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<p>Joaquin&nbsp;Phoenix in &quot;Her&quot;</p>

Joaquin Phoenix in "Her"

Credit: Warner Bros.

'Her' crowned best film of the year by San Diego Film Critics Society

'12 Years a Slave' shut out after leading nominations

The San Diego Film Critics Society has just announced "Her" as the year's best film. Spike Jonze's latest picked up three awards total, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Score. "12 Years a Slave" led the way with Tuesday's nominations announcement, but was ultimately shut out of the winning pool entirely. Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis") and Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") won top acting honors, while Matthew McConaughey received a special prize for his body of work in 2013. Check out the full list of winners below, and as always, keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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<p>Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda in &quot;The China Syndrome.&quot;</p>

Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda in "The China Syndrome."

Credit: Sony Pictures

'China Syndrome' writer Thomas S. Cook posthumously honored by WGA

Oscar-nominated writer is awarded Morgan Cox Award for service to Guild

The late screenwriter Thomas S. Cook, who passed away in January aged 65, will be honored with the Morgan Cox Award for Guild service at the Writers' Guild Awards in February, it was announced today. Cook was best known for co-writing the 1979 issue thriller "The China Syndrome," for which he shared in an Oscar nomination and a WGA Award. (He and his co-writers lost the former to Steve Tesich for "Breaking Away.")

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Bio channel will be rebranded as 'FYI'

Bio channel will be rebranded as "FYI"

A&E's Biography spinoff channel will be converted into an upscale lifestyle channel.

"Arrow" gets Robert Knepper to play a villain

The "Prison Break" alum will play the "Clock King."

16 female TV characters who were cyberbullied in 2013
From Skyler White to April Kepner to Dana Brody, "it's hard to be a woman on television without the internet saying horrible and disgusting things about you," as Kate Aurthur points out.

Simon Cowell mulls doing "The X Factor" 1 night a week

"X Factor" may follow "Dancing with the Stars" with a one episode per week format.

Should SNL's "I Wish it Was Christmas Today" be considered a classic Christmas song?
The song, which debuted 13 years ago from Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan, has become a "Saturday Night Live" mainstay -- and it will probably be featured next week when Fallon returns to host "SNL."

"Scandal's" Columbus Short is upset he wasn't on "The Power Rangers"
He tells Conan he really wanted to be the Black Power Ranger.

Check out the trippy poster for Syfy's "Helix"
"Play God. Pay the Price," states the promo for Ron Moore's new series.

Original "Ironside" star dies
Don Mitchell, 70, played an ex-con turned cop who aided Raymond Burr's character in the '70s police drama.

Spike TV orders "Basket Case" from Rob Reiner

Reiner is set to produce a TV series based on the Carl Hiaasen book about an investigative reporter.

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"Doctor Who"

 "Doctor Who"

Credit: BBC America

Watch the trailer for Matt Smith's farewell episode of 'Doctor Who'

The Christmas special promises the siege of Trenzalore - and Daleks!

Not to put a lump of coal in your stocking, but come Christmas we'll all have to say goodbye to 11th "Doctor Who" Matt Smith. Still, from the looks of the trailer for "The Time of the Doctor" (airing Wed. Dec. 25 at 9:00 p.m. on BBC America), he's going out with a bang. We get Daleks, Cybermen, a weeping angel and the Silence. Oh, and lots of pretty snow. It is Christmas, after all!

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SAG Awards nominee reactions: Jennifer Lawrence, Kerry Washington, Jared Leto

SAG Awards nominee reactions: Jennifer Lawrence, Kerry Washington, Jared Leto

Plus: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock and more

This year's SAG Awards nominees took out their humble card Wednesday morning to thank their peers for the recognition and we're guessing a majority of their reactions were not written by their personal publicists.  A few others? Well, judge for yourself.

To check out reactions from Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Tom Hanks and more, check out the embedded gallery below.

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SAG winners and losers: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Saving Mr. Banks,' Mariah Carey

SAG winners and losers: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Saving Mr. Banks,' Mariah Carey

Who's happy and who's sad after this morning's announcement?

I've offered my take on this morning's SAG Awards announcement. Guy has given his thoughts on snubs and surprises on the movie side of things and Alan has analyzed things on the TV side. The nominations brought with them a number of winners and losers in both the worlds of film and television, so to which side of the line did your favorites fall? Click through the gallery story below to get Team HitFix's thoughts on who's happy and who's sad now that the actors have had their say.

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Showtime renews 'Episodes' for Season 4

Showtime renews "Episodes" for Season 4
Matt LeBlanc's comedy, which returns for a 3rd season on Jan. 12, will return in 2015 for a nine-episode 4th season.

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<p>Robert Redford in &quot;All is Lost.&quot;</p>

Robert Redford in "All is Lost."

Credit: Lionsgate Films

SAG snubs and surprises: Redford sinks, 'Dallas Buyers Club' swims

Who missed out -- and who hit big -- in this morning's nominations
The name "Christoph Waltz" can provide some cold comfort to any actor left out of this morning's SAG nominations. Omitted from last year's Best Supporting Actor lineup, he rallied with an Oscar nomination and ultimately took the win. Admittedly, his SAG miss probably had much to do with scheduling, but the point stands: as Marcia Gay Harden proved before him, a SAG nomination isn't a prerequisite for Oscar glory.
But it certainly helps. Make no mistake: the studios and publicists behind certain films and players absent from this morning's nominations will be feeling very glum indeed, while those behind some unexpected inclusions are turning cartwheels right now. (Maybe not literally, though I'd like to see Harvey Weinstein have a go.) For better or worse, the SAG slate is a significant preview of what we can expect when the Academy announces their nominations in a little over a month's time -- three years ago, lest we forget, 19 of 20 SAG-nominated performances repeated at the Oscars.
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SAG Award nominations honor 'Breaking Bad' and '30 Rock,' snub 'drama' 'Orange is the New Black'

SAG Award nominations honor "Breaking Bad" and "30 Rock," snub "drama" "Orange is the New Black"

"Breaking Bad" scored four nominations, the most of any TV series. But the SAG Awards snubbed "The Good Wife," "House of Cards," "Parks and Recreation," "Mad Men" and "Orange is the New Black," which entered itself as a drama. PLUS: Edie Falco and Alec Baldwin set a SAG Awards nomination record.

Guy Pearce to play Sean Hayes' love interest

The "Memento" star is set to guest on "Sean Saves the World."

Gail O'Grady is coming to "Revenge"
The "NYPD Blue" vet will play the first Mrs. Grayson.

Jimmy Smits reacts to the "Sons of Anarchy" season finale

"It's no accident that both of these characters have little cuts on their heart," he says.

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." hits another low
The fall finale attracted 5.9 million viewers.

Lizzy Caplan: I had to get wasted to perform "True Blood" sex scenes
She tells Chelsea Handler: "On 'True Blood'—I've never told anybody this—but I was so nervous and I was so drunk that after I shot the scene I was going up to the crew members—and I had just met all these people the day before—and I was going up to all of them like, 'You got a boner! You do! You've got one!' It was horrible. Horrible!"

Preview Amy Poehler & Tina Fey's Entertainment Weekly issue
The comedy duo are this week's guest editors.

"Doctor Who" teases its Christmas special
Watch a preview of Matt Smith's final go as the Doctor.

Kevin Dillon's broken hand won't keep him from filming the "Entourage" movie
Dillon wouldn't say how he broke his hand.

New Netflix cartoon will be voiced by Aaron Paul, Will Arnett and Amy Sedaris

They'll star in "BoJack Horseman," about a humanoid horse played by Arnett.

Watch a preview of Mark and Donnie Wahlberg's "Wahlburgers"
See the brothers as reality stars.

"Ripper Street" could return for a 3rd season

Video-on-demand company LoveFilm is considering reviving the canceled BBC series.

Maria Menounos beats lawsuit against her "Access Hollywood" stylist
The "Extra" host was accused of defaming her former stylist at a party two years ago.

E-Trade's talking baby is done with the Super Bowl
E-Trade has opted to not run a Super Bowl for the first time since 2007.

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<p>It's the most wonderful time of the year</p>

It's the most wonderful time of the year

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Victoria's Secret' leads CBS Tuesday, while 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' drops big

'NCIS' and 'NCIS: LA' are Tuesday's most-watched
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 10, 2013.
CBS' latest airing of the "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" was down from last year's telecast among young viewers, but still led Tuesday night in the key demo, helping the network win in all key measures.
And remember that big bump "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." got two weeks ago when "NCIS" was away? It didn't last long. With "NCIS" back on the schedule, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." plummeted to a series low on Tuesday. Having "S.H.I.E.L.D." back did, however, help give "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" a slight boost after last week's declines.
NBC's "Biggest Loser" and "The Voice" also dropped with "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" back, but "Chicago Fire" benefited from the lack of "CSI" and gained overall viewers.
Finally, The CW discovered that the only thing that draws a smaller audience than a new "IHeart Radio" special is a repeat of a previously low-rated special.
On to the numbers...
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<p>Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of 'Dallas Buyers Club&quot;</p>

Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of 'Dallas Buyers Club"

Credit: AP Photo

Redford snubbed and 'Dallas' gets a boost in otherwise unsurprising SAG announcement

A few unruly races finally settled a little bit

This morning's Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations announcement wasn't going to have a lot of surprises. At this stage, most of the players are known. It's a dense race, however, so the only question was, who was going to get squeezed out?

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<p>Kevin Spacey from &quot;House of Cards&quot;&nbsp;got a SAG&nbsp;nomination.</p>

Kevin Spacey from "House of Cards" got a SAG nomination.

Credit: Netflix

SAG Awards TV nominations favor the familiar over the new

Kevin Spacey from 'House of Cards' is the only acting nominee from a new series

One of the defining traits of The Quality TV Deluge of 2013 has been the arrival of so many impressive new series to add to a  landscape that already included the shows of HBO, AMC, FX, et al. The likes of "Orange Is the New Black," "Masters of Sex," the different Sundance series, "The Americans," and more added so much vitality to television — and so many indelible performances, like Tatiana Maslany playing a half dozen roles on "Orphan Black."

If showbiz awards are designed in part as a historical record of what a particular year was like, then today's Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations didn't do a great job of telling the story of 2013. It featured most of the usual suspects(*) like "Breaking Bad" and "Boardwalk Empire" and "Modern Family" and "Downton Abbey," and as a result there was virtually no room to recognize newcomers.

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