Producers of the CBS hit show “Person of Interest” reveal how they got away with a shocking murder of a major cast member. **SPOILERS AHEAD — Although previews suggested the character of Det. Fusco (Kevin Chapman) might be ending his run on the program this week, it actually turned out to be his partner Det. Carter (former Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson). Her character was killed saving the life of Reese (Jim Caviezel). Henson indicates that she has known for over three years that she would be leaving the series at some point to focus on her film work. TV Guide.
In a special SAG preview, 35 actors give their thoughts about other actors contending for this year’s Oscars. The project includes Whoopi Goldberg on Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave“), Candice Bergen on Sandra Bullock (“Gravity“), Diane Lane on Bruce Dern (“Nebraska“), Jessica Chastain on Robert Redford (“All is Lost“), Jeff Bridges on Christian Bale (“Out of the Furnace“), and more. Variety.
James Gandolfini will be honored posthumously at the IFP Gotham Awards on December 2. He joins previously announced honorees Richard Linklater, Katherine Oliver, and Forest Whitaker. His former co-star of “The Sopranos,” Steve Buscemi, will deliver the tribute to Gandolfini at the event in New York. Hitfix.
The American Society of Cinematographers announces their 2013 television nominees. Contenders for one-hour series are “Beauty and the Beast,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Borgias,” “Dracula,” “Game of Thrones,” “Magic City,” and “Sleepy Hollow.” Half-hour program nominees are “Alpha House,” “Drunk History,” and “House of Lies.” Nodded for movie/miniseries are “Dancing on the Edge,” “Killing Lincoln,” and “The White Queen.” ASC.
Sasha Stone praises Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) from the new Disney animated feature “Frozen,” calling them “two of the best female characters of 2013.” She says that the film “never feels pressured to make Elsa appealing to a more powerful male character to validate her” and that the entire project “was enough to bring tears to my eyes.” Awards Daily.
Steven Spielberg is honored by the National Archives in Washington with their Records of Achievement Award. He was cited for his films “Amistad,” “The Color Purple,” “Lincoln,” “Saving Private Ryan,” and “Schindler’s List,” plus his work with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute. Washington Post.
The 2013 National Book Awards winners are announced at a ceremony in New York. James McBride is the fiction winner for “The Good Lord Bird.” The nonfiction recipient is George Packer for “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.” The poetry winner is Mary Szybist for “Incarnadine: Poems.” For young people’s literature, the winner is Cynthia Kadohata for “The Thing About Luck.” Hollywood Reporter.
When the musical “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark” closes on Broadway January 4, it will have posted historic losses of $60 million. Several investors have not been paid back and will write off their losses. The score by Bono and The Edge of rock band U2 was considered “lackluster,” and the entire production was plagued with technical problems. It will next be seen with a new cast in Las Vegas. Playbill.