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Friday February 22nd, 2013

TV Rewind: Timberlake Marks ‘SNL’ Return, ‘Americans’ Renewed, Nielsen Revamps Ratings

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements and gossip!

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Kevin Hart and Justin Timberlake are set to host NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Hart will take the stage March 2, the next new episode, whereas Timberlake will host and perform March 9.

• FX has renewed its drama The Americans for a second season. Let’s just hope Keri Russell doesn’t cut her hair and doom it all to hell.

• Welcome to the 21st century, Nielsen! The company says that beginning in the fall, it will begin taking into account online streaming when computing ratings.

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Friday February 15th, 2013

TV Rewind: Sarsgaard Joins ‘The Killing’, ‘Happy Endings’ Moves Again, ‘Hannibal’ Sets Premiere Date

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements and gossip!

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• Notable film actor Peter Sarsgaard is making his way to TV. He’s joining the third season of AMC’s The Killing as “a lifelong convict born into poverty and crime who has been in and out of the system for violent crimes since he was 10. Never wanting to appear weak, every interaction for Tom is a challenge and one he must dominate.”

• ABC is moving its struggling comedy Happy Endings to Friday nights beginning March 29, where two episodes will air back-to-back until the season ends. This is not a promising sign, but at least it’s not canceled … ?

• Finally, NBC is giving its new drama Hannibal a premiere date. The series, which is being helmed by Bryan Fuller (ABC’s Pushing Daisies), will bow Thursday, April 4 at 10 p.m.

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Friday January 11th, 2013

TV Rewind: ‘Arrested Development’ Creator Teases Movie, ‘Idol’ Judges Feud, Anna Faris Joins CBS Pilot

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements and gossip!

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• Although Netflix’s new season of Arrested Development will feature every member of the Bluth family, you won’t actually get to see all of them at the same time. “You don’t see them all together until you see the movie,” says creator Mitch Hurwitz. We thought we couldn’t wait for the movie, which has yet to be confirmed, any more than we did, but we’ve been proven wrong — very wrong.

• Unless Fox’s American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are great actors in addition to being talented singers/rappers, it seems they really are feuding.

Anna Faris is going from real motherhood to reel motherhood. The actress is joining the CBS pilot Mom, executive produced by Chuck Lorre (CBS’s Two and a Half Men), and will star as a recently sober single mom living in California’s wine-filled Napa Valley.

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Friday December 7th, 2012

TV Rewind: ‘Breaking Bad’ Grabs Guild Noms, ‘The Killing’ Scribes Return, Sterling ‘Girls’ Trailer Hits The Web

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements, and gossip!

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• The 2013 Writers Guild Awards nominees are out, with AMC’s Breaking Bad emerging as the most-nominated program. The drama received five nominations (You know what this means).

• AMC’s The Killing appears to be officially coming back, as showrunner Veena Sud as well as executive producers Nicole Yorkin and Dawn Prestwich are writing the third season.

• Oh boy, am I excited for the new season of HBO’s Girls ever since the first trailer debuted online.

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Wednesday October 3rd, 2012

Television’s Top 10 One-Season Wonders

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor and Columnist

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This week, Netflix Instant added a series I’ve heard about for a long time but have never seen: Fox’s Undeclared.

The 2001 comedy stars Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up), Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express) and Charlie Hunnam (FX’s Sons of Anarchy) and was created by Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin).

The series only lasted one season, but it’s always interested me because I’ve heard it’s a sequel of sorts to NBC’s Freaks and Geeks, another one-season wonder.

There have been numerous series to only receive one season when they deserved a lot more, and their cancellations result in a TV lover’s heartbreak. This week, in honor of their untimely conclusions, I give you the Top 10 One-Season TV Wonders:

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Tuesday September 18th, 2012

Does ‘Les Mis’ Move to Christmas Day Affect Its Oscar Chances?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywood News

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The Christmas Day void left by Baz Luhrmann’s dearly departed The Great Gatsby didn’t stay empty for long. Universal, today, opted to move the release date of Tom Hooper’s highly anticipated Les Miserables back from Dec. 14 to Dec. 25, positioning the musical for an Oscar battle with a handful of other contenders.

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Sunday February 26th, 2012

ANALYSIS: Can ‘The Artist’ Break the Indie Spirit Awards’ 25-Year-Old Oscar Curse?

The 27th annual Independent Spirit Awards, presented by Film Independent, were dished out this afternoon in a tent by the beach in sunny Santa Monica. Comedian Seth Rogen hosted the ceremony, which brings together the best and brightest of the indie film community, past and present, for an Oscar-weekend celebration of the struggle that is independent filmmaking. While the event is known for being lots of fun (how many other awards shows encourage day-drinking?), it is not known for its prowess at predicting the Oscars (voting for which closes before the Spirits are dished out anyway).

Indeed, only one of the winners of the Spirit Awards’ top prize, best feature, has ever won the best picture Oscar, and that was 25 years ago (Platoon, 1986), and only 11 of the 100 performances that it has rewarded with acting prizes — 26 in each of the two lead categories and 24 in each of the two supporting categories — were subsequently recognized with Oscars in their respective categories: Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, 2005) and Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart, 2009) for best actor; Geraldine Page (The Trip to Bountiful, 1984), Frances McDormand (Fargo, 1996), Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry, 1999), Charlize Theron (Monster, 2003), and Natalie Portman (Black Swan, 2010) for best actress; Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine, 2006) for best supporting actor; and Dianne Wiest (Bullets Over Broadway, 1994), Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, 2008), and Mo’Nique (Precious, 2009) for best supporting actress.

Most pundits, however, believe that this trend will be broken at tomorrow’s 84th Academy Awards — at least as far as the best picture, best actor, and best supporting actor Oscar races are concerned.

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Thursday February 2nd, 2012

Oscars: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and the Indie Spirit Awards in Today’s Oscar News

By Sean O’Connell

Now that the final ballots are in Oscar voters’ hands, we’re crunching the last bit of awards news as the lengthy season draws to a close.

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Friday December 30th, 2011

Contender Castoffs: What Happened to These 13 Would-Be 2011 Awards Hopefuls?

As 2011 winds to a close and the announcement of Oscar nominations approaches, I thought it might be interesting to catch up with some of the films many thought, at one time or another, would factor into this year’s awards race but never did.

Some screened at festivals in search of a distributor but didn’t find one; others found a distributor, but the distributor decided it lacked the money, manpower or time to mount a campaign this year. Some had distributors before they were in the can and simply were not completed in time to be released this year; others were completed in time to be released this year, but their distributors had their hands full with other contenders and decided to hold them until next year.

It is important to remember that just because a film is not part of this year’s awards race doesn’t mean it won’t be part of next year’s. True, some of these titles will never be heard from again — but others could follow in the footsteps of, say:

  • Crash, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2004, at which time it was picked up for U.S. distribution by Lionsgate and held for the following year; was released theatrically in May 2005; and, in March 2006, won the best picture Oscar.
  • The Visitor, which premiered at Toronto in September 2007, at which time it was picked up for U.S. distribution by Overture and held for the following year; was released theatrically in April 2008; and, in February 2009, was represented at the Oscars in the best actor category.
  • Lovely, Still, which premiered at Toronto in September 2008; was not picked up by a distributor until 2010, when Monterey Media decided to take a chance on it; and was released in theaters in September 2010.
  • The Hurt Locker, which premiered at Toronto in September 2008, at which time it was picked up for U.S. distribution by Summit and held for the following year; was released theatrically in June 2009; and, in March 2010, won the best picture Oscar.
  • The DebtEverything Must GoThe First GraderGirlfriendMeek’s CutoffSarah’s KeyTabloidThe Way and The Whistleblower, all of which premiered at Toronto in September 2010; were subsequently picked up by various distributors; and were held for release until 2011.

Without further ado, here is the class of 2011:

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Monday December 26th, 2011

Top 11 Movies of 2011

By Ryan Bushey

For films, this year has been eventful. The traditional system has been filled with risks for 2011. Brave gambits have been taken by both performer and director’s alike.  Iconoclastic directors tested their crafts in unfamiliar genres like Martin Scorsese’s family friendly Hugo while veterans like Terrence Malik return to the fold to deliver divisive stories. Beloved franchises (Harry Potter) went out with a bang capturing their audience’s imagination forever while old ones (The Muppets) were revived gaining a special place in our hearts. Certain members of the illustrious A-list like the Twilight crew strived to establish themselves in other films apart from their franchises. Filmmakers made bets on what would make their films standout such as Michael Hazanavicius’s silent ode to old Hollywood.

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