GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK
The Hobbit fans
After several delays, Peter Jackson has finally begun filming the Lord of the Rings prequel.
Now that Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has backed out, the film is bound to be sadly normal.
Sensing a familiar sinking feeling? ABC is set to air a four-hour Titanic miniseries next year, marking the 100th anniversary of the disaster. Promisingly, it has been scripted by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes, who recently gained praise for his PBS series Downton Abbey.
Bands of All Stripes
The 25th annual South by Southwest music festival in Austin hosted more than 2,000 bands, many hoping to become the next White Stripes or Franz Ferdinand (both discovered at SXSW). Here are three who have a great shot. Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea, held together by front woman Atkins' bluesy ballads of lost love; Incan Abraham, with wistful, psychedelic pop that's bound to leave you feeling nostalgic; and the David Wax Museum, which fuses Americana with the rural Mexican folk music (son mexicano) that the Harvard-educated Wax studied on fellowship.
'F--- that guy for thinking anybody and everybody should want to do Glee ... I watched 10 minutes. It's not my thing.'
DAVE GROHL, Foo Fighters lead singer, on Glee creator Ryan Murphy. Guns N' Roses' Slash, Gorillaz' Damon Albarn and Kings of Leon have also given Murphy verbal smackdowns
Can she fight crime in all that latex? On March 18, Adrianne Palicki, star of The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, the upcoming NBC/David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal) relaunch of the '70s series, stepped out in a very shiny new outfit. While some praised the skin-tight suit, others said the design was more Halloween than hero.
No chance of scoring an invite to Kate and William's nuptials? Just pick up a needle and some yarn. Fiona Goble's Knit Your Own Royal Wedding, on sale March 29, demonstrates how to create the whole Buckingham Palace crew in craft form.
The Music Is ... Back?
Remember when MTV used to play music videos? Yeah, we don't either. Now the network plans to revive the alternative-music program 120 Minutes with its original host, Matt Pinfield. The show's first incarnation aired from 1986 to 2000 and featured videos by the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead and Blur. But the new show will air only once a month, on secondary station MTV2. Apparently this whole music-video thing still isn't as appealing as seven strangers drinking together in a hot tub.
Losing a Companion
Who's going to shill for Powdermilk Biscuits now? After 37 years as host of the long-running public-radio show A Prairie Home Companion, 68-year-old Garrison Keillor says he plans to retire in 2013, hopefully to a spot where everyone is strong, good-looking and above average.