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National Geographic Revelations at #TCA15

Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks on stage at the National Geographic Channel 2015 Winter TCA on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

The Television Critics Association of America is currently hosting it's winter 2015 TV conference, where all the TV channels come and present their new shows and newer seasons of shows. The TCA gathering runs for two weeks in Pasadena in California.

Here are the Nat Geo revelations

Elizabeth Wagmeister

Neil deGrasse Tyson is set to host the first-ever late night show for National Geographic, the cabler announced at its Television Critics Assn. panel in Pasadena on Wednesday.
Coming after the success of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” “Star Talk,” based on the popular astrophysicist Tyson’s podcast, will premiere in April.
“‘Cosmos’ allowed us to share the awesome power of the universe with a global audience in ways that we never thought possible,” Tyson said. “To be able to continue to spread wonder and excitement through ‘Star Talk,’ which is a true passion project for me, is beyond exciting.”
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National Geographic Channel is venturing into new territory with a docu-comedy series from the co-creators of “Silicon Valley” on its 2015 slate.
The cabler unveiled the project during its presentation at the Television Critics Assn. winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
“History of the World” promises to use sketch comedy, animation, puppetry, documentary and archival footage to explore weighty questions such as how the world came about, the evolution of man and the origins of spirituality, money, leisure time, sports, hygiene and entertainment. It’s slated for a fall premiere.
The series hails from John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, who co-created and exec produce HBO’s “Silicon Valley” with Mike Judge. National Geographic Studios and 3 Arts Entertainment are producing.
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#FashionPolice with Kathy Griffin: Don’t watch if you actually want to hear about fashion

A note to anyone tuning into the new version of E!’s “Fashion Police,” with Kathy Griffin replacing the late Joan Rivers as host: Don’t watch if you actually want to hear about fashion, writes Emily Yahr

Brad Goreski, Giuliana Rancic, Kathy Griffin and Kelly Osborne, Kathy Griffin, the new “Fashion Police” team.
(Brian Bowen Smith/E! Entertainment)
Griffin, known for happily heaving insults at anyone, treated her inaugural show — in which the panel critiqued the gowns from Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards — like a stand-up routine. It made for a slightly uncomfortable dynamic on Wednesday night’s premiere, as the rest of the crew (E!’s Giuliana Rancic, correspondent Kelly Osbourne and stylist Brad Goreski) seemed to patiently wait for Griffin to finish her joke; the laugh track to roar; and then attempt some actual fashion criticism.

Here’s how it works now: In Griffin’s world, anyone who has an amazing dress is just boring. Anyone who has a terrible dress? Jackpot. That gives her more material. Especially if it’s a celebrity that everyone loves and she can create controversy.

Case in point: Amal Clooney. Griffin had a field day scorching the human rights lawyer, also known as George Clooney’s new wife — probably because she figured it would make people angry, since Amal is widely adored.

Amal Clooney in Dior Haute Couture and those ghastly gloves
“Yeah, she’s annoying,” Griffin announced as soon as a picture of Amal in her Dior gown came up on screen. “You heard me! Everybody run in fear.” She had this critique of Amal’s accessories: “I thought it was weird she had those gloves that remind me of, like, a porn scene, where the guy goes home and there’s the naughty dishwasher and she only has the gloves.”

Burn. Even though the panel agreed (Osbourne said the gloves belonged on “a vet helping a calf be born”) Griffin wasn’t finished.

“Like, she used those bovine insemination gloves to rake through her hair instead of a brush,” Griffin complained as as the camera showed Amal on the carpet sweeping back her hair. “But I’m fascinated how we’re like, not supposed to make fun of her because she married the great George Clooney. Look, everybody’s on the table, George! Nobody’s safe, nobody gets a pass.”

This is where Griffin differed from Rivers, who, of course, loved a vicious celebrity insult more than anyone and anything, including actual fashion expertise. But in her role on “Fashion Police,” Rivers didn’t explain the joke — she just let the harsh zingers fly. This time, it appeared Griffin was trying a little too hard to make some enemies, which she excitedly said before the show was the plan.

With lots of breezy makeup, minimal jewelry and loose hair, the Golden Globes opened the awards season with a red carpet chock-full of sparkly metallics, bright whites and dramatic reds. (AP)
Lupita Nyong'o in a Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown
With some, like Lupita Nyong’o dressed in purple Giambattista Valli Couture, Griffin appeared to barely glance at the gown.”Yawn, perfect again,” Griffin said, rolling her eyes at the starlet who wowed fashion critics on the red carpet last year. “I just think, yeah, it’s cool and it’s great and it’s beautiful, I’m just a little bored with how, kind of like, perfect … she is all the time.”

Actually, the panel wasn’t too wowed by Nyong’o’s dress, either. But Griffin wanted people to bring the crazy and was disappointed when they didn’t. She was similarly bored by Lena Dunham’s flattering Zac Posen (“I still kind of like her in the fluffy, kooky nutty stuff”). Griffin also denounced “Homeland” actress Claire Danes in Valentino (“I just think she’s a pill”) and teen singing sensation Lorde in a Narciso Rodriguez suit and crop top (“I would have put her the men’s section … I love going for Lorde because she is so humorless and she is so ridiculous.”)

What did she love? Dresses dangerously close to a wardrobe malfunction, such as Kate Hudson’s cut-out Atelier Versace and Jennifer Lopez’s plunging Zuhair Murad. Griffin dubbed them “One False Move” dresses and announced they’re the best because, really, everyone watching just hopes something will go horribly wrong. 

There were also several of Griffin’s R-rated jokes: When Goreski said Hudson’s frock was “the type of gown that can turn a gay man straight” and Rancic said it was a dress that makes men and women want to sleep with her, Griffin immediately demanded to know what sexual position each would prefer if that scenario played out in real life. (We cannot repeat the answers here, but both co-hosts gamely answered.)

So if you like celebrity insults and don’t really care about the fashion? This new edition of “Fashion Police,” which definitely puts the emphasis on controversy, might be the perfect show. In the beginning, Griffin paid tribute to her friend Rivers, and noted that she was inspired by insults of the past.

“Now, before I start making more enemies and burning more bridges, I just want to thank my good friend whom we all miss, Joan Rivers,” Griffin said. “So Joan, I know you are watching from heaven, but don’t get it twisted — I will not be afraid to bring the hammer down on anyone and everyone. I learned from the best.” - Washington Post 


The Full list of Oscar 2015 Nominees

The nominees for the 87th Annual Academy Awards were announced a short while ago by Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Chris Pine, J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron. As expected, Birdman, Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel, garnered multiple nominations. Selma and Angelina Jolie's Unbroken were majorly snubbed. The Oscars will air on Monday, 23 February 2015. They will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris 

Here is the full list of nominees.

“Amerian Sniper”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Alejandro G. Inarritu, “Birdman”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Best Original Song
“Everything is Awesome” – The Lego Movie
“Glory” – Selma
“Grateful” – Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars” – Begin Again

Best Documentary Short Subject
Crisis Hotline
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

Best Documentary Feature
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
Salt of the Earth
Film Editing
American Sniper
Grand Budapest Hotel
Imitation Game

Sound Editing
American Sniper
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ARmies

Sound Mixing
American Sniper

Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner
Best Animated Feature Film
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
Princess Kaguya

Best Animated Short Film
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best Live Action Short Film
Boogaloo And Graham
Butter Lamp
The Phone Call

J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”
Laura Dern, “Wild”

Best Makeup and Hair Design
Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Costume
Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Cinematopgraphy
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Mr. Turner”

Best Adapted Screnplay
“American SNiper
Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
Te Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle

Best Original Screenplay
The Grad Budapest Hotel

Original Score
Grand Budapest Hotel
Imitation Game
Mr. Turner
Theory of Everything

“Wild Tales”

Oscar Nominations 2015

The day has finally arrived. 

The nominees for the 87th Annual Academy Awards are about to be revealed and you can watch them, live, on our blog. 

The nominees will be announced in all the 24 Oscar categories and it will be a two-part live news conference, which will be held at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills.
Alfonso CuarĂ³n and J.J. Abrams are set to announce the Oscar 2015 nominees in these categories: Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Film Editing, Original Song, Production Design, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing.
Chris Pine and Boone Isaacs will announce the nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay and the much coveted Best Picture.


Golden Globes- The TV Winners list.

The 72nd Golden Globes took place last night and hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, they were the party of the season. 
As per usual, the event is very relaxed, the fashion not always the best and Tina and Amy were awesome. It's a pity they are not returning next year. 

Anyway, here are the TV winners. It was a great night for The Affair, Fargo and Transparent. Which is not surprising as they were three of the best shows of last year. 

Congrats to all the winners (hello, Jane the Virgin!!!)


The cast and crew of The Affair
Best TV Drama
WINNER: The Affair
 Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards

Best Actor – TV Drama
WINNER: Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
Clive Owen – The Knick
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
James Spader – The Blacklist
Dominic West – The Affair

Best Actress – TV Drama
WINNER: Ruth Wilson – The Affair
Claire Danes – Homeland
Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
Robin Wright – House of Cards


The cast and crew of Fargo
Best TV Miniseries or Movie
The Missing
True Detective
The Normal Heart
Olive Kitteridge

Best Actor – TV Miniseries or Movie
WINNER: Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo
Martin Freeman – Fargo
Woody Harrelson – True Detective
Matthew McConaughey – True Detective
Mark Ruffalo – The Normal Heart

Best Actress – TV Miniseries or Movie
WINNER: Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge
Frances O’Connor – The Missing
Alison Tolman – Fargo

Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or TV movie
WINNER: Matt Bomer – The Normal Heart
Alan Cumming – The Good Wife
Colin Hanks – Fargo
Bill Murray – Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight – Ray Donovan

Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or TV movie
WINNER: Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
Uzo Aduba – Orange Is the New Black
Kathy Bates – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Allison Janney – Mom
Michelle Monaghan – True Detective

The cast and crew of Transparent
Best TV Comedy
WINNER: Transparent
Jane the Virgin
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Best Actor – TV Comedy
WINNER: Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent 
Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Ricky Gervais – Derek
Louis C.K. – Louie
William H. Macy – Shameless

Best Actress – TV Comedy
WINNER: Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
Lena Dunham – Girls
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis Dreyfus – Veep
Taylor Schilling – Orange Is the New Black

Catch the 72nd Golden Globes tonight on M-Net at 9.30pm 


It's Back: #BigBrotherMzansi is back!

*** Press Release ***

Good news! BIG BROTHER MZANSI returns for another season following the outstanding success of last year’s show which saw beloved spaza shop owner Mandla Hlatshwayo walk away with fame, fortune and romance!

Now the hunt is on for Mzansi Magic‘s 24/7 live reality TV series, BIG BROTHER MZANSI 2.  Think you’ve got what it takes?  If you are bold enough, brave enough, smart and savvy enough to take on the challenge, a spot may await you in Big Brother’s house.

“BIG BROTHER MZANSI allows us as a channel to tap our audience’s engagement –specifically in the social networking space. It’s a double-win for our viewers – great viewing today drives great viewing in the future.  This show is an entertainment dream, packed with action, drama, romance and humour,” says Nkateko Mabaso, Director of Local Interest Channels at M-Net.

If you are a citizen/legal resident of South Africa and 21 years of age or older (as of 01 January 2015), then you can audition for the show.  This yearauditions will take place simultaneously in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg on Saturday, 31 January and Sunday, 1 February 2015.

Auditions in Durban will be held at the BAT Centre (45 Maritime Place); in Cape Town at the Cape Town Lodge (101 Buitengracht Street) and in Johannesburg at The Pyramid Venue in Eloff Street.  Registration starts at 08h00 and closes at 15h00 on both audition days. If you are registered by 15h00 you will be auditioned. Remember that auditions are on a first come/first serve basis and you must bring a valid South African ID document with you.

If you are wondering what the prize money is, the answer is that it won’t be less than R 1 million, and it could be as high as a mouth-watering R 2 million! That’s all Biggie is saying for now.

As always, there’s a twist…this year you can either audition as an individual, or with a partner.

So if you think you and your best friend will wow the Big Brother selection team, then make sure you are both at the auditions together. You can pair up with anyone…your brother, sister, cousin, boyfriend, girlfriend, neighbour, gym buddy, golf partner, work mate…anyone you want as long as they meet the entry requirements and want to participate.

BIG BROTHER MZANSI 2 starts on Sunday, 29 March 2015 on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) running for 56 days until the Finale in May. The show will be filmed at Red Pepper Studios in Johannesburg. To get more information on the show keep checking www.mzansimagic.tv for updates. 
You can also follow @BBMzansi on Twitter or visit the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BBMzansi)

Cosby Jokes Are Fair Game at Golden Globes, says Tina Fey

This image released by NBC shows hosts Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler during the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)
Marianne Zumberge

No one will be exempt from Tina Fey’s sharp social criticism when she and Amy Poehler host Sunday night’s Golden Globes — not even Bill Cosby.

When Access Hollywood asked Fey whether jokes about Cosby, who has made headlines recently as allegations of rape mount against him, would be fair game, Fey answered with a resounding, “Oh, heck yes!”

Fey appeared at the Television Critics Association Winter Tour to promote her new Netflix series, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Fey, though, wanted to be clear that she and Poehler never intend to be malicious when they host. “Amy and I have always said that the idea is that we don’t want anyone attending to be scared to be there because of us,” Fey said. “It’s a party and it’s — in the grand scheme of the world, it couldn’t be less important — and I think that’s what makes it fun.”

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Catch the Golden Globes on M-Net at 3am and later on at 9.30pm. 

Also, catch the Golden Globes Red Carpet on E! Entertainment, at 1am on Monday, 12 January

The Return of @Eonline's #FashionPolice. @KathyGriffin on the panel. PLUS: Dates for all awards & #FP episodes

Joan Rivers with Kathy Griffin at the Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers
PIC: Comedy Central
Comedienne, Kathy Griffin, was announced as Joan Rivers' replacement on E!'s Fashion Police last year. Joan Rivers passed on last year and the show had been suspended ever since. 

Although Kathy is not known for her fashion know how (landing on the worst dressed list a few times herself), her wit and close relationship with Joan Rivers and having been a guest co-host on the show before, makes her the ideal candidate. 

While we would have preferred someone with proven fashion clout, there's no denying that Kathy will gel with the cast (Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and new co-presenter, Brad Goreski) and as much as we are going to miss Joan, especially during awards season, we are looking forward to the new team.

Brad, Kelly, Kathy and Giuliana are the new Fashion Police PIC: E! Entertainment

Here is more info about the show 

In the first official cast photo (above), Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic join newcomers Brad Goreski and Kathy Griffin for a picture that showcases their great fashion sense as well as their unique personalities.

"Kathy just feels right, and Brad brings a fun, new voice to join Giuliana and Kelly in this ensemble," executive producer Melissa Rivers, daughter of Joan, recently shared with fans.  "I'm excited to see where this panel takes this series my mother so adored in this next incarnation."

So what exactly can we expect in the new year?  Let's just say there's going to be a whole lot of laughs, debates and most importantly, honesty!
"I'm Kathy f--king Griffin and you celebrities better strap yourself in, as I am taking no prisoners," the new host recently shared with fans. "I am not holding back so DAMMIT let's have some fun!" 

Fashion Police Awards Season 

Don’t miss the highly anticipated return of E!’s hit show Fashion Police premiering 14 January at 10pm with an in-depth, fun-filled analysis of all the red carpet fashions in the one-hour special, Fashion Police: The 2015 Golden Globe Awards.  For the first time, two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin takes the throne as new host, alongside Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and trendsetting stylist Brad Goreski. Watch as the fashion savvy and outspoken panel go head to head discussing who wore what, which star was best dressed of the night, and why certain stars were sent to the Fashion Police style slammer. 

E! Entertainment: Live from the Red Carpet

At 1am, Monday 12 January 2015, E!’s Live from the Red Carpet: The 2015 Golden Globe Awards show, with hosts Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic, will be front and center with the biggest names in film and television as the stars make their way down the Red Carpet.  Ross Mathews and Kelly Osbourne will be on hand from the E! Skybox,  commenting on all of the action and all the fashion.  With 18 cameras poised throughout the red carpet including E!’s signature “Glam Cam 360” and the celeb favorite “Mani Cam,” this two-hour television event exemplifies E!’s award show coverage at its finest and gives viewers an up close look at all the fashion and celebrity interaction. 

Dates for LFTRC

Golden Globes: 12 Jan 2015, 1am (FP on 14 Jan, 10pm)
Screen Guild Awards: 26 Jan 2015, 1am (FP on 28 Jan, 10pm)
Grammy Awards: 9 Feb 2015, 1am ( FP on 11 Feb, 10pm)
Academy Awards: 23 Feb 2015, 12.30am (FP on 25 Feb, 10pm)

E! Entertainment is on DStv 124.