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<p>Angela Bassett and Morgan Freeman, deep in conversation about their character motivations in &quot;Olympus Has Fallen.&quot;</p>

Angela Bassett and Morgan Freeman, deep in conversation about their character motivations in "Olympus Has Fallen."

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Tell us what you thought of 'Olympus Has Fallen'

Antoine Fuqua's loud, proud actioner opened yesterday

I'm not seeing "Olympus Has Fallen" until its UK press screening next week, but any blockbuster headlined by Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo as a butt-kicking action duo out to save America from all attackers has my immediate attention. What's that, you say? It's actually Gerard Butler in the lead? Well, darn. Anyway, Antoine Fuqua's latest has received predictably chilly reviews in most quarters, though I see it has its share of intelligent (though perhaps ironic) defenders in the Twitterverse.

Meanwhile, if you don't fancy seeing 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue under siege this weekend, you'll have another opportunity this summer in the markedly similar-looking "White House Down." Still, if any of you have ventured out for this round of jingoistic explosions, give us your thoughts in the comments -- and feel free to vote in the poll below.

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<p>Emma Stone in &quot;The Croods.&quot; Well, sort of.</p>

Emma Stone in "The Croods." Well, sort of.

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Tell us what you thought of 'The Croods'

The latest from DreamWorks Animation hit theaters yesterday

I've kept narrowly missing "The Croods" -- the latest family adventure from DreamWorks Animation had its world premiere at the Berlinale the morning after I left, while we also never quite managed to meet up at the Miami fest. The design of the whole project, I have to say, has never really drawn me in, and the reviews don't have me rushing to the multiplex. (I'm also a little wary of the studio's output right now, having recently caught up with "Rise of the Guardians" on a flight, and... yikes. Good job, Academy.) 

Still, Drew found the film reasonably fetching in his B+ review, and the early box office figures suggest plenty of viewers are being diverted by the prehistoric romp this weekend. Are you among them? Give us your thoughts in the comments, and feel free to vote in the poll below.

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My Chemical Romance disbands after 12 years

My Chemical Romance disbands after 12 years

'The Black Parade' band calls it quits via its website

After a dozen years together, My Chemical Romance has disbanded. The New Jersey-based group released a collective statement on its website on Friday night. The statement in full is below.

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<p>Matt of &quot;Survivor: Caramoan&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Matt of "Survivor: Caramoan" 

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Interview: Matt Bischoff talks 'Survivor: Caramoan'

Latest bootee talks alliances, tribal swaps and his beard
As Wednesday (March 20) night's "Survivor: Caramoan" episode began, Matt Bischoff may not have been in a position of power, but he was in a position of relative comfort. 
Part of the numbers majority on the Fans tribe, but also accepted by Pretty Kids Reynold and Eddie, the Cincinnati-based bearded BMX fan looked ready to weather any voting storm.
Then a tribal shuffle left Matt and his alliance-mate Michael on an absurdly weak new tribe composed of oddballs and misfits, forced to wage war against an apparently random assemblage of every challenge powerhouse in the game this season.
After an inevitable defeat, the new Gota tribe seemed prepared to vote out weak-link Julia, until they decided to consider the threat posed by a Matt-Michael voting block. That suddenly made Matt a target, because all of the Favorites were convinced he wasn't lying when he said he didn't have an Immunity Idol.
And that's how Matt, a likable and reasonably strong player seemingly playing an admirably balanced game, came to be this week's exit interview.
In the conversation, we talked about the ill-fated tribe-swap, his ability to make alliances with everybody and, of course, his beard. Click through for the full Q&A.
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<p>Justin Timberlake's &quot;The 20/20 Experience&quot;</p>

Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience"

Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience' dominates next week's Billboard 200

New album will sell more than the next 9 other titles combined

Have you heard of the 800 lb. gorilla? Next week, Justin Timberlake will be the 800,000 lb. gorilla as it looks like “The 20/20 Experience” will sell up to 800,000 copies, making it the fifth biggest debut of the decade.

Sales projections for “20/20” keep increasing. At the beginning of the week, it appeared that his first album in seven years would sell at least 500,000; then the number soared to 750,000 and with two days left until the chart close, it’s at 800,000, according to Hits Daily Double.

At that rate, the title will handily sell more than the rest of the nine titles in Billboard 200 top 10 combined. In fact, no one else looks to even top 50,000 copies.

In addition to Timberlake, the other debuts will be Kacey Musgraves’ excellent “Same Trailer, Different Park” (read our interview with the up-and-comer here) at No. 4, with sales of around 40,000, and an expanded edition of the soundtrack to “Les Miserables” at No. 7.

Otherwise, it looks like Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” will be at No. 2, Luke Bryan’s “Spring Break...Here To Party” at No. 3 and this week’s No. 1, Bon Jovi’s “What About Now” at No. 5.

Pink’s “The Truth About Love” climbs several notches to No. 6 on the strength of her well-received concert tour and her new single with fun.s’ Nate Ruess, “///. Rihanna’s “Unapologetic” is at No. 8,  Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” at No. 9, and Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” at No. 10, according to Hits Daily Double.

David Bowie’s “The Next Day” which bowed at No. 2 this week, likely drops to No. 11 with sales of 21,000-24,000.

In case you’re wondering, the top two biggest debuts of the decade so far belong to Taylor Swift, followed by Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne.


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<p>Deborah Mailman (far left) and her &quot;Sapphires&quot; co-stars Jessica Mauboy, Miranda Tapsell and Shari Sebbens.</p>

Deborah Mailman (far left) and her "Sapphires" co-stars Jessica Mauboy, Miranda Tapsell and Shari Sebbens.

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Wayne Blair and Deborah Mailman on taking 'The Sapphires' from stage to screen

The film's director and lead actress both have a long history with the project

When translating a hit stage production to the screen, it seems only right to retain at least some of the talent that made it a success in the first place – and not merely as a good-luck token. That’s a logic that frequently escapes Hollywood, as any number of Broadway ensembles replaced wholesale by bigger names can tell you.

When it came to Tony Briggs’s popular 2005 production “The Sapphires,” however, two cast members remained on board when the Australian musical comedy was translated to the big screen, though neither one in quite the same capacity. But while actress Deborah Mailman simply switched to a different role, Wayne Blair’s reassignment was rather more dramatic: he was selected to direct the film as his debut feature. In contrast to yesterday’s interviewee Chris O’Dowd, who read the script and hopped on board one month before shooting, Blair and Mailman each brought seven years of physical and emotional investment to this heartwarming, fact-based story of a female Aborginal soul quartet chasing the big time against the turmoil of the Vietnam war.

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<p>Sigur Ros</p>

Sigur Ros

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Sigur Ros announce new album 'Kveikur': Watch a loud, wild new video

'Brennisteinn' sounds like a welcome warning

Sigur Ros' last album was a little more abstract than most of their output, so maybe the Icelandic band has decided to re-incorporate some rock structure to their dream-like forms. Enter "Brennisteinn," a new song and music video from the band's forthcoming album "Kveikur." The thing is a monster. It's a very weird, exciting, morphing jam, but it's also louder than what fans may be used to -- of course, until it segues into Jonsi's floating bridge.

"Floating bridge" may be one of the topographical features on the planet the video's set on; the splashes of yellow and dripping silvers are strewn throughout the black-and-white landscape. Far out. The video was helmed by Andrew Huang, who -- and this may not surprise you -- recently directed videos for Bjork, for her "Biophilia" project.

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<p>You want to fix your franchise?&nbsp;Just add The Rock.</p>

You want to fix your franchise? Just add The Rock.

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Review: Dwayne Johnson and Adrianne Palicki make 'GI Joe: Retaliation' serious fun

Jon Chu's obvious fandom makes this one feel especially sincere

I had fun with "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra," and I don't remotely feel bad about it. Stephen Sommers isn't a great overall storyteller, but when it comes to ridiculous action movies that seem giddy on their own invention, Sommers has done it right more often than wrong. I think "Van Helsing" is so bad and such a frustrating botch of a decent high concept that is almost erased any goodwill he'd ever built up as a director, but "G.I. Joe" felt like a nice rebound.

When I praised the film, I made the very clear distinction that I liked the energy with which he told the story and the reality that the movie created. I thought Channing Tatum was miscast in the lead, and when I recently rewatched the film, I feel like it's pretty clear that Tatum hadn't really relaxed into his own talents as a performer yet. I felt like the film had a pretty clear shot at kickstarting a series, and while I enjoyed it, I think Sommers didn't care about doing "G.I. Joe" the way the fans would want to see, but instead used "G.I. Joe" as an excuse to make a Stephen Sommers movie that just happened to use a sort of sci-fi military premise that fit the title.

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<p>Michael Cudlitz and Anthony Ruvivar in &quot;Southland.&quot;</p>

Michael Cudlitz and Anthony Ruvivar in "Southland."

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Review: 'Southland' - 'Bleed Out'

Checking in on the great TNT cop drama midway through its fifth season

"Southland" is one of the best dramas on television. It's also, unfortunately, a show where I tend to get to each episode very late, for one reason or another, which is why I haven't weighed in on any episodes from this fifth (and, unfortunately, possibly final) season. But I managed to see this week's episode only a day late, and I wanted to offer some thoughts on the season in general, coming up just as soon as I tell you I've read about the Marquis de Sade...

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<p>The official poster of Cannes 2013.</p>

The official poster of Cannes 2013.

Credit: Cannes Film Festival

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward are the faces of this year's Cannes fest

The festival's official 2013 poster features a vintage shot of the loved-up couple

It seems further, as we're still shaking off the fatigue of the 2012 awards season, but the Cannes Film Festival is less than two months away. Slowly, this year's edition of the world's most prestigious film fest is starting to take shape: we have Steven Spielberg installed as the Competition jury president, and we know that Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" will kick off proceedings on the Croisette -- though not before it opens Stateside.

The full festival lineup usual only drops around mid-April: look out for my Top 10 gallery on Monday of the film's we're most eagerly hoping will be there. In the meantime, however, the festival unveiled this year's official festival poster -- and it's the most gorgeous one in many a year.

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<p>Gerard Butler is in prime 'Die Hard' mode in the exceptionally silly 'Olympus Has Fallen'</p>

Gerard Butler is in prime 'Die Hard' mode in the exceptionally silly 'Olympus Has Fallen'

Credit: Millennium Films

Review: 'Olympus Has Fallen' is silly and shamelessly jingoistic fun

Should we be comfortable with this sort of cartoon villainization?

At least someone still knows how to make "Die Hard" movies.

There is very little about "Olympus Has Fallen" that I would consider fresh or surprising, but Antoine Fuqua does a nice job of creating a certain degree of tension that he manages to sustain for most of the film's running time, and as an action movie, it is satisfying. I am startled by a few major technical issues with the film, but for the most part, I enjoyed it as I watched.

On the other hand, if I take a step back and view it through any sort of political filter, it's kind of horrifying. And considering where we are right now in our relationship with North Korea, the film feels ill-timed at best, downright inflammatory at worst. Last year's terrible "Red Dawn" remake was too chuckleheaded to be taken seriously by anyone. "Olympus" follows a pretty familiar shape, and the extended opening sequence serves to set up Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), a Secret Service agent who is basically a surrogate member of the First Family. When we meet him, he's in the boxing ring, sparring with President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), who is wrapping up a family trip to Camp David so he can head out to a major fundraising event, his wife Margaret (Ashley Judd) and his son Connor (Finley Jacobsen) in tow. On the icy road as they head into town, there is a terrible car accident, and Banning makes a choice that ends with him being transferred permanently off the President's detail.

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'Scandal': Are Olivia and Fitz really ruined?

Olivia is paying the price for betrayal, but has she forgiven herself?

I wish Olivia Pope wasn't just a TV character just so I could get some time management pointers from her. She somehow runs a hefty chunk of Washington D.C., manages a staff of gladiators, squeezes in an on-again-off-again affair with the President, takes all of her phone calls while walking quickly from one place to another (that must be her cardio) and always looks fabulous. I feel tired just looking at her, don't you?

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