If you look here and there on the web these days, you might notice that more than a few outlets are now cooking up their own "top 10 shots of the year" pieces. Here we are in our seventh year of producing such a collective, but imitation is flattery, and frankly, I'm glad others have caught on to the idea. Singular images and the thematic impact they make are as subjective as anything else we end up praising at the end of a given year, so having separate takes on the matter is only a good thing.
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Hugh Jackman's stint as Oscars host remains one of the best, largely because he was part of an overall show with an amazing vision from director Bill Condon and producer Laurence Mark. That came after a few impressive stints emceeing the annual Tony Awards, including one such Emmy-winning example in 2004.
He hasn't hosted the show in nearly a decade but it's just been announced he'll be back for a fourth time at the 68th annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 8, 2014.
Hugh Jackman is returning as Tony Awards host
This will be Jackman's 4th time hosting the awards after helming the ceremony for three consecutive years, from 2003 to 2005.
"Ellen" hits a series high
The week ending Feb. 2 was Ellen's most-watched ever.
Jimmy Kimmel to delve into Dumb Starbucks
"Nathan For You's" Nathan Fielder tonight will talk about his coffee shop stunt.
"The Last Ship" nabs Titus Welliver
Welliver had originally been cast in the pilot, but had to exit due to a family emergency. Now he'll appear in the final two episodes of the Michael Bay drama.
JoAnna Garcia Swisher joins "Astronaut Wives Club"
She'll star in the ABC drama about the '60s space race, told from the wives' perspective.
PBS Kids renews "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood"
The animated series from the Fred Rogers Company will return for a 2nd season.
Over the last few weeks, I've noticed a number of people start to hammer the drum that the 1987 film "Robocop" wasn't actually that good, and those of us who hold it dear as an example of how good filmed science-fiction can be are overinflating its reputation.
Hogwash. Balderdash. Nonsense and tomfoolery.
When the first film was released, I was a theater manager in Florida, and I can tell you that for almost six months before the film came out, that poster was a punchline to all of us who worked at the theater. I knew Paul Verhoeven's foreign films, and it looked to me like Hollywood had wooed him and then stuck him with a dog. The tagline for the film, "Part Man, Part Machine, All Cop," made me laugh, and not in a good way. Even the image on the poster, of Robocop half in and half out of the car, looked to me like an obnoxious cheapo piece of junk.
Bob Costas woke up this morning with both eyes swollen and crusted shut
"Both eyes were red and angry on Sunday and Monday," said Costas, adding: "It was increasingly uncomfortable with each passing night, but I could cope with it. But last night until today, it got to where I couldn't look in the bathroom light without squinting and blinking and my eye watering." PLUS: Tonight ends 157 consecutive nights of primetime Olympic hosting for Costas, dating back to 1998.
Winter Olympics hurt Monday shows
The networks' original programming couldn't compete with the Sochi games.
Fox Batman prequel "Gotham" casts 4, including The Penguin and Alfred
James Gordon's fiancee and Captain Essen have also been cast.
"The Neighbors" will host a "Full House" reunion with DJ and Steve
Candace Cameron and Scott Weinger are set to visit the alien neighborhood.
Juan Pablo has ruined "The Bachelor: He's a special kind of mean disguised as nice
"Bachelor" defender Brandy Zadrozny has had enough of Juan Pablo: "He’s corny, homophobic, manipulative, creepy, rude, boring, and not as attractive as ABC tries to convince me he is."
Canadian comedy "Schitt's Creek" to star Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara and Chris Elliott
Levy will play a suddenly broke video store billionaire and O'Hara will play his soap star wife. Levy's son, Dan, will also star.
"Scandal" adds a "Homeland" actress
Nazanin Boniadi, who played "Homeland's" FBI analyst Fara Sherazi last season, will appear in the final eight episodes of the season. Details of her character are being kept under wraps.
Daniel Tosh will give away his car on the "Tosh.0" season premiere
The Feb. 18 Season 6 premiere also promises the "most spectacular wardrobe reveal to date."
"The Colbert Report" hires its Sochi correspondent from "The Kids in the Hall"
Watch Scott Thompson reprise his Buddy Cole character.
"The Talk" is celebrating Florence Henderson's 80th birthday with a "Brady Bunch" reunion
Four of the six "Brady" kids, plus Alice, will be part of Thursday's show to celebrate Henderson's Valentine's Day birthday.
Adult Swim is touring the country with a gigantic black-and-pink blow-up castle
The inflatable fun house is touring colleges through May.
Thanks to the way I see movies at festivals, there are films that sometimes end up on my year-end lists that haven't had a full commercial release yet, and last year, "Cheap Thrills" managed to muscle its way onto my top ten list. I've seen it four times, and I remain completely smitten with the way the film makes the absolute most of its jet-black comedy premise.
This morning, we're lucky enough to premiere not one but two new posters for the film, part of a four-poster character campaign that Drafthouse Films is launching.
If you're not familiar with the film yet, it's got a very simple set-up. E.L. Katz directed from a script by Trent Haaga and David Chirchirillo, and it tells the story of a guy named Craig (Pat Healy) who loses his job and has no idea how to go home and tell his wife Audrey (Amanda Fuller) and face his baby daughter. He runs into a shady old friend Vince (Ethan Embry) at a bar, and the two of them run into a couple named Violet (Sara Paxton) and Colin (David Koechner) who are out for a night on the town, celebrating her birthday, and playing some wild games.
Mariah Carey’s long-delayed new album will now come out May 6.
"The Biggest Loser" mulling "small but significant tweaks" following Rachel's shocking weight-loss
The NBC reality show is considering more check-ins with the contestants once the finale is taped.
"The Wonder Years" is finally getting a DVD release, with every original song included
The same company that put out "China Beach" on DVD is securing the right to every original song from the classic comedy.
"House of Cards" launches a card game
The Netflix show is teaming with Cards Against Humanity for a unique card game.
Shayne Lamas is not in a coma, says her dad Lorenzo
"The Bachelor" alum is "conscious and stable" after her miscarriage.
"24's" Annie Wersching joining "Extant"
She'll co-star on the CBS summer series starring Halle Berry and Goran Visnjic.
Julia Roberts cancels her "Jimmy Kimmel Live" interview after the death of her half-sister
Roberts was supposed to make her Kimmel debut last night. Instead, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy filled in.
"30 Rock's" Katrina Bowden lands on TNT
She'll play a prostitute, co-starring opposite Ed Burns in the 1967-set drama "Public Morals."
MTV picks up "Eye Candy" starring Victoria Justice
"Twilight's" Catherine Hardwicke is behind the thriller in which Justice plays a hacker who gets into trouble on the web.
CBS will repeat its Beatles 50th-anniversary special
"The Beatles: The Night That Changed America" will be rebroadcast at 8:30 on Wednesday.
Austin Mahone to guest on Nick Cannon's "Wild 'N Out"
The teen heartthrob will show his comedic chops and perform on the MTV2 show.
Lorne Michaels: At least Seth Meyers has a "friendly face" in Fred Armisen
Michaels and Jimmy Fallon weighed in on Meyers' hiring of Armisen as his "Late Night" bandleader: "He's so talented, so we're going to figure it out somehow," says the "SNL" boss. "And Seth won't be alone up there, which is what I care about." PLUS: Armisen's best "SNL" musical moments.
Viacom is sticking up for Nathan Fielder's "Dumb Starbucks" stunt
Says a spokesperson for the company that owns Comedy Central: "Viacom takes intellectual property rights seriously, and also recognizes the important constitutional protection afforded to expressive works characterized by social commentary."
Dick Van Dyke to guest on Hallmark Channel
The 88-year-old legendary actor will appear on two episodes of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered."
"Sherlock" is getting a "Sherlocked" convention
The three-day convention will take place in England later this year.
Here's a glimpse of the "HIMYM" series finale script
Soleil Moon Frye welcomes her 3rd child
It's the first boy for the former "Punky Brewster" star.
When Pharrell Williams was confirmed last week to perform his Oscar-nominated "Despicable Me 2" track "Happy" at the Academy Awards, there was no doubt that this news would follow in short order. Yes, Idina Menzel will be performing "Frozen's" anthemic power ballad "Let It Go" on the show too.
Bob Costas will take tonight's Olympic coverage off to recover from his eye infection
Matt Lauer will fill in Tuesday, one night after it was revealed Costas' eye infection had spread to both eyes.