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    Upon Head’s Blu-ray Release, Two Monkees Disagree on Its WorthMicky Dolenz loves the surreal 1968 curio, while Peter Tork says it’s “extremely bleak.”
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    Why Has Nobody in a Zombie Movie Ever Heard of Zombies?Vampire and alien victims have heard of them!
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    How OK Go Went to the Dogs in Their New VideoDog whispering on an unprecedented scale.
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    American Idol Finale Recap: It’s All About SimonThe Crystal versus Lee showdown is decided, but it’s an afterthought to homages to the departing Cowell.
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    American Idol Recap: Everybody Hurts, But Mostly LeeIn Simon’s second-to-last episode, Mama Sox shows why she should have the win.
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    American Idol Recap: We Get Our Final Two, to the Sounds of Justin BieberOur finalists are exactly who we thought they’d be months ago.
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    American Idol Recap: Who Had ‘the Moment’?The final three play the judges’ choices, and damned if the judges weren’t right.
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    American Idol Recap: Daughtry Shows That Fourth Place Ain’t So BadAnother contestant goes home, reassured by Daughtry that there’s still a career out there if you miss the top three.
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    American Idol Recap: Jamie Foxx, Movie Star and T-Shirt DispenserThe returning mentor handed out T-shirts labeling each contestant either “Artist” or “Contestant.” None read “I’m With Stupid.”
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    American Idol Recap: Sinatra Takes Another Man DownThe top five become four after Harry Connick Jr.’s tutorials.
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    American Idol Recap: Ol’ Blue Eyes Impersonations Are BackThe final five take on the Sinatra songbook with the wiseassed help of Harry Connick Jr.
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    American Idol: Amid a ‘Country’ Cavalcade, Another Voice SilencedEveryone excelled on Shania Twain night, so for the first time in a while, there was suspense in the bottom three.
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    American Idol Recap: The Judges Try to Pretend Crystal Bowersox Isn’t a Sure Thing on Shania Twain NightIs Crystal the inevitable victor? The judges feign doubt.
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    American Idol Recap: Charity and Cringing on ‘Idol Gives Back’It was all for a good cause, even if the Black Eyed Peas seemed like they were wishing viewers ill.
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    American Idol Recap: A Rare, Shining Moment of PurityAlicia Keys warily and politely mentors, while one contestant lives up to her hopes.
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    MST3K’s Joel Hodgson on Reuniting His Movie RiffersHe’s reunited his ‘MST3K’ crew for the traveling show ‘Cinematic Titanic.’
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    American Idol Recap: Mediocrity Minus TwoIn the midst of a double elimination, Adam Lambert demonstrates what he meant by “performance.”
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    American Idol Recap: Adam Lambert Is Officially Anointed the New ElvisLast year’s runner-up comes back to mentor the contestants in singing the King’s songs.
  19. American Idol Recap: To Save or Not to SaveFor once, the judges seem to really deliberate on whether or not to use their Judges’ Save, as opposed to just be talking about where to have dinner after the show.
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    American Idol Recap: Meet the Beatles KnockoffsThe top nine take on Lennon and/or McCartney songs, with special didgeridoo and bagpipe accompaniments.
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    Idol Recap: And Then There Were NineIn between variety-show-big performances by Diddy, Usher, and Ruben Studdard, someone else gets the boot.
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    Idol Recap: A Very Little Bit of SoulThe top ten take on soul and R&B with guest mentor Usher, who needn’t worry about the competition.
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    Idol Recap: We All Saw This One ComingThe judges didn’t even debate a save for what was widely considered the worst ‘Idol’ performance ever.
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    Idol Recap: Miley Cyrus, World-Weary TutorHannah Montana stopped by to mentor the top eleven.
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    Better Off Ted Creator Victor Fresco on Why His Cult-Favorite Show Likely Got CanceledHe also worked on ‘Andy Richter Controls the Universe.’ Why don’t audiences like odd, clever comedies?
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    Idol Recap: Ke$ha Visits, Shows Fame Isn’t HardThe first of the top twelve goes, while guest performer Ke$ha hobnobs with dancing TVs.
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    American Idol Recap: You Can’t Always Get What You WantOn Rolling Stones night, some of the final twelve are hot stuff, while some leave us so cold, cold, cold.
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    Idol Recap: Crushed Dreams and Bad TasteTwo surprise eliminations puts the voting public’s taste in question … as usual.
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    Idol Recap: Meh Enough to Make a Woman CrySome early favorites tank, some early disasters redeem themselves, and one man drives Kara to tears.
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    Idol Recap: The Good, The Bad, and the WeirdRisk-taking was hard to find in the performances of the final eight women.
  31. American Idol Recap: Down Go Four MoreThough all four of the ousted contestants were minorities, you could only blame their talent for their elimination, not their race.
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    Idol Recap: Now We’re Getting SomewhereThe top ten women perform, and we’ve finally got a competition.
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    American Idol Recap: Men of a Certain RangeUnexpectedly performing a day early, the men show a modicum of improvement. Is that a compliment?
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    Idol Recap: The First EliminationsIs it coincidence that the first singers booted are both Hispanic? And that one of them was actually good?
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    Idol Recap: The Dangers of Listening to the JudgesThough Simon et al scolded the girls for unoriginality last night, the men who attempted originality were slapped down.
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    Idol Recap: 12 Women, 11 SoundalikesOn a largely unoriginal night, most of the dozen women came out desperately trying to sound like someone famous.
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    Idol Recap: Say Goodbye to Hollywood WeekThe judges break all the news, and we finally have our top 24.
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    Idol Recap: The Three Rooms of DoomThe judges start narrowing down to 24, and take their sweet time to give semi-finalists ample time for coronary episodes.
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    Idol Recap: Group Night Finds Its VillainTwo Lady Gaga covers, one Fleetwood Mac, and a whole lot of late-night tears.
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    Idol Recap: Ellen Begins, Paula’s ForgottenDegeneres proves able to criticize in her maiden voyage at the judges’ table.
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    Idol Recap: Reheated LeftoversA compilation of unaired auditions from the last seven shows proved we saw all we needed to.
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    American Idol Recap: Mile-High MediocrityAnd guest-judge Victoria Beckham is back to make sure all is pretty, pretty, pretty.
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    Idol recap: Neil Patrick Harris Out-Simons SimonNPH brought honesty and great judgment to the show. Joe brought his hair.
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    Idol Recap: Katy Perry Outmatures Avril LavigneThe two judges prove a study in contrasts. Guess who’s the snotty one?
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    Idol Recap: Sob Stories & Beatboxing in FloridaKristin Chenoweth of ‘Wicked’ joins the judges for sob stories and beatboxing in Florida.
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    American Idol Recap: Second City, Second-rate TalentYour next ‘American Idol’ likely won’t be coming from Chicago, based on these tryouts.
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    American Idol Recap: Pants Hit the Ground in AtlantaLifetime-movie tales and a whole lot of shrieking drive Simon to his sickbed.
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    American Idol Recap: Simon’s Last Go-round Begins in BostonAs season nine begins, is his farewell tour the beginning of the end for the show?