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<p>On &quot;Parks and Recreation,&quot;&nbsp;April (Aubrey Plaza)&nbsp;tries to record a special moment with Ben (Adam Scott).</p>

On "Parks and Recreation," April (Aubrey Plaza) tries to record a special moment with Ben (Adam Scott).

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'New Beginnings'

Leslie returns to the parks department, Ben starts as city manager, and Ron wins an award

A quick review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I can recognize elk hair...

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot;&nbsp;Troy (Donald Glover)&nbsp;and the study group return from a strange memorial.</p>

On "Community," Troy (Donald Glover) and the study group return from a strange memorial.

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Review: 'Community' - 'Cooperative Polygraphy'

Pierce vexes the study group one last time in a terrific bottle episode

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I send Liam Neeson a message about the roles he chooses...

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<p>&quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;&nbsp;director Steve McQueen accepts the Critics'&nbsp;Choice Movie Award for Best Picture.</p>

"12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen accepts the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Picture.

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'12 Years a Slave' wins Best Picture at Critics' Choice Movie Awards

But 'Gravity' walks away with a hefty tally

Winners were announced for the 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards this evening in Santa Monica, Calif. Largely considered a barometer for which way the Academy might vote, they recognize accomplishments in an array of genres and crafts. "12 Years a Slave" won Best Picture honors, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress, but it was "Gravity" that led the way with wins far and away with seven trophies. "American Hustle" picked up four, including Best Comedy and Best Actress in a Comedy. Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below and remember to follow the season at The Circuit.

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HBO boss doesn't care if subscribers share their passwords

HBO boss doesn't care if subscribers share their passwords
“It's not that we're unmindful of it, it just has no impact on the business," HBO CEO Richard Plepler tells Buzzfeed. He adds that, in many ways, it is a "terrific marketing vehicle for the next generation of viewers."

"Melissa & Joey" will host a "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" reunion

Melissa Joan Hart will reunite with David Lascher, her "Sabrina" love interest of three years.

$10,000 reward offered for unphotoshopped Lena Dunham Vogue pics
The "Girls" star always touts being real, so Jezebel is offering $10,000 for the real, untouched photos of Dunham from her Annie Leibowitz photo shoot. PLUS: $50 offered for unphotoshopped pictures of Adam Driver in Vogue.

"American Idol" champ Taylor Hicks raked in $2.5 million last year
The gray-haired Hicks is still popular, as his earnings prove. Forbes ranks him as the No. 7 o its list of the highest-earning "Idol" alums, beating out Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson.

Grey Damon reveals what "Friday Night Lights" had planned if it kept on going
Damon, who's co-starring with fellow "FNL"-er Aimee Teegarden on CW's "Star-Crossed," says the writers had big plans for his character Hastings Ruckle.

"Portlandia" shows off its "Face in the Crowd" campaign for Season 4
Here's the IFC series using high art.

Where did "Parenthood" go wrong?
Lately, the NBC family drama has stopped feeling authentic.

Judge rejects Nicollette Sheridan's bid for a new "Desperate Housewives" trial
It's now been four years since Sheridan sued over her exit from the ABC drama.

Matt LeBlanc has never objected to anything on "Episodes"
In fact, he's pushed for more Matt LeBlanc jokes. PLUS: LeBlanc has no 20-year "Friends" anniversary plans, and watch the new "Episodes" trailer.

Showtime unveils "Penny Dreadful" trailer
The Josh Hartnett/Eva Green series is set in 1891, but it plans to explore modern themes.

"Chelsea Lately" star Fortune Feimster joins Tina Fey's Fox comedy
She'll play an openly gay athlete in the comedy set in a women's college.

Nick Lachey is the new host of VH1's "Big Morning Buzz Live!"
He's replacing Carrie Keagan.

Howard Stern's favorite TV show: Fox News' "The Five"
"I love it," the shock jock says of the show Jon Stewart made fun of this week.

"Nikita's" Devon Sawa becomes a dad
The actor welcomed son Hudson last Thursday.

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<p>If you know why this picture should make you feel old, you're old.</p>

If you know why this picture should make you feel old, you're old.

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Auditions #2 - Austin & San Francisco

The two-night premiere continues with more judging harmony

Season 13 of "American Idol" kicked off on Wednesday night with an episode that I thought showed potential.

As for the ratings? Well, it depends on how you choose to view things. 15.2 million viewers and a 4.7 rating among adults 18-49? Know how many shows do those numbers these days? Hardly any. Know how many "Idol" premieres have done worse? Hardly any. 

So there you go. Let's get down to business. I'll be live-blogging tonight's episode, which I already know features one contestant who is going to make a lot of people feel old. The picture with this recap is a spoiler, but only if you know what it's showing...

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Kyle Chandler headed to Netflix: He'll star in a thriller from 'Damages' creators

Kyle Chandler headed to Netflix: He'll star in a thriller from "Damages" creators

The "Friday Night Lights" alum, whose "Vatican" pilot was rejected by Showtime last year, will star in a psychological thriller about a group of a adult siblings.

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'The Big Bang Theory' is huge in China

"The Big Bang Theory" is huge in China
In the past five years, the CBS sitcom has garnered 1.3 billion views since it was first posted on a popular Chinese video website.

"Revenge" gets Olivier Martinez to play Karine Vanasse's dad
He'll recur as Pascal LeMarchal, Margaux's media magnate father.

Jon Gosselin slams ex Kate for putting their twin daughters live on "Today"
"It just kind of proves my point of Kate bringing the kids out instead of her just sort of doing it herself," he says of this morning's awkward moment. "It all blew up in everyone's face and I feel horrible for my children because now they're going to have to deal with the public."

Jane Lynch confirms she's moving to "Glee's" NYC
Lynch admits, however: "I don't know what they're going to do."

1st grade teacher-turned-"Bachelor" contestant has parents worried -- especially since her "Yule Tide Hotties" video surfaced
Some parents wonder why Elise Mosca, who took an unpaid leave of absence to compete on "The Bachelor," should be teaching their children since she's filmed a racy video.

FXX gives premiere dates to "Ali G: Rezurection" and "Legit" Season 2

Both premiere Feb. 26.

Yahoo! doesn't appear to be making a lot of money from its "SNL" archive
The web company reportedly paid $10 million for the rights of the entire "Saturday Night Live" collection.

ESPN revisits Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan incident in "The Price of Gold"
Tonight's "30 for 30" documentary reveals a new victim: Tonya Harding herself.

"Jersey Shore" creator comes up with "Party Down South"
Can the new CMT reality show, premiering tonight, become the Southern "Jersey Shore"?

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<p>Rick Ross</p>

Rick Ross

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Rick Ross sets new release date for 'Mastermind'

New single featuring Jay Z hits Monday

Rick Ross’s new album, “Mastermind,” will come out March 4. Fans will get a taste of the album when new single, “The Devil is a Lie,” featuring Jay-Z, comes out Jan. 21.

Should the set, the rapper’s sixth, bow at No. 1, as it is likely to do, it will be his fifth to debut at No. 1, following 2012’s “God Forgives, I Don’t,” 2010‘s “Teflon Don,” 2009’s “Deeper Than Rap,” and 2006’s “Port Of Miami.”

The Maybach Music Group head is playing material from “Mastermind,” which was originally slated to come out in December, on his current headlining tour.

Diddy’s Revolt TV first broke the news of the release in a short, Hype Williams-directed clip.

An emphasis track, "No Games," featuring Future, came out last fall.

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<p>'Hey, Kevin, did you read the script for this?' 'Yeah.' 'Did it make any sense to you?' 'Nope. Just shut up and shoot something.'</p>

'Hey, Kevin, did you read the script for this?' 'Yeah.' 'Did it make any sense to you?' 'Nope. Just shut up and shoot something.'

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Review: 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' runs Tom Clancy's spy franchise into the ground

The good news is we won't have to sit through a sequel

Perhaps the greatest mystery that remains by the end of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" is why anyone thought this movie needed to be made.

I get it in the general business sense. After all, Tom Clancy has been a major part of Paramount's story over the last 30 years, starting with "The Hunt For Red October," and they've managed to recast him enough times that they probably felt confident that, as with James Bond, the character is big enough that he can withstand whatever reboots the company decides are necessary.

But from a story sense, Clancy's work feels like it is very much of a certain era, an era that has passed, and simply moving Jack Ryan to a new time frame doesn't seem like it makes much sense thematically or narratively. It's not like he, as a character, has developed a skill set that makes him stand apart from other characters in any significant way. There's nothing about Jack Ryan, at least as he's been imagined on film so far, that lends any urgency to this reboot.

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<p>Bruce Springsteen</p>

Bruce Springsteen

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Who knew? Bruce Springsteen is a Kanye West fan and five other fun Boss facts

New NPR interview dives deep into his music preferences

Bruce Springsteen hasn’t done a lot to promote his new album, “High Hopes,” which came out earlier this week, but in an illuminating interview with NPR’s Ann Powers, which came out Wednesday, he revealed quite a lot. 

Here are six fun facts gleaned from the interview, which can be listened to and read here.

*Bruce is a Kanye West fan. A big one:  “Kanye West is incredible, you know. I mean, the record-making facility, you know, there's a lot of hours in those records...I saw him on television, he did the song called “Blood On The Leaves” on “Later...With Jools Holland”— it was fantastic... I'm not necessarily driving [to] it in my car, you know. I probably fall back on the stuff that I listened to as a kid or something if I'm driving around. But I do listen. I listen to a lot because there's a lot of information in it and it's just fascinating record-making.

*His daughter turned him on to contemporary country music: My daughter got into a lot of new country music and she would kind of play it on the way to school on occasion and I got into a lot of some of the new guys. I like some of the Toby Keith records, Kenny Chesney...When [Keith]  gets the song, when he's at his A game, it's really good... I'm still back with George Jones  and Conway Twitty and Lefty Frizzell. That's sort of my go-to, but there's a lot of good young country guys out there. [Editor’s note: Keith and Chesney are hardly “young country guys... each have been at it for more than 20 years.]

*It still comes down to the age-old conflict between fathers and sons: “I believe everything that I've written about kind of comes from the psychology of my childhood in the sense that I lived in an interesting house, you know, and I've said this many times. I lived in a house where somebody was very fulfilled by their work and a house where somebody was very lost in the workplace and struggled very hard to keep their head above water. And it was a house that, you know, it was the finance company that kept us floating month to month just barely, you know...So I saw that happen and it was a bit of, you know, sons and fathers. It's the old thing. Somebody asked T Bone Burnett once what was rock 'n' roll: "Daddy," you know, somebody crying, "Daddy!" The whole sons and fathers thing — it'll never stop. I suppose it's somewhat boring at this point in time but the bottom line is it just is. Funny, when I went to work, you know I've said in the past, what did I do? I put on my father's clothes, really. I didn't put on my clothes. You know, when I began to craft a larger image than the one I started with in the early '70s, I very much crafted it.

He likes hearing his influence on younger bands: I know Brian Fallon from The Gaslight Anthem, he was a fan but he does something, he just manifests something that's completely his. I've played with his band onstage a few times and I love doing it. It's just wonderful. We played in Asbury Park at Convention Hall one night and we did “American Slang” and it was just great. You hear little bits of [your music in other songs] but then they take it to another place. They take it to a place where you wouldn't have taken it, you know. And that's what you hope for...You know, Against Me!, I just heard a song they did, "Black Me Out," it's a fantastic song, you know. And so, any time where you feel you may have dropped a seed or two that someone picked up in any way is, it's just a pleasure.

He dug Eric Church’s massive hit, “Springsteen”: My kids thought it was hilarious. "Dad! There's like a song, like your name is in it!" And it was a good song, too, so it was nice. And I wrote him a letter, I said we all got a kick out of it, you know. It was a lovely song. It was fun.

Expect lots more music: I would like to put something out every year at this point. There's no reason [not to]. The first contract I signed, I was supposed to put an album out every six months. Those were the days...I think I'd like to get an archival series going in some way. I'd like to make things more available through the Internet.

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Report: ABC wants NFL's Thursday night games -- what would happen to 'Scandal'?

Report: ABC wants NFL's Thursday night games -- what would happen to "Scandal"?
The NFL is shopping six to eight Thursday Night Football games, and ABC is planning to make a bid, according to Sports Business Daily. ABC hasn't aired the NFL since the 2006 Super Bowl, and the Thursday package would shake up that night's primetime lineup, including hit shows "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy."

A&E remaking "Highway to Heaven"
The cable network is teaming with Mark Wahlberg on an "edgier reboot" of the Michael Landon series from the late '80s.

Jimmy Kimmel is taking his show to Austin for SXSW

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" will return to Texas for the week of March 10.

NBC orders "Salvation," a Texas megachurch drama pilot
The series will follow a large family set against the backdrop of a Texas megachurch.

"Partridge Family" band manager Dave Madden dies
Madden, 82, played Reuben Kincaid, the Partridge's aggravated band manager.

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<p>Don Henley and Glenn Frey perform with The Eagles at the Forum</p>

Don Henley and Glenn Frey perform with The Eagles at the Forum

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The Forum tries to bring back the art of listening

We were at opening night for The Eagles at the Los Angeles venue

Can an arena live by music alone? That’s what The Forum will try to do here in Los Angeles.

The venue, given a $100 million facelift by new owner Madison Square Garden, re-opened last night with a show by The Eagles, their first of six concerts by the veteran group over the next  10 days. (The Eagles are managed by Irving Azoff who helped spearhead the refurbishment).

Prior to MSG’s 2012 purchase, the one-time home to the Kings and the Lakers was a broken-down edifice, a round concrete slab that was a fun place to see rock and roll, but good sound quality was definitely an afterthought.

Now, the new owners are pledging that the venue will be used for music-oriented performances  (that includes some family shows) and no sporting events.  A venue devoted solely to music is certainly not unique. Clubs and theaters feature only music. It’s not even special to have a large-scale venue dedicated only to music —that’s what outdoor amphitheaters do every year, but only for a four-month season. The question mark is can an arena with 17,500 or so seats do music, and only music, year-round and survive?

If any venue can, it will be The Forum. It can scale down to 8,000, which makes it the perfect place to pick up some of the slack from the closed Universal Amphitheater. But more importantly, if it succeeds, could other cities pick up the gauntlet for large venues that are built to hear music, not to hear a hockey puck reverberate?

As I left the pristine, beautiful venue (the ceiling even lights up like a starry night every now and then), I thought how we concert-goers have to put up with crappy sound at mixed-use facilities if we want to see an arena show because the arena was built with its anchor tenant--usually a sports team-- in mind.

While not every large venue can be music only, they can all do what The Forum did last night. The Forum is trying to bring the art of listening back. Before the show, an announcer asked patrons to turn off their cell phones and not to film during the show so as not to disturb those around them. Maybe because the  audience was older, it, by and large, worked. And it was glorious not to have to watch the show through someone’s arms holding up their iPhone or be distracted by people spending the whole evening staring at their phone screen updating on Facebook and Twitter.

The Eagles were the perfect choice for the opening run not only for their Southern California roots —an element played up to great effect last night— but also for their pristine, technical proficiency. With Glenn Frey and Don Henley’s vocals way up in the mix, instead of somewhere in the mud, I could hear every lyric clearly as well as the band's glorious harmonies. Plus, since they played both acoustic and electric numbers in their 3-hour plus set, it was easy to hear how good it will sound for both singer/songwriters and full-on rock bands.

So here’s to the Forum. I’ll be there again on Monday for Justin Timberlake. Other upcoming shows at The Forum include Sting/Paul Simon, Imagine Dragons and Kings Of Leon.

Getting to actually hear the music clearly at an arena show in a venue built to hear music. What a concept. It’s one I could get used to...

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