Alright, it's time to just take the dive. Ballots have long been in and nothing as of late can influence the Academy's nominations, so what will be on Thursday, in so many words, will be. What is Team HitFix thinking in the way of final predictions?
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So much happens in this episode of "The Bachelor," I say let's just cut to the chase. There's nudity, rubber fire hydrant suits, drunkenness and puppies. Only one of these is cute. You can guess which one, can't you?
The first time I met Jonah Hill was on a neighborhood street just off Zelzah near CSUN in the San Fernando Valley. It was a nighttime shoot for the film "Superbad," and I went to watch a scene involving Jonah, Michael Cera, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who was the complete unknown the scenario. I knew Jonah's work from "Accepted" and "40-Year-Old Virgin," and I was a big "Arrested Development" fan already, but when I was first told that those three were the leads, I had no idea what to expect.
One of the pleasures of writing about film over a long stretch of time is watching the way people come into focus, the way your first impressions of them evolve as they evolve, the way their work changes. It's one of the things I think critics can do that is valuable, being able to lay out a context in which to view someone's work. I'm just as interested in the way Jonah Hill's persona has developed from film to film and the friction between his work in "This Is The End" and "Wolf Of Wall Street" in the same year as I am in any of the individual jokes or moments he's played onscreen. I think he made the jump to being taken seriously that many comics have attempted over the years, and in many cases, they've fumbled that moment. Bill Murray may be well-regarded now for films like "Lost In Translation" or "Moonrise Kingdom," but that took time. When he made "The Razor's Edge," audiences just weren't interested. Belushi wanted to make that jump, but he never quite got there. Jim Carrey has wrestled with his own identity onscreen, and while I think he's done amazing dramatic work, he's worth more box-office in an overt comedy. Even among the guys who he's worked with, Hill seems to be having an easier time in bigger films. I love "Take This Waltz," but I think right now, Seth Rogen is still seen primarily as a comic presence first.
The final season of "How I Met Your Mother" means we're supposed to get closure on a bunch of long-running stories and gags, but because Marshall got a slap bet extension a season or two ago, "Slapsgiving 3" did not feature the final slap ever. (I remain hopeful the last one will take place far in the future, when both are elderly gentlemen.)
But as for Official Slap #4, what did everybody think? Did you enjoy the "Kill Bill"/kung fu movie homage, or find it hokey? Did you like the idea of having most of the episode take place in a mid-slap flashback? Enjoy seeing the cast as slap mentors? Did you applaud the very special musical guests from the tag?
Have at it, folks.
"True Detective" delivers HBO's best premiere since 2010, "Girls" hits a series high
The Woody Harrelson-Matthew McConaughey drama attracted 2.3 million viewers, the best since "Boardwalk Empire."
Seth MacFarlane on the reaction to Brian's "Family Guy" death: "It surprised all of us"
So why do it? "It did what it was designed to do — it reminded people this is still a show where anything that can happen despite the fact it’s been on for awhile," said MacFarlane, who added that he's not going to kill Brian again.
Larry David was also part of today's Jerry Seinfeld-Jason Alexander get-together
Cameras captured David exiting Tom's Restaurant this afternoon.
German TV planning an Anne Frank miniseries
The two-part series will air next year, timed to the 70th anniversary of Anne Frank's death.
Watch a preview of Jay Leno in a 1949 car with Jerry Seinfeld
From this week's episode of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."
Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Seth MacFarlane discuss making "Cosmos" for Fox
The remake of the Carl Sagan series was better for Fox because with cable channels like Nat Geo and Discovery, you're "in a way, you're sort of preaching to the converted," says MacFarlane.
"The Following" creator promises a less-violent Season 2
"I don't see the show as nearly (violent), now that we're shooting episode 11," says Kevin Williamson. "It's just from the storytelling of this year and the story we're choosing to tell kind of has different shapes and changes, and where it's at. I find it less violent than last year." PLUS: "Following" stars are having trouble sleeping.
"Chozen" creator: "I'm in now way trolling for outrage"
"I'm definitely not looking to be controversial," Grant Dekernion says of his FX animated series that includes a gay white rapper and prison rape. PLUS: How Bobby Moynihan became "Chozen," and "Chozen" would be better off without the prison rape jokes.
MSNBC's Tamron Hall is set to join "Today"
Hall is expected to be added as a co-host for the 3rd hour.
Was "Downton Abbey's" shocking scene really that shocking?
What happened shouldn't be all that surprising within the context of the series.
"Helix's" debut not impressive
About 1.8 million watched the Syfy thriller's premiere on Friday.
NBC orders DC Comics adaptation "Constantine," plus "Mysteries of Laura"
"Constantine," from David S. Goyer, is an adaptation of the "Hellblazer" graphic novels.
Disney Channel renews "Liv and Maddie"
The twins comedy will be back for a 2nd season.
Don't let anyone say "RuPaul's Drag Race" lacks star power. The series, which is returning for its sixth season Mon. Feb. 24 at 9:00 p.m., will not only feature a new fleet of impressive drag queens and the inimitable RuPaul, but will squeeze some new celebrities onto the judges' panel as well.
Simon Kinberg has asked me not to reveal his greatest secret, but at this point, I feel it is my duty so that young writers who look at how many things he's juggling at one time understand how he's able to pull it off.
Clones. Dozens of them.
That's the only way it could possibly work at this point. Think of everything he's got his name on right now. He's one of the producers of "Star Wars: Rebels," the next major piece of "Star Wars" canon to be introduced on Disney XD this year, and he's involved in the new "Star Wars" films as well. He's part of "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" and its follow-up, "X-Men: Apocalypse." He's producing a remake of "Murder On The Orient Express" with Ridley Scott and Mark Gordon. He's in charge of getting "Fantastic Four" back up and running, and he's also working on Neill Blomkamp's next film "Chappie."
If you're struggling with your New Year's resolutions, know that whatever self-improvement you're attempting it probably pales in comparison to this woman's many challenges. In this exclusive clip from "My 600-lb Life" (Tues. Jan. 14 at 9:00 p.m. on TLC), we meet Olivia, a 46-year-old woman finally faces her excess weight after a suicide attempt and a long struggle with depression. She doesn't leave her Chicago basement for two years before deciding to make one last attempt at changing her life. She travels to Houston for life-changing surgery, and, as she says, it's one step at a time.
A 21st century continuation of Carl Sagan's heady 1980 series "Cosmos" may not be the pet project you'd expect from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, but it's just one of the surprises the new series, which will air on both FOX and Nat Geo networks, hopes will blow your mind.
Starring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (who became a Twitter break-out star for his comments about the scientific inaccuracies of "Gravity"), the new show is set to premiere Sun. March 9 on FOX and Mon. March 10 on Nat Geo. While the audience at press tour tried to show an interest in all things science, most of the questions were lobbed squarely at MacFarlane.
"Idol" reveals changes: Fewer sob stories, Randy Jackson's boot camp, more alums
Season 13 will also have a fresher song list and a "Hollywood or Home" surprise round.
10% of the Golden Globes broadcast was devoted to winners walking up to the stage
That's according to a Washington Post investigation: "The Golden Globes were a disaster of table arrangement," explains the Post's Caitlin Dewey. "That's not just the griping of the Twitter masses, but a matter of actual, verifiable fact: We timed how long it took the winners in every category to get to the stage, and the answer is … way longer than necessary."
"Glee" will spend the rest of the season in NYC
Fox's Kevin Reilly confirmed that "Glee" will spend the rest of the series, the next 1 1/2 seasons, in New York.
Watch BBC's Olympics promo, narrated by "Tywin Lannister" from "Game of Thrones"
Charles Dance is the voice of this year's BBC Winter Olympics coverage.
Fox: Why we're remaking "Broadchurch" instead of airing the original UK version
American viewers, says Fox Entertainment boss Kevin Reilly, "would be more comfortable seeing something made for America … there are cultural particularities (to the original) that would cap it off." He also points out that "Gracepoint" will have 10 episodes instead of "Broadchurch's" eight, with a different ending.
Sasheer Zamata begins working at "SNL"
Featured John Milhiser instagrammed a photo of his new office mate.
"The Simpsons" apologizes to Judas Priest
Sorry for calling the band's music "death metal."
Angry Taylor Swift fans are ticked off at Tina Fey
They didn't like Fey's "there's a special place in hell" diss of Swift during last night's Golden Globes.
"RuPaul's Drag Race" names guest judges, including Kim Kardashian and Neil Patrick Harris
"Community's" Gillian Jacobs, Linda Blair, Adam Lambert and Leah Remini will also judge this season.
Check out Josh Hartnett and Eva Green on "Penny Dreadful"
Here's your first look at the Showtime horror-drama.