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Tintin and Snowy get ready for adventure on the new one-sheet for 'The Adventures Of Tintin'
Tintin and Snowy get ready for adventure on the new one-sheet for 'The Adventures Of Tintin'
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Exclusive: New 'Tintin' poster puts Tintin and Snowy at the heart of adventure

Not many other faces on the new poster, but it's looking good

Now that people are starting to review "The Adventures Of Tintin," and the word seems to be largely positive, it's going to be even harder for American film fans to wait for Christmas.

I understand why "Tintin" is coming out everywhere else first.  The character is iconic in Europe in a way that it just isn't here in America.  Even so, I think a two month gap is going to be almost sadistic once people start talking about how well Spielberg and Jackson and an army of WETA animators have managed to bring Herge's creation to life.

Today, we've got the new one-sheet for the movie, and it looks like Paramount's finally got Tintin's face front and center.  People have been talking ever since the first bit of footage or the first few stills that it seems like the advertising has cleverly hidden the faces and the mouths of the characters because of the uncanny valley issue.  Here, we've got the intrepid reporter looking right into the camera, and it's fascinating how his design seems to honor Herge's intention while still playing much closer to "real."

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<p>Elizabeth Olsen (left)&nbsp;and Sarah&nbsp;Paulson in &quot;Martha Marcy&nbsp;May&nbsp;Marlene&quot;</p>

Elizabeth Olsen (left) and Sarah Paulson in "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Go behind the scenes of Sean Durkin's 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

Cast and crew recall their experience in our exclusive featurette

Fox Searchlight's "Martha Marcy May Marlene" opens in limited release later this week. The film is one of unraveling mystery, immaculately crafted and precisely performed. It's a rousing debut accomplishment for filmmaker Sean Durkin and one that could sustain the long march from Sundance (where the film premiered in January) to Oscar night.

It's certainly deserving in areas like Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing, but I think it's best chances are for Best Actress (the brilliant Elizabeth Olsen) and Best Original Screenplay. But I imagine Durkin and Olsen, at the very least, will be receiving breakthrough notices all season.

Fox Searchlight has given us an exclusive featurette that takes you behind the scenes of the making of the film. Interviews with Durkin, Olsen, actors John Hawkes, Hugh Dancy, Sarah Paulson and more are included. Click on through to have a look.

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<p>Julianna Margulies on &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Julianna Margulies on "The Good Wife."

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'The Good Wife' - 'Feeding the Rat': An innocent man

Alicia's case is a dud, but office politics at Lockhart Gardner remain compelling

A review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I'm in line to be the next baseball commissioner...

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<p>Pam Grier in 1997's &quot;Jackie&nbsp;Brown&quot;</p>

Pam Grier in 1997's "Jackie Brown"

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Oscarweb Round-up: The 'Jackie Brown' press tour, 2011 edition

Also: Zachary Quinto comes out with purpose and Robert Downey Jr. asks for forgiveness for Mel Gibson

It's been nice lately to see the "Jackie Brown" gang, mainly Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Forster, make the press rounds this month on the occasion of the film's Blu-ray release. That was such an interesting awards season for that film. Grier and Jackson received the lion's share of precursor notices, the former getting a SAG nomination while both landed Golden Globe nods. After only a few tips of the hat, and none of them substantial, it was Forster who got the Oscar bid. Very cool. Devin Faraci recently sat down with Grier. [Badass Digest]

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<p>&nbsp;Liz and Marie, or perhaps Marie and Liz, no definitely Liz and Marie of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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 Liz and Marie, or perhaps Marie and Liz, no definitely Liz and Marie of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'This Is Gonna Be a Fine Mess'

The teams head to Phuket and face a difficult Detour
I guess I should give thanks to Wednesday's baseball rain delay for pushing "The X Factor" to Sunday and allowing me the rare opportunity to check out "The Amazing Race" in HD for the first time this season (and maybe only the second or third time in total).
 
"The Amazing Race" still looks fantastic in HD and I wonder if the HD shift was at least partially responsible for bringing Jerry Bruckheimer back into the winners' column at the Emmys last month. This week's episode included a scratching monkey, beautiful floating cities and fetching (but still indistinguishable) sunburnt Twins Liz and Marie, all in HD. The Detour task with the windblown rainbow umbrellas was also made for high definition.
 
So yeah, either this recap is going to be all about the beauty of "The Amazing Race" in HD, or I'm going to be force to spend a while grumbling, because we've had four episodes this season and only two of them have ended with a team (or teams) going home.
 
Yup. It was another Non-Elimination Leg. Even if it saved a team that I like looking at, you'll have to forgive me if I'm not enthused.
 
Full recap after the break...
 
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<p>Jessica Brody (Morena Baccarin)&nbsp;thinks about her husband on &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Jessica Brody (Morena Baccarin) thinks about her husband on "Homeland."

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'Homeland' - 'Clean Skin': Let's get a taco

Brody's home life seems better but gets worse, while Carrie struggles to protect her asset

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I torpedo your briefing...

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<p>Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies)&nbsp;and Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride)&nbsp;hide from &quot;The Walking Dead&quot;&nbsp;in the season 2 premiere.</p>

Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride) hide from "The Walking Dead" in the season 2 premiere.

Credit: AMC

'The Walking Dead' - 'What Lies Ahead': Deer, Jesus

Rick and friends head out on the highway but get stuck in a traffic jam

"The Walking Dead" is back for its second season. I already published my advance review of the season, and I have a few specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I keep the sun on my left shoulder...

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<p>Mickey (Paul Sparks), Jimmy (Michael Pitt)&nbsp;and Richard (Jack Huston)&nbsp;visit a potential new partner on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Mickey (Paul Sparks), Jimmy (Michael Pitt) and Richard (Jack Huston) visit a potential new partner on "Boardwalk Empire."

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'Boardwalk Empire' - 'What Does the Bee Do?': Strokes and slaps

Chalky and Richard highlight a revenge-fueled episode

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" review coming up just as soon as there are Creamsicles in my icebox...

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<p>Enrique Iglesias and Nicole Scherzinger of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>
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Enrique Iglesias and Nicole Scherzinger of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' - 'Judges' House #2' Live-Blog

More performances from France, Malibu, The Hamptons and Santa Barbara

FOX really isn't making it easy to keep up with the schedule for "The X Factor." Sunday (October 16) night's episode is the episode that was really supposed to air on Thursday, except that Thursday's episode was really Wednesday's episode due to playoff baseball. But you know how "X Factor" really airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays? Well, this week it'll air on Tuesday, because the World Series is airing on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Does that all make sense? Don't worry. Expect oodles of reminders during Sunday's episode, which'll be live-blogged after the break...

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<p>Jamie Bell in &quot;The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.&quot;</p>

Jamie Bell in "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn."

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Review: Fun, frisky 'Tintin' pages Indiana Jones

Spielberg bounces back with high-energy foray into motion capture

You'd have been forgiven for thinking that Steven Spielberg had lost his fun gene after he last gifted our cinema screens, a distant-seeming three years ago, with the dismal "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull": a soulless, haphazardly crafted piece of directorial brand-whoring, in which Harrison Ford's eyes appeared deader than those of any mo-cap mannequin.

Tardily reviving a beloved franchise that seemed to have reached generational closure in its third installment was always a dubious move -- but it acquires full-blown redundancy with the arrival of "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn," a springy, souped-up entertainment whose ample boy's-own pleasures hew far closer to the original Indiana Jones template than that dim 2008 sequel.

Of course, the Tintin-Indy parallel is neither original nor accidental: Spielberg was allegedly first drawn to Belgian author-artist Hergé’s classic boy-adventurer comics 30 years ago, after some critics made the comparison in reviews of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”; he’s held the film rights to the series, on and off, since 1983, himself visualizing the films as “Indiana Jones for kids.”

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<p>Scotty McCreery</p>
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Scotty McCreery

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Music Power Rankings: Scotty McCreery lands atop Adele, Britney, and Taylor

Who makes the list for the first time?

1) Scotty McCreery: “American Idol’s” season 10 winner sets a passel of records as his debut, “Clear As Day,” bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 making him the youngest male to land his first album in the top spot. Take that, Justin Bieber.

2) Adele: She leads all nominees for the American Music Awards, stays at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Someone Like You,” but, more importantly, within the next two weeks, “21” will surpass the 4 million mark in U.S. sales. It will be the first album to move past that mark since Eminem’s “Recovery,” taking less than half the time to do so.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Drake and Anna Faris and Jason Sudeikis of &quot;Saturday Night Live&quot;</p>
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Drake and Anna Faris and Jason Sudeikis of "Saturday Night Live"

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Anna Faris and Drake

Stick around after a slow start for some top-notch skits

It’s the fourth straight week that “Saturday Night Live” is airing new episodes. That can’t be a good thing, right? If I don’t get eight hours of sleep a night, I resemble an extra on “The Walking Dead.” I can’t imagine how the talent both in front of the camera and behind it are fairing after a month producing a live show each week. Will I take that into account when grading tonight’s ep? Nah. That wouldn’t be American of me. So I’ll throw the grading hammer down on host Anna Faris and musical guest Drake the way I would any other show. Who knows? Maybe running on fumes will produce a hallucinatory episode that will stand the test of time. Or, it’ll just be Kristen Wiig trotting out every old character for one final parade. Anything’s possible. Only one way to find out. Onto the recap! 

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