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Best and Worst of the 2013 SAG Awards: Bryan Cranston, 'Argo,''Downton Abbey'

Best and Worst of the 2013 SAG Awards: Bryan Cranston, 'Argo,''Downton Abbey'

Is it time for SAG to shake-up the show?

Remember how everyone used to complain about the Golden Globes? "It's not legit." "It doesn't mean anything for Oscar." "Unless someone gets drunk it's a bore." Well, the first two complaints still hold a lot of merit, but the latter? No way. Ricky Gervais and the combo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the past four telecasts have made the Globes arguably more entertaining than Oscar.  That brings us to Sunday night's 19th Annual SAG Awards.

Remember how the SAG awards were deemed the legitimate acting honors?  Actors voting for actors? An award that meant more because it came from your peers?  A few years of embarrassing Betty White overload and blander TV nominees than the Emmys and the SAG Awards are stuck in a rut. Oh, and we haven't even gotten to the formulaic telecasts.  Did TNT, the show's producers and SAG turn things around Sunday night?  No, no they didn't.  But, there were some diamonds in the rough during the two-hour ordeal.

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<p>The cast of &quot;Argo&quot;&nbsp;at the 2013 SAG&nbsp;Awards</p>

The cast of "Argo" at the 2013 SAG Awards

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'Argo' stuns for second-straight day this weekend at the SAG Awards

The actors are the latest to embrace Ben Affleck's Best Picture hopeful

I've been out most of the evening but some quick thoughts on tonight's SAG outcome...

"Argo" is the story of the weekend, clearly. After coming out victorious at the PGA Awards it picked up the ensemble prize that everyone had either chalked up to "Lincoln" or "Silver Linings Playbook," with some outliers thinking "Les Misérables" had a shot at it. Surprise!

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<p>On &quot;Shameless,&quot;&nbsp;Frank (William H. Macy)&nbsp;plays barber.</p>

On "Shameless," Frank (William H. Macy) plays barber.

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Review: 'Shameless' - 'May I Trim Your Hedges?'

Lip and Fiona set honey traps, Jimmy has a wedding and Frank hits new lows in a great episode

A quick review of tonight's "Shameless" coming up just as soon as I give you a coupon for a free ham...

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"Downton Abbey"

 "Downton Abbey"

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'Downton Abbey' recap: Season 3, Episode 4

Edith gets an offer she might not refuse and Matthew has uncomfortable concerns

You may or may not remember this, but a few weeks back I wrote about my pledge to try to keep things spoiler-free when it comes to "Downton Abbey." This hasn't been easy given that everyone across the pond got to watch the entire third season before we even got started. But before you read this recap, I'm going to politely suggest you watch this episode -- the fourth of the season -- before you do. Then come back. We'd love to have you, and it's not that I don't want you here or anything so impolite. But, until you watch the episode, I'm begging you, please don't read this yet. Please. Really. I'm not joking around, you guys.  

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Claire Danes, Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway

 Claire Danes, Nicole Kidman and Anne Hathaway at the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards

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Red Carpet Rewind: The boring, bright and best of the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Anne Hathaway, Julianne Moore and others bring some sparkle

Though neon made its (very, very loud) presence felt on the red carpet at the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards, the overwhelming mood was more dark and dreary than, say, a Wham! video. While a few stars busted out the bright colors, more of them wore black, navy or monochrome combinations, aiming for inoffensive over red carpet pop. Heres a look at who bombed, who bored, and who actually got it right. 

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<p>Lena Dunham and Andrew Rannells in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Lena Dunham and Andrew Rannells in "Girls."

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Bad Friend'

Hannah and Elijah experiment with drugs, and Marnie learns about art

A review of tonight's "Girls" — which HBO officially renewed on Friday — coming up just as soon as I punch someone who's been on a Disney Channel show...

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence</p>

Jennifer Lawrence

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 Live-Blog

Will the actors help clarify the Oscars picture?

Welcome to Sunday (January 27) night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the only 10 or 20 times per year that Hollywood gathers together to salute itself. 

On the TV side, we're just anticipated yet another "Modern Family"/"Homeland" celebration. 

But on the movies side, this remains one of the most wide-open Oscars races in years and it maybe up to the SAG voters to led some clarity. Click through for the full live-blog and join the conversation!

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Daft Punk signs with Columbia Records for spring album

Daft Punk signs with Columbia Records for spring album

New set will be first studio release since 2007s 'Human After All'

Chic’s Nile Rodgers hinted a few weeks ago that he was working with Daft Punk, but now it’s looks for certain that new music is coming this spring from the French electronic music duo.

The twosome, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bengalter, have signed to Columbia Records, departing from their previous home, Virgin.   The pair’s fourth collection will be its first studio release since 2007’s “Human After All,” according to NME.

Daft Punk, who were hotly rumored to be headlining Coachella, until the pair said they were definitely not touring in 2013, most recently worked on the soundtrack for “Tron: Legacy” in 2010.

In addition to Rodgers, Daft Punk is also reported to be working with Chilly Gonzales and Animal Collective’s Panda Bear on the new album.

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<p>Ben&nbsp;Affleck and Bryan&nbsp;Cranston in &quot;Argo&quot;</p>

Ben Affleck and Bryan Cranston in "Argo"

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'Argo,' 'Wreck-It Ralph,' 'Searching for Sugar Man,' 'Homeland' win PGA Awards

Does that wrap it up for Best Picture or is there more nuance at play?

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has crowned Ben Affleck's "Argo" with this year's Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. Affleck received the award along with co-producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov.

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<p>Bobby Moynihan and Adam Levine</p>

Bobby Moynihan and Adam Levine

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Adam Levine And Kendrick Lamar

How did the Maroon 5 singer/"The Voice" coach fare in sketch comedy?

Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night! Also live from New York? Me! I’m here working on some upcoming projects, but I’m still reporting for duty (albeit with frigid fingers) here in the City That Never Sleeps. On deck tonight: host Adam “Moves Like Jagger” Levine and musical guest Kendrick Lamar. Levine was a semi-controversial choice as host in some circles, but if Bruno Mars taught us anything this year, it’s that someone used to performing in front of live audiences often is a great choice to host “SNL”. Levine’s musical persona is fairly cocky, so let’s see how much he pokes fun at himself tonight. My expectations aren’t terrifically on that front, but who knows? (My expectations for at least two of the three other coaches from “The Voice” to appear tonight? Exponentially higher.)

Since I’m not at home, we’ll forgo the liveblog in favor of a running diary posted once the episode ends. But as always, I’ll be offering up grades for each segment that will be used against me in a court of law at a date to be named later.
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Music Power Rankings: Beyonce tops Justins Bieber and Timberlake

Madonna and Adele make this week's list too

1. Beyonce: She gets more attention than President Obama for allegedly lip-syncing  “The Star-Spangled Banner” at his second Inauguration. The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens are already plotting ways to get the attention back for the Super Bowl.

2. Justin Timberlake: The original Justin dresses up in a “Suit & Tie” and the world welcomes him back. The first single from his new album “The 20/20 Experience.” sets a record at pop radio and soars 84-4 on the Billboard Hot 100. He’s bringing sexy back. Can he bring the record industry back too?

3. Coachella: The line-up for the 2013 festival includes such veteran acts as  a reunited Stone Roses, Blur and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. That Coachella! And here’s to all the darling hipsters who think the Indio, Calif. festival is so cutting edge.

4. Justin Bieber: The Prince of Pop, as his label is trying to label him, is truly the King of Twitter. This week he surpassed Lady Gaga as the most-followed person on Twitter with more than 33.33 million followers. Think about what that says about us...

5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis:  The rapping duo takes “Thrift Shop” to No. 1 for their first Billboard Hot 100 hit. We have a hunch they won’t have to bargain hunting anymore.

6. Adele: The British superstar confirms that she will perform her James Bond theme, “Skyfall,” at the Academy Awards. If her acceptance speech is half as amusing as speech at the Golden Globes, just let her talk, forget about her singing.

7. The Flaming Lips:
We know it’s a sign of the times, but it feels like they went a little overboard by writing “Sun Blows Up Today” specifically for a Hyundai ad that will air during the Super Bowl. Now if it were for the Kia Hamsters, that would be a totally different thing.

8.Madonna: With final 2012 figures finally in, Madge’s  “MDNA” tour tallies a staggering gross of $305,158,363. The outing registers at No. 10 on Billboard’s list of all time top tours. Who needs record sales when you have ticket sales like that?

9. A$AP Rocky: He scores his first No. 1 album with “Long.Live.A$AP.” He’s talented, for sure, but is it okay that his biz partner’s nickname, A$AP Yams, makes us giggle every time?

10. WNSH: New York City finally gets a country radio station again for the first time since 1996. NYC was already the No. 1 market for country album sales in the U.S. Imagine what will happen now?

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<p>Joseph Gordon Levitt hosting the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony.</p>

Joseph Gordon Levitt hosting the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony.

2013 Sundance Film Festival awards winners - complete list

'Fruitvale' and 'Blood Brother' win the big prizes

With host Joseph Gordon-Levitt on hand, the 2013 Sundance Film Festival announced the jury and audience awards for this year's festival. "Fruitvale" won both the prestigious U.S. dramatic jury grand prize and U.S dramatic audience award.  "Blood Brother" duplicated that feat in the U.S. documentary category.  Other notable winners included "The Spectacular Now's" Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley winning a special jury prize for acting and honors for "Inequality for All," "Cutie and the Boxer," "Afternoon Delight" and "A River Changes Course."

A complete list of this year's winners below.

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