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<p>Kristen Bell is &quot;Veronica Mars&quot; once again.</p>

Kristen Bell is "Veronica Mars" once again.

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Movie review: 'Veronica Mars' returns to dark, witty life

The Kickstarter-funded movie is more than just fan-service, but fans should love it anyway

However improbable its existence may be, however unconventional its funding was, the "Veronica Mars" movie exists. And it's a blast.

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<p>Mallory &amp; Mark of &quot;The Amazing Race: All-Stars&quot;</p>

Mallory & Mark of "The Amazing Race: All-Stars"

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Interview: Mark & Mallory talk 'Amazing Race: All-Stars'

Months later, they're still fighting over that darned backpack

Doing "The Amazing Race" with somebody you know and love certainly doesn't mean you're going to get along. Duh. 

Facing the unique pressures of a televised race around the world, we've watched married couples, best friends, siblings and parents-and-children get lost in squabbles both petty and significant. Usually after the fighting is over, the partners profess to continued love and the relationships, either by blood or by choice, can be expected to continue as before. It's part of the charm of "The Amazing Race."

This All-Stars season, though, "The Amazing Race" bucked formula. When Bopper had to bail on the season just hours before it began, Mark was allowed to race with Mallory, of Gary & Mallory fame, already a two-time contestant. They'd met previously, but she claimed not to know his last name. [It's Jackson.]

The Mark & Mallory experiment lasted for two Legs. In last Sunday's episode, the mismatched pair ran into a problem in China that could have befallen anybody -- Mark's backpack was left behind as they moved from one task to the next -- but the subsequent argument stemmed heavily from unfamiliarity. Mallory, holding both of their passports, wanted to keep running, especially since they were in first at the time. Mark, who borrowed the backpack from a friend, refused to abandon his stuff and demanded they go back. The fighting and disagreeing caused some delay and the subsequent discombobulation probably insured their eventual elimination.

Months later, Mark and Mallory still can't agree on how the backpack came to be left, nor the correct response to what became a catastrophe. In fact, while their both plenty respectful, there's little question that contentiousness remains. 

In this week's "Amazing Race" exit interview, Mallory discusses her short-notice decision to join the Race, Mark explains his initial hesitation to do the Race without Bopper and things get heated a couple times.

Click through for the full Q&A...

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Lena Dunham and Kate McKinnon

Lena Dunham and Kate McKinnon

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Lena Dunham And The National

The "Girls" creator and star makes her "SNL" debut

Well, this should be interesting.

Not “Saturday Night Live” itself, which I imagine will rebound quite nicely from last week’s fairly disastrous show. Rather, I mean reaction to Lena Dunham, who inspires more conversation than almost anyone else on television, all of which can be accurately described as “passionate.” Dunham, and her HBO “Girls,” seems to touch a nerve unlike anything else in current popular culture, to the point where any rationale online discussion of either seems as likely as my mother waking up tomorrow and suddenly understanding the concept of cloud computing.

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<p>Kristen Bell returns to one of her best roles in the new movie &#39;Veronica Mars,&#39; and the result will be worth the wait for fans.</p>

Kristen Bell returns to one of her best roles in the new movie 'Veronica Mars,' and the result will be worth the wait for fans.

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Review: 'Veronica Mars' will delight old fans and may even win new ones

The big-screen revival of the show feels like no time has passed

AUSTIN - It was smack dab in the middle of last year's SXSW festival that "Veronica Mars" made news with their massively successful Kickstarter campaign, so it seems only right that they would bring the film to premiere at the festival this year. As someone who enjoyed the show enormously while it was on the air, I am relieved to report that the film felt to me like it successfully recaptured the spirit of the show's first season. My only question at this point is how it will work for audiences who didn't see the show, which, based on the ratings, would seem to be pretty much everyone.

In the series, Veronica was a typical 15-year-old girl living in Neptune, California, a small community with a pronounced class struggle going on, until her best friend Lilly Kane (Amanda Seyfried) was murdered. Veronica's father Keith (Enrico Colantoni) was Neptune's sheriff, and when he became convinced that Lilly's billionaire father was the murderer, it ended up ruining his reputation. Someone else was arrested and convicted, and Keith ended up opening a private investigator's office. Veronica's mother left, and Veronica ended up channeling all of her private pain into working for her father and, on the side, working to solve Lilly's murder. The entire first season of the series dealt with that one story arc, and week to week, Veronica also got involved in cases that centered on her high school peers. It was a winning formula, with a very sharp verbal sense of humor and a willingness to tackle some ugly, difficult topics in the process like date rape, steroid abuse, alcoholism, and the death of the middle class.

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President Obama will introduce 'Cosmos'

President Obama will introduce “Cosmos”
The president recorded a special introduction for Sunday’s premiere on Fox and Nat Geo.


“Supernatural” spinoff gets a new name: “Supernatural: Bloodlines”
The CW pilot has also cast its female lead, actress Melissa Roxburgh.


“Community's" Dan Harmon: "True Detective" finale can't possibly disappoint
“If the finale tanks, I’ll be leaving the country,” Nic Pizzolatto told Dan Harmon, according to Vanity Fair, in a Twitter conversation that was apparently deleted. But Harmon says it isn't possible for the finale to disappoint: "There's no way for the finale to do me wrong because what’s for sale with that show isn’t the pay-off, it’s smelling the roses along the way.”


“Celebrity Apprentice” eyeing David Hasselhoff, Ian Ziering, Kate Gosselin
The long-delayed season is expected to begin filming next month.


Robert Patrick signs up for CBS’ “Suspicion”
He’ll play a federal agent in a drama about a group of super-geniuses. PLUS: Malik Yoba joins Fox’s “Empire,” and Harriet Harris joins NBC’s “Lifesaver."


Jimmy Fallon tries on Keri Russell’s “Felicity” wig from “The Americans”
"Who did I look like in that wig? Weird Robert Plant? Weird Leif Garrett?” asked Fallon. PLUS: Fallon plays “Truth or Truth” with Stephen Colbert.


A Johnny Carson sex tape!?
TMZ reports somebody is shopping a sex tape starring “The Tonight Show” icon recorded in the ‘70s, after failing to get Carson’s estate to buy the rights to the tape.


Watch the “24: Live Another Day” promo with all-new footage
“The Clock Starts Tickin This May.”

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<p>Jason Bateman and Rohan Chand co-star in the blisteringly funny &#39;Bad Words&#39;</p>

Jason Bateman and Rohan Chand co-star in the blisteringly funny 'Bad Words'

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Review: Jason Bateman gets a lot of mileage out of mean in the very funny 'Bad Words'

Chalk this up as another successful actor-turned director

AUSTIN - Jason Bateman has spent most of his life in front of the camera, and like many actors, he finally reached a point where he wanted to make a film of his own. Working from a wicked script by Andrew Dodge, he's made a film that gives him one of the best starring roles he's ever had, and it feels like even though this was written by someone else, it perfectly suits the comic sensibilities he's displayed as long as he's been working.

When Bateman was young, he had a knack for playing awful people who still somehow managed to be charming. Even though he was only on 21 episodes of "Silver Spoons," that was enough for me to identify him as someone worth watching. He and I are roughly the same age, and I liked that he had such a serene confidence about being a splendid asshole onscreen. Like Michael J. Fox, Bateman had a sense of natural comic timing that was equal to or better than any of his adult co-stars. It seemed like TV was where he worked most often, and as he got older, his attempts to cross over to film were largely unsuccessful.

Well, we're a long way from "Teen Wolf Too."

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<p>Rick Ross</p>

Rick Ross

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Rick Ross's 'Mastermind' set to rule the charts next week

Where does Pharrell Williams' 'G I R L' come in?

ScHoolboy Q will hand off the top spot on the Billboard 200 next week to fellow rapper Rick Ross, who will handily claim the top spot with sales of up to 160,000 for “Mastermind.” ScHoolboy’s “Oxymoron” slides to No. 5.

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<p>Friday&#39;s &quot;Enlisted&quot;</p>

Friday's "Enlisted"

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TV Ratings: 'Hannibal' drops, 'Enlisted' rises and ABC and CBS split Friday

'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' are Friday's leaders

Fast National ratings for Friday, March 7, 2014.

Once again, Friday night returns were predictable: "Shark Tank" topped the key demo and led ABC to victory among young viewers, while "Blue Bloods" dominated overall and capped off CBS' primetime sweep in that measure.

There were some minor variations below the leaders, though.

Boosted by a strong installment of "Dateline," NBC's "Grimm" was up week-to-week overall and in the key demo, but "Hannibal" was down sharply. 

FOX's "Enlisted" rose a hair in young viewers, but the military comedy couldn't boost "Raising Hope," which fell.

On to the numbers...

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<p>John Leguizamo and Jon Favreau teach Emjay Anthony the tricks of the trade as chefs who open a food truck in &#39;Chef,&#39; this year&#39;s opening night movie at SXSW.</p>

John Leguizamo and Jon Favreau teach Emjay Anthony the tricks of the trade as chefs who open a food truck in 'Chef,' this year's opening night movie at SXSW.

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Review: Jon Favreau serves up laughs and tears with his new film 'Chef'

Favs returns to his indie roots with his best film in years

AUSTIN - The Jon Favreau who wrote and directed "Chef" is the same Jon Favreau who helped create "Swingers" and "Made," the same guy who brought a distinctly independent voice to "Iron Man," the same guy who gave "Elf" such an unexpectedly big heart, and the same guy who seemed almost completely submerged in the giant studio product of "Cowboys and Aliens." I have no doubt you'll see plenty of people attempting to turn "Chef" into Favreau's autobiographical reaction to his own career, and while I think there are some valid and interesting parallels, I also think it would be both cheap and easy to assume that this is simply some knee-jerk cry of "But I'm really an ARRRRRRRTIST!"

"Chef" is a deceptively simple film. Favreau stars as Carl Casper, a chef who works for an upscale Los Angeles restaurant. Anointed a decade earlier as a promising young chef by a restaurant critic (Oliver Platt) in Miami, Carl has settled into a routine, cooking the same food every day, serving a menu he doesn't really believe in, and little by little, it's killing him. His job has already cost him his wife Inez (Sophia Vergera) and his son Percy (Emjay Anthony), and it feels like Carl barely exiss away from the kitchen. When the same critic who first helped make his reputation reviews the restaurant and delivers what feels like a very personal and pointed savaging, Carl melts down, and he finds himself out of work.

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<p>Emmy Rossum of &quot;Shameless&quot;</p>

Emmy Rossum of "Shameless"

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Interview: 'Shameless' star Emmy Rossum discusses Fiona's downward spiral

What leads to the quote 'I'm an actor, so I love to be degraded'?

[This interview contains spoilers for the current fourth season of "Shameless." Don't read if you're not caught up!]

Were there any justice or standards in awards voting, Emmy Rossum would already have a trio of Emmy nominations for her raw and fierce performance as Fiona Gallagher on Showtime's "Shameless."

She does not.

Fortunately, Emmy and Golden Globe voters should know that it's not too late and that Rossum has been doing some of her best work to date in the fourth season of "Shameless."

Although occasionally prone to questionable decisions, Fiona was always the glue that held the Gallaghers together, the responsible parental figure making sure lunches were made and utilities were paid. Sure she had questionable taste in men and she liked to get a little wild, but as the fourth season began, Fiona had her family on the verge of leaving the poverty line behind. She had upward mobility at a white collar job, a responsible boyfriend and a positive outlook.

Ooops.

Since that positive beginning, Fiona has been in a spiral that has included sleeping with her boyfriend's drug-abusing brother and, in a moment of unprecedented weakness, leaving a bag of cocaine out where wee Liam found it and overdosed. Jail and a plea bargain followed and when we left Fiona two weeks ago, she was realizing that even if she'd avoided prison, her life would never be the same.

Production on the "Shameless" season ended two weeks ago and I caught up with Rossum fresh off a brief vacation, where she tweeted that at least one fan accosted her on the beach to tell her she should be locked up for what she did to Liam.

Ouch.

And guess what? Rossum teases that Fiona has yet to hit bottom.

In the interview, Rossum talks about getting her mind around Fiona's descent this season and how she was able to convince herself that it all made sense for the character. She also discusses the maturation of young co-stars like Ethan Cutkosky and Emma Kenney and tells an unfortunate story about filming amidst the polar vortex this winter in Chicago.

Click through for the full Q&A. It's a good one.

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<p>Brice of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Brice of "Survivor: Cagayan"

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Interview: Brice Johnston talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Why was the 'beautifulest' Beauty such a threat?

The Beautiful People had to devour one of their own on Wednesday (March 5) night's "Survivor: Cagayan."

The Beauty Tribe held a big lead in Wednesday's Immunity Challenge, but squandered it and were forced to go to Tribal Council for the first time. 

As votes were tallied -- twice, since there was a three-way tie the first time -- the power was all in the hands of Jeremiah. In a six-person tribe, he had the choice between sticking with an alliance of four and booting Brice, or aligning with Brice and Morgan to eliminate Alexis.

In the end, Jeremiah chose numbers and social worker Brice Johnston was eliminated, taking his purple pants with him. 

The way Brice figures it, the other Beauty castaways felt threatened by him, specifically by his social game and by his effort in challenges and at camp. He left the game telling cameras that he didn't even remember the names of his tribemates.

In his exit interviews, Brice talks about his inner and outer beauty, explains why Jeremiah made the wrong decision and proves that he does, indeed, remember some Beauty names.

Click through for the full Q&A...

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<p>Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter, taking his slipcover suit out for a spin.</p>

Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter, taking his slipcover suit out for a spin.

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Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Sakizuke'

Hannibal and Will each pursue the color pallet killer

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as it sounds like I'm unemployed...

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