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<p>Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen in &quot;A Royal Affair,&quot; Denmark's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar</p>

Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen in "A Royal Affair," Denmark's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

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Roundup: Oscar hopeful 'A Royal Affair' wins big at AFI Fest

Also: THR's actors' roundtable, and Virginia loves 'Lincoln'

The AFI Fest closed last night with the "world premiere" (even if the NYFF let the cat out of the bag weeks ago) of "Lincoln," but not before handing out some awards. And the big winner was... well, Scandinavia. Swedish immigrant drama "Eat Sleep Die" took the Grand Jury Prize, and the superb Danish thriller "A Hijacking" (see my Variety review) took the Audience Award in the New Auteurs section, but the big winner from an Oscar perspective was Denmark's foreign-language submission "A Royal Affair," which underlined its serious contender status by taking the World Cinema Audience Award. Not many were paying attention when it won two prizes at Berlin in February, but this smart historical romance has grown in stature ever since. It wasn't the only foreign Oscar hopeful to take a gong: Kenya's first-ever entry, "Nairobi Half Life" was also rewarded. [AFI Fest

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<p>Luke Pasqualino as a young William Adama in &quot;Battlestar Galactica:&nbsp;Blood &amp;&nbsp;Chrome.&quot;</p>

Luke Pasqualino as a young William Adama in "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome."

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'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome' goes back to Adama's rookie days

Prequel series pilot makes its debut on YouTube

The night that Sci Fi executives screened the "Battlestar Galactica" finale for critics and VIPs, we were told two things: 1)The channel's name was changing to Syfy, which was pronounced the same, spelled in a more goofy manner, but which, we all assumed, would be trademarkable in a way that "Sci Fi" was not; and 2)With the end of "BSG," The Channel About To Be Formerly Known As Sci Fi was also shifting away from the spaceships and other hard science fiction trappings in favor of more earthbound shows like "Warehouse 13" that would be the slightly weird second cousin to what was airing on USA.

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Harry Shum Jr., Amber Riley, Cory Monteith and Kevin McHale in "Glee"

Oh look, four people I like. More of these please "Glee!"

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'Glee' recap: 'The Role You Were Born To Play'

Out with the new, and please bring back the old

It's been five weeks since "Glee's" breakupocalypse, and after tonight's episode, I'd be thrilled if the show went away for another five years.

By then Marley, Jake, Kitty, Unique and Ryder would have graduated high school and "Glee" could quit trying to make any of those duds happen and simply focus on the grown-up lives of the better, funnier, more diverse and interesting characters we've been following since season one.

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"Project Runway All Stars"

 "Project Runway All Stars"

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'Project Runway: All Stars' recap: 'Up Your Aerosol'

Ivy and Laura Kathleen battle to see which girl is the meanest
Oh, goody. It's a wearable art challenge! We know how these tend do go, don't we? Some people think of art as a nice dress, and other people think of art as something melting and puked up all over a wall with bits of twigs in it, and those people tend to send walking nightmares down the runway and go home. Really, I think the judges need to define art, which, as I recall, took my college professor a few classes to really nail down (and even then, the upshot is, "art is what you make it"), so maybe they could do everyone a solid and explain that they'd like to see a nice jumpsuit or something.
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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: 'The Killer'

It's a face off between the vamps and the hunter - with dire consequences

“The Vampire Diaries” is a show largely fueled by secrets. Vampires passing as mortals, Originals with long and detailed secret histories, stolen kisses and bloodlettings. Sometimes secrets can be compelled out of mind or, after a minor squabble, be forgiven. But tonight, they kind of mess up everything in such nightmarish terms that the truth, complicated and ugly though it might be, is looking pretty darn appealing to almost everyone for a variety of reasons. Well, not everyone. But we'll get to that in a moment.

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<p>Ron Swanson&nbsp;(Nick Offerman)&nbsp;and Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz)&nbsp;on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) and Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) on "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Ben's Parents'

Jonathan Banks and Glenne Headly guest star, and Jean-Ralphio returns

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I don't mention the Green Bay Packers or the state of Iowa...

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<p>Amanda Seyfried in &quot;Les Miserables&quot;</p>

Amanda Seyfried in "Les Miserables"

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New 'Les Miserables' trailer gets it primed for an Oscar push

Will it go the way of 'Chicago' or 'Nine' this season?

The sounds you hear are the competitors jockeying for position. "Argo" is the frontrunner. There's no other way to put it. And it will still be the frontrunner when "Silver Linings Playbook" hits theaters just around the corner. After that, "Life of Pi" will put up a big fight upon release, while "Lincoln," landing tomorrow, will be in the thick of it, too.

But as I said a few months back, I can't help but feel that, barring the film being a sudden commercial and/or critical bomb, Tom Hooper's "Les Misérables" is going to be the one to watch in the Best Picture race. It's been seen. It's not some great mystery anymore. And the campaign is gearing up with the first major screenings set to take place immediately after Thanksgiving.

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Watch: Rihanna shines in new video for 'Diamonds'
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Watch: Rihanna shines in new video for 'Diamonds'

And look! Horsies!

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but according to Rihanna’s video for her No. 1 R&B hit of the same name, so are running horses, tattoos, and slo-mo photography.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Thursday night's &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Thursday night's "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Thursday - The Live Playoffs, Results

NBC's singing hit concludes its five-hour week with some results!
After two “playoff” episodes this week, “The Voice” is back again, this time with a one-hour results show. Announcing the twelve contestants that will continue onwards should take all of ten minutes, so expect lots of padding tonight. Announced performances by Maroon 5 and Season 2 winner Jermaine Paul only highlight how much filler will be in tonight’s show.
 
Before we get started, allow me to repost my predictions after last night’s episode ended. The first two listed will be those voted in by the audience, and the third will represent the coach’s save. Let’s break down who I think will represent Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton going forth.
 
Team Xtina: De’borah, Sylvia Yacoub, Dez Duron
 
Team CeeLo: Nicholas David, Trevin Hunte, Cody Belew
 
Team Adam: Bryan Keith, Amanda Brown, Loren Allred
 
Team Blake: Liz Davis, Cassadee Pope, Michaela Paige
 
I can, and will, be wrong about this. I wouldn’t be surprised nor disappointed to see either Melanie Martinez or Terry McDermott make it through. We might learn that Julio Cesar Castillo and MacKenzie Bourg have strong voting fan bases, which might force Shelton or Green to make a difficult save. I would be shocked if Joselyn Rivera, Devyn DeLoera, Adriana Louise, or Diego Val continued.
 
There, I feel better about specifically detailing how off my predictions will be. Let’s get onto the recap! All times, as always, are EST.
 
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<p>Scott Speedman on &quot;Last Resort.&quot;</p>

Scott Speedman on "Last Resort."

Credit: ABC

Review: 'Last Resort' - 'Another Fine Navy Day'

Sam and Marcus suffer hallucinations in a chemical attack

A quick review of tonight's "Last Resort" coming up just as soon as I peg you for an exotic fruit man...

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Samuel L. Jackson was nominated for Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" in 1994. Could he be back in "Django Unchained?"
Samuel L. Jackson was nominated for Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" in 1994. Could he be back in "Django Unchained?"
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As Waltz goes lead, might we want to keep an eye on Samuel L. Jackson in 'Django Unchained?'

A source says the actor nails his best role in a long while

The acting races are in full sprint at this point. Everyone concedes the Best Actor race is stuffed to the gills, only more so with consistent additions. The lead actress category began to look a bit fuller when Helen Mirren's name was thrown into the ring and, as Guy pointed out yesterday, features plenty of performances for Academy members looking to venture even the least bit out of their comfort zones.

One actress recently added to that flock is Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty," which will screen for press at the end of the month. And another added to the boys' club is Christoph Waltz in "Django Unchained," as reported earlier today. Many who have read the script (probably the most widely read awards season hopeful before the fact ever) had noted that Waltz felt like more of a co-lead in the piece. But the way I hear it, as good as Waltz may be in the film, this all likely clears some room in the supporting ranks for a pair of actors poised to strike.

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<p>Beatrice Miller of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Beatrice Miller of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Top 13 - Results

Who's heading home? And, heck, how many people are heading home?

The only thing I know about Thursday (November 8) night's "The X Factor" is that One Direction is performing twice.

How many singers are being elimination from the Top 13? Not a clue!

But I'm going with the hunch that Beatrice Miller won't be one of them...

So click through and follow the results...

 

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