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<p>Showtime's David Nevins</p>

Showtime's David Nevins

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Showtime Executive Session with David Nevins Press Tour Live-Blog

Expect lots of 'Dexter' finale and 'Homeland' questions

I'm a live-blogging fool!

Up next on the network executive carousel? Showtime's David Nevins. I'm assuming we're going to ask about Lumberjack "Dexter," the "Homeland" finale (expect spoilers) and more.

Click through to see what's what!

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<p>Ethan&nbsp;Hawke in &quot;Before Midnight&quot;</p>

Ethan Hawke in "Before Midnight"

Credit: Sony Classics

Ethan Hawke reacts to his Oscar nod and tells us what to expect from 'Boyhood'

'It's the most exciting thing I've ever been a part of.'

Ethan Hawke picked up his third nomination to date this morning and his second nomination from the writers branch for co-penning the screenplay for Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight." It's a special mention for the actor because he, Linklater and his co-star and co-writer Julie Delpy were chalked up nearly a decade ago for the very same nomination for "Before Sunset."

Interestingly enough, a year before production began on that 2004 mid-section to what has come to be one of the most unique trilogies in cinema, Hawke and Linklater kicked off a whole other experiment that will finally be unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival Sunday night. "Boyhood," filmed over the course of 12 years, will tell a story of childhood and growing up, the years ticking by as Linklater and his team revisited the story consistently throughout that span of time, ending up with what will be another unique glimpse at the drama and minutiae of everyday life, the very purview of Linklater throughout his career.

Hawke hopped on the phone this morning to react to his Oscar nomination and to tell us what we can expect from "Boyhood" when it premieres this weekend. Check out the back and forth below.

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<p>A moment from Wednesday's &quot;American Idol&quot; premiere</p>

A moment from Wednesday's "American Idol" premiere

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'American Idol' drops 23 percent in Season 13 Wednesday premiere

It's the lowest 'Idol' premiere ever in the key demo
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
 
The Season 13 premiere of "American Idol" was down by 23 percent in the key demographic and by 16 percent overall on Wednesday night, making it the lowest rated "Idol" premiere ever in the demo and the lowest season Season 1 in viewers. FOX still dominated Wednesday in all measures.
 
While the percentage drops from last winter's premiere speak for themselves, FOX still has some spin: For the first time since Season 10, "Idol" premiered with higher ratings than its finale. That's a reflection more on how low the Season 12 finale was than anything else, but still. Also, FOX notes that "Idol" tied the most recent premiere of "The Voice" in viewers.
 
Well OK!
 
Meanwhile, "Suburgatory" retained demo numbers decently from "The Middle" in its latest premiere, but dropped steeply in viewers. The second week of "Chicago PD" was also down against returns for "CSI" and "Nashville."
 
Let's get to the numbers...
 
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'American Idol' returns to its lowest-ever premiere ratings, despite the revelation of Harry Connick Jr.


"American Idol" returns to its lowest-ever premiere ratings, despite the revelation of Harry Connick Jr.

About 15 million viewers tuned in to see Connick's "amazing" performance as a judge. Critics praised his no-nonsense yet charming approach that stood in stark contrast to last season. PLUS: 8 reasons why Connick was so good as a judge.


Watch Jay Leno hang with Jerry Seinfeld on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"
Does Leno reveal his post-"Tonight Show" plans?


Bravo orders "Top Chef Extreme"
The "Top Chef" spinoff will have past contestants competing against each other, in one-on-one culinary duels.


"HIMYM's" final episode will be called "Last Forever"

The creators also revealed that they filmed the final scene with the kids in 2006.


Prince on "New Girl": Here's your 1st look
See Prince come between Nick and Jess.


Watch footage of Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Larry David at Tom's Diner
The trio were reportedly filming a Super Bowl commercial.


FXX app will allow streaming of all "The Simpsons" episodes
But there's a catch: You'll have to be an FXX cable subscriber to access the episodes.


Police say Sugar Bear was responsible for Honey Boo Boo car crash
The TLC star made an unsafe left turn, which led to a collision with a truck.


"Jon & Kate" twins refuse to speak on "Today"
Cara and Mady, now 13, went silent during this morning's appearance with their mom, Kate Gosselin.


"King Joffrey" blasts celebrity worship during visit to Oxford
Watch "Game of Thrones" star Jack Gleeson's "epic rant" at Oxford Union.

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<p>Michael Barker (left)&nbsp;with Richard Linklater (center)&nbsp;and Tom Bernard at the Gotham Awards in New York last month</p>

Michael Barker (left) with Richard Linklater (center) and Tom Bernard at the Gotham Awards in New York last month

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Michael Barker on 'bittersweet' nominations and watching Richard Linklater's career bloom

Sony Classics honcho reflects on the morning's good and bad news

It was a "bittersweet" morning according to Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker. On one hand his company's films "Before Midnight," "Blue Jasmine" and "The Invisible Woman" combined for a total of five nominations, including a somewhat surprising bid for "Blue" supporting actress Sally Hawkins. On the other, it was a rare occasion where the indie distributor had no nominees in either the Best Documentary Feature or Best Foreign Language Film categories, and neither "Blue" nor "Midnight" was able to push into the Best Picture field.

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<p>A detail from the poster for &quot;Alone Yet Not Alone.&quot;</p>

A detail from the poster for "Alone Yet Not Alone."

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Introducing 'Alone Yet Not Alone,' the year's most obscure Oscar nominee

Yet again, the Best Original Song category turns up a shocker

The Academy's music branch can always be counted on for at least one out-of-nowhere surprise in the Best Original Song category. Remember "Paris 36?" Or "Chasing Ice?" Or "August Rush?" Forgotten them all? No one would blame you. Anyway, they seem to have truly outdone themselves this year. There were audible gasps and chuckles when Cheryl Boone Isaacs began reading the list of nominees in the category, and first off the bat was "Alone Yet Not Alone" from, er, "Alone Yet Not Alone."

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Sarah Polley has the best reaction ever to not getting nominated

Sarah Polley has the best reaction ever to not getting nominated

'Stories We Tell' snubbed but she tweets love to a nominee

It's always inevitable that the Academy will end up snubbing a deserving nominee in one category or another, but one big snub this year was Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell" in the feature documentary category. "Stories" won both the NYFCC and LAFCC best documentary honors and was a fixture on many critics' end-of-year top 10 lists. It was almost seen as a lock to make the cut, but appears to have been pushed out by either "Dirty Wars" or "Cutie and the Boxer." Leave it to the always classy Polley to send out a tweet flipping the narrative and heaping praise on one of the actual nominees, Joshua Oppenheimer for "The Act of Killing."

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<p>Oprah Winfrey in 'The Butler'</p>

Oprah Winfrey in 'The Butler'

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey lead the list of shocking Oscar snubs

Sarah Polley and Emma Thompson also among the surprising shut-outs

Oscar nomination morning may bring joy to the chosen few, but "few" is the operative word -- the list of who's out is always going to be longer than the list of who's in. A few shock omissions are par for the course, but it seems this morning's announcement brought even more than usual, and in a multitude of categories -- from Tom Hanks to Emma Thompson to Sarah Polley to Lana del Rey. After the jump, we list a few of the no-shows that surprised us most.

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<p>Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Best Picture nominees for the 86th annual Academy&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Best Picture nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards.

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The Academy once again goes its own way with a singular list of Oscar nominees

Always there to shake things up a bit, AMPAS snubs some, surprises others

As it always does, the Academy had a few things of its own to say this morning as the 86th annual Oscar nominations announcement was full of intrigue. Never too closely resembling the buzz we're all going on as ballots are turned in, the organization went its own way in a few key areas, putting smiles on some faces, slapping frowns on others.

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86th Academy Awards nominations - complete list

86th Academy Awards nominations - complete list

Who was honored by the Granddaddy of all awards shows?

"American Hustle" and "Gravity" lead the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards, with nominations in 10 categories. "12 Years a Slave" is right on their heels with nine nods, while six other films made the Best Picture lineup. Full list of nominations below.

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Watch the 2014 Oscar nominations announcement

Watch the 2014 Oscar nominations announcement

Handy live stream if the laptop's handy and you don't want to get out of bed

We're just about 15 minutes away from the big announcement. At 5:40am PT (good GOD), Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Chris Hemsworth will announce this year's Oscar nominees. If you're tuning in online and steering clear of the horrors of E! and whatnot, you can watch the announcement via the livestream below (and knock out any first-blush reactions instantly as we prepare our initial reactionary coverage). See you soon.

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<p>Look at Cube. He wants to laugh. You know he does.</p>

Look at Cube. He wants to laugh. You know he does.

Credit: Universal Pictures

Review: 'Ride Along' squanders the genuine chemistry between Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

It's not a disaster, but it's safe to call it a disappointment

While I'm not sure I'd ever accuse Ice Cube of having any significant dramatic range as an actor, I like his presence on-screen, and I've enjoyed several of the action comedies he's starred in. I think "All About The Benjamins" is just plain fun, and Eva Mendes gives a fantastic comic performance in it. Cube's had several on-screen comic foils, and I'd say Chris Tucker in the first "Friday" remains the gold standard. That film worked as well as it did because the entire cast was strong and funny and worked perfectly off of one another, whether it's Tiny Lister or John Witherspoon or Faizon Love. It was also an incredibly simple concept, played out for all it was worth.

I was hoping "Ride Along" would be an equally strong endeavor. It's a good comic premise: a guy wants to impress his brother-in-law to-be, a cop, and goes on a ride along with him where the cop intentionally exposes him to the craziest stuff possible. I like comedy ideas where you get the premise in one sentence because a good film can then play with character and twist the joke and really milk that premise in a dozen different ways. As it is, I would love to look at the various drafts by Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, and Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi just to see who contributed what to the film as it exists now. At some point, this became an Ice Cube/Kevin Hart film, and how much you enjoy it probably depends largely on how funny you think Kevin Hart is when he yells.

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