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Entries by Mike Hogan from 01/2013

Oscars Voting Problems Could Amount To Nothing: For Your Consideration

| Posted 01.01.2013 | Entertainment

Happy New Year, Mike! We've entered the final countdown -- ballots are due on this week, meaning a lot of Academy Awards voters are going to have to learn how to use the internet.

David Harewood, 'Homeland' Actor, Says Nicholas Brody Deserves To Die

Posted 01.03.2013 | TV

David Harewood has one thing in common with David Estes, the scheming CIA counterterrorism director he played on Showtime's "Homeland": he thinks Nich...

Oscar Predictions 2013: Previewing The Academy Awards Nominations

| Posted 01.08.2013 | Entertainment

It's all over but the shouting. On Thursday, the 2013 Oscar nominations will be announced by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone. Finally! Ahead, some fearless forecasting of what to expect from the 85th annual Academy Award nominations.

'Downton Abbey' Recap, Season 3, Episode 2: Drama At The Altar!

| Posted 01.12.2013 | TV

Deception swirled upstairs and down and sudden revelations brought both salvation and devastation in tonight's episode of "Downton Abbey" -- but, hey, what else should we expect from everyone's favorite purveyor of class-system porn?

Oscar Predictions Dashboard: Introducing HuffPost's Statistical Awards Model

| Posted 01.14.2013 | Entertainment

By the time Oscar night rolls around, we hope that our model will feature the most reliable picks anywhere -- supplementing the educated guesswork that constitutes most efforts at awards prognostication. (I say supplementing, not supplanting, because we are, after all, avid fans and practitioners of such guesswork.)

The Golden Globes Could Affect The Oscar Race: For Your Consideration

| Posted 01.15.2013 | Entertainment

Look, I get why rooting for Steven Spielberg can feel like rooting for the New York Yankees (and, no, let's not have that argument again), but I think he overcame his worst instincts in this movie and created what you might call a late masterpiece. It's not my favorite movie of the year, but it's the strongest candidate for Best Picture, in my opinion.

'Who Is Dayani Cristal' & Other Liberal Documentaries Light Up Sundance

Posted 01.18.2013 | Entertainment

The Sundance Film Festival, which began its 11-day, 119-title run on Thursday night with a few low-key screenings, is best known for indie films like ...

Why Is Harry Potter Having Gay Beatnik Sex At Sundance?

| Posted 01.19.2013 | Entertainment

Plenty of male actors have passionately kissed male co-stars in films, as Radcliffe and the excellent Dane DeHaan do here, but it's hard to recall a Hollywood star as famous as this one simulating the act of homosexual lovemaking this explicitly or this vulnerably.

Joseph Gordon Levitt & 'Don Jon's Addiction': Actor's Latest Project Is Raunchy

Posted 01.19.2013 | Entertainment

Is it possible to make a feminist film about a porn addict? Viewers of "Don Jon's Addiction," the screenwriting and directing debut of actor Joseph Go...

'Downton Abbey' Recap, Season 3, Episode 3: Edith Is Making A Comeback

| Posted 01.20.2013 | TV

It was only last week that we saw Edith writhing in bed, wondering how on Earth she'd survive without the slithering presence of Sir Anthony in her life, but here she is making herself useful, or at least trying to.

Brit Marling, 'The East' Star And Co-Writer, Spent A Summer Eating From Dumpsters

Posted 01.22.2013 | Entertainment

At a key moment in "The East," the film's protagonist, a corporate spy tasked with infiltrating an eco-terrorist cell, reaches into a wastebasket, pul...

Sundance & Oscars: What 2013 Sundance Premieres Could Factor At The 2014 Academy Awards

| Posted 01.22.2013 | Entertainment

At this time last year, John Hawkes and Richard Gere were guaranteed Oscar nominatons (neither were nominated) and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was the next "The Tree of Life" (it was; "Beasts" earned four nominations). From sea level here in New York, it doesn't seem like any of the films at the 2013 festival have popped quite like those.

Robert Reich, 'Inequality For All' Documentary Subject, Says Occupy Should Emulate The Tea Party

Posted 01.23.2013 | Entertainment

In his inaugural address on Monday, President Barack Obama spoke eloquently about America's need to level its economic playing field. "For we, the peo...

J.J. Abrams, 'Star Wars' Director: 'Star Trek' Boss Reportedly Chosen To Helm 'Episode VII'

Posted 01.24.2013 | Entertainment

The Force is strong with this one. J.J. Abrams has reportedly been selected to direct the upcoming seventh installment of George Lucas' legendary "...

'Downton Abbey' Recap, Season 3, Episode 4: Doctors' Disorder

| Posted 01.27.2013 | TV

Now that we know that "Downton" creator Julian Fellowes is fully capable of going "Game of Thrones" on us, I have to wonder what else could happen. Could Lord Grantham really lose Downton?

Anne Hathaway, Oscar Favorite For 'Les Misérables,' Says Claire Danes Was 'Smoking' At The Globes

Posted 01.28.2013 | Entertainment

At the SAG Awards on Sunday night, Anne Hathaway proved yet again that she is the woman to beat in the Oscar race for Best Supporting Actress, claimin...

'Argo' Is The Best Picture Front-Runner After SAG & PGA Wins: For Your Consideration

| Posted 01.29.2013 | Entertainment

"Argo" has producers and actors behind it, a push that gives Affleck's film the momentum of a runaway freight train. Meanwhile, we're all still waiting for "Lincoln" to win one significant Oscar precursor.

David France, Oscar-Nominated Director Of 'How To Survive A Plague,' Says Gay Equality Started With AIDS

Posted 01.30.2013 | Entertainment

The Oscar-nominated documentary "How to Survive a Plague" is the movie David France was born to make. He was the first journalist to write about ACT U...

Oscar Predictions 2013: Who Will Win At The 85th Annual Academy Awards?

| Posted 01.31.2013 | Entertainment

After months of speculation -- have we really been doing this since September? -- and endless rounds of red-carpet foreplay, it's almost time to hand out a new set of naked metal guys at the 85th annual Academy Awards. Will Ben Affleck's "Argo" manage to sneak a Best Picture envelope past customs? Can anyone challenge Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway? Will Jennifer Lawrence pull a Sharpie out of her decolletage, sign her statuette and hand it over to a fan, Terrell Owens-style? We'll find out for sure on Feb. 24, when ABC broadcasts the Oscars live from the Dolby Theatre, in Los Angeles.