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I've fallen a bit behind in my Berlinale coverage -- there are still several films I want to write about in this space -- but one film I won't be reviewing is the festival's Golden Bear winner, "Black Coal, Thin Ice." Yes, for the second year running, I managed to miss the jury's favorite. (Last year, it was "Child's Pose," and that worked out pretty well for me.) Anyway, I was braced for that possibility, since I spent less time than usual in the Competition, which was widely agreed to be a pretty lackluster selection this year.
In the middle of a lengthy hiatus for "Saturday Night Live" after the end of The Seth Meyers Era, it’s time to take stock of the show’s remaining players in HitFix’s annual Cast Power Rankings. (You can see last year’s list here.) The following list has nothing to do with the talent of those on the show. This list merely ascertains their overall worth to the show as exhibited by onscreen time, level of contribution, and the show’s perceived value of their worth to the program as a whole. Those low on the list aren’t unfunny: They simply haven’t had the chance to shine or haven’t found a way to break through just yet. Those atop the list are vital to "SNL" as a whole and are poised to lead the show heading into its fortieth anniversary next year.
You can check out the entire list in the embedded gallery in this post. Agree or disagree? Share your thoughts below.
The Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild announced their 2014 awards winners tonight and two Oscar nominees in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category both came home with some championship hardware.
"Orange is the New Black" returns June 6 -- watch the teaser
Netflix announced the Season 2 premiere date at the end of the "House of Cards" season finale.
NBC opened a secret Starbucks in Sochi, flying in 15 baristas
Starbucks isn't an official sponsor, so NBC has had to keep its Starbucks a secret, using baristas from other Starbucks locations in Russia. PLUS: As expected, Meredith Vieira will return for a 2nd night.
"JAG's" David James Elliott joins a Fox comedy pilot
He'll be married to Jane Kaczmarek in "Here's Your Damn Family."
Jim Henson's "Muppets" puppeteer son, John Paul Henson, dies at 48
John, the puppeteer behind the ogre Sweetums, died of a heart attack.
Eric Church will handily bow atop the Billboard 200 next week as the country artist’s latest set, “The Outsiders,” could sell as much as 300,000.
On Sunday, the last major pre-Oscar televised event of the awards season take place -- the British Academy of Film & Television (or, you know, BAFTA) Awards. The UK's premiere film awards, held at the Royal Opera House in London, used to have very much their flavor, though they're growing more imitative and preemptive of the Oscars with each passing year. Could that make this year's winners list, however deserving, a teensy bit on the dull side, or are we due a re-emergence of BAFTA's quirkiness?
Greg, Kris and I have each offered our own predictions in all feature film categories -- and the level of consensus is pretty high. What do you say? Check out our predictions below -- the full list of nominations is here -- and share yours (or simply your wishlists) in the comments. Then tune in Sunday for the Stephen Fry-hosted show.
Ellen Page came out Friday at the inaugural Time to Thrive Conference held by the Human Rights Campaign in Las Vegas. In a speech opening the conference, the former best actress nominee spoke about being a lesbian, publicly, for the first time.
"House of Cards" boss talks about THAT scene
"That was always in the cards," says creator Beau Willimon. PLUS: Analyzing that scene, should viewers have seen it coming?, "House of Cards" vs. Shakespeare, and what it was like binging through Season 2.
ABC Family cancels "Ravenswood"
The "Pretty Little Liars" spinoff is done after one season.
Rosie O'Donnell had stomach surgery to lose 40 pounds
"I did it to save my life," says Rosie of her vertical gastric sleeve surgery, which came after she suffered a heart attack.
"American Idol" will have a 360-degree set for the live shows, plus 2 stages
The new set, to be unveiled next week, will also feature the judges in the middle of the room. PLUS: What it's like to be "Idol's" lawyer.
Donald Trump complains that NBC News stars don't like him, even though he's had a show on NBC
That's according to a lengthy Buzzfeed profile: "It's funny; I have a tremendous hit show on NBC, and the NBC guys…" he pauses to choose his words carefully. "Chuck Todd does not treat me nicely… Brian Williams is not someone who treats me well." But, he hastens to add, "That’s his prerogative."
Susan Sarandon's daughter is pregnant -- what about their NBC comedy pilot?
Sarandon and daughter Eva Amurri, who's pregnant with her first child, signed up last October to co-star in "Growing Ivy."
Is "True Detective" the new best show on TV?
The HBO miniseries is accomplishing something rare on television.
Billy Crystal pens a tribute to Sid Caesar
Crystal writes in the NY Times: "I became as enamored with Sid and company as I did with the Yankees, two great teams with charismatic stars, Mickey Mantle and Sid Caesar, both in their glorious primes. I grew to imitate Sid’s powerhouse approach to sketch comedy. His virtuoso abilities in language and mime were as seductive as hitting from both sides of the plate."
"Top Chef Estrellas" is nothing like "Top Chef" -- it's more like a telenovela
In fact, the Telemundo competition features celebrities competing against each other for charity.
50 years ago, ABC debuted a show called "Valentine's Day"
The comedy lasted just one year -- and premiered not on Valentine's Day, but in September.
Watch the first 2 episodes of "Mixology," ABC's new comedy from producer Ryan Seacrest
Debuting Feb. 26, "Mixology" tells the story of "One Bar. One Night. Ten people."
Neil Patrick Harris' reaction to the final "HIMYM" table read: "holy dang moly"
"Holy moly," he adds. PLUS: See what other shows shot on the "HIMYM" stage, including "Dharma & Greg."
CBS orders Nigel Lythgoe's "In the Spotlight" performance reality show
The "So You Think You Can Dance" honcho is adapting the show from a Turkish format.
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" showed a building near Andy Samberg's high school
The YMCA-PG&E Teen Center in Berkeley recently got a shout-out. It's located nearby Berkeley High School, which has paid tribute to Samberg and his Lonely Island pals, who are all alums from the '90s.
"Dance Mom" star sues Abby Lee Miller following their fight
Kelly Hyland wants $5 million after their "knock-down drag-out catfight."
"The Daily Show's" new head writer started as an intern, welcomed a baby on New Year's Day
Tim Carvell talks about his new job. This is his third week due to paternity leave.
Inside the Paula Deen cruise
Gawker Caity Weaver investigated, and learned that the former Food Network star once had sex on a train.
Is binge-watching behind the recent anthology craze?
It's easier to watch a show like "True Detective" when you know there is only going to be a limited number of episodes.
Christina Aguilera gets engaged to a former production assistant
"The Voice" star met her fiance on the set of "Burlesque."
Matthew Perry: College speaker
The former "Friends" star will deliver a lecture at the University of South Florida about his battles with addiction.
Showtime accused of stealing "Ray Donovan"
Writer Brian A. Larsen has sued, claiming he pitched the network in 2011 on a show with a similar concept.
Lifetime is developing "The One," a movie about the early life of Jesus Christ
The movie is set to focus on Jesus' life starting as a teenager.
"Backstrom" finds a new leading lady for Rainn Wilson.
Genevieve Angelson replaces Mamie Gummer.
Kristen Bell got a hug on "Sesame Street"
Watch her with Abby Cadaby.
What "The Simpsons" sounds like in other countries
Listen to the Japanese Homer say D'oh. PLUS: Introducing Duff Beer energy drink.
Read a valentine tribute to "Tosh.0"
"If loving him is wrong, I don't want to be right," Hank Stuever writes of his "secret dirty love," which gave a tepid review to five years ago.
Rob Lowe: NY Times book reviewer
The former "Parks and Rec" has penned a review of "Mad as Hell," a new book about Paddy Chayefsky's film "Network."
"Little House on the Prairie" has been fully restored for its Blu-ray release
Check out the HD "Little House."
Meet one of the new "Star Wars Rebels" characters
Ezra is a charismatic teenage con artist.
Tom Hardy signs on for a BBC2 series
"The Dark Knight Rises" has joined the cast of gangster drama "Peaky Blinders."
"Downton Abbey's" Lady Mary Crawley has proven to be more selfish than Hannah Horvath
"I wouldn't go to Mary for a shoulder to cry on," says Lara Zarum, "but I could listen to her passive-aggressive dinner banter all night."
Cornell University student found inspiration in "Gilmore Girls" reruns
"Rory Gilmore helped me get to Cornell," writes Olivia Tice.
A "Dr. Horrible" sequel will eventually be made when its creators are less busy
All the Whedons currently have too much work to tackle to work on the sequel to "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog."
"48 Hours" will show a 2-hour documentary Saturday about New Orleans marching bands
"The Whole Gritty City" will show how marching bands used for Mardi Gras help keep guys away from danger.