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Sean P. Means
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From left, finalists Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and host Ryan Seacrest appear onstage at the "American Idol" finale on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
The Cricket's Daily 3: 'Idol' winner, from obscurity to ... slightly less obscurity?

Here's what's happening today in pop culture:

• Phillip Phillips is your new "American Idol." I'm sure we'll remember his name forever, just like last year's winner, ... uh, help me out here. [Los Angeles Times]

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• "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," the heavily-hyped sequel that was set to open June 29, has suddenly been pushed back to March 29, 2013. The studio's official line is that it wants a good 3-D conversion, which will boost the international box office. The probable real reason: Fear of bombing like the last Hasbro-linked movie, "Battleship." [The Hollywood Reporter]

• A New York Times profile of "Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons mentions, in passing, that he's gay. This is being treated as big news on the Internet, for some strange reason. [The New York Times; Washington Post]



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