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<p>Bruce Dern will step in to accept the honor in place of the &quot;Saving Mr.&nbsp;Banks&quot; star.</p>

Bruce Dern will step in to accept the honor in place of the "Saving Mr. Banks" star.

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Emma Thompson bows out of Santa Barbara film festival honor

Bruce Dern steps in to claim this year's Modern Master prize in her stead

Emma Thompson has bowed out of receiving the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Modern Master prize this year. "Nebraska" star Bruce Dern will be honored instead.

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<p>Madonna on the red carpet for the Grammys this weekend</p>

Madonna on the red carpet for the Grammys this weekend

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Madonna to join Miley Cyrus for 'Unplugged' taping

MTV episode airs Wednesday night

Maybe they’ll twerk together.

Madonna will join Miley Cyrus at the taping of the “Wrecking Ball” singer’s “MTV Unplugged” today (28), according to E!. The special airs Wednesday (29) at 9 p.m.

The pair were spotted at a Hollywood soundstage on Monday rehearsing, although it is unknown which song they will do together. Maybe they can then marry all the couples in the audience... Oops, wrong show.

Like all episodes of “Unplugged,” the episode will highlight Cyrus’ material in a primarily acoustic reinvention, so get ready for “We Can’t Stop” as a slowed-down ballad (which we’ve already seen her do quite effectively). “The ‘Unplugged’ stage will serve as the perfect platform for [Cyrus] to show viewers what inspires and ignite her music and her passions,” MTV said in a statement.

What song do you hope Miley and Madge perform together?


 

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<p>Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in &quot;Before Midnight.&quot;</p>

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in "Before Midnight."

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Roundup: The rise of real romance at the movies

Also: Dinging 'American Hustle,' and hope springs eternal for 'The Croods'

With apologies to any die-hard fans of "About Time," we're not exactly in a golden age for romantic comedies right now. Big-screen romance, however, is another matter: from "Before Midnight" to "Her" to "The Spectacular Now" to "Blue is the Warmest Color," 2013 was a rich year for films about love in its many complicated forms. Alexander Huls wonders if change is afoot: "It may be optimistic to declare the synchronous timing of these movies to be a new emerging status quo ... Still, I like to think prevalence could maybe mean change. Cinema, like nature, can abhor a vacuum. With no romantic-comedy revival in sight, and audiences’ ability to occasionally adapt, there’s a chance a different kind of romance could ascend. Or romantic comedies could at least evolve to adapt these characteristics." [The Atlantic]

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence once again makes a striking Mystique.</p>

Jennifer Lawrence once again makes a striking Mystique.

25 character covers from 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' debut to mixed reaction

Is this overkill or a great way to pull an audience in?

As Empire magazine celebrates their 25th anniversary, they are planning all sorts of 25-themed events, and the first of them was today's unveiling of 25 different covers that all have to do with "X-Men: Days Of Future Past."

The reaction to the covers online has not been a good one, and I was shocked when I saw the steady stream of vitriol about each new image. Some of these designs are things we've known already from earlier films, and some of them just seem inevitable. I can see why the Quicksilver image has been controversial, and I'm still amazed by how hard it is for them to make Storm look like Storm, but overall, I think this is pretty much what I'd expect from a Bryan Singer "X-Men" movie.

The real question at this point is whether or not that's what audiences want. It's a risky proposition for Singer as a filmmaker. After all, when he left the series, it wasn't completely voluntary, and he's been able to portray himself as the wounded party this whole time. It was a shabby situation all the way around, with Singer using the possibility of a "Superman" movie to pressure Fox to do things his way on "X-Men 3," and with Fox playing hardball because they were determined to maintain control of the franchise.

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Q&A with 'The Case Against 8's' Ben Cotner and Ryan White

Q&A with 'The Case Against 8's' Ben Cotner and Ryan White

Sundance documentary jury winners discuss their five-year journey

PARK CITY - One of the most heartwarming stories of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival was the success of Ben Cotner and Ryan White's documentary "The Case Against 8."  The duo began working on the film almost five years ago and spent four years following the legal case to strike down Proposition 8, a California ballot measure against gay marriage that surprised many by passing on the same night Barack Obama was elected president in 2008.  

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CBS orders female secretary of state drama pilot 'Madam Secretary'


CBS orders female secretary of state drama pilot "Madam Secretary"
"Joan of Arcadia" creator Barbara Hall will pen the script of about a female secretary of state, from producer Morgan Freeman.


"The Mindy Project" books Jenna Dewan-Tatum

She'll play a character who has a history with Danny.


Shonda Rhimes was "a tiny bit pissed off" she won the Directors Guild's diversity award
"We're a little pissed off because there still needs to be an award," says the "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" honcho. "Like, there's such a lack of people hiring women and minorities that when someone does it on a regular basis, they are given an award."


Fox creates a special voicemail for "The Following"

Tonight's episode includes the phone number (917) 829-4091.


ESPN "hit-maker" may become the "Today's" new boss

Jamie Horowitz, the brains behind shows like "First Take" and "Sports Nation," is reportedly set to bolt ESPN to become senior vice president of "Today." Would this mean "Today" would tackle more controversial opinions?


"HIMYM" should've given The Mother more than 1 episode to tell her story
"How Your Mother Met Me" was a terrific yet frustrating episode.


Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard are boycotting magazines that publish paparazzi celebrity baby pics
"Children shouldn't be stalked," tweeted Shepard.


ABC orders "Fresh Off The Boat," about a Chinese family that moves to Orlando

The comedy pilot is from "Don't Trust The B—" creator Nahnatchka Khan.


Here's your Winter Olympics guide to NBC's coverage

Coverage begins Thursday, Feb. 6 -- one day before the opening ceremony.


"The Fosters" getting a web series
"The Fosters: Girls United" will follow the residents of the Girls United group home. PLUS: How has "The Fosters" avoided the "pitfalls" of other gay shows?


Jay Leno is saying all the right things -- he deserves to exit with dignity
"It sucks getting fired from a job you love, regardless of how wealthy you are, and especially if you find your identity in your work, as Leno clearly does," says Jeff Jensen. "Leno deserves a dignified exit — and Leno needs to put himself in a position where he can exit with dignity." PLUS: Leno needs to lie better about his "Tonight" exit, and Leno would sit on Letterman's couch, if asked.


Bobby Moynihan recalls the 14-month audition (and rejection) process to get on "SNL"
Before landing on "Saturday Night Live," Moynihan was a bartender at Pizzeria Uno. Moynihan first auditioned in mid-2007 before joining the show in September 2008.


Jezebel OK with how "Girls" portrayed its female-oriented website

"I think Hannah's description of Jezebel, sarcastic or not, falls in line with how a lot of people view this site—which is probably why they get so pissed off when they eventually realize that Jezebel is not a place of unconditional support of women just because they're feminists," writes Tracie Egan Morrissey.


What it's like to attend a televised "Bachelor" wedding
Guests weren't allowed to sit down for much of the broadcast. PLUS: Guests didn't get the "grown sexy" theme, and former "Bachelor" Andrew Firestone welcomes his 3rd child.


"Orange is the New Black" posts behind-the-scene pics
The Netflix show spent the weekend updating its Instagram account.


"The Simpsons" takes on Google Glass
On Sunday's episode, the dangers of Google Glass are explored when Mr. Burns hands out "Oogle Goggles."


January Jones is now Instagramming
Vanity Fair calls the "Mad Men" star's Instagram account "surprisingly great."


Here are 4 more '80s shows NBC should remake
From "L.A. Law" to "Golden Girls."


Watch Ellen's latest Oscar promo

She'd like to thank the Academy.

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<p>Iko Uwais and Julie Estelle seem like sweet kids who could also kick your spine out of your body.</p>

Iko Uwais and Julie Estelle seem like sweet kids who could also kick your spine out of your body.

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Iko Uwais and Julie 'Hammer Girl' Estelle on how they survived 'The Raid 2'

They seem like such sweet and completely lethal kids

PARK CITY - One of the craziest moments in the Keanu Reeves film "Man Of Tai Chi" comes near the conclusion when Tiger Hu Chen finally has to face his competition in the finals of the weird underground martial arts tournament he's been working his way through, and it turns out to be Iko Uwais from "The Raid" and "The Raid 2." When they enter the ring, I readied myself for the fight of all fights, and there's something perverse about the way Reeves has Tiger Hu Chen simply refuse the fight. That would be like having your hero battle his way into a room where Bruce Lee was, then having Bruce Lee shake his hand and walk away.

Iko Uwais does not look like an action icon at first glance. He's slight, with a boyish face, and he doesn't seem particularly imposing in terms of how he's built. The moment you see him explode into action, though, it's apparent that he's a natural, both graceful and powerful. He's also becoming a better actor from film to film. In "Merantau," he seems comfortable in the fight scenes but not nearly as comfortable with dialogue. By now, though, he's gotten very good, and there are several scenes in "The Raid 2" that are emotionally powerful and very simple, with no fighting at all involved.

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<p>Cristin Milioti in &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Cristin Milioti in "How I Met Your Mother."

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'How Your Mother Met Me'

Episode 200's a wonderful showcase for Cristin Milioti, but why the long wait?

A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" 200th episode coming up just as soon as we're the best economics-themed band in the city...

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"My 600-lb Life"

 "My 600-lb Life"

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Exclusive clip: It's a last chance pig-out on 'My 600-lb Life'

Chuck needs surgery - but he's going to gorge first

If you've already abandoned your New Year's resolutions, maybe Chuck's story from this week's "My 600-lb Life" (Tues. Jan. 28 at 9:00 p.m. on TLC) will make you feel a bit better about that.

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<p>If even Patrick Stewart can't pull the sword from the stone, that is one seriously stuck sword</p>

If even Patrick Stewart can't pull the sword from the stone, that is one seriously stuck sword

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Guy Ritchie reunites with 'Holmes' producer for a six-film 'King Arthur' franchise

Warner Bros. seems determined to figure this one out

Am I the only one who remembers the Jerry Bruckheimer "King Arthur"?

Warner Bros. is definitely hoping to find something that will stand in for "Harry Potter," something that gives them a long-term recurring franchise, something that gets viewers hooked early and that keeps them on the hook for a decade or so. This is, of course, the model that every studio is chasing at the moment, but it must be frustrating for Warner Bros. because they had one of the biggest of all time, and they managed it just right.

Part of that, of course, was thanks to the involvement of Lionel Wigram, who was also the producer who brought them their "Sherlock Holmes" movies with Guy Ritchie directing Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. While they did get a second movie out of that series, it doesn't seem like there's any real urgency to making another one.

Now there's word that Guy Ritchie may be onboard to direct a tentpole fantasy film that is designed to kick off a six-movie retelling of the King Arthur legend with a script by Joby Harold.

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'Breaking Bad's' Mike Ehrmantraut joins 'Better Call Saul' full-time


"Breaking Bad's" Mike Ehrmantraut joins "Better Call Saul" full-time
Jonathan Banks has been added as a series regular on the AMC spinoff.

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<p>I'd go so far as to say that without Kendrick, there is no 'Pitch Perfect' sequel</p>

I'd go so far as to say that without Kendrick, there is no 'Pitch Perfect' sequel

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Elizabeth Banks set to direct Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson in 'Pitch Perfect 2'

Universal's got to consider this a top priority

"Pitch Perfect" was one of those surprises that movie studios thrive on, a small film that Universal no doubt expected would be a modest hit. It blew up into a genuine sensation, though, propelled in large part by its preposterously catch soundtrack and the unstoppable nature of Anna Kendrick's cover of "Cups."

If you run a Google search for that term, "Anna Kendrick Cups," you get 12,800,000 results. I didn't even realize that the actual name of the song is "When I'm Gone." It's just become ubiquitous under the easier name. The film also helped break Rebel Wilson internationally, and one of the things that served as punctuation in the film was the cutaways to Elizabeth Banks as one of the judges in the singing competition. Banks was a producer on the film, and she was the one who brought the project to Universal in the first place.

It looks like Banks is taking full creative control of the inevitable sequel to the film now, according to a report today. In addition to appearing in the sequel and co-producing it again, Banks will direct the sequel, and it appears they'll have both Kendrick and Wilson back as well.

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