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<p>Jessica Pare of &quot;Mad Men&quot;</p>

Jessica Pare of "Mad Men"

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Interview: 'Mad Men' star Jessica Pare tiptoes around Season 6

Is Megan a good actress? Pare weighs in...
Brace yourself: This will be a week of "Mad Men" interviews on HitFix.
Two weeks ago, in one jam-packed afternoon, I sat down with Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones and Jessica Pare to talk about "Mad Men" Season 6, which premieres on AMC on Sunday, April 7.
Or perhaps I should say that I sat down with the stars to talk *around* Season 6 of "Mad Men," since it's easier to find out the location and business hours of your local neighborhood fight club than it is to get forward-looking plot or thematic details from any member of the cast or creator Matthew Weiner.
I'm starting "Mad Men" Week with my conversation with Jessica Pare, since she's the newest to the cast and the least experienced with the art of Weiner Secret Keeping and, for some reason, this was the interview that included the most obfuscation and discussion of obfuscation. 
In the interview, Pare discusses Megan's acting ability, her ability to lost past Don's darkness and Pare's own desire not to pre-learn plotpoints. And we talked a lot about what she couldn't talk about. 
Stay tuned for the other interviews in the days to come.
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<p>Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga stand united against evil in James Wan's 'The Conjuring,' playing real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.</p>

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga stand united against evil in James Wan's 'The Conjuring,' playing real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.

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A new full-length trailer for 'The Conjuring' lays on the scares

James Wan's new film gets a trailer that explains the premise without ruining the film

I hope this is the last trailer that Warner Bros. cuts for "The Conjuring," and I hope the TV spots don't reveal anything more than this.

James Wan made his name with the first "Saw," and in many ways, he's spent the rest of his career since then trying to establish that he is more than just that one movie. I am quite fond of "Insidious," his haunted house movie from a few years ago, and that film helped him finally shake the idea that "Saw" was all he had to offer. I think once "The Conjuring" hits theaters this summer, he will finally put that behind him completely, and this will be the film that everyone knows now.

One of the highlights of this past weekend for me was spending some time with Lorraine Warren, who appeared on the Warner Bros. panel that I moderated for "The Conjuring," along with James Wan and Andrea and Cindy Perron, two of the girls who lived through the events that inspired this film. Lorraine is definitely old now, and there's a fragility to her that is a little deceptive. When we spoke, I got the sense that she's still all there, still sharp, and that the events we see in this film remain fresh to her.

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<p>&quot;Twelve Years a Slave&quot; will be released in the US on December 27.</p>

"Twelve Years a Slave" will be released in the US on December 27.

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'Twelve Years a Slave' set for a December release, but likely to skip Cannes

We'll have to wait a bit longer than we'd hoped for Steve McQueen's third feature

Last week, I listed Steve McQueen's much-anticipated third feature "Twelve Years a Slave" among the films I was most hoping would appear in the Cannes Film Festival lineup, which will be announced later this month. But it seems we Croisette-bound journos will have to wait until the fall to see the star-studded slavery drama: according to the Hollywood Reporter's Pamela McClintock, the film simply won't be finished in time for the May fest.

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Watch: Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne get sexy-frisky in 'High School' video

Watch: Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne get sexy-frisky in 'High School' video

Is this just a Young Money sex tape in-the-making?

In the music video for "High School," Nicki Minaj plays the lady-friend of a Latino crime boss, and Lil Wayne shows up as a dude who does business with him. The Young Money imprint founder is soon tussling around a bed with the Young Money signee. I assume they're playing Parcheesi, and both are winning.

So naturally Minaj spends the video in bandages masquerading as dresses and strings serving as swimsuits. Dress code for at the palace for men (well, Wayne, as per usual) is jeans-casual. Toward the end, director Benny Boom attempts to integrate a plot; but judging from Twitter, all anybody really wants is a Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne sex tape.

Like in several Weezy music videos, Minaj and Wayne resolve into a "this is just a video shoot" posture, bringing the fantasy of mudflap girl poses and swinging slow-motion dreadlocks to a close. Wayne even brought a couple of other extra girls along for this steamy ride, because he has just that much love to give.

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<p>Barbra Streisand performing at the Oscars in February</p>

Barbra Streisand performing at the Oscars in February

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Bill Clinton, Pierce Brosnan and more set to fete Chaplin Award recipient Barbra Streisand

Event is set for April 22 in New York

The Film Society of Lincoln Center recently announced Barbra Streisand as the recipient of its 40th annual Chaplin Award at the Society's annual gala on April 22. The event launched in 1972 with a tribute to Charlie Chaplin, who returned to the US from exile to accept the honor.

Today the role call of presenters has been revealed, including Pierce Brosnan, Blythe Danner, Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving and Kris Kristofferson. Given that Streisand has had a ground-breaking career in both film and music, there will be a large musical component to the tribute as well. Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth, Wynton Marsalis and Liza Minelli have been tapped for performances.

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<p>HBO&nbsp;has renewed &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;for a fourth season.</p>

HBO has renewed "Game of Thrones" for a fourth season.

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HBO renews 'Game of Thrones' for season 4

Fourth season will conclude the show's adaptation of 'A Storm of Swords'

HBO has officially renewed "Game of Thrones" for season 4.

Everyone working on the hit fantasy drama has been operating under the assumption that there would be a fourth season, as producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have elected to split George R.R. Martin's third "A Song of Ice and Fire" book, "A Storm of Swords," over two seasons, with this being the first. But the contracts for a fourth season weren't finalized until today.

The show returned to series-high ratings on Sunday night.

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

 "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

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'The Real Housewives of Orange County': Is Alexis being bullied?

She's still talking about Costa Rica, but should she just get over it?

On the season premiere of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," a lot has changed since cameras stopped rolling last year. Vicki and Tamra haven't seen one another for seven months, Vicki is about to become a grandmother AND had plastic surgery to look less like Miss Piggy, Slade got an actual job as an annoying radio DJ, Gretchen has to make her morning coffee ALL BY HERSELF, Alexis got a haircut and Heather is planning a clambake. A clambake! 

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Watch: Drake takes a tour of his hometown in '5 AM in Toronto' video

Watch: Drake takes a tour of his hometown in '5 AM in Toronto' video

Go where the tourists don't go

Drake pays homage to his hometown with his new clip for “5AM in Toronto."  As he tweeted this morning about the video:  “Doing it for the city this time around. Well, every time, but this time especially.”

[More after the jump...]

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<p>The &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;gang &mdash; including John Slattery, Jon Hamm and Vincent Kartheiser &mdash; is back for season 6.</p>

The "Mad Men" gang — including John Slattery, Jon Hamm and Vincent Kartheiser — is back for season 6.

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Review: 'Mad Men' same as it ever was in season 6

AMC drama lets its characters change, but remains one of the best dramas ever

Midway through the "Mad Men" sixth season premiere (Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC), Don Draper and Pete Campbell have a conversation that is not only like every conversation they've ever had, but about every conversation they've ever had, and how they are all the same. The show has been on for so long that everyone — Don, Pete, "Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner, the viewers at home — knows exactly how it works.

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: Is Kyle the ultimate mean girl?

Accused of being a liar who wants her sister to fail, is she as bad as she seems?

During the first season of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," Kyle was my favorite, hands down. She seemed far more grounded than, say, Camille (who sneered at poseurs who only had two or three houses and no islands or gold encrusted toilets in Aspen). She came across as fun, bubbly and, yes, concerned about her sister Kim, who seemed flakier than a lard-based pie crust. 

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<p>Danny McBride seems eager to get back to work playing Kenny Powers in a fourth season of 'Eastbound and Down'</p>

Danny McBride seems eager to get back to work playing Kenny Powers in a fourth season of 'Eastbound and Down'

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Danny McBride talks to us about life after happily ever after for 'Eastbound' season four

Is there anything more liberating than starting with a blank slate?

I am rarely happy to be dead wrong about something.

When the third season of "Eastbound and Down" was on the air, I would have sworn that it was the end of the series. That wasn't just empty guesswork, either. Everyone involved with the show saw that third season as an endgame of sorts, and at the end of the final episode, it certainly felt like it was over.

However, now that they are officially gearing up for a fourth season, I am delighted. When I was at WonderCon this weekend, I spoke to a number of the cast members, and Danny McBride was last up. I knew I wanted to talk to him about how crazy things get in "This Is The End," but more importantly, I wanted to see how he was feeling as they get ready to start working on this new season.

What I love about the idea they have is that it felt unnatural to let Kenny Powers have a happy ending. I don't dislike the character, but he doesn't really seem like the sort of character who would really be happy out of the limelight, away from the life he'd built for himself. Katy Mixon wasn't in nearly enough of season three, and I'm excited to see what happens with Kenny as both husband and father.

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<p>Because nothing is scarier than Emma Watson.</p>

Because nothing is scarier than Emma Watson.

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Guess which celebrities die horribly in the new red-band trailer for 'This Is The End'

I couldn't be happier to see a blisteringly dirty new trailer for this upcoming comedy

"This Is The End" looks crazy.

This is another of those moments where I sort of can't believe what studios are willing to greenlight, and I thank god someone's a big enough lunatic to make the films I want to see.

I know "Your Highness" didn't do big money at the box-office, and I couldn't care any less. I got to see it, and if no one else dug it, I still got to see it. I am delighted that Universal was willing to spend their money on a film that seems so ridiculous when you describe it that it sounds like an April Fool's Day joke that got out of hand, with no one willing to admit that they were kidding all the way through the day of release.

"This Is The End" has had a long strange path to get to the screen, starting life as a short film that was a student project. The film, for those who still don't have it on their radar, deals with the end of the world as experienced by a group of soft Hollywood actors who hole up in James Franco's house to try and survive. The cast is all playing themselves, but exaggerated versions of themselves, and you get a real sense of that in the opening half of the new trailer for the film that just came out today.

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