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<p>The Spice Girls in 2008</p>

The Spice Girls in 2008

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Spice Girls and Pussycat Dolls reveal plans fit for a queen

Watch a sneak peek of the Dolls' Super Bowl ad

Proving that the sum is greater than any of the individual parts (sorry, Nicole Scherzinger),  a new iteration of the Pussycat Dolls will be unwrapped in a GoDaddy commercial set to air during the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

It’s a match made in Madison Ave. heaven: GoDaddy, which registers web names, has a history of revealing revealing female body parts in its ads, and the Pussycat Dolls have lots of body parts to reveal.

The new PD line-up, according to Popcrush, includes former Girlicious gal Christina Sayers, former pro cheerleaders Vanessa Curry and Erica Jenkins, “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant Paula Van Oppen, and ex-Paradiso Girl Lauren Bennett (best known for appearing on LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem”).

[More after the jump...]

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<p>The Civil Wars </p>

The Civil Wars

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Watch: Civil Wars talk T Bone Burnett, 'Hunger Games' and the Grammys

Folky duo set Sundance time aside for tour talk and 'Finding North'

Joy Williams and John Paul White -- known as The Civil Wars -- released "Barton Hallow" one year ago, almost to the day. Aside from making a lot of critics' year-end lists, the album was also a springboard for dozens of other unique opportunities in the past months. And by "unique opportunities," I mean they earned a couple of Grammy Award nominations, recorded with T Bone Burnett from some film soundtracks, toured extensively around the country, collaborated with the Chieftans and Taylor Swift,  played Nashville's Ryman, late night television shows and "Prairie Home Companion." It's sold healthfully. The year 2011 wasn't just good: it was gangbusters.

"The sky's the limit," Williams said during our interview during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival last week. The Civil Wars were on hand to promote "Finding North," the documentary film on hunger in America, with a score  featuring T Bone Burnett.

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<p>Axl Rose during Guns N' Roses' set at Rock in Rio in October 2011</p>

Axl Rose during Guns N' Roses' set at Rock in Rio in October 2011

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Guns N' Roses set dates for short Northeast club tour

Three nights in New York included in the bill

Guns N’ Roses will embark on a series of intimate shows in February, including three dates in New York clubs, one of which leader Axl Rose hasn’t played in 24 years.

The tour, timed with Fashion Week according to the press release, starts Feb. 10 at New York’s Roseland Ballroom, before moving to Terminal 5 on Feb. 12 and then Webster Hall on Feb. 15. When Rose last played the Webster Hall for an MTV concert special, it was still called The Ritz and will return to that name for the gig.

Below are the confirmed shows, but it sounds like more may be added. Tickets go on sale Jan. 31.  The current line-up of Guns N’ Roses is Axl Rose, DJ Ashba (guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Tommy Stinson (bass), Richard Fortus (guitar), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), Chris Pitman (keyboards) and Frank Ferrer (drums).

The original line-up of Guns N’ Roses will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 14 on Cleveland. No word on how many of the members, such as Slash, Steve Adler and Izzy Stradlin will join Rose for the ceremony.

Tour Dates

February 10  Roseland Ballroom            New York, NY
February 12  Terminal 5                       New York, NY
February 15  The Ritz (Webster Hall)      New York, NY
February 19  House of Blues                 Chicago, IL
February 23  The Fillmore                     Silver Spring, MD
February 24  House of Blues                 Atlantic City, NJ

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<p>M.I.A., &quot;Bad Girls&quot;</p>

M.I.A., "Bad Girls"

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Listen: M.I.A. releases new 'Bad Girls' single in advance of Madonna video

Quirky and fierce songwriter taking the stage with Madge and Nicki Minaj at Super Bowl

M.I.A. is capping on her recent collaboration with Madonna for a little extra fame of her own. If I were her, I'd do the same too.

The talk-singing-rapping songwriter has revamped a "Vicki Leekz" mixtape track into "Bad Girls." And what do bad girls do well? Live fast and die young, apparently. Gunshots included. (Via Pitchfork)

But what is it with the mix? Or rather, what's with the lack of low ends today? I want this to be the banger it aspires to be, but there's a lot of overpowering treble squibbles flopping between what should be bigger beats. As is M.I.A.'s M.O., she relies heavily on lyrical repetition so it's always a joy to hear an actual, y'know, verse. Maya's attitude remains fierce.

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<p>Sacha Baron Cohen and Blackie in &quot;Hugo&quot;</p>

Sacha Baron Cohen and Blackie in "Hugo"

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As Oscar season goes to the dogs, Martin Scorsese stumps for Blackie

It's come to this

Two weekends back I was told that a famous director at the Golden Globes observed the parading of "The Artist," uh, "star" Uggie on the stage yet again to get the easy laughs and "awws" from the audience as the film won the Best Picture - Comedy/Musical award. "Why does Harvey keep dragging this f***ing dog around," he quipped. "There's a dog in our movie, too. Our dog could EAT that dog."

With a recent tongue-in-cheek op-ed in the pages of the Los Angeles Times bearing his name, I suppose it's okay to reveal now that, indeed, the director in question was Martin Scorsese. The article is meant as a cute stumping call for Blackie, the Doberman "star" of Scorsese's Best Picture nominee "Hugo" in the wake of the canine being snubbed in the nominations for the first annual Golden Collar Awards, but it's absolutely brilliant for the way it takes the piss out of Oscar season oh so succinctly.

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<p>Jack White</p>

Jack White

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Listen: Jack White announces debut solo album with a 'Love Interruption'

Third Man Records founder and former White Stripes leader is headed out alone

I'm almost surprised it's taken this long, but Jack White has finally prepared his solo debut. "Blunderbuss" will be the former White Stripes leader's first album under his own name, out on April 24, and from his description of it, it's will be all Jack White, all the time, and maybe on all instruments.

"I've put off making records under my own name for a long time but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name. These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas," he said in a statement.

To kick things off right, the Nashville-based songwriter's released the track "Love Interruption," streaming now on his newly launched website. He's joined by a female vocalist -- or treated his own vocals to a shot of estrogen -- but for the rest of it, it's a pretty stripped-down, burning bluesy song. There's no low end, and an acoustic guitar joined by a keyboard are the only accompaniment besides. I like it, it's catchy, but perhaps I expected something more bombastic?

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<p>A scene from &quot;A&nbsp;Morning Stroll&quot;</p>

A scene from "A Morning Stroll"

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Oscar Guide 2011: Best Short Film (Animated)

'Dimanche (Sunday),' 'Fantastic Flying Books,' 'La Luna,' 'A Morning Stroll' and 'Wild Life' square off

(The Oscar Guide will be your chaperone through the Academy's 24 categories awarding excellence in film. A new installment will hit every weekday in the run-up to the Oscars on February 26, with the Best Picture finale on Saturday, February 25.)

US audiences will once again get a chance to see the Oscar-nominated shorts this year as Shorts International (via ShortsHD) and Magnolia Pictures will be launching its popular program for the seventh-straight year. The nominees for animation, live action and documentaries (included for just the second year) will hit 200 theaters across the country for a limited time on February 10.

This year's crop of contenders in the animated field is a bit thin compared to years past, I feel. There's a great diversity of craft, which is always nice -- and typical, as the branch generally does a good job of representing a solid cross-section. However, I just wasn't as taken with as many of the nominees as I usually am. Nevertheless, personally speaking, one entry really stands out above the rest and could be the winner. Though, of course, we know what assuming can do for us in this category. It's always a fresh race and this year might be no different.

The nominees are…

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<p>Helen Hunt and John Hawkes in &quot;The Surrogate,&quot; a big winner at Sundance this weekend.</p>

Helen Hunt and John Hawkes in "The Surrogate," a big winner at Sundance this weekend.

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Round-up: Sundance tames the 'Beasts'

Also: Jean Dujardin sings, and the 'post-macho world' of 'The Descendants'

I always find Sundance coverage rather difficult to follow from a distance -- critics there seem to talk much more about what they're seeing next than what they just saw, leaving me more aware of titles than actual movies. Still, two films generated enough buzz to permeate my consciousness, and as it happens they both emerged as prizewinners on the weekend: the rapturously reviewed "Beasts of the Southern Wild" took the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic features, while "The Surrogate," an acclaimed performance vehicle for John Hawkes and Helen Hunt, took both an Audience Award and a Jury Prize for its cast. Both have been acquired by Fox Searchlight, and some are already whispering the O-word. I just can't go there, but I'm glad we're allowed to like Hunt again. Greg Ellwood has the full list of winners. [Awards Campaign]

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<p>Alan Cumming as Eli Gold in &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Alan Cumming as Eli Gold in "The Good Wife."

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'The Good Wife' - 'Another Ham Sandwich': Baiting the hook

Will and Alicia face the grand jury, while Eli tries to outmaneuver Stacie Hall

A quick review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as my assistant validates your parking...

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<p>Gina Rodriguez as &quot;Filly Brown&quot;</p>

Gina Rodriguez as "Filly Brown"

Sundance Review: Emotional ‘Filly Brown’ could be stronger

Gina Rodriguez is a natural star: is this her ‘Behind the Music?’

No doubt, Gina Rodriguez is a star in the making. The rising actress spent months getting down a flow -- a hip-hop flow -- for her starring role in Sundance flick “Filly Brown.” In the title role, the Latina MC is trying to “make it” with the help of a local hip-hop podcast, her ever-loving crew and by spitting her own nasally L.A. fire. As Majo Tonorio, the Real Girl behind Filly, she’s plagued with the stuff of VH1’s “Behind the Music”: A fiercely imploring and manipulative mother Maria who’s serving jail time on drug charges (Jenni Rivera); a naïve and bratty teenaged sister Lupe (Chrissie Fit); a hard-working dad Jose barely making ends meet at a construction job (Lou Diamond Phillips).

Filly Brown aspires to stardom for more than just the starry-eyed reasons. She needs the money, to help her mother out of jail – or is it money to just get her out of trouble? Through the Great Green Struggle, Filly discovers that she’s becoming more and more like her mom, for better and for worse.
It’s a good flip on the script, where we’re used to seeing male protagonists try to live up to their fathers’ expectations. But in this case, the beautiful Latina lead is trying to carve her own when it seems everybody – her family, her friends, her boyfriend and her “handlers” – have their own reasons for why they want Filly Brown to succeed in the entertainment biz.
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<p>Chris Lowelll, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Allison Janney and Viola Davis celebrate their best ensemble win in the press room of the 2012 SAG&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Chris Lowelll, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Allison Janney and Viola Davis celebrate their best ensemble win in the press room of the 2012 SAG Awards.

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Analysis: 'The Help' dominates the 2012 SAG Awards as 'The Artist' gets ready for Oscar

Will there be any surprises at this year's Academy Awards?

Three nominations and three wins at the 2012 SAG Awards for "The Help."  You simply can't argue that the industry's actors don't adore "The Help" after it beat "The Artist," "The Descendants" and "Bridesmaids" in one of the more competitive best ensemble races in years Sunday night.  Moreover, Meryl Streep delivered her best nominated performance in over a decade and "The Help's" Viola Davis still prevailed eliciting an emotional standing ovation from the audience. Add the picture's one expected win, Octavia Spencer in the best supporting actress category, and the conventional wisdom would suggest "The Help's" triple play has sent shock waves across the Oscar landscape.

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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Recap: 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' - 'South Africa: Just Like Home'

All hell breaks loose when Marlo and Sheree get into it over a party invite

Oh my Lord of the Rings, I think I may have just seen the most ridiculous fight, well, at least during this season of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." The bar for cray-cray is pretty high on this show, but the battle that breaks out in this episode just has to be top ten if nothing else. The only thing that could have made it more insane would have been dwarf tossing or a Jell-O wrestling match, and since the battle continues into next week's episode, I can't even rule that out. 

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