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<p>Emma Roberts pauses to pose with a horror legend</p>

Emma Roberts pauses to pose with a horror legend

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Watch: Old friends and new frights in 3 clips from 'Scream 4'

Kevin Williamson's trademark patter is back with vengeance

Can you believe that the first "Scream" came out way back in 1996? That was before most people had cell phones, the internet, or knew what the word 'meta' meant. But the film stood out for the sharp and comic writing by Kevin Williamson, and the fact that as self referential and funny as it was, it delivered plenty of scares.

Folks who love the series will be happy to see the old "Scream" magic alive and well within these 3 clips. Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette are back as Sidney, Sheriff Dewey (no longer a Deputy) and Gale Weathers respectively, and watching them is like seeing old friends from school. You didn't especially keep up with them, but you're happy to see them again anyway and you'll definitely accept their friend request on facebook... (to torture an analogy.) Clips embedded after the jump

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<p>Archie Panjabi and Scott Porter on &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Archie Panjabi and Scott Porter on "The Good Wife."

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'The Good Wife' - 'Ham Sandwich': What's in a name?

Did the big Kalinda surprise work for you?

A few quick, late-in-the-day thoughts on last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I appeal to blue-collar white voters...

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<p>Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor co-starred in a memorable and, yes, ridiculously beautiful, version of 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof'</p>

Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor co-starred in a memorable and, yes, ridiculously beautiful, version of 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof'

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A personal remembrance of the great Elizabeth Taylor and a look at why she mattered

From 'Lassie' to 'The Flintstones,' it was a wild ride for one of Hollywood's greats

When I was working as a tour guide on the Universal Studios lot in Hollywood, it was during the time they were shooting "The Flintstones," and our tour ended up getting lots of looks at the sets for the film, the props for the film, and even, on occasion, the stars of the film.  It was a guaranteed reaction every time we got a look at Fred Flintstone's car with the holes in the bottom for his feet to go through, and between tours, several of us would brazenly walk onto the various soundstages, hoping to see Henson Company dinosaurs.

One afternoon, as we were walking across the lot, I spotted the cast trailers, and wanted a friend to take a picture of me with Elizabeth Taylor's door.  That's all.  Just the door.  I figured it would be a funny picture, and I could talk about how many other doors that door had been married to and how hard it was to get it to pose for the photo and on and on.  Dumb jokes, all of which were going through my head as I walked up the first few steps of her trailer so I could pose.

That's when the door to the trailer swung open from inside and I found myself looking directly into the most famous pair of violet eyes in film history.  She may have been just past 60 at that point, but she didn't miss a beat.  She sized me up, then turned to her assistant and said, "I'm almost sure I didn't order this."

They do not make broads like that anymore.

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<p>Chris Brown</p>

Chris Brown

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An open letter to Chris Brown

Why we can't let his 'GMA' outburst go

Oh Chris Brown, what are we going to do with you? So many of us were willing to forgive--but not forget-- your horrible 2009 act of domestic violence against Rihanna, but you showed why we shouldn’t on “Good Morning America” yesterday.

You took what was a prime opportunity to graciously answer Robin Roberts’ questions--no matter how much they understandably roiled you--and let “GMA’s” soccer mom audience see that you weren’t the Big Bad. It was an opportunity to prove that you were no longer scary—despite the massive, tattooed biceps and blond hair— and if they wanted to buy their kids your brand new album, why not?

Instead, you acted like an arrogant jerk. Were you not media coached? Yes, Roberts wouldn’t let it go, but she pitched those questions to you as total softballs, as if she was embarrassed to even bring up that unpleasant stuff. “GMA,” as fluffy as it can be, comes under the ABC News banner, so they aren’t going to ignore it. Plus, you know she was going to ask about it, so she didn’t spring it on you. In Roberts’ 2009 interview with you after the incident, you seemed honestly contrite and gave great answers. All you had to do was parrot those responses again and tell people that you’d learned from the experience.

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<p>Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa</p>

Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa

Listen: Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa's 'Weed Iz Mine' from 'High School' flick

Future stoner film collaboration is smokin'

It was inevitable that Snoop would star in his own stoner comedy. So it will be so. The hip-hop vet has linked with rising Wiz Khalifa, for the flick, dubbed "High School," a title which itself has been puffed and passed around.

Naturally, the two will be releasing a collaboration soundtrack to the effort. No word when an actual drop date is, though efforts are obviously under way.

Below is a stream of "The Weed Iz Mine," which bums it's title off of "The Boy Is Mine" and "The Girl Is Mine." If you're gonna be like that, then nobody gets the weed/boy/girl, OK kids?

Khalifa told Rolling Stone that "High School" is "about pot, of course... But it’s about me and [Snoop's] relationship, spin-off of us being cool in the industry, smoking a lot of weed, and being around a lot of weed. We’re going to try to have fun with it and also try to enlighten people at the same time, not just get everybody high."

Just transcribing that sentence got me high.

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<p>From Rise Against's &quot;Help Is on the Way&quot;</p>

From Rise Against's "Help Is on the Way"

Watch: Rise Against reveals compelling 'Help Is on the Way' music video

Footage from Hurricane Katrina doesn't fail to inspire, remember

This week Rise Against celebrates a No. 2 start of "Endgame" on The Billboard 200, but also remembers with solemnity a fearful part of American history.

The music video to "Help Is on the Way" follows the general lyrical thread of the single, featuring a family struggling with the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina over a day during the disaster.

"Directed by the esteemed Alan Ferguson, our film crew went to New Orleans and filmed what became a dramatic and compelling narrative of Hurricane Katrina through the eyes of a family. As a band, we opted out of being a part of the piece for fear our role might diminish the importance of this video and skew it's reception. What follows is another video we are proud to put our name on," reads a statement on the punk-inspired rock act's website.

The story is simple and simply told, a poor family pushed up through its home as the waters rise, after the levees break. They pray for rescue and flip through their own family history as dead bodies float in the water and other stragglers seek refuge on their roof. Rise Against leave it off with a message to encourage donations.

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<p>Leslie Knope's &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;book will become a reality this fall.</p>

Leslie Knope's "Parks and Recreation" book will become a reality this fall.

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Ready for 'Parks and Recreation': The Book?

'Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America' coming in October

NBC wound up only needing 16 episodes of "Parks and Recreation" this year, and since 6 of those episodes were produced last spring, only 10 had to be made as part of this production season. Which means "Parks and Rec" co-creator Mike Schur has had a lot of extra time on his hands, and he spent a good chunk of it working on a tie-in project for TV's best comedy that would only come into existence if NBC renewed it for a fourth season.

Well, the renewal came late last week, and now the project is official: "Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America," a book "written by" Leslie Knope but really worked on by Schur and many other members of the "Parks and Rec" cast and creative team.

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<p>David Morse and Holt McCallany on &quot;Lights Out.&quot;</p>

David Morse and Holt McCallany on "Lights Out."

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'Lights Out' - 'Rainmaker': As it is written...

David Morse turns in a great guest performance as another ex-champ

A review of tonight's "Lights Out" coming up just as soon as I quote the serenity prayer...

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<p>Josh Kelley</p>

Josh Kelley

Hitfix Interview: Josh Kelley talks music, wife Katherine Heigl, Lady A

What song did he write for his wife on new album, 'Georgia Clay?'

In recent years, the country music highway has been littered with the remains of former pop stars who have found themselves edged out of mainstream pop music. They usually declare that they have kept their love of country hidden all these years, but country is secretly where their heart has always been.

Josh Kelley would like you to know he is not one of those carpetbaggers. “When I was 21, I tried to get a record deal in Nashville before I signed with Hollywood Records and I got turned down,” the Augusta, Ga., native tells Hitfix, adding that he rejected by the very label, MCA Nashville, that he now finds himself signed to. “Hollywood took my bluegrass songs and made them pop and I was fine with that, but I grew up on country music.”

The country club has been far more welcoming the second time around: “Georgia Clay,” the catchy first single and title track to his MCA Nashville debut, out today (March 22) is No. 18 on Billboard’s Country Songs chart and climbing.

Up until now, Kelley was best known for top 10 adult contemporary hits such as 2003’s  “Amazing” and 2005‘s “Only You.” It was on the video shoot for the latter that he met his wife, actress Katherine Heigl—whom he endearingly refers to as “Katie” during our interview. He also co-wrote the theme song for the CBS comedy “Mike & Molly” with Keb’ Mo’.

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<p>Rebecca Black: black &quot;Friday&quot; indeed</p>

Rebecca Black: black "Friday" indeed

Rebecca Black's 'Friday' and the spoils of our dumb internet

SXSW couch-surfing and inane cornballing: We did this to ourselves

I've quipped this before, but in the future there will be courses in college devoted to Internet Classics. One man's "Shreds" is another man's "The End of the World," is another man's "Shrimp Running on a Treadmill with the Benny Hill Theme," and only time will tell which intentionally funny clips will remain embedded in our short little attention spans long enough to make it into the canon.

Of the unintentionally hilarious front , we've just added Rebecca Black to the 101 coursework. In less than a month -- and mostly over the past week -- her "Friday" video has logged more than 36 million YouTube view (and good for the top of Melinda Newman's Power Rankings last week).

I don't need to go in much as to why "Friday" is funny, but it's worth talking about why it's sad.

Going beyond the fact that Black's mom paid a bunch of hacks $2,000 to pop out a pop turd and matching video, her family gets to line those pockets with even more padding. Forbes and Billboard have weighed in on the statistics, and it looks like digital sales of "Friday" could fetch $25,000 a week at this rate, moving around 43,000 units on Amazon and iTunes. The millions of YouTube views could be $20,000+.

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<p>Duncan Jones, director of 'Moon,' joined forces with 'Donnie Darko' star Jake Gyllenhaall for a trippy new time-travel thriller called 'Source Code,' and we sat down with them at SXSW&nbsp;to discuss the film.</p>

Duncan Jones, director of 'Moon,' joined forces with 'Donnie Darko' star Jake Gyllenhaall for a trippy new time-travel thriller called 'Source Code,' and we sat down with them at SXSW to discuss the film.

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Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal and Duncan Jones on their new sci-fi thriller 'Source Code'

The star and director of this weekend's trippy time-travel tale talk about how it works

Duncan Jones is a bright, unaffected guy who seems determined to make science-fiction movies he wants to see.  I met him once, briefly, while he was working with the great Paul Hirsch to edit his new movie "Source Code" in Los Angeles.

Jake Gyllenhaal, on the other hand, I've been interviewing for the past decade now, ever since I talked to him for the first time at Sundance '01, where he was representing "Donnie Darko" along with his sister Maggie.

Together, the two of them seem quite proud of their twisty little thriller, a sort of sci-fi riff on the Hitchcock everyman movie, in which a regular guy finds himself in a crazy situation and has to puzzle his way out of it somehow.  The movie opened the SXSW Film Festival this year, and the audience seemed to have a blast with it.  Makes sense, because it's a movie that really works overtime to engage the audience and to entertain, but without empty thrills.

"Source Code" offers some significant creative challenges for the filmmakers and the performers, and I knew I wanted to talk to them about how they carefully constructed something that pays off in such rich and interesting ways, and how you build a character arc eight minutes at a time.

I think we were careful to avoid any significant spoilers in our conversation, but it's not really a film that's built around one big twist, so it's not the sort of thing that I think we could accidentally trip over in a discussion.  Instead, the film relies on the way it carefully and continually tweaks your expectations and your ideas about what you're watching and who these characters are.  The way the film pays off isn't one big firecracker out of nowhere, but is instead about the careful build-up to an eventual release that makes perfect emotional sense.  I like that the science in the film is far less important in terms of how it works than what it does to these people.  Those are the science-fiction stories I like the most, the ones that press us to examine our own humanity and the boundaries of it.

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<p>Jennifer Hudson</p>

Jennifer Hudson

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Album review: Jennifer Hudson's 'I Remember Me'

Go to church with the Oscar winner as she soars above it all

We’re not an “American Idol” fan, but if all it ever did was introduce us to Jennifer Hudson (even though she was voted off in the seventh round),  then it’s all been worth it.

Hudson, whose second album, "I Remember Me" is out today, has one of the best voices to come around in years. Some folks compare her to Aretha. No one matches the queen of soul in our book. For us, she’s more like Chaka Khan: her voice has a fluidity and vulnerability, but also a strength and heft.

First single, “Where You At,” written and produced by R. Kelly showcases all those abilities as we can almost feel her pain as she stands there in the freezing cold for someone who never shows, yet we know her indominable spirit will see her through. Unlike other divas, Hudson never resorts to cheap vocal tricks because she doesn’t need to.

The terrain here is a familiar one for R&B divas: tunes about heartbreak and love interspersed with inspirational songs about faith. It’s like going through the worst heartbreak and getting taken to church at the same time. On “I Got This,” Hudson knows that her troubles and worries will be taken care of by a higher power.

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