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<p>&quot;August:&nbsp;Osage&nbsp;County&quot;&nbsp;won Best Actress and Best Ensemble</p>

"August: Osage County" won Best Actress and Best Ensemble

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Nevada critics award '12 Years,' McConaughey, Streep

'Gravity' leads the field with three prizes, 'August: Osage County' wins two

The Nevada Film Critics Society has hopped on the "12 Years a Slave" bandwagon, awarding the film Best Film honors (though nothing else). Meanwhile, Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" picked up three prizes, including Best Director, while Meryl Streep landed her first prize of the year for her performance in "August: Osage County." Check out the full list of winners below and remember to keep track at The Circuit.

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"The Grandmaster"

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'Wadjda' and 'The Past' miss the foreign Oscar cut

'Broken Circle Breakdown' and 'The Grandmaster' among the survivors

The Academy has narrowed its list of foreign language film contenders to nine in advance of the nominations announcement for the 86th annual Academy Awards.

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A&E getting death threats; 9 of 10 remaining 'Duck Dynasty' episodes have been shot

A&E getting death threats; 9 of 10 remaining "Duck Dynasty" episodes have been shot
The cable network had to beef up security at its NYC headquarters after receiving death threats and suspicious packages.

Why aren't Phil Robertson's comments on race the real "Duck Dynasty" scandal?

In his GQ interview, Robertson said blacks in the Jim Crow south were happy: "Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues."

"The X Factor" down 45% over last year's finale

An encore of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" even beat the Simon Cowell competition. PLUS: Demi Lovato ticked off over "X Factor" drinking joke.

Kristen Cavallari details "The Hills" fakery: Producers texted us lines
"I had fake relationships, fake fights," she tells "Bethenny."

Writers Guild to honor "The Wire's" David Simon with a career achievement award
"David Simon’s distinguished career is a celebration of his ability to combine the street smarts of the cityside newspaper reporter he once was with the creative imagination of a novelist," says the president of WGA East.

Middle East getting its own "Ugly Betty"
An Arab version of "Everybody Loves Raymond" is also in the works.

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<p>Alex &amp; Sierra perform on &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Alex & Sierra perform on "The X Factor"

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TV Ratings: 'X Factor' finale, 'Big Bang Theory' repeat lead Thursday split

'Charlie Brown Christmas' and 'SNL Christmas' draw
Fast National ratings for Thursday, December 19, 2013.
The third season finale of "The X Factor" led FOX to a rare Thursday night lead among young viewers, even topping "The Sing-Off" this time around. Meanwhile, though, CBS' repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" was Thursday's most watched show and carried that network to an overall win.
While "X Factor" certainly got a finale bump, it was down 45 percent from last year's finale in the key demo and by 36 percent in total viewers. FOX would prefer to point out that it was up by 42 percent over last Thursday in the key demo and delivered the best Thursday ratings since the start of October.
There were few other notables on Thursday, though holiday season encore airings of NBC's "SNL Christmas" and ABC's "Charlie Brown Christmas" both drew solid audiences.
Lets go straight to the numbers...
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Jamie Bell in "Nymphomaniac."
Jamie Bell in "Nymphomaniac."
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Bigger, longer and uncut version of 'Nymphomaniac' to premiere at Berlinale

Lars von Trier's latest to play out of competition at the February fest

Well, I sensed this was coming. Even though some sources stringently maintained that Lars von Trier was not pursuing a festival berth for his gargantuan sex epic "Nymphomaniac," the timing simply made too much sense for this not to happen: the Danish director's, er, extended cut of the film will have its world premiere out of competition at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

Well, half of it, at least.

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"American Hustle" is one of this year's comedy Globe nominees.
"American Hustle" is one of this year's comedy Globe nominees.
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Roundup: On this year's not-quite-comic Globe nominees

Also: Oscar contenders that need a big screen, and Edgar Wright's best of 2013

When last week's Golden Globe nominations were announced, one of the chief talking points was the unusual degree of prestige attached to the comedy/musical nominees -- and, by genre-bias extension, the relatively un-comic nature of a number of them. Disagreement exists as to whether the classing-up of these frequently daffy categories is for better or worse, and Jen Chaney examines the pros and cons: "They aren’t comedies, but they also aren’t not comedies ... Assuming that anything productive can come from this much deep thought about the Golden Globes, maybe the most productive thing we can do is to stop framing the comedy classification as a trivialization. Maybe it would be better to think of this year’s crop of Golden Globe nominees as further proof that comedies can be just as rich, complex, and thought-provoking as the most gravely serious dramas." [The Dissolve]

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John Oliver was in tears over Jon Stewart's emotional 'Daily Show' tribute to him

John Oliver was in tears over Jon Stewart's emotional "Daily Show" tribute to him
Oliver ended his 7 1/2 year stint on Thursday, and was taken aback by Stewart' surprise retrospective. PLUS: Oliver leads "Daily Show" audience in a moment of zen sing-a-long.

"Duck Dynasty" creator played a gay porn star in the movie "The Fluffer"
Scott Gurney, who founded "Duck" producer Gurney Productions with his wife Deirdre Gurney in 2005, played a gay porn star in the 2001 independent film "The Fluffer."

Bearded Stephen Colbert "defends" "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson

"The P.C. Police have pulled over yet another patriot," says Colbert. PLUS: Jon Stewart uses "Duck" controversy to slam Fox News.

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<p>Monica of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Monica of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Interview: Monica Culpepper talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

Runner-up discusses her lone vote, husband Brad's bad edit
It may not quite equal Sue Hawk's "rats and snakes" speech from the original "Survivor" Final Tribal Council, but Monica Culpepper had a moment in Sunday's "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" finale that stands as its own definitive statement-of-values.
Well into a Final Tribal that became a referendum on Monica's sincerity and her possible ulterior motives, the "One World" veteran just broke.
"Have you all never met a nice person? Have you all never met someone who wasn't selfish?" Monica asked.
It perhaps says something that Monica received only one vote from the "Blood vs. Water" Jury, a nod from Vytas who was stubbornly sticking to his word to not give eventual winner Tyson his vote. 
In her exit interview, Monica discusses whether nice people can win "Survivor," why "Survivor" conspired to keep us from realizing how much everybody loved Brad Culpepper and why she's done actually playing "Survivor."
Click through for the full Q&A...
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<p>A scene from &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

A scene from "Gravity"

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Utah critics flip the script, award 'Gravity,' Nighy, 'World's End'

A single win for circuit hog '12 Years a Slave'

The Utah Film Critics Association has come along and done for Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" what no other US critics group has: handed it its own, tie-free win for Best Picture of 2013. It also received Best Director and Best Cinematography from the group, while recent circuit hog "12 Years a Slave" walked away with just one prize: Best Actor. The script was flipped in a few other areas, particularly in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay categories. Check out the full list of winners below and remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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25 Top TV Moments of 2013 - 'Breaking Bad,' 'Game of Thrones' and more

25 Top TV Moments of 2013 - 'Breaking Bad,' 'Game of Thrones' and more

If your favorite moment didn't make the cut, just yell at us
In various and sundry forms, from podcast to video, I've talked about what a great year this was for TV.
We've talked plenty about all of the great shows, but as a HitFix staff, we put our heads together and listed our 25 Top TV Moments of 2013. The only rule that we established was that we had to be limited to one moment per show. I could come up with 25 Top TV Moments from "Breaking Bad," but that wouldn't be fair. 
As a staff, we didn't vote or anything and people just shouted out moments they wanted to write up. As a result, we probably left out a bunch of your favorites, so feel free to chime in in the comment section with some of your favorites. 
And yes, there are probably some spoilers here.
We hope that you agree with *some* of our favorites.
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<p>&quot;The Returned.&quot;</p>

"The Returned."

Credit: Sundance

Season finale talkback: 'The Returned' - 'The Horde'

What did everybody think of the French 'zombie' series' first season?

The first season "The Returnedjust finished airing on Sundance, though international viewers of course saw it a while back. You know how much I liked the show when I first reviewed it (having seen all the episodes), and now I want to open up the discussion with no worry about spoilers. Keeping in mind that there will be another season, how did y'all feel about the first? 

As I noted in that review, "The Returned" does a lot of things that would drive me nuts in a sci-fi/fantasy series that wasn't this good at characterization, tension and mood, but I'm curious whether any of you wanted to throw up your hands when Adele's cop boyfriend just kept staring at the surveillance monitors, or when other characters showed such a lack of curiosity into what was causing this phenomenon, or when so little was explained at the end. I don't think answers are necessary with this kind of show — often, trying to explain the mysterious does shows more harm than good — but not everyone feels that way.

So did you feel hypnotized by "The Returned" or hustled? Did you come to feel for Victor or just find him the creepiest child of all time the whole time? Do you remain as amazed as I was by the casting of the two redheaded sisters? And are you looking forward to the second season, whenever Sundance winds up airing it?

Have at it.

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<p>Ellen DeGeneres and some of Hollywood's best dancers in Paul Feig's 2014 Oscars trailer.</p>

Ellen DeGeneres and some of Hollywood's best dancers in Paul Feig's 2014 Oscars trailer.

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Ellen DeGeneres says 'Here we go!' with euphoric new 2014 Oscars trailer

Nice break for Fitz and the Tantrums

Looking for something to cheer up your day? The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Paul Feig and Ellen DeGeneres have something that just might do it.

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