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2011 TV Awards: Change Badly Needed

31 December 2011 2:22 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

To sum up how the major television awards went down in 2011, it would be that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Voting for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences kept honoring AMC’s Mad Men and ABC’s Modern Family at the Primetime Emmys. Ushering in the new in November, the Academy’s Board of Governors elected Warner Bros Television Group President Bruce Rosenblum as its new Chairman/CEO. He’ll have to navigate invigorating the telecast for 2012 and beyond. The year also found some encouraging signs for the broadcast networks in terms of the Emmys. Just when it seemed that cable’s quality advantage had rendered ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox to a supporting role, the nets mounted a comeback in September. There were five wins for Modern Family; acting triumphs for comedy leads Jim Parsons of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory and Melissa McCarthy »

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Review Of The Year

31 December 2011 5:56 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

It's been an incredible year in the world of showbiz, with the usual headline-grabbing antics, scandal, sleaze, celebrity births, star weddings, and bitter break-ups. Here, WENN takes a look back at the first six months of 2011...

January

The new year began with wedding bells for many couples including singer Shania Twain, who married her fiance Frederic Thiebaud in Puerto Rico on New Year's Day, while country star Kellie Pickler and actress Valerie Bertinelli also walked down the aisle on 1 January.

The new year brought baby news for a number of celebrity couples - Orlando Bloom and his wife Miranda Kerr became first-time parents with the birth of their son Flynn. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem also welcomed a son, and Owen Wilson became a father just days after he announced his girlfriend's pregnancy. Nicole Kidman also hit headlines when she and her husband Keith Urban revealed they welcomed a daughter called Faith via a surrogate mother over the holidays.

There was also pregnancy news for actress Kate Hudson, who announced she was expecting a baby with Muse rocker Matt Bellamy, as well as Marion Cotillard, Jewel, Selma Blair and Victoria Beckham, who confirmed she was pregnant with her fourth child.

However, the first few weeks of 2011 also brought a slew of celebrity splits - Keira Knightley ended her longtime romance with actor Rupert Friend, Shakira parted ways with Antonio de la Rua, her boyfriend of more than 10 years, and Mila Kunis and Macaulay Culkin separated after eight years together.

Many stars saw in the new year by addressing their personal problems, and a number of famous faces went in and out of rehab in the first few weeks of 2011. Lindsay Lohan and Demi Lovato both ended long treatment stints in January, while David Arquette, Backstreet Boys star A.J. McLean and his bandmate Nick Carter's younger brother Aaron all enrolled in programs. Troubled actor Charlie Sheen also admitted himself to a clinic just weeks after he was hospitalised to treat a hernia, and he later admitted he turned to booze to blot out the pain of the medical condition. Sheen’s rehab stint forced TV bosses to shut down production on his show Two and a Half Men.

Another colourful character to hit the headlines in January was British funnyman Ricky Gervais, who managed to cause controversy during his stint as Golden Globes host. The comedian was condemned by organisers for poking fun at celebrity guests including Robert Downey, Jr., Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks during the glitzy prizegiving.

The month held good news for veteran actor Michael Douglas as he was given the all-clear after a gruelling battle with throat cancer. His wife Catherine Zeta-Jones subsequently admitted she cried tears of joy when doctors told the couple the actor had beaten the disease. Poison rocker Bret Michaels also overcame a health crisis after undergoing successful surgery to close a hole in his heart.

January also saw the loss of a number of great stars including Oscar-winning James Bond theme composer John Barry, and Scottish musician Gerry Rafferty, who passed away after suffering liver failure. The world of Hollywood was again plunged into mourning following the death of British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who died at the age of 64.

February

As awards season got into full swing, The King's Speech was the toast of Hollywood after scooping four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor for the movie's star, Colin Firth, and Best Director for Tom Hooper, while Natalie Portman fought back tears as she walked away with the Best Actress honour for her role as a tormented ballet dancer in Black Swan. It was a different story at the Independent Spirit Awards, where Black Swan trounced its rivals, picking up four honours including Best Director for Darren Aronofsky.

In the world of music, Lady Gaga's incredible rise continued as she picked up three Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Vocal Album, but her achievements were overshadowed by country trio Lady Antebellum, who scored five accolades, and the shock win for Canadian rockers Arcade Fire in the prestigious Album of the Year category for their disc The Suburbs. Across the pond at the Brit Awards in London, Arcade Fire were again bathed in glory when they were handed the International Group and International Album honours, while newcomer Tinie Tempah crowned a triumphant 12 months by taking home the British Breakthrough Act and British Single titles. Rihanna was named Best International Female solo star, and Justin Bieber was named the International Breakthrough Act of the year.

Away from the red carpet, it was a bleak month for My Name Is Earl actress Jaime Pressly, who was charged with driving under the influence after failing a field sobriety test, Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey, who was underwent an operation to remove a growth from her foot, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who was hospitalised with a flesh-eating bug, and Dame Judi Dench, who broke two of her toes on the set of her new movie J. Edgar.

There were also woes for Rihanna, whose raunchy promo film for single S&M provoked outrage around the world and was banned in 11 countries, actress Eliza Dushku, who broke a finger on holiday, and fashion king John Galliano, who was suspended and later sacked by Christian Dior after he was filmed launching an anti-Semitic rant at stunned drinkers in a bar in Paris, France.

Rock duo the White Stripes stunned the music world when they announced they were splitting up after 14 years, and Lady Gaga's much-hyped new single Born This Way was unveiled to a barrage of accusations she had ripped off Madonna's classic Express Yourself. But there was good news for older music fans, as '60s icons The Monkees announced they were reuniting for a U.K. tour.

Loved up celebrity couples Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, and Anna Friel and Rhys Ifans, both confirmed their engagements, and there were wedding bells for Kelsey Grammer - who married for the fourth time - and Mark Ronson and Katherine Jenkins, who both announced their respective engagements.

Among the stars hearing the pitter-patter of tiny feet this month were Christina Applegate, who gave birth to a daughter, magician David Blaine, who became a first-time father to a baby girl, reggae star Zac Marley, rocker Rod Stewart, Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon, and No Doubt star Tom Dumont.

Jude Law continued his unlucky-in-love streak when he split - yet again - from Sienna Miller, Iron Man star Terrence Howard was hit with divorce papers, Olivia Wilde split from her husband after eight years, and celebrity couple Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz announced their marriage was over.

The world of showbiz bid farewell to guitar legend Gary Moore, who died aged 58, blues legend Eddie Kirkland died in a car crash at the age of 88, Seinfeld star Len Lesser succumbed to pneumonia aged 88, and The Dukes of Hazzard actress Peggy Rea, who passed away at the age of 89.

March

Tinseltown lost one of its brightest lights in March after movie icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor died of congestive heart failure at the age of 79. Tributes from the world of showbiz poured in for the Cleopatra legend, with Sir Elton John, Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli leading the heartfelt remembrances. The acting great was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, where her dear friend Michael Jackson was also laid to rest in 2009.

March was also marked by controversy as a host of famous faces found themselves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Pop star Christina Aguilera was arrested for drunkenness in West Hollywood, while Boardwalk Empire beauty Pas de la Huerta was also apprehended after a bar fight in New York City. Jackass daredevil Steve-o was taken into custody in Canada on an outstanding warrant, and rapper Rick Ross got caught smoking marijuana in a Louisiana hotel room.

But it was Charlie Sheen who really gave fans something to talk about after he was fired from Two and a Half Men following months of public feuding with writer/creator Chuck Lorre. Days later, cops raided Sheen's Los Angeles home to investigate a tip that the troubled star was in violation of a court order by keeping a gun in the house.

March also brought one of the year's most devastating tragedies as Japan was hit by a massive earthquake, which then created an enormous tidal wave. More than 15,000 people perished in the disaster and Slash, Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and the Foo Fighters were among the big-name acts who staged gigs to raise money for victims, while actresses Sandra Bullock and Demi Lovato also donated $1 million (£625,000) each to boost relief efforts.

Back in Hollywood, there was plenty of heartache as Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel ended their romance, Renee Zellweger called it quits with Bradley Cooper and Twilight beauty Ashley Greene split from Joe Jonas.

But love was most definitely in the air for Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, who married showbiz agent Jim Toth in a romantic ceremony at her California home. Canadian crooner Michael Buble also wed stunning supermodel Luisana Lopilato in a civil ceremony in her native Argentina.

Celebrations were in order for former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, who announced she and husband Stephen Belafonte were expecting their first child together. Actors Robert De Niro and Mel Gibson became proud grandfathers in March, while Elizabeth Banks also became a first-time mother to a baby boy, born via surrogate.

Emily Deschanel confirmed she was expecting her first child with actor husband David Hornsby, while Cruel Intentions star Ryan Phillippe also had baby news after the tabloids reported that his ex-girlfriend, actress Alexis Knapp, was pregnant.

There was a health scare on the cards for tennis ace Serena Williams after she was hospitalised with a blood clot in her lungs, while fears for Zsa Zsa Gabor's wellbeing mounted when she began coughing up blood and suffered circulation problems in her left leg.

There was a close call for actor David Arquette after he was in a head-on car crash in Los Angeles, and Glee star Lea Michele was also involved in a smash when her car was struck by a drunk driver.

Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean had a lucky escape after he was shot in the hand during a visit to his native Haiti, while James Taylor suffered a broken leg in a skiing accident in Utah.

Courtroom battles loomed for Britney Spears, who was hit with a $10 million (£6.25 million) lawsuit over a perfume deal, and Jay-z was accused of trademark infringement over the logo for Roc Nation.

Even clean-cut teen pop sensation Justin Bieber found himself named in court papers after a songwriting duo sued over claims they hadn't received royalties for his hit song One Less Lonely Girl.

April

There were births, marriages and bust-ups galore as Spring sprung in April, but only one subject was on everyone's lips - the royal wedding. Celebs and commoners alike got carried away in the buzz of the big day on 29 April, when brunette beauty Kate Middleton walked down the aisle with her very own Prince Charming, William. Who would design the dress? Who would be invited? Would best man Harry fall for bridesmaid Pippa? But all questions fell by the wayside on the morning of the magical day, as Britain and two billion viewers across the world came to a standstill to watch the future Queen of England step out of her Rolls-Royce wearing a stunning Alexander McQueen lace gown to huge cheers from the crowd. The pair wed in front of 1,900 quests, including Queen Elizabeth II, the entire royal family, and even showbiz royalty Victoria and David Beckham, and left London's Westminster Abbey to great fanfare as the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. But Kate didn't hog all the limelight - who can forget the backing support of her sister Pippa, hailed Her Royal Hotness thanks to that figure-hugging dress and her much-discussed derriere?

The wedding was of fairytale proportions, one even our favourite celebs couldn't compete with - but that didn’t stop them from trying! Canadian crooner Michael Buble was one of the biggest stars to walk down the aisle in April - his second set of nuptials to stunning fiancee Luisana Lopilato following their original wedding day in March. Controversial couple LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian also wed in a private ceremony in Malibu, which was a surprise for guests - they thought they were there for the pair's engagement party! Funnyman Rob Schneider also joined the marriage club, exchanging vows with fiancee Patricia Azarcoya Arce over the Easter Weekend. The marriage mood of the month gave many stars ideas; the likes of Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy, and Tom Fletcher and his longtime girlfriend became engaged.

Despite love being in the air, some unions were destined to end - Elizabeth Hurley started divorce proceedings against her millionaire husband Arun Nayar, while Christina Aguilera's five-year marriage to Jordan Bratman was declared officially over. After marriage must come babies, and April was awash with stars welcoming newborns. Superstar Mariah Carey welcomed twins Moroccan and Monroe, and in true diva style, gave birth to them on her fourth wedding anniversary to Nick Cannon. The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers and Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo both welcomed their third sons, while Jane Krakowski, Kevin James, Toni Collette and Drea De Matteo all also became parents to baby boys. Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal was an exception to the rule - he became the proud father of a baby girl.

But with ups, there must be downs - and nobody does scandal like the stars. Teen sensation Demi Lovato stunned her legions of loyal fans by opening up about the emotional issues which landed her in rehab earlier in the year, revealing she was battling an eating disorder and cut herself at her lowest moments. Charlie Sheen continued his madcap ways by embarking on a comedy tour following his sacking from Two and a Half Men - only to get booed offstage on his first night, with critics calling his stand-up debut an "epic failure". Bond fans mourned April as the month Sir Sean Connery announced he was retiring from public appearances after he failed to show up to a charity event in New York. Lindsay Lohan was back in trouble - and in court - when a judge decided she'd had enough of the actress' antics and sentenced her to 120 days behind bars for violating her probation. Nicolas Cage hit the headlines when he was arrested on domestic violence charges following a street bust-up with his wife in New Orleans, and Vince Neil was also in hot water for domestic violence - his ex-girlfriend accused him of jabbing a finger at her during an argument. However, the biggest shock came when Welsh beauty Catherine Zeta-Jones checked into a mental health facility to overcome her bipolar disorder. The stint in the clinic came after a tough year for the Oscar-winner following husband Michael Douglas' cancer battle.

April was a sad month for actor Tim Robbins, who tragically lost his father, Gil, and his mother, Mary, within days of each other. The punk world was left in mourning when X-Ray Spex legend Poly Styrene lost her battle with cancer at the age of 53, while British actress Elisabeth Sladen, Dr Who's longest running sidekick, also passed away after a fight with the disease.

May

May was a shocking month as Hollywood tough guy Arnold Schwarzenegger split from his wife of 25 years Maria Shriver, only to reveal later on in the month he had fathered a lovechild with their housekeeper 13 years earlier. Although the scandal rocked Hollywood, he wasn't the only one heading for splitsville - Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller became officially divorced, as did actress Neve Campbell and James Bond star George Lazenby. Lady Gaga also split from boyfriend Luc Carl, while Hayden Panettiere ended her romance with her boxer boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko. Girls Aloud beauty Nadine Coyle also became single after calling off her engagement to American footballer Jason Bell.

But it wasn't all doom and gloom - Beatles legend Sir Paul Mccartney announced he was engaged to marry for the third time, to American Nancy Shevell, while director Sophia Coppolla and reality star Kim Kardashian also announced plans to walk down the aisle.

As for marriages, Marie Osmond remarried her first husband Stephen Craig, 29 years after they first exchanged vows and in the same wedding dress. Wedding bells also rang for Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill and Victoria's Secret supermodel Lily Aldridge, while country king and queen Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert also became man and wife in Texas.

New romances between Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge, as well as Nick Jonas and Australian pop star Delta Goodrem also came to light.

It was a baby boom month, with many stars becoming parents for the first time. Rockers Bryan Adams and Matthew Followill, actors David Schwimmer and Mike Myers, and actresses Alicia Silverstone, Marion Cotillard and Lost's Evangeline Lilly all became first-time parents. Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton welcomed her second son. French first lady Carla Bruni and actress Bryce Dallas Howard were also celebrating pregnancies. But it was a sad month for British actress Kelly Brook, who suffered a miscarriage.

Other sad news in May came when Grease actor Jeff Conaway passed away at the age of 60, sending Hollywood into mourning. Boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper died two days before his 77th birthday and Superman star Jackie Cooper also died, aged 88. The month started with the shock news that al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden had been shot dead in Pakistan. Other stars facing struggles included Sean Kingston, who was involved in a horrific jet-ski crash, while veteran actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was also hospitalised with pneumonia-type symptoms and fell into a coma.

It was also a controversial month for Lindsay Lohan, who started a 120-day jail term in the comfort of her own home for parole violation. British rocker Pete Doherty was also jailed for six months for cocaine possession. Other stars facing woes included Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Friends star Matthew Perry and boxer/singer Oscar De La Hoya, who were all submitted in to rehab programs. It was an embarrassing month for British singer Cheryl Cole, who was hired, then fired to sit on the judging panel of America's The X Factor. In music news for the month, Silverchair announced they were to split, Rod Stewart announced a Las Vegas residency, while it was a big movie month as the Cannes Film Festival in France also kicked off. While Brad Pitt was hailed at the glitzy event, with his film Tree Of Life winning the coveted Palme d'Or prize for Best Film, it was a bad experience for director Lars Von Trier, who was banned from the festival for controversial statements he made about Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during the festivities.

June

As summer blossomed, June marked a baby boom in Hollywood. Pop star Pink became a first-time mum at the beginning of the month when she welcomed little Willow, while drummer Adrian Young added to the No Doubt family with daughter Magnolia. Natalie Portman became a yummy mummy to son Aleph, actress Tia Mowry also welcomed a little boy, and model/actress Devon Aoki was another addition to the first-time mum club with the arrival of Hunter. Denise Richards made headlines when she announced she'd adopted a baby, Eloise, into her brood, while Meat Loaf became a grandfather when his daughter Pearl Aday gave birth to a baby boy. Lindsay Price and Nia Long also announced their pregnancies in June, as did Lily Allen - whose baby news went public on the same day she married partner Sam Cooper.

Lily's wedding wasn't the only one at the start of summer - Rachel Weisz married actor Daniel Craig following a whirlwind romance and Noel Gallagher put his wild ways behind him after exchanging vows with longterm partner Sara MacDonald.

However, the month was marred by a string of high-profile splits - David Duchovny and Tea Leoni separated just two years after reconciling following the actor's sex addiction admission, Jack White parted ways with model/singer wife Karen Elson after six years of marriage, and Hugh Hefner was dumped by fiancee Crystal Harris - just days before their planned wedding. Elizabeth Hurley's divorce from Arun Nayar was granted, and George Clooney split from Elisabetta Canalis.

There were health dramas aplenty - pop princesses Selena Gomez and Jennifer Hudson were hospitalised within days of each other. Both stars were forced to pull performances, and getwellselena even became a top trending topic on Twitter.com as fans rallied to support the Disney idol. Gomez later revealed she was malnourished and feeling exhausted, while Hudson was diagnosed with a severe bout of food poisoning.

The music world was left reeling when legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who had worked with Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga, died from complications stemming from a major stroke. The rocker led the tributes to his pal, declaring, "His loss is immeasurable and we are honoured and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years." TV fans were also left in mourning following the passing of Columbo star Peter Falk at the age of 83, while legendary TV cowboy James Arness also died.

In other June news, the vampires from Twilight overpowered the magical Harry Potter kids at the MTV Movie Awards, taking home five golden popcorn prizes to their film franchise rival cast's one. The Cmt Awards took place in Nashville, Tennessee just days later and newlyweds Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert dominated the ceremony - picking up three of the nine top honours between them. But it was a bad month for their country music rival Trace Adkins when his Tennessee home was destroyed by fire.

The month was special for U2 when they headlined Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival after a year-long wait - they were forced to pull out of the event in 2010 after frontman Bono underwent surgery on his back. In a spooky echo of U2's concert drama, pop star Jessie J was forced to axe several summer shows after undergoing emergency surgery on her broken foot – but still fulfilled her duties at Glastonbury, performing while perched on a red and gold throne. »

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'Breaking Bad,' 'The Vampire Diaries' and more: Zap2it's favorite dramatic episodes of 2011

29 December 2011 5:06 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

We've told you about our favorite guilty TV pleasures of 2011, and we've highlighted some of the underrated performances of the year. But what about the the stuff we just flat-out liked?

The episodes on this list -- which encompasses everything from "Breaking Bad" to "The X Factor" -- represent Zap2it's favorite dramatic episodes of 2011. Tell us yours in the comments.

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"The Vampire Diaries" - "Klaus": It took the better part of Season 2 to meet the ultimate bad guy threatening our favorite Mystic Falls residents, but it was so worth the wait. In "Klaus," we finally met the evil half-vampire, half-werewolf hybrid played by sexy Brit Joseph Morgan. And since the introduction happened via flashback, there was plenty of long, luxurious medieval hair to go around. Plus: Clueless Aunt Jenna finally (Finally) found out about the vampires in her midst. Although it wasn't as sensational as some of the series' other episodes, »

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You decide: Will Golden Globes crown new TV champs?

29 December 2011 10:48 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Before predicting who will win the 11 TV races at the 69th annual Golden Globes Awards on Jan. 14, be sure to read our overviews and handicapping. And check out the charts that show the odds and rankings for each nominee. Then head over to our prediction center to log your forecasts for the eventual winners. (Signing up for a free account takes just a minute.)  A pair of miniseries -- Emmy champ "Downton Abbey" and "Mildred Pierce" -- lead with four Golden Globe nominations apiece while a trio of series -- "Boardwalk Empire," "Homeland" and "Modern Family" -- reaped three bids apiece as did the miniseries "The Hour." (See full list of nominations here.) The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has cooled on last year's leading contender "Glee" which went from five bids to one -- defending its Comedy Series title. Its competition: reigning two-time Emmy champ "Modern Family" and newcom »

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HBO shows lead TV noms in Cinematographer Awards

29 December 2011 9:31 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

As if HBO needed more nominations under their belt during their already active awards season, the network picked up four nods as part of the American Society of Cinematographers’ Outstanding Achievement Awards, which yesterday announced the contenders in their three television categories.

Boardwalk Empire picked up two nominations in the One-Hour Episodic Television category, Mildred Pierce secured a nod in the Television Movie/Miniseries contest, and the recently axed Bored to Death got a nod in the Half-Hour category.

Boardwalk will face PBS’s Downton Abbey, ABC’s Pan Am, and NBC’s Chase in its category, while Bored to Death »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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Boardwalk Empire And Downton Abbey Lead Asc TV Awards

29 December 2011 4:01 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hit TV shows Boardwalk Empire and Downton Abbey are among the nominees set to do battle at the upcoming American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Awards.

Martin Scorsese's show has been nominated twice in the category for best one-hour episodic television series/pilot, going up against British period drama Downton Abbey, Pan Am and Chase.

Kate Winslet's series Mildred Pierce has received a nomination in the television movie/miniseries category alongside The Kennedys, Chicago Overcoat, Page Eight and Any Human Heart.

In the category for best half-hour episodic series or pilot, recently axed TV show Bored to Death leads the honours and will compete against Modern Family, R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour, Man Up and David Duchovny's Californication.

The prizes will be handed out at a ceremony in Los Angeles on 12 February. »

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American Society of Cinematographers Reveals Television Awards Nominees

28 December 2011 1:48 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: The American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) has announced nominees in three television categories for the 26th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards competition. The awards ceremony will be held here on February 12 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.

Nominees in the one-hour Episodic Television Series/Pilot Category are:

David Franco for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (“To the Lost”)

Jonathan Freeman, Asc for Boardwalk Empire (“21″)

David Katznelson, Dff, Bsc for PBS’ Downton Abbey (Pilot)

John Lindley, Asc for ABC’s Pan Am (Pilot)

David Stockton, Asc for NBC’s Chase (“Narco Part 2″)

The finalists in the Television Movie/Miniseries category are:

Ed Lachman, Asc forHBO’s Mildred Pierce

Kevin Moss for Showtime’s Chicago Overcoat

David Moxness, Csc for ReelzChannel’s The Kennedys (“Moral Issues and Inner Turmoil”)

Martin Ruhe for PBS’ Page Eight

Wojciech Szepel for PBS’ Any Human Heart (“Episode 2″)

The third category, for a half-hour Episodic Series or Pilot, »

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The Us television hits of 2011, from Community to Revenge | Sarah Hughes

28 December 2011 12:52 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The new season was weak – but there was plenty of good stuff worth watching in 2011. Here's a pick of the 10 best

It's been a mixed year for Us television, with established hits stumbling (oh Glee, where did it all go wrong?) and one of the weakest new seasons in recent years (farewell, The Playboy Club, Charlie's Angels and Prime Suspect: you won't be missed).

But there were some nice surprises – Revenge provided a welcome return for the primetime soap, while Once Upon A Time demonstrated that Disney and ABC still understand a thing or two about family-centric Sunday night viewing, although I'm less convinced about ABC boss Paul Lee's belief that we're dying to watch men behaving sadly. (If you thought Man Up was bad, wait until Work It airs).

On the cable side, Boardwalk Empire ended the season on a high, Game of Thrones proved that people »

- Sarah Hughes

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Asc Nominates Boardwalk Empire, Pan Am, Modern Family, and More for Cinematography

28 December 2011 12:02 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The American Society of Cinematographers announced their nominations for the best-photographed TV of 2011.  Boardwalk Empire topSthe list with 2 nominations in the one-hour drama category.  HBO also had a presence in the movie/miniseries category with Mildred Pierce and the half-hour series category with Bored to Death.  (This is the first year the Asc introduced a half-hour category.)  I am happy to see Pan Am among the nominees, because the pilot was gorgeous.  Due to the specific nature of the awards, there are a few curious selection that won't get awards attention anywhere else, like Chase and Man Up.  Reminds me of my surprise at discovering that Home Improvement won 7 Emmys, all of which were awarded to apparent lighting guru Donald A. Morgan for Outstanding Lighting Direction. Hit the jump for the full eclectic list of Asc nominees. One-Hour Episodic Television Series/Pilot David Franco for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (“To the Lost”) Jonathan Freeman, »

- Brendan Bettinger

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HBO Leads Cinematographers’ TV Noms

28 December 2011 11:19 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Los Angeles, December 28, 2011 – The American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) has announced nominees in three television categories for the 26th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards competition. The awards ceremony will be held here on February 12 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom. Nominees in the one-hour Episodic Television Series/Pilot Category are: David Franco for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (“To the Lost”) Jonathan Freeman, Asc for Boardwalk Empire (“21″) David Katznelson, Dff, Bsc for PBS’ Downton Abbey (Pilot) John Lindley, Asc for ABC’s Pan Am (Pilot) David Stockton, Asc for NBC’s Chase (“Narco Part 2″) The finalists in the Television Movie/Miniseries category are: Ed Lachman, Asc for HBO’s Mildred Pierce Kevin Moss for Showtime’s Chicago Overcoat David Moxness, Csc for ReelzChannel’s The Kennedys (“Moral Issues and Inner Turmoil”) Martin Ruhe for PBS’ Page Eight Wojciech Szepel for PBS’ Any Human Heart (“Episode 2″) The third category, for a half-hour Episodic Series or Pilot, »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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American Society of Cinematographers’ Television Nominees

28 December 2011 11:16 AM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

HBO Leads Nominations with Programs in All Three Categories Nominees in the one-hour Episodic Television Series/Pilot Category are: David Franco for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (“To the Lost”) Jonathan Freeman, »

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What shows are you watching during the December TV hiatus?

28 December 2011 10:47 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

As exemplified by the utter lack of anything but repeats gracing our TV screens for most of December, the month is traditionally a dead zone for new TV. While we're still upset that we have to wait until Jan. 4 for the newest episode of "Revenge," it does free up some valuable TV-watching time to catch up on older shows.

The first option during this new-tv-free time is to catch up on shows that aired this year but didn't make the cut on our crowded DVR queues. Several Zap2it staffers have finally been introduced to the edge-of-your-seat wonder that is "Homeland," while "Boardwalk Empire" and "Awkward" are being marathoned as well.

The second option is to take advantage of your Netflix streaming account to watch shows you've never seen before, like "Felicity" or "Downton Abbey." "Dexter" and "Firefly" are also popular choices here at Zap2it (for both first-time and »

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'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Pan Am' Among ASC Nominated TV Programs

28 December 2011 10:37 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The cinematography on Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Pan Am and Chase has been nominated for Amercian Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Outstanding Achievement Awards in Television. HBO's Boardwalk Empire actually earned two nominations in the one-hour episodic television series/pilot category. The nominees are David Franco for Boardwalk Empire (“To the Lost”), Jonathan Freeman for Boardwalk Empire (“21”), David Katznelson for PBS’ Downton Abbey (Pilot), John Lindley for ABC’s Pan Am (Pilot), and David Stockton for NBC’s Chase (“Narco Part 2”) Photos: Golden Globe Awards: The Nominees   The finalists in the television movie/miniseries category are Ed Lachman for HBO’s Mildred PierceKevin Moss for Showtime’s Chicago

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'Boardwalk Empire' Leads Cinematographers' TV Nominations

28 December 2011 10:32 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

HBO is the leader in the American Society of Cinematographers' television nominations, which were announced by the Asc Wednesday. The channel received four nominations in the three categories, including a pair for "Boardwalk Empire" in the One-Hour Episodic Television Series/Pilot category. PBS and ABC each received three nominations, while Showtime had two. "Boardwalk Empire" was the only television program to receive more than one nomination. Other shows represented included "Downton Abbey," "Pan Am," "Mildred Pierce," "The Kennedys" and "Modern Family." Asc film nominations will be announced Tuesday, January 10. The 26th annual Asc Outstanding Achievement Awards »

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The Tops in Television for 2011, Some Thoughts

28 December 2011 9:25 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

This was a tough year to winnow just 10 to list as "best," for there were many wonderful series, some short lived and canceled (FX's 'Lights Out,' TNT's 'Men of a Certain Age') and some new dramas so strong out of the gate, their sophomore seasons promise to be ratings gold ('Game of Thrones,' 'Downton Abbey', 'Homeland'). Returning series excelled ('Justified,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Breaking Bad', Boardwalk Empire) and comedies were blessedly adult and smartly written (Louie, Wilfred, Archer). Now, you may say, 'April, why so dark? Where's the network good stuff like 'Community,' 'Parks and Rec,' 'Modern Family' and the like? I never had patience for network television, and it is only getting worse with age. »

- April MacIntyre

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Game Of Thrones Director To Thor 2?

28 December 2011 8:03 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

One of Us television’s favourite directors, Alan Taylor, is reportedly set to direct Thor 2. Taylor, who has directed shows sch as Games Of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, and Nurse Jackie will replace Patty Jenkins, who walked away from the project after creative differences with Marvel Studios.

Such directorial difficulties rarely bodes well for a movie, but Marvel Studios have been relatively consistent so far, and one would expect them to follow up The Avengers – released summer 2012 – with another spandex-clad barnstormer.

The first Thor, directed by Kenneth Brannagh and starring Chris Hemsworth, raked in almost $450 million worldwide, proving one of the surprise hits of 2011. Here’s hoping that Taylor can follow this up and maintain Marvel’s track record so far (assuming The Avengers does the trick beforehand)…

Thor 2 is set for release November 2012.

The Avengers is directed by Joss Whedon and stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Jeremy Renner, »

- Tom Fordy

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Morning Brew - Wednesday, Dec. 28: "The Bachelor" has a bisexual contestant, Ruby Rose is moving stateside

28 December 2011 7:12 AM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Good morning!

With all of the talk about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, not too much has been said about Lisbeth's bisexuality. Director David Fincher discussed it with CinemaBlend:

We start with the source material. We start with the book and [Lisbeth's bisexuality] is what the book described. I didn’t feel there was any need to put a frame around it. One of the things we were very particular about was when she meets Miriam Wu in the bar. We wanted that to be a moment of happiness. There are two times that you see her smile in the entire movie and one of them is when is she gets the attention of Elodie [Yung] and Elodie comes over to kind of say, “Why are you here alone?” I thought that was important. I also think that Salander’s sexuality is less of a ambidextrous thing than it is something that she has to act on. »

- Trish Bendix

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A Festive Week in Spandex - The Dark Knight Rises trailer talk, Joss Whedon on The Avengers... in 3D, David Fincher’s Spider-Man and more…

28 December 2011 4:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Our weekly round-up of the big news stories from the world of movie superheroes…

Warner Bros. gave Batman fans an early Christmas present this past Monday with the online release of the second theatrical trailer for The Dark Knight Rises and – with anticipation for Christopher Nolan’s Gotham swansong reaching fever pitch - it quickly went on to shatter the iTunes record previously held by Marvel’s The Avengers as it amassed a whopping 12.5m views in just 24 hours. The trailer delivered on pretty much every level, giving us a tantalising glimpse at what appears to be some epic action sequences, along with a look at the majority of the cast in action, including Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon), Michael Caine (Alfred), Marion Cotillard (Miranda Tate) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (John Blake), along with a Batman Returns-style introduction to Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle. »

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The best television of 2011: drama

28 December 2011 1:24 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

British drama had an ambitious but somewhat uneven year – while the Scandanavians produced a surprise hit. But what were your favourites?

It would be pushing it to suggest that 2011 was a landmark year for drama but viewers were certainly not badly served, with some fine new work emerging from both the UK and abroad.

In Britain, BBC2 led the field, in part thanks to the much-trumpeted extra investment that gave us The Crimson Petal and the White, The Shadow Line, The Night Watch and The Hour. A line-up that the BBC should rightly be proud of, but perhaps placed too much emphasis on.

Of that line-up, it was The Crimson Petal that played best for me, with Romola Garai capturing my attention as Sugar far more than she did as The Hour's Bel Rowley. Lucinda Coxon's adaptation of Michael Faber's novel was beautifully judged, with Chris O'Dowd a revelation as William Rackham. »

- Vicky Frost

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Clothes on Film’s 2011 Costume Design Round Up

27 December 2011 4:27 PM, PST | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

By no means intended as an exhaustive list, Clothes on Film ponder an overview of 2011 in costume. Concentrating on mainstream fare that those outside of big cities are likely to have seen, we consider which costumes delighted, surprised and best of all, enlightened us. Expect to spot Drive, Melancholia and Hugo on this list somewhere.

Costume encompasses every item of clothing worn on film. By strict definition costume is not ‘wardrobe’; wardrobe is what Oprah Winfrey wore on her talk show. While at Clothes on Film we embrace all forms of costume, we do have a slight bias for contemporary, although only because it is often underrepresented in the face of (admittedly dazzling) period or fantasy wear. This roundup will comprise both period and contemporary, but »

- Chris Laverty

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