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<p>Justin Bartha seems perfectly happy to discuss the possibility of a 'National Treasure 3'</p>

Justin Bartha seems perfectly happy to discuss the possibility of a 'National Treasure 3'

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Justin Bartha says 'National Treasure 3' is still a possibility

Will he be heading out on a new adventure soon?

Over the weekend, I drove to Las Vegas so I could sit down with the cast and crew of "The Hangover Part III" and talk to them about the film.

At this point, the actors seem relaxed because they've finished. Whatever happens with this last film, their work is done now. Whatever people end up thinking about the new film, they've taken their shot and wrapped up one of the unlikeliest franchises in modern memory.

I spoke to director Todd Phillips, lunatic co-star Ken Jeong, the members of the Wolfpack, and, in the final room, Justin Bartha and Heather Graham. My first observation is that Graham is a vampire. It's the only explanation for how she looks exactly the same now as she did 20 years ago. It's spooky.

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<p>J.J.&nbsp;Abrams on &quot;The Daily Show with Jon&nbsp;Stewart&quot;</p>

J.J. Abrams on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"

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J.J. Abrams talks 'Star Trek' vs. 'Star Wars' and Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' on 'The Daily Show'

Stewart also fishes for a part in 'Star Wars'

Soon enough you'll get to decide for yourself on "Star Trek Into Darkness." Will you be delighted as a general moviegoer or up in arms with a large sect of Trekkies who have gotten bent out of shape? I'll be interested to find out (and we'll inquire on Friday), but for now, some fun with J.J. Abrams.

One guy taking the reins on both the "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" franchises remains fascinating/crazy to me. I have no real deep love for either but it's still just…weird. Anyway, Abrams stopped by "The Daily Show" yesterday to discuss the two entities and the differences between them. Stewart is a "Trek" fan and that made for some fun conversation, but they also get into Stewart's upcoming directorial effort.

If you weren't aware, Stewart will be taking the summer off from "The Daily Show" to direct "Rosewater," based on Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy's 2011 book "And Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival." It's the true story of a Canadian-Iranian journalist Bahari, who was accused of planning to overthrow the Iranian government and arrested for four months in 2009. Months before his capture, Bahari appeared in a "Daily Show" sketch, in which correspondent Jason Jones pretended to be a spy. Bahari's captors even used some of the footage against him.

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<p>Al Pacino</p>

Al Pacino

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Al Pacino signs on for David Gordon Green's 'Manglehorn'

Green's 'Prince Avalanche' isn't even in theaters yet and 'Joe' is in the can

When that fake list of Cannes titles went up a few weeks back, just a day or two before the official line-up was unveiled, I was hoping one particular title was true: David Gordon Green's "Joe." Alas, it wasn't. The film stars Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan (hot of an amazing performance in "Mud," directed by Green's former North Carolina school mate Jeff Nichols) and it's part of what I feel is a new period for Green as an artist, taking what he's learned (and the relationships he's built up) to date and finding more fertile creative territory. His next film sure seems to be an extension of that.

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"Polygamy, USA"

 "Polygamy, USA"

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Exclusive: Survey says 'Polygamy, USA' lifestyle not okay with most

Legalizing gay marriage is more popular than the idea of multiple spouses

If you're watching the NatGeo show "Polygamy, USA" (Tues. at 9:00 p.m.), you may have mixed feelings about what you're seeing as the show follows a community of fundamentalist Mormons practicing the unconventional lifestyle. The network recently conducted a survey to determine how people really feel about polygamy. The answer is, simply put, not that great. 

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ABC boss: 'Happy Endings' was 'just too narrow'


ABC boss: "Happy Endings" was "just too narrow"

ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee says "Happy Endings" was on brand, and he wasn't happy to cancel it. "What we found was it was just too narrow," he says.


ABC explains why "Dancing" was cut down to 1 night a week
"We want to focus it in," ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee said. "We're planning to do two seasons, and we think by taking the results show and building it into the two-hour block on Monday night, we can really build a sense of occasion to that and drive viewership to Monday night."


ABC orders "The Quest" reality show and "Toy Story of Terror"
"The Quest" is a fantasy reality competition from the creators of "The Amazing Race," while "Toy Story of Terror" is a Pixar special that will take the movie characters to a creepy roadside motel.


Is "HIMYM" really going to turn next season into the "longest wedding weekend ever"?
Are the creators really going to stretch out Robin and Barney's wedding over the season?


"Body of Proof" could end up on cable
The canceled ABC drama is being shopped around.


"HIMYM" gets ratings bump from mother reveal, "90210" goes out with 620,000 viewers
"How I Met Your Mother's" season finale, however, was slightly down from last season.


Ex-"Days of Our Lives" star arrested for selling cocaine

Dylan Patton, who played Will Horton on the daytime soap, was allegedly selling coke out of his home.


Cee Lo Green closing in on deal to return to "The Voice"

Cee Lo is said to be in advanced negotiations to return for Season 5.


Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn" to become a Univision TV series

The 1996 film starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino is getting a TV remake.


"Family Tree" has soft debut

About 794,000 viewers stuck around from the 1.2 million who watched "Veep" Sunday night.


"Revenge" Season 3: Emily will have "new malice in her heart"

ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee says: "We sat down with the show and they had such great, focused ideas about going back to the heart of Emily's journey and, as I mentioned, the malice in her heart. So we love the idea of it. We think it's a very strong show, and we really think it can grow next year."


"Once Upon a Time" loses its Little Red Riding Hood to CBS

Meghan Ory will star in the CBS drama "Intelligence."


"Downton Abbey" returns Jan. 5
Season 4 will be delayed in the United States, as usual.

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<p>&quot;The Goldbergs.&quot;</p>

"The Goldbergs."

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Upfronts 2013: ABC counting on 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' for next season

Will the fanboys come in big numbers for Agent Coulson? And why is the 'Once Upon a Time' spin-off airing on Thursdays?

Every year at upfront time, ABC seems to be in the same situation, doing the same things. They're a network with a number of genuine hits ("Modern Family," "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal"), and yet that struggles in the overall ratings (this season, they'll again finish fourth among adults 18-49). And each year they respond with a ton of high-concept new series — next season will feature a dozen new sitcoms and dramas, including "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and the "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" spin-off — that will be placed into problematic timeslots and/or left to fend for themselves. 

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ABC unveils its fall schedule: 'Dancing' results show cut


ABC unveils its fall schedule: No more "Dancing" results show

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will kick off a Tuesday night full of all-new shows, while "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" will precede "Grey's Anatomy" on Thursdays and "Betrayal" will follow "Revenge." PLUS: ABC to air some dramas in batches of 12, and ABC renews "The Taste" and "Shark Tank," plus "The Bachelor, "Dancing with the Stars" and "America's Funniest Home Videos."

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<p>'Demi'</p>

'Demi'

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Review: Demi Lovato's new album 'Demi'

'X Factor' judge's material doesn't always match her strong pipes

Demi Lovato has grown up in the public eye from the time she appeared on “Barney & Friends” through her Disney Channel series “Sonny With A Chance” to her current stint as an “X Factor” judge, with many of the challenges she faced as she transitioned from a Disney star to an adult on display. 

She’s candidly and bravely funneled some of her experiences, including her struggles that ultimately led to her spending time in a treatment center and being diagnosed as bi-polar,  into her material, such as on 2011’s  “Skyscraper.” Her largely female teen audience has embraced her for her ability to sing about complicated issues in an uncomplicated fashion in a manner that rings true and full of self discovery and hope, yet seldom sugary.

So there’s reason to believe that when she calls an album, “Demi,” as she has her fourth collection, out May 14, that she will be revealing some thing about herself in a way that we may not have previously experienced. Sadly, for much of “Demi,” that is not the case.

The problem with “Demi” is that too much of the music here is so generic that it could be any teen queen—or king, the peppy “Something That We’re Not” is melodically cut from the same cloth as any number of One Direction songs—delivering these tunes.

Almost every song can be matched to previous pop hit: “Made In The USA” sounds like Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone,” with a very heavy kick drum (surprisingly, the song was not written by Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote “Gone,” but he does show up as a co-writer on the “Firework”-like “Neon Lights”) “Really Don’t Care,” featuring Cher Lloyd, who adds a Ke$ha-like rap in the middle, sounds like Icona Pop’s “I Love It.” Similarly, the dance-tinged “Never Been Hurt” could be a cousin to Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

Lovato has a strong voice many levels above the typical teen star and she’s striving to appear grown up, as first single “Heart Attack” showed. She shines when the lyrics resonate with a depth that seems to match an emotional level we know she possesses.

When the often overly-produced album strips away enough bells and whistles to focus on her vocals, such as on“Shouldn’t Come Back,” a spare, emotional ballad that may be about her estranged father and how tired she is of being so sad and mad, the results are strikingly poignant. She delivers the song with a depth of feeling that is missing on much of the rest of the tunes. She does not have to open a vein and bleed on every track, but “Shouldn’t Come Back” only highlights what she is capable of achieving...and she is capable of achieving a lot.

Similarly, though “Warrior” sounds like a Christina Aguilera track circa 2006, Lovato sells the tale of a survivor so convincingly that she makes the song her own.

For those who are looking for a largely uptempo album that fits squarely into much of the pop landscape on radio today, “Demi” will be a pleasing fit. For fans who gravitate toward songs like “Shouldn’t Come Back” and “Warrior,” “Demi” will serve as a sign of the depth that Lovato can reach and will hopefully strive for as she continues to find her own voice.

 

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<p>Cristin Milioti in a scene from the &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;finale.</p>

Cristin Milioti in a scene from the "How I Met Your Mother" finale.

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After 'How I Met Your Mother' finale, what comes next?

A reaction to comments from the 'HIMYM' creators about the structure of the final season

I already reviewed the "How I Met Your Mother" season finale last night, but I have some morning-after thoughts — including words from Carter Bays — on what the episode means for the show's final season, coming up just as soon as we watch a movie that doesn't start with a desk lamp jumping on top of a capital I...

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<p>A moment from Lady Antebellum's 'Goodbye Town'</p>

A moment from Lady Antebellum's 'Goodbye Town'

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Watch: Lady Antebellum says goodbye to love in new video for 'Goodbye Town'

Charles Kelley tries to mend his broken heart

Lady Antebellum, whose new album, “Golden,” is a lock to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, unveiled a video for the album’s second single, “Goodbye Town,” today.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Bill Hader as Stefon.</p>

Bill Hader as Stefon.

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So long, Stefon!: Bill Hader leaving 'SNL' after 8 years


So long, Stefon!: Bill Hader leaving "SNL" after 8 years

“It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point,” Hader, who joined the "SNL" cast in fall 2005 with Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, tells the NY Times. “It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.'" When Hader broke the news to Lorne Michaels in February, he said he didn't cry, "but I did think I was about to faint." Saturday will be Hader's final episode.


How "How I Met Your Mother" found its mother

"HIMYM's" casting director had been touting Critin Milioti for two years.


Adam Scott & Amy Poehler to recreate "Hart to Hart"

For "The Greatest Event in Television History" for Adult Swim, the "Parks and Rec" stars will reunite as husband-and-wife team Jonathan and Jennifer Hart.


Jeff Probst: Why Brandon Hantz wasn't at the "Survivor" reunion
"We had a conversation and everyone, including Brandon, felt this was the best decision," said Probst, who also explains why the entire cast wasn't up on stage (the stage couldn't handle 20 people).

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<p>Sarah Polley has every reason to smile now that her new film 'Stories We Tell' is opening</p>

Sarah Polley has every reason to smile now that her new film 'Stories We Tell' is opening

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Sarah Polley talks about the artistic freedom that led to her brilliant new 'Stories We Tell'

An interview with one of the most exciting young filmmakers working

These days, a number of my interviews are done by phone because I am juggling some complicated scheduling around the lives of my kids. It's just a fact of parenthood… you make space for all of their stuff because you have to. You do it no matter how hard it is, because it means something to them and you only get one shot at that.

At least, that's how I feel right now. I know people who have made that sort of effort and still managed to fumble things, and no matter how hard we want everything to work out for our lives and the lives of our kids, that's not always the case and we know that. And sometimes, the stories we tell ourselves or that we tell our kids are used to help paper over some sort of hurt, and we justify it by saying we're trying to avoid hurting them any more than is necessary.

What happens when you get away with a story for so long that you forget you told it, until someone else starts peeling away at the edges of it? What happens when you discover that something you've accepted as part of your daily life, one of the fundamental truths of your world, is simply not true?

All of this is dealt with in Sarah Polley's remarkable new film "Stories We Tell," which I gave a fairly breathless review earlier this year. The film is available now for you in a number of different ways, and I want to urge you to give it a try. It is as exciting in its own way as any of the summer blockbusters, and smarter than all of them rolled up into one.

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