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Beyonce at this year's Grammys

Beyonce at this year's Grammys

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Six early Grammy album of the year contenders

From Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' to Eminem's 'Marshall Mathers 2 LP'

We hear you, we know it’s only been a little more than two weeks since the Grammy Awards aired, but we’re looking ahead to potential album of the year nominees for the 2014 ceremony. 

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<p>The Cannes awards are moving earlier this year.</p>

The Cannes awards are moving earlier this year.

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Roundup: Saturday night's all right for Cannes prizes

Also: The politics of movie walkouts, and how to define designing 'Gravity'

Quelle horreur! It takes a lot to make the rigidly set-in-its-ways Cannes Film Festival switch things up a bit, but the European elections on Sunday, May 25 have necessitated some shifting in the usual schedule. The Competition awards, usually presented on the last night of the fest, will now be handed out the night before, on Saturday; the final Competition film will also screen a day earlier, on Friday. Those of us to stay on until the bitter end will now have the whole weekend to catch up with any major titles we missed, while a screening of the Palme d'Or winner will close the festival. Is that in place of the usually lousy Closing Film? [Screen Daily]

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<p>Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez) and Patrick (Jonathan Groff)&nbsp;dress up for the annual Folsom Street Fair. </p>

Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez) and Patrick (Jonathan Groff) dress up for the annual Folsom Street Fair.

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Review: 'Looking' - 'Looking for $200/hour' or 'Hey it's the Folsom Street Fair!'

But you'll see more of it on the SF evening news

After the show's co-creators did almost everything they could to make us dislike both Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and Kevin (Russell Tovey) in episode three, "Looking for $200/hour" takes a 180 degree turn and tries to find some chemistry between the two characters.

We begin with the duo spending Sunday in the office hard at work on a last minute presentation.  Eventually they take a break to actually catch up and learn something about each other. (And yes, I'm considering putting swinging chairs in the HitFix office. Fun!).  Shocker: Kevin's long distance relationship isn't as blissful as it might have initially seemed.  Will Patrick pounce on the opportunity?

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta': Who's to blame for the pajama brawl?

Will Kandi and Kenya's relationship ever be the same?

Wow, that was some brawl, wasn't it? I never really expected to see Kandi come completely unglued, but, as Cynthia points out, you do not mess with Kandi's man, ever. Well, not unless you want to see her cut a bitch.

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"Downton Abbey"

 "Downton Abbey" 

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'Downton Abbey' recap: Edith makes a big decision

Mary gets muddy, and Anna's secret isn't so secret anymore

While most of the big events that came to pass in this episode were ones we saw coming from a mile away (the moment we knew Lord Gillingham was coming back for a visit, we knew Anna's secret wasn't going to stay so secret), there was still satisfaction to be had in how so many of these moments played out. Sure, we can pretty much place money bets on what's ahead for Mary's love life, but that doesn't make me any less interested in watching it all play out (pigs + mud = romance). That being said, there were surprises, and big ones. Well, one big one. Edith.

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<p>Alex Karpovsky and Allison Williams in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Alex Karpovsky and Allison Williams in "Girls."

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Free Snacks'

Hannah gets a new job and immediately wonders if she should regret it

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I am being written about in popular service publications...

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<p>On &quot;The Walking Dead,&quot;&nbsp;Michonne (Danai Gurira)&nbsp;makes some new friends.</p>

On "The Walking Dead," Michonne (Danai Gurira) makes some new friends.

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'After'

Rick, Carl and Michonne cope with the end of their time in prison

A review of "The Walking Dead" mid-season premiere coming up just as soon as I eat all the pudding...

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<p>Emma Kenney and Jeremy Allen White in &quot;Shameless.&quot;</p>

Emma Kenney and Jeremy Allen White in "Shameless."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Shameless' - 'There's the Rub'

Things fall apart for Fiona, the Army and Lip both look for Ian, and Frank builds a sweat lodge

A review of tonight's "Shameless" coming up just as soon as I try to steal a helicopter...

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<p>On &quot;True Detective,&quot;&nbsp;Marty (Woody Harrelson)&nbsp;and Rust (Matthew McConaughey)&nbsp;hatch a plan.</p>

On "True Detective," Marty (Woody Harrelson) and Rust (Matthew McConaughey) hatch a plan.

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Review: 'True Detective' - 'Who Goes There'

Cohle goes back undercover, while Hart has marital problems

A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I'm the Michael Jordan of being a son of a bitch...

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<p>Jason Clarke in &quot;The Better Angels.&quot;</p>

Jason Clarke in "The Better Angels."

Credit: Berlin Film Festival

Review: Young Lincoln portrait 'The Better Angels' amounts to more than its Malickisms

Jason Clarke and Diane Kruger star in A.J. Edwards's gorgeous debut feature

BERLIN - "The student has become the master" is, at least more ofthen not, a complimentary phrase, denoting the completion of an education, the expansion of a tradition or, at the very least, the perfection of one good party trick. Yet snider derivations of that sentiment have been applied my a number of colleagues to A.J. Edwards's "The Better Angels," a lushly conceived, exhaustively realized debut feature that'd be pretty formidable stuff coming from a more practised filmmaker -- and derided in some quarters as a self-impressed knock-off.  

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<p>&quot;I dunno... it looks all right to me.&quot;</p>

"I dunno... it looks all right to me."

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Tell us what you thought of 'The Monuments Men'

George Clooney's latest has got a critical drubbing, but is it that bad?

When George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" was pushed back from its scheduled 2013 release date, the message was clearly sent that it wasn't seen as awards material -- but that didn't have to be a bad thing. Perhaps it was simply a fun commercial caper to brighten up the drab February release slate, an "Ocean's 11" in period dress. Then the reviews came out, suggesting there truly was cause for concern: Kris is among the few with at least a kind word for it, but others (including HitFix's Drew McWeeny) have piled on it for being dull, pompous and featherweight all at once. It certainly went down like a lead balloon at the Berlinale, where it was booed by German audiences and accused of jingoism.

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<p>Chiwetel Ejiofor in &quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;</p>

Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave"

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Solomon Northup wins his first award of the year for '12 Years a Slave' at USC Scripter Awards

Read John Ridley's acceptance speech on his and the author's behalf

The USC Scripter Awards are one of my favorite events of the film awards season. Yes, they are unique in that they recognize the authors of both screenplays and source material, and can often present a unique slate of honorees, but it's also a lovely personal excursion when I can make it, as the echoes of my days toiling away on various papers and thesis efforts in the halls of the Doheny Library make it an annual homecoming for me.

This year's 26th annual ceremony made for a wonderful evening as not only was the master himself, "Chinatown" screenwriter Robert Towne, in the house to receive the Literary Achievement Award, but Solomon Northup himself was able to land his own prize this season due to the unique nature of the proceedings. John Ridley shared the award with the late Northup as "12 Years a Slave" beat out fellow adaptations "Captain Phillips," "Philomena," "The Spectacular Now" and "What Maisie Knew."

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