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    Batman Visits Steve Buscemi on SNL

    If you want to see Steve Buscemi at his recent best, don’t miss him as the strangely sympathetic and charismatic crooked politician Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire. (Preview tonight's tense, next-to-last episode of the season here.) But he had some good moments hosting SNL last night, in sketches that were more of a throwback to the weird-guy roles he has built his career on.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    See The First Glimpses of Lydia R. Diamond's Critically Acclaimed Broadway Play "Stick Fly"

    Though it won't officially open until December 8, 2011, the Alicia Keys-produced, Lydia R. Diamond-written, and Kenny Leon-directed stage play Stick Fly is now in performances at New York's Cort Theatre, according to BroadwayWorld.  And they've provided an exclusive look at the production's cast in action.

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  • Caryn James
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    Preview Tonight's Tense Boardwalk Empire

    All season, as I’ve talked to people about Boardwalk Empire, I’ve been surprised to find that it often leaves viewers cold – they don’t hate it, they’re just not engaged. (Not enough zombies?) I still find it the richest series on television, with the most believably layered, ethically challenged characters. Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson is a classic, a corrupt politician whose warm heart occasionally shines through. Do we doubt that he loves Margaret in his own peculiarly defensive way?   (As I said at the season’s start, they’re Tony and Carmela in the 20’s.)

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  • The Playlist
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    'Melancholia' Wins Best Film At European Film Awards; Ties 'The King's Speech' For Most Awards

    While it has pretty much zero influence on the awards season stateside, the European Film Awards, which are essentially the Euro version of the Oscars, presented their winners tonight and it looks like Lars Von Trier's brief moment as a pariah is over.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Naomie Harris On Her Role In The New Bond Film: "Eve Kicks Ass"

    Actress Naomie Harris is currently training for her role as "Eve" in the upcoming Bond film Skyfall and, based on her recent comments, she's excited about it.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Melancholia Wins European Film Award, Trier Sends Friendly Wave

    The European Film Awards don't have that much impact on awards races stateside beyond adding some momentum to the winners, in this case, Feature winner, "Melancholia," which led the field with eight nominations, also winning production design and cinematography, Tilda Swinton ("We Need to Talk About Kevin"), who won Best Actress over "Melancholia"'s Kirsten Dunst, and Documentary, Wim Wenders ("Pina"). Director Lars von Trier refused to transmit an acceptance statement, as he has stopped making them, sending instead "a friendly wave." At the Berlin award ceremony streamed live, the European Film Academy (2,500 filmmakers from across Europe) presented winners in 17 categories, including European Film ("Melancholia"), Director (Susanne Bier, for last year's "In a Better World"), Actress (Swinton) and Actor Colin Firth, for last year's Oscar-winner "The King's Speech," which also won best editing and the European People's Choice Award. Terry Gilliam, commenting that his career was going backwards, accepted best short for "The Wholly Family" (below).

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Darren Aronofsky Directed Video For Metallica & Lou Reed's "The View"

    Well, the result of one of the unlikeliest collaborations in some time here. As reported about a month ago, Darren Aronofsky took a gig directing the first video from Metallica and Lou Reed's absurd Lulu album, and it's now in the can and ready for your eyes. Considering the whole musical collaboration is based on German expressionsist Frank Wedekind's controversial plays about a serial killing teenage prostitute, the video for "The View" (not "Iced Honey" as first reported) is surprisingly tame.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Did Anyone Watch "The Game Of Your Life" Last Night?

    Though we try as hard as we can to cover everything that's relevant for S & A, it is inevitable that something will fall through the cracks from time to time. For example, take the NBC family movie that was broadcast last night (Friday Dec. 2) The Game of Your Life, starring Titus Makin Jr. 

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  • The Playlist
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    Kenneth Lonergan Hopes The Longer Cut Of 'Margaret' Edited By Martin Scorsese Will Eventually Be Released

    The rallying cry for "Margaret" continues from certain quarters of the critical community, with a #teammargaret hashtag now tracking its way across the Twittersphere. And the push for the film has resulted in some movement. New York City and Los Angeles critics will apparently be getting additional screenings for awards season consideration (although, they had press screenings already prior to the film's theatrical release in both cities), with Boston and Chicago to follow, and there is word bubbling that DVD screeners are being prepared for those in cities who did not get the film (though with voting deadlines fast approaching, that remains to be seen).

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  • The Playlist
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    Benicio del Toro Will Play Khan In 'Star Trek 2,' Oh Wait, No He Won't

    When news broke a few weeks ago that Benicio del Toro was being courted by J.J. Abrams for the role as the Big Bad villain in their hotly anticipated "Star Trek" sequel, we guessed there was a fairly big chance that del Toro could play fan favorite 'Trek' villain Khan. That's not exactly a stretch, given comments by screenwriter Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman made it sound like they were looking into the "Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan" story as possible fodder for the sequel and the fact that del Toro and original Khan Ricardo Montalban share the same vague ethnic background (Montalban is Mexican, del Toro is Puerto Rican). In short succession it was confirmed yesterday that del Toro would play Khan...then just as quickly denied (by J.J. Abrams himself).

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