Latest Blog Posts



Credit: AP Photo

Madonna confirmed for Sunday night's Grammy Awards

Will McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite? We have the answer

After a week of speculation, the Grammy Awards have confirmed that Madonna will appear on Sunday (26) night’s show. Also added are Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert, who will perform a tribute to The Everly Brothers’ Phil Everly, who died Jan. 3, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave.

Actors Julia Roberts, Jeremy Renner and Steve Coogan were also announced as presenters.

No word on with whom Madonna will perform, although the Los Angeles Times reported that she will play with one of the night’s nominees, which is a pretty safe bet. She last appeared on the show in 2006, when she performed with Gorillaz and De La Soul.

In November, Armstrong and Norah Jones released “Foreverly Yours,” a near remake of The Everly Brothers’ “Songs Our Daddy Taught Us,” a collection of traditional folk songs.

As far as to whether Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform together on Sunday night's show, as we had predicted,  Starr confirmed to Access Hollywood that they are saving their reunion, the first time they've performed together in four years, for the taping the next night. On Monday (27) a number of acts, including The Eurythmics, will pay tribute to the Fab Four's first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"  on a special titled, "The Night That Changed America: A Grammys Salute to the Beatles," That program will air on CBS on Feb. 9, the exact 50th anniversary on their Sullivan appearance.

Whom would you like to see Madonna perform with? We could see her jumping in with Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Katy Perry or Taylor Swift.

Read Full Post
<p>&quot;Mr. Hublot&quot;</p>

"Mr. Hublot"

Credit: ZEILT Productions

Mickey Mouse and Disney square off with independents in animated shorts Oscar race

The charm of one unassuming entry might make it the one to beat

Last year the Academy finally made a move to open the short film races up to the entire voting membership. By providing screeners of all the nominees (for shorts as well as documentary features), the ballot is now free of all crevices of exclusivity, where formerly only members who showed up at sanctioned screenings of the nominees were allowed to vote in those specific categories.

Read Full Post
<p>This picture makes me unreasonably happy.</p>

This picture makes me unreasonably happy.

Credit: Sundance Film Festival

'Fast and Furious' director Justin Lin buys 'Battered Bastards of Baseball' remake rights

Todd Field negotiating now to write and direct the story he lived

Justin Lin has bought himself an enormous amount of room to try new things for his next few films as both director and producer. He took the "Fast and Furious" series from being an agreeable little batch of B-movies to the souped-up lunatic musclehead epics that they've become, and he turned them into international sensations in the process.

Part of the "secret" of what Lin did so well with that series was the way he cast it as a sort of multi-ethnic Avengers, with lots of people who would never typically play the hero in Hollywood films suddenly front and center. There is an inclusiveness to these movies that is really appealing, and yet it never feels like a political stunt. He just put together a fun ensemble that happened to include more than the standard white faces.

What I find most interesting about the announcement that Justin Lin will be working to turn "The Battered Bastards Of Baseball" into a narrative feature is that Lin bought the rights himself for his production company, Perfect Storm, and managed to shut out Columbia, Fox, and Dreamworks, who were all also chasing the rights.

Read Full Post

TNT taps Sharon Stone to play the vice president of the United States

TNT taps Sharon Stone to play the vice president of the United States
Stone is set to star in "Agent X," playing the White House defender of the constitution who has to rely on a secret operative named Agent X.

Read Full Post
Exclusive Song Of The Day: Scott H. Biram's 'Only Whiskey'
Credit: Bloodshot

Exclusive Song Of The Day: Scott H. Biram's 'Only Whiskey'

Punk-blues tune is only a drop of album 'Nothin' But Blood'

Scott H. Biram can't be bothered with genres. Over nine albums -- including forthcoming "Nothin' But Blood" --  the songwriter's bounded from country, rockabilly, hymns, blues, punk, metal, folk, acoustic gospel and all other colors of the rainbow.

But new track "Only Whiskey" will only have you seeing red. From the floor.

This nasty number like the others on "Blood" was recorded out of Biram's home and at Cacophony Studios in Austin; the album is out Feb. 4 and can be pre-ordered here.

"Nothin' But Blood" is lead by single "When I Die," which will also get a 7" release on Record Store Day" this year. You can hear it below. Check out all Biram's tour dates here.

Here is the "Nothin’ But Blood" tracklist:

1. Slow & Easy
2. Gotta Get To Heaven
3. Alcohol Blues
4. Never Comin’ Home
5. Only Whiskey
6. Jack of Diamonds
7. Nam Weed
8. Backdoor Man
9. Chuch Point Girls
10. I’m Troubled
11. Around The Bend
Gospel bonus tracks:
12. Amazing Grace
13. When I Die
14. John The Revelator (featuring Jesse Vain)

Read Full Post

Michelle Obama will join Jimmy Fallon for his 'Tonight Show' premiere week

Michelle Obama will join Jimmy Fallon for his "Tonight Show" premiere week
The First Lady will visit Fallon on  Feb. 20 during his first week as host of "The Tonight Show."

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's name lands on "Jeopardy!"

The crack-smoking mayor was a clue on last night's show.

USA orders "Benched" starring Eliza Coupe and Jay Harrington
They'll star in a courtroom comedy pilot.

Fox orders hip-hop drama "Empire" from Lee Daniels

Daniels is reuniting with "The Butler" writer Danny Strong for a family drama set in the world of hip-hop.

Mariska Hargitay wore 50th birthday glasses to the set of "SVU"
Check out her pink rose, lily and daisy-covered birthday cake.

Read Full Post
<p>Nicole Kidman in &quot;Grace of Monaco.&quot;</p>

Nicole Kidman in "Grace of Monaco."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

'Grace of Monaco' to open the 67th Cannes Film Festival

The Nicole Kidman starrer finally locks down a premiere date

Well, this is a positive turn of events for "Grace of Monaco." Olivier Dahan's biopic of Hollywood-turned-European princess Grace Kelly was initially slated to open until November last year, until The Weinstein Company booted it from their prestige release schedule and announced it'd be a spring 2014 release instead. With iffy word brewing about the Nicole Kidman starrer, and Dahan voicing his reservations about the Weinsteins' handling, it looked like the film might be quietly swept under the rug.

Read Full Post

Greg Kinnear's 'Rake' fails to impress

Greg Kinnear's "Rake" fails to impress

About 7.1 million of "American Idol's" 12.1 million viewers stuck around for the Australian remake.

Ellen is out sick, so Ellie Kemper today is taking over her talk show

The former "Office" star is filling in today as Ellen DeGeneres recovers from the flu. She's Ellen's first-ever guest host.

Stephen Colbert raises concerns over the Chinese show that's ripping him off
"This is nothing short of wholesale theft," said Colbert. "And I love it."

Watch Jack Bauer & Chloe O'Brien in action on the set of "24: Live Another Day"

Kiefer Sutherland And Mary Lynn Rajskub -- with a new hairstyle -- were spotted filming this week on the streets of London.

Gabourey Sidibe: The "American Horror Story: Coven" cast got in a New Orleans bar fight

Sidibe tells Chelsea Handler a full-on brawl started when a woman glitter-bombed Sarah Paulson.

See Seth Meyers' long-haired college yearbook photo -- does he look like a hippie?
Contrast the future "Late Night" host as a senior at Northwestern, compared to his freshman year look.

How would Olivia Pope handle the Justin Bieber arrest?

Here's a mashup of Bieber and "Scandal." PLUS: MSNBC cut off a congresswoman for breaking Bieber news.

Comic book yanked featuring "Powerpuff Girls" with breasts in latex dresses

A sexualized, grown-up version of the Cartoon Network has been withdrawn following complaints from a comic book retailer.

Whole Foods has a new show on the new Pivot channel
"Dark Rye" is aimed at millennials.

"Lost" alum Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje joins ABC's "Odyssey"
He'll play a private military commander in the "Traffic"-like global conspiracy thriller from Peter Horton.

Vanity Fair has posted its Jimmy Fallon cover story
Check out Jimmy in a museum with bikini-clad babes.

Elizabeth Vargas recounts her battle with alcoholism in a "GMA" interview
"I am. I am an alcoholic," she tells George Stephanopoulos, adding: "It took me a long time to admit that to myself."

Adam Scott on remaking the "Bosom Buddies" opening: "We were essentially out of money"

This was, he says, the "Greatest Event in Television History." Why? "Maybe it's because this time we had a lot less time to make it," he says. "We were essentially out of money, so the fact that we even finished was the greatest event in television history."

Nick Offerman is writing his 2nd book
The "Parks and Rec" star's new book will "highlight approximately 25 figures from U.S. history" that Offerman thinks of as his "personal pantheon" of Great Americans.

Giuliana Rancic is getting a new E! interview show

"Beyond Candid With Giuliana" will launch Feb. 3 with a one-hour interview with Demi Lovato.

"Greek" alum joins "Grey's Anatomy"
Paul James might become a fixture at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

Zach Braff crashed Donald Faison's Reddit AMA
The "Scrubs" stars brought their friendship to the Ask Me Anything format.

Read Full Post
<p>Greg Kinnear and Peter Stormare in &quot;Rake.&quot;</p>

Greg Kinnear and Peter Stormare in "Rake."

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'American Idol' carries FOX to Thursday win, 'Rake' disappoints

Greg Kinnear legal drama premiere loses nearly half of 'Idol' lead-in


Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 23, 2014.

Even a diminished "American Idol" was strong enough to carry FOX to a Thursday night ratings victory, albeit while CBS was in repeats and with an underwhelming debut performance from "Rake."

For the night, FOX averaged a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.6 million viewers. CBS was second (1.9, 7.8 million), followed by ABC (1.1, 3.9 million), NBC (1.0, 3.2 million) and the CW (0.9, 2.2 million).

8 p.m. -- "Idol" won the hour for FOX with a 3.3 demo rating and 12.1 million viewers. CBS was second (2.4, 10.8 million), and it's worth noting that a "Big Bang Theory" repeat (2.9, 12.8 million) about tripled the audience for a new "Community" (1.1, 3 million) on NBC. Together, "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" (1.2, 3 million) barely finished in third for NBC, followed by the CW's "Vampire Diaries" (1.1, 2.7 million) and ABC's "The Taste" (1.0, 3.8 million).

9 p.m. -- CBS won the hour with repeats of "The Crazy Ones" and "Two and a Half Men," which averaged a 1.9 demo rating and 7.9 million viewers. The premiere of "Rake" (1.7, 7.1 million) lost nearly half its "Idol" lead-in among viewers under 50, and dipped at the half hour, but still finished the hour in second place, followed by more of "The Taste" (1.2, 4.1 million), the continually troubled "Sean Saves the World" and "The Michael J. Fox Show" on NBC (0.7, 2.4 million) and the CW's "Reign" (0.7, 1.8 million).

10 p.m. -- "Parenthood" (1.3, 4.3 million) narrowly won the demographic battle for the hour, but it was also the only non-repeat in the timeslot, and a CBS "Elementary" rerun (1.2, 7.6 million) did significantly better among total viewers. A "Shark Tank" repeat (1.1, 3.9 million) was third for ABC.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change

Read Full Post
<p>Sam Jaeger as Joel in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Sam Jaeger as Joel in "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parenthood' - 'You've Got Mold'

Joel moves out, Kristina hates Max's school and Zeek and Camille make a big decision

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as the baby's eating the kitty litter...

Read Full Post
<p>Paul Rudd and Adam Scott meet Adam Scott and Paul Rudd in &quot;The Greatest Event in Television History&quot;&nbsp;take on &quot;Bosom Buddies.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Paul Rudd and Adam Scott meet Adam Scott and Paul Rudd in "The Greatest Event in Television History" take on "Bosom Buddies." 

Credit: Adult Swim

Adam Scott and Paul Rudd reunite for 'The Greatest Event in Television History'

The longtime pals channel Peter Scolari and Tom Hanks in 'Bosom Buddies'

Adam Scott had himself a big night of television last night. He directed his first episode of "Parks and Recreation" (which I reviewed here), and at midnight, Adult Swim debuted the fourth and final installment of his pointlessly wonderful "Greatest Event In Television History" series, this time with Scott and Paul Rudd recreating the opening credits to "Bosom Buddies."(*)

Read Full Post

Kevin Hart's life to become an ABC comedy

Kevin Hart's life to become an ABC comedy

ABC has ordered a multicamera project based on the standup comedian's life. If picked up, it will become only the 2nd multicamera sitcom on ABC, after "Last Man Standing."

ABC picks up alien drama pilot "The Visitors" from Steven Spielberg
"The Visitors" is based on Ray Bradbury's short story "Zero Hour," revolving around a group of aliens who are set out to destroy Earth.

Watch "The Greatest Event in Television History's" tribute to "Bosom Buddies"
Starring Adam Scott and Paul Rudd.

Jane Kaczmarek to play another Fox mom
She's joining a Fox comedy from Johnny Galecki about a 30-something man who lives with his mother.

Jimmy Fallon recreates "The Dick Cavett Show" set for Dick Cavett
Watch their interview on a "familiar-looking set."

Read Full Post