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Few things are as precious and sacred to Americans as our religious traditions the Academy Awards, so it is a big, big, BIG deal when something involving this most important of ceremonies is changed. Meaning, today is a big day. The Academy has decided that this year's nominations will be announced on January 10th. January 10th! That is very early. Five days earlier than was originally planned, and, more shockingly, before the Golden Globe Awards, a lesser thing run by foreign weirdos. So this is quite a deal, you guys. Changes the whole game. Redefines a season. Maybe marks a new era. Sure the Oscars have been tinkered with a lot lately to little effect (the whole move to ten Best Picture nominees has done what, exactly? Added five new never-gonna-wins to the other three never-gonna-wins we used to have?), but this has to be different. Somehow. Somehow this will change everything. Just you wait and see. Big things are happening. Monumental things. Whoopi Goldberg hosting again-sized things. [Deadline]

Speaking of big things, NBC's great serial hope Revolution, the one about electricity disappearing that isn't very good, officially premiered last night and it did quite well! Drafting off of a big The Voice lead-in, the show earned a booming 4.1 rating, according to many affiliates at least. That's very big! How big? "Best drama premiere in three years" big. And, network wise, "NBC's best drama debut since Bionic Woman." And we all know what happened to Bionic Woman! Hm, what's that? Bionic Woman debuted well but quickly crashed and burned and disappeared during the writers' strike and never returned? Oh. Hm. Well, OK. Maybe the second time's the charm? You'll be fine, Revolution. Sure, sure. You'll be fine... [The Hollywood Reporter]

Speaking of The Voice, NBC has officially announced that Shakira and Usher will be replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green as judges/mentors for the show's spring season. The decision was made to cut costs, as it is less expensive to employ judges with only one name. That just makes sense. Also, NBC is hoping to build a bigger roster of judging talent that they can use interchangeably, like they do on 1 Girl 5 Gays. (Remember 1 Girl 5 Gays? Haha, of course you don't.) So, welcome Shakira and Usher! Welcome to a show we never watch. And sorry to hear the news, you other two. Should have stuck with Xtina and Cee-Lo, I guess. Ah well. [Entertainment Weekly]

The Oscar nominations aren't the only big prestigious things that are moving. The producers of the Les Misérables movie musical have decided to push the film's release date from December 14th to big ol' Christmas Day, thinking it's got the momentum to compete on that crowded date, and getting it out of the way of The Hobbit, which also opens on the 14th. So that means we have to wait another eleven g-ddamned days to see Anne Hathaway destroy the nation of France with her weepy caterwauling. Eleven more days! Ugh. Get out your Hathaway calendars and circle a new date. Eleven more dawns. Eleven more days. Eleven days more. [Deadline]

Oooh. HBO has optioned a project produced by Guillermo Del Toro. It's not some goopy monster thing, though, it's actually a 1950s-set murder mystery based on a book series. The potential show would be an adaptation of Nutshell Studies, which is about a "small-town housewife who becomes obsessed with solving brutal crimes." That sounds great! Mad Men meets, I dunno, The Killing, only not so dreary. Make this show, HBO. Make it now. If you don't have enough money, just cancel True Blood. No one will even notice it's gone. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Here's a trailer for a movie in which Penn Badgely, flop-haired Gossip Girl star Penn Badgely, plays Jeff Buckley. As in this Jeff Buckley. So... Make of that what you will. Imogen Poots is also in the movie. Penn kisses Imogen and then Rack makes out with Zephyr and finally Marsh proposes to Glade. Just regular names, doing regular things.

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