It's enough of a challenge to capture a life like Nelson Mandela's in a 146-minute film, but how do you use music to reflect such an extraordinary man? That is the challenge that faced composer Alex Heffes on Justin Chadwick's "Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom," and his compositions have since earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score.
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The Best Picture Oscar nominees that failed to receive PGA nominations in the last four years — i.e. the relevant era — are "The Blind Side," "A Serious Man," "Winter's Bone," "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," "The Tree of Life" and "Amour." So there is hope yet for films like "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "Philomena" that absolutely have support within the Academy but missed out on recognition this morning. And also note, one of the films that missed with PGA over the last four years was a Coen brothers effort that manifested great passion within the Academy.
The films that made the PGA cut but missed with Oscar over that stretch are "Invictus," "Star Trek," "The Town," "Bridesmaids," "The Ides of March," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Skyfall." There are more misses because the PGA has stuck with 10 nominees over the last two years, when the Academy changed its rules slightly to allow for anywhere from five to 10 nominees (and have ended up with nine both years). So someone from today's announcement will absolutely be left off, but who?
Season five of "Community" is upon us (the show returns Thurs. Jan. 2 at 8:00 p.m. on NBC), and I got a chance to talk to stars Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs about the show's new season, the return of Dan Harmon and "nerd boners" for Nathan Fillion (who will be guesting this season).
In addition to all the stars who will be appearing on the show (including Robert Patrick and "Breaking Bad" star Jonathan Banks), they have a few suggestions for people they'd like to come play. Brad Pitt, clear your schedule!
The Producers Guild of America announced the 10 nominees for theatrical picture and animated picture categories today for the upcoming 25th PGA Awards and familiar names such as "American Hustle," "Gravity," "12 Years A Slave," "The Croods" and "Frozen" made the cut. Surprisingly, the Coen Bros' and Scott Rudin produced "Inside Llewyn Davis" and The Weinstein Company's "Lee Daniels' The Butler" was snubbed from the 10 motion picture honorees.
"Don't Look Back," warns new "Walking Dead" poster
AMC has released a poster featuring Rick and Carl on train tracks.
Bruce Springsteen is using "The Good Wife" to promote his new album
Two of Springsteen's new songs from the album "High Hopes" will be used on the legal drama on Jan. 12. CBS.com will then stream the album.
Time magazine puts Seth Meyers on the cover
Here's the future "Late Night host's reaction on Twitter: "@TIME shamelessly panders to the "My Mom" demographic." PLUS: "Meyers' last SNL episode won't be before the beginning of February, he guesses."
Watch James Seinfeld visit Louis CK's boat
It's the Season 3 premiere of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."
Appreciating James Avery, one on the most endearing black father figures in TV history
As The Root points out, Uncle Phil's "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" mirrored that of Avery, who didn't have a father figure in his life growing up. PLUS: "Fresh Prince" co-stars remember Avery, Avery has a "Ninja Turtles" past, and "l'oncle Phil" is the most-read story in France's leading paper, Le Monde.
"Duck Dynasty" stars are launching their own gun line
The line of guns, which includes an assault rifle, isn't just intended for duck hunting. PLUS: Willie Robertson says "we all learned a lot" from the controversy.
Nigella Lawson recalls her "mortifying" trial on "GMA"
The TV chef felt like she was on trial.
Puppy Bowl books internet sensation Keyboard Cat for halftime
"Puppy Bowl X" will also feature Lil Bub, while allowing, for the first time, a fantasy draft and MVP interactive voting.
Miley Cyrus rang in the New Year by kissing Ryan Seacrest on the lips
The pair locked lips at midnight in Times Square.
Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff get naked for a charity calendar
Check out the former "Battlestar Galactica" co-stars in the buff for their charity organization, Acting Outlaws.
"Breaking Bad" fan who won a contest to watch the finale with cast arrested on drug charges
Ryan Lee Carroll was charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor for drug possession.
Jamie Chung gets engaged to Bryan Greenberg
The "Real World"/"Once Upon a Time" vet is set to marry the former "How to Make it in America" star.
The last couple of days of the year were pretty electric for Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and "The Wolf of Wall Street." The perception out there was that they — particularly DiCaprio, who hopped on the phone with a number of outlets on Monday (including this one) — were backed into a corner and needed to defend their film against an array of accusations. The studio probably wanted the bad press tapered, but whatever the case, it's been a bumpy road this holiday for a film some consider unequivocally the year's best, others consider an abomination.
But here at the beginning of the year, whether Oscar and guild nominations are in the film's future or not, there will be tribute love for the two creative forces from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Paired up, DiCaprio and Scorsese will receive the fest's Cinema Vanguard Award on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the historic Arlington Theatre.
One of the year's most complex achievements in film editing, I think, is one likely to go unrecognized at Oscar time: Eric Zumbrunnen's meticulous cutting of "Her," which goes a long way toward creating a convincing character and a relationship -- more or less literally -- out of thin air. In the last part of the LA Times's excellent "Five Days of 'Her'" series, Zumbrunnen discusses the challenges the film posed, notably the tricky process of replacing a key performance in post-production, as well as the decision over whether or not to feature a physical representation of Scarlett Johansson's Samantha on screen. Fascinating stuff. [LA Times]
"Key & Peele," binge-watching and Walter White are out for 2014
The Washington Post's annual "In/Out" list claims that "Orange is the New Black" is the new "In" show, and that "Broad City" is in while "Key & Peele" is out. Also in: "SNL's new black woman."
Presenting the 2014 TV Calendar
When will your favorite shows return this winter?
"Sherlock's" return watched by a whopping 9.2 million UK viewers
That's 7.5 million more viewers compared to the very first episode. PLUS: Read Steven Moffat's interview with Benedict Cumberbatch, and Cumberbatch's parents made a cameo.
Will there be a "Wolf of Wall Street" reality show?
Jordan Belfort, whose story inspired the Martin Scorsese film, is shopping an "uplifting" reality project.
Louis CK tells Jerry Seinfeld he imagines himself doing "Louie" for "7 or 8 years tops"
In a prematurely released clip from "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," Louis CK also reveals he co-wrote Season 4 with legendary comedian Stephen Wright.
RIP "Fresh Prince's" Uncle Phil
James Avery, 68, a classically trained actor who will forever be known for his role in the Will Smith NBC sitcom, died of complications from heart surgery on Tuesday. PLUS: Watch the best of Uncle Phil.
NBC announcers fail to recognize "The Voice" contestants on Rose Parade float
Al Roker and Hoda Kotb did, however, know whom winner Tessanne Chin was.
"New Year's Eve With Carson Daly" comedian mocks Pearl Harbor survivors
Said Natasha Leggero: "It sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the only food they can still chew."
Investigation Discovery gives Jerry Springer a "Tabloid" show
Springer's one-hour show will delve into bizarre larger-than-life stories that can't be made up.
Obama has been working his way through "Breaking Bad," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Game of Thrones"
In fact, the president has been trying to avoid "Breaking Bad" spoilers. PLUS: Why Obama's TV habits are troubling.
Watch Stephen Colbert's brief cameo in "The Hobbit" sequel
He is a "Laketown Spy."
Aaron Sorkin slams report that he and Olivia Munn are at odds on "The Newsroom" set
"The story bears no resemblance to reality," Sorkin said, referring to a RadarOnline report claiming that Munn had a "know it all" attitude on set. "Olivia is a perfect cast member who is loved and respected by the entire cast, by the crew and the producers, by HBO and especially by me."
Luke Grimes exits "True Blood" over creative differences
The actor didn't like the direction of his James character.
David Simon's next project: A musical about The Pogues?
"The Wire" and "Treme" honcho clarifies reports of a planned musical devoted to the Celtic punk band.
Watch a preview of AMC's Revolutionary War drama
"Turn: America's First Spy Ring" debuts in 2014.
"SNL" will be made available to Chinese viewers
The NBC hit will be available on a popular online video service.
Vince Gilligan: "Better Call Saul" will be a prequel, "by and large"
"But the wonderful thing about the fractured chronology we employed on 'Breaking Bad' for many years," he adds, "is the audience will not be thrown by us jumping around in time. So it's possible that we may indeed do that, and we'll see the past and perhaps the future."
ABC will start restricting access to full TV show episodes online
Starting Jan. 6, only Hulu Plus and cable subscribers can access shows the next day. Others will have to wait a week.
Laurie Metcalf joins CBS' "The McCarthys" pilot
In a casting that's in 2nd position to HBO's "Getting On," Metcalf will play the wife of Jack McGee and the mother of Joey McIntyre.
Jimmy Kimmel ends the "Worst Contest Ever" during the Fiesta Bowl
Watch Kimmel surprise a fan during last night's game.
"Game of Thrones" was the most pirated show of 2013; "Breaking Bad" No. 2
"The Walking Dead" came in 4th, while "The Big Bang Theory" was the 4th-most illegally downloaded show.
Robin Roberts comes out
The "GMA" star thanked her longtime girlfriend in a Facebook post.
"New Girl" releases a new cast poster
This one features Damon Wayans Jr.
"Survivors" Boston Rob and Amber are expecting their 4th child
Rob Mariano announced the news on Twitter, saying: "My wife Amber is so hot, I can't keep my hands off her."
Angela Lansbury named a dame of the British empire
The "Murder, She Wrote" star was among a number of women to receive this year's honor, including the co-creator of "Gavin and Stacey" and a star of Britain's "The Apprentice."
Rachel Nichols gets engaged
The "Continuum" and former "Alias" star is set to tie the knot with boyfriend Michael Kershaw.
Former "Even Stevens" star Christy Romano weds
Romano wed her longtime boyfriend on New Year's Eve.
Ex-"Sopranos" actor implicated in the killing of a police officer gets parole
Lillo Brancato Jr. was originally sentenced to 10 years in prison.
"Bones" star TJ Thyne gets engaged
Thyne popped the question while vacationing in Germany.
Woman claims the biggest prize in "The Price is Right" history
Sheree Heil's winning totals $170,345.
Kaley Cuoco is a married woman
"The Big Bang Theory" star had the "Greatest night of my entire life," getting married in a pink gown on New Year's Eve.
The cable channel where you can watch "Beverly Hills 90210" reruns signed off at the end of 2013. It's being replaced by Disney Junior.