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<p>Britten (Jason Isaacs)&nbsp;interviews a victim's sister in &quot;Awake.&quot;</p>

Britten (Jason Isaacs) interviews a victim's sister in "Awake."

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'Awake' - 'Ricky's Tacos': Red world, green card

Britten prepares to move, while the show returns to the conspiracy theory

A review of last night's "Awake" coming up just as soon as I melt a dead body out of concrete...

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<p>Will Arnett and Christina Applegate in the &quot;Up All Night&quot; season finale.</p>

Will Arnett and Christina Applegate in the "Up All Night" season finale.

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The Morning Round-Up: '30 Rock' & 'Up All Night'

Jack's mother comes to town, while Chris wants to re-propose to Reagan

It's morning round-up time, with brief reviews of last night's "30 Rock" and the "Up All Night" season finale, coming up just as soon as I put on my galoshes and go eat some fruit, like a Frenchman...

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<p>You know why they look that happy?&nbsp;Because they know what all of you are about to see when 'The Avengers' opens worldwide</p>

You know why they look that happy? Because they know what all of you are about to see when 'The Avengers' opens worldwide

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Confirmed: New scene for 'Avengers' shot in LA after premiere

Joss Whedon takes a perfect opportunity for a victory lap

Marvel's much-hyped and long-awaited "The Avengers" had its premiere in Hollywood on Wednesday night in front of an audience of industry professionals and junket press, and word of mouth on Twitter immediately afterwards was largely positive, encouraging to say the least.

I'll be sitting down with the cast and with Joss Whedon this weekend, and we'll have those interviews for you here at HitFix and on our Hulu channel as well very soon.  There's plenty to talk about, especially after what happened at today's press conference for the film.

Our newest correspondent, Geoff Berkshire, was at the press conference today, and he posted a piece about it that is a good read, although it may give away some of the film's pleasures if you read it.  I saw the film tonight, and the good news is that even if you've seen all the trailers and commercials, you reeeeeeally haven't seen anything yet.

One reason for that is because they're not done filming yet.

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Watch: Kris Allen talks about inspiration behind 'The Vision of Love'

'American Idol' says song is a 'call not to be scared'

Kris Allen’s new single “The Vision of Love” and accompanying video seems to have arrived at just the right time. As bullying remains all too prevalent in schools, the song and music clip encourage us to be our best selves and  take those small extra steps to help those in need.

“We tried to make sure we created these characters...that people can relate to,” he says about co-writing “The Vision of Love.” “I wanted people to feel like they knew those people. It’s a call for us to not be scared... to not be afraid to offer up ourselves to help people.”

“The Vision of Love” is from “Thank You Camellia,” the “American Idol” winner’s second full-length set.  Allen co-wrote every song on the album, and collaborated with such writeres and producers as Nasri & Adam Messinger, Tim Pagnotta and Boots Ottestad.

The album’s title is a nod of appreciation to Camellia St. in Los Angeles and the house on that street where Allen and his band stayed as they worked on the new project.  He explained the album title’s meaning last week, but in our longer interview with Allen, which will run closer to the album’s May 22 release date, he reveals some of the crazy guesses fans had on Camellia’s identity.

 

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Liza Minnelli in "Cabaret"
Liza Minnelli in "Cabaret"
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Bob Fosse’s ‘Cabaret’ remains culturally and aesthetically significant 40 years later

The film opens the third annual TCM Classic Film Festival tonight

The TCM Classic Film Festival kicks off tonight with a screening of a restored version of the film that won director Bob Fosse an Academy Award: “Cabaret.” The musical was adapted from the Broadway stage production, which was itself based on John Van Druten's play "I Am a Camera" (a drama inspired by Christopher Isherwood’s book “The Berlin Stories").

As previously discussed in a piece on the strange dance that "The Godfather" engaged in with Oscar, “Cabaret” holds the record for most Academy Awards won by a film which did not win the Best Picture award. Francis Ford Coppola's spin on mafia and the American dream ultimately took the Best Picture prize for the 1972 season, but “Cabaret” won eight of the 10 awards for which it was nominated, including Best Director, Best Actress (Liza Minnelli) and Best Supporting Actor (Joel Grey).

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<p>The study group tries to save Britta from herself on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

The study group tries to save Britta from herself on "Community."

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'Community' - 'Origins of Vampire Mythology': Shameless

Britta needs Annie's help staying away from an old flame, while Pierce befriends Chang

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I need help reacting to something...

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<p>Hollie Cavanagh of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>
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Hollie Cavanagh of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 7 Results- Ready for a Shocker?

'Idol' producer says he's 'shocked' by the vote. Will viewers agree?

Earlier this afternoon, "American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe tweeted the following: "Okay no BS I am truly shocked by tonight's #AmericanIdol result! #idon'tunderstand!"

Truly shocked, he says? 

Color me a lighter shade of intrigue. Yes, Nigel may just be lying and trying to drum up a little hype for a show that really hasn't had anything resembling a shocking elimination this season. 

But I'm taking him at his word and using a picture of Hollie Cavanagh with this recap. My live-blogs pictures go to people I assume won't be going home, because I don't like to spoil things, and if Nigel isn't lying and tonight's results are shocking, Hollie is the only contestant who can't possibly be going home, right? Because Hollie's elimination would be the LEAST shocking result imaginable. Right?

Let's find out...

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<p>Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Sean Hayes bring Curly, Moe, and Larry back to life in the new comedy 'The Three Stooges'</p>

Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Sean Hayes bring Curly, Moe, and Larry back to life in the new comedy 'The Three Stooges'

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Review: 'The Three Stooges' is a sweet and silly tribute to the original trio

The Farrelly Brothers have heaped a lot of love on the slapstick team

I'm not supposed to say anything nice about this film.

That's the message that has been sent loud and clear ever since the first trailer for the movie arrived online.  Based on the fervent hatred that has been poured onto the film, it seems that all online film writers are old-school Three Stooges aficionados, and the Stooges have evidently moved into that part of pop culture that is so revered, so sacred, that absolutely nothing new can be done with them at the risk of sacrilege.

I would certainly count myself among the Stooge faithful.  My college roommate and I had a Stooges poster hanging in our dorm room.  I've memorized many of their sorts through sheer osmosis over the years.  Whenever I'm lost in some out-of-the-way place, I refer to it as "Goslow" instead of "BFE" or any of the other popular alternatives as a nod to a terrible, terrible joke from one of their films.  I spent countless afternoons growing up watching their films on TV, and when SPHE started putting out collections of their short films, I eagerly purchased every single one.

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<p>Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna are on the lookout for seafaring aliens in Peter Berg's &quot;Battleship.&quot;</p>

Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna are on the lookout for seafaring aliens in Peter Berg's "Battleship."

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Review: ‘Battleship’ sinks as an unintentional homage to Michael Bay’s golden age

Lots of questions but how many actually get answered?

 LONDON – There is a moment about two-thirds of the way through Peter Berg’s new action opus “Battleship” where the young, goofy scientist you’ve seen in plenty other movies remarks to another character “Who talks like that?” It’s meant to be a “isn’t this awesome!” wink from Berg and his screenwriters, but instead is an exclamation point to remind the audience just how retro this brew of bad dialogue and familiar action set pieces really is.

Opening across the globe this week before debuting in the U.S. on May 18, “Battleship” is supposed to be a big screen adaptation of the old Hasbro board game where two players plot to sink each others' battleships. Instead, it stakes its claim as possibly the first unintentional Michael Bay homage flick. It’s as though screenwriters Erich and John Hoeber (“Red”) and Berg (“Friday Night Lights,” “Hancock”) were feeling melancholy for the pre-“Transformers” Bay when clichéd pumped up B-movies such as “Pearl Harbor” and “Armageddon” graced the silver screen. If that description gives you immediate pause, it should.
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<p>Will they recast Clive Owen's character but have him narrate in voice-over?&nbsp; That's one way to handle the challenges of 'A Dame To Kill&nbsp;For'</p>

Will they recast Clive Owen's character but have him narrate in voice-over?  That's one way to handle the challenges of 'A Dame To Kill For'

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Rodriguez and Miller return to 'Sin City' with 'A Dame to Kill For'

Film finally set to begin production in Austin this summer

When Robert Rodriguez appeared at Comic-Con this summer, he made several major announcements, but did so to a room that had largely emptied out at the start of his presentation.  Part of that was the fact that Rodriguez did not reveal ahead of time what projects he might discuss, and the other part was that people simply don't believe half of the announcements he makes at this point.

In particular, I saw profound skepticism from people when I wrote up the panel and mentioned that Rodriguez said he was close to moving forward on a "Sin City" sequel.  In August, we ran the news that William Monahan was going to be doing the final rewrite on the film, and once again, there was widespread skepticism.

Well, looks like that last draft paid off, because "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" is finally gearing up for production, with an announcement today from Rodriguez's new company, Quick Draw Productions, financial partner AR Films, and Dimension, who will distribute.  Even though today's press release says that "details of the film's story have been kept tightly under wraps," we did get some clues from Rodriguez at Comic-Con.

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<p>&nbsp;One Direction</p>

 One Direction

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Why One Direction is brilliant to set 2013 tour dates

Do you know where you'll be summer 2013?

Talk about striking while the iron is hot. One Direction is the leading the charge in the new boy band craze we find ourselves in. Tickets to their shows are selling so fast that they have very smartly, 14 months in advance, announced a summer 2013 tour.

The group opened for fellow boy band Big Time Rush this spring, but very quickly overtook BTR in popularity. First album, “Up All Night” bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 a few weeks ago, the first album by a British band to ever come in in the top spot, and the group’s first headlining U.S. tour, which starts later this Spring, sold out in minutes.

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<p>M. Ward's &quot;A Wasteland Companion&quot;</p>

M. Ward's "A Wasteland Companion"

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Review: M. Ward's 'A Wasteland Companion'

She & Him collaborator back with a packed tin of old friends

The types of songs that M. Ward performs haven’t changed much particularly over these last three solo efforts, but it’s the airs or atmospheres over each that morph. 

The title “A Wasteland Companion” conjures the images of coarse terrain in even lonelier territory, but his companions on here are abundant, bringing their gifts into his blues-structured thumpers, the AM Pop, power pop, chalky folk, Sunday afternoon ballads and spiritual odes, none of which go over the 4-minute mark. The songwriter’s frequent collaborator and Monsters of Folk cohort Mike Mogis is back, as are characters like early supporter Howe Gelb and touring staple Mike Coykendall. Zooey Deschanel – one half of the She & Him equation – provides harmonies on some of the most pop-oriented tunes (natch), her contributions obviously serving fanbases of both her band and those who have come to love Ward after their inception.
 
While those fatter, cleaner pop songs can be more whimsical, even glamorous (!!), I’m ultimately more interested in the darker environs of Ward’s murkier tunes. This could be summarized, in part, by lyrics from "There's a Key": "I'm conquering the ocean one wave at the time… taking on the deep, deep blue.”
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