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U2 reveals working title for 13th studio set

Is it a joke or for real?

The working title for U2’s new album is “10 Reasons to Exist.” 

Lead singer Bono revealed the moniker, perhaps jokingly,  in a radio interview after Christmas, according to The Independent newspaper.

There’s no release date yet for the group’s 13th studio album, which the band worked on throughout 2012.  Bono added, “Within the band, we’ve been calling it ‘10 Reasons to Exist,’ —but I will tell you we might have at least six of them.” Call us crazy, but we're betting that this will not be the final title, but it's a fascinating idea for a concept album.

U2’s last studio album was 2009’s “No Line On The Horizon.” 


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<p>&quot;Once more into the fray, into the last good fight I'll ever know. Live and die on this day. Live and die on this day.&quot;</p>

"Once more into the fray, into the last good fight I'll ever know. Live and die on this day. Live and die on this day."

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2012: the year in superlatives

Awarding the best in Oscar's categories and ours

As 2012 prepares to fade and the ball primes itself for another drop a few blocks away, it's time to look back once more on the year that was. Well, not "once more." The season is still pushing ahead and we won't be finished with it until February 24, but as far as I'm concerned, this annual post is my bow on what the year had to offer.

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<p>Green Day</p>

Green Day

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Green Day to hit the road again in March 2013

Band returns after six months off for Billie Joe Armstrong's recovery

After canceling some dates outright and postponing others while lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong attended rehab, Green Day will hit the road again on March 28, starting at Chicago’s Allstate Arena.

The trio, who released three albums between September and December of 2012, called off all promotional shows and a planned tour after Armstrong went into an explosive rant  at the IHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in late September. When originally announced in October, the group canceled all remaining dates for 2012 and postponed shows for January- February.  Those early 2013 shows are now canceled.

Armstrong thanks his fans and friends for their support over the last several months. "Dear friends... I just want to thank you all for the love and support you've shown for the past few months. Believe me, it hasn't gone unnoticed and I'm eternally grateful to have such an amazing set of friends and family. I'm getting better everyday. So now, without further ado, the show must go on. We can't wait to get on the road and live out [loud]! Our passion has only grown stronger."

Collectively, the band also issued its thanks: "Dear friends... I just want to thank you all for the love and support you've shown for the past few months. Believe me, it hasn't gone unnoticed and I'm eternally grateful to have such an amazing set of friends and family. I'm getting better everyday. So now, without further ado, the show must go on. We can't wait to get on the road and live out load! Our passion has only grown stronger."

West coast dates will be announced in early 2013. Refunds for the now-canceled January and February shows are now available.


28th - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
29th - Moline, IL - I Wireless Center
31st - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center   
1st - Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena
3rd - Philadelphia, PA - Liacourias Center
4th - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center
6th - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
7th - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
9th - Providence, RI - Dunkin Donuts Center
11th - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
12th - Quebec City, QC - Quebec Colisee
7th - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
10th - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
11th - State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center - Penn State Univ.
18th - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena
25th - Portland, ME - Cumberland Co. Civic Center
30th - Cleveland, OH - Wolstein Ctr. / Cleveland St. Univ.
2nd - Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center Mem. Coliseum
4th - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Arena                                     
6th - Broomfield, CO - 1STBANK Center 
8th - Las Vegas, NV  - MGM Grand Garden Arena              


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<p>Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith in the &quot;Doctor Who&quot;&nbsp;Christmas special.</p>

Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith in the "Doctor Who" Christmas special.

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Review: 'Doctor Who' - 'The Snowmen'

Jenna-Louise Coleman debuts (again) as the new companion (sort of)

A quick review of last week's "Doctor Who" Christmas special coming up just as soon as I am a lizard woman from the dawn of time, and this is my wife...

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<p>Will Alan's jokes about Katharine McPhee starring in &quot;Smash:&nbsp;The Smash Williams Story&quot;&nbsp;live on until 2013?&nbsp;Stay tuned.</p>

Will Alan's jokes about Katharine McPhee starring in "Smash: The Smash Williams Story" live on until 2013? Stay tuned.

Looking back and looking forward

Biggest stories of the year, most anticipated 2013 premieres, and more

Happy almost New Year, everybody! As you know, I took last week off to hang with my family (and eat a disturbing amount of milk chocolate in the wilds of Hershey, PA), but now I'm back to prep for the start of the Television Critics Association winter press tour, which kicks off on Thursday night.

I'll have a quick post on the "Doctor Who" Christmas special up shortly, but first I wanted to link to various TV-related things — some co-written by me, some not — that ran on HitFix in my absence, for anyone who was also away last week but has some time today before 2012 goes away:

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<p>&quot;Zero Dark Thirty&quot;</p>

"Zero Dark Thirty"

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Roundup: Why both sides are right (or wrong) in the 'Zero Dark Thirty' debate

Also: NYT Oscar ballots, and how many votes do you need for a nomination?

I know, I know, more column inches on the "Zero Dark Thirty" torture debate. But I'm leading with Andrew O'Hehir's piece because it's the most thoughtful, level-headed response I've read on the matter so far. He's a fan of the film -- most flatteringly, he compares it to the "complex historical fiction" of Dickens or Tolstoy --, but doesn't see that as any reason to assume it takes the morally "right" position. "Both interpretations can be simultaneously correct," he writes, "partly because it’s an unusually complicated work, partly because there are so many things we don’t know about the Bush administration’s notorious “detainee program,” and partly because art is an inherently amoral and ruthless enterprise, however much we may want to believe otherwise." Great stuff. [Salon

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: 'Press Down and Strip Bare'

Things get skeevy when Phaedra, Apollo, Cynthia and Peter head to a strip club

Last week, we saw Kenya and Walter end their tortured (and possibly fictitious) relationship in dramatic fashion, a tragic (or, depending on your perspective, richly deserved) car wreck to wrap up the gals' trip to Anguilla. Or maybe we just thought we saw that, because apparently, it ain't over 'til it's over, and the fat lady has yet to sing. Oh, she's gotten naked and flapped her flabby nether regions at a strip bar with many of her toothless friends, but we'll get to that later. Anyway, no singing. 

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Awards Campaign's Best of 2012: TV, Music and Movies

Awards Campaign's Best of 2012: TV, Music and Movies

Key & Peele,' 'Game of Thrones,' Florence + The Machine, Channing Tatum and more'

Last December I took inspiration from Mr. Tapley and listed some of the notable achievements in music and television for 2011.  And, of course, some year-end movie "awards." Let's try this one more time for 2012, shall we?

You can review my top 10 films of 2012 here.  And, for year-end picks from the rest of HitFix's editorial team, click on the related tabs within this post.

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<p>Amanda Seyfriend talks about her role as Cosette in Tom Hooper's &quot;Les Miserables.&quot;</p>

Amanda Seyfriend talks about her role as Cosette in Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables."

Amanda Seyfried knew 'Les Miserables' fans would be tough after 'Mamma Mia'

Is a Broadway musical in her future?

NEW YORK - No matter what your opinion of Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" there is one thing everyone can agree on: it's great to hear Amanda Seyfried singing again.

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<p>Bart Layton, director &quot;The Imposter.&quot;</p>

Bart Layton, director "The Imposter."

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Bart Layton on reflecting the subjective nature of truth in 'The Imposter'

The British film is one of 15 shortlisted by the Academy for Best Documentary

Even the most banal phrases have their uses, and when it came to Bart Layton's documentary “The Imposter” earlier this year, it's easy to understand why so many critics reached for that fusty standby: “The truth is stranger than fiction.” Then again, “The Imposter” – one of 15 shortlisted films vying for an Oscar nod in the Best Documentary Feature category – tells a story that is stranger even than most truths.

Centered on the charismatic, frightening figure of Frédéric Bourdin a shapeshifting con artist and serial identity thief who claim to have masqueraded as over 500 people in his lifetime, the film peels back the covers on the Frenchman's most infamous and improbable stunt. In 1997, aged 23, he seemingly duped a Texan family into accepting him as their teenaged son who had gone missing three years previously – despite not sharing his accent, appearance or even eye color. Turning up in Spain and claiming to have been kidnapped by a military-run child prostitution ring, Bourdin sold his outlandish tale not only to the Barclay family but to the US authorities, and maintained the charade for five months before the FBI caught wise.

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell at the New York premiere of &quot;Silver Linings&nbsp;Playbook.&quot;</p>

Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell at the New York premiere of "Silver Linings Playbook."

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David O. Russell says Jennifer Lawrence's Skype audition won her 'Silver Linings' role

Plus: Robert De Niro's reverential professionalism

David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" isn't the frontrunner for best picture many of us thought it would be, but don't tell that to the one time best director nominee.  The passion project has given Russell much to be thankful for including audience awards at Toronto, Austin and the Hamptons film festivals, five Independent Spirit Awards nods, four Golden Globe Awards nominations and an impressive four SAG Awards nominations including best ensemble. "Playbook" star Jennifer Lawrence won best actress from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Russell snagged best adapted screenplay honors from the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association.  Now, after coming close to winning best director with his semi-comeback "The Fighter" almost two years ago you'd assume Russell was intent on sealing the deal with "Playbook." That doesn't appear to be the case.

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<p>Second 10 of 2012</p>

Second 10 of 2012

The Second 10 Best TV Shows of 2012 from The Fien Print

Zombies, vampires and handicappers all make the second cut
Last week, after already podcasting on it, I posted my Top 10 TV Shows of 2012 in friendly video format.
In case you've forgotten:
1) "Mad Men"
2) "Louie"
3) "On Freddie Roach"
4) "Treme"
5) "Parks and Recreation"
6) "Breaking Bad"
7) "Game of Thrones"
8) "Girls"
9) "ESPN's 30 for 30"
10) "The Hour"
At the time, I mentioned that I had a Second 10 coming at some point, because I always endeavor to be as much like Sepinwall as possible, structurally speaking. 
And at the time, I also mentioned that while my Top 8 was set in stone, the last two positions had a lot of competition. When you look at my Second 10, No. 11-15 all were part of an amorphous blob for those last two Top 10 positions and while I like the Top 10 I chose, I wouldn't have been much less happy with it if it had included two of those other shows. 
In fact, this Second 10? I like it a ton. These are some of my very, very favorites. As I look down the list, six of them have made previous Top 10s, including four that were in my Top 10 for 2011. But as much as I love this group of 10, it wasn't especially easy to cut *this* group down. I don't think there was as much ambiguity in my mind, but there were still at least five shows that I thought were every bit as deserving. Or maybe not "every bit as deserving," but a lot deserving.
So I made a list of 10 "Honorable Mentions." But that list became 20 Honorable Mentions. Then there were another five or six shows that I wanted to salute for improvement this past year. That means this story, while only containing blurbs for 10 shows, mentions at least 36. And the funny thing is that I can still think of more shows that I enjoy in a variety of different ways, shows that even with the parameters expanded this wide, I still couldn't include.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Anybody who says there's nothing good on TV is an idiot. Because I probably left out two or three of your favorite shows.
Click through for the list... I'm using HitFix's new pagination system because this is looooong and unlike when I write a 2000-word review of something like "Beauty and the Beast," this lends itself easily to splitting.
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