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<p>Melissa Leo as Toni in &quot;Trem&eacute;.&quot;</p>

Melissa Leo as Toni in "Tremé."

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Review: 'Treme' - 'Dippermouth Blues'

Albert gets sicker, while Antoine gives fake trombone lessons to a movie star

A quick review of tonight's "Tremé" coming up just as soon as I teach you the "Ghostbusters" theme...

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<p>Alfonso Cuar&oacute;n directs George Clooney and Sandra Bullock on the set of &quot;Gravity.&quot;</p>

Alfonso Cuarón directs George Clooney and Sandra Bullock on the set of "Gravity."

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'12 Years a Slave' tops with San Francisco critics, but 'Gravity' wins four

And James Franco picks up another critics award

Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" was a big favorite with the San Francisco Film Critics Circle this year, picking up four awards from the group including Best Director. But it was "12 Years a Slave" that the group named Best Picture of the year. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Cate Blanchet took top acting honors, while James Franco nabbed his second prize of the critics circuit. "American Hustle" won two awards, for Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) and Best Original Screenplay. Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below and the rest of the season's craziness at The Circuit.

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<p>Peter O'Toole at the 2002 Academy Awards.</p>

Peter O'Toole at the 2002 Academy Awards.

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On the curious nobility of Peter O'Toole's unlucky Oscar history

The late Irish actor holds the record for most nominations without winning
“Always a bridesmaid, never a bride – my foot!” said Peter O’Toole, somewhat mischievously, as he accepted his Honorary Oscar from Meryl Streep at the 2002 Academy Awards. “I have my very own Oscar now to be with me until death us do part.”

 It was a speech of twinkly good grace from the Irish actor, then 70 years old – seasoned enough, in other words, to know that an Oscar is nice and all, but not so important that it can’t be left behind at the pearly gates. But it was also delivered with a kind of good-humored resignation. O’Toole may have been several years off retirement – and there was one more near-brush with victory still in his future -- but he seemed to know he’d never win a competitive Oscar. More to the point, he seemed to know there was nothing more to be gained from winning one, if indeed there ever had been. O’Toole’s charm, on screen and off, so often lay in being the guy just outside the inner circle.

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<p>Chiwetel Ejiofor in &quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;</p>

Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave"

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'12 Years a Slave' wins four from Houston film critics

The steamroll through the regional critics awards continues

Also handing out awards today was the Houston Film Critics Society. The group also went with "12 Years a Slave," bringing the film's Best Picture tally up to seven, for those keeping score at home. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sandra Bullock picked up top acting honors, while Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o maintained their impressive dominance in the supporting ranks. Check out the nominees here and the full list of winners below. And, again, keep track at The Circuit.

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<p>Sandra Bullock in &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock in "Gravity"

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'12 Years a Slave' wins big with Kansas City film critics

Sandra Bullock picks up some Best Actress steam

The Kansas City Film Critics Circle has tapped Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" as the year's best, falling in line with a number of regional critics as of late. The film dominated the group's choices, also picking up wins for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. The group added a little more intrigue in the Best Actress field, though, by giving "Gravity" star Sandra Bullock her second critics award of the day (following Houston earlier this afternoon). Check out the full list of winners below, and as always, be sure to keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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John Goodman joined on 'SNL' by Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone

John Goodman joined on "SNL" by Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone
The trio played the "Three Wise Guys" gossiping about Jesus Christ while on camels in Bethlehem.

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Gregory Ellwood's top 10 films of 2013

Gregory Ellwood's top 10 films of 2013

Films with iconic and haunting images rule the year

Another year, another top 10 list. This one, however, will be slightly different than previous installments.

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John Goodman and Taran Killam

John Goodman and Taran Killam

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – John Goodman and Kings Of Leon

A member of the Five-Timers Club makes his return to Studio 8H
It’s time for the penultimate 2013 installment of “Saturday Night Live,” and time for recappers to bust out words like “penultimate.” Excitement abounds! Tonight, John Goodman hosts for the thirteenth time, his first since November 2001. That’s a long time between gigs, especially for someone that hosted every year between 1989 and 2001. The only cast member in both 2001 and 2013? Seth Meyers, who is set to leave early next year. So the stage is set for Goodman to have fun with a whole new sandbox of sketch comedy talent. We still might see Linda Tripp trying to use the Obamacare website, but if that happens, Goodman’s Tripp will be playing against a new actress playing Monica Lewinsky. So, that’s new and fun. Kinda.
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<p>Friday's &quot;Grimm.&quot; Apparently.</p>

Friday's "Grimm." Apparently.

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TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' lead Friday, while NBC's 'Grimm' slips

'Raising Hope' and 'Carrie Diaries' are among several dipping shows
Fast National ratings for Friday, December 13, 2013.
Not much new to say about Friday night: CBS swept the primetime hours overall, with "Blue Bloods" as the evening's top show, while "Shark Tank" delivered Friday's best numbers among young viewers and let ABC win in the key demo.
Meanwhile, it was a weak night for NBC's double dose of "Grimm," for FOX's double dose of "Raising Hope" and for The CW's double dose of drama.
On to the numbers...
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<p>Johnny&nbsp;Depp sports his aged Tonto makeup on the set of &quot;The Lone Ranger&quot;</p>

Johnny Depp sports his aged Tonto makeup on the set of "The Lone Ranger"

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'American Hustle,' 'Bad Grandpa' and 'The Lone Ranger' among Oscar makeup and hairstyling finalists

'The Hobbit' and 'Rush' fail to make the cut

The Academy has announced this year's bake-off finalists for the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar, and the big omissions appear to be Ron Howard's "Rush" and Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." But the Jackass boys have cause for celebration!

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Robbie Kay

 Robbie Kay

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Interview: 'Once Upon A Time''s Peter Pan - Robbie Kay

The teen actor promises a 'very iconic' episode this Sunday

Have you ever wanted to talk to Peter Pan? More than a few people might want to chat with the J.M. Barrie creation, though they might hesitate to swap words with the version currently tearing up the joint on "Once Upon A Time" (Sun. at 8:00 p.m. on ABC). As Pan, Robbie Kay has gotten to take the iconic character to dark, dark places, and now he's poised to take down Storybrooke and all of our beloved fairytale characters with a killer spell in this week's midseason finale. I spoke to Kay about playing Pan, playing Henry, and why this week's midseason finale should be "very iconic." 

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<p>An image of hope from the trailer for Christopher Nolan's &quot;Interstellar&quot;</p>

An image of hope from the trailer for Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar"

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'One year from now,' will we be talking about 'Interstellar' in the Oscar race?

The trailer for Christopher Nolan's latest hit today and it has something to say

The teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's first foray into filmmaking with the "Dark Knight" trilogy firmly in his rear view mirror landed today, and it's certainly a tease. Fleeting images of America's space race populate it, from Bell X-1 aircraft dropping into the atmosphere for collision course with the sound barrier to Walter Cronkite removing his glasses in awed disbelief after Neil Armstrong, the alien, set foot on the moon. Matthew McConaughey's voice over reflects a world that has left that innovation behind, and with it, the spirit to achieve wonders.

This is a thematic thread I'm very, very interested in, and where once "Interstellar" was a genre curiosity — well, more than that, a sci-fi excursion I was very much looking forward to from an immensely talented commercial filmmaker and a charismatic, revived leading man fronting an amazing cast — it has now taken on a whole new hue for me. This could be an extremely meaningful portrait at a time when NASA is seemingly funded just enough to keep the lights on, when that eagerness to "make the unknown known" has given way to global concerns that are often times necessary, others merely a distraction.

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