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<p>Christina Applegate will follow up her currently-shooting role in 'Anchorman 2' by co-starring in the upcoming 'Vacation' reboot</p>

Christina Applegate will follow up her currently-shooting role in 'Anchorman 2' by co-starring in the upcoming 'Vacation' reboot

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Christina Applegate will take a 'Vacation' with Ed Helms

One of the most reliable female comedy leads working joins the reboot's cast

Christina Applegate is an example of how a young performer can make a graceful and successful transition to an adult career, and every time I hear someone make excuses for a Lindsay Lohan or an Amanda Bynes during a spectacular public flame-out, I feel like Applegate is the perfect way to refute the claims that it's the system that ruins these people.

After all, when Applegate was cast on "Married With Children," she was a kid, and she'd already been acting for the better part of a decade. She did guest bits on TV shows like "Charles In Charge" and played small roles like the young Grace Kelly in a TV movie.  "Married" was the moment she finally made a real impression, though, and the character she played was a heavy metal bimbo. If anyone was set for inappropriate attention and plenty of it, it was her, and yet from the very start, it was obvious she had a phenomenal sense of timing. There were a few attempts to build movies around her while "Married" was still on the air, but nothing really clicked. It seemed like TV was going to be the place where she worked best, and networks seemed determined to build shows around her. "Jesse" ran for 2 seasons, but I'll bet most people would be hard-pressed to even remember what that is at this point.

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'Game of Thrones' mastermind George R.R. Martin talks Blackwater, TV changes and playing favorites

'Game of Thrones' mastermind George R.R. Martin talks Blackwater, TV changes and playing favorites

'Song of Ice and Fire' scribe discusses his annual HBO episode
On Monday's (March 18) "Game of Thrones" premiere red carpet in Hollywood, I had short conversations with many of the show's stars.
 
You've already seen my interviews with Rose Leslie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, which only ran around two minutes apiece.
 
Somehow, I ended up getting a meatier seven minutes with franchise author George R.R. Martin, which was good because the "Song of Ice and Fire" scribe was in a thoughtful mood, starting right off the top with a simple-silly question asking him to play favorites with the books in his series. 
 
In this conversation, Martin discusses the changing nature of TV from the more procedural-driven format he had to work in back in the '80s to its more serialized permutations now. He also talks about the pleasure of writing last season's "Blackwater" episode and seeing that epic battle brought to the screen. He also talks about what drew him to the episode he wrote in Season 3. 
 
It's a good chat.
 
"Game of Thrones" returns to HBO on Sunday, March 31.
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<p>Mumford and Sons</p>

Mumford and Sons

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Reports: Mumford & Sons, NIN, Vampire Weekend to headline Lollapalooza 2013

Killers, Phoenix, and The National also on the bill

Lollapalooza’s 2013 headliners wll be Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and the Killers, according to the Chicago Tribunes Greg Kot.

Kot, who has covered the Chicago festival for years, says he confirmed the headliners, but does not cite his sources. He also writes that the National and the Postal Service will also be on the Grant Park bill for the Aug. 2-4 festival.

Meanwhile, Billboard has reported  that Nine Inch Nails is confirmed for the fest.

As far as when the line-up will be officially announced, promoter C3 Presents says it will happen next month.

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<p>Dave and Connor of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Dave and Connor of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Dave & Connor talk 'The Amazing Race'

How soon will the cancer survivors be ready to race again?
Dave and Connor O'Leary's "Amazing Race" journey reached a painful end when Dave tore his Achilles heading for the mat at the end of the season's second Leg. But then a funny thing happened.
 
First, the father-son pairing capitalized on an early alliance to receive an Express Pass from John & Jessica and used that advantage to win the third Leg. 
 
Then the cancer survivors used an advantageous flight and a couple strong task performances to reach another Pit Stop in first. 
 
On Sunday's (March 17) episode, though, Dave & Connor's run came to an end. With doctors telling Dave he needed surgery within the week, they elected to fly from Bali to Hanoi before bowing out gracefully.
 
In this week's "Amazing Race" exit interview, Dave & Connor discuss the medical odyssey, their brief triumphs over adversity and how soon they'll be ready for another shot at the million.
 
Click through...
 
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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills': Adrienne's gone, but do we care?

Given that she generates drama even in her absence, does it matter?

So, it's official -- Adrienne Maloof not only isn't returning to "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" next season, she didn't even show up for the reunion special (which begins Monday following the season finale) this season. It's likely that, given her then-plans to divorce, she just wasn't in the mood to deal with Brandi Glanville and the other carping housewives. I can't really blame her. But does it matter?

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<p>Gavin O'Connor and Tom Hardy on the set of &quot;Warrior.&quot;</p>

Gavin O'Connor and Tom Hardy on the set of "Warrior."

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'Warrior' director Gavin O'Connor takes over on 'Jane Got a Gun'

But Jude Law is also out

UPDATE: As you may have heard by now, Jude Law -- himself a recent addition to the cast -- has now followed Ramsay to the exit, having signed on to work with her and not another director. After Michael Fassbender, he's the second major star to abandon the project in the last week. "Jane" may have a gun, but she can't catch a break.

PREVIOUSLY: Okay, so "Jane" is no longer a calamity. One day after gifted Scottish director Lynne Ramsay shockingly pulled out of Natalie Portman-starring Western "Jane Got a Gun" on the very first day of shooting, her replacement has already been drafted: Gavin O'Connor, the sturdy multi-hyphenate whose films include "Tumbleweeds," "Pride and Glory" and, most recently, "Warrior." With O'Connor on board, shooting will get under way tomorrow. No time to waste.

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<p>The new animated film from the director of 'How To Train Your Dragon' and 'Lilo &amp;&nbsp;Stitch' may play the jokes broad, but there's real heart to the way it portrays family.</p>

The new animated film from the director of 'How To Train Your Dragon' and 'Lilo & Stitch' may play the jokes broad, but there's real heart to the way it portrays family.

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Review: 'The Croods' may be obvious, but its heart is in the right place

Strong vocal performances anchor a silly but sentimental film

Chris Sanders seems to me to be one of the shining stars in the animation world right now, and while I don't think his new film 'The Croods' is as great as either "How To Train Your Dragon" or "Lilo & Stitch," it's still a solid execution of a fairly simple idea. There are some visually breathtaking moments, and the family material in the film is executed with real heart, directly and honestly. For families who have been waiting for a movie to see together for most of the spring, "The Croods" is going to be a welcome sight, indeed.

Eep (voiced by Emma Stone) is a typical teenage girl, bristling at the restrictive rules her parents live by, eager to see the wider world around her, and able to hunt and kill prey with her bare hands. She is, after all, a caveman. Or cavegirl. Or whatever you'd call her. She lives with her father Grug (Nicolas Cage), her mother Ugga (Catherine Keener), her brother Thunk (Clark Duke), her grandmother (Cloris Leachman), and her baby sister Sandy, and they spend most of their time blocked safely in their cave, afraid of the outside world. They venture out to eat, and that's about it. Grug believes the entire world is a threat, and there's value in fear. To his credit, pretty much everyone they've ever known has been eaten or stepped on or otherwise killed, and they are the last of their kind that they know of, so there's some justification for the way Grug feels.

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<p>Mike O'Malley and Walton Goggins in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Mike O'Malley and Walton Goggins in "Justified."

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Decoy'

The marshals try to get Drew Thompson past an army of Detroit gangsters

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I would like a young Gerard Depardieu to play me in the movie...

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Justin Timberlake's emotional  video for 'Mirrors': Watch
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Justin Timberlake's emotional video for 'Mirrors': Watch

Love doesn't come without its tears

In current single, “Mirrors,” Justin Timberlake looks at his relationship (presumably with now-wife Jessica Biel) and lovingly looks back at how they are so close now, when he sees, “The other half of me.”

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Jess (Zooey Deschanel)&nbsp;goes to the hardware store on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Jess (Zooey Deschanel) goes to the hardware store on "New Girl."

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Quick Hardening Caulk'

Jess can't fight her feelings for Nick, especially after painkillers are involved

A review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I become a Bond villain who can't afford to not live with roommates...

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<p>I hope he looks exactly like this is the new movie, but it's otherwise gritty and dark. That would rule.</p>

I hope he looks exactly like this is the new movie, but it's otherwise gritty and dark. That would rule.

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Disney's got David Lowery jumping from a Sundance triumph to the 'Pete's Dragon' remake

Does this mean Shane Carruth might direct? Probably not, but let us dream

I should start this by saying that David Lowery was a regular contributor of reviews to Ain't Cool News for many years while I was an editor at the site. He wrote as "Ghostboy," and he was always one of the quietest but most consistent of the reviewers we had sending us material. I always looked forward to seeing what he had to say, and he had a good eye for films that were worth catching up with as soon as possible. I've "known" David online for years, but to my great amusement, we've still never actually met.

This year, Lowery was all over Sundance. He was the editor of "Upstream Color," the Shane Carruth film, he was the writer of "Pit Stop," and he made his feature directorial debut with "Ain't Them Bodies Saints."  There's not one of those three films that would have given me any indication that he would be the person Disney would turn to in the hopes of rebooting "Pete's Dragon."

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<p>HBO&nbsp;has canceled &quot;Enlightened,&quot;&nbsp;with Laura Dern.</p>

HBO has canceled "Enlightened," with Laura Dern.

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HBO cancels 'Enlightened'

Mike White/Laura Dern dramedy had a great but little-watched second season

HBO has canceled "Enlightened," only a few weeks after the end of the show's critically-acclaimed second season.

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