Happy 90th birthday, Betty White
January 17th, 2012
12:43 PM ET

Happy 90th birthday, Betty White

Betty White kicked off her 90th birthday celebration with the world watching - or, at least, the 14 million who tuned in to NBC at 8 p.m.

The celebrated "Golden Girl" officially enters her ninth decade today, and NBC threw her a birthday party during primetime Monday that featured guest appearances from other funny folks like Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett and White's former co-star, Mary Tyler Moore, in a 90-minute special.

Even President Obama sent in a video message - asking White to prove she's 90 by providing a long-form birth certificate (at least he can joke about that now?).

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Old face causes new problems on 'The Bachelor'
January 17th, 2012
11:25 AM ET

Old face causes new problems on 'The Bachelor'

Last night's "Bachelor" took place in San Francisco, which Ben called "home." Given that he considered Sonoma home last week, I'm a bit concerned that Ben can't stay in one place for a long period of time.

Ben starts off the show by chatting with his sister about what he's dealt with on the series so far. Ben proudly notes that his sister could get along with Courtney the model - perhaps his sis is a Katie Holmes fan.

The 16 remaining contestants check into their suite, which comes with its own telescope. I presume the telescope is for spying, not stargazing.

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'Artist,' 'Tinker Tailor' and 'Hugo' lead BAFTA noms
January 17th, 2012
10:50 AM ET

'Artist,' 'Tinker Tailor' and 'Hugo' lead BAFTA noms

The glimmer of hope for an Oscar nod next week is looking a little brighter for a few of the race's dark horses following the BAFTAs reveal of the 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards nominees on Tuesday.

In addition to “The Artist” and “Hugo,” which were handed 12 and 9 BAFTA nods respectively (and are front-runners for Oscar best picture nominations), films that had been considered somewhat long shots, such as “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “Drive,” also received multiple nominations, possibly bumping their chances with Oscar.

“Tinker” was especially heavily lauded, picking up 11 nominations, including best film, outstanding British film, director, adapted screenplay and lead actor (Gary Oldman), among its haul.

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Can 'Alcatraz' keep viewers coming back?
January 17th, 2012
09:44 AM ET

Can 'Alcatraz' keep viewers coming back?

Editor's note: Do not read any further if you didn't watch Monday night's episodes of "Alcatraz."

Thinking back to the first episode of "Fringe," I remember being interested but not overly impressed, especially considering that co-creator J.J. Abrams had given us "Alias" and "Lost," which were two of the best pilots of the past decade or so.

"Fringe" has since gone on to be one of the best series on television.

So, that's how I approached Monday night's two-episode premiere of "Alcatraz." Executive produced by Abrams (who recently spoke to CNN about "course correcting" the show prior to its premiere), it stars a former "Lost" cast member and has a concept that immediately hooks you, not unlike "Person of Interest."

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