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There's a lot to like about "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax" (Sat. Jan. 25 at 8:00 p.m. on Lifetime). It's a thoroughly modern take on the woman who made parental murder the stuff of a catchy little rhyme perfect for jumping rope. The music is slick (songs by the Black Keys, Sons of Jezebel and the Kreeps jazz up the soundtrack), the cinematography slicker, the cast stellar. Christina Ricci, with her doe-like eyes and callous smirk flutters easily between insincere delicacy and murderous glee. It's all such fun... if only it worked.
A review of tonight's "Enlisted" coming up just as soon as we have a mini-seminar on mole people...
No matter what happens to Justin Bieber in the courts, he can always count on one fan rooting for him all the way. In the season 5 finale of "My Strange Addiction" (airs Wed. Jan. 29 at 10:00 p.m. ET), we meet 33-year-old Toby. He has spent over $100,000 on plastic surgery to transform himself into (by his standards) a doppelganger of Justin Bieber. In this clip, get the full rundown of everything he's had done to be more of a Belieber.
Welcome to Oscar Talk.
In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is broadcast in special installments throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.
On the docket today…
"Duck Dynasty's" falling viewership: Is stiffer competition to blame?
The NY Times points out that "Duck Dynasty's" record-setting numbers last summer came against weak competition. So it could be the anti-gay comments and the tough Winter schedule that is responsible for the decline in viewership.
Jay Leno & Jimmy Fallon will sit down for a joint interview with Matt Lauer
Monday's "Today" will feature a unique look at the current and future "Tonight Show" hosts. PLUS: It sounds like Leno wants another talk show gig.
"SVU" boss: "The headlines seem to be ripping from us"
This week's "Law & Order: SVU" episode just happened to revolve around corrupt New Jersey politicians.
Ben Affleck pulls out from directing Fox's "The Middle Man"
His "Batman vs. Superman" commitment will keep him from directing the high-profile pilot.
Lance Bass defends "The Bachelor" Juan Pablo's homophobic remarks
The openly gay former 'N Sync-er says it isn't Juan Pablo's fault he grew up in a culture that frowns upon homosexuality. PLUS: Jimmy Kimmel has Sean Lowe & Catherine Giudici take a lie detector test.
"Girls" gives a shout-out to the website that offered $10K for unphotoshopped Lena Dunham Vogue pics
On Sunday's episode, Hannah praises Jezebel, the website that spent last week antagonizing the "Girls" star. PLUS: Allison Williams & Cynthia Nixon talk "Girls" and "Sex and the City."
"Community's" Troy Barnes: An appreciation
Troy was the NBC comedy's most consistently funny character. PLUS: "Community" cast says goodbye on Twitter, and behind the scenes of Donald Glover's last episode.
HBO to show a 15-minute "Game of Thrones" special
Airing next month, "Game of Thrones Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing" will look back and forward.
AMC's "Turn" casts a veteran of "Dawson's Creek" to play George Washington
Ian Kahn will play a pre-presidency Washington.
A "Law & Order" fan has catalogued every computer in all 456 episodes
Check out Jeffrey Thompson's project, titled "Computers on Law & Order."
Watch a new "Hannibal" promo
Featuring many body parts.
"Skins" alum to play queen on "Reign"
Kathryn Prescott, from the UK version of "Skins," will get to play queen for a day.
Fred Armisen is releasing 7" singles from his fictional "SNL" bands
Included are music from Crisis of Conformity and Ian Rubbish.
Mitt Romney's Netflix documentary "Mitt" shows how awful it is to run for president
The 90-minute film is barely a documentary about politics.
"Electric Company" star Luis Avalos dies
Avalos, 67, played Doctor Doolots and several other characters on the PBS hit.
Lifetime's "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax" isn't satisfying
The film starring Christina Ricci misses out on the drama of the infamous murderer. PLUS: It delivers a fresh take on the case, and the heavy metal soundtrack is so annoying.
Starz's "Black Sails" is stuck in landlocked tedium
The Michael Bay pirate drama focuses more on bureaucracy than on pillaging. PLUS: It's a show where things continuously seem about to happen.
Sharon Stone might be most famous for playing a femme fatale in "Basic Instinct," but now TNT has announced that she'll be stepping up in the world -- or at least on a TV show. She's set to play the first female Vice President in "Agent X" (working title), an action-drama pilot for the cable network.
Sometimes, making Grammy predictions is ridiculously easy, like in 2012 when it was clear that Adele would sweep. Then there are other years when there is no apparent front runner. This is one of those years. Jay Z leads all nominees with nine nods. Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, and Pharrell Williams all have seven. With shocks such as Sara Bareilles’ “The Blessed Unrest” landing a best album nod and Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West all left out of that category with their latest efforts, trying to predict winners is a pure guessing game. Here are our guess, uh, predictions, in 10 categories.
The Grammy Awards air live on Sunday (26) on CBS at 8 p.m.
One of the hardest tickets to get at this year's Sundance Film Festival was for the midnight premiere of "Cooties," a film by Jonathan Millott and Cary Murnion, but thanks to a miracle from a publicist on the film, I managed to get into the Egyptian, and I had a pretty darn good time in the process.
We featured an interview here the other day with Elijah Wood and his two partners in Spectrevision, his production company that is focused on genre movies that defy easy description, and that credo is on full display in both "Cooties" and "A Girl Who Walks Home Alone At Night," which they also produced. "Cooties" is one of those films that is doing several different things at once, and it's not easy to bring those together in a way that feels like one coherent voice.
Superstar songwriter Diane Warren is among the writers working with Adele on the British star's next album, the follow-up to the Grammy-winning, multi-platinum “21.”
Warren traveled to London to pen a few songs with Adele in the studio recently. “It was just great. I don’t really write with people and we spent a lot of time together and really clicked and really connected and I really like her as a person,” Warren tells Hitfix. “I’m really excited about the stuff we did.”
Warren has been a hit-making machine for the past 30 years, writing smashes for artists including Beyonce, Aerosmith, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Cher, Kelly Clarkson, and dozens of other acts.
Adele is also collaborating with Phil Collins. Collins told Inside South Florida that he wasn’t that aware of Adele, joking, “I live in a cave.” He added, “I really love her voice. I love some of this stuff she’s done too.” (h/t Rolling Stone).
Though Columbia Records, Adele’s label in the U.S., has not announced a release date, Adele’s third album is expected to come out this year.
“21,” which came out in 2011, has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.
Showtime will air new episodes vs. the Super Bowl
"Shameless," "House of Lies" and "Episodes" will be all-new the night the Broncos face the Seahawks.
Stephen Fry will play the British prime minister on "24: Live Another Day"
The celebrated comedian/actor will play Prime Minister Trevor Davies, who will experience a personal and political crises.
FX picks up 2 comedies, including one starring Judy Greer and Nat Faxon
Greer and Faxon will be "Married" on FX," while "You're the Worst" is about two self-destructive people in love.