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<p>Janelle Monae</p>

Janelle Monae

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Check out Janelle Monae's irresistible new track, 'What is Love' from 'Rio 2'

Bruno Mars and B.o.B. are also on soundtrack to animated sequel

Janelle Monae wants to take you to Rio on her new song and resistance is futile. “What Is Love,” which is featured in 20th Century Fox’s animated feature, “Rio 2,” came out today.

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Conan O’Brien to host the MTV Movie Awards

Conan O’Brien to host the MTV Movie Awards
Conan, host of two Emmys, is going back to awards-hosting on April 13.


Watch Lena Dunham dance in her “SNL” promos
Also featuring a "naked" Kate McKinnon.


HBO rejects “Deadwood” creator’s “The Money” pilot
David Milch's “The Money” was to have focused on wealth and corruption among the super elite, with cast members Ray Liotta and Nathan Lane. PLUS: NBC passes on “Conception."


Jimmy Kimmel defends his Rob Ford interview, but admits the Toronto mayor was “upset"
"It seemed like we were having fun,” Kimmel said on Tuesday’s monologue. "We went over -- much of his remarkable life. We reviewed some of his home videos. But then after the show, he was apparently upset. Why, I’m not exactly sure. I asked him about drinking and smoking crack. What were we supposed to talk about? His other hobbies?”


OWN's "Lindsay" trailer shows a crying Lindsay Lohan and a scolding Oprah
Here’s your 1st look at “Lindsay” and her life as a “prisoner."


“Arrow” releases a “Movie” trailer
What would the CW series look like as “Arrow: The Movie”?

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<p>Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder in "Justified."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Justified' - 'Whistle Past the Graveyard'

Raylan chases Kendall and Uncle Jack, while Boyd tries to leave Mexico alive

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I'm a doctor working on a cure...

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<p>On &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine,&quot; Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) has various ways of expressing her displeasure with Boyle.</p>

On "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) has various ways of expressing her displeasure with Boyle.

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Tactical Village'

Jake tries to set a record, Holt has a gaming problem, and Boyle gives everyone STDs

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I call my 13-year-old niece for makeup tips...

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<p>From &quot;Big in Japan&quot;</p>

From "Big in Japan"

Exclusive premiere: 4 posters from rock 'n' roll SXSW film 'Big in Japan'

Tennis Pro gets a second chance overseas

South By Southwest is the perfect stage for the collision of music, film and hungry artistic urges, thus "Big in Japan" may be the perfect film for the fest. Director John Jeffcoat follows the real-life band Tennis Pro on tour, where the performers hope to get their break as a recognizable name in rock and abandon their dayjobs.

Sound familiar, ye Austin-bound?

Today, we get the honor of debuting the colorful posters for "Big in Japan," "a semi-fictionalized rock 'n roll road movie," below. I prefer the pink and red one because it's like candy plus a seizure.

Here's the full synopsis:

When an opportunity arises for Seattle rock band Tennis Pro to take their act on the road to Japan - where the allure of a second chance at recognition awaits them - they can’t refuse. On their Tokyo musical odyssey, the guys experience the thrills and setbacks of taking their music into unknown territory and in the process learn a thing or two about themselves. Told with rollicking humor and catchy tunes, director John Jeffcoat ("Outsourced") utilizes a fresh narrative approach and guerrilla production style mixed with an international storyline to craft a dynamic and entertaining story. Music and film intersect with two cultures to reveal simple, oftentimes hilarious, universal truths.

"Big in Japan" premieres at SXSW on Tuesday, March 11 at the Stateside Theater in downtown Austin.

Big in Japan poster 1

Big in Japan poster 2

Big in Japan poster 3

Big in Japan poster 4

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<p>Judith Hill at the 2014 Spirit Awards</p>

Judith Hill at the 2014 Spirit Awards

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Judith Hill of '20 Feet From Stardom': Debut album set for summer release

Backup singer is ready to be front and center

Judith Hill, who background singer who appeared prominently in Oscar-winning documentary “20 Feet From Stardom,” will step into the spotlight this summer when her debut album comes out on The Cherry Party/Sony Music.

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Julia Stiles replaces Neve Campbell TNT’s 'Guilt By Association'

Julia Stiles replaces Neve Campbell TNT’s “Guilt By Association”
She’ll play a deputy DA in the drama from O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark.


“NCIS” hits Episode 250 tonight — why does it still get no respect?
The CBS drama was huge last week, topping “Scandal,” “The Walking Dead” and “American Idol.” Yet it remains the Rodney Dangerfield of TV shows.


“The Simpsons” recreates Ellen’s Oscar selfie
Check out the “wider view" with Homer Simpson.


“Daily Show” newbie Jordan Klepper auditioned Thursday, was hired on Monday
"I auditioned on Thursday and I got the news then that I would be starting on Monday,” Klepper tells EW. “They said, ‘Bring your suit, just in case,’ and I’m glad I did, because I wore my one suit on air that night. It was really quick. They had a piece that fit and everybody is so pro here I could kind of slide in and work with the writers and figure out how to make this thing work in just a few  hours.”


Mayor Rob Ford returns to Toronto applauding his Kimmel interview -- his backers say he was bullied
"That was a walk in the park compared to you guys,” the Toronto mayor told the media upon his arrival. "I'm getting a lot of support. Was it a tough interview? Sure it was," said Ford. "I knew I was going into the lion's den.” Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel was accused of disrespecting and even “bullying” the mayor by Ford's supporters. PLUS: Kimmel looked out of his depth, and Kimmel was following in Letterman’s footsteps in forcing a real conversation. UPDATE: Kimmel denies apologizing to Ford, despite what the mayor's brother says.


TBS orders barbershop comedy “Clipsters” from the creators of “Will & Grace”
David Kohan and Max Mutchnick’s latest project has a lot of “buzz.”


Watch the first marijuana commercial that premiered last night on cable
The ad for MarijuanaDoctors.com debuted on CNN, Comedy Central, History and A&E.


Matthew McConaughey: I wrote a 450-page graph on “True Detective’s” Rustin Cohle
McConaughey revealed the four stages of his “True Detective” character to Rolling Stone, saying: ""I just basically broke it down and made a 450-page graph of where Cohle was and where he was coming from.” PLUS: “True Detective” meets “Law & Order,” “True Detective” meets “Cheers,” how Louisiana inspired “True Detective,” and the mystifying Kurt Vonnegut connection.


“House of Cards” isn’t really that big in China
It's mostly watched by the country's influential people.


Watch the Starz trailer for “Power,” the drug kingpin drama from 50 Cent
Omari Hardwick plays a successful nightclub owner who’s living a double life as a drug kingpin.


Why do viewers still watch TV live?
Has social media created resistance to devices like the DVR?


Why “HIMYM” is doing the right thing
Last night’s developments could be great for the show. PLUS: Don’t do it, “HIMYM!,” the journey has been pretty crummy lately and the destination is the only hope for saving “HIMYM,” and why it’s likely a twist.


“Elementary” reruns are fetching $2.7 million an episode
Streaming websites have led to rising prices in the syndication aftermarket.


Michaela Watkins talks being fired from “SNL” and becoming “Trophy Wife’s” breakout star
Watkins says she was told by Lorne Michaels that he could see her having her own show.


“Hawaii Five-0” nabs a Bollywood starlet
Mallika Sherawat canceled an appearance at Oxford to film her “Hawaii” guest role.


TruTv greenlights “Friends of the People,” a sketch comedy show
“Friends” will include man-on-the-street interviews and sketches like “Tracy Morgan Freeman.”


Why “House of Cards” is “The West Wing’s” younger cousin, not its polar opposite
The two shows are a lot alike, says Jordan Fraade. "What 'House of Cards' does is re-imagine this fantasyland so that it speaks to the perceptions of Millennial,” Fraade explains. "The divide between the two shows isn’t ideological; it’s generational."


Why can’t “True Detective’s” Michelle Monaghan land better roles?
Monaghan is frequently in interesting projects, but in underwritten roles.


Stana Katic talks about the "Castle” surprise
"It was an emotional trigger for her to (revisit) that part of her history,” she says.


See the first image from Lena Dunham’s Archie Comics stint
The “Girls” honcho has been called a “stunning fit” for the brand.


“The Sopranos” creator David Chase and Steve Buscemi aren’t fans of binge-watching
Chase and Buscemi chatted last night about TV antiheroes, and the recent binging trend. "I haven't gotten into it,” says Buscemi. "My wife and I have watched a couple things that way. I get it. It's nice not to wait. But if I watch three or four episodes in a row, it kind of makes me fuzzy. I can't remember what happened in each episode. There's something frustrating to me about that."


Larry King once took part in a newspaper photo session while wearing a hotel bathrobe
He was also smoking a cigarette for his 1986 San Francisco Chronicle interview, conducted by Ben Fong-Torres of “Almost Famous” fame.


How to totally screw “The Bachelor” on “The Women Tell All”
"The great thing about the Women Tell All is that it’s a temporarily democratic enterprise, of the scorned, by the jilted, for the broken,” says Mark Lisanti. "The usual himbocracy puppet regime that has concentrated all the power in the hands of one rose-hoarding figurehead and his shadowy, Cheneyesque wingman has been suspended in the name of heightened televised drama.” PLUS: The bachelorettes never hated on “The Bachelor” like this.


Animal Planet renews “Pit Bulls & Parolees”
The animal rescue show will be back for a 6th season.


Lea Michele would like “Glee” to spin her off
"Let's do it,” she tells Seventeen magazine. "I think it could be Rachel living in New York and working on Broadway!"


TV ad reunites “Airplane!” stars
Watch Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Hays promote Wisconsin tourism.


“Bates Motel” up in its return, especially among younger viewers
Are older viewers ditching the series due to their familiarity with  “Psycho”? PLUS: “Bates Motel” has no right to be this entertaining.


“Carson on TCM” returns tonight
Conan O’Brien has a whole bunch of new clips, including Lucille Ball and Bob Hope.

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John Travolta: 'I’ve been beating myself up all day' over the Idina Manzel Oscar flub

John Travolta: “I’ve been beating myself up all day” over the Idina Manzel Oscar flub
Travolta released a statement today, saying: "I’ve been beating myself up all day. Then I thought ... what would Idina Menzel say, She'd say, Let it go, let it go! Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy ‘Frozen' took home two Oscars Sunday night!” PLUS: Menzel found the flub funny, according to People magazine.


“Person of Interest" reuniting “Lost” stars: Nestor Carbonell to guest
The "Bates Motel” star will reunite with Michael Emerson on the April 1 episode.


Virginia Madsen joins “Babylon Fields” on NBC
She’ll play a scientist with the CDC in the drama pilot about a town’s people coming back from the dead.


“Bob’s Burgers” is getting an album
The Fox cartoon will get an album release this fall on iTunes, its creator confirmed today.

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<p>Lorde</p>

Lorde

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Lorde: Tour review round-up

She reigns in opening night in Austin

Reigning music queen Lorde opened her  U.S. tour in Austin last night and the prevailing sentiment among reviewers is that the “Royals” singer ruled over the audience.

Below is a review round-up, following by Lorde’s upcoming tour dates. If you don’t have already tickets, be aware the shows are already sold out.

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<p>Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong&#39;o, Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival.</p>

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival.

Credit: Telluride Film Festival

On Telluride's newfound place in the season, and a modest glimpse ahead

Will we be talking about 'Unbroken,' 'Inherent Vice' and 'Foxcatcher' next season?

The dust has settled. I've had an opportunity to go back and look at the Oscars telecast away from a work setting (let's finally leave poor John Travolta alone). The 86th annual Academy Awards are a memory, and today, Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave" is available on DVD and Blu-ray (nice timing, folks). It was a wild ride, an unpredictable one, and one that started in the mountains of Colorado.

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Teresa and Joe Giudice

Teresa and Joe Giudice

Do you care that Teresa of 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' pleaded guilty?

Does this change the way you feel about them?

Well, it finally happened. After reports that Teresa and Joe Giudice could face years (if not decades) of jail time for concealing income and lying during bankruptcy proceedings, the couple we love to hate on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" has pleaded guilty to an assortment of the bad deeds with which they've been charged (but far fewer than the 40 counts originally laid down). The couple will be sentenced July 8.

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Ellen has her best ratings ever thanks to the Oscars

Ellen has her best ratings ever thanks to the Oscars
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday had its highest ratings its 11-year history.


Mila Kunis will reunite Ashton Kutcher on screen on “Two and a Half Men”
The engaged couple from “That ’70s Show” will get to romance each other on screen once again.


Chelsea Handler: “I’m not racist. I date a lot of black people”
That’s how the “Chelsea Lately” star responded to her Oscar tweet racism controversy on “GMA."


Timbaland joins hip-hop drama “Empire” as its songwriter
He’ll also serve as the Fox show’s song producer.


“True Blood” werewolf joins “Graceland”
Jamie Gray Hyder will be part of Season 2 of the USA series.

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