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<p>You are not going to make me cry, Brie Larson. Nope. Not going to happen........... well, okay, it's going to totally happen.</p>

You are not going to make me cry, Brie Larson. Nope. Not going to happen........... well, okay, it's going to totally happen.

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Review: Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr shine in emotionally powerful 'Short Term 12'

It's so good it almost looks easy, which it is not

"Short Term 12" has played at SXSW, the Seattle Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Film Festival so far this year, and you'll get a chance to see it soon thanks to Cinedigm, who picked it up for distribution. I think they've got a very special movie on their hands, and the performances that are the beating heart of the film are revelatory, real announcements regarding actors I hope to see much more from in years to come.

Brie Larson has done very good work in several films so far, and in general, I'm impressed by the way she disappears into the films. She never seems to be the same person twice. I seriously haven't recognized her in about three films until I saw her name in the credits. But until "Short Term 12," I didn't really have any indication of how amazing she is. And she is. Amazing. I am fascinated by actors who have the ability to just lay themselves emotionally bare, raw and electric and wide open to get hurt again and again, and Larson's work here is all about pain and the way her character Grace protects it. The way she carries it around taking power from it but always struggling to keep it pushed down. She focuses on others so she never has to think about herself. She's good at reaching out to people and helping them. She just can't get out of her own way in real life. Grace is good for everyone but Grace.

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<p>Steven Spielberg, seen here at this year's Cannes Film&nbsp;Festival, is nervous about where the industry is heading right now.</p>

Steven Spielberg, seen here at this year's Cannes Film Festival, is nervous about where the industry is heading right now.

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Just because Steven Spielberg says the sky is falling, is the industry really in trouble?

Could the 'implosion' he talks about actually be a good thing?

I think it's safe to say that the film business is in a period of transition.

I think it's dangerous to pretend that anyone knows how that period of transition is going to resolve itself.

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas made headlines this week when they spoke at USC as part of the grand opening of the new Interactive Media Building, which is part of USC's School of Cinematic Arts. I think the reason the quotes ended up getting the sort of traction they did in the press is because there's something irresistible about hearing two of the men responsible for the age of the modern blockbuster talk about how blockbusters are ruining Hollywood. There have been a wide range of reactions to the quotes online, but by far, the leading sentiment seems to be a sort of gloating over the idea that these guys are finally realizing what they've done to the industry.

It's an easy claim to make, but it's a hard one to actually back up. By now, it's almost just accepted as a given that "Star Wars" and "Jaws" created the system that exists today, but there's a world of difference between the films that launched Lucas and Spielberg to the top of the business and the films that show up in our theaters week after week right now, and trying to claim that these guys were the ones who lowered the bar does a disservice to the films they made and to the conversation that's worth having about the way decisions are made at the studio level today.

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Why can't 'The Voice' find a successful winner?


Why can't "The Voice" find a successful winner?

So far, Season 1 winner Javier Colon has sold fewer albums than William Hung and "American Idol's" least successful winner, Lee DeWyze.


Gordon Ramsay hit with a class action lawsuit from his restaurant employees
The Fox chef is accused of not paying employees minimum wage at an L.A. restaurant.


Olive Garden lends Jimmy Fallon its slogan: "When you're here, you're family"

"We reached out to Olive Garden and said, 'If you're not going to use that slogan any more, can we have it? and they said yes," says Fallon.


"Arrested Development" teams with New Yorker for Emmy ads
Check out the "Arrested" characters, illustrated in classic Al Hirschfeld style.


Ryan Seacrest isn't leaving "Idol" anytime soon

"Every day of my life for the last 12 -- almost 13 -- years," he says. "I've gotten up to either host 'Idol' or go on the auditions. So I'd like to do it as long as they'd like to have me."


John Oliver's "too good" a job on "The Daily Show" -- is it all about the writers?

Is Oliver diminishing what made Jon Stewart so special?


How the "Game of Thrones" creators wound up writing an "It's Always Sunny" episode

Rob McElhenney says he first became friends with D.B. Weiss, then David Benioff. "We probably hung out three or four times socially," says McElhenney. "And one night we went out to dinner and they said, 'Hey, we want to pitch you an episode of the show.'"


Tim Allen celebrates his 60th birthday
The "Last Man Standing" star was greeted last night with a marching band.


Watch the trailer for Showtime's "Masters of Sex"
Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan play famed sex researchers Masters and Johnson.


Dean Cain reacts to "Man of Steel"

The former "Lois & Clark" star was anxious to wear his old Superman costume.


"Bachelorette" star talks about his domestic violence arrest, denies punching ex in face
Brad McKinzie addressed his domestic violence charge, which was later dismissed, on this week's episode and her accusation that he punched her in the face. PLUS: Why Brandon cried, and watch "The Baby Bachelor" make his home visits.


1 year ago, "SNL's" Cecily Strong was babysitting and "just being poor"

She was also touring with Second City and working the box office at Improv Olympics when she got the chance to audition for Lorne Michaels. "I cried a lot," she says of the audition process. "I cry all the time. Ask anyone. But I was so excited to be so close. It was something I’d dreamed about."


Dean Norris: I can talk about the "Breaking Bad" ending with only 8 people
"I can't trust my wife with it," he says. PLUS: Meet "Breaking Bad's" composer.


Study: Cable TV helped bring down India's birth rate
Researchers studied rural villages in five Indian states, and found that once a village got cable TV, fertility declined within a year.


"Vampire Diaries" fans help track down Ian Somerhalder's Twitter hacker
The result was a civil conversation between Somerhalder and his hacker.


Giuliana Rancic delivers the E! News naked for Joan Rivers' 80th birthday

Rivers dared Rancic to host in the buff.


Why is "Mistresses" getting the flak that "Scandal" never gets?
After all, "Scandal" revolves around a mistress.


Alec Baldwin: "I don't necessarily want to be a cable channel prestige documentary host"
But the actor couldn't resist hosting Nat Geo's "Night of Exploration," which begins tonight.


Bobby Flay recalls cooking for Obama and China's president

"I made an All-American meal," the Food Network star says of the meal he cooked last Friday.


European fast food chain launches a Homer Simpson-themed menu
Check out the "Donut Burgers" and cheesy doughnuts at the restaurant Quick.


"Toddlers & Tiaras" mom is creating an energy drink for kids
Says pageant mom Tori Hensley: "A lot of studies show that caffeine reverses the effects of hyperactive children. Instead of medications and pills and nasty chemicals, why not give them caffeine?"


"Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke has become Britain's hottest young actress
The HBO role is one of Clarke's first acting gigs.


Before "The Bling Ring," there was E!'s "Pretty Wild"
The short-lived 2010 reality show features two of the celebrity burglars who portrayed in Sofia Coppola's new movie.


Dennis Rodman's "Vice" trip to North Korea airs, looking like propaganda
Tonight's episode makes North Korea seem silly, not scary.


IFC airing 3 "Three Stooges" marathons, complete with on-screen facts

The marathons, which begin Saturday, will come with facts from Mental Floss magazine.


"True Blood" is back for Season 6 -- and very naked
At this point, is nudity the only reason to watch the HBO series? PLUS: "True Blood's" showrunner previews Season 6, and does the new season get back on track?


Bear Grylls fan gets a bloody big tattoo

Said the reality star: "Now thats commitment!! (My mum would go mad!!)"


"Veep" creator: Real life is mirroring our show
"We wrote the series and recorded it some time ago," says  Armando Iannucci, "and it's sort of strangely mirroring what's going on. So we've got debt discussions, and breakdowns, and shutdowns, and now we’re absorbed with a spy scandal."


TV stars reveal their fave shows

Plus, what their characters would be watching.


Jeff Garlin tells Judd Apatow about losing his virginity to a heckler

"I was 20," the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star says in his newest podcast. "She was 30 and a lawyer." They did it on the beach, he recalls, and a bum stole his clothes.


"Magic City" returns, still one of TV's best-looking shows
The 1959 Miami Beach-set Starz series may not get the acclaim of "Mad Men," but its writing is "perfectly fine" and its setting is "thoroughly transporting," says Matthew Gilbert. PLUS: Kelly Lynch and Danny Huston on Season 2.


Presenting The Hottest TV Dads of All Time

In honor of Father's Day.


For sale: "Suits" body wash, cufflinks

The USA show is steaming with Birchbox for "Suits"-themed products.


"Kimmy Gibler" from "Full House" has been posting old pics on Instagram

Check out Andrea Barber hanging out with her castmates in real life in 1989.


"Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham got D-cup breast implants

It's her 4th plastic surgery in three years.

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Jenna Syde and the Watchers
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Listen: CulturePop No. 17 - Guest Jenna Syde, 'Dexter,' 'True Blood'

Rocker and fan girl Jenna Syde talks 'Game of Thrones,' 'Hemlock Grove'

Melinda Newman's been traveling all over the place, so this week I had a chance to interview a kick ass singer (and TV fan) Jenna Syde of Jenna Syde and the Watchers. If you haven't heard of her, she's an L.A. icon with great pipes -- and CulturePop is the first to broadcast the band's latest single, "Love Doll," from the new EP, "Pretty In Plastic." Hear it here first.

Plus, we talked about all of Jenna's favorite TV shows, including "Game of Thrones," "True Blood," and "Dexter" -- which you might recognize as the inspiration for the band's EP cover. But click through, because you'll want to see the band's entirely-shot-in-a-strip-club video. Yeah, that. Anyway, here's the rundown:

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'Mad Men's' Matthew Weiner: 'No one's going to die...this season'


"Mad Men's" Matthew Weiner: "No one's going to die...this season"

"Thank God!" said Jessica Pare in response to learning that Megan Draper isn't being killed off. "It's just not part of the show. No one's going to die," says Weiner, adding "This season... I didn't say never!"


George Wendt to have a "Cheers" reunion with Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman
He's guesting on TV Land's "Kirstie."


Krysten Ritter will be back for the "Veronica Mars" movie
"I'm thrilled to be reprising my role of Gia Goodman in the Veronica Mars movie!!!" says Ritter. "It's gonna be very juicy Marshmallows!!!!!"

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<p>Bruno Mars</p>

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars 'treasures' the '70s in retro video: Watch

Have disco ball, will dance

Bruno Mars steps back to ‘70s for his video for the sparkly “Treasure.”

The song sounds like something straight out of a Shalamar, Michael Jackson or Prince disco album, so it stands to reason that the video similarly goes back to that time. In a look that Bruno and the boy first sported when they performed the song on the Billboard Music Awards, Mars and his band are all in matching red suits with gold chains and what we can only hope are polyester shirts.

[More after the jump...]

 

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CBS cuts Obama audio from the 'Under the Dome' pilot


CBS cuts Obama audio from the "Under the Dome" pilot

The president's remarks from Hurricane Sandy were re-used in the pilot sent to critics, but CBS has opted to leave the presidents voice on the cutting room floor.


"Grey's Anatomy" promotes 4
Gaius Charles, Camilla Luddington, Tessa Ferrer and Jerrika Hinton will become series regulars next season.


"Breaking Amish" is L.A.-bound

The new cast will have to deal with the modern world of Los Angeles.


Vincent Kartheiser explains "Mad Men's" Pete and Bob moment
Kartheiser says, "Pete's not quite aware when it first happens that that's what it is. It’s not like Bob tried to kiss him, so he’s being subtle. He’s being slight with it, you know, because he doesn't quite know that that’s what it means." PLUS: Kiernan Shipka has noticed Sally Draper's shorter skirts.


"Scandal" promotes Scott Foley

He'll become a series regular in Season 3.


Jorge Garcia's "Lost" reunion: He'll appear on "Hawaii Five-0"

He's returning to Hawaii for a reunion with Daniel Dae Kim.


"Katie" stations are not impressed
The mostly ABC affiliates that air Katie Couric's talk show are hoping there's tweaks to next season because Season 1 didn't meet their ratings expectations.

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Stephen Colbert's mom dies at 92


Stephen Colbert's mom dies at 92
Lorna Colbert died on Wednesday. She had 11 children, including Stephen, the youngest, who paid tribute to her last year after taking a brief hiatus when his mom was ailing. Lorna Colbert lost her husband and two sons in a plane crash in 1974, when Stephen was 10.


50 Cent's drug kingpin drama gets series order at Starz
"Power" follows a nightclub owner who lives a double life working in the drug world.


NBC Entertainment boss: We have 2 years to turn things around

"We've got to start seeing some success in the next two years," says Jennifer Salke.


Converse coming out with a "Simpsons" sneaker collection
The shoe collection will be timed to celebrate the show's 25th anniversary.


Jeff Probst: "Survivor's" final season might feature all winners

"We've talked about an all-winners season quite a few times and it really comes down the cast," says Probst.


Jimmy Kimmel invades Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video

Kimmel's sidekick Guillermo also interfered with the video shoot.


Starz puts the "Magic City" Season 2 premiere online
Watch an edited version for free.


Lifetime's Lizzie Borden movie adds Billy Campbell and Clea Duvall
They'll join Christina Ricci in the film about the infamous murder trial.

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Diahann Carroll on "Oprah's Master Class"

 Diahann Carroll on "Oprah's Master Class"

Credit: OWN

Exclusive clips: Icons Diahann Carroll and Berry Gordy dish for Oprah

The stars talk about 'drug music' and the best review ever

Oprah Winfrey may have retired from her self-titled talk show after 25 years, but that doesn't mean she isn't pulling in the star power over at her OWN network. "Oprah's Master Class" (airing Sundays) features stars hand-picked by Oprah to share the lessons they've learned along the way, as well as their successes, failures, triumphs, disappointments and heartbreaks.

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<p>A scene from &quot;Monsters University.&quot;</p>

A scene from "Monsters University."

Credit: Pixar Animation Studios

Waiting for a heavyweight in the animated Oscar race

The last six winners have been first-half releases, but what about this year?

Yesterday's Variety story about "Despicable Me 2" receiving a standing ovation at its world premiere at the Annecy Animation Festival in France on Wednesday evening didn't seem especially noteworthy. At any film festival, a standing ovation is just as often a polite formality as it is an acknowledgement of exceptional achievement, and as reporter John Hopewell noted, the French-crafted film was always likely to be warmly received at a local fest.

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HBO unveils 'The Newsroom' posters


HBO unveils "The Newsroom" posters
One for each character, complete with a quote. PLUS: Spoiler: Aaron Sorkin may be ahead of the news this season, instead of two years behind.


HBO teases "True Detective" starring Woody Harrelson & Matthew McConaughey
Michelle Monaghan also stars in the serial killer drama debuting next year.


Discovery sued after a reality show's pyrotechnic disaster kills 1 woman
A rocket malfunctioned last year during filming of the military-themed "Brothers in Arms," killing Terry Flanell. Her family has filed suit against Discovery.


Charlie Sheen calls "Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham a "desperate guzzler of douche agua"
Sheen wasn't happy that Farrah leaked their private text conversations.


Eve Best exiting "Nurse Jackie"
It was her decision not to return for Season 7.


"Burn Notice" bringing back Garret Dillahunt
His character key in the Michael story will return in an episode this season.


"Real Housewives" wedding: Joanna Krupa ties the knot

The former "Dancing" star got married in a $1 million "Princess Wedding."


CBS moves "Brooklyn DA" to Saturdays

The first three episodes aired on Tuesdays.

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<p>Sting at the Songwriters Hall of Fame</p>

Sting at the Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Elton John, Aerosmith, Foreigner honored at lively Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony

Hitfix takes you inside the star-studded evening with Sting, Billy Joel and more


NEW YORK—Sting sang a feisty “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” to Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Foreigner’s Mick Jones and Lou Gramm shared a stage together for the first time in a decade, and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry delivered a spiky “Walk This Way” at the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies here Thursday night (14).

Sure, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is great, but many musicians say the hall they really want to join is the Songwriters Hall of Fame. It’s much less glitzy and has no museum (yet) to show off its wares, but to be considered a songwriter in the same company as greats like Bacharach & David, Leiber & Stoller, Bob Dylan, Holland/Dozier/Holland and Jimmy Webb is what many songwriters consider to be a career pinnacle.

That spirit was evident at the ceremony at New York’s Marriott Marquis. In addition to Tyler and Perry and Jones and Gramm, other inductees included songwriters Holly Knight, JD Souther, and Tony Hatch.

“For all the awards we ever got, this is the one,” Tyler said, accepting with Perry by his side. He talked about the process of songwriting, and how Perry’s “licks and leads...would tell me what to sing. It’s been a crazy ride. Music is the strongest drug there is. This [award] is the one that means everything to us.”

Similarly, John and Taupin, who received the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award,  an honor given to songwriters previously inducted in the Hall, acknowledged the giants who had come before them, who now sat right in front of them. “To be in the room with Jimmy Webb, he was our idol,” said John. “Smokey Robinson was our idol. To be in the same room fills me with humility, joy and pride. Songwriting takes you around the world. When you write a song, it’s like giving birth to a child.”  He also joked that in their 46-year partnership, he and Taupin had never fought. “We may have had an argument about what I was wearing,” he said, “but not about songs...he’s one of the loves of my life.”

In one of the evening’s most humorous speeches,  producer/songwriter Benny Blanco received the Hal David Starlight Award, which honors an up-and-coming talent. Blanco inducted by previous recipient Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas, has co-written a slew of hits, including Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” Maroon 5/Christina Aguilera’s “Moves Like Jagger,” Ke$ha’s “Die Young,” and Wiz Khalifa’s “Work Hard, Play Hard,” which Khalifa performed at the ceremony.

“I almost peed in my pants,” said Blanco, as he took the stage, joking that the award was far beyond anything he had ever aspired too. “All my life, I thought I was aiming high for McDonald’s employee of the month award.” He described songwriting as “about being yourself, spilling your guts and hoping no one locks you up for what you said. Songwriting’s a drug and I’m probably  going to smoke it until the day I die.” He shook his head, looked around, at the songwriting royalty before him and remarked his incredulity about being “in a room [with people] I should probably be serving food to.”

The highlight of the evening was a reunion between Foreigner’s Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, which turned from slightly awkward at the acceptance podium, after being inducted by Billy Joel, to brotherly as the two performed together for the first time since Gramm left the band in 2003.

They warmed up with a well-received “Jukebox Hero,” but really hit their stride with a moving rendition, backed by a full choir, of “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Gramm, who suffered from a benign brain tumor years ago, sounded startlingly strong and clear, bringing the crowd to its feet during the song and for a long standing ovation.

Other standouts included Alison Krauss, who delivered an angelic, poignant version of Souther’s “Faithless Love,” a tune originally made famous by Linda Ronstadt, and Jordin Sparks’ moving rendition of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” which received the Towering Song Award. President Bill Clinton inducted the civil rights tune via video.

For all their songwriting prowess, honoree after honoree tried to explain the unexplainable: the magical, inexplicable alchemy that creates a song. Perhaps Souther said it best when he described songwriting is like “trying to start a car on ice...you have no idea how you did it.”

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