At this Monday’s Oscar nominee luncheon, 15 of the 20 acting nominees will be attending. Leads expected are Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, and Meryl Streep. Supporting nominees attending are Barkhad Abdi, Bradley Cooper, Jonah Hill, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts, and June Squibb. That means Judi Dench, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, and Jennifer Lawrence are passing on the event. Overall, 150 of this year’s nominees will celebrate at the Beverly Hilton and receive their certificates. AMPAS.
Jay Leno gives a tearful goodbye Thursday after 22 years hosting “The Tonight Show.” His official guests were Billy Crystal (a return from being Leno’s first ever guest) and country star Garth Brooks. Crystal introduced surprise appearances from Jack Black, Carol Burnett, Sheryl Crow, Kim Kardashian, Chris Paul, Jim Parsons, and Oprah Winfrey. Leno closed the show by saying he is “the luckiest guy in the world” and that the NBC crew and staff “became my family.” TV Guide.
The opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics on NBC will feature a familiar voice. Emmy winner Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones“) will provide the narration for Friday’s event. The opening showcases the history and culture of the host country Russia. Many of this year’s athletes will have their stories told during the ceremony. TV by the Numbers.
Prolific TV producer Chuck Lorre can now celebrate a rare feat, in fact something that hasn’t happened since at least 1991. He has four shows all in the top 20 TV programs at the same time. His comedy “The Big Bang Theory” was the top show this past week. Other CBS comedies “Mike and Molly” (#11), “Mom” (#15) and “Two and a Half Men” (#18) were not far behind. Lorre was inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame last spring. Variety.
Good news for fans of legendary performer Charlie Chaplin. His only work of fiction, “Footlights,” will be released for the first time since it was written in 1948. It is a dark novella about a washed-up clown who saves a ballerina from suicide. The news comes exactly 100 years after Chaplin first debuted his classic character, The Tramp. Thompson on Hollywood.
Gregory Ellwood wonders if “Grand Budapest Hotel” is already an Oscar contender for next year. He says that Wes Anderson‘s latest “is an example of an auteur at the peak of his cinematic powers.” It is a spring release by Fox Searchlight because Anderson’s last Oscar movie, “Moonrise Kingdom,” debuted during the same timeframe. The cast includes F. Murray Abraham, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe, and Adrien Brody. HitFix.
Rosie O’Donnell ends her exile from daytime talker “The View” with an appearance on Friday. She left her role as a co-host on the program in 2007 after multiple arguments with show founder Barbara Walters. She discussed Dylan Farrow and Woody Allen, her 2012 heart attack, Justin Bieber, and the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Entertainment Weekly.
Turner Classic Movies will have four screen legends introducing their films at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. Maureen O’Hara will present a screening of “How Green Was My Valley.” Director and actor Mel Brooks will introduce his film “Blazing Saddles.” Margaret O’Brien will present “Meet Me in St. Louis” (in which she starred with Judy Garland). Richard Dreyfuss will host tributes to “The Goodbye Girl” and “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” The event will take place April 10-13. L.A. Times.