• Andrew LipovskyNBCNEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin, virtually a fixture on Saturday Night Live since now-President Donald Trump became the Republican front-runner, will step back onto the stage at Studio 8H for the 17th time as host on February 11.
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  • Lucasfilm - 2016(LOS ANGELES) -- There is an official name for Episode VIII.Lucasfilm just announced that it will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi.This is fitting since 2015's The Force Awakens ended with Daisy Ridley's Rey tracking down Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker, who had been in hiding from the villainous First Order.The title may be referring to Luke as the last Jedi or maybe someone else...perhaps Rey, who has shown she is Force sensitive, thanks to her beat-down of Kylo Ren in Episode VII.
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  • ABC/A.M.P.A.S.(NEW YORK) -- It's hard to imagine a comedy making the list for best picture when the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards are announced Tuesday."It's a pileup of sad on the front burner," Thelma Adams, longtime film critic and contributor to the New York Observer, told ABC News about this year's frontrunners. "Never has it been harder for a comedy to wade through."Adams is referring to the content, not the quality, of the three top pictures in this year's Oscar race. In Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight and even La La Land," grief and loss are prominent themes.Also on Tuesday, she expects to see several nods for black actors."What you're seeing is a certain amount of reaction to #OscarsSoWhite," she said, using the popular hashtag that cropped up last year when not a single person of color received a nomination in the four acting categories.Nominations will be announced at 5:18 a.m. PST/8:18 a.m. EST via a live stream on the Academy's official website and will also be carried live by ABC's Good Morning America as well as local broadcasters and satellite feed. Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman, Ken Watanabe and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will do the honors.Here's what to expect when they make the announcements Tuesday:Best PictureThere are up to 10 slots in this category, but Adams expects only eight films will receive a nomination. In addition to the frontrunners, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, and La La Land, she said Arrival, Lion, and Hidden Figures have a strong chance at scoring a nod. She called Hidden Figures, a "movie for our time," and said like previous Best Picture winner Crash, "it may be that it comes in at the end and finishes strong."To Hell or High Water and Hacksaw Ridge are also in the running, she said. But she's not sure that Loving, which she also called a movie for our time, will make the cut. "People said from the beginning, it's too small, too quiet, but that’s exactly why I love it, because you have to lean in and listen," she said. "But it hasn't come out stronger in the end."Similarly, Sully, which was a box office hit, hasn't had a strong showing on the awards circuit thus far, but Adams said it might still make the cut.Best ActorAdams puts Affleck at the top of this list, adding that the only person capable of upsetting him right now is Denzel Washington, who she believes will score his fifth best actor nomination. She also expects Ryan Gosling to score a nod, as well as Andrew Garfield, who had strong performances in both Hacksaw Ridge and Silence. The fifth slot, Adams said, will likely go to Viggo Mortensen for his performance in Captain Fantastic.Both Joel Edgerton and Tom Hanks were in films that have since waned, hurting their chances, according to Adams.Best ActressAdams is excited by all the strong female roles this year, which will make this category a competitive one. She called Emma Stone the "safe choice" and French actress Isabelle Huppert, "the upset for the win." Surprisingly, Huppert, who is considered an actor's actress, has never been nominated for an Academy Award.Adams also expects that Natalie Portman will get a nomination, even if her film Jackie doesn't have the buzz, and Amy Adams will score a spot for her role in Arrival. As for the fifth slot, Adams sees a number of possibilities: Annette Bening, who "couldn't be better," Meryl Streep after her Golden Globes speech and Taraji P. Henson in the popular Hidden Figures.Best Supporting ActorMahershala Ali seems to be everywhere these days, and Adams thinks he'll not only score a nod but win this category. Others she expects to make the list are Jeff Bridges, Dev Patel and Lucas Hedges from Manchester by the Sea. The fifth spot could go to Hugh Grant, she said, or more likely one of the stars of Nocturnal Animals, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson having an edge after his Golden Globe win.Best Supporting ActressTopping this list is Viola Davis, who Adams said will likely win
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  • Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin's absence on this weekend's Saturday Night Live didn't stop Beck Bennett's Vladimir Putin and Kate McKinnon's Kellyanne Conway from skewering all things Donald Trump -- particularly the number of attendees at Friday's inauguration, and Putin's alleged involvement in Trump's win.
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