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<p>I&nbsp;didn't get to review this week's &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother,&quot;&nbsp;but you could have still discussed it on our new message boards.</p>

I didn't get to review this week's "How I Met Your Mother," but you could have still discussed it on our new message boards.

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How I met our HitFix boards

Now you can talk about even more shows than I have time to cover

I obviously don't write about every interesting show on television, nor do I write about every episode of every show that I cover.(*) Not remotely enough hours in the day for that. Sometimes, my taste will overlap exactly with some of you, and other times there will be shows you love that I never write about, or even watch. On occasion on the old blog, I'd do open threads for people to discuss whatever shows they liked that I wasn't writing about, but they tended to get unwieldy, and at times turn into extensive, detailed discussions of shows I (and others) hadn't seen yet but intended to at some point. So I stopped doing them after a while.

(*) People keep asking me, for instance, when my review of this week's "How I Met Your Mother" is going up, and the answer is that it's not. I took a couple of days off post-press tour, with all but one post over the last two days (the "Cougar Town" premiere, which I wrote in 10 minutes while my son was napping next to me) being something I'd written in advance. I liked the episode well enough (it was very broad but still felt "HIMYM"-y enough to work) but I'm just going to jump ahead to reviewing the next new episode when it airs.

My favorite thing about this blog, both at the old location and this one, has been the community that developed around it. I'm not writing just to hear myself talk, but to start a conversation that you guys have kept going so smartly for so long. But that conversation is always limited to whatever it is I'm watching. (Or to the shows being covered by Fienberg, Liane and on Monkeys as Critics.) There hasn't been an avenue for this great collection of TV fans to talk about a show if it's not on my radar...

...until now.

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"Absolutely Fabulous"
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'Absolutely Fabulous' 20th anniversary special to make U.S. premiere

Logo will air the latest exploits of Patsy and Edina in February

Sweetie darling, it's time for yet another "Absolutely Fabulous" special to make its U.S. premiere on Logo (Mon. Feb. 6, 10:30 p.m.). Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the series, the special will pick up where the last left off, as Patsy and Edina lumbered into the 21st century.

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<p>MIke Posner</p>

MIke Posner

Bamboozle Festival adds 60 new acts, including Mike Posner and Kreayshawn

New crop Join headliners Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi and Skrillex

The Bamboozle 2012 added 60 new performers to the May 18-19 line-up. Among the new additions are Jimmy Eat World, PJ Pauly D, Andrew Dice Clay, All American Rejects, ASAP Rocky and the reunited The Promise Ring.

They join a list for the 3-day North Beach Asbury Park, N.J.-festival that includes headliners Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Skrillex, Blink-182 and Incubus. This marks the first time the 10-year Live Nation-produced Bamboozle has been held in Asbury Park since 2005.

Also new to the bill are Mike Posner, Kreayshawn, Treos, Patent Pending, We Came As Romans, Motion City Soundtrack, NeverShoutNEver, Bayside, and Bouncing Souls.

Bamboozle also revealed the schedule:  Skrillex, Incubus and Mac Miller will headline May 18; Foo Fighters and Blink-182, May 19; Bon Jovi, May 20. There is still a special guest to be announced who will also headline on May 20.
 

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<p>Michelle Williams in one of the images from her recent GQ photo shoot.</p>

Michelle Williams in one of the images from her recent GQ photo shoot.

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Round-up: Williams takes her Marilyn Monroe impression to GQ

Also: Mourning Colman's BAFTA snub, and Gervais steps down

Michelle Williams is someone who seems to have planned her entire career in contravention of Hollywood's usual code for beautiful young actresses: from her taste in offbeat indie projects to her shy public demeanor and pixie-ish styling, she's pretty much the anti-ingenue, and the last person you'd expect to be the subject of a raunchy lad's-mag photo shoot. Which is partly why her casting as a publicity-fed sex symbol like Marilyn Monroe is so counter-intuitively effective, as is this eye-opening QG profile, in which she further channels the star by stripping down to her underwear and posing up a storm. An ingenious ploy by Harvey Weinstein? Her own initiative? Either way, it's getting the Best Actress hopeful attention at just the right time, and for those who do read the accompanying interview, she comes off as smart and engaging. Well played. [GQ

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<p>Max Greenfield and Zooey Deschanel on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Max Greenfield and Zooey Deschanel on "New Girl."

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The Morning Round-Up: 'New Girl' & 'Raising Hope'

Jess throws Schmidt a party, while the Chances pull an educational caper

A good night last night for both "New Girl" and "Raising Hope," with reviews coming up just as soon as I get smart by watching NBC comedies...

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<p>Courtney Ford and Dax Shepard on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>
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Courtney Ford and Dax Shepard on "Parenthood."


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'Parenthood' - 'It Is What It Is': Seller's remorse

Everybody has trouble giving something up

A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I pretend not to be bored in exchange for ice cream...

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<p>This is just what happened when Channing Tatum accidentally sat in Gina Carano's chair on the set of 'Haywire,' so imagine how much pain she inflicts in the actual movie.</p>

This is just what happened when Channing Tatum accidentally sat in Gina Carano's chair on the set of 'Haywire,' so imagine how much pain she inflicts in the actual movie.

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Review: 'Haywire' is bone-breaking, genre-bending fun

Steven Soderbergh and MMA Gina Carano make sweet music together

The last time Steven Soderbergh and Lem Dobbs collaborated, the result was "The Limey," one of my favorite of Soderbergh's films overall.  It's a tough-minded, broken-hearted little revenge thriller, and Terrence Stamp is awesome in it.  It's got style to spare, and it's really lean.  Gets in, gets it done, and then gets out.

When I first heard about "Haywire" and heard that the film was created specifically to showcase Gina Carano, a well-regarded MMA fighter in real life, I admit that I sort of wrote the film off immediately as "lesser" Soderbergh.  The last film he made where he built a film around a real-life personality was "The Girlfriend Experience," an only slightly successful movie that is more experiment than experience, so I admit my hopes were not especially high.

I would argue that part of why "Haywire" works so well is because Lem Dobbs is the screenwriter, and he approached this with a wicked pulp spy movie sensibility that pays off in a film that works first as a spy film, second as an action film, and then also as a drama.  It's genuinely well-written.  It's clever.  And while there's plenty of room in the film for Carano to snap into her own skill-set and start beating holy hell out of anyone within arm's reach, which she does in spectacular fashion several times, those moments are character punctuation.  There's not a single unmotivated or gratuitous action beat in the film.

In other words, forget what your calendar tells you.  "Haywire" is no mere January movie.

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<p>A scene from &quot;Wings&quot;</p>

A scene from "Wings"

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Paramount unveils newly restored 'Wings' at the Academy

AMPAS president Tom Sherak, Paramount CEO Brad Grey and the family of William A. Wellman toast the first-ever Best Picture winner's 85th anniversary

It was a nice change of pace interlude this evening, even if it was ultimately awards related in some way.

"War Horse" may be the World War I film currently in cinemas stirring awards talk throughout the season, and "The Artist" might be the black and white silent film leading the charge in this year's Best Picture race, but for two evenings at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills, William A. Wellman is stealing some of Steven Spielberg and Michel Hazanavicius' spotlight.

Wellman's silent, black and white, 1927 Best Picture-winning WWI epic "Wings" has been fully restored in a partnership between Paramount Pictures (this year celebrating its 100th anniversary), the Academy's Film Archive and Technicolor. It was unveiled this evening at the Academy in the first of two screenings this week as part of the studio's centenary and the film's (as well as the Academy's) 85th anniversary in advance of a January 24 Blu-ray release.

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<p>Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) confronts Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins)&nbsp;in the &quot;Justified&quot;&nbsp;season 3 premiere.</p>

Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) confronts Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) in the "Justified" season 3 premiere.

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'Justified' - 'The Gunfighter': The quick and the dead

A hobbled Raylan chases a trigger-happy killer, and Neal McDonough arrives in Kentucky
"Justified" is back for its third season. I reviewed the first four episodes in general this morning, and I have some specific thoughts on the season premiere, coming up just as soon as I name my son Jiffypop...
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<p>Michael Cudlitz and Lucy Liu in &quot;Southland.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Michael Cudlitz and Lucy Liu in "Southland." 

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'Southland' - 'Wednesday': Change partners

Cooper and Sherman adjust to new colleagues, and Lucy Liu guest stars

The TNT version of "Southland" has grown on me slowly over time, I think. The budget cuts have forced John Wells and company to streamline the cast, and it seems the focus is now much more on how the different partnerships operate, and on LAPD culture in general, which is where the show excels. (Back when there were so many detectives floating around, the show seemed to feel compelled to spend more time on generic murder cases, when the magic was just watching the cops ride around in their cars kibbitzing.) 

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<p>Could Wim Wenders's &quot;Pina&quot; snag nominations in the Best Foreign Language Film and Documentary races?</p>

Could Wim Wenders's "Pina" snag nominations in the Best Foreign Language Film and Documentary races?

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Predicting the foreign-language Oscar shortlist

List of nine contenders due to be announced tomorrow

Tomorrow brings the first major cull in what is almost annually the most exasperating of Oscar races, Best Foreign Language Film. As has become the new custom, a shortlist of nine titles will be announced in the morning -- six of them voted on by the collected members of the foreign-language branch, with a further three added by a select committee to rectify the larger group's blind spots.

It is never confirmed which are which, though it can be rather easy to tell: there were no prizes last year for guessing that Greece's critically adored but thematically dangerous "Dogtooth" was a minority pick rescued by the committee to add cred to the Academy's roster. It's an imperfect system, but still preferable to the previous one, which regularly raised howls of critical anguish as such films as "City of God" and "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" failed even to crack the pre-nomination shortlist.

The committee itself can be pretty wily in their choices -- eyebrows were raised when they failed to rescue favorites like "Gomorrah" and "Of Gods and Men" recently -- and still can't do anything about the Academy's final (and dependably milquetoast) choice of winner, but they're pushing more adventurous titles into the conversation, and for that, one can hardly be ungrateful.

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<p>Lea Michele of &quot;Glee&quot;</p>
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Lea Michele of "Glee"

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Recap: 'Glee' - 'Yes/No'

A tale of two proposals marks the start of a new year at McKinley High
Honestly, “Glee.”
 
Look, you and me need to have a little sitdown. Just the pair of us. No need to bring in anyone else. After all, this episode was nominally about the trials and tribulations of various romantic pairings new and old tonight, even if it ended up being about the powers of synchronized swimming to overcome the fearmongering of ginger fascists. (In that respect, “Yes/No” was pretty much a straight-up rip off of Albert Camus’ “The Stranger.”) Regardless, we need to have a chat. You can sit there and listen and nod and keep a running monologue inside your head that sounds like Helen Mirren if you like. I won’t hold it against you.
 
Here’s the thing: You need to stop.
 
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