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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 7</p>
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The "American Idol" Top 7

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 7 Performances - Current Songs

How will 'Idol' fill its two-hour block this week with only seven singers?

Back to LA, sports fans! Remind me to tell you all about the medical emergency that caused my 5:50 a.m. flight from Boston to be redirected through Denver. 

But not tonight. Tonight, we celebrate this season's Top 7 and mourn a world without DeAndre Brackensick. In his absence, who will sing with a squeaky falsetto? Who will make the teenage girls squeal? Who will toss his hair with reckless abandon? 


Based on song spoilers, it appears that Wednesday's (April 11) "American Idol" theme is Current Songs or Songs From The Past Three Years or maybe just Songs Dan Has Never Heard Before.

This could be a disaster... Click through!

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<p>Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard confer on the set of their new film, 'The Cabin In The Woods'</p>

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard confer on the set of their new film, 'The Cabin In The Woods'

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Interview: Drew Goddard on 'Cabin' and Spielberg's 'Robopocalypse'

The director talks about collaborating with Joss Whedon and Steven Spielberg

Part of me just wants to run this as a straight transcript and only identify both interviewer and subject by first name, because it would be completely confusing and awesome.  That's just me being glad to meet another Drew, though, because there aren't that many of us.

My first chat with Drew Goddard, director of this week's "Cabin In The Woods," took place in Austin when we did the live-cast chat with him and Joss Whedon together.  Then at the start of this week, he called for a follow-up conversation.  The last few days, reviews have really started rolling in, and while you've got some people taking pretty hardline positions against the film (Rex Reed's review is almost comically inaccurate, suggesting Rex dozed his way through, inventing connective tissue that says a lot about the Freudian dreamscape between his ears), for the most part, people seem to be engaged by the crazy puzzle-box deathtrap that Goddard built.  I'm certainly a fan.  I asked how he's feeling about the response so far.

"The only sad part is that I realize it's never going to be this good again in my career," he laughed. "I couldn't have asked for better reactions.  It's beyond my wildest dreams."

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<p>Britney Spears: Can she do it?</p>

Britney Spears: Can she do it?

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Why Britney Spears is not a good fit for 'The X Factor'

Singer on verge of inking deal for Simon Cowell's talent show

As Britney Spears' signing on a judge on the U.S. edition of “The X Factor” appears to be moving closer and closer to reality, we have serious doubts that the pop singer could add anything of merit to the program.

Instead, her main draw will be to curiosity seekers who tune in to see if she can form a sentence unaided by others. And guess what? The people who view to see a potential  train wreck count just as much in the ratings as those who honestly watch to see the talent competition. And at this point, show founder Simon Cowell, who has not delivered the ratings he bragged his program would, needs a big name to bring in eyeballs. And he’s apparently willing to pay $15 million to Spears to do just that.

Here’s why we have doubts about Spears as a viable draw: While she remains a ubiquitous fixture in the gossip pages as we see pictures of her and her two sons or her and her fiancee out and about, any actual speaking that we’ve heard from Spears in the past few years has been as carefully controlled as a politician’s and about as revealing.

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<p>Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts on the set of &quot;Rust and Bone.&quot;</p>

Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts on the set of "Rust and Bone."

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A French-language glimpse of Marion Cotillard in Jacques Audiard's 'Rust and Bone'

Is the 'A Prophet' director's latest bound for Cannes?

Among the major European auteur titles being bandied about in the speculation as to the Cannes lineup, Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone" is surely among the most impatiently awaited, not least because it pairs him with his biggest star lead yet: Marion Cotillard, who seems to be balancing the twin pulls of Hollywood and her home industry with impressive ease.

A black mark against the film's Cannes possibilities, however, is its French release date of May 17: the second official day of the festival, but the first of regular programming after Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" officially cuts the ribbon on proceedings the day before. Can a film premiere at Cannes the same day it opens in France? It seems unlikely -- surely it'd have to premiere locally in advance. If the film isn't festival-bound, however, expect a lot of international critics cramming into the public cinemas on the Croisette to take a look at the latest from the director of "A Prophet" and "The Beat That My Heart Skipped."

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'We Are Young' from fun. continues its good time on the Billboard Hot 100

How many teen idols are in the top 10?

Fun.’s “We Are Young” continues to age gracefully on the Billboard Hot 100 as it spends its sixth week atop the chart.

In doing so, it also becomes the first song to sell 300,000 downloads for six consecutive weeks, according to Billboard. The Hot 100 tallies airplay, social media play/streaming and digital sales. “We Are Young” is the first song to surpass the 3 million mark in digital downloads this year.

No new titles enter the Top 10 this week so it’s really a matter of a little rearranging in the top tier. “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra slides  3-2, a position he should easily hold as he appears on “Saturday Night Live” this week. The tune replaces Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” which drops from 2 to 5. In between in the top 5 are The Wanted’s “Glad You Came,” which inches 4-3 and  One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful,” which leaps 9-4, in part based on their appearance on “SNL” last Saturday.

In case you had any doubt that we are back in pop land after a long dry spell, that means No. 3-5 are occupied by teen idols. I don’t know if that’s ever happened. If so, it was at least 10 years ago when Backstreet Boys and N’Sync ruled supreme.

Nicki Minaj, whose album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” is at the top of the Billboard 200,  remains at No. 6 with “Starships,” while Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” featuring Sia holds at No. 7, and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”  stays at No. 10. Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” falls 5-8 and Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” declines one from 8-9.

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Watch: tUnE-yArDs raise a mighty kid army in new 'My Country' video

Watch: tUnE-yArDs raise a mighty kid army in new 'My Country' video

Merrill Garbus-led project will soon play California's Coachella Festival

Growing up can be a tough thing to do, so why do it?

tUnE-yArDs (typng that never gets old) -- the brainchild of frontwoman/multi-instrumentalist Merrill Garbus -- have released the video for "My Country," the latest single from the 2011 release "w h o k i l l " (4AD Records).

The video features a group of fierce-looking, warpaint-wearing tots who Garbus leads in a frenzied cacophony of dance, music-making and lip-synching. She's obviously having a blast re-living that seemingly carefree chapter of existence (besides her height, she fits right in to the mob). She also lends them a heart before they go off into the big, bright world. The visuals are fitting for the songs' child-like, sing-songy vocals, but there's always something sonically sinister about most tUnE-yArDs songs. Maybe it's the saxophone. 

Watch the video here:

tUnE-yArDs is currently on tour, and will play the upcoming Coachella Festival.

What do you think of the video?


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<p>Daniel Craig at a press conference earlier this year for &quot;Skyfall.&quot;</p>

Daniel Craig at a press conference earlier this year for "Skyfall."

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‘Skyfall’ Set Visit Sneak: Daniel Craig thinks four-year break helped

Get ready for a James Bond media blitz

LONDON –  In case you hadn’t heard, James Bond has been making his way around the world.  Shanghai. Scotland, central London and, soon, Istanbul, Turkey.  Today, however, the world’s greatest secret agent is filming his latest thriller on the appropriately named 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios in the UK.  Yes, after an almost four-year absence, Bond is back in business with November’s “Skyfall.”

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<p>Q-Tip in 2011</p>

Q-Tip in 2011

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Q-Tip signs with Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label

A Tribe Called Quest founding member releasing new album in 2013

Right as kanye-west" class="autolink">Kanye West has signaled new music from his G.O.O.D. Music label, Q-Tip has been added to that Def Jam imprint's roster.

The hip-hop artist plans to drop his next album, tentatively titled "The Last Zulu," in 2013. A source told me that Q-Tip and Kanye West are working in New York on new music this week.

Tip has been working on wildly different projects since his last solo album, 2009's "Kamaal/The Abstract," an experience that undoubtedly left a bad taste in his mouth: his former label Arista had shelved that album until it leaked in the softest of soft releases, under his own label name with its distribution from RED.

Q-Tip obviously would want some stability out of his label home, and he may just have that with G.O.O.D., a label that's on the upswing. It also returns him into the fold of Universal Republic/Island Def Jam head Barry Weiss, who was at Jive when Q-Tip's former group A Tribe Called Quest released music there in the '90s.

"I am thrilled to be working with Q-Tip once again,” said Weiss in a statement. "He is a respected voice in the music community as shown by his acclaimed solo albums and countless contributions to the work of other artists. His creativity continues to surpass all boundaries of hip-hop, R&B, pop, and jazz."

Q-Tip's "creativity" has known few bounds in the last three years, as he's produced and written for artists like Rico Love, Marsha Ambrosius, Kendrick Lamar, Fiona Apple and Esperanza Spalding. He was also on tap for West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," a collaboration that likely helped seal the deal in bringing Tip into the company.

This way, G.O.O.D. Music may continue to grow out as a collective, instead of a label of several disparate solo acts. It seems Q-Tip will be able to work easily with other Def Jam artists in other capacities, regardless of genre.

One of those capacities that ISN'T likely is returning to work in A Tribe Called Quest. The group was highlighted in Michael Rappaport's outstanding 2011 documentary "Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest," which also happened to reiterate why the group broke up to begin with (and, frankly, should have stayed that way, without one-off reunions along the way).

Meanwhile, G.O.O.D. Music released the first single from its eponymous collaboration album: "Mercy" features Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz and West himself. No word when the next song will arrive, or when the compilation will be released. Perhaps Q-Tip will be showing up on the album?

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<p>Zooey Deschanel and Dermot Mulroney in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Zooey Deschanel and Dermot Mulroney in "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Normal': I wanna dip my balls in it!

Russell spends a night at the loft, while Winston starts a new job

A review of last night's "New Girl" — which was renewed for a second season earlier this week — coming up just as soon as I remember to use one of the baller metals in my design...

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson will presumably return for 'Catching Fire,' which now needs to find a director and fast</p>

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson will presumably return for 'Catching Fire,' which now needs to find a director and fast

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Can 'Hunger Games' survive as Gary Ross officially jumps from sequel?

What does this mean for the newly-minted franchise?

Last week, I drove to Santa Monica to sit for interviews that may or may not be used on the DVD/Blu-ray release of "The Hunger Games," and part of the interview dealt with the contributions that Gary Ross made to the film.

One of the things that people overlook when talking about Ross leaving the film is that he didn't just direct it.  Billy Ray was the first screenwriter on the film, and then Suzanne Collins sat down with Ross and the two of them did the final passes together.  Ross has his fingerprints all over that first film, and in addition to helping decide what sort of choices they had to make in adapting it from page to screen, he also put together the cast.  As much as anyone, he's got to be credited with helping Jennifer Lawrence define her interpretation of Katniss Everdeen, which seems to be the one thing even the film's strongest detractors agree works in this first film.

Now there's the official word that Gary Ross is off of "Catching Fire," and so the first topic of conversation becomes "Who do you hire to direct it?"  More than that, though, I think there's an important question here for filmmakers who might get into the franchise business with Lionsgate/Summit in the future.  Based on the way they've handled business on the "Twilight" series and the decision they've made to move forward without Ross on this series, why would anyone ever expect to direct more than one film in a  successful franchise for them again?

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<p>James Van Der Beek of &quot;The B----- in Apartment 23&quot;</p>
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James Van Der Beek of "The B----- in Apartment 23"

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HitFix Interview: James Van Der Beek talks 'Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23'

How good an actor is Fake James Van Der Beek?
It's the part he was born to play.
In ABC's new comedy "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23," James Van Der Beek plays the best friend to Krysten Ritter's title character (she's the "bee," not the apartment). Van Der Beek's character is a actor and lothario, whose acting credits include "Dawson's Creek" and "Varsity Blues."
In many ways, Van Der Beek's character is a lot like the 35-year-old actor, right down to the overlapping resume and the not-entirely-common name of "James Van Der Beek."
There are, of course, plenty of differences.
Real James Van Der Beek is a family man with two kids, while Fake James Van Der Beek likes to capitalize on his fame, and Dawson flannel, for a slew of one-night stands.
Real James Van Der Beek has stretched his acting range with definitively not-Dawson roles in films like "The Rules of Attraction" and on TV on "Criminal Minds," but he has never been in a Guy Ritchie. Fake James Van Der Beek has been in a Guy Ritchie movie, but you'll have to wait a couple episodes to see clips.
I got on the phone this week to chat with Real James Van Der Beek about Fake James Van Der Beek and his new ABC comedy, which premieres on Wednesday (April 11) night. 
Click through for the full interview...
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<p>Red Hot Chili Peppers</p>

Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Black Keys, Black Sabbath and Red Hot Chili Peppers headline Lollapalooza 2012

Jack White, The Shins join more than 120 acts on the Chicago fest bill

It will be a colorful Lollapalooza this August as headliners include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, the Black Keys and Jack White.

The line-up for the Aug. 3-5 festival, held at Chicago’s Grant Park, broke on the Lollapalooza website at midnight Central time.

The Black Keys are also headlining this year's Coachella, which will be held April 13-15 and April 20-22. Similarly,  RHCP are headlining both Lollapalooza and June's Bonnaroo. They last headlined Lollapalooza in 2006. The Black Keys played Lollapalooza in 2010, but this is their first go-round as a headliner.

[More after the jump...]

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