"Ben Affleck got robbed."
That's what newly minted Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper said on Thursday's Today show after the Argo director was shockingly left off the Best Director lineup. Cooper isn't the only one who feels that way, nor is Affleck the only major shocker of Thursday's Oscar nominations. Here are our top surprises and snubs:
It was a good weekend for sequels as The Bourne Legacy knocked The Dark Knight Rises from the top spot at the box office after three weeks at No. 1.
The fourth film in the Bourne series, which stars Jeremy Renner in the lead role, raked in $40.3 million in its opening weekend. New comedy The Campaign, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, put up a respectable fight and came in just behind at $27.4 million.
Over the last few episodes, CBS' Person of Interest has done something rather, well, interesting.
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The hit freshman procedural has taken Taraji P. Henson's Detective Carter — the cop who spent the first half of the season hot on the trail of vigilantes Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) — and turned her into the high-tech duo's partner in vigilantism. Creator and executive producer Jonathan Nolan acknowledges that, at the request of CBS, the twist has happened faster than he originally intended, but he insists it was always in the back of his mind.
"The pitch from the very beginning with this character was that you'd start with a little bit of Tommy Lee Jones from The Fugitive, and you'd wind up with a character closer spiritually to Commissioner Gordon," Nolan tells TVGuide.com...
It's that same signature suit and patriotic shield, but Paramount Pictures is presenting a whole new Captain America.
Starring Chris Evans as the World War II-era superhero, Captain America: The First Avenger follows how Steve Rogers (Evans) went from a scrawny young man deemed unfit for the U.S. Army to a bigger, taller and much more...
The made-for-TV movie/miniseries would be an almost completely lost art if it weren't for HBO and the British imports served up by PBS' various Masterpiece franchises. Already this year, we have a deliciously strong contender for best-of-year (and, one imagines, Emmy) honors with Masterpiece Classic's over-too-quickly Downton Abbey.