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<p>&quot;Argo&quot;</p>

"Argo"

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Oklahoma critics name 'Argo' the year's best, stick to the book elsewhere

Ben Affleck's film keeps it tight with 'Zero Dark Thirty' in the race for critics' fave

The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle has also chimed in for "Argo" today, giving the film Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay honors. The group was in lock-step with the rest of the season throughout: Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anne Hathaway, etc. Check out the full list below and keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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<p>John&nbsp;Hawkes and Helen&nbsp;Hunt in &quot;The Sessions&quot;</p>

John Hawkes and Helen Hunt in "The Sessions"

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Nevada critics go for 'Argo,' John Hawkes, Helen Hunt

Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field clean up the supporting fields for 'Lincoln'

The Nevada Film Critics Society has added one more notch to "Argo"'s tally of Best Picture wins. The group tied Ben Affleck with "Zero Dark Thirty" helmer Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director and went in a relatively unique direction with its Best Actor call, opting for John Hawkes in "The Sessions." Check out the full list of winners below and keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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<p>Kacey Mottet Klein and L&eacute;a Seydoux in &quot;Sister.&quot;</p>

Kacey Mottet Klein and Léa Seydoux in "Sister."

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A closer look at Oscar's foreign-language shortlist

Few surprises in a strong slate of contenders

I've been saying for some time now that the Academy's cull of the foreign-language field from 71 to nine contenders would be a heartbreaker, and so it was.

Among the standout films eliminated from the competition after yesterday's announcement are: Australia's vivid, perspective-bending WWII tale "Lore," Belgium's wrenching domestic drama "Our Children," Hungary's brutal Berlin Silver Bear winner "Just the Wind," Mexico's disquieting conversation piece (and Cannes Un Certain Regard champ) "After Lucia" and Germany's acclaimed, elegant Stasi-era character study "Barbara." We salute them, and many others: here's hoping they find the international audiences (and, in some cases, distributors) they deserve in spite of this setback.

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<p>Keira Knightley in &quot;Anna Karenina&quot;</p>

Keira Knightley in "Anna Karenina"

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'Argo,' 'Lincoln' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' lead Alliance of Women Film Journalists nods

Sean Anders, Sacha Baron Cohen and Gabriele Muccino make the 'Hall of Shame'

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced its list of nominees this year, with its own fair share of unique categories. The Best Film nominees were "Argo," "Lincoln" and "Zero Dark Thirty" (each also cited for Best Director). Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced next month. And, as always, keep track of the 2012-2013 film awards season via The Circuit.

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<p>Jessica Chastain in &quot;Zero&nbsp;Dark&nbsp;Thirty&quot;</p>

Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty"

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'Zero Dark Thirty' fares well with Women Film Critics Circle

'Lincoln' picks up a pair, 'Killer Joe' held to task

The Women Film Critics Circle has announced its annual…unique…slate of award winners. "Zero Dark Thirty" won three awards while "Lincoln" won two. And they have a bone to pick with "Killer Joe" and "Think Like a Man." Check out the full list of winners below and keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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<p>&quot;The&nbsp;Impossible&quot;</p>

"The Impossible"

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Tell us what you thought of 'The Impossible'

J.A. Bayona's riveting tsunami drama hits theaters this weekend

I've been on board "The Impossible" since way back in August and still believe it to be part and parcel of a great year for movies. It's been getting a lot of buzz lately as it barreled toward release and now, it's out there for you to chew on. When you get a chance to do so, come on back here and tell us what you thought. And again, feel free to rate the film above.

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<p>Megan Fox and Leslie Mann in &quot;This is 40&quot;</p>

Megan Fox and Leslie Mann in "This is 40"

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Tell us what you thought of 'This is 40'

Judd Apatow's latest hits theaters this weekend

I've been a little dismayed at the critical reaction to Judd Apatow's "This is 40" (one of Drew McWeeny's top 10 films of the year.) It feels like some had the knives out. I'm not a worshiper of the man's work or anything but his latest is, to me, his richest film to date. Perhaps it's about relating to it or not, I don't know. In any case, I'd love to hear your thoughts, so cut loose with your take in the comments section below when/if you get around to seeing the film. And feel free to rate it above.

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift's 'Red' will celebrate Christmas at No. 1 on the Billboard 200

Singer's album will easily command the top spot next week

Taylor Swift’s “Red” will go into the Christmas holiday with a sure lead for the top spot on the Billboard 200 next week.

The album returned to the No. 1 spot last week for the first time since its October release and stayed there this week, despite a charge by Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox.”

However, it looks like there’s no doubt that Swift will remain at No. 1 next week, as “Red” is tracking to sell up to 295,000 copies. That tally gives it more than a 100,000-edge over its nearest competitors. As of Friday,  One Direction’s “Take Me Home,” Mars’ “Jukebox” and “Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head,” the new album from T.I., are all too close to call for the No. 2-4 spots. They are all projected to sell between 150,000 and 175,000 copies.

The picture is a little clearer when we get to No. 5, which looks like it will be Michael Buble’s “Christmas” album, with holiday sales of  up to 160,000 copies.  That album is closely followed by Rod Stewart’s holiday smash, “Merry Christmas Baby,” which will sell up to 135,000 units, according to Hits Daily Double.

A compilation of tunes from “12/12/12: The Concert For Sandy Relief” will bow at No. 7, with up to 110,000 copies. The iTunes-only set features performances from such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and The Who. Not included on the tribute? Kanye West. Billboard tried to get to the bottom of why he is not on the tribute, but everyone they talked to declined comment. A source speculated that it was West’s decision not to be on the collection, although the magazine also posits that the fact that his contribution was 13-minute medley that couldn’t be broken up may have also contributed to the decision.

Rounding out the Top 10 are likely to be Phillip Phillips’ “World From The SIde Of the Moon”  at No. 8, Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” at No. 9 and Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” at No. 10.

 

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"Donald, can you see me? Can you feel me near you?"

"Donald, can you see me? Can you feel me near you?"

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'Fringe' Recap - 'Anomaly XB-6783746'

The show says goodbye to one character and hello, improbably, to another.

One thing that’s arisen in this final season of “Fringe” as a topic of debate is just how much needs to actually unfold onscreen to engage audiences on either a practical or emotional level. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach here, like anything else in a creative sphere. Through both conscious choice and external limitations, the show has skipped over large chunks of its overall storyline in order to get to its finish line. And the closer we get, the more than those gaps seem to be accentuated. “Anomaly XB-6783746” was an episode that nearly ground the season’s momentum to a halt only to kick things into major overdrive in the final moments. (I may need to adjust my neck from the whiplash, and not because it allows more sound waves to enter my ears.) To those still buying what the show is selling, filling in those gaps tonight might have been thrilling. To those less engaged with the show, filling them in might have been frustrating.

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<p>Sounds like the full &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;cast will be back for another season.</p>

Sounds like the full "How I Met Your Mother" cast will be back for another season.

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Report: 'How I Met Your Mother' to run forever and ever and ever

Jason Segel has apparently agreed to a ninth season; will we ever meet the Mother?

"How I Met Your Mother" is reportedly coming back for a ninth season — and if the show's creators take their title literally, we may have another year and a half, minimum, before Ted Mosby gets a look at his future wife.

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<p>Gary Oldman in &quot;Tinker,&nbsp;Tailor, Soldier, Spy&quot;</p>

Gary Oldman in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"

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'Tinker, Tailor' dominates biennial International Online Film Critics' Poll

Gary Oldman and Natalie Portman win top acting honors

Here's something novel. A biennial awards presentation. The eligibility period for the International Online Film Critics' Poll is November 16, 2010 to November 15, 2012, leaving a wide array of films to choose from. Pity, then, that the critics' choices aren't themselves as varied. Tomas Alfredson's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" won five awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Check out the full list below (and the previously announce nominees at the poll's website). And of course, keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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<p>Surprise!&nbsp;We're still here!!!</p>

Surprise! We're still here!!!

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Dublin critics award Haneke, Phoenix, Riva and...'The Artist?'

Gareth Evans spotlighted for breakthrough work with 'The Raid: Redemption'

If you thought we had escaped the year of "The Artist," you were wrong. The Dublin Film Critics Circle has chosen Michel Hazanavicius's Best Picture winner as the year's best film, as it opened on those shores in 2012. It joins Michael Haneke, Joaquin Phoenix, Emmanuelle Riva and more for top honors this year. Check out the full list below (with curious ties throughout), and as always, keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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