Last I heard, Pope Francis is not an Academy voter, though at a time in the season where every headline opportunity counts, an appointment with him can't hurt. Oscar-nominated "Philomena" star/writer Steve Coogan and the film's real-life subject, Philomena Lee, met with His Holiness yesterday -- obviously not to promote the film (though there are reports of a screening being scheduled at the Vatican), but to campaign for the release of 60,000 adoption files held by the state and Church in Ireland. Lee says, "As the film portrays, I have always put great faith in the church and the good will to put the wrongs of the past right. I hope and believe that his Holiness Pope Francis joins me in the fight to help the thousands of mothers and children who need closure on their own stories." [BBC News]
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — After dancing across the stage at the Arlington Theatre to start a two-hour salute to her work on the big screen, Oprah Winfrey sat down across from moderator John Horn of the LA Times and made it clear from the outset that she was under "no illusion" about her "body of work," as she playfully referred to her scant work as a film actress throughout the evening. "God bless the editor who put that together," she said of the typical introductory clip package that kicked off the Montecito Award tribute off.
NBC was so certain that "The Michael J. Fox Show" would be a hit that the network ordered a full season worth of episodes without even making a pilot. Instead, the sitcom was such a ratings disappointment that tonight NBC quietly pulled it from the schedule, replacing it and the already-canceled "Sean Saves the World" with "Hollywood Game Night." Production had already wrapped on the season, 15 episodes have aired; it's unclear when the remaining 7 (including a "Back to the Future" reunion between Fox and Christopher Lloyd) will air, though an NBC publicist told Vulture's Joe Adalian that they were looking for a place on the schedule after April 3. It's not officially canceled, but with those numbers and the amount of money NBC spent, it's hard to imagine it returning next season.
NBC cancels "The Michael J. Fox Show"
Michael J. Fox's sitcom has been yanked from the schedule, effective immediately. It will be replaced by "Hollywood Game Night." NBC ordered 22 episodes of the sitcom, 15 of which have already aired.
Someone stole Leslie & Ben's "Parks and Rec" lock from a Paris bridge
"That stinks," says "Parks" co-creator Michael Schur. "Please bring it back."
LAPD investigating death threats against 5-year-old "Good Luck Charlie" star
Police say somebody posted online death threats against Mia Talerico, who plays Charlie on the Disney Channel series.
Ex-Cooking Channel host found dead
"Drink Up" star Daryl Robinson was discovered dead in his apartment building early this morning. Police haven't figured out what caused his death.
George Clooney is now five films into his career as a director, which gives us enough room to try to discern a voice or a thematic intent or a unifying vision for the films he's made, and yet, when I look at those five films, what ultimately emerges is a portrait of a somewhat invisible man.
I think "Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind" is a very stylish film, and he navigated a fairly tricky piece of writing there. I understand why so many directors were drawn to Charlie Kaufman's script, and I understand why so many directors ultimately chose not to direct that same script. Clooney has a strong eye for casting, and he also helped figure out how to sell that reality, which wasn't easy at all. I think he also made very strong choices with "Good Night, and Good Luck," a fairly dry piece of writing about a decidedly non-sexy subject. While "Leatherheads" doesn't really work, I can see exactly what sort of screwball tone he's trying to pull off, and I understand the appeal of it. And while I think "The Ides Of March" tries to inflate a fairly simple idea into something more significant, it's obvious that he's a smart guy who wants pop entertainment to grapple with grown-up subjects.
After weeks of auditions on Season 13 of "American Idol," it's finally time to learn which contestant this season lost the most weight.
I mean, Hollywood Week is apparently beginning with a twist, but it probably won't be a weight-lost twist.
What will it be?
Let's find out.
"The Big Bang Theory" and its fellow CBS Thursday shows could benefit from starting 6 weeks later
The eight NFL games airing on Thursday nights, six of which will air during the TV season, would give CBS a huge promotional push for its Thursday primetime lineup. PLUS: Les Moonves expects the Thursday comedy block to continue after new NFL games.
"Ray Donovan" adds Hank Azaria and Sherilyn Fenn
"The Simpsons" star and "Twin Peaks" alum will play husband and wife on Season 2.
Clay Aiken already deleted controversial tweets ahead of his Congressional run
In fact, most of his tweets, including many targeting Republicans, have disappeared.
George Clooney pranked Matt Damon, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler over Golden Globes joke
Damon recounts to Letterman how Clooney got his elaborate revenge.
CBS orders a Wall Street drama from producer John Cusack
Cusack is teaming with several "Justified" writers on a project set in the world of Wall Street power and money.
What you didn't see from last week's "SNL": Lorne Michaels hugged Seth Meyers on stage
"Lorne was visibly very choked up," according to one audience member. PLUS: Rolling Stone ranks the Top 50 "SNL" sketches of all time.
"The Blacklist" books Lance Reddick
He'll play one of James Spader's character's many assets.
Andy Richter to visit "The Millers"
The Conan sidekick will try to control Will Arnett.
"Sherlock" cut a scene at a gay club from Season 3
Steven Moffat says the scene was cut from Episode 2 because the stag night was too long. As Martin Freeman recalls, "There were lots of topless men going past, and (Sherlock and John) are just like, 'Why are we here?'"
Lifetime to "Bring It" with a hip-hop majorette reality show
"Bring It!," premiering March 5, follows Miss D and her Dancing Dolls Troupe.
Why didn't "Today" address the shocking "Biggest Loser" weight-loss?
Rachel Frederickson was interviewed this morning, but the show ignored last night's controversy.
"Criminal Minds" celebrates 200 episodes
"We're not the media darling of the critics," says Joe Mantegna, "but more people, around the world, pee during our commercials than during all of those media darlings combined." PLUS: What's the secret to "Criminal Minds'" longevity?, and Paget Brewster talks Prentiss' return.
ABC orders "Astronaut Wives Club" to series
The drama about the wives of the pioneering American astronauts of the '60s is from "Gossip Girl" co-creator Stephanie Savage.
Sochi Olympics will be NBC's most-complicated games
Sochi is more off the beaten path than any other games that NBC's senior VP of operations has covered. "One of the things logistically challenging about Russia and Sochi is that from a marketplace point of view there is no Home Depot here, no Costco here, no city industrial base or any kind of base to draw from," says John Fritsche.
"Saved by the Bell" and "Punky Brewster" digital comics debut today
You can buy the comics through Amazon's Digital Bookstore.
Should "The Walking Dead" kill Rick?
He's become such a drag on the AMC series.
"New Girl" gave viewers an "alternate version Adam Brody"
The Adam Brody guest-starring this week wasn't the one Seth Cohen fans expected.
Watch an "Americans" blooper reel
From the Season 1 blu-ray, which comes out next week.
Sales of Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl cocktail are plummeting
The former Bravo star's liquor line, which Beam acquired in 2011, dropped 26% last year.
Check out "Psych" in the '60s
Is the Feb. 28 60s-themed episode "Mad Men"-esque?
Syfy to turn comic book "DMZ" into a TV series
"Mad Men" producers Andre and Maria Jacquemetton are set to write the comic book adaptation, which transforms NYC into a demilitarized zone.
"Top Chef" ends an underwhelming season
Has the Bravo reality show run out of "top chef"-quality contestants?
"Originals" star finds a new job
One cast member is jumping to NBC's "Odyssey" drama pilot.
Alan Tudyk is taking over "Children's Hospital" spinoff "Newsreaders"
He replaces Mather Zickel, who was cast on an NBC pilot.
Watch Austrian TV's "Game of Thrones"-themed Super Bowl promo
This follows Austrian TV's "Thrones"-themed NFL playoffs promo. PLUS: Meet the "Game of Thrones" production designer.
PBS tonight launches a "Super Skyscraper" series
The four-week series debuts with an examination of One World Trade Center.
Miranda Lambert is only 30, but she’s already longing for the good old days.
On “Automatic,” the first single from her forthcoming fifth solo album, laments how easy folks have it these days as she reminisces about the days that people used maps, dried laundry on the line, recording the country countdown on cassette from radio (guilty on that one, but for me it was the Top 40), driving a stick shift…and that’s just the first verse.
The greater theme of the song, written by Lambert, Nicolle Galyon, and Natalie Hemby, is that when everything is handed to you, you don’t appreciate it. I’m not so sure that having to roll down our windows instead of pushing a button built character, but Lambert seems to think so.
The song "is about slowing down, taking a breath and remembering what it's like to live life a little more simply," Lambert said in a statement.
Discovery Channel has yet another attempt to capture a gruesome daredevil death coming to a TV near you! This May, Joby Ogwyn will attempt the first wing suit flight off the summit of Mount Everest in "Everest Jump Live." The, yes, live broadcast will air this May.
Broken Bells’ lyric video for the stark “Leave It Alone” is an appropriately bleak clip with a coldness that matches the downer lyrics.
Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J remains a winner on the Billboard Hot 100, as it spends its second week at No. 1, but Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love,” featuring Jay Z, is hot on its trail.
When I attend Toronto, Sundance, and SXSW each year, one of the things I specifically focus on is the midnight programming. I'd say the same thing about Fantastic Fest, except that pretty much feels like an entire festival of nothing but midnight programming.
Last week, SXSW announced the majority of its film programming, but they held off on announcing the midnight titles, and that's finally happened this morning.
From March 7th to March 15th, SXSW will be offering not only the film conference but a major overlap with music and interactive and sports and comedy and everything else they've folded in under the broader umbrella of SXSW.
So what are the midnight titles? Let's dig right in.