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<p>Yeah, that's still awesome.</p>

Yeah, that's still awesome.

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Will Steven Spielberg return to the franchise to direct 'Jurassic Park 4'?

If Universal wants the series to be an event again, the choice seems clear

I've heard some exciting things about the "Jurassic Park 3D" release that's coming in a few weeks, and I am looking forward to taking both Toshi and Allen to see the film on an IMAX screen in 3D. They're excited, and they've been talking about it since the release was first announced.

As we covered in Film Nerd 2.0, they saw the film on Blu-ray, and while it was definitely a formatively scary experience for them both, it's one that we had as a family, and at home, and they enjoyed it. They've seen the film many times since then, and they love the dinosaurs now. They love the scary scenes. They know most of them beat for beat.

Seeing the first "Jurassic Park" in the theater in 1993 was a huge cultural moment, and I really studied the way the screenings worked as I went back over and over. The T-rex attack in the middle of the film played like virtual reality. When it started, some tiny little part of the ancient animal brain inside each of us remembered that stark, existential fear that comes from being prey. Right now, we are not used to, as a species, being hunted and eaten. It is uncommon for us. We are the top of the food chain, a hard won placement that we've maintained for a long time now.

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<p>This is as good as things get, and they don't ever get this good again in the brilliant and angry 'Cheap Thrills'</p>

This is as good as things get, and they don't ever get this good again in the brilliant and angry 'Cheap Thrills'

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Review: 'Cheap Thrills' is a black-comedy masterpiece about the way we live today

A pitch-perfect cast makes this one hurt

AUSTIN - The biggest acquisition story out of this year's SXSW festival so far came when Drafthouse Films picked up "Cheap Thrills," and now that I've seen the film, I can vouch that it is money well-spent.

Drafthouse Films has demonstrated eclectic taste in what they will or won't pick up so far, and any company that will release "Miami Connection" and "Bullhead" and give both the same amount of attention and support is a company that intrigues me. This summer, they're releasing "The Act Of Killing," a documentary that made my top ten list last year after I saw it at the Toronto Film Festival, and while I think that's an incredibly important release, and a film that I want people to see, a documentary about an Indonesian genocide is not the easiest sell of all time. I recognize that they're taking a big chance with that film, and I respect that they're willing to do it. Any distributor who wants to stay in business has to play the commercial game as well, and "Cheap Thrills" is the sort of pick-up that I can get behind critically, but that has a real shot at being a commercial title for them as well, and that is exciting.

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<p>Brandon Hantz of &quot;Survivor: Caramoan&quot;</p>

Brandon Hantz of "Survivor: Caramoan"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Caramoan' - 'Persona Non Grata'

Everything goes to hell
Pre-credit sequence. The Fans return to camp. Laura is gone and Shamar is gone and Matt thinks this will be a turning point. "The game got simplified," Reynold says. Sherri is emotional at losing Laura, who reminded her of her daughter. "It was a point of division," says Reynold, claiming that he's glad he doesn't have his Idol anymore. "I hope you don't think I was taking jabs at you guys and your alliance," Reynold tells the rest of the tribe, but Matt and Mike know that there's another Idol out there and Reynold could find it again and be a threat again. Or something. As we know from CBS' relentlessly spoiler-y promotion, all of this stuff with the Fans is going to be totally irrelevant. 
 
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<p>Justin Timberlake</p>

Justin Timberlake

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Justin Timberlake takes over the CW on March 19

Enjoy the latest performances from 'Timberweek' on 'Jimmy Fallon'

Justin Timberlake took over NBC this week with last Saturday’s guest hosting of “Saturday Night Live” and his 5-night stand on “Late Night WIth  Jimmy Fallon.”

[More after the jump...]

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Justin Timberlake's top 10 singles: 2001-2013

Justin Timberlake's top 10 singles: 2001-2013

Do you agree with our selections?

As Justin Timberlake’s new solo album, “The 20/20 Experience” prepares to land in stores March 19, we take a look back at his best singles over the course of his career, whether as a solo artist, a member of ‘N Sync or as a featured artist.  These are based on our preference, not the song's chart rank. Regardless of whether you agree with our selections, there’s no denying that Timberlake brings something special to every song to which he lends his glorious falsetto and undeniable style...even if he isn't wearing a suit and tie.
 

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<p>Matthew Rhys and Marina Squerciati in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Matthew Rhys and Marina Squerciati in "The Americans."

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'Duty and Honor'

Phillip teams with an ex-lover for a mission, while Stan enjoys an evening out

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I have 16 pairs of legwarmers...

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<p>The &quot;Veronica Mars&quot;&nbsp;Kickstarter page shortly after it passed its minimum $2 million goal.</p>

The "Veronica Mars" Kickstarter page shortly after it passed its minimum $2 million goal.

So the 'Veronica Mars' Kickstarter succeeded. Now what?

Will Rob Thomas' winning gamble lead to the resurrection of other beloved cult shows?

When Rob Thomas announced the "Veronica Mars" movie Kickstarter campaign this morning, he wrote "I suppose we could fail in spectacular fashion, but there's also the chance that we completely revolutionize how projects like ours can get made."

Less than 12 hours later, the Kickstarter had already earned its minimum $2 million goal. There will be a "Veronica Mars" movie, filmed this summer while Kristen Bell is on hiatus from "House of Lies," and now Thomas and company have 29+ days to hope the money keeps pouring in and they can make more than a simple parlor room mystery set at Veronica's 10-year high school reunion.

There's been spectacle, all right, but it's been spectacular success, not failure. The question now is whether this really will revolutionize the business, or if this is simply an anomaly.

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<p>Elizabeth Olsen in &quot;Martha Marcy May Marlene.&quot;</p>

Elizabeth Olsen in "Martha Marcy May Marlene."

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Durkin, Campos and Mond's BorderLine Films to be showcased at Karlovy Vary fest

Full retrospective will include 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' and 'Simon Killer'

Some of you might remember that, going on two years ago, Kris and I were big champions of "Martha Marcy May Marlene," a confidently disquieting, much-laurelled debut feature from Sean Durkin that also marked a significant step forward for BorderLine Films, the independent production company set up by Durkin with filmmaker pals Antonio Campos and Josh Mond.

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 10</p>

The "American Idol" Top 10

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 10: Music of the American Idols Night

It's our first Wednesday Performance Night for the Finalists

I don't fully understand Wednesday (March 13) night's "American Idol" theme... But I'm concerned anyway.

Music of the American Idols? Really? 

Let's see how this goes...

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'Grow Up, Tony Phillips'' Emily Hagins on why SXSW is ideal for young filmmakers
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'Grow Up, Tony Phillips'' Emily Hagins on why SXSW is ideal for young filmmakers

Plus: Watch the trailer for the quirky comedy from the 20-year-old director

Austin's South By Southwest Film Festival is known as a friendly place for young filmmakers, their eccentric movies, and devoted movie junkies. 

It may be the ideal forum to unveil the new indie comedy "Grow Up, Tony Phillips," from the Austin-based 20-year-old director Emily Hagins. The quirky, micro-budget slice-of-life comedy centers on an 18-year-old man-child who doesn't want to give up trick or treating on Halloween. 

HitFix's Katie Hasty sat down with Hagins to discuss the film, and why SXSW seems to be the perfect place for "Tony Phillips" to meet the world.

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<p>Jessica and John of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Jessica and John of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: John & Jessica talk 'The Amazing Race'

Why the heck didn't they use the Express Pass?
If you watched C-SPAN last week, you learned a lot about the important role of filibustering in American democracy.
 
And if you read my "Amazing Race" exit interview with John Erck and Jessica Hoel, you can learn a lot about the important role of filibustering in conversations with reporters.
 
John & Jessica had one of the most notorious Legs in "Amazing Race" history on Sunday, going home with the all-powerful Express Pass still in the pocket, having misread the competitive circumstances at both sides of a Detour and then at a Roadblock.
 
I had many questions about John & Jessica's Race, which started with them winning the first Leg and ended in ignominy, but if you look at the transcript, you'll see that two of their answers took up the majority of our interview time. Both of those epic answers are very illuminating into what their mindset was in that last Leg and why they made the decisions they made, but those two answers kept me from discussing things like the random stranger they started working with when they went to the wrong house at the start of the Detour, John's repeated insistence that he has a strong eye for detail, what, if anything, the Leg told them about the way they relate as a couple or what they'd thought about Phil's "Oy vey" response.
 
So it goes!
 
Check out the full Q&A below...
 
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<p>Baauer</p>

Baauer

'Harlem Shake' spends a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100

Who else is making chart moves this week?

Harlem Shake” makes it four weeks in a row atop the Billboard Hot 100 even though Baauer’s viral sensation drops in YouTube streaming and radio airplay (and is also the subject of a dispute by two vocalists).

The top three positions remain static as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” stays at No. 2 and Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” holds at No. 3, according to Billboard.

Rihanna’s “Stay” featuring Mikky Ekko rises 5-4, while Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” rises 8-5 following the song’s performance on “Saturday Night Live.”

Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” falls 4-6, Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” slips 6-7,  Will.i.am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout” inches 7-8, Lil Wayne’s “Love Me” featuring Drake and Future climbs 11-9, and Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” spends its 20th week in the Hot 100 at No. 10, down one spot from last week.

Look for Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason,” featuring fun’s Nate Ruess to enter the top 10 next week, as it soars 47-18 this week.

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