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<p>Harvey Weinstein, wife Georgina Chapman and some dog at The Weinstein Company's post-Oscar party last week.</p>

Harvey Weinstein, wife Georgina Chapman and some dog at The Weinstein Company's post-Oscar party last week.

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France thanks Harvey Weinstein with the Légion d’Honneur

He'll receive the country's highest decoration

Of course, these things are arranged too far in advance -- July last year, to be exact -- for the exchange to be quite as neat as it sounds, but the timing of this announcement underlines it anyway: in the same week that Harvey Weinstein won France its first Best Picture Oscar, the French in turn have honored the super-producer with its highest form of official recognition, the Légion d’Honneur.

Established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the Légion is approximately equivalent to the Queen's Honours in Britain, noting outstanding individual contributions to French society and culture -- previous recipients in the film world range from Ennio Morricone to Kristin Scott Thomas to Clint Eastwood, alongside any number of homegrown talents. Weinstein was selected for the honor by French president Nicolas Sarkozy, as a measure of gratitude "to someone who has always shown great friendship towards our country and our cinema which you have enabled so many Americans to discover."

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<p>Robert De Niro in Paul Weitz's &quot;Being Flynn.&quot;</p>

Robert De Niro in Paul Weitz's "Being Flynn."

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Paul Weitz says Robert De Niro wanted to play a real person again in 'Being Flynn'

'About a Boy' filmmaker on the long journey to get Nick Flynn's memoir to the screen

To be quite honest, I've never been a big fan of Paul Weitz.  Along with his brother Chris, the Weitz are two of the nicest and most engaging filmmakers you'll meet in the business, but their work often has been wildly inconsistent.

After breaking through on "American Pie," Paul co-directed the underrated Chris Rock comedy "Down to Earth" with his brother and then both helmed the overrated "About a Boy" a year later. The solid "In Good Company" followed, but then it sort of all went wrong for Paul.  His political satire "American Dreamz" just didn't work on any level and he followed that with "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" which was another costly mess for Universal and hardly the franchise starter they'd hoped for.  He made it up for the studio by agreeing to direct "Little Fockers," but ended up shepherding the least successful film of the once lucrative franchise. Considering he could easily find himself in movie jail or producing yet another "American Pie" movie (whoops, too late), it's a relief to reveal that his latest endeavor, "Being Flynn," is something of a satisfying surprise.  Of course, considering the subject matter (Nick Flynn's 2004 memoir "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City") isn't the happiest of tales that's a sincere compliment.

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<p>Matt of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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Matt of "Survivor: One World"

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HitFix Interview: Matt Quinlan talks 'Survivor: One World'

The latest 'Survivor' castoff discusses how being an Alpha Male didn't help him
Add Matt Quinlan to the list of early "Survivor: One World" exit interviewees lamenting the ramifications of the season's gender-split tribes.
 
As one of the game's core Alpha Males, Matt would have at least been a temporary asset in most "Survivor" seasons -- a potential challenge boon and perhaps a provider -- and the Alpha Male alliance he formed at the start of the game would have been valuable, at least until it became blindside time for the more smartly strategic players.
 
Instead, in our conversation after he became the season's first evicted man on Wednesday (Feb. 29) night, Matt insists that he formed his Alpha alliance because he sensed an immediate target on his back from Day 1 in this unusual format. In addition, the 33-year-old attorney says he tried telling many of his fellow castaways that Idol-weilding Colton was a bigger threat, but his pleas fell on deaf ears.
 
Matt also offers insight into his tribe's decision to take the win in the season's first Immunity Challenge and whether he felt, as Jeff Probst stated on Wednesday, blindsided by his snuffing.
 
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<p>Adele</p>
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Adele

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Adele on track for 23rd week atop the Billboard 200 with '21'

Whitney Houston could have four albums in the Top 10

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Adele’s “21” is a lock to stay at No. 1 for another week on the Billboard 200.

For those keeping count, that means the Grammy-winning title will ratchet up 23 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1. With an estimated tally of 225,000 copies, it will also approach a total sales figure of 8 million copies. But “21” isn’t alone, “19,” Adele’s first album, remains in the Top 10 at No. 7, according to Hits Daily Double.

Mourners continue to express their grief by buying Whitney Houston. She has an astounding four titles in the next week’s Top 10: Her “Greatest Hits” is No. 2 with 115,000 copies, while “The Bodyguard” soundtrack, which features a number of tunes from Houston is No. 4 at 55,000 copies. Her self titled set is poised to land at No. 8 and “I Look To You” at No. 9.

That leaves four spots for other acts and room for only one debut: WZRD’s self-titled set at No. 3. WZRD is the duo composed of Kid Cudi and Dot da Genius. Cudi made headlines this week after he tweeted his extreme dismay that Universal Republic was shipping only 55,000 copies to retail. Given that the title is projected to sell up to 80,000, clearly a fair amount sold via digital retailer.5-problems-with-his-rant

Tyga’s “Careless World: Rise of the Last King”  likely drops only one spot to No. 5; “Now That’s What I Call Music” is slated to also fall one space to No. 6 and Drake’s “Take Care” rises 13-10.

So who looks to spoil Adele’s party? Bruce Springsteen, that’s who. The Boss’s 17th studio album, “Wrecking Ball,” comes out March 6 and could bump label mate Adele out of the top spot.


 

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<p>The Harmons of &quot;American Horror Story&quot; in happier times</p>
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The Harmons of "American Horror Story" in happier times

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'American Horror Story' team talks Season 2, Dylan McDermott's butt at PaleyFest

Which stars join Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto next season?
PaleyFest 2012 kicked off on Friday (March 2) night with what we can safely assume will be the only panel at this year's festival dominated by stories about Dylan McDermott masturbating and crying.
 
Or at least we can hope?
 
With moderator Tim Stack leading the charge, the "American Horror Story" PaleyFest panel dwelled heavily on the key moment from the pilot in which McDermott's Ben miserably pleasures himself, with his back to the camera.
 
"It's a very serious question. I'm glad you asked that," McDermott said in response to what was either the first or second question about the lachrymose Onanism. "It's usually what I do at home anyway, so I felt I was perfect for it. And then I remember someone called me up and said, 'Oh. Who's your body double?' And I was like, 'Oh, hell no.'"
 
He added, "I didn't feel like it was gratuitous. I just felt like it was necessary to see my ass... That one scene where I was masturbating, crying? What's better than that? I was offered a lot of shows this season and I kept looking and that was never in there."
 
But there was a thematic reason, too! Really, there was.
 
Explained co-creator Brad Falchuk, "It's a show about infidelity and Dylan's character being the axis of that, his sexuality had to be out there. He's a sex addict, you know. So it needed to be sort of out there. And yeah, he's got a good butt."
 
So there you go! 
 
And it wasn't just McDermott who ended up discussing his rear end. Alexandra Breckenridge, who played the younger half of naughty maid Moira praised the writing, costume and lighting for freeing her from inhibitions.
 
"I knew what my side of the character was when I read for it, so all of my inhibitions and insecurities went away when I walked on set in that outfit..." Breckenridge told the assembled crowd and countless viewers watching via Livestream. "I just did it. I didn't bother myself with what was hanging out of my butt... Wait. That was bad. That was really bad. I meant cottage cheese. Cellulite."
 
[More after the break, including the VERY broad and not at all spoilers for the second season.]
 
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<p>Mariah Carey at her Las Vegas show on March 1</p>

Mariah Carey at her Las Vegas show on March 1

Watch: Mariah Carey 'Shake It Off' in first post-baby concert

Mimi is in fine form in free New York performance

Mariah Carey performed an intimate show for her lambs last night at New York’s Gotham Hall.

As is clear from this clip of “Shake It Off,” Mimi is in fine form, 10 months after having babies Moroccan and Monroe. The tune, from 2005’s “Emancipation of MiMi” is barely a song at all, but it’s nice to see her back on stage regardless.

[More after the jump...]

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Watch: Nick Lowe gets help from Wilco, Tim Heidecker and Marc Maron in new video

Watch: Nick Lowe gets help from Wilco, Tim Heidecker and Marc Maron in new video

Singer Robyn Hitchcock also drops by 'Sensitive Man'

I’ll get around to writing about Nick Lowe’s new video, “Sensitive Man” as soon as I finish my practicing my Smile Pile and my Rollover Whispers.

Lowe hasn’t made a video for years, but he’s brought the funny with this one. Though he simply plays the song up against a pale green background, his performance is interspersed with a session of sensitivity training for a group of men all of whom are either trying to get in touch with their softer side or have been sent there by women and agreed to it in hopes of ever getting laid again.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Robin Thicke and friend</p>

Robin Thicke and friend

Today in New Music Videos: Lil Wayne, Robin Thicke, Grimes, Avril, Santigold

Watch Weezy's non-appearance at 'Jimmy Kimmel,' plus: Chairlift's Choose Your Own Adventure!

Check out new music videos from Robin Thicke with Lil Wayne, Chairlift, Santigold, Avril Lavigne, Grimes, Beth Jeans Houghton and more.

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James Mercer of The Shins
James Mercer of The Shins

Watch: The Shins release new videos for 'Bait and Switch' and Funny Or Die

Which do you prefer? The serious clip or 'Clapping Buter'?

The Shins’ video for “Bait And Switch” opens as if it’s going to be a take-off on “Twilight,” full of tall, green trees and a chyron that puts the setting squarely in the Pacific Northwest-- in Portland,  Ore., specifically.

Instead of werewolves and vamps, we get James Mercer and the rest of his Shins crew in a cabin that is amazingly well-appointed with guitars to die for.  The song, from March 20’s “Port Of Morrow” is about a “simple man” whose love tears everything apart.

[More after the jump...]

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Davy Jones of the Monkees

Davy Jones of the Monkees

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Watch: Davy Jones' last song was about... meatloaf?

The late Monkees singer croons about mystery meat with Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits

Some people think of the '70s rocker when they hear the word, but meatloaf (or Meatloaf or, yes, "Meatloaf") may also go down in pop music history as the last song the late Monkees singer Davy Jones recorded. For an episode of the Disney Channel animated series "Phineas and Ferb," Jones and Herman's Hermits singer Peter Noone paid tribute to the joys of the traditional family dinner fare (watch the video below). Is it a catchy tune befitting the Monkees' self-aware sense of humor, or is it just a song about meat, eggs and breadcrumbs? You be the judge.

This isn't Jones' only collaboration with Noone, however. They also co-starred in an episode of "My Two Dads" and, according to Noone's website, were "good mates." And now, they are forever bonded. Kind of like, well, meatloaf.

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<p>From Paul Van Dyk's &quot;Verano&quot; (Dr. Spaceman?)</p>
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From Paul Van Dyk's "Verano" (Dr. Spaceman?)


Watch Paul Van Dyk's very expensive sci-fi album trailer and music video

Veteran dance DJ and producer is back with new effort in April, first in 5 years

In Paul Van Dyk's world, if we are the last humans to survive a nuclear fallout or hostile interaction with mysterious, floating outer-spacemen, or our own science-fiction-driven evolution, then he wants it to be a dance-heavy affair.

Who knows, maybe somebody's dancing underneath that protective spacesuit in the "Verano" music video, but the veteran producer and DJ hints at a much larger scale narrative with his new album "Evolution." The trailer for the new album -- his first in five years -- is only a minute long, but some of the designs and animation is so beautiful, I wouldn't doubt that he and his handlers have many, many more videos to debut in conjunction with this release. I mean, why pay that much money for just one clip?

"Evolution" is PVD's sixth album and the follow-up to 2007's "In Between," though of course this productive German DJ (he is primarily a producer, after all) has been extremely active with the years in between, including collaboration discs, singles and installments from his VONYC Sessions compilations.

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"GCB"

"GCB"

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HitFix Interview: Kristin Chenoweth talks 'GCB,' God, and why it's good to be bad

Watch a clip from the Emmy and Tony winner's new show

Kristin Chenoweth may only be 4'11, but the Oklahoma native (as well as Emmy and Tony winner) serves up a Texas-sized serving of mean as Carlene on the new series "GCB" (premieres Sun. March 4 at 10 p.m. on ABC). I talked to Chenoweth, who was battling a nasty cold, about why it's more fun to play the bad girl, how she's making sure the show never trods on her own Christian beliefs and why she isn't playing a standard villain. 

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