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<p>Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith in &quot;Doctor Who.&quot;</p>

Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith in "Doctor Who."

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Review: 'Doctor Who' - 'Cold War'

The Doctor and Clara try to save a Soviet sub crew from a vengeful Martian warrior

A quick review of last night's "Doctor Who" coming up just as soon as I sing "Hungry Like the Wolf"...

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<p>Brad Paisley</p>

Brad Paisley

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Music Power Rankings: Coachella, Luke Bryan and Jay-Z

How does Margaret Thatcher play into this week's list?

1. Coachella: The first weekend of the desert alternative music festival gets underway. Rinse and repeat next weekend.

2. Brad Paisley: He wanted to “start a conversation” about race with his song “Accidental Racist” with LL Cool J. He may have gotten more than he bargained for, although it looks like the album will be his eighth Top 10 on the Billboard 200, so all press is good press.

3. Twitter: Following the company’s purchase of music tracking site We Are Hunted, the only question is how soon will Twitter’s music app launch? It could be while you are reading this and waiting for your invitation to music.twitter.app.

4. Republic Records:
Speaking of Coachella, the road to Indio, Calif. is paved with signs promoting Republic Records, home to five acts playing the festival. In a canny marketing move, the label bought eight billboards along the road to Coachella. Who’s in now for the road to Bonnaroo?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5. “Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead”: The “Wizard Of Oz” ditty climbs the UK charts following the passing of the polarizing former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. However, as far as we know, a house falling on her was not the cause of death.

6. Psy:
Can “Gentleman” come close to topping “Gangnam Style?” All we know is the S. Korean artist is drawing more attention in his native country than the missiles possibly  pointed its way by its neighbors to the north.

7. Jay-Z:  C’mon Hova... No more songs like “Open Letter,” where you address a litany of negative press. We know you can take the heat. Stop your whining. Can you talk about me in a song now?

8. Rick Ross: He apologizes a lot too late for his rape lyrics in “U.O.E.N.O” after Reebok drops him like it’s hot. Smart move, Reebok... last we checked, women buy your shoes too.

9. Luke Bryan: No one was more shocked that he captured the ACM Awards’ coveted entertainer of the year trophy more than he was. One of the truly all-time great award reactions with humility and delight ruling the day.

10. Universal Music Group: A lawsuit alleges there is “massive marijuana use” going on at the Santa Monica headquarters. Between that and the cocaine ring bust a while back, it looks like UMG may have found its way to deal with continuing declining album sales. 

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Vince Vaughn and Bobby Monyihan on this week's "Saturday Night Live"

Vince Vaughn and Bobby Monyihan on this week's "Saturday Night Live"

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Vince Vaughn And Miguel

The "Swingers" star swings by Studio 8H for the first time since 1998.
It’s been more than fourteen years since Vince Vaughn last hosted “Saturday Night Live.” In between then and now, Vaughn has starred in dozens of movies, many of them funny, and most of them even intentionally so. (“Domestic Disturbance” is fairly hysterical, although that doesn’t seem to be the goal.) His upcoming movie “The Internship” won’t be out until June, but ostensibly one or two people from the upcoming “Anchorman” sequel might pop up in order to support Vaughn’s appearance tonight. Was milk a good choice for me? We’ll have to find out. Along for the ride is musical artist Miguel. Let’s just both assume I know nothing about his musical output and that I’ll be going into any performance by him with the wide-eyed innocence of a newborn babe.
 
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"American Idol"

 "American Idol"

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Reality TV Roundup: The latest on 'Idol,' 'Runway,' 'Survivor' and more

It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now

 Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch any competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too. 
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<p>Nicole Kidman in &quot;Grace of Monaco.&quot;</p>

Nicole Kidman in "Grace of Monaco."

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Weinsteins to tease 'Grace of Monaco' at Cannes, while 'Zulu' will close festival

Harvey's using the Croisette as a buzz mill once more

We already knew that Olivier Dahan's "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman, isn't going to be ready in time for a Cannes Film Festival premiere -- appropriate as that would be for the Riviera-set biopic. But that's not stopping The Weinstein Company using the Croisette as a platform for the film anyway: Deadline's Nancy Tartaglione reports that footage from the film will be unveiled at the festival in some capacity.

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<p>&quot;Nurse Jackie&quot;&nbsp;star Edie Falco.</p>

"Nurse Jackie" star Edie Falco.

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'Nurse Jackie' star Edie Falco embraces change for season 5

Showtime dramedy will have a new showrunner in 'Dexter' vet Clyde Phillips
For most of her TV career, Edie Falco has benefited from continuity. Tom Fontana was the boss on “Oz” the entire time she was there. David Chase ran “The Sopranos” from first minute to last. And for the first four seasons of Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie,” Falco reported to writer/producers Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius.
 
But Wallem and Brixius left after the hospital dramedy’s fourth season, and have been replaced by former “Dexter” showrunner Clyde Phillips.(*) With the fifth season set to debut on Sunday night at 9, I talked with Falco about adjusting to a new boss, where Jackie’s head is at now that all her secrets are out in the open, and what her expectations are for whenever the series ends — especially given how her last show concluded.
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<p>The cast of &quot;The Bling Ring.&quot;</p>

The cast of "The Bling Ring."

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Emma Watson and fellow 'Bling Ring' stars introduce new clip on MTV

Sofia Coppola's latest closed out the channel's Sneak Peek Week

We had the poster for "The Bling Ring" a couple of days ago, and now the marketing push for Sofia Coppola's teen crime drama is in full swing. MTV closed out its Sneak Peek Week with a new clip rom the film introduced live by its five young stars: Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang, Israel Broussard and Claire Julien. I can't watch the clip because I live outside the US and am therefore not worthy -- thanks, MTV! -- but it's embedded after the jump, so check it out if you can and tell us what you think.

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<p>I may never eat mushrooms again thanks to 'Hannibal,' and that's after just two episodes.</p>

I may never eat mushrooms again thanks to 'Hannibal,' and that's after just two episodes.

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Why I'm signing on for the full run of Bryan Fuller's 'Hannibal'

There's no reason this should work on TV, so why are we so impressed?

I was working at a movie theater in Florida when Michael Mann's "Manhunter" opened. It was released with no fanfare, and it was a non-event at the box-office. I was in high school at the time, and I would make an effort to see everything that played at our theater. I had no idea what to expect from "Manhunter," and Mann's name was not on my radar in the same way that it is today.

As a result, I walked in cold and walked out positively flattened by what I saw. I went out afterwards and I went to a bookstore and I got a copy of the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon. I saw the film at least two or three more times in the fourteen days we played it, and I told several friends about it, taking them back to see it with me. When Silence Of The Lambs was released, it was already on my radar, and the news that Gene Hackman had optioned the rights and planned to make a film out of it only made it more attractive. I read it as soon as I could get my hands on a copy, and once again, I found myself captivated by the story being told. I loved the book, and I was bummed when Hackman dropped out of making it. When the film finally did come out, I was immediately a fan, amazed that I could handle two very different interpretations of Hannibal Lecter.

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<p>Michael of &quot;Survivor: Caramoan&quot;</p>

Michael of "Survivor: Caramoan"

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Interview: Michael Snow talks 'Survivor: Caramoan'

Latest castoff talks Corinne, Phillip and turkeys
If not for a major shift minutes before Tribal Council on Wednesday (April 10) night's "Survivor: Caramoan," not only would Michael Snow not have gone home, but his name probably wouldn't have been written down a single time.
 
The votes were supposed to go against Malcolm, but sensing a move to send her packing, Andrea urged her alliance to switch from a complicated, Favorite-alienating vote, to the seemingly more simple elimination of yet another Fan. And, indeed, it appears to have been easy enough to make that shift, as Michael departed the game with a blurred display of his middle finger and the kiss-off, "You Turkeys."
 
To some degree, Michael deserves credit for having made it past the Merge at all. He was the last Favorite standing from the three who made a straggling minority in the motley post-swap Bikal tribe, having watched Julia and best bud Matt go out earlier. And the writing was on the wall after last week's episode, in which Michael's fiercest ally, Corinne, was blindsided.
 
In his exit interview, Michael discusses the turkeys who voted him out, his relationship with Corinne and the one good thing about getting voted out early.
 
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<p>Chadwick Boseman's got to be feeling good about the work he did as Jackie Robinson in the new film '42'</p>

Chadwick Boseman's got to be feeling good about the work he did as Jackie Robinson in the new film '42'

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Chadwick Boseman talks about stepping into Jackie Robinson's shoes for '42'

How do you prepare to play a legend?

After seeing his work in "42" playing sports icon Jackie Robinson, I went to the IMDb to look him up, afraid I'd see that I somehow missed this guy. And while I'm pretty sure I've seen him onscreen before, it's safe to say that "42" is the biggest showcase he's had as a performer so far. For most audiences, "42" is going to be their introduction to him. And whatever you think of the film, it's safe to say that Boseman gives a charismatic central performance that should put him on the map for casting directors everywhere.

Stepping into the shoes of a giant is never easy, and one of the hardest things about doing a biopic is finding someone who can suggest the greatness that makes the subject worth talking about in the first place. With Jackie Robinson, you have a double challenge, because you have to not only somehow capture the enormous charisma that made him such a perfect candidate for mainstream integration but also do a credible job of suggesting the physical gifts that made Jackie such a joy to watch when he was on the field.

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<p>Paramore</p>

Paramore

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Can Paramore kick Justin Timberlake out of the Billboard 200's top spot?

Debuts dominate the Top 10: Eric Church, Brad Paisley come on strong

A revamped Paramore’s self-titled fourth set should top the Billboard 200 next week, followed by at least six other debuts. The Nashville-based rockers will sell up to 115,000 copies.

Brad Paisley’s “Wheelhouse,” fueled by the controversy over his track “Accidental Racist” with LL Cool J, is in a dead heat with Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” for No. 2, according to Hits Daily Double, although Timberlake, who has been at No. 1 for the past 3 weeks, may fall to No. 3.

The Band Perry’s “Pioneer,” which debuted at No. 2 this week, will likely slide to No. 4, although “Pioneer” and Blake Shelton’s “Based On A True Story...” are both poised to sell between 60,000-65,000 copies, so it’s too close to call on who will come in at No. 4 and who will settle for No. 5.

Other than Lil Wayne’s  “I Am Not  A Human Being II,” which likely falls from No. 5 to No. 8, the rest of the titles in the Top 10 belong to newcomers: Eric Church’s  “Live: Caught In The Act” will come in at No. 6, with sales of up to 60,000, while rapper Tyga’s “Hotel California” looks good for No. 7. Stone Sour’s  “House of Gold & Bones, Part 2” and heavy metal outfit Device’s self-titled set, both debuts, are too close to call for No. 9, with both slated to sell between 35,000-40,000.

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<p>Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth in &quot;Romeo and Juliet.&quot;</p>

Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth in "Romeo and Juliet."

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Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth swoon in new 'Romeo and Juliet' trailer

Latest adaptation of the Shakespeare chestnut is taking the traditional route

My first thought, upon hearing that producers were cooking up yet another adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," was something along the lines of, 'This? Again?' The star-crossed romance to end all star-crossed romances has been well served on screen over the years, while other Shakespeare works await definitive adaptations; you wouldn't think there are many new angles left to explore in it. 

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