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San Francisco critics go with staples: 'Boyhood,' Linklater, Keaton, Moore

San Francisco critics go with staples: 'Boyhood,' Linklater, Keaton, Moore

Norton and Arquette win in supporting

Also announcing awards Sunday was the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. Staples of the season were awarded: Richard Linklater, Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, Edward Norton, Patricia Arquette, etc. And "Boyhood" was crowned the year's best film.

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Good news, Modest Mouse fans: First new album in 8 years en route

Good news, Modest Mouse fans: First new album in 8 years en route

A first taste of 'Strangers to Ourselves' went out to a select few fans

Modest Mouse has been helping lead music festivals since 2011 without a new album to promote.

It looks like about now is the time they... start promoting an album.

"Strangers to Ourselves" will be out on March and on Dec. 16, the first single "Lampshades on Fire" will hit (virtual) shelves.

And it's that song that the group has actually managed to preview in these past three years as their most recent work. To celebrate, Modest Mouse apparently shipped out vinyl singles of the songs to select fans ahead of Tuesday's release.

"We want you to have this limited test pressing of our new single 'Lampshades On Fire.' The song will be available for purchase tomorrow, Tuesday, December 16," read a typed note that accompanied the single. "'Lampshades on Fire' is the first single from our new album Strangers to Ourselves, which will be released on Tuesday, March 3, 2015." The single is also set to hit radio December 15th.

 

Modest Mouse's last LP was "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank," which yielded them their first No. 1 set on the Billboard 200. It was led by the single "Dashboard," and boasted Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr as a member of the band. No word yet if Marr's on for this one, nor if there's another concept behind the set. The band did, however, post what could be the album or single artwork to their instagram account, below. Looks cold, creepy, delightful. PERFECT.

 

 

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'Birdman,' Michael Keaton, Rosamund Pike win with Kansas City film critics

'Birdman,' Michael Keaton, Rosamund Pike win with Kansas City film critics

'Obvious Child' takes Best Adapted Screenplay for a change

The nation's second-oldest critics organization, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, joined in on the year-end kudos Sunday with a list of 2014's superlatives. And it was "Birdman" walking away with the group's best picture prize. Rosamund Pike won Best Actress for "Gone Girl" while "Obvious Child" won Best Adapted Screenplay, if you're looking for some real divergence.

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'Birdman' leads Chicago critics nods with 'Life Itself' love meaning a little more

'Birdman' leads Chicago critics nods with 'Life Itself' love meaning a little more

'Boyhood' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' continue to stand out as well

"Birdman" is coming out really strong with the critics awards nominations lately, heading up another list this weekend with the Chicago Film Critics Association. The film picked up nine tips of the hat, with fellow critical darlings "Boyhood" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" not far behind. And a lovely note: naturally, "Life Itself," about the life of Chicago staple Roger Ebert, was nominated for Best Documentary as it continues to be one of the top contenders of that field. I picture him giving a hearty thumbs up to that.

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'Top Five's' Gabrielle Union thinks you're underestimating the Kardashians

'Top Five's' Gabrielle Union thinks you're underestimating the Kardashians

What 'Real Housewives' connection?

Ever since she went head-to-head with Kirsten Dunst in "Bring It On," we've been waiting for Gabrielle Union to have her moment. She's shown glimpses of what a great actress she is, but she hasn't really found the role that could take her to the next level. Union's impressive play on a TV reality queen in Chris Rock's "Top Five" is just another welcome tease on how talented she really is.

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'The Homesman' leads 2014 Women Film Critics Circle nominations

'The Homesman' leads 2014 Women Film Critics Circle nominations

'Gone Girl' takes one on the chin

The Women Film Critics Circle has announced nominees for the year, and it was Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman" that led the way with six total nominations. The Hilary Swank vehicle picked up nods for Best Movie About Women, Best Actor, Best Male Images in Movies and Best Ensemble, among others. Even though Hilary Swank was recognized for two specific acting categories, though, she was not nominated for Best Actress. Curious.

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Bill Cosby expects 'black media' to stay neutral over his rape allegations
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Bill Cosby expects 'black media' to stay neutral over his rape allegations

'Orange is the New Black' cast join NYC protest against police brutality

Bill Cosby expects “black media” to stay neutral over his rape allegations
“Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind,” he tells the NY Post.


“Orange is the New Black” cast join NYC protest against police brutality
Cast members participated in Saturday’s Millions March.


Joss Whedon says it's "nonsense" to convert "Buffy" to widescreen
Whedon took to Twitter to denounce the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” remastered in widescreen, which has surfaced on Pivot network: "Buffy was shot 4x3 cuz TVs were shaped that way. Widescreen Buffy is nonsense. (Firefly was shot wide - Fox cropped it.) #apsectratiowoes”


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Cecily Strong raises questions about writing for women in film in 'Weekend Update' sketch
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Cecily Strong raises questions about writing for women in film in 'Weekend Update' sketch

Now if only she took off those glasses...

Earlier today, there was a conversation on Twitter about the new Chris Rock film "Top Five" and, in particular, the character played by Rosario Dawson.

There are some big things wrong with the way her character is written, most specifically that Rock seems to have no idea how things actually work for someone writing for The New York Times, but I feel like Dawson's so appealing that she's able to turn the character into something more rounded and interesting than what existed on the page.

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<p>Jon of &quot;Survivor: San Juan Del Sur&quot;</p>

Jon of "Survivor: San Juan Del Sur"

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Interview: Jon Misch talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'

Latest bootee discusses his big spat with Jaclyn, Natalie's flip and Alec's flirting

I've said it before and I stand by it: For six or seven votes in this "Survivor: San Juan Del Sur" season, Jon Misch and girlfriend Jaclyn Schultz had more power than any pair of castaways in "Survivor" history. 

Tribal Council after Tribal Council, the week's vote hinged on what the recent Miss Michigan and the former Michigan State Spartan decided, as they flipped back and forth taking out powerhouses and threats, often in blindsides.

This past week, Jon & Jaclyn's "Survivor" run came to an end, fittingly, with a blindside and it was, fittingly, an act of revenge, as Natalie targeted Jon for taking out her only strong non-Blood ally in the game, Jeremy.

As we saw things play out, Jaclyn seemed to be warning Jon that Natalie might come after him, but Jon dismissed the idea. This came one week after a fight between Jon & Jaclyn seemed to derail the season's strategic momentum.

In this week's "Survivor" exit interview, Jon talks about the Tribal Council blindside that saw Missy and Baylor also flip on him and ended with his torch being snuffed, Idol still in his pocket. But if Jon had played that Idol, Jaclyn would have gone home instead. How would he have felt about that? And what was it light watching his lovers' spat play out on national TV? Or watching Alec flirt with his girlfriend?

Jon explains many things in this week's interesting Q&A...


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Martin Freeman fronts a pitch-perfect mash-up of 'The Office' and Tolkien on 'Saturday Night Live'
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Martin Freeman fronts a pitch-perfect mash-up of 'The Office' and Tolkien on 'Saturday Night Live'

Gareth as Gollum is my new everything

When you've got Martin Freeman hosting "Saturday Night Live," it's a safe bet they're going to figure out a way to do a "Hobbit" themed sketch.

Bonus points, then, to the show for doing a parody of both the Engish version of "The Office" and Freeman's Peter Jackson trilogy. "The Office: Middle-Earth" is about as easy a joke as they could make, but the execution actually pays off thanks to an attention to detail.

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Martin Freeman, Charli XCX, and Kenan Thompson

Martin Freeman, Charli XCX, and Kenan Thompson

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Martin Freeman and Charli XCX

The star of 'The Hobbit' and 'Fargo' sets foot on Studio 8H for the first time

Martin Freeman seemed like a solid but unusual choice to host “Saturday Night Live” when he was first announced. Had you asked me twenty possible hosts for the show’s December run, I’m not sure I would have put him anywhere near that list. (I’d have gone with Ian McKellan returning to host over Freeman making his debut.) Quite frankly, I’m surprised the star of “The Hobbit”/”Fargo”/”Sherlock” even had the time or energy to host at all. We’ve seen his comedic chops in all of those programs, as well as in the original version of “The Office,” so we know he has the bonafides to host. But how will he integrate with the show’s current cast? That’s what we’ll find out tonight.

As always, I’ll be liveblogging as the episode progresses, assessing grades to each segment. As always, you the readers will weigh in as well, and in no instance will a disagreement between the two sides be anything less than civil.

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Fox cuts 'American Idol' to 1 night a week
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Fox cuts 'American Idol' to 1 night a week

Fox cuts “American Idol” to 1 night a week
“We are going to do the performance show and the results in the same show,” says Ryan Seacrest of Season 14. “So there won’t be a ‘wait ‘til tomorrow night.’ There won’t be a ‘Coming up,  coming up, coming up.’ We are going to put it all into one format in one night. So that will be exciting.”

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