Is Oscar history really being made this year with their elderly longtime sculptor adding a tiny penis to each statuette. The funny new video has “Saturday Night Live” writer Tim Robinson as the sculptor in a “heartwarming” story of his endeavors. George Rush also reports that Robinson will host a revue at SXSW on March 9 with Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, and Sasheer Zamata. Above Average.
Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan reveal a little more about this year’s ceremony hosted by Ellen DeGeneres on March 2. With a heroism theme, the show will be divided into sections of everything from animation good guys through inspirational true life heroes. One highlight will be a tribute to “The Wizard of Oz” 75th anniversary. Meron also adds, “Then we have the popular heroes: superheroes and characters like Harry Potter and Indiana Jones, or the Ghostbusters.” Unofficially confirmed to take part are Andrew Garfield (“The Amazing Spider-Man”) and Alfred Hitchcock heroine Kim Novak. Entertainment Weekly.
NBC is bringing back popular serialized drama “Heroes” with a new 13-episode standalone “Heroes: Reborn” in 2015. The original had several Emmy nominations in 2006 for its first season, including Best Drama Series, but then fell off dramatically with viewers and storylines after that. Creator Tim Kring will be returning to helm the project. No word yet if they will include any original cast members such as Hayden Panettiere, Zachary Quinto, Masi Oka, Adrian Pasdar, Greg Grunberg, Jack Coleman, or Milo Ventimiglia. Deadline.
The 45th annual NAACP Image Awards select Kevin Hart as Entertainer of the Year at Saturday’s ceremony. Film winners are “12 Years a Slave,” Forest Whitaker (“The Butler“), Angela Bassett (“Black Nativity“), David Oyelowo (“The Butler”), and Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”). TV winners include “Scandal” and its star Kerry Washington, “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” and “Steve Harvey.” The Wrap.
“The Lego Movie” continues its domination at the U.S. box office with another $31.4 million in its third weekend. Its overall take has been $183 million domestic. Newcomer “3 Days to Kill” starring Kevin Costner opens in second place with $12.3 million. Big budget “Pompeii” is a big disappointment with just $10 million in its debut weekend. Thompson on Hollywood.
The first week of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” brings in more viewers than anytime in the past 20 years. The initial five episodes, airing last Monday through Friday, were sandwiched between NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The average was 8.49 million viewers, just behind the week of May 17, 1993, when the finale of “Cheers” aired. Host Jay Leno did a special live program in Boston following that comedy’s ending. TV by the Numbers.
Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews is replacing “Dancing With the Stars” co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet. Andrews was a contestant who finished in third place during Season 10. Burke has hosted with Emmy winner Tom Bergeron from that season through the most recent Season 17. The latest version premieres on ABC March 17. TV Line.
This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on April 10 might be less thrilling than expected. A planned Kiss reunion of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss has been abandoned due to infighting between those original members. That foursome and more recent members can’t agree on which ones should take the stage, so as of today, none of them will. Associated Press.