Kerry Washington (“Scandal“) is named television star of the year by TV Guide. Her ABC drama now averages 12.5 million viewers each week, skyrocketing 51% over the previous year. It is also one of the top three shows for the key 18-49 demo. She received awards nods from the Emmys, Golden Globes, and SAG. TV Guide.
Anne Thompson and her staff name the worst films of 2013. Topping (or bottoming) the list is “Diana” starring Naomi Watts as the late Princess Diana. The rest of the countdown (in order): “Stoker,” “Man of Steel,” “Oz the Great and Powerful,” “After Earth,” “Salinger,” “The Host,” “Sal,” “Admission,” and “Pain and Gain.” Thompson on Hollywood.
The first performers for this year’s Grammy Awards are unveiled. Pink and Nate Reuss will perform the chart-topping “Just Give Me a Reason.” Making a rare TV appearance will be Daft Punk to sing “Get Lucky” with several surprise guests. New Artist nominee Kendrick Lamar will make his Grammy show debut. And a special Grammy moment exclusive will showcase Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Blake Shelton. The 56th annual Grammy ceremony will air on CBS January 26 with LL Cool J returning as host. Entertainment Weekly.
Meryl Streep (“August: Osage County“) will become only the second person ever to receive the Icon Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival. She will receive the honor on January 4 as part of the 25th anniversary of the event. Michael Douglas was feted with this award in 2011. Other previously announced honorees this year are Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Thomas Newman, Lupita Nyong’o, and Julia Roberts. Hollywood Reporter.
Betsy Sharkey contends that “actresses over 40 are turning youth-obsessed Hollywood on its head,” for both audiences and awards voters. She says that during most of movie history, actresses “have come with an expiration date.” Examples this year to discount that past trend are Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Julia Roberts, June Squibb, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, and Oprah Winfrey. L.A. Times.
Jake Coyle profiles three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix, a contender again this year for the new Spike Jonze film “Her.” He reverses course on negative comments he made last year about the Academy Awards, now saying they “can be a great benefit to an actor.” He discusses his career, including his best experiences as an actor and working with Paul Thomas Anderson on two films. Huffington Post.
Emmy-winning actress Jane Lynch (“Glee“) will host the 66th annual Directors Guild of America Awards on January 25. DGA President Paris Barclay said, ““I have known Jane for years, and have envied her quick wit – and her extraordinary height. She always makes the job of directing her a joy, and I look forward to her helping us honor the year’s best in film and television.” Kelsey Grammer hosted the past two years. Before that was a 23-year run by Carl Reiner. DGA.
Fox Searchlight will re-release Oscar frontrunner “12 Years a Slave” in select cities on January 17. Directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender, the film has earned seven Golden Globe nods and four from the Screen Actors Guild. Variety.