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<p>Aidan and his kids take an unorthodox field trip from home schooling in the wise and funny 'Wish I Was Here'</p>

Aidan and his kids take an unorthodox field trip from home schooling in the wise and funny 'Wish I Was Here'

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Review: Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here' is an emotional powerhouse

Ten years after 'Garden State,' Braff is back at Sundance with another triumph

PARK CITY - Certain films show up at festivals or in theaters with targets painted on them.

The best example of that this year at Sundance is Zach Braff's long-awaited follow-up to "Garden State," and I can understand why. After all, this is the film that he took to Kickstarter, even as people complained about the idea of a millionaire asking people for hand-outs. Beyond that, though, hating "Garden State" has become a cottage industry. The only thing Braff could possibly do to counter all of the naysayers would be to make a genuinely great movie.

Which, thankfully, is exactly what he did.

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<p>Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in Craig Johnson's &quot;The Skeleton Twins.&quot;</p>

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in Craig Johnson's "The Skeleton Twins."

Review: Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader leave 'SNL' behind with 'The Skeleton Twins'

Is this what Lorne Michaels movies should have been?

PARK CITY - This is probably the last thing co-writer and director Craig Johnson wants to hear, but watching his new dramedy "The Skeleton Twins" Saturday afternoon, I was struck by a recurring thought: Why didn't Lorne Michaels produce more movies like this one?

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<p>Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor at the 20th annual&nbsp;Screen Actors Guild&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards winners - complete list

'American Hustle,' 'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' win top honors

The 20th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards were be held Saturday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Kudos were dished in an array of acting categories, for stars of both film and television. Check out the full list of winners below, and be sure to check out Dan Fienberg's live blog of the proceedings and don't forget to keep track of the whole season via The Circuit.

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<p>The Actor!</p>

The Actor!

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2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards Live-Blog

Will '12 Years a Slave' and 'Breaking Bad' repeat last weekend's Globes wins?

And we're back! It was only six days ago that we were all here for the Golden Globe Awards, where "American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" won best picture awards and cemented their positions as Oscar best picture favorites. How will things play out at the 2014 SAG Awards?

And will "Breaking Bad" continue its recent drama domination?

One thing's for sure: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" won't win any awards tonight.

Click through for my full live-blog of the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards and chat along in the comments!

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<p>Jenny Slate in &quot;Obvious Child.&quot;</p>

Jenny Slate in "Obvious Child."

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Review: Jenny Slate makes a delightful leading lady in 'Obvious Child'

Warm, sharply feminist slacker comedy is an early Sundance charmer

PARK CITY - Those of us who have never seen a single episode of "Saturday Night Live" have a somewhat stymied relationship with a vast network of variously talented performers -- with their backstories and creative personae largely unfamiliar to us, they often arrive as blank slates when they finally make the jump to the big screen. That can be a drawback in film vehicles that are essentially extensions of their "SNL" shtick, but it can also make for unexpected, preconception-free discoveries, and so it is with Jenny Slate. I may know little about her apparently uneven TV career, but I now know from "Obvious Child," a winning slacker comedy from first-time writer-director Gillian Robespierre, that Slate has the makings of a rather special movie star: lovably gawky, casually relatable and very, very funny.

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ABC and 'The Bachelor' producers slam Juan Pablo's anti-gay comments

ABC and "The Bachelor" producers slam Juan Pablo's anti-gay comments

"Juan Pablo’s comments were careless, thoughtless and insensitive, and in no way reflect the views of the network, the show’s producers or studio," they said in a joint statement. UPDATEJuan Pablo apologizes, says  "the word pervert was not what I meant to say and I am very sorry about it."

Bill Murray thinks the Kristen Wiig "SNL" cast was the best since the original
"I really feel like the previous cast, that was the best group since the original group," Murray said on a Reddit Ask Me Anything. "They were my favorite group. Some really talented people that were all comedians of some kind or another. You think about Dana Carvey, Will, Hartman, all these wonderful funny guys. But the last group with Kristen Wiig and those characters, they were a bunch of actors and their stuff was just different."

Denis Leary: USA wouldn't allow "Sirens" to show a horse receiving oral sex

That, he says, is the difference between FX and USA.

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Juan Pablo Galavis

 Juan Pablo Galavis

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'Bachelor' Juan Pablo says gays 'more pervert, in a sense'

The retired soccer player is against the idea of a gay bachelor

During ABC's TCA party, "The Bachelor" star Juan Pablo Galavis told reporter Sean Daly he's not exactly keen on the idea of a gay bachelor. 

“I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV,” he said. 

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<p>David&nbsp;O.&nbsp;Russell (right)&nbsp;with Christian Bale and&nbsp;Jeremy Renner on the set of &quot;American&nbsp;Hustle&quot;</p>

David O. Russell (right) with Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner on the set of "American Hustle"

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David O. Russell to receive Santa Barbara fest's Outstanding Director Award for 'American Hustle'

Tribute to be held on Jan. 30

With a little less than two weeks away from opening night, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has slid in one more honor for its big round of tributes held throughout: the Outstanding Director Award to "American Hustle" helmer David O. Russell.

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Exclusive: Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi and 'Camp X-Ray' cast sit down interview

Exclusive: Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi and 'Camp X-Ray' cast sit down interview

Will the drama help the battle to close Guantanamo Bay?

PARK CITY - The talk of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, the first full day of the festival, centered on some surprise hits ("Obvious Child"), a major disappointment ("God's Pocket") and an out-of-the-ordinary entry ("Frank"). One film that received strong notices, specifically for its performances, was the Guantanamo Bay-centered drama "Camp X-Ray."

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Juan Pablo objects to having a gay 'Bachelor' -- they are 'more pervert in a sense'

Juan Pablo objects to having a gay "Bachelor" -- they are "more pervert in a sense"
Juan Pablo Galavis may have created a headache for ABC with his anti-gay comments, telling The TV Page, "I don't think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV."

"Today" boss: We're not replacing Al Roker with Sam Champion
Page Six reports that "Today" might try to use Champion, who now works for NBC-affiliated The Weather Channel, as leverage when Roker's contract expires later this year. But "Today" exec producer Don Nash says the show isn't in the market for a new weatherman.

Is "American Idol" in its "post-phenom" phase?
It appears that "Idol" is no longer a megahit, but can it survive as a staple of primetime like the once-mighty "Survivor" has done?

ABC says it's "rebuilding" amid a dreadful season
It's been a tough season for ABC, where everything from "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" to "Killer Women" has failed to catch on.

"SNL's" declining viewership, charted
The NBC mainstay's ratings have steadily declined over the past decade. PLUS: Take a tour of "SNL's" wardrobe department.

Crackle adds classic "Jeopardy!" episodes
Watch Alex Trebek hosting in the '80s, '90s and '00s.

Fox teams with Uber to promote "Rake"

Uber will be giving away 200 rides a night in advance of Thursday's premiere.

"Raising Hope" books a "Downton Abbey" star
Lesley Nicol will play Tippi Hedren's former maid.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "HitRECord on TV" is a "vanity project masking as generosity"
The user-generated pieces on this Pivot series that premieres Saturday "are charming," says Jon Caramanica, "but the specter of Mr. Gordon-Levitt hovers possessively over them all: is he a magnanimous spirit or a ham looking for a platform to prove he’s a polymath?"

Steven Moffat says he "learned not to work in America" after the NBC "Coupling" debacle

"I learned not to work in America," the "Sherlock" and "Doctor Who" honcho says after NBC's remake of his BBC comedy "Coupling" was canceled after four episodes in fall 2003. "I say that slightly facetiously, but, truthfully, I’m British, what is the point of me going to try to make it somewhere else? Does anybody actually like working in that L.A. world?" PLUS: Who will replace Moffat as "Doctor Who" showrunner?

"Sherlock" is back

As Season 3 arrives in America, Alessandra Stanley says, "It would be unfair to say that this BBC production is the best Sherlock Holmes ever: There have been so many, and so many great ones. But it is certainly the right one for right now." PLUS: Does "Elementary" have the better "Sherlock"?

"Looking" is a "gay show" that focuses on people, not issues

The HBO series, says Hank Stuever, goes beyond the "Mitch and Cam" ideal in showing gay men in a fairly normal light -- they actually have sex, they don't all look like Adonises. "The show makes an admirable effort at transcending gayness without compromising it," he says, adding that the real standout of "Looking" is San Francisco. PLUS: "Looking" is not flawless, but it has many small and subtle charms, "Looking" is the first post-Defense of Marriage Act show, and "Looking's" stories are informed by the fact that its characters are gay, but not dictated by it.

"Flowers in the Attic" is terrible -- of course it is! -- but it's not fun
The Lifetime film doesn't get the terrible yet intriguing on which it is based, says Mary McNamara. "This 'Flowers in the Attic' plays more like a Disney princess film than a gothic potboiler," she writes. PLUS: The strange magic of the book is missing, and the film is crazy good.

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TV Ratings: 'Enlisted' dips, 'Grimm' rises and ABC and CBS split Friday

'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' are Friday's tops as usual
Fast National ratings for Friday, January 17, 2014.
It was a business-as-usual Friday: "Shark Tank" was the night's top program among young viewers, while "Blue Bloods" led overall. From there, you know the drill. 
The minor variations came courtesy of FOX, which saw a minor drop for 9 p.m. comedies "Raising Hope" and "Enlisted," and NBC, which saw minor bumps for dramas ""Grimm" and "Dracula."
On to the numbers...
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<p>Bruce Springsteen</p>

Bruce Springsteen

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Will Bruce Springsteen be the Boss in album sales next week?

Or will 'Frozen' freeze him out of the top spot?

Bruce Springsteen will likely be the Boss of the charts next week as his new album, “High Hopes,” is poised to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

However, “Frozen,” who kicked Beyonce’s self-titled set out of the top spot, could dash Springsteen’s “Hopes,” if the soundtrack sees a post-Oscar nomination surge over the holiday weekend (The chart tally runs Monday-Sunday).

“High Hopes” is the only title that will likely crack the 100,000  mark, and it will do so just barely, according to Hits Daily Double. It is poised to sell 100,000, while “Frozen” will drop to No. 2 with sales of 85,000.

Springsteen’s album will be joined by three other debuts in the top 10: the latest installment of “Kidz Bop Kids” at No. 3 (65,000), Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettle’s solo debut, “That Girl” at No. 5 (50,000), and Switchfoot’s latest, “Fading West” at No. 6 (40,000).

Inbetween are “Beyonce” at No. 4 (60,000), Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” at No. 7 (30,000), Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP2” at No. 8 (30,000), Katy Perry’s “Prism” at No. 9 (22,000), and Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” at No. 10 (20,000), according to Hits Daily Double.

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