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<p>The Turbanator!&nbsp;</p>

The Turbanator! 

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Sudden Death, Part 4 - 10 More Guys Perform

The Turbanator leads the final group of 'Idol' semifinalists

I hated the way "American Idol" handled Hollywood Week this year, with the pointless gender splitting and subsequent elongation of an already dull slog.

But I've liked the Sudden Death approach to the Top 40. Let America actually see some full performances before they get to vote. Yes, it allows the judges to put an additional early imprint on contestants who are favorites due to talent -- Angela Miller, Curtis Finch Jr. etc -- and also contestants who are favorites due to narrative or personality -- Charlie Askew, Zoanette Johnson, etc. But I think it may make the electorate a bit more  informed when voting begins next week. Maybe.

The first week of Sudden Death, we saw the highs of the first group of girls and the lows of the first group of boys. And last night, we got a pretty representative group, with a few standouts, a few weak performances and whatever you want to say about Zoanette. 

How would the last group of men do? Click through...

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A goat that sounds like a person

 A goat that sounds like a person

Listen: CulturePop Podcast No. 3 - Elton John, Jack the Giant Slayer and goats

We have some opinions about Anne Hathaway, too

It's time for CulturePop #3, and here's the rundown:

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Thirty Seconds To Mars launches new tune 'Up In The Air' in space

Thirty Seconds To Mars launches new tune 'Up In The Air' in space

New single will travel on SpaceX cargo mission

Thirty Seconds To Mars is launching its new single, “Up In The Air,” literally.

On Friday (March 1), the Jared Leto-led band will be in Florida to watch the launch of SpaceX’s cargo mission to the International Space Station. The capsule will carry 1,200 pounds of cargo and a copy of the group’s new tune. 

On March 18, the band will travel to Houston to NASA’s Mission Control, to conduct a Q&A with Tom Marshburn, an astronaut on the flight, which will be broadcast live on the band’s website.  The song will premiere later that day and be for sale on March 19.

“Up In The Air” is the single from the band’s fourth studio album, which will come out later this year. It is the follow-up to 2009's  “This Is War.”  “Artifact,” a documentary about the making of “This Is War,” will screen at SXSW on March 13. The film won the People’s Choice documentary award at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean sign on for Tim McGraw salute

Superstar salute will tape April 7, air this summer

Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Ne-Yo are among the first artists to sign on to salute Tim McGraw during “ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night.”

The show will tape April 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the night after the April 7 Academy Of Country Music Awards. It will air later this summer.

Taping a television special the night after the Academy of Country Music Awards has become standard practice for the past four years: previous honorees include Lionel Richie, Brooks & Dunn, and George Strait.

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<p>From &quot;Ingenue&quot;</p>

From "Ingenue"

Watch: Thom Yorke returns to dancing for 'Ingenue' by Atoms For Peace

Partners make for the best paranoid rock dancing

"Ingenue" is among one of the more paranoid songs of the jittery nine on "AMOK," Atoms For Peace's debut. For the music video, Thom Yorke shakes out his legs and arms again for another dance-centric clip, this time with a partner.

The Radiohead frontman and pro dancer Fukiko Takase are dressed alike, seem to communicate with each other, and sometimes mirror each other's actions while, at others, simply react. It's actually really beautiful and plotted carefully, making the crunchy, weird synth line the second most memorable thing about it.

It was directed by Garth Jennings and choreographed by Wayne McGregor, who also set Yorke to dancing in Radiohead's "Lotus Flower," the vid to launch a thousand gifs. The arm dance around the 4-minute mark in this new one only solidifies Yorke' status as a King of Limbs.

Atoms For Peace is Yorke's "supergroup" with Flea, Nigel Godrich and others. "AMOK" arrived this week.

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<p>The&nbsp;National frontman Matt&nbsp;Berninger</p>

The National frontman Matt Berninger

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The National documentary 'Mistaken for Strangers' to open Tribeca fest

The 12th annual festival runs April 17-28

Lots of festival news this week. Next up, the Tribeca Film Festival has announced its opening night premiere for the 12th annual edition of the fest: Tom Berninger's documentary "Mistaken for Strangers," which chronicles Brooklyn-based band The National on tour.

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<p>Telluride, Colorado</p>

Telluride, Colorado

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Telluride announces 40th anniversary festival celebration and creation of new venue

650-seat Werner Herzog Theatre pays tribute to fest's most famous regular

This September I'll be off to the mountains of Colorado for my fifth trip to the Telluride Film Festival. It's been a delightful excursion to start every season over that spread, though even in that short amount of time the crunch of other outlets descending on the space for an early look at potential awards players has been felt (and even I started going at a time when that escalation was already on the rise).

Excitement will be as high as ever this year as the festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with an extra day added to the long Labor Day weekend festivities. Not only that, but a new venue has been announced bearing the name of the fest's most famous regular, director Werner Herzog.

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<p>Tom Petty</p>

Tom Petty

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers visit venues big and small this summer

Schedule includes multiple dates at New York's Beacon Theater

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have already secured a headlining gig at this June’s Bonnaroo. Now we’re finding out what the band is doing for the rest of its summer vacation.

The sextet’s six-week tour will include, in addition to B-roo, appearances at The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala.;  the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Del.; and Milwaukee’s Summerfest.

The band’s mixing it up this summer: in addition to the festival gigs, and a handful of arena shows, the Heartbreakers will play five nights at New York’s Beacon Theater,  May 20-26, and six nights at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theater, spanning June 3-11.

The Heartbreakers are in the midst of recording their first album since 2010’s “Mojo.” The new set will come out next year in Reprise Records.

The tour schedule is below. For more information, go to

May 16:  Ford Center, Evansville, Ind.
May 17-19: Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores, Ala.
May 20, 21,23,25, 26: Beacon Theater, New York
June 3,4,6,8, 9, 11: Fonda Theater, Los Angeles
June 15: Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind.
June 13-16: Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, Tenn.
June 18: Budweiser Gardens, London, Ont.
June 20: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Penn.

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<p>Miles Teller, Justin Chon and Skylar Astin all celebrate a big night in the funny but familiar '21 &amp;&nbsp;Over'</p>

Miles Teller, Justin Chon and Skylar Astin all celebrate a big night in the funny but familiar '21 & Over'

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Review: '21 & Over' has some big laughs but covers a lot of familiar ground

At this point, binge-drinking is practically a genre

I think it's safe to say that if you've seen a trailer for "21 & Over," you know what you're in for when you see the film.  At 93 minutes, this is a brisk, rowdy bit of fun, and the closest comparison I can make to a recent film is the underseen and underappreciated "Sex Drive," another comedy that took a fairly familiar form and made it work with sheer force of personality.  I wasn't terribly surprised by anything in "21 & Over," but I appreciated the energy, the cast, and the near-constant attempts by the film to entertain.

Last year, there was much wringing of hands over the almost complete lack of a moral compass displayed by "Project X," and that seemed to me to be the point of the film.  I think there is always a sense by society that each new generation is the one that is going to burn the entire thing to the ground, and that fear is probably exasperated these days by the way pop culture absorbs the attitudes of youth.  I am not only confused by much of what appeals to teenagers today, I am actively irritated by it.  And again… that's the point.  It's not for me.  It doesn't speak to me or for me.  And when I watch movies about young people just turning 21 right now in the year 2013, I can't relate completely because my own coming of age was in a very different climate.  I look at the attitudes to sexuality and technology and a dozen different things and I realize that I am wildly out of sync with them in the details of how we live.

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<p>On Sunday's &quot;Shameless,&quot;&nbsp;Fiona (Emmy Rossum)&nbsp;and the kids go to court.</p>

On Sunday's "Shameless," Fiona (Emmy Rossum) and the kids go to court.

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HitFix First Look: 'Shameless' star Emmy Rossum on Fiona's day in court

An exclusive video and a chat with the Showtime drama's leading lady
Emmy Rossum is giving one of the best performances in all of television as fierce, wounded Fiona Gallagher on Showtime’s “Shameless.” She’s working for a network that has had a lot of success at promoting its actors for awards the last few years. Oh, and she has the word “Emmy” right there in her name. Yet despite this, Rossum and “Shameless” haven’t so much as sniffed any Emmy love as yet. Not even her two-time Emmy-winning co-star William H. Macy got a nomination for either of the series’ first two seasons.
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<p>Steven Spielberg</p>

Steven Spielberg

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Steven Spielberg named president of this year's Cannes Film Festival jury

The festival runs from 15 to 25 May

Hey, who needs a third Best Director win? On the heels of his Oscar night disappointment, Steven Spielberg received some solace in the form of a very different, though arguably no less prestigious, cinematic honor: he's been named the the president of the Competition jury at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. (Not that it will have come as a surprise to him, of course: he provisionally accepted the job when it was offered to him two years ago.) 

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Oscars 2014: 25 films to watch for

Oscars 2014: 25 films to watch for

Should George Clooney start staking out another spot on the mantle?

The engravings on Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Best Picture Oscars for "Argo" are still fresh and already the gears are spinning across the net on what to expect in the film awards season next year. Of course we were going to pile on.

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