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Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais

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Golden Globes 2012 Live-Blog

Follow the winners, losers, speeches and Ricky Gervais...

Welcome, friends, to my live blog of the 2012 Golden Globe Awards! 

There's a funny story for how I ended up handling live-blogging duties rather than HitFix's all-around Awards Guru Gregory Ellwood, but I'll let him tell it. 

As for me, I'm just so happy to be done with the Television Critics Association press tour that I'm raring and ready to go...

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<p>Lana Del Rey performs on &quot;Saturday Night Live&quot;.</p>

Lana Del Rey performs on "Saturday Night Live".

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Was Lana Del Rey's 'Saturday Night Live' performance a career killer?

Is Lady Gaga the only one who gets to reinvent herself?

For Interscope Records, which will release Lana Del Rey’s major label debut on Jan. 31, the good news is there’s lots and lots of discussion about Del Rey clogging the internet today following her performance on “Saturday Night Live” last night.

The bad news is most of it is horrible.

If you already knew who Lana Del Rey was, chances are pretty good last night’s performances did nothing to make you want to investigate her further. If you had never heard of her before last night, there was little in her awkward, uncomfortable appearance that is likely to make you seek out the album, the perhaps unfortunately titled "Born To Die,"  when it drops.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Ricky&nbsp;Gervais arrives at the 69th annual&nbsp;Golden&nbsp;Globes.</p>

Ricky Gervais arrives at the 69th annual Golden Globes.

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'The Artist,' 'The Descendants' win big with Golden Globes (plus live blog)

George Clooney and Meryl Streep take top acting honors

Tonight brings us the most significant of pre-Oscar Awards ceremonies: the Golden Globes. Okay, so the level of legitimacy that the HFPA has inspired is questionable at best. But there can be no question that the Globes have the highest profile of all the events leading up to Oscar's big night. More importantly, though, Ricky Gervais is going to go absolutely mental tonight.

Guy posted his Golden Globe predictions earlier today, as well as his ideal selections. Though there are several categories where Guy and I are of a similar mind, there are one or two, however, where I favor a different film. In any event, here is our opportunity to share our thoughts as the evening unfolds on the hits and misses of the honors, speeches and inevitable deliciously inappropriate musings of the host.

I’ll my posting my own up to date reflections and invite you to join in with your opinions. Kris will be busy representing In Contention in and around the Beverly Hilton, where everyone from Fox to Universal to Weinstein and Warner Bros. will be (they hope) celebrating their spoils. He'll be back soon enough to report from those, but in the interim, three, two, one…

You can also follow @kristapley on twitter for on the ground updates.

For great updates in the TV categories you can also check in with Dan Fienberg the Hitfix TV expert.

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Watch: Efren Ramirez talks FOX's 'Napoleon Dynamite'

T-shirt talk with the man the fans know as "Pedro"
When it comes to Efren Ramirez, it's all about t-shirts.
 
When the man who helped turn "Vote For Pedro" into one of the decade's most ubiquitous, annoying t-shirt fad sits down in front of you with a "You Don't Know Me" t-shirt, it isn't arbitrary. 
 
Although Ramirez is most closely associated with his presidentially aspirational character from "Napoleon Dynamite," he's always been happy to talk about his career beyond Pedro, his acting inspirations and, in this interview from the fall, his recent experience meeting fans at San Diego's Comic-Con.
 
"Napoleon Dynamite" migrates to FOX in animated form tonight (January 15). Before the premiere, check out this video interview.
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<p>John Landgraf</p>
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John Landgraf

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Press Tour '12 Live-Blog: FX Executive session with John Landgraf

Expect lots and lots of Charlie Sheen questions. And maybe some 'Powers' stuff

Thanks to Mr. Charlie Sheen, FX's executive session with President & General Manager John Landgraf could be fun... Let's find out...

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<p>&quot;The Artist&quot; has at least two wins locked up ahead of tonight's Golden Globe Awards.</p>

"The Artist" has at least two wins locked up ahead of tonight's Golden Globe Awards.

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Globe predictions: Plain sailing for 'The Artist,' but what about the dramas?

Plus, my picks for who deserves to win at tonight's ceremony

Not since the 2002 awards season was bouncily dominated by "Chicago" -- the last comedy, or indeed musical, to take the Best Picture Oscar -- has drama looked like more of an afterthought at the Golden Globe Awards. As Rob Marshall's frisky tuner swept the comedy/musical categories at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's perennially boozy shindig, the top prize in the corresponding drama category was handed to "The Hours," a modest, downbeat female ensemble piece that everyone knew hadn't a shot in hell at the Oscar. The award that usually represents the climax of the Globes ceremony had been downgraded to consolation-prize status.  

Nine years later, as if to restore some lustre to a category that last year named "The Tourist" one of the year's best films, we're looking at a similar situation. "The Artist," the silent French wonder that currently leads the Oscar race by a comfortable distance, is a foreordained winner of the musical/comedy Best Picture Globe tonight (as well as a Best Actor prize for star Jean Dujardin), while over in the drama race, a number of less favored titles are jostling for the title of Official Opposition.

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<p>Lana Del Rey and Daniel Radcliffe of &quot;Saturday Night Live&quot;</p>

Lana Del Rey and Daniel Radcliffe of "Saturday Night Live"

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Daniel Radcliffe and Lana Del Rey

Would the 'Harry Potter' star be able to cast an 'SNL' spell?

There are many actors out there who are known primarily for a single role, but very few of those actors spent an entire decade of their lives playing that role in a series of eight films which quite comfortably be considered a phenomenon. It’s all the more impressive of course that Daniel Radcliffe, hosting “Saturday Night Live” for the first time, has done all of this at the young age of 22, all while seemingly avoided the child star syndrome that has plagued so many others who became so famous so quickly.

This seems like a fine week to be filling in for my estimable colleague Ryan McGee, given that Radcliffe has spent much of the past year honing his live performance skills on Broadway. As Hugh Jackman indicated in his brief cameo as Daniel Radcliffe earlier this year, there are definite advantages to having celebrities who have at least some experience in a live setting, and from the moment tonight’s episode began it was clear that Radcliffe has become highly comfortable with this kind of environment, making for a strong central performance that could weather even the weakest material the show could send at it.
 
However, before we get started, I figured in honor of Radcliffe’s presence we should adjust our grading system accordingly. As a result, I’ve adopted – just for this week – the system of evaluation for the Ordinary Wizarding Levels at Hogwarts. While this means that we need a legend to interpret some of the below, I feel it’s only fitting (and gives me the potential to label something particular awful as “Troll,” which seems too good an opportunity to pass up).
 
The O.W.L. Grading Scheme
 
O = Outstanding
E = Exceeds Expectations
A = Acceptable
P = Poor
D = Dreadful
T = Troll
 
Let the exams begin – hope you all brought your timeturners!
 
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<p>Tom&nbsp;Hardy won Best Actor for his performance in &quot;Warrior.&quot;</p>

Tom Hardy won Best Actor for his performance in "Warrior."

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Nevada film critics tap 'Hugo,' Scorsese

Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain win top acting honors

The Nevada Film Critics Society has spoken and "Hugo" was the word on its collective lips. The film won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Child Actor from the group. Meanwhile, Tom Hardy received his first win of the season for his performance in "Warrior." Check out the full list of winners below.

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<p>&quot;Napoleon Dynamite&quot;</p>
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"Napoleon Dynamite"

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HitFix Interview: Jon Heder talks FOX's 'Napoleon Dynamite'

New 'Napoleon Dynamite' cartoon premieres on Sunday
When "Napoleon Dynamite" went from Sundance sleeper to art house curiosity to mainstream sensation in 2004, it elevated its star to that pantheon of actors who are unavoidably and inextricably linked with a single role.
 
Eight years later, Jon Heder's name and the character of Napoleon Dynamite are still tied together. Since "Napoleon Dynamite," Heder has had some small successes ("Benchwarmers," "Monster House") and at least one big hit ("Blades of Glory"), but there's only one "Napoleon Dynamite."
 
"Yeah. I go to Disneyland and people are like "Freakin' Idiot!" and I'm like, "What'd I ever do to you? Oh. Oh, you're quoting the movie,'" laughed Heder when we spoke last summer following a table read for the first season finale of the FOX animated comedy adaptation of "Napoleon Dynamite." 
 
In the interview, Heder and I discussed the positives and negatives of the "Napoleon Dynamite" phenomenon, the spirit of the new animated series
and the challenge of finding that Napoleon Dynamite voice once again.
 
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Watch: 'Joyful Noise's' Keke Palmer and Jeremy Jordan talk working with icons

Just how intimidating is it to duet with Dolly Parton?

Jeremy Jordan gets thrown in the deep end in “Joyful Noise,” which opens today. The Broadway vet makes his movie debut in the film and holds his own playing against such icons as Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. Plus, he plays the love interest of KeKe Palmer, who, at 18, may have more film experience than the other three combined. She certainly has poise, as she shows in this interview.

Palmer, whose rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” is one of the film’s musical highlights, and Jordan share a sweet chemistry on screen and their connection was evident during our short interview with them as well.

In the interview above, Jordan, who is headed back to Broadway to star in “Newsies,”  talks about sharing a piano bench and a song with Parton, while Palmer confesses that she has sassed her mom, just like her character does with Queen Latifah, who plays her movie mom. The film was a reunion for Palmer and Queen Latifah, who worked together when Palmer was 9 in "Beauty Shop." 
 

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<p>Harvey&nbsp;Weinstein (who got around this weekend, even showing up at Paramount's shin-dig) and Michelle Williams at Wednesday night's Weinstein&nbsp;Company event</p>

Harvey Weinstein (who got around this weekend, even showing up at Paramount's shin-dig) and Michelle Williams at Wednesday night's Weinstein Company event

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Pre-Globes party weekend: Weinstein, AFI, Paramount, Film Independent and BAFTA do it up

Indie Spirit filmmaker grants also presented

Leading into tomorrow's Golden Globes ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Hollywood has been all abuzz with events aimed at making the most of having talent in town for the big awards show weekend.

Things started Wednesday night with a Weinstein Company pre-Globes soiree that I didn't attend, but Thursday brought plenty to chew on with the 17th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, already covered and recapped.

Yesterday afternoon there was an AFI awards luncheon, which I also didn't attend. I did, however, stop by Paramount's big pre-Globes party on behalf of its nominees later that night. I'm happy they relocated it over to the lot after holding it at the Chateau Marmont, as it's become very much an over-crowded shin-dig over the years. Seriously, sardines in a can. The breathing room was nice.

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Zombie

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Press Tour '12 Live-Blog: AMC's 'The Walking Dead'

Expect lots of chatter about Frank Darabont, budgets and whatnot

Let's get down to business with Saturday's (January 14) Television Critics Association press tour panel for AMC's "The Walking Dead"...

In case you didn't already see, AMC has extended the previously renewed third season of "The Walking Dead" to 16 episodes. But Season 2 is only 13 episodes and it's returning on February 12 to wrap things up.

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