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<p>Katy Perry at the 2011 Grammy Nominations Live! concert</p>

Katy Perry at the 2011 Grammy Nominations Live! concert

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Listen: Katy Perry sings about a man 'that breaks me' on 'Bullet'

Do you like her version or Jessie James' version better?

Oh, don’t think for a second that it’s a coincidence that Katy Perry’s version of “Bullet,” a song about falling for a bad boy leaked out today, only days after word of her divorce from Russell Brand went public.  Note that it’s the first we’ve heard of her since the announcement. Also note the song was written long before she met Brand, so don't get any ideas.

“My heart  was like a ghost town baby and now I’ve met a man that breaks me,” she sings on the track, before an autotuned voice chimes in “My mama warned me about boys like you.”   However, as the title indicates, she gives as good as she gets: “I’m a bullet and I’m headed straight for your heart/it’s going to leave a mark.” Ouch.

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<p>Bon Iver</p>

Bon Iver

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Listen: Bon Iver releasing new single, 'Towers,' with John Prine cover

Justin Vernon recently completed production work on Kathleen Edwards' new album

After year of a sophomore set release, first-time Grammy nominations, being propelled up outlets' year-end lists and a video-laden re-release, Bon Iver is already making a few plans for 2012. The Jagjaguwar group -- headed by Justin Vernon -- will be releasing a new single "Towers" b/w "Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)."

That B-side, a John Prine cover, was originally released in June last year; you can stream it below. "Towers" is available on "Bon Iver," and will likely remain the same recording on the single release.

"Towers" will be available as a 12" in the U.S. on March 6. Last I checked, that's a little early for Record Store Day, and a little late to cash in on the Grammy Awards show (Feb. 12), so it just seems to want to live as an entity on its own.

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"Bering Sea Gold"

 "Bering Sea Gold"

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Watch: A hunt for gold at the bottom of the sea from 'Deadliest Catch' creators

It's off to Alaska for a dangerous adventure on 'Bering Sea Gold'

Just when you thought reality television had mined every dangerous job out there, the creators of "Deadliest Catch" have found another one worthy of a television series. The eight-part "Bering Sea Gold" (premieres Jan. 27 at 10 p.m. on Discovery Channel) follows four dredge operations as they hunt for gold on the bottom of the sea. It turns out glaciers have been dumping gold-rich sediment into the Bering Sea for millions of years, and it's up to miners to scoop it up over the summer, before the water becomes too icy for diving. Watch a promo below and learn why hunting for gold (in this way, at least) is "stupidly dangerous."

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<p>Jason Mraz</p>

Jason Mraz

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Listen: Jason Mraz shows his softer side on 'I Won't Give Up'

First track from new album reveals a mellower Mraz

Fans who are familiar with Jason Mraz through his jaunty “The Remedy” or ubiquitous “I’m Yours,” will see a completely different side on “I Won’t Give Up.”

The largely acoustic ballad, which is ripe for a country remake (Rascal Flatts, we are talking to you), is a poignant tale about a lost relationship that Mraz exits with his head held high.

The gentle tone was no doubt influenced by Mraz’s international acoustic tour, which took him through five continents before it wrapped in December.

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"Celebrity Wife Swap"

 "Celebrity Wife Swap"

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What 'Celebrity Wife Swap' really reveals about stardom

While the parents have different styles of parenting, that's not the biggest difference

Because there seems to be an unwritten rule that any aging reality TV show can rejuvenate itself by slapping D-list celebrities into the formula, ABC has launched "Celebrity Wife Swap" (Tues., 9 p.m.). In theory, this is our chance to see just another bunch of regular (and/or weird) people live their lives, although some of these regular people have platinum records and hordes of domestic help. So, you know, just like regular folk!

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<p>Dierks Bentley at the 2011 CMAs</p>

Dierks Bentley at the 2011 CMAs

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Dierks Bentley reveals details about going 'Home' on new album

Grammy nominee returns to his country roots after bluegrass set

After flirting with bluegrass on his last album, the Grammy-nominated “Up On the Ridge,”  Dierks Bentley returns to his country roots with “Home,” out Feb. 7.

We’ve already gotten glimpses of the wide range he covers on the set from the party anthem, “Am I The Only One” to the current sentimental single, “Home.”  Bentley has also road tested a number of the songs. We heard the funny, sweet “Diamonds Make Babies” last February and could tell it was a winner (the song, as the title implies, talks about going from engagement to marriage to fatherhood). “Thinking Of You” also addresses Bentley’s role as daddy to two girls.

“I definitely stepped away and explored some things that were more on the fringe of country music for a little while,” said Bentley in a press release. “So, this record feels fresh. It doesn’t feel like a continuation of any other project or series of recordings.  I love being able to try different things musically, and I'm so thankful my fans have followed me to those places.  But, I feel like my real "Home" is in the center of country music."

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<p>She's a man, baby.&nbsp;</p>
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She's a man, baby. 

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TV Review: ABC's 'Work It'

The year is young, but you can already see 2012's worst new show
When you see a bunch of TV shows premiering at the same time that all seem a lot alike, here's the basic breakdown of how a theme or an idea becomes a trend:
Let's say that 24 months ago, thousands of unemployed writers were independently watching CNN and they saw a segment on something a glib economist was calling a "mancession," a set of indicators suggesting that in our down economy, men were losing jobs at the statistical expense of women. Hundreds of those writers responded speciously, "Ha. After all of those years of women complaining that men were getting better jobs and getting paid better, the shoe is finally on the other foot. There's a script in that." A couple dozen actually sat down and wrote their scripts and then 15 months ago, maybe a dozen of them sold to networks. Maybe six or seven of them went to pilot in the spring of 2011. And ABC, eager to pounce all over that possible zeitgeist, picked up three different shows about the plight of the white male, scheduling two -- "Last Man Standing" and "Man Up" for a fall comedy block -- and saving the most thematically explicit, "Work It," for a threatening midseason slot. 
"Last Man Standing" began course-correcting almost immediately and it has mostly become an innocuous sitcom about an old-fashioned man with old-fashioned values living in a house surrounded by women. Tim Allen's character occasionally laments the state of contemporary masculinity, but he's just the latest iteration of that beloved sitcom trope: The well-meaning, but in-over-his-head dad. I've kept watching "Last Man Standing" because it makes me chuckle once or twice a week and because my DVR isn't over-taxed on Tuesdays. 
"Man Up" never returned to the over-articulated thematics of its pilot and it eventually began to just illustrate the ordinary lives of a few ordinary men and if they happened to be struggling with their masculine identities, that was part of the background of the story. The premise soft-pedaling didn't particularly matter, since "Man Up" never was able to hold onto its lead-in audience and the freshman comedy has ceased to exist on ABC's schedule.
Whether it ultimately works or ultimately doesn't work, if what birthed your show is a trend of questionable veracity, it really, really helps to have a premise that allows you room to backpedal.
"Work It," which inexplicably sees the light of day on Tuesday (January  3) night, has no room to backpedal. It's the story of two men who dress up as women because women have stolen all of the jobs from men and there really isn't much that the writers are going to be able to do to change that. So "Work It" is stuck with a genuinely stupid, somewhat offensive and entirely factually fantastical premise, which is a bad thing, but not nearly as bad as the execution, which is uninspired and amateurish to an impressive extreme. 
Like the mancession itself, I'd expect "Work It" to be a statistical blip, living on only in TV critic punchlines and as somewhat awkward conversation starters with the show's not-untalented cast.
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<p>Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams in Terrence Malick's currently untitled next project.</p>

Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams in Terrence Malick's currently untitled next project.

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The Lists: Our top 10 most anticipated films of 2012

A new year, a new reserve of hope for the multiplex

The 2011 film year and the experiences we had at the multiplex are officially memories. But 2012 brings the promise of new experiences and new memories in the dark of a crowded theater, so naturally, we should join the chorus and offer up our personal anticipations.

HitFix has already offered up a lengthy, well-considered (though overly populist) list along these lines. It features a lot of the usual stuff, but while a number of the films on our list show up there, a few do not.

I asked Guy, Gerard and Roth to send me their top 10s, combined them with my own and came up with what we are collectively looking forward to at theaters in the new year. The result was an interesting mesh of the usual and the not-so-usual, both on the various lists and on the eventual combined collective.

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<p>That's right Kristen.&nbsp; &quot;Bridesmaids&quot;&nbsp;got a PGA&nbsp;nomination which means its one step closer to an Oscar nod.</p>

That's right Kristen.  "Bridesmaids" got a PGA nomination which means its one step closer to an Oscar nod.

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'Bridemaids,' 'Moneyball,' 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' makes PGA Awards cut

Oscar chances looking dire for 'Harry Potter,' 'Tinker Tailor' and 'Drive'

The Producer's Guid of America announced their 2012 PGA Awards nominations for film this morning and studio fare ruled the day. Unlike the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which may have anywhere from five to 10 nominees this year, the PGA has decided to remain with 10 nods.

This year's nominees as well as analysis follows:

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<p>George Clooney's &quot;The&nbsp;Ides of March&quot;&nbsp;has some life left in its awards hopes after all.</p>

George Clooney's "The Ides of March" has some life left in its awards hopes after all.

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PGA nominees include the usual, plus 'Dragon Tattoo' and 'The Ides of March'

'Bridesmaids' makes the cut, 'The Tree of Life' snubbed

The Producers Guild of America has announced its list of 10 films competing for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award as well as the animated feature nominees that will compete separately. The group announced documentary nominees last month.

The surprises included two Sony films -- "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "The Ides of March" -- making the cut, while the rest of the field was pretty much as expected.

These nominations are key in that the PGA, like the Academy, uses the preferential balloting system. So it gives you an idea of how a large group of industry types sees the year. But like I mentioned yesterday, the balloting phase was December 5 through January 2. We've only just entered the Academy's balloting phase and now is the time when things can shift.

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<p>Christian Bale and Ni Ni in &quot;The Flowers of War.&quot;</p>

Christian Bale and Ni Ni in "The Flowers of War."

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Round-up: Looking to break Hollywood's stranglehold

Also: See the Best Picture ballot, and Mazursky on Streep

There's a remarkable stat in Phil Hoad's interesting Guardian reflection on the global box office in 2011, and it's not a reassuring one. Looking down the list of the year's top grossers internationally, you have to go all the way down to 21st place to find a film made outside the Hollywood system: and if you haven't heard of "Intouchables," that'd be because it grossed its impressive $133.2 million inside its home country of France. (That said, it has been snapped up by The Weinstein Company.) Hoad wonders what can be done to bring a little more diversity to the international box office charts, and doesn't come up with many answers -- though he does suggest the crossover marketing appeal of projects like China's Christian Bale starrer "The Flowers of War" as one potential way forward. [The Guardian

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<p>Jason Segel on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Jason Segel on "How I Met Your Mother."

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Tailgate': Where everybody knows you're lame

The gang ushers in the new year in different ways in a solid episode

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I open the kimono...

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