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<p>50 Cent and Eminem at Austin Music Hall</p>

50 Cent and Eminem at Austin Music Hall

Watch: Eminem joins 50 Cent on SXSW 'Get Rich' gig

Fif does debut album in full, with help from Governor, Kidd Kidd, Precious Paris

AUSTIN -- With the intervention of Fuse TV and this Texas capitol's noise code, 50 Cent's performance of "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'" was an exercise in efficiency -- even with the preeminence of special guest Eminem.

The Queens-bred rapper/actor/businessman made a major return to his craft on Friday night, performing his debut album in full for about 4,000 fans at the Shady 2.0 SXSW Showcase at Austin Music Hall. Additionally, the cable music network fired up the engines around 11 p.m. for a live broadcast, which almost certainly helped keep festivities on track for an approximate midnight finale. Thus, Fif and his friends settled on a bullsh*t-free format, banging out the hit-after-hit that commanded that 2003 album.

50 Cent bounded on stage in a Yankees ballcap and a camouflage bullet-proof-vest -- natch -- proceeding a minute of Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York." The tracklist unfurled in its original order, which meant an early arrival of Slim Shady, on third track "Patiently Waiting." Sporting a gray hoodie up over his head and embracing the warm weather with a pair of cargo shorts, Em lurch onto the stage to the sound of shrill excitement. He later returned for "Don't Push Me" (sans Lloyd Banks) and the short-lived encore "Crack a Bottle," which earned him and Fif a Grammy in 2009.

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<p>Channing Tatum in &quot;21 Jump Street.&quot;</p>

Channing Tatum in "21 Jump Street."

Credit: Columbia Pictures

Tell us what you thought of '21 Jump Street'

The comedy looks to top the box office this weekend

 Well, who'd'a thunk it? The 1980s TV reboot that absolutely no one asked for has rather taken critics by surprise -- crass and rough-edged as it is, the sheer unapologetic silliness of Phil Lord and Chris Miller's film has charmed everyone from Ebert to A.O. Scott. I am also in the fan club, having particularly appreciated its generational flip on the teen-movie formula -- and the delightful performance of Channing Tatum. Our HitFix neighbor Drew McWeeny is even more enamored, going so far as to give it an A+ rating. Early box-office numbers suggest audiences are with the critics for once, but what about you? When/if you've seen it, don't forget to give us your take.  

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

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HitFix Interview: Monica Culpepper talks 'Survivor: One World'

Why was the latest 'Survivor' castoff so surprised by Colton's betrayal?

"Survivor: One World" may have changed things up last week by recomposing its formerly gender-aligned tribes, but one thing remained consistent: Another week, another victim of The Reign of Colton.

This week's Colton-approved evictee was Monica Culpepper, wife of former NFL defensive tackle Brad Culpepper.
Monica was blindsided after being repeatedly reassured by Colton that first Christina and then Tarzan were his actual targets. Instead, the puppet-master decided that Monica was so strong and well-liked that she had to be booted first.
In our exit conversation, Monica discusses why she felt so betrayed by Colton, why she had a bad feeling before taking her tribe-selecting egg and what she wishes she would have done to stave off her elimination.
Click through for the full interview...
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<p>One Direction</p>
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One Direction

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One Direction could make chart history on next week's Billboard 200

How does Guns N' Roses' greatest hits rise to No. 3?

British boy band One Direction is only going one way next week on the Billboard 200 and that’s straight to the top. The quintet’s “Up All Night,” is poised to sell between 165,000-175,000 copies, which should be enough to top Adele’s “21,” which will likely remain at No. 2 with sales of 150,000-160,000 copies.

Should One Direction bow at No. 1, it will mark the first time a British group’s debut album has come onto the chart in the pole position, according to Billboard. Take that Fab Four.

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"The Rosie Show"

"The Rosie Show"

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OWN pulls the plug on 'The Rosie Show'

Even the almighty Oprah couldn't make this stinker float

No one can say they didn't see this coming. After a truckload of hype, bad reviews and even more disappointing ratings, "The Rosie Show" will be shutting down. The final show will tape on Tues. March 20 and the final episode will air on Fri. March 30 at 7 p.m., which is probably an important detail only for the handful of people still watching it. Weighed down by dull monologues, endless interviews and a less appealing incarnation of O'Donnell herself, the show was a disappointment even by the fledgling network's basic cable expectations.

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<p>Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) gives Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) some last-minute advice before she has to face the challenge of 'The Hunger Games'</p>

Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) gives Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) some last-minute advice before she has to face the challenge of 'The Hunger Games'

Credit: Lionsgate

Review: 'The Hunger Games' is thrilling, emotional, deeply-felt blockbuster filmmaking

The popular books make a successful jump to the bigscreen

Gary Ross was, to say the least, an unconventional choice when it came to helming the adaptation of the popular young adult novels "The Hunger Games," written by Suzanne Collins.  Ross has established himself as a particular kind of filmmaker with his work on films like "Dave," "Big," "Pleasantville," and "Seabiscuit."  He's not the guy you think of for world-building science-fiction or big action.  Yet when we look back at these films in the future, one of the smartest choices they could have made was giving this first film to Ross, because he's made something very special, concerned primarily with the human heart of the story instead of the spectacle.

The books by Collins are solid and interesting, and while they didn't inspire the same rabid fandom in me that they appear to have inspired in some, I can understand the excitement.  Ultimately, "The Hunger Games" is a series about personal responsibility and finding one's place in the world, and it is interested in more than just who's going to kiss who.  Each of the books is built differently, which already makes it more interesting than many ongoing series.

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<p>Kid Cudi </p>

Kid Cudi

Catching up on 'The Hunger Games': new tracks from Taylor Swift and Kid Cudi

Only a few more days until the soundtrack comes out

We took our eye off “Hunger Games” ball for a second this week and we missed the two latest tracks from the March 20 soundtrack.

Check out this rhythmic, spare haunting track from Kid Cudi, “The Ruler & The Killer.” It’s Cudi, a drum, a fuzzy guitar and a lot of menace. It’s sinister and dark, as Cudi warns “You don’t talk, you’ll say nothing, okay,” as the song builds and builds.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>(from left) Megalyn Echikunwoke, Greta Gerwig and Analeigh Tipton in &quot;Damsels in Distress.&quot;</p>

(from left) Megalyn Echikunwoke, Greta Gerwig and Analeigh Tipton in "Damsels in Distress."

Credit: Sony Pictures Classics

Whit Stillman comes out of hiding

His delightful comeback feature 'Damsels in Distress' opens April 6

While I expect to maintain a long and happy friendship with all the films in my Top 10 of 2011, there's one title I'm pretty confident I'll revisit more often than the others. I've already seen Whit Stillman's deliciously off-kilter campus comedy "Damsels in Distress" twice, and still I'm itching for a revisit when it lands in theaters next month. Verbatim quoting of vast chunks of its hilarious, verbally lacy script seems an inevitability; apologies in advance to those who have to be around me.

I'm intrigued to see how the film plays when it finally surfaces outside the festival ghetto. My two viewings of the film, at the Venice and London fests, couldn't have been more atmospherically opposed. At Venice, where it premiered as the closing film (my review), it was warmly greeted at the press screening by a riotously cackling crowd of critics who couldn't have been more game for Stillman's breezy humor after a festival dominated by grim-faced fare.

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<p>Jack White</p>

Jack White

SXSW Music Day 3, Friday: Jack White, 50 Cent, Big K.R.I.T., Lucero

Here's your easy schedule: Dwellers, El-P, Lucero, The Mynabirds, The Men and more

Pop some aspirin and call that girl that gave you her number (time's running out!): SXSW Music programming heads into its second day, Thursday, March 15.

Below I've outlined some more artists to watch, Some shows will overlap, some are a haul, but... you paid extra for the SXSW Teleport, didn't you? Check out shows from

Thank you again to Unofficial SXSW, for having a nearly-perfect accuracy and navigable scheduling interface.

Day shows sometimes require badges or RSVP -- check the links where applicable. Badges for most of the night shows.

1 p.m.: Fat Tony at (Formerly) TOPS (Mess with Texas)
Southern rapper from Houston keeps it weird

1:30 p.m.: The Men at Barbarella (MFG/Guns in the Sun)
They ruined my hearing earlier this week

2 p.m.: Reptar at Stage on Sixth (Paste/Sennheiser)
Vagrants fizz bang buzz punk boom

2:15: Davinci at Beauty Ballroom (Iheartcomix)
Smooth psych-rap all over the map

2:30: Strand of Oaks at Home Slice Pizza
Slow-burning folk blow-out

2:54: 2:54 at Fader Fort (you read that time AND name right)
Fat Possum's newest signee

3 p.m.: Revival Tour (Chuck Ragan, Dan Andriano, Cory Branan, Nathaniel Rateliff, Audre Mae, Tim Barry) at Ballroom G in Convention Center
All these songwriters are better than you

4 p.m.: J Roddy Walston and the Business at Jo's Coffee at the San Jose
Rock 'n' Roll and whiskey and blood and sex

4:40: Tiger Waves at Dogwood (Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie)
Fine, here's your damn Austin band. Shoegaze, jangle, deep.

5 p.m. Andy Rourke at the IFC House
Dude's from the Smiths. You never played in the Smiths, DID YOU?

5:30: Southerly at Side Bar (Mostly Harmless)
Rightly playing a showcase called Mostly Harmless. Only some dark-hearted harm.

5:30 Big K.R.I.T. at Stubb's (SPIN)
Not so good at the set times, but this is about the hour you'll get drunk and have the good kind of headache

6:15: Bad Weather California at Side Bar
Definitely tell you something that they signed to Akron/Family's new label

7 p.m. Dwellers at Headhunter's Patio
Heavy, dark, metal-lovin'

7 p.m.: Doors for the Shady 2.0 at Austin Music Hall
If you're there for 50 Cent, just start parkin' now.

9:30: The Mynabirds at Lamberts
Saddle Creek's melody

10 p.m.: Grupo Fantasma at Copa
Latin gone haywire but still sounds like a party

10:25: Carter Tanton at Lamberts
Made the soundtrack to your life and you didn't even know it

10:30: El-P at 1100 Warehouse
Hip-hop vet bowing new tunes and you can stay after for…

10:35 Kurt Braunohler at Esther Follies
Dammit is this man funny.

11 p.m.: Spank Rock at 1100 Warehouse
Urban dance that will just make you feel naughty

11:30: Lucero at Bar 69
Drinking music with a country soul

11:45 p.m. Jack White at The Stage on Sixth
Solo and loving it

12 a.m. midnight: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
Blue-eyed soul with a songbird of a singer

12:40: The Pierces at Stubb's
Want some sugar in your bourbon?

1 a.m.: Cloud Nothings at ND
Have been getting big buzz all week for their stellar live show

1 a.m.: Whiskey Shivers at Maggie Mae's
String band on speed

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Watch: Katy Perry heads into combat in 'Part of Me' video sneak peak

Watch: Katy Perry heads into combat in 'Part of Me' video sneak peak

Love is a battlefield in new clip

Katy Perry is headed into battle: a love battle that is. In this very quick teaser for the video for “Part Of Me,” she is in full combat mode: complete with camouflage war paint.  As Pat Benatar infamously sang, "Love is a Battlefield." 

The song, which Perry debuted on the Grammys is not, we repeat, is not, she swears, about ex-husband Russell Brand, despite the fact that it would seem to fit their parting perfectly. It was actually written before she even met Brand.

[More after the jump...]

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Look: Justin Bieber unveils cover art for new single, 'Boyfriend'

Look: Justin Bieber unveils cover art for new single, 'Boyfriend'

The fans get to decide

Justin Bieber’s new single, “Boyfriend,” co-written with Mike Posner, doesn’t come out until March 26, but the teen idol has his fans in a frenzy about the track already.

Friday morning, Bieber teased that he would tweet the single cover art, but instead, posted two potential covers and is letting his fans decide. The song will be the first single off his new album, “Believe.”  The cover that gets the most tweets over the weekend wins. Mind you, to the non-Belieber, there is not that much difference in the covers: he has on the same shirt in both, he’s leaning toward his right, but in one he’s running his fingers through what looks like a new hair-do and in the other, he’s staring off longingly (no doubt, he’s waiting for you, girl.... ). Either way, if he’s finally ditched the side bangs for good now that he’s 18, we applaud the Bieb.

And big props to Bieber for signing the on-line petition to get the MPAA to change the rating for "Bully" from R. If he gets his fans involved, we bet it will make the difference.


Which one do you like better?

Follow Melinda Newman on Twitter @HitFixMelinda

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<p>Jack Black in &quot;Bernie&quot;</p>

Jack Black in "Bernie"

Credit: Millennium Entertainment

SXSW: 'Funeral Kings,' 'Bernie,' 'Paul Williams: Still Alive'

Festival entries fluctuate from pointless to purely entertaining to provocative

AUSTIN, Texas - As with any big film festival, the variety of choices that attendees have at South by Southwest seems endless. But at the Austin festival, the general cinephilia of the locals seeps into the programming, and as a result, its schedule is populated with a truly eclectic and unusual range of movies.

Having barely survived the first weekend of SXSW – which not only included a gauntlet of screenings and interviews but a Daylight-Savings changeover that resulted in the loss of an hour of sleep – things relievedly slowed down a bit on Monday, and I was able to attend screenings of several films that were each noteworthy for different reasons.

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