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<p>Jamie Chung's work in 'Eden' won her a special award at this year's SXSW&nbsp;film festival, and it should launch her to a whole new level of roles she's offered as a result.</p>

Jamie Chung's work in 'Eden' won her a special award at this year's SXSW film festival, and it should launch her to a whole new level of roles she's offered as a result.

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Review: Jamie Chung does star-making work in harrowing SXSW award-winner 'Eden'

A look at what one woman is willing to do to save herself from a Hell on earth

I was not familiar with the name Megan Griffiths until now, but it appears that I've been watching her work for years.  She produced two of Todd Rohal's films, she co-produced the outstanding "Your Sister's Sister" which I saw this year at Sundance, and she also helped produce the documentary "Zoo," which is a terribly disturbing film.  I did not see her previous films, but "The Off Hours" was at Sundance last year, and I know a few people who liked it.

I will definitely catch up with it, because I thought her new film, "Eden," was a strong, simple presentation of a harrowing story, with a great performance from Jamie Chung to ground the whole thing.  Based on the real life of Chong Kim, who gets a co-story credit, "Eden" tells the story of a young Korean girl who works for her parents in their store and who is just starting to experiment with freedom, sneaking out with her friend, smoking cigarettes.  She's very young, and despite her little white lies, she seems like a fairly innocent girl.

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<p>Susan Sarandon is just as cool in person as you would expect, and seemed pleased to discuss her work in 'Jeff Who Lives At Home'</p>

Susan Sarandon is just as cool in person as you would expect, and seemed pleased to discuss her work in 'Jeff Who Lives At Home'

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Watch: Susan Sarandon and Judy Greer wrestle with love in 'Jeff Who Lives At Home'

Greer talks about working with Ed Helms and Sarandon shares time with an unlikely love interest

There are worse ways to spend a Saturday than chatting with Susan Sarandon and Judy Greer.

Both of them were part of the same press day for their new film "Jeff Who Lives At Home," and I was excited to discuss the movie with both of them.  They are both sharp, vibrant performers who have spent most of their career making movies better just by being in them.

I love that Sarandon is so hard on her own work in the movie "Joe," which I brought up while we were talking.  That's a pretty great little '70s picture with an amazing central performance by Peter Boyle, and Sarandon stars as his daughter.  It's one of her earliest roles, and she shuddered at the mention of it, saying she's awful in it.  While I agree that she is much, much better now, I don't think she's right about how bad she was.  Even in the early part of her career, Sarandon had a great live-wire energy onscreen that made it impossible to look away.  Is her performance in "Dead Man Walking" better than her work in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"?  Sure.  Of course.  But she's still fascinating in "Rocky," and in "Joe," because you could see right away that she was wildly alive behind those giant almond eyes of hers.

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<p>The official artwork for Wiz&nbsp;Khalifa's &quot;Taylor Allderdice&quot;&nbsp;mixtape.</p>

The official artwork for Wiz Khalifa's "Taylor Allderdice" mixtape.

Wiz Khalifa brings down the internet with new mixtape

Have you downloaded 'Taylor Allderdice' yet?

Wiz Khalifa’s latest mixtape, “Taylor Allderdice,” has proved so popular that it crashed its website.

The mixtape, available on datpiff, dropped Tuesday night and features vocals from his new fiance Amber Rose and from Rick Ross on a track called “Never Been Part 2.” The song is a sequel to “Never Been” from the “Kush & Orange Juice” mixtape.

Khalifa, who has a top 10 hit, "Young, Wild & Free," with Snoop Dogg on the Billboard Hot 100 right now, followed the action on Twitter, tweeting, “Yea Taylors, We Crashed That Shit!!!”

For those not in the know, Taylor Allderdice is the name of Khalifa’s high school in Pittsburgh. seems to be running fine now, but if you have trouble, you can also download the mixtape. at

Were you able to download the mixtape before the site crashed? What did you think?

Follow Melinda Newman on Twitter @HitFixMelinda

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<p>Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth sat down together to discuss the world of 'The Hunger Games'</p>

Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth sat down together to discuss the world of 'The Hunger Games'

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Watch: Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are the men of 'The Hunger Games'

They discuss the world, the Games, and Katniss Everdeen

The male leads of "The Hunger Games" really don't spend any time together onscreen, but the dynamic that each of them shares with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) helps shape not only this first film but the entire trilogy ahead.

What's impressive is that this is not about an easy love triangle.  If you were to remove the romantic entanglements from "Twilight," for example, there's nothing left.  And while there are definitely strong feelings between Katniss and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) and Katniss and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), that's not what drives this film.  That's not what drives the overall story.  That's not the point.  I like that Katniss is defined by way more than just the men in her life.

Having said that, Gale and Peeta certainly matter.  In this first film, Gale represents the life Katniss thought she was going to live forever, scratching by in District 12, caring for her sister Primrose (Willow Shields) and her mother (Paula Malcomson), sneaking off to hunt illegally with Gale by her side.  Peeta is part of this new life she stumbles into when she volunteers to take Prim's place in the The Hunger Games, with Peeta picked as the other tribute from District 12.

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence in &quot;The Hunger Games.&quot;</p>

Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games."

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‘Hunger Games’ altered in the UK for a teen-friendly rating

Seven objectionable seconds are trimmed across the pond

If it wasn't obvious, Gary Ross’s adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s dystopic young adult fantasy novel “The Hunger Games” opens worldwide beginning next Wednesday March 21. The book tells the story of an imagined future in which a series of wars and natural disasters have drastically reduced the size of North America, which has become the country of Panem, a polarized collection of 12 “districts” that have very limited contact with one another, each with a specialized trade.

An opulent “Capital,” which is largely hidden and isolated by a mountain range, presides over the districts and their resources. As a reminder of the consequences of a long-ago rebellion, the Capital demands that each district conduct a yearly lottery wherein a boy and a girl will be selected to participate in a televised fight to the death in a manufactured “arena.”

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<p>Joan Allen, Dustin Hoffman, John Ortiz and Dennis Farina in &quot;Luck.&quot;</p>

Joan Allen, Dustin Hoffman, John Ortiz and Dennis Farina in "Luck."

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Some thoughts on the 'Luck' cancellation

Equine tragedy got in the way of David Milch's dream project about horse racing

I've known David Milch for almost 16 years, and I have never seen him more animated or excited than the day we met, when at the tail end of an interview about "NYPD Blue," he smiled and said, "You should come to the track with me." I was a 22-year-old newspaper intern; he was the Emmy-winning creator of my favorite TV show. I went to the track. And over the course of an afternoon, Milch regaled me and "NYPD" writer David Mills with stories about a lifetime of watching horse racing. He even offered to cut us in on his winnings if a horse he had bet on came in; I was still new at the newspaper thing and trying to figure out the ethical implications when the horse did me a favor and finished out of the money. Mills and I occasionally talked about that day in the years that followed, and Mills was convinced that one day, when Milch had amassed enough credit in the TV business, he was going to spend it by combining his two passions to make a drama about life at the track.

So "Luck" as an idea has been in my consciousness for a very long time, which is why I'm having trouble processing the news that HBO has canceled the series after a third horse died during filming, early in production of the second season.

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<p>Ooops. One of these people isn't on &quot;American Idol&quot; anymore</p>
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Ooops. One of these people isn't on "American Idol" anymore

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 11 Performances - Songs From The Year They Were Born

Wait. Didn't we just have a Top 13 last week? Yup! Somebody's missing...

It's been a strange 24 hours in "American Idol"-dom with the apparent elimination of contestant Jermaine Jones for failing to reveal aspects of his criminal record. 

With FOX refusing any sort of official comment on how Jones' absence will be handled, there's suspense aplenty as Wednesday (March 14) night's show is set to begin. 

Click through for a full recap of Wednesday's news and performances...

Wow. Ryan Seacrest begins by using the contestant's elimination as a TEASE for the start of the episode. "When you're doing a live show, anything can happen," Ryan says, before kicking to the opening credits.

And even after the credits, Seacrest says he'll talk more about the eliminated contestant, still unnamed, later in the show. Because clearly it's more important to show baby pictures of the three judges. 

LAME. And a bit distasteful. Anyway... Songs From The Year They Were Born.


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<p>Aneurin Barnard stars in 'Citadel,' a creepy mix of real-life fears and mutant kids that played this year's SXSW&nbsp;midnight line-up.</p>

Aneurin Barnard stars in 'Citadel,' a creepy mix of real-life fears and mutant kids that played this year's SXSW midnight line-up.

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Review: Irish horror film 'Citadel' mixes agoraphobia and creepy kids

Real-life terror drives director Ciaran Foy to make effective, freaky film

Ciaran Foy's film "Citadel" would be an effective horror film if all he did was successfully impart to the audience the crushing anxiety and cold-sweat fear that is the everyday state of an agoraphobic, but when you add creepy mutant kids to the mix, you get a potent cocktail that should please horror fans enormously.

Foy talked about the origin of the film briefly before the screening and told the audience that following a random act of violence against him, he developed a crippling case of agoraphobia, and that the film is part of his desire to overcome the problem.  I would believe it, because the set-up for the film is very direct, very personal, and effectively etches an incident in which Tommy (Aneurin Barnard) and his pregnant wife Joanne (Amy Shiels) are getting ready to move out of the block housing tower where they live in a particularly blasted part of Ireland.  Tommy is carrying bags out to the waiting taxi, and on his way back up, the elevator (which is just as dented and damaged as everything else in the building) stalls, and he can't get the door to open.  He can see into the hallway where Joanne waits, though, which absolutely tears him up when he sees a group of strange kids in hoodies crowd into the hall and attack her.  By the time he manages to get to his wife, she's had a hypodermic needle stabbed deeply into her stomach, and she's having some sort of reaction to whatever she's been injected with.

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<p>Christopher Plummer after winning Best Supporting Actor at last month's Oscar ceremony.</p>

Christopher Plummer after winning Best Supporting Actor at last month's Oscar ceremony.

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Plummer's 'Barrymore' to hit theaters in the fall

Screen showcase for Tony-winning performance was acclaimed at Toronto

Christopher Plummer's Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Beginners" had been so widely expected for so long -- the buzz started at Toronto in 2010, frontrunner status was assumed when the film was released last summer, while most regarded him as a foregone conclusion all through awards season -- that I almost forgot to be happy when it finally happened. Chalk that up to the wearying nature of the awards marathon, because Plummer's win was one of the most satisfyingly deserved of the night: the rare career-achievement trophy for a well-past-due talent that also happens to be for peak-form, field-beating work in its own right. We don't get too many of those. 

Having finally given the 82-year-old Canadian appropriate recognition, and made him the oldest Oscar-winner of all time in the process, the Academy might have expected not to hear from Plummer again for a while -- but there's a chance he could be troubling them again later this very year. And as with "Beginners," the film in question is a well-buzzed holdover from last year's Toronto fest.

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Interview: The men of 'Missing' talk mother love, spy games and dirty words

Adriano Giannini, Nick Eversman and Cliff Curtis back up Ashley Judd's new show

While ABC's new show "Missing" (premieres Thurs. March 15 at 8 p.m.) is largely centered around a mom (and former CIA agent, played by Ashley Judd) searching for her son, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of guys around to flesh out the cast. New Zealand native Cliff Curtis plays Paris-based CIA agent Dax Miller, torn between sympathizing with Judd's character and being pressured by top brass to bring her in, while Adriano Giannini is Becca's old friend and Interpol operative Giancarlo Rossi, determined to help as much as Becca will allow him. Finally, there's the focus of everyone's attention -- Becca's son Michael, played by Nick Eversman. All three of the actors were brought together for a conference call to discuss their very different characters, why prime time means watching your language and why the cool spying angle wasn't what got them on board - and may not be what draws in viewers, either. 

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fun.'s 'We Are Young' hangs around at No. 1 on retooled Billboard Hot 100

What happens with Adele, Katy Perry, and Kelly Clarkson?

“We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Monae ages a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as the chart makes some major modifications.

Starting with this edition, the Billboard Hot 100 will incorporate a number of streaming services into its calculations, including Slacker, Spotify, MOG and Rdio.  The chart will continue to also rely on radio airplay, single sales and Yahoo! radio streams and Yahoo! on-demand video plays. Sales weigh the most, followed by radio and then streaming.

Similarly to “Young,” the titles in the 2-4 spots remain the same, despite the changes in methodology: Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” is at No. 2; Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain” at No. 3 and The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” at No. 4.

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<p>The Rolling Stones</p>

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones gather moss until 2013: postpone 50th anniverary tour

Is Keith Richards' health an issue?

The Rolling Stones turn 50 this year, but unlike the Beach Boys, who are undergoing a huge tour to commemorate their golden anniversary this year, the Stones have pushed off the celebration until 2013.

However, a piece in Rolling Stone casts some doubts on Keith Richards’ health that will sadden any Stones’ fan.  Through interviews with Mick Jagger and Richards indicate they hope to tour in 2013, as well return to the studio and release a documentary, but sources say that following his head injury while on vacation in Fiji in 2006 (the one where he fell out of the tree, remember that one?) have affected his playing abilities.

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