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<p>Malin Akerman as Tessa's mother Alex in &quot;Suburgatory.&quot;</p>

Malin Akerman as Tessa's mother Alex in "Suburgatory."

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Review: 'Suburgatory' - 'The Wishbone'

Malin Akerman arrives as Tessa's estranged mom, and Sheila gets a good look at Malik

A review of last night's "Suburgatory" coming up just as soon as I top streaming "Cool Runnings" to my phone...

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<p>Gorgeous... simply gorgeous..</p>

Gorgeous... simply gorgeous..

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Review: Animated 'Rise Of The Guardians' opens the door to a beautiful family franchise

Could this kick off a new series for the studio?

William Joyce is one of the best guys working today in the world of children's books, and the work he produces deserves to be added to the same shelf where we put names like Sendak and Silverstein and Seuss.  He has a beautiful, instantly recognizable art style, and he writes in the loveliest cascades of language.  There's something very dreamy and very familiar about his work as soon as you're introduced to it.  He is absolutely among the top tier of people who do what he does, and "Rise Of The Guardians" is, before anything, a tribute to his storytelling style and a fairly remarkable realization of the visual worlds he creates.

The film, written by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Peter Ramsey, begins with Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine) slowing waking up to consciousness.  He remembers nothing.  He is newborn to his powers, and we watch him get his footing, like the early scenes in "Bambi," and then leave into the wider world.  He doesn't really understand the way the world works or what his place in it is, and he operates on an instinctual level. 

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'Breaking Dawn' star Michael Sheen discusses Aro's laugh, Volturi bonding and his James Bond future

'Breaking Dawn' star Michael Sheen discusses Aro's laugh, Volturi bonding and his James Bond future

Powerful 'Twilight' vampire now sports a powerful mustache
In 2003, David Morrissey and Michael Sheen played Gordon Brown and Tony Blair in Stephen Frears and Peter Morgan's political drama "The Deal."
 
For some reason I find it funny that in the past two months I've talked with David Morrissey about hobnobbing with zombies on "The Walking Dead" and Michael Sheen about his latest tour of bloodsucking duty in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2."
 
There's nothing like an acclaimed British actor to add prestige to vampires, werewolves, zombies and more.
 
In "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," Sheen adds more than his respected pedigree. As Aro, telepathic leader of the vampire-ruling Volturi, Sheen adds impeccable menace and, once again, archly camp hilarity. 
 
In particular, Aro's laugh as become a weapon as finely honed as Jane's pain-infliction. That was the first thing I bought up when I sat down with the finely mustachioed Sheen, who explains the laugh's origin, even crediting franchise scribe Stephenie Meyer for assistance. 
 
In our conversation, we also discussed the off-camera bonding among the Volturi, his upcoming Showtime drama "Masters of Sex" [featured in this separate interview snippet] and, in jest one assumes, his James Bond future.
 
I've already posted my "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" interviews with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner and Elizabeth Reaser & Nikki Reed and Kellan Lutz & Jackson Rathbone. Expect one more as we get closer to Friday's (Nov. 16) premiere...
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<p>Abi-Maria of &quot;Survivor: Philippines&quot;</p>

Abi-Maria of "Survivor: Philippines"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Philippines' - 'Little Miss Perfect'

Loyalties are tested as Jonathan Penner scrambles once again
Pre-credit sequence. I still don't understand Jonathan Penner's vote from last week's wacky finale. Let's see if we get an explanation as Dangrayne returns from booting Jeff Kent. Mike Skupin is the first to speak, calling it Tribal Council History, raving at Blair Warner stepping in to rescue him. Abi, though, is pissed off at everybody, sarcastically thanking Skupin for voting against her. He didn't. Penner, if you'll recall, did vote against Abi, and he doesn't deny it, saying he doesn't like to be kept in the dark on Plan Bs. Penner is, in fact, still trying to make sense of the overall vote. HAHA. We spent all that time last week trying to make sense of Penner's potentially passive aggressive vote to get Jeff Kent out? Nope. It turns out that he just didn't know the play. "So I'm the one who blew it by not voting for Pete?" Penner asks Man-Dana. He genuinely has no clue if he made a horrible mistake. That's really hilarious and I guess I appreciate his candor. Meanwhile, Blair Warner and Malcolm make bygones, though Blair Warner is feeling like in lying and betraying and breaking promises, she did herself a disservice. "You're just amazing," Blair tells Malcolm, thanking him for being magnanimous. "It's bigger than me," Blair Warner says of "Survivor." 
 
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"Top Chef: Seattle"

 "Top Chef: Seattle"

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'Top Chef: Seattle' recap: 'A Shock at the Space Needle'

The show adds an unexpected twist featuring familiar faces

It's the first "real" week of competition, and the good news? We get a twist! You don't get to season ten without trying to mix things up a bit, and "Top Chef" is no different than any other reality TV series. Luckily, no one dances, there will not be ice skating (I don't think) and there will not be a McDonald's fry cook challenge (I hope). Maybe next season.

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"American Horror Story"

 "American Horror Story"

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'American Horror Story' recap: 'I Am Anne Frank Pt. 2'

Sister Jude may have finally met her match

If there was any doubt, 1964 (especially at Briarcliff) was not the year of the woman. I'm not sure if this show is an impassioned indictment of how women were disempowered decades ago or just an excuse for mutilating some of them on screen, but the truth is that this episode was probably a rough one for anyone -- male or female -- to watch.

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<p>Jeremy Irons in &quot;The Mission,&quot; the score for which was composed by Ennio Morricone.</p>

Jeremy Irons in "The Mission," the score for which was composed by Ennio Morricone.

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'The Mission' tops Variety composers' poll of the all-time greatest film scores

40 composers, from Michael Giacchino to Cliff Martinez, were surveyed

Variety published a music-focused Eye on the Oscars special today, and it's packed with interesting nuggets, from spotlights on individual composers in the awards race this year -- including "The Master"'s Jonny Greenwood, "Anna Karenina"'s Dario Marianelli and everything's Alexandre Desplat -- to a piece on the recent reversal of rules in the Best Original Song category, hailed by many branch voters as a victory for common sense.

The headlining feature of the special, however -- if only because the movie world is powerless to resist a Top 10 list -- is a poll of 40 working composers on the greatest film scores of all time. Participants range from Oscar-winner Michael Giacchino ("Up") to Coen Brothers favorite Carter Burwell to Cliff Martinez ("Drive"), with the list compiled by asking each one to name his/her three favorite scores. It's too small a survey to qualify as anything more than a bit of fun, but the results are surprising and inevitable in equal measure.

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<p>Keira Knightley in &quot;Atonement,&quot; one of Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner's many award-winning productions.</p>

Keira Knightley in "Atonement," one of Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner's many award-winning productions.

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'Les Mis' and 'Atonement' producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner to receive PGA's highest honor

Will that be the only award they win from the Producers' Guild this season?

I'm always slightly surprised when awards bodies choose to bestow a lifetime achievement honor upon a recipient already firmly in the running for a competitive prize that year. Something about it seems a tad gauche and redundant to me: why not single out a worthy candidate not already being feted throughout the season?

Still, it's a route the Producers' Guild of America has taken for the last few years with their highest career honor, the David O. Selznick Award Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures. Last year, Steven Spielberg was given the award on top of his Producer of the Year nomination for "War Horse," and his equivalent citation in the animated field for "The Adventures of Tintin." (He won the latter, to boot.) The year before, Scott Rudin received the Selznick Award, just as he was favored by many to take the PGA prize for "The Social Network." (As it turned out, he didn't.)

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<p>Yo La Tengo's &quot;Fade&quot;</p>

Yo La Tengo's "Fade"

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Listen: Yo La Tengo announce new album with 'Stupid Things' and tour dates

'Fade' due in January

After an intense election season, a week of scandal, a big "Bond" premiere and that disappointing new Why? album, it's about time for something uplifting and easy to listen to. Yo La Tengo may fill that gap, with the promise of a new album "Fade," due on January 15.

The band released an EP, "Stupid Things," earlier this year, and have included the title track in the 10-song list for this fresh effort. You can hear it below. You may find your ballot-casting hand a little less shaky, or your headphones finally relieved.

Pre-orders are up now and a deluxe version gets you a 7″ with covers of Todd Rundgren’s “I Saw The Light” and Times New Viking’s “Move To California.”

Yo La Tengo is touring in support, starting with their Hanukkah concerts at Maxwell's in New Jersey, and continuing with some shared dates with Calexico. Check those below.

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<p>From &quot;Wild&quot;</p>

From "Wild"

Watch: Beach House's 'Wild' hurts the heart

And you thought you were bummed out about 'Twilight' ending

Did I say the "Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" soundtrack would bum you out? I take it back. The video to Beach House's excellent dream-world "Wild" will bum you out.

And you thought your life was a wreck.

Johan Renck helmed this little spot of violent sexual sunshine, and it may not surprise the viewer that he directed episodes of "Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad," too. (It may furthermore surprise that he's directed clips for Kylie Minogue and Madonna.)

"Wild" is off of "Bloom," released earlier this year.

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<p>How would Cece Frey respond to last week's close shave?</p>

How would Cece Frey respond to last week's close shave?

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Top 12 - Songs of the Divas Performances

Yes, last week was also the Top 12, until it was 13

It seems like only a week ago that we sat down for Wednesday's "X Factor" Top 12 performances. 

Then the producers decided to Melanieamaro Diamond White back into the competition, giving us a Top 13, at least until Jason Brock was sent packing last Thursday night.

So now? Back to 12 again! Click through for the full recap...

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<p>Yes, we are still talking about 'Prometheus,' and if you have an issue with that, I will pull your head off so you'll look very silly in the sequel.</p>

Yes, we are still talking about 'Prometheus,' and if you have an issue with that, I will pull your head off so you'll look very silly in the sequel.

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Compare the Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts drafts of 'Prometheus'

An interesting lesson in the evolution of a franchise film is available online

I am always slightly horrified to watch when fandom decides to turn on someone.  And to be fair, I know it's never a group decision, but rather a ripple effect, and that it's just a percentage of people when something like this goes down.  Even so, it can feel like everyone thanks to just how vocal people get and how unrelenting the negativity can feel sometimes.

It felt like a few years ago, Damon Lindelof had been embraced by fandom at large and he was one of those names everyone was talking about.  When it was first announced that he'd gotten the gig rewriting what became "Prometheus," it seemed to be a pretty popular choice.  These days, things have changed so much that he swore off the AICN talkback last week on Twitter.  He's a whipping boy, and much of it is based on something that I think is very hard for people to judge, which is his contribution to the film.  I like Lindelof, though, and I think a lot of this pile-on is unfair and ridiculous.  I don't think he deserves to be the one person that fanboys attack over "Prometheus" or "Lost," and I think he is swinging for the fences when he works.  Whether he actually hits that home run or not, he's trying to do the sort of big-idea big-entertainment movies that I love dearly, and I like that he's in the mix, trying to amaze.

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