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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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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

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Is 'Stay' a good choice for Rihanna's next single from 'Unapogetic?'

Can it shine as brightly as 'Diamonds?'


With “Diamonds” still shining brightly on the Billboard Hot 100, Rihanna’s label has chosen “Stay” as the second pop single from “Unapologetic.”

The quiet, plaintive ballad caused a ripple when she debuted the tune on “Saturday Night Live” in November, bolstered by her stark performance.

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Watch: Paramore takes you in the studio for new single, 'Now'

Watch: Paramore takes you in the studio for new single, 'Now'

Five things we learned from the clip

There’s a lot of information to parse from the 58-second clip Paramore released to tease the arrival of “Now,” the group’s new single out Jan. 22. The track comes from “Paramore,” the rock band’s next album —and first to feature them as a trio— out April 9. Justin Meldal-Johnson produced the album, the group's first since 2009's "Brand New Eyes" and the 2010 departure of founding members/brothers Josh and Zac Farro. The band is now singer Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis and guitarist Taylor York.

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<p>Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos will be back in a new season of &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos will be back in a new season of "The Killing."

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AMC resurrects 'The Killing' for season 3

Murder mystery series will return with stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman and producer Veena Sud

Because someone, somewhere, demanded it, "The Killing" lives.

Back in July, AMC declined to order a third season of the mystery series, and though Fox Television Studios insisted they would seek another buyer for the series, instead it's returned to its original home, with original showrunner Veena Sud still in charge, and stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman reprising their roles as Seattle cops Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder. Production will begin in Vancouver in late February.

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<p>Ingrid Michaelson accompanied by children from Newtown, Conn. and Sandy Hook Elementary school perform &quot;Somewhere Over the Rainbow&quot; on ABC's &quot;Good Morning America&quot; </p>

Ingrid Michaelson accompanied by children from Newtown, Conn. and Sandy Hook Elementary school perform "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on ABC's "Good Morning America"

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Watch: Sandy Hook students sing 'Over the Rainbow' with Ingrid Michaelson

Train releases 'Imagine' single to benefit Sandy-devastated Sea Bright

Grab your tissues. There’s no way you can get  watch students from Newtown, Conn’s Sandy Hook Elementary performing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” without tearing up.

One month after the shooting that claimed 26 lives at the school, 21 current and former students from the school sang the “Wizard Of Oz” classic on “Good Morning America.” Singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson accompanied the children ukulele on an arrangement of the song made famous by Hawaiian artist Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.

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<p>&quot;War Witch&quot;</p>

"War Witch"

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Oscar nominee 'War Witch' leads Canadian Screen Award nods

Plus, the only nominations you'll see this season for 'Resident Evil: Retribution'

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee "War Witch" could, I think, have been a real contender for the win in another year; the African-set child soldier drama delivers an emotional punch that's hard to argue with. As it is, it'll likely remain nobly content with the nomination, but it stands to dominate at its local answer to the Oscars, the Canadian Screen Awards. With 12 nominations, the film leads the field for the inaugural awards, which have assimilated the formerly separate Genie and Gemini Awards.

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