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'Wolf Creek 2' is less brutal than the original and plays its killer more broad

'Wolf Creek 2' is less brutal than the original and plays its killer more broad

It's still a dark, grim piece of work, though

It is incredibly unusual for a sequel to take eight years, and it's even more uncommon for a sequel made after that kind of delay to actually be made by the creative team behind the original. Normally, if it had taken this long to get a sequel made, it would most likely be a whole new group of people working with a property, but here, we've got writer/director Greg Mclean back in the driver's seat, working with co-writer Aaron Sterns (who has worked with Mclean in other capacities on earlier films) and with John Jarratt, who once again plays outback serial killer Mick Taylor.

I hadn't seen the original in so long that I had to go back and find my original review to try and remind myself what my issues with it were. I knew I liked the original, but that something had made me hesitant to give it a whole-hearted recommendation. It's a brutal movie, with some truly horrible violence, but I admired the way Mclean handled it. He played rough, but for good reason, and the best moments in the film were genuinely difficult to watch.

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Jermaine Dupri

Mariah Carey will tour behind new album, according to Jermaine Dupri

Watch our video: Dupri on why Carey's the last of the great singers

Mariah Carey’s closest collaborator,  producer and now co-manager Jermaine Dupri, understandably thinks that Mimi is the last of the great singers still regularly releasing albums.

We chatted with Dupri at the ASCAP Pop Awards Wednesday night. The video opens as we’re asking why she may be having a bit of a tough time taking off at radio, but he deflected us and explained that “The Art of Letting Go” was never an official single— it was meant to remind the fans what a great voice she has—when we were actually asking about “You’re Mine (Eternal),” which was released as an official single around Valentine’s Day. However, we both agree that Carey is one of the most successful artists ever.

“When I came in to help on the management side, I heard a lot of people saying they weren’t getting the Mariah Carey records they were used to. they weren’t getting the ballads. To this day, Celine Dion isn’t dropping records the way she used to and we lost Whitney Houston. There’s not really a person or people out there that’s putting this type of music out there. I feel like Mariah is that person.”

He reveals that Carey will be touring behind this album, which isn’t always a given with her.  He says “yes” when I asked if she was going on a full tour. Carey’s oft-delayed new album comes out May 6, although we don't see it listed as a pre-order on Amazon, so we're checking with the label and will keep you posted.

Dupri is working on new albums on Usher, Jagged Edge, and Bow Wow.

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Katy Perry

Katy Perry shows off her 'golden nuggets' in hilarious 'Birthday' video

You may not want her to come to your party

Everyone loves to celebrate their birthday, but they might not want to invite Katy Perry after watching her video for “Birthday.”

In the very amusing clip, Perry plays several different characters, ranging from a geriatric stripper (nicknamed Goldie because of her “golden nuggets”) to an alcoholic clown, an unartistic face painter with a horrible case of vocal fry, a very hungry beat-boxing Bat Mitzvah MC straight out of the Borscht Belt, and an animal trainer who may want to rethink his career choice.  

In each scenario, let’s just say things do not go as planned for the birthday celebrants, and the video is appropriated dubbed “The World’s Worst Birthday Party Entertainers” for a reason. However, all's well that ends well, especially for a group of little girls, who get the surprise of their young lives.

Perry is such a natural in front of the camera, a great mimic, and totally fearless, which all makes for a very fun video that reveals something different on each viewing.

During her CMTCrossroads” taping with Kacey Musgraves, she revealed that this was her most “insane” clip yet and she wasn’t kidding…

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A 'Friday the 13th' TV series is in the works

A “Friday the 13th” TV series is in the works
The director of the original 1980 film, Sean S. Cunningham, will produce the project that reimagines Jason in multiple time periods. Unlike the original 1987 “Friday the 13th” TV series, this one will actually use Jason Voorhees.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

"The Vampire Diaries"

Credit: The CW

'Vampire Diaries'' Ian Somerhalder and EP Caroline Dries talk big changes ahead

Three 'permanent deaths' will happen by season's end

The CW doesn't ask reporters to come by to watch an upcoming episode of "The Vampire Diaries"  (Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET on the CW) and chat with Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) and executive producer Caroline Dries every day, so I had reason to believe something big was in the works for the show this week. No spoilers here, but I wasn't wrong. 

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Is the 'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff actually 'When Harry Met Sally'?

Is the “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff actually “When Harry Met Sally”?
Meg Ryan, after all, will be voicing the character of “Future Sally" on "How I Met Your Dad."


Lifetime denies “True Tori” is fake
The cable network says talk that Tori Spelling faked her cheating scandal to get a reality show is “so false."


Netflix announces “The Killing’s” final season premiere date
The final six episodes drop on Aug. 1.


Meet Tatiana Maslany’s “Orphan Black” clone double
“I could cry thinking about her,” Maslany says of Kathryn Alexandre, who also helps play every single clone. “She’s so amazing. She memorizes all of the lines, all of my blocking, all of her blocking, my mannerisms, my impulses; she, somehow, memorizes all of that and gives it back to me with a performance I can play off of.”


“True Blood’s” Sam Trammell will star in the Amazon pilot “Cocked”
The series from the creator of “Lie to Me” will have Trammell playing a man who returns to his family’s gun business after a falling out with his brother and father.


Discovery reality special will follow “mechanical savants” who mash-up cars
The Appalachian-set “Rebel Road” will follow the people who create what are known as “rat rods.”


Joan Rivers refuses to apologize for her joke about the women held captive in Cleveland
“Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space,” Rivers said on “Today” while promoting her “Melissa & Joan” reality show and comparing her living situation to theirs. The joke prompted the womens’ attorney to ask for a “sincere apology.”


See the “Girl Meets World” poster
Check out Disney Channel’s happy family portrait.

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<p>&quot;Red Army&quot;</p>

"Red Army"

Credit: Sony Classics

Sony Classics set for a bumper year at Cannes, following acquisition of 'Red Army'

The hockey doc joins 'Foxcatcher,' 'Coming Home,' Whiplash' and 'Mr. Turner'

Last year was a slightly quieter one than usual for Sony Pictures Classics on the prestige film circuit -- the studio had a number of strong titles, from Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" to Ralph Fiennes's "The Invisible Woman," but only a couple that really connected with audiences. Their strongest Oscar contender, Woody Allen's surprise hit "Blue Jasmine," ruled the Best Actress race but didn't make it all the way to Best Picture. Meanwhile, Best Foreign Language Film -- the category that they normally have on lock, with four consecutive wins between 2009 and 2012 --  didn't go their way at all, with several surprise omissions keeping them out of the final five. 

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NBC and USA to remake Telemundo telenovelas in English

NBC and USA to remake Telemundo telenovelas in English
Shows like "Mujer de Acero” (Woman Of Steel) will get an English language remake as the two NBC Universal channels have agreed to remake shows from its Spanish-language sibling for the first time.


“The Bachelorette” creator: “This transcends everything, certainly a television show”
"He was such a young guy who lived life to the fullest,” Mike Fleiss says of Eric Hill. "I couldn't believe it when I heard. I'm still in shock. We're all in shock.”


ABC News renews George Stephanopoulos’ contract
He’ll continue with his roles on “GMA” and “This Week."


Jimmy Kimmel's “Scandal” special was his most-watched episode ever
“Jimmy Kimmel Live: Behind the Scandalabra” attracted more than 4 million viewers.


“Longmire” returns June 2
A&E has some details on the Season 3 premiere.


“The Americans’” Holly Taylor says she has to occasionally leave the room while watching the show
The 16-year-old actress, who plays daughter Paige, also admits she’s never watched “Felicity,” but she’s worn the “Felicity” wig.


Jon Stewart fires back at Hannity: “My God, you’re the Arby’s of news”
On being called a “comedic hack,” Stewart replied: "The hack thing hurts a little. But the wound is healed by the ointment of your attention.”


“Veep’s” Jonah says he “boned” his audition
Timothy Simons tells Letterman he tries to be overly nice in real life.


Ginnifer Goodwin talks about marrying Josh Dallas soon after wrapping “Once Upon a Time”
The very pregnant Goodwin learned that she wasn’t Jimmy Kimmel’s most pregnant guest ever.


Colin Quinn urges Seth Meyers to crack down on Fred Armisen’s frequent “Late Night” absences
The “Late Night” bandleader was expected to take time off to film “Portlandia,” but he’s out again this week attending another festival in Austin.

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<p>Ty Burrell takes Sydney</p>

Ty Burrell takes Sydney

TV Ratings: 'Survivor' and 'Modern Family' lead, but FOX still tops Wednesday

'American Idol' is up week-to-week in all measures for FOX

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

"Survivor" was Wednesday night's top show overall, while "Modern Family" was the best among young viewers, but with "American Idol" posting week-to-week gains, FOX won the night in all measures.

With CBS and NBC mostly in repeats, the night was short on notables. "Suburgatory" retained most of its "Middle" lead-in, as "Mixology" squandered more than half of its "Modern Family" lead-in, but that's pretty much business as usual. And over on The CW, both "Arrow" and "The 100" were steady in the key demo, but down a hair overall.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Vanessa Redgrave and Kelly Reilly in &quot;Black Box.&quot;</p>

Vanessa Redgrave and Kelly Reilly in "Black Box."

Credit: ABC

Review: ABC goes to silly extremes with bipolar medical drama 'Black Box'

Kelly Reilly and a talented cast are wasted in a bad mash-up of 'House' and 'Homeland'

If there's been one glaring flaw in this new golden age of TV drama, it's that so much of it has focused on stories of damaged male anti-heroes, without offering us enough equally complicated female protagonists to balance them out. There have been some breakthroughs here and there — the amazing ensemble of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" by itself does a lot to balance the numbers out — some shows that stuck around only briefly like "Enlightened," and some shows that seemed headed for the pantheon before falling short like "Homeland," but it's an area where TV could definitely stand to improve.

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Stephen Colbert crashes 'The Daily Show': 'It’s become clear to me that I’ve won television'

Stephen Colbert crashes “The Daily Show”: “It’s become clear to me that I’ve won television"
Colbert formally announced his departure to Jon Stewart, saying: “I’m really going to miss me" and that Letterman's job is going to "some fat guy." PLUS: “Cake Boss” bakes a Colbert Bust cake.


MTV is reviving "Buckwild" -- near Sarah Palin's home in Alaska
TMZ reports that the West Virginia reality show, which was canceled after one of its stars died, is currently filming in Wasilla, Alaska.


CBS’ final “Thursday Night Football” game is set for Oct. 23
Will “The Big Bang Theory” reclaim its timeslot in time for Halloween?


Kerry Washington, Seth Meyers, Key & Peele, Benedict Cumberbatch among Time’s 100 Most Influential People
President Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett penned a tribute to the “Scandal” star, while Amy Poehler honored Meyers, her "SNL" pal. Meanwhile, Judd Apatow wrote about how Key and Peele “make me laugh — hard.” Colin Firth paid tribute to Cumberbatch, Richard Linklater had a few words for Matthew McConaughey, and Michael Bloomberg said Charlie Rose's interviews are "substantive, thoughtful and probing." UPDATE: And Shonda Rhimes on "Weeds" and "Orange is the New Black" creator Jenji Kohan, and Naomi Watts on Robin Wright.

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Tom Petty

Interview: Tom Petty is ready to rock with new album, 'Hypnotic Eye'

Why it's been so long between albums

Tom Petty received the Founders Award Wednesday night from performing rights organization ASCAP for the contributions he’s made to songwriting, but when Petty talked with HitFix, he was much more interested in talking about his songs to come rather than the ones in his past, especially the tunes on his forthcoming album, “Hypnotic Eye,” tentatively scheduled for release this summer.

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