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Who is the best film director working today?

Baby Clyde: Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Brokeback Mountain; Life Of Pi). I’m not saying all of his films are great but he consistently makes interesting films encompassing all genres. There is no other director who I would specifically see a film by just because they made it. I particularly hate directors who stick to the same formula over and over again (Tarantino/Nolan/Anderson). What I love about Ang lee is that he can turn his hand to every genre imaginable and still make a decent film.

Macbeth: Quentin Tarantino. He may be very divisive as a filmmaker, but most people who hate him despise him for the silliest reasons – too much violence, no originality. In the last decade, he has made Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained, which may not be as brilliant as his films from the 1990s, but they were all great throwbacks to their respective genres. His films are an event – people don’t even need to know what the movie is about and they will line up around the block to see his films anyway.

Milo Kunis: David Fincher! (Zodiac, Gone Girl, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network). No other American director today is so artistically on point, and as consistent as Fincher. The man knows how to turn out a devilishly good product.

Eddy Q: I think Paul Thomas Anderson is the best American director right now – four of his films are probably better than anything Martin Scorsese‘s done since GoodFellas.

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‘Modern Family’ episode ‘Won’t You Be Our Neighbor’

Atypical: This was hilarious and the new season’s first real series contender. All of the storylines worked out well, though the centerpiece of Phil and Claire angling for the “right” neighbors was the best one. Great one-liners as well as the classic “mistaken sexual antics” setup that this ensemble can do with the best of them. Steve Zahn and Andrea Anders were both really good, and I wouldn’t mind seeing them back for future episodes. Same goes for Tyne Daly as Lily’s second-grade teacher, though by design this was probably a one-time guest appearance.

rstang00: Best episode of the season so far. Everything worked in each storyline with some hilariously razor sharp jokes for everyone. Lily and her friend were genius and when Claire asks Luke to “grab that little hoe” and he grabs onto Haley – just awesome. A definite series submission and one of the best episodes of any comedy so far this season.

mikeboy898: The last 2 episodes have been GREAT! Loved the hotel thing in ‘Marco Polo’ – I always enjoy when MF changes up the setting. I also liked that these past 2 episodes had 3 storylines for the individual 3 families. In the 6 years MF has been on the air, the individual families have really developed a solid chemistry. Phil and Claire continue to shine together. Whenever they’re paired, I always know it’s gonna be good.

Will Oscar ‘slap the stud’ again this year?

KyleBailey: I think last year proved that doesn’t really apply with the Oscars. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are well loved and Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Michael Fassbender all have their fair share of fans when it comes to looks. So I don’t think looks are really a factor here.

ETPhoneHome: I think the theory is less about good looks, and more about age. Attractiveness isn’t quantifiable, where age is, as shown by this article. I think there definitely is a bias against young men, and it’s going to apply this year as it seems to every year. They are always more inclined to reward someone with a long career than they are to reward a young actor who hasn’t proved himself yet, and needs to show that they are a star.

ibbster: I happen to think Eddie Redmayne is incredibly handsome (unconventional, yes, but in a transfixing way). Then again, people find Benedict Cumberbatch attractive and he looks like the Loch Ness Monster to me.

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‘American Horror Story: Freak Show” episode ‘Edward Mordrake’

vinny: So much to address from this one. Dandy is an odd one but Twisty has a fan lol. “The Evil Clown from Satan’s Imagination’s Apprentice” could work as a spinoff film lol. Jessica Lange OWNED this episode and Evan Peters was fantastic. Kathy Bates made me cry. I guess now we know why Angela Bassett‘s chaarcter needed to cheat. Twisty is freaky as usual. Not gonna lie, I thoughthe was going to take that little girl. Emma Roberts‘ character is interesting……kinda blah though. Mordrake is freaky scary. My grade: A+

Mrs. Doolittle: Amazing episode! Seriously why is Patti LaBelle only a guest? She’s been a serious standout so far.

tylerbeals1: I just don’t understand. I thought the performance was not great and that song is incredibly overrated. Overall, the whole episode on Wednesday was a huge bust for me. I was really bored, save the scenes with Finn Wittrock. His character is fantastic and makes the season worth it so far. I sort of disagree about Sarah Paulson. I think she should have her Emmy for season 2 (side note, it still kills me Lily Rabe wasn’t nominated), and last season she along with everything else was very subpar. So far I’ve really enjoyed her characters this season and would be happy if she got some Emmy love.

Grammy nominees back to a morning announcement

mariahisonfire: All nominees will be revealed on December 5th as usual except this time… in the morning of Dec. 5th, they will unveil the nominees for all categories excluding album of the year. Then the x-mas grammy special will come on that night at 9pm and then the last category Album of the year will be revealed…. See you don’t have to wait that long to find out.

CharlesBright: Releasing all the nominees that morning except for Album of the Year, which they’ll reveal later that night, just seems weird to me. I don’t understand it. But then again, I don’t understand much about what the kids do these days. I just like complaining about things. Ew, something smells like mustard. There sure are a lot of ugly people around here…Oh God, look at that one! The president is a Demy-crat. I can’t unbuckle my seatbelt.

Miami: I could understand if they kept the entire top 4 (ROTY, AOTY, SOTY, BNA) secret until the show but disclosing everything else but AOTY makes no sense to me. It’s not like people can’t get a sense of what is likely to be there by seeing all the other noms. And it’s also not like AOTY by itself is that big that it warrants that exclusivity. Although it’s the Grammy equivalent, it lacks the prestige of Best Picture at the Oscars.

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