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<p>Alfonso Cuar&oacute;n (left)&nbsp;and Emmanuel&nbsp;Lubezki on the set of &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

Alfonso Cuarón (left) and Emmanuel Lubezki on the set of "Gravity"

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Emmanuel Lubezki talks artistic similarities between Alfonso Cuarón and Terrence Malick

'They don't use cinematography as an illustration to text.'

One of the great achievements of the year is Emmanuel Lubezki's lensing of Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity," which it would seem has all but locked up his first Oscar win for Best Cinematography to date. His work in the film, which the uneducated will dismiss as limited due to the amount of CGI on display (failing to understand his invaluable place in that process), is a work of technical prowess and thematic potency.

On that last point, I recently spoke to Lubezki about some of the specific frames and fluid shots he and Cuarón crafted in the film. Perhaps you'll be reading those quotes later in the year as part of our annual "Top 10 Shots of the Year" column, but what struck me while discussing one image in particular was how much his thematic view of "Gravity" matches up with another film he made recently, from another master of the form.

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<p>Justin Tuck gets ready to crush RGIII</p>

Justin Tuck gets ready to crush RGIII

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TV Ratings: NBC's Giants-Redskins and CBS' Broncos-Chiefs games lead Sunday

'Christmas in Conway' is another Hallmark dud for ABC
Fast National ratings for Sunday, December 1, 2013. 
After a string of excellent Sunday Night Football games, NBC had a minor dud between the the Giants and Redskins, but still held on to win the night among young viewers, while CBS capitalized on nearly an hour of overrun from the far superior game between the Broncos and Chiefs to win overall.
Meanwhile, ABC got tepid numbers for "Once Upon a Time" and weak returns for the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie "Christmas in Conway."
On to the numbers...
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<p>Will Forte, Bruce Dern and Stacy Keach in &quot;Nebraska.&quot;</p>

Will Forte, Bruce Dern and Stacy Keach in "Nebraska."

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Roundup: What Nebraskans make of 'Nebraska'

Also: Asia's influence on current US cinema, and is 'Pines' flying to voters?

Since its Cannes premiere, Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" has more or less divided critics into two camps: those who accept it as a wry but essentially loving study of small-town manners and mores in the director's home state, and those who see it as something rather more patronizing and misanthropic than that. (I'm in the latter camp.) Steven Zeitchik goes to Norfolk, Nebraska -- where much of the film was shot -- and finds residents there similarly mixed on its merits. Many are approving: one enthuses that "now the world will get to see" the divisions that exist in their society. Another, however, voices reservations about what he sees as the film's use of unfavourable stereotypes. Payne's response? "People want to say it's condescending? Let them say that. This is my love letter to the state of Nebraska." [LA Times]

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<p>On &quot;The Good Wife,&quot;&nbsp;Alicia (Julianna Margulies)&nbsp;talks to Clarke (Nathan Lane).</p>

On "The Good Wife," Alicia (Julianna Margulies) talks to Clarke (Nathan Lane).

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Review: 'The Good Wife' - 'The Decision Tree'

Alicia gets a surprise inheritance, while Florrick/Agos throws a party

A review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I press the farting button...

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta': Should Porsha leave home?

Plus, is Kandi's relationship with Todd doomed?

This week on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," we saw several things I never expected to see. One, Peter gave Apollo advice, and it didn't suck. Two, NeNe gave Cynthia parenting advice, and it also didn't suck. And finally three, fiercely independent Kandi turned into a puddle of spineless goo when confronted with a difficult situation, which did, in fact, suck. But hey, if everyone insisted on behaving themselves with such exceptional reserve, this was going to turn into a Very Special Episode of "Downton Abbey" or something. 

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"HIMYM's" 200th episode will be told from The Mother's perspective

"HIMYM's" 200th episode will be told from The Mother's perspective

Cristin Milioti will be featured prominently in the episode titled "How Your Mother Met Me."

"The Walking Dead's" midseason finale: It's about time
Finally, something big happened on the AMC series. PLUS: Showrunner Scott Gimple always had this ending in mind, what it's like learning you're expendable, this episode was all over the map, and "Walking Dead" returns Feb. 9.

"Mob City" will tweet out Episode's 1 script, except the ending
Starting Monday morning up until its Wednesday premiere, the TNT series will tweet out the script of the first episode in hopes of building interest in the Frank Darabont series.

Sharon Osbourne calls MTV's "The Osbournes" "the biggest mistake I ever did"
Osbourne said on the BBC's "Graham Norton Show, "It was the biggest mistake I ever did, but would I have wanted to live a lesser life?  You make the most of what you have."

Roseanne goes on Twitter rant: "I'm never going to work in television again"
Roseanne Barr complained on Twitter Saturday that TV has treated her like garbage, especially in the past year. "I feel as if I've been insulted/assaulted for over a year," Roseanne explained. "Actually, for many years — from my first reality show to my second and two failed development details. Don't call me-I won't call you. I'm gone." PLUS: Mindy Kaling & Roseanne have lunch.

UK baby names are being influenced by "Game of Thrones," "Homeland," "Breaking Bad"
The most popular baby names of 2013 in Britain include Skyler, Brody and Arya.

Watch a 14-year-old Paul Walker on an '80s kids game show with his sister
"The Fast and the Furious" star, who died Saturday at age 40, appeared on TV numerous times before he became a movie star, including a guest appearance on "Who's the Boss?"

"The Good Wife" 100th-episode shocker, explained
Says co-creator Robert King: "It's meant to be comic and worrisome at the same time."

Google has begun its Festivus celebration

The "Seinfeld" holiday includes a traditional aluminum pole in Google search results.

Lady Gaga's Muppets Thanksgiving special draws few viewers

"Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular" was especially down from her previous holiday special from two years ago, "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving."

"Girls" unveils its Season 3 poster
"Happily Whatever After."

"Cheers" reunion: Kirstie Alley hooks up "Carla" and "Norm"
Here's a preview of George Wendt's guest appearance on "Kirstie," as Rhea Perlman's old flame.

CNN's Erin Burnett welcomes a baby boy
The anchor gave birth to her first child on Friday.

Maria Bello reveals she has a girlfriend
The former "ER" and "Prime Suspect" star discussed her long-term relationship with her best female friend in a NY Times column.

"The Honeymooners'" other Trixie dies
Jane Kean, 90, played Trixie in the '60s revival of the classic sitcom.

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<p>Just eat the darned cobra!</p>

Just eat the darned cobra!

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Cobra in my Teeth'

Eating cobra, boiling eggs and applying makeup come into play
I just wish there was a way to avoid the inevitability that plagued Sunday (December 1) night's "Amazing Race."
I knew it was a Non-Elimination Leg before we started watching.
You knew it was a Non-Elimination Leg before you started watching. 
I can't say with absolute certainty that the contestants were able to do the math and know that it was a Non-Elimination Leg, but despite nearly constant references to timing during Sunday's episode, there was no sign that any of the four remaining teams felt an iota of urgency, so I'm guessing that they were reasonably confident on the math. When "Amazing Race" teams feel no urgency or drama, it's hard for people watching the show to feel much urgency or drama. 
And that sucks when you have an "Amazing Race" Leg which, under different circumstances, would have been filled with amusing things. Instead, it was just teams shuffling positions ahead of what will be a much more exciting first hour to next weekend's finale. 
More after the break...
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<p>Julianne Nicholson and Lizzy Caplan in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Julianne Nicholson and Lizzy Caplan in "Masters of Sex."

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Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Fallout'

The study begins to have physical and emotional consequences, while the hospital participates in an A-bomb drill

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as they open a new Woolworth's at Pompeii...

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<p>The Governor and his tank pay the prison a visit on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

The Governor and his tank pay the prison a visit on "The Walking Dead."

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Mid-season finale review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Too Far Gone'

The Governor's forces attack the prison in a bloody, thrilling and frustrating hour

A review of "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale coming up just as soon as we make plans to celebrate our anniversary...

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<p>Kermit Ruffins pumps up an Election Day crowd in the &quot;Trem&eacute;&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Kermit Ruffins pumps up an Election Day crowd in the "Tremé" season premiere.

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Season premiere review: 'Treme' - 'Yes We Can Can'

New Orleans goes to the polls on Election Day as the final season begins

"Tremé" returned for its final season tonight. I reviewed the season in advance on Friday, and I have a few specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I ask why you would call someone a suck-you butt...

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<p>Mandy Patinkin, Claire Danes and Rupert Friend in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Mandy Patinkin, Claire Danes and Rupert Friend in "Homeland."

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Review: 'Homeland' - 'Good Night'

Carrie and Saul watch as Brody tries to get into Iran

A quick review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I offer you a stick of my lucky gum...

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"Once Upon A Time"

 "Once Upon A Time"

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'Once Upon A Time' recap: Can Henry be saved?

The race is on to stop Pan from gaining his full powers

It's back to Neverland, and we seem close to wrapping up and heading back to Storybrooke. It can't be soon enough, if you ask me, as Neverland has been a dark and depressing place where story lines became clunky, Pan's motivations bent awkwardly in the service of forwarding Emma, Regina, Snow and Charming's stories and it all felt a little more claustrophobic than I imagined it would. But I'm not giving up hope yet, mind you. Anything is possible in Neverland, right?

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