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Listen: Ke$ha takes on Bob Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice, It's Alright'

It's for a good cause, but does that make it OK?

Ke$ha raised eyebrows when it was revealed her cover of Bob Dylan’s classic “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” would be included on the massive 76-song compilation, “Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan,”  coming out Jan. 24.

She is joined by such artists as Adele, My Morning Jacket, and Miley Cyrus on the set, which benefits Amnesty International.

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<p>Martin&nbsp;Scorsese at the Paris premiere of &quot;Hugo&quot;</p>

Martin Scorsese at the Paris premiere of "Hugo"

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Martin Scorsese tapped for Santa Barbara's American Riviera Award

The 'Hugo' helmer is the first director to receive the honor

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced that "Hugo" director Martin Scorsese will receive this years American Riviera Award. It's the first time the award -- which went to Annette Bening last year -- has gone to a director.

"Honoring Scorsese has been a dream of SBIFF's for many years," festival director Roger urling says in the press release. "We're thrilled that it's happening during a year when this contemporary master of cinema is breaking new ground with 'Hugo.'"

I figured he was sure to receive something, but I'd have figured him for the Modern Master Award, which is the festival's highest honor. I wonder, then, who'll be tapped for that. Steven Spielberg would be a real coup. Previous announcements have included Viola Davis as Outstanding Performer of the Year and Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo for the Vanguard Award.

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Adele 

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Adele talks next album, Amy Winehouse and being on the 'Z-List'

What makes the he top-selling artist of the year miserable?

Don’t hold out for “23” from Adele.  Billboard’s 2011 artist of the year is not only recovering from throat surgery, the musician, whose first two albums were called “19” and “21,” says she has not even started writing for her third album.

The 23-year-old tells Billboard that, furthermore, she has no idea when she’ll start. “I'm really looking forward to some time to do nothing,” Adele says, in the email-conducted interview. “I imagine I'll be 25 or 26 by the time my next record comes out, as I haven't even thought about my third record yet. I'm just gonna lay some concrete, set up home and just ‘be’ for a bit. I'll disappear and come back with a record when it's good enough. There will be no new music until it's good enough and until I'm ready."

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<p>Angelina Jolie discusses her role as director on the new drama &quot;In the Land of Blood and Honey.&quot;</p>

Angelina Jolie discusses her role as director on the new drama "In the Land of Blood and Honey."

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Watch: Director Angelina Jolie jokes she 'stole it all from Clint' Eastwood

'In the Land of Blood and Honey' filmmaker on taking the big step behind the camera

This is not your typical Angelina Jolie interview.  This is not an interview discussing Jolie's humanitarian efforts across the globe.  This is not an interview pestering Jolie about whether she thinks' longtime companion Brad Pitt will finally win an Oscar this year.  This is not an interview diving into the ridiculous tabloid headlines that follow Jolie on a daily and sometimes hourly basis.  This isn't an interview fishing for a bite on whether Jolie will star in sequels to "Salt" or "Wanted" or if and when the Kay Scarpetta movie is going to happen.  No, this is an interview about Angelina Jolie the director.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 106

Dan and Alan talk finales for 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Boardwalk Empire' and 'Boss'

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
 
It's a finale-filled installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, with chatter about the season-enders for "Sons of Anarchy," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Boss." We also chatted about the sneak premiere of HBO's "Luck," answered some mail and held our sports blather for last.
 
As we mention on the podcast, there *may* be another podcast on Thursday. Knock wood.
 
This week's breakdown:
"Sons of Anarchy" (02:00 - 23:55)
"Boardwalk Empire" (23:55 - 42:40)
"Boss" (42:40 - 49:50)
"Luck" (49:55 - 58:45)
Listener Mail: Enduring comedies (58:55 - 01:04:28)
Listener Mail: Increasingly niche networks (01:04:30 - 01:09:30)
Listener Mail: Single-cam/multi-cam comedies (01:09:35 - 01:14:10)
Random Sports Blather (01:14:40 - 01:26:45)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed.] 

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 106: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Luck,' 'Boss' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 106: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Luck,' 'Boss' & more

Alan and Dan also answer your mail and do even more sports talk

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It's a finale-heavy episode of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I discuss how "Boardwalk Empire," "Sons of Anarchy" and "Boss" wrapped up their seasons, briefly discuss HBO's "Luck" sneak preview, answer your mail and once again dip a toe into the waters of sports discussion (this time at the very end of the show, for the benefit of those of you who don't want sporting peanut butter mixed in with your TV chocolate) .

The line-up: 

"Sons of Anarchy" (02:00 - 23:55)
"Boardwalk Empire" (23:55 - 42:40)
"Boss" (42:40 - 49:50)
"Luck" (49:55 - 58:45)
Listener Mail: Enduring comedies (58:55 - 01:04:28)
Listener Mail: Increasingly niche networks (01:04:30 - 01:09:30)
Listener Mail: Single-cam/multi-cam comedies (01:09:35 - 01:14:10)
Random Sports Blather (01:14:40 - 01:26:45)
 
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us at sepinwall@hitfix.com and/or dan@hitfix.com if you have questions you want answered on the show. Please put the word "podcast" in your subject line to make it easy to track them down amid the hundreds of random press releases we get every day.
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<p>Woody Harrelson was named Best Actor for his performance in Oren&nbsp;Moverman's &quot;Rampart.&quot;</p>

Woody Harrelson was named Best Actor for his performance in Oren Moverman's "Rampart."

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'The Tree of Life,' Woody Harrelson honored by African American Film Critics Association

But what's up with that Best Song winner?

Wheeeeee! You ready for more? These are a nice change of pace. Seriously.

The African American Film Critics Association have named "The Tree of Life" the best film of the year and Steven McQueen the best director, for his film "Shame." Just yesterday the San Francisco crowd went with Terrence Malick's effort (which clocked in at #2 for me on the year). It would be nice to see more groups going that way. Mostly I'm stoked by their Best Actor choice: Woody Harrelson in "Rampart."

One award on the list really annoys me, though. And that's giving Best Song to "The Show" from "Moneyball." The inclusion of that track in the film already irritates me to no end. It's anachronistic and they don't even make an attempt to NOT pass it off as original to the movie. It could have been anything else. Yes, the words are perfect. But… But… And then to give it an award? Odd.

Anyway, check out the full list of winners below.

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<p>&quot;The Simpsons&quot;&nbsp;taking one of many Christmas card photos last night.</p>

"The Simpsons" taking one of many Christmas card photos last night.

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'The Simpsons' - 'Holidays of Future Passed': The darkest timeline?

The series jumps 30 years into the future for a sweet, funny Christmas story

I have other work I should be getting to right now, but last night's "The Simpsons" was so tremendous that I want to take a couple of minutes to acknowledge it, with thoughts on the Christmas episode coming up just as soon as I get some mohawk gel and a can of dog food...

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"Fear Factor"

 "Fear Factor"

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Do we really need more 'Fear Factor'?

The reality classic returns tonight, but will audiences respond?

In the world of television, everything old really is new again (and again and again). Five years after "Fear Factor" and its gross-out stunts fell off prime-time's radar, the show is back and, NBC promises, bigger and badder (and, we can assume, grosser) than ever. Even original host Joe Rogan returns, albeit with a little less hair. The question is whether audiences will have the same appetite for bug eating, endurance tests and innards-swallowing they've had in the past. I mean, audiences other than 10-year-old boys, of course. 

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<p>Ernest Hemingway sits at his typewriter in Cuba.</p>

Ernest Hemingway sits at his typewriter in Cuba.

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Corey Stoll on Ernest Hemingway's complicity in his own myth

The 'Midnight in Paris' star reads from the author's letters at Boston's JFK Library

BOSTON - The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum sits fairly isolated on Boston Harbor. On a cold and clear December day, I.M. Pei’s architecture looks undeniably beautiful, in many ways showing the best of what can be accomplished in America. But the view of the harbor is undeniably stark, leaving one to wonder: What if the man to which it was dedicated had lived longer?

It seems only appropriate that this shrine to the most notable member of the famed yet tragic “essential American family” is also home to the largest collection of letters from the famed yet tragic “essential American author.” Once upon a time, Ernest Hemingway’s widow struck up a friendship with the 35th president and his wife when she needed permission to go to Cuba to retrieve her husband’s belongings. One thing led to another and today, there is more original archived material from and about Hemingway at the JFK Library than anywhere in the world.

In addition to his novels and short stories, Hemingway was also a prolific letter writer (around 2,500 of his letters are at the JFK Library alone). And Hemingway scholar Sandra Spanier has recently edited the first book in a 16-volume collection of them.

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<p>This is a candid photo taken during the recording of the soundtrack for 'The Muppets,' and was not staged in any way. &nbsp;Seriously.</p>

This is a candid photo taken during the recording of the soundtrack for 'The Muppets,' and was not staged in any way.  Seriously.

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Listen: Bret McKenzie discusses songwriting for 'The Muppets'

Plus Scott loves Jonah Hill and we play some more Movie God

Wow.  I really screwed this up.

Until someone asked me about it on Twitter last night, I was under the impression that I had published both the pre-Thanksgiving and post-Thanksgiving podcasts, and I even distinctly remember putting together the article for the first one.  But when I went back to look, I realized that I seem to be going soft in my old age.

It's a shame, too, so I'm going to publish not one… not two… but three podcasts in the next 9 hours.  It's going to veritably rain podcasts down on you people.  And all three of them are overloaded with goodness, so hopefully that will make up for my apparent brain damage.

This first podcast features an interview with Flight of the Conchords member Bret McKenzie, and it's a real treat to talk to him about his work on "The Muppets."  He's at an interesting point in his career right now, and they don't really make a ton of movie musicals.  Still, I'd say he more than proved he's up for the task, and I hope more filmmakers reach out to him and build some projects around the work he does.

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<p>&quot;Drive&quot;&nbsp;had a strong showing, popping up twice in the &quot;Best Scene&quot;&nbsp;category.</p>

"Drive" had a strong showing, popping up twice in the "Best Scene" category.

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'The Artist' and 'Drive' lead with St. Louis critics

They also really dug 'Hanna'

Strap in. It's gonna be a bumpy ride. More critics kudos! (Hey, look on the bright side. At this rate it'll be over sooner rather than later.)

But the St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association's list of nominees brings up an interesting question: Should critics groups really be bothering with self-satisfying nominations announcements? I'm one to talk, of course, since I do something similar every year, but that's always covered within three days, whereas some of these guys (the D.C. crowd excepted) will stretch things out between nods and awards to simply get another burst of PR later.

It would be one thing if this allowed for a nice sampling of unique mentions, but that's rarely the case. With this group we get a Best Picture nod for "My Week with Marilyn," some Best Director love for David Fincher, notices for Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan in "Hanna," a tip of the hat to Alan Rickman, etc. So it's okay, I guess. But I don't know. Just give us your winners and be done with it.

Anyway, check out the full list of nominees below.

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