Minnie Driver, Ellen DeGeneres
This week, kids got together to film their own versions of the Best Picture Oscar nominees, with hilariously adorable results. Also adorable in a non-hilarious way: a paralyzed French bulldog learned to walk with the help of some prosthetic feet. In celebrity news, Ellen DeGeneres and Minnie Driver auditioned for Downton Abbey, Josh Groban saluted Jimmy Kimmel's 2,000th episode, and Fred Armisen and Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to The Beatles. And Netflix got in a few jabs at its competitor Amazon with a parody advertisement of its new "Drone to Home" DVD delivery service. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
Philip Seymour Hoffman
News of Philip Seymour Hoffman's sudden death Sunday shook the film world, and many of the actor's colleagues, friends and co-stars took to Twitter to express their grief.
Josh Groban is going Crazy.
The singer guest-stars on Thursday's episode of The Crazy Ones as a former co-worker of Sydney's (Sarah Michelle Gellar) who still carries quite a torch for her.
"He's a guy who has had kind of a defining moment in his life with Sydney, and he winds up kind of writing a song about her that she finds to be kind of creepy," Groban tells TVGuide.com of his character, Danny Chase. "She didn't really view it as, like, a deep friendship, but [Danny] always kind of thought she was [his] closest friend."
Is "I've Got You Under My Skin" the most appropriate sweet nothing to croon in the skin-crawling world of AMC's The Walking Dead? No matter, because there's not much of a lull in Sunday's powerful episode (9/8c), ominously titled "Infected." Which suggests the virus that felled Nerd Boy last week creates a bloody panic in the cell block, reminding us how illusory any notion of safety can be. "I haven't seen anybody be lucky in a long time," former Army medic Bob Stookey (new regular Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) observes as a full gamut of courage, terror and anguish is displayed during and after the latest crisis. Earning special bonus stripes this week: Melissa McBride as the awesome Carol, who takes a few distraught girls under her wing, but not to coddle them: "You want to live, you have to become strong" is her mantra. Meanwhile, the walkers keep pressing up against the prison gates and the audience can't get enough of the riveting mayhem, as evidenced by the record numbers who turned out for last Sunday's premiere.
Nick Cannon, Kenichi Ebina
Dancer Kenichi Ebina was named the winner of Season 8 of America's Got Talent Wednesday, during a live finale that featured guest performances by Icona Pop, Luke Bryan, Earth, Wind & Fire, Josh Groban and more.
The summer's most gripping series (until Breaking Bad started back up) rushes toward a shattering conclusion as BBC America's Broadchurch presents its penultimate episode (Wednesday, 10/9c), with broken lives and aching hearts on all fronts — including the ailing Hardy's (David Tennant), who won't let his latest collapse keep him from pursuing little Danny's killer: "Don't tell me what my limits are," he barks. As more skeletons are unearthed in this seaside community (and let's hope the mysterious Susan's poor dog isn't one of them), the toll of secrets and suspicion weighs heavy: "Once it's got its claws into you, it never lets go," says one of the many suspects whose world has been rocked by the tragic events and poisonous fallout. Don't let next week's denouement escape you as the new broadcast season gets underway with all of its bells and whistles.
Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc
This week, the Internet treated us to another montage of Aaron Sorkin's most frequently used lines of dialogue ahead of Sunday's Season 2 premiere of The Newsroom, and a separate supercut compiled all the references to coffee and pie in Twin Peaks. Bryan Cranston gave fans a chance to go to the Los Angeles premiere of Breaking Bad next month with him and the rest of the cast, while Zach Braff helped a fan propose to his girlfriend. CollegeHumor released its first movie, Coffee Town, and the three women who were held captive in Cleveland for more than a decade spoke out for the first time. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
January Jones rarely speaks about parenthood — but she says in a new interview she feels "healthy and peaceful" as a single mother.
The idea of anyone living on $1.50 a day is shocking. The idea of Oscar winner Ben Affleck doing it is near incomprehensible. But that's exactly what the actor has promised to do next week as part of the poverty-awareness campaign Live Below the Line, the non-profit announced.
Music producer Phil Ramone passed away Saturday morning in New York, his family confirmed to CNN. He was 72.