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Entries by Mike Hogan from 11/2012

'Homeland' Recap, Season 2, Episode 6: 'A Gettysburg Address' To Remember

| Posted 11.04.2012 | TV

Nod your head if you understand why I love "Homeland." Yes, this series has been edging toward soap-opera territory at times. And yet, the good stuff is so good that there's no way I'm quitting it now.

Best Actor 2013: Does Denzel Washington Have What It Takes To Beat Daniel Day-Lewis?

| Posted 11.05.2012 | Entertainment

Best Actress has nothing on Best Actor. Consider the lineup of male performers with a legitimate chance of being nominated: Daniel Day-Lewis, Joaquin Phoenix, Denzel Washington, John Hawkes, Anthony Hopkins, Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper, Ben Affleck and Jamie Foxx. Truthfully, I could make an argument for any of those guys -- especially Cooper, who is a revelation in "Silver Linings Playbook"; he gives a performance that will forever change how audiences view him as an actor.

'Inventing David Geffen' Review: Documentary Showcases Industry Powerhouse

Posted 11.06.2012 | Entertainment

Crosby, Stills & Nash weren't looking for a friend when they hired David Geffen. They had plenty of those already. "We knew we were in a shark tank," ...

Damien Echols, West Memphis Three 'Survivor,' Tells Henry Rollins About Life On Death Row

| Posted 11.08.2012 | Arts

On Wednesday night at the New York Public Library in Midtown Manhattan, Henry Rollins and Damien Echols had a 90-minute conversation about life in hell.

'Homeland Recap', Season 2, Episode 7: Love and Rage In 'The Clearing'

| Posted 11.11.2012 | TV

Nazir's plan to attack America is in its final stages -- "Things are going to move very quickly now," Roya promises with homicidal glee -- and both the terrorist's network and the CIA have big plans for Brody.

Is 'Lincoln' A Memo To Obama From Liberal Hollywood?

| Posted 11.12.2012 | Entertainment

Memo to President Barack Obama from your powerful friends in Hollywood: You are the president of the United States, clothed in immense power. Now use it. That, at least, seems to be the message of Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's surprisingly riveting examination of the 16th president's campaign to persuade that unruly collection of hicks, fanatics and thieves known as the House of Representatives to pass a Constitutional amendment abolishing slavery. Lincoln's Republican party outnumbered their Democratic rivals, but Constitutional Amendments require a two-thirds majority. So the challenge was to keep the Republican caucus in line and pick off about 20 votes from the other side. And so the arm-twisting began. If that sounds familiar, it should. It's reasonable to think that this film couldn't and wouldn't have been made at any other time.

'Skyfall' Oscar Chances: Can James Bond Crash The Academy Awards?

| Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment

Well, it's official: We're now less than two months away from the 85th annual Oscar nominations. Are we having fun yet? ("Party Down" references never die.)

Quelles chances pour Skyfall, d'emporter un Oscar?

| Posted 11.16.2012 | Canada Quebec

Bienvenue au Gold Rush, votre résumé de tout ce qui concerne les Oscars par le Huff Post Culture. A partir de maintenant et jusqu'au 25 février 2013, Michel Hogan, rédacteur en chef art et culture et Christopher Rosen, rédacteur de la rubrique culture pour le HuffPost américain discuteront de la saison des récompenses et de quels films feront le plus de bruit lors de la 85ème cérémonie des oscars.

Quelles chances pour Skyfall, d'emporter un Oscar?

| Posted 11.16.2012 | France

CINEMA - Il y a eu un vague buzz d'Oscar lorsqu'il a été montré à la presse en octobre, mais pour avoir finalement vu le film moi-même, je ne pense pas que ce soit un film à Oscar. Et vous?

Homeland Recap, Season 2, Episode 8: Brody And Carrie Make Sex Noises In 'I'll Fly Away'

| Posted 11.18.2012 | TV

Are the writers signaling to us that Nicholas Brody's days are numbered? It doesn't seem possible that Showtime would give Damian Lewis the Sean Bean treatment ... But clearly, the countdown to Abu Nazir's big attack is under way.

'Lincoln' For Best Picture: Has Steven Spielberg's Film Become The Oscar Front-Runner?

| Posted 11.20.2012 | Entertainment

Spielberg's film will have big support from the acting branch (three acting nominations seem like a forgone conclusion), Tony Kushner's script is a mortal lock for Best Adapted Screenplay, its below-the-line contributors (specifically composer John Williams, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski and editor Michael Kahn) are all respected past winners and nominees and it's the most culturally relevant film of the bunch -- perhaps even more than either "Argo" or "Zero Dark Thirty."

'Les Misérables' Screening Earns Standing Ovation For Tom Hooper, Anne Hathaway

Posted 11.23.2012 | Entertainment

The first-ever screening of Tom Hooper's "Les Misérables" received a rapturous standing ovation on Friday afternoon in New York. Audience members -- ...

'Homeland' Recap, Season 2, Episode 9: Is 'Two Hats' The Best Episode Of The Season?

| Posted 11.25.2012 | TV

Now this is the "Homeland" we've been waiting for! In "Two Hats," the writers piled intrigue on top of intrigue. That tension was there from the start, coiled tight as a spring, as Estes, Quinn, Saul and Carrie puzzle over the disappearance of Brody.

'Les Miserables' & 'Zero Dark Thirty' Enter The Oscar Race: Are They New Front-Runners?

| Posted 11.27.2012 | Entertainment

One last Argo vs. Lincoln vs. Les Miserables note: Can we imagine a scenario where one of them wins Best Picture and another wins Best Director? Like Les Miserables and Ben Affleck, or Argo and Steven Spielberg?

Andrew W.K. & The State Department: Performer Responds To Canceled Trip To Bahrain

Posted 11.28.2012 | Entertainment

Musician, motivational speaker, club owner and television host Andrew W.K. made headlines this weekend when he announced on his website that he was tr...