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<p>Jamie Foxx, seen here at the 'Django&nbsp;Unchained' panel this summer during Comic-Con, is in talks to become Electro in the sequel to 'The Amazing Spider-Man'</p>

Jamie Foxx, seen here at the 'Django Unchained' panel this summer during Comic-Con, is in talks to become Electro in the sequel to 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

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Jamie Foxx in talks to play Electro in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

The actor leaves a tantalizing clue on his Twiter feed

I just published my interview with Sarah Silverman and talked about how strange a fit that seems to be at first, the gleefully filthy stand-up and the biggest family brand in the world, but it really works.  She gives a lovely performance in the film.  And it's a nice reminder that it's not wise to prejudge what someone can or can't do as an actor.

When Jamie Foxx was cast in "Django Unchained," I had a hard time picturing it.  I think he's a very modern presence and some people simply don't strike me as period actors, as people we'd believe in certain other contexts.  The early footage and trailers for "Django Unchained" make me think I was wrong in my knee-jerk reaction, and I am now fervently hoping he pulls it off and does something wonderful.  He's certainly got the right script and the right cast surrounding him.

And while I didn't love "The Amazing Spider-Man," I think the team that's in place could easily improve from the first film to the second one.  Raimi had a learning curve on his "Spider-Man" movies, so Webb could easily do the same thing.  The success of a superhero movie, at least creatively, depends in large part on who they pick as the villain.  And while Jamie Foxx isn't the guy I would think of first as Electro, it sounds like that is the role he's in negotiations to play.

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<p>&quot;Rise of the Guardians&quot;</p>

"Rise of the Guardians"

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DreamWorks pitches 'Rise of the Guardians' for SAG ensemble consideration

Is it time for voice performances to get their due on the circuit?

DreamWorks brought out their animated fall player "Rise of the Guardians" for Los Angeles press Tuesday at a tastemaker event with director Peter Ramsey and executive producer Guillermo del Toro (who had a big hand in character designs) in tow. Earlier in the day press were rounded up for a trip to the studio's Glendale, California campus for a full day of presentations and buttering-up, the usual.

I wasn't at those events (I saw the film a few weeks back in New York and made some cursory comments in our survey of the Best Animated Feature Film contenders). But even from way out here you can see the heat is on as the studio preps the film to open just a few weeks after Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph" gobbles up a lot of the demographic pie.

Looking back on the film with some time in between, I still feel the same as I did then. It's beautifully animated but feels somewhat empty. "Empty" isn't the right word. It's very clearly a movie about faith and how that translates to childhood, and kids will love it, so it's nice that it's playing off an interesting theme. But there's a thinness to it. The film's heart doesn't feel like much more than artifice, and that's particularly pronounced when you put it up against a film like "Wreck-It Ralph" that is swimming in heart and thematic virtue.

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<p>Sarah Silverman was all smiles when discussing her role in 'Wreck-It Ralph,' the new Disney animated film that arrives this weekend.</p>

Sarah Silverman was all smiles when discussing her role in 'Wreck-It Ralph,' the new Disney animated film that arrives this weekend.

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Watch: Sarah Silverman on playing cute in Disney's 'Wreck-It Ralph'

One of the most gleefully dirty comics working today kills it her first time out for Disney

It is still very strange to me that Sarah Silverman is now officially a Disney character.

Sure, she's playing a character named Vanellope von Schweetz, but those pipes could only belong to one person, and it's kind of remarkable that this sort of big pop cartoon would provide the actress with the opportunity to do some of the most nuanced work she's done on film so far.

There's something wonderful about the way kids get to know performers like Silverman or Patton Oswalt or Jack McBrayer or John C. Reilly or Sarah Vowell from these smart, engaging animated stories where they play outrageous characters who are grounded and humanized by that voice work.  Silverman perfectly expresses the bruised heart of the "glitch" who Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) meets when he sneaks into the game "Sugar Rush."

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<p>Kristen Stewart of &quot;The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2&quot;</p>

Kristen Stewart of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"

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'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Press Conference with Kristen Stewart - Live-Blog

What was it like playing Bella Swan for the last time? HitFix live-blogs

BEVERLY HILLS - Our day of "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" press conferences has already include Bill Condon, Michael Sheen (no live-blog, because I'm a man, not a machine), Melissa Rosenberg, Stephenie Meyer and Wyck Godfrey, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson.

Last on the dais...

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<p>Robert Pattinson of &quot;The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2&quot;</p>

Robert Pattinson of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"

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'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Press Conference with Robert Pattinson - Live-Blog

HitFix live-blogs the junket press conference with Edward Cullen himself

BEVERLY HILLS - Our day of "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" press conferences has already include Bill Condon, Michael Sheen (no live-blog, because I'm a man, not a machine), Melissa Rosenberg, Stephenie Meyer and Wyck Godfrey and Taylor Lautner

Up next on the dais...

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<p>Vampire Weekend on &quot;Jimmy Kimmel Live&quot;</p>

Vampire Weekend on "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

New Music: Vampire Weekend debut 'Unbelievers' on 'Jimmy Kimmel'

New York indie-pop troupe preparing another new release?

Happy Halloween! Here is a gentle new pop song!

It looks like Vampire Weekend are back and in effect, as they took to the stage on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and spooked the audience in the most sane, easy way possible: with boppy piano, Ezra Koenig's square longing and some righteous facepaint. The song is called "Unbelievers."

What's missing here is, frankly, a proper sound mix, but also the electric guitar: I rather miss that hollow-body Gretsch, and chonking acoustic guitar isn't quite filling in those spaces. Still, it's a second solid look into what the band has been up to. Vampire Weekend premiered a fresh track, "New Song No. 2," at a show in July.

If history has any bearing on when we hear more studio material, remember that the pop-rock band's first two albums both came out in January, getting a leg up during the slow post-Christmas period.

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<p>Taylor Lautner of &quot;The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2&quot;</p>

Taylor Lautner of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"

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'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Press Conference with Taylor Lautner - Live-Blog

The big screen's Jacob talks imprinting and more

BEVERLY HILLS - Our day of "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" press conferences has already included Bill Condon, Michael Sheen (no live-blog, because I'm a man, not a machine), Melissa Rosenberg, Stephenie Meyer and Wyck Godfrey and The Cullens (also not live-blogged because, again, I'm only one man).

Up next on the dais...

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Listen: Ludacris, David Guetta and Usher combine for banger 'Rest of My Life'

Listen: Ludacris, David Guetta and Usher combine for banger 'Rest of My Life'

Rap, R&B and dance stars combine for 'Ludaversal' single

Three mega-stars from dance, R&B and rap have combined for one damn uplifting single. Ludacris recruited Usher and David Guetta for "Rest of My Life," a quiet-LOUD-quiet wave of "women, weed and alcohol," extolling the virtues of the wilder side of life.

Despite the declarations, this thing is fairly tame for Ludacris, who leans hard on PG-13 hip-pop lyrics, letting Usher pump up the pre-chorus and giving Guetta the floor for all of the "chorus," which is the sound of top 40 radio programmers (or is it singular, "programmer," now?) positively losing it. The song goes up on iTunes tomorrow and goes wide for adds on Nov. 19, right before Thanksgiving.

This is Ludacris doing ore pop. Do you want the rest of the record to sound that way?

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<p>&quot;Twilight&quot; author Stephenie Meyer</p>

"Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer

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'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Press Conference with Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Rosenberg - Live-Blog

Producer Wyck Godfrey is also on this panel

BEVERLY HILLS - Our day of "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" press conferences has already included Bill Condon, Michael Sheen (no live-blog, because I'm a man, not a machine)

Up next on the dais...

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<p>Jodie Foster arriving to the Golden&nbsp;Globes in January</p>

Jodie Foster arriving to the Golden Globes in January

Credit: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Jodie Foster to receive HFPA's Cecil B. DeMille Award

The seven-time Golden Globe nominee is the first woman to receive the honor in 12 years

It's nice that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association opted, finally, for a woman to receive its Cecil B. DeMille Award, analogous to a lifetime achievement honor. Sure, Lucille Ball, Joan Crawford, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Shirley MacLaine and Elizabeth Taylor have received the distinction over the years, but the last time a woman received the special Golden Globe was 12 years ago when Barbra Streisand won it.

The stated criteria for the Cecil B. DeMille Award is for individuals who have made an impact on entertainment. And Foster certainly qualifies. Ever since she leaped onto the scene in 1976's "Taxi Driver" (from fellow DeMille-recipient Martin Scorsese), Foster has been a leading force in the industry.  She's won two Best Actress Oscars (for "The Accussed" and "The Silence of the Lambs") and been nominated for one more ("Nell"). She was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress for the aforementioned "Taxi Driver."

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<p>Bill Condon on the set of &quot;The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1'</p>

Bill Condon on the set of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1'

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'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Press Conference with Bill Condon - Live-Blog

What was it like for the director of the last two parts of the franchise?

BEVERLY HILLS - I'd really thought/hoped/assumed I was done with my "Twilight" press conference live blogs after this year's Comic-Con in San Diego, but I was wrong. Over the next three hours, I should -- PRAY FOR MY WIFI -- be live-blogging "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" press conferences with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, director Bill Condon and writers Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Rosenberg. I'm probably going to skip live-blogging the press conferences with Michael Sheen (who I'll be talking to tomorrow) and The Cullens. Sorry. I'm only one man. 

Up first...

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<p>Cheryl Hines as Dallas on &quot;Suburgatory.&quot;</p>

Cheryl Hines as Dallas on "Suburgatory."

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The Morning Round-Up: '30 Rock' & 'Suburgatory'

Will Jenna decide the election? And how will George and Dallas do on their first date?

It's (very late) morning round-up time, with quick reviews of last night's "30 Rock" and "Suburgatory" coming up just as soon as I own a Fuddrucker's with Scottie Pippen...

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