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Entries by Mike Hogan from 10/2012

Academy Awards Preview: Will 'Life Of Pi' Roar At The Oscars?

| Posted 10.01.2012 | Entertainment

Hey, Mike: Another week, another favorite? "Life of Pi" premiered at the New York Film Festival on Friday and thrust itself into the Oscar conversation with the force of a Bengal tiger attacking a villainous hyena

John Hawkes Says Jennifer Lawrence Is 'A Special Human Being,' But Still Hasn't Seen 'The Hunger Games'

Posted 10.03.2012 | Entertainment

Though you still may not know him by name, John Hawkes has become a fixture on the festival and awards circuits over the past three years. It all star...

'Homeland' Recap, Season 2, Episode 2: Hey La, Hey La, 'Beirut Is Back'

| Posted 10.07.2012 | TV

You've got to hand it to the writers of "Homeland": They don't play it safe. Now we're left with a whole host of what-next questions, and that's just the beginning of what happened in this tense, eventful hour of television.

Oscar Predictions 2013: Will 'Lincoln' Reach Higher Office?

| Posted 10.08.2012 | Entertainment

Welcome to Gold Rush, HuffPost Entertainment's weekly breakdown of all things Oscar. Between now and Feb. 25, 2013, executive arts and entertainment editor Michael Hogan and entertainment editor Christopher Rosen will chat about awards season and which films will make the most noise at the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Andrew Bird 'If I Needed You' Premiere: 'Old-Time' Townes Van Zandt Cover Was Recorded In A Barn [LISTEN]

| Posted 10.09.2012 | Arts

Chicago's Andrew Bird is known for creating sounds worthy of a full ensemble using just a violin, his voice, his lips (he whistles like a lower-case b...

Benjamin Gibbard's 'Former Lives': If There's A Zooey Deschanel Song Here, He's Not Telling

Posted 10.10.2012 | Entertainment

You might know Ben Gibbard as the frontman of Seattle alt-rock stalwarts Death Cab for Cutie. Or maybe you're still hooked on "Give Up," the glorious ...

Aaron Paul, 'Smashed' Star, On How His Personal History With Alcoholics Informed His Role

Posted 10.12.2012 | Entertainment

There are four kinds of people who are going to see "Smashed" this weekend, when it opens in limited release: 12-steppers intrigued by the film's focu...

'Homeland' Recap, Season 2, Episode 3: Carrie Achieves A 'State Of Independence'

| Posted 10.14.2012 | TV

Given how frequently her character goes off the rails, it's entirely possible Claire Danes will have an even better episode than "State of Independence" later this season, but she could do worse than to submit this one for 2013 for next year's Emmys.

Academy Award Predictions 2013: Is 'Argo' The Clear Front-Runner?

| Posted 10.15.2012 | Entertainment

Hey, Mike. That sound you just heard was everyone at Warner Bros. breathing a sigh of relief: Argo is a hit, meaning it has cleared another hurdle on its charge toward Best Picture.

Why I Wish Election Season Would End Already

| Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

I have a secret: I can't wait for this election season to be over. It's not that I don't think there's a lot at stake. There is. It's just that, as usual, we're not talking about the real problems facing the country, and real solutions for dealing with them. One candidate has apparently decided that the best strategy is to avoid talking to anyone who isn't already on his side. When you find out what he's been saying to the people he does trust, you can understand why. The other candidate, whom we've sternly instructed to stop spending so much time running the country so he can look tougher on TV, hasn't articulated any new ideas. His central argument -- I cleaned up their mess and killed the guy they couldn't find -- has a certain elemental appeal, but it's not exactly the stuff Spielberg movies are made of.

'Homeland' Recap, Season 2, Episode 4: 'New Car Smell' Speeds The Plot Forward

| Posted 10.21.2012 | TV

Uh, now what? Saul's plan made so much sense. Even Estes was on board! But then Carrie proved yet again that she's incapable of not going rogue -- and the writers proved that they are the Honey Badgers of premium cable.

Oscar Movies 2013: Should 'The Hunger Games' & 'Marvel's The Avengers' Be Nominated?

| Posted 10.22.2012 | Entertainment

The Avengers. Joss Whedon deserves some kind of award for turning what could have been the clunkiest superhero-supergroup spectacle since Fantastic Four into a razor-sharp, bullet-fast fun-fest, but they don't give Oscars for that.

'Homeland' Recap, Season 2, Episode 5: Will 'Q&A Divide The Fans?

| Posted 10.28.2012 | TV

I have a feeling "Q&A" may end up being the most divisive episode of "Homeland" yet -- maybe even moreso than last year's mostly acclaimed finale.

Los Angeles Press Club Nominations: HuffPost (And James Franco) Up For Five National Entertainment Journalism Awards

Posted 10.31.2012 | Entertainment

The Los Angeles Press Club has nominated The Huffington Post for National Entertainment Journalism Awards in five categories, including best entertain...