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Fall Out Boy and Kid Cudi duke it out for No. 1 on Billboard 200

Where does Justin Timberlake go next week?

Fall Out Boy gets a big welcome back after five years after releasing its last album as “Save Rock And Roll” will likely debut at the top of the Billboard 200 next week.

The title is in a bit of a dead heat with Kid Cudi’s “Indicud” for No. 1, with both projects looking to sell between 145,000 and 155,000 copies.

Looking good to hold at No. 3 is Justin Timberlake’s former chart topper, “The 20/20 Experience.” A trio of country albums then follow for Nos. 4-6: Blake Shelton’s “Based on A True Story” at No. 4, The Band Perry’s “Pioneer” at No. 5 and Brad Paisley’s “Wheelhouse” at No. 6.

Two more debuts follow with Christian hip-hop artist Andy Mineo’s “Heroes For Sale” at No. 7 and Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Mosquito” at No. 8. However, it’s a tight race for spots 7-10, so either one of the newcomers could end up placing below Paramore’s self-titled set, which, as of Friday, Hits Daily Double predicts will drop to No. 9, and Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not A Human Being,” at No. 10. All four titles are too close to call with a few days left before the chart closes and are now targeted to each sell between 30,000 and 35,000 copies.

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Watch: Why Chris Cornell is a believer in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Watch: Why Chris Cornell is a believer in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Plus: Why did he want to high tail it out of the press room?

Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell gave a heartfelt and impassioned speech to induct Heart into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Thursday night in Los Angeles, touching on why Ann & Nancy Wilson mean so much to the Seattle rockers that have come after them, including Cornell.

Indeed, whether it’s Alice in Chains or Soundgarden or Pearl Jam, Heart gets a lot of love from the rockers and, in return, Heart has praised and nurtured many of these bands as they came up through the ranks.

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<p>Seth&nbsp;MacFarlane hosting the 85th annual Academy&nbsp;Awards</p>

Seth MacFarlane hosting the 85th annual Academy Awards

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Report: 2014 Oscars producers have asked Seth MacFarlane to host again

If so, would he really want to do it?

Recently Academy president Hawk Koch made his mark on the 2014 Oscar ceremony, despite the fact that he's only serving one year in the position and probably shouldn't be making decisions on the next Academy Awards, by tapping producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to come back on board. Citing a need to maintain "consistency," Koch sang the producers' praises, despite the production being criticized for tastelessness in many quarters.

If consistency is what they're after then it only stands to reason that Zadan and Meron would like to bring host Seth MacFarlane back on board. But that'll never happen, right? From the horse's mouth, MacFarlane said "no way" when asked if he would ever come back to emcee the show. Well, not so fast…

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<p>I love that there is a movie that exists that allows this to be the still that comes up when you search for Will Ferrell and Jack Black together. Well-played, Hollywood.</p>

I love that there is a movie that exists that allows this to be the still that comes up when you search for Will Ferrell and Jack Black together. Well-played, Hollywood.

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Will Ferrell and Jack Black will try to declare each other 'It' in 'Tag Brothers'

Todd Garner produces the real-life comedy for New Line

There is something magical about doing something for no reason other than play.

It is uncommon for adults unless they make specific plans for it, but kids are great at walking into a situation and immediately beginning to play with other kids, even if they've never met before. I watch it in my own kids, and it's a sort of fearlessness that adults have crushed out of them. When kids are playing and really enjoying themselves, they're not worried about anything else. They're not thinking about anything else. They're not worried about how cool they look. They're just playing, and it's a very pure form of pleasure.

Holding on to that, in any form, is not easy, and I'm curious to see how Will Ferrell and Jack Black handle "Tag Brothers," a film that The Wrap reports is being developed for the two of them to star in by New Line and Todd Garner's Broken Road. It's based on an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal about a group of adults who started playing an elaborate game of tag years ago. Now, as they approach middle-age, they still spend one month out of the year going to insane lengths to declare one another "It."

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Watch: Rush's Geddy Lee and Neil Peart thank their fans for Rock Hall induction

What does Alex Lifeson have to say?

Rush’s fans have ardently lobbied for their favorite power trio to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ever since the band first became eligible in 1998. Alas, the Canadian rock act never even made the ballot. All that changed this year when the band not only made it onto the finalists’ ballot, but ended up one of six acts inducted at last night’s ceremony in Los Angeles. 

Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson made their way backstage and I asked them about their fans’ role in getting them the honor.  I addressed the question to Lee since Peart is notoriously a little shy about speaking to the media, so it was a delight when after Lee answered, Peart jumped in with more.

As far as Lifeson’s “blah, blah... ,” that was an extension of his weird acceptance speech, which consisted solely of his very animated use of only the word “Blah” to seemingly act out the band’s 39-year career.

Lee said, “I think the collective voices of our fans, without question, put a hell of a lot of pressure on {the Hall] to seriously consider us... I had the people from the Hall of Fame coming up to me today thanking us because it’s been the quietest it’s ever been after the announcements are made, usually they are so beseiged with angry violent emails and such...”

Peart feels the fans and the band have grown up together. “We have evolved naturally in our music and our lyrics and our songs and all of our experiences as from our past and our present as grown ups and we’ve expressed all that in our songs and a lot of them have grown up with that.”

Lifeson added, “blah, blah, blah... “


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<p>On &quot;Happy Endings,&quot;&nbsp;Max (Adam Pally, right)&nbsp;tries to perfect his eye-roll.</p>

On "Happy Endings," Max (Adam Pally, right) tries to perfect his eye-roll.

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HitFix First Look: On 'Happy Endings,' Max enters a gay pageant

Can he get his eye-roll perfect?

On what's been a strange, harrowing day of news from Boston, it's nice to have an occasional distraction. So if you'd like to turn away from the city on lockdown for a laugh, we've got an exclusive clip from the first of tonight's two "Happy Endingsepisodes.

In "The Ballad of Lon Sarofsky," the gang pushes Max to get a job so he can stop sponging off of them. His response is to sign up for the Mr. Super Gay Chicago pageant. As you can see in this clip (embedded at the top of this post), it does not go smoothly.

That episode is supposed to air at 8, followed by another new one at 8:30, but there's a chance one or both may be pre-empted by, naturally, news coverage from Boston. So enjoy the laugh while you can.

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Watch: Pearl Jam's Mike McCready reveals his favorite Heart song

Watch: Pearl Jam's Mike McCready reveals his favorite Heart song

Who else does he really want inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready helped usher fellow Seattle-ites Heart into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Thursday night. He played with Ann and Nancy Wilson and the rest of the band following their heartfelt acceptance speech as the group ripped through ferocious versions of “Crazy On You” and “Barracuda” as well as a tender “Dreamboat Annie”

McCready came backstage and I asked him what his favorite Heart song was and what the pioneering rock band  had meant to him growing up.  His answer is in the video.

Though it’s not included in the video, McCready was also asked what he thought his chances were for Pearl Jam getting into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  (If you want to feel old, PJ will actually be eligible within the new few years: an act is eligible 25 years after its first recording is released).

McCready replied “you never know,” but added that he was really rooting for Kiss to get in and pulled back his jacket to reveal a Kiss button.  Hey Mike, we’re thinking Pearl Jam will get in before Kiss... or maybe you can go in the same year.

Joining Heart in the class of 2013 were Albert King, Rush, Public Enemy, Randy Newman, Lou Adler, Quincy Jones, and Donna Summer.

Read HitFix's live-blog commentary of the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony here.

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<p>Mads Mikkelsen as &quot;Hannibal.&quot;</p>

Mads Mikkelsen as "Hannibal."

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NBC to skip 'Hannibal' episode in wake of Boston tragedy

A sensitive decision, but prepare to be slightly confused on Thursday

NBC has decided not to air the fourth episode of "Hannibal" because it features the murders of children (by other children, no less) and would air not long after the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.

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<p>Police in tactical gear conduct a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass.</p>

Police in tactical gear conduct a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass.

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David O. Russell's 'American Hustle' halts production amid Boston area manhunt

The production is 'heeding the Governor's request to remain indoors'

I imagine like everyone else, you've been glued to the TV and the internet watching the events of the last 14 hours or so unfold. I flew into Los Angeles from New York yesterday and was watching all the news about the FBI's release of video and photos featuring the Boston Marathon suspects, asking for help in identifying them. Then just a half hour before landing, the news break on shots being fired at MIT hit. An hour or so later I'm in the car on the way home watching Twitter explode with the hard work of newspaper reporters on the scene in Watertown unfold in real time. This situation has obviously dominated our attention.

And today comes news that it affects our little, insignificant sliver of the world. David O. Russell's latest film about the 1970s ABSCAM FBI sting, recently re-titled "American Hustle," has shut down production because of the on-going manhunt for 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Deadline reports that "the production is heeding the Governor's request to remain indoors," those words coming from a Sony spokesperson.

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<p>&quot;The East&quot;&nbsp;opens in limited release on May 31.</p>

"The East" opens in limited release on May 31.

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Exclusive: Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard and Brit Marling in new photos from 'The East'

Zal Batmanglij's second feature film played at Sundance in January

Zal Batmanglij is building a solid rep and career so far with co-collaborator, actress Brit Marling. Marling starred in his 2011 Sundance hit "Sound of My Voice," which landed a pair of Independent Spirit Award nominations last year (it was held for an April 2012 release). And "The East" took goodwill from Sundance this year right into SXSW as it aims for an early summer release.

"I very much understand people's frustration that I think most are feeling right now in our society," Ellen Page told HitFix back in January, "about corporate greed, about what we're doing to the environment. I think the film asks a lot of questions and does it in this way that is ethically sticky and murky, which is great."

Fox Searchlight has passed along a new set of production stills from the film, featuring Page, Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård and "Batman" himself. Click on through to take a look.

"The East" opens in limited release on May 31.

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Listen to the new Daft Punk song 'Get Lucky,' which is awesome

Listen to the new Daft Punk song 'Get Lucky,' which is awesome

Arriving ahead of 'Random Access Memories'

The recently posted video interviews with Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" collaborators have pointed to a humanism in the machines. "Get Lucky," the first single to arrive from Daft Punk's album encapsulates that idea. And it is awesome.

Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers' funky, pristine guitar line is as much the heartbeat as the disco-clap of the beat. Pharrell's sweet voice has a little desperation and love in the pre-chorus, batting above average than any song that's far more explicit in what constitutes "getting lucky." I don't find his vocals extraordinary, but I do find it slipping slinkily into this mix. The voice box tone intermingling with the similar synths playfully makes the programmed elements seem interchangeable with its most organic. And vice versa. Good times, and welcome back.

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"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway"

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'Project Runway' recap: Who will make it work on the 'Finale Pt. 1'?

Salvador Dali, the '60s, lone wolves and more inspire the final 4

So, we're getting down to the wire (or the inseam) on "Project Runway," and in this episode, our final four get to head home, invite Tim Gunn over, spend way too much time alone thinking about concepts and French seams and whatever, make really weird choices, then head back to New York. I'm beginning to feel as if every collection we see at this stage, with a few notable fabulous exceptions, takes a left turn at crazy and hits the gas. This week's episode we again see a lot of WTF choices, and it doesn't make me look forward to Fashion Week at all.

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