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<p>Murray Bartlett, Jonathan Groff and Frankie J. Alvarez walk the streets of San Francisco in the second episode of &quot;Looking.&quot;</p>

Murray Bartlett, Jonathan Groff and Frankie J. Alvarez walk the streets of San Francisco in the second episode of "Looking."

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Review: 'Looking' - 'Looking for Uncut'

Did Patrick just ruin his chances with Richie?

After some surprising controversy following the first episode, "Looking" is back for round 2. If I personally hadn't been in the middle of the 24/7 Sundance whirlwind I would have ripped off a whole essay on writers who wouldn't know a good TV show on gay men if it hit them, but movies and bronchitis got in this way.  Please, tear this one down. Lord knows we need more "Will & Grace" and "Modern Family." Perhaps someone can bring the godawful U.S. "Queer as Folk" back.  But, I digress...

The good news is this week's episode was written and directed by co-series producer Andrew Haigh who earned critical acclaim a few years ago for his independent film "Weekend."  Having seen the first four episodes, series creator Michael Lannan is unfortunately the series' weakest link on the writing staff so far. Heigh and episode 4 writer Allan Heinberg just seem a bit more on point.  So, if you were actually disappointed by episode 1, the second go around might get you on board.

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<p>Adam Driver and Lena Dunham in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Adam Driver and Lena Dunham in "Girls."

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Dead Inside'

A death doesn't affect Hannah as much as Adam would like, while Jessa learns another death was anything but

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I place one crumb of human compassion in this fat free muffin of sociopathic detachment...

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<p>Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl accepting Best Rock Song at the 2014 Grammy Awards</p>

Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl accepting Best Rock Song at the 2014 Grammy Awards

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Paul McCartney makes a confession about Nirvana backstage at the Grammys

Should we 'cut him some slack?'

Paul McCartney had a confession to make backstage after he and the remaining members of Nirvana grabbed the Grammy for Best Rock Song for "Cut Me Some Slack": He had no idea with whom he was playing.

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"Downton Abbey"

 "Downton Abbey" 

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'Downton Abbey' recap: Can Anna still conceal the truth?

Bates is suspicious, but can Anna keep this secret forever?

While a great many minor things happened in this episode of "Downton Abbey," mostly they seemed to be crumbs for us to remember for future storylines. Evelyn Napier shows up? Hmm, interesting. Edith visits a doctor when she says she's going to Michael's office? Have a bad feeling about that one. Robert defies Branson and Mary's plans for the estate? That may actually be fine. Really, it's all very well and good, but the focus of this episode is the one we've all been waiting to see (and perhaps dreading to happen). Spoilers ahead, people. 

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<p>On &quot;True Detective,&quot;&nbsp;Maggie (Michelle Monaghan)&nbsp;enjoys a night out with Marty and Rust.</p>

On "True Detective," Maggie (Michelle Monaghan) enjoys a night out with Marty and Rust.

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Review: 'True Detective' - 'The Locked Room'

Cohle and Hart try to double date, and Cohle makes a beer can man

A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I cut up this beer can...

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Katy Perry, Madonna, Taylor Swift

 Katy Perry, Madonna and Taylor Swift rock the red carpet at the 2014 Grammy Awards -- but what do you think of the results?

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Grammy 2014 red carpet grades: Taylor, Katy, Madonna, Pink, more

What you think of what Macklemore and Ryan Lewis wore?

The Grammy Awards are a time for big risks on the red carpet. After all, we don't expect our rock stars to look like pageant queens, so a little edge is definitely welcome. This year, some people took big risks (or at least risks for them) and the result is a mixed bag. See what Taylor Swift, Madonna, Katy Perry, Pink, Ryan Lewis and Macklemore and a host of other stars wore for music's big night. 

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<p>Madonna</p>

Madonna

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2014 Grammy Awards Live-Blog

Join us for 3.5 hours of music celebrating itself

HitFix's awesome and well-informed music team is covering the Grammy Awards from the red carpet and backstage. 

That leaves me to cover the telecast itself, which is a challenge for three reasons:

1) I mostly know new music from who makes guest appearances on "American Idol" or "The X Factor."

2) CBS sucks and doesn't broadcast the Grammys live across the country, unlike the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and even the SAG Awards.

3)The Grammys are *scheduled* for 3.5 hours. Oy. 

So please join the conversation below, because if folks don't stick with this recap, I'm gonna commit Boy Named Sue-icide.

Yup. That's the kind of up-to-date commentary you can expect from this live-blog.

So read, or else I'll have to commit suicIdes of March. This blog is your vehicle, baby! It'll take you anywhere you wanna go. Click through...

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<p>Beyonce has her ring on it and is gonna open the Grammys with hubby Jay-Z.</p>

Beyonce has her ring on it and is gonna open the Grammys with hubby Jay-Z.

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Beyonce and Jay Z will open Grammys, Madonna joining Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Watch Queen Latifah marry more than 30 couples during 'Same Love'

We’re only a few hours away from the Grammy Awards broadcast. Around 70 categories are handed out in the pre-telecast, which has just started. You can watch that on grammy.com if you are so inclined.

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<p>&quot;The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz&quot;</p>

"The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz"

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Review: 'The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz' is a harrowing cyber-thriller

Brian Knappenberger's Sundance doc generates sadness and anger
There is a perception that on the list of liberal enclaves, the Sundance Film Festival ranks only slightly below a poetry reading in San Francisco and Communist Party fundraiser in Boston.
 
There's probably some truth to that. 
 
However, hell hath no fury like a Sundance documentary director disappointed and the unfulfilled potential of President Obama has been a running theme over the past couple years. No amount of Fox News Obama condemnation could ever match the sense of betrayal illustrated in Rick Rowley's "Dirty Wars." Michelle Obama hasn't been immune either, as the First Lady's difficulties taking a hard line with food mass-producers is depicted as a major letdown in "Fed Up." Half of the World Docs seem to wish their central dilemma were receiving more or less attention from the Obama Administration.
 
With the possible exception of "Mitt," you'd be hard-pressed to find a Sundance documentary that wants to claim things would be better had the election results gone differently, but a consistent running undercurrent of recent Sundances is, "President Obama. Dude. You were supposed to be better than this."
 
When it comes to eroded idealism, it's hard to get more damning than Brian Knappenberger's "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz," which begins with news talking heads declaring that the title cyber-activist was "killed by the government" and spends the next 100 minutes confidently underlining that point. No, President Obama isn't really blamed for Aaron Swartz's death, at least not directly, but when it comes to the overzealous prosecution of the Reddit co-founder, there's little doubt that the message is, once again, "We expected better."
 
Actually, I should change the punctuation there. It has to be "We expected better!" because Knappenberger's doc, playing in the US Documentary Competition at Sundance, is all about exclamatory mood. For maybe 30 minutes, you go "Wow, look at this brilliant young man!" Then for maybe 40 minutes you go, "Wow, I'm so angry about what was done to this brilliant young man" and then for the last 30 minutes, you go, "Boy, it's so sad what happened to that brilliant young man!" Of course, all of that exclamation can sometimes be exhausting and Knappenberger maybe underlines some of his points a little aggressively, but he really wants to make sure you feel the outrage of Swartz's tragically brief life. 
 
And I did.
 
[More after the break...]
 
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<p>Alfonso Cuaron (left)&nbsp;holds the 2014 DGA prize alongside presenter Ben&nbsp;Affleck.</p>

Alfonso Cuaron (left) holds the 2014 DGA prize alongside presenter Ben Affleck.

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Alfonso Cuarón wins DGA prize for 'Gravity,' is Oscar next?

Soderbergh surprised with Robert B. Aldrich Award presentation

Surely coming as a surprise to precious few, "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón has just won the Directors Guild of America (DGA) prize for theatrical motion pictures. He beat out fellow Oscar nominees Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"), Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street") and David O. Russell ("American Hustle"), as well as "Captain Phillips" helmer Paul Greengrass to land his first such honor from the guild.

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NEAR....FAR...WHEREVER YOU ARE, LEO....

NEAR....FAR...WHEREVER YOU ARE, LEO....

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Jonah Hill And Bastille

Is third time the charm for the Oscar-nominated actor
Fresh off his second Oscar nomination, this time for his work in “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” Jonah Hill arrives at “Saturday Night Live” to host for the third time. For someone with such a charismatic comedic personality, his previous two appearances have been strangely muted affairs, with only the recurring Benihana-set sketch making any lasting splash. (Given Benihana’s place in “Wolf,” that either means we won’t see the sketch at all or Leonardo DiCaprio will be the chef in it tonight. Anything’s possible!) But that says more about the writing for those particular episodes than anything Hill himself has brought to the table. There’s been roughly a 50% cast turnover since Hill last hosted in March 2012, so there are plenty of new comedic combinations possible.
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<p>Miles Teller in <span class="st">Damien Chazelle's &quot;Whiplash.&quot;<br />
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Miles Teller in Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash."

'Whiplash,' 'Rich Hill' and 'The Case Against 8' lead 2014 Sundance Film Festival winners

Who gets the big boost out on closing night?

The competition juries and audiences have spoken from Park City. "Whiplash" earned two key awards Saturday night, the U.S. dramatic grand jury prize and the U.S. dramatic audience award. These were impressive wins for director Damien Chazelle and distributor Sony Pictures Classics, who acquired the drama during the festival. Featuring impressive performances by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, the film focuses on a young music student (Teller) who is willing to go above and beyond to make it into a competitive jazz band at one of New York City's most prestigious music schools. It's the rare opening night film to take home the festival's top prize.

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