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<p>The Affair</p>

The Affair

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Review: 'The Affair' - 'Episode 8'

The action shifts into winter, and Noah and Alison reconnect over tragedy

A review of tonight's "The Affair" coming up just as soon as I send my daughter's French clothes to the dry cleaners...

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'The Pontiac Bandit Returns'

Craig Robinson returns to torment Jake, while Santiago makes Holt a scrapbook

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I realize that my time is worth nothing...

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What critics awards dominance means for a movie like 'Boyhood'

Richard Linklater's 12-year odyssey continues to mostly run the table, but...

Seeing as tomorrow's Oscar column is (perhaps refreshingly) not focused on the precursor awards, I figured I would get a few thoughts out on how things have gone so far. And if you're a supporter of "Boyhood," they've gone very, very well.

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'Boyhood' named 2014's best film by Los Angeles Film Critics Association

'Boyhood' named 2014's best film by Los Angeles Film Critics Association

A quirky list of winners besides in response to the east coast flock's announcement last week

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has spoken this season with a list of winners quite original in response to their New York counterparts, who announced last week. "Boyhood," again, won Best Picture, as well as Best Director. But Tom Hardy ("Locke") and Agata Kulesza ("Ida") made for interesting additions to their separate conversations. "Selma" got some love as well in the form of a New Generation Award for director Ava DuVernay.

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<p>Brendan Gleeson in &quot;Calvary&quot;</p>

Brendan Gleeson in "Calvary"

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British Independent Film Awards go to 'Pride,' Brendan Gleeson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

'Boyhood' wins Best International Film award

Yann Demange's "'71" had a strong showing in the nominations stage for the 2014 British Independent Film Awards, but it was Matthew Warchus' "Pride" walking away with top honors, including Best Film, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. However, my favorite win of the evening has to be Brendan Gleeson's for the underrated "Calvary." Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("Belle") rounded out the acting honors.

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'Boyhood' named best film by New York Film Critics Online

'Birdman' and 'Two Days, One Night' pick up multiple awards

Sunday afternoon, the New York Film Critics Online organization voted on and announced its 2014 award winners, including "Boyhood" as Best Picture. In the past, NYFCO’s echoed the major contenders in each category, adding to a snowball effect for films like previously named Best Pictures like "12 Years a Slave," "Zero Dark Thirty," and "The Artist." This year sticks to the trend, with familiar picks popping up in the organization's major categories.

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TV Top 10 For 2014: The Fien Print picks 'Game of Thrones,' 'Fargo' and more

TV Top 10 For 2014: The Fien Print picks 'Game of Thrones,' 'Fargo' and more

The Fien Print runs down its Top 10 for 2014

My 2014 Top 10 By-the-Numbers...

Repeat Shows from 2014: 4
Shows Premiering in 2014: 4
Established Shows Rising into My Top 10: 2
Network Shows: 1
Cable Shows: 5
Premium Cable Shows: 3
Streaming Shows: 1
Comedies: Between 3 and 5
Adapted Formats: 6

I did that breakdown mostly for my own purposes trying to figure out if I cans see any trends emerging from my Top 10. The biggest trend, I suppose, is that there's a lot of great TV and there's a lot of great TV coming in a lot of great formats and coming from a lot of new and interesting directions even if it maybe isn't necessarily coming from the five broadcast networks, though I'd argue that there's a lot of very good TV coming from there. [Network TV isn't the best source of great TV going, but network TV is probably still the best source, by volume, of GOOD TV.]

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Boston Society of Film Critics names 'Boyhood' Best Picture of the year

Boston Society of Film Critics names 'Boyhood' Best Picture of the year

Michael Keaton and Marion Cotillard take top acting honors

The Boston Society of Film Critics kicked off a busy day for awards on Sunday by naming "Boyhood" the year's best film. The IFC Films release also took Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Ensemble and Best Film Editing honors. Check out the full rundown of winners with thoughts throughout below, and remember to keep track of the season at The Circuit.

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'Birdman,' 'Boyhood' lead Washington DC critics awards nominations

'Under the Skin' and 'Interstellar' earn some much needed praise

The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association will announce its Best of the Year picks on Monday, Dec. 8, in the early hours of the morning. Thankfully, for us awards season devotees, the organization was kind enough to tease what movies, performances, and technical achievements were in the mix. If you are of the opinion that a nomination can only help a fighting film’s chances, then you’ll want to check out this full list of D.C. contenders.

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'The Leftovers' ditches most of its supporting cast as Season 2 moves to a new locale
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'The Leftovers' ditches most of its supporting cast as Season 2 moves to a new locale

'SNL' spoofs 'Peter Pan Live!'

“The Leftovers” is ditching most of its supporting cast as Season 2 moves to a new locale
The Damon Lindelof drama will undergo a “creative reboot” for its 2nd season with only the lead actors and characters sticking around as the HBO series leaves the fictional town of Mapleton, New York.

“SNL” spoofs “Peter Pan Live!”
Cecily Strong perfectly captured the awkwardness of Allison Williams as Pan, while James Franco mocked Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. PLUS: “SNL” presents a geriatric “Star Wars” teaser, and Bill Hader says: "I discovered Pete Davidson—I literally discovered him. He's on ‘SNL' now."

“7th Heaven” returns to UP TV
Reruns of the WB series were pulled in October as Stephen Collins’ child molestation scandal made headlines. But UP’s CEO now says: ""We brought the show back because many viewers expressed they could separate allegations against one actor from the fictional series itself." 

Meet the man who played the “Peter Pan Live!” crocodile
Assistant choreographer Charlie Williams (no relation to Allison) says there was no CGI involved in his croc suit. "It was 100% me,” he says. "It’s funny to hear people online saying, 'Oh, I wish the croc had always been the guy and not CGI’d in' or whatever when it was me the whole time in the croc suit.”

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

Alec of "Survivor: San Juan Del Sur"

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Interview: Alec Christy talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'

Does he regret making Julie quit? Does he mock Drew for how he left?

When Alec Christy was voted out in the second of two "Survivor: San Juan Del Sur" episodes this week, he was disappointed, but took solace in at least outlasting his older brother Drew.

Indeed, he can take added pleasure in the relative simplicity with which he went out: The dominant alliance was supposed to split votes, but take out Keith. Instead, Natalie flipped and voted Alec out, figuring Keith might be a better ally to keep around.

That beats Drew's exit, which involved throwing a challenge in order to target an all-female voting conspiracy that never existed, subsequently alienating all of the women his his tribe, creating a female conspiracy and getting himself voted out.

Of the brothers, Drew was the "Survivor" fan and Alec told me in his exit interview that he had only watched two episodes before going into the game. And while he understands that he made certain beginners' mistakes, he only sounds a little regretful about, for example, goading Julie into quitting the game and preempting a vote that could have given his alliance a big numbers advantage, or failing to strategize with Jaclyn sufficiently before another vote that went against his alliance.

Generally, Alec is pretty pleased with how he did in making the Top 7. In the full Q&A below he explains why and also discusses what he would do differently now that he actually knows "Survivor"...

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James Franco and Cecily Strong

James Franco and Cecily Strong

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – James Franco and Nicki Minaj

The star of 'The Interview' becomes a threepeat host

Although he appeared in last season’s best sketch (“Monster Pals”), James Franco hasn’t actually hosted “Saturday Night Live” in almost exactly five years. With “The Interview” just around the corner, don’t be surprised to see Seth Rogen show up tonight. (I’d be more surprised, but also more delighted, if co-star Lizzy Caplan shows up for a “Masters Of Sex” parody as well.) Franco has been up for anything in his previous “SNL” appearances, and just released a fantastic “SNL” documentary now available on Hulu Plus, so he’s a good host to kick off this final leg of the Fall 2014 season.

As always, I’ll be liveblogging each segment. This week, I’m giving everything a “B” just to appease those that quibble with the individual grades I assign. Oh wait, that probably wouldn’t be any better. Grades are imperfect, in-the-moment reactions and nothing more. This has been a strong overall season, one that’s been a lot of fun to recap thus far. I’m hoping Franco, Martin Freeman, and Amy Adams bring things to an equally strong conclusion.

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