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<p>Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire in &quot;The Great Gatsby.&quot;</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire in "The Great Gatsby."

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Roundup: 'Gatsby' goes down well in Down Under Oscars

Also: Variety picks 10 Directors to Watch, and J.Law's image expertise

At present, Baz Luhrmann's spring hit "The Great Gatsby" has at least two Oscar nominations in the bag: bids for Production and Costume Design are assured, and it could well win both. Other tech nods are feasible, but while Warner Bros. are putting the campaign dollars in, above-the-line nominations seem unlikely. At the Australian Academy Awards, however, it's a different story: the blockbuster scored a leading 14 nods, including Best Picture and a quintet of acting citations for Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki and Isla Fisher. (Sorry, Tobey.) I suspect it'll lose out to Australia's heartwarming Oscar submission "The Rocket" in the top races, but "Gatsby" devotees can briefly savor heavyweight status.[AACTA]

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Pat Sajak: I 'feel terrible' about 'The Fast and the Furious' puzzle answer on Monday's 'Wheel of Fortune'

Pat Sajak: I "feel terrible" about "Fast and the Furious" puzzle answer on Monday's "Wheel of Fortune"
"It's an unfortunate coincidence that it aired tonight," the show tweeted Monday, noting that the episode was taped on October 4, long before Paul Walker's death. Sajak tweeted that Monday's episode went to 200 stations days ago.

Aziz Ansari's Saris: A great holiday gift!

Check out Ansari's new ad for "Conan."

"Downton Abbey" creator to tackle "The Serpent and the Moon"
Julian Fellowes next project will be to transform a historical novel on royal love in Renaissance France into a TV series.

Bart Simpson drops by "American Dad"
He'll appear as "Mike Rotch" on Sunday's episode.

ABC's "Mind Games" adds Vinnie Jones and Luis Guzman

Guzman will play Jones' henchman in the Christian Slater-Steve Zahn drama about a firm that uses psychological manipulation.

"Homeland's" Martin Donovan is headed to Lifetime's "The Lottery"

He'll co-star in thes series revolving around a national lottery to becomes surrogates for the last 100 embryos on Earth.

Alex Kingston returning to "Arrow"
She'll reprise her role as Dinah Lance.

HBO "Silicon Valley" star dies
Christopher Evan Welch, who plays an eccentric billionaire who's the most successful entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, was in the midst of filming the Mike Judge comedy when he died suddenly on Monday.

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<p>Digging the 'do, Miss Thompson.</p>

Digging the 'do, Miss Thompson.

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Emma Thompson discusses real and pretend screenwriting and 'Saving Mr. Banks'

Plus we bring up the movie's most vexing conundrum to her

Emma Thompson is pretty much all the awesome.

One of the best things about hiring her to play P.L. Travers in "Saving Mr. Banks" is that Thompson is an accomplished writer in her own right, and when she portrays the creative process, she's not imagining what it's like. She knows. She's done the hard work herself, and she's damn good at it.

She's also someone who can effortlessly play sophisticated, but who is unafraid of being massively silly. The first film I really remember seeing her in was "The Tall Guy," a very funny and very silly romantic comedy. She has always come across as ferociously bright, but without being obnoxious about it. There are people who love to make sure that you know they are smart, and they will hammer that point until it becomes almost infuriating, but Thompson is one of those people who just projects a sort of radiant intelligence without working at it.

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Carey Mulligan at the "Inside Llewyn Davis" concert in New York.
Carey Mulligan at the "Inside Llewyn Davis" concert in New York.
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Carey Mulligan on finding her inner Mumford in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

The Oscar nominee also talks about the directors she'll follow anywhere

For someone who has already won a BAFTA, been nominated for an Oscar, trodden the Broadway boards and worked with such singular filmmakers as Steve McQueen, Baz Luhrmann and Michael Mann – all with years to spare before her 30th birthday – you wouldn't think “unattainable” is a word that often enters the mind of Carey Mulligan.

Yet that's exactly how the British actress regarded the prospect of working with the Coen brothers – perhaps the most enduring offbeat members of America's current filmmaking establishment – before they approached her for a small but viciously significant role in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” their melancholy, elliptical journey to New York's folk music scene of the early 1960s.

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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': Did Brandi and Carlton make out?

'They're either at each other's throats or down each other's throats'

I really wasn't sure what to make of this week's episode of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." At first, it's all about big, meaningful moments that would likely resonate more if they didn't seem so laden with humble bragging and narcissism. While David Foster receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a big deal, it's probably more exciting if you're actually there. Watching Kim shopping for graduation dresses with her kid? Not all that exciting either way.

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<p>Oscar Isaac in &quot;Inside Llewyn&nbsp;Davis&quot;</p>

Oscar Isaac in "Inside Llewyn Davis"

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'Inside Llewyn Davis' wins Best Feature at the 2013 Gotham Independent Awards

'Fruitvale Station' picks up two awards while '12 Years a Slave' walks away empty-handed

The 23rd annual Gotham Independent Awards were handed out tonight at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, and it was the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis." However, "Fruitvale Station" walked out with a pair of awards in the breakthrough categories.

It's a huge boost for the Coens' film, which is set for limited release on Friday. Interestingly, though, nominations leader (both here and with the Independent Spirits) "12 Years a Slave" walked away empty-handed. But more on the winners and losers in a moment.

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<p>No episodic art for tonight's &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;means that, once again, you get the gang in suits.</p>

No episodic art for tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" means that, once again, you get the gang in suits.

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Talkback: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Rehearsal Dinner'

Barney's laser tag obsession angers Robin, while Ted and Lily share secrets

Okay, kids, it's time once again to talk about a new "How I Met Your Mother." Like most of the recent episodes, "The Rehearsal Dinner" largely took place away from the Farhampton Inn (even the present-day material was set elsewhere in town). Like much of this season, and the entire Robin/Barney relationship, it dealt with Barney seeming to act like a sociopath, then gave us a twist suggesting all was not as it seemed. And it was among the most Canadian episodes the show has ever done. (More than the Canadian jokes, I enjoyed seeing the couple in the background of MacLaren's go through an entire lifetime — including birth of a child, that kid's graduation, and then the death of the husband in old age — while the gang were telling said jokes.)

Did those elements add up to a satisfying viewing experience for you? Did the twist at the end redeem earlier behavior by Barney and Ted? Were you pleased with the cameo and the musical performance?

Have at it.

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<p>Christian Bale's spirit animal is TOOOOOTALLY&nbsp;the honey badger, because he does not care.</p>

Christian Bale's spirit animal is TOOOOOTALLY the honey badger, because he does not care.

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Christian Bale on slowing down and finding great roles like 'Out Of The Furnace'

The former Batman talks about one of his new favorite roles he's played

Christian Bale has, somewhere along the line, picked up entirely the wrong reputation.

Sure, he throws himself into his work with an intensity that can be dizzying to watch, and he's still living down the infamous recording that leaked from the set of "Terminator: Salvation" when he had a meltdown at cinematographer Shane Hurlbut. But the Christian Bale that I've seen when I've interviewed him over the years and the Christian Bale that is spoken of by his collaborators is not the guy who we see in those few human moments that people tend to judge him by.

When we sat down to talk about "Out Of The Furnace," he was positively chatty about his work on this film, and he's obviously very proud of what they've made. He threw himself into his role as the "good" brother in a very sad and damaged story about the way we sometimes carry our family's burdens as our own. He and Casey Affleck are great together, and there's an enormous sadness to the work they do.

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<p>Could Spike Jonze's &quot;Her&quot;&nbsp;get a big boost from the critics groups in the next few days?</p>

Could Spike Jonze's "Her" get a big boost from the critics groups in the next few days?

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Off the Carpet: With the table set, the critics are ready to have their say

How will the precursors affect this season?

Unless you were holding out hope that "A Madea Christmas" or "47 Ronin" would make an impact on the Oscar race, it's fair to say all the cards are on the table. "American Hustle" was shown to guilds and press last weekend and has been screening in earnest ever since. "The Wolf of Wall Street" was shown to guilds and HFPA over the last two days with further press screenings set for later this week. All the cats are out of the bag, and just in time, too. Because the critics are about to have their say.

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'The Blacklist' will be back in January

"The Blacklist" will be back in January
NBC has learned its lesson after giving "Revolution" a four-month break last season. So three new episodes will air in January, but without "The Voice."

"Sleepy Hollow" casts Victor Garber as Ichabod's dad
The "Alias" vet will appear in at least one episode.

Jimmy Kimmel's ratings soared in November amid controversy
Kimmel had his best week since moving timeslots the week of Nov. 18.

New Jersey town celebrates "James Gandolfini Day"
Park Ridge, Gandolfini's hometown, paid tribute over the weekend by naming a street after the late actor.

Is "HIMYM's" final season copying "The Office" and "Friday Night Lights"?
Are Marshall & Lily the new Jim & Pam and Coach and Mrs Taylor?

"I Love Lucy" in color: Watch a preview
Here's a glimpse of the CBS special, airing later this month.

Why "Grey's Anatomy" is no longer worth watching
The Mer-Der romance has lost its luster -- and those "interns" are either awful, boring or dead. PLUS: A "familiar face" returning on Thursday.

Stephen Moyer: Vince Gilligan sent "Breaking Bad" gifts after I praised the show

"I was a Breaking Bad fanatic," says the "True Blood" star. "In fact I spoke about it so much... I was such a big fan that Vince Gilligan started sending me gifts to say, 'Thank you.'"

"Hot in Cleveland" snags Tim Daly
He'll play Jane Leeves' boss in a multi-episode arc.

In defense of "Homeland"
Why this season has been pretty darn good, despite the naysayers.

Check out the balloon version of Guy Fieri
Complete with goatee.

Watch Conan O'Brien spend an hour chatting with a Woodrow Wilson historian
Conan has a "Serious Jibber-Jabber" conversation with A. Scott Berg, who also wrote a biography on Charles Lindbergh.

"Nikita's" Devon Sawa becoming a dad
The actor is expecting his first child with his wife.

Should ABC dump "Dancing"?

Every season, elements of the show change. Yet problems persist.

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'The Walking Dead' midseason finale attracts 12.1 million

"The Walking Dead" midseason finale attracts 12.1 million
That's up 15% from last year's midseason finale. PLUS: Robert Kirkman on what's next.

Report: "Glee's" Charice attempted suicide
The Filipino singing sensation was suffering from financial strain, according to her grandmother.

Marge Simpson to visit "Project Runway"

She'll enlist the "Project Runway: All Stars" for some fashion help.

Adult Swim crashes a spaceship in NYC to promote "Rick and Morty"
The crashed spaceship has ended up on Craigslist.

Coming to NBC: "The Wolfman"
The 2010 Benicio Del Toro-Anthony Hopkins movie, itself based on a 1941 film, is set for a TV remake.

"Sin City" and "Silver Linings Playbook" may get TV remakes
The Weinstein Company wants those movies, plus "The Mist," remade for the small screen.

"The Wire" alum Pablo Schreiber is returning to HBO in "The Brink"
He'll be joined by Geoff Pierson and Maribeth Monroe in the state department comedy.

6th "Doctor Who" isn't happy he wasn't invited to be in "The Day of the Doctor"
Colin Baker says not being invited "makes you feel like a second class citizen." PLUS: Is "Doctor Who" picking up a secondary companion?

"The Mindy Project" books Dan Hedaya

He'll play Danny's dad.

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"The Girl with Half A Face"

 "The Girl with Half A Face"

Credit: Discovery Fit & Health

Watch: 'The Girl with Half A Face' faces bullies, surgery

Girl faces intense teen bullying due to a massive facial tumor

High school isn't easy for most kids, but Sarah Atwell has had it considerably tougher than your average teen. She suffers from a rare disease called neurofibromatosis, which has caused a massive tumor to overtake half of her face. In the one-hour special "The Girl with Half A Face," (premieres Wed. Dec. 18 at 10:00 p.m. ET on Discovery Fit & Health with an encore Wed. Jan. 22 at 10:00 p.m. ET), Sarah invited cameras to follow her (get an idea of what they found in the clip). 

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