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<p>The Scherbatsky sisters (Lucy Hale and Cobie Smulders) reunited on &quot;How I Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

The Scherbatsky sisters (Lucy Hale and Cobie Smulders) reunited on "How I Met Your Mother."

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Vesuvius'

Was the latest twist of the final season one bad decision too many?

I know I got out of the weekly "How I Met Your Mother" review business, but I said I would make exceptions for episodes that were notably very good or very bad. We got one of those two tonight, and I have a review of it coming up just as soon as my old friend Mr. Lincoln emancipates that information...

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Fox schedule shakeup: 'Rake' to Fridays, 'Idol' to 9 pm on Thursdays

Fox schedule shakeup: “Rake” to Fridays, “Idol” to 9 pm Thursdays
“Hell’s Kitchen” will air before “American Idol” on Thursday.

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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot; judge Jennifer Lopez</p>

"American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez

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FOX pushed 'American Idol' back an hour, shifts 'Rake' to Fridays

'Hell's Kitchen' premiere is bumped to two weeks from now

With "American Idol" struggling against "Big Bang Theory" and even "The Millers" and with "Rake" struggling against competitive test patterns and out-of-season Yule Logs, FOX has made some key mid-spring swaps.

The network announced on Monday (March 3) afternoon that the Season 12 premiere of "Hell's Kitchen" has been pushed up to Thursday, March 13 at 8 p.m. That night, "American Idol" will push back an hour to 9 p.m. 

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Samsung trained Ellen on taking a selfie after negotiating to have its smartphone 'integrated' into the Oscars

Samsung trained Ellen on taking a selfie after negotiating to have its smartphone “integrated” into the Oscars
The Wall Street Journal reports that it was Ellen DeGeneres’ idea to take a selfie, and it was ABC who thought it should be done on a smartphone from Oscar sponsor Samsung. So last week, officials from Samsung, which paid $20 million for Oscar ads, trained Ellen on using the Samsung Galaxy to take a selfie. PLUS: Bradley Cooper may own the copyright on the selfie, ranking the celebrities in that selfie, and was this a game-changer for product placement?

Oscar producers wanted to hire an actor to play the pizza delivery guy
The producers are revealing secrets from last night’s broadcast, including that Ellen protested when they suggested that an actor be hired to deliver the pizza Says producer Craig Zadan: "We said that the FBI would have to do a background check. She said, 'I don’t care. I want it to be real. I want this guy to walk in and not know he's going to the Academy Awards.'"

Coca-Cola celebrates its free Oscar publicity via its logo on pizza boxes (Pepsi was the official sponsor)
"Big Mama's and Pappa's Pizzeria getting a thank-you note tomorrow,” tweeted Coke’s vice president of marketing, after getting the free plug.

Ellen’s selfie was a victory for TV, not Twitter
As Sam Biddle points out, "We were already tuned in—we already agreed to care about these people. We were Ellen's, not Twitter's, putty in the hands of ABC and not (Twitter co-founder) Jack Dorsey. Really, convincing millions of Oscar-watchers to spread that  selfie was about as much of an accomplishment as getting the stars to accept a statuette.”

Neil Patrick Harris criticizes Ellen’s Oscar pizza bit
"That bit went on for a while didn't it?” he tells “ET. "The pizza bit  went on for a while ... I
won't lie to you about that. I was like, where you going with the pizza babe?"

“True Detective” creator: We’re not trying to trick you — no surprise ending next week
"I’ve enjoyed reading people theorize about what’s going to happen because it’s a sign that you’re connecting,” says Nic Pizzolatto. “But I’m also sort of surprised by how far afield they’re getting. Like, why do you think we’re tricking you? It’s because you’ve been abused as an audience for more than 20 years. I cannot think of anything more insulting as an audience than to go through eight weeks, eight hours with these people, and then to be told it was a lie—that what you were seeing wasn’t really what was happening. The show’s not trying to outsmart you.” PLUS: How last night’s ending came about, see an infographic for every character, how does Matthew McConaughey feel about the show so far?, 14 strange visual clues, and it seems there are more tricks up "True Detective's" sleeve.

Stana Katic is glad “Castle” is plunging tonight into dark new territory
"The show always kind of lies somewhere in between comedy and drama,” she says, "and being that this is as dark as the show can go, it was extraordinary to do that dance with some of the core group....”

“Veronica Mars” theme song “We Used to Be Friends” reimagined
The Dandy Warhols song now has a mature, soulful re-imagining.

More about “The Daily Show” newbie Jordan Klepper
Get to know the comedian replacing John Oliver.

A “Glee” baby!?
"We’re trying to conceive a child,” Jayma Mays says of Will and Emma.

Food Network taps Bill Rancic to host “Kitchen Casino”
“The Apprentice” and “Giuliana and Bill” star will helm a show that combines casino games and cooking.

Step inside a virtual reality re-creation of “Seinfeld's” apartment
A special headset will allow you to walk around Jerry’s apartment.

“Bates Motel” goes there, and 2 other reasons to watch
The A&E drama, which returns tonight for Season 2, is "a deliciously odd show,” says Richard Lawson, that isn’t afraid to portray Norma’s “vague incestuous codependency. "I’ll say this for the show’s most troubling undertones: they’re a real mark of bravery,” he says. PLUS: Season 2 will be “super-intense."

South Carolina newspaper tries to spoof Bravo’s “Southern Charm” reality show
The State has created “Southern Charm Bingo” to celebrate the Southern stereotypes on tonight's premiere.

Cheryl Burke: I had a tough time dealing with Brooke Burke-Charvet’s exit
"It's like your brother or your sister leaving,”  the longtime “Dancing” pro says. "It was hard for me to take it all in. It still is, a little bit."

“Treme’s” Rob Brown lands on NBC’s “Salvation” as Ashley Judd’s adopted son
He’ll co-star in the drama about a Texas megachurch.

Washington pizza restaurant deluged with “American Idol” calls
For some reason, calls were routed through Gordy's Pizza & Pasta last week.

Watch a comedian do 33 impressions from “The Simpsons” in 5 minutes
From Homer to Krusty and more.

“SNL’s” Sasheer Zamata becomes Peggy Olson
Check her out in “Black Mad Men.”

The Roots get their own “Tonight Show” web series
See the debut of "Ask The Roots."

“The Cosby Show” is coming to DVD, uncut
Season 1 will be released at the original network length, which is 2 to 3 minutes longer.

A&E’s “Those Who Kill” is yet another torture-filled murder show
Chloe Sevigny and James D’Arcy star in what has become a new golden age of TV torture, joining “The Bridge,” “The Fall,” “The Following,” “Hannibal” and “Bates Motel.” "'Those Who Kill' is going to have to try a little harder than crudely smearing lipstick on a framed portrait if it wants to distinguish itself in this distressingly over saturated field,” says Margaret Lyons. PLUS: Women deserve better than murder and mayhem shows, “Those Who Kills” squanders its talented cast, the big problem is its lack of humor, and Chloe Sevigny talks about her return to TV.

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It's time for a raid on England in the next episode of 'Vikings'

It's time to push forward, but that may not be a good idea

What did we learn from the season premiere of "Vikings" last week? It may have been over a thousand years ago, but even way back then divorce sucked, kids feel put in the middle, and women did not take kindly to a husband's suggestion they try a threesome. Ragnar, you dog, you!

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<p>Ralph Fiennes is at his very best in the delightful new film &#39;The Grand Budapest Hotel&#39; by Wes Anderson</p>

Ralph Fiennes is at his very best in the delightful new film 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' by Wes Anderson

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Review: Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' is both goofy and gorgeous

Ralph Fiennes has never been better

Wes Anderson has settled into his identity as a filmmaker, and by now, you probably have a pretty fair idea what you think of his voice and his general storytelling style. That's true of a lot of filmmakers, and even within that basic identity they create, there tend to be films that are more or less successful overall, films that feel like they represent the very best of what someone does. It is safe to say that "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is one of those breakthrough moments, a movie that is so beautifully realized from start to finish that I almost doubted myself on the way home. Could I really have enjoyed that film that much?

A Russian nesting-doll of a movie, this is a story within a story within a story within a story for much of its running time, with additional layers either peeled back or laid on top at various points, and there's a real beauty to the way Anderson structures everything. Without giving away all the wonderful layers to the game he's playing, it's safe to say that "The Grand Budapest Hotel" tells the story of how Gustave H., the concierge of the Grand Budapest, ends up mentoring Zero Moustafa, a lobby boy who is there when war finally ruins the world in which the Grand Budapest exists. It is a love story, a heist movie, a farce, a prison break mission movie, and a sort of beautiful ode to a time that has passed, and it juggles all these disparate threads in a way that is breathtaking and elegant.

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<p>A behind-the-scenes glimpse at the most retweeted selfie of all time.</p>

A behind-the-scenes glimpse at the most retweeted selfie of all time.

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The Long Shot: Hollywood takes a selfie at the Oscars -- in more ways than one

Why last night's winners reflect better on the Academy than an amiable ceremony

For a ceremony that wasn't even advertising itself as "the young, hip Oscars" -- how sparkly and limber Anne Hathaway looked in her presenting stint, relieved of that thankless, three-year-old yoke -- you could hardly move for all the pointed assurances that last night's Academy Awards were definitely taking place in the 21st century.

Selfies! Twitter! Lupita Nyong'o getting down to Pharrell! Bette Midler lusking out "The Wind Beneath My Wings!" Well, maybe not entirely in the 21st century. (At least some of it was in an altogether parallel universe, and not just the performance by venerated stage chanteuse Adele Dazim.) Still, a larger-than-usual proportion of the show was at least in the present tense, which is where it needed to be -- not least given that voters were evidently torn between one film that processes and reflects America's past, and another that offers glistening pointers to an entire medium's future.

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<p>Emmanuel Lubezki, an Oscar winner at last.</p>

Emmanuel Lubezki, an Oscar winner at last.

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Tech Support: 'Gravity,' 'Gatsby,' 'Dallas' and 'Frozen' ruled Oscar's craft categories

Four films got the love throughout the Academy's below-the-line fields

The morning after the Oscars is always a strange feeling. We've been covering this process in earnest for months, and now it's over. And for the first time ever, I'm pleased to say that I scored a perfect 10 in predicting the winners in the crafts categories! (I went 21/24 overall, missing Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short and…Best Picture.)

To be fair, however, I'm hardly the only person to have gone 10/10 in this respect. In that sense, we had a night without surprises, which is not to say we didn't have stories.

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Ellen gives the Oscar pizza guy a $1,000 tip on her talk show

Ellen gives the Oscar pizza guy a $1,000 tip on her talk show
Edgar Martiroysan was more dressed up during his visit to the Ellen show today. He is co-owner of Big Mama's & Papa's Pizzeria in Hollywood.

“The Daily Show" hires a new correspondent
Jordan Klepper, a veteran of the Upright Citizens Brigade, makes his debut tonight. PLUS: Watch Klepper in action.

Letterman attempts to break Ellen’s Twitter retweet record
"Only 2,881,887 retweets to go... #Letterman"

Bryan Singer will direct Vince Gilligan’s “Battle Creek”
Singer will reunite with “House” creator David Shore, joining the CBS pilot as executive producer.

Lena Dunham will write a 4-part “Archie Comics” story
"She's the voice of her generation," Archie co-CEO Jon Goldwater says of the “Girls” star. "To have someone like that say, 'Not only am I a fan, I'd love to write something,' it just epitomizes all the hard work we've put in for the last five years."

Bruce Jenner is the latest “Dancing” rumored name
Will the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians” vet join the ABC reality show?

“The Shield’s” Benito Martinez and “Deadwood’s” W. Earl Brown join ABC’s “American Crime”
The ABC drama project from Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley will star Martinez as a middle-class widowed father whose son is accused of a crime.

Amy Poehler is turned upside down by her “SNL” and “Parks and Rec” co-stars, plus Bill Murray
Check out what Andy Samberg, Adam Scott, Bill Hader, Bill Murray and Paul Rudd did to poor Poehler.

“Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul breaks the “Top Gear” speed record
The "Need for Speed” star beat all other celebrities.

Watch “Community’s” Dan Harmon in the trailer for “Harmontown”
The controversial TV boss is getting his own documentary.

NFL boasts: The Super Bowl's female viewership beats Oscar's total viewership
That’s 44.85 million female Super Bowl viewers to 43 million male and female Oscar viewers, according to an NFL spokesperson.

“The Americans” gets a 72% ratings boost from DVR viewers
New numbers show that 3.26 million watched the Season 2 premiere.

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<p>Pharrell Williams performing at the Oscars</p>

Pharrell Williams performing at the Oscars

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Album review: Pharrell Williams' 'G I R L' will make you 'Happy'

Guests Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys join the party

Pharrell Williams’ “G I R L” may open with a flourish of strings and have a few tastefully arranged string parts scattered throughout  (courtesy of Williams’ scoring collaborator, composer and arranger Hans Zimmer), but the album is anything but high minded.The whole idea with with “G I R L” is to have some fun.

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"Rods N' Wheels"

"Rods N' Wheels"

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CulturePop No. 39 - Billy Jr. and Shane of 'Rods N' Wheels,' Oscars, 'Bachelor'

We talk about the season finale, goats, Juan Pablo and much more

Doing a podcast right after the Oscars may have been a little much for us, as we had technical difficulties and human difficulties and, after panning John Travolta for mispronouncing Idina Menzel's name, I managed to slur it myself (but hey, I didn't call her Adele Dazim or anything). Thankfully, we had Billy Jr. and Shane from "Rods N' Wheels" (season finale 9:00 p.m. ET tonight on Discovery) as our guests. Could not have asked for nicer (or more patient) guys to chat with us. If you don't already watch the show, Melinda explains why you really, really should at the 33 minute mark. These guys are fun -- and shout out to Jay Leno, give them a call. They're waiting. We loved these guys, and we think you will, too. Here's the rundown (and, at the bottom, a clip from the show):

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<p>From &quot;Honeymoon&quot;</p>

From "Honeymoon"

Exclusive: Poster debut for scary SXSW film 'Honeymoon'

'Sinister' getaway becomes a post-nuptial nightmare in this Midnight selection

You know how catching the bouquet at the wedding is considered a "nice" thing? Well, you wouldn't want to get your hands on this one.

Today we exclusively reveal the poster to SXSW film pick "Honeymoon"; the synopsis alone gives me heebies.

Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon where the promise of private romance awaits them.  Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.

Midnight selection "Honeymoon" is helmed by first-time director Leigh Janiak, who was impressed by Treadaway's performances in "Fish Tank" and "Control."

"What's interesting about Harry is that he has this masculinity that's not a typical 'dude' way and I'm drawn to that... when he read it, he really got that this wasn't a stereotypical 'I'm a man' role," Janiak said in our interview. She said the film definitely has a way of toying with gender roles, a "back and forth," and a play on "how well you can really know another person."

"Honeymoon" premieres at the Austin-based fest on Friday (March 7) at 11:45pm at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz.

Honeymoon SXSW poster

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