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Star Apps: 'Jersey Boys'

"Jersey Boys" actors John Lloyd Young (Frankie Valli), Erich Bergen (Bob Gaudio), and Michael Lomenda (Nick Massi) play three-fourths of '60s rock group the Four Seasons ("Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Dawn," "Who Loves You") in Clint Eastwood's big-screen adaptation of the Tony-winning musical. The Four Seasons longed to shoot up from their blue-collar New Jersey neighborhood to the top of the national charts. Likewise, this trio of theater actors, mostly known for playing the Four Seasons in the "Jersey Boys&… Read more

Star Apps: Paul Haggis

After overhearing erroneous reactions at recent screenings of "Third Person," the film's screenwriter and director, Paul Haggis, is nervous about whether viewers will follow his three interlocking love stories. But Haggis aims to challenge audiences, as his heroes François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and Pier Paolo Pasolini challenged him, so he is OK with viewer uncertainty. "You have to have an emotional, visceral reaction to a movie...but you don't necessarily have to understand everything right away," he said during our recent interview. We also chatted about the laziness of today's audiences, … Read more

Hulu Plus review

The Hulu Plus app lets Hulu Plus subscribers watch TV and movies on their Android devices. The app is free, but not the subscription to Hulu Plus. You can try Hulu Plus free for one week, but you'll need to supply credit card information. The app displays free Hulu content, too, but you'll still need to supply a credit card number to open it.

Pros

Hulu to go: Being able to access Hulu Plus on your phone means you can watch your favorite shows and movies wherever you are.

Facebook sign-in: You can log in to existing Hulu … Read more

CNN App for Android review

The redesigned CNN App for Android looks great and operates smoothly, providing you with a wealth of hot news from one of the world's most reliable sources. Unless you live in the US, however, you won't be able to access the integrated TV channel.

Pros

Allows you to post comments: CNN App for Android preserves the core functionality of the official Web site, enabling you not only to read news items, but also discuss them with other people. Other news apps we've tried don't always support comments.

Beautiful and accessible layout: News items are presented in … Read more

Star Apps: Paramore

Almost a decade after releasing breakthrough album "All We Know Is Falling," Paramore's star continues to rise. The three-time Grammy-nominated rock group's latest album, "Paramore" (2013), debuted at No. 1 on Billboard and has already spawned two top 10 singles, "Still Into You" and "Ain't It Fun." Paramore co-headlines with Fall Out Boy for this summer's Monumentour, kicking off June 19 in Hartford, Connecticut. I chatted with lead vocalist Hayley Williams as she prepared to hit the road.

Were you surprised that a funky single like "Ain'… Read more

Star Apps: Julie Benz of 'Defiance'

Picture it: The town of Defiance, 2047, seven years after war between humans and aliens has destroyed the planet. Both groups have formed a fragile peace as they work to rebuild, but that peace is threatened once more in Season 2 of the Emmy-nominated Syfy series. Julie Benz, perhaps best known as Darla on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and as Dexter's wife Rita, plays former mayor Amanda Rosewater on "Defiance." She chatted with me about figure skating, playing characters that defy social mores, the Defiance video game, and her favorite apps.

After an injury, you … Read more

GasBuddy review

GasBuddy is a fully loaded application that assists you in finding inexpensive gas near you. Features like reporting gas prices and entering daily contests help create an active community of devotees.

Pros

Active members: GasBuddy relies on self-reporting to ensure its prices are accurate. Because you win prizes and awards by reporting this price information, it helps increase the amount of information you can find.

Correct prices: Our tests showed that almost all gas prices were accurate when compared to the stations, themselves, with most differences being only a tenth of a cent.

Total package: For a free application, GasBuddy … Read more

Star Apps: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

From "Beowulf" to "The Hobbit," men and dragons just can't seem to get along. This is certainly the case in 2010's "How to Train Your Dragon," until a young Viking dragon hunter, Hiccup, has a change of heart and eventually brings peace to warring factions. Four years later, when this amity is threatened, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), his girlfriend Astrid (America Ferrera), and their entire island of Berk must go to war to preserve the peace in "How to Train Your Dragon 2." I chatted with Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera … Read more

Star Apps: Eric Benet

Eric Benet's sultriest singles ("Femininity," "Georgy Porgy," "Spend My Life with You," "I Wanna Be Loved," "You're the Only One," and "Sometimes I Cry") could be at least partially responsible for bringing new life into the world. But loss is what taught the R&B crooner the meaning of family. Benet talked to me about overcoming loss, his new album, romantic regrets, his most devoted female fan, and his favorite apps.

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Star Apps: Steve Miller Band

When Steve Miller produced "The Joker" back in 1973, he wasn't expecting a hit. Eight albums into Steve Miller Band's career, the lead vocalist and guitarist was prepared to be dropped by his label, since his previous two efforts had suffered lackluster sales. So he took a creative risk, trading heavy psychedelia for a softer rock sound. The title track, which took almost three weeks to record, resonated with the public, winning the band its first No. 1 single and platinum-selling album. Steve Miller Band went on to issue a string of successful singles: "Space … Read more