The passing last year of Ray Dolby was surely never going to go unacknowledged by the Cinema Audio Society -- the man's name is so synonymous with sound at the cinema that most casual moviegoers might not realize it belonged to a person first. CAS, who presented the inventor with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989, will feature a special tribute to him at their awards ceremony on February 22.
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And no, it has nothing to do with CNN "revealing" the "Wolf of Wall Street" star as the Best Actor winner a few days ago. (Seriously, how many stories on that non-event are people going to write?) Still, there does seem to be a general surge of sentiment for DiCaprio, as exemplified by this Marlow Stern piece in which he states that it's "absurd" that the actor is about to turn 40 and hasn't won an Oscar yet. (By Best Actor standards, of course, winning at 40 is positively precocious.) "It’s time to do the right thing and honor one of the finest actors of our generation with an Oscar while he’s still in his prime instead of some paunchy supporting role a decade later," he says. [Daily Beast]
Do you know who is the most excited about the new teaser trailer for "Tammy"? No, it's not the growing legion of Melissa McCarthy fans. No, it's not Warner Bros. who is hopeful they have a major mid-summer hit on their hands. It's Artis Leon Ivey Jr., better known as Coolio, because the former hip-hop artist just scored bank.
Kevin Hart is a movie star. The box office will tell the tale this year, but I think it's inevitable. Hart is a carefully engineered show-biz missile at this point, racking up records and carefully cultivating an engaged social media audience that is devoted to him now. He has an everyman appeal that he maintains with a healthy amount of self-deprecation. He doesn't seem to take things seriously, but that's because he's been so very, very serious about defining who he is over the last decade.
"About Last Night" should serve double duty for him in terms of becoming a bankable reliable movie star. First, it gives him a chance to stretch in a supporting role, and he responds by running away with the movie hand-in-hand with Regina Hall, who plays his opposite number in the film, the other half of his ongoing scene-stealing. Second, it's coming hot on the heels of his "surprise" box-office hit "Ride Along," and the audience is ready. While I don't think things were carefully calculated in terms of timing up front, the end result is a very smart push for Hart at a moment when there is a fair amount of attention being paid to him.
Going into Wednesday night's 12th annual Visual Effects Society Awards, there was little doubt that "Gravity" would be walking away with the lion's share of the hardware. After all, it led the field with eight nominations and has asserted itself in the category as one of few no-brainer picks in the Oscar race this year (sorry all other nominees, it happens).
Comcast is acquiring Time Warner Cable for $45 billion
The two largest cable companies should become one by the end of the year.
Yeah, Jimmy Fallon's been called up to the big leagues (otherwise known as "The Tonight Show,"), but that doesn't mean we won't have fond memories of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Mostly, we'll remember the music. No one will ever make playing spoons and kiddy instruments cooler.
Mimi’s part mermaid/part butterfly in the new video for “You’re Mine (Eternal).”
Yesterday, I put up a short piece about the Shia LeBeouf art installation, and I mentioned that I was planning to stop by and check it out myself.
Evidently, I was not alone.
When I arrived today at the Cohen Gallery, the line was around the block and deep into the alley behind the gallery. I was told that it was taking at least two hours to get around to the front, with part of the problem being that there was no time limit that people were being held to once they stepped inside.
I spent about ten minutes chatting with people around me, asking why they were there and what they expected from the encounter, and it became obvious very quickly that no one really had a plan. They were there because they'd read about it, but no one really knew what they were going to say or do inside. Speaking to a few people as they walked out, it felt to me like they were almost sorry they'd participated, but not for the reasons you might expect.
Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J holds at No. 1 for the third consecutive week on the Billboard Hot 100, but the big news is that Pharrell’s “Happy” joyously soars to No. 2.
We're back for more of the same as Hollywood Week continues on "American Idol."
Last week, we got solos and Group Night. Does that mean we've got even more solos still to come tonight?
Will we begin the process of unveiling the season's Top 30?
What excitement is in store?
Click through for two full hours of live-blogging excitement!
Matt Lauer will have hosted 20 hours of TV in a 37-hour period
That's between his work on "Today" and filling in two nights for Bob Costas, according to NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell. PLUS: NBC isn't surprised by all the talk about Costas' eye, and Lester Holt attempts to dance.
ABC pilot casts Juliette Lewis as a detective investigating Ryan Phillippe
Lewis will co-star on "Secrets & Lies" in which Phillippe's character emerges as the prime suspect in a young boy's murder.
"Sherknado 2" will feature Mark McGrath, Kelly Osbourne, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander
Vivica A. Fox will also join Judd Hirsch in "The Second One" sequel.
"HIMYM's" series finale will cost advertisers $500,000 per 30-second slot
That's the price for advertisers who didn't fork over money for "How I Met Your Mother" during last year's upfronts.
"How I Met Your Dad's" pilot script seems like it was written for Greta Gerwig
The script is "very Gerwig," says David Haglund, who obtained a copy of the pilot script. He points out that the reaction to Gerwig doing a sitcom would likely have been different if it was on FX or HBO. PLUS: Why Gerwig will shine on a weekly sitcom, and why the mainstream might reject her.
Sean Lowe recounts his "Bachelor" experience on a Christian website: "A lot of the time, it felt wrong"
Says Lowe: "I wrestled with it quite a bit, thinking, 'I'm pretty sure God opened this door, but what if he didn't? What if it's just an opportunity that came about, and what if I'm actually harming my testimony by going on a show and dating multiple people at one time, and kissing multiple people?'"
Jimmy Fallon: "I think Kimmel is going to be my main competitor"
Lorne Michaels and Fallon are talking about what Fallon's "Tonight Show" will and will not be -- it won't be the place, for instance, for hard-hitting interviews with politicians. As for Kimmel, he says, "It's a friendly rivalry, it really is. I needed someone to compete against me, to make me want to be sharper. Jimmy makes me want to be better."
Report: NFL picked CBS because it was No. 1, even though it didn't submit the highest bid
NFL executives were drawn to being on the network that offered the biggest potential audience, according to Sports Business Journal.
A "Mindy Project" writer recalls the 16 years he spent as a competitive pairs figure skater
Chris Schleicher, whose first "Mindy" episode airs in April, was at one time ranked 13th at the junior national level.
U2 will perform at the Oscars
Bono and his band will perform their Oscar-nominated song "Ordinary Love" from the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."
"The X-Files'" Chris Carter explains his long hiatus from TV
Carter, who's now juggling "The After" on Amazon and an AMC project, says: "Certainly I needed to recharge. Also, television was changing when the show ended, reality TV was really taking over. I saw it as a time to sit back and let the dust settle."
Ronda Rousey had just started watching "Entourage" when she was approached for a role in the movie
The UFC fighter wouldn't reveal her role, but she'll be taking some time off from fighting.
Why "New Girl" needs to boot Coach
Damon Wayans Jr's character seems like a stand-in, and the writers seem to have no idea how to use him.
"Real World" co-creator donates $6.7M to create a documentary journalism program at his alma mater
Jon Murray had been working on his donation to the University of Missouri School of Journalism for a year.
"Mistresses" books Krista Allen
She'll guest as a housewife on the ABC series.
University professor creates a "From Revelation to 'The Walking Dead'" course
Central Michigan University's course will tackle the potential of zombies in a post-apocalyptic world.
Watch the promo for "Game of Stones"
Discovery Channel's gem hunter reality show debuts Feb. 28.
Watch the promo for "Game of Arms"
AMC's arm wrestling reality show premieres Feb. 25.