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Frank Ocean says he won't pursue charges against Chris Brown

3 February 2013 3:33 PM, PST

Frank Ocean says he won't pursue criminal charges against Chris Brown, who is alleged to have punched Ocean in a recent fight. "As a child I thought if someone jumped me it would result in me murdering or mutilating a man," the R&B star wrote on his Tumblr page Saturday. "But as a man I am not a killer. I'm an artist and a modern person. I'll choose sanity. No criminal charges. No civil lawsuit." Brown remained under investigation for his role in a fight outside a West Hollywood recording studio on Jan. 27, Los Angeles County »


- AP Staff

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Super Bowl Xlvii Live-Blog - The commercials, the trailers and maybe some football

3 February 2013 3:15 PM, PST

Welcome to HitFix's Super Bowl Xlvii live-blog.  Unlike last year, when I grew increasingly tense and frustrated at the Patriots' inability to put the Giants away (and ensuing defeat), I don't have an extreme rooting interest in Sunday's (Feb. 3) Big Game. I was born in the Bay Area and half-rooted for the 49ers growing up (half-rooting for the Saints as well), so that's where I'm rooting tonight. But I won't get worked up either way. So click through and follow my full Super Bowl live-blog, which will mostly ignore the football and concentrate on the big commercials and trailers and whatnot. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Watch: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Super Bowl spot is a brief but gripping ride

3 February 2013 2:35 PM, PST

With less than four months to go before it hits theaters, J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek Into Darkness" has unleashed another tease with this super-intense 30-second Super Bowl spot that's set to air during the big game later today. So just who is Benedict Cumberbatch's destruction-happy villain? Check out the trailer embedded in this post to find out. "Star Trek Into Darkness" hits theaters on May 17.   »


- HitFix Staff

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Watch: Justin Timberlake performs two brand-new songs at pre-Super Bowl concert

3 February 2013 2:06 PM, PST

(Note: You can check out the concert videos at the bottom of the page.) New Orleans (AP) — One of the most anticipated musical moments of the year so far happened in New Orleans and was connected to the Super Bowl — but it had nothing to do with Beyonce. Instead, it was another superstar, Justin Timberlake, who had the town buzzing as he gave his first performance in nearly five years — a sizzling, hour-long concert that featured the nattily dressed entertainer with a more than 10-piece band and guest appearances by Timbaland and Jay-z, who's prominently featured on Timberlake's comeback »


- Nekesa Mumbi Moody (AP)

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Box Office: 'Warm Bodies' scores a Super Bowl weekend touchdown with $20 million

3 February 2013 12:44 PM, PST

New York (AP) — The love-struck zombies of "Warm Bodies" swarmed the box office on Super Bowl weekend with a $20 million opening. On a weekend that Hollywood largely punts to football, the PG-13 film from Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment easily led the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Super Bowl always means a significant slide in movie-going on Sunday — studios predict a decrease of as much as 70 percent from Saturday to Sunday — but "Warm Bodies" still lured many teenage fans. The film is about a zombie whose love for a human redeems him. Lionsgate, which also »


- Jake Coyle (AP)

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Sandra Bullock to attend Super Bowl with 'Blind Side' family

3 February 2013 11:32 AM, PST

Believe it or not, there's a bit of an Oscar angle to today's big game. This year's Super Bowl pits the San Francisco 49ers against the Baltimore Ravens, and on the offensive line of the latter, defending Joe Flacco's blind side throughout the game, will be Michael Oher, subject of the 2009 Oscar-winning film "The Blind Side." The film came on strong at the end of the year that season, crossing $250 million at the domestic box office and landing a surprising Best Picture nomination in the first year that allowed 10 nominees. It also quickly became Sandra Bullock's victory march »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Ben Affleck, Lena Dunham, Rian Johnson win Directors Guild awards

2 February 2013 10:32 PM, PST

Check off one more box on the "Argo" industry tour of awards season goodies. The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has crowned Ben Affleck with the award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, this just a week removed from big wins from the Producers and Screen Actors Guilds. Is it really clear sailing to a Best Picture win at the Oscars from here? Or will the fact that Academy members won't even have ballots in hand until Friday mean there's too much time for "them" to second guess the guild circuit? Affleck would be in rare air whichever direction the »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Jason Isaacs talks 'Sweetwater,' Lucius Malfoy and returning to TV

2 February 2013 10:30 PM, PST

Park City, Utah - Jason Isaacs is an extremely nice guy who makes an extremely evil guy when circumstances require.   The "Awake" and "Brotherhood" star was battling a near-total vocal outage when we talked at last month's Sundance Film Festival, but he fought through the hoarseness to discuss his dark turn in "Sweetwater."   In the Miller Brothers' not-exactly-Western, Isaacs plays self-appointed prophet Josiah, who rules a small frontier fiefdom with the alleged word of God and an iron fist. A man of faith, Josiah is also heavily invested in worldly goods, including land, multiple wives and a band new »


- Daniel Fienberg

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'Anna Karenina,' 'Life of Pi' and 'Skyfall' win at the 17th annual Art Directors Guild Awards

2 February 2013 10:13 PM, PST

The 17th annual Art Directors Guild awards were also held this evening. On the film side, as always, awards were given in three categories: period, fantasy and contemporary. Check out the nominees here. On the period side of things, Sarah Greenwood triumphed for "Anna Karenina." She and her set decorator Katie Spencer ought to still be seen as the favorite for the Oscar, though it's interesting that David Gropman beat out some stiff competition in the fantasy field for "Life of Pi." Could it be a surprise winner at the Oscars? The two films are nominated there alongside "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Music Power Rankings: Beyonce and Justin Bieber make the list

2 February 2013 10:00 PM, PST

1. Beyonce: “...Any questions?” 2. Justin Bieber: He’s headed for his fifth No. 1 album next week with “Believe Acoustic,”  making him only the 10th artist to have a No. 1 album in four consecutive years. 3. Kelly Clarkson: She leads Forbes’ list of top-earning “American Idol” alumni with $8 million. While that’s about $7,950,000 than the average person makes, that still seems low to us. 4. Gary Allan: After making albums for 17 years, the country singer finally lands one atop the Billboard 200 albums chart. Still, he’s got nothing on Tony Bennett who was 83 by the time he »


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'Wreck-It Ralph' wins big at 40th Annie Awards

2 February 2013 9:57 PM, PST

This year's Annie Awards did a nice job of spreading out the wealth. "Brave," "ParaNorman" and "Rise of the Guardians" all won multiple prizes. Indeed, the one film that seemed snubbed throughout was Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie." But it was "Wreck-It Ralph" that ended up with the most prizes (five), including the award for Best Animated Feature. Elsewhere, "The Avengers" and "Life of Pi" predictably won awards in the live action races, while both "Head Over Heels" (student film) and "Paperman" (short subject) were recognized as well. On the latter, that certainly does little to clear up their odds of picking up the Best Animated Short Oscar. But more on those when »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Johnny Depp set to star as Whitey Bulger in 'Black Mass'

2 February 2013 9:46 PM, PST

Johnny Depp may have just found his post-"Lone Ranger" film.  The 49-year-old global superstar hasn't gone in front of the cameras since "Ranger" wrapped last year.  Now, Depp is expected to star in Barry Levinson's new drama "Black Mass" as notorious mobster Whitey Bulger. Adapted from the 2001 non-fiction book "Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob," screenwriter Mark Mallouk completely rewrote the script after Bulger was captured in Santa Monica, CA in June 2011.  In a press release about the project released today, producer Brian Oliver reveals that "Black Mass expertly »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Review: 'Girls' - 'It's a Shame About Ray'

2 February 2013 7:30 PM, PST

A quick review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as we have a look at the bad one... "Someday, some fucking asshole is going to make a movie out of your life, and it's gonna be called, 'Hi, I'm Jessa, and I Destroy People's Lives 'Cause I'm Fucking Bored.'" -Thomas John After last week's coke binge and ensuing shame spiral (which she at least was able to write an article about), Hannah winds up taking a backseat to the larger "Girls" ensemble in "It's a Shame About Ray." She gets to say goodbye to Elijah (because Andrew Rannells had »


- Alan Sepinwall

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HitFix Interview: 'The Following' villain James Purefoy talks guns and bogey monsters

2 February 2013 6:00 PM, PST

As Joe Carroll, James Purefoy plays the ultimate control freak on the Fox show "The Following" (Mon. 9:00 p.m.). Carroll is a charming professor-turned-serial killer with a knack for getting other, seemingly normal people to do his bidding -- whether that's living undercover for years, killing themselves or offing someone else. I spoke to Purefoy at TCAs this winter and found that the English actor, who was previously best known for playing Marc Antony on the HBO series "Rome," may not have Carroll's lethal abilities, but he had lots of opinions about almost every topic from Newtown to anorexia to leash »


- Liane Bonin Starr

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My Bloody Valentine finally release their long-delayed new album

2 February 2013 4:20 PM, PST

Is the new My Bloody Valentine album out right now? Really? The band's new album, called "Mbv," is apparently available for purchase on the band's site, which is currently experiencing server problems due to high volume. "Mbv" is reportedly being offered three ways: A download only version, a cd/download version, and 180 gram vinyl/cd/download version.  After years of hints, teases, and broken promises, the Irish shoegaze legends posted a message on their Facebook page on Saturday afternoon (Pacific time), saying, "We are preparing to go live with the new album/website this evening. We will make an announcement as soon as it's up."  Later, a second message appeared, saying: »


- Dave Lewis

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Owl City gets happy in new 'Shooting Star' video from 'Escape From Planet Earth'

2 February 2013 1:08 PM, PST

Owl City is back with a new video for "Shooting Star," another danceable, extremely upbeat and positive pop anthem which his fans will surely enjoy. This one is in service of the upcoming animated film "Escape From Planet Earth," and the brand new video shows clips from the movie -- about friendly aliens stranded on Earth and trying to make their way back home -- and Owl City main man Adam Young jamming on a deserted street in downtown L.A. As always, he's smiling, smiling, smiling. That guy is just so happy. "Star's" lyrics reflect his positive attitude, encouraging listeners to "shine »


- Dave Lewis

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Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes go to a 'Place Beyond the Pines' in new images

2 February 2013 12:22 PM, PST

Ryan Gosling reunites with "Blue Valentine" director Derek Cianfrance for the upcoming multi-generational crime drama "The Place Beyond the Pines," and he looks like he's back in "Drive" mode as a stunt driver-turned-criminal who faces a cop-turned-politician played by Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper. Joining them are co-stars Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Ray Liotta, and "Amazing Sider-Man 2" star Dane DeHaan. Check out these new images from the film here: »


- Dave Lewis

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'House of Cards' producer Beau Willimon on writing for Kevin Spacey and David Fincher

2 February 2013 11:00 AM, PST

By the time you read this, you’ve had the opportunity to watch all 13 hours of Netflix’s “House of Cards,” though I’m guessing most of you haven’t had that kind of free time. (As I noted in my review yesterday, I’ve only seen the first two hours so far, and am not sure when I’ll get around to the remaining 11; if you've watched a lot already, please be vague, plot-wise, in your comments.) In the meantime, though, you can read my interview with the show’s executive producer and head writer, Beau Willimon, who was hired by director/producer David Fincher after »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Box office: 'Warm Bodies' heats up Friday with $7.5 million debut

2 February 2013 10:19 AM, PST

Friendly zombies took over the box office Friday night as the new film "Warm Bodies" clawed its way to the top spot, earning $7.5 million on its opening day. Meanwhile, Sylvester Stallone's new film "Bullet in the Head" was dead on arrival.  The undead romance "Bodies," starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer is on its way to a handsome haul of between $18 and $20 million for the weekend, a fairly impressive feat because of competition from the Super Bowl. They certainly aren't "Twilight" numbers, but "Bodies" is nonetheless off to a solid start and many critics seem to approve as »


- Dave Lewis

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TV Ratings: Season-high 'Undercover Boss' lifts CBS on Friday

2 February 2013 8:59 AM, PST

Fast National ratings for Friday, February 1, 2013.   Season-high numbers for "Undercover Boss" helped lift CBS to an easy overall win on Friday night and let the network eke out a slim victory among young viewers.   Friday returns also saw a string performance from ABC's "Shark Tank," a dismal performance for NBC's telecast of the NAACP Image Awards and a very small dip for The CW's "Nikita."   Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 1.6 rating for Friday night, edging out the 1.5 rating for ABC in the key demographic. There was a big drop to NBC's 0.9 key »


- Daniel Fienberg

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