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Last night's New York Film Critics' Circle awards dinner have already made industry headlines for the wrong reasons -- Armond White's regrettable outburst was already covered in this morning's roundup -- which has thus far obscured talk of the awards themselves. Which is doubly unfortunate, since it would appear that there were a number of valuable takeaways from that side of the evening -- and none more so than Harry Belafonte's eloquent address to Steve McQueen.
Stan Lee to appear on "Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
Lee is promising a "big role" in an upcoming episode.
Jimmy Fallon recalls his failed movie career, and Lorne Michaels giving him dating advice
Vanity Fair cover boy Fallon opens up about how Lorne Michaels saved him from his failed drunken movie star L.A. phase by offering him the "Late Night" hosting job.
Fire causes $100,000 worth of damage to Alex O'Loughlin's Hawaii home
"We heard a boom and his garage door blew off," a neighbor of the "Hawaii Five-0" star says of the fire, which was contained within 20 minutes.
Watch Ringo Starr's "Powerpuff Girls" cameo
He plays Fibonacci Sequins.
Louis CK releasing his 1998 film featuring cameos from Steve Carell, Conan, Amy Poehler, JB Smoove
The comedian told Jay Leno he raised money to make the black and white film with the help of pals Chris Rock, Jon Stewart and Denis Leary.
"MythBusters" getting a "Dangerous Toys" special
In a Discovery special, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage will take a "kids' fort-battle game and blows it up with adult-sized concoctions."
"Bachelor" contestant shows up with a fake baby bump
"I know you have a daughter, and I know you want more children, and I was thinking maybe adding to it!" she told Juan Pablo. PLUS: A bachelorette went to 2nd base for the first time.
"Duck Dynasty" controversy has had no impact on advertisers
In fact, the price of advertising on the A&E show is going up.
The nominees for the 66th annual Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards were revealed today, narrowing the Oscar race considerably as the industry precursor has long been an indicator for which way the Academy might fall. So those who missed the cut this morning — the Coen brothers, Spike Jonze, Alexander Payne — will be facing a steep uphill climb after today.
"The Bachelor" hits a 3-year high with Juan Pablo
The premiere of Juan Pablo's season was up 17% over last year.
Elle defends controversial cover of Mindy Kaling
Of the four covers for the Women in TV issue, only Mindy Kaling is shown in close-up, with her body excluded, and in black and white. "Mindy looks sexy, beautiful and chic," says the magazine. PLUS: Kaling responds to "ya pervs."
Ryan Seacrest: "Not a chance" will I ever quit "American Idol"
"I'm so used to getting up each year and doing that show," he says on "Today."
"Key & Peele's" Keegan-Michael Key is coming to "The Middle"
He'll guest as a charismatic preacher.
Peter Capaldi begins filming his "Doctor Who" stint
Check him out on set wearing Matt Smith's "Who" outfit. PLUS: Capaldi dislocated his thumb while filming BBC's "The Musketeers."
Alex Trebek raps a "Jeopardy!" category
Last night's episode featured a category of famous rap lyrics.
Sarah Michelle Gellar is "disappointed" on "Sesame Street"
Watch explain "disappointed" with Elmo.
Another year, another Armond White controversy. The famously against-the-grain critic routinely gets people's backs up with his reviews, but he's also taken in recent years to making a nuisance of himself at the New York Film Critics' Circle Awards, denigrating his colleagues' choices in the presence of the winners themselves. Last night saw his ugliest display yet, as he disrupted Best Director winner Steve McQueen's speech by calling him "an embarrassing doorman and garbage man." McQueen classily ignored him; the NYFCC, of which White is a former chair, should not do the same. A critic's opinions are his to freely express in print; personal public abuse is another matter. [Variety]
While lots of things happen in this episode (Jamie Lee Curtis for the win!), all of them are overshadowed by the never-ending battle between Brandi and Joyce. After the pathetic ending to Lisa's dinner party debacle, I think the win is pretty clearly in Joyce's column. She may be many things, but I don't think Joyce is one to play the victim card, at least not the way Brandi did.
Filmmaker Jane Campion has found herself in the Palme d'Or mix three times at Cannes: for 1989's "Sweetie," 1993's "The Piano" (which one the prize in a tie with Kaige Chen's "Farewell My Concubine") and 2009's "Bright Star." She also won a prize for her short film "An Exercise in Discipline - Peel" in 1982. Suffice it to say, she has a rich history with the fest, and now she adds one more notch on her Croisette belt: she'll be heading up the 2014 edition's jury.
It was a pretty good weekend for Harvey Weinstein and his crop of awards season hopefuls. On Saturday, "August: Osage County" — coming off a dominant showing at the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival in Italy — was recognized at the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala with honors for stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. The Weinstein Company honcho also held a private little after-soiree that was full of talent not just from his films but others as well.
Sunday night, it was a Kirk Douglas Award presentation for "Lee Daniels' The Butler" star Forest Whitaker in advance of the 29th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (which will feature another accolade in the form of the Montecito Award for, well, Montecito resident Oprah Winfrey). A big boost of visibility for the SAG nominee.
The legendary awards strategist — who recently placed number one on HitFix's inaugural Oscar Power List with ease — has a typically loaded slate of films this year and he's making all the right moves on their behalf. "August," "The Butler," "Fruitvale Station," "Philomena" and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" have all been represented on the circuit (though perhaps the best of them, in my opinion — "Mandela" — has received short shrift). Yet despite SAG and WGA attention, it seems more and more like Weinstein will have his first off year in the Best Picture ranks since finally cutting through with "The Reader" in 2008.