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<p>Tony&nbsp;Kushner reads his acceptance speech for writing &quot;Lincoln&quot;...during a commercial break.</p>

Tony Kushner reads his acceptance speech for writing "Lincoln"...during a commercial break.

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The critics choose embarrassment

A lot of bad decisions have the BFCA pointing in the wrong direction

I apologized to Broadcast Film Critics Association president Joey Berlin after this evening's Critics' Choice Movie Awards for being frank about it, but I couldn't tell a lie: this year's show was an embarrassment. Appalling, I'd go so far to say.

Why? You've got Tony Kushner on stage during a commercial break, that's why. You've got Rich Moore talking over the crowd during another one upon accepting his Best Animated Film prize, that's why. You've deteriorated into the People's Choice Awards with added air time for Jennifer Lawrence to make some more "Hunger Games" remarks and Judd Apatow padding a show that could have dealt a little more courtesy to the winners of the evening.

So if Kushner can't have air time, I'll give him a little in that snap shot to the left. It was just disgraceful, to reduce the screenplay categories to the sidelines like that. The crafts categories, added a few years back, have always been dished out on the red carpet and announced as a bumper to commercial break, but it's just wrong. I was sitting next to "Life of Pi" cinematographer Claudio Miranda. He joked that his win was the best kind because he didn't have to get up and make a speech. Nevertheless, it's a level of disrespect that I don't find in keeping with the BFCA's stated purpose.

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<p>Ben Affleck at the 18th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards</p>

Ben Affleck at the 18th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards

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'Argo' takes top honors at BFCA Critics' Choice Movie Awards

Acting wins for Day-Lewis, Chastain, Hoffman and Hathaway

It's been a day of bittersweet fortunes for "Argo." This morning, the popular political thriller's hopes of winning the Best Picture Oscar were cut down to size when Ben Affleck shockingly failed to make the Best Director lineup. Hours later, however, Affleck was the golden boy once more at the Broadcast Film Critics' Association's Critics' Choice Awards, as he won both the Best Picture and Best Director trophies --elbowing out "Lincoln," which had led the field with 13 nominations. If not for this morning's bombshell, Affleck would likely now be in the driver's seat for the Oscar. It's a weird season, this.

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<p>Kurse was one of Thor's most powerful opponents in the comics, but he had the help of The Beyonder, raising the question of whether or not the character might appear in 'Thor:&nbsp;The Dark World'</p>

Kurse was one of Thor's most powerful opponents in the comics, but he had the help of The Beyonder, raising the question of whether or not the character might appear in 'Thor: The Dark World'

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Is The Beyonder going to join the Marvel movie universe in 'Thor: The Dark World'?

It would certainly turn up the stakes for 'The Avengers 2'

Is The Beyonder going to join the Marvel movie universe in "Thor: The Dark World" this coming November?

A few hours ago, I got an e-mail pitching me an interview with Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje because he has three movies coming out this year.  I don't need much convincing about him in general.  I've been a fan since he appeared as the terrifying Adibisi, and I'd like to interview him just to finally ask how the hell he kept that hat on in that series.  He was also Mr. Eko in "Lost," a role that he made seem more significant than it ended up being in the end.  He's a talented guy, and he's impossible to forget after you've seen him work.

So in this e-mail, they went over his roles this year.  First, there's "Bullet In The Head," the Walter Hill action film that stars Sylvester Stallone.  He's also going to be at Sundance to promote the film "The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister and Pete," which he stars in with Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks.  But in the description of his role in "Thor: The Dark World," they highlight that he's playing both "Algrim The Strong" and "Kurse."

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<p>If I was friends with Emma Stone, I would go out of my way to find something to say to her every single day that would make her make this face.</p>

If I was friends with Emma Stone, I would go out of my way to find something to say to her every single day that would make her make this face.

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Emma Stone talks about working with Gosling again and dressing up for 'Gangster Squad'

One of Hollywood's most charming young stars does not disappoint

Not every movie star works for every audience.  There are people who make me happy every time they show up in a movie, and they haven't caught on with the mainstream for whatever reason, and there are movie stars I find baffling.  Often, fandom finds itself divided along gender lines for reasons both obvious and not so obvious.  What studios and filmmakers always hope for is a star who unites people, and Emma Stone appears to be just such a star.

There are many reasons people find her appealing.  She's got great comic timing, and she seems to handle herself just as well in interviews as she does when her dialogue is scripted.  She also rarely seems to take fame seriously, which is a healthy attitude.  She's been smart so far about the films she's chosen and the collaborators she works with, and if anyone in her age group is poised for a long and interesting career, it's her.

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<p>How To Destroy Angels</p>

How To Destroy Angels

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Watch: Trent Reznor's How To Destroy Angels 'Welcome' new album and video

'The loop closes' opens talk on full-length

While Oscar nominations dominated the news today, former Academy Award winner Trent Reznor has some non-film news of his own. His current band with Atticuss Ross and Mariqueen Maandig, How To Destroy Angels, has finally put a title and release date to their debut full-length.

"Welcome oblivion" (capitalization theirs) will be out on March 5 via Columbia; it's the follow-up to How To Destroy Angels' second EP "An Omen," released in the fall last year.

That set was their first in a partnership with Columbia records, which apparently was a strong enough showing for them to make good on another effort with the label.

Perhaps in an effort to kiss-off that set, the band has put out a dour video for "Omen" track "The loop closes." Because that's how they like to celebrate big news. Sleep tight in the videodrome.

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Ang Lee celebrates 'Life of Pi's' Oscar nominations and wants to try 3D again
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Ang Lee celebrates 'Life of Pi's' Oscar nominations and wants to try 3D again

On the nominations: 'way more than I thought'

Ang Lee likely woke up this morning knowing his critically acclaimed 3D epic "Life of Pi" would earn a number of key Academy Awards nominations.  Speaking to HitFix earlier today, the helmer of of such classics as "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Brokeback Mountain" admitted that he wasn't expecting "Pi" to land a mammoth 11 nominations.

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Watch: Brad Paisley's tribute to Honey Boo Boo

Watch: Brad Paisley's tribute to Honey Boo Boo

Will the song make the country star's new album, out April 9?

Brad Paisley pays homage to the pint-sized reality star in “The Ballad Of Honey Boo Boo.”

Paisley unveiled the tribute last night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!.” Paisley, who is not only one of music’s best guitar players and songwriters, has the perfect ear for parody and his comedic timing is perfect in this clip that has too many highlights to mention. There’s one in particular that had us laughing out loud, but you’ll probably find your own.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Tegan and Sara</p>

Tegan and Sara

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Vampire Weekend, Tegan and Sara, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis set for SXSW

Icona Pop, Fitz and the Tantrums, Thurston Moore and Angel Haze also on tap

Though the letters SXSW catch in my throat as they're said, it's about that time to load up your potential schedule for the Austin-based music conference, with new headlining additions of Vampire Weekend, Fitz and the Tantrums, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tegan and Sara and more.

Organizers announced a new crop of talent today, which will be scheduled soon to play between the dates March 12-17. The entirety of SXSW -- which includes film, education, interactive and comedy elements and conferences -- runs March 8-17.

Eagles of Death Metal, Local Natives, Frightened Rabbit, Black Lips, Wild Belle, The Besnard Lakes, Camera Obscura, Mr MFN eXquire, The Thermals, Immaculate Noise favorite Icona Pop, Allah-Las, AZARI & III, Bleached, Merchandise, and Psychic Twin are also among the fresh faces on the slate.

Already confirmed are Angel Haze (where's Azealia Banks?), Major Lazer, Wavves, Thurston Moore, Klaxons, Gallows, Alt-J, The Bug, Eric Burdon, Brendan Benson, Of Mice and Men, Marnie Stern, Why?, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Cold War Kids, The Joy Formidable, Dawes, Robyn Hitchcock, Richard Thompson, Toro Y Moi, Thee Oh Sees, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Charli XCX, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, top 10 album-makers Hundred Waters, The Hood Internet, Toddla T, Ezra Furman, Turbo Fruits, Akron/Family, Civil Twilight, Guards, Suuns, ITAL, Haim, Dusted, Fear of Men and White Lung.

The names already mixing you up? Me too. Start parsing at the SXSW Music site, which has a complete music artist listing.

Badges for the music portion can be bought via SXSW. Today is the last day your attendance will cost less than $700.

Registration for SXSW 2013 is now ongoing, with various types of badges to chose from. Click here for all the details.

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<p>The Band Perry</p>

The Band Perry

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The Band Perry's sophomore album will arrive in stores in Spring

When exactly will the Rick-Rubin-produced collection be released?

The Band Perry will release its sophomore album April 2.

Rick Rubin produced the album, whose title is still to be determined,  and first single, “Better Dig Two,” has already rocketed to No. 4 on Billboards Country Songs chart.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Suraj Sharma in &quot;Life of&nbsp;Pi&quot;</p>

Suraj Sharma in "Life of Pi"

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Tech Support: 'Life of Pi' and 'Lincoln' lead the crafts category nominations

It was very clear who dominated throughout the branches this morning

And they’re here. Another year come and another set of nominees in the Academy’s crafts categories, highlighting the invaluable contributions to our movies by behind-the-lines, "below the line" artists.

While most Oscar-watchers are still picking their jaws up off the floor after what happened in the Best Director category, several have also noticed the over-performing of “Life of Pi” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” In the case of “Pi,” that led to its leading the way among the crafts category contenders, with 8 nominations. “Lincoln” landed in second place with six nods.

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<p>Joss Whedon directing Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. boss Nick Fury in &quot;Avengers.&quot;</p>

Joss Whedon directing Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. boss Nick Fury in "Avengers."

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Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' a hot topic at ABC's press tour day

ABC president 'very hopeful' the 'Avengers' spin-off will go to series next fall

This hasn't been the most successful of TV seasons for ABC president Paul Lee, who opened up his press tour executive session by lamenting the lack of new hits on his network (and most of the others). So it wasn't surprising that he perked up most whenever asked about a show that isn't even airing on his network yet — and hasn't technically been ordered to series — in Joss Whedon's "Avengers" spin-off "S.H.I.E.L.D."

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<p>Helen Hunt in &quot;The Sessions.&quot;</p>

Helen Hunt in "The Sessions."

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Academy regains its Sundance connection

After last year's meager showing, today's nods again prove the indie fest's power

Though it's long been a prime scouting-ground for future documentary nominees, the Sundance Film Festival has, in recent years, hatched a growing number of Oscar contenders in the bigger-ticket categories.

"Little Miss Sunshine," "Precious," "An Education," "The Kids Are All Right," "Winter's Bone" -- all of them bowed big at the January fest, and then managed the significant feat of sustaining buzz for an entire year before securing Oscar nominations for Best Picture. Ditto such acting and screenwriting nominees as "Frozen River," "The Savages," "The Messenger" and "Animal Kingdom." The Sundance-to-Oscar stretch is one of the longest roads in the campaigning game, and those who survive it deserve a lot of credit: as a small-scale indie, it's hard enough to get attention even with a fall debut, but counting on the length of voters' memories and the strength of word of mouth is a dicey strategy.

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