'Luck': Gettin' Up Morning, while meeting Mike
February 20th, 2012
02:15 PM ET

'Luck': Gettin' Up Morning, while meeting Mike

It took four episodes, but we finally got to see Walter Smith’s (Nick Nolte) beautiful horse Gettin’ Up Morning race – and what a race it was.

And, after four episodes of hearing about Mike, we also finally got to meet the man who makes “no-sweat” Ace Bernstein perspire. We only scratched the creepy, undermining surface of Mike, but we’re guaranteed more is to come.

The episode kicked off with Jerry back in the poker rooms with his arch-nemesis Chan – and losing as usual.

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Filed under: Luck • television • TV recaps
February 20th, 2012
01:35 PM ET

Scorsese reveals details on 'Hugo's' train station

Director Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" has been handed 11 Oscar nods - including ones for best picture, best director and best writing - likely because, among other reasons, this adaptation paid attention to the details.

In a snippet from one of the "Hugo" DVD's special features, Scorsese explains that the script, adapted by John Logan from Brian Selznick's book, allowed for stories within the story at the train station.

"John Logan was able to create a little world of a train station," Scorsese said. "We tried to do these vignettes with a light touch, and when we shot them it was almost like shooting a silent film."

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Filed under: Awards Season • movies • Oscars 2012
A crowded season on 'Celebrity Apprentice'
February 20th, 2012
01:07 PM ET

A crowded season on 'Celebrity Apprentice'

With 18 contestants, more than we’ve ever seen on “Celebrity Apprentice,” it seems easy for some of the cast to get lost in the shuffle.

And in a way, that’s what happened to legendary supermodel Cheryl Tiegs on Sunday night’s season premiere.

Despite a female team that worked well, for the most part, and raised an extraordinary amount of money under the leadership of Patricia Velasquez (who may be more remembered for her time on “Arrested Development” and the first scene from “The Mummy” than her modeling), it was determined that Tiegs brought the group down with her slow work pace.

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Watch: Trailer for Chris Colfer's 'Struck by Lightning'
February 20th, 2012
12:37 PM ET

Watch: Trailer for Chris Colfer's 'Struck by Lightning'

Chris Colfer has broken apart from the "Glee" gang to make his starring film debut in the upcoming release, "Struck By Lightning."

The 21-year-old also wrote the coming-of-age comedy, in which he plays a high school student named Carson. Carson is dead set on becoming the "youngest freelance journalist ever to be published in The New York Times, L.A. Times and Chicago Tribune."

But first, he has to get into Northwestern University - and he's not above blackmailing his classmates into helping him get there.

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Filed under: Glee • movies • Trailer Park
'Simpsons' 500th episode reminds us why we're loyal
February 20th, 2012
11:45 AM ET

'Simpsons' 500th episode reminds us why we're loyal

Let me just say it up front: The 500th episode of "The Simpsons" wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't spectacular - especially after all of the hype.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was an odd choice as a guest, and the jokes were only chuckle-worthy. Yet even with all of these elements and numerous references put together, this episode still served as a fitting tribute to a classic that we love.

At the very start of the show, longtime "Simpsons" fans were treated to a mash-up of some of the best couch gags from the past 23 years.

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Justin Timberlake takes on Bon Iver in 'SNL' skit
February 20th, 2012
10:45 AM ET

Justin Timberlake takes on Bon Iver in 'SNL' skit

Beyonce and Jay-Z's daughter is already as popular as her A-list parents, so we can only imagine how many stars have swung by to say hello to Blue Ivy in person.

Thankfully, "Saturday Night Live" has an even better imagination than we do.

On the latest episode, host Maya Rudolph did her best Beyonce impression while Jay Pharoah did a spot-on parody of Jay-Z as they welcomed famous friends into their home to meet their new bundle of joy.

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