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<p>Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in &quot;Gravity.&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in "Gravity."

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Roundup: Is it time for two cinematography Oscars?

Also: U2 win Palm Springs award, and what's disappearing from Netflix?

With Emmanuel Lubezki almost certain to take the Best Cinematography Oscar for "Gravity," few will argue that he's well past due the award -- but many will take issue with the technical implications of such FX-integrated work being recognized in such a fashion. It's an issue that now surfaces on a near-annual basis (wins for "Avatar" and "Life of Pi," in particular, caused a stir), and filmmaker Jamie Stuart thinks it's time "to redefine what constitutes cinematography." Part of that movement, he says, should be to divide the Oscar into two awards: "one for conventional live-action cinematography, and another for CGI-based filmmaking," much as black-and-white and color work was recognized separately until 1967. He's not the first to advocate such a change. What do you think? [Indiewire]

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills': Does Brandi need rehab?

The claws come out at yet another 'starting over' dinner
Holy bananas. I am not sure I can stand to watch another episode of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" in which Brandi and Joyce get into it, especially as Brandi gets drunk and inarticulately hostile. While Joyce takes great pride in standing up to Brandi's bullying, after a certain point I just want someone to call an emergency treatment center to see if Brandi can be taken in for a 72 hour hold. There's drunken arguing, and then there's a cry for help, and I think Brandi may have just poured herself over the line between them.
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First Look: Christian Bale as Moses in Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'
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First Look: Christian Bale as Moses in Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'

Biblical drama is slated for release next holiday season

Next year's holiday season has arrived a tad earlier than expected.

Our first look at Ridley Scott's "Exodus" (currently slated to hit theaters on Dec. 12, 2014) is certainly an eye-popping image, as the Biblical prophet Moses (Christian Bale) rides his horse into a scene that appears to feature an under-construction version of the Great Sphinx of Giza. Scripted by Steven Zaillian ("Moneyball," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") from an earlier draft by Bill Collage and Adam Cooper ("Accepted"), the forthcoming epic will focus on the Biblical exodus of the Israelite slaves from Egypt under Moses's leadership. It also stars Joel Edgerton as Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II, Aaron Paul as Israeli spy Joshua, Sigourney Weaver as Ramesses' mother Tuya, John Turturro as Ramesses' father Seti I and Ben Kingsley as a Hebrew scholar.

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Phil Robertson

 Phil Robertson

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Rethinking 'Duck Dynasty': What now?

Phil Robertson has his job back, but have we missed an opportunity?

In the time it's taken me to process the entire "Duck Dynasty" debacle surrounding Phil Robertson's admittedly inflammatory comments to GQ magazine, A&E has banned the star and reinstated him. Cracker Barrel vowed to stop selling "Duck Dynasty" product and flip-flopped on that, too. In the end, there's been much ado but nothing much has changed. 

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<p>Tom Hanks in &quot;Saving&nbsp;Mr. Banks&quot;</p>

Tom Hanks in "Saving Mr. Banks"

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'Saving Mr. Banks' production designer Michael Corenblith on bringing the world of Disney to life

Part of the magic of the movie is its recreation of a time and place

"Saving Mr. Banks" is currently delighting audiences with its take on Walt Disney, P.L. Travers and the making of "Mary Poppins." But part of the magic of the movie is the recreation of a time and place, and the individual in charge of the art department that brought that world to life is production designer Michael Corenblith.

Corenblith has worked with director John Lee Hancock since 2004's "The Alamo," which was a project of note at the time due to a 51-acre set that was the largest and most expensive set built in North America. Both proud natives of Texas, the two have had a deepening relationship that began on that first feature, which was a personal project for both. "It was amazing – the congruence of the way we saw," Corenblith says with a degree of marvel. "Our processes were immediately aligned. We began to grow in depth and complexity when we collaborated on 'The Blind Side.'"

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Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 4

Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 4

Dan and Alan also look ahead to 2014's most anticipated premieres

Happy Monday, boys and girls! It's the last Firewall & Iceberg video show of the year. After a week off due to technical difficulties, Dan and I are back to look ahead to some of 2014's most promising premieres before we get into specific talk about three premieres: "Community," "Downton Abbey" and ABC's "The Assets." (Aka, Firewall & Iceberg: Accent Cops!) Plus, we look back on some of our favorite episodes of shows that didn't make our respective top 10s.

The time breakdown:

0:30 - TV Previews 2014

5:26 - Review: Community Returns
11:47 - Review: Downton Abbey
16:19 - Review: The Assets
21:37 - The Best Episodes of Non Top 10 Shows

As always, you can send us questions at firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at https://www.youtube.com/show/firewalliceberg.

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<p>Leonardo DiCaprio in &quot;The Wolf of Wall&nbsp;Street&quot;</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street"

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Leonardo DiCaprio says 'Wolf' critics 'missed the boat entirely'

The actor/producer responds to accusations that his latest work is a glorification

Martin Scorsese's latest film, "The Wolf of Wall Street," hit theaters over the holiday and was met with very interesting reactions. In some corners, it's an unqualified masterpiece, willfully overt and satirical in its depiction of greed and excess. In others, it's an irresponsible culprit that appears to be delighting in the wild ride it depicts.

For the film's producer and star Leonardo DiCaprio, it is a bit of both, as the sheer entertainment of the piece isn't meant to be at odds with its social indictment. That, in some ways, is the horror of it. But it certainly isn't the first Scorsese film to cause a stir upon release and it won't likely be the last.

DiCaprio recently spoke to HitFix about the high ambition of the project, the gobsmacked reaction it has received and how not just his work in "The Wolf of Wall Street," but his involvement in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" earlier this year and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" in 2012 have all been an examination of a shared theme: pursuit of a corrupted American dream.

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<p>Eagles RB Bryce Brown dives into the end zone</p>

Eagles RB Bryce Brown dives into the end zone

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TV Ratings: Eagles-Cowboys tilt leads NBC Sunday, while CBS' Kennedy Center Honors dips

CBS and FOX also get NFL bumps
Fast National ratings for Sunday, December 29, 2013.
 
The combination of a traditional rivalry along with Week 17 playoff implications helped NBC get huge numbers for the Sunday Night Football game between the Eagles and Cowboys, leading the network past football-boosted FOX and CBS for the night.
 
In overnights, the Philadelphia-Dallas showdown stands as the season's third highest rated game, behind two games featuring the Broncos, Peyton Manning's return to Indy and the Pats-Broncos thriller.
 
Even a sliver of NFL overrun couldn't boost CBS' annual Kennedy Center Honors telecast, which was down from last year's show, which aired on a Wednesday.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>&quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;stars Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Donald Glover are somehow back for a fifth season.</p>

"Community" stars Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Donald Glover are somehow back for a fifth season.

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Review: 'Community' returns with Dan Harmon

Ousted creator brings the craziness back to earth just enough for everything to work again

That the low-rated "Community" is returning to NBC on Thursday night at 8, for a fifth season, with creator Dan Harmon back at the helm a year after he was fired, defies all logic. But then, "Community" has never had much use for logic. The comedy — and the dysfunctional community college that provides its setting — has always operated by its own set of rules, consistently pulling off ideas that have no business working. At its best — and Harmon's first few episodes back get much closer to the show's peak than I was expecting — it is a marvelous contraption fueled equally by a love of pop culture and a commitment to character, that can do kitchen-sink realism one week and a stop-motion animated Christmas adventure the next.

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25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014

25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014

Superheroes, sequels, and a few exciting wild cards

In an age where hype is non-stop and films claim release dates two years away and viral marketing can sometimes eclipse the actual film it is advertising, what does it mean to say that a film is "anticipated"?

In many cases, there haven't even been official stills or images from some of the films that are on this list, and to the best of my knowledge, no one is preparing to camp outside for a month to be at the first show for any of them. We've seen moments in pop culture where the anticipation for something becomes an event all its own, almost always followed up by a moment where people realize the thing they waited for wasn't what they wanted after all, and it can be amazing to see the passions that anticipation stirs up in people.

Sometimes, it's a matter of a track record. If Bennett Miller is making a film, that's interesting to us automatically. There are two films on this list by the same team, Phil Lord and Chris MIller, and while they sound like totally different movies in the end, there are reasons in both cases for us to optimistic.

Sequels are often among the most anticipated films of the year because audiences grow attached to the things they love. People get excited to see Captain America again or the way Godzilla is coming back to the bigscreen because they have affection for earlier incarnations. That's the whole reason studios are in the remake and sequel business right now. They are building brands more than they're making movies more often than ever, so when we made this list, we tried to gauge just how excited people actually are about these films.

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<p>Ecuador's Oscar entry &quot;Porcelain Horse.&quot;</p>

Ecuador's Oscar entry "Porcelain Horse."

Credit: Figa Films

Roundup: What foreign Oscar contenders gain, even when they lose

Also: The best movie costumes of 2013, and ranking Scorsese's filmography

When the shortlist of Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contenders was announced before Christmas, the dreams of 67 competing entrants were dashed in one fell swoop -- an unkind cut considering the effort that goes into mounting campaigns for many of them, with no time to spare. In an interesting piece, John Anderson looks at the ins and outs of these low-profile but high-effort campaigns, particularly through those of three films -- from Montenegro, Ecuador and Peru -- that missed the cut. Publicist Kathleen McInnis explains why it's worth the effort, even if you know you have no shot: "It’s also the time of year when Hollywood is paying attention to foreign film. Which means I can get my filmmaker in front of audiences who might otherwise never see his film, get him meetings with agents and managers because he was his country’s official selection. I can get him in front of people, not so much for this film, but to help other films.” [New York Times]

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: Did NeNe bully Cynthia?

Weirdly, Porsha and Kenya bond by killing a flying roach

 

There must be some scifi twist to Savannah. I mean, what else can explain the idea that Porsha and Kenya actually bonded during the girl bonding trip? For starters, no one actually bonds on these adventures, which are really about fueling festering resentments and encouraging the girls to get drunk and pull weaves. Plus, I would sooner think of Kenya stabbing Porsha through the eye or selling the girl's liver to buy a purse. Savannah has to be parked in some supernatural portal, because this was just one of the many, many weird moments in this week's show. 

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