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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Costume Design - Is 'Gatsby' all dressed up for the win?

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Costume Design - Is 'Gatsby' all dressed up for the win?

'American Hustle' and '12 Years a Slave' also have their eyes on the prize

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"

 "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"

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What worked (and didn't) in Jimmy Fallon's first week of 'The Tonight Show'

While it was all better than Leno, there are still kinks to be worked out

I think we can all agree that Jimmy Fallon has proven himself a more than worthy successor for "The Tonight Show" hosting gig. I'm sure someone misses Jay Leno, but I haven't met that person yet (hey, maybe he or she will show up in the comments! Represent!). Everyone else, though, seems to agree that Fallon is more fun, more creative and yes, more likable than Leno, who had seemed to be phoning it in for quite a few of his 22 years in the gig.

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<p>Pink at this year's Grammys</p>

Pink at this year's Grammys

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Grammy-winner Pink to perform at Academy Awards Ceremony

The growing list of singers already includes Idina Menzel, Pharrell, and U2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Have the Oscars gone Grammys?

Producers of the 86th Academy Awards announced Friday that Pink will appear on the Oscar show. The Grammy-winning singer joins a lineup already set to include performances from U2, Pharrell Williams, Bette Midler, rocker Karen O and Broadway star Idina Menzel.

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2014 Winter Olympic Games

 2014 Winter Olympic Games

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Winter Games Round-Up: Mikaela Shiffren, J.R. Celski, women's ski cross

It's not over until it's over

So… we're just not going to discuss hockey, okay? There are a lot of other Olympic events left to watch. Let's just move on. Mikaela Shiffren! 

 
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<p>A scene from &quot;All is Lost&quot;</p>

A scene from "All is Lost"

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Oscar-nominated sound editors discuss dream project 'All is Lost'

Richard Hymns and Steve Boeddeker were kids in a candy store

"All is Lost" is nothing if not a showcase for post-production sound. Bereft of dialogue, a story told virtually through score and sound effects editing, it would be a dream project for any sound editor. And so it was for Oscar nominees Richard Hymns and Steve Boeddeker.

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NBC has mostly steered clear of Olympic controversies


NBC has mostly steered clear of Olympic controversies
As Paul Farhi points out, "NBC hasn't entirely ignored the non-athletic events and issues surrounding these controversial Olympics,from the widely reported concerns about terrorism to cost overruns, corruption, worker exploitation, shabby hotels, problematic weather, suppression of political dissent and other bummer topics. But it has pushed them to the margins, usually out of prime-time and into late-night hours, where the audience is smaller and the downer talk doesn’t distract from the glossy main event."


Pink will make a special appearance at the Oscars
The pop star will be part of a "highly anticipated moment on the broadcast."


"Modern Family's" teenage boys film on an Aussie beach with topless women

Rico Rodriguez and Nolan Gould, both 15, passed by several ladies wearing pasties.


Matthew McConaughey has watched each "True Detective" episode 2 to 3 times
McConaughey tells Queen Latifah he tried to watch normally, but couldn't. PLUS: Alexandra Daddario says, "most people have been pretty great about the boob thing," and read "True Detective" creator's short stories.


"House of Cards" boss talks about Season 2 shocker, and how LBJ inspired Frank Underwood
"He shares a lot of the same aspects as Francis," Beau Willimon says of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. "He came from nothing. He was a political mastermind and he stopped at nothing in order to accomplish what he wanted to accomplish." PLUS: Did "CBS This Morning" spoil "House of Cards"?


It's been 10 years since "Sex and the City's" series finale

The HBO comedy's last episode aired on Feb. 22, 2004.


The Onion mourns the death of the "beloved Seth Meyers character" on "SNL"
Find out how "Seth" was murdered.


Watch Clive Owen in Steven Soderbergh's Starz drama "The Knick"

Owen is playing a surgeon in 1900 New York.


Lena Dunham is not jealous her boyfriend once dated Scarlett Johansson

The "Girls" star tells Bill Simmons that she was looking at a blog about famous people who used to date and spotted her boyfriend, former fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff with Johansson. She said she already knew they had dated, but had never seen a picture of them together.


"Boardwalk Empire" alum Charlie Cox will star on CBS' pilot from John Cusack
He'll play a hedge fund trader in a drama pilot that delves into the world or Wall Street.


Former NBC News anchor Garrick Utley dies

The versatile ex-foreign correspondent was a fill-in for Tom Brokaw on "NBC Nightly News."

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<p>Halle Berry *is* Catwoman</p>

Halle Berry *is* Catwoman

Heroes vs. Villains: Where does Batman nemesis Catwoman fit in?

Halle, Michelle, Julie, Anne, Eartha and more have played this burglar
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 then need to to know where they fit in this battle royale. Do they fall in the Heroes bracket or the Villains bracket? 

You decide.  You have 48 hours. Choose wisely.
 
The second-to-last of our open Hero/Villain antiheroes is probably a trick question.
 
They say cats have nine lives and always land on their feet -- neither is true if you drop a cat off of the Empire State Building -- but when it comes to incarnations across comics, TV and movies, Catwoman has had many more than nine incarnations. Even if you leave out her animated permutations, depending on whether you take Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, Eartha Kitt, Michelle Pfeiffer or Anne Hathaway as your One True Catwoman, you might have a very different answer regarding whether she's a hero or a villain. If you take Halle Berry as your One True Catwoman, you're just weird.
 
Catwoman has generally been presented as a potential romantic for Batman, but there have been wide variations on whether she's a legitimate supervillain with primarily nefarious intentions or whether she's cut more from the Robin Hood cloth, terrorizing only the worst of Gotham's high society. She's been given a variety of backstories that often go even further toward developing her as a woman forced into a life of crime only by circumstances that go even further toward supporting a pro-Catwoman agenda. 
 
In fact, it's really pointless to have this poll. You're going to say that she's a hero. 
 
So I'll just protest... SHE BREAKS LAWS! LOTS OF THEM. Did you see all of the crimes Halle Berry's Catwoman committed against CINEMA?
 
Fine. Whatever. Make Catwoman a hero. See if I care.
 
VOTE:
 
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Report: Letterman is wooing Jay Leno for a 'Late Show' visit


Report: Letterman is wooing Jay Leno for a "Late Show" visit

An "insider" tells the NY Daily News: "There's been quiet talk behind the scenes for months that Dave will have Jay Leno on as a guest. (Letterman's) producers waited until Fallon debuted (on 'Tonight'), give him space out of respect, but are now ready to pull out all the stops."


"House of Cards" threatens to leave Maryland if it doesn't give up millions more in tax credits
The Netflix show's production company sent a letter to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, saying unless there are more tax credits, we will "break down our stage, sets and offices and set up in another state."


Matt Lauer asks Bob Costas: Are you taking the red-eye home?
Costas was on "Today" this morning covering his eyes with sunglasses.


"Idol" has its worst ratings ever
Last night was an all-time low for the aging Fox reality show, which was down 8% from Wednesday.


9 of "American Idol's" Top 13 are from the South
Southerners, who've accounted for nine of "Idol's" 12 winners, are once again dominant on the singing competition.


David Tennant: "It’s a very peculiar experience" remaking "Broadchurch" for U.S. viewers
"There is no precedent for this. It's so familiar, yet completely new," he says of working on Fox's "Gracepoint."


Pilots go to Tim Meadows and Nick Thune
Meadows in joining NBC's "Marry Me," while Thune will co-star with Natasha Lyonne on "Old Soul."


Eliza Dushku for "How I Met Your Dad"?
The "Buffy" alum tweeted that she's currently reading the pilot script, adding in another tweet: "#Reading the pilot, folks. No announcement, just a first date- perhaps this weekend. #HowIMetYourDad. It IS kinda #badass #justsayin"


Seattle Seahawk to guest on "The Young and the Restless"
Fullback Michael Robinson was cast after revealing he's a big "Y&R" fan.


"Ray Donovan" adds Kip Purdue
The "Remember the Titans" alum will play an FBI agent who works for Hank Azaria's character.

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<p>Adelina Sotnikova of Russia</p>

Adelina Sotnikova of Russia

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TV Ratings: NBC's Olympics Thursday peaks late, while 'Idol' droops

Figure skating draws a 10 p.m. audience from Sochi
Fast National ratings for Thursday, February 20, 2014.
 
With the United States facing its first Olympics without an individual skating medal in decades, NBC failed to get a bump for the normally massive women's figure skating final, but still captured its third straight Thursday with coverage from Sochi. 
 
Because NBC saved most of the skating for the 10 p.m. hour, this was the rare night of Olympics coverage in which the last part of primetime was easily the most-watched hour.
 
The night's only other originals were the Top 13 reveal on "American Idol," which kept sinking, and another low-rated new episode of the struggling "Rake."
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>&quot;True Detective&quot;&nbsp;season 2 likely won't be an unauthorized &quot;Alfie &amp;&nbsp;Abner&quot;&nbsp;sequel, but should it be?&nbsp;</p>

"True Detective" season 2 likely won't be an unauthorized "Alfie & Abner" sequel, but should it be? 

Credit: NBC

The best of #TrueDetectiveSeason2

When social media goes crazy for an HBO sequel

HBO's "True Detective" still has three episodes to go in its first season, which will end the story of Matthew McConaughey's Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson's Marty Hart. Though the show is drawing glowing reviews and big ratings (recent episodes have drawn a cumulative rating of 11 million viewers per week), it has yet to be renewed for a second season, mainly because of the unusual nature of the series. It's an anthology show, like FX's "American Horror Story," and a second season would feature an entirely new group of characters, and likely an entirely new group of actors — though I can imagine HBO is doing whatever it can to get McConaughey and Harrelson to return, even in a reduced capacity. There will surely be another season; the announcement will just wait until HBO has found a satisfactory cast (preferably with a lead as famous and talented as McConaughey).

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<p>June Squibb in &quot;Nebraska,&quot; this year's lowest-grossing Best Picture nominee.</p>

June Squibb in "Nebraska," this year's lowest-grossing Best Picture nominee.

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Roundup: The apathy of this year's Oscar season

Also: An Oscar voter shares his choices, and Harvey Weinstein loves 'The Croods'

It has been, as pretty much everyone has noted, a lengthy Oscar season, made additionally trying by certain squabbles and controversies along the way. As Brooks Barnes writes, however, it's not just insiders that are feeling the apathy, but the moviegoing public too. Noting that there's been less of a post-nomination commercial bump than usual for a lot of the nominees, he wonders if the expanded Best Picture field is partly responsible. He quotes PR expert Joe Quenqua: “That led to a lot more noise, and it potentially diluted the specialness ... You wonder at what point the average consumer becomes confused and tunes it all out.” [New York Times]

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Lana Del Rey working with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach: How's she fit in?

Lana Del Rey working with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach: How's she fit in?

Who are the other recent acts the songwriter/performer/producer has collaborated with?

Lana Del Rey and Dan Auerbach are apparently collaborating on the former's next album "Ultraviolence," while the latter has some explaining to do.

The recent "Once Upon a Dream" cover artist Tweeted a photo of her and the Black Keys frontman together, with her arms around his neck, each appropriately stoic. "Me and Dan Auerbach are excited to present you Ultraviolence," she posted, which Auerbach retweeted. Del Rey had announced the "Ultraviolence" title when she premiered her "Tropico" video last month, with a May 1 release date.

With what little one could cull from the statement, the pairing sounds to be more than just a duet or some guitarwork: the guitarist and singer could likely be producing the set. That scenery in black and white could be the Akron Analog studio near Auerbach's Ohio hometown or at his Easy

 

Oh, to be a fly on the wall during the conversations that led this to be. The Black Keys have never held back their opinion on pop music -- or music tech, label politics, and so on -- and back in 2012, Auerbach had some strong feelings about the "Lana Del Reys" of the world. This was right around the time after "Video Games" blew up, "Born to Die" was about to hit shelves and Del Rey hit "Saturday Night Live" with a foal-on-ice effect.

"On some level, we've seen that Lana Del Rey thing since we first started. All of a sudden this new band would be headlining festivals and we're like, 'Wait, how did they get that?' We've been here for two, three, four, five years and we're still working our way up. But then they're gone. Just as quickly as they get up there, they disappear," Auerbach told MTV in early January 2012.

Maybe Auerbach sees something in Del Rey - beyond Interscope's backing -- that's worth keeping from "disappering." And maybe it's something he'd like to see in himself: as a producer, he's primarily worked with artists in a rock and heritage rock framework. If "Tropico," "Born to Die" and Del Rey's other pop, singer-songwriter and genre amalgams are any indication, the Black Keysman may want to stretch out this time.

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