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<p>Bill Pullman in &quot;Scott Turow's Innocent.&quot;</p>

Bill Pullman in "Scott Turow's Innocent."

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Review: 'Scott Turow's Innocent' kicks off TNT mystery movie series

Bill Pullman, Marcia Gay Harden and Richard Schiff star in belated, silly 'Presumed Innocent' sequel

TNT has already established quite the profitable brand for itself as home to the kinds of square-jawed, retro dramas that the broadcast networks stopped making a long time ago. So it stands to reason that the channel would eventually try getting into another business the networks have largely abandoned: the made-for-TV-movie. And if they can be the kinds of movies that fit comfortably alongside "The Closer" and "Rizzoli & Isles," so much the better.

Over the next three weeks, TNT will be airing a half-dozen mystery movies, all based on works by best-selling authors like Sandra Brown and Mary Higgins Clark, all starring actors who are past their career peak but have the ability to make you stop channel surfing to say, "Oh, I like him/her."

The movies kick off tonight at 9 with "Scott Turow's Innocent," a very belated sequel to Turow's "Presumed Innocent," which was made into a hit 1990 film starring Harrison Ford as prosecutor Rusty Sabitch, who was accused of murdering his mistress, only for it to be revealed (21-year-old spoiler alert!) that his scorned wife Barbara had done it and framed him for the deed.

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Martin Scorsese's cameo appearance in "Hugo"
Martin Scorsese's cameo appearance in "Hugo"
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Martin Scorsese embraces 3D beyond the realm of 'Hugo' and fantasy

The director says he would like to shoot future films with the technology

As I walked past the offices of Technicolor on my way to see a screening of what may (one day) be considered the film that represents the first true step the entertainment industry at large took in its embrace of 3D as a legitimate cinematic tool, Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” I could not help but think of Kris’s piece on the company’s efforts to restore and preserve cinema’s classics. There is something beautiful and compelling about the symmetry of a film that is reverential in its depiction of cinema history nudging a business that is still at odds with itself about a new technology. And there's something about a company that is responsible for one of the most significant advances in film restoring its past that I find intriguing.

I was struck again by a sense of synchronicity when I read Mr. Scorsese’s interview with Deadline this weekend in which the director indicated that he would be interested in shooting his future projects in 3D. He, as James Cameron frequently does, compared 3D to the advent of Technicolor in the mid-1930s. "We view everyday life with depth,” he said. “You have to go back to Technicolor; when it was used in 1935 with Becky Sharp. For about 10-15 years, Technicolor was relegated to musicals, comedies and westerns. It wasn't intended for the serious genres, but now everything is in color.

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<p>Patton Oswalt, Charlize Theron and Jason Reitman walk the red carpet to promote &quot;Young Adult&quot; at the 2011 Gotham Awards.</p>

Patton Oswalt, Charlize Theron and Jason Reitman walk the red carpet to promote "Young Adult" at the 2011 Gotham Awards.

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10 things we learned at the 2011 Gotham Awards

'Beginners' shock, Charlize Theron's push, rude New Yorkers and more

Having attended the Golden Globes, the Independent Spirit Awards, the Britannia Awards, the Critic's Choice Awards and, god help me, the Hollywood Film Awards (just once I say, just once!), it felt like a big adventure crossing the country to the Spirit's little New York, um, sister, the Gotham Awards.  

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<p>Vanessa Redgrave (center) in Ken Russell's &quot;The Devils.&quot;</p>

Vanessa Redgrave (center) in Ken Russell's "The Devils."

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Remembering the madness of Ken Russell

Oscar-nominated British director passed away on Sunday at 84 years of age

Back in July, I had the rare privilege of seeing Ken Russell's grandly insane 1971 ecclesiastical drama "The Devils" in all its pristinely restored, newly uncut glory on the generous screen of London's BFI Southbank -- and left feeling rather as if I'd pummelled in the face with a movie camera. In a good way.

I'd never seen this hard-to-access film before, and was glad I'd waited to meet it with no missing parts: a feverish, alarming story of sexual repression and religious persecution in 17th-century France, it's the kind of fearlessly unhinged filmmaking that is best served by being permitted to go all the way. (And by 'all the way,' I do mean a mass of nuns sexually assaulting a church crucifix and Vanessa Redgrave masturbating with the charred bones of an executed priest. Christmas is coming -- order in the DVD!) "Chilling, silly, beautiful, usually at once," I tweeted, slightly dazed and in need of a drink, after the screening. "Ken Russell's bravura barminess, as possessed as his subjects, never met apter material."

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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Recap: 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' - 'Adrienne's Fashion Show'

It's Adrienne's moment to shine - if the girls can stop fighting and behave

Oh, yay, it's time to dwell on all the boring minutiae of Pandora's wedding. You know, I didn't like this stuff when I was getting married, and just because it's pukingly expensive here doesn't make it any less annoying. We watch Lisa and Pandora fawn over their gorgeous wedding invitations ($15,000! That's a NEW CAR for some people. Not a car Lisa would be caught dead in, but a car nonetheless). Fawning and seemingly useless wedding planner Kevin Lee endlessly chirps "million dollar wedding" and "fabulous" like a brain-damaged parakeet while Pandora and Lisa sample ridiculous drinks (it's infused vodka! And nitrogen! And martini glasses made out of the skulls of a rare and practically extinct species of mountain goat! It's fabulous!) While Lisa isn't entirely sold on the cocktails, Giggy gobbles up some of the food, so at least the catering gets a thumbs up. Kevin Lee, of course, thinks it's fabulous.

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<p>&nbsp;Hot Chelle Rae</p>
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 Hot Chelle Rae

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Interview: Hot Chelle Rae on 'Tonight Tonight,' 'Whatever' and Taylor Swift

Will the American Music Award lead to any Grammy nominations?

The members of Hot Chelle Rae, who took home the best new artist award at the American Music Awards a few days ago, may have only experienced their first big hit with “Tonight Tonight” this summer, but they have decades of experience at their disposal.

That’s because the pop quartet, whose second RCA album, “Whatever,” comes out tomorrow (Nov. 29), grew up in the music business and have learned from a very young age how to navigate both the creative and professional sides of their careers.

Lead singer Ryan Follese and his drumming baby brother Jamie, as well as Nash Overstreet, have dads who are prominent, award-winning, Nashville-based songwriters, who have written hits for the likes of  Randy Travis, Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and The Judds (Nash’s brother is Chord Overstreet, formerly of “Glee.”) Bassist Ian Keaggy’s father is Dove Award-winning contemporary Christian artist Phil Keaggy.

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<p>Christopher Plummer in a scene from &quot;Beginners,&quot;&nbsp;which won Best&nbsp;Ensemble and tied for Best&nbsp;Feature</p>

Christopher Plummer in a scene from "Beginners," which won Best Ensemble and tied for Best Feature

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Focus Features has a big night at the Gothams

'Beginners' and 'Pariah' netted awards while nomination leaders 'The Descendants' and 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' went home empty-handed

After all that clamoring to anoint this or that contender, the New York Film Critics Circle was stuck in a theater being the FIRST! to see "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" while preparations for the first legitimate awards show of the season were being finalized. And say what you might about the Gotham Awards, which some argue turn in dubious representation of the independent film scene year after year, but I'm glad it was them, instead of a group led by outright ego, who fired the starting gun.

Alas, the starting gun didn't come with any particular dose of authority, as things ended in a tie for Best Feature. Two of the year's absolute best films shared the prize, however: Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" and Mike Mills's "Beginners." I am so okay with that.

The surprises actually started early, though, with a heartening win for Dee Rees in the Breakthrough Director category. Rees, whose "Pariah" has been nurtured all season by Focus Features, beat out high profile contenders such as Sean Durkin ("Martha Marcy May Marlene") and Vera Farmiga ("Higher Ground"), as well Evan Glodell ("Bellflower") and Mike Cahill ("Another Earth") for the honor.

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<p>WHEE!!!</p>
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WHEE!!!

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Recap: 'Terra Nova' - 'Now You See Me'

After another info dump of an ep, has the show revealed just how much it has miscalculated?
There’s little to really redeem “Terra Nova” at this point. In a few weeks, this season will end, and unless it does incredible numbers overseas in foreign markets, this will be all we’ll see of this series. And I’m not sure too many will bemoan the loss of this show once it goes. Sure, there have been hints of an interesting show here and there. But each time a spark of interest ignites, along comes a moppet and her pet dinosaur to remind you during “Now You See Me” just how weak the stakes are in this show.
 
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2011 Gotham Awards winners and nominees
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2011 Gotham Awards winners and nominees

'Beginners' and 'Tree of Life' tie for the top prize

The 21st Annual Gotham Awards were handed out in New York City Monday night.  The winners were as follows.

Look for a complete on the scene report later tonight on HitFix.  Or, follow @HitFixGregory on Twitter for updates directly from the event.

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<p>Fugazi</p>

Fugazi

Today in nostalgia: Promise Ring reunites, Fugazi posting live audio archive

Dischord posting 800 concerts in a pay-what-you-want format

I, like many Americans, traveled back to my hometown for Thanksgiving, and coming back to New York, I can't shake that good old high school feeling.

No, I don't mean that feeling you get watching "Young Adult" (just wait, ladies, you'll see). Emo jump-starters The Promise Ring are getting back together, and Fugazi are finally ready to launch a long-standing project that puts many of their live show recordings and paraphernalia together in one place.

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<p>Nicki Minaj in &quot;Y U Mad&quot;</p>

Nicki Minaj in "Y U Mad"

Watch: Is Nicki Minaj really the female Lil Wayne in Birdman's 'Y U Mad'?

All three rappers show up, but only one gender-bends

Nicki Minaj dresses down for once in a music video, but it's only to mimic Lil Wayne, in Birdman's "Y U Mad."

Weezy, Nicki and Birdman all show up and trade verses in this new clip, which features Nicki as the self-proclaimed "female Weezy" (in baggy pants, a wife beater and wack braids) and as the Nicki Minaj we're all growing used to -- that is, Nicki Minaj rocking Band-Aid couture.

First, let's start with the positives: Minaj on the hook is perfect. The lyrics are like a dare, a proclamation of war, and just goofing around -- the latter which I wish there was more of in this sometimes-dour clip. Birdman found the right, heightened beat for his drip-drop verses, and Weezy just sticks to being Weezy without any guitar riffs to mess with his froggy sound.

It's nice to see the Cash Money/Young Money crew hanging out around the holidays, but in a way, Minaj is still singled out, ever "the girl." See, to be playing on the same field as the boys, she has to dress like a boy. When she's flexin' with Birdman, she's wearing a ravaged-swimsuit look that the other toy-girls don elsewhere in the clip. Hell, why aren't the boys wearing some Crayola wigs and fetish heels?

Eh, let's not have that much fun. Minaj is still rising, with her "Roman Reloaded" to testify to her sophomore return in February. Wayne's still the face, even if "Carter IV" was kinda crap. The imbalance must remain, even if it shouldn't.

Also, the fade-out is a cop-out.

And, also, Wayne: you're banned from the spark-and-smoke intro. You've reached your quota.

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<p>&quot;Justified&quot;&nbsp;marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;will be back in action in January.</p>
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"Justified" marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) will be back in action in January.


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FX announces January premiere dates for 'Justified,' 'Archer' and 'Unsupervised'

Raylan Givens and Sterling Archer return to action, along with an animated teen comedy

FX has announced its mid-season schedule, with premiere dates for "Justified," "Archer" and the new animated comedy "Unsupervised," created by a trio of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" producers.

The third season of "Justified" will debut Tuesday, January 17 at 10 p.m. Neal McDonough and Mykelti Williamson - both alums of Graham Yost's short-lived NBC cop drama "Boomtown" - will be on hand as two of this season's villains, along with returning stars Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins and company.

"Archer" begins its third season two nights later, Thursday, January 19, also at 10 p.m. (And this release will give me the kick in the pants I need to watch the concluding installment of "Heart of Archness" already.) It'll be paired with "Unsupervised," which was created by "Sunny" writers Rob Rosell, Scott Marder and David Hornsby, and has a voice cast including Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Romany Malco, Kaitlin Olson and Alexa Vega, along with Rosell and Hornsby themselves. The show is about a pair of teenage best friends, Gary and Joel, trying to do the right thing with no parental supervision.

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