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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Short Film (Live Action) - A wide open race will make or break office pools

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Short Film (Live Action) - A wide open race will make or break office pools

Four out of the five could easily take the win here

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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“Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” return up from the fall

“Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” return up from the fall
Both Shonda Rhimes dramas attracted 9.3 million viewers on ABC. PLUS: CBS timeslot-swap pays off for “Two and a Half Men” and “The Crazy Ones."


CW unveils “The Flash" in costume
Here’s your first look at Grant Gustin's suit.


Seth Meyers' numbers fall below Fallon’s “Late Night” premiere week, Kimmel pulls closer to “Tonight”
Kerr Washington helped deliver big numbers for “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”


George Stephanopoulos will cut back on hosting “This Week”
He’s going from hosting three times a month to twice a month, with Martha Raddatz subbing.


Watch the “Orphan Black” Season 2 trailer
The April 19 premiere features more clone-on-clone violence.


“Bachelor Pad” to return this summer?
When asked if there will be a new season, “Bachelor” creator Mike Fleiss responded: “Could be…"


“Duck Dynasty’s” ratings keep declining, but don’t blame Phil Robertson
The A&E reality show is still a big hit, but its viewership has been going down since the fall, before Robertson’s homophobic comments.


Prince is taking over “The Arsenio Hall Show"
Prince sent a lookalike to announce that he will be Arsenio’s sole guest on Wednesday.


Buffy & Angel reunite
Sarah Michelle Gellar posed for a photo with David Boreanaz and his “Bones” co-star Emily Deschanel.


Ex-“SNL” star Chris Kattan charged with driving under the influence of drugs
He faces a maximum six months in jail and $1,000 fine.


Michelle Dockery: I’m staying with “Downton Abbey” till the end
“I am sticking with the show for however long the producers want it to go,” she said on a UK chat show, adding: "We don't know how long it's going to go on for.”


What will “The Walking Dead” do to the Oscars?
AMC is planning its normal schedule on Sunday, including “Talking Dead” with guests Norman Reedus, Emily Kinney and JB Smoove.

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<p>Grant Gustin as &quot;The Flash.&quot;</p>

Grant Gustin as "The Flash."

Credit: CW

'The Flash' presents first look at Grant Gustin's costume

The CW 'Arrow' spin-off outfits the world's fastest man

Production is about to begin next week on the pilot for the CW's "Arrow" spin-off "The Flash," which means certain details are starting to come out. Today, we got our first look at what actor Grant Gustin will look like in a variation on the iconic DC Comics costume.

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Foreign Language Film - Cannes hits face a 'Breakdown'

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Foreign Language Film - Cannes hits face a 'Breakdown'

Could Italy return to the winners' circle for the first time in 15 years?

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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Oscar Talk: Final predictions as 'Gravity' squares off with '12 Years a Slave'

Oscar Talk: Final predictions as 'Gravity' squares off with '12 Years a Slave'

Last call for picks in all 24 categories

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is broadcast in special installments throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

On the docket today…

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<p>The cast of &quot;The Millers&quot; is sure excited to beat &quot;Idol&quot;</p>

The cast of "The Millers" is sure excited to beat "Idol"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'The Millers' thumps 'Idol,' 'Men' rises and 'Scandal' returns strong on Thursday

'Community' and 'Parks and Recreation' are low for NBC

Fast National ratings for Thursday, February 27, 2014.

With "Big Bang Theory" leading the way, CBS dominated the start of Thursday primetime and then held on for a narrow win in young viewers over ABC, which got strong returns from long-absent "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal."

CBS had an easier time winning overall, where the network got a boost from "Two and a Half Men," which rose in its new 9 p.m. time period. Somewhat encouragingly for "The Crazy Ones," the shift to 9:30 didn't have a negative impact.

Over on FOX "American Idol" was no match for "Big Bang Theory," which isn't surprising, but it also lost to "The Millers" both overall and in the key demo, which isn't so pretty. "Idol" still rose slightly overall over last week (but dipped a tiny bit in the key demo). With the return of "Grey's Anatomy" and CBS' boosted 9 p.m. hour, however, "Rake" plummeted to dismal series lows.

Also doing weak numbers on Thursday were NBC's "Community" and "Parks and Recreation." In its time period premiere, "Hollywood Game Night" failed to provide any sort of meaningful improvement in the 9 p.m. hour, which isn't to say that there wasn't some improvement over "Sean Saves the World" and "Michael J. Fox," but that minor uptick didn't benefit "Parenthood" at all.

And, finally, "Vampire Diaries" also suffered from the sea of competition and drew under 2 million viewers for the night, not that anybody is concerned.

On to the numbers...

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<p>These are the faces of 2014&#39;s biggest fumble so far.</p>

These are the faces of 2014's biggest fumble so far.

Credit: Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate/Warner Bros

Two months in, what are the worst films of 2014?

Action hero monsters, gooey historical dramas, and insipid love stories a-plenty

We're just now approaching the end of the second month of 2014, and yet I am already winded.

The start of the year is traditionally a time of studios dumping the movies that they couldn't quite slot anywhere else, and one of the reasons those films sometimes have trouble finding a home is because they just plain didn't work out. Talented people with the best of intentions sometimes simply miss the mark, and when that happens, studios find themselves playing a game to try to get people into the theater before word of mouth gets out.

There have definitely been some bright spots this year. I think "The LEGO Movie" is pure delight, and audiences seem to agree, turning it into a full-blown sensation. Sundance always helps kick the year off with some great new films. "The Raid 2" and "Whiplash" and "The Guest" and a fistful of other titles all made that a great ten days of fun films.

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<p>Maribel Verdu in Alfonso Cuaron&#39;s &quot;Y tu Mama Tambien.&quot;</p>

Maribel Verdu in Alfonso Cuaron's "Y tu Mama Tambien."

Credit: IFC Films

Roundup: Finding the Cuarón connection

Also: Could an American have made '12 Years a Slave?'

When Alfonso Cuarón presumably lifts the Best Director Oscar on Sunday, it'll be a deserved individual win, but it'll also be past-due recognition for one of the most versatile and adventurous stylists of the modern cinema. Beyond his name, what connects "A Little Princess" to "Y tu Mama Tambien" to "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" to "Gravity?" In a lovely essay, Michael Joseph Gross has a go at explaining: "All of Cuarón’s films are road movies, to greater and lesser extents. On the road, travelers are challenged to become themselves by transcending themselves, to restructure their perspective by empathizing with the people they encounter; and this act, by its nature, constantly creates new narrative understandings." [Vanity Fair]

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"Scandal"

"Scandal"

Credit: ABC

'Scandal' recap: Sally makes a big move, but has she lost her mind?

Plus Eli isn't going gently into retirement, either

So, before the midseason break, I thought Sally had been taken down like a tranquilized zoo rhino. After you've asked the boss' henchman to help you cover up the fact you murdered your husband, most people might think the best option would be laying low. Shaking hands, kissing babies, maybe praying a lot, that sort of thing. I mean, there was no way Sally would do something to actively antagonize not only her boss but his Chief of Staff, right? The Chief of Staff that helped her cover up the murder, natch. That would be insane, right? Oh yeah, I forgot. This is "Scandal," the world that logical behavior forgot.

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<p>Jill Scott performs &quot;Happy&quot; at the first Oscars concert Thurday night at UCLA.</p>

Jill Scott performs "Happy" at the first Oscars concert Thurday night at UCLA.

Credit: Phil Gallo, Twitter, Billboard

Jill Scott's 'Happy,' 'Let it Go,' 'Gravity' blow the roof off first Oscars concert

John Williams is the star of the night

The Academy held its first Oscars concert on Thursday night at Royce Hall at UCLA.  It better not be the last.

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Jimmy Kimmel gets 'Scandal' stars to make 'Escandalo'

Jimmy Kimmel gets “Scandal” stars to make “Escandalo”
Kerry Washington helped introduce the “Spanish-language version” of “Scandal.” PLUS: Bellamy Young on Thursday’s “game-changer."


A U.S. senator is urging Esquire Network to yank “Friday Night Tykes”
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, sent a letter to the cable network’s president saying “Friday Night Tykes” "exploits these children for purely entertainment purposes. For the sake of America’s youth athletes, I call on you to immediately end this shameful, dangerous display on your network.”


Jimmy Fallon’s Week 3 guests announced: He’ll reunite with Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Lindsay Lohan
Next week’s guests also include Chelsea Handler and Annette Benning. PLUS: Fallon & LeBron James film an old-school rap video.


Why Arthur Chu is ruining “Jeopardy!”
The game-theory player is taking the “romance” out of the game.


“Veep” takes a selfie with Bill Clinton
Julia Louis-Dreyfus spent Thursday hanging with President Clinton.


D.A. says OK to Andi Dorfman’s “Bachelorette” leave
While not specifically mentioning the ABC reality show, the Fulton County D.A. granted the “highly unusual” request and wrote: “I wish you the best of luck while you participate in this program.”


Sarah Drew talks about her “Grey’s Anatomy” decision
"Like most decisions that April makes, she is full of confusion and lots of emotion,” she says.


Sarah Michelle Gellar tackles Reddit questions, picking her fave “Buffy” episodes — and Angel
The former “Buffy” star was asked, “Spike or Angel?"


Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis are engaged
“That ‘70s Show’s” Jackie and Kelso are getting married in real life.


Joe Pantoliano joins CBS’ Alyson Hannigan-Tom Papa comedy pilot
“The Sopranos” alum will play Papa’s dad in “More Time With Family.”


Discovery Channel renews “Dude, You’re Screwed”
The survival reality show will be back for a 2nd season.


TruTV orders “Motor City Masters” starring Brooke Burns
She’ll host the car designer realty competition.


Lena Dunham: When I was 14, I tried to get a fake ID so I could watch “SNL” in person
The “Girls” star says she was so obsessed with “Saturday Night Live” she would watch the show while taking notes.

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Animated Feature - 'Frozen' has the heat

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Animated Feature - 'Frozen' has the heat

Two critically acclaimed foreign titles are no match for the Disney phenomenon

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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