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<p>Ben Affleck in &quot;Argo&quot;</p>

Ben Affleck in "Argo"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Tech Support: 'Argo,' 'Les Mis' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' feature in the race for Best Film Editing

Other contenders include 'Life of Pi,' 'Skyfall' and 'Flight'

“CUT!”

This word is iconic in popular culture as something the director shouts to end the shooting of a scene. It even featured prominently in last year’s Best Picture winner.

But it's the film editors who truly "cut" our films down to what we actually see on screen. Deciding what leave in, what to leave out, how to convey the narrative and how to establish pace are just a few of the editor’s extraordinarily important roles.

The work of many other crafts artists, to say nothing of the actors, is finished when the shoot is done. Others, such as the composer, only begin when the shoot is over. The film editor, on the other hand, is there throughout, working with the director until the film is just right.

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<p>Dalia (Carly Chaikin)&nbsp;becomes a magician's assistant on &quot;Suburgatory.&quot;</p>

Dalia (Carly Chaikin) becomes a magician's assistant on "Suburgatory."

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Review: 'Suburgatory' - 'Foam Finger'

An unexpected reference to another show highlights an uneven episode

A review of last night's "Suburgatory" coming up just as soon as the kugel is a gateway kugel...

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<p>&quot;Kon-Tiki&quot; is Norway's foreign Oscar submission.</p>

"Kon-Tiki" is Norway's foreign Oscar submission.

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Roundup: The Weinsteins nab another Oscar prospect in 'Kon-Tiki'

Also: The sound of 'Flight,' and the movies that made 'Argo'

From sketchy beginnings, The Weinstein Company has grown into a major Oscar player, ruling even the documentary race last year -- but one category they have yet to score in, unlike back in their Miramax days, is Best Foreign Language Film. This year, they're looking to change that with French crossover smash "The Intouchables," but they've also just extended their stake in the race by nabbing Norway's submission, "Kon-Tiki." I'll be seeing it myself soon, but even when its selection was announced, I figured this factual tale of explorer Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 expedition from South America to Polynesia on a wooden raft -- the most expensive film in Norwegian history -- would be something that could appeal to the Academy. The Weinsteins' attachment now confirms it as one to watch. True-life of Pi, anyone? [Variety]  

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<p>You have to go see 'Miami Connection' in the theater, or Y.K. Kim will cry, and you don't want to make Y.K. Kim cry... DO&nbsp;YOU!?</p>

You have to go see 'Miami Connection' in the theater, or Y.K. Kim will cry, and you don't want to make Y.K. Kim cry... DO YOU!?

Credit: Drafthouse Films

Review: Is the Drafthouse release of 'Miami Connection' a case of 'so bad it's good'?

We look at their theatrical run of a long-lost martial arts oddity

If you genuinely enjoy the experience of watching a movie, is that the same thing as watching it ironically or making fun of it?

That's a question that's worth asking as Drafthouse Films prepares for a theatrical release of the 1987 film "Miami Connection."  The movie has languished in obscurity for years now, ever since its split-second release, and was just recently rediscovered by the programming team at the Alamo Drafthouse, who played a print as part of their Weird Wednesday screening series.  For those unfamiliar with how that works, the Alamo is in the business of building up a print archive, having even started a non-profit foundation to do so, and they are constantly buying prints of movies, many of which they've never heard of at all.  They use their late-night screening series to look at the prints and see if there are any unsung gems in there, and when they showed the first reel of "Miami Connection," they flipped for it.  They ended up making a deal with the filmmakers to give the movie new theatrical life, and this year's Fantastic Fest was the film's official coming out party.

To that end, they went all out to present the movie right on the festival's opening Friday night as the big prime-time event.  If the audience wanted to just treat the entire night as one big roast, I'm sure they could have, but I would argue that the reason to enjoy a movie like "Miami Connection" is not as simple as "laugh at the terrible movie."  There's a reason "The Room" became a sensation and other terrible films do not.  There's a reason Zack Carlson and Lars Nielsen are fanatical about "Miami Connection" and Dragon Sound and not a dozen other silly action movies they've screened.  And ultimately, I think that reason is sincerity.

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"Top Chef"

 "Top Chef"

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'Top Chef: Seattle' recap: 'The Ultimate Chef Test'

The season premiere is chock full of seemingly simple challenges

It's season 10 of "Top Chef," and we're off to Seattle! Wait, we're not off to Seattle yet. This season we have a twist. Instead of the epic Alamo cook-off of last season, this time the chefs are broken up into groups and sent to work as slave labor at one of the restaurants owned by either Emeril LaGasse, Hugh Acheson, Tom Colicchio or our new judge, Wolfgang Puck. The celebrity chefs will then decide who goes through to compete on the show, and who doesn't. I like this change, as it gives each judge a chance to put at least some of the potential competitors to a test they deem most important, even if that means some people get to just skate by making a damn salad.

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<p>Jonathan Penner of &quot;Survivor: Philippines&quot;</p>

Jonathan Penner of "Survivor: Philippines"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Philippines' - 'Dead Man Walking'

A straight-forward episode goes pear-shaped, leading to a wacky Tribal Council
Pre-credit sequence. Hell hath no fury like a Penner scorned. Jonathan is perplexed and frustrated with Jeff Kent and Man-Dana. Penner doesn't like secrets and he doesn't like betrayal. Denise is at least straight-forward and honest with Penner about writing his name, while Jeff Kent talks in widening circles without saying anything. Jeff Kent remains determined to target Penner in the future, though he also knows he's given up some power and authority. Skupin tells Penner not to quit and that there are cracks in the main alliance and urges his fellow returning player to wait for those cracks to grow. "I have no alliances. I have no allegiances. I don't care. Everybody's equal. They are all ready to die," Penner announces. Damn. If Penner were a '90s rapper, he'd be talking about his glock and making lewd statements about the sex he had with all of their significant others. He's gangsta!
 
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"Nashville"

 "Nashville"

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'Nashville' recap: 'Move It on Over'

Rayna and Deacon are truly going solo, but Scarlett is still stuck
I’m hoping that after last week, “Nashville” might lower the suds quotient and delve into some much needed character development. While Juliette showed promise of becoming more than a caricature, everyone else was busily backsliding like Juliette’s mom on a bender. Rayna seemed stuck in perpetually offended mode, while Teddy emerged as an all-too-predictable cad. The love triangle between Scarlett, Gunnar and Avery was enticing in a CW network show way, but when a relatively light B plot is the most compelling part of a show, that doesn't bode well.
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"American Horror Story"

 "American Horror Story"

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'American Horror Story' recap: 'I Am Anne Frank Pt. 1'

A literary icon turns up at the asylum, all grown up and ready for revenge

Well, the fun keeps on rolling at the non-stop carnival that is Briarcliff Asylum, and I'm thinking everyone on this particular ride desperately wants to get off of it. As we all know, bad things are about to happen. The only question, really, is who will be the unlucky one on this episode. Or, I should say, unlucky ones. 

The first potential victim is a new character -- Anne friggin' Frank. Seriously. The show takes a turn into "Once Upon A Time" territory by (possibly) tossing in an iconic literary character; given that we already have Dr. Frankenstein in the form of Dr. Arden, I'm expecting cameos from Snow White and Captain Hook any minute. As much as I enjoy the tossing-spaghetti-at-the-wall madness of this campfest, at times it can feel random, less like homage than writers opening up Wikipedia, closing their eyes, and typing wildly into the search box. This would be one of those times.

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<p>Nicholas David performs on Wednesday's &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Nicholas David performs on Wednesday's "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Wednesday - The Live Playoffs, Part 2

Thanks to the election and the desire to crush 'X Factor,' 'The Voice' hits Wednesday
Once more unto the Live Playoffs breach, fans of the “The Voice”. Monday’s two-hour show featured singers from Team Adam and Team Blake, so it’s time for the remaining ten contestants to perform an awkward group number then show their stuff on the solo front. Tomorrow, a live one-hour results show will narrow the field down from 20 to 12.
Let’s see what Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, and Blake Shelton have to say about tonight’s participants. Also, let’s see what Green is wearing. It can’t be any weirder than what he wore on Monday.
 
Onto the recap!
 
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<p>Marion Cotillard in &quot;Rust and Bone.&quot;</p>

Marion Cotillard in "Rust and Bone."

Credit: Sony Pictures Classics

The Long Shot: Independent women

The Best Actress race is only as weak as voters choose to make it

Earlier this week, I saw “Amour” for the second time, far removed from the hustle and fatigue of Cannes. My thoughts on the film settled on a return visit (and they'll be gathered soon in an overdue review), but this was one of them: if Emmanuelle Riva doesn't get a Best Actress nomination for her work here, the Academy's entire acting branch may as well turn in their cards. 

It's not just that her performance as a refined, intelligent music teacher descending rapidly into undignified, inarticulate dementia after a sudden stroke is a marvel of thespian technique as well as emotional intuition. It's that it's the kind of showcase performance, with its self-evident degree of difficulty and devastating audience connection, that most Academy voters wouldn't hesitate to recognize if it came from within their ranks: if “Amour” were an equivalently acclaimed US indie and a revered veteran like, say, Gena Rowlands were in Riva's place, I'd wager the Best Actress race might already be over. 

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<p>Alex Proyas, seen here with Will Smith on the set of his film 'I Robot,' is in talks now to adapt Daniel Wilson's 'Amped'</p>

Alex Proyas, seen here with Will Smith on the set of his film 'I Robot,' is in talks now to adapt Daniel Wilson's 'Amped'

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Alex Proyas and Working Title set to bring Daniel Wilson's 'Amped' to theaters

Could Wilson be the Michael Crichton of the 21st Century?

Daniel Wilson could be on the verge of a long and prosperous career as the new Michael Crichton.

After all, one of Spielberg's biggest hits was the higher-than-high concept "Jurassic Park," and next up for the director is the film adaptation of "Robopocalypse," which I wrote about a few months ago.  Like Crichton, his books posit big ideas, and the exploration of that concept is perhaps more important than character or dialogue.  That's not to say he's a bad writer… he's not.  But world-building and the big idea seem to be his strengths, and that's the sort of thing that Hollywood frequently responds to.  Wilson's got their attention, and it looks like he's got another film gearing up already.

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<p>It's Lyric 145!</p>

It's Lyric 145!

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Performances - Top 12... Or More?

Would it be another week of raves for Emblem 3 or would somebody else steal the spotlight?

When last we dropped in on "The X Factor," we were saying farewell to Willie Jones, Sister C, David Correy and Diamond White. We'll see if we miss those four.

We were also saying farewell to whatever awful name "The X Factor" gave to The Lylas after their original name didn't clear. There was a promise that an online contest would determine the new moniker. We'll see how that went.

Click through for the full live-blog/recap of Wednesday's (November 7) performances from the "X Factor" Top 12...

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