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<p>Mads Mikkelsen as &quot;Hannibal.&quot;</p>

Mads Mikkelsen as "Hannibal."

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NBC to skip 'Hannibal' episode in wake of Boston tragedy

A sensitive decision, but prepare to be slightly confused on Thursday

NBC has decided not to air the fourth episode of "Hannibal" because it features the murders of children (by other children, no less) and would air not long after the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.

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<p>Police in tactical gear conduct a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass.</p>

Police in tactical gear conduct a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass.

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David O. Russell's 'American Hustle' halts production amid Boston area manhunt

The production is 'heeding the Governor's request to remain indoors'

I imagine like everyone else, you've been glued to the TV and the internet watching the events of the last 14 hours or so unfold. I flew into Los Angeles from New York yesterday and was watching all the news about the FBI's release of video and photos featuring the Boston Marathon suspects, asking for help in identifying them. Then just a half hour before landing, the news break on shots being fired at MIT hit. An hour or so later I'm in the car on the way home watching Twitter explode with the hard work of newspaper reporters on the scene in Watertown unfold in real time. This situation has obviously dominated our attention.

And today comes news that it affects our little, insignificant sliver of the world. David O. Russell's latest film about the 1970s ABSCAM FBI sting, recently re-titled "American Hustle," has shut down production because of the on-going manhunt for 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Deadline reports that "the production is heeding the Governor's request to remain indoors," those words coming from a Sony spokesperson.

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<p>&quot;The East&quot;&nbsp;opens in limited release on May 31.</p>

"The East" opens in limited release on May 31.

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Exclusive: Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard and Brit Marling in new photos from 'The East'

Zal Batmanglij's second feature film played at Sundance in January

Zal Batmanglij is building a solid rep and career so far with co-collaborator, actress Brit Marling. Marling starred in his 2011 Sundance hit "Sound of My Voice," which landed a pair of Independent Spirit Award nominations last year (it was held for an April 2012 release). And "The East" took goodwill from Sundance this year right into SXSW as it aims for an early summer release.

"I very much understand people's frustration that I think most are feeling right now in our society," Ellen Page told HitFix back in January, "about corporate greed, about what we're doing to the environment. I think the film asks a lot of questions and does it in this way that is ethically sticky and murky, which is great."

Fox Searchlight has passed along a new set of production stills from the film, featuring Page, Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård and "Batman" himself. Click on through to take a look.

"The East" opens in limited release on May 31.

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Listen to the new Daft Punk song 'Get Lucky,' which is awesome

Listen to the new Daft Punk song 'Get Lucky,' which is awesome

Arriving ahead of 'Random Access Memories'

The recently posted video interviews with Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" collaborators have pointed to a humanism in the machines. "Get Lucky," the first single to arrive from Daft Punk's album encapsulates that idea. And it is awesome.

Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers' funky, pristine guitar line is as much the heartbeat as the disco-clap of the beat. Pharrell's sweet voice has a little desperation and love in the pre-chorus, batting above average than any song that's far more explicit in what constitutes "getting lucky." I don't find his vocals extraordinary, but I do find it slipping slinkily into this mix. The voice box tone intermingling with the similar synths playfully makes the programmed elements seem interchangeable with its most organic. And vice versa. Good times, and welcome back.

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"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway"

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'Project Runway' recap: Who will make it work on the 'Finale Pt. 1'?

Salvador Dali, the '60s, lone wolves and more inspire the final 4

So, we're getting down to the wire (or the inseam) on "Project Runway," and in this episode, our final four get to head home, invite Tim Gunn over, spend way too much time alone thinking about concepts and French seams and whatever, make really weird choices, then head back to New York. I'm beginning to feel as if every collection we see at this stage, with a few notable fabulous exceptions, takes a left turn at crazy and hits the gas. This week's episode we again see a lot of WTF choices, and it doesn't make me look forward to Fashion Week at all.

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<p>What does this photo, which may be the reason cameras were invented, have to do with today's episode of the MCP?&nbsp;You'll have to listen to find out.</p>

What does this photo, which may be the reason cameras were invented, have to do with today's episode of the MCP? You'll have to listen to find out.

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A new MCP takes on Lawrence Kasdan, Drafthouse Films, and Carpenter and Russell

Why do I want to change the title of the podcast again?

I don't think it's a secret that I'm a fan of the Alamo Drafthouse.

I've been a fan since I first set foot inside the original Colorado Street location in Austin, TX, back in 1998, and that love has continued unabated since then. Even as the company has changed dramatically and the locations shifted, then started adding new locations, I've been a fan. What makes the Alamo Drafthouse special is more than just their programming or their menu or their attitude towards people who disrupt the movies. It has always been a collective of people and energy, and now that they're also involved in distribution and production, that means something different than it did originally.

When I was last in Austin for SXSW, I spent an afternoon outside the Alamo Slaughter Lane location, one of the newest in Austin, and I spoke with Tim League, Evan Husney, and James Shapiro about the past, the present, and the future of the brand, and what it means to run a curated home video and theatrical distribution company. It's a pretty loose and relaxed conversation, and one I'm pleased to finally let you listen to.

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<p>Jack Crawford (Laurence)&nbsp;and Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen)&nbsp;in &quot;Hannibal.&quot;</p>

Jack Crawford (Laurence) and Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) in "Hannibal."

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Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Potage'

The team tries to figure out if Hobbs' daughter was his victim, or his accomplice

A quick review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I have a stack of gift cards...

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71st Golden Globe Awards set for Jan. 12, 2014
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71st Golden Globe Awards set for Jan. 12, 2014

HFPA snatches up last available weekend in January for next year's ceremony

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the Golden Globes ceremony scheduled for next January, Hollywood's 2014 awards season is set.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Thursday that the Golden Globe Awards will be presented on Jan. 12.

Awards shows face additional scheduling challenges to avoid overlap with the 2014 Winter Olympics, set for Feb. 7 to 23 in Sochi, Russia.

Globes organizers snatched up the last available weekend in January for the 71st annual ceremony. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are Jan. 18. The Producers Guild of America will hold its awards ceremony on Jan. 19. And the Directors Guild will present its annual honors on Jan. 25.

The 86th annual Academy Awards are set for March 2.

Golden Globe nominations will be announced Dec. 12.

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<p>I'm not sure it'll work for everyone, but I was blown away by this trailer for the Shane Meadows documentary about The&nbsp;Stone Roses</p>

I'm not sure it'll work for everyone, but I was blown away by this trailer for the Shane Meadows documentary about The Stone Roses

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Shane Meadows and the Stone Roses collide in an amazing new trailer

Could this be the rock doc of the year?

Goosebumps.

I would not have guessed that there was a hole in my life shaped exactly like a documentary about the Stone Roses directed by Shane Meadows, but there totally was, and now I know it.

First of all, I love Shane Meadows movies. I just plain like the way he thinks. I like his characters, i think he's got a great subtle eye, and I think he's made some great, largely underseen films that deserve discovery by a larger audience.

Second of all, I love the Stone Roses. I remember when that album first came out. It felt like there was a real moment happening in music, and I loved a lot of what I was listening to, and even amidst a bunch of other great things going on, The Stone Roses stood out. It's one of those albums that has stayed in permanent rotation ever since, and every time I listen it, I get a sort of full-sensory time travel back to the first few times I heard it and the summer it was omnipresent in our house and great times that were scored by the album, and it's all tied up together in a flood of emotion and experience for me.

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<p>Patton Oswalt, Aziz Ansari and Chris Pratt in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Patton Oswalt, Aziz Ansari and Chris Pratt in "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Article Two/Jerry's Scrapbook'

Patton Oswalt competes with Leslie, and Jerry's retirement day is here

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" double feature coming up just as soon as I define buffalo meat as acceptable currency...

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Will Bonnie defeat Silas in 'Pictures of You'?

It's prom night, but corsages are the least of anyone's worries

Ah, prom. I remember my prom (which wasn't even called a prom at my weird ass high school) mostly revolving around what to wear and finding shoes that did not make dancing a hellacious misery. Vampires and witches and werewolves (oh my) still have to worry about all that crap PLUS fret about the cure, Expressionism (not the art movement), white oak stakes and spooky shape shifters who get inside one's head. Really, no teenager can ever bitch about not being able to find the right nail polish to match her corsage ever, ever again. 

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<p>Danny Pudi, Ken Jeong and Joel McHale in &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Danny Pudi, Ken Jeong and Joel McHale in "Community."

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Review: 'Community' - 'Intro to Knots'

At Christmastime, the study group tries to get Cornwallis to change their grade

A quick review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I copy and paste the lyrics to "War"...

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