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TV Ratings: 'Voice' finale, 'NCIS' dominate Tuesday

FOX's 'MasterChef Junior' finale rises a little

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 16, 2014.

The latest season finale was, predictably, far below last December's finale and a hair below last May's finale among young viewers, but still helped NBC rule Tuesday in the key demo. "NCIS," however, dominated its hour overall and helped CBS comfortably win in total viewers.

CBS' overall win was boosted by a weak performance from NBC's "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas" special, but hindered by relatively low numbers for "NCIS: New Orleans" an "Person of Interest."

The season finale for "MasterChef Junior" was up a bit week-to-week.

On to the numbers...

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The Big Lebowski
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'Willy Wonka,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Big Lebowski' added to National Film Registry

This year's list includes everything from 3-D horror to lost silent era shorts

Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 films to be named to the National Film Registry, a proclamation of commitment to preserving the chosen pictures for all time. They can be big studio pictures or experimental short films, goofball comedies or poetic meditations on life. The National Film Registery "showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant" and by preserving the films, the Library of Congress hopes to "a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.” This year’s selections span the period 1913 to 2004 and include a number of films you’re familiar with. Unless you’ve never heard of "Saving Private Ryan," "The Big Lebowski," “Rosemary’s Baby” or "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

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Snowpiercer
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See Tilda Swinton transform, rehearse in new 'Snowpiercer' behind-the-scenes feature

One of 2014’s more eccentric characters comes to life before your eyes

During her Gotham Awards tribute speech, Tilda Swinton name-checked one unexpected collaborator just before exiting stage: Chris Lyons, the man behind Fangs FX. A prosthetic effects company specializing in dental wonders, Swinton personally rang Lyons for four films that played in 2014: "Only Lovers Left Alive," "Zero Theorem," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and "Snowpiercer." For Swinton, the makeover is part of the job. If she can use special effects makeup to inch just a little closer to her vision of the character, she’ll leap at the chance. A new behind-the-scenes video gives those who bow at the Swinton altar a chance to see her undergo this metamorphosis, going from "Snowpiercer" makeup chair to on-set rehearsal with director Bong Joon-ho.

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'The Simpsons' premiered 25 years ago today
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'The Simpsons' premiered 25 years ago today

'SNL' promos: Taran Killam proposes to Amy Adams

“The Simpsons” premiered 25 years ago today
It was Dec. 17, 1989 that Fox introduced a standalone episode of “The Simpsons” for Christmas, the first of more than 560 episodes. "People go, "How long can it go?,” says “The Simpsons” boss Al Jean, who was a writer in the show's first season. "Well, people would have thought I was insane if I had said 25 years, but now 30 doesn't seem unreasonable, and even beyond."


“SNL” promos: Taran Killam proposes to Amy Adams
Watch Adams pretend to be a One Direction superfan.


Seth Meyers interviews James Corden, his future 12:30 a.m. rival
“Late Night” guest Corden said Meyers was the first person to congratulate him when rumors first surfaced of him getting “The Late Late Show” gig.


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Celebs express appreciation for Stephen Colbert
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Celebs express appreciation for Stephen Colbert

Terry Crews to host Fox’s 'World’s Funniest Fails'

Celebs express appreciation for Stephen Colbert
"I don’t know if people really appreciate how brilliant he was,” says Michael J. Fox. "I think he's the fastest mind on television," adds Buz Luhrmann. "What made his show special was his hair,” says Jennifer Garner. And Donald Trump says: "I think he’s going to do well. He’s a smart guy, very talented, very funny.” PLUS: Jimmy Kimmel, who shares an agent with Colbert, urged the agent “to tell Stephen it was a terrible mistake to do a character the whole time. That it wasn’t going to last, and also not to name the show ‘The Report’ as a joke. It was just going to confuse everybody. And he did, anyway, and of course, it was a smashing success in every way.”


Bill Cosby won’t be charged over the 1974 teen sex assault allegation
The L.A. County D.A.’s office said the statute of limitations had passed.


Terry Crews to host Fox’s “World’s Funniest Fails”
It’s the third show for the star of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and host of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”


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Rene Russo really needs to be in the supporting actress Oscar discussion, folks

Rene Russo really needs to be in the supporting actress Oscar discussion, folks

The Jake Gyllenhaal love fest is nice but let's not stop there

This year's Best Supporting Actress field has more or less firmed up. It seems Patricia Arquette and Meryl Streep are ahead of the pack and have been for weeks. Keira Knightley and Emma Stone are on somewhat solid ground, rounding out the four with the HFPA/BFCA/SAG trifecta. Jessica Chastain is obviously in the mix and we've already written about Tilda Swinton being in the thick of it (as well as about why Minnie Driver deserves to be in the thick of it). Naomi Watts has her SAG nod, but that will probably have to suffice. And so that seems to be the field. But you know who really should be in this conversation? Rene freakin' Russo, that's who.

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Seth Rogen and James Franco cancel all TV interviews in wake of 'Interview' threats
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Seth Rogen and James Franco cancel all TV interviews in wake of 'Interview' threats

CNN wanted to add game shows, including 'Political Jeopardy!'

Seth Rogen and James Franco cancel all TV interviews in wake of “The Interview” threats
Their scheduled appearances on Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" on Wednesday, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Thursday and Andy Cohen's “Watch What Happens Live” on Monday have all been scrapped after the Sony hackers made terrorists threats over the Christmas Day release of the controversial film.


CNN wanted to add game shows, including “Political Jeopardy!”
Leaked Sony e-mails show that CNN president Jeff Zucker asked Sony if it was possible to do “Political Jeopardy!” for the news network. A Sony exec said it would be “a non starter.”


Bill Cosby’s youngest daughter defends her dad
“He is the FATHER you thought you knew. The Cosby Show was my today’s TV reality show. Thank you. That’s all I would like to say :),” says the statement from Evin Cosby.


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'Birdman' and usual critical darling suspects lead Houston critics' nominations

'Birdman' and usual critical darling suspects lead Houston critics' nominations

Some 'Best Poster' and 'Worst Film' fun to shake things up a bit

The Houston Film Critics Society has announced nominations, and no surprise, the three-horse race for critical darling of the year led the way: "Birdman" with 10, "Boyhood" with seven and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" with six. They also throw in a Best Poster category and deign to chart the year's worst.

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'Birdman' comes away with six Phoenix film critics awards including Best Picture

'Birdman' comes away with six Phoenix film critics awards including Best Picture

Keira Knightley shakes it up in Best Supporting Actress

The Phoenix Film Critics Society ended up splitting their Best Picture and Best Director awards between the two most critically acclaimed (on the circuit) films of the year: "Birdman" and "Boyhood." The former picked up six awards in total, and the only real divergent note throughout is that Keira Knightley won Best Supporting Actress.

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Boyhood
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Guess what? Toronto critics love 'Boyhood' too...

Lots of love for 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and 'Inherent Vice' as well

Though Circuit underdogs "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Inherent Vice" came close to the top prize, the Toronto Film Critics Association followed suit on Tuesday when it named Richard Linklater’s "Boyhood" as the best film of 2014. Collectively, the group called it "a cinematic masterpiece that evokes beauty in life and the inevitable passage of time," adding an honor to Linklater for his "singular achievement."

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Ragnar and Rollo of "Vikings"

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History's 'Vikings' will pillage again in February 2015

Season 3 will find the Norsemen targeting Paris

A month after setting a nebulous February 2015 premiere for its latest invasion, History's "Vikings" now has a specific premiere date.

Season 3 of "Vikings" will hit the shore on Thursday, February 19 at 10 p.m. The 10-episode season will follow up on Ragnar's elevation to King and will find the scruffy Norsemen taking aim at a little French city known as Paris.

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HitFix's 2014 Oscar Power List: Where do Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal land?

HitFix's 2014 Oscar Power List: Where do Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal land?

Charting the power brokers and influencers of the season

If you've ever been curious about the sometimes enigmatic machinery and inner workings of Hollywood's Oscar season, about its various players and how they impact the industry and business, HitFix has you covered. We're pleased to unveil the second annual Oscar Power List.

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