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<p>Max Greenfield and Hannah Simone in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Max Greenfield and Hannah Simone in "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Kids': The babysitter and the brassiere

Jess babysits Russell's daughter, with disastrous results

A review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as Drea de Matteo is scheduled to appear...

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<p>Axl Rose performing in London in 2010.</p>

Axl Rose performing in London in 2010.

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He's Back! Axl Rose pens another missive, apologizes to Cleveland and fans

Does he regret standing up the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

Is Axl Rose having second thoughts about not showing up for Guns N' Roses' induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 14?

For the second time in a week, Rose has taken pen to paper to eloquently reveal his thoughts about the matter.  As you recall, last week, he wrote a letter about why he would not attend the ceremonies.On Tuesday night, he posted a letter on Guns N' Roses website apologizing to the city of Cleveland for not showing up. We've printed it in full below, but it sounds like part of him was just plain scared of the reception he'd get (By the way, the former members of GNR who did show up looked like they were having a blast).

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<p>Stupid dream sequences</p>
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Stupid dream sequences

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'Ringer' finale offers a fitting end to a disappointing season

Fans probably didn't get what they wanted, but what else is new?
I've said this to a number of people, so I might as well say it to you, Dear Readers:
 
I've watched every episode of The CW's "Ringer," but if I'd thought there was the slightest chance that the show could be renewed, I'd have quit watching months ago.
 
That sounds counter-intuitive and I know it doesn't line up with conventional wisdom about serialized TV from fans who have been burned so frequently that they refuse to tune in to any show without some assurance that it will be moving forward, that questions will be answered and resolution reached.
 
Nope. I kept watching "Ringer" because I knew The CW would air every episode, but it simultaneously felt like there was little risk of a not-particularly-cheap drama drawing barely over a million viewers would get a second season. I figured that if I could read those signs, the "Ringer" showrunners could read those signs and that, facing the end of the line after 22 episodes, the writers could figure out the story they really wanted to tell, condense it and take viewers to a satisfactory conclusion.
 
The more fool me.
 
Tuesday (April 17) night's "Ringer" finale, tamely titled "I'm the Good Twin," played as a brazen and irritating plea for a second season from a show that has done nothing, in terms of either quality or ratings, to earn any kind of reprieve from The CW.
 
I can imagine the show's fans -- there are a couple dozen of them out there -- getting stirred up to beg for another season, but that's only because the finale accomplished almost none of the things it hypothetically could have accomplished. While it left many things unresolved, I'm not sure that the pending issues for an imaginary season two are all that interesting, but that's all that fans were given.
 
More after the break...
 
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<p>That's the same look I had on my face the first time I rode Disney's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride attraction.</p>

That's the same look I had on my face the first time I rode Disney's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride attraction.

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Disney develops new film based on 'Mr Toad's Wild Ride'

Anyone want to lay bets on whether the film ends in Hell or not?

On Allen's fourth birthday in March, we took him to Disneyland.  This was his third trip, and we're still adding new rides each time we go, figuring out what he and Toshi like the most,  and there are rides we still haven't been on.  This past time was their first experience with Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, and it was a big hit with them.

They don't know the film "Wind In The Willows" at all, though, and I've noticed that as a big part of the Disneyland experience for kids.  They don't actually know many of the films that inspired the various attractions, but they enjoy the rides anyway.  As my friend who joined us at the park pointed out, it's surprising they haven't taken Mr. Toad's Wild Ride out or changed it, since the ride quite literally ends with you going to Hell.

When Disney says that they're planning to develop a film based on the ride, though, I must admit I'm a little confused.  Does that mean they're going to do a new adaptation of "Wind In The Willows" using these same character designs?  Or are they going to throw out the story completely, take these characters, and build something totally different?  That's kind of a weird idea, considering the ride was adapted from a film that was adapted from a book.  It's like Disney is playing a pop culture game of telephone, and getting further from the original idea each time out.

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Justin Bieber on this evening's episode of "The Voice".
Justin Bieber on this evening's episode of "The Voice".
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Watch: Justin Bieber announces release date for 'Believe' on 'The Voice'

Plus, gives the 4,356 sneak peak of 'Boyfriend'

OK, this is getting ridiculous. Justin Bieber showed up on “The Voice” tonight to show “the world premiere from a clip of my video, ‘Boyfriend’.”

For those who are counting, this is the fourth teaser from the video and we still don’t know when the full music video is premiering. That will be an announcement for another day. Drip, drip, drip.

[More after the jump...]

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The Voice Team Christina

Opera Mann (with Ashley de la Rosa and Lindsey Pavao) reacts to big news for Team Christina

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Recap: 'The Voice' results - Team Christina and Team Blake quarterfinals

Who made it to the semi-finals? And who was sent packing?

Carson welcomes us to the really big shew: The Wanted are going to perform with Team Blake, Justin Bieber will world premiere his new video and both Blake and Christina have to boot one more quarter-finalist.

After last night's shocking Instant Elimination of Team Christina's Jesse Campbell, and Team Blake's less shocking (but also less deserved) Instant Elimination of Jordis Unga, what will happen tonight?

Can opera man Chris Mann viva la vida in the competition? Will teenaged toddler without a tiara RaeLynn stomp her way to safety? We'll know soon enough...

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<p>&quot;Glee&quot;</p>
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"Glee"

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Recap: 'Glee' - 'Saturday Night Glee-ver'

Unlike previous theme episodes, this one actually packs a punch
There have been a lot of words, many written by yours truly, about pushing past the constraints of regular weekly criticism and attack television from a different angle. It’s not that the format itself is somehow evil, but man, it can be limiting sometimes. So every once in a while it’s interesting to try and push past the norm and try something different. And since tonight’s “Glee” was all about overcoming internal fears and facing a brave new world order, what better time to try and stretch things out a bit? Way back when, I used to write up “Terra Nova” reviews from the perspective of one of the dinosaurs in the show. And while the idea of a singing dinosaur coming in and writing “LUNCH” on Will’s white board sounds appealing, let’s do a little FAQ about this episode, and the show as whole.
 
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<p>The Chance family worries about losing custody of Hope in the &quot;Raising Hope&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

The Chance family worries about losing custody of Hope in the "Raising Hope" season finale.

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Season finale review: 'Raising Hope'

The Chances have their day in court

A quick review of the "Raising Hope" season finale coming up just as soon as I get to meet Ed Begley Jr. ...

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<p>Michael Fassbender's David 8 could be one of the breakout characters of this summer's 'Prometheus'</p>

Michael Fassbender's David 8 could be one of the breakout characters of this summer's 'Prometheus'

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Fassbender's David 8 android introduced in new 'Prometheus' viral ad

20th Century Fox continues to try new ways to sell 'Alien' not-a-prequel

Did you have a chance to read Guy Lodge's thoughts on spoilerphobia today?

I have a friend who pretty much knows everything about "Prometheus."  He didn't actually work on it, but he was in a position to sort of see everything.  As a result, he's been dying to tell me everything for months now.  If the film comes up, I can see the actual physical effort it takes for him to not tell me every single detail that he knows, and even with him being as well-behaved as humanly possible, I've probably heard more than I should have.

Even so, I don't feel like the film is ruined for me.  When you go see a Ridley Scott film, I'd argue that the most important thing is the visual delivery of the ideas.  He has a painter's eye, and until you actually see a Ridley Scott film, I don't believe it can be "spoiled," per se.

Fox has been very, very careful about how they've sold this film, and there are a few things they've guarded, even while hiding them in plain sight.  I think they're having real fun in terms of what words they use when discussing the film, whether it's Damon Lindelof or Ridley Scott or the cast, and they've said more than people think they've said. 

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<p>On &quot;Cougar Town,&quot;&nbsp;Laurie (Busy Philipps)&nbsp;and Grayson (Josh Hopkins)&nbsp;argue over the value of her cakes.</p>

On "Cougar Town," Laurie (Busy Philipps) and Grayson (Josh Hopkins) argue over the value of her cakes.

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'Cougar Town' - 'Ways to Be Wicked': Base of cakes

Ellie's mother comes to town, while Grayson encourages Laurie's dream

A quick review of tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as my house is haunted by a ghost dentist...

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<p>Lena Dunham walks the red carpet at the premiere of HBO's &quot;Girls&quot;.</p>

Lena Dunham walks the red carpet at the premiere of HBO's "Girls".

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‘Girls’ just want to change the needle on a tired media record

Stop telling us we’re fat

I am increasingly disheartened and disturbed by what appears to be an unstoppable uptick in open misogyny. I’ve touched on this previously in a piece on Women and Oscar, but the subtle and not so subtle flames of gender bias are currently increasing rather than abating.

The female sex seems to be taking two steps back in Congress, in the workplace (where, for many, equal pay is still a longed-for dream rather than a well-established reality) and of course, in the media, where appearance is both target and weapon of choice. We are circling the same drain ad nauseum and ad infinitum in this arena where even women endowed with close to physical perfection are repeatedly subjected to our scathing societal eye.

Just this past week the release of "Titanic 3D" has reignited criticism of Kate Winslet's perfectly natural and gorgeous body in that film. Though many have been supportive, the Twitterverse, as ever, was at the ready with scathing remarks. Perhaps in an effort to preemptively defend against the onslaught she faced at 22 when she made the film, the actress castigated herself upon viewing the 3D version. "The second it came up I literally went, 'Make it stop, make it stop, turn it off. I'm blocking it off,'" the actress said to ABC News."Do I really sound like that? Did I really look like that?'"

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<p>Fitz &amp; The Tantrums</p>

Fitz & The Tantrums

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Interview: Fitz & the Tantrums on Coachella crowds and crying on stage

'I don't want to suffer from the sophomore slump'

After years and years of what Michael Fitzpatrick calls “failing,” Fitz & the Tantrums are finally having good years. In fact, 2012 is already shaping up to be their best. 

As of today, the soul-rock band is officially part of the 2012 Outside Lands music festival lineup in August. This week, the six-piece is in between weekends playing at Coachella, the kickoff to their spring tour. That stint segues directly into stints opening for Dave Matthews Band and recent Immaculate Noise interviewees the Flaming Lips and performing at major festivals like Bonnaroo and newly minted The Great Googamooga in Brooklyn. Palladia is airing concert film “Fitz and the Tantrums: Live at the Metro” starting this Saturday (April 21). All this, and the band will be releasing their second effort for indie Dangerbird later this year.
 
Fitzpatrick and his cohorts – co-vocalist Noelle Scaggs, saxophonist/flutist James King, bassist Joseph Karnes, drummer John Wicks and keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna – have exhibited an astonishing devotion to the road and to the social mechanics that normally destroy bands half their size. There’s just a rare commitment and collection of talent that has resonated with fans, beyond just their outta-nowhere hit “Moneygrabber” from their debut “Pickin’ Up the Pieces.”
 
Below is an abridged interview I had with Fitzpatrick at the end of this winter. For aspiring bands, it’s almost a check-list or outline of what it is to slog, and to succeed in slogging.
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