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Mixed Notes - May 3

By Rich Heldenfels Published: May 3, 2012

I saw "The Avengers" Thursday and you can read my review here. It may sound more critical than the star rating (3 1/2 out of 4) indicates, but there were several ideas at work. On the one hand, I felt quite content at movie's end and had found the long action segment exhilarating. On the other hand, especially with popcorn movies like this, there are usually flaws -- and we should not pretend the movie is flawless just because we enjoyed it. In addition, some of the early critical enthusiasm has felt over-the-top, or indicative of short critical memories. So I spent a good bit of space on the flaws even as I admitted that I had a good time.

Today's mailbag is here.

Also of interest is my colleague Malcolm Abram's review of the new Bob Marley documentary here.

If you are wondering about "The Choice," the new show promoted during last night's "American Idol," here's the official word from Fox:

FOX takes the dating game show for a spin by giving celebrities THE CHOICE to prove that love is really blind. Hosted by Cat Deeley and debuting Thursday, June 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), THE CHOICE features the world’s most eligible celebrities (to be announced) competing to find true love among a group of sexy singles…they can’t see.

“We wanted to put a new spin on the dating game show that gives celebrities THE CHOICE of a lifetime and the chance to prove you really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover,” said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

Filmed in front of a live audience, each episode begins with four of the world’s most eligible bachelors sitting in rotating chairs, turning their backs on love and unable to see the sexy singles looking for a date with fame. In this initial “Blind Round,” each celebrity can only use his suitors’ voices – as they share information about their life, passions, turn-ons and turn-offs – to help himself make THE CHOICE. When the celebrity bachelor likes what he hears, he pulls his “love handle,” spinning his chair around to bring him face-to-face for the first time with his potential mate. If more than one celebrity pulls the handle, they must battle it out for her affection until the sexy single gets THE CHOICE to pick whose dating pool she wants to swim in.

Once each bachelor has his three hotties, the teams enter the “Speed Choice” round, where each woman has only seconds to convince her leading man to sweep her off her feet to the final round.

In the final round, love is on the line when host Deeley poses a challenge question to each of the team’s final two. The celebrities must then make THE CHOICE between each of their two remaining eligible ladies, whisking one away on a dream date and leaving one in no man’s land.

Some of the world's most famous bachelorettes will also be blinded by love in an episode that features the ladies sitting in the hot seats. These coveted women will make not only their chairs, but their suitors’ heads spin when the men realize this is a date of a lifetime.

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