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<p>Clark Gregg, Brett Walton and Chloe Bennett in a scene from &quot;Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Clark Gregg, Brett Walton and Chloe Bennett in a scene from "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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Watch the full-length 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' trailer

Agent Coulson puts together a team that's 'not exactly a team'

ABC just finished its upfront presentation, and it saved the best — or, at least, the show everyone around here cares about the most by far — for last, concluding the show by bringing Joss Whedon on stage with Clark Gregg and the rest of the cast of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Joss described the show as about "what it's like to be an ordinary person in an increasingly extraordinary and unreal world," and warned his actors that they were about to be the subjects of "some really inappropriate fanfic," then introduced the 3-minute trailer for the series. 

Again, these are trailers and not actual pilots, and it's easier to make a quippy action show look good than to, say, try to make a riveting pilot for "Tremé." But as my first even slightly extended look at what Whedon (and Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen) intend to do with the Marvel universe on the small screen, it's an excellent start. Enjoy: 

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Watch the amazing, creepy video for Queens of the Stone Age's new 'Kalopsia'

Watch the amazing, creepy video for Queens of the Stone Age's new 'Kalopsia'

Go ahead and sample a third of the album, including 'I Appear Missing'

Queens of the Stone Age are two for two as far as affecting animated videos featuring crows pecking at the dead, gore and zombie-like wanderers. Today's new offering, the clip for fresh "Kalopsia," is an achievement in its movements; "I Appear Missing," which appeared last week, is a torture device in color.

Both kind of rule.

"Kalopsia" is "a condition wherein things appear more beautiful than they are," and Josh Homme's voice at least starts out rather beautifully. There's a lot of Bowie feel in this track, even when they open up the room and rock out.

Downer "I Appear Missing" is much more on-the-nose, equal parts depressing and cruelly enlightening. Plus Dave Grohl drums on it, so at least there's a big morbid smile behind it all, before you hit the ground.

That makes it three official studio samplings that are out in the open from QOTSA's new 10-track album "... Like Clockwork," out on June 4. Listen to "Kalopsia," "Missing" and first single "My God Is the Sun" below.

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<p>Will Smith</p>

Will Smith

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Report: Will Smith looking to remake Sam Peckinpah's 'The Wild Bunch'

Is it a bad idea or is Peckinpah no longer off limits?

Will Smith recently revealed that he turned down Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning western "Django Unchained" because his character "wasn't the lead" and didn't get to "kill the bad guy." It was, in a word, movie star logic.

And that's fair enough. Even if there are those of us who think a movie like that is just what a guy like Will Smith could use at this point in his career, his career is his own. But I guess he still had a hankering for the wild west (if "Wild Wild West" didn't beat it out of him, that is), as he is reportedly eying a remake of Sam Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch." But, well, it's not that simple…

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ABC releases its new show trailers


ABC releases its new show trailers
ABC has unveiled a nearly 3-minute "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." trailer, plus trailers for "Killer Women," "Mind Games," "Resurrection," "Mixology," "Betrayal," "Lucky 7," "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," "Back in the Game," "The Goldbergs," "Super Fun Night" and "Trophy Wife."


HBO greenlights gay-themed San Francisco-set series starring Jonathan Groff
The "Glee" alum will star as one of a trio of gay friends.


Here are 10 shocking pilot season rejects
From "Beverly Hills Cop" to the "Red" spinoff of "NCIS."


Watch the best of Bill Hader on "SNL"
Hader's first episode was on October 1, 2005. He did an "Impression Off" against fellow newbie Andy Samberg. PLUS: Hader's 14 best "SNL" characters.


Check out "SportsCenter's" massive new set

It's huge.


See the trailer for FX's "The Bridge"
The U.S. border series thriller debuts July 10.

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<p>Justin Bartha seems perfectly happy to discuss the possibility of a 'National Treasure 3'</p>

Justin Bartha seems perfectly happy to discuss the possibility of a 'National Treasure 3'

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Justin Bartha says 'National Treasure 3' is still a possibility

Will he be heading out on a new adventure soon?

Over the weekend, I drove to Las Vegas so I could sit down with the cast and crew of "The Hangover Part III" and talk to them about the film.

At this point, the actors seem relaxed because they've finished. Whatever happens with this last film, their work is done now. Whatever people end up thinking about the new film, they've taken their shot and wrapped up one of the unlikeliest franchises in modern memory.

I spoke to director Todd Phillips, lunatic co-star Ken Jeong, the members of the Wolfpack, and, in the final room, Justin Bartha and Heather Graham. My first observation is that Graham is a vampire. It's the only explanation for how she looks exactly the same now as she did 20 years ago. It's spooky.

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<p>J.J.&nbsp;Abrams on &quot;The Daily Show with Jon&nbsp;Stewart&quot;</p>

J.J. Abrams on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"

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J.J. Abrams talks 'Star Trek' vs. 'Star Wars' and Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' on 'The Daily Show'

Stewart also fishes for a part in 'Star Wars'

Soon enough you'll get to decide for yourself on "Star Trek Into Darkness." Will you be delighted as a general moviegoer or up in arms with a large sect of Trekkies who have gotten bent out of shape? I'll be interested to find out (and we'll inquire on Friday), but for now, some fun with J.J. Abrams.

One guy taking the reins on both the "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" franchises remains fascinating/crazy to me. I have no real deep love for either but it's still just…weird. Anyway, Abrams stopped by "The Daily Show" yesterday to discuss the two entities and the differences between them. Stewart is a "Trek" fan and that made for some fun conversation, but they also get into Stewart's upcoming directorial effort.

If you weren't aware, Stewart will be taking the summer off from "The Daily Show" to direct "Rosewater," based on Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy's 2011 book "And Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival." It's the true story of a Canadian-Iranian journalist Bahari, who was accused of planning to overthrow the Iranian government and arrested for four months in 2009. Months before his capture, Bahari appeared in a "Daily Show" sketch, in which correspondent Jason Jones pretended to be a spy. Bahari's captors even used some of the footage against him.

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<p>Al Pacino</p>

Al Pacino

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Al Pacino signs on for David Gordon Green's 'Manglehorn'

Green's 'Prince Avalanche' isn't even in theaters yet and 'Joe' is in the can

When that fake list of Cannes titles went up a few weeks back, just a day or two before the official line-up was unveiled, I was hoping one particular title was true: David Gordon Green's "Joe." Alas, it wasn't. The film stars Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan (hot of an amazing performance in "Mud," directed by Green's former North Carolina school mate Jeff Nichols) and it's part of what I feel is a new period for Green as an artist, taking what he's learned (and the relationships he's built up) to date and finding more fertile creative territory. His next film sure seems to be an extension of that.

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"Polygamy, USA"

 "Polygamy, USA"

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Exclusive: Survey says 'Polygamy, USA' lifestyle not okay with most

Legalizing gay marriage is more popular than the idea of multiple spouses

If you're watching the NatGeo show "Polygamy, USA" (Tues. at 9:00 p.m.), you may have mixed feelings about what you're seeing as the show follows a community of fundamentalist Mormons practicing the unconventional lifestyle. The network recently conducted a survey to determine how people really feel about polygamy. The answer is, simply put, not that great. 

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ABC boss: 'Happy Endings' was 'just too narrow'


ABC boss: "Happy Endings" was "just too narrow"

ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee says "Happy Endings" was on brand, and he wasn't happy to cancel it. "What we found was it was just too narrow," he says.


ABC explains why "Dancing" was cut down to 1 night a week
"We want to focus it in," ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee said. "We're planning to do two seasons, and we think by taking the results show and building it into the two-hour block on Monday night, we can really build a sense of occasion to that and drive viewership to Monday night."


ABC orders "The Quest" reality show and "Toy Story of Terror"
"The Quest" is a fantasy reality competition from the creators of "The Amazing Race," while "Toy Story of Terror" is a Pixar special that will take the movie characters to a creepy roadside motel.


Is "HIMYM" really going to turn next season into the "longest wedding weekend ever"?
Are the creators really going to stretch out Robin and Barney's wedding over the season?


"Body of Proof" could end up on cable
The canceled ABC drama is being shopped around.


"HIMYM" gets ratings bump from mother reveal, "90210" goes out with 620,000 viewers
"How I Met Your Mother's" season finale, however, was slightly down from last season.


Ex-"Days of Our Lives" star arrested for selling cocaine

Dylan Patton, who played Will Horton on the daytime soap, was allegedly selling coke out of his home.


Cee Lo Green closing in on deal to return to "The Voice"

Cee Lo is said to be in advanced negotiations to return for Season 5.


Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn" to become a Univision TV series

The 1996 film starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino is getting a TV remake.


"Family Tree" has soft debut

About 794,000 viewers stuck around from the 1.2 million who watched "Veep" Sunday night.


"Revenge" Season 3: Emily will have "new malice in her heart"

ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee says: "We sat down with the show and they had such great, focused ideas about going back to the heart of Emily's journey and, as I mentioned, the malice in her heart. So we love the idea of it. We think it's a very strong show, and we really think it can grow next year."


"Once Upon a Time" loses its Little Red Riding Hood to CBS

Meghan Ory will star in the CBS drama "Intelligence."


"Downton Abbey" returns Jan. 5
Season 4 will be delayed in the United States, as usual.

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<p>&quot;The Goldbergs.&quot;</p>

"The Goldbergs."

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Upfronts 2013: ABC counting on 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' for next season

Will the fanboys come in big numbers for Agent Coulson? And why is the 'Once Upon a Time' spin-off airing on Thursdays?

Every year at upfront time, ABC seems to be in the same situation, doing the same things. They're a network with a number of genuine hits ("Modern Family," "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal"), and yet that struggles in the overall ratings (this season, they'll again finish fourth among adults 18-49). And each year they respond with a ton of high-concept new series — next season will feature a dozen new sitcoms and dramas, including "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and the "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" spin-off — that will be placed into problematic timeslots and/or left to fend for themselves. 

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ABC unveils its fall schedule: 'Dancing' results show cut


ABC unveils its fall schedule: No more "Dancing" results show

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will kick off a Tuesday night full of all-new shows, while "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" will precede "Grey's Anatomy" on Thursdays and "Betrayal" will follow "Revenge." PLUS: ABC to air some dramas in batches of 12, and ABC renews "The Taste" and "Shark Tank," plus "The Bachelor, "Dancing with the Stars" and "America's Funniest Home Videos."

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<p>'Demi'</p>

'Demi'

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Review: Demi Lovato's new album 'Demi'

'X Factor' judge's material doesn't always match her strong pipes

Demi Lovato has grown up in the public eye from the time she appeared on “Barney & Friends” through her Disney Channel series “Sonny With A Chance” to her current stint as an “X Factor” judge, with many of the challenges she faced as she transitioned from a Disney star to an adult on display. 

She’s candidly and bravely funneled some of her experiences, including her struggles that ultimately led to her spending time in a treatment center and being diagnosed as bi-polar,  into her material, such as on 2011’s  “Skyscraper.” Her largely female teen audience has embraced her for her ability to sing about complicated issues in an uncomplicated fashion in a manner that rings true and full of self discovery and hope, yet seldom sugary.

So there’s reason to believe that when she calls an album, “Demi,” as she has her fourth collection, out May 14, that she will be revealing some thing about herself in a way that we may not have previously experienced. Sadly, for much of “Demi,” that is not the case.

The problem with “Demi” is that too much of the music here is so generic that it could be any teen queen—or king, the peppy “Something That We’re Not” is melodically cut from the same cloth as any number of One Direction songs—delivering these tunes.

Almost every song can be matched to previous pop hit: “Made In The USA” sounds like Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone,” with a very heavy kick drum (surprisingly, the song was not written by Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote “Gone,” but he does show up as a co-writer on the “Firework”-like “Neon Lights”) “Really Don’t Care,” featuring Cher Lloyd, who adds a Ke$ha-like rap in the middle, sounds like Icona Pop’s “I Love It.” Similarly, the dance-tinged “Never Been Hurt” could be a cousin to Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

Lovato has a strong voice many levels above the typical teen star and she’s striving to appear grown up, as first single “Heart Attack” showed. She shines when the lyrics resonate with a depth that seems to match an emotional level we know she possesses.

When the often overly-produced album strips away enough bells and whistles to focus on her vocals, such as on“Shouldn’t Come Back,” a spare, emotional ballad that may be about her estranged father and how tired she is of being so sad and mad, the results are strikingly poignant. She delivers the song with a depth of feeling that is missing on much of the rest of the tunes. She does not have to open a vein and bleed on every track, but “Shouldn’t Come Back” only highlights what she is capable of achieving...and she is capable of achieving a lot.

Similarly, though “Warrior” sounds like a Christina Aguilera track circa 2006, Lovato sells the tale of a survivor so convincingly that she makes the song her own.

For those who are looking for a largely uptempo album that fits squarely into much of the pop landscape on radio today, “Demi” will be a pleasing fit. For fans who gravitate toward songs like “Shouldn’t Come Back” and “Warrior,” “Demi” will serve as a sign of the depth that Lovato can reach and will hopefully strive for as she continues to find her own voice.

 

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