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Will Paul McCartney join Nirvana's Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic at the Sandy concert?

7 Moments to watch for on tonight's 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief

Tonight’s 12-12-12 Sandy benefit Concert in New York will be sure to be full of fun collaborations and surprises. Among the artists performing are Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys and The Who. In addition to some of the rumors already out there, we chatted with some of our sources for some other moments to keep your eyes open for at Madison Square Garden.

Here are seven things to watch for:

*Paul McCartney performing with Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. British tabloid The Sun broke this story and ran a hilarious photoshopped pic of Sir Paul in a Nirvana photo sporting Kurt Cobain’s hair. They will reportedly play a new song. McCartney and Grohl played together at this year’s Grammys, but we have no idea on if this rumor is true, and, quite frankly, we’d rather see the trio play some classic rather than a new song (though certainly not a Nirvana classic). We reached out to Grohl’s publicist who would neither “confirm nor deny” the rumor and cheekily added, “You’ll have to wait and see tonight.”

*Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters.  Waters spilled the beans on his performance last night on “Last Night With Jimmy Fallon.” Vedder will join him for “Comfortably Numb,” which already has us drooling. Here’s the thing: the show is riddled with Vedder’s favorite artists. He could also show up with Springsteen or The Who, since he loves them both.

*Bruce Springsteen’s opening set. The performance order hasn’t been officially announced, but word has leaked out that Springsteen and the E Street Band will open. While hardcore fans are hoping for “Sandy (Fourth Of July),” it’s too obscure for a worldwide audience. Expect “My City of Ruins” and “We Take Care Of Our Own.” 

*Eric Clapton's guests: No word yet on who the rock god is performing with, but his dressing room says "Eric Clapton and Friends," according to one of our spies, so expect some high profile artists, who aren't already announced to possibly join him.

*Billy Joel, whose modified performance of "Miami 2017" was the hands-down highlight of the first Sandy benefit on NBC on Nov. 1 will play with his full band for the first time in three years.  He will have no special guests with him.

*The surprises. There are some names that haven’t been officially announced. One rumor we’ve heard but weren’t able to confirm that makes perfect sense is Paul Simon. How could he not be there? We heard his name from one person on the scene, while another source told us his name hadn't appeared on any schedules.  The other obvious one is Jay-Z. Though he’s not listed, we wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a walk-on at some point, perhaps during Alicia Keys’ set.

*Paul McCartney's closing jam. There’s always one for something like this where everyone still in the building shows up for a rag-tag cover. Showbiz 411 is reporting that McCartney will close the set, so expect some kind of sing-along on either “Hey Jude” or another Beatles classic, but I wouldn’t bet against “Hey Jude.”

Proceeds from the evening go to The Robin Hood Relief Fund. To donate, click here. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. ET and will air basically everywhere, including 32 TV channels and on the internet.

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Wes Anderson on being surprised every step of the way on 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Wes Anderson on being surprised every step of the way on 'Moonrise Kingdom'

He's in the thick of the awards race with perhaps his most personal film yet

One of the unlikely mainstays of the season, since its world premiere as the opening night presentation of the Cannes Film Festival in May, has been Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom." The filmmaker's (lucky) seventh feature has generated plenty of awards season love and critical approval, picking up Independent Spirit Award nominations, a Gotham Awards trophy and critics awards recognition, and it appears likely to bring him his second Oscar nomination to date as screenwriter.

On a brief call before being whisked away on a location scout, Anderson speaks of these kinds of things as a crap shoot. "You spend all this time working on the thing and you do your best and you have absolutely no idea how it's going to go over," he says. "I've had the experience of thinking, 'This one might really land with an audience,' and then suddenly 'x' number of days after it comes out we realize, 'Well, this is not going to happen this time.' I've had movies where it did really well in the limited release and you go from 75 screens to 300 and by Saturday morning you know, 'Well, that's the end of it for this one. This is about where this one's going to top out.' It's so much more fun to have a kind of good following for it. But it shouldn't really be the end-all. You better be doing it because you love the movie yourself or you're signing on for an extremely risky life."

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<p>On &quot;Parenthood,&quot;&nbsp;the Bravermans wait for news about Kristina.</p>

On "Parenthood," the Bravermans wait for news about Kristina.

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'What to My Wondering Eyes'

The tears flow as Kristina's health takes a turn for the worse at holiday time

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as Santa is here on a percentage...

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<p>&quot;Moonrise Kingdom&quot;</p>

"Moonrise Kingdom"

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Roundup: Good and bad news for Desplat in the Oscar race

Also: R.I.P. Ravi Shankar, and why film culture lives on

Sorry for the late roundup today -- I was waylaid by SAG's dawn chorus. That's obviously the news on everyone's minds right now, but I'm going to rewind to an Oscar announcement I failed to mention yesterday: the official list of 104 films eligible for the Best Original Score award. Not a particularly newsworthy list and one I was initially going to skip -- except that, when searching for conspicuous omissions, one name came up... twice. Alexandre Desplat, one of the hardest workers in the game, may be a regular nominee these days, but he only went three-for-five with his 2012 slate -- and for my money, the two Desplat scores that missed the cut showcase his best work this year. "Moonrise Kingdom"'s interpolations of existing classical work doubtless cost it a place (furthering the case for a Best Adapted Score category), but I'm less sure why his moodily throbbing work on "Rust and Bone" isn't on the list. His Oscar hopes now rest with "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Rise of the Guardians." [AMPAS]   

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<p>Edie Falco and the gang at &quot;Nurse Jackie&quot;&nbsp;got some love from the Screen Actors Guild this morning.</p>

Edie Falco and the gang at "Nurse Jackie" got some love from the Screen Actors Guild this morning.

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Predictable choices rule 2013 SAG Awards TV nominations

'Homeland' finally gets recognized, but it's mostly same old, same old from Screen Actors Guild

The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees, like the Golden Globes (whose nominations will be announced tomorrow) have a big impact on (or at least are an early predictor for) the Oscar nominations. As a TV bellwether, they (like the Globes) are less important or precise. While all the actors who vote for the Emmys are in SAG, not all SAG members are Emmy voters. As a result, the tastes don't exactly line up, and you have oddities like "Homeland" being complete snubbed by SAG last year and then going on to be the biggest drama winner on Emmy night, or like "Suits" co-star Patrick J. Adams getting an unexpected SAG nomination and then being ignored at Emmy time.

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<p>On &quot;New Girl,&quot;&nbsp;Nick (Jake Johnson)&nbsp;gives Angie (Olivia Munn)&nbsp;a lapdance.</p>

On "New Girl," Nick (Jake Johnson) gives Angie (Olivia Munn) a lapdance.

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Morning TV Round-Up: 'New Girl,' 'Happy Endings' & 'The Mindy Project'

The holiday season brings about some more emotional moments

It's morning round-up time, with quick thoughts on last night's episodes of "New Girl," "Happy Endings" and "The Mindy Project," coming up just as soon as I look like an example photo at a barbershop...

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<p>Nicole Kidman in &quot;The Paperboy&quot;</p>

Nicole Kidman in "The Paperboy"

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Some SAG surprises indicate unexpected currents in the season

Is Nicole Kidman really in the hunt? Did Joaquin Phoenix take too much damage?

The awards-obsessive corners of the web were all abuzz this morning with murmurs of a supposed "leak" of the 19th annual SAG nominees. Intrepid net hounds had apparently gone into the guild's website and done some choice searching to turn out what ended up being, indeed, the full list of nominees. So what were they and what do they mean? Let's take a look.

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<p>Trey &amp; Lexi of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Trey & Lexi of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Trey & Lexi talk 'The Amazing Race'

Third place team talks about alliances, found money and traveling the world
In an "Amazing Race" season lacking any one dominant team, dating couple Trey Wier and Lexi Beerman briefly looked like they were in position to take control.
From the sixth Leg to eleventh Leg, the former University of Texas football player and his former cheerleader girlfriend never finished lower than third and picked up three wins (most for any team this season) and a pair of second place finishes.
Then, continuing that momentum in the finale, Trey & Lexi completed a pair of tasks in the lead and reached the season's last challenge with an advantage. The matching of flags and local greetings left Lexi frustrated and stymied, as Team Longhorn slipped from front of the pack to third at the closing Pit Stop. Despite the setback, Trey & Lexi were still enthusiastic at the mat, with Lexi making the latest in a running-gag string of not-really-hints for Trey to make her an honest woman.
Lexi made another of her marriage jokes in the couple's exit interview, which also covers the intense last task, their close friendship with two of the other racing teams and the money-finding incident with James & Abba, an event that also featured in yesterday's exit interview with Natalie & Nadiya
Click through for the full conversation.
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<p>Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx play an unlikely pair of bounty hunters on a personal mission in Quentin Tarantino's blisteringly funny and righteously angry 'Django Unchained'</p>

Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx play an unlikely pair of bounty hunters on a personal mission in Quentin Tarantino's blisteringly funny and righteously angry 'Django Unchained'

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Review: 'Django Unchained' sets rowdy and bloody fire to America's painful history

Tarantino pays homage to a new genre and comes up aces again

I think it's safe to say at this point that Quentin Tarantino's work speaks directly to the sensibilities that shaped me as a film fan, and when I see people dismiss his work as mere pastiche, it is infuriating.  Tarantino is a thoroughly modern film artist, and his way of working is not something that would automatically work for everyone.  But when he throws his various influences into a blender and creates one of his hyper-potent cinematic cocktails, the result is more than just those bits and pieces shuffled into a new order.  His films speak directly to the way iconography works as a shared language for film fans, and he plays both to and against expectation in his work in ways that reveal him as one of the most sharp-witted pranksters working today.

"Django Unchained" is "Blazing Saddles" with a body count, a positively incendiary entertainment about America's greatest shame, the personal and social toll of slavery, and like Tarantino's last film, "Inglourious Basterds," this is a case of history being remixed in a way that makes more emotional sense to Tarantino as a storyteller.  I don't know what instigated this switch in direction for him, but I love it.  The emotional rush that hit at the end of "Basterds" was remarkable, this compelling feeling that we were getting to see something that we needed to see, no matter if it was 100% factual or not.  It was emotionally correct, and that's all that mattered.

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2013 Golden Globes Awards movie nominations predictions

2013 Golden Globes Awards movie nominations predictions

Hands down the best predictions out there

Ah, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. How you beguile and seduce us with your partying and extravagant ways.  Just when we think we can take no more you do something to surprise us. You chose Ricky Gervais as the Golden Globes host.  And after Gervais decides to move on after three years you convince Tina Fey and Amy Phoeler to replace him causing the jaws of every Academy producer for the past five years to hit the floor after they practically begged Fey to co-host the Oscars on numerous occasions (OK, maybe we should be giving NBC more credit in landing them, but we're playing naive here).   Last year you recognized a classic such as "A Separation" for best foreign language film (unthinkable a decade ago) and two years ago you chose the under recognized performance of Paul Giamatti in "Barney's Version" for best actor in a comedy or musical (we're going to ignore the fact that Johnny Depp was nominated for "The Tourist" in the same category).  And that's not even taking into account how your membership continually gives critically acclaimed shows their first recognition.  "Homeland," "Glee" and "Boardwalk Empire" each found love with the Globes months before Emmy voters could consider them (sure, that's how the calendar worked out, but first is first, right?).

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<p>Could Linda Cardellini be a surprise SAG nominee for &quot;Return?&quot;</p>

Could Linda Cardellini be a surprise SAG nominee for "Return?"

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Predicting the Screen Actors' Guild film nominees

Who do you expect to see nominated tomorrow?

A couple of you have asked for a space in which you can toss around your predictions for tomorrow's Screen Actors' Guild Award nominations, and we are nothing if not obliging. I've listed my own best guesses after the jump to get the ball rolling.

I'm not going to waste too much time analyzing the possibilities. I expect "Lincoln" and "Silver Linings Playbook" to come out on top numbers-wise, while this will be an interesting place to see where seemingly on-the-bubble contenders like Bradley Cooper or Matthew McConaughey currently stand in the race.

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<p>Emma Watson in &quot;The Perks of Being a Wallflower.&quot;</p>

Emma Watson in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."

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'Argo' takes top honors from San Diego Film Critics, 'Perks' gets some love

Critics go their own way with awards for Michelle Williams and Emma Watson

Take that, Anne Thompson! (We kid because we love.) Many of you have noticed the growing presence of word-of-mouth favorite "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" on the precursor beat, and the tender teen drama scored a nifty coup from the San Diego Film Critics' Society today, taking Best Supporting Actress for Emma Watson, as well as the Best Ensemble award.

The "Perks" love is one of several ways in which the San Diego group, who announced their nominations yesterday, distinguished themselves from the herd. Their big winner, "Argo," took four awards including Best Picture and Director: you wouldn't have guessed it a few weeks ago when it was still the consensus Oscar frontrunner, but it's the film's first win in either category thus far.

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