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

Alan Arkin and Ben Affleck in "Argo"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

'Argo' wins with Houston film critics

Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence win top acting honors

After "Lincoln" led the way with nominations from the Houston Film Critics Society last month, it was "Argo" that took the prizes for Best Picture and Best Director. Steven Spielberg's film did win Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay, while most other awards followed established canon. This is the seventh Best Film prize for "Argo" on the critics circuit so far, bringing it ever closer to the "Zero Dark Thirty" tally of eight. Check out the full list of winners below and as always, keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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Tom Riley and creator David S. Goyer of "Da Vinci's Demons"

 Tom Riley and creator David S. Goyer of "Da Vinci's Demons"

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Press Tour: 'Dark Knight' scribe talks giving 'Da Vinci's Demons' a superhero touch

David S. Goyer promises his take on the story will be 'eighty-five percent' true

Think Leonardo Da Vinci just sat around drawing cool stuff? "Da Vinci's Demons," an original series created by David S. Goyer, is set to prove otherwise. During a press tour panel for the STARZ show, the co-writer of "The Dark Knight" trilogy promised that, though the eight-part series will give the legendary creator some "almost superhuman" skills, "eighty-five percent of this is based on reality." 

And very little, if any, of that reality-based drama is going to consist of watching the master navel gaze. As Goyer points out, "If we showed Da Vinci painting for two minutes, everyone would be looking at their watches." 

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<p>Emmanuelle Riva in &quot;Amour.&quot;</p>

Emmanuelle Riva in "Amour."

Credit: Sony Classics

'Amour' wins top honors from National Society of Film Critics

Michael Haneke's film also takes Best Director and Actress

The last of the major US critics' awards landed today, and the National Society of Film Critics sided with the Los Angeles crowd, handing their Best Picture award to Michael Haneke's "Amour." The French-Austrian production narrowly saw off "The Master" to the top prize, also nabbing Best Director and Best Actress for Emmanuelle Riva. Paul Thomas Anderson's film had to settle for Best Supporting Actress for Amy Adams (again echoing the LA Critics' choice), as well as the Best Cinematography prize.

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<p>&quot;Ai Weiwei:&nbsp;Never Sorry&quot;</p>

"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"

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From 'Ai Weiwei' to 'Sugar Man,' handicapping this year's documentary feature race

Which five will be left standing from this competitive lot?

The field of documentary feature contenders this year is bursting at the seams with quality and the signs of a true golden age for the form. And this even with a number of the year's best having failed to make the finalists cut. Issues tackled are wide-ranging, artistry is apparent in a number of entries and the stories that are being shared are as powerful as ever. How do you even begin to handicap this thing?

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This Week in New Music: Death Grips, The Bronx, Matt Pond and more

This Week in New Music: Death Grips, The Bronx, Matt Pond and more

Music and videos from Alasdair Roberts, Ume, mattpondPA, Last Royals and more

Listen to new music and watch new music videos from this week, from Death Grips, Alasdair Roberts, Ume, Toro y Moi and more.

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<p>Freddie Highmore of &quot;Bates Motel&quot;</p>

Freddie Highmore of "Bates Motel"

Credit: A&E

Press Tour: 'Lost' veteran explains how much 'Psycho' is in A&E's 'Bates Motel'

Carlton Cuse is producing the Freddie Highmore/Vera Farmiga drama
[The following article contains spoilers for Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." I suppose it also contains spoilers for Gus Van Sant's "Psycho."]
PASADENA, CA - The eponymous central location in A&E's "Bates Motel" looks mighty familiar, from the grungy numbered rooms to the teetering manager's house atop a steep staircase. If you've been on the Universal Studios backlot tour north of Los Angeles, you'll know the place.
The main character in A&E's "Bates Motel" is named Norman Bates and there's much in Freddie Highmore's nervous, eager-to-please performance that will call back Tony Perkins' iconic work, which he then reprised in multiple sequels. 
The Norman Bates in "Bates Motel" has a somewhat co-dependent relationship with his mother and while she's played in the new drama by the full-of-life Vera Farmiga rather than being portrayed by a desiccated corpse in the basement, elements of the dynamic between Norman and his mom will be familiar.
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<p>Anne Hathaway of &quot;Les Miserables&quot;</p>

Anne Hathaway of "Les Miserables"

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Will 'Les Miserables' topple Taylor Swift from atop the Billboard 200 next week?

It's a close race for several spots in the Top 10

The soundtrack to “Les Miserables” may become the first No. 1 album based on 2013 sales.

The title, which skyrocketed 33-2 this week is on target to sell up to 130,000 copies, which would handily land it at No. 1.

As consumers continue to spend the gift cards they received for the holidays, look for One Direction’s “Take Me Home” to move up one spot, 3-2. It could move as many as 105,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double, which would make it and “Les Miz” the only two titles to surpass the 100,00 mark in sales next week.

Taylor Swift’s “Red,” which currently sits at No. 1, may drop to as low at No. 4. The singer’s set and Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” are too close to call for the No. 3 and 4 spots, with each looking good for between 85,000 and 95,000.

“American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips’ “The World From the Other Side of the Moon” is poised so soar, possibly leaping from No. 11 to No. 5.

The “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack, which catapulted 45-10 this week following the comedy’s release on DVD, will also continue to rise, possibly as high as No. 6.

Rounding out the Top 10, the Lumineers’ self-titled album, Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” and Pink’s “The Truth About Love” are all too close to call for the No. 7-9 slots, with each looking to sell between 50,000 and 55,000. Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” looks good for No. 10 with up to 50,000 copies sold.

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Michael Douglas

 Michael Douglas

Credit: AP Photo

Press Tour: Douglas, Damon talk crazy costumes for 'Behind the Candelabra'

Matt Damon 'really enjoyed' costume fittings for Liberace's boyfriend

"Behind the Candelabra" (debuts on HBO Spring 2013) looks like it should be a campy Lifetime movie -- but with Michael Douglas as Liberace, Matt Damon as his love interest, Rob Lowe and Debbie Reynolds making guest appearances and Steven Soderbergh directing, this is clearly serious stuff. During a press tour panel, Douglas talked about getting into character. "Well, there's a tremendous amount of clips and films that give you a sense of character," the Oscar winner said, joking, "[I had to] make Steven secure and make myself attractive to Matt." 

When asked if Douglas was successful, Damon responded, smiling, "Very, very attractive."
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<p>Cheers fellas. You're halfway there.</p>

Cheers fellas. You're halfway there.

Pencils down Academy Members: Oscar nominations voting is now over

Will an extra day make a difference?

Academy members received a reprieve of an extra 24 hours, but as of 5 PM PT voting for the 85th Academy Awards nominations is now officially over.

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Watch: One Direction salutes Elvis Presley in 'Kiss You' video trailer

Watch: One Direction salutes Elvis Presley in 'Kiss You' video trailer

From one teen idol to another

Can't wait until Monday when One Direction unspools the new video for "Kiss You?" Well, hang on. Below is something to tide you over. Watch as the members of One Direction get their Elvis Presley on in this final teaser for the “Kiss You” video.

[More after the jump...]

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"Downton Abbey"

 "Downton Abbey"

Credit: PBS

Did you avoid 'Downton Abbey' season three spoilers or hunt them down?

Even the most diligent found some leaks hard to avoid

Though the word only became a pervasive part of our lingo a few decades ago, spoilers have likely existed as long as entertainment of any form has been around (you missed "Oedipus the King" at the Dionysia? Dude! Queen Jocasta was his MOM!"). Avoiding them requires constant vigilance, sidestepping blabbermouths and, mostly, staying off the Internet. Of course, in this day and age that's not unlike taking a vacation from breathing. With "Downton Abbey" airing first in the U.K., then three months later in the U.S. (season 3 premieres here Jan. 6), spoilers became like tribbles -- turn your back, and another thousand popped up somehow, and not always where you expected them to be.

And speaking of spoilers, if you haven't watched Season 2 (not Season 3, Season 2, so if you're REALLY behind) for some reason, read no further. Yes, an article about spoilers has a spoiler alert. Fancy that. 

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<p>Rolling stone?</p>

Rolling stone?

Credit: Coachella

Are The Rolling Stones one step closer to headlining Coachella?

Festival organizers post tantalizing photo on Facebook

Are the Rolling Stones one step closer to announcing their rumored headlining gig at Coachella?

Either organizers of the alternative music festival, which takes place in Indio, Calif., April 12-14 and April 19-21, are messing with us or they’re subtly confirming their appearance. Yesterday, the folks at Goldenvoice, who put on Coachella, posted a picture (above) of a stone in a field on Coachella's Facebook page. No, it’s not rolling, but it’s gathering no moss either.

It’s the latest move in the “are-they-or-aren’t they” chronicle of the rock and roll band. The rumors started last fall and the drum beat only got louder after the Rolling Stones’ mobile app listed an April 12 date at Coachella. That quickly disappeared.

What does seem clear is that the Rolling Stones aren’t done after playing five lauded 50th anniversary shows in London, Brooklyn, and Newark. “Really, all you’re going to have to do is wait for an announcement,” guitarist Keith Richards told Rolling Stone’s David Fricke. “It would be dopey to bring things up to this level and say, ‘Well, that’s that, 50 years, bye-bye.”

Mick Jagger is a little cagier. “There have been quite a few offers,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I’m going to see what’s on the table and discuss it with everyone.”

As far as Coachella, Jagger says he has no idea how that date showed up on the Stones’ mobile app and that he had not been asked to play the festival personally, but he doesn’t rule it out. “I always said that we’d see how this would go, and then we’d think about doing more —or not.”

Either way, expect an announcement of who is playing at the festival within the next few weeks, if not next week.  Among the other hotly-tipped names has been Daft Punk, however NME ran a story yesterday that stated the band wil not be playing any festivals in 2013, or any live dates at all.

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