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2014 Oscar contenders work the room at the 2013 Governors Awards

That was the goal at least

A slew of potential nominees for the 86th Academy Awards attended the annual Governors Awards Saturday night, where voters were on hand to salute honorees Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Piero Tosi and Steve Martin. While a few were actually friends or relatives of the honorees, 99 percent of them were in full campaign mode (or at least that's what the studios and their publicists were hoping for).

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<p>Angelina Jolie,&nbsp;Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin at the 2013 Governors Awards</p>

Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin at the 2013 Governors Awards

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Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin toasted and roasted at 2013 Governors Awards

And Angela Lansbury finally has an Oscar!

HOLLYWOOD — The Academy kicked off awards season in its own way Saturday night with the presentation of this year's Honorary Oscars at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood. Or, as Martin Short considers them, "The highest honor an actor can receive…in mid-November." But more on that in a moment.

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'SNL' skewers "60 Minutes" using Toronto Mayor Rob Ford


"SNL" skewers "60 Minutes" using Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
Which is the only show that would believe a crack-smoking mayor? "60 Minutes," of course.


"How I Met  Your Dad" won't use "How I Met Your Mother" to introduce its characters
The "HIMYM" spinoff also "probably" won't use MacLaren's, says co-creator Carter Bays.


Alec Baldwin warns he may be done at MSNBC
"Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now," Baldwin wrote in a blog post on The Huffington Post, where he explained, once again, that he didn't use the homophobic F-word.


AMC may develop controversial comic book "Preacher" with Seth Rogen
The comic book series about a possessed preacher was once deemed to violent, dark and controversial for HBO.


What if "Breaking Bad" was a "Malcolm in the Middle" dream?
Watch a "Newhart"-style alternate ending. UPDATE: Watch the gag reel for the final episodes.


Dodger Stadium surprises Larry King for his 80th birthday
Though King doesn't turn 80 until Tuesday, his life was celebrated Friday on the Dodger Stadium field.

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They live for the applause, applause, applause...

They live for the applause, applause, applause...

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Lady Gaga

The pop star pulls double duty during her first hosting gig
I’m sure there are some reservations about Lady Gaga hosting “Saturday Night Live” tonight. But I’m not sure I see the problem, at least in theory. Her musical output has produced some of the great highs and lows of modern pop music, and I wouldn’t be the least surprised to see either extreme matched comedically tonight. I’ve enjoyed her sketch appearances in the past (in 2009 and 2011), and her larger-than-life presence will at least add some excitement to tonight’s proceedings. For someone as image-conscious as she is, Lady Gaga has not been afraid to send up herself during her brief appearances on the show in the past. So I’m going into this with an open mind and hoping for the best. Tonight will probably go one of two ways: in one scenario, she’s a team player in an episode that doesn’t really stand out from the rest; in the other, this is Guest Star-A-Polooza, with countless cameos throughout that turn the episode into a circus. (Maybe Timberlake returns the favor for her cameos in 2011, for example?)
 
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<p>Jesse Custer, the hero of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's &quot;Preacher.&quot;</p>

Jesse Custer, the hero of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's "Preacher."

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Is Seth Rogen bringing 'Preacher' to AMC?

Can the 'This Is The End' duo succeed in adapting the unadaptable comic book classic?

"Preacher," Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's epic comic book mash-up of Westerns, Southern Gothics, black comedy, metaphysics and good old-fashioned horror, has been trapped in Hollywood development hell since the late '90s. Every few years, a new white knight turns up to rescue it: first Kevin Smith (to produce a movie version that might have starred James Marsden in the title role), then Mark Steven Johnson (who wrote an aborted series version at HBO), and more recently Sam Mendes and D.J. Caruso (each briefly attached to an attempt to make a "Preacher" movie). Now, two new saviors have appeared, and they are...

... Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg?

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<p>Emily Deschanel of &quot;Bones&quot;</p>

Emily Deschanel of "Bones"

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TV Ratings: 'Bones,' 'Raising Hope' have weak Friday starts as CBS wins

'Grimm' and 'Blue Bloods' are among Friday's risers
Fast National ratings for Friday, November 15, 2013.
 
Guess what? CBS' "Undercover Boss," "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods" each dominated their hours overall on Friday and, with a slightly low "Shark Tank" on ABC, CBS also won the crown among young viewers.
 
The big news was elsewhere, though.
 
FOX's plan to strengthen Friday by transplanting a pair of established performers failed to pay immediate dividends as both "Bones" and "Raising Hope" premiered to numbers below what they'd normally draw elsewhere in the week. "Bones," in fact, drew 2 million fewer viewers than an original episode did just four days earlier, falling 0.8 in the key demo. While "Bones" did improve on the time period's viewer numbers, it couldn't compete with "MasterChef Junior" in the key demo.
 
Over on NBC, "Grimm" was up week-to-week and, for the most part, "Dracula" may have stopped dropping.
 
Finally, the season finale of "America's Next Top Model" had a good night for The CW and "The Carrie Diaries" may have gone up a hair as well.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o and Steve McQueen arrive at the GQ&nbsp;Awards earlier this week in Los Angeles.</p>

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o and Steve McQueen arrive at the GQ Awards earlier this week in Los Angeles.

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Fox Searchlight celebrates the holidays with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and '12 Years a Slave' stars

And the 'Veep' star goes bug-eyed over Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's latest

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — After a rough start to 2013 ("Stoker," say what?), Fox Searchlight has had a lot to celebrate. The studio's Sundance pickup "The Way, Way Back" was one of the art house hits of the summer earning $21 million, September comedy "Baggage Claim" did an OK $20 million with an $8.5 million budget and Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" became a surprise indie smash with $16 million and is still going strong (with $20 million well within reach). Oh, and of course, there is that little drama "12 Years a Slave" that critics and audiences have been a tad euphoric for.

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<p>While I doubt we'll ever see a Bat-suit on film as radical as the one Alex Ross designed for 'Kingdom Come,' some story elements from the series may end up in the new film</p>

While I doubt we'll ever see a Bat-suit on film as radical as the one Alex Ross designed for 'Kingdom Come,' some story elements from the series may end up in the new film

Credit: DC Comics

Did a movie producer reveal surprising 'Batman vs. Superman' details today?

At this point, we've got a pretty clear picture of what this film's going to be

Each and every week, each and every day, I have to make constant decisions about what I can cover, and it mostly just comes down to time. I wish I could write about every single thing that interests me. I wish I could review every single thing I see. But I have to pick and choose, and so I try to create a balance of smaller things, bigger movies, blockbusters, indies… I want to cover as wide an array of things as possible because that's the only way this blog can ever truly reflect my own tastes and interests.

There's a lot of genre stuff I cover because those were my formative sates, and I love seeing how far we've come in terms of mainstream acceptance of these things and in terms of how we can tell these stories on film. There are certain characters and series that I'll always be interested in, and certainly I'm curious about how they're going to handle things in "Man Of Steel 2" or "Superman Vs. Batman" or whatever the heck they end up calling the sequel to Zack Snyder's superhero blockbuster from this summer.

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<p>Lady Gaga</p>

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga's 'Artpop' will bow at No. 1 on Billboard 200 next week

She narrowly tops Eminem's 'Marshal Mathers LP2'


Lady Gaga’s “Artpop” will top the Billboard 200 next week, but at a much lower sales figure than earlier predicted.

Only three weeks ago, Hits Daily Double’s prognosticators had “Artpop” bowing with first week sales of up to 450,000. Now it looks like the tally will be a respectable, but not barn-burning, 260,000. http://www.hitsdailydouble.com/news/rumormill.cgi.

Her last studio album, 2011’s “Born This Way,” sold 1.1 million in its first week, but those numbers were greatly inflated after Amazon offered album downloads for 99 cents (Billboard subsequently set a minimum price for an album sale to be counted by Nielsen SoundScan).

The 260,000 tally is still enough to keep Lady Gaga in the top stop, unless Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” surges. The title, which sold more than 750,000 this week to debut at No. 1, will likely sell up to 220,000 next week to slide to No. 2.

In addition to Lady Gaga, other debuts in the Top 10 are “Now That’s What I Call Music 48,” which comes in at No. 3 with sales of up to 105,000, The Beatles’ “On Air Live at the BBC Volume 2” at No. 7 (40,000) and singer/songwriter Jhene Aiko at No. 10 (35,000).

Duck Dynasty clan, The Robertsons, are at No. 4 with their holiday album, “Duck The Halls” (65,000), while Katy Perry’s “Roar” will be at No. 5 (50,000) and Kelly Clarkson’s holiday offering, “Wrapped In Red” at No. 6 (45,000).

Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same,” which has already surpassed the 1 million in sales mark, and Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” are in a dead heat for No. 8, which both projected to sell 30,000-35,000.
 

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'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff gets a pilot order


"How I Met Your Mother" spinoff gets a pilot order
CBS will now make a pilot for "How I Met Your Dad."

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CBS orders 'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff pilot

CBS orders 'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff pilot

'How I Met Your Dad' will also use MacLaren's Pub
Only a few weeks after rumors broke that CBS was developing a spinoff from the departing "How I Met Your Mother," the network has moved forward and officially ordered a pilot.
 
Titled "How I Met Your Dad" -- or "HIMYD" -- the spinoff will be written and executive produced by "Up All Night" creator Emily Spivey and executive produced by "How I Met Your Mother" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.
 
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<p>Channing Tatum is judging you. In the Team Oscar competition, that is.</p>

Channing Tatum is judging you. In the Team Oscar competition, that is.

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Channing Tatum and Ellen DeGeneres lead the search for 'Team Oscar'

Any college students out there want to be on the Oscar telecast?
Want to be on the Oscar telecast? Want the approval and admiration of Channing Tatum? Want to be featured on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show?" Well, we all want at least two of these things. And US college students stand a chance of getting all three via the Academy's "Team Oscar" initiative, which they're running for the second year.
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