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 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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Recap: 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' - 'A Book, a Bachelorette and a Breakdown'

It's time for more hysterical crying - and not from Taylor

I hope everyone has recovered from last week's wholly uncomfortable Taylor trainwreck last week. I was thinking we might kick off this week with a limo drive through the gates of a mental institution or maybe a shelter for battered women, but no such luck. Instead, we will start the way all deep emotional healing in Beverly Hills begins -- at lunch.

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<p>Allison Miller of &quot;Terra Nova&quot;</p>
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Allison Miller of "Terra Nova"

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Recap: 'Terra Nova' - 'Within'

A familiar friend helps us break down why this show was such a missed opportunity
To call tonight’s penultimate episode of “Terra Nova” an exercise in stalling would imply that the rest of the season has been chock full o’ narrative momentum. That clearly isn’t the case, as it’s pretty obvious by now that this series has, at best, a 4-hour mini-series worth of story. Why else would the second to last episode of the season (and maybe series) devote 10 minutes on Maddy trying to find a battery for her prehistoric iPad? Sure, education’s important, but I’d wager there are slightly bigger concerns at this moment in the colony’s history. “Within” set up the fireworks for next week, but it will more than likely be sound and fury, signifying nothing.
 
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<p>Rooney Mara in &quot;The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo&quot;</p>

Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

Watch: 'Dragon Tattoo' combines Trent Reznor Karen O for 'Immigrant Song' film opener

Opening credit sequence to David Fincher's new adaptation is pretty-fluid

It's no new news that Trent Reznor had Karen O's help in re-creating Led Zeppelin's classic "Immigrant Song" for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." What's fresh is the way David Fincher introduces it in the opening credit sequence to his adaptation.

Check out the very liquid, very dark animated video clip to the much-anticipated film.

I already have some feelings about the Nine Inch Nails' frontman's contributions overall, and those are to come. But the lo-rez version of this opening clip has nothing on the reality on the big-screen version. It's visually abstract and then sensually sick as it rolls on, much like the movie itself. See it in the theater if you can.

The approach to "Immigrant Song" is especially poignant, a woman singing Robert Plant's part, the lyrics literally about over-lording and imperialism. It's a very masculine song, from it's infamous riff and it's rallying cry. Vikings, too, are also ironically associated with that good old-fashioned rote "raping and pillaging."

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Win the screenplay of "The Ides of March," among others.
Win the screenplay of "The Ides of March," among others.
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Contest: Screenplay giveaway

Win copies of 'The Descendants,' 'Win Win,' 'The Help' and more

Thanks to everyone who entered the "Rango" contest last week. The winners were ETHAN G. and SHARKMAN. So if you guys are reading, drop me a line so we can get you your prizes. (Additionally, I'm still waiting on you, GRUBI, to do the same following the "Super 8" contest. You were a winner!)

Today we have a set of screenplays to give away. Included are Tom McCarthy's "Win Win," Steve McQueen and Abi Morgan's "Shame," Sean Durkin's "Martha Marcy May Marlene," George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon's "The Ides of March," Tate Taylor's "The Help" and Alexander Payne's "The Descendants."

For this, I think we're going to dust off the ole' limerick contest. If you feel up to the challenge, rifle off a limerick inspired by one of the above-mentioned films. The best one wins.

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<p>Going to a film festival programmed by Edgar Wright at the New Beverly is a lot like this, only the rock stars are old movies, and everyone's invited.</p>

Going to a film festival programmed by Edgar Wright at the New Beverly is a lot like this, only the rock stars are old movies, and everyone's invited.

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Listen: Edgar Wright on New Beverly programming and the death of 35MM

Plus the Movie God that finally broke Drew

That's right… the second podcast of the day, and this one is hot off the presses.  Or the microphone.  Or whatever a podcast is hot off of.

This morning, I talked to Edgar Wright about his New Beverly programming series, The Wright Stuff III, and we also talked about the idea that 35MM film is on its way out.  This is something that is upsetting even if you understand the forces at play that are making it happen.  I know how important the theatrical experience is to Edgar, and I wanted to ask him about how the festival's going so far.

For those of you who aren't aware of it, he's running a series of well-known films that he hasn't seen before, all picked by friends and fans and fellow film freaks, and he's finally seeing them on the bigscreen where they belong.  They had a silent movie night with "The Gold Rush" and "Steamboat Bill Jr." the other night, and they had a great crazy night of surrealism last night with the Japanese ghost story "Kwaidan" and the Dr. Seuss film "The 5000 Fingers Of Dr. T," and he's had guests to introduce the films like John Landis and Joe Dante and Alan Arkush and Patton Oswalt.  Basically, this is film nerd central in Los Angeles all week long.

What else is playing?  Well, here's the rundown of the rest of the programming, along with some special guests who will be there to introduce the films:

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<p>Neon Hitch with Gym Class Heroes' Travie McCoy at Jingle Ball</p>

Neon Hitch with Gym Class Heroes' Travie McCoy at Jingle Ball

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Watch: Gym Class Heroes and Neon Hitch in 'Ass Back Home'

Can Travis be trusted on the road?

If you’re keeping the home fires burning while your loved one is touring in a rock band, that can be a recipe for disaster. That’s the situation Neon Hitch finds herself, as she plays Travie McCoy’s honey in Gym Class Heroes new video for “Ass Back Home.”

She doesn’t know where he’s going or when he’s coming back home, and she certainly doesn’t know what he’s doing on those nights without her.

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<p>will.i.am in 'T.H.E.'</p>
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will.i.am in 'T.H.E.'


Watch: Will.I.Am uses every means of transportation possible in 'T.H.E'

Except, perhaps, a yellow submarine

After delivering  a splintered, technology- challenged debut of “T.H.E.” (The Hardest Ever) during the American Music Awards last month,  Will.I.Am decided to go the easy route on the video for the solo song. Not....

The sleek video features the Black Eyed Pea taking trains, planes and automobiles (where’s the ghost of John Candy when you need it?) to get to some celestial destination because he’s gotta, you know, go hard.  There’s a lot of product placements and a car, Hummer, bullet train, plane and space ship —all in white, to match Will.I.Am’s white outfit and his HTC phone.

The Peas are known for their futuristic, hi-tech videos and this solo effort is another in a series of forward-looking clips. It’s got a little “Mission Impossible” and “Speed Racer” thrown in for good measure as Will accomplishes all feats of derring-do.

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<p>Brendan Gleeson scored his first critics' award nomination for &quot;The Guard.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Brendan Gleeson scored his first critics' award nomination for "The Guard." 

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'The Artist' (what else?) leads with 8 San Diego film critics nominations

Surprise acting nods for Brendan Gleeson and Brit Marling

I'm beginning to pick up a pattern to these regional critics' award lists, many of which seemingly feel obliged to lead with nominations: three-quarters of their choices fall within the expected bracket of Oscar favorites, while the remaining slots afford room for a few enterprising critics to flex their personality.

So it is with the San Diego crowd, who lead with the expected big hauls for "The Artist" and "Hugo," the former scoring a field-leading eight bids. Yet they continue the smaller organizations' heartening display of support for "Drive" -- is that the third citation for Nicolas Winding Refn in the last two days? I've lost count -- and venture a few suggestions even further outside the awards conversation.

I have to give them props for being the first US group to pay respect to Brendan Gleeson's wonderful comic work in "The Guard," which I've been championing all year, and this is the first vote of any stripe I've seen for "Another Earth" star Brit Marling in Best Actress. I have yet to see the latter, so you'll have to tell me how pleasant a surprise this is.

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<p>&nbsp;Ke$ha</p>
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 Ke$ha

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Listen: Ke$ha takes on Bob Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice, It's Alright'

It's for a good cause, but does that make it OK?

Ke$ha raised eyebrows when it was revealed her cover of Bob Dylan’s classic “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” would be included on the massive 76-song compilation, “Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan,”  coming out Jan. 24.

She is joined by such artists as Adele, My Morning Jacket, and Miley Cyrus on the set, which benefits Amnesty International.

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<p>Martin&nbsp;Scorsese at the Paris premiere of &quot;Hugo&quot;</p>

Martin Scorsese at the Paris premiere of "Hugo"

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Martin Scorsese tapped for Santa Barbara's American Riviera Award

The 'Hugo' helmer is the first director to receive the honor

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced that "Hugo" director Martin Scorsese will receive this years American Riviera Award. It's the first time the award -- which went to Annette Bening last year -- has gone to a director.

"Honoring Scorsese has been a dream of SBIFF's for many years," festival director Roger urling says in the press release. "We're thrilled that it's happening during a year when this contemporary master of cinema is breaking new ground with 'Hugo.'"

I figured he was sure to receive something, but I'd have figured him for the Modern Master Award, which is the festival's highest honor. I wonder, then, who'll be tapped for that. Steven Spielberg would be a real coup. Previous announcements have included Viola Davis as Outstanding Performer of the Year and Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo for the Vanguard Award.

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<p>Adele&nbsp;</p>
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Adele 

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Adele talks next album, Amy Winehouse and being on the 'Z-List'

What makes the he top-selling artist of the year miserable?

Don’t hold out for “23” from Adele.  Billboard’s 2011 artist of the year is not only recovering from throat surgery, the musician, whose first two albums were called “19” and “21,” says she has not even started writing for her third album.

The 23-year-old tells Billboard that, furthermore, she has no idea when she’ll start. “I'm really looking forward to some time to do nothing,” Adele says, in the email-conducted interview. “I imagine I'll be 25 or 26 by the time my next record comes out, as I haven't even thought about my third record yet. I'm just gonna lay some concrete, set up home and just ‘be’ for a bit. I'll disappear and come back with a record when it's good enough. There will be no new music until it's good enough and until I'm ready."

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<p>Angelina Jolie discusses her role as director on the new drama &quot;In the Land of Blood and Honey.&quot;</p>

Angelina Jolie discusses her role as director on the new drama "In the Land of Blood and Honey."

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Watch: Director Angelina Jolie jokes she 'stole it all from Clint' Eastwood

'In the Land of Blood and Honey' filmmaker on taking the big step behind the camera

This is not your typical Angelina Jolie interview.  This is not an interview discussing Jolie's humanitarian efforts across the globe.  This is not an interview pestering Jolie about whether she thinks' longtime companion Brad Pitt will finally win an Oscar this year.  This is not an interview diving into the ridiculous tabloid headlines that follow Jolie on a daily and sometimes hourly basis.  This isn't an interview fishing for a bite on whether Jolie will star in sequels to "Salt" or "Wanted" or if and when the Kay Scarpetta movie is going to happen.  No, this is an interview about Angelina Jolie the director.

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