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"Dancing with the Stars"

 "Dancing with the Stars"

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The new cast of celebs for 'Dancing with the Stars' is revealed

Lisa Vanderpump, Andy Dick and others will hoof it for charity

As promised, the names of the new cast of "Dancing with the Stars" were revealed on ABC's "Good Morning America" today, and they are... okay, I guess. As usual, we have some athletes, some Olympic gold medal winners, and at least one potential train wreck/inspiration (Andy Dick), though no name suggests inherent drama (and more than a few are head scratchers). We'll just have to see if the show can find the ratings gold that has, of late, been illusive. The new season starts Mon. March 18 at 8:00 p.m. Here's the list of 11 celebrities and their professional partners. 

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Watch: David Bowie's odd new video for 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)'

Watch: David Bowie's odd new video for 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)'

Tilda Swinton plays a disturbed Mrs. Bowie

I don’t what’s stranger in David Bowie’s brand new video for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)": the concept of David Bowie and his wife, played by Tilda Swinton, being taken over by some blend of aliens tabloid stars and their former selves or the images of Bowie as some regular old husband trotting down to the grocery store with his wife.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Theo James and Chi McBride in &quot;Golden Boy.&quot;</p>

Theo James and Chi McBride in "Golden Boy."

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Review: With CBS' 'Golden Boy,' Greg Berlanti revisits the idea of 'Jack & Bobby'

Theo James plays a young cop who will be NYPD commissioner in seven years

It's hard for a writer to let go of a good idea that didn't work the first time out. That's why, from time to time, you'll see a TV producer present a new show very obviously inspired by a past project that failed. On very rare occasions — Joss Whedon turning "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" into a TV show after he was unhappy with how the movie was directed — the second time's the charm. More often, though, you get something like "The Black Donnellys" — Paul Haggis using his Oscar juice to do another show like his brilliant-but-canceled '90s CBS drama "EZ Street," to similar ratings and lifespan.

Will CBS' "Golden Boy" (it debuts tonight at 10) be another second chance to fail with the same broad idea for producer Greg Berlanti? Or has he found the right tweak to the formula this time out?

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<p>The &quot;Bunheads&quot;&nbsp;watch Michelle dance one more time in the season finale.</p>

The "Bunheads" watch Michelle dance one more time in the season finale.

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Season finale review: 'Bunheads' - 'Next!'

Sasha researches sex, and the girls follow Michelle to an audition

A review of last night's "Bunheads" season finale coming up just as soon as I name my banana...

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<p>The &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;gang re-enacts &quot;Weekend at Bernie's.&quot;</p>

The "How I Met Your Mother" gang re-enacts "Weekend at Bernie's."

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Weekend at Barney's'

Barney brings back the Playbook to help Ted, and Marshall bombs at an art event

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I stop sitting on the art...

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: The gals head to Paris to fight

Is Kim falling off the wagon just after she shoves Taylor on it?

You know what's fun? Watching rich, miserable people mess up a perfectly good vacation. Not just any vacation, mind you, but one to Paris. Granted, in this episode we only get the first glimmers of how completely this trip is going to go off the rails, but with these women we can guess pretty well what's going to happen. My suspicion? None of it good. 

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<p>Natalie Zea on Monday's &quot;The Following&quot;</p>

Natalie Zea on Monday's "The Following"

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Recap: 'The Following' - 'The Fall'

Ryan is really interested in the Threesome, while Claire finds a fan
Last week's cliffhanger starts this week's "The Following," in which Ryan unwittingly makes himself the centerpiece of a hostage situation. It's a tense episode that demonstrates a bit of a tonal shift for the show—one that moves a little bit away from Ryan's internal dramas and instead focuses on him as a hero. That's great, because it lets some of the other characters' narratives take up space for a change. Here's the good, bad, and meh:
 
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'Jack the Giant Slayer' stars Nicholas Hoult and Eleanor Tomlinson talk Bryan Singer and beanstalks

'Jack the Giant Slayer' stars Nicholas Hoult and Eleanor Tomlinson talk Bryan Singer and beanstalks

Bryan Singer fairy tale hits theaters Friday
RICHMOND, ENGLAND - The recent junket for Bryan Singer's "Jack the Giant Slayer" created quite the clash of cultures.
 
On one hand, the director and stars were discussing their high-tech reimagining of the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, a classic fairy tale being brought to the big screen with 3D flair and layers of complicated computer imagery used to produce grotesque giants and towering green staircases leading to a kingdom into the sky. 
 
On the other hand, the interviews were being conducted at the Hampton Court Palace just outside of London, a former residence of royalty constructed for Cardinal Wolsey back in the early 16th Century. You can't see much of the palace in the set-up for this interview, but if you listen to the echo in the audio, those are the reverberations of high ceilings and Tudor opulence.
 
In this conversation, stars Nicholas Hoult and Eleanor Tomlinson discuss the challenges of acting opposite tennis balls for many of their "Jack the Giant Slayer" scenes, as well as Singer's role in helping them all "just create a spectacle, a fun family adventure the people can laugh at and get swept up in the romance between us two," as Hoult put it. 
 
As you can see from some of the behind-the-scenes footage edited with the interview, parts of "Jack the Giant Slayer" actually were shot at Hampton Court Palace and, as Hoult and Tomlinson explain, Singer also made sure they had plenty of "real" beanstalk to work with.
 
Check out the interview above.
 
"Jack the Giant Slayer" opens on Friday, March 1. Stay tuned in the days to come for interviews with Singer, as well as co-stars Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci. 
 
And check out the video below for my introduction to the junket. Warning, it contains singing.
 
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"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor"

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'The Bachelor' recap: Sean and his final three face overnight dates in Thailand

AshLee, Lindsay and Catherine must decide whether or not to sleep over

This is the big week -- not only do we have the final three in a warm, exotic setting (goodbye, parkas; hello, bikinis), we have the dreaded Overnight Dates. This is all about the ladies having to decide between what they want to do (get naked with Sean) and what they should do (look like proper young ladies on a television show their families, their bosses and anyone they ever hook up with in the future can see for all eternity on the Internet). You can practically see the little angels on one should and the devils sitting opposite. Darn you, long arm of network television!

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<p>And now three things that you would not have seen this year without the work of hundreds of gifted visual effects artists.</p>

And now three things that you would not have seen this year without the work of hundreds of gifted visual effects artists.

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The visual effects community sees red in the wake of Oscar protest and on-air snub

Is Hollywood paying attention? Because real trouble is on the horizon

Dear Hollywood,

You schooled us pretty hard the last time there was a WGAw strike.  You made a pretty convincing case for a Hollywood without writers, and while we'll never admit it to you as a group, you broke us.  You really did.  And it has ruined the industry that I love in a million small ways that you're not even going to notice for a decade or so, and when you do, it may well be too late.  You fought us over money and your right to more of it, and you hurt us enough to make us take a deal that we knew in our hearts was not right.

If you try to do the same thing to the VFX industry, you are going to lose.

I'm not telling you this because I want you to win.  I just don't think you realize that this is not the same situation as when the writers decided to strike.  You are correct.  You can indeed lowball us and force us to do free rewrite after free rewrite and you can screw us on points and offer us insulting archaic math problems instead of real profit participation and we'll smile and ask for more.  But if you start putting FX houses out of business and trying to lowball that side of the business, you may be crippling yourself.

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<p>The National</p>

The National

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The National will release a new album in May

Fresh tour dates announced ahead of what may be the indie band's biggest release

The National will be releasing a new album, the follow-up to "High Violet," this spring. The Brooklyn rock band is hitting the road for an extensive tour in June, piggy-backing off their high-profile gig at the Barclay's Center in their homebase, but you can bet there will be some warm-ups (like the one at Ithaca's State Theater) where the band will be previewing new material.

4AD is yet again behind the release of the as-yet-untitled set, which I suppose may be in the running for the band's biggest-selling or highest charting album. 2010's "High Violet" was not only a critical favorite, but also landed the group at No. 3 on The Billboard 200, their best yet. Depending on the date they choose in May, they could contend for the top spot. So I'd recommend shooting for some other week after May 7, which is the date other indie favorites like She & Him and label-group-mates Vampire Weekend are dropping their latest, as is Fall Out Boy (hrm.), Lady Antebellum and Natalie Maines.

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<p>Ben Affleck accepts the Oscar for Best Picture at the 85th annual Academy Awards</p>

Ben Affleck accepts the Oscar for Best Picture at the 85th annual Academy Awards

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Off the Carpet: A roller coaster season comes to an end

Please step off to your left. We hope you enjoyed the ride.

What can one really say at the end of a season this contentious, this exciting, this tight every step of the way other than: "Gee, that was fun."

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