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<p>Roger Deakins picked up his 11th&nbsp;ASC&nbsp;nomination, for &quot;Skyfall.&quot;</p>

Roger Deakins picked up his 11th ASC nomination, for "Skyfall."

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'Anna Karenina,' 'Les Mis,' 'Life of Pi,' 'Lincoln,' 'Skyfall' grab ASC nominations

'Django Unchained,' 'The Master,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' miss the cut

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced nominees for its 27th annual awards honoring excellence in cinematography.

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<p>&quot;Skyfall&quot;</p>

"Skyfall"

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Tech Support: Final predictions for Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing

Rounding out our pre-noms coverage

This is part two of our pre-nominations wrap-up. We'll be looking at Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Click here for part one.

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<p>A scene from &quot;Lawless,&quot; the most recent credit in VFX supervisor Bill Taylor's long career.</p>

A scene from "Lawless," the most recent credit in VFX supervisor Bill Taylor's long career.

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Roundup: Academy to honor Bill Taylor at Sci-Tech Awards

Also: A Goya nod for Watts, and predicting the nominees... for next year

With the Oscar nominations at the front of everyone's mind, the honorees at the Academy's separate Sci-Tech Awards ceremony -- known to casual viewers only via a video clip, usually presented by a bright-eyed ingenue -- tend to get short shrift. So let's take a moment to applaud veteran visual effects supervisor Bill Taylor, who will be receiving the Academy's John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation. A member of the Academy's Board of Governor, Taylor's career (and AMPAS membership) spans over 40 years, taking in such such films as the original "The Thing," "Glory," "Cape Fear," "The Fast and the Furious" and, most recently, "Lawless." It's his second special award from the Academy: his first, in 1981, was in recognition of his innovations in the area of aerial image optical printing. [AMPAS]

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<p>Ben Affleck is smiling this morning, whatever this photo might suggest.</p>

Ben Affleck is smiling this morning, whatever this photo might suggest.

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The winners and losers from today's BAFTA nominations

Affleck is celebrating, Hooper and Spielberg not so much

As usual, BAFTA delivered a few surprises this morning. While nothing in their nominee list is as far off the Oscar radar as, say, "Drive"'s hefty haul last year, they've muddled up the hierarchy a little among the leading awards players, as two of the three leading nominees found their directors frozen out -- and not even in favor of certain underperforming British hopefuls, as might have been expected.

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<p>Sean Penn practically leaves tooth marks on the edges of the screen in his turn as Mickey Cohen in 'Gangster&nbsp;Squad'</p>

Sean Penn practically leaves tooth marks on the edges of the screen in his turn as Mickey Cohen in 'Gangster Squad'

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Review: 'Gangster Squad' features a great cast but a soft script

Ruben Fleischer still hasn't managed to put it all together

I am fascinated by Los Angeles and its history, and chances are if there's a book or a film about the city, I've read it or watched it.  In particular, the history of law enforcement and its failures here is something that I've been obsessed with for years.  When you list the very best of what's out there, you have to include "Chinatown," a canny piece about the way water and blood were used to build what we think of as modern LA, as well as the books by authors like Walter Mosely and James Ellroy.

"Gangster Squad," liberally adapted from the non-fiction book by Paul Lieberman by real-life-LA-cop-turned-screenwriter Will Beall, is never going to be considered a classic of the genre, but the film has a certain pop cartoon charm that makes it enjoyable, if slight.  Gangster Mickey Cohen has been portrayed on film a few times before.  Harvey Keitel played him in Barry Levinson's "Bugsy" and was rewarded with an Oscar nomination for his work.  And in "LA Confidential," Cohen makes a small appearance with Paul Guilfoyle playing the part.  

In "Gangster Squad," Cohen's been promoted to the main protagonist, and Sean Penn attacks the part with a manic energy that I found wildly entertaining at times.  He looks like a "Dick Tracy" villain, exaggerated and feral, and the film focuses on a period at the end of the '40s when Police Chief Parker (played by a Henson Muppet Studios version of Nick Nolte that is remarkably lifelike) decided to authorize a group of his officers to set aside strictly legal methods to bring down Cohen's operations.  Basically, this is a stripped down and slicked-up version of "The Untouchables," with Josh Brolin starring as Sgt. John O'Mara, the honest cop who is put in charge of putting together his team of trustworthy men to help him.

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<p>Rihanna performs in London this past November.</p>

Rihanna performs in London this past November.

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Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and fun. set to perform at Grammy Awards

Mumford & Sons and The Black Keys also slated for Feb. 10 show

The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and fun. will perform at the Feb. 10 Grammy Awards.

The Grammys tweeted the first round of performers late Monday night.

All of the artists are up for awards for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Mumford & Sons, fun., and the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach lead the pack with six nominations each.

Swift, who co-hosted Grammy Nominations Concert Live, in December, is up for two awards while Rihanna got the nod in three categories.

The Grammy Awards will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
 
 

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<p>&quot;Lincoln&quot; received a field-leading 10 BAFTA nominations.</p>

"Lincoln" received a field-leading 10 BAFTA nominations.

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'Lincoln' leads BAFTA nominations, but Spielberg misses the cut

'Life of Pi' and 'Les Mis' follow closely behind, but where's 'Skyfall?'

"Lincoln" led this morning's BAFTA nominations with 10 mentions, followed closely by "Life of Pi" and ""Les Misérables" with nine each -- but in something of twist, only one of those field-leading Best Film nominees managed an accompanying Best Director nomination, as Steven Spielberg and Tom Hooper, both nominated yesterday by the DGA, were frozen out by the British Academy. Less compromised success was enjoyed by "Argo," with seven nominations -- indeed, BAFTA took such a shine to Ben Affleck's film that they became the first group to nominate him for Best Actor too.

"Skyfall," the highest-grossing film in UK box-office history managed eight nominations, including ones for Judi Dench and Javier Bardem -- but Best Film, perhaps surprisingly, was not among them. Meanwhile, the year's other home-grown box office sensation, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," earned a solitary nomination in the Best British Film category, with even BAFTA darling Maggie Smith left on the sidelines. Ouch. Full list of nominees after the jump.   

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<p>Timothy Olyphant and Patton Oswalt in a scene from the &quot;Justified&quot;&nbsp;season 4 premiere.</p>

Timothy Olyphant and Patton Oswalt in a scene from the "Justified" season 4 premiere.

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Season premiere review: 'Justified' - 'Hole in the Wall'

Patton Oswalt helps Raylan with a bounty hunting gig, while Boyd hires some muscle

"Justified" is back for season 4. I wrote an overall review of the start of the season yesterday, and I have specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I Netflix "Lebowski"...

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<p>Courteney Cox and Josh Hopkins in the &quot;Cougar Town&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Courteney Cox and Josh Hopkins in the "Cougar Town" season premiere.

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Season premiere review: 'Cougar Town' - 'Blue Sunday'

New network, new timeslot, same sweet, funny show

"Cougar Town" is back, now on TBS instead of ABC, and I have a quick review of the season premiere coming up just as soon as I try to change the definition of "junk in the trunk"...

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<p>Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in &quot;The Twilight Saga:&nbsp;Breaking Dawn - Part 2,&quot;&nbsp;which led all Razzie nominees this year with 11 nods including Worst Picture and, yes, Worst Screen Couple.</p>

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," which led all Razzie nominees this year with 11 nods including Worst Picture and, yes, Worst Screen Couple.

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'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' tops 2013 Razzies with 11 nominations

'Battleship,' Sandler's 'That's My Boy' also garner multiple nods

If you're reading this, you may be among the millions of otherwise level-headed individuals who are convinced that the "Twilight" series is one of the greatest achievements in the history of cinema. Enter the Razzie nominating committee, who are here to tell you that you're wrong.

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<p>Daniel Craig in &quot;Skyfall.&quot;</p>

Daniel Craig in "Skyfall."

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What will BAFTA add to the conversation?

The British Academy announces its nominations tomorrow morning

When the Academy announced it was shifting its nomination date forward, nowhere else was the 'Simon says' effect more blatantly evident than in BAFTA's decision to move theirs up a week or so -- squeezing in just one day before the Oscar nominations call time on the first stage of the season. 

Since 2000, when the British Academy rearranged their calendar to precede their American counterpart, the BAFTAs have prided themselves on their status as the last major precursor before the Oscars -- one that has, on several occasions, foretold late-breaking shifts in momentum.

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<p>Emma Stone is gearing up for her return to the role of Gwen Stacy in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'</p>

Emma Stone is gearing up for her return to the role of Gwen Stacy in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

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Emma Stone talks about returning for 'Spider-Man 2' and the other Gwen Stacy

If charming isn't her middle name, it should be

The professionally adorable Emma Stone had it turned up to high this weekend, as usual, when we sat down to discuss her work in "Gangster Squad," the period drama that was delayed from its original release date last fall.

She's one of those people who you can tell decides that they're going to have fun doing their press, no matter what.  She can't help but tease and joke and just plain laugh at the process.  She started by comparing our diet sodas, which are obviously working out differently for the two of us.  She look like she weighs about as much as one of my legs.

Towards the end of our interview, I decided to ask her about returning to play Gwen Stacy in "The Amazing Spider-Man" sequel.  It feels like they just barely got finished with doing publicity for the first film, and now they're already gearing up for work on the sequel.

One of the things that's going to be interesting about this ongoing series is the way they're taking elements from the first three films and from the comics and putting a new spin on them.  After all, we're getting a Harry Osborne in the sequel, played by Dane DeHaan, and we're getting a new Mary Jane Watson, played by Shailene Woodley, and I suspect they'll play very different roles in the life of Peter Parker than they did in the Sam Raimi movies.

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