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<p>Yeah Yeah Yeahs</p>

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Paramore, Flaming Lips added to SXSW lineup

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also on tap

It's a big day for South By Southwest music announcements, as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Flaming Lips, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Paramore have signed on to the Austin-based fest.

YYYs will be joining Nick Cave & The Bads Seeds on the NPR stage on March 13, making that date and performance marquee yet again one of the strongest in the conference. The New York band also dropped another new album trailer, this one with a snippet of their new song "Always" from "Mosquito," out on April 16. It's their first album since 2009.

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<p>Don Cheadle's suiting up in 'Iron Man 3,' and you certainly can't call their design choices anything less than bold this time.</p>

Don Cheadle's suiting up in 'Iron Man 3,' and you certainly can't call their design choices anything less than bold this time.

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First Iron Patriot got his own suit, and now he gets his own 'Iron Man 3' poster

Don Cheadle is going to wallpaper his whole house in these

We're going to see all sorts of people wearing Iron Man suits in the upcoming "Iron Man 3," and we've already had a quick glimpse of Don Cheadle in the suit as Iron Patriot.  Today, though, we've got a great new one-sheet that gives us an even better look at him in what may be the most outrageous costume in any of the Marvel Studios movies.

A few weeks back, I had an opportunity to see a chunk of the movie and talk to several of the key players in bringing this latest sequel to the screen.  That full conversation is still embargoed, but I can tell you that unlike "Iron Man 2," which sacrificed a fair amount of running time to helping lay groundwork towards "The Avengers," this is a Tony Stark movie first and foremost.  This allows the filmmakers to refocus on Tony and his great supporting cast of characters.  Jon Favreau, for example, has perhaps his biggest and most significant turn yet as Happy Hogan, and Gwenyth Patrow is front and center again as Pepper Potts.

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<p>Alan&nbsp;Arkin in&nbsp;&quot;Argo&quot;</p>

Alan Arkin in "Argo"

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Oscar Guide 2013: Best Supporting Actor

Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones and Christoph Waltz square off

(Welcome to the Oscar Guide, your chaperone through the Academy’s 24 categories awarding excellence in film. A new installment will hit every weekday in the run-up to the Oscars on February 24, with the Best Picture finale on Friday, February 22.)

For the first time in Oscar history, we have an acting category composed entirely of past winners. Seth MacFarlane noted this is a “breath of fresh air.” He has a tendency to use sarcasm. Not only are the nominees all past winners, the race for the nominations was terribly predictable, notwithstanding occasional precursor support for Javier Bardem (“Skyfall”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“Django Unchained”) and Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”).

And like Best Supporting Actress, I found this year's supporting actor nominees largely underwhelming. In my view, two of the nominees are giving slightly different takes on the characters that already won them an Oscar. Two veterans are very good but fall short of greatness in my opinion. And the one truly great performance in the lot is a leading role masquerading as supporting. This is, nevertheless, by far the most exciting acting category when it comes to the race for the win. Indeed, plausible cases can be made for every contender.

The nominees are…

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<p>The Civil Wars</p>

The Civil Wars

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Listen: New Civil Wars song, 'Long Time Gone'

Tune is part of 14-song documentary soundtrack with T Bone Burnett

The Civil Wars and T Bone Burnett have collaborated on a new film, following their Grammy-winning “Hunger Games” collaboration, “Safe & Sound” (with Taylor Swift), which snagged the award for best song written for visual media at Sunday night’s awards.

[More after the jump...]

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Interview: Michael Voltaggio talks life post-'Top Chef,' 'Suburgatory' and permits

The 'Top Chef' winner takes a turn as Chef Julio

While not everyone will recognize "Top Chef" season six winner Michael Voltaggio in his role as fussy Chef Julio on "Suburgatory" tonight, fans of the reality TV show will enjoy the sly reference to Voltaggio's rep as a creative, if cranky, genius behind the stove. During a set visit to "Suburgatory," I had a chance to chat with Voltaggio about his appearance on the show, why he doesn't always hang out with other "Top Chef" contestants in Los Angeles, and the cooking show niche he'd like to fill. 

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<p>Tom Petty</p>

Tom Petty

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Kings of Leon, The Shins, Tom Petty to headline Hangout Music Fest

Ellie Goulding and the Roots also on Gulf Shores bill

Kings of Leon, The Shins, Tom Petty, Passion Pit, Public Enemy and Kendrick Lamar are among the top acts playing The fourth Hangout Music Fest.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Just one of the many things you have to look forward to if you accidentally wander into a radioactive cloud.</p>

Just one of the many things you have to look forward to if you accidentally wander into a radioactive cloud.

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Richard Matheson's 'The Incredible Shrinking Man' may be heading back to the big screen

The iconic genre writer is set to co-write the new version with his son

Richard Matheson deserves his status as one of the biggest names in genre history, a phenomenal writer who would be a legend if only for his work on "The Twilight Zone," where he helped define the series as much as Rod Serling did.  He wrote some of the very best original films for television, like Steven Spielberg's "Duel" and "The Night Stalker" and the wildly effective "Trilogy Of Terror."  His novels have been adapted to the screen by him as well as other writers, and it seems like every few years, someone takes a new crack at "I Am Legend," one of his most widely-read works.

Adapting one of his own books was what got Matheson into movies in the first place.  He turned his novel The Shrinking Man into a script, and Jack Arnold turned that script into "The Incredible Shrinking Man," one of the great science-fiction films of the '50s.  There is a powerful sadness to Matheson's story, something that is a big part of his entire body of work.  He finds the melancholy in these high concepts he creates, and that's one of the reasons I think his work pierces in a way that many genre films don't.  Check out his "Somewhere In Time" for a great example of that.  Just a few years ago, one of his short stories was the inspiration for "Real Steel."

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<p>Anthony Edwards and friends (and clocks)&nbsp;in &quot;Zero Hour.&quot;</p>

Anthony Edwards and friends (and clocks) in "Zero Hour."

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Review: ABC's 'Zero Hour' isn't quite terrible enough

Anthony Edwards series embraces the crazy, but only occasionally

Truly terrible television can be a work of art unto itself. Much as we can love the emotional wallop of "Friday Night Lights," the warmth of "The Cosby Show" or the intricate humor of "Arrested Development," it's possible to feel a great deal of affection for transcendently bad TV like "Pink Lady and Jeff" or "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer." Those were bad shows, but they were almost epic in their badness, and that's preferable to the great middle in which a lot of TV exists.

I will say this for ABC's "Zero Hour," which debuts tomorrow night at 8: it will never, ever, be confused with quality, and I'm not even sure I want to watch another episode after the pilot, but there are moments where it is — intentionally or not — more fun than all but a handful of new shows to debut this season. Long after I've forgotten "Made in Jersey," "Deception" or even a reasonably good show like "Ben and Kate," I'm going to remember the bugnuts absurdity of "Zero Hour," the greatest show ever made about evil Nazi clocks. If anything, I wish it were dumber more often.

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The top 10 shots of 2012: part two

The top 10 shots of 2012: part two

Wrapping up the year in individual film images

If you missed yesterday's lead-in to this year's shots column, go catch up. In it you'll find my somewhat unique criteria and reasoning for choosing this year's assortment.

Before diving into part two today, some thoughts on the year in cinematography on the whole. It's worth remembering that, often enough, a great year of cinematography won't yield a high volume of still images that speak to the purposes of a column such as this. Just as often, a poor year for the form might actually yield an incredible array of inspired frames. We're boiling down to the base elements of cinema here, and the combination always turns out something unique each and every year.

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<p>Halle Berry</p>

Halle Berry

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Oscars add Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman and other winners as presenters

Sandra Bullock and Reese Witherspoon will also hand out trophies

Hollywood's biggest night has gotten yet another injection of star power, as a bevy of Oscar-winning actresses have been announced as presenters at the upcoming 2013 Academy Awards ceremony.

Halle Berry ("Monster's Ball"), Nicole Kidman ("The Hours"), Sandra Bullock ("Blind Side"), Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line") will all grace the stage at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

The Oscar winners join an eye-popping list of previously announced stars who will appear on the show as presenters.

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<p>Amy&nbsp;Adams in &quot;The&nbsp;Master&quot;</p>

Amy Adams in "The Master"

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Oscar Guide 2013: Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt and Jacki Weaver square off

(Welcome to the Oscar Guide, your chaperone through the Academy’s 24 categories awarding excellence in film. A new installment will hit every weekday in the run-up to the Oscars on February 24, with the Best Picture finale on Friday, February 22.)

I’ve loved this Oscar season. Most categories are genuine races. Even in some where there is not much of a race (Best Actor, Best Original Song, Best Visual Effects), the frontrunner is so exceptional and/or it's such a delight to see the other nominees there that the category is a delight to watch nonetheless. As for Best Supporting Actress? Wake me up when this is over. There is no category about which I care less this year.

The nominations stage was mildly interesting. A frontrunner emerged. As the race went on, it became apparent that the “second and third” (my ranking -- it might not have panned out like this) contenders were former winners who in the recent past everyone assumed would never be nominated again. In fourth, we have an actress who has had a remarkable run in recent years while the last slot was taken by a likable actress who managed to work another difficult-to-come-by Oscar nod from two years ago into a lovable part in a beloved film. The resulting lineup of five previous nominees is a first in this category. The race now becomes quite boring as we wait for the inevitable crowning of a princess.

The nominees are…

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"Hoarding: Buried Alive"

 "Hoarding: Buried Alive"

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Exclusive: Watch this icky clip from the season debut of 'Hoarding: Buried Alive'

It turns out that fly strips aren't always a good thing
Feeling badly about that pile of unwashed laundry in the corner? Never fear! Just watch this clip from the season debut of "Hoarding: Buried Alive" (Wed. Feb. 13 at 9:00 p.m., TLC) and you will instantly feel a lot better about your housekeeping skills while still feeling awfully depressed about the hoarder du jour, Karen.
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