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HBO orders 'The Brink,' a geopolitical crisis comedy starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins

HBO orders "The Brink," a geopolitical crisis comedy starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins
The dark comedy about a geopolitical crisis stars Robbins as the U.S. Secretary of State and Black as a lowly foreign service offirer. Jay Roach is directing and Jerry Weintraub is producing "The Brink," which also stars Aasif Mandvi, Esai Morales, Pablo Schreiber and Geoff Pierson.

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<p>He probably won't be rocking the tux, but if you visit the #IAMSOSORRY art installation in Los Angeles this week, you will see that exact same paper bag. Please try to control your excitement.</p>

He probably won't be rocking the tux, but if you visit the #IAMSOSORRY art installation in Los Angeles this week, you will see that exact same paper bag. Please try to control your excitement.

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Shia LaBeouf would like to apologize to you in person in Los Angeles this week

For someone who's not famous anymore, he sure does get around

The Cohen Gallery is a small, unobtrusive building on Beverly Blvd., directly across from the offices of BuzzFeed, and if you're in Los Angeles between today and this coming Sunday, Shia LaBeouf would like to personally apologize.

At this point, the question becomes "What is he apologizing for?" After all, he's already had a skywriter spell out his apology to Daniel Clowes in giant letters overhead, and he's tweeted out dozens of carefully plagiarized apologies on Twitter as well. LaBeouf, of course, has been the subject of what has to be an unpleasant degree of scrutiny, and he has handled it with grace and charm.

Wait… no, I mean he's acted like a lunatic, overdoing it to such a degree that it has felt like performance art. And now, as if to underline the point, he has taken up residence in the Cohen Gallery for several days as part of a collaboration with Nastja Sade Ronkko and Turner, two artists who have a decidedly post-modern bent. The project is called #IAMSOSORRY, and I'm starting to see reactions to it from the first batch of people who went through.

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Guess who Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper missed at the Oscars luncheon?

Guess who Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper missed at the Oscars luncheon?

Plus: Red carpet stylings and living the dream

BEVERLY HILLS - "American Hustle" was well-represented at the annual Oscars luncheon on Monday. Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Christian Bale and David O. Russell were all in attendance, but sadly, one nominated member of the crew was not. The wonderful Jennifer Lawrence was unavailable to attend (Adams thought it might be due to "Mockingjay" production commitments). Yep, sorry internet. No J-Law gifs or memes for you to explode over this time around. Still, Adams and Cooper were happy to share the spotlight when they popped by the press room for a quick Q&A with assembled media.

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'Dads' takes a shot at 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

"Dads" takes a shot at "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
On tonight's episode, Martin Mull's character drunkenly sings about "Dads'" fellow Fox freshman comedy: "It takes gallons of wine/ to sit through “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”/that Golden Globe should be mine!/Bottoms up! Bottoms up!"

Taylor Lautner will star in a BBC sitcom, replacing Andy Samberg

Samberg starred on the first season of BBC3's culture-clash comedy "Cuckoo," and now Lautner has signed up for Season 2, playing a mysterious American stranger who shows up on a British family's doorstep. He'll be joined by Helen Baxendale, who played Ross' British girlfriend on "Friends."

Jerry Seinfeld: "The Lego Movie" ripped off my American Express ads
Seinfeld tweeted today: "I think Lego Movie stole my Superman has issues with Green Lantern bit from Amex Seinfeld and Superman webisode. Anyone else catch that?"

Rapper Nas' life is set to become an Xbox TV series

"Street Dreams" will be loosely based on Nas' 1990s childhood in Long Island’s Queensbridge housing complex.

Remembering Shirley Temple's TV past
Temple, who died last night at age 85, made a small mark on the small screen as host and narrator of NBC's 1958 anthology series "Shirley Temple's Storybook." Temple returned for a 2nd season in 1961 for retitled "The Shirley Temple Show," which aired in color. PLUS: TCM sets a Shirley Temple marathon for March 9.

"Psych's" Maggie Lawson to "Save the Date" on CBS
She'll play a 35-year-old woman who needs to meet the right man after unexpectedly booking a wedding venue.

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<p>Whitney Houston</p>

Whitney Houston

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Five reasons why there will never be another Whitney Houston

On the second anniversary of her death, we salute the great singer

Today is the second anniversary of Whitney Houston’s death. While there are many great pop singers, I doubt there will ever be another one as universally applauded as Whitney Houston. First and foremost, of course, is her voice. But we're also in a different time where we require our female pop singers to look like they just came from a Maxim cover shoot and be able to dance like a Rockette. Houston was beautiful, but the focus was always on her talent. The only other current pop diva who relies solely on her voice these days, and with good reason given its supremacy, is Adele. As much well-deserved success as Adele has had, it's hard to fathom that she will have the same kind of run as Houston.

Below are five reasons that Houston was so great. While other singers have some of these elements, none possess all five to the degree that Houston did.

*She could sing: That sounds obvious, but you don’t have to be able to sing to be a pop superstar anymore. I won’t name names, but we all can reel off a list of artists who can’t carry a tune in a bucket. When Houston was healthy, her mezzo-soprano was unparalleled in its power and clarity. She never seemed to be showing off like so many other divas because she didn’t need to.

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"Evil Dead"

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'Evil Dead,' 'Gravity' and 'The Hobbit' lead film music critics nominations

'All is Lost' composer and Globe winner Alexander Ebert cited for breakthrough

Always a bit of a unique take on the year, the International Film Music Critics Association's annual assessment of the year in movie and TV scores has brought with it, well, something different. And looking across the nominees, it's two genre films — "Evil Dead" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" — that led the field with three specific nominations each. Though you could make it four for the former as composer Roque Baños was also nominated for Film Composer of the Year, alongside "Gravity" composer Steven Price, in fact, which I guess would bring its total up to three as well. The real champ, though, was composer Abel Korzeniowski, who landed six nominations across two films that were nowhere near this year's Oscar race: "Romeo and Juliet" and "Escape from Tomorrow." Check out the full list of nominees below and remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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'Game of Thrones' alum Michelle Fairley will play a '24' villain

"Game of Thrones" alum Michelle Fairley will play a "24" villain
Fairley is replacing Judy Davis on "24: Live Another Day" as the widow of a terrorist.

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2014 Winter Olympic Games

 2014 Winter Olympic Games

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Winter Games Round-Up: Shani Davis leads Must-see Olympic events for Wed, Day 7

There will be snowboarding! And luge! LUGE!

As long as all of the athletes can bang their way out of their locked hotel rooms and shimmy through open elevator shafts (and, you know, their toilets and showers mostly work), we're totally gonna have more Olympics! Maybe!

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<p>Sandra Bullock in &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock in "Gravity"

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The top 10 shots of 2013: part one

Celebrating the year in individual film images

If you look here and there on the web these days, you might notice that more than a few outlets are now cooking up their own "top 10 shots of the year" pieces. Here we are in our seventh year of producing such a collective, but imitation is flattery, and frankly, I'm glad others have caught on to the idea. Singular images and the thematic impact they make are as subjective as anything else we end up praising at the end of a given year, so having separate takes on the matter is only a good thing.

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<p>Probably the most awesome photo of Hugh Jackman at the Tony Awards (in 2003) that I could find.</p>

Probably the most awesome photo of Hugh Jackman at the Tony Awards (in 2003) that I could find.

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Hugh Jackman is coming back to host the Tony Awards

June 2014 ceremony will mark his fourth stint as emcee

Hugh Jackman's stint as Oscars host remains one of the best, largely because he was part of an overall show with an amazing vision from director Bill Condon and producer Laurence Mark. That came after a few impressive stints emceeing the annual Tony Awards, including one such Emmy-winning example in 2004.

He hasn't hosted the show in nearly a decade but it's just been announced he'll be back for a fourth time at the 68th annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 8, 2014.

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Hugh Jackman is returning as Tony Awards host

Hugh Jackman is returning as Tony Awards host

This will be Jackman's 4th time hosting the awards after helming the ceremony for three consecutive years, from 2003 to 2005.

"Ellen" hits a series high

The week ending Feb. 2 was Ellen's most-watched ever.

Jimmy Kimmel to delve into Dumb Starbucks
"Nathan For You's" Nathan Fielder tonight will talk about his coffee shop stunt.

"The Last Ship" nabs Titus Welliver

Welliver had originally been cast in the pilot, but had to exit due to a family emergency. Now he'll appear in the final two episodes of the Michael Bay drama.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher joins "Astronaut Wives Club"

She'll star in the ABC drama about the '60s space race, told from the wives' perspective.

PBS Kids renews "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood"
The animated series from the Fred Rogers Company will return for a 2nd season.

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<p>Joel Kinnaman tries to come to grips with his new identity in the remake of 'Robocop''</p>

Joel Kinnaman tries to come to grips with his new identity in the remake of 'Robocop''

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Review: 'Robocop' is a perfectly decent but mechanical remake

Someone looking for solid sci-fi action will most likely be pleased

Over the last few weeks, I've noticed a number of people start to hammer the drum that the 1987 film "Robocop" wasn't actually that good, and those of us who hold it dear as an example of how good filmed science-fiction can be are overinflating its reputation.

Hogwash. Balderdash. Nonsense and tomfoolery.

When the first film was released, I was a theater manager in Florida, and I can tell you that for almost six months before the film came out, that poster was a punchline to all of us who worked at the theater. I knew Paul Verhoeven's foreign films, and it looked to me like Hollywood had wooed him and then stuck him with a dog. The tagline for the film, "Part Man, Part Machine, All Cop," made me laugh, and not in a good way. Even the image on the poster, of Robocop half in and half out of the car, looked to me like an obnoxious cheapo piece of junk.

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