Is Hannah Horvath, the lead “Girls” character played by Lena Dunham, the most selfish person on TV? Matt Zoller Seitz and Alyssa Rosenberg debate this topic and whether she is the most narcissistic character not just now but ever. They say that “at least once a season her behavior becomes a referendum on twentysomething New Yorkers.” Her most recent event was a self-centered reaction when her book editor dies unexpectedly. Vulture.
Author J.K. Rowling now admits that Hermione Granger wound up with the wrong wizard in her popular “Harry Potter” books and films. In a new interview hosted by actress Emma Watson (who played Hermione), Rowling states, “I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that.” Instead of the title character (played by Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione dates and eventually marries Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint). Grantland.
Bruce Weber profiles Philip Seymour Hoffman, calling him “the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation.” Hoffman, an Oscar winner for “Capote,” died at his New York apartment on Sunday. The lengthy tribute discusses many of his 50 films and work on Broadway, provides a photo gallery, and video clips. Of his 2012 performance as Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman,” theatre critic Ben Brantley wrote, “Mr. Hoffman does terminal uncertainty better than practically anyone.” New York Times.
TV casting executives are going after quite a few film stars for pilot season. Last year, Rose Byrne was the focus of many new shows, but she passed on all of them. The ladies receiving multiple offers this year include Elizabeth Banks, Maria Bello, Sarah Chalke, Jennifer Connelly, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Felicity Huffman, Kyra Sedgwick, Octavia Spencer, and Hilary Swank. The most pursued men include Thomas Haden Church, John Krasinski, Hugh Laurie, James Marsden, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Dennis Quaid, John C. Reilly, and Luke Wilson. Deadline.
Sasha Stone looks back at the many Vanity Fair covers from their annual Hollywood editions. This year’s Oscar cover features Chadwick Boseman, George Clooney, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Brie Larson, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, Margot Robbie, Julia Roberts, and Lea Seydoux. Awards Daily.
The Motion Picture Academy will host several events during Oscar week showcasing many of this year’s nominees. For the first time ever, they will host a celebration of this year’s score and song nominees at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Other events will focus on animation (features and shorts), documentaries, foreign language films, live action shorts, and makeup/hairstyling. AMPAS.
After all the numbers are crunched, this weekend’s Super Bowl on Fox is now the most-watched TV show in U.S. history. It claimed 111.5 million viewers for a blowout game where the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos. The previous high rating was from the 2012 Super Bowl when the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots. The halftime show starring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers gained strength over the game with 115.3 million. The Wrap.
When the longtime reality series “Dancing With the Stars” returns in a few weeks, it will be without its band. Leader Harold Wheeler and his 26-member band have been fired for financial reasons after performing on the series all of its previous 17 seasons. ABC will use preexisting sound recordings and a small electric band for the new season. American Federation of Musicians president Ray Hair blasts the decision as “artistic fraud.” Hollywood Reporter.