<p>Joel Kinnaman of &quot;The Killing&quot;</p>
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Joel Kinnaman of "The Killing"

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HitFix Interview: Joel Kinnaman talks 'The Killing' Season 2

Future 'RoboCop' discusses the premiere's Holder-related revelations
[Don't read this interview until after watching Sunday's (April 1) season premiere of "The Killing."]
 
When last we left Joel Kinnaman's Holder, at the end of the first season of AMC's "The Killing," it appeared that he had done some very bad things.
 
And fans weren't happy.
 
There was a lot about that "Killing" finale that made certain viewers miserable, but the seeming decision to expose compellingly twitchy, amusingly acerbic, ultimately endearing Holder as a backstabbing fink got people particularly riled up.
 
After watching Sunday's two-hour premiere, we can all say...
 
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<p>Jonas of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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Jonas of "Survivor: One World"

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HitFix Interview: Jonas Otsuji talks 'Survivor: One World'

The latest bootee talks Colton, Tarzan and 'Survivor' cooking
You can't accuse Jonas Otsuji of being unaware of the cause for both his "Survivor" undoing and for the way he's viewed by fans of the CBS competition show.
 
"I just wish that I didn't play the Colton's B**** Game and that I'd sacked up and gone for the big move," Jonas tells me. 
 
Some audience members do as well. 
 
For the early portion of the game, Jonas seemed like an unassuming, funny and likable player flying under the radar. Then, he became Colton's B**** and spent several weeks meekly following one of the most disliked players in "Survivor" history, speaking nary a contrary word as Colton Cumbie badgered and bullied his way through a series of power-plays before exiting the game with a bacteria infection.
 
The original Jonas returned on this week's episode, in large part because unlike his relationship with Colton, he was willing to stand up to the increasing unsteady man calling himself "Tarzan." Naturally, because Jonas had no real enemies and everybody kinda liked him and because he used his skills as a sushi chef to make castaway cooking palatable, he was viewed as a threat and was voted out of the game. 
 
In this week's exit interview, Colton discusses his ties with Colton, the women who brainwashed his alliance and the "Survivor" culinary concoction he'd eat in his everyday life.
 
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Watch: Jonathan Liebesman talks 'Wrath of the Titans' and 'Ninja Turtles'

'Wrath' director discusses improved 3D and reassures 'TMNT' fans
New York, NY - HitFix's Drew McWeeny and Guy Lodge agree: "Wrath of the Titans" is the rare sequel that improves on the original source material. Were I to write a review, I'd also salute the improvements from 2010's "Clash of the Titans."
 
Last weekend, I sat down with director Jonathan Liebesman to discuss his approach to storytelling on the big budget sequel. 
 
One of the particular goals for the "Battle Los Angeles" and "Darkness Falls" director, as you will hear, was overhauling the 3D, which was a much maligned afterthought on "Clash," but became a central concern in planning and producing "Wrath."
 
Liebesman also discusses finding the proper balance between spectacle and the father-son story at the center of "Wrath."
 
And, finally, because it couldn't go undiscussed, Liebesman talks about the "Ninja Turtles" movie he's going to be directing down the road, a project that has generated quite a bit of controversy in recent weeks, at least in certain circles. 
 
"Wrath of the Titans" is now in theaters.
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Watch: Toby Kebbell explains how his 'Wrath of the Titans' sidekick is more Chewbacca than Jar-Jar

'RocknRolla' veteran shares why the sequel improves on 'Clash'
NEW YORK, NY - When it comes to running around cinematic deserts in togas, Toby Kebbell's an old pro, coming to "Wrath of the Titans" following roles in "Alexander" and "Prince of Persia."
 
While Kebbell may be a sword-and-sandals veteran, what he brings to "Wrath of the Titans" is new, or at least something that was missing from "Clash of the Titans." As Agenor, half-God son of Poseidon, Kebbell has a wounded pride, but he also provides a comedic energy, a spark that won't surprise fans of Kebbell's turn as Johnny Quid in Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla."
 
I sat down with Kebbell over the weekend to talk about the kind of sidekick he wanted Agenor to be -- he worried the script made him seem too much like Jar-Jar Binks, while star Sam Worthington compared him to Chewbacca. We also discussed the improved 3D in the sequel, why he wasn't a fan of the 1981 "Clash of the Titans" and what it was like brawling with Edgar Ramirez.
 
Unfortunately, our full conversation about his cinematic beard, how it's all natural and how eager he was to shave it when it was done, happened before the cameras started rolling. I'm sure you're disappointed.
 
"Wrath of the Titans" opens on Friday, March 30.
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<p>Elise Testone of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>
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Elise Testone of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 9 Results featuring Nicki Minaj and Scotty McCreery

Which 'Idol' singer drew the fewest votes after Wednesday's show?

Get ready, folks. It's Anything Can Happen Night on "American Idol."

After a Wednesday show that featured a whopping five standing ovations (out of only nine solo performances), it's hard to know who's going to be safe.

Let's find out! After the break...

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Watch: Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson explain why 'Wrath of the Titans' tops 'Clash'

'Wrath' stars rave about 3D and the father-son story
NEW YORK, NY - Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson know a thing or two about sequels, having both been part of franchises from the ground-floor and also joined franchises mid-stream. Last Saturday, I sat down with the two stars to discuss what makes a satisfying sequel and why "Wrath of the Titans" improves upon "Clash of the Titans."
 
In "Wrath," which opens on Friday (March 30), Worthington reprises his role as half-man/half-God Perseus, while Neeson returns as King of the Gods, Zeus. While the first movie was all about Perseus discovering his strength and Zeus hovering on Olympus with his hair billowing, "Wrath" gets down-and-dirty with an off-his-game Perseus having to leave his son to help his father prevent *his* father -- the monstrous Kronos -- from escaping his netherworld prison. 
 
In our conversation, Worthington and Neeson talk about the draw of the multi-generational father-son story at the core of "Wrath" and why they were drawn to playing weakness.
 
But don't worry that "Wrath of the Titans" is some sort of thoughtful, existential drama. The stars also discuss why this time around, the 3D kicks butt. 
 
Check out the interview...
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<p>Troyzan of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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Troyzan of "Survivor: One World"

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Recap: 'Survivor: One World' - 'The Beauty in a Merge'

With Colton in the rear-view, would 'Survivor' find a new story?
Pre-credit sequence. Welcome to the Merge! The castaways return to camp. There's cheese and grapes and wine. Troyzan is overjoyed, because this is what he's been waiting for. Alicia thinks Christina should have gone home instead of Colton. Bacteria thought different, Alicia. Don't mess with bacteria. "By Colton leaving, he screwed me over," Alicia whines, wondering if she'll be able to return to her original Girl Power alliance. She anticipates a beginning to the backstabbing. You can almost hear the "Survivor" producer yelling, "God, I hope so!" in the background.
 
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The "American Idol" Top 9

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 9 Performances - Songs From Their Idols

The 'Idol' singers tackle favorite tunes, as well as group numbers

Welcome to another week of "American Idol," as the show begins to sweat under the pressure of filling two hours despite a reduced number of contestants and performances. The speculation is that in addition to this week's theme -- the nebulous songs from the "Idol" singers' idols -- performances, we're also going to be group numbers inflicted upon us.

I feel like a lot of the season is finally laying itself out.

Barring weirdness, Heejun Han, DeAndre Brackensick and Elise Testone will be the next three singers voted off. The judges wouldn't use the save on Heejun or DeAndre, but if the time is right, they may use it on Elise. If something really, really strange happened and Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips, Colton Dixon or Joshua Ledet were voted out in the next three or four weeks, all would be guaranteed the Judges' Save, while Skylar Laine would probably get the save, unless she follows up last week's so-so performance with a couple more duds. That leaves Hollie Cavanagh somewhere right in the middle, unlikely to require the save, but also probably unlikely to get it. 

Does that sound about right? Let's get down to tonight's recap:

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<p>Joey &quot;Fitness&quot; and Danny of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Joey "Fitness" and Danny of "The Amazing Race"

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HitFix Interview: Danny & Joey 'Fitness' talk 'The Amazing Race'

Fast-Forward mistakes, 'Jersey Shore' stereotypes and more with the latest bootees
Fortune allegedly favors the brave, but that's not always true on "The Amazing Race."
 
Joey "Fitness" Lasalla and Danny Horal to the "brave" path on Sunday (March 25) night's "Amazing Race," hoping to cap their recent rise up the standings with a Fast-Forward and, presumably, a first place finish for a Leg taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan.
 
The friends, positioned as this season's "Jersey Shore"-styled team, went head-to-head with couple Rachel & Dave on a bale-stacking challenge. The Fast-Forward couldn't have been closer, but Rachel & Dave finished their hay-pile seconds before Danny and Joey "Fitness" could finish. 
 
As a result, Rachel & Dave won a pair of cars.
 
And, as a result, Danny & Joey "Fitness" earned a deficit they were unable to overcome, as they finished the Leg in last and were sent packing, a sad fate for team that had gone a long way towards erasing their earliest, stereotype-heavy introduction on the show. 
 
In this week's "Amazing Race" exit interview, Danny & Joey "Fitness" talk about their decision to go for the Fast-Forward, their eagerness to break the "Jersey Shore" conventions and why they were able to just have fun on the show.
 
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<p>Zachary Knighton and Damon Wayans Jr. from &quot;Happy Endings&quot;</p>
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Zachary Knighton and Damon Wayans Jr. from "Happy Endings"

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HitFix Interview: Damon Wayans Jr. and Zachary Knighton talk 'Happy Endings'

ABC comedy stars talk about improv, improvement and Season 3 hopes
It feels early, but "Happy Endings' is chugging along towards its second season finale on April 4.
 
I recently sat down with Zachary Knighton & Damon Wayans Jr. and then with Eliza Coupe & Casey Wilson to talk about the ABC comedy's transition from an up-and-down first season that included a late premiere and out-of-sequence airings into what is often the fastest paced, quickest witted comedy in a network block that also includes a little show called "Modern Family."
 
The two interviews have some common themes, including the increased consistency of the second season, that prodigious punchline pace and, of course, hopes for the third "Happy Endings" season.
 
I'll be posting Wayans/Knighton today and Coupe/Wilson before the finale next week. 
 
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