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<p>David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike co-star with Tom Cruise in the pulpy action thriller 'Jack&nbsp;Reacher'</p>

David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike co-star with Tom Cruise in the pulpy action thriller 'Jack Reacher'

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Christopher McQuarrie and his cast talk about bringing 'Jack Reacher' to life

Will Lee Child's fans accept a radical revamp of the pulp hero?

When you're doing interviews for "Jack Reacher" and Jack Reacher isn't part of those interviews, it's a little weird.

In this case, though, Tom Cruise is the one playing Jack Reacher, and Tom Cruise does the press Tom Cruise chooses to do.  That's David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon, not a whole parade of junket press on a Sunday in New York.

Instead, we sit down with David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, both charming professionals who play key roles in the film, and we sit down with writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, who is responsible for adapting one of the biggest names in current publishing and trying to turn it into a viable film franchise, and those conversations are what I'm going to share with you today.

To be honest, though, I think sitting down with McQuarrie was more than worth attending the press day.  He's charted a very difficult path as a working screenwriter in the years since "The Usual Suspects" came out, and this is probably not where he expected to end up.  It's certainly not what I would have predicted for him even five years ago, but it seems like he's in the middle of a career reinvention, and Tom Cruise appears to be a key part of that puzzle for him.

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"Project Runway All Stars"

 "Project Runway All Stars"

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'Project Runway: All Stars' recap: 'Flapper Fashion Face-Off'

It's back to the 1920s for a head-to-head challenge

We're down to the final six, and as usual, that means excitement coupled with a sense of loss, probably like "The Hunger Games" but without the post traumatic stress disorder. Before the challenge begins, Ivy mourns Casanova. He may be gone, but she is determined to try harder. She's not just doing it for her, she's doing it for Casanova! He's not dead, Ivy. Geez. 

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<p>Jessica Chastain in &quot;Zero Dark Thirty.&quot;</p>

Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty."

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Review: Bigelow conquers talk and action in unflinching 'Zero Dark Thirty'

The film opened in limited release yesterday

Kathryn Bigelow deserves credit for many, many things about her tremendous military thriller "The Hurt Locker," but she'd be the first -- and probably the gladdest -- to admit that the simple fact of her gender isn't one of them. That didn't stop multiple media commentators from sanctifying her as some kind of poster girl for "anything you can do, I can do better"-style feminism in Hollywood, as if a woman could only direct a stone-cold action picture as a reproach to the men who handle most such fare, and not merely because it's what she's good at -- and has been good at for over 20 years.  

Bigelow bore this unsolicited symbolic weight with patient, if seemingly weary, grace all the way to the Oscar podium, offering multiple polite statements to the effect that she's not so much a "woman filmmaker" as a woman who makes films, and refusing the Academy's unspoken invitation to turn her history-making Oscar acceptance speech into a self-aggrandizing soapbox stand.

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<p>The &quot;X Factor&quot; Season 2 Top 3</p>

The "X Factor" Season 2 Top 3

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 2 Finale - The Winner Is...

Carly Rose Sonenclar, Tate Stevens and Fifth Harmony spend two hours waiting on results

From now on, whenever a reality show features a contrivance that clearly hoses one contestant and gives a big boost to others, I'm going to refer to it Rimesing, in honor of "The X Factor" taking co-favorite Carly Rose Sonenclar and forcing her to perform with the desiccated remains of LeAnn Rimes on Wednesday's finale. LeAnn Rimes was so disconnected from reality and so musically dreadful that she dragged an amazingly young singer down with her and made Tate Stevens the prohibitive favorite going into Thursday's finale. And Fifth Harmony now seems like the plausible spoiler. And poor Carly Rose Sonenclar will always wonder if she could have won if she hadn't been Rimesed.

Or maybe I'm about to be surprised?

Click through for two full hours of live-blogging before we get to results...

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<p>Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, and Craig Robinson all survive the end of the world together in 'This Is The End,' a demented comedy coming next summer.</p>

Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, and Craig Robinson all survive the end of the world together in 'This Is The End,' a demented comedy coming next summer.

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Seth Rogen and James Franco present a sneak peek at apocalypse comedy 'This Is The End'

As red-band as a red-band trailer gets just in time for the end of days

Well, there should be little doubt in your mind by the end of the special red-band preview of "This Is The End" as to whether or not you'll be seeing it.

I spoke about this with Seth Rogen briefly the other night at the "This Is 40" premiere, and it sounds like he and his creative partner Evan Goldberg are very happy with where they are on the film.  They're either just finishing the score or still working on it, and they're set for their summer release.  I visited the set earlier this year, and I'll just say that this is one of the most aggressively insane premises I've seen in a while, and the footage they showed us plus the work we saw live has me convinced they're making a one of a kind oddity.

The film takes place during the end of the world, and part of the mystery of the film deals with the nature of that incident.  Is it a Biblical Apocalypse?  A Mayan prophecy? An asteroid?  Monsters from space?  Lovecraftian beasties? 

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<p>&quot;Rise of the Guardians&quot;</p>

"Rise of the Guardians"

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Black Film Critics Circle springs for 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'The Intouchables,' 'Rise of the Guardians'

Daniel Day-Lewis and Jessica Chastain steam roll right along

The Black Film Critics Circle has jumped on the "Zero Dark Thirty" bandwagon, handing the film Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress honors. "Django Unchained" and "Lincoln" each won a pair of awards, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) for the former, Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Best Ensemble for the former. Check out the full list of winners below and keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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Watch: The Backstreet Boys and The Roots celebrate 'Christmas' on 'Fallon'

Watch: The Backstreet Boys and The Roots celebrate 'Christmas' on 'Fallon'

The quintet breaks out new holiday tune in first performance on the show

The Backstreet Boys have a present they want to give to you tonight, girl.

The perpetually perky quintet appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday day night, performing their new holiday song “It’s Christmas Time Again,” backed by The Roots.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Prince</p>

Prince

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Prince to be honored at all-star Carnegie Hall concert

Tribute will benefit music education programs

Prince will follow in the footsteps of R.E.M., Rolling Stones, The Who, and Bruce Springsteen with an All-Star Carnegie Hall concert.

To be held March 7, the ninth installment of the tribute series will raise funds for music education programs for underprivileged youth.

The line-up for the show will be announced shortly. Other past honorees include Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Elton John and Neil Young. For more information, go to www.CarnegiePrince.com.
 

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Top 10 Singles of the 2012: Mumford and Sons, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Of Monsters and Men

Top 10 Singles of the 2012: Mumford and Sons, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Of Monsters and Men

Where do Frank Ocean and Dierks Bentley show up?

Coming up with a Top 10 list always feels like a fool’s errand. It’s impossible to listen to all the music that I want to, so any list always has to come with the caveat that these were the songs that stuck with me throughout the year that I actually heard.  Other crititcs’ lists inevitably turn me on to stuff that I’d totally missed.

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<p>A scene from tonight's season finale of &quot;The League,&quot;&nbsp;which FX&nbsp;just renewed for another season.</p>

A scene from tonight's season finale of "The League," which FX just renewed for another season.

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FX renews 'The League' for season 5

Fantasy football comedy will return next fall

A few hours before "The League" concludes its fourth season, FX has renewed the comedy for a fifth.

"The League is flat-out one of the funniest shows on television," FX VP of original programming Nick Grad said in a statement. "Co-creators Jeff and Jackie Schaffer have such a perfect take on the material and the show has an amazingly talented ensemble cast of stars. Another season was an easy decision and we hope to have it on our schedule for many more years to come."

The fourth season of the series about a group of friends and family competing in a fantasy football league concludes with back to back episodes tonight at 10:30 and 11. I'm actually way behind on this season (as I am with "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," which was already renewed for next year as part of an older deal), but look forward to catching up soon. For those more current than me, how have you found season 4?

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<p>Lucy Alibar at the Los Angeles premiere of &quot;Beasts of the Southern Wild&quot;</p>

Lucy Alibar at the Los Angeles premiere of "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

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For writer Lucy Alibar, 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' couldn't be more personal

How an intimate play exploring her relationship with her father became one of 2012's most lauded indie films

As indie sensation "Beasts of the Southern Wild" makes its way through the awards season, and director Benh Zeitlin and star Quvenzhané Wallis pick up countless breakthrough prizes along the way, it would be worth bearing in mind how the identity of the film grew from a little play by writer Lucy Alibar.

In the stage production "Juicy and Delicious," there is no little girl. There is a boy, whose father is dying, much like Hushpuppy's in the feature film, and for Alibar, it was a way of working through emotions she was feeling in the midst of a health scare with her own father.

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<p>Four songs from&nbsp;&quot;Django Unchained&quot;&nbsp;qualified for Best Original&nbsp;Song, more than any other film.</p>

Four songs from "Django Unchained" qualified for Best Original Song, more than any other film.

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Tech Support: International lineup of Best Original Song contenders presents a great opportunity

From Adele to Paul Williams, Ennio Morricone to Bombay Jayashri

With the recent reveal of the Academy's list of Best Original Song qualifiers -- all 75 of them -- the music branch has a wide swath of popular artists to choose from. Of course, the branch tends to focus on the work itself, not necessarily the talent involved, but it's worth mentioning that Fiona Apple, Florence + the Machine, Karen O, Christina Aguilera, Adele, Keith Urban, Mumford and Sons, The Bootleggers & Emmylou Harris, Arcade Fire, Dolly Parton, Katy Perry, Paul Williams, Jordin Sparks and Norah Jones are all in the mix. That's quite the role call.

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