87th Annual Academy Awards Date Set for Feb. 22

The 87th annual Academy Awards will air live beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 22.

The date, announced on Thursday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, marks the academy’s return to their standard pattern after pushing the show back to March 2 this year because of the Olympics.

2015 Oscar nominees will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 15, which follows the academy’s recent plan. 2014 nominations were announced Jan. 16. Voting for the 2015 nominees will begin on Dec. 29, 2014 and end on Jan. 8, 2015.

The Academy Awards’ annual luncheon for nominees is set for Feb. 2, 2015.

Final Oscars voting will commence on Feb. 6, 2015. Voting will end Feb. 17. (AP)

Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman on Late Show

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Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman as CBS’ late-night host.

CBS announced Thursday that “The Colbert Report” host will replace Letterman when he retires next year. Colbert is signed for five years.

Letterman has hosted “Late Show with David Letterman” since 1993. He turns 67 Saturday.

Colbert says in a statement: “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

Comedy Central’s Emmy-winning “The Colbert Report” has been a hit since its launch in 2005. (AP)

Rolling Stone Flubs Constitution Tattoo on Cover

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus better hope her latest tattoo is a temporary one.

The cover image of next month’s Rolling Stone magazine featuring the “Veep” star depicts a nude Louis-Dreyfus with a tattoo of the U.S. Constitution signed by John Hancock across her back. The problem is Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.

Louis-Dreyfus’ jokingly blamed the blunder in a Twitter post on Wednesday on the fictional “Veep” character who serves as communications director to Louis-Dreyfus’ Vice President Selina Meyer on the HBO comedy series.

Rolling Stone spokeswoman Melissa Bruno said the Declaration of Independence is on the other side of her body, but the signatures wouldn’t fit.

Inside the magazine, another image shows a man in a colonial wig tattooing Hancock’s signature above the bare bottom of the “Seinfeld” actress. (AP)

‘Sharknado 2′ Unleashes Flying Sharks on New York

“Sharknado 2: The Second One” will take a bite out of New York City on July 30 in Syfy’s sequel to the campy classic that aired last summer.

Ian Ziering and Tara Reid return from the original film that attracted nearly 1.37 million viewers. They’re joined by Vivica A. Fox and Mark McGrath, along with Kelly Osbourne, Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”), Andy Dick, Judd Hirsch and Perez Hilton. Matt Lauer and Al Roker of “Today” and Robert Klein make cameo appearances.

This time the mayhem moves from Los Angeles to the East Coast, where a freak weather system unleashes sharks on the populace and famous sites like Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.

“It’s a whole different story, not just sharks ripping through flesh,” co-star Kari Wuhrer said Tuesday at NBC’s summer TV presentation. “New York is a character in the movie, the weather is a character in the movie.”

Friedlander was a fan of the original movie and approached the network directly to land a role in the sequel.

“This to me is the most important film ever made about climate change,” he said jokingly, noting that it features “some of the top shark actors in the world.”

The original film was a trending topic on Twitter, generating nearly 5,000 tweets a minute at its peak.

“It’s unpretentious, it’s fun and you can turn it on at any point and instantly be entertained,” Friedlander said. “It’s very communal even though people aren’t watching at a theater.”

The film was shot over the same 18-day schedule as the original, with a slightly larger budget. It features more than 500 visual effects shots.

“We’re trying to perfect the tornado on this one even more because we’re trying to make it a character,” said director Anthony Ferrante. (AP)

David Letterman to Retire From ‘Late Show’ in 2015

David Letterman says he’s retiring next year as host of “Late Show.”

During a taping of Thursday’s show, Letterman said he has informed his CBS bosses that he will step down in 2015, when his current contract expires. He told his audience he expects his departure will be “at least a year or so” from now.

Letterman turns 67 next week. He has the longest tenure of any late-night talk show host in U.S. television history, nearing 32 years since he created “Late Night” at NBC in 1982. He jumped to CBS to start “Late Show” in 1993.

Jay Leno, his rival to host NBC’s “Tonight Show,” retired earlier this year, making way for Jimmy Fallon.

“The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned him just before the program, and I said ‘Leslie, it’s been great, you’ve been great, and the network has been great, but I’m retiring,’” said Letterman.

“I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married.”

“We don’t have the timetable for this precisely down – I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up,” he added, to a standing ovation from the audience in the Ed Sullivan Theater.

(CBS, AP)

Rolling Stones to Resume Tour in May

The Rolling Stones are resuming a world tour after postponing several dates in the wake of the death of L’Wren Scott, girlfriend of singer Mick Jagger.

The band has announced new shows in Europe, starting May 26 in Oslo, Norway.

The Stones said Tuesday they also will play Portugal, Switzerland, Israel, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Sweden and Denmark as part of the 14 On Fire tour.

The band called off a seven-date tour of Australia and New Zealand after fashion designer Scott was found dead in her New York apartment on March 17. The New York City medical examiner’s office ruled her death a suicide.

Scott, 49, had been Jagger’s companion since 2001. (AP)

Stones Call Off Tour After L’Wren Scott’s Death

The Rolling Stones have called off tour dates in Australia and New Zealand following the death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott.

The iconic band said in a statement Tuesday they “are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 ON FIRE tour.”

Band members thanked fans “for their support at this difficult time.”

The Stones were scheduled to play Wednesday in Perth, Australia, and at other stops this week and next week, including Melbourne and Sydney.

Scott, a noted fashion designer, died Monday in New York City of an apparent suicide.

Tickets holders should keep their tickets, the statement said.

Keith Richards said in a statement Wednesday that “no one saw this coming” and that Jagger has “always been my soul brother and we love him.”

He adds: “We’re thick as thieves and we’re all feeling for the man.”

Charlie Watts says their “first thought is to support Mick at this awful time.” Ronnie Wood echoed Watts’ statement, adding “we intend to be back out on that stage as soon as we can.”

Scott had been Jagger’s companion since 2001. (AP)

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