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<p>Shane (Jon Bernthal)&nbsp;under fire on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Shane (Jon Bernthal) under fire on "The Walking Dead."

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'The Walking Dead' - 'Save the Last One': Lori's choice

Shane and Otis try to escape high school alive, while Carl fights to live

A review of tonight's"The Walking Dead" (which AMC unsurprisingly just renewed for a third season) coming up just as soon as my venereal disease saves your life...

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<p>Michael Pitt and William Forsythe in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Michael Pitt and William Forsythe in "Boardwalk Empire."

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'Boardwalk Empire' - 'The Age of Reason': When life gives you lemons...

Back-up plans and prayers are the order of the day as season 2 reaches its mid-point

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I catch your meaning...

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<p>Jonah Hill is &quot;Allen Gregory.&quot;</p>

Jonah Hill is "Allen Gregory."

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'Allen Gregory' - 'Pilot': Little big man

What did everybody think of FOX's new animated comedy?

I posted my review of FOX's "Allen Gregoryyesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched, what did you think? Was Jonah Hill funny as an obnoxious 7-year-old? Were you distracted by his dad's resemblance to "Community" Dean Pelton? And are you going to watch again?

Have at it.

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Watch: Joy Osmanski and Cristina Pucelli talk 'Allen Gregory'

Why is 'Allen Gregory' the pipe-smoking uncle of FOX's Sunday?
You've heard from French Stewart and Nat Faxon. You've heard from Will Forte
 
Up next in the roller coaster ride of "Allen Gregory" voiceover stars, let's hear what Joy Osmanski and Cristina Pucelli have to say about their characters. 
 
Osmanski voices Allen Gregory's Cambodian mail-order sister Julie. Unfortunately, this interview doesn't include the five minutes after wrap that we spent chatting about the underrated FOX comedy "The Loop."
 
Pucelli voices Patrick, Allen Gregory's pint-sized friend and assistant.
 
And together, the two actresses explain why "Allen Gregory" is like the pipe-smoking uncle of FOX's Animation Domination lineup.
 
"Allen Gregory" premieres on FOX on Sunday, October 30. 
 
Check out the interview...
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"X Factor"

 "X Factor"

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Reality TV Roundup: 'The Voice' grows, 'Sister Wives' get a new kid and Snooki gets scared

It's just another busy week in the world of reality TV

Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends.

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Watch: Will Forte talks 'Allen Gregory,' 'Saturday Night Live' and more

What draws the 'Clone High' veteran to voice-over work?
Our introduction to the supporting voices of FOX's "Allen Gregory" continues...
 
Last week, French Stewart and Nat Faxon talked about voicing the two men who raised and enabled Jonah Hill's title tike, 
 
Now, let's hear from Will Forte, who lends his pipes to several "Allen Gregory" characters, including Superintendent Jeremy Rossmyre, yet another person who helps Allen Gregory maintain his position as the world's most pretentious seven-year-old. 
 
It would be an understatement to say that Forte is no stranger to vocal work, given that his FOX credits alone include "The Cleveland Show," "American Dad!" and "Sit Down, Shut Up." Once you get into work on "Clone High" and a slew of Adult Swim offerings and you have an animation veteran.
 
In our conversation, Forte discusses what draws him to voice-over work, the fun he's had doing high-profile guest-starring roles and what he still misses about "Saturday Night Live."
 
Give it a watch...
 
And "Allen Gregory" premieres on Sunday, October 30 on FOX.
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<p>Keira Knightley in a scene from&nbsp;&quot;A&nbsp;Dangerous Method&quot;</p>

Keira Knightley in a scene from "A Dangerous Method"

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Sony Classics aims for lead with Knightley in 'Method,' supporting for 'Carnage' cast

Will it pay off?

When I spoke to Sony Classics honcho Michael Barker at this year's Telluride Film Festival, he told me, "Watch out for Jodie Foster." We were talking about the lead actress category at the time, and Roman Polanski's "Carnage" had just played the Venice fest. He was high on her chances and feeling invigorated by reactions to her showy turn in the film.

Well, things change in an Oscar season. According to screening literature recently placed at the studio's official site, not only will Foster actually be campaigned in the supporting actress category, but so will co-star Kate Winslet. Additionally, the other actors in the film's quartet -- Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly -- will be campaigned for supporting actor, taking the entire cast out of lead contention.

This, I think, is a smart way to go. The Best Actress race is already filling up and seems to have little room for movement between seven or eight serious possibilities. Meanwhile, the film's best shot at a nomination is probably for Christoph Waltz's smarmy lawyer (the character portrayed by Jeff Daniels on Broadway). And in a category that has a lot of wiggle room, I think he becomes a real possibility now.

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<p>Doris Day in 1955's &quot;Love Me or Leave Me&quot;</p>

Doris Day in 1955's "Love Me or Leave Me"

LAFCA doesn't take NYFCC bait and will honor Doris Day with lifetime achievement

LAFCA will announce year end awards on Dec. 11

The decision by the New York Film Critics' Circle to announce their year end honorees at the end of November has left a bad taste in the mouths of many in the industry, but their early move didn't have any repercussions with their West Coast brethren.  The Los Angeles Film Critics Association met today and, as expected, decided to keep their own year end awards announcement on the second weekend of December.  That means LAFCA will chime in on awards season on Sunday, Dec. 11.  Currently, the awards dinner is set for Sat. January 14, 2012 at a location to be determined.

Most importantly, LAFCA also announced that this year's lifetime achievement award will go to iconic screen legend Doris Day

The 87-year-old icon was a box office star of the '50s and '60s appearing in such films as "Pillow Talk," "Calamity Jane," "The Pajama Game" and Alfred Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much."  She received an Academy Award nomination for best actress for "Pillow Talk" in 1960 and was nominated for 11 Golden Globes, winning three as well as the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1989.  Day ended her film career in 1968 with "With Six You Get Eggroll" and transitioned to television where she starred in "The Doris Day Show" on CBS from 1968 to 1973. Day also has a very successful singing career and is most famous for "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" which was first introduced in "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and also became the theme for her TV show.  More recently, Day became a champion for animal rights causes and those charitable efforts was a key reason she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.

For year round entertainment commentary and awards season news follow @HitFixGregory on Twitter.

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<p>Don't look down.</p>

Don't look down.

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Cinejabber: Cruisin' for a bruisin'

Open thread. The floor is yours.

Welcome to Cinejabber, your weekly place to babble on about this or that to your heart's content.

It was a short week for me as I was out of town last weekend and didn't get to the usual Monday column, but that will be back on track next week. It's a holiday weekend, and I'm looking forward to just keeping it low key in the house with some scary movies.

On that front, I was watching Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" last night, still for me one of the greatest thrillers ever conceived directorially. It struck me while watching it -- probably because of yesterday morning's "Titanic 3D" presentation -- that, while I'm aware it's sacrilege, "The Shining" would be all the more stunning with a quality 3D conversion. Hear me out. Kubrick always worked with a dramatic depth of field, but that film in particular plays with foreground/background in ways that are already unsettling in two dimensions. Imagine further immersion. Just thinking out loud.

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"Allen Gregory" and his two dads, voice by, from left to right, French Stewart, Jonah Hill and Nat Faxon.
"Allen Gregory" and his two dads, voice by, from left to right, French Stewart, Jonah Hill and Nat Faxon.
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Review: FOX's 'Allen Gregory' dragged down by irritating title character

Jonah Hill and company introduce the world's worst 7-year-old in a new animated comedy

A few weeks ago, in reviewing HBO's "Enlightened," I suggested it hadn't cracked the tricky problem of how to generate comedy out of a character largely lacking in self-awareness. At the time, I wrote:

The trick to making a comedy with this kind of character work usually involves some combination of putting them in a position of power over the people they're inadvertently offending, making them so blissful in their idiocy that it barely matters how often they embarrass themselves, or making them jerks in need of comeuppance.

Since then, I watched "Allen Gregory," a new animated comedy that FOX will debut Sunday night at 8:30, and it follows that script to a T, giving us an oblivious central character who is able to bully and walk over everyone, who is extraordinarily pleased with himself and his cultured ways, and who is very much in need of comeuppance.

And in watching it, I realized that the game is much more complicated than I suggested earlier, because "Allen Gregory" is vastly more unpleasant to watch than "Enlightened" could hope to be.

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<p>An iconic moment from James Cameron's Oscar-winning epic &quot;Titanic.&quot;</p>

An iconic moment from James Cameron's Oscar-winning epic "Titanic."

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James Cameron hopes a new generation will discover an almost 3D or 2.99-D 'Titanic' on the big screen

Kate Winslet is back in the fold, but will Leonardo DiCaprio join her?

It's hard to believe, but almost 15 years ago to the day (O.K., maybe month), I sat in the Paramount Theater on the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood and was one of the first 100 or so people to watch James Cameron's epic "Titanic."  At the time, I was a very young assistant at 20th Century Fox International (I would actually work for Paramount later), fresh out of grad school and trying to work my way into the business (note to readers: marketing is not the way to go, trust me).  My boss invited me to join him and watch what had become one of the most buzzed about films of the past few years.  Pop into the next century and I'm now far removed from the studio side (or the dark side as I like to call it) and am watching 18 minutes of Cameron's "Titanic," now in 3D, back in the same Paramount Theater.  The more things change, the more things stay the same.  Of course, a lot has changed since then. 

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<p>Mikayla of &quot;Survivor: South Pacific&quot;</p>
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Mikayla of "Survivor: South Pacific"

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HitFix Interview: Mikayla Wingle talks 'Survivor: South Pacific'

Lingerie football player talks Brandon, Ozzy and pre-chewed pork
To hear Brandon Hantz talk to the cameras about it, Mikayla Wingle was playing one of the most exciting games in "Survivor" history, flirting and conspiring and wrapping the entire tribe around her finger.
 
To hear the lingerie football player and former Playboy model talk about it, she never had a change, pushed to the fringes from the season's opening moments by a rival castaway who brought his own personal biases into the game. 
 
Who are you gonna trust? [We're Team Mikayla in this particular standoff.]
 
She didn't make it to the Merge, but at least Mikayla was at the center of a good portion of the season's drama, even if the self-described tomboy wanted nothing to do with any of that drama.
 
In our exit interview, Mikayla discusses Brandon, eating pre-chewed meat, Ozzy's risky move and which player from her tribe truly disappointed her.
 
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