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<p>Lady Gaga at MusiCares</p>

Lady Gaga at MusiCares

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MusiCares Red Carpet with Lady Gaga, Miguel, Carole King and more

Yoko Ono, Tom Hanks and others honor Person Of The Year honoree

From Lady Gaga to Yoko Ono, the stars turned out to help honor Carole King at Friday (24) night’s MusiCares Person of the Year gala.

The annual  event, put on by The Recording Academy two nights before the Grammy Awards, benefits MusiCare’s Emergency Financial Assistance and Addiction Recovery programs.

Among the artists and celebrities spotted on the red carpet were Sara Bareilles, Ozzy and Sharon Osborne, James Taylor, Ben Folds, Miguel, Aeromith’s Steven Tyler, LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Jackson Browne, Jason Mraz, and, of course, evening’s honoree, Carole King. The event also drew from the political world, with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz  in attendance, as well as  Hollywood royalty Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.

 

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<p>Gareth Evans took some time out from making the most badass films being made right now to talk to us about making those uber-badass movies during the Sundance Film Festival.</p>

Gareth Evans took some time out from making the most badass films being made right now to talk to us about making those uber-badass movies during the Sundance Film Festival.

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Director Gareth Evans discusses breaking bones and blowing minds with 'The Raid 2'

Watch me as I realize Evans pulled off the impossible for real in his film

PARK CITY - Even before planning for the Sundance Film Festival began at HitFix headquarters in LA, I had challenged director Gareth Evans and the cast of his new film "The Raid 2: Berendal" to a snowball fight in Park City.

After all, for the cast, this is their first time traveling together to a place with snow. Co fight master and co-star Yayan Ruhian had never seen snow in his life when he arrived, and according to Evans, Ruhian's first reaction was to grab two big handfuls of snow and just smash them to his face. His second reaction was to immediately regret his first reaction.

The damnedest thing happened, though. There was no real snow at Sundance this year. The weather's been cold and clear and dry, and so when we finally got to the day where I was scheduled to talk to the cast and the crew of "The Raid 2," we decided to shoot the chats inside the Yarrow Hotel, one of the two hotels that serve as part of the nerve center of Sundance.

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<p>&quot;Frozen&quot;</p>

"Frozen"

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'Frozen' warms back up to the top album spot next week

Soundtrack fends off three chart newcomers

As the east coast thaws out from its latest Polar Vortex, the soundtrack to “Frozen” is, appropriately enough, poised to return to the top of the Billboard 200 next week, halting Bruce Springsteen’s run at No. 1 with “High Hopes” after one week. The Boss’s 11th No. 1 album will likely drop to No. 8.

It’s a bleak week for sales as no title comes close to the 100,000 mark. “Frozen” looks good for up to 90,000, according to Hits Daily Double, but then sales plummet as the No. 2 title, Beyonce’s “Beyonce,” is slated to sell no more than 50,000, the same number expected for A Great Big World’s “Is There Anybody Out There,” which will likely debut at No. 3.

Two other titles bow in the top 10: the 2014 Grammy Nominees set, at No. 4 (45,000) and Young The Giant’s latest effort, “Mind Over Matter,” at No. 6 (35,000).

Also in the top 10 next week:  the latest installment of “Kidz Bop Kids” will be at No. 5 (35,000), Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” at No. 7 (35,000), Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” at No. 9 (24,000) and Katy Perry’s “Prism” at No. 10 (24,000).

The Grammys, held Sunday night, will have little effect on next week's chart as the survey period ends Sunday at midnight. Look for most artists' Grammy bounce to be reflected in the chart released a week from Wednesday.

 

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Aaron Paul discusses 'Hellion,' 'Better Call Saul' and Corn Pops

Aaron Paul discusses 'Hellion,' 'Better Call Saul' and Corn Pops

Also from Sundance, young star Josh Wiggins discusses this big break
PARK CITY, UTAH. Aaron Paul has been wearing out a groove between Los Angeles and Sundance over the past 10 weeks, making appearances for the Golden Globes and SAG Awards in one location and zipping back and forth for premiere and press on the indie drama "Hellion" in the other.
 
In "Hellion," directed by Kat Candler, Paul plays a widower struggling to keep his family together, particularly rebellious, motocross-loving teen son Jacob (Josh Wiggins).
 
"Hellion" is Wiggins' first credit on any screen bigger than YouTube, which led me to ask Paul about his own first screen role and how his work in that project compared to his Sundance co-star. We also discussed how they kept things estranged on-screen, but warm and convivial off. 
 
Since this is the second time in three Sundances that I've interviewed Paul for a film in which he plays an alcoholic (following 2012's "Smashed"), I asked about different versions of addiction.
 
And, of course, we discussed "Breaking Bad," Jesse Pinkman and Paul's relief at escaping from that character's tortured headspace, but his excitement about returning to a younger, goofier version for the AMC spinoff "Better Call Saul." How soon will Paul be ready to return to that world? He explains.
 
"I love that family so much. Whenever they want me, I'm there, because it would be nice to jump into Jesse again in his lighter days," he says of the prequel.
 
Check out the full interview above.
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<p>&quot;Shark Tank.&quot;</p>

"Shark Tank."

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TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank' nets ABC Friday win, 'Enlisted' up

'Shark' has highest-rated regular episode ever

Fast National ratings for Friday, January 24, 2014.

ABC won Friday night thanks to the highest-rated regular "Shark Tank" episode ever, while FOX's timeslot swap of "Enlisted" and "Raising Hope" paid dividends for the first-year military comedy without really hurting the veteran show.

For the night, ABC averaged a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49, and 7.2 million viewers overall. FOX was second (1.4, 5.1 million), followed by NBC (1.3, 5.4 million), CBS (1.1, 8 million) and the CW (0.3, 772,000).

8 p.m. --
"Bones" won the hour for FOX with a 1.8 rating and 7.4 million viewers, up from last week.  "Dateline NBC" was second (1.4, 7.3 million), followed by an "Undercover Boss" repeat on CBS (1.2, 6.4 million), "Last Man Standing" and "The Neighbors" on ABC (1.1, 5.1 million) and "The Carrie Diaries" on the CW (0.3, 916,000).

9 p.m. -- "Shark Tank" (2.2, 8.1 million) won the hour for ABC with its highest-rated regular episode ever. NBC's "Grimm" (1.5, 5.9 million) was second, followed by a "Hawaii Five-0" repeat on CBS (1.0, 8.1 million). Placed immediately after "Bones," "Enlisted" (1.0, 3.2 million) added more than a million viewers from last week and was up significantly in the demo, while "Raising Hope" (0.8, 2.4 million) actually did slightly better in the demo this week than it did a week ago at 9.  A CW "Supernatural" repeat (0.2, 628,000) was in last place. 

10 p.m. -- "20/20" (1.9, 8.3 million) won the hour for ABC, followed by a "Blue Bloods" repeat on CBS (1.0, 9.7 million). The "Dracula" season finale (1.0, 3.1 million) was up slightly over last week.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
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<p>Guy Lodge, Chris O'Dowd and John Michael McDonagh at the Sundance Film Festival.</p>

Guy Lodge, Chris O'Dowd and John Michael McDonagh at the Sundance Film Festival.

Chris O'Dowd and John Michael McDonagh talk 'Calvary' and finding the darkness in comedy

The Fox Searchlight pickup was one of Sundance's hottest international titles

PARK CITY - John Michael McDonagh's "Calvary" was one of my most anticipated titles heading into Sundance, and with the festival at a close, it's among the films my mind returns to most often.  The Irish writer-director's follow-up to the raucous cop comedy "The Guard" -- also a Park City premiere a few years back -- has a sharper, more complex comic flavor, taking on matters of faith, morality and mortality in the story of a Catholic priest (Brendan Gleeson) threatened with murder by one of his own troubled parishioners.

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<p>Could Motoko Kusanagi finally be on her way to the big-screen, and if so, who in the heck is going to play her?</p>

Could Motoko Kusanagi finally be on her way to the big-screen, and if so, who in the heck is going to play her?

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Rupert Sanders reportedly set for 'Ghost In The Shell' movie at Dreamworks

Will this Spielberg pet project finally get off the ground?

I remember the first wave of Hollywood's flirtation with anime, and it was obvious at the time that none of the films that they talked about making were actually going to get made. They would have all been prohibitively expensive and even more prohibitively bizarre, a combination that never ends well for studios.

For a while, Guillermo Del Toro was positively manic about getting "Domu" made as a movie, and I'll admit… I would have loved to have seen that, but I acknowledge that as a commercial proposition, that is insane. "Akira" has gone through the development mill for years with any number of different directors attached, and I've read several radically different scripts for that potential project over that time. James Cameron came very close to making "Battle Angel Alita" instead of "Avatar," and there was a period of time where he transformed an entire floor of the Lightstorm building, allowing his artists to work in the environment from the movie, with the rich people's paradise overhead and the garbage-strewn Earth below.

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Obama takes on 'The West Wing' tradition of 'Big Block of Cheese Day'


Obama takes on "The West Wing" tradition of "Big Block of Cheese Day"

On Wednesday, the Obama administration will copy the Bartlet administration with a day-long open house.


Mitt Romney "Slow Jams The News" with Jimmy Fallon

The former presidential candidate was promoting his "Mitt" documentary on "Late Night." PLUS: Zach Braff was seatmates with Romney on a plane.


Mira Sorvino is headed to BBC America
She'll play two characters stuck in one body in "Intruders."


"American's Next Top Model" finalist joins an ABC comedy pilot

Cycle 11's Analeigh Tipton will play one-half of a young couple. PLUS: ABC orders "Astronaut Wives Club" and three other dramas.


Margaret Cho to star in Tina Fey's Fox comedy pilot
She'll play the college president in the comedy about a female college that's about to accept males.


NBC orders a remake of the Tom Hanks movie "The Money Pit"

The 1986 film also starring Shelley Long got a pickup, as well as "Fifth Wheel."

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<p>&quot;Rudderless&quot;</p>

"Rudderless"

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Review: Billy Crudup shines in William H. Macy's 'Rudderless'

Sundance closer also co-stars Selena Gomez, but don't see it for her
It's funny, but if you asked me to list my favorite actors, it would take me a while to get to Billy Crudup.
 
Probably that's Crudup has made some strange, but often admirable, career choices and has occasionally vanished in the background in the sort of paycheck roles I wouldn't begrudge him for a second.
 
However, when I think back on Crudup's body of work, he's given some performances that I consider to be all-time classics.
 
"Almost Famous," for example, doesn't work without Crudup's passionate, mercurial Golden God Russell Hammond. In a perfect world, Crudup would have picked up an Oscar nod for "Almost Famous." He did not. Instead, his highest profile acting honor is an Independent Spirit nomination for "Jesus' Son," a cult classic in which he gets astounding comedic mileage from some very dark material, etching one of cinema's best and most unique depictions of drug addiction. And although I may be a party of one on the movie, Crudup's commitment in Robert Towne's underrated "Without Limits" never ceases to impress me.
 
He's done decent work since then, but perhaps the reason I don't include Crudup among my favorite actors is because his last great performance -- unless you were a fan of his radioactive blue super-wang in "Watchmen" -- was all the way back in 2000.
 
That's no longer true. 
 
"Rudderless," one of the Closing Night films of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival represents a confident directing debut for William H. Macy and gives Crudup his best role in years. The actor responds with a performance that's funny, heartbreaking and confidently musical, anchoring a film with a challenging and sometimes shaky premise that very much requires his steadying presence.
 
More on "Rudderless" after the break.
 
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"Lizzie Borden Took An Ax"

 "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax"

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Review: 'Lizzie Borden Took An Ax' is a swing and a miss

The biopic can't decide what to do with a troubled main character

There's a lot to like about "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax" (Sat. Jan. 25 at 8:00 p.m. on Lifetime). It's a thoroughly modern take on the woman who made parental murder the stuff of a catchy little rhyme perfect for jumping rope. The music is slick (songs by the Black Keys, Sons of Jezebel and the Kreeps jazz up the soundtrack), the cinematography slicker, the cast stellar. Christina Ricci, with her doe-like eyes and callous smirk flutters easily between insincere delicacy and murderous glee. It's all such fun... if only it worked.

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<p>Geoff Stults and Parker Young in &quot;Enlisted.&quot;</p>

Geoff Stults and Parker Young in "Enlisted."

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Review: 'Enlisted' - 'Pete's Airstream'

Pete tries to deal with his emotions, Jill makes new friends and Randy gets naked

A review of tonight's "Enlisted" coming up just as soon as we have a mini-seminar on mole people...

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"My Strange Addiction"

 "My Strange Addiction"

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Watch: Fan spends over $100k to resemble Justin Bieber on 'Addiction'

Hope he still feels it's money well spent this week

No matter what happens to Justin Bieber in the courts, he can always count on one fan rooting for him all the way. In the season 5 finale of "My Strange Addiction" (airs Wed. Jan. 29 at 10:00 p.m. ET), we meet 33-year-old Toby. He has spent over $100,000 on plastic surgery to transform himself into (by his standards) a doppelganger of Justin Bieber. In this clip, get the full rundown of everything he's had done to be more of a Belieber.

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