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Listen: Adam Lambert's new single 'Better Than I Know Myself'
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Listen: Adam Lambert's new single 'Better Than I Know Myself'

When is the full song coming?

So it's only a snippet but long-suffering Adam Lambert fans finally got a tease of what's coming next from their favorite "American Idol" contestant.

There have been a lot of fits and starts to get us to this point, many of which have been chronicled by Lambert for his little Glamberts in exhaustive detail via Twitter.

But today, we got a 30-second (okay, 27-second) tidbit of "Better Than I Know Myself," the first single from Lambert's second album. The full single will be available on Dec. 20-- Happy Holidays From Adam-- and the full album, "Trespassing," is expected in 2012.

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"Top Chef"

 "Top Chef"

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Recap: 'Top Chef' - 'Game On'

The chefs must cook a meal of game - but competing in pairs is the real challenge

As Edward points out, we're down to the dirty dozen. And speaking of dozen (or more), I'm keeping an eye on Padma. Since she admitted that she gains about 15 pounds during a season and just relies on clever, loose-fitting outfits to conceal her fuller form, I'm intrigued. Considering she always looks pretty amazing (and skinny), I'm thinking we all might be able to pick up some post-holiday fashion tips if she's really this skillful at concealment. So go ahead, down that eggnog! Grab a turkey leg! But then again, I'm not ruling out that Padma just has a closet full of Spanx that she's not copping to, so maybe proceed at your own risk. 

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<p>Robert Downey Jr. let down his guard and sat for an interview with us about his new film 'Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows'</p>

Robert Downey Jr. let down his guard and sat for an interview with us about his new film 'Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows'

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Watch: Robert Downey Jr. talks the new Moriarty with the former Moriarty

We sat down with the star of 'Sherlock Holmes - A Game Of Shadows'

The first time I sat down with Robert Downey Jr. to talk about all things "Sherlock Holmes," we were on the set of the first film in London, and I was still working for Ain't It Cool.  As a result, much was made of the idea that Moriarty was going to be visiting that day, and it turned out to be one of the strangest days on a set I've ever had.

Strange, but good.  What struck me right away was that Downey has that ability to focus his full attention on someone in a conversation in a way that cuts out the rest of the world, making you feel like there's nothing more urgent than whatever the two of you are discussing.

I took him a gift that day, a copy of a fascinating piece of literary criticism by Pierre Bayard called "Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening The Case of The Hound Of the Baskervilles."  I figured it was completely appropriate, and he responded to the gesture by giving me more and more time over the course of the afternoon.  It ended up being published as two different articles over at Ain't It Cool, and that was the end of my use of the name I published under for a full decade-plus.

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<p>Ben&nbsp;Kingsley at the Paris premiere of &quot;Hugo&quot;</p>

Ben Kingsley at the Paris premiere of "Hugo"

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Ben Kingsley recalls an early cinema favorite

How Sergei Eisenstein's 'Ivan the Terrible' stuck with him

Earlier this morning I had a nice sit-down with "Hugo" star Ben Kingsley. Sir Ben Kingsley, I beg your pardon. It was a nice back and forth about working with Martin Scorsese, the dynamics of acting with a child actor, being sparked creatively by the set design of the film and more. I'll try to have that for you tomorrow or Friday, but for now, a nugget regarding Kingsley's cinematic awakening.

"Hugo," of course, is Scorsese's ode to the art form, ultimately a bit of a history lesson on its earliest beginnings and a study in passion through the prism of film preservation. Kingsley recalled seeing a great many films as a school boy and admits his knowledge of film history is all the more nourished for having collaborated with Scorsese on two occasions, now, last year's (criminally underrated) "Shutter Island" being the first.

I asked him if he could recall anything that really jumped out from those formative years where a passion for the cinema was concerned.

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<p>Nicolas Winding Refn directs Ryan&nbsp;Gosling on the set of &quot;Drive.&quot;</p>

Nicolas Winding Refn directs Ryan Gosling on the set of "Drive."

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San Diego critics pick 'Artist,' Refn

Acting winners include Michael Shannon and Brit Marling

After recently releasing a list of nominees, the San Diego Film Critics Society has announced "The Artist" as Best Picture of the year. Though the film won nothing else from the group. Nicolas Winding Refn took the Best Director honor for "Drive," which is becoming consistent. Check out the full list of winners below.

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<p>Rihanna performs at a concert in Budapest, Hungary earlier this month.</p>

Rihanna performs at a concert in Budapest, Hungary earlier this month.

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Does Rihanna hold off a surging Katy Perry on this week's Billboard Hot 100?

Who does she beat if she can stay at No. 1 one more week?

Rihanna's "We Found Love" finds its way to a seventh week atop Billboard's Hot 100, but can the singer fend off a surge by Katy Perry

Perry's "The One That Got Away" soars 9-4 on this week's chart, in part due to a 69-cent sale price on the single, as well as a small gain in radio play.

But back to Rihanna. If "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris can last at least one more week at No. 1, it will hold the record for the most weeks at No. 1 in 2011, besting Adele's "Rolling In the Deep," with which it is currently tied. Additionally, should "We Found Love" make it another week at the top, it will become Rihanna's longest chart-topping single: Both "Umbrella" and Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie," which featured Rihanna were also No. 1 for seven weeks.

As we chart watchers know by now, "We Found Love's" hold on No. 1 means that LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" stays locked out of the top spot once again and spends its sixth week at No. 2, according to Billboard.  Similarly, Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" hangs out at No. 3 for another week, while Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" stays at No. 5.

Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Ni**as In Paris" skips two places to No. 6, Adele's "Someone Like You" falls one spot to No. 6, Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" featuring Christina Aguilera drops the farthest in the Top 10, sliding from No. 4-8, while David Guetta's "Without You" featuring Usher moves No. 7-9.

Closing out the Top 10 is T-Pain's "5 O'Clock" featuring Wiz Khalifa and Lily Alen, which inches up one spot. That's good enough to give Allen her first TOp 10 hit, Khalifa his fourth and T-Pain his 15th as both a lead and featured artist.

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<p>Madonna arrives at a special screening of her film &quot;W.E.&quot;&nbsp;in New York City earlier this month.</p>

Madonna arrives at a special screening of her film "W.E." in New York City earlier this month.

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UPDATED: The Top 5 Interscope artists Madonna should duet with

New album out in March, single in late January

Are Madonna and her new label home Interscope a good fit?  Can she and Lady Gaga exist on the same roster?  As rumored for several weeks, the Material Girl  has signed with  Jimmy Iovine’s label followed the end of her 25-year career on Warner Bros. (first through Seymour Stein’s Sire Records).

Today, both the New York Post and Billboard  report confirmation of the deal from unnamed sources. The Post says it is a 3-album deal, the first of which will be her 2012 album. Additionally, Madonna has her already existing multi-facted pact with Live Nation that includes touring and merchandise. The deal with Interscope will be a licensing deal through her Live Nation pact.

We'll get to the five duet partners in a second, but first our thoughts on the deal.

So does this make sense? Yes and no.  Madonna is so iconic, in some ways we’re surprised that she felt the need to sign another major label deal. Surely, she could self release her albums.

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Of course she could, but if you look at the legions of artists, veteran and still blooming, who release their own albums, most of them are not relying on radio play. As legendary as Ms. Ciccone is, to really sell albums (and downloads) and, most importantly, to prove her relevancy as a contemporary artist, she has to have her new songs on radio. That’s why we’re seeing her record with the likes of Nicki Minaj. And to achieve major success on pop radio, you still need to be on a major label.

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Taking questions for 12/16 Oscar Talk

Offer up your burning queries

You know the drill. We're back to business as usual this week after last Friday's top 10 edition of Oscar Talk. We'll be addressing "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," as well as the week in awards announcements. Rifle off your need-to-knows aside from that and we'll address a few on the show.

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<p>The &quot;X Factor&quot; Top 4</p>
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The "X Factor" Top 4

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Recap: 'The X Factor' - Final 4 Performances Live-Blog

It's Semifinal Night for Marcus, Chris, Melanie and Burrito Josh

It's the season's penultimate "X Factor" performance show. Sniffle.

Sunrise, sunset and all that good stuff.

Click through for a full live-blog of the performances by Marcus Canty, Melanie Amaro, Burrio Josh and Chris Rene...

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<p>Brad Pitt in &quot;Moneyball.&quot;</p>

Brad Pitt in "Moneyball."

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Will Palm Springs make it five in a row with Brad Pitt's Desert Palm award?

He'll be awarded for his work in 'The Tree of Life' and 'Moneyball'

It looks like the Palm Springs International Film Festival has chosen its Oscar stallion for the year. Brad Pitt has been selected to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Actor Award for his lead role in "Moneyball" and his supporting role in "The Tree of Life."

As has oft been discussed, Palm Springs's tendency toward predictive selections for its honorees has only increased over time. When the festival announced that Michelle Williams would be this year’s female awardee, we pointed out that the male recipient of the Desert Palm Achievement Award has gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for four straight years. Will this be the fifth?

I am an admirer of Pitt’s work. I respect that he took a career that could have been vanilla ice cream and shaped it into something unique. He makes interesting choices. He has grown over time and been willing to do so. That takes a particular kind of will and character. It amazes me how often people continue to dismiss him as an actor because he happens to be an extraordinarily good-looking movie star. I would prefer to see his work in “The Tree of Life” honored this year, but I would not be surprised to see him nominated in both fields.

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Album Review: Anthony Hamilton's ' So In Love' captivates
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Album Review: Anthony Hamilton's ' So In Love' captivates

Keri Hilson and Babyface drop by on neo-soul singer's latest

As we head into the holiday season, some new albums inevitably get lost among the mistletoe and tinsel. That’s why we wanted to call attention to a little gem: Anthony Hamilton’s “Back To Love.”

The R&B singer’s latest studio album came out yesterday (Dec. 13), but we just got around to listening to it today and it is a smooth, sexy blast of fresh air. The former D’Angelo back-up singer, has been one of the finest purveyors of the neo-soul sound over the course of his last several albums, but on “Back To Love,” he stretches his wings to successfully blend a more contemporary feel to the material without ever sacrificing the emotion.

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<p>Lana Del Rey in &quot;Born to Die&quot;</p>

Lana Del Rey in "Born to Die"

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Watch: Lana Del Rey is friends with tigers in the 'Born to Die' music video

Your ex-boyfriend is still a jerk, you can just tell

Lana Del Rey has released an opulent new music video for single "Born to Die," starring your a**hole ex-boyfriend.

The newly minted Interscope signee furthers her propensity for femme fatality in this chilly clip. Del Rey stars along a tattooed dude who obviously is no good for her, because -- according to the vid, helmed by Del Rey and musician/director Woodkid -- she is royalty and has the tigers to prove it.

Like "Video Games," I dig the production on the track, and its soft edges. She just sounds bored, and bored is boring.

There's been plenty of buzz and anti-buzz around Del Rey, partly due to the unconcealed plastic surgery on her career branding, from singer/songwriter Lizzy Grant to what's still-manifesting today. Interscope has obviously learned some lessons about coloring in a blank (albeit, dark) slate and willing talent, as they did with Lady Gaga. But then there's the attempt to capitalize on the internet echo-chamber, as it failed with Die Antwoord earlier this fall.

Anyway. "Born to Die" debuted earlier this month and will get an official retail drop on Jan. 23 and the album of the same name is out on Jan. 30.

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