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<p>Ben Stiller stole the show at the 2011 Britannia Awards. &nbsp;Someone get this man to host the Oscars. Please.</p>

Ben Stiller stole the show at the 2011 Britannia Awards.  Someone get this man to host the Oscars. Please.

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Ben Stiller's acceptance speech rules the 2012 Britannia Awards

Warren Beatty, Helena Bonham Carter, David Yates and John Lasseter also honored

No joke, the 2011 Britannia Awards have given movie fans and television viewers a reason to actually watch the TV Guide Network.  Taped at the Beverly Hilton Wednesday evening, BAFTA Los Angeles' biggest night honored Pixar guru John Lasseter, Helena Bonham Carter, director David Yates, Ben Stiller and the iconic Warren Beatty.  Alan Cumming hosted, stepping in for Stephen Fry who had MC'd the last few BAFTA's to critical acclaim (no pressure). Besides the honorees, the evening had lots of famous faces in the room including Morgan Freeman, Piers Morgan,  Anton Yelchin, Robin Williams to name a few, but the show makes TV Guide Network must watch (or must DVR) television for the great acceptance speeches by Carter and Stiller as well as some fantastic introductions by Jason Issacs (for Yates), Williams (Lasseter), Robert Downey, Jr. (Stiller), Oliver Platt (Beatty) and Barry Levinson (also Beatty). 

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Why was Van Halen MIA at the Grammy Nominations Concert?

Why was Van Halen MIA at the Grammy Nominations Concert?

Will the reunited band appear on the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards

So why was Van Halen a no-show at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live Tuesday night?

While the Recording Academy, to its credit, never uttered the words Van Halen, rumors had been flying that the band would announce its reunion on the show. In an October press release, the Academy touted that the TV show would “feature a special live announcement from a truly iconic group regarding their historic band reunion set to take place” at the Grammys.

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<p>Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber in &quot;All I Want For Christmas Is You&quot;</p>

Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber in "All I Want For Christmas Is You"

Watch: Mariah Carey meets Justin Bieber for 'All I Want For Christmas' vid

Mariah Carey is a li'l helper, while the Bieb is a mannequin

Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey made a four minute commercial for a department store as they masqueraded for a music video.

The 17-year-old wunderkind combined with the 41-year-old vet for her smash holiday hit "All I Want For Christmas Is You." Consider the song a re-gifting of sorts, with the same wrapping paper and everything, only with Justin Bieber's face as the tag.

As for the red-green-gold-tinsiled clip, Carey is obviously eager to show of her post-babies bod in a skimpy Santa's little helper (or is it Mrs. Claus? I forget) slash french maid outfit while Bieber gives her his best boingy-eyes wolf whistle gaze. Bieber spends the rest of the time, appropriately, as a mannequin in said store, though it is unclear if he's sporting consumerist pleasures for the Men's or Women's Apparel department.

All they want for Christmas is... each other. Blush, gag. Cut scene. Exit left. Where's the eggnog.

The video premiered tonight (Nov. 30) on NBC during the tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York.

 

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<p>Allison of &quot;America's Next Top Model.&quot; And a grapefruit.</p>
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Allison of "America's Next Top Model." And a grapefruit.

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Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Tyson Beckford'

The models get to live their dreams by blogging and working with Tyra
Only four aspiring glamazons remain in this All-Star cycle of “America’s Next Top Model!”
 
So what are the challenges this week? Well, in case you haven’t heard, Tyra Banks has “written” a best-selling “novel” called “Modelland.” And this is great news for the Top Model contestants. Why? Because they get the honor of acting this ghost-written crap masterpiece in a brand-new video ... editorial ... thing!
 
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<p>Steven&nbsp;Spielberg in the trenches filming &quot;War Horse'</p>

Steven Spielberg in the trenches filming "War Horse'

Credit: Touchstone Pictures

Where is Iraq and Afghanistan’s 'War Horse?'

It seems so much easier to look back than dead on

Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” is steadily building momentum as it approaches its Christmas Day release. Sneak screenings have begun for the film and Spielberg himself has been cautiously engaging with the press. One of the director’s goals was to shine a light on a WWI, a war that did not, and has not, received the same level cinematic attention that WWII or Vietnam have.

There are a number of complex reasons for the discrepancy, one of which may simply be a matter of timing (cinema was still in its early days during and after The Great War) and not the least of which is the mythos that surrounds what is perhaps the most unquestionably just (on the part of the allied forces) war in our collective memory: WWII. That is not to say that there are not complex issues surrounding that war, or the outcomes of our choices (particularly in the Pacific Theatre). It is simply to say that it is, as Spielberg described in a live-streaming Q&A following the sneak peeks, a more “fluid” war in several respects.

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<p>Rick of &quot;Survivor: South Pacific&quot;</p>
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Rick of "Survivor: South Pacific"

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Recap: 'Survivor: South Pacific' - 'Cult Like'

Once again, Cochran finds himself scurrying to upset the apple-cart
Pre-credit sequence. The Te Tuna tribe arrives back at camp after eliminating the last of the Savaii stragglers (unless you count Cochran). Coach warns that it's time for his happy little cult (not his words) to begin devouring itself. Edna's a little worried. Cochran's a little more worried. "After surviving another night, I am aware that the family could turn on me at any moment," Cochran says, even dropping a "Helter Skelter" reference.
 
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"Top Chef Texas"

 "Top Chef Texas"

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Recap: 'Top Chef' - 'Don't Be Tardy for the Dinner Party'

The chefs must cook in a field - but is it worse than cooking for rich Dallas couples?

Last week was pretty harrowing, but the good news is that the chefs will be getting a good night's sleep, thank God. But they'll need it, because they're hitting the road for Dallas in the morning. Psyche! Poor chefs. I will say this has been the most good-natured bunch of competitors I've seen on the show in ages. They still share stuff, for crying out loud. Well, it's still early. The claws can start coming out at any time.

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<p>Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran in &quot;I&nbsp;Hate My Teenage Daughter.&quot;</p>

Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran in "I Hate My Teenage Daughter."

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'I Hate My Teenage Daughter' - 'Pilot': The worst people in the world

What did everybody think of the new FOX comedy?

I posted my review of FOX's "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" yesterday. Now it's your turn. I couldn't stand it, but you may have felt more kindly about it, had more built-up affection for Jaime Pressly and/or Katie Finneran (or Chad L. Coleman from his "Wire" days), or genuinely found it funny. 

What did everybody else think? Will you be tuning in next week? 

Also, if anyone watches "The Exes" on TV Land tonight, feel free to discuss it here if you want.

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<p>Nicki Minaj and LL&nbsp;Cool J at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! event</p>

Nicki Minaj and LL Cool J at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! event

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Live-blogging the 2011 Grammy Nominations Concert

LL Cool J hosting, Lady Gaga performing, Nicki Minaj presenting... what could go wrong?

Welcome to the 2011 Grammy Nominations Concert Live! from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. LL Cool J is hosting the hour-long event, with big names like Lady Gaga and Rihanna performing. Below, I will be live-blogging thoughts and a recap of the evening -- the good, the bad, the ugly and the uglier.

Here is the complete list of nominees.

Broadcast begins at 10 p.m. EST. Who will be the big names at the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012?

10:01 p.m. EST: Only an hour for this thing folks. And Lady Gaga is ready to "Marry the Night,"  which LL Cool J takes no time to introduce.

10:03: After the melodramatic announcement that Laurieann Gibson was departing as Lady Gaga's Creative Director, this performance is a U.S. "coming out" for Gaga's next choreographer Richard Jackson. And It's looking very slick, if a little monogamous. I mean, monotonous. The skeletal get-up has been done for "Born This Way," but I'm glad this has gone the direction of "fun, active" living-dead, not "scary."

10:05: Record of the Year... Nicki Minaj announcing. "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele. Duh. "Holocene" by Bon Iver, pronounced by Nicki "Bon Ive-er." "Grenade," Bruno mars, "The Cave," Mumford and Sons, Katy Perry, "Firework."

10:06: "Firework's" only there because "Teenage Dream" didn't qualify anymore. Sad.

10:07: Rihanna's performance of "We Found Love" is double-tracked, obviously so. But she showers in a rain of applause and confetti, and she is looking fine fine fine. Ri's dancing entourage is feeling it. Looking forward to that Record of the Year nod... next year.

10:13: The Band Perry is literally sparkling, with sequins on sister Kimberly and a simple twee setup between the trio of mandolin, guitar and electric bass for newest country push "Independence." The backers are keeping it subtle with a fiddle and drums. What, no skeletons?

10:16: If The Band Perry got a nod tonight, will this track get people excited for them? No. But you know what gets people AMPED? Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'." To me, "Free Fallin'" and "Let's Get It On" are in the same boat: if you cover it in your concert, it's easy, cheap applause (even and especially if it's too low for your voice).

10:18: Song of the Year: "All of the Lights" Kanye West. "The Cave," Mumford. "Holocene," Bon Iver (well said). "Rolling in the Deep" Adele. "Grenade" Bruno Mars.

10:21: So those are almost identical. It's like a Bomb Pop. Tastes the same, without Katy Perry's boobs shooting pyrotechnics out of one.

10:23: Jason Aldean's guitarist is lunging like he's playing something really hard.

10:25: You know what I needed at 10:30 at night? Some country rap on a midtempo rocker. And then some real rap on a midtempo rocker. I also look forward to in-ear monitor complaints.

10:28: Aldean looks uncomfortable with his body language, gripping that waist band like it's Thanksgiving. But damn if this song isn't still catchy. Ludacris shows up for the last "ride"; it looks more like he rolled into the wrong bar drunk and is owning it. He even picks at a Les Paul. Oh, bless you.

10:29: Did you know Luda's last Grammy nom was in 2006?

10:30: Bruno Mars looks like he could fit in my pocket. Dude is tiny. We could go on little adventures together, y'know, on a "Lazy" day.

10:32: OK, so this guarantees another Mumford & Sons appearance at the 54th Grammys. Two major nods. They were the warm-up to Bob Dylan's frog opus last year, will they get a two-song segment at the ceremony in February? If so, that's two new songs, suckers, no more of this squeeze from a two-year-old album.

10:33: Best New Artist: The Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj (whose name is misspelled. BAD INTERN), Skrillex.

10:34: I predict 2,000 think-pieces on Bon Iver's multiple nominations. I predict 3,000 "Who the F is Skrillex? A guide for your mom" pieces.

10:35: Hi Common. Hi Common. Hi Common.You're pretty.

10:37: LL Cool J put on his performing hat, which is more obvious than his hosting hat. Grandmaster Flash is there with his legendary "Message," with Scorpio, Melle Mel, Common, Lupe Fiasco and LL. They're all celebrating 20 years of "The Message," and its relevant to a new music celebration... how? Don't get me wrong, I love a tribute, but aren't we supposed to be thinking about our think pieces? This is an hour-long nominations special: nominate something.

10:38: Also, QUIT YELLING AT ME. I get it: you're all close to the edge. Flash: Your skin is magnificent. Teach me.

10:43: In Memoriam, three months early. Usher never not wears sunglasses.

10:45: Ashford & Simpson getting a full break down. Leiber & Stoller getting theirs. "You're All I Need to Get Bad" getting me a little choked, not because Usher is wincing, but because Valerie Simpson is stone solid. I'd lose it.

10:47: Even with a tepid crowd which hasn't been properly warmed-up, "Stand By Me" is still so striking. As show producer Ken Ehrlich said before, "We lost two of the greatest songwriters of the formative rock and R&B era." August was a sad time, losing Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford.

10:50: In the words of Chris Berman, Katy Perry is fumblin' mumblin' stumblin' through this thing. Her hair and dress matching combo is, however, admirable.

10:51: Album of the year: Adele, "21." Foo Fighters, "Wasting Light." Lady Gaga, "Born This Way" (oh just shut up just stop it right now). Bruno Mars, "Doo Wops & Hooligans." Rihanna, "Loud."

10:52: Three singles artists for album of the year. This is the sound of haters hating. Bruno Mars' label handlers are each getting a Maybach for Christmas: those suckers are only going up in value, now.

10:53: Lady Gaga and Sugarland, performing together! A match made... in a lab. Lady Gaga has moved that beauty mark around (did she see "The Artist?"). Jennifer Nettles is singing "You and I" like she can't unpurse her lips.

10:55: Did I say pursed lips? I meant duck lips. In this oversinging competition, who's winning? Are we all losing? Lady Gaga over-saturation quota achieved.

10:58: When I die, I'd like to come back as that one-shoulder number on Gaga. But when I wake up tomorrow morning, I'd like to be wearing Jennifer Nettles' track pants.

11:00: Four major nomination categories announced, 78 total are up now.

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<p>Drew of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>
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Drew of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' - Top 7 Michael Jackson Night Live-Blog

Facing another double-elimination night, none of the acts are ready to beat it

We're down to the Top 7 on "The X Factor" and this season has taken a very predictable shape.

Paula Abdul's three Groups are all gone.

Nicole Scherzinger's Over-30s have been trimmed down to only Burrito Josh.

Both Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid have their full complement of Girls and Boys remaining, so expect the frenemies to continue their not-so-passive-aggressive bickering from across the Pepsi-laden judges' table.

On the bright side, "The X Factor" won't attempt to stretch the seven contestants out across two hours.

On the dark side, that newly freely 30 minutes will be used for the premiere of the dismal sitcom "I Hate My Teenage Daughter." My recommendation? Enjoy "X Factor" and then head over to ABC for a "Happy Endings" repeat that features a really hilarious Penny storyline.

Click through for the full recap of Michael Jackson Night...

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<p>Matt Damon and Anna Paquin in &quot;Margaret.&quot;</p>

Matt Damon and Anna Paquin in "Margaret."

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Are you there, Fox? It's me, 'Margaret'

Online petition challenges distributor to campaign for Kenneth Lonergan's troubled marvel

To call Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret" my most anticipated film of the year wouldn't be stating the case with total accuracy. Rather, it's been my most anticipated film of the last few years running, repeatedly raising hopes of a sighting since 2006 before dropping from view amid ever more legal paperwork, like some form of film industry mirage.

We've touched on the film's tortured route to the screen several times over the years, but happily, we don't have to rehash that now. Through whatever process of grace or compromise, "Margaret" made it through the tunnel: the film is finished, released and here to be appreciated. Well, sort of. As if embarrassed by its complex backstory, distributor Fox Searchlight has seemingly attempted to fulfil its obligation to the film while sweeping it quietly under the rug: its September release was limited to say the least, with a number of major US cities left out of the loop altogether before it vanished from release. (Meanwhile, its UK release on Friday is a single-screen engagement in London.)

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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

Rihanna makes it 5 weeks at No. 1 with 'We Found Love' on the Billboard Hot 100

Who sees major bounces following the American Music Awards?

Rihanna’s “We Found Love” featuring Calvin Harris has found a stable home at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as the song logs its 5th week in the penthouse.

That means she keeps LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” locked out of the top spot, with “Sexy” hanging at No. 2 for the fourth straight week. This is despite the song seeing a 24% leap in digital sales and increased airplay following the duo’s show-closing performance of the track (with a little help from The Hoff) at the American Music Awards.

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