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Emma Stone, Milla Jovovich and Joseph Gordon-Levitt hit Anaheim
Peter Berg board game action and Kristen Stewart fairy tale hit Anaheim
Ridley Scott's 'Alien' tie-in and a butt-kicking president hit Anaheim
Charlize Theron and Idris Elba of "Prometheus"
Credit: 20th Century Fox
It's going to be a busy afternoon in the main Ballroom at the Anaheim Convention Center, with WonderCon panels for films ranging from "Prometheus" to "The Amazing Spider-Man."
I'll be live-blogging the panels, technology-willing. It'll be just like you were here, only you probably won't be damp from Southern California rain.
Why was the latest 'Survivor' castoff so surprised by Colton's betrayal?
Monica of "Survivor: One World"
"Survivor: One World" may have changed things up last week by recomposing its formerly gender-aligned tribes, but one thing remained consistent: Another week, another victim of The Reign of Colton.
This week's Colton-approved evictee was Monica
Culpepper, wife of former NFL defensive tackle Brad Culpepper.
Monica was blindsided after being repeatedly reassured by Colton that first Christina and then Tarzan were his actual targets. Instead, the puppet-master decided that Monica was so strong and well-liked that she had to be booted first.
In our exit conversation, Monica discusses why she felt so betrayed by Colton, why she had a bad feeling before taking her tribe-selecting egg and what she wishes she would have done to stave off her elimination.
Click through for the full interview...
After Jermaine's surprised DQ, who else will head home?
Joshua Ledet of "American Idol"
On Wednesday night, "American Idol" said a vaguely-shocking farewell to Jermaine Jones. Who would be homeward bound on Thursday (March 15) night's show?
Click through for the full live-blog...
What drew her to episodic TV? And where would Season 2 take place?
Thursday (March 15) night will be a big one for Ashley Judd
At 6:50 p.m. ET, Judd's beloved Kentucky Wildcats begin what is expected to be a long NCAA Tournament run, tipping off as a No.1 seed against a Western Kentucky Hilltoppers squad that isn't expected to put up much of a fight.
By 8 p.m. the game is expected to be a blowout, just in time for Judd to make her return to primetime TV as the star of ABC
In the globe-trotting thriller, Judd plays Rebecca Winstone, a mother who taps into an unexpected reservoir of skills when her teenage son goes missing in Europe. Butt-kicking and international intrigue ensue.
With its mixture of action and empowerment, "Missing" is designed almost as an extension of hit Ashley Judd features like "Kiss the Girls," "Double Jeopardy" and "High Crimes," giving ABC high hopes in a time period that has been a problem spot in recent seasons.
Late last week (before the NCAA brackets were announced), I got on the phone with Judd to discuss taking on episodic TV, shooting overseas, the plan for "Missing" Season 2 and, of course, Kentucky basketball.
Click through for the full interview.
May the eggs be ever in your favor as 'Survivor' shakes things up
Muscular Mark Twain of "Survivor: One World"
Pre-credit sequence. The Men did the crazy thing last episode, but we're starting with the Women, who are cuddled up in a ball against the elements. For some reason, Troyzan comes to visit and also gives up Colton as the power player behind the brilliant Let's Vote Ourselves Out plot. "I'm not gonna question their nonsense over there," laughs Sabrina, vowing that the seven Women are going to stick together. "We don't know what the guys are thinking. That's crazy-stuff that's happening over there," Christina diagnoses. "The guys messed up big-time," Alicia says before the tribes head to their next challenge. She adds, "They are so dumb. They handed us a million dollars."
Wait. Didn't we just have a Top 13 last week? Yup! Somebody's missing...
Ooops. One of these people isn't on "American Idol" anymore
It's been a strange 24 hours in "American Idol"-dom with the apparent elimination of contestant Jermaine Jones for failing to reveal aspects of his criminal record.
With FOX refusing any sort of official comment on how Jones' absence will be handled, there's suspense aplenty as Wednesday (March 14) night's show is set to begin.
Click through for a full recap of Wednesday's news and performances...
Wow. Ryan Seacrest begins by using the contestant's elimination as a TEASE for the start of the episode. "When you're doing a live show, anything can happen," Ryan says, before kicking to the opening credits.
And even after the credits, Seacrest says he'll talk more about the eliminated contestant, still unnamed, later in the show. Because clearly it's more important to show baby pictures of the three judges.
LAME. And a bit distasteful. Anyway... Songs From The Year They Were Born.
Dan and Alan talk 'Missing,' 'Community,' 'Justified' and 'Walking Dead'
Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
Time for your weekly cure for The Mondays... Whiskey!
And while you're drinking your whiskey, here's another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast!
This week, Sepinwall and I catch up on "Justified
" and "The Walking Dead
," review ABC's "Missing
," chatter about the return of "Community
" and even, because we forgot to do so last week, talk about the season finale of "Parenthood."
So enjoy your whiskey and hopefully the podcast...
Here's the breakdown:
"Community" (00:02:03 - 00:11:25)
"Missing" (00:11:25 - 00:21:40)
"Parenthood" (00:21:40 - 00:37:25)
"Justified" (00:37:25 - 00:47:00
Listener Mail: Last week's "Awake" twist and stuff (00:47:20 - 00:51:25)
Listener Mail: Funny dramas (00:51:30 - 00:56:30)
Listener Mail: Coach on "New Girl" (00:56:30 - 00:59:15)
"Walking Dead" (00:59:50 - 01:11:00)
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And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
Tempers rise for two teams, while another suffers from illiteracy
Rachel and Brendon of "The Amazing Race"
You weren't fooled for a second, were you, Regular Readers?
After last Sunday delivered season's best "Amazing Race" episode to date, it was completely inevitable that this week's installment would be, to put it kindly, far inferior.
Titled "Taste Your Salami
," Sunday's (March 11) episode was marred by uninspired challenges, bickering dysfunctional couples, product placement that threatened to crush the episode under its very weight and a team that fell impossibly behind almost immediately due to a stupid mistake and never had a chance to catch up.
Oh yeah, and...
[More after the break...]