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Lady Gaga performs 'Artpop' on 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon'
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Lady Gaga performs 'Artpop' on 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon'

The album's relaunch continues

Only in Lady Gaga’s world would a performance where she is shrouded in dry ice and playing a clear-top grand piano be considered subdued.

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Debra Messing returning to NBC for the drama pilot 'Mysteries of Laura'


Debra Messing returning to NBC for the drama pilot "Mysteries of Laura"
She'll play a detective who's raising two kids in a remake of the Spanish-language series "Los Misterios De Laura." "Mysteries of Laura" will be produced by Greg Berlanti and directed by McG.


Will NBC move Johnny Weir & Tara Lipinski to primetime for the next Winter Games?

NBC executives won't speculate on the South Korea Winter Olympics, but the two have been the talk of these games.


It was Lorne Michaels' idea to make Fred Armisen "Late Night" bandleader

"A couple of weeks ago, Lorne Michaels called me and said, 'What would you think about curating a band for Seth's show?' I loved it," says Armisen, who adds that they share a common obsession with punk rock music.


HLN's new social media-themed shows include "Keywords," "#What'sYourFomo," "I Can Haz NewsToons"
HLN unveiled details of its new social media makeover, also announcing shows like "One.Click.Away" and "Videocracy."


OWN releases a pic from Lindsay Lohan's reality show

Here she is striking a pose.


Nat Geo will air a "Snake Salvation" tribute on Thursday
"Snake Salvation: They Shall Take Up Serpents" will celebrate the life of Pastor Jamie Coots, who died of a snakebite last week.


YouTube sensation Randall helped promote PBS' "Honey Badger" special, but..
The viral video star won't be part of tonight's "Nature" examination of the Honey Badger. But you can watch his promo here.


Larry David meets "House of Cards"
What if the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star replaced Frank Underwood?


Lena Dunham takes "Which 'Girls' Character Are You" quiz?, gets Marnie
Her reaction: "So I guess the apocalypse is coming?" PLUS: How to dance like "Girls."


"Chuck's" Ryan McPartlin headed to USA
Captain Awesome will guest on the new comedy "Playing House."


Seth Meyers gets "SNL" alums Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Amy Poehler to guest on "The Awesomes"

But they are not the only "Saturday Night Live" stars be part of Season 2. Kate McKinnon has signed up as well.


The Kardashians launch Kardashian Kids, a clothing line for baby girls
Kim, Kourtney and Khloe unveiled their new clothing line using baby models.

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<p>'Well, let me tell you something... WE are not paying for the buttons'</p>

'Well, let me tell you something... WE are not paying for the buttons'

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Heroes vs. Villains: Where does Travis Bickle from 'Taxi Driver' fall?

Are we judged by our best action or our worst impulse?

The NCAA basketball tournaments are less than a month away. Because it's obviously never been done before, HitFix is going to host its own tournament, but this battle won't take place between teams on Tobacco Road. We've got something more exciting in mind.  In our competition, the greatest Heroes from the worlds of television and movies will face off versus the greatest Villains. 

The committee is currently mulling over the brackets, but we need your help.  There are six characters who some would consider anti-heroes, but we know then need to part of the battle royale. Do they fall in the Heroes bracket or the Villains bracket?

You decide.  You have 48 hours. Choose wisely.


We've had Alan Sepinwall and Dan Fienberg both offer up anti-heroes for you guys to vote on already, but if you haven't already been following this series, let me catch you up. We're going to ask you guys to spend March helping us eventually whittle things down to the greatest hero vs. villain showdown possible, but before we even get started, we need you to tell us where you'd place six characters.

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<p>Bette Midler is set to perform at the Oscars</p>

Bette Midler is set to perform at the Oscars

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Bette Midler to perform at Academy Awards Ceremony

This will be the first time Midler has sung on the show
The producers of this year's Academy Awards telecast, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, announced that award-winning singer Bette Midler will be performing on the show. In addition to having won Grammys, Emmys, and a Tony, Midler has also been nominated for two Academy Awards.
 
Midler's two Academy Award nominations are for Actress in a Leading Role in "For the Boys" and "The Rose." Midler has not been nominated for a song and the appearance this year will be the first time she will perform on the show.
 
 Zadan and Meron stated, "We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time." They added, “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.” 
 
No word was offered in the press release about when during the Oscars Midler will be sing, but it is certainly within the realm of possibility that she will do so during the annual In Memoriam portion of the telecast.
 
Presented at the Dolby Theatre on March 2nd, this year's event will again air on ABC and Ellen DeGeneres is serving as host for the second time.

 

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<p>This isn't a good picture, but you know why FOX made it available.</p>

This isn't a good picture, but you know why FOX made it available.

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TV Ratings: Sluggish Olympics coverage tops Tuesday 'American Idol'

'Killer Women' finds a way to drop in young viewers
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, February 18, 2014.
 
After a couple bounce-back nights due to ice-dancing, NBC's Tuesday Winter Olympics coverage took a big drop, but still easily beat a special off-night performance episode of "American Idol."
 
Expect NBC's Sochi telecasts to get a big boost over the next two nights with the female side of the figure skating programming. 
 
There were few other notables on a repeat-filled Tuesday, though ABC's "Killer Women" somehow managed to lose 0.1 from an already impressively low young adult viewership. Also, The CW's encore of the "Star-Crossed" pilot very nearly equaled the audience for Monday's premiere.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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Jada Pinkett Smith will play a villain on Batman prequel 'Gotham'


Jada Pinkett Smith will play a villain on Batman prequel "Gotham"

She's playing Fish Mooney, a sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner.


Jimmy Fallon got big numbers on Night 2, beating Letterman and Kimmel combined

Fallon retained 75% of his "Tonight Show" debut numbers in Night 2. PLUS: Fallon interviewed Kristen Wiig as Harry Styles from One Direction.


"Dallas" taking over a Texas gas station to sell cheap gas as "Ewing Energies"
The gas station will sell cheap gas on Monday to promote Season 3, but TNT won't divulge where it'll be located.


Letterman talks "House of Cards" spoilers with Kate Mara
When is it okay to talk about Season 2? PLUS: Kevin Spacey talks to Jon Stewart about going to a whip meeting.


Wendell Pierce goes from "The Michael J. Fox Show" to "Ray Donovan"
"The Wire" alum will recur on the Showtime series as a down-on-his-luck parole officer.


"Fans" of "Game of Thrones" badger Kit Harrington on Jimmy Kimmel
Watch "Hodor" attempt to ask Harrington a question.


Bette Midler will sing at the Oscars for the 1st time

"We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening," say the ceremony's producers.


Matthew McConaughey cast himself as "True Detective's" Rust Cohle
McConaughey was approached to play Woody Harrelson's character, but McConaughey says "I wanted to get in that dude's head... The obsession, the island of a man — I’m always looking for a guy who monologues. It's something really important as I feel I’m going into my better work." PLUS: "The president has seen my boobs," tweets Alexandra Daddario, the internet mocks "True Detective," which line got cut from this week's episode?, and a "True Detective" reading list.


"HIMYM's" Lily and Robin reportedly made out on "Inside the Actor's Studio"
According to Us Weekly, the cast answered questions as their characters.


Stephen Colbert urges his fans to watch Jimmy Fallon ... on Fridays

Colbert said on last night's "Colbert Report": "I want to begin by welcoming my friend Jimmy Fallon to the 11:30 time slot and the brotherhood of shows that includes me, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel and the repeat of 'Shahs of Sunset' on Bravo."


KaDee Strickland joins "Secrets & Lies" as Ryan Phillippe's wife
The "Private Practice" alum will star in a drama pilot in which Phillippe's character is accused of murder of a young boy.


Barbara Walters sets the record straight: "I don't have a vibrator!"
"I don't even put my cell phone on vibrate!" Walters said this morning on "The View."

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<p>Jada Pinkett Smith</p>

Jada Pinkett Smith

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FOX's 'Gotham' casts Jada Pinkett Smith as a sadistic gangster

'Matrix Reloaded' veteran will play Fish Mooney in the Batman prequel
Reminding us all what comes from making assumptions, FOX's "Gotham" has cast vicious mobster Fish Mooney and perhaps the gender-ambiguous name should have been a tip-off.
 
Jada Pinkett Smith has landed the key adversarial role as hot-headed gangster and nightclub owner Fish Mooney in "Gotham," the Batman origin story from Warner Bros. TV. And if you expected somebody different to be running the Gotham criminal underground, well that's just because of your own preconceived issues, since Fish isn't a character from within the DC Comics canon.
 
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Cee Lo Green: 'I'm leaving "The Voice'


Cee Lo Green: "I'm leaving "The Voice"
I’m going to continue my relationship with NBC," he tells Ellen on today's pre-taped show. "I have a television show development deal with them as well, and hopefully some other talk show opportunities for later in the year. But yeah, I’m going to miss 'The Voice' too...I’m not coming back, guys.”

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<p>Jared Leto in &quot;Dallas Buyers Club.&quot;</p>

Jared Leto in "Dallas Buyers Club."

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Roundup: Could 'Dallas Buyers Club' win the makeup Oscar on just $250?

Also: An anti-feminist moment in 'Frozen,' and Rob Reiner's Lincoln Center award

"Dallas Buyers Club" is looks likely to win the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar, not least because AMPAS members might feel happier checking that off than "Bad Grandpa" or "The Lone Ranger." If it does, though, it'll surely be the humblest achievement ever to take the award, as Katey Rich learns that makeup artist Robin Mathews' entire budget for the film was just $250: "'The Academy just gasped when they heard that,' Mathews says, with no lack of pride in her voice ... 'We had to take them back and forth from their sickest look to their healthiest look, up to five times in one day ... They maintained that 40-pound weight loss throughout. So when you see them in the film, and they look like they’re 25 pounds heavier and healthier because of the medication, that’s just makeup.'" [Vanity Fair]

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<p>What a bunch of a-holes.</p>

What a bunch of a-holes.

Credit: Marvel Studios

'Guardians Of The Galaxy' trailer promises lots of big weird outer space fun

Marvel's definitely not playing things safe this time, and we love it

It is entirely fine with me if I spend much of 2014 writing articles about a gun-toting space raccoon.

James Gunn's "Guardians Of The Galaxy" is not so much a radical reinvention of what Marvel Studios has been doing so far as it is a very smart way of them broadening their palette. In many ways, this is the same sort of heroic journey that their other characters have been on in film after film, but it takes place in a very different kind of world, and it brings in all sorts of new ideas that should give the entire Marvel movie universe a major shot in the arm.

The funny part of this trailer is that it's essentially the same as the footage that was shown at Comic-Con a mere ten days or so into the shoot. It's a lot slicker now, but everything up through the last big barrage of quick shots is cut the same, and the structure is identical.

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<p>60 years old and lookin' good.</p>

60 years old and lookin' good.

Credit: Rialto Pictures/Toho Studios

New poster and trailer for the re-release of the 1954 'Godzilla' stomp online

All we hear is a scream, but that's enough

Now that my oldest son is getting more cognizant of what it is I do when I travel for business, there are some awkward conversations about why he can't just drop everything and come with me to do something that sounds like fun.

For example, he is currently exasperated with me because he isn't going to be allowed to join me in Austin, TX, for this year's SXSW Film Festival, where Rialto Pictures and Warner/Legendary are going to be presenting a special screening of the original 1954 Ishiro Honda film "Gojira," with director Gareth Edwards appearing afterwards for a Q&A that should also address this summer's remake of the film.

That's not actually technically accurate, though. I wouldn't call the new film a remake because, aside from the presence of the giant monster who breathes atomic fire, the two films really don't have much in common in terms of story. The new film tells its own story, and there's a lot more going on here than just one giant monster destroying things.

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<p>Just a sweet moment between brothers for hero Michael Corleone</p>

Just a sweet moment between brothers for hero Michael Corleone

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Heroes vs. Villains: Where does Michael Corleone from 'The Godfather' fall?

Vicious killing machine or tragic victim of his family's legacy?
The NCAA basketball tournaments are less than a month away. Because it's obviously never been done before, HitFix is going to host its own tournament, but this battle won't take place between teams on Tobacco Road. We've got something more exciting in mind.  In our competition, the greatest Heroes from the worlds of television and movies will face off versus the greatest Villains.  

The committee is currently mulling over the brackets, but we need your help.  There are six characters who some would consider anti-heroes, but we know then need to part of the battle royale. Do they fall in the Heroes bracket or the Villains bracket? 

You decide.  You have 48 hours. Choose wisely.
 
 
Sepinwall started things off this morning with Walter White. That was a no-brainer. No matter how cool you think Heisenberg was, once he let Jane die and poisoned Brock, he was already way to the "Villain" side of the scale and once he orchestrated a jailhouse massacre, I think the conversation was over. In fact, those of you who called Walter White a "Hero" scare me a little. He's a "Protagonist," but he's not a "Hero."
 
I'm not sure that Michael Corleone is going to be much different. 
 
In fact, Walter White's orchestrated assassination of myriad incarcerated witnesses is pretty much a straight-up homage to Michael's orchestrated decimation of the heads of the other New York crime families in the first "Godfather" movie. And that's after he personally kills Sollozzo and McCluskey at a restaurant. Michael goes on to order the killing of his poor, spineless brother and instigate a number of murders that probably goes into the "countless" range. Oh and he closes the door on Kay. That's pretty evil and sad.
 
But it's not like he *wanted* to do any of this. I mean, Vito and Sonny? They're the venal villains of the Corleone clan. Michael's a war hero with no interest in joining the family business. He just wants to go to Dartmouth and marry Kay and be happy. And even after all of the stuff he does in the first movie, he has a plan to make the Corleone family entirely legitimate, but nooooooo. Every time Michael gets close, somebody else screws things up. As he famously puts it in "Godfather III," just when he thinks he's out, they PULL him back in. Sonny wanted to be a crime lord. Michael just wants to do what's right for his family.
 
So the question, as with many or most anti-heroes, becomes: Do we judge Michael Corleone on the sum of his actions or on the sum of his aspirations? If you go with the former, of course he's a villain. If you go with the latter, he's a tragic hero, laid low by the elusive boundaries of the American Dream. 
 
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