I've been fascinated by Andrew Dominik's "Blonde," based on the Joyce Carol Oates book about Marilyn Monroe, for some time. A book like that, steeped in the division between myth and reality, wading into some dark corners, seems perfectly suited for the man who brought us the most complex take on the outlaw Jesse James to date with his 2007 masterpiece "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford." Speculation has run rampant as to who would play Monroe in the film, and today, it looks like we have an answer, and that answer is Jessica Chastain.
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After a week off for holiday travels, the Firewall & Iceberg video show is back, as Dan and I reviewed two new midseason shows, discussed a pair of recent season finales, and dug deeper into the controversy stemming from my interview with "Game of Thrones" director Alex Graves.
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You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours: After Boots produced cuts on Beyonce’s December Surprise album, Bey returns the favor by contributing vocals to his new single, “Dreams.”
Watch Letterman welcome “Late Show” successor Stephen Colbert
“I’m going to do whatever you have done,” Colbert tells Letterman. PLUS: See their selfie.
“The Boondocks” returns to a series high
In fact, the 4th season premiere beat all TV shows on last night, including broadcast, in the 18-34 demo.
History’s “Texas Rising” adds Robert Knepper and Jeremy Davies
“Prison Break” alum Knepper will play a slob named Empresario Buckley, while Davies will take on the role of Sgt. Ephraim Knowles.
Bing is making reality TV predictions
The Microsoft search engine will use search queries and social media to predict who will be booted off “The Voice,” “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol."
Discovery won’t rule out a future Mount Everest jump
The cable network may wait a year to see what happens in the aftermath of the devastating avalanche.
Matt Bomer: I’ve been married for 3 years
The “White Collar” and “The Normal Heart” star revealed to Details that he wed his partner in 2011, one year before coming out.
Why Shonda Rhimes should dump Columbus Short from “Scandal"
"Moral clauses were created for a reason,” Tanya Tatum says of the recent allegations against Short, "and if ever there were cause to incite one, it is when fully grown men threaten and beat their wives in front of their helpless children. Not only will his continued employment hurt the show’s reputation, I believe many of your fans will turn the channel before turning a blind eye to his abusive behavior.”
Jimmy Fallon was booed for mocking Hillary Clinton’s clothes
"It wasn't that hard of a joke. What's the big deal?” Fallon responded after joking about Clinton’s pantsuits.
Original “Parks and Rec” cast member Paul Schneider has no plans to return to Pawnee
“That experience was very strange for me,” Schneider says of his Mark Brendanawicz character, who left after Season 2.
Why Aaron Sorkin should apologize to women next
Or at the very least “The Newsroom” creator should acknowledge his women problem.
Watch “Scandal’s” episode of “The Writers’ Room”
Sundance has posted the full episode from the Season 2 premiere.
Billie Piper is asked which “Doctor Who” kissed better — David Tennant or Christopher Eccleston
"I think I've kissed David more,” she said at Awesome Con in Washington, D.C. "So I think we are more practiced, more well-versed, and therefore our technique is somewhat better."
“The Goldbergs” creator: "I wish I had embraced the autobiographical nature of the show earlier”
For instance, Adam F. Goldberg thought he had to change the real names from his childhood for legal reasons. But the real people have been reaching out to him and were okay with the show using their names.
Oprah’s relationship with Gayle is “bizarre” and “unhealthy,” says Oprah’s former stepmom
Barbara Winfrey is telling all to a British tabloid.
NBC: We’re not doing a “Will & Grace” reunion special
A rumor of a reunion had surfaced earlier today, but it’s not true.
Check out pics of “Supernatural’s” potential spinoff
"Supernatural: Bloodlines” will be unveiled next week.
Amy Acker jokes about begging to work on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Acker returns to the Whedonverse on tonight’s episode.
“SNL’s” Kate McKinnon: Here’s how we came up with “Dyke & Fats"
"We were both really tired one night," McKinnon tells Vulture, "and I just said to Aidy (Bryant), 'Man, dyke is tired,' and Aidy said, 'Fats is tired, too.' And then it became our beautiful thing that we had together and we wanted to make something out of it."
After “Real Housewives” brawl, either Kenya Moore or Porsha Williams won’t likely return
It’s “highly doubtful” both will be back next season, E! reports.
Ranking TV shows based on movies
From “Friday Night Lights” to “Buffy” to “Casablanca.”
Mary Lynn Rajskub: The way viewers watch TV now, it "makes a weird sort of sense” to do 12 episodes of “24”
"I think it's going to go by really fast and I'll be really curious to see how it's received,” she says. "I can't imagine after this they wouldn't do more."
“Reign” books Tahmoh Penikett
The “Battlestar Galactica” alum will play a “Sexy nobleman” on the CW series.
Craig Ferguson: An appreciation
"Craig's had a good run,” says Rob Harvilla, "if that run is over, if ‘run' is even the appropriate term to apply to a show this blithely bananas. Know this: No one has ever better replicated the actual sensory experience of watching a talk show in the dead of night. He doesn't need your pity, but he deserves your respect. I hope he and Alice Eve are very happy together."
“Faking It” is odd, interesting, lightly subversive, potentially offensive
The controversial MTV series, where two girls pretend to be a lesbian couple, "rises above its gimmick in a number of ways, with themes that turn on matters of friendship and love; it’s more than a mistaken identity farce,” says Matthew Gilbert, who adds that it "takes the paradigm of high school supremacy and turns it on its head.” PLUS: “Faking It” is a missed opportunity, it just doesn’t hit the mark, it is saved by a twist, and its showrunner claims it’s realistic.
A Supreme Court justice thought HBO is a free service
In the Aereo case today, it had to be explained to Justice Antonin Scalia that HBO isn’t a service that is free over the airwaves.
Food Network’s 35 new shows include “The Valerie Bertinelli Project” and “Game of Cones”
Bertinelli’s new show will be set in her home, while Food Network has also ordered "Chopped Teens Tournament,” “Undercover Critics,” “Diner Death Match, “Food Truck Face Off” and an ice cream competition called “Game of Cones.”
Watch John Malkovich as a pirate in “Crossbones"
NBC has released its first trailer on the Blackbeard drama series, debuting May 30.
As a sweet reminder that she is still a young girl, the 17-year old noted on Twitter that “I’m so gutted to have to do this, but my parents and my team stepped in telling me I needed a break after being non-stop since the Grammys in January.” Lorde snagged both best pop solo performance and song of the year for her breakthrough hit, “Royals.” at the awards show.
She broke the news of her “nasty chest infection,” just a day after playing for more than 40,000 at Coachella in Indio, Calif.
Lorde added that the eight dates will most likely be rescheduled for November. “I just need time to get back to full Gollum girl fitness before I go out playing shows again. I’m truly sorry if I let you down or if you feel inconvenienced by this and I hope you can understand.”
She’s the second young artist to cancel tour dates due to illness in a week: Miley Cyrus cancelled the remainder of her U.S. dates on Friday as she continues to recover from a “severe allergic reaction” to medicine.
NBC is poised to finish the season No. 1 in the demo thanks to Fallon, Olympics, “The Blacklist”
"It's an incredible turnaround story,” says Comcast CEO Brian Roberts of NBC’s turnaround this season. The result has been a 28.8% jump in revenue for NBC Universal this past quarter.
“The Good Wife” books Nestor Carbonell
The “Lost” alum will play a charming entrepreneur who encounters Alicia.
Former NBC, Fox, WB boss Garth Ancier denies sexually assaulting a minor
Ancier’s attorney tells TMZ, "All of the allegations made by (Michael Egan) against Garth Ancier are demonstrably untrue, and we are confident the courts will agree when the evidence is presented."
Women are objecting to Bear Grylls’ new show, “The Island of Lost Blokes”
One female survivalist says of the all-male show, which is being made for UK’s Channel 4: "It's fantastical and ridiculous. Women are every bit as cut out for this stuff as men.”
Max Greenfield nearly quit acting before “New Girl”
“Right before ‘New Girl’ happened, there were definitely moments of, I probably shouldn't do this anymore,” says Greenfield, who had been acting for 12 years before his big break, including a role on MTV’s “Undressed” and “Veronica Mars."
Billy Eichner recalls his “SNL” cameo at age 12
To his dismay, Eichner played one of John Goodman’s overweight children.
Martin Sheen revives “The West Wing’s” President Bartlet for a PSA
Watch Sheen as Bartlet speak out for sentencing reform.
Watch the trailer for WEtv’s “The Divide,” co-created by “Scandal’s” Tony Goldwyn
Goldwyn has teamed with Richard LaGravenese on a drama exploring the justice system.
“Archer” creator talks about ending the “Vice” experiment and FX asking to make scenes racier
“We have had FX ask us to make scenes racier than the first draft of the script... which is the first time I’ve ever had a network do that,” says Adam Reed. PLUS: This was “Archer’s” most meaningful season, and last night’s ending gives hope for the next two seasons.
An Airbnb reality show?
A dating site is trying to use the rental service to create a reality how about hooking up with renters.
Hulu posts the series finale of “The IT Crowd”
The final episode aired last year, but hasn’t been shown in the U.S. until today.
“Modern Family’s” Ty Burrell opens a bar in Salt Lake City
Burrell’s Beer Bar serves 150 different beers.
Check out the trailer for Syfy’s post-apocalyptic angel drama “Dominion”
The series, premiering June 19, is based on the movie “Legion."
Ellen Degeneres may not be the first celebrity to come to mind when you think of reality TV design competition shows (if you think of them at all), but guess what? She's got one. "Ellen's Design Challenge" is a six-episode series for HGTV. Her show joins reality projects for Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates and one for "Star Trek" captain William Shatner on sister network DIY.
Discovery will replace the Mount Everest jump with a documentary on the deadly avalanche
NBC News, which was producing the jump, captured footage of the disaster, which will be used in the documentary.
“The Voice” hits a Monday low
NBC may be shaking up the judges at the right time.
ESPN will show its 1st-ever NFL playoff game, at a cost of $100 million
ESPN will pay the NFL $100 million per season to move one playoff game off of broadcast TV, starting with one on Wildcard Weekend in January 2015.
“The Fosters” star Teri Polo files for bankruptcy
Polo, who’s famous for co-starring with Ben Stiller in “Meet the Parents,” owes debt of nearly $1 million.
Kristen Bell poses naked for Allure
Check her out in the Annual Nudes Issue.
Travel Channel’s 8 pilots include “Adventure Capitalists” and “Find My Past”
The cable network has also announced shows about iconic cities and unique places around the globe.
Fast National ratings for Monday, April 21, 2014.
It's almost certain to change in Final numbers, but at least in preliminary figures, NBC's "The Blacklist" retained nearly its entire key demo lead-in from "The Voice" and outdrew the singing competition as well, carrying NBC to a Monday split.
Among other notables, "Dancing with the Stars" helped ABC win Monday overall, FOX's dramas held steady, The CW's dramas added a few viewers and CBS' new comedy block retained well.
On to the numbers...
NBC adds Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski to its Kentucky Derby coverage
The two figure skaters, who made a name for themselves in Sochi, will offer commentary on the fashionable outfits worn by the celebrities in the audience.
Bill O’Reilly admits Stephen Colbert “may prevail” on CBS
“In the end, Colbert may prevail, but my analysis of him has been to the point and honest, and as you know, that drives zealots on both sides completely crazy,” O’Reilly said on last night’s “O’Reilly Factor.”
Brian Williams to Jimmy Fallon: “I have never said hippety. Never"
The NBC Nightly News anchor tells Jimmy Fallon he’s been told he’s a “huge figure” in the rap and hip-hop community because of his “rapping.” “This has changed my life,” he says. PLUS: Fallon comes up with Brian Williams rap names, and Williams does “Gin and Juice."
“Girl Meets World’s” logo gives a nod to “Boy Meets World”
The Disney Channel spinoff also has a globe.
Aaron Sorkin said “I apologize,” but did he really apologize for “The Newsroom”?
Or was he saying sorry that viewers didn’t get his show?
Bill Cosby to receive the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence
The presentation will be part of the American Comedy Awards, airing May 8 on NBC.
Ellen DeGeneres launching a furniture design competition on HGTV
"Ellen's Design Challenge” will have six competitors battling it out to create furniture within 24 hours.
Check out “Game of Thrones” characters reimagined as ‘80s movies characters
Artist Mike Wrobel gives the HBO series an ‘80s remix. PLUS: Michael Huisman says, "This horse was such a pro."
Katy Perry competes on Jimmy Kimmel’s “Who Knows Katy?” game show
Could Katy beat one of her superfans?
Jimmie J.J. Walker recalls the outrage over “Good Times" with his former writer Dave Letterman
“Oh my heck, darn it, oh fiddlesticks,” Walker said of the outrage.
Louis CK: “I've never been suicidal. But I've wanted to be”
GQ put the FX star on its cover and spoke to him about his past moments of darkness.
Laura Prepon: I’m not dating Tom Cruise
Says the “Orange is the New Black” star: "The thing that sucks is that there's so much false data because people are in mystery as to what Scientology is, so they just kind of make up stuff. It’s kind of unfortunate because then I have to be like, 'No, that's actually not what's happening.'"
“Rookie Blue” heading to syndication
The Canadian-made cop drama airing on ABC will be shown in repeats on Ion beginning this fall.
Amy Poehler pretends to be Pitbull
Watch her “scare” strangers on the street with Billy Eichner.
“The Voice” contestant “freaked out” when her mic died mid-performance
"I kind of geeked out a little bit but for me, it was like keep going, rock it,” says Kristen Merlin. "You have to keep going."
“Rectify”: Here’s the 1st look at Season 2
Here are two pics following up on the Season 1 cliffhanger.
For the Muppets fan who could use their beloved characters in neon hues, we bring you Shy Kidx's remix of "The Muppets Show" theme song.
Today (April 22), Disney released a whole album called "Dconstructed," packed to the brim of playful EDM reduxes of their powerhouse back catalog. You, too, can go bananas to versions of "Circle of Life," "You’ve Got a Friend in Me" and more from DJs and producers like Kaskade, Armin Van Buuren and U.N.K.L.E.
Back to Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang: try and name every character in the video below, which includes never-before-seen Muppets footage.
And then get up and walk in straight line. Use handrails if you have to.
“The Muppet Show Theme” (Shy Kidx Remix), "Dconstructed" and Shy Kidx's EP "Orion" (Epitaph) are out now.