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<p>Ray&nbsp;Park and Dwayne Johnson in &quot;G.I.&nbsp;Joe:&nbsp;Retaliation&quot;</p>

Ray Park and Dwayne Johnson in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation"

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Tell us what you thought of 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation'

The Rock crashes multiplexes this weekend with the action figure-based sequel

Back when the first "G.I. Joe" film came out, I wasn't nearly as pro-Channing Tatum as I am these days. "21 Jump Street" and "Magic Mike" made most of us see the light on that one: dude's hilarious. So I mainly went into a matinee of "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" today to see what he had to offer in the wake of that comedic success, but this was clearly The Rock's show. Oh sorry...Dwayne Johnson.

Eh, it was worth the diversion I guess. Jonathan Pryce was a bit, well, priceless at times. HitFix's Drew McWeeny found it fun enough, calling it "breathless in all the right ways." But it's a turn-your-brain-off exercise if there ever was one, whether director Jon Chu's fandom shines through or not. Though Adrianne Palicki ain't too bad on the eyes for 90 minutes. Let us know what you thought/think if you get around to seeing it, and feel free to vote in our poll below.

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<p>It was all smiles when D.J. Cotrona and Adrianne Palicki sat down to discuss 'G.I. Joe:&nbsp;Retaliation' with us</p>

It was all smiles when D.J. Cotrona and Adrianne Palicki sat down to discuss 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' with us

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'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' stars Adrianne Palicki and D.J. Cotrona talk about growing up fans

Making the jump from fan to playing the role made some dreams come true

As "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" kicks off what looks to be a fairly successful weekend, I thought I'd bring you two final interviews I did for the movie last weekend.

First, we've got the pairing of D.J. Cotrona and Adrianne Palicki, who play Flint and Lady Jaye in the film. I'm not a first generation "G.I. Joe" fan. I didn't watch the cartoons or read the comics when I was a kid. I think I missed it all by a few years, and at the time it was huge, I was into things like Jim Jarmusch movies and live punk shows and bad behavior that drove my parents crazy. It's strange interviewing cast and crew who made this film who were younger than me, the perfect age to be "Joe" fans, and see that they've managed to take that childhood enthusiasm and translate it into this second attempt at pulling off the series on film.

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<p>Britney Spears</p>

Britney Spears

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Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 set for Wango Tango

Demi Lovato, Fall Out Boy also on KIIS-FM bill

Britney Spears will guest host KIIS-FM’s annual Wango Tango on May 11 with Ryan Seacrest.  Will.i.am will also be on the bill so can a duet on “Scream & Shout” be far behind?

Also appearing will be Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Flo Rida, Fall Out Boy, Afrojack, Icona Pop, Jason Derulo, Emeli Sande and Ariana Grande.

The event will be held at Carson, Calif.s Home Depot Center. Tickets go on sale April 5.

 

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<p>2012 Best Documentary Short Oscar winner &quot;Inocente.&quot;</p>

2012 Best Documentary Short Oscar winner "Inocente."

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Academy to revise Documentary Short rules and expand voting branch

Changes will give more voters a say in the award

Unsurprisingly, considering the minimal theatrical exposure documentary shorts receive even relative to their live-action and animated counterparts, Best Documentary Short annually seems to be the award about which most Oscar watchers (and even some pundits) seem to be the least aware and/or informed. And the same is true within the Academy itself: among the 6000 voting AMPAS members, only a few hundred vote in this particular category.

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"Strike Back" star Philip Winchester shoots an action sequence on a boat.
"Strike Back" star Philip Winchester shoots an action sequence on a boat.
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HitFix First Look: The 'Strike Back' guys commandeer a boat

An exclusive behind-the-scenes video from the Cinemax action drama's upcoming season

Cinemax's "Strike Backwon't be back until the summer — with new castmembers Dougray Scott and Robson Green in tow — but it's always fun to get a look at how at exactly how the mayhem involving Stonebridge, Scott and company comes together.

In this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip, star Philip Winchester talks us through a sequence in which our heroes from Section 20 commandeer a boat, using every weapon at their disposal.

Enjoy. Come summer, much ass will be kicked, and deservedly so.

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"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway" 

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Can we skip the team challenges next season, 'Project Runway'? Please?

The team concept has sent home too many designers before their times

Last night on "Project Runway," the team challenge format worked about as well as it ever has. Richard, the weakest link, turned in an outfit so subpar (that white skirt? Nonononono) the judges had no choice but to send him home. They anointed Stanley the winner for an adorable A-line dress, and all was well in the world. Well, kind of. Not really.

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<p>Tatiana Maslany as Sarah in &quot;Orphan Black.&quot;</p>

Tatiana Maslany as Sarah in "Orphan Black."

Credit: BBC America

Review: BBC America's 'Orphan Black' has fun with many faces

A petty criminal assumes the identity of her exact lookalike in an entertaining new series

There are some weeks so full of premieres that I don't have time to actually write reviews of all the shows I would like to, and then I content myself with the thought that at least I discussed them on the podcast with Dan.

But of course not everybody listens to the podcast, and I wanted to take some of the praise about "Orphan Black" from this week's show and put it into written form. A busy day, so let's go right to the bullet points:

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"Scandal"

 "Scandal"

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'Scandal' recap: The mole is revealed in 'Snake in the Garden'

Hollis asks Olivia for help and Jake wears down her defenses

I haven't always liked Mellie. In the last few weeks of "Scandal," she's been particularly annoying, tiptoeing around the Oval Office, inducing labor to pull Fitz closer, and generally meddling in matters about which she doesn't have all the information. But tonight, Mellie won me over, at least for a little while. Instead of wheedling and manipulating, she finally stood up to Fitz, calling him out on his pouty, cranky behavior (and comes awfully close to calling him a drunk to boot). Honestly, it's news he doesn't want to hear, but I have to think that a moment like this one -- in which his wife serves up the straight, uncensored truth -- may be the only way for him to find respect for FLOTUS again.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: 'American Gothic'

Klaus and Caroline spark while Katherine hides the cure

You know how every episode of "The Vampire Diaries" tends to have a central theme or issue? This one might be "Psyche!" or "Everything you know is WRONG" or "Only suckers assume, ha!" Nothing is quite what you think it is on this episode, which is all about messing with our expectations. Not that you can have a lot of expectations with this show, which tends to toss more curve balls than Nolan Ryan. But even your eyes will deceive you, whether or not you need glasses. So, that person? Looks like Caroline, but maybe it isn't. Might be Silas. Might not be a person at all. Or maybe it is. Gotcha!

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Watch: Ariana Grande's video for 'The Way' featuring Mac Miller
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Watch: Ariana Grande's video for 'The Way' featuring Mac Miller

'Nickelodeon' star leapt out of nowhere to claim top iTunes spot

Unless you’re a fan of Nickelodeon’s “Victorious,” you can be forgivenfor seeing Ariana Grande’s name at the top of the iTunes singles chart and saying, “Who?”

That’s understandable as her hit, “The Way,” has seemingly come out of nowhere to grab the top download spot.

“The Way,” which features Mac Miller prominently (you may remember that he debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last year with “Blue Slide Park” ), catapulted to the top spot on iTunes after its release a few days ago through Republic Records.

[More after the jump...]

 

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<p>Katharine McPhee</p>

Katharine McPhee

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 8: Results - Plus Katharine McPhee and Keith Urban

Which singer received the fewest votes after their Detroit-themed performances

It's time for our "American Idol" Thursday results. 

The way I'm figuring it, the judges would let Devin Velez or Lazaro Arbos go home without hesitation.

If anybody else finishes last, the Judges' Save would be a definite possibility. Burnell Taylor would be the most interesting case. I think all five "Idol" women would get saved if they're voted out this week, but would the judges go out of their way to protect the best male from this season's dismal crop?

Let's see how things go after the break... Plus? Katharine McPhee performs!

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<p>Album art for LL&nbsp;Cool J's &quot;Authentic&quot;</p>

Album art for LL Cool J's "Authentic"

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LL Cool J has guests galore on new album 'Authentic'

Fitz & The Tantrums, Snoop Dogg, and Travis Barker are also on new set

LL Cool J showed he still had it when his performance closed this year’s Grammy Awards. Now fans left wanting more will get plenty of LL Cool J, aka Todd Smith, when the “NCSI Los Angeles" star's” 14th studio album comes out April 30.

[More after the jump...]

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