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Berenice Bejo received one of six Golden Globe nominations for &quot;The Artist.&quot;</p>
Berenice Bejo received one of six Golden Globe nominations for "The Artist."

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'The Artist' leads with six Golden Globe nods, Spielberg snubbed

'The Descendants' and 'The Help' follow with five as 'Ides of March' rallies

Oh, the Globes. Whether they get things right or wrong -- or both, as in this morning's list -- they never really disappoint. Those who enjoy brandishing pitchforks at the HFPA for their shameless star-whoring have plenty to work with here: Angelina Jolie nominated for Best Foreign Language Film! Madonna nominated for Best Original Song ahead of any of the Oscar-favored tunes from "The Muppets!" George Clooney breaking a Globes record with four individual nominations! And so on and so forth.

But for those who enjoy the Globes more for their taste in offbeat underdogs, there are bright spots too. I'm delighted to see Brendan Gleeson crack a comedy actor nod for his superb work in the tiny Irish black comedy "The Guard," and not just because I predicted it. And just when you thought "A Dangerous Method" had evaporated from the season, it shows up here with a deserved supporting nod for best-in-show star Viggo Mortensen. Meanwhile, I know the many fans of "50/50" among our readers will be pleased with mentions for Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the film itself.

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<p>Corey Stoll: not a member of the 'Midnight in Paris' ensemble, according to SAG.</p>

Corey Stoll: not a member of the 'Midnight in Paris' ensemble, according to SAG.

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Oscarweb Round-up: Why Carla Bruni is a SAG nominee, while Corey Stoll is not

Also: Armond attacks the embargo and a wordsmith admires the silence of 'The Artist'

The SAG ensemble award is a strange beast, one that has made official nominees of such noted thespians as Gwen Stefani, Eli Roth and the RZA, sometimes at the expense of more accomplished colleagues. A quirk that causes trouble every year is their rigid but random method of determining which actors are key players in the ensemble, a screen credit issue that often leaves valued players out in the cold. This year, Corey Stoll, whose hilarious performance as Ernest Hemingway made him, for many critics, the MVP of “Midnight in Paris,” wasn’t included in the film’s ensemble nod, while Carla Bruni, perfectly fine in her bit part as a museum guide, was. Go figure. Nathaniel Rogers ponders this and other injustices, gets a diplomatic (but clearly vexed) response from Stoll, and offers a sensible solution. [Film Experience]

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Coach consults his alliance

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Recap: 'Survivor: South Pacific' - 'Then There Were Five'

The Lord works in hilarious ways at the Te Tuna tribe
Pre-credit sequence. Te Tuna returns to camp. They're down to five. For some reason, everybody is feeling good, even though the cannibalization is coming. At Brandon's urging, the Upolu Prayer Circle is convened to thank the person who did this for them. Yup. Good ol' JC. John Cochran! What? this was GOD'S doing? "The alliances within the alliances are going to be revealed. The real game begins tonight," Coach declares. Albert has plans. He seems to be sharing those plans with Sophie, but in reality, he's hoping to pull off "the biggest blindside of the game." Albert's next target? Sophie.
 
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Listen: Adam Lambert's new single 'Better Than I Know Myself'
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Listen: Adam Lambert's new single 'Better Than I Know Myself'

When is the full song coming?

So it's only a snippet but long-suffering Adam Lambert fans finally got a tease of what's coming next from their favorite "American Idol" contestant.

There have been a lot of fits and starts to get us to this point, many of which have been chronicled by Lambert for his little Glamberts in exhaustive detail via Twitter.

But today, we got a 30-second (okay, 27-second) tidbit of "Better Than I Know Myself," the first single from Lambert's second album. The full single will be available on Dec. 20-- Happy Holidays From Adam-- and the full album, "Trespassing," is expected in 2012.

[More after the jump...]

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"Top Chef"

 "Top Chef"

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Recap: 'Top Chef' - 'Game On'

The chefs must cook a meal of game - but competing in pairs is the real challenge

As Edward points out, we're down to the dirty dozen. And speaking of dozen (or more), I'm keeping an eye on Padma. Since she admitted that she gains about 15 pounds during a season and just relies on clever, loose-fitting outfits to conceal her fuller form, I'm intrigued. Considering she always looks pretty amazing (and skinny), I'm thinking we all might be able to pick up some post-holiday fashion tips if she's really this skillful at concealment. So go ahead, down that eggnog! Grab a turkey leg! But then again, I'm not ruling out that Padma just has a closet full of Spanx that she's not copping to, so maybe proceed at your own risk. 

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<p>Robert Downey Jr. let down his guard and sat for an interview with us about his new film 'Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows'</p>

Robert Downey Jr. let down his guard and sat for an interview with us about his new film 'Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows'

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Watch: Robert Downey Jr. talks the new Moriarty with the former Moriarty

We sat down with the star of 'Sherlock Holmes - A Game Of Shadows'

The first time I sat down with Robert Downey Jr. to talk about all things "Sherlock Holmes," we were on the set of the first film in London, and I was still working for Ain't It Cool.  As a result, much was made of the idea that Moriarty was going to be visiting that day, and it turned out to be one of the strangest days on a set I've ever had.

Strange, but good.  What struck me right away was that Downey has that ability to focus his full attention on someone in a conversation in a way that cuts out the rest of the world, making you feel like there's nothing more urgent than whatever the two of you are discussing.

I took him a gift that day, a copy of a fascinating piece of literary criticism by Pierre Bayard called "Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening The Case of The Hound Of the Baskervilles."  I figured it was completely appropriate, and he responded to the gesture by giving me more and more time over the course of the afternoon.  It ended up being published as two different articles over at Ain't It Cool, and that was the end of my use of the name I published under for a full decade-plus.

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<p>Ben&nbsp;Kingsley at the Paris premiere of &quot;Hugo&quot;</p>

Ben Kingsley at the Paris premiere of "Hugo"

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Ben Kingsley recalls an early cinema favorite

How Sergei Eisenstein's 'Ivan the Terrible' stuck with him

Earlier this morning I had a nice sit-down with "Hugo" star Ben Kingsley. Sir Ben Kingsley, I beg your pardon. It was a nice back and forth about working with Martin Scorsese, the dynamics of acting with a child actor, being sparked creatively by the set design of the film and more. I'll try to have that for you tomorrow or Friday, but for now, a nugget regarding Kingsley's cinematic awakening.

"Hugo," of course, is Scorsese's ode to the art form, ultimately a bit of a history lesson on its earliest beginnings and a study in passion through the prism of film preservation. Kingsley recalled seeing a great many films as a school boy and admits his knowledge of film history is all the more nourished for having collaborated with Scorsese on two occasions, now, last year's (criminally underrated) "Shutter Island" being the first.

I asked him if he could recall anything that really jumped out from those formative years where a passion for the cinema was concerned.

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<p>Nicolas Winding Refn directs Ryan&nbsp;Gosling on the set of &quot;Drive.&quot;</p>

Nicolas Winding Refn directs Ryan Gosling on the set of "Drive."

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San Diego critics pick 'Artist,' Refn

Acting winners include Michael Shannon and Brit Marling

After recently releasing a list of nominees, the San Diego Film Critics Society has announced "The Artist" as Best Picture of the year. Though the film won nothing else from the group. Nicolas Winding Refn took the Best Director honor for "Drive," which is becoming consistent. Check out the full list of winners below.

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<p>Rihanna performs at a concert in Budapest, Hungary earlier this month.</p>

Rihanna performs at a concert in Budapest, Hungary earlier this month.

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Does Rihanna hold off a surging Katy Perry on this week's Billboard Hot 100?

Who does she beat if she can stay at No. 1 one more week?

Rihanna's "We Found Love" finds its way to a seventh week atop Billboard's Hot 100, but can the singer fend off a surge by Katy Perry

Perry's "The One That Got Away" soars 9-4 on this week's chart, in part due to a 69-cent sale price on the single, as well as a small gain in radio play.

But back to Rihanna. If "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris can last at least one more week at No. 1, it will hold the record for the most weeks at No. 1 in 2011, besting Adele's "Rolling In the Deep," with which it is currently tied. Additionally, should "We Found Love" make it another week at the top, it will become Rihanna's longest chart-topping single: Both "Umbrella" and Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie," which featured Rihanna were also No. 1 for seven weeks.

As we chart watchers know by now, "We Found Love's" hold on No. 1 means that LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" stays locked out of the top spot once again and spends its sixth week at No. 2, according to Billboard.  Similarly, Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" hangs out at No. 3 for another week, while Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" stays at No. 5.

Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Ni**as In Paris" skips two places to No. 6, Adele's "Someone Like You" falls one spot to No. 6, Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" featuring Christina Aguilera drops the farthest in the Top 10, sliding from No. 4-8, while David Guetta's "Without You" featuring Usher moves No. 7-9.

Closing out the Top 10 is T-Pain's "5 O'Clock" featuring Wiz Khalifa and Lily Alen, which inches up one spot. That's good enough to give Allen her first TOp 10 hit, Khalifa his fourth and T-Pain his 15th as both a lead and featured artist.

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<p>Madonna arrives at a special screening of her film &quot;W.E.&quot;&nbsp;in New York City earlier this month.</p>

Madonna arrives at a special screening of her film "W.E." in New York City earlier this month.

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UPDATED: The Top 5 Interscope artists Madonna should duet with

New album out in March, single in late January

Are Madonna and her new label home Interscope a good fit?  Can she and Lady Gaga exist on the same roster?  As rumored for several weeks, the Material Girl  has signed with  Jimmy Iovine’s label followed the end of her 25-year career on Warner Bros. (first through Seymour Stein’s Sire Records).

Today, both the New York Post and Billboard  report confirmation of the deal from unnamed sources. The Post says it is a 3-album deal, the first of which will be her 2012 album. Additionally, Madonna has her already existing multi-facted pact with Live Nation that includes touring and merchandise. The deal with Interscope will be a licensing deal through her Live Nation pact.

We'll get to the five duet partners in a second, but first our thoughts on the deal.

So does this make sense? Yes and no.  Madonna is so iconic, in some ways we’re surprised that she felt the need to sign another major label deal. Surely, she could self release her albums.

[More after the jump...]

Of course she could, but if you look at the legions of artists, veteran and still blooming, who release their own albums, most of them are not relying on radio play. As legendary as Ms. Ciccone is, to really sell albums (and downloads) and, most importantly, to prove her relevancy as a contemporary artist, she has to have her new songs on radio. That’s why we’re seeing her record with the likes of Nicki Minaj. And to achieve major success on pop radio, you still need to be on a major label.

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Taking questions for 12/16 Oscar Talk

Offer up your burning queries

You know the drill. We're back to business as usual this week after last Friday's top 10 edition of Oscar Talk. We'll be addressing "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," as well as the week in awards announcements. Rifle off your need-to-knows aside from that and we'll address a few on the show.

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<p>The &quot;X Factor&quot; Top 4</p>
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The "X Factor" Top 4

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Recap: 'The X Factor' - Final 4 Performances Live-Blog

It's Semifinal Night for Marcus, Chris, Melanie and Burrito Josh

It's the season's penultimate "X Factor" performance show. Sniffle.

Sunrise, sunset and all that good stuff.

Click through for a full live-blog of the performances by Marcus Canty, Melanie Amaro, Burrio Josh and Chris Rene...

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