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<p>Lance lives!&nbsp;Jesse Plemons in part 1 of the &quot;Friday Night Lights&quot;/&quot;Parenthood&quot;&nbsp;webisode crossover.</p>

Lance lives! Jesse Plemons in part 1 of the "Friday Night Lights"/"Parenthood" webisode crossover.

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Crucifictorious lives via 'Parenthood'/'Friday Night Lights' crossover

Landry meets Amber and Max in 'Friday Night at the Luncheonette'

Lance has returned to our lives, boys and girls, as the first part of "Friday Night at the Luncheonette," the digital crossover between "Parenthood" and "Friday Night Lights," was released this morning. One of several NBC web series designed to give fans a taste of shows that have been bumped for the Olympics (I wrote about all of them earlier this week), "Friday Night at the Luncheonette" connects the casts — and universes — of two different shows produced by Jason Katims. While keeping an eye on her cousin Max at the Luncheonette, Amber lets in a friend of a friend who happens to be everyone's favorite "FNL" serial killer, Landry Clarke and the members of his Christian speed metal band Crucifictorious.

After so many years away, it's nice to see Jesse Plemons slip so easily back into Landry's particular mix of geekiness and overconfidence, though I remain extremely afraid for the lives of both Amber and Max so long as they're in this guy's company.

Enjoy, and I'll let y'all argue about the continuity implications of Landry being on this show (and Amber wearing an East Dillon t-shirt) after so many other "FNL" alums have appeared in new roles (UPDATE: or, as HistoryOfMatt notes below, the absolute continuity nightmare of Amber being friends with Becky, given that they've both been in love with soldiers played by Matt Lauria).

UPDATE #2: The entire "Friday Night at the Luncheonette" video has been posted at NBC.com, and is embedded below the YouTube clip of part 1. Among the tidbits from later in the video are a brand-new description of Crucifictorious' sound, bassist Devon giving Max an unplanned birds-and-the-bees talk, an update on Billy Riggins' personal life, Amber suggesting an even deeper "FNL/"Parenthood" tie, and more. WARNING: the musical choice at the end may just make you cry.

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<p>Spike Jonze and Karen O at this Oscar nominees' luncheon earlier this week.</p>

Spike Jonze and Karen O at this Oscar nominees' luncheon earlier this week.

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Karen O to complete quartet of Best Original Song performances at the Oscars

All four nominated songs will be performed on the show.

Well, with Pharrell Williams, Idina Menzel and U2 already set to perform at Oscars, this was surely a formality: it'd have been a bit tacky to leave just one Best Original Song nominee out of the show, particularly one as lovely as "The Moon Song." But here it is in black and white: Karen O will perform the whimsical love theme from "Her" at the ceremony on March 2.

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<p>Ray Dolby</p>

Ray Dolby

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Cinema Audio Society to pay tribute to Ray Dolby

The sound pioneer passed away last year

The passing last year of Ray Dolby was surely never going to go unacknowledged by the Cinema Audio Society -- the man's name is so synonymous with sound at the cinema that most casual moviegoers might not realize it belonged to a person first. CAS, who presented the inventor with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989, will feature a special tribute to him at their awards ceremony on February 22.

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<p>Leonardo DiCaprio in &quot;The Wolf of Wall Street.&quot;</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street."

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Roundup: The case for DiCaprio

Also: 'Dallas Buyers Club' fails history class, and the craft of 'American Hustle'

And no, it has nothing to do with CNN "revealing" the "Wolf of Wall Street" star as the Best Actor winner a few days ago. (Seriously, how many stories on that non-event are people going to write?) Still, there does seem to be a general surge of sentiment for DiCaprio, as exemplified by this Marlow Stern piece in which he states that it's "absurd" that the actor is about to turn 40 and hasn't won an Oscar yet. (By Best Actor standards, of course, winning at 40 is positively precocious.) "It’s time to do the right thing and honor one of the finest actors of our generation with an Oscar while he’s still in his prime instead of some paunchy supporting role a decade later," he says. [Daily Beast]

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<p>Melissa McCarthy brings it in new &quot;Tammy&quot;&nbsp;teaser trailer.</p>

Melissa McCarthy brings it in new "Tammy" teaser trailer.

Melissa McCarthy experiences 'Gangsta's Paradise' in new 'Tammy' teaser

You know who's happiest? Coolio's bank account

Do you know who is the most excited about the new teaser trailer for "Tammy"?  No, it's not the growing legion of Melissa McCarthy fans. No, it's not Warner Bros. who is hopeful they have a major mid-summer hit on their hands. It's Artis Leon Ivey Jr., better known as Coolio, because the former hip-hop artist just scored bank.  

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<p>Kevin Hart and Regina Hall are going to walk away from 'About Last Night' the clear winners of the Scene Stealing Olympics.</p>

Kevin Hart and Regina Hall are going to walk away from 'About Last Night' the clear winners of the Scene Stealing Olympics.

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Kevin Hart and Regina Hall talk about making the details in 'About Last Night' real

And does Kevin Hart have a vulnerable side?

Kevin Hart is a movie star. The box office will tell the tale this year, but I think it's inevitable. Hart is a carefully engineered show-biz missile at this point, racking up records and carefully cultivating an engaged social media audience that is devoted to him now. He has an everyman appeal that he maintains with a healthy amount of self-deprecation. He doesn't seem to take things seriously, but that's because he's been so very, very serious about defining who he is over the last decade.

"About Last Night" should serve double duty for him in terms of becoming a bankable reliable movie star. First, it gives him a chance to stretch in a supporting role, and he responds by running away with the movie hand-in-hand with Regina Hall, who plays his opposite number in the film, the other half of his ongoing scene-stealing. Second, it's coming hot on the heels of his "surprise" box-office hit "Ride Along," and the audience is ready. While I don't think things were carefully calculated in terms of timing up front, the end result is a very smart push for Hart at a moment when there is a fair amount of attention being paid to him.

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

Sandra Bullock in "Gravity"

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'Gravity,' 'Frozen,' 'Game of Thrones' and 'Call of Duty' win Visual Effects Society Awards

Cuarón's film wins more prizes than any film in seven years

Going into Wednesday night's 12th annual Visual Effects Society Awards, there was little doubt that "Gravity" would be walking away with the lion's share of the hardware. After all, it led the field with eight nominations and has asserted itself in the category as one of few no-brainer picks in the Oscar race this year (sorry all other nominees, it happens).

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Comcast is acquiring Time Warner Cable for $45 billion


Comcast is acquiring Time Warner Cable for $45 billion
The two largest cable companies should become one by the end of the year.

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"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"

 "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"

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Jimmy Fallon's best musical moments before 'The Tonight Show' starts

As Fallon heads to Leno's spot, let's remember the SNL alum's greatest hits from 'Late Night...'

Yeah, Jimmy Fallon's been called up to the big leagues (otherwise known as "The Tonight Show,"), but that doesn't mean we won't have fond memories of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Mostly, we'll remember the music. No one will ever make playing spoons and kiddy instruments cooler.

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Mariah Carey's bares her heart (and chest) in new 'You're Mine (Eternal)' video
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Mariah Carey's bares her heart (and chest) in new 'You're Mine (Eternal)' video

Who needs clothes when you've got wings?

Mimi’s part mermaid/part butterfly in the new video for “You’re Mine (Eternal).”

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<p>It's spreading.</p>

It's spreading.

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Jerry O'Connell steals Shia LaBeouf's thunder with his own art gallery apology in LA

The snake is definitely eating its own tail now

Yesterday, I put up a short piece about the Shia LeBeouf art installation, and I mentioned that I was planning to stop by and check it out myself.

Evidently, I was not alone.

When I arrived today at the Cohen Gallery, the line was around the block and deep into the alley behind the gallery. I was told that it was taking at least two hours to get around to the front, with part of the problem being that there was no time limit that people were being held to once they stepped inside.

I spent about ten minutes chatting with people around me, asking why they were there and what they expected from the encounter, and it became obvious very quickly that no one really had a plan. They were there because they'd read about it, but no one really knew what they were going to say or do inside. Speaking to a few people as they walked out, it felt to me like they were almost sorry they'd participated, but not for the reasons you might expect.

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

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Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' remains in the winner's circle

Pharrell's 'Happy' leaps up the chart

Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J holds at No. 1 for the third consecutive week on the Billboard Hot 100, but the big news is that Pharrell’s “Happy” joyously soars to No. 2.

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