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Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters ranks as 2012's top tours
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Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters ranks as 2012's top tours

Just how much did Madge rake in from the MDNA tour?

Madonna stirred up plenty of controversy on the MDNA tour by bearing arms and baring body parts in 2012, but it turns out she also brought in a ton of cold hard cash.

Her MDNA outing grossed $228.4 million to make it the top-grossing tour of 2012, according to Billboard. The tally come from 72 shows, all of which, according to Billboard, were sell out.

Coming in at No. 2 is Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. They grossed $199.4 million, also from 72 shows.  Springsteen’s ticket price was considerably lower than Madge’s: His 72 shows drew 2.165 million people, compared with the Material Girl’s 1.63 million.

Rock relics continued to rule the top 10:  Roger Waters’ tour, also with 72 shows (we’re sensing a theme here) comes in at No. 3 with a gross of $186.5 million.

Proving that his legacy goes on and on even after his death,  “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil” claims the No. 4 slot with a tally of $147.3 million, based on 183 shows reporting.

Coldplay rounds out the top 5 with $147.2 million from 67 shows. That should tied them over nicely during the band’s recently announced hiatus.

One has to go to No. 6 to find an act that first started releasing music in this millennium. Lady Gaga’s 65 sell-outs register at No. 6 with a gross of $124.9 million.

That’s the end of the $100 million club. Coming in at No. 7 are Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw’s Brother of the Sun tour, which shone brightly enough to raise $96.4 million from only 23 shows (they were all stadiums).
Van Halen’s thwarted reunion tour ended with a slate of cancellations due to band burn-out (or any other reason you want to believe), but it still managed to gross $54.4 million from 46 shows to come in at No. 8.  Coming in at No. 9 is Jay-Z and Kanye West’s The Throne tour with $46.9 million from 31 shows. And rounding out the top 10 is Andre Rieu, the Dutch composer/violinist who is astonishingly popular throughout the world even though you’re probably never heard of him. He brought in $46.8 million from 99 shows.

To see the list of the Top 25 tours, ranked by Billboard, go here.

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<p>John Goodman and Alan Arkin in &quot;Argo.&quot;</p>

John Goodman and Alan Arkin in "Argo."

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'Argo' tops with Southeastern Film Critics

Yet more honors for Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence

The Southeastern Film Critics' Association have thrown their favorites in the mix, and there remains a pleasing lack of consensus between these groups in the Best Picture department. "Argo" notches up another win here, also taking wins for Best Director and Screenplay. Oscar favorites Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence add to their already groaning trophy cabinets, while the most distinctive prize in the list is the Gene Wyatt Award for the film that "best embodies the spirit of the South." The handily-titled "Beasts of the Southern Wild" beat "Bernie" to the punch, though I wonder how many votes "The Paperboy" got. Full list of winners after the jump; check out everything else at The Circuit.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs to release new album in Spring 2013

Yeah Yeah Yeahs to release new album in Spring 2013

Wait's over: New songs in concert?

This Spring, the Yeah Yeah Yeah will be releasing their first album in four years, the follow-up to "It's Blitz!"

The band made the announcement via Twitter, posting an Instagram of a mysterious figure in neon colors.

“DNA upgrades, spontaneous evolution and NEW YEAH YEAH YEAHS RECORD ARRIVING SPRING 2013! finally," read the post.

DNA upgrades may mean the band members just got better at what they do. Or paid a scientist to allow them to glow in the dark. Spontaneous evolution may have to do with what collaborations or combinations happened in the studio, or that Karen O learned to fly, as humans always intended. No other details are known.

However, it IS known that the YYYs played a new song called "Despair" during a Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at a tiny venue in Brooklyn earlier this month.

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'Breaking Bad' tops HitFix's First Annual Television Critics' Poll

'Breaking Bad' tops HitFix's First Annual Television Critics' Poll

What did a blue ribbon panel of the nation's top TV critics pick as their 10 favorite shows of 2012?

On Friday, I picked my top 10 shows of 2012. Later in the week, Dan's video will be running, and I'll also have a post listing the 10 shows that just as easily could have made the cut as many of the shows on my list.

Today, though, it's time to bring in a wider array of voice, as we introduce HitFix's First Annual Television Critics' Poll, in which we assembled several dozen of the nation's top TV critics and reporters and asked them to rank their 10 favorite shows of the year. Simple weighted vote — the #1 show on anyone's list was worth 10 points, the #10 worth 1 point, etc. — and a way to get a broader critical consensus of the year in television, in the same way that there are always year-end polls of movie and music critics.

As the headline says, "Breaking Bad" was the convincing winner of the poll. It's an interesting collection of shows, some of which are in my top 10, most of which will be in my top 20, but showing a diverse array of the kinds of great comedy and drama (and, once you get past the top 10, movies, miniseries, reality, etc.) to be found on TV today.

So go look at the poll, which includes not only the top 10, but all the shows that got votes (and you can click on each show to see who voted for it, and at what spot), as well as complete ballots from all the participating writers. And, as always, we welcome your input. What does everybody else think of the final results?

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<p>&quot;Safety&nbsp;Not Guaranteed&quot;</p>

"Safety Not Guaranteed"

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Indiana Film Journalists Association goes its own way, crowns 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

Bradley Cooper and Daniel Day-Lewis tie for Best Actor

Well if you were looking for someone, anyone, to just go the least bit against the grain, the Indiana Film Journalists Association is here to save the day. After announcing nominees last week, the group has handed Best Picture honors to Colin Trevorrow's "Safety Not Guaranteed," making it just one more film to win such honors in a year that is spreading the love quite a bit. Check out the full list of winners below and keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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<p>Miley Cyrus</p>

Miley Cyrus

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Watch: Adam Lambert and Miley Cyrus pay tribute to Madonna and Billy Idol

Who belts the loudest on VH1 Divas?

Adam Lambert paid tribute to Madonna’s 30+ years of hitmaking at Sunday night’s VH1 “Divas,” with this odd cover of “Ray Of Light.”

Dressed in some kind of very strange hieroglyphic robe, or perhaps as a medieval knight,  Lambert starts off really shaky vocally, but then he rises to the occasion.  It’s an amped up version of Madonna’s take on the song.  We’re not sure about the squat thrusts.

[More after the jump...]

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"A Charlie Brown Christmas"

 "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

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Holiday TV Countdown - all the seasonal programming you can stand until Jan. 1

Watch some sappy Christmas movies, we won't tell
There's a little more than a week left before Christmas, but that doesn't mean that all the holiday-themed programming has already aired. Au contraire, there's tons of this candy cane-coated stuff coming to a network near you. And if you don't already own "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on DVD, don't worry -- the cartoon classic airs Dec. 18. And guess what? Christmas programming airs right up until New Year's Eve on some channels. Grab your eggnog. It's going to be a long winter's tale. 
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<p>Bruno Mars, Ke$ha and Rihanna</p>

Bruno Mars, Ke$ha and Rihanna

DJ Earworm's 2012 pop music mash-up 'Shine Brighter': Listen

Get the year's worth of hits in under four minutes

We wait for it every year:  DJ Earworm’s United State of Pop’s mash-up of the previous 12 months top hits.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Damian Lewis and Claire Danes in a scene from the &quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;season finale. </p>

Damian Lewis and Claire Danes in a scene from the "Homeland" season finale.

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'Homeland' producers on Brody's future, Saul's loyalties and more from season 2

Who will be back next season? Why didn't the CIA keep monitoring Brody's phone? Will Mandy sing?

"Look, these highly serialized dramas are a high-wire act, and occasionally on the wire, you're going to fall off," acknowledged "Homeland" executive producer Howard Gordon at the end of a long press conference call to discuss the Showtime drama's second season finale. "And if we did fall off this year now and then, I like to think we had a safety net under us, and that that net was our audience, who said they believed in us that we could get back up and cross to the other side. (What a completely convoluted metaphor!) But that was our hope for the finale: that people understood now why Nazir was doing what he was doing, why Brody was doing what he was doing, and what Carrie was thinking. We're very rigorous about that. Not to defend the show, but in our minds, we have answers to why everything happened. And hopefully we answered things a lot of the questions people had in the finale. And now we can start again in season 3 and begin the journey with everybody one more time."

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

Ben Affleck in "Argo"

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'Argo,' Ben Affleck win with St. Louis critics

And a tie for Best Supporting Actress

The St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association has decided on winners and stuck up for Ben Affleck's "Argo," which won Best Picture and Best Director. Daniel Day-Lewis and Jessica Chastain won top honors for acting. Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor while Ann Dowd and Helen Hunt tied for Best Supporting Actress. Nominees here. Check out the full list of winners below and keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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<p>Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is still new to the chair, but he's going to be tested mightily in next summer's 'Star Trek Into Darkness'</p>

Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is still new to the chair, but he's going to be tested mightily in next summer's 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

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Full length 'Star Trek Into Darkness' trailer arrives online

The new cast prepares for their second time at the helm of the Enterprise

Based on the box-office figures for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," I think it's safe to say quite a few of you went to see the film in various formats this weekend.  If you did, then chances are you saw either the theatrical trailer for "Star Trek Into Darkness" or the nine-minute IMAX 3D presentation of the film's first nine minutes.

Right now, I feel bad for longtime "Trek" fans who don't enjoy the JJ Abrams films.  There is no worse feeling for a film fan than disliking something that you are very, very excited about.  I've been out with friends for various screenings over the years, and the conversations that happen after sitting through a crushing disappointment are most often a way of trying to grapple with what went wrong.  For many audiences, the 2009 "Star Trek" was a big, fun, surprisingly well-cast film that they enjoyed and probably haven't thought much about since.  There are the hardcore fans who just love seeing new "Trek" onscreen and who enjoyed the switch-up with the new cast, sure, and there are also kids who were introduced to "Star Trek" by that film and who are now nascent fans for the franchise as a whole.

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From 'A(mour)' to 'Z(ero Dark Thirty)': the best films of 2012

From 'A(mour)' to 'Z(ero Dark Thirty)': the best films of 2012

A fantastic year of movies filters down to this

It's been said here and in the podcast a number of times, but I might as well offer it up once more for good measure: 2012 was a pretty good year for movies. I admired a lot. I may not have loved a ton but I certainly really, really liked a lot and my appreciation and respect for a number of the visions tossed out on to screens this year can't be overstated. Bravo to the filmmakers, truly.

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