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Miley Cyrus

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Watch: Adam Lambert and Miley Cyrus pay tribute to Madonna and Billy Idol

Who belts the loudest on VH1 Divas?

Adam Lambert paid tribute to Madonna’s 30+ years of hitmaking at Sunday night’s VH1 “Divas,” with this odd cover of “Ray Of Light.”

Dressed in some kind of very strange hieroglyphic robe, or perhaps as a medieval knight,  Lambert starts off really shaky vocally, but then he rises to the occasion.  It’s an amped up version of Madonna’s take on the song.  We’re not sure about the squat thrusts.

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"A Charlie Brown Christmas"

 "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

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Holiday TV Countdown - all the seasonal programming you can stand until Jan. 1

Watch some sappy Christmas movies, we won't tell
There's a little more than a week left before Christmas, but that doesn't mean that all the holiday-themed programming has already aired. Au contraire, there's tons of this candy cane-coated stuff coming to a network near you. And if you don't already own "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on DVD, don't worry -- the cartoon classic airs Dec. 18. And guess what? Christmas programming airs right up until New Year's Eve on some channels. Grab your eggnog. It's going to be a long winter's tale. 
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<p>Bruno Mars, Ke$ha and Rihanna</p>

Bruno Mars, Ke$ha and Rihanna

DJ Earworm's 2012 pop music mash-up 'Shine Brighter': Listen

Get the year's worth of hits in under four minutes

We wait for it every year:  DJ Earworm’s United State of Pop’s mash-up of the previous 12 months top hits.

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<p>Damian Lewis and Claire Danes in a scene from the &quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;season finale. </p>

Damian Lewis and Claire Danes in a scene from the "Homeland" season finale.

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'Homeland' producers on Brody's future, Saul's loyalties and more from season 2

Who will be back next season? Why didn't the CIA keep monitoring Brody's phone? Will Mandy sing?

"Look, these highly serialized dramas are a high-wire act, and occasionally on the wire, you're going to fall off," acknowledged "Homeland" executive producer Howard Gordon at the end of a long press conference call to discuss the Showtime drama's second season finale. "And if we did fall off this year now and then, I like to think we had a safety net under us, and that that net was our audience, who said they believed in us that we could get back up and cross to the other side. (What a completely convoluted metaphor!) But that was our hope for the finale: that people understood now why Nazir was doing what he was doing, why Brody was doing what he was doing, and what Carrie was thinking. We're very rigorous about that. Not to defend the show, but in our minds, we have answers to why everything happened. And hopefully we answered things a lot of the questions people had in the finale. And now we can start again in season 3 and begin the journey with everybody one more time."

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

Ben Affleck in "Argo"

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'Argo,' Ben Affleck win with St. Louis critics

And a tie for Best Supporting Actress

The St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association has decided on winners and stuck up for Ben Affleck's "Argo," which won Best Picture and Best Director. Daniel Day-Lewis and Jessica Chastain won top honors for acting. Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor while Ann Dowd and Helen Hunt tied for Best Supporting Actress. Nominees here. Check out the full list of winners below and keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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<p>Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is still new to the chair, but he's going to be tested mightily in next summer's 'Star Trek Into Darkness'</p>

Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is still new to the chair, but he's going to be tested mightily in next summer's 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

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Full length 'Star Trek Into Darkness' trailer arrives online

The new cast prepares for their second time at the helm of the Enterprise

Based on the box-office figures for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," I think it's safe to say quite a few of you went to see the film in various formats this weekend.  If you did, then chances are you saw either the theatrical trailer for "Star Trek Into Darkness" or the nine-minute IMAX 3D presentation of the film's first nine minutes.

Right now, I feel bad for longtime "Trek" fans who don't enjoy the JJ Abrams films.  There is no worse feeling for a film fan than disliking something that you are very, very excited about.  I've been out with friends for various screenings over the years, and the conversations that happen after sitting through a crushing disappointment are most often a way of trying to grapple with what went wrong.  For many audiences, the 2009 "Star Trek" was a big, fun, surprisingly well-cast film that they enjoyed and probably haven't thought much about since.  There are the hardcore fans who just love seeing new "Trek" onscreen and who enjoyed the switch-up with the new cast, sure, and there are also kids who were introduced to "Star Trek" by that film and who are now nascent fans for the franchise as a whole.

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From 'A(mour)' to 'Z(ero Dark Thirty)': the best films of 2012

From 'A(mour)' to 'Z(ero Dark Thirty)': the best films of 2012

A fantastic year of movies filters down to this

It's been said here and in the podcast a number of times, but I might as well offer it up once more for good measure: 2012 was a pretty good year for movies. I admired a lot. I may not have loved a ton but I certainly really, really liked a lot and my appreciation and respect for a number of the visions tossed out on to screens this year can't be overstated. Bravo to the filmmakers, truly.

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<p>Yvonne Strahovski and Michael C. Hall in a scene from the &quot;Dexter&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Yvonne Strahovski and Michael C. Hall in a scene from the "Dexter" season finale.

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Season finale review: 'Dexter' - 'Surprise, Motherf---er!'

Dexter and LaGuerta make moves and counter-moves, while Hannah makes her own plan

A quick review of the "Dexter" season finale — and season 7 as a whole — coming up just as soon as I put on a diaper and come out as Baby New Year...

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<p>Jessica Chastain in &quot;Zero&nbsp;Dark&nbsp;Thirty&quot;</p>

Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty"

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'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'The Master' win big with Chicago film critics

'Lincoln' wins yet another pair of awards for lead actor and adapted screenplay

Another swift turnaround from nominations, as the Chicaco Film Critics Association has joined the chorus of "Zero Dark Thirty" supporters. The film won five awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress. "The Master," meanwhile, won four, for Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Score. Check out the full list of winners below and keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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<p>&quot;Les Mis&eacute;rables&quot; will be opening while voters have ballots in hand. Could inevitable box office stories help push it along?</p>

"Les Misérables" will be opening while voters have ballots in hand. Could inevitable box office stories help push it along?

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Off the Carpet: Ballots are out

As the Academy prepares to speak up, where are we now?

Normally this column would begin with something like, "Ballots have been mailed to Oscar voters today," but that begs reminding that for the first time ever, the Academy has adopted an electronic voting system in addition to paper ballots (for those who request them). How will that change the course of the season? Is chatter about glitches and lack of understanding just a facile talking point blown out of proportion? Maybe. The Academy has been very diligent in reminding its membership of the changes, so I think it'll be fine, but what is tangible in all of this is the landscape as a result of the first major nominations announcements of the season.

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<p>Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in &quot;Silver Linings Playbook.&quot;</p>

Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in "Silver Linings Playbook."

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'Silver Linings Playbook' rules the Satellite Awards

Five awards for the comedy, including Best Picture, Director, Actor and Actress

As I've said before, I don't know a lot about the International Press Academy, which quietly holds the Satellite Awards every year, but I've gathered this much: they really, really like "Silver Linings Playbook." At last night's ceremony, David O. Russell's pleasantly frayed romantic comedy won Best Picture, Director and Film Editing, as well as the top two acting prizes for stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

One of the few major categories it didn't scoop was Best Adapted Screenplay, which went to "Life of Pi" -- Ang Lee's FX-heavy meta-fable also won Best Cinematography, but oddly lost the Best Visual Effects award to "Flight." As their unusual slate of nominees already showed, the Satellites don't generally follow the herd: Javier Bardem took Best Supporting Actor, while two films, neither of them "Amour," tied in the foreign -language race. Still, even they couldn't resist Anne Hathaway in "Les Misérables," which, with two extra trophies for its aural elements, ended up the night's second-biggest winner. Full list of winners after the jump, with everything else at The Circuit..  

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<p>Richard Gere in &quot;Arbitrage.&quot;</p>

Richard Gere in "Arbitrage."

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Roundup: Richard Gere joins the Palm Springs honoree list

Also: Composing 'Skyfall,' and should we know the Oscar voting tallies?

Another day, another Palm Springs Film Festival honoree. (I totally missed the addition of Helen Mirren to the list last week, but I imagine even she can't keep up with the honorary awards she racks up these days.) The latest one is "Arbitrage" star Richard Gere, who'll receive the Chairman's Award -- following Bradley Cooper, he's the second actor tapped for a gong at this year's festival. After a slow start to the season that saw him miss out on an Indie Spirit nod, Gere has rallied a bit in the last week: this publicity-friendly Palm Springs honor consolidates a semi-unexpected Best Actor Golden Globe nod that saw his stock rise in a very crowded race -- where potential vote-splintering at the bottom end of the Oscar ballot, combined with distributor Roadside Attractions' campaign savvy, raises the possibility of a surprise entry. Could it be Gere? I'm increasingly tempted to go there. [PSIFF]

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