This weekend marks the 18th Annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards, celebrating the acting achievements in film and television throughout 2011. The SAG has accumulated a few notable stars to present at the ceremony. Viola Davis (The Help), Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), all nominated for their respective aforementioned pieces this year, will present awards at the SAG ceremony. The 18th Annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards, held at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center, will broadcast live on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. ET on TBS and TNT. -People
It's exciting enough that Cougar Town is coming back to television (prepare your aluminum cans for some joyful penny-ing). But a guest star like this just ups the dosage: David Arquette, star Courteney Cox's ex-husband, frequent collaborator, and lasting close friend, will make an appearance on the third season finale, which will (SPOILERS) center around Jules' (Cox) marriage to Grayson (Josh Hopkins). Arquette will play an exceptionally eager hotel concierge bent on making his customers' wedding day perfect. This is hopefully (and probably) a sign that Cougar Town's habit of doling out guest roles to friends of the cast and crew is far from over. Cougar Town's third season premieres on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. -TVLine
Person of Interest is employing a former high school football star as an investment banker. Matt Lauria, formerly of Friday Night Lights, is playing a role on one episode of CBS' more-than-just-a-crime-drama as the Number of the Week. As always, the question is: will he be the culprit, or the victim? As we begin to learn more about the series' central machine, and we begin to watch the relationship between stars Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) change, we realize that guest stars like Lauria might begin to play more engrossing and significant roles. Person of Interest airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. -TVLine
Around Thanskgiving, we heard news of a Showtime series Ray Donovan that would act as a vehicle for Liev Schreiber's launch into television acting. As we heard, Schreiber will play an underground problem-solver for Los Angeles socialites with compromising secrets. Now, Schreiber has gotten himself a pair of costars: Eddie Marsan (the Sherlock Holmes films), and Dash Mihok (I Am Legend and The Day After Tomorrow), perhaps playing fellow problem-solvers, or, more likely, the problems. -Vulture
Arquette is a keen tweeter and he was overjoyed to learn Cox, who he split from in 2010, has joined the microblogging site.
He declared, "Oh my goodness - It's a miracle. Welcome to twitter Courteney! Don't let the haters discourage you. There's a lot of love 4u. Everyone please follow CourteneyCox."
Cox quickly began sending out updates on the site, writing, "Ok! Giving Twitter a go! Who's out there? WOW! this is fun, but i think my computer is starting to smoke... What am i doing, David?!?!"
The Scream star, who lives in Los Angeles, began dating TV reporter McLarty last summer (11) following his split from wife Courteney Cox in October, 2010.
The actor recently admitted he was in love with McLarty, and he's doing everything he can to keep the spark in their long-distance relationship alive.
He tells Eonline.com, "We're serious. But we're having fun. We're making it work. We try to do a no more than two weeks (apart) rule."
The couple made its red carpet debut at the weekend (14-15Jan12) as it stepped out for the Art of Elysium Heaven Gala in Los Angeles.
McLarty was previously married to adult filmmaker Joe Francis, but ended the relationship just seven weeks after they wed.
The Scream star completed a four-week program in a rehabilitation facility in January (11) after entering the venue over the New Year weekend to receive treatment for "alcohol and other issues", following his separation from actress Courteney Cox in October last year (10).
Arquette has since undergone a lifestyle overhaul, competing on U.S. talent show Dancing with the Stars and moving on with a new girlfriend.
Now the star has reached 365 days alcohol-free, even refusing to take medication following a car crash in March (11) in order to stay clean.
In a post on Twitter.com, Arquette writes, "Today marks 1 year of sobriety for me. I thank God for the strength and guidance and my family and friends for their love and support & I TY (thank you)."
The film and television nominations for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have been released, recognizing achievements in both individual performances and the strengths of ensemble casts. This year's television award nominations are listed below, including many worthy recipients, but there are also a few surprising absences. Among the hard-hitters listed below are dramas like HBO's Mildred Pierce and Boardwalk Empire, AMC's Breaking Bad and comedies such as ABC's Modern Family (which swept the Emmys this year) and NBC's 30 Rock. However, some might be surprised not to find the new Showtime drama Homeland or NBC's secret weapon Parks and Recreation.
The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Jan. 29, 2012 on TNT and TBS.
Click here to read the list of this year's film nominees.
18th ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINATIONS: PRIMETIME TELEVISION
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Laurence Fishburne - Thurgood (HBO)
Paul Giamatti - Too Big to Fail (HBO)
Greg Kinnear - The Kennedy (Reelz Channel)
Guy Pearce - Mildred Pierce (HBO)
James Woods - Too Big to Fail (HBO
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Diane Lane - Cinema Verite (HBO)
Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey (PBS)
Emily Watson - Appropriate Adult (Sundance Channel)
Betty White - Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Lost Valentine (CBS)
Kate Winslet - Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Patrick J. Adams - Suits (USA)
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Kyle Chandler - Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad (AMC)
Michael C. Hall - Dexter (Showtime)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Kathy Bates - Harry's Law (NBC)
Glenn Close - Damages (DirecTV)
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story (FX)
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife (CBS)
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer (TNT)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock (NBC)
Ty Burrell - Modern Family (ABC)
Steve Carell - The Office (NBC)
Jon Cryer - Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family (ABC)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Julia Bowen - Modern Family (ABC)
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Tina Fey - 30 Rock (NBC)
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family (ABC)
Betty White - Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO) - Steve Buscemi, Dominic Chianese, Robert Clohessy, Dabney Coleman, Charlie Cox, Jose & Lucy Gallina, Stephen Graham, Jack Huston, Anthony Laciura, Heather Lind, Kelly Macdonald, Rory & Declan McTigue, Gretchen Mol, Brady & Connor Noon, Kevin O'Rourke, Aleksa Palladino, Jacqueline Pennewill, Vincent Piazza, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Paul Sparks, Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter Van Wagner, Shea Whigham, Michael Kenneth Williams, Anatol Yusef
Breaking Bad (AMC) - Jonathan Banks, Betsy Brandt, Ray Campbell, Bryan Cranston, Giancarlo Esposito, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Aaron Paul
Dexter (Showtime) - Billy Brown, Jennifer Carpenter, Josh Cooke, Aimee Garcia, Michael C. Hall, Colin Hanks, Desmond Harrington, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Rya Kihlstedt, C.S. Lee, Edward James Olmos, James Remar, Lauren Velez, Peter Weller, David Zayas
Game of Thrones (HBO) - Amrita Acharia, Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Josef Altin, Sean Bean, Susan Brown, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Ron Donachie, Michelle Farley, Jerome Flynn, Elyes Gabel, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson Iain Glen, Julian Glover, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Conleth Hill, Richard Madden, Jason Mamoa, Rory McCann, Ian McElhinney, Luke McEwan, Roxanne McKee, Dar Salim, Mark Stanley, Donald Sumpter, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams
The Good Wife (CBS) - Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Alan Cumming, Matt Czuchry, Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Archie Panjabi, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock (NBC) - Scott Adsit, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden, Kevin Brown, Grizz Chapman, Tina Fey, Judah Friedlander, Jane Krakowski, John Lutz, Jack McBrayer, Tracy Morgan, Maulik Pancholy, Keith Powell
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch
Glee (Fox) - Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Ashley Fink, Dot Marie Jones, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Mike O'Malley, Chord Overstreet, Lauren Potter, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Iqbal Theba, Jenna Ushkowitz
Modern Family (ABC) - Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Julia Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, Ed O'Neill, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara, Ariel Winter
The Office (NBC) - Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Kate Flannery, Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, John Krasinski, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Oscar Nunez, Craig Robinson, James Spader, Phyllis Smith, Rainn Wilson, Zach Woods
Enigmatic and deliberate Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy makes no reservations while unraveling its heady spy story for better or worse. The film based on the bestselling novel by John Le Carre is purposefully perplexing effectively mirroring the central character George Smiley's (Gary Oldman) own mind-bending investigation of the British MI6's mole problem. But the slow burn pacing clinical shooting style and air of intrigue only go so far—Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sports an incredible cast that can't dramatically translate the movie's impenetrable narrative. Almost from the get go the movie collapses under its own weight.
After a botched mission in Hungary that saw his colleague Jim (Mark Strong) gunned down in the streets Smiley and his boss Control (John Hurt) are released from the "Circus" (codename for England's Secret Intelligence Service). But soon after Smiley is brought back on board as an impartial observer tasked to uncover the possible infiltration of the organization. The former agent already dealing with the crippling of his own marriage attempts to sift through the history and current goings on of the Circus narrowing his hunt down to four colleagues: Percy aka "Tinker" (Toby Jones) Bill aka "Tailor" (Colin Firth) Roy aka "Soldier" (Ciaran Hinds) and Toy aka "Poor Man" (David Dencik). Working with Peter (Benedict Cumberbatch) a conflicted younger member of the service and Ricki (Tom Hardy) a rogue agent who has information of his own Smiley slowly uncovers the muddled truth—occasionally breaking in to his own work place and crossing his own friends to do so.
Describing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as dense doesn't seem complicated enough. The first hour of the monster mystery moves at a sloth's pace trickling out information like the tedious drips of a leaky faucet. The talent on display is undeniable but the characters Smiley included are so cold that a connection can never be made. TTSS sporadically jumps around from past to present timelines without any indication: a tactic that proves especially confusing when scenes play out in reoccurring locations. It's not until halfway through that the movie decides to kick into high gear Smiley's search for a culprit finally becoming clear enough to thrill. A film that takes its time is one thing but Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy does so without any edge or hook.
What the movie lacks in coherency it makes up for in style and thespian gravitas. Director Tomas Alfredson has assembled some of the finest British performers working today and they turn the script's inaccessible spy jargon into poetry. Firth stands out as the group's suave slimeball a departure from his usual nice guy roles. Hardy assures us he's the next big thing once again as the agency's resident moppet a lover who breaks down after a romantic fling uncovers horrifying truth. Oldman is given the most difficult task of the bunch turning the reserved contemplative Smiley into a real human. He half succeeds—his observational slant in the beginning feels like an extension of the movie's bigger problems but once gets going in the second half of the film he's quite a bit of fun.
Alfredson constructs Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy like a cinematic architect each frame dripping with perfectly kitschy '70s production design and camera angles that make the spine tingle. He creates paranoia through framing similar to the Coppola's terrifying The Conversation but unlike that film TTSS doesn't have the characters or story to match. The movie strives to withhold information and succeeds—too much so. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy wants us to solve a mystery with George Smiley but it never clues us in to exactly why we should want to.
Mariah Carey told Us Weekly that she's lost 30 pounds since having her twins, and she's now back to being a size 6. She admitted she "gained an enormous amount of weight" when she was pregnant, but I think most of us are kind of like, "yeah, well, you had to eat enough to feed 3 people!" But apparently Mariah was very sick of feeling like she was the equivalent of a spaceship that no longer houses the scientific experiment monkeys, and she decided in July that she was going to get trim again. She started working out three times a week and ate 1,500 calories per day and worked out under the strict supervision of someone from Jenny Craig, and now she feels "incredible." But now that she's lost the weight she still seems to disinclined to stop talking about how much weight she had, so that's a little strange. - Us
David Arquette told Howard Stern that he told Courteney Cox that their marriage is definitely over because he's in love with his new girlfriend. And Arquette revealed that when he broke the news to Courteney that he officially didn't want to be with her anymore, they both cried. And then Arquette wanted to know why he keeps talking about his relationships, and nobody could figure it out. - Daily Mail
Jessica Simpson says she decided to postpone the wedding after she learned she was pregnant because she didn't want to be a "hormonal bridezilla" on her wedding day. Because, you know, regular unpregnant brides are never problematic. - Radar Online
The 2012 People's Choice Awards are on their way and here's the proof: the nominees. As usual, teen-skewing series like Glee and The Vampire Diaries dominated the nominations, but a few more mature candidates like The Good Wife and The Walking Dead make a few appearances as well. In addition to half the cast of Glee getting some nomination love, newly announced People Choice host, Kaley Cuoco also earned herself a nod for her work on The Big Bang Theory. Plus, the great thing about these awards is that there are enough categories to give plenty of shows a chance for some recognition -- they even separate network shows from cable show to even the playing field.
Fans can voice their choices in all categories starting today and ending Dec. 6 via basically every internet avenue available. The Favorite New TV Drama and Favorite New TV Comedy will stay open until the night of the awards, Jan. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Votes are accepted at the People's Choice Awards website, on Facebook, Twitter and via mobile devices.
Here are all your TV nominees, now get to voting!
Favorite Network TV Drama
The Good Wife
The Vampire Diaries
Favorite TV Drama Actor
David Boreanaz (Bones)
Hugh Laurie (House)
Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries)
Nathan Fillion (Castle)
Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy)
Favorite TV Drama Actress
Blake Lively (Gossip Girl)
Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy)
Emily Deschanel (Bones)
Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives)
Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries)
Favorite Cable TV Drama
Game of Thrones
Pretty Little Liars
Favorite Network TV Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mother
Two and a Half Men
Favorite TV Comedy Actor
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Chris Colfer (Glee)
Cory Monteith (Glee)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Favorite TV Comedy Actress
Courteney Cox (Cougar Town)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory)
Lea Michele (Glee)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Favorite Cable TV Comedy
Hot in Cleveland
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Favorite TV Competition Show
America’s Got Talent
Dancing With The Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Favorite TV Crime Drama
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show
The Vampire Diaries
The Walking Dead
Favorite Daytime TV Host
Al Roker, Anne Curry, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie (The Today Show)
Anderson Cooper (Anderson)
Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen DeGeneres Show)
Kelly Ripa, Regis Philbin (Live With Regis & Kelly)
Rachael Ray (Rachael Ray Show)
Favorite Late Night TV Host
Conan O’Brien (Conan)
David Letterman (Late Show With David Letterman)
Jay Leno (The Tonight Show With Jay Leno)
Jimmy Fallon (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon)
Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live)
Favorite TV Guest Star
Gwyneth Paltrow (Glee)
Jim Carrey (The Office)
Katy Perry (How I Met Your Mother)
Kristin Chenoweth (Glee)
Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife)
Favorite TV Celeb Reality Star
Tia and Tamera Mowry
Favorite New TV Drama
A Gifted Man
Hart of Dixie
Once Upon A Time
Person of Interest
The Secret Circle
Favorite New TV Comedy
2 Broke Girls
Last Man Standing
Up All Night
Vote and see the full nominee list here!
The Scream star is dating McLarty, who split from adult filmmaker Joe Francis last November (10) just seven weeks after they married.
And Arquette insists he's serious about the TV reporter, telling shock jock Howard Stern he has fallen in love.
When asked by the radio host if he's happy and in love, he replies, "Yeah, I am... It's not a rebound."
Stern then pressed him further by questioning whether he would move back in with Cox following their separation last summer (10), prompting Arquette to state simply, "No."
The actor then revealed Cox was devastated when he told her about his new relationship, recalling, "She was sad. We were both sad. We both cried."
After breaking up with Cox, Arquette enjoyed a fling with waitress Jasmine Waltz. He also went public with that romance during a live on-air phone chat with Stern last year (10).
NBC bosses have bought a script, titled Ten Years, developed by partners at the former couple's Coquette Productions.
The show chronicles the relationships surrounding a couple which splits after a 10-year romance.
Cox and Arquette, who will produce the project, split last year (10) after 11 years of marriage.