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Lena Dunham will host 'SNL' on March 8


Lena Dunham will host "SNL" on March 8
The "Girls" star will make her "Saturday Night Live" debut, as will musical guest The National.

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Roundup: Oscar bloggers become the story
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Roundup: Oscar bloggers become the story

Also: YouTube rescues 'The Square,' and J.Law gets dressy

I'm not sure I have anything much to say about Boris Kachka's lengthy profile of the Oscar-blogging community, but it's certainly a weird read. (In Contention largely escaped scrutiny, as Sasha Stone and Jeff Wells take the lion's share of column space.) "Today’s Oscar bloggers are writing from inside the house. You may not know their names, but most everyone in Hollywood does—loves them, hates them, courts them. At junkets they attend what one of them calls “Oscar Blogger Days.” They’re at every festival and VIP after-party, with a hand on Melissa Leo’s shoulder, a joke for Alfonso Cuarón, or a whisper into the ear of George Clooney’s publicist. When they write something negative or leave an actor out of their predictions, they hear about it, a lot." [Vulture]

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<p>Keri Russell in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Keri Russell in "The Americans."

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Review: FX's 'The Americans' takes a leap in season 2

Some minor fine-tuning takes period spy drama from very good to great

"The Americans," FX's Cold War drama about KGB spies posing as a married couple in Ronald Reagan's America, had the poor timing to arrive as a very good new show near the start of what turned out to be an incredible year. Had it debuted in a different period — even a year or two earlier — it would have set a very high bar to clear for all that followed and been a constant point of comparison. But there was just so much quality TV in 2013 that it kept slipping behind other work, even though it had so much to recommend it. When I did my best-of rankings for the year, I wound up putting it 18th, simultaneously kicking myself for doing so while struggling to argue that I preferred it to the previous 17.

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: Lisa is the new target, but why?

Lisa jokes that it's her turn, but she may not be wrong

So, that happened. Is anyone else having flashbacks to middle school? It seems that all of the Housewives except for newbies Joyce and Carlton been holding on to niggling resentments toward Lisa for most of the season (or really, most of the series) and have just been too chicken or busy getting spray tans to confront her. Now, with Yolanda leading the charge for reasons that still aren't entirely clear, these women are joining forces to take down the series' queen bee. This brings up a lot of questions, not the least of which is, how did I miss the fact that Lisa and Ken smoke?

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<p>Poor Bopper!</p>

Poor Bopper!

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Interview: Bopper discusses his 'Amazing Race: All-Stars' medical exit

Why is Mallory his 'perfect double'?

"The Amazing Race" has had twists that sent teams home before leaving Los Angeles, but no Racer has ever gone less distance than William "Bopper" Minton.

 

Sunday (February 23) night's "Amazing Race: All-Stars" premiere began with a sad twist for Team Kentucky. 

 

Bopper, a fan favorite who cheered for partner Mark through an arduous, health-testing Bollywood challenge in their first season, began experiencing internal pain the night before the Race was set to begin, was diagnosed with an inflamed pancreas and was told he shouldn't Race. Instead, Mark was paired, seemingly out of nowhere, with fellow Kentuckian Mallory, making her third appearance on the show, but her first without father Gary.

 

That's the narrative as presented by "The Amazing Race" on Sunday.

 

On Monday morning, I talked with Bopper about his medical condition, how he handled it and how the show handled it. Bopper explained his recent perfect storm of catastrophes and his relief that Mark was able to continue without him. He also noted why Mallory was the closest the show could find to another Bopper.

 

Click through for the full conversation.

 

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Sound Editing - 'Gravity' will fend off 'All is Lost' and 'Lone Survivor'

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Sound Editing - 'Gravity' will fend off 'All is Lost' and 'Lone Survivor'

Chalk another one up for Alfonso Cuarón's craft juggernaut

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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"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor"

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'The Bachelor' recap: Juan Pablo heads to hometowns with mixed results

Does the wrong woman go home this week?

It's time for hometowns! Yay! We can always count on a meltdown, as it turns out families tend not to cotton to relationships formed on television shows through lack of contact with the outside world, unrealistically fabulous first dates (You, me, Vietnam! Go!) and a false sense of limited resources. Or, they're just crazy and overprotective. Tomato, tomahto!

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CBS gets Jamie Lee Curtis to star in a drama pilot


CBS gets Jamie Lee Curtis to star in a drama pilot
In her first regular series role since “Anything But Love” in 1989, Curtis will star in a soapy medical show, playing the mother of three kids who grew up on a reality show. PLUS: Skeet Ulrich joins NBC’s “Babylon Fields."


Watch a preview of Seth Meyers' couch-less "Late Night"

Here is Meyers interviewing Joe Biden with Amy Poehler at the vice president's side. PLUS: Anna Wintour's daughter is a "Late Night" producer.

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<p>I&nbsp;would totally give someone an award for both of those dresses.</p>

I would totally give someone an award for both of those dresses.

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A full rundown of my picks if I had an Oscar ballot

From 'Gravity' to 'Get A Horse!', here's the way I'd vote if I could

2013 was an unusually rich year for movies. I felt strongly about both my top ten choices of the year and the runners-up, and I still left off a ton of movies that I enjoyed completely and that I'd recommend to audiences. One of the things that is hardest for me to get my head around when contemplating the Oscars is the idea of picking one thing to represent the year in each of these categories.

Still, if I were told today that I had an Oscar ballot and I was asked to vote, the only way I could do it would be operating from pure gut feeling. I wouldn't worry about trying to predict anyone else's response. This was an annual exercise for Siskel and Ebert for years, and they always seemed to use the opportunity to champion what they felt were the underdogs of the nominations.

We'll run down every category here. If you want a list of all the nominees and in-depth writing about the entire race, you should be on In Contention, where Guy Lodge, Greg Ellwood, and Kris Tapley eat and breathe this stuff. What I'm doing here is what I imagine many Academy voters do… I'm going to run down the list and just pick what I pick, the thing that I think speaks the most to me about last year.

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Jimmy Kimmel to become a dad for the 3rd time


Jimmy Kimmel to become a dad for the 3rd time

Kimmel, who has a 22-year-old daughter and a 20-year-old son, tells Ellen he's expecting with his new wife Molly McNearney, the co-head writer of “Jimmy Kimmel Live."


Revisiting Harold Ramis’ “SCTV” past

Here are some parodies featuring the future “Ghostbusters” star.


Tim Daly to play the “Madam Secretary’s” husband

He’ll co-star opposite Tea Leoni in the CBS pilot about a female secretary of state. More pilot castings: Mykelti Williamson for “Clementine,” Leslie Bibb for “Love is Relative,” and Lily Rabe for “The Visitors."


Seth Meyers gets congrats John Kerry, whom Meyers played on “SNL"
"You’ve come a long way since 2004,” says the secretary of state. PLUS: Jimmy Kimmel also offers best wishes, watch Meyers on “Say Yes to Dress.


Comedy Central renews “Broad City”
The Amy Poehler comedy will be back for a 2nd season.


How “Dallas” plans to fill the J.R. Ewing void in Season 3

There will be new mischief, despite Larry Hagman’s death.


Piers Morgan was “rubbish” as a TV host
Were there any actual Piers Morgan fans?


Why “True Detective” is shallow “macho nonsense"
“Frankly, says Emily Nussbaum, 'True Detective' reeks of the stuff. The series, for all its good looks and its movie-star charisma, isn’t just using dorm-room deep talk as a come-on: it has fallen for its own sales pitch.” PLUS: Does “True Detective” make you feel dumb?, and “True Detective’s” opening with cats, and why Maggie is not a lame character.

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<p>On &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother,&quot;&nbsp;Robin and Lily try to cure Barney's hangover.</p>

On "How I Met Your Mother," Robin and Lily try to cure Barney's hangover.

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Talkback: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Rally'

The gang tries to get Barney over his wedding day hangover

Tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" kicked off the final six-episode stretch of the series' run, and did so in a way that focused as much on the gang's past and future as their present at the Farhampton Inn, including glimpses of Marshall's campaign for New York Supreme Court justice, young Marvin's first day of college and a big night for Ted and the Mother. And, if nothing else, the stuff in the present had a lot of bacon.

So what did you guys think? An entertaining trip through time, or more of the same dopiness of this final season? Did the kiss and/or the Weekend at Barney's gags live up to the years of build-up? Have at it.

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<p>Chiwetel Ejiofor after winning the BAFTA for Best Actor.</p>

Chiwetel Ejiofor after winning the BAFTA for Best Actor.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor on responsibility and the necessity of violence in '12 Years a Slave'

The BAFTA-winning actor is looking to spoil in the Best Actor race

Chiwetel Ejiofor's recent BAFTA win for Best Actor was a sweet victory for the 36-year-old actor, and not just because it came on home turf. Eight years previously, the Londoner scored (and lost) his first BAFTA nod in the Rising Star category. Last Sunday's win, atop a slew of recent honors for his imposing turn as freeman-turned-slave Solomon Northup in "12 Years a Slave" -- including, of course, his first Oscar nomination -- underlined the fact that his star has now risen. Long a promising standout in films as diverse as "Dirty Pretty Things," "Kinky Boots" and "Redbelt," the stage-trained star has now asserted himself as a leading man of formidable presence and intelligence.

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