with beautiful women. Duetting singer Ruby Amanfu, singer-songwriter Brooke Waggoner on wurlitzer and classical performer Emily Bowland on bass clarinet round out the band on this sparse track, their beehives cast into the blue, blue air of the clip.

OH! And there's a dog. There's a widdle wuv for you. White directed the clip himself.

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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Recap: 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' - 'Reunion Pt. 3'

It's Kim's turn on the reunion that seemingly will never end

We have finally reached the end of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" three-part reunion, which feels a bit like having gotten through a particularly tedious government studies class or a "Nightline" marathon. But the good news is that we finally get to see Kim post-rehab, Dana (before she's shuffled off into the reality TV sunset, I'm sure) and all the many men of the show (all three of them). And really, isn't that enough?

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Watch: Train takes classic cars in sweet video for 'Drive By'

Watch: Train takes classic cars in sweet video for 'Drive By'

It's hard to do a 'Drive By' in a locomotive

Train’s Patrick Monahan likes his lady, his wine and his classic car and not necessarily in this order.

In the video for the jaunty “Drive By,” he’s done his woman wrong and has to figure out a way to get back into her good graces. He’s got a lot going for him (besides being a rock star): he’s got a 1967 Pontiac Firebird and lots of friends who also can caravan with him in their classic cars  (remember, the song is called “Drive By”) from San Francisco to Sonoma.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Ethan McCord in a still from James Spione's 'Incident in New Baghdad.'</p>

Ethan McCord in a still from James Spione's 'Incident in New Baghdad.'

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Oscar-nominated short ‘Incident in New Baghdad’ inspires death threats

The veteran who serves as the film's central subject has come under attack

Director James Spione’s Oscar-nominated short documentary “Incident in New Baghdad” focuses on one of the Iraq War’s most controversial events. On July 12, 2007, two Apache helicopters opened fire on a group of people in Baghdad, killing two Reuters journalists and a number of other unarmed civilians. Nearly three years later, in April of 2010, WikiLeaks released classified footage of the incident from a gunsight camera, turning the eyes of the world toward what became known as the “Collateral Murder” video.

One of the first infantry soldiers to reach the scene on the ground, Ethan McCord, also became the only veteran willing to speak publicly about the events of that day. McCord saved two children who were caught in the fire and later became an outspoken supporter of the anti-war movement, as well as the primary subject of Spione’s documentary short. You can take a look at a clip of McCord’s description of the killings in an excerpt from the film here and, if you so choose, the actual “Collateral Murder” video here.

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The Costa Concordia

 The Costa Concordia

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Watch: Chaos breaks out in 'Cruise Ship Disaster: Inside the Concordia'

Survivors' footage drives the special about the recent maritime disaster

If it all seemed a bit like the sinking of the Titanic when it was happening, the capsizing of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy is now revealed to be, at least through survivors' footage, possibly just as scary. In "Cruise Ship Disaster: Inside the Concordia" (world premiere special airs Sun. Feb. 19 at 10 p.m. on Discovery), exclusive footage shows Captain Francsesco Schettino speaking by phone on the bridge, seemingly oblivious to the emergency situation unraveling for his 4,200 passengers and crew. An officer is heard shouting, "What shall we do?" while someone else cries "General emergency!" and yet the order to abandon ship still isn't given. Instead, Schettino is heard asking for "tug boats." Hard to believe? Watch a snippet of the special below. 

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<p>Bradley Cooper</p>

Bradley Cooper

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'Hangover' star Bradley Cooper will present at the Oscars

Actor will soon be seen in 'The Words' and 'The Silver Linings Playbook'

Bradley Cooper will get over his "Hangover" on Oscar night by acting as a presenter at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony,

He'll be in good company, joining such previously announced Oscar presenters as Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Milla Jovovich, Emma Stone and Jennifer Lopez.

The hilarious cast of "Bridesmaids," including Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Ellie Kemper, Rose Byrne and Wendy McLendon-Covey, will also present together. The telecast produced Brian Grazer and Don Mischer.

Besides the two “Hangover” films, Cooper has recently been seen in “Limitless,” and “Valentine’s Day.” He'll next appear in the Sundance competitor “The Words," “The Place Beyond the Pines, "Serena” and David O. Russell's  “The Silver Linings Playbook.”

The Academy Awards will air live Sunday, February 26 from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

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