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Watch: Brad Paisley's tribute to Honey Boo Boo

Watch: Brad Paisley's tribute to Honey Boo Boo

Will the song make the country star's new album, out April 9?

Brad Paisley pays homage to the pint-sized reality star in “The Ballad Of Honey Boo Boo.”

Paisley unveiled the tribute last night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!.” Paisley, who is not only one of music’s best guitar players and songwriters, has the perfect ear for parody and his comedic timing is perfect in this clip that has too many highlights to mention. There’s one in particular that had us laughing out loud, but you’ll probably find your own.

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<p>Tegan and Sara</p>

Tegan and Sara

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Vampire Weekend, Tegan and Sara, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis set for SXSW

Icona Pop, Fitz and the Tantrums, Thurston Moore and Angel Haze also on tap

Though the letters SXSW catch in my throat as they're said, it's about that time to load up your potential schedule for the Austin-based music conference, with new headlining additions of Vampire Weekend, Fitz and the Tantrums, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tegan and Sara and more.

Organizers announced a new crop of talent today, which will be scheduled soon to play between the dates March 12-17. The entirety of SXSW -- which includes film, education, interactive and comedy elements and conferences -- runs March 8-17.

Eagles of Death Metal, Local Natives, Frightened Rabbit, Black Lips, Wild Belle, The Besnard Lakes, Camera Obscura, Mr MFN eXquire, The Thermals, Immaculate Noise favorite Icona Pop, Allah-Las, AZARI & III, Bleached, Merchandise, and Psychic Twin are also among the fresh faces on the slate.

Already confirmed are Angel Haze (where's Azealia Banks?), Major Lazer, Wavves, Thurston Moore, Klaxons, Gallows, Alt-J, The Bug, Eric Burdon, Brendan Benson, Of Mice and Men, Marnie Stern, Why?, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Cold War Kids, The Joy Formidable, Dawes, Robyn Hitchcock, Richard Thompson, Toro Y Moi, Thee Oh Sees, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Charli XCX, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, top 10 album-makers Hundred Waters, The Hood Internet, Toddla T, Ezra Furman, Turbo Fruits, Akron/Family, Civil Twilight, Guards, Suuns, ITAL, Haim, Dusted, Fear of Men and White Lung.

The names already mixing you up? Me too. Start parsing at the SXSW Music site, which has a complete music artist listing.

Badges for the music portion can be bought via SXSW. Today is the last day your attendance will cost less than $700.

Registration for SXSW 2013 is now ongoing, with various types of badges to chose from. Click here for all the details.

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<p>The Band Perry</p>

The Band Perry

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The Band Perry's sophomore album will arrive in stores in Spring

When exactly will the Rick-Rubin-produced collection be released?

The Band Perry will release its sophomore album April 2.

Rick Rubin produced the album, whose title is still to be determined,  and first single, “Better Dig Two,” has already rocketed to No. 4 on Billboards Country Songs chart.

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<p>Suraj Sharma in &quot;Life of&nbsp;Pi&quot;</p>

Suraj Sharma in "Life of Pi"

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Tech Support: 'Life of Pi' and 'Lincoln' lead the crafts category nominations

It was very clear who dominated throughout the branches this morning

And they’re here. Another year come and another set of nominees in the Academy’s crafts categories, highlighting the invaluable contributions to our movies by behind-the-lines, "below the line" artists.

While most Oscar-watchers are still picking their jaws up off the floor after what happened in the Best Director category, several have also noticed the over-performing of “Life of Pi” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” In the case of “Pi,” that led to its leading the way among the crafts category contenders, with 8 nominations. “Lincoln” landed in second place with six nods.

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<p>Joss Whedon directing Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. boss Nick Fury in &quot;Avengers.&quot;</p>

Joss Whedon directing Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. boss Nick Fury in "Avengers."

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Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' a hot topic at ABC's press tour day

ABC president 'very hopeful' the 'Avengers' spin-off will go to series next fall

This hasn't been the most successful of TV seasons for ABC president Paul Lee, who opened up his press tour executive session by lamenting the lack of new hits on his network (and most of the others). So it wasn't surprising that he perked up most whenever asked about a show that isn't even airing on his network yet — and hasn't technically been ordered to series — in Joss Whedon's "Avengers" spin-off "S.H.I.E.L.D."

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<p>Helen Hunt in &quot;The Sessions.&quot;</p>

Helen Hunt in "The Sessions."

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Academy regains its Sundance connection

After last year's meager showing, today's nods again prove the indie fest's power

Though it's long been a prime scouting-ground for future documentary nominees, the Sundance Film Festival has, in recent years, hatched a growing number of Oscar contenders in the bigger-ticket categories.

"Little Miss Sunshine," "Precious," "An Education," "The Kids Are All Right," "Winter's Bone" -- all of them bowed big at the January fest, and then managed the significant feat of sustaining buzz for an entire year before securing Oscar nominations for Best Picture. Ditto such acting and screenwriting nominees as "Frozen River," "The Savages," "The Messenger" and "Animal Kingdom." The Sundance-to-Oscar stretch is one of the longest roads in the campaigning game, and those who survive it deserve a lot of credit: as a small-scale indie, it's hard enough to get attention even with a fall debut, but counting on the length of voters' memories and the strength of word of mouth is a dicey strategy.

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<p>ABC President Paul Lee</p>

ABC President Paul Lee

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Press Tour 2013 Live-Blog: ABC Executive Session with Paul Lee

Expect updates on 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' from the ABC president

It's party time for ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee. 

Expect questions about the failure of of "Last Resort" and the upcoming production on Joss Whedon's "S.H.I.E.L.D."

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<p>Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles, Emma Dumont and Bailey Buntain are the &quot;Bunheads.&quot;</p>

Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles, Emma Dumont and Bailey Buntain are the "Bunheads."

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Press Tour: 'Bunheads' talks fast, plots slowly, and is better for it

Amy Sherman-Palladino, Sutton Foster and friends have figured their show out

ABC Family's "Bunheads" is a show that many critics (myself included) felt took a while to find itself in its initial summer run. But when the dramedy about a showgirl (Tony winner Sutton Foster) who becomes a dance teacher in a small California beach town returned with new episodes on Monday, it had very clearly figured itself out. There was a very strong balance between comedy and drama, and between Foster and her younger co-stars — who seemed like afterthoughts way back in the pilot.

When the cast and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino came to press tour(*) this morning to discuss the show, all acknowledged that there was something of a learning curve.

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence at the People's Choice Awards Wednesday, Jan 9. </p>

Jennifer Lawrence at the People's Choice Awards Wednesday, Jan 9.

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Jennifer Lawrence says best actress nomination for 'Silver Linings Playbook' is 'unreal'

'Gonna definitely have more fun' at her second Academy Awards

A two-time Oscar nominee at the age of 22?  The face of one of Hollywood's biggest new franchises? Yep, life is good for Jennifer Lawrence.

The "Silver Linings Playbook" star spoke with HitFix about her second best actress nomination this morning calling the news, "unreal."

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Justin Timberlake announces that new music is on the way...

Justin Timberlake announces that new music is on the way...

When and what remains to be seen, though it could be very soon

“What does the next decade mean for me?,” Justin Timberlake asks in a new video posted by the superstar at 9 a.m. today.

And the answer appears to be new music---sooner rather than later.  Seven years after 2006’s “FutureSex/LoveSound,” Timberlake finally seems “ready” to put out new music. In the video, we hear Timberlake’s voice over footage of the artist walking into a studio with the final shot of him putting on earphones and declaring “I’m ready.”

A countdown clock then appears, that, if it’s telling us what we think it’s telling us, means, Timberlake will have new music (maybe a single, maybe an album) as early as 3 days from now--though it seems odd that he’d release anything on a Sunday. It all depends upon how you interpret the countdown clock, although it seems to clearly be counting down seconds, minutes, hours and days.

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<p>'Les Miserables'</p>

'Les Miserables'

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Did the Oscars get it right for best original song with Adele and 'Les Mis?'

The five contenders yield a few surprises

After last year’s Best Original Song debacle when only two songs were nominated, the Oscars got their footing back this year with five solid, if somewhat surprising, nominees.

To be sure, Adele’s “Skyfall” was the one song that seemed a foregone conclusion after it was deemed eligible (there was some initial doubt since it pays such a healthy homage to the original Bond theme). But its frontrunner status was due just as much, if not more, to Adele than to 007‘s revived franchise. And don’t presume she’s the frontrunner now: No James Bond theme has ever won an Oscar. Still, the song—written by Adele and Paul Epworth is lush and dramatic and a worthy entry.

The other sure bet was “Suddenly” from “Les Miserables,” the new song, written for the film by the stage musical’s original composers, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boubil, and performed by Hugh Jackman.  It fills a role similar to previous Oscar winner  “You Must Love Me” from “Evita” or nominee “I Move On” from “Chicago,” both of which were added into the movie versions of the plays to give them potential Oscar contenders (and it worked). 

The Academy Awards deemed a staggering  75 songs eligible for contention this year  The remaining three slots, quite frankly, could have been filled by any number of contenders, but went to “Chasing Ice’s”  “Before My Time,” written by J. Ralph and performed by Scarlett Johansson and violinist Joshua Bell, “Life of Pi’s” “Pi’s Lullaby,” written my Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri,” and “Everybody Needs A Best Friend,” written by Walter Murphy and Oscar host Seth McFarlane” and performed by Norah Jones.

“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” is a sweet throwback to the big band era with a toe-tapping feel and a sweeping arrangement. The song also appears during a fun montage smack-dab in the film.

“Before My Time” runs over the end credits for “Chasing Ice,” a documentary about photographer James Balog’s effort to tell the story of climate change by placing time-lapse cameras across the Arctic. It’s an appropriately morose, spare, low-key ballad led by Johansson’s more than serviceable vocals, Bell’s always-haunting beautiful playing and the composer himself on piano. While Ralph is no doubt hoping for a repeat of Melissa Etheridge’s win for “I Need To Wake Up” from the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” he’s not likely to win, especially given that the doc didn’t make the cut for best original documentary.

Not to be flippant at all, but I didn’t realize that “Life Of Pi” even had a song in it when I saw it. Maybe I was still too consumed by the meerkat island. It turns out it is a lilting, magical tune by film composer Danna with lyrics by Jayashri, performed by Jaysahri. Given how enamored the Academy is with “Life Of Pi,” it could pull off a big surprise here. It could be this year’s “Jai Ho.”

Though only five songs can be nominated, there were some surprising snubs that I would have expected to fill the slots that went to “Best Friends” and “Before My Time.” Notable omissions include “Learn Me Right” from Best Animated Feature nominee Brave,” as well as any songs from “Django Unchained,” and “Song of the Lonely Mountain” from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

Both "Skyfall" and "Suddenly" are up for Golden Globes on Sunday. Fellow Golden Globe nominees "For You" from "Act of Valor" and "Not Running Anymore" from "Stand Up Guys."   “Safe & Sound,” from “The Hunger Games,” wasn’t eligible for an Oscar.

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<p>Quvenzhané Wallis and Benh Zeitlin, Oscar nominees for &quot;Beasts of the&nbsp;Southern Wild&quot;</p>

Quvenzhané Wallis and Benh Zeitlin, Oscar nominees for "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

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Oscar brings surprises aplenty as frontrunners miss and fairytales come true

The 85th annual nominations packed an intriguing punch

Well, then. That was a cold blast of water to the faces of Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow this morning. The directors of "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty" respectively failed to be nominated for their films, each of which were frontrunners for a potential win in the Best Picture race leading into today's announcement and assumed nominees for their work on the CIA thrillers. But without a Best Director nod, it's generally a little tough to take the big prize, and so, the biggest shock of the day is their failure to get in.

They each yielded to perhaps the most surprising nominee of the day, Benh Zeitlin, director of "Beasts of the Southern Wild." Talk about a big, beautiful success story. Sundance is gearing up for another run in just one week and to see this film last a whole year (it debuted at Sundance 2012 where it was picked up by Fox Searchlight) and particularly see this strong a showing (Quvenzhané Wallis was also nominated in the lead actress category, the youngest actress ever to have the honor) is just lovely. Congrats to all involved.

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