News Nuggets: What were the most shocking TV deaths of 2013?

What are the most shocking TV deaths for 2013? … SPOILERS AHEAD… A special report details the surprising regular characters who died on television this past season. The list includes Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) and Robb Stark (Richard Madden) from “Game of Thrones“, Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman) from “Sons of Anarchy“, Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) from “Downton Abbey“, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) from “Breaking Bad,” Deb Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter) from “Dexter,” Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) from “Boardwalk Empire,” and more. The Wrap.

Expect the “most mainstream batch of nominees to date” for Best New Artist when Grammy nods are announced Friday night. A photo gallery preview says it will be difficult to narrow down to just five from the following potential names: Ariana Grande, Avicii, Florida Georgia Line, Ellie Goulding, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Ed Sheeran, and more. USA Today.

Stephen Galloway hosts a 30-minute video roundtable with “The Wolf of Wall Street” stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, director Martin Scorsese, and writer Terence Winter. They discuss the difficulties of getting the $100 million film financed, Hurricane Sandy shutting down production, and a race to get a four-hour film edited down to three. Hollywood Reporter.

The 30th annual Sundance Film Festival unveils their lineup of 117 features to be screened January 16-26 in Utah. Famous names starring in new movies include Glenn Close (“Low Down”), Lena Dunham (“Happy Christmas”), Anne Hathaway (“Song One”), Philip Seymour Hoffman (“God’s Pocket”), Aubrey Plaza (“Life After Beth”), Susan Sarandon (“Ping Pong Summer”), Sam Shepard (“Cold in July”), Kristen Stewart (“Camp X-Ray”), and Kristen Wiig (“The Skeleton Twins”). Variety.

Tumblr releases their year-end list of the most reblogged actors and actresses for 2013. The king and queen at the top are Benedict Cumberbatch and Jennifer Lawrence. Other hot names are Johnny Depp, Zooey Deschanel, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Amy Poehler, and Tom Hiddleston. Vulture.

Nellie Andreeva profiles producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron on the eve of their live NBC production of “The Sound of Music” Thursday night. The special stars country singer Carrie Underwood and “True Blood” leading man Stephen Moyer. The duo also has the miniseries “Bonnie and Clyde” on A&E this month and return as producers of the Academy Awards in March. Deadline.

The feature film version of “Veronica Mars,” the low-rated but beloved TV series, will debut in theaters on March 14. One year and one day earlier, creator Rob Thomas launched a Kickstarter campaign raising money for the project, which has now finished with original cast members Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Tina Majorino, and dozens more. Entertainment Weekly.

Veteran critic Richard Corliss names his Top 10 films of 2013. At the top is Alfonso Cuaron‘s blockbuster hit “Gravity.” Following that (in order) are “The Great Beauty,” “American Hustle,” “Her,” “The Grandmaster,” “Fast and Furious 6,” “Frozen,” “The Act of Killing,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Time.

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