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<p>Chiwetel Ejiofor in &quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;</p>

Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave"

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'12 Years a Slave' wins four from Houston film critics

The steamroll through the regional critics awards continues

Also handing out awards today was the Houston Film Critics Society. The group also went with "12 Years a Slave," bringing the film's Best Picture tally up to seven, for those keeping score at home. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sandra Bullock picked up top acting honors, while Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o maintained their impressive dominance in the supporting ranks. Check out the nominees here and the full list of winners below. And, again, keep track at The Circuit.

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<p>Sandra Bullock in &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock in "Gravity"

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'12 Years a Slave' wins big with Kansas City film critics

Sandra Bullock picks up some Best Actress steam

The Kansas City Film Critics Circle has tapped Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" as the year's best, falling in line with a number of regional critics as of late. The film dominated the group's choices, also picking up wins for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. The group added a little more intrigue in the Best Actress field, though, by giving "Gravity" star Sandra Bullock her second critics award of the day (following Houston earlier this afternoon). Check out the full list of winners below, and as always, be sure to keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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John Goodman joined on 'SNL' by Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone


John Goodman joined on "SNL" by Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone
The trio played the "Three Wise Guys" gossiping about Jesus Christ while on camels in Bethlehem.

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Gregory Ellwood's top 10 films of 2013

Gregory Ellwood's top 10 films of 2013

Films with iconic and haunting images rule the year

Another year, another top 10 list. This one, however, will be slightly different than previous installments.

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John Goodman and Taran Killam

John Goodman and Taran Killam

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – John Goodman and Kings Of Leon

A member of the Five-Timers Club makes his return to Studio 8H
It’s time for the penultimate 2013 installment of “Saturday Night Live,” and time for recappers to bust out words like “penultimate.” Excitement abounds! Tonight, John Goodman hosts for the thirteenth time, his first since November 2001. That’s a long time between gigs, especially for someone that hosted every year between 1989 and 2001. The only cast member in both 2001 and 2013? Seth Meyers, who is set to leave early next year. So the stage is set for Goodman to have fun with a whole new sandbox of sketch comedy talent. We still might see Linda Tripp trying to use the Obamacare website, but if that happens, Goodman’s Tripp will be playing against a new actress playing Monica Lewinsky. So, that’s new and fun. Kinda.
 
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<p>Friday's &quot;Grimm.&quot; Apparently.</p>

Friday's "Grimm." Apparently.

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TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' lead Friday, while NBC's 'Grimm' slips

'Raising Hope' and 'Carrie Diaries' are among several dipping shows
Fast National ratings for Friday, December 13, 2013.
 
Not much new to say about Friday night: CBS swept the primetime hours overall, with "Blue Bloods" as the evening's top show, while "Shark Tank" delivered Friday's best numbers among young viewers and let ABC win in the key demo.
 
Meanwhile, it was a weak night for NBC's double dose of "Grimm," for FOX's double dose of "Raising Hope" and for The CW's double dose of drama.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Johnny&nbsp;Depp sports his aged Tonto makeup on the set of &quot;The Lone Ranger&quot;</p>

Johnny Depp sports his aged Tonto makeup on the set of "The Lone Ranger"

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'American Hustle,' 'Bad Grandpa' and 'The Lone Ranger' among Oscar makeup and hairstyling finalists

'The Hobbit' and 'Rush' fail to make the cut

The Academy has announced this year's bake-off finalists for the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar, and the big omissions appear to be Ron Howard's "Rush" and Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." But the Jackass boys have cause for celebration!

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Robbie Kay

 Robbie Kay

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Interview: 'Once Upon A Time''s Peter Pan - Robbie Kay

The teen actor promises a 'very iconic' episode this Sunday

Have you ever wanted to talk to Peter Pan? More than a few people might want to chat with the J.M. Barrie creation, though they might hesitate to swap words with the version currently tearing up the joint on "Once Upon A Time" (Sun. at 8:00 p.m. on ABC). As Pan, Robbie Kay has gotten to take the iconic character to dark, dark places, and now he's poised to take down Storybrooke and all of our beloved fairytale characters with a killer spell in this week's midseason finale. I spoke to Kay about playing Pan, playing Henry, and why this week's midseason finale should be "very iconic." 

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<p>An image of hope from the trailer for Christopher Nolan's &quot;Interstellar&quot;</p>

An image of hope from the trailer for Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar"

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'One year from now,' will we be talking about 'Interstellar' in the Oscar race?

The trailer for Christopher Nolan's latest hit today and it has something to say

The teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's first foray into filmmaking with the "Dark Knight" trilogy firmly in his rear view mirror landed today, and it's certainly a tease. Fleeting images of America's space race populate it, from Bell X-1 aircraft dropping into the atmosphere for collision course with the sound barrier to Walter Cronkite removing his glasses in awed disbelief after Neil Armstrong, the alien, set foot on the moon. Matthew McConaughey's voice over reflects a world that has left that innovation behind, and with it, the spirit to achieve wonders.

This is a thematic thread I'm very, very interested in, and where once "Interstellar" was a genre curiosity — well, more than that, a sci-fi excursion I was very much looking forward to from an immensely talented commercial filmmaker and a charismatic, revived leading man fronting an amazing cast — it has now taken on a whole new hue for me. This could be an extremely meaningful portrait at a time when NASA is seemingly funded just enough to keep the lights on, when that eagerness to "make the unknown known" has given way to global concerns that are often times necessary, others merely a distraction.

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<p>Beyonce</p>

Beyonce

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Can Beyonce's Thursday night surprise bump Garth Brooks' box set out of No. 1?

Will Bey's new set sell enough in four days to start at the top?

Garth Brooks’ comeback continues as his boxed set, “Blame It All On My Roots,” remains at No. 1 on next week’s Billboard 200.

The Walmart-only exclusive picks up speed as it sells up to 175,000 copies in its third week of release, increasing from its first and second week numbers, according to Hits Daily Double.

However, Hits Daily Double put up its predictions before Beyonce surprised the world by dropping a 14-track album on iTunes Thursday night, so if Bey has her way she will outsell Brooks. But for now, we’ll to look at the top 10 without Beyonce in the picture.

Kelly Clarkson’s “Wrapped In Red” remains the hit Christmas album of the season, boasting 140,000 in sales for No. 2. One Direction’s “Midnight Memories” is No. 3 (110,000-120,000). The Robertsons’ “Duck The Halls” is No. 4 (115,000).

The week’s two debuts (other than Beyonce) take the next two spots as R. Kelly’s “Black Panties” bows at No. 5 (110,000) and Childish Gambino’s “Because The Internet” will launch at No. 6 (95,000).

Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” is No. 6 (75,000) and Katy Perry’s “Prism,” at No. 7 (60,000). Two more holiday titles —Mary J. Blige’s “A Mary Christmas” and Susan Boyle’s “Home For Christmas” are at No. 8 (55,000) and No. 9 (50,000) respectively. The soundtrack to “Frozen” heats up the No. 10 spot (50,000).

In continuing bad news for Britney Spears, her new album, “Britney Jean,” which came on the chart at No. 4 this week, falls out of the top 15.

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Is 'Homeland' taking a page from the '24' playbook with exits of Jessica & Dana Brody?


Is "Homeland" taking a page from the "24" playbook with exits of Jessica & Dana Brody?
Just like Kim Bauer, Dana Brody is gone after three seasons.


Slovakians are upset with Jon Stewart
Slovak Republic residents were apparently not happy when they got word of Stewart's "Daily Show" jokes this week that their countrymen's "main export is farts" and their president is a cow.


David Spade to HBO?
The  "Just Shoot Me" and "Rules Of Engagement" alum is close to a deal with HBO to co-write and star in a comedy set in the music industry.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus is sorry -- she didn't mean to compare shooting "Veep" in a Maryland town to prison
"Thank God the work’s good," Louis-Dreyfus told NY Magazine. "Can you imagine if it wasn't? It would be a prison." That comment sparked outrage in Columbia, MD, where "Veep" shoots in a warehouse, prompting this tweet from the "Veep" star: "Just want 2 clarify.I love Maryland.Our crew is fab.The prison joke was a joke re: the warehouse.Truly sorry if anyone was offended."


"Entourage" creator: I've never met NFL star Rob Gronkowski
In a tweet, Doug Ellin seemed to debunk a TMZ report, picked up by Fox Sports, that "Gronk" is making a cameo in the "Entourage" movie, even after tearing his ACL.


"Seinfeld's" Festivus co-writer responds to Fox News host's outrage
"Am I to understand that some humanoid expressed outrage that the baby Jesus was behind a pole made of beer cans?" Dan O'Keefe says of Gretchen Carlson's rant against a Festivus display in Florida's capitol building.


Jon Stewart's head writer is joining John Oliver's HBO show
Tim Carvell, who's been with "The Daily Show" for nearly a decade," will become Oliver's showrunner.


"The Killing's" new mystery details revealed
Season 4 will be set in an all-boys military academy outside Seattle.


Connie Britton is OK with no "Friday Night Lights" movie
Britton is glad a decision has been made, adding: "I feel like the only way that was ever going to work is if it just fell into place beautifully, and if everybody was on board, because we couldn’t do anything to risk what Friday Night Lights has already been."


George Lopez's FX comedy promotes "Dexter's" David Zayas
He'll become a series regular on "Saint George."


Vince Gilligan spent more than 90 minutes this week talking "Breaking Bad" with NFL Network
Listen to Gilligan, who isn't an NFL fan, answer burning questions on the "Rich Eisen Podcast."


Jimmy Kimmel creates a Fox News version of "It's a Wonderful Life"
Watch Kimmel's recut trailer. PLUS: Watch Kimmel address Oprah and the other 99 most powerful women in entertainment, and check out Kimmel's holiday card.


Jeff Probst promises a "brutal" final "Survivor" tribal council
"I feel for these people who have gone through 39 days of hell; the jury can't wait to get their licks in," he says.


Danny Trejo is headed to "NCIS: LA"
He'll appear in an episode set in Mexico.


"Psych's" musical episode: What took so long?
Creator Steve Franks first got the idea to stage a musical while filming the pilot. So why did it take seven years to come to fruition?


Letterman talks to Andy Cohen about quitting drinking at age 34
"I was always drunk," says Dave, "and I loved it. Oh dear god I loved. I loved everything about being drunk."


TNT orders reincarnation drama "Proof" from Kyra Sedgwick and O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark
The supernatural medical drama about a female surgeon who investigates out-of-body experiences will also include "Nashville's" showrunner.


Watch Britney Spears' E! documentary trailer

"I am Britney Jean" premieres Dec. 22.


"Scandal" burning questions

The midseason finale left behind more questions than answers.


Ranked: TV's Top 10 Christmas specials
Where does "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" place?


"Treme": An appreciation
The HBO drama from David Simon never recovered from the loss of John Goodman.


TLC compiles "Outrageous 911" calls for a TV special

"Outrageous 911" premieres Saturday.


Nat Geo presents "Kentucky Justice"

The reality show going behind the scenes of the Harlan County Sheriffs' Dept. premieres Sunday.


Check out the fan-made "Almost Human" trailer
Presented side-by-side with the original movie trailer.


Ian Ziering reenacts a "Beverly Hills 90210" scene
Watch him try to recapture the magic of the "Spring Fling" fight with Brandon.


Steven Van Zandt: "Lilyhammer" is the most violent show in Norwegian history

"In the second season," Van Zandt says, "he's becoming more Norwegian and it's a slightly different dynamic. We keep the violence pretty moderate because Norway doesn’t like violence at all — it's the most violent show in the history of Norway."


Presenting the Worst TV of 2013
From "Do Not Harm" to "Killing Kennedy."


"The Vampire Diaries" releases its 100th-episode trailer

Is Katherine dying?


Rockmond Dunbar welcomes a baby girl
"The Mentalist" star had a reason to celebrate this week, despite what happened on "Sons of Anarchy."

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<p>Katie Collins post-&quot;Survivor&quot; Jury clean-up</p>

Katie Collins post-"Survivor" Jury clean-up

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Interview: Katie Collins talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

Tina Wesson's daughter discusses her run to the season's penultimate episode
In many "Survivor" seasons, Katie Collins would have been the first person voted out. Her tribe lost the first challenge and she took responsibility for a big part of that failing. 
 
Instead, Brad Culpepper and his male alliance targeted Marissa and Katie was off on a surprisingly long run that ended on this week's episode only after a Duel in which her mother, Season 2 winner Tina Wesson, offered repeatedly to let her take second and stay in the game for another day or two. 
 
Katie declined her mother's offer and, months later, she sounds pretty comfortable with that decision. She also feels good about her last Tribal Council, in which she drew the white rock and was sent home by chance after multiple voting deadlocks. 
 
In the exit interview, Katie talks about her perpetually precarious position in the game, her feeling that she never would have written her mother's name down and the part of the game her mother couldn't have prepared her for.
 
Full Q&A after the break...
 
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