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'Xscape,' Michael Jackson album of previously unreleased material, set for May 13 release

What does 'contemporized' mean?

We’ve long known at Michael Jackson left unreleased material before he died on 2009. Now the world will get to hear eight of the songs on “Xscape,” an 8-song collection featuring “contemporized” versions of the tunes. Epic Records will release the set May 13 in conjunction with Jackson’s estate.

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<p>David Duchovny</p>

David Duchovny

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NBC 'Aquarius' will pit David Duchovny against Charles Manson

'Californication' star's new drama gets a 13-episode order

NBC is going back to the past in its latest piece of scheduling for its future.

The network announced on Monday (March 31) that it has given a direct-to-series order to "Aquarius," a true crime drama that will mark David Duchovny's return to broadcast TV.

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David Duchovny to star in NBC's Charles Manson drama 'Aquarius'

David Duchovny to star in NBC's Charles Manson drama "Aquarius"
Fresh off "Californication," Duchovny will star in a period drama playing a detective who hunts a hippie cult leader who turns out to be the notorious Charlie Manson.


"Nashville" going on a 3-city tour
The cast will perform in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., with Will Chase joining in for the NYC date. PLUS: Connie Britton joins Twitter.


"The Walking Dead" promotes 3
Alanna Masterson, Andrew J. West and Christian Serratos will become series regulars next season.


Spike TV renews "Ink Master"
The tattoo reality show will be back for a 16-episode 5th season.


Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd go "topless" on "The View"
They were talking about "Girls" when they decided to take off their tops, which were obscured by black bars.


"Once Upon a Time" character is really gone
"The decision was one that was not made lightly," exec producer Adam Horowitz says of last night's episode.

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Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts

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Emma Roberts reveals her 'Mean Girls' angle for 'American Horror Story'

The "Coven" star says she found inspiration in a familiar place

Surprise, bitch! Didn't you love Madison's snarky, witchy attitude on "American Horror Story: Coven"? I had a chance to talk to star Emma Roberts about her memorable character during PaleyFest, and while she wouldn't name any real-life stars who inspired the character (darn), she did explain why Madison might feel a little familiar. 

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Shakira and Blake Shelton
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Shakira and Blake Shelton to perform together at ACM Awards

The Band Perry will open Sunday's show

Shakira and her fellow “The Voice” coach Blake Shelton will perform their duet, “Medicine,” on Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

The ceremony, which airs live from Las Vegas, will be co-hosted by Shelton and Luke Bryan. The Band Perry will open the show with what the ACMS are calling an “explosive” performance (we’re hoping they mean pyro).

Other previously announced performers include Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, George Strait, Hunter Hayes, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Keith Urban, and Lady Antebellum with Stevie Nicks (in a re-creation of their CMT “Crossroads” special). Garth Brooks will present Merle Haggard with the Crystal Milestone Award.

Hitfix will be at the event and will bring you all the news at it happens.

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Jason Sudeikis at this year's Academy Awards.
Jason Sudeikis at this year's Academy Awards.
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Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall to get cosy in 'Tumbledown'

The independent romantic comedy has begun shooting in Massachusetts

When Jason Sudeikis presented at the Oscars earlier this month, it was as good an indication as any that the industry no longer sees him simply as an overgrown "Saturday Night Live" comic. And while his films thus far (a small role in "Drinking Buddies" notwithstanding) have been in a fairly broad mainstream comic vein, he's evidently looking to class things up a bit with something a little more festival-friendly. "Tumbledown," an independent romantic comedy in which he stars alongside Rebecca Hall, has begun shooting in Massachusetts -- filling in for Maine, apparently.

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Best and Worst of 'Noah'

Best and Worst of 'Noah'

What worked and what didn't

Darren Aronofsky's highly anticipated epic "Noah" got off to a thunderous start over the weekend taking in $43.7 million at the box office. While critics gave the "it's sort of the biblical story it's sort of not" flick mostly positive reviews, Cinemascore says moviegoers gave it just a C.  Considering how even an average movie will earn an A in Cinemascore's system that's not a great sign for the film's future prospects. 

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Jordin Gavaris

Jordan Gavaris

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Interview: 'Orphan Black''s Jordan Gavaris talks nudity, homophobia

Felix will be going through some changes in season 2

No matter how many times I meet Jordan Gavaris, I don't think I'll ever get used to how far removed he is from his indelible "Orphan Black" character, Felix Dawkins. That perfect English accent? The snarky attitude? The fabulous rent boy wardrobe? All part of the character -- and diametrically opposed to Gavaris' own Canadian accent, preppy clothes and exceedingly polite behavior.

As much as his co-star Tatiana Maslany has dominated headlines (and rightfully so) with her portrayal of multiple clones, Gavaris has resonated with fans as the guy you'd most want to call during a crisis. Felix might roll his eyes and crack wise, but he'd definitely be there for you. How can we not love Felix? 

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Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams

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Pharrell Williams to join judges' panel on 'The Voice' this fall

But who will be sitting next to him?

Looks like an empty chair on "The Voice" has been filled. Pharrell Williams, who has dominated the airwaves with "Happy" and his Daft Punk collaboration "Get Lucky," will be joining the show as the latest judge. 

Williams isn't entirely new to the show, of course. He was an advisor to Usher's team in season four. Given how busy -- and monumentally successful -- his recording career has been of late, the only question may be why he wants to spend time on a TV show. Of course, those chairs look pretty comfy. He may just want to sit down for a while. 

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<p>When you&#39;re talking about America and how it&#39;s been defined on film, you have to include Rocky Balboa in that conversation.</p>

When you're talking about America and how it's been defined on film, you have to include Rocky Balboa in that conversation.

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We introduce the new show 'Ask Drew' and we need your help to make it work

Plus I answer a reader's question about movies about America

The video team here at HitFix constantly impresses me with not only the volume of work that they produce, but also the quality. We've gotten very lucky with the people we've hired, and they make any of our collaborations both easy and fun.

Last week, they approached me about a new ongoing feature that they wanted to do, and tomorrow, we're going to shoot the first episode of "Ask Drew," which is exactly what it sounds like. I am constantly asked questions via e-mail and Twitter and in our comments section, and I feel like I never fully answer all of them, something that makes me feel terrible. I am grateful for each and every reader of the work we do here at HitFix, and if I can answer something, I try to.

To that end, we are going to try something a little different here starting tomorrow. I want you to send me your questions about anything [Email: Video@HitFix.com]. Any topic. But they're not going to come directly to me. Instead, you'll send them to the video team. They'll pull the best questions, and then ask them to me as we shoot the video, with no prep and no warning. It's going to be unfiltered and off-the-cuff, and hopefully it'll give you a chance to let us know what you're most interested in.

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in &quot;Serena&quot;</p>

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in "Serena"

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New images from Susanne Bier's 'Serena' with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper

When will the film finally make it to theaters?

The last thing I heard about Susanne Bier's long-awaited "Serena" is that certain parties involved didn't want the film released in 2013. I have no idea if it's a bad film or not and would have hurt the Oscar prospects of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in "American Hustle," but it remains quite strange that a film starring that hot a duo coming off "Silver Linings Playbook" still hasn't been released, nor (at least) landed a release date.

It's also been in post-production for a long while, however, and films can be fashioned out of trouble with the right editorial care. Just ask, well, "American Hustle." I'm a big Susanne Bier fan (she took home the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar a few years back for "In a Better World" — more awards cache for the film) and I'm intrigued by this story, set in Depression Era North Carolina and based on the Ron Rash book about timber magnate George Pemberton (Cooper) and his wife (Lawrence). So here's hoping it finds its way into the light of day soon enough.

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Pitbull and G.R.L.
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Pitbull and G.R.L. visit the Playboy mansion in laughably bad 'Wild Wild Love' video

Hef knows better than to show up

It feels almost unfair to rag on Pitbull’s video for “Wild Wild Love” featuring G.R.L., when it could be so much worse… but we’re not going to let that stop us.

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