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Lady Antebellum covers Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' and Anna Kendrick's 'Cups'
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Lady Antebellum covers Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' and Anna Kendrick's 'Cups'

Trio closes show with rousing mash-up

Lady Antebellum’s members wear their pop influences on their collective sleeve, so it’s no surprise that the band is closing its shows with a very cool mash-up of  Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and “Cups” from “Pitch Perfect.”

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<p>Lucy Hale</p>

Lucy Hale

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'Pretty Little Liars' Lucy Hale sets country album release date

First single, 'You Sound Good To Me,' hits the chart

Lucy Hale, who plays Aria Montgomery on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars,” will release her debut country album, “Road Between,” June 3.

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 VH1

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VH1 gives a green light to new series 'Naked Dating'

The show asks whether it's easier to find love without clothes

After "Naked and Afraid" put the nude spin on "Survivor," we all knew it wasn't going to be long before every format added a naked element. To that end, VH1 has given the greenlight to “Naked Dating” (working title), a one-hour weekly series that will explore the art of romance free of pre-conceived notions, stereotypes -- and clothes. So, naked naked naked. But blurred out. Still, naked! The series will play with the idea of what it really means to be naked in the search for love. So, naked!

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2014 Winter Olympic Games

 2014 Winter Olympic Games

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Must-see Olympic events for Tuesday: Will the U.S. pass Russian in the medal count?

Did you see the ice dancing last night? Did you? Come on!

So did you see the ice dancing last night? Did you? DID YOU? Because it was awesome. And, Team USA for the gold, people. That's never happened before. There was some other stuff, sure, but ice dancing! It wasn't just about Meryl Davis and Charlie White, either. Alex and Mia Shibutani ice danced to friggin' Michael Jackson. They also used some Michael Buble music, but we won't hold that against them. 

5:00 p.m. ET - NBC - Alpine Skiing (Women's Giant Slalom), Freestyle Skiing (Men's Halfpipe), Bobsled (Women's), Snowboarding (Men's Snowboard Cross)

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<p>I laughed out loud at the casual way Andrew Garfield chats to Giamatti during this scene, and I hope that's the way the film plays all the way through.</p>

I laughed out loud at the casual way Andrew Garfield chats to Giamatti during this scene, and I hope that's the way the film plays all the way through.

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New 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' featurettes emphasize action, comedy, and The Rhino

Despite myself, I am starting to get invested in this one

Darn it, I'm getting excited.

Here's a case where I hope I enjoy the sequel more than the original, because I really, really like what we've been seeing so far from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Marc Webb's first film had a number of elements I wanted to like more, and it featured pretty much spot-on perfect casting for both Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, but I just couldn't get past what felt like a very pedestrian script.

Over the last few days, several new featurettes appear to have popped up online, and while I tried to resist looking, I finally broke down and watched two new ones, and here's the takeaway: Webb's cranked up the action and the Spider-based character comedy in this one, and in both cases, that's exactly what I want.

It now appears that the first scene with Paul Giamatti as The Rhino is the opening of the film, with Peter Parker swinging into action as Spider-Man to try and stop a truck chase through the city at the exact moment that he's supposed to be at his high school graduation, where Gwen Stacy sits waiting for him. It looks like they've shot a ton of this as actual practical stunt work, and it certainly pays off in something that looks and feels more tactile. I love the gag in both of these where he grabs the truck driving by and whips out-of-frame. That is straight out of the comics in terms of attitude, and looks great. It feels like Webb is getting more and more comfortable with the visual end of things.

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<p>Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert pose on the &quot;Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon&quot; premiere.</p>

Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert pose on the "Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" premiere.

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Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' debut draws 11 million-plus

The audience is more than Conan's premiere, lower than Jay's exit
Airing in a special midnight time period after a wildly successful night of Olympics coverage, the debut of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" got a reasonable strong sampling.
 
Ratings for a single night, especially a night with an Olympics lead-in and an atypical air-time, probably aren't especially meaningful and can be spun any number of ways, so take all of this with shakers full of salt.
 
Per Fast National Nielsens, "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" averaged 11.31 million viewers and did a 3.8 rating among adults 18-49. 
 
That key demo rating matched the number for Jay Leno's February 6 "Tonight Show" departure, but that episode aired at 11:35 also after a night of Olympics coverage. Leno's "Tonight Show" farewell also drew 14.64 million viewers. In the key demo, it tied the Leno exit for the top "Tonight Show" performance since Conan O'Brien's last episode in January 2010, which did a 4.4 key demo rating.
 
It was certainly Fallon's best performance, rising 71 percent overall and 73 percent in the key demo over his last "Late Night" episode.
 
The early numbers put Fallon right in line with Conan O'Brien's 2009 "Tonight Show" premiere in the key demo and ahead of the 9.2 million viewers who watched that Conan debut.
 
Check out our gallery of the Fallon "Tonight Show" highlights below:
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'CSI' is getting another spinoff, with a cyber crime focus


"CSI" is getting another spinoff, with a cyber crime focus
The planned "CSI" spinoff will be hatched via a backdoor pilot, focusing on the Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI. "CSI" creator Anthony Zuiker will write the pilot, along with longtime executive producers Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue.

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<p>Jack Antonoff</p>

Jack Antonoff

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fun.'s Jack Antonoff bows new project, Bleachers

Listen to debut single, 'I Wanna Get Better'

It should be no surprise that a side project from fun.’s  Jack Antonoff would be bouncy and upbeat musically. What is surprising is how Bleachers’ “I Wanna Get Better” lifts so many elements from fun —deceptively deep lyrics, overly busy production, and changing tempos—and turns them into something completely different.

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'Napoleon Dynamite's' Jon Heder joins Fox family comedy


"Napoleon Dynamite's" Jon Heder joins Fox family comedy

He'll play an underachieving 30-something man who lives with his parents, played by Jane Kaczmarek and David James Elliott.


11.3 million watched Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" debut, topping Conan O'Brien's "Tonight" launch
Final numbers reveal that Fallon's "Tonight Show" premiere -- which premiered at midnight, instead of 11:35 -- topped Conan's debut in 2009 in total viewers, 11.31 million vs. 9.17 million.


A&E orders "Breaking Boston" from Mark Wahlberg
The reality show will follow a group of blue-collar women.


CBS shakes up "The NFL Today": Tony Gonzalez is in, Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe are out
CBS had to do something because it was losing badly to "Fox NFL Sunday."


Adam Brody & Leighton Meester reportedly got secretly married
"The O.C." star and "Gossip Girls" star, both of whom starred on shows created by Josh Schwartz, had a "super-secret wedding," according to Us Weekly.


Jimmy Kimmel convinces pedestrians that President Franklin D. Roosevelt has just died
Last night's bit was a "brilliant social experiment," says Obama's former speechwriter, Jon Favreau, who adds: "As you watch this @jimmykimmel prank, think how much importance we attach to polling responses and focus groups."


"The Bob Newhart Show": The Complete series is coming to DVD

The classic sitcom will be released in a complete box set on May 27.

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20 years later: An oral history of 'Reality Bites'
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20 years later: An oral history of 'Reality Bites'

How an unassuming romantic comedy defined and defied a generation

It was February 18, 1994. Kurt Cobain was still with us, but the grunge revolution had already begun to morph into something more palatable: "alternative." A generation labeled "X" was struggling to enter the work force amid a recession, that economic reality yielding "slackers" and "sell-outs" in equal measure — labels that would soon enough become little more than pop cultural shorthand.

Ben Stiller's "Reality Bites" had already premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and an intense marketing campaign had the film aimed squarely at a target audience destined to deny it. It was an unassuming romantic comedy invested in its characters more than its setting, but it registered — rightly or wrongly — as an attempt to define a generation. Two decades on, it exists less as a snapshot of an era than an emotional Polaroid of what it's like to go out and make your way in the world.

On the occasion of the film's 20th anniversary, HitFix talked to 10 individuals involved with the production of the film: stars Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn; screenwriter Helen Childress; producers Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher; cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki; and singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb. What follows is their recollection of how it all came to be.

(Note: Ben Stiller declined requests to comment for this article. His quotes in this piece have therefore been taken from the 18th anniversary screening of "Reality Bites" at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.)

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'The Walking Dead' again beats the Olympics in key viewers


"The Walking Dead" again beats the Olympics in key viewers
For the 2nd week in a row, the zombie drama topped NBC's Sochi coverage in the all-important 18-49 demo.


"Flowers in the Attic" sequel casts Rose McIver
She'll take over from Kiernan Shipka as the older Cathy Dollganger.


"Real World" alum Jacinda Barrett will play Kyle Chandler's wife on Netflix
She's joining the psychological thriller from the creators of "Damages."


Stevie Nicks wants to write music for "Game of Thrones" after writing poetry for its characters
The HBO series has provided solace for the Fleetwood Mac singer since her mother died.


"Modern Family" cast has arrived in Australia
Turns out "Crocodile Dunphy" has Australian roots.


Why dumping every episode at same time has ruined the "House of Cards" viewing experience

Netflix's strategy has turned something that should be pleasurable into a burden, as viewers race to watch every episode in an attempt to avoid spoilers. "TV should not feel like a race, something to slog through just to breathe easy on the other side," says Louis Peitzman. "As entertaining as 'House of Cards' is, the show loses something when it becomes a marathon out of necessity and not desire." PLUS: Watch a brutal supercut of Frank Underwood's political advice.


Utah Jazz owner becomes an "Undercover Boss"

Greg Miller will disguise himself for an NBA team-themed episode.


CNN anchor slams "court jester" Jon Stewart
Chris Cuomo says Stewart's "Daily Show" interviews aren't hard-hitting enough. "When he gets a heavy in the chair next to him, he’s making jokes or nodding yes, yes, yes!" he says.


Watch Chris Farley perform as Matt Foley months before he joined "SNL"
Second City has found a clip of Farley performing his famous motivational character three years before it was resurrected on "Saturday Night Live." The clip also features Bob Odenkirk, who created the character, and Tim Meadows.


Check out the "Revenge" graphic novel
Emily Thorne got the comic book treatment.

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<p>Jimmy Fallon</p>

Jimmy Fallon

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The smartest thing Jimmy Fallon did on his 1st 'Tonight Show': He introduced himself


The smartest thing Jimmy Fallon did on his 1st "Tonight Show": He introduced himself
"At first blush, it seemed incredibly obvious. It may just have been incredibly brilliant," says James Poniewozik, adding: "Each introduction Fallon made was a chance to frame the story, from the beginning, in a way that could make these longtime Tonight viewers–many of them older–comfortable with him, even while he hopefully brought in new ones."


Fallon's debut was strangely muted
"As if determined to distance himself further from the high-octane opening antics of the last new guy who tried to do this job -- (Conan) O'Brien -- Fallon entered stage center in a muted gray suit," says Mary McNamara. "And if he didn't go as far as apologizing for becoming the sixth man to host 'The Tonight Show,' he did rigorously, and at times irritatingly, reaffirm his signature humility."


Fallon's 1st night was "brilliant"

"Yes, he needs to relax," says Tom Shales, "and maybe cool it a little with the clapping, the drunk-uncle laughter, the excessive delight at whatever and whoever comes his way—but the sheer force of his apparent happiness is essentially irresistible. Some people spend fortunes and bathe their brains in drugs to create and sustain this kind of bliss; how disheartening it would be to learn that Fallon requires artificial stimuli to reach it, but that seems very, very unlikely. There's considerable evidence to support the idea that Our Boy Jimmy is as genuine as they come."


Fallon just needs to cut down on the gratitude and humility

"While gratitude and humility are admirable traits," says Robert Bianco, "there were times in Monday's opening moments when Fallon risked taking them to uncomfortable extremes. One more 'thank you,' one more 'I never thought I'd be here,' and viewers might have wondered whether they wanted to be there themselves."


Fallon's expanded new studio looks big, but it isn't
Only 50 new seats were added and Fallon didn't want to make the studio too big. As Verne Gay points out, "What the designers did apparently do was blow out the floor space in front of a new proscenium instead — which gives the illusion of expanse — and added that gilded bandstand for the Roots. All in all the studio redesign appears to be a real winner for the show."


Fallon's "Tonight Show" is trying to "triangulate" itself to appeal to young and old viewers
"In this first show," says Darren Franich, "you could marvel at how effectively Fallon and his team have attempted to triangulate themselves. Fallon’s new set is purposefully old-fashioned compared to the college-cafe-in-the-meatpacking-district where he lived on Late Night. But his bit about yearbook awards for Olympic athletes found time for a weed joke and a Saved by the Bell reference ('Lesbian Screech'), while mixing in rimshots about the Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber."


This felt like a "blah" episode of "Late Night"

A "lack of originality pervaded the episode," says Margaret Lyons, who considers Fallon's "Tonight Show" debut more of a bland episode than any kind of watershed moment. "It was a respectable episode, fine and functional, but almost overwhelmingly not special," she says.


Fallon needs to get his interviewing skills in order

"For all his skills as a performer," says Brian Lowry, "Fallon is still a question mark in terms of his ability to make magic out of nothing at the desk, the place where Johnny Carson and David Letterman thrived – and endured. And frankly, his 'Aw shucks, I'm just so happy to be here' posture in Monday's maiden interviews with Smith and U2 got a little tedious even before the night was over."


Fallon couldn't have done a better job with his 1st episode

Most importantly, Jimmy Fallon's 1st guests showed that they liked him. "People are coming because of your heart," said Will Smith. "That," as Tim Goodman, points out, "couldn't be more true, because it's the ultimate Fallon hook. He doesn't offend. He's nice. He's happy. He likes to make fun of himself and spoof things without cruelty. He is, in many ways, a better fit than O'Brien."


That U2 rooftop performance was scary to watch

"The whole thing appeared to be one wind gust away from disaster," says Hank Stuever. "Jimmy, please don’t take your friends to the roof. Acrophobes everywhere are begging you."


Having U2 perform in the middle of the show seemed almost revolutionary
Traditionally, late-night shows have musical guests perform at the end, when viewers are tuning out.


Fallon stayed in his comfort zone by using many of his "Late Night" bits
"Yes," says Sarene Leeds, "Fallon's Tonight Show is just a brighter, shinier and bigger (no kidding – Fallon was dwarfed by the expanded floor and Johnny Carson-size curtain, and keyboardists James Poyser and Kamal Gray from house band the Roots are no longer relegated to their balcony perches), version of Late Night, but the transition is already way more seamless than the host's early days on Late Night."


Letterman acknowledged Fallon's 1st night with a crack about Leno
"First thing this morning, I get a call from my mom. She says 'David, did something happen to Jay?' What am I gonna do?" he asked his audience.


NY Post rails against New York for giving "The Tonight Show" tax breaks when Fallon was never leaving NYC
"Why are New York taxpayers using tax credits to bribe — er, subsidize — these men to do something they intended to do all along?" says the tabloid.


Olympic bobsledder fires back at Fallon
Steven Holcomb didn't like being called the "most likely to find an old hot wing in his pocket."


Remember when Fallon was a (kind of) movie star?
Let's recall Fallon's disappointing performances in "Taxi" and "Fever Pitch."

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