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<p>Grant Gustin as &quot;The Flash.&quot;</p>

Grant Gustin as "The Flash."

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'The Flash' presents first look at Grant Gustin's costume

The CW 'Arrow' spin-off outfits the world's fastest man

Production is about to begin next week on the pilot for the CW's "Arrow" spin-off "The Flash," which means certain details are starting to come out. Today, we got our first look at what actor Grant Gustin will look like in a variation on the iconic DC Comics costume.

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Foreign Language Film - Cannes hits face a 'Breakdown'

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Foreign Language Film - Cannes hits face a 'Breakdown'

Could Italy return to the winners' circle for the first time in 15 years?

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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Oscar Talk: Final predictions as 'Gravity' squares off with '12 Years a Slave'

Oscar Talk: Final predictions as 'Gravity' squares off with '12 Years a Slave'

Last call for picks in all 24 categories

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is broadcast in special installments throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

On the docket today…

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<p>The cast of &quot;The Millers&quot; is sure excited to beat &quot;Idol&quot;</p>

The cast of "The Millers" is sure excited to beat "Idol"

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TV Ratings: 'The Millers' thumps 'Idol,' 'Men' rises and 'Scandal' returns strong on Thursday

'Community' and 'Parks and Recreation' are low for NBC

Fast National ratings for Thursday, February 27, 2014.

With "Big Bang Theory" leading the way, CBS dominated the start of Thursday primetime and then held on for a narrow win in young viewers over ABC, which got strong returns from long-absent "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal."

CBS had an easier time winning overall, where the network got a boost from "Two and a Half Men," which rose in its new 9 p.m. time period. Somewhat encouragingly for "The Crazy Ones," the shift to 9:30 didn't have a negative impact.

Over on FOX "American Idol" was no match for "Big Bang Theory," which isn't surprising, but it also lost to "The Millers" both overall and in the key demo, which isn't so pretty. "Idol" still rose slightly overall over last week (but dipped a tiny bit in the key demo). With the return of "Grey's Anatomy" and CBS' boosted 9 p.m. hour, however, "Rake" plummeted to dismal series lows.

Also doing weak numbers on Thursday were NBC's "Community" and "Parks and Recreation." In its time period premiere, "Hollywood Game Night" failed to provide any sort of meaningful improvement in the 9 p.m. hour, which isn't to say that there wasn't some improvement over "Sean Saves the World" and "Michael J. Fox," but that minor uptick didn't benefit "Parenthood" at all.

And, finally, "Vampire Diaries" also suffered from the sea of competition and drew under 2 million viewers for the night, not that anybody is concerned.

On to the numbers...

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<p>These are the faces of 2014&#39;s biggest fumble so far.</p>

These are the faces of 2014's biggest fumble so far.

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Two months in, what are the worst films of 2014?

Action hero monsters, gooey historical dramas, and insipid love stories a-plenty

We're just now approaching the end of the second month of 2014, and yet I am already winded.

The start of the year is traditionally a time of studios dumping the movies that they couldn't quite slot anywhere else, and one of the reasons those films sometimes have trouble finding a home is because they just plain didn't work out. Talented people with the best of intentions sometimes simply miss the mark, and when that happens, studios find themselves playing a game to try to get people into the theater before word of mouth gets out.

There have definitely been some bright spots this year. I think "The LEGO Movie" is pure delight, and audiences seem to agree, turning it into a full-blown sensation. Sundance always helps kick the year off with some great new films. "The Raid 2" and "Whiplash" and "The Guest" and a fistful of other titles all made that a great ten days of fun films.

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<p>Maribel Verdu in Alfonso Cuaron&#39;s &quot;Y tu Mama Tambien.&quot;</p>

Maribel Verdu in Alfonso Cuaron's "Y tu Mama Tambien."

Credit: IFC Films

Roundup: Finding the Cuarón connection

Also: Could an American have made '12 Years a Slave?'

When Alfonso Cuarón presumably lifts the Best Director Oscar on Sunday, it'll be a deserved individual win, but it'll also be past-due recognition for one of the most versatile and adventurous stylists of the modern cinema. Beyond his name, what connects "A Little Princess" to "Y tu Mama Tambien" to "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" to "Gravity?" In a lovely essay, Michael Joseph Gross has a go at explaining: "All of Cuarón’s films are road movies, to greater and lesser extents. On the road, travelers are challenged to become themselves by transcending themselves, to restructure their perspective by empathizing with the people they encounter; and this act, by its nature, constantly creates new narrative understandings." [Vanity Fair]

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'Scandal' recap: Sally makes a big move, but has she lost her mind?

Plus Eli isn't going gently into retirement, either

So, before the midseason break, I thought Sally had been taken down like a tranquilized zoo rhino. After you've asked the boss' henchman to help you cover up the fact you murdered your husband, most people might think the best option would be laying low. Shaking hands, kissing babies, maybe praying a lot, that sort of thing. I mean, there was no way Sally would do something to actively antagonize not only her boss but his Chief of Staff, right? The Chief of Staff that helped her cover up the murder, natch. That would be insane, right? Oh yeah, I forgot. This is "Scandal," the world that logical behavior forgot.

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<p>Jill Scott performs &quot;Happy&quot; at the first Oscars concert Thurday night at UCLA.</p>

Jill Scott performs "Happy" at the first Oscars concert Thurday night at UCLA.

Credit: Phil Gallo, Twitter, Billboard

Jill Scott's 'Happy,' 'Let it Go,' 'Gravity' blow the roof off first Oscars concert

John Williams is the star of the night

The Academy held its first Oscars concert on Thursday night at Royce Hall at UCLA.  It better not be the last.

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Jimmy Kimmel gets 'Scandal' stars to make 'Escandalo'

Jimmy Kimmel gets “Scandal” stars to make “Escandalo”
Kerry Washington helped introduce the “Spanish-language version” of “Scandal.” PLUS: Bellamy Young on Thursday’s “game-changer."

A U.S. senator is urging Esquire Network to yank “Friday Night Tykes”
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, sent a letter to the cable network’s president saying “Friday Night Tykes” "exploits these children for purely entertainment purposes. For the sake of America’s youth athletes, I call on you to immediately end this shameful, dangerous display on your network.”

Jimmy Fallon’s Week 3 guests announced: He’ll reunite with Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Lindsay Lohan
Next week’s guests also include Chelsea Handler and Annette Benning. PLUS: Fallon & LeBron James film an old-school rap video.

Why Arthur Chu is ruining “Jeopardy!”
The game-theory player is taking the “romance” out of the game.

“Veep” takes a selfie with Bill Clinton
Julia Louis-Dreyfus spent Thursday hanging with President Clinton.

D.A. says OK to Andi Dorfman’s “Bachelorette” leave
While not specifically mentioning the ABC reality show, the Fulton County D.A. granted the “highly unusual” request and wrote: “I wish you the best of luck while you participate in this program.”

Sarah Drew talks about her “Grey’s Anatomy” decision
"Like most decisions that April makes, she is full of confusion and lots of emotion,” she says.

Sarah Michelle Gellar tackles Reddit questions, picking her fave “Buffy” episodes — and Angel
The former “Buffy” star was asked, “Spike or Angel?"

Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis are engaged
“That ‘70s Show’s” Jackie and Kelso are getting married in real life.

Joe Pantoliano joins CBS’ Alyson Hannigan-Tom Papa comedy pilot
“The Sopranos” alum will play Papa’s dad in “More Time With Family.”

Discovery Channel renews “Dude, You’re Screwed”
The survival reality show will be back for a 2nd season.

TruTV orders “Motor City Masters” starring Brooke Burns
She’ll host the car designer realty competition.

Lena Dunham: When I was 14, I tried to get a fake ID so I could watch “SNL” in person
The “Girls” star says she was so obsessed with “Saturday Night Live” she would watch the show while taking notes.

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Animated Feature - 'Frozen' has the heat

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Animated Feature - 'Frozen' has the heat

Two critically acclaimed foreign titles are no match for the Disney phenomenon

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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<p>Is this the next big thing in family films?</p>

Is this the next big thing in family films?

Credit: Mojang

Could 'Minecraft' be the new 'Lego Movie' for Warner Bros?

That's certainly what the studio's got to be hoping right now

It's pretty easy to guess what the big conversation in development offices all over town has been for the last few weeks, since the moment "The LEGO Movie" hit theaters with nuclear force.

Right now, executives at every studio are asking their kids, "What do you like to play with?" And I am willing to bet that they are all hearing the exact same word in response.


At this point in the life of my own kids, computer games are not an option, especially if there is any part of those games that can be used to communicate with them from other people. Even so, thanks to their friends, they are just as "Minecraft" crazy as the kids who are actually playing it.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

"The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Will Katherine seduce Stefan?

Damon's vampire bloodlust creates new complications

While it wasn't pretty, kudos to Damon and Enzo for working out a system with which to handle Damon's desire for vampire blood. It took a little scheduling, sure, but turning a human so you have something to eat in eight hours is sort of like thawing out some frozen chicken breasts so you can make dinner. But that was clearly too tidy for "The Vampire Diaries," so Wes and his Happy Traveler Back-up Band had to show up to ruin everything.

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