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<p>Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave in Wes Anderson's &quot;The Grand Budapest Hotel.&quot;</p>

Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

Credit: Fox Searchlight

Is 'Grand Budapest Hotel' the first Oscar contender of 2014?

It may be the best thing Ralph Fiennes has ever done

It's taken five weeks, but 2014 finally has a great movie on its hands. No, it's not "Boyhood," any other selection from the Sundance Film Festival last month or Lars Von Trier's slightly overrated "Nymphomaniac." It's Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel." That's no disrespect to Richard Linklater's buzzed drama, it's no doubt great. "Grand Budapest" is very different from "Boyhoood" or any other film that screened in Park City. Simply, Anderson's latest is an example of an auteur at the peak of his cinematic powers.

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<p>Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori in &quot;The Grand Budapest Hotel.&quot;</p>

Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori in "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Review: Wes Anderson's delightful 'Grand Budapest Hotel' never outstays its welcome

Ralph Fiennes is wonderful in dizzy but unexpectedly touching caper

BERLIN - At no point in its fleet runtime does anyone break into an actual dance routine -- and honestly, someone probably should -- yet the average Busby Berkeley musical barely contains as much regimented choreography as Wes Anderson's dizzy, chintzy and improbably touching "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Cast members don't walk; they glide, skip and occasionally pop into the frame as if released by a lever. The camera doesn't pan or track; it whirls and soars. The mise-en-scene is pulled into shape via an intricate operation of cogs and pulleys -- some of them visible. All moving parts -- cars, trains, bobsleds, even actors -- run like artisan-built clockwork toys.

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Duck Commander 500: NASCAR hooks up with "Duck Dynasty"


Duck Commander 500: NASCAR hooks up with "Duck Dynasty"
Texas Motor Speedway announced that its NASCAR race for the next three years will be known as the Duck Commander 500.


Charlie Sheen is now threatening Ashton Kutcher

"you ever tell me to shut the F*** up, EVER again, and I'll put you on a hospital food diet for a year," Sheen wrote on Twitter, hours after a tweet in which he said he was "so sorry."


AMC is officially developing "Preacher" with producer Seth Rogen

The 1990s twisted comic book series is being developed with Rogen and his producing partner Evan Goldberg.


"Michael J. Fox Show" producer: Our 7 remaining episodes could still air, including "Back to the Future" reunion
"We're not in the same boat as 'Sean Saves the World,'" says exec producer Alex Reid. "We've got seven episodes that NBC likes and wants to air."


Michael J. Fox will be back on "The Good Wife" now that his show is done

He'll reprise his role as Louis Canning for multiple episodes.


"The Bachelor's" Clare denies having sex in the ocean with Juan Pablo
"I don't think it was made clear by anybody that that's not what happened ...  that wasn't my intention going into it (and) everyone in the situation knows that's not what happened," she says.


"The Biggest Loser's" shocking weight-loss: What's the big deal?
"How exactly did 'TBL's' viewers and creators expect this to go?" says  Katy Waldman. "'The Biggest Loser' is a competition about who can lose the most weight. The person who sheds more pounds than all the other people wins $250,000. It is not about who can adopt the healthiest lifestyle or reclaim the most self-esteem."


George Clooney recounts his prank on Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

Clooney also apologized to Matt Damon for using him to play the prank, but hinted than even bigger prank might be in the works.


Oprah is in talks to make her Broadway debut
She would star opposite Audra McDonald in a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "'Night, Mother."


Watch a preview of Rosie's return to "The View"
"It feels kind of weird, but good weird," she says upon her entrance.

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Terry Fator

 Terry Fator

'AGT' winner Terry Fator talks divorce, hot new wife on 'Oprah:WATN?'

The ventriloquist talks about why he kept his young new love a secret

Sure, it seems a little sketchy from the outside. Ventriloquist and "America's Got Talent" winner Terry Fator got a divorce from his first wife, then married a knockout who was 23-years-younger than he shortly thereafter. But in the latest episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" (airing Fri. Feb. 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET on OWN), Fator explains that appearances can be deceiving. 

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<p>Jesse Custer in &quot;Preacher.&quot;</p>

Jesse Custer in "Preacher."

Credit: Vertigo

Seth Rogen officially adapting ‘Preacher’ comic for AMC

Can Rogen, Goldberg and 'Breaking Bad' alum Sam Catlin turn Garth Ennis' blasphemous comic epic into TV?

It's official: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are adapting "Preacher" for Sony and AMC, with "Breaking Bad" alum Sam Catlin serving as showrunner and executive producer.

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Ashton Kutcher tells Charlie Sheen: 'Dude, shut the f*ck up' -- Sheen is 'so sorry'


Ashton Kutcher tells Charlie Sheen: "Dude, shut the f*ck up" --  Sheen is "so sorry"
"Seriously," Kutcher said on Jimmy Kimmel, "like. Enough already. Like it's like three years later and you're still blowing me up on Twitter. Like come on dude, really?" Sheen responded this morning on Twitter, saying "message received."


"Criminal Minds" has its biggest audience with Episode 200 in nearly 2 years
The CBS drama had its best viewership since May 2012.


Watch Howard Stern argue with Jerry Seinfeld on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"
Seinfeld told Stern earlier this week he had the video edited to emphasize their arguments.


AMC puts zombies beneath NYC streets to scare New Yorkers

Watch the latest "Walking Dead" promotion.


"Sons of Anarchy" is credited with saving the motorcycle industry
"We basically saved Harley," says Mark Boone Jr.


Matt Damon won't get to sit on Jimmy Kimmel's couch tonight
The entire cast of "Monuments Men" will take over Kimmel's couch, but there won't be any room for Damon.


Funny or Die has a dark take on Jay Leno's final day

What if Leno tried to take his life after his final "Tonight Show"?


"Happy Endings" alum Zachary Knghton joining "Parenthood," gets a Fox pilot
He's expected to romance Erika Christensen, while also starring on Fox's "Weird Loners."


"The Americans" nabbed by Amazon
Amazon has secured video on demand rights to the FX series.


ABC is promising something shocking will happen when Rosie O'Donnell returns to "The View" on Friday

Rosie already filmed her appearance on Tuesday.


"SNL" newbie Brooks Wheelan filmed every day of 2013
Watch a video of Wheelan in the months before he got the big job as featured player. PLUS: Why isn't Wheelan being used more?

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<p>Your &quot;American Idol&quot; judges</p>

Your "American Idol" judges

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: Rising 'American Idol' Wednesday tops 200th 'Criminal Minds' as FOX cruises

'Tomorrow People' and 'Law & Order: SVU' dip
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, February 5, 2014. 
 
Viewers stuck around for the start of the Hollywood Round on "American Idol," as the FOX singing competition posted a little week-to-week growth among young viewers and slightly more growth overall. FOX won Wednesday in all measures. 
 
"Criminal Minds' got a big bump for its 200th episode, drawing its biggest audience since May of 2012, but still couldn't push ahead of "Idol" overall.
 
Predictably, with their lead-ins returning, both "Suburgatory" and "Super Fun Night" posted big gains, while "Nashville," "The Tomorrow People" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" were among the shows dipping. 
 
With "CSI" back, NBC's "Chicago PD" dropped in viewers, but didn't slip at all in the key demo.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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Jimmy Kimmel offers 'best wishes' to Jay Leno


Jimmy Kimmel offers "best wishes" to Jay Leno
Kimmel, who said "f*ck him" in response to a question about Leno in 2012, tweeted this morning: "Issues aside, 20 years at #1 is a remarkable achievement. Congratulations and best wishes to @jayleno on an incredible run." PLUS: Sandra Bullock tears up for Jay, and "The Tonight Show" has its best Wednesday since Conan's 1st week.


Amazon releases 10 new pilots

Watch new shows form "The X-Files'" Chris Carter and Jason Schwartzman, or starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Malcolm McDowell or Jeffrey Tambor. Watch them here.


Rachel's "Biggest Loser" trainer: Don't "come to broad conclusions"

"Please try not to look at one slice of Rachel's journey and come to broad conclusions," says trainer Dolvett Quince. "Rachel's health is and always has been my main concern and her journey to good health has not yet ended!!"


"Scandal" casts Fitz and Mellie's older kids
Madeline Carroll and Dylan Minnette have both appeared on "Lost."


Jimmy Kimmel helps pal John Krasinski give away $1.5M for esurance

Krasinski's Super Bowl commercial ended on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."


Nick Offerman sings "Pu**y & Weed" for Conan
The "Parks and Rec" star was offering tips on being a man.

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<p>Steve Coogan and Philomena Lee</p>

Steve Coogan and Philomena Lee

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Roundup: Philomena's audience with the Pope

Also: Perils of talking movies on Twitter, and is 'Labor Day' a victim of 'urban critics?'

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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<p>Oprah&nbsp;Winfrey at the 29th annual&nbsp;Santa&nbsp;Barbara International Film Festival</p>

Oprah Winfrey at the 29th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Credit: AP Photo

Oprah reflects on 'The Color Purple,' America's disinterest in news and '12 Years a Slave'

The Montecito resident picks up SBIFF's Montecito Award

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.

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<p>Betsy Brandt and Michael J. Fox in &quot;The Michael J. Fox Show.&quot;</p>

Betsy Brandt and Michael J. Fox in "The Michael J. Fox Show."

Credit: NBC

NBC pulls 'The Michael J. Fox Show' from schedule

How did what NBC thought was a sure thing not work out to this degree?

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.

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NBC cancels 'The Michael J. Fox Show'


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.

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