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Entries by Mike Hogan from 12/2012

'Homeland' Recap, Season 2, Episode 10: 'Broken Hearts'

| Posted 12.02.2012 | TV

Somehow, the world's-most-wanted terrorist, working alone but for the remote assistance of a hacker who specializes in medical devices, managed to crash his SUV into Carrie's car without injuring her or leaving any trace of his own vehicle. Because there couldn't be any easier way of kidnapping her.

NYFCC 2012 Winners, Animation & Documentary Contenders And More: For Your Consideration

| Posted 12.04.2012 | Entertainment

Hello, Mike! After weeks of speculating, the first official Academy Awards 2013 precursor has arrived: The New York Film Critics Circle spent five hours handing out awards on Monday, a time-sucking act of futility that rivals the actual Oscar telecast. The big winners were "Zero Dark Thirty," Kathryn Bigelow, Daniel Day-Lewis, Rachel Weisz (!), Matthew McConaughey (!!) and Sally Field. While that list includes some surprises (see the exclamation points above), the big shocks, to me, are who and what didn't make the cut.

Kristen Stewart, Ben Affleck Really Will Star Together In Sexy Comedy 'Focus'

Posted 12.08.2012 | Entertainment

Kristen Stewart has told HuffPost Entertainment that she will indeed star opposite Ben Affleck in a comedy titled "Focus." "I can confirm that rum...

'Homeland' Recap, Season 2, Episode 11: Another Major Character Dies In 'In Memoriam'

| Posted 12.09.2012 | TV

At its core, "Homeland" has always been first and foremost a show about two characters: Nicholas Brody, the heroic POW who fell under the sway of his captor, Abu Nazir; and Carrie Mathison, the bipolar CIA officer whose unpleasant personality makes her really good at her job. For all its increasingly loony plot twists, the show has stayed true to those characters, allowing them to evolve in mostly believable ways and bringing them together in a mostly swallowable fashion.

Could Kristen Stewart Score An Oscar Nomination For 'On The Road'?

Posted 12.10.2012 | Entertainment

Kristen Stewart was not a global superstar when "Motorcycle Diaries" director Walter Salles cast her in his long-gestating adaptation of "On the Road....

Ben Affleck, 'Argo' Director And Star, Says Movie Is 'Relevant' And 'Extremely Accurate'

Posted 12.10.2012 | Entertainment

To score Oscar nominations in the all-important best picture and best director categories, all you have to do is make one of the very best movies of t...

Golden Globes Predictions: Matthew McConaughey, Brad Pitt & More For Your Consideration

| Posted 12.11.2012 | Entertainment

If I sound like a person who disrespects the impact of the Globes, that's because I am. The Globes mean nothing ever, especially in 2012, with the Oscar nominations being announced before the HFPA hand out their trophies.

Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman Sing For Oscar Voters At Awards Lunch

Posted 12.11.2012 | Entertainment

It's awards season, and that means it's time for the creative teams behind the contending films to wine and dine as many voters and influencers they p...

Judd Apatow, 'This Is 40' Director, On 'Anchorman 2,' The 'Girls' Backlash And The 'Hard Work' Of Staying Married

Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment

Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann look like a happy couple, and why shouldn’t they be? She’s a beautiful movie star; he’s a successful, powerful and f...

'Salmon Fishing' Golden Globes Shocker: Indie Comedy Scores Three Nominations

Posted 12.13.2012 | Entertainment

"'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen'? What's that?" If you found yourself scratching your head as Lasse Hallström's little-known indie comedy racked up ...

Tom Hooper Golden Globes Reaction: 'At Least There's Some Logic' To Director Snub

Posted 12.13.2012 | Entertainment

Sure, Tom Hooper is disappointed that he wasn't among the directors nominated for Golden Globes this morning, but he's got plenty to feel good about a...

'Homeland' Finale Recap, Season 2: Did Brody Survive?

| Posted 12.17.2012 | TV

It's fitting that the Season 2 finale of "Homeland" was titled "The Choice," because I'm pretty sure many viewers approached it wondering whether they would choose to return for Season 3 or decide it's time to break up with "Homeland."

Kristen Stewart Takes HuffPost's #nofilter Challenge, Doesn't Say Much

Posted 12.20.2012 | Celebrity

These days, our knowledge of celebrities too often originates with paparazzi images and snarky quotes by anonymous "insiders." After a while, it's eas...

'Zero Dark Thirty' Torture Debate Dings Its Oscar Chances: For Your Consideration

| Posted 12.24.2012 | Entertainment

Let's keep this short, as there are stockings to hang and reindeers to listen for: It's the night before Christmas, and the only thing stirring is controversy about Zero Dark Thirty and the nationwide opening of Les Miserables.