A slew of former Oscar winners and nominees headed to the desert for the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards gala Saturday evening. The reason for the 2 hour plus ride from Los Angeles? Well, almost all of the famous faces on hand are hoping to earn Academy Award nominations later this month or assist a specific film in landing a best picture nod. It's become a staple on the awards season circuit and one reason stars from "American Hustle," "12 Years A Slave," "August: Osage County" and "Gravity" were on hand.
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The National Society of Film Critics announced its 2013 honorees this afternoon and gave a much needed boost to the Oscar nomination chances for "Inside Llewyn Davis."
"Davis" earned best film, best director (Joel and Ethan Coen), best actor (Oscar Isaac) and best cinematography (Bruno Delbonnel) honors. The NFSC also gave kudos to "American Hustle's" Jennifer Lawrence for best supporting actress and "Spring Breakers'" James Franco for best supporting actor. Cate Blanchett once again won another best actress honor for "Blue Jasmine."
The NSFC has over 60 members from publications around the nation and their choices have historically not always lineup with their own local critics groups. The past five previous best film winners include "Amour," "Melancholia," "The Social Network," "The Hurt Locker" and "Waltz with Bashir." "The Hurt Locker" and "Million Dollar Baby" are the only films the organization has chosen as best film that also won the Oscar for best picture in the past 20 years. You can find a somewhat dated list of the membership on their official website here.
25 most anticipated prestige films of 2014: 'Inherent Vice,' 'Nymphomaniac,' 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
Earlier this week, Kris, Greg and Drew put their heads together to compile a list of their 25 most anticipated films of 2014. It was certainly a fine, blockbuster-heavy list, but the cinematic buffet ahead of us stretches a lot further than just 25 films -- so we decided there was room for another list, focusing slightly more on the year's more specialist options.
"Veronica Mars" alum was fired from "Young and the Restless" for allegedly groping his co-star's breasts
TMZ reports that Michael Muhney, who played Adam Newman on "Y&R" and Sheriff Don Lamb on "Veronica Mars," was accused of grabbing the breasts of his 20-year-old co-star Hunter King on two separate occasions, unsolicited. He also allegedly bullied King.
NBC, ABC, HGTV opted not to show the Rose Parade's 1st-ever gay wedding
All three cut away from Wednesday's ceremony aboard one of the floats.
Dierks Bentley flashed his middle finger while performing on ESPN
The country singer was part of the Orange Bowl's halftime show when he flashed the bird.
Ke$ha enters rehab for an eating disorder
The MTV star is staying at the same rehab center that Demi Lovato used.
Meet the Puppy Bowl starting lineup
Here are the competitors for Puppy Bowl X.
Showtime unveils "Shameless" Season 4 trailer
Watch the official trailer for the new season premiering Jan. 12.
In this clip from an all-new episode of "Sex Sent Me to the ER," (airing Sat. Jan. 4 at 10:00 p.m. on TLC, then again Fri. Jan. 10 at 10:00 p.m. on Discovery Fit & Health), a woman can't contain herself. Literally. When Liz has an orgasm during a quick moment of intimacy with Eric, it's fine. When she's still having an orgasm three hours later, it's problematic. She heads to the hospital -- but won't tell anyone what's wrong with her until she's out of the waiting room. Can you blame her?
Evander Holyfield is competing on "Celebrity Big Brother," handcuffed to another celeb
The former heavyweight champion -- and "Dancing with the Stars" alum -- is now living in a British reality TV house that includes the American actress accused of punching Lindsay Lohan.
The FCC has been hit with numerous complaints over "2 Broke Girls" and "Two and a Half Men"
From 2011 to 2013, the FCC received 91 complaints for "2 Broke Girls" and 98 complaints for "Two and a Half Men" between 2009 and 2013.
NYC crime dramas love reading the same newspaper: The New York Ledger
The Ledger has popped up on "CSI: New York," "Law & Order: SVU" and, last night, on "Elementary."
Farrah Abraham accused of faking a relationship to get on VH1's "Couples Therapy"
Fellow "Teen Mom" Jenelle Evans claims Abraham "staged it entirely once again."
How "Community" pulled off that surprising cameo
Dan Harmon says he really, really wanted to make that cameo happen. PLUS: How Harmon writes comedy, last night's return was a success and failure, and Harmon was sorely missed.
Fox confirms it's promoting "The Mindy Project" on Tinder with a fake Mindy dating profile
Fox also confirms that there will be a Tinder-themed episode coming up.
Clay Aiken would have almost no chance if he runs for Congress
The North Carolina district Aiken is considering running is firmly Republican.
Derek Hough to release his 1st book in May
The "Dancing with the Stars" dancer has penned "Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion."
"The Bachelor's" Juan Pablo accused of being a deadbeat dad
The National Enquirer found that a judge ordered the new "Bachelor" to pay child support in 2011 for his daughter. PLUS: Watch the Juan Pablo supertease.
Watch a preview of MC Serch's CBS daytime talk show
The former member of hip-hop group 3rd Bass "will feature real people and real issues" on his daytime talker.
"Party of Five" alum Lacey Chabert is a married woman
The 31-year-old Chabert got married over the holidays.
Sandra Oh guesting on an Amazon series
Check out the "Grey's Anatomy" star on "Betas."
Blackberry sues Ryan Seacrest
The "Idol" host's smartphone keyboard venture has riled the makers of Blackberry.
Nigella Lawson's legal woes don't help "The Taste"
The ABC reality show was down 19% despite all the publicity the TV chef has been getting from her trial.
Judd Apatow may write another "Simpsons" episode -- in 22 years
Apatow talks about his cameo and his script finally being made after two decades.
Watch the opening credits for Josh Holloway's "Intelligence"
The former "Lost" star makes his TV return on Tuesday.
"SNL's" Stefon, illustrated
Here's an illustrated guide to New York's hottest nightclubs.
"That '70s Show's" Lisa Robin Kelly OD's on "multiple drugs"
The coroner has ruled her death as an accidental overdose.
Where does last night's "Big Bang" surprise rank?
Was it better than "Friends"?
Dylan McDermott is "flattered" to be called the hottest living 52-year-old
The "Hostages" star was responding to this Buzzfeed article.
Fans are influencing "Doctor Who" and "Sherlock"
The recent holiday specials of the two British series show the problems when show writers are influenced by viewers.
Camille Grammer has completed her chemotherapy and radiation treatments
The former "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star last year was diagnosed with early stage endometrial cancer.
Analyzing the "Veronica Mars" movie trailer
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Bill Nye to debate a creationist
The Science Guy will debate the founder of the Creation Museum at the museum's Kentucky location on Feb. 4.
Carson Daly's "New Year's Eve" comedian says "I'm not sorry" over Pearl Harbor joke
Natasha Leggero explained in an open letter: "I wish I could apologize, but do you really want another insincere apology that you know is just an attempt at damage control and not a real admission of guilt? Let me just try instead to be honest. I’m not sorry."
Watch the first 15 minutes of Ron Moore's "Helix"
The "Battlestar Galactica" honcho is back with a new Syfy series, starring Billy Campbell.
Ray Romano is delivering an Emmy-worthy performance on "Parenthood"
His character's "slightly obsessive soul-searching" helped to anchor last night's episode.
Adult Swim presents a new anime show, "Space Dandy"
From the creator of "Cowboy Bebop" comes an animated series about an alien hunter.
"Orange is the New Black's" Pablo Schreiber's marriage is ending
The wife of the former "Wire" star has filed for legal separation.
"Downton Abbey" returns -- it's the quintessential American TV show!
The drama that returns to PBS on Sunday for Season 4 holds a mirror to America, says Alessandra Stanley. "Beneath all the seigneurial duty and damask, this British series about aristocrats and their servants is at heart as American as Apple computers or the Magic Kingdom," she explains. "'Downton Abbey' begins a fourth season on PBS on Sunday, and it still draws huge audiences in the United States, possibly because it cleverly filters British social history through the biases and preoccupations of American pop culture." PLUS: Season 4 is back to being good again, "Downton" has become too cliched, it's a bit of a downer, play a "Downton" version of the game "Clue," and Julian Fellowes on the "Downton" backlash.
Season 4 of "Downton Abbey" is old news in the U.K., but here in the U.S. we're finally getting a chance to see the show this Sunday (Sun. Jan. 5 at 9:00 p.m. on PBS). I had a chance to talk very briefly to two ladies of the house -- Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley) and Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley) during press tour last year, and, while they couldn't give any clues, they did discuss the changes to the show, their characters, and (perhaps) a hint of what's ahead. Sure, you can skulk around the Internet and find tons of spoilers, but what fun is that?
Netflix adds director's commentary to "House of Cards"
Viewers can now listen to all six episode directors discuss their Season 1 episodes.
E! cancels "Tia & Tamera"
The reality show starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housely won't return for a 4th season.
"Downton Abbey" meets "The Shield"
Watch Michelle Dockery and Michael Chiklis in "Tough Justice."
25 years ago tonight: "The Arsenio Hall Show" premiered
Watch Arsenio's very first opening from Jan. 3, 1989.
Gov. Christie pokes fun at "The Newsroom" in a tweet to "Will McAvoy"
When the fake McAvoy urged his Twitter followers to read Chris Christie's timeline saying it was better than "The Price is Right," the New Jersey governor responded: "Well, certainly better than 'The Newsroom.'"
"Game of Thrones" promotion: UK village will rename itself "Kings Landing" for 1 week
Kings Langley in Hertfordshire will help mark the release of the "Game of Thrones" Season 3 DVD.
"Mad Men's" Sal Romano sang the National Anthem at last night's Sugar Bowl
Bryan Batt is a New Orleans native, and he got to perform in the city's Superdome.
"We've done pretty much all you can do to a boat," director J.C. Chandor says of his latest film "All is Lost" in an exclusive featurette we're premiering for you today. And indeed, the production of this film was a substantial undertaking from a crafts standpoint and it's a treat to see all of the principals in one video giving their perspective on the film.
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has announced this year's list of narrative and documentary feature screenplay nominees, and given the wave of ineligibilities, which included such Oscar players as "12 Years a Slave," "Philomena" and "Fruitvale Station," it was a much smaller crop for the guild to choose from.