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<p>Andrew Dominik and MOMI&nbsp;Chief Curator David&nbsp;Schwartz discuss &quot;The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford&quot;</p>

Andrew Dominik and MOMI Chief Curator David Schwartz discuss "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

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The 'Jesse James' revival sets sail from Queens

A resuscitated masterpiece hits the road to redemption

NEW YORK — The big screen revival of Andrew Dominik's 2007 western "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," economically dubbed the "Jesse James Revival" by a passionate young man named Jamieson McGonigle who set the whole thing in motion, kicked off in earnest Saturday night with a presentation of the opus to a sold out crowd at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.

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<p>&quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;</p>

"12 Years a Slave"

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Boston online critics hand '12 Years a Slave' seven awards

Steve McQueen's drama dominated the group's list of superlatives

It's safe to say members of the Boston Online Film Critics Association were big fans of Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave." The group handed the film seven awards Friday including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Best Supporting Actress (Luipta Nyong'o). Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") and Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") rounded out the acting honors, while "Before Midnight" took Best Screenplay. Check out the full list below.

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<p>Spike Jonze's &quot;Her&quot;&nbsp;picked up nine nominations including Best&nbsp;Actor.</p>

Spike Jonze's "Her" picked up nine nominations including Best Actor.

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'12 Years a Slave' and 'Her' lead the way with Washington D.C. critics nominations

'Olympus Has Fallen' and 'White House Down,' this is your moment

Spike Jonze's "Her," Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" and especially Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" turned up great showings in the nominations stage for the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association this year. All three films were nominated for Best Film along with David O. Russell's "American Hustle" and the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis."

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

Caleb of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Interview: Caleb Bankston talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

Latest bootee discusses the Brad Culpepper blindside and more
As the "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" season started, most viewers eyed Caleb Bankston suspiciously and thought, "What kind of man could be engaged to Colton Cumbie?"
But rather than emulating his verbally glib, camera attentive significant other, Caleb proved to be an amiable background performer. Unlike Colton, Caleb never said anything controversial. Unlike Colton, Caleb never complained about the harsh conditions. In fact, how many Caleb talking head segments do you remember from his 30-ish days in the game? 
And unlike Colton, Caleb made it past the Merge and even though he was eliminated from the game and became the third member of the Jury, Caleb's run on "Survivor" is almost certain to be remembered mostly for one positive moment of gameplay. It was Caleb who single-handedly brought down Brad Culpepper, the dominant figure in the game's first half, pulling the sort of anti-blindside rarely seen on "Survivor." Sensing Tribal Council unrest and fearing his head might be on the block, Caleb announced that he was flipping on his former alliance-mate and urged others to come along, getting the necessary votes to oust Brad after an initial tie. 
It was a good moment.
Caleb had a different vantage point for the season's other big Tribal Council moment when, in his first night on the Jury, he got to witness only the second tie-breaking rock-drawing in "Survivor" history.
In this week's exit interview, Caleb talks about those exciting Tribals and also about the tile-stacking Duel that sent him home. He also discusses why he was never prepared to write Colton's name down in the game and how frequently "Survivor" Colton surfaces in Real-World Colton.
Click through for the full Q&A...
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Paul Rudd and One Direction

Paul Rudd and One Direction

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Paul Rudd and One Direction

The 'Anchorman' star and the pop phenoms kick off the show's December run

We’re in the home stretch for 2013 episodes of “Saturday Night Live.” Starting tonight, we have a run of three weeks involving hosts familiar with the program. Paul Rudd is making his third appearance as host to kick things off, and if you think he’s the only actor associated with the “Anchorman” franchise that will appear tonight in Studio 8H, well, I have some swampland to sell you. Not only is Will Ferrell an alum of the show, but the film’s co-writer/director Adam McKay tweeted earlier today that he would be writing another iteration of a moderately-famous recurring sketch as well. (And others involved with the franchise have experience as well, almost too many to name here.)

What will be interesting to see over these next three weeks is how much the new cast gets integrated versus pushed to the side. Logically speaking, the latter will happen, which only once again raises the question of why "SNL" culled such a large cast together this season in the first place. Throw in the fact that there’s almost no way One Direction won’t appear in at least one (if not more) non-musical segments, and you have a very good chance that more than half of the cast will get next to no screen time tonight.
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<p>James McAvoy will no doubt be an important puzzle piece for Simon Kinberg as he tries to build a larger 'X-Men' movie universe</p>

James McAvoy will no doubt be an important puzzle piece for Simon Kinberg as he tries to build a larger 'X-Men' movie universe

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Some thoughts on Simon Kinberg, 'X-Men,' 'Fantastic Four,' and world-building

As every studio rushes to build a mega-franchise, we examine the urge

Simon Kinberg has quickly become one of Fox's greatest assets, and it looks like they're about to double-down on him for the foreseeable future.

Earlier today, I recorded a short video piece about Kinberg's new deal to help expand both the "X-Men" and "Fantastic Four" worlds on film, and I'm sure he's got some big ideas about what to do with both of those properties. He's also hard at work on his "Star Wars" spin-off film, whichever one it is, as well as the TV show "Star Wars: Rebels." He's joined that club where he is pretty much booked every day of the year, and on giant movies that are absolutely going to be made. It's pretty rarefied air, and he seems to be handling it well. When I spoke to him last, at an event for "Elysium," he talked a little bit about how great it had been participating in the "Star Wars" process and spending time with Lawrence Kasdan, who has to be considered one of the old school masters of this sort of thing.

This raises a larger question, though, about the sudden move everyone's making to this model that's worked so well for one company. I feel like I may not have made the point I was trying to the other day, or at least I didn't make it clear with what I wrote. When I wrote about the way Warner is approaching their DC comic movies right now, I wasn't trying to say that I know the way they HAVE to fix things. Far from it. Ultimately, all that matters is that each studio look at what they have and find the best way to make it. That's all any of them can hope to do. There are hundreds of ways to screw up any potential adaptation, and only a very few ways it really works.

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<p>Toni Servillo in &quot;The Great Beauty.&quot;</p>

Toni Servillo in "The Great Beauty."

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Italian Oscar entry 'The Great Beauty' wins big at European Film Awards

Other winners include 'The Broken Circle Breakdown' and 'In the House'

As I anticipated, "The Great Beauty," Paolo Sorrentino's visually extravagant, Fellini-referencing reflection on contemporary Rome, emerged the big winner at tonight's European Film Awards in Berlin, taking four prizes for European Film of the Year, European Director of the Year, European Actor of the Year for Toni Servillo and European Editor of the Year for Cristiano Travaglioli. The film, a critics' pet since Cannes, is Italy's entry for the foreign-language Oscar; and this haul lends a handy boost to its campaign across the pond.

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<p>McKayla Maroney flipped through &quot;Bones&quot; on Friday</p>

McKayla Maroney flipped through "Bones" on Friday

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TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank' series high leads ABC, while 'Bones' settles in on Friday

Grammy special is low, but wins its hour for CBS
Fast National ratings for Friday, December 6, 2013.
The combination of a series high in viewers for "Shark Tank," plus a typically weak "Grammy Nominations Concert Live" special on CBS helped ABC win Friday night overall and tie for the lead among young viewers with "Grimm"-boosted NBC.
Also delivering week-to-week growth on Friday were ABC's "Last Man Standing" and "The Neighbors," plus NBC's "Dracula." But perhaps no show is getting more encouraging returns than FOX's "Bones," which had a soft Friday start three weeks ago, but has settled into exactly the sort of steady performer the network hoped for, winning its hour among young viewers.
Finally, The CW's "The Carrie Diaries" and "Nikita" were up a hair from its last airings. 
On to the numbers...
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"The Broken Circle Breakdown"
"The Broken Circle Breakdown"
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European Film Awards: Who will win, and who should

"Blue is the Warmest Color?" Keira Knightley? Awards take place in Berlin tonight
The 26th European Film Awards take place in the lovely, Christmas-spirited (and absolutely bloody freezing) Berlin tonight, and I'll once more be on the scene to bring you the winners as they're announced. The general industry shorthand for the EFAs is that they're the "European Oscars," voted for by a similarly expansive academy of industry professionals, with all the oddities and occasional blind spots that come with that.
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<p>&quot;The Square&quot;</p>

"The Square"

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Oscar hopeful 'The Square' leads International Documentary Association winners

Alex Gibney receives a Career Achievement Award

"The Square," Egyptian-American director Jehane Noujaim's study of the Egyptian Revolution from its 2011 origins in Tahrir Square, has looked like on to watch the documentary Oscar race ever since it won the Audience Award in its section at the Sundance Film Festival. It followed that up with the People's Choice Award for documentaries at Toronto, and nabbed further headlines when it became Netflix's first film acquisition. Sure enough, it was among the 15 titles shortlisted by the Academy earlier this week.

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<p>Lorde backstage at the Grammy Nominations concert</p>

Lorde backstage at the Grammy Nominations concert

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Lorde on her Grammy nods: 'This doesn't happen to people from New Zealand'

And yes, folks from down under know about the Grammys

LOS ANGELES - Declaring that “this isn’t the kind of thing that happens to people from New Zealand,” a slightly overwhelmed Lorde was at a loss for words when it came to describing how receiving four Grammy nominations made the 17-year old feel.

Her song, “Royals,” which spent 9 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, garnered both record of the year and song of the year nods, while the singer also got a best pop solo performance and best pop vocal album nomination.

Though new to the game, Lorde has proven herself to be fairly savvy with a certain take-no-prisoners attitude. When asked if people in New Zealand understood the significance of Grammys, she tartly added, in that way that only a teenager can, “we’ve got the internet so everyone’s covered. It’s all good."

The Grammy Awards take place Jan. 26, 2014.

Check out all the nominations here.

Read a summary of the other biggest nominees here.

Here are our thoughts on the surprises and snubs of the nominations.


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<p>Miguel backstage at the Grammy nominations</p>

Miguel backstage at the Grammy nominations

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7 things you didn't see during the Grammy Nominations Live broadcast

What did Ed Sheeran say about working with Taylor Swift?

While much of the action took place on stage tonight at the “Grammy Nominations Concert Live,” there was plenty going on backstage beyond the cameras’ reach.

Here are a few moments you didn’t see on TV:

ED SHEERAN, who received a best new artist nomination, said he and Taylor Swift, with whom he co-wrote on her Grammy-nominated “Red” album, “definitely” have plans to work together again,  but it may be a bit of a wait. “Yeah,  not any time soon. I’m going to go off and do my own thing for awhile,” he said.

MIGUEL, who performed with Keith Urban, and received two nominations, says fans can start getting ready for a new album from the Grammy winner, his first since 2012’s “Kaleidoscope Dreams.”  “I’ve been on the road for the past 3 years pretty much, but I feel like I finally got in a rhythm of recording and playing,” he said. “We’re well into a rhythm on the road... so it’s coming, it’s coming.”

MARY LAMBERT, who sings with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
on Song of the year nominee, “Same Love,” says the reaction she’s gotten from the song has made her realize that its success is far beyond anything she or the duo have created and that it has taken on a life of its own. “Same Love” “reflects where we are culturally,” says Lambert. Her favorite response to the song? “There’s a woman that came up to me, I have a solo version of the song and I’d just performed that, and she said, ‘I decided I’m going to come out to my church.’ She was a minister and she knew that they were going to kick her out, but she was like, ‘I’m not going to apologize for that anymore’,” Lambert recalled, choking up. “It’s incredible.” Lambert, who has signed with Capitol Record, will release her debut EP on the label on Dec. 17.

PRESENTER MELISSA ETHERIDGE was positively giddy over the nomination of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s same-sex marriage anthem, “Same Love,” for Song of the year. She considers its success a watershed moment.  “I’d really like to sing that one with them on the Grammys,” she admitted. The song struck a chord with her from the start: My daughter came to me and said...‘Oh, you’ll like this song mom.‘  We’re in the car, driving, and she played ‘Same Love’ and I had to pull over. To hear that from that genre, from a straight kid like that from Seattle to my daughter... it just, it’s happened, it’s here. We’ve crossed over. So that song holds a super amazing place in my life.”

RAPPER T.I. was gracious and humble when it came to his role on “Blurred Lines,” the Robin Thicke hit that received a number of nominations. “I’m just glad Pharrell and Rob invited me to the party, I just showed up,” he said. “There wasn’t really any pressure on me. Congratulations, really, for Rob and Pharrell.” However,  he admitted it was a little bittersweet that he and Pharrell were also competing against each other for  both the record of the year and best pop duo/group performance since Pharrell’s other major collaboration, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” was also up in both categories. As for the huge success of “Blurred Lines,” T.I. said, “It was just this cool idea. We feel like everybody brought their A-game and found a way to make something different work in a big way. Once they presented it to me, it was just let me not mess this thing up.”

ALEX DA KID, who signed Imagine Dragons
to his Interscope-distributed imprint, fully understands the reasons why the rock band, who received a best new artist nod, are striking such a chord with their fans. “I was definitely drawn first to the songwriting, I thought the songwriting was consistent, and certainly to their live show,” he said. “Their live show was theatrical, it’s a real show. And they were doing that when they weren’t playing arenas, they were doing that when they were playing to 50 people in a club.”

said there are no hard feelings over Drake’s decision to pull out of performing on tonight’s show at the 11th hour... even if he’s still not exactly sure why the rapper, who received five nominations, had to cancel. “They had some changes in their plans,” he said. “It was just one of those things,  it was kind of last minute....[but]  everybody’s big boys and girls. It was very amicable and we hope that we might see him in January,” he said, leaving an opening for Drake to perform on the Jan. 26 Grammy Awards.

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