Despite being called out by websites like TMZ and Spin and across the Twitter world, the PR rep for rapper Eminem says he was not lip-syncing last weekend on “Saturday Night Live.” In a statement, he said, “He rhymed over a layered vocal with accent tracks to make it sound like the album.” In 2004, Ashlee Simpson had a similar scandal when she sang to a prerecorded track on the long-running variety series. The Wrap.
Kristopher Tapley campaigns to Golden Globe voters for five comedy movies “the HFPA should be considering but probably isn’t.” They are “Before Midnight” (Richard Linklater), “Frances Ha” (Noah Baumbach), “In a World” (Lake Bell), “Spring Breakers” (Harmony Korine), and “This is the End” (Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg). HitFix.
Sasha Stone notes that an “astonishing” 33 critics have scored “12 Years a Slave” with a perfect 100 on Metacritic. She proclaims that “even the best reviewed films of the last ten years did not achieve similarly universal acclaim.” Stone believes that this film and its strongest competitor “Gravity” will both win at least one Oscar this year but probably even more. Awards Daily.
Brian Lowry speculates that “2 Broke Girls” has not been a good anchor show for CBS on Monday nights. He says that for many years a new comedy would serve a nurtured apprenticeship and then be expected to stand on its own. CBS moved both “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men” to Thursdays and placed the Kat Dennings/Beth Behrs show in the linchpin 9pm slot on Mondays. It has not been successful, so the network now relies on the return of “Mike and Molly” to regain strength for them on that night. Variety.
The TV Academy appears to be happy with its leadership since none of the eligible incumbents are even being opposed. Bruce Rosenblum (chairman), Kevin Hamburger (vice chairman), Frank Scherma (second vice chairman, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg (treasurer), and Greg Taylor (L.A. vice chairman) will return when the Board of Governors meet on November 21. Deadline.
President Barack Obama will host a special White House screening of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” this Thursday. Cast members Idris Elba and Naomie Harris will attend along with Nelson Mandela‘s daughters Zindzi and Zenani. The film opens in limited release on November 29 in New York and Los Angeles. Hollywood Reporter.
Glenn Whipp discusses the “passion vote” and how it can impact potential Oscar contenders. He states “if enough academy members adore a movie” and place it high on their ballot, it can actually be nominated for Best Picture. He states that this happened recently with “The Tree of Life” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” in 2011. This year’s “passion vote” could be for “Dallas Buyers Club” and “The Book Thief.” L.A. Times.
Participants for the 87th annual Macy’s Thanskgiving Parade are announced for the New York City event. They include Kristin Chenoweth, Brett Eldredge, Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Megan Hilty, and the casts of “Duck Dynasty” and “Sesame Street.” Playbill.