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The TV part of the nominations may give television PR departments something to throw on ads, but unlike movies, TV nominations aren't even remotely considered harbingers of bigger awards.
Globes buzz may or may not affect voting for the Oscars, but whatever buzz there is for a TV show means nothing to the Emmys, because they're held in September.
No complaints with best actor/miniseries or movie nods for Matt Damon and Michael Douglas in "Behind the Candelabra," or Al Pacino in "Phil Spector," Idris Elba in "Luther" or Chiwetel Ejiofor in "Dancing on the Edge."
Ejiofor was very good in "Dancing on the Edge," but only a foreign press association would consider the Starz miniseries worthy of much attention.
Jacqueline Bisset was lovely in the miniseries, but not really all that worthy of a supporting actress nomination.
It was also ridiculously tapped for best miniseries or movie, with individual nominations for Rebecca Ferguson (lead actress) and Janet McTeer (supporting).
There's a burbling sense that the series is having trouble sustaining its high-wire act, but still, to omit it entirely from the nominations is absurd.
Granted, the best drama series category was pretty full, but although some may consider it heresy, I would argue that even if it is wobbling a bit, "Homeland" is more worthy than "Downton Abbey."
Look, "Downton" is charming and entertaining, but it purloined its concept from "Upstairs, Downstairs," or at least Julian Fellowes' "Gosford Park," and it's stayed the course in an entirely predictable way for four seasons now.
Visions of sugarplums (not to mention soaring Cossacks, corkscrew-tailed mice and Barbary Coast ribbon twirlers) danced both on the War Memorial Opera House stage and in the heads of hundreds of mercifully quiet youngsters Wednesday evening when the San Francisco Ballet launched its annual "Nutcracker" performances, as well as its 81st season.
A major ballet company like this one offers in its "Nutcracker" a preview of the delights (and maybe some of the dilemmas) that await us in the formal repertory season, starting next month.
 as soon as Frances Chung and Jaime Garcia Castilla burst onto the stage in the Kingdom of the Snow scene, you felt the thrill that only superlative classical dancing can deliver.
Castilla, always an outstanding technician, seems to have acquired impressive upper-body strength, and he aced Tomasson's voluptuous lifts without missing a beat.
The Kingdom of the Sweets introduced Vanessa Zahorian's shimmering Sugar Plum Fairy, who despite a really poor entrance upstage behind the corps, traded in ethereal balances and commanding port de bras (the first solo is a killer), her manner gracious without being overbearing.
The setting gave us Michael Yeargan's idea of the new San Francisco row houses and allowed the late Martin Pakledinaz to indulge his gift for creating an Edwardian fashion feast in the Stahlbaum household.
Classical Splendid young violist David Aaron Carpenter, a musician of versatility and grace, continues to add luster to his growing discography with this fine new collaboration with members of the Berlin Philharmonic.
The leadoff selection is a rich and poignant live account of Brahms' B-Minor Clarinet Quintet, in the commonly heard version for viola - not surprisingly, since that's the repertoire most likely to draw in listeners.
Rock Glen Hansard, the Irish singer-songwriter who won an Oscar for his work on the 2006 movie "Once," takes a minute - or nine - to pay tribute to one of his major influences on this four-song EP.
The title track, a cover of Bruce Springsteen's tear-stained 1980 ballad "Drive All Night," finds Hansard dumping all of his emotion into the folkie epic, hitting the chorus at full speed: "I swear I'll drive all night just to buy you some shoes/ And to taste your tender charms/ And I just wanna sleep tonight again in your arms."
The movie was mostly filmed in San Francisco (yes, the New York City parade was shot here and the barbecue in Houston was filmed in the Cow Palace) and at Edwards Air Force Base.
 remember there was no CGI then.
Among the many highlights (and to avoid spoilers, see the movie to understand the context): President Eisenhower demanding test pilots; the trial and many errors of the rocket launches; the astronauts going mano a chimpo a German scientists; Gus Grissom's wife (Veronica Cartwright) not getting to have lunch with Jackie Kennedy; the wives banding together behind Annie Glenn (Emily and Zooey's mom Mary Jo Deschanel) as reporters swarm her house while Vice President Lyndon Johnson (Donald Moffat) asks for a meeting; Scott Cooper's (Dennis Quaid) sleeping patterns; and the Aborigines in Australia paying homage during John Glenn's (Ed Harris) flight.
 the two best lines among many gems:
Lago takes on a strange look when the townspeople literally paint it red, adding to the mystical overtones of the screenplay by Ernest Tidyman ("The French Connection," "Shaft") and Dean Riesner ("Dirty Harry").
Inspired by the Sergio Leone spaghetti Westerns Eastwood made in the 1960s, the film opens as Eastwood rides out of nowhere (he's known only as "The Stranger," as nameless as the Man With No Name) and takes over the town, training its men to prepare for an attack.
To watch as he assaults Marianna Hill is still shocking and troubling, and it gives the film an unpleasant tone, in light of Eastwood's stardom level.