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<p>Don Draper (Jon Hamm)&nbsp;and the rest of the &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;gang will be back in March.</p>

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and the rest of the "Mad Men" gang will be back in March.

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AMC sets 'Mad Men' & 'The Killing' premiere dates

Don Draper will return a week before the Seattle detectives
What has been rumored for weeks is official today: "Mad Men" season 5 will begin on Sunday night, March 25 - and, as a bonus, the season premiere will be two hours long. (The premiere will air from 9-11 p.m., while the show's usual timeslot will be Sundays at 10.)
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<p>B&eacute;r&eacute;nice Bejo displays some of Mark&nbsp;Bridges's contribution to &quot;The Artist.&quot;</p>

Bérénice Bejo displays some of Mark Bridges's contribution to "The Artist."

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Tech Support Interview: 'The Artist' costume designer Mark Bridges on building character in black and white

Will the Best Picture frontrunner be his first ticket to the Kodak?

For those of us who closely monitor the caliber of film costumes, Mark Bridges’s talent has been apparent for well over a decade, going back to at least Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights.”  Efforts such as “Magnolia,” “Punch-Drunk Love,” “Blast from the Past,” “There Will Be Blood” and “The Fighter” have shown Bridges’s ability to design threads for numerous periods and in a vast array of genres. His collaboration with Michel Hazanavicus on “The Artist,” however, has probably presented him with his best chance to date to finally find a place in Oscar’s final quintet.

The costumer came aboard this year's Best Picture frontrunner about 18 months ago, he says. “I went to meet Michel on the July fourth weekend in LA and as we discussed the project, we ended up referencing the same silent films,” he says, noting that it was clear the two of them clicked and he was formally offered the job shortly thereafter.

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Press Tour: Larry Hagman, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy will be core of new 'Dallas'

The feisty 80-year-old Hagman jokes that 'Friends' stars owe him money

While TNT may be counting on pretty young things like Jordana Brewster and Jesse Metcalfe to fuel interest in its new continuation of the old series "Dallas," the stars who really got the journalists at the TCA press tour fired up were the original show's "Big Three" -- Larry Hagman, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy. Hagman, wearing an enormous hat and looking fighting trim despite a cancer diagnosis last year, got the biggest laugh of the afternoon, despite some zingers from Duffy. 

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<p>Tina Majorino</p>
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Tina Majorino

Watch: Tina Majorino talks 'Napoleon Dynamite'

How was Comic-Con and what's new with Deb in animated form?
"Napoleon Dynamite" was a key transitional point in Tina Majorino's career, ending a hiatus between her time as as the child star of "Andre" and "Waterworld" and her later, young adult work on "Veronica Mars," "Big Love" and "Bones."
Majorino is returning to the world of "Napoleon Dynamite" this spring in FOX animated form, as viewers are reintroduced to her liger-loving Deb.
Check out my interview -- conducted in September, along with most of these pesky FOX video interviews -- with Majorino, which touched on the cast's then-recent visit to San Diego's Comic-Con, the influence of comedy veteran Mike Scully on the series and how Deb has changed in her animated incarnation.
"Napoleon Dynamite" premieres on FOX on Sunday, Jan. 15.
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<p>Karen Gillan as Amy Pond on &quot;Doctor Who.&quot;</p>

Karen Gillan as Amy Pond on "Doctor Who."

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Press tour: Karen Gillan on leaving 'Doctor Who' and starring in 'We'll Take Manhattan'

She'll segue from playing Amy Pond to iconic '60s model Jean Shrimpton

PASADENA - Karen Gillan came to press tour to discuss her new TV-movie "We'll Take Manhattan," but as often happens at this event, the first question for her was about her more famous role on "Doctor Who," which she will leave sometime during the British sci-fi series' next season.

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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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