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<p>&quot;Think Like a Man&quot;</p>

"Think Like a Man"

Listen: Jennifer Hudson, Rick Ross and Ne-Yo all 'Think Like a Man'

Is it a good combo?

If this film's movie poster were a person, I would punch it in the face. But I'm willing to look beyond it: "Think Like a Man" could very well have a hit song to promote its release.

Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo and Rick Ross actually make for an interesting combo on this rhythmic R&B title track. The "Dreamgirls" star carries the weight with Ne-Yo helping mainly on that hook. By the time Rawse jumps in with his verse, there's a pretty good groove going.

But then he does. And there's something in the way that Rick Ross says the word "money" that makes me weak in the knees, and that's the ONLY thing he's got going for the rap. It's requisite, after-all, and a retort to Hudson's original plot point, that her man screwed up, and they broke up.

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"Project Runway All Stars"

 "Project Runway All Stars"

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The latest reject from 'Project Runway All Stars' talks about ballgowns and being misjudged

Sweet P explains why she gave up on clothing design

Thanks to a frumpy skirt and a bathing suit top, Sweet P Vaughn got her walking papers on "Project Runway All Stars" this week. The much-loved season four contender talked to reporters during a conference call Friday about defending her designs, what she's doing now and which designer she hopes will win.

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<p>&quot;Bridesmaids&quot;&nbsp;producer Judd Apatow is returning to TV with the HBO&nbsp;comedy &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

"Bridesmaids" producer Judd Apatow is returning to TV with the HBO comedy "Girls."

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Press tour: Judd Apatow talks 'Girls,' 'Bridesmaids' sequel and 'Freaks and Geeks'

Comedy mogul returns to TV for the first time in a decade with HBO Lena Dunham comedy
PASADENA - "I was hurt and wounded and sad from my television experience," Judd Apatow said of that strange period a decade ago when he was a fixture at press tour with a pair of shows - "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared" - that were beloved by critics and mistreated by their networks.
 
Things turned out okay for Apatow - and Paul Feig, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segel and almost everyone else he worked with on those two adored but low-rated series - and he was far more serene and confident when he came back to TCA to discuss "Girls," the new HBO comedy series he's producing with writer/director/star Lena Dunham ("Tiny Furniture") and former "Undeclared" writer Jenni Konner.
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<p>Trent Reznor performing with Nine Inch Nails in 2009</p>

Trent Reznor performing with Nine Inch Nails in 2009

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Trent Reznor is writing new Nine Inch Nails tunes, too: why that's good

How To Destroy Angels isn't the only music project the Oscar-winning writer's up to

At the end of the cold, nightmarish "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is a How to Destroy Angels cover of Bryan Ferry's "Is Your Love Strong Enough?". It was Fincher's idea. I don't think it worked at all.

This is largely because I'm not 100% sure Hot To Destroy Angels works, period. I've always found Maandig's voice to be too honeyed for the darker, industrial tones of Reznor's more-rhythmic songcrafting. "Strong Enough," granted, isn't the group's song, but it further reveals how out-of-water a sugar-malaise voice can be.

But some good news to this hater: Reznor won't only be working on a new HtDA album this year. He's writing for some new Nine Inch Nails action, too.

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<p>&nbsp;Ricky Gervais</p>
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 Ricky Gervais

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Press Tour: Ricky Gervais has his Golden Globes targets ready

'Life's Too Short' star-creator is returning to host because we said he wouldn't
Members of the Television Critics Association have grown accustomed to Ricky Gervais visiting us via satellite from Across the Pond, but on Friday (January 13) morning, reporters were treated to Gervais in the flesh. 
 
Gervais was able to drop by the TCA press tour panel for his new HBO comedy "Life's Too Short" because he's already in Los Angeles. As you may have heard, the "Office" and "Extras" creator is preparing for his third tour of duty as host of the Golden Globe and for his third tour of duty as lightning rod for trumped up Hollywood controversy.
 
"I wasn't going to do it a third time, but then I kept reading reports, press saying 'You'll never be invited back.' So I did it to annoy them," Gervais told reporters, many of whom probably wrote similar reports.
 
Asked if he was nervous about Sunday's telecast, Gervais cracked that he hadn't been nervous previously, but he is now. 
 
"What's the worst that could happen? I end my career once a week, if you read the press," Gervais cracked. "I only do things that can end my career. That's my fun. That's my extreme sport."
 
It's obvious, though, that he doesn't especially care about reviews of his performances or the possibility of irritating more sensitive members of the entertainment community. I can surmise that conclusion because, well, Gervais says so.
 
"If you get final edit, which i do and I demand... nothing else matters, and you're bulletproof. If I'm happy with my performance. I'm a considerate comedian. I don't view comedy as your conscience taking a day off... I stand by it, like I did every joke I did last year. And I don't care what people think," Gervais said.
 
And it's equally obvious that even some of the most seemingly irate of Gervais' celebrity targets were merely playing offended on previous Golden Globes nights. Johnny Depp, for example, appears as himself on "Life's Too Short," lampooning his own degree of feigned irritation.
 
"I said, 'Sorry about the Golden Globes, do you want to get your own back?'" Gervais said of his via-text pitch to Depp.
 
When a critic mentioned that bets were being taken in some circles on which stars will be Gervais' targets on Sunday -- and also asked a preview -- the cheeky host seemed simultaneously amused and bemused.
 
"I have specific targets, yeah. I've written the gags. But 'targets' isn't a word I'd use. 'Subjects.' Why are they betting on who I'll - what sort of a bet is that? Really? Ugh! I'm going to do a monologue about the year, and then introduce six or seven people throughout the show like I did last year," Gervais said. 
 
He continued, "But I've got nothing against any of those people in the room. I've worked with many of them, I like many of them, I admire most of them. They're just gags. I'm not trying to hurt anyone's feelings or give them a bad night or undermine the moral fabric of America. I'm a comedia. I'd rather they laugh than gasp, but I cherish the gasps along with the laughs. I don't know. I think that everyone took it well. I don't know who was really outraged last year. Everyone I spoke to... was cool with it. If someone says, "I'm outraged," then there was outrage. What did I say that was so outrageous? Oh, yeah, I just remembered..."
 
As always, you can check out HitFix on Sunday night for full Golden Globes coverage.
 
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Watch: Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars play 'Hunger Game's' 'Safe and Sound'

Watch: Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars play 'Hunger Game's' 'Safe and Sound'

Swifty shows up at the duo's Nashville show

Taylor Swift, who brought up guest artist after guest artist during her recent tour, got to crash someone else's show last night:  She joined  The Civil Wars to perform “Safe and Sound,” their duet from “Hunger Games”  on stage for the pair's sold-out show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Madonna on &quot;Good Morning America&quot;</p>

Madonna on "Good Morning America"

Watch: Madonna swats at Lady Gaga on 'GMA'

But she saves her true wrath for Newsweek

What is she wearing? That was the first question I thought when I watched the below excerpt from Madonna’s interview with “Good Morning America” that aired today.

Money can’t buy taste and the fake cheerleader outfit with silver fringe and "WE" necklace distracted me so much that I almost couldn't focus on what she was saying.  The interview is largely a snore in which Cynthia McFadden tries to be titillating by asking if Madonna’s recent kiss with Nicki Minaj included tongue, but Madonna is really having none of it.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Magnetic Fields</p>

Magnetic Fields

Listen: Magnetic Fields is hot for 'Andrew in Drag'

Naked homosexuality, with heels on

It's well documented that Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt does the majority of his songwriting and brainstorming in gay dance clubs or piano bars. From the band's latest offering, it appears a drag club has been further added to the circuit.

"Andrew in Drag" is a funny, spirited sigh for Merritt, as he enjoys "the only girl I'll ever love." Again, he proves why he is one of the most refreshingly and rare overtly gay songwriters penning overtly gay songs, wielding his heartache as much as he does his humor and wit. This one is much more juvenile than, say, anthems like "100,000 Fireflies," with a playful use of the term "fag," a reference to a weiner dog and the misanthropic joy contemplating his ambiguous, sensual "misspent youth."

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Oscar Talk: Ep. 77 -- Critics' Choice Awards, DGA nominees, documentary rule changes

Oscar Talk: Ep. 77 -- Critics' Choice Awards, DGA nominees, documentary rule changes

Also: Who has offered up the best campaigns of the year?

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

It's been a busy week of announcements and awards shows leading into an even busier week of same as we barrel toward Sundance next week. Plus, ballots are due today (in a few hours, in fact). So let's see what's on the docket today...

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<p>Dirty Three's &quot;Toward the Low Sun&quot;</p>

Dirty Three's "Toward the Low Sun"

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Listen: Dirty Three's new 'Rising Below,' from first new album in 7 years

'Rising Below' precedes the 'Low Sun'

As explained in my post last month, I'm breathless that the Dirty Three are prepping their first album in seven years. And, today, the trio has something to show from it.

"Rising Below" features the same attention to recording detail as their last "Cinder" did, with a close miking of the hollow kick drums, textures of the violin and the stoked, narrative guitar lines mumbling through the tubes. Drummer Jim White carries the thing as the mid-toned instruments go and have their own says, several takes and dubs eventually merging into a tension-filled series of ebbs.  I'm hot for it, I want more.

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<p>Tom Hardy in &quot;Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.&quot;</p>

Tom Hardy in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."

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'Tinker, Tailor,' 'Tree of Life' lead the way with Georgia film critics nods

Hunter McCracken and Juliette Binoche finally make their mark this season

Say, what are they drinking down in Georgia? Whatever it is -- and I'll bet it's good -- can we arrange for a few thousand crates of the stuff to be shipped over to Academy voters? The state's film critics have put their heads together for what is surely the most singular US critics' award slate of the season: from "We Need to Talk About Kevin" popping up in the Best Picture and Director categories to a Best Adapted Screenplay nod for "The Muppets" to "The Artist" failing to show up for Best Picture, Director or Actor, this is one group that clearly couldn't care less about their record as Oscar predictors.

"The Tree of Life" and "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" lead the nominations with eight mentions apiece, with both films scoring a pleasingly unexpected acting nod: young Hunter McCracken makes the Best Actor list (with Brad Pitt in supporting), while the critics have singled Tom Hardy out of the latter film's formidable supporting cast.

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<p>Hosts Paul Scheer (left) and Rob Huebel at the 17th annual Critics'&nbsp;Choice Movie Awards</p>

Hosts Paul Scheer (left) and Rob Huebel at the 17th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards

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A night at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards

The sights and sounds of the first major televised awards show of the season

I haven't watched the telecast of last night's Critics' Choice Movie Awards on VH1 yet, but to hear it from cranky New York Post critic Lou Lumenick, it was the worst piece of produced television in the history of God and heaven and love and death and everything else.

From my spot on the floor, though, it seemed like a pretty good step forward for the show, which is aiming to compete with the Golden Globes as THE televised precursor film awards ceremony of the season (shoot for the stars, so to speak). The move to the Hollywood Palladium in 2009 was a smart branding play, taking it out of Santa Monica (which the Indie Spirits have long-called home) and into slightly more unique waters. And in its third year at the venue, the steady progression of ambition and creativity in how the show is put together on the floor is noticeable and exciting.

The winners of the awards themselves? Not so exciting. Guy has already given that rundown, but I'll say that I was surprised at how well "The Help" did, kicking things off with a big win for Octavia Spencer.

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