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The Worst Movies of February
28 February 2013 10:25 AM, PST
"Shut up there a minute, I gotta introduce myself!" When Peter Travers speaks with such cantankerous fervor, it can only mean one thing: It's scum bucket time! Our fearless film critic is back to dig up the absolute dregs to hit the screen this February, from the pointless 3D reissue of Top Gun to the horrendous Beautiful Creatures to the insufferable latest Nicholas Sparks melodrama Safe Haven.
'Nashville' Recap: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
28 February 2013 8:35 AM, PST
Between Rayna's road spats with Juliette, Teddy walking out on her, Avery gloriously failing at life and Liam's general smarminess, Nashville was really on a roll until that last uneventful dud of an episode aired. Luckily, that snooze-fest was merely a hiccup. Nothing like some tabloid controversy, celebrity cameos, a relapse into alcohol addiction and the show's first death to get the drama back into gear on what was Nashville's darkest, heaviest tearjerker to date. And all in an episode that centered on a party? Even better.
"Deacon's a little funny about parties, »
Zoe Saldana Shrugs Off Nina Simone Backlash
28 February 2013 7:40 AM, PST
"What keeps me focused and what kept me from getting stressed from being hurt by the comments is I'm doing it for my sisters, I'm doing it for my brothers, and I don't care who tells me I am not this and I am not that," the Star Trek actress said. "I know who I am, »
'American Idol' Recap: Zoanette Johnson Wows Judges With 'Lion King' Song
28 February 2013 6:45 AM, PST
Ten more girls faced sudden-death elimination in Las Vegas last night as American Idol culled its top 40 down to a lean 20.
The first half of the night was filled with solid if not particularly memorable performances by talented singers with bright futures ahead of them. Randy Jackson described the evening's performances as a "mixed bag" verging on "sleepy" while resident optimist Keith Urban applauded the evening's "diversity." Perhaps the biggest surprise was the elimination of Cristabel Clack. The happily married worship leader belted out Alicia Keys' "No One" so »
Dave Chappelle Joins Chris Rock Onstage in New York
27 February 2013 1:50 PM, PST
Dave Chappelle made a rare appearance last night in New York when he joined Chris Rock onstage at the Comedy Cellar, the Comic's Comic reports. Chappelle has spent the past week in New York, dropping by the famed club – one regularly featured in Louis C.K.'s show Louie – to test new material. Last night, after midnight, the elusive comedian took the stage for a solo 45-minute set and then was joined unexpectedly by Rock.
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The duo spent an hour loosely zinging jokes back and forth, »
Tina Fey Says 'No Way' to Hosting Oscars Next Year
27 February 2013 11:20 AM, PST
Seth MacFarlane has already said he's not interested in hosting the Oscars again, and it turns out Tina Fey doesn't want the gig, either. The 30 Rock creator told The Huffington Post there's "no way" she would be interested in hosting next year's Academy Awards.
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Fey and Amy Poehler drew »
Jimmy Kimmel: Morrissey 'Keeps Finding New Ways to Depress Us'
27 February 2013 9:00 AM, PST
After Morrissey canceled his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night over sharing the show with the stars of the A&E reality series Duck Dynasty, Kimmel poked fun at the former Smiths singer with a special skit. "There a very good reason why I didn't dump the Duck Dynasty guys for Morrissey, and it's because they have guns," said Kimmel. "He keeps finding new ways to depress us." Kimmel then jumped into the skit, which featured a new Duck Dynasty especially for vegans.
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Morrissey backed out »
Dan Auerbach, Vince Gill and Pam Tillis Cameo on 'Nashville'
26 February 2013 11:30 AM, PST
So far, Nashville has shied away from tapping into Music City's vast stable of stars for celebrity cameos, focusing instead on the fictional fame of Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) and Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). That all changes in this week's episode, which features guest appearances from real Nashville notables Vince Gill, Pam Tillis, Kip Moore, Kate York and the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. They play themselves as guests at a star-studded surprise party that Juliette throws for Deacon (Charles Esten) at the Bluebird.
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At the soiree, »
Robin Faces Death in Next 'Batman' Comic
26 February 2013 9:20 AM, PST
Humongous spoiler alert: Batman's beloved longtime sidekick Robin will be killed off in the next issue of the offshoot title Batman Incorporated, writer Grant Morrison told the New York Post.
"He saves the world. He does his job as Robin," said Morrison. "He dies an absolute hero." The Boy Wonder – real name Damian Wayne, the 10-year-old son of Bruce Wayne and Talia, the daughter of Batman's nemesis Ra's al Ghul – is killed while fighting an assassin who turns out to be his cloned brother. When Batman arrives to save his protege, »
Seth MacFarlane on Hosting the Oscars Again: 'No Way'
26 February 2013 8:40 AM, PST
Seth MacFarlane tweeted an emphatic "No way" after being asked whether he'd host the Oscars again after helming this years Academy Awards, but did add, "Lotta fun to have done it, though."
Oscars 2013 and Seth MacFarlane: Stupid Is as Stupid Does
In interviews leading up to the big night, MacFarlane said that his hosting duties, combined with his work on Family Guy and American Dad!, were taxing. "I'm happy to be doing it and I will be thrilled to have done it, assuming I get out of there in one piece, »
Senate Ends 'Zero Dark Thirty' Probe
26 February 2013 7:30 AM, PST
The Sentate Intelligence Committee has closed an investigation into whether Zero Dark Thirty filmmakers had "inappropriate" contact with the CIA, Reuters reports, a day after the film lost out to Argo for Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards.
The news came from an anonymous congressional aide who said the committee had gathered information from the CIA and from director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, and would not take any further action.
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Zero Dark Thirty, which tells the story of the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, »
'Arrested Development' Won't Get Second Netflix Season
26 February 2013 6:55 AM, PST
"Arrested is a unique property, we don't anticipate being able to do season five, six and seven," said Hastings. "We have less of a stake in it. It is really a fantastic one-off, which is coming together incredibly. I think it will be amazing for us, but think of it as a nonrepeatable amazing."
Michael Jackson's Son Books Acting Debut on '90210'
25 February 2013 1:55 PM, PST
Michael Jackson's son Prince Michael will make his acting debut this March on the CW's teen drama 90210, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Jackson will play a trauma victim named Cooper who connects with main character Silver (Jessica Stroup). This week, Jackson is filming the episode, which serves as the fifth season finale. 90210 has also featured Carly Rae Jepsen, Ne-Yo and Nelly Furtado, among others, this season.
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Prince Michael Jackson is moving quickly into the TV world. He was announced as a »
Academy Award Ratings Best Since 2007
25 February 2013 1:20 PM, PST
Seth MacFarlane can breathe a sigh of relief: Sunday night's telecast of the 85th Academy Awards ceremony ratings were up, according to early reports.
The MacFarlane-hosted awards show on ABC garnered a 26.6 overall rating with households and a 41 share, a four percent gain over last year's show. In the coveted adult 18-49 demo, the telecast fared even better: up 19 percent over last year by earning a 12.1 rating.
Peter Travers: Damn You, Oscars 2013!
25 February 2013 11:35 AM, PST
The 85th Annual Academy Awards are officially over, and Peter Travers is none too pleased. "You enjoyed three hours and 40 minutes of total boredom?" he quips. But Travers isn't even talking about the Academy's selections and snubs; he's focused on the Oscars show itself. Though Travers is a fan of host Seth MacFarlane, he rips the Ted and Family Guy creator for his performance. "He turned it into the Tony awards with musical numbers," fumes Travers, especially focusing on the William Shatner bit and numerous singing interludes. "It was so dull. »
Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom Engaged
25 February 2013 11:15 AM, PST
Andy Samberg has gotten engaged to singer-songwriter and harpist Joanna Newsom, Us Weekly reports. The 34 year-old Saturday Night Live alumnus and 31 year-old indie-folk musician have been together for five years.
Samberg was known for his digital shorts on SNL, which often included appearances from stars including Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and, memorably, Michael Bolton in drag. Since leaving the show after last season, Samberg, a Berkeley native, has been starring in the BBC Three sitcom Cuckoo, and starred alongside Rashida Jones »
The Onion Apologizes for 'Crude' Quvenzhane Wallis Tweet
25 February 2013 10:00 AM, PST
The Onion has apologized for an incendiary tweet about Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis during last night's Academy Awards, with CEO Steve Hannah offering a "personal apology" on Facebook to the nine-year-old actress.
"It was crude and offensive – not to mention inconsistent with The Onion's commitment to parody and satire, however biting," Hannah wrote. "No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire." The tweet, since deleted, read, "Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c***, right? »
Jimmy Kimmel Returns With 'Movie: The Movie' Sequel
25 February 2013 8:50 AM, PST
After last year's Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel debuted Movie: The Movie, scoring a big hit with the spoof clip that packed in movie stars like Mars Attacks did. Of course, favorites typically get sequels, and Kimmel has unveiled Movie: The Movie 2V, featuring Bradley Cooper, Jessica Chastain, Samuel L. Jackson, Bryan Cranston, John Krasinski, Gerald Butler and more. Sexy leprechauns appear, Krasinski suffers excessive superhero tragedies and Bruno Mars stops the madness to preach for peace. And naturally, Kimmel's sworn enemy Matt Damon is here too. "When you have a big success in Hollywood, »
'Beasts' Star Quvenzhane Wallis Cast in 'Annie'
25 February 2013 8:05 AM, PST
Quvenzhané Wallis is just nine years old, and though she lost out on the Oscar for Best Actress this weekend, the Beasts of the Southern Wild star has another gig waiting: she will step in to the lead role in a new version of Annie, The Associated Press reports, replacing Willow Smith, who had been previously cast as Annie.
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Adele Turns Up Power at Oscars With 'Skyfall'
25 February 2013 5:30 AM, PST
Adele brought a mix of classic elegance and sheer magnetism to her performance of "Skyfall" last night at the 85th Academy Awards, where she also won an Oscar for the song. Back by a string section on one side and a rock & roll combo on the other, the singer shimmied slightly as she performed for the first time since giving birth last fall. Adele's vocals sounded low in the mix at first, but she turned on the power as her theme song from last year's James Bond film built to a crashing finale. »
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