Neil Patrick Harris Is Your 2015 Oscars Host

Neil Patrick Harris hosting Tonys

Hosting an awards show might not sound terribly difficult on paper, but as we’ve seen from many, many lackluster efforts, it’s tough to get right in practice. So for the 2015 Oscars, the Academy is turning to a guy with plenty of experience: Neil Patrick Harris.

While this will be Harris’ first time ever hosting this particular ceremony, he’s already earned high praise for his stints emceeing the Tonys (four times) and the Emmys (twice). More on the 2015 Oscars host after the jump, including an utterly charming announcement video from Harris himself.

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Walter White may have had a rough year, but Breaking Bad had a great one. The AMC drama practically swept the 2014 Emmy Awards tonight with five wins, including Best Drama Series. The only series to pick up more statuettes this year was Sherlock: His Last Vow — and that’s only if you count the four Creative Arts Emmys it won earlier this month on top of the three it picked up during the telecast.

On the comedy side, Emmy voters continued to be high on Modern Family, which won Best Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row. Indeed, the most noticeable pattern to emerge in 2014, better or for worse, was Emmy’s preference for repeat winners over new ones. All four victors in the major acting categories had won before. Meanwhile, newbies like Orange Is the New Black and Silicon Valley were shut out. Even True Detective managed just one win during the ceremony, for director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Oh well. At least Fargo went home with Best Miniseries.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

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The Interview Skylark Tonight MTV Special Nicki Minaj

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s already controversial film, The Interview, was recently pushed back a few months but we’ll get a nice tease this weekend. Tied into the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, stars of the film James Franco and Rogen will do a full 30 minute special, in character, interviewing popular musicians Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and Jason Derulo.

In the film, Franco plays Dave Skylark, the host of a popular entertainment interview show run by producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen). They’re then granted an exclusive interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and are asked to kill him. There will be no killing on the MTV special, which airs Sunday August 17 at 9 p.m., but you’ll get a sense of the film’s tone and humor. Below, read more info, see more photos and even watch a quick video of The Interview MTV Special. Read More »

2014 Emmy Nominations Announced

HBO's "True Detective" Season 1 / Director: Cary Fukunaga

2013-2014 has been such a strong year in television, you could easily double the number of Emmy nominees in some categories and still wind up snubbing some worthy contenders. But tough choices must be made, and this morning Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly got up early to reveal which Emmy hopefuls made the cut. Get the 2014 Emmy nominations after the jump. Read More »

Mad Men ads

Emmy voters are currently deciding on the best in television over the past year and, all over the streets of Los Angeles, your favorite TV shows are plastered on billboards. The Walking Dead, True Detective and many more are being pushed by their respective networks, hoping voters check them out or at least have their memories jogged about shows that finished a while ago.

Of all the ads emblazoned up and down Sunset Blvd or Highland Ave., the ones for Mad Men really stand out. Which makes sense. A show about advertising should have the best advertising. While the show’s creative team has done a great job with that in the past, these ads take things to another level. Check them out below. Read More »

Golden Trailer Award

A well crafted trailer is a thing of beauty. It boils down the essence of a 100-minute movie into 120 action-packed seconds, leaving you both satisfied and eager for more. It makes a mediocre film look intriguing, and a great one look like the next The Godfather. Needless to say, putting these ads together isn’t easy, and the annual Golden Trailer Awards acknowledge the hard work that goes into them.

This year’s nominees include some of the familiar Oscar season favorites, but there’s also room for more offbeat contenders like Brick MansionsA Million Ways to Die in the West, and 300: Rise of an Empire. Heck, there’s a whole category (called Golden Fleece) recognizing good trailers for not-so-good films, including After Earth and Homefront. Read the list of nominees after the jump.

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Transformers 4 Wahlberg Bumblebee

Transformers: Age of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg won the “Generation Award” at Sunday’s 2014 MTV Movie Awards, and Paramount wisely used the occasion to push his latest film. Wahlberg is the star of Michael Bay‘s latest adventure about “robots in disguise,” and three new images and a TV spot have been revealed, all centering on the Oscar-nominee. Check out the new Mark Wahlberg Transformers 4 photos and TV spot below. Read More »

No Country For Old Men final shot

The final shot of a film is crucial. It’s the last image the viewer sees before leaving the theater, and the one with the most potential to stick in their minds about the film’s message. Some movies don’t really take it that seriously, lingering on something of little significance, or maybe just offering a simple wrap up. Other films approach the final shot with serious concern, knowing it can change the entire movie, or give the audience an opportunity to digest what’s gone before.

All of those different versions of the final shot, and many more, are on display in a new video from Devour. Starting with 12 Years A Slave, they’ve edited all the final shots from the 86 Oscar winners for Best Picture into one five-minute video. Check it out below. Read More »

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