CNN to end “Piers Morgan Tonight”
The former “America’s Got Talent” judge isn’t expected to leave the cable news network, but his 9 pm timeslot will become vacant next month after three years. “Look,” he tells the NY Times. "I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it. That’s run its course and (CNN chief) Jeff (Zucker) and I have been talking for some time about different ways of using me.”
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Here's some sad news with the Oscars just a week away. Alice Herz-Sommer, the 110-year-old subject of Best Documentary Short nominee "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life" (and my pick to win the category), has left this mortal coil.
With the final honors being handed out Saturday night, the industry has spoken through the various Guild and Society awards of the pre-Oscars film awards circuit. And it should be no surprise that the three films that led the charge are the three films most consider to be duking it out for Best Picture.
Composer Abel Korzeniowski was the big winner at this year's International Film Music Critics Association Awards, landing two prizes for his work on Carlo Carlei's "Romeo and Juliet" and an overall composer of the year honor as well. Nominations leader "Evil Dead" won two awards, while none of this year's Oscar nominees were able to secure any hardware. Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below and remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "12 Years a Slave" swept the film categories at the NAACP Image Awards with four wins.
The historical epic's prizes at Saturday's 45th annual ceremony honoring diversity in the arts included outstanding motion picture, directing for Steve McQueen, writing for John Ridley and supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o.
"12 Years a Slave" picked up its first (and only other) guild win since tying for the PGA prize Saturday night, taking out fellow Oscar nominees "The Great Gatsby" and "American Hustle" in the period category (indeed, the only category with ANY Oscar nominees.) Elsewhere, "The Hunger Games" again took the fantasy prize for sequel "Catching Fire," while "Blue Jasmine" won in the contemporary arena. "Behind the Candelabra," "Downton Abbey" and "House of Cards" won throughout the TV categories.
With the departure of Seth Meyers, “Saturday Night Live” experiences another big casting change. But change is built into the show’s very DNA, so this isn’t time to worry. Rather, it’s time to get excited about what’s now possible. The effects of his departure will echo beyond the “Weekend Update” desk and ripple into each aspect of the show. Sure, the show can and probably will try to move on and overtly act as if nothing is different. But that’s a terrifically boring approach to take. Anything and everything is possible. That was true when Meyers was there, and now the show has a perfect excuse to try some new approaches. How can the show best take advantage?
We have a few thoughts:
"Gravity" kept its strong industry kudos showing alive Sunday night as it added the feature film Cinema Audio Society award for sound mixing, adding to wins from the PGA, DGA, ASC, ADG, MPSE and VES. "Frozen" won the animated prize, while "Behind the Candelabra" and "Game of Thrones" were among the TV winners.
Report: Erin Andrews is joining “Dancing with the Stars" as co-host
The Fox Sports host/sideline reporter, who competed on “Dancing” Season 10, will be named as Brooke Burke-Charvet’s replacement, reports The Big Lead. Like Michael Strahan, who also works for Fox Sports and ABC, Andrews is going to keep her job as host of Fox’s college football preview show and NFL sideline reporter.
“The Wire’s” Domenick Lombardozzi will be married to Susan Sarandon’s daughter on Henry Winkler's comedy
"The Winklers" sitcom pilot has added Lombardozzi as his son-in law and Eva Amurri, who is pregnant with her first child, as his daughter.
Jimmy Kimmel makes pizza for Oprah
"Honestly one of the top 3 pizzas I've ever tasted,” Oprah tweeted, accompanied by a photo of her and Kimmel together.
“Scandal” wins big at NAACP image awards
Kerry Washington and TV dad Joe Morton each took home acting trophies.
“Veronica Mars” movie will be available for viewers at home the same day it hits theaters
This is the first time a major studio is releasing a movie in theaters and for online rental or download simultaneously.
Chris Rock visits the "America's Got Talent" judges' table
Did he actually guest-judge?
NBC is reviving "Heroes" as a miniseries in 2015
Creator Tim Kring will be back for "Heroes: Reborn," a 13-episode miniseries featuring brand-new characters, with superhuman abilities. "We won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in," says NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke.
I published my review of NBC's "About A Boy" on Thursday. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight for the special post-Olympics preview, what did you think? If you're a fan of the book or movie, did you like seeing most of the events compressed into a half-hour episode? If you're new to these characters and this story, how did it play to you? Do you like David Walton? Minnie Driver? Young Benjamin Stockham? Given how much ground the pilot covered, do you feel like there's more story to tell in later episodes? And will you watch again when the show settles in on Tuesdays at 9?
Have at it.
There is nostalgia, there is thinking outside the box, and then there is NBC's hilariously ill-conceived plan to bring "Heroes" back from the dead for a new miniseries to air sometime next year.