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'The Walking Dead' spinoff will be set in L.A.
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'The Walking Dead' spinoff will be set in L.A.

NBC is launching a livestream of its broadcast network

“The Walking Dead” spinoff will be set in L.A.
It’s unknown whether the spinoff will actually film in Los Angeles.


NBC is launching a livestream of its broadcast network
But in order to access the new service, launching today, you’ll need a cable subscription.


Comedy Central reveals the 1st promo for “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore”
Wilmore promises to “give a voice to the underrepresented, the underdog” on his new show, which he says will bring “nightly-ness” to late-night.


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David Oyelowo
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David Oyelowo joins Lupita Nyong’o in Brad Pitt-produced 'Americanah'

The Golden Globe nominee adds even more award cred to the indie project

Last year, Lupita Nyong’o stepped out from obscurity to wow crowds in "12 Years a Slave" and earn her first Oscar. 12 months later, supporting actor workhorse David Oyelowo is taking a similar jump, earning rave reviews for his role as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma." The unexpected common link between the two performances? Brad Pitt and his production banner Plan B. Now, according to Variety, Pitt will play matchmaker for this critically acclaimed pair: They’ll star together in Plan B’s new indie film "Americanah."

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'Mr. Turner' leads London Film Critics Circle nominations

'Mr. Turner' leads London Film Critics Circle nominations

Julianne Moore gets a pair of lead actress citations

Chiming in from across the pond, the London Film Critics Circle has added its collective voice to the 2014 circuit with a list of nominations. It was "Mr. Turner" that led the way with seven total nominations, though "Birdman" wasn't far behind with six. Julianne Moore picked up a pair of nominations in the lead actress category for her work in "Maps to the Stars" and Oscar play "Still Alice," while Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") and Timothy Spall ("Mr. Turner") each saw nominations in the lead actor and British actor of the year categories.

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No Angelina, no problem as Brad Pitt and kids attend 'Unbroken' premiere

No Angelina, no problem as Brad Pitt and kids attend 'Unbroken' premiere

A long-awaited moment for Louis Zamperini's family

HOLLYWOOD — Friday's announcement that Angelina Jolie would not appear at the Los Angeles premiere of "Unbroken" because she's currently suffering from a rare bout of chicken pox was met with skepticism by some, but after attending the event Monday night, we believe it. No matter what happened last week after Jolie found herself unwittingly in the crosshairs of the Sony hacking scandal, she would have wanted to be at the Dolby Theater for this.

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Evangeline Lilly was surprised Tauriel didn't see more action in final 'Hobbit'

Evangeline Lilly was surprised Tauriel didn't see more action in final 'Hobbit'

Sometimes its a relief to find out you've been cosplayed

LONDON — Can you believe "The Hobbit" is coming to an end? Sure, there's a very valid argument the big screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's first Middle Earth novel didn't need to be three movies, but still. This is a project that has been on movie fans' radars for over seven years and it's finally (we think), finally coming to an end.

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Chicago critics board the 'Boyhood' bandwagon

Chicago critics board the 'Boyhood' bandwagon

Frontrunners across the board starting to firm up here...

The Chicago Film Critics Association announced 2014 superlatives Monday night and it was "Boyhood" -- big shock -- coming out on top. Also, in what must have been a heartwarming moment during the announcement dinner, "Life Itself" won Best Documentary.

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2014 was the year late-night TV excelled — thanks to getting rid of Jay Leno?
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2014 was the year late-night TV excelled — thanks to getting rid of Jay Leno?

TNT is dropping 'Christmas in Washington'

2014 was the year late-night TV excelled — thanks to getting rid of Jay Leno?
“What might be the most important change in late night is a perception that all the major players seem to view each other as colleagues rather than blood rivals. It’s an unabashed mutual-admiration society,” says Jeff Labrecque. Jimmy Fallon’s ascendancy and the loss of "lightning rod" Jay Leno seems, he says, to have paved the way for "the entire gang not only seems to look forward to what the other will do next—they actually seem to enjoy one another’s company.”


Sony boss compared A-listers taking on TV roles to celebs adopting black babies
In one hacked e-mail, Sony co-chair Amy Pascal told another exec that “everyone with half a brain these days” was doing television and that he was “not used to TV being the new black baby.”


TNT is dropping “Christmas in Washington”
The annual special, which features the president of the United States, has been a holiday staple for 33 years, first airing on NBC before moving to TNT in 1999. TNT airs "Christmas in Washington" a final time on Friday.


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'Into the Woods' misses the cut as Academy narrows makeup and hairstyling race to 7

'Into the Woods' misses the cut as Academy narrows makeup and hairstyling race to 7

Could 'The Theory of Everything' grab that last spot?

The Academy has announced the seven bake-off finalists for this year's makeup and hairstyling Oscar race, and the only real surprising omission is Disney's "Into the Woods." I personally thought it looked a bit, eh, theatrical and not quite camera ready, if you will. But I figured it would skate on in here.

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'Boyhood' wins big with Detroit critics

'Boyhood' wins big with Detroit critics

More Rosamund Pike love and... a three-way tie for ensemble?

Another hour, another announcement that "Boyhood" won a critics award. This time, it's the Detroit Film Critics Society, which also jumped on the recent Rosamund Pike bandwagon. One of the few categories "Boyhood" lost in was the ensemble field, which apparently yielded a three-way tie. Guys…

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Holy crap was the trailer for Terrence Malick's 'Knight of Cups' worth the wait

Holy crap was the trailer for Terrence Malick's 'Knight of Cups' worth the wait

Yes, please

Um, did Terrence Malick go off and channel David Cronenberg or Gaspar Noé or is the "Knight of Cups" trailer just an amazing bit of marking? We've been waiting a while for this one and, well, it sure as hell looks like it was worth the wait.

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'How to Get Away with Murder' casts Cicely Tyson in a mysterious role
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'How to Get Away with Murder' casts Cicely Tyson in a mysterious role

Bill Cosby’s wife Camille compares coverage of her husband to Rolling Stone’s erroneous college rape story

“How to Get Away with Murder” casts Cicely Tyson in a mysterious role
Tyson will reunite with “The Help” co-star Viola Davis for at least one episode.


TV has us convinced torture works, despite the findings of U.S. Senate torture report
The report released last week may have concluded that the CIA's torture wasn’t effective, but that’s not going to stop television from depicting scenes of torture. "People may disagree in real life, but in Hollywood, torture works,” as Eric Deggans put it, adding: "Sometimes, it seems, the drama of torture is too great to resist; even  when producers know how dangerous and damaging it is in the real world.” PLUS: Shows like “24,” “Scandal” and “Sons of Anarchy” "carried water" for torture.


Bill Cosby’s wife Camille compares coverage of her husband to Rolling Stone’s erroneous college rape story
Camille Cosby released a statement saying: “A different man has been portrayed in the media over the last two months. It is also a portrait painted by individuals and organizations whom many in the media have given a pass. There appears to be no vetting of my husband’s accusers before stories are published or aired. An accusation is published, and immediately goes viral.”
 

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Drew McWeeny's Worst Movies Of 2014: From Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr.
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Drew McWeeny's Worst Movies Of 2014: From Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr.

Not every trip to the theater ends well

When I walk into any movie, I hope it will be good.

After all, this is how I spend the majority of my time. This is what I write about and speak about and think about more than anything else, and when I see critics who seem to dislike the majority of what they cover, I am baffled. Why would you do this work if you genuinely dislike more than you like?

What disappoints me most when I'm in a theater is missed potential. There are films that didn't make it anywhere near this list that are completely horrible, movies that had no potential at all and that deliver nothing to the viewer. Those are your basic garden-variety terrible movies. For a film to end up on this list, it has to be a betrayal, a waste of real potential, because that is the single greatest sin anyone can commit against movies in my opinion.

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