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<p>David O. Russell's &quot;American Hustle&quot;&nbsp;tied &quot;12 Years A&nbsp;Slave&quot;&nbsp;with 7 Golden Globe nominations.</p>

David O. Russell's "American Hustle" tied "12 Years A Slave" with 7 Golden Globe nominations.

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Golden Globes do the 'Hustle' and reward '12 Years A Slave' with key movie nominations

Not the best day for 'August: Osage County' or 'Saving Mr. Banks'

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 71st Golden Globes this morning and while they spread the love to all the major motion picture studios, as usual, there were significantly more surprises than had been expected.

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<p>We're as pleasantly surprised as Tatiana Maslany that she got a Golden Globe nomination.</p>

We're as pleasantly surprised as Tatiana Maslany that she got a Golden Globe nomination.

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Golden Globes TV nominations go crazy for the new

After yesterday's predictable SAG nominations, a more eclectic mix

In a year overflowing with bold and often brilliant new TV series, yesterday's SAG Awards TV nominations erred too much on the side of the familiar, with Kevin Spacey as the only actor on any new series to be recognized. Whatever the faults — and/or lack of credentials — the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has, its membership has never been accused of leaning too much on the tried and true. They love shiny new things, whether that's attractive young actresses, movie stars transitioning to television or new shows that the Golden Globes can be the first awards to give a stamp of approval to.

That love of the new was reflected throughout today's Golden Globe nominations. The HFPA is by and large a silly organization, and their TV awards an afterthought to help fill out the ballroom and the telecast, but their nominations are a hell of a lot more interesting — for good and for bad — than what the SAG voters gave us yesterday.

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<p>Michael Sheen of &quot;Masters of Sex&quot;</p>

Michael Sheen of "Masters of Sex"

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'Masters of Sex' and 'House of Cards' lead 2014 Golden Globes TV nominations

'Breaking Bad,' 'Behind the Candelabra' have big mornings
After Wednesday morning's staid and predictable SAG Awards nominations, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association fired back on Thursday morning with a far less predictable assortment of nominees, highlighting new shows, particularly on the drama side.
Meanwhile, the Golden Globes continued the recent award-giving trend to shun "Mad Men" and became the first group to begin freezing out Showtime's "Homeland," just one year after "Homeland" swept the main drama awards.
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Golden Globes TV noms: Netflix and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' score, 'Homeland' and 'Mad Men' snubbed

Golden Globes TV noms: Netflix and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" score, "Homeland" and "Mad Men" snubbed

"Masters of Sex" and "House of Cards" were the two newbies to score noms in the best drama series category, while "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" was the only new comedy to score a nomination in the best comedy/miniseries category, joining sibling "Parks and Recreation." Meanwhile, "Orphan Black's" Tatiana Maslany, "Ray Donovan's" Liev Schreiber, "Orange Is the New Black's" Taylor Schilling, "Masters of Sex's" Michael Sheen, "The Blacklist's" James Spader and "House of Cards'" Kevin Spacey scored drama acting nominations. And Michael J. Fox and Andy Samberg will compete against each other for best comedy/musical actor. PLUS: "House of Cards" and "Behind the Candelabra" had the most nominations, at four apiece," "Breaking Bad" earns 3 nominations, Kerry Washington scores her first Golden Globes nomination, HBO No. 1 among networks with 9 nominations, and Oprah snubbed for "The Butler."

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2014 Golden Globe Awards nominees - complete list

2014 Golden Globe Awards nominees - complete list

Who's invited to the HFPA's big party?

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced nominees for the 71st Golden Globes this morning in Beverly Hills, CA.

The nominees are as follows...

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<p>Cameron Diaz and &quot;The Counselor&quot; have not met with the AWFJ's approval.&nbsp;</p>

Cameron Diaz and "The Counselor" have not met with the AWFJ's approval. 

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'12 Years a Slave' leads female-voted AWFJ nods, as 'The Counselor' is shamed

Sarah Polley and Lake Bell among the female filmmakers recognized

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists have revealed their long, long list of nominations. As usual, it's a mix of fairly standard picks in the conventional categories -- "12 Years a Slave" leads the way with 13 nominations -- and more distinctive choices in categories created to celebrate female filmmakers and denigrate industry sexism.

Not all of them make a lot of sense: why on earth does Melissa McCarthy "need a new agent" when "The Heat" and "Identify Thief" were so successful? And calling out the "egregious age difference" between Dermot Mulroney and Abigail Breslin seems somewhat pointless, given that the film does the same. They also made plain their disapproval of "The Counselor," though I'm not sure I'd call it sexist per se -- it's a female character, after all, who holds all the cards in it. But I guess they mean well.

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<p>Christian Bale in &quot;Out of the Furnace.&quot;</p>

Christian Bale in "Out of the Furnace."

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Roundup: 'Out of the Furnace' gets a mayoral endorsement

Also: 'Omar' wins at Asia Pacific Awards, and Almodovar picks 2013's best

Well received by critics but struggling to connect with audiences, Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace" faces a tough climb to awards recognition -- but it has at least one unique FYC plea in its arsenal. In guest piece for Variety, John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania -- the town where the film is set -- acknowledges that it may seem a tough watch, but urges people to make the effort: "Understandably, many would rather not set foot into a bleak world where most of the social contracts in America are void and rusted through. If the story of a Braddock, and towns like her, is indeed worth telling, there couldn’t be a more eloquent, forceful and honest interpretation than what Mr. Cooper and his three leads have delivered in “Out of the Furnace.” [Variety

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'Glee' casts 'Pitch Perfect' star Skylar Astin

"Glee" casts "Pitch Perfect" star Skylar Astin
He'll play Jean-Baptiste, the lead singer of New Directions rival Throat Explosion.

FX orders "Tyrant" from "Homeland" producers
The drama, premiering next summer, tells the story of "an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation."

Tom Berenger to play Scott Caan's dad on "Hawaii Five-0"
He'll appear with Melanie Griffith, who will play Danny's mom.

Conan O'Brien goes on a Hollywood car journey with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart
Watch their promotion for the ride-sharing mobile app Lyft.

Ryan Murphy on "American Horror Story" midseason finale: "Keep watching"
Murphy says "Head" was his fave episode of "Coven" so far. PLUS: Gabourey Sidibe on Queenie's fate, and is "AHS" racist or radical?

Amy Poehler & Billy Eichner do a Christmas-themed "Billy on the Street" for Jimmy Kimmel
Watch them bombard NYC pedestrians with Christmas carols.

Kelly Clarkson will play herself on "Nashville"

She'll record Gunnar and Scarlett's "Fade Into You."

"The X Factor" borrows from "The Voice"

On Wednesday's show, the four semifinalists had to perform duets against each other, just like on "The Voice."

Hayden Panettiere joins Ukraine protests to support her future brother-in-law
The "Nashville" star is engaged to Wladimir Klitschko, whose brother Vitali is leader of Ukraine's opposition.

Comedy Central announces its winter schedule

"Workaholics" returns Jan. 22.

Taye Diggs & Idina Menzel separate
The "Private Practice"-"Glee" couple have been married for 10 years.

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<p>Tim and Marie of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Tim and Marie of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Tim & Marie talk 'The Amazing Race'

Bickering exes discuss how they succeeded while shouting
As Tim Sweeney hit the mat on Sunday night's "Amazing Race" finale, a spontaneous cheer broke out. "Tim! Tim! Tim!" the other Racers yelled.
Had Tim and partner Marie won "The Amazing Race"? No. Marie completed the Million Dollar Flour Drop Roadblock well behind eventual Race winner Amy of Jason & Amy, as she and Tim settled for second place and the split of two exotic trips won for topping different Legs.
The cheer that went up?
"I think that was in appreciation for what I had gone through in sorta managing Marie's outbursts and anxiety and yelling and screaming, being able to handle that stuff," Tim said in his "Amazing Race" exit interview.
Indeed, Tim won many fans throughout the season for his ability to handle Marie, though Marie was not without some fans, appreciators of her bluntness and competitiveness. 
How long have Tim & Marie been like this? 
How close did they come to imploding on the Race?
Is Marie still mad at Nicky & Kim for getting on a standby list ahead of her?
And what was the showmance that we somehow never spotted during the season?
Click through for the full and amusing Q&A...
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<p>It's too bad Luke Evans is so terribly, horribly ugly. Imagine what kind of career he could have otherwise.</p>

It's too bad Luke Evans is so terribly, horribly ugly. Imagine what kind of career he could have otherwise.

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Luke Evans on the way the massive sets of 'Desolation Of Smaug' helped his performance

Plus we talk about the Bard and his destiny

One of the characters who gets a fair amount of attention in "The Desolation Of Smaug," this middle chapter of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" trilogy, is Bard, played by Luke Evans. I moderated a WonderCon panel with Evans for the film "Immortals," and when I walked into the room, he immediately remembered me. I had been warned that he wasn't feeling great, but he certainly held it together while we were talking.

Evans should be pleased with the way Bard's part was expanded for these films. Ultimately, he's there to complete one action, and that won't happen until the third film. Everything he does here is about laying the groundwork so when that moment finally happens, it is an emotional payoff for the audience?

Do they succeed at making us care about him? I think Evans helps a lot. Many of the roles we've seen Evans play before have had that same sense of swagger that he has when you meet him in person, a playful confidence that defines him. Not Bard, though. This is a guy who has had to accept that he has a certain role in life, and while he yearns for some sort of redemption for his family's name, he has accepted that it will never happen. Instead, he does a million small kindnesses for the people of Lake-town, hoping each one chips away at the humiliation he wears like a blanket, wrapped around him at all times.

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<p>Monica muses</p>

Monica muses

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Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'Out On a Limb'

Is Monica about to become a key swing vote?
Pre-credit sequence. We begin on Redemption Island, as Katie arrives after her ill-fated rock-draw. Tina is happy to see her daughter, but sad that she's on Redemption. Katie gives a blow-by-blow on the rocking and both Tina and Laura agree that Katie did the right thing by taking her fate into her own hands, kinda. Even if she sorta stumbled into the rocks. "I would not be opposed to letting you win," Tina tells Katie about the upcoming Duel. "It's my daughter and that takes precedence over all things, even a million dollars," says Tina, who has previously won a million dollars.
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"American Horror Story: Coven"

 "American Horror Story: Coven"

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'American Horror Story: Coven' recap: Will Marie keep her 'Head'?

The battle between the witches and Marie Laveau takes a turn

Oh, "American Horror Story: Coven," how you do love to surprise me. This week, pretty much everything we knew has been proven, if not wrong, at least somehow different than we thought it was. How so? Let's start with Hank. The show does, after all, and what we learn about him puts an interesting new twist on the world of witches as we know it -- at least it does for the time being.

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