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<p>Matthew Perry and Julianna Margulies in &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Matthew Perry and Julianna Margulies in "The Good Wife."

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'The Good Wife' - 'Blue-Ribbon Panel': Could I BE any more of a tool?

Matthew Perry and Charles Dutton guest star in a busy, memorable hour

It was a busy Sunday night for scripted drama, between the "Mad Men" premiere and the "Luck" finale, but last night's excellent "The Good Wife" shouldn't be lost in the shuffle. A quick review coming up just as soon as I yield my five minutes to you...

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<p>Was it a different Don Draper (Jon Hamm)&nbsp;we saw in the &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;season premiere?</p>

Was it a different Don Draper (Jon Hamm) we saw in the "Mad Men" season premiere?

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Interview: 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner on the season 5 premiere

On the date, the agency, Megan and more

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner is famously tight-lipped about what's happening on the show before it airs, but he was willing to talk to me about the events of the season 5 premiere (which I reviewed here), provided I posted the interview the morning after it aired. So here's Weiner discussing why the season is set when it's set, why not every character appeared in the premiere, and more, all coming up just as soon as we all go water skiing together...

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<p>This is how fans will feel when they realize that 'The Dark Knight Rises' will not be at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.</p>

This is how fans will feel when they realize that 'The Dark Knight Rises' will not be at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

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Buzzkill: 'The Dark Knight Rises' will not be at Comic-Con 2012

That won't stop months of speculation, but it's true

Let me ask you this:  why would Christopher Nolan bring "The Dark Knight Rises" to Comic-Con?

Forget about a full-blown screening of the film, which is never going to happen.  Warner Bros. isn't going to show 10,000 people something they know those 10,000 people are going to see a week later at $15 a pop.  That's just math.  But regarding a panel for the film, what would make anyone think that with his final film, following up one of the most successful films of all time, Nolan would suddenly change his entire game-plan and show up with his cast and clips and answer questions?

To be clear, the rumor started to spread last week that Warner Bros. was planning a secret Comic-Con panel for the film, and as the rumor grew, it eventually became "AND THEY ARE SCREENING THE MOVIE, TOO!"

Nope.  Not true.  Neither one of those things is happening.

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<p>The Cosgroves and the Campbells get their party best on for the &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;season premiere. </p>

The Cosgroves and the Campbells get their party best on for the "Mad Men" season premiere.

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Season premiere review: 'Mad Men' - 'A Little Kiss'

Happiness is more dream than reality for Don, Joan, Roger and friends

"Mad Men" is finally back after 17 months, and I have a review of the premiere episode coming up just as soon as I have tickets to the bean ballet...

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<p>A scene from Sunday's &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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A scene from Sunday's "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'This Is Wicked Strange'

Teams head to Azerbaijan for fun with oil and apples and hay
It was only two weeks ago that I mused on the problematic nature of the "Amazing Race" Fast-Forward.
"Fast-Forwards are almost never any good, are they? And the show has structured them so badly that you almost never have two teams competing for the Fast-Forward because everybody knows that the tasks are easy, so the Fast-Forward becomes a reward for the first team to the clue, which is an arbitrary thing to reward."
With Sunday (March 25) night's episode, I was proven both right and wrong, as "The Amazing Race" had its second Fast-Forward of the month.
On one hand, two teams competed for the Fast-Forward, which was exactly what I said didn't happen nearly enough.
On the other hand -- the more practical hand -- not only was it the first two teams to reach the clue who attempted the Fast-Forward, but the Fast-Forward proved to be an all-or-nothing proposition. It was a difficult task, in an episode without a difficult Detour or Roadblock, meaning that the team that completed the Fast-Forward ended up winning the Leg and the team that didn't complete the Fast-Forward ended up going home, because there was no opportunity to make up time by excelling at later challenges. 
That meant that we deviated from the Only One Team Attempts the Fast-Forward norm exactly long enough to convince future competing teams that the dice roll that comes from attempting a Fast-Forward you know another team is attempting just isn't worth it. Attempting the Fast-Forward led to a 50 percent chance of winning the Leg and a 50 percent chance of total elimination. Not attempting the Fast-Forward had a 100 percent success rate in terms of not-being-eliminated, which is kinda the goal when you're gunning for a million bucks and not just the week's sponsored prize package.
So when a silly recapper like me dares to question why multiple "Amazing Race" teams rarely go for the same Fast-Forward, we have our cautionary tale in place.
Full recap after the break...
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<p>The horses of &quot;Luck.&quot;</p>

The horses of "Luck."

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Interview: 'Luck' creator David Milch on the series' premature end

Would he have made the call to cancel? And how does this compare to the 'Deadwood' finale?

Though there are a few moments in tonight's "Luck" suggesting creator David Milch had a premonition that the series would be abruptly canceled due to the third horse death during production, Milch told me in an interview on Friday that he never had it in his mind that this would be a series finale. (You can read my finale review here.) In fact, if the ultimate decision-making power on this fell in Milch's hands, the show would have continued, though he says he understands and supports what HBO chose to do.

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<p>Dennis Farina and John Ortiz in &quot;Luck.&quot;</p>

Dennis Farina and John Ortiz in "Luck."

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Series finale review: 'Luck' - 'Episode 9': It takes two

The horses and their owners thrill in their last day in the sun

And so "Luck" has ended earlier than anyone expected or planned for. I interviewed series creator David Milch about the abrupt end, and I have a review of the series finale coming up just as soon as we can afford multiple hot tubs...

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

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Music Power Rankings: One Direction tops The Hunger Games and Madonna

Veteran rockers also make the list

1) One Direction: The boy band becomes the first British group ever to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its first album. We doubt Paul McCartney is losing any sleep over not getting that record.

2) "The Hunger Games" soundtrack:
The movie will likely break the $138 million mark this weekend, while the excellent T Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack will handily come in at No. 1 next week. Let’s home he doesn’t have to fight Adele to the death for the top spot.

3) Motley Crue and KISS: The two veteran rock groups announce a summer tour together. They promise to rock and roll all night or until the early bird special, whichever comes first.

4) Madonna: As she prepares to release “MDNA” on Monday, she holds a Facebook Q&A with Jimmy Fallon on Saturday. We’d loved to have seen a few TV performances, other than the Super Bowl. We’re just saying.

5) Dr. Dre: The hip-hop artist/producer will produce the forthcoming horror thriller, “Thaw.” Man, he’ll do anything to keep from finishing and releasing “Detox.” It’s his “Chinese Democracy.”

6) Adam Levine: His resurrection continues. After “The Voice’s” exposure helped give the Maroon 5 singer the band’s biggest hit yet, he is now delving into acting, and is in negotiations to appear on season two of “American Horror Story.” Taking bets now on how his character will die.

7) Skrillex: Skrillex, David Guetta, Diplo and 30 other electronic dance musicians sign exclusive residencies with the Wynn in Las Vegas. Folks can go to their sets right after seeing Garth Brooks.

8) The Black Keys: The duo apologizes to Nickelback for calling them the worst band in the world in an incredibly backhanded apology by adding they aren’t the only ones who don’t like the Canadian band.  Hey, at least they said Chad Kroeger has better hair than they do.

9) Lionel Richie: The icon sells more than 20,000 copies of new album, “Tuskegee,” on HSN. Susan Boyle, who sold 80,000 albums when she plugged it on QVC laughs. Her record-setting hour required no dancing on the ceiling.

10) Whitney Houston: The autopsy released this week reveals cause of death is drowning and hardening of arteries brought on by cocaine use. Nothing but sadness.


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<p>One famous wedding from the movies that shouldn't have too much in common with Kris and April's big day.</p>

One famous wedding from the movies that shouldn't have too much in common with Kris and April's big day.

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Cinejabber: Wedding bells

Kris ties the knot today

Okay, we haven't done of these in a while -- welcome (back) to Cinejabber, your weekend open thread to kick around whatever's on your mind film-wise or otherwise, while we seek life beyond the movie theater.

This weekend, however, the biggest event in the In Contention family has nothing to do with the box-office blocks being predictably busted by "The Hunger Games," the current industry hot topic of Variety going up for sale or, indeed, anything to do with the movies whatsoever. Today, I'm happy to remind you, a certain guy we all know and hopefully love, Kris Tapley, is getting married to his longtime partner and fiancée, April Smith. And I'm sure I speak for us all when I say I couldn't be happier for them.

Not to get into speech mode or anything, but Kris has been an invaluable friend and colleague to me for over four years now, and it pains me that I can't be in Los Angeles to share the most important day of his life with him. I had the pleasure of meeting April in London back in 2008, and know what a special and storied relationship she and Kris share; I was delighted to hear of their engagement the following year, and am thrilled it's all coming together today.

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<p>Ana Moreira and Carloto Cotta in &quot;Tabu.&quot;</p>

Ana Moreira and Carloto Cotta in "Tabu."

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No subtitles needed to be seduced by trailer for Berlin sensation 'Tabu'

Fledgling distributor Adopt Films has U.S. rights to Miguel Gomes's film

We're not quite past the first quarter yet, but I feel comfortable saying that if December arrives and Miguel Gomes's "Tabu" isn't on my Top 10 of 2012 list, we have one hell of a year ahead of us. This Portuguese black-and-white marvel was, as I rather gushingly wrote back in February, the highlight of an unexpectedly strong Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Alfred Bauer Prize for Innovation. It stands comfortably as my favorite film of the year so far, which sounds like fainter praise than it is.

Earlier this week, a Portuguese trailer surfaced -- and while the absence of subtitles might leave you a little confused, the glimpses of its swoony imagery and soundtrack should hopefully give you some idea of why I'm so besotted with the film. To be honest, even with subtitles, chances are you wouldn't be much the wiser as to what's going on in this enigmatic fusion of contemporary absurdist comedy and luscious period romance -- though you would have a clearer sense of how rhythmically and poetically written it is atop its more immediate sensual delights.

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<p>Colton of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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Colton of "Survivor: One World"

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HitFix Interview: Colton Cumbie talks 'Survivor: One World'

What did this season's 'Survivor' super-villain have to say for himself?
It would be easy to call Colton Cumbie the most polarizing castaway of the "Survivor: One World" season, but that would imply that there are multiple poles of opinion. 
"Survivor" fans love Villains, whether they've been miscategorized like Boston Rob was in the "Heroes vs. Villains" season, or even if their actions have seemingly been beyond the pale. Jonny Fairplay. Russell Hantz.  Even "Thailand" winner and puppy shooter Brian Heidik probably has defenders.
At least for now, Colton has very few people in his corner. That's what comes from calling an African-American contestant "ghetto," from dubbing a little person a Munchkin and an Oompa Loompa and from tormenting an Asian player with eye-based slurs. 
Colton was also the season's dominant player, orchestrating a slew of bold moves to eliminate threats, including the unprecedented decision to lead his clan to Tribal Council despite winning Immunity just to evict a castaway he disliked.
In the end, Colton's sway over his colleagues remained unabated and it was only a medical emergency that pulled him out of the game in a shocking twist this week. Even carted out on a stretcher, Colton got the last laugh, taking a coveted Immunity Idol with him.
In our exit conversation this week, I asked Colton to address as many of the unseemly aspects of his run as I could. To his credit, he never cut off a single line of questioning and it'll be up to readers to decide how sincere he comes off. 
We also discussed his hopes for winning a jury vote and his thoughts on playing "Survivor" again in the future. 
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<p>The cover of the &quot;Hunger Games&quot; soundtrack</p>
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The cover of the "Hunger Games" soundtrack

Will 'The Hunger Games' top the Billboard 200 as well as the box office?

Movie soundtrack has a wide margin going into the weekend

The revolving door at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 looks likely to continue next week as “The Hunger Games” soundtrack will be the fourth title to top the chart in as many weeks.

As of Friday, the soundtrack to the box office winner had a commanding lead over Adele’s “21,” which has hung out at No. 2 since being pushed out the top spot by Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” a few weeks ago, according to Hits Daily Double. “The Hunger Games” is on track to sell up to 200,000 copies by Sunday’s chart close. “21” will likely see up to 135,000.

In addition to “The Hunger Games,” three other albums will likely debut in the top 10: The Shins’ “Port of Morrow” will come in at No. 3, while Odd Future’s “The Odd Future Tape Vol. 2,” will bow at No. 5. Grammy winner Melanie Fiona’s sophomore set, “The MF Life,” should hold off a charge from “Now That’s What I Call Music” to land at No. 8.

This week’s No. 1, One Direction’s “Up All Night,” will likely fall to No. 4, while Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” drops to No. 6. Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Hits” remains in the top 10 six weeks after her death at No. 7.
Rounding out the top 10 is fun.’s “Some Nights,” which will likely remain at No. 10.

Billboard will announce the chart results Wednesday morning.

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