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Dance Moms: Miami

Susan and Brigette have big dreams for their poor kids on 'Dance Moms: Miami'

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Review: 'Dance Moms: Miami' puts the guilt in guilty pleasure

Lifetime's spinoff offers more moms behaving badly

Last night's premiere of "Dance Moms: Miami" was good news for "Dance Moms" fans broken up about the flagship show airing its season finale. Now there's a whole new set of ambitious kids, crazy moms and flamboyant instructors to follow.

It's less good news for anyone who doesn't enjoy seeing kids put under unreasonable amounts of pressure, grown women embarrass themselves and arguments inflated for entertainment purposes.

I'll admit I'm in the second camp, and I've never bothered to check into the "Dance Moms" phenomenon before this. I've seen clips and interviews, but it always seemed like something worth ignoring.

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend' sets records on the Billboard Hot 100

Watch the latest video teaser for 'Boyfriend'

It’s a good week for Justin Bieber: His new single, “Boyfriend,” enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 2 based on sky-high digital sales and tremendously strong acceptance at Top 40 radio.

“Boyfriend” sold a staggering 521,000 copies this week, making it the fourth highest sales week for any digital song (debut or otherwise). The record still belongs to Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” which sold 636,000 copies in 2009.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Soundgarden's Chris Cornell during tour last summer</p>

Soundgarden's Chris Cornell during tour last summer

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Listen to Soundgarden's first new song in 15 years, for the 'Avengers' soundtrack

The whole movie song list is bro-rific

It's been long in the works, long touted, hyped to the point of saturation. Are we talking about "The Avengers" or the recording return of Soundgarden?

I'll let you be the judge. The '90s rockers have officially been back on the road and back in the studio, this song "Live to Rise" the first fruits of those efforts. It's undeniably Chris Cornell, all meat and long hair on a memorable hook. The guitars have their share of flangers, the drums now have an updated "pop." The guitar lines go in one ear and out the other, but thematically, the song will be a hit for movie-goers, who will enjoy this midtempo testosterone fuel.

CLICK HERE for the stream, on KISW.

"Like the sun, we will live to rise again," goes the refrain. Appropriate for all involved. It is Soundgarden's first newly recorded song in 15 years, since the release of their last album "Down on the Upside"; as you'll remember, they also dropped "Black Rain" for "Guitar Hero" a couple years ago, but that was simply a previously unreleased tune from former sessions.

The whole soundtrack tracklist is very bro-dude, with names like Bush, Papa Roach, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch and Buckcherry contributing. Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland shows up, thankfully with something other than a Christmas song.

"The Avengers" soundtrack will be out on iTunes first, on May 1. The film hits theaters nationwide on May 4.

Soundgarden are expected to release a new full-length album some time in 2012. They have several tour dates listed for 2012, all overseas, with a couple of high profile festival-headlining gigs for the Download Festival in Donington, England and Hard Rock Calling in London.

Here is "The Avengers" soundtrack tracklist:

1. "Live to Rise" - Soundgarden
2.  "I'm Alive" - Shinedown
3.  "Dirt and Roses" - Rise Against
4.  "Even If I Could" - Papa Roach 
5.  "Unbroken" - Black Veil Brides 
6.  "Breath" - Scott Weiland
7.  "Comeback" - Redlight King 
8.  "Into the Blue" - Bush
9.  "A New Way to Bleed (Photek Remix)" - Evanescence
10. "Count Me Out" - PUSHERJONES
11. "Shoot to Thrill" - Theory of a Deadman
12. "Wherever I Go" - Buckcherry 
13. "From Out of Nowhere" - Five Finger Death Punch 
14. "Shake the Ground" - Cherri Bomb

Additional track on the international release:
15. "Pistols At Dawn" - Kasabian

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<p>Zooey Deschanel and Hannah Simone in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Zooey Deschanel and Hannah Simone in "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Secrets': The one where everyone finds out

Schmidt and Cece's affair creates tension in the apartment in another series highlight

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I start talking like a Native American when I get angry...

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<p>Henry Ian Cusick and Kerry Washington in &quot;Scandal.&quot;</p>

Henry Ian Cusick and Kerry Washington in "Scandal."

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Review: Kerry Washington is strong in ABC's 'Scandal'

New Shonda Rhimes series deals with a crisis management expert close to the White House
Olivia Pope has a law degree, but she's not exactly a lawyer. "Scandal," the new ABC series (Thursday at 10 p.m.) of which Olivia is the central character, deals a lot with legal matters, but it's not exactly a legal drama. To be perfectly honest, after watching four episodes of "Scandal," I'm not 100 percent clear on what it is that Olivia and her team (most of them fellow lawyers who don't practice law) do, nor on exactly what the show is.
 
I'm also not entirely sure that it matters. "Scandal" is a good example of what a show is about being far less important than how it's about it — and when you have Kerry Washington as your star and Shonda Rhimes at her most confident as your creator, the "how" comes pretty easy.
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<p>Greta Gerwig, Carrie MacLemore, Analeigh Tipton and Megalyn Echikunwoke talk to HitFix about Whit Stillman's comeback film &quot;Damsels in Distress.&quot;</p>

Greta Gerwig, Carrie MacLemore, Analeigh Tipton and Megalyn Echikunwoke talk to HitFix about Whit Stillman's comeback film "Damsels in Distress."

'Damsels in Distress' on the joys of helping 'stupid boys' and tap dancing in water fountains

Greta Gerwig and crew on Whit Stillman's comeback film

Before Wes Anderson made a name for himself with "Rushmore" and kindred spirit Noah Baumbach found his voice in "Kicking and Screaming" there was another filmmaker bringing a quirky, WASP-y world view to independent cinema, Whit Stillman.

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<p>Eliza Coupe and Casey Wilson of &quot;Happy Endings&quot;</p>
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Eliza Coupe and Casey Wilson of "Happy Endings"

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HitFix Interview: Eliza Coupe and Casey Wilson talk 'Happy Endings'

ABC comedy's leading ladies talk on the eve of the Season 2 finale
"Happy Endings" finishes its season season on Wednesday (April 4) night with a finale that totally delivers on the promise of its title, "Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral)." 
 
It's a madcap episode that includes Madonna impersonators, Brian Austin Green and even a couple surprising relationship zigs and zags. It's also a terrific showcase for Eliza Coupe and Casey Wilson, who never hesitate to make themselves look ridiculous in the name of hilarity. 
 
Last week, I ran my recent interview with Damon Wayans Jr. and Zachary Knighton, who talked about the show's Season 2 improvements, its impressive punchline pace and more. 
 
This conversation with Coupe and Wilson continues on those themes, with a lot of amusing and interesting back-and-forths between the two stars. 
 
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Giuliana & Bill
They love it when you watch: Bill & Giuliana Rancic
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5 reasons why someone might watch 'Giuliana & Bill'

Scenes from a marriage, now in season five

Until today I had never seen an episode of Style Network's "Giuliana & Bill." And now that I have, I'm wondering why anyone would watch this show on a regular basis.

Obviously someone out there likes it. Tonight was the fifth (!) season premiere, which apparently was much more serious than usual as it tackled Giuliana's diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer.

I wouldn't say "E! News" host Giuliana Rancic and her "Apprentice"-winning husband Bill are bad, or even boring, people. I'm just curious where the appeal in an entire show chronicling their relationship lies.

This is all pure speculation, but here are five possible explanations for why people watch:

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<p>Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in "Justified."

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'Justified' - 'Coalition': A Wynn-win situation

Everyone sees through everyone else's plans in a dynamite episode

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I hear about Van Halen playing your birthday party...

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The Voice results

Jordis nearly hit the road on 'The Voice'

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'The Voice' results recap: First four eliminations

Some expected and some not-so-expected contenders say goodbye

It's the first ever live results show on "The Voice"! A product of the show's success, NBC is giving it some extra hours on the schedule and making the eliminations more dramatic. Will it be as mind-numbingly inane and unnecessarily padded as the average "American Idol" results show?

Don't count on it, because four people will be going home. And before that happens, the bottom three from each time take the stage for a last chance performance in the hopes of winning a coach's save.

Plus, Gym Class Heroes will perform with Team Adam. That's a lot to pack into a single hour, so let's get to it.

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<p>All is most assuredly not full of love in Daniel H. Wilson's 'Robopocalypse,' the source of Steven Spielberg's summer 2013 film.</p>

All is most assuredly not full of love in Daniel H. Wilson's 'Robopocalypse,' the source of Steven Spielberg's summer 2013 film.

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Source Material: Daniel Wilson's 'Robopocalypse' could be a bonanza for Spielberg and Goddard

A new column examines what Hollywood's buying and why

With the way Hollywood churns through material these days, we thought it was worth taking a look at the various sources they're pulling from and discussing what they might make from these books, games, TV shows, or whatever else they use.  For today's column, we're looking forward to the summer of 2013, when Steven Spielberg is set to release "Robopocalypse," which is certainly an attention-grabbing title.

PREMISE

Daniel H. Wilson's novel tells the story of what happens when an artificial intelligence named Archos becomes sentient and instigates a full-blown robot versus human war.  The book begins with what seem to be random incidents of machines turning on users, and then it follows the loose structure of something like "World War Z," telling the story of the war from several perspectives, returning to them over the course of the book.  It's sort of cut from the Michael Crichton cloth, ad Wilson is a computer engineer by training, with a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon.  He's the real deal, and his educational background informs his writing in terms of general authenticity.  He definitely followed the career track of Max Brooks, who preceded "Word War Z" with "The Zombie Survival Guide."  For Wilson, his first book, "How To Survive A Robot Uprising," sold to Paramount, and they had Tom Lennon and Robert Ben Garant write a few drafts.

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<p>Paul Van Dyk</p>

Paul Van Dyk

Interview: Paul Van Dyk on electronic ‘Evolution’ and Madonna’s drug blunder

Check out the video for 'Eternity' featuring Adam Young of Owl City

With 20 years of experience in the electronic music industry, it’s safe to say that Paul Van Dyk is an authority on the subject. Today (April 3), the German producer and DJ released his new studio album “Evolution,” after five years chock full of singles, compilation and remix contributions, work on the “Dark Knight Rises” soundtrack, crafting songs for video games like “Mirror’s Edge” and racking up frequent flyer miles as one of dance music’s biggest festival and circuit jetsetters.

And as an authority, Van Dyk has some strong feelings about current events in the electronic music realm.
 
Notably, he’s spoken out about Madonna’s “Molly” drug reference from her appearance at the Ultra Music Festival late last month. (Check out video of her comment at the link.)
 
“Even the beginning of electronic music, we always had to fight against the preconception that everybody who listens to our music is on drugs, and whoever makes our music is on drugs. We’ve been made out to be a drug house rather than a music of substance,” he told me in our interview. “Then Madonna comes along, puts herself on stage and is ruining it by voicing what she did.
 
“This is such a creative artform, with great artists involved… It is fair to say that Madonna doesn’t do anything without something behind it. Her appearing [at the festival] was a really clear marketing statement, for a younger audience. What’s funny is she doesn’t know too much about what electronic music is. She makes phenomenal pop music, and uses electronic sounds and elements. I just wouldn’t think that she’s an electronic artist.”
 
When it comes to his own collaborations, Van Dyk said that it’s not of utmost importance that he works with people who “understand what electronic music is. It’s just that they respect what electronic music is all about.” On “Evolution,” he decided to combine powers with Owl City’s Adam Young, for the track “Eternity” that seems very much inspired by young songwriter’s hit “Fireflies.” The two artists had been in touch back-and-forth over the last four years, even as their careers grew in dramatic stature.
 
“In our music world it’s easy to get and stay in contact. Everybody knows the mailing address of my office. You can talk to your favorite artists on Facebook. Everybody can do it,” he said.
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