British actors Toby Jones and Sheridan Smith will compete for top trophies at the U.K.'s upcoming Royal Television Society Programme Awards next month (Mar15). The Hunger Games star is up for the best actor title for his role in TV movie Marvellous, going up against Tom Hollander for The Poet and Adeel Akhtar for Utopia, while Smith lands a nomination in the best actress category for her portrayal of 1960s singer Cilla Black in the TV series Cilla. She will compete against British actresses Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) and Georgina Campbell (Murdered By My Boyfriend).
Fargo, True Detective and The Big Bang Theory will go head-to-head for the International title while Chris O'Dowd's TV series Moone Boy, which he created, co-writes and stars in, is up for a Scripted Comedy prize.
Other nominees include funnyman Billy Connolly for the Presenter prize for his documentary Billy Connolly's Big Send Off, Maggie Gyllenhaal's series The Honourable Women for Drama Serial, while Peaky Blinders, starring Cillian Murphy, will compete for the Drama Series title against Happy Valley and Line of Duty.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 17 March (15).
Last night was the final episode in one of the greatest shows we've ever watched. We said goodbye to Parks and Recreation after 7 incredible seasons. We're still drying our eyes after that finale. Watching the cast tell each other how much they love each other on Late Night With Seth Meyers didn't help with the tears.
What's even cuter (and made us ugly cry hard) is that they all sang "Bye, Bye Li'l Sebastian" together:
Featuring Chris Pratt on guitar! We'll miss them even more than we miss Li'l Sebastian.
We're not alone in our sadness after saying goodbye:
If you need me today, I'm probably crying about Parks. #ParksFarewell
— Alice Z. (@_thebookthief_) February 25, 2015
So many tears last night and today and every day without Parks and Rec:
Here we go...About to start #ParksFarewell #OneLastRide I'm in a public venue, which will help with the crying.
— Eric D. Ramsey (@EricRamseyToGo) February 25, 2015
The Stages of Grief As I Watched @ParksandRecNBC's Series Finale. #ParksFarewell http://t.co/vuIu12Os0l pic.twitter.com/V1wu51UP6M
— Kristina Uriegas (@TweeValleyHigh) February 25, 2015
IM CRYING IM WATCHING PARKS AND RECREATION FINALE I AM LITERALLY #ParksFarewell pic.twitter.com/38H5aydWqn
— Faezrin (@faezrin) February 25, 2015
Other celebs/show creators showed their respect and are sad to see it end as well:
Life without Donna Meagle will never be the same. Congrats on an unforgettable character, lady. @unfoRETTAble #ParksFarewell
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) February 25, 2015
Wrapped and just got home, gonna watch some #ParksandRec like everyone should. Congrats to the writers, cast and crew. #PawneeForever
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) February 25, 2015
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The Leslie Knope quotes are in full force to handle the pain:
"Everything hurts and I'm dying" #ParksFarewell
— Space Oddity (@dontbeasquare_) February 25, 2015
Anne, your rainbow infused space unicorn. Anne, you beautiful sassy mannequin come to life. Anne, you opalescent tree shark. #ParksFarewell
— Laura Simons (@lo_simonsx11) February 25, 2015
As sad as everyone may be to see it end, we can all agree it was an great run and the best ending we could have hoped for:
Teared up several times, it was fantastic. So sad it is over but so thankful for such a great show! #ParksandRecFinale #ParksFarewell
— brittany♔ (@ainodino) February 25, 2015
Parks showed us how beautiful life and humanity really are. We're sad it's over but so grateful it happened. #ParksFarewell @parksandrecnbc
— Alex Hanna (@alhanna92) February 25, 2015
I don't think I've ever cried and laughed harder in a single hour than in the Parks finale. An unbelievably perfect goodbye. #ParksFarewell
— Alex Hanna (@alhanna92) February 25, 2015
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So Mindy dropped a bomb on us last week during The Mindy Project. Our favorite, fashionable OBGYN is preggers! With Danny’s baby! While we’re all for a baby Castellano (can you imagine the tiny red reading glasses?!), we couldn’t help but feel this “twist” was a little…too obvious? The surprise pregnancy plotline has been done in countless other TV shows – sometimes as a jump-the-shark moment (read: the writers have run out of ideas) and other times as a way to write an actress’ real-life pregnancy into the show. Either way, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. And fans generally love it or hate it - no inbetween.
Mindy’s situation is unique because, as Mindy Kaling told EW.com, the writers have been talking about this pregnancy storyline since season one. The unplanned pregnancy was indeed planned. And, Kaling said, it will only motivate Mindy more in her career. Smart, successful, ambitious Mindy isn’t going away, folks! We’re tentatively hopeful it’ll all work out – that is, as soon as she tells Danny.
On the flip side, another Fox comedy, New Girl, has decided not to write Zooey Deschanel’s real-life pregnancy into the show. Thank God for small miracles. Can you imagine all of them in that loft with a BABY? Though we have to admit Schmidt would make an amazing godfather.
And now we present some shows that have handled the pregnancy twist with varying degrees of success.
Bones: Hate It
After years of sexual tension buildup, we didn’t even get to see the Brennan/Booth hookup. We weren’t even sure they’d done it, until Brennan suddenly announced she was pregnant. HUHWUH?
Parks & Recreation: Love It
Here’s how to completely call out the ridiculousness of the pregnancy plot twist and play into it at the same time – at the end of last season, Leslie Knope revealed she was pregnant…with TRIPLETS.
Mad Men: Love It
When January Jones became pregnant in real life Mad Men didn’t write it into the show, instead they made Betty get fat. It was hilarious – and also a really elaborate way to hide an on-screen pregnancy. We kinda miss Fat Betty.
Nashville: Love It
Nashville wrote Hayden Panettiere's pregnancy into her character's storyline. It definitely made Juliette's life more complicated and more drama on Nashville can only be a good thing, we suppose.
King of Queens: Hate It
Probably one of the worst instances of trying to hide a pregnancy on television. It was so obvious Leah Remini was preggers that they should have just written it into the show. It's almost like they didn't even try to conceal it!
The Office: Love It
It took Jim and Pam forever to get together, but once they did, they sure didn't waste any time! It only made sense for these two to start a family.
Hart of Dixie: On the Fence
The show turned Rachel Bilson's pregnancy into an unexpected life change for her character, Zoe. We're still waiting to see how this one plays out.
So what do you think? Pregnancy twist: love it or hate it? Which shows did it well and which shows didn't? Let us know!
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards took place last night, and while we don't really remember very many awards being distributed, there were a ton of performances. Some were absolutely incredible, some were snooze-inducing, and others were absolutely terrifying and amazing all at once (see: Pharrell). Below are the 23 performances, ranked from worst to best:
23. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett - "Cheek to Cheek"
A song we love. A performance we loathed. Girl was obfuckingnoxious.
22. Usher & Stevie Wonder - "If It's Magic"
Come on, Usher! Between the number of slow jams we heard tonight, the options of Stevie songs you could have sang, you decided to walk around the stage with just a harp? Thank goodness Stevie came out and played the harmonica to save the day.
21. Ariana Grande - "Just a Little Bit of Your Heart"
We have no idea what she said. Enunciate, girl.
20. Kanye West - "Only One"
We feel like we've seen this minimalist sort of mother-oriented performance from West before. We were just expecting him to push the boundaries a little more after such a long Grammy hiatus.
19. Brandy Clark & Dwight Yoakam - "Hold My Hand"
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This song was sweet. It reminded us of old Taylor Swift. It wasn't the most exciting, but it wasn't the worst either.
18. Eric Church - "Give Me Back My Hometown"
We don't know much about country music, but we were really into the banjo here. Why wasn't there more banjo at this show?
17. Katy Perry - "By the Grace of God"
We LOVED the message behind this. It was a really clear message, thanks to President Barack Obama and a survivor of domestic abuse. Message aside, the performance itself certainly didn't wow us.
16. AC/DC - "Rock or Bust" & "Highway to Hell"
We've never been a big AC/DC fan, but they sounded great! We just wonder why this was the opening of the show. And we weren't alone, Jamie Foxx's daughter seemed a bit confused, too.
15. Jessie J & Tom Jones - "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin"
This was just lovely. So simple, so nice. And those voices! Jessie J killed it.
14. Juanes - "Juntos"
In a night of mostly slow songs, the Colombian musician made our hips move before we even knew it. For that, we're so thankful.
13. John Legend & Common - "Glory"
This Golden Globe-winning, Academy-Award winning, show-closing performance was everything you'd expect from these two megastars. It wasn't the most exciting, but it was beautiful nonetheless.
12. Gwen Stefani & Adam Levine - "My Heart Is Open"
We'll watch Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine do anything. In fact, we're not even sure they sang a song, but they looked damn good.
11. Beyoncé - "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"
We were getting sleepy, and a slow gospel song certainly wasn't going to help that, but Beyoncé's voice woke us up and she slaaaayed.
10. Rihanna, Sir Paul McCartney & Kanye West - "FourFiveSeconds"
We REALLY like this song; don't get us wrong. But Kanye and RiRi jumped around in those suits (with Rihanna's just a little big on her) in front of that white screen that mysteriously just floated to the sky mid-performance for no apparent reason, and we were like, "Milli Vanilli?! What are you doing on stage with Paul McCartney?!"
9. Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Herbie Hancock, & Questlove - "Thinking Out Loud"
To quote a friend of ours, "I wish his voice were a scented candle." Yeah. Who would argue with that?
8. Beck & Chris Martin - "Heart is a Drum"
We weirdly love Beck, and like most humans, we're really big fans of Chris Martin. Obviously this was a good time.
7. ELO & Ed Sheeran - "Evil Woman" & "Mr. Blue Sky"
Just look at how much Paul McCartney was enjoying this performance (until he realizes the camera is on him). Need we say more?
6. Miranda Lambert - "Little Red Wagon"
We're not a huge country fan, but this girl brought. it. This was one of the more fun moments.
5. Madonna - "Living For Love"
She may have exerted herself a bit, but we thoroughly appreciated the burst of energy she gave the show. Probably the most high energy performance of the night, and at times, we were even reminded of the old Madge we all know and love.
4. Sam Smith & Mary J. Blige - "Stay With Me"
Sometimes, "Grammy Moments" can be a bit forced; that was not the case here. Mary J's voice was perfectly suited for this song, and the ending where they sang to each other was picture perfect.
3. Hozier & Annie Lennox - "Take Me To Church" & "I Put A Spell On You"
We really like this Hozier song, and we have a pretty healthy obsession with Annie Lennox, but this performance brought things to a whole new level. It stole the show, in terms of the amount of talent presented. And also, Annie Lennox. At one point, she played an imaginary harmonica. Like, it wasn't even there, she just made noises and pretended it was. Bow down.
2. Pharrell - "Happy"
We didn't think any performance could get better than this (or any performer could be higher...on this list); this was the weirdest thing we've ever experienced. We couldn't stop laughing. It certainly made us "happy."
1. Sia (feat. Maddie Ziegler & Kristen Wiig) - "Chandelier"
We're still mesmerized by this song and its video. Adding the incredible Kristen Wiig was the perfect twist to make us love it even more.
Ed Sheeran will team up with Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne for a hits medley at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (08Feb15). The get together will be one of many collaborations set to hit the stage at music's big night.
Chris Martin will join Beck and Sam Smith will perform with his collaborator Mary J. Blige.
The pairings will join previously announced live collaborations between Tom Jones and Jessie J, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine, Hozier and Annie Lennox, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, and Kanye West, Rihanna and Paul McCartney.
Meanwhile, rapper Common has confirmed Beyonce will be joining him and John Legend for a tribute to the civil rights movement at the Grammy Awards.
The R&B diva, who is up for six awards at music's big night, will perform Take My Hand Precious Lord before joining Legend and Common for their Oscar-nominated song Glory from the soundtrack to the film Selma.
Common tells Us Weekly, "We do have an incredible introduction to our performance, a segue into our song Glory, as a tribute to Selma, being done by the great Beyonce. That's one of the greatest talents you can have."
Pop star Harry Styles celebrated his 21st birthday early on Saturday (31Jan15) by hosting a party in Los Angeles with stars including David Beckham and Chris Martin. The One Direction heartthrob turned 21 on Sunday (01Feb15), but he started the celebrations early by inviting his famous friends to a party the night before.
In addition, the Coldplay frontman brought his rumoured on/off girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence to the event, and they were joined by Styles' reported model girlfriend Nadine Leopold, Cara Delevingne, Rita Ora, Kelly Osbourne, Kendall Jenner, Alexa Chung, Adam Levine, Courteney Cox, Rashida Jones, and Styles' bandmates Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson.
Styles reportedly jetted off to Glendale, Arizona on his his actual birthday to attend the Super Bowl, where Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott took to the stage during the half time show, and the New England Patriots claimed victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
"I don't know, I might be. I just got back from the woods hunting, killing a bunch of stuff... I have no idea. It's the first I'm hearing of it." Guardians Of The Galaxy star Chris Pratt plays down rumours suggesting he has been tipped to take over the Indiana Jones franchise from Harrison Ford.
Director Paul Feig has teased fans with his latest Ghostbusters casting coup, hinting that Melissa Mccarthy and Kristen Wiig will star in the highly-anticipated revamp. The Bridesmaids filmmaker took to Twitter.com on Tuesday (27Jan15) and simply posted a photo collage of his leading ladies and Saturday Night Live stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, with no caption explaining the tweet.
The mysterious post came shortly after news suggesting the quartet is in final negotiations for the all-female remake of the sci-fi classic.
McCarthy has long been rumoured to be a frontrunner for the film, and this will mark her fourth collaboration with Feig, who directed her in The Heat, upcoming movie Spy, and Bridesmaids.
Meanwhile, McKinnon has been a Saturday Night Live regular since 2012 and she was nominated for an Emmy Award last year (14), while Jones joined the SNL cast in 2014 and recently appeared in comedian Chris Rock's film Top Five.
Feig has reteamed with The Heat screenwriter Katie Dippold for the Ghostbusters project, which Ivan Reitman, who directed the original 1984 Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel, will produce.
The movie is expected to start shooting this summer (15), with original Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd slated to return.
Guardians Of The Galaxy star Chris Pratt has emerged as the latest frontrunner to lead the cast in a planned Disney remake of Indiana Jones. Movie studio bosses are working with Star Trek reboot director J.J. Abrams to relaunch the franchise and are keen to land Pratt as its lead star, taking over Harrison Ford's iconic role as the daredevil archaeologist, according to Deadline.com.
Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson previously dismissed rumours linking him to the job last summer (14), while Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper's name has also been put forward as a favourite to tackle the George Lucas-created character.
The first three films in the Indiana Jones franchise became box office hits in the 1980s, while a fourth instalment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was released in 2008 with Shia LaBeouf as Ford's co-star.
All four movies were directed by Steven Spielberg.
British actors including Eddie Redmayne, Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch and Rosamund Pike look set to dominate the 2015 Academy Awards after the nominations were unveiled on Thursday (15Jan15).
Redmayne earned a Best Actor nod for The Theory of Everything and will go head-to-head with fellow Brit Cumberbatch for his role in The Imitation Game. They will compete with Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) and Michael Keaton for Birdman, which is leading the Oscars race with The Grand Budapest Hotel with nine nods apiece.
Brits are also well represented in the Best Actress category with nominations for Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and Pike (Gone Girl). Other nominees include Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Reese Witherspoon (Wild) and Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night).
Knightley picked up a nod for Best Supporting Actress for The Imitation Game and will compete with awards season favourite Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Laura Dern (Wild), Meryl Streep (Into the Woods) and Emma Stone (Birdman) while the nods for the male counterpart went to Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), Robert Duvall (The Judge), Edward Norton (Birdman), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash).
Best Picture nominees include The Theory of Everything, Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, Selma, Whiplash, American Sniper and The Imitation Game, which earned eight nominations.
Boyhood moviemaker Richard Linklater, who won a Golden Globe on Sunday (11Jan15), is in the running for Best Director with Birdman's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Foxcatcher's Bennett Miller and Morten Tyldum, who scooped his first awards season nomination for The Imitation Game.
Composer Alexandre Desplat will compete against himself in the Original Score category after being nominated for both The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game, while Interstellar picked up audio nods despite being criticized for its sound quality by cinemagoers last year (14).
The shortlist was announced by actor Chris Pine, directors Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams, and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs in Beverly Hills, California on Thursday (15Jan15).
Winners will be announced during the ceremony held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 22 February (15), hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.
The complete list of nominees is as follows:
The Theory of Everything - The Imitation Game - Birdman - The Grand Budapest Hotel - Boyhood - Selma - Whiplash - American Sniper
Michael Keaton - Birdman
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
Steve Carell - Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper - American Sniper
Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon - Wild
Marion Cotillard - Two Days, One Night
Best Supporting Actor:
Robert Duvall - The Judge
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Edward Norton - Birdman
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons - Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game
Emma Stone - Birdman
Meryl Streep - Into the Woods
Laura Dern - Wild
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Morten Tyldum - The Imitation Game
Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo - Birdman
Dan Gilroy - Nightcrawler
E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman - Foxcatcher
Graham Moore - The Imitation Game
Jason Hall - American Sniper
Anthony McCarten - The Theory of Everything
Paul Thomas Anderson - Inherent Vice
Damien Chazelle - Whiplash
Foreign Language Film:
Wild Tales (Argentina)
Animated Feature Film:
Big Hero 6
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Glory - Selma
Grateful - Beyond the Lights
Everything is Awesome - The Lego Movie
Lost Stars - Begin Again
I'm Not Gonna Miss You - Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me
Alexandre Desplat - The Imitation Game
Alexandre Desplat - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hans Zimmer - Interstellar
Gary Yershon - Mr. Turner
Johann Johannsson - The Theory of Everything
Finding Vivian Maier
The Salt of the Earth
Last Days in Vietnam
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
The Reaper (La Parka)
Animated Short Film:
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life
Live Action Short Film:
Aya Boogaloo and Graham Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
The Phone Call
Emmanuel Lubezki - Birdman
Robert D. Yeoman - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski - Ida
Dick Pope - Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins - Unbroken
Barney Pilling - The Grand Budapest Hotel
William Goldenberg - The Imitation Game
Tom Cross - Whiplash
Sandra Adair - Boyhood
Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach - American Sniper
Milena Canonero - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Colleen Atwood - Into the Woods
Jacqueline Durran - Mr. Turner
Mark Bridges - Inherent Vice
Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive - Maleficent
Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana MacDonald - The Imitation Game
Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis - Interstellar
Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts - Mr. Turner
Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock - Into the Woods
Makeup and Hairstyling:
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White - Guardians of the Galaxy
Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard - Foxcatcher
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies