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<p>Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder)&nbsp;and his friend Pedro (Efren Ramirez)&nbsp;in animated form.</p>

Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) and his friend Pedro (Efren Ramirez) in animated form.

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Review: 'Napoleon Dynamite' turns animated for FOX

Does the cartoon format wind up humanizing Napoleon, Pedro and friends?

The first thing I should say about "Napoleon Dynamite" the FOX animated series is that I hated "Napoelon Dynamite" the 2004 live-action film.

I found the movie airless, joyless and seemingly so full of contempt for its outcast characters - including Jon Heder as the oblivious title character - that I only got to the end because I kept hoping to see what it was that had made it such a beloved cult object in some circles.
 
I say this for two reasons. First, because if you're among those who love the movie, you may as well stop reading, because I'm not approaching the show (it debuts Sunday night at 8:30) from the same perspective. It's close enough in tone and style - and features the entire returning cast and creators Jared and Jerusha Hess - that if you still have affection for Napoleon, Pedro and company after all these years, I imagine you'll enjoy them in animated form.
 
But second, I say all of this because I assumed that, given my antipathy for the source material, I would hate "Napoleon Dynamite" the series just as much - and I didn't. I don't even know that I would go so far as to say I liked it, but the transition to animation works wonders with these characters and their rural Idaho world.
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<p>Douglas Trumbull at the AMPAS&nbsp;2008 Scientific and Technical Awards celebration.</p>

Douglas Trumbull at the AMPAS 2008 Scientific and Technical Awards celebration.

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AMPAS to honor Douglas Trumbull with the Gordon E. Sawyer Award

'Blade Runner' and '2001: A Space Odyssey' are just two examples of his innovative visual effects work

The Academy has announced that it will present Douglas Trumbull with the Gordon E. Sawyer Award at the Scientific and Technical Awards presentation on Saturday, February 11, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The award is meant to honor "an individual in the motion picture industry whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry."

Trumbull has worked in a visual effects capacity on pioneering films such as "2001: A Space Odyssey," "The Andromeda Strain," "Silent Running" and, more recently, "The Tree of Life,” and received three Best Visual Effects Oscar nominations for “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” “Blade Runner” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

Trumbull was granted a Scientific and Engineering Award in 1992 for his role in the design of the CP-65 Showscan Camera System for 65mm motion picture photography.

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<p>The cover of Adele's &quot;21&quot;</p>
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The cover of Adele's "21"

Does Adele make it to sweet 16 on the Billboard 200?

What act that you've likely never heard of comes in at No. 2?

In a now familiar refrain, it’s Adele’s “21” for the win next week as the title is poised to spend its 16th non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

The British singer’s sophomore set could top the 100,000 mark again next week, according to Hits Daily Double, giving it a huge margin of David Crowder Band’s “Give Us Rest,” which is predicted to sell around 45,000, to come in at No. 2

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<p>Wim Wenders (left) on the set of &quot;Pina.&quot;</p>

Wim Wenders (left) on the set of "Pina."

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Interview: Wim Wenders on overcoming loss and meeting 3D in 'Pina'

The dance film is a contender for foreign-language and documentary Oscars

"Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost." This statement of purpose, at once urgent and evasive of reality, by the late choreographer Pina Bausch has been appropriated as the chief marketing line of Wim Wenders's "Pina," a heartsore elegy for her work masquerading as a lithe 3D performance study. The creative restlessness endorsed by these words, however, could as easily describe Wenders own protracted journey to get the film made as any dancing caught by his camera.

The words "labor of love" have acquired a veneer of glib earnestness through overuse, but this is indeed a film born exclusively of its director's devotion to his subject, and his lengthy search for an appropriate cinematic means of serving and preserving her art. The resulting film is something of a one-off, within both the rangy oeuvre of the veteran German filmmaker and the scattershot genre of the dance movie: Bausch's stage pieces, aggressively heightened mini-studies of desperate human behavior, are singular viewing experiences even without the matchless 3D that Wenders has employed to make kinetic screen spectacle of them, even without the subtext of offscreen grief and joy underpinning each number.

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<p>Joshua Jackson of &quot;Fringe&quot;</p>
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Joshua Jackson of "Fringe"

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'Back To Where You've Never Been'

The show returns with a step in the right direction, but many improvements left to be made

Welcome to 2012, “Fringe” fans. Did you miss the show? Most likely. Did you miss my reviews? Less likely. But that’s fine: it was probably as little fun to read my frustrations with the show as it was to write them. I’ve gone over my problems with this fourth season week after week this season, so regurgitating them here is pointless and waste of all of our times. What I will say is this: while “Back To Where You’ve Never Been” didn’t solve those systemic problems by a long shot, it was certainly a step towards something better in what may be the show’s final season.

The biggest shift? Using Peter Bishop’s third-rail status as a way to both drive the narrative engine and explicitly comment on ways in which these unfamiliar iterations of beloved characters’ interaction with the singular constant in this show’s universe. If the first few weeks of Season 4 played as a series of “what if” episodes, “Back” gave temporary purpose to this reality by grounding it in some old-fashioned character-based moments that reflected as much on those versions no longer around as much as those presently onscreen. Peter’s presence helps tether these individual moments since his mere presence acts as a type of mirror to reflect what has been lost and bring it temporarily back into the fold.
 
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<p>Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah on &quot;Chuck.&quot;</p>

Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah on "Chuck."

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'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. Bo': Double rainbow

Bo Derek complicates a mission, and Sarah makes two huge decisions

A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I'm wearing a fake dreadlocked ski hat...

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Cesar Millan

 Cesar Millan

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Press Tour: Cesar Millan goes to the dogs for NatGeo, helps canine soldiers

The 'Dog Whisperer' says it's time to save military dogs from death

Unfortunately, "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan" star Cesar Millan didn't bring any canine companions to his NatGeo panel during press tour, but the trainer did repeatedly pop to his feet to imitate his four-legged friends. When asked why so many people misjudge dogs, Millan demonstrated canine posture and explained how humans tend to ignore what dogs are trying to say. "The dog is always speaking to the human, but the human is always trying to impose a different identity on the dog, so they don't understand the language... they disregard the conversation with the dog. That's why I train people and rehabilitate the dog."

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence, seen here in 'The Hunger Games,' is an important figure now in the future of both Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate.</p>

Jennifer Lawrence, seen here in 'The Hunger Games,' is an important figure now in the future of both Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate.

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Summit and Lionsgate make it official and announce their merger deal

'Twilight' and 'Hunger Games' under one roof? Too good to be true.

There's a fair amount of online chatter this week about the impending purchase of Summit Entertainment by Lionsgate, and while I've seen a fair degree of snark and a lot of "Twilight" related comments, this is a significant deal, and it deserves some real consideration about what it means to the creative community and what it means for both companies.

First, if I'd known that Summit was selling for a mere $412.5 million, I might have made a bid on it myself.  What a bargain.

I kid, but that number seems low when you look at the success of Summit's "Twilight" movies.  The truth is that for many people, Summit IS "Twilight" and vice-versa, and the question of what they might be after that series ends is a scary one.  I've often said that both the best and the worst thing that ever happened to New Line was "Lord Of The Rings."  Best because of the huge financial and critical success they enjoyed, finally winning a Best Picture Oscar, something that would have been impossible to imagine in the "Pink Flamingos"/"A Nightmare On Elm Street" early days of the company, but worst because after they made "Lord Of The Rings," they started chasing that success, making much more expensive movies and eventually pricing themselves right out of business.

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<p>&quot;Think Like a Man&quot;</p>

"Think Like a Man"

Listen: Jennifer Hudson, Rick Ross and Ne-Yo all 'Think Like a Man'

Is it a good combo?

If this film's movie poster were a person, I would punch it in the face. But I'm willing to look beyond it: "Think Like a Man" could very well have a hit song to promote its release.

Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo and Rick Ross actually make for an interesting combo on this rhythmic R&B title track. The "Dreamgirls" star carries the weight with Ne-Yo helping mainly on that hook. By the time Rawse jumps in with his verse, there's a pretty good groove going.

But then he does. And there's something in the way that Rick Ross says the word "money" that makes me weak in the knees, and that's the ONLY thing he's got going for the rap. It's requisite, after-all, and a retort to Hudson's original plot point, that her man screwed up, and they broke up.

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"Project Runway All Stars"

 "Project Runway All Stars"

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The latest reject from 'Project Runway All Stars' talks about ballgowns and being misjudged

Sweet P explains why she gave up on clothing design

Thanks to a frumpy skirt and a bathing suit top, Sweet P Vaughn got her walking papers on "Project Runway All Stars" this week. The much-loved season four contender talked to reporters during a conference call Friday about defending her designs, what she's doing now and which designer she hopes will win.

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<p>&quot;Bridesmaids&quot;&nbsp;producer Judd Apatow is returning to TV with the HBO&nbsp;comedy &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

"Bridesmaids" producer Judd Apatow is returning to TV with the HBO comedy "Girls."

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Press tour: Judd Apatow talks 'Girls,' 'Bridesmaids' sequel and 'Freaks and Geeks'

Comedy mogul returns to TV for the first time in a decade with HBO Lena Dunham comedy
PASADENA - "I was hurt and wounded and sad from my television experience," Judd Apatow said of that strange period a decade ago when he was a fixture at press tour with a pair of shows - "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared" - that were beloved by critics and mistreated by their networks.
 
Things turned out okay for Apatow - and Paul Feig, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segel and almost everyone else he worked with on those two adored but low-rated series - and he was far more serene and confident when he came back to TCA to discuss "Girls," the new HBO comedy series he's producing with writer/director/star Lena Dunham ("Tiny Furniture") and former "Undeclared" writer Jenni Konner.
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<p>Trent Reznor performing with Nine Inch Nails in 2009</p>

Trent Reznor performing with Nine Inch Nails in 2009

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Trent Reznor is writing new Nine Inch Nails tunes, too: why that's good

How To Destroy Angels isn't the only music project the Oscar-winning writer's up to

At the end of the cold, nightmarish "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is a How to Destroy Angels cover of Bryan Ferry's "Is Your Love Strong Enough?". It was Fincher's idea. I don't think it worked at all.

This is largely because I'm not 100% sure Hot To Destroy Angels works, period. I've always found Maandig's voice to be too honeyed for the darker, industrial tones of Reznor's more-rhythmic songcrafting. "Strong Enough," granted, isn't the group's song, but it further reveals how out-of-water a sugar-malaise voice can be.

But some good news to this hater: Reznor won't only be working on a new HtDA album this year. He's writing for some new Nine Inch Nails action, too.

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