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 "The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: What do you think of 'The Originals'?

Klaus visits an old friend in New Orleans but that isn't the surprise

 

I will say, Klaus can be a very difficult hybrid to love.

At first, his visit to New Orleans seems like the usual vampire busy work. Find a witch, threaten her, discover who wants to kill you, blah blah blah. But on "The Vampire Diaries," vampire busy work is never just that. Klaus quickly bumps into his old friend Marcel, a charming vampire who was once one of Klaus' minions. That was 100 years ago, of course, and these days Marcel is the king of all he surveys. He's somehow managed to make the witch community believe he controls the magic in town (which may be true or may be a bluff), has run out the werewolves, and has a steady stream of delicious tourists on which to dine. If Klaus were a nice guy, he'd be proud of his former lackey, who has so clearly made good (at least in vampire terms) on Bourbon Street.

Alas, Klaus is not a nice guy, as much as I want to believe that's not the case.

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot;&nbsp;Abed has a &quot;Freaky Friday&quot;&nbsp;moment.</p>

On "Community," Abed has a "Freaky Friday" moment.

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Review: 'Community' - 'Basic Human Anatomy'

Troy switches bodies with Abed in an episode written by Jim Rash

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as we have a murder mystery night during the day...

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<p>Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall share a laugh as they talk about the making of 'Iron Man 3'</p>

Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall share a laugh as they talk about the making of 'Iron Man 3'

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Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall talk about playing rough with Tony Stark for 'Iron Man 3'

Two of the co-stars of this summer's Marvel blockbuster share their experience

As we get closer to the release of Shane Black's excellent "Iron Man 3," we'll interviews with some of the cast and key creative crew talking about their approach to the film and some of the outrageous choices they made.

Today, we're joined by Guy Pearce, who plays Aldrich Killian, and Rebecca Hall, who plays Maya Hansen. The two of them are introduced in a sequence set at a major science conference in Bern, Switzerland in 1999. It's a chance to wring some comedy out of Pearce's appearance and Tony Stark's overactive libido, and it also sets up pretty much every major motivation for the way things unfold in the film.

Pearce is intriguing to me because it's obvious the studios all think of him as a guy who can carry a movie, and he's been given plenty of high-profile roles in big films. For some reason, though, there never seems to be any momentum for him as a "movie star." Instead, he's mixed it up with small character roles, strange indie movies, and he makes choices that are hard to predict. His role in last summer's "Prometheus" seemed like one seriously weird bit of casting, especially since it was such a make-up heavy role and there was no payoff to that. I asked him about the way make-up played into this performance, as well as the very aggressive physical nature of his character, and he seemed to be enjoying reactions to the film from people he was speaking with at the press day.

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<p>Candice and Angie dueted on Wednesday's &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Candice and Angie dueted on Wednesday's "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 4: Results - Plus Lee Dewyze and Stefano Langone perform

Does 'Idol' have a surprise up its sleeve to keep things interesting?

For weeks now, "American Idol" fans have been wondering how the competition plans to handle what appears to be an extra week of programming beyond what could be justified by an elimination-per-episode pace.

Will we get a two-week finale? 

Will we have a Non-Elimination Episode? 

Will we get a Save that isn't followed by a Non-Elimination Episode?

The latter possibility would *seem* to be out of the question unless "Idol" is changing the Save rules without warning. 

So will Angie Miller, Candice Glover, Kree Harrison or Amber Holcomb actually be going home on Thursday? Or are we going to be treated to performances from Lee Dewyze and Stefano Langone, followed by some trickeration. 

Click through and follow the excitement. 

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<p>Jim Carrey's joining the team for 'Kick-Ass 2,' and both Superman and Captain Kirk are back in new forms this summer as our Countdown of the 25 Most Anticipated Films of the season continues.</p>

Jim Carrey's joining the team for 'Kick-Ass 2,' and both Superman and Captain Kirk are back in new forms this summer as our Countdown of the 25 Most Anticipated Films of the season continues.

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Summer 2013 Most Anticipated #10-6: 'Man of Steel,' Star Trek,' and the return of Hit-Girl

Five very different films that indicate dark is the way to go this summer

Oh, hi there, Top Ten.

We are in the home stretch now as we count down the 25 Most Anticipated Summer Movies of 2013 here at HitFix, and hopefully what you've seen so far as we've done #25 - #11 is that there is real diversity available at the theater this summer, and a preposterous amount of potential.

Sure, not everything is going to work. I'm sure some of what we've picked here will end up disappointing us, but we wouldn't be film fans if we didn't give ourselves over to the sort of fingers-crossed anticipation that makes it so exciting when we do finally get to sit down and see a film. We have to hope each year that each of these movies is that great version of that film, and certainly part of being a movie lover is that rush that happens when you watch something that gets it all right.

Keep in mind that this is based on voting by most of the editorial team here at HitFix, and we've noticed that we have a pretty wide range of taste represented on our team. There are films in this top ten that represent huge financial undertakings by some of the biggest studios, and there are films in this top ten that are personal visions that are going to be fighting for some elbow room in a blockbuster season.

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<p>Jude Law</p>

Jude Law

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Kevin Macdonald, Jude Law and Focus Features team up for sunken treasure thriller 'Black Sea'

Project finds a buyer ahead of Cannes Film Market

Filmmaker Kevin Macdonald is about to go deep sea diving with Jude Law. Deadline reports that the film "Black Sea" has been positioned as his next with Law in the lead as a laid-off submarine captain who gets involved in a scheme to seek out a storied sunken sub that might be loaded with gold in the Black Sea.

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<p>The Wanted</p>

The Wanted

The Wanted's new single, 'Walks Like Rihanna' premieres Friday

How does she walk, exactly?

How does Rihanna walk exactly? We’ll find out more if the rumors are correct that The Wanted’s new single is called “Walks Like Rihanna" (We're also seeing it listed as "She Walks Like Rihanna").

That’s the word in the Twitterverse today, and according to gossip site sugarscape. Apparently, the British lads, who are filming their own reality show for E!,  have already shot a video for the tune, whose high-brow lyrics include “She can’t sing/She can’t dance/But who cares/She walks like Rihanna,” according to Idolator. I guess that answers the question of whether she moves like Jagger.

Idolator took it one step further, deciding to poke fun at the notion by coming up with 10 other potential song titles using famous divas, including “She Twerks Like Miley,” and “She Falls Asleep Judging ‘The X Factor’ like Britney.”

Regardless, it looks like we won’t have to wait that long to find out. The Wanted is releasing the new single on Friday morning...or a new single, regardless of whether it's called "She Walks Like Rihanna,"  In the meantime, the members of The Wanted and One Direction can carry on their feud.

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<p>Detail of the new &quot;Prince Avalanche&quot;&nbsp;poster</p>

Detail of the new "Prince Avalanche" poster

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David Gordon Green's 'Prince Avalanche' gets a poster and a teaser for a teaser

The film is set for an August 9 release

David Gordon Green's "Prince Avalanche" is a great departure for the director, getting back to the roots of his feature career in some sense, but in another, it's a bit of a palette cleanser playing on his various sensibilities as a filmmaker. I kind of fell in love with it at Sundance, and I imagine others might, too.

The film went on to play Berlinale and SXSW and it just played the Tribeca Film Festival here in New York. It's set for an August 9 release, which will make it a nice palette cleanser of a different sort coming out of the summer movie season as we transition to the fall prestige frame.

Magnolia Pictures picked up the film after Sundance and has released a new teaser trailer, which you can check out below. And if six-second teasers for teaser trailers are your thing, there's a Vine thingie they released previewing the teaser trailer's bow tomorrow. I've gone ahead and included that as well. You can check out my interview with Green about the film here.

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<p>Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl)&nbsp;and Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen)&nbsp;in a &quot;Hannibal&quot;&nbsp;webisode created from the unaired fourth episode.</p>

Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl) and Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) in a "Hannibal" webisode created from the unaired fourth episode.

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Controversial 'Hannibal' episode gets sliced into webisodes

NBC won't air episode 4, but key scenes are now available online

As we discussed last week, NBC is skipping the fourth episode of "Hannibal," and will jump straight to episode 5 tonight at 10. The official version of the story is that Bryan Fuller approached NBC and said he felt episode 4 — whose main plot involves Molly Shannon as a woman who trains children to kill other children — was inappropriate after the Boston bombings, though as Deadline pointed out, NBC had announced the scheduling change before the bombings, suggesting a pre-existing unease with the episode. (It's the only one of the first 6 that critics weren't sent in advance.) And as you'll see in the first video embedded below, Fuller says that the episode will be available in its entirety in other countries, but not America.

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<p>Mads Mikkelsen (left) in &quot;Michael Kohlhaas.&quot;</p>

Mads Mikkelsen (left) in "Michael Kohlhaas."

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Cannes Check 2013: Arnaud des Pallières's 'Michael Kohlhaas'

Continuing our cheat sheet for the Cannes Competition

(Welcome to Cannes Check, your annual guide through the 19 films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 15. Taking on a different selection every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Steven Spielberg's jury. We're going through the list by director and in alphabetical order -- next up, Arnaud des Pallières with "Michael Kohlhaas.")

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<p>The cast of Amazon's &quot;Zombieland&quot;&nbsp;pilot.</p>

The cast of Amazon's "Zombieland" pilot.

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From 'Alpha House' to 'Zombieland': Will Amazon's crowd-sourced pilot experiment work?

Will this method be any more successful than the way the networks develop new shows?

Of the many dysfunctional, outdated aspects of the network TV business, the pilot process may be the most broken. Every year, dozens of very expensive pilots are produced in a short, identical window, with everyone fighting over the same tiny pool of actors, decisions being made in a rush based on limited data, often just on the gut instincts of a handful of people. Only a small handful will ever air, and only an even smaller handful of those will make it to a second season. It's an inefficient process in virtually every way.

Why do the network do it this way? Because, like so many other aspects of the business, this is how it's always been done, and it's hard to steer around this particular iceberg. The networks pay lip service to the idea of doing year-round development, for instance, to avoid the casting crunch, but it happens only in isolated cases.

One potential fix in the age of Hulu, iTunes, etc., would be to make all of the pilots available online for viewers to sample and offer feedback on. It's not an ideal solution — it would be a self-selecting sample that, by its very nature, would probably be more likely to watch shows online (where the networks don't make remotely as much money) than on TV — but it would still provide far more feedback than the networks get now, and possibly more useful feedback than the traditional network testing that inevitably give high marks to terrible shows featuring recognizable stars. But the networks can't or won't do that, because there are too many entities involved with too many egos to potentially bruise. Some pilots are so terrible they should never see the light of day, and no executive wants to be second-guessed if one of their pet shows gets lower marks than one they passed on.

Because Amazon hasn't spent decades making shows, it's not bound by tradition or unwritten rules. For some reason, Amazon chose to produce eight comedy pilots (six live-action, two animated, plus another six children's shows I won't be talking about here) at roughly the same time as the networks, and therefore had to draw on the same diluted talent pool. But once they were made, Amazon decided to open up the process to their potential audience, and crowd-source reaction to these pilots. You can watch all of them at AmazonOriginals.com, and then rate them and/or take a more detailed survey about what you liked and didn't like about each, which include:

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Listen: Beyonce premieres new 'Sun' song in H&M ad

Listen: Beyonce premieres new 'Sun' song in H&M ad

Will we get a new album or just new commercials?

Maybe Beyonce won’t actually release a new album after all, she’ll just introduce each new song via its placement in a commercial.

[More after the jump...]

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