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<p>George Clooney and Grant Heslov at the Oscars in February</p>

George Clooney and Grant Heslov at the Oscars in February

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George Clooney to reteam with 'Argo' journalist for 'Coronado High'

He'll produce with Smoke House partner Grant Heslov and potentially direct

George Clooney is finishing up "The Monuments Men" for release later this year, which he is also producing along with Smoke House partner Grant Heslov. The duo, with Ben Affleck, picked up Oscars for Best Picture in February for "Argo," and according to The Wrap, Clooney and Heslov are re-teaming with journalist Joshuah Bearman -- whose 2007 Wired article spawned the Iran hostage crisis drama -- for something called "Coronado High."

The film, which Sony Pictures is in talks to acquire, will be based on an as-of-yet unpublished article about a group of teenagers used to smuggle drugs in Coronado, a resort community across the bay from San Diego near the Mexican border. But that's all we have to go on at the moment.

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"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway"

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'Project Runway' recap: What do you think of the season finale winner?

It's a hectic fashion week when one designer almost misses the deadline

So here we are at the finale, and while I don't think I'll be too upset if any one of these three designers win, I definitely have a favorite going in (which some of you who listened to the podcast this week already know).

As much as I appreciate some of Stanley's work, he seems to be stuck in churning out retro silhouettes for a consumer old enough to remember when these looks were in the first time. I love that he has such an appreciation for quality fabrics and all the little details, but I suspect that someday there is a job at St. John waiting for him. 

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<p>Damian Lewis in &quot;Desire.&quot;</p>

Damian Lewis in "Desire."

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Sundance London premieres slick Jaguar promo 'Desire,' with Damian Lewis

Watch the 13-minute ad, made by Ridley Scott Associates

Today marked the start of Sundance London -- the second annual mini-festival of highlights from the Sundance Film Festival, transported across the pond and into the cavernous surrounds of the UK capital's O2 Dome. I've been dipping into the press screenings, catching up on a few titles I missed in Park City back in January, and will report back over the weekend. Having missed last year's inaugural edition, I'm still getting acquainted with this notion of festival as franchise; roving film journalists may not be that jazzed about it, but for civilian film buffs who can't fly to Park City on a whim, a second-hand programme is precisely the point.

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<p>Gina Torres and Mads Mikkelsen in &quot;Hannibal.&quot;</p>

Gina Torres and Mads Mikkelsen in "Hannibal."

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Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Coquilles'

Will chases an angel maker, and Lecter gets to know Jack's wife

A quick review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I employ an ethical butcher...

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<p>Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza and Adam Scott in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza and Adam Scott in "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Swing Vote'

Leslie and Ron compete for Jamm's vote, Tom needs Ann's help with a break-up, and Andy quits the band

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I jump out of a moving car to buy a Nikki Minaj poster...

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: What do you think of 'The Originals'?

Klaus visits an old friend in New Orleans but that isn't the surprise


I will say, Klaus can be a very difficult hybrid to love.

At first, his visit to New Orleans seems like the usual vampire busy work. Find a witch, threaten her, discover who wants to kill you, blah blah blah. But on "The Vampire Diaries," vampire busy work is never just that. Klaus quickly bumps into his old friend Marcel, a charming vampire who was once one of Klaus' minions. That was 100 years ago, of course, and these days Marcel is the king of all he surveys. He's somehow managed to make the witch community believe he controls the magic in town (which may be true or may be a bluff), has run out the werewolves, and has a steady stream of delicious tourists on which to dine. If Klaus were a nice guy, he'd be proud of his former lackey, who has so clearly made good (at least in vampire terms) on Bourbon Street.

Alas, Klaus is not a nice guy, as much as I want to believe that's not the case.

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot;&nbsp;Abed has a &quot;Freaky Friday&quot;&nbsp;moment.</p>

On "Community," Abed has a "Freaky Friday" moment.

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Review: 'Community' - 'Basic Human Anatomy'

Troy switches bodies with Abed in an episode written by Jim Rash

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as we have a murder mystery night during the day...

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<p>Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall share a laugh as they talk about the making of 'Iron Man 3'</p>

Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall share a laugh as they talk about the making of 'Iron Man 3'

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Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall talk about playing rough with Tony Stark for 'Iron Man 3'

Two of the co-stars of this summer's Marvel blockbuster share their experience

As we get closer to the release of Shane Black's excellent "Iron Man 3," we'll interviews with some of the cast and key creative crew talking about their approach to the film and some of the outrageous choices they made.

Today, we're joined by Guy Pearce, who plays Aldrich Killian, and Rebecca Hall, who plays Maya Hansen. The two of them are introduced in a sequence set at a major science conference in Bern, Switzerland in 1999. It's a chance to wring some comedy out of Pearce's appearance and Tony Stark's overactive libido, and it also sets up pretty much every major motivation for the way things unfold in the film.

Pearce is intriguing to me because it's obvious the studios all think of him as a guy who can carry a movie, and he's been given plenty of high-profile roles in big films. For some reason, though, there never seems to be any momentum for him as a "movie star." Instead, he's mixed it up with small character roles, strange indie movies, and he makes choices that are hard to predict. His role in last summer's "Prometheus" seemed like one seriously weird bit of casting, especially since it was such a make-up heavy role and there was no payoff to that. I asked him about the way make-up played into this performance, as well as the very aggressive physical nature of his character, and he seemed to be enjoying reactions to the film from people he was speaking with at the press day.

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<p>Candice and Angie dueted on Wednesday's &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Candice and Angie dueted on Wednesday's "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 4: Results - Plus Lee Dewyze and Stefano Langone perform

Does 'Idol' have a surprise up its sleeve to keep things interesting?

For weeks now, "American Idol" fans have been wondering how the competition plans to handle what appears to be an extra week of programming beyond what could be justified by an elimination-per-episode pace.

Will we get a two-week finale? 

Will we have a Non-Elimination Episode? 

Will we get a Save that isn't followed by a Non-Elimination Episode?

The latter possibility would *seem* to be out of the question unless "Idol" is changing the Save rules without warning. 

So will Angie Miller, Candice Glover, Kree Harrison or Amber Holcomb actually be going home on Thursday? Or are we going to be treated to performances from Lee Dewyze and Stefano Langone, followed by some trickeration. 

Click through and follow the excitement. 

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<p>Jim Carrey's joining the team for 'Kick-Ass 2,' and both Superman and Captain Kirk are back in new forms this summer as our Countdown of the 25 Most Anticipated Films of the season continues.</p>

Jim Carrey's joining the team for 'Kick-Ass 2,' and both Superman and Captain Kirk are back in new forms this summer as our Countdown of the 25 Most Anticipated Films of the season continues.

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Summer 2013 Most Anticipated #10-6: 'Man of Steel,' Star Trek,' and the return of Hit-Girl

Five very different films that indicate dark is the way to go this summer

Oh, hi there, Top Ten.

We are in the home stretch now as we count down the 25 Most Anticipated Summer Movies of 2013 here at HitFix, and hopefully what you've seen so far as we've done #25 - #11 is that there is real diversity available at the theater this summer, and a preposterous amount of potential.

Sure, not everything is going to work. I'm sure some of what we've picked here will end up disappointing us, but we wouldn't be film fans if we didn't give ourselves over to the sort of fingers-crossed anticipation that makes it so exciting when we do finally get to sit down and see a film. We have to hope each year that each of these movies is that great version of that film, and certainly part of being a movie lover is that rush that happens when you watch something that gets it all right.

Keep in mind that this is based on voting by most of the editorial team here at HitFix, and we've noticed that we have a pretty wide range of taste represented on our team. There are films in this top ten that represent huge financial undertakings by some of the biggest studios, and there are films in this top ten that are personal visions that are going to be fighting for some elbow room in a blockbuster season.

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<p>Jude Law</p>

Jude Law

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Kevin Macdonald, Jude Law and Focus Features team up for sunken treasure thriller 'Black Sea'

Project finds a buyer ahead of Cannes Film Market

Filmmaker Kevin Macdonald is about to go deep sea diving with Jude Law. Deadline reports that the film "Black Sea" has been positioned as his next with Law in the lead as a laid-off submarine captain who gets involved in a scheme to seek out a storied sunken sub that might be loaded with gold in the Black Sea.

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<p>The Wanted</p>

The Wanted

The Wanted's new single, 'Walks Like Rihanna' premieres Friday

How does she walk, exactly?

How does Rihanna walk exactly? We’ll find out more if the rumors are correct that The Wanted’s new single is called “Walks Like Rihanna" (We're also seeing it listed as "She Walks Like Rihanna").

That’s the word in the Twitterverse today, and according to gossip site sugarscape. Apparently, the British lads, who are filming their own reality show for E!,  have already shot a video for the tune, whose high-brow lyrics include “She can’t sing/She can’t dance/But who cares/She walks like Rihanna,” according to Idolator. I guess that answers the question of whether she moves like Jagger.

Idolator took it one step further, deciding to poke fun at the notion by coming up with 10 other potential song titles using famous divas, including “She Twerks Like Miley,” and “She Falls Asleep Judging ‘The X Factor’ like Britney.”

Regardless, it looks like we won’t have to wait that long to find out. The Wanted is releasing the new single on Friday morning...or a new single, regardless of whether it's called "She Walks Like Rihanna,"  In the meantime, the members of The Wanted and One Direction can carry on their feud.

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