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Watch: One Direction members get their cute on in 'Kiss You' video
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Watch: One Direction members get their cute on in 'Kiss You' video

Boy band pays homage to those who came before it

If I were a 12-year old girl, I would have One Direction’s video for “Kiss You” on repeat....for, like, ever. 

It’s everything a video by a boy band should be. The clip pays homage to teen idols of the past, including Elvis Presley in “Jailhouse Rock,” the Beach Boys, and any myriad of bands that broke in the early ‘60s, including The Beatles. 

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<p>Jon Bon Jovi</p>

Jon Bon Jovi

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Review: Bon Jovi's new single, 'Because We Can'

Listen for the 'can-do' spirit

Bon Jovi’s nearly three-decade-long success is built on big hooks, driving guitars and anthemic, populist themes.

Such it is with “Because We Can,” the optimistic first single from the group’s forthcoming album, “What About Now," out March. 26.

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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Recap: 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' - 'Off the Hook'

Kenya finally gives Walter the boot - but what took so long?

Sigh. Not a lot happens in this episode of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," as NeNe is about to take off to Los Angeles and everyone else is busy standing in their kitchens, talking about not a hella lot. 

We do learn that NeNe is a "glam-mother" and her son Bryson made a kid with some chick. The really interesting thing here is that the kid is named Bri'asia. They made that up, right? Anyway, the kid is cute. NeNe is disappointed that her son is a dad at the same age she first became a mom, but mostly seems fine with it. Plus, this gives her a chance to shop for teensy designer clothes. She and Cynthia go out in search of extremely expensive clothes that will be covered in spit-up and outgrown in about a month and ponder where they can get baby Louboutins. I think they're joking, but I'm not sure. 

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Listen to a new fun. song from the 'Girls' soundtrack: 'Sight of the Sun'

Outtake from 'Some Nights'

"Girls" isn't always the sunniest show, nor is fun.'s new contribution to its soundtrack. "Sight of the Sun" has frontman Nate Ruess doing a double-take on his life, to the flow of piano-led melodies and that bright chirp of his voice.

The track was originally penned for fun.'s Grammy-nominated album "Some Nights," but a sample on the chorus couldn't get cleared, according to Rolling Stone.

"I ended up rewriting the chorus and actually like it better than the sample now! We recorded most of this in Italy on a day off from tour and I just remember us eating an Italian feast at the studio and barely being able to communicate with the engineers, which was kind of cool because it eliminated all small talk and put the focus into the song." Aren't we fancy.

The HBO show's creator and "Girls" actress Lena Dunham managed to pick it up for "Girls - Volume 1," which is out tomorrow (Jan. 8).

Do you like it?

 

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<p>Jennifer Hudson</p>

Jennifer Hudson

Watch: 'Smash's' Jennifer Hudson belts new song 'I Can't Let Go'

Singer channels Whitney Houston on new track

While there will never be another Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson has proven to be the closest heir apparent among the current crop of female divas. She has a voice that just won’t quit and an emotional fervor that she brings to each song without ever appearing overwrought.

Watch the below clip from “Smash” as her character, Veronica “Ronnie” Moore sings “I Can’t Let Go,” a power ballad written by “Smash’s” composers/executive producers Marc Shaiman and Scott Whittman. Hudson, rooted in one spot, is riveting.  It feels like a sure bet for an Emmy nod

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<p>Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys</p>

Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys

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Black Keys head into studio for new album and book tour with Flaming Lips

Band taking the summer off

The Black Keys will be heading into the studio this week, to start work on the follow-up to 2011's "El Camino." Maybe Wayne Coyne can be involved: the Flaming Lips will be playing a handful of shows with the 'Keys in a co-headlining tour this spring.

In an interview with MOJO, the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach said that they plan to complete a new set by early spring. "We're going to start making the new album in the second week of January and we're hoping to have it done by some time in March," he said [via NME]. "The record isn't written yet, we'll do it when we get into the studio. This is when we both work best, when we're dying to make an album. All of our records take place in the studio, in that we make stuff up while we're there."

Of course, Auerbach now runs his own studio, Easy Eye, based in Nashville, so keep an eye out for him and drummer Patrick Carney. It was back in October that Carney told CBS Local that the duo is hoping to release it this year, with Danger Mouse back behind the decks. "[An album] is definitely gonna happen in 2013. It’s just a matter of how long it takes us to make the album and deciding when we want to get back on the road."

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<p>&quot;The&nbsp;Hobbit:&nbsp;An Unexpected Journey&quot;</p>

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

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'The Hobbit,' 'Avengers' and 'Life of Pi' lead Visual Effects Society nominations

Four of the Academy's bake-off finalists shut out

Last week the visual effects branch of the Academy held its annual bake-off. The seven films in competition were "The Amazing Spider-Man," "The Avengers," "Cloud Atlas," "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," "John Carter," "Life of Pi," "Prometheus," "Skyfall" and "Snow White and the Huntsman." Of those 10, "Cloud Atlas," "John Carter," "Skyfall" and "Snow White and the Huntsman" were shut out of today's Visual Effects Society nominations. So take that as you will for Oscar prospects.

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<p>John&nbsp;Goodman, Alan Arkin and Ben&nbsp;Affleck in &quot;Argo&quot;</p>

John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Ben Affleck in "Argo"

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Online Film Critics Society goes with 'Argo,' PTA

Day-Lewis, Chastain, Hoffman and Hathaway make good again

The Online Film Critics have jumped on the increasingly-strong "Argo" bandwagon and handed the film its Best Picture prize for 2012. Paul Thomas Anderson nabbed Best Director after his film, "The Master," led the way with nominations. Philip Seymour Hoffman was also recognized for his work in the film. Daniel Day-Lewis and Jessica Chastain won top acting honors and Anne Hathaway picked up yet another prize for her performance in "Les Misérables." Check out the full list of winners below and keep track of it all at The Circuit.

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<p>On &quot;Happy Endings,&quot;&nbsp;something about Jane's friend seems awfully familiar.</p>

On "Happy Endings," something about Jane's friend seems awfully familiar.

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Morning TV Round-Up: 'Bob's Burgers' & 'Happy Endings'

Leg waxing, laser tag and bird autopsies?

Press tour eats into a lot of my TV-watching and reviewing time (much of what I write this week, review-wise, will be of shows I screened before I came to tour), but I did manage to catch last night's episodes of "Bob's Burgers" and "Happy Endings," and have a few quick thoughts coming up just as soon as I mount a dead fly from my windowsill production of "Pippin"...

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<p>Chris Pine in &quot;Jack Ryan&quot;</p>

Chris Pine in "Jack Ryan"

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Set Visit Preview: Kenneth Branagh and Chris Pine are rebooting 'Jack Ryan'

Kevin Costner notes why Pine is perfect for the Tom Clancy hero
LONDON - If franchise rebooting were hip-hop, Jack Ryan would be the Sugar Hill Gang -- maybe not the first on the block, but certainly far enough ahead of the curve to look cool.
 
Tom Clancy's dogged CIA analyst, whose rise in the literary series would take him all the way to the White House, was played by a svelte Alec Baldwin in "Hunt For Red October," became Harrison Ford for a couple '90s hits and then was embodied by Ben Affleck in "Sum of All Fears."
 
It's early October in London and Jack Ryan is being rebirthed for a new generation under the careful watch of director Kenneth Branagh and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, as well as producer Mace Neufeld, who has had a hand in each of the franchise's previous incarnations.
 
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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: In 'Justified' season 4, Raylan Givens investigates a mystery

An Arlo Givens-related cold case ties together the FX drama's new season
FX treats its hit “American Horror Story” not as an ongoing drama series but a collection of miniseries, all operating under the same title, and often using the same actors, but as different characters, in different settings, exploring different corners of the horror universe.
 
FX’s “Justified,” which returns tomorrow night at 10, is clearly not an “American Horror Story”-style anthology. The hero is always Timothy Olyphant as 21st century gunslinger Raylan Givens, the setting is always the cities and hollers of Kentucky, and there’s now an enormous cast of characters who continue along with Raylan.
 
Yet watching the first two episodes of “Justified” season 4, I couldn’t help feeling like “Justified” showrunner Graham Yost is using an approach to each season that’s a distant cousin to what’s happening over at “American Horror Story.” “Justified” will always be a show about the fastest gun east of the Mississippi, but each year the show reinvents itself in the kinds of stories it tells about Raylan and friends.
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<p>Alicia Vikander in &quot;Anna Karenina.&quot;</p>

Alicia Vikander in "Anna Karenina."

Elizabeth Olsen and Alicia Vikander feature on BAFTA's female-heavy Rising Star list

'Life of Pi' newcomer Suraj Sharma is the lone male nominee

The BAFTA Rising Star Award, the one prize subjected to a public vote at the UK's answer to the Oscars, can be a frustrating business. More often than not, it pits a host of gifted young actors against one contender with a higher profile among Britain's youthful texting masses, rendering the competition a bit flat -- and the outcome often a bit iffy. Noel Clarke over Michael Fassbender? Adam Deacon over anyone? We may routinely complain about awards bodies' decisions, but it still beats hearing the people sing.

This year, however, the BAFTA jury charged with compiling the nominees appears to have safeguarded against that problem with a discerning, evenly matched shortlist of names, most of whom will be unfamiliar to multiplex crowds.

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