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"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" netted nominations for Best Fantasy Film and Best Direction, among others.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" netted nominations for Best Fantasy Film and Best Direction, among others.
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'Harry Potter' and 'Hugo' lead Saturn nominations with 10 each

Art house fare from ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene' to 'Take Shelter' also present

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced the nominees for this year’s Saturn Awards and they are fairly across the map. There is a strong showing for the usual genre suspects with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” receiving 10 nominations, “Super 8” (fittingly) eight, “Captain America: The First Avenger” seven and “The Adventures of Tintin” and “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol” six each.

But Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” seemed to be held in high favor. The film received 10 nominations, matching "Harry Potter," but the director is also set to receive The George Pal Memorial Award for his “brilliant ode to the triumphant spirit of early cinema" in the film.

“This was a phenomenal year for genre films and TV series, which broadened the horizons of storytelling and technology, bringing audiences new ways to dream,” said Academy President Robert Holguin. “Every one of the nominated films represents a major contribution to science fiction, fantasy and horror and Martin Scorsese truly exemplified what is best about films and filmmaking.”

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Happy 18th Birthday Justin Bieber! He gives fans a present: a new single

How can you help make his birthday a record-setting one?

Baby, baby, baby: Justin Bieber turns 18 today and like any kid who comes of legal age, he’s celebrating by... appearing on “Ellen.” But it turns out pretty sweet: his manager Scooter Braun presents him with a Fisker Karmer, a sporty looking environmental friendly car.

Then Megan Mullally sings a special rendition of “Fever” for Bieber and rubs up against him in a way that was probably illegal in several states until today when he came of age. Again, just what every 18-year old wants: to be serenaded and pawed by a woman older than his mom...

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Dave and Cherie of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Dave and Cherie of "The Amazing Race"

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HitFix Interview: Dave & Cherie talk 'The Amazing Race'

The married clowns talk math, science and other Race challenges
I've interviewed many funny actors and writers and directors over the years.
Until this week, I'm pretty sure I'd never interviewed an actual clown, much less two clowns at once.
"Amazing Race" contestants and married clowns Dave and Cherie Gregg have raised the bar for all clown interviews to come, by greeting me on the phone with an overture of horns and also closing our conversation with a honking crescendo.
On "The Amazing Race," unfortunately, Dave & Cherie failed to raise the bar. They were eliminated in the season's second episode after a bus accident delayed their pack of contestants and then after Dave struggled with a long division challenge in the cattle yards of Buenos Aires.
In our exit interview, Dave & Cherie discussed the mathematical struggles and high emotions of "The Amazing Race," as well as what it means to be an Ambassador of Laughter.
Click through for the full interview... 
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<p>Colin Hanks and Zachary Knighton in &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Colin Hanks and Zachary Knighton in "Happy Endings."

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'Happy Endings' - 'Cocktails & Dreams': Dirty nights and cleansing days

The gang starts fantasizing about Dave in a season highlight

A quick review of last night's "Happy Endings" coming up just as soon as I move into a converted brewery that's still a working brewery...

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<p>Ne-Yo and J-Hud make quite the combination in the new video for 'Think Like A&nbsp;Man.'</p>

Ne-Yo and J-Hud make quite the combination in the new video for 'Think Like A Man.'

Watch: Jennifer Hudson has her pick of men in new video for 'Think Like A Man'

Who will vie for J-Hud's affections?

Jennifer Hudson may be thinking like a man in her new video, but she looks all woman in the sexy clip.

“Think Like A Man” is from the movie of the same name, which, incredibly as it sounds, is based on Steve Harvey’s self-help book, “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man.”  Here, “lady” is switched to “woman” in the lyrics, but the idea is the same.

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<p>Robert De Niro practically pops out of the screen for a round of Russian Roulette on the astounding new Universal Blu-ray edition of 'The Deer Hunter'</p>

Robert De Niro practically pops out of the screen for a round of Russian Roulette on the astounding new Universal Blu-ray edition of 'The Deer Hunter'

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One Thing I Love Today: Universal's Blu-ray program to celebrate their centennial is a winner

Why don't more studios celebrate with this kind of dedication?

"The Deer Hunter."  "Charade."  "To Kill A Mockingbird."  Over the last few weeks, it's felt like a bit of an avalanche of titles have been arriving at my house from Universal, all on Blu-ray, all part of their 100th year celebration, and so far, my only question is why more studios don't celebrate their legacies like this.

Universal has gone above and beyond with these releases.  I know that some of the films, like "The Blues Brothers," have already been out on Blu-ray, but most of them are new to the format, and the studio appears to be shelling out for some full-scale restorations.  I have not yet seen "All Quiet On The Western Front," but I've heard amazing things about the work they did on it, and I can vouch for the "Deer Hunter" transfer, which has never been better.

The sad truth about Hollywood is that as much as they pay lip service to legacy and nostalgia, they are very bad about taking care of their treasures.  One only need look at the way the various movie palaces of Los Angeles have been treated over the years to see how little history means to most of these people.  Maybe it's because it's a job where there is a high turnover rate and a near-constant game of executive square-dance going on.  Maybe it's because the people who work at studios now aren't the ones who made those older films, so there's no emotional attachment.  Whatever the case, I've been frustrated by this attitude since I arrived in LA in 1990.

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<p>&nbsp;Taylor Swift - Seussafile.</p>

 Taylor Swift - Seussafile.

Watch: Taylor Swift turns on the charm to discuss her work in 'The Lorax'

Guess who our interviewer is smitten with now

I like being surprised by someone when I walk into an interview.

I do not pay much attention to pop music of any kind at this point.  I have a few trusted friends who recommend things to me that I might like listening to, and I have older artists whose new work I'll pick up because I'm a fan, and every now and then, something punches through the haze of pop culture and catches my attention.  For the most part, though, I know names more than I know the actual sound, and that was certainly the case with Taylor Swift.

I know who she is.  I know she's very young.  I know she has a reputation for writing songs about dudes who have done her wrong.  Beyond that, she's not really on my radar.  That's not a negative judgment on my part… it's just a confession that when it comes to blind spots, she occupies one of mine.

So when we sat down at the recent press day for "The Lorax" to talk about her work in the movie as Audrey, the girl whose obsession with trees kicks off the quest by Ted (Zac Efron) to find one for her, I walked in a blank slate.  I was there to talk to an actor about her latest film, end of story.

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<p>Bill of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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Bill of "Survivor: One World"

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Recap: 'Survivor: One' - 'One World Is Out the Window'

Will the Women shake out of their downward spiral?
Pre-credit sequence. The Women are back at camp and Alicia is trying to restore Kat's self-worth. Chelsea, kinda acknowledging that maybe keeping Kat wasn't the best of all possible moves, figures that all they need is something positive to happen so that they can gain confidence. A storm is brewing and the men are feeling charitable, inviting the women to come to their shelter. Or at least Colton makes that invitation, but I guess we assume Colton isn't acting as a complete free agent.. The women are determined to remain autonomous, but the rain starts falling and it starts getting colder and the women have no tarp and a pretty much no roof. 
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"Top Chef"

"Top Chef"

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Recap: 'Top Chef: Texas' - 'Finale'

It's a battle of good vs. evil between Paul and Sarah

We're down to the final two -- Paul and Sarah. I'm sure they're both obscenely talented, but I'm rooting for Paul, simply because he isn't a bitchy mean girl. Not the best formula, but hey, until they create taste-o-vision, it's not like you have a lot to go on with "Top Chef." 

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<p>(from left) James Caan, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and John Cazale in &quot;The Godfather&quot;</p>

(from left) James Caan, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and John Cazale in "The Godfather"

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'Mad Men' stars promote 'The Godfather' on AMC

Plus a remembrance of my first look at Coppola's masterpiece

Spinning off of Roth's piece this morning about the "Godfather" re-release, I just flipped it over to AMC and see that the film is airing there now. It'll show again at midnight.

According to Entertainment Weekly, "The Godfather: Part II" will air on Tuesday and Thursday at 8 pm and 12:30 am. "The trilogy will then be aired in its entirety on Friday, March 2, from 9:30 am through 10 pm. The celebration culminates on Saturday with AMC’s premiere of the digitally-restored version of 'The Godfather Saga' beginning at 10 am." You can learn more about the latter here. It's awesome.

Anyway, in a nice bit of self-promotion, AMC has tapped stars of its hit series "Mad Men" to promote the film, its 40th anniversary and the channel's special presentations. Jon Hamm, Jared Harris and Vincent Kartheiser are tapped for comments. I also saw "Breaking Bad"'s Giancarlo Esposito thrown in there, too.

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<p>Matthew McConaughey in &quot;Killer Joe.&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey in "Killer Joe."

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Friedkin's 'Killer Joe' gets an NC-17

Meanwhile, Weinsteins continue to protest R rating for 'Bully'

It may be Cannes that generates all the media-friendly controversy, but as it turns out, it was the Venice Film Festival that was quietly hatching the eventual NC-17 films. First came "Shame," which received the MPAA's most severe rating for its plentiful sexual activity and generous exposure of Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan's privates. Now, a less celebrated Venice title, William Friedkin's adaptation of the Tracy Letts play "Killer Joe," has been similarly branded ahead of its summer release Stateside.

LD Entertainment, the Friedkin film's new-on-the-block distributor, plans to appeal the MPAA's decision, which was made on the grounds of "graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality." They believe "Killer Joe" is closer to R-rated material; I agree with them.

The film, a nastily funny if stylistically clumsy black comedy starring Matthew McConaughey as a grossly corrupt cop hired by Emile Hirsch's scuzzy Southern hick to kill off a family member, is casually violent, kinkily erotic and features Gina Gershon doing inappropriate things with fried chicken. You probably wouldn't take your mom to see it.

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<p>Marilyn Monroe adorns the official poster for this year's Cannes Film Festival.</p>

Marilyn Monroe adorns the official poster for this year's Cannes Film Festival.

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Cannes celebrates its 65th birthday with Marilyn

Unveiling of the official poster reminds us the festival is only 11 weeks away

With the long slog of the Oscar season only just out the way, one would like to put off the 2012 awards conversation for as long as possible. Yet the Cannes Film Festival is only 11 weeks away, and with a higher-than-usual presence of Croisette fare in the last Oscar race -- Best Picture winner "The Artist" debuted there, as did "The Tree of Life" and "Midnight in Paris" -- people's minds will start wandering in that direction sooner rather than later.

As if mindful of the connection, Cannes organizers chose this post-Oscar week to reveal the official poster for this year's fest, and it follows the pattern set by the last few festival posters of adopting an iconic screen beauty as a festival mascot of sorts. Monica Vitti served that purpose in 2009, Juliette Binoche (en route to a Best Actress win) in 2010, Faye Dunaway last year -- and for their 65th, they've gone for broke with Marilyn Monroe blowing out their birthday candles. It's a pretty enough poster, but based around such a familiarly iconic shot that it doesn't seem as emphatic a feat of branding as it should be.

Anyway, job done -- we're aware the festival is closer than it seems, and our appetite is duly whetted. Check out the poster below.  

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