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Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Adam Levine set to 'Restore the Shore'

The stars come out to support Seaside Heights, New Jersey

The stars are coming out to help "Jersey Shore" and MTV raise funds to rebuild Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, the area will benefit from the one-hour fundraising special "Restore the Shore," set to air Thurs. Nov. 15 at 11:00 p.m. ET.

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<p>Hmmmm... something seems to be wrong with your fireplace...</p>

Hmmmm... something seems to be wrong with your fireplace...

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Second 'Oz The Great and Powerful' trailer sells the world and the women

Can Sam Raimi make this feel like real magic?

"The Great and Powerful Oz" has not been an easy film for Disney to make, but as they kick their campaign for the film into a higher gear, they're doing their very best to send out an air of confidence about it.

This new trailer certainly shows us more of the world than we've seen before, and it's pretty plain why earlier trailers couldn't show us any of this stuff.  In a movie where so much of the environment and so many of the characters are computer generated, it's hard to have footage ready to show early.  Even now, I'm betting we're seeing much of the finished work, and the movie itself still has a lot of rendering and final tweaking to do before it's ready.  There's also a heavy emphasis this time around on Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz as the various witches of Oz, and all I can say about that line-up is that Sam Raimi has exquisite taste.

For a film that has to be based on the Frank L. Baum books and not the classic 1939 film for legal reasons, this sure does look like the 1939 film.  Much of the iconography seems to have been lifted directly from the classic Warner Bros. version of the story, including that spooky shot of the Wicked Witch that I pulled the image from that is at the top of this story.  The Munchkins, the Emerald City, the Flying Monkeys… these are all very recognizable here.

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<p>Madonna and Psy</p>

Madonna and Psy

Watch: Madonna and Psy combine on stage for 'Gangnam Style'

It is finished

Psy's "Gangnam Style," with all its idiosyncrasies, will go down in the annals as epically robbed at No. 2 on the Hot 100, never to see No. 1, occupying the eternal runners-up prison where Boyz II Men's "Water Runs Dry" and Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" sit, shivering.

That is, unless Madonna's endorsement helps that last strong push. (Or not.)

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<p>Adam Pally and Damon Wayans Jr. in &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Adam Pally and Damon Wayans Jr. in "Happy Endings."

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The Morning Round-Up: 'Happy Endings,' 'The Mindy Project' & 'Go On'

Max and Brad do the Hora, Mindy and Danny try to outdo each other, and Ryan and Owen get close

It's morning round-up time, with quick reviews of last night's episodes of "Go On," "Happy Endings" and "The Mindy Project," all coming up just as soon as I hate your regular voice and non-Mutombo persona...

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<p>A scene from &quot;The Painting,&quot; one of GKIDS' four Oscar hopefuls this year.</p>

A scene from "The Painting," one of GKIDS' four Oscar hopefuls this year.

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Roundup: Can GKIDS crash the animation Oscar race again?

Also: Phoenix makes amends, and the most deserving Best Actor no-hopers

GKIDS was scarcely a blip on the radar when, nearly three years ago, they scored a shock Best Animated Feature Oscar nod for the very first film they distributed, "The Secret of Kells." Last year, they announced themselves as a force to be reckoned with when they pushed two of their foreign toons into the race, at the expense of, among others, blockbuster "The Adventures of Tintin." This year, as they jostle with four exotic offerings in the Oscar hunt, Rebecca Keegan looks at the rapidly rising profile of a company determined to bring some independent spirit and cultural diversity to the US animation market. "We haven't needed a $3-million Oscar campaign," says chief Eric Beckman. "Animators in L.A. are following what's happening outside the country. We show them the films and they either win people's hearts or they don't." [LA Times]

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<p>Julia (Erika Christensen)&nbsp;bones up on her Spanish on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Julia (Erika Christensen) bones up on her Spanish on "Parenthood."

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Together'

Kristina struggles with feeling powerless, Amber and Ryan gets closer, and Drew visits Amy

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I regift a cancer patient's gift basket...

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<p>Marion Cotillard talks about her new role in &quot;Rust and Bone.&quot;</p>

Marion Cotillard talks about her new role in "Rust and Bone."

Marion Cotillard says Katy Perry's 'Firework' helped her performance in 'Rust and Bone'

Oscar winner talks about difficulty working with whales in captivity

BEVERLY HILLS - Marion Cotillard really wanted to work with Jacques Audiard.  In fact, she was so committed to the director's follow up to his acclaimed drama "A Prophet" that she dropped her normal required prep time to make sure "Rust and Bone" fit into her schedule.  The Oscar winner was already locked into shooting Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" for much of 2011, but then immediately transitioned to "Bone" when it was over. And, for Cotillard, taking away that chance to really research and study a role is a big, big deal.

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<p>Lou... you should look... right over there... Lou... LOU?!&nbsp;LOOK&nbsp;OUT!&nbsp;AAAAAHH!</p>

Lou... you should look... right over there... Lou... LOU?! LOOK OUT! AAAAAHH!

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Film Nerd 2.0: To Scare or Not To Scare

We go from (Bud) Abbott to (Twilight) Zone to discuss what scares the boys

One of the conversations we have ongoing right now at Casa De McWeeny is "how scary is too scary"?

It's an important question to ask.  My wife is of the opinion that no scary movies is just about the perfect amount for kids who are 7 and 4 years old, respectively.  I disagree.  I think kids crave stories about monsters and that being scared is an important part of our maturation process as we start to digest the stories we're told. 

I don't think you should jump right to "Dawn Of The Dead" for a 3-year-old, of course, but I do think there's a certain amount of anxiety and fear that is enjoyable, especially at a young age when films have a special power over us.  You feel films in a different way as a kid.  You're still learning about how the world works, and you're still trying to figure out adults, and you're using movies as one of the ways you start to really put those puzzle pieces together.

The question at the start of things is how do you introduce scary material to your kids, and we've experimented with it on several occasions.  At the bottom of this article, you'll see links to where I wrote about an early screening of "The Dark Crystal" that absolutely infuriated two-year-old Allen.  I wrote about scaring the crap out of both of them in a good way with "Jurassic Park," and their fascination with dinosaurs has only gotten more pronounced since that screening.  I wrote about the existential fear that creeped in around the edges of a screening of "Close Encounters," and how I was unprepared for the fear that hit them.  I wrote about both the Tim Burton LACMA exhibit and the first screening we had of "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure," and how those scares worked on them.

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How do Kellan Lutz & Jackson Rathbone go from talking 'Twilight' to 'Joey' and 'We Bought a Zoo'?

How do Kellan Lutz & Jackson Rathbone go from talking 'Twilight' to 'Joey' and 'We Bought a Zoo'?

The conversation starts with action scenes and goes in unusual directions
I'm going to insist that you watch this interview with Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone all the way to the end. 
 
Yes, the two members of the "Twilight" Cullen family have a lot to say about "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" and actually getting to take part in some serious action for the first time in the franchise.
 
The bulk of the interview is, in fact, focused -- without any real spoilers -- on The Scene We Can't Discuss from "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," the scene that distinctly isn't a part of Stephenie Meyer's book, specifically how they decided upon the appropriate fighting styles for Emmett and Jasper. 
 
But at the very end of the interview, we discussed what possible spinoffs built around their characters would be like and Rathbone's initial answer, and the pause as Lutz realizes the somewhat absurd reference his co-star was making, is kinda priceless. And unlike a lot of things from these "Twilight" interviews, I get the feeling that this isn't a conversation they had several dozen times during the junket day. 
 
Check it out!
 
I've already posted my "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" interviews with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner and Elizabeth Reaser & Nikki Reed. Expect more as we get closer to Friday's (Nov. 16) premiere...
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Tommy Flanagan, Kim Coates, Charlie Hunnam and Mark Boone Junior on 'Sons of Anarchy'

Tommy Flanagan, Kim Coates, Charlie Hunnam and Mark Boone Junior on 'Sons of Anarchy'

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Crucifixed'

An extra half hour doesn't do much to drive the story forward

Jax is getting a little too cocky and Clay is getting a little too comfortable. And that's "Crucifixed" in a nutshell.

This was one of the show's annual epic installments, running a full 90 minutes on FX including commercials. And while there was plenty of action, when all is said and done it still feels like we're in a bit of a holding pattern, or maybe just setting the table for the season finale.

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<p>Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy have been one of the biggest power couples in the industry since the '80s, and her recent appointment as the president of Lucasfilm has only made them bigger.</p>

Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy have been one of the biggest power couples in the industry since the '80s, and her recent appointment as the president of Lucasfilm has only made them bigger.

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Frank Marshall says 'Star Wars' director search is winding down

They can't make the choice soon enough

The announcement of who is directing "Star Wars Episode VII" cannot come quickly enough.  At this point, I want it to happen because I can't believe I'm writing one news story a day about a movie that will not be in theaters until 2015.

Frank Marshall, husband to Kathleen Kennedy, who is now the president of Lucasfilm, was cornered by MTV.com and gave them precisely the sort of non-interview that is going to end up being widely reported in the absence of anything concrete.  Marshall knows why, too.  As he mentions to MTV, this is going to be perhaps the most hyped blockbuster film of all time, and for those of us who were doing this during the build-up to "The Phantom Menace," that is a slightly terrifying proposition.

According to Marshall, the hunt is down to "a couple of candidates," which seems right to me.  As I said in the piece yesterday about reactions from Jon Favreau and JJ Abrams, I'm betting they are further along in this process than the press realizes.  The announcement of the Disney/Lucasfilm deal caught everyone off-guard, and since that moment, we've been playing catch-up.

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Vinny Guadagnino

Vinny Guadagnino

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'Jersey Shore' star Vinny Guadagnino gets his own talk-variety show, yo

Snooki and J-Woww aren't the only ones to get a spin-off

"Jersey Shore" may be in its final season and most of the actual location has been washed away by Superstorm Sandy, but we're not getting rid of the guidos and guidettes quite that easily. MTV today announced that the network has given the greenlight to hybrid talk show/reality series “The Show With Vinny” hosted by cast member Vinny Guadagnino.  

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