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TV highlights: 28/12/2011

19 December 2011 3:11 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Top Gear | Felix and Murdo | Ben Elton: Laughing At The 80s | American Chopper | Timewatch: The Secret History Of Genghis Khan | Jane Eyre

Top Gear

8pm, BBC2

Jeremy Clarkson's recent outburst about protestors (though wilfully misconstrued) showed him at his worst: the boorish blowhard into which he too often lapses. This should show him at his best – another Top Gear road trip, an institution which consistently results in funny, curious and audacious travelogue. In this one, the team brave the dangerous roads and frolicsome motorists of India, seeking to impress the locals with a sample of the best British cars which can be bought for less than £7,000 – a Mini Cooper, a Jaguar Xjs and a somewhat dishevelled 1976 Rolls Royce. Andrew Mueller

Felix And Murdo

10.35pm, Channel 4

A one-off, half-hour sitcom starring Armstrong and Miller. It's set in 1908 when the Olympics first came to London, and provides our comedy »

- Andrew Mueller, Martin Skegg, Ali Catterall, Phelim O'Neill, Gwilym Mumford

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Your Complete Guide to 2011-2012 Awards Season! Winners, Nominees Take the Awards Avenue!

12 December 2011 9:27 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

As we walk down towards the Super Bowl of the movie awards season aka the Academy Awards aka the Oscars, all the various critics associations and guilds release their own kudofest. It can get confusing and beguiling, so I created a nifty package for you -- I compiled all the nominees, winners of various award-giving bodies so you can make informed decision when it comes to predicting the Oscars.

Come and take the Awards Avenue with me!

And here we go (click on each link):

AFI Awards

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

British Independent Film Awards

Cinema Eye Honors

Critics' Choice (Broadcast Film Critics Association)

Detroit Film Critics

European Film Awards

Gotham Awards

Houston Film Critics Awards

Ida Awards

Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Indiana Film Critics

Las Vegas Film Critics

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

National Board of Review

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

New York »

- Manny

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"Hugo" Wins Best Picture At Nbr

2 December 2011 6:23 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Martin Scorsese's pro-celluloid meets child fantasy tale "Hugo" was awarded Best Picture and Best Director by the National Board of Review yesterday.

The Nbr is normally the first major group out of the gate at awards season until the New York Film Critics Circle stole their thunder this year, but with no clear front runners at the moment, their list has proven quite different.

"The Descendants" got a lot of love with George Clooney taking Best Actor, Shailene Woodley scoring Best Supporting Actress, and the film taking Best Adapted Screenplay. Will Reiser's "50/50" took the Best Original Screenplay honor, while J.C. Chandor was named 'Best Debut Director' for his financial thriller "Margin Call".

Tilda Swinton was awarded Best Actress for "We Need to Talk About Kevin", Christopher Plummer got Best Supporting Actor for "Beginners", and "The Help" won for Best Ensemble Cast.

Special acting awards were given for 'Breakout »

- Garth Franklin

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Muppet to Me: Best Muppet Duets

1 December 2011 6:45 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Muppet mania is back in full force. They’ve got a new film out, they had a minor bid for Oscar hosting glory, and people everywhere are discovering – or rediscovering – the sheer joy of muppetry.

What better excuse (like one was needed) to count down our ten favourite Muppet duets.

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10 – Sandra Bullock and Kermit the Frog – “Phenomena”

The only reason this is at number 10 is that there’s very little actual singing involved. For sheer entertainment value, “Phenomena”, and Sandra Bullock getting into the swing of things, would be number one.

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9- Debbie Harry and Kermit the Frog – “The Rainbow Connection”

A little soppy, a little teary – looks a little as though Debbie Harry is not entirely sure what she’s doing.

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8- Miss Piggy and Ozzy Osbourne – “Born to be Wild

Miss Piggy unleashes her wild side and rocks out with Ozzy. Wonder if she rides a Hog? »

- Karen Jeynes

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National Board of Review names Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ best film; and Scorsese, Best Director

1 December 2011 6:07 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We recently discussed Martin Scorsese’s Hugo to raving reviews on episode 296 of the Sound On Sight podcast. It looks like we are not alone in sharing our love for the film. Today the National Board of Review named Hugo the best film of 2011 and Martin Scorsese best director. Check out the Nbr’s full evaluation of 2011 below.

Board president Annie Schulhof said in a statement, “Hugo is such a personal film by Martin Scorsese. It is a tribute to the early years of cinema that uses today’s cutting-edge technology to bring the audience into a completely unique and magical world. It is visually stunning and emotionally engaging”.

The National Board of Review has some pedigree in picking films that have gone on to win best picture at the Oscars. Last year however, it selected The Social Network as the year’s best film, while the academy chose The King’s Speech. »

- Ricky

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Nbr Names Martin Scorsese's Hugo Best Film of the Year

1 December 2011 3:32 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

The National Board of Review (Nbr), which consists of a select group of knowledgeable film enthusiasts and professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students, has unveiled the winners of its awards, naming Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" the Best Film of the Year and naming the helmer the Best Director of the Year. Nbr views over 250 films this year. "'Hugo' is such a personal film by Martin Scorsese," said Nbr President Annie Schulhof. "It is a tribute to the early years of cinema that uses today's cutting edge technology to bring the audience into a completely unique and magical world. It is visually stunning and emotionally engaging." George Clooney won Best Actor for his role in "The Descendants," and Tilda Swinton won Best Actress for "We Need to Talk About Kevin." "Rango" received the Best Animated Feature award. Check out the full list of winners below. Best Film: Hugo Best »

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National Board of Review Announces 2011 Awards; Hugo Takes Top Prize

1 December 2011 2:14 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Hugo

Named 2011 Best Film Of The Year By The

National Board Of Review

2011 Gala to be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2011

hosted by Natalie Morales

The National Board of Review has named Hugo the 2011 Best Film of the Year. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film was released on November 23rd by Paramount Pictures.

Hugo is such a personal film by Martin Scorsese,. said Annie Schulhof, Nbr President. .It is a tribute to the early years of cinema that uses today’s cutting edge technology to bring the audience into a completely unique and magical world. It is visually stunning and emotionally engaging..

A select group of knowledgeable film enthusiasts and professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students, the National Board of Review viewed over 250 films this year including studio, independent, foreign-language, animated and documentary selections. These screenings were frequently followed by in-depth discussions with filmmakers, directors, actors, producers, and screenwriters. Voting ballots »

- Michelle McCue

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National Board of Review Calls ‘Hugo’ Best Film of 2011

1 December 2011 2:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

And just like that, Martin Scorsese's Hugo became an Oscar contender. While I like the movie a good bit [1], primarily for very specific elements, I didn't really expect to see Hugo turning into something that would be an awards-season player. But the National Board of Review disagrees, and today the board named Hugo the best film of 2011 and Martin Scorsese best director. Check out the Nbr's full evaluation of 2011 below. Board president Annie Schulhof said in a statement, Hugo is such a personal film by Martin Scorsese. It is a tribute to the early years of cinema that uses today’s cutting-edge technology to bring the audience into a completely unique and magical world. It is visually stunning and emotionally engaging. I'm pretty surprised to see Margin Call director J.C. Chandor get the nod for debut director. (I would have gone with Martha Marcy May Marlene's Sean Durkin.) I'm »

- Russ Fischer

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National Board of Review names "Hugo" best film of 2011

1 December 2011 1:31 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Basically when it comes to this year's awards season, if you ain't about old movies, you ain't nothing. Earlier in the week, The New York Film Critics Circle named the silent film homage "The Artist" their Best Film of 2011. Today, the National Board of Review chose the silent film homage "Hugo" as their Best Film of 2011. And they say film is dead! Pshaw! Poppycock! And other equally outdated exclamations!

But enough about thinkpiece fodder. Let's get to the important stuff: the winners. The Nbr went for "Hugo" and named Martin Scorsese Best Director. They gave three prizes to Alexander Payne's "The Descendants:" Best Actor (George Clooney), Best Supporting Actress (Shailene Woodley) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash). Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting Actor for "Beginners," in a category that is looking more and more like a two man race between him and "Drive"'s Albert Brooks »

- Matt Singer

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National Board of Review's Best of 2011: "Hugo" and Scorsese

1 December 2011 1:02 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The full list of the National Board of Review's picks for the best of 2011:

Best Film: Hugo.

Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo.

Best Actor: George Clooney, The Descendants.

Best Actress: Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin.

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners.

Best Supporting Actress: Shailene Woodley, The Descendants.

Best Original Screenplay: Will Reiser, 50/50.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants.

Best Animated Feature: Rango.

Breakthrough Performance: Felicity Jones, Like Crazy.

Breakthrough Performance: Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Debut Director: Jc Chandor, Margin Call.

Best Ensemble: The Help.

Spotlight Award: Michael Fassbender (A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class).

Nbr Freedom of Expression: Crime After Crime.

Nbr Freedom of Expression: Pariah.

Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation.

Best Documentary: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.

Special Achievement in Filmmaking: The Harry Potter Franchise – A Distinguished Translation from Book to Film. »

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'Hugo' Named Best Film of 2011 by the National Board of Review

1 December 2011 12:51 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Martin Scorsese's Hugo has just earned a bump in the awards season race after being named by the National Board of Review as the Best Film of 2011. The Scorsese love didn't end there either as he was also named Best Director and his documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World was named one of the top five docs of the year. However, for those of you that like to predict the Oscars, while this certainly gives Hugo a better chance at a nomination, the National Board of Review doesn't tend to match up with the Academy Awards when it comes to winners as only 11 of their last 29 Best Film winners have gone on to win Oscar's Best Picture and only two of their last ten, which would be Slumdog Millionaire and No Country for Old Men. Last year The Social Network topped their list only to watch The King's Speech »

- Brad Brevet

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'Hugo' wins National Board of Review

1 December 2011 12:34 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Martin Scorsese’s 3D family film Hugo has won the National Board of Review’s prize for Best Film of 2011. The Thanksgiving-weekend release also won the Best Director award, while The Descendants also picked up multiple citations, for Best Actor (George Clooney), Best Supporting Actress (Shailene Woodley), and Best Adapted Screenplay. Missing from the largely predictable Nbr top 10: The Help (which won an ensemble prize instead), Midnight in Paris, and Moneyball, as well as Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which didn’t screen in time. Meanwhile, Tilda Swinton’s victory for Best Actress for We Need to Talk About Kevin »

- Dave Karger

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ Named Best Film of 2011 By National Board of Review

1 December 2011 12:27 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

This is a wonderful surprise. Martin Scorsese‘s loving ode to early cinema, Hugo, has been named the best film of 2011 by National Board of Review. The group that awarded the top prize to The Social Network last year, also gave best director to Scorsese. Annie Schulhof, Nbr President, had the following to say, “Hugo is such a personal film by Martin Scorsese. It is a tribute to the early years of cinema that uses today’s cutting edge technology to bring the audience into a completely unique and magical world. It is visually stunning and emotionally engaging.”

It is great to see Clooney and Swinton pick up the top acting awards, as well as 50/50‘s Will Reiser for best original screenplay. They also included The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in their top 10 films of the year, something that the New York critics shut out. It is kind of »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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"Hugo" Named Best Picture by the National Board of Review! Check Out Complete List of Winners!

1 December 2011 12:27 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Martin Scorsese's magnificent flick "Hugo" won the top prize at the National Board of Review awards. Scorsese also took home the Best Director award. But Paramount's "Hugo" did not sweep the categories, other films also received love from the Nbr. George Clooney was named Best Actor for "The Descendants," while Tilda Swinton received the Best Actress award for "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

Christopher Plummer took home the Best Supporting Actor award while the memorable Shailene Woodley was named Best Supporting Actress for her petulant daughter performance in "The Descendants."

But yes, we all agree that "Hugo" is quite magical!

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2011 National Board of Review (Nbr) Awards:

Best Film: Hugo

Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Actor: George Clooney, The Descendants

Best Actress: Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Actress: Shailene Woodley, »

- Manny

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'The Sing-Off': Tonight's classic rock and country set list -- Exclusive

7 November 2011 5:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

It’s down to six groups on The Sing-Off, and on tonight’s episode (airing at 8/7 Central on NBC) the remaining acts will each perform two numbers: one classic rock song and one country tune. With so many urban-oriented groups left, this installment should be interesting to say the least. Here’s what you can expect to hear:

Opening Number: “Wake Up,” Arcade Fire

Classic Rock

Pentatonix: “Born to Be Wild,” Steppenwolf

Dartmouth Aires: “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” Twisted Sister

Afro-Blue: “American Girl,” Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Delilah: “Dream On,” Aerosmith

Urban Method: “Here I Go Again,” Whitesnake »

- Dave Karger

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TV music: the top 10 worst cliches

28 September 2011 5:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

We run down the most overused repeat offenders, from Rem's Everybody Hurts to Blur's Song 2 – but which did we miss?

No one expects experimental new music to accompany TV montages of people sobbing in slow motion or wearily sanding floors. But lately television's big barrel of clichéd background tunes has been comprehensively scraped. Of course, there are certain songs we've come to expect – Viva Las Vegas if anyone is gambling, Vivaldi's Four Seasons whenever there's a lingering shot of a stately home. Speech radio is not immune from similar issues – the BBC has clearly been bulk-buying Philip Glass – but TV's musical repertoire is currently in danger of shrinking to a handful of painfully familiar tunes. Here are our top 10 worst repeat offenders.

David Bowie: Fashion

This has long been the go-to song for anything whatsoever to do with clothing. Shots of a woman about to undergo a makeover? Crank it up. »

- Flic Everett

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John Gray Acquires Best-Selling Novel The Hanging Tree

3 August 2011 3:17 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

John Gray announced today that he has acquired the film rights to Bryan Gruley’s mystery thriller The Hanging Tree. Through his production shingle, Ovington Avenue Productions, Gray will write and direct the film, as well as produce it with his producing partner Melissa Jo Peltier. The pair just came off the festival circuit with audience favorite, “White Irish Drinkers,” which was released in 25 cities this past spring by Screen Media.

The Hanging Tree is the second novel in the best-selling Starvation Lake mystery series. The book is nominated for 2011’s The Barry Award and The Anthony Award, awards of the mystery/crime genre. The first book of the series, Starvation Lake, won The Barry Award, The Anthony Award and the Strand Critics Award the year it was released. The third novel, The Skeleton Box, will be released in Summer 2012.

New York based Gray said “Bryan Gruley has written a brilliant series of novels, »

- Allan Ford

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John Gray Targets 'The Hanging Tree' As 'White Irish Drinkers' Followup

2 August 2011 11:23 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

White Irish Drinkers writer-director John Gray has acquired the Bryan Gruley mystery thriller The Hanging Tree, and he'll write the script to direct. Gray will also produce it under his Ovington Avenue Productions along with partner Melissa Jo Peltier. They worked together on White Irish Drinkers, the coming-of-age drama that was released by Screen Media. The Hanging Tree is the second novel in Gruley's Starvation Lake mystery series. Gus Carpenter, a former Detroit Times reporter-turned-detective, tries to solve the mystery of how a former resident of the Michigan resort town winds up hanging from a tree after she returns home. Gray, who created the CBS series The Ghost Whisperer and wrote and directed Martin and Lewis and Helter Skelter for CBS, also directed the features Born to Be Wild and The Glimmer Man. The book deal was made by Wme. "Bryan Gruley has written a brilliant series of novels, with »

- MIKE FLEMING

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John Gray to direct The Hanging Tree

2 August 2011 8:07 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The Hanging Tree to be directed by John Gray of White Irish Drinkers. Gray has acquired the Bryan Gruley mystery thriller which he'll also script and produce with his Ovington Avenue Productions, alongside his partner Melissa Jo Peltier, reports Deadline. The Hanging Tree, the second in the Starvation Lake mystery series from Gruley, follows Gus Carpenter, a former Detroit Times reporter-turned-detective on the case of solving a mystery of a former resident who returns to her home and is found hanging from a tree Gray directed Born to Be Wild and The Glimmer Man and said "Bryan Gruley has written a brilliant series of novels, with rich characters in an incredibly visual and fascinating world »

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John Gray to direct The Hanging Tree

2 August 2011 8:07 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The Hanging Tree to be directed by John Gray of White Irish Drinkers. Gray has acquired the Bryan Gruley mystery thriller which he'll also script and produce with his Ovington Avenue Productions, alongside his partner Melissa Jo Peltier, reports Deadline. The Hanging Tree, the second in the Starvation Lake mystery series from Gruley, follows Gus Carpenter, a former Detroit Times reporter-turned-detective on the case of solving a mystery of a former resident who returns to her home and is found hanging from a tree Gray directed Born to Be Wild and The Glimmer Man and said "Bryan Gruley has written a brilliant series of novels, with rich characters in an incredibly visual and fascinating world »

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