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<p>Adam Lambert</p>

Adam Lambert

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Album Review: Adam Lambert's continuing evolution on 'Trespassing'

The former 'American Idol' runner-up has a lot to say on sophomore set

Adam Lambert’s sophomore major label set, “Trespassing” opens with a full blast of bravado. “Wait til you get a load of me!,” the American Idol season eight runner up declares over and over on the thumping, hand-clapping tune, redolent of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” crossed with Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”

Ready or not, Lambert is kicking down the door. He’s not just coming in, he’s claiming a seat at the head of the table and you will be served. The 15-track set is awash in Lambert’s influences: the aforementioned Queen and Michael Jackson, as well as Scissor Sisters, George Michael, and, even, Parliament.  To his credit, while he wears these inspirations with obvious homage, he still creates his own document here with his own history overriding those of any of his musical touchstones.

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<p>I&nbsp;could try to come up with a witty justification for why I chose this image to represent season two of 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer,' but who would I fool?</p>

I could try to come up with a witty justification for why I chose this image to represent season two of 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer,' but who would I fool?

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Listen: 'The Buffy Project' tackles season two as the show grows up

FEARnet critic Scott Weinberg returns for round two

I hate starting any article with an apology, but here we go.

In the first episode of our "Buffy Project" podcast, we were plagued by my oncoming illness and some ugly technical issues.  It sounded about as bad as it could.

This time, I managed to figure out how to route my Skype through my Garage Band on my laptop and record Scott Weinberg directly so we sounded closer in terms of quality.  Everything worked like clockwork, and the whole time I recorded, I watched to make sure levels looked good.

So I have no idea how, when we finished, only half of the podcast recorded.

I would imagine that Scott is probably going to stake me the next time he sees me, and I don't blame him.  We talked for about 50 minutes this time about season two, one of the best seasons of the show, and certainly one of the most important in terms of the overall growth of the series.  It was loose and fun and exactly what I hoped it would be when we first discussed doing these podcasts.

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<p>Colleen Atwood with her designs for 'Snow White and the Huntsman'</p>

Colleen Atwood with her designs for 'Snow White and the Huntsman'

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Tech Support: Costume designer Colleen Atwood on the painstaking ensembles of 'Snow White'

The nine-time Oscar nominee sheds light on the darkness and decay of the upcoming fairytale adaptation

Three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood has been designing costumes for some of the most elaborate Hollywood productions for the better part of three decades. Perhaps best known for her singular collaborations with director Tim Burton (another of which, "Dark Shadows," is currently in theaters), she has made her career working with seasoned directors like Jonathan Demme, Michael Mann, Andrew Niccol and Rob Marshall.

But for "Snow White and the Huntsman," Atwood found herself working with debut feature director Rupert Sanders on a large-scale endeavor bursting at the seams with design elements. And she came away impressed with the the first-timer's ability to channel the stress and be all the stronger for it.

"I knew him from commercials and I always thought he had kind of a good quality to him," Atwood says, surrounded by a gallery of costume elements from the film. "This is a lot of movie for a first-time director. He did all the right things. He kept enough strength up to make the film, where sometimes on a movie like this even a seasoned director by the end is just baked. I thought he really managed his energy and his focus in a great way and he just got stronger and stronger as the movie went on, and he got more confidence."

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<p>&quot;Snow White and the Huntsman&quot; soundtrack</p>

"Snow White and the Huntsman" soundtrack

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Watch: Florence + The Machine's 'Snow White and the Huntsman' drama

Is Flo the fairest one of all?

Want to see more clips of Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron-starring "Snow White and the Huntsman?" Florence + the Machine lift the curtain on these with their very melodramatic song "Breath of Life."

Bloody tears in slo-mo, Chris Hemsworth in slo-mo and Theron's transmogrifier in action are all featured in this primal tune, as Florence Welch is shot in black-and-white leading James Newton Howard's million-piece scoring orchestra and a choir in a fish tank vocal booth. The thing feels like it goes on forever due to all the blistering, rotting, flaming flames action, but it's really only three minutes long.

Because the VEVO folks are geniuses, a trailer for the film rolls before.

Universal Pictures will do their damndest to make Stewart look fairer than Theron throughout the flick, but in this instance -- with a powerful voice like her -- I deem Welch the fairest of them all.

The sountrack to "Snow White" will be out May 29, while the film is due in theaters on June 1.

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<p>A&nbsp;scene from &quot;A&nbsp;Cat in Paris&quot;</p>

A scene from "A Cat in Paris"

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Harden, Huston and Modine tapped for English dub of Oscar-nominated 'A Cat in Paris'

The film opens in limited release June 1

One of the few surprises of last season's Academy Awards nominations announcement was the fact that the animated feature category made room for not one but two of the fringe indie titles doing battle with big guns like Disney and DreamWorks. Both films -- "A Cat in Paris" and "Chico & Rita" -- were distributed by little engine that could GKIDS.

The studio has just announced the voice cast for the English language version of the film, which will release in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego on June 1. The stars include Marcia Gay Harden, Anjelica Huston and Matthew Modine (who will be seen in "The Dark Knight Rises" late this year).

Further dates for the film will be set for Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Atlanta, St. Louis and other major and secondary markets throughout the summer.

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<p>Jennifer Morrison and Lana Parilla in &quot;Once Upon a Time.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Jennifer Morrison and Lana Parilla in "Once Upon a Time." 

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Season finale review: 'Once Upon a Time - 'A Land Without Magic'

What did everybody think of the ABC fantasy drama's first season?

A brief review of — and mainly just lots of spoilers for — the "Once Upon a Time" season finale coming up just as soon as I just go for my gun...

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<p>Mindy Kaling's &quot;The Mindy Project&quot;&nbsp;will be part of FOX's new four-sitcom Tuesday lineup.</p>

Mindy Kaling's "The Mindy Project" will be part of FOX's new four-sitcom Tuesday lineup.

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FOX's 2012-13 schedule: 'Glee' to Thursday and a Tuesday comedy bloc

'X Factor' in the fall and 'American Idol' in spring don't leave a lot of wiggle room

Once upon a time, FOX was the hyper kid with a short attention span of Upfront Week. The network — with its commitments at different times of year to baseball, football, "American Idol," etc. — would swoop in to announce a two-, three- or even four-pronged schedule involving dozens of shows that would constantly jump around to different nights and/or times. Frequently, those plans would be scrapped by the time we got into the season (if not sooner), and some shows would never even air at all.

Now, though, the 25-year-old FOX is embracing a stable, conservative, bordering on dull mindset as it seeks stability in its adult life. With "X Factor" as a plausible fall stand-in for "Idol" — even if it wasn't the indestructible hit that FOX and Simon Cowell had suggested it would be — the network announced a new schedule on Monday morning that was among the more stable we're going to see this week, with only three new shows on in the fall, and minimal changes planned for mid-season.

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<p>Sam Riley in &quot;On the Road&quot;</p>

Sam Riley in "On the Road"

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Cannes Check: Walter Salles's 'On the Road'

Continuing our series of Cannes competition previews

The director: Walter Salles (Brazilian, 56 years old)

The talent: As if the long-awaited adaptation of Jack Kerouac's Beat classic wasn't going to attract enough eyeballs already on the Croisette, it comes packed to the gills with star names: Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst (who, of course, is the festival's reigning Best Actress), Steve Buscemi, "Mad Men" star Elisabeth Moss, Terrence Howard and, most excitingly to the red-carpet hordes, Kristen Stewart, whose prominent role here should hopefully remind "Twilight" sceptics of the form she's displayed in such smaller projects as "Adventureland" and "The Runaways." 

Against all this star-wattage, the film's co-leads, Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund, are comparatively low-profile -- probably a cunning choice for two roles where decades of casting speculation (and any number of megastars attached over the years) has amped up the pressure on whoever plays them. Both men come with points to prove. "TRON: Legacy" was supposed to do more for American hunk Hedlund's brand than it eventually did. Meanwhile, the wiry, offbeat Riley made a startling breakthrough five years ago in "Control," but hasn't consolidated it since -- we'll put his badly misjudged turn in the badly misjudged "Brighton Rock" behind us.

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<p>Beck, voiced by Elijah Wood, appears to be the lead character in Disney XD's new 'TRON:&nbsp;Uprising,' an animated spinoff from the live-action franchise</p>

Beck, voiced by Elijah Wood, appears to be the lead character in Disney XD's new 'TRON: Uprising,' an animated spinoff from the live-action franchise

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Watch the entire pilot for Disney's 'TRON: Uprising' now

For fans, is this a welcome addition or a needless redundancy?

Sorry if you don't live in the US, because this one's region-gated, I believe.

I'm not a big fan of the "TRON" mythology. I tried. I like the original film for what it represents, an adventurous move on the part of Disney, and I like the ambition of the sequel. I like the effort. I like the attempt. I just don't think either film is very good, ultimately. They look cool. They seem to offer up a pretty amazing potential. But so far, dramatically, I'm not feeling it. I don't connect to the goofy earnest nature of the original, and I really don't understand the second one's choices.

Having said that, I think that fandom is all about opening yourself up to something, and the only way to really fully enjoy something is to embrace the story being told or the world. Because I can't really get my head around the reality "TRON" tries to create, I can't go where they want to go story-wise.  There are plenty of you out there who do like it and buy into it and dig what they've set up that I'm curious if you enjoy new versions or expansions of that.

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<p>January Jones in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

January Jones in "Mad Men."

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Review: 'Mad Men' - 'Dark Shadows'

Betty, Don and Roger each chart a selfish course

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I have my lawyer tell your lawyer what time dinner is...

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<p>Jemima Kirke and Lena Dunham in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Jemima Kirke and Lena Dunham in "Girls."

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'Girls' - 'Hard Being Easy': The unsmoteable

Hannah's plan backfires and Marnie tries to win back Charlie

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I have a suing app on my iPhone...

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<p>The &quot;Survivor: One World&quot; Top 5</p>

The "Survivor: One World" Top 5

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Recap: 'Survivor: One World' Finale - The winner is...

Who came out of the first all-female Top 5 and won the million dollars?
Ladies Night. No pre-credit sequence this week. Instead, we get the obligatory clip package that tries to make the case that Christina in some way deserved a place in the Final Five and that she's an "underdog," not a "darned-lucky coaster." Anyway, it's Night 36 at Tikiano. Muscular Mark Twain is gone. Only women remain. Kim wants to reflect on how far they've come since those rough first days. "I got rid of Tarzan," Alicia cackles, still convinced this is all about her, thinking that Kim and Christina will stick with her. They're all "May the best Woman win." The next morning, Kim and Sabrina collect tree-mail. Sabrina wants Alicia out, but Kim makes the argument that the only person who can beat both of them with the Jury is Chelsea. "It depends on what we're honoring," Noble Sabrina says, stunned at Kim's hypothetical betrayal. Sabrina understands that if Chelsea wins Immunity, she's the next most-likable person and therefore the next most-likely to go next. Alicia also is rooting for Chelsea to suck. 
Full recap of Sunday's (May 13) "Survivor: One World" after the break...
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