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SAG Awards 2015: We live-blogged it

The SAG Awards annually serve as a predictor of Oscar success: Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o, and Jared Leto all won SAG Awards last year and went on to win Oscars just weeks later. This year’s ceremony aired Sunday evening, giving movie fans plenty of excitement—plus a good idea of who might win big at the upcoming Academy Awards.

But the winners list isn’t the only memorable part of the SAG Awards: This year’s show was full of noteworthy—sometimes funny, sometimes sentimental—moments, including Reese Witherspoon’s graceful reaction to a technical glitch and Viola Davis’ emotional, empowering acceptance speech. Check out the live-blog below for more on the night’s best parts, and see here for the complete list of winners.
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Inside EW's Screen Actors Guild Awards party

This weekend’s awards season festivities got a jump start Saturday night at Entertainment Weekly’s Screen Actors Guild Awards Party. Film and television stars gathered at the Chateau Marmont, just off bustling Sunset Boulevard, to celebrate this year’s nominees.

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'The Lego Movie,' 'Birdman' nab Producers Guild of America Awards

The Lego Movie might have been overlooked by the Academy Awards, but it didn’t get the same treatment from the Producers Guild of America: The film won the award for best animated feature at Saturday’s Producers Guild of America Awards.

The PGA Awards annually honor achievements in film, television, and digital production. Other winners include the Oscar-nominated Birdman and Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. See the full list below:
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Five directors who can help Johnny Depp recover from 'Mortdecai'

The saddest part of Mortdecai‘s abysmal debut this weekend was how expected it seemed to be. Johnny Depp’s latest starring vehicle, in which he plays a daffy British bon-vivant jetting around the world to find a stolen masterpiece, aimed to be a kind of Pink Panther-esque caper—but American audiences stayed away in droves, and the critics unloaded. “In the end, we must lay the badness of Mortdecai at the feet of its star,” wrote New York‘s David Edelstein. “I envy Depp’s capacity for self-amusement, but it’s a pity he’s so rich and enbubbled that no one dares say to say to him, ‘Er, Johnny… this is, er, really very bad.'”

Mortdecai is expected to barely crack $4 million this weekend, making it Depp’s worst wide debut since 1999’s The Astronaut’s Wife. But most everyone saw this debacle coming: the comedy opened in less than 2,700 theaters—indicating a startling amount of indifference from the exhibitors towards a major Hollywood superstar—and many of the nation’s leading film critics couldn’t be bothered to review it. (Those who did chime in pilloried the film with a 12 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.) Though Depp currently has a hit in theaters, with a supporting role as the Wolf in Into the Woods, Mortdecai is his fifth consecutive stinker as the film’s star, following in the wake of Transcendence, The Lone Ranger, Dark Shadows, and The Rum Diary.

His last real blockbuster was the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, On Stranger Tides, cashing in again as Capt. Jack Sparrow. Recall that Depp spent the bulk of his 30s thrashing against Hollywood’s square-peg efforts to make him the billon-dollar star he looked like on the poster, and that it eventually happened only after his cockeyed portrayal of Sparrow.

Capt. Jack is a delightfully ironic gag that pleased him to no end. But Depp used the success of the Pirates franchise as an endorsement of a tic—the “aria of weirdness” that requires him to hide behind characters rather than disappear into them. Since Capt. Jack gave him carte blanche, there’s been Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, Transcendence, Into the Woods, and now, Mortdecai. Some of these characters were pretty fabulous concoctions, but together, they mask something else: For an actor who can literally make any movie he chooses, Depp has fallen into the type of creative rut that would’ve made 1995 Johnny Depp roll his eyes. READ FULL STORY

Blake Shelton takes over 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend: Talk about it here!

Don’t you just love the smell of corporate synergy in the morning?

Perhaps that’s an unfair statement. Country star Blake Shelton’s status as The Voice‘s top dog—he’s one of only two celebrity coaches to appear on every season of the series, and his contestants have won the competition’s big prize a whopping four out of seven times—certainly isn’t the only reason he’s been tapped to serve as Saturday Night Live‘s host and musical guest tonight.

Anyone who’s tuned in for even a single Voice episode knows that Shelton’s more than a country singer. His easygoing, down-home charm and likable banter with his fellow coaches—especially Adam Levine, who was tapped to pull double duty on SNL himself two years ago—both made Shelton the hit show’s breakout star and indicate that he’d be more than comfortable in a variety show setting. See also: Shelton’s 2012 holiday special, Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas, the highlight of which is a claymation sketch that finds the host and his pal Larry the Cable Guy accidentally murdering Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

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Bill Maher calls 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle 'a psychopath patriot'

On Friday night’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the caustic host and his panel discussed last week’s big box office news—the runaway success of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, which as of January 23 has made approximately $154 million. While the film’s financial success is certainly making headlines, Maher was interested in the polarity of the social media discussion around the film and its real-life hero, the late Chris Kyle.

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Join Ben Barnes on Facebook for EW's 'Sons of Liberty' Q&A

American history heroes like John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, and others will come to life in History Channel’s latest miniseries Sons of Liberty, which follows these patriots on their quest to make history and win American independence. Ahead of the premiere on Sunday, star Ben Barnes will be on hand Saturday for a Q&A on EW‘s Facebook page.

The Chronicles of Narnia star plays “instigator” Sam Adams in the Revolutionary War-drama. In this version, Adams is a natural born leader with a penchant for “mischief.”

The Facebook Q&A starts Saturday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. ET, with Barnes answering all of your show questions. Sons of Liberty‘s three-night, six-hour event premieres Sunday, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. ET.

New dating app 'Watchr' finds the person you were meant to binge-watch with

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When it comes to finding that perfect match, dating apps just don’t cut it for some people. They don’t reveal enough about the person. They don’t help you learn what really matters to them. They don’t tell you what episode of Mad Men they are on right now. READ FULL STORY

Apple stuns the world, says Apple Watch battery will last all day

Apple thinks that its new smartwatch is pretty cool. Apple, of course, is the only entity qualified to say that, because Apple Watch has yet to be released out into the wild. But once again—even if it is cool, cooler than the dozens of other smartwatches on the market—none of that will matter if its battery doesn’t last long enough.

But according to Apple, the company’s smartwatch will last long enough for a day’s worth of “mixed use,” i.e. when a user only occasionally glances at it or uses its various widgets and doodads—you know, like just about every other smart watch on the market. Check out the video for more information.

Finally, something the world has never seen before: a watch with a battery that will last all day.

Conan O'Brien tackles Deflategate and Bill Cosby in one joke

Conan O’Brien poked fun at the New England Patriots on Thursday night following what football fans are calling “Deflategate.”— and in the middle of the managed, he managed to throw in a serious jab at Bill Cosby.

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