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<p>David Morrissey as the Governor on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

David Morrissey as the Governor on "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Arrow on the Doorpost'

Rick and the Governor try to talk through their differences

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I bring my butler...

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<p>Prince at the 2013 Grammys</p>

Prince at the 2013 Grammys

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Exclusive: Prince will perform at SXSW

The Purple One is set to hit the stage in Austin next Saturday

The rumors are true: Prince is set to take the stage at the South By Southwest music conference for the first time. The Purple One is getting a specially remodeled stage at La Zona Rosa in downtown Austin, a source confirmed to HitFix.

The festival this year is already boasting music's biggest names like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Flaming Lips and Dave Grohl's Sound City Players, but Prince's concert will be bursting from its own seams with a 22-piece band. Prince hits the stage late Saturday night.

Furthermore, fest-goers should keep their eyes peeled for a certain awards show held during music festivities in Austin this week: His Royal Badness is slated as a "special guest" at the podium.

No word yet on how badge -holders or fans get access to the concert, stay tuned.

Are you attending SXSW this week? Peruse our list of 10 music-themed movies to watch out for here, and check out what resident HitFix movie critic Drew McWeeny had to say about two of the film festival's biggest movie premieres: horror remake "Evil Dead" and Jim Carrey-Steve Carell magician comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," both of which debuted in Austin over the weekend.

The SXSW Music Festival runs from March 12-17. You can browse a schedule of confirmed performers over at the fest's official website.

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'Once Upon a Time' star Robert Carlyle breaks down the many sides of Rumpelstiltskin

'Once Upon a Time' star Robert Carlyle breaks down the many sides of Rumpelstiltskin

Which version of the multi-faceted character is the biggest challenge?
When you're on a red carpet, sometimes you only have a minute or two with an actor and you need to get to the root of what you're actually curious about. 
For lots of reporters, that's spoilers and hints about upcoming episodes, which is totally fine and I know folks love to hear about that.
But if you give me two minutes with Robert Carlyle (and Begbie is presumably not on-topic), I'm gonna ask about process and in the case of his work on "Once Upon a Time," I want details on the construction of a character who is simultaneously four or five different characters, who each have different accents, intonations and mannerisms. 
So if you're interested in what I'm interested in, this two-minute chat from PaleyFest in Los Angeles is mighty interesting. 
Check out the interview above, as well as my interviews with Ginnifer Goodwin and series creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.
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<p>Laura gets her &quot;Survivor&quot; torch snuffed</p>

Laura gets her "Survivor" torch snuffed

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Interview: Laura Alexander talks 'Survivor: Caramoan'

Bootee discusses working around her physical weakness, or trying to
So many people sign on for "Survivor" without any tangible strategy and inexplicably get carried through the majority of a season by either a fortuitous alliance or sheer physicality. 
That's why it always makes me a tiny bit sad when I do a "Survivor" exit interview early in the season and I get the sense that the person I'm talking to had a smart and multi-layered approach to the game and just got pushed into an unfortunate corner, perhaps not even making it to a Merge.
Laura Alexander quickly admits that she was the weakest person on her "Survivor: Caramoan" tribe and for that, she was voted out. Might the game have progressed differently, though, if Shamar Thomas hadn't been medically evacuated from the game shortly before an Immunity Challenge? Without Shamar, the Fans lost a potentially strong player, but mostly Laura lost a number in her alliance as well as a potentially deflective shield for scrutiny. 
In her exit interview, Laura takes much of the credit for the majority alliance that has steered the Fans' voting and explains her attempts to keep her deficiencies from being too glaring and what eventually did her in. 
You can decide if you also come away feeling like under slightly different circumstances, Laura could have had a much longer "Survivor" run.
[As I mentioned in Shamar's exit interview, this week's cats were a little shorter than normal because there were two of them.]

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<p>Bruno Mars</p>

Bruno Mars

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Music Power Rankings: Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber top the list

Carly Rae Jepsen and Mariah Carey make this week's edition too

1. Bruno Mars: It took awhile and a big boost from Amazon, but Mars is locked out of the top spot on the Billboard 200 no more as “Unorthodox Jukebox” reaches No. 1 12 weeks after its release.

2. Carly Rae Jepsen: She and Train both pull out of playing the Boy Scouts Jamboree over the organization’s band on allowing  openly gay members. Add in her great mash up of “Call Me Maybe” with Nine Inch Nail’s “Hole in My Head” and we bet  Canada’s sweetheart’s phone was ringing off the hook.

3. Justin Bieber:
Between getting sick at his Thursday night show, fighting with paparazzi, and leaving his own birthday party, he’s had a tough time since he turned 19. Being an adult is no fun. Even when you can afford all the toy.

4. Randy Blythe: The Lamb of God lead singer is acquitted of manslaughter in  the Czech Republic, following the death of a fan whom he allegedly pushed off the stage.

5. Mariah Carey:
The “American Idol” judge unveils not only the video for “Almost Home,” but for her 12th fragrance “Dreams.”  Soon, her  number of perfume lines will surpass her No. 1s.

6. Rolling Stones: As they continue into their 50th year, they get thisclose to announcing what will likely to be around 18 U.S. dates, plus headlining UK’s Glastonbury festival.

7. Bruce Springsteen: A year after the city of London rudely interrupts his and Sir Paul McCartney’s duet mid-song, The Boss agrees to go back and play Hard Rock Calling. We bet no one pulls the plug this time.

8. Marco Rubio:
  In this week’s strangest moments, Florida Senator Marco Rubio name drops Wiz Khalifa and Jay-Z , heralding them as “modern day poets” while he filibustered.  So hilarious, yet so, so wrong.

9. Apple: Eager to get its long-expected internet radio streaming service off the ground, the giant offers labels a royalty rate of .06 cents per stream, half of what Pandora pays. Labels consider the deal rotten to the core.

10. Bleecker Bob’s:
After 45 years, the quintessential indie record store is closing. The New York space will become a frozen yogurt outlet because there aren’t enough of those already on every damn corner.

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'Once Upon a Time' star Ginnifer Goodwin talks happily-ever-afters

'Once Upon a Time' star Ginnifer Goodwin talks happily-ever-afters

Why does Goodwin want Snow White making tacos?
Fairy tales are all about leading up to happily-ever-afters, but presumably when ABC's "Once Upon a Time" reaches its happily ever after, the show is over. Right? Things can't get too happy or else the drama is gone?
Not true, protests Ginnifer Goodwin, who I talked to on the PaleyFest red carpet in Los Angeles last weekend. The "Big Love" veteran, who plays Snow White on "Once Upon a Time," suggests that the characters deserve some downtime.
"I want to see them making tacos," Goodwin suggests.
Tacos may not be in the cards for the "Once Upon a Time" characters, but Goodwin suggests that we'll soon get to see more of my favorite incarnation of Snow White, the Woodland Warrior version of Snow. She also discusses her own accident-prone nature which led to a hospital vision last season.
Check out the interview above, as well as my chat with series creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.
The next new "Once Upon a Time" episode airs on Sunday (March 10) night.
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Justin Timberlake and Kenan Thompson on 'Saturday Night Live'

Justin Timberlake and Kenan Thompson on 'Saturday Night Live'

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Justin Timberlake

How will the show welcome Timberlake into the Five-Timers Club?

It’s time for Justin Timberlake to enter a special place in the “Saturday Night Live” pantheon tonight, as tonight’s hosting gig allows him membership in the Five-Timers Club. Given a certain photo that a certain member of that club tweeted this week, let’s just assume that there will be many existing members of this exclusive organization on hand tonight to mark the event. (Then again, maybe that picture simply depicts a table read for “The Ghosts Of ‘N Sync Past”.)

There are two likely scenarios tonight. One is that we’ll get a great episode that will ultimately rank high in the season-long rankings. Timberlake always brings his A-game to the show, and the writers/performers in return respond to the level that he brings. The other scenario, which is semi-unlikely but absolutely possible, is that the show will pull several muscles while patting itself on the back, relying on pure nostalgia to simply coast through an episode based on recognition of past achievements rather than offering up anything new, fresh, or interesting. A simply mediocre or instantly forgettable episode doesn’t seem in the cards. And hey, if for some reason the writers couldn’t come up with enough good ideas for this show, Timberlake can simply play the full version of his single “Suit & Tie”, which clocks in at roughly 23 minutes.
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"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor"

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Reality TV Roundup: The latest on 'The Bachelor,' 'Project Runway' and more

It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now

 Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch any competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too. 

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<p>Jane Levy is definitely not having a good day.</p>

Jane Levy is definitely not having a good day.

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Review: 'Evil Dead' reboot is uber-bloody, but is that enough?

Sam Raimi, Bruce campbell, and Robert Tapert return to their original triumph

AUSTIN - Okay, now it feels like an Austin film festival.

It seems fitting that as Sam Raimi does a victory lap around Hollywood this weekend to celebrate the mammoth opening for "Oz The Great and Powerful," his original partners-in-crime Bob Tapert and Bruce Campbell are in Austin, where they premiered the new "Evil Dead" for the first time tonight.

Fede Alvarez made a short film a few years ago called "Panic Attack," and that ended up landing him an overall deal with Ghost House Pictures, the company that Tapert and Raimi started to produce genre movies. The film he first tried to develop with them fell apart, so they asked him if there was anything else he might be interested in doing, and he pitched them his take on the classic that launched all of them in the first place.  It was a bold move, especially considering how often Raimi and Campbell continued to talk about the possibility of making an "Evil Dead 4" that would return Ash, their iconic main character, to the big screen.

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<p>Shamar and &quot;Survivor&quot; host Jeff Probst</p>

Shamar and "Survivor" host Jeff Probst

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Interview: Shamar Thomas talks 'Survivor: Caramoan'

What does the polarizing castaway regret from his brief experience?
In "Survivor" lore, you don't really want your name to end up next to Colton Cumbie, but that may be where Shamar Thomas' name is going to go.
Granted that fan opinions on Shamar have been far more varied than the near-universal malice directed at Colton, but both Shamar and Colton go in that very tiny "Survivor" chapter dedicated to contestants who dominated screentime in the early stages of a season only to be medically evacuated and leave the game without making a lasting impact.
For three weeks, the 27-year-old Iraq War veteran rubbed most of the other "Survivor: Caramoan" Fans tribe the wrong way with his aggressive personality but sometimes passive camp behavior. Each week it seemed like logic dictated that Shamar would be heading home, but he was part of an alliance that was determined to remain strong, even with him as an integral part. 
Shamar, unhappy in the game from the opening moments, contemplated quitting  earlier and then chose to depart during Wednesday's (March 6) episode at the doctor's recommendation after irritating his eye and being diagnosed with a divot in his cornea. 
I tried to get Shamar to discuss his behavior in the game, as well as his image problem in one of this week's two "Survivor" exit interviews. You can read his answers however you choose. Click through for the full Q&A.
[Note that this week's two exit interviews -- the second will post tomorrow -- are a little shorter than normal. That's what comes from attempting to fit two bootees into a standard interview time. As a completist, I'm just grateful I got to chat with both of them.]
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<p>Luke Bryan</p>

Luke Bryan

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Luke Bryan and Jimi Hendrix head to the top of next week's Billboard 200

Forty years after his death, Hendrix's music still resonates

Country artist Luke Bryan scores his first Billboard 200 No. 1 next week as “Spring Break... Here To Party” looks like a lock for the top spot. However, the big news is who comes in at No. 2:  Jimi Hendrix.

Bryan’s set will sell up to 130,000, while Hendrix’s “People, Hell & Angels,” a new set of unreleased studio tracks, will likely sell up to 70,000 copies, more than 40 years after the guitar legend’s death.

Those are the only two debuts in the Top 10:  Last week’s No. 1, Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” drops to No. 3, while Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” is No. 4. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Heist” will be No. 5 with sales of up to 30,000.

Rihanna’s “Unapologetic looks good for No. 6. However, after that--and with three days left before the chart closes--it’s too close to call for Nos 7-10: Florida Georgia Line’s “Here’s To The Good Times,”  Now 45, Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” and Andrea Bocelli’s “Passione” are all slated to sell between 22,000 and 25,000, according to Hits Daily Double.


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<p>Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim&nbsp;Carrey star in the new comedy 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,' the opening night film at this year's SXSW&nbsp;film festival</p>

Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey star in the new comedy 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,' the opening night film at this year's SXSW film festival

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Review: Steve Carell's 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' is more trick than magic

Some big laughs are lost in a narrative muddle

AUSTIN - I am fascinated by the world of stage magic. Always have been. It was hard not to become interested when I was growing up in the '70s because it was the age of the big prime time magic specials. During that era, there were two guys who always seemed to be in the lead, the ones who were turning out the most theatrical and the most entertaining specials, Doug Henning and David Copperfield. The idea that there was a rivalry between them over who was the best magician was part of what kept my friends and I so engaged from special to special, from year to year.

In recent years, I've been far less interested in the magic you see on TV, and part of that is because of the almost anti-theatricality that guys like David Blaine and Kriss Angel depend on for their performance personas. It feels to me like magic has evolved into something I don't particularly enjoy, or at least it does until I go to a place like the Magic Castle in LA and see somebody doing close-up magic that once again blows my mind and rekindles my sense of wonder. Intellectually, I understand how most tricks work, and I know misdirection is being used to help steer the illusions, but when someone pulls it off, there will always be that delicious feeling that something truly remarkable has just happened right in front of my eyes.

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