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<p>Walton Goggins had a great experience with Quentin Tarantino on his new film 'Django Unchained'</p>

Walton Goggins had a great experience with Quentin Tarantino on his new film 'Django Unchained'

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Walton Goggins explains how his role kept growing in 'Django Unchained'

We spend a few minutes with one of the most striking character actors working today

Walton Goggins would be beloved if the only thing he'd ever done was his work on "The Shield." That was such a remarkable character, developed so carefully over the course of the series, that it set the bar very high for other roles for Goggins for the future.

Thankfully, the filmmakers who have worked with him since the end of that show seem to understand what a gift he can be to a production.  He found another great role in a series in the form of "Justified," and this holiday season, he's in the new films from both Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino.  Considering how long he's been working as an actor (his first credit was in 1990), it feels like things have finally come up roses for a guy whose work more than justifies the attention.

In our interview, we talked about the way his role in "Django Unchained" evolved over the course of the shoot, and I can't say I'm remotely surprised to hear that Tarantino flipped for him.  Part of what makes Goggins so striking is the way he looks so dangerous, but when he speaks, there is a sly intelligence that you might not imagine at first.  When he plays a character who is supposed to be a threat, it doesn't feel like acting. It feels like he's a genuine threat, someone you wouldn't want to cross.

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Immaculate Noise's Top 40 Best Songs of 2012: Miguel, Icona Pop, Grimes

Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding and... High On Fire

It's a list of songs from 2012, kids. Let's just have fun.

The crossover between my best songs and best albums list includes Miguel, Japandroids, Emeli Sande, Frank Ocean, Killer Mike and... that's it.

To check out my 30 best albums of 2012 list, head here: it includes top distinctions to Fiona Apple, Swans, Matthew Dear, Kendrick Lamar, Swans and more.

Here is a list of 40 of my favorite songs from this year. Listen to the Spotify list of them here.

  1. Miguel, "Adorn"
  2. Icona Pop, "I Love It"
  3. Frank Ocean, "Sweet Life"
  4. Cold Specks, "Blank Maps"
  5. Shovels & Rope, "Birmingham"
  6. Nicki Minaj, "The Boys
  7. Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
  8. Le1f, "Wut"
  9. Burial, "Kindred"
  10. David Byrne + St. Vincent, "Who"
  11. Grimes, "Oblivion"
  12. R. Kelly, "Share My Love"
  13. Holy Other, "Held"
  14. OneRepublic, "Feel Again"
  15. Nas - "Daughters"
  16. High on Fire, "Bloody Knuckles"
  17. Mumford & Sons, "I Will Wait"
  18. Emeli Sande, "Where I Sleep"
  19. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Thrift Shop"
  20. Justin Townes Earle, "Am I That Lonely"
  21. Ke$ha - "Die Young"
  22. Maps & Atlases, "Old & Gray"
  23. Pallbearer, "Devoid of Redemption"
  24. Dope Body, "Road Dog"
  25. Miranda Lambert, "Fastest Girl In Town"
  26. Killer Mike, "Reagan"
  27. Dr. John, "Locked Down"
  28. Ellie Goulding, "Anything Can Happen"
  29. Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, "Mercy"
  30. Walk the Moon, "Anna Sun"
  31. First Aid Kit, "Emmylou"
  32. Japandroids, "The House That Heaven Built"
  33. Father John Misty, "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings"
  34. Hospitality, "Eighth Avenue"
  35. Mynabirds, "Generals"
  36. Alabama Shakes, "Hold On"
  37. Santigold, "The Keepers"
  38. Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"
  39. A$AP Rocky, "Goldie"
  40. Charli XCX, "You're the One"

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<p>Whitney Houston</p>

Whitney Houston

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Watch: 'The Music They Made' song montage from musicians who died in 2012

Four-minute clip encompasses Whitney Houston to Adam Yauch to Dave Brubeck

If you want to not only see the names, but hear the music from the top musicians who left us this year, this four-minute montage, "The Music They Made," posted by the New York Times last night is well worth your time.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber expands 'Believe: Acoustic' to include new material

Is he working with Ed Sheeran?

It turns out that eight isn’t enough. Justin Bieber’s  “Believe:Acoustic” continues to expand. Originally slated as an 8-song EP, Bieber keeps adding new songs to the Jan. 29 release.

On Thursday night, he tweeted that he “had to write some new ones. Now I’m putting out 10 SONGS on #Believeacoustive. I’m telling u. PREORDER it now : ).”

In addition to the sales plug, the Biebs also gave more details: “Every song has a new guitar arrangement...1 w/ piano. Everything feels new.” 

Idolator has speculated that Bieber may have been writing new material with “The A-Team” singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran.

As Hitfix previously reported, Bieber announced the EP earlier this month. Bieber released “My Worlds Acoustic” in 2010, which featured stripped-down versions of songs from “My World 2.0.”


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Music sales from holiday shopping drop double digit percentage over 2011

Lack of blockbuster titles leads to 10% decline

Retailers received coal in their Christmas stocking this year: sales during the pivotal holiday period were down 10% from last year, according to Billboard.

Comparing Nov. 18-Dec. 23 with the same five-week period in 2011 shows sales of 54.9 million albums this year versus 61 million last year.

Billboard attributes the drop in sales to two factors: the lack of a superstar blockbuster like Adele’s “21” or Michael Buble’s “Christmas” that provided sustained sales of more than 200,000 for several weeks running,  as well as the fact that last year’s figures included Dec. 24, which is one of the biggest shopping days of the the year.

The breakdown between physical and digital sales followed the shift during non-holiday periods: Digital album sales rose 5.3% during the five weeks, while physical CD sales were down 15.4%. Individual track downloads, however, were down 4.8% to 139.8 million units compared with 2011 sales over the same period.

While there were no sustained superstar sales retailers mentioned such titles as One Direction’s “Take Me Home,” Taylor Swift’s “Red,” Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox,”  Mumford & Sons’ “Babel,” Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” and Pink’s “Truth About Love” as strong holiday sellers.


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<p>An old-school Academy paper ballot -- on the way out.</p>

An old-school Academy paper ballot -- on the way out.

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Roundup: Academy members give e-voting an F

Also: 'Argo' is Ebert's #1, and the link between 'Silver Linings' and 'Amour'

When the Oscar nominations are announced in exactly two weeks' time (!), they'll be a pioneering edition in two ways: not only will they land earlier in the season than ever before, but they'll be the first to be partially drawn from electronic voting. It's a brave new world and all, but after interviewing a cross-section of voters, Many of them aren't happy with the changes -- to the point that some of them, short of time to see the necessary films and/or befuddled by the security surrounding the online ballot -- may not bother voting at all. Scott Feinberg quotes one member as saying, "There will probably be a large percentage of people who will just say, 'Screw it,' and not even vote this year," and expresses concern that the changes could result in a record low in voter anticipation. Of course, we'll never know. [The Race]

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<p>Any year that promises Johnny Depp as Tonto, the return of Katniss Everdeen, and a brand-new take on Superman is going to be an interesting one.</p>

Any year that promises Johnny Depp as Tonto, the return of Katniss Everdeen, and a brand-new take on Superman is going to be an interesting one.

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Most Anticipated Movies of 2013 include 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' 'Catching Fire,' 'Gravity'

25 of next year's most interesting films promise an eclectic 2013 in theaters

I've still got two more wrap-up pieces for 2012 to come, but first, we thought we'd take a look ahead at 2013, which promises to be a huge year for movies.

We've tried to put together a wide array of the types of films that people are looking forward to.  You'll see some familiar faces here as we anticipate the returns of "Star Trek," "Iron Man," and "Thor," and you'll see prestige pieces as well as potential blockbusters.

The thing about anticipation is that I'm not sure it means what it used to.  These days, movies arrive pre-digested thanks to all the information and clips and special glimpses and four-minute clip reels and IMAX previews and whatever other way studios have started to use to reach out to audiences.  At one point, there were something like 25 minutes of clips from "The Hobbit" floating around out there, all officially released by the studio, and that's for a film that is as pre-sold as pre-sold gets.  And I get it… studios are at the point where they are trying anything and everything to get people to actually show up to the theaters.

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"Project Runway All Stars"

 "Project Runway All Stars"

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'Project Runway' recap: 'There's No Business Like Sew Business'

Elie Tahari guides the designers through a ready-to-wear challenge

So, the designers walk down Fifth Avenue (or, as Josh calls it, Fifth Ave, which makes me want to smack him to death with a designer purse) and end up at Elie Tahari's flagship store. Their challenge is to create a "wow" ready-to-wear look that can retail at $500 to $700. The winning design will be sold at all of the Elie Tahari stores and proceeds will go to Save the Garment Center. Mondo won this challenge last season. No pressure. 

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<p>Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren on the set of &quot;Hitchcock.&quot;</p>

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren on the set of "Hitchcock."

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Exclusive: Hopkins and Mirren discuss the destiny of finally working together in 'Hitchcock'

It's never too late for a first time

When great British actors reach a certain age Americans, er, media types tend to believe they must have worked together at some point during their careers. In the West End, on the BBC or in some movie.  At the least, they were in one of those "Harry Potter" movies, right?  Well, not really.

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<p>Robert Pattinson in &quot;Cosmopolis&quot;</p>

Robert Pattinson in "Cosmopolis"

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'Lincoln' leads Vancouver film critics nominations

'Cosmopolis' shows up strong throughout Canadian film categories

The Vancouver Film Critics Circle has announced nominees this year, and Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" led the way with five nominations, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay. "Cosmopolis," "Rebelle" and "Stories We Tell" were chalked up in the Best Canadian Film category. Winners will be announced January 7. Check out the full list below and keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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"Downton Abbey"

 "Downton Abbey"

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Watch the first 10 minutes of 'Downton Abbey' and get wedding fever

Mary and Matthew get ready to wed in this taste of season three

Can't wait another minute for the third season of "Downton Abbey"? Really, the first episode airs Sun. Jan. 6, so it's quite unrefined to get that keyed up. Consider drinking some tea or something. Luckily, knowing how high strung we Americans are (not so high strung they couldn't hold off on broadcasting the season here more than three months behind its U.K. air dates, but whatev), the powers-that-be have posted ten minutes of the first episode on Facebook. As you might have guessed, the place is buzzing about the long-awaited nuptials of Matthew and Mary, but that doesn't mean there isn't drama and an ominous sense of foreboding.

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Revisiting four months of 'The Impossible' with Oscar's deadline looming

A plea for Academy members to consider one of the best pictures of the year

Spanish key art and poster art for THE IMPOSSIBLE featuring Naomi Watts

Every season there is a movie or performance that is a head scratcher when it comes to why it does or doesn't appeal to the Academy.  Films and portrayals that will be long remembered after a number of other nominated works are getting their share of the best picture spotlight now. Immediate examples that come to mind include "Do the Right Thing" (one of the greatest films of the '80s), "The Ice Storm" (ditto for the '90s), "The Dark Knight" (for the '00s) and, oh yeah, Stanley Kubrick's "2001" (of all time).  And as for overlooked actors, last year found both Ryan Gosling ("Drive") and Michael Fassbender ("Shame") of the list of Academy omissions gone wrong.  With the advent of the 10 nomination option for best picture, however, you would think that overlooking great movies would be a rare occurrence. Ladies and gentleman of the jury, I give you my own best picture of the year, "The Impossible."

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