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<p>It's Lyric 145!</p>

It's Lyric 145!

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Performances - Top 12... Or More?

Would it be another week of raves for Emblem 3 or would somebody else steal the spotlight?

When last we dropped in on "The X Factor," we were saying farewell to Willie Jones, Sister C, David Correy and Diamond White. We'll see if we miss those four.

We were also saying farewell to whatever awful name "The X Factor" gave to The Lylas after their original name didn't clear. There was a promise that an online contest would determine the new moniker. We'll see how that went.

Click through for the full live-blog/recap of Wednesday's (November 7) performances from the "X Factor" Top 12...

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<p>Denzel Washington in Robert Zemeckis' &quot;Flight.&quot;</p>

Denzel Washington in Robert Zemeckis' "Flight."

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Contender Countdown: 'Flight' goes from pretender to legit contender

One day or one weekend and you're in

As Heidi Klum is fond of saying on "Project Runway," "One day you're in, the next day you're out."  That pretty much sums up the pros and cons of a potential awards player set on debuting at a public festival.  Unlike a traditional release which usually has the early reviews staggered, a festival provides instant reaction thanks to the internet age.  So far, a number of films have played the festival game smoothly this season.  "Argo" and "Silver Linings Playbook" got big boosts from the Telluride/Toronto game.  "Lincoln" and "Flight" found fans at the New York Film Festival.  Last week, "Hitchcock" opened AFI Film Fest in LA with Oscar buzz for stars Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren, but not so much for the film itself.

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<p>Jeff Bridges, seen here with Julianne Moore and John Goodman at a recent anniversary celebration for 'The Big Lebowski,' may play the title character in a film version of Lois Lowry's 'The Giver'</p>

Jeff Bridges, seen here with Julianne Moore and John Goodman at a recent anniversary celebration for 'The Big Lebowski,' may play the title character in a film version of Lois Lowry's 'The Giver'

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Philip Noyce may direct 'The Giver' starring Jeff Bridges

Will this finally be the attempt that brings this popular young adult novel to the big screen?

It was only a matter of time until Hollywood finally got around to "The Giver."

After all, published in 1993, it is a major influence on the genre known now as "young adult literature," and fans of "The Hunger Games" probably owe no small debt to the existence of Lois Lowry's novel about a boy named Jonas and the way he alters the dystopian world in which he lives.  I would also bet that M. Night Shyamalan was at least familiar with the book when he came up with "The Village."  It is a lovely piece of writing, a Newberry Award winner, and it has sold millions and millions of copies.  Like I said, it was inevitable that Hollywood would get to it at some point, and with Lowry finally publishing "Son," the final novel in the "Giver Quartet," this year, it seems like the book is back on people's radar again.

Earlier this year, there were reports that Jeff Bridges would star in the film for director David Yates, who has been reportedly attached to something like thirty-seven million different movies now that his work on the "Harry Potter" series is finished.  Yates would certainly bring a very specific young adult-friendly weight to the table as a directorial choice, but now it appears he's circling "Tarzan" for Warner Bros.

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<p>Ken Burns</p>

Ken Burns

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Interview: Ken Burns on 'The Central Park Five' and the thriving state of documentary filmmaking

The proud father got to collaborate with his daughter on her biggest passion

Legendary documentarian Ken Burns wants to make sure the spotlight isn't too focused on him this time around. The fact is, the story of Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana Jr. and Kharey Wise -- the "Central Park Five," as they have come to be known -- had galvanized his daughter, Sarah, while she was in college. It was her passion, through school studies and a published book that spawned the film in the first place. The two serve as co-directors on the new film "The Central Park Five" along with Sarah's husband, David McMahon.

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<p>Maroon 5</p>

Maroon 5

Maroon 5's 'One More Night' spends its eighth week atop the Billboard Hot 100

Psy's 'Gangnam Style' horses around at No. 2 again

Maroon 5’s “One More Night” makes it eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, once again locking Psy’s “Gangnam Style” out of the top spot.

The group is on a roll as “One More Night” now spends twice as many weeks at No. 1 as Maroon 5’s 2011’s hit, “Moves Like Jagger” featuring Christina Aguilera, which was No. 1 for four weeks.

As far as Psy’s “Style,” it falls in radio listenership, digital sales, and streaming (although it remains No. 1 on both the sales and streaming charts), so the likelihood of it bouncing up to the top of the Billboard 200 are looking rather slim.

There’s only slight movement in the rest of the Top 10: Fun.’s “Some Nights” holds at No. 3, while Rihanna’s “Diamonds” sparkles its way to No. 4 from No. 5. Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is at No. 5 and Ke$ha’s “Die Young” falls two spots to No. 6.

Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” stays at No. 7, Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” featuring Big Sean falls from No. 6 to No. 8, while Alex Clare’s “Too Close” and Ne-Yo’s “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself”) each slide down one spot to No. 9 and 10, respectively.

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<p>That's heart, giving the finger</p>

That's heart, giving the finger

Watch: Green Day's 'Stray Heart' warns the womanizer

Stream the band's entire album

We already exclaimed the positives to acts like Green Day releasing their new sets -- including forthcoming "¡Dos!" -- on vinyl. In the music video for single "Stray Heart," though, not even the gift of a record can help solve one womanizer's stray heart problem.

In the silly vid, a man's most powerful organ has departed from it's holding cavity (his chest, guttermind) and has gone around to the bars and strip clubs where it frequently serves others beyond his true love. This, in a world where he is surrounded by nothing but attractive women. The lost and devestated man goes on a hunt for his own heart, finding it has ultimately returned to its regular coop.

Maybe she just didn't have a record player?

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'Skyfall' stars Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe offer alternatives to being called 'Bond Girls'

'Skyfall' stars Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe offer alternatives to being called 'Bond Girls'

How are these 'Bond Beasts' different from past Bond Girls?
NEW YORK CITY - In "Skyfall," Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe play variations on what have typically been called "Bond Girls," since Ursula Andress rose from the sea in "Dr. No." 
 
Of course, with James Bond turning 50 this year and a whole new generation of filmmakers and audiences discovering and embracing the franchise, perhaps it's time for some new nomenclature. 
 
"I would prefer Bond Woman rather than 'Girl,'" laughed Harris when we spoke in New York City a few weeks ago. 
 
Marlohe offered a playfully different version, saying "I love 'Bond Girl,' but I would prefer 'Bond Beast.'" 
 
In our conversation, Harris and Marlohe explain how Eve and Severine from "Skyfall" aren't typical Bond Girls, no matter what you choose to call them. They also discuss the importance of Daniel Craig in setting the on-set tone as Ambassador of James Bond.
 
"Skyfall" opens domestically on Friday, November 9. You can also check out my interviews with Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench and Javier Bardem.
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<p>Mariah Carey</p>

Mariah Carey

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Listen: Mariah Carey's new track, 'Bring It On Home'

Written for Obama, it works as an uplifting ballad for any occasion

Mariah Carey may have written her newly-released tune, “Bring It On Home” for President Obama’s re-election effort, but it’s a soulful ballad that members of any political party can get behind.

The piano-based tune starts with Carey singing “We’re just every day people trying to make it through the pain.” While it’s a little tough to buy Carey as “every day people,” the rest of the slow jam easily translates into an uplifting, inspirational tune about overcoming adversity in any circumstance.

[More after the jump...]


Backed by a gospel choir (of course), Carey sounds strong, but keeps the call-all-dogs high notes at bay here (until the end) in service of the song’s simple message. The tune, recorded live at a campaign event earlier this year, showed up on Carey’s producer Jermaine Dupri’s website this morning.

No word on it if will appear on her forthcoming album, which still has no announced release date or title. The first single, “Triumphant (Get ‘Em),” didn’t fare well at pop radio, but did notch the “American Idol” judge her 16th No. 1 dance hit. 

What do you think of “Bring It On Home?” Does it work outside of its original context?

 

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<p>Martin Freeman in &quot;The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.&quot;</p>

Martin Freeman in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

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Roundup: Low screen count for high frame rate in 'The Hobbit'

Also: Hollywood under Obama, and 'Skyfall' still storming Britain

Not much news out there that isn't focused on the vastly gratifying result of yesterday's election: well done, America. But to switch gears to movie matters, are you among those totally psyched for the new frame-rate technology set to be showcased in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey?" Hard luck if you are, since it's been announced that just 450 theaters across the US will be screening the film in the 48-frames-per-second format -- a little over one-tenth of the likely screen count. Hardly a surprising turn of events after the largely tepid response to the 48fps footage screened at Comic-Con: while some advocates claimed to be seeing the future of cinema, many others found the future of cinema looked too much like hi-def TV for their liking. Will you be seeking it out in the new format? [LA Times

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<p>Rob and Kelley of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Rob and Kelley of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Rob & Kelley talk 'The Amazing Race'

Team Monster Truck doesn't think highly of money-stealers
On "The Amazing Race" a couple weeks back, Monster Trucker Rob French blamed a local Bangladeshi riverboat captain for costing his pairing the million dollar prize due to a faulty end-of-Leg delivery.
 
Rob spoke too soon. The transportation screw-up only cost Rob & Kelley one place in that particular Leg.
 
It was a different travel gaffe, this one self-inflicted, that officially ended things for Rob & Kelley. On an early morning in Istanbul, they were the only team to take the Metro to a clue marker, eschewing taxi cabs for fear of traffic congestion. Had there been gridlock in Istanbul that day, Rob & Kelley would have been the beneficiaries of that decision. Instead, they spent a full episode lagging in last place, unable to make up enough time to recover.
 
"[W]e were all good with getting eliminated, but when we saw that last night, it pretty much upset us, because we felt that they didn't get what was due them," Rob told me when we spoke on Monday morning.
 
Both Rob and Kelley expressed disappointment that Natalie & Nadiya and Trey & Lexi weren't penalized in any way for pocketing $100 belonging to Mark & Abba, an appropriation of funds that left The Rockers begging for cash in the streets of Bangladesh. They also seemed rather unimpressed that Beekmans Josh & Brent received a penalty that amounted to eating an ice cream cone.
 
Of course, Rob & Kelley were mostly full of praise for Josh & Brent, who they bonded with along the Race. In the exit interview, they discuss their lone wolf strategy, their Istanbul travel strategy and why they felt like underdogs.
 
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Chuck Zito in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Chuck Zito as Frankie Diamonds in 'Sons of Anarchy'

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Andare Pescare' is a smooth ride

Kurt Sutter shines behind and in front of the camera in one of the season's most consistent episodes

Episodes like this are why I can't give up on "Sons of Anarchy."

"Andare Pescare" (translated from Italian it's "to go fishing") is as consistent, satisfying, and simply well done an episode of "Sons" as we've seen in a long time. If the balance of tough guy action and emotional character interactions was always this finely tuned, "Sons" would be a threat to the best dramas on TV.

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<p>Jonathan&nbsp;Demme at the 2012 Venice Film&nbsp;Festival</p>

Jonathan Demme at the 2012 Venice Film Festival

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Jonathan Demme to receive Cinema Audio Society's Filmmaker Award

Frequent collaborator Chris Newman will receive Career Ahievement award

Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme has been tapped by the Cinema Audio Society for special recognition this year. The helmer of such films as "The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia" and "The Manchurian Candidate" remake will receive the organization's Filmmaker Award at the 49th annual celebration.

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