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<p>A sketch of the design for the Academy Museum.</p>

A sketch of the design for the Academy Museum.

Credit: AMPAS

AMPAS launches website for its fancy Academy Museum

Los Angeles museum will contain 290,000 square feet of movie memorabilia

When the Academy announced its plans for an unprecedented gathering of the entire AMPAS membership next month, Academy CEO stated Dawn Hudson that the chief purpose of the meeting was to discuss what the organization does "the other 364 days of the year." And right now, the biggest item on that list is the Academy Museum.

That, of course, is a project generating excitement among more than just industry insiders. It's hard to believe that Los Angeles doesn't have its own film-themed museum, and the Academy plans to fill the gap in grand style. A spiffy new website was launched yesterday that lays out plans for the 290,000-square-foot temple to Hollywood history in more detail, and it's looking increasingly impressive.

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<p>Tom Riley is Leonardo da Vinci in &quot;Da Vinci's Demons.&quot;</p>

Tom Riley is Leonardo da Vinci in "Da Vinci's Demons."

Credit: Starz

Review: Starz's 'Da Vinci's Demons' turns Leonardo into an action hero

Feels like a late '90s syndicated drama with a bigger budget (and Starz nudity)

Starz doesn't exactly have a consistent brand identity — other than a fondness for nudity at any and all opportunities — but since former HBO chief Chris Albrecht took over, there's been a more overt attempt to resemble his old employer. Neither "Boss" (since canceled) nor "Magic City" (returning this summer) have been in a class with the best of what Albrecht greenlit at HBO, but they've at least felt like the kinds of shows he would have approved in the early-mid '00s: cinematic gloss, anti-heroes caught between good intentions and criminal realities, award-baiting performances, etc.

"Da Vinci's Demons," which debuts tonight at 10 (after the series finale of Starz flagship "Spartacus"), is not that. Created by David Goyer (who co-wrote the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, but who has also been responsible for a number of forgettable TV shows like "FlashForward"), it doesn't resemble Albrecht's old HBO output so much as it does '90s syndicated action dramas like "Xena: Warrior Princess" — albeit made on a much bigger budget and with lots of Starz-approved language and nakedness. (You will never look at a certain "Downton Abbey" castmember the same way again after their cameo here.)

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"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway"

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'Project Runway' recap: What do you think of the final 4?

Four designers get European vacations, but the reward comes at a cost

Before we start, I have a question. Last week, did Michelle just tune out when Nina Garcia said not to make a damn T-shirt and a pair of pants, or did she just not care? Or did she not realize she made a damn T-shirt and a pair of pants? I love Michelle's aesthetic, so for her to so completely whiff the ball last week (I should say, though, nice outfit, even though it was A DAMN T-SHIRT AND A PAIR OF PANTS) was simply distressing. I guess she thought that, because it was a nice ensemble, that was enough. No, it landed her in danger of going home -- and, as Heidi says OVER AND OVER AND OVER again, Michelle needed to fight for her life this week. Or, really, design for her life. She doesn't have to get into an MMA fight or anything. Jeez, Heidi.

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<p>Why do I suspect this intervention will not end well?</p>

Why do I suspect this intervention will not end well?

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The latest trailer for 'The Hangover III' promises a very different plot this time

Now we've got a better idea of just what the Wolfpack can expect

The most common criticism leveled against "The Hangover Part II," and accurately in my opinion, was that the sequel basically just served as a remake of the original film in a new geographic setting.

To some degree, I felt like Todd Phillips, who hasn't really been in the franchise business until now, was making a joke about the essential nature of sequels. Any time you're following up a massive success, you have all sorts of expectations you're dealing with as the filmmakers. If you do something that's too close to the original, you get nailed for it. If you do something that's not like the original at all, you get nailed for it. It's a no-win situation creatively, and then if you do manage to pull it off, expectations get even more outrageous and difficult for the next one.

There's a new Internet-only trailer for "The Hangover Part III," and right away, it looks like they've made some steps forward with the characters, and it also feels like they're acknowledging that the second film was perhaps too much of the same. This time, instead of throwing another destination event that leads to a crazy and forgotten bachelor party, it looks like the film starts with Alan (Zach Galifianakis) at a low point, and after a disastrous funeral for his father, his friends step in to try and get him some help.

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<p>Hugh Dancy as Will Graham in &quot;Hannibal.&quot;</p>

Hugh Dancy as Will Graham in "Hannibal."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Amuse Bouche'

Will chases a killer obsessed with mushrooms

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I rubber stamp you...

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<p>The Chicago Theater marquee prior to tonight's tribute to Roger Ebert.</p>

The Chicago Theater marquee prior to tonight's tribute to Roger Ebert.

Credit: AP Photo/Paul Beaty

Celebrities and colleagues turn out to honor film critic Roger Ebert at Chicago tribute

John and Joan Cusack, Ava DuVernay and more remember a legend

Hollywood and independent filmmakers, philanthropists and industry magnates, fellow critics and, yes, movie stars came together this evening in Chicago to pay tribute to the life of legendary film critic Roger Ebert, who passed away April 4 at the age of 70. The event was live-streamed on the internet via WGN and

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<p>A detail from the poster of &quot;The Bling Ring.&quot;</p>

A detail from the poster of "The Bling Ring."

Credit: A24

New poster for Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring' throws a lot of shade(s)

Emma Watson stars in the true-life teen heist movie

The marketing of Sofia Coppola's movies has always been a stylish business, and so it is with her latest, "The Bling Ring" -- which opens in the US on June 14, after what is widely presumed will be a Cannes premiere. A couple of weeks ago, the first teaser trailer dropped, and the name of the game was chic but oblique: it told you nothing about the film you wouldn't already have gleaned from the briefest of online synopses. The film's new teaser poster, meanwhile, is playing a similar game: it effectively introduces the five characters that make up the titular "ring," not with faces but via the visual metaphor of their sunglasses. It's a cutely indirect approach very much in keeping with Coppola's fashion-conscious sensibility.

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<p>Hailee Steinfeld at the 2010 Academy Awards.</p>

Hailee Steinfeld at the 2010 Academy Awards.

Credit: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Hailee Steinfeld joins all-star cast of Tommy Lee Jones's 'The Homesman'

She joins Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, James Spader and more

We haven't seen anything from Hailee Steinfeld since she scored a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination two years ago for her (leading) role in the Coen Brothers' "True Grit" -- but at just 16 years of age, she can afford to take her time. And whatever time she has lost, she's about to make up for in a big way.

Steinfeld is set to appear in no fewer than five films this year, including roles in "Ender's Game," John Carney's "Once" follow-up "Can a Song Save Your Life?" and the umpteenth redo of "Romeo and Juliet" -- every generation needs its own, after all. (Want to feel old? Steinfeld was born one month after Baz Luhrmann's MTV-chic adaptation of the Shakespeare standard opened in US theaters.)

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<p>Donald Glover as Troy (with guest Troy puppet pal)&nbsp;on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Donald Glover as Troy (with guest Troy puppet pal) on "Community."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Community' - 'Intro to Felt Surrogacy'

Dean Pelton uses puppet therapy to help the study group confront a traumatic incident

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I grab this thing that's definitely not a whip...

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<p>Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson in "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Animal Control'

Leslie tries to fix a broken department, Ann tries to nurse Ron and Ben tries to get a charitable donation

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I can hire a Mexican elf...

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<p>Candice Glover from Wednesday's &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Candice Glover from Wednesday's "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 6: Results - Plus Kelly Clarkson and Scotty McCreery

Will Lazaro go home or will we see the Judges' Save?

I thought I had it all figured out last week. I assumed that unless Lazaro Arbos went home, anybody left would receive the Judges' Save and be kept around. What I didn't count on was Lazaro finishing so high -- Top 3 and the producers probably know exactly how far up -- that the judges couldn't afford to keep Burnell Taylor for another week for fear of losing one of the five women in a double-elimination this week.

Instead, Burnell went home and we were treated to Lazaro's cover of "Close To You," which stands as one of the worst performances ever by a Top 10 finalist on "American Idol." I guess we would have been treated to that performance either way, though. Never mind.

But anyway... I'm started tonight's episode with the exact same assumption as last week: The only person going home tonight will be Lazaro. Any of the five women would get the Save. 

Let's see how things play out...

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<p>I'm going to play a drinking game in 'Man&nbsp;Of Steel' where I take a shot every time there's an American flag somewhere in the frame, and I'm going to die 45 minutes into the film.</p>

I'm going to play a drinking game in 'Man Of Steel' where I take a shot every time there's an American flag somewhere in the frame, and I'm going to die 45 minutes into the film.

Credit: Warner Bros

Are we close to learning what plans Warner has for the DC universe?

It sounds like 'Man Of Steel' is a make-or-break moment for the studio

It's a big summer for superhero films. There is no film more important to the overall success of a studio's longterm plans than "Man Of Steel" is for Warner Bros, though. Marvel could survive it if "Iron Man 3" didn't work, and Fox has certainly weathered a terrible "Wolverine" movie already. For Warner, though, everything they have planned in the near-future depends on them proving that they can get their most significant icon right. Warner needs you to believe a man can fly.


The good news is that early buzz from people who have seen the film is very enthusiastic. It sounds like they've managed to ground Superman in the real world while also making sure that he does indeed feel… well, super. When we get 74 different superhero films every year, it's not easy to make us feel a sense of wonder anymore. It's a character thing more than it's about the effects at this point, and certainly everything we're hearing from Zack Snyder and David Goyer and Christopher Nolan sounds like they're at least starting with the right ideas.

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