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<p>Troy (Donald Glover)&nbsp;and Abed (Danny Pudi)&nbsp;in their &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;blanket fort.</p>

Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) in their "Community" blanket fort.

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Why I miss 'Community': Because Troy and Abed built a blanket fort

Greendale is a place where dreams can weirdly come to life for a while

NBC's Thursday lineup is once again about to start without "Community," which means it's time once again for me to post a video illustrating exactly why I'm going to miss the show for as long as it takes NBC to put it back somewhere on the schedule.

One of the things I love about "Community" is that while Greendale Community College could very easily seem like a small, depressing place where our characters have landed because they didn't have better options, it's actually a wide-open canvas where anyone's dreams - or nightmares - can come true, even if only for a little while.

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<p>Sundance Institute president and founder Robert Redford at this afternoon's press conference</p>

Sundance Institute president and founder Robert Redford at this afternoon's press conference

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Sundance: Settling in as Redford declares the state of independent film 'healthy'

Noobing my way through the Park City plunge

PARK CITY - Being at Sundance is weird. Really weird. This time of year I'm home, where it's safe to dive into the guild and other precursor announcements of the season without thinking about the scheduling of a film festival. But here I am, a first-timer amongst many pros (like the HitFix staff, all of them gamely showing me the ropes). Right smack dab in the middle of the Oscar season.

You see, that's what's kept me out of Sundance in the past. I could have come here any time over the last however many years, but the daunting prospect of a) dealing with the press pecking order (which was ultimately not that big a deal at all), and b) pulling double duty with awards coverage, has always kept me away.

Well, I'm happy to be here and soak up the experience a bit, even if it will be just a short taste-maker trip. It's back to the Los Angeles awards grind on Monday, the day before that magic moment: the announcement of this year's Oscar nominees.

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<p>The brutal rape of Lisbeth Salander is one of the key scenes in 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,' but what do we lose or gain from the nonstop depiction of such an act in our culture?</p>

The brutal rape of Lisbeth Salander is one of the key scenes in 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,' but what do we lose or gain from the nonstop depiction of such an act in our culture?

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The Bigger Picture: What happens when we find 'The Line' as viewers?

A viewing of a post-apocalyptic exploitation film sets off an unexpected reaction

This was originally supposed to be a review of the Xavier Gens film "The Divide."

That will not be happening.

Over the course of my life, I'd wager I've seen at least 10,000 movies.  Maybe more.  I've had years where I've mainlined as many as 500 movies, many of them older catalog titles.  I have a voracious appetite for all types of movies, both high art and low.  I love smart sophisticated movies, I love experimental films, and I love genre junk.  I love any movie that offers me a genuine experience of some sort, where there's something that moves me or that I recognize as true and well-observed or where someone just plain surprises me.  I am open to pretty much anything when I sit down to a new film.

But at the age of 41, at about 94 minutes into "The Divide," I reached a breaking point, and I realized that I am pretty much incapable of sitting through one more cheap, pointless, exploitative rape in a movie.

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<p>A scene from &quot;Captain&nbsp;America:&nbsp;The&nbsp;First Avenger&quot;</p>

A scene from "Captain America: The First Avenger"

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Tech Support: Wrapping up guesses throughout the Academy's craft categories

Part Two: Original Score, Original Song, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects

In part one of this feature, we spotlighted the fields of Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Makeup. Now to round out my final predictions in the crafts fields with the remainder.


Ludovic Bource’s music for Michel Hazanavicius’s “The Artist” was integral to the film and present in virtually every scene. The BAFTA-nominated and BFCA- and Golden Globe-winning score is firmly in the running, alongside John Williams’s booming BFCA-, Globe- and BAFTA-nominated work in “War Horse.” Any nomination for Williams will move him into first place in the all-time list for music nominees (breaking his current tie with Alfred Newman), behind only Walt Disney on the all-time overall list.

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Taking questions for 1/20 Oscar Talk

Offer up your burning queries

Sorry to get this up later than usual, but you know the drill. Fire off your need-to-knows and we'll try to address a few in the podcast. Get them in fast, though. We're recording in a few hours.

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<p>Anna Paquin tied Meryl Streep for the year's Actress of the Year award for her performance in&nbsp;&quot;Margaret.&quot;</p>

Anna Paquin tied Meryl Streep for the year's Actress of the Year award for her performance in "Margaret."

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'The Artist,' 'A Separation' and Anna Paquin/Meryl Streep win big with London film critics

Nominee hogs 'Drive' and 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' combine for a single win

The London Film Critics Circle (of which I'm a member) handed out its year-end kudos this evening, and "The Artist" was the big winner, taking awards for Film of the Year, Director of the Year and Actor of the Year. I'll be back from this evening's festivities soon enough to offer up extended commentary, but for now, check out the full list of winners below.

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<p>Wendell Pierce on &quot;Treme.&quot;</p>

Wendell Pierce on "Treme."

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HBO delays 'Treme' premiere until fall

New Orleans music drama's first two seasons aired in spring

Dave Walker at the New Orleans Times-Picayune is the man I trust on all things "Treme," and he has a significant piece of news today: HBO has delayed the "Treme" season 3 premiere date until sometime in the fall.

The first two "Treme" seasons aired in the spring, and the show was absent from HBO's list of spring premiere dates from press tour. Given that "True Blood" owns the summer for HBO, "Treme" was either going to have to air on a different night (which has not been a boon to other HBO shows like the canceled "Bored to Death") or be delayed.

Presumably, "Boardwalk Empire" season 3 will also be on in the fall, and HBO still has to schedule Aaron Sorkin's drama about cable TV news, so "Treme" could wind up airing on a different night, after all. We'll see. David Simon has told me and Dave that ideally the show would run four seasons, but that'll be up to HBO to decide. The ratings for the first two seasons weren't particularly strong, and at the moment it's a show that exists because HBO likes it and wants to be in business with Simon. Hopefully, whenever it airs in the fall, they'll still feel that way about it.

UPDATE: HBO has asked me to clarify that the premiere hasn't technically been delayed, since they never announced a premiere date of any kind for the season. Everyone just assumed it would air in the spring, since HBO usually - but not always - airs its various shows at the same time each year.

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<p>Channing Tatum is kicking off his best year on film so far with Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire,' and he seems to be enjoying it all.</p>

Channing Tatum is kicking off his best year on film so far with Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire,' and he seems to be enjoying it all.

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Watch: Channing Tatum enjoyed getting worked over in 'Haywire'

His future's looking brighter than ever based on the films he's in this year

Now that I've seen both "21 Jump Street" and "Haywire," I am officially prepared to say that 2012 is the year Channing Tatum turned the corner.

I've known people who are fans of his work since "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints," and I've certainly seen most of his films up to this point.  I've always felt like he was tough to cast just right, and whatever his most vocal supporters saw in that work, I wasn't seeing it.  I thought he showed signs of life in things like "Stop-Loss" or his supporting freakshow role in "The Dilemma," but he still wasn't connecting for me across the board.

Now, with this one-two punch, I'm seeing a much looser, funnier, alive presence onscreen, and I think the same is true of our interview when we sat down to talk about "Haywire."  I'm not sure what happened, but it can't just be that the material is better.  It's like something opened up inside of him, and suddenly he's able to project whatever that new energy and joy is, and it's really apparent in the work.

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<p>Ewan McGregor may have been all smiles when we spoke, but he takes a serious beating in the new Steven Soderbergh action film 'Haywire'</p>

Ewan McGregor may have been all smiles when we spoke, but he takes a serious beating in the new Steven Soderbergh action film 'Haywire'

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Watch: Ewan McGregor seems very zen about getting beaten silly in 'Haywire'

What's young Obi-Wan up to these days?

Ewan McGregor was, at one point, on track to be a gigantic movie star.

Instead, his career has become something much more interesting and unusual and hard to pinpoint, and I'm glad.  McGregor made such a strong impression with his first few major film roles in the Danny Boyle films "Shallow Grave" and "Trainspotting," and by the time he was cast as Young Obi-Wan in "The Phantom Menace," he appeared to be on track to be one of the biggest actors of his age.

His heart does not appear to lie in the blockbuster mainstream world, though, and he's spent years now moving back and forth between the indie world and Hollywood, and his choices seem to me to be genuinely motivated by his own particular interests.  Well before Michael Fassbender was getting teased about his equipment on the Golden Globes by George Clooney, Ewan McGregor was the Guy Who Liked To Show His Junk, and the contrast between that and his appearances in the "Star Wars" films and a "Nanny McPhee" sequel and "Robots" is pretty startling.  Not many people are able to effortlessly switch modes like that, but I think it's in no small part because McGregor is so quietly charismatic.

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<p>&nbsp;Santigold and friend</p>

 Santigold and friend

Watch: Santigold's new video, 'Big Mouth' takes a dig at Lady Gaga

What does she have against Momma Monster?

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: Santigold is totally over you.  In her trippy new video for “Big Mouth,” she has no use for you and your irritating ways so shut your trap.

The clip is a fun combo of childlike animation and live action as Santigold’s throwing attitude all over the place, backed up by her two-women crew S1Wettes.

Santigold also decides to take a swipe at Lady Gaga, who is represented as an animated blond mermaid. “Gaga-ga all slightly off/not me I take the loss,” she sings. We’re not really sure what that means, but it’s probably not good, especially since Gaga gets eaten by an underwater tiger.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Morgan (Joshua Gomez)&nbsp;in a scene from tomorrow night's &quot;Chuck.&quot;</p>

Morgan (Joshua Gomez) in a scene from tomorrow night's "Chuck."

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HitFix First Look: On 'Chuck,' Morgan helps Sarah catch a bullet train

Sneak preview of last episode before the series finale

"Chuck" has almost reached the finish line, folks. The two-hour series finale airs on Friday, January 27 at 8 p.m. on NBC, and tomorrow night gives us "Chuck vs. the Bullet Train," either the next-to-last or third-to-last episode of the series, depending on how you want to look at it. (The two hour finale is made up of two separate episodes.) 

I'm going to have a whole lot of "Chuck" coverage next week, including a five-part retrospective interview I did with Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz while I was in California. But before we start looking back, here's a chance to look forward with a sneak preview clip - exclusive to HitFix for the next few hours - from early in tomorrow night's episode. If you don't want to know anything before it airs (not that the clip gives much away), don't click through.

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<p>Judy Greer doing voice work on &quot;Archer.&quot;</p>

Judy Greer doing voice work on "Archer."

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Interview: 'Archer' co-star Judy Greer

On getting an origin story for her character and the power of 'The Descendants'
In addition to the new FX animated comedy "Unsupervised" (which I reviewed earlier), tonight marks the return of "Archer," with the third season premiere (10 p.m.) guest-starring Archer's boyhood idol Burt Reynolds as himself in a wonderful, hilarious celebration of every cheesey movie Reynolds ever made and every car chase he ever got into. I've also seen the next two episodes, and they're also predictably strong. (Episode three, with Archer battling "radical Nova Scotian separatists" on a passenger train, is fantastic.)
"Archer" was one of many shows FX paneled at press tour on Sunday, and I was particularly interested in talking to Judy Greer, not only because Cheryl (recently revealed to be heiress to the Tunt fortune) may be my favorite character on the show, but because I've enjoyed her work for so long and am glad she's been getting so many kudos for her small but memorable supporting role in "The Descendants."
I asked her a couple of Cheryl-related questions in the panel, then interviewed her afterwards about "Archer," "The Descendants" (spoilers ho if you haven't seen the movie yet) and what's next for her in live-action TV comedy.
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