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 Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston

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Watch: Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston talk about 'a whole lotta' nudity in 'Wanderlust'

Nudism and Alan Alda rule in the new comedy

Get ready for some of the unsexiest nudity of the year in "Wanderlust," Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston's new comedy about suddenly unemployed urban dwellers George and Linda who unexpectedly find themselves at a hippie commune that's not only clothing optional but polyamorous. Their introduction to the clothing optional part is initially through Joe Lo Truglio's full frontal nudity (though, to be honest, the actor wears an impressive prosthetic penis throughout the film). "[Whole Lotta Penis] was the original name of the film," Rudd jokes.

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<p>Anton&nbsp;Furst poses on the badass instrument of his creation:&nbsp;the 1989 Batmobile</p>

Anton Furst poses on the badass instrument of his creation: the 1989 Batmobile

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My favorite Oscar win: Anton Furst and Peter Young for 'Batman'

On final approach, we look back at some of Oscar’s finer moments

There's a stand-by in Oscar season, if you're one of us who obsesses on guessing below-the-line categories, that I learned never to forget last year: Don't bet against a Tim Burton film in the Best Art Direction category.

Last year it was "Alice in Wonderland" that took the award, when I and a number of others thought "The King's Speech" might grab it in a bit of a sweep scenario for the eventual Best Picture winner. Three years prior, it was this season's expected victor, Dante Ferretti, winning the award for Burton's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." Eight years before that, the inarguable work of Rick Heinrichs and his team took it for "Sleepy Hollow."

That run started, though, in 1989, when Anton Furst and Peter Young beat out James Cameron's "The Abyss," Terry Gilliam's "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen," Best Picture winner "Driving Miss Daisy" and Edward Zwick's "Glory" for their towering Gothic creations on the year's (and, to that time, the industry's) biggest hit: "Batman."

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<p>Woody Allen and Owen Wilson on the set of &quot;Midnight in Paris.&quot;</p>

Woody Allen and Owen Wilson on the set of "Midnight in Paris."

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Oscar Guide 2011: Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius, Alexander Payne, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and Terrence Malick square off

(The Oscar Guide will be your chaperone through the Academy's 24 categories awarding excellence in film. A new installment will hit every weekday in the run-up to the Oscars on February 26, with the Best Picture finale on Saturday, February 25.) 

For many Oscar voters and watchers, Best Director appears to be something of a superfluous category: If you directed the best film of the year, the reasoning goes, you must be the best director of the year too. That may be true more often than not, but the Academy doesn't always distinguish between a true visionary and a safe pair of hands guiding well-chosen collaborators.

So it is that, over 83 years of Academy Awards history, the Best Picture and Best Director awards have gone to the same film 75% of the time -- and in recent years, haven't been separated since the 2005 ceremony. Last year, the Academy opted for the safe pair of hands: Tom Hooper, a comparatively untested Brit with a TV background, beat four idiosyncratic American auteurs, to the chagrin of critics everywhere. This year again sees a foreign first-time nominee pitted against a quartet of more established Yanks. (All four of them, moreover, are previous nominees -- the highest proportion in the category since 1993.) Once again, the outsider is favored to triumph, though in this case, it's for a work of more director-centered ingenuity. He's also one of four writer-directors among the nominees, a number last matched in 1995.      

The nominees are...

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<p>Lamorne Morris, Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Lamorne Morris, Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield in "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Bully': Hi, this is Nick, leaving a message

A very funny all-around episode

A review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I look like a Gypsy courtesan...

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<p>Erika Christensen and Rosa Salazar in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Erika Christensen and Rosa Salazar in "Parenthood."

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'Parenthood' - 'Remember Me, I'm the One Who Loves You': New life

Zoe gives birth, Jasmine has a question for Crosby, and Sarah and Mark make plans

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I tell you a story about Lenny Kravitz's stinky feet...

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<p>Andy Serkis on the set of &quot;Rise of the Planet of the Apes.&quot;</p>

Andy Serkis on the set of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

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Round-up: Calling for a collaborative performance Oscar

Also: Clothing 'Jane Eyre,' and rejecting the idea of 'Oscar bait'

With many grousing that the Academy's technophobia deprived Andy Serkis of an Oscar nod for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," Matt Zoller Seitz makes a case for a compromise honor: a new Oscar category for Best Collaborative Performance, for characters created by heavily altered actors in conjunction with motion-capture artists, animators and makeup wizards. Serkis aside, performances Seitz suggests could have won here include Jeff Goldblum in "The Fly" and Brad Pitt in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" -- though his notion that anti-FX bias cost Pitt the 2008 Best Actor Oscar is an empty one when you consider his competition. Overall, It's an intelligent suggestion, though it would surely hinder the possibility of such performances cracking the main acting races. [Press Play]     

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<p>A whole movie of Daniel Craig beating on people like an ape on meth, with Roger Deakins shooting it.&nbsp; Pinch me, I must be dreaming.</p>

A whole movie of Daniel Craig beating on people like an ape on meth, with Roger Deakins shooting it.  Pinch me, I must be dreaming.

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First 'Skyfall' videoblog suggests Sam Mendes is a lifelong James Bond fan

Want a quick glimpse of Daniel Craig as 007?

If you haven't picked up on it yet, I'm a little bit excited about "Skyfall."

It's a year where there are some big and significant franchise films coming out, including "The Avengers" and "The Hobbit" and "The Dark Knight Rises," and of all of them, the one that I have to admit has me most worked up and flustered and desperate for information about is "Skyfall."

I like what the Daniel Craig years have brought to the James Bond series, and I think they can do anything right now.  They're not painted into any corners.  They haven't done anything in "Casino Royale" and "Quantum Of Solace" that prevents them from going pretty much anywhere with the storytelling at this point.  There's a lot of groundwork laid in those two films, but to what end?

I think the key here in terms of my excitement is Sam Mendes, who I think is a talented guy whose films don't necessarily fully reflect his skills.  The attitude he's been expressing since coming on-board here, combined with what I've heard about him as a Bond fan in general, has me thinking that the producers picked the right guy to handle the 50th anniversary James Bond movie, and that there's something special in the works for us this year.

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"Suburgatory"

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HitFix Interview: Creator Emily Kapnek talks 'Suburgatory'

Alicia Silverstone, ensemble building and other ABC comedy issues
Viewers still have eight more episodes of "Suburgatory" to look forward to this season, but the ABC comedy actually wrapped production on its first season early last week. 
 
Series creator Emily Kapnek and her creative team still have many weeks of post-production ahead of them, but it seemed like a good time to discuss the evolution of what has been one of the pleasant surprises of the 2011-2012 season.
 
"Suburgatory" started as the story of George (Jeremy Sisto) and Tessa (Jane Levy), a father and daughter who flee New York City for what was initially a very, very, very heightened version of the suburbs. 
 
Months later, "Suburgatory" continues to be anchored by Sisto and particularly Levy, but the supporting cast of Chatswin scene stealers has become one of the deepest on TV, drawing terrific performances from co-stars and recurring players like Cheryl Hines, Ana Gasteyer, Chris Parnell, Carly Chaikin, Alan Tudyk, Allie Grant, Maestro Harrell, Rex Lee and Parker Young. Stick around later this season and Alicia Silverstone will reunite with "Clueless" chum Sisto.
 
In our conversation, Kapnek discusses the challenges of making time for the full ensemble, keeping George and Tessa believable, figuring out the right number of "Clueless" in-jokes for Silverstone, why we may not see many more flashbacks and why characters keep dancing by themselves.
 
Click through for the full interview. And no... Not a word about the "Suburgatory" alt-narrative...
 
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<p>&quot;Harry&nbsp;Potter and the Deathly Hallows:&nbsp;Part 2&quot;&nbsp;became the first film in the franchise to be recognized by the guild since &quot;The Sorcerer's Stone&quot;&nbsp;in 2001.</p>

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" became the first film in the franchise to be recognized by the guild since "The Sorcerer's Stone" in 2001.

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Costume Designers Guild speaks up for 'Harry Potter,' 'Dragon Tattoo' and 'W.E.'

Oscar frontrunners 'The Artist' and 'Hugo' fall to Madonna's living Vogue spread

The 14th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards were held this evening, and it was a good night for wizards, hackers and, uh, Madonna.

The Harry Potter franchise was honored for the first time since 2001 by the group as Jany Temime, who has been with the series since 2004's "The Prisoner of Azkaban," won the Excellence in Fantasy Film award for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." The last Potter costumer awarded by the guild was Judianna Makovsky, way back on the series' first installment, "The Sorcerer's Stone," making for nice bookends for the franchise. The series' only other nomination was for Temime again on "The Order of the Phoenix" in 2007.

Elsewhere, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" won in the contemporary category (beating out films like "Bridesmaids" and "Drive"), while "W.E." costumer Arianne Phillips was the surprise winner of the evening, besting Oscar frontrunners "The Artist" and "Hugo."

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

 "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

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Recap: 'The Real Housewives of Orange County' - 'The Honeymoon Is Over'

It's either a hangover or morning sickness for Tamra

It seems that Tamra and Vicki's friendship, once dependably solid, is about to crumple like a dirty Kleenex for the usual, stupid reasons -- silly misunderstandings, petty jealousies and boob touching. Okay, that last one is only a usual reason on "The Real Housewives of Orange County," but it's an important part of the equation nonetheless. In short, Eddie doesn't like any man other than himself touching Tamra's boobs. Tamra, on the other hand, doesn't like Eddie and Vicki touching at all. If I didn't know better, I'd think everyone was afraid of cooties on this show, and I still can't rule it out as that's really the maturity level most of these women seem to operate upon after about two glasses of chardonnay.

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<p>Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis share a little fruit by mouth.</p>

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis share a little fruit by mouth.

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'The Campaign' co-stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis to present at Oscars

Will the comedians hit the stage in character?

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis have been added as presenters at the 2012 Oscars, joining a lineup of previously-announced funny-people including Chris Rock, Tina Fey and the cast of "Bridesmaids". 

The inclusion of the duo, who recently completed production on the forthcoming political comedy "The Campaign" (formerly known as "Dog Fight"), is indicative of AMPAS' ongoing mission to make the awards feel more relevant/youth-oriented - and it does seem like the perfect opportunity for the two comedians to pull a Sacha Baron Cohen by hitting the stage in the guise of their characters from the upcoming film, about two buffoonish Southern politicians fighting for the same Congressional seat. It also fits thematically, given the highly-politicized nature of the Oscar campaigning season.
 
Other presenters at this years ceremony include Halle Berry, Bradley Cooper, Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie. You can check out the full list (and how each of them got suckered into it) over at our Oscar presenters gallery. Also, be sure to download and print our official Oscar ballot!
 
The Oscars air this Sunday on ABC. "The Campaign", directed by Jay Roach and co-starring Jason Sudeikis and Dylan McDermott, is slated for release on August 10th.
 
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<p>Raylan (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;and Ava (Joelle Carter) on &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Ava (Joelle Carter) on "Justified."

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'Justified' - 'When the Guns Come Out': Let it be

Who knows what becomes very important as we near the season's mid-point

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I threaten you with my boxer shorts...

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