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Watch: Winona Ryder and 'Submarine' actor star in Tim Burton-directed Killers video

Watch: Winona Ryder and 'Submarine' actor star in Tim Burton-directed Killers video

Band cancels some dates due to laryngitis

When the Killers have Tim Burton on hand to direct their new music video, you have to expect at least a little star power (and some black and white stripes). "Here With Me" has both, with Winona Ryder starring as the companion and obsession of Craig Roberts, who you may recognize as the lead of "Submarine."

You didn't see "Submarine?" Well, watch it right after watching this.

The Killers are house band to Roberts' character's waltz with a wax figure-slash-mannequin, as he imagines that a very famous woman is his sweetheart. It's a beautiful short, in addition to being kind of funny and disturbed.

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<p>&quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;deserved another seat at the Top 10 table for the drama's fifth season.</p>

"Mad Men" deserved another seat at the Top 10 table for the drama's fifth season.

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TV Top 10 of 2012: 'Mad Men,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Parks and Recreation' & more

It was a much stronger year for veteran series than new ones

If you've been reading me a long time, you know I'm a complete wimp when it comes to making lists. Tell me to pick 10 shows, and I'll pick at least 11 — or, if I can, just do multiple lists. (I'm the guy who had to come up with seven different lists to break down the best of the '00s.)

For my list of the best TV shows of 2012, I actually stuck to 10 — and you can see and hear about all my choices in the video embedded at the top of this post — but only because I knew that I would be doing a longer written list next week, featuring my top 20 shows of the year. Like I said, wimp.

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<p>Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl at the 12-12-12 relief concert</p>

Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl at the 12-12-12 relief concert

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Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' soundtrack revealed: Trent Reznor, Josh Homme, McCartney

'Real to Reel' out in March

It's officially revealed that more than just the surviving members of Nirvana and Paul McCartney will be on the forthcoming soundtrack to Dave Grohl's documentary "Sound City." Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, Josh Homme and more will be on "Sound City - Real to Reel," due on March 12.

iTunes posted the tracklist to the album, which includes songs performed in the documentary and those "inspired" by the gatherings therein. I'm personally looking forward to hearing that final track, with just Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Homme and Reznor, a track called "Mantra." The rhythm section for Rage Against the Machine -- Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford -- is also in the house, on top of the reunion of Pat Smear, Grohl and Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) with Paul McCartney for the now-released "Cut Me Some Slack." The latter tune was performed at the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief earlier this week.

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Pedro Almodovar's teaser trailer for 'I'm So Excited' will make you smile

Pedro Almodovar's teaser trailer for 'I'm So Excited' will make you smile

Are the Pointer Sisters ready for a comeback?

Looking for something to make you smile today?  Well, Sony Classics released a teaser for Pedro Almodovar's new comedy "I'm So Excited" and thanks to the Pointer Sisters the minor subtitles at the beginning really aren't necessary.

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<p>Jafar Panahi &amp; Moitaba Mirtahmasb's &quot;This is Not a Film,&quot;&nbsp;a finalist for the Best Documentary&nbsp;Feature Oscar, made the list.</p>

Jafar Panahi & Moitaba Mirtahmasb's "This is Not a Film," a finalist for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar, made the list.

Credit: Palisades Tartan

'Holy Motors' tops Film Comment's list of the year's best

'Our Chidren' leads list of undistributed films

It really feels petty and pointless in light of this morning's events to forge ahead with stuff like this. Anne Thompson and I dropped our top 10 lists to start the day and, quite clearly, more important things are dominating our hearts and minds at the moment. Nevertheless, diversion and the distraction has always been the identity of the magic of the movies, so Film Comment's announcement of the year's best comes at as appreciated a time as any.

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Watch: Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples and Sean Lennon spread cheer on 'Colbert Report'

Watch: Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples and Sean Lennon spread cheer on 'Colbert Report'

Trio sings Lennon/Ono classic, 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)'

Stephen Colbert spread a lot of Christmas cheer last night as Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples, and John Lennon/Yoko Ono’s son Sean Lennon performed Lennon/Ono’s holiday staple, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” on “The Colbert Report” final new show of the season.

[More after the jump...]

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"Zombie Apocalypse"

 "Zombie Apocalypse"

Credit: Discovery

A 'Zombie Apocalypse' may not be probable, but it's not impossible, either

While preppers prep, a Harvard professor considers what it would take

Most of us think watching "Walking Dead" or any of the many zombie-themed TV shows and movies out there is just pure, escapist fun. After all, zombies as a concept don't even make much sense. What could possibly happen to turn otherwise normal people into drooling, possibly brain dead, people-eating machines? It's a question asked on Discovery Channel's "Zombie Apocalypse" (Tues. Dec. 18 at 10:00 p.m.), which features real people preparing for the worst and scientists mulling over what could actually happen. The bad news? A zombie pandemic may not be likely or even probable, but impossible? Not exactly.  

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<p>Joaquin Phoenix in &quot;The Master.&quot;</p>

Joaquin Phoenix in "The Master."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

'The Master' leads with 10 Chicago critics' nods

'Beasts of the Southern Wild' also gets a boost

It may have struggled to gain a foothold this week with groups like SAG and the HFPA, but "The Master" remains a pet of the critical community that has championed it since the fall. Right after The Guardian team named it the top film of 2012, Paul Thomas Anderson's thorny character study received further good news today from the Chicago Film Critics' Association, as it led their nominations list with a whopping 10 mentions.

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<p>&quot;The Wire&quot;&nbsp;came up during my CNN&nbsp;appearance today.</p>

"The Wire" came up during my CNN appearance today.

Credit: HBO

What's Alan being watched on: More 'The Revolution Was Televised' link-blogging

Appearances on CNN, public radio and more

My largely improvised book tour for "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever" made its first stop on television this morning, as I was a guest for a segment on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien." A good time was had by all (one of the panelists even wanted to continue the discussion during the commercial break), and it also provided me with an excuse to finally learn how to tie a half-Windsor knot. (My dad taught me the four-in-hand, and that's more or less where my tie education stopped.) If you want to see me in moving picture form, here I am: 

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Oscar Talk: Ep. 99 -- The top 10 films of 2012

Oscar Talk: Ep. 99 -- The top 10 films of 2012

Other than a brief bit of business it's all about top 10 lists this week

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

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<p>Jackie Weaver and Robert De Niro in &quot;Silver Linings Playbook&quot;</p>

Jackie Weaver and Robert De Niro in "Silver Linings Playbook"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

'Silver Linings Playbook' wins with Detroit film critics

'Lincoln' picks up two prizes

After leading the way with nominations recently, David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" has been crowned Best Picture by the Detroit Film Critics Society. David O. Russell won Best Director and Best Screenplay, Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress and Robert De Niro took Best Supporting Actor. Check out the full list of winners below and as always, keep track of the ups and downs of the season via The Circuit.

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<p>Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) gets his Heisenberg on in a &quot;Colbert Report&quot;&nbsp;mash-up of &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Downton Abbey.&quot;</p>

Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) gets his Heisenberg on in a "Colbert Report" mash-up of "Breaking Bad" and "Downton Abbey."

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This week in pop culture mash-ups: 'Breaking Bad' meets 'The Wire' & 'Downton Abbey'

Is it more fun to see 'Wire'-style credits, or Mr. Carson brewing illegal tea?

Pop culture mash-ups are fun. Pop culture mash-ups are easy to do. (Says the man who cooked up a "Mad Men"/"Watchmen" Tumblr in about five minutes back in the spring, then forgot it existed within days.) Doing a really great one, though, requires real creativity and attention to detail. 

Two recent "Breaking Bad" -related mash-ups illustrate this. On last night's "Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert had fun with reports that Michelle Obama had requested DVDs of "Downton Abbey" season 3 so she wouldn't have to wait for the show's American premiere on January 6. As payback, he said, he recruited recent guest Vince Gilligan and "Downton" co-stars Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter and Rob James-Collier to spoil the new season of "Breaking Bad" — or, rather, "Breaking Abbey" — for us.

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