Final voting for the 86th Academy Awards is just four days away, but Monday allowed this year's nominees one more stress-free event before it all gets "oh, so serious" again. For the public at large, the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon is a celebration of the honorees as they all crowd into one room to take the "Class of" photo. It's also a huge press opportunity where the contenders can subtly communicate their final pitches in hopes that a stray Academy member will read it or hear about it on TV.
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"Lone Survivor" sound editor Wylie Stateman picked up his seventh Oscar nomination to date last month, though despite wonderful work in films like "Cliffhanger," "Inglourious Basterds" and "Django Unchained," he's yet to win an Academy Award.
Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue dumps Letterman for Kimmel
SI's annual tradition of revealing the Swimsuit Issue covergirl on "The Late Show" will come to an end this year. Instead, the cover model will appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
Roseanne to visit "The Millers"
She'll guest as Darla, the mother of Will Arnett and guest-star Andy Richter's characters.
AMC developing Civil Rights drama "Bombingham"
The proposed TV series will be set in 1963 and the present day, telling the story of a recently discovered Civil Rights-era murder in Birmingham, Alabama.
"7th Heaven's" Barry Watson to recur on "Hart of Dixie"
Whom will he romance on the CW series?
We're all still trying to cope with the fact NBC didn't air the policemen's choir singing "Get Lucky" during the Opening Ceremony (blah blah, wasn't really part of the ceremony, blah blah), but that doesn't mean there isn't some fun stuff to watch. Like curling. Don't you want to hire some of these people to scrub your floors? Because they get the job done, people.
Almost no Bothan Spies were injured or killed bringing you this report.
At least, I hope that's true. No one should get hurt over simply verifying some shooting dates, even on a film as highly anticipated as "Star Wars Episode VII: There's Still Not A Title".
Multiple sources now have confirmed for us that "Star Wars Episode VII" is set to start shooting mid-May and will run through September of this year, and most principal casting on the film is complete, with many announcements still to come. While Abrams had mentioned May during the TCA press tour and there had been speculation about the summer date, the full production schedule was finally confirmed for us.
If they wrap in September, that gives them over a year of post to build out the world that Abrams says he wants to make as close to the feel of the Original Trilogy as he possibly can. The thing that is most exciting to me about production dates is that extra added anticipation that we'll have any time during those four months as we try to imagine what the cast and crew are doing at that particular moment. Is today the day they shoot that full-sized Millennium Falcon they've built? Is today whatever lightsaber battle you know Mark Hamill's going to have to participate in? Are they shooting a scene with the ghost of Yoda today?
This goes back to my earliest thoughts as a film fan, those years between when I was seven and when I was ten, and between then and when I turned thirteen. Knowing that somewhere, there was a new "Star Wars" film being made, it simply made me almost permanently happy. It gave me permission to spend months dreaming about all the things that might happen.
NBC's new late night lineup is going to have even more of a "Saturday Night Live" flavor than previously anticipated. Jimmy Fallon is already installed as new host of "The Tonight Show," starting a week from tonight, Seth Meyers will take over "Late Night" starting February 24, and now Meyers has announced that Fred Armisen will be the new "Late Night" bandleader.
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"SNL" reunion: Fred Armisen will be Seth Meyers' "Late Night" bandleader
Armisen will lead the "Late Night" band, even when he's in Portland shooting "Portlandia." Here's Meyers admiring Armisen's musical talents 10 days ago at the Howard Stern birthday bash. PLUS: New "Late Night" promos feature Seth's writers.
"NCIS: New Orleans" adds the star of "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift"
Lucas Black rounds out the cast as NCIS Special Agent LaSalle.
HBO teases "Veep" Season 3
Selina Meyer vs. balloons.
OWN's 1st TV movie will be based on Darlene Love's life
The R&B sensation's biopic will be based on her memoir, "My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story."
Lea Michele releases a Cory Monteith tribute song
Listen to the "Glee" star's new track, "You're Mine."
Streaming video is the hot topic this week on the Firewall & Iceberg podcast, as Dan and I present our thoughts on all the Amazon pilots (which I discussed here on the blog last week) and the new season of "House of Cards" (which I'll be reviewing here later this week). We also had time to answer a few of the many excellent questions we got, and please keep those emails coming.
Also, the Google+ Hangout we did last week with Mo Ryan has now been archived on YouTube, if you've been missing our faces of late.
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The Oscar nominees are gathering for lunch this afternoon as the Winter Olympics forge ahead in Sochi, gobbling up two weeks and extending the phase two timeline of this year's film awards season. The question is, how will that extension affect the race, if at all?
The "Friday Night Lights" movie may be dead as of now, but a part of the series will live on, when Landry Clarke's Christian speed metal band Crucifictorious stops by the Luncheonette from "Parenthood." It's not for an episode of the series, but one of a series of web videos NBC is releasing over the next couple of weeks to keep fans of shows engaged while they're pre-empted by the Olympics.