WGA Rewards ‘Her’ and ‘Captain Phillips’

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By this point in the awards race, it’s usually pretty clear who the frontrunners are. Most of the guilds have already thrown their support behind a few favorite films, which typically then go on to fare well at the Academy Awards. Nevertheless, there were a couple of mild surprises when the WGA announced its 2014 Writers Guild Award winners this weekend.

In the original screenplay category, Spike Jonze beat out the likes of David O. Russell and Woody Allen to pick up a prize for Her. That bodes well for Jonze on Oscar night, as the list of Oscar nominees perfectly matched the list of WGA nominees this year. A more unexpected result is Billy Ray‘s adapted screenplay win for Captain Phillips, but that doesn’t really make him the Oscar favorite. He didn’t have to compete against 12 Years a Slave or Philomena, both of which were deemed ineligible for the WGAs. Hit the jump to see who else won in the film and TV categories.

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The end is nigh for 30 Rock, but fear not — the TGS gang will live on as a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor of some sort. Also after the jump:

  • Girl Meets World casts the offspring of Cory and Topanga
  • There might be a Malcom in the Middle reunion on Breaking Bad, kinda
  • Girls and Enlightened episodes work around the Super Bowl with online debuts
  • Shameless, House of Lies, Californication, Ripper Street and Banshee get renewed
  • Glen Mazzara says to “ask AMC” why he was kicked off The Walking Dead

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It’s been a slow week for movie news, but not so on the small-screen front. After the jump:

  • Jon Favreau will direct one of The Office‘s last episodes
  • Nancy Pelosi and Ice-T will appear on the 30 Rock finale
  • A Walking Dead newcomer joins Once Upon a Time
  • Here’s what Donald Glover will be doing on Girls
  • Writer Megan Ganz leaves Community for Modern Family
  • Ryan Murphy teases details on American Horror Story Season 3
  • Anna Faris books Chuck Lorre’s newest comedy, titled Mom
  • Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer team for a new sitcom
  • Starz backs a new drama from William Monahan called Crime
  • Four more trailers debut for David Fincher‘s House of Cards
  • The Walking Dead gets a teaser for the second half of Season 3

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Lots of casting, first looks and more in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump find the following:

  • Your first look at Showtime’s new shows Masters of Sex with Lizzy Caplan and Ray Donovan with Liev Schrieber.
  • Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon will helm the pilot for the ABC 1980s family comedy How the F Am I Normal?
  • Jessica Lange will stay with American Horror Story unless Ryan Murphy “sinks the ship.”
  • Meet the season six guest stars of Californication, including Maggie Grace.
  • Check out a photo from the final table read of 30 Rock.
  • Emmy winner Margo Martindale joins the cast of The Americans.
  • Billy Campbell is not returning to The Killing.
  • X-Files star Gillian Anderson joins Hannibal.
  • Watch the trailer for Doctor Who: The Snowmen, a Christmas special.

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This morning Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba announced the nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the event, is famous for nominating films and performances simply based on their star factor — if there’s an actor that members of the HFPA want to hang out with, they’re sure to get a nomination.

But the HFPA is great at putting on a show, and so the Golden Globes generate a lot of attention every year. And, as the NY Times points out, with the Globes nominations coming just days before Oscar nomination voting starts, there’s a possibility that nominations here could affect Oscar voting. The Best Picture nomination set includes what is already becoming a standard set of awards favorites, such as Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty, but there are also nominations for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Django Unchained. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen picked up a few nominations, actually, which was one of  the big surprises.

The Golden Globes will air on January 13, 2013, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. The full nomination list is below. Read More »

Get ready for another year of serious (and often seriously enjoyable) WTF-ery, because FX has renewed American Horror Story for a third season. Also after the jump:

  • Guillermo del Toro‘s The Strain starts casting to shoot in 2013
  • Da Vinci’s Demons hires Walking Dead composer Bear McCreary
  • Michael Cera is an Arrested Development writer; Lupe returns
  • Bryan Fuller casts Mockingbird Lane‘s Eddie Izzard in Hannibal
  • Michael Bay books a guest role as himself on ABC’s The Neighbors
  • Meryl Streep’s daughter Grace Gummer joins HBO’s The Newsroom
  • Aaron Sorkin is sad The Newsroom won’t cover the Petraeus scandal
  • HBO unveils its first teaser poster for Game of Thrones Season 3
  • See a save the date for Liz Lemon’s likely trainwreck of a wedding

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Sneak peaks, new additions, premieres and premature cancellations are all in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • Check out a teaser trailer for the sixth season of Californication.
  • Deadwood and Pirates of the Caribbean star Ian McShane is joining American Horror Story: Asylum.
  • Scream-queen Neve Campbell is joining Grey’s Anatomy for a few episodes.
  • Eric Dane will star in a new, Platinum Dunes produced pilot called The Last Ship.
  • Watch a clip of Olympian Ryan Lochte‘s cameo on 30 Rock.
  • The HBO shows Girls and Enlightened will both return January 13.

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The good news for a lot of comedy fans today is that NBC renewed Community for a fourth season. There’s a catch, however. That season is a truncated 13-episode order at this point. And while EW reports the renewal, the site says that the returns of series creator Dan Harmon and actor Chevy Chase are still to be confirmed. Presumably there would be no show without Harmon, but given recent statements by Chevy Chase, perhaps there is still reason to be concerned about his return.

Still no word on Parks & Recreation, though that could arrive later this evening. But we do have promo pics from NBC’s new shows, renewal announcements for 30 Rock and Parenthood, and word on returning stars for The Office. Also after the jump:

  • Fox unveils a trailer for Fringe‘s fourth season finale
  • FX is developing Heartsick, about a female serial killer
  • AMC renews Comic Book Men and The Talking Dead
  • HBO drops new character posters for True Blood
  • VICE developing weekly newsmagazine series on HBO

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