In just four short years, Jennifer Lawrence has earned an Oscar win among three nominations, and she is now declared as the most powerful actress in the world. Beyond that victory for “Silver Linings Playbook” and nods for “Winter’s Bone” and “American Hustle,” her ranking is mostly based on the success of “The Hunger Games” film franchise. She is the 12th overall person on the new Forbes Celebrity 100 list. The top five are singer Beyonce, basketball star LeBron James, producer Dr. Dre, entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey, comedian/talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Thompson on Hollywood.
Oscar-nominated writer and director Paul Mazursky dies in Los Angeles at age 84. Though he was never nodded as a director, he competed four times as a writer for “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice,” “Harry and Tonto,” “Enemies: A Love Story,” and “An Unmarried Woman” (for which he also earned a producing bid). He also acted on the side, especially in recent years with guest roles on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Once and Again,” and “The Sopranos.” Variety.
Sony TV makes a surprise last minute deal to save the often-cancelled comedy series “Community.” A 13-episode sixth season will air on the web video service Yahoo Screen. Talks with Hulu had broken down in recent days, even though that service already features all episodes from the first five seasons from NBC. Returning cast members are Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, and Jim Rash. The Wrap.
Even though campaigning really begins months from now, The Weinstein Company is already launching a bid to get Adam Levine an Academy Award. He co-stars in the new film “Begin Again” and also wrote the original song “Lost Stars.” The song could be a breakout hit for the Maroon 5 frontman, similar to Oscar winner “Falling Slowly” from the 2007 movie “Once.” Both films were directed by John Carney. Deadline.
Christopher Rosen and Matthew Jacobs discuss films released so far in 2014 and whether they have Oscar potential. Rosen declares that Richard Linklater‘s “Boyhood” is one of his all-time favorites and is “breathtaking filmmaking.” The only worry for Jacobs is that it finds a mainstream audience. Others seen worthy from the first half of the year are “The Fault in Our Stars,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Obvious Child,” and “Nymphomaniac: Volume 1.” Huffington Post.
Sunday’s BET Awards are one of the most watched ceremonies of 2014. Hosted by comedian Chris Rock, the show pulled in an amazing 7.9 million viewers, beating the numbers for the Golden Globes, Billboard Music Awards, and People’s Choice Awards. It was the second most watched BET ceremony in its history, trailing only the 2009 program airing days after the death of superstar Michael Jackson. Celebrity Cafe.
Fox cancels next year’s midseason drama series “Hieroglyph” before it ever airs an episode. The network had given the project a straight-to-series order but was disappointed in script development beyond the pilot. It was to be an action-adventure show set in Egypt about a notorious thief pulled out of prison to serve the Pharoah. TV Guide.