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Best Picture Oscar contenders include 'Interstellar,' 'Imitation Game' and more

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The 2014-2015 Oscar season is well underway, with festivals providing the cream of the crop and a few major studio films laced throughout. Who will be left standing when the dust clears at the 82nd annual Academy Awards? More importantly, what will the journey of discovery be like every step of the way? Many in the industry are looking to this season as a slight one, at least compared to recent years. But the deeper you dive into the fray, the more you realize that the race only seems slight because it's stretched thin across a wide variety of filmmaking. And that variety is what's so exciting. Biopics and traditional genre fare are there to be found, but so are subversive comedies and bleak genre efforts. Spit and you'll surely hit a master filmmaker as there's no shortage of them in the season and studios are roaring as much as indies and dependents. »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Sex Icon Jeff Goldblum Wants to Sell You Light Bulbs

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This may shock you, but Tim and Eric of "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" directed a fake light bulb commercial starring Jeff Goldblum and it's... the weirdest thing I've seen all month. First of all, Goldblum is dressed like Hugh Hefner. Weird enough. Also, Goldblum looks a lot like Bert Convy these days, and it's odd to see a doppelganger of the "Tattletales" emcee acting sexy. We are so, so far away from "The Big Chill," guys.    »


- Louis Virtel

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Listen to Michael Che's Pitch for '12 Days Not a Slave'

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Michael Che has had an incredibly busy year writing for "SNL," summering at "The Daily Show," and joining "Weekend Update" as permanent co-anchor, but he still has time to reflect on his sketch pitches that didn't quite make it to air. On "Late Night with Seth Meyers," the comic opened up about his idea for "12 Days Not a Slave," a skit that centered around the days following slavery's abolition. I think we're a little poorer as a society without it.    »


- Louis Virtel

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Liam Neeson is out for revenge and on the run in first trailer for 'Taken 3'

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What if Doctor Richard Kimble was less a doctor and more an ex-cia operative with a "particular set of skills?"  That seems to be, at least on the face of it, the direction the "Taken" series is going with the upcoming "Taken 3" (or "Tak3n" if you prefer). With the movie opening in January, the time has come for the first trailer to arrive.  You can see up above just what returning director Olivier Megaton and Liam Neeson have in store for us come the new year.  In short, the plot of "Taken 3" centers on Neeson's Bryan Mills going after the murderers of his ex-wife (Famke Janssen).  The world, naturally, believes that Mills himself is guilty of the murder and Forest Whitaker is taking on the Tommy Lee Jones role,  tracking Mills down. Because this is in fact "Taken 3" and not "The Fugitive," there doesn't seem to be a one-armed man in the new trailer, »


- Josh Lasser

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Dominic Cooper returning as Howard Stark in Marvel's 'Agent Carter'

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Before Marvel fans will see Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark again in "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," they'll get to spend some time with his dad, Howard Stark. Dominic Cooper has signed on to reprise his role as the the inventor father of Tony "Iron Man" Stark in ABC's upcoming "Agent Carter," starring Hayley Atwell. The news was announced on Marvel's official site. Cooper first played the senior Stark in 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger," and reprised the role in 2013's "Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter." As seen in "The First Avenger," Stark was involved with the supersoldier project which created Captain America, and later went on to play a key role in the founding of S.H.I.E.L.D. "Carter" takes place just after WWII. Atwell recently popped up in a flashback scene on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," so it's not out of the question for »


- Dave Lewis

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Elmo makes Mindy Kaling's dream of dancing with chickens a reality

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As part of their "Celebs" series, Mindy Kaling stopped by "Sesame Street" to enthuse with Elmo about how much she loves dancing with chickens. Which hey, everybody has a thing, right? Kaling's thing might not be your thing, but her thing is okay.  The only problem? No one can be more enthusiastic about life than Elmo! So despite her claims to the contrary, Kaling does not seem that enthusiastic about this dance party She started. But is she really unenthused or would anyone pale in comparison to Elmo's uninhibited joyful flailing?  »


- Donna Dickens

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Karen Gillan distracts Paul Reubens in TV On The Radio's new 'Happy Idiot' video

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TV On The Radio singer Tunde Adebimpe had an idea for a music video, where "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" actor and icon Paul Reubens would play a race car driver losing his mind. He took the idea to Funny Or Die. Apparently, those kind of pitches work. Rope in "Doctor Who" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Karen Gillan, throw the formerly indie band in some smashing white suits, and you've got yourself this Danny Jelinek-directed video insanity, for song "Happy Idiot." "I got to speak with [Reubens] over the phone about doing it and, in between being blindingly nervous that I was actually talking to an actor who had shaped a Lot of my world view and trying not to freak him out by saying so, he mentioned that he's been a fan of the band for awhile," Adebimpe explained in a press release. "He liked the idea, and, somehow, here »


- Katie Hasty

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Sam Smith is famous now in 'Restart' music video

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The music video for Sam Smith's new song "Restart" culls footage from his last eight months, from touring and radio chats, festival dates and goofing off on the road. The tune is the fifth single from the British R&B singer's breakout album, "In The Lonely Hour," a deluxe edition addition. Produced by BBC 1's Zane Lowe, "Restart" is an upbeat finger-snapper, much like its happy-go-lucky vid. "In the Lonely Hour" is out now. Smith is currently touring in the U.S., with a gig at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles tonight, a headlining spot at Austin City Limits on the weekend and the following, stop-ffs at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and more. The "Stay With Me" star will tour the U.K. and Australia again in the Spring. »


- Katie Hasty

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Watch designer Jum Nakao create a 'Marie Antoinette'-inspired dress out of Sofia Coppola's script

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Japanese-Brazilian fashion designer Jum Nakao is fascinated by paper. He sees the material as both "very ephemeral, very fragile" and, with the right words scribbled across it, powerful enough to change the world. So when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences asked Nakao to create a piece celebrating the opening of its upcoming "Hollywood Costume," the artist naturally went back to the page. The assignment: Design and construct a dress inspired by the 2006 period drama "Marie Antoinette." The result: A lavish gown composed entirely of pages from Sofia Coppola's script. In the below video, Nakao slices, curls, frills, and stitches the basic Courier-imbued pages into something worthy of the big screen. Waxing poetic on the costuming art, Nakao says, "A costume is like a pixel in a picture. All of the pixels are important, not just the costume, the set or the lighting.When you are inside a perfect costume, »


- Matt Patches

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Annapurna to produce Richard Linklater's 'Dazed' spiritual sequel

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Richard Linklater grew into one of North America's premiere filmmaking voices with films like "Slacker," "Dazed and Confused," "School of Rock," "Bernie" and the "Before" trilogy, but it took this year's "Boyhood" for full approval from auteur connoisseur Megan Ellison. Deadline reports that Ellison's artistically-inclined production company Annapurna Pictures will produce Linklater's next film, what he refers to as a "spiritual sequel" to "Dazed." Set in 1980, multiple sources report that "That's What I'm Talking About" follows a freshman student experiencing his first weekend as both an eager college student and the pitcher for the university's nationally ranked baseball team. "Glee" actor Blake Jenner will play the young man, who finds his willpower tested by his party-read teammates. Tyler Hoechlin ("Teen Wolf"), Wyatt Russell ("22 Jump Street"), Ryan Guzman ("Step Up All In"), Zoey Deutch ("Vampire Academy"), Will Brittain ("A Teacher"), and Glen Powell ("The Expendables 3") will costar. Linklater is »


- Matt Patches

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Fall TV reviews: 'Manhattan Love Story' & 'A to Z'

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The hot trend in TV dramas this fall is comic book adaptations, as every broadcast network but CBS will have at least one show based on a Marvel or DC title (with CBS likely following next year with its "Supergirl" pilot). If there's a hot trend in the new sitcoms (of which there aren't a ton), it's with a genre that's often been used to counterprogram comic book movies: the romantic comedy. Maybe the networks are trying to chase the long success of "How I Met Your Mother" — even though that show's finale angered many of its fans,  while CBS didn't even order "How I Met Your Dad" to series — or maybe it's just the idea that was "in the air" this season, like in years past when we got multiple shows about men who time travel back into their teenage selves, or slackers who work at big box stores and get super powers, »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Talking with David Tennant and Anna Gunn on the set of Fox's 'Gracepoint'

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Victoria, British Columbia. This past spring, my tour of Fake American Police Precincts took me from Bemidji, Minnesota in Calgary for FX's "Fargo" to Gracepoint, California in Victoria, BC for Fox's "Gracepoint." After avoiding incarceration in Bemidji, I find myself with two other reporters, a publicist and at least three or four hair-and-makeup professionals in Gracepoint's not-uncomfortable lock-up. Once they have us behind bars, there's a very real chance that one of us will turn out to be the murderer in "Gracepoint," since a consistent refrain from the entire cast is that none of them know know whodunnit and the person behind the death of young Danny Solano won't be the same character who killed Danny Latimer in the original "Broadchurch." It's early May on the "Gracepoint" set and they're finishing up paired production on episodes seven and eight and moving on to the climactic ninth and 10th episodes, »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Recap: 'Sleepy Hollow' - 'The Kindred' by any other name is Frankenstein's monster

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By the end of last week’s Season Two premiere, Abbie had been rescued, Jenny had been rescued, and Katrina was still ensnared by Headless. Well, two out of three damsels no longer in distress ain’t bad? Unless Captain Irving counts (he totally does), in which case the distressed damsel to rescue ratio drops to an abysmal 50% success rate. Can our heroes get the team back together by the end of “The Kindred”? ************* The world is upside-down, literally, as Headless and his horse canter across the moonlit night. Headless is riding towards a circle of fire, and sticks, and human skulls. Because he is nothing if not a stickler for evil traditionalism. Katrina is with him, and it doesn’t take long until she’s tied to the altar at the center of the circle, set to be sacrificed/married while her son officiates.  Henry pricks his mom’s »


- Donna Dickens

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Sexually unapologetic women are all over TV these days: From 'Outlander' to 'Orphan Black'

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Sexually unapologetic women are all over TV these days: From “Outlander” to “Orphan Black" The Starz series, with its “revolutionary” wedding episode, joins a several recent shows "that treat the sexual activities of their leading ladies with refreshing matter-of-factness and genuine interest,” says Maureen Ryan. She adds: "But almost lost amid this welcome expansion of protagonists is a really important fact: In these narratives, sexual women are not shamed by the shows themselves for their desires. The women own their sexuality and the narratives are interested in exploring their desires -- and in judging their mistakes, carnal and otherwise, without stealthily blaming them for being sexual in the first place." Study: Tweeting while watching TV can leave you with fewer brain cells University of Sussex researchers found that "people who used a higher number of media devices concurrently also had  smaller grey matter density in the part of the brain »


- Norman Weiss

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Surprise: 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' sequel to premiere exclusively on Netflix

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That "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel you've been waiting for is finally coming - to Netflix. In a landmark deal, the streaming service has just contracted with The Weinstein Company to bring belated followup "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend" exclusively to Netflix, thereby bypassing a traditional theatrical release (though the film will simultaneously be available for viewing in IMAX theaters). A quasi-sequel to the 2000 martial-arts blockbuster, the film will be unleashed August 28, 2015 as the first major feature to debut exclusively on the on-demand platform. “Fans will have unprecedented choice in how they enjoy and amazing and memorable film that combines intense action and incredible beauty,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. “We are honored to be working with Harvey Weinstein and a world-class team of creators to bring this epic story to people all over the world and to partner with IMAX, a »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Review: 'Gotham' - 'Selina Kyle'

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A review of tonight's "Gotham" coming up just as soon as I'm a monkey riding a racehorse... Second episodes are tough for any new show, let alone with this many moving and potentially mismatched parts, and one that had such a lush-looking pilot. But "Selina Kyle" felt very much of a piece with last week's episode, in both its strengths and weaknesses. Jim and Harvey's partnership remains the big draw, even as Bruno Heller's script has to keep beating us over the head with the notion that everyone believes Jim has gone over to the dark side with his apparent murder of Oswald Cobblepot(*). (Those constant references were just as clumsy as Edward Nygma's introduction in the pilot.) It's fun watching McKenzie and Logue bounce off of each other, and seeing the ways in which Harvey can sometimes pull Jim over to his way of thinking (the phone book »


- Alan Sepinwall

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John Mulaney Talks 'SNL' and Sitcoms with Paul F. Tompkins

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Paul F. Tompkins' show "Speakeasy" is a great interview show that's featured folks like Marc Maron, Busy Philipps, Lizzy Caplan, and Bob Saget. You know, celebrities who can actually speak well. It's nice. This week Tompkins invited on John Mulaney, the "SNL" writer and new "Mulaney" star who apparently wanted to be Desi Arnaz growing up. I owned a copy of Vivian Vance's biography by the age of 16 so I can't protest this.  "Mulaney" premieres October 5 on Fox. (Via SplitSider) »


- Louis Virtel

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Ben Affleck and Carrie Coon on keeping 'Gone Girl' and 'The Leftovers' secrets

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New York — Secrets are big business in Hollywood. Letting spoilers get out about your upcoming movie or a TV series can impact whether people actually watch and/or diminish interest in buying tickets. So it's no surprise that even with movies based on popular novels like "Gone Girl," where all the secrets can easily be found in print, everyone involved is trying to keep things quiet. Even if the film's plot might not be that different than the book. Both Ben Affleck and Carrie Coon, who play twins Nick and Margo Dunne in "Gone Girl," are no strangers to keeping secrets. Coon earned raves on the HBO series "The Leftovers," a show that hinges on an unexplained phenomenon, and Affleck just happens to be in this little blockbuster "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" that won't even hit theaters for another year and a half. For those of us who »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Maroon 5's music video for 'Animals' will be the most disturbing thing you'll watch all day

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Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine does a disgusting and disturbing acting turn in the band's new music video for "Animals," which could seriously cause you nightmares. Co-starring supermodel Behati Prinsloo (Levine's wife), the clip features Levine as a psychotic and literal butcher, who becomes obsessed with his beautiful customer and starts stalking her. He finds out where she lives, snaps pics without her consent, has grand delusions of bedding her and having the bestest, sexiest blood-soaked sex with her. Unlike Maroon 5's horrendous "Misery" music video, this little ditty shoots for at least some gritty realism, with Levine's character trying to actually make a move on his -- as the song describes her -- "prey." She rejects him. This is a character who owns a bunch of knives with an unhealthy relationship with meat, mind you. Sex and violence combine in what are ultimately these delusions, but hint at »


- Katie Hasty

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Go ahead and laugh out loud during this 'Inherent Vice' trailer a few times

18 hours ago

Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" is set to premiere at the New York Film Festival within the week. It might be a subversive addition to the race or, like some have been surmising, it might not be an awards season player at all. But who cares? The trailer just dropped and, uh, it looks awesome! A source tipped us off a number of months back that Anderson's film was dipping into Zucker Bros.-style humor and an overall "Big Lebowski" vibe (not to be reductive). Anderson is now playing up the Zucker element in media, actually, and it's just very clear that this is going to be a very different PTA experience. In the first trailer for the film, Joaquin Phoenix looks like he's going to some fascinating places and even adding a swatch of physical comedy. Everyone featured looks hugely committed and the environment Anderson and his design »


- Kristopher Tapley

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