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<p>If sunshine could act, it would probably be Michelle Williams.</p>

If sunshine could act, it would probably be Michelle Williams.

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Michelle Williams explains why there's some Marilyn Monroe in her Glinda in 'Oz The Great and Powerful'

We also discuss the film's unusual ending and why that mattered to her

One of the greatest things about "Oz The Great and Powerful," for me anyway, is seeing Michelle Williams play a role where she spends a good deal of time actually smiling.

If you knew her primarily from "Dawson's Creek" in the early days, it would have been very hard to predict that she would eventually end up as one of the most acclaimed and interesting actresses working. The last decade or so has seen her deliver one great performance after another, though, and sitting down to talk to her about playing Glinda the good witch in "Oz" was a a genuine pleasure.

Before we started rolling, we talked a bit about Sarah Polley's new documentary "Stories We Tell" and how seeing it changed my perceptions of "Take This Waltz," the film that Polley made with Williams.  She seemed delighted that I knew "Waltz" and loved it, and it was obvious as we spoke that she is a huge fan of Polley's work.

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'X Factor's' Tate Stevens reveals cover art and track listing for debut set
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'X Factor's' Tate Stevens reveals cover art and track listing for debut set

April 23 release teams Stevens with top Nashville tunesmiths

Tate Stevens, “The X Factor’s” season two winner, will release his self-titled Syco/RCA Nashville set on April 23. Today, he revealed the album art and track listing.

As the listing reveals, the country singer co-wrote three of the 11 tracks on the set. For many of the other selections, he corralled in some of Nashville’s top songwriters, including Rivers Rutherford, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip for “That’s How You Get the Girl,” as well as Bradley Gaskin, a performer in his own right, for first single,  “Power Of a Love Song.”

“Since winning ‘The X Factor,’ we’ve listened to hundreds of songs and set a ton of writing appointments with some of Nashville’s best songwriters. The outcome is a collection of 11 songs I’m really proud of, and I can’t wait to get this record out there.” Blake Chancey produced the set.

"Tate Stevens" track listing

1. "I Got This"
Tate Stevens/Joe Diffie/Wade Kirby/Phil O'Donnell
2. "Can't Get Nothin' Done"
Tate Stevens/Ashley Gorley/Wade Kirby/Phil O'Donnell
3. "Ride It Out"
Tate Stevens/Shane Minor/David Lee Murphy
4. "Power Of A Love Song"
Jeremy Bussey/Bradley Gaskin/Marcus Franklin Johnson
5. "Sweet"
Kelly Garrett/Kendell Marvel/Tim Owens
6. "That's Where We Live"
Carson Chamberlain/Wade Kirby/Phil O'Donnell
7. "El Camino"
Chris Hennessee/Donny Lowery
8. "That's How You Get The Girl"
Dallas Davidson/Ben Hayslip/Rivers Rutherford
9. "Ordinary Angels"
Victoria Banks/Phil Barton/Emily Shackleton
10. "The Last Thing I Do"
David Lee Murphy/Kim Tribble
11. "Holler If You're With Me"
Jeremy Bussey/Drew Davis

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<p>She &amp; Him</p>

She & Him

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Zooey Deschanel 'Never Wanted Your Love' on new She & Him single: Listen

The catchy tune is the first single off their upcoming 'Volume 3'

She & Him, "New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel's cutesy folk pop project with ace guitarist M. Ward, are back with a new summer name, just in time for the end of winter. "Never Wanted Your Love," the duo's first single from their upcoming fourth album, "Volume 3" (It's not a cheeky title; their third album was the holiday-themed lark "A Very She & Him Christmas"). 

Despite lyrics straight out of the Heartbreak Hotel, "Never" is a typically upbeat doodle of a pop song which highlights Deschanel's country-tinged vocals, some nice background harmony work and Ward's muted picking style. 

Listen to it here:


"Volume 3" arrives May 7.

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Watch Phoenix's weird Korean soap opera-themed 'Entertainment' video
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Watch Phoenix's weird Korean soap opera-themed 'Entertainment' video

Music video for K-pop fans

Something something K-pop star, something government conspiracy, something something murder: welcome to Phoenix's music video for "Entertainment", which inexplicably is based around some form of Korean soap opera.

This is not to its detriment, but to its benefit. The video -- which is part B-roll and mostly awesome -- integrates the lyrics to the track in rare parts and then unfolds a bloody murder, a slammin' concert and, perhaps, a mirror into that whole pentatonic thing I was talking about earlier when the single first came out. I like the song better now. Job well done, video

Do you see yourself jumping up and down and clapping on the beat to this, as Phoenix makes its way around the country this summer to promote its new album "Bankrupt!" at 1.3 million music festivals?

"Entertainment" was directed by Patrick Daughters, who was responsible for all of Feist's best and most awesome music videos from "The Reminder," plus clips from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kings of Leon, Muse and Beck. So he gets out of the house every now and then.

"Bankrupt!" is out on April 23.

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<p>Shia LaBeouf in 'The Company&nbsp;You&nbsp;Keep&quot;</p>

Shia LaBeouf in 'The Company You Keep"

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Exclusive: Shia LaBeouf, Nick Nolte and more in new images from 'The Company You Keep'

The film hits theaters April 5

Robert Redford's latest film, "The Company You Keep," saw its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival last September before heading on to Toronto and then bottling up for an April 5, 2013 release date. Based on the novel by Neil Gordon, the thriller centers on a former Weather Underground activist on the run after a journalist discovers his identity.

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"Downton Abbey"

 "Downton Abbey"

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Listen: CulturePop Podcast No. 4 - Snoop Lion, 'Oz,' 'Downton Abbey,' 'RHoBH'

Hear what Melinda and Liane have to say about Josh Ritter and more

 It's Culture Pop #4, and we may not entirely have the hang of this thing yet, but we're getting there! Tune in to hear us talk about this stuff:


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<p>If you don't join us for the special Q&amp;A&nbsp;screening of 'You're Next' at SXSW, you're going to have to explain yourself to Sharni Vinson, and I&nbsp;don't think she's going to take it well.</p>

If you don't join us for the special Q&A screening of 'You're Next' at SXSW, you're going to have to explain yourself to Sharni Vinson, and I don't think she's going to take it well.

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Join me Sunday night at SXSW for a Q&A with the cast and crew of 'You're Next'

The fiendishly clever thriller kicks off its 2013 release plans with a special screening

I am on the ground in Austin and getting ready for the start of SXSW, the annual orgy of movies and music and comedy and barbecue that remains one of the most purely social film festivals I've ever attended.

SXSW has its own identity, something I consider essential in a film festival.  It is in some ways more mainstream than Sundance, but in other ways, even more ferociously independent.  This festival has no problem opening with movies like "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," which I'll review tomorrow night, or the new "Evil Dead," which I'll also review tomorrow.  But they also program micro-budget indies and personal visions, and it's that collision between those two worlds that makes it such an interesting and dynamic film event.

On Sunday night, "You're Next" will be playing here, and if you don't remember the title, it's a fiendish little horror film that I saw and thoroughly enjoyed at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival. Lionsgate bought the movie, and they've been slowly planning their release strategy ever since. This festival is the kick-off of their build towards this year's release of the movie, and the Sunday night screening is a big night for them.

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Listen: Drake drops new song '5AM in Toronto'

Do you like it better than 'Started from the Bottom?'

Sweaters and suitcases! Drake has new track, and it's legions better than "Started from the Bottom."

"5am in Toronto" appeared on the October's Very Own Soundcloud page at about 1am this morning, but it's got enough biting, raw cuts at the Young Money singer/rapper's rivals to take you through the day. Well, except for "Wildin’, doin’ shit that’s way out of your budget / Owl sweaters and saddle luggage, you gotta love it," that's just funny.

"[I] give these n*ggas the look, the verse and the hook / that's why every song sound like Drake featuring Drake," he raps in these great, looping rhymes, with the backing of producer Boi-1da.

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<p>Rex Lee and Carly Chaikin in &quot;Suburgatory.&quot;</p>

Rex Lee and Carly Chaikin in "Suburgatory."

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Review: 'Suburgatory' - 'How to Be a Baby'

Noah becomes obsessed with Carmen, Tessa helps Jill and Dahlia gets Mr. Wolf a makeover

A quick review of last night's "Suburgatory" coming up just as soon as I write to your AOL address...

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<p>Mila Kunis isn't quite this drop-dead gorgeous in much of her screen time during 'Oz The Great and Powerful,' but she seems to have enjoyed her transformation.</p>

Mila Kunis isn't quite this drop-dead gorgeous in much of her screen time during 'Oz The Great and Powerful,' but she seems to have enjoyed her transformation.

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Mila Kunis talks about heartbreak and going green in 'Oz The Great and Powerful'

She describes the emotional arc of a wicked witch in Sam Raimi's new film

I blew it. I am perfectly willing to admit that I missed a golden opportunity when I recently sat down with Mila Kunis to talk about her work in "Oz The Great And Powerful," but I didn't realize it until after the fact.

Honestly, I thought my interview went pretty well in the room, until I saw her holding that shaky English kid's hand. The thing is, she has always come across as completely unimpressed by press and interviews and the whole dog-and-pony show that comes with filmmaking. I met her originally on the Hawaiian set for "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," and she could not have been less formal about the entire thing. She wasn't even working that night. She just came to the set from where she'd been swimming all day, and she hadn't taken the time to go get made up or to try to play it up as "Mila Kunis, Movie Star." She was charming precisely because she didn't seem to be trying to impress anyone.

When we spoke for different films over the years at junkets and press days, I always enjoyed seeing how close she was with her parents, who were a frequent presence, and how she frequently would poke fun at the process even as she took part in it.  I'm honestly not surprised by that interview that went viral this week. It looks like business as usual for her, and I certainly thought she was both personable and on-message when we spoke.

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<p>Matt smash!</p>

Matt smash!

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Recap: 'Survivor: Caramoan' - 'Kill or Be Killed'

Medical comes calling, as does Tata the Bushman
Pre-credit sequence. The Fans have lost hope. Wait. Sorry. The Fans have lost Hope. "Where do you think we're going to go from here?" Eddie whines to Sherri. "It's mind-boggling that we got rid of Hope tonight because she was the prettiest one here and she was a threat to everybody because of that," says Eddie. Really, Eddie? Really? Ugh. Reynold tells Laura that she made him look like an idiot. Matt protests that this is part of the game, but Reynold says that he doesn't want to be associated with any of them and he has no respect for them. Eddie's all "Good luck winning after you vote me and Reynold off," to which somebody correctly notes that they haven't been winning with them either. I dislike Eddie a lot. And Reynold tells me Eddie could be next to go. I'm fine with that.
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<p>Matthew Rhys as Phillip as &quot;Clark&quot;&nbsp;on &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Matthew Rhys as Phillip as "Clark" on "The Americans."

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'Trust Me'

The KGB's mole hunt creates problems for Phillip, Elizabeth, Nina and even the kids

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as it's a duck holiday...

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