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Sandra Bullock says she never thought she'd work with 'Gravity' director in a million years

Sandra Bullock says she never thought she'd work with 'Gravity' director in a million years

Plus: Why she thinks the movie moves people

BEVERLY HILLS — It's been a much different awards season for Sandra Bullock than when she won her first Oscar a little less than four years ago. She became the frontrunner after that year's Golden Globes and you could sort of tell the pressure got to her toward the end (not that she wasn't her always down-to-earth, affable self). This year, Cate Blanchett has been in the driver's seat for most of the season and if Bullock won it would be something of an upset. Still, the blockbuster star shows no signs of abandoning ship. There is a joy in how she lovingly and energetically discusses director Alfonso Cuarón and "Gravity," unarguably the best film she's ever starred in.

On Monday, she joined many of her fellow nominees at the annual Oscar luncheon. She didn't have to make a quick trip to the press room, but discussing "Gravity" has clearly never been a chore for Bullock. At one point she was asked about whether it was difficult to trust Cuarón on such a risky endeavor. Her response speaks volumes.

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Jonah Hill says he'd paint Martin Scorsese's house if he was asked

Jonah Hill says he'd paint Martin Scorsese's house if he was asked

Was hooked on master filmmaker since 'Goodfellas'

BEVERLY HILLS — Jonah Hill loves Martin Scorsese. Not only did the master filmmaker guide him to his second Academy Award nomination for "The Wolf of Wall Street," but Hill was so eager to work with him he did it for scale. And considering "Wolf" had a budget of $100 million-plus, the actor might want to reconsider his representation.

Hill took a few minutes Monday during the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon to speak to the press about his Best Supporting Actor honor and he showered Scorsese with love.

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<p>You really should hear why they're playing 'Rock Paper Scissors' in this scene from the new version of 'About Last Night'</p>

You really should hear why they're playing 'Rock Paper Scissors' in this scene from the new version of 'About Last Night'

Credit: Screen Gems

Review: 'About Last Night' makes the most of a strong adaptation and a great cast

This is one remake that outpaces the original

When I first read David Mamet's play "Sexual Perversity In Chicago," it was the early '80s and I was starting to get really caught up in reading as much theater as possible. Mamet was one of the names I became fixated on, and part of that was because of the musical nature of his language.

Many reviewers at the time talked about how realistic Mamet's dialogue was, but I don't think that was the appeal at all. Quite the opposite, actually. The Mamet stuff from when he was at his prime is all gorgeous and metered and specific, and if you love the rhythms of the movie of "Glengarry Glen Ross," then you understand that appeal. It's not just what those guys say, it is the way they say it, the cascade of profanity, the rat-a-tat back and forth, the hostility hidden in the pauses, the lethal way men circle each other looking for weakness. I fell hard for Mamet. When I got to Florida State University, the first thing I directed was "Sexual Perversity," and I relished the chance to get in there and play with that text.

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: Is Brandi done with Lisa?

Carlton isn't forgiving Kyle anytime soon

Guess what? Underneath Carlton's kinky, Wiccan, sex-addicted, curse-a-riffic exterior lies a little mush ball of marshmallow goo! Or something. Anyway, this is more or less the take away from this week's episode. After being schooled all season long in Carlton's kink, her taste for painful tattoos and her hard-charging ways, we watch her dissolve like a soggy Kleenex while talking to Lisa about Kyle's hurtful words. I'm still trying to make sense of Carlton, who strikes me as a walking ball of contradictions (she won't hurt a fly, or a bee, or any living creature, but has no problem screaming hysterically at anyone who offends her). I think she's fun, but I wouldn't want to be opposite her in a knife fight, either. 

It turns out that Carlton is devastated, simply devastated that Kyle would call her an anti-Semite. She loves all people! She lived in South Africa! I know where she's going with this argument, but the way it's edited together, she seems thoroughly insane. Jews, black people, I love all minorities! I lived among them once! Not now, of course, but once! I hate Kyle, and she's Jewish, but I don't hate her because she's Jewish! She just bugs me!

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"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor" 

Credit: ABC

'The Bachelor' recap: One woman is sent home before the rose ceremony

The crazy is starting to bubble to the surface, too

We're at the stage in the competition at which some of the women seem to be waving big, red flags that plainly state "I'm CRAZY AS A BEDBUG" and "JUAN PABLO, IF YOU PICK ME YOU WILL REGRET IT UNTIL THE DAY YOU DIE." But hey, Juan Pablo is having a lot of fun, and he's making out with chicks under waterfalls, so who cares?

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<p>Tom Cavanagh</p>

Tom Cavanagh

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Tom Cavanagh joins The CW's 'The Flash' pilot

Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker also star
"Yogi Bear" star Tom Cavanagh has landed one of the leads in The CW's pilot for "The Flash."
Sorry. That was mean.
"Ed" favorite Cavanagh will play Harrison Wells in the WBTV/CW pilot. While the character isn't an established part of the DC Comics universe, he was very briefly name-checked in a news report in one of the "Arrow" episodes that introduced Grant Gustin as Barry Allen.
Wells is described as "the mind and money behind Central City’s S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator" and "a rock star in the world of physics." As we've already seen on "Arrow," bad things happened to Wells' lab, which makes him into a pariah, but one very speedy consequence of the explosion offers him a chance at redemption.
Previously announced "Flash" co-stars include Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett and Carlos Valdes.
Written by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, the "Flash" pilot will be directed by David Nutter.
Cavanagh was most recently seen on the small screen on episodes of "Blue Bloods" and "The Goldbergs." His history with Berlanti includes "Eli Stone" and "Jack & Bobby."
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<p>Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots and Aaron Paul in &quot;A Long Way Down.&quot;</p>

Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots and Aaron Paul in "A Long Way Down."

Credit: Berlin Film Festival

Review: Aaron Paul and Pierce Brosnan fall 'A Long Way Down' in dismal comedy

Toni Collette and Imogen Poots also among the casualties in laugh-free suicide farce

BERLIN - To briefly compare two comedies that have no obvious points of comparison whatsoever, "A Long Way Down" gets precisely one thing right that "M*A*S*H" does not: suicide is not painless. Not for viewers of the former, at any rate, as each mirthless minute of Pascal Chaumeil's wretched suicide-club farce prompts a fresh and previously unfamiliar grimace; rarely has such a comic premise been so exhaustively milked, as if to perversely prove its breathtaking lack of potential. "Still not laughing? Good. Now, try this cerebral palsy joke!"

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Meet the Oscars class of 2014: Bono, Christian Bale, Pharrell, Jared Leto and more

Meet the Oscars class of 2014: Bono, Christian Bale, Pharrell, Jared Leto and more

Class photo and more at the Oscars luncheon

Monday brought yet another Oscars nominee luncheon and, more importantly, a class photo of the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards. 

While a number of famous faces including Jennifer Lawrence, Judi Dench, Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor were unavailable to attend the soiree still attracted a who's who of Hollywood star power. Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and more had fun talking to their idols and peers at the annual Beverly Hilton bash.  Oh, and some famous musical faces showed up too including this year's Grammy king Pharrell Williams and the one and only Bono.

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'Trophy Wife' will spoof 'Scandal'

"Trophy Wife" will spoof "Scandal"
In an April episode, Marcia Gay Harden's character will channel her inner Olivia Pope after binge-watching too many "Scandal" episodes.

"The Flash" adds "Ed's" Tom Cavanagh

He'll play the man who helped create The Flash.

Now both of Bob Costas' eyes are red

It appears Costas' eye infection has spread to his right eye.

"Bones" mulls bringing back dead characters for a final season retrospective episode

"It would take place in a spooky world where all the victims they got justice for show up, perhaps as ghosts," says creator Hart Hanson. "And a few bad (guys), too."

TNT has canceled "Mob City"

The L.A. noir miniseries from Frank Darabont won't get a 2nd season after disappointing ratings late last year.

Ken Jennings applauds "Jeopardy!" game-theory champ Arthur Chu

"In sports," says Jennings, "players and fans love it when teams shake up the game with new techniques: the basketball jump shot in the 1950s, the split-finger fastball in the 1980s, four-down football today. Why should Jeopardy! be any different? Strategic play makes for a more complex, exciting show. Don’t listen to the Internet kibitzers. Arthur Chu is playing the game right."

Chinese-born New Jersey man sues over Jimmy Kimmel's China comedy bit gone awry
Cao Guoliang claims he "was deeply shocked, offended, and outraged at the comment to kill all everyone in China since that is his home country and Jimmy Kimmel failed to suppress such a hateful and offensive remark."

Courtney B. Vance joins ABC's military-themed medical drama
He'll play an orthopedic surgeon who's a genius at designing prosthetic limbs.

Why doesn't TV have more interracial families?

Mixed-race people are one of the fastest-growing demographic groups, yet their are few fictional examples of interracial families on television.

How "True Detective" accomplished that astonishing 6-minute scene

That scene was shot seven different times. PLUS: That scene was more than just awesome, and behind the scenes of Episode 4.

"Masters of Sex" had way too many verbal anachronisms
Nobody talked like Valley Girls in the early '50s, nor was the phrase "Breaking News" every used.

Jessica Williams talks about her journey: From "The Daily Show" to "Girls"

On "The Daily Show's" diversity, she says, "I'm not walking around feeling black all the time. That would stress me out. It would make me crack. Some days I do feel that pressure of, 'What do I mean as a black woman? What am I representing?' It honestly just gives me anxiety."

A crowdfunding campaign aims to give "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany an award

Can $2,000 be raised through Indiegogo for a statue?

Jimmy Fallon once modeled fashion for Calvin Klein

Check out Fallon's modeling pics from the early 2000s.

"The Walking Dead" is violating every rule we know about TV hits
For some reason, viewers can't get enough of a depressing, disgusting show with no breakout stars and no chance for any major awards. PLUS: Robert Kirkman and Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira on the midseason premiere.

HBO developing "A Teacher" drama about a young high school teacher who sleeps with a student

The potential series is based on the independent movie of the same name.

Why "The O.C." proves Ben McKenzie is perfect for Batman's Commissioner Gordon

The role of Ryan Atwood really showed that McKenzie was good at subtle acting.

Did "Downton Abbey" go too far?
Why Sunday's episode was insulting.

Lena Dunham is trying to shock too much this "Girls" season

Every character and storyline has to be turned up a notch. PLUS: Jenna Lyons on her "Girls" role.

Conan gets "Serious" with Ken Burns

Watch a preview of Conan O'Brien's "Serious Jibber-Jabber" interview with the famed documentarian.

Here's a look at "Grey's Anatomy's" return

"Take It Back" kicks off 10 minutes after Jackson's fall finale outburst. PLUS: Check out Patrick Dempsey's beautiful home.

"Survivor: One World" champ Kim Spradlin gives birth to her first child

Michael Thomas Wolfe was born on Saturday.

Watch the trailer for VH1's "The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop"
The four-part documentary premieres Feb. 24.

Behind the scenes of "Orange is the New Black"

Elle has released a new video to go with its recent photoshoot.

Here is every Apple reference on "The Simpsons" and "Futurama"

In Season 3, Homer held a Mac SE.

Melissa George welcomes a son

It's the first child for the Aussie vet of "The Good Wife" and "Alias."

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<p>When you're onboard the Titanic and caught in the perfect storm, it's hard not to feel the gravity of the situation.</p>

When you're onboard the Titanic and caught in the perfect storm, it's hard not to feel the gravity of the situation.

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The 15 Greatest Disaster Movies of All-Time

So much destruction, so much cheese

Why do people like disaster movies?

The high-minded answer would be because they allow us to look at ourselves at a moment of complete vulnerability, where we are at our most human, and see how we react. Do we rise to the occasion? Do we give in to our worst natures? We enjoy these movies because they frequently show us both extremes.

There's also something spectacular about just watching things blow up, and disaster movies have gotten more viscerally thrilling over the years as technology has gotten better. Perhaps the entire genre built up to the release of Roland Emmericha's "2012," a movie so over-the-top preposterous that it basically folds every other disaster movie into one, complete with the wooden character work and the wafer-thin plotting that the genre is known for.

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Comedy Central's 'Nathan For You' behind 'Dumb Starbucks' prank

Comedy Central's "Nathan For You" behind "Dumb Starbucks" prank

Nathan Fielder revealed he was behind the "Dumb Starbucks" store that became a hit in L.A.'s Los Feliz neighborhood over the weekend, resulting in big crowds. PLUS: Watch Nathan's video welcoming you to Dumb Starbucks. UPDATE: Watch Nathan's press conference ..... "I love Starbucks."

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<p>Nominees Pharrell and Sandra Bullock during a very dark Oscars luncheon.</p>

Nominees Pharrell and Sandra Bullock during a very dark Oscars luncheon.

Credit: AP Photo/Jordan Strauss

Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett share their joy at Oscars luncheon

Plus: Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and more

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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