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<p>Channing Tatum doesn't have much screen time in 'GI&nbsp;Joe:&nbsp;Retaliation,' but it sounds like he would have been happy with even less.</p>

Channing Tatum doesn't have much screen time in 'GI Joe: Retaliation,' but it sounds like he would have been happy with even less.

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Watch: Channing Tatum seems pleased with the 'GI Joe' reboot

If anything, he would have been happier with an even cleaner break

Steven Soderbergh is a miracle worker.

These days, George Clooney is about as close to a sure bet as you can find when it comes to awards season, both as an actor and as a filmmaker, and it's easy to forget that when he made the jump from "E/R" to feature films, there was a struggle while he was trying to define himself. 

These days, there is no real remnant of the tic that defined him at first, that weird sideways head thing he did where he'd sort of do the palsy shake while he was talking.  The moment where he finally stopped doing that was when he worked for Soderbergh in "Out Of Sight," and whatever happened between them, it transformed Clooney, and he's never looked back.

I think the same thing might be going on right now with Channing Tatum, and it's exciting.  When we sat down to talk about his role in "Haywire," we had a brief moment where we were trying to sort out some camera issues, and we started talking about the recent trailer release for "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," as well as my time on the set of the film.

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<p>Walter (Geoff Stults)&nbsp;gets his quirk on in &quot;The Finder&quot;&nbsp;pilot.</p>

Walter (Geoff Stults) gets his quirk on in "The Finder" pilot.

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'The Finder' - 'An Orphan Walks Into a Bar': Microwave man

What did everybody think of FOX's backdoor 'Bones' spin-off?

Press tour demands kept me from writing a review of "The Finder," which just aired its first regular episode - the characters were introduced in a "Bones" episode last spring (which Fienberg wrote about) - tonight on FOX. I gave my opinion of it on this week's podcast. Short version is that I like Geoff Stults and Michael Clarke Duncan together, don't necessarily like the two new female characters they added to replace Saffron Burrows, and wonder about the level of quirkiness/wackiness (though it was mostly in control here). Overall, I feel much the same way I do about "Bones": it's a light, well-executed procedural (very much like a USA drama), but not necessarily something I will feel compelled to watch again.

For those of you who watched it, what did you think? Did you think this episode was better or worse than the backdoor pilot? Do you prefer the newbies to Burrows, or vice versa? Is Walter too quirky or just quirky enough? And does casting an actor as tall as Stults opposite Duncan take too much away from Duncan, who is usually defined as much by his size as his sense of humor?

Have at it.

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<p>Leslie (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;and friends have trouble keeping their feet on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Leslie (Amy Poehler) and friends have trouble keeping their feet on "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Comeback Kid': Dunking campaign on ice

Ann flounders as Leslie's campaign manager, and Ben goes to a dark place

A quick review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as we have a philosophical difference about what constitutes a law...

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<p>Rob and Eugenio Derbez in &quot;Rob.&quot;</p>

Rob and Eugenio Derbez in "Rob."

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'Rob' - 'Pilot': Meet the parents

What did everybody think of CBS' new Rob Schneider sitcom?

I posted my review of CBS' "Rob(or, if you prefer, "¡Rob!") this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched, what did you think? Were you predisposed towards liking or hating Rob Schneider? Did you enjoy the ethnic humor? The misunderstandings and slapstick? Cheech? The wacky uncle? And will you watch again? 

Have at it.

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<p>The Flaming Lips</p>

The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips should also work with these 5 artists on their covers set

Bon Iver, Nick Cave, Edward Sharpe and others are on tap for Oklahoma band's collaboration album

The Flaming Lips have made it abundantly clear that they're rarely interested in making a traditional album anymore. They've done a 24-hour-song, released music inside a gummy skull, created musical suites for synchronized multi-iPod and boombox in-the-rounds... but here's a new one. The band is releasing a set of cover songs, with the help of many guest artists.

Many sites have confirmed that the Oklahoma-based psych-rock crew have tapped Nick Cave, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Plastic Ono Band and Neon Indian for the album; and today, Rolling Stone firmed up the participation of Bon Iver and Wayne Coyne' wishlist. The 'Lips have the desire to work in-studio with acts as diverse as Ke$ha to Lykke Li to Erykah Badu.

"Sometimes it just takes a matter of connecting," Coyne told the mag.

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<p>Joel McHale and Danny Pudi in the chicken fingers episode of &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Joel McHale and Danny Pudi in the chicken fingers episode of "Community."

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Why I miss 'Community': Because Abed and Jeff bonded over chicken fingers

The series' first major high-concept episode also told a great character story

And so it's come to this: NBC's Thursday night comedy bloc kicks off right now on the East Coast, and "Community" is not a part of it. I'm glad to have "30 Rock" back, and to give "Up All Night" a chance to pick up viewers after being adrift on the Wednesday lineup, but dammit... I want Troy and Abed on my TV.

Once again, my plan is to spend every Thursday from now until NBC announces the show's return to the schedule (if not until the show is actually back on the schedule) revisiting a favorite moment or storyline from the series. If we can't have new "Community," at least we can bask in memories of the old ones.

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<p>Oscar is waiting.&nbsp; Who will make the list?</p>

Oscar is waiting.  Who will make the list?

Contender Countdown: 24 hours till Oscar nominee voting deadline

Plus: Some last minute considerations

Tomorrow, Friday Jan. 13, at 5 PM, it will be all over.  Well, sort of.  The first half of the Oscar season will be complete as the Academy's mailbox will slam shut and no more nomination ballots will be accepted for the 84th Academy Awards.  And, in so doing, another strange awards season will start the final turn towards completion.  While many of the nominees seem secure in their standing there is an air of uncertainty over almost every category.  In fact, its been quite a long time since the feeling of upset was in the air after so many weeks of critics lists and precursor awards. 

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Jared Padalecki, "Supernatural"

 Jared Padalecki, "Supernatural"

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Press Tour: The bad boys of the CW debate their bad-ass quotients

Jared Padalecki and Wilson Bethel show off their comic chops

The CW brought together a disparate crew for it's Bad-Ass Boys of the CW panel during press tour -- Shane West ("Nikita"), Joseph Morgan ("The Vampire Diaries"), Ed Westwick ("The Gossip Girl"), Jared Padalecki ("Supernatural"), Wilson Bethel ("Hart of Dixie") and Kristoffer Polaha ("Ringer") -- so maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that the panel became an opportunity for the actors to goof around (and make fun of their bad-ass-ness) rather than talk about what's coming down the pipeline for their shows. 

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Watch: Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah make a 'Joyful Noise' about working together

Watch: Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah make a 'Joyful Noise' about working together

Parton reveals that she liked her co-star 'more than I thought I would'

Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah are forces of nature who come together in “Joyful Noise.” In the family-friendly film, which opens Jan. 13, the two feud over control of a small church choir that is hell-bound on winning the regional gospel competition.

Both bring to the movie their own iconic, bigger-than-life personalities, which contributes to the fun, especially  as they throw barbs and biscuits at each other in one memorable scene.

In person, they’re just as dynamic. For the junket,  Parton, dressed in a tight leather outfit that showed off her unbelievably tiny waist, and Queen Latifah bantered back and forth as if they were still on set, confessing what had surprised each one about the other.

They also discussed the mechanics of their on-screen food fight and the only fight they ever had.

Check out the interview above....

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<p>Colin&nbsp;Firth accepting the Best Actor award for &quot;The&nbsp;King's Speech&quot; at the 2011 Critics' Choice Movie Awards</p>

Colin Firth accepting the Best Actor award for "The King's Speech" at the 2011 Critics' Choice Movie Awards

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Critics' Choice Movie Awards (open thread)

Discuss the winners as they're announced

The BFCA's Critics' Choice Movie Awards are going down in roughly two-and-a-half hours and I need to go put on my face. The show will be broadcast on VH1 at 8pm ET. (It is tape-delayed for the west coast, unfortunately). I'm not sure if there is an online stream anywhere but I'm sure industrious readers can point you to one if there is. In any case, feel free to use this space to discuss the show and winners as it happens. The nominees are here. I'll be back tonight for post-ceremony commentary.

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<p>Martin Scorsese's music doc &quot;George Harrison: Living in the Material World&quot; landed the director his second DGA nod of the week.</p>

Martin Scorsese's music doc "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" landed the director his second DGA nod of the week.

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Scorsese scoops second DGA nod of the year as doc nominees announced

Guild offers further consolation to Oscar-snubbed 'The Interrupters'

Martin Scorsese sure is covering all his bases with the Directors' Guild of America. One year after winning his first television trophy from the Guild (for the pilot of "Boardwalk Empire"), he racked up his eight nomination in the feature film category for "Hugo" on Monday. Not content with that, meanwhile, he has just received his first ever DGA mention in the documentary department, as his mammoth "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" was among the five non-fiction naminees tapped by the Guild this morning. They like him, they really like him.

I don't think the Harrison film quite masures up to "No Direction Home" or "The Last Waltz" in Scorsese's rock-doc portfolio, but it's nice to see this sub-heading in his oeuvre getting some official recognition; for my money, it's the more successful of his two 2011 titles. 

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<p>Kelly Clarkson</p>

Kelly Clarkson

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Kelly Clarkson to sing National Anthem at Super Bowl; Miranda and Blake join in

Maybe she and Madonna can duet during half time

Kelly Clarkson will open for Madonna at the Super Bowl on Feb. 5. To be more specific, the first “American Idol” will sing the National Anthem at the NFL championship game in Indianapolis, according to a rumor reported by the Associated Press.

And Clarkson seems to be in no hurry to deny it, even though her camp has not officially confirmed it: she retweeted a link to the AP story.

Here’s hoping she does a better job than Christina Aguilera, who bungled the lyrics and, in our mind, unfairly caught all kinds of hell. At least we knew she wasn’t lipsyncing.

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