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<p>CeeLo</p>

CeeLo

Watch: CeeLo's 'Run Rudolph Run' video is as classy as you'd think it'd be

Santa's li'l helpers are back

The music video for CeeLo Green's "Run Run Rudolph" features footage likely taken from the same shoot as the video for his "Silent Night." That is, sexy Santa's li'l helpers in their underwear, doing cute things in the street as models are want to do.

This one features a convertible (heaven-bound!) a taco truck (nurturing!) and confetti (starlight!). Santa, in the front seat of his sleigh, needs to deliver his toys (hint: they're in the back seat) to good little boys and presumably girls. All that's left on your Christmas list is a healthy body normative.

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<p>Kanye West</p>

Kanye West

Listen: New Kanye West and Black Keys songs for 'Man with the Iron Fists'

Rapper's new track has the man seeing white

Put your swagger face on: Two new tracks from the soundtrack to RZA's "The Man with the Iron Fists" have a lot of funk and blues sensibility. The Black Keys have unleashed their gnarly movie theme "The Baddest Man Alive" featuring the Wu-Tang mang and Kanye West released his contribution "White Dress."

The former has all the low end expected from the rock band, but has a break beat fit for RZA's hypnotic rhymes, flashing behind a veil of distortion. "I'll snatch food from the mouth of a tiger / Take a gasoline bath then I walk through fire," RZA raps. Killer.

Black Keys and RZA previously combined on a couple of tracks for the former's "Blakroc" album from 2009.

West's "White Dress" has people hearing wedding bells, as Ye odes to his lady love ahead of the presumed dressy refrain. No word when he actually composed his tune, but signs point at current flame Kim Kardashian, his "perfect b*tch," to whom he's directed his nuptial intentions in song before.

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<p>Jay Ryan of &quot;Beauty and the Beast&quot;</p>

Jay Ryan of "Beauty and the Beast"

Credit: The CW

TV Review: The CW's 'Beauty and the Beast' fails on every level

A pretty beast, a silly cop and some bad writing lead to disaster
There's an easy punchline that a hundred [or more] lazy screenwriters have probably used in movies or TV shows. 
 
A character happens upon somebody who was previously assumed to be deceased. The character nods and quips, "You look pretty good for a dead guy."
 
It's a universally applicable joke, because... not to put too fine a point on it... dead guys generally look pretty horrible. They're all rotted and stuff. So it doesn't matter who you are or how you look, if you're about to breath and receive nourishment, chances are solid that you also look pretty good for a dead guy.
 
The cliche pops up in the pilot for The CW's new adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast," one of many cliches in a script that seems to be cobbled together from nothing but dribs and drabs of earlier shows. In its "Beauty and the Beast" context, however, the line is elevated (denigrated?) from sloppy mimicry into a flawless illustration of the pilot's insurmountable core flaw.
 
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The Sandman, Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy try and bring Jack Frost on board to stop Pitch from taking over the world's children in DreamWorks Animation's "Rise of the Guardians."
The Sandman, Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy try and bring Jack Frost on board to stop Pitch from taking over the world's children in DreamWorks Animation's "Rise of the Guardians."
Credit: DreamWorks Animation

'Rise of the Guardians,' 'On the Road' and 'Life of Pi' among AFI Fest galas

'Silver Linings Playbook,' 'The Impossible' and 'Central Park Five' will also screen

LOS ANGELES - After already setting "Hitchock" as its opening night gala and "Lincoln" as its closing night gala, AFI revealed its slate of centerpiece galas and special screenings for the 2012 AFI Film Festival.

This year's centerpiece galas include best animated picture contender "Rise of the Guardians," Ang Lee's 3D visual extravaganza "Life of Pi," Walter Salles' already well traveled "On the Road" and Jacques Audiard's Cannes breakout "Rust and Bone." The latter ties into a special Tribute to Marion Cotillard that will be held during the eight day event. Cotillard, a prime best actress contender, received a similar honor at the Telluride Film Festival last month.

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<p>Harris Savides on the set of Noah Baumbach's &quot;Greenberg&quot;</p>

Harris Savides on the set of Noah Baumbach's "Greenberg"

Credit: Focus Features

Tech Support: 'American Gangster,' 'Milk' and 'Zodiac' lenser Harris Savides dies at 55

DP frequently collaborated with Gus Van Sant, David Fincher and Noah Baumbach

Talk about having a ton of bricks dropped on your head. I hadn't heard that cinematographer Harris Savides had been ill, certainly hadn't known that he was on the ropes, but he has apparently passed away at the far-too-young age of 55. I don't know the cause of death but I know this one's a big blow to the industry.

Savides most often collaborated with filmmaker Gus Van Sant. He shot films like "Finding Forrester," "Gerry," "Elephant," "Last Days" and "Milk" for the director. But he also worked with David Fincher from time to time ("The Game," "Zodiac"), as well as Noah Baumbach ("Margot at the Wedding," "Greenberg"). His final work will be seen in Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," which releases next year.

Savides always brought a delicate touch to his work. There was no blatant thumbprint because that wasn't his style. Yet the work was by no means anonymous. Quite the opposite, in fact, and the aesthetic Van Sant developed in his "Death Trilogy" ("Elephant," "Gerry" and "Last Days") is very much owed to Savides's work.

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<p>Mary&nbsp;Elizabeth Winstead in &quot;Smashed&quot;</p>

Mary Elizabeth Winstead in "Smashed"

Credit: Sony Pictures Classics

Interview: Mary Elizabeth Winstead on relating to toxicity in 'Smashed'

The actress makes a big stride in the Sundance fave

NEW YORK -- Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been developing quite the career for herself in the commercial sector. Parts in "Final Destination 3," "Black Christmas," "Grindhouse," "Live Free or Die Hard," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and "The Thing" have been a slow build for the actress, right up to this summer's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." But while she's always showed a spark that promised more, it didn't really hit full bloom until James Ponsoldt's "Smashed" premiered at Sundance back in January.

And indeed, the Sundance experience meant a great deal to Winstead, who grew up in Salt Lake City and always saw the fest as something of an El Dorado. "Sundance was always a big goal of mine, since I was a kid," she says. "It was always like this thing that was so close but I could never find my way into actually being a part of it. It was pretty emotional. Yeah, I think I broke down several times when I was there so it meant a lot."

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<p>&quot;Mondays at Racine&quot; is one of the shortlisted docs.</p>

"Mondays at Racine" is one of the shortlisted docs.

Credit: Cynthia Wade Productions

Academy shortlists eight titles for Best Documentary Short

The list was narrowed down from 31 eligible entries

Can we already be at this point? It may be in one of the least-heralded categories, but the Oscar shortlisting process has officially begun: this morning, the Academy announced a shortlist of eight semi-finalists for the Best Documentary Short award, drawn from 31 eligible entries. That'll be it for this particular race, of course, until the five nominees are revealed with all the rest on January 10 -- while a feature doc shortlist will be announced later this month.. So, here's its brief moment with the spotlight to itself.

The shortlisted titles include: "Mondays at Racine," a look at a Long Island hair salon that caters to cancer patients; "The Education of Mohammad Hussein," about an American Muslim community's struggle with an anti-Islamic priest; "Inocente," a study of a teenaged artist who has been homeless for six years; "Kings Point," about a Florida retirement community; "Open Heart," about Rwandan children undergoing high-risk surgery in Sudan; "Paraiso," about immigrant Mexican window-washers in Chicago; and "The Perfect Fit," a silent portrait of five women colliding in a vintage clothing store. 

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<p>Rolling Stones</p>

Rolling Stones

Listen: Rolling Stones release 'Doom and Gloom'

Check out the band's first new track in more than seven years

The Rolling Stones may have been gathering moss the last few years as they lay dormant, but they’re back with one of their strongest tunes in decades.

“Gloom and Doom,” which premiered on BBC Radio 2 this morning, features classic, snarling  guitar licks from Keith Richards and an inspired, upfront vocal from Mick Jagger. They're still showing the young kids how it's done.

[More after the jump...]

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Rihanna reveals album title and cover art for 'Unapologetic'

Rihanna reveals album title and cover art for 'Unapologetic'

When can you buy her seventh studio album?

Rihanna will release her seventh studio album, “Unapologetic,” on Nov. 19.

As fans know, Rihanna has become as reliable as a Swiss watch: this will mark the fourth year in a row that she has dropped a new album in mid-November. How’s this for consistency?  “Rated R” came out Nov. 20, 2009, “Loud,” Nov. 12, 2010, and “Talk That Talk” on Nov. 18, 2011.

She must be doing something right:  “Diamonds,” the first single from “Unapologetic,”  tops this week’s R&B chart. 

The album cover shows a naked Rihanna (flashing that brand new tattoo across her chest) with words such as "faith," "Love" and "victory" written in white over her face and torso. 

Will this be the album that finally gives Rihanna her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart? Her previous best is No. 2 with 2007’s “Girl Gone Bad.” 


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Are you excited for the new Rihanna album?

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Tech Support: 'Life of Pi,' 'Lincoln' and 'The Master' lead the race for Best Cinematography

Tech Support: 'Life of Pi,' 'Lincoln' and 'The Master' lead the race for Best Cinematography

A stacked race, from westerns to war, bayous to Bond

Every year I say it again: our cinematographers are the heart of filmmaking. It is, after all, the use of the camera to capture a director’s vision that, more than anything else, separates cinema from every other art form. Innovation in camerawork has immeasurably improved the quality of our films. Capturing stories visually is the essence of filmmaking.

The talented individuals who serve as directors of photography are awarded by the Academy in the category of Best Cinematography, one of the few crafts categories to be cited by all major critics’ awards, and probably having a reasonable degree of public acknowledgment. The category definitely tends to award “pretty” films that draw attention to themselves by having especially striking imagery. Black-and-white films also do disproportionately well when they are in contention. The branch tends to have somewhat of a love-hate relationship with digital photography, which is becoming increasingly prominent in blockbusters and action films. Frequently these films are snubbed but when nominated, they often win.

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<p>Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz in &quot;Django Unchained.&quot;</p>

Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz in "Django Unchained."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Roundup: Is 'Django' riding to Rome?

Also: Gandolfini in 'Zero Dark Thirty,' and revisiting the best of the 90s

Attention, "Django Unchained" pre-fans! Please note that we're leading off today's roundup with the film -- all brownie points will be graciously received. Anyway, it's looking likelier that a rumor I first heard at the Venice Film Festival a month ago may come to pass: Tarantino's latest could have its world premiere at the rapidly growing Rome Film Festival. Fest director Marco Mueller, who was dumped by Venice last year, certainly sounded confident when he announced the screening of two surprise films in the Italian capital next month: "You will see Tarantino soon, here. You will see him here soon for a big surprise... This is something we will announce in detail in a few days' time, and you will see that Django will be stepping on the stage of the Auditorium." If true, that's a massive coup for a festival that never used to get much attention. Watch out, Venice. [Reuters]

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<p>&quot;The Walking Dead&quot;&nbsp;is back in action on Sunday night.</p>

"The Walking Dead" is back in action on Sunday night.

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Walking Dead' starts strong in season 3

But can the zombie drama break its pattern of mid-season struggles?
Through two seasons, AMC's "The Walking Dead" has been a show that's great at beginnings, quite good at endings, and really problematic when you get to the middle. With many returning shows, it would be reassuring to hear that the start of the new season (it debuts Sunday night at 9) is strong; with "The Walking Dead," it doesn't tell you anything you don't already know.
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