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<p>Judy Greer doing voice work on &quot;Archer.&quot;</p>

Judy Greer doing voice work on "Archer."

Credit: FX

Interview: 'Archer' co-star Judy Greer

On getting an origin story for her character and the power of 'The Descendants'
In addition to the new FX animated comedy "Unsupervised" (which I reviewed earlier), tonight marks the return of "Archer," with the third season premiere (10 p.m.) guest-starring Archer's boyhood idol Burt Reynolds as himself in a wonderful, hilarious celebration of every cheesey movie Reynolds ever made and every car chase he ever got into. I've also seen the next two episodes, and they're also predictably strong. (Episode three, with Archer battling "radical Nova Scotian separatists" on a passenger train, is fantastic.)
 
"Archer" was one of many shows FX paneled at press tour on Sunday, and I was particularly interested in talking to Judy Greer, not only because Cheryl (recently revealed to be heiress to the Tunt fortune) may be my favorite character on the show, but because I've enjoyed her work for so long and am glad she's been getting so many kudos for her small but memorable supporting role in "The Descendants."
 
I asked her a couple of Cheryl-related questions in the panel, then interviewed her afterwards about "Archer," "The Descendants" (spoilers ho if you haven't seen the movie yet) and what's next for her in live-action TV comedy.
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<p>Jeff Smith's 'Bone' is a remarkable collision of the cute and the creepy, and I'm curious to see if the film can keep that balance</p>

Jeff Smith's 'Bone' is a remarkable collision of the cute and the creepy, and I'm curious to see if the film can keep that balance

Credit: Jeff Smith

P.J. Hogan set to direct big-screen 'Bone' adaptation

Jeff Smith's cult comic epic also gets a writer and an animation studio

The most unusual thing about this story is the idea of Warner Bros. getting back into feature animation, something that has not been a great strength of theirs in the past.

As much as I adore "The Iron Giant," I can acknowledge based on what I know about that process that it is a good thing Warner shut down their feature animation division in '99.  Every now and then, you'll see a studio get the idea that they should be making animated films so they can get a slice of that financial pie, and they'll spend a lot of time and money to do so, and inevitably we'll get one or two movies that cost way too much and underperform, and then the studios get right back out of that business.  Remember when 20th Century Fox bought Don Bluth a giant animation studio in Arizona?  You know… the one that was supposed to replace the giant animation studio that Bluth ran into the ground in Ireland? And do you remember when that entire thing went belly up about a year and a half later?

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<p>&nbsp;Coldplay's Chris Martin and Rihanna</p>

 Coldplay's Chris Martin and Rihanna

Credit: AP Photo

Rihanna and Coldplay to duet at the Grammys

Paul McCartney also added to the big show

Rihanna and Coldplay have been added to the list of performers for the 54th annual Grammy Awards.  Rihanna broke the news via Twitter last night, tweeting, “My friends @Coldplay and I will be sharing the stage for a performance at this year’s annual Grammy Awards! #Bonkers.”   Coldplay then retweeted the message without additional commentary.

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The pairing will most likely perform “Princess of China,” the songs they sing together on Coldplay’s “Mylo Xyloto,” but wouldn’t it be awesome if they did “We Found Love,” as well? The song spends its 10th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

Both Rihanna and Coldplay are up for multiple Grammys.

Paul McCartney, who will be honored two nights before at the annual MusiCares dinner, will also perform at the Grammy Awards, which air Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Although nothing has been officially announced, among the artists expected to pay tribute to Sir Paul at the MusiCares dinner are James Taylor, Foo Fighters, Neil Young, Coldplay and Norah Jones, according to Hits Daily Double.

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<p>Martin Scorsese's &quot;Hugo&quot;&nbsp;is poised to be one of the most nominated films of the year.</p>

Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" is poised to be one of the most nominated films of the year.

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Tech Support: Guessing the nominees throughout the Academy's craft categories

Part One: Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing and Makeup

In five days, the nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards will be announced. It seems extraordinary that another season has nearly passed. And with a silent film and a somewhat fantastical (not-so-) children’s film poised to dominate the major categories, one realizes how quickly trends can change in Hollywood. The period nature of these films will result in their showing up across the crafts categories as well, along with many other usual suspects. But at the margins, there is definitely room for excitement.

So with that preface, I now embark on my final analysis of the crafts categories for the cinematic year of 2011. This will be done in two parts, five categories covered in each part. Check back later for part two.

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<p>A&nbsp;scene from &quot;Thor&quot;</p>

A scene from "Thor"

Credit: Paramount Pictures

'The Artist,' 'Thor,' 'Bridesmaids' among Costume Designers Guild nominees

And yes, another 'War Horse' snub

Following on the heels of the Cinema Audio Society today is the Costume Designers Guild, which has selected nominees in its three patented categories.

The first thing you'll notice, naturally, is yet another "War Horse" snub. I haven't been expecting an Oscar nomination for the film's costumes and the period field is particularly stacked this season, but nevertheless, another miss.

There aren't many surprises on the list, though the appearance of "X-Men: First Class" in the fantasy category is a nice inclusion for its blend of period styles with comic book tropes. Once upon a time I thought costumer Sammy Sheldon might be a possibility for an Oscar nod, and maybe that's even still the case. Ditto "Thor," outfitted by four-time nominee Alexandra Byrne.

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<p>Meryl Streep in &quot;The Iron Lady.&quot;</p>

Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Round-up: The missing makeup nominee from 'The Iron Lady'

Also: Designing 'Potter' and exhausting Uggie

Predicting Best Makeup nominees is always a blind-man's-buff process, but the one title we can reasonably expect to show up on Tuesday morning is "The Iron Lady"; like Marion Cotillard's Edith Piaf, Meryl Streep's Margaret Thatcher is enabled by startling cosmetic and prosthetic wizardry. This has been recognized by BAFTA, but as blogger Bradley Porter, who also worked on the film, points out, credit isn't entirely being given where it's due: the only name nominated by BAFTA is chief makeup and hair designer Marese Langan, thoroughly deserving of notice -- but prosthetics designer Mark Coulier isn't on the list. Given that he's the man behind the ageing work that most wows people in this area, that's a shameful oversight. Here's hoping the Academy doesn't make the same error. [Eat Sleep Live Film]   

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<p>&quot;Unsupervised&quot;&nbsp;best friends Gary (Justin Long)&nbsp;and Joel (David Hornsby).</p>

"Unsupervised" best friends Gary (Justin Long) and Joel (David Hornsby).

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Review: FX's 'Unsupervised' offers enthusastic teen mayhem

Animated series from 'Always Sunny' writers feels like a happier 'Beavis & Butt-Head'
"Beavis & Butt-Head" returned to television a few months ago, and the boys were essentially unchanged from their '90s origins. But even as they're back on the air, there's a generation of comedy writers who grew up watching their original adventures, and — in the same way that Seth MacFarlane's "Simpsons" love gave us "Family Guy" — who have now tried crafting their own animated comedies about oblivious teenage boys.
 
One of those, MTV's "Good Vibes," actually aired as a companion to "Beavis & Butt-Head," and tonight at 10:30, FX debuts another: "Unsupervised." Created by "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" writers Rob Rosell, Scott Marder and David Hornsby, it's about best friends Gary (Justin Long) and Joel (Hornsby), who technically have adult guardians but have essentially had to raise themselves — and who have a fundamentally flawed understanding of the world as a result. (Joel in particular seems very Beavis-like, with his shock of yellow hair and frequent moments where he can't keep control of his emotions.)
 
But what's most interesting about "Unsupervised" — and what kept me watching all three episodes FX sent out for review, even though I didn't find any of them terribly funny — is that Gary and Joel's DIY upbringing hasn't turned them into slack-jawed, hateful morons. Instead, despite having no one to care about them but each other, they are the most exuberant, optimistic characters on television this side of Leslie Knope on "Parks and Rec." They have no idea what they're doing, and tend to make the worst possible choices, but all their mistakes come from a good place.
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<p>Jane (Eliza Coupe)&nbsp;tries out an old look on &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Jane (Eliza Coupe) tries out an old look on "Happy Endings."

Credit: ABC

'Happy Endings' - 'Makin' Changes': I don't want no scrubs

Dave, Penny, Brad and Jane all inspire major wardrobe changes

A quick review of last night's "Happy Endings" coming up just as soon as I have idea face...

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<p>Which Secret Big-Time Movie Star will be hanging with &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;stars Amy Poehler and Adam Scott tonight?</p>

Which Secret Big-Time Movie Star will be hanging with "Parks and Recreation" stars Amy Poehler and Adam Scott tonight?

Credit: NBC

Preview: The 'Parks and Recreation' 'secret big-time movie star' revealed

Who will be stopping by Pawnee tonight?

Ads for tonight's "Parks and Recreation" - or, to be specific, ads for NBC's Thursday night comedies that include "Parks and Rec" - have hinted at, quote, "the arrival of a secret big-time movie star" whose face is not revealed and whose name is not mentioned. I've seen tonight's episode, and can say three things upfront: 1)It's extremely funny, and one of the best overall episodes so far about Leslie's campaign for city council; 2)The Secret Big-Time Movie Star in question is used very well; and 3)Knowing the identity of the Secret Big-Time Movie Star doesn't seem like something that would ordinarily be treated as a spoiler — especially not by the spoiler-loving NBC promo department — particularly since he appears on-camera within the first 5 seconds of the episode.

Still, if you want to know who it is, and get a very brief sense of who he's playing and what the episode is about, click on through. If not, we'll see you tonight at 8:30...

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<p>Saoirse Ronan in&nbsp;&quot;Hanna&quot;</p>

Saoirse Ronan in "Hanna"

Credit: Focus Features

'Hanna,' 'Pirates' among Cinema Audio Society surprises, 'Transformers' snubbed

'War Horse' gets ignored by yet another guild

And now, as they say, for something completely different.

The guild nominations these last few weeks have been rank and file, the usual mish-mash of the same titles reflecting a bit of group think and perfunctory nominations. That ends today, though, as the Cinema Audio Society's crop of selections for excellence in sound mixing includes some eyebrow-raising, refreshingly singular choices.

First and foremost, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" was snubbed, and I'm shocked by that. The sound mixers carried the franchise's last two films to nominations with both the CAS and the sound branch of the Academy, but stopped things dead in their tracks today by ignoring the year's best work in the field. Will it still be able to grab a mention from the smaller group within AMPAS? Maybe, but this is a blow.

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"Top Chef"

 "Top Chef"

Credit: Bravo

Recap: 'Top Chef' - 'Fit for an Evil Queen'

One chef forgets an ingredient - but at what cost?

There's no rest for the wicked, as the chefs must pack up and head back to San Antonio for their next challenge. But for this one, they'll want to be at least a little wicked, as that's pretty much the theme. I suspect that means Lindsay and Sarah will do exceptionally well, because these girls cannot stop being catty little monsters to poor Beverly. 

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Review: Bruce Springsteen's new single, 'We Take Care Of Our Own'
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Review: Bruce Springsteen's new single, 'We Take Care Of Our Own'

UPDATED: New album out March 6

For his whole career, Bruce Springsteen has wrestled with the notion of what it means to be an American. Many of his songs deal with a sense of place, whether it be his home state of New Jersey or, in a larger context, the United States.

On “We Take Care Of Our Own,” the first single from his March 6 release, "Wrecking Ball," Springsteen's questions have become only more urgent as he sees America turning from a country that used to stand for “wherever the flag is flown/we take care of our own” to one where “I’ve been stumbling on good hearts turned to stone/the road to good intention has gone dry as a bone.”

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