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'America's Got Talent' auditions, Paul Williams live

Singer-songwriter Paul Williams at the 36th Toronto International

Singer-songwriter Paul Williams at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. (Sept. 11, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

PAUL WILLIAMS SALUTE. On TV, he played an elf and a Qomar, voiced The Penguin, and visited "Fantasy Island." In music, he sold millions of '70s ballad albums. But Paul Williams is best known for composing movie songs (Oscar-winner "Evergreen") and acting ("Smokey and the Bandit"). Astoria's Museum of the Moving Image honors both next weekend, when Williams attends screenings of four films -- Brian De Palma's 1974 cult fave, "Phantom of the Paradise," in which Williams starred and wrote the parody song score (Friday at 7 p.m.); 1979's "The Muppet Movie," with Williams' "Rainbow Connection" (Jan. 26 at 3 p.m.); infamous 1987 film flop "Ishtar" (Jan. 26-27 at 6p.m.), for which he wrote purposely bad songs, and new docu-portrait "Paul Williams: Still Alive" (Jan. 27 at 3 p.m.). Details at

MORE 'TALENT.' NBC's summer perennial "America's Got Talent" is once again seeking unique performers of all kinds. New York auditions take place Feb. 1-2. Info, preregistration at

SPANISH-SINGING KIDS. Telemundo's upcoming "La Voz Kids" reality singing competition holds New York auditions Feb. 2-3. Kids 7-14 must register by Jan. 28. Details, registration (en español) at

DAWSON'S GETTING OLD! Can it really be 15 years since we met Joey, Pacey and pals? Yup. Sunday is the anniversary of 1998's arrival of "Dawson's Creek," the teen saga that helped solidify The WB as the place to be. In celebration, some cable/satellite providers are offering on-demand episodes (check your VOD listings). They're also streaming for subscribers of Amazon Prime and Netflix. Watch other ex-WB faves at

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