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Movie buzz: 'Master' may live up to its title

THE MOVIE "The Master"

THE DEAL Despite stiff competition, Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology-inspired film about a budding guru (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his troubled follower (Joaquin Phoenix) may yet become this year's dominant critical favorite. On Tuesday, the movie snagged several major awards from the Toronto Film Critics Association, including best picture and director, and received seven nominations from the London Critics' Circle, according to reports. "The Master" already has racked up four awards from The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, including best director, though best picture went to the French-language drama "Amour." The New York Film Critics Circle ignored "The Master" completely, naming Kathryn Bigelow's thriller "Zero Dark Thirty" its top movie.

WHO Danny Boyle

THE DEAL The Oscar-winning director of "Slumdog Millionaire" and "127 Hours" has turned down a possible knighthood for his role in creating the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, according to the British newspaper The Independent. Boyle, known for his populist streak, reportedly was nominated by the government's arts and media honors committee but declined to accept. "I'm very proud to be an equal citizen," Boyle told BBC Radio Four earlier this month, "and I think that's what the Opening Ceremony was actually about." The Queen may be disappointed: She gamely acted opposite Daniel Craig in Boyle's Bond-themed short, screened during the ceremony.

THE EVENT "Christmas in Acidland"

THE DEAL Rockabilly singer, wrestler and pop-culture buff Johnny Legend is the brains behind this compendium of strange and wonderful Christmas-themed footage. Clips include Liberace's rendition of "White Christmas," a 1952 Abbott & Costello holiday routine, some Ernie Kovacs tomfoolery and a famously surreal 1977 performance by Bing Crosby and David Bowie singing "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" (Crosby died shortly after recording it). Legend, a Northern California resident, won't be at this screening but may show up for such future programs as "TV in Acidland" and "Night of the Bloody Apes."

INFO Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Tickets are $13. 800-838-3006; cinemaartscentre.org.

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