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<p>Suraj Sharma in &quot;Life of Pi&quot;</p>

Suraj Sharma in "Life of Pi"

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Off the Carpet: Eye of the storm

With a chunk of the season's reveals behind us, there's plenty more to come

Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, Notre Dame actually GOOD again -- oh the horror! The weekend produced its fair share of nightmares (well, the end of baseball season was a godsend) and Halloween isn't even here yet. But Oscar season feels like it's at a bit of a standstill, settled into a holding pattern. I hesitate to call it the eye of the storm, but after that first wave of fall festival entries, and with plenty still ahead, it kind of feels like that. So let's just do a bit of tidying to get an idea of where we are.

"Argo" continues to be a box office hit and the Best Picture frontrunner while "Cloud Atlas" has faltered. AFI Fest is going to bring "Hitchcock" into the fold at the end of the week with "Lincoln" closing it out a week later. "Zero Dark Thirty," "Les Misérables," "Django Unchained," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "Promised Land" (though it's been seen) are all on deck for press reveals next month.

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<p>Carly Rae Jepsen in &quot;This Kiss&quot;</p>

Carly Rae Jepsen in "This Kiss"

Watch: Carly Rae Jepsen hits the club in new 'This Kiss' video

Can the clip save the single?

Well, they can’t all be “Call Me Maybe,” can they? Carly Rae Jepsen’s video for current single, “This Kiss,” is not going to lift the song into a pop culture phenomenon, as did the clip for “Maybe.”

Instead, Jepsen has delivered a fairly mundane video for the peppy song about wanting to kiss a boy so badly, even though you both are attached to other folks.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>One Direction</p>

One Direction

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Listen: One Direction loves you despite your flaws on new song 'Little Things'

At least they don't mention cankles

Call it “What Makes Your Beautiful, Part 2.”

One Direction’s new track, “Little Things” catalogs, in great detail, all the things some girls/women hate about themselves: from her crinkles by her eyes and her stomach and her thighs to her weight and the fact that  “you still have to squeeze into your jeans.”  Thanks for noticing.

Hey girl, guess what? You may not like them, but it’s all those “Little Things” that make your man love you and makes you think you’re beautiful...or at least if your man is in One Direction. The only thing they leave out is cankles.

The stripped-down ballad, co-written by Ed Sheeran, is on 1D’s new album, “Take Me Home,” out Nov. 13.  Yeah, it’s sweet, but, you know what, dude? We don’t need for you to point out that it’s those things that make you love us. We just want you to pretend they don’t exist and that you don’t see them. Now all you’ve done is make us more self-conscious. Just like how your bald spot and your hairy back are two of the little things that make you all the more lovable to us. Now hand over the remote and leave me alone.

Seriously, while a lyric video has been posted for “Little Things,” it hasn’t been confirmed as a second single from “Take Me Home,” following “Live While We’re Young.” “Young” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, driven largely by digital sales as opposed to radio play. This week it tumbles 10 spots to No. 31.

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<p>George Clooney at the Los Angeles premiere of &quot;Argo&quot;</p>

George Clooney at the Los Angeles premiere of "Argo"

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' fills out with Daniel Craig, Cate Blanchett and Jean Dujardin

The World War II drama announces a major cast

How many Oscar nominees can you fit into one cast? Okay, Daniel Craig, you'll get there, but in addition to the "Skyfall" actor, director George Clooney has filled out the cast of his World War II drama "The Monuments Men" with Cate Blanchett ("The Aviator"), Bill Murray ("Lost in Translation") and Jean Dujardin ("The Artist"), in addition to John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban.

That's a lot of fire power. But Clooney can wrangle that kind of talent easily. He's one of Hollywood's golden boys, primed to receive an Oscar nomination in his sixth category for producing "Argo" this year. Deadline reports that the film, based on a true story and written by Clooney and partner Grant Heslov, tells of a crew of art historians and museum curators who scrambled to recover renown works of art stolen by the Nazi regime, destined to be destroyed.

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<p>Daniel Craig in &quot;Skyfall.&quot;</p>

Daniel Craig in "Skyfall."

Credit: Columbia Pictures

Roundup: 'Skyfall' slays global box office

Also: 'Argo' rises to the top, and why Melissa Leo owes Bill Murray

Commercial projections for "Skyfall" suggested it would be the highest-grossing Bond movie ever, and global box office figures this weekend suggest that will be the case. In the UK, the film took in over $32m this weekend -- the biggest opening haul of 2012, and a record for a non-3D feature. Indeed, it sits behind only the final "Harry Potter" instalment in the all-time rankings. Internationally, meanwhile, it opened at #1 in 24 other territories, raking in $77.7m overall. Given much robust figures, it'll be interesting to see if it outperforms estimates when it opens Stateside, where it's expected to gross a little over one-third of US champ "The Avengers"' total.  [Deadline]

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<p>There may not be many light moments in his new film 'Flight,' but Denzel Washington seems to be all smiles when discussing his work in the film.</p>

There may not be many light moments in his new film 'Flight,' but Denzel Washington seems to be all smiles when discussing his work in the film.

Credit: HitFix

Watch: Denzel Washington discusses hitting rock bottom in 'Flight'

The actor talks about playing a character who is a complete mess

Denzel Washington has been working for so long now that he's sort of an institution, one of those performers who is both movie star and actor.  I think there is a clear distinction between those two things, and there are movie stars who never really push themselves out of their comfort zones, just as there are great actors who don't possess whatever that particular charisma is that makes someone iconic.  Washington is capable of disappearing into a character, but he's also one of those guys who financiers love because he's been such a reliable box-office sensation over the years.

"Flight," the new film by Robert Zemeckis, calls on both sides of Denzel's personality.  It's the story of a guy who is capable of exceptional things who is also a high-functioning alcoholic and drug abuser, and his character is a hard person to like.  Denzel's charisma helps with that, and he manages to show you how this guy is able to coast on charm even as he burns his life down.  If he wasn't such a movie star, I'm not sure you'd have any sympathy for him, but if he wasn't such a good actor, I don't think that slow crumble of addiction would feel as authentic and unapologetic as it does.  It's the sort of work that reminds you just how good someone can be.

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<p>Abbie and Ryan of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Abbie and Ryan of "The Amazing Race"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Chill Out, Freak'

It's a hot one in Bangladesh with bamboo drama aplenty
It's true in life as on "The Amazing Race" - No matter how down you are, no matter how bad a day or week or month you're having, you should never quit and never give up, because you never know when your personal struggles and failures will come in a Non-Elimination Leg of Life.
 
[Most of the days and weeks and months of my life are Non-Elimination Legs, I must admit. But I'm not really competing for a million dollars in life, so eliminating me would just be petty.]
 
That's just me trying to extrapolate some sort of deep meaning from Sunday's "Amazing Race" episode, because otherwise the lesson is something like, "Just because an option is worded very poorly and complexly doesn't mean that it won't end up being much, much, much easier than the more simply worded option." Brevity of expression does not equate to ease in either life or "The Amazing Race."
 
More after the break...
 
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<p>Morena Baccarin in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Morena Baccarin in "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Homeland' - 'Q and A'

Carrie and Brody have a long conversation in a series highlight

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I specialize in widescreen agony...

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<p>On &quot;Trem&eacute;,&quot;&nbsp;David (Steve Zahn)&nbsp;pays a visit to Fats Domino.</p>

On "Tremé," David (Steve Zahn) pays a visit to Fats Domino.

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Tremé' - 'Careless Love'

Education is on the agenda for Antoine, Janette, Davis and company

A quick review of tonight's "Tremé" — and, in case you missed the news, HBO announced how many episodes there will be in the fourth and final season — coming up just as soon as I misquote Spinal Tap...

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<p>David Morrissey as the Governor on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

David Morrissey as the Governor on "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Walk With Me'

Andrea meets David Morrisey as the Governor

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as we get a show of hands...

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<p>Richard (Jack Huston)&nbsp;and Julia (Wrenn Schmidt)&nbsp;on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Richard (Jack Huston) and Julia (Wrenn Schmidt) on "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Sunday Best'

The show takes a memorable Easter break

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I play the saw...

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<p>David Morrissey of &quot;The Walking Dead&quot;</p>

David Morrissey of "The Walking Dead"

Credit: AMC

Interview: 'Walking Dead' star David Morrissey discusses The Governor

'State of Play' star joins the cast on Sunday night
[If you know nothing about the character David Morrissey will be playing on AMC's "The Walking Dead" and *want* to know nothing about the character, this interview can be considered very spoiler-y and you probably wanna read it after watching Sunday (October 28) night's episode. The reality, though, is that while the interview goes into some depth on the motivations and psychology of Morrissey's character, it spoils absolutely nothing about what he actually DOES within "The Walking Dead."]
 
In his acclaimed career, David Morrissey is no stranger to playing characters of a political persuasion, whether it's Stephen Collins from "State of Play" or Gordon Brown in "The Deal."
 
Morrissey, who probably would prefer you not think of him as the male lead in "Basic Instinct 2," makes his first appearance on Sunday (October 28) on AMC's "The Walking Dead," playing a character named The Governor, but fans of Robert Kirkman's comic series know that The Governor is not a traditional politician, per se. The Governor is the leader of the Woodbury community and... let's just say that there are some potentially unsavory sides to the character, not that we're necessarily going to see that side immediately on the TV show.
 
I sat down with the "Viva Blackpool" and "Meadowlands" (or "Cape Wrath," if you prefer its superior British title) star three weeks ago to talk about The Governor, who wasn't in either of the first two episodes sent to critics. 
 
Like so many actors playing ostensible villains, Morrissey clearly doesn't interpret The Governor as being a bad guy, or at least not a one-dimensional adversary. In the interview, Morrissey gives his read on The Governor, including several unlikely inspirations for the character. He also discusses his developing Southern accent and his off-screen friendship with "Walking Dead" star Andrew Lincoln.
 
As I already warned you above, there are spoilers in this interview, but they're character spoilers more than plot spoilers. You can also check out my interviews with Danai Gurira, producers Gale Anne Hurd & Greg Nicotero, and with producers Robert Kirkman & Glenn Mazzara.
 
Click through for the full Q&A...
 
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