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January 17, 2014

Jan 17, 2014 -- 10:15am

Nominations for this year's Oscars were announced yesterday . . . and "American Hustle" and "Gravity" tied for the most, with 10 apiece.  "12 Years a Slave" was a close second with nine.  The Oscars air Sunday, March 2nd on ABC.  ELLEN DEGENERES is hosting.  The biggest Oscar "snubs" were Oprah Winfrey and her movie, "The Butler" and Tom Hanks not being nominated for EITHER of his movies .

Some people thought "Saving Mr. Banks" would be a PLAYER at the Oscars . . . but it received the same number as "Jackass Presents:  Bad Grandpa":  One.  "Bad Grandpa" was nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

Fun fact - If Robert Lopez wins an Oscar, he'll become the 12th person to have an Emmy, a Tony, an Oscar and a Grammy.

"American Idol" may have FINALLY found a panel of judges who are NOT annoying . Wednesday night's season premiere only attracted 15.2 million viewers, which is down 22% from last year's premiere.  It was up slightly from last season's finale, which had 14.3 million viewers.

The fifth season premiere of "Duck Dynasty" drew 8.5 million viewers on Wednesday night but it's a sharp decline from the Season Four premiere, which attracted nearly 12 million viewers last year.

Russell Johnson,  better known as the Professor on "Gilligan's Island", died yesterday of natural causes at age 89.  That leaves only two of the original "seven stranded castaways":  DAWN WELLS, who played Mary Ann, is 75 and TINA LOUISE, who played Ginger, is 79.

Actor Dave Madden died yesterday of congestive heart and kidney failure.  He was 82.  Madden was best known for playing band manager Reuben Kincaid on "The Partridge Family" in the 1970s.  In the late '70s and early '80s, he also played Earl on the sitcom "Alice". 

Shia LaBeouf was caught on video headbutting a guy in a bar in South London last night.  Apparently, Shia thought the guy said something about his girlfriend's mother because he got in his face, gave him a head-to-head shove, then yelled, "What did you just say?" four times, before being pulled away.

Three months after listing his Los Feliz mansion for sale, Robert Pattinson has sold the home he once shared with ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart to none other than Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons.

Kate Gosselin brought her 13-year-old twin daughters Cara and Mady on the "Today" show yesterday to do damage control . . . and things didn't go exactly as she'd planned.  The girls wouldn't talk, and Kate was visibly frustrated and embarrassed.

The new Tom Clancy movie "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" opens this weekend, starring Chris Pine from "Star Trek" as this generation's Jack Ryan.  It's up against Ice Cube's "Ride Along", the animated flick "The Nut Job", and the horror movie "The Devil's Due".


On TV this weekend:

SAG Awards will begin at 5 p.m. PST Saturday, Jan. 18, on TNT and TBS.

"AFC Championship" . . . 3:00 to 6:30 P.M. Sunday Eastern on CBS.  The Denver Broncos host the New England Patriots.

 "NFC Championship" . . . 6:30 to 10:30 P.M. Sunday Eastern on Fox.  The Seattle Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers.



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