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Today’s roundup of the pop-culture world finds a naked actress, “Scandal” news, Drew Barrymore, Psy, other things, and the mystery music video.

COMFORTABLE IN HER OWN SKIN: That would be Paz de la Huerta, per the Huffington Post, “She knocked our socks off as Lucy Danziger in "Boardwalk Empire," and now, she's taking her clothes off for Playboy magazine. The gorgeous actress and model, 28, poses nude for the January/February issue of Playboy, as famed photographer Mario Sorrenti and art world provocateur Jeffrey Deitch get her to bare her soul ... and so much more.” http://huff.to/VNsDuT

PAY ATTENTION, LOHAN: Been there, done that, per Us Weekly, “Drew Barrymore has come a long way from her turbulent days as a Hollywood wild child, but there are times she still feels like she's just playing the part of a responsible adult. Appearing on the cover of January's Allure magazine (on sale Dec. 20), the 37-year-old multi-talented A-lister says she can't shake the little girl inside her, despite the fact that she now has a little girl of her own -- not to mention a husband, her own production company, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.” http://usm.ag/VNoB5w

NO SCANDAL HERE: Of covering all the bases, per The Wrap, “The midseason finale of the ABC hit "Scandal" was pulled from ABC.com on Monday, the same day it was made available on the site, out of consideration for the victims of the massacre, ABC said Monday. . . The episode, which aired last Thursday -- the night before the shootings -- featured the murder of a family of four.” http://bit.ly/UNJ8bv

GANGNAM STYLE: It was only a matter of time, per the Los Angeles Times, “South Korean pop sensation Psy's "Gangnam Style" has become the most-viewed YouTube video of all time, with the infectious music video approaching 1 billion views worldwide. The wildfire popularity of the four-minute song and dance video, uploaded just six months ago, represents an inflection point for the online video site.” http://lat.ms/Ygmqy0

RATINGZZZZZ: A consolidation, per Variety, “The giants of broadcast ratings will now be under one roof as Nielsen said Tuesday it's agreed to acquire Arbitron, the key agency that measures radio listening, for $1.26 billion in cash. The price works out to $48 a share, a 26% premium to Arbitron's Monday close. Nielsen said it has a financing commitment for the transaction, which has been approved by the boards of both companies.” http://bit.ly/12xRo3T

DIDN’T SEE IT: Maybe you did, per indieWIRE, “202 critics voted. 1,862 ballots were cast. And when it was all said and done, "Holy Motors," Leos Carax's glorious celebration of cinema past, present, and future, was chosen as the Best Film of 2012 in the annual Indiewire Critics Poll. The film's star, Denis Lavant, also won the Best Performance category.” http://bit.ly/V2j0Yv

THE DONALD: Cue the smug grin, per the New York Post, “In a beauty of a $5 million legal win, Donald Trump has emerged victorious in his ugly battle with Miss USA hopeful Sheena Monnin, who claimed the pageant was “fixed” and “trashy.” Former Miss Pennsylvania Monnin quit the competition in June, claiming a fellow contestant had seen a list containing the top five winners before they were officially announced.” http://eonli.ne/U6qq0h

READ BETWEEN THE LINES: Seems fairly obvious, per E!, “American Guns is no more. Discovery Channel confirmed today that the reality show about a Colorado family in the gun business will not be back for a third season. The show's second-season finale had aired Sept. 5. . . The network did not say, however, whether the decision not to produce any more episodes of the successful show (season two premiere ratings were up 50 percent over season one) was directly linked to the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last week.” http://eonli.ne/UNHWF6

MEANWHILE: Just the facts, per Entertainment Weekly, “In the widened wake of Friday’s horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, The Weinstein Company has canceled Tuesday’s planned Los Angeles premiere of Django Unchained. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Newtown, CT and in this time of national mourning we have decided to forgo our scheduled event,” said a Weinstein spokesperson in a statement.” http://bit.ly/U5siX5

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video. http://rol.st/XOHPy2

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)

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