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<p>Shemozzle Race!</p>

Shemozzle Race!

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Like James Bond Again'

Shemozzle Race! Shemozzle Race! Shemozzle Race!
This is going to be a Predictable Dan Recap, because if you've read my "Amazing Race" coverage for the past five or six years, you know how I feel about nearly everything in Sunday's (March 3) episode. 
 
Click through, because I'm gonna dispatch with this recap fairly quickly...
 
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<p>Melissa Rosenberg</p>

Melissa Rosenberg

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Interview: Melissa Rosenberg talks 'Red Widow,' 'Big Thunder' and more

'Twilight' scribe explains how her ABC drama is different from 'Breaking Bad'
Melissa Rosenberg's new ABC drama is titled "Red Widow" and it uses "No Time To Mourn" as its tag line.
 
So when we meet Radha Mitchell's Marta Walraven and she's mostly happily married to a scruffy pot-smuggler played by Anson Mount, we kinda have suspicions regarding where things are heading.
 
Based on the Dutch series "Penoza," "Red Widow" is really about a San Francisco wife and mother who finds herself forced into the criminal world occupied by her husband, but also her Russian mobster father. It's a network drama, but it feels a lot like it belongs on cable, which I discussed with Rosenberg last year when she was promoting "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2," the last film in a wildly popular franchise that ABC is name-dropping aggressively in promotions.
 
Concentrating on "Red Widow" in this interview, Rosenberg and I discussed the challenges of doing a show like this with a female protagonist like this on network TV, including some comparisons between this drama and AMC's "Breaking Bad." We also discussed the ethos of Rosenberg's Tall Girl Productions banner and how "Red Widow" and the theme park-based pilot "Big Thunder" fit into that brand.
 
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<p>I have no idea what award George Clooney is holding here, but chances are he'll have even weirder things to deal with in Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland'</p>

I have no idea what award George Clooney is holding here, but chances are he'll have even weirder things to deal with in Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland'

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Exclusive: The secret of Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland' is not what you think

Can misinformation hurt a film with the public as much as genuine spoilers?

Secrecy in Hollywood is a tricky thing.

When you're dealing with a collaborative art form, you have many people involved and at times, you have so many people involved that there is no way to keep them all locked down and on message, and things leak.  I've been the beneficiary of those leaks many times over the years, and I've had filmmakers ask me if there is any way to keep things from getting out.  There are ways to do it, but it can be tricky.

One of the most difficult points in the process to keep protected is casting because there is information that gets sent out to agencies, and in many cases, the entire script is also sent.  I've gotten some of my best scoops from friends at different agencies, and there are certain films that I put on a list to let those friends know that something is a priority. Sometimes you end up with a story because you've been chasing it, and sometimes things just fall into your hands.  It's a very strange process, all things considered.

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<p>&quot;Revolution&quot;</p>

"Revolution"

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20 things we learned from the 'Revolution' PaleyFest Panel

How soon will we learn why the power went out? Very!
After Friday night's spoiler-free PaleyFest panel for "The Walking Dead," Saturday night's (March 2) panel for "Revolution" was practically the opposite.
 
Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams and the cast were fairly forthcoming about what fans can expect both when "Revolution" returns to NBC on March 25 and beyond.
 
That, of course, means that if you want to go in with a completely clean slate, you really don't want to read the information after the break. 
 
So click through for 20 things we learned from the 'Revolution' PaleyFest Panel.
 
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<p>Adele accepts her Oscar</p>

Adele accepts her Oscar

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Adele and Justin Bieber lead this week's Music Power Rankings

Plus, goats and more goats


1. Adele:
She culminates an amazing two-year run with a new man: a shiny, gold, bald fellow named Oscar.

2. Justin Bieber:
He turns 19. Wonder what The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney gave him for his birthday?

3. Shirley Bassey:
James Bond’s true golden girl on Oscar night.

4. Goats, goats, and more goats:
We know it will get old in five minutes, but from Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” to Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer,” was their any song that didn’t sound better this week with the addition of goats bleating? We’re waiting for Goats: the “Ava Maria” version.

5. Stone Temple Pilots:
They fire Scott Weiland as lead singer, who learns about his dismissal from the press. Good think he couldn’t get his hands on a velvet revolver.

6. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: Hip-hop duo releases PSA for “You Can Play” project, which encourages respect among athletes of all sexual orientations.

7. Thirty Seconds To Mars:
The Jared-Leto led band takes its name literally as they launch new single by sending it on a cargo rocket to the International Space Station. Beam me up, boys.

8. Simon Cowell: He and YouTube launch “The You Generation,” a global talent competition for “unconventional” talents, including photography and magicians. Can we make this disappear?

9. The National and Passion Pit: 
The National’s  documentary, “Mistaken for Strangers” is picked to open Tribeca Film Festival, while Passion Pit’s will be part of a documentary made at SXSW.   When did making a documentary become part of the process for every single act? #overkill

 

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Kevin Hart and Jason Sudeikis on "Saturday Night Live"

Kevin Hart and Jason Sudeikis on "Saturday Night Live"

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Kevin Hart and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

The comedy veteran hosts the show for the first time.

After a two-week hiatus following its strongest episode of the season, “Saturday Night Live” is back with host Kevin Hart. I’ve seen Hart in "Undeclared" as well as in supporting roles in several films, but won’t pretend to be anything remotely related to an expert on his stand-up career. So I’m coming into tonight’s episode with a relatively blank slate. Anything is possible when it comes to this installment, so far as I’m concerned. And that’s a good thing, so near as I can tell. Sometimes the hype can be too much (as will undoubtedly be the case when Justin Timberlake hosts next week), and sometimes negative preconceptions can cripple an episode before it even starts (paging Justin Bieber, who lived down to that hype). 

Tonight? I’m ready to roll with whatever the show has ready to offer. Along for the ride is musical guests Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who will obviously be playing deep cuts from their album “The Heist” and in no way will play “Thrift Store” in either slot. Nope. No way, no how. Oh, who are we kidding? They will probably play it twice, and it will be f#$^ing awesome both times. In five years (or, more likely, five weeks), we’ll look back and wonder why we suddenly all lost our minds and agreed to like this song. But for now, let’s just accept the fact that if we see a broken keyboard, we’re probably going to buy that broken keyboard.
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<p>Katheryn Winnick of &quot;Vikings&quot;</p>

Katheryn Winnick of "Vikings"

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Interview: Katheryn Winnick discusses her 'Vikings' shield maiden

'Bones' veteran plays a female warrior in History's new drama
Regular TV viewers have definitely seen Katheryn Winnick around.
 
She caused a spiritual quandary for the generally skeptical doctor on "House."
 
She provided a temporary romantic roadblock for the show's central duo on "Bones."
 
She's guested on several versions of "Law & Order" and a couple shows in the "CSI" family. 
 
The 35-year-old Canadian actress could be on the verge of a breakout role in History's "Vikings," in which she plays Lagertha, wife to Travis Fimmel's adventurous Ragnar. But this isn't a pairing in which the man goes off to explore untouched corners of the globe, while the woman stays behind and minds the kids. No, Lagertha is a Viking shield maiden and when the Norsemen ready for battle, she's another ferocious warrior on the frontline. 
 
It's a chance for Winnick to showcase a physicality that the trained bodyguard and karate blackbelt takes quite seriously. In our conversation, she discusses which parts of the role came naturally for her, how much research she put into Viking history and the lure of working with series creator Michael Hirst.
 
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"The Amazing Race"

 "The Amazing Race"

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Reality TV Roundup: The latest on 'Amazing Race,' 'Top Chef,' 'Survivor' 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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"Red Widow"

 "Red Widow"

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'Red Widow''s Goran Visnjic and Sterling Beaumon talk short season, good murder

The stars promise a 'Breaking Bad' attitude on a network show

Most of us know Goran Visnjic from "ER," though admittedly I remember him best from bumping into him at the veterinarian shortly after my dog chomped on a chicken carcass. I remember that day for a lot of reasons, but the good part (other than my dog being no worse for wear) was that Visnjic was friendly, charming and had a really cute pug. Really, who could ask for more from a heartthrob?

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<p>The view from the official festival headquarters, The Standard Hotel.</p>

The view from the official festival headquarters, The Standard Hotel.

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Checking in at the Miami International Film Festival

The fest kicked off last night with Sundance hit 'Twenty Feet from Stardom'

MIAMI - As thrilling as it is to be in the thick of the action at such superfests as Cannes or Sundance, I may well enjoy the smaller, less flashy film festival circuit even more --  as well as affording you a chance to catch up on previous festival hits you may have missed, the more off-the-beaten-track, locally-flavored programming often yields gems you'd never find otherwise. (And I won't lie: with less stress around covering this or that major auteur premiere comes more time to take in some local color. Hey, even cinephiles like seeing the off-screen world on occasion.) 

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<p>The &quot;Walking Dead&quot; cast at PaleyFest 2013</p>

The "Walking Dead" cast at PaleyFest 2013

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20 things we learned from the 'Walking Dead' PaleyFest Panel

Find out about Carl's evolution, Rick's tipping point, Death Dinners and more
BEVERLY HILLS - Friday (March 1) night's panel for "The Walking Dead" was one of this year's only PaleyFest panels that wasn't live-streamed to the world. The reason? Fathom Events and the Paley Center are bringing the panel to movie theaters next Thursday night.
 
In order to make sure that theater-goers get value for their ticket bucks, the "Walking Dead" panel was short on footage and long on talk. The audience at the Saban Theatre got to see the first 10 minutes of Sunday's episode and some behind-the-scenes DVD extras, but a solid 80+ minutes was spent on Q&A, with moderator Chris Hardwick orchestrating the bulk of that discussion.
 
That's far more Q&A time than you get at typical PaleyFest panels, which sometimes can yield well under an hour of conversation from the stage. From an audience standpoint, that's terrific. From a blogger's standpoint, that's a challenge, because I have to synthesize all of that information down to some bite-sized highlights. 
 
That's why if you click through, you'll get 20 Things We Learned from the "Walking Dead" PaleyFest, featuring facts, quotes and other tidbits. If you aren't caught up on "Walking Dead" or you're thinking of paying to see the panel theatrically, turn back!
 
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<p>Hope Driskill of &quot;Survivor: Caramoan&quot;</p>

Hope Driskill of "Survivor: Caramoan"

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Interview: Hope Driskill talks 'Survivor: Caramoan'

So why didn't Hope just write Eddie's name down?
Another week, another "Survivor: Caramoan" exit interview with a member of the Fans tribe shocked that they were sent packing while aggressively belligerent Shamar remains.
 
This week's victim was Hope Driskill, who follows in the footsteps of alliance-mate Allie, who went home last week. 
 
Of course, with Hope there was a catch. The majority alliance, worried that Reynold might attempt to give Hope his Immunity Idol, decided to split votes between Hope and Eddie. Shamar, not a fan of Eddie, sat in the water and hinted strongly that Hope might want to split with her alliance and write Eddie's name down. Had Hope done that, Eddie would have been eliminated after one Tribal Council vote, instead of a tie that went against Hope in the revote. 
 
Hope's decision was one of several things that I found confusing in Wednesday's episode, so we covered a lot of that in this week's exit interview.
 
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