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American Hustle strikes Oscars blow by winning NY Critics

David O Russell's star-studded period crime drama American Hustle picked up three of the top prizes at the New York Critics Circle awards last night, in the process placing itself front and centre in the race for next year's Oscars.<p>Russell's film was named victor in the best picture and best …

Here’s The Trailer For ‘The Hungover Games’… I’m Sorry

We’ve already brought you the trailer for the latest Aaron Seltzer/Jason Friedberg affront to parody, <i>The Starving Games</i>, but it’s not a real genre-spoofer unless there’s another film exactly like it coming out at the same time. <i>Scary Movie V</i> had <i>A Haunted House</i>, and thus, <i>The Hungover Games</i> is brought …

This Year in Movies Video Montage - Cinefile 2013

Zachary Levi & Kate McKinnon’s ‘Falling for You’ takes on the clumsy rom-com chick trope

Here’s Zachary Levi and SNL’s Kate McKinnon starring in <i>Falling for You</i>, a new fake trailer that takes on one of the oldest, weirdest rom-com tropes in the book, the phenomenon whereby screenwriters think that in order to make the super-pretty female lead relatable, they have to show her being a …

Second Clip from THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

Two Charts That Show Why Another Debt Ceiling Fight Is A Very Bad Idea

Since Republicans in Congress seem intent on flirting (again) with hitting the debt ceiling, the Joint Economic Committee's Democratic staff is out with a report reminding us that doing so is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea.<p>Here's what happens when you lead the financial markets to …

Economy

Atheists Start PAC To Elect Nonreligious Candidates

Americans who count themselves among the "nones" — as in atheists, agnostics or those of no definite religious affiliation — have launched a new political action committee.<p>The goal? To support the election of like-minded lawmakers or, at a minimum, candidates committed to upholding the …

The GOP Is Threatening Murder-Suicide With New Shutdown Warnings

House Republicans are threatening a government shutdown. What they’re really headed for is complete ruination, says Kirsten Powers.<p>The Republican …

Telecoms firms never challenged NSA

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Phone companies put up no resistance to NSA demands for data, but it doesn’t make online giants the good guys<p>Natasha Lennard<p>September 19, 2013 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Since news of the National Security Agency's dragnet-style surveillance programs first broke (and continues to break), Silicon …

Books on the Boob Tube: 10 New Fall Shows Based on Books

Looks like television scriptwriters have been hitting the books: this fall, plenty of new dramas and comedies on both network and cable have literary …

Demystifying J. D. Salinger: A Q&A with Director Shane Salerno

The big literary news of the month (probably of the year, maybe even the decade) is the recent revelation that new work by the late legendary author …

Advanced Learning: 8 Movies with Big Lessons

Students everywhere are back in school, but movie buffs are in class year-round. This summer alone we’ve watched the scare students of “Monsters …

How Did Shakespeare's Plays Sound in Their Original Dialect?

Despite all the emphasis on the musicality of William Shakespeare's writing, it's easy to forget that we're hearing something totally different than …

Emma Watson's Back on for 'Your Voice in My Head'

Emma Watson hung up her Hogwarts robe three years ago, but the young starlet's post-Potter roles have been just as intriguing, diverse, and congruent …

Patrick Bateman’s Reign of Terror Continues in 'American Psycho' Sequel Series

In 1991, author Bret Easton Ellis unleashed a macabre, visceral social satire of a young, handsome Manhattanite named Patrick Bateman, a Wall Street …

10 Highlights From Sandra Bullock and Alfonso Cuarón at the ‘Gravity’ Press Conference In Toronto

10 Highlights From Sandra Bullock and Alfonso Cuarón at the 'Gravity' Press Conference In Toronto<p>If you’ve been keeping up with the fall festival …

George Clooney

Was the Second Season of ‘The Newsroom’ Better Off Following a Fictional Story Than Real Ones?

Was the Second Season of 'The Newsroom' Better Off Following a Fictional Story Than Real Ones?<p>The second season of Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama “The …

TIFF 2013: Our 5 Favorite Films Of The Festival, Plus Our Complete Coverage

Though coming hot on the heels of <b>Telluride</b> and overlapping this year with <b>Venice</b>, the <b>Toronto International Film Festival</b> is anything but a third …

Film Festivals

‘The Newsroom’ Second Season Finale: For The Greater Fool Goes The Greater Glory

There’s a small pocket of critics and viewers that have supported Aaron Sorkin’s <i>The Newsroom</i> since the beginning, who have soldiered on in the face of mounting backlash against the show and Sorkin, and who have been willing to overlook the many flaws in the first season of <i>The Newsroom</i> because we …

'The Newsroom' Recap: It's Been a Year

The season two finale takes a break from election news to resolve several relationship plot lines.<p><b>[Spoilers ahead from Sunday's episode, "Election</b> …

Elections

‘The Newsroom’ Season 2 Finale Rage-cap: “Election Night: Part II”

It’s just like <i>The Newsroom</i> to give us the happy ending we never actually wanted. While “Election Night: Part II” didn’t quite wave away our heroes’ …

HBO Orders Damon Lindelof's Post-Rapture Drama The Leftovers to Series

HBO is heating up <i>The Leftovers</i>.<p>The cabler has given a series order to <i>Lost</i> co-creator Damon Lindelof‘s drama project, based on Tom Perrotta’s 2011 …

I Can't Believe TV Networks Get Away With This

When it comes to canceled TV shows with cliffhangers, I've had enough. And who hasn't?<p>It's never fun to wake up one morning and hear that a beloved TV series has been canceled. But there's something especially appalling about a show being axed when the current season of that show has just ended on …

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Review: Book These Cops On Suspicion Of Being Funny

The good news about "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (8:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, Fox) is that this modestly entertaining comedy reminded me of two shows that didn't take very long to find themselves.<p>All things considered, it's not surprising that "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" has a genial, pleasing loopiness and very solid …

TV Ratings: 'Sleepy Hollow' Opens Big on Fox, 'Dancing' Grows, 'Dome' Wraps Strong

UPDATED: The first new scripted series of the season gets an impressive debut, while "DWTS" improves over last fall's opener, "Under the Dome" …

TV Ratings

Pirates no more? BitTorrent partners with Madonna in its bid to go legit

BitTorrent Inc., the San Francisco-based technology and media company behind one of the most popular file-sharing services, has partnered with Madonna to release a 17-minute film. The message, which Madonna says is about art, freedom, and love, may be less interesting than the medium. Madonna's …

SNL Taps Six Web Comedy Stars to Join the Cast - PAPER

Though Lorne Michaels says that strong online presence isn't a factor when selecting new <i>Saturday Night Live</i> cast members, telling the <i>New York Times</i>, "You can't be famous before you're famous," any actor or comedian coming up in 2013 has surely created web videos -- or an entire web series -- that …

Cilic suspended nine months for doping violation

LONDON -- Former top-10 player Marin Cilic has been suspended nine months for a doping violation.<p>The ban was back-dated to May 1, so Cilic can return …

Real Madrid look favourites in a more unpredictable Champions League

This season sees the most open and unpredictable Champions League in some time, and if any team looks likely to take back the title of a truly great side, it's Real Madrid.<p>With a healthy dose of generosity towards Manchester United and Manchester City, a year or two ago today's round of fixtures …