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2013 MTV Movie Awards predictions: 'The Avengers,' Channing Tatum and more

2013 MTV Movie Awards predictions: 'The Avengers,' Channing Tatum and more

'Django Unchained' and 'Ted' led the nominees but other films look likely to prevail

Yep, we're still talking about the MTV Movie Awards this week. Speaking of which, if you missed our look at some fun facts about the annual ceremony, go give 'em a look!

This year the big nominees are "The Avengers," "The Dark Knight Rises," "Django Unchained," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Ted," which, on the whole, is an obvious step up from recent years. Will "The Avengers" walk out of there a winner on Sunday? Or will nominations leaders "Django Unchained" and "Ted" have something to say about that?

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<p>Keri Russell in &quot;The&nbsp;Americans.&quot;</p>

Keri Russell in "The Americans."

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'Only You'

The FBI closes in on Gregory as the KGB tries to get him out of the country

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I can find a travel agent staying in a motel under his own name...

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Song Of The Day: Lightning Dust's 'Diamond'
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Song Of The Day: Lightning Dust's 'Diamond'

Get your Sinead fix

Get your sad synth on: Lightning Dust's new song "Diamond" cuts deep, and it is divine.

The electronica duo is prepping the release of "Fantasy" on June 25, and have come with a light load. This, their third full-length, will be a concentrated effort of minimalism, and "Diamond" gives the listener a good idea of just what that really means.

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 6</p>

The "American Idol" Top 6

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 6: Burt Bacharach and Song I Wish I'd Written Night

It's a double theme night, as we get 12 performances

We're down to the Top 6 on "American Idol" and since the shows aren't getting any shorter, that means we're looking at a double-performance night. And with each singing going twice, we also have a pair of dueling themes.

We have that old "Idol" standby with Songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David -- I didn't have enough characters to get "Hal David" in this headline, but he's important, too -- and then we have the more ambiguous Songs I Wish I'd Written. 

Wouldn't it have been cool if "Idol" had turned that second theme sideways and let any contestant with writing chops do a song they actually had written? Who amongst us wouldn't want to watch a full performance of Angie Miller's original? And I hear Janelle writes, too. Bring it on! Oh well.

On to the recap. Share your thoughts below...

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Watch this beautiful music video for James Blake's haunted 'Overgrown'

Watch this beautiful music video for James Blake's haunted 'Overgrown'

Another gorgeous go from Nabil

Pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty, haunted.

Check out Nabil's breathtaking video for James Blake's "Overgrown," the title track from his latest album, out this week. Reconsider your feelings on lightness and dark. Repeat.

Watch other videos from Nabil Elderkin, including some from Bon Iver ("Holocene"), Kanye West ("Coldest Winter") and Antony & the Johnsons ("Cut the World").

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<p>Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on "Parks and Recreation."

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HitFix First Look: 'Parks and Recreation' pays a visit to Animal Control

Leslie and Chris get a close look at one of Pawnee's worst civil services

Over the years, "Parks and Recreation" has done an outstanding job of filling in the town around the Pawnee parks department where Leslie, Ron and friends work. Pawnee now has a well-established news media (Perd, Joanne, Shauna, etc.), several restaurants and bars we know well (J.J.'s Diner, The Snakehole Lounge), troublemaking citizens (Marcia Langman) and, of course, many other members of the Pawnee city government — none of them remotely as good at their jobs as Leslie Knope is at hers.

Tomorrow night's episode, "Animal Control," puts a spotlight two of those familiar faces, as Leslie and Chris try to improve the sorry state of the eponymous department. In this exclusive clip, they pay a visit to Animal Control and its two most prominent, stoned, employees (played, as usual, by comedian Colton Dunn and veteran "Parks" writer Harris Wittels) to see how, if at all, things can get better.

"Animal Control" airs tomorrow night at 8:30 Eastern on NBC. It's a very funny episode that also features Ron Swanson battling a health crisis and the return of yet another notable Pawnee face: Jason Mantzoukas as noted perfume designer Dennis Feinstein. Enjoy.

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Watch: Nicki Minaj's 'Up In Flames' video defends Nicki Minaj's brand

Watch: Nicki Minaj's 'Up In Flames' video defends Nicki Minaj's brand

Look at all those awards...

Nicki Minaj defends the Nicki Minaj Brand in the new music video for her "Up In Flames," yet another cut off the endlessly long-slash-promotable "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up."

The rapper/singer spends some serious screen-time mugging seriously in the dark as stunt bikers remind you that the '90s were real and this was a thing that happened. This very slow beat allows for Minaj's Queens accent bite at her competitors in full-throat, though I've never found the zingers particularly zingy. Instead, she seems defensive, rather than offensive, and the camera is out fishing for proof of her successes.

One particularly funny (and awkward) moment is when it pans to a table of her endorsements and branding opps -- for her perfume, for a liquor endorsement -- and it just looks like a plate full of tchotchkes sitting sad and alone in a room. Then zoom to the shelves of her awards, including some MTV and BET honors. The quick shot barely allows the viewer to remember there's no Grammys glistening in the collection.

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Watch: Justin Timberlake sings for President Barack Obama

Watch: Justin Timberlake sings for President Barack Obama

Alabama Shakes, Ben Harper and others also take part in PBS's Memphis salute

Is there anything Justin Timberlake can’t do? His album, “The 20/20 Experience,” tops the charts for the a third time this week, he’s on a stadium tour this summer with buddy Jay-Z, he generally seems to knock them dead wherever he goes.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Harrison Ford seemed to be happy to discuss the way he approached his portrayal of real-life figure Branch Rickey in '42'</p>

Harrison Ford seemed to be happy to discuss the way he approached his portrayal of real-life figure Branch Rickey in '42'

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Harrison Ford keeps the focus on '42' in a 'Star Wars'-free conversation

A short interview with one of our biggest stars in a very different role

"I'm talking to Harrison Ford."

It is impossible for someone raised when I was as a movie fan to sit across from the man who played Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and Rick Deckard in the span of three years and not spend most of that conversation screaming that one thing inside my head, over and over and over.

"I'm talking to Harrison Ford."

For me, it was the one-two punch of "Witness" and "The Mosquito Coast" that finally made me feel that there was no more essential or interesting American movie star. Those two collaborations with Peter Weir tapped into what it is that makes his earlier iconic hero roles so compelling. There is an anger, an intelligence that regards others with a healthy suspicion, an emotional distance… all of that is layered in there under his comic timing and his exceptional sense of physical comedy. He makes attitude look easy when he plays a big swaggering lead, but when he plays human beings with weaknesses, Ford started to look like a guy who would go raw and real and make choices that no one else made. That's what I look for most in any actor. I want to see them making choices that surprise and illuminate and that make me respond on an involuntary level, and watching him navigate the tricky moral waters of "Witness" or give voice to the cracked paternal logic of "The Mosquito Coast," he felt to me like a guy who dug deep.

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<p>Men not able to conceal the depth of their vision.</p>

Men not able to conceal the depth of their vision.

On Roger Ebert and Terrence Malick

The critic's final review was of 'To the Wonder' and it's somehow fitting

It is somehow fitting that the last word Roger Ebert would ever have on the movies concerned filmmaker Terrence Malick, whose sixth feature, "To the Wonder," opens in theaters this weekend. Ebert has always been in awe of Malick, his reviews of the director's films consistently revealing a tone of appreciation. And it all came to an apex last year when Ebert chalked up Malick's "The Tree of Life" on his list of the 10 greatest films of all time for the decennial Sight & Sound poll of critics and filmmakers.

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"Ready for Love"

 "Ready for Love"

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I saw 'Ready for Love' and all I got was this lousy headache

The new NBC dating show throws spaghetti at the wall and makes a mess

In this era of crazy mash-ups, I'm sure someone at NBC thought "Ready for Love" was an awesome idea. Or maybe just an idea. NBC has been boasting only slightly better ratings than my microwave lately, so I think the network will try anything at least once. Or, in the case of "Ready for Love," everything at the same time (not that it worked; the ratings showed it pretty much shed all of its "The Voice" lead-in). It's like that Taco Town skit on "Saturday Night Live":  It's a taco wrapped in a corn husk and a Parisian crepe and a deep dish pizza and then a deep-fried blueberry pancake! Yeah, "Ready for Love" is kind of like that. And just as hard to swallow. 

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Watch: Demi Lovato's new video for 'Heart Attack'

Watch: Demi Lovato's new video for 'Heart Attack'

Things take a very dark turn, literally...

In the new video for  “Heart Attack,” Demi Lovato’s current single, there are two Lovatos duking it out. There’s the mankiller Lovato, a full-on rocker Lovato with her kohl-lined eyes, wind-machine blown hair, and the vulnerable Lovato, with minimal make-up, face freshly scrubbed with her hair pulled back,trading verses.

They’re meant to provide a contrast between the Lovato who can love ‘em and leave ‘em when she doesn’t really care about the dude vs. the Lovato who thinks she’ll have the titular “heart attack” if she really has to show what the feels.

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