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    For Beyoncé fans who happened to be awake in the wee hours of Friday the 13th, Christmas came early this year–in the form of a surprise album by the superstar singer.

    The self-titled visual album was released exclusively via iTunes as a complete download for $15.99; individual songs will be available starting December 20th. The list of collaborators on Beyoncé features a who’s-who of the music business, including Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Timbaland, Frank Ocean, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and, of course, Jay Z.

    With so many high-profile names attached to the project, it’s a small miracle that nothing leaked in advance of the launch, but Beyoncé runs a tight ship.

    “I’m never satisfied,” she told FORBES in a 2009 cover story, adding: “I’m sure sometimes it’s not easy working for me … I’ve never met anyone that works harder than me in my industry.”

    Indeed, she’s already played 97 shows on her Mrs. Carter World Tour this year–and, in combination with the buzz for her new album, that could catapult her to the most lucrative year of her already storied career. FORBES calculates earnings on the half-year, meaning that the scoring period for 2014 will run from June 2013 to June 2014.

    Beyoncé is already scheduled for 83 shows during that span, and that’s not counting additional bookings that could fill up April and May. She’s currently grossing over $2 million per city, according to Pollstar. Factoring in merchandise sales at her sold-out shows, that means she’s likely taking home somewhere around $1 million per night–if not more–before paying out agents, managers and Uncle Sam.

    Those sorts of touring numbers alone should be enough to equal Beyoncé’s best years to date, her twin peaks of $87 million in both 2009 and 2010. Factor in endorsements with Pepsi and H&M, in addition to her other ventures and record sales, and she should easily double the $53 million she made this year. She’ll also challenge for music’s earnings crown, which went to Madonna at $125 million for 2013.

    As for the new album, it’s too early for sales numbers. But there’s at least one indicator that points to success: in 12 hours, Beyoncé has already garnered half as many reviews on iTunes as Katy Perry’s PRISM and one-third as many as Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP. Both albums sold about a quarter of a million copies in their opening weeks.

    Furthermore, Beyoncé’s strategy of selling her album as a whole for the first week–rather than allowing fans to buy songs a la carte–could prove incredibly valuable. Before the digital revolution in music, that was the status quo, and it led to platinum opening weeks for scores of artists who’d now be lucky to sell a third of that over the life of an entire album.

    Her idea also hearkens back to the example of another top-earning superstar: Michael Jackson. In a video explaining why she decided to release a video for every song on her album, Beyoncé recalls watching the short film for “Thriller” with her family and being inspired.

    “I see music,” she says. “It’s more than just what I hear.”

    She’ll be seeing a lot more cash, too.


    She worked hard on this album and it shows. Get dat 2014 money, gurl.

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    Miranda Kerr and her cute son Flynn walk hand in hand while stepping out in the snow on Saturday (December 14) in New York City.

    The 30-year-old Australian supermodel was seen laughing while her two-year-old son opened his mouth for a taste of the snow.

    “Winter wonderland ❄❤⛄,” Miranda wrote on Instagram with a pic on the same day. Check out the pics below!

    The day before, Miranda and her ex husband Orlando Bloom were spotted sitting in the same car while heading to a doctor’s appointment in the Big Apple.


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    'Tis the end of the year! We laughed, we loved, an then we inevitably hated this year's most popular memes. Memebase is here to take you back through the internets and remember this year in memes.

    Harlem Shake

    Harlem Shake is the title of a 2012 heavy bass instrumental track produced by Baauer. In February 2013, the song spawned a series of dance videos that begin with a masked individual dancing alone in a group before suddenly cutting to a wild dance party featuring the entire group. Despite what the name suggests, the videos present a wide range of hip hop dances, including the Bernie, Twerking as well as improvisations.

    Whether you love or hate the Harlem Shake you cannot deny the impact it had by dominating the internet in early 2013. Parody videos blew up such as this Slender Man version:

    Harlem Shake even had its own repercussions. Individuals all over the world were creating their own Harlem Shake videos by participating in the meme on the job, in school, or on monuments.

    Unflattering Beyonce

    Unflattering Beyonce is a photoshop meme based on humorously timed screen captures of the singer Beyonce from her 2013 performance at Super Bowl XLVII.

    Did you know Beyonce was in the Olympics?


    Doge is a slang term for “dog” that is primarily associated with pictures of Shiba Inus (nicknamed “Shibe”) and internal monologue captions. These photos are also photoshopped to change the dog’s face or captioned with interior monologues in Comic Sans font.

    Doge is the most popular meme right now (also most hated). No matter what you do, you can't escape the doge.

    Ylvis - The Fox

    "The Fox" is a song by the Norwegian comedy music duo Ylvis which gained online notoriety following the release of their crazy music video.

    And just in case you were curious, here's what the fox actually says:

    Thanks, Obama!

    Thanks, Obama! is a sarcastic expression used by critics of President Barack Obama to blame personal troubles and inconveniences on public policies supported or enacted by the administration. The phrase is often used to caption animated GIFs in which the subject appears to be struggling with a rather simple task, satirizing those who scapegoat Obama as the cause of problems for which he has little or no influence.

    The meme took off in 2013 with the Government Shutdown and Obamacare.

    More @ the source, 1, 2, 3, 4

    Missing this Surprising HBIC tbh:


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  • 12/14/13--20:25: SNL Post: John Goodman

  • Think there will be a Beyonce reference?

    Hader Memorial Feed Section:
    (Or go to http://tvpc.com/ChannelList.php and look for NBC)

    Quick Gifs & Caps:

    Or just search the #snl tag on tumblr.

    I tweeted at Noel Wells today (stupid tweets, blah blah) but then I said "you were a part of ontd so I will always love you" and BAM

    Girl FAVORITED IT! So I take that as her acknowledging her ONTD past. Amazing. AAAAMAZING.

    one of us. one of us. one of us....

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    5. Madonna

    Total Gross: $76,752,277
    Total Attendance: 577,169
    Total Capacity: 577,169
    No. of Shows: 16
    No. of Sellouts: 16

    4. Beyoncé

    Total Gross: $104,358,899
    Total Attendance: 883,062
    Total Capacity: 934,021
    No. of Shows: 59
    No. of Sellouts: 40

    3. Taylor Swift

    Total Gross: $115,379,331
    Total Attendance: 1,363,510
    Total Capacity: 1,363,510
    No. of Shows: 66
    No. of Sellouts: 66

    2. Rihanna

    Total Gross: $137,982,530
    Total Attendance: 1,595,161
    Total Capacity: 1,600,851
    No. of Shows: 87
    No. of Sellouts: 84

    1. P!nk

    Total Gross: $147,947,543
    Total Attendance: 1,581,939
    Total Capacity: 1,583,801
    No. of Shows: 114
    No. of Sellouts: 111

    wow of course the two worldwide queens of pop are numbers 1 and 2 <3 and they both only had three shows not sold out while certain others on this list had 19 shows that were half empty. slay!

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    I'm told Universal Music plan to drop the boyband after their third album Word Of Mouth proved to be a massive global flop.

    I can reveal the final nail in the coffin came after their European tour was scrapped due to poor ticket sales - rather than "scheduling issues", which the band's management claimed.

    The shock axing will come as a huge blow to Jay, Max, Siva, Tom and Nathan, who had a big international hit in 2011 with Glad You Came.

    One Direction's main rivals have struggled to back up the single with another smash hit.

    Their third album is currently hovering as low as 75 in the charts just six weeks after being released.

    To put things into perspective, the record has so far sold around 40,000 copies in the UK - less than a single day's sales for One Direction's Midnight Memories.

    1D have also sold more copies in a week in the UK alone, than The Wanted have in six weeks around the world.

    My source said: "Despite high hopes that The Wanted would rival One Direction as worldwide stars, it just hasn't happened.

    "Word Of Mouth has proved a monumental flop which has just about sealed their fate.

    "The album was a disaster from start to finish. It had no direction and was delayed for over a year due to problems.

    "No final decision has been made, but all promo for the album has been scrapped and no more singles are planned.

    "There are also no plans to reschedule the cancelled European tour dates."

    After ten Top 10 singles and two No.1s it would be a shame for The Wanted to become unwanted.

    Let's hope their record label has a rethink!
    I didn't even know they had a new album. Nathan's relationship with Ariana was more publicized than their new album.

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    Who says it's just the stars who rake in the moolah? The first pictures of their bundles of joy are earning them millions of dollars.

    Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s twins pictures were reportedly sold for a whopping $15 million, making it the most expensive baby cover ever. The magazine sold over 2.6 million copies and was the number one seller in 2008. The couple’s first born daughter Shiloh’s images were bought by People magazine for $4.1 million.

    Singers Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s twin babies pictures were sold for approximately $6 million to People magazine. The former couple who was married for seven years opened the doors to their Long Island home for an inside look at their children and the nursery.

    Actress Jessica Alba and hubby Cash Warren sold pictures of their first-born daughter Honor for $1.5 million. The baby cover sold over 600,000 issues, according to New York Post. While Jessica initially said no to magazines who wanted first shots of her daughter, she eventually caved in.

    Jamie Lynn Spears and Casey Aldridge sold pictures of their first-born, baby Maddie to OK! magazine for a reported $1 million. Incidentally, her older sister Britney also sold pictures of her own son Sean Preston in 2007 for $500,000 less.

    Nicole Richie and Joel Madden in 2008, shared photos of their first born daughter with People magazine for a reported $1 million. A year later, the proud parents shared photos of their second-born, Sparrow, with the magazine, again for a reported $952,000.


    and how much y'all r worth ontd

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    King Bey decided to gift the world with a surprise fifth studio album. It was made with the help of a crack team of songwriters and producers, including big names Pharrell, The Dream, and Timbaland. But someone who goes by the name of "Boots" is all over the album credits. It made some people on Twitter start asking some questions.

    Here’s what’s known: He signed to Jay Z’s record label Roc Nation some time around June 1, when he posted this picture to his Facebook.


    He has fewer than 200 Facebook fans. Roc Nation’s website is unhelpful. Some quick googling turns up this short film that features Chanel Iman getting an eye exam. Boots wrote the score for the five-minute short.

    A month after making his deal public, he posted to Facebook again, this time with a song called “Haunted.” His voice is pretty haunting and awesome. And with that track is the only available picture of the man behind the Bey. Nice boots, obviously.


    But on Boots’ Soundcloud there’s another private file of even greater note. It’s a 50-minute album with some very important tracks. (Update: The album was quickly taken down from Soundcloud in the middle of the night.)

    Like reference tracks for Beyoncé.

    “Ghost Around” is a part of the song that Beyoncé sings in the video for “Ghost,” “I’m On To You” is the second part of “Haunted,” and “Heaven Couldn’t Wait” ended up being shortened to “Heaven,” the second to last song on the album.

    It’s almost strange to hear a man sing Beyoncé material because she clearly is superior to anyone with a Y chromosome.

    It is fun to hear the source material that Bey took and spun into gold though. And with the help of Boots, we got our Bey back. Thank you, Boots. We hope to see you around and would love to see your face.

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    Real Housewives of New Jersey star Albert Manzo, who’s married to former castmember Caroline Manzo, has been accused of verbally abusing his staff and failing to pay overtime.

    In a complaint filed with the Superior Court of New Jersey in Passaic County dated Dec. 2, a former waitress at the catering hall, The Brownstone, accused Albert, co-owner Tommy Manzo and manager Robert Manger, among other unnamed persons, of verbal abuse and failure to pay overtime.

    In the complaint, Lanise Jackson said she left her job in November because “she could no longer endure the racial, sexual, ethnic and country of origin epithets hurled at her hourly.”

    She alleged that she and other employees were routinely called “bitch,”“fucking stupid bitch,”“spic bitches,”“lazy motherfuckers,” and “fucking screw up.”

    She also claimed that Tommy had said to her, “Are you blind? What are you, Chinese? Open your eyes.”

    Additionally, she alleged that she worked more than 40 hours a week at The Brownstone, but didn’t receive compensation for overtime.

    Jackson is suing for damages, “including but not limited to, compensatory and punitive damages, lost wages, emotional distress, legal fees, etc.”

    In May 2011, another former employee, Sandy Fernandez, sued The Brownstone, Albert and Tommy for similar charges of unpaid compensation for overtime.

    Reached at The Brownstone, Albert Manzo said he was “appalled” by Jackson’s claims and said her lawsuit came “out of the blue.”

    “I’ve never spoken to any employee in that manner,” he said. “This is the most insane thing I’ve ever dealt with. Now I got The Daily News calling me about this, I’m seriously thinking about launching a countersuit. She is defaming me.”

    “It’s almost like she has nothing better to do,” he said. “I can’t wait for this to go to court. She’ll be perjuring herself.”

    Joanna Calls Brandi A Stupid Drunk!

    Joanna and Brandi are once again at each other’s throats, this time with Joanna claiming that Brandi has a problem with alcohol. Really, Joanna? At this stage, I would expect both Joanna and Brandi to be going for deeper cuts, not alcohol problems. Everyone on that show has alcohol problems, and I hardly think that would surprise anyone.

    Anyway, Brandi did apologize for making what some people deemed to be racist comments, and apparently people thought the feud would blow over. Alas, that’s now reality star feuds work, especially with the Real Housewives.

    Joanna’s now hitting back against Brandi for making the aforementioned racist remarks, telling people, “I don’t know what her little brain thinks. I get it, it’s reality TV and it’s about ratings and maybe she feels that it’s her job, but she should learn the difference between being dramatic on TV and how to be sensitive.”

    Joanna even added, “I just think she has an alcohol issue. When she says stupid things it tends to be after she’s had a drink. I don’t know if it’s for attention, but it fuels her to put people down. She really needs to understand that it’s only hurting her in the end. She’s not thinking.”

    And now she plays the friend card. Isn’t that fitting? After insulting Brandi using various allegations and accusations, she’s now just trying to help Brandi.

    NeNe Celebrates 46th Birthday: Sign Her Online Card!

    Wish NeNe a Happy Birthday! NeNe Leakes turns 46 on Friday, Dec. 13, and is asking her fans to help make her day even more special. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star had an Open Me Birthday card set up online in her honor for all of her supporters to sign.

    "Hey y'all!! I'm having a great birthday, especially since I have all of you guys sending me birthday wishes and blessings!" she wrote on her website Friday. "It's all a lot to keep track of though, so my friends made me a special birthday card that all of you can sign! I would love to hear from you and see all your names, so click here to send me a special message!"

    The front of the card has a beautiful picture of the birthday girl on it with the message: "Yes, honey. Birthdays are for rich bitches!" Inside, fans can write personal messages for Leakes to read.


    The star has a lot to celebrate this year after suffering a health scare last month. Leakes was hospitalized after being diagnosed with blood clots in her lungs. "I'm told this happened to me because of the constant traveling around the country that I do for my job," she explained in a Nov. 19 blog post. "I'm thankful to be alive as the doctor advised me that most people don't recognize the symptoms of blood clots and don't go to the doctor and that's when the big problems start happening."

    Kyle and Mauricio Appear in Jeep Cherokee Spot!

    Usually, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards is seen shopping at fabulous boutiques or going on glamorous vacations. But in a new ad for Jeep Cherokee it's just Kyle and her husband, Mauricio Umansky, hitting the road.

    The reality couple are among a group of celebs chosen to appear in a series of videos made by Cherokee. Modern Family's Sarah Hyland and TV host Terrence J also appear in spots for the brand.

    "I think people have this image of me walking down Rodeo Drive, like, with poodles, eating bonbons, and that is not accurate at all!" 44-year-old Kyle says at the beginning of the clip, which made its debut during this week's episode of Housewives. "My life is much more complex than that."

    The mom of four then picks up hubby Mauricio, who's wearing a simple T-shirt and jeans, and the two drive to Joshua Tree National Park, about two hours outside of LA.

    InTouch, US, CelebDirtyLaundry, TheWrap

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    A woman reveals her bizarre obsession with dressing up as a pony and galloping around a field in the upcoming season of My Strange Addiction.

    Nicole, 31, is addicted to Pony Play, a form of role play that sees her putting on a mask, hooves and a bit and pretending she is a horse as she rolls around in hay.

    She is just one of the stars who offer a glimpse into their strange and unique lifestyles in the TLC series, set to return January 1st.

    In one photo from the episode about Nicole, she is seen looking in the mirror of her bathroom as she fits herself with a horse mask.

    Another sees her arranging her saddles and various metal horse bits on a bed, and she's also pictured wearing all her pony gear and horse-themed face paint along with friends in similar garb.

    The series will also follow Justin Jedlica, a 32-year-old from New York who has spent $158,000 on cosmetic surgery and calls himself 'a living doll'.

    Overall, Justin has had about 125 cosmetic procedures to make him look more and more like a doll, including bicep implants, tricep implants, a brow lift and five nose jobs.

    'I realized that I had a liking for some more exaggerated features and this ideal male physique,' he says in the clip. 'You know, a little bit more like a doll, like a hero.'

    Another star of the upcoming series is 26-year-old Jennifer, who has been addicted to eating mattresses for more than twenty years.

    She estimates that she has consumed a total of eight beds since her addiction began.
    The show will follow Jennifer's life, as well as her family's concern that her mattress diet may be harming her health.

    The new series of My Strange Addiction will also feature, among others, 22-year-old Keyshia, who is obsessed with chewing on and smelling dirty diapers, and 50-year-old Vladimir, who loves attaching leeches to his bod.

    My Strange Addiction will premiere on TLC on Wednesday, January 1 at 9/8c.


    Can't wait to see the dirty diapers one

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    One Direction hit the red carpet at the 15th Annual NRJ Music Awards held at the Palais des Festivals on Saturday night (December 14) in Cannes, France.

    The guys — Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan — won International Group/Duo of the Year. Congrats, guys!

    “Thank you so much to @NRJhitmusiconly for having us. Thank you everyone who voted! You, me, oui.” Harry tweeted after the award show.


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    In the most potent and provocative year at the multiplex in recent memory, 2013 stretches the boundaries of film. Here's the top 10 5.

    5. Her

    4. Before Midnight

    3. The Wolf of Wall Street

    2. Gravity

    1. 12 Years a Slave

    The rest at the source

    ONTD, what are your 10 films of the year?

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    Z100's Jingle Ball:

    Walking Around NY With Different Colored Shoelaces:

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    Harry Styles was spotted at Kendall Jenner's hotel at 2.20am on Sunday morning, just hours after he and his One Direction bandmates picked up two awards in France

    It was a big night for One Direction who collected two gongs, Video of The Year for their hit Best Song Ever, and International Duo/Group of The Year.

    However, rather than celebrate with his bandmates, Harry dashed back to the English capital to see his latest love interest.


    It’s not clear if Kendall is in the UK for work or simply to see Harry but she earlier Instagrammed a picture of herself looking out over the London skyline.The teenagers were introduced by their managers last month.

    Harry wore a black T-shirt as he drove his black Range Rover. Kendall - dressed in a grey jacket over a white T-shirt -  tried to keep her head down as she focused on her mobile phone.

    But when Piers Morgan asked Harry at One Direction's 1D Day event if he was romantically entangled with the leggy cover girl, he replied, 'We just went out to dinner so no… I guess. I don't know.' On November 25, Harry reportedly took Kendall for a meal - their second date - according to UsWeekly.The get together took place just hours after the One Direction standout met with the Keeping Up With The Kardashian star's father Bruce in Malibu for a morning chat." Harry and Kendall dined at Soho House in West Hollywood, a favourite spot of Robert Pattinson and Katy Perry.They leaned in to talk to each other,' an eyewitness told UsWeekly of Kendall and Harry's date.

    'He was really animated with Kendall.' After sharing 'two dishes,' the British boy bander reportedly picked up the tab. The source added, 'They definitely plan to hang out more.'And they did, with the couple spotted emerging from the Gansevoort hotel in New York's Meatpacking District last Saturday after being reunited in the Big Apple.


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    Warren Beatty and Annette Bening's transgender son, Stephen Ira, appears in a new public service announcement championing for trans healthcare.
    Ira, who is a writer, joined GLAAD and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project to speak out against healthcare discrimination for transgender people. In the video, titled "Healthcare for all: Give trans people access to the care they need," the 21-year-old takes aim at New York State's Medicaid regulation that excludes transgender people.

    Steven Ira Beatty

    "I grew up outside of New York, but I've always known I've wanted to move here for the city's vibrant artistic community," he says in the video published to YouTube Nov. 15. "As a trans person, I would hope that I'd be welcomed, but many trans people aren't because we don't have the basic healthcare coverage that we need to survive."
    GLAAD has highlighted that trans people are denied healthcare because of misinformation and bias in the industry. There is also a lack of trans-friendly providers.
    Apparently, Ira's appearance has caught him some flak.

    Stephen's tweet
    Last year, Ira spoke about his identity in a video for WeHappyTrans.com, saying he identifies as "a trans man, a faggy queen, a homosexual, a queer, a nerd fighter, a writer, an artist and a guy who needs a haircut." He credited his friends and peers as those who have been the most supportive of his transition, a journey he began when he was 14 years old.
    Ira does not mention his parents in the video. Beatty and Bening haven't publicly commented on Ira's identity, E! News noted.

    I think he is awesome. I hope the USA gets their shit together on healthcare.

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    In the few weeks since we put a spotlight on the Best Actor race, the competitive field has only tightened further. Robert Redford, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew McConaughey and Tom Hanks have only firmed up their status as near-certain nominees, and if there was any doubt that Bruce Dern would pick up a nod, the actor's fierce campaigning makes it more and more likely that it'll come to pass. Short of a real shock, or a swell of momentum for late entrants Christian Bale ("American Hustle") or Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf Of Wall Street"), those will likely be your five nominees come January.

    And that's a real shame, because as ever, there's a breadth and depth of talent that are likely, sadly, to go unrecognized. So, with voting approaching any day now, and having already looked at Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor, we've picked out ten performances from the last year that, in an ideal world, would be rewarded alongside the five frontrunners. Read our picks below, and let us know your own favorites in the comments section. And next week: Best Actress.

    Mads Mikkelsen - “The Hunt”

    It's pretty much a given at this point that Mads Mikkelsen will be the best thing in whatever he's in, but he's mostly familiar in the U.S. for his villainous turns, particularly in "Casino Royale" and "Hannibal." Which is one of the things that makes his casting in "The Hunt" (a performance that won Best Actor at Cannes in 2012, but sadly has little chance with the Academy) so clever. In Thomas Vinterberg's film, he's a thoroughly decent, almost saintly man, a schoolteacher so entirely baffled by the idea that he could be accused of sexual assault that he doesn't even think to defend himself. By putting the often-shifty Mikkelsen in the role, Vinterberg allows you to see how the town can turn against him, even with his absolute goodness never being in doubt. Some find the slow-burn excruciating, unable to understand why he won't stand up for himself, but Mikkelsen entirely sells both that, and his furious indignity when it finally comes. It's the best performance to date by one of our finest actors.

    Simon Pegg - "The World's End"

    Oscar and comedy rarely go well together—just think of the greatest comic performances in cinema history, and then shake your head at how few of them were ever recognized with an award. Given that it's a relatively small, esoteric British sci-fi action comedy, "The World's End" was less likely than most to prick the consciousness of Academy voters, but they'll be missing a trick by ignoring Simon Pegg's stunning lead performance. Though he's often been a likable presence, nothing in his career so far prepared us for Pegg's turn as Gary King, the goateed smackhead out to relive his glory days, only to stumble upon a body snatchers-style alien plot. King is borderline insufferable—a deeply selfish, maddening human being who ends up ending civilization as we know it due to being such a prick. But Pegg's innately winning qualities (and his comic gifts) somehow keep you invested in him all the time, and it pays off beautifully near the end, as the true pathos of Gary's existence becomes apparent. It was a revelatory performance in the best sense of the word, and has us keeping our fingers crossed that even if the Cornetto trilogy is done, Pegg and Edgar Wright will continue to come up with creations as bold as this one together.

    Ethan Hawke - “Before Midnight”

    With his career shifting worryingly into Nicolas Cage/John Cusack territory (three cheap exploitation flicks, "Sinister," "The Purge" and "Getaway," over the past year), we could have used a reminder of how talented Ethan Hawke really is. Fortunately, this year saw him reteam with Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater for "Before Midnight," the third in their trilogy of love-story travelogues, and Hawke might have pulled off his finest hour in it. If the first film was about potential, and the second about that potential being unfulfilled, the third is about reality, and 'Midnight' presents an all-grown-up version of Jesse, imperfect and tired to the point of brokenness at being separated from his son. Of course, it's impossible to talk about these films by separating the central duo (and we'll get to Delpy in due course...), but while she was the clear stand-out in the earlier films, Hawke goes toe-to-toe with her in "Before Midnight."

    Ali Mosaffa - “The Past”

    After "About Elly," "A Separation" and now "The Past," Asghar Farhadi is starting to look like one of the best directors of actors in the world right now: there hasn't been a performance in any of his films so far that feels anything less than lived-in, multi-dimensional and totally convincing. While Berenice Bejo might have won the lion's share of honors, taking the Best Actress prize in Cannes (and rightly so), we wouldn't want Ali Mosaffa to be forgotten for his unbelievably fine work in the central role. The Iranian actor and director, mostly unknown in the West before now, plays Ahmad, who returns to France after a four-year gap to finalize his divorce from his ex-wife (Bejo), only to become caught up with troubles with her daughter and new beau. It's rather a passive character, in some ways, carried along by other events, but Mosaffa unveils real generosity and love in Ahmad, even as he shows glimpses of the reason that the marriage initially fell apart. It's the best kind of ego-free acting, enabling his co-stars while quietly stealing scenes himself, and as good as anything else you'll have seen this year.

    Isaiah Washington - "Blue Caprice"

    It takes a pretty special performance to come back from scandal, and whatever his previous sins, Isaiah Washington gives that kind of turn in "Blue Caprice." The actor's barely figured in any significant work since he was fired from "Grey's Anatomy" in 2007, but Alexandre Moor's retelling of the real-life Beltway Sniper killings puts him front-and-center as serial murderer John, and reminds us all of how impressive he could be at his best. He has a thin veneer of charisma on the surface—just enough that you can believe he can lead his surrogate son into terrible acts—but underneath is a terrifying and broken man, a portrait of evil and mental illness, or somewhere in between, that's not quite like any seen before on screen. Even if the film had found a wider audience, it's likely that Washington's baggage would have prevented a nomination, but if he keeps letting the work speak for itself like this, a full-on comeback could be on the way.

    Honorable Mentions: Other performances that caught the eye of Team Playlist in the last twelve months include Conner Chapman in "The Selfish Giant," Dane DeHaan in "Kill Your Darlings," Josh Pais in "Touchy Feely," Chris Hemsworth in "Rush," Michael Shannon in "The Iceman" and Tony Leung in "The Grandmaster." Any others that you think deserve recognition? Let us know in the comments section below.


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    THE BEY UPDATE: The Beyoncé sneak attack on iTunes has become the story of the industry and possibly a game-changing new strategy to sell records. The early release as an iTunes exclusive, with no tracks for sale and no Spotify to bastardize sales, the "visual album" has sold approximately 500k album downloads in its first 48 hours, with no end in sight and will easily debut #1. What was looking like a pretty dull Christmas release season has been hit by a bolt of lightning. The surprise release has been heralded by social media everywhere and covered by every major television news network. She has created her own publicity and the project reached its audience through word of mouth--the most powerful of all sales tools. Stay tuned for continuous updates. Kudos to Team Columbia and Team Beyoncé on what may end up being the most talked about event of 2013. (12/14p)


    I have never seen someone come for blood this hard before, omfg.

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    The actress posted this Instagram pic last night with the hashtags #studiotime and #wordhard. Could she be working on a 3rd studio album? (Her last record, A Little More Personal (Raw) was released in 2005).

    I...don't know how to feel about this.


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