LAS VEGAS - Universal Pictures ended its presentation to the world's theater owners at the 2014 CinemaCon convention Tuesday morning with an expected "surprise": the first footage from "50 Shades of Grey."
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When Madonna unveiled her second directorial effort "W.E." at the Venice Film Festival in 2011, the critics (this one included) were pretty merciless. That glossy mashup of Wallis Simpson biopic and contemporary Harlequin romance was, admittedly, a pretty easy target -- The Weinstein Company's advance hype didn't fool anybody -- but the sheer vapid ineptitude of its storytelling still managed to surprise. Andrea Riseborough received some good notices for work as Simpson, Arianna Phillips' super-glam costumes were Oscar-nominated and Madge's own theme song even scooped a Golden Globe, but after this and her little-seen debut "Filth and Wisdom," no one seemed to be begging the pop queen to return to the director's chair.
Gaius Charles and Tessa Ferrer are out at “Grey’s Anatomy”
After joining the ABC drama last season as interns and getting promoted to series regulars, both Charles and Ferrer’s contracts are not being renewed for next season. It's not clear if they'll return as guest-stars.
"Shameless" switches Emmy categories from drama to comedy
For the Showtime dramedy, competition in the comedy category is less fierce.
For the last four years, "Shameless" star Emmy Rossum has been giving one of the best performances in all of television, and yet despite the quality of that work — and the name that would be a headline writer's best friend — neither she nor the show she's on has gotten more than a whiff of Emmy recognition. Joan Cusack has been nominated three years in a row for guest actress in a drama, and that's it. Nothing for Rossum. Nothing for William H. Macy, who in his non-Frank Gallagher life has won two Emmys and been nominated for seven more. None for Jeremy Allen White or Emma Kenney or any of the other superb young actors the show has discovered, none for the other guest stars or the writing or directing.
Georgetown University student accused of making ricin with help from “Breaking Bad"
Daniel Harry Milzman, 19, was arrested last week after a “potentially lethal amount of the poison was found in his dorm room.
BBC America orders its 1st original comedy, “Almost Royal”
The series will follow two distant heirs to the British throne as they tour America.
Josh Charles: "I didn't know it would be this intense"
“The kindness and emotion of the emails, the tweets and the texts,” says “The Good Wife” star. "It's like you get to watch your life after you're dead. It's bittersweet, but it's really, really special.” PLUS: In defense of “The Good Wife” twist.
Letterman shares vacation footage of his 10-year-old giving him tech support
Dave doesn’t know how to get out of video.
Watch the new "24: Live Another Day" trailer
"Every second counts."
Carson Daly to become a dad for the 3rd time
Daly announced on Jimmy Fallon that he’s expecting his third child with fiancee Siri Pinter.
History channel renews "Vikings"
The historical drama will return next year for a 10-episode Season 3.
Matthew Modine joins TNT’s “Proof”
He’ll play a billionaire with cancer in the medical drama from Kyra Sedgwick starring Jennifer Beals.
Robin Roberts will become “Dancing’s” 1st regular celebrity guest judge
"I think I am going to take the perspective of those who normally watch at home,” she said on “GMA.”
Judge Joe Brown released from jail
The TV judge, who’s running for DA, is claiming “dirty politics."
Arnold Schwarzenegger yells "Let's get to the chopper!” on Jimmy Fallon
Watch their fake QVC segment, featuring a chopper.
Dominic Monaghan's agent is worried. After all, his client frolics with venomous snakes, spiders and other creepy crawlies on his show "Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan (second season premieres Tues. March 25 at 10:00 p.m. ET on BBC America), which sounds like a career-ending accident waiting to happen. "But it's his job to worry," Monaghan told me during our interview. "I have much more knowledge on the natural world than he does."
Fast National ratings for Monday, March 24, 2014.
"Dancing with the Stars" and "The Voice" were both down week-to-week, but the hoofing and crooning competitions still helped ABC win Monday overall and NBC claim the crown among young viewers.
Monday's biggest notable was a big bump for the penultimate episode of CBS' "How I Met Your Mother," which rippled through in gains for the rest of the network's lineup.
In contrast, The CW saw a big audience decline for "The Tomorrow People," which fell to "Beauty and the Beast" levels after last week's encouraging time period premiere.
On to the numbers...
Bill Clinton to make his "Jimmy Kimmel Live” debut next week
The former president is visiting Kimmel after their epic selfie over the weekend. PLUS: “Wheel of Fortune” winner Emil Deleon correctly guesses Kimmel’s questions.
“The Good Wife’s” Hunter Parrish: “My heart was pounding"
"I think my first response was to be entertained,” he says of Sunday’s episode, "and then my second response was to be completely honored that they thought that I would be the right person to be a part of this story and to be excited about the massiveness of what this meant for the show.”
“How I Met Your Dad” replacing the female best friend
Krysta Rodriguez is out after signing to play Greta Gerwig’s fashion blogger female best pal. Apparently there were character changes after the table read.
Josh Radnor has known about part of the “HIMYM” finale since Season 1
"I was let in on a big thing [in the] first season,” he says. "I thought they weren't going to do that, and then they said, 'No, we're still doing that.’” PLUS: With 1 hour to go, “HIMYM” still has a lot of business to take care of.
Shouldn’t STDs affect “Game of Thrones” characters?
A medieval historian weighs in on whether STDS could have been rampant in those fictional times.
Jerry Springer agrees to stop using “tranny” on his show
Springer said he received backlash for titling a recent show, "Trannies Twerk It Out."
Kaley Cuoco gets her wedding date tattooed on her back
See the roman numerals on “The Big Bang Theory” star’s upper back.
Dr. Phil’s wife launches her own lifestyle brand
Robin McGraw Revelation debuts with a skincare collection.
ABC releases the official “Bachelorette” portrait
Check out Andi Dorfman and her roses.
“True Detective” meets “The Hardy Boys”
Check out a book cover mashup.
Introducing “The Office” Time Machine
A new website puts every cultural reference on the NBC sitcom in context.
Fans of Veronica Roth's "Divergent" finally got to see their favorite novel come to life on the big screen this weekend as the Neil Burger movie opened to a massive $54.6 million at the box office. That's the second biggest opening of the year after "The Lego Movie" and the film's "A" Cinemascore grade proves that Summit Entertainment has a potent new franchise on their hands. Of course, while the HitFix crew enjoyed "Divergent" more than a majority of nation's critics, the movie has its pros and cons.
A few thoughts on the penultimate episode of "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I take part in the bearded Wonder Woman incident of 2007...