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Lily Rabe at PaleyFest

 Lily Rabe at PaleyFest

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Watch: Lily Rabe talks to HitFix about being evil for 'American Horror Story'

She explains why she'd gladly do an action movie - and her own stunts

 Let no one say Lily Rabe isn't one hell of an actress. Literally. As Sister Mary Eunice in the second season of "American Horror Story," she played an innocent nun who is taken over by the devil. At PaleyFest, she talked to HitFix about getting into character and why she wants to play an action hero.

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Rihanna's 777 tour documentary set to fly on FOX

Superstar's diary of seven shows in seven countries will air May 6

Rihanna 777,” an hour-long concert film about Rihanna’s November promotional tour where she performed seven shows in seven days in seven countries, will air on Fox May 6 at 8 p.m.

As one of the 150 journalists from 32 countries on the tour, I love this description from Fox: “The film also provides an inside look at the singer’s ambitious and often turbulent tour, from the sound of popping champagne corks on the plane to the backstage chaos to the singer’s special worldwide appearances.” I wonder if the footage will include the journalists’ on-plane riot after we had no access for Rihanna for five days and were on our third red-eye in five days? What about the streaker? Or how she kept audiences in Stockholm and Berlin waiting for more than two hours? For my thoughts on the tour, read here.

The concert film chronicles Ri-ri’s travels from Los Angeles to Mexico, Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London and New York to promote “Unapologetic,” which came in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and has spawned the hits “Diamonds” and “Stay.”  Rihanna is now on a U.S. tour.


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<p>Elisabeth Moss as a cop in &quot;Top of the Lake.&quot;</p>

Elisabeth Moss as a cop in "Top of the Lake."

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Review: Jane Campion's 'Top of the Lake' a riveting long-form mystery

Elisabeth Moss is showcased brilliantly in Sundance miniseries

I have no idea if Jane Campion, co-director and co-creator of Sundance's "Top of the Lake," has ever seen "The Killing," or the Danish series that inspired it. But the mystery miniseries certainly plays like she watched a few hours of the AMC version, leaned back in her chair and said, "Let me show you how it's done, kid."

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Watch: Dave Grohl talks digital vs. analog for next Foo Fighters album
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Watch: Dave Grohl talks digital vs. analog for next Foo Fighters album

SXSW red carpet interview for 'Sound City': Will Foos work with Butch Vig again?

AUSTIN -- It appears that Dave Grohl's Sound City Players gig at the South By Southwest music conference may have been its last. The all-star concerts have run concurrently with the promotion of the Foo Fighters frontman's film "Sound City," which has completed its rounds at winter and spring film festivals.

The show at Stubb's late last week was three-and-a-half hours long, with long performances from artists like Stevie Nicks and John Fogerty with the backing of Foos like Taylor Hawkins and Pat Smear and Nirvana member Krist Novoselic. The setlist to the rock show ran from old to new, and for those who have seen "Sound City," a reminder of rock 'n' roll history of laying down tape and getting performances right in the moment of recording, instead of going back and correcting it later with a piece of software.

That was the point, Grohl told me during our interview on the SXSW red carpet for the "Sound City" screener. The California rock studio couldn't survive in a world of accessible digital technology, because of the restrictions of analog.

And it's just that Grohl doesn't mind the restrictions.

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<p>Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga)&nbsp;in &quot;Bates Motel.&quot;</p>

Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) in "Bates Motel."

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Review: A&E's 'Bates Motel' gives 'Psycho' killer Norman Bates some teen angst

Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga are terrific, but is there a TV show here?
“Everyone seems better in old movies — even bad ones,” Norman Bates explains in an early episode of A&E’s “Bates Motel,” which debuts tonight at 10.
Norman should know from old movies, what with him being the villain of one of the greatest of all time: Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 black and white masterpiece “Psycho,” in which Janet Leigh has the unfortunate luck to stop for rest and a shower at the Bates Motel.
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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: Is Walter stalking Kenya?

Or is Kenya just overreacting to seeing her ex?

I think the greatest drawback of being on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," other than the invasion of privacy and the shrieking, has to be the non-stop social calendar. It's like being a member of the British aristocracy in the 1800s, when no one had television and everyone had to talk to one another because they had nothing better to do other than die of consumption. It seems like there isn't just one party per episode; there are many, meaning everyone just has time to rush home, select a fresh ball gown, pick a new wig, and head out all over again. Yes, I realize these things are edited to compress time, but still. Lotta parties. 

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<p>Max and Katie learn about pho in Vietnam</p>

Max and Katie learn about pho in Vietnam

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Your Tan Is Totally Cool'

Teams head pho pho away to Vietnam
Well, I guess you pulled a fast one this time, "The Amazing Race," but I don't think you'll be able to get away with that again.
Sunday (March 17) night's "Amazing Race" installment was able to maintain at least a modicum of tension to the very end due to the producers' [correct] sense that viewers at home wouldn't necessarily know the show's rules. We the exact same situation ever to be repeated in a later episode, there's no way that that episode could be edited this same way, because we're all wiser now.
So... Thanks for the "Amazing Race" rules lesson, "The Amazing Race."
More after the break...
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Watch: Jared Leto talks Thirty Seconds to Mars' new 'Up in the Air' and music video

Watch: Jared Leto talks Thirty Seconds to Mars' new 'Up in the Air' and music video

'Artifact' heads to SXSW as the band heads out of the studio

AUSTIN -- Jared Leto was not only busy promoting his 30 Seconds To Mars doc "Artifact" at SXSW, but he was also getting ready to push his rock act's new song.

Leto shot the music video for "Up in the Air," the band's forthcoming new single, and was editing the clip during his visit to Austin for the film fest. In less than a day, the song will be revealed, and overall, "It's very different, it's a complete departure," the actor/musician told me on the red carpet to "Artifact."

The band last released their album "This Is War" in 2009, after warring with their label Virgin; "Artifact" is a making-of chronicle of that set and the industry conflict behind it.

Check out what else Leto had to say about the space-bound track, and what's up with the winter coat in an central Texas spring.


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Listen: Beyonce drops new track 'Bow Down / I Been On'

Listen: Beyonce drops new track 'Bow Down / I Been On'

Gritty track produced by Hit-Boy

“I took some time to live my life, but don’t think I’m just his little wife,”  sings Mrs. Shawn Carter, i.e. Beyonce, on “Bow Down/I Been On,”  a track she dropped via SoundCloud on Sunday.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker</p>

Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker

Napster's founders talk 'Downloaded' and Spotify at SXSW

Copyrights are artists' big fight

AUSTIN -- If there's anybody who had a front row seat on the dismantling of the traditional music industry model, it's Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, the two founders of Napster. They put that show on. Peer-to-peer sharing indisputably was part of weakening labels, falling sales and creative disputes between artists and the companies that were supposed to support their artform, and Napster was one of the first companies to do P2P well. In turn, it was the lightning rod to the storm to come.

Fanning and Parker were on hand for the premiere of "Downloaded," a documentary on Napster, at this year's South By Southwest film conference, and further spoke of Napster's influence on today's modern industry landscape during a SXSW interactive panel. They told crowds here first-hand what it was like to be the darlings and the "criminals" of the internet era, and just what the hell they can do about it today, 14 years after Napster was founded.

Watching "Downloaded" at SXSW was like watching my own personal history. I remember scrolling through millions of available songs in the millions of free libraries and it shaped the music listener I am today. I remember Napster's various interfaces, MTVs coverage, Metallica media interviews, even the Senate hearings, but even more so, I remember the high of falling in love with new artists because a free, curated and boundless archive was an obnoxious dial-up modem sound away.

There's also that faint remembrance -- a turn of the stomach, really -- when I realized it wouldn't be this free forever, when the RIAA was suing users, when artists I liked were being hurt because contracts and monetizing systems weren't up to par. Copyrights are still the center issue today as hundreds of companies work to take chips out of iTunes' seller dominance and streaming discovery services try to break through mainstream and make their own money.

Like the hoards of music artists converging on Austin, millions of artists are online and dying to be heard. And so then there's Fanning and Parker, again, front row.

Parker is an investor and board member of Spotify (and he and Fanning are tapping another technology, Airtime, in hopes that it clicks with video consumers).

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<p>Lena Dunham as Hannah in the &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;season 2 finale.</p>

Lena Dunham as Hannah in the "Girls" season 2 finale.

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Season finale review: 'Girls' - 'Together'

Hannah's OCD gets worse, Marnie and Shoshanna make big decisions, and Adam goes for a run

A review of the "Girls" season 2 finale coming up just as soon as I diagnose myself from reading Louisa May Alcott...

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<p>Laurie Holden as Andrea in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Laurie Holden as Andrea in "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Prey'

Andrea, Milton and Tyreese all begin to have their doubts about the Governor

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I'm sent home to do some knitting...

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