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#JenniferLawrence ‘s Award For Outstanding Performer of the Year: ‘She’s A Supernova!’

Jennifer Lawrence Award

Jennifer Lawrence’s star is shining bright like a diamond these days. The Oscar-nominated actress received the Outstanding Performer of the Year award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this weekend, which came with not only great honor, but gushing accolades as well.

The festival’s executive director Roger Durling described Lawrence’s body of work as "filled with electric energy and vitality," according to IndieWire. He added that "calling Jennifer Lawrence a star is doing her a disservice. She’s a supernova!"

“In ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Jennifer Lawrence delivers a fierce, intense, movie-star performance all at the same time,” Durling said. “At this point it seems like there’s nothing she can’t do."

While discussing her "short but insanely successful career," per Yahoo! Movies, the 22-year-old said, "It’s really rare that saying ‘yes’ to something will completely change your life. I was happy with my life. And I always had this imaginary future where I’d be a soccer mom. It just didn’t fit with taking on a giant franchise."

But since her life turned out quite differently, she’s had to adjust. Lawrence, who is known for her goofball personality off-camera and onstage at award shows, described this past year as "amazing" and added, "I’ve always wanted to direct," according to IndieWire.

Feb. 24 will be another big night for Jen, whose marvelous year may reach its pinnacle at the Academy Awards (she’s a leading contender for Best Actress, her second Oscar nod after "Winter’s Bone"). Last Friday, JustJared reported the actress will be bringing her parents to the ceremony.

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#Beyonce #SuperBowl2013 Halftime Show: Singer Stuns With All-Out Display

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For some, Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show was to be the Big Game’s finest moment. But for all who tuned in to see the singer perform, it’s clear she brought her A game.

Beyonce worked through a medley of her hits, including "Love on Top," "Crazy in Love," "End of Time," and "Baby Boy" before she was joined by Destiny’s Child bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland. The trio started with "Bootylicious" and worked through "Independent Woman" before collaborating on "Single Ladies," which is a Beyonce song.

Rowland and Williams then left the stage, leaving Beyonce to perform "Halo" solo.

The show featured plenty of fire, ice and smoke, with Beyonce appearing on a rising platform. She was clad in an all-black ensemble with heels and a leather-like get-up. Early in the set, she threw her jacket into the audience. At some point, she used a screen that recalled her 2011 Billboard Music Awards performance.

Before the game started, Jennifer Hudson and a chorus of children from Sandy Hook Elementary School sang "America the Beautiful." Alicia Keys then performed the national anthem while seated at a piano.

Last year, Madonna headlined the show. She was joined by Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and LMFAO. The show was perhaps most notable for M.I.A.’s decision to give the middle finger to the camera, and the 114 million people who were watching at home. Given its massive viewership (3 million more people watched the halftime show than the game itself), headlining the event often translates into a sizable increase in sales of the performer’s music.

A number of music’s biggest names have performed at past Super Bowls, including Ella Fitzgerald, Andy Williams, The Rolling Stones, Prince, The Who, Gloria Estefan and, of course, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson. Early games featured only college marching bands, and for quite a few years, Up With People performed. More information on the history of the halftime show is available in our earlier coverage.

This year, pre-game speculation centered on two main questions: Will Destiny’s Child reunite, and will Beyonce lip-sync like she did at Barack Obama’s inauguration? Though she was mum on the first point (and bandmate Michelle Williams did her best to jumble rumors of a DC reunion), Beyonce tackled the lip-syncing question head-on in a Super Bowl press conference on Thursday.

"I will absolutely be singing live," she said ahead of Sunday’s performance. "I am well-rehearsed. This is what I was born to do."

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#WilkoJohnson #GameOfThrones Actor With Terminal Cancer, Has Never Felt More Alive

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WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA, England — Living has been full of surprises for Wilko Johnson. So has dying.

Four decades in the rock `n’ roll trenches have brought the British guitarist obscurity and fame, followed by turmoil, more obscurity and rediscovery. Now the greatest rock star you may not have heard of – songwriter for rabble-rousing 1970s band Dr. Feelgood – is embarking on a farewell tour. Unlike some musical goodbyes, this one is permanent. Late last year, Johnson was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and told he had just months to live.

He says he has never felt more alive.

The 65-year-old musician says that in the weeks since his diagnosis, he’s been unexpectedly happy – "In fact it amounted at times to euphoria."

"I suddenly found myself in a position where nothing matters anymore," he said. "I’m a miserable so-and-so normally … I’d be worrying about the taxman or all the things that we worry about that get in the way of the real things. And suddenly it doesn’t matter. All of that doesn’t matter.

"You walk down the street and you feel intensely alive. You’re `Oh, look at that leaf!’ You’re looking around and you think, `I’m alive. Ain’t it amazing?’"

Johnson has said no to chemotherapy treatment that doctors say may prolong his life by a matter of months. He has responded to his diagnosis with a surge of creativity, playing gigs in Japan and planning a goodbye tour of Britain for March. He’s even going back into the studio to record a new album.

"After getting this diagnosis, I suddenly find myself writing bloody songs again," said a relaxed and garrulous Johnson in an interview at his home, a modest two-story row house in a faded, windblown seaside town of Westcliff-On-Sea, 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of London and just a few miles from where he grew up.

"I think there will be an album. It’s going to be rough and ready, because we’ve got about three or four days and we’re just going to go in and to bash it down. We’re not going to twiddle with anything."

An unlikely rocker who studied Anglo-Saxon literature and worked as a schoolteacher before joining Dr. Feelgood, he is a cult hero – more influential than famous, and cherished by his fans. Recently his following has grown to include viewers of HBO fantasy series "Game of Thrones," in which the sepulchral-looking Johnson appeared as silent executioner Ilyn Payne.Wilko Johnson – a play on John Wilkinson, the name he was born with in 1947 – is a mix of clown, curmudgeon, showman and scholar whose life is both inspiration and caution for would-be rock stars.

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#AliciaKeys #SuperBowl2013 #NationalAnthem Performance: How’d She Do?

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So much has been said about Beyonce’s inaugural lip-syncing that Alicia Keys’ prep work was all but ignored. But on Sunday, Keys made good on her earlier promises to deliver an all-new version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" when she sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

Keys’ rendition was powerful and moving — and she didn’t have any problems singing the lyrics as they’re written. That’s more than can be said for Christina Aguilera, who famously goofed when she performed the song at the 2011 Super Bowl.

Keys sat at a piano as images of American soldiers overseas were inter-spliced with footage of her performance and emotional athletes.

"I’m really excited about it, I can’t even lie," Keys said in advance of Sunday’s performance. "I have to rehearse it totally, as if it’s a brand-new song, because it is actually a brand new song in the style that I’ll deliver it. I’m actually rehearsing it like a maniac."

The singer wasn’t the only one who was excited: Sports books offered bets on the duration of her take on the anthem. One site set the over-under at 2 minutes and 15 seconds. Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks all performed the song in less than 2 minutes and 10 seconds. Billy Joel performed it in 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Though she did not perform during the inauguration itself, Keys also had a hand in inaugural festivities. She performed for Barack and Michelle Obama at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, tweaking the lyrics of her latest hit, "This Girl Is On Fire," to celebrate the first couple.

Let us know what you thought of Keys’ anthem performance in the comments.

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#BritneySpears #Photos: Singer Steps Out In Boxer Shorts

Quick, someone get the doctor! Britney Spears looked on bemusedly at son Jayden James as they made their way to the veterinarian, with Spears clutching a tiny white dog to her chest. The 31-year-old pop star must have left the house in quite a hurry, judging from her I-don’t-care outfit of dress socks, boxer shorts and a gray tank top.

Spears made news last week when it was reported that the former "X Factor" judge was not a candidate for a headlining gig at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, contrary to previous reports.

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#RachelWeisz ‘s #HarpersBazaarUK Cover Renders The Actress Unrecognizable

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Rachel Weisz holds one of the top slots on our girl crush list — have you ever seen her looking less than perfect? Until now, our answer would have been no.

But that was before her March 2013 cover for Harper’s Bazaar UK. The mag features the actress in a red, bell-sleeved Gucci dress looking a little… different. Something about her facial expression and stiff body pose just don’t read Rachel to us. We weren’t sure if we even recognized her at first.

Of course, that could be the result of a little acting on the photo shoot set. The "Oz: The Great and Powerful" actress told the glossy that she does enjoy letting go of herself sometimes:

“That’s what’s so great about acting, you’re not really responsible. I mean, I’m polite to everyone on set and I’m not a struggle to work with, but in terms of how you get to treat people, it’s carte blanche, because it’s fiction -– no one’s really going to get hurt. And it’s a very joyful place to let go.”

Since we’re still not quite sure what happened with Rachel’s cover shot, we’re going to chalk it up to that and some strange creative direction on the magazine’s part. After all, the actress just graced the Golden Globes red carpet looking particularly radiant, so how can we blame Ms. Weisz for a single day of microscopic imperfection?

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#MichelleWilliams #DestinysChild Singer, vs. Michelle Williams, #Actress

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Destiny’s Child’s fierce halftime show was the talk of Sunday night’s Super Bowl. But we have to admit, every time we hear "Michelle Williams," our thoughts turn to the actress of the same name. You know, she of the pixie cut and heart-wrenching indie fare like "Blue Valentine." In fact, Vulture even imagined what the beloved girl groupwould look like with the latter Michelle.

To help you keep track of the two same-name celebs, we made a handy cheat sheet.
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#SelenaGomez #JustinBieber Back Together? Singer Spotted Leaving Ex-Boyfriend’s House

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OK, these two are now officially Hollywood’s most notable on-again-off-again couple.

For what seems to be the millionth time, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are reportedly back together after Gomez was spotted leaving her ex-boyfriend’s house on Saturday morning (Feb. 2). And get this, the "Spring Breakers" star, 20, allegedly spent all night at Bieber’s place before heading home in one of his cars.

This is reportedly the first time the former couple has seen each other in a month — and there are photos to prove it.

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#BenAffleck ‘s ‘Argo’ & Directors Guild Of America: Film Nabs Top Honor

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Ben Affleck received a big honor.

LOS ANGELES — Ben Affleck has won the top film honor from the Directors Guild of America for his CIA thriller "Argo," further sealing its status as best-picture front-runner at the Academy Awards.

Saturday’s prize also normally would make Affleck a near shoo-in to win best-director at the Feb. 24 Oscars, since the Directors Guild recipient nearly always goes on to claim the same prize at Hollywood’s biggest night.

But Affleck surprisingly missed out on an Oscar directing nomination, along with several other key favorites, including fellow Directors Guild contenders Kathryn Bigelow for "Zero Dark Thirty" and Tom Hooper for "Les Miserables."

Affleck’s Oscar snub has not hurt "Argo" and may even have earned it some favor among awards voters as an underdog favorite. "Argo" has dominated other awards since the Oscar nominations.

"I don’t think that this makes me a real director, but I think it means I’m on my way," said Affleck, who won for just his third film behind the camera.

The Directors Guild honors continued Hollywood’s strange awards season, which could culminate with a big Oscar win for Affleck’s "Argo." The guild’s prize for best director typically is a final blessing for the film that goes on to win best-picture and director at the Oscars.

Affleck can go only one-for-two at the Oscars, though. While "Argo" is up for best picture, the director’s branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences overlooked him for a directing slot.

Backstage at the Directors Guild honors, Affleck said he had nothing but respect for the academy and that "you’re not entitled to anything."

"I’m thrilled and honored that the academy nominated me as a producer of the movie," Affleck said. "I know our movie, we’re a little bit underdog and a little bit the little engine that could, and you take me out of it maybe helps … it’s just about that picture. I feel like it’s OK, I’m really lucky, I’m in a good place."

With 12 Oscar nominations, Steven Spielberg’s Civil War saga "Lincoln" initially looked like the Oscar favorite over such other potential favorites as "Argo," "Les Miserables" and "Zero Dark Thirty," since films generally have little chance of winning best picture if they are not nominated for best director. Only three films have done it in 84 years, most recently 1989’s best-picture champ "Driving Miss Daisy," which failed to earn a directing nomination for Bruce Beresford.

But Affleck’s "Argo," in which he also stars as a CIA operative who hatches a bold plan to rescue six Americans during the hostage crisis in Iran, has swept up all the major awards since the Oscar nominations. "Argo" won best drama and director at the Golden Globes and top film honors from the Screen Actors Guild and the Producers Guild of America.

Many of the same film professionals who vote in guild awards also cast ballots for the Oscars, so all the wins for "Argo" are a strong sign that the film has the inside track for best picture.

Milos Forman, a two-time Directors Guild and Oscar winner for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" and "Amadeus," received the group’s lifetime-achievement award. Guild President Taylor Hackford let the crowd in a toast to Forman, who was ill and unable to attend.

Malik Bendjelloul won the guild’s documentary award for "Searching for Sugar Man," his study of the fate of critically acclaimed but obscure 1970s singer-songwriter Rodriquez. The film also is nominated for best documentary at the Oscars.

Jay Roach won the guild trophy for TV movies and miniseries for "Game Change," his drama starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in her 2008 vice-presidential run.

Roach said that he watched John McCain rush to choose Palin as his running-mate, potentially putting her second in line for the presidency.

"I said, `We gotta talk about this,’" Roach joked.

"Girls" star Lena Dunham earned the guild honor for TV comedy, while Rian Johnson won for drama series for "Breaking Bad."

Dunham won for directing the pilot of "Girls," which focuses on the lives of a group of women in their 20s.

"It is such an unbelievable honor to be in the company of the people in this room, who have made me want to do this with my life," Dunham said.

Filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Babel," "Amores Perros") won for best commercial for a Procter and Gamble spot he directed.

Among other TV winners:

_ Reality program: Brian Smith, "Master Chef."

_ Musical variety: Glenn Weiss, "The 66th Annual Tony Awards."

_ Daytime serial: Jill Mitwell, "One Life to Live."

_ Children’s program: Paul Hoen, "Let It Shine."

Affleck’s win Saturday nicks the Directors Guild record as a strong forecast for the eventual directing recipient at the Oscars. Only six times in the 64-year history of the guild awards has the winner there failed to follow up with an Oscar. This will be the seventh, since Affleck is not up for the best-director Oscar.

Peer loyalty might play in Affleck’s favor at the Oscars. The acting branch in particular, the largest block of the academy’s 5,900 members, might really throw its weight behind "Argo" because of Affleck’s directing snub. Actors love it when one of their own moves into a successful directing career, and Affleck – who’s rarely earned raves for his dramatic chops – also delivers one of his best performances in "Argo."

Affleck has had no traction in acting honors this season, and he’s joked that no one considered it a snub when he wasn’t nominated for best actor. So a best-picture vote for "Argo" might be viewed as making right his omission from the directing lineup and acknowledging what a double-threat talent he’s become in front of and behind the camera.

A best-picture prize also would send Affleck home with an Oscar. The award would go to the producers of "Argo": George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Affleck.

But it’s not as though Affleck has never gotten his due at Hollywood awards before. He and Matt Damon jump-started their careers with 1997’s "Good Will Hunting," for which they shared a screenplay Oscar.

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#FrankOcean #ChrisBrown #Fight: Ocean Forgives Brown, Wants ‘Peace’

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It appears Frank Ocean is ready to forgive Chris Brown — though we’re not sure he’ll ever forget what went down.

On Jan. 27, Brown, 23, allegedly assaulted Ocean over a parking space and it was reported that Ocean was ready to press charges.

But today (Feb. 2), the 25-year-old singer released a statement on his Tumblr page, announcing that all he wants is "peace."

AS A CHILD I THOUGHT IF SOMEONE JUMPED ME IT WOULD RESULT IN ME MURDERING OR MUTILATING A MAN. 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. FORGIVENESS, ALBEIT DIFFICULT, IS WISDOM. PEACE, ALBEIT TRITE, IS WHAT I WANT IN MY SHORT LIFE. PEACE.

Ocean and Brown have been battling it out on Twitter for months now, with Brown even releasing what some thought was a homophobic statement after Ocean came out last year. Still, the singers both seem to be apologetic and ready to move on.

Let’s hope Chris accepts Frank’s view on the brawl.

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