In a similar turn of events to last month's Golden Globe Awards, tonight's BAFTAs were almost a nightmare for bookies' favorite "12 Years a Slave" -- toward the end of the evening, with only four awards left to present, Steve McQueen's film had gone zero-for-eight, losing the supporting awards to "Captain Phillips'" Barkhad Abdi and "American Hustle's" Jennifer Lawrence, and Best Adapted Screenplay to "Philomena."
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Matt Lauer returns tonight to host NBC's primetime Olympic coverage
Bob Costas says he hopes to return on Monday or Tuesday.
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.