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Thanks to a last-minute emergency, the Oscars are broken and only we can save them

24 February 2013 2:15 PM, PST

This is embarrassing. Not for me, of course.  I'm not the one who hit delete on whatever folder led to the desperate phone call I got at 4:30 in the afternoon on Saturday.  I'm actually pretty flattered, considering all the time and energy I've spent writing about how much I don't like awards season.  See, there's been a catastrophe at Price Waterhouse (1) and the Academy has been scrambling for the last few days to figure out how to handle it (2).  Someone must have decided that it is my healthy disdain for the process that made me perfect to help »

- Drew McWeeny

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Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis will star in Will Smith's 'Annie'

24 February 2013 11:21 AM, PST

It was rumored last week, but now it's official: "Beasts of the Southern Wild" star Quvenzhané Wallis has signed on to star Sony's heavily revised update of "Annie."   The new version of the classic musical is eying a winter 2014 release date and will be directed by Will Gluck ("Easy A"). Gluck is currently rewriting the screenplay, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna from the stage play, which was based on the "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip.   The high-octane "Annie" production team includes James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith through Overbrook »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Razzies go to Adam Sandler, Rihanna and 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 2'

24 February 2013 11:12 AM, PST

Los Angeles (AP) — The "Twilight" team finally has earned some love — or loathing — from Team Razzies. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2" was picked as last year's worst picture Saturday by the Razzies, an Academy Awards spoof that hands out prizes for Hollywood's lousiest movies on the eve of the Oscars. The finale to the blockbuster supernatural romance dominated the Razzies with seven awards, including worst actress for Kristen Stewart, supporting actor for Taylor Lautner, director for Bill Condon and worst screen couple for Lautner and child co-star Mackenzie Foy. Adam Sandler was named worst actor »


- AP Staff

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Music Power Rankings: 'Harlem Shake' tops Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and Rihanna

23 February 2013 10:30 PM, PST

1. “Harlem Shake”: A change in methodology for the Billboard Hot 100 leads to Baauer’s viral sensation “Harlem Shake” debuting at No. 1 on the chart.  Somewhere, Rebecca Black is screaming, “It’s not fair!!” 2. Mumford & Sons: Not only does the British quartet get new hardware for its mantelpiece, but album of the year winner “Babel” soars back to the top of the Billboard chart, selling 185,000 copies, up 242% from the previous week. 3. Morrissey: Is there any other artist who could turn an entire arena vegetarian? Even McDonald’s will close when the former Smiths singer performs at Los »


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Best and Worst of the 2013 Spirit Awards: Bryan Cranston, Andy Samberg, David O. Russell

23 February 2013 8:03 PM, PST

Santa Monica, CA - Every year awards season ends with a Sunday night Academy Awards extravaganza, but for 28 years Oscar's little brother the Independent Spirit Awards have been having their own party the Saturday before.  Once again, Film Independent decided not to broadcast the show live and instead taped the afternoon proceedings to air at 10 Pm on both coasts (sigh).  Happily for those in attendance, host Andy Samberg did a memorable job emceeing the event and there were some unexpected moments that should entertain the broadcast audience as well. You can scroll through all of this year's winners here »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Reality TV Roundup: The latest on 'Survivor,' 'Top Chef' and more

23 February 2013 5:00 PM, PST

Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...   Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! One more time: Spoiler Alert. If you watch any competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me »

- Liane Bonin Starr

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HitFix goes in the studio with Elton John and his new album, 'The Diving Board'

23 February 2013 2:12 PM, PST

Though Elton John’s new album, “The Diving Board,” doesn’t come out until the fall, he previewed it for a handful of  reporters on Friday at Los Angeles‘ The Village recording studio. “I’m not the sort of artist who will get played on radio,” he admitted, adding he will also be out of the country for quite some time on tour, so he wanted to start to spread the word of the project now. John, in a blue Adidas track suit,  prefaced the playback by calling “The Diving Board” the most “piano-orientated album” he’s ever made (and that’s saying a lot), and »


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'Silver Linings Playbook' dominates 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards

23 February 2013 12:47 PM, PST

In a normal year I would have been working on an interesting blood-Jameson content on the beach of Santa Monica today. Film Independent's Spirit Awards are, after all, the great stretch of the legs at the tail end of the season with the big Sunday showdown on the horizon. It's a good party, even if it still seems to be chasing what "independent filmmaking" is in this day and age. (I don't know that they've caught it.) Nevertheless, it's a good bridesmaid roll call for films like "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Silver Linigns Playbook" to have their day while »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Andrea Anders and Odette Annable land ABC pilot leads

23 February 2013 12:15 PM, PST

ABC has set the female leads for two upcoming pilots. First, Odette Annable ("Breaking In") is set to join Bruce Greenwood ("The River") in the network‘s drama-soap pilot "Venice," from writer Byron Balasco, director McG and executive producer Ilene Chaiken. Inspired by "Romeo and Juliet," the pilot takes place in Venice, California where two rival families -- the Nances and the Carvers -- compete for control of the city. Amid this turmoil, boutique owner Sophie Nance (Annable) falls for Chris, a member of her family's hated rivals the Carvers, according to Deadline.  Greenwood will play Sophie’s dad Gordy Nance, the big cheese of the Nance »


- HitFix Staff

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Bruce Willis eyed for 'Death Wish' remake as 'The Grey' director Joe Carnahan exits

23 February 2013 11:41 AM, PST

It looks like Bruce Willis and Joe Carnahan don't share the same "Wish." Carnahan, the director of "The Grey" and "Narc," has reportedly exited Paramount-mgm's upcoming remake of "Death Wish," due to what Deadline calls "creative differences" over casting. Allegedly, the studios are looking at Willis for the lead role, while Carnahan had been eyeing a different, undisclosed, actor.  Charles Bronson played Paul Kersey in the 1974 original and its four sequels. Sylvester Stallone was previously attached to a remake that never got off the ground.    Willis, currently starring in "A Good Day to Die Hard," will next be seen in "G.I. Joe: »


- HitFix Staff

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'Entourage,' 'Caprica' stars join CBS pilots

23 February 2013 11:11 AM, PST

CBS has added more names to its list of "Advocates" and "Hostages." "Caprica" vet Esai Morales is joining the cast of CBS‘ drama pilot "The Advocates," from writer Bruno Heller and director David Nutter. According to Deadline, "Advocates" follows the unorthodox teaming of a lawyer named Shannon Carter and an ex-con named Henry Bird, who term themselves "victim advocates," pushing the boundaries of the law in order to fight for justice. Morales will play the ruthlessly ambitious district attorney Rafael “Raffa” Cortez. Cch Pounder ("The Shield") also recently joined the cast.  Morales will be seen on the upcoming second season of Starz’s "Magic City." Meanwhile, CBS »


- HitFix Staff

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CW pilots add two 'Lost' veterans and a 'Selection' star

23 February 2013 10:54 AM, PST

Two veterans of ABC's "Lost" are trading life on that mysterious island for all-new fantastic settings on a pair of pilots from The CW.  Henry Ian Cusick (who played Desmond on "Lost") has joined the sci-fi pilot "The Hundred" for The CW. Based on the series of books by Kass Morgan, the pilot is set in a post-apocalyptic future where a space station called the Ark orbits the Earth. 100 juvenile delinquents are dispatched to the scorched planet to determine the possibility of re-colonization. According to Deadline, Cusick will play Kane, a shady officer who is vying for a promotion onboard »


- HitFix Staff

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Box office: 'Snitch' barely edges 'Identity Thief' on slow Friday

23 February 2013 10:21 AM, PST

Don't tell anyone, but newcomer "Snitch" stole the top spot at Friday nights's office from Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman. The Dwayne Johnson crime drama pulled in a Ok $4.1 million, beating comedy holdover "Identity Thief" by less than half a million dollars. The two films will be neck-and-neck for what looks like another slow weekend, with "Thief" likely ending in victory by winning over more family audiences.  "Identity Thief" has made off with an impressive $83.7 million in the U.S. so far. The romance movie "Safe Haven" came in third place, earning another $3.5 million. It brings the Nicholas Sparks' film's domestic »


- Dave Lewis

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TV Ratings: 'Undercover Boss' return boosts CBS Friday, while 'Shark Tank' helps ABC split

23 February 2013 9:07 AM, PST

Fast National ratings for Friday, February 22, 2013.   After two weeks of terrible ratings from "The Job," CBS' Friday lineup got a tiny boost from the return of "Undercover Boss," though ABC still won the night among young viewers thanks to "Shark Tank."   Among other Friday notables, "Nikita" had a down week for The CW, Fox's "Touch" remained low-but-flat and NBC's news-driven lineup had another Ok week.   Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 1.5 rating for Friday night, tops in the key demographic. CBS' 1.4 key demo rating and the 1.3 key demo rating for NBC were close »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Matthew Vaughn set to produce 'Fantastic Four' reboot at Fox

23 February 2013 12:40 AM, PST

Mark Millar and Matthew Vaughn are slowly, surely building a shared filmography that is absolutely positively comic book crazy, and it looks like little by little, they're taking over 20th Century Fox's entire superhero agenda. When I first talked to Vaughn about Millar's work in the days leading up to his decision to option the rights to "Kick-Ass," it was obvious that Vaughn responded to Millar's storytelling on an almost chemical level.  It's not just which stories Millar was telling, but his voice.  Vaughn loves to throw a shot to the ribs of propriety whenever he can, and in Millar, he »


- Drew McWeeny

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10 Stories you might have missed: Universal wants 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in theaters next summer

23 February 2013 12:23 AM, PST

In this week's installment of 10 Stories you might have missed: Universal wants "Fifty Shades of Grey" in theaters next summer at the earliest. Also: "Rise of the Planet of the Apes'" Rupert Wyatt may direct Denzel Washington in "The Equalizer," John Williams sounds interested in scoring "Star Wars," Anne Hathaway stepping to the mic again for "Song One," Fox gives "New Girl" and "Mindy Project" a post-"Idol" showcase, Another James Gandolfini project doesn't go forward at HBO, Beyonce releases bonkers Mrs. Carter Show tour commercial, and more.  Catch up here: »


- HitFix

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Interview: Allie Pohevitz talks 'Survivor: Caramoan'

22 February 2013 10:30 PM, PST

Allie Pohevitz's elimination from "Survivor: Caramoan" can be explained using simple math:   If you're in an alliance of four in a tribe of 10, you shouldn't assume that the lone guy who everybody hates will be seen as more of a threat than your tightly bunched, cuddling group of pretty people. Because 6 > 4.   Reynold, Allie, Eddie and Hope formed an early alliance within the Fans tribe based on shared interests, shared youth and shared attractiveness. They were convinced that because everybody seemed to hate lazy, ornery Marine Shamar, he'd be an easy first elimination and they could »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Alabama Shakes gets huge bounce on Billboard 200 after 'SNL' performance

22 February 2013 10:00 PM, PST

It’s a static Billboard 200 next week as no new albums debut in the Top 10. We’re at the tail end of the winter doldrums and things should pick up in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we see a few lingering effects of Grammy bumps and the huge one-two punch appearing on the Grammys and then on “Saturday Night Live” had for Alabama Shakes. Grammy album of the year winner “Babel” from Mumford  & Sons stays at No. 1 with sales of 65,000. Josh Groban’s former No. 1,  “All That Echoes” will be No. 2, while it's likely that  »


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First 'Game of Thrones' Season 3 trailer offers dragons and revenge

22 February 2013 9:28 PM, PST

After many a cryptic teaser and some still photos, HBO has finally released the first full trailer for "Game of Thrones" Season 3.   Set to chilling effect over Ms Mr's "Bones," the trailer features all of your favorite returning characters, plus some growing dragons and a few glimpses of new characters like Ciaran Hinds' Mance Rayder.    And it includes a few ominous words like the observation that, "Death is coming for everyone and everything, the darkness that will swallow the dawn."   The trailer premiered during "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Friday (February 22) night.   But enough blather from »


- HitFix Staff

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'Community' co-star goes undercover with ABC 'Spy' pilot

22 February 2013 8:37 PM, PST

"Community" and "The Hangover" co-star Ken Jeong has booked a role in an ABC comedy pilot.   According to a slew of media reporters -- We'll credit The Hollywood Reporter -- Jeong will appear in "Spy," based on the British format.    "Spy" stars Rob Corddry as a father who accidentally becomes a secret service agent in an effort to impress his son (Mason Cook). The pilot also stars Paget Brewster.   Jeong will play a character called "The Examiner," an increasingly eccentric CIA agent.   For the time being, "Spy" will be in second position to "Community" on Jeong's dance »


- HitFix Staff

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