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Listen: Samuel L. Jackson sings Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together'
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Listen: Samuel L. Jackson sings Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together'

Instantly qualifies for best cover ever

This may be the best cover ever: Samuel L. Jackson took a go at Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” when he appeared on U.K.  radio station Capital FM recently.

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<p>Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'</p>

Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

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'Star Trek' stars Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana to host Academy's sci-tech awards

The duo will present nine awards on February 9

Before they "Star Trek Into Darkness," U.S.S. Enterprise crew members Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana are reuniting to host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards in February.

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Dawes set to release 'Stories Don't End' in April

Band looks for a more 'modern' sound

Southern California folk rockers Dawes will release their third album, “Stories Don’t End,” on April 9.  The set marks the band’s first since its departure from ATO Records. "Stories" is the follow-up to 2011's "Nothing Is Wrong," a collection that made many critics' best-of lists, including mine.

Lead singer Taylor Goldsmith says to expect the band to wear its influences a little less on its collective musical sleeve this time out. “"I feel like a big part of our existence is, 'Dawes is this cool band that takes us back to the Seventies,' which is never something we wanted at all," Goldsmith tells Rolling Stone. "Obviously we have our influences, and I know that some of what we do as a band is of another time, even simple aspects like guitar solos. So I get it, I'm not mad at it, but at the same time, we just wanted to make sure people saw us as a modern band as well.” Of course, when you're backing Robbie Robertson or Jackson Browne, being seen as a little retro is part of the package.

Working with producer Jacquire King, Dawes recorded the album over five weeks in Asheville, N.C. 

A spring and summer tour will follow the album’s release.

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<p>Lady Antebellum</p>

Lady Antebellum

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Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks come together for CMT's 'Crossroads'

Edition of genre-mixing show will air later this year

Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks will come together for an edition of CMT’s “Crossroads,” which will air later this year on the cable outlet.

The Fleetwood Mac singer and the country trio will tape the show, which features each act singing the other’s biggest hits. The show generally pairs a country artist with one of his or her musical heroes from another genre. Past collaborations include Taylor Swift with Def Leppard, The Avett Brothers with Randy Travis, Ryan Adams with Elton John and Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler.

The episode will tape later this month in Los Angeles. The taping comes at a period of great activity for Nicks: in addition to the deluxe re-issue of “Rumours” out Jan. 29, Nicks and her Fleetwood Mac band mates will kick off a tour later this spring. Additionally, she is part of Dave Grohl’s “Sound City” band, composed of musicians featured in his new documentary about the landmark Van Nuys, Calif., recording studio.  The band will play at the film’s premiere at Sundance, as well as a Los Angeles premiere on Jan. 31.


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'Mud' trailer with Matthew McConaughey reignites the fuse in advance of Sundance bow

Jeff Nichols' best film to date is primed for its North American debut

I caught Jeff Nichols' "Mud" yesterday in advance of its North American bow at Sundance next week and was bowled over. Over the moon. Full tilt in love with this movie, but I'll get into that during the festival.

Today, Roadside Attractions has released the first trailer for the film via Yahoo! Movies, which builds on its thriller aspects well enough but really isn't the most honest representation of what the film is. But that's fine. This will get people into the theater.

Check out the trailer above and stay tuned this week for further thoughts on the film and an interview with Nichols about his finest achievement to date. "Mud" opens in limited release April 26.

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<p>Dennis Farina and Zooey Deschanel in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Dennis Farina and Zooey Deschanel in "New Girl."

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'A Father's Love'

Dennis Farina stops by as Nick's con man dad, and Schmidt and Robby team up

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I pick up calls on a banana...

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<p>Lauren Graham as Sarah Braverman in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Lauren Graham as Sarah Braverman in "Parenthood."

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'One Step Forward, Two Steps Back'

Kristina fights for Max's vending machine, Mark and Hank fight over Sarah, and Julia makes a decision on Victor

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I calculate to kiss another man's fiancee...

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<p>Kathryn Bigelow</p>

Kathryn Bigelow

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Roundup: Bigelow responds to the 'Zero Dark Thirty' debate

Also: Picturehouse rises from the ashes, and why the 'Skyfall' score should win

Kathryn Bigelow has long made it clear that she's not a filmmaker who particularly likes to speak for her own work, preferring to let her films do that on her own. She maintained that taciturnity through the early stages of the torture debate around "Zero Dark Thirty," but evidently felt it's escalated to a point where a lengthier response is warranted. Writing a guest column in the LA Times, the Oscar-winning director states: "I do wonder if some of the sentiments alternately expressed about the film might be more appropriately directed at those who instituted and ordered these U.S. policies, as opposed to a motion picture that brings the story to the screen. Those of us who work in the arts know that depiction is not endorsement ... On a practical and political level, it does seem illogical to me to make a case against torture by ignoring or denying the role it played in U.S. counter-terrorism policy and practices." [LA Times]   

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<p>Jenn Lyon and Timothy Olyphant in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Jenn Lyon and Timothy Olyphant in "Justified."

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Where's Waldo?'

Art and Tim help Raylan out, while Boyd meets Preacher Billy and reconnects with an old friend

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I raccoon you...

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<p>Dan Byrd in &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Dan Byrd in "Cougar Town."

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Review: 'Cougar Town' - 'I Need to Know'

Jules holds Travis too tightly, the guys grow mustaches, and Andy gets the dog treatment

A quick review of tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I have a racist salt shaker collection...

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<p>&quot;X Factor&quot;&nbsp;Season 2 winner Tate Stevens performs during the show's December finale.</p>

"X Factor" Season 2 winner Tate Stevens performs during the show's December finale.

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'The X Factor's' Tate Stevens signs with Syco/RCA Records Nashville

When will the country crooner's album come out?

Tate Stevens, the winner of “The X Factor’s” second season, has signed with Syco Music/RCA Records Nashville.

The country singer, whose musical heroes are George Strait and Garth Brooks, is writing and recording material for his debut album, which will come out this spring. He began working on the album earlier this month.

Stevens was a member of L.A. Reid’s Over 25s team.

Melanie Amaro, the winner of the first season of “The X Factor,” is also expected to release her debut album, “Truly,” this  spring.  The is signed to Reid’s label, Epic Records.

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Watch: Bono and Rolling Stones herald Muscle Shoals' studios in new doc

Watch: Bono and Rolling Stones herald Muscle Shoals' studios in new doc

Film about two top Alabama recording studios premieres at Sundance

“You’re in rock and roll heaven, man.”  That’s how The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards describes recording at Alabama’s  legendary FAME Studios.

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