When I look out over this morning's Screen Actors Guild nominations, one thing is abundantly clear: "Foxcatcher" needed this. After landing with a major splash at the Cannes Film Festival, the film went on to feel more like a low-key blip (no real critics love so far) that wasn't going to connect with voters. Today, not only is Steve Carell chalked up for a lead actor nomination, but Mark Ruffalo is right there with him in a supporting race that was starting to seem very, very up in the air.
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The TV categories of the Screen Actors Guild Awards are more or less an afterthought, just a way for the union to avoid offending the large chunk of its membership that works in television by including them in what's a glorified Oscar precursor ceremony. And the TV nominations tend to be about the least adventurous and interesting of any even semi-notable TV awards show. (The Golden Globe nominations, which will be announced tomorrow, will be silly and ill-informed in many ways, but they'll at least have some memorably oddball choices.)
"Modern Family" and "House of Cards" were the only shows to receive multiple individual nominations plus ensemble recognition as the Screen Actors Guild announced its 2015 award nominations on the TV side on Wednesday (December 10) morning.
With a few exceptions -- "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany joining the field or Uzo Aduba earning a well-earned "Orange Is The New Black" nomination -- it was a predictable slate of nominations headed by the same returning favorites, though several fresh shows popped up in key categories.
Kurt Sutter: I wanted “Sons of Anarchy” to end unambiguously
"I wasn't sure how much of it I was going to leave up to the imagination of people,” the “Sons of Anarchy” creator explained on “Anarchy Afterward.” There was talk of leaving the finale open ended. "And then,” he adds, "ultimately I felt like this has not been a show of' ‘what ifs,' to a certain extent. This has always been a show about direct, specific choices and direct, specific consequences. So I realized I needed to be clear in terms of whether it happened or it didn't.” PLUS: What a fitting and unpredictable end, Sutter touched all the bases and cleaned up all the loose ends, “SOA” went out like it wanted to — without compromise, and all about the finale’s swan song.
“SNL” promos: Martin Freeman dances with Kate McKinnon
Watch them chase each other with Benny Hill music.
Adult Swim renews “Black Jesus,” “Mike Tyson Mysteries” and “Mr. Pickles”
All three will be back for a 2nd season.
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The Screen Actors Guild announced this year's nominees for the 2014 SAG Awards. The winners will be announced during a live telecast on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 25. The nominees are as follows...
And that was the way the world ended: not with a bang but a whimper. If you had that famous phrase stuck in your head while tuning into the series finale of “Sons of Anarchy,” we wouldn't blame you. Not with everything that went down last week. But if you still haven't tuned into Tuesday's final episode, well ... do it. Immediately. As for everyone else, well we all deserve some hugs, Brutha.
When I recently reported on the possibility of Spider-Man making an appearance in an official Marvel movie, the news was greeted with no small amount of skepticism. Tonight, thanks to the massive hack of Sony's internal networks, the Wall Street Journal has published a piece that details many of the conversations that have happened about the future of the iconic comic book character.
The problem is that while I'm certainly curious to read about Sony's plans, I am deeply uncomfortable with the way the media has responded to the Sony hack. These massive infodumps that are happening are obviously designed to hurt the company, and it feels like much of the coverage of the leak so far has been playing right into that goal.
Then again, much of what I do is based on the way I protect my own sources of information, and it depends on me being able to sometimes see and read and hear things that were not meant for my eyes or ears. I can't very well be upset if people want to read all of this leaked material simply for the curiosity of it.
A review of tonight's "The Flash" coming up just as soon as I leave some posts on the Science Showcase website...
A review of tonight's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" coming up just as soon as I remind you not to die...
Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy will be written into “Bones”
"They are going to write it in,” says Deschanel. "As far as I have heard, yes.” PLUS: “Bones” cast members celebrate Episode 200.
Alfonso Ribeiro to follow his “Dancing” championship with a makeover reality show
On "Hometown Rebound,” Ribeiro would help make over an entire community.
Aaron Sorkin thought this week’s “Newsroom” was the first “really good” episode — until he saw the reaction
“This episode was different,” Sorkin said Monday at a Writers Guild Foundation Q&A. “In every regard. First it was different great. … It was the first episode of The Newsroom I thought was really good. It was the first time I didn’t find myself banging my head against a wall feeling like ‘I just cannot get the hang of this.’ … until last night. He added, jokingly: “It lasted 6 hours.”
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The SAG Awards nominations are only hours away, but we're focusing our predictions first on the awards show that seems to matter the most this week to Hollywood, the Golden Globes.
Cuba Gooding Jr. to play O.J. Simpson, Sarah Paulson cast as Marcia Clark in FX's "American Crime Story"
Paulson will play the lead prosecutor who tried to convict Simpson in Ryan Murphy's 10-episode anthology series "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
President Obama gives “The Colbert Report” a big ratings bump
Colbert’s viewership soared 50% over its season average with the president as a guest.
Play the “Sons of Anarchy” drinking game
Take a sip of your beer when a SAMCRO member calls someone “brother.”
Neil Patrick Harris’ Oscar writers include John Oliver’s exec producer, former “SNL” head writer
“Last Week Tonight’s” Tim Carvell and “SNL” vet Paula Pell are among the members of Harris’ Academy Awards writing team.