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<p>Jennifer Lawrence</p>

Jennifer Lawrence

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 Live-Blog

Will the actors help clarify the Oscars picture?

Welcome to Sunday (January 27) night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the only 10 or 20 times per year that Hollywood gathers together to salute itself. 

On the TV side, we're just anticipated yet another "Modern Family"/"Homeland" celebration. 

But on the movies side, this remains one of the most wide-open Oscars races in years and it maybe up to the SAG voters to led some clarity. Click through for the full live-blog and join the conversation!

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Daft Punk signs with Columbia Records for spring album

Daft Punk signs with Columbia Records for spring album

New set will be first studio release since 2007s 'Human After All'

Chic’s Nile Rodgers hinted a few weeks ago that he was working with Daft Punk, but now it’s looks for certain that new music is coming this spring from the French electronic music duo.

The twosome, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bengalter, have signed to Columbia Records, departing from their previous home, Virgin.   The pair’s fourth collection will be its first studio release since 2007’s “Human After All,” according to NME.

Daft Punk, who were hotly rumored to be headlining Coachella, until the pair said they were definitely not touring in 2013, most recently worked on the soundtrack for “Tron: Legacy” in 2010.

In addition to Rodgers, Daft Punk is also reported to be working with Chilly Gonzales and Animal Collective’s Panda Bear on the new album.
 

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<p>Ben&nbsp;Affleck and Bryan&nbsp;Cranston in &quot;Argo&quot;</p>

Ben Affleck and Bryan Cranston in "Argo"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

'Argo,' 'Wreck-It Ralph,' 'Searching for Sugar Man,' 'Homeland' win PGA Awards

Does that wrap it up for Best Picture or is there more nuance at play?

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has crowned Ben Affleck's "Argo" with this year's Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. Affleck received the award along with co-producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov.

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<p>Bobby Moynihan and Adam Levine</p>

Bobby Moynihan and Adam Levine

Credit: NBC

Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Adam Levine And Kendrick Lamar

How did the Maroon 5 singer/"The Voice" coach fare in sketch comedy?

Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night! Also live from New York? Me! I’m here working on some upcoming projects, but I’m still reporting for duty (albeit with frigid fingers) here in the City That Never Sleeps. On deck tonight: host Adam “Moves Like Jagger” Levine and musical guest Kendrick Lamar. Levine was a semi-controversial choice as host in some circles, but if Bruno Mars taught us anything this year, it’s that someone used to performing in front of live audiences often is a great choice to host “SNL”. Levine’s musical persona is fairly cocky, so let’s see how much he pokes fun at himself tonight. My expectations aren’t terrifically on that front, but who knows? (My expectations for at least two of the three other coaches from “The Voice” to appear tonight? Exponentially higher.)

 
Since I’m not at home, we’ll forgo the liveblog in favor of a running diary posted once the episode ends. But as always, I’ll be offering up grades for each segment that will be used against me in a court of law at a date to be named later.
 
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<p>Beyonce</p>

Beyonce

Credit: Dan Steinberg/AP

Music Power Rankings: Beyonce tops Justins Bieber and Timberlake

Madonna and Adele make this week's list too

1. Beyonce: She gets more attention than President Obama for allegedly lip-syncing  “The Star-Spangled Banner” at his second Inauguration. The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens are already plotting ways to get the attention back for the Super Bowl.

2. Justin Timberlake: The original Justin dresses up in a “Suit & Tie” and the world welcomes him back. The first single from his new album “The 20/20 Experience.” sets a record at pop radio and soars 84-4 on the Billboard Hot 100. He’s bringing sexy back. Can he bring the record industry back too?

3. Coachella: The line-up for the 2013 festival includes such veteran acts as  a reunited Stone Roses, Blur and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. That Coachella! And here’s to all the darling hipsters who think the Indio, Calif. festival is so cutting edge.

4. Justin Bieber: The Prince of Pop, as his label is trying to label him, is truly the King of Twitter. This week he surpassed Lady Gaga as the most-followed person on Twitter with more than 33.33 million followers. Think about what that says about us...

5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis:  The rapping duo takes “Thrift Shop” to No. 1 for their first Billboard Hot 100 hit. We have a hunch they won’t have to bargain hunting anymore.

6. Adele: The British superstar confirms that she will perform her James Bond theme, “Skyfall,” at the Academy Awards. If her acceptance speech is half as amusing as speech at the Golden Globes, just let her talk, forget about her singing.

7. The Flaming Lips:
We know it’s a sign of the times, but it feels like they went a little overboard by writing “Sun Blows Up Today” specifically for a Hyundai ad that will air during the Super Bowl. Now if it were for the Kia Hamsters, that would be a totally different thing.
 

8.Madonna: With final 2012 figures finally in, Madge’s  “MDNA” tour tallies a staggering gross of $305,158,363. The outing registers at No. 10 on Billboard’s list of all time top tours. Who needs record sales when you have ticket sales like that?

9. A$AP Rocky: He scores his first No. 1 album with “Long.Live.A$AP.” He’s talented, for sure, but is it okay that his biz partner’s nickname, A$AP Yams, makes us giggle every time?

10. WNSH: New York City finally gets a country radio station again for the first time since 1996. NYC was already the No. 1 market for country album sales in the U.S. Imagine what will happen now?

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<p>Joseph Gordon Levitt hosting the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony.</p>

Joseph Gordon Levitt hosting the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony.

2013 Sundance Film Festival awards winners - complete list

'Fruitvale' and 'Blood Brother' win the big prizes

With host Joseph Gordon-Levitt on hand, the 2013 Sundance Film Festival announced the jury and audience awards for this year's festival. "Fruitvale" won both the prestigious U.S. dramatic jury grand prize and U.S dramatic audience award.  "Blood Brother" duplicated that feat in the U.S. documentary category.  Other notable winners included "The Spectacular Now's" Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley winning a special jury prize for acting and honors for "Inequality for All," "Cutie and the Boxer," "Afternoon Delight" and "A River Changes Course."

A complete list of this year's winners below.

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<p>Ben Affleck accepts the Modern Master Award at the 28th annual&nbsp;Santa Barbara&nbsp;International Film&nbsp;Festival</p>

Ben Affleck accepts the Modern Master Award at the 28th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Ben Affleck speaks to a career transitioned at Santa Barbara Film Festival tribute

'This last seven years is something new and also incredibly rewarding.'

SANTA BARBARA - As "Argo" star and director Ben Affleck took the stage of the Arlington Theatre last night to begin a two-hour Modern Master Award fete at the 28th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival, he settled into that on-going self-effacing tone immediately. "Ben Affleck, career retrospective," he said. "That could go one of two ways."

Indeed, the usual reminder reel of accomplishments that kicked off the evening was set to the Foo Fighters' "Walk," with lyrics ringing a note of redemption: "I think I lost my way," "getting good at starting over," "learning to walk again," "I believe I've waited long enough, where do I begin."

And maybe that angle is slightly played out to some at this point. How much can you really feel for a millionaire who cashed in early on and wants to be taken seriously as a craftsman now? That's a point of view for the cynical, though.

Affleck, who talked with moderator Leonard Maltin about getting the acting bug early and relishing the responsibility and commitment of the job, said he was pulled aside once and given a speech of encouragement by an acting mentor that has stuck with him and gave him a leg up into the early stages of his career. Lately, as he's looked to transition from tabloid beefcake to respected filmmaker, another vote of confidence wouldn't be misplaced. And that's what he's been getting every step of the way this season -- well, from everyone save the Academy's directors branch.

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<p>Kevin Spacey in &quot;House of Cards.&quot;</p>

Kevin Spacey in "House of Cards."

Credit: Netflix

'House of Cards' star Kevin Spacey on his return to television (sort of)

25 years after 'Wiseguy,' two-time Oscar winner stars in Netflix original drama
It’s been 25 years since Kevin Spacey was last in a weekly role on a television series, when he made CBS viewers sit up, take notice, and ask, “Who the heck is that guy?” with his performance as “Wiseguy” villain Mel Profitt, a charismatic crime boss with an unhealthy relationship with his sister and a drug addiction he hid by shooting up between his toes. (“The toes knows,” he would say while giggling, in a line I can still hear in my head a quarter century later.)
 
Technically, the two-time Oscar winner still hasn’t returned to television, as his newest role — as Francis Underwood, the ruthless, silver-tongued House Majority Whip in the new political drama “House of Cards” — is appearing exclusively as part of Netflix’s streaming video service. (All 13 episodes of the first season will be posted on Friday, Feb. 1.) But the series was made in the style of a premium cable drama, even though Spacey, writer Beau Willimon (adapting the early ‘90s British miniseries of the same name, which starred Ian Richardson as Francis), director David Fincher and much of the cast (notably Robin Wright as Francis’ calculating wife Claire) have little to no experience working in television.
 
I spoke with Spacey about his return to the format that launched his career, the advantage of playing the same character over a long period of time, and more.
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<p>The Lumineers</p>

The Lumineers

Credit: AP

Gary Allan and the Lumineers dominate next week's Billboard 200

Light release week makes for few debuts

The Lumineers will see a nice bump in their sales following the  “Ho Hey” group’s Jan. 19 appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” but it won’t be enough for them to knock Gary Allan out of the top spot.

The longtime country singer scores his first No. 1 Billboard 200 album next week with “Set You Free.” The title is set to sell up to 100,000, handily giving it the lead over The Lumineers’ self-titled set, which will sell up to 60,000.

The soundtrack to “Pitch Perfect” continues to soar following the comedy’s release on DVD. It will be at No. 3 with up to 45,000 copies sold, according to Hits Daily Double.

In addition to Allan, the only new entry in the Top 10 will likely be the ?“2013 Grammy Nominees” album at No. 5 with sales of up to 40,000. However, that title, this week’s No. 1, A$AP Rocky’s “Long.Live.A$AP”; the “Grammy Nominees,” Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” and Kidz Bop 23” are all in a tight race for the No. 4 spot with each targeted to sell between 35,000-40,000, so it’s too close to call the No. 4-7 spots.

Taylor Swift’s “Red” and the “Les Miserables” soundtrack are also locked in a tie for No. 8 with both aiming for between 30,000-35,000 copies. Coming in at No. 10 will likely be Mumford & Sons’ “Babel.”

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<p>Who would be your perfect fit when Marvel finally brings Dr. Strange to the screen as part of their Phase Three?</p>

Who would be your perfect fit when Marvel finally brings Dr. Strange to the screen as part of their Phase Three?

Credit: Marvel Comics

Kevin Feige promises 'Ant-Man' in 2015 and Dr. Strange as part of Marvel's Phase Three

Could we expect a 'Black Panther' film in the mix as well?

Last year, one of the most interesting parts of the Marvel panel at the San Diego Comic-Con was the presentation of the test footage for Edgar Wright's long-developing "Ant-Man" movie.

It was surprisingly rough, but I think it speaks to Marvel's enthusiasm for the project that they would decide to show it anyway.  As a proof-of-concept, it's incredibly effective.  Basically, it's just Ant-Man running down a hallway and then knocking out a couple of goons with guns.  What makes it feel so fresh is the way Ant-Man alters his own size during the run and the fight.  Devin Faraci described it as "size fu" after we all saw that Comic-Con panel, and that's a perfect way to sum up what it is that Wright seems to be doing.  He and Joe Cornish have been working on a script for the film for a while now, in-between other projects, and it looks like they've decided where "Ant-Man" fits into the larger picture.

Kevin Feige spoke to MTV Splash Page about Phase Three, which is going to be the batch of films made after "The Avengers 2" arrives in theaters in 2015.  They set a November 6, 2015 release date for the film in October last year, and Feige set the record straight on how "Ant-Man" fits into things.  It sounds like they're going to really start to stretch and try new things once they've got "The Avengers 2" in theaters, which Feige says is coming together well right now. 

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<p>Denis Lavant and Edith Scob in &quot;Holy Motors.&quot;</p>

Denis Lavant and Edith Scob in "Holy Motors."

Credit: Indomina Releasing

César Award noms celebrate 'Amour,' 'Holy Motors'... and 'Argo'

Noemie Lvovksy's 'Camille Rewinds' leads with 13 nods

The nominations for the César Awards -- the French film industry's answer to the Oscars -- were announced this morning, and most of the top contenders were easily seen coming: Oscar hopeful "Amour" received nine nominations, as did historical drama "Farewell My Queen," while "Rust and Bone" and "Holy Motors" scored eight apiece. The field leader, however, may come as a surprise to non-French observers: actress-director Noemie Lvovsky's time-travel comedy "Camille Rewinds," still little seen outside its home country, racked up a massive 13 nods.

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Oscar Talk: Ep. 103 -- Sundance reflections, PGA and SAG Awards preview

Oscar Talk: Ep. 103 -- Sundance reflections, PGA and SAG Awards preview

Is 'Argo' coming on stronger than ever or did it peak too early?

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

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