Lynette Rice and James Hibberd offer the “death watch” on which network shows are least likely to return for next season. The most surprising is the longtime CBS hit “Two and a Half Men,” which they call “a huge question mark given its falling ratings and high price tag.” Among a long list, others possibly ending are “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Community,” “Last Man Standing,” “The Mentalist,” “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “Raising Hope,” and “Super Fun Night.” They also mention that ratings are not very good for “The Good Wife,” but awards prestige is keeping it on the air. Entertainment Weekly.
Sasha Stone says that “all eyes” are now focused on BAFTA, especially in several key races. Her list of reasons reminds that the Academy has lots of British voters as members and that holding their ceremony on February 16 this year (two days after Oscar ballots are mailed) will make it more important than ever. The categories of Best Picture, Best Actor (with no Matthew McConaughey) and Best Supporting Actor (with no Jared Leto) could be critical. Awards Daily.
Legendary actress Shirley Temple Black dies of natural causes on Monday at age 85. She was one of the top performers of her era in the 1930s as a child star and went on to become a U.S. ambassador. In recent years, she was a Kennedy Center honoree and received the SAG life achievement award. Turner Classic Movies will pay tribute to her career with a movie marathon on Sunday, March 9. Films to be featured include “Heidi,” “Bright Eyes,” “The Little Princess,” and “The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer.” TV Line.
Idina Menzel is the latest performer added to the Academy Awards telecast on March 2. The Tony winner will sing the nominated song “Let It Go” from “Frozen“. Pharrell Williams (“Despicable Me 2“) was also announced to perform recently, and U2 (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom“) will be on stage (although no official word on them yet). The only song nominee not yet confirmed is “The Moon Song” from “Her“). TV Guide.
The first presenters are announced for the Independent Spirit Awards, held the day before the Oscars on March 1. Angela Bassett, Rosario Dawson, Greta Gerwig, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bill Hader, Diego Luna, Matthew McConaughey, Andy Samberg, and Reese Witherspoon will present several trophies. Comedian Patton Oswalt hosts the luncheon for the first time. People.
Nathaniel Rogers looks back 20 years to the Oscars of 1993. Locks of the night were that “Schindler’s List” would win Steven Spielberg his first trophies and that Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia”) and Holly Hunter (“The Piano”) would take home the lead awards. The race for Best Supporting Actor was fierce, but Tommy Lee Jones (“The Fugitive”) prevailed. The biggest shocker was a very young Anna Paquin (“The Piano”) hyperventilating when she won as Best Supporting Actress. Film Experience.
AARP hosts its annual Movies for Grownups awards ceremony Monday night with host Kathy Griffin. Winners were “12 Years a Slave” for the top award and Bruce Dern (“Nebraska“), Judi Dench (“Philomena“), Chris Cooper (“August: Osage County“), and Oprah Winfrey (“The Butler“) for the acting honors. Variety.
The seventh annual Oscar-nominated screenwriters panel is held at the Los Angeles Film School. Moderated by Backstory publisher Jeff Goldsmith, this year’s panel included Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack (“Dallas Buyers Club“), Spike Jonze (“Her”), Bob Nelson (“Nebraska”), Jeff Pope (“Philomena”), Billy Ray (“Captain Phillips“), John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”), David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer (“American Hustle“), and Terence Winter (“The Wolf of Wall Street“). The full Q&A session will be available for downloading on iTunes. L.A. Film.