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Listen: Rick Ross joins Lil Wayne on 'If I Die Today' from 'Tha Carter IV'

Find out where Weezy lives

It's only natural Lil Wayne and Rick Ross collaborate on new "If I Die Today"; it picks up right where the Teflon Don's track "I'm Not a Star" leaves off. Or, rather, it's a direct lift with a twist or two.

The "Tha Carter IV" song is the latest to surface from the much-anticipated album, and promises more collaborations of this caliber, pun intended.

In "Die," it's all heavy sex, guns and blow, Ross and Weezy sharing two verses a piece. The latter revails where he's been living since the clink (his home for a year after gun charges): "AK-47 is my f*cking address." Ross retorts: "The bigger the bullet the more that b*tch gonn' bang/ Red on the wall, Basquiat when I paint." Arty!

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<p>O-M-G shawty's such a freak<br />
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She says she wants to go back to my C-O-N-D-O</p>

O-M-G shawty's such a freak

She says she wants to go back to my C-O-N-D-O

Watch: Snoop Dogg with Far East Movement on 'If I Was You (OMG)'

So that's how you spell 'booty'

Attention: women are no longer mere sex objects. They are paradoxically denominations of money, and also the reason you have no money.

Far East Movement is responsible for "Like a G6." Snoop Dogg posted new music with Wiz Khalifa this week.

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<p>Holt McCallany and Stacy Keach in &quot;Lights Out,&quot;&nbsp;which FX&nbsp;canceled today.</p>

Holt McCallany and Stacy Keach in "Lights Out," which FX canceled today.

Credit: FX

FX cancels 'Lights Out'

Boxing drama KO'ed after one season due to low ratings; final 2 episodes to air

FX has canceled "Lights Out," but the channel has done it in that usual FX way, which means the boxing drama's final two episodes of this season will air as scheduled. There just won't be a second season.

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<p>Duran Duran with My Chemical Romance</p>

Duran Duran with My Chemical Romance

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Concert Review: What do you get when you cross Duran Duran with David Lynch?

Band is joined by some very special guest for March 23 Los Angeles show

When I was an editor at  Billboard, I was guaranteed to get hate mail if I wrote remotely negative things about two acts: Kiss and Duran Duran. Long after both hit their radio heyday, both groups had fervent fans that revered them with an unabated loyalty.

The Durannies were out in full force last night (March 23) for Duran Duran’s concert at Los Angeles’ beautiful Mayan Theater. The show kicked off the second season of “American Express Unstaged,” a concert series beamed around the world live. Director David Lynch directed the performance. Since we were in the audience, we didn’t see what those watching on the internet saw, but from what we’ve read, they were treated to the full-on Lynchian experience, complete with such images as naked Barbies and stuff animals,floating around the band members.

Duran Duran is on the comeback trail. As my colleague Katie Hasty mentioned, the band played a well-received show at SXSW last week, and released its new Mark Ronson-produced  album, “All You Need is Now,” its first in four years, on Tuesday (March 22) on S-Curve Records.  (A shorter version of the album came out via iTunes three months ago). Also on its U.S. schedule are headlining dates at Coachella and Ultra Music Festival.

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<p>Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish, and Vanessa Hudgens all work towards an escape in Zack Snyder's new film 'Sucker Punch'</p>

Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish, and Vanessa Hudgens all work towards an escape in Zack Snyder's new film 'Sucker Punch'

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Review: Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch' swings and misses with big images and muddled ideas

Major narrative decisions by Snyder the writer leave the director high and dry

From the very first frames of the film, "Sucker Punch" rejects reality.  There is a naked theatricality to the staging of the first few images, and then writer/director Zack Snyder drops us into the worst night in the young life of Baby Doll (Emily Browning).  It's a specific decision, as is practically everything in every frame of the film, and it's one of many choices where I think Snyder the writer may have let down Snyder the director in ways that make the film a grand fascinating almost, a near-miss, an ambitious just-this-close.

The story the film tells is fairly straightforward, but the way the story is told is anything but.  Baby Doll had a younger sister until one awful night after their mother died when their stepfather (the suitably toadlike Gerard Plunkett) went crazy and terrible things happened.  Baby Doll is taken to an asylum for women, a gothic mental hospital where she's basically handed off to Blue (Oscar Isaac) with a payment that guarantees that in a few days, a specialist will show up to give her a lobotomy, taking any secrets she might have out along with the grey matter.  Baby Doll can't handle what she sees going on around her, and she has a break with reality.  To her, it's not an asylum.  It's a brothel.  And it's not run-down and disgusting, it's opulent and lush.  The other girls aren't mental patients, they are girls pressed into dancing (and more) for rich clients in an elaborate theater.  Dr. Vera Gorski (Carla Gugino) isn't a psychiatrist trying to reach the girls through therapy, but is instead the madame, teaching these girls how to dance for their lives, literally.  And Blue isn't just an abusive orderly who will do anything for money, he's actually a pimp, the man in charge, and the main obstacle between Baby Doll and freedom.

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<p>J.J. Abrams</p>

J.J. Abrams

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J.J. Abrams talks 'Super 8' inspiration, '70s rock and Area 51

The man really, really doesn't like wearing a suit

At the "Super 8" preview in Manhattan last night, J.J. Abrams made it abundantly clear that he's not really a suit-and-tie guy. After a flattering introduction from Paramount mega-brass Brad Grey, the "Star Trek" revitalizer plucked confidently at his black suit collar, shaking his head and the quasi-formality of the "road show"event. That was right before he dropped the f-bomb a half a dozen times.

When I asked Abrams during the reception why the stop-off was scheduled for New York and not L.A., he laughed. "What, did I not dress the part?"

Aside from the wardrobe compunction, the director/writer/producer displayed a sense of ease during the event, and after the extraordinary sneak-peak, there's no reason for him to feel otherwise. With Steven Spielberg on board as producer, "Super 8" has the elements of wide-eye mystery and the promise of intimidating creatures of "Cloverfield" capacity, all through the lens of middle school-aged kids and small-town folk. (Heck, and the "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" looked fun, too.)

Check out my full thoughts on the footage here.

Abrams met Spielberg back when he was but a teen, working with collaborator Matt Reeves on Super 8 films. They in one way or another got roped into restoring the "E.T." director's early 8mm clips "Firelight" and "Escape to Nowhere." Fast-forward a couple dozen years, and Abrams found himself ultimately pitching Spielberg on "Super 8," the coming together of two different ideas.

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<p>Antonia meets Morimoto on last night's &quot;Top Chef.&quot;</p>

Antonia meets Morimoto on last night's "Top Chef."

Credit: Bravo

'Top Chef' - 'Last Supper': Top Chef vs. Iron Chef

The final 3 have to please the tastebuds of three celebrity chefs

A few quick thoughts on the next-to-last "Top Chef" of the season coming up just as soon as I make myself throw up...

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<p>Zack Snyder can't help but smile when he talks about his new film, 'Sucker Punch,' the culmination of a longtime dream project</p>

Zack Snyder can't help but smile when he talks about his new film, 'Sucker Punch,' the culmination of a longtime dream project

Credit: HitFix

Watch: Zack Snyder talks about bringing his dreams to life in 'Sucker Punch'

Plus hear what he has to say about Superman punching people

As long as I've been talking to Zack Snyder, "Sucker Punch" has been bouncing around in there somewhere, a constant concern of his.  When we first sat down to talk, he was in post-production on "300," and he talked about how there were things he wanted to do that were original, something he was writing, and at the same time, he also had "Watchmen" sitting in his office, an active concern for Warner Bros.

He moved from "300" directly into that adaptation of one of the sacred texts of the comic world, and it was something that Warner Bros. really wanted to make.  The train was moving, and he hopped on.  And even so, even as he did his third adaptation in a row of existing material, he was still working on developing his original idea, and it was only after he delivered that film that he finally took the plunge.

Now here we are, and "Sucker Punch" arrives in theaters on Friday, and sitting down to talk to him about the movie, it feels like he's graduating from school all over again.  This is a film he had to make before he moves forward in the rest of his career, a dare he posed for himself years ago, and whatever you think of the finished film, the ambition on display is outsized, an artist betting on his own sensibilities without a safety net.  It was great to hear him talk about what he's actually done as opposed to the hypothetical of what he might do or could do or wanted to do.  This is the moment where audiences finally see Zack Snyder without anyone else's sensibilities grafted onto what he does, and it'll be interesting to see what happens.

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<p>Captain America's looking just plain cool if you ask me.</p>

Captain America's looking just plain cool if you ask me.

Credit: Marvel Studios/Paramount

New trailer for 'Captain America' makes the First Avenger look like a real hero

Our best look so far seems mighty promising

Okay… I'm in.

I was already interested, certainly, but that new trailer for "Captain America: The First Avenger" is incredibly persuasive and stylized and charming.  There's something great about the way Joe Johnston's creating the world of the '40s, and about the way he makes Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) into a puny weakling in the early parts of the film.

And once it kicks in?  It looks like an adventure movie, pure and simple, and as logical a choice as that seems to be, I'm amazed how few adventure movies there are in the superhero genre.  Angst is the main order of business, with revenge and daddy issues and taking over the world as major motivators.  This is much more of a straightforward "here's your mission" adventure film, and it is something I've wanted to see for a while now.

Stanley Tucci looks like a hoot as Professor Erskine, the guy in charge of the Super Soldier Program, and he's got the best line in the trailer, about the way it takes a weak man to understand the value of strength and power.  Tommy Lee Jones is Col. Phillips, the perfect military face for WWII.  I like that Bucky (Sebastian Stan) is the guy who looks older and bigger and like the "real" soldier.  It's a very different take than the Bucky and Cap relationship I grew up reading about, which was more of a traditional Batman and Robin hero and sidekick thing.

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<p>Britney Spears has a lot to say on her infectious new album &quot;Femme Fatale.&quot;</p>

Britney Spears has a lot to say on her infectious new album "Femme Fatale."

Credit: Jive Records

Review: Britney Spears returns to the club with the gutsy and infectious 'Femme Fatale'

Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Kesha better watch out

Dance fueled pop has made a huge comeback over the past two years and it's hard to remember when the quality of the material itself was so strong.  Spears is no stranger to the dance floor, but has a lot of competition these days with Lady Gaga, Kesha (who contributes to "Femme Fatale" as a songwriter), Rihanna, a revitalized Jennifer Lopez and even remixed Katy Perry dominating the singles charts.  Either taking a gamble or just a reflection of her own tastes, "Fatale" is the most club ready album from a major artist since Madonna's "Confessions on a Dance Floor."

Spears told Rolling Stone said she wanted all kinds of different sounds on her seventh studio album and to play with her voice and that's exactly what she's done with "Femme Fatale."  Working with previous collaborators such as Dr. Luke ("Circus"), Max Martin ("If U Seek Amy") and Bloodshy ("Piece of Me") and new producers such as Will.I.Am and Stargate, Spears has selected songs  (and let's make it clear, she decides what is on the album musically, not handlers) with pop-friendly lyrics, but allowed the music to take some gutsy electronic risks that will even surprise some of her sharpest artistic detractors.

Moreover, she told her fans she was back in "Blackout" and "Circus," but on "Femme Fatale" she's singing that now she's in control -- even if that means escaping to the dance floor.  And who can blame her?  No paparazzi, no managers, no media pressures, no business pressures.  It's almost as freeing as the recording booth.

The album itself contains 12 tracks. There are four additional songs available on the Deluxe Edition.  Strangely, every single one of the extras could easily make any Spears album (and in fact, they are arguably all better than a number of the weaker "Circus" and "Blackout" songs), but if you are going to look at the album thematically (don't laugh), they probably don't fit. Perhaps Spears will pull a Gaga and release them on a second album later this year with a few other new tracks?  We can only speculate.  With that in mind however, here's some thoughts on the individual "Femme Fatale" songs.

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<p>Grant of 'Survivor: Redemption Island'</p>

Grant of 'Survivor: Redemption Island'

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Their Red-Headed Stepchild'

Krista and Matt Duel, Phillip causes more trouble and Stephanie scrambles
Pre-credit sequence. Did anybody else kinda forget who got voted out last week? Redemption Island makes it hard to keep track of the layers of elimination, especially when it was Kristina who went home, but Krista who was booted at Tribal Council. Krista arrives at Redemption Island and has to basically introduce herself to Matt. She's already a fan of his substance and his positive attitude. They bond over the possibility for prayer. Matt says God put him there, but Krista warns him that she's still going to compete with him. Each calls the other "Blondie," but which of them will be devouring a Dagwood sandwich after losing the Duel? Yeah. I have no idea what that reference has to do with anything.
 
Full recap of Wednesday's (March 23) "Survivor: Redemption Island" after the break...
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<p>Hannah of 'America's Next Top Model'</p>

Hannah of 'America's Next Top Model'

Credit: The CW

Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Rachel Zoe'

The models shoot a commercial and pose at the Los Angeles Zoo

We enter a new episode of "America’s Next Top Model" with the resident chub reigning supreme, a screen grab of Kasia’s retro faux coffee commercial flickering in greeting as the girls arrive home. But lo! It appears that Kasia is not the only girl who has modeling experience; Dalya reveals that she’s been modeling since age 16. 

Another reveal: Alexandria has been a domineering condescending harpy since age birth. Last episode, she got schooled for, once again, trying to boss around her bosses on set. Nonetheless, Alexandria doesn’t seem to understand what the hell the world’s problem is with her. (Open note to Alex: The world’s problem with you is you. And that gray Blossom beret you’re always wearing in confessional. But really: It’s you.)
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