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<p>Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston in 'Sparkle'</p>

Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston in 'Sparkle'

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Watch: Whitney Houston in the new video for 'Celebrate' with Jordin Sparks

The music clip pays tribute to the late singer

Whitney Houston makes one of her last video appearances in the clip for “Celebrate” from “Sparkle.”

The music video primarily focuses on Houston’s co-star Jordin Sparks and her buddies dancing around and frolicking both in additional footage and in scenes from the movie. There are only a few shots of Houston, many of them spliced into the video, and only one of her dancing.

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<p>Bruce Springsteen</p>

Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen selected as MusiCares Person of the Year

The Recording Academy will honor the Boss on Feb. 8

Bruce Springsteen will be honored at 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year on Feb. 8, 2013.

The event, presented by the Recording Academy, will feature artists saluting The Boss. Part honorees include Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, James Taylor and Paul Simon.

Honorees are chosen in recognition of their creative accomplishments  and charitable work.

“Bruce Springsteen is a truly gifted and Renaissance artist of the time, a national treasure and an exemplary humanitarian,” said Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation. “His career is a testament to the power of creative excellence, and his contributions as a philanthropist speak to the tenacity of the human spirit.”

Proceeds from the evening go to MusiCares, the Recording Academy’s offshoot that provides financial, medical and personal assistance.

MusiCares Person of the Year will be held in Los Angeles two days before the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10.

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<p>Bradley Cooper in &quot;The Silver Linings Playbook&quot;</p>

Bradley Cooper in "The Silver Linings Playbook"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence shine in the trailer for 'Silver Linings Playbook'

David O. Russell's 'Fighter' follow-up will be part of TWC's awards arsenal

The Weinstein Company, as noted a few times already, has quite the slate of films to throw at the wall this awards season. But what will stick? Will Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" sweep through the branches as a favorite or will it just be seen as a fun romp? Will Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" find a welcome rhythm? Will "Lawless" and "Killing Them Softly" find a much warmer reception than they did at Cannes? And what of something like Dustin Hoffman's "Quartet," stealthy and unassuming?

"The Silver Linings Playbook" is part of all of this too. It was featured with "Django" and "The Master" at Cannes as part of a footage screening package and comes from "The Fighter" director David O. Russell. I've heard this and that about the film, about how Robert De Niro is finally not phoning it in, about how stand-out "it" girl Jennifer Lawrence is, etc. But I've also heard Bradley Cooper is a bit surprising with his performance, and judging by the recently released trailer, I can see immediately he's firing on different cylinders than usual.

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<p>Jessica Hynes and Hugh Bonneville in &quot;Twenty Twelve.&quot;</p>

Jessica Hynes and Hugh Bonneville in "Twenty Twelve."

Credit: BBC

Review: BBC America's 'Twenty Twelve' a formulaic mockumentary

Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes don't have a lot to work with

Attitudes about TV comedy are an ever-evolving thing. For decades, the most popular, respected version of the form was done in the style of "I Love Lucy": shot on a stage in front of a live studio audience who were prompted to laugh early and often. Even on the occasion where a comedy was put on film with no audience, a laugh track would be added later. There were rhythms to the jokes, and to the way each scene flowed to the next, that became a familiar, beloved language among the audience.

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<p>Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison on &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison on "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

If I had an Emmy ballot 2012: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Danes seems like a lock to win, but who deserves to join her in the field?

We're in the home stretch now of our look at the 2012 Emmy ballot. (Today is, in fact, the deadline for Academy members to turn in their ballots; we still have two categories to go, but we've never assumed that these stories have any impact on the actual voting.) As always, Fienberg and I are going to approach things in two ways. I'll pretend that I have an Emmy ballot and make my picks for the six actors or shows I would put on my ballot, while Dan will rank the potential nominees from most likely to least. And, as always, we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't consider people who didn't submit themselves, nor can we reassign anyone to a more suitable or easier category.

We're up to our final acting category, with Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Dan's predictions are here, and my preferences are coming right up...

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<p>&quot;Strike Back&quot;&nbsp;stars Philip Winchester, Rhona Mitra and Sullivan Stapleton will be coming to Comic-Con.</p>

"Strike Back" stars Philip Winchester, Rhona Mitra and Sullivan Stapleton will be coming to Comic-Con.

Credit: Cinemax

Cinemax to premiere 'Strike Back' season 2 at Comic-Con

Stars will also do a Con panel for action drama, which returns August 17

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Cinemax's "Strike Back" was one of last summer's more pleasant surprises. It was an action show that, given its channel of origin, could have just been an excuse for explosions, gunfights and lots of naked flesh. And it had all of those. But the gun, knife and fist fights were always well-choreographed, the international locations were used well, and there was more than lip service paid to both characterization and moral ambiguity. It was, as I wrote at the time, much better than it needed to be, and I'm very much looking forward to its return on Friday, August 17 at 10 p.m.

If you're a fan of the show and happen to be going to San Diego next month for Comic-Con, though, you may not have to wait as long. Cinemax is presenting a "Strike Back" panel featuring returning stars Philip Winchester (straight arrow British special forces ace Michael Stonebridge) and Sullivan Stapleton (wild card American operative Damien Scott), plus new cast addition Rhona Mitra, who has displayed an on-screen proficiency with firearms in the past. I'll be moderating the panel, which will be Friday, July 13, at 8 p.m. in Room 6DE of the Convention Center.

The next day, July 14, Cinemax is hosting a screening of the first two episodes of the new season at 1 p.m. at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp Stadium 15, which is a few blocks away from the Convention Center on 5th Avenue and G Street. It's open to anyone with a Comic-Con 2012 badge, and seating is first come, first serve.

Also, here's an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip of Winchester and Stapleton getting ready to do a bit of stunt driving in the new season: 

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<p>Finally... a movie about people just like me.</p>

Finally... a movie about people just like me.

Credit: Warner Bros.

Review: Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh make it rain with 'Magic Mike'

Because nothing says summer movie like half-naked dudes dancing

Okay, it's official… the summer of 2012 is not what I thought it was going to be at all, and I'm enjoying the near complete sense of surprise, week after week, film after film.  At the start of this week, I had three films scheduled, and the one I felt most excited about seeing, the one that seemed like the safest bet of the bunch was "The Amazing Spider-Man."

Now, on the far side of the three of them, "Spider-Man" is the one that disappointed me, and both Seth MacFarlane's "Ted" and Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" have proven to be far more interesting than they seemed in basic pitch form.  There's something wonderful about being kept off-balance in the middle of a season where each week brings something that seems almost pre-digested thanks to hype and expectation. Aside from knowing the general backstory that Channing Tatum used to work as a stripper and that's where the material began, I knew next to nothing about "Magic Mike," and so while I'm not sure how they're selling the movie, they've got something really charming and smart here, and it deserves to be one of Soderbergh's biggest hits in years.

One of the things that makes him such an interesting filmmaker, even when he isn't completely on his game, is his willingness to try anything, work in any genre, tell any story.  Our film industry puts people into very narrow boxes as soon as they can, and it can be impossible for people to work outside of that very narrow definition of their talents.  Soderbergh seems like he's managed to figure out how to do some of everything, keeping it exciting because we can't possibly anticipate his next move if he can't.

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Watch: 'Ted' star Mark Wahlberg discusses fighting a stuffed animal and overcoming insecurities

Watch: 'Ted' star Mark Wahlberg discusses fighting a stuffed animal and overcoming insecurities

Why has the Oscar nominee been doing more comedies lately?
Mark Wahlberg has played lethal hitmen, deadly snipers, intimidating cops, crusty sailors, hair-triggered soldiers and a championship boxer, but in the new comedy "Ted," he plays a pot-head who ends up on the wrong side of a brawl with his best friend, a stuffed bear.
 
"I felt like the scene wasn't going work," Wahlberg admitted to me at the "Ted" junket last week. "I felt like it was ridiculous and far-fetched, but Seth [MacFarlane] was like, 'Dude, just trust me.' And everybody loves the scene."
 
The fracas between Wahlberg's John Bennett and the wise-cracking realization of a childhood wish has, indeed, become a centerpiece of the marketing for "Ted," which marks the live-action writing-directing debut for FOX Animation Domination powerhouse MacFarlane. It's exactly the sort of prolonged, escalating brawl that "Family Guy" fans have come to expect from Peter Griffin and his Giant Chicken nemesis.
 
In this case, though, it was mostly just Wahlberg fighting with himself, a bit of stuntwork that he explains required conquering insecurities and getting over the feelings of ridiculousness. 
 
In our brief sit-down, Wahlberg also talked about his increased comedic workload and getting to drink from the Stanley Cup while shooting at Fenway Park in Boston. 
 
I already posted my interview with Seth MacFarlane and stay tuned tomorrow for my conversation with Mila Kunis.
 
"Ted" opens on Friday, June 29.
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<p>Matthew McConoughey and Channing Tatum talk about their new movie &quot;Magic Mike.&quot;</p>

Matthew McConoughey and Channing Tatum talk about their new movie "Magic Mike."

Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey talk frankly about 'Magic Mike'

Have you ever had a big star ask you your sexuality on camera?

LOS ANGELES - Yes, as I sit down to do my interviews for "Magic Mike," I notice Matthew McConaughey has a bundle of $1 bills on his chair.  Why? I'm not entirely sure.  My guess is that it's a fun bit both McConaughey and Tatum have been having with the national press rotating through their TV room on this Friday afternoon.  But, as entertaining as Steven Soderbergh's latest film is, I have no intention of spending my short time with the gents waxing about, er, male waxing, picking the right thongs and what their favorite stripping number was.*

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<p>Muse</p>

Muse

Listen: Muse out-bombasts Queen on Olympic theme, 'Survival'

Soaring tune will be played during medal ceremonies in London

Muse goes for the gold on “Survival,” its theme for the 2012 Olympics, but falls far short.

The British group’s bombast makes Queen seem tame in comparison. There’s soaring strings, loud guitars, a short-lived jaunty piano melody, chanting, rhythmic changes, lead singer Matt Bellamy’s gritty, steely, high-pitched urgency and lots of other shenanigans going on all in search of a song.

“Survival” is a jawdropping exercise so overreaching in its attempt to create something grand and motivational that it’s almost hard to take it seriously. 

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<p>Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe and Cat Deeley of &quot;So You Think You Can Dance&quot;</p>

Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe and Cat Deeley of "So You Think You Can Dance"

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Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' - Meet the Top 20

Who made the cut and who was left crying?

All things considered, that wasn't such a long preliminary process for Season 9 of "So You Think You Can Dance." I guess I'm only thinking relative to "American Idol," which took 13 episodes to get to the Top 24 this season. In contrast, this will be our sixth episode of the "SYTYCD" season and we're about to meet the Top 20.

Click through and join me for the entire protracted process.

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<p>Carly Rae Jespen</p>

Carly Rae Jespen

Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' rules on the Billboard Hot 100

Ellie Goulding makes it into the Top 10 after six months

Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” stays atop the Billboard 100 for a third week, as some other artists make moves into the Top 10.

The new artist influx into the Top 10 continues as Ellie Goulding’s “Lights”  moves 12-6. The song took 27 weeks to achieve the feat, setting a record for the longest rise by a female who was not crossing over from another format.

The other new entry into the Top 10 belongs to veteran Usher, whose “Scream” creeps up one spot to No. 10, to mark his 18th Top 10.

On the rest of the chart, Maroon 5’s “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa climbs 3-2 switching places with Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.”

Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” holds at No. 4, though may receive a boost from her movie, “Part of Me,” opening this week. Rihanna’s “Where Have Your Been” climbs 8-5.

The bottom half sees fun.’s “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae drop 5-7,  Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” fall 7-8 and One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” slides 6-9.

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