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Top Picks: American Idol returns, 'The Social Network' on DVD, French film online, and more

A new season of Idol (minus Cowell,) 'The Social Network' released on DVD, the first French online film festival, and more recommendations

"American Idol" returns for its 10th season. The acerbic Simon Cowell has been replaced
by two industry pros, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.

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"American Idol," the Fox network juggernaut, returns for its 10th season. A few changes spice up this now-familiar sing-off: The acerbic Simon Cowell has been replaced by two industry pros, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez (pictured), and the minimum age requirement has been lowered to 15. The season kicks off Jan. 19 with a two-hour episode at 8 p.m. and returns Jan. 20 for a single hour.

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