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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.

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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

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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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<p>Jason Clarke in &quot;Zero Dark Thirty.&quot;</p>

Jason Clarke in "Zero Dark Thirty."

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Roundup: Senators take on 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Also: Ann Dowd's self-funded Oscar dream, and 2012's most overlooked gems

Looks like the debate over the depiction of torture in "Zero Dark Thirty" isn't going to end any time soon. Three US senators, all in positions concerning national security, have taken it upon themselves to dismiss the film's portrayal is "grossly inaccurate and misleading" in an open letter to Sony Pictures chairman Michael Lynton. "'Zero Dark Thirty' is factually inaccurate," they write, "and we believe that you have an obligation to state that the role of torture in the hunt for Usama (sic) bin Laden is not based on facts, but rather part of the film's fictional narrative," They further accuse the film of having "the potential to shape American public opinion in a disturbing and misleading manner." There is plenty to counter in such claims -- both regarding the events on screen and their relative fictional status -- so I expect this conversation to continue. [Variety]

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"Top Chef: Seattle"

 "Top Chef: Seattle"

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'Top Chef: Seattle' recap: 'Foiled Again'

The chefs are foiled again in a clever Quickfire Challenge

Sometimes I love "Top Chef" for the same reason I hate "Top Chef." And what's that reason? Crazy ass challenges. This week, though, I love "Top Chef," because the Quickfire Challenge is so bizarre it's actually brilliant. Yes, it's shameless product placement, but for once it doesn't feel entirely arbitrary. It doesn't make me want to create a foil frying pan, either, but hey, this one's a winner. 

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<p>Lisa Whelchel of &quot;Survivor: Philippines&quot;</p>

Lisa Whelchel of "Survivor: Philippines"

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Interview: Lisa Whelchel talks 'Survivor: Philippines'

The former Blair Warner talks about her run to the Final 3
As befits her past as a child sitcom star, the beginning of Lisa Whelchel's "Survivor: Philippines" journey was a joke.
Best knew as Blair Warner on "Facts of Life," Lisa struggled to understand the facts of "Survivor" and coasted to the Merge seemingly at the bottom of a Tandang alliance, frequently uncertain and frequently in tears. Lisa seemed unprepared for the elements and also unprepared for the social aspect of the game and she remained around because her tribe was unbeatable. 
Then, something shifted. In a bold move, Lisa attempted to orchestrate a game-changing blindside on strong and popular Malcolm. The move failed spectacularly, but it displayed Lisa's willingness to play "Survivor." 
After a brief regression into regret, Lisa bounced back after a visit from younger brother Justice, as she began taking control of her own fate, aligning with and then backstabbing Malcolm and taking the most powerful player out of the game. In the end, Lisa and Mike Skupin finished tied for second behind winner Denise, but audiences respected the journey that Lisa took from meek to somewhat-mighty and gave her the fan-voted Player of the Game.
In her exit interview, Lisa talks about that journey, including the impressive fact that in 39 days only Jonathan Penner and Skupin recognized her from her sitcom glory. We discussed her strategy, the moment she realized she couldn't actually win and the faith that she demonstrated vocally in her last days in the game.
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Ben Affleck

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Ben Affleck sets the record straight on 'Justice League'

The 'Argo' director recently praised Marvel's 'Avengers' build and welcomed smart genre projects

The internet was abuzz a few months back when what turned out to be an overzealous report put Ben Affleck in the driver's seat of the planned Warner Bros. team-up film "Justice League." The report was soon enough shot down and everyone went about their business, but in a recent interview about his work on "Argo," Affleck said he hated talking about it in the media at all because the eventual stories shed a negative light on the project.

"I just want to make it clear because it’s not like I had something to even pass on," he said. "Because someone will eventually do 'Justice League' and they'll go, like, 'Ben Affleck passed on it,' and it won't be true. So I don’t mind setting the record straight. It's one of those things where the closest I came was some people talked to me about it like at a meeting. They were like, 'Here's the stuff we’re doing,' you know? 'Here’s what we're looking at.' That kind of thing. And they suggested it. But I don’t think there’s a script. I don’t think there’s anything."

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<p>Leonardo Di Caprio would like to share a drink with you... IN&nbsp;3D!!!</p>

Leonardo Di Caprio would like to share a drink with you... IN 3D!!!

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Di Caprio goes dark in the decadent second trailer for Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby'

Will Warner's pricey Jazz Age gamble pay off?

"The Great Gatsby" may well be the most artificial-looking film I've ever seen, even in this condensed two minute form.

That's not a criticism, necessarily, because it looks like that's exactly what Baz Luhrmann intended.  They've had a difficult post-production process on this one, but part of that has been creating this incredibly stylized world that Luhrmann has chosen as the setting for his take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's most famous book.  Luhrmann has never been the sort of guy to shy away from a heightened reality.  That's why I loved his take on "Romeo + Juliet" and "Moulin Rouge."  Those movies are patently fake, impressionistic from start to finish, and it looks like he's doing that again, but on a much larger scale than ever before.

The real challenge of "Gatsby" is that the book is all about inner landscapes and the feel of a time and place, and previous film versions that have focused just on the story have felt empty because they haven't found a way to create a visual language that manages to somehow suggest the gorgeous, emotional prose that is so much a part of the appeal of Fitzgerald's novel.

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Hugh Jackman says training for 'Les Miserables' was as hard as any 'Wolverine' film

Hugh Jackman says training for 'Les Miserables' was as hard as any 'Wolverine' film

Aussie talks about his SAG Awards and Golden Globes nominated performance

NEW YORK - We've been waiting a long time for Hugh Jackman to sing on the big screen.  From his Tony Award-winning turn in "The Boy From Oz" to his three stints hosting Broadway's annual awards show to his lauded turn as Academy Awards host (arguably the best Oscars show over the past decade), Jackman has teased us with his impressive voice, sly dance moves and old school showmanship. Granted, producers have tried to get him to commit to a number of movie musical projects, but most of them have been stuck in development hell for years leaving fans to wonder if we'd ever see Jackman sing in his prime. That's all changed with the actor's SAG and Golden Globes Awards nominated turn as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables."  And, in something of a surprise, it turns out that he had to campaign to get the role.

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