The entire second season of Emmy winner “House of Cards” debuts Friday on Netflix. Tim Molloy says it’s “great” and suggests that you should watch “at least the premiere episode as fast as you can, before some jerk ruins it for you.” He mentions some critics haven’t been “blown away,” but that for him, “my eyes bugged out. I shook my head. I laughed. I rewound, a lot.” The show stars Kevin Spacey and Golden Globe winner Robin Wright. The Wrap.
Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres is pulling double duty this year. Not only will she reign over the March 2 ceremony, but her daytime talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will air live the following day. Producers plan on having winners and other presenters or performers on the talk show as guests. DeGeneres said, “I will be delirious from staying up all night long. Not really sure what condition I’ll be in. I may be in my pajamas. I sleep naked.” Hollywood Reporter.
Sasha Stone refers to this year’s Oscar race for Best Original Song as a “contentious mess.” Her favorite is “Let It Go” from “Frozen” (performed by Idina Menzel), calling it “masterful” and that no song “celebrates the meaning” of its film better. The chief rival is “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” (U2), because it is backed by the Weinsteins and “the power of Bono is not to be taken lightly.” The song “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2” is the “most catchy” and has the incredibly popular Pharrell Williams as writer and performer. If voters want to give another award to “Her,” it will be for “The Moon Song” (Karen O). As of today’s press release, all four performers will be on stage for this year’s ceremony. Awards Daily.
Ralph Waite, the patriarch of the long-running “The Waltons,” dies at age 86. He starred for nine seasons as John Walton, Sr., the owner of the family lumber mill on Walton’s Mountain, and directed several episodes. He earned an Emmy nomination in 1978 for that show and in 1977 as a supporting actor in the miniseries “Roots.” Most recently he was a recurring character on “Bones” and as Mark Harmon‘s father on “NCIS.” He unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 1990. Deadline.
The Television Academy promotes Julie Shore to Vice President of Awards. The announcement was made Thursday by Dr. John Leverence, Senior Vice President of Awards. Working in this department for over two decades, she works with the awards committee on implementing rules and procedures for the Primetime Emmys. She also works with the various networks and studios and is in charge of the annual telecast ticket lottery. ATAS.
Bill Desowitz chats with all five Oscar nominees for Best Cinematography and provides clips of their work. He says that all are “not only filled with indelible images but they’re all constructed around the common theme of survival, disconnect and rebirth.” He calls the work of Roger Deakins (“Prisoners“), Bruno Delbonnel (“Inside Llewyn Davis“), Philippe Le Sourd (“The Grandmaster“), Emmanuel Lubezki (“Gravity”), and Phedon Papamichael (“Nebraska“) “a visually diverse feast.” Thompson on Hollywood.
Full details are now released for the first ever live Oscar concert on February 27. Slated for UCLA’s Royce Hall, the event will feature all five nominated original scores performed by an 80-piece orchestra plus the four original songs. The nominated composers for “The Book Thief” (John Williams), “Gravity” (Steven Price), “Her” (William Butler and Owen Pallett), “Philomena” (Alexandre Desplat), and “Saving Mr. Banks” (Thomas Newman) will conduct. Huffington Post.
After a long hiatus for the Winter Olympics, “Saturday Night Live” returns on March 1 with guest host Jim Parsons and musical guest Beck. It will be the debut appearance for Parsons and the seventh time for Beck. The show will mark the first without Seth Meyers and the first with new “Weekend Update” co-anchor Colin Jost. TV Guide.