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<p>Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch return to 221B&nbsp;Baker Street for a new season of &quot;Sherlock.&quot;</p>

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch return to 221B Baker Street for a new season of "Sherlock."

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Review: 'Sherlock' returns to PBS for season 3

After a two-year absence, there's more strain on the adventures of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

It isn't always easy being the smartest guy in the room. There's a lot of pressure that comes with celebrated genius, and if you can't demonstrate it each and every time out, people can start to look for a smarter person to take your place.

Nor is it all that easy to write the adventures of the smartest guy in the room — particularly if, as Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have done with "Sherlock," you insist on only making three 90-minute episodes a season. These modern-day adventures of Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman) are beloved, but the series doesn't have the leeway a more traditionally-structured series — like, say, CBS' own modern-day Sherlock series "Elementary," which does 22 episodes a season — get. The scarcity of "Sherlock" makes every episode an event, which is a lot to live up to. Yet for the most part (the second episodes tend to be less impressive than the first and third), Moffat and Gatiss pulled it off through the first two seasons. Their take on these familiar characters and mysteries have been exactly as smart as their dark and mysterious hero, and they've become a sensation in the UK.

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Sasheer Zamata makes her 'SNL' debut


Sasheer Zamata makes her "SNL" debut

The first black female cast member since Maya Rudolph had a busy first episode, appearing in many sketches. In fact, some are calling the Drake-hosted "SNL" the "blackest" episode ever. PLUS: twitter.com/sethmeyers/status/424788473984593920Drake and Lorne Michaels went to the same high school in Toronto.

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<p>Jeffrey Zarrillo, Paul Katami, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier in &quot;The Case Against 8.&quot;</p>

Jeffrey Zarrillo, Paul Katami, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier in "The Case Against 8."

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Review: 'The Case Against 8' a moving chronicle of the battle for gay marriage

A landmark case is memorialized in Ben Cotner and Ryan White's documentary

PARK CITY - You could be forgiven for wondering what we stand to gain from a documentary about the Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage issued in California in 2008, and its subsequent reversal. The final Supreme Court ruling on the case is not even a year old, and the five long years of back-and-forth legal wrangling toward this resolution should be fresh in the minds of even those only casually concerned by the issues at stake. Has enough time passed for our perspective on the events to have shifted? Are proponents of the ban ready to engage in even-handed conversation? Can any film on Proposition 8, whatever its stance, do much more at this stage than preach to the converted?

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<p>Mark Ruffalo,  Imogene Wolodarsky and Ashley Aufderheide in Maya Forbes' &quot;Infinitely Polar Bear.&quot;</p>

Mark Ruffalo, Imogene Wolodarsky and Ashley Aufderheide in Maya Forbes' "Infinitely Polar Bear."

Review: Mark Ruffalo is remarkable in the emotional 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

Wonderul directorial debut for Maya Forbes

PARK CITY - Imagine you worked at a Hollywood studio and someone were to pitch you a movie set in the late '70s centered on a clinically diagnosed manic depressive raising his two young daughters all by himself. Your first thought would be to immediately question its commercial viability. Happily, Maya Forbes' directorial debut wasn't dependent on a studio. If it had been, there's no way this wonderfully unexpected tearjerker would have found its way to the big screen.

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<p>Michael Pitt and Astrid Berges-Frisbey fall in love and then fall into tragedy in Mike Cahill's ambitious but unsatisfying 'I&nbsp;Origins'</p>

Michael Pitt and Astrid Berges-Frisbey fall in love and then fall into tragedy in Mike Cahill's ambitious but unsatisfying 'I Origins'

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Review: Sci-fi and metaphysics make for an uneasy mix in ambitious 'I Origins'

Mike Cahill's second film is too on the nose for us

PARK CITY - It's hard to believe it was 2009 when Mike Cahill was here with "Another Earth," one of the two films that put Brit Marling on the map during that year's Sundance. I'm not sure I ever got around to reviewing "Another Earth," a film that just didn't work for me. I thought there were some interesting ideas in the movie, but almost all of them were pushed to the background in favor of a familiar story about guilt and grief, which left me frustrated more than anything.

After seeing his new film, "I Origins," I think it's time for me to admit that I'm simply not on the same storytelling wavelength as Cahill at all. This time, he's once again using what is ostensibly a science-fiction hook to tell what is ultimately a story about emotional states, and I have no problem with that in theory. My biggest problem with "I Origins" is that it telegraphs its ending a good hour earlier, and then spends that hour spinning its wheels through slow-motion plot mechanics to get to what could have been a fairly powerful moment in the right context. This is a film that wants you to be rocked when that final piece falls into place at the end, but it's one of the least surprising surprises I've seen in a movie.

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Best and Worst of the 2014 SAG Awards

Best and Worst of the 2014 SAG Awards

From voters high on Dames to Cuba Gooding Jr. high on MLK

The 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have come and gone and so it's time for another round of best and worst. What were the touching, heartfelt, funny and endearing moments of the evening? What were the cringe-worthy, false-note, unfortunate moments? Some of Team HitFix has a few ideas, so click through the gallery story below for our thoughts and feel free to tell us what you thought of the show in the comments section.

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'Shipping Wars' star dies of a heart attack


"Shipping Wars" star dies of a heart attack
Roy Garber, the popular long-haired star of the A&E reality show, was rushed to a Texas hospital Saturday where he passed away. He was 49.


"Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" win big at SAG Awards
Both shows won for best drama and comedy, respectively, with Bryan Cranston and Ty Burrell also picking up awards. PLUS: Bryan Cranston sang "I won a SAG Award," Anna Gunn unveiled her "Breaking Bad" handbag, "Game of Thrones" star Natalie Dormer shaved half her head, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepted her SAG Award as "Veep's" Selina Meyer.


Starz posts "Black Sails" premiere on YouTube
The Michael Bay pirate drama makes its TV debut next Saturday.

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Drake with the cast of "Saturday Night Live"

Drake with the cast of "Saturday Night Live"

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Drake

The Sasheer Zamata Era starts as "SNL" returns after a tumultuous break.
“Saturday Night Live” has been off the air for nearly a month, but it’s been nearly omnipresent in the news since Jimmy Fallon hosted the shows. But instead of discussing his hosting performance (and the near omnipresence of Justin Timberlake in the same episode), the topic of the show’s diversity dominated discussion of the show. That topic has surrounded the show throughout its existence, was re-ignited when “SNL” cast six Caucasian cast members before this season, grew more fervent when both Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah said less-than-satisfying things about it to the press, and went into overdrive when news of a “secret” audition arose days before John Goodman hosted the show in December. Since then, the show officially hired comedian Sasheer Zamata as a featured player, and added two new members to the writing staff: LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones. So, problem solved, right?
 
Wrong.
 
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Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o, Sandra Bullock

 Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o and Sandra Bullock walk the red carpet at the 2014 SAG Awards

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2014 SAG Awards red carpet grades: Washington, Bullock, Roberts

Maternity wear gets a twist

The SAG Awards aren't usually the highlight of the season from a fashion point of view. If you have dibs on a really great dress, you're saving it for the Oscars or you already wore it to the Golden Globes. Let's face it; the SAG Awards only airs on basic cable, anyway. Thus, we get a motley assortment of prom dresses, summer frocks and stuff stars' stylists may or may not have found on the sales racks at the mall. In the mix, there are always a few winners, though -- as well as some fashion fails. 

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<p>The cast of &quot;American&nbsp;Hustle&quot;&nbsp;accept the SAG&nbsp;Award for Outstanding Performance by an&nbsp;Ensemble in a Motion&nbsp;Picture.</p>

The cast of "American Hustle" accept the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture.

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'American Hustle' and acting Oscar frontrunners win SAG Awards

Is it all a harbinger of things to come?

In two decades, the only years the SAG winners matched up 100% with the Academy's individual acting category winners were 2010, 2009 and 2004. Sometimes it's because the early deadline rears its head. For instance, the SAG nominating committee didn't fully catch up to "Django Unchained" last year, so they didn't even nominate eventual Oscar winner Christoph Waltz. Other times, it's category placement that causes a shift; Kate Winslet being nominated in and winning supporting for "The Reader" but going on to win lead at the Oscars. Still others, it's because the buzz wave has a certain shape to it, Oscar winners like Alan Arkin and Judi Dench supplanting SAG champs like Eddie Murphy and Kathy Bates.

So it's a fair bet that tonight's winners (with the ensemble prize subbing for "Best Picture," even though the guild doesn't quite view it that way all that time) won't all be holding matching Oscars in their hands in March. Nevertheless, I think this year might just go that way, at least in the individual acting categories, because the line-up is beginning to settle in as a sure quartet.

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<p>Aidan and his kids take an unorthodox field trip from home schooling in the wise and funny 'Wish I Was Here'</p>

Aidan and his kids take an unorthodox field trip from home schooling in the wise and funny 'Wish I Was Here'

Credit: Sundance Film Festival

Review: Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here' is an emotional powerhouse

Ten years after 'Garden State,' Braff is back at Sundance with another triumph

PARK CITY - Certain films show up at festivals or in theaters with targets painted on them.

The best example of that this year at Sundance is Zach Braff's long-awaited follow-up to "Garden State," and I can understand why. After all, this is the film that he took to Kickstarter, even as people complained about the idea of a millionaire asking people for hand-outs. Beyond that, though, hating "Garden State" has become a cottage industry. The only thing Braff could possibly do to counter all of the naysayers would be to make a genuinely great movie.

Which, thankfully, is exactly what he did.

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<p>Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in Craig Johnson's &quot;The Skeleton Twins.&quot;</p>

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in Craig Johnson's "The Skeleton Twins."

Review: Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader leave 'SNL' behind with 'The Skeleton Twins'

Is this what Lorne Michaels movies should have been?

PARK CITY - This is probably the last thing co-writer and director Craig Johnson wants to hear, but watching his new dramedy "The Skeleton Twins" Saturday afternoon, I was struck by a recurring thought: Why didn't Lorne Michaels produce more movies like this one?

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