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<p>B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling in &quot;The Mindy Project.&quot;</p>

B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling in "The Mindy Project."

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Review: 'The Mindy Project' - 'Harry & Sally'

B.J. Novak steps in front of the camera as the series revisits romantic comedy territory

A quick review of last night's "The Mindy Project" coming up just as soon as I drive a motorcycle through a flaming hoop...

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<p>Adam Pally and Zachary Knighton in &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Adam Pally and Zachary Knighton in "Happy Endings."

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Review: 'Happy Endings' - 'The Marry Pranksters/Our Best Friend's Wedding'

Max plots revenge, Penny gets big news, and Dave turns bride-zilla

A quick review of last night's "Happy Endings" two-fer coming up just as soon as I do a run/walk for sexual blindness...

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<p>Harvey Weinstein</p>

Harvey Weinstein

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Roundup: Harvey's mea culpa on 'Django' and 'The Master'

Also: Streisand to perform at Oscars, and 'The Sapphires' sweeps Down Under

Harvey Weinstein has had enough success in the Oscar campaigning game -- including twin Best Picture bids this year for "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Django Unchained" -- that it can't pain him too much to admit to the odd miscalculation. Still, it's interesting to see him do so in an interview with Deadline's Mike Fleming. Weinstein blames Quentin Tarantino's absence from the Best Director category (hardly an easy race to crack this year, as Ben Affleck can tell you) on his own tardiness in sending out DVD screeners. He also claims he mismarketed Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master": "I think the audience had trouble with the movie and needed to be guided and eased into it ... My attachment to 'The Master' was not the Scientology or religion; it was that in WWII, people like my dad and other combat veterans came back and were just lost after the war. Maybe if I’d explained the movie in those terms, that it was more of a spiritual quest for a veteran who had seen action and got lost, people might have responded differently." [Deadline]

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<p>Will &quot;Argo&quot; win best picture without a directing nomination like &quot;Driving Miss Daisy&quot; or will it sweep the guild honors and falter without a directing nod like &quot;Apollo 13&quot;?</p>

Will "Argo" win best picture without a directing nomination like "Driving Miss Daisy" or will it sweep the guild honors and falter without a directing nod like "Apollo 13"?

Contender Countdown: Is 'Argo' 'Driving Miss Daisy' or 'Apollo 13'?

Only three more weeks of voting left

It's strange times in Oscarland. "Argo's" wins at the PGA Awards and SAG Awards have jolted a best picture race that seemed squarely in "Lincoln's" corner.  Now, are all bets off or is it just a mirage we've seen play games with Academy Awards pundits before?

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<p>Merry Clayton and Darlene Love</p>

Merry Clayton and Darlene Love

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Darlene Love and Merry Clayton talk taking 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' on tour

Director Morgan Neville hints at making his doc even more musical than it already is

PARK CITY, UTAH -- Not wanting "Twenty Feet From Stardom" to be over when it's over is a perfectly reasonable reaction to seeing the film. If, logistically, a few things fall into place, it doesn't have to be over.

The Sundance-premiered documentary was a hit as soon as it flared up on the screens in Park City this month, with Weinstein label Radius-TWC picking up the title in the first acquisition of the festival. The film featured several in-studio performances from greats like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton and Lisa Fischer, and the filmmakers even had two of those tracks pressed onto promotional 7" records.

And last week, for those who witnessed it, a quintet of those vocalists gave a "one-night-only" performance of "their" greatest hits -- tracks like the Stones' "Gimme Shelter" and the Crystals' "Da Doo Ron Ron" which depended heavily on those backing tracks -- and they took the house to church. For Love, Clayton, Fischer, Tata Vega and Judith Hill, they not earned their way into the spotlight, but they loved the material and seemingly each other.

Speaking with me in Park City, "Twenty Feet" director Morgan Neville intimated that a series of live concerts could be in the works in supporting the film's theatrical release, said to be this summer. "I think they're ready... I think it's dawning on them that this is a special moment."

For Love and Clayton -- who swapped stories and overflowing enthusiasm for the final product during our chat -- they don't want to get their hopes too high, but if it "flows"... then more live music and perhaps even an album together could be in their collective future.

Watch the videos above and below. Do you think Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Sting and others could back them?

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<p>Marilyn Manson in &quot;Wrong Cops&quot;</p>

Marilyn Manson in "Wrong Cops"

How Marilyn Manson ended up in Quentin Dupieux's 'Wrong Cops'

'Rubber' director addresses cast puke

PARK CITY, UTAH -- Casting Marilyn Manson as a teenager takes at least a little imagination, and director Quentin Dupieux never seems to be shy of that. During the Sundance Film Festival, the brain behind "Rubber" and the more recent "Wrong" introduced his freak version of a perfect world, "Wrong Cops."

And in its first "episode" of three shown at the fest, Manson is needled by lead lousy cop Mark Burnham for his music taste and is falsely accused of prostitution.

In this dys-utopia, Manson worked his casting. "He killed it," Dupieux said in the Q&A after premiere.

He also explained how an industrial/hard rock musician found his way into an absurdity like "Wrong Cops." "[Manson] was in love with 'Rubber,'" the French director said. "I wrote the part for him… he just did it."

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<p>At least one of these people will not be celebrating the news about 'Entourage' heading to the big-screen with a big sushi dinner.</p>

At least one of these people will not be celebrating the news about 'Entourage' heading to the big-screen with a big sushi dinner.

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Warner Bros gives the Chase Bros a greenlight for an 'Entourage' movie

Somewhere right now, Ari is sexually harrassing Lloyd to celebrate

Here's hoping it's at least as big as "Aquaman."

I have a serious question, and it's larger than the notion of whether or not people want to see an "Entourage" movie.  In general, when you are invested in a television show over a long period of time, is a theatrically-released movie the ultimate goal for you as a viewer?  Is that somehow considered the payoff to a good run on TV?  Or is the relationship with a TV show something very different than the relationship we have with movies?

And more importantly, is it a coincidence that the studio that is making "Entourage: The Movie" has the word "Bros" in its name?

Honestly, the thing that I'd be most worried about if I were the person pulling the trigger on this one is whether or not people are going to pony up the $15 to see a long inside joke that they've already seen seven full seasons of on HBO.  "Entourage" was one of those shows that I watched while I had HBO, but as it wore on, it really started to feel like one note playing over and over again.  It's an easy show to beat up on because of the lifestyle it glamorizes, but there were moments where it did a nice job of laying bare the way ego drives the entertainment industry just as much as creativity.  It also helped that Jeremy Piven dug into his ongoing role as Ari in a way that basically gave him the second half of his career.

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<p>Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in "Justified."

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Review: 'Justified' - 'This Bird Has Flown'

Raylan and Rachel go looking for Lindsey, while Ava has a call to make on Ellen May

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I download the song about looking for a rainbow in every storm...

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<p>On &quot;Cougar Town,&quot;&nbsp;Jules (Courteney Cox)&nbsp;gets to meet Tom's girlfriend (Alexandra Wentworth).</p>

On "Cougar Town," Jules (Courteney Cox) gets to meet Tom's girlfriend (Alexandra Wentworth).

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Review: 'Cougar Town' - 'I Should Have Known It'

The Cul-de-Sac Crew steps up for sad-sack Tom

A quick review of tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as my shirt is a lie...

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<p>On "New Girl," Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) play another round of True American.</p>

On "New Girl," Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) play another round of True American.

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Cooler'

Brooklyn Decker and Brenda Song join the gang for another round of True American

A quick review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I violate the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act...

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<p>Kelly Clarkson</p>

Kelly Clarkson

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Grammy Awards 2013: Handicapping Best Pop Vocal Album

Pink and Kelly Clarkson take on Maroon 5 and Florence and the Machine

As the Feb. 10 55th annual Grammy Awards edge closer, we’re analyzing a category a day. Today, we look at Best Pop Vocal Album.

The nominees are:

Kelly Clarkson - “Stronger”
Florence and the Machine - “Ceremonials”
Fun. - “Some Nights”?
Maroon 5 - “Overexposed”
Pink - “The Truth About Love”


WHO’S MISSING:
Though the slate is very impressive, Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, felt the Grammys were definitely in error by not including “Believe” in this grouping, and there’s a case to be made for One Direction’s “Up All Night,” which was also unceremoniously ignored. Also left out this year, Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk.”

THE PLAYERS: The Grammy voters seemingly forgot about female artists when it came to the general album of the year category and it’s easy to see how much of a failing that was when you consider how strong “Ceremonials,” “Stronger” and “The Truth About Love” are. But the strength of the albums here (including the three that are missing and could have easily replaced any of the ones nominated) show how strong pop is after a number of years of laying fallow.

THE ODDS: Conventional wisdom would be to go with fun.’s “Some Nights” since it is the only collection here also up for album of the year, but I’m breaking with that. Kelly Clarkson is really beloved. Plus, she was just in people’s faces singing live at the Inauguration. All five of the albums are strong and deserving.

THE WINNER:
Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger”

Past predictions:
Grammy Awards 2013: Handicapping the Best New Artist race
 

 

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<p>Fleetwood Mac's &quot;Rumours&quot;</p>

Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours"

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Looking back on Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' more than 35 years later

A new deluxe set drills deep on the classic album

Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” came out in 1977, before the internet and tabloid TV.  Instead, all we had to do was listen to the lyrics to get all the drama.  The album, which celebrates its 35th anniversary  (one year late) with today’s release of a four-CD deluxe edition, chronicled the break-ups of three relationships: singer Stevie Nicks and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham were splitting after seven years together, keyboardist/singer Christine McVie and hubby/bassist John McVie had just divorced. Drummer Mick Fleetwood’s marriage to wife Jenny, who was not in the band, was unraveling, in part because she was having an affair with his best friend.

To be sure there were break-up albums before theirs: Bob Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks” comes to mind, and ones after, Bruce Springsteen’s “Tunnel Of Love,” but no album has ever been quite so public a bloodletting as the life drains out of the various relationships.

The quintet took a year to record “Rumours” in Sausalito, Calif. at the Record Plant. While they were in the studio, their self-titled 10th album (and the first to feature Buckingham and Nicks) was gaining traction and was a clear sign that moving from the blues-based sound of the previous efforts to a pop-oriented sound was the right move commercially. That was only confirmed with "Rumours," which spent 31 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Most of the songs for “Rumours” were written was done on the spot, with the songwriters bringing their not-so-fully fleshed ideas into the studio for the others to noodle on.  Often, as in the case of “Second Hand News,” Buckingham withheld revealing the lyrics until the last moment since he knew they weren’t likely to go down well with Nicks.

I got a copy of the deluxe set a few weeks ago and for the first time in years listened to the  “Rumours,” as it was originally released 36 years ago, from start to finish.

How does it hold up? Remarkably well. It’s like visiting an old friend. The songs easily move into the next and weave everyone’s stories together.  Even more fascinating is revisiting how the couples are talking to each other through the songs.  For example on “The Chain,” (the one song co-written by all five) Buckingham sings, “And if you don’t love me now/You will never love me again/I can still hear you saying you would never break the chain.”   On “Oh Daddy,” which Christine McVie wrote from Jenny’s perspective, she laments “Why are you right when I’m so wrong/I’m so weak but you’re so strong.” On “You Make Loving Fun,” Christine McVie is singing about her new love, the band’s lighting director (much to John’s dismay).Despite all the cocaine and alcohol that fueled the sessions, or maybe because of them, the overall effect is a voyeuristic look at three break-ups that are raw and complex, and despite their specificity, have a universal appeal for anyone who has found him or herself similarly entangled. The raw immediacy of the tracks still remains.

All the songs individually have held up as well, especially “Second Hand News,” “Dreams,” “Go Your Own Way,” and “I Don’t Want To Know.” The quintet created music that was not of the day —there’s no ‘70s equivalent of a dubstep drop or a hint of electroclash. Instead the production still sounds fresh and clean and not dated.  Buckingham’s guitar playing is crisp, with John McVie and Fleetwood Mac’s rhythm section propulsive when need be and totally in retreat when a gentler touch is demanded.

Of course, the big mistake with “Rumours,” one due to time limitations on the vinyl and internecine fighting, is that Nicks’ delicate, searing “Silver Springs” was left off the album. That was corrected in 2001 on a DVD-Audio version and subsequent pressings have included “Silver Springs.”

The other three discs are fun, but not essential unless you're a big fan.  Disc 2 includes live versions of much of the album from 1977, as well as other hits, including “Rhiannon” and “Monday Morning.” The other two discs feature outtakes, alternate versions of songs, and demos from the recording sessions, including two songs that didn’t make the album, “Planets of the Universe” and a lovely duet, “Doesn’t Anything Last.”  The last disc, originally issued in 2004, also includes rough takes and outtakes. It's very fun an instructive to hear how the songs morphed and were constructed. For example, the demo of "The Chain" is slow and acoustic, but no less haunting.

A super-expanded version also contains “The Rosebud Film,” a 1977 doc looking at the making of “Rumours” and the original album on vinyl.

The current band, which does not include Christine McVie, will start a tour April 4 in Columbus, Ohio.

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