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<p>Candince Glover</p>

Candince Glover

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'American Idol's' Candice Glover: 'I'm a hopeless romantic': Interview

On new single 'Cried,' and her major label debut

Cried,” the official first single from “American Idol” Season 12 winner Candice Glover’s forthcoming  “Music Speaks,  came out last week and it gave listeners a taste of what to expect from her forthcoming debut.

Though she didn’t write the gorgeous ballad, The Underdogs’ produced tune speaks for her. “When you have been through it or not, and I have, you’re wearing your heart on your sleeve so people can connect to it. This guy just doesn’t love you any more and you’re tried so hard to understand,” she says. “That’s the part of love that all of us wish we hadn’t been through.”

The love theme plays prominently on “Music Speaks,” which will come out Feb. 18. “Love is one of my favorite things to talk about,” she says. “Every song will be about losing it or finding it, seeing a guy and not knowing if you want to tell him how you feel yet. I guess I’m a hopeless romantic.”

Glover’s coronation single, the uplifting “I Am Beautiful,” debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs chart.

Though “American Idol” winners usually release an album shortly after they win their title, Glover’s set has been pushed back a few times—originally from the summer to the fall and now to February. She blames herself for the delay.  “I’m such a perfectionist. That showed while I was on [‘Idol’]. Every week the contestants would practice their songs and I would be locked up in my room, making sure every single note and everything was perfect. I didn’t want to rush the album.”

The extra time has allowed Glover to consider a wider range of songs and even to include two tunes that she co-wrote, “Forever That Man,” and “Three Little Words.”

Additionally, the slower process has allowed her to get used to being in a recording studio. “Before I won ‘American Idol,’ I’d never been in a professional studio at all,” the South Carolina native says. “I’m getting more used to it. I’m really weird though, I sing way better in a crowd of 3,000. It’s easier than singing in front of 2. I have them turn off the lights [in the recording booth]. I like it to be completely jet black in there. It helps me. Then I can make all the ugly faces I want to make.”

 

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Sundance 2014: Kristen Stewart heads to Guantanamo in first image from 'Camp X-Ray'
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Sundance 2014: Kristen Stewart heads to Guantanamo in first image from 'Camp X-Ray'

'Twilight' actress is a long way from Forks

Kristen Stewart has come a long way from Forks.

The "Twilight" actress dons military fatigues in the very first image from "Camp X-Ray," an upcoming military drama slated to screen in competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Peter Sattler (making his feature-length helming debut with the film), "Camp X-Ray" centers on Stewart's character Cole, a young American soldier stationed at Guantanamo Bay who strikes up a friendship with a Muslim prisoner (Peyman Moaadi) who's been held there for eight years. The title is a play on a now-defunct temporary detention facility at Gitmo that opened in 2002.

Check out the image below.

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Miley Cyrus's 'Wrecking Ball' crashes back to No. 1
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Miley Cyrus's 'Wrecking Ball' crashes back to No. 1

How did the song end Lorde's reign?

Well, that was unexpected. Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”  crashes back to No. 1 this week ending Lorde’s nine-week streak with “Royals.”

Cyrus’ return comes courtesy of a parody video of the song by Stephen Karynal, which, because Billboard now counts YouTube video streams and the clip features Cyrus’ audio of the song, pushes her back to the top. It has been nine weeks since “Wrecking Ball” dropped out of No. 1, making it the longest gap between a song leaving and returning to the top spot in the Hot 100’s 55-year history, according to Billboard.

Eminem’s “The Monster,” featuring Rihanna, which was poised to hop into the top spot, remains at No. 2 for the fourth week. “Royals” drops to No. 3.

Following their performance of the song on the AMAs, Pitbull’s “Timber,” featuring Ke$ha, leaps 8-4, pushing OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” down 4-5.

The push down continues as Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” drops 5-6 and Imagine Dragons’ “Demons” slips 6-7.
One Direction’s “Story of My Life” climbs back into the top 10, moving 13-8, propelled by sales of the band’s new album, “Midnight Memories,” which bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 today.

Katy Perry’s “Roar” falls 7-9 and A Great Big World’s “Say Something,” featuring Christina Aguilera, makes a great big leap into the top 10, soaring 18-10. Like “Timber” and “Story of My Life,” it sees a big AMA bump.

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<p>Metric</p>

Metric

Get lost in Metric's vibrant new video for 'Lost Kitten'

This is the best voguing you'll see all year
Canadian pop outfit Metric journeys to Mexico City for its new video "Lost Kitten," a single off its 2012 album "Synthetica." But don't expect to see the band anywhere in this video that is stylized like a Pedro Almodóvar film and chronicles the story of a lost, voguing dancer. Check it out here or below.
 
The song "Lost Kitten" recalls Metric in its angsty-pop "Grow Up and Blow Away" period, with frontwoman Emily Haines chirping sassy lines like "they got it, they want it, they give it away." The video takes a literal approach to the song's plea for home and security, following ballroom dancer Sheldon McIntosh (also known as Toronto drag performer Tynomi Banks) as he searches for his mother on the streets and outskirts of Mexico City. 
 
The color-saturated video opens with McIntosh waking up on a couch in a sequined jacket, white shorts and black kitten heel boots (Lady Gaga should steal this look) and finding a postcard from his estranged "Mama." McIntosh starts to softly hum the lyrics "you've got my eyes, you've got my eyes" and the actual song kicks in when he begins his quest. The video elegantly juxtaposes the glamorous, strutting McIntosh with the bustling city of vendors and commuters. In the video's stunning finale, McIntosh vogues on the deck of a flat-bottomed boat drifting down a canal that leads to his mother's arms.
 
Directed by fellow Canadian Sammy Rawal, the video was funded by MuchFACT, which provides grants to Canadian artists. The band grapples with conformity, the natural world and modern technology on "Synthetica," which was re-released last month as an instrumental, synthesizer-only album called "Synthetica Reflections." The new "Synthetica" interactive app allows fans to remix songs from the album.
 
If you want to see the beautiful Haines, she stars in the new video for the album's title track, which you can watch here.

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<p>Nick Cave</p>

Nick Cave

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2014 Sundance Documentary competitions showcase Nick Cave, Internet paranoia and more

'Dinosaur 13' and 'The Green Prince' will open the Festival
2014 Sundance Documentary Competitions showcase Nick Cave, Internet paranoia and more
 
Earlier this week, the 15 film Oscars Documentary shortlist was announced. 
 
If you were at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, you might have caught the majority of the films on that list, including "Blackfish," "The Crash Reel," "Cutie and the Boxer," "Dirty Wars," "God Loves Uganda," "Life According to Sam," "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," "The Square," "Stories We Tell," "20 Feet From Stardom" and "Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington."
 
And the 2013 Sundance documentary slate also included a slew of acclaimed films that [for one reason or another] didn't make the Oscars shortlist, including "Inequality For All," "American Promise," "Wikileaks," "After Tiller" and the Festival's big doc hit "Blood Brother."
 
In short, if you're a fan of mainstream documentaries, it's still hard to beat Sundance when it comes to catching world and American premieres for top notch documentaries. 
 
On Wednesday (December 4), Sundance announced the competition slates for the the World and US Documentary Competition at the 2014 Festival, which will run from January 16-26 in Park City.
 
Since I end up providing the bulk of HitFix's documentary coverage from Sundance, the docs end up being the first category I look at, while our movie gang's got your look at the Narrative Competition films.
 
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Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway and Lena Dunham highlight 2014 Sundance Film Festival lineup

Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway and Lena Dunham highlight 2014 Sundance Film Festival lineup

A complete look at the U.S., World and Next competition slate

The Sundance Institute announced the initial wave of narrative films and documentaries for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival today and it features one of the more star-studded competition lineups in the film's history.

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Perez Hilton is set to star in 'Gay Dads of New York'


Perez Hilton is set to star in "Gay Dads of New York"

Bunim-Murray is producing the reality show about a group of gay dads in New York City. It has yet to find a network home.


Ryan Murphy announces which "Glee" originals will return for Episode 100
So far, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Harry Shum Jr. have signed on for the special episode.


Eddie Izzard inks talent deal with NBC

The British comedian hopes to get his own TV show.


"The Biggest Loser" wants more celebs after Ruben Studdard boosts ratings

Ruben was a "dream contestant," but finding other celebrities has been tough.


HBO may reboot "Real Sex"

The long-running documentary series, which ended in 2008, is coming back as a pilot on Jan. 2 titled "SEX // NOW."


"The Bachelor" reveals details of Juan Pablo's 27 bachelorettes

This season includes bachelorettes whose occupations include "free spirit" and "dog lover."


IFC to show more chapters of R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet"
Chapter 34 and more are coming in 2014.


Conan discovers a secret message in the Kardashian Christmas Card
What is hidden in their elaborate card?


"Team Nigella" graffiti found in London
Check out the massive graffiti in support of Nigella Lawson.


Watch McKayla Maroney on "Bones"

The Olympic gold medal gymnast flips out during her guest appearance.


NFL will have a game kick off next year at 9:30 AM ET, 6:30 AM PT

The Detroit Lions-Atlanta Falcons game from London next season will be shown nationally in what is believed to be the earliest NFL kickoff time.

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<p>Joaquin&nbsp;Phoenix in &quot;Her&quot;</p>

Joaquin Phoenix in "Her"

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'Her' named best film of 2013 by National Board of Review

Bruce Dern and Emma Thompson take top acting honors

Make it a second film in as many days that I had pretty much figured out of the Academy's likely grasp that has been given a big boost on the precursor circuit. After the New York Film Critics Circle named David O. Russell's "American Hustle" the year's best film yesterday, the New York-based National Board of Review has chimed in today by naming Spiike Jonze's "Her" the top film of 2013. The group also gave Jonze the Best Director prize.

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Keri Russell burglarized


Keri Russell burglarized

Police arrested two men who allegedly broke into "The Americans" star's townhouse early this morning, taking a laptop, a handbag and a necklace.


"Entourage" movie may be released for Thanksgiving 2014
Mark Wahlberg said this morning on "Live!" that he expects the movie to be out by Thanksgiving.


"The Sound of Music Live" costs nearly $9M, NBC to lose money on 1st airing

But the Peacock is hoping to recoup its costs by repeating the musical annually and via DVD and soundtrack sales.


"Veronica Mars" movie gets a March release date
The movie -- titled "Veronica Mars" -- will hit theaters in limited release on March 14, one year and one day after the Kickstarter campaign was launched.


Report: ABC wouldn't let Barbara Walters pick Edward Snowden as No. 1 most fascinating person of 2013
The NY Daily News reports that ABC overruled Walters, who has Snowden further down on this year's list.


"Sesame Street" casts "The Sopranos" stars as Bert and Ernie

Watch Tony Sirico and Steve Schirripa in "The Bert and Ernie Christmas Special."


Robert Wisdom joins Paul Giamatti on FX's "Hoke"

"The Wire" and "Nashville" vet will co-star in the pilot based on Charles Willeford's novels.


Josh Elliott tears up during "GMA's" farewell to Sam Champion
The two "GMA" stars had a special bromance.


"Agent Gomez" from "Breaking Bad" performs standup on Arsenio Hall

Steven Michael Quezada is a standup comedian in Albuquerque, where he has his own talk show.


MTV2 renews "Charlamagne and Friends"
Also, "Ain't That America With Lil Duval" will return on Jan. 15.


Fox sells out Super Bowl TV advertising
Super Bowl XLVIII ads sold out one month earlier than last year.


Check out the "Shameless" Season 4 poster
Featuring screams and bombs.

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<p>Christian Bale and Amy Adams totally own the screen in 'American Hustle'</p>

Christian Bale and Amy Adams totally own the screen in 'American Hustle'

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Review: Amy Adams and Christian Bale play the long con in 'American Hustle'

David O. Russell makes a potent case for him being one of the funniest filmmakers alive

David O. Russell is a very funny man.

That's been easy to forget lately. The last time it feels like he made a full-on comedy was "I Heart Huckabees," and I still remember walking out of the first screening of the film, big smile on my face, only to run smack dab into a cluster of journalists all angrily venting about the film. They didn't just dislike it, they were furious at having seen it. One in particular was red-faced about it, and when I tried to walk by, they tried to rope me into agreeing with them about how terrible it was.

"I really liked it," I said, and it was as if I told them that their mothers never really loved them. They recoiled from me. It only made me love the film more, and it certainly wasn't the first time liking a David O. Russell film made people seem irritated or creeped out. "Spanking The Monkey" did exactly what it set out to do at a time when people hadn't been conditioned by an entire culture of squirm-based comedy, and "Flirting With Disaster" felt like he just found a slightly less overt way to push buttons. "Three Kings" was a near-perfect distillation of his voice in a mainstream package, a movie that managed to be political and wicked funny and tense and moving all at the same time.

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<p>Tuesday's &quot;Chicago Fire&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "Chicago Fire"

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TV Ratings: Rising 'Chicago Fire,' 'NCIS' repeat lead Tuesday, while 'Originals' draws high

'Dads' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' get bumps
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
 
An "NCIS" repeat was Tuesday's most watched show, as CBS was still able to win the night overall without a single new program, while the drop in competition helped both "The Voice" and "Chicago Fire" rise week-to-week in helping NBC lead among young viewers.
 
Airing without "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," ABC saw drops for "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife."
 
Similarly, a "New Girl" repeat led to a drop for "The Mindy Project," but "Dads" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" posted small gains for FOX.
 
Finally, over on The CW, the competitive race between "The Originals" and "Supernatural" continued with the two dramas tying among young viewers and "Supernatural" holding the slimmest of leads overall. Either way, The CW is pleased since this was the network's most watched Tuesday in five years.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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Netflix sets 'House of Cards' return for Valentine's Day


Netflix sets "House of Cards" return for Valentine's Day

All 13 Season 2 episodes will be posted on Feb. 14. Watch the Season 2 teaser.


BBC cancels "Ripper Street"
The Jack the Ripper drama starring Matthew MacFadyen won't return for Season 3.


Nigella Lawson admits using cocaine, but only twice
"The Chew" star testified today that she wasn't a habitual user. "I have never been a drug addict," she said.

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