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<p>Spike Jonze (center) and&nbsp;Hoyte Van&nbsp;Hoytema (right) on the set of &quot;Her&quot;</p>

Spike Jonze (center) and Hoyte Van Hoytema (right) on the set of "Her"

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Cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema on capturing Spike Jonze's 'Her' through a non-dystopian lens

Also: What can we expect from Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar?'

Hoyte Van Hoytema hit most cinephiles' radar in 2008 with the Swedish horror film "Let the Right One In." It was a dazzling display, a crystalline vision from director Tomas Alfredson aided by rich visuals that found Van Hoytema's work prominently recognized in an annual In Contention feature celebrating the greatest images in cinematography (and again a few years later.)

From there, the director of photography made his move into domestic features as David O. Russell — who has an eye for top cinematography talent, from Newton Thomas Sigel to Peter Deming to Masanobu Takayanagi — tapped him for the award-winning "The Fighter" in 2010. He kept the Alfredson partnership going with the director's 2011 English-language debut "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and in 2013 found himself collaborating with Spike Jonze on the critically acclaimed "Her."

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Clay Aiken is said to be considering a run for Congress


Clay Aiken is said to be considering a run for Congress

The former "American Idol" star is "actively considering a bid to represent North Carolina's 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House," reports The Washington Blade. Aiken has been meeting with pollsters and a former Al Gore political consultant as he contemplates a run for office.


"Community" returns down

While "The Big Bang Theory" saw its viewership rise, "Community" only grabbed 3.7 million and 3 million in its Season 5 debut. PLUS: Dan Harmon had to clean up much of the "dirty work" from Season 4 with "Re-Pilot."


Seth Meyers mulls having no band or DJ on "Late Night"
When Meyers takes over for Jimmy Fallon, expect less music and more sketches about news, sports and politics.


Check out "Big Bang's" new rival comic book store

Owned by "Drake & Josh's" Josh Peck.


"House of Cards" releases a mysterious black and white trailer
What is Frank Underwood doing?


Showtime will marathon "Shameless," "House of Lies" and "Episodes"

All marathons this month will air in advance of their season premieres.


ABC's "Assets" bombs
The eight-part spy miniseries could become the lowest-rated Big Four drama debut ever.


"MythBusters" to tackle "Star Wars"
Could Luke and Leia's swing across a giant chasm work in real life?


Jimmy Fallon's 2-hour primetime "Late Night" special airs Sunday

Watch a promo for the "Best of Fallon."


"The Dick Van Dyke Show" joins the Netflix lineup

All seasons of the '60s classic sitcom are now available for streaming.

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<p>Thursday's &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Community' returns down, while 'Big Bang Theory' dominates Thursday

ABC's 'The Assets' spies very few viewers in its premiere
Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 2, 2014.
 
On 2014's first night of largely original programming, "Big Bang Theory" came out strong and dominated Thursday in all measures, carrying CBS to comfortable primetime victories.
 
Over on NBC, "Community" started its fifth season below last spring's return, but still far above returning numbers for "Sean Saves the World" and "The Michael J. Fox Show," so take that with some grains of salt. 
 
"Community" also came back with far better demo numbers than the night's other premiere, impressively dismal numbers for ABC's fill-in drama "The Assets."
 
Depending on timing, I'll probably do further analysis of Thursday's numbers a bit later in the day (or tomorrow morning) when Finals are available.
 
On to the Fast National numbers...
 
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<p>&quot;The Notebook&quot;</p>

"The Notebook"

Credit: Sony Classics

Roundup: Sony Classics back in the foreign Oscar race with 'The Notebook'

Also: How 2013 was a lean year for female directors

Sony Pictures Classics is usually the dominant force in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race -- they've won the award for the last four years running. But they took a knock when the Academy unveiled the nine-film shortlist last month: with "The Past" and "Wadjda" failing to make the cut, the savvy campaigners were left without a contender in the hunt. Until now. SPC has picked up one of the two distributor-less titles on the list, Hungary's hard-edged Holocaust drama "The Notebook." It was already a strong nomination possibility, given the Academy's seemingly tireless taste for films on that era. Now that it has Sony's undivided attention in this competitive category, however, it's a formidable threat. [Deadline

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<p>Uhhhhhhhh...</p>

Uhhhhhhhh...

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Review: Strong choices make 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones' a smart left turn

What could have been a pandering ploy plays well

I would be hard-pressed to name any horror franchise that got to film number five that still had my attention in any serious way. I gave up on Freddy Krueger way before most of my peers, I don't acknowledge the existence of more than one film about Michael Myers, and two times around the track with Pinhead was plenty. But somehow, against any logical odds, the "Paranormal Activity" franchise appears to actually still be wringing new tricks out of a very, very basic formula.

"Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" is written and directed by Christopher Landon, and if there's anyone who can be considered the chief architect of the underlying mythology besides Oren Peli at this point, it's Landon. He was the screenwriter on all but the first film, and one of the things I respect about the way they've parceled out the story so far in this particular series is that each movie has added a new idea or a new perspective to paint a portrait of a wide-reaching conspiracy that has taken years to bring to fruition. All of these tapes fill in some part of the story, and in this case, the story being told doesn't appear at first to have any direct connection to the other films. This time, the main characters are Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) and Hector (Jorge Diaz), both just out of high school, two Hispanic kids in East LA.

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'Veronica Mars' unveils its official movie trailer


"Veronica Mars" unveils its official movie trailer

"Nine years of radio silence and yet I still kind of knew I could count on you," Logan tells Veronica in the first official trailer.

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First 'Veronica Mars' trailer teases a Piz-Logan-Veronica love triangle and more

First 'Veronica Mars' trailer teases a Piz-Logan-Veronica love triangle and more

Trailer shows where Veronica is now and what brings her to Neptune
Poor Duncan.
 
I mean... Not really. Nobody cares about Duncan. Still, Duncan Kane is pretty much the only guy in Veronica Mars' life with no chance of ending up with her, unless there's some major twistiness in store this spring from the "Veronica Mars" film, which dropped its first trailer on Thursday (January 2) night.
 
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<p>Josh Stamberg and Lauren Graham in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Josh Stamberg and Lauren Graham in "Parenthood."

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Promises'

Hank makes a discovery about himself, Sarah has a date and Joel and Julia have another fight

A review of tonight's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I make a presidential joke...

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<p>George Clooney in &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

George Clooney in "Gravity"

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'Gravity' wins Best Picture from Central Ohio critics

Ejiofor, Exarchopoulos, Franco and Lawrence win acting honors

"Gravity" picked up another Best Picture prize on the critics circuit today as the Central Ohio Film Critics Association handed it the year's top honor. Alfonso Cuarón won Best Director for the film and Emmanuel Lubezki won Best Cinematography. Top acting honors went to Chiwetel Ejiofor and Adèle Exarchopoulos and James Franco was recognized for his work in "Spring Breakers." Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below and remember to keep track of the season at The Circuit.

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<p>Jonathan Banks and Joel McHale in &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Jonathan Banks and Joel McHale in "Community."

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Season premiere review: 'Community' - 'Re-Pilot'/'Introduction to Teaching'

Jeff, the study group and Dan Harmon all return to Greendale

"Community" is somehow back for a fifth season, and with Dan Harmon restored as showrunner after his year away. I reviewed the start of the season in general on Monday, and I have specific thoughts on tonight's two episodes coming up just as soon as I blame owls for how much I suck at analogies...

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<p>Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley in &quot;The Spectacular Now.&quot;</p>

Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley in "The Spectacular Now."

Credit: A24

Previewing the 2014 WGA nominations

With the likes of '12 Years a Slave' ineligible, which underdogs will benefit?

As you may have noticed earlier today, we are now firmly into the Guild stage of the season -- with the critics (bar a few groups, notably the august National Society) having largely had their say, it's time for the industry to pinpoint their favorites of the season. More often than not, Guild nominations usher in a wave of dull consensus: while you'd hope various groups of professional peers would single out different films for different reasons, they have a tendency to zero in on the same tightening circle of Oscar contenders, whether the films particularly excel in their department or not. (Remember when "Sumdog Millionaire" won everything from the SAG ensemble prize to the Costume Designers' Guild award a few years back?)

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<p>John Wayne and Dean Martin made a huge impression on my kids in the classic 'Rio Bravo'</p>

John Wayne and Dean Martin made a huge impression on my kids in the classic 'Rio Bravo'

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Film Nerd 2.0 gets a special guest programmer to introduce the boys to John Wayne

'Rio Bravo,' Big Bear, and a very special family trip are all featured this time

My father is more of a man than I will ever be.

When I say that, I am talking about a particular type of masculinity, the classic definition of it that I was aware of as a young man. Growing up, I felt put upon when asked to do anything that felt remotely like a chore, but looking back at it all now, I can see that he was simply trying to pass along the knowledge he had about doing various things because he thought that knowledge was important to have. As a parent now, I am acutely aware of just how much responsibility comes built into that relationship. Kids are sponges, and every word you say could be endlessly analyzed and considered and internalized by them, good or bad.

There is a Steve Martin joke that I've always loved that plays off that responsibility.

"I've got a great dirty trick you can play on a three-year-old. See, kids learn how to talk from listening to their parents, so whenever you're around them… talk wrong. So now it's like the first day of school and he raises his hand. 'May I mambo rhino dogface to the banana patch?'"

That same premise also serves as the springboard for the disturbing "Dogtooth," the film by Giorgos Lanthimos about three teenagers who have been raised in near-total isolation by their parents, who have intentionally taught them to fear anything outside their walls while intentionally teaching them completely insane language skills.

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