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Well, they’re here! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have been announced and, once again, I slept through them – which means that I missed Seth McFarlane’s jokes and Emma Stone’s enthusiasm. So, let’s just get right to it. The complete list of nominees – and the occasional notation of possible glaring omissions (no excoriating of any actual nominees this year) – follow the jump.

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GLEE: New Directions in all-new episodes of GLEE returns on FOX. Pictured bottom row L-R: Kevin McHale, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz, Dianna Agron, Lea Michele and Jane Lynch. Middle row L-R: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jayma Mays, Matthew Morrison and Cory Monteith. Top row L-R: Heather Morris, Chris Colfer and Amber Riley. ©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patrick Ecclesine/FOX

Fox’s Family hits the 2-0-0 this season! Two hundred episodes – not bad for a show that has continued to redefine irreverent for millions of fans.

To celebrate, Fox is planning a ‘Freakin’ Sweet One-Hour Event’ for Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 9/8C. New episode Yug Ylimaf (Family Guy does time travel – only bass ackwards!) will be followed by a series retrospective, The End Of The World As We Know It, giving fans a glimpse behind the curtain at some of the show’s most outrageous moments – featuring interviews with series creator Seth McFarlane and cast members Mila Kunis, Alex Borstein and Seth Green.

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Well, it’s October, and so in this slightly expanded GeekScholars Movie News podcast, the crew looks at the upcoming month’s highlights by telling you which movies they are most (and least) excited for, as well as their predictions on how each film will score on the Rotten Tomatoes freshness scale! Click more to see what else is featured on this week’s show!

Before that, however, this week’s show begins with a bunch of interesting news to discuss, including a potential Fargo television show, Tom Hardy in a biopic about George Mallory attempting to climb Mount Everest, Gina Carano starring in an all-females Expendables-type movie, updates on Spy Hunter, The Mummy reboot, and Dawn of the Planet Apes, and finally the crew’s thoughts on Seth McFarlane being named the host of the 85th Annual Academy Awards.

The show then concludes with GeekScholars Fox, Jill, and Chris offering their analyses and grades on their F- to A+ scale for Looper, the highly anticipated time-travel action movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis.

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Craig Zadon and Neil Meron, producers of the 85th Oscars®, have just announced that Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, Ted) will be the host for the annual televised extravaganza. The 85the Oscars® will be telecast by ABC on Sunday, February 24th.

The official press release follows the jump.

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John (MARK WAHLBERG) and his best friend, Ted (voiced by SETH MACFARLANE), do rum shots with the real Flash Gordon (SAM JONES) in the live action/CG-animated comedy "Ted".

It’s a story we’ve all seen before – a girl comes between best friends and laughs and tears ensue – except that this time, the girl is the amazing Mila Kunis and the best friend left looking in from the outside is a real, live (as in living) teddy bear. Named Ted.

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Although technically not a superhero movie, Hellboy II: The Golden Army is one of the most beautifully visual films of this or any other year. It’s also a combination of a lot of genres: comic book movie, action flick, fairytale, horror story, eco-fable, romantic drama, pulpy noir, FX flick. The thing is, because of writer/director Guillermo Del Toro’s love of the characters, and his amazing visual sense, all of these genres fuse into a whole that is ever-so-slightly greater than the sum of its parts.

Hellboy [Ron Perlman] and Liz Sherman [Selma Blair are together in this film – a situation that is more a bit awkward. As Abe Sapien [Doug Jones] puts it, “They have their good days and their bad days… and their really bad days. Complicating matters are Hellboy’s longings to go public – FBI liaison Tom Manning [a woefully underused Jeffrey Tambor] is particularly put out by a photo which the big guy posed for… and autographed!

Into this chipper little situation comes an elvish prince named Nuada [Luke Goss], who wants to raise the legendary Golden Army to destroy mankind as mankind has been replacing nature with shopping malls and parking lots. His twin sister, Nuala [Anna Walton] is dead set against this and flees – encountering Abe in the Troll Market [think a fusion of the Star Wars Cantina and the Floating Market from Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere], where he helps save her from a troll. Everything escalates from there.

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Perhaps The Golden Army’s greatest asset is Del Toro’s amazing visuals. All of the film’s creatures are beautiful [sometimes in very disturbing ways] and the sets are enthralling. The creatures are mostly practical and the prostheses and animatronics are absolutely state of the art. Of course, they wouldn’t mean anything if the story and the characters didn’t support them – but they do.

The film is probably hardest on Abe, who encounters romance for the first time in his life, but the Hellboy/Liz relationship takes some interesting and powerful turns as well. Then there’s the new kid on the block, Johann Strauss [voiced by Seth McFarlane], a Teutonic being of ectoplasm housed in an encounter suit that resembles the old spider-Man villain, Mysterio. Brought in to bring Hellboy to heal, Strauss shows some unique abilities, but can’t contain the curmudgeonly demon.

Del Toro shows that Pan’s Labyrinth was no fluke as he sets up action sequences and emotional situations that are simultaneously larger than life and as real as oxygen. He puts his characters through trials of epic proportion, while keeping their feet firmly on the metaphoric ground. The only real flaw of the film is that it may be too rich, too full. There’s so much going on – on every level – that it’s hard to get it all in one viewing. The cliché, “I laughed. I cried. It became part of me,” may actually apply here – Hellboy II: The Golden Army has an effect that lingers long after you’ve left the theater.

Final Grade: A

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