Brian Lowry offers his picks for the most disappointing TV programs of 2013. He says each one “didn’t live to their promise. So even if they succeeded or survived commercially, creatively speaking, label them disappointments.” The photo gallery begins with his top choice of “The Following“, and the rest of the list (in order) consists of “Dexter,” “Under the Dome,” “The Bridge,” “Luther,” “Mob City,” “Low Winter Sun,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Parade’s End,” and “Cult.” Variety.
Kris Tapley breaks news that the musical score from Alexander Payne‘s film “Nebraska” is not eligible for this year’s Academy Awards. Elements of the score by Mark Orton are selections from music he composed for the 2005 movie “Sweet Land.” He concludes by saying “even if the tracks were originally meant for another film, they work beautifully in the context of ‘Nebraska’ that you can hardly fault Payne for using them.” Hitfix.
Fandango announces the launch of a second season for “Fandango Frontrunners,” hosted by the company’s chief correspondent Dave Karger. Airing for the next few months on their website, the first few episodes will feature “12 Years a Slave” stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” director/star Ben Stiller, and “Fruitvale Station” producer/star Octavia Spencer. Karger says, “This season we are delving even deeper into the awe-inspiring performances of today’s top movies, and exploring the people, places and memories that have empowered our frontrunners throughout their careers.” Fandango.
Steve Pond discusses his favorite breakthrough and comeback performers of the year. For the breakthroughs, he champions Barkhad Abdi, Daniel Bruhl, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Adele Exarchopoulos, Oscar Isaac, Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, Lupita Nyongo, David Oyelowo, and June Squibb. He then welcomes back Bruce Dern, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Redford, and Oprah Winfrey. The Wrap.
Anne Thompson provides her overview of things she learned about “Saving Mr. Banks‘ at its premiere Monday night. She says that “it’s great to watch what happens when a family picture is so inside the Disney wheelhouse” even though they had to be convinced to make the film. Company CEO Robert Iger had to call Tom Hanks himself to convince him to portray founder Walt Disney. Also at the event were “Mary Poppins” stars Julie Andrews (an Oscar winner for her title role), Dick Van Dyke, and original composer Richard Sherman. Thompson on Hollywood.
Kyle Smith blasts the new film “Philomena” as “another hateful and boring attack on Catholics.” He says that writer/star Steve Coogan and director Stephen Frears also attempt to take down Republicans. He says “there’s no other purpose to the movie, so if 90 minutes of organized hate brings you joy, go and buy your ticket now.” The film also stars past Oscar winner Judi Dench. New York Post.
Golden Globe Awards nominations will be announced Thursday morning by Aziz Ansari, Zoe Saldana, and Olivia Wilde. Nominees in 25 categories will be unveiled at 5:38 a.m. PT on NBC’s “Today.” The 71st annual ceremony will take place on January 12 with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting a second straight year. HFPA.
The Weinstein Company, always a formidable Oscar player, promotes all of their 2013 awards contenders with a new 18-minute highlight reel featuring clips and performer comments. Their slate this year includes “August: Osage County,” “The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station,” “The Grandmaster,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “One Chance,” and “Philomena.” Deadline.