They may never win the award itself, but independent animation distributors GKIDS have really settled into their role as the regular giant-slayers of the Best Animated Feature Oscar race: many pundits fail to give them due consideration when handicapping the category at nominations stage, yet their foreign titles have now repeatedly shown up at the expense of a studio heavyweight. They may have missed with a few shots on goal last year, but came back fighting this year, snaring a nod for French critics' pet "Ernest and Celestine" as Pixar's "Monsters University" failed to make the grade.
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Eric Church has had great success presenting himself as a modern-day outlaw, someone who operates outside of Nashville’s mainstream. This is despite the fact that he records for a major label, regularly charts on the radio, and is a mainstay on the awards show circuit.
"White Collar" is in limbo
Filming on Season 6 is supposed to begin in March, but USA's talks with the studio have stalled, leaving "White Collar" with an uncertain future.
White House's state dinner honoring France features Mindy Kaling, Stephen Colbert, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Tonight's state dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande is also featuring J.J. Abrams and CNN boss Jeff Zucker. PLUS: See Kaling's outfit, Louis-Dreyfus sat next to the real "Veep" Joe Biden, and Colbert sat at the head table next to Michelle Obama.
Matt Lauer says of Bob Costas: "He looked a little like the loser in a prize fight"
"I'm Matt Lauer, in for Bob Costas tonight," said Laure at the top of Tuesday's Sochi coverage. "If you've been following along the last several days you know Bob’s been battling – and that's an understatement — an eye infection that's traveled a little bit." PLUS: NBC Sports' Michele Tafoya tweets: "Sources close to Bob Costas tell me his eye problems are due to a virus, not an infection."
Without NBC, the IOC couldn't afford to run the Olympics
The Peacock's $775 million payment to the International Olympic Committee represents 62% of the IOC's broadcast revenue for this year's games. In fact, as The Washington Post notes, NBC is responsible for funding a fifth of all Olympic games. PLUS: Why is snowboarding coverage so terrible?... and sexist?, and why can't NBC's Olympics website avoid spoilers?
Original '90s Flash will guest on CW's "The Flash"
John Wesley Shipp will have a "mysterious role" on the CW series.
"Melissa & Joey" sets up another "Sabrina" reunion
Melissa Joan Hart will be reunited with Beth Broderick, her "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" aunt.
"HIMYM's" The Mother has yet to learn her name
Says Cristin Milioti: "I don't know if it’s because they think I’m a terrible liar, but no, I have not been told that. It's very much on lockdown."
Kurt Sutter: A "Sons of Anarchy" video game is "definitely" happening
"and it's pretty f*cking awesome," Sutter wrote on Twitter.
BBC America asks: What if Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham were the same person?
That's the premise of "Nottingham," from the creator of "Dracula."
Dave Chappelle said "I'm Rick James, bitch" 10 years ago today
It was Feb. 11, 2004 that "Chappelle Show" aired the famous "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories" episode.
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine": TV's most quietly pro-gay show
Unlike other shows, the Andy Samberg comedy manages to address gay rights issues thoughtfully with little fanfare.
Ken Burns: I wouldn't want a narrator for a documentary on Ken Burns
Burns answered questions on Reddit, saying of a potential Burns documentary: "I'd want it to be a silent film. Wouldn't that be good."
"Bones" releases a Happy Valentine's Day video
Watch a cute compilation of Booth and Brennan.
Will "Supernatural's" spinoff get a much-needed female lead?
The "Supernatural" females haven't come off well, with them falling into the category of lover, mother, daughter or bitch.
"Grey's Anatomy" gets a new surgeon
"Big Love" alum Patrick Fabian will recur as a pediatric surgeon.
Look back at Fred Armisen's pre-"SNL" music career
Armisen was part of the hardcore punk group Trenchmouth and later played drums for Blue Man Group. PLUS: Meet some of Armisen's band members, and Jimmy Fallon wants to be part of Armisen's band.
Will Simon Cowell ever return to American TV?
Cowell has been an American TV staple since 2002, except for the 16 months off that he took to launch "The X Factor."
Garry Trudeau is putting his comic strip "Doonesbury" on hold for "Alpha House"
The Amazon series is keeping Trudeau busy all summer.
Betty White goes crazy on "WWE Monday Night Raw"
The 92-year-old White last night showed no signs of slowing down.
Timothy Olyphant can't think of anything he wants to see Raylan accomplish on "Justified"
"I reserve the right to change my mind here," he says, "but I don't think there's anything I really want to see him accomplish. I just hope that we take our time and are thoughtful about the way he goes about accomplishing things." PLUS: Joelle Carter talks Ava and Raylan, and Olyphant originally wanted "Justified" to be called "Killtucky."
Check out Freddie Prinze Jr.'s "Star Wars Rebels" Cowboy Jedi character
Prinze says he always wanted to play a Jedi.
Tim Gunn: Larry King thought "Project Runway" was about an airport
Gunn offers advice and recollections in his Reddit Ask Me Anything.
"SNL's" Vanessa Bayer recalls her "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" internship
Bayer also recalls how she was too ugly for a peanut commercial. PLUS: Conan's YouTube channel surpasses 500 million views.
Ex-"Baywatch" babe Donna D'Errico files for bankruptcy
The ex-wife of Nikki Sixx claims she only has $20 to her name.
Lifetime orders dystopian-future drama "The Lottery"
In the 10-episode series, women stop having children, "threatening extinction of the human race. When 100 embryos are successfully fertilized, a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates."
PBS tonight tells the true story of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
It's part o the latest installment of "American Experience."
See more "House of Cards" teasers
Netflix has three more trailers in advance of Season 2's release this weekend.
Tom Brokaw announces he has cancer: "I am very optimistic"
The 74-year-old former "NBC Nightly News" anchor was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, at the Mayo Clinic in August, according to NBC News, which adds that "doctors are optimistic about the outcome of the treatment he is receiving."
HBO orders "The Brink," a geopolitical crisis comedy starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins
The dark comedy about a geopolitical crisis stars Robbins as the U.S. Secretary of State and Black as a lowly foreign service offirer. Jay Roach is directing and Jerry Weintraub is producing "The Brink," which also stars Aasif Mandvi, Esai Morales, Pablo Schreiber and Geoff Pierson.
The Cohen Gallery is a small, unobtrusive building on Beverly Blvd., directly across from the offices of BuzzFeed, and if you're in Los Angeles between today and this coming Sunday, Shia LaBeouf would like to personally apologize.
At this point, the question becomes "What is he apologizing for?" After all, he's already had a skywriter spell out his apology to Daniel Clowes in giant letters overhead, and he's tweeted out dozens of carefully plagiarized apologies on Twitter as well. LaBeouf, of course, has been the subject of what has to be an unpleasant degree of scrutiny, and he has handled it with grace and charm.
Wait… no, I mean he's acted like a lunatic, overdoing it to such a degree that it has felt like performance art. And now, as if to underline the point, he has taken up residence in the Cohen Gallery for several days as part of a collaboration with Nastja Sade Ronkko and Turner, two artists who have a decidedly post-modern bent. The project is called #IAMSOSORRY, and I'm starting to see reactions to it from the first batch of people who went through.
BEVERLY HILLS - "American Hustle" was well-represented at the annual Oscars luncheon on Monday. Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Christian Bale and David O. Russell were all in attendance, but sadly, one nominated member of the crew was not. The wonderful Jennifer Lawrence was unavailable to attend (Adams thought it might be due to "Mockingjay" production commitments). Yep, sorry internet. No J-Law gifs or memes for you to explode over this time around. Still, Adams and Cooper were happy to share the spotlight when they popped by the press room for a quick Q&A with assembled media.
"Dads" takes a shot at "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
On tonight's episode, Martin Mull's character drunkenly sings about "Dads'" fellow Fox freshman comedy: "It takes gallons of wine/ to sit through “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”/that Golden Globe should be mine!/Bottoms up! Bottoms up!"
Taylor Lautner will star in a BBC sitcom, replacing Andy Samberg
Samberg starred on the first season of BBC3's culture-clash comedy "Cuckoo," and now Lautner has signed up for Season 2, playing a mysterious American stranger who shows up on a British family's doorstep. He'll be joined by Helen Baxendale, who played Ross' British girlfriend on "Friends."
Jerry Seinfeld: "The Lego Movie" ripped off my American Express ads
Seinfeld tweeted today: "I think Lego Movie stole my Superman has issues with Green Lantern bit from Amex Seinfeld and Superman webisode. Anyone else catch that?"
Rapper Nas' life is set to become an Xbox TV series
"Street Dreams" will be loosely based on Nas' 1990s childhood in Long Island’s Queensbridge housing complex.
Remembering Shirley Temple's TV past
Temple, who died last night at age 85, made a small mark on the small screen as host and narrator of NBC's 1958 anthology series "Shirley Temple's Storybook." Temple returned for a 2nd season in 1961 for retitled "The Shirley Temple Show," which aired in color. PLUS: TCM sets a Shirley Temple marathon for March 9.
"Psych's" Maggie Lawson to "Save the Date" on CBS
She'll play a 35-year-old woman who needs to meet the right man after unexpectedly booking a wedding venue.
Today is the second anniversary of Whitney Houston’s death. While there are many great pop singers, I doubt there will ever be another one as universally applauded as Whitney Houston. First and foremost, of course, is her voice. But we're also in a different time where we require our female pop singers to look like they just came from a Maxim cover shoot and be able to dance like a Rockette. Houston was beautiful, but the focus was always on her talent. The only other current pop diva who relies solely on her voice these days, and with good reason given its supremacy, is Adele. As much well-deserved success as Adele has had, it's hard to fathom that she will have the same kind of run as Houston.
Below are five reasons that Houston was so great. While other singers have some of these elements, none possess all five to the degree that Houston did.
*She could sing: That sounds obvious, but you don’t have to be able to sing to be a pop superstar anymore. I won’t name names, but we all can reel off a list of artists who can’t carry a tune in a bucket. When Houston was healthy, her mezzo-soprano was unparalleled in its power and clarity. She never seemed to be showing off like so many other divas because she didn’t need to.
Always a bit of a unique take on the year, the International Film Music Critics Association's annual assessment of the year in movie and TV scores has brought with it, well, something different. And looking across the nominees, it's two genre films — "Evil Dead" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" — that led the field with three specific nominations each. Though you could make it four for the former as composer Roque Baños was also nominated for Film Composer of the Year, alongside "Gravity" composer Steven Price, in fact, which I guess would bring its total up to three as well. The real champ, though, was composer Abel Korzeniowski, who landed six nominations across two films that were nowhere near this year's Oscar race: "Romeo and Juliet" and "Escape from Tomorrow." Check out the full list of nominees below and remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit.
"Game of Thrones" alum Michelle Fairley will play a "24" villain
Fairley is replacing Judy Davis on "24: Live Another Day" as the widow of a terrorist.