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<p>Mary Hart insists on leading David O. Russell and the audience in singing happy birthday to Bradley Cooper.</p>

Mary Hart insists on leading David O. Russell and the audience in singing happy birthday to Bradley Cooper.

Credit: AP Photo/John Schearer

'Argo,' Sally Field and Helen Mirren highlight Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala

Cringe Alert: Mary Hart makes the audience sing happy birthday to Bradley Cooper

PALM SPRINGS - The talking points are getting a little repetitive, but some of the biggest players of the 2013 awards season charmed a packed Palm Springs Convention Center Saturday night for the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. And, shockingly, longtime veterans of the event said 10-time host Mary Hart wasn't as bad hokey as she'd been during previous ceremonies. That's a scarier thought than anything on display in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D" this weekend, but I digress…

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Press Tour: 'Magic City' teases James Caan's arrival and an ambitious Season 2

Press Tour: 'Magic City' teases James Caan's arrival and an ambitious Season 2

Mitch Glazer also promises a great Passover seder
PASADENA, CA - "Magic City" won't return to Starz until a yet-to-be-determined date in the summer, but the premium cable network unveiled the first teaser for the sultry 1950s-set Miami drama on Saturday (January 5) at the Television Critics Association press tour.
 
As you can tell from the teaser [above], a lot remains the same at the Miramar Playa, with Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Ike Evans trying to extricate himself from the mobbed-up grasp of Ben "The Butcher" Diamond, played by Golden Globe nominee Danny Huston. There's sex and violence and some of the most impressive production design on the small screen.
 
As you can also tell, there's a new gangster in town, James Caan's Sy Berman.
 
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<p>Alan&nbsp;Arkin and Ben&nbsp;Affleck in &quot;Argo&quot;</p>

Alan Arkin and Ben Affleck in "Argo"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

'Argo' wins with Houston film critics

Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence win top acting honors

After "Lincoln" led the way with nominations from the Houston Film Critics Society last month, it was "Argo" that took the prizes for Best Picture and Best Director. Steven Spielberg's film did win Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay, while most other awards followed established canon. This is the seventh Best Film prize for "Argo" on the critics circuit so far, bringing it ever closer to the "Zero Dark Thirty" tally of eight. Check out the full list of winners below and as always, keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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Tom Riley and creator David S. Goyer of "Da Vinci's Demons"

 Tom Riley and creator David S. Goyer of "Da Vinci's Demons"

Credit: Starz

Press Tour: 'Dark Knight' scribe talks giving 'Da Vinci's Demons' a superhero touch

David S. Goyer promises his take on the story will be 'eighty-five percent' true

Think Leonardo Da Vinci just sat around drawing cool stuff? "Da Vinci's Demons," an original series created by David S. Goyer, is set to prove otherwise. During a press tour panel for the STARZ show, the co-writer of "The Dark Knight" trilogy promised that, though the eight-part series will give the legendary creator some "almost superhuman" skills, "eighty-five percent of this is based on reality." 

And very little, if any, of that reality-based drama is going to consist of watching the master navel gaze. As Goyer points out, "If we showed Da Vinci painting for two minutes, everyone would be looking at their watches." 

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<p>Emmanuelle Riva in &quot;Amour.&quot;</p>

Emmanuelle Riva in "Amour."

Credit: Sony Classics

'Amour' wins top honors from National Society of Film Critics

Michael Haneke's film also takes Best Director and Actress

The last of the major US critics' awards landed today, and the National Society of Film Critics sided with the Los Angeles crowd, handing their Best Picture award to Michael Haneke's "Amour." The French-Austrian production narrowly saw off "The Master" to the top prize, also nabbing Best Director and Best Actress for Emmanuelle Riva. Paul Thomas Anderson's film had to settle for Best Supporting Actress for Amy Adams (again echoing the LA Critics' choice), as well as the Best Cinematography prize.

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<p>&quot;Ai Weiwei:&nbsp;Never Sorry&quot;</p>

"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"

Credit: Sundance Selects

From 'Ai Weiwei' to 'Sugar Man,' handicapping this year's documentary feature race

Which five will be left standing from this competitive lot?

The field of documentary feature contenders this year is bursting at the seams with quality and the signs of a true golden age for the form. And this even with a number of the year's best having failed to make the finalists cut. Issues tackled are wide-ranging, artistry is apparent in a number of entries and the stories that are being shared are as powerful as ever. How do you even begin to handicap this thing?

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This Week in New Music: Death Grips, The Bronx, Matt Pond and more

This Week in New Music: Death Grips, The Bronx, Matt Pond and more

Music and videos from Alasdair Roberts, Ume, mattpondPA, Last Royals and more

Listen to new music and watch new music videos from this week, from Death Grips, Alasdair Roberts, Ume, Toro y Moi and more.

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<p>Freddie Highmore of &quot;Bates Motel&quot;</p>

Freddie Highmore of "Bates Motel"

Credit: A&E

Press Tour: 'Lost' veteran explains how much 'Psycho' is in A&E's 'Bates Motel'

Carlton Cuse is producing the Freddie Highmore/Vera Farmiga drama
[The following article contains spoilers for Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." I suppose it also contains spoilers for Gus Van Sant's "Psycho."]
 
PASADENA, CA - The eponymous central location in A&E's "Bates Motel" looks mighty familiar, from the grungy numbered rooms to the teetering manager's house atop a steep staircase. If you've been on the Universal Studios backlot tour north of Los Angeles, you'll know the place.
 
The main character in A&E's "Bates Motel" is named Norman Bates and there's much in Freddie Highmore's nervous, eager-to-please performance that will call back Tony Perkins' iconic work, which he then reprised in multiple sequels. 
 
The Norman Bates in "Bates Motel" has a somewhat co-dependent relationship with his mother and while she's played in the new drama by the full-of-life Vera Farmiga rather than being portrayed by a desiccated corpse in the basement, elements of the dynamic between Norman and his mom will be familiar.
 
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<p>Anne Hathaway of &quot;Les Miserables&quot;</p>

Anne Hathaway of "Les Miserables"

Credit: Universal

Will 'Les Miserables' topple Taylor Swift from atop the Billboard 200 next week?

It's a close race for several spots in the Top 10

The soundtrack to “Les Miserables” may become the first No. 1 album based on 2013 sales.

The title, which skyrocketed 33-2 this week is on target to sell up to 130,000 copies, which would handily land it at No. 1.

As consumers continue to spend the gift cards they received for the holidays, look for One Direction’s “Take Me Home” to move up one spot, 3-2. It could move as many as 105,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double, which would make it and “Les Miz” the only two titles to surpass the 100,00 mark in sales next week.

Taylor Swift’s “Red,” which currently sits at No. 1, may drop to as low at No. 4. The singer’s set and Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” are too close to call for the No. 3 and 4 spots, with each looking good for between 85,000 and 95,000.

“American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips’ “The World From the Other Side of the Moon” is poised so soar, possibly leaping from No. 11 to No. 5.

The “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack, which catapulted 45-10 this week following the comedy’s release on DVD, will also continue to rise, possibly as high as No. 6.

Rounding out the Top 10, the Lumineers’ self-titled album, Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” and Pink’s “The Truth About Love” are all too close to call for the No. 7-9 slots, with each looking to sell between 50,000 and 55,000. Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” looks good for No. 10 with up to 50,000 copies sold.

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Michael Douglas

 Michael Douglas

Credit: AP Photo

Press Tour: Douglas, Damon talk crazy costumes for 'Behind the Candelabra'

Matt Damon 'really enjoyed' costume fittings for Liberace's boyfriend

"Behind the Candelabra" (debuts on HBO Spring 2013) looks like it should be a campy Lifetime movie -- but with Michael Douglas as Liberace, Matt Damon as his love interest, Rob Lowe and Debbie Reynolds making guest appearances and Steven Soderbergh directing, this is clearly serious stuff. During a press tour panel, Douglas talked about getting into character. "Well, there's a tremendous amount of clips and films that give you a sense of character," the Oscar winner said, joking, "[I had to] make Steven secure and make myself attractive to Matt." 

When asked if Douglas was successful, Damon responded, smiling, "Very, very attractive."
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<p>Cheers fellas. You're halfway there.</p>

Cheers fellas. You're halfway there.

Pencils down Academy Members: Oscar nominations voting is now over

Will an extra day make a difference?

Academy members received a reprieve of an extra 24 hours, but as of 5 PM PT voting for the 85th Academy Awards nominations is now officially over.

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Watch: One Direction salutes Elvis Presley in 'Kiss You' video trailer

Watch: One Direction salutes Elvis Presley in 'Kiss You' video trailer

From one teen idol to another

Can't wait until Monday when One Direction unspools the new video for "Kiss You?" Well, hang on. Below is something to tide you over. Watch as the members of One Direction get their Elvis Presley on in this final teaser for the “Kiss You” video.

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