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 "Project Runway All Stars" 

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Interview: 'Project Runway All Stars' talks tears, strategy

The win offers a chance for one designer to get to 'the next level'

So, spoiler alert -- I spoke to the winner of "Project Runway All Stars," and I can only say so much before I have to reveal the gender, so let's just say don't click to the story if you don't want to know.

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<p>I&nbsp;wish they'd have released the image from this same scene where Affleck tries smiling for the cameras.</p>

I wish they'd have released the image from this same scene where Affleck tries smiling for the cameras.

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'Gone Girl' screenplay adaptation more faithful than Affleck interview suggests

Fans should be excited about the way Gillian Flynn adapted her own book

"Does any couple possibly know each other better than we do, right now?"

When Amy asks that question of Nick in Gillian Flynn's screenplay adaptation of her massively popular novel "Gone Girl," it's a genuinely provocative query. That's not a spoiler, either, because you have no idea where that happens on the timeline of the story of what happens between a married couple when the wife disappears on the morning of their fifth anniversary and all the evidence clearly makes it seem like the husband killed her.

I'll confess that it threw me at first when David Fincher signed on to make the film, because it seemed almost too popular a pick. Then again, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" sold a bazillion copies, so I guess this is within the same general wheelhouse. This week's cover story in "Entertainment Weekly" is built around interviews with Fincher, Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and Gillian Flynn, and they make a pretty strong case for why this particular chemical match game might result in something special.

There's one quote in particular that has people really worked up, though. It's sort of a weird convoluted quote, though. It's David Fincher quoting Ben Affleck's reaction to Flynn's adaptation of her own work: "Ben was so shocked by it. He would say, 'This is a whole new third at! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.'"

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<p>Tom Morello</p>

Tom Morello


Inspired by Springsteen, Tom Morello's ready to rock on solo album

His stint in the E Street Band paved the way

Becoming a temporary member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band has so inspired Tom Morello that he now intends to make his first solo rock record.

Though Morello certainly let his rock god out with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, his four solo sets have been gentler, folkier outings under the moniker The Nightwatchman.

After touring with Springsteen in Australia this past summer as the replacement for Steven Van Zandt, who was filming “Lilyhammer,”  Morello tells Billboard he was inspired to rock out. “The first time I ever sang with an electric guitar in my hands was 'The Ghost of Tom Joad' [with Springsteen] at the Anaheim (Calif.) Pond in 2008. Until then I'd kept my folk singing career and my electric guitar shredding career completely separate," Morello told Billboard. "It was on that (Anaheim) stage that I realized there might be a way to combine all the things I do as a songwriter and a guitar player, and this record is going to be that."

Morello has a number of songs already written but he’ll have to wait to hit the studio until he returns from playing South Africa, New Zealand and Australia (again)  with the E Street Band.  “I want to make the craziest guitar record that anyone’s ever heard,” he says.

Morello can be heard on Springsteen's new album, "High Hopes," out Jan. 14. The guitarist is on eight of the tracks.

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<p>A scene from &quot;The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.&quot;</p>

A scene from "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

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'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2' starts rolling, with Richard Gere on board

Judi Dench and Maggie Smith among the returning cast members

Love "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?" Love Richard Gere? Well, consider your day made. Fox Searchlight announced today that production on a sequel to the British feelgood hit from 2012 is officially under way in India, with Fox Searchlight once more backing the enterprise, and the first film's Oscar-nominated director John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love") back behind the camera.

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<p>Sarah Palin</p>

Sarah Palin

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Press Tour: Sarah Palin offers critics breakfast, Alaskan visit

Former Governor will have a show on Sportsman Channel
The last time Sarah Palin appeared at a Television Critics Association press tour, she upstage husband Todd's NBC reality show, but was herself upstaged by Crystal, the simian co-star of the short-lived alleged-comedy "Animal Practice."
On Friday (January 10) morning, Sarah Palin had the spotlight all to herself and successfully filled a Pasadena hotel ballroom even at 8 a.m. and even though she was appearing for a network -- Sportsman Channel -- few in the TCA room are even vaguely aware of. 
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<p>Joaquin Phoenix in &quot;Her.&quot;</p>

Joaquin Phoenix in "Her."

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Georgia Film Critics Association falls for 'Her'

'12 Years a Slave' takes a trio of acting awards

The Georgia Film Critics' Association, who had one of the more interesting nomination lists of the circuit so far, have named Spike Jonze's "Her" the best film of the year., also handing it awards for Jonze's screenplay and Arcade Fire's score. Joaquin Phoenix initially tied with "12 Years a Slave" star Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor, but the latter was handed the win based on nomination votes; Ejiofor's co-stars Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o were also rewarded. Alas, the extensive love for "Upstream Color" at the nomination stage didn't result in any awards, though "Short Term 12" for Best Adapted Screenplay is an against-the-grain choice. Full list of winners after the jump; everything else at The Circuit.

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<p>&quot;About a Boy&quot;</p>

"About a Boy"

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NBC sets spring premieres for 'About a Boy,' 'Believe' and more

'Crisis' will air on Sunday nights post-'Believe'
Because I needed outside news to cover in the middle of an exhaustive cable day at the Television Critics Association press tour, NBC announced a slew of spring premieres on Friday (January 10). The newly announced premieres clear up most of the network's remaining programming mysteries for the 2013-2014 season.
The big beneficiaries of the new spring schedule are "Believe" and "About a Boy," which will both get boosts from the Olympics, "The Voice" or both.
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<p>Michael Fassbender and Sarah Paulson in &quot;12 Years a Slave.&quot;</p>

Michael Fassbender and Sarah Paulson in "12 Years a Slave."

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'12 Years a Slave' sweeps Iowa critics' awards

The slavery drama takes Best Picture, Director and three acting awards

I think our 50-state tour of the American critics' awards is slowly drawing to a close, but not before we hear from the Iowa Film Critics' Association. And they like "12 Years a Slave" even more than the numerous other groups who have liked "12 Years a Slave" in the past six weeks. Steve McQueen's film took every award it could from the group, including Best Picture, Director and three acting prizes. (They don't appear to have a screenplay category.) "American Hustle" and "Nebraska" had strong support, to judge from the runner-up citations, but not enough to halt the sweep. Full list of winners and runners-up (second and third place, if you're being hyper-specific) after the jump; everything else at The Circuit

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National Lampoon's 'Vacation' reunion: ABC plans comedy with Chevy Chase & Beverly D'Angelo

National Lampoon's "Vacation" reunion: ABC plans comedy with Chevy Chase & Beverly D'Angelo

ABC has just signed up both actors to star in a comedy for the 2015-16 season, but the proposed project  is still in the very early stages.

NBC announces its midseason schedule, "About a Boy" to air after "The Voice"
"Believe" from J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron will air on Sundays, as will "Crisis" starring Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney. "Growing Up Fisher" will debut after "About a Boy." Both new comedies will be previewed during the Winter Olympics.

"Veronica Mars" movie poster unveiled
"She thought she was out."

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Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform at Super Bowl halftime with Bruno Mars

Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform at Super Bowl halftime with Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars reportedly invited the Chili Peppers to back him up during the Super Bowl halftime show in New Jersey.

Mindy Kaling talks to Letterman about the "weird reaction" to her Elle cover
"I just feel like they're kind of insulting me," she says of the cover's critics.

Chace Crawford joins "Glee's" 100th episode

The "Gossip Girl" alum will play Biff, Dianna Agron's new love interest.

Amy Poehler on "SNL's" new cast member: "We all know Sasheer and her work"

Upright Citizens Brigade member Sasheer Zamata "was part of our diversity program many years ago," says Poehler, who co-founded UCB. "She's an awesome performer and so congratulations to her."

Why Lena Dunham's "Girls" nudity doesn't have to be "titillating"
Hannah's nakedness serves another purpose, most notably illustrating the intimacy between the show's characters.

Nat Geo renews "Diggers"
The artifact reality show will return for a 2nd season next month.

Paul Giamatti's FX series "Hoke" adds alums from "Game of Thrones" and "The Wire"
Oona Chaplin will play Giamatti's partner on the detective drama. Also joining the cast are Robert Wisdom, Tammy Blanchard and John Carroll Lynch.

"Awkward" will return with a 1-hour season premiere
Season 4 kicks off April 15.

Starz's "Outlander" will have a different opening from the book
Instead, there will be a two-minute prologue featuring Claire Randall. PLUS: Ron Moore tells how "Game of Thrones" influenced his approach to "Outlander."

MTV2's new slate includes "Guy Code" and "Ain't That America with Lil Duval"
Also, Charlamagne tha God will host "Charlamagne and Friends."

Matt Bomer chops off most of his hair
The "White Collar" star revealed his new buzz cut look while promoting "The Normal Heart."

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<p>Sandra Bullock accepts the favorite movie actress award at the People's Choice Awards Wednesday night. She goes for some more serious hardware Sunday at the Golden Globes.</p>

Sandra Bullock accepts the favorite movie actress award at the People's Choice Awards Wednesday night. She goes for some more serious hardware Sunday at the Golden Globes.

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Sandra Bullock praised for bringing 'the truth' to 'Gravity'

Guild members pack Chinese Theater for Q&A

HOLLYWOOD - Academy members may have already submitted their ballots to determine this year's Oscar nominations, but determining the industry's guild winners is coming down to the wire. That was just one reason why Warner Bros. hosted an IMAX screening of Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" with an impressive Q&A afterward at the Chinese Theater Thursday night for all of the major guilds. And if it ends up rubbing off on some Academy members in attendance down the road, that won't hurt either.

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<p>U2 at the premiere of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'</p>

U2 at the premiere of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

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Predictions: Will Justin Timberlake or U2 win a Golden Globe Sunday?

In a year with no frontrunners, who takes home the statue?

My colleagues on the film and television side posted their Golden Globe predictions in all categories yesterday and I’m happy to see that they had as tough a time as I did when it came to picking who they felt would win in the two music categories. Both races seem wide open as we head into the final days before the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night (10).  Will the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. members go for the biggest pop star over the best song when it comes to Best Original Song as they have in the past? How much of an advantage does John Williams have for Best Original just because he’s John Williams?
Here are my predictions for the music winners:

Best Original Song - Motion Picture

“Atlas” (“Hunger Games: Catching Fire”)
“Let It Go” (“Frozen”)
“Ordinary Love” (“Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”)
“Please Mr. Kennedy” (“Inside Llewyn Davis”)
“Sweeter Than Fiction” (“One Chance”)

Unlike last year when Adele’s “Skyfall” was the clear frontrunner, there’s no obvious winner this year. In the past, the HFPA. members have been starstruck and picked the biggest name... how else do you explain Madonna’s victory for “Masterpiece” (“W.E.”) in 2011? If the voters go traditional, then “Let It Go” from “Frozen” will win. Otherwise it could come down to which music superstars they want to honor:  Coldplay for “Atlas,” Taylor Swift for “Sweeter Than Fiction,” Justin Timberlake for “Please Mr. Kennedy” or U2 for “Ordinary Love.” Between Bono’s appeal and Mandela’s passing (and the fact that it’s a nice song), the winner will be “Ordinary Love.”

Winner: “Ordinary Love”

Best Original Score

“All is Lost,”  Alex Ebert
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Alex Heffes
Gravity,” Steven Price
“The Book Thief,” John Williams
12 Years a Slave,” Hans Zimmer

Williams has been nominated a staggering 25 times in this category so while it’s tempting to think he’s the automatic leader, he’s only won four times, so he’s not a shoo-in. Both Ebert and Price had the more interesting composing challenges here since their films had so little dialogue for long stretches. Looking over past winners, HFPA has honored both sweeping, orchestral scores and very of-the-moment, pop-oriented scores.  All the nominees here did their jobs very well, but there are parts of Zimmer’s score that were especially haunting and memorable.

Winner: “12 Years a Slave”

Who do you think will win? 

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