News Nuggets: Watch a special 2014 farewell to Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman and many more

Charles Osgood hosts a touching new 19-minute video remembering the entertainers and famous people who died in 2014. The tribute begins with Oscar winners Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Mike Nichols as Osgood “brings a smile to your face, and maybe a tear to your eye.” Others honored include Shirley Temple, Mickey Rooney, Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Elaine Stritch, Ruby Dee, Sid Caesar, Joan Rivers, Jan Hooks, Harold Ramis, Pete Seeger, and many others. CBS News

What is the most illegally-downloaded film of 2014? The answer of “The Wolf of Wall Street” is somewhat of a surprise since it is a three-hour movie filled with debauchery. Others in the top 10 are: “Frozen,” “RoboCop,” “Gravity,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “The Legend of Hercules,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and “12 Years a Slave.” Rope of Silicon

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Walt Disney Studios will release 12 films in 2015, including the first “Star Wars” movie since 2005. Titled “The Foce Awakens,” it will premiere in December from director J.J. Abrams. Others next year include “Cinderella” (Kenneth Branagh), “The Jungle Book” (Jon Favreau), “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (Joss Whedon), “Ant-Man” (Peyton Reed), “Tomorrowland” (Brad Bird), and Pixar releases “Inside Out” and “The Good Dinosaur.” Variety

Matt Roush provides new scoop on several top television shows. He says that the January 10 season finale of “The Missing” on Starz is “likely to haunt you for some time to come.” He also discusses “Person of Interest,” “Ascension,” “Jane the Virgin,” “American Idol,” “NCIS: LA,” and “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” TV Guide

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Brian Mansfield and Patrick Ryan preview six musical artists they believe will have breakthroughs in 2015. Sam Martin might have the kind of breaks Sia had this past year and is also an accomplished songwriter. Raury has comparisons to Andre 3000, Lorde, Frank Ocean, and Bon Iver. Clare Dunn is a farm-raised Colorado country singer. Years and Years tap into 1990’s pop, house music, and R&B. A Thousand Horses borrow from classic Southern rock. Former “American Idol” contestant Tori Kelly has already been hot on the internet. USA Today

Esther Zuckerman offers a special “first look” at the Broadway revival of Wendy Wasserstein‘s play “The Heidi Chronicles.” The new version will star Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”), Jason Biggs (“Orange is the New Black”), and Bryce Pinkham (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”). Debuting in February, the show follows a young art historian from 1965 to 1989. Entertainment Weekly

Matt Webb Mitovich previews the new Fox drama series “Empire” that premieres on January 7. The show stars Oscar nominees Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, and Gabourey Sidibe. The show is about a music executive legend who is preparing to turn over his company to one of his three sons until his ex-wife shows up from prison to interfere. TV Line

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