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2014 Golden Globe Awards predictions

2014 Golden Globe Awards predictions

HitFix's awards team places bets across the board

Sunday night brings the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards. Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will have their (and their various whisperers') say on the awards season in the form of wins in a variety of categories, on both the film and television side. Who will turn out the night's big winner? Will "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave" or "American Hustle" take command of the Oscar race? Will "Breaking Bad" get one more big send-off? Find out the answers to those questions and more as Gregory Ellwood, Guy Lodge, Daniel Fienberg and I place our bets on the various races, and tune in Sunday night to see who was right, and who was wrong.

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John Oliver

 John Oliver

Press Tour: John Oliver pokes Sarah Palin, gushes over HBO

The 'Daily Show' replacement talks about his new, unnamed show

When John Oliver sat down for his HBO panel at press tour, he probably wasn't expecting to spend so much time talking about Sarah Palin. But when one journalist asked him if he might want to stop by to say hello to the former Governor of Alaska, the stand-up comedian couldn't resist. 

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How would 'Scandal's' Olivia Pope handle Gov. Chris Christie's bridge scandal?

How would "Scandal's" Olivia Pope handle Gov. Chris Christie's bridge scandal?

Olivia Pope to the New Jersey governor: "I have one rule, Chris. The truth. I need to know how much damage we're talking about here. I need to know exactly what kind of bridge you’ve burned. And if you don’t tell me the truth, I’ll burn you. You think you can do that?" PLUS: 10 "Sopranos" lessons for Chris Christie, and which show will tackle "Bridgegazi" first, "The Good Wife" or "Scandal"?

"The Simpsons" pays an anime tribute to Hayao Miyazaki
Watch Sunday's opening, which brings together the anime masters most famous films. PLUS: See "Simpson"-ized Stan Lee, watch "The Simpsons'" special British TV channel promo, and delve into "The Simpsons" Lego set.

Did Ellen DeGeneres' "Walter Mitty" screener leak online?
A screener for "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" has reportedly surfaced on BitTorrent bearing Ellen's name in watermark.

Mike Judge: HBO gave me more freedom than I got from MTV with "Beavis and Butt-Head"
The "Silicon Valley" creator also told critics today that the death last month of Christopher Evan Welch, who plays a tech billionaire, will have more of an impact on Season 2 than on Season 1.

On Bravo, Dan Rather recalls his experience with heroin
Rather was on "Watch What Happens Live" when he talked about his 1955 sampling of heroin, under police supervision.

Do you "sync-watch" TV shows with loved ones who are far away?
The NY Times examines a new shared-screen experience of people watching shows together, while far apart, via services like Netflix.

VH1 "I Love New York" contestant's murder conviction is overturned
Jamal Trulove was convicted in 2010 for the murder of a San Francisco man and sentenced to 50 years to life. But an appeals court has overturned the conviction this week due to "highly prejudicial prosecutorial misconduct."

Report: Steven Spielberg's daughter wants to create a "Girls"-type series based on her life
Sasha Spielberg, 23, wants to delve into her teenage years with the help of her close pal Zooey Deschanel, according to RadarOnline.

"Lost's" Damon Lindelof: "We can all agree that cable is far superior to network"

Lindelof, promoting his new show "The Leftovers," says he's psyched to be working at HBO, where story matters. "('Leftovers') is a grower not a shower — not to compare it to an erect penis but the metaphor is apt," he told critics. PLUS: Lindelof details his quitting of Twitter.

Tim Gunn: "Under the Gunn" is not a rehashed "Project Runway"

Gunn says of his new reality fashion show: "We took the best parts -- well, I shouldn't say the best parts -- the parts that I love about 'Project Runway.'"

A "Survivor" name leaks: The president of the Florida Marlins

Major League Baseball honcho David Samson is said to be one of the 18 contestants competing next season.

"Parks and Rec's" 100th: Here are each character's best episodes
Leslie Knope was at her best with "The Debate." PLUS: 10 "Parks" writers who've appeared on the show.

"Enough Said" director recalls being humiliated by George Lucas on the "Gilmore Girls" set

Nicole Holofcener was directing an episode of the WB/CW series when Lucas visited the set with his daughter -- and questioned one of her shots.

"SNL's" history of black performers, examined

Blacks on "SNL" can be categorized into one of three groups: 1) a) "The disgruntleds, the washouts, and the walk-offs," 2) "The ones who stuck around," and 3) Eddie Murphy.

58% of Americans still own a VCR, according to a new Gallup poll

That's down from 88% in 2005.

See the "Girls" as American Girl Dolls

The doll versions of the HBO characters look pretty dead-on.

"Orange is the New Black" stars go glam for Elle

See the cast flaunting "spring’s modern, feminine silhouettes."

Matthew McConaughey doesn't expect to return if "True Detective" gets a 2nd season
The story, he said, was "contained," but exec producer Nic Pizzolatto isn't giving up hope.

"The Real World" was a bit jarring with cameos from producers and cameramen
"The Real World: Ex-Plosion" isn't ignoring the actual real world. PLUS: Why it's time for "Real World" to go.

FX releases pics from Guillermo del Toro's "The Strain"
The vampire drama debuts in July.

Dan Stevens is still apologizing for "Downton Abbey"
"I spend a lot of my time apologizing," says the actor in an interview this morning on "Today."

Anthony Bourdain is opening a large-scale  food market in NYC

The new market will mark Bourdain's return to the food business.

Julia Roberts recalls initially rejecting HBO's "The Normal Heart"

Why did she ultimately decide to join the Ryan Murphy project?

VH1 announces its Super Bowl "Blitz" week lineup
VH1's Super Bowl Blitz will present a concert a night in the six nights leading up to the Super Bowl.

Shia LaBeouf's "Even Stevens" sister weighs in on his plagiarism scandal
Says Christy Carlson Romano: "This is him experimenting with his artistic instincts. This is not just some breakdown, like some other child actors. This isn't some emotional neediness. This is something that he’s actively doing."

Sam Shepard agreed to do Discovery's "Klondike" because "I was out of work"

"The landlord," he says, "was going to kick me out" when he opted to take the role on the Discovery miniseries.

NBC Burbank: An appreciation
Read the history of the Peacock's old "Tonight Show" home.

You don't have to be gay to enjoy HBO's "Looking"
That's the message from the cast and crew of the HBO San Francisco-set series, about a group of gay friends. "All the characters are gay, but that's not the big issue in their lives. It's not coming out stories," says Jonathan Groff. PLUS: "Looking" is unlike "Queer of Folk."

Real community college dean: "Community" does get some stuff right
"Dean Pelton is not a role model, to put it delicately," says Matt Reed, author of "Confessions of a Community College Administrator. "What the show gets right is that the students really are diverse, and mostly older. It's not all 18-year-olds.

Study examines "uptalk" between male and female "Jeopardy!" contestants
A sociologist has concluded, based on watching 100 "Jeopardy!" episodes, that uptalk can reinforce gender norms.

Why "Treme" is better than "The Wire"

Aymar Jean Christian argues: "'Treme' has all the operatic political heft of 'The Wire,' but it embraced the warmth of community and spiritual depth of the arts."

IFC's "The Spoils of Babylon" is bizarre, outrageously campy
The miniseries spoof featuring an all-star cast of Tobey Maguire, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Carey Mulligan and more really picks up with Episode 2.

"Grey's Anatomy's" Jesse Williams becomes a dad

Williams and his wife welcomed their first child, a girl, last month.

"Girl Meets World": See the cast together
Ben Savage has posted a photo of the entire cast on Instagram.

Throwback Thursday: Check out Jimmy Kimmel & Carson Daly in 1992

Daly was Kimmel's intern at a Palms Springs radio station. PLUS: See Kim Kardashian & Nicole Richie at age 13.

"The Fosters" mom Sherri Saum is expecting twins
"There's a freeloader in there hiding," she says of getting the news.

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<p>Jim Rash, Joel McHale and Alison Brie in &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Jim Rash, Joel McHale and Alison Brie in "Community."

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Review: 'Community' - 'Basic Intergluteal Numismatics'

Jeff and Annie work closely to try to catch the Ass Crack Bandit in another parody episode

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I use an older, British form of Facebook called Mugscroll...

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<p>In the &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;100th episode, Leslie and Ben visit their favorite spot in City Hall.</p>

In the "Parks and Recreation" 100th episode, Leslie and Ben visit their favorite spot in City Hall.

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Second Chunce'

Leslie tries to get back onto the city council and Andy returns from London in the 100th episode

"Parks and Recreation" turned 100 tonight, and I have a review of the centennial episode coming up just as soon as I engage in inappropriate Text-Mexting...

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'Girls' renewed for Season 4

"Girls" renewed for Season 4
HBO says the 4th season will shoot this spring and air in 2015.

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"The Normal Heart"

 "The Normal Heart"

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Press Tour: 'Normal Heart' is an 'epidemic as seen through a love story'

Jim Parsons talks about how coming out to the public was 'no big deal'

It's taken decades, but Ryan Murphy has finally persevered in bring the Tony award-winning  play "The Normal Heart" to the small screen. The movie will air on HBO this May, and during press tour Murphy assured the audience that he's only changed the source material so much. "I think it's similar to the play, and I actively pursued [the rights to] the play. It was a play I loved, even when I was in college." 

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Press Tour Live-Blog: HBO's 'Girls'

Lena Dunham and company discuss their Golden Globe winning comedy

I've already live-blogged Thursday's (January 9) TCA panel for "True Detective," which was a good one.

Now it's time for HBO's "Girls," with Lena Dunham joined by co-stars Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke, plus executive producers Jenni Konner and Judd Apatow.

Click through for the full live-blog.

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<p>Steve Buscemi and friends will return for one last season of &quot;Boardwalk Empire&quot;&nbsp;in the fall.</p>

Steve Buscemi and friends will return for one last season of "Boardwalk Empire" in the fall.

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HBO announces fifth season of 'Boardwalk Empire' will be its last

Period gangster drama to hopefully go out with a bang, starting in the fall

HBO has announced that the upcoming fifth season of "Boardwalk Empire," set to premiere this fall, will be the period gangster drama's last.

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'Boardwalk Empire' will end later this year with Season 5

"Boardwalk Empire" will end later this year with Season 5
Creator Terence Winter released a statement saying: "After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we’ve decided to wrap the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing it to a powerful and exciting conclusion."

"Game of Thrones" returns April 4, "Veep" will be paired with "Silicon Valley"
Mike Judge's "Silicon Valley" will air this spring with "Veep" in the hour after "Game of Thrones." Meanwhile, HBO will present the "Game of Thrones" trailer on Sunday.

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<p>Emilia Clarke and her &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;dragons will be back in the spring.</p>

Emilia Clarke and her "Game of Thrones" dragons will be back in the spring.

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HBO sets 'Game of Thrones' April season 4 premiere date

The fantasy show to be paired with 'Veep' and Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley'

HBO has announced that the fourth season of "Game of Thrones" will debut on Sunday, April 6 at 9 p.m. 

Season 4 will, like season 3, be largely adapted from the third of George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" books, "A Storm of Swords." 

It'll be paired with the third season of the political satire "Veep" with Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and the premiere of "Silicon Valley," the latest series from Mike Judge, who has previously given us "Beavis & Butt-Head" and "King of the Hill" (and, perhaps more germane to the new series, "Office Space").

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<p>Matthew McConaughey of &quot;True Detective&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey of "True Detective"

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Press Tour Live-Blog: HBO's 'True Detective'

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson meet with the TV critics

I think that a Television Critics Association press tour appearance by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson to to discuss the year's best new show [so far] is reason enough for a live-blog, eh?


Click through for Thursday (January 9) afternoon's full panel as quickly as my little fingers can type.

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