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<p>I cannot explain why JCVD's wearing white paint all over his bald head in this scene, but I'm sure it has nothing to do with Col. Kurtz.</p>

I cannot explain why JCVD's wearing white paint all over his bald head in this scene, but I'm sure it has nothing to do with Col. Kurtz.

Credit: Magnet Releasing

Review: Loopy and brutal 'Universal Soldier 4' should make fans Van Damme happy

I am so so sorry for that headline, but I would do it again in a heartbeat

I was going to write a formal review of "Universal Soldier 4: Day Of Reckoning," and then I put it in the player tonight and the following happened on Twitter:

"Okay, 'Universal Soldier 4,' here's your chance. Thrill me.

I will say that it's a good sign that the first face I see in the film is Scott Adkins. That guy is awesome.

So far, Adkins seems to be doing nice work playing a sensitive father dealing with a personal trauma. When does he kick someone's spine out?

I'll say this much for 'Universal Soldier 4': I'm 40 minutes in and I have no idea what the hell is going on.

I am compelled to keep watching if only for the freaky Jean Claude Van Brando thing they're going for. #thehorror #thehorror

Scott Adkins just got superpowers. Not sure why, but Scott Adkins with superpowers means I keep watching.

Two, two, two times the Adkins! Two, two, two times the confusion!

I love that Adkins is in 'Zero Dark 30," but watching this, I wonder why they didn't send him after Bin Laden alone. Woulda been easier.

Another way they could have improved 'Zero Dark 30'? Jean Claude Bin Laden.

John Hyams loves 'Blade Runner,' 'Apocalypse Now,' and dudes kicking holy hell out of other dudes."


Technically, I feel like I could leave it at that and we'd be good.  That is a very accurate moment-to-moment summary of how odd it is to sit through the film, but I do have a little more to say about it.  When I say I had no idea what was going on, that's not hyperbole.  There were stretches where I was baffled by the things people were doing or the way they were behaving or just the simplest of exchanges between them. 

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<p>Tina Fey and James Marsden in &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Tina Fey and James Marsden in "30 Rock."

Credit: NBC

Morning TV Round-Up: '30 Rock' & 'The Office'

Liz and Criss want to get married, while Dunder-Mifflin builds a house of complaint cards

It's morning round-up time, with thoughts on last night's "30 Rock" and "The Office" coming up just as soon as I talk on my Bluetooth to a guy at the octopus auction...

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<p>A scene from &quot;Lincoln.&quot;</p>

A scene from "Lincoln."

Credit: Touchstone Pictures

Roundup: Why this year's Oscar race is so money

Also: The playwrights in the writing race, and dressing 'Hitchcock'

We may still be in the early stages, but one of the clear narratives of this awards season has been in place for some time now: after several straight years of independent productions ruling the roost, studio fare looks set to dominate this year's Oscars, with "Argo," "Lincoln," "Life of Pi" and (we presume) "Les Mis" all riding a wave of mainstream prestige combined with multiplex appeal. Pamela McClintock examines the situation and wonders if, after recent triumphs for limited performers like "The Artist" and "The Hurt Locker," this could be the year box office once more becomes a Best Picture prerequisite, and "event pics for adults" once more become a recognized Hollywood commodity. [Hollywood Reporter]

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Heather Morris, Dianna Agron and Naya Rivera on "Glee"

Heather Morris, Dianna Agron and Naya Rivera on "Glee"

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'Glee' recap: 'Thanksgiving'

Nothing to be thankful for here

"I just feel like every time we go home just makes me sad and like we're not moving forward, you know?"

Yeah, I know, Rachel. Because that's how I feel watching anything on "Glee" involving the current McKinley High crew. Sure, there are new faces, but the spectacle of bland characters dominating episodes with their bad storylines is certainly sad and definitely not moving forward.

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<p>Bryce Dallas Howard's &quot;when you find me&quot;</p>

Bryce Dallas Howard's "when you find me"

Credit: Freestyle Picture Company

Ron Howard and daughter Bryce among 11 finalists for live action short Oscar

Will star wattage win out in the category as it has in the past?

The Academy has announced that 11 films will advance in the race for Best Live Action Short Film at the 85th annual Academy Awards. A tie in the balloting resulted in 11 films as opposed to the usual 10. The press release notes that 125 films had originally qualified in the category.

Check out the full list of films below.

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"Project Runway All Stars"

 "Project Runway All Stars"

Credit: Lifetime

'Project Runway' recap: 'You're Got Male'

It's an androgyny challenge, but some designers can't swing both ways

So, another week, another oddball challenge. But whatever could it be? The designers gasp in appreciation when Carolyn Murphy walks out wearing a vest without a shirt. Wow, I guess. Anyway, her outfit is a hint. The challenge is androgyny! They must each design an androgynous outfit that is also avant-garde. I am so excited I can barely speak! No Michael Kors rip-offs this week, but something that might (gasp) actually go down a runway in Milan or Paris, right? I'm thinking Commes des Garcons, the "Project Runway" edition. Of course, not all of our designers like avant-garde or androgyny. Laura Katheen is horrified, and so is Ivy. You know who isn't? Josh. Yeah, no shocker there. 

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<p>This pretty much sums up why I&nbsp;love video games.</p>

This pretty much sums up why I love video games.

Credit: Ubisoft

Ubisoft dazzles with a ten-minute 'Far Cry 3' launch trailer

There's a lot of hype here, but it looks like it may live up to it

It blows me away when I see some of the work being done in videogames today.  I spend very little time writing about games here on the site, and part of the reason for that is that when I play a game, it is (A) far too infrequently for my tastes and (B) the way I choose to escape from that analytical mode that I'm in while watching pretty much any film or TV show these days.  I love games.  I love the way they've evolved over the years.  And while I have strong opinions about the games I play, that has not been something I've consistently voiced over the years.

Right now, what intrigues me is the way the marketing of games is getting very sophisticated.  The campaign for "Halo 4" was impressive, with that one live-action commercial that was produced by David Fincher, and I really dug the "Grand Theft Auto V" trailer that was recently released.  But when it comes to really pulling out all the stops, I'm going to have to give it up for Ubisoft's new ten-minute sneak peek at the highly-anticipated "Far Cry 3."

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<p>Amy Poehler and Adam Scott in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler and Adam Scott in "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Pawnee Commons'

Leslie, Tom and Andy all struggle with the need to grow up

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I tour the country performing a spoken-word opera about pear-shaped women...

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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'Vampire Diaries' recap: 'My Brother's Keeper'

Elena is hot for Damon - and her brother Jeremy is out for blood

Of all the scripted dramas on television, "The Vampire Diaries" may churn through more pure plot than any other. More happens in one episode of this show than several weeks worth of, say, "Nashville" or, say, "Criminal Minds." It's never less than exciting, but man, don't blink. 

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<p>Grace (Daisy Betts)&nbsp;plays defense attorney on &quot;Last Resort.&quot;</p>

Grace (Daisy Betts) plays defense attorney on "Last Resort."

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Review: 'Last Resort' - 'Big Chicken Dinner'

A Colorado crewman goes on trial for rape, and Sam works Booth

A quick review of tonight's "Last Resort" coming up just as soon as the backup singers transpose the lyric...

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<p>Diamond White of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Diamond White of "The X Factor"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'The X Factor' Top 8 - Two eliminations and Alicia Keys performs

But mostly? Burrito Josh returns to the 'X Factor' stage!

It's nearly time for Burrito Josh!

That's why we're all watching Thursday (November 29) night's "The X Factor," right? Burrito Josh!

He was like Vino Alan, only instead of tattoos everywhere, he had a huge beard! And instead of entertaining the troops for a living, he MADE BURRITOS!

Oh right. Alicia Keys is gonna perform also.

Oh right. We're sending home two musical acts.

OK, fine. Let's get down to business...

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<p>Rob Corddry, Keegan Michael Key, and Leslie Bibb all grapple with the supernatural in 'Hell Baby'</p>

Rob Corddry, Keegan Michael Key, and Leslie Bibb all grapple with the supernatural in 'Hell Baby'

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Sundance 2013 Midnight Line-up Including Demon Babies, Video Game Heroes, 'S-VHS' and more

Our first look at the announcement for the Sundance midnight selection seems promising

It does not seem possible that the next Sundance Film Festival is just over a month away now.

I mean, we're still waiting on screening dates for some of the Christmas movies, and now we're already poring over the Sundance announcements so we can figure out who's seeing what when Team HitFix descends on Park City once again for the start of the fest on January 17, 2013.

I know that I'm on midnights duty, as always, and in festival after festival, some of my favorite experiences come from the midnight line-ups.  It was at Sundance two years ago that I witnessed that amazing meltdown during a screening of Lucky McKee's "The Woman," and last year, I had my socks knocked off by "V/H/S," the anthology horror film.

Looking at the titles announced today, the first thing that jumps out is the follow-up to that anthology, and I had to laugh when I saw that they've titled it "S-VHS."  There will come a point when no one is alive who understands those two titles or remembers what they refer to, but for those of us who lived through the video revolution, that's immediately funny.  I'm excited to see the filmmakers behind "The Raid" involved in this one, and Eduardo Sanchez, who can be described as a pioneer of the found-footage genre, is also joining the roster.  Throw in Jason Eisener, the sociopath behind "Hobo With A Shotgun," and it sounds like it's going to be another huge kick.

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