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    Ricky Rubio celebrates Easter with some Instagram fun
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    @ruuufio, Instagram

    For many people, Easter Sunday is a time for reflection and celebration. For Ricky Rubio, it's a time for Instagram performance art. The Minnesota Timberwolves point guard posted a picture of himself sitting on a park bench in Saint Paul, mimicking a statue reading a book. Not sure how that's celebrating Easter, but maybe Rubio's just a huge Harry Potter fan and is making his way through The Invisible Book of Invisibility.

    ONTD'S FAVORITE MONSTER COCK Hulk Hogan Talks Triple H Taking Over WWE From Vince McMahon


    By Raj Giri


    Wrestle Talk TV recently interviewed Hulk Hogan. During the interview, Hogan was asked about Triple H and what will happen when "The Game" eventually takes over WWE from Vince McMahon.

    "I had a great conversation with him [Triple H] a long time ago in New York and he seems to be dialed in," Hogan said. "He's not Triple H the wrestler, he's Triple H who's kinda stepped back and he's got a real good feel for the big picture.

    "Vince will always be around, but I just think [that] they're a cohesive team. They won't miss a beat, and if you call them at 5 in the morning or 2 in the morning, they're the type of people that ... the business is 24 hours a day for them. I think they'll be a strong force to be reckoned with for quite a long time."


    You can watch the interview segment in the video above.

    For 'G.I. Joe,' box-office mission accomplished


    G.I. Joe: Retaliation stormed the box office this weekend, capturing the top spot and propelling a solid Easter weekend at theaters.

    The toy-inspired sequel collected $41.2 million, according to studio estimates from the box-office tracking firm Hollywood.com.

    The debut met most analysts' expectations and comes a week after the animated The Croods topped the box office with a strong debut as studios begin thawing their action and kid-friendly films for summer.

    Retaliation, starring Dwayne Johnson and Channing Tatum, didn't enlist many critics for its cause. Only 29% recommended the movie, according to pollsters Rottentomatoes.com. About 64% of fans, though, gave the movie a thumbs-up.

    Retaliation flourished despite this year being a tough one for shoot-'em-ups. Sylvester Stallone's Bullet to the Head and Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand opened to harsh reviews and an indifferent public.

    "This year is proving that most of the known franchises are mostly succeeding, while the new action entries are not," says Tim Briody of Boxofficeprophets.com.



    Retaliation producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura says the film owes much of its success to a star (Johnson) flexing his muscles, on screen and at turnstiles.

    "There's nothing wrong with box-office muscle," di Bonaventura says. "I believe in movie stars, that's for sure. And he certainly is one. He's this amazing specimen, yet people feel he's totally approachable and really funny. I think that's the thing that makes him so popular."

    The Croods took second place for the weekend with $26.5 million.

    Another success story: Tyler Perry's Temptation, which earned $22.3 million for third place. The drama eclipsed projections, which hovered around $15 million.

    The political thriller Olympus Has Fallen was fourth with $14 million, followed by Oz the Great and Powerful with $11.6 million.

    The only other major newcomer, the thriller The Host, fell below expectations with $11 million. Forecasters had projected at least $15 million.

    Final figures are expected Monday.

    Ticket sales are down 12% from the same period last year, and attendance has dropped 13%, according to Hollywood.com.

    Contributing: Bryan Alexander


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    Excuse to discuss the NBA playoffs , Wrestlemania , and the return of Baseball bitches !

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    Actor Cory Monteith, who stars as Finn Hudson on the Fox series Glee, has checked into rehab, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

    The actor "has voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction," his rep tells PEOPLE. "He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery."

    Monteith, 30, has been open about his past struggles with substance abuse. He admitted in a 2011 interview that he had previously entered rehab when he was 19.

    At the time, the actor said he hoped being honest about his struggle with substance abuse would help others.

    "I don't want kids to think it's okay to drop out of school and get high, and they'll be famous actors, too," he said in 2011. "But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it."

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  • 04/01/13--16:11: Britney In New Dodgers Promo


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    We’d like to make a request of the writers of Game of Thrones for their third season: Please write a sex scene for Jon Snow! In the past two seasons, the virgin bastard son of Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell, has been exiled and kidnapped, and he could really use a break. Actor Kit Harington, who’s just as good a guy as his character is, has better luck in the love department, however. Listen in as we ask him about it.

    Glamour: You look like you were having fun in our shoot. If you could create the perfect night out, how would it go?
    Kit Harington: You don’t want to seem too eager, too romantic—otherwise, it just looks a bit tryhard. But I do think a first date should be intimate. So I’d choose a nice dinner somewhere cozy, not too crowded, with good wine.

    Glamour: What’s the worst type of food you’ve ever had on a date?
    KH: I chose a really bad restaurant once. It was masquerading as good French cuisine, and it was dreadful. But I think as long as you acknowledge that you know it’s bad, then it’s all good.

    Glamour: What are the parallels between you and your character?
    KH: We’re both anxious people. Jon worries a lot, and he’s always concerned about the future.

    Glamour: What about him is least like you?
    KH: He’s a real warrior. He can kill people. I’m not as adept with the sword in real life.

    Glamour: On Game of Thrones you wear linebackerlike furs. Does it take you long to get ready?
    KH: A good 45 minutes. Basically, you’re tied into this costume. I don’t drink too much water!

    Glamour: So Jon is now about to get some action, and we can’t wait to see how his tumultuous relationship with Ygritte [played by Rose Leslie] turns out. If they were a real-life couple in modern day, what do you think they’d do differently in their relationship?
    KH: [Laughs.] I think they’d be exactly the same. She’d still be taking the piss out of Jon, and Jon would still be getting angry about it. And secretly quite enjoying it.

    Glamour: Is there anything that a woman can do on a date that will seal the deal for a second one?
    KH: She’s got to be funny. I like a girl who does not take me seriously, you know? It’s important to be able to laugh at each other. And I like a girl who eats. I much prefer that she order the burger.


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    The canadian crooner took to twitter to prank the popular gossip website.

    Don't count Justin Bieber out on April Fool's Day. “As promised taking all fan phone calls TODAY at (888) 847 9869. Talk to u soon!” the pop star posted on his official Twitter account on Monday, April 1.


    But to the dismay of his 36.9 million-plus followers, callers were met with the TMZ tip line instead of Bieber's dreamy vocals. The "Boyfriend" singer eventually removed the tweet, but left it up long enough for fans to take snapshots and distribute through the Internet.

    Since the number is toll-free, TMZ will be footing the bill for all the Beliebers that dial in, which could ultimately make for a very expensive prank. The question remains whether TMZ has a sense of humor, or will Bieber -- a favorite target of the paparazzi and gossipmongers -- be met with retaliation?

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    WONDERCON 2013 EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: 'MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES' INTERVIEWS

    At WonderCon 2013 in Anaheim, California on Saturday, author Cassandra Clare and actors Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror), Jamie Campbell Bower (Anonymous), and Kevin Zegers (Dawn of the Dead) appeared in front of a packed arena crowd to discuss their upcoming comedy film Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which is based on Clare's extremely popular series of books.

    IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had a chance to speak with author Cassandra Clare, and actors Jamie Campbell Bower, and Kevin Zegers before the panel on Saturday about Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The author discussed the plot of the film, how she feels to have her novel adapted into a movie, and why director Harold Zwart (The Karate Kid) was the right man to helm the film, while the young actors talked about their characters, being familiar with the books, CGI, and taking inspiration from the novel as well as the script.

    To watch our exclusive interview with author Cassandra Clare, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Kevin Zegers about Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, please click on the video player below.

    Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens in theaters on August 23rd.

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    "The Voice" is back! NBC's hit singing competition premiered its much-anticipated season four with some fresh new faces, and we're not just talking about the contestants.

    Returning coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton were joined by two new mentors: R&B sensation Usher and new mama Shakira. They filled the chairs of the recently departed Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. While comparisons to the original panel were inevitable, Usher and Shakira's energy seemed a natural fit for the show.

    The "newbies" jumped right into the season's first blind auditions with sneaky tactics to win over their favorites. A fun and feisty Shakira openly critiqued singers, but when it came to snagging falsettoed crooner Kris Thomas, she blindsided the other coaches with her poker face.

    "I know you guys. I gotta keep it under control otherwise you all turn and then make my life miserable," Shakira joked.


    Usher, on the other hand, played it smooth and cool for the most part — until, of course, he dangled Justin Bieber in front of hopeful eyes. "I can't promise you you'll be at every Bieber concert," Usher said to 16 year-old Danielle Bradbery when trying to lure her to his side.

    Besides the swag, Usher also brought the night's biggest laugh when he proclaimed Nashville a state. "I'm still fascinated by Nashville being a state. ... He's from there, that's what's really sad about it," Shelton quipped.

    The night's final performance by Judith Hill turned all four coaches' chairs, with Usher resorting to seductive tactics by referring to the powerhouse songstress as his "first lady." Adam Levine won the battle, though, literally throwing down for the standout talent, "I'm gonna claw everyone's face. ... I'm gonna light myself on fire to make sure you're on my team," Adam said energetically.

    Overall, Shakira and Usher slipped into their new chairs quite comfortably, and the rapport and respect among the newly formed group of mentors was evident. But another thing was also quite clear: When it came to the game, all bets (and smiles) were off.


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    Evan Rachel Wood tries to hide her growing baby bump while going for a stroll with her husband Jamie Bell on Saturday (March 30) in Los Angeles.

    The 25-year-old pregnant actress and the 26-year-old actor did some shopping and then treated themselves to fruit smoothies on the sunny afternoon.











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    Twenty-nine years ago today (April 1), Marvin Gaye was shot by his father after an argument at his parents' home in Los Angeles.

    Despite his personal demons, the legendary soul singer was in the midst of a comeback, still riding high on the success of "Sexual Healing," and the album Midnight Love, which had been released two years prior.

    This was, of course, after a storied career that had already spanned more than two decades and which had seen the release of albums like What's Going On (1971), Let's Get It On (1973), I Want You (1976) and Here, My Dear (1978), amongst many others.

    With a Marvin Gaye biopic (Sexual Healing) in the works and a play -- 'My Brother Marvin,' based on accounts of his sister Zeola Gaye -- touring the country, we sat down with his second wife Janis Gaye for an EXCLUSIVE interview. Read on as she reflects on her late ex-husband's legacy.

    Marvin's 1976 album 'I Want You' was solely dedicated to you. How does that feel?

    It's not officially dedicated to me, but people that have listened to it and people who were around when it was being made all seem to think it was dedicated to me. And I like to think that as well. If you were to ask [songwriter/producer] Leon Ware, he would definitely tell you that the words he wrote and the music he co-wrote with Marvin for the album were inspired by our relationship at the time. It is something that I look back on and think back to a much happier time

    Were you there for the recording of any songs from that album?

    Absolutely. We lived at the studio [Marvin's Room] during a good deal of the time it was being recorded. We called it home. We had a house, but Marvin preferred to stay at the studio. The kids would be there and we had an apartment upstairs.

    What was the experience like being there watching the recording process for these songs?

    Sometimes I look back on it and I think to myself, "Were you really there?" "Did you really see what you thought you saw?" I was there when "Got to Give It Up" was being recorded and Don Cornelius walked through the studio. You can hear Marvin on "Got to Give It Up" saying, "Hey, Don. Hey, Don!" That was done in real time. It's little moments like that, that make me appreciate and remain really grateful to have been in Marvin's life, and to be around when the music was being made.

    Many people don't know how giving Marvin was during his lifetime.

    He was such a generous soul. Many times if he knew someone was struggling financially within their family, without being asked he would either give them money or a car. If he knew there were kids playing at a playground, just to get them all riled up and give them something to talk about, he would go shoot hoops with them in the neighborhood... When Ruben "Hurricane" Carter was going through the worst times in his life, Marvin shaved his own head and did a concert to support him.

    What was it like being Marvin's wife?

    It had its up and downs. When you have to beat women off with a stick, it can get a little tedious. ... Being around someone like Marvin was an enviable position to be in. We ended up divorcing, which was unfortunate, but that's just what happened. We were actually together long before we said, "I do" in front of a judge. We already had our children. Getting married was just a part of the process for us. After we were divorced, we still continued to see each other.

    Did he ever talk about his relationship with Motown Records when you were together?

    Sometimes it was good and sometimes it was bad, but I think that goes for every artist that signs with any record label. But, I think in his case, the fact that he was literally a part of the Motown family having been married to Anna [Gordy] made things a little more complicated for him... I'm looking forward to seeing Motown the Musical to see how he is portrayed and the relationship is portrayed.

    What are the more positive aspects of Marvin's life, the things people tend to overlook?

    The first thing that comes to mind is his relationship with his children, Nona and Frankie. All I remember is him being a terrific father... He was a great father and he loved his son and his daughter. He absolutely adored them.

    Right.

    One of the other things that people don't really acknowledge is that he could've been a standup comedian. He and Richard Pryor were very good friends. I would listen to the two of them talking and it was sheer comedy. You don't really think of Marvin Gaye as being this funny guy, but he had an incredible sense of humor.

    What else?

    He was an artist not just musically, but he could draw. Music was poetry with a melody, but he wrote great poems that were never recorded as songs. He had a great interest in history. He had a very deep interest in not just the Christian religion, but all religions to know what people around the globe believed. Of course he was a man of God and believed in Jesus Christ. He was into metaphysics long before other people even knew what that word meant... This was back in the early 70s. He was walking around with a pyramid on his head in 1974-1975 eating vegetarian food. He was a hippie when I met him. We both were hippies.

    Interesting.

    One of his favorite things to do was to drive a tractor trailer. He had a ranch in Northern California. He would get onto his tractor and till the soil. He was like a mountain man. He would have on his combat boots and his jeans would be rolled up and he would stay up there for weeks and weeks at a time.

    What are your feelings on 'My Brother Marvin,' the Marvin Gaye play?

    People who are going out spending their hard earned money to buy tickets to go and see this play -- they will not hear one note of Marvin's music. I've heard too many people complaining and saying that they feel like they've been scammed and taken advantage of. You go to a Marvin Gaye play to hear Marvin Gaye's music. There are too many deeply devoted fans that are going to the play and they get into their seats and they hear an announcement that they won't hear any Marvin's music.

    Continue.

    Instead, they hear this is a play about the man behind the music... You'll hear Percy Sledge, Tina Turner, Az Yet, and everybody else's music except Marvin's because they can't use the music. If it was a play that was coming from a different place, maybe the situation would be different, but it's not. I plan on seeing the play. I think that everyone can remember where they were the day he was shot... They're saying it's about Marvin's life or the man behind the music, but it's really about his death. And it ends with him being shot on stage and the smell of gun powder remains in the theater. To me, that's taking it a little too far... That's not what Marvin would want.

    If Marvin were still living, what do you think he would say to the world today?

    I don't think he would be able to tolerate what's going on in the world today because when you think about it, What's Going On was done in 1971. This is 2013 and we're still talking about the same issues and people are still going through the same things they were back then and before then. And it's unfortunate. But that's his testament that he leaves with us. Learn from his words if you can and I think he left us with a few lessons by the way he lived, by the way he died, and by the way he created his music.

    Any other thoughts?

    I'm a lucky woman. I really am. I'm a very lucky woman that we met and came together and had two beautiful children. We had some wonderful times together and, unfortunately, we had some times that weren't so wonderful, but it is what it is. There is nothing that anyone can do to change it now. I don't blame anyone. I can't put the blame on anyone for anything that went wrong between him and me except for myself. I accept responsibility for anything I may have done to make his life difficult. It is just something I have to live with and deal with. I would have to say that the good far outweighed the bad even though he is no longer with us. The good still outweighs the bad and I wouldn't change any of it.

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    Vanessa Hudgens has released a thirty second video for her song “$$$ex” featuring YLA!

    “Recently I collaborated with the girl group, YLA (Young LA), on the Spring Breakers inspired track, “$$$ex”. We had so much fun recording (especially since one of my best friends, Laura New, is in the group)! ;))) We literally danced around all night in the Rock Mafia Studios while recording it,” the 24-year-old actress wrote on her new Tumblr page.

    “We’re continuing the party and made a 30 seconds “$$$ex” video. We just wanted to dance and get crazy! You don’t have to go to Spring Break, you can bring Spring Break to youuu! We had ours in the kitchen. LOL! Sooo much fun,” Vanessa added.

    In addition to her new blogging page, Vanessa has officially started using her Twitter page!

    “That’s right love bugs, I’ve finally joined twitter AND tumblr. Thanks for all the lovin’! You guys are seriously the best,” Vanessa tweeted.

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    50. The Walking Dead

    Network: AMC
    Air Dates: October 31, 2010 - present
    Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Sarah Wayne Collies, Chandler Riggs, Steven Yeun, Laurie Holden, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Dvaid Morrissey, Danai Gurira, Michael Rooker, Dallas Roberts, IronE Singleton, Melissa McBride

    A television show about zombies? Any George A. Romero fanboy will tell you that, prior to AMC's The Walking Dead, such a proposition was unheard of. After all, TV producers only care about medical dramas, cop shows, and domestic sitcoms, right? Not the brave souls in the AMC offices, who continued their daring streak of green-lighting dark, cutting-edge adult dramas (Mad Men, Breaking Bad) by giving acclaimed filmmaker Frank Darabont the go-sign to adapt Robert Kirkman's beloved Image Comics title.

    It's easy to see why AMC took the risk. The Walking Dead, as Kirkman lays it out, isn't about the zombies as much as its about the living characters. Led by do-gooder sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), the show's band of random survivors drives the hour-long pressure cooker, quarreling with each other while trying to stay alive amidst the flesh-eater takeover.

    And thanks to Glen Mazzara, who stepped in to fill Darabont's role for season 2 after AMC's behind-the-scenes drama, the series is now exactly what optimistic fans thought it could be all along: bold, fearless storytelling. With its numerous zombie kills, bountiful gore, several major characters' terminations, and a heightened sense of danger supplied by bringing deadly comic book favorites (Michonne, the Governor) into Rick Grimes' ever-threatening world,

    Furthermore, it's the people's show, breaking cable ratings records and dominating social media conversations every Sunday night while never registering with Emmy voters and making many stuffed-shirt pundits resist its genre sensibilities. - Matt Barone






    18. Justified

    Network: FX
    Air Dates: March 16, 2010 – present
    Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts, Nick Searcy, Natalie Zea, Erica Tazel, Raymond J. Barry, Damon Herriman, David Meunier, Jere Burns, Brent Sexton, William Ragsdale, Jeremy Davies, Margo Martindale, Kaitlyn Dever, Mykelti Williamson, Neal McDonough

    In its 2010 premiere run, Justified proved itself to be a good show; in 2011, it became a great one. Two key factors played into the FX series' dramatic improvement, all-important alterations that largely benefited the top-notch performances from lead Timothy Olymphant (as charismatic lawman Raylan Givens) and co-star extraordinaire Walton Goggins (as soulful antagonist Boyd Crowder). The first was a central plot, something that eluded the show in the first season. The second? Casting Margo Martindale as this season's villain.

    Justified's first season often fumbled its way through a procedural approach, developing its main characters while chasing down a new criminal every week. But Martindale's Mags Bennet, the queen bee of a rule-breaking family of hillbilly degenerates, supplied both Raylan and Boyd with a mutually disruptive entity. As a result, Justified found its focus, and season two handled its storyline with admirable grace, subtlety, and unpredictability.

    One of these days, the privileged few who vote on Emmy nominations will wake up, acknowledge the cowboy hat, and give Timothy Olyphant a statue. Each season so far, Olyphant, as US Marshal Raylan Givens, has continued his small-screen reign of excellence. Charming, imposing, and able to crack wise better than most of his TV peers, Olyphant holds the Kentucky-set series down without falling behind his equally proficient co-stars. - Matt Barone




    14. Game of Thrones

    Network: HBO
    Air Dates: April 17, 2011 – present
    Stars: Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harrington, Charles Dance, Liam Cunningham, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Richard Madden, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Alfie Allen, Jack Gleeson

    Someone should time how long the opening credits sequence for HBO's Game of Thrones runs—it has to be the longest on all of television. And that's because the gruesome, captivating sword-and-sorcery series, based on author George R.R. Martin's best-selling A Song of Fire and Ice book series, seems to average at least one new character introduced per episode. Somehow—perhaps through the kind of magic seen on the show—showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss consistently weave a multifaceted and endlessly compelling yarn around Game of Throne's stacked cast.

    During the show's debut season, breakouts like Peter Dinklage (as pint-sized shotcaller and ladies man Tyrion Lannister) and Emilia Clarke (the golden-haired dragon lady Daenerys Targaryen) received most of the attention, but season two saw a few previously limited performers step to the forefront in major ways.

    Of special note were Alfie Allen, who gave the suddenly megalomaniacal Theon Greyjoy's violent quest for power a stark (no pun intended) vulnerability; Sophie Turner, the brave young actress who shares most scenes with that sniveling bastard Joffrey (Jack Glesson) and continually manages to hold her own; and Maisie Williams, the 15-year-old wonder who played little Arya's undercover survival within the Lannister family's guarded walls with a sympathetic toughness.

    How Game of Thrones balances so many rich characters while delivering eye-grabbing moments of wild carnage and pricey visual effects is one of the show's many selling points. That just goes to show you the paramount importance of substance over style. - Matt Barone




    10. Twin Peaks

    Network: ABC
    Air Dates: April 8, 1990 - June 10, 1991
    Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Madchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn, Michael Ontkean, Richard Breymer, Joan Chen, Piper Laurie, Peggy Lipton, Everett McGill, James Marshall, Jack Nance, Warren Frost, Harry Goaz, Michael Horse, Russ Tamblyn, Ray Wise

    It's not exactly "going out on a limb" to declare that network TV will never air another show quite like Twin Peaks. Much like how cinemas don't regularly screen films comparable to Blue Velvet or Mulholland Drive. The common denominator here, of course, is David Lynch, the unclassifiable filmmaker whose wonderfully odd sensibilities own stock in horror, drama, romance, comedy, and brain-scrambling WTF-ness.

    All of those elements, and plenty more, were the high points of Twin Peaks, the anything but routine procedural soap, co-created by Lynch and Mark Frost, that left viewers scratching their temples through its two-season existence. When they weren't scratching, though, viewers were applauding the show's uncanny knack for producing shivers and awkward laughs in equal measure.

    The plot of Twin Peaks, or whatever semblance of coherent narrative there was, traced the investigations of one Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle McLachlan), a beguiling lead character obsessed with nabbing the person who killed homecoming queen Laura Palmer; unlike AMC's The Killing, though, the whodunit side of Twin Peaks played second fiddle to the show's beautifully random scenes. - Matt Barone




    9. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Network: The WB, UPN
    Air Dates: March 10, 1997 - May 20, 2003
    Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Anthony Stewart Head, Alyson Hannigan, David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, James Marsters, Juliet Landau, Eliza Dushku, Seth Green, Marc Blucas, Emma Caulfield, Michelle Trachtenberg, Amber Benson

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer seemingly had it all: monsters, comedy, interesting characters, and talented actors. So what did the Joss Whedon-controlled show lack? The amount of viewers necessary to extend its current reputation beyond cult status. Buffy's loyal viewers, as well as the critics wise enough to hop on board, know they had something special, though, and aware True Blood fans hopefully realize that Sookie Stackhouse's universe is an inferior substitute for Buffy's creature-packed world.

    Whedon and company kept the ghouls front and center throughout Buffy's seven seasons, yet no hour was as nightmarishly scary as "Hush", the show's crown jewel of horror. In the Whedon-directed episode (which he also co-wrote), a pack of suit-wearing, Joker-crossed-with-skeleton-looking ghouls known as "The Gentlemen" come to town and steal people's voices, resulting in an episode that's predominantly without dialogue. Brave formal decisions like this one separated Buffy from the rest of the pack. - Matt Barone




    8. NYPD Blue

    Network: ABC
    Air Dates: September 21, 1993 – March 1, 2005
    Stars: Dennis Franz, David Caruso, Jimmy Smits, Rich Schroder, Kim Delaney, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Henry Simmons, Gordon Clapp, Bill Brochtup, James McDaniel, Nicholas Turturro, Esai Morales, Sharon Lawrence, Amy Brenneman

    When all else fails during pilot season, and networks can't scrounge up any unique programming, there will always be the police procedural format. Year in and year out, channels both basic and cable premiere new shows steeped in the world of crime-solving, typically with crooked cops, flawed heroes, and a dead body or two per episode. And the sad fact is that every one of these programs is trying to be even half as great as NYPD Blue.

    Co-created by Steven Bochco and David Milch, ABC's seminal police drama never skirted over the harsh realities associated with protecting and serving. The violence was raw, the characters were both likable and damaged (and sometimes naked), and fan favorites weren't immune to death. NYPD Blue thrived on the kind of naturally powerful storytelling that later procedurals have so desperately forced into clichéd submission. - Matt Barone




    7. The Twilight Zone

    Network: CBS
    Air Dates: October 2, 1959 - June 19, 1964
    Stars: Various

    How many times have you heard someone, when in a bizarre situation, say, "It feels like I'm in the The Twilight Zone"? There's one man to thank for that ongoing pop culture reference point: Rod Serling, the game-changer responsible for several award-winning TV scripts, but most notably known for creating the groundbreaking anthology series The Twilight Zone.

    Given a look today, the Zone's greatest episodes still hold up as television's best examples of thought-provoking and unsettling storytelling. Serling and his writing team (led by Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont), probed societal issues and everyman fears with a genre-specific eye, inserting aliens, time travel, horror, and sometimes dark comedy into the everyday world as mirrors for viewers to confront harsh realities. The show was incredibly ahead of its time.

    And it was, more often than not, scary as hell. Try driving on an open road alone at night after watching "The Hitchhiker", or not shivering in the presence of mannequins once you've seen "After Hours". We still get paranoid while flying on airplanes ("Nightmare At 20,000 Feet"), reading cookbooks ("To Serve Man"), and quarreling with neighbors ("The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street").

    Television producers have tried time and time again to match what Serling did back in the early '60s, but to no avail. What's most scary about The Twilight Zone is how brilliant it remains today. - Matt Barone




    6. Six Feet Under

    Network: HBO
    Air Dates: June 3, 2001 – August 21, 2005
    Stars: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, James Cromwell, Freddy Rodriguez, Rachel Griffiths, Justina Machado, Jeremy Sisto, Mathew St. Patrick, Joanna Cassidy, Tim Maculan, Patricia Clarkson, Lili Taylor

    Death is the great equalizer, but it’s also what separates Six Feet Under from other dramas. Centered on the survivors of a funeral director who dies accidentally in the pilot and leaves the Fisher family funeral home to his sons, the multi-layered series, created by American Beauty writer Alan Ball, explored familial conflicts as well as personal, religious, and philosophical perspectives on mortality.

    Death was never distant, as each episode opened with someone’s expiration, bringing a new body and more questions into the lives of the grieving family members, who continued to converse with imagined versions of their deceased patriarch, hoping to sort out the great mystery of life.

    Profoundly moving and resonant for anyone who will die someday—which, if you haven’t realized yet, means you—Six Feet Under is a must-watch before you kick the bucket. - Justin Monroe




    5. Deadwood

    Network: HBO
    Air Dates: March 21, 2004 – August 27, 2006
    Stars: Timothy Olymphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, John Hawkes, Jim Beaver, Brad Dourif, Paula Malcolmson, William Sanderson, Kim Dickens, Robin Weigert, Dayton Calle, W. Earl Brown, Powers Boothe, Keith Carradine

    HBO's ferocious and poetic Deadwood, a historical drama spanning two years in the history of a frontier town in the Dakotas, had the richest use of language American telvision has ever experienced. The beautiful words put in the mouths of the lowlifes, prostitutes, and lawmen by David Milch and his team of writers attracted much attention for the show's liberal use of the words "fuck" and "cocksucker," but the deserve just as much scrutiny for their stunning power.

    "If I bleat when I speak it's because I just got fuckin' fleeced." That's saloon owner Al Swearengen (played with fierce intelligence by Ian McShane) speaking coarse and quotable in damn near iambic pentameter. Swearengen, like all of the show's components, has a basis in historical fact—this is one well researched beast you're dealing with. There was a real Deadwood. Wild Bill Hickok was killed there. The Gem saloon really stood on that bloody, muddy ground.

    But don't get stuck on the realness. The Deadwood created by the writers and actors involved with the HBO masterpiece is wholly theirs, a wonderful fiction where pimps deliver soliloquies whilst getting head, and profanity takes on a poetic dimension Shakespeare would've approved of. - Ross Scarano




    4. Mad Men

    Network: AMC
    Air Dates: July 19, 2007 – present
    Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Batt, Jared Harris, Kiernan Shipka, Jessica Pare, Michael Gladis, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Christopher Stanley, Jay R. Ferguson

    How many hours have we spent with Don Draper by now?

    As TV becomes more cinematic (and thus richer) with regards to camera movement and editing, as it begins to play with form in the exciting ways, the medium will continue to stand distinct from film because of duration. You don't even get two hours with Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane. On the eve of the Mad Men's sixth season, we've spent roughly 50 hours with Don Draper (Jon Hamm). And given the pace of AMC's long, hard gaze into the ad industry of the '60s, those hours feel especially packed.

    Testifying to the power of duration, Mad Men's unfurling arcs have asked viewers to evolve their feelings in ways that are only possible with time—lots of time. If you'd told me circa season one that I would feel something other than revulsion at the dawn of season six for Pete Campbell, the WASPy ad exec with the punchable face, I wouldn't have believed you. But as in life, relationships change and grow. My relationship with Pete (and to hell with you if you think that's a strange thing to say) is entirely different now. This is a beautiful and powerful thing, art that asks you to change. It should not be underestimated.

    When it's over, Matthew Weiner's Mad Men may very well be remembered as the greatest show to emerge from TV's golden age. Exploring the complicated tangle of the personal and the political at an ad agency during one of America's most turbulent decades has provided viewers with enough indelible images and fascinating characters to populate entire novels. And the show only gets better as it incorporates more of the formal innovations of cinema into its machinery.

    It's not right that I have to invoke other art forms to express the genius of Mad Men. It's lazy, for one thing. But it's also a reflection of the adolescence television is experiencing. The medium is still finding out what it can do. We're lucky, all of us, to be alive to watch. - Ross Scarano




    3. Breaking Bad

    Network: AMC
    Air Dates: January 20, 2008 – present
    Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, RJ Mitte, Giancarlo Esposito, Jonathan Banks

    It's hard to fathom that there are still people out there who've never seen AMC's Breaking Bad; at this point, creator Vince Gilligan's bleak and unpredictable drama should be required viewing for anyone who owns a DVR machine.

    As sickly chemistry teacher turned crystal meth cook Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and his unstable partner (Aaron Paul) descend further into the drug world's abyss, Breaking Bad continually outdoes itself, pushing TV's boundaries with shocking violence, complicated storytelling, and fearless performances. As it approaches its finale, we'll see if it can become that thing that's eluded TV lovers for so long: the perfect show. - Matt Barone




    2. The Sopranos

    Network: HBO
    Air Dates: January 10, 1999 – June 10, 2007
    Stars: James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, Robert Iler, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Drea de Matteo, Tony Sirico, Steven Van Zandt, Vincent Pastore, David Proval, Aida Turturro, Nancy Marchand, Steven R. Schirripa, Federico Castelluccio, John Ventimiglia, Vincent Curatola, Steve Buscemi, Max Casella, Joe Pantoliano, Joseph R. Gannascoli

    As with any intimate relationship, the connection that exists between viewer and television series can be a complicated one. Like any loved one, the television characters we come to know best have the ability to trigger a range of emotions—glee, despair, surprise, fear, anger—allowing us to love them and hate them in equal parts.

    In the history of television, few shows have engaged viewers as passionately as David Chase's The Sopranos, the story of a New Jersey mob boss with mommy issues. (OK, so it's a bit more complicated.) Steeped in nihilism and based in the psychotherapy process, the show—which ran for six seasons on HBO between 1999 and 2007—has been cited by many critics as one of the greatest series in the history of television. And with very good reason.

    The Sopranos set the standard for excellence on HBO, and captured the attention of the nation. Has any recent TV finale been discussed more than the end of this series? No. And we'll continue to discuss it. We'll only continue to analyze the mob epic that was so much more. - Jennifer Wood




    1. The Wire

    Network: HBO
    Air Dates: June 2, 2002 – March 9, 2008
    Stars: Dominic West, Idris Elba, Wood Harris, Michael K. Williams, Wendell Pierce, Lance Reddick, Andre Royo, Aidan Gillen, Amy Ryan, John Doman, Frankie Faison, Larry Gillard, Jr., Deirdre Lovejoy, Sonja Sohn, Clarke Peters, Jamie Hector, Tristan Wilds, Isiah Whitlock, Jr.

    What more can be said? That The Wire is the most important television series of the 21st century is practically textbook truth. Fueled by incredible anger and empathy, David Simon's panorama of Baltimore cast the war on drugs as the futile tragedy so many Americans have known it to be, while also shining light on the unending games all institutions play to keep the oppressed oppressed, and the stats squeaky clean.

    The Wire began, in its first season, by chronicling the Barksdale drug operation and the struggle of the police assigned to bring it down. From that center, the other stories radiated outward like the spokes of a wheel. The second season brought the docks to the forefront. The race for mayor of Baltimore entered with the third season. The fourth focused on the nightmare of public education. The fifth tackled the newspaper.

    Listing the moving parts does nothing to explain the work of the machine. And, as should be the case with all great art, no piece of writing can take the place of the series itself.

    The Wire wasn't perfect. The newspaper arc and serial killer debacle of the fifth season remain missteps. Still, when the show was great—and the first four seasons are peerless—it was moving in a way that had you reaching for a Bible, for the Communist Manifesto, for some massive text that offers guidance in tough times.

    Art should help you become a better human, and dammit if The Wire didn't do just that. - Ross Scarano





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    "Doctor Who" fans, get ready for timelines to collide: David Tennant and Matt Smith just finished their first read through for the sci-fi staple's upcoming 50th anniversary special.

    The official BBC "Doctor Who" Twitter account blasted the above photo of the pair following the read through. We certainly hope it was a success.

    While storyline details for the 50th anniversary special are being kept under wraps, it was recently confirmed that Tennant would return for the episode. Is it possible we'll see Doctors Ten (Tennant) and Eleven (Smith) share the screen? And what role will another returning favorite -- Billie Piper as companion Rose Tyler -- play in the adventure?

    We know current companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) will be involved, and by the time the special arrives on Nov. 23, we should have an explanation for her mysterious ability to appear at various points throughout time.

    "Doctor Who" is currently airing on BBC America in the U.S.

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    Put James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson in a room together and there’s no telling what’s going to happen. They might make a sequel to Pineapple Express, they might try and perform an exorcism, or they might just rip each other to shreds verbally for each other’s enjoyment. And that’s not even considering what’s going on outside.

    In This is the End, written and directed by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, those six actors are the survivors of a massive, star-studded party that occurs at James Franco’s house during the start of the apocalypse. Many stars die and, come June 12, many laughs will be had. After the big WonderCon panel over the weekend (read our coverage and interview here) they’re debuting a brand new red-band trailer. Check it out below, and check back later this week for the tamer, but still hilarious, green band trailer too.

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    Between the trailers, the stills, and your vague recollections of 9th grade English class, you may feel like you’ve already seen Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Great Gatsby. Even so, this awards bait adaptation turned summer blockbuster certainly looks appealing — especially in these pensive new character posters, which combine fabulous ’20s style with the shiniest eyes this side of The Host.

    Can English rose Carey Mulligan credibly embody American Jazz Age icon Daisy Buchanan? Will Leonardo DiCaprio’s Gatsby force the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to finally come to its senses? And what’s Tobey Maguire like these days, anyway? We won’t know for sure until Gatsby is finally released May 10 — but in the meantime, these six images can get the discussion started. Prepare to be borne back ceaselessly into the past:

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    Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby
    Co-starring the verdant glow that taught you what symbolism is.

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    What a beautiful little fool.


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    This is the Aussie actress’s first major film role; she made her big screen debut in the 2011 comedy A Few Best Men.


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    Look familiar? It should; Warner Bros. released another version of this poster in December.


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    This may or may not double as his Pleasantville yearbook photo.


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    Maybe he’s not so jazzed about the movie’s released being pushed back after all.


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    Season 5 - Episode 9




    Challenge Winner

    Jinkx Monsoon

    Bottom 2

    Alyssa Edwards


    CoCo Montrese

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    Alyssa Edwards


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    Praise Heathus there is a new puppet PSA and I don't have to watch the old one anymore. Alyssa's orgasm was everything oh my God. :-X On a side note just wanted to give everyone a heads up that I won't be doing a Drag Race post next week because I'll be out of town for work.

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    Fun fact: According to an interview with James Purefoy they have filmed multiple endings for the season finale so that the actual ending doesn't leak. As always this post has been brought to you by actual fanboy Mike Weston

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    Haim have covered The Strokes''I'll Try Anything Once'– you can listen to the song. Fans of The Strokes will be familiar with the song, which is an early version of the New York band's 'You Only Live Once'. The track was also released in the UK as a B-side to 'Heart In A Cage' in 2006.

    Frontman Julian Casablanca often played 'I'll Try Anything Once' during his solo tour in 2010 which, as Consequence Of Sound reports, featured Danielle Haim as a member of the backing band. Danielle and her sisters Alana and Este recorded their version for Sirius XMU.

    Meanwhile, Haim release their their new EP, 'Falling', today (April 1). The title track is backed with remixes by Psychemagik and Duke Dumont. The digital download also comes with a live version of the song, taken from the their set at the iTunes Festival last year in London.

    The group return to the UK later this month as part of their European tour, which kicks off at London's Heaven on April 24. Following show in Paris, Brussels, Cologne, Berlin and Dublin, the band will play Glasgow's SWG3 on May 27 and London's Koko on May 30.

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