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Awards Season Confusion V: San Francisco Critics Circle Names Tree of Life Best Film, Terrence Malik Best Director!

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Another day, another choice. The San Francisco Critics Circle have announced their awards for excellence in film for 2011. Terrence Malik’s Tree of Life took Best Film while Malik claimed the award for Best Director.

Further adding to awards season confusion, the SFCC named Gary Oldman Best Actor for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and We Need To Talk About Kevin’s Tilda Swinson Best Actress.

For a complete list of winners, follow the jump.

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DVD Review: The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Complete Fourth Season – The Doctor’s Best Loved Companion Defending The Earth With Panache!

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Sarah Jane Smith may well be the most beloved companion in the long history of Doctor Who. As evidence, I submit the fourth season DVD set of The Sarah Jane Adventures – the second and lighter of two spinoffs, and a collection of ripping yarns that will entertain Whovians of any age. Clearly, Sarah Jane is popular enough to sustain a series that only ended when she did.

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Awards Season Confusion IV: New York Film Critics Online Hail The Artist and Its Director!

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After being named the New York Film Critics Online choice for best film of 2011, the silent movie The Artist is the only film to take home more than one Best Picture title from the various awards given out thus far this awards season. The NYFCO also named The Artist director Michael Hazanavicius Best Director.

Michael Shannon won Best Actor for Take Shelter and Meryl Streep scored Best Actress for The Iron Lady.

The complete list of NYFCO Awards winners follows the jump.

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Awards Season Confusion III: Los Angeles Film Critics Association Names The Descendants Best Picture!

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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association today named Alexander Payne’s The Descendants 2011’s Best Picture and Terrence Malik [Tree of Life] Best Director. The LAFCA Awards added to the stunning lack of consensus as to the possibilities for both Oscar nominations and award winners.

Follow the jump for the complete list of LAFCA Award winners.

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Awards Season Confusion II: Boston Society of Film Critics Names The Artist Best Film; Martin Scorsese Best Director!

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More Awards Season confusion from Boston – Brad Pitt takes Best Actor, Michelle Williams nabs Best Actress.

For a complete list of Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, follow the jump.

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Awards Season Confusion Continues: American Film Institute Names Top 10 Films of 2011!

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The American Film Institute named its top ten films and TV series of 2011 today. Since they release their top ten list in alphabetical order, their list doesn’t point to any one film as a frontrunner for other awards – like the Oscars® – and possible major award winners from outside the U.S. are not considered [though they do often receive special recognition].

Film: Bridesmaids, The Descendants, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Help, J. Edgar, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse.

Missing the cut: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Beginners, Drive, The Ides of March, and Young Adult.

The Artist and the Harry Potter Series were singled out for special recognition in non-American film.

Grimm: Behind The Creatures with Barney Burman!

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Barney Burman is one of the Make-Up Effects personnel on NBC’s new series, Grimm [Tonight 10/9C, Fridays 9/8C]. On Monday, he spoke with a group of journalists/bloggers about making the show’s many creatures come to life.

Following the jump, there’s also a brief video interview Burman gave for tonight’s episode.

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Psych: Jason Priestly Plays Charming Grifter On December 14th Mid-Season Finale!

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On next week’s mid-season finale of Psych [USA Network, Tuesday, December 14th,10/9C], Shawn and Maggie’s plan to have a nice, quiet spa weekend – and taking their relationship to the level – is derailed by a couple of grifters and a Mafia-related murder.

Jason Priestly plays Clive, one of the grifters, and talked with reporters/bloggers about the experience.

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The Help: Great Film Badly Served By DVD Release!

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Today’s release of The Help on DVD is cause for celebration because the film plays just as well on the small screen as on the big one. It’s also cause for great disappointment because of this lovely, lovely film getting terribly wronged by whoever put the bonus features together – they consist of two deleted scenes and a music video – total time: nine minutes, fifty-two seconds!

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Syfy Christmas Tuesday – Christmas Episodes of Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Haven Create A Heartwarming Science Fiction/Fantasy Buzz!

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This evening, Syfy presents Christmas episodes for Eureka [8/7C], Warehouse 13 [9/8C] and, for the first time, Haven [10/9C]. Eureka’s Do You See What I See? is a slight bit of froth; Warehouse 13’s The Greatest Gift is a successful riff on It’s A Wonderful Life and Haven’s Silent Night is a genuinely unnerving tale of Christmas in July.

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