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Entries by Mike Hogan from 02/2013

'Downton Abbey' Recap, Season 3, Episode 5: Snobs Get Served

| Posted 02.03.2013 | TV

Sybil's body isn't even cold, yet the residents kept scheming, especially Matthew, who just can't wait to get cracking on his plan to reform the estate. And speaking of Matthew, there sure was a lot of foreshadowing in that one scene, wasn't there?

Falling for Oscar, Flaws and All

| Posted 02.04.2013 | Entertainment

This issue isn't your average cash-in-on-Oscar-fever special edition. It's a labor of love, and it reflects the HuffPost team's peculiar take on the Academy Awards: seductive yet infuriating, glamorous yet grubby, essential yet ultimately meaningless.

DGA Awards: Is This The End Of 'Lincoln'? For Your Consideration

| Posted 02.04.2013 | Entertainment

Stop me if you have heard this one before: On Saturday night, "Argo" director Ben Affleck defeated "Lincoln" director Steven Spielberg for a significant precursor award.

'Downton Abbey' Recap, Season 3, Episode, 6: 'A Miasma Of Scandal'

| Posted 02.10.2013 | TV

Thomas is kissing boys and getting caught. Cousin Rose is dancing to jazz. Edith is flirting with another married man. Matthew and Mary are sneaking around behind each other's backs. Branson's disgracefully Irish brother won't stop drinking beer. On and on it goes!

Best Documentary Feature At The Oscars: For Your Consideration

| Posted 02.12.2013 | Entertainment

We're closing in on the big night -- it's less than two weeks away -- and with a dip in the calendar, it finally feels like the right time to investigate the Best Documentary category. Being a dilettante, I have failed to see even one of the nominated films thus far -- too busy watching gems like "Identity Thief," I suppose -- but this is a two-man operation, and I know you've been quite excited about this category for some time.

'Downton Abbey' Recap, Season 3, Episode 7: Race to the Death

| Posted 02.17.2013 | TV

We don't watch "Downton Abbey" because the Crawley family is unusually susceptible to tragedy. In fact, I suspect many of us watch it because it extracts such high doses of drama and tension from such trivial concerns.

'Silver Linings Playbook' For Best Picture? Oscar Season Winds Down In Latest For Your Consideration

| Posted 02.18.2013 | Entertainment

I still don't see "Silver Linings" gaining the kind of momentum it would need to call "Argo" back to the runway (only one more week of this metaphor, Chris, I swear!), but the campaign could help Russell win Best Adapted Screenplay and even Best Director.

Oscar Pool: 5 Upset Picks That Could Help You Win On Sunday Night

| Posted 02.23.2013 | Entertainment

After five months of speculation both outlandish ("The Master" for Best Picture!) and not so outlandish ("Argo" for Best Picture!), the Oscars are one day away. All that's left is the tired cliche about the shouting. We've made our Oscar predictions already, so now it's time to help those loyal readers who find themselves participating in Oscar pools on Sunday night. (Print your ballot here.) Ahead, five left-field picks that could help you secure glory in the living room and the office.

Oscar Controversy: When Audiences, Critics And Politicians Attack

| Posted 02.24.2013 | Entertainment

Championship sports teams get to prove on the field of competition that they are the best in the world -- or at least the league. By contrast, Oscar hopefuls must persuade a jury of their peers that they are worthy of the name "Best." In recent years, that campaign of persuasion has turned into a six-month marathon, costing tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars. It's as if the NFL's playoff contenders spent the entire postseason trying to get the refs to look kindly on their regular season games, instead of playing any new ones.

Westboro Oscar Protest Member Attacks Hollywood's 'Militant Fag Agenda,' Defends The Word 'Fag'

Posted 02.24.2013 | Entertainment

A group of Westboro Baptist Church protesters brought their signature brand of in-your-face activism to Hollywood today, chanting and waving signs wit...

Lincoln Assassination Joke Yields Boos For Oscar Host Seth MacFarlane

Posted 02.24.2013 | Entertainment

Memo to Oscar host Seth MacFarlane: it's still too soon for Lincoln assassination jokes. In an arguably tasteless reference to the fact that the ma...

Oscar After Parties: Stars Shine At Governors Ball & Vanity Fair Party After 2013 Academy Awards

Posted 02.25.2013 | Entertainment

After the last of the 85th Annual Academy Awards were handed out, ending a months-long saga of premieres, positioning, ego-stroking and dirt-slinging,...

Oscar Season Is Finally Over: For Your Consideration

| Posted 02.26.2013 | Entertainment

Well, Mike, Oscar season -- which started when "Argo" premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last August -- is finally, mercifully over.