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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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St. Louis critics award 'Boyhood,' Jake Gyllenhaal, Rosamund Pike

St. Louis critics award 'Boyhood,' Jake Gyllenhaal, Rosamund Pike

'Birdman' leads overall with four wins

Moving right along, the St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association more or less fell in line with top honors going to "Boyhood." Alejandro González Iñárritu won Best Director for "Boyhood" and supporting kudos went to frontrunners J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette, but the lead fields were a bit more adventurous with Jake Gyllenhaal ("Nightcrawler," his second prize on the day) and Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl") going the distance.

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Off the Carpet: Three films surge as the Oscar season's critical darlings

Off the Carpet: Three films surge as the Oscar season's critical darlings

'Birdman,' 'Boyhood' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' catch fire

This tally will change throughout the day and certainly the week as more organizations declare 2014 superlatives, but at present, critics and precursor Best Picture honors break down thusly: seven for "Boyhood," two for "Birdman" and one each for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Ida," "A Most Violent Year," "Nightcrawler," "Selma" and "Snowpiercer." But "Birdman" and "Grand Budapest" have led the lion's share of nominations announcements, making it clear, if this morning's BFCA list hadn't crystallized it, that the season's critical darlings are Wes Anderson, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Richard Linklater.

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San Diego film critics really, really love 'Nightcrawler'

San Diego film critics really, really love 'Nightcrawler'

Dan Gilroy's film picks up a whopping seven awards from the SoCal group

OK, is the "San Diego Film Critics Society" just one guy in a room who really loves "Nightcrawler?" I'm only kidding, but boy, the group wasn't kidding with all that love for Dan Gilroy's film in the nominations stage. It won seven awards from the organization Monday, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Way to make your mark, folks.

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Indiana critics join 'Boyhood' love fest, erroneously deem 'Whiplash' script adapted

Indiana critics join 'Boyhood' love fest, erroneously deem 'Whiplash' script adapted

Interesting runner-up notes throughout

Though the Indiana Film Journalists Association have chimed in with the usual at the top, as "Boyhood" took Best Film and Best Director honors, their decisions in a few areas are pretty interesting. Ralph Fiennes for Best Actor, for instance, and "Under the Skin" for score. The runner-ups throughout are pretty nifty if you're getting tired of the usual.

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'Selma' cast, director wear 'I Can’t Breathe' protest shirts to premiere
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'Selma' cast, director wear 'I Can’t Breathe' protest shirts to premiere

A provocative photo-op tethers past to present

On Saturday, nearly 30,000 people assembled in New York City’s Washington Square Park for "Millions March NYC," a demonstration protesting the grand jury's decision not to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner, along with broader racial issues that have bubbled to the surface in America throughout 2014. On Sunday, Paramount Pictures held its east coast premiere for director Ava DuVernay’s "Selma" at the city’s lavish Ziegfeld Theater. With a fleet of photographers ready to snap their photos, DuVernay and her cast took advantage of the stage, donning shirts emblazoned with "I Can’t Breathe," Garner’s final words and the unofficial protest slogan, for a striking group photo. The example set the night before could not go unacknowledged.

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'Gracepoint' won’t get a 2nd season
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'Gracepoint' won’t get a 2nd season

'Better Call Saul’s' poster unveiled

“Gracepoint” won’t get a 2nd season
According to TV Line, the limited series remake of UK's “Broadchurch” won’t be back due to low ratings. The original “Broadchurch," however, will return for a 2nd season in January.


“Better Call Saul’s” poster unveiled
See Saul Goodman AKA Jimmy McGill at a pay phone in the middle of the desert.


WEtv orders “The Real Women of Telenovelas”
The Miami-set reality show will follow up-and-coming actresses in actors in the competitive telenovela world.


“Once Upon a Time” hits a series low
Wrapping up the “Frozen" storyline didn’t help ratings, which fell to 5.6 million viewers.

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