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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot; Omaha auditioner Simon Hauck. It seems unlikely that he's going to be good. But maybe I'll be surprised!</p>

"American Idol" Omaha auditioner Simon Hauck. It seems unlikely that he's going to be good. But maybe I'll be surprised!

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Auditions #6 - Omaha

J-Lo, Keith and Harry head to Nebraska to try to find the next superstar

Apparently we're nearly done with "American Idol" auditions.

And all in the blink of an eye!

Season 13 auditions conclude on Thursday (January 30) night with a talent showcase from Omaha. 

Will it be yet another night of talented guitar players? 

Click through and follow along!

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<p>&quot;Blue is the Warmest Color&quot;</p>

"Blue is the Warmest Color"

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GLAAD Media Award nods include 'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Blue is the Warmest Color,' 'Philomena'

Awards recognize outstanding work that addresses LGBT themes

It's unusual that at least two of this year's Best Picture Oscar nominees -- "Philomena" and "Dallas Buyers Club" -- deal with gay or transgender identity, even if neither film has a wholly LGBT protagonist. Both, naturally, are among the films singled out for recognition in the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Defiance Against Defamation) Media Awards, Joining them, unsurprisingly, were "Blue is the Warmest Color" and "Kill Your Darlings," though "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" isn't exactly an obvious call. ("Frozen" would fit the bill too, though they haven't gone there.)

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<p>Bruno Delbonnel (left) on the set of &quot;Inside Llewyn&nbsp;Davis&quot; with Oscar Isaac (center) and Joel Coen</p>

Bruno Delbonnel (left) on the set of "Inside Llewyn Davis" with Oscar Isaac (center) and Joel Coen

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Oscar-nominated 'Llewyn Davis' cinematographer was scared to fill the shoes of a legend

And how the cover of Bob Dylan's 'Freewheelin' informed the atmosphere

On Jan. 16, cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel picked up his fourth Best Cinematography Oscar nomination to date, for the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis." He has previously been nominated for "Amelie" in 2001, "A Very Long Engagement" in 2004 (for which he won the American Society of Cinematographers Award) and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" in 2009.

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<p>Paul Williams</p>

Paul Williams

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Interview: Paul Williams thanks Daft Punk for 'calling us geezers'

Calls the Grammy-winning duo 'courageous'

Ever since Daft Punk nabbed the Grammy for Album of the Year on Sunday, Paul Williams has been in the news, mainly from people wondering who is the 73-year old songwriter who spoke about sobriety and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Same Love” performance when he served as the mouthpiece during Daft Punk’s acceptance speech.

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9 opening weekend battles: 'Big Hero 6' vs. 'Interstellar,' 'Star Wars vs. Inferno'
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9 opening weekend battles: 'Big Hero 6' vs. 'Interstellar,' 'Star Wars vs. Inferno'

Who blinks first?

Have you ever wondered why Hollywood would have one movie you're dying to see open on the same day as another movie you're equally dying to see?  It probably happens more often than you think during the summer and holiday season.  And unless you are a truly hardcore moviegoer (and many of you out there are), chances are you'll only see one of the two that weekend. That's why the release date game is just as important to movie studios as the right trailer, poster or TV spot. It doesn't matter how good your film is, if you have the wrong release date you're hoping for word of mouth to save the day.

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<p>Miles Teller, Zak Efron, and Michael B. Jordan turn the smarm up to high in the completely unlikeable and emotionally hollow 'That Awkward Moment'</p>

Miles Teller, Zak Efron, and Michael B. Jordan turn the smarm up to high in the completely unlikeable and emotionally hollow 'That Awkward Moment'

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Review: Efron, Teller and Jordan can't charm their way out of 'That Awkward Moment'

This one reaches for wisdom and falls perilously short

Writer/director Tom Gormican has certainly established a voice for his debut feature, "That Awkward Moment," but unfortunately, it is a grotesque, immature, and cheerfully misogynistic voice, one that I would not want to hear a second time.

Miles Teller, Zac Efron, and Michael B. Jordan play three young successful pretty worry-free guys in Manhattan who have sex often and with lovely partners. They tell some pointless lies to people they allegedly care for, feelings are hurt, and then everything works out exactly the way they want it to and they have more success and more sex and everyone is, as I mentioned, gorgeous.

That's it. That's the story. That's all the complications you can look forward to. That's all the drama you can expect. There are lots of very cheap bathroom jokes, lots of sub-Mamet vulgar banter, and then some miserably executed romantic comedy mechanics. By hiring Teller, Efron, and Jordan, Gormican buys himself a certain amount of audience good will. Teller is establishing himself as a guy who can handle the heaviest drama and who also has a loose and funny persona that can shrug off all the darkness. Efron confuses me. I'm not sure if he's a talented guy who just hasn't found the right film yet or if he's a pretty kid who has coasted on his looks farther than anyone would have reasonably expected. Jordan is on everyone's radar at this point, and he's going to be able to work in big blockbusters and personal indies whenever he wants. The three of them together are able to keep a scene up and moving even when the scene it total junk on the page, and for a while, "That Awkward Moment" almost seems charming.

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'American Horror Story' has its most-watched finale


"American Horror Story" has its most-watched finale
"Coven's" ending attracted 4.2 million.


Jimmy Fallon's final "Late Night" guests: Andy Samberg, The Muppets
Fallon signs off from "Late Night" one night after Jay Leno, next Friday. The following week, NBC will air "best of" Fallon specials in his timeslot.


TLC orders "My Five Wives"
Yet another polygamist reality show will debut on March 9 with nine episodes.


Can "Parks and Rec" survive without Ann and Chris?
As Vanity Fair notes, Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe's characters were "the romantic embodiment of the friendship dynamic that 'Parks and Recreation' has so deftly celebrated over the years, combining a cheerleader and a skeptic but allowing them both to be unfailingly kind, generous, and funny."


Rob Schneider is independently producing his own sitcom, co-starring his wife
"Real Rob" will be "an exaggerated version of my life," says Schneider, whose wife is Mexican, just like in his canceled CBS sitcom "Rob."


Amanda Knox will talk to "GMA" about being found guilty of murder for 2nd time
Robin Roberts has nabbed an exclusive with Knox for Friday.


"Duck Dynasty" rises

The A&E reality show finally saw some ratings gains this season.


Melissa McCarthy imagines some dragons in new "SNL" promos
Check her out with Imagine Dragons.


Watch Prince give Jess some "New Girl" advice

"That's stupid." "You're stupid."


Nathan Fillion makes his "Community" debut tonight
Watch him as Greendale's chief custodian.

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<p>Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are joining the party at SXSW&nbsp;as 'Neighbors' is announced as a special work-in-progress screening this year.</p>

Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are joining the party at SXSW as 'Neighbors' is announced as a special work-in-progress screening this year.

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SXSW 2014 line-up adds sport, TV premieres and Seth Rogen's 'Neighbors'

The biggest Austin party of the year just keeps getting bigger

The first full wave of programming for the 2014 edition of the South By Southwest Film Festival was announced this morning, following a few early titles that were announced recently, and my first reaction, as it is every year, is that there is no way I'm going to get to see everything I want to see at the fest.

They announced 115 films today, and that's just the first wave. There's a Midnighters section they'll announce next week, and then we'll get the full schedule the week after that. One thing that immediately jumps out is that SXSW is starting to build in room for special television-oriented events, screening individual episodes of shows and bringing in the talent behind the series to speak. Shows including HBO's "Silicon Valley," Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," AMC's "Halt" and "Catch Fire," the reboot of "COSMOS" from Fox, and even Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn" will be represented.

They're also adding a SXSports category this year that both Film and Interactive registrants will be able to attend. It blows my mind that they're actually adding things to SXSW. It is already one of the biggest events I attend, an assault on Austin that just happens to coincide with the spring break of UT, making it one of the rowdiest film events anywhere.

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<p>Jared&nbsp;Leto in &quot;Dallas Buyers&nbsp;Club&quot;</p>

Jared Leto in "Dallas Buyers Club"

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How the 'Dallas Buyers Club' hair and makeup team earned their Oscar nominations

Also: Why the project was a personal one for them

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto have earned an enormous amount of acclaim for their performances in "Dallas Buyers Club," which has put them at the front of their Oscar races. But their work was of course assisted by the Oscar-nominated makeup and hairstyling of Robin Mathews and Adruitha Lee, allowing them to slip further into their characters and fully inhabit the roles of Ron Woodroof and Rayon.

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Susan Lucci

 Susan Lucci

Exclusive clip: Susan Lucci talks 'AMC' demise on 'Oprah: WATN'

The star talks about mourning a job she had for 41 years

In the latest episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now" (Fri. Jan. 31 at 9:00 p.m. on OWN), we catch up with a passel of stars including "All My Children" veteran Susan Lucci. If you're wondering how it feels to lose a job you've had for 41 years, watch this exclusive clip. While Lucci is doing just fine these days (and people who aren't soap fans are probably seeing a lot more of her than they used to), she still went through a lengthy grieving process over the gig.

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<p>Miguel</p>

Miguel

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Ed Sheeran, The Band Perry, Miguel on remake of Elton's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'

What does Sir Elton think of the new versions?

All the young acts love Elton: Ed Sheeran, The Band Perry, Emile Sande and Miguel are among the artists who will appear on a covers version of Elton John’s seminal “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

The album, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, will be reissued on March 25 on CD, vinyl, limited-edition yellow vinyl and in a box set featuring lots of goodies, including “Live at Hammersmith 1973” on CD, and a 100-page hardback book with new interviews with John and co-writer Bernie Taupin.

The deluxe and box set versions will include the Covers disc.  Peter Asher produced the new versions and matched the artists, which also include Fall Out Boy, Hunter Hayes, and Fall Out Boy, with the songs. Surprisingly missing is John’s good pal, Lady Gaga.

I talked to John about the set a few months ago and he’s thrilled with the results. “The country versions by Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry and Zac Brown are just so beautiful,” he said. The Band Perry perform a bluegrass version of “Grey Seal” that wowed John, “and Hunter Hayes probably has one of the best voices in the world, so it’s been great to have those younger people on there.”

Around the time of the “Yellow Brick Road” release, John will be coming to 500 theaters in the U.S. via the release of “The Million Dollar Piano,” a theatrical showing of his Las Vegas show. It will play two night theatrically: March 18 and March 26.

Below is the line-up for the covers version of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”: 

1. Ed Sheeran - Candle In The Wind
2. Miguel featuring Wale - Bennie And The Jets
3. Hunter Hayes - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
4. The Band Perry - Grey Seal
5. John Grant - Sweet Painted Lady
6. Emeli Sandé - All The Girls Love Alice
7. Imelda May - Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock And Roll)
8. Fall Out Boy - Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting 
9. Zac Brown Band - Harmony

 

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<p>Emilia Clarke as Daenerys in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys in "Game of Thrones."

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Daenerys, Tyrion and friends return in new 'Game of Thrones' season 4 pictures

15 new pictures of the heroes and villains of the HBO fantasy epic

"Game of Thrones" won't return to HBO until Sunday, April 6, with the fourth season continuing to adapt the events from George R.R. Martin's third book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, "A Storm of Swords." But if you want a taste of what life in Westeros (and Essos) will look like in the new season, HBO released a bunch of new photos today, including lots of familiar faces like Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey, but also some new actors playing older characters (Michiel Huisman as the new Daario) and new faces altogether (Pedro Pascal and Indira Varma as two newbies).

Enjoy.

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