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Adele

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Music Power Rankings: Adele and Michael Buble top Madonna and Jay-Z

The Black Keys make the list for the first time

1) Adele: Billboard names her its 2011 artist of the year. With the widespread success she’s had, we wouldn’t be surprised if she showed up on the cover of “Guns & Ammo.”

2) Black Keys: As the duo continues to build, look for “El Camino” to debut at No. 2 on next week’s Billboard 200 with sales of close 200,000. That’s up from 73,000 for the opening frame for 2010’s “Brothers.” Withholding music from Spotify is the new black.

3) Michael Buble
: The Canadian crooner is the holiday season’s It Boy, as his “Christmas” collection looks to be this year’s preferred stocking stuffer.

4) Madonna: Her rumored Super Bowl half-time appearance gets confirmed. Time for us all to get into the groove.

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"The X Factor"

 "The X Factor"

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Reality TV Roundup: 'Survivor' tribe fractures, a 'Real' housewife goes nuts and 'X Factor' dissolves in tears

It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now

 Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch "The X Factor," "Survivor," "Top Chef," "Project Accessory" or "America's Next Top Model," the latest elimination for each show is revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too. 

 

COMPETITION REALITY SHOWS

 

SURVIVOR

 

Edna is sent to Redemption Island, and it's the end of Upolu tribe unity. 

 

Cochran tells HitFix he wasn't bullied. Condescended to, yes, but not bullied. 

 

Jeff Probst marries a Russell. No, not that Russell. 

 

THE AMAZING RACE

 

The snowboarders' luck runs out, and they are eliminated

 

Part of the first parent-child team on the show has died. She would have celebrated her 35th wedding anniversary next month, too. 


Andy and Tommy put a happy face on being ousted during this HitFix interview. 

 

THE X FACTOR

 

Another hellish elimination, and Rachel is sent home, sobbing. 

 

A look at the top five performances -- and who should have been sent home (not Rachel). 

 

Rachel doesn't blame Nicole for her elimination, but everyone else does. 

 

Steve Jones is only a weird/bad announcer because of his earpiece. No, really. 

 

THE BACHELOR

 

We get the list of lovely ladies who will attempt to hook up with Ben. 

 

The show's producers sue Reality Steve for leaking information. Those damn bloggers!

 

TOP CHEF

 

How hard is it to cook a steak? Pretty hard, and Whitney is told to pack her knives and go. 

 

PROJECT ACCESSORY


Kenneth Cole foolishly agrees to sell the winner's design as part of his Holiday 2011 collection, while Aidan's ugly clutch, ring and cuff get him sent packing

 

AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL

 

There's a mystery surrounding Angeala, and Lisa walks away with the title of America's Next Top Model.  

 

Lisa says she's gotten therapy, and talks about winning. She's happy about it, FYI. 

 

The mystery surrounding Angeala may be that she won -- and was then disqualified for yakking about it. 

 

NON-COMPETITION REALITY TV SHOWS

 

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS

 

Taylor goes bat crap crazy and Camille's wacko friend Dedra doesn't help matters at poor Brandi's pathetic Malibu beach party. 

 

Is anyone going to read Taylor's sad sack memoir? There seems to be a consensus among commenters...

 

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA

 

NeNe may or may not have cheated on her husband with Charles. Her behavior at Cynthia and Peter's wine bar does nothing to dispel suspicion.

 

MISC.

 


Well, it looks like they won't have to change the title of "19 Kids and Counting" after all. Michelle Duggar suffered a miscarriage. 

 

Have you been watching "La La's Full Court Life"? Someone has, because VH1 renewed it

 

The "Mythbusters" fired a cannonball through a house. The stars feel really bad about it. 

 

Lowe's pulls advertising from "All-American Muslim" because the Florida Family Association whined about something. 

 

Another sign the end of the world is nigh: E! has four more Kardashians-centric TV shows planned. 

 

Conservative Republicans like reality TV more than liberals do. 

 

 

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<p>Could this be the end of Batman?&nbsp; Warner Bros certainly wants you to think so with their new teaser poster for 'The Dark Knight Rises'</p>

Could this be the end of Batman?  Warner Bros certainly wants you to think so with their new teaser poster for 'The Dark Knight Rises'

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New 'Dark Knight Rises' teaser poster hints at powerful series ending

Could Nolan be serious about letting Bane break the Batman?

I was very careful when I wrote about the "Dark Knight Rises" footage we saw the other day not to give away certain images or beats from the seven-minute prologue that will be available on a limited number of IMAX screens when "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" opens on December 16.

But I feel like with the release of the new teaser poster for "The Dark Knight Rises," I don't have to be quite as careful, because the goosebumps-inducing ending of the preview reel is the same basic idea as the remarkable new teaser poster for the film that Warner Bros. just released.

Of all things, they used Twitter to debut this power, sending out a link mid-afternoon on Saturday, and right away, I expect that this poster is going to spark a spirited round of fan debates and speculation about what we're going to see when this final film in Nolan's trilogy arrives in theaters this summer.

Bane, played in the new film by Tom Hardy, is notable in his original comics incarnation as the man who quite literally broke Batman.  I'm starting to get the idea that Nolan and his collaborators like the idea of giving Batman a physical challenge in this film that he's not ready to handle, and I'm starting to wonder if Nolan is indeed perverse enough to kill Batman in this film.  After all, he's done.  It's time to wrap things up, and there are very few ways that are more final to end a series than killing your main character.

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

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HitFix Interview: John Cochran talks 'Survivor: South Pacific'

The season's most discussed castaway talks bullying, Big Moves and Jeff Probst
Given that he was doing exit interviews with reporters on Thursday, we can probably say this with empirical certainty: John Cochran's Big Move on "Survivor: South Pacific" didn't work.
 
That doesn't mean it wasn't a good (or at least "valid") idea. It just means it didn't work, at least not for the man who asked Jeff Probst to call him "Cochran."
 
Switching his allegiance from the Savaii tribe to Upolu after the "Survivor" Merge, a move that completely changed the game's balance of power, didn't win Cochran the million dollars or get him to the Final Three or even help the self-described superfan outlast a single member of Coach's Cult.
 
No, the 24-year-old law student didn't win the million dollars, but he was certainly the most talked-about new player of the "Survivor: South Pacific" season.
 
In his "Survivor" exit interview, Cochran discusses bullying, mythical Final Three plans, Jeff Probst's respect and, of course, his Big Move.
 
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<p>Michael Buble's Christmas album again</p>
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Michael Buble's Christmas album again

It's snowing Michael Buble's 'Christmas' on the Billboard 200 next week

How does Amy Winehouse's posthumous set sell?


Think Michael Buble had a good week this week when “Christmas” moved 292,000 units to outsell Adele’s “21” by a two-to-one margin and retain his No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200? Then just wait until next week when “Christmas” possibly surpasses the 500,000 mark.

Every now and then a Christmas title takes over the charts and dominates through the holidays (even if it doesn’t camp out at No. 1): it’s happened with Susan Boyle’s “I Dreamed a Dream,” Josh Groban’s “Noel” and now it’s Buble’s moment. This week’s new release from the Black Keys was the only possible challenger at the top and the album didn’t come close (more about that later). We predict that “Christmas” is a lock to stay at No. 1 until 2012.  So why does it surge to such high numbers next week? The increase is, in large part, due to his primetime special on Dec. 6 on NBC.

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<p>Mayor Kane (Kelsey Grammer)&nbsp;in the &quot;Boss&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Mayor Kane (Kelsey Grammer) in the "Boss" season finale.

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'Boss' - 'Choose': Election day

Dirty politics abound as Mayor Kane tries to outmaneuver his rivals

A quick review of the "Boss" season finale coming up just as soon as I inhale a bottle of computer duster...

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<p>An effects-heavy scene from &quot;The Tree of Life.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

An effects-heavy scene from "The Tree of Life." 

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Academy narrows visual effects race to 15 films

'Tree of Life,' 'Hugo' and 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' in the running

Since I took over the Visual Effects category in our Contenders section, I've been maintaining that there isn't much to say about that particular race until the Academy begins narrowing the field a little -- and after the first cut today, leaving a longlist of 15 films, there's still little to add to the conversation. All the nominees everyone has been predicting all along are present and correct: "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Hugo," "Harry Potter of the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" and so on.

Of the Top 15 titles we had listed in the Contenders section, 12 made the cut: there was no love for the CGI period recreations of "Anonymous" or (and this was always a risky guess) the motion-capture acrobatics of "The Adventures of Tintin." Most disappointing to me is that the breathtakingly stylized digital imagery of "Immortals" got no love -- it struck me as more artistically ambitious FX work than, say, "Thor," but I freely admit to being a luddite in these matters. Perhaps what it lacked was a colon on the title: six of the 15 films that did make the grade boast one.

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<p>Jeff (Scott Krinsky)&nbsp;and Morgan (Joshua Gomez)&nbsp;welcome Danny Pudi to the Buy More team. </p>

Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) welcome Danny Pudi to the Buy More team.

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'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Hack-Off': Jeff and Abed in the Buy More!

Verbanski joins the team while Casey tries to survive in prison

A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as we wrap up the Phish concert...

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<p>Tilda Swinton in a portrait taken at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.</p>

Tilda Swinton in a portrait taken at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

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An epic conversation with Tilda Swinton

The struggles of getting 'Kevin' made and how independent cinema has changed in 20 years

Tilda Swinton has earned a reputation as an iconoclast. A rebel.  A visionary. An artist.  So, it was somewhat jarring to meet Swinton on the rooftop deck of the ritzy Montage Hotel smack dab in the middle of gaudy, downtown Beverly Hills.  The best supporting Oscar winner for "Michael Clayton" wasn't staying there, mind you.  She was spending the afternoon going from one locale to another doing interviews.  In fact, Swinton was in the middle of an intense few days of press opportunities to promote a film she helped bring to the screen and stars in, "We Need To Talk About Kevin."

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<p>Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.)&nbsp;and Simza (Noomi Rapace) cut a rug in 'Sherlock Holmes - A Game Of Shadows'</p>

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Simza (Noomi Rapace) cut a rug in 'Sherlock Holmes - A Game Of Shadows'

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Review: Robert Downey Jr. benefits from Moriarty as bad guy in Ritchie's 'Sherlock' sequel

Jared Harris cuts a dashing figure as the Napoleon of Crime

One of my favorite books this year was a piece of fiction written by UK film critic Kim Newman, a collection of stories called "Moriarty - Hound Of The D'Urbervilles".  It is a series of tales narrated by Col. "Basher" Moran, second-in-command to the insidious Professor Moriarty.  The stories boast about successful wrongdoing and brag about various schemes gone right, and in all of them, Moriarty is presented as a barely-human monster with a bland face.  It is a wonderful way to revisit the world of Sherlock Holmes from a new perspective, and it is pretty much pure fun.

One thing that is clear when you look at the entire body of work that exists out there about Sherlock Holmes and the various characters he's collided with over the years is that he remains one of the most elastic, archetypical pulp characters ever created.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle probably didn't even fully understand the allure of the character, which is true most of the time when someone has that moment of pure inspiration.  In the stories he wrote, Doyle was careful to drop plenty of bread crumbs that other writers and readers have picked up over the years, clues to ways you could reinterpret or reimagine or even just reexamine the characters.  If you don't like one interpretation, there's always another just around the corner, and there's probably some version out there that will exactly scratch whatever itch you have concerning the ongoing adventures of the world's crankiest genius and his stalwart if unspectacular companion.

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<p>The &quot;Transformers&quot;&nbsp;franchise is once more in the running for a VFX&nbsp;Oscar nomination.</p>

The "Transformers" franchise is once more in the running for a VFX Oscar nomination.

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'Thor,' 'X-Men,' 'Transformers' and 'Tree of Life' among 15 official Oscar Visual Effects contenders

If it was a summer blockbuster it's on the list

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the top 15 films in contention for the 2012 Visual Effects Oscar today and there were hardly any surprises. 

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<p>At the premiere of 'Sherlock Holmes - A Game Of Shadows,' Guy Ritchie and his lovely girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley were evidently mugged by a poster of Robert Downey Jr.</p>

At the premiere of 'Sherlock Holmes - A Game Of Shadows,' Guy Ritchie and his lovely girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley were evidently mugged by a poster of Robert Downey Jr.

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Guy Ritchie goes from 'Sherlock' to 'UNCLE' for Warner Bros

Ritchie and his 'Holmes' producer Lionel Wigram kick off their new partnership

Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram make sense as a creative partnership.

When I spent time in London for the first "Sherlock Holmes," I had the opportunity to take a long walk with Wigram over to the cathedral they were using for the opening of the movie, and as we walked, we talked about Holmes, Doyle, London, its history, and more.  He was also one of the people who was involved deeply in the "Harry Potter" series, and so you could say he's trusted by Warner Bros in a very big way.

Although it's only been recently that "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." has been in the news in a regular way, Warner's been working to figure out a way to bring this one back to life for a long time now.  Back in '99, they were reaching out to George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and others, and they never really figured out how to do it.  It seems like Clooney must have been a fan of the original series just based on how many times he's circled back around to the property over the years.  I'm sorry his back is forcing him to curtail the more physical roles because I think he'd be pretty great in a big Bond-like spy movie.

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