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<p>Michael Rapaport as Daryl Crowe and Edi Gathegi as Jean Baptiste in &quot;Justified.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Michael Rapaport as Daryl Crowe and Edi Gathegi as Jean Baptiste in "Justified." 

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Shot All to Hell'

Many bodies drop in an extra-long episode

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I drop a toonie...

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"Naked and Afraid"

 "Naked and Afraid"

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'Naked and Afraid' set to return next month - with a friend

'Discovery After Dark' set to debut after 'Naked and Afraid'

Missing "Naked and Afraid"? Then good news -- the series will be back and baring all yet again on Sun., March 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET.  Even better, the show now has a companion program running immediately afterward -- "Discovery After Dark" (w/t) -- which will host the survivalists from "Naked and Afraid," probably in clothing. But that's just a guess. "Discovery After Dark" premieres at 10:15 p.m. ET

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<p>Clark Gregg and Elizabeth Henstridge are not-so-strangers on a train in the latest episode of 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'</p>

Clark Gregg and Elizabeth Henstridge are not-so-strangers on a train in the latest episode of 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

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'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' kicks off the second half of the season with a Stan Lee cameo

What does 'T.R.A.C.K.S.' stand for?

Now that Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon are giving interviews promising that the back nine episodes of this first season of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." will be throwing big reveals and twists and payoffs at us nonstop, is it fair to judge the show based on how much forward momentum we get from each episode?

They've certainly made a case in the last two episodes for a new game plan in effect, and we've made some big strides in terms of getting answers to things that have been in play since the first episode of the year. I'm not sure what I think of the answers, but I can't fault them for failing to deliver on the promise to get things moving and start to sort out this season's secrets.

By far, the biggest thread that they've got to follow now involves The Clairvoyant, the shadowy figure behind everything. I've got to believe that they're playing coy with this person's identity so that when we do finally lay eyes on them, it will be a major moment of some sort. The other major thread has to do with Skye, who we now know is an "0-8-4," an object of unknown origin. The "previously on" package this week mentioned both those threads and then also reminded us of Ian Quinn (David Conrad), who has popped up a few times this season, taunting Coulson openly in the last episode.

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<p>Matthew McConaughey at the 2014 SAG&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Matthew McConaughey at the 2014 SAG Awards.

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Matthew McConaughey dives into Gus Van Sant's 'Sea of Trees'

The Oscar frontrunner's streak of prestige projects keeps going

If Matthew McConaughey wins the Best Actor Oscar next month -- and the smart money says he will -- you could forgive the guy for taking his foot off the pedal a bit, and maybe dallying in one shoddy romantic comedy for old times' sake. Instead, however, the McConnaissance is continuing unabated, as the revived Hollywood golden boy keeps signing up for one classy project after the next.

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<p>&quot;Return to Homs&quot;</p>

"Return to Homs"

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Sundance review roundup from The Fien Print

All the crazy documentaries that weren't reviewed at the Festival
I know that the Sundance Film Festival ended over a week ago, but in the six days I was at Sundance (and on screeners in the days before), I saw 25 movies. 
I wrote full reviews for 13 of them. 
But that left 12 movies that I just didn't have the time to write my usual 1000-to-1750 words on. Since getting back from Park City, I've been slowly working my way through capsule reviews for those 12 movies. These are roughly the length of my Take Me To The Pilots entries, which means that in this format, people are going to complain about all of the text and the lack of paragraphs.
Because I'm just one part of HitFix's awesome Sundance team, which included Greg Ellwood, Drew McWeeny, Guy Lodge and Katie Hasty, I saw an odd assortment of movies at the Fest, with only six narrative films on my list. Instead, I saw a ton of documentaries and so a lot of these movies probably didn't get more than a few reviews out of Sundance from any outlets.
So click through for 12 capsule reviews of tiny Sundance movies. Who knows? Maybe your interest will be piqued for when one of them comes to TV or Netflix or whatever... The reviews are stretched over three pages. Because otherwise, this would be too long.
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Flea: NFL made Red Hot Chili Peppers pretend to play our instruments

Flea: NFL made Red Hot Chili Peppers pretend to play our instruments
The bass, drums and guitar-playing at Super Bowl halftime were all pre-recorded, at the NFL's insistence, the RHCP bass player is now admitting. "It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it," he wrote in an open letter to RHCP fans.

"Lost's" Dominic Monaghan is set to star in Swedish-set "100 Code"

He'll join Swedish-born actor Michael Nyqvist as an NYPD detective who is sent to Sweden to investigate the case of dead women.

Jay Leno told 4,607 Bill Clinton jokes -- he was the No. 1 target

The Center for Media and Public Affairs found that Clinton was No. 1, George W. Bush was No. 2 with 3,239 jokes and Al Gore was No. 3 with 1,026 jokes. President Obama, Hillary Clinton and O.J. Simpson came in 4th, 5th and 6th, respectively.

Stan Lee: My "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." cameo tonight is bigger than usual

"Oh, I like to think of it as a supporting role!" he says. Actually, it's only a minute or two, but there's more to it than there is to my usual cameos."

"New Girl" nabs Alexandra Daddario

The "True Detective" and "White Collar" vet will become a neighbor of Jess and her friends. PLUS: Zooey Deschanel to produce an animated fairytale for Fox.

Cinemax's "Blanco" adds Franka Potente and Amaury Nolasco

They'll join Shiloh Fernandez in the potential drama about a gangster who becomes an informant.

"The Flash" gets a girlfriend

Candice Patton is joining the CW cast, as is Broadway star Carlos Valdes.

PBS' "American Experience" looks at "Amish: Shunned"

Tonight's two-hour film profiles seven people of all ages who left the Amish community.

"SNL's" Kenan Thompson is becoming a dad

His wife, Christina Evangeline, is said to be four months pregnant.

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Ice-T & CoCo may get their own talk show

Ice-T & CoCo may get their own talk show

Ryan Seacrest is set to produce a talk show with the stars of "Ice Loves CoCo." In fact, they're ending their reality show to concentrate on developing a talk show.

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<p>It's nice to see Kit Harington smiling for once instead of wearing the perma-scowl of Jon Snow on 'Game Of Thrones'</p>

It's nice to see Kit Harington smiling for once instead of wearing the perma-scowl of Jon Snow on 'Game Of Thrones'

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Kit Harington on the building anticipation between each season of 'Game Of Thrones'

Plus we talk about the physical builds behind the show's monster sets

Any time there's a TV show that becomes a sensation, particularly an HBO show, it seems like a matter of time before feature film casting agents start poaching that talent pool mercilessly.

Daenerys Targaryen herself, Emilia Clarke, for example, beat out some pretty stiff competition to play Sarah Connor in the upcoming "Terminator" rebootquel, which has got to lead to some interesting conversations whenever she's hanging around the sinister Cersei Lannister, Lena Headey, who already played the role for the Fox "Terminator" series. Maisie Williams is starting to book film work between seasons, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is working non-stop these days, Aidan Gillen was just in the much-discussed Sundance title "Calvary," and Richard Madden's already kicked off a new series, "Klondike," and wrapped work as Prince Charming in Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella," keeping him busy since the Red Wedding occurred.

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"Hoarding: Buried Alive"

 "Hoarding: Buried Alive"

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Father risks losing children on 'Hoarding: Buried Alive'

In this clip, watch a realtor try to reason with a hoarder

In this week's episode of TLC's "Hoarding: Buried Alive," (Wed. Feb. 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET), we meet Geoffrey. Geoffrey has problems. A lot of bicycles, but problems. The single father of two is a compulsive hoarder who sold the family home of 46 years when the bank threatened foreclosure.

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<p>'The Mosquito Coast' gave River Phoenix a chance to study Harrison Ford up close, which paid off when he played him in 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'</p>

'The Mosquito Coast' gave River Phoenix a chance to study Harrison Ford up close, which paid off when he played him in 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'

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Movie Rehab: Harrison Ford goes mad in the jungle in Peter Weir's 'Mosquito Coast'

Why was his best performance rejected so completely by audiences?

It is the responsibility of the working film critic to not only offer opinion and context for the newest releases, but also to constantly champion and curate the films that matter, especially if they were misunderstood or poorly released or somehow handled badly the first time around.

Critics should take it upon themselves to rehabilitate the under-loved, to defend the wrongly-maligned, and rehab the films that need it; it is the only way film as a whole can be healthy.

It does not escape me that many of Peter Weir's best films were adapted from novels. In the case of "The Mosquito Coast," it's a Paul Schrader adaptation of a Paul Theroux novel, and Schrader may have been the exact right person to try to wrestle that material up onto the screen.

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Linda Cardellini to play Kyle Chandler's sister on Netflix

Linda Cardellini to play Kyle Chandler's sister on Netflix
The "Freaks and Geeks" alum has joined the Netflix thriller from the creators of "Damages."

Roger Ebert wanted Philip Seymour Hoffman to play him in a biopic
Chaz Ebert made the revelation at a screening last night for Roger Ebert's new documentary: "Roger always said, 'If you ever do a movie where you need someone to play me, I want Philip Seymour Hoffman.'"

TBS greenlights "Funniest Wins," a comedy competition starring Marlon Wayans

The comedy reality show will seek out the nation's funniest comedian.

"The Walking Dead's" Lauren Cohan to lend her voice to "Archer"

She'll play a character married to Fred Armisen.

Rebecca Romijn will host "Skin Wars" on GSN

The reality competition will seek the most talented body painter in the country.

Rainn Wilson poses naked with an NBC peacock
"Me and my old employer… We had some good times together..."

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<p>Leonardo&nbsp;DiCaprio and Martin&nbsp;Scorsese at the Golden&nbsp;Globes last month</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese at the Golden Globes last month

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'Wolf' nominees Scorsese and DiCaprio move forward on separate prestige projects

Could Richard Jewell be Jonah Hill's ticket to Best Actor recognition?

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio look to be going separate ways again with upcoming projects after the two have consistently collaborated on a number of projects over the last decade. With only 2011's "Hugo" as a brief reprieve, the director and star have cranked out five films since 2001 and there is surely more where that came from, but in the meantime, Scorsese's "Silence" is moving along with casting while DiCaprio has kick-started a new vehicle for his "Wolf of Wall Street" co-star Jonah Hill.

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