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

16 December 2014 4:08 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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. I've delighted in seeing the "Nightcrawler" star pop up on a few critics' nominations lists, and even win. But as Jake Gyllenhaal slowly works on cracking the Best Actor five, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Guys, we need to talk about Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Minnie Driver in 'Beyond the Lights'

10 December 2014 5:02 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

This morning's Screen Actors Guild nominations made one thing abundantly clear that has been pretty much at the forefront of much of the awards discussion this season: there is room to maneuver in the lead and supporting actress categories. Jennifer Aniston ("Cake") and Naomi Watts ("St. Vincent") each found an angle and made their way in. But there are two performances in one film that frankly deserve to be in the conversation to win each of those categories, yet neither is getting any traction. It's time we talked about Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Minnie Driver in Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights." First and foremost, HitFix readers aren't new to the banging of this drum as for the longest time, our own Greg Ellwood has been out in front on this title, championing it all the way back at the Toronto Film Festival. For my part, I didn't get around to seeing it until very recently, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Morena Baccarin On 'The Red Tent' & 'Gotham'

8 December 2014 6:48 AM, PST | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Lifetime's two-part mini-series "The Red Tent" continues Monday night on the network, starring Morena Baccarin, Rebecca Ferguson and Iain Glenn.

Based on the best-selling book by Anita Diamant, the story tells the tale of Dinah (Rebecca), the daughter of Israelite father Jacob (Iain), and his four wives, including her birth mom Leah (Minnie Driver), and her influential second mom, Rachel (Morena).

Part 1 focused on Jacob's marriages and Dinah's upbringing, as Jacob's only daughter took after Rachel, falling in love with her passion for midwifery. She took after her in other ways as well, including following her heart.

Copyright 2014 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.

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- access.hollywood@nbcuni.com (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)

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'Peter Pan Live!' Ratings Drop, Minnie Driver Says 'Hardly Anything Went Wrong'

5 December 2014 4:53 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Minnie Driver played grown-up Wendy Darling in NBC's Peter Pan Live!, but unfortunately, she didn’t get to fly. Instead, the About a Boy star provided the show’s narration and in the end, watched as Peter and her character's young daughter flew off into the night.

Despite a flurry of Internet reactions during the telecast, the three-hour musical event pulled in 9.1 million viewers – a good showing for a primetime program, but still less than half the number of people who tuned in for last December’s The Sound of Music Live! with Carrie Underwood.

Though she was backstage at the show, Driver is keeping quiet about any technical mishaps that might have happened during NBC’s second live musical event.

"I’ll never tell," she told Et, but insisted there were no major malfunctions. "Astonishingly, there was hardly anything that went wrong."

News: 'Peter Pan Live!': The Best, Worst and Most »

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Peter Pan Live Was No The Sound of Music Live

5 December 2014 11:10 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's not easy being green. Allison Williams's portrayal of the boy who refuses to grow up in NBC's telecast of Peter Pan Live earned good reviews but didn't generate the kind of viewership that The Sound of Music did a year ago. The three-hour telecast that also featured Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and Minnie Driver as the adult Wendy Darling only averaged 9.1 million viewers - down from the 18.6 million who watched Carrie Underwood in The Sound of Music last year. NBC was prepared for a possible ratings drop, which is probably why it released this statement today from »

- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice

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Peter Pan Live Was No The Sound of Music Live

5 December 2014 11:10 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's not easy being green. Allison Williams's portrayal of the boy who refuses to grow up in NBC's telecast of Peter Pan Live earned good reviews but didn't generate the kind of viewership that The Sound of Music did a year ago. The three-hour telecast that also featured Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and Minnie Driver as the adult Wendy Darling only averaged 9.1 million viewers - down from the 18.6 million who watched Carrie Underwood in The Sound of Music last year. NBC was prepared for a possible ratings drop, which is probably why it released this statement today from »

- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice

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Memories from the Set: Morena Baccarin Reflects on Firefly, Homeland, V, Mentalist, Himym and More

5 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Sometimes associated with more “futuristic” fare — either as V‘s fierce alien queen or Firefly‘s outer-space Companion — Morena Baccarin with one of her latest roles traveled back in time, to the days of the Old Testament, for Lifetime’s The Red Tent miniseries.

Based on the best-seller by Anita Diamant and airing Sunday and Monday at 9/8c, The Red Tent spins a tale told through the eyes of Dinah (The White Queen‘s Rebecca Reguson), the daughter of Leah (Minnie Driver, About a Boy) and Jacob (Iain Glen, Game of Thrones). The mini opens with Dinah’s childhood spent »

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Peter Pan Live!'s Allison Williams vs. Sound of Music's Carrie Underwood—Who Did it Better?

5 December 2014 6:59 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Peter Pan Live! took the Internet and audiences by storm last night, but did its star outshine her predecessor from The Sound of Music Live!? Both musical productions hailed from Craig Zadan and Neil Meron of Smash, Chicago and Hairspray fame, but they were certainly two very different shows. The second in a new NBC tradition of live productions, Peter Pan Live! starred Girls' Allison Williams, Christopher Walken, Christian Borle, Kelli O'Hara, Taylor Louderman, Alanna Saunders and Minnie Driver. Last year, NBC aired The Sound of Music Live!, featuring Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Borle to big numbers and a lot of sarcastic tweets. Aside from HBO's Girls, »

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Peter Pan Live! Carrie Underwood, Sarah Michelle Gellar, More Celebs React to NBC Musical Production

5 December 2014 3:44 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Breathe easy, Allison Williams! Hollywood love-watched Peter Pan Live! on NBC, Thursday, Dec. 4, with celebrities sharing their hilarious sentiments via social media during the live musical production. Peter Pan Live! — also starring Christopher Walken, Minnie Driver, Kelli O'Hara, and Christian Borle — managed to remain a trending topic on Twitter for the entire time it was broadcast live, with the help of several stars and famed former thespians who chimed in on the production. Here, Us Weekly rounds up the funniest and best celebrity reactions [...] »

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TV Review: ‘Peter Pan Live!’

4 December 2014 11:22 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

About 10 minutes after the ratings for “The Sound of Music Live!” rumbled in, I (and no doubt a lot of others) immediately thought “Peter Pan.” Not because that musical is the equal of the Von Trapps’ tale, but because it combined a family-friendly story with the sort of daredevil flying stunts that reliably lure rubes to watch those Nik Wallenda specials – live, naturally, thanks to the spectacle and risk. By that measure, NBC likely won the battle during the strategy sessions, despite a woefully lifeless production that, the fancy wiring notwithstanding, never quite got off the ground.

The casting in these endeavors always commands a little too much attention, and while the choices in this case were hardly fatal given the abundance of shortcomings, they certainly didn’t help.

That began with Allison Williams, whose singing voice was perfectly fine, but seemed far less boyish – and buoyant – than other famous »

- Brian Lowry

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Peter Pan Live! as Told by Twitter: A Dead Maid, Hot Lost Boys and More

4 December 2014 9:24 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Sometimes, you learn more about a major television event by not watching it. That was my experience Thursday, as I enjoyed Peter Pan Live! not through my own eyes, but through the eyes of Twitter.

(Disclaimer: TVLine Senior Editor Michael Slezak did watch Peter Pan Live!, so if “accuracy” is more your flavor, check out his photo recap of the best, worst and “whoops-iest” moments.)

All right, friends, here’s what I gathered…

It all started with a dead maid:

Kelli O'Hara is singing "Almost Real" to herself in the nursery right now while the maid is still dead in »

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Peter Pan Live!: The 22 Best, Worst and Whoops-iest Moments

4 December 2014 8:53 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

There were highs (quite literally, Allison Williams’ aerial pirouette), lows (Christopher Walken searching for a line) and head-scratchers (that Mummenschanz-esque crocodile!). But no doubt about it, NBC’s Peter Pan Live! was an artistic upgrade from last year’s dubious Sound of Music.

Clocking in at a full three hours, though, there were plenty of peaks and valleys (not to mention snafus) during the course of the live broadcast — and Team TVLine tried to catch each and every one of ‘em.

Wendy’s eyebrow-raising nightgown neckline, Hook’s eyebrow-raising eyebrows, and Minnie Driver’s last-act gravitas… we’re weighing in on all of ‘em. »

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Did Girls Star Allison Williams Take Flight as Peter Pan?

4 December 2014 8:50 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Anyone hoping for another NBC musical hate-watch were probably disappointed by Peter Pan Live! Thursday night. It wasn't perfect by any means - switching between live singing and all those filmed ads killed just about any theatrical energy and flow well before the three hours were up - but the production was colorful and glitch-free. Allison Williams of Girls made a much more committed Peter than Carrie Underwood did a Maria von Trapp in last year's endless Sound of Music Live!, and Christopher Walken's extremely peculiar Captain Hook was a triumph. Maybe a disaster. But more of a triumph. »

- Tom Gliatto, @gliattoT

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Did Girls Star Allison Williams Take Flight as Peter Pan?

4 December 2014 8:50 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Anyone hoping for another NBC musical hate-watch were probably disappointed by Peter Pan Live! Thursday night. It wasn't perfect by any means - switching between live singing and all those filmed ads killed just about any theatrical energy and flow well before the three hours were up - but the production was colorful and glitch-free. Allison Williams of Girls made a much more committed Peter than Carrie Underwood did a Maria von Trapp in last year's endless Sound of Music Live!, and Christopher Walken's extremely peculiar Captain Hook was a triumph. Maybe a disaster. But more of a triumph. »

- Tom Gliatto, @gliattoT

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‘Peter Pan Live’ Takes Flight on NBC

4 December 2014 5:26 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nobody fell. The pirates danced, the Lost Boys sang, Wendy got her wish, Tiger Lilly saved the day and Tinker Bell’s CG sparkle got viewers to believe, and clap.

Allison Williams pulled off three hours of flying, singing and hoofing as the star of NBC’s “Peter Pan Live” telecast. Christopher Walken was her tap-dancing foil as Captain Hook.

“Peter Pan Live” telecast became a tweet-along event, leading Twitter’s trending topics as viewers weighed in on everything from the sets to the dog who played the Darling family’s faithful Nana.

The production — directed by Rob Ashford and Glenn Weiss and exec produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — was stocked with Broadway vets including Kelli O’Hara, Christian Borle and Taylor Louderman. Minnie Driver served as narrator and limned the role of grown-up Wendy in the closing moments.

A full review will be posted after the West Coast airing. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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'Peter Pan Live': Hollywood Reacts to NBC's Live Musical

4 December 2014 5:08 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Looks like Allison Williams was right: it is hard to hate-watch Peter Pan Live! on NBC. The live musical — also starring Christopher Walken, Christian Borle, Kelli O'Hara and Minnie Driver — had Hollywood happily intrigued by tap-dancing, wire-flying and sword-fighting on Thursday night. Zach Braff pointed out how attractive Williams is as a teenage boy, and Ktla's Sam Rubin couldn't help but point out the Girls' star's stellar set of teeth. (Probably because of that very stark tan.) Read more 'Peter Pan' Producers Reveal Emergency Plan, Casting Challenges and Upside of Snarky Tweets While a handful

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- Ashley Lee

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'Peter Pan Live!' Producer: People Hope Something Goes Wrong

4 December 2014 3:47 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The cast of Peter Pan Live! has been toiling away at rehearsals, getting every little part perfect, but according to one of the show's producers, viewers would prefer an unpolished performance.

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"Let's face it, people are going to tune in to hope that something goes wrong, because that's the excitement and the energy," said co-executive producer Craig Zadan.

Craig is executive producing the show with longtime collaborator Neil Meron. Together, their productions (which include the 86th and 85th Academy Awards, Chicago, Hairspray and Footloose) have earned 11 Emmys, six Oscars and two Tonys.

Their production of The Sound of Music Live, starring Carrie Underwood, reeled in 18.5 million viewers for NBC last year, which has expectations high for their Peter Pan production, starring Allison Williams.

"[Allison] is fearless when it comes to doing this live presentation," said Neil. "There are literally no safety nets, and that's the joy, the thrill »

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How to Live Tweet ‘Peter Pan Live’ Like a Social Media Star

4 December 2014 11:10 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

When it comes to TV, social media loves a spectacle – especially a live one.

When NBC aired The Sound of Music Live last year, audiences reacted almost immediately by flooding social media with updates – both good and bad – about the show and, in particular, Carrie Underwood’s performance. The reaction was strong enough to make producers worry and even prompt Allison Williams to beg fans to not “hate-watch” Peter Pan Live.

If you’re planning to tune in and live-tweet NBC’s live broadcast of the boy who never grew up, which airs tonight at 8 p.m., you better bring your A game.

So here’s a handy guide to what to you should be ready for when it comes to making the most of your “live social media TV viewing” experience:

Know your hashtags. The official tracker is #PeterPanLive. Use the tag wisely. (And you can follow NBC's curated Twitter list of the broadcast's stars, but just »

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We're liveblogging Peter Pan Live!

4 December 2014 9:31 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

NBC might be hoping to suck in the hate-watchers, but there’s an outside chance the follow up to last year’s panned Sound Of Music Live! might actually be good

Tonight NBC are hoping that millions of people will tune in to watch Peter Pan Live!, the network’s follow-up to last year’s Sound Of Music Live! People hate-watched that show in their millions and since Peter Pan was first announced in July, people have been preparing their snarky barbs. But will it actually be good? Christopher Walken is in it as Captain Hook, Minnie Driver is playing a grown-up Wendy and Girls star Allison Williams is genuinely delighted to be living out her childhood dream. We’ll be tuning in to find out if her dreams turn to mush, with our resident TV critic Brian Moylan live blogging the whole thing including the much-hyped social media reaction. »

- Lanre Bakare

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Peter Pan Live! Gets Ready for Takeoff: See Allison Williams Float Through Neverland

4 December 2014 7:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's almost time for takeoff! The cast of Peter Pan Live! held their final rehearsals in anticipation of Thursday's telecast on NBC. In this first-look shot, Allison Williams (Girls) as Peter Pan and Taylor Louderman as Wendy float through Neverland. The cast also includes Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and Minnie Driver as the adult Wendy/narrator. Williams told People that while the harness to lift her high in the sky is "uncomfortable," "that first moment when you are lifted off the ground is just utter bliss. It's a shame we were not built to be airborne." Peter Pan Live! »

- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice

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