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<p>Mara Marini, Jason Schwartzman and Amy Poehler on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Mara Marini, Jason Schwartzman and Amy Poehler on "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Bailout'

Leslie and Ron clash over rescuing a local institution, Ann forces April to be her friend, and Chris tries to parent Tom

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I buy Japanese slime candy and Bulgarian wheatballs...

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Interview: Snoop Dogg on Snoop Lion, 'Reincarnated' and Tupac Shakur

Interview: Snoop Dogg on Snoop Lion, 'Reincarnated' and Tupac Shakur

Plus, he answers Bunny Wailer's issues about his turn to reggae

Snoop Dogg has had a change of heart. In the documentary, “Reincarnated,” about the making of his new reggae-influenced album of the same name, he explains that he felt the need to put positive energy and love into the universe through his music.  “There’s so much negativity and death and destruction that we need to match that with peace, love and happiness, as opposed to matching that negative with a negative,” he tells HitFix.

As the documentary, which opens Friday, chronicles, Snoop Dogg, now known as Snoop Lion, goes to Jamaica to record “Reincarnated” with production duo Major Lazer at the helm. While much of the movie shows him getting stoned with any and everyone, there are also poignant segments that touch upon his path and light the way to his unexpected conversion to Rastafarianism. “I wasn’t expecting nothing but a reggae album, and the spirit called me,” he tells HitFix.

As he records, he meets with Bunny Wailer, helps his cousin through a tragedy that occurs during their trip, and tries to resolve the horrible pain he still feels about his friend Nate Dogg’s death, as well as Tupac Shakur’s murder. He also discovers a sense of connection between the rappers, like Bob Marley, growing up in Trenchtown in Jamaica and his own upbringing in Long Beach, Calif. “It gave me a feeling of, ‘wow, music is the same no matter where you go.’ It made me feel like what we were doing as kids was definitely destiny.”

A few days ago, I interviewed Snoop at Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood, Calif. Though he was running about 90 minutes behind, when I did sit down with him (he, of course, was lighting up between interviews), he was very forthcoming about the project and how long he thinks Snoop Lion will be around (will he ever sing “Gin & Juice” again?). He candidly addressed why he will never be able to let go of Tupac’s death, and had a few words for Wailer, who has disavowed Snoop’s reggae career and the intention behind it.

Whether it’s the marijuana or his nature or both, Snoop Dogg is definitely the mellowest person I’ve even interviewed who was vertical.

The album, “Reincarnated,” which also features Drake and Chris Brown,  as well as Snoop’s daughter, Cori B, comes out April 23. He also talks about how being a parent informed his changes.


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<p>Amber Holcomb of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Amber Holcomb of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 10 Results: The first vote is a shocker

Results, plus Bon Jovi and Phillip Phillips take the 'Idol' stage

In recent years, "American Idol" voters have followed a similar pattern: Get to the Finalists and then start picking off the women. In a season that the judges and most reasonable viewers would agree has been dominated, thus far, by the female singers, will things be any different? 

After all, without a White Boy With Guitar, who will voters flock to? 

Let's see what we can learn!

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<p>James Franco in &quot;Spring Breakers&quot;</p>

James Franco in "Spring Breakers"

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So...James Franco? 'Spring Breakers?' Best Supporting Actor?

Someone had to say it, but there's more to this guy than an expensive grill

Just to get this out of the way, no, this isn't likely to happen in any universe. But bear with me…

I caught up with Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" earlier this week and was as fascinated by it, as I imagine most viewers (even detractors) are. The interesting thing to me, while finally sifting through the film's reviews that landed out of the Venice and Toronto film festivals last year, was that everyone, lover or hater, definitely saw the same film. The question is who was able to buy it as satire and who wasn't, and even more, who was willing to buy it as willful satire.

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"Grey's Anatomy"

 "Grey's Anatomy"

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'Grey's Anatomy': Does Meredith Grey need to get fired?

A change of scenery might provide a new inroad into the character
Look, don't misunderstand me. I really do like Meredith, and she is, of course, the core of "Grey's Anatomy" (heck, her name is part of the show -- if she left, what would they call it? "Anatomy"?). Oh, and don't assume I mean that Ellen Pompeo needs to go. Fired doesn't mean gone, especially not on "Grey's."
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<p>Olivia Wilde may have just done the best work of her career in 'Drinking Buddies,' but there are tons of fans who still want to see her suit up as Quorra again for a 'TRON:&nbsp;Legacy' sequel</p>

Olivia Wilde may have just done the best work of her career in 'Drinking Buddies,' but there are tons of fans who still want to see her suit up as Quorra again for a 'TRON: Legacy' sequel

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Olivia Wilde gives us an update on whether or not there will be a 'TRON: Legacy' sequel

If not, maybe she could just wear the costume occasionally for us

Man, I wish I'd seen "Drinking Buddies" before I went to Vegas for the press event we did for "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone."

Look, it's never a bad thing to sit down and have a conversation with Olivia Wilde. She's good at making each press day feel relaxed and casual, something not everyone can do. Often, when there's a new film getting ready to come out, I will get e-mail from readers who have certain things they are curious about. In the case of Wilde, I continue to get letters from people who want to know if Disney is moving forward on a new chapter in the "TRON" franchise.

I may not be the biggest fan of "TRON," but I recognize that there is an audience that wants to see more in that world, and asking her about it, it seems that Wilde has heard that same feedback. So far, that's really the biggest blockbuster role she's played, and if they are going to continue the series, she's a big part of what they set up.

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<p>Olivia Wilde</p>

Olivia Wilde

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Olivia Wilde talks about nudity in 'Drinking Buddies': Consent in Hollywood

A short discussion on 'We Saw Your Boobs' and giving actresses credit

AUSTIN – When Olivia Wilde stripped her clothes off in front of Jake Johnson in “Drinking Buddies,” you could hear an audible gasp in the Paramount theater during the film’s premiere at South By Southwest.

Wilde and Johnson play Kate and Luke, friends and coworkers, who in this scene are out on a weekend trip to a cabin. Both have brought their significant others on the vacation, but then the “drinking buddies” find themselves deliciously alone on a beach. As is their wont, they flirt heavily, and late into their night of boozing and teetering on the edge of hooking up, Kate starts taking off her clothes and heads toward the water, urging Luke to skinny dip with her.
The fact that the viewing audience reacted as they did in that moment exposed a visceral reaction to the quandary, the acting, and to Wilde’s bare skin. (Notably, Johnson’s Luke doesn’t follow suit.)
Many of Joe Swanberg’s films have included nudity – male and female – and writers before have criticized the filmmaker of using nudity as exploitative, or as an easy way to shock audiences into conveying emotional nakedness.
In an interview after the premiere, however, Wilde said it’d serve the audience well to trust actors in their decisions for nude and sex scenes because, for example, getting nude for “Drinking Buddies” was all her idea. There was no script for the film, only Swanberg as its captain, and Wilde told her director she wanted to skinny dip because “it felt so incredibly organic to that moment.”
“I didn’t feel conflicted. That is the magic moment [Kate’s] been waiting for, where she is offering herself, quite literally, to [Luke]. She’s being so inappropriate, and she knows it,” Wilde told me. “And if Joe had said it’s too inappropriate, like ‘If you’re nude it’d be too jarring,’ I would have fought for it.”
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<p>Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O at SXSW</p>

Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O at SXSW

Watch: Yeah Yeah Yeahs amaze with new album title track 'Mosquito' at SXSW

Watch the whole show, while you're at it

AUSTIN -- As you'd suspect, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs rolled out some new tunes at the South By Southwest music conference during their concert at Stubb's last night, what with their fresh album due April 16.

So they came out swatting, with the title track to the new effort, "Mosquito." Now, this song had previously made its way online from another live show this month. However, it's important to note how energetic its performance is here, how batty and aggro Karen O gets, like Siouxie and Electric 6 cramming their best ideas together.

Now imagine that going the whole show. Because it did.

The evidence is in the video below, which capturers the 55-minute show. To skip the pre-show banter from the NPR folks, fast-forward to about the 6-minute mark.

But also don't miss the performance of two brand new songs, debuts of "Subway" and "Under the Earth," which make me think that "Mosquito" may not be a slighter or leaner album, but proves the band has an expert touch on their more off-the-hinge moments, feeling more playful around their song structures. "Sacrilege" -- their current single -- features a gospel choir on tape, but that crescendo was tracked at the show, which is too bad. The choir could've been the audience, who seemed fairly well-acquainted with the track already.

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"Snooki & JWOWW"

 "Snooki & JWOWW"

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Watch: Snooki, JWOWW, Roger and Jionni chug breast milk shots

Snooki says shots of breast milk are the only shots she's had

Well, we knew Snooki giving birth would change everything, and this clip from Tuesday's episode of "Snooki & JWOWW" (airing at 10 p.m.) is just further proof of it. Instead of hitting a club, forgetting her underwear, and staggering home, Snooki instead curls up on the sofa with her friend JWOWW and their significant others Jionni and Roger. Yes, they do shots, but not of booze -- of breast milk. It's not high tea or anything, but it's quite a bit calmer than their pre-baby antics, isn't it?

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"Funeral Boss"

 "Funeral Boss"

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Exclusive: 'Funeral Boss' premiere sees dead people

Warning: This may be disturbing to some viewers

It turns out that every tiny niche of daily existence from the cradle to the grave has been plumbed for the purposes of creating reality TV. To make that case, Discovery Fit & Health has created "Funeral Boss," a series about life (and death) at a mortuary premiering tonight at 10 p.m. As this show isn't for everyone, this exclusive clip may not be, either, so consider yourself warned. 

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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Listen: CulturePop Podcast No. 5 - 'The Bachelor,' 'Burt Wonderstone,' Natalie Maines

We weigh in on the 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' casting process, too

Welcome to the latest installment of CulturePop! We had a lot to talk about this week, including David Bowie's new album, some reality TV faves and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," and the rundown is posted below. We hope you'll listen!

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<p>Robson Green will join &quot;Strike Back&quot;&nbsp;stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton in the new season.</p>

Robson Green will join "Strike Back" stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton in the new season.

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Cinemax's 'Strike Back' adds cast for new season

Dougray Scott and Robson Green will team up with returnees Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton and Rhona Mitra

The "Strike Back" roster is going to be at maximum strength for next season, as the Cinemax action drama(*) has announced that all of its leads from the end of last season — Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton and Rhona Mitra — will be back (along with supporting players Michlle Lukes and Liam Garrigan), and joined by newcomers Robson Green, Dougray Scott and Milauna Jackson.

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