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Queen of Pop says 'Bitch I'm Madonna' dropping six new tracks from 'Rebel Heart'

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It isn't quite what Beyonce pulled off a year ago, but Madonna gave her fans a Christmas surprise by releasing six new songs from her upcoming album "Rebel Heart" late Friday night on iTunes. In a statement Madonna noted, "I was hoping to release my new single 'Living For Love' on Valentine's Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift." The new tracks, which included more rap than even rumored, include "Living for Love," "Devil Pray," "Illuminati," "Ghosttown" and "Unapologetic Bitch" and "Bitch, I'm Madonna" featuring Nicki Minaj.  Producers on the tracks are Diplo, Kanye West and Billboard. They were recorded in New York, Los Angeles and London. "Living to Love" is an upbeat track »


- Gregory Ellwood

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10 stories you might have missed: Five 'Star Trek 3' directors short-listed

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This week on 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Five directors have been short-listed for the next "Star Trek" film now that Roberto Orci has exited. Did your favorite filmmaker make the tally? Plus, Miguel drops a surprise 3-song Ep, more details arrive on Sarah Silverman's HBO pilot, a CW dog show gets a host, Julian McMahon heads to SyFy, TV on the Radio release a new music video, President Obama has some sick burns about Sony's canning of Seth Rogen's "The Interview," Terry Crew's get's "World's Funniest Fails," J.K. Simmons may come face-to-face with King Kong and Jenny Slate tries on a Fleetwood Mac song in her Marcel The Shell voice. What did you read this week that made you go "Hmm?" »


- Katie Hasty

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Interview: Baylor Wilson talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'

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"Survivor: San Juan del Sur" finished its season on Wednesday (December 17) night with a terrific finale that trimmed the field down from the episode-opening Top 5 of Baylor, Missy, Keith, Jaclyn and Natalie down to four and then three and then a very deserving winner. Over the next five nights, I'll be posting the five exit interviews I did all before 10:15 on Thursday morning, counting down from fifth place. It happens that the fifth place elimination was one of the season's most shocking, as Natalie bucked with a long-established plan to go to the finals with Baylor and Missy by playing an Immunity Idol for Jaclyn, turning a shocking vote against the totally blindsided Baylor.  The season's youngest player at 20, Baylor got a bit of a negative rap through the season for being wishy-washy, for being a brat, for being carried along by her mother Missy. But if you look at certain moments in isolation, »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' Season 25 Finale - The Winners Are...

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There are several things that have to be discussed in this recap of Friday (December 19) night's "Amazing Race" finale, but I want to get this out of the way: I don't think Brooke was wrong to be pissed off to see The Candy Girls arrive at the Manila airport after the last Leg and I don't think Adam was wrong to say that he was frustrated. When I talked to Phil Keoghan about the rash of episodes in which teams didn't go home this season -- Four out of 11 episodes -- he said that people were universally excited by the ending of the last Leg, because it was something they had never seen before.  True. What they hadn't seen before was a team get spared from elimination at the end of what was, for all intents and purposes, a Leg despite finishing last, only to be immediately rewarded with an Equalizer at the airport, »


- Daniel Fienberg

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HitFix's Guilty Pleasures of 2014

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It's hard to define a guilty pleasure. I'm the world's biggest Madonna fan, but she makes enough harebrained decisions that I can consider my fandom guilt-tinged from time to time. Is it even fun to love wholly flawless things? I would think not. The bottom line is you can't help but love dubious TV, music, and movies from time to time. You could even argue that entertainment of questionable quality is more unpredictable than our most universally beloved multimedia. Say what you will about "Grey's Anatomy," but it will never settle for a lukewarm season finale. Not once. Not ever. Today we reflect on 2014 and rack up our greatest guilty pleasures. What were yours?  »


- Louis Virtel, Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Drew McWeeny, Katie Hasty, Kristopher Tapley, Daniel Fienberg,

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Fox Searchlight is bringing 'Grand Budapest Hotel' back to theaters as Oscar beckons

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Don't call it a comeback, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" has been here since, um, March. Yes, Fox Searchlight's spring hit has made a mark on awards season (and also was this pundit's no. 1 film of 2014). I could take credit for believing it would be in the mix for Best Picture since the summer, unlike some of my other prognosticating peers, but let's not get ahead of ourselves shall we? While the SAG Awards ensemble nomination, numerous critical kudos, critics' top 10 lists, four Golden Globe nominations and 11 Critics Choice nods likely add up to something special on Thursday, Jan. 15, there is still much to be done. And while they have "Birdman" and "Wild" to contend with, Searchlight isn't ignoring the growing "Budapest" buzz. Like many early releases, "Boyhood" being the most prominent, the studio is putting Wes Anderson's latest back in theaters. It re-opened today at the Laemmle Music Hall »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Florida critics spring for 'Birdman,' Linklater, Keaton, Pike, Simmons and Arquette

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I guess the Florida Film Critics Circle really wanted their picks represented in the awards coverage space, seeing as I was pinged twice about it on Twitter today. I hardly see what the rush is, though, as it's more of the same. Kudos to them for picking the best film of the year and all, but as usual, we're getting to the point where these regional critics groups need to stop smelling each other's farts a bit and branch out if possible. At least this crowd got a bit adventurous in the foreign film category. Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below and all the rest at The Circuit. Best Picture "Birdman" (Runner-up: "Boyhood") Best Director Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" (Runner-up: Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman") Best Actor Michael Keaton, "Birdman" (Runner-up: Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler") Best Actress Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl" (Runner-up: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice") Best Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons, »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Katie Hasty's Top 50 Albums of 2014

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This isn't even a representation of what I listened to the most. Top 10 and Top Albums list at year-end can be a popularity contest. They can be just another way to celebrate singles artists. It could be about enjoying the brand just as much as the album itself. Top 10s can be a metaphor for feelings. Objectively, you can't say there's such thing as a definitive way to go-about making a year-end list. It can waver year to year: last year, I'd say my choices felt like they were all about color and boldness. This year, for me, it felt like it was all about discord. Fka Twigs is not for everybody, but  "LP1" simply was one of the most put-together, challenging sets that moved me this year. I can't listen to the damned thing just any time. That wasn't how I marked it. Young Fathers basically made an album »


- Katie Hasty

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 261 - 'Serial,' Superheroes and More

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Happy Friday, Boys & Girls. We wanted to push back this week's installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast because we suspected we'd have things to say about the finale for the Serial podcast. And we did! Delaying a couple days also allowed us watch seven episodes apiece of Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle." In this podcast, we also talked about The Year in Superhero TV Shows, a segment that includes spoilers for "Arrow," "Gotham," "Constantine," "The Flash" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." We also did our first check-in on The CW's "Jane the Virgin' since the pilot and we discussed the series finale for "The Newsroom." So it may seem like this is a slow-ish time for new TV, but we managed to fill over 100 minutes, our longest podcast in a while.  Today's breakdown: "Mozart in the Jungle" (00:00:55 - 00:12:00) The Year »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Roger Deakins recalls 'The Man Who Wasn't There' and film noir favorites

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It seemed this year that if any artist was due for the retrospective treatment, it was "Unbroken" cinematographer Roger Deakins. While I of course did not address all of the 50-plus films he has shot throughout his illustrious career during a recent extended interview, I settled on a few in particular that I think represent a nice cross-section of his work. Each of them — "Nineteen Eighty-Four," "Sid and Nancy," "Barton Fink," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Kundun," "The Man Who Wasn't There" and "The Village" — will get their own space in the next few days. 2001 was an interesting year for Roger Deakins. With John Nash biopic "A Beautiful Mind" — the only time he's ever worked with director Ron Howard — he shot the year's Best Picture winner, while his on-going collaboration with the Coen brothers' yielded "The Man Who Wasn't There" and the chance to work on a cinematographer's dream: a film noir. »


- Kristopher Tapley

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'Get Hard' trailer: Kevin Hart preps Will Ferrell for prison in surefire comedy smash

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Kevin Hart has had a very, very good 2014 - and 2015 looks to be shaping up pretty nicely too. From "Ride Along" to "About Last Night" to "Think Like a Man Too," the ubiquitous comedian has been on fire over the last year, and with the first trailer for his Will Ferrell buddy comedy "Get Hard" he looks primed for another big hit. Starring Ferrell as a wealthy businessman indicted for white collar crimes who hires Hart's car washer to prep him for prison - despite the latter having never actually been there - the comedy here is mined from the racial insensitivity of Ferrell's character, who has made a pretty good career out of playing ignorant buffoons. The stereotyping element certainly feels topical in light of the Ferguson controversy (among other recent incidents), and despite being a broad comedy I feel like the film could become part of the larger »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Ask Alan, Episode 3: Hate-watching, holiday binge-watching & more

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Welcome to the third installment of our Ask Alan video series, and what should be the last one of 2014. Also, because of my upcoming travels to La for press tour, followed by most of Team HitFix going to Sundance, there may be a brief hiatus before we get to episode 4. But at least I remembered to wear a different t-shirt this time, even if it's also a red one. On this week's show, I was able to squeeze in three questions, touching on the phenomenon of hate-watching, whether "Gilmore Girls" was ever a contender to be in "The Revolution Was Televised," and what shows I might suggest would make a good holiday binge. As usual, you can send questions to video@hitfix.com, and please put "Ask Alan" in the subject line. Or, to make your life easier, click this email link and it will do all of that for you. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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'Two Days,' Palme d’Or-winner snubbed from Oscar’s Foreign Language Short List

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Friday morning, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its Foreign Language Film short list for the 87th Academy Awards. Out of 83 films, nine made the cut, with familiar titles like "Ida" and "Force Majeure" making the cut, along with Golden Globe-amplified "Tangerines" slipping in over expected contenders. The full list, alphabetically by country, is as follows: Argentina, "Wild Tales," Damián Szifrón, director Estonia, "Tangerines," Zaza Urushadze, director Georgia, "Corn Island," George Ovashvili, director Mauritania, "Timbuktu," Abderrahmane Sissako, director Netherlands, "Accused," Paula van der Oest, director Poland, "Ida," Pawel Pawlikowski, director Russia, "Leviathan," Andrey Zvyagintsev, director Sweden, "Force Majeure," Ruben Östlund, director Venezuela, "The Liberator," Alberto Arvelo, director Noticeably  missing from the list are Dardenne brothers’ "Two Days, One Night," which picked up major steam after star Marion Cotillard picked up a number of critics awards for Best Actress. And after winning the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, »


- Matt Patches

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TV Ratings: 'Mom' helps CBS top slow Thursday as NBC's People Magazine Awards tanks

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Fast National ratings for Thursday, December 18, 2014. With a "Big Bang Theory" repeat and a new episode of "Mom" leading the way, CBS dominated Thursday night in all measures.  And yes, CBS had the NFL preemption in Jacksonville and Fox had the preemption in Nashville on Thursday, but given that the game was between the Jaguars and Titans, it's unlikely that it caused a huge amount of ratings inflation. Meanwhile, NBC's "People Magazine Awards" became the latest failed attempt to start a new primetime awards tradition, following in the footsteps of Fox's latest country music thing and the movie awards that failed on CBS last month. The night was slow enough that The CW even got an Ok audience for another of its normally lackluster IHeartRadio specials, in this case the Jingle Ball. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 1.8 rating for Thursday night, easily tops in the key demographic. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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New 'American Sniper' trailer swells with action, music, and praise-filled quotes

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"Do you ever think you’ve seen things or done things that you wish you hadn’t?" goes the new trailer for "American Sniper." For those who haven’t, the two-minute sizzle reel is happy to oblige. Starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, considered one of the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, "American Sniper" jumps back and forth between military operations and the Seal's life back at home. He struggles on both fronts. The film costars Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell, but seems to entrench itself inside Kyle’s mind as he navigates his noble and peculiar life. The film comes from Clint Eastwood, the man behind such war pictures as "Flags of Our Fathers," "Letters from Iwo Jima," and "Jersey Boys" (maybe that last one just felt that way). The film earned lackluster reviews out of its AFI Fest »


- Matt Patches

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George Lucas, Cookie Monster, and more sing final farewell to 'The Colbert Report'

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It’s the end of an era. After nine years and over 1400 episodes, the lights were dimmed on the set of “The Colbert Report” for the final time. In six months, Stephen Colbert will emerge from his cocoon as a beautiful late night talk show host, shedding his faux conservative persona in the process. Isn’t nature amazing? For his last hurrah, Colbert gathered Jon Stewart and a bevy of famous faces on the stage to sing a rendition of “We’ll Meet Again.” The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive »


- Donna Dickens

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Kevin Hart, Jennifer Aniston, and Michael Keaton honored at the first People Magazine Awards

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For those who thought the Hollywood Film Awards were a bit too virtuous, People Magazine decided 2014 was the year to throw a hat into the awards ring, conjuring its own set of accolades to hand out during a star-studded gala event. Thursday night, the winners of the first annual The People Magazine Awards were announced during a two-hour NBC special hosted by Nick Cannon. Completely comprised of talent-based honors, Jennifer Aniston took home the show’s Movie Performance of the Year — Actress award for her work in "Cake," while Michael Keaton earned the Male equivalent for his turn in "Birdman." Hey, People is following the awards circuit! After squeezing her way into the SAG and Golden Globes, the People award marks Anison’s win for "Cake," and the first award she has won for feature film work. Which is nice in an Al-Pacino-wins-for-"Scent of a Woman"-plus-every-other-contribution-to-the-medium kind of way. »


- Matt Patches

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Interview: Phil Keoghan teases the 'Amazing Race' Season 25 finale

18 December 2014 9:30 PM, PST

"The Amazing Race" concludes its 25th installment on Friday (December 19) night with its first four-team finale, pitting Wrestlers Brooke & Robbie, Food Scientists Amy & Maya, Dentists Jim & Misti and Surfers Bethany & Adam. The field is extra packed because in last week's episode, Amy & Maya reached the Pit Stop in last, only to be told that it was a "Keep on racing..." Leg, which isn't the same as a Non-Elimination Leg, because we already had three of those this season, making four out of 11 weeks in which the "Amazing Race" episode ended without a team heading home. Earlier this week, I got on the phone to chat with "Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan about the season so far and the upcoming finale.  As usual, Phil and I don't always agree on everything. He, for example, insists audiences loved last year's Las Vegas finale. I'm reasonably sure that was not universal the universal opinion. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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The 15 Greatest Quotes in 2014 Entertainment

18 December 2014 9:00 PM, PST

2014 entertainment gave us plenty to talk about. Our satirical news had more bite, our superhero movies had funnier and more developed characters than ever before, and TV keeps on getting better and better. It was not a memorable year in pop culture; it was a highly quotable one. To commemorate the past year in entertainment, we're counting off 15 quotes that made us laugh, sometimes when we were least expecting it. We pull from the best TV shows, the funniest movies, the most memorable viral content, a couple of award telecasts, and even a few remembrances of comedians we lost this year. Join us for our rundown of the 15 greatest quotes in 2014 entertainment.   »

- Louis Virtel

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'The Interview' and precedence: On dictators in comedy movies, TV and online

18 December 2014 4:59 PM, PST

The fate of comedy "The Interview" is looking grim, after Sony has canceled domestic and international theatrical release this week. The James Franco and Seth Rogen-starrer had been in the works for half a decade. In it, a tabloid news show host and his producer are roped into an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un via the urging of the FBI. While the plot sounds somewhat serious, it looped its way through plenty of weiner and butthole jokes, and also grounded its digs in North Korean propaganda, the criminal dehumanization of its people and the un-deifying of its Dear Leader (through dick and butt jokes, of course, plus violence). But cutting down a tyrannical world leader is no new feat, of course. "South Park" and "Looney Tunes" took down Kim Jong-Il and Hitler in cartoons. "Arrested Development," "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" brought abroad baddies to their knees for the small screen. »


- Katie Hasty, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Daniel Fienberg

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