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<p>Edie Falco and the gang at &quot;Nurse Jackie&quot;&nbsp;got some love from the Screen Actors Guild this morning.</p>

Edie Falco and the gang at "Nurse Jackie" got some love from the Screen Actors Guild this morning.

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Predictable choices rule 2013 SAG Awards TV nominations

'Homeland' finally gets recognized, but it's mostly same old, same old from Screen Actors Guild

The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees, like the Golden Globes (whose nominations will be announced tomorrow) have a big impact on (or at least are an early predictor for) the Oscar nominations. As a TV bellwether, they (like the Globes) are less important or precise. While all the actors who vote for the Emmys are in SAG, not all SAG members are Emmy voters. As a result, the tastes don't exactly line up, and you have oddities like "Homeland" being complete snubbed by SAG last year and then going on to be the biggest drama winner on Emmy night, or like "Suits" co-star Patrick J. Adams getting an unexpected SAG nomination and then being ignored at Emmy time.

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<p>On &quot;New Girl,&quot;&nbsp;Nick (Jake Johnson)&nbsp;gives Angie (Olivia Munn)&nbsp;a lapdance.</p>

On "New Girl," Nick (Jake Johnson) gives Angie (Olivia Munn) a lapdance.

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Morning TV Round-Up: 'New Girl,' 'Happy Endings' & 'The Mindy Project'

The holiday season brings about some more emotional moments

It's morning round-up time, with quick thoughts on last night's episodes of "New Girl," "Happy Endings" and "The Mindy Project," coming up just as soon as I look like an example photo at a barbershop...

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<p>Nicole Kidman in &quot;The Paperboy&quot;</p>

Nicole Kidman in "The Paperboy"

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Some SAG surprises indicate unexpected currents in the season

Is Nicole Kidman really in the hunt? Did Joaquin Phoenix take too much damage?

The awards-obsessive corners of the web were all abuzz this morning with murmurs of a supposed "leak" of the 19th annual SAG nominees. Intrepid net hounds had apparently gone into the guild's website and done some choice searching to turn out what ended up being, indeed, the full list of nominees. So what were they and what do they mean? Let's take a look.

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<p>Trey &amp; Lexi of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Trey & Lexi of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Trey & Lexi talk 'The Amazing Race'

Third place team talks about alliances, found money and traveling the world
In an "Amazing Race" season lacking any one dominant team, dating couple Trey Wier and Lexi Beerman briefly looked like they were in position to take control.
 
From the sixth Leg to eleventh Leg, the former University of Texas football player and his former cheerleader girlfriend never finished lower than third and picked up three wins (most for any team this season) and a pair of second place finishes.
 
Then, continuing that momentum in the finale, Trey & Lexi completed a pair of tasks in the lead and reached the season's last challenge with an advantage. The matching of flags and local greetings left Lexi frustrated and stymied, as Team Longhorn slipped from front of the pack to third at the closing Pit Stop. Despite the setback, Trey & Lexi were still enthusiastic at the mat, with Lexi making the latest in a running-gag string of not-really-hints for Trey to make her an honest woman.
 
Lexi made another of her marriage jokes in the couple's exit interview, which also covers the intense last task, their close friendship with two of the other racing teams and the money-finding incident with James & Abba, an event that also featured in yesterday's exit interview with Natalie & Nadiya
 
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<p>Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx play an unlikely pair of bounty hunters on a personal mission in Quentin Tarantino's blisteringly funny and righteously angry 'Django Unchained'</p>

Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx play an unlikely pair of bounty hunters on a personal mission in Quentin Tarantino's blisteringly funny and righteously angry 'Django Unchained'

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Review: 'Django Unchained' sets rowdy and bloody fire to America's painful history

Tarantino pays homage to a new genre and comes up aces again

I think it's safe to say at this point that Quentin Tarantino's work speaks directly to the sensibilities that shaped me as a film fan, and when I see people dismiss his work as mere pastiche, it is infuriating.  Tarantino is a thoroughly modern film artist, and his way of working is not something that would automatically work for everyone.  But when he throws his various influences into a blender and creates one of his hyper-potent cinematic cocktails, the result is more than just those bits and pieces shuffled into a new order.  His films speak directly to the way iconography works as a shared language for film fans, and he plays both to and against expectation in his work in ways that reveal him as one of the most sharp-witted pranksters working today.

"Django Unchained" is "Blazing Saddles" with a body count, a positively incendiary entertainment about America's greatest shame, the personal and social toll of slavery, and like Tarantino's last film, "Inglourious Basterds," this is a case of history being remixed in a way that makes more emotional sense to Tarantino as a storyteller.  I don't know what instigated this switch in direction for him, but I love it.  The emotional rush that hit at the end of "Basterds" was remarkable, this compelling feeling that we were getting to see something that we needed to see, no matter if it was 100% factual or not.  It was emotionally correct, and that's all that mattered.

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2013 Golden Globes Awards movie nominations predictions

2013 Golden Globes Awards movie nominations predictions

Hands down the best predictions out there

Ah, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. How you beguile and seduce us with your partying and extravagant ways.  Just when we think we can take no more you do something to surprise us. You chose Ricky Gervais as the Golden Globes host.  And after Gervais decides to move on after three years you convince Tina Fey and Amy Phoeler to replace him causing the jaws of every Academy producer for the past five years to hit the floor after they practically begged Fey to co-host the Oscars on numerous occasions (OK, maybe we should be giving NBC more credit in landing them, but we're playing naive here).   Last year you recognized a classic such as "A Separation" for best foreign language film (unthinkable a decade ago) and two years ago you chose the under recognized performance of Paul Giamatti in "Barney's Version" for best actor in a comedy or musical (we're going to ignore the fact that Johnny Depp was nominated for "The Tourist" in the same category).  And that's not even taking into account how your membership continually gives critically acclaimed shows their first recognition.  "Homeland," "Glee" and "Boardwalk Empire" each found love with the Globes months before Emmy voters could consider them (sure, that's how the calendar worked out, but first is first, right?).

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<p>Could Linda Cardellini be a surprise SAG nominee for &quot;Return?&quot;</p>

Could Linda Cardellini be a surprise SAG nominee for "Return?"

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Predicting the Screen Actors' Guild film nominees

Who do you expect to see nominated tomorrow?

A couple of you have asked for a space in which you can toss around your predictions for tomorrow's Screen Actors' Guild Award nominations, and we are nothing if not obliging. I've listed my own best guesses after the jump to get the ball rolling.

I'm not going to waste too much time analyzing the possibilities. I expect "Lincoln" and "Silver Linings Playbook" to come out on top numbers-wise, while this will be an interesting place to see where seemingly on-the-bubble contenders like Bradley Cooper or Matthew McConaughey currently stand in the race.

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<p>Emma Watson in &quot;The Perks of Being a Wallflower.&quot;</p>

Emma Watson in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."

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'Argo' takes top honors from San Diego Film Critics, 'Perks' gets some love

Critics go their own way with awards for Michelle Williams and Emma Watson

Take that, Anne Thompson! (We kid because we love.) Many of you have noticed the growing presence of word-of-mouth favorite "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" on the precursor beat, and the tender teen drama scored a nifty coup from the San Diego Film Critics' Society today, taking Best Supporting Actress for Emma Watson, as well as the Best Ensemble award.

The "Perks" love is one of several ways in which the San Diego group, who announced their nominations yesterday, distinguished themselves from the herd. Their big winner, "Argo," took four awards including Best Picture and Director: you wouldn't have guessed it a few weeks ago when it was still the consensus Oscar frontrunner, but it's the film's first win in either category thus far.

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<p>Martin Freeman's busier than he's ever been these days and the audience is richer for it.</p>

Martin Freeman's busier than he's ever been these days and the audience is richer for it.

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Martin Freeman talks about how Andy Serkis set the tone for 'The Hobbit'

We discuss carrying the weight of the trilogy with the man who would be Bilbo

I guess it's just a matter of time until they announce John Krasinski as the lead in "Episode VII," right? 

I mean, seeing Jim from "The Office" wielding a lightsaber is just as unlikely as Martin Freeman being the lead in "The Hobbit."  And yet, here we are, and I did indeed sit down with Freeman to talk about stepping into the familiar feet of Bilbo Baggins for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first in the three films that will tell the story of the dearly beloved book.

Freeman first came to popularity with his work as Tim in the original UK version of "The Office," and the same qualities that made him perfect for that role have served him well in other roles, like Arthur Dent in "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy," John Watson on Stephen Moffat's outstanding "Sherlock," and of course, the completely out-of-water Mr. Baggins, far from his Shire, doing his best to survive an adventure.

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<p>Emayatzy Corinealdi and David Oyelowo scored nods for &quot;Middle of Nowhere,&quot; but where is the film in the Best Picture field?</p>

Emayatzy Corinealdi and David Oyelowo scored nods for "Middle of Nowhere," but where is the film in the Best Picture field?

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'Beasts,' 'Flight,' 'Django' lead NAACP Image Award nominees, 'Middle of Nowhere' sidelined

The only ceremony where you'll see Tyler Perry competing with Suraj Sharma

I must confess I don't really get the NAACP Image Awards. On the one hand, the idea of an awards show dedicated specifically to honoring non-white achievements in popular culture seems uncomfortably self-marginalizing in this day and age. On the other, the unhappy truth is that non-white artists and stories are still marginalized in Hollywood, so there's something to be said for a ceremony that celebrates the finest talent the community has to offer.

Why, then, does the NAACP routinely do such a poor job of recognizing that very talent for themselves? This year's list of Image nominees is led by three crossover features with substantial African-American leads (all, incidentally, from white filmmakers): "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained" and "Flight" nabbed four nominations each. Where, however, is "Middle of Nowhere?"

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<p>Young actress Isabelle Allen received one of 12 nominations for "Les Mis&eacute;rables."

Young actress Isabelle Allen received one of 12 nominations for "Les Misérables."

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'Les Misérables' leads Phoenix critics' nods

'The Avengers' manages a Best Picture nomination

Another hour, another list of critics' award nominations.The Phoenix Film Critics Society is the latest group to toss their picks into the hat, and they've largely favored the Oscar-season favorites -- "Les Misérables" comfortably leads the way with 12 nominations. The Phoenix folk vote in more categories than most such groups, which is all well and good, though I'm not sure how well-equipped most critics are to judge the year's best stunt work. Novelties in the list include a Best Picture nod for "The Avengers" and, in a less populist vein, a mention for Mary Elizabeth Winstead in a Best Actress category that, oddly, only finds room for four names. Check out the full list after the jump, and at The Circuit.   

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Terry McDermott of "The Voice".

Terry McDermott of "The Voice".

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Recap: 'The Voice' Tuesday - Top 4 Results

Which three will still be standing for the Finals?

Reality shows should get more dramatic as they approach the finish, not less. And yet, here we are in the penultimate week of “The Voice”. I’m not sure this is entirely the show’s fault. I think we could look back and see certain decisions that ultimately affected the final month of this season. (I still miss De’Borah and think she might still be around were it not for Christina Aguilera’s crazy decision during the Live Playoffs to save Adriana Louise instead.) But given the Final Four as presently constituted, and given the song selections this week, and given the chart placements of those songs overnight, it’s almost unfathomable that Trevin Hunte will make it past tonight.

CeeLo Green called Trevin “that dude” during the Blind Auditions, identifying him as a possible contender to win the entire thing. And even though it looks like he’ll come up short, the future seems fairly bright for him. With the exception of one or two numbers (“Vision Of Love”, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”), we never saw Hunte’s true potential realized, but rather blinding promise on display on a weekly basis. Part of that has to do with his age, part of it has to do with his experience, and part of that has to do with Green’s tutelage. But no matter. Even if Hunte has the strongest pure voice left in the competition, I’m not remotely convinced that will be enough tonight.
 
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