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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 8</p>

The "American Idol" Top 8

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 8: Music of the Motor City Night

Expect lots of Stevie Wonder from our Finalists

It's Motown Night on "American Idol," a theme that usually means a lot of of Stevie Wonder, since "American Idol" contestants don't know much by way of Motown, just like they don't know many songs by the Beatles. 

Oh well. 

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<p>Macklemore &amp; Ryan Lewis at the 2013 Woodies</p>

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at the 2013 Woodies

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis return to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

'Thrift Shop' knocks 'Harlem Shake' to the curb

After holding at No. 2 for five weeks, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” featuring Wanz returns to the No. 1 spot, trading places with Baauer’s “Harlem Shake.”

“Shake” ends its five-week run at the top after entering at No. 1 on the strength of YouTube views of the novelty song.

At No. 3 is Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay-Z, up one slot, as the tune swaps places with Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man.” Though it falls back a spot, “When I Was Your Man” retains the Airplay Gainer award for the seventh straight week, tying it with three other tracks for the longest run. Rihanna’s “Stay” featuring Mikky Ekko stays at No. 5.

Rounding out the top 10, Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason” featuring Nate Ruess continues its upward climb, leaping 9-6 on the Hot 100. Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” falls 6-7, and Pitbull’s “Feel This Moment” featuring Christina Aguilera moves into the top 10, soaring 11-8.  Lil Wayne’s “Love Me” featuring Drake and Future rises 10-9 and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” slides 7-10.

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<p>Dave Gibbons helped Mark Millar realize a dream he's had since he was a teenager when he agreed to illustrated 'The Secret Service'</p>

Dave Gibbons helped Mark Millar realize a dream he's had since he was a teenager when he agreed to illustrated 'The Secret Service'

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Matthew Vaughn's 'The Secret Service' film lands at Fox worldwide

Production on the next Vaughn/Millar collaboration begins later this year

One of the things I heard repeatedly while I was on the set of "Kick-Ass 2" was just how eager Matthew Vaughn was to get started on his adaptation of "The Secret Service," another Mark Millar comic book. This was not long after Vaughn had officially left "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," and the rumor mill was in overdrive that Vaughn was going to be the guy who took the helm of "Star Wars: Episode VII."

I was told repeatedly during my visit that the "Star Wars" rumor wasn't true, and that Vaughn's full attention was on getting "The Secret Service" up and running. One of the reasons they wanted to move quickly was because both Millar and Vaughn were concerned that someone would take the basic premise of the series and make a movie that would beat them to the punch. This is a series that Millar has been thinking about since he was in his early 20s, and it only recently came to fruition with Dave Gibbons, his dream artist, handling the visual side of things.

When Millar first started talking about the premise for the series, he said this incarnation began life a few years ago in a pub when he and Vaughn were discussing "Casino Royale" and wondering why they didn't start with the actual training of James Bond if they were planning to fully reboot the character. They discussed the way Terence Young helped transform the rough-around-the-edges Sean Connery into the refined James Bond that we met onscreen in "Dr. No," and they talked about a fictional version of that process. Millar described it as a counter-terrorism spin on "My Fair Lady," which is definitely a high concept hook.

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<p>Harvey&nbsp;Weinstein at the Oscars in&nbsp;February</p>

Harvey Weinstein at the Oscars in February

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How Harvey Weinstein apparently played the press on the last day of Oscar voting

David O. Russell was reportedly never really attached to 'The Ends of the Earth'

Remember back on February 19 when The Weinstein Company put out a press release announcing that director David O. Russell would be taking the reins on "The Ends of the Earth," from a script by "Argo" writer Chris Terrio? But the Russell quote in the release said nothing about the project and everything about actress Jennifer Lawrence, who starred in his awards contender "Silver Linings Playbook" and was attached to the project?

"Jennifer possesses a self-deprecating humor that made all of the cast and crew feel at ease," Russell said of the Oscar-nominated (now Oscar-winning) actress in the release. "She is that kind of person. She is the most dedicated person I know. She is devoted to her family and they have been the true inspiration for her character and integrity. Her acting is effortless and she always makes it look easy."

It was a big love letter on the final day of Oscar voting to an actress in the thick of the Oscar conversation…but little more. Terrio was making it clear to journalists that he had no knowledge of any of it and hadn't even met Russell, but entertainment news outlets (yes, including HitFix) ran the news because there was really no reason on the face of it to think the press release was bogus.

But it was. And that's finally coming out now.

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'Game of Thrones' co-star Natalia Tena discusses her 'younger' and 'plumper' Osha

'Game of Thrones' co-star Natalia Tena discusses her 'younger' and 'plumper' Osha

'Harry Potter' veteran discusses her road-trip season
"Song of Ice and Fire" author George R.R. Martin has been very open about Natalia Tena's Osha being the character whose incarnation on "Game of Thrones" he perhaps prefers to her version on the page. 
 
Last week, on the "Game of Thrones" premiere red carpet in Hollywood, I talked with the "Harry Potter" franchise veteran about how her Osha is different from the Osha in the books? The key differences, apparently? She's younger and plumper. But how did she come to be plumper? Well, Tena has theories.
 
In the conversation, Tena explains how Osha is "like a psychopathic mother-bodyguard" this season and describes the closeness of the Belfast contingent of the "Game of Thrones" cast.
 
Definitely one of my favorite interviews from that red carpet, Tena also uses at least one word that may not be safe for your workplace, depending on said workplace. You've  been warned.
 
Check out the interview above. And you should also check out my red carpet interviews with MartinRose LeslieNikolaj Coster-Waldau and Oona Chaplin. And stay tuned for a couple more interviews in the days to come.
 
"Game of Thrones" returns to HBO on Sunday, March 31.
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<p>&quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff with star Emilia Clarke.</p>

"Game of Thrones" producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff with star Emilia Clarke.

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'Game of Thrones' producers say season 3 'as big as we're going to get'

Also, what if they catch up to the books? Was there almost another Joffrey? And what about sexposition?

The third season of "Game of Thrones" is "probably as big as we're going to get," according to co-showrunner David Benioff, who joined partner D.B. Weiss on a press conference call to preview the HBO fantasy epic's return on Sunday night at 9.

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<p>Sara Bareilles</p>

Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles set to release new album this summer

First single 'Brave' followed by 18-city solo tour

Singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles will release her third album this summer. First single, “Brave,” will come out April 23, and will be followed by her 18-city "Brave Enough" solo tour.

The still-untitled Epic set will be Bareilles’ first full-length album since 2010’s  “Kaleidoscope Heart,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.  Since then, Bareilles appeared as a judge on NBC’s singing competition, “The Sing-Off,” and released a documentary, “A Trace of the Sun: Volunteering in Japan,” about her time in Japan with relief-effort team All Hands Volunteer following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Last year, she released an EP, “Once Upon Another Time,” produced by Ben Folds.

The album comes after some challenging times in her life. “I have been confronting some of my greatest fears in the last handful of months and have been amazed at how empowered I can feel when I muster up the courage to turn and growl back at those monsters under the bed,” she said in a statement “The songs on this album are a true reflection of everything I’ve come to experience in recent months.”

 

BRAVE ENOUGH TOUR DATES:
 
Date:               City:                            Venue:                                    On Sale                                 
4/25/13           Washington DC           9:30 Club                                 March 28th
4/27/13           New Haven, CT           Toad’s Place                            March 29th
4/28/13           Boston, MA                 Tsai Performance Center       March 29th                
4/29/13           Toronto, ON                Phoenix Concert Theater        March 28th
4/30/13           Philadelphia, PA          Union Transfer                        March 29th    
5/2/13             Chicago, IL                  Park West                                March 30th
5/3/13             Milwaukee, WI            Pabst Theater                          March 29th
5/4/13             Minneapolis, MN        Cedar Cultural Center            March 29th
5/6/13             Englewood, CO           Gothic Theater                        March 30th
5/9/13             Vancouver, BC            Rio Theater                             March 28th
5/10/13           Portland, OR               Roseland Theater                    March 29th
5/11/13           Seattle, WA                 Showbox @ The Market         March 29th
5/13/13           San Francisco, CA        Slim’s                                       March 31st
5/14/13           Los Angeles, CA           El Rey                                      March 30th
5/17/13           Austin, TX                    Parish                                      March 29th
5/20/13           Atlanta, GA                  Variety Playhouse                   March 29th
5/21/13           Charlotte, NC              Booth Playhouse                     March 29th
5/23/13           New York, NY              Highline Ballroom                   March 29th
 

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<p>The first season of &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;was among this year's Peabody Award winners.</p>

The first season of "Girls" was among this year's Peabody Award winners.

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'Girls,' 'Louie' & 'Doctor Who' win Peabody Awards

'Southland,' 'Switched at Birth' and Lorne Michaels among the other entertainment winners

FX's "Louie," HBO's "Girls," the BBC's "Doctor Who" and TNT's "Southland" were among the TV series honored this year with Peabody Awards.

The Peabody Awards, now in their 72nd year, are designed "to recognize the most outstanding achievements in electronic media, including radio, television and cable." The eligibility period covers a calendar year, so "Girls" was being honored for its first season, while "Louie" for its third, both of which aired in 2012. There are also some institutional winners, honored for years worth of work, that this year included "Doctor Who" (celebrating its 50th anniversary), "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels," and Michael Apted's "Up" documentary series.

Other entertainment winners this year included ABC Family's "Switched at Birth," the HBO movie "Game Change," and the Comedy Central special "D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List." The full list of winners is here.

Though I wasn't a fan of "Game Change," overall, it's an impressive list that covers some of the best, most distinctive programming on television that hadn't yet won a Peabody. (Given the sort of shows that tend to win, it's surprising that "Louie" didn't get one a year ago after its brilliant second season, even if last year's group already included "Game of Thrones," "Homeland," "Parks and Recreation" and "Tremé.") It's nice to see "Southland," which doesn't really get any awards love, be recognized, though I doubt it will do much good; two years ago, the Peabodys honored another TNT show on the verge of cancellation, "Men of a Certain Age." 

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<p>Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz both reprise their roles for 'Kick-Ass 2'</p>

Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz both reprise their roles for 'Kick-Ass 2'

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A new Hit Girl-heavy 'Kick-Ass 2' trailer arrives online

Chloe Moretz has to figure out how to handle mean girls without killing them

I'm guessing we're going to get a number of character trailers for "Kick-Ass 2" now, and the first one arrives today. It's very Hit Girl-centric, and small wonder: when we look back on these films eventually, however many they end up making, one of the things that will be most notable about them is the story of Hit Girl and the actor playing her. Chloe Moretz has had a fairly remarkable series of experiences between the two films, and seeing the way she plays this role on both sides of all of those other films is pretty remarkable.

Right before she flew to London for "Kick-Ass 2," Moretz finished work on Kimberly Pierce's "Carrie," and when we spoke at Pinewood Studios, she was still trying to fully digest that experience. Carrie White is a certain kind of reserved and withdrawn and beaten down, and while "Kick-Ass 2" sees Mindy facing the scorn of the mean girls at her high school, she's no victim. I'm guessing the reactions you'll see from the two characters couldn't be more different.

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<p>Don Payne was a big part of helping to figure out how to bring 'Thor' to the screen.</p>

Don Payne was a big part of helping to figure out how to bring 'Thor' to the screen.

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Don Payne, writer of both 'Thor' movies and 'The Simpsons,' has passed away

Social media spreads the sad news as his friends remember him

Don Payne, whose film credits include "Thor," "Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer," and "Thor: The Dark World" passed away last night in Los Angeles, according to friends who spread the word today via Twitter.

It seems fitting that I learned the news from the Twitter feeds of both Kat Dennings and Jaimie Alexander, who played Darcy and Sif in "Thor," and from Mike Scully, the man who first hired Payne to write for "The Simpsons." Payne is one of those people who I never met, but who was friends with a number of people who I am friends with, and I always heard good things about him on a personal level. He inspired real loyalty in some people I trust implicitly, and I always hoped we would end up meeting at some point. One of the people speaking fondly of him tonight was Zack Stentz, one of the other credited writers on "Thor," which I think speaks volumes. It isn't everyone who can remain friends on the far side of an arbitration process.

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<p>He's just as happy to be in 'G.I. Joe' as fans are to have him.</p>

He's just as happy to be in 'G.I. Joe' as fans are to have him.

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Dwayne Johnson discusses his new role as 'franchise Viagra' for 'G.I. Joe'

The Rock was an '80s kid, and he can't hide his enthusiasm for his new role

It has been a very Dwayne Johnson-heavy day here on the blog.

And why not? It's his Hollywood, and the rest of us are just living in it. After all, he's got four films out this year before we even reach June, and one of those is one of the most highly-anticipated event sequels of the summer. He has settled into his new role as Hollywood's "franchise Viagra," the guy you bring in when you want to make a new movie in a series and your'e not sure how to get people interested in it again. There is a very clear sense in the new "G.I. Joe" of the series being passed from Channing Tatum's Duke to Johnson's Roadblock.

One thing that distinguishes Johnson from the typical action heroes of the '80s is just how able he is to make you forget he happens to be a gigantic slab of muscle. When he talks about how he loved "G.I. Joe" as a kid, I can actually picture him as that kid, and he seems amazed to be a real-life action figure these days.

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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Are you surprised Kordell's divorcing 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Porsha?

The couple is splitting after just two years of marriage

While it should never come as a surprise when a reality TV couple decides to call it quits, I'll admit I was still a litte shocked when I saw that former Pittsburgh Steelers star Kordell Stewart is filing for divorce from his much-younger "Real Housewives of Atlanta" wife Porsha Williams. Heck, we only just got to some light squabbling between the two of them on the show! It's not that they were a great couple, or even an appealing one. It's just that Porsha seemed so determined to cater to Kordell's every whim that I couldn't imagine why he'd kick her to the curb. Maybe he found a country that sells affordable house slaves.

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