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2014 Adapted and Original Screenplay Oscar Contenders: Most competitive year ever?

2014 Adapted and Original Screenplay Oscar Contenders: Most competitive year ever?

This year's field of originals and adaptations is incredibly dense

As we begin to taper off the weekly category run-downs (we have just one more left, Best Animated Feature Film), we move on to the screenplays. It's an interesting mix and the two categories, while not loaded with a ton of contenders, are still quite dense with multiple hopefuls sporting a fair shot at recognition from the writers branch.

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<p>David Bowie</p>

David Bowie

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David Bowie’s album, “The Next Day,” is one of the year’s most acclaimed releases of the year. Songs like “Where Are We Now, “ “The Stars (Are Out Tonight,” and “Love is Lost” showed the legendary British visionary still had plenty to say, and said it in his beautifully unique style.

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<p>Disney's &quot;Frozen&quot;&nbsp;looks to be the frontrunner in this year's race.</p>

Disney's "Frozen" looks to be the frontrunner in this year's race.

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

19 animated features submitted for 2013 Oscar race

If at least 16 of them qualify the category will stretch to five nominees

The Academy has announced that 19 films have been submitted for consideration in this year's Best Animated Feature Film race. Per Academy rules, 16 qualifying films are needed for the category to extend to five nominations. But all 19 may not qualify. For instance, "The Smurfs 2" was submitted by Sony, but as with the first film in that franchise a few years ago, it could be dismissed by the Academy as ineligible due to various factors.

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A 'Glee' spinoff for Lea Michele?


A "Glee" spinoff for Lea Michele?

According to Radar Online, Ryan Murphy is developing a spinoff starring Rachel Berry that would give him a "viable exit plan" for "Glee." PLUS: Michele recorded a song in tribute to Cory Monteith.


"Low Winter Sun" star admits: "It wasn't a good show"

James Ransome says he'd be surprised if AMC renews the crime drama for a 2nd season. "I had higher expectations going in," he adds. "They can't all be winners."


"Walking Dead" star Steven Yuen's car was broken into while attending a fan convention
The actor lost a Macbook, an iPod and a moleskin notebook "full of my dumb ideas that I will never use," Yuen posted in an Instagram message to the "a**hole that broke into my car." Yuen also posted a video of himself driving with a broken window.


CW developing another superhero drama, "Hourman"
The DC Comics hero centers on a pharmaceutical analyst who can see tragic events an hour before they occur.


Jimmy Kimmel will host Howard Stern's 60th Birthday Bash

"Howard Stern's Birthday Bash" will be broadcast on Sirius on Jan. 31, celebrating Stern turning 60, which happens on Jan. 12.


"South Park" this week tackles Miley Cyrus vs. Sinead O'Connor
"You don't have to show your strange to get attention."


Cobie Smulders teaches Grover how to be courteous
Watch the "HIMYM" star's visit to "Sesame Street."


Stephen Colbert launches a Twitter that changes positive movie reviews into praise for Fox News

The Twitter feed @RealHumanPraise offers a new tweet of Fox News praise every two minutes.


"Mike & Molly" returns down despite CBS calling it "The New Mike & Molly"
The CBS comedy was down 4% from last year's premiere. PLUS: "The Voice" ratings slip for live premiere.


NBC News paid more than $100,000 for footage of skydivers' plane collision
Watch "Today's" exclusive that it paid for via "licensing fee."


Cher's "Dancing" stint includes mistakes, bleeping
ABC spent quite a bit of time censoring last night's guest judge.


ABC teams with bestselling novelist Patricia Cornwall on "Greta Stone"
The project would revolve around a female cop who is great a solving crimes.


"48 Hours" helps get a Missouri man's murder sentence overturned
Ryan Ferguson had served 10 years of a 40-year sentence when "48 Hours" came to his rescue.

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"Top Gear"

 "Top Gear"

Credit: History

Exclusive clip: 'Top Gear' gets electrically charged up

Rutledge puts the pedal to the metal in an electric car

"Top Gear" is getting a new time slot this week (Tues. Nov. 5 at 10:00 p.m. on History), and to kick things off the show is putting electric cars to the test. The show hosts drive three of the best sellers through Michigan to see which one elevates electric beyond just being a so-called green option into actual coolness. In this exclusive clip, Rutledge discovers what it's like to be able to access all of a car's power the second you hit the "gas." Turns out you can go pretty fast.

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<p>Christina Aguilera of &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Christina Aguilera of "The Voice"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Dancing' rises, 'Voice' droops and 'Sleepy Hollow' returns solidly on Monday

'Mike & Molly' has a solid premiere for CBS
Fast National ratings for Monday, November 4, 2013.
 
"Dancing with the Stars" got a big bump -- Perhaps from Cher fans? Or just NFL preemptions? -- on Monday, as ABC scored a commanding overall win, while NBC still won the night among young viewers despite a steep drop for "The Voice."
 
With "The Voice" falling, "The Blacklist" also slipped a little and has now fallen way behind "Castle" overall, as the ABC procedural had its best night of the season.
 
CBS' heavily promoted return for "Mike & Molly" did decent numbers, retaining its fill "2 Broke Girls" lead-in on a night on which "How I Met Your Mother" got a big bump.
 
Also returning well was FOX's "Sleepy Hollow," which was off only 0.1 in the key demo from its last pre-baseball airing, though the freshman drama fell behind "Bones" overall.
 
With lots of overall competition, both "Hart of Dixie" and "Beauty and the Beast" fell hard for The CW, though both dramas retained their audiences in the key demo. 
 
[I've read indications about East Coast preemptions for live news coverage in the 10 p.m. hour. It's unclear what impact, if any, that had on numbers, but it might as well get a mention. Of more significance, ABC had the Monday Night Football game in Milwaukee/Green Bay.]
 
This may require some additional analysis later, but for now, on to the numbers...
 
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<p>Andrew Dominik on the set of &quot;The Assassination of Jesse&nbsp;James by the Coward&nbsp;Robert Ford&quot;</p>

Andrew Dominik on the set of "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

Credit: Warner Bros.

Exclusive: Andrew Dominik could give you his 'Jesse James' director's cut in 'half a day'

One deleted scene in particular might have landed Brad Pitt an Oscar nod

In the years since the 2007 release of Andrew Dominik's "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," an even longer, deeper-realized cut of the 160-minute western has been a sort of holy grail for the film's acolytes. Mostly that's because of how within reach the possibility seems. This isn't a six-hour "Thin Red Line" that can't see the light of day by both reason and practicality. It's something that already has the willingness of the director going for it and could just use a little support from the studio to be realized.

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<p>Cate Blanchett at the&nbsp;Paris premiere of &quot;Blue Jasmine&quot; in August.</p>

Cate Blanchett at the Paris premiere of "Blue Jasmine" in August.

Credit: AP Photo

Cate Blanchett named Santa Barbara's Outstanding Performer of the Year

The Oscar winner will receive her prize at the 29th annual festival in February

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has kicked off a wave of tribute announcements today with the revelation that Cate Blanchett will receive this year's Outstanding Performer of the Year award for her work in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."

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<p>Idris Elba and Naomie Harris in &quot;Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.&quot;</p>

Idris Elba and Naomie Harris in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Roundup: 'Mandela' goes to Washington

Also: Independent directors dish, and how the Academy got it right in 1988

You need only look to "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" to observe how hard the fall festival circuit can be on certain prestige hopefuls: prime Oscar bait on paper, The Weinstein Company contender's buzz plummeted after a first wave of reviews that deemed it (not inaccurately, I think) turgid biopic-by-numbers stuff, however well-acted. How to get people talking about it again? Well, the announcement of an official White House screening this week for President Obama, due to be attended by Mandela's daughters and stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, will earn it a fresh batch of headlines and nifty photo opportunities. Will it help? Tim Gray considers the value of a political endorsement. [Variety]

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David Letterman has a new book, out today


David Letterman has a new book, out today

Dave has teamed with New Yorker illustrator Bruce McCall on "This Land Was Made for You and Me (but Mostly Me): Billionaires in the Wild," a satirical take on modern-day wealth.


Oprah puts Jimmy Kimmel on her fold-out O magazine cover
Check out Kimmel as an elf for Oprah's annual Favorite Things issue. PLUS: Kimmel has parents prank kids for Halloween for the 3rd year in a row.


Movie star Gael García Bernal joins an Amazon comedy pilot
He'll play a conductor on "Mozart In The Jungle," from Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman.


Eminem didn't lip-sync on "SNL," says his rep

The rapper, says the rep, "doubles his vocals live. Rhymes over a vocal track."


"Sherlock" releases its first image from Season 3
Sherlock is "hiding in plain sight."


"Mad Men's" Bryan Batt, "Rules of Engagement's" Megyn Price join Lifetime's "Unreal"
They'll appear in the reality TV-spoofing show starring Shiri Appleby.


"Duck Dynasty" Wines is the Robertson famiiy's latest venture
The reality stars have teamed with Napa winemakers for a camo-labeled wine.


Did Jay Pharoah have a breakout night on "SNL"?
Even Shaquille O'Neal was impressed.


Lea Michele and her family stayed at Kate Hudson's house following Cory Monteith's death
Hudson helped the "Glee" star avoid the paparazzi during those tough times.


Why did CBS promote "The New Mike & Molly"?

Is the network trying to fool Melissa McCarthy fans into thinking she has a new sitcom out?


ESPN's "Around the Horn" does a "Friday Night Lights" montage
In celebration of 11 years.


Watch Bob Odenkirk & Ben Stiller's reunion
The former "Ben Stiller Show" stars appear together on Odenkirk's "The Birthday Boys."


"MythBusters" star has a "Futurama" Dr. Zoidberg costume made
Check out the slightly altered costume made for Adam Savage.


Kerry Washington's new husband cut from the San Francisco 49ers
Nnamdi Asomugha, a once highly touted cornerback, is expected to make $5 million this year despite not playing.


FX orders "Texts from Bennett"

The wannabe gangster comedy is based on the book by "rapper" Mac Lethal.


10 weirdest pieces of art from Oprah's auction

Including: A painting of Oprah with The Rachel haircut.


HBO releases "Treme" Season 4 trailer
The final season premieres Dec. 1.

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' season premiere recap

Mashed up with 'Vanderpump Rules,' it's a two-hour divapalooza

I'm conflicted about the crass mash-up of the season premieres of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" and "Vanderpump Rules." On the one hand, it's annoying that the shows are stitched together in such a way that not only does the Sur gang bleed into a considerable portion of the lead-in, the formal intro to "Vanderpump Rules" doesn't come until eight minutes into the second hour, presumably long enough for viewers to be sucked into the drama of Stassi and company. Whether or not you intended to watch both shows, no one likes to feel like they're being conned into doing it.

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Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' to open 2014 Berlinale
Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' to open 2014 Berlinale

The all-star comedy will have its world premiere at the February fest

The Berlin Film Festival is generally seen as the least glamorous of the three major European fests: taking place in snowy February, it lands either too late or too early in the calendar to grab the sparkly awards-season hopefuls or the A-list international auteur titles. So landing the world premiere of Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" as their Opening Film on February 6, 2014 is obviously a great get for the Berlinale -- one that may attract more international press than usual.

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