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A guide to the top 2013 Oscar musical performances

Other than Adele and Babs, who should you look out for on Sunday night?

After ignoring last year's two nominees for best original song, this Sunday’s 85th Annual Oscar ceremony looks like it will be overloaded with musical performances. In addition to Adele and Barbra Streisand, here's a guide to whom else you should look out for as of three days before the big show.

*Adele: The multiple Grammy winner will perform her Oscar-nominated tune “Skyfall” from the James Bond movie of the same name. The Academy Awards are planning a 50th anniversary salute to 007 so Adele’s performance  will be a  part of that and will also include  Shirley Bassey, best known for singing Bond themes “Goldfinger” and “Diamonds Are Forever.”  How awesome would it be if Carly Simon, Paul McCartney, Sheena Easton and Duran Duran also showed up? 

*Norah Jones: She will sing nominated son, “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted,”  co-written by Oscar host Seth McFarlane.

*Jennifer Hudson and Catherine Zeta-Jones will be among the artists participating in a tribute to recent movie musicals, “Dreamgirls,” “Chicago” and “Les Miserables.” Also confirmed for the tribute is the cast of  “Les Miserables,” including Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried, so expect Jackman to break into Oscar-nominated song “Suddenly” at some point.

*Barbra Streisand: Just as you don’t put Baby in a corner, you don’t put Streisand in a medley with other artists.  While producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are keeping mum on how Streisand, who is singing on the show for the first time in 36 years, will participate, the pair told The Hollywood Reporter, “Streisand is going to come on and do something really special and blow people away.”

*Kristen Chenoweth and Seth McFarlane: As my colleague Guy Tapley previously reported, instead of ending the show with the presentation of the  Oscar for  best picture,  the Academy Awards will close with  a musical number by  McFarlane and Chenoweth because, as producers Meron and  Zadan  told The Hollywood Reporter,   “We want to have an actual ending.” Sadly, the sound of their singing may be drowned out by the sounds of people clicking their televisions off, no matter how amusing or clever the final song may be.

*As of now, there’s still no word on how nominated songs,  “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”  or “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”  will be represented.


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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Will Jeremy survive in 'Stand By Me'?

Elena grapples with another uphill battle

All too often it seems "The Vampire Diaries" moves at such a breakneck speed that truly powerful moments whip past our heads so fast they barely register. Tonight's episode actually takes a breath, and it's to everyone's benefit. It is, perhaps, the last significant death we'll have for a while (or at least we can hope so), and instead of the plot soldiering on, Elena and company take time to really grapple with what it means, to embrace the enormity of the loss, and the idea that (as powerful as they are thanks to vampirism and witchcraft), not every plot twist can be handily erased.

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<p>Amy Poehler in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler in "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Ben and Leslie/Correspondents' Lunch'

The gang tries to throw an impromptu wedding, and Leslie battles a local reporter

I'm on vacation this week, but I got to see both of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" episodes before I left, and I have a few thoughts on them coming up just as soon as I figure out what Neve Campbell sounds like...

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot;&nbsp;Abed (Danny Pudi)&nbsp;brings Britta (Gillian Jacobs)&nbsp;and Troy (Donald Glover)&nbsp;to an Inspector Spacetime convention.</p>

On "Community," Abed (Danny Pudi) brings Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Troy (Donald Glover) to an Inspector Spacetime convention.

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Review: 'Community' - 'Conventions in Space and Time'

The gang goes to an Inspector Spacetime convention, where Abed's new friend doesn't like his old one

I'm on vacation this week, but I saw tonight's "Community" in advance, and have one or two thoughts on it coming up just as soon as we touch tentacles and download...

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<p>This is Chris Watson. His picture was dynamic, so I chose it for the recap. We'll see if he's any good.</p>

This is Chris Watson. His picture was dynamic, so I chose it for the recap. We'll see if he's any good.

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 12 - Sudden Death, Part 1 - 10 Guys Perform

The Girls did well on Wednesday. Can the Guys rise to that challenge?

"American Idol" had its most encouraging night of the season on Wednesday. The judges were entertaining and almost uniformly substantive. Of the 10 girls who performed, three or four of them were very good and an additional two or three were reasonably strong. And when the judges made their five selections to advance, at least four of the picks were absolutely on-the-mark. 

My full recap of Wednesday's show.

That doesn't mean, though, that I'm not approaching Thursday's show with some trepidation. Regardless of how consistently the men have dominated "American Idol" for the past five seasons, I certainly haven't seen a guy capable of winning through auditions and Hollywood. So... Prove me wrong!

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2013 Academy Awards preperations

 2013 Academy Awards preperations

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Listen: CulturePop Podcast No. 2 - The Oscars, Mariah Carey, Downton Abbey

Hear Melinda and Liane weigh in on reality TV and more

Okay, before you listen, know that we had the technical difficulty of sounding like we were recording in a subway bathroom. We didn't put echo on our voices, I swear. But if you turn down the volume, we sound fine, I think. Just a little… dramatic, I maybe. Yes, we're still finding the right mix of software, Skype and level adjusting! Next week will be better! 

Here's the rundown: 
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<p>&quot;Life of Pi&quot;</p>

"Life of Pi"

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'Life of Pi' and 'Lincoln' among International Film Music Critics Association award winners

Danny Elfman crowned Film Composer of the Year

Mychael Danna was awarded Film Score of the Year by the International Film Music Critics Association for his work on Ang Lee's "Life of Pi." Danny Elfman was recognized as Film Composer of the Year while "Lincoln," "Ted," "Skyfall," "John Carter" and "Rise of the Guardians" won throughout the genre categories. Check out the full list of winners below and keep track of the 2012-2013 film awards season at The Circuit.

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Will the 2013 Oscars be the only time Adele performs 'Skyfall?'

Sources tell HitFix that's the case...for now

Rumor has it Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony may be the only time that Adele performs her Oscar-nominated James Bond theme live.

Sources tell Hitfix that her Feb. 24 performance of "Skyfall" will be a one-time thing and that she never plans to sing the song live again. It appears the show’s  producers are doing nothing to dissuade viewers from thinking otherwise.  Craig Zadan, who is producing with Neil Meron, told The Hollywood Reporter,“What’s really exciting for us is that Adele is singing ‘Skyfall’ for the first time, and maybe the only time, she will have performed it live. It’s a special one-off event.”

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<p>The Foo Fighters at the Grammys</p>

The Foo Fighters at the Grammys

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Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters head back to work on a new album

Band reunites after shortest break ever

Do you know what today is? Today is the day that Dave Grohl returns to Los Angeles to start work on a new Foo Fighters album.

As you may recall, last summer, Grohl struck fear in the heart of Foo fans when he said his band was going to take a long break. The good news is that time is clearly relative.

Wednesday  night at the Brit Awards,  Grohl told the ceremony’s host , James Corden, that he was headed back to Cali to work on the follow-up to 2011’s “Wasting Light,” according to NME.

"We have a plan, we know exactly what's coming next and I have the music for the next record and we're going to start working on it once we finish doing all this stuff,” Grohl says. “We have really awesome, big plans for the next album and I'm really excited about it."

In addition to stepping in as a guest host on “Chelsea Lately,” playing gigs surrounding his documentary, “Sound City;" directing Soundgarden videos, and appearing on the new Queens of the Stone Age album,  it sounds like Grohl is just as eager to get back to the Foos as the fans are.

As far as a release date, he couldn’t narrow down that time frame, only telling Corden, “eventually.”

Watch Taylor Hawkins and Pat Smear talk about the band's break at the Sundance premiere of "Sound City"  here.


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<p>Kendrick Lamar</p>

Kendrick Lamar

Listen: Kendrick Lamar adds a verse and remix to Emeli Sande's 'Next to Me'

Rapper headlining Spin show at SXSW; British singer wins big at the Brits

Kendrick Lamar added a little more stomp-and-clap plus a verse to Emeli Sande's already-excellent "Next to Me."

The remix arrived on the web today, only a few scant hours after the British singer Sande took home two massive honors at the Brit Awards last night -- for best female, and best british album.

You can hear both versions below.

Lamar is also making headlines today for being added to a big SXSW party next month: He'll be headlining Spin's Austin Throwdown on March 15 at Stubb's.

He also told MTV that he'd like Janet Jackson to appear in his music video for "Poetic Justice," off of his jaw-dropping 2012 album "good kid, m.A.A.d city." And wouldn't you know it, Jackson got word and is now considering it.

"Janet, c'mon, Janet. No paperwork with the managers, contact the managers. This is artist to artist," Lamar pitched in December. "This is a young boy that looked up to you for years. Please, yeah, video, Janet Jackson 'Poetic Justice.' It'll only be right."

Now: "Yeah, she heard the message, so we're still crossing our fingers right now."

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<p>Kristen Stewart</p>

Kristen Stewart

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Kristen Stewart and Jane Fonda added to Oscars presenters list

Kerry Washington and Jennifer Garner will also grace the stage

"Twilight" star Kristen Stewart, Oscar winner Jane Fonda, Jennifer Garner and Kerry Washington have all been added as presenters for the upcoming Oscar telecast. 

Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made the announcement today.

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"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor"

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Desiree of 'The Bachelor' talks about her jerk brother and losing Sean

She admits she wasn't 'the love of his life'

Desiree Hartsock, the latest girl kicked to the curb by Sean Lowe on "The Bachelor," won fans with her bubbly personality, loving nature and sense of humor, plus won sympathy when her brother Nathan was a complete jerk during the home visits. When Sean rejected Desiree, even he had to admit he might have made a mistake. In a conference call with journalists, Harsock discussed her brother, being the next "Bachelorette" and why she thinks things went wrong with Sean. 

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