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"Beavis and Butt-Head" comes back after a 14-year absence tonight on MTV.
"Beavis and Butt-Head" comes back after a 14-year absence tonight on MTV.
Credit: MTV

Oscarweb Round-up: Huh-huh, huh, huh-huh

Also: 'The King's Speech' writer to keynote Nicholl presentation and Spielberg knocks 'Crystal Skull'

Okay, this is not Oscar related. At all. In the slightest. Though maybe it should be. I'm in the tank for "Beavis and Butt-Head." Always have been. Always will be. So you can bet I'll be parked in front of the tube tonight when MTV finally brings the dummy duo back for a new wave of original programming. I've been stoked ever since the announcement was made. And the material that has been released so far, well, it has me in the aisles. And I'll probably even check out the new show that will follow, "Good Vibes." It's nice that the network is at least testing the waters of stuff that isn't wall-to-wall reality programming. With that in mind, Kimberly Potts offers up 14 great Beavis and Butt-Head moments to welcome them back. [The Box]

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<p>Jimmy Cliff, &quot;Sacred Fire EP&quot;</p>

Jimmy Cliff, "Sacred Fire EP"

Listen: Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff releasing first new set in seven years

'Sacred Fire EP' produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong

On Jimmy Cliff's last album, "Black Magic" in 2004, the legendary performer was inspired by sounds outside of his genre, through dance, electronica and punk. This time, punk comes to him, on his turf.

Late next month, the reggae legend is releasing his first new tracks in seven years, the "Sacred Fire EP," produced by Tim Armstrong. The Rancid frontman is also helming Cliff's next, as-yet-untitled full-length, due in 2012.

The digital version of five-track "Sacred Fire" will by out on Nov. 29, while a six-track 12" vinyl version will be out on Nov. 25, as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday indie retailer promotion.

Preceding the release is a free download (well, for the price of your email address) of leading single "Ship Is Sailing"; the sunny, only slightly frail track is a perfect segue into the year's coldest months, and it bodes well for some exciting covers. These include a take on longtime Cliff admirer Bob Dylan's adopted activist anthem "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" and The Clash's classic "Guns of Brixton," which was heavily influenced by reggae music and continues to be associated with the race riots and police activity in Britain during the early '80s.

It could also serve as a nod to The Clash's Joe Strummer, who collaborated with the Jamaican star on his 2002 set "Fantastic Plastic People." Strummer died later that year. And The Clash has an undeniable influece on Rancid, whose last album was released in 2009. Cliff covers that band's former hit "Ruby Soho" on "Sacred Fire EP," as well. It's a mutual appreciation society, eh?

"I knew vaguely about Tim through working with Joe Strummer and wanted to bring something fresh to the marketplace. Us coming from such different musical poles brought a great energy to the songs. I wanted to create something with a fresh sound - that's why we decided to test the waters," said the 63-year-old activist/singer/actor in a statement.

 

Sacred Fire EP Special Edition 12-Inch Vinyl - Out 11/25 for Record Store Day
 
Side 1
1. Guns of Brixton
2. World Upside Down
3. Ruby Soho
 
Side 2
4. Ship Is Sailing
5. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
6. Brixton Version
 
Sacred Fire EP CD/Digital - Out 11/29
 
1.    Guns of Brixton
2.    Ruby Soho
3.    Ship is Sailing
4.    A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
5.    Brixton Version

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<p>Tilda Swinton in &quot;We Need to Talk About Kevin,&quot; winner of the Best Film prize at the BFI London Film Festival.</p>

Tilda Swinton in "We Need to Talk About Kevin," winner of the Best Film prize at the BFI London Film Festival.

Credit: Oscilloscope Pictures

'We Need To Talk About Kevin' takes gold at London fest

Werner Herzog takes festival's documentary prize

So, today is the final day of the London Film Festival -- as well as the final day of Sandra Hebron's long-running tenure as the festival's artistic director. (She'll be missed, but having met her feisty replacement, former Sydney fest director Clare Stewart, on a couple of occasions, I'm not at all nervous about the LFF's future.) The mammoth 16-day affair draws to a close tonight with the UK premiere of Terence Davies's "The Deep Blue Sea," which I saw last month and will review soon -- after the critical hiding dealt out to already-forgotten opener "360," this second Rachel Weisz starrer will end proceedings on a much higher note.

I'll be at the lavish-looking closing party tonight, though the more exclusive ticket -- one I didn't have -- was to last night's festival awards ceremony, where four competitive prizes were presented, as well as BFI Fellowships for David Cronenberg and Ralph Fiennes. The biggest news of the night, however, was the festival's still-young Best Film award going for the first time to a British production -- Lynne Ramsay's "We Need To Talk About Kevin."

As regular readers will know, I couldn't be more on board with this choice: I was stunned by Ramsay's daring adaptation of the Lionel Shriver bestseller in Cannes, and thought it easily the best of the nine films shortlisted for the LFF prize. Among the films it beat: "The Artist," "Shame" and "The Descendants."

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<p>Team &quot;Chuck&quot;&nbsp;at the start of season 5:&nbsp;Morgan (Joshua Gomez), Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), Chuck (Zachary Levi)&nbsp;and Casey (Adam Baldwin).</p>

Team "Chuck" at the start of season 5: Morgan (Joshua Gomez), Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Casey (Adam Baldwin).

Credit: NBC

Review: NBC's 'Chuck' returns for fifth and final season

It's amazing they've got this far, but how will the sprint to the finish look?

Tomorrow night at 8, NBC premieres the fifth and final season of "Chuck." Think for a minute about how ridiculous that is - or, if you're a fan of the show (which I've been from the start), how awesome that is.

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<p>&nbsp;Allison of &quot;America's Next Top Model&quot;</p>
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 Allison of "America's Next Top Model"

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Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Kathy Griffin'

The reality stars do a photo shoot in which they pretend to be reality stars

As we open this next episode of America’s Next Top Model, we see what Bianca looks like without her mommy bodyguard sister best friend, Bre, who was eliminated last week. 

 

“I don’t have a clique,” says Bianca. Yes, honey, but you do have an agency, so why aren’t you delivering better photos? 

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<p>Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek in the same room is almost unfair for those of us with normal human DNA</p>

Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek in the same room is almost unfair for those of us with normal human DNA

Credit: HitFix

Watch: Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek practically purr as they talk about 'Puss In Boots'

The 'Desperado' stars are reunited and newly animated in the 'Shrek' spinoff

One of the pleasures of the new film "Puss In Boots" is the almost preposterous amount of sexual tension that builds between the lead character Puss (Antonio Banderas) and his partner in crime Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek).

And don't worry if you're a parent.  This isn't something overt that your kids are going to have to ask you uncomfortable questions about, but it's impossible to miss.  Banderas and Hayek seem to have an indecent amount of fun together, and it's one of the most infectiously silly things about the film.

Sitting down with the two of them together, that same chemistry is totally evident.  Ever since they worked together in "Desperado," they've had a very special onscreen relationship, and the filmmakers behind "Puss In Boots" took full advantage of that.  When I joined them during the press day for the film, we talked about how director Chris Miller made a very unusual choice as far as the recording process was concerned, and what benefits there were to that decision.

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<p>Dylan McDermott and Denis O'Hare in &quot;American Horror Story.&quot;</p>

Dylan McDermott and Denis O'Hare in "American Horror Story."

Credit: FX

'American Horror Story' - 'Halloween, Part 1': Fluffer, nutter

The scariest holiday of the year brings a welcomingly toned-down episode

I know I said last week I was getting out of the "American Horror Storybusiness, but I happened to watch tonight's episode on a screener. And while it's still not a show I remotely like, I did feel like "Halloween, Part 1" at least addressed some of the concerns I had with the show, toning down the bat-crazy, everything and the kitchen sink approach Murphy and Falchuk had taken in the first three episodes, actually turned Addie into a character instead of a creepy symbol, and generally did good work with the non-Harmon characters. 

Tim Minear wrote next week's episode, so I'll at least be back for that, and maybe I'll keep these talkback posts going for the rest of the season. Since many of you have been enjoying the show a whole lot more than me, what did you think of this one? An improvement, or moving away from what you'd been enjoying?

Have at it.

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<p>A scene from Asif Kapadia's documentary &quot;Senna.&quot;</p>

A scene from Asif Kapadia's documentary "Senna."

Credit: Producers Distribution Agency

Cinema Eye Honors nominees include 'Senna,' 'Project Nim' ... and Justin Bieber

International documentary awards announce nominations in London

The Cinema Eye Honors, the premier documentary-only awards ceremony on the circuit, announced their 2011 nominations tonight in a new fashion that I think more such shindigs could follows -- as the prelude to a party in a busy London bar, with free drinks and a Guilty Pleasures DJ on hand afterwards. It sure beats dragging yourself out of bed at 5am for the Oscars, no? Anyway, I was on hand to receive the news directly -- cheering too loudly when my favorites popped up in the nominee list (as they did with pleasing frequency) and savoring the forgotten joys of Charles & Eddie singles. Nice work all round.

As for the nominees, they perhaps offer a few pointers as to the films you should be looking out for in the documentary Oscar race -- though we all know how wilfully the Academy can sometimes ignore the obvious in this category. Four films are tied for the lead with four nominations apiece: no surprise that Asif Kapadia's UK box-office smash "Senna" ( which I glowingly reviewed here) and "Hoop Dreams" director Steve James's critics' darling "The Interrupters" are among them.

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<p>Zachary Knighton and Elisha Cuthbert dress up for Halloween on &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Zachary Knighton and Elisha Cuthbert dress up for Halloween on "Happy Endings."

Credit: ABC

'Happy Endings' - 'Spooky Endings': You're a man, baby!

The gang (other than Brad) gets dressed up for Halloween fun

Earlier today, I interviewed "Happy Endings" producers David Caspe and Jonathan Groff about the creative evolution of the show, and talked a bit about tonight's very funny Halloween episode (and, specifically, my love of Max and Penny's costume). A few thoughts on the episode coming up just as soon as I go to my weird gay turkey party...

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<p>Cochran of &quot;Survivor: South Pacific&quot;</p>
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Cochran of "Survivor: South Pacific"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: South Pacific' - 'Trojan Horse'

In which God loves Coach, Adam Sandler and hot dogs
Pre-credit sequence. We begin with Team Coach, returning to camp after evicting Mikayla. Edna's feeling a big grumbly at seeing her name at every Tribal Council, but she thinks that Brandon's unpredictability might help her in the future. Rick warns Coach that another Brandon Blowup, especially after the Merge, could be damaging. Coach nods sagely, as if he hadn't been carrying a lunatic as his key alliance partner for weeks and references "Of Mice and Men" in suggesting that sometimes, people just have to be put down. He adds, "In this game, it's kill or be killed." Settle in, kids, for a homicidal episode of "Survivor: South Pacific."
 
Planks, but no planks. We're going straight into this week's Duel, in a somewhat odd and uncomfortable piece of editing. We also don't spend any time with Mikayla and Christine making pronouncements or finding out who got to come to the Duel. It's actually a complicated Duel that starts with players taking planks from a crate. Then they have to make a bridge with the planks. And then they have to solve a puzzle also with the planks. This is certainly the most difficult and challenging Duel of the season. Christine gets out to a big lead, despite Albert's coaching of Mikayala. Christine gets to the final puzzle first, but with only a small advantage. Mikayla thinks she has it, but she made a tiny mistake. Mikayla is stymied by her failure and Christine sneaks in and wins another Duel. Mikayla says this whole experience has taught her how much stronger and better she wants to be and she tosses her buff on the fire, crying. When Jeff suggests that Christine has become a threat, she shoots back, "I've always been a legitimate force." Even Ozzy is impressed with Christine, forcing him into a peculiar new strategy. He suspects that with the Merge looming, if his tribe loses Immunity, they might be better served sending a strong player to Redemption Island so that they can take Christine out and retain numbers. Hmmm.
 
Ozzy contemplates Survivicide. Before returning to camp, Ozzy is chatting with his Duel partner Cochran and sharing his Redemption theory. "I don't want to go to Redemption, but if it comes down to it, if it's like a Do or Die situation, I would go," Ozzy says. Cochran is taken aback by Ozzy's willingness to sacrifice himself and to pass his Immunity Idol to somebody else on the tribe to hold in the interim. "It might be one of those big moves that I might have to make," Ozzy takes Cochran, who sees Ozzy as "a new man" and is perfectly happy to send somebody to Redemption Island who isn't him.
 
The Great God/Coach Immunity Idol Cover-Up. Is this the first time this season we've seen Coach doing his water praying? He's having a lengthy conversation with his Father. He -- Coach, not God -- knows his tribe needs a shot in the arm and boosted spirits. He thinks telling the entire tribe about his Immunity Idol is the way to help the tribe recover its... RAINBOW! Wait. Coach's strategy is to have the tribe FIND the Immunity Idol, an Idol that he's going to have to re-hide. Coach and Brandon lead a prayer circle to find the Idol (that Coach already has) and win the next Challenge. Sophie says that Coach's words give her "a little bit of an icky feeling." But in their quest, Sophie and Coach find Tree-Mail that talks about "family" and "twins." They have to begin by painting themselves as warriors, dividing themselves into perfectly matched pairs. They return to camp and announce not only that they have Tree-Mail, but also that they've found the Idol. Brandon is giddy and thinks that God gave them the Idol. "It's definitely an advantage having the Big Guy Upstairs on your tribe," the deluded Brandon says.
 
Kneel before Coach. Challenge time. Everybody looks hilarious. They had a lot of blue at Team Coach, so they look like they're all Na'avi. Meanwhile, they had a lot of red and yellow at Team Ozzy, so they resemble "Amazing Race" clues. In addition to Immunity, the winning tribe will go to see a sneak peek of... "JACK & JILL." Wow. Yes. The WINNING tribe. And now Jeff Probst is going to whore himself out to an Adam Sandler cross-dressing comedy. See, they're all in made-up pairs and they're twins. And it's about trust and Katie Holmes... Just like in the awful looking Adam Sandler movie. Oy. Given the importance of Ozzy's Redemption Island plan -- and given that no sane human being wants to see "Jack & Jill" (which I'm WELL aware is going to be a huge hit) -- I'm surprised there hasn't been any conversation about throwing a challenge. The challenge involves blindfolded players and a lot of yelling and bumping into things. And yes, I'm laughing at all of the castaways bumping into things, which only proves that I'm the target demo for "Jack & Jill." There's also a lot of pixelation happening and somehow when Probst refers to "a big malfunction" and he's referring to a Team Ozzy  gaffe and not to Sophie's boob. Probst is not a big fan of Cochran's failures, which he keeps announcing. Meanwhile, Coach starts praying right in the middle of the challenge. Team Coach wins and he demands they all stop their celebration to pray. Coach is actively pulling people by the arm to enforce. [Ugh. How did I miss that several members of Team Coach have crosses painted on their face? This is as blatant a misunderstanding of religion as I've ever seen on reality TV. And that's saying something.] Ozzy is PISSED. "Pure frustration and anger," Ozzy says, describing his feelings. He's really unhappy. Cochran feels like he blew the challenge and he doesn't think Ozzy will want to remain true to his word. And now... "Jack & Jill" commercial!
 
At least it's not "Grown Ups." "What an adventure, guys," Coach says as the castaways arrive at Survivor Cinema. They have hot dogs and pretty much unlimited candy. Pity about the movie. As the castways watch "Jack & Jill" (in a fully lit screening room), they laugh like maniacs. "It was good, but at the same time it had a message," Coach insists. Darnit! If "Jack & Jill" is really such a great movie and it was ready to be seen back this summer, what kind of merciful God would make paying audiences wait until November for it?
 
Redemption Island is our gift to you. "It was a disaster," Ozzy rages as his team returns to camp. Cochran, head bowed, asks everybody to vent at him. "This was a new level of ostracism and it felt awful," Cochran says. Around the fire, they agree that they have to decide as a group who will be going out next. "It was a huge error and it ended up costing us the win," Ozzy, who doesn't want to blame Cochran, tells Cochran, blaming him. They all put a positive spin on things by telling Cochran that going to Redemption Island will be his chance for redemption. "Everybody was on-board with voting me out and what made it worse was that they had this weird kumbaya rationale for voting me out," Cochran grumps. "I don't want to shine right now. I'm willing to shine later," he adds. 
 
I am become Death. There's still a lot of time left in this episode. Is it possible the losing tribe is going to have to watch "Little Nicky" on VHS? No. Instead, we're spending more time with Team Ozzy. It was a restless night for Ozzy and an embarrassing night for Cochran. Dawn can't stop talking about Cochran redeeming himself, but Ozzy is wondering if he made an actual vow to Cochran about sending himself to Redemption Island. So Ozzy puts the Idol around his neck and then comes to camp and lets everybody trust it. Wow. Team Coach prayed to Jesus, but Ozzy has become Jesus. But Whitney and Keith aren't impressed with Ozzy's sacrifice. Keith's a fan of personal responsibility and he worries that the Merge won't come the way they think it will. Jim agrees with Keith. What will happen at Tribal Council?
 
Tribal Council. At Probst's light prodding, Ozzy admits that they returned to camp and pointed their fingers at Cochran. A humbled Cochran admits that he blanked during the challenge. "I'm usually pretty calm, cool and collected," Cochran swears. The conversation then steers over to Redemption Island and the hopes of knocking off Christine. "I'm a little confused," Probst admits, hearing the bare bones of the scheme. Here, Ozzy says that he's putting his life on the line. "You can basically say that I had a dream," Ozzy says, expressing his desire for redemption for his past "Survivor" failings. Ozzy calls his potential move ballsy and big and crazy. Ozzy's plan now also includes an elaborate story about Cochran playing the Idol and booting him, positioning him as a double-agent. "What if we don't Merge tomorrow?" Probst asks, before pointing out that if Ozzy loses the Merge, he'd actually look like an even bigger fool than in his last season. "It's definitely a risky move. Let's see if you have the courage to go through with it," Probst tells them.
 
The Vote. Cochran votes for Ozzy. That's the vote we see before Probst goes to tally the votes. After a quick fake-out, Ozzy hands Cochran the Idol and announces "Let's do this." The votes: Ozzy. Ozzy. Ozzy. Ozzy. Two of the votes contained frowny faces. With a big smile, Ozzy skips off to Redemption. "You just made one of the biggest moves in the history of this game, based on one big assumption: That the Merge is next," Probst tells them. Ozzy arrives on Redemption Island knowing that he either made an iconic move or an idiotic movie. Christine is confused to see him, but she correctly guesses Ozzy's lie that Cochran was involved.
 
Bottom Line. Well, you can't say that wasn't amusing. Here's the thing: You can make smart moves in "Survivor" by out-thinking your fellow castaways. They're as hungry and tired and bug-bitten and weary as you are. Trying to out-think the competition won't *always* work, but I think Boston Rob has effectively proven that it'll work around 25 percent of the time. But I don't believe that you can make smart moves in "Survivor" based on out-thinking Mark Burnett and Jeff Probst. That thing they say about what happens when you make assumptions is true and Ozzy has made a couple massive assumptions. Those assumptions include: A) The immediate arrival of a Merge B) A Duel challenge that will reward his particular gifts -- strength, possibly endurance -- and rather than his potential weaknesses. C) That Christine wouldn't have immediately flipped after a Merge anyway, what with only spending three days with her Tribe and then being voted out without explanation. Ozzy's sacrifice makes sense as Grand Theater, but there's absolutely no way to justify it otherwise. As we saw last season, just because Redemption Island looks like it's done doesn't mean it's done, so sending yourself there as a brilliant endgame is only brilliant insofar as it made for the season's most interesting episode. 
 
Bottom Line, Part II. Coach is ridiculous. Brandon is ridiculous. That entire tribe is ridiculous. Yes, God punished them for their hubris by sending them to see "Jack & Jill," but they thought it was a blessing. Coach thinks he's Moses, but he's really Job. I think there are evangelical Christians who were probably embarrassed to watch Coach and Brandon tonight. And as for Coach using God as a cover for a "Survivor" lie? That's just... predictable.
 
What'd you think of this week's episode? Where do you stand on Ozzy's Big Move and on Coach's connection to The Big Guy?

 

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Kristin Bauer as Maleficent on "Once Upon A Time"

 Kristin Bauer as Maleficent on "Once Upon A Time"

Credit: ABC

HitFix Interview: Kristin Bauer talks about being evil on 'Once Upon A Time'

The 'True Blood' star takes her first step in front of a green screen

For a nice girl from Wisconsin, Kristin Bauer certainly knows how to play a bad, bad girl. On "True Blood," she's made her bloody mark as Pam the lesbian vampire and now she takes on the role of Mistress of All Evil Maleficent, the baddie from Sleeping Beauty, in ABC's "Once Upon A Time" (Sun. Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.). HitFix talked to Bauer briefly about her guest shot on the new series, her adventures in green screen and why she's got a thing for great costumes. 

Though Bauer isn't sure how her name got tossed into the ring to play Maleficent, she says, "I only imagine it was like they wanted somebody playing evil, and I'm on a short list of playing evil. But it did come up very fast. I was on the road working on other stuff, so I didn't know much about it. I just knew the scene, put on the costume and they put me in front of a green screen."

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"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway" 

Credit: Lifetime Television

Handicapping 'Project Runway''s final four designers

Josh M., Anya, Kimberly and Viktor take their shot at Bryant Park

Thursday night, Lifetime will air the season finale of "Project Runway," and this trip to Bryant Park will be no less fraught with tension than usual. But who will win and who will be auf'ed? It's anyone's guess (if evil, Aztec kitsch-inspired Gwetchen can trump Mondo as we saw last season, any injustice is possible), but hey, you can't blame me for trying.

Kimberly

Odds: 99 to 1

The fact that Kimberly is still in the running is something of a shock. With only one win (and two top three showings) to her credit, she's mostly made a name for herself as "the chick who makes great pants." This would be wonderful if we were watching "Project Seamstress," but that's not the case, no matter how fabulous those chiffon stilt walker trousers were. The collection we saw a smattering of last week suggests that the questionable taste we saw at the very beginning of the show (but hoped had been vanquished) has reared its head again. An aggressively tacky bubble-butt skirt, garish colors (did she go shopping with Josh M.?) and poor styling made even some sharp, well-tailored items look cheap. Her desire to introduce us to a Brooklyn girl who has become gentrified but not lost her street attitude? J. Lo already has a collection, Kim, and it's at Kohl's, not Bryant Park. 

Josh M.

Odds: 49 to 1

I'll be the first to admit it: my personal dislike for Josh M. and the catty, pouty behavior he's demonstrated on the show undoubtedly plays a role in his low ranking. Still, I think his persistent (and unfounded) belief in his own tacky taste level will be his undoing. Though he has two wins (and four top three showings) for the season, he also has turned up in the bottom three twice. More importantly, most of the outfits which curried the praise of the judges were ones that he either tossed together at the last minute (the orange shift he clearly copied from Bert) or were stripped of his usual garishness due to the parameters of the challenge (that basic black dress he designed for a client). More than anyone else this season, Josh M. seems to have lucked into the winner's circle over and over again, like some delusional show pony who doesn't realize he's only succeeding because the frontrunner broke a leg. 

Josh M.'s tendency to rip off design elements in the workroom revealed a designer lacking both confidence (despite his superior attitude) and vision, and the fact that he showed Tim a collection that was a neon bright nightmare (and made Tim look as close to politely vomiting into his coat pocket as I've ever seen him) suggests that the judges' requests for less rather than more ultimately went, at least to some degree, unheeded. Though the limited array of designs that walked the runway last week weren't his worst, I still saw plenty of crayon-colored crap on his hanging rack. Though it might appeal to Michael or Heidi, I suspect Nina would rather give the winning prize money to a homeless guy wearing a black trashbag as a fashion statement than let Josh M. take the win.

Anya

Odds: 2 to 1

Oh, Anya. Just a week ago, I would have put her as the obvious front runner. How could she not win "Project Runway"? The judges love her (three wins, three top three showings and just one bottom three result), the fans love her (last I checked the fan favorite results, she had a whopping 50 percent of the vote) and she made outfits that were both fashion-forward and (gasp!) wearable. But then, the unthinkable happened. The laid-back island beauty queen lost confidence.

Truth told, The poorly-sewn mustard-colored gown she sent down the runway should have been enough to get her sent home, especially as it was paired with an unimpressive bathing suit. Anya's attempt to dress up her clothes with bangles and other fashion flotsam just compounded the problem. Anya made not just a misstep, but a serious, game changing one.

And yet... I'm still rooting for her, and clearly the judges are as well (what else accounts for a final four instead of a final three?). I'm hoping that the rest of the designs on her hanging rack are more impressive than what we've seen thus far, and knowing Anya she just may be selling herself short. I think there's a place in fashion for modern silhouettes with an island attitude, and if Anya can rediscover her mojo in time for Bryant Park, she still has a solid shot at winning. More than any of the other finalists, she had an innate sense of what worked, what flattered and what constituted fashion. Still, that mojo rediscovery is a big, big if. 

Viktor 

Odds: 1 to 2

Maybe it was the white, jeweled jacket (though it was a little too Michael Jackson-y for my taste, it was certainly a hit with Heidi), maybe it was the fact his pieces (though horribly put together for last week's runway) all looked expensive and well-made, but Viktor may just be the man to beat on Thursday -- if he can get his styling right.

Like Josh M., he still needs to remember less is more on the runway, but he's been a slow and steady contender thus far (he's had two wins, three top three showings and two bottom three results). No one can argue that he has exceptional tailoring skills, and unlike Anya, he can make a jacket like nobody's business. Though I don't think his instincts are as dead-on as Anya's usually are, he does make beautiful clothes, he has vision, and he's definitely creative enough for Josh M. to know a good thing (and want to rip him off mercilessly). Plus, you have to give him points for entertainment value -- "Oh my Lord of the Rings" may just be the catch phrase of the season.

Who do you think will be the first eliminated? Who do you think will win? And whose clothes do you think consumers would actually buy? 

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