LOS ANGELES - The countdown to selecting the final "American Idol" has started. Over the next few weeks, final eliminations will be held and the 15th winner will join the list that includes Nick Fradiani, Phillip Phillips, Taylor Hicks, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.
Too funny to dismiss and too mild to endorse, "Hail, Caesar!" would be a promising movie for many filmmakers. It's an underwhelming one for the Coen brothers, who I suppose are due for something minor after spending the last decade in particular alternating between remarkable achievements ("No Country for Old Men," "A Serious Man," "Inside Llewyn Davis") and smaller successes ("Burn After Reading," "True Grit"). "Hail, Caesar" is the least they've done in a while, but it's still fun. Ish.
At the Palm Springs International Film Festival last month, the top actor prize went jointly to Sigurour Sigurjonsson and Theodor Juliusson for their performances as estranged brothers in the quirky Icelandic comedy-drama "Rams."
The annual Oscar nominees luncheon is generally a time of low-stakes celebration, but this year amid discussions of Oscar diversity and a boycott, as well as dramatic changes to academy membership, the Monday gathering was also one for reflection.
Feb. 14: TV personality Hugh Downs ("20/20") is 95. Actress Florence Henderson is 82. Country singer Razzy Bailey is 77. Jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker is 73. TV personality Pat O'Brien ("The Insider," "Access Hollywood") is 68. Magician Teller of Penn and Teller is 68. Actor Ken Wahl ("Wiseguy") is 59. Opera singer Renee Fleming is 57. Actress Meg Tilly is 56. Singer Dwayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Tone! is 55. Actress Sakina Jaffey ("House of Cards") is 54. Actor Enrico Colantoni ("Just Shoot Me") is 53. Actor Zach Galligan ("Gremlins") is 52. Actor Valente Rodriguez ("George Lopez") is 52. Bassist Ricky Wolking of The Nixons is 50. Actor Simon Pegg (2009's "Star Trek") is 46. Bassist Kevin Baldes of Lit is 44. Singer Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty is 44. Actor Jake Lacy ("The Office") is 30. Actress Tiffany Thornton ("Sonny With A Chance") is 30. Actor Freddie Highmore ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Bates Motel") is 24.
The championship game of the 64th edition of Boston's Beanpot college hockey tournament was delayed for about 30 minutes on Monday night when the rink TV lighting went out in the first period. Power elsewhere in the building was not affected.
The third witness at the sexual assault trial of a former Canadian Broadcast Corp. radio host acknowledged that she deliberately misled police when she didn't tell them that she had engaged in some sexual activity with him after the alleged assault took place.