The SAG Awards nominations are only hours away, but we're focusing our predictions first on the awards show that seems to matter the most this week to Hollywood, the Golden Globes.
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Cuba Gooding Jr. to play O.J. Simpson, Sarah Paulson cast as Marcia Clark in FX's "American Crime Story"
Paulson will play the lead prosecutor who tried to convict Simpson in Ryan Murphy's 10-episode anthology series "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
President Obama gives “The Colbert Report” a big ratings bump
Colbert’s viewership soared 50% over its season average with the president as a guest.
Play the “Sons of Anarchy” drinking game
Take a sip of your beer when a SAMCRO member calls someone “brother.”
Neil Patrick Harris’ Oscar writers include John Oliver’s exec producer, former “SNL” head writer
“Last Week Tonight’s” Tim Carvell and “SNL” vet Paula Pell are among the members of Harris’ Academy Awards writing team.
Nominations for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced today across categories in film, television, music and the literary world. In the film arena, top nominees were Amma Asante's "Belle," Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights," Justin Simien's "Dear White People," Tate Taylor's "Get On Up" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma."
I believe that we are very quietly going through a golden age of cinematography. Simple as that. I spend more time talking to DPs than just about anything else in my business, though, mostly because they have the best stories and engage, for me, in the most fulfilling ways. So maybe I have a touch of bias. But when I look out across the industry, I'm gobsmacked by the talent on display, worthy heirs to a kingdom collectively forged by the titans: Shamroy, Surtees, Hall, Milner, Toland, Stradling, Storaro, Willis, Ruttenberg, etc.
Here's the thing... if my top ten list for the year ended up with a single one of the next five titles on the list as I count down from fifty to the top spot, I'd be perfectly happy with that.
A dude e-mailed me this morning and asked me why I would bother ranking 50 films. "There are never more four or five great movies in any year, and you're a cheap date."
Cheryl Burke trades “Dancing with the Stars” for an NBC variety show
She’ll be one of several stars on a new NBC variety show debuting next year that will feature a “competitive element,” according to People. The show will also allow Burke to perform.
Parents TV Council to CBS: Don’t use “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to promote “NCIS” or "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show”
Following up on its “Charlie Brown” complaint, the conservative watchdog says: "CBS should refrain from airing any promotions of the routinely graphic ‘NCIS' or the always-racy ‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show' during the Rudolph broadcast.” PLUS: Jimmy Kimmel mashes up “Rudolph” and Maury Povich.
Chevy Chase says he’s returning to “Community,” Sony says it’s not true
A rep for Sony Pictures Television says Chase, who asserted in a Reddit AMA that he’ll make a “small cameo,” “is not confirmed to appear in Season 6 at this time.”
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We're coming down to it.
We'll probably only have one more "Ask Drew" before the end of 2014, but it's been fun to see how well it's gone so far. The video team tells me there are always way more questions than we can use, and they love the breadth of stuff you guys ask about.
I'll admit that I may have stammered my way through one of my answers this week a little more than normal. I've always tried to stick to a couple of simple broad rules in what kind of material I'll publish about film: no gossip, no numbers, no Oscars. I'm sure I've broken all of those rules at some point, but for the most part, I stick to them. When I was asked what my feelings are about dealing with the art of someone who has a public scandal about their personal lives, I'm not sure I explained myself in the most elegant way possible.
Finally "Boyhood" gets trumped, though just barely. Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" was the nominations hog with the Phoenix crowd with 10 mentions. But Richard Linklater's opus was just a few steps behind with eight. Also with eight nominations was "Gone Girl," which picked up refreshing recognition in the Best Supporting Actress arena for Carrie Coon.
One of the things I like about James Franco is that he seems to constantly be thinking about art, and he takes advantage of the opportunities he is presented in a way that feels genuine to me.
Take, for example, "The Color Of Time." You can purchase the film on digital stores right now, like iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, or Google Play, but you probably have never heard of it. He's got a pretty great cast in it. Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, Zach Braff, and even Bruce Campbell are part of the movie, which was adapted from the poetry of CK Williams.
A few thoughts on last night's "Jane the Virgin" — and what a pleasant surprise the show has been so far this season — coming up just as soon as I go sit in a sweat lodge, drinking tea, throwing up and being guided by my shaman...
TNT renews “Rizzoli & Isles" for Season 6
The 6th season will consist of 18 episode, the cable drama’s largest-every episode order.
Showtime's “Happyish” adds Andre Royo and Carrie Preston
“The Wire” alum, the “True Blood” alum will recur on the Showtime pilot, along with "Third Watch" vet Molly Price.
Chevy Chase: I’m returning to “Community” for a cameo
Chase said in a Reddit AMA: “I will be in a small cameo at the beginning of ‘Community' and if they ask me to come back and do one or two appearances, it’s a possibility.”
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Fast National ratings for Monday, December 8, 2014.
A soft episode of "The Voice" was Monday's top show in all measures, carrying NBC to primetime wins, while the return of "Mike & Molly" gave CBS a bit of a bump to finish second.
Among other Monday notables, ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" premiered to solid numbers and helped boost "Castle" past NBC's struggling "State of Affairs" in the 10 p.m. hour. That, of course, may change since ABC had the Monday Night Football preemption in both Atlanta and major Wisconsin markets.
Meanwhile, with "Gotham" and "Sleepy Hollow" in repeats, FOX will apparently basically be The CW for a couple weeks on Mondays.
On to the numbers...